London calling

I’ve been lucky enough to travel through London many times in my life and one of my favourite things about it is that no matter how many times I’ve been here, there is always something new to see.

I got myself to Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill for the first time ever. Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Such a great vibe. An amazing number of shops and stalls selling vintage treasures. I was in my element.

I spied this vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunk in one amazing antique shop. Guess how much this baby cost…

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Some of my other firsts were visiting the The Tate. Tate Modern & Tate Britain museums are located across the river from each other, but there’s a very convenient ferry trip on the Thames between the two for £5.50 per person. Plan to have a lovely lunch at the Tate Modern overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral.

I’d tried and failed on previous visits to London to see Westminster Abbey, but this time I managed not only to get inside its beautiful Gothic doors, but also to enjoy the incredible acoustics while joining in evensong. We exited the abbey to the amazing sound of its church bells.

Lastly, I had my first visit to Fortnam & Mason and had afternoon tea in their ground floor restaurant. It just had to be done, though I plan to be more hungry next time I go so I can partake in the full fancy offering (though there are more tea offerings in their 4th floor tea restaurant).

I’ve left London now and am travelling a bit and visiting with my Mom, in-laws and friends around the UK, but I’ll be back to see some more of London’s many sights!

Have you been to London? What were your favourite sights?

Fur for Fall

Fur is back!  And while everyone in the fashion world seems to be talking about New York’s Fashion week in which Spring/Summer 2013 is being shown, I can’t help myself!  I’m still getting into the fall spirit.  There’s a lot of fur happening this season, in coats, jackets, dresses and in some fabulous accessories.

Love this coat in the season’s hot oxblood colour!

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And Valentino’s stunning wrap in this season’s deep teal.

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Fendi’s adds fur to the collection with this springbok dress.

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Full length fur appears on Zac Posen’s runway:

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And Mugler goes a bit 80’s with this shoulder-padded fur ensemble.

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This DKNY coat is one of my favourites with the high cowl neck and flat edging.

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Some healthy (if not pricey) competition in the fur handbag category also appeared on many runways for Fall Winter.

Christin Louboutin offers a handbag in the same springbok pelt as those in our shop.

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This Proenza Schouler ‘Bambi bag’ could be yours for just over $4,600 (my first car wasn’t worth this much!).

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Patrizia Pepe has a few fur accessories in her line for this season as well.

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And some of our very own Earth, Wind & Style fur beauties:

Our Wildebeest Cross Body handbag.

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And our lovely springbok clutch bag.

Springbok clutch

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Fur is, of course, still controversial in some circles and with good reason.  There are some terrible practices happening in the fur world.  Earth Wind and Style purchase our products from a company whose skins are sourced only from reputable suppliers in South Africa.  They keep the protection of the species in mind.  The animals are not raised only for their furs.

Fur is also fabulous in interiors.  It adds great texture giving a home or office a real richness and added interest.

Erin Gates adds just a touch of fur in the sheepskins she throws over her office chairs.

Fur interior decor

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I love this masculine room with sexy fur bed cover.  Gorgeous and takes this otherwise neutral scheme to a whole other level.

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Reupholstering chairs in a cow hide or skin will always create a unique custom look, as no two skins will ever be the same.

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Then there’s always the cowhide rug.  In this space, it helps to anchor the white furniture and adds depth to the space.

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How do you feel about fur products?  Will you buy fur? If not, will you wear vintage fur garments? Are you thinking about the fall trends with all the buzz happening about spring summer in New York? Tell me what you think in the comments section below.

Asian influence this Fall Winter

I love to see a little Asian-inspired fashion on the runway while being surrounded by the influence of Asia.  This season Chinese and Japanese cultures are dominating and there are so many amazing fabrics and patterns to play with and bring into a wardrobe.  Golds and rich colours epitomise Oriental clothing and interiors and there is no lack of either this season.

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This dress comes to life with its pale green colour and Asian fabric with that gorgeous sheen.

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The iconic Japanese Crane makes it’s appearance on the above Van Noten coat.

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Both the style and the fabric in this Proenza Shouler dress mimic their eastern influences.

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Great kimono-inspired belt and rich colours in the above Zac Posen runway look.

Asian style has been popular in interiors for a long while and I’m sure it’s because of its versatility.  There are so many varying looks you can incorporate into the home to add a little of Asia to it:

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Aside from the very obvious silhouettes above the beside tables, the oriental influence can be found in the pattern and colour of the throw pillows and the in headboard whose shape is reminiscent of the contour of Japanese architecture.

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The room above gives a nod to Asia with the chinoiserie panels behind the bedside tables as well as with the bright blue Fu Dogs.  Also note the Indonesian-style ikat pattern on the throw pillows.

Of course this gorgeous table is of Asian decent, but it’s the other touches here that firmly establish this vignette in Oriental style; the boxes and Buddha statue, the gold-leaf horse, and the artwork in the glossy bright sea-blue.

Will you work the Asian influence into your home or wardrobe?  If so, how?

Oxblood for Fall 2012

Everywhere I look for fall it’s all about the oxblood.  The colour sits warmly between red and brown and is a close relative to burgundy.  It’s such a rich colour that it just spells cosy!  Imagine oxblood paired with gray, black, red, orange, navy.  It goes well with so many other Fall/Winter colours that it will no doubt be a great wardrobe staple.

Oxblood Haider Ackerman

 

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Gorgeous tone-on-tone pairing in the above Haider Ackerman design.

oxblood Alexander McQueen

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I love the hit of red with the oxblood coat, above, and the various layers of the tone in the shot below.

Oxblood colour palette

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And of course the runways translates to interiors:

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Pure saturation in the picture above creates a luxurious design scheme.  Rich textures and layers keep it interesting.

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The pop of colour in this deep red sofa, above, catches the eye in this otherwise neutral space.

How will you use oxblood this fall?  Will you wear it or bring it into your home or both?

LWD – The Little White Dress (& the little white room)

Almost all of us have that go-to LBD in our closet.  And if we don’t, we should.  There’s no denying it’s a wardrobe staple and can make the best companion to even the most last-minute invitation.  But recently, the LWD has been appearing at events and on red carpets. It’s so fresh and sophisticated that its got to last. And there’s no better dress for the summer.  Below some great LWD options.

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Victoria’s Secret aptly names this the Date Dress.  Perfect for date night, with a bit of sexy and a lot of classic.  This could easily be dressed up with silver or gold accessories and heels, or dressed down with flats and leather accessories.

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Angelina Jolie works the little white dress above.  Again, it’s sophisticated and classic.  Add a blazer and take this dress to the office.

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I love how this LWD is punched up with vibrant orange jacket, belt and scarf.  The neutral bag and shoes keep it from feeling too matchy-matchy.

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This is such a flirty crocheted lace LWD.  I like that it has long sleeves with the short skirt, so it highlights those leggy assets!

The LWD accessorised

I thought I’d share my virgin run on polyvore (above) of my set for the LWD and accessories.  Of course I incorporated one of Earth, Wind and Style’s gorgeous handbags too!  What do you think?
Of course, fashion can be translated into interiors and I’ve long been a fan of white interiors.  There’s something so serene and relaxed about them.  

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The Barcelona Chair (pictured above) reminds me of a well made suit.  It’s timeless and uncomplicated, yet paired with the right accessories, like this zebra print carpet and the bold black and white artwork, it becomes sophisticated and chic just as a suit you wear to the office would benefit from good accessorising.

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Isn’t this throw and lace pillows reminiscent of the lace LWD posted earlier?  This is a great example of how to bring your own personal style into your interior.  Looking for items for your home that correlate to those in your wardrobe (or vice versa) is an easy way to try to extrapolate your style from one to the other.

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Creating an engaging space centred around one colour can be challenging.  There must be elements of interest, which allow the eye to rest rather than continually seek the space for something to take its attention.  With a single colour in the room, texture and lighting become even more important than usual.  Texture can be brought in through contrasting finishes, such as ceramics and roughly finished furnishings, furs (or faux furs), wool, leather, reclaimed wood, etc.  The room above is successful because of the contrast between the rustic headboard, the glamourous chandelier and the fine cotton bedding, which in combination are a surprise to the eye.

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Again in the above living area, the contrast between tailored furnishings and textured finishes add interest and depth to the space.

So, if you haven’t already will you invest in an LWD?  What about living with an all white interior?  Is it something you would do?