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Friday, 24 October 2014

Holiday Wardrobe

Although I'm back in the cold of London I thought I'd put up a couple more posts of what I wore on holiday last week when my days were filled with sunshine and my biggest stresses were choosing toppings on frozen yoghurt. 

Grace Atelier De Luxe is a bag brand I was introduced to recently stocking the most beautiful bohemian summer bags, each hand crafted from the softest leathers. There is nothing like a perfect slouchy bucket bag to fill up with summer essentials. This one comes in a fringed version too which is at the top of my wish list along with their ikat clutch bags.
The asos sandals I'm wearing are the best thing I bought all summer, I've worn them to death. They're similar to the ancient greek sandals I really wanted but cost £20 instead of £150 and are so comfortable I've just thrown them on with everything. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

All White Everything

I have a new folder on my computer, It's entitled 'next house' and it's full of pictures of things I love which I didn't do to this one and wish I had. Mainly making it totally Scandi and minimal. Renovating a Victorian terraced house I couldn't bring myself to strip out any of the character so ours is a far cry from minimalism. Oh well, will have to make do with saving pictures of all things ivory for my next move whenever that shall be.  
Until then...

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

StylistShops x Clarks

When Clarks approached me this summer and asked me to road test a pair of their AW14 collection I was happy to oblige. Years of working at magazines had exposed me to lots of viewings of Clarks' seasonal collections and I was always suitable impressed. Once you bypass the shoes that my Grandma Margaret loves so dear, theres a trove of total gems which would fit perfectly into any of our wardrobes.

I chose the Busby Jazz monk shoes for a day goofing about at my parents house in the countryside. As you've probably noticed by now I'm all about the flat shoe and these were the perfect alternative to the sneakers I tend to live in. Plus, they were probably the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn, other brands take note - Clarks have some sort of layer of heaven under your foot which softens every step, I could have run a marathon in these. If I ever took up running. Which I doubt I will any time soon. But I COULD have, and that's what counts.

Read the full story and watch the video below or on Clarks website here - it's pretty much worth it just to check out Clive, the-best-dog-in-the-history-of-dogs, making his screen debut. 

Shop the Busby Jazz here and check out my other key picks from Clarks AW14 collection below.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Goodbye Neon Sandals - Holiday Style

Final days of holiday mean the last chance to wear sandals until spring so I've thrown on my favourite Jimmy Choo neon ones with a pair of Paige boyfriend jeans and ASOS off the shoulder blouse for a causal dinner with friends in Tel Aviv. These jeans have been such a staple to me since the totally beautiful, larger than life Paige herself gave them to me earlier this summer. Named after her best friend Jimmy they are a slimmer boyfriend fit so they still look flattering, and the rips are the kind you always think you can make yourself with a pair of kitchen scissors only to find out you most definitely can't. 

Bag Accessorize, Sunglasses RayBan, Jewellery Dana Levy

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Midi Skirts - Holiday Style

My new found love for midi skirts has extended to my holiday wardrobe and the fact that this ASOS one I bought just before I left doubles up as a sort of accordion when you walk, well that just makes me love it all the more. The boy thinks I look like a mormon but I think I look like an incredibly cool grandma. Which is what we all want to look like on holiday right?

Top old Zara, Skirt ASOS, Shoes Marni, Ear Cuff and Rings from a boutique in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv, Sunglasses Chanel.  

Friday, 17 October 2014

Last Days of Summer...

There's nothing like a late summer getaway - and since we hadn't really left the country this summer we decided to spend a couple of weeks of October in our favourite city, Tel Aviv. 
With blue skies and 28°C of sunshine, we've spent lazy days reading books on the beach (I'm on my 6th already), wandering around the markets buying freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, cycling from lunches to cafes for ice coffee to dinners, and eating our body weights in Israeli breakfasts (served all day and comprising of freshly baked bread, scrambled eggs, salad, cream cheese, labaneh, tuna, jams, olives - pretty much everything you could ever want!)

Tel Aviv is simply thronging with fresh juice stands and my favourite one on Ben Gurion Street uses only seasonal fruit and will add everything you'd add at home from spirulina to chia. My go-to frozen yoghurt place Tamara has just started selling home made ice-lollies and their beetroot, carrot and apple one has become a daily ritual. The Old Tel Aviv port is full of great restaurants and organic fruit and veg markets and Neve Tzedek is the perfect place to spend an afternoon wandering through tiny winding streets and browsing amazing jewellery boutiques. 

Tel Aviv really is a foodies heaven - food is a major cultural thing and you will find people sitting eating in cafes until the early hours of the morning. It is hard to get bad food in Tel Aviv but here are just some of my current favourites:
 Puaa - nestled in the heart of the flea market in old Jaffa is this eclectic restaurant jumbled together from reclaimed chairs, tables and mismatched crockery. The breaded cauliflower with garlic aioli is a must have and I make it my mission to come here for lunch at least once every time I'm in Tel Aviv.
Brasserie M&R - This old school Brasserie is a Tel Aviv institution and is open 24hrs a day - and surprisingly busy 24hrs a day. Its french fries are the best in the country and taste even better at 4am after a night out clubbing. 
Claro - Recently opened in the new Sarona district, Claro is slightly more expensive but the menu is full of creative and totally delicious dishes. Plus the cucumber and mint gin cocktail was possibly the best I've ever had. Be warned.
Hotel Montefiore - Set in the elegant boutique Hotel Montefiore, this restaurant is more of a fine dining experience but serves consistently delicious food with a french influence. 
Abu Hassan - This hole in the wall is the local go-to place for proper hummus in Tel Aviv. There is always a queue and if you want to act like a local, eat your hummus using raw onions instead of pita bread to mop it up.