Bow and Arrow

A Girl, A Style _ Bow & Arrow
A Girl, A Style _ Bow & Arrow 3

Confession: I despise the concept of fast-fashion. Of course I’ll indulge in fun, inexpensive updates to my wardrobe each season just like everyone else (and I must do an ASOS at least a few times a month), but generally I prefer to see my wardrobe as a collection of treasures which I curate, edit and build upon each season and love for years to come. Like any collector, I have my weaknesses that I’m drawn to again and again; give me a French detail (little black dresses, breton stripes, pearls and chain-strap bags), lucky charms and love talismans (cupid’s arrows, lip motifs, hearts and wishbones), or put a bow on anything (it must be chic, never twee) and I’m powerless to resist.

On this blog, you’re far more likely to see me wearing a mix of a new favourite items teamed with the pieces I’ve owned and loved for years and years rather than a head-to-toe look I’ve just bought that week and might never wear again. That’s not how I dress in my daily life, and it’s not how I like my wardrobe; I don’t believe in consumerism just for the sake of it, and will only buy things if I know I’m going to get mileage out of them. Whilst that probably makes me a bad blogger (I rarely post the latest trends just to drive sales), it does mean that if something appears on here, it’s because I genuinely love and wear that item (and think you might too).

A Girl, A Style _ Lulu Frost
A Girl, A Style _ Corpus Christi Clock Cambridge
A Girl, A Style _ Bow & Arrow 2

Take this outfit, for example: I bought this little Marc Jacobs ‘Stam’ bag about 12 years ago (I loved it so much I invested in three versions of the same bag and still bring them out each year, because to me they’re classics), these sunglasses were a gift from my fiancé about 10 years ago (they’re so classic that they’re still Chloe’s bestsellers every season), and I bought these Louboutin heels a few years ago and still love them (even though they’re entirely impractical). Throw in a dress which works as well on weekends as it does at the office (it’s both fun and classic at the same time) and some jewels which feel like vintage treasures, and it’s the perfect formula.

So my point is this: invest a little more in those labels and pieces that make you the happiest (they’re usually the items you are drawn to again and again, regardless of trends), treasure them for years and just add a few fun new things into the mix to keep things fresh each season.

If you embrace the items you can’t help but collect, then your wardrobe will always feel like a curation of treasures.

A Girl, A Style _ Marc Jacobs Stam Bag
A Girl, A Style _ Bow & Arrow 6Wearing: Carven dress (sold out, but similar styles here) // Christian Louboutin heels (old, but similar styles here) // Marc Jacobs bag (old, but available here) // Lulu Frost necklace (old, but similar styles here) // Lulu Frost earrings (similar style here) // Kenneth Jay Lane ring // Chloe sunglasses.
Beauty: MAC ‘Ruby Woo’ lipstick // Deborah Lippmann nail polish // NARS ‘Impassioned’ blush

Which pieces do you collect time after time? I’d love to hear about your most treasured items and talismans!

Love, Miss B xx

Photos by Amber-Rose

June Loves

1. Wearing: I’ve been wearing this big Kenneth Jay Lane pearl cluster necklace on constant rotation with everything from a party dress and heels to breton stripes and jeans. In fact, I think it is so perfect that I also bought two of these matching oversized pearl bracelets (one for each wrist); just like a certain Chanel version, but for less than one tenth the price.

2. Sparkling: I want to be the sort of girl who wears big, fabulous statement earrings with a chic bun, but in reality there is always too much of a sparkly statement going on around my neck for earrings to be able to compete. Instead, I prefer the teeniest tiny whimsical golden studs, like these Marc Jacobs hearts or these Bing Bang lucky charms.

3. Buying: I like clothes that look like they’d belong on either a five year old girl at a birthday party, or a cool Parisian coquette, and this silk floral print Band of Outsiders dress (also available here) seems to tick both of those boxes and is pretty perfect in my eyes. I’ll dress it up with sparkles and high sandals, dress it down with sunglasses and suede ankle boots, and take it into winter with a boyfriend blazer and opaques.

4. Small luxuries: Weekend trips to the farmers market to buy armfuls of blousy pink peonies (a few of these on the bedside table is the prettiest sight to wake up to) and the first English strawberries of the season. Perfect!

5. Play: Trooping the Colour with The Queen, weekends at the polo (hello, posh men on ponies), Cambridge ‘May Week’ soirees and games of croquet in college gardens.

6. Beauty note: June calls for tanned skin, tousled hair, pastel nails and a spritz of Jo Malone‘s orange blossom perfume (summer in a bottle).

7. On my wishlist: These impossibly gorgeous Carven blush pink silk bow heels (also on sale in scarlet red here and here) are at the very top of my wishlist (a potential souvenir when I go to Paris next month, I think…). Granted, they’re hardly practical (pink silk and English rain are hardly a good pairing), but I’ll always say ‘yes‘ to shoes that make my feet look like presents.

8. Listening to: Phoenix are the soundtrack to my summer (I can’t resist a cute French man…), and their new album Bankrupt is so catchy it is just made to accompany bike rides on golden spring evenings.

9. Watching: I’ve been struck by a wave of adolescent nostalgia of late, and have been watching all my old favourites on repeat (Dawson’s Creek, The OC, Clueless…). Highbrow: no, fun: yes!

10. For the home: Following my own advice, I’ve been all about primping my home this month, so every cupboard and space is being de-cluttered, organised and prettified (because a good cleanse is wonderful for the soul). Shoe-shopping has temporarily been replaced with buying new fluffy towels, crisp linen (I get mine here) and gorgeous new lights (I’ve just ordered this), planting lavender, mint and white geraniums on the windowsill and hanging some fresh pictures on the walls. Domestic bliss!

I hope you’re all having a lovely month! And as always, I would love to hear what your favourite things are currently (do share in the comments).

Love, Miss B xx

 

July Loves

A few of the things I adore this month:

1. Wearing: I had this Carven pinafore dress (just like a toddler’s pinafore for grown-ups) on my wishlist for months, and picked it up on sale at Net-a-Porter. It’s already a firm favourite; being worn with silk blouses and tshirts and pearls and bow heels.

2. Sparkling: This J. Crew crystal necklace which seems to go with everything and makes each outfit more sparkly, and these fun lolly-pink gem earrings (a bargain at ASOS) to add a touch or 50s glamour to an otherwise plain outfit.

3. Watching: The London Olympic Games kick of this week, and I’ll be at the opening ceremony (cheering on one of my best friends in the world, who is a volunteer performer).

4. Buying: These too-silly-to-pass-up Olympics souvenir knickers from Stella McCartney are far better than any other Olympic paraphernalia I’ve come across.

5. Small luxuries: Care packages from home that contain confetti, hand-written letters and all my Australian favourites (Australian Vogue, Frankie, Haighs chocolates, dried peaches and Cadbury black forest bars). Thank you Wee Birdy for sending me some Australian love!

6. Playing: Treasure-hunting at Portobello Road market, pottering around Notting Hill in the sunshine and brunching with dear friends.

7. Beauty note: Nars Copacabana illuminator stick to make me glow as though I’ve just come back from somewhere far more exotic.

8. On my wishlist: This blush pink ‘Emma’ clutch from Kate Spade quite simply needs to come and live with me. A Jane Austen novel that is actually a bag? I can’t resist!

9. Listening to: The sunshine has (at long last!) come out to play in England. So I’m going on cycle rides all over Cambridge with the sounds of my favourite French pop in my ears (Brigitte Bardot, Nouvelle Vague, Vanessa Paradis, Francoise Hardy). Ooh la la!

10. For my home: Throwing open the windows and filling my house with warm breezes, cut flowers and the smell of fresh basil growing on my windowsill.

I’d love to hear what’s making you smile this month!

Love, Miss B xx