Suit Up: How to Wear Vintage to Work

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Living this long-distance relationship, self-employed life means that sometimes my schedule is a bit unusual. On top of that, my partner is a chef. If you’ve been in the hospitality industry, you know how wild the hours can be. To make maximum use of the time we can spend together, I keep England time while I’m in America. So I’m awake for the day anytime from 3:00 a.m. – and I take my days off when he gets his.

Yesterday was an off day, and we spent it mostly binge-watching Parks & Recreation (which is new to him). Leslie Knope is seriously one of my idols.

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Leslie Knope print, Etsy // £9

It’s refreshing to see a female character who is career-minded, determined, and strong – but still vulnerable, kind, and sometimes insecure. Honestly, tons of respect to Amy Poehler for making that happen, and Leslie will always have a place in my heart.

So, in honour of Leslie, I’m doing a suit thing today. A girl boss can’t go wrong in a classic suit, and when you stick to basic colours and fabrics, it’s easy to mix-and-match pieces. To add interest to what is a really nicely-cut combination of separates from White House Black Market (the trousers: there are a pair for sale here) and Banana Republic (my favourite blazer ever), I added this vintage waistcoat.

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It’s bold and bright, but the black calms it down just the right amount.  Combining vintage pieces with clean, modern basics can make them doable – in even the most conservative work environments. The top pairs perfectly with the Betsey Johnson bag, too – the chains and bows reference the chains in the waistcoat, without being TOO matchy. Plus, the gold accents all complement each other. (I’m such a Betsey fanatic. She can be over-the-top, but her stuff is lushly feminine and quirky, with hints of Japan, and vintage, and nautical everything. It’s perfect.)

Shop the look, with a similar bag, blazer, & shoes.

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Now, let’s get stuff done!

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Cropped Tops + High Waists

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Things have been so busy for me the past few days. I’ve owned an online boutique for ten years now, but it’s the first time I’ve really given my own shop an honest go. I’ve been piled up with photography, listings, and marketing ideas – not to mention blog posts. But I’m loving every second of it.

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This is one of the first new looks I’ve done some photography for. It works so well together because of the cropped top and high waist on the skirt. The midriff just peeks through, so it’s still modest without being frumpy. The top is Chinese-inspired, and the satin brocade pattern is so luxe it almost looks haute couture. And the skirt has pockets! Even though both pieces are vintage, they are completely wearable – and even though this look is retro (even including a retro-inspired Cole Haan hand bag) it doesn’t look costumey when it’s styled minimally. Shop the look below, with a similar bag & shoe.

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See you again soon… work is calling.

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Shop the Trends: Russian Street Style, Russia Fashion Week Fall ’18

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A few hours ago, Vogue posted a slideshow of the best street style looks from Russia Fashion Week. Though Russia may not be the first place you think of when it comes to runway couture, it should be on your radar for cutting-edge influential trends that are permeating youth culture, especially in Europe. Working-class, ironic, and edgy, the Russian street style look mixes vaguely punk sensibilities with a fearless appreciation for retro sportswear. Plus – these looks work great unisex. Personally, they give me huge insight into trends to come, especially on apps like Depop! Here are ten of my favourite looks, and where you can shop the looks on eBay. (Snatch up the clear trench coat before everyone else does – they’re going fast! 😍)

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Clear trench coat, £11 // Wide-leg tartan trousers, £9 // Genuine leather quilted bag, £32

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How To Choose Perfumes By Season

My spring perfume came yesterday!

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FYI: I’m a perfume hound.

I’ve wanted Yves Saint Laurent’s Paris Jardins Romantiques for years, but this is the first time I’ve gotten around to ordering it. (Though I was heartbroken when what was left of my La Petite Robe Noire by Guerlain leaked out during my flight from England about a month ago, I also knew I’d have to replace it, and that maybe now would be my chance!)

For the last 5 years or so, I’ve worn different perfumes for the different seasons of the year. Some women choose to wear a different perfume for day and night, but I wanted a small way to celebrate and mark each seasonal change.

But perfume shopping can be an assault to the senses, and honestly? That girl behind the counter doesn’t always know which perfumes smell like violet, versus verbena, versus vanilla. I’ve had terrible suggestions from sales associates who were probably being told to promote the new scent, when it was far from what I was looking for.

Here’s how I choose my seasonal scents, and my current favourites for spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

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