Capsule wardrobe for Paris

By the time you read this post I shall be winging my way on Eurostar to spend two nights in Paris. I am very excited. I am meeting up with Susan of Unefemme. We plan to sit in cafes, people watch, visit a few galleries and generally have a good time. Not to mention a little shopping!! I will be taking my camera and, weather permitting, I plan to take street shots to illustrate what women in Paris wear in December.

As I don’t want to be carrying heavy luggage I have planned a capsule wardrobe which fits snugly into my backpack.

SHOWN ABOVE:  Heavy duty black ankle boots with rubber sole similar // Navy bobble hat similar // Flat ankle boots to wear with trousers in the evening  // Large cross body hold-all Longchamps (bought in a sale a few years ago) similar // Navy sweater with detachable collar by MeandEm // Black tunic by HopefashionUK  // Slim leg trousers  // Burgundy tunic by winserlondon // Black turtle neck sweater by Uniqlo // Sheepskin coat at least 10 years old similar.

black backpack

Black backpack

I am planning to get everything into a backpack similar to the one above.

I may well be buying a few gifts in Paris. However I have bought quite a few already and have created special collection of my picks. If you are stuck for ideas check out my Christmas Gift Collection.

One of my favourite brands MeandEm have 25% off selected items with code: STARGIFTS at checkout.

There are also reductions on certain items at Jaeger. They have some great accessories which would make excellent gifts.


Warm cosy cashmere and merino wool sweaters

It is freezing here in London, definitely time to wrap up warm in cosy cashmere or merino wool sweaters. Keep the chill at bay even when you go for a brisk walk and explore the countryside at the week-end.

The gorgeous pink 100% 3 ply cashmere cowl neck sweater I am wearing in the photo is from WoolOvers.  A brand I was not previously familiar with, although they were established in 1989. It is extremely soft and I love the deep cowl neckline.  The styles at WoolOvers are chic as well as warm. They offer a selection of quality natural knitwear at what I consider very reasonable prices.

Here I am wearing their pure cashmere chunky roll neck jumper 

To see how I style my merino wool sweater and For a fantastic chance to win a week in Provence (details at the bottom of this post). CONTINUE READING

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sumptuous velvet for the party seasonTraditionally velvet has rich and opulant connotations. Worn by royalty for ceremonial occasions, velvet is lush and often ornate. It has now gone mainstream and can be found not only in designer collections but also readily available on the high street. Although velvet is still used for cocktail and special occasion dresses it is now being worn for everyday and casual evenings.

Velvet is a woven tufted fabric with short dense pile giving it that soft silky feel. It can be made from either synthetics or natural fibres. It adapts well to a variety of styles from the traditional smoking jacket to soft fluid trousers. It is even popping up on shoes and handbags this season.

SHOWN ABOVE: Velvet tunic at john Lewis  & LKBennett //  earrings  //  trousers  //  Clutch (sold out similar)  //  boots  //  stole.

See how I wear my blue velvet trousers

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