It’s a happy fashion new year and that means it’s time to forget all about pastel pink coats (surely?!) and turn our attention to florals, fondants and futuristic metallics.

Here’s a few of my 2014 fashion resolutions, which I’m hoping to stick to for more than the standard ten days…

1 BANISH THE BALLETS

Given that I live in Scotland and eleven months out of twelve seem to feature torrential rain and grey skies, it might be time to accept that my ballet shoes are only suitable for indoor wear. Last year I’m sure I was on the verge of trench foot after spending many a day and night skipping through puddles in my soaking wet ballet shoes. Enough already! I got these River Island boots in the sale recently for £30, total steal.

River Island Curb Chain Trim Chelsea Boot

2 SAVE FOR CHANEL

The amount of quilted faux leather bags with chain straps I own is frightening. Just as I have an exact taste in men, I seem to have developed an exact taste in handbags. The Chanel classic flap bag is clearly the object of my desire so I should stop dreaming and start saving. Or keep buying those Euromillions tickets.

Chanel classic flap bag

3 INVEST IN SUNGLASSES

I love sunglasses and buy as many pairs as I lose in any given year but this year I’m going to treat myself to a designer pair in the hope I’ll take better care of them. A classic pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs cat eye sunglasses have been on my wish list for a while and although they’re pricier than my standard 3 for £10 styles I regularly buy every time I visit Portobello Road, they’re not in the tragically expensive category. Here’s hoping I keep them safe so that by the time we’ve moved on from winter to summer sun I’ll have some chic sunnies to hide behind.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Cat Eye Sunglasses

4 EMBRACE THE MONDAY BLUES

I can’t be the only one that always looks less than polished on a Monday. It really does take me until Tuesday to pull myself together and find something that remotely resembles an outfit for work. I blame the combination of too much thinking over the weekend’s party outfits and a general lack of enthusiasm that the working week has begun, but this year I need to make an effort to change this tired pattern. If you can’t feel good on a Monday you can at least try to look good right? I’ll start with steering clear of sombre head to toe black and embracing colour…

Alexander McQueen Tailored Crepe Jacket

Chloe Marcie hardware flap leather shoulder bag
Topshop Black Gathered Circle Skirt

Karen Millen Signature Suede Mid Heel Court Shoe

Oasis Leopard Silk Square Scarf

5 START WEARING EARRINGS AGAIN

With so much focus on the statement necklace last year every other item of jewellery I own has been banished to the bottom of my trinket box. Once upon a time I would feel majorly underdressed if I left the house for a night out without a pair of earrings so it’s amazing that I now can’t remember the last time I wore a pair. This year I’m bringing them back!
River Island Pink Semi Precious Earrings
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Patsy Kensit’s autobiography Absolute Beginner
Patsy Kensit and Liam Gallagher on the cover of
Vanity Fair magazine at the height of Cool Britannia

When I heard Patsy Kensit was penning an autobiography I knew I had to buy it it. Part self help and part curiosity, I look forward to finding out how she’s managed to stay a hopeless romantic in spite of four failed marriages and a string of betrayals from men she loved. Especially when one of those failed marriages involved the man she says will always be the love of her life, Liam Gallagher. Where do you go after that?!

Throw in a couple of cancer scares, a less than ideal upbringing and a constant battle to remain thin poor Patsy’s not exactly had it easy, so the book (so far) is proving to be a fascinating read.

These days she’s most recognised as the face of Weight Watchers but in the ’90s Patsy was somewhat of a style icon, not adverse to flashing flesh in sheer underwear and slinky slip dresses. Not as outlandish as her sister in law of the time, Meg Mathews, she was the understated yet sexy rock star wife of the decade.

Seeing as the ’90s are having another moment, we could do worse than look to Patsy’s Primrose Hill wardrobe for inspiration. Never know, it may even catch the eye of potential rock star husbands…

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River Island Black Double Buckle Wedge Boots

This month’s Elle magazine has an amazing 25% OFF discount card for River Island so I decided to go on a bit of a shopping spree and take advantage.

When it comes to boots I usually swear by Topshop but I haven’t seen any in months that take my fancy.

I was surprised by how many shoe styles River Island has – and I’m pleased to say there are modest heel heights for those of us that squirm at the sight of skyscraping platforms!

These black and gold wedges were my favourites though and now that I’ve worn them a few times I can safely say that they are one of the comfiest pair of boots I’ve owned. Hopefully they’ll last the season as any pair of wedge boots I’ve had have a tendency to shed the platform sole faster than I’d like.

The gold trim toe cap and ankle buckle detail latches on to this season’s punk trend so I’ll be wearing them all winter long, most likely with my leather biker jacket and a flash of leopard or tartan.

River Island Black Double Buckle Wedge Ankle Boots, £45, www.riverisland.com

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antwerp

As the ’90s fashion moment continues I’ve become slightly obsessed with Antwerp. The Belgian city may have arrived on the fashion map via the ’80s designer collective known as ‘The Antwerp Six’, but its cutting edge minimalism is very much a look I associate with the early ’90s.

The Antwerp Fashion Academy graduates – Walter Van Beirendonck, Dries van Noten, Dirk van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs, Marina Yee, Ann Demeulemeester and later Martin Margiela – placed themselves in the style spotlight when they hired a van and crossed the channel to show in London.

 
The avant garde nature of the their collections changed the fashion landscape and although individually the designers’ styles varied, collectively they made their mark with directional, futuristic and theatrical styles that challenged the notion of what fashion was at the time.
 
And here was me thinking that Belgium’s most famous export was Hercule Poirot – no mon ami!
 
Topshop, always on the ball with a trend, have seized this fashion moment with the aptly-named ‘90s Antwerp collection, featuring plenty of luxe minimal pieces that capture the look perfectly.
 
Also launching this week in the UK is Belgian label Essentiel Antwerp. The simple styling of the brand is an extension of their history, which they sum up in one line –  what started out as a basic T-shirt collection in 1999 grew into a colorful Ready-to-Wear collection for men and women. ‘Nuff said.
 

Essentiel Antwerp is available to buy in the UK from Fenwick, Anthropologie, Harvey Nichols, Asos, Zalando and Atterley Road.

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The OC

Remember when Mischa Barton was relevant and a whole new holiday was invented?

It’s another reason to feel incredibly old but one of my favourite TV shows, The OC, was launched ten years ago yesterday.

I remember being at college mourning the downward spiral and eventual death of Dawson’s Creek, wondering what would replace that T4-shaped hole in my Sunday hangover TV viewing schedule.

Then along came The OC, all shiny and slick, with polished blowdrys and boho cool replacing the middle sheds and middle of the road outfits favoured by Dawson and Co.

Where Dawson took an entire series to finally make his elaborate point with overdrawn movie metaphors, the OC’s cool kids kept us entertained with snappy, sarcastic one-liners. The immortal ‘Welcome to the OC, bitch’ line, uttered by the eventually-loveable Luke just before he punched Ryan during a beachside brawl in the series premiere, will go down in TV history.

Inevitably, the series tailed off when Mischa’s character Marissa Cooper met a grim end in Season 3. Presumably so she had more time off-screen to sort out her troubled friendships and party lifestyle with the then-cool Hollywood stars Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.

But I’ll always remember her fondly as Coop, a blonde beach babe with a weakness for tequila and troubled but gorgeous bad boys. A girl after my own heart!

Marissa Cooper’s walk-in wardrobe did have a few fashion hits. Among the hoodies and bootcut denims lay an enviable collection of Chanel bags and pearls, waiting to be teamed with one of her many Diane von Furstenburg dresses or preppy Lacoste polos. Actually I’m feeling a revival of the Coop look:

 

Rachel Bilson is the only star of the show that has managed to stay positively in the limelight since the series ended in 2007, if only for her adorable sense of style.

But whatever happened to Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) and Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) after they left the scenic shores of Newport Beach? I never quite got the geek chic attraction with Seth but I’d be more than happy to let Ryan, otherwise known as Chino’s most-wanted, sleep in my poolhouse (oh, okay, glorified garage).

Here’s to The OC, then, for giving us Chrismukkah, California and a reason to surface on a Sunday. I’m off to dig out my box sets…

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When boho luxe was in its Sienna Miller-style heyday ten years ago, Sass & Bide was the label to lust after. I remember trawling Net a Porter during sale time in the hope of finding a discounted tie-dye beach dress. Along with every other Ibiza-bound boho wannabe that summer.
Since then, the Australian label’s dropped off my radar and I no longer dream of looking slinky in their floaty frocks and skinny Sienna-style jeans. Though perhaps I should now that Suki Waterhouse is the latest face of the brand.
The model and actress, currently Bradley Cooper’s date of choice, styled herself in the latest Sass & Bide campaign featuring lines from their autumn/winter ’13 Wintergate collection.
Shot against an enviable backdrop of a hip brownstone building in New York City, the blonde model turns muse for Sass & Bide and makes the look a bit more current, for me anyway. And judging by these shots the Sass & Bide look is way more hip than hippie these days, who knew?

My favourite images are the minimalistic interior shots where Suki looks like a grunge princess with dishevelled blonde locks. All the shots were taken by Andrew de Francesco, whose previous campaigns include Rebecca Minkoff and Ralph Lauren.

Shop Sass & Bide:

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It’s hard to believe that Michelle Williams started her acting career in ’90s teen drama Dawson’s Creek, especially when you look at the latest shots of her in Louis Vuitton’s new campaign.

The Creek kids never had the edge when it came to style, opting for a uniform of checked shirts and stonewash jeans as they played out a series of melodramas in the backwaters of America.

But Michelle’s character Jen Lindley at least promised some fashion moments, with too-tight sweaters and flirty babydoll dresses we can only assume she’d managed to smuggle in her suitcase from her time living in New York.

The luxury label has latched onto the blonde bombshell’s early on-screen grunge roots for the autumn/winter 2013 shots, with Michelle’s first major fashion campaign featuring a strong ’90s vibe.

With the minimal styling and striking makeup, Michelle’s more reminiscent of early ’90s Madonna than ’50s starlet Marilyn Monroe, whom she recently morphed into for her lead role in My Week With Marilyn.

The overly-monogrammed Louis Vuitton collections certainly need an injection of cool after becoming synonymous with WAG meets Essex style. Judging by these shots, Michelle might just be the girl to do it.

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