November Loves

1. Play: Twirling around outdoor ice rinks beneath the glittering London sky (in my head this is with an elegant ease; in reality, I suspect, far less so…)

2. On my wishlist: I think it’s about time I finally give in and buy myself this beautiful Miu Miu necklace (that has been on my wishlist for months and months)

3. For my home: Burning scented candles each evening to make coming in from the cold feel like a luxurious affair. And just because I have a thing for woodland creatures, this squirrel match holder/strike must come and live with me.

4. Buying: Come wintertime and the festive season, I do love a snuggly, fun knit. I’ve already added three fluffy sweaters to my wardrobe this season (which I have been wearing with everything from dresses and skirts to tailored shorts and sharp trousers; always accompanied by a smattering of jewels and the collar of a blouse peeking out at the neckline), and have just added this perfect navy jewel-adorned number from Topshop to the mix.

5. Watching: There are few mythical men I adore more than James Bond, and a Skyfall movie date with the Clever Boyfriend (who I have virtually bullied into becoming a Bond fan too…) has sparked a month-long James Bond marathon in our household.

6. Small pleasures: Chilly evenings spent luxuriously hibernating indoors with a cup of tea and a stack of books (I’m currently re-reading this beautiful edition of The Great Gatsby, amongst others). I am so rock ‘n’ roll…

7. Sparkling: Glittering cocktail rings with rich burgundy manicures. This star ring by Kenneth Jay Lane is pretty much perfect!

8. Wearing: I’m currently wearing embellished collars with everything (blouses with a crystal-studded collar, dresses with a sparkly peter pan collar, jumpers with a bejwelled neckline). I love this adorable (and budget-friendly) detachable version that can be popped over everything this winter.

9. Beauty note: A deep red pout (I’m currently favouring Chanel Rouge Allure no. 71 in Fatale and MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo) paired with rich burgundy nails (Chanel’s classic Rouge Noir or the sparkling limited-edition Malice or Orly On The List are current favourites) add a hint of glamour on cold days.

10. Listening to: Evenings in are turned suddenly more luxurious with a steady stream of moody jazz and big band standards. It’s all about Ella (Fitzgerald), Frank (Sinatra) and Nina (Simone) at cocktail hour…

I would love to hear some of your current favourite things!

Love, Miss B xx

 

Fuschia Mania

Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs, image from Style.com

It is officially summer (even if the weather does insist on the monsoonal rainstorm which is currently mocking me outside as I write this). Endlessly long, balmy days bring with it the desire to eat nothing but salads and juicy fruit and dress in lively bright colours. Normally a colour-phobe (my wardrobe consists predominantly of white, black, grey, and soft blush tones), I’m suddenly craving a shot of fuschia to lift things.

As seen backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Prada, fuschia lips or cheeks looks fun and young if worn against an otherwise restrained palette (please, no Malibu Barbie style dressing!). For the best shades there are, turn to Nars’ Schiap or Mac’s Pink Nouveau.

L-R: Blazer by Isabel Marant, Nars cheek tint in Cadaques, Christian Louboutin Mount St heels

Similarly, a single fuschia accent looks au courant when worn against a backdrop of nude, grey, or black clothes. For those in the southern hemisphere and about to enter the winter months, nothing lifts a grey day like this Isabel Marant blazer or hot pink lips in a sea of greige.

However don’t feel this trend should stop with your makeup bag and wardrobe – it also looks wonderful as an accent in your home. As a bunch of cerise peonies, a chandelier or lamp, a chair, a cushion or an entire wall – a shot of bright fuschia is both fun and chic. I’m lusting after this pink Kartell chair, and how gorgeous is Ines Fressange’s pink Parisian office?

L-R: Kartell pink Frilly chair, Ines Fressange’s home office (image from theselby.com), a single item of pink furniture looks brilliant against a stark white backdrop

Growing up, I was lucky enough to live in a grand Victorian villa in a leafy suburb. My mother, who had impeccable (but always adventurous) taste, had our whole dining room painted the same bright shade of pink. It was a marvelously quirky contrast against the grand high ceilings and 17th century carved dining table – and I’m sure it made dinner parties that much more fun. I always vowed to have a dining room the same colour when I have a house of my own.

What colour are you craving at the moment?

Love, Miss B xx