Hell For Leather.

I first saw these Tom Gunn Penn heels back in September when I met designers Gabrielle Thompson and Shannon Gunn at Caspule.  They invited me to their preview event in NYC where I saw their full autumn / winter collection, a unique series of shoes, all individually styled, created from mixed textures and contrasting colours.  The bone / orange colours are unlike anything I own in footwear, so it took me a while to get the styling right in terms of what to pair them with.

Here I’m back to black – in an outfit I’m most likely packing for the UK next week. These Gap skinnies and my J Crew Blythe Blouse are probably the most versatile pieces I own.  The silk blouse is available in some amazing colours – a ‘bright sun’ neon yellow, vibrant ‘marrakech purple’ and a hot pink ‘neon rose’ but you know me, Blog Reader, I own alabaster and black and that’s perfect for my style.

This is one of my favourite weekend outfits.  My bag here is by The Frye Company, who do a lovely set of messenger bag styles – this Cameron Crossbody fits a tablet and all the daily necessities in an attractive antique leather style.  It’s the perfect partner for my leather cuffs, which are finally relaxing a bit after some wear.

I also think, Blog Reader, this outfit might just prove that five months into my mission to accessorise, accessorise, accessorise, I might just have cracked it.  Belt? Check.  Bag? Check. Cuffs? Check (check). Sunglasses? Check.

Mission no longer impossible. Mission = completed.

Any fashion goals for you this year, Blog Reader?

Wearing: J Crew Blythe Blouse; Tom Gunn Penn heels; Frye Cameron Magazine Crossbody; Fleet Ilya Corner Studded Cuffs in nude; Skinny Legging Jean from Gap. Belt, Dorothy Perkins; Sunglasses, GUESS.
Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

“I Love You, But I Love Myself More” ~ Carrie Bradshaw

I always indulge in a little ‘self love’ at Christmas, Blog Reader, and make a little purchase from one of the Christmas sales that start around this time.  Given my love of Reiss, I enjoy browsing their sale – my top picks are the Corona feather tank and the Raina dress in ‘night sky’:

After I posted about my Reiss column skirt on Sunday, I got some requests for other ways to style it. Since the Alfie skirt is included in the Reiss Christmas sale it feels timely to repost it here for a second look.

I’m posting my office casual Christmas drinks outfit today but I find it so difficult to get my style for these events right.  Office drinks starting in the late afternoon don’t require the glamour or sparkle of an evening event and you still gotta work in the morning (hey ho).  I kept it simple and left the silhouette to do the talking this year.  I adore the high waist on this skirt, it gives me curves as well as dramatic length which I love. I paired it with my J Crew silk blouse that should probably win an award for ‘most versatile item in my wardrobe’ this year.  J Crew have released two new “luxe” versions of this shirt – one in neon azalea and the other in sand dune – perfect for spring’s palette of pastels and highlighter colours.  One of my top hints for investment pieces for 2012.

The rest of this week is now about winding down to Christmas….. and enjoying the holidays…

What’s your go to office drinks outfit, Blog Reader?

Wearing: Alfie maxi column skirt from Reiss; shoes, Izabela from Nine West; Blythe silk blouse from J Crew.