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Wednesday 21 December 2011

A day in my life..

7.45am alarm clock go off. 
I never manage to get out of bed before 8.00 Why oh why is the bed just so comfy in the morning!?!

I open my cupboard and think: "What shall I wear today?" A quick look outside at the weather always helps make that decision. Today it's sunny and bright and I opt for an A-line grey wool dress from Joseph with thick tights.

'm usually almost ready. Make up takes five minutes: tinted moisturiser, a bit of bronzer, mascara, lip balm and this week I'm having and eye liner moment. Love this Bobbi Brown one I got sent- it's like a precision marker pen for your eyes!

Next question is: "What shoes today?"

I'm opting for my Chanel biker boots- I've got a busy day of running around and can't do heels...

I'm out of the door! (most days...)

I've downloaded the cheesiest Michael Buble Christmas album last night... but I LOVE it and listen to it on the way to work. .

train to work. SQUASHED like every morning. Thank goodness Michael is keeping my spirit up!

I have a breakfast meeting with the lovely girls from The Gap and Banana Republic press office at a great London breakfast spot called Automat. It's like an American 60's style diner- fabulous!

Here I am with my colleague Emily RED's new addition to the fashion team. She is the Executive Fashion and Beauty director- very complicated job.

I have boiled eggs and soldiers- yum!

 I'm back at my desk- I open my post (we get a lot of post every day) catch up on email (we get a lot of emails every day) and get up to speed with my amazing assistant Lucy. We decide what's the plan for the day, I look at proofs, finalise and sign off pages and start working on my pages. At the moment I am working on the April issue!

Lucy is the shopping section co-pilot and a lot of the pages you see in Red are of her creation. Like this one in the January issue which I LOVE

And here she is!

Off again- in the lift on my way to a lunch meeting

I jump back in a cab back to work.. My cab driver is hilarious and tells me all about the celebrities he has driven in is life time (I don't know half of them..)

Back at my desk and it's head down time. I'm doing a tricky page called "Shoe or outfit?" which is all about one investment piece or a whole outfit. It's a really fun page to do but getting the prices to match can be a bit tedious.. so I'm stuck in the fashion cupboard planning it out

Tea time and a little fooling around.Meet a few more of my Red colleagues. Here is Alex, senior fashion assistant at Red. Her job is assisting our boss, the fashion and creative director, styling the fashion openers, accessories shoot and much much more. Alex has amazing style, is the single most tidy and organised person I know and is a little busy bee, but more on her very soon....

Lauren and Koulla are the fashion interns and are such a joy to have around. Here they are with their infamous style.com mood boards calling in looks for one of the contributor's fashion shoots next year...

I'm off to meet my husband for dinner and movie just the two of us before the family invasion tomorrow. But before I go I get an amazing early Christmas present from Dior. I'm so excited because I think I know what it is!

And it is. It's the Patrick Demarchelier Dior couture book!

7.10 Bus time to meet my husband. I love taking the bus home- gives me a chance to call my friends, read my personal emails or just do nothing. Tonight I call my Nonna and chat all the way to the restaurant.

From the window I glimpse outside... everything looks so festive, I love London at Christmas! 

Sherlock Holmes and brain off here I come!

Home and goodnight x

Monday 19 December 2011

No I'm not in some tropical location..  and it's actually freezing today! Just a  quick snap and off to work, it's my last week in the office and things are manic!

French Connection coat, Joseph gilet, HM tights, Chanel bag and boots

Thursday 15 December 2011

Goinga  bit rockn' roll today with my J.Brand snakeskin print jeans! 

Vintage fur coat, uniqlo jumper, J.Brand jeans, See by Chloe boots, Chanel bag

They also come in a  more wearable navy and beige

Wednesday 14 December 2011

Another great bargain alert!

After the great New Look coat we all loved I though I would flag up another great buy. Do you remember this French Connection coat I used for the shopping opener of RED for my coat special back in October? Click here if not,  but it's now down from £200 to £100 online. I love mine, it gives  a smart, sharp touch to anything I wear. One tip: go for a size smaller than your usual one as it comes up a bit big.

French Connection coat, Joseph dress and belt, See by Chloe boots, Chanel bag, Top Shop earmuffs 

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Shopping at Liberty's

Lunch brake time and I'm popping over to one of my all time favorite London department stores: Liberty. If you are visiting London make sure you go and take a look because it's just amazing. Aside from being one of the most beautiful buildings in London, it hold the most gorgeously edited selection of fashion, accessories beauty and homewear as well as the world-famous liberty print fabrics and accessories. I'm heading to the 4th floor for some last minute Christmas tree decorations, they have an exquisite range!

One of my favourite departments.. the chocolate shop!

The Christmas decorations inside the shop floor are always so chic- I love the little stars!

I love Liberty's packaging- the purple bags and ribbon always make an impression..

They have an amazing website and great mailing service- check it out below


Monday 12 December 2011

Shopping for an occasion

Happy Monday everyone, here I am at my new desk! Today I 'm wearing a pair of blue trousers I bought at the outlets back in September. At the moment I'm loving coloured trousers and at the week end bought a pair to wear on Christmas day. I love shopping for an occasion and saving the wear for a specific day. These fab red trousers from French Connection are on sale and look fabulous on, I'm going to wear with killer heels and a cosy jumper on Christmas day. For Boxing Day I've opted for a stretchy wool dress to wear with opaques and flats. Still looking for fun pretty dress for Christmas eve... thinkind red or black..
My Chritmas day trousers..

My Boxind Day dress..

Thursday 8 December 2011

Red PARTY shoot out this week!!

Oh how I love a party issue! I had so much fun thinking about fabulous pages for my Red readers I couldn't not do a post and share a bit of party fun with WIT readers too. Opening the section, the perfect clutch bag in jewel tones from Jaeger...

 Here are a few of my favorite pages including my shoot illustrated by the amazing Vic Riches that also did the dreamy illustrations at my wedding. Check her fantastic blog out vicriches.blogspot.com

My shoot was all about the 6 party essentials: the modern LBD, the new black tie, the wow accessories, the perfect pant,the holiday-season coat and glam tux. Below is my favorite sparkly dress from French Connection...
If sparkly dresses are not your thing you can always opt for one of my "10 of the best" edit of LBD's- dress them up or down with killer heels or comfy flats and wear with different accessories on Xmas and New Year.
My favorite is Jaeger top right but I also really like this was that is on sale too!
Grown-up and chic. Perfect!

And obviously my Whistles crush...

There's also a  page dedicated to the festive prints of all: stars!

And no shoot is complete without a sparkly shoe- which one would you go for? 

My favorite cheapy is this Mango £69.90 and my favorite expensive is this Miu Miu £400 at Net-a-porter
Hope you enjoy the Jan issue of Red this week end xx
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