How COOL are these gloves from the V & A Museum shop? They have little tappy tappy tips on the fingers so that you can keep snug while using your phone or iPod! SOOOOO clever! And just what I was discussing earlier...they read my mind! At only £28 they're a bargain, plus they come in three colours - the choice is yours! Yet another reason why I love the V&A.
So I've realised that travelling from winter to winter isn't so ideal.
A - It's cold.
B - I am so pale that I may turn translucent.
C - I am lacking in vitamin D.
D - London winter is colder than Wellington winter.
E - London autumn feels like Wellington winter.
F - Shit.
So to entertain myself and to cheer myself up before winter really gets into the swing of things over here (and to turn a blind eye to the fact that a great summer festival, Toast Martinborough, was on this weekend back home), I've come up with a survival list for myself for winter. Hmm make that a dream winter wardrobe list. Because I can survive without these items for winter, but I'd prefer not to. Yes yes, I'm materialistic, but aren't all Gen Y's?
Anyway, see my survival dream winter wardrobe below...
A cute hat is a MUST for winter as it helps to keep wintery rain & wind at bay, while helping to complete that winter chic look. This hat from Zara is oh so comfy (I may have tried it on the other day), plus the colour is so hot right now, as we already know! This hat reminds me of something that a close friend of mine would wear...don't you just love it Miss Zwimpfer?
It's hard to wear skirts or dresses as it gets colder, due to the fact that your legs aren't really protected from the elements with your standard opaque tights on. These snuggly darlings are super warm (as they're part wool), and they're super trendy! Wear them with nude or sheer black tights underneath, and you'll have that trendy winter look down in no time at all! I bought myself a pair this week and can definitely see them becoming a winter staple! Now I just need to hold myself back from buying all the colours in the range!
For some reason I have a massive craving at the moment to purchase a checkered shirt like the one below and wear it completely buttoned up with a sleek black high-waisted skirt. I don't know where this craving came from but I like it! Pairing different fabrics together like this always works well as it creates a juxtaposition within your outfit. Plus it helps to portray your individual style! Maybe I'll have to pur-chase this wee number! Farmer meets city slicker, here I come!
Image Source: Handwoven Cotton Slim Fit Check Shirt - www.asos.com
I wish I'd never been introduced to Reiss...no, I don't mean that...but I kind of do. This store has such beautiful clothing (kind of Moochi-esque), and every time I visit it, I come out of the store wanting EVERYTHING! I especially want this gorgeous grey marle & black jersey - it's a classic winter staple, with a little twist due to the black panel detailing. Beautiful.
I have many gloves already for winter, but I couldn't help to notice these 'palm warmers' in Topshop the other day. I love the earthy colour, mixed with the cable knit, plus the freedom of your fingers while wearing them - there's nothing worse than trying to use your iPod whilst wearing full-fingered gloves! They have a great range of cosy gloves in Topshop Man too fyi, I was tempted to buy some of the boys' styles as well!
And last but not least, the pièce de résistance, the main thing that I need want for my winter wardrobe are these. The DEVINE Wentworth, by Kurt Geiger booties. Fierce, yet snug. Sturdy, yet feminine. Mine, yet not...(yet). People keep teasing me about how cold it gets here in winter, and how it snows up to your eyeballs, and how you need to wear heinous gumboots to survive. LIES I say! These babies will take me through winter, snow and beyond! I could probably even trek up to the top of Mt Everest in these if I wanted! Gumboots...pff. Next thing they'll be telling me to wear Uggs! (P.S - Jimmy Choo, how could you design for Ugg? I thought you had standards!)
So I was going to focus this post on camel coats, but when I started looking for images, I realised that this trend is primarily saturated by one type of coat in particular - the cape. So I thought, why not kill two birds with one stone and do a post on TWO hot trends of the moment! Camel is everywhere. Capes are everywhere. If Alice the camel had a cape, she’d be one stylish mumma. I’ve picked a selection of camel capes, or cc’s for short (mmmm cc’s!), that are available in the high street stores this season...see below!
I’m really loving French Connection at the moment…I’d never really known that much about this brand as they aren’t prominent in NZ, but man, they have some SWEET clothes. I may do a post on French Connection later, but for the moment, let’s talk about this beauty below. I love the collar on this cape - so good for keeping your neck warm as the weather gets cooler…like today, brrr! I also really like the dominant buttons and subtle trim detailing – these little touches really make this cape stand out from other plain plain varieties that are around at the mo.
By now you probably know that I’m a mass fan of ASOS. They have such beautiful clothes each season, that are so on trend, that it’s hard NOT to love them! Take this image below for example, it ticks all the fashion boxes:
Trendy style– tick.
Hot colour – tick.
Simple yet beautiful trim – tick.
Quirky duffle-esque toggles – tick.
Good ideas for what to wear the cape with – tick.
Making me want to buy the cape and the snow bunny headband – tick, Tick, TICK!
This cape from Miss Selfridge has a military feel to it – sharp collar, lapel detailing and functional pockets. You could go to war in this baby…fashion war that is! I can imagine wearing this with a beautiful long-sleeved red cashmere top, ohhhh darrllliiinnggg how fabulous you’d look indeed!
Topshop is just ridiculous. The site is amazing and you can spend many an hour on it. The store is crazy busy and there is just SO. MUCH. TO SEE. The brains behind that store must be rubbing their hands in glee at its success! And I hear they’ve opened a store in Wellington, nice! This cape is everything you’d expect from dear Topshop – trendy, chic, gorgeous styling, need I say more? And they just launched the new Kate Moss range too…dangerous!
So, the zip on my winter duffle coat broke off the other day…I got it made when I was in Hoi An and paid a total of like US$50 for it, so it should have totally lasted forever! Haha! So obvisouly I’m seeing this as a convenient sign from the fashion gods to buy myself one of these pretties above…how ideal!
Love to you all my dears!
P.S – If you are from a fashion magazine / company, and you love my work & want to hire me, feel free! I’m tiring of the London job hunt and would love to do more than window shopping! Call me!