Monday, 24 April 2017

Father ' s Day Gift Ideas

Sunday the 18th of June is Father's Day and maybe some will think that a post written now is a bit early, but with the hectic life we lead and very little spare time, it is better to look for a gift now rather than end up the day before with the usual tie or socks. Yes socks and ties are featured in this post but they are very stylish and not something grabbed at the supermarket and chucked in the trolley.
Dr Martens is an iconic British brand well known for its punk/rock boots in various colours. But Dr Martens  has got a range of shoes that are classic as well as having all the details of the Dr Martens that we know. The Oasis suede three eye brogue in mid blue and chestnut are made in England in partnership with CF Stead & Co and its suede. From the same range you can find  the Arthur Oasis suede boot in mid grey. www.drmartens.com
A young dad might appreciate this Classic Redford  messenger bag by Gola in nylon. This is another British brand that has been present  for decades, actually with Gola we are talking about a century, trading in trainers. This messenger bag is great if daddy is a cyclist or uses a scooter to go around in the city. www.gola.co.uk
A pyjama  is a classic Father's Day gift, but when you choose Hanro it turns out as a chic Father's Day gift.The quality of Hanro nightwear and underwear for men is excellent and the new SS17 collection has got a lovely palette of pale blue and nice patterns. Check online to find stockists or to shop directly at www.hanro.com
Sporty dad? Nothing beats a S'well Bottle where he can keep his drink hot for 12 hours or cold for 24 hours. The patterns are beautiful and the choice is huge, you can go from the very colourful ones to this set in black and white. www.swellbottle.com
Christy's Hats has been making headware since 1773 and it is an iconic British brand. If your dad likes to wear a hat the Breton cap in black Panama Straw or the Balmoral flat cap in cranberry linen could be a good idea for an unusual yet stylish gift. Check for stockists and to see the new collection at www.christys-hats.com
This gorgeous Oxford  laptop briefcase  by Australian brand Jekyll & Hide is made of butter soft and beautiful leather. There is an inside iPad pouch, a main compartment for a 15" laptop, space for chargers and other tech essentials and pockets at the front and at the back. I love that vintage look. www.jekyllandhide.com.au
Trainers now can be worn not only at the gym. The new term for trainers worn outside of a sport field is Athleisure. These Luke 1977 Runner* in navy are great. They are lightweight with faux suede details and a knitted pattern. Check  for more ideas at www.luke1977.com
Socks are a classic for Father's Day but Penrose Socks are classic  with a twist  and selecting a few pairs will be a great gift for any fashion conscious dad or for a dapper gentleman who likes a bit of colours. Check on the website for a stockist or if  you prefer to buy online at www.penrose-london.com
Nothing beats a good tie and with Simon Carter collection of silk ties you won't go wrong. Also at Simon Carter you can find so many gift ideas for your dad from cufflinks, to pocket squares or watches and small leather goods accessories. www.simoncarter.net
These two power bracelets from Thomas Sabo are really great. The skull detail and the matt tiger's eyes beads or matt obsidian beads make a powerful piece of  men jewellery. These beads are known to be protective talismans and they are inspired by the Buddhist prayer beads. The skulls are in sterling silver. www.thomassabo.com










Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A Stylish Office Desk

Most of us are spending hours at a desk and surrounding ourselves with nice things can lift up the mood. Obviously I am not talking about having plush teddy bears scattered all over , but something tasteful and stylish.
Cath Kidston has got some stationery items that I love. The calculator and the hole punch or the stapler and the sellotape dispenser, just to name a few are absolutely great. Maybe they are better if you work from home or in a small office where they won't risk to be pinched. www.cathkidston.com
Always keep in your drawer a bottle of Merci Handy the hand gel. Delicious fragrances and perfect to clean your hands after  having spent hours at the photocopy machine. Look for them at Topshop, Selfridges and other retailers.  www.mercihandy.com
A scarf is a godsend while working in an office. Sometimes the air con goes at full blast and you just need to cover your neck in order to avoid  annoying pain. Or that beautiful day in the morning could turn out as a windy evening when you left from work so a scarf to wrap around you will see you home. Joules has got beautiful scarves and the Harmony model is lovely with its hand drawn print.
www.joules.com
This badge camera bag by Next has got a chain shoulder strap and you can leave it inside your drawer. In case of an impromptu party at the last minute you can leave your day bag, transfer few essentials in this little one and then hit the tiles.  www.next.co.uk
Bring your own lunch in these lovely lunch boxes from Paperchase. Keep your fruit, salads and other snacks sealed avoiding spills as well as saving the environment and your finances by bringing food from home. www.paperchase.co.uk
If those high heels are a pain in the foot and the dress code is not so strict, indulge  and be comfortable with these Metallic flat Loafers by New Look. They are so smart that can be worn with formal trousers and they will jazz up your outfit as well as giving you relief from uncomfortable shoes. www.newlook.com
Keep your drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours with these insulated S'well Bottles. They are beautiful  to be seen and also you won't need plastic bottles that are just bad. You will find a wide range of patterns for the S'well bottles and a list of stockists can be found at www.swellbottle.com









Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Plan the Holiday Suitcase

Maybe it is still early to think about it but better to plan in advance your holiday suitcase so that when the departure day arrives you are sure that nothing has been forgotten.
Nothing is more essential that a set of new luggages that are visible on the conveyor belt like these great suitcases from Radley. These are from the "Love Me Love My Dogs" range and they are available in several sizes to accommodate any kind of holiday from a week end to the world trip. The suitcases are ultra light in weight. www.radley.co.uk
Next let's try to economise space by bringing just wet wipes instead of a set of bottles for your de make up routine. Burt's Bees Facial Towelettes are infused with natural ingredients and they are perfect for all skin types. Also you can have them with you on your hand luggage or in your handbags to refresh your skin while flying. www.burtsbees.co.uk
Attach to your hand luggage a lovely luggage tag by Cath Kidston where you can put the address of your hotel and just being stylish at the airport. You can attach this at your luggage when arriving at the hotel so suitcases won't be confused. www.cathkidston.com
I love this Martina kaftan from East. It's colourful and perfect to wear it on the beach or as a mini dress or over a pair of denim. It is so versatile and goes with everything. Just pair it with any plain colour garment you've got. www.east.co.uk
Halto is an essential accessory if you are wearing a halter neck swimsuit or dress. It is  eight shaped and sliding it onto any tie strap halter neck garment, it will stop bruising, pain, blisters from wearing a halter neck garment, especially if you are a bit busty. www.myhalto.com
A floppy hat is a must when going on holiday. This is from Marc Cain and it is made of  paper fibre, so very breathable. Its black colour is very sophisticated. Pack it filling it up with underwear so it won't loose its shape. www.marc-cain.com
This Phoenix Maxi Dress by Phase Eight  is beautiful. It has got all the best colours in the world and it is easy to match accessories, so it is the perfect choice  when away. Great with either high heels or flats. Add metallic accessories in order to nail the current trend. www.phase-eight.com
A pair of Flipadrille shoes are a must  while packing for a holiday. Great worn at the airport so it will speed up your stay at the security desk and for flying too. Also perfect when touring your holiday destination. Joules has got a good choice of flats and these are my pick. Why the funny name?  Because they've got the appeal of a pair of espadrilles and the durable sole of a flip flop. www.joules.com
Figleaves has got a huge range of own brand as well as other popular ones. The gorgeous Bermuda Stripe Bikini  with padded top and tie side brief is one by Figleaves. The tropical print is  colourful and very contemporary. www.figleaves.com
Flip Flops are another must and who's better than Ipanema where you can find the chicest flip flops  around ? These sandals are great for day and night, they go well with beachwear or a long floaty dress as well as with jeans. www.ipanema.uk.com












Hanro Lingerie

I am  a fan of Hanro, the Swiss company well known for its high quality and sophisticated lingerie, nightwear  and lounge wear. The fabrics used are among the best and  I love the mix between delicate laces and practical cotton, as well as pairing silk with cotton or wool depending on the season. The palette is always on trend. For this season the four Elements are the stars.
Look at the details of the Anna robe from the Sea Island Cotton range. The beautiful embroidered tulle finishes the silky cotton  so you've got a luxury robe with the comfort of the natural fibre exclusively cultivated on the West Indian Caribbean.
Hanro has added a lounge and leisure wear range perfect for staying at home or for your yoga lesson. The Lola tank top is in single jersey available in burgundy, powder rose and white while the Yoga pants and top are in melange grey.
The Lulu bra is gorgeous in this Palace Blue colour. The Leavertronic technology of this bustier gives a great fit with fewer seams and with the elastane in the fabric. There is not a bra fastener leaving for a superb silhouette. Available in black and pink as well.
The Mathilde top and shorts are the perfect nightie for those hot summer nights.  White is very sweet or if you prefer a burst of colour you can choose a sunny and bright coral.
The Moments bra is gorgeous with its floral lace and seamless sides for a perfect fit. Available in nude and white. The fabric is a blend of microfibre and elastane, so it is very comfortable. It is what I call basic luxury because  we all need a black or white or nude bra but we want them nice and feminine.
I like this lounge wear outfit by Hanro. The Ruby cardigan makes it perfect for relaxing at home or just nipping to the corner shop and the Hanna pants have got pockets that I find essential. The Yoga top complements the rest of the outfit.
The Touch Feeling range has got this fabulous coral shade for the bustier and the boxer brief. If the colour looks too bold the same model can be found in blue, brown and taupe.
The Valencia tank top in  cotton and lace is another of those basic luxuries that should always be in our lingerie drawer. The delicate lace makes it for a perfect top to wear under jackets or for a layered look. I could write forever about Hanro because it is a really fantastic brand. Check out its website  for more products and to find out about its stockists. www.hanro.co.uk








Friday, 14 April 2017

Vassi8 Handbags

When I went to the Pop Up store of  the handbags brand Vassi8 I was hooked on the beautiful crafted bags, and the unique shape, just added value to the many great details of these little jewels.
The round shape of the bag and the round handle just won me over. Given that I like a bit of sparkle, the Swarovski on the silk front panel of the Urban Jewel model make for the perfect party bag, cute enough for its size but perfect to store all your essentials. I've checked it and a mobile phone, glasses, keys and credit card fit comfortably, adding a pocket mirror and a lipstick as well. The sides and the back are made of nappa leather and the lining is in suede.
If you find yellow a bit daring there is a Urban Jewel option in black or red. Same here Swarovski crystals on silk and nappa leather  with suede lining. All Vassi8 bags are made in Italy.
The Daisy Eyes model will be spot at weddings and horse races circuits this Spring and Summer. Available in white, yellow and black with nappa leather flowers with Swarovski crystals at the centre and gold or silver tone hardware setting.
Vassily Skinner, founder and designer of Vassi8 hasn't designed just her trademark round handbags. This beautiful clutch in purple pony skin and leather is a beauty and there is a bit of a rock and roll chick with the leather stripe with studs and Swarovski crystals.
Vassi8 is not only handheld bags. The Parchment model is a shoulder bag made  using the finest pony skin hair and arranged in laser cut pattern like a sophisticated lace for the front while the body is in leather. I love the tassel at the bottom and the thin shoulder strap.

The Hanging Fruit model is a bag that can go out day or night, it is so versatile. It is made of tan leather nappa and the multicoloured woven handle gives a twist to the traditional tone of the bag. Check other models and how to buy one of these exquisite bags at www.vassi8.com







Thursday, 13 April 2017

Atelier Bloem Fragrances

They've just arrived at Liberty's , launched on the 10th of April. A collection of amazing fragrances by Atelier Bloem, the brainchild of Andrew Goetz and Matthew Malin who found their inspiration from living  in Amsterdam and love for gardening. Each fragrance tells a story either a memory  or something that links The Netherlands to New York.
Atelier Bloem has launched six fragrances, unisex and straight to the point. No fuss in the bottle or packaging. Both are very minimalist and elegant. It is the fragrance that speaks for itself. Bloem is Dutch for Flower and all the 6 fragrances are floral but with a twist.
Nieuw Amsterdam is the original name of New York and it was a Dutch settlement. The official flower of NY has always been the rose, that's why this fragrance has been created using Centifolia Rose. But don't expect a frumpy fragrance, not at all, we've got all the twist from Magnolia, Ginger, Geranium Rose, Oud and Honeysuckle just to name few ingredients.
Black Tulip by Atelier Bloem is  intriguing and full of mystery, like its namesake flower. Tulip is a symbol for The Netherlands, so this collection could not miss it. Ingredients that make this fragrance unique are Atlas Tulip, Ivy, Freesia, Violet and Jasmine, as well as Amber an Bergamot. I'm not disclosing any more ingredients because you have to go and discover them by yourself.
Van Gogh is another landmark when thinking about The Netherlands and the Iris has been one of the most beautiful works. Iris is inspired by the Dutch artist and among its ingredients you can find Cardamom, Rain Forest Orchid, Violet, Iris Petals and Star Jasmine as well as Pimento Blossom and more. All the fragrances by Atelier Bloem have got a wonderful mix of essences.

1614 is the date when the hamlet in the Hudson Valley was discovered by the Dutch and they kept it for 50 years until 1664 when New Amsterdam has been renamed New York. It is a very spicy fragrance with Black Pepper, Sweet Clover, Sandalwood as well as fresh Bergamot and floral Rose Water and Jasmine.
 The Halve Maen was a ship captained by Henry Hudson for the Dutch East India Company , who tried to sail to China using a quick route but the ship just reached the Hudson River, that now is bearing the name of this Englishman. Half Moon is the English translation of the ship name. This fragrance is very fresh with notes of Bergamot, Peach and Fresh Green among other essences.
William is named after the Dutch Prince William of Orange and obviously the Orange bit is playing the part of the star in this fragrance. You will detect Nectarine, Orange Flower, as well as Lavender, Sambac Jasmine and Sandalwood. I am honest, I wouldn't know what to choose, they are all incredibly gorgeous. The only option is to try them all depending on the occasion and the mood.
They are priced at £ 160.00 exclusively to Liberty  and with an only size of 100ml.
www.atelier-bloem.com







Monday, 10 April 2017

Embellished Trainers

It is official, trainers are not confined to the gym anymore and embellished they can be seen in the street, in clubs, and at work. Among the incredible choices of styles, out for this season, I'm focusing on this kind of trainers, for now. I live in trainers and see them gentrified make my feet very happy.
Chiara Ferragni, the very successful Italian blogger has got a clothing collection as well and these "Find Me in Wonderland" trainers are a beauty. I love the sequinned stars  stitched on leather. Selfridges stocks her range as well as the website where you can find more stockists.
www.chiaraferragnicollection.com
Russell & Bromley have got a fantastic collection out in stores right now. The Roxana trainers are made in printed  gemstones like colours velvet. Definitely a winner. www.russellandbromley.co.uk
These colourful trainers by JF London are like a work of art. They remind me of something out of a Keith Haring creation. Check them out at www.jflondon.net
Gola has been collaborating with Liberty's London for a few seasons now and the result is a great collection with Gola styles and Liberty's prints. The two in the picture are the Ocean Forest Small and Beach Blossom. Check the website to choose the model you prefer. www.gola.co.uk
Jones the Bootmaker has got a great range of what it is now called Athleisure, which is trainers for leisure. These two models are gorgeous and spot on with the metallic trend. The gold Garfield model has got the classic style of a traditional plimsoll while the Greenwich in silver is  like a low top trainer but in gorgeous silver leather. www.jonesbootmaker.com