Birthday Cake Dates

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Last weekend, I had decided to skip the Fashion Week festivities* in favour of cake and festivities with friends in London and Cambridge instead. After what felt like weeks of endless English rain, the sun was shining with all its might, the temperature was warm enough to go without a coat for a few hours, and it suddenly felt as though spring was on the way. Joy!

So I did whatever I do when I have a sunny day to myself in Cambridge and put on my favourite new dress, dusted off my Pashley for a bike ride around town and met my friend for a walk around town and belated birthday cake (I like to stretch my celebrations out as long as my friends will tolerate) at one of our favourite Cambridge cafes.

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I don’t know about all of you, but I am, by this point, so bored of winter that I simply cannot take another week of dark, heavy layers so I’m injecting a little spring into my wardrobe in the form of girly dresses (teamed with a coat and tights instead of bare legs and a tan), bright lipstick and fun accessories.

I bought this RED Valentino dress (a birthday present to myself and the latest addition to my growing collection from the label) a couple of weeks ago in the Net-a-Porter sale and already I’ve been wearing it repeatedly with a sharp jacket, tights, a beret and this darling glittery Lulu Guinness clutch which has been on permanent rotation this month. 

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Wearing: RED Valentino dress (sold out, but black version on sale at Urban Outfitters + My Wardrobe or similar styles available at Shopbop + Net-a-Porter) // Lulu Guinness glitter Fifi clutch c/- (also available at House of Fraser) // Mulberry bow heels (past season, but similar styles available at Net-a-PorterJ. Crew) // Zara blazer // Karen Walker sunglasses (also available at Saks 5th Ave) // Wolford tights // Michael Kors watch (also available at ASOS + Net-a-Porter) // Mimco bracelet + necklace (past season, but similar styles available at Kate Spade). Beauty note: Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick // Essie ‘Muchi Muchi’ nail polish (also available at Nordstrom).

Love, Miss B xx

*is anyone else as bored of blurry runway photos and ‘what I wore to Fashion Week’ posts as I am?


October in Pictures

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Welcoming the crisp days of autumn. Brightening grey mornings with an abundance of vintage jewels + a favourite new perfume that smells like turkish delight. Buying myself Miu Miu cocktail rings (just because). Fuelling my Baublebar obsession with sparkly crystal necklaces and earrings. Good weekends that start with bunches of fresh flowers and good coffee. A few of my favourite things for October. These adorable little woodland animal jewels (that are also hold tiny pots of lip balm). Wonderful friends who send handwritten cards and boxes of macarons for no particular reason at all. Tiny golden alphabet necklaces from Anna Lou. Packing away my summer wardrobe and making my home fresh and cosy for autumn.

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Never tiring of the thrill of working in Westminster (nor the sound of Big Ben chiming from my desk). Afternoon tea dates with friends to cure hectic weeks. Cosy evenings in tiny neighbourhood restaurants. Pear cocktail and old-fashioned London glamour at the Gilbert Scott at St Pancras. Mastering the office-evening transition and a collaboration with Michael Kors. Pumpkin pie and all the colours of autumn. Cambridge looking lovelier than ever as the leaves turn golden. Punting on the River Cam before the seasons change. Watching the students file past in their gowns as the bells chime on graduation day. Jumping in big piles of autumn leaves.

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Flying to New York and straight down to New Orleans with my BFF Nicolette. The thrill of visiting a new city just waiting to be explored. Arriving in the French Quarter at nightfall (and feeling like I’ve stepped into the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland). After-dark ghost walking tours and tales of pirates and haunted taverns. Pastel buildings and faded grandeur. The smell of cajun spices filling the warm air and doing my best job of eating my way around town (seafood at Gautreau’s, jambalaya at Jacques Imo’s, Cajun Shrimp at Cafe Amelie, coctails at Cure, biegnets at Cafe du Monde, eclairs and coconut + basil gelato at Sucre). Dressing up for Halloween on Frenchmen Street. Horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping down the roads. Exploring the leafy Garden District. The sound of jazz and blues bands floating on the breeze. Treasure-hunting in charming little antique shops all over town. Hopping on another plane back to New York for my next adventure.

I hope you all had a wonderful October!

Love, Miss B xx



Michael Kors + The Perfect Boucle Jacket

I was delighted to have been asked by Michael Kors and Selfridges to be involved in their latest campaign, How I Wear My Kors. Regular readers may remember one of my previous collaborations with the brand here, and when dear Michael asks, the only answer is “of course!” This time around, they again wanted to spotlight real women in their everyday lives. So, true to brief, I raced straight to Selfridges after work, picked up a Kors bag and did a twirl on the street for the camera, then went straight back to my life minutes later. Dividing my time between my day job (in politics) and this blog means that on most weekdays, I look to pieces that can easily transition between all the events I cram into my schedule. I leave home in the morning and will usually be in the office until late, with perhaps a quick meeting squeezed into a lunch break and then a press event or fashion dinner after work before heading home. Ordinarily, twice-daily wardrobe change is usually nonsensical (although I have been known to slip out of a suit and into a pink Valentino dress in the bathroom when I have a special event on, and I am sure my colleagues would also refer you to the many, many pairs of heels stacked under my desk in boxes). So instead I balance feminine dresses, silk blouses and jewels with smart jackets, and bags that mean business to make outfits that work just as easily in the office as they do at a fashion event. In this case, it was an easy cream silk blouse (the sort of go-with-everything piece that all women should have in their wardrobe), sleek black jeans (which I can get away with on those days I don’t have meetings if I dress them up with neat heels and a jacket), sandals I can actually run in, my usual layers of jewels’ the perfect chain-trim boucle jacket (which seems to look just as good either dressed up or down), and this business-like tote bag which managed to fit my iPad, a pair of flats, a magazine and everything else I insist on carrying around every day.

Wearing: Michael Kors jacket, Michael Kors silk blouse and tote bag (borrowed), J. Brand coated jeans (also available here), Kenneth Jay Lane pearl necklace, Jimmy Choo sunglasses (c/), Zara sandals (sold out), Michael Kors watch (also available here and here), Mimco bracelet (past season), Chanel camellia ring (past season). Beauty note: MAC ‘Ruby Woo’ lipstick.

Does your wardrobe need to take you from the office to evening events (and everywhere in between)? I’d love to know your savvy tips if so!

Love, Miss B xx

Photos by Jonathan Pryce

Inside My Bag: Michael Kors Travel Edition

Hello my lovelies! As anyone who follows me on Instagram or Twitter may have noticed, I’ve spent the past month back in Australia (via Bangkok) seeing all my favourite Australian people for the first time in two years (which explains my absence on here; I’m sorry!) and living out of a suitcase in the process.

After hundreds of flights and countless visits to far-flung locations in my lifetime, I’ve got the act of packing down to an art form (although my boyfriend – who points out that my shoes alone weigh as much as his entire luggage every time we travel – would beg to differ).

So when Michael Kors asked me to be a part of their new Instagram campaign (#WhatsInYourKors), it felt only appropriate to share the secrets of my travel bag (the contents of which are still scattered around my living room). Because I want something I can carry on the plane with me (and actually lift into the overhead compartments), but which is still chick enough to land a seat upgrade (if you’re lucky), an oversized handbag is perfect, and this Michael Kors Hamilton tote is about as luxe as travel can get.

I fret at the thought of being without any creature comforts for the duration of a long-haul flight, so my bag is packed with: a paper, book and magazine (a long-haul flight is good for one thing: finally having time to catch up on my reading!), two passports (in a glittery Jimmy Choo cover), tickets and a Luxe travel guide for my destination, a notebook for offline inspiration and scribbling, my iphone (in a Lulu Guinness case) and ipod, Miu Miu sunglasses (for disembarking in style), Jimmy Choo metallic pink purse and Anya Hindmarch golden coinpurse, business cards, spare jewels, Jo Malone perfume, Chanel nailpolish and lipstick, Clarins concealer pen, Aesop face mist and hand cleanser, snacks and a few random souvenirs collected from my travels.
(Not pictured, but also essential: a Louis Vuitton leopard cashmere scarf for snuggling on chilly planes, lip balm, baby wipes, body lotion and a packet of beauty samples for in-flight hydrating and pampering (because cabin air is horrid), water, sleep mask, ear plugs and socks.)

I’d love to know what you all take with you when you travel? Do you have any savvy tips to make packing and flying a more glamorous affair?

Love, Miss B xx

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