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.

The Sporting Life.

Image above via StylePhile / Peter Michael Dills / Getty Images

Somewhere in between trying on the Rag & Bone jeans I’ve been coveting for ages and purchasing a visor from ASOS, I realised I was leaning heavily towards modern sport style clothing.  My Wardrobe defined this trend as “sometimes techy, always functional and   unquestionably chic, it works 24/7 Monday to Sunday“.  Not long after seeing the My Wardrobe feature, which brought together a collection of brands under this theme, I read a nice blog post on Style Positively about sports luxe styling.  I asked Chelsie if she would adapt the post for StyleOnTheCouch; she said yes (thanks Chelsie!) and so here it is…

Sport Luxe won’t see you go unnoticed this spring with contrasting colors, geometric shapes, mesh fabrics and form fitting shapes.  Alexander Wang captured this trend perfectly with his spring ready to wear collection that was inspired by sports such as motorcross and BMX.  His side-striped designs on tops and pants not only gave them a bold, edgier look but they also helped create a leaner silhouette which added a very feminine chicness to the overall style:

What I like about this trend is that it’s somewhat of a challenge in that is different from what you normally see during the springtime. Everyone’s personal style can adapt to the sport trend, whether your look is edgy or sophisticated.  It allows you to keep true to your style but with a more sporty casual chic flair which is perfect for weekend wear. Plus, you won’t have to sacrifice your beloved heels for sneakers! Nicole Miller, Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang paired their sporty looks with a great pair of high heels:So, if you’re going for a (seemingly contradictory) soft and edgy look the garments from the Alexander Wang collection will suit you perfectly. For a more sophisticated style try items like this relaxed Markus Lupfer Sweater from ASOS that has the added detail of contrasting colors in the pleated hem and these ASOS fitted straight leg pants with piping down the side.Even though these items are fantastic for the present spring season they are also perfect to carry into fall.  J Crew and Kelly Wearstler both paired vibrant sweaters with flowy skirts and fitted pants in their fall 2012 ready to wear collections:Runway photos from Style.com.

Be Stylish. Stay Positive. Style Positively ~ Chelsie xo

Race you to the shops, Blog Reader (sorry, couldn’t resist).