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.

Summer Favourites

I've been meaning to write this long overdue post for a while now, but what with all the travelling backwards and forwards to the UK recently (I feel like I'm currently living on the Eurostar, so much so that they should install a bed for me), my blog has (as is usually the case) has taken a backseat. 

So summer arrived rather abruptly a few weeks ago, when Paris was thrown into the depths of a heatwave. I usually love the heat - give me 30 degrees and I'm a happy girl, but the weather got a bit much even for me. And there's something that happens to Paris in the heat, it actually gets warmer in the evening. The small streets and Haussmann buildings insulate and keep the heat in, so by nightfall the city feels like a sauna, making it almost impossible to sleep. I've spent the nights tossing and turning trying to find a small available un-sweaty space on the sheets, to no avail. 

Since summer arrived I've been on a bit of a spending spree, yet still managed to be defeated by the heat. But when the weather's hit a cooler 30 (an oxymoron, if ever there was one), I've been literally living in this outfit. I'm happiest in a simple white tee - and this

ASOS offering

is a great option. White tees dirty and age easily, and I won't break the bank replacing this one, when the time inevitably comes. The skirt I picked up from the Zara sale. It's the perfect length, hitting just around calf level, but with buttons that go to the knee, adding a bit of je ne sais quoi and making it nice and airy, as well as easy to move in - perfect for cycling in (my newest obsession: I finally, after two years in this city, purchased a Velib pass!). 

The British brand,

Whistles

has particularly good to me of late.  The velcro sandals (another current obsession) and silver clutch are just a couple of things I've purchased in their summer sale this year. The clutch will be making an appearance at the rest of the weddings we have this year (three in a month starting the end of August!!) and matches a pair of silver heels that I bought from COS for the various occasions. The sunnies are

Retro Super Future

and have also become a summer staple, although I'm currently lusting after a pair of tortoiseshell ones. 

Along with a new wardrobe, I thought it high time I updated some of my make-up. I wear SPF 30 moisturiser every day, but I've also been plastering mattifying foundation over the top, in the hope of not looking like my face is dripping with sweat. But in a recent quest to feel a little lighter (especially in this heat) and not like I'm troweling on make-up every morning, I did a bit of research and decided to try the

Bare Minerals Tinted Moisturiser

. It's light (even lighter than the cream I've been using) and has a bit of colour, which I add to with some bronzer and blusher. I've been covering up any blemishes with

Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflag

e and suddenly feel a few pounds lighter! What's your go-to summer make-up regime?