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Monday, 3 August 2015

WIT and J.Crew in Paris final post: the Parisian rooftops

Back in February the J.Crew team in New York asked me to head to Paris to check out the new (and first) French store in the Marais. My task was to explore Jenna's favourite Parisian spots and photograph one outfit I loved in each location. For the past five months I've been posting one outfit from each one of these locations, from the Tour Eiffel, to St. Germain and the iconic Jardin Tuleries and it was the most incredible journey. 

We've come to the last of these posts, and this was actually one of my favourite spots: the Parisian rooftops. I was staying in a gorgeous hotel close to the Jardin Tulerie, and I was so lucky to catch a glimpse of January sun as we shot these photos in some of my favourite summer pieces like a peasant top (Collection embellished crepe de chine blouse £112), denim shorts (Broken in denim shorts in Crowley wash £42 ), statement earrings (Mardi Gras earrings £98), cool sunglasses (Illesteva™ Leonard II tortoiseshell sunglasses £290) and of course, a little something monogrammed (Uptown Tote £178)... 

I had so much fun playing dressing up in Paris and produce these posts, I hope you found some valuable shopping tips from them and if you missed my previous Paris post, check them out here:

Find the J.Crew Marais store at:
12 Rue Malher, Paris - +33 1 44 54 57 50
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Photos Eva K. Salvi  

Friday, 31 July 2015

WIT mama Friday: home office

Despite getting all sorts of advice against it, working form home is my absolute favourite thing about  having my own business. I love the flexibility that comes with it, I love having my own, personal space to work in and I love the fact that I don't have to face a morning commute. As with all things, there are a few rules that I’ve had to come up with, especially when I work from home and Greta is around, but aside from this creating and working from my home office has been one of the most fun things ever! My project is far from being finished, so see this post as work in progress, but nevertheless I wanted to share with you some photos of my little working heaven.

My working-from-home rules:

1) Get dressed as if you were going to the office. I’m not going to lie, there are days where I’m just wearing jeans and a T-shirt, but I still make the effort of getting dressed and looking presentable, I do it for myself. I think it helps with my confidence and doesn’t make me feel sloppy.

2) Have working hours. The beauty of working form home is that you can be more flexible than if you were ticking the clock at the office, but nevertheless I try to stick to normal working hours so that at the end of the day I can enjoy some time off with my family. In the mornings I always have a breakfast with Greta and then off I go to the office.

3) Close the door. Greta knows that when the door is closed, mummy is at work and she’s not to be disturbed. It's a simple rule and I've had it from day one, so she finds it normal and accepts it. But there are all sort of other temptations to resist, such as sending a wash or tiding up a shelve. I close the door and that way it's as if I'm not home.

4) Make the space you have work for you. My office is not set in a huge room, I’ve used a portion of our guest bedroom to create my working pace and before buying any furniture I just placed my desk where I thought I would want it and lived with it for a while before figuring out what kind of storage I needed around it. I don’t like for anything to permanently sit on my desk, preferring and empty space, so I have opened for shelves by my desk for the “pretty things” I like to look at and a huge fitted cabinet underneath the bay window to store all the messy things like files and boxes.

5) Organisation is the key to success. I’m a organisational freak and I like to have everything classified and tidy so that my office functions the same as any other office. I have a printer and a scanner, reliable Internet connection and everything I need from stamps to stationer. Oh, and I label everything!

5) Have regular clean outs. Almost on a  weekly basis I will throw away unneeded papers and tick off the various things I added to my “To Do” list. I have it always in front of me on my pin board so that (almost) nothing gets forgotten.

6) Have a "success wall". We all have good and bad work days, especially when you have your own business. I started a "successes wall" where I pin and frame little things that remind me of the good things I've done so far. It can be anything - I everything from my first page I produced for a magazine fifteen years ago to Jenna Lyon's "Good Luck" card she sent me when I started Wardrobe ICONS and funny photos with Petro that remind me of good times. Just a glance at my wall when I'm having a bad day puts a smile on my face!

7) Stick to a colour palette. I'm not an interiors expert and when it come to interiors decoration, I sort of wing it. The best advice I have been given is to stick to a colour palette. I've done just that throughout my flat, and for my office I chose greys with touches of green.


 If you like my office's look - here are some of the things I've bought for it, and if I couldn't find the exact same thing, the next best one!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

The pink jumpsuit of my dreams

Topshop cropped jumpsuit £95
I clocked this bright pink jumpsuit in Topshop this week and just had to have it! It literally looks like it could be from Roksanda it's so good. It's also incredibly comfortable and forgiving, which is also a plus. I wore it last night to our Wardrobe ICONS summer party and it was a definite hit amongst the girls ;-) Warning: you have to love pink because it's really bright!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The pale blue shirt I've been looking for

Topshop oversize pocket shirt £36
I've been looking for a smart pale blue shirt for a while and I must admit that I was ready to splash out on it, when I found this Topshop version at a fraction of what I had budgeted for (Topshop shirt £36). I love it when things like this happen! It's a really nice cotton fabric with an oversize fit but really fitted arms that are super flattering. I love it that it's a bit long, so you can wear it over leggings and jeans, but also tuck it in to a skirt. But the thing that I love the most is the pale blue colour, which looks great on just about anyone and with just about anything. Today I'm wearing it with my Whistles leather skirt, Chanel bag and black canvas espadrilles for a few meetings in town.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Behind the scenes of The ICONS Update shoot this week

It's that funny time of year where despite it being still summer, we are already getting a little bit excited about what to wear in fall. Lots of websites have started landing new season drops and we are getting first glimpses of what we saw at fashion weeks (and in my case earmarked as must-buys), so Petro and I thought it would be a good time to showcase what's on our shopping radars, and what's worth buying now to wear forever. You can see the full thing in this week's issue live on www.wardrobeicons.com but here today I wanted to show your a few fun shots from behind the scenes  and tell you how it all happens!
Ready to play dress-up
First of all we spend a lot of time looking through all our favourite websites in search for the next great buy. It is my job as an editor to look through 256 dresses on Net-a-Porter, but as we  do this we often think: "What woman has time to do this?!". There is an insane amount of choice out there so you really do need an expert eye and a lot of time at your fingertips to shop for something great! Lucky, if your like our style, we do the legwork for you!

Samples have arrived
 Secondly we "call everything in". That means that we call press offices and we aks them to send us samples to try on. This is because it's important that we see what things look like in real life, we like to try them on, walk around in them, and really get a sense on what these items are worth. Only what we really love makes it on The ICONS Update (and when that happens, often in our own wardrobes).
Here I was asking Petro: which shoes - flats on heels?
We go through a lot of samples, but not everything makes it in. For this shoot I called in a designer jumper that I thought I was going to love, but the fabric was a bit so and so and the fit not great so if I don't love it, why should you? Other times we don't even get to samples and simply feature things we already own and love (like my Chloe fringed shoes and Petro's Gucci bag) - in those cases we are already convinced they are great!

Here I was just being silly as Greta would say
When we try things on we really try and think about what we are going to say about them - we all have our hangups and body issues so in our description we tell you a little bit about why we think think they are great and in which way you can style them.
More silliness
 When we found the things we love we shoot them with our resident photographer Eva K. Salvi. We often do this at home or in the office, just to give you a sense of what they look like on real people. For this shoot we tried everything on the day before the shoot in Petro's dressing room - I won't lie, we have a great time!

Looking at photos with Eva
In the next few days Eva sends us the photos get to us and  we pick our favourites which are the ones you see in The ICONS Update! This week it's all about the new season drops that are worth bagging now and loving forever. Here's a link to the issue, I really hope you enjoy it and like my recommendations.

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