Did you spot the deliberate mistake? My new regular, weekly feature (this one right here, fact fans) didn’t actually appear last Wednesday. I can only apologise and blame it entirely on a parental phenomenon known as ‘onset of half-term-itis.’ The people in charge have been reprimanded and wrists were slapped. It won’t happen again.Moving on.
After finishing Making A Murderer in the middle of January, we’ve started thinking about a new Netflix-fix. But before hunkering down with another binge session (we’re thinking Narcos, thoughts?), we watched Kurt: Montage of Heck, the Kurt Cobain documentary that was executively produced by his daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
Now, neither one are particularly cheery, I grant you. And to be perfectly honest I feel I need some kind of Anne Hathaway rom-com session to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside again. But watching MOH made me realise one major thing. I very often dress like Kurt Cobain.
Plaid shirts? Check. Love a breton? Err, duh. Occasionally rock a cardigan? Yes. Love a hi top? Yep. My teen self was very wannabe-grunger (I still have the Dr Marten boots to prove it) and I am never far away from a good inch of root, no matter how recently I had my hair highlighted. So when I spotted this dress in & Other Stories, my inner Kurt swooned.
It could work for prairie, with tan Swedish Hasbeens and a clashing print bag like this one (oh, hello lover). But I lOVE the idea of it with my Adidas Stan Smiths and my Levis Sherpa trucker jacket. Totally Nineties, nailed. It’s also the exact same shape as this winner of a dress that I wore all last summer, so double thumbs up.
Talking of trainers, this lovely book is by fellow blogger and my ex-TimeInc colleague Hannah Rochell, aka En Brogue (Hannah is fashion features editor at InStyle and I sat across the room from her when I worked as Fashion & Beauty director at LOOK magazine). The Trainers Guide is Hannah’s second published book (the first is here) featuring her gorgeous watercolour paintings and potted history of seminal trainers. A must for any shoe obsessive.
But when is a trainer NOT a trainer? When it’s an espadrille of course. A trainspadrille, if you like. Whistles are nailing this slighty niche trend with these, but I love, love, love. They look like an old-fashioned tennis shoe, with a big old modern espadrille flatform sitting neatly beneath. I would wear these with wide leg cropped trousers and an oversized sweatshirt for a casual take on smart separates.
I have been wearing my hair smoother a lot recently thanks to my new expensive addiction to blow-dry bars, specifically DryBy in London, where I have the ‘London’ blow dry (it drops out to a nice, smooth but messy bob). I discovered Living Proof products last year when I found out that Jennifer Aniston co-owns the range – yes, she of the smooth but messy bob. Anyway, this styling cream is brilliant for frizz-prone hair as it helps to ‘block’ the humidity that causes frizz. And the J-An connection neatly reminds me of Monica in Friends shouting ‘it’s the humidity’ when her hair goes crazy in the heat. That’s me – but I totally rate this.
And finally, a new stationery store if you’re a fellow paper junkie. Kikki-K was set up by Swedish Kristina Karlsson, who started designing her own collection of pens, pencils and office gear after not being able to find great design available for herself. For beautiful, reasonably priced and super-stylish stationery (copper and blush pink accessories, anyone), you totally need to check them out. London-based? They have just opened a store in Covent Garden.