Just Like Sunday

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This weekend was exactly what I needed. I’ve finally recovered from the election (I haven’t  stayed up literally all night like that since I was at University and had six essays all due in my final week before graduation) and a frenetic few months in Parliament and have finally been able to relax for the first time in ages. The Clever Fiancé was overseas for work, so on Saturday I made the most of my first day with no plans in weeks and headed to Notting Hill for an all-day date with myself (every girl needs them occasionally): a much-needed primp and polish session at my favourite salon (Taylor Taylor on Portobello Road for those who ask), lunch at Ottolenghi, a little shopping at Aesop and Diptyque and treasure-hunting on Portobello Road, and wandering around those gorgeous leafy, pastel streets in the sunshine.

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On Sunday – he fresh off the plane and in need of caffeine and sustenance to help stay awake all day, me in need of juice and weekend newspapers – we headed out for the kind of long, lazy dates Sundays were made for: lunch, sunshine (which, in typical English fashion, lasted until precisely the minute we took these photos) and a walk through a few of our favourite colleges.

I threw on my ‘lazy weekend’ uniform (when it’s too warm for tights but not yet warm enough for breezy dresses, it’s always an iteration of the easy top, blazer and denim combination) that always feels like Sunday. It takes 5 minutes flat to get ready and you’re good to go wherever your weekend plans take you; I just add heels (only if I’m cycling instead of walking, and otherwise it’s chic ballet flats or ankle boots), sunglasses (these Miu Miu cat eye sunglasses seem to go with every single thing I own) and bright lipstick to yesterday’s hair and the most comfortable clothes I own to make it look as though I have made an effort, when really I haven’t.

Gloriously lazy weekends; you’re really rather wonderful.

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Wearing: Current Elliott boyfriend jeans (also available at Shopbop + Net-a-Porter) // Whistles linen tee (now on sale at ASOS + also available in black) // vintage Ralph Lauren blazer (similar style here) // Lulu Guinness ‘Edie’ bag c/- (also available at Harvey Nichols + House of Fraser) // Miu Miu sunglasses c/ SunglassesShop (also available at Bergdorf Goodman + John Lewis) // BaubleBar necklace c/- // Christian Louboutin heels (sold out, but similar styles available at Neiman Marcus + Saks) // Michael Kors watch (also available at Shopbop) // Lulu Frost crystal ring (that’s still acting as my stand-in engagement ring until I can make a decision!) // Alex Monroe ‘love’ ring // ASOS pearl ring // Jacquie Aiche heart ring. 
Beauty: NARS ‘Greta’ audacious lipstick (also available at John Lewis + Selfridges)// NARS ‘Orgasm’ blush (also available at Liberty + ASOS) // Deborah Lippmann ‘Shape of my Heart’ nail polish (also available at Selfridges).

I’d love to know: what are your favourite lazy-weekend pursuits? Do you have an easy weekend uniform?

Love, Miss B xx

Breton Stripes & Boyfriend Jeans

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Summer is on its way out in England, and I’m trying to make the most of these last balmy evenings before they disappear for the year. Of all my beloved Cambridge pastimes, there is little I adore more than lazy summer evenings spent idling on the River Cam. At Kings (the grandest of all the colleges), the river bank is not accessible to the general public, so we usually have the entire stretch of bank to ourselves.

Often, I’ll meet the Clever Boyfriend there after work, and we will have a picnic for supper, stretched out on the grass with cheese and strawberries from the market and some bread to feed to the resident swans (who always come to say hello).

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As we sit there together in the shade of the willow trees – the Kings chapel swooping into the sunset in front of us, the college cows grazing in the grass behind, and the punts floating up the river at our feet – it always feels more like a perfect literary moment from an entirely different era than real life.

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Wearing: Petit Bateau top c/- (also available at Urban Outfitters) // Current Elliott boyfriend jeans (also available at ASOS + Net-a-Porter) // Chanel bag // Mulberry heels (past season but similar style here + here) // Miu Miu sunglasses (also available at Bloomingdale’s + John Lewis) // J. Crew pearls (also available in a less-expensive faux pearl version) // J. Crew crystal necklace // Bauble Bar necklace c/- // Kenneth Jay Lane pearl bracelet (sold out, but similar style available at J. Crew + Shopbop) // Mimco bracelet (past season).
Beauty note: Chanel ‘Extatique’ lipstick // NARS ‘Orgasm’ blush (also available at John Lewis) // Essie ‘Muchi Muchi’ nail polish (also available at Target + Liberty). 

Love, Miss B xx

Photos by Beth Morton

The Dandy Pink Trousers

One glance in my wardrobe and it becomes apparent that I have a pretty solid ‘uniform’ of black (in the form of blazers and jackets galore, skinny jeans and slouchy tailored tapered pants), white (dresses and silk blouses in various incarnations), sharp tuxedo shirts, and the occasional flash of preppy blue, faded denim and blush pink (summer) or emerald green (winter) accents. All worn with super high heels, a Chanel bag and a few kilos of jewels, naturally. In fact, until now, I could count on a single hand the number of garments in my wardrobe that could even remotely be considered ‘bright’. It took me a while to really settle into a particular style that felt like my own, so I’ve tended to stick with it fairly solidly for the past few years – shopping for the perfect items rather than the latest trends. But after seasons of searching for the ultimate wardrobe building blocks – or maybe it’s just an over-enthusiasm for colour and light after months of European winter – I’ve decided it’s time to break out of the rut and have some fun with my wardrobe.

These unashamdely lolly-pink Current/Elliott chinos were the spoils of a recent Net-a-Porter binge (along with the black crochet lace tee and another blush silk top from Sandro, one of my favourite labels at the moment) one sunny Spring day recently. They remind me of the perfect shade of peachy-pink lipstick (which I’m still hunting for – if anyone finds it, send suggestions my way!) and the dandy bright chinos the preppy Cambridge boys wear each summer.* And despite their shouty brightness, their classic shape seems to magically work with all my usual clothes when black trousers or dark jeans feel too hot and heavy.

I’m going to rename them my ‘magic pants’, 1) for getting me out of my rut for Spring (which has in turn has made me suddenly crave an entire collection of clothes the colour of a box of Laduree macarons), and 2) because no matter what, it’s impossible to frown when my legs look this fun and happy. Pull something like this on, add a favourite pair of heels and some bright lipstick and you’ve got an instant sunny disposition!

Top: Sandro, Pants: Current/Elliot, Shoes: Isabel Marant, Clutch: Lulu Guinness, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelet and cat-eye sunglasses: Mimco

Have you tried anything uncharacteristically new lately? How do you have fun with your wardrobe?

Love, Miss B xx

* The sight of the preppy Cambridge rowing or cricket captains in their bright raspberry or red chinos, worn with crested blazers or white linen shirts rolled at the sleeves, is always a sartorial highlight of my blissfully lazy days spent luxuriating on the banks of the river in summer.

P.S. Since so many of you email me asking for more personal style posts, I’ve decided to finally relent and post more regular outfit/personal shots (despite the demonstrable absence of a model’s body and a photographer boyfriend…). As always, I’m more than happy to take suggestions for particular things you’d like to see on here.