Accessorising With RetroChicMama

With guest season well and truly upon us, we asked Michelle aka the utterly gorgeous RetroChicMama to style a party frock up and then down for a more relaxed look, because as she says, after the wedding you want to be able to wear the dress again and again don’t you?
If you had to list 3 must have items in your wardrobe what would they be?
A great fitting plain white shirt. Most flattering cut of high quality jeans, mine are J Brand. A neutral cashmere cardigan.

Can you remember your first item of clothing that made you feel like a grown up? What was it?

This is easy – I had a little weekend job in a hairdressing salon when I was 13 that paid $15 a week. I save up for months to buy a pair of white strappy sandals. It was my first ever fashion purchase with my own money so when I wore hem I felt grown up because I paid with money I’d earned.

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Do you have any major style faux pas?
Obviously I had many MAJOR style faux pas, I was night clubbing in the late 80’s!!! Let’s see there were the Madonna fingerless black lace gloves, Frankie says relax fluoro over-sized T-shirt paired with the ubiquitous Tube skirt outfit – Need I say more?
Is there an piece of clothing you’ve always wanted to own? Why?
I’ve always wanted to own a Chanel Le Boy bag because I love bags & to me this is the Holy Grail of bags.
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Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?
Hahaha see above! Bags of course although shoes are a very close second, in fact I’m currently having a book case fitted in my new loft bedroom to display my shoes. Poor hubby.
Do you have an all time favourite style purchase?
To date my all time fave purchase is most definitely my Chanel 2.55 mini – However as it’s my big 50 next year I’m hoping the bag fairy will send me that Le Boy I dream of…
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Ideas For a Capsule Work Wardrobe

Financier Aita Ighodaro conducts business regularly across two or more continents so she really needs a wardrobe that will travel well. Wecaught up with her as she dashed through London to find a feminine style that isn’t too girly but yet utterly practical. Clue: it’s all about the magic dress that never creases.

If you had to list 3 must have items in your wardrobe what would they be?

Colourful bikinis. I work hard, but I love the sunshine and it energises me, so I try to get as much of it as possible!
Belted coats and trenches – when I can’t be in the sun I like a cover up with a cinched in waist, I find it a timeless and feminine look but it’s not ‘girly’.
A large handbag as I carry so much around with me and nearly always have my laptop amongst other things. At the moment I love a vintage Louis Vuitton epi leather one I found in a market in Saint Tropez.

Can you remember your first item of clothing that made you feel like a grown up? What was it?

I think it was my first pair of skin tight jeans when I was about 11 or 12. I remember feeling quite foxy and pleased with myself. They were probably a stretch Topshop pair or something like that.

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Do you have any major style faux pas?

I’ve had some fairly experimental hairdos throughout the years….

Is there an piece of clothing you’ve always wanted to own? Why?

Elizabeth Taylor’s entire jewellery collection would be nice!

Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?

I definitely have a lot more shoes than bags…

Do you have an all time favourite style purchase?

A silk shirt seems appropriate for almost any occasion

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Fashion Mum of Forty & Warm Spring Dressing

Sometimes one pretty white top is all it takes to remind you that spring is here! Ann-Marie, AKA Fashion Mum of 40, is the queen of making jeans look stylish, and it’s all about the beautiful details on top. After all once you’ve sat down at lunch, it’s your top half that has to do all the work!
If you had to list 3 must have items in your wardrobe what would they be?
A breton or striped t-shirt, well fitting and flattering pair of jeans and a great navy blazer.
How would you define your style?
Classic, modern and simple.
Who do you look to for style inspiration?
I like Emmanuelle Alt, Laura Fantacci and Louise Redknapp
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Is there an piece of clothing you’ve always wanted to own? Why?
A classic Burberry trench coat, it was just that iconic classic piece that I longed for. They never go out of fashion, look fabulous with the classics of denim and shirts, but look equally amazing over a LBD…aka Audrey.
Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?
Although I have succumbed to the temptation of a few designer handbags over the years, I would say I am most definitely a shoe girl. Shoes make me smile, I enjoy shoe shopping. I love how shoes can totally transform a casual
outfit of jeans, tee or shirt and as my wardrobe mainly consists on jeans that is what is so appealing and tempting!
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Garden Party Dressing With Actress Camilla Arfwedson

April is the unofficial watershed for parties to include an outdoor element without tears of laughter and/or cold. We met up with fabulous actress Camilla Arfwedson to discuss the anti-pastel colours, cocktails and the perils of filming summer scenes in the frost.

If you had to list 3 must have items in your wardrobe what would they be?

Black Cashmere Jumper, Rag & bone boots, leather jacket.

Can you remember your first item of clothing that made you feel like a
grown up? What was it?

A vintage Pin stripe suit from Steinberg & Tolkein when I was 16.

Do you have any major style faux pas?

Probably socks & sandals or a low cut top and short skirt. It should
be one or the other.

Is there an piece of clothing you’ve always wanted to own? Why?

A Quilted Chanel evening bag. They are so chic and make any outfit
look elegant & cool.

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Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?

Shoe.

Do you have an all time favourite style purchase?

My Jimmy Choo biker boots.

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April Showers With The Online Stylist

Amanda Start (AKA the Online Stylist) is a master of Scandi style chic. She braves the spring showers to show off a rainy day uniform that will really look after you, because after all when it pours we really just want a hug and a good parka will do just that…

If you had to list 3 must have items in your wardrobe what would they be?

I’m reverting to monochrome type here and saying black skinny jeans, a classic white shirt and the softest grey cashmere sweater. I think those three pieces can form the backbone of so many other looks.

How would you define your style?
I’ve been asked this question a lot and it’s one I’m constantly asking myself – especially when shopping for new pieces! Over the years, my style has definitely evolved into a more minimal look and in order to stick with what feels right, any new purchases have to meet a specific three-word criteria: Relaxed – Simplicity – Individual. Having that in mind definitely helps me stay true to what I love and avoid too many impulse buys.
Who do you look to for style inspiration?
Other style bloggers, Instagram and Pinterest – oh my god I love Pinterest! There’s everything you need there all in one place – which is probably why I spend hours on there!
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Do you have any major style faux pas?
I would say a few of my early outfit posts contain more than a fair share of outfit faux pas… and documented for all to see! But I always think no regrets – style should be about experimenting and that means you don’t always get it right.
Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl? 
It used to be shoes but now its bags! I would love to invest in something by Chloé, Céline or Proenza Schouler one of these days… and I definitely blame Pinterest for that!
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