W&W wear…Topshop

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Over the years, Alex and I have spent a lot of time in Topshop. We still do. My office is dangerously close to the Oxford Street flagship branch and it is very hard to resist popping in (especially if I’m early for work: first thing in the morning is the best time to hit that store. In. Grab. Out). We lived in their Leigh maternity jeans when pregnant and I now wear Leigh or Jamie jeans almost every day. I have spent approximately two years urging Alex to get her slim pins into Topshop leather leggings.

So we were thrilled to style Topshop’s new season 70s inspired collection. The joy of Topshop is that you can play around with the trends without spending a small fortune. So Alex can now be spotted working dungarees and I have actually ventured into flares. Who knew this would happen? [Read more...]

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Shoe Love

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Yup, it is still January. It is still freezing. I am still wrapped up under a rug. BUT, that doesn’t stop me dreaming of warmer days, ankle-skimming trousers and these rather fabulous tassle-tastic shoes. Natasha and I first spotted these beauties at the Boden press day a few months ago when it was love at first sight. And, now they’re in stock! Guaranteed to bring a little spring to your step they are the perfect spring/summer shoes – ideal for dressing up a pair of jeans or for pattern clashing with a bright skirt. And, if spots don’t do it for you, how about this purple and navy pair, which have a more wintery feel? Or even this bright pink and orange pair? I think they might be the shoe of the season…

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The ultimate Sunday cashmere

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SD_02_T37_4652E_T1_X_EC_90It’s been a tiring month. Despite thinking that a ‘dry January’ would leave me buzzing with energy, I have managed to pick up every bug going and rather spectacularly have been ill every weekend this year (it’s been an ongoing headache this weekend, if you’re interested, I suspect not). What this has meant (other than a lot of very early nights) is that I’ve been seriously embracing my love of ‘lounge’ wear. While big jumpers and tracky bums from the Gap may be comfortable, they’re not particularly stylish, which is why I find myself drawn, like a lemming to a cliff, to these cashmere bottoms by Rosie for M&S. So soft, so chic and did I mention soft? They’re almost worth being ill for….

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The Beauty Insider on…..Winter Skin

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Give your skin a little extra TLC this season with Rachel Fiddes’ top 10 winter skin saviours….

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Interiors Inspiration: Ferm Living

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7551_2The Spring/Summer collection has launched from one of my favourite interiors inspirations. Ferm Living. The downside? It will make you yearn to redecorate your entire home. [Read more...]

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Super-star sale buy

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cp207neb_2You know how much we love this jumper, right? I mean, it’s cashmere, navy AND has stars all over it – it’s a style-shortcut no brainer, really… Well, there I was just doing a small spot of very-important work-avoidance by quickly skimming the Chinti & Parker website and I see that this very jumper (in all it’s different colour ways) is on sale at £180 (down from £360). On a cold January day, that definitely seems like a bargain worth snapping up. If I weren’t dead set on my frugal January mission (involving no coffees/food bought out and definitely no clothes shopping – yup, it’s as fun as it sounds), then I would be buying it in a flash.

 

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Object of Lust: January’s most fashionable candle

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We love Jo Malone. And, we also have something of a style crush on Charlotte Stockdale, the uber-successful super stylist, who has, for the last 2 1/2 years acted as a ‘Style Editor’ for the brand. Her latest offering is called My Wanderlust and is a heady little collection of delicious-smelling products including this fabulous Cardamom & Moroccan Rose candle. Not only does it smell divine, but the sheer look of it is enough to bring a smile to anyone feeling just a little bit sun-starved in the midst of a very gloomy January….£21 for 100g

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Zero Time, Max Style: Spring Skirt

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ww3 2Yes, it’s freezing. No, I haven’t lost my mind. I’m just having a flash-forward-to-Spring moment.

Have you seen this month’s Vogue with the unutterably lovely Jourdan Dunn on the cover? First up, I love her hair. Love it. I recently went for the chop post-baby (to thicken it up in the wake of the delightful hair loss) and Jourdan’s hair is making me long for some summery highlights. Secondly, she’s wearing a pale pink skirt which is redolent of spring? Not that we can help with right now… [Read more...]

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We want to live here: Emily Murray’s stylish Edinburgh home

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FullSizeRender-2There’s nothing more Natasha and I love than a snoop around someone’s beautiful home. Which is why we were thrilled when PR whizz and former journalist Emily Murray agreed to show us around the stunning house she shares with husband Euan and sons Oscar (5) and Zac (2) in Edinburgh’s picturesque Southside. I first met Emily several moons ago when we were both working at Brides magazine. We both gave up the taffeta and table plans and while I stayed put in London, Emily moved back to Edinburgh, changed careers and had two gorgeous children.

Currently Editorial Director at Stripe Communications, Emily (who you can follow on twitter @emilycasan) describes her home as “city meets country, on acid. Euan and I lived in London for 12 years and I miss it, so Ive tried to bring a bit of the big smoke back to Edinburgh, while reflecting the almost rural setting of our Arts & Crafts house, tucked away behind Blackford Hill.” Want to see more? Come on then….

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Five Books to Read Now

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I’ve not been reading as much as I would like (i.e. a LOT) since the advent of my little boy’s arrival and the ensuing lack of free (any time) and theft of sleep (actually, he’s been remarkably good – don’t shoot me – but we have now hit teething). The other evening I went to bed early, determined that I will conquer Wolf Hall (I love Hilary Mantel and think the woman is a god, but this title has thus far eluded me. No longer – had tiredness not insisted, I would have kept reading til the small hours).

But when I finish with Hilary, here’s what’s on my reading list. (I’m not straying too far into the year as I have no desire to wish the time away and I also find it rather irritating to be told about a book I simply ‘must’ read, only to find that it’s not published for nine months. (Of course, we’ve already previewed three of this year’s hottest books.)

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