My best friend is set to join a big corporate law firm in the fall, and she’s had a bunch of work meetings scheduled throughout the year. The dress code? Obviously suits. She’s been a bit grumpy about having to wear them, but it got me thinking. Suits are a projection of power and sex appeal when worn by women. Think about it, all powerful women have suits: Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde, bah! even Coco Chanel wore one. So I thought, maybe it was high time I started wearing them, and from the second I put one on I was hooked. Since then, I acquired a few snazzy ensembles with skirt/trousers variations as well as different shapes and fits of blazers.
This Paul Smith suit is my new favourite. Not only am I a big fan of the brand, but also this mustard yellow is a totally hit colour this season. This suit is chic and elegant, but summery and delicate at the same time. It’s the perfect combination, it’s Paul Smith.
I’ve always felt a good connection with the brand through one strongly unifying factor – we both adore Notting Hill. I saw THIS article in the news lately in which Paul mentions that he found Notting Hill to be his home away from home, as did I. When I first visited London a few years back I fell in love with the pastel coloured buildings and little gardens, and I made a promise to myself that if I ever moved to London, this is the place that would become my new home. Fast forward to today, and this is exactly what happened. I feel so fortunate.
As with the reminder of the outfit, I stole Aida’s camisole (something new) but stayed cosy in my favourite Chanel sling backs (something old). The pictures were of course taken in Notting Hill, as they should have been, just around the corner from Paul Smith boutique and atelier on Kensington Park Road. The sun came out and the whole neighbourhood was magically illuminated. Like heaven.
( wearing Paul Smith blazer and trousers, Apart necklace and earrings, Chanel shoes, Simon Miller bag )
Sporty swimwear is definitely my favourite. Not only for training at indoor pools or the gym, but also for summer trips by the sea. There is no doubt, Calvin Klein does the best sporty swimwear. Every women with a different body shape would find a suit that fits both halves of their body.
If you’re wondering where these pictures were taken? It’s Ischia, a very beautiful island in Italy, right next to Capri, where I spent a week of pure relax. Mezzatorre Resort is a paradise located only 10 minutes from the main harbour in Ischia. To get to this paradise we had to take pretty much all possible forms of transport: bus, plane, bus ferry and taxi, which took us the whole day. But trust me, the long journey was worth it! Mezzatorre has its own private park, pool, beach and spa, as well as few restaurants with great Italian food. The area is huge, so you can be sure to find a quiet spot to read a book or just sunbathe. If you’re planning summer holidays, definitely consider Ischia! It’s just as beautiful as Capri but less touristy.
( wearing Calvin Klein top and bottoms, Zara flats, Akollekt jewellery )
One of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever been to, with that unique vintage vibe, but a modern touch, The Portobello Hotel. I haven’t had a chance to show you any London hotels yet, as I live here. Although many of you often ask me to recommend some nice hotels to stay in London and I don’t know what to say. From now I can highly recommend this gem in a heart of Notting Hill, my neighbourhood and definitely my favourite area in town. If you want to experience sleeping in a room with a large bed and a huge window with a view to a typical Notting Hill garden, ask for room #16.
The Portobello Hotel
22 Stanley GardensLondon
W11 2NG London
( wearing Saint Laurent t-shirt or here, H&M skirt, Lovers & Drifters tee, Gestuz trousers )
My look from Paris Fashion Week, day 3. I’m obsessed with blazers and suits right now, especially when they are a bit edgy to break that strong elegant look. This one is from Unique runway collection, that was shown last month in London. And I loved this blazer at the first sight, it had to be mine. I topped the suit by adding gold jewellery from Apart ( ring here and here and here) and Elixa earrings. Their pieces always make me feel feminine and classy.
( Apart jewellery, ring 1 and ring 2 and ring 3 ,Elixa earrings, Unique blazer and skirt, See By Chloe shoes via MonShowroom, Mimeyco bag )
ph. Magdalena Zielasko & Diego Anciano
In collaboration with Apart.