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Saturday, 26 November 2016

Outfit #4 November 2016 🌷


Pink, Pink and well.... just more pink











O U T F I T





1. HermΓ¨s Twilly
£ 115.00 here

You may have also seen this wrapped around the Hermès Kelly Bag in my Soho Farmhouse post:
 I actually dated a guy who asked me why I had a 'hanky' wrapped around my bag. Lets not discuss him.

... oh safe to say, that didn't work out.

2. Zara Limited Edition Mohair Pink Jumper
£ 59.99 here

3. Jack Wills Fernham Highwaisted Super Skinny Jean£ 49.95 here

4. Gucci Princetown Rose Slipper£ 480.00 here

5. White Ladies Tailored Shirt 
To be quite honest, I haven't got a clue where this shirt came from, it was just in my wardrobe and doesn't even have a label inside. You can pick up a white shirt in most stores so I'll leave that one down to you

6. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS BAG IN MORE DETAIL SO SCROLL DOWN!



    I wanted to share the details of my Givenchy bag with you all as I love it so so much! I bought this bag back at the start of the year and quite frankly it was a bit boring, it's also bloody huge. I wasn't using it much & I kind of forgot about it.

 In the summer I ended up in the Goyarde boutique in Mayfair and embarked on the 6 week wait for my initials to be handpainted onto my dream bag. I was obsessed and part of this obsession meant I was searching #goyarde on instagram all of the time to see how other bags had turned out (I'll show you mine soon). Anyway whilst doing this I saw a few Goyarde bags with crazy pop art designs painted on to them & I was totally confused... why did they not offer me this option?! But then I realised, these bags had been personalised by Boyarde  

It was too late to change my Goyarde order but I was determind to have Boyarde's work on one of my bags. I contacted Boyarde and spoke to her lovely assistant, I had all of the information that I needed so quickly & then I started rummaging through my wardrobe for a bag that needed a new lease of life - the Givenchy of course! It was time to make this bag fun and wow what a great job Boyarde did.

 My surname is a bit stupid because of that silly apostrophe between the O & H and when I've had items personalised in the past that has been a bit of an issue.. ie. Louis Vuitton's hot stamp doesn't include an apostrophe; but this was no problem for Boyarde as she hand paints these designs herself. I sent my bag off once we'd decided on a design and I think I waited around 3 or 4 weeks which flew by, I received an email with photos of the finished piece and I was so pleased; but the photos just don't do the colours justice. 
When I received the bag back I was amazed, it looks incredible, it's so different & quirky. I'm not going to disclose the price of this bag as it's so special to me and obviously nobody will want 'LO'H' on their bag, however if you would like something similar that is personal to you I would definitely reccomend browsing Boyarde's website and getting in touch... she honestly is so talented! 


Boyarde recently collaborated with L K Bennett :

& visit her pop up personalisation bar at Selfridges 










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Outfit #3 November 2016 🌡



Hello lovelies! So you may have seen earlier this week that I posted a photo of my beautiful Van Cleef and Arpels jewellery on instagram and promised to share my outfit details, so here they are.






O U T F I T


1. Urban Outfitters Burgundy Fleece Top 
This top is so so old... I think I bought it when I was in 6th Form which was a LONG time ago! 
But Burgundy is such a great colour for Autumn and Winter so there are plenty of jumpers like this out there

Miss Selfridge £ 32.00 here
La Redoute £ 45.00 here
John Lewis £ 75.00 here

2. Military Style Coat 
This is my sister's and to be honest it doesn't fit me (hence why I've just kind of thrown it over my shoulder). She found it in a sample sale and therefore unfortunately you guys won't be able to get this one but here are some similar jackets:

Topshop £ 39.00 here
Pull & Bear £ 39.99 here
Saint Laurent £ 1,755.00 here

3, Levis Mom Jeans
I found these in a vintage store in 'Rockit' a while back, they have a great selection of vintage items. 

4. Chanel Burgundy Ballerina Flats
These are from the Chanel Boutique on New Bond Street in Mayfair earlier this year & I love how classic they are. I'm not sure if this colour is still available but if you visit one of the stores you will be able to see all of the colours they have. I think these were around £ 500.00 

I'm not going to show alternate options because I'm pretty sure you all know where to pick up some more affordable ballerinas. 

5. Saint Laurent Duffle Bag 
£ 1,190.00 here

6. Helen Moore Burgundy Pom Pom Keyring
£ 27.00 here



J E W E L L E R Y 

[ bracelets: Van Cleef & Arpels . watch: Cartier ]

These bracelets are so beautiful and I love the colours, they match the burgundy top in the above outfit so perfectly! Unfortunately you do have to buy them seperately & the idea is to combine them. 
These 3 are part of the 'Alhambra' collection & there are different 3 motifs. I don't have the heart shaped one as it's not really my style. I'd recommend going to browse the different designs in a Van Cleef boutique and deciding which combinations / colours suit you best & if you have tiny wrists like me you may need the bracelets altered slightly.

Butterfly : Sweet Alhambra butterfly bracelet, yellow gold, white mother-of-pearl £ 1,100.00 here
Gold 'Clover' : Sweet Alhambra bracelet, pink gold.  £ 1,350.00 here
Dark Red 'Clover' : Sweet Alhambra bracelet, pink gold, carnelian £ 1,200.00 here

My watch is vintage Cartier and I've spoken about this in some of my previous posts, check them out for details! 






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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Oops, its that coat again! 21.11.16






I'm writing 2 blog posts at once, I'm not sure if you're meant to do that?! But I finally got to photograph the Zara coat I love again today & some other details. I didn't want to babble on in one post about 2 outfits.
If you read the previous post you'll know that I was waiting for a sunny day but it hasn't come.

Welcome to a very grey Notting Hill & a very grumpy Lily...

(yeah, we really need to get those steps cleaned... its on my never ending 'to do list')




O U T F I T 



1. Please see my previous post 'Shop My Instagram 17.11.16' for details of this coat

2. Zara Leather Look Trousers 
£ 19.99 here

3. UniQlo Merino Turtle Neck Sweater 
£ 24.90 here

4. Saint Laurent Classic star-appliquΓ© leather trainers
£ 410.00 here

I can't find anything similar for a high street price, sorry guys! 
But I absolutely love these similar Golden Goose Trainers £ 265.00  here

5. Chanel Classic Green Quilted Bag
This bag is discontinued

Similar Vintage / Pre - Owned:
Farfetch  £ 5,530.00 here
Farfetch  £ 6,196.00 here

Current Chanel Collection available in boutiques or to view here

Similar more afforadable options:

ICCO  £ 52.00 here
Rebecca Minkoff  £ 320.00 here
Ferrogamo £ 650.28 here



J E W E L L E R Y 

[ signature bracelet: Monica Vinader . watch: IWC ]

If you follow me on instagram you'll probably have seen that I'm always usually wearing a watch. This is a recent obession of mine and up until a year ago I didn't really like wearing jewellery. You still won't really see me wearing earrings or necklaces but bracelets and watches are another story.

The first watch I bought myself was a 'Vintage Cartier Tank' which I think I've mentioned before & then things just escalated.

I'd say one fault of mine is that I just can't say no to a beautiful timepiece... especially if there is limited stock or a waiting list to join before discontinuation. However, these items are an investment & even if you don't plan on selling the watch on in the future they are such special pieces to keep in the family; they are built to last forever.  

Today I combined this IWC Portofino with the Monica Vinader Signature Bracelet

IWC Portofino Automatic Day & Night 37mm
£ 17,350.00 here
(personal choice of alligator strap not available online)

Monica Vinader Signature Thin Bangle
£ 225.00 here










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Outfit #2 November 2016 🐘




I'm writing super late tonight as this week has been totally crazy, but I really wanted to talk about my new coat! You may have seen the below photo on my instagram story earlier this week but frankly it doesn't really do it justice & I wanted to style it differently, hopefully on a sunnier day. Well... this is London and that sunny day hasn't arrived, in fact; the weather has only worsened.




 I've been looking for a faux fur coat for absolutely ages but being small I've really struggled to find something that doesn't drown me. I recently made a trip to Copenhagen (I will write about this soon) and if you've visited in winter you'll know all of the girls are in fur; this just made me more determind to find something. I searched Oxford Street, bought nothing & left needing a strong espresso martini... I honestly hate that place! I then decided it was time to search online & of course I fell in love with Gucci's take on Joseph's Technicolour Dream Coat. I'm not going to get into an ethical debate surrounding the topic of real fur, but anyway it just would've swallowed me up, so again... a no. 

I popped into Zara a few days later & a coat which had been shoved on a rail with some jumpers in the ladies section caught my eye.. I loved it and was totally shocked when I looked for the size & it     was 13-14yrs.                                      
HA! Yes, this coat is from Zara Kids & is £39.99. 

I then started having one of those heart vs. head moments. I was in love with this super soft teddy bear coat but what if I was walking down the street and passed a 5 year old wearing the same coat as me... well who the hell cares?! A 90 year old could buy the same ladies size 8 coat as a 22 year old so f*ck it, I was just going to make it my own. I hunted through my mum's sewing room and found some buttons, needle & thread (I hope she doesn't read this, she'll probably charge me for those) and attached a black faux collar I already had. VOILA!







1. Zara Colourful Kids Faux Fur Jacket 
£ 39.99 here

If you're not pocket sized I found some alternate options:
Asos £ 36.00 here
Religion £ 130.00 here
Lipsy £ 150.00 here

2. Jack Wills Fernham Highwaisted Super Skinny Jean
£ 49.95 here

3. & Other Stories Pointed Leather Boots
£ 125.00 here

4. Helen Moore @ Selfridges Faux Fur Collar
£ 35.00 here

5. Hermès Grey Kelly Bag
Ok, so if you're as obsessed with HermΓ¨s as I am you'll already know there is no way you are going to get your hands on a Kelly bag unless you join the crazy waiting list or buy vintage / pre-owned. I am so lucky that my darling friend used to work for HermΓ¨s & is probably one of the most generous people I know.
Ok so here are your options: 


You can find a good quality vintage piece here in black for roughly £ 5,000.00, but I will warn you now... these bags in different colours & exotic leathers sell for up to £ 50,000.00 + 

So I trawled the internet trying to find you guys affordable options... I really struggled. I think it's important to remember why these items have such long waiting lists, they are extremely well made, luxury items. You are not just paying for the name tag but the quality of the leather. 
Here are some similar designs: 

Aspinal of London  £ 595.00  here
Dolce & Gabbana £ 1,300.00 here
Ferragamo £ 1,585.00 here
Gucci  £ 1,630.00  here
















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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Outfit #1 November 2016 🐱


   1. Valentino Chain Cross Body Bag
 £ 1,395.00 here

 also available at Selfridges here

The affordable similar options:
Very £ 12.00  here 
New Look  £ 12.99 here
Lipsy £ 24.00 here

2. Valentino Rockstud Pony Ballet Flats
£ 850.00     SOLD OUT 
( other colours & styles here )

also available at Selfridges, Harrods,

The affordable similar options:
Missguided £25.00 here
Boden £ 62.65 here  
 Dune £ 75.00 here

3. Zara Denim Jacket with Graffiti 
£ 59.99 here 
   
4. Mulberry Leather Bow Bracelet 
    No Longer Available ( Shop Mulberry current collection here )
    Similar: Kate Spade 'Wrap Things Up Leather Bow Wrap Bracelet'  £ 70.00 here 
      
5.  Topshop Petite Black Jumpsuit   
     I've had this for years, find similar options below:
     Asos Petite £ 19.50 here
     Topshop Petite £ 59.00 here

6. Topshop Petite Blue Knitted Jumper 
     SOLD OUT 
     Similar: Topshop Petite £ 36.00 here 

7.  & Other Stories Two Tone Leather Slender Belt
     £ 25.00  here 

8.  Vintage Cartier Ladies Watch
     This is a one off vintage piece, if you'd like to find something similar I'd recommend
     Burlington Arcade on Piccadilly, there are some amazing vintage watch shops where you can find something totally unique. 










     
  

                                                                            
                                                                                   
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Soho Farmhouse 🌲


I recently visited Soho Farmhouse for a weekend & my only word is simply 'wow'. Soho House never really disappoints and their hideaway in the country is no exception. You'll know if you're a Soho House member that there is a section on the 'House Seven' website called 'Spontaneous Stays'. The clue is in the title but here you can book a last minute, reduced stay at any of the houses with availability. If you know me I don't think you'd ever put 'Lily' and 'camping' in the same sentence, but anyway we went ahead & booked one of the bell tents (I think it was £80) and I was apprehensive. 

I put all of my things in the car on a very rainy Friday morning & I was having serious second thoughts about our choice of accommodation. It is about an hour & a half drive to get to Great Tew from West London (more time for me to stress about mud & being cold) but seriously it was worth it! We arrived, checked in & then we were taken to the main site in the most adorable converted milk float. Off we went to find our tent & all my initial worries disappeared..


Mention the word tent to me & I start having heart palpitations about the time I went to a festival and our tent nearly blew away. These tents are not your 'ordinary' tents, they are beautiful & so, so cosy! They even have a little log burner inside to keep you warm, the comfiest bed and lots of snuggley blankets.


As a member & guest you are able to use all of the facilities, apart from Horse Riding & the Cowshed spa which you have to pay extra for. I love horses and I've been riding since a young age, but there is one problem... I'm so allergic. I forgot my anti-histamine tablets so unfortunately couldn't go on a ride however I still managed to say hello to one gorgeous pony before sneezing my way to lunch.

[ Shirt : Whistles . Jeans: Zara . Bag : Hermès . Boots : & Other Stories ]



After lunch we headed to the pool but it was really busy! Trust me to turn up half way through what seemed to be a children's swimming lesson (nobody would probably notice 'Little Lily' though). There are two hot tubs & a sauna hidden behind the spa & nobody was using them, I'd definitely recommend disappearing off to this area to relax before getting dry & hopping on a bike to explore!


We ate dinner & talked about boring business stuff before venturing back to the tent. On the way back we met such a lovely lady with the most adorable dog & chatted until they closed the boathouse. This is the thing I love about Soho House , there are so many interesting members!


 I slept so well, we packed up our things and went to get breakfast. I absolutely love breakfast & couldn't decide between a sweet and savoury option... so obviously I had both.




Ok, my eyes are bigger than my tummy.

We had a little look around the shops & went for a walk before jumping on the milk float back to the main entrance.



We settled our food bill and I'll warn you now, you will spend a lot on food! You are in the middle of nowhere and realistically unless you plan on trekking across the countryside you are going to eat at one of the restaurants:
  • MAIN BARN
  • MAIN BARN MEZZANINES (the posh menu)
  • BARWELL BARN DINING
  • PEN YEN
  • FARMSHOP & DELI 

When you have checked out your car is bought to you & you are all ready to go home. If you have time before heading home I would recommend that you visit Bicester Village , it is only half an hour away and you can find some absolute designer bargains! Or if you head 30 minutes in the other direction you'll find the stunning Bourton on Water, this village is the true meaning of the word picturesque & is often called the ''Venice of the Cotswolds''


 Overall I had such a fab time & will most definitely be back, maybe to stay in one of the cabins instead now that it is winter. Realistically one night & two days was enough time for me to fit everything in but if you are a real 'outdoorsy' type I'd say stay a few more days and enjoy the beautiful countryside.

You can apply for membership here: https://www.sohohouse.com/membership




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About Me 🌻






This blog has been a long time in the making, a lot of faffing & asking my blogger friends hundreds of questions, but it's finally here & I can't wait to share things with you!


I was born in Chelsea, London & lived there until I was 5. My family then moved to Devon where I was educated, however my Dad's job was still based in London; I loved coming back to visit & knew I'd come home as soon as I'd finished my school life. The English countryside is absolutely beautiful and it is still definitely my escape from London but it's no permanent place for a girl who loves fashion, hunting rails for stand out pieces & the general hustle and bustle of city life.


So here I am! You may or may not know that I'm actually an accountant... crazy I know! 
I guess my main reason for wanting to start a blog was to escape my crazy 9-5 world of spreadsheets. I am so lucky to work for an incredible luxury brand based in Mayfair and after starting out in the corporate world I've finally found my home. We're quite a little office but it's full of big personalities who I am pleased to call my work colleagues & friends who share a passion for something spectacular. However, me being me, I don't stop there.


I caught the luxury bug from one of my closest friends. From the moment I stepped into her amazing wardrobe I knew I had to start saving my money to buy a pair of Valentino Rockstud Ballerinas and that's where my real obsession with fashion began, now nearly two years later my shoe rails are full.


I'm super petite & therefore I by no means have the legs of a super model, I love to mix high-quality luxury with more affordable high street items & strongly believe that a beautiful pair of shoes can make any girl of any shape or size feel fabulous. I still have so much to learn but I'm going to keep all of my outfit ideas & London experiences here. I really hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy writing!





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