Dad jeans and other denim stories

DAD JEANS & OTHER DENIM STORIES

Of all the items in our wardrobes, jeans are most certainly the most reliable, which is why you need a denim wardrobe all of its own. Finding a pair of jeans that look and feel good, however, can be a tricky affair, so to help you out we’ve picked the best eight pairs to wear now and well into summer. 

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1. DAD JEANS

Tommy Hilfiger Relaxed Cropped Randy Jeans

 

The best way to wear denim in 2019? Boxy, straight cut jeans in a mid or light wash. Precisely the kind of normcore designers are loving right now, if they look like the type of thing you can picture your dad wearing in his youth heyday, you’ve got it.


TOMMY JEANS, Relaxed Cropped Randy Jeans, £45

 


2. TURN-UPS

LEVI'S 511 Slim Fit Jeans Mens

 

In the same thread as dadcore comes turn-ups. With comfortingly nostalgic, geek chic vibes, a turn-up is ideal for exposing a tanned ankle or a trendy chunky sock. See Valentino’s spring/summer catwalk for style notes.


LEVI'S, 511 Slim Fit Jeans, £85

 


3. DISTRESSED

Tommy Hilfiger 1951 Malbri Baggy Tommy Jeans

 

Where once a rip in your jeans would have signalled warning bells and a needle and thread, today it’s almost hard to think jeans without thinking rips. Relaxed and edgy, you need to tread the line carefully as too threadbare can look like you’re trying too hard a few carefully placed rips are all that’s needed.


Tommy Hilfiger, 1951 Malbri Baggy Tommy Jeans, £90

 


4. GREY

Tommy Hilfiger Stretch Jeans

 

Paying homage to the ‘90s, grey jeans are your new summer must-have. Pair with a colour-block tee, chunky trainers and ribbed socks for a welcome sartorial trip down memory lane.


Tommy Hilfiger, Stretch Jeans, £115

 


5. BLACK

Armani Exchange J13 Slim Fit Black Jeans

 

The closest member of the denim family to smart clothing, no wardrobe is complete without a pair of great black jeans. With a shirt come dinner, a low-key graphic tee come drinks, blacks jeans have got legs (excuse the pun).


Armani Exchange, J13 Slim Fit Black Jeans, £90

 


6. STRAIGHT 

French Connection 72 Denim Stretch Regular Fit Jeans

 

Fulfilling all our dadcore wishes in one fell swoop, straight leg jeans are our particular favourite this season. Running straight down through the leg, they’re the retro fit that feels very now. Baggy, dare we say, is no bad thing.


French Connection, 72 Denim Stretch Regular Fit Jeans, £75

 


7. SKINNY

AllSaints Cigarette Skinny Jeans

 

Skinny jeans are now a denim stalwart. Steer clear of skin-tight – a crease or a rumple here or there is a good thing and gives jeans a worn-in, effortless look. Complete with trainers or Chelsea boots if the weather isn’t on your side.


AllSaints, Cigarette Skinny Jeans, £98

 


8. SLIM

Diesel Jeans Tepphar TJ Jeans

 

Playing the middle ground, slim fit jeans – narrow from the knee to the ankle – are the ones you want when skin-tight feels too out-there but you’re still hankering for a streamlined look. Sitting on the fence has, quite frankly, never looked so good.


Diesel Jeans, Tepphar TJ Jeans, £140

 


9. TAPERED 

Diesel Jeans DEETAR Mens Jeans

 

‘Tapered? What are tapered?’ we hear you cry. Roomier around the thighs, tapering down to a skinny ankle, this fit is a super flattering all-rounder. With room to move, they’re ideal for shape without the restrictions.


DIESEL JEANS, DEETAR Jeans, £220

 


10. WHITE

Gant Slim Jeans Mens

 

White jeans sometimes have a bad reputation, but unfairly so, we hasten to add, for a boxy shape paired with loafers has easy summer style written all over it. Err on the side of a looser fit for a more Riviera than reality TV look.


Gant, Slim Jeans, £100
 
 
 

Why beige is anything but boring

Why beige is anything but boring

 

Move over black - there’s a new staple on the fashion block. No longer just a filler colour for your wardrobe, beige has stepped up to claim its position as the fashion-forward shade of the season. A palette of soft colours like oatmeal, biscuit, and caramel dominated the catwalks for spring 2019, and unlike some, is a trend that actually translates easily into real life. Sure, creamy hues and off-whites aren't exactly ground-breaking, but blimey they’re chic, packed with timeless appeal and a welcome refresh for those of us who always wear black. Still not convinced? Let these looks remind you why beige is anything but bland.

 

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Spring suiting


If you feel like injecting some neutral hues into your 9-5 wardrobe, just apply them to tailoring. Nothing says chic quite like a camel coloured blazer – except, perhaps, a two-piece. Spring suiting will be a big player when it comes to this season’s trends, and smart separates in a neutral tone are a refreshing alternative to black. When we’re finally reunited with warmer climes, a short suit will be your cool, corporate saviour.

"Temper the drama of pops of pink by adding a beige blazer into the mix and keep your accessories minimal."

Ismene Collman Cotton High Waisted Shorts, £45, COMING SOON. Gant Stretch Linen Blazer, £245, COMING SOON.

 

 

 

Top-to-tonal

 

Perhaps the chicest way to wear colour this year is to take a head-to-toe approach. Ideal for when you need to look good in under 10 minutes, tonal dressing is the kind of no-fuss style solution that’s ideal for a Monday morning. The key is to opt for oversized silhouettes, mix several shades of beige and experiment with textures. Layer it with a fun pair of glasses, trainers or a statement pair of sandals – something that keeps it modern and brings it to life.


 

 

 

Dip a toe in


There’s no better way to take a trend for a test drive than with some clever accessories. Start with an easy-to-wear base of deep indigo wide-leg jeans and a patterned blouse, then throw in a chic bag and ladylike courts in a sandy shade. You’ll be surprised how much swapping out your classic black heels and bag will lift your favourite outfits for spring and keep them looking right on trend for the season ahead.

"Neutral accessories are some of those magical pieces that work for every occasion, from a summer wedding to a business meeting."

 

 
 

 

 
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Hannah Bullivant's 3 ways to style spring flowers

3 WAYS TO STYLE SPRING FLOWERS

There’s something about those first blooms of the season. The sudden sight of daffodils, the arrival of picture-perfect blossom overhead and the flower market fracas when the first peonies appear – they’re all synonymous with spring itself. Here’s how to style flowers in your home with stylist and blogger Hannah Bullivant’s crash course in flower arranging.


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Scandi inspired spring table

 


1. SET A SPRING TABLE


Here’s a table setting with serious Scandi appeal. Soft pink linens, neutral plates and a simple striped napkin are ideal for balancing bolder blooms, like these mood-boosting pops of orange geraniums and purple fritillaries.

“It’s a sweet and simple way to lift the everyday.”

A subtle use of texture keeps it feeling casual, from the stoneware plates and brushed steel cutlery to the ceramic vases and slightly creased linen. And the stylist-approved way to add the flowers? A selection of mini vases, each filled with just one or two – it’s a charming alternative to one big show-stopping – but conversation-hindering – arrangement.

 

Have them in the hallway

 


2. HAVE THEM IN THE HALLWAY


If flower arranging isn’t your forte (yes, we too have prodded and poked for hours until the whole thing collapses) then blossom is your fast track to floral success. In bloom for just a few short weeks in April and May, our association with spring is all the stronger due to its tendency to drop en masse the second warmer weather arrives.

“Snip a couple of blossom branches, bring them indoors and watch them open with glee.”

Add a second or third vase to give some variety in height, and look for tapered vase shapes to ensure branches stand to attention - anything too wide or shallow is a recipe for some serious sagging.

 

Set a spring table

 


3. Make a mantlepiece display


This wonderfully wild display is designed to fill the space above a wide mantelpiece. Start with the longer stems, like the foliage and pussy willow branches, looking for a ‘V’ shape to create some structure. Hannah’s top tip? If you’re not a fan of floral oasis, use a metal pin holder to secure these at the bottom of the vase.

“Passing a bunch of garden blooms on a sideboard is like getting a small floral hug.”

When you’re happy with the first stage, add your flowers one by one to create a burst of colour in the centre of the arrangement. Hannah’s mixed pink poppies in with the orange geraniums and purple fritillaries – relaxed shapes that suit the country garden feel.

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8 bed linen sets for spring

8 bed linen sets for spring and beyond

Set your sights on a spring home refresh? Start with the bedroom. The humble duvet set has maximum impact with minimal effort - especially when we’re talking punchy prints, embroidered details and splashes of mood-lifting colour. Here’s our pick of the best (with no clean whites in sight).

 


1. Flower power

Olivier Desforge Eugenie Duvet Cover

 

There are floral prints, and then there are floral prints. This joyful, painterly option captures the mood of a wild meadow carpeted in the vibrant hues of hydrangea, anemone and eglantine.


OLIVIER DESFORGES, Eugenie Duvet Cover, £100

 


2. Tribal touch

Linea Krishna Embroidery Duvet Set

 

We’re championing all things artisanal, and this set gets top marks. Alright, so it’s technically white – but the ethnic-inspired embroidery adds just enough colour and texture. Pair with rattan accessories.


LINEA, Krishna Embroidery Duvet Set, £55

 


3. Wild side

Biba Adrianna Animal Print Duvet Set

 

Animal print might not be totally traditional for the warmer months, but this new take on leopard print is a little bit special. With a blush base and hints of electric blue, it feels totally fresh.


BIBA, Adrianna Animal Print Duvet Set, £75

 


4. Colour me happy

Linea Egyptian 200 Thread Count Duvet Set

 

Sometimes a sunshine hue is all you need. This Egyptian cotton set has plenty to choose from - we love dusky Rose, on-trend Coral, or this punchy Chartreuse. Just don't forget the matching pillowcases.


LINEA, Egyptian 200 Thread Count Duvet Cover, £59

 


5. Grey area

Murmur Scribble Duvet Covers

 

This Japanese-inspired abstract print is subtle enough to drag Scandi superfans away from their plain grey linen sets, but still lively enough to inject a bit of interest. Layer it up with contrasting cushions and a chunky knit.


MURMUR, Scribble Duvet Cover, £42

 


6. Retro revival

Orla Kiely Summer Flower Stem Duvet Cover

 

Orla Kiely’s retro-inspired patterns and cheerful hues were made for spring. With a masterful mix of blush, citrine, olive and marine blue, this update adds a little flower power to her signature stem print.


ORLA KIELY, Summer Flower Stem Duvet Cover, £75

 


7. Eastern promises

Sanderson Paper Doves Duvet Set

 

When it comes to creating a calming space, it doesn't get much dreamier (pun intended) than a flock of doves - especially when they're printed onto 100% cotton. Check out those polka dots on the reverse, too.


SANDERSON, Paper Doves Duvet Cover, £45

 


8. Word up

Donna Wilson Blah Blah Blah Duvet Set

 

It might be scrawled all over, but 'blah' is definitely not how we feel about this quirky duvet set from Donna Wilson. There's a cool, contemporary dash print on the reverse, too (and oh how we love a two-in-one).


DONNA WILSON, Blah Blah Blah Duvet Set, £53

 

Get ready to embrace opulent dressing this spring

Get ready to embrace opulent dressing this spring

 

Are you feeling what we’re feeling? The weather’s not great. Holidays feel like a world way. You look at your wardrobe and you’re hit with a sea of old jumpers and the same four colours you’ve worn for the last four years. It’s all, well, a bit bleak. So this new season, we’ve decided to put the spring back in our step. Amazing suiting, print clashing and more, we’re forming an anti-minimalist movement to put the fun back into getting dressed. We recommend you join us.

 

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The who, what, why


Menswear is having a quiet re-evaluation. After seasons where the buzzword on everyone’s lips has been ‘streetwear’, for Spring/Summer 2019 ‘craft’ and ‘haute couture’ are starting to be whispered.

The epitome of old-fashioned elegance, the suit dominated the shows. Even designers known for their casual collections dabbled in tailoring LIKE WHO. Neon suits, head-to-toe pastels, oversized double-breasted jackets, you name it, it was on the catwalk.

Print clashing also remains a key trend, with the likes of Versace and Valentino leading the way, we’re adding it to our suiting wardrobes.

Our key takeways for the season? Fun, maximalist and elegance rule supreme.

Simon Carter Liberty floral crocker suit jacket £395 / trousers £100 / Liberty painted journey print shirt £130 COMING SOON

 

 

 

The how

 

The key to our mantra this season is it’s never too much. For smarter occasions, pick a floral suit and pair with an even more botanical shirt. Alternatively, go for boldness in the colour department with a two piece suit in a full-on tone – a rusty red, an olive green or a pastel which feels thoroughly on-trend for this season.

For smart-casual, go for an amazing printed shirt. Dress it down by teaming with relaxed joggers or up with checked suit trousers cut to show off a great pair of loafers.

In all your ensembles, think popping. Take a simple tee a step further with a standout graphic; for a shirt, go bright; and for a work look, pick an amazing clashing tie. Remember, it’s only OTT when you say it is.

Skopes Milo suit jacket £90 / trousers £45 COMING SOON. Diesel T-DIGO-YA t-shirt £45 in-store now.

 

 
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Kids' Easter essentials

Kids' Easter essentials

The chocolate. The spring flowers. The sun on our faces. Easter – and spring for that matter – are just around the corner and in honour of the upcoming holidays, we’ve picked ten essentials that’ll make the break go down a treat. From the cutest Easter dresses to toys to keep little ones happy all break long, these items will get you excited for Easter now. We can practically taste the chocolate…

 


1. Floral fancy

Yumi Girls Pressed Butterflies Prom Dress

 

If there was ever a moment for a new dress, it would be now. And what better frock to see her through spring occasions than one with a painterly floral print? It’s our favourite for sure.


Yumi Girls, Pressed Butterflies Prom Dress, £40

 


2. Splash back

Hamleys Nerf Super Soaker Splashmouth

 

We’re forecasting warm weather this Easter (fingers crossed) and booking in an almost compulsory water fight. Your shortcut to easy Easter entertainment, a couple of water guns will help while away a sunny afternoon.


Hamleys, Nerf Super Soaker Splashmouth, £12

 


3. Hopping around 

Happy Socks Rabbit Print Socks

 

Keeping feet cosy in the most Easter-appropriate way possible, these beauties will result in happy feet, guaranteed.


Happy Socks, Rabbit Print Socks, £5

 


4. Little lamb

Hamleys Lamb

 

After the springtime ritual of a farmyard trip to see the new lambs, surprise little ones with a woolly friend of their own.


Hamleys, Lamb, £18

 


5. Cute cover-up

Petit Jour Paris Peter Rabbit Family Apron

 

Mess, what mess? Baking, crafts and the like will go down much more smoothly with a super sweet apron that kids will be proud to wear.


Petit Jour Paris, Peter Rabbit Family Apron, £9

 


6. Ultra huggable

Hamleys Rabbit Soft Toy

 

That face… It would be impossible for kids not to love this laughably soft bunny that will no doubt play a starring role in Easter playtime proceedings.


Hamleys, Rabbit Soft Toy, £18

 

 

 

 

Trending: caramel hues

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Trending: caramel hues



Call it salted caramel, warm mocha (or according to Dulux’s colour of the year, the wonderfully evocative ‘spiced honey’) - just don’t call it brown. Yes, the trend for rich, earthy colour has come straight off the catwalk - and onto our walls.

Our ‘70s obsession shows no sign of slowing down. Since autumn we’ve been courting corduroy, fringing and – more than ever – a whole host of warm, earthy (and delicious-sounding) shades. But why are we so down with brown (okay, we said it), both on the catwalk and off? Perhaps it’s the perfect antidote to less-than-lukewarm weather, a serious amount of political palaver and our waning obsession with fifty shades of grey - or just a case of good old ‘70s-style nostalgia. Either way, we’ve been reminded of just how versatile these hues truly are.



These honeyed hues will warm up even the starkest space.



Warmer than grey but easier to live with than sunshine yellow, these are neutrals turned up a notch. And they can feel so different depending on where you use them in your home, and what you team them with. Paired with powdery pinks, they’re fresh and modern; with crisp whites, chic and sophisticated; with burnt orange, bold and retro - plus they pair perfectly with almost any type of wood. While Dulux - by default - is going wall to wall with their spiced honey shade, a splash of maple syrup (yep, we’re just making them up now) can go a long way – see our edit of the best below.



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How to style a spring table

HOW TO STYLE A SPRING TABLE

Whilst the arrival of double digit temperatures perhaps doesn’t justify the triumphant return of al fresco dining just yet (we’re yet to anniversarise the ‘Beast from the East’, guys) but it’s as good an excuse as any to spring-ify our table in anticipation. And whether inside or out, a stylish set up makes a great first impression before you’ve served a single plate of food. Here’s how to style your spring table and bring a little sunshine to your supper.

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Whilst the arrival of double digit temperatures perhaps doesn’t justify the triumphant return of al fresco dining just yet (we’re yet to anniversarise the ‘Beast from the East’, guys) it’s as good an excuse as any to spring-ify our table in anticipation. And whether inside or out, a stylish set up makes a great first impression before you’ve served a single plate of food. Here’s how to style your spring table and bring a little sunshine to your supper.



Start at the centre

Put down those plates for now - unlike almost anything else in life, it’s best to start in the middle here. Your centrepiece depends largely on whether you need to find room for the food. If you’re serving on the table, don’t despair if it all feels a bit like a jigsaw puzzle - try oval platters (which don’t produce as much dead space), build upwards with a creative use of cake stands or optimise a sideboard for overspill. Check your handiwork by placing a dinner plate at every sitting - overhang is most definitely out.



Load up the layers

Once you’ve done the all-important dinner plate positioning, add your side plate, napkin and cutlery on top. Unless you’re styling for a seriously swanky ‘do, don’t get caught up in the ‘four different forks and mandatory salad plates’ school of thought - we’ve never met anyone that asked for both red and white wine glasses. It’s always the DIY details that’ll be appreciated, like handwritten name tags (with a floral flourish for spring), sprigs of foliage on each napkin or a few scattered petals.



Set a spring mood

A bunch of gorgeous blooms is basically mandatory, and you’re always spoilt for spring. There’s something to fit in any space - try tumblers with crocuses from the garden, a taller vase with tulips or a simple jug with branches of cherry blossom. Whilst sunshine yellow daffodils might be synonymous with spring (and a trusted seasonal barometer) their punchy scent will interfere with the food. As always, dinner candles are our top finishing touch - they’re such an easy way to add height and drama to any table.


 

What you'll be wearing this spring

What you'll be wearing this spring

We’re calling it - there’s never been a more exciting time for menswear. From an Oscars with a host of rule-bending outfits (hello beanie on the red carpet) to man skirts appearing on the most recent fashion runways, times are a changin’. And this spring, we’re excited for a load of new menswear trends we haven’t worn before. Here’s our lowdown on what you’ll be wearing this spring and beyond…

 


1. Trench coats

Hugo Maxido Double Breasted Belted Trench

 

We recommend wearing a trench this spring. Suave, sophisticated and with pastoral vibes (see the Ami catwalk for style notes), it’s spring’s answer to being warm but not too warm.


Hugo, Maxido Double Breasted Belted Trench, £224

 


2. Pattern clash

AllSaints Java Shirt

 

 

Forget everything you’ve ever been taught about pattern. From ditsy florals with even more florals at Versace to doubled-up fluro, Miami-prints at Prada, the message is: don’t be content with just one print. Designers, we’re listening…


AllSaints, Java Shirt, £85

 


3. We like short shorts

Replay Bermuda Shorts

 

Shorts of the more daring variety were seen on the catwalks last summer and are back this year in full force. If it feels a bit dorky, that’s a good thing. Roll up the hems on your current shorts and sun’s out, legs out as the saying will now go…


Replay, Bermuda Shorts Regular Fit, £75

 


4. Loose shirting

Ted Baker SS Snake Print Shirt

 

For SS19, shirting took an unexpected turn. Breezy, Bengal-stripe shirts, half tucked, and artisanal, billowing checked shirts took to the stage. Our favourite – boxy Hawaiian-shape shirts in updated prints – also made a (welcome) appearance.


Ted Baker, SS Snake Print Shirt, £62

 


5. Triple denim

French Connection Denim Shirt

 

Just when you thought you’d mastered double denim, along comes full-denim outfits for SS19. A jacket, a shirt and jeans are the three components needed for this simultaneously coordinated, simultaneously edgy look. You’ll wonder how you ever stopped at just jeans…


French Connection, Denim Shirt, £60

 


6. Ugly sandals 

Ugg Seaside Slide Mule Cork Sandals

 

Rather than shaking off the embarrassing-dad-on-holiday connotations, dadcore is precisely why you should wear sandals this season. Chunky sandals are our particular variety of choice, as seen at MSGM, Wood Wood and Fendi.


Ugg, Seaside Slide Mule Cork Sandals, £60

 

 
 

The definitive guide to dressing for a date

The definitive guide to dressing for a date

 

Dressing for a date can be a troublesome affair. In all of life’s occasions that involve first impressions, dates are up there with the ones that count most. So to make sure you walk into your next date worry-free, follow our guide to date night dressing – whether it’s the first encounter or the umpteenth.

 

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First date


Perhaps the most nerve-wracking of them all, the first date is filled with a lot of unknowns. One thing’s for sure though, when it comes to outfitting for multiple possible scenarios, playing it classic and understated is a good bet. The key is to look pulled together but still relaxed, effortless rather than trying.

 

If your meeting involves some kind of outdoor escapades, we recommend a clean-line parka. For a day date or coffee, a flannel shirt layered over a roll neck top works well. For evening drinks, a great light knit or an Oxford shirt. Bottoms-wise, it’s hard to go far wrong with denim. For more casual settings, choose light or distressed denim and minimalist sneakers. For after-dark rendezvous, go for dark denim and boots. Actually, that wasn’t that daunting was it?



 

 

Fifth date


Having got this far, you can now have more fun with your dating wardrobe. Show some personality but remember to keep it approachable and appropriate to whatever activity you’re undertaking.

 

A nice bomber jacket, printed shirt and tapered trousers would suit cool, swankier places. A trendy quarter zip-up, jeans, trainers and chunky socks would work for a meeting that might involve a whole day of gallivanting. The polo neck has got that retro, cool vibe. Team with a great overcoat and tailored, herringbone trousers.

 

Date six? We think it’s a given.


 

 

Anniversary


Now here’s the one where you want to actually demonstrate you’re making an effort. Start with grooming. Hair, nails, a great scent, and build your outfit from that.

 

For such an occasion as this, we recommend looking a little fancier than normal. Go for a grey suit jacket, simple tee underneath and suit trousers cut just above the ankle with box-fresh trainers, or a close-fitting, heritage three-piece suit with brown brogues.

 

Save your whimsical tie for the office do and leave your work outfits at home. This is the time to look serious but not like you’ve just run straight from a pile of paperwork. Opt for suave and classy and just by your outfit, you’ll show your partner what the occasion means to you.


 

 

Date night


Designated date night? When you’ve been with your partner for however many years, we suspect they’ll know your wardrobe inside out. So the key to date night dressing is to whip out something new. Think luxury and great quality fabrics. A beautiful charcoal blazer, a great watch, fancy but not kitsch loafers. Bring out a new investment – paired with a refined, coordinated ensemble – and you’re on to a winner. Surprising your partner is always a fun start to designated together-time. Wardrobe-wise, we think we’ve cracked it.

 

Scents to suit your interiors style

Scents to suit your interiors style

Call us boring, but we can’t get enough of a good candle. Wonderful gifted, even better bought for yourself, the scents you love are seriously personal - just like the way you style your space, in fact. So why choose blindly when you can go one better and match your scent to your home’s mood? Consider this your no-nonsense masterclass in hitting the right notes.

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Scandi chic


Style notes

If your space is all about visual calm, then we’d bet a sweet, heady scent probably isn’t your thing. Look to the heart notes - these are full-bodied, longer-lasting scents that linger beyond the crisp top notes, but don’t have the depth or longevity of the base - forgoing the floral for wonderfully fresh, herby ingredients. Thyme, basil, bay (and anything you’d stick in a window box) are a great place to start, with a base of moss, leather or spa favourite clary sage to round out a restful scent. And stick to three or so notes – the beauty of these botanical scents can be subtle.

Fragrance notes

Top
Sea salt, sweet mint, sea grass, aloe, tomato leaf, thyme, bergamot, eucalyptus, spearmint, basil

Heart
Green tea, bay leaf, chamomile, rosemary, artemesia, galbanum, cardamom, juniper, geranium

Base
Wood sage, leather, clary sage, moss, guaiac wood, white musk, oak moss, valerian, resin, ho wood


 

Dark romance


Style notes

If you love moody blooms, jewel tones and seriously statement accessories (is that a chandelier we spy?) then turn to one of fragrance’s most timeless formulas. These floral fusions tend to pair crisp top notes and fruity hearts with a rich, woody base - we love white flowers like jasmine and lily of the valley anchored by sweet autumnal fruits like damson, blackberry and grape. Not all earthy bases are born equal - think sweet, warming vanilla versus heady patchouli - but classic oud or sandalwood are safe bets to start with.

Fragrance notes

Top
White jasmine, rhubarb, damson, blackberry, champagne, raspberry, lime leaf, pomegranate, white grape

Heart
Cassis, rose, ginger, fig, ylang ylang, peony, orange blossom, pine, vetiver, lily of the valley, orchid, cherry

Base
Frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood, cedarwood, oud, vanilla, amber, incense, musk

 

Quirky cool


Style Notes

If you’re all about artisanal detail, quirky prints and searching out design with a difference, don’t settle for simple in the scent department. Orange blossom, peony and tuberose might be staples, but what about orange bitters, pepper and tobacco? Cue the artisanal candle. These are fragrances with a bit of bite - the result of global travel, endless experimentation and a heavy dose of good old imagination. Candles based on creative concoctions make great gifts, too (if you can bear to give them away, that is).

Top
Redcurrant, neroli, bitter orange, coriander, black tea, elemi, peppermint, green mandarin, apple

Heart
Black pepper, fennel, violet, milk, chestnut, cashmere, pink pepper, pine, iris, tea tree, liquorice, honey

Base
Rosewood, caramel, tobacco, praline, nutmeg, labdanum, ambergris, clove, bamboo, tonka bean

The beauty cabinet on their favourite lip products

The Beauty Cabinet on their favourite lip products

These days we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to lipsticks, balms and glosses, so choosing which one deserves a place in our handbag is no mean feat. Thankfully our beauty team has tried more than your average makeup junkie, so when something stays in our rotation, you know it’s truly passed the test. Here’s our pick of the lip products we can’t live without.

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Dior Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge Lipstick

Dior Rouge



“Anyone who knows me knows I love a red lipstick. At the moment my favourite is the Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge. It’s both highly-pigmented and moisturising with a semi-matte finish, and best of all, it lasts all day.” - Jamie Adams, Buyer 


Dior Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge, £30

 


La Mer The Lip Balm

La Mer The Lip Balm



“During winter I always keep this balm to hand as it’s the best product for combating dry lips. It contains La Mer’s nutrient-rich miracle broth which hydrates and strengthens their protective barrier. If I’m wearing a lipstick in the evening, it keeps the colour long-lasting too.” - Sarah Thompson, Buyer


La Mer The Lip Balm, £18

 


Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipgloss

Urban Decay Lipgloss

 

“This lip gloss only launched recently, but it’s quickly become a go-to in my makeup bag. The hydrating, glossy formula gives the famous Urban Decay Naked range a new spin. I like to swipe this over the top of any nude lipstick to instantly plump and nourish my lips." - Eleanor Spain, Assistant Buyer

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipgloss, £15.50

 


YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick

YSL lipstick

 

“As a busy mum I don’t have a lot of time to put my makeup on. This lipstick gives more colour than a tinted balm, but it’s not heavy enough that I need a mirror to apply it. The best bit is that once it’s finished you can use the case to make a ring (loads of beauty bloggers are doing it!)” - Georgia-May Dayton, Brand Partnerships Manager


YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick, £29

 


Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Matte Lipstick

Kiehls

 

"I thought a genuinely hydrating and long-lasting matte lipstick was a myth until I was introduced to this gem by Giorgio Armani. I'm a little bit lipstick obsessed and it's a game changer. I wear the shade 102 for a deep nude or 400 for a classic red." - Hollie Brotherton, Content Editor


Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Matte Lipstick, £30

 


Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Matte Lipstick

Estée Lauder

 

"“I like my lipsticks to be as low maintenance as possible, so this offering from Estée Lauder is a firm favourite. Long-lasting and durable, it blends easily and gives a lovely smudged finish, which means you don’t have to constantly keep reapplying. ‘Irrepressible’ is my go-to night out vampy red, and I love the dark, pink-tinged rouge of ‘Unattainable’ for winter days.” - Hannah Dunn, Editorial Manager


Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Matte Lipstick, £27

Gym bag beauty saviours

Gym bag beauty saviours

Skincare
While we would normally recommend using a proper cleanser, there’s nothing wrong with reaching for a wipe before and after the gym. Pack a hydrating face mist to keep you cool, and don’t forget to follow your workout with a moisturiser to compensate for everything you’ve just sweated out.


Makeup
Ideally it’s best to remove your makeup before the gym, but sometimes we want to cover up (or simply won’t have time to remove it) and that’s ok. Switching a heavy-coverage liquid foundation for a powder or tinted moisturiser will limit any breakouts. The BareMinerals Original Foundation is our favourite for low-maintenance flawless skin – it claims to be so pure you could sleep in it. If you can’t live without eye makeup, save time after class by sticking to waterproof formulas.


Haircare
Post-gym hair isn’t always pretty, but there are a few steps you can take to reduce the damage. Firstly, keep it off your face during exercise. Dry shampoo is everyone’s best friend and we love Aveda Shampure to absorb any excess oil when you’re done. Finish with a quick spritz of hair mist like Gucci Bloom, and you’re ready to go.

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Winter kidswear you'll want to steal

Winter kidswear you'll want to steal

Kim and North, Beyoncé and Blue Ivy… twinning is officially a thing. When once you wouldn’t be seen dead in your little one’s cutesy jumper or think of dressing your tot in your tee, today the modern family wardrobe is one that matches. From the t-shirt for every member of the gang to the cutest mini-me trainers, here’s the winter kidswear you can wear too.

 


1. Heat rush

Lyle & Scott Microfleece Parka

 

There’s no room for shivers or sniffles with a super cosy parka. Think of it like taking your Sunday morning lie in with you.


Lyle & Scott, Microfleece Parka, £60

 


2. Blue for you 

Tommy Hilfiger Boys Stripe Logo T Shirt

 

Do same-same-but-different with a cheery logo tee for guys and little guys alike.


Tommy Hilfiger, Boys' Stripe Logo T Shirt, £25

 


3. Ready for action 

Barbour International Girls 4 Pocket Belted Quilted Jacket

 

You say outdoors, we say Barbour. The brand’s quilted jackets are too good to keep to yourself – we recommend one for all.


Barbour International, Girls' 4 Pocket Belted Quilted Jacket, £50

 


4. Black and white

DKNY Girls Hooded Cardigan

 

Adding drama to the knitwear arena, DKNY’s logo layers are impactful for all the right reasons.


DKNY, Girls' Hooded Cardigan, £26

 


5. In tow

Converse CTAS Hi Infant Trainers

 

There are few things in life as cute as tiny Converse. Fact.


Converse, CTAS Hi Infant Trainers, £28.99

 


6. Grey area

Lacoste Boys Short Sleeve Crew T Shirt

 

If we had to pick a universally flattering wardrobe staple, we’d be hard pushed to find one that’ll top the classic grey top itself.


Lacoste, Boys' Short Sleeve Crew T-Shirt, £14

 

 

The return to glamour

The return to glamour

 

We may have emerged from the depths of winter, but the heady heights of summer, holidays and sun still feel a lifetime away – let's face it, we could definitely all do with a little less bleak and a little more chic right now. So this spring, join us in our anti-minimalist rebellion, celebrating fun and feminine fashion and the joy of getting all dolled up. Whatever your sartorial threshold, you’re sure to find some treasures that will persuade you to kiss minimalism goodbye and embrace all things embellished, printed, textured and downright glitzy. Being overdressed has never felt so good.

 

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Extra, extra


We’ll be the first to admit, we’re losing it a little bit over these accessories, aka: the very definition of glamour in shoe and bag form. Obvious Instagram appeal aside, a pair of statement heels or a stand-out bag can uplift just about any outfit, whether it’s a simple daytime look of straight-cut jeans, a white tee and a trench or a sleek little black dress for your more snazzy occasions. One thing’s for sure, you’ll definitely have yourself a conversation starter with any of these show-stoppers.



 

 

 

Press print

 

After a good few seasons of minimalism, we’re heading into a print renaissance, with brazen florals and animal prints taking centre stage for spring/summer. The real key to this trend is to break down those mental fashion faux pas barriers and experiment with the prints you love. Try splicing together graphic animal prints, bold, saturated florals or stripes, and oversized checks to achieve that ‘oh, just something I threw on’ effortless style. Wall flowers need not apply.

Sofie Schnoor Ivalo Leopard Dress £106 COMING SOON

 

 

Dress up


Calling all maximalists and magpies – SS19 has some truly exciting and seriously glamourous updates to offer your eveningwear. This season will see styles that flutter between fantasy and classicism, with OTT proportions and romantic details like shimmer, ruffles and bows turning up the volume on after-hours attire - think Villanelle in Killing Eve. This will definitely hit the sweet spot for those who relish a chance to really dress up when it comes to after-hours style. For a more dialed down day-time look, just slip on a pair of trainers and an oversized coat with a ruffled midi.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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How to Style Trainers

How to style trainers

 

Gone are the days when trainers were solely saved for athletic endeavours. Over the past few years, they’ve broken free from their gym-bag bounds and are now sweeping the street style scene as well as the runways. We’re calling it - sporty footwear is the cool choice for, well, pretty much everything. If you’re feeling inspired, take a browse below to get your fashion kicks.

 

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Styling suits with trainers


To update your weekday wardrobe this year, try elegant suiting in traditional monochrome styles or pretty pastels (set to be a major trend for spring), and then add trainers. They may not be your go-to work footwear, but they'll provide the casual finish that heels are missing and keep your 9-5 look on the right side of dressed-up. A box-fresh white pair are easy and versatile but a coloured pair or a flash of leopard will freshen up a classic outfit. The best part? You'll be comfortable for a day on-the-go and look effortlessly cool.


“The trainer trend is here to stay. Dress down your favourite co-ords with these styles.”

 

 

 

Dress down your dress

 

Wearing a pair of trainers with a knockout dress was arguably the look of 2018, and for good reason. You get to look smart in a frock, but not too OTT, thanks to the addition of casual trainers. The trend is set to continue long into 2019, so try pairing some sporty kicks with a floor-skimming frock for the perfect antidote to feeling overdressed, or bring out the '90s vibes in your pinafore mini dress by adding a chunky-soled style. If dresses aren't for you, combine with a printed midi skirt and a soft knit for the same chic finish.


“Embrace flowing midis in statement prints and retro mini styles, then off-set them with trainers.”

 

 

Off-duty chic


For whatever’s on your weekend to-do list, trainers are the perfect comfy sidekick for everything from errand running to brunching. A classic trench coat looks effortlessly stylish when paired with something simple like jeans and a cream knit but steps into serious cool-girl territory when worn with fresh, chunky trainers. Alternatively, play up to the athleisure trend by teaming a sporty-chic trouser or a retro puffer jacket with your trainer of choice. Accessories and jewels should be kept to a minimum, as anything too fussy will counteract the cool vibe we're aiming for.


“All-white trainers look amazing with basics and minimal pieces, such as classic knits and black trousers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 
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