Category: Shirts

Lace it up..

When one treasured item can make all the difference: That mercurial mix of old and new.

There’s genuine.

And there’s inspired.  Each has their place.

(All pics from Pinterest)

The choice is yours.

Laters, Kate x

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

Arket x

Arket is the new concept child of H&M and translates to ‘a sheet of paper’.

One can only think this relates to blank, ie a change of direction.

It will cater for men, women, children and homewares, but there will be a conscious focus away from High Street principals of pile em high, sell em cheap, to sustainability, durability and quality, but with an eye on affordability.

It says it’s offering ‘Staples in varying weights’ – a concept to embrace.

And opens in the UK on 25 August.

One for the diary.

Laters, Kate x

Cheers x

A toast to Toast for their latest collection: The perfect combination of simple, wearable, utility chic.

The beauty is in the details: Plackets, bibs, pockets and seems.

Check out the subtle pleating on the waistband and the neckline of this shirt.

(All pics Toast)

I want.

Laters, Kate x

Happy birthday..

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It’s Finery’s first birthday – it seems hardly believable they’ve been around for such a short time.

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It’s such a great label that fills a gap in the market you never thought was there. Until they started.

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On the one side it’s reflective, mild mannered and be-spectacled.

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On the other, clever, en pointe, different.

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This is a label that joins all the dots.

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And does the best trousers. Stalk them.

Laters, Kate x

Chambray love..

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Soft, louche, lounging and easy..

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Could this be the ultimate denim dress? The cuffs are to die for..

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(All pictures J.Crew)

Timeless pieces that quietly scream elegant summer living..

Laters, Kate x

MiH Magic x

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MiH, the original British jean brand have brought out their easy wear, always stare SS15 Collection.

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With their love of denim and lashings of groovy inspiration, their designs are classic, pragmatic, clever and very independent.

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You really sense it’s an high energy, slow process with thought and quality poured in.

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They catch the nostalgic vibe of pre-mass market, when things were built to last and gently soften in the sun, improving with age and use.

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To be worn collecting sea-shells on a sandy beach..or blinged up with statement jewellery at a posh party in London.

They work.

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Wholesome, exhilarating food for the eyes, I can eat it all standing up…and always want more.

Laters, Kate x

Joy x

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If I see something I like that flutters the gut I follow the trail back to see if it was a one off or a true love.  Sometimes there’s only time to scribble a name down..then tracking it down is a bit like a treasure hunt wondering what will turn up.  So it was with Joie – a name in my notebook, a diamond in the dust.

 

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What first caught my interest were the shirts with their easy nonchalance and natural grace.

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In many ways similar to Zadig and Voltaire except more accessible, less edgy.  Although much of that is the contrast of styling.  Look at Joie as individual items rather than a whole look and it would be easy to add the urban edge.

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Made with quality materials, there’s nothing faddy – they’re the type of pieces that will live on in the wardrobe, adapting and morphing with the times.

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Smoothly integrated, wearable, honest.

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Key pieces painted in broad strokes.

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With a joy of simplicity.

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I could say I didn’t like it.  But it would be a lie.

Laters, Kate x

And the livin’ is easy x

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The beautiful wrought-iron gates of summer, with their warm, lilting voice are slowing swinging open.  I can no longer bear to wear socks, but I’m still shocked my feet can blister each year.

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MiH Jeans have captured that mysterious, lazy time where clouds disappear, clocks stand still and insects quietly buzz.

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 Where clothes are worn for nostalgia, comfort and love.  And yet you look your best.

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Loose, casual layers, ready to be peeled away as the heat rises.  Or returned, when the sun sinks slowly away.  Cosying up to glowing fires and the rich smell of smoke whilst holding a glass of something wonderful.

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 Do I want to be there?

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The answer, my friend, is Blowin’ in the wind…It’s gently blowin’ in the warm, sultry wind.

Dreaming, Kate x

 

 

 

Agnes and Lola x

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This is one of my secrets.  The website Agnes & Lola, originally born of a love of two things: independent fashion and the diverse cultures across the African continent.

 

 

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It’s the perfect browse if you need a bit of spice.

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Re-defined classics that offer a ready-to-wear alternative to the cloning of the High Street.  And sensible prices too..I’ve just ordered these, reduced from £55 to £25…

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I look at these, and all I can think of, even though I have never met her is my blogging friend Fashion Mayann! They just have her name on them!
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Let colourful be your personality.  Why should the men have all the fun? I want these trousers..

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Just accessories with a smile!

Laters, Kate x