Mikonos

Starting the summer in Greece (+ 20% off at Revolve)


My little hiatus on here wasn't planned, the last few weeks have been crazy busy and I didn't want to compromise the quality of my content here with rushed posts. The day before leaving for Mykonos, I handed in my last ever bit of university work which of course has been a huge weight off my shoulders – not that it's really sunk in yet.

After some celebratory cocktails with course mates, it was straight to meetings and store appointments to get final bits organised for Gemma and I's trip to Greece and come 3am the next morning our taxi to Gatwick was ready and waiting. Being back on my favourite Greek island was so wonderful, it was pretty go-go-go (a working holiday, as we called it), but a gorgeous time none the less. In between countless shoots and filming, we squeezed in some beach time, caught some rays, sampled some amazing Greek cuisine and even a martini-fuelled night out! Waking up and coming back each evening to the beautiful suites at the Bill & Coo hotel only made the trip more perfect too.

I've got 1000+ photos to sort through but honestly can't wait to share with you plenty of summery looks, my island guide, reviews and some photo diaries from beautiful Mykonos. Today I'm kicking off the Mykonos series with a look from our first night on the island, and it's all about this Tularosa helix dress from my favourite US site Revolve. I actually chose it before any of my upcoming trips abroad had been confirmed but knew I had to save it for somewhere special, and warm, preferably.

Naturally, when it came to getting ready for our first night out in Mykonos town, I couldn't wait to slip into it. For me, it's the ultimate holiday dress and I've had so many compliments about it. Now for the exciting bit – what's great for you guys, is that until 8am on the 27th Revolve are offering a whole 20% off to all UK customers by entering code 'TAKE20' at the checkout! You guys have also been going crazy for the on my Instagram which you can also find at Revolve here.

As I mentioned, Revolve is one of my favourite US sites, in addition to their own brands such as Tularosa and Lovers + Friends (my faves), they also stock stunning collections from designers like For Love & Lemons and Self Portrait too. The site is inundated with so many gorgeous summer pieces right now so do go and have a browse, especially if you've got a wedding, graduation or special trip coming up – I'd love to hear what you pick! Stay tuned for plenty more Greek goodness coming your way soon.


Somerset House

The Chanel-esque Midi Heels You've Been Waiting For

Monsoon jacket | Levi's jeans | Dorothy Perkins shirt 
Forever 21 bag | Topshop shoes | Sunglasses | Asos bangle

Killing time in Topshop Oxford Circus a couple of weeks back, I wandered around the shoe lounge and sitting there in all their perfect-shoe glory were these bad boys. It was certainly love at first shoe-sight – never had I ever seen such a perfect designer-esque dupe. Along with the rest of the blogosphere, I'd admired the coveted Chanel sling back that's been doing the rounds on the street style circuit over the passed few seasons since I first saw them on the feet of Chiara Ferragni in Paris. But alas, they're incredibly hard to get a hold of and would have made a serious dent in my current account.

Fortunately, these satin and leather mary-janes by Topshop are the next best thing. Elegant, comfortable and if I hadn't told you, you wouldn't know they're from the good old British high street. They also come in gorgeous blossom pink and navy colour ways, and at just £62, they won't break the bank either.

I love love love how they look with the distressed hems of my Levi's, I find pairing ladylike pieces with something a little ragged is always a good way to balance a look. Keeping the tones in line with the shoes, I went for this summery grey striped shirt by DP and my trusty navy military blazer by Monsoon. My new F21 mini black bag is also another recent dupe triumph – so similar to the Alexander Wang Rocco and just £16!

I'm a true believer that you don't have to spend a small fortune to look stylish, especially when you can find affordable pieces like this on the high street for a fraction of the price – I hope you enjoy these finds as much as I do.


South Kensington

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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South Kensington

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


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