Monthly Archives: October 2015

All the outfits you could need

The high street is awash with adorable things.

Dressing for… Cocktails

The relaxed longline blazer creates a louche, androgynous feel, while the unusual hand chain injects excitement and the velvet shoes nod to theatricality and caddishness. Down play the glamour with a basic black vest and trouser.

70s longline blazer, £65, Topshop

Ribbed vest, £6, Topshop

Hand chain £12.50, Topshop

Velvet monk shoes, £72, Topshop

Dressing for… Coffee

A sugary blouse and midi skirt dress combo that is designed to look like a beautiful, classic dress. The Twenties style wool cap can be deployed at your discretion. Tone down the twee with a tough looking chain link ring.

Wool cap, £45, & Other Stories

Neck tie silk blouse, £69, & Other Stories

Pleated midi skirt, £55, & Other Stories

Dressing for… A date

The tailoring on this shirt looks designer, with its deceptive simplicity. Mix with a playful mini and stealth-saucy suede boots.

Wide cuff tailored shirt, £55, & Other Stories

Swallow bead skirt, £69, & Other Stories

Over the knee suede boots, £39.99, Asos

Dressing for… Hangover brunch

sweater dress

A luxurious knitted dress can be a balm for the soul. Diva it up with a Kenneth Jay Lane style chunky chain necklace, maybe even some oversize hoops.

Knitted sweater dress, £69, & Other Stories

Dressing for… Work

Pastel professionalism. Who said work wear had to be grey? The sweater may be a lot for what it is but you’re paying for the joy of pulling your sleeves over your hands and all the comfort that entails without looking like an awkward teenager.

Raw edge sleeveless jacket, £22, Topshop

Thumbhole turtleneck sweater, £45, & Other Stories

Belted crepe peg trousers, £40, Topshop

Dressing for… A gig

sheer dressgalibardy

Bohemia’s out to play. Team this gorgeous sheer dress with the blazer (see above) to contrast its floaty lines, perhaps a crystal brooch to add drama and this exceptional ring which looks designer, despite its price tag.

Sheer dress, £49.99, Zara

Art deco bohemian diamante shield ring, £18, Galibardy


The latest instalment of the Bond franchise blustered into town with only a little less fanfare than the Chinese presidential contingent last week. Daniel Craig did his craggy, brooding thing, but he didn’t bring along his adoring mutt (as a certain Mr Hardy did at his turn as British hunk du jour taking on a British cultural institution at the premiere of the recent Krays’ biopic, Legend. And since I now know this is an option no red carpet appearance will be as fun and sweet again). But what of the dresses? Lea Seydoux did full on gold-sequin glamour and loitered about moodily while Monica Bellucci looked assuredly luminous in classy (drab) black. However the show was most definitely stolen (and harboured and laundered) by Rachel Weisz in Spring Alexander McQueen and Naomie Harris sensationally wearing nought but a few strategically placed diamonds of fabric (by Mugler) at the after-party. Kate Middleton looked every inch the princess in floaty Jenny Packham.



Sleaford Mods on Jools Holland

I was quite taken by the appearance of these paunchy agitators on Jools Holland on Friday night. For the uninitiated, this is what it would sound like if a load of “clients” were trapped in a Jobcentre over night with nothing but bad speed, Stella and a Casio keyboard for company.

Frog hitches lift

frog on snail

A frog in Jakarta, Indonesia takes it easy on a shelly friend.

Photograph: Andri Priyadi/Barcroft Media