London Fever: Emma Louise London Printed Tee

I’m sad that the Olympics are drawing to a close.  I’ve been enjoying the panoramic shots of London town and feeling a surge of pride for the amazing organisation of the event and for Team GB’s successes.

It’s perhaps not surprising therefore that I’ve returned to one of my favourite UK designers Emma Louise London for this post.  This printed tee is part of Emma’s spring summer collection 2012, which you may have seen before on the blog.  The famous quote from Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist is probably also quite symbolic of going for what you want, Blog Reader, which makes me like this top even more.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.  The above showing yet again, that I should probably stick to Psychology, Blog Reader*.

Emma chose this quote as 2012 marks the bicentenary of Dicken’s birth (7th February 2012 to be precise).  His work was really quite amazing, transcending time, language and culture.  This is a fun tunic, paired best with skinny denim and a lot of colour to make the outfit stand out, I think.

Speaking of fun, time to get out in New York City and have me some. Tonight I’m celebrating the birthday of my blogger friend Anne in the West Village.  She may be returning to France soon where I can’t wait to visit her.  In the words of Dickens: “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” See you in Paris, mon petit poulet!

Wearing: Skinny legging jean from GAP; Heels, Dorothy Perkins; Sunglasses (in hand) GUESS.  Tunic, Emma Louise London.  Bracelet (just seen) Reiss (closest match here). Bodysuit (just seen) Between The Sheets.

*Um, clearly not a serious shot, Blog Reader.

Dancing With Florals…

This afternoon in New York City – a lot of spring sun and a little free time, a chance to visit some of my favourite places; the first trip of the year to Sundaes and Cones (not called ‘the journey to ice-cream paradise’ for nothing) and browsing Cadillac’s Castle for bargains…

‘The basics’ are sometimes difficult to do well, but Amber Sakai gets it right every time.  I’m wearing the Ballerina Body from her spring 2012 collection in this photo – it’s a gorgeously smooth-on-the-skin and just-fitted-enough bodysuit that you can pair with trousers, skirts or shorts, or wear it on it’s own for lounging around…. it is a simple and versatile piece – something for the perfect capsule wardrobe.

I’ve paired Amber’s bodysuit with my Cartonnier floral pants from Anthropologie, here.  I took a deep breath buying these trousers since a) they are cropped (like three quarter length sleeves, I often think ‘hmm what’s the point?!’) and b) perhaps the more obvious reason – that they are colourful and bright and have flowers on them.

I now laugh in the face of my former print-eluding self and these sateen slim pants make me feel like skipping through fields.  Well, First Avenue, maybe….

What is your go-to brand for chic simplicity of the very finest standards (ahem, may I suggest Amber Sakai), Blog Reader?  And where do you stand on floral pants – love them or hate them?  (I’m not sure you can sit on the fence with this one!)

Wearing: Sunglasses from GUESS; heels from Dorothy Perkins; pants from Anthropologie (by Cartonnier), bodysuit, Amber Sakai and wallet, Karen Millen (a lovely birthday present last year from my friends in the UK, thanks guys!)

Curls and Kimonos….

Both the last two weekends here in NYC have been lovely.  My birthday weekend was filled with fun things to do.  Thanksgiving was very relaxing and a chance to reflect that I’m grateful for all the amazing people I have met here in America as well as for friends who have continued to write, email, Skype and chat with me from back home.

In the manner of relaxation, I have this amazing kimono style dress/jacket from Topshop that I adore for its throw-on-simplicity and chic minimalism.  I can wear it tightly wrapped around at the waist, more loosely wrapped to give an ooh la la side split, or open as a jacket over jeans.  It was found for me by Topshop’s personal shopping service in SoHo NYC – a service I hadn’t intended to use, but the shop wasn’t busy and they were very obliging. I also got some great style tips from them during my impromptu visit and they even have mini cupcakes, so points all round!

Sadly since my shopping trip I have not been able to find this exact same style online.  This silk wrap dress is a close and very elegant match, however.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

Wearing: Kimono style dress/jacket by TopShop. Shoes, Dorothy Perkins.

Go to clothing for relaxing weekends, Blog Reader? Or my US readers, you might tell me your outfit of choice for Thanksgiving… I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, relaxing or celebrating! xo