Wednesday, 7 September 2016

A/W16: The 10 Shades for Autumn

*Insert speakerphone* Calling all fashion junkies. The most important and favourite month on the fashion calendar has arrived! 
With a month of endless catwalk shows, trends and updates for SS17, what better way than to dedicate this post to one of the main and one of my personal favourite areas which set the scene for fashion trends each season - Colour Analysis and Prediction for this autumn/winter. 

Even though we are on our way to the end of the year. I thought I'd begin by introducing, or reminding some, of the chosen Colour of the Year by industry leader Pantone: Serenity and Rose Quartz. With everyday stresses becoming evermore prominent in the western world, the popularity of wellness and mindfulness grows with it. Influenced by the need for calmness and relief, Executive Director of Pantone Leatrice Eiseman describes the combination of these tones: "Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and pace."

Acting as the base to this season's colour palette, the colour of the year, leads us nicely on to the curated colours for A/W16. "Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colours in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades." The underlying tones of Rose Quartz and Serenity, added with grey, red and mustard yellow intertwines peacefulness with warmth, confidence and a 'touch of the exotic'.

See below a selection of pieces that I have picked out which incorporate this exciting seasonal palette with some of the upcoming trends - velvet, nightwear as day wear and glamorous grunge. 

Suede Leather Bag with Fringing, £209, Maje

First & I Lace Trim Slip Dres, £26, ASOS

Frilled Top, £17.99, Zara
Palazzo Trousers, £22.99, Zara

Velvet Balls Earrings, £6.99, Mango

Ramona Ankle Boots, £34.99, Public Desire

Hallton Shift Dress, £65, Finery

Crinkle Velvet Blazer, £65, Topshop
Velvet Crushed Trouser, £55, Topshop

Monki Button Through A-Line Pocket Skirt, £20, ASOS

Suedette Trench Coat, £52.65, Front Row Shop

Patterned Dress, £39.99, H&M

Thursday, 7 July 2016

A Day at the Championships, Wimbledon

Wimbledon, a prestigious sporting event and the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It's a popular event for any crowd, and lucky enough for me, I got the opportunity to attend. 

My godmother and I set off at 8:45am on Saturday 2nd July and made our way to the venue under bright, clear skies. Instantly immersed in the atmosphere, our day began on Court 12, catching a small glimpse of Cilic vs Lacko - my very first Wimbledon experience. With a big match continuing on Court 1 at noon between Djokovic and Querrey, we left Court 12 and waded through the crowds and outside courts to find our seats and get comfortable for what we hoped to be a very interesting match ahead. However, just as we sat down in our brilliant seats (row 2 behind the service line) we were greeted by our first shower of the day. 

With a light drizzle delaying matches, we took the opportunity to begin our picnic, which Jackie had wonderfully prepared for the day, along with a glass (and then a couple more) of Prosecco.

Movement returned on Court 1, and what an incredible and historical match it was. With a couple of pauses throughout due to the unpredictable yet predictable weather of Wimbledon, Djokovic was knocked out of the tournament in four sets by a truly brilliant performance by Querrey. 

Court 12.

The infamous Henman Hill.

Court 1 awaiting Djokovic and Querrey.
Capturing the players during their first knock up, and a couple of close ups of Novak.


As the light yet relatively frequent showers kept passing over during the afternoon delaying many matches, we spent our time off the courts visiting the hall of fame and of course took the opportunity to photograph my Wimbledon OOTD.

René Lacoste was nicknamed 'the Crocodile' by fans and later on created the Lacoste tennis shirt in 1929, a brand still well known to this day.
Just like Lacoste, Perry also launched a tennis shirt in 1952 and used the original Wimbledon symbol of a wreath as the brands' logo.

As the grey clouds finally disappeared and the sun lit up the venue, we spent the rest of the afternoon on Henman Hill witnessing Murray win his match on Centre Court. We then moved back to Court 1 to enter the evening with our final match of the day - Kyrgios vs Lopez. 

Nick Kyrgios

Feliciano Lopez.

Shirt - ASOS
Trousers - OSMAN
Shoes - Adidas
Belt - Vintage
Bag - ASOS

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Lydia X

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Paris Re-visited (Part II)

After what seems to have been a 3 month blog hiatus, I can happily say that with a slightly updated blog and a brand new post, I am back. Hooray! *insert claps*

With holiday season in full flow, what better way to welcome us all back to LVwears than with part deux of my trip to Paris.(If you missed Part I or would just quite like to read it again, click here).

It's funny because I've found myself saying that I don't have enough time in the day to get things done, but in actual fact, it's pretty impressive how much one can actually do in a day; and my days spent in Paris proved exactly that. This is precisely why I love visiting new places; the desire to see as many sites as possible but still maintaining that sense of relaxation. And interestingly, since writing part 1, my summer plans have hugely picked up, including a trip to Prague in 3 weeks, which I genuinely cannot wait to explore!! Of course, this will mean a couple of posts about that trip, so keep your eyes peeled! 

Day 2 of Paris was yet another fun filled hectic day. With an early start and a warm pain au chocolat in our hands we headed straight to the infamous Louvre.

After an extremely long queue on what happened to be another sweltering day, we entered the glass prism, picked up our map and headed straight for the Richelieu Wing to be welcomed by a sunlit indoor courtyard with French sculptures neatly positioned for a remarkable presentation.

Lion au serpent.
Four Captives (also known as Four Defeated Nations).
Hercule combattant Achéloüs métamorphosé en serpent.
Twinning in black and white.
My Top: ASOS
                    Shorts: Missguided
                        Backpack: New Look
           Sisters' Top: Topshop            
          Shorts: ASOS
           Bag: Mulberry

With a beautiful gold stairwell leading us to the next exhibition, we entered the Napoleon III apartments. Room after room flowed from deep reds to cobalt blues all precisely yet exaggeratedly finished in gold; they were rooms perfectly designed for royalty and definitely fit for an emperor.

As expected, the astonishing architectural designs of the building did not disappoint as we entered the Sully Wing, we passed painting after painting until we reached a sudden empty open space with a single sculpture sitting at the far end of the room. The perfect combination of a simplistic room set for a simple yet powerful sculpture of The Winged Victory of Samothrace.

The Winged Victory of Samothrace.

This powerful sculpture acted as the supporting act to one of the most famous paintings in the world, Leonardo DaVinci's - Mona Lisa. Her popularity of course had attracted large groups of tourists, all pressed firmly against the barrier to capture the best picture of her (or for many, with her). After a couple of minutes patiently waiting, we made our way to the front to find the infamous painting sitting right in front us behind a glass panel, much smaller than I originally imagined her to be, yet confirming the brilliance of what I knew she would be.

Mona Lisa.

We completed our time at Le Louvre in the final Denon Wing, visiting Greek antiquities including the statue of Aphrodite and more sculptures which featured work by Michelangelo. The museum was a wonderful place to spend our morning and a must visit site in Paris for all visitors.

Venus de Milo.
The Dying Slave - Michelangelo.

After a spot of lunch, we strolled along the bank of the River Seine, passing the Pont des Arts and soaking in the sun until we arrived at Notre Dame. The queue was ridiculously long to enter, so unfortunately we gave it a miss and decided to take a calming boat trip back up the river to the Tour Eiffel instead.

The Lock Bridge on Pont des Arts. Couples or loved ones lock in padlocks on to the bridge and throw the key into the river as a symbol of everlasting love. 

We settled by the Eiffel Tower with a crepe and pot of ice cream. Had a little siesta and to complete our evening, watch the sun set gorgeously behind the tower. As the sun went down, it was time for us to head up the 704 steps (yes we walked all the way!) and took the final lift to the highest accessible point of the tower to watch the city gradually light up though the darkness.

To complete our night and finish our trip on an amazing high, we descended the tower as it lit up and positioned ourselves just in time to see it beautifully sparkle as the clock hit midnight.


After having two perfect days in Paris, we spent our last morning back in our favourite area of Montmatre. We purchased a couple of paintings from the artists we found on day 1 and visited a wonderful chocolate shop - Maison Georges Larnicol which had hundreds of different types of chocolate, rows upon rows of colourful macarons and to top it all off, Parisian sites made from chocolate on display among the shop.

So, did we enjoy ourselves? 
We left Paris with an extremely large smile on our face. 

Typical tourist.

Lydia X