5 Fashion Items that get better with age

Vogue recently published an article about fashion items that are made to last (view it here). It’s something I think about all the time and get asked about all the time by my clients.  Everyone out there will have a different opinion on what they would spend their money on and what items they would choose to own that would last forever.

There are so many gorgeously important items that I believe get better with age and are almost not as nice new as they are after a couple of worn years.  These are my picks on what I would invest in.

1.Goes without saying, a good quality leather handbag.  Choose a colour that works for your wardrobe and a colour that is versatile and preferably neutral, grey, tan, black.. The older the leather gets the better the bag looks and feels.

Two bags of my choice would be a tote and a smaller shoulder bag. The Balenciaga classic has always been one of my personal fave’s, the fact that I still like it after about 10 years clearly means something and the Bottega Veneta shoulder bag as below.  Both simple and classic.  A beautiful evening bag with a gold or silver chain strap would be another favourite but in terms of getting more wear, these two would win.

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 16.23.17Balenciaga at Matches

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 16.06.20Bottega Veneta at Net-A-Porter

2. A good solid bangle, be it silver, gold, whatever metal you choose.  I had the most beautiful rounded tube like silver bangle which fitted my wrist perfectly but it had an opening and somehow it fell off my arm, I have been so upset about it and am still hunting down the perfect bangle to take it’s place. I think this time I will replace it with a rose gold one.  I like to find jewellery in unexpected places. So not your usual jewellery stores but at markets or on overseas trips.  I think it is far more romantic and gives the pieces a bit of a story.  Hence my search continues!

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 21.56.54Solid Gold Bangle at Etsy

3. A good old pair of straight cut Levi’s. They will never ever date. I was wearing straight cut Levi’s when I was 14 and I still wear straight cut Levi’s. They go with everything, can be dressed up and down. That said find your brand and cut that works for you and invest! Other fave jean brands that work for me are J Brand, Pepe, AG and Current Elliot

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 21.37.02Levi 501’s at Selfridges

4. Leather Jacket. This specific leather jacket style I love but leather jackets don’t need to be devilishly expensive and you can find amazing leather jackets in vintage stores or on the high street. I have one vintage one which I bought the first year I arrived in London and two high street jackets which look and feel a lot more expensive than they were. In fact my black one looks almost exactly like the one below.

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 21.46.27Black Leather Jacket J Brand at Selfridges

5. The perfect soft jumper. Now this is something that sadly won’t last as long (well not for public appearances anyway) so should be replaced every couple of years but is so important to have.  The jumper should compliment you, not make you feel frumpy but at the same time you should be able to wear it any day of the week and feel not only cosy but also amazing. Jumpers should not drown your figure or be pilled.

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 21.51.39Jumper at The White Company

Hopefully this will help you think again when you want to buy another cheap fashion item. Don’t get me wrong I am all for trends and buying what’s in now but maybe it’s time to invest in a few good pieces too every now and then.



Eating Elegantly

I love to set a table. We always sit at the table to eat our main meal but I will admit that I don’t always set the table for this daily event.  The lifestyles that we lead these days don’t allow for this, everything is always so rushed apart from on the weekend and some weekday evenings when I have the extra time and feel like going the extra mile.  Sitting down to an elegant table setting is magical. I’m lucky to say I have a husband that cooks amazingly well and he is so passionate about it.  He manages to turn a simple dish into something that tastes sensational.  So when he is cooking then I will happily busy myself digging out fun bits to decorate the table with. He’s been at home a lot lately so we have been eating very well (and the scale will confirm that).  I don’t think I’ve had a boring meal for some time now and I’m loving it!  Below are some gorgeous tableware essentials for various sittings.

A Beautiful Breakfast

A clean white breakfast table is so refreshing, especially as at breakfast the food can be so colourful with all the fruit that the best backdrop for this is simple. Although don’t get me wrong, if it’s summer alfresco dining at breakfast then a colourful table is my favourite.

Slide2Toast Rack Culinary Concepts // White printed glass Anthropologie // Double layer tablecloth Zara Home // Denby Silver Tableware John Lewis // Culinary Concepts Butter Dish John Lewis // White Cutlery Zara Home

Table for tea

I love to mix and match prints, not only in clothing but also with interiors, and the same rule applies in both cases. Mix prints but keep the tones the same.

Slide3Bowl Anthropologie // Napkins Anthropolgie // Antropologie Plate // Tea Cup Anthropologie // Studio Skye Silver teaspoon John Lewis

Dinner for two

Silver or gold cutlery is so elegant. Adding a wine bottle holder is a lovely touch and will save your table linen from any drips too. I love this Toile de Poulet fabric from Cabbages and Roses, they may not have table cloths or napkins made up in all their fabrics but just buy a piece and make it up yourself. I could use it throughout my house and although I LOVE floral fabric I find this slightly more elegant.  Pretty glasses are really important, or at least good sparkly glasses, once the dishwasher salt stains start to appear on glass they are no longer table quality.

Slide1Sophie Conran Portmeirion Platter at John Lewis // Wine bottle holder Culinary Concepts John Lewis // Toile de Poulet fabric Cabbages and Roses //  Paloma Cocktail Glass John Lewis // Spindle Cutlery Anthropologie

Perhaps some of these items will inspire you for weekend entertaining. Happy Friday!




Stacking up them Jewels

I love stax of stacks, delicate necklaces, rings on all fingers, earring cuffs, bangles, bracelets, and general wrist accessories.  I have always loved collecting jewellery, and usually try to buy something whenever I travel to a different country.  Well I don’t exactly need to try, I just naturally gravitate towards metals and gems and then end up smitten with at least one piece that I simply have to have. My husband struggles to understand this obsession and gets very confused if not slightly annoyed when I proclaim to want yet another ring… I have started to become slightly more obsessed with acquiring jewellery so I thought I would get my fix by just browsing and sharing some of my favourites with you.

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Pics: Pinterest

Stack Ring Anthropologie //Carnelia Bracelet Anthropologie //Interlocking rings necklace Tiffany// 3D Triangle necklace Oliver Bonas // Shooting Arrow Ear Cuff Topshop // Gold Bangle Etsy //Ring Stack Monica Vinader //  Pendant Monica Vinader //Chain Bracelet Monica Vinader // Personalised Bracelet Etsy