Category: High Street

Transition shoes x

Are clogs the new winter shoe? Possibly. The pandemic has had a strange effect with changes rippling out and now clogs make sense – perfect for sliding on for little trips to nowhere. And then flinging off on return; they are the ideal indoor shoe for the modern person. But if this is the purpose of clogs, the sheepskin versions seem much softer and more appealing – I’ve been wearing my ancient shearling Celts complete with worn toe holes since summer first started waning, but if I was going for an upgrade, it would be for these Birkenstocks. My only fear would be the temptation of the rest of the Birkenstock range…

(All pics Pinterest and Birkenstocks)

Mighty fine….

Laters, Kate x

Padded x

Are layers the transition between seasons or are they the season, only the number being the decider? After being convinced for years over the importance of the big coat and the big jumper, I’m beginning to think it’s the later that’s more useful – that subtle transformation to come with fluctuating temperatures both outside and in, from t-shirt to adding thin jumper and maybe a shirt, to a blazer or denim jacket to a padded gilet before the final layer and herald of true winter – the thick coat. Once reconsidered as both a coat and a layer, the padded coat’s star quality starts rising exponentially, especially now they’re so lightweight, yet thin and warm.

(All pics Pinterest)

It also helps they hold structural shape. Another point of happy difference. Who knew the anorak would become a vital wardrobe staple?

Laters, Kate x

Style Icon x

 

Style icon and new guilty pleasure – I’ve recently discovered Karen Britchick aka Karen Blanchard on Youtube – walking the streets of New York she eyes up the fashion, asking people about their outfits.  The pleasure is multi-layered – first, it’s sitting on her shoulder, being in unfiltered New York, where you can see the steam and smell the energy.  Then it’s that she doesn’t go for commercial outfits – everything is unusual, a progression, pushing a boundary, an art form, something different, unusual, which makes it exciting.  And finally its the idea that style isn’t an expensive brand, it’s about passion, expression and understanding how things fit together. In fact, the less commercial, the better.

 

(All pics Pinterest or go to Youtube)

Get me to an oversized unstructured 80s blazer now.

Laters, Kate x

Marianna Leivaditaki x

 

Yesterday I had a look at the Toast website; like stepping into an indulgent shop where you know your senses are going to be softly stroked and where your shoulders always drop.  It’s not just the clothes, but the styling, the photographs, the rich vein of history and timelessness that runs through every piece, the pride and the quality.  I always look at their magazine, see what tasty morsels there are and low, behold, there was this article about the Head chef of Moro Hackney, Marianna Leivaditaki and her childhood in Crete.  It’s a beautiful piece and well worth a read, speaking an exotic language of freedom and hard work, of dreams and ambition.


(All pics Toast)

 

Marianna has a new cook book out, which after reading the article has found a place on my wish list (if there is one, slight criticism, its over the cover – all this rich history and the designers hand over a school text book? But maybe that’s just me) The book is full of stories, pictures and glorious recipes – and once again, there’s a sense of authenticity, the thread of time and a real beating heart.

 

For me, it’s a chance to taste and re-live the magical time we had in Greece this year. Something to cherish as the season changes.

 

Laters, Kate x

The Pull x

 

The one thing I’ve been grateful for every day of this lockdown has been the weather. Nine times out of ten the sky has been a forget-me-not blue, possibly bluer, with each passing day as the urban pollution has cleared.  It’s had an effect, not only on all our moods, but also on  the garden that has now burst into acid green, waving fronds and baby buds.  It feels we are in early summer rather than spring and I can’t imagine the same time with grey skies and pouring rain. As yet, I haven’t dared swap over my summer wardrobe, not wishing to give this gift life the kiss of death, but I have moved back to transition dressing – the same basics but with lighter layers, one step away from high summer cotton dresses. The last thing I’ve wanted to do in lockdown is buy clothes.  But the truth is, if we want there to be a recovery, spending needs to happen, and not just at Amazon. With this in mind, all these pics all come from Massimo Dutti, offering the sort of pieces that stand the test of time: strong, classic and well made;  if there are any holes in your wardrobe, here’s where to look to fill them..

 

(All pics Massimo Dutti and Pinterest)

And regarding prices? think Zara rather than Chanel. Just saying.

Laters, Kate x

 

Baubles x

Each year the aim is to hunt down and buy one new decoration that has the ability to tug heart and tummy in a warm, I must have that, embrace.  This year, it’s a skating rabbit from Graham and Greene – there’s something about the retro tinsel, the nostalgic pose, the subtle colours that makes me smile.  In fact, Graham and Green possibly richest vein of baubles this year….

(All pics Graham and Green and Pinterest)

Simple pleasures.

Laters, Kate x

Street style x

 

What is it they say…the worse the country is doing, the more fabric is used? It isn’t working for trousers – cropped and ankle grazers are still winning the day – but coats…there’s a whisper on the air regarding coats, and it’s saying length equals elegance equals appealing….


(All pics Pinterest)

Laters, Kate x

Layers of ethos x

Why do I love Toast so much? Let me count the ways…authentic, wholesome yet elusively stylish and contemporary, it’s a brand that manages to mix the products it sells with the ethos it promotes.  For example, these handblown glass baubles at £35 for 5 will be on my wish list this Christmas, not for decorating the tree, but to add to chandeliers all year round – the present element is a Brucie bonus.

(All pics Toast and Pinterest)

If you’re a maker then this bit of information I found on their website could be of real interest to you:

The TOAST New Makers programme will support and mentor five emerging makers. We will offer production, design, business and marketing advice, as well as a digital and physical platform to sell their pieces with full profits being returned to them.

The programme is open to makers of all disciplines. We are seeking makers who use sustainable materials, demonstrate skilled craftsmanship, share an appreciation of texture and colour and have an understanding of thoughtful, functional design.

If you are an emerging maker and would like to apply, please submit your application before 12pm, Wednesday 18th December 2019. The shortlist will be selected by an internal TOAST panel. Please note that this programme is open to all new makers, wherever you may be in the world.

 

It’s almost the perfect Christmas gift…

Laters, Kate x

Centre Half: Scarf

 

Friday marks midsummer.  Try telling that to the clouds, the rain, the wind and the temperature.  It’s the pay back and karma for last summer.  But it still hurts.  Maybe that’s why I’m loving the colour, the fluidity and the fun of men wearing silk scarves.

(All pics pinterest)

It just brightens the day.

Laters, Kate x

Izipiziz x

 

 

Wow! The shops in Deal are getting good!..just the right side of vintage, affordable and desirable.  In one shop – The Hoxton Store – they also had a glasses brand from France – izipizi  – I’d never seen before offering sunnies, reading glasses, baby glasses and blue light glasses for working with screens.  Classic shapes, bright colours and around the £40 price point. Winner, winner chicken dinner.

 

(All pics Pinterest)

J’aime.

Laters, Kate x