I love it when you stumble across something that you just love! When you dash into a cafe to get out of the rain and find a new favourite coffee spot, it’s that unexpected rush of joy. I had that when I discovered The Cult & Classic and have to share this gem of a store with you.

My style is definitely a mix of cult and classic, I love those statement pieces that are so easily recognisable, the Bella Freud sweaters, Marc Jacobs sneakers, that Eugenie Kim brimmed hat that was everywhere! And to mix these with classic pieces, Current/Elliot jeans perfectly cut, luxurious Olivia Von Halle pyjamas – heaven.

So whilst I put together my own personal wishlist of luxury take a look at these amazing finds that are quite literally the perfect Christmas gifts!

Bella Freud 1970 sweater £280 

 

This beauty is a dream present, it’s a cult sweater that can transform a pair of jeans from every-day to wow. Firmly on my wishlist.

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Proenza Schouler tie front pumps £395 

Wear these with a pencil skirt for a sophisticated style or ripped boyfriend jeans and a loose striped shirt for that casual off-duty look.

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Bella Freud mini votives £75

These super cute mini votives make a great luxury gift for the home of a fashionista.

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Soru Jewellery bracelet £85

There’s only one of these stunning bracelets left on the site, will race you!

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Olivia Von Halle coco silk pjs £330

If they’re good enough for Poppy Delevingne… pure luxury.

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Skivvies Penelope Bra £80

The ultimate pretty lace bra that would look great peaking out of a boyfriend shirt.

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Joseph cashmere scarf £295

Timeless and elegant, a cashmere scarf will be a forever scarf.

Happy shopping! Love to know what you think of the store and if you buy anything…

Vx

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Who doesn’t love a breton stripe? Blue, black, red… a breton stripe top is an essential wardrobe staple, it is so easy to wear dressed down or styled up. It is also a piece that’s definitely worth investing in as a good cut and a heavy fabric make all the difference. Saying that my wardrobe consists of high-end and budget, including a new Zara t-shirt material version you can get here. But my absolute favourite is an old Gant heavy cotton version that rolls at the sleeves ‘just-so’. This is their current version here and the Jcrew versions were amazing but sold out here maybe you can find one on eBay – but this version here is gorgeous too. Boden also does a great version here but I would definitely by a size or two up to get the oversized look and roll up those sleeves.

I love to wear mine with leopard print, there’s something about the two prints clashing that gives the stripes more of an edge. Mix with leather, khaki or a bright blue denim to really rock the look! Hope the inspo images below will help with the styling…

 

 

I love to hear from you so please do comment below…

Thank you,

Vx

 

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Winter boots are an essential for a working wardrobe, flats, heels, cuban, over the knee, over the thigh etc etc… and black boots will take you through from the first autumn leaves to the spring sunshine. The more classic a style you choose, and the better you look after them each year, the longer they’ll last. My favourite pair are an old Pied e Terre pair which have been reheeled countless times, and resoled twice, costing more than I probably ever paid in the first place but the older they get the better they look. And those that follow my IG might know I splashed out on the Chloe Susannah boots this year. These will be well loved and looked after… at the moment I am struggling not to wear them every day, have to remind myself I do have other shoes. I have found it hard not buying any other flat boots this year (I have banned myself post Chloe splurge), there are so many gorgeous designs on the highstreet right now, so I thought I would indulge in some virtual shopping and I have included my favourite classic style black Winter boots below… and don’t forget Selfridges have their 20% off with the code … it’s ending today…

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Dune Padston boots

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Dune Palla Boots

 

 

 

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Carvela Saddle Boots

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Ugg Joey boots

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Carvela Splash Boot

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Dune Preslee boot

And here’s my usual dollop of inspo….

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Love to hear from you – seen any gorgeous boots on the highstreet this season?

Love,

Vx

 

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My wardrobe is a complete mix-up of designer and highstreet and I am not ashamed to admit… a healthy dollop of Primark can also be found lurking in the shadows. I think managing to pair your favourite designer investments with cheaper highstreet buys is the key in nailing the latest look whilst not breaking the bank.

Isabel Marant is copied season after season and although I may have indulged in a few pieces over the seasons I can’t justify over £400 on a sweater that is a trend piece… so when I saw Primarks latest offering hidden away on the bottom shelf in the far corner of my local branch I almost yelped with delight!!! Seriously! It is an amazing looky-likey of the beautiful Charley sweater, complete with silver eyelet lace-up detailing, chunky stitching around the waist, neckline and wrists, and in a beautifully soft wool…. ok maybe acrylic but who can tell right? And best of all it is just £14.

Buy the real deal here.. Charley lace-up wool-blend sweater or quickly run to Primark to pick-up their version before they all sell-out!

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Know of anymore amazing lookey-likeys? Let me know and love to hear your thoughts… I know designer copies aren’t everyones cup of tea.

Love,

Vx

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If there is one decade every fashion magazine is making reference to this season it has to be the seventies, and it is everywhere! Big floppy hats, flares, eyelets, velvet, waistcoats, flowing maxi dresses and skirts and swirling patterns and florals. My local Zara looks like a seventies throw-back right now … but I am certainly not complaining. I LOVE it!

Want some serious seventies style inspiration then look to the real things such as the DVF wrap dress, one of the most famous fashion inventions ever and now iconic to Diane Von Furstenberg. The wrap dress is the perfect easy item every woman and definitely every mum needs in her wardrobe. Its fashion you don’t even need to think about. Suits every woman’s body type and can be worn casual or dressed up with some sexy heels. First designed back in 1974 Diane has sold over 5 million of these dresses worldwide – now how can you argue with those figures?

How about Studio 54? The decades hottest venue bar none! And scrolling through images of these crazy nights you’re flooded with style inspo.

Halston – back in 1976 he rocked and his iconic designs live on with Halston Heritage – perfect collection for Christmas parties.

Have you seen Laura Ashley’s seventies campaign shots? Honestly they look like something you’d see on the pages of Harpers today its mad. Back in the seventies the brand was the clothing of choice for housewives everywhere. They described themselves here…  ‘They’re not particularly clothes for making a splash in a dramatic place – they’re simple garments to wear at home, and when you get home perhaps you need the security of nostalgia.’

And fashion fact for the day – Karl Lagerfeld worked for Chloe back in 1974 and it was his vision that defined the house’s trademark boho direction.

So how to do it now… limit yourself to one throw-back piece per outfit or risk looking kitschy.

Here are my favourite seventies inspo pictures….can you tell which are modern day and which are original shots?!

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Love to hear from you… especially of any amazing seventies finds on the highstreet!

Thanks,

Vx

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