I Stole Her Chanel

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Reiss_Heels_Reformation_Skirt_Chanel_BagWhen it comes to accessories, I’m a basic-kinda-gal.  Black bag? Check.  Oversized bag? Check. Clutch? Check check. Anything else? Ermmmm….. doesn’t that cover all the options?

Happy am I, therefore, when I can ‘loan’ my new neighbor’s accessories for a blog shoot.  Since moving to Cambridge I’ve found myself in close proximity to fellow blogger Briony of A Girl A Style - we’d met prior to my move to Cambridge but quite co-incidentally we found ourselves a stone’s throw from each other.  Very handy when it comes to [motivation to attend your weekly barre fitness classes and] photoshoots out and about in Cambridge; mostly for the necessary humour when passers-by decide to comment on a) choice of outfit (yes, yes, thank you I like it too, please don’t stand and watch you are really putting me off) b) appropriateness of said choice of outfit during current climate (the fashion calendar works in advance leave me alone) or perhaps even c) just photobombing me (really? REALLY?). Actually c) only ever happened in NYC, we Brits are far too polite for that kind of thing.

But I digress. On this recent shoot I wanted to show an option for going-out in the winter evenings.  I can struggle to balance my love of fashion with my basic need for warmth (I hate being cold, Blog Reader,) so I’m constantly seeking solutions where I don’t have to make a choice in this dilemma.  I have this new three-quarter length sleeved polo neck by Pop Boutique which is a great choice for comfort, warmth and a dose of minimal chic-ness, which I’m wearing here with this midi skirt with a dramatic front split from US brand Reformation.  The Isla Heels are from Reiss (did you see the ‘My Style, After Dark’ collaboration with Reiss Fashion?) and the bag? A temporary loan from A Girl A Style.  She has all the best accessories. I stole her Chanel for this feature. It really made me want to be an accessories person, it really did*.

Photos: Beth Morton.

*saving starts now.

Bodies and Bikinis: Swimwear 365

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Swimwear365_bikini4I’m sure you are all expecting Fall / Winter posts from me, but right now all I can think about is how much I miss the sun.  No layering or wrapping up here – I pretty much only took swimwear with me to The Canary Islands last month as my one holiday wish was to lie on the beach and by the pool.  That wish was granted, and actually, Blog Reader, this is quite possibly the most tanned my English skin has been for a while!

I stayed in Gran Canaria, along the south of the island.  The resort could be really windy at times, but on this occasion when I managed to drag my husband to the beach at sunset for these photos in my Lascana bikini from Swimwear 365 the weather was still and the whole island was barely waking up.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading for work about body image and body confidence: the extent to which these things are inherited and learned by our attachment relationships vs affected by our experiences.  I know many women who won’t wear a bikini, ever, and whilst I’m all for choice when it comes to dressing for one’s shape and knowing one’s style, it seems such a shame that so many women feel the need to cover up.  I wrote a little something for a New Zealand style magazine on body image and the media and I hope to share that with you soon.  In the meantime, Swimwear 365 have an excellent selection of swimwear for all shapes and sizes so do check out their site if you are lucky enough to be on route to some winter sun, and want to find the perfect swimwear for you.

Coming up on the blog this week! An exciting project with Reiss Fashion and some ‘straight talk’ with GHD about creating the perfect straight hair with their styling tools. Do check back in soon!

Wearing: Bikini by Lascana from Swimwear365. Photos: @societemember.

Alluring Activewear: Espalier Sport

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Fitness_Fashion_nike_espaliersportDuring my September holiday to The Canary Islands, American Husband inspired me to keep working at my fitness and created for me a series of largely bodyweight-focused ‘WODS’ (workout-of-the-day in CrossFit terms).  Since no equipment is needed you can pretty much do these anywhere, anytime – perfect for when you are traveling or can’t make the gym*.  I’ve been trying to incorporate this style of activity into my workout routine back home, and of course whenever I start any new fitness regime, you can pretty much guarantee I’ll need some new kit to wear that motivates me to work hard and feel my best.

Espalier Sport are a new brand that weaves sleek, seductive, silhouettes with subtle yet powerful feminine details into an active-lifestyle collection for withstanding the rigors of fitness as well as being something you want to incorporate into everyday wear.  Designer Karen Hseih developed Espalier Sport from an appreciation of lingerie and an interest in the empowering nature of innerwear for some women. With this active-wear collection, she seeks to embrace both ease in movement and sensual freedom of expression, which she achieves very nicely with this comfortable and a-hint-of-the-provocative line.

I’ve worn this cropped wide-band bra-top for yoga and the bodyweight WODS I mentioned at the start of this post.  Whilst some might find the straps insubstantial for lots of high impact activity (you might prefer the midriff bra top), the wide band gives good support around the chest area.  This top is lined, has removable cups and a racer-back which I much prefer for freedom of upper body movement.

You can view the whole collection of tops, bottoms and cover-ups HERE.

Wearing: Wide band bra top by Espalier Sport. Shorts and trainers: Nike. Beach towel, KOZA. Photos: Beth Morton Photography.

*Go on – feel inspired!  Fall is a perfect time of year for running outside or getting involved in activity in your local parks and gardens.  And if you’re really interested – to view some travel WODS, click HERE.