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Oct 12 / Erica

My Style | Matchy-matchy boho dressing


Me: ‘Marianne’ dress, Heritage Collection at Monsoon | ‘Positive’ black tassle boots, Daniel Footwear | Lila: ‘Willa Woodblock’ dress, Monsoon Kids | Loulou shoes, Young Soles

OK, so we went there. Matchy-matchy, mini-me, double trouble – whatever you want to call it, we did it. read more…

Oct 7 / Erica

Hope Fashion: A new label and a new way of shopping


The drape dress, HopeFoundation leggings, Hope | Boots, Ted & Muffy

New label alert: This is Hope, a brand new fashion label based online and via social selling, rather like jewellery brand Stella & Dot (and Tupperware!).

Founder Nayna McIntosh – who previously spent years working at George at Asda, Next and Marks & Spencer – founded Hope this year (it’s named after her mum) after spotting a gap in the market for ‘easy to pull on, comfortable clothes that make women feel fabulous.’

She wanted women to be able to buy in their own home – or that of a friend, over a cuppa or glass of wine, instantly ditching the need to trawl the shops or indeed sweat in a tiny cubicle whilst trying them on.

Nayna told me she finds online shopping useful, but thinks some women prefer the social element of shopping in a group. There are even opportunities to become Hope stylists at these parties, which Nayna calls ‘pop-up’ boutiques. read more…

Oct 5 / Erica

I’m having a thing about … a cafe with mismatched, vintage china


So there’s a definite trend. The little French cafe down the road from me serves the best cappuccino and pain au chocolat – and they deliver them on vintage, mismatched china that the owner picks up in charity shops.

At the weekend we took the in-laws to a gorgeous independent nursery, on a tiny plot that made the most of every inch of space. It even included a cafe, dispatching delicious homemade cakes and soups from its tiny on-site kitchen.

And yes, you guessed it – they arrived on vintage, mismatched china. read more…

Oct 2 / Erica

I’m having a thing about … an oversized parka

Photos: Kylie Eyra | Memoir Mode

Photos: Kylie Eyra | Memoir Mode

It’s deliberately oversized, it’s moddishly modern and has its own Instagram account.

Meet the Hyde Parka (geddit?), part of the limited edition BodenICONS collection that launched to huge fanfare last week. read more…

Sep 28 / Erica

My Style | What I wore to London Fashion Weekend


Yesterday I took part in a blogger panel discussion at London Fashion Weekend, held this year at the Saatchi Gallery.

It was a huge honour to be invited down by the British Fashion Council to sit alongside two brilliant ladies – host Alex Stedman from The Frugality, and Naomi Mdudu from The Lifestyle Edit. read more…

Sep 25 / Erica

The secret high street styling service you need to know…

It’s a Monday morning and my personal stylist has just sent over three edits of clothes for me to check out at my leisure.

So far, so fashion, right? But Leah, my stylist, hasn’t cost me a penny.

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Sep 23 / Erica

High | Low: The blouse that’s owned London Fashion Week

Image: Vogue

Image: Vogue

It was the ruffle blouse that captured our attention on the Miu Miu catwalk back in February.

And some fashion writers were do desperate to wear it RIGHT NOW that they worked out how to make it themselves.

This season, it’s been the Prairie-meet-Victoriana blouse to wear. read more…

Sep 21 / Erica

My Style: Grey, head to toe, all day


Photography: Kylie Eyra Martin / Memoir Mode

If ever there was an easier way to dress, it’s doing one colour from top to toe.

That’s what I did yesterday at London Fashion Week, when I didn’t so much go for fifty shades of, more one tone of grey. read more…

Sep 14 / Erica

Fashion Week News (NY): Victoria Beckham’s totally wearable make up look

Image: WWD

Image: WWD

New York Fashion Week, September 13th 2015.

Victoria Beckham showed off her SS16 collection yesterday to a packed audience in New York (including husband David and eldest son Brooklyn).



And while the collection of luxe separates in suede, leather, gingham prints and pops of colour, along with beautifully draped, sport-inspired dresses showed off her design credentials, it was the wearable hair and make up that caught my eye. read more…

Sep 11 / Erica

The Edited Updater: Snake bags are having a faux-ment


Jumper, Filippa K | Snake print bag, Marks & Spencer | Jewellery, Suitehazen, Z for Accessorize, Laura Gravestock. Signet ring from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

Snake print is having a moment. But it’s fake, obviously – so perhaps it should be a faux-ment. read more…

Sep 9 / Erica

Price Per Wear: The Monsoon velvet dress


Ginger velvet midi dress, Monsoon | Element faux fur shoe boots ASOS | Leopard bag, Boden (out of stock, but similar here)

I get it. Not many of us have pots of cash to splash on lots of clothes. I’m with you. So when you spend big, it needs to be on something that’s going to last – and a piece you’ll be able to wear over and over. read more…

Sep 7 / Erica

Deconstructing the Decor: Are these the world’s most popular dining chairs?

Image: Pinterest

Image: Pinterest

You will all have seen them. They are all over Pinterest. In fact, you’ve probably Pinned a couple of stylish images of them in situ to your ‘decor ideas’ board.

And if you don’t already have a couple in your home, you will definitely have parked your bum on one or two in a swanky coffee shop.

Images: Smart Furniture | Indulgy | Bloglovin

Images: Smart Furniture | Indulgy | Bloglovin

Meet the Eames Vitra fibreglass DSW chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1950.

It was their design for entry in a low-cost furniture design competition, much needed during this post-war period.

Formed from one moulded piece of plastic on four wooden dowel legs, the chair has become a design classic – along with the DAW version (with arms).

And given that they were originally designed to be a low-cost option, it’s ironic then that they now sell for over £300 each. I fell in love with an original set of four (similar below) in various shades of grey on eBay, but couldn’t quite raise the £1550.

Image: Lovely And Company

Image: Lovely And Company

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