We opened the door on a grey London morning to a riot of gorgeous colour, gleaming copper table and beaming blonde! Maternity guru Marina was launching her first book that evening, The Bump Class: An Expert Guide To Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond,  but couldn’t have been calmer- we quizzed her on her style secrets…
If you had to list 3 must have items in your wardrobe what would they be?  
A great pair of jeans – I’m loving J Crew at the moment, a blazer – I’m a fan of bright colours and a pair of Stuart Wizeman silver pumps.
Can you remember your first item of clothing that made you feel like a grown up? What was it?
My first bikini – my favourite piece of clothing.
Do you have any major style faux pas?
I bought a bright orange coat from somewhere like Mango in the 90’s.  Looking back I realised I looked like I worked for Easy Jet.
Is there an piece of clothing you’ve always wanted to own? Why?
A piece of couture.  I wore an Oscar de la Renta jacket for a photo shoot recently and it was incredible.  For a moment I toyed with the idea of spoiling myself and buying it….until I realised it cost £3,500!
Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?  
I’d love to be shoes girl but with enormous feet, I have more luck with bags….
Do you have an all time favourite style purchase?
I found two pairs of Louboutin boots in the sales about a decade ago and they’re something I wear every season.
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For this London Fashion Week, we asked one of the loveliest ladies in British street style to layer up one of our coats.  Anneli started blogging as a way to document her fashion buys(!)  Over the years she’s taken us through her wedding planning, multiple house renovations and has now gone full time with blogging and her passion for health on her site Sustain the Glow. We have to say she looks pretty darn gorgeous always so we’re avid fans of her wellness tips and artfully styled breakfasts as well as her minimalist with a twist style.

Anneli started blogging as a way to document her fashion buys in 2012. We’ve seen her blog grow personally and professionally – she’s taken us through her wedding planning, multiple house renovations and most recently going full time with the blog and her wellness website Sustain the Glow.

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

A pair of skinny jeans, any of my Saint Laurent bags and a well fitting sweater. I also love my fitness gear for my workout-days, a good pair of printed leggings and bright coloured sneakers are a must have.

How would you define your style?

Classic and minimal with an edge. I’m originally from Norway so am quite minimalistic, but my time in Barcelona and London has injected a little bit of flare and colour in places!

Who do you look to for style inspiration?

Instagram, where I stalk all the super chic Australian bloggers. I would love to have as much sunshine as they do as I’m a real sunshine junkie, and I adore their balance of fashion and wellness.

Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?

I am definitely all about the bags. I’m very fortunate to have quite a collection. I’m not at all frivolous, lots of my bags have been gifts or treats to myself after working very hard. Shoes come and go, while classic, leather bags – stay with you forever (and add that luxe feeling to any outfit).

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Actress Charlotte Asprey is funny, clever and  just gaaawgeous. We knocked on the door of her mews house to ask her about trouser suits, pixie boots and vintage Celine dresses.

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

My grape coloured leather jacket.  It was a sample that was never produced.  From Zadig and Voltaire many years ago. Black D-J trousers from Nanette Lapore about 9 years ago.  Classic, never out of fashion and so chic.  They have a very beautiful beaded button and stripes through the fabric. My grandmother’s vintage Celine dress.  It’s black and gold zigzags with a yellow lining.  I add a belt and it gives me a very bohemian, expressive air.  I love it.

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

Hmmm I think it was a Kookai tassel dress, in black.  I loved it. I still have it (though it’s indecently tight!)

Do you have any major style faux pas?

Ooh there is plenty of photographic evidence of me wearing a pale pink, matching trouser and sleeveless jacket with a zip, complete with pale grey pixie boots.  I loved it!  Admittedly it was the 80s so it was ‘of a time’ but looking at it now I ask my mother “How could you let me where that?”  “You were pretty adamant” she replies!

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

No there’s not one thing i’ve always wanted to own, but I wouldn’t mind owning the Givenchy dress the great Cate Blanchett wore to the Oscars in 2011 – It’s pale lilac with yellow and lilac beading.  It’s very cool and she looked a million dollars in it.

Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?

Shoes or bags hmmm.  I’m a little of both but neither to an addictive degree.

Do you have an all time favourite style purchase?

I love trouser suits.  I have an £18 black one from Asos which gets
more compliments than anything!

 

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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.

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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