Well I must apologise for my lack of posting during my recent jaunt to Croatia!! A whirlwind 24 hours had me packing up our MOXHAM pop-up, vacating the space, kissing bye to my boyfriend and flying out of Heathrow at 6AM the next morning. Fast forward a week and I am back in the studio, surrounded by chaos, hundreds of email and a to-do list as long as both arms.
Before we get back to reality I want to share a little of my holiday. Seeing as it is already a distant memory (and I only got back on Saturday night!), I have no tan (I just don't change colour) and some very busy weeks coming up I thought I would live vicariously through your travels and help with your packing. I rounded up the girls on the trip and got them to share their essentials so here goes..
Neon underwear - perfect when you forget your bikini or poking out from under a black dress - the selection at COS is brilliant.
Statement clutch (although this one really puzzles the boys) worn with staple summer sandals.
Paw Paw balm for chapped lips, dry skin and any burn.
The one-piece revolution continues!! This time with low back and large print, ditch the boring bikini!
Whistles pouch - perfect for passport & travel but just as good for night time.
Classic Ray Ban sunglasses
iPhone - pretty essential when you work for yourself!
Trusty beach bag & impractical shoes
BB cream for light coverage and sun protection
This Works moisturiser - they sponsored our pop-up and now all my friends are addicted!
And lastly my edited and slightly dour looking essentials -
Roomy beach bag
Comfortable and preferably black sandals - these are from & Other Stories and did the trick
New Whistles sunglasses which I LOVE
Baseball cap - when your skin is as pale as mine this is a priority!
So there we have it - that's what we lugged to the beautful island of Hvar - what's in your bag??
So unusually for me I spent quite a lot of time in West London this weekend and could probably summarise most of the weekend with the images below...
1. The new song Blurred Lines by Pharrell - I only heard it on Saturday but it's bloody brilliant. Who's with me??
2. The sun rising over the Thames at 5am on Sunday morning after dancing to Pharrell all night.
3. New Whistle's sunglasses - I raved about these in the last post then after the shop assistant gushed about how great they looked (I'm aware this is their job...) they were duly purchased.
I did however manage to fit in a little culture... after four hours sleep and with a thumping headache (and bacon) my boyfriend and I dragged ourselves to the Saatchi Gallery on the Kings Road. Last time I was there I was at LFW and witnessed Vivienne Westwood tottering across the square after her AW show with assistant and minions in tow! Needless to say a sunny(ish) May weekend had attracted a slightly different crowd and the fash pack had been replaced by a lot of sleevless gillets and well dressed children.
The Saatchi Gallery has a couple of exhibitions at the moment of British and Russian art, although neither of them rank as my favourite exhibitions the space is beautiful - below is a selection of some of my favourite pieces as well as some interesting and oversized photography.
With an eclectic week coming up - dinner in Soho tomorrow, Craig David (!) concert on Wednesday, MOXHAM pop-up closing party, leaving the store and flying to Croatia on Saturday - stay tuned for lots more updates!
If I haven't already mentioned that I am going on holiday it is possible that you will hear a lot more about it this week...
A week today I shall be jetting off to Croatia for a week with friends to drink rose, lie by the pool, eat delicious late lunches and swim in the sea. I am EXTREMELY excited and because of this I am going to show you four summer looks I want to replicate poolside.
Starting with accessories (and excuse how Whistles heavy it is but they are really having a moment) and a slightly impractical though thoroughly desirable chain white clutch / shoulder bag - perfect for carefully edited essentials and in this instance to match your shoes in a throwback to the 90's. These sunglasses are very much on my wish list, the thick rims and transparent frames are right up my street. On the jewellery front we have the MOXHAM OTTO cuffs, excuse the egocentric entry but they ARE a bestseller and they do look pretty brilliant on so I think it is allowed. Lastly we have a Saint Laurent - esque black hat which is a no brainer - everyone needs one.
We move on to a medley of tops - our favourite CARO tee in this sunshine yellow by Marina London, white cropped top from Zara, ornate organza from Simone Rocha and a black silk cami from Tibi. Two of these I will own imminently, one of which I will lust after (oh Simone I love you) and I am already in possession of a cut price Zara black camisole which since being purchased has not left my body even though I feel like Mel from All Saints.
So a few themes may be emerging now that we're down to the bottom half...
1. I am loving seperates - ideally a top and skirt, although shorts are a close second.
2. Dresses are OVER - bold statement and seeing as half my wardrobe is dresses a little dramatic.
3. I love block colours - as you can see here i've gone for yellow / white / pink / black and this is an accurate representation of my wardrobe.
Below we have a yellow skirt from Zara which I wore recently in a post with We The People - see here. I also stumbled across this utility skirt from River Island which is incredibly unusual as I never shop there but my fashion PR super friend Hannah told me about their brilliant T-shirts over dinner so I had a little look and found this - love! Thirdly we have a COS, A-line canvas skirt, short enough to be flattering and a beautiful Raspberry colour. Last but by no means least we have another Whistles entry with this wrapover leather skirt which is potentially a little sticky for holiday conditions but it is so good i'm willing to overlook this.
Right, now we're on to the shoes and things are getting serious. Four absolute staples none of which I yet own which will shortly be rectified. These & Other Stories white ankle tie platform sandals are interesting and, despite leaning towards the single sole these days, look modern and droolworthy. On the black front we have some COS classics and the Whistles Kamikaze sandal (shoe 4) which I banged on about recently on our Instagram page. The flats (which I only like to wear when absolutely necessary) are a Celine inspired, cut price Zara version. They do have the potential to be deeply unflattering but the tan, the leather, the simple shape are really ticking the right boxes for me and may just be the perfect way to dress down this summer's hottest colour - oh god I LOVE pink!
For now I am wearing black jeans, grey Uniqlo t-shirt, oversized blazer and the XENO cuffs and am still a bit chilly - London as always is a little slow on the summer front but... did I mention i'm going on holiday?
So now you know who we are let me show you around!
As mentioned previously we recently opened up our own pop-up store in London's Covent Garden - it has been a wonderful couple of weeks meeting our customers, catching up with bloggers and friends, having a fantastic launch party and meeting lots of new faces.
We have kept the shop space simple - clean lines, graphic shapes and simple textures. The pieces lie on wooden boards on table tops with black descriptions and pricing keeping things clear and concise.
We opened on Monday the 29th April and this snap by best friend Helen shows my relief after a long day of fitting the store on the Sunday.
We then went for a well deserved burger and chips at Honest Burgers in Brixton, South London. For anyone visiting or yet to explore South London I would thoroughly reccomend this (as well as new craft beer pub The Crown & Anchor and Fujiyama for Sushi!*)
(* Had this last night after closing shop and writing this post - totally delicious with prosecco from the newsagents!!)
We are continually documenting our day to day activity and exciting news on our Instagram page and this is what we have been up to this week:
1. I am lusting after these shoes!! Called the Kamikaze and from Whistles it is the perfect summer sandal - Celine-esque ankle strap and low heel for holiday strolling, dancing and drinking. Should I??
2. The oh so sweet and very talented Jessie Bush from We The People Style popped into the store and took this photo of me weaing my MOXHAM tee.
3. The pop-up shop as featured in this week's Time Out magazine.
4. The aforemenioned MOXHAM tee - look out for it in Autumn / Winter.
5. Sporting a hood and lots of layers on a cold, rainy weekend.
6. Wearing Nelly shoes, Zara yellow skirt and our new XENO cuff.
7. Who says MOXHAM is just for girls..?! A friend and I wearing the white and black long-line ARROW necklaces.
9. I love a great bit of design and this invite ticks all the boxes. Note the white nail varnish - a favourite!
10. Draped, all in black and wearing a fedora in the store.
11. New Whistles clutch and beautifully illustrated postcard.
12. The ARROW necklace (which also doubles as the OTTO cuff)
13. Pink COS dress and Isabel Marant shoes on a sunnier day.
14. Wearing my jungle print outfit at our store launch with the MARLOWE necklace.
15. With my fantastic team - Verity, Sherida and Kat.
16. Cucumber cocktail and Dirty Burger at Shoreditch House on the Bank Holiday weekend*.
17. White shoes and orange perspex clutch on a shoot with my wonderful friend and designer Marina.
18. White leather sandals and red trousers in Soho.
19. Fantastic blogger Louisa Lau and friend from our launch party.
20. Mariella in the MARLOWE.
21. Marina and friends...
22. Me and best friend Helen.
23. Hanging outside the store and clutching a copy of this month's Elle - spot the MARLOWE in it!
24. ... and we end on a soppy note - kissing my MOXHAM t-shirt wearing boyfriend George.
So now I have introduced you to some wonderful new designers, bloggers and places - go forth and explore!