21/04/2020 | Mood boosting colour and a little self love...
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21/04/2020 | Mood boosting colour and a little self love...
I always find Spring a wonderfully optimistic time of year…despite the sadness and complexity of Lockdown …the excess of colour that greets us as spring unveils itself on a daily basis is truly a treat to the senses (I snapped this beautiful rhododendron on my morning walk with Lola and it perfectly references my Spring/Summer collection colour palette…nature is a constant of source inspiration for me…) …Is it my imagination or is everything just a bit more lush … a bit more vibrant this year? Are our senses becoming a little more heightened to beauty and colour?…As I write this the wind is whirling through the trees outside my window and I am happily layered up in cashmere…my daily, reassuringly cozy, WFH staple.
I know I talk a lot about Cashmere but this weekend I started to ruminate on the longevity of cashmere… I was doing a bit of a wardrobe tidy… really very akin to visual merchandising (I am missing not being able to do this for real) and I realised that I was holding a pebble grey cashmere hoodie I designed at least 25 years ago…it had my first label in, and yes,  the satin cuffs (although I wear the sleeves down so I am the only one who knows about the satin)… fortunately the moths had not had a picnic on this one... one… so before they decided to descend on it I treated it to a spin in the machine (best defence against moth attacks is spring-fresh clean cashmere… they love to lay their eggs in a pesky bit of protein… euch… seriously, this may even be a minuscule splattering of food undetectable to our eyes… and then when the eggs hatch the larvae feast on that creating the holes that we know and dread discovering… apologies for the detail but good to understand… I hope). Anyway… the moral of the story is that if you buy beautiful cashmere,  look after it and it will look after you for many years to come… as I have just reminded myself… said Hoodie is nestled between me and an oversize cashmere keeping me cozy as I write this… I love the look of a layered Hoodie… wearing the pebble grey under my Amber cashmere crewneck makes it feel more sporty plus it serves as a great anchor for the necessary “hair tuck” on less than perfect hair…
Question – does the size label in your garment bother you? What I mean is… we perceive ourselves to be a certain size (for example I am a 10… in Wakeley…although probably something much larger in Zara…) but if we want to wear something in a very oversize way does it bother you that your size label may say a much larger size than you actually are? Although I know better… it’s only a label after all…it still bothers me (and a lot of other women I know, if the truth be told)… so with this in mind and to stop the process of pigeon-holing by size of pigeon-holing by size I decided to name the sizes instead so you are how you FEEL when you choose to wear a particular size… for example, sometimes I want to wear something in a more shrunken way… a little skinnier (hence the name SKINNY MINNIE)… other times I want to wear something in a super oversized way… in a FABU-LUXE way… size really doesn’t matter… its all about how something makes us feel and these labels always make me smile when I reach for a cashmere to put on… clothing should be uplifting in every which way… especially right now... surely?
I often get asked what shoes I am loving and right now (and I never thought I would find myself saying this)… I am loving the Birkenstock Arizona shearling sandal… sooo comfortable and look great with everything from jeans, to joggers or a slip dress… and give a discreet peek of my at-home pedi… but gently disguise the fact it’s not salon flawless… heavenly…
Finally I was thrilled to discover that the current issue of Vogue had given us a shout out for our chunky jewellery… in their piece Looking to Update Last Season’s Dress?… “Go For Gold…. Chunky metal jewellery has become as synonymous with everyday dressing as the trench coat, meaning that a new gold chain choker equals a guilt-free buy that will endure”… well I couldn’t have put it better myself… from their lips to your neck
I hope that you, your family and loved ones are safe and well 
Sending love Ax
P.S. – Happy Tails on a sunny day I couldn’t resist popping my sunglasses on Lola’s head this morning… she indulged me for about 5 seconds… but hey the sun is out… sunglasses on…
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