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Out of the certain few pieces in my closet that only make sense during Summer, such as, my jersey maxi dresses, backless tshirts, jelly sandals, I tend to be most excited about one particular item, the cah-lassic cotton bandana. Simply for its retro goodness and tough luxe aesthetic, paired with my favourite off duty hairstyle, this is the look that highlights my Summer!

Retro bandana hairstyles

Keeping the rest of your outfit simple, you’d be surprised to know it’s easier to style than you think. I like to match my lipstick to the colour of the bandana I’m wearing (especially red!), but then everything else is kept minimal and modern. Think plain tees, classic camis and skinny jeans – cat flick eyeliner is optional, but they are fun!

WEEKENDER – Clash with leopard, and trust it really works!

Off Duty Style Inspiration

Clockwise from leftTopshop Burnout Joggers £32, Warehouse Bra Top Twin Set £28, Topshop Lipstick in Tease £8, Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag £395, Kate Spade Draw The Line Idiom Bangle $32, Rosa De La Cruz Brown Diamond Star Stud Earring (Single) £335, Vans Era 2 Tone Leopard Trainers £55

DAYTIME – Channel a retro vibe with a button through mini dress and cute flourishes.

Retro Outfit Inspiration

Clockwise from top left: Laura Mercier Lip Glace In Daiquiri £19.50Carven Floral Embellished Dress £590Models Own Sticky Fingers Bow Set £5ASOS Little Rock Pointed Flats £22Charlotte Olympia Kitty Perspex Clutch £695

GOING OUT – Skin tight denim and stellar, spiked heels make a strong evening statement.

Off Duty Style

Clockwise from top leftKenzo Tiger Charm Bracelet £120T by Alexander Wang Classic Jersey Tank £65, Warehouse Superfit Skinny Jeans £48Kurt Geiger Bailey Court Shoes £99, OCC Lip Tar in Queen £11.50, River Island Hannah Bar Ear Cuff £5

There are a fair few ways to tie a bandana headscarf, but I like to have the customary knotted “bunny ear” ends. Starting at one corner of the square, fold your way to the opposite diagonal corner (so that you get a headband on its stretchiest grain, the bias). I tend to fold an inch and a half wide but it all depends on how wide you want your headband to be. Alternatively, you can always twist from one corner to the opposite end for a textured style.

Rihanna Agyness Deyn Bandana Hairsyle

Images source: Pinterest

The metallics trend is never too far away, and SS14 happily champions this shining staple yet again. From foil prints, molten metal finishes to frosted pigments and holographic hues, metallics have a way of being rather season-less, working as a standalone statement or as an accent to an existing trend. No matter how you want to embrace it, the good news is what ever piece you invest in now, know that it will be a keeper.

A Touch Of Tonal
Opt for barely there metallics for a frosted, feminine flair.

Rose Gold MetallicsClockwise from leftStella McCartney Silver Foil Jumper £725Clinique “Goldspun” Long Last Glosswear £16Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set $65Coast Rex Cuff £35Charlotte Olympia Gummi Bear Clutch £945J.Crew Metallic Bobby Pins £14.50

Mermaid Magic
Tin Man-meets-90s Club Kid, this metallic palette is all about fun.

Mermaid Metallics

Clockwise from leftMiista Zoe Iridescent Silver Brogues £145American Apparel Hologram Leather Skirt £140ASOS Round Sunglasses £12Bex Rox Rainbow Collar £640Vivienne Westwood Cote D’Azur Bag £639Essie “For The Twill Of It” Nail Polish £10.95

Deep Space
Silver tones rule in this minimalist offering, while sparkling black metallics will have you seeing stars.

Galactic Metallics

Clockwise from leftAlexander Wang Rockie Leather Bag £730Shu Uemura Black 995 Pressed Eyeshadow £11Next Metallic Shell Top £14DKNY Soho Silver Watch £89Anya Hindmarch Crisp Packet Clutch £995ASOS Sterling Silver Star Earrings £20

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I’m gearing up for my annual snowboarding holiday and this year we’re going to Japan! It may seem somewhat far to go, seeing how France and Switzerland are just a couple of hours away, but I’ve been promised glorious powder, endless runs, fabulous food and really, a place like no other!

On the slopes, my gear is absolutely function first – taped seams, waterproofing, insulation and the most amazing board ever, my rainbow hued Roxy Ollie Pop, natch. However, once off the slopes and back at the cabin or down in the local mountain town bars and shops, that’s when I can truly tap into my inner skater grrl persona – mixed with a touch of the catwalk of course. This is my kind of après style…

CABIN FEVER…
Only cashmere-soft, laid back loungewear will do after a long morning’s run. This is the uniform for curling up by a roaring log fire.

Apres style

Clockwise from top: Warehouse Fisherman Beanie Was £14, Now £3, Rag & Bone Pocket Tee £80, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, Surfboard Beyonce sweatshirt $30, Shark Week Mug Was £10.50, Now £9, Oasis Spring Star Socks £3, Zoe Karssen Bat Print Track Pants £110, Joy Louche Buffy Snood £18, Wildfox Baggy Beach Jumper £101

PAINTING THE MOUNTAIN TOWN RED…
Bring on the beer and burgers – or in my case sake and sushi – it might be hard to step out again into the cold harsh elements, but snowboarders do know how to party!

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Clockwise from top: Brian Lichtenberg Féline Tshirt £65, Warehouse Plaited Chain Bracelet £8, Warehouse Interlocking Bracelet £8, Barbour Trapper Cap £35, ASOS Buffalo Check Shirt Was £30, Now £21, Mac Ruby Woo Lipstick £15, Emu Lo Sheepskin boots Was £150, Now £90, Topshop Denim Rucksack £30, Topshop Folk Flocked Treggings £28

It’s payweek and we’re finally getting our bank accounts replenished after those hedonistic weeks of unrelenting spending and rummaging through our poor wallets, of which I’ve dubbed it as “the Christmas pillage”. And, with that joyful/dismal day in February that you either love or loathe looming, it’s also the perfect time to shop for Valentine’s Day.

Coupled or not, there are some seriously lustful things out that will keep you going until new season truly kicks in. So, drop your lover the hint to gift you something gorgeous – or as Destiny’s Child encouraged us back in 2009, simply continue being an independent woman and proudly declare, that Jimmy Choo clutch bag? I bought it!

Valentines

First row: Essie Nail Polish “After Sex” £10.95, Jimmy Choo Candy Lip Print Clutch £650, Valentino Rockstud Leather Headband £130

Second row: Topshop Red Rose Satin Bralet £22, Maria Francesca Pepe Broken Heart Earrings £95, Kurt Geiger Britton Shoe Necklace £25

Third row: Marc by Marc Jacobs Isa Scrunchie $32, ASOS Rabbit iPad Case £15, Benefit Bathina Body Oil Mist £26.50

Fourth row: Lulu Guinness Red Lips Keyring £45, Vivienne Westwood Melissa Lady Dragon Heels Was £155 Now £77.50, Isabel Marant Hoshi Star Bracelet £50

Isabel Marant for H&M

This week Huffington Post revealed the most popular jacket of 2013 was indeed a trophy jacket. A trophy jacket from the deservedly-hyped Isabel Marant for H&M collection to be exact.

Be it baubles, sequins or a power print, I love a statement jacket. While I’m aware that trinketed and jewelled wear isn’t for everyone, I’d say look past the flash aspect for a minute and you really do have something completely wearable. The key to making it work is to let it work by keeping the rest of your look simple. I love an all black, rocking skinny ensemble topped off with a boxy or bomber-shaped trophy cover up.

Like its distant cousin, the maxi dress, trophy jackets ask for minimal effort but deliver maximum effect. What’s not to love?

Vintage Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters, Vintage 80s Escada Animal Print Jacket – £180

Every season Monsoon gets top marks in the trophy jacket department. They are just fabulous; all wonderfully adorned with the proverbial bells and whistles you would expect from this statement piece.

Monsoon Fusion Dita JacketMonsoon, Dita Sequin Jacket – Was £99, Now £49
(Editor’s note: This sumptuous jacket is now sold out online, so you’ll have to go in store to snap it up!)

Monsoon

Monsoon, Glasto Pom Pom Jacket – Was £119, Now £82.50

Asos

ASOS PremiumZip Through Jacket with Floral Embellishment – Was £150, Now £90

Helmut LangHelmut Lang, Pheasant Print Jacket – £159

3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim, Souvenir Embellished Twill Bomber Jacket – £1,160

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Winter and texture go hand-in-hand where the illusion of volume from something that’s furry and fuzzy simply makes for a feeling of warmth. I would also like to think that most of us just need something fun to lift our spirits when it’s depressingly dark and cold out!

Faux fur has come a long way. It’s looking and feeling more like the real thing, but without the dreaded politics. What I love the most about this season’s shaggy textures is the colours! I recently found this fabulous new label, Shrimps by Hannah Weiland; injecting pure psychedelic chic through her capsule collection of faux fur coats and clutches, I adore her take on the pile.

Shrimps

Topshop have created their own sunny version this season. You simply can’t feel down in this canary yellow number.

Topshop

Same goes for ASOS.

AsosAsos Faux Fur Lapel Collar and Asos Faux Fur Pelted Coat

For the record, I’m Switzerland on the whole fur debate. I briefly worked in luxury and we sold brands that used real fur. Never have I seen such hatred and damnation from people who truly abhor the use of real fur. On this note, Meadham Kirchhoff x Topshop’s latest uber-collection features this utterly divine Mongolian sheepskin coat. Surely there’s a way to reach a sweet resolution?

Meadham Kirchhoff x TopshopImage source: Elle UK