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!)

Ready, Get Set, Jet Set

And so, New York Fashion Week is in full swing.  I’ll post my highlights on the blog soon – right now I’m loving cocoon silhouettes, the Ming warrior style at Jason Wu and the white and gold gowns at Prabal Gurung  (the latter is snow queen mixed with 70s disco and a bit of super hero thrown in –  and yes, it totally works.)  You can see photos of the shows on Now Fashion.

Fashion stops for no-one and the inescapable task of packing for my London trip took precedence this weekend.  I’m travelling within England as well as across the Atlantic next week and Koza came to my rescue with this perfectly sized Rajani travel tote to make my life easy.  The compartments are perfect for organising my carry on, with the laptop pouch and magazine sleeve a Psychologist who is behind on reading her research papers fashion blogger’s dream.

My travel outfit is a combination of brights, neons, nudes and tailoring.  (Oh, FYI, there is a very necessary pair of flats in my bag, although I am also one of those flyers who will always wear the free socks).  This is a combination I’m hugely fond of right now but I feel that my way with neon is only in the accessories.  This skinny fluorescent belt from ASOS is perfect along with the faded yellow tee from Gap. I love how the belt stands out against the blue legging jeans too.

I’ve had this jacket from River Island for years – a label I really want to visit back in London as their spring collection includes some really interesting prints, check out this pink scarf pink blazer as an example.

Photos by the amazing Lydia Hudgens.

And so without further ado I am almost ready for the off.  Gah I hate packing though.

What do you wear to travel, Blog Reader? And how do you wear neons?

Wearing: Heels from Dorothy Perkins; jacket from River Island, belt from ASOS, tee and jean leggings from Gap; bag from KOZA c/o Riot PR for my trip.

Milly by Michelle Holiday Styling Soiree…

Yesterday the lovely Milly by Michelle invited me to a styling event at their NYC flagship boutique on Madison Avenue.  I was asked to create two looks – one with the holidays in mind and the other a style that I would select for myself as day wear.  Of course, with Milly’s timeless silhouettes and luxe fabrics with a vintage vibe, I had no trouble at all selecting pieces that I loved.  I styled one look (picture, top) around an exquisite rose print skirt, full with pleats for that slight fit and flare that you know, Blog Reader, I adore.

I paired it with a cute black silk and lace blouse and carried the gold flap bag.  When I discovered that the blouse had also made it into the Milly collection as a dress, I knew my second style immediately.  There is something of a ‘House of Elliot’ feel to this dress (a UK TV series I was addicted to when I was younger, about dressmakers in the 1920s) and I chose to give it some colour with this fabulous boxy tote and statement bracelet.  I could quite happily have waltzed out of the store and directly down Madison Avenue in this outfit, feeling like a million dollars!

These looks form part of a styling competition on the Milly Facebook Page. If you have time to vote for one of my looks by “liking” them I should be very grateful – also, the look with the most “likes” will also be sold by Milly at a discount (of course this black dress is very versatile so of course it would make a fabulous purchase, Blog Reader *winks*)

The event and a chance to try my hand at being a stylist rather than a Psychologist was challenging but a heap of fun.  Thank you to Milly for inviting me!

You can view the Milly Holiday Collection here.  To vote for a look on facebook, click here.

What do you think of my looks?