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Wet Weather – We need to prepare our wardrobes!

We have been having a very rainy time of late. Some people have been having it really bad with flooding in their homes and business premises. My heart goes out to them as there is very little that can be done, when you are at the mercy of the elements.

Not to make light of their situation but is there any way that we can get through a daily commute and get to work without looking like a drowned rat? Do you have a hair dryer at work to rectify a bad wet hair situation?

Do you have a great rain mac with a very strong umbrella or do you prefer a mac with a hood?

I’ve had a look around and the following companies have some nice rain-macs and coats:

Seasalt have a waterproof collection or you could try the rain coats at The Cambridge Raincoat Company.

Aquascutum do a lovely rain mac like this Double breasted raincoat Lana or why not try some Swedish design from Stutterheim, at Make it Rain.

If you enjoy wearing a bit of colour through the bleak weather then perhaps a mac in bold stripes from Boden is what you are looking for. Joules has a big mix of country style coats.

Obviously no raincoat listing would be complete without a mention of Burberry. I love that you can design your own burberry trench coat on the website.

Do you have a windproof umbrella? I’m thinking of getting one – this one at Stutterheim sounds really good.

Just as I get my head round the wet weather and preparing for it…..apparently we’ll soon be getting the icy cold that has hit America!

 

 


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Fashion Forecast – staying frost free

With the threat of snow, blizzards, floods and goodness knows what weather we will all get in the next week, I have put together a frosty white and grey look. Stay warm with warm white furry accessories like a scarf or hat. I went for grey to offset the white and sparkley silver jewellery works nicely with this look. A really stylish grey coat is a more practical choice than white and the same goes for the grey gloves!

Stay Frost free
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Got it in the bag

I am often scrabbling around in my lovely handbag looking for this or that. I’m pulling out item after item to find things. I realised that it’s not giving a great professional impression as a business woman. The handbag should look co-ordinated, smart, organised and still have all the ‘just in case’ weather requirements we need in London!

So, here is a range of looks that you could work in your handbag.

Stay practical and beautiful!!!

Got it in the bag
From top right:
It’s All Black
An all black look for the lovers of classic all black.
A compact mirror with an interesting padded texture, a black pashmina to keep the chill off, a range of pens (because you always need a pen), a Salvatore Farragamo keyring The statement McQueen scull handled umbrella adds a bit of edge to the look.Then I picked another McQueen item – a smart leather cosmetics bag,a YSL leather business card holder and a classic black Mulberry wallet.
Pink Lady
This look starts with a gorgeous bright pink Kate Spade wallet, then add a fun makeup case by Lulu Guinness, a pretty pink pen, a cute pink poodle key ring, a lovely bright pashmina, a black and white compact umbrella for unexpected showers, compact travel mirror from Sergio Rossi and keep your business cards safe in a black Rebecca Minkoff case.
Keeping Cool in Blue
Choose a quirky makeup bag such as this one by Marc by Marc Jacobs and work the rest of the look around it. A Vivienne Westwood wallet in stunning blue shade, a silver compact mirror, a swarovski blue pen, a Marc by Marc Jacobs compact umbrella, a deep blue Forzieri pashmina, a Mulberry silver star key ring and finally a silver business card holder from Kate Spade.
Red, black and fun
This smart but fun look starts with a McQueen business card holder in a bright red leather. I love this fun keyring dog by DSquared2. Then we add a bright pashmina from Forzieri for when the weather turns, a smart pair of ball point pens, a bright red compact umbrella will chase the rain away, a very smart ‘I mean business’ black embossed make up bag from Comme des Garcons, a fun red compact mirror and last but not least a Comme des Garcons spotty leather wallet.