Rags to Riches

D&GDespite not being a fan of D&G’s exploits off the runway, I adore this dress from their Spring/Summer collection showcased in Milan this week.¬†

The Guardian says it all very eloquently here. Enjoy.



Impulse Beauty Buy – Smashbox




Will report back.


(B)Rogue Takeover

Jeeves brown

Jeeves, Russell & Bromley, Nutty

abercrombie blue

Abacrombie in Navy, Russell & Bromley, Boating holiday

abacrombie gold

Abacrombie in black & gold, Russell & Bromley, Cleopatra party in Shoreditch

Autumn/Winter is here and I am ditching my pumps for brogues. I have a trusty pair of grey/black Russell & Bromley brogues which I received as a gift a few years ago. They are reliable, smart and wear so much better than any other shoe I have ever owned (including my precious Opening Ceremony boots). These three are my favourites from the current A/W range.

Russell & Bromley has finally gone online too so you can check out their range from the cosy comfort of your own sofa.



Celia Hammond

Celia Hammond

via http://weheartvintage.co/

Put a bow on it


This is definitely a mantra for me, although I’m trying to be a little less fey and girly and more stylish and womanly.

The heart symbolises above all things


I’ve thought in the past how strange it is that the heart symbol has made it into the pantheon of “standard symbols” along with the circle, the triangle and the star. These all represent things we find in maths or in nature – I know stars aren’t literally star-shaped but the symmetrically and regularly pointed circular symbol makes sense as it’s the way we perceive the stars, the sun, or a flower for example. The animal heart really isn’t that heart-shaped. But there’s something immensely appealing about it, and I’ve always loved heart-emblazoned designs (I am also in no way a Valentine’s Day nay-sayer, regardless of the likelihood of receiving anything).

The heart is different. This article on the Shutterstock image library blog briefly explores the possible roots of this symbol to try and imagine where it came from but it didn’t convince me. I may have to get this book and find out more.


Heart image from¬†Jonghank’s Flickr.


Do you know who I miss… Luella.

Remember what it felt like when a new Luella collection came out? I imagine it’s what it was like shopping at Biba in the 1960s – zeitgeisty, uniquely personal in its relationship between designer and audience and encapsulating London. Perhaps it was too personal and culty; it was certainly too easily copied. If anyone knows what Luella Bartley is doing professionally these days, I would love to know, and I hope that one day she creates something new for me to consume. I suppose the closest thing is to keep reading Lula.