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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

SAVE THE DATE! Your personal invitation to my next J.Crew event + 20% off on the night

I have some exiting news to share, one year later and due to popular demand, I am back at the J.Crew store on Sloane Square in London for a special night of shopping (with a WIT special 20% off) and the chance to shop for a unique product I designed in collaboration with J.Crew. Your personal invitation is below, please share with your friends and I can't WAIT to see you all again! 

Please RSVP as store capacity is limited and spaces are ona  first come first served basis. 
rsvp.uk@jcrew.com


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The making of my wardrobes



Days before leaving for Italy we shot my 'Perfect Wardrobe' feature at my London home. It was a really fund day with our resident photographer Eva K. Salvi and our wonderful art director Polly Chamier that made everything look photograph worthy.


 I say this because what may look like a perfect shoot today was actually quite a hectic day and definitely  log project in the making, so I thought it would be fun to share some of the photos of the before and after. 


Some of you may know that in the past six months my flat has gone through a total refurb, and creating the next-to-prefect closet space was one of the most fun things I've had to do. I didn't have space for a walk in closet or for something particularly fancy, so I decided to opt for something more practical and utilise every single cm of space in the most effective way possible.


My bedroom was an empty shell with a 4mt long and 3mt high wall and I opted for fitted wardrobes throughout. I enlisted the help of budget friendly Martin West Interiors and, with a very specific idea in mind, handed it over a design that I made with my husband of my future wardrobes.


I measured and counted every item in my closet and subsequently allocated each category of clothing and accessories to a specific space. I counted in hanging clothes, folded items, shoe boxes and bags and even space for change of season boxes and storage.  I had to do a huge clear out, the biggest I have ever done so far, but today I really feel like I've got a perfectly edited wardrobe where I can see and wear everything I own.


The day they wardrobes were fitted I stayed in to decide the height of each shelf (this was crucial for my shoe cupboard) and made sure that everything was just prefect. I had the doors made in simple wood and then had them painted in my favourite shade of Farrow and Ball grey called Pavilion Gray.


The day of the shoot we decided to focus less on my clothes and accessories the way we've done so far with our 'Perfect Wardrobes' series, and more on how to store and maintain  tidy and well organised wardrobe. Here are some behind pics form the day, to see the end result go to this week's issue of The ICONS Update and read my 20 tips on how to create the perfect storage.

Having my hair and make up done in the sitting room

With our Contributing Editor Polly Chamier

Polly preparing lunch for everyone in the kitchen

Polly making everything look super pretty

The mess on my bed at the end of the day!

My GZ engraved Jimmy Choo shoes

 The cover of this week's bumper issue live on www.wardrobeicons.com

The ICONS Update

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Shop my Instagram holiday looks (for less)

One of my favourite summer dresses from Topshop
Hello from Italy! It's scorching hot here in Tuscany, so forgive me for still talking about summer buys for a few more weeks as I cannot imagine wearing more than one layer of clothing just yet. For those of you that have been following me on Instagram and liking some of the things I packed, I thought I would do a little shopping post on where to get my favourite items for less like my Marysia scalloped bikini, Isabel Marant rope belt and Etoile favourite crochet dress. I did a little Topshop trawl and found some great bits and pieces, my dress is almost sold out so if you like it, get it quickly.













Monday, 3 August 2015

WIT and J.Crew in Paris final post: the Parisian rooftops


Back in February the J.Crew team in New York asked me to head to Paris to check out the new (and first) French store in the Marais. My task was to explore Jenna's favourite Parisian spots and photograph one outfit I loved in each location. For the past five months I've been posting one outfit from each one of these locations, from the Tour Eiffel, to St. Germain and the iconic Jardin Tuleries and it was the most incredible journey. 


We've come to the last of these posts, and this was actually one of my favourite spots: the Parisian rooftops. I was staying in a gorgeous hotel close to the Jardin Tulerie, and I was so lucky to catch a glimpse of January sun as we shot these photos in some of my favourite summer pieces like a peasant top (Collection embellished crepe de chine blouse £112), denim shorts (Broken in denim shorts in Crowley wash £42 ), statement earrings (Mardi Gras earrings £98), cool sunglasses (Illesteva™ Leonard II tortoiseshell sunglasses £290) and of course, a little something monogrammed (Uptown Tote £178)... 











I had so much fun playing dressing up in Paris and produce these posts, I hope you found some valuable shopping tips from them and if you missed my previous Paris post, check them out here:















Find the J.Crew Marais store at:
12 Rue Malher, Paris - +33 1 44 54 57 50
Shop the collection online on 

Photos Eva K. Salvi  

Friday, 31 July 2015

WIT mama Friday: home office



Despite getting all sorts of advice against it, working form home is my absolute favourite thing about  having my own business. I love the flexibility that comes with it, I love having my own, personal space to work in and I love the fact that I don't have to face a morning commute. As with all things, there are a few rules that I’ve had to come up with, especially when I work from home and Greta is around, but aside from this creating and working from my home office has been one of the most fun things ever! My project is far from being finished, so see this post as work in progress, but nevertheless I wanted to share with you some photos of my little working heaven.

My working-from-home rules:

1) Get dressed as if you were going to the office. I’m not going to lie, there are days where I’m just wearing jeans and a T-shirt, but I still make the effort of getting dressed and looking presentable, I do it for myself. I think it helps with my confidence and doesn’t make me feel sloppy.


2) Have working hours. The beauty of working form home is that you can be more flexible than if you were ticking the clock at the office, but nevertheless I try to stick to normal working hours so that at the end of the day I can enjoy some time off with my family. In the mornings I always have a breakfast with Greta and then off I go to the office.


3) Close the door. Greta knows that when the door is closed, mummy is at work and she’s not to be disturbed. It's a simple rule and I've had it from day one, so she finds it normal and accepts it. But there are all sort of other temptations to resist, such as sending a wash or tiding up a shelve. I close the door and that way it's as if I'm not home.


4) Make the space you have work for you. My office is not set in a huge room, I’ve used a portion of our guest bedroom to create my working pace and before buying any furniture I just placed my desk where I thought I would want it and lived with it for a while before figuring out what kind of storage I needed around it. I don’t like for anything to permanently sit on my desk, preferring and empty space, so I have opened for shelves by my desk for the “pretty things” I like to look at and a huge fitted cabinet underneath the bay window to store all the messy things like files and boxes.


5) Organisation is the key to success. I’m a organisational freak and I like to have everything classified and tidy so that my office functions the same as any other office. I have a printer and a scanner, reliable Internet connection and everything I need from stamps to stationer. Oh, and I label everything!


5) Have regular clean outs. Almost on a  weekly basis I will throw away unneeded papers and tick off the various things I added to my “To Do” list. I have it always in front of me on my pin board so that (almost) nothing gets forgotten.


6) Have a "success wall". We all have good and bad work days, especially when you have your own business. I started a "successes wall" where I pin and frame little things that remind me of the good things I've done so far. It can be anything - I everything from my first page I produced for a magazine fifteen years ago to Jenna Lyon's "Good Luck" card she sent me when I started Wardrobe ICONS and funny photos with Petro that remind me of good times. Just a glance at my wall when I'm having a bad day puts a smile on my face!


7) Stick to a colour palette. I'm not an interiors expert and when it come to interiors decoration, I sort of wing it. The best advice I have been given is to stick to a colour palette. I've done just that throughout my flat, and for my office I chose greys with touches of green.

 

 If you like my office's look - here are some of the things I've bought for it, and if I couldn't find the exact same thing, the next best one!


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