Friday, 22 June 2018

20 Favourite Holiday Picks from the Net a Porter Sale

If there’s ever a good time to go holiday/summer fashion shopping it’s right now.  Today, in fact, as if I know anything about the Net-a-Porter sale it’s that most of the best items don’t hang around for long.

This is a summer fashion sale from a perfectly curated selection of designer clothes and accessories, many of which you won’t find anywhere else.

Ray Ban Gold Tone SunglassesMelissa Odabash White Cotton Cover-up dress - black alsoChan Luu beaded hoop earringsLoeffler Randal gold leather mulesKayu Pom Pom Embellished Seagrass ToteRosantica gold tone hoop earringsJimmy Choo square framed sunglassesGanni ruffled halterneck swimsuit - blue alsoSensi Studio Straw HatRed Woven Raffia Effect Cross Body Bag

Don’t expect every size or colour to be available, but right now there’s a very good choice, but if you want to look chic poolside or on the beach this summer this is the place and the time to shop and pick up something fabulous for less.

Kara Black Glossed Leather Large Lightweight ToteParadised Chaser Printed Cotton Jersey t-shirtSensi Studio Black Cotton TopTom Ford Aviator Style SunglassesStella McCartney blue denim espadrillesAdidas Originals Superstar Gold Trimmed SneakersZimmerman black side gathered swimsuitVix cotton voile tunic - medium onlyEugenia Kim sun hatChan Luu Wrap Bracelet
I’ve chosen my favourites, from Melissa Odabash’s pretty cover-up dress which let’s face it would take you anywhere, to Chan Luu’s pretty wrap bracelet.  This is of course just a small selection and there’s so much more.  So what are you waiting for?………

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

A Guide to Iconic Tote Bags from Goyard to Lancaster - Updated

So you’re in the mood for a new tote bag and you want something really special? – Not by your everyday designers but a bag that is instantly recognisable and perfect for travel.  There are so many at the middle of the market, with a choice that has increased at high speed.  But when you’re looking to splurge these are the totes you need to know about – plus a surprise at the end of this post…..
Goyard St Louis Tote Bag in Black
The Goyard St Louis Tote Bag – this is just one bag of the Goyard collection but probably the one you’ve seen most often by this brand – this is the king of Tote Bags.  In its instantly recognisable printed coated canvas and with a starting price of well over £1000 this is a precious tote, made even more so by virtue of the fact that you can’t buy this tote bag online or in most stores.  You have to go to a Maison Goyard. 

If you’re interested you’ll find one at 116 Mount St, Mayfair, London W1K 3NH or pay a special visit to 233 Rue Saint HonorĂ© Paris – after all, it’ll be worth it.

Do your research online so that you know exactly what you want because as with other superior brands you may not get an over friendly welcome.  And if you see one selling for a ridiculous price it’ll be almost certainly be fake. 

Gucci Tote
I particularly like the Gucci tote as there are lots of variations and new ones are launched every year. It’s not seen as frequently as the LV Neverfull and as with the Goyard and the Louis Vuitton there is no way of closing it so you have to be on the watch when out and about, but it is a beautiful instantly recognisable tote.  It retails for about £890.
Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote
I’ve always loved the look of the Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote and no doubt you’ve seen it out and about.  I love the canvas, the red interior and the fact that it comes with it’s own separate pochette which you can use as a clutch – so this is a two in one as well.  But you do see it everywhere.  It costs currently approximately £880. 

MCM Tote Bag Shopper
This reversible coated canvas tote is by fast growing German brand MCM – not such a recognizable brand, nor such a recognizable bag and less expensive than the others above.  Again this MCM coated canvas tote bag is reversible and it comes with it’s own pochette so you’re getting even more for your money.  Available in tan also.

Michael Michael Kors Signature Logo ToteCoach Signature Logo Tote

Then if you want to go to a more mid designer range you should also check out Michael Michael Kors (also instantly recognisable) signature logo tote, and US brand Coach.  Much less expensive than their designer counterparts and the Michael Kors in particular is seen everywhere.

Lancaster Tote Bag Ikon Coated Canvas
Finally, Lancaster is a luxury French accessories brand that was launched in the 1990s.  You can now find it in Europe, the US and Hong Kong and it’s deservedly growing fast.  Prices for a leather handbag are similar to most accessibly priced designer brands.  But if you want a printed canvas tote and you don’t want to have to take out a mortgage then the Lancaster Paris Ikon Tote is the brand and the tote bag I would go for.  It has that ‘almost recognisable’ look about it, not that that matters, an inside zip pocket, a firm base and, best of all a zip closure making it safe for travel.

You can buy it online at Forzieri  in a choice of colours.  Or you can pay a visit to the Lancaster Paris store at 422 Rue St Honore or in the Carousel du Louvre.  Invest in one of these and you may have enough left over to pay for you to get to Paris to do your shopping ………….

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 - for running, walking and climbing steps

Nike Pegasus 35 silver grey
I have to admit I’m not a runner.  I like to walk long distances, sometimes on the flat, sometimes not, at a reasonable pace – although my daughter would disagree – and I like to end up feeling I could walk more, and always in perfect comfort.  No aching feet, no sore back and definitely no blisters.

Nike Air Zoom Pegaasus 35 in black and gunsmoke

So when I put this pair of Pegasus 35’s on yesterday morning for the first time, walked 7 miles in them after going to the gym and couldn’t find a single fault I have to say I think I’ve found the perfect trainer, and on top of everything they look pretty good as well, not quite a ‘sneaker’ but definitely not a normal trainer, thanks to the lightweight mesh, the high tongue and heel and the neutral colour.  I have the pale grey ones at the top.

Nike Pegasus 35 in Elemental Rose

Nike’s brand new Pegasus 35 is lighter than any other Nike trainers I have had (mainly previous versions of Nike Pegasus, Vomero and Structure) and much much better looking with lots of support and cushioning.  They’ve also been designed with a particular fit and support for women.  It’s about time, you might say.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 in Bright Crimson and Ice

If you, like me, want a pair of trainers-sneakers to wear out and about, all day in the city anywhere, and you want footwear that is going to look good and feel even better, this is a great pair to try.  And of course you can run in them – that’s what they’re really designed for after all……….

Thursday, 14 June 2018

20 of the Best One Piece Swimsuits for Curvy Girls

For those like me who don’t want to hang out (of?) a bikini by the pool or on the beach it’s not always easy to choose a one piece swimsuit that is cut to be flattering if you’re curvy.  These are my favourites.

I believe that a one piece swimsuit can be far more sexy and flattering than a bikini – maybe unless you have a model like figure – so if you’re looking to invest in something gorgeous to take away with you choose from a selection of halter necks, v necks, bandeau (with detachable straps) and simple one piece swimsuits that you’ll really feel good in.

Melissa Odabash Lace Side SwimsuitSeafolly Maillot Floral SwimsuitHeidi Klein Ruched Bandea Swimsuit with detachable strapsMarks and Spencer Paisley Print Plunge SwimsuitSeaspray Draped Front Sapphire SwimsuitMarks and Spencer Striped Bandeau SwimsuitGottex Halter SwimsuitMatteau The Plunge Printed SwimsuitMarks and Spencer Secret Slimming Non Wired SwimsuitMiraclesuit One Piece Swimsuit Low Stock
Inevitably there’s a wide range of prices from designer to high street, and every colour under the sun, literally.  Some have ruching and extra support and others just let you do the talking.  I often think there’s nothing better than something beautifully cut in black but inevitably there are floral swimsuits, stripes, spots and swimsuits with various bits cut out.
Jets One Piece SwimsuitPhase Eight Artist Palette SwimsuitMadonna Mirachic SwimsuitSeaspray Amazonite Draped SwimsuitFantasie Ottowa Twist Front Swimsuit
Seafolly Halter SwimsuitFat Face Breton Stripe SwimsuitSeafolly Wild at Heart SwimsuitMiraclesuit Majorca SwimsuitMoontide Secret Garden Swimsuit
Many of these have started to sell out, particularly in larger sizes, so please don’t wait until you’re just about to jet away, therein lies much frustration and disappointment.  The key to the best holiday swimwear is to choose early and then accessorise with cover-ups and beach dresses – post to follow shortly……