MORNING INSECURITIES

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Pictures by: Rubens “the hottest guy”

Honesty is always the best policy, and in this case I have to say I wasn’t really sure what to wear this morning, so I went for this crop shirt I hadn’t worn yet and my lightweight, very distressed jeans (hopefully the big holes will prevent me from bursting into flames in this heat).

I’m usually taken by particular items in my closet, especially the high-end stuff I try to get as often as I can, but this simple (not that simple if you look closely) shirt that had been hanging there for some days now (which is unusual for me, I usually wear something new the very next day I’ve purchased it) just begged to be worn. The modest garment, had been picked up at H&M the previous week after spotting it first on some other blog. The issue now was what to match it with and you know what? My brain isn’t quite awake yet at 7:00 am, so I opted for the simplest way to go: jeans. After reviewing the outfit, now completely awaken, I have come to the following conclusion. I’ve underestimated the shirt, it is too pretty and deserves to be worn properly with something other than plain old denim. Best luck next time…

Jeans: Rag & Bone, Shirt: H&M, Mules and bag: Alexander Wang, Watch: Longines

BACK FROM DARKEST PERU

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Pictures by me

Uncharacteristically of me, I’ve come back from a trip having purchased absolutely nothing at all. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve come back empty handed. Perú has many things to offer including much more than just a few sartorial treasures, useful info for all of you who haven’t visited my hometown yet, or what used to be my hometown as a child and teenager. Having studied fashion design while in Lima, I made some fashionable acquaintances that later in life turned into long lasting friendships, and here’s where my actual story begins. As said I didn’t shop at all, true, but I did do some digging in my mum’s closet where I found a vintage linen beige suit, featuring very wide trousers, and in one of my best friend’s closet, where I found some true BF ripped jeans. But the cherry on top of my cake came a little bit after when my good mate Jose made me the best gift ever! Yep. Jose (José Miguel Valdivia) is a true Peruvian fashion designer with a great grasp on fashion history and the ability to meet ethnic elements with contemporary ideas, and what I love the most is that he never fails to project the true essence of Peruvian traditions by using the most noble and characteristic fabrics we’ve got (eg. alpaca wool). Well, now that you know a little bit about him, let me get to the surprising part (at least I was surprised). After visiting him a couple of weeks back (note: I hadn’t seen him for almost 4 years) we got to chat about fashion (is there anything else?) and while doing so he generously offered me one of his latest skirts, inspired on the typical highland costumes of Perú, with original embroidery! Not happy with that, he custom made me a denim corset to sport at LFW this next season (but you’ll see it sooner than that) and last but not least I got this amazing pure alpaca shawl that I will honestly make it part of my uniform this winter. Designer goodies for free… that hardly ever happens to me! I will be styling up these babies in no time, and if you like what you see, which I truly believe you will, and you find yourself roaming the streets of Lima at some point, do pay him a visit, you will be amazed!

Before I end my story, I have another special thing to tell, and this happened just minutes before boarding my flight back home. My mum is a very sensible person when it comes to shopping and she rarely understands why I would spend so much money on clothing. Nevertheless, while accompanying me to my departure gate, we decided to take a little detour and enter a very well established alpaca/vicuña wool apparel store (after all, we’re always early and I had time to spare). In just a few seconds I spotted the greatest vicuña coat I’d ever set eyes on. Being that this kind of animal is rare and a protected species, its wool is hard to come by and needless to say, very expensive. So a bit resigned, my eye lingered towards the nearest rack, and there it was… the same coat but made in its alternative fabric: alpaca wool (20 times less expensive). I tried it on and even if the price was still kind of steep, I cannot imagine what my face must have looked like or how did it glow when I had it on (probably like Rockefeller Centre at Christmas), that my mum simply couldn’t resist the urge of buying it for me. I don’t think I’ve ever received a more precious gift from her, sartorially speaking… and like all the other garments I have retreived from this trip, I cannot wait to wear it and most likely never take it off.

 Skirt and shawl: José Miguel Valdivia, Coat: Kuna

IS IT WINTER YET?

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Think there’s no explanation needed after the title. I just cannot wait for winter to get here so I can sport all these lovely new season clothes!

Trousers: Joseph, Bracelet: Balenciaga, Beanie: Tak.Ori, Skirt: Christopher Kane, Cardigan: Atto, Boots: Laurence Dacade

 

SUNDAY EASE

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Pictures by: V.Falcone

Ready to go enjoy a family reunion and meal, of course! Nothing is better here at home than getting together with your loved ones and having a proper lunch… and a bit of good wine (was there any doubt about that?)! So, hoping you’re enjoying your Sunday as much as I am. Have a good one!

Lista para disfrutar de un domingo familiar y una buena comida! Nada es mejor que estar en casa y disfrutar de tus seres queridos y de una buena mesa… y un poco de buen vino, obviamente! Así que espero que estéis disfrutando de vuestro domingo tanto como yo! 

Denim jacket: Pull & Bear, Jumper: Benetton, T-shirt: T-by Alexander Wang, Trousers: By Malene Birger, Trainers: Golden Goose Deluxe Brand

 

THE FUN IN LAYERING

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Pictures by: V.Falcone

Finally a little bit of layering! I don’t think I’ve told you but I’m on holiday and I’m visiting my family in Perú, so a lot of excitement although it’s going to be  a short period of time. Anyway, here it’s ‘winter’ and I put it this way, because winter in Lima is pretty much summer in the UK, so you can imagine that coats are not really necessary… a bummer for someone who loves cold weather, but can’t complain really. So, today’s outfit involves shirts and jeans, and some booties I hadn’t even worn yet! Yeeey!

Por fin! Un poquito de layering! No os he dicho, pero estoy de vacas y visitando a mi familia en Perú, así que mucha emoción aunque van a ser cortas las vacaciones. Bueno, aquí es invierno, o lo que pretende pasar por invierno, porque es casi como un verano en el Reino Unido así que no es necesario un abrigo, pero no me puedo quejar, me puedo poner más ropa de todas maneras. En resumen, el look de hoy incluye camisas (varias, jajaja) jeans y unas botas que no había ni estrenado! Yeeey!

Jeans and plaid shirt: Zara, Blue shirt: COS, Ankle boots: Derek Lam

BF EVERYTHING!

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Pictures by: V.Falcone

In the mood for a tomboyish look apparently! Don’t know why, maybe it’s the relaxed, easy-going feel of it all, but just wanted to sport my oversize blazer and my true BF jeans (yes, those were ‘stolen’ from a friend’s closet and are naturally worn out). Got to mention as well that I’m on an Isabel Marant frenzy, so wearing two of my latest purchases, the blazer and the jumper. So in love with her!

Con ganas de un look masculino estos días! No sé porqué, de repente es por su feel más relajado y más fácil de llevar también, o una buena escusa para usar mi blazer oversize y mis boyfriend jeans (que de paso son realmente de chico, se los ‘robé’ a un amigo y están naturalmente gastados). Tengo que decir también que estoy últimamente super enamorada de Isabel Marant, y eso explica el que estoy llevando dos piezas suyas, el blazer y el jersey. Me encanta!

Blazer and jumper: Isabel Marant Etoile, Jeans: Levi’s (men’s old), Bag: S. Laurent, Trainers: Golden Goose Deluxe Brand

ANOTHER MONTH OVER…

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Well, it is what it is! And June has flown away as quick as each month before. Is it me, or with age it seems time goes a bit quicker? Maybe I’m not spending my time wisely… hmmmmm, I’ll think about that in depth a little bit later. But for now, let’s just think about the outfits worn (and the ones to come)!

Bueno, es lo que es! Junio se ha pasado volando, casi como todos los meses precedentes. Soy yo, o con la edad el tiempo parece pasar más rápido? A lo mejor es que no estoy aprovechando el tiempo al máximo… mmmmm, voy a tener que pensar en eso detenidamente. Pero por ahora, pensemos en los outfits que fueron, y en los que vendrán!

HOTTEST AT FRENCH CONNECTION!

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French Connection is having a major sale, and I thought it only right to share my must haves! (Hopefully some of them will join my closet soon).

Sunkissed Silk Dress, Wow Cotton Shirt, Bradley denim Jacket, Jules Jacquard Shorts, Sullie Leather Pool Slides, Jamie Leather Shopper

THE DARK SIDE OF CARVEN

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Pictures by: Amy Wilmot

As always, can’t get enough of this Carven gorgeous skirt! When I bought it, I did say it would be my skirt for the summer, and it has accomplished its mission (well, it is half way there anway)!

Como siempre, no puedo resistirme a esta falda de Carven! Cuando la compré me dije que iba a a ser mi falda del verano, y de momento parece que está cumpliendo su misión…

Skirt: Carven, T-shirt and belt: Zara, Trainers: Converse, Shades: Dolce & Gabbana, Bag: Kzeniya

SIMPLE AS STRIPES

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Pictures by: Amy Wilmot

It was raining when I woke up this morning, so even if I had planned on stepping out of the house all dressed in basics, but spiffed up in my Rochas furry mules, THAT plan seemed cancelled. Quick new plan of attack… (not so imaginative at 7:00 am) same outfit, replace cute heeled shoes for crisp white trainers. Done! (Perfect). Breakfast, check. Shower, check. Reorganized outfit, check. Seems we’re game! Out to work, see ya tomorrow.

Estaba lloviendo cuando abrí el ojo esta mañana así que aunque tenía planeado salir de casa toda vestida en básicos pero con mis super hermosos tacones peludos de Rochas, ese plan parecía estar cancelado! Nuevo plan de ataque… (confieso que la imaginación a las 7:00 am no se ha levantado aún). Mismo look, reemplazando tacones de diva por deportivas en blanco (fascinante)! Desayuno, hecho. Ducha, hecho. Outfit reorganizado, hecho! Y estamos listos para comernos el mundo (o al menos algo más rico que el desayuno dietético de esta mañana). A trabajar se ha dicho, nos vemos mañana!

Shades: Céline, Shirt: H&M L.o.g.g., Jeans: Zara (old), Trainers: Adidas Superstar, Bag: Angel Jackson