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Tuesday 31 August 2010

A last ode to Summer - Look 3 (tan show off)

In my final week on holiday, I've decided to wear all those things that for months I won't be wearing again. Look 3 of "A last ode to summer" and it's time to show off some tan, my tangerine NW3 dress is perfect for just that.  Oh how I'll miss slipping on a short dress, jewelled flats and perfectly pedicured toes for a fun night out!

NW3 Hobbs dress, Vintage belt, Zara sandals

Monday 30 August 2010

A last ode to Summer - Look 2 (cocktails on the beach)

Another day, another Ode to Summer look.  Today lunch at the beach, a little  beach-shop browsing and then the final defining moment of the day, aperitivo-time watching sunset at Ibiza's Blue Marlin.  Throughout the day I  wore my Chanel silk, navy maxi shirt dress with a skinny belt perfect as a chic beach cover-up and as a stylish sunset look (I love the 4 slits that make it float in the wind).

Chanel dress, Prada bag, Vintage sandals, MMJ aviators

The beach shop in Es Torrent
Love the hat!

Some gorgeous silk bikinis in beautiful prints and colours
On the way to the beach in my Chanel beach cover-up
Colorful sarongs
My bag from Ibiza's shopping mecca, Sluiz

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Sunday 29 August 2010

A last ode to Summer - Look 1 (summer nights)

In my final week on holiday, I've decided to wear all those things that for months I won't be wearing again. I want opened-to shoes, I want slinky dresses, bare shoulders, floaty fabrics and bare legs! All of this from the wonderful Island of Ibiza.

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Joseph silk dress, Vintage skinny belt, Mango platforms

Saturday 28 August 2010

Breakfast in Ibiza

In my Missoni caftan and ready for a day at the beach. Just another seven days of Summer looks... and then back to winter in London (strangely can't wait for all that camel, straight trousers and soft leather bags!!)

Missoni caftan, MMJ sunglasses, Vintage sandals

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Friday 27 August 2010

My summer make up bag

I don't wear much make up in the summer, a tan usually does the trick and I like to keep it natural, but I always carry with me a  small beauty case with a few essentials. Here are my make up tools for a glowing-skin, sun-kissed look in case of a night out:

1- Bronzer- Terracotta 4 Seasons
2- Bronzer brush- Laura Mercier
3- Cream blusher- Bobbi Brown in Cabo Coral
4- Body glow- Jemma Kidd in Show Stopper Year Around body glow
5- Mascara- Clinique (travel size) in 01 black 
6- Lipstick- Mac in Morange A66
7- Eye liner- The Balm set of three travel size in black, navy and green
8- Eye brow shaper
9- Pencil sharper
10- Highlighter stick- Clinique 01 Glow Blush
11- Jemma Kidd Dual Illuminator- Cream Highlighter and Shimmer Dust in 01 Burnish
12- Perfume- Prada Fleur d'Orange (travel size)

Thursday 26 August 2010

Nautical look NUMBER 6 - Bermuda shorts

A classic nautical look: beige bermuda shorts and navy t-shirt. My shorts were my mum's, a 1970's Gap style, but below I've found a very similar pair from Mango and a few ideas on how to wear them in the city with a denim shirts and twisted tan belt.

Mango bermuda shorts £49.90  John Lewis

Levi's denim shirt £70 John Lewis and

HM t-shirt, Gap bermuda shorts

Wednesday 25 August 2010

Nautical Look Number 5- Easy Denim

Running errands in the small port where we spent the night in a stripy t-shirt and denim mini skirt.

Cos t-shirt Gap denim skirt Vintage sandals Prada bag MMJ sunglasses

Tuesday 24 August 2010

Nautical Look N4- The stripy dress

Tonight I'm off to dinner in the small harbour and I am wearing the first outfit in days- I'm keeping it nautical in a silk stripy dress from Oasis and flats on deck (strictly no shoes on board!).

Oasis dress, Accessorize trilby

Monday 23 August 2010

Nautical look NUMBER 3 - Bandeau

Strapless, bandeau-style swimwear is by far the best style for tanning at sea. I can sit in the sun or snorkle all day and forget about nasty tan lines. I particularly love my new double-face bikini, it's navy one side and emerald green the other side, you can buy them in many beach towns in Italy but haven't found many elsewhere. I also love the two below. It doesn't come more nautical than underwater for todays pic (courtesy of my sister's new camera). 

Zimmerman Corset bikini £165 and Lisa Marie Fernandes £300 both at netaporter.com

Sunday 22 August 2010

Nautical look NUMBER 2 - Head Scarf

I've always loved the old school glamour of a scarf tied around the head, but living in London I rarely get the chance to pull this look off! However, there are few moments in a fashionistas life where glamour meets practicality and a head scarf becomes a necessity: on a windy sail boat. Here are some of my favorite inspirations for today's look and a few of my favotite finds.

Below Otrera from Netaporter £180 and Fat Face £15

Marni SS 2010

Hermes palying cards with differents ways to tie a scarf
Visit my friend's blog, Style Mood Board, to see more about this trend  http://stylemoodboard.blogspot.com/

Saturday 21 August 2010

Nautical look NUMBER 1 - BB style

Well, not quite! But loved this photo of a teenage Brigitte Bardot sporting the breton top. And since I haven't done a stripy top in a while, I thought I would sport one today on the ferry on the way to the boat. After all, the context is perfect. Forgive me if in the next few days posts will come at odd times of day, but I am in the middle of the sea but will try my best to come up with 5 fabulous nautical looks.

Cos stripy t-shirt, For All Mankind jeans, Vintage sandals, Accessorize hat

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Friday 20 August 2010

Sailor style capsule wardrobe

I am off sailing with my friends for a few days- life is basic, space is limited and a small, practical suitcase a necessity. During the day I live in a bikini, t-shirt and sarong, in the evening a slip-on dress is the most practical (yet stylish) solution. Here is the content of my suitcase and a few of my favorite internet buys for life on deck.

1- Oasis dress for a "smart" night at the restaurant
2- Cos t-shirts for day and night and when the sun becomes too much
3- Asos maxi dress the easiest dress of all
4- YSL asymmetric top - a vintage number from my mother's trunk
5- bikinins- two or three at max
6- jeweled sandals for a stroll in one of the sea towns
7- Gap denim skirt
8- Sarong good for all: sunbathing, scarf, towel and sheet
9- Joseph belt because I never not pack at least one 
10- Black vest that goes with anything
11- Miu Miu white skirt
12- Tops Shop head scarf for B.B look

Heidi Klein bikini, Joseph breton top, J.Brand shorts, Superga trainers and Anya Bag all at my-wardrobe.com Navy and leather belt £8 New Look

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Thursday 19 August 2010

Short Rules

Every year I say it's going to be my last, but as it turns out, every year I make a new set of "rules" to make shorts age appropriate. On the cusp of my 30th birthday, I've come up with my ultimate set of short-rules to live by, baring in mind that I am now talking about shorts, not bermudas, that are on the contrary a wardrobe classic, good at virtually any age. Shorts are anything above mid thigh, whereas hot pants are not even worth mentioning, as they are out of my vocabulary since 2000.

SEASON- I personally only dare a short mid summer, somehow the exposure feels more justifies.  I am comforted by a bit of thigh-tan and the slimming effects it has!
COVERAGE-shorts below covered above, too much flesh is just that: too much. 
SHOES- the temptation to pair with a high heel is high, but flats are just so much more chic. I love chic. Jackie O wore them with Capri sandals. 
MAKE- a well tailored short, with turn ups and concealed seams makes all the difference. When shopping for them I think Stella McCartney.

Vintage top, Warehouse shorts, Joseph belt, Prada sandals

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Wednesday 18 August 2010

Hidden treasures...

I've just spent the morning raiding my mum's wardrobe, which is something I always do when I pass by Florence. She seems to have a never ending supply of amazing pieces, be it a pair of 60's GAP khaki bermuda's ("the first ones ever made", she would add), an anonymous 70's knee length suede skirt ( that happens to be so Chloe next season) or an 80's YSL jacket. When she pulled out these African print wide leg trousers I almsots screamed- Dries Van Noten SS10 collection is all about tribal prints and I absolutely love this trend. Furthermore, everything she hands over to me has an amazing story behind it and feels that extra bit special to say that it's hers. 

Above Dries Van Noten SS10 collection and below Bantu swimwear from Net a-porter.com

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