Lace Mini Dress: Loyd Ford

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LoydFord-Lace-Dress-styleonthecouch-1As the weather turns warmer and the sun sets later in the evening, I remember all those favorite wardrobe pieces I need to drag out of storage this time of year.

This mini dress by Loyd Ford, with long lace sleeves and metallic shimmer, is a perfect spring transitional piece.  Long sleeves and short skirts seems like a strange combination at first, but it is one I love for warmth and glamour.  If you choose, as all good fashion bibles suggest, to show off just one of your favourite assets – e.g. highlighting your legs, your back, or your shoulders, but never all at once – then this could be a perfect style for you. Get those pins ready and step out in style….

For more in this vein, try:

Long sleeved peplum hem mini from ASOS now 16.50 GBP

Lark mint/cream lace overlay dress from Reiss, 195.00 GBP

Tibi Bibelot long sleeved dress 365.00 USD

Diane von Furstenburg Zarita lace mini dress from Net a Porter, 295.00 GBP

Lover jungle cotton-blend dress 780.00 GBP

Photos: William Williams.

Wearing: Dress from Loyd Ford; Sunglasses, Prada; Heels, Zara.

Sun, Swimming & Sequins

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Last month I spent five nights in Mexico, staying at the Hard Rock resort along Riviera Maya – home to the archeological site of Tulum, a Mayan walled city that now lies in ruins. The warmth brought out my playful, colourful side – this sequin jacket by Loyd Ford was a perfect piece of packing for my Christmas and New Year travels, and my bikini here is by Triangl Swimwear. The bikini is made out of sporty neoprene and I have two, the Chloe and the Penny Wanderlust ‘Ollie’ –  I pack them for every beach holiday now.

Looking back to my Mexico trip I’m reminded of my 2014 resolution to travel to somewhere new or different once a month. Let’s see how I do, Blog Reader. Happy New Year!

Wearing: Triangl Swim Indiana Ice ‘Chloe’ Bikini; Loyd Ford Jacket. Photos by William Williams.

The Beauty of Lace: Inspiration

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Lace For Love and Lemons

The real good of a piece of lace, then, you will find, is that it should show, first, that the designer of it had a pretty fancy; next, that the maker of it had fine fingers; lastly, that the wearer of it has worthiness or dignity enough to obtain what is difficult to obtain, and common sense enough not to wear it on all occasions” ~ John Ruskin

When I think of dresses for events and the holiday season, I often turn to lace as a way of injecting a little fine elegance and beautiful mystery into the occasion.  It hasn’t always been this way, Blog Reader; following the release of Madonna’s La Isla Bonita black lace always seemed too black Spanish window and therefore rather depressing so my teens were mostly spent avoiding it.  On reflection perhaps I just did not have the courage to wear lace then – because after all lace is as much about the space between the threads as the threads themselves.

A multitude of different types of lace exist. Lace can be bold, classic or edgy, demure or sexy, formal or casual; it both revels and conceals.  I opted for a lace wedding dress this year because I love the romance of lace too.

I feel rather inspired by lace. Here I’m sharing with you some of my inspirations and favourite buys of the moment. From bottom up: dress from For Love & Lemons; yellow lace tulle sleeveless dress and embroidered cardigan, LOYD + FORD from Montaigne Market; my dress from Think Closet NYC; Katlun lace bodice dress and Opie lace fit and flare dress from Reiss. Collage: misc from Pinterest.

Are you as inspired by lace as I am?

Hope you had a fabulous weekend, Blog Reader! xx