Category: Autumn

The Dirty Shirt x

The true version of sexy isn’t bandeau dresses and containment, in both the physical and metaphorical sense.  It’s suggestion and just the right number of buttons left undone. And what better way to achieve that than with the humble shirt?

(All pictures Pinterest)

(Time to raid the husband’s wardrobe…)

Laters, Kate x

Beans on Toast x

Just the name Toast takes on a whole new meaning when the temperatures start to drop and the smell of fallen leaves mixed with wood smoke permeates the air.

Their clothes capture that louche, appreciation of nature vibe: Loose cuts, soft textures, muddy palette.

If that’s not enough, not only do they do the best classic grey long cashmere cardigan.

(All pics Toast)

But each one of their eleven shops has a shelf filled with books from customers and staff. Inside each books are hand written notes, explaining how the book has enriched the sharer. Visit a shop to share your own book and take one in return. Genius.

 

Laters, Kate x

Trans-seasonal x

So here’s the thing – weather in London, in September – particularly this year – is unpredictable.  If the sun does make an appearance there’s the flash of late summer burn, but just as easily the sun can disappear in an instant to be replaced by a cold wind and threatening clouds.  What to do? One solution are the 2-in-one coats from Arket.  Surprisingly simply yet remarkably flexible they’re an unfussy solution to an autumn – and potentially winter – dilemma.

The clever puffa-slash-underjacket comes in a choice of long sleeves…

(All pictures Arket)

Or vest.

 

I will be trying both the mens and the womens before making a decision.

Laters, Kate x

Bare Necessities x

The weather in London isn’t brilliant making it easy to feel nostalgic for soft, comforting layers.

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(All pics Pinterest)

The hunt is now on for the perfect oversized slouchy eighties-style sweater.

A classic for any wardrobe.

Laters, Kate x

Taste Wars x

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First day back to school after the two week half term holiday and bizarrely it’s Halloween…an oxymoronic combination which will probably leave the rest of the week in tatters with the children trying to recover juggling routine and school.  But hey, at least we gained an hour this week… it’ll be put to good use carving pumpkins and slapping on the grease paint later.  Sigh. But leaving blood dripping knives and the prospect of tired kids aside, I need to actually write a post so I’m going with something that struck a nerve whilst we were away in Hastings.

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We stayed in a little wooden lodge that was very pleasant….but didn’t look like anything in these pictures.  Which has become a bit of a bug bear – in England, when you go away to a resort setting, chances are you are either paying a fortune for a properly imagined rustic aesthetic (casing point: Soho Farmhouse) or you’re having your tastes dictated to by a narrow number of bulk buying, short sighted, cheap loving, tight fisted suits that think modern always means good.

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But the rub is rustic isn’t about expense.  It’s roots lie in making the best use of the materials available in the best way possible, given the space available.

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It’s about finding elements that are both practical and will stand the test of time, yet still look good: Re-using, re-thinking, re-energising.

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It’s not generic canvas’s from Ikea but vintage pictures from a charity shop.  Not ready made velour curtains but re-imagined blankets and kantha quilts.  Not  shiny carpets but wooden floors and battered rugs.

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Does taste cost more? Sometimes…but mostly it just takes a bit more thought.

And how often is it that those thought out things cast the longest shadows?

Laters, Kate x

Rachel Comey. Homie.

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Rachel Comey stirs the spirit, lifts the soul and happily shakes it.

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Take her Ready to Wear 2017 collection which she staged, in celebration of 15 years in the business, on the streets of NY in reference to her very first catwalk show.

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How apt: The source of inspiration part of the realism.

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With garments in different shapes and sizes reflecting reality.

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Modelled by real people of all genders, age, figure type yet still sewn together with a signature style.

It’s a gauntlet.

Laters, Kate x

Sunday Shopping x

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You now what you’re meant to do at the start of each season: Gatecrash the party and scoff all the canapes.  But somehow it never happens like that.  Take Sunday afternoon with it’s languid air of relaxation when sofas become blankets and fingers lazily skim across tablets.  And light upon the dream dress. OMG!! That’s it!!..

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It’s just like that dress that’s been lying in my great dresses folder in Pinterest for 2 years. OK..not exactly the same..the pockets are missing..the pockets are fab..pockets can always be added.  I love the white, but there’s only the option of blue, red or black.  Red could work.  But it’s a summer dress. You need autumn clothes.  But I’ll need summer clothes next year and WHAT?! Just £45?? It’s in the basket….and do they have any more bits of heaven?
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Oooh Palazzo pants..THEY could be transitional combined with all the shirt dresses purchased this summer…

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(All pictures and purchases from SilkFred)

And talking about shirt dresses – Oh my! It’s pure lust. The credit card doesn’t stand a chance.

And not a jumper in sight. Sigh.

Laters, Kate x