Category Archives: Personal collection

Wardrobe Resolutions and Goals 2019: Part II – Bags

And so finally we come to the latest bags analysis! In order to give context, I must say that last year was exceptionally busy both work and family wise. I had planned a few urgent renovations at home but they all had to be put back. I did make a start on the wardrobe editing with the goal of a larger clear out though not as ruthless as going completely Marie Kondo, you understand. I’m just going to focus on the main different types of bag styles and sizes. Continue reading

Lessons from a Summer of Travel

We vowed to enjoy our home (and garden) and visit more of the UK during the Summers but last Summer ended up traveling more than expected! I grabbed the chance to take my eldest teen daughter to Italy for the first time, just the two of us. Art is one of her subjects and so is pasta … and gelati so off we went!

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The Big Freeze 2018

As promised, this is how the sheepskin gilet looks on me, seen here during a very snowed covered day earlier this week – photo by my Teen Girl who was home because her school was closed.We already enjoyed an amount of ice and snow this Winter and now there’s another spell of snow and sub zero temperatures. I’ve never owned outerwear for extremely cold weather because these conditions used to last only a short period of time and did not occur every year. As you know I am a coat addict and love the range of outerwear that one needs for the UK climate! Continue reading

London February 2018 Part II

After walking across the Millennium Bridge from the Tate Modern in Part I, we arrived eventually at Green Park and Old Bond Street. This is my usual starting point in the West End and I never knew that a minute’s detour down St James’ Street, is where a certain gentleman’s shop is located, The Kingsman x Mr Porter – featured in the films that a lot of teens love – mine included! Continue reading

Wardrobe Update Part 1: Winter 17/18

Edited to add this new navy coat above (pure wool by Jaeger): I am a self confessed coat addict – just as well since I do live a coat wearing country – but there’s no excuse to stock pile. I have gone through my collection and have followed the same rule of only replacing. And I’ve had to retire a couple so I’ve added the one above and below. There will be more outer wear retiring in anticipation of Spring but I don’t plan to replace any of those.

Because I have to drive a lot more than I used to, car coats as they used to be called are more practical for me. Perhaps they’re now more commonly known as pea coats or simply short coats. I love this one due to it being double breasted, this gives a more generous cut, it’s grey and 100% wool by Helmut Lang.

I adore a good dress and whilst I avoid black in general, this is an exception because it’s a light weight linen. It has sleeves and a style that covers most occasions I’m ever going to encounter. I absolutely love how it’s styled here. It happens to be Helmut Lang again. They’re ankle length or ‘maxi’ on me which is fine. Actually, I think my eldest daughter would wear it better – oh well!I found these coated jeans and they’re such an easy update. In the past, I would never have considered shiny pants but now they’re a bit different and just enough of a statement for the purpose of modernising my classic look.And finally these green velvet shoes that¬†I wished I found last month to wear for the festive season. I have a few styles like these already and wanted a ‘dressy’ version to wear for more special occasions. Velvet is delicate compared to leather but everything else is very practical so I do hope to wear these as often as possible.

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Advancing Style Part II

I do hope everyone is enjoying the festive season so far. We had a wonderful time with family and now back home briefly. As I mentioned before I’ve been unexpectedly busy and couldn’t devote the usual time to wardrobe planning – didn’t have a spare moment in fact and had to just throw in stuff from muscle memory ūüôā I know it’s not the way to do it and thankfully it worked out this time. I’ve discovered again that past planning and my current effort with identifying and updating certain areas pay dividends. 99.9% of the time I can use what’s already in my wardrobe plus newer accessories update older items. I particularly like the mix of rich colours and textures above, bronze leather of an old C√©line tote I couldn’t resist some years ago which has proven a practical choice in the UK climate and the bronze adds interest to my classic lines. I’ve said so many times before this H 90 carr√© (Coup de Fouet) goes with everything, all the time, here with a cosy old Burberry lambswool scarf. Continue reading

2017 – where did you go?

¬†It’s a natural phenomenon, the older one gets, the faster the years shoot by … all the more reason to make the most of every moment of everyday. Hello again! Apologies for not being able to keep up with everyone… trust all is well.

I must start with this photo of Alicia Vikanda at an airport. I mean, not only is it super flying style but the individual pieces are such lovely, classic basics made more current with the C√©line heeled loafers: beautiful coat, mannish and luxe, y’all know my addiction to coats, layering of light weight jumper and tee, slim straight jeans and the gorgeous loafers that look so comfy. Continue reading

Les Hermès

I began in 2011 with the Kelly and continues most recently with the Plumes. It would be very neat to announce ended with such and such a bag but the fact is there are one or two others on my wishlist that may or may never¬†happen for me. In the meantime I must edit nearly half from my collection and in the near future, probably another edit of a handful to leave me with no more¬†12 which I believe is still¬†very indulgent. It is simply because of my love for the Kelly …¬†which I do know will be the majority of my H collection ultimately. Continue reading

Colour and Pattern


I used to be so afraid of colour and¬†pattern that I avoided them entirely – what a waste! With age comes a certain confidence (if nothing else …) and I ventured in both colour and pattern starting with¬†those that I¬†always liked such as blues, yellows and pinks to lift my¬†beloved neutrals of navy, tans and whites. Now I find myself mixing everything and loving it. These two scarves were bought separately a long time apart and only recently did I see how the colours are echoed in both – the magic of Herm√®s! Continue reading