Quality craftsmanship and attention to detail are what make a brand compelling. Much like these pieces, they might not look like anything special at first but when you dig a little deeper there is a whole history and process behind their creation. That is exactly what we are looking for in our essentials.
It's really easy to get down on a city like St Louis. It's not a place you often hear people talking about - at least not in a positive way. It doesn't stand out as a cultural highlight or rank highly on the list of most people's travel list. But that's what adds to its charm.
I'm a sucker for a trend just like the next fashion blogger but I like my go-to staples more. They are the building blocks that your whole wardrobe is based on. If you don't have the timeless basics down then your foundations aren't solid. Timeless pieces might look ordinary but they can actually be beautiful and inspiring - much like a cow's face or a winding road.
Language is a mine field. The words we choose to use and the underlying meaning behind what we say and hear is of crucial importance. Our understanding of a word is often not as straightforward as being provided a simple definition. Feminism. Conservative. Fashion. Their meanings are in flux. They have a historical story as well as a place in contemporary culture.
The super sleeve isn't totally new. Rosetta Getty, Jacquemus, Vetements and Charlie May have all been championing it in recent seasons. Say those brands and you automatically summon an effortlessly cool vibe. One that is discreet, edgy, laid back and, most likely, worn by the type of girls you wish you were. Michael Kors definitely doesn't fit into the same mix.
I've thought a lot about what it means to be a blogger. There's an increasing amount of shame associated with having a blog, especially at industry events where there are real press and other people who actually deserve their invitations. I'd like to share my thoughts on this and find out how you feel.
The pull towards getting a fast-fashion-fix by buying mindlessly from cheap retail outlets is no longer in vogue. Consumers want quality products that they will cherish for seasons not an item that will get pushed to back of their wardrobe and forgotten. This week, Lola Byatt looks into how she became addicted to shopping and examines the stark reality that made her rethink how she views her own wardrobe.