Lingerie & Loungewear: Uye Surana

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uyesurana2It is not often that I find a brand that straddles both lingerie and loungewear styles to produce delicate, comfortable, and modern clothing.  Uye Surana is one of those brands, bringing us both soft lace and satin intimates, everyday loungewear and silk and jersey daywear.

Uye Surana, (pronounced Yoo Sur-rah-nuh) was created by designer Monica Wesley, who formed the brand name from a combination of family names to reflect her Japanese and European descent.  A former student of Parsons School of Design, Wesley creates a romantic, relaxed aesthetic throughout her collections.

Cold, winter weekends provide me with the perfect opportunity to live (indoors!) in these styles.  These photos were taken on my birthday weekend at the wonderful Luton Hoo hotel and spa, a beautiful 5 star retreat just outside of London.  The chance to slow down at weekends is gold dust in the run up to Christmas, so I’m going to get comfortable, and enjoy it :)

Wearing: Uye Surana silk ballet bralette and crossed heart long sleeve pullover. Pants: Zara.

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.