Style in the City – what to wear in New York

Of all the wonderful cities in the world, it is New York that I truly wish to visit. Times Square, the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, a Sex in the City Tour, Broadway, there are just so many things I want to do and places I want to visit, the Big Apple is absolutely top of my bucket list when it comes to travel and city breaks.

Travel giant Thomson recently asked me to create a fashion mood board for the city I would most love to visit, and obviously New York was my number one choice. I thought carefully about the theme of ‘party’ and decided that, in this most sophisticated of cities, party would mean cocktails and a night taking in a show on Broadway. I did think about using Carrie Bradshaw as my starting point, but, again keeping the sophistication of the city in mind, I decided to focus on Audrey Hepburn style in that most New York of movies. ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.

New York Mood Board



    New York Party Mood Board



My key choice was a Max Mara wool, silk blend dress that has both simplicity and elegance.  I love the fact that the dress is classic navy rather than black (Navy is a better choice for blondes). I would add a Jimmy Choo Agnes 100 glitter court in anthracite for a touch of glamour, with a Skinny Dip glitter clutch.  With all the glittery glamour of the bag and shoes, I would avoid Audrey’s necklace, but would give a nod to the pearls with some Tory Burch crystal pearl drop earrings.

The colour palette is stark, with the navy dress contrasted against the metallic glitter of both the shoes and bag, I think this works well as understated yet glamorous look that would work for cocktails, the ballet or Opera, or food in a top floor restaurant.

Have you ever visited New York?



Flash by Jimmy Choo – now at Debenhams

I have a new favourite perfume. ‘Flash‘ by Jimmy Choo is the 2nd fragrance from the famed shoe designer, and it is absolutely gorgeous. Scented with white flowers, and with elements of pink pepper and strawberry, this is a wonderfully intoxicating and sweet-smelling fragrance that lingers in the air long after you have spritzed it.

Jimmy Choo £36.00 - £62.00 DEBENHAMS EXCLUSIVE: Flash Eau De Parfum click to visit Debenhams

Encased in a wonderful Art Deco styled bottle that resembles a flashbulb, and with a pretty lavender coloured perfume, ‘Flash’ has the look of something you would’ve found on Jean Harlow’s dressing table. But the scent itself has a modern edge, reminding me of the original Juicy Couture fragrance. The strawberry and pink pepper come through very strongly, as does the white lily. There are also elements of tuberose and more woody elements, which help to tone down the sweetness, making it a very addictive fragrance.

Flash is available exclusively at Debenhams, and, at the moment, they are offering customers the fantastic option to try the fragrance, and receive your money back if it is not for you. Simply order your chosen bottle of Flash (Prices starts from £36 for a 40ml bottle) and with your order you will receive a free sample. Try the sample before you open the full size, and, if it is not for you, you can return the unopened full size for a full refund. Which is a fabulous idea, but I certainly won’t be returning mine anytime soon.

Flash is available exclusively at Debenhams until 28th January, when it will be available nationwide.


Zara Phillips makes a stunning and modern bride.

Canongate Kirk Edinburgh front view

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This month started with a rather dodgy royal wedding in Monaco, but ended with an utterly charming one in Edinburgh. Zara Phillips today wed her rugby star fiance Mike Tindall at the beautiful Canongate Kirk in Scotland, and she looked absolutely amazing.

Zara opted for an off-the-peg dress, rather than a bespoke creation. The dress was by Stewart Parvin, and was a simple yet elegant design of ivory satin and tulle.  It featured a concealed corset and had a bell-shaped skirt.  She wore this with a neat chignon in her hair and the Meander tiara, with its distinctive Greek key design. This tiara belongs to her mother Princess Anne, so may well have been her something old and borrowed. The dress featured a short train, and was teamed with a tulle veil that was attached to her chignon.  Zara also wore Jimmy Choo shoes. Overall, it was a fresh and beautiful look that I really loved.

Zara made a stunning royal bride and was accompanied by bridesmaids and maid of honour Dolly Maude, who all wore surprisingly short dresses, also designed by Stewart Parvin. These were also in ivory, which seems to becoming an on-trend colour for bridesmaids this season. I loved the ballet pumps the girls were wearing, and think that Dolly Maude looked really chic in her neat shift with bow waist.

All in all, a super stylish wedding party.