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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

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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

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014

So early this month Pantone announced the colour of 2014, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Enter Radiant Orchid.

Exuding just the right amount of fluoro intensity and panache to translate it from simple child’s play to serious chic ensemble, it works well across fashion, beauty and home. Where pastel pink might be a bit too sickly for some, this shade bodes well with those wanting to wear something to celebrate their femininity, but with an added hint of rebellion thrown in.

If you need any more convincing, just let Gogol Bordello’s anthem, Start Wearing Purple be your new mantra.

The good news is we can get ahead of the trend now with these illuminating finds…

Topshop BoutiqueTopshop Boutique wool boyfriend coat, £195

Models OwnModels Own scented nail polish in Grape Juice, £5

Bleach

Bleach London Salon, Prices vary

Satchel

Cambridge Satchel Company, £115 (Orchid illustration by Johanna Kerrman)

Penny Boards

Penny Skateboard, $110

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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.

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

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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