The Striped T-shirt
My jersey Petit Bateau breton tops are too thick to be worn under well fitted jackets. The higher neckline makes me look like I've got an extra chin or two flapping under my jaw. I'm rather taken with this 100% linen striped tee from Isabel Marant Etoile. The material's breathable. Thin but not sheer and perfect for layering. I own several Isabel Marant Etoile linen t-shirts and have been very pleased with the quality. They wash well and have become softer with age.
Monica Vinader Riva bracelet
I know the stacked arm look is very in but seriously, I can't deal with the clanking noise every time I move. I've done that once and felt like I'm playing the cymbals in an orchestra. I've got the slightly more delicate and feminine Riva bracelet from Monica Vinader on my wish list for a few months now. It's classy and affordable.
Isabel Marant Etoile Kiana sweat pants
I'm always on a lookout for slim cut black sweat pants (like the Kiana from Isabel Marant Etoile) that do not look like sweat pants so that I can pair them with smarter tops without people realizing that I'm actually wearing.......sweatpants. (yes, a sweatpants addict's rather convoluted explanation) I've learned to avoid 100% cotton sweat pants because the heat from your body will make the fabric expand. Perfect if you want to channel M. C Hammer.
I stopped by Pretty Ballerinas' cramped boutique in Mayfair and was suitably impressed by their loafers (their other line called Pretty Loafers). Apparently, they're all made in Spain. I was surprised to find out that they do, in fact, run small. I normally wear a EU 34 (medium width) and had to go up 2 sizes (size 36) because my feet were slightly swollen in the late afternoon.
Balenciaga wrap around bracelet
I'm a fan of Hermes bracelets but their prices are prohibitive (2-3 times the price of a Balenciaga) particularly when we're talking about a strip of leather (!). This one's edgy but not overly blinged out.
Balenciaga Giant Hip Bag
Thanks to my friend, Lauraloo, I've been rather obsessed with the Balenciaga Giant Hip bag. It doubles as a clutch and cross body bag. In the world of overinflated designer goods, this one is priced just under £500 (for those of you who live outside of Europe. You lucky thing. You get the 20% VAT knocked off the price) which makes it more affordable than most of the other premium designer brands out there. It's great for schlepping around when I don't want to lug around my usual junk.
Aquazzura Belgravia Flats
Yes, I'm still obsessed with them. They're cool, bada$$ - WILL YOU LOOK AT ME type of flats. I only wish they're not so crazy expensive.
J.Crew Camo Sweatshirt
My US shopping buddy, Lauraloo insisted I MUST have it after trying it on at the store. It's on its way to me now. Thank you, Lauraloo! I've got the leopard print from Isabel Marant and a camo is a great eye catching print that's still easy to mix and match with. I hope that this sweatshirt, sweatpants, sneaker trend stays forever and ever. Amen.