Whoever said money can't buy happiness hadn't laid eyes on Brian Lichtenberg's pink Féline sweatshirt. I've always liked his jerseys but this lipstick pink version, new in at NET-A-PORTER today, has sent me over the edge.
If you didn't already know, I am a little bit addicted to Pinterest. 10,630 pins (at the time of publishing....!) and counting. I've saved inspirational images in a folder on my computer for as long as I've known the internet, so Pinterest captured my attention (and propensity to document/save/scrapbook) last May and has been doing so every day since. My most pinned-to board is, of course, fashion-related, but I have curated collections of all sorts, from girls on skateboards to ultimate breakfasts. And there is a place for those odds and ends which have no place at all - one of my favourite boards, Curiosities, home to gilded pineapples and strange flora and fauna I find lurking about the world wide web.
It seems my obsessive pinning hasn't gone unnoticed and I am honoured to have been chosen as one of the bloggers in Pinterest's UK Pin It Forward campaign. Over the course of a month, 300 bloggers will be sharing their own Pinterest stories and recommending their favourite pinners. So without much further ado, I pass the pinning baton over to a fabulous pinner and friend, Ms Kate McAuley from I Am Not a Celebrity, whose Pinterest boards I love for fashion inspiration, crafty ideas and nom-worthy food. Follow Kate's pins here.
I'll leave you with some of my favourite recent Pinterest finds...
Oh, I do love a good pun. And I also love a good summer knit. As you may have noticed, I've been a little obsessed with building the perfect holiday wardrobe (trying to milk that anticipatory holiday feeling for as long as possible). I've sorted swimwear and sandals but today is the turn of the summer knit. Never underestimate the boons of one of these guys on a cool summer evening (or even in the absence of a British summer entirely).
At the top of my list? Fun logos printed (hello Markus Lupfer) and prints on fine cashmere or silk blends and neon knits (J. Crew's speciality). And not forgetting classic oatmeal and grey sweaters and cardigans - for those wardrobe staples I turn to Pure Collection, one of my favourites for lightweight cashmere. I'll be wearing them with denim cut-offs and block heeled sandals, or simply over a bikini on the beach of a late afternoon. Accessorised with a cocktail, of course.
Maybe it was the serendipitous purchase of last summer's Isabel Marant Suzy wedges at a bargainous price (I have Camilla to thank for alerting me to them on Shoeaholics), but I'm having a ~thing~ for platform wedges. Walking the precarious line (sometimes literally) between tacktastic and fabulous, it's all in the detailing - chunky straps, pom poms and bows are more playful than provocative. Here are my favourites. (And yes, the other Charlotte Olympia does say 'Wood' - an excuse for an L.A. road trip if ever I saw one.)
Oh, and I'll post the Marant wedges soon. Once I can figure out how to walk in them without looking like Bambi.
I snaffled this vintage Chanel blouse on eBay and it hasn't left my back since.I love the long cuffs and collar - made for an obnoxiously large bun, Chanel pearl necklace and a pair of red soles in the form of Christian Louboutin's Bow Bow shoes.
Introducing my new favourite dress from ASOS, which I debuted at a christening last week, together with a Bracher Emden clutch (which is technically for makeup and stuff but I think it's too lovely to hide away) and my old faithful Zara pumps. I wore it again a few days later with my Isabel Marant sneakers and a leather jacket. Just so versatile. And it's pink! Obviously I had to have it.
Yesterday we talked sandals. Today we tackle the trickiest suitcase addition of all: the swimwear. I happen to be an unofficial member of the 'Little Tittie Committee', which can prove difficult, especially when I don't get to mix and match separates. My friends who are bosomly blessed have similar issues. So I've included my favourites for those are both ample bosomed and like me, less so, and plenty of mix and match sets. Now I'm off to partake in my annual holiday ritual: order every bikini I like in three size variations for a giant try-on sesh...
1. Bikini Top, £16, and Bottoms, £10, via River Island
Having booked my next holiday, I am now (unpredictably) dreaming of what I will wear. And the time is now. When I've tried to do holiday shopping later on in the summer, it's always been a failure. First things first: footwear. Up until this year, I've always been fairly conservative when it comes to flat sandals, with gold or black being my chosen hues. Lately though, I'm being drawn to neon colours, animal prints, and weird, unsexy, espadrille hybrids. Any recommendations? Do share!
As soon as I saw Charlotte Olympia's Movie Night bag hit NET-A-PORTER, I almost forked out £295 there and then. I imagined wearing this bad boy to ACTUAL movie night (oh the photo ops - holding it next to a REAL bag of popcorn, what larks to be had!). Then I came to my senses and remembered I rarely go to the cinema and don't travel light, as I glanced guiltily across at my hardly used collection of clutches. But that doesn't stop me dreaming...