Looking to Fall: Timo Weiland, J Crew, Graceship & Aldo

Let’s talk about traveling, Blog Reader.  I’ve always wanted to be an organized, efficient traveller, with the perfect capsule wardrobe and perfectly chic luggage…  Yes, Blog Reader, I would arrive at Heathrow airport with my large round sunglasses, skinny jeans and perfect hair a la Posh Spice like that long haul flight never happened.

My status as a Spice Girl as yet unconfirmed* I do have several things that are making traveling across the Atlantic easier this trip.  I was gifted this fabulous laptop bag from Graceship last month and it’s the perfect briefcase for my Apple mac and all my travel essentials.  Graceship have a series of three laptop bags: New York (mine), Chicago and London - New York is my favourite for its sophisticated and boxy shape, shoulder strap (not seen) and multiple interior pockets. London would look at home on Kate Middleton’s arm I’m sure!  New York however feels more me. I also like that it doesn’t appear too business-y for a laptop bag.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

You may remember my trip to Charleston last month and to the wonderful Hampden Clothing where owner Stacey pulled this pleated Timo Weiland skirt out for me from her sale selection.  It’s a proving a lovely transitional piece for the slight chill in the air in London** and I love wearing it with my silk Blythe Blouse from J Crew - a wardrobe staple of mine.  J Crew just introduced a new retro jade colour for the shirt that’s a fabulous aqua colour – on my wish list.

A few words on these shoes – I bought this pair from ALDO in their summer sale just recently at a great price.  ALDO still have some good reductions on high-heeled sandals – check out the site if you’re in the market for a pair.

This week in London has been a whirlwind.  I’ve had a lot of fun though.  I’m flying back to America on Tuesday, heading to Austin via NYC.  I’ll post some of my London trip photos soon – yesterday I had a fun brunch with Anna of South Molton St Style, Dearne of Notting Hill Girl and Briony of A Girl A Style followed by an impromptu photoshoot near Golden Square.  I also met the lovely Milla of Not Just Another Milla for a catch up – she has the best afternoon tea reviews I have ever read so be sure to check these out on her site.  Until next time, London…

Wearing: Blythe Blouse, J Crew; Heels, ALDO; Skirt, Timo Weiland from Hampden Clothing; New York laptop BagGraceship; Belt, COSChain Gold Plated Bracelet, Freddie & Cinnamon.

*OK ok so I did miss the boat on that one but I can do a mean ‘zig a zig ah’ after two large glasses of wine. Watch me.

**Technically still summer, feels like autumn, oh well London I still love you.

Hell For Leather.

I first saw these Tom Gunn Penn heels back in September when I met designers Gabrielle Thompson and Shannon Gunn at Caspule.  They invited me to their preview event in NYC where I saw their full autumn / winter collection, a unique series of shoes, all individually styled, created from mixed textures and contrasting colours.  The bone / orange colours are unlike anything I own in footwear, so it took me a while to get the styling right in terms of what to pair them with.

Here I’m back to black – in an outfit I’m most likely packing for the UK next week. These Gap skinnies and my J Crew Blythe Blouse are probably the most versatile pieces I own.  The silk blouse is available in some amazing colours – a ‘bright sun’ neon yellow, vibrant ‘marrakech purple’ and a hot pink ‘neon rose’ but you know me, Blog Reader, I own alabaster and black and that’s perfect for my style.

This is one of my favourite weekend outfits.  My bag here is by The Frye Company, who do a lovely set of messenger bag styles – this Cameron Crossbody fits a tablet and all the daily necessities in an attractive antique leather style.  It’s the perfect partner for my leather cuffs, which are finally relaxing a bit after some wear.

I also think, Blog Reader, this outfit might just prove that five months into my mission to accessorise, accessorise, accessorise, I might just have cracked it.  Belt? Check.  Bag? Check. Cuffs? Check (check). Sunglasses? Check.

Mission no longer impossible. Mission = completed.

Any fashion goals for you this year, Blog Reader?

Wearing: J Crew Blythe Blouse; Tom Gunn Penn heels; Frye Cameron Magazine Crossbody; Fleet Ilya Corner Studded Cuffs in nude; Skinny Legging Jean from Gap. Belt, Dorothy Perkins; Sunglasses, GUESS.
Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

“I Love You, But I Love Myself More” ~ Carrie Bradshaw

I always indulge in a little ‘self love’ at Christmas, Blog Reader, and make a little purchase from one of the Christmas sales that start around this time.  Given my love of Reiss, I enjoy browsing their sale – my top picks are the Corona feather tank and the Raina dress in ‘night sky’:

After I posted about my Reiss column skirt on Sunday, I got some requests for other ways to style it. Since the Alfie skirt is included in the Reiss Christmas sale it feels timely to repost it here for a second look.

I’m posting my office casual Christmas drinks outfit today but I find it so difficult to get my style for these events right.  Office drinks starting in the late afternoon don’t require the glamour or sparkle of an evening event and you still gotta work in the morning (hey ho).  I kept it simple and left the silhouette to do the talking this year.  I adore the high waist on this skirt, it gives me curves as well as dramatic length which I love. I paired it with my J Crew silk blouse that should probably win an award for ‘most versatile item in my wardrobe’ this year.  J Crew have released two new “luxe” versions of this shirt – one in neon azalea and the other in sand dune – perfect for spring’s palette of pastels and highlighter colours.  One of my top hints for investment pieces for 2012.

The rest of this week is now about winding down to Christmas….. and enjoying the holidays…

What’s your go to office drinks outfit, Blog Reader?

Wearing: Alfie maxi column skirt from Reiss; shoes, Izabela from Nine West; Blythe silk blouse from J Crew.