Lounge Lover Essentials: The Pleasure of Downtime

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Lounge Lover Asymmetric pants styleonthecouch william williams photographerI seem to be having a fair bit of weekend down time this summer before I head back to the States to get married and take a lovely holiday after. Now the word ‘lounging’ can give rise to many a fashion faux pas; think shell suits, velour tracksuits and jelly shoes*. Thankfully, Lounge Lover‘s relaxed, effortless yet sensual approach to design is making it easy to be elegantly laid back this summer.

“Lounge Lover’s philosophy is simply to embrace life in the most relaxed way. Our collections have been designed purely for lounging, relaxing, feeling good and feeling beautiful…Our off-duty luxury is all about enjoying life.” – Sylvie Gabriel, Designer.

Categories into collections for Travel, Lounging and Everyday Essentials, the brand offer simplicity and luxury in each area.  Travelwear is a series of comfortable travel clothes such as the Happy Classic TrouserWithin Loungewear my favourites are the Happy Sweater and Sleeveless Dress.  Finally in the Essentials selection has a lovely Crew Neck Sweater for off duty dressing or even as a luxe base layer.

Wearing: Lounge Lover EterniTee Asymmetric Pants in blue; Whistles white top; Nine West heels and carrying Edina Ronay bag. Thank you to William Williams for the photos.  Lounge Lover currently have a winter sale on, perfect if you want to invest in key pieces for your winter wardrobe.

*I have in the past owned just one of this group of three. You can guess which.

Double Denim – Gap & Urban Outfitters

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Gap shirt Urban Outfitters BDG denim styleonthecouch lydia hudgens 7I often find myself missing NYC.  Perhaps because the weather has been so cold in England lately, perhaps because I’m not doing as much traveling as I was doing in the time I was there… but mostly I think it’s the people, the ‘can-do,’ ‘anything-is-possible’ attitude that I miss.  There are a few outfits I wore in fall in NYC that I’m back wearing again in springtime in the UK.  This double-denim set is something of a legend to me. It was my ‘failsafe’ weekend outfit for walks in Central Park (I may have ditched the high heels for my Converse by the time I got off the 6 train on the Upper East Side) and lazy brunches at Mud Coffee House.  I used to love tying the shirt across my stomach like Daisy Duke and how the jeans made me feel all Charlie’s Angels.  My boyfriend and I argue the toss about these jeans ALL the time – they are one of my favourite styles but he does not get high-waists at all.  Anyone else experience that the man doesn’t appreciate the high-waist styles? There must be some interesting psychology here.  Please share below!

Although not technically a double-denim outfit, since the top is a Gap chambray shirt it’s still all kinds of the blue that I love.  My heels are from Nine West, the jeans BDG / Urban Outfitters. I just need a rodeo now.  Just as well I am busy planning a return trip to the US in June hey, Blog Reader?

Photos: Lydia Hudgens Photography.

 

Poolside in Austin, Texas & Austin City Guide Part One

After a week in NYC, I’m now back in Austin, Texas.  Although I was just recently talking about fall wardrobes, I’m not in need of that quiiite yet, Blog Reader.  The temperature in the state of Texas remains in the 80s this month (that’s 30 degrees to you, Europe!) so here I am, in a typical Austin weekend outfit – denim cut offs, simple tee, sunglasses and sandals*.

Austin is an amazing city.  The weather is insanely gorgeous and the people here are so welcoming.  You’ll have seen snapshots, outfits and lots of travel tips from my trips to Austin over the past year but below I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite boutiques, bars and restaurants for part one of this week’s Austin City Guide:

Boutiques:

Co-Star Style 1708 S. Congress | 512.912.7970 – menswear and womenswear.  I was excited to find that they stock G Star Raw and J Crew, plus their range of sunglasses styles is excellent.
Feathers Vintage Boutique  1700b South Congress Ave | 512.912.9779 – sister store to Moss Austin (who you can read about here) this place has some amazing biker tees and enough accessories for you to put together a whole outfit before you leave the boutique.
Teddies for Bettys 211 West 2nd Street | 512.614.2103 – how happy am I that I can still get my lingerie fix in Ashley’s boutique.  Ashley’s blog keeps you in the know about in store events (DJs, champagne and cupcakes reign supreme here) plus she shares her expert knowledge on lingerie styling and current inspirations.  A must visit!

Photos: Red Rogue Studios

Bars/Restaurants:

Guero’s Taco Bar 1411 South Congress Ave | 512.447.7688 – an outdoor bar area playing live music several nights a week.  Grab one of their speciality margaritas and stay a while, especially on Wednesdays when Texas Music Radio live broadcasts from the garden.
Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden 709 East Sixth Street | 512.614.4972 – when I am missing NYC I can get my pretzel fix here, but really you come for the sausages and extensive drinks menu.  Absolutely try the Merguez and drink yourself under the table with their list of amazing brews.
Wearing: Denim (short) shorts, Urban Outfitters.  Sandals, Nine West.  Tee, Marks and Spencer.  Sunglasses, GUESS.

I’ll be posting part two of my guide later in the week, Blog Reader. Do visit!

*Life as a fashion blogger is certainly much much easier in a place with very little rain or wind.