London Baby (And a Little Blog Break…)

After a fabulous New York Fashion Week I’m all packed for my flight and I’m heading back to London this evening to catch up with friends and family.   I’ve also got some very exciting things planned during London Fashion Week – picking up my bespoke dress from designer Yan To from the Young British Designers competition last month, meeting Amber Sakai who will be in town and visiting the amazing team at Bordelle to see how their pieces are created*.  Not to mention catching up with fellow bloggers / tweeters from the UK, some of whom I have had long conversations with but have never met and cannot wait to chat with.

I’m taking a little break from the blog during the trip so I can fully enjoy England and reflect on the New York collections.  I’ll be posting my thoughts and adventures when I’m back in the US and I’ll continue tweeting when I’m in the UK (probably photos in-front of double decker buses and red telephone boxes as well as tea and cake, things like this.)

I’ll catch up with you all soon.  See you shortly!

StyleOnTheCouch xo

Artwork by the amazingly talented Barbaracadabra.  And thank you Nico!

*At this point I want to say that as exciting as these things are, I am mostly looking forward to giving my Mum, Dad and Sister a hug, as I have not seen them since July.

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” ~ Anon.

This week is a special week for me.  It marks one whole year of New York living and two years of blogging.  Moving to New York has been a huge challenge but right now life feels a big adventure.  The adventures in blogging continue – I love to read all your comments on my outfit, designer and travel posts and I adore the conversations that StyleOnTheCouch and Twitter create for me.

I would love to know what you like about StyleOnTheCouch, what you might like to read more of (or less of!), or anything you might want me to include – any thoughts please leave me a little note below.

I’m celebrating these two anniversaries with a little re-design for StyleOnTheCouch – not a dramatic change but more of a subtle one, to keep things fresh as I look forward to new and exciting experiences in 2012. We welcome Mademoiselle Sarah back to the blog, this time with her couch and her mix of Psychology texts and Vogue editions.  As always, she is ready to step into her black dress with great hopes for a glamorous night out…. a huge thank you to my new friend Barbara for her lovely art work.

Also, to remind you, Blog Reader, that I remain the same despite the much loved design tweaks, I wanted to repost the piece that inspired me to embark on my journey in style – one of my favourite Reiss dresses.

I cannot tell you, Blog Reader, just how much I love the shape of this dress and the layers and swathes that wrap around my body.  I wore this dress on Christmas Eve whilst toasting to my adventures in the USA – those from the past and those to come.

Travel has been a big part of 2011.  The changing landscape in America is so exciting to see and the scale of this amazes me all the time.  Pictures below, top right, clockwise: On route to Death Valley national park; San Francisco; The Grand Canyon and Yosemite Park‘s tunnel view.

Below: My home this past year – the southern tip of Manhattan; Brooklyn bridge and the East Village during the summer street fairs.

I miss friends and family in Europe like crazy but I’m grateful for this time in New York city.  I want to say thank you so much for being a StyleOnTheCouch reader in 2011. I look forward to sharing more with you in 2012 – see you then!

StyleOnTheCouch xo

Photo credits: Lydia Hudgens.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Birthdays :-)

Today is my birthday.  It is my first New York City birthday celebration since I moved to the US!

This weekend I’m having a very “Manhattan” style celebration but with the inevitable European twist.  Yesterday morning I met Lydia Hudgens for a photo shoot featuring some of my new birthday presents – this year I have been blessed with some very stylish gifts, including a bespoke dress from Bordelle and my favourite Diptyque candle (from who else but Anne of Ritournelleblog, merci Anne!).  In the evening I wore a beautiful dress by Tibi from Rent The Runway for dinner at Gottino NYC and today I’m having a very glamorous and decadent afternoon tea….

But lest I forget, let me introduce you to ‘Mlle Sarah’, above, who as you can see really has been spoilt this year with her presents.  This lovely piece of art was drawn for StyleOnTheCouch by a new friend Barbara, an artist from France who studied at University La Sorbonne.  She was recommended to me by someone I am close to who thought she would be a fabulous fit for the blog, and I completely agree!  ’Mlle Sarah’ might become a permanent fixture around here, if you like her, Blog Reader…. she seems quite cheeky, I kinda like her already.  And she notices some very funny things about psychology and fashion, I’d love her to share more…

More of Barbara’s art can be found on her Magical Mystery Blog

The blog is in its infancy, but it is sure to grow, do visit sometime, her character and super heroine ‘Barbara Cadabra‘ is delightful.

A birthday weekend in pictures…..

I will put full outfit posts of some of my gorgeous gifts on the blog over the next few weeks.  Right now, I believe there is a little more celebrating to do…

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” (A. Lincoln)