Blogger Musings From A London Mum Does Full Skirted Feminine

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Meet Jemima Bradley of Musings from a London Mum. Jemima works as a creative consultant and muses on her blog about living in London with the Bradley bunch.

A mix of fashion, lifestyle and brilliant adventures to get up to in London with our family we love taking a sneak peak into this family’s life…

What is it about your outfit that makes you feel most comfortable?

I love the way this dress fits. It is so feminine and really swishes in a way that I used to love as little girl.

How would you define your style?
I am a bit of a chameleon to be honest. One day I like to feel very polished and put together and the next it may be floral dungarees with a cashmere t-shirt. I love clothes and playing dress up every day. Sometimes I get it right and other times not, but that is the fun of it all.

Can you remember your first item of clothing that made you feel like a grown up? What was it?
A pair of white jeans from the grown up section at Next. Total Fancy Pants. I wore them with wooden heel brogues pretty much every day for the Summer of 1995 with an oversized shirt accessorised with a handkerchief as a choker. Style epitomised.
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Who do you look to for style inspiration?

I love they way the French dress, they always seem to get the low maintenance chic look nailed.

Do you have any major style faux pas?

Leggings. I really dislike leggings or and jeggings. Never ever ever are they going to work in my world.

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

A Hermes Cape cod watch. I am saving up to buy it for myself. Girl Power.

Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?

Can I have both? Now that I am a Mother I am more of a bag (lady). I actually sold so many of my designer shoes as I never wore them and invested to a pair of super flats. I hate the idea of saving things for best and just gathering dust. Clothes are meant to be worn.

Do you have an all time favourite style purchase?

My vintage pieces. They are all so unique and always add a little wow factor to a quite ordinary outfit.
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South Molton Street Style Blogger in AW16 Parka coat

What is it about your outfit that makes you feel most comfortable?

I’ve been on the hunt for a parka jacket for as long as I can remember, so just owning one makes me incredibly happy! I’m fussy, coats needs to be comfortable and fitted – these two things rarely mix. This one is different – it’s lining is so, so soft and warm, but it also has little tassels on the side to help it fit my shape. So, although I feel like I’m wearing a furry duvet, I don’t look like it! Everything else I’m wearing are my “happy clothes.” I’m most comfortable in stripes and denim.

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

They would be embarrassingly simple. Every girl needs a good, solid little black dress. I have a narrow waist but most definitely have a bottom and thighs so dresses don’t always work for me. Investing in a good LBD was a fantastic decision for me. Other key items include quality cashmere jumpers (my favourite is new-in from Wyse London) and well fitted black trousers.

South Molton Street Style Blogger in AW16 Parka coat

Do you have any major style faux pas?

Generally I never like to feel like I have to conform to a style. I love the freedom fashion gives you. My style doesn’t exactly push boundaries but there is nothing I hate more than walking through West London and seeing all the women looking like carbon copies of each other. At least try to be a little bit original. Same goes for dressing for work – I’m so glad to be out of that corporate world. Whenever I meet up with friends in the city, or go to an event, I also feel for women as their options feel so limited – everyone looks the same.

South Molton Street Style Blogger in AW16 Parka coat

Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?

Hmmm… Although I’d say I wasn’t really either my collection (which is taking over my flat) would disagree. I guess I’d be more of a shoe person, my Dad always told me it was most important to have clean shoes and nails so its stuck with me. I wear flats a lot, in fact a resolution for 2016 was to get me wearing more heels as they’re so much more flattering. However what with a very active pup and rushing around town most days, I think its going to be tough to get me out of my trainers.

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

I can vividly remember buying a dress for my prom, aged sixteen. It was such a big deal at the time; every lunch time was spent going through the pages of Sugar and Cosmopolitan magazines with friends hunting down the perfect one. I can remember trying to match the colour of my dress with the colour of my boyfriend at the time’s tie, which is the opposite of what I’d do now. I ended up with this blue puff ball dress. I thought I looked fantastic, but when I look back I resemble a Christmas bauble.

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Glamour At Glyndebourne

One of the world’s oldest and most renowned opera festivals is well underway in the South Downs of East Sussex and there certainly seems to be few more events that epitomise English summertime more than Glyndebourne Opera.

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The audience at Glyndebourne in 1934

Born in the mid-thirties, formal evening dress has always been customary for the summer festival. A tradition that originated from the founder, John Christie, who felt that more formal attire would be a way for the audience to express their respect for the performers. Here at LUX FIX we will be taking a look at traditions old and new to discover how fashion at Glyndebourne has changed over the decades.

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Libelula

For inspiration on what to wear, Libelula is a wise place to start. The British based designer is fast becoming known for in-house designed beautifully cut, timeless and flattering shapes. In keeping with the traditional formal evening dress ofyesteryear, this Libelula classic is your go to piece. The Long Millie Lace and Silk dress is a luxuriously sophisticated piece that is flattering in all the right places. An eye-catching dress that will be turning heads as you walk through the idyllic gardens at Glyndebourne.

A major theme at Glyndebourne is picnics. Drinking tends to start early with the sound of popping corks being heard as early as teatime so it is best to pack your hamper to get you through the day. What better piece to lounge around on the pristine lawns than this Estelle White Maxi Dress by Frock and Frill. This designer creates super glamorous twenties inspired pieces combing vintage shapes with modern trends. The Full-length maxi exudes relaxed glamour, perfect for enjoying a glass of bubbly in the gardens during intervals.

Guests admiring the pristine Glyndebourne gardens

Officially there is no dress code at Glyndebourne but it appears to be convention that many still adhere to Christie’s black tie policy. However, it appears that in recent years the feel of Glyndebourne has become a little more relaxed, whilst guests opt for more flowing dresses and flats in order to avoid sinking into the lawns. For a designer that offers elegant garments with a vintage twist, turn to Nancy Mac. This Sirene Reef and Teal Dress will help you to feel right at home looking out over the undulating fields of the South Downs. The flattering scoop neck and floor length fishtail skirt make this dress a real showstopper, because although black tie isn’t mandatory, it most certainly is encouraged.

Ariella is one of Britain’s leading designers for evening and occasion wear, and this piece is no exception. The Lorraine Embellished Green Dress is simple yet extremely elegant. Featuring beautiful gold embellishments at the shoulder, you will fit effortlessly into the surroundings at Glyndebourne with this easy to wear classic style.

Frock & Frill, Ariella, Nancy Mac

Because nobody trusts the English summertime weather, it is advisable to bring an additional, warm layer. The Hayley Menzies Black Chelsea Fur Trim Shawl is the ideal piece to take to a black tie event. The cashmere and fur stole oozes elegance and will keep you warm after the sun goes down. Pair it with the Jet Faux Fur Muff by Helen Moore to keep you extra cosy.

Helen Moore, Hayley Menzies, Agnes & Norman

If you do want to risk getting your heels stuck in the grass at Glyndebourne, and let’s face it, most people do, then add some vintage glamour to your outfit with these Frankie Antique Grey Heels by Agnes & Norman. The simple design features a classic 50’s silhouette paired with a snakeskin effect detailing. These heels are the perfect accessories to your evening dress, even if it does mean you have to be carried around by your chaperone.

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The Beauty of Scottish Knitwear

Scotland has a long tradition of creating great quality, stylish knitwear; most manufacturing now takes place overseas but there are still a core group of Scottish mills producing luxury knitwear. What is it about Scottish knitwear that makes it so sought after?  Well Scottish knitwear manufacturers are able to draw on their centuries of experience and the expertise of the skilled craftsmen in their employ to create high quality pieces. In addition the water in mill towns such as Hawick is ideal for washing knitted garments as it gives them a super soft finish. This combination of skill, experience and natural resources makes Scottish knitwear utterly irresistible.

Today new brands still manufacture knitwear in the Scottish borders to take advantage of these excellent British producers. One such brand is Pip/James; this contemporary knitwear brand has a laid back aesthetic aimed at young, modern clientele. The brand helps to keep the tradition of Scottish knitwear production alive by manufacturing all its designs in a factory in Hawick.  Pip/James’ knits are a million miles away from dowdy jumpers and cardigans you often think of when you hears the word ‘knitwear’. Instead the brand’s pieces are up to date, casual and easy to wear; these are jumpers to be thrown on atop jeans or even just worn around the house. Coming in both classic blacks and blue as well as bright colours and even stripes Pip/James jumpers would easily fit into a youthful modern wardrobe. The jumpers are made of 100% Merino wool making them soft and comfortable but also easy to care for; Pip/James’ pieces can be machine washed and even tumble dried without losing their shape. In short Pip/James’ use traditional manufacturers to create knits fit for today’s knitwear lover.

With young brands, such as Pip/James, bringing Scottish-made knitwear to a new generation hopefully the Scottish mills will be continue producing high quality garments well into the future.

Hannah Balsdon

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In Praise of Flats

Heels are great but few women are willing to wear them day in and day out; high heels are certainly attractive but they can also be very painful and are generally very impractical. For everyday wear a girl needs a pair of shoes in which she can both walk and run and flats fill our need for wearable, everyday shoes. Flat shoes are easy to walk in but have long been viewed as somehow less desirable than heels but no more; from trainers to loafers flat are very much ‘in’. There are plenty of fashionable flats available for the style conscious woman and so, here at Lux-Fix, we thought we’d take a look at some our favourites.

Let’s begin with these laid back and slightly masculine Oxford’s by Fred’s Shoes. Boyish Brogues are very much in style at the moment but if you’re after a softer flat then a pair of Oxford shoes could be the thing for you. British brand Fred’s Shoes produce this attractive, easy to wear shoe in a variety of different colours and even prints. This is a shoe you could team with a dress to add a little hint of androgyny or with a pair of chinos and a white shirt for a relaxed look.

If you’re after a more feminine flat try one of the British Flat Shoe Company attractive designs such as this pair of bright, bold pink flats. The British Flat Shoe Company manufacture all their shoes right here in the UK and their simple but stylish designs are ideal for everyday wear. Combining this pair of pink beauties with matching accessories could easily transform any outfit from dull to chic in a heartbeat.

Flats, however, don’t just have to be stylish, or effortlessly chic; they can also be fun. These sparkly, glitter covered pumps from La Paire prove that flats can be as unique and fun as their heeled counterparts. La Paire’s Stardust flats could add a touch of instant sparkle to a day ensemble but would also be ideal for a night out on the town.

Of course today’s dream flat would combine effortless style with up to date design, practicality with desirability and, with that in mind, these pumps from Cleo B pretty much hit the mark. Their pastel blue colour and metallic heel are refreshingly contemporary making these pumps perfect for fashion savvy woman but they’re also functional enough to be worn regularly. These flats may look demure but, in reality, they present the wearer with a variety of styling options; these are shoes you could wear with a summer skirt or a pair of jeans the choice is yours.

Hannah Balsdon

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