Wanderlust

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Canary_Islands_Beach_Style4I have an extreme case of Wanderlust this month, so just as well December and January have in store travel and explorations galore. I’ll be back in the US of A for Christmas with family, then taking a trip to Arizona for New Year.  I’m excited about Arizona, as I’m hoping to visit Sedona to see the rock formations I remember from Western movies my grandfather watched when I was young.  Mostly though I’ll be happy to be back stateside, as I really miss America and my friends there.

Wanderlust is a funny thing – that desire to escape as well as to experience the unknown, confront different challenges, other ways of living and being… Not just related to travel, I think there will be an element of ‘wanderlust’ in my New Year’s Resolutions this year.

There is just one day left to enter my Blush Lingerie giveaway, Blog Readers – click HERE for details of how to win $250 of beautiful intimates just in time for Christmas!  Also coming up on the blog: silver shoes; a new favourite bodysuit and the best loungewear for your holidays.  StyleOnTheCouch xo

‘I Can’t Go Back To Yesterday Because I Was A Different Person Then’ – Alice in Wonderland. (Lavish Alice Jumpsuit)

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WildAtHeart_flowersAlice in Wonderland is one of my favourite books for the wealth of meaning (and more hidden meaning) within the text.  Themes of dreaming, life as a meaningless puzzle and the manipulation of language all tie in with the everyday themes I am presented with in my work as a psychologist.  The book is a fabulous read for children or adults alike, so if you haven’t yet read Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, be sure to find yourself a copy to immerse yourself in.

On to another Alice, Lavish Alice, whose AW14 collection contains some great budget buys for your party season, from sleek black jumpsuits (which I am wearing in this post) to dresses full of sequins and sparkle. Even if you are not shopping for holiday clothing, Lavish Alice have several minimal and sleek styles within their collection, perfect for day-to-night wear, such as their crossover bralet dress and their culotte crossover crop jumpsuit.

A youthful brand, also selling accessories and Jeffery Campbell shoes, this is one rabbit hole of a website that you can certainly get lost in a while. To view the entire collection, click HERE.

Wearing: Jumpsuit, Lavish Alice.  Heels: Kelya Shoes.  Photos: Justine Trickett, shot on location at London Edition hotel. Flowers: Wild at Heart.

Olive Layers: La Redoute Laura Clement Coat

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LaRedoute_coat_styleonthecouch5I think I went through some kind of fashion ‘phase’ when I was younger of spending a lot of time in baggy, khaki-coloured utility pants, which at that time I viewed as a sort of comfortable alternative to skinny jeans, misguided though I realize that concept was!  It’s certainly a stage of dressing that has led me to avoid khaki like the plague until recent years, quite possibly only as recently as this FW14 when Balmain, Emilio Pucci, Calvin Klein and Isabel Marant placed military khaki back on the catwalks.

Many of these FW14 styles took inspiration from a soldier’s uniform and showed stricter silhouettes and structured looks.  In this current outfit post, I’m wearing one of the only double breasted styles I own – a coat from Laura Clement at La Redoute.  Perhaps more of an olive drab or avocado shade than a khaki, there is something quite comforting about wearing green – it appears to denotes safety, nature and harmony because of its presence as the most pervasive colour in the natural world.

He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals.” Oscar Wilde

Khaki is of course about camouflage, so wearing green is a little like wearing black in the fashion world I feel – you don’t really want to be noticed, which reminds me of this quote by Yohji Yamamoto:

Black is modest and arrogant at the same time.  Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious.  But above all, black says this ‘I don’t bother you, and you don’t bother me‘.”

I think the key to wearing khaki and olive tones is to stick to classic looks.  Since olive is about as earthy and muted as colours come, it’s a great option for timeless classics, like this coat from La Redoute here. To view more styles from Laura Clement, click HERE.

Wearing: La Redoute coat; New Look loafers from ASOS; Black slim cropped pants from GAP; Sweater, Pop Boutique at ASOS. Bag: Maison Martin Margiela. Photos: Beth Morton Photography.