Double Denim – Gap & Urban Outfitters

Gap shirt Urban Outfitters BDG denim styleonthecouch lydia hudgens 8

Gap shirt Urban Outfitters BDG denim styleonthecouch lydia hudgens 4

Gap shirt Urban Outfitters BDG denim styleonthecouch lydia hudgens

Gap shirt Urban Outfitters BDG denim styleonthecouch lydia hudgens 7I often find myself missing NYC.  Perhaps because the weather has been so cold in England lately, perhaps because I’m not doing as much traveling as I was doing in the time I was there… but mostly I think it’s the people, the ‘can-do,’ ‘anything-is-possible’ attitude that I miss.  There are a few outfits I wore in fall in NYC that I’m back wearing again in springtime in the UK.  This double-denim set is something of a legend to me. It was my ‘failsafe’ weekend outfit for walks in Central Park (I may have ditched the high heels for my Converse by the time I got off the 6 train on the Upper East Side) and lazy brunches at Mud Coffee House.  I used to love tying the shirt across my stomach like Daisy Duke and how the jeans made me feel all Charlie’s Angels.  My boyfriend and I argue the toss about these jeans ALL the time – they are one of my favourite styles but he does not get high-waists at all.  Anyone else experience that the man doesn’t appreciate the high-waist styles? There must be some interesting psychology here.  Please share below!

Although not technically a double-denim outfit, since the top is a Gap chambray shirt it’s still all kinds of the blue that I love.  My heels are from Nine West, the jeans BDG / Urban Outfitters. I just need a rodeo now.  Just as well I am busy planning a return trip to the US in June hey, Blog Reader?

Photos: Lydia Hudgens Photography.

 

Friday Lingerie Lust: Maison Close

I first read about lingerie brand Maison Close on some of my favourite blogs before I stumbled across their designs in that little gem of a lingerie boutique ‘Azaleas‘ in the East Village, NYC.  I’ve featured them before as a Friday Lingerie post and with four new collections ready to tantalize and seduce, it’s time to feature them again.

If you are looking for lingerie that is well priced, comfortable and enormously sensual, Maison Close is perfect for you.  The brand is committed to the game of love: erotic, chic and refined.  From their lookbook:

Maison Close shows pride in its commitment to a peculiarly French style of love games in which gallantry and naughty pleasures form a perfect blend. The brand plays with the notions of control and submission, secrecy and revelation, retention and ecstasy, with each successive collection avoiding the pitfall of vulgarity and showy exhibitionism.”

New collections include Villa Satine in black (second image) available now and Exquise Allure, (image top) available to purchase from January on the Maison Close website.  I very much like how the simplicity of the set in the very first image translates into such an alluring (naturally, given the name) design – having previously brought out Pavillon Bellevue in ivory, I was pleased to see the label include these styles in particular in the new collection.  A bodysuit and long sleeved dress complete the series.

Above: Feerie Precieuse.  Below, the bodysuit from the forthcoming Nuit Blanche - sheer and studded: Brighten up his nights with the radiance of your underwear Maison Close inform us.*

I own several Maison Close designs and some of their accessories too, which I feel make perfect gifts – they are presented in elegant purple boxes almost the colour of Milk Tray**.  Affordable and attractive, how can you resist?

You can purchase Maison Close direct from their website. Also from Faire Frou Frou, Shop Des Createurs, Coco De Mer and Journelle.

*Oo la laaaa indeed.

**This comment may only be relevant for my UK readers. You’ll just have the Google the Milk Tray man, Blog Reader.  Or think James Bond, bringing you chocolate. Yes, one can dream…

New York, I Love You (& Further Adventures…)

I’m packing up my East Village apartment this week, Blog Reader.  There is a lot of travel ahead – First things first, I’m starting with a trip back home to London (bit of a last minute thing, I know, I know).  I’m excited about returning back home again for a break.  I hope you stay with me for these adventures in London and beyond.

I’m not one for huge long goodbyes. I tend to subscribe to the wisdom of Carrie Bradshaw:

“After all, things change, so do cities, people come into your life and they go. But it’s comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart… and if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.”

I am very fortunate to have met so many amazing people here in NYC.  You all know who you are, and you made me feel very welcome.  Thank you – I will miss you!*

I have also truly loved living in the East Village, Manhattan.  Though we are perhaps not as trendy as our West Village counterpart there are a heap of amazingly cool bars, places to eat and boutiques to shop in.

Right now, Blog Reader, it’s all about #TeamGB.  There is a lot of inspiration from my homeland for this current blog post**, seen in my cute Forever21 Union Jack tee in grey, gold and black.  Yet worn with my skinny jeans from Artistic Fabric Mills and chunky All Access heels from Nine West, there is a little America here too.

I previously wrote some reflections about blogging and personal development, but I also think a lot of changes that I have encountered these past eighteen months have happened because of moving to a different country and experiencing a different culture.  I’ll leave more of these learnings for another time, but mostly America is an amazing place with a great attitude of how to live with hope and possibilities.  I’m a huge fan of that way of living.

I’m heading to Top Of The Rock tonight to take in all of Manhattan.  Hope you have a fabulous weekend, Blog Reader!!

Wearing: Forever 21 tee, All Access heels from Nine West, Jeans from Artistic Fabric Mills (sample).
Photos by the AMAZING Lydia Hudgens.

*Not really a goodbye, I hate goodbyes and I will be back for a New York visit in September.

**The hair is undeniably NYC. When you come to Manhattan, you get sleek, not frizzy. England you’d better have good weather in store for me!