Made With Love: Feldmos Brothers Sunflowers Art Pillow Cover

“Made With Love” is my new weekly feature, where I’ll be highlighting a favourite piece from an Etsy shop I’ve found and love. After all, handmade is best!

Tel Aviv-based store, Feldmos Brothers is a lovely interiors shop selling pretty printed pillowcases and cushion covers. This silk pillowcase featuring colourful art, in this case showing sunflowers, would be a lovely addition to any bed or sofa. I think items like these make fantastic gifts, too.

Feldmos Brothers Sunflowers Art pillow cover

Flowing River Art pillow cover by Feldmos Brothers, £18.61. etsy.com

See more beautiful items from Feldmos Brothers on Etsy.

Images courtesy of Feldmos Brothers

For Men: Grenson Shoes ‘Dylan’

I keep telling myself that I need a pair of smart shoes, because I seem to be lacking in anything remotely smart to wear to events, work, or even out with friends (just in case we decide we want to go somewhere nice for dinner or drinks). It’s this recent revelation that lead me to start my hunt, and I think I may have finally found what I’ve been looking for.

Grenson Shoes’ Dylan shoes feature a classic wing tip oxford brogue pattern and come in what they describe as a “rub off navy”, which I really like. I want something a little bit different, so not your traditional black or brown, and these are just that.

Throw on a blazer, shirt and trousers, or perhaps even some tailored chinos, and you’re all set! Let the drinks roll…

Men's Grenson Dylan shoes

Dylan by Grenson Shoes, £210.00. grenson.co.uk

Images courtesy of Grenson Shoes

Bargain Buy: Zara Burgundy A-line Woven Skirt

I don’t know about you, but I think a nice, rigid A-line skirt is a staple for any women’s wardrobe. There’s so many things you can pair such a piece with, so when there’s an affordable option floating around, you should do nothing else than snap it right up – even if it sits at the back of your wardrobe for a month or two. You’ll find a use for it at some point or another, believe me!

This burgundy woven A-line skirt, at just £35.99, is a brilliantly affordable purchase. Mix-and-matching this skirt with an array of tops and blouses is one of the easiest things you can do, and you’re almost guaranteed to look fantastic every time. It’s the perfect “I’m late for work!” piece, which we all need!

Burgundy A-line Woven Skirt by Zara

Burgundy A-line Woven Skirt by Zara, £35.99. zara.com

Images courtesy of Zara

For Men: Burberry London Leather Crossbody Bag

It’s only recently that I’ve started to tire of hiking a backpack to work every morning – it’s almost as if I purposely stuff my bag full just because the space is there, and not because I actually need all of the useless stuff I take with me to the office.

On that note, I’ve started looking for a smaller crossbody bag that could prove a slightly more classy replacement to my now tatty backpack. This eye-catching Burberry Leather Crossbody Bag, or something of a similar style, seems like it’d be the ideal option. It looks tidy and very office-esque, but at the same time has a pop of colour to avoid being too dull. Perfect!

Burberry London leather crossbody bag

London Leather Crossbody Bag by Burberry, £737.68. farfetch.com

If you have any suggestions regarding office-esque, compact bags like this lovely Burberry piece, drop me a comment.

Images courtesy of Farfetch

For Women: Cedric Charlier Single Breasted Coat

I’m a bit of a fool for a simple coat, and when that admiration is combined with evenings spent flicking through Farfetch, the inevitable happens. This blue cotton blend Cedric Charlier Single Breasted Coat is a fantastic staple to throw on over an array of ensembles when there’s a bit of a chill outside.

In the summer, opt for a slightly more care-free look by rolling up the sleeves and wearing the coat open with a floaty white blouse and cropped trousers underneath. Pair that with a chunky necklace and some simple black or matching strap heels, and you have, without doubt, got yourself an elegant, versatile look.

Perfect for the office or lunch with the girls!

Cedric Charlier Single Breasted Coat

Single Breasted Coat by Cedric Charlier, £504.73. farfetch.com

Images courtesy of Farfetch

Review: Jacamo Southbay Jacket

The lovely people at Jacamo sent me this Southbay Jacket (RRP £60.00 – available in navy, tan and burgundy) earlier this week and I was both impressed and surprised. Jacamo hasn’t been known as one of the coolest brands for young men, however I have to contest any negativity towards the brand, as this jacket, from overall style to quality, is just fantastic!

Jacamo Southbay Jacket

The tartan lining is very on-trend and incredibly soft, and the cut of the jacket is perfect. I wear a size small and there’s enough room for a t-shirt and nice chunky jumper underneath, and then the fit is rather snug with a slightly tailored appeal, which I really like. It’s a nice change not to have a winter jacket that is really, really chunky and makes you look like a bit of a frump.

Most importantly, this jacket does its intended job and is very warm but not so puffy that it leaves me sweating on the train on the way to work on those chilly mornings. I would even highly recommend this or something similar for a lightweight, warm coat for those evenings on the town or down the pub, as there’s plenty of pockets for your wallet and phone, too!

Take a look at more great options for a men’s winter jacket via the Jacamo website.

Images courtesy of Jacamo

5 Practical Winter Jackets for Women

Following on from my recent post titled “5 Practical Winter Jackets for Men”, here’s a list of 5 practical winter jackets for women that will definitely keep you warm and dry this winter:

Active 3 Layer Extreme Women’s Waterproof Jacket from Mountain Warehouse (£79.99)

Active 3 Layer Extreme Women's Waterproof Jacket from Mountain Warehouse

Fully waterproof and breathable, letting moisture out to keep you dry on the inside, this is a brilliant women’s waterproof jacket and it comes from Mountain Warehouse, a UK outdoor retailer that’s perhaps not as respected as other retailers for its slightly older demographic. However, it has to be noted that Mountain Warehouse is slowly catching up and is making high-quality outdoor gear that’s on the same level as some of the more expensive brands, such as The North Face. This particular jacket features elasticated draw cords on the hem and hood, giving it an adjustable and, consequently, more flattering fit than other styles.

Reaction Thermic Jacket from Craghoppers (£80.00)

Women's Black Reaction Thermic Waterproof Jacket from Craghoppers

I think this women’s black waterproof jacket (also available in blue) from Craghoppers makes a nice, lightweight and breathable commuter jacket – especially if you have a bit of a walk to the station in the morning and don’t want to get soaked before you get to work. This jacket also features a fleece lining, which is sure to keep you nice and snug on cold winter mornings.

Women’s Skiddaw Waterproof Jacket from Berghaus (£150.00)

Women's Skiddaw Waterproof Jacket from Berghaus

Perhaps because of its slightly higher price tag, Berghaus seems to be the brand of choice for female commuters in a lot of cases. I’m not sure whether they offer the best jackets if you compare all outdoor retailers, however the majority of their styles are quite smart, which gives them a bit of an edge for those earning slightly more than your average Joe. This waterproof jacket has a flattering cut and is fully waterproof. It’s also very practical in that it features a roll away hood, five pockets (plenty of room for all your bits and bobs) and adjustable cuffs and hems, allowing for an attractive fit.

W Welsey Trench from Helly Hansen (£150.00)

Women's Khaki W Welsey Trench from Helly Hansen

Because of its slightly younger appeal in comparison to most outdoor brands (excluding The North Face, which I personally find quite overpriced), Helly Hansen is a favourite of mine when it comes to outdoor gear, and jackets in particular. This women’s waterproof trench coat (available in khaki, black and navy) is probably the trendiest jacket on my list, but the most fitting in that this is a brand creating attractive outdoor gear for women that flatters the silhouette and has the practical features a lot of luxury brands we consumers favour are missing, such as being waterproof and breathable. Comfortable and versatile, this is a great everyday piece for when the colder weather hits.

Jilly Women’s Stylish Black Waterproof Coat from Trespass (£25.99)

Jilly Women's Stylish Black Waterproof Coat from Trespass

It’s not quite Helly Hansen, but this similar trench style from Trespass is a nice option if you’re looking for a somewhat stylish waterproof coat at a very affordable price. This jacket is fully waterproof, has 2 zip pockets, and the waist belt helps to flatter the silhouette. It’s a great lightweight option for that commute or a dash to the shops.

If you have any waterproof jacket suggestions, including styles or brands I’ve not included in this list, be sure to leave a comment with your recommendations.

Images courtesy of Mountain Warehouse, Craghoppers, Berghaus, Helly Hansen & Trespass

5 Must-have Tartan Skirts

Walking through London yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice that tartan skirts seem to have made a bit of a comeback for Autumn/Winter 2014. I must have seen about five girls wearing tartan skirts in the space of 30 seconds!

I’m a big fan of tartan skirts – I think they’re a classic – so I was really happy to see them about again. On that note, I’ve put together a list of five must-have tartan skirts you’ll love. Here they are:

Circle Skirt In Red Tartan Print from ASOS (£28.00)

ASOS Circle Skirt In Red Tartan Print

The length of this tartan print circle skirt from ASOS is what attracted me to it. This particular skirt is a great option for both work and play. Tuck in a white shirt for work or tuck in a graphic t-shirt for coffee with the girls. Either way, you’ll look fantastic in this vibrant piece.

Rocket Tartan Mini Skirt from Vivienne Westwood (£126.00)

Rocket Tartan Mini Skirt from Vivienne Westwood

I have to admit, I’m not as crazy as most about the work of Vivienne Westwood, however this tartan mini skirt is a beautiful piece. The colours are rich but not too bold and the cut is edgy. I’m 99% sure this will look fantastic with whatever you pair it with. That being said, it is a pricier option when there are so many much cheaper styles on the market.

Tartan Check Mini Skirt with Wool from M&S (£35.00)

Blue Tartan Check Mini Skirt with Wool from M&S

I’ve never paid much attention to M&S, partly because both my Nan and Mum buy their clothes there, however this blue wool tartan skirt is one of my favourites. Pair this with a blouse and blazer, throw on some black heels, and you’ve got yourself the perfect trendy office look.

Tartan Tube Skirt from Oasis (£25.00)

Black and White Tartan Tube Skirt from Oasis

This is probably my least favourite on the list, however I still like it because I think Oasis has a nice selection of clothing and is a little underrated. The main aspect of this skirt I like is the versatility of it and how it’s suitable for both casual and smart. Tuck in a t-shirt or scoop neck top for a little casual edge, or throw on a blazer and blouse for a job interview or meeting.

Plaid Circle Skirt from American Apparel (£48.00)

Black and Yellow Tartan A-line Circle Skirt from American Apparel

Skater skirts are brilliant for nights out. Throw this American Apparel skirt on with a cropped top or sweatshirt (as photographed) and you’ve got yourself a relatively effortless and affordable look that’s cute and even a little sexy. Perfect!

Opt for tartan this season and just have fun with it!