For Cowboys & Cowgirls: Texas Boot Company Lucchese Boots

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TexasBootCompany_CowboybootsWhen the summer in England gives way to the autumn breeze and I am reminded that the cold cold winter is not too far away, I often think of the few months I spent in Texas; a completely different lifestyle and climate to the UK.  Welcoming, warm (read: hot and humid), the home of amazing BBQ and Amy’s Ice-Cream (everything is definitely bigger in Texas, especially the food), the Longhorns and oh yes did I mention the heat and humidity?

When I lived in Austin, Texas, I never invested in a pair of cowboy boots as I wasn’t sure if they would translate into my English wardrobe.  Yet here I am, wearing my new Lucchese boots from the Texas Boot Company, waiting for my next rodeo :)

The Texas Boot Company has an interesting heritage.  Located in Bastrop, Texas, the company began in 2010 when founders Marc and Shelly Conselman’s dream to provide great quality, well-fitting, comfortable western wear translated into a destination store as authentic as the boots they design.  One third of the Lucchese boots they stock are created in-house, giving buyers unique access to an exclusive selection of styles.

Texas will always have a special place in my heart as the state that I met my husband in.  He has his own pair of Lucchese boots, and he tells me every man’s man, every real cowboy, every great President of the United States owns a pair of Lucchese’s. He calls them the ‘gold standard’ in boots.  He goes further to say that only when you grow up, are you worthy of a pair of Lucchese boots. They are a rite of passage – a part of being a ‘man’ in America.

Our boots now proudly and loving sit together at our home.  They are not only made for work they are made for fashion, since I doubt anyone wears this style unless you are interested in wearing something special (you are not just wearing any old boot). So what are you waiting for – wherever you live, it is time to get your cowgirl on…

With thanks to the Texas Boot Company.  To view the whole boot collection , click HERE.

Mybag.com: Luxury Handbags & Accessories (Calvin Klein Duffle)

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I’ve never claimed to be an accessories connoisseur.  But that was until I was introduced to Mybag.com, a wonderfully easy to navigate, sleek, clean, and modern online boutique for luxury handbags and accessories (everything from hats to wash bags).  With several of my favourite brands to choose from, including Milly by Michelle, Cambridge Satchel Company and Calvin Klein, Mybag have a solid grasp of how to balance contemporary styling with discounted outlet pieces to offer something for everyone.

I searched for my new baby, this Calvin Klein bag, by style – looking for a holdall to suit a variety of occasions.  The Izzy white duffle was a great solution for day-to-night, casual to formal.   It has even served as a gym bag on occasion!  Crafted from soft pebbled leather with silver hardware, the duffle is a good size with nifty storage: two front and two back outer side pockets and the inner lining houses zip and slip pockets for efficient storage (read: necessary life compartmentalization).  Being white leather it needs some tender loving care. If you prefer black, plenty of other options exist.

You can explore trends and vintage accessories on mybag too. My top vintage find was this Chanel leather vanity case pre-owned but highly likely much-loved.

You can visit Mybag.com HERE.  To see the full Mybag.com luxury handbag collection click HERE.  You might want to hide your credit card first…

Wearing: Camille & Marc dress. Bag: Calvin Klein.

Details: Stephen Einhorn Jewellery

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When it comes to jewellery, I have always been most interested in something that is more than pure fashion – I’m interested in something elegant yet simple and something from a heritage brand, emblematic of fine craftsmanship.

Stephen Einhorn is a fabulous designer of men and women’s jewellery, based in Islington, North London.  Einhorn was somewhat of a trailblazer for men’s accessories – Paul Smith commissioned Stephen’s very first men’s jewellery collection.

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Einhorn’s London base is more than a design studio, it is also a workshop and retail unit, where the team use new techniques and technologies in their creations,  continually pushing the boundaries and experimenting with different materials.  The result? A design signature of elegant simplicity:

“I am interested in designs that are totally wearable, including my more avant-garde bespoke pieces. I have worked to create a style that is instantly recognisable and that appeals to someone who appreciates design, style and quality.

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As a born and bred London designer who runs my own fine jewellery label and workshop, I am proud to be part of London’s vibrant creative scene and feel passionate about keeping British jewellery design and production alive and flourishing. Part of the reason for starting my own company was a really strong desire to develop, and at the same time promote, British craftsmanship which is slowly disappearing from this country. Britain used to have a strong tradition and reputation of manufacturing and design all around the world. It’s a tragedy that this is not being nurtured. In my own small way I want to bring it back. I want to use these skills and I want to pass them on to others to use. I’m lucky because my customers seem to feel as strongly about this as I do and have been loyally supporting me for 16 years. I want to build on the solid base I have already got, and feel excited about my company’s future.”  - Stephen Einhorn

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Recently, Einhorn produced a ‘Making of…‘ video, going behind the scenes at their London base to demonstrate the craftsmanship and exquisite design detail that goes into the production of a ring, showing the entire process from concept to creation.  The idea behind the film was to show the care and attention that goes into making each and every piece of Einhorn’s jewellery.  Such pieces are original and exclusive, created with high quality craftsmanship and cutting-edge design with the British sensibility I cannot help but adore.

From the women’s jewellery collection, here I am wearing the Viper 6 silver bangle, engraved with my initial ‘S’ on the interior. It is a beautiful and contemporary piece, flat on the outside and curved on the inside.  It is a slim and close-fitting cuff, understated yet stylish – perfect for me.

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I urge you, Blog Reader, to visit the Stephen Einhorn website to explore for yourself the beauty of their collections.  To purchase one of these pieces is to buy into a great tradition of British craftsmanship as well as receiving something fabulous and exquisitely designed.