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The Shearling Returns

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

I'm happy because it's now cold enough to snuggle up in jumpers and my favourite shearling jacket. Don't get me wrong, I do hate the cold as much as you do, but I find joy in layering up and playing around with textures and cosy fabrics.

I'm wearing:

Jacket | Topshop (similar)
Jeans | Levis (vintage - similar)
Top | Topshop
Shoes | Mango

This shearling jacket was undoubtedly my star purchase from January's winter sales and although it got a teeny bit of action in the earlier months, I've secretly been counting down the days until I could wear it again. Unfortunately it's no longer available, but Mango have produced a really similar style. The denim is vintage - I chopped and frayed the hems as I love the slight flare on this pair. I found a really similar cut on Topshop here.

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The Apartment SS17

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Every season I look forward to The Apārtment, especially when it comes down to seeing what new look they go for; it's the ultimate place to hunt for interior inspiration. If you're unaware... The Apārtment is the primary location for professional influencers during London Fashion Week. The space has been specifically designed for bloggers to recharge their batteries between shows, work, eat and mingle with likeminded individuals.

This season, The Apārtment teamed up with DFS to fill the room with comfy, stylish sofas

Sofas from DFS.

The central Soho location meant it was super easy to pop in and out when our schedule allowed. Georgia and I were able to stop by between presentations, have a bite to eat and even monogram an Aspinal of London clutch with our initials (it's true loveeeeee).

 We were lucky enough to enjoy brunch with Ego on the Sunday morning - the Aubaine croissants and juices went down a treat. Oh, I know you're probably wondering where the cute little dusty pink cushions are from too. They're from H&M Home and yes, I've already made the purchase for my own flat - don't they look amazing against the indigo sofa?

I couldn't believe it when Abi told us that the sofas were from DFS, they looked so incredibly luxurious and brought the room to life. They chose a palette of grey, mauve and indigo fabric sofas, exuding style and comfort (warning: you'll never get back up once you've sat down - refer to second and fifth images). Thankfully, The Apartment organised one of their Hyundai cars to take us to the Phoebe English presentation; the only thing stopping me from munching on sweets and watching the shows live from the projected screen all afternoon.

See what I wore on day three here.

This post is in collaboration with DFS.

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Autumn Whites

Thursday, 13 October 2016

So it's come to that point, mid-October, when we have to dig out our coats from storage and cherry pick which styles to take forward into the new season (and rehome those that need to go. Luckily I still absolutely adore all of my coats - I can't reinforce the importance of buying outerwear that can stand the test of time, but more of that another time).

I'm wearing:

Coat | Ganni
Jeans | Acne Studios
Shoes | Sandro
Tee | Whistles
Bag | Sandro (similar)

It would be difficult, however, not to pick up one or two new styles... I've got black, camel, grey, shearling and teddy coats nailed, but I realised I was missing something checked. You're going to be seeing a lot of check, tweed and houndstooth this season, but not as you may expect. Traditional tweeds and houndstooth styles have been given a fashion makeover - just look to Balenciaga's AW16 structured peplum jacket for example.

Danish brand Ganni has been on my radar ever since my last purchase... Does something orange ring any bells? I think they produce such quality, fashion-forward pieces for a fraction of a designer price tag. Seeing as I'm not quite yet ready to let go of summer, I thought I'd give my Acne denim and Sandro shoes one of their last outings. Goodbye summer!

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Melbourne: The Guide

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

So here we have a whole post dedicated to Australia's southern city; Melbourne. Oz's self-proclaimed coffee capital did succeed in impressing me (but only if we exclude the fact it was -1 degrees in July - it was a bit of a shock having come from 32 degrees the week before on my graduation day in Hampshire - I'd barely packed any winter clothes!)

Melbourne is such a diverse and multicultural city with true charm and character. If you want to discover where to find the best brunch spots so 'Pinterest' it hurts, delicious coffee or somewhere to kick up your feet after a long day of exploring then please, read on...

Best neighbourhood:

Chapel Street

For Melbourne's coolest cafés, restaurants and shops, you've got to visit Chapel Street. It's like stepping right into Kreuzberg in Berlin, plus it's also where I ate some of the best food of my trip... Hit up Uncommon for brunch, Fonda for dinner (basically Australian Wahaca) and Borsch, Vodka & Tears for a Polish after-dinner vodka-based cocktail - you won't regret it. The street stretches 2.5 miles from South Yarra (the posh end, with designer boutiques such as Green with Envy) right down to St Kilda (with Windsor in the middle - my favourite part). You're also not that far from St Kilda beach, just hop on a tram.

Brunch at:

No. 60 Chapel St, Windsor, VIC 3181

This little piece of Insta-heaven exceeded all expectations. With complimentary green tea, a lovely touch, we tried the acai smoothie bowl and avo on toast = both winners.

Area: Windsor
Hours: 7am - 3.30pm weekdays (8am on weekends)
Nearest tram: 78, Stop 43, Chapel St/Maddock St
Price: ££

If you like art...

...visit the National Gallery of Victoria. It's free entry and artworks range from indigenous pieces to seasonal exhibitions - Degas was running when we visited. (It's also a great place to stop off when you're after some wifi... Ssssh!)

 180 St Kilda Rd, VIC 3006

Area: Southbank
Hours: 10am - 5pm
Nearest tram: Flinders St Station
Price: Free!

Yet more brunch:

50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne, VIC 3205

Nestled between two sky-high glass office blocks, you'll find a beautifully quaint Victorian building known as The Kettle Black. The food was excellent and it definitely deserves its reputation for being one of the best breakfast spots in the city. But get there early as it can form quite the queue.

Area: South Melbourne
Hours: 7am - 4pm (8am on weekends)
Nearest tramStop 21, Bowen Crescent
Price: £££

Afternoon snack:

5 Degraves Street, CBD, VIC 3000

Doughnut Time is a relatively new doughnut chain taking over Australia's East Coast. This branch was just off Flinders Lane (Emily spotted the pea-green giftboxes from a mile off and it wasn't long until we clocked the branding and tracked it down). The nutella-centered Poké Balls were AMAZING (10/10 for on-trend doughnut designs!)

Area: Flinders Lane, CBD
Hours: 7am - 11pm (8am on weekends)
Nearest tram: Town Hall/Collins St
Price: £


The Royce Hotel
379 St Kilda Rd, VIC 3004

Dating back to the 1920s, The Royce is a boutique luxury hotel converted from an old Art Deco Rolls-Royce showroom. Upon arrival, we were upgraded to an Executive Suite with a huge balcony overlooking South Melbourne and jacuzzi bath and TV. It was complete bliss - the perfect retreat to spend the day recovering from jet lag and escaping the winter breeze outside. If you fancy staying somewhere hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD in a pretty, quiet part of town a stones throw from the Royal Botanic Gardens; the Royce is perfect for you.

Area: South Melbourne
Nearest tram: Stop 22, Toorak Rd
Price: £££

For the best coffee in town:

Shop 73-76 Dairy Produce Hall, VIC 3000

Melbourne is quite literally bursting with coffee shops so I wouldn't worry too much about tracking down a specific place, however, if you do find yourself in or around Queen Victoria Market I suggest paying a visit to Market Lane Coffee... Who doesn't enjoy an aethestically-pleasing takeaway coffee cup?!

Area: Queen Victoria Market
Hours: 7am - 4pm
Nearest tram: Queen Victoria Market/Elizabeth St
Price: £

Next in the series... Sydney!

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LFW SS17: Layers and Lengths

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Where to fuel-up?
Dean St Townhouse.

What to remember?
A thin-knit layer... London in September is unpredictable.

Styling tip?
Statement gold earrings can instantly transform your look into something very high-fashion.

Best show/presentation?
J.JS Lee. For her futuristic display of primary colours.

I'm wearing:

Dress | Zara
Top | Whistles
Bag | Chloé
Shoes | Office
Earrings | H&M

Day three (or day two, for me) was yet another whirlwind. We stopped by The Apartment in the morning for some breakfast and a little snoop before heading to the ROBERTS | WOOD presentation, followed by J.JS Lee which was amazing! Before grabbing something to eat Georgia and I headed back to The Apartment to monogram some gorgeous Aspinal clutches - see here! We then met a friend at Dean Street Townhouse for a late brunch before the Phoebe English presentation.

On the Sunday I wanted to wear something really transitional as the weather was being SO unpredictable! I paired my ribbed Whistles top with an oversized, boxy midi dress from Zara - the drop-hem/ruffle was very 'me' and I couldn't resist this piece when I saw it last week. I finished the look with a sleek low-pony, oversized gold earrings and my very trusty black sock-boots from Office.

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LFW SS17: Shades of Tobacco

Monday, 19 September 2016

Where to fuel-up?

What to remember?
A pair of flats. I was limping in and out of Ubers within the first two hours.

Styling tip?
Ruffles on your shirts are still cool. Matching your tobacco-shade accessories is also compulsory.

Best show/presentation?
Peter Jensen. You best get out those gardening gloves, ladies!

I'm wearing:

Shirt | H&M
Jeans | Acne Studios via Tuchuzy
Bag | Chloé
Shoes | Mango

Now I'm officially a Londoner, I have absolutely zero excuses to miss London Fashion Week - it's always the highlight of my February and September. I'm also working full-time which meant I was only able to attend on Saturday/Sunday but was still able to catch the shows with my LFW partner Georgia India (this was our fourth season together now!) Saturday went something like this... Peter Jensen, coffee, Markus Lupfer, Xu Zhi, more coffee, palmer // harding and then straight home to bed.

You may also notice that my site has had a complete makeover! I spent time researching and designing a new site for my Final Major Project at University and thanks to Ana, it's been made into reality. There's going to be a whole lot of new travel content coming up, along with weekly outfit posts and more. I can't wait to start a whole new chapter on Maisie Ivy and share it with you.

I picked up these jeans on my travels last month (Melbourne, Sydney and Bali guides are on their way, respectively) in a beautiful boutique that sold all my favourite brands in Bondi. Seeing as the weather has been OK(ish) in London the past couple of weeks I thought I'd keep my outfit relatively summery before coat season arrives.

As you may know I'm a huge fan of frilly shirts and probably own one too many but I love how it looked, especially paired with the tobacco/tan accessories which really pop together.

Check back tomorrow to see what I got up to on the Sunday.

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Friday, 15 July 2016

I'm wearing:

Top | Zara
Trousers | H&M
Bag | Chloé
Sunglasses | & Other Stories
Necklace | Brandy Melville (Silver)
Earrings | H&M

I'm normally drawn to silver jewellery and silver only, but recently an array of particularly nice gold earrings and necklaces have swayed me a little... It's tricky when all your piercing studs and rings are silver, but I don't think that mixing gold and silver is particularly criminal.

As I'm preparing for my Australian travels, deciding what's coming with me is proving a tad difficult... Not seeing certain items of clothing for 6 weeks is making me feel sad! A capsule wardrobe is essential, as well as a variation of layers and swimwear seeing as Melbourne is currently 15 degrees and Cairns is 27... Eeeeeek!

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