Fashion

Sports Luxe: Game On

A look that I am loving at the moment is Sports Luxe. It’s comfortable and doesn’t involve heels (unless you want to) and is the perfect look for city living. The thing about sports luxe is that you can dress it up as much as you want, pairing heels with tracksuits and sweatshirts with skirts or wearing a sports bra as a crop top. It’s a look that lets you get comfortably creative and allows you to mix fashion with sports. Yoga leggings are back and this time they can be paired with a bomber jacket and a pair of stilettos. Sports Luxe indeed.

The Sports Luxe Jacket:

I like clothes and products that can multi-task. One such jacket that I have recently discovered is the Bench One Timer hoody which is a bright lemon-coloured soft jacket that actually turns into a travel pillow. The jacket is like wearing a pillow-very soft and very comfortable but with its bright colour you can still add a bit of fun to your outfit. It’s a great jacket for the city dweller on the go.

www.bench.co.uk

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Sports Luxe T-Shirt:

I got my Celine Paris t-shirt from Amazon.co.uk for about £7.00 – a bargain indeed. You can get a range of amazing statement tees from Amazon such as ‘Homies: South Central’, ‘Ain’t Laurent Without Yves’, ‘Coco Made Me Do It’, ‘More Issues Than Vogue’, etc.

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Sports Luxe Watch:

I always go for Michael Kors in Rose Gold.

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Sports Luxe Leggings:

I got mine from H&M.

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Sports Luxe Shoes

I LOVE Soludos – they have a wide range of cool shoes with funky designs and have been spotted on celebs like Kristen Stewart.

http://www.soludos.com/

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So what are you waiting for? Sports Luxe it up while you can and don’t be left behind in the dust on this one.

 

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Fashion Focus On: Monki and Kitsch 

I love a good find when it comes to fashion. My most recent treasure comes from Monki (www.monki.com) , a cool Swedish clothing brand can be found on Carnaby Street. Monki is cool and funky and in their Carnaby shop, the theme is Sea of Scallops – to make you feel like you are underwater, surrounded by enormous jellyfish. Zany? Yes. Fun? Definitely.

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T-Shirt (More Issues Than Vogue) bought from Amazon.co.uk, jacket by Monki, jean cut-offs (Forever 21), Bag (Michael Kors), Shoes (Soludos), Sunglasses (Ray Ban Folding Wayfarers)

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Hair Tie by Kitsch

 

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Kitsch Hair Ties (www.mykitsch.com)

Another great find I have found lately are Kitsch Hair Ties. They are specially designed to be kind on your hair and cute on your wrist, meaning they are crease-less and do not bend your ponytail or get caught in your hair and they double as a fashionable bracelet. Finally a hair tie that looks good on a wrist!

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Another favourite buy from Monki? My cupid’s arrow necklace. And for a fiver, that’s a something to fall in love with.

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Meeting the Maker: Ilene Steele – Jewellery Designer

Everyone loves a bit of bling, especially me. I love classic and timeless pieces that last through the years – especially ones that go on my fingers. My obsession with rings led me to Ilene Steele, a jewellery designer based in Hatton Gardens, with a penchant for unique knuckle rings and candy heart jewellery.

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The Hatton Garden-based native New Yorker has created a collection that references the excitement and turbulence of life; finding synergy between the shifting of ocean tides, currents and waves with the disorder and extremities of human existence.

 

Ilene’s collection – which launches this summer – is called The Wave Collection and encompasses bold, geometric and architecturally-styled statement jewellery.

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My new obsession-a knuckle ring!

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Where the magic happens! The collection comprises of a range of fine 18ct gold and silver cocktail rings, alongside studded earrings that include tilted semi-precious and precious stones, brought together through the ancient method of cuttlefish casting, which provides distinctive wave-like texture on the metal.

 

 

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Yellow on blue…great colour match!

 

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What I like to call candy heart jewellery with a bit of rock n’ roll…

 

 The Wave Collection is available online and in store at Wolf & Badger and The Clerkenwell Collection

Prices start from £150

Wolf & Badger https://www.wolfandbadger.com/shop/designers/ilene-steele-jewellery/

 

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Royal Ascot: The Beauty and Fashion Edit

Royal Ascot: big hats, fancy dresses, champagne, picnics, horse racing and THE Queen…are there any more reasons that you simply cannot miss this iconic event? I didn’t think so!

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My amazing (if I may say so) Ascot hat

This was my first year at Royal Ascot, the most famous horse race in the UK (www.ascot.co.uk) so I was very excited to rock it with a hat and fabulous dress. But first where to shop? As a huge fan of the classy dresses on hand at French Connection (www.frenchconnection.com) I went there first.

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It didn’t take long for me to find the perfect little black dress. French Connection dress cost? £70. Zara shoes? £30. Rocking them both at Ascot? Priceless!

Ascot is all about class and hats…and racing of course! Upon arrival I could see that everyone really made an effort and was dressed to the nines.

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In keeping with the celebratory nature of Ascot, the only drink allowed into the race is one bottle of champagne or sparkling wine per person, accompanying a substantial picnic and in a cool bag or hamper.

You can buy drinks inside (which is what I did) with a rum and coke costing around £6, a beer around £4 and a glass of wine around £6. Not terrible prices by any means. However, buying a bottle of champagne costs around £50-£70 so if that is your drink of choice, I would recommend bringing in your own bottle.

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Another great perk of the race is that you get to see the Queen up close and personal as she passes by the Silver Ring. It’s not often you get to see the Queen in person and she was looking particularly chipper at Royal Ascot as she loves horses and racing.

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Of course I couldn’t leave home feeling unprepared. So what was in my handbag? Most importantly was sunscreen. The weather was beautiful at Ascot this year and sunscreen was a necessity. As I am extremely fair, I use a professional, Swiss-made sunscreen called Ultrasun – SPF 30 for the face and SPF 50 for the body. The sunscreen for the face also has an added benefit of being an anti-ageing formula. You can find this at Debenhams.

It’s really important to also protect your lips. I have a great lip balm with sunscreen that I got from Walgreens in the States (similar to Superdrug). Its tropical flavour is yummy.

Other important products? Antibacterial gel. I use a lovely La Source gel from Crabtree & Evelyn (www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk)-it smells like the sea and isn’t sticky. The gel is quite thick as well (I hate runny antibacterial gel) and there is no nasty scent of alcohol to be found. Also from Crabtree & Evelyn is a La Source Leg & Foot Mist which keeps feet feeling fresh on a hot day in heels.

Other items in my handbag include thickening hairspray by Bumble & Bumble to keep strands in place, a compact mirror, a small sample-size of Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire, Rimmel London’s Clear Complexion pressed powder and a Lancome brush.

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The icing on the top of the cake? My Kate Spade ‘supercalifragilipstick’ in a bright, bold red. I never leave home without it.

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So would I go to Ascot again? Most definitely.

 

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Taylor Morris Eyewear Launch at Harvey Nichols

I recently attended the launch of Taylor Morris Eyewear at Harvey Nichols. The brand, created by Made in Chelsea’s Hugo Taylor and his lifelong friend Charlie Morris, features six individual styled frames. The sunglasses are lifestyle-oriented, meaning they will go from beach to bar to restaurant to car, something anyone can appreciate.

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Taylor Morris Eyewear Launch

 

The trademark of the sunglasses are the three gold circles on the arm, in rose, white and yellow gold. This is the universal symbol of faithfulness which Taylor and Morris state is at the heart of everything they do.

Taylor Morris Eyewear combines British sartorial elegance and timeless Hollywood glamour, drawing inspiration from cultural and fashion icons such as James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, J.F. Kennedy, Monroe and Steve Mcqueen.

The event was attended by Hugo Taylor, Jamie Campbell-Bower and Rosie Fortescue, among others. Cocktails and canapes were served and I was able to chat with Hugo Taylor, who recommended that I try the Chelsea Catseye glasses. I am tempted:)

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With Made In Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue

Prices on capsule collection: 125-165 GBP

#lifethroughthelens

1 Comment

  1. Woo Jung
    June 2, 2014 / 8:41 am

    Love your blog

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