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In praise of the non-bikini

I have a theory – you’re either a bikini girl or you’re not. It has less to do with size or shape, more with personal style: I’ve always favoured swimsuits. Sure, bikinis possess an obvious sexy quotient, but then I have never been into what’s obvious. I hate fidgeting and that’s the thing with bikinis and boobs – it’s a constant fidget-fest. I crave comfort and unfussy swimwear that doesn’t hinder my ability to move around on the beach. And thankfully fashion has moved on from a time when one-piece options were frump-ville central.


The power-pairing I will be sporting this summer is definitely matchy-matchy.
I am the girl that rarely wears heels – show me a stiletto and I run for the hills (in my comfy trainers). Flats have a casual flair, but can also go ultra-dressy through texture and embellishments. And whilst I like clashing my pedi with my open-toed sandals – right now am feeling like matching it all up.

Free People Samantha Flatform Sandal 
Nails Inc White Out Nail Polish

Isabel Marant Maheo Leather Sandals
Christian Louboutin Nail Polish in Sweet Charity

Ancient Greek Sandals Niki Metallic Leather Sandals
Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Nail Polish in Dore Orfevre

Sanayi 313 Fringe Sandals
Burberry Nail Polish in Festive Gold 

Marques Almeida Gingham Sandals
Dior Nail Polish in Early

Topshop Hacienda Velvet Ribbon Sandal
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Satsuma

ATP Atelier Rosa Cutout Leather Slides
OPI Nail Lacquer in A Piers To Be Tan

Mercedes Castillo Odalia Leather-trimmed Appliqued Suede Sandals
Nails Inc in Better Together

No. 21 Knotted Gingham Twill Sandals
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir Nail Colour in Red Bow Tie

Valentino Velvet & Leather Sandals 
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in Miss Independent 

Alexander Wang Amelia Slides
NARS Nail Polish in Copper Brown

Topshop FIJI Fringe Sandals
Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer in Maeve Eclipse 



My attitude towards jewellery is pretty much the same as how I approach my wardrobe: quality over quantity every time. And I wear the same items over and over – I get attached to my pieces and each have a story to tell. I do love to update my collection and see each new purchase as a precious investment –I guess my mantra would be “Buy less but buy the Best”- meaning the best I can afford. I’ll save up for the more expensive items, but since my taste is pretty classic, my jewellery is timeless and not trend dependent. I also love to mix different metals: I am partial to rose gold, which I think blends beautifully with silver and a few little sparkly diamond accents.

1 Kimberly McDonald 18-Karat White Gold, Geode, Pearl & Diamond Earrings
2 Cartier Juste Un Clou Bracelet in Yellow Gold
3 Piaget Possession 18-Karat Rose Gold Diamond Ring
4 Annoushka Personalised Chain Letters Necklace
5 Theodora Warre Zircon Simple Hoop Earrings

6 Marni Gold Tone Earrings
7 Lucy Williams x Missoma Mini Fang Necklace
8 Theodora Warre Blue Tigers Eye Horn Ring
9 Miansai 14-Karat Yellow Gold Thin Screw Cuff Diamond Bracelet
10 Ippolita Rock Candy Wire 18-Karat Gold, Quartz and Mother of Pearl Earrings

11 Tiffany & Co Infinity 18-Karat Yellow Gold Diamond Ring
12 Repossi Staple 18-Karat Black Gold-Washed Diamond Ear Cuff
13 Sophie Bille Brahe Croissant de Perle 14-Karat Gold Earring With Pearls
14 Mizuki 14-Karat Yellow Gold Earrings
15 Van Cleef & Arpels Sweet Alhambra Bracelet


This week’s buys

My high-low edit of what’s hitting the shops

1 Mango Ruffled Stripe-Patterned Blouse

2 Victoria Victoria Beckham ‘Fashion Stole My Smile’ T-Shirt

3 Zara Lace Up Flat Sandals

4 Solid & Striped Gingham Swimsuit

 5 Proenza Schouler Hex Mini Leather Bucket Bag

6 Zara Pear Studded Trousers with Slits 

7 Alighieri No Lie Gold-Plated Earrings

8 Mango Structured Blazer

9 Proenza Schouler Pleated Jacquard-Knit Skirt

10 Isabel Marant Aurora Mini Skirt 

11 Zara Wrap Blouse with Bow in Back

12 Warehouse Ring Detail Leather Sandals

13 Balenciaga Panier Large Leather-Trimmed Raffia Tote


This Week’s Buys

My high-low edit of what’s hitting the shops 

1 Chloé Miles Lace-Up Suede Sandals
2 Zara Cropped Tuxedo Trousers
3 Sensi Studio Natural Straw Cross Body Bag
4 & Other Stories Eyelet Top
5 & Other Stories Plate Earrings
6 Marco De Vincenzo Woven Satin Boots

7 H&M Blouse with Drawstrings
8 Saint Laurent Square-Frame Acetate Optical Glasses
9 Zara Flat Leather Shoes With Buckle
10 Elizabeth & James Mitchell Gold-Plated Hair Pin
11 All Saints Birds Cropped Boys Jeans
12 Zara Striped Embroidered Jumpsuit
13 Topshop Check Suit Jacket

14 All Saints Deidre Via Shirt
15 Alice + Olivia Black Leather Leggings
16 Charlotte Chesnais Tri-Colour Galilea Medium Earrings
17 APC Julianne Cotton Trench Coat
18 Kate Moss for Equipment Lake Striped Silk-Satin Shirt
19 Topshop Pom-Pom Kick Flare Trousers


Effortless Eveningwear

My personal style is so pared back and simple – I can’t deal with fussiness. When it comes to dressing for events, I sometimes struggle. Because I always want to feel at ease and dressing up for me equals discomfort. In the past I’ve tried to step out of my comfort zone, but the result was that I felt like I was wearing a costume all night and didn’t enjoy myself because I was so self-conscious, which is a pretty miserable place to be.

So now instead of trying to fit in, I developed my own dress code – where I look evening appropriate but still feel like myself.


1 Helmut Lang Black One-Shoulder Jersey T-Shirt
2 Alexander McQueen Black Grain de Poudre Crepe Blazer
3 Altuzarra Gladys Knit Skirt
4 & Other Stories Black Cut Out Lace Up Suede Pumps

5 J. Crew Black & White Tulle Cuff Striped T-Shirt
6 Galvan Black Cut-Out Crepe Gown
7 Loewe Champagne Shawl-Collar Silk-Satin Blouse
8 Eddie Borgo Black Chet Minaudière Leather-Trimmed Velvet Shoulder Bag
9 & Other Stories Brass Circle Bracelet

10 Topshop Black Vinyl Trousers
11 Tibi White Cutout Silk Crepe de Chine Blazer
12 Chloe Burgundy Lace Up Velvet Ankle Boots
13 Tibi Ivory Asymmetric Stretch-Faille Top

14 FRAME Black Striped Silk Shirt
15 Maria Black Elodie Blanc Twirl 18-Karat Gold Rhodium-Plated and Diamond Earring
16 Proenza Schouler Black Flared Trousers
17 Gucci Black Leather Mules
18 Prada Black Wool Straight-Leg Pants