Personal style

The New Boho

Get the look: Nick Campbell sunglasses (similar sunglasses available here), Witchery fringed knit (similar here), Faithfull trousers and Jimmy Choo suede heels

These past two months I’ve been on hunt for the UK’s next top stylist/blogger with Ford Fiesta and Stylist Magazine. After combing through the entrants who shared their strongest red looks via Instagram, we are onto the second round of the competition with the final twelve girls.

Their first shoot is all about the new boho, so I thought I’d take one to the streets in solidity in some modern boho threads. There’s no doubt the 70’s revival is in full swing, and I’m not gunna lie, full blown boho doesn’t really gel with my minimal aesthetic. However this new, slicker incarnation of the boho trend, I’m more than down with. Tan tones, a little fringing and super slouchy trousers; don’t mind if I do.

To check out the twelve finalists (and vote for your favourite look) head to Stylist Magazine right here.

Created in collaboration with Stylist

The Style Set

Get the look: Celine sunglasses, Jessie x Moochi blouse, Charlie May trousers (similar available here) and Mode Collective heels (similar here). The Jessie x Moochi dress, Saint Laurent bag and Celine loafers (similar here)

I’m super excited to share my design collaboration with New Zealand label, Moochi. This is my second time being involved in their Style Set project (last year I designed a midi black dress, or MBD if you will) and it was a lot of fun bringing this voluminous, super-sleeved blouse and fluted dress to life. Plus it’s always special working with Kiwi brands; it’s nice to have that connection with home!

The blouse was created out of my love for the traditional white shirt. I have more white shirts in my wardrobe than I care to count – although in my defense they are all on high rotation. With this design I was looking for something a little more romantic and adventurous than your usual button up. The lines are clean and the overall shape is still quite minimal – but it’s the sleeves and oversized silhouette that give it that extra kick. And the dress is pretty much an extension of the blouse – fluted sleeves, a slouchy shape and a touch of volume.

If you live in New Zealand and would like to check out the pieces you can head into any Moochi store. Or if you live further afield, you can get your hands on the Jessie blouse and Jessie dress online at Moochi for the next week.

Created in collaboration with Moochi

The Leather Guide

Get the look: Celine sunglasses, Karen Millen leather dress, Atterley jacket, Larsson & Jennings watch, H&M trainers. Karen Millen suede jacket, MiH tee, Studio Nicholson culottes, Jimmy Choo heels. MiH tee, Karen Millen leather skirt, Frame denim jacket and Mode Collective heels.

I’ve long since had a thing for leather. It’s slick, strong and a just a little bit sexy. But most of all whenever you put it on you just feel like a boss. The only catch is that sometimes is not the easiest fabric to slot into your every day rotation. How to wear a black leather jacket may be obvious. But how do you go about wearing a leather dress during the day? Or pull on a fitted leather skirt and still feel casual?

So I’ve taken a few of my favourite Karen Millen leather pieces (who are killing it in the leather stakes FYI) for a spin on the streets of Paris and have come up with a few tips to help you maximize your leather wearing potential.

The leather dress

By day you want to tone down the sexiness as much as you can (leave the saucy stuff till nightfall). Opt for crisp white trainers to balance out the fitted silhouette and tie a jacket around your waist to give the illusion of layering.

The suede biker jacket

The black leather jacket is timeless, however it’s time to mix things up a little and opt for a suede jacket in a fresh new hue. Navy, tan, olive or rust; a coloured leather jacket is pretty much the easiest way to update any look.

The leather pencil skirt

A leather skirt has the amazing transformative power to lengthen legs and show off that butt, so there’s no harm in keeping the rest of the look pretty casual. And there’s nothing more casual than a simple, slightly over-sized white tee. Finish off the look with a denim jacket tied around the waist for an even more relaxed vibe.

Created in collaboration with Karen Millen

Seeing Red

I know, so much colour. Look at me branching out. Although I will admit, it might actually be time to give red a chance. It’s bold without being too feminine and slots into my monochromatic wardrobe pretty smoothly. One of the driving forces behind this foray of mine into all things red is that I’m super excited to announce that in partnership with Stylist Magazine and Ford Fiesta I am one of four judges in search of the UK’s top stylist slash blogger.

The competition is for those looking for an incredible opportunity to enter the fashion industry with access to Fashion Week, editorial shoots and international travel. The lucky winner will receive £10,000, a trip to New York during Fashion Week and the amazing opportunity to style three Stylist cover wraps in A/W trends.

Entering is super simple: upload a picture of yourself or a friend to Instagram using #FiestaStylista, wearing an outfit you’ve put together following the SS15 red trend (head-to-toe red, or wearing a statement crimson accessory) before midnight August 2nd (UK time). The picture must be full-length and include the hashtag in the caption. Crisp, clean images always help that ‘like’ count so remember to shoot in natural light and go easy on those Instagram filters.

The winners will be selected according to how many ‘likes’ their picture receives so tell your family and friends to get voting! The 12 semi-finalists will be shot by photographer Zac Frackelton. Then come October myself and the three other judges will choose the winner with the announcement taking place at our Stylist Live event.

Unfortunately (or fortunatly depending on your geographic location) the competition is only open to those in the UK. Fore more information head over to Stylist Magazine right here. So get ‘gramming, and good luck!

Created in Collaboration with Stylist Magazine and Ford Fiesta