Fashion that doesn’t cost a fortune

Now that I have entered the Buy Better Years, I am much more careful about my style purchases. This doesn’t mean maxing out the plastic at Net-a-Porter , it means considerate consumption  and not buying shit clothes. Fortunately, there are good quality basics to be had at affordable prices. If you like COS and Uniqlo, it’s worth checkingRead more

Quote of the week: Dries Van Noten

  Dries Van Noten  is a designer that grown women dream of. By that I mean me, obviously. One. Day. But I know I’m not alone. His lust-worthy designs in luxurious fabrics and rich colour combinations ooze timelessness and individuality. There’s a brilliant feature on the the 58-year-old Belgian designer in the FT’s How To Spend It , where Van Noten talks businessRead more

The art of coordination by Japanese Instagram stars Bon and Pon

Sometimes matchy-matchy does work. This week’s style discovery is the Japanese couple Bon and Pon on Instagram. The tag ( @bonpon511 ) is a combination of their names and wedding date. Bon and Pon have been married for 37 years, wear complimentary rather than identical outfits and look incredibly chic. Stripes, gingham and tartan are carefully coordinated,Read more

Stealth Style

Life isn’t all La La Land as we know (hooray for Emma Stone at the BAFTAs ); the sunny yellow, summer dress is all very well but often style is about being stealth-y . The pared-down, easy to wear pieces that dance down the street, everyday. For me, that includes jeans – sometimes blue, sometimes black (these are MiH Phoebe ) and shoesRead more

Getting organised & going green for 2017 (sort of)

In a fit of avoidance behaviour, I decided to leave the book editing, get organised and buy a diary. That was after I’d finished unpacking and been to the dry cleaners, yesterday. I always prefer an actual pocket notebook to a smartphone and yeah, I know that three-days-in is hardly organised but I had implementedRead more

Style Inspiration: Walking with Peter Lindbergh

Big coats, flat shoes and beautiful black and white photography. Finally got my hands on a copy of the latest issue of Italian Vogue and am trying to Fika things up today; plenty of coffee and this gorgeous Peter Lindbergh photoshoot should help (you can also see this story on Peter Lindbergh’s website HERE ). In theRead more

Perfect weather for a neckerchief

  Like a cowboy (or Garance Doré) I’m partial to wearing a scarf neckerchief-style. Having the point at the front and the knot at the back is a neat way to get round the windchill factor. And knitwear designer  Jo Gordon’s  woolly neckerchief is my new favourite thing; here it is ‘boy scout’ style… And featured in Italian VogueRead more

How to be a Modern Gentlewoman – a new book by Navaz Batliwalla

Put on your favourite Margaret Howell shirt, polish your Church’s brogues, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman is out today. Written by freelance fashion editor and founder of the Disneyrollergirl blog Navaz Batliwalla, and published by Laurence King, this is the definitive guide for the grown-up tomboy . There’s a history of garconne style, a usefulRead more

Biker jacket inspiration for autumn (and none of them is black)

Are you revving things up for autumn? Me neither. I’m feeling very Last Days of Summer: all beach hair, rooftop bars and Book Brain. One thing I do feel certain of is, that if Rei Kawakubo is wearing a red leather biker jacket, then it’s a sign. The Comme des Garcons designer/founder once said that she worksRead more

Creative women at work: designer Charlene Mullen

Textile and home accessories designer Charlene Mullen has a shop in Shoreditch and a new ceramics collection for Royal Doulton to go with her beautiful hand-embroidered cushions (we have a couple bought at sample sales, at That’s Not My Age Mansions). After training in illustration and print at Middlesex and the Royal College of Art and spendingRead more