Friday, 6 March 2015

The Good Housekeeping Best Dress List

That's me in Good Housekeeping magazine. Must tell my mum. About 10 years ago, I was fashion editor of the magazine but left (after seven years) to go freelance. All of my colleagues from that time have moved on, so I have no Good Housekeeping ties and it was strange to receive an email from the current fashion editor asking if I'd like to be involved in the magazine's 'Best Dress' shoot for April issue. My stint on the magazine was before the internet went pop, and I can distinctly remember the switch from having models on the cover to celebrities. I can also remember the editor suggesting one day that we should do a photo shoot where the fashion editor wore the clothes. At the time I was mortified, but now when you look at what's happened with blogging and street style photography and fashion editors as style icons, I think she was ahead of the game.

The Best Dress List also features fellow bloggers Jane and Amanda from The Women's Room and Catherine from Not Dressed As Lamb. And I'm wearing a Winser London shirtdress over a pair of my old Levi's.

Let's talk about flares another day...

Thursday, 5 March 2015

How to wear trainers without looking like an overgrown teenager

Jenna Lyons photo: I am Koo

Inspired by the post on snazzy sneakers last week, my latest piece for the Guardian explains how to wear trainers without looking too 'adultolescent' (new made-up word). Here are some grownup women who do it best. Starting with Jenna Lyons, of course.

 Neneh Cherry in a standout coat and Stan Smiths. Adidas owe Phoebe Philo, big time:

Though I've noticed that J.Crew are selling classic Puma Courts, £65, available HERE:

 Grace Coddington's a big fan of CĂ©line's ponyskin pumps:

Photos: Guardian

Last year I bought a pair of gold Vans originals - they make the perfect evening shoe with black coated jeans, a tuxedo shirt and velvet jacket. Now available in silver metallic, £60, available HERE.

Photo: whowhatwear

Tip: if you're opting for fancy footwear keep everything else chic and pared-down.

Read my full Guardian post HERE.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Inspirational Women: Linda Rodin

Linda Rodin is a homebody who loves fashion and culture and taking her dog Winky for a good, long walk. This is one of my favourite illustrations from Style Forever and talking to Linda on the phone was an absolute joy. She shared some good advice:

'Forget about the wrinkles and focus on the silhouette.'

I hope to meet Linda next time I'm in New York. Now, wouldn't that be fabulous? Style Forever is available to pre-order HERE.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Bolivian grandmas playing handball

Photos: Juan Karita/AP

These glorious photos make me want to take up netball, again. Every Wednesday in the city of El Alto Bolivian women meet to play handball. According to NBC News more than 10, 000 seniors take part in this keep fit programme. 'There are days when my knees hurt from rheumatism, but when I play it goes away,' said 77-year-old Rosa Lima who started exercising seven years ago (and recently moved on to handball).

Gotta keep moving, people.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Nike Air Max City Collection

Having collaborated with Liberty for a couple of seasons, Nike have now created their own range of floral print Air Max sneakers. There's a selection of different patterns all named after different cities and printed onto leather. So, the one above is Milan, the monochrome print is New York and the red rose represents London. This is a blooming good idea (sorry). My Liberty print Air Max are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn but three years down the line the fabric is looking a bit grubby and I'm not one for throwing trainers into washing machines. The Nike Air Max City Collection of floral print trainers launches on International Women's Day - and I'm wondering if it's going to get the same reception as Harriet Harman's pink bus?

Global Montage

What do you think?