Autumn Knits: Part Three

Photographed in Place Vendôme, Paris

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I'm not one for wearing a lot of colour and tend to steer clear of bolder shades unless it comes in the shape of lipstick or nail polish. But if you're like me and like to break out of your sartorial comfort zone for the festive season, by brightening up your wardrobe with a few key items that work for day or evening, then now's the time to invest in something fun like this Frilling Hemline Sweater from Chicwish

If you haven't heard about Chicwish yet, I suggest you swat up now. The brand creates fun fashion-forward feminine pieces that are perfect for sprucing up your wardrobe when it's feeling a bit drab, or when you need something a little more interesting than jeans and a white tee (literally my go-to look!).

I picked the Frilling Hemline Sweater for its flattering peplum hemline that draws your shape in at the waist (also great for fuller figures) and its nod to one of this year's biggest trends - ruffles. The sweater perfectly translates ruffles for colder weather and has just the right amount of flounce to make you feel like you're wearing something special and form hugging, without going overboard - if you're more of a minimalist like me. Paired with these wide-legged wool cropped trousers, which sport a subtle check and elevated with simple blue suede stilettos, it has maximum impact with minimal effort. We shot this look on a beautiful sunny day last week in the elegant surroundings of Place Vendôme - where it doesn't get much more festive than here during the holidays (Christmas trees have sprung up throughout the square), and with those cobalt blue doors providing just the right amount of pop against the violet pink of the sweater. 

I'm wearing Chicwish Frilling Hemline Sweater // Iris & Ink Cropped Trousers from The Outnet // Whistles Court Shoes, similar here // ME+EM Leather Saddle Bag // NARS Lipstick

I'm wearing Chicwish Frilling Hemline Sweater // Iris & Ink Cropped Trousers from The Outnet // Whistles Court Shoes, similar here // ME+EM Leather Saddle Bag // NARS Lipstick

Created in collaboration with Chicwish. Creative Direction by me, photographed by Roxy Matiz.

Christmas chez moi with Maison Chaumet & The Socialite Family

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a little festive fete in honour of luxury French jewellery house, Maison Chaumet and The Socialite Family, who came to photograph my apartment as part of their Christmas campaign, Winter Stories. We spruced the place up and created a table spread filled with eucalyptus, red berries and cake. Then my boyfriend and I adorned ourselves in beautiful Chaumet jewels and watches from the Liens collection that let's be honest, I didn't want to take off. And if it hadn't been for the bodyguard, I might have made a run for it, or stuffed them into my pocket to later wrap up as a well-deserved Christmas gift to myself. 

You can read the full interview with The Socialite Family here.

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Created in collaboration with Maison Chaumet and The Socialite Family

To Venice by boat with RIVA x The Gritti Palace

Ever since I inter-railed around Europe as a teenager (strapped to a backpack bigger than me) and stopped in Venice for a couple of days in, I've been wanting to return to the floating city. When I was last there I stayed in a 50 bed dorm room, which was a convent-turned-hostel, complete with a curfew set by nuns. This time (thankfully) was quite a different story. Getting invited to Venice to spend a couple of days exploring the city, whilst riding around on a beautiful RIVA boat to celebrate a new collaboration with The Gritti Palace - was one of those 'pinch me' moments, and one I couldn't say no to - I even delayed a much-awaited trip to Morocco.

By boat is the only way to get around Venice (although I'm still amazed that taxis come in the form of speed boats!), so a hotel that has its own private boat, available to guests for hire is genius. And the Gritti Palace, where the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Tom Cruise and Scarlet Johansson have stayed over the years would only opt for the very best boat brand to collaborate with, hence RIVA. Off to Venice soon? Scroll down for a little must-do city guide! 

I'm wearing Iris & Ink  top  and  skirt  from The Outnet 

I'm wearing Iris & Ink top and skirt from The Outnet 

The Gritti Palace Hotel

The Gritti Palace Hotel

Glass-blowing demonstration at  ARS Cenedese  

Glass-blowing demonstration at ARS Cenedese 

Island of Burano 

Island of Burano 

I'm wearing: Iris & Ink  crepe gilet , COS white jeans, J.Crew  sandals , ME+EM  leather clutch bag . 

I'm wearing: Iris & Ink crepe gilet, COS white jeans, J.Crew sandals, ME+EM leather clutch bag

Piazzo San Marco 

Piazzo San Marco 

Bellinis at the RIVA Lounge, Gritti Palace  //  Bridge of Sighs

Bellinis at the RIVA Lounge, Gritti Palace  //  Bridge of Sighs

Eat/Drink:

RIVA Lounge at the Gritti Palace: now I'm not just saying this because I stayed there, because if you want beautiful views of the Grand Canal, brilliant service and the best Bellinis you've ever tasted, this place should be top of your list!

Harry's Bar: grab a drink in this Venice drinking institution - go for the Bellinis here too if the peaches are in season!

Dinner at Trattoria Antiche Carampane: order the spaghetti vongole, you won't regret it. 

Lunch/ snack at All'Arco: located a little off the beaten track, it's a great respite from the Venitian tourist traps - of which there are many.. Order a bottle of Prosecco and their little open sandwiches. 

Get a taxi (or the RIVA if you're staying at the Gritti and feeling plush) and ride out to Ristorante Da Celeste for fresh fish and seafood (and more Prosecco!)

Do:

Wake up early: explore Venice while everyone is still sleeping. Venice is busy at any time of year, but in summer it gets crazy. You can barely walk down its narrow streets for the throng of tourists, so I went out at 7am before breakfast, which was still not quite early enough (others had the same idea), but I got to see an almost empty Piazza San Marco. 

Wander the fresh food market: and watch the gulls steal the fish from the stalls - it's quite a sight to see the giant birds swooping down onto the stalls to catch a quick meal! And the market in itself is perfect photo fodder. 

See glass-blowing on the island of Murano: call ARS Cenedese ahead for a little tour and check out their amazing showroom! Everyone from Nicole Kidman to Robin Williams has been there. 

I stayed at The Gritti Palace and big thanks to Starwood & The Luxury Collection for making this trip possible. 

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Market Fleurs

One of my favourite things to do when I'm home in France is go to the market (simple pleasures). Finally the weather and me being in Paris for the weekend convened, so this morning I donned my off-the-shoulder Ganni top (it's a little more than I'd usually pay, but great quality and actually stays off the shoulder, unlike most tops which seem to pop off every time I lift my arms) that I picked up in Copenhagen last week, my (self-labeled) ugly sandals, which I happen to love (hopefully I'm managing to pull them off and don't look like I'm about to go on a hike into the Amazon - although obviously I plan to wear them for that too!) and picked up a couple of Velibs (another favourite past-time) and cycled to the market at Bastille. There we ate oysters (there are a couple of stalls where you can get 6 for 6€ and a plastic cup of white wine for 2€ (the best kind of sunday lunch), followed by canelés, picked up the week's food shopping and bought that all-important bunch of flowers (white peonies!) for an Instagram photo (clearly the real reason for a market visit). You can see it all on my snapchat: marissacoxparis. 

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I'm wearing Ganni top //  Ray Bans // Lancome lipstick

I'm wearing Ganni top // COS jeans // Teva Sandals // Ray Bans // Iris & Ink bag, similar here // Lancome lipstick

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'Marissa' the Midi

Meet Marissa. No I'm not talking about myself in the third person - meet 'Marissa' the midi skirt. When I saw the Iris & Ink 'Marissa' tie-waist crepe midi skirt, I didn't even bat an eyelid. I knew I had to have her. A skirt with my name, that looks good and (thankfully) fits well = a no brainer. But I didn't just buy it for the name, it also makes the perfect trans-seasonal skirt. Wear in spring when it's not quite warm enough to don anything above the knee and it makes the perfect cover up for summer with sandals - when you're not on holiday, on a beach and don't feel like getting your legs out, along with the unwanted attention that comes with extra skin on show. It also makes a great evening option - I wore this exact outfit to dinner in Portugal (which you would have seen it if you follow me on Snapchat - marissacoxparis.) Plus it has a tie waist - big news for fashion this year (notice how you've been drawn to everything with a bow or tie recently?) - making a flattering addition. It certainly helped hide my full belly while I ploughed my way through the epic 15 course meal at Belcanto in Lisbon. Practical and stylish, I'll take it as a compliment. 

Leopard Print shoes from J.Crew, similar here // Iris & Ink Marissa Tie-Waist skirt from The Outnet // Bomber jacket from & Other Stories, similar here // Ribbed Tee from Topshop, similar here // Cream leather Clutch from ME+EM here // Ray Bans, here.

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Photos by Haleigh Walsworth, edited by me. 

Spring Blues

Iris & Ink bag, similar here,  Iris & Ink Gilet ,  Stan Smith trainers ,  Ray Ban Sunglasses ,  COS jeans , White tee, similar  here  and  MAC lipstick .

Iris & Ink bag, similar here, Iris & Ink GiletStan Smith trainers, Ray Ban Sunglasses, COS jeans, White tee, similar here and MAC lipstick.

As I write this, the rain is pummelling against the window (Tina Turner style – ironically she’s live from Rio here, which is where I’d much rather be right now…), and yes I can’t stand the rain. It's cold and it’s miserable out there, nothing I wear seems to protect me from the big huge drops falling left, right and centre, and I’ve literally felt like I’ve been cold for six months, travelling with a hot water bottle (unless it’s to somewhere tropical) wherever I go. Suffice to say, it might be time to emigrate to LA…

So my intention with shooting a spring(ier) style post (i.e. sans big warm dressing gown coat from COS, which I’ve been living in during those said cold six months), was to help kickstart warmer weather (even if it’s just in my mind). I photographed it on a much sunnier, yet not much warmer day (fittingly), outside a blue door that I spotted on a recent bike ride through le Marais - thinking it'd make a nice backdrop to my almost all blue attire. Despite being the colour of cold, I’m a big advocate for blue, or rather navy. It’s not as somber as black, but just as easy to wear - throw on and mix up with neutral shades and pretty much any colour and pattern. And it can be worn right through to summer – it’s an all season, all weather colour. Just top with a beige trench and slap on a lighter lip colour and you’re dressed for spring(ish), just don’t forget your umbrella!

Photos of me by Haleigh Walsworth, edited by me. 

Currently Coveting: the Striped Shirt

Every month I generally get a little obsessed with an item of clothing, whether it's new or if I revisit something old that hasn't seen the light of day for a while (you might have noticed my navy / burgundy combo that I think I might have almost had enough of!) Although I get bored easily and hate doing the same thing over and over again, I am nonetheless a creature of habit and get very attached to things. The same goes for my clothes. Once I fall in love with something I will wear it over and over again - styling it in different ways, until I realise that I'm meeting a friend wearing the same thing as I did last time we met. They probably don't even bat an eyelid, but I like to pride myself in what I wear. My current obsession is a striped shirt - in particular this silk pyjama style by Iris & Ink available on The Outnet, which I can already feel is going to become a wardrobe staple. I'm envisioning it over jeans, tucked into high waisted black tailored trousers or a denim skirt come summer.  But I'm also liking this (it says pyjama shirt, but you could easily wear it over a pair of black jeans), this and this. What's your favourite item at the moment? 

Thea striped boyfriend shirt, Iris & Ink