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First of The Summer Dresses

Marylebone

Sports Luxe: How to wear the trend


The Trend


The rise of activewear is well and truly upon us. Sports elements have been gracing the catwalks for a few seasons now, almost every high street store is launching a fitness collection (even I've succumbed to the Topshop x Beyonce hype) and it's never been so acceptable to wear your yoga pants everywhere but the gym. As much as I'm in love with my new Ivy Park leggings that are so firming I feel like Bey herself, wearing them to events and meetings in the city isn't quite so practical. Enter the sports luxe trend - the perfect hybrid between athletic details and work-wear appropriate pieces. Almost as comfortable and the best way to nail relaxed chic, for SS16 the trend is taking a step in a sleek, minimal and luxurious direction - hope you enjoy my tips on how to style it.



Pair Smarter Pieces With Something Soft


A tailored trouser like this navy pair from Me + Em keeps the look elegant whilst the stripe detail is still super sporty, for an extra athletic nod try rolling up the hem for an ankle grazing silhouette. I think suits and matching tones work really well with this trend, paired with some fresh kicks it's a smart take on the track suit. Wear your jacket undone or belted at the back, pushed up sleeves will only add to the relaxed vibe we're going for here too. Teaming these tailored pieces with an oversized soft jersey or fine loose knit like this one is the key balancing the sporty elements with the luxury.





Pay Attention To Details


With loose silhouettes, you want to hone in on the 'lux' elements like accessories. Keep it minimal - we want to avoid looking like a sprinter wearing a gold medallion. Layering fine gold jewellery will add a simple touch of luxury, that paired with a sleek should be all the jewellery you need. Bag-wise, the bigger the better, I mainly use my Louis Vuitton Never Full for the gym and I love how it looked with this outfit. I find a good pair of mirrored sunnies always works a treat with athletic looks too.





Of Course, A Good Pair Of Kicks Is Key


To me, this goes without saying. Now weather you're a Stan Smith girl like me or you like to run around in Roshe Run's, teaming your relaxed-smart look with a pair of pristine kicks is an essential way to finish off the look. Though for evening, this look would totally work with a pair of pointed pumps.


Hope this trend piece gives you some inspiration to incorporate some sports luxe into your wardrobes this season, let me know in the comments if you'd liked this style of post and if there's any other trends you'd like me to do a how-to on.

Missoma x Lucy Williams fang necklace 

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Why Your Wardrobe Needs A Statement Bag For Spring

Very blazer (similar here)* | Dorothy Perkins boots & rollneck body* 

Statement handbags have really been having their moment over the passed few seasons. From the mini-bag trend, muched loved by fashion week attendees - I can't tell you how many mini trunks and colourful cross body's at PFW, to statement totes and designer collabs that are just drool-worthy. 

The latest addition to my handbag collection is this gorgeous Radley drawstring bag, designed in collaboration with the genius that is Jonathan Saunders. It's something a little different for me, I'm usually one for blacks and neutrals when it comes to bags and when I experiment with colour it's usually in block, so this printed orange beauty was quite an exciting change. My fears of styling such a statement piece soon evaporated, turns out this looks awesome with anything denim, black or white - so a good 50% of my wardrobe. 

Adding a slice of colour to your outfit is also a great way to update your spring looks. If like me you don't yet want to let go of your black winter knits and aren't sure how to dress for this hot-one-minute-pissing-it-down-the-next weather, popping on a colourful printed handbag like this one will give your outfit the seasonal update it needs and whilst you hold on to your knitwear a little longer. 

Keeping the rest of the look simple, I went for a monochrome pallet with some light wash denim. Accessorising only with some black and gold pieces to tie in with the bag's hardware, I went for these gorgeous new Feather & Stone jewellery from Question Air and my current favourite watch from Abbott Lyon (don't forget you can grab £25 off your own until Thursday with code 'LUCIA25'!). Keeping the rest of your outfit neutral is essential when wearing statement pieces, you don't want too much going on and you want the bag to do all the talking.

Hope you enjoyed today's trend feature folks! I have a few exciting this happening this week so make sure to stay updated on my Instagram (@luciagrace) and Snapchat (@lucia_grace), have an awesome week everyone. 


Notting Hill

Belted


My wardrobe houses a fair few smart jackets - from navy military jackets to countless black and white styles of blazer, there's probably more than I care to admit, including a few camel coats to date. It didn't, however, have anything quite like this unique kimono belted beauty until I spotted it at the Little Mistress press breakfast a few weeks back. It's such a flattering silhouette that makes for a great spring layering piece. I paired it with a simple black roll neck, some distressed denim and my favourite lace up heels - black, camel and denim will forever be one of my favourite colour combos.

Hope you enjoyed this outfit, thanks for reading folks x


Notting Hill

Spring In My Step

 New Look roll neck | Levis 501's | Daniel Footwear pumps (similar) | Aigner bag (similar) | Vintage belt, similar by Asos here

Right on queue, with the first day of spring last week came a fresh lot of spring blossoms and magnolias, finally decorating winter's bare branches and brightening up the streets of London. Forget Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs, these pink pretties are my favourite thing about this time of year. So, when scouting shooting locations, Gemma and I couldn't resist this pretty corner in Notting Hill.

Perhaps a bit too optimistically, I braved short sleeves for the first time this year with this stripe roll-neck from New Look, though the knit version would probably have been far more suitable. Though burgundy is often regarded as one of the autumnal hues, I think paired with something like these light wash distressed jeans it's a great transitional colour. Of course, any excuse to wear my favourite burgundy snake effect pumps is an added bonus too. They're no longer available on Daniel but I've found an amazing similar pair on sale at Office for just £23 here.

Hope you enjoyed this spring outfit, how lovely it is to feature an outfit without a coat! I hope you all had a lovely easter break and would love to hear your thoughts below. Thanks for reading x


Mayfair

Going Blonde with Jo Hansford


You’ll have probably noticed a difference in my mane over the passed month - healthier, brighter and blonder all thanks to my favourite hair people at Jo Hansford salon. After leaving it a little too long after my last, my hair was in need of a pick me up and as the new season was upon us, i decided I wanted to go a little blonder this time - just in time for fashion month too!

I was excited to have colourist Dominique doing my colour again as I was so happy with the job she did last time, that and the fact she's super lovely. I explained I wanted to go as ashy and light as possible without causing any damage, so we opted for foils in 3-4 different colours over all. As you can see, it came out exactly as I'd hoped. From the brighter bits I'd asked for at the front to a gorgeous selection of blonde tones throughout I was again so impressed with how spot on Dominique was with the colour. 

Chop wise, I wanted to be rid of split ends but keep as much of the length as possible. My wonderful stylist, Scarlett suggested we take a 'nibble' off the ends whilst creating some shape around my face. I hadn't realise quite how long my hair had gotten and after having some long layers cut in around my face loved the difference it's made. Just a few shorter bits have really given my hair more body when it's styled and I love the healthy look of the blunt finish on the ends. 

Since my appointment a little over a month ago, my hair has been in such a good condition and an absolute breeze to style myself. I've included a few images above of how I've been wearing it over the passed month and I'm so happy with how it looks whichever way I style it. Of course, none of which are quite so perfect as the job Scarlett did in the salon (if only she could do my hair every morning), so whether you're looking for a full re-style or just a blow dry for and upcoming special events Jo Hansford will have you covered. I'm not ashamed to admit I didn't have to wash my hair for few days after my appointment because the curls lasted so brilliantly!

For appointments you can visit their website here. Thanks again to Jo Hansford, Dominique and Scarlett for having me in your wonderful salon and for doing such a perfect job on my locks once again. 


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