Talking style on the Robert Elms Show

Whoop! I was delighted to be invited onto the Robert Elms Show ( BBC Radio London ), yesterday, to talk about Know Your Style . Elms is a writer, broadcaster and proud Londoner with a keen interest in music, style and popular culture – and he’s as chatty and friendly in real life as he is on the radio show. It wasRead more

Going doolally over Toolally jewellery

Looking for bold jewellery at an affordable price and uninspired by what was on offer, Mags Walker decided to have a go herself. ‘I didn’t want to offer the same as everyone else, I wanted something unique,’ says the Yorkshire-born founder of Toolally jewellery. ‘I’ve always been obsessed with dressing up and the history ofRead more

Talking style at Blenheim Palace Literary Festival

Now, this is a first. My very first literary festival. I’ve been invited as a guest speaker to the  Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film & Music 2017  where I will be discussing ‘How to Look and Feel Good’ on a panel with skin expert Abigail James, Harpers’ Bazaar beauty director Katy Young and Harper’s Bazaar beauty editor Sian Ranscombe. And signing copies ofRead more

The not-too-flouncy floral shirt

I thought I wasn’t a print person, but obviously I am. Maybe it’s some kind of Decorative Denial (?) But this summer, I’m not exactly saying pah to pattern. The easiest way to take the frou-frou out of floral prints is to mix things up; juxtapose everyday Gentlewoman Style with hints of 1970s Keith Richards (or Morrissey when we still liked him). This penchant for bohemian hippy/punk garb – a leopard print coat here, a skinny scarf there –  is part of my DNA, it was hardwired to my teenage soul and, like a vinyl record on repeat, is something I always come back to…

The V&A collection for People Tree

Maybe it’s because I’m a northerner that I find the V&A’s vintage prints appealing. Originally produced by the Calico Printer’s Association in Manchester, the People Tree’s V&A collection  uses 1930s prints from the museum’s archive. Manchester was home to the textile industry and centre of cotton trade in the 19th century. And where I studied for my degree (not in the 19thRead more