StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Edina Ronay

Tresco Island Ruin Beach Cafe Isles of Scilly StyleOnTheCouch

Edina Ronay Fashion

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Edina Ronay Jacket Tresco Isles of Scilly

Edina Ronay jacket blue jacket styleonthecouchThese pictures were taken just outside the Ruin Beach Cafe on Tresco Island, Isles of Scilly. You can see more holiday snaps here.   The day these images were taken I was very content to be hanging out in the sunshine and taking in the view at Raven’s Porth, Old Grimsby from the cafe over to St Martins island.  Clearly influenced by my beach and sea surroundings I went for a nautically-themed outfit; wearing my Edina Ronay Sailor Jacket, Mango white tee and ASOS jeans.  The Christy’s hat was loaned from American Boyfriend – it’s amazing how many clothes I steal from him these days :)

Edina Ronay has a fascinating history as a designer. Born in Budapest, Ronay moved to London with her family and studied fashion design at Central St Martins before moving on to RADA to work on her acting career.  She was somewhat of an ‘It Girl’ in England in the 60s, then decided to travel to Ibiza, Formenterra and Morocco before returning to London in the 70s to start her vintage lace and clothing shop on the wonderful Kings Road.  She began to design again, after being inspired by the vintage pieces she was selling, especially the knitwear for which Edina is most often known.  In 2012 Ronay launched her Red Label collection – a limited edition, luxury heritage collection designed and produced exclusively in Britain.  The sailor jacket is a lovely style, part of Spring Summer 13, of which Edina tells us:

“For Spring Summer I created timeless, flattering pieces which will take anyone effortlessly from desk to dinner. My trademark knitwear is inspired by the 40s and 50s and made with the highest quality British mercerised cotton, adorned with details such as mother of pearl buttons and lacy knit stitches and French couture lace trimmings.  Continuing to design and produce my collections in Britain is extremely important to me and I consider that nurturing and supporting British talent and workmanship is more vital now than ever.”

To view more of Edina Ronay’s collection click HERE.  Be sure to check out the Live to Love silk summer print dress, as with every purchase Ronay will donate 50% of the price to Druk White Lotus School in the Himalayas, a charity aimed at providing students from the area with an excellent education as well as teaching them social and life skills.  A worthy cause indeed!

In My Field of Dreams: ASOS Leather Baseball Cap

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Leather Baseball Cap ASOS StyleOnTheCouch Paige Denim William Williams William Williams Photography

Leather Baseball Cap StyleOnTheCouch ASOS William Williams Photography

ASOS Leather baseball cap ASOS White sweater StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

ASOS Leather cap StyleOnTheCouch Paige Denim William Williams Photography

I am, Blog Reader, incredibly happy to have broadband back in my flat and to feel connected again.  That not having internet gives me an end-of-the-world feeling has been an important lesson to me in how I am socially.  I don’t think I’ve written a letter to a friend in months (I still have a penpal in Italy, I miss our written thoughts!) and I’m becoming one of those phone ‘checkers’ who look at their screen out of habit rather than when I hear it ring.  Gah.

Although I am relieved to be able to write my blog regularly again and on my own time as opposed to in the gym bar* or local Starbucks, I realise I really have gone back to basics** with many of my outfits recently.  More denim like my favourite Paige jeans here, more simplicity in shapes, more quality in brands and fabrics. I recently invested in the fabulous DKNY silk cashmere cozy and I adore it and the last pair of trousers I bought for work were largely purchased because of the wonderfully soft royal blue crepe they were made from.

This leather baseball cap (a faux-leather version is also available, click here) from ASOS was inspired by the sportswear spirit of Herve Leger‘s autumn winter collection. Vogue called the baseball cap ‘fashion’s latest accessory’ and I’m now all over this trend, helped tremendously by American-boyfriend’s modeling of said trend (to him not a trend – me: “So, American-boyfriend, why do you wear baseball caps?” Him: “Because I like them.”)

Baseball caps require a relaxed look to accompany them.  I love the short sleeved boxy sweater I’m wearing here, also from ASOS, now reduced to 16 GBP in the sale.  Laid back jersey and denim is a great weekend look to go with the new cap.  Just remember, Blog Reader, if you build it, they will come.

Photos: William Williams.

*yes of course my bar has a gym. Obviously.

**Not totally back to basics. I wore my very pretty Lover The Label lace dress this weekend, a style you can see here on my instagram feed.

 

Paris Diary: (Paris is Always a Good Idea…)

StyleOnTheCouch H&M Sweater Fred Segal Hat Eiffel Tower Paris William Williams Photography

StyleOnTheCouch H&M Blue Knit Fed Segal Hat William Williams Eiffel Tower Fashion

Eiffel Tower Blue Jumper H&M StyleOnTheCouch

 

StyleOnTheCouch Paris Fashion Eiffel Tower H&M blue jumper

StyleOnTheCouch H&M Sweater Fred Segal Cashmere Hat Eiffel Tower Paris

I couldn’t have had a better start to the New Year than I did in Paris.  An amazing city for fashion, food and architecture – five days exploring Paris was the perfect way to kick-start 2013.  I did very little other than explore the streets on foot and soak up the sights and the atmosphere – the pretty Marais and Saint Germain with their boutiques and brasseries; the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden and the Pantheon.

Being January, walking around the city required several layers for warmth and I spent most of my time wrapped up underneath my coat in chunky knit sweaters and my favourite cashmere beanie from Fred Segal.  This persian blue jumper is from H&M – a spontaneous buy in December that is serving me well this winter!  Perfect with jeans this cable knit is a great colour to fight the grey clouds and dark nights that draw in so early.  Having said that, it was a beautiful day when these photos were taken at the Champ de Mars – I was so happy to be in Paris!

My Paris Foodie Notes:

Brunch at the divine Angelina Tearoom, at the wonderful suggestion of my friend Anne.  We dined on mini macarons, freshly baked organic rolls with jam and honey and duck foie gras terrine on brioche toasts with fig chutney.  All topped off with a glass of champagne, of course!

Coffee and cake at Jacques Genin in the Marais, where I met fellow blogger Cee – whose site I have followed avidly for some time now.  A fashion blogger and aspiring novelist currently away from her home in Vancouver for adventures in Paris, Cee’s personal style is inspired by her icons Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, Marion Cotillard and Leigh Lezark. At her suggestion I tried the Paris Brest pastry, a mouth-watering ring of choux pastry with praline cream filling.

Supper at Cafe Charlot, also in the Marais (where I met my gorgeous friend, handbag designer Kasia Dietz, for great wine and food).  A New York feel in a perfect Parisian setting.

A late night take-away crepe from one of the crepe stands in the Latin Quarter.  A must!

Chocolates from Maison Georges Larnicol.  A little taste for my Eurostar trip home….

My Paris Shopping Highlights:

Browsing Le Bon Marche, ambling around the streets of the Marais (for French staples Maje and Sandro) and visiting Mise En Cage boutique.

Wearing: Blue knit from H&M; Fred Segal cashmere beanie, jeans: sample.

Photos: William Williams.