Red Hats and Shoes and Shoulder Raccoons

In case you were worried, it’s not real! The raccoon on my shoulder is only a fake but he’s totally adorbs and super friendly.  His name is Rocky.

This sweater and stripy turtleneck (which you’ve seen before in my post ‘Fashionably Breaking and Entering’) are from one of my favorite french designers, Sonia Rykiel. She’s been called ‘Queen of the knits’ and here you can see why.  Her clothing can be whimsical and interesting but it’s also comfortingly practical.  The sweater and turtleneck are such exquisitely fun things to just throw on in the morning but they also fit like a gem and go with anything.   Here I put them with a Marissa Webb tweed striped blazer and then to frame the whole thing, I added a pillar box red beanie and plush red heels.

Rocky the Raccoon approves.

Sonia by Sonial Rykiel Intarsia Raccoon Sweater and turtleneck (old collection), ASOS distressed Skinny Jeans (old) but similar here, Marissa Webb Travis Blazer (old collection).

Photography by Christopher Michael Photography


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Fashionably Breaking and Entering

My photographer and I fondly refer to this series of pictures as ‘Breaking and Entering’, mainly on account of the fact that we may have had to do some trespassing to get to this amazing background.  For those of you who have never been to Vegas, a festival called ‘Life is Beautiful’ takes place once a year downtown. It’s a three-day event devoted to music, food, art and ideas.  Luckily for those of us who live here, some of the art gets left behind (and enclosed behind wire fences that may be totally ineffective against acrobats).

As I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to bring you more outfits devoted to the recent Kenzo x H&M collaboration.  As a devotee of Kenzo’s vibrant style, I was over the moon to find some beautiful new pieces that are quintessentially Kenzo AND H&M affordable.  The collection is a pattern-heavy delight, with a dizzying array of neon stripes, tiger emblems and floral prints layered into bright sweaters, fluffy bomber jackets and structured, Kimono style dresses.

I fell in love with this quilted pinafore dress that’s at once understated and dramatic.  The full skirt gives it a seriously grown-up feel and the pinafore styling means that any top you put under it will give it a whole new look each time.   I went for a cocktail dress feel with a Sonia Rykiel striped turtleneck and red heels.  When you wear something this fun and creative and you feel this good in it, you don’t need a wall to tell you that life really is beautiful.

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