London Fever: Emma Louise London Printed Tee

I’m sad that the Olympics are drawing to a close.  I’ve been enjoying the panoramic shots of London town and feeling a surge of pride for the amazing organisation of the event and for Team GB’s successes.

It’s perhaps not surprising therefore that I’ve returned to one of my favourite UK designers Emma Louise London for this post.  This printed tee is part of Emma’s spring summer collection 2012, which you may have seen before on the blog.  The famous quote from Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist is probably also quite symbolic of going for what you want, Blog Reader, which makes me like this top even more.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.  The above showing yet again, that I should probably stick to Psychology, Blog Reader*.

Emma chose this quote as 2012 marks the bicentenary of Dicken’s birth (7th February 2012 to be precise).  His work was really quite amazing, transcending time, language and culture.  This is a fun tunic, paired best with skinny denim and a lot of colour to make the outfit stand out, I think.

Speaking of fun, time to get out in New York City and have me some. Tonight I’m celebrating the birthday of my blogger friend Anne in the West Village.  She may be returning to France soon where I can’t wait to visit her.  In the words of Dickens: “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” See you in Paris, mon petit poulet!

Wearing: Skinny legging jean from GAP; Heels, Dorothy Perkins; Sunglasses (in hand) GUESS.  Tunic, Emma Louise London.  Bracelet (just seen) Reiss (closest match here). Bodysuit (just seen) Between The Sheets.

*Um, clearly not a serious shot, Blog Reader.

Nine West x Pose Style Challenge: Week 2 (The Daisy Duke)

In week two of my Nine West x Pose Style Challenge, it’s Daisy Duke time.

This week I’m styling my MsFabulous sandals around my favourite denim cut-offs from GAP – a rare appearance of the legs on the blog I think you’ll agree, but since I lost last week’s challenge (we won’t dwell on that) the gloves are off – along with the trousers.

I always liked the character of Daisy Duke from The Dukes of Hazard.  She had a habit of getting herself into trouble but was always well-meaning (if a little of an air head at times). Her kind-hearted, innocent nature and well, her ability to handle weapons, ride horses and pretty much do anything required to get her and the boys out of a sticky situation made her pretty impressive in my book.  That and the shorts. The shorts were quite cool too*.

So Blog Reader, get over to Pose later today, follow @NineWest and cast your vote in the challenge by ‘loving’ my style (if you do!) – with this action you’ll be entered into a competition to win a pair of Nine West shoes and my legs and I will be eternally grateful.

Wearing: Sandals by Nine West; Bag, ASOS; Denim shorts and oxford shirt, both GAP.  Bracelet, Bordelle.  Sunglasses, GUESS.

*Let me be clear, she is no Wonder Woman, who remains my number one shorts-wearing-style-icon.  With far better hot-pants than Daisy, an invisible plane and a golden lasso that not only snared villains but forced people to tell the truth she was just brilliant.  The Wonder Woman outfit just didn’t work with the sandals.

Nine West approached me to take part in this challenge and are sponsoring my stylish efforts.  I decided to take on this challenge as I am a fan of Nine West, having purchased several of their styles in the past. You’ve likely seen me wearing Nine West before, for example here and here.  For this challenge however Nine West supplied me with these shoes free of charge and I’m sharing this with you because it’s a little different to my usual features.  And so, let the styling fun continue!

Flowers, Beach and Sea.

Help me out with a little research experiment, Blog Reader. How many of you can’t resist buying something new and perhaps that little bit different for a holiday? I call these items my ‘holiday purchases’ – whilst the vacation itself is for relaxing and exploring and rarely (perhaps surprisingly for me, shopping), before I head off I tend to buy one new thing to take with me and enjoy wearing.

This Zara dress was my Turkey-holiday-purchase.  I bought it in London in fact, quite taken with the neckline and bewitched by the print (shock, horror*).

I wore this dress often last week and I’m now looking to Mary Katrantzou and Erdem for the inspiration that will help me continue to wear it beyond my trip.  Erdem – the eternal king of floral prints in my book – has some delightful dresses in their new resort 2013 collection. Perhaps a bit more sombre than their usual designs, I nonetheless liked the silhouettes and use of lace:

Catwalk images above from Elle.com. Top, Erdem resort 2013. Below, Mary Katrantzou spring / summer 2012.

So where do you stand on floral prints right now Blog Reader? And as for my little piece of holiday-related research, let me know…

Wearing: Dress, Zara (no longer available on line, similar alternatives here and here); Leather ‘O’ bracelet (just seen) Bordelle; Clutch by CurlyInTheCity – her Etsy shop here.  Sunglasses, GUESS.

*Alright, alright, I might just have to concede that I can now ‘do’ print *gasps*