Bold Floral Prints (I Left my Soul there, Down by the Sea)

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I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” – Anais Nin

These photos were taken at my ‘happy place’ by the sea in Mexico last year.  Our last morning there felt very sad, as is always the case when you must leave the sun and relaxation behind and return to real life. However the rich colours of the sea and sky along with my outfit that day reminded me of the power of colour and print in a design – and spring / summer 2014 will certainly bring an abundance of romantic and edgy prints and rich shades for us to choose from.

This Zara dress has seen me through three summers now. It is a beautiful slightly-racer neckline that accentuates the shoulders and the body con style seems to suit my shape at this length (I cannot go body con and short, which is why I have given up on the prospect of Herve Leger ever working for me*).

Zara have a couple of lovely colorful print dresses selling now that I wanted to let you know about:

Boat-neck printed dress 59.99 GBP

Printed dress with wide straps 59.99 GBP

Bigger budget you say? Well then try Prabal Gurung’s florals.  Oh, and readers of size EU 34 might want to head over to The Outnet right away to snap up this Stella McCartney bargain.

We’re having some beautiful weather in England right now. I hope you had a lovely weekend wherever you are, Blog Reader.

*This did not stop me from returning to NYC’s SoHo store every two months or so and trying on the whole collection when I lived in Manhattan. To the team at Herve Leger SoHo, sorry-not-sorry.

Photos: William Williams

Lace Mini Dress: Loyd Ford

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LoydFord-Lace-Dress-styleonthecouch-1As the weather turns warmer and the sun sets later in the evening, I remember all those favorite wardrobe pieces I need to drag out of storage this time of year.

This mini dress by Loyd Ford, with long lace sleeves and metallic shimmer, is a perfect spring transitional piece.  Long sleeves and short skirts seems like a strange combination at first, but it is one I love for warmth and glamour.  If you choose, as all good fashion bibles suggest, to show off just one of your favourite assets – e.g. highlighting your legs, your back, or your shoulders, but never all at once – then this could be a perfect style for you. Get those pins ready and step out in style….

For more in this vein, try:

Long sleeved peplum hem mini from ASOS now 16.50 GBP

Lark mint/cream lace overlay dress from Reiss, 195.00 GBP

Tibi Bibelot long sleeved dress 365.00 USD

Diane von Furstenburg Zarita lace mini dress from Net a Porter, 295.00 GBP

Lover jungle cotton-blend dress 780.00 GBP

Photos: William Williams.

Wearing: Dress from Loyd Ford; Sunglasses, Prada; Heels, Zara.

Black, White & Denim: Vivienne Westwood, Zara, J Brand & Majdan Rocks

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This is one of my favourite style posts on the blog because all of my new family were involved in its inception – husband and photographer extraordinaire and my recently ‘adopted’ yellow lab framed in the winter sunlight back in December in the USA.

I wish the winters in England were always as bright as they were in Atlanta. Even though Atlanta recently had snow, here in the UK I seem perpetually surrounded by grey clouds, wind and rain. All very depressing. Very soon I will have diagnosed myself with Seasonal Affective Disorder, thank goodness the fashion weeks are fast approaching for some excitement!

Black, white and denim continue to be my wardrobe theme since the past few years. I bought this pair of J Brand boyfriend jeans in the U.S at Neiman Marcus and have been wearing them with a range of shirts and slouchy jumpers during this cold time.  Admittedly the ripped fabric adds an extra chill when you step outside your front door having forgotten what you’re wearing, but hey, this is fashion not comfort, Blog Reader :)

This Vivienne Westwood Anglomania coat is one of those wonderful styles, half cape, half jacket, that makes me feel cocooned when I wear it.  I know this will stay with me for years through the autumn winter seasons, and I particularly like the wide sleeves that make it compatible with a range of things worn under it (I just can’t abide a tight-fitting coat, unless perhaps military styles, that means I can’t layer well in the cold).

During my December travels I wore my Majdan Rocks Slope Ring often. I’m not an avid wearer of jewelry but this ring is a wonderfully substantial piece to show off; modern in style and a little quirky.  Majdan Rocks are currently sold on the Luisaviaroma website which is testament to the success of the brand.  A little bit of daring with a lot of understated elegance, do check out designer Iwona Majdan’s website for more in this series.

Photos: William Williams.  Wearing: J brand jeans, Zara blouse and heels, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania coat, ring from Majdan Rocks.