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Parisian Charm

Parisian Charm

Shoes: £35, Next
There have been a huge influx of French brands on the UK High Street lately, but none as relevant, beautiful, or even affordable as one of my favourites: Sezane

I’ve been shopping online for a while now (the brand is the first French solely online fashion brand) so thought we’d pay a visit to the ‘Apartment’ in Paris during Fashion Week – I’d heard good things. And it was as chic as I expected.

Blazer: Gap (old). ‘Anita’ t-shirt: £85, Bella Freud. Jeans: Mother Denim (old). Shoes: £35, Next. 

Dreamy, right? Now here’s the catch. You can’t actually ‘shop’ inside this amazing store. Well, you can, there are a few items you can take away on the day – the stationery, apothecary and the entire section of miscellaneous ‘bits and bobs’ – at the moment it’s curated section is dedicated to all things British, so they’re host to a pop-up shop of Emma Bridgewater and House of Hackney to name a few.

But the Sezane bits? The Apartment serves as more of a chic de chic showroom, where customers can relax, browse, try on and have a feel for the fabrics before buying online, and there is also a collection point for deliveries. It’s one of the first of its kind and this business model, with no intermediary, means the quality stays high but the prices lower than competitors. 

I have to say, if I wasn’t already a fan of Sezane, I would be now. The staff were so polite, the store so tastefully decorated and the clothes to die for. It’s like walking around the most stylish French woman’s apartment in Les Sentiers. Everyday classics but with a forever modern twist, Sezane is a brand to know and we’ll definitely be seeing more of (if only on my Instagram feed – get ready for the pink coat of dreams to appear!). And on another note, did you SEE the Madewell x Sezane collab? I was on the mailing list for the stripe tees but they sold out before I even got to my screen…it’s pretty much the stripe tee ideal.

Madewell x Sezane collab
4 things we love from Sezane right now…

The walkable heels
‘Valentina’ shoes: £115, Sezane (I have these in black and they are so comfortable)

The ‘go with everything’ coat

Coat: £255, Sezane
The sell-out satchel


Leather bag: £155, Sezane (this bag was always selling out when it was first introduced)

The ultimate silk ‘boy’ shirt

Silk shirt: £85, Sezane

And Paris….? More on that later.

Blazer: Gap (old). ‘Anita’ t-shirt: £85, Bella Freud. Jeans: Mother Denim (old). Bag: £120, The Cambridge Satchel Company. Shoes: £35, Next. Sunglasses: £19.99, Mango


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Dandy Suit with Feminine Flair

Dandy Suit with Feminine Flair

A new outfit from Kelly Tucker of Alterations Needed, whom we introduced to YLF in July 2013.

Another fab wedding guest outfit from Kelly. This time she put together a suit look with pinstripe trousers and matching waistcoat. Opting for a waistcoat instead of a blazer feels more playful, and shows more of the white button-down shirt, which lightens up the look. A loosely knotted chambray tie and white fedora add dandy flair. Rolling the pants and pairing them with dainty white pointy toe pumps softens the look. So do Kelly’s brown curls peeking out from under the hat. The cobalt felt clutch adds textural interest. Kelly’s grey nail polish picks up the colour of the tie, while the fun pin echoes the white in the outfit. A bold gold chain bracelet, silver rings and black watch are the well-chosen finishing touches.

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THE EYE POP

THE EYE POP

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

This is a subtle way to pop your eye color with colored mascara! But the trick is twofold. First you coat the lashes with the colored mascara, then you go back over them with black mascara, except you leave the pop of color at the lash base. If you have blue eyes, match the color with a blue mascara; green eyes, use a green mascara, and if you have brown eyes, you can use any color (purple, teal, blue, green, etc) because they won’t compete with it. You can also pair complementary colors like purple mascara with green eyes, copper with blue eyes, etc! Here’s how to do it with blue eyes:

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the perfect LBD // Pronovias

the perfect LBD // Pronovias

Dress: Pronovias (love the back detail and pockets are always a huge plus). Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana. Bag: Chanel. Sunglasses: Karen Walker. See the full Pronovias collection here! Thank you so much to Pronovias team for inviting me to their runway show this past Saturday (you can see the 2017 bridal collection here) and for partnering on this post!
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Fall’s It-Jacket: Three (Affordable) Ways

Fall’s It-Jacket: Three (Affordable) Ways

embroidered clothes trend - embroidered jacket

An original post from Budget Fashionista

It is by no means cold yet, but even California girls like Kendall and Gigi have begun working outerwear into their routines. And what’s the one trend that seems to be on every leading-lady’s back? Beautiful embroidery. On silk bomber jackets, leather moto jackets, denim jackets and more, the embroidered clothes trend is all over Instagram and paparazzi-shot, street-style […]

Fall’s It-Jacket: Three (Affordable) Ways


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Style | The Harrington Jacket

Style | The Harrington Jacket


Recently I’ve only been buying a lot of jackets and one of my latest purchases is this Harrington Jacket from Gone Retro. You’ll know by now that I have a no-fuss approach to styling and this jacket goes with the bulk of my wardrobe. The check lining also adds a bit more visual interest whilst still keeping a look pretty minimal. Here I’m wearing all black, which happens more often than not recently, especially now it’s getting colder.

Jacket – Gone Retro | Dress & Watch – ASOS | Shoes – Lacoste | Choker – Regal Rose 
What have you been wearing lately?
Lesley x


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Björn Borg receives Healthy Business Award

Björn Borg receives Healthy Business Award

Björn Borg received the world’s first-ever Healthy Business Award during the HR and leadership seminar Healthy Business in Stockholm yesterday, October 6th. Healthy Business Awards puts the light on companies that with a strategic health and work environment engagement create requisites for staff to be sustainable over time.

The jury’s motivation:

Björn Borg is a company that links activities to clear goals and measure target achievement. The company inspires their staff to passionately participate in activities and take responsibility for their own well-being, while the company health initiative is linked to the business and its culture.

The winner works with health and well-being in a strategic way and on an organisational level. To succeed with this, knowledge, courage, endurance and conviction that working with the health of both staff and the company is imperative.

For more information, please contact:

Lena Nordin, HR Director, Björn Borg AB
Phone: +46 72 157 10 96


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blushing // roses

blushing // roses

Dress: ASOS. Top: Michael Kors (been on repeat). Bag: Mansur Gavriel c/o. Shoes: Via Spiga. Jacket: Ann Taylor. Sunglasses: Illesteva.

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NEW IN: Reims Turtleneck Sweater

NEW IN: Reims Turtleneck Sweater

We are getting deeper and deeper into Fall, which means cozier and cozier clothes! I am loving our Shop Sincerely Jules Reims Turtleneck. It is super cozy and chunky, but just thin enough to comfortably fit under a coat. The ivory color is super chic and makes it a perfect color to match with anything. Since we … Continued
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For the frill of it…

Cosmetic

For the frill of it…

Top: $59, Storets. Jeans: £39.99, Gap. Shoes: £49.99, ZaraBag: £89, And Other Stories (bought instore). Photographs: Christopher O’Donnell

Summer may be over but it doesn’t mean that the peasant blouse is going anywhere. And I went for a style in baby blue over white, as it looks fab with jeans and as you can see, I’m doing ‘colour’ a bit more. 



The top is from blogger brand of the moment: Storets. It’s one of those brands that has become huge in the last few months over on Instagram, with huge bloggers like Lorna Luxe and Ohh Couture swearing by its off the shoulder ruffle tops and perfectly imperfect frayed jeans.


I’m not going to lie to you: the clothes take ages to come and you will get a customs letter a few days later. But when it’s in dollars, I accept it the same as when you’re in J Crew in New York and you get to the counter and you haven’t anticipated that tax (that is NEVER on the pricetag!). All things considered, the clothing is still reasonably priced and you can get something really different to the UK High Street (I love my gingham wrap top). But just don’t wear it to Fashion Week (everyone, literally everyone, in the first 2 rows were wearing it).

Like with everything else in my wardrobe, I’m wearing it with the Gap straight leg jeans. It’s true love with these, they feel like ‘real’ denim and the wash is perfect. And you may remember a time when I told you NEVER to match your shoes to your bag? Scrap that, I was wrong. Matchy matchy is back (I’ve even matched my lipstick). And if anything, slightly matchy matchy but not quite and a slight bit ‘off’ is even better. I’m hoping that makes sense to you..

Nails in ‘Cloud Fine’: £7, Cheeky
Lipstick in ‘Vivien’: £29 (part of a lipstick and gloss duo), Laura Mercier

Trench: J Crew (old). Top: $59, Storets. Jeans: £39.99, Gap. Shoes: £49.99, ZaraBag: £89, And Other Stories (bought instore).


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For the frill of it…

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Breitling's New Aerobatic-Inspired Watches Are Designed for the Jetsetter

Breitling's New Aerobatic-Inspired Watches Are Designed for the Jetsetter

For more than a decade, the Breitling Jet team has performing high-flying, death defying aerobatics at some of the world's most renowned air shows. Though the team is typically headquartered in Switzerland, they began an American tour last year whi…

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All that glitters…

All that glitters…

Coat: £170.10, Boden. Silk shirt: £155, LK Bennett.  Jeans: £54.95, Gap. Belt: £8, Asos. Glitter shoes: £49, Topshop. Suede chain strap bag: £99, Marks & Spencer. Photographs: Christopher O’Donnell
Have you ever bought anything simply for the ‘gram? This is something I discussed with Fran (The Fashion Lift) at my Bella Freud event, and we both admitted to doing so. First off, I will say, I loved these shoes – they’re a total Miu Miu dupe and for the price I knew I couldn’t go wrong. But I’d be lying if I said it didn’t cross my mind that they’d make a great photo on Instagram, too.
But is this a bad thing…? If anything, Instagram makes me a better dresser, everything is a bit more considered – but always in my style. Sometimes I get excited by an outfit that is ‘totally instagrammable’, but it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t wear it anyway.

With the recent Vogue criticism of (their definition of) Bloggers and Influencers, it does put into question how we dress and who we’re doing it for. And I for one have always worn what I love and bought most of my clothes (and proud of it). I do occasionally get gifted as I work in the industry but have, hand on heart, never worn anything that I didn’t love or believe in. And I bought these Topshop shoes last month and couldn’t wait to blog about them. Mainly because this community of like-minded individuals who read my website, I believe, would love them too.

Anyway, back to the sparkly, glittery shoes…which have a walkable heel! And I am (hopefully) proving that leopard and glitter can be worn together in a chic way.

I’m wearing an LK Bennett silk blouse with this look today. At my style talk with Grazia last week about workwear, I mentioned that a washed silk shirt was one of my true wardrobe staples. With rolled up sleeves, it’s the perfect work piece, but looks so good with jeans and long gold necklaces too. I have just bought a Sezane one in black too, which I will wear with black skinny jeans when I pretend to be Emanuelle Alt (who we also heralded as our style Queen at the talk!). They’re a bit pricey but 100% worth the money.

Sunglasses: £98 with prescription lenses, Bailey Nelson. 

And, of course, you can follow my Instagram here (no pressure…but I do tend to post my outfits on there first, these days). And these shoes were a hit.

Coat: £170.10, Boden. Silk shirt: £155, LK Bennett.  Jeans: £54.95, Gap. Belt: £8, Asos. Glitter shoes: £49, Topshop. Suede chain strap bag: £99, Marks & Spencer. 


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All that glitters…

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Beauty | theBalm Collective Haul

Beauty | theBalm Collective Haul


I’ve been trying to explore uncharted territory when it comes to beauty and theBalm is one of the cosmetic brands I’ve been experimenting with lately. The American beauty brand caught my attention with their multi-use products and “beauty in 5 minutes” philosophy, not to mention the super cute packaging.

Over the past few months a couple of the Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks, two Batter Up Eyeshadow Sticks and the How ‘Bout Them Apples Lip & Cheek Palette have been added to my makeup collection. The liquid lipsticks are firm favourites and have been used regularly over the last few months (no surprises there). I have the shades Committed (a pretty baby pink) and Adoring (a deep red). The pigmentation is just stunning on both of these and the formula dries fairly quickly after application, lasting well on my lips throughout the day. I love both and plan on grabbing a few more shades soon.

I don’t use eyeshadow often and I tend to prefer easy-to-apply formulas so the Batter Up Eyeshadow Sticks are a perfect fit. The formula is so smooth and creamy, blends well (providing you work fast) and is so beautifully pigmented. The eyeshadow sticks dry quickly and once applied don’t slip or slide off the eyelids. I have two shades, Moonshot and Dugout. Both shades have a shimmery feel to them, especially Moonshot (the lighter of the shades) which looks more like glitter when blended into my skin. As Dugout is a lot deeper this shade complements my skintone better and I would definitely get a few more of the darker Batter Up Eyeshadow Sticks. 

I’ve had a very small blush collection for some time so I’ve been collecting a few products lately like the How ‘Bout Them Apples Lip & Cheek Palette. The product formula is really creamy and dries matte on the skin. I love the colours in this palette but I have found that the formula is not pigmented enough for my lips, especially the lighter pink tones which don’t show up on my lips at all. My natural lip colour is dark brownish pink but as the other theBalm products have been so pigmented I kind of just expected this would work for me. I have a lot of lip colours so I actually only intended to use this palette for my cheeks anyway but it’s definitely something to bear in mind if you’re thinking about purchasing this palette based on it being multi-use. 


You can find theBalm online in the UK at ASOS, Feel Unique and Debenhams

Have you tried anything by theBalm?
Lesley x


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Beauty | theBalm Collective Haul