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.

Black Swan: Made by Noemi Body & Whistles Carrie Skirt

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It is, Blog Reader, almost the Easter holiday weekend here in the UK.  To those of you not familiar with UK bank holidays this means two four-day working weeks and a chance to re-charge batteries.  I’m very much looking forward to a visit from my friend Anna from South Molton St Style here in my new country-abode and I’m also doing a fair bit of exploring of my new surroundings too.

Given that I’m in a lovely bank holiday spirit right now I wanted this post to be about some of my favourite things fashion-wise in the shops presently.  First of all, Made By Noemi has become my favourite place to shop for bodysuits and you may have seen designer Noemi Ivanov’s white bodysuit on the blog before (click here for the link).  Her floral body is a piece I wear often.  Currently her Feather Body is high on my wish list – a great loungewear style.

So here you have it, my fashion favourites for your holiday shopping weekend:

Lover are a fabulous Australian based brand whose styles will just blow you away. Check out this amazing flared short lace and sheer dress from their Nocturnal collection.

Reiss’ new spring summer collection for 2013 is a line I’ll be featuring on the blog very soon.  This Portofino jumpsuit caught my eye as a very unique design, also their Lola white quilted fit and flare dress. I love Reiss, I would snap all their collections up in a flash if I could, they are so perfect for work and play.

Finally I’ve been thinking a great deal about shoes this week.  My go-to-shoe-shopping is at Zara and right now their multi-coloured lace up sandals are making me drool….

A little shopping inspiration for your weekend ahead, Blog Reader!

Wearing: Made by Noemi body.  Skirt: Whistles Carrie, in black. Photos: With thanks to William Williams.

Classic Clothing Series: The White Shirt

The white shirt is one of those ‘wardrobe essentials’ I find very difficult to get right.  Not only do I find it difficult to find the perfect classic white shirt, I find it hard to obtain a white shirt with a twist, something a little different but still in the essentials vein.

These photos were taken in Austin, Texas just before I left America.  I love this oversized shirt shape, how the sleeves fall long and the feeling of being cocooned.  I don’t think there is anything sexier than a simple style like this – a white shirt being a wardrobe staple for work wear or worn with jeans on lazy weekends.

So here we are. A shortlist of my current favourite white (cream and off white) shirts for this post:

With a twist:

Reiss Astra Volume Sleeve Shirt

Diesel Cropped Back Shirt from ASOS.

Classics:

J Crew Blythe Blouse

Whistles Iris Blouse

And one for the boys:

I found this shirt in white in McQueen in NYC and loved it.  Although expensive (!) it’s a stunning shirt for the boys: Harness Shirt (yes, yes I know but isn’t it great)!

I’m wearing: white shirt from Marks & Spencer.  Jeans, Legging Jean from GAP.  Skull clutch from my friend Nicole Rosano – see her Etsy shop here.

With thanks to Steve Wampler Photography and Alex Suarez for the images.