I came across a feature on Vogue.com about Adriel Saporta, the lucky lady to land the much sought after job as Anna Wintour's assistant. I love her style, a little bit glam, a little bit relaxed and entirely sophisticated. Her looks are easy enough to create with pieces you might already have in your wardrobe, and if not, pick one or two like the calf length skirt or those amazing Pierre Hardy python heels.
To read the full article and see where to shop the look, hop over here.
I have a long standing love affair with Spain and a new accessory Spanish designer just popped up on my radar. Madrid based Patricia Fontaneda designed accessories for Loewe, Narciso Rodriguez and Swarovski before launching her eponymous label in 2005, Tissa Fontaneda.
Her signature 'bubble' nappa leather bag is created by skilled artisans in Spain, using a technique where the bubbles are "sucked out through a lengthy and complex steaming process". Pioneering new techniques, limited production, and staying true to her commitment to support the Spanish artisan industry, Tissa Fontaneda is for the discerning and sophisticated woman with a genuine appreciation for attention to detail and skilled craftsmanship.
Olympia Le-Tan is a French literary lover that has made her love of books into a cult following with her adorable and intricately decorated clutches. I first spotted her distinctive clutch collection in Purple Magazine and their popularity has grown in leaps and bounds since. I was in love with the classic covers way before I spotted that Liberty print lining. Ive often waxed lyrical on here about my love for all things Liberty. For reals. All things Liberty.
All clutch bags available here.
I spend a good bit of quality time on pinterest. It's digital scrapbooking which I always loved when I was younger. Hop over here to take a peek at my pinterest boards.
Here are three images from pinterest I'm madly in love with.
I can't help but smile every time I look at this picture of the giraffe. The slightly comical expression on the giraffe's face coupled with the impossibility of the image works every time.
Such a beautiful print on the kimono and the photo is so relaxed, so carefree, so pretty. Like she just rolled out of bed looking all types of fabulous.
I love Bob Marley's music and this quote? Word.
And I had to post this. Because the comical image of Karl getting down to Cat Daddy with his beloved Choupette is priceless. And because it's Halloween next week and I live in San Francisco where people love to dress up all year round so Halloween is bigger than Christmas. And because how brilliant would this be as a Halloween costume with a ball of fur as your beloved Choupette? I have picked something far more ambitious but I'll keep this in my pocket as my Plan B.
The weather has finally taken a turn for the chillier and the wetter in San Francisco which means boots. My trusty red Hunter rain boots are perfect for rainy days but every Autumn deliver a new batch of beautiful boots and here are a few of my favourites around now. I have a classic black pair, a cognac pair that I absolutely love, flat tan biker style boots, flat tan riding boots so I've honed in on boots with a little more interesting detail. Sometimes it's the little details that make the most simple of things, most stylish.
Top:Marc by Marc Jacobs $580 now $174 | Diane Von Furstenberg Shelly $500 now $348
Middle: Bruno Premi Lace Up Boots $195 now $89 | See By Chloe $595 (Love these) | Topshop Balance $190
Bottom: Sbica $99 | Topshop Fringed $190
Earrings are the star of the accessory show right now and the bigger, bolder, the better. I have tiny ears so weight of the larger earrings is always an issue, but luckily, quite a few of these are clip-ons so that makes them a lot easier to wear. Go classic and retro, go bold and bright, I can see all of these earrings getting a serious workout through the party season...which is pretty much starting now.
1. Ben-Amun Crystal Swirl $195 | 2. Kenneth Jay Lane Wings $130 | 3. Elizabeth Cole $285 now $185
4. J Crew Coloured Crystal Earrings $75 | 5. Suzanna Dai Fuchsia Carnival $225 | 6. Dannijo $325
7. Tom Binns Splashout $340 (These are great DIY inspiration)
8. Isharya $310 | 9. Lulu Frost for J Crew $78
While my pinterest boards might indicate I engage in much more DIY than I actually do, it's always fun to see what can be done, by those who choose to do it. The 'dipped' effect on furniture pieces is a much more interesting way to inject a bold pop of colour into your everyday life. I've picked 3 options that look very easy to try out at home. But you can always just wear the dipped effect with one of my favourite finds.
Top: Zara Block Heels $90 | Tory Burch Oxfords $395
Middle: H&M Colourblock Bag $60 | H&M Pink & Tan Tote $25
Bottom: Victoria Beckham Tank Dress $125 | Mango Colourblock Dress $60
While the Mr had his project up on Kickstarter (which you can see here), I spent a bit of time taking a look around at other new and wonderful things people were creating. When I came across Out Of Print, it was love at first sight. I've been a book lover since I learned how to read and I've gone from always having one with me, to always having a full library with me, thanks to my ipad.
Set up by a New York duo, Out Of Print company is an ode to the world's great stories through iconic and often out of print covers of mostly classic books. In our increasingly digital age, the art of the book cover is fast becoming obsolete. And the best part, for each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through their partnership with Books For Africa.
With this amazing collection of covers to choose from, it was a tough choice. But the Bennets, Bingleys and one very special Mr Darcy won me over. And I absolutely love it.
And the full selection available.
Hop on over to their website and take a look at their full collection of products which include Tshirts, cards
A couple of weeks ago I spotted this clutch on Refinery 29 and it was love at first sight. The decidedly sophisticated minaudiere in pearly white with a fun and girly swirl of a name in glittery silver.
I dug a little deeper and spotted a couple more...
That's quite a trifecta of seriously stylish women all sporting the same clutch. I discovered they're made by Edie Parker. Owned by former Director of PR for Gucci, Brett Heyman launched her line in 2010 which has quickly become known for the vintage style acrylic clutches with a heavy handed dose of sparkle. Inspired by the uber-glamorous clutch bags of showgirls and socialites in the 1950s and 1960s, these timeless designs will shimmer and shine long into the night.
One of the big trends of the horizon for this Autumn/Winter is the graphic jumper. Largely inspired by Markus Lupfer and his brightly embellished sweatshirts and jumpers, but as his collection runs upwards of $400, I hunted further afield for a more accessible way to wear some cheeky knits. I love the fun, playful, quirky, cool and pretty touch they lend to an outfit, best worn with your favourite skinnies or a simple bold coloured skirt. There are a couple of great DIYs here and here but ASOS came up trumps with this selection below. Now the hard part is choosing just one. I have a funny feeling I know exactly which one I'll be getting though. Tiger by name, Tiger by nature.