Baby blues, lemon sweet

Holy toledo, I am in love with these new pastel satchels from Cambridge Satchel Company. Is it nerdy to match my bag to my bike?

Baby Blue Cambridge Satchel

They also have come in lemon, violet and a blush colour, making the decision very tricky indeed.

Lemon Cambridge Satchel

By the way, accept no imitations! I’ve seen a few friends scoop up similar bags – beware of mixing up your English university towns – and they’re just not the same. I bought Thom a Cambridge Satchel a year ago and it still looks perfect. I suggest checking out the seconds page for bargains if you’re on a budget.

QEII Colour Chart

QEII Colour Chart

 

I love a good breakdown – especially of the ROY(al)GBIV variety. As you can see, this Vogue chart shows off The Queen’s penchant for bold block colours. It’s all very inspiring really – currently my wardrobe comprises of mostly black, navy, and more black. If Liz can rock the rainbow, perhaps I can too?

{Via War Paint & Roses}

Isabelle

I love this series, shot by Rebekkah Farrell and styled by Imogene Pyne for Rouse Magazine. There’s just something about the dated motel aesthetic that appeals to me – especially the scalloped walls. The clothes are gorgeous too, all wonderfully tailored numbers (mostly by New Zealand designers). Can I please have one of everything Juliette Hogan makes?

Isabelle by Rebekkah Farrell

Isabelle by Rebekkah Farrell

Isabelle by Rebekkah Farrell

Isabelle by Rebekkah Farrell

Isabelle by Rebekkah Farrell

Isabelle by Rebekkah Farrell

Collar lover

Loulou once again pulls the proverbial rabbit out of the hat with her new black brocade collars.  Each Phantom collar is made from silk, lined with silk taffeta and finished with a mini pompom trim. I’d like one to make the pastel Oxford shirts that everyone has this season (including moi) a little more rock n’roll.

Black Silk Brocade Collar

Black Silk Brocade Collar

Phantom Shirt Collar, £39 at Loulou Loves You.

Desert boots

I’m a little obsessed with Tanner desert boots. I now own four pairs, and pretty much wear them exclusively…! Made in Spain, they are really good quality – withstanding my daily thrashing. They also come in a multitude of great colours, plus they’re less than £30 a pair.

 

Pink & Blue Desert Boots

White Sand Desert Boots

 

 

Navy Desert Boots

Cute, no? I get mine at Macsamillion Of Oxford, at Oxford’s Covered Market. Hey, did you know most high quality leather in Europe comes from Spain? I didn’t but it transpires it’s where most of the Italian fashion houses source theirs.

 

Carven Map Dress

Dress of my dreams! Map of my desires! This silk dress from Carven features a re-coloured map print from the archives. If only I had a spare £455 – I’d buy it in a heartbeat. (You can buy it from MyWardobe if you do.)

Carven Map Dress

Gorgeous, no? I’m off to Oxfordshire tonight for a weekend of cinema, rambling, good company, and a few lovely meals. I’m sure all the while I’ll be thinking of this dress…

Have a great weekend, lovelies!

Keep candles handy

(Warning: fashion boobs ahead) I’m really into double exposure right now. And this 2009 spread from i-D magazine called Keep Candles Handy, featuring  Alana Zimmer, is a great example of it done well. The interesting and varied textures marry well with strong silhouettes… producing ghostly, beautiful photographs.

Keep Candles Hand - iD magazine

Keep Candles Hand - iD magazine

Keep Candles Handy - iD magazine

Keep Candles Handy - iD magazine

Just some great eye-candy.

London fashion

It’s London Fashion Week now, and while I enjoy flicking through some of the pictures, I am surprising myself with my disdain for hub-bub and style dictation. Funny too, how the most revered of the stars, fashion industry insiders, bloggers, and models say balls to trends anyway, and just wear what they want. Dress how you want to dress, y’know. I remembered this quote from Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour by Kate Fox, one of my top books of 2011. It sums my general vibe up well:

“The most truly eccentric dresser in this country is the Queen, who pays no attention whatsoever to fashion, mainstream or otherwise, continuing to wear the same highly idiosyncratic style of clothing (a kind of modified 1950s-retro look, if you had to define it in fashion-speak, but very much her own personal taste) with no regard for anyone else’s opinion. Because she is the Queen, people call her style ‘classic’ and ‘timeless’ rather than eccentric or weird, politely overlooking the fact that absolutely no-one else dresses in this peculiar way. Never mind the herds of street-sheep and their haute-couture imitators: the Queen is the best example of English sartorial eccentricity.”

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

A woman not afraid of primary colours, nor a hat!