Ever Dependable

I think trench coats have become like security blankets for me.  I won’t say how many I have, but I will say that they are all necessary and play their own special part in the life of my wardrobe.  This Zara one is the newest addition and I love it.  The large pocket detail, the length and structure, and the camel shade all attribute to this fine example of a trench.

And is there any outfit that doesn’t work with this classic?  I think not.  However, I’d like to say that they work best over paired back uncomplicated clothing.

Skirt Bag Trench Sneaker

Fall Florals

Florals might go hand in hand with spring and summer but that doesn’t mean a good fall floral isn’t out there!  In fact, I think fall florals are a timeless look.  Fall florals can come in the form of sweaters, tops, dresses, skirts, and shoes.  My dress, by Alice and Olivia consists of the most gorgeous velvet outlined jewel toned print on blue.  I spotted this in August and new it would be a perfect transitional option for our indian summer.

 

Dress available here

 

  1. Zara Blouse 2. Joie Blouse 3. Saloni Maxi dress 4. Clutch 5. Alice and Olivia dress 6. Zara Bootie

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Elin Horgan, Jewelry Designer

Today, I am happy to introduce to you Elin Horgan, mother of 2 , and former executive who launched her contemporary jewelry line four years ago.  Elin and I connected through IG last year and I am totally in love with her refined, modern creations…just like her!

Elin tells us about the genesis of her company, what inspires her, and the balance of family life.

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How did you get the idea of designing jewelry?

I had a childhood ambition to be a jewelry designer, but my studies and career took me in a different direction and I ended up working in corporate fundraising for a large conservation charity.

When a friend and I took a jewelry making course one weekend I felt like a light had been switched on.  I’d ignored my creative side for too long and I had to do something about it.  I enrolled in an evening class then a two year part time course at a local college.  After having my first child I realized that I didn’t want to go back to my old job and it felt like the right time to make the move and start my own jewelry business.

Supernova Collection image via Elin Horgan

What do you like most in this work?

I love the whole process from the initial ideas, research and concepts through to making the finished piece.  It’s so satisfying to see the design finally realized and nothing beats the buzz of someone else appreciating and wearing your work!

I also love working for myself and being my own boss.  I’m able to fit what I do around looking after my two kids (aged 2 and 5) and having that flexibility has been brilliant.

What do you find the most difficult in this activity?

It can get a bit lonely, particularly as I came to jewelry design as a second career and so don’t really have an extensive creative network at the moment.  I’ve found it invaluable connecting with people through social media or meeting face to face at shows etc and I’ve found that most people are incredibly supportive and willing to share their advice and experience.

Could you describe a typical work day?

It can be quite varied which for me is a real bonus.  For example, this week I’ve had a day out at a photoshoot for my new collection, spent some time finalizing my website ready for launch and have also worked on some newsletter content.  However, other weeks I might be making non-stop to fulfill shop and gallery orders, so there really is no ‘typical’ day.

via Elin Horgan

What advice would you give someone who would like to start a business like yours?

I think a lot of research and planning is essential (I took a start up course run by a local business advice organization), but really there is no substitute for just going for it.  I’d suggest putting together a small coherent collection of work so that when you approach shops/galleries they can get a sense of your style and decide if you’re a good fit with their customers.  It’s scary because you’re putting yourself and your work out there, and you do need thick skin to deal with the knock backs (there will be plenty) but not everyone is going to like what you do and that’s ok!

via Elin Horgan
via Elin Horgan

Many thanks to Elin for this sincere interview.  She has just launched her supernova collection, inspired by the futuristic accessorized of Pierre Cardin and Andre Courrages and fused with her signature clean lines and geometric shapes.  The full collection is available to purchase from www.elinhorgan.com (worldwide shipping options available) and readers can get a 10% off all online purchases with the code SWEET10 until November 30th, 2017.

The discount code can be used on both full price and sale items and there is no minimum spend.  The code can be used only once.  The 10% discount does not include shipping (FREE within the UK/410 international, please see website for more details)  The offer expires at midnight November 30th, 2017.

 

Color on my Mind

Violet, very random, and may have started with my quest to find a leotard of this color that fits my daughter for this year’s ballet.  But really, it’s here!  Is it a flattering color?  I’m not sure, color isn’t my thing.  I know many people really go by ‘their colors’ but I tend to just turn towards what I like.

I do think to start with a base- knowing what colors work for you makes it easier to build a capsule wardrobe with colors that you are happy with and that suits you.

Experimenting, while keeping one rule of thumb- if you like it wear it.  Which may lead to some interesting color combos.  However, fashion is supposed to be fun.

So today I’m going for Violet.

So many fun pieces out there!

  1. Topshop Slicker  2.ODLR Tassel earrings 3.Rebecca Minkoff blouse 4. Golden Goose sneaker 5.Bobbi Brown shadow 6. Topshop knit hat 7.Big Sleeve cardigan 8.Rebecca Minkoff fleece 9. Print heel

What I wore..

This maxi dress by Ganni,  it also comes in a blouse.  Paired with my go to leather jacket, really loving loving a biker jacket over maxi dresses and my fav sneakers- easy!

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Tied up with the Corset Blouse

Once in awhile a little micro trend comes along that gives your wardrobe staples an update.  So many SS17 runway collections celebrated the mis-section and it’s continuing for Autumn-Winter.

Break in, one of my favorite pieces incorporating this new styling trend from Self-Portrait.  Canvas with chic black piping fitting for a monochrome transitional solution which will elevate your denim look.

Several social media style setters have been wearing wide waste belts and laced bodies over their shirts and dresses.

Well, they were good enough for the victorians.

Now the joy of this Self-Portrait piece is that

tit does all the work for you.  Just button, lace, and go and you’ve moved ahead on the new season already.

The alluring thing about this trend, is that it is very flattering on most body shapes.  Making your waist look tiny, creating a feminine silhouette leaving you with a curvy, sexy shape.

Back the corset shirt with jeans or skirts.  Tuck them in or wear it out, the choice is yours.  There’s no reason why you can’t take your coolness to the office or take your smart shirt out for drinks.  Over the coming weeks you’ll notice all sorts of built in corsets.

I’ve paired mine with the jeans I wear everyday and new favorite slides, keeping it September friendly.  Later I’ll wear it with velvet.

So excuse me while I put on my corset top and get wasted.

A monochrome edit that crosses all budgets along with a token stripe and check piece.

  1.  Prince of Wales check belt  2.  Black corset mini skirt 3.  White Topshop sweatshirt 4. Anna October blouse 5. Moto belt 6. Striped poplin blouse  7. High wasted black corset jean 8.  White Maxi skirt

The Best Transitional Pieces For Fall

At this point, I’m feeling a little over summer fashion; a few months into the season I feel fatigued by the constant stream of sundresses, denim shorts, and ‘small tops’.  The pastels and primaries just don’t fit with my neutral color focused color palette, and I much prefer the plentiful layering options and cool leather pieces that fall inevitably brings.  So as we near the end of summer (how is it already September 1st) I’m finding transitional pieces that will seamlessly take me away from summer blues  and into fall’s greener pastures (which I mean literally, according to pantones color of the year).

When the going gets tough turn to jeans.  I like to find a pair of denims that make me stop completely in my tracks.  A pair that are a little bit special and that will fit with the rest of my wardrobe.

The Edit

 

  1. Rebecca Minkoff slide 2. Phillip Lim open booties 3. Trouve slipdress 4. Bardot off the shoulder 5. Tiered tasseled earrings  6. Frame denim 7. Hermes Apple watch (not linked) 8. Francis Valentine suede purse        *note that the denim linked is a similar pair to what I’m wearing.

 

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Why Everyone Needs a Statement Skirt

In Case the answer ‘because we just do’ is not enough for you, then here are a few reasons.  A skirt is the most feminine piece of clothing that defines a women’s silhouette, and honestly can look good on everyone.  You can either wear it extremely high and have it flare out, or if you have pencil hips, then can take advantage of the pencil skirt.  As everyone needs some great basics like an accordian maxi, plain lounging maxi or a simple pencil skirt, a statement skirt spices up your wardrobe and can be a go to item.  My advice is to get a fun pattern or texture that you absolutely love and that will go with a couple tops you already have.  The stripe skirt pattern is a great go to especially for summer and my second favorite is a classic gingham.  I am also loving the shimmery accordian maxi and quite honestly I think you need all three.

Step up this cotton poplin and fluid jersey blend skirt from every fashion influencer’s favorite cool brand Opening Ceremony.  It has chic asymmetric layers giving it great movement.  Come Autumn, I’m planning on teaming my stripe skirt with this Acne Studios grey sweatshirt and a pair of sneakers.  Wear it now with a cami top and midi heels for a more dressed look.  Or go for an everyday look and team it with a t-shirt and a pair of flats.

  1. Denim Jacket 2.Earrings 3.T-shirt 4.Slides 5. Skirt 6.Sweatshirt     7. Basket purse 8. Converse

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How to Wear Black in Summer

The darkest shade in the book gets a bad rap for not being summer appropriate, but the trick to wearing black in the summer is all in the fabrics you choose.  Summer may be prime time for breaking out the brights, but if you’re not really a color loving kind of girl, that’s ok too.  Instead of succumbing to a style that’s so not “you,” take your black & white uniform or your favorite neutral colors and style them up with a little oomph for summer.

I wore this black cotton Philip Lim dress here, bound at the waist by corset lacing which you will be seeing a lot of this fall on blouses and dresses alike.  Along the bottom is white trapunto stitching drawing attention to the full, ruffled hem, which dips slightly longer in the back.  Lightweight and loose skirt (not clingy to the body) making this perfect for summer days.

I pulled the look together with my hair back in a bun and white statement earrings here, black Celine sunnies here and a basket bag here.

Another option to keep the monochrome look and dress it up a notch would be these slides with this or this purse.

Do you wear black in the summer or if you have some favorite black pieces I’d love to hear:)

 

 

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