Monday Wish List: Hats

It is easy to fall into an outfit rut in the winter. Nice coats are quite pricey which tends to limit our range of cool outerwear. Also there is the imperative of keeping WARM AND COSY, and that is something no fashionista should ever sacrifice.

So I find that accessorising becomes even more important when faced with cold weather constraints. A great scarf and chic leather gloves will go a long way. Because my main winter coats are black, I try to mix it up with some splashes of colour in order to avoid looking like a giant walking raven.

One of my favourite winter accessories has to be the Humble Hat. This little pieces of wool or felt can make or break any outfit and can take a girl from Winter Drab to Cool Fab.

Here are a few of my favourites:

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Bring an extra touch of SASS with this wonderful geo-print number from Asos. Wear with a bomber jacket and nigh-tops for maximum Cara Delevinge-ness

Named after me, this Reiss hat is called Ava. I like to wear it with a knee-length black overcoat and leather boots to pretend I’m Carmen Sandiego.

Can you ever go wrong with Missoni? This black and white beanie goes with everything, even pyjamas. Style in whatever way you want and you will still look LUSH.

This Marc by Marc Jacobs neon beanie is bang on trend. Neon, yes; beanie, yes; Marc Jaconbs, YES! How can you go wrong? (Note: redheads are particularly well-suited for this hat).

And to add a little glitz to any drabby winter look, just add this huge and obnoxious BLING from Topshop!

Which one is your favourite?

What do you get when you cross a lamb with a sailor? That’s right! YOU GET MCQUEEN

Having been born and raised barefoot on a sunny beach far, far away winters in London always get me down. It’s not just the cold, and the rain, and the wind, and the darkness, and the grey and the glumness, it’s….well, it actually IS all of that that gets me down.

BUT all the warm winter coats and cosy jumpers perk me right back up, and if there is one thing I invest some serious CHA-CHING on is a good winter coat.

If could have ANY COAT IN THE WORLD, I would have this particularly exquisite McQueen number:

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This twill and shearling number is not only stylish, but it is also super warm, perfect for the harsh London winters.

It is also SO FUN! Part sailor, part darling little lamb; now there’s a look that can’t go wrong!

Dress it down with jeans and Chelsea Boots, throw in a nice flannel shirt and you are all set! Or dress it up with a vintage printed dress, particularly in cream/off-white palette with high-heel ankle booties for a night out.

How would you wear it?

 

 

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Reiss Christmas wishlist

Reiss is one of my favourite British brands. It is effortlessly cool and sleek without being pretentious. I find myself reaching for my Reiss silk blouses more and more, especially around Christmas as a bustling social calendar makes it important to go from day to night with minimal conversion effort (read: look glam by changing in the office bathroom cubicle)!

So imagine my delight when they announced a new Christmas wishlist giveaway. All you have to do is create and submit a wishlist on their website and they will pick a winner each week betwen now and Christmas! Yay, indeed.

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Here is my wishlist. I have submitted it and have crossed all my fingers and toes, and lit every make-a-wish candle I have ever bought from every psychic I have ver visited. THIS is certainly what I want for Christmas!

Make your own wishlist here, and don’t forget to brag if you win!

Wish list: LEATHER

Because it’s Monday, and it’s about to get really friggin’ cold in London, I decided to compile a list of warm leather pieces that will not only keep you warm; they will keep you DRY!

Since moving from the tropics to The Big Smoke, leather has been my best friend, helping me keep the wind and the rain from my ill-accustomed bones.  So, lucky me, it’s a SUPER TREND right now!

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Leather doesn’t get any better than All Saints, and this oxblood shrunken biker is ULTRA! It costs as much as rent, but is so worth it! £398 from allsaints.com

This Oasis quilted leather mini is RYCH. Just retro enough to keep a girl happy, but edgy enough to join a biker gang. Love. £80, available from Oasis

Markus Lupfer’s merino (LUSH) jumper with the sequined lips on it will make any leather look a million times cooler. And any reference to Rocky Horror Picture Show is alright with me. £315, from net-a-porter

Acne is my latest obsession, they are simply too cool for school. This bag comes in two sizes, the the tiny one is just simply darling, non? It’s a snip at £500 from shop.acnestudios.com/

And those red leather biker pants, from The H&M Collaboration That Shall Not Be Named…my one true love. As the poet Cher once said: “If I could turn back time…”…I would certainly make this my priority in that crazy rush sale!