Day 2 London Fashion Week: Monochrome Backpack Kids

Day 2 London Fashion Week: Monochrome Backpack Kids

So my second outfit to London Fashion Week was inspired by my love for monochrome. Today we went to Somerset house, which was so beautiful and which is right next to my old law school, the Dickson Pool School of Law of Kings College London. We arrived at the entrance, only to be handed free mini drinks and invites to more things! Fashionistas were all around us as photographers sapped away. A huge screen loomed up ahead, live streaming images from the catwalk. I loved seeing all the different styles of the guests and I couldn’t wait to find the dapper little sausage dog, Sergio the Shoe Hunter.

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The first show I went to was to Julien Macdonald, which was a beautiful collection of embellished dresses.This was then followed by the Top Shop Unique show, which featured lots of sporty but saucy dresses. I really liked the playfulness of the collection and the way that the blue and red dresses really stood out from the crowd. Lace and sequins definitely seem to be this seasons must have!

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I decided to wear a very long black cardigan as the main feature of my look. I combined it with a black top and some leather bold strap pair of thick heels for a hipster look. I really like the idea of monochrome and geometric shapes as a statement, and so decided to wear a pair of white triangle skorts and large sphere pearl bracelet to really contrast and stand out as strong edges and shapes against the black cardigan and top. I finished off the look with a cream and black lined back pack which really brought the whole outfit together and mixed both black and white together, the colours which at the front of my look are really contrasting against each other. Hope you like the look 🙂

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WEARING

Floor length Cardigan – Miss Selfridges

White skorts – ALI EXPRESS

Black tank top – TOP SHOP

Buckle Heels – MISS SELFRIDGES

White pearl bracelet – ALI EXPRESS

Metal Bracelet – Vintage

Stripped Monochrome backpack – NEW LOOK

And…Don’t forget you can now stay up to date with our fashion events and  outfits on my  social media 🙂

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Arrival and Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

Arrival and Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

A visit to see my parents who are the artists in residence at Oriel y Park in St Davids was a great excuse to come to this beautiful part of the world. Our place overlooked the sea and was just a short walk two minute walk to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National trail which ran above dark cliffs and  overlooked a pretty secluded private beach.

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What an incredible part of the world! On our first day we ventured down the grassy banks and along the flower lined paths. Thick gorse bushes have been grown specially to protect walkers from the sudden drops. Our perched position meant that we could see the silver glistening sea, St David’s Head in the distance and the famous Ramsay Island. As we walked our eyes followed the beautiful natural undulations of the earth. Little coves and cut off beaches, ship wrecks, eroded stones and pitch black caves. The sea was turquoise, the sand shone yellow in the summer sun.

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From St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from steep limestone cliffs, undulating red sandstone bays, volcanic headlands, beaches, estuaries and flooded glacial valleys.  – See more at: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/coast-path/#sthash.3vbV7uIt.dpuf

 I particularly loved the coastal flowers and the plants which had grown and flourished on the cliff tops. During our time in St Davids we didn’t walk the whole of the path, but instead chose to do select little walks. Walking the whole trail takes between 10-15 days and the ascents and descents are apparently equivalent to 35,000 feet, the same as climbing Mt Everest! On our first day, we walked from where we were staying to Whitesands, a large beach popular with surfers and brave swimmers alike. The wind was strong and after dipping our toes in the water we went to the little cafe and had ice creams. After that we ventured back and after watching the sun go down I ate my first summer BBQ!

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Two great things to do whilst in St Davids is to have a surfing lesson if you have never done so or else take a boat trip to Ramsay Island for a spot of bird, whale and sea watching!

Completing the Coast Path in one go, taking on average between 10 to 15 days, is quite an undertaking. The ascents and descent are said to be the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest; 35,000 feet!  – See more at: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/coast-path/#sthash.3vbV7uIt.dpuf
Completing the Coast Path in one go, taking on average between 10 to 15 days, is quite an undertaking. The ascents and descent are said to be the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest; 35,000 feet!  – See more at: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/coast-path/#sthash.3vbV7uIt.dpuf
Completing the Coast Path in one go, taking on average between 10 to 15 days, is quite an undertaking. The ascents and descent are said to be the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest; 35,000 feet!  – See more at: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/coast-path/#sthash.3vbV7uIt.dpuf
Completing the Coast Path in one go, taking on average between 10 to 15 days, is quite an undertaking. The ascents and descent are said to be the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest; 35,000 feet!  – See more at: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/coast-path/#sthash.3vbV7uIt.dpuf

Sunny Sunday in Brighton

Sunny Sunday in Brighton

We woke up late and after some deliberation, we decided that a great thing to do on a sunny Sunday afternoon was to get the car and go on a day trip to the seaside town of Brighton.Apparently we weren’t the only other ones who had decided to do that…in fact we must have crossed or met half of London on the short narrow lanes which then finally turned into the motorway leading to the South. Brighton was packed. It was getting quite late by now (2pm), we hadn’t arrived and hadn’t had our fill of Sunday brunch yet as anticipated. We hadn’t even stopped for morning coffee or water and I was starting to feel a bit sick as a consequence. We circled the double yellow lines like bees around honey and we  eventually squeezed into a tiny space behind some warehouse at a parking with a maximum 2 hour stay. Desperate times called for desperate measures, we would just have to return to the car when our time was up. For 2 hours, £2. Seemed simple enough…but alas no change. After turning out all the coats, looking under every seat, in every glove compartment, unzipping and pulling out the contents of every bag pocket, we just couldn’t muster up more than 75p in loose change. The machine wouldn’t take anything less than £1, so I waited in the car like roasting dog waiting to be saved by the RSPCA whilst my boyfriend went off on a Bear Grills mission into Brighton to find a cash machine or else a shop where he could buy something with a note and get change. Easier said than done on a Sunday, but luckily for me, he had cracked a window so it was all good.

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Once the drama was over and the ticket paid for, we set off down to the sea front. The sea was blue, and the pier was bustling with people. I loved seeing the bravest of the brave swim in the freezing water with smiles on their faces. We hobbled along the cobbled beach and ate ice creams under the hot sun. A great thing to do is to walk right to the end of the Pier for a great view of Brighton and the water.

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A large fairest wheel spun lazily in the soft warm breeze and multicolored wind turbines fluttered. The lights of the pier shone brightly and the Union Jack bobbed proudly. Large seagulls and plastic buckets and spades, candy floss and slush puppies. I enjoyed the view from a blue and white stripped deck chair and starred out at the charred remains of the old pier.

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After some fish and chips, we walked along the promenade, past the many surfing shops and terrace bars. There was live music and the atmosphere was great. Were we really in Britain still, or had we been transported to Promenade des Anglais in Nice?

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There was a mini convention, which was pretty much the icing on the Great British Bake-Off Blancmange. My favourite was a hot pink number, which had had the frame cut in half to reduce the mini in size. It was all kitted out despite its age and even had a bottle of nitrous oxide on the back.

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We had gone clubbing the night before and I had stayed at my boyfriends house. Not wanting to do the walk of shame or look too much like Coyote Ugly, I decided to wear one of his smallest shirts over my dress. Had I had a belt I would have worn a slightly longer one as a dress and just got rid of my party attire altogether. I combined it with my espadrilles and sun glasses for an effortless look. So next time, forget the boyfriend jeans and go for the boyfriend shirt 😉

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WEARING

Le Pliage Handbag – LONGCHAMPS

Bandage dress- FRENCH CONNECTION (sold out)

Espadrilles – ZARA (sold out)

Sunglasses – TRUSSARDI (sold out)

Boyfriend shirt