Post London Fashion Week: Sporty Lounging

Skinny Jeans Nike Tee StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Nike Tee Skinny Jeans Cup of Tea StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Nike Sweater Skinny Denim StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

StyleOnTheCouch in Nike Sweater Skinny Jeans by William Williams Photography

Skinny Denim Nike Tee StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Nike Tee and Denin Jeans StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

I left LFW yesterday, Blog Reader, having attended the Holly Fulton show at ME London and catching up with the lovely Notting Hill Girl and South Molton Street Style.  It was so interesting being at London Fashion Week rather than New York this season – London has multiple show venues which seems to bring a unique and exciting energy to the proceedings, yet as a result it doesn’t quite feel as polished at the events at the Lincoln Center.  There certainly feels like more individuality on the streets however; a greater display of colour and mixing of trends in attendees in contrast to the uniform sleekness of Manhattan (which, I must say, I love the place for!)

After a few days running around London in heels, seeing both new and established designer collections emerge, meeting some of my favourite blogger friends and arranging other catch-ups then stolen over coffee, I find myself with a few days to relax.  In between fashion week and moving home for a new job I’m all about lounging.  I’ve even hung up my harnesses for a while, Blog Reader :)

This is where sporty sweaters and skinny jeans come in, and a cup of Earl Grey at that.  Here are more of my blogger off duty favourites:

Reiss Lupo Apricot Neon Trim Jumper, 89 GBP

Ash Wedge Trainers, 185 GBP

Lounge Lover Asymmetric Trouser, 119 GBP

Anything by Zoe Karssen….

Paige Denim boyfriend jeans and

Mango basic tees, from 14.99 GBP

With thanks to William Williams for the photos.  ’Normal’ fashion blogger service will resume on Thursday!

StyleOnTheCouch at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week StyleOnTheCouch

StyleOnTheCouch London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week - StyleOnTheCouch

WoodWood The Shop At BlueBird Opening StyleOnTheCouch

It is, Blog Reader, a week of much activity as I’m currently in London to attend some of the shows and events surrounding London Fashion Week.  Hence there is no lingerie focus today and instead I’m posting a few snapshots of the things I’ve been up to since I arrived.  It is beautiful weather here in the city for the first day of LFW – Zoe Jordan opened with her autumn winter collection for 2013/14 in the Courtyard Space at Somerset House, a delightful mix of bold bright colours, structured separates and metallics which were my favourites.  I particularly liked the bodice style tops, a little warrior princess, a little androgynous too.

I also had the opportunity to visit the new space within The Shop at Bluebird dedicated to Scandinavian clothing brand Wood Wood with my friend Anna from South Molton St Style, as well as previewing the new I.D. Sarrieri lingerie collection at Cafe Royal, a fitting location for this luxury brand to show their new designs.  I.D Sarrieri’s pieces seem so much more beautiful in reality than they appear in their lookbook, something I would have thought impossible yet the styles embellished with Swarovski elements really dazzle…!

A visit to the new Cambridge Satchel Company store in Covent Garden, a browse in one of my favourite high street retailers Reiss and previewing designs from Kzeniya, Christopher Waller and Muriee means I already have plenty to write about when this week is over. Waller in particular is a great new find for me.

I’ve missed attending the New York shows and events this year, but I’m enjoying exploring London’s talent again.  You can check out the full London Fashion Week line up here.

Simple Classics: Reiss Shirt, Urban Outfitters Denim. Monochrome Me Series

Reiss White Shirt Urban Outfittters Jeans StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography 1

Reiss White Shirt Urban Outfittters Jeans StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Reiss White Shirt Urban Outfittters Jeans StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography 2

Reiss White Shirt Urban Outfittters Jeans StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography 4

Since arriving back in the UK, Blog Reader, life has been a whirlwind of job hunting, flat searching, catching up with family and friends and exploring my favourite places in London again.  In some ways many things have changed, in other ways I’m comforted to know that things are exactly the same, especially with my very good friends who have whisked me away for dinner parties, let me stay with them at short notice (that’s you, Ms Wonderful South Molton St Style) and generally fed me wine and cheese whilst we’ve caught up on anything and everything that’s been happening in each other’s lives.

After spending New Year in Paris I was filled with enthusiasm to hit the ground running in January.  After the inevitable anxiety of ‘am I ever going to find a new job?’ last week I was offered a fabulous new role and I’ll be relocating for work over the next few weeks.  New home, new challenge, new setting – I love change and I’m super excited about what’s to come.

On the day before my job interview I had a huge dilemma about what to wear. Several outfit changes, mirror glances and face pulling later I decided to keep things simple.  I’ve been wearing a lot of black, white and denim lately and this might be part and parcel of trying to keep things simple in some areas of my life whilst others undergo transformation (though I have a feeling Fashion Week will bring and end to this as I have a few new styles in prints that I am dying to wear!).  This safari style shirt will forever be my ‘lucky’ shirt.  I wore it on interview day – a lovely top from Reiss with epaulette detail and high neckline.  I put on my Urban Outfitters high-waisted pants, a smart jacket, black heels and My Tiffany & Co. key necklace, a gift to myself when I left NYC.  Simple, classic styles just sometimes work a treat.

Tiffany&CoKey

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living” – Gail Sheehy, author.

Wearing: Shirt from Reiss.  Jeans, Urban Outfitters.

Photos of me: with thanks to the amazing William Williams.