Reiss Eveningwear: My Style – After Dark

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Reiss_Partywear_AW14_AfterDark_Bloggers1When it comes to dressing for the evening, guaranteed I like to shake the day off with an entire outfit change and a new energy to take to drinks or dinner.  Whilst a pair of killer heels (previously hidden away in my desk drawer, waiting for the right moment to spring free) and a spritz of my favourite perfume are my day-to-night essentials, after dark you can likely find me changing into a dress or skirt for the evening, and this Rhomona ruby red lace style from the Reiss partywear collection ticks all the right boxes for adding the necessary high-octane glamour to move me through the twilight hours.

Earlier this month Reiss invited me and fellow fashion & beauty bloggers Lucy (Fashion Me Now), Anneli (What I Bought Today), Jesse (We The People Style) Patricia (Patricia Bright) and Sarah (Framboise Fashion) to London’s Hoxton Hotel to showcase our style: after dark with our favourites from their AW14 collection.  Regular readers of the blog will be only too familiar with Reiss since it forms a considerable part of my wardrobe – for someone my age and in my profession the brand produces modern, classic, well-made and often a little edgy styles with wonderful mix and match versatility.

Only such a well-loved brand could persuade me to ditch my usual monochrome after dark, but the Rhomona dress had me at hello.  Floral lace, fit and flare, scarlet red hue – if I am going out, I am reaalllly going out.  I paired the dress with the Flutter soft biker jacket (did I tell you I like a side of masculine with my feminine?), the Jessie cut out box clutch and the Isla shoes.

If we can just spend some time thinking about accessories, as if you are particularly pushed for time when transitioning from day-to-night, these can form the lynchpin of your look.  Both my clutch and heels here were intricate and directional in terms of design – interesting to look at, dramatic and sleek.  The clutch in particular, with its gold hardware, is for me the ultimate after hours accessory.

You can read the full feature and see all the different blogger-styled outfits HERE. Click HERE to shop my #OOTN (outfit of the night – you can search for this hashtag on Twitter also to see what other bloggers are wearing).

Photos taken on location at The Hoxton Hotel.  Hair styling: with thanks to Sassoon Salons.

Fall Fashion: Going Wide (Reiss Hat, Acne Studios Pants)

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Reiss_wide_brimmed_hatWhen it comes to transitional fashion during autumn, this year you will find me cozying up in oversized, wide pants and hiding under my favourite hat.  I wrote about embracing the wide leg HERE, and whilst I remain unconvinced that my wardrobe will ever be free of skinnies, this pair of Hill Black Pants from Acne Studios took my breath away as the perfect wool trouser to go with everything this fall: shirts, sweaters, cropped tops (perfect for this high-waisted style) tees…

There is something very comforting about this combination of styles – lots of luxurious wool, a little bit of tailoring and the soft touch of the hat with the wide brim.  When it comes to a hat for fall, choose yours wisely: the stiffness of the fabric, the pinch in the crown, and the generosity of the brim all work to alter a hat’s mood.   I prefer something more structured, and for those looking for the same, Reiss have a great selection of Trilbys right now.

I still have a selection of vacation style posts to feature on the blog, but for now let’s embrace the chill in the air….

Photo: Beth Morton Photography. Wearing: Hat from Reiss. Pants, Acne Studios. Top: Reformation. Heels: Kelya Shoes.

For more on the Western trend for Fall 2014, since this seems to be a theme in my latest posts, take a look at Dion Lee and Cushnie et Ochs

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.