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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Join me (for the first time) at Vogue FNO!

I've been so excited to tell you that for the very first time, I get to take part at Vogue's Fashion Night Out! I'm partnering up with L.K. Bennett to host a shopping evening that promises to be a lot of fun. There will be drinks, canapes lots of fabulous shoes, bags and accessories and even a dressing up photo booth where we all get to wear our favourite LK's and get sharing on social media. Plus a little surprise (read on...)

L.K.Bennett invites you to celebrate front row style with an exclusive party and live window installation for Vogue magazine’s annual celebration of fashion.

Special guest Laura Fantacci, Stylist & Editor of wearingittoday.co.uk, will be on-hand to style you in FROW-worthy looks, to be live streamed online. Share your look on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LKBFROW for the chance to win a capsule wardrobe of L.K.Bennett essentials designed by Laura.

With Sophie Mackaill DJing and luxury nail brand Orly offering mini treatments, customers will be offered a luxury gift with purchase, drinks and canapes.

Tuesday 23 September
31 Brook Street, W1K 4HF

 Hashtags for the night:

Now you know me, I always like to think of something extra special for my beloved WIT readers and this time I've chosen an entire capsule wardrobe of my favourite L.K. Bennett items that one lucky attendee will win. There's my favourite fur lined biker boots, a grey cashmere sweater to be paired with panelled leather leggings, the perfect black court, (my) black tote bag, a classic pea coat and a pair of snakeskin slip on trainers. ALL FOR YOU chosen by moi!

All you have to do is rock up on the evening (come and say Ciao!) and fill in a raffle ticket.

See you there!
Tuesday 23 September
31 Brook Street, W1K 4HF

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The making of Greta's birthday party

I could have so spared myself the extra work involved in organising a children's birthday party (especially since I'm working night and day at the launch of my new project), but those of you who know me know that I certainly like to make the most of every minute in my day and that I don't do things with half measures, so two months ago I embarked in project GZ turns two.

It all started with a Pinterest board of my vision of Greta's second birthday, last year the theme was the circus so lots of red and animals (you can see a post here) but this year I wanted to go to town with the girlieness, so I decided on "Glitter and Neon".

Marks and Spencer glitter shoes

The inspiration came from this birthday cake and from a beautiful linen and neon turquoise table cloth that a friend of mine gave me for my birthday. I wanted to use both and that was the start of it.

For the invitations I actually managed to a make my life simple and opted for Paperless Post. You can chooses from hundreds of different invitation and custom them to make them really your own (there is also an option to print them if you want to). I decided on this invite to tie into the neon theme.

Then came the details. On my shopping list were clear balloons, turquoise paper cups and plates, wooden cutlery and gold gold glitter tape. I got most things from Amazon that is often reasonably priced (I can't bring myself to spend lots of money on paper cups or disposable cutlery!) and would always favour Not on the Highstreet for something that I will keep for other birthday parties too.

I am relatively frugal when it come to these things and I also really like to make things. I always save glass jars to use them as vases or to put all sorts of things in them, so this time I tied some turquoise glitter string around the edges to put my wooden cutlery in them (I was going to tie them as per my Pinterest board but then I though that it's really impractical!)

Greta's cake topper is divine and I will be able to use it for many years to come. I got it from www.notonthehighstreet.com and they are £5 each.

Last year I was really fussy about food and I now realise everything was so boringly healthy.. poor Greta! So this year I'm throwing all my good principles away for a day and there will be pizza, popcorn, mini ice creams and cakes only!

I loved this idea and decided to reproduce it exactly. I discovered Peach and Blossom party supplies last year and got some miniature milk bottles and gold straws from them.

Come back on Friday to see how my cake turned out, what was in the party bags and how my vision came together!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Boyfriend shirt + culottes

Today I'm going from a meeting with our techie team to filming a video at London Fashion Week, then back to the office and then to a board room presentation with one if the biggest fashion names out there - what to wear for all?! I'm literally running from one end of town to the other all day so I have flats in my bag for when my feet need a break (although these old J.Crew's are pretty comfy) and my Current Elliott boyfriend shirt and Whistles leather culottes make the perfect classic meet on trend outfit for all occasions. See you on Instagram! 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Have you been in... Whistles lately?

This season I am skipping almost entirely all fashion weeks - Petro and I are too busy with the #witproject and we need to put all our energies into getting ready to launch. However, this week end end I have two events I've decided to go to attend and both of them require a "bit of an outfit". I'm not buying anything new for them (I can't I can't I can't) but that doesn't stop me from popping my head into a store (or two) and trying some things one for you

Whistles maxi dress £650
So I happened to be in Whistles and spotted quite a few fabulous thing starting with this black, asymmetric maxi dress (too pricey for me but WHAT a buy!). It's super long at the back and then short at the front. I suppose you could wear it really smart, but I would dress it down and and wear it with a statement flat in the day. 

Leather culottes £395
They also had some amazing T-shirts, really simple but beautifully cut and of a great cotton quality plus a grey jumper that was really similar to the Isabel Marant one I bought last season (and still treasure today). And then of course all coats were so flattering on and I love the shoes and ankle boots too. I left with the leather culottes... Don't judge me! 

Black leather culottes £395
Longline split end T-shirt £40
Tila pointed mule £155
Motoko black maxi dress £650
Masa knitted grey jumper £175
Julia textured navy coat £350
all from Whsitles

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Statement shirt (for the day)

I tried to resist wearing my J.Crew shirt again so soon after the Sloane Square event, but I just couldn't! The good news is that although it's a great evening/dress up piece it can also totally be dressed down with jeans and trainers, and today I am doing just that for a day in the office. Plus, between us, with a price tag like that... we better make the most of it! So if you have this shirt or bought it at the event, please email/Tweet/Instagram me at @WITblog with a pic of how you wear yours - I need all the inspiration I can get!

J.Crew Collection jewelled bib shirt £498

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Wait for it...

After such a busy evening last night (what a fabulous do and thank you again for everyone that came along!) I woke up this morning and thought: "This is a jeans and T-shirt kind of day". But then I looked at my wardrobe and realised that my leather skirt is just as comfortable as my jeans, and my new Valentino flats are just as comfortable as my slip ons... So why not! Same time getting dressed, same comfort factor but quite a substantially different end result. Plus today, going against all my hand bag principles I'm wearing (wait for it) a £12 Primark bag as seen on my fabulous nanny. I didn't make the trip to the store (can't face it) but I did ask her to grab me one!! 

See all pics from last night on my Pinterest photo diary!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Today you will mostly find me...

... HERE and HERE live, from London as I get ready for my #jcrewxlaurafantacci event tonight.
If you want to see what I was up to yesterday, click here to see my Pinterest photo diary.

x Laura

See you tomorrow!

Happy Monday! Today I have a super busy day at work: first breakfast  in town with a PR, then I need to pop by on a (very exciting) shoot and the I'm heading to the new  J.Crew store to see how tomorrow's party is shaping up. 

I can't wait to see you all, I've heard that lots of you have RSVP'd and it all promises to be another super fun evening. Please come and say hi and don't forget to Tweet and Instagram all your photos to @WITblog and @jcrew and hashtag #jcrewxlaurafantacci to help me collect all our photos for my  Pinterest photo diary from the night. Check out the one from last time here.

satin shorts £168 and cashmere jumper £298 with leopard print shoes £175
and earrings £45 all J.Cre

Friday, 5 September 2014

WIT mama Friday: jewellery that's OK to wear on the school run too

There is no real reason for this, but after having pretty much ignored bracelets for years, I now constantly find myself reaching out for all sort of arm candy: colourful friendship bracelets, dainty little gold numbers, bold bangles and diamante stacks. I like to wear them all at once to spice up my outfits, everything from a shirt and an A-line skirt at work to my jeans and trainers at the week end.

Bracelets are a really easy piece of jewellery to wear, unlike rings, necklaces and earrings they feel less fussy so they are perfect even on the school run or a play date. Stack them up, mix high and low and have fun with them. The best thing for me is.. Greta loves them too! I love anything from Z for Accessorize, Monica Vinader, Dana Levy and Bex Rox, here are some of the ones I have and others I long for...

Star friendship bracelet £6 Accessorize

Evil Eye £10 Accessorize

Havana friendhip baracelet £85 Monica Vinader

Open bangle £21 J.Crew

Lulu Frost £75 Whistles

Spike bracelet £170 Eddie Borgo

Friendship bracelet £4.50 Accessorize

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Not just a skinny black trouser...

J.Crew top, Best of British trousers, Jimmy Choo shoes, Bally bag
I know most of you have to wear more formal wear to work so this post is dedicated to you. 

What do you wear to a super important meeting? One where you need to look, feel and mean business?  For me it's a sharp, tailored, all black trouser. I have a lot of meetings lately, I'm running around town giving presentations, and from time to time my neon skirts and statement heels have felt vaguely out of place, so I've been desperately looking for a new pair of smart trousers. I was even prepared to bring out the cash to make a real investment and then... I found these trousers. Balenciaga? Stella? Nope. My new favourite store ;-) Best of British from Marks and Spencers!

OK so things I love about them. The fabric: a  light weight wool that feels weighty and expensive. The slim leg: super flattering and very slimming. The lenght: ankle grazing perfection, so sexy. The front pleat: gives them a smart, tailored edge.  The side pockets: like a boys trousers. The price: £129. 

WIT readers, I dare you to try them on and and tell me if you don't feel like a super business woman in them!

Best of British Pure New Wool Modern Slim Leg Trousers  £129 Marks and Spencer