As we stop and start our way climate wise to Spring, nothing can hold back the mental refresh of coming out of the winter months, re-floated, buoyant for spring-summer fun. The lure of warm days, bare ankles, single layers and longer days is indeed a heady one…
All the more so for me this month after an echinacea fortified winter at the last hurdle I succumbed to a cold that had me laid up in bed for two weeks (an infection requiring antibiotics had also kicked in ugh…) hence the lack of activity on blog and Instagram…!
Looking on the bright side, it was just the mental break I needed and nothing beats that feeling of readiness to re-engage full of energy and ideas. So this weekend I bring you my long running Sunday Edit in bite-sized colour-themed vignettes. I hope you enjoy it!
This month I collaborated on a small bespoke project with Juta Shoes (I first discovered this sustainable & community-supporting brand on my visit to the home of ethical homewares shop Aerende founder, Emily Mathis – see the interview & house tour here) and Secrets of Green, an online boutique for nature minded urbanists. With a small amount of reclaimed of cafe latte coloured suede, there are just a few pairs left – only available until 12 April, so grab yours now! Super soft and comfy, gorgeous house slippers or perfect for hot, sunny days.
You gotta love fresh bed linen. My current sets are white and grey, so this beautiful stack from Muji is just the right next step. Muji has so cleverly created designs and products that absolutely express how you would live your most perfect life. I love their vibe. This duvet, pillow cases & sheet set also comes in…
While convalescing, I was treated to the most wonderful care package delivery from north London deli Panzers. A few months ago I popped along for the relaunch and was bowled over by the community vibe and loyal patrons, and all the delicious mouth-watering foods, including bagels, smoked salmon, yoghurts, fresh product and this homemade granola. Do swing by for a Square Mile coffee if you’re in the area, or check out their delivery options – unfortunately Hackney is not on their delivery list yet, but I’m hoping it will be soon!
Espadrilles | Juta x Secrets of Green x Stylonylon
Bed linen* | Muji (available in store only)
Granola* | Panzers Deli
I feel like I might be going in deep with the chunky trainer thing, so bear with me. Taking me back to my Spice Girls inspired buffalo boots circa 1995, height-giving and leg-flattering for the pint-sized, really what’s not to like? 🙂 This pair is a special edition I discovered by the brilliant En Brogue, designed by an all female team of Nike designers for women. All sold out, apart from one size but it does look like they’ll be restocking, you can set up an alert on on Net-a-Porter if you’re into them. 😉
And they go brilliantly with this year’s trend win-out, the check blazer (nearing peak, I admit, but not in a bad way as such a classic) which has many wonderful iterations. Some quite pricey like this hard-to-get-hold-of Anine Bing one or even pricier By Malene Birger but how about just right by a new Scandi influx of styles at Debenhams; this one just £60.
Ensuring that your check blazer goes down as not too boring, the trick as to add a little feisty clash – in the form of stripes is perfect. This jute tote – Fairtrade, handwoven in Bangladesh – is from Toast, and ticks all the relaxed spring chic, pattern clashing boxes.
Blazer* | Debenhams
Trainers | Nike
Tote* | Toast
Hallo monochrome moments! This woven clutch is by Stelar, a new brand from designer and creative director Lorna Watson. Handmade in Bali using traditional techniques, you can go online to find out more about the maker of your piece. There’s some lovely colourful rainbow hues and a very sweet circular style too. The clutch comes with three different straps so you can choose how to wear it.
This striped body is one of my favourite pieces to wear right now (it’s backless too, see how I wore it here) and is by new brand Ninety Percent, whose mission statement is to share ninety percent of distributed profits with charitable causes. The close fitting easy-to-wear jersey pieces are made from organic cotton or sustainable fabric Tencel – plus you can vote for which causes you’d like donations to go to. Sizewise, fit comes up large, I went for the XXS.
A great pair of tights is key to most women’s wardrobes, and even more so since we’re re-embracing the 90s – hallo you 50 denier opaques. Although I mainly about skirts in the spring these days, tights under jeans is a great way to avoid slippy-down socks and keep you extra warm at the same time. This is how I did it. And just what’s needed if we’ve got more cold weather to look forward next Easter weekend. True dat, btw. These brilliantly well-fitting and comfortable pair by Heist.
So I bit the bullet and bought a pair of sunglasses that weren’t round and tortoiseshell lol, seduced by the siren call of the cateye; which actually seem to suit much better than most frames I have experimented with. This summer classic pair by Le Specs. I love the fit and size of them.
Clutch* | Stelar
Top* | Ninety Percent
Tights* | Heist
Sunnies | Le Specs
Handcare* | Cowshed
The beauty of these grey ‘I Am Whole’ Labradorite (often called the stone of magic) beads by Mala Collective is really striking – signifying serendipity and synchronicity. I love the feel and touch of my jewellery, and all my pieces I tend to be very tactile with, on an emotional level too. Holding these beads while chilling out your mind or focussing on good vibes is soothing and reassuring.
Such a beautiful scent from this gorgeous jasmine candle by Lalique; an exquisite French jewellery, perfume and crystal homewares company founded in the 1800s – definitely somewhere to take a look for a really special present.
The First Morning of Spring room spray is wonderfully light and fresh, from the pleasingly quirky and imaginative James Lola Harper (their products names (inspired by friends and places) are just a joy, from The Music Studio on Trufo Street to The TV Basement of Jonet.
The little bottles of foundation are by Cosmetics A La Carte whose bespoke foundation I now cannot live with – mine was made up of the two lighter shades. The beauty of these bottles is that your can mix your own perfect blend (if you upload you picture here for the £10 Bespoke Foundation Sample Set). Or you could just go instore and have it done there – makeup novice me was much happier to leave the blending to an expert I must say!
The woven leather bag I ordered from French site Le Bazaristan, where quite frankly I could drop a serious amount of money on all the gorgeous bags they have there. Dangerous.
Meditation beads* | Mala Collective
Candle* | Lalique
Room spray* | Lola James Harper
Makeup sample set* | Cosmetics A La Carte
Bag | Le Bazaristan