Woke up this morning in the mood to wear white and a grey cardigan, especially now that I'm quite tan. And the whole reason I felt like wearing that was because when I saw my friend Natayla the other day (before we went away for the weekend) that's what she was wearing. It looked great against her tan and everything seemed to sparkle: her blue eyes (mine are brown), her diamond stud earrings.. all weekend, I was in the mood to wear white and grey, and when I woke up this morning, and that's what I put on, I knew that Nat was my inspiration.
I've been asked to do a bunch of interviews lately for some reason, and one question they always ask is 'Who is your style influence' and 'Who is your style icon'.
And I always say Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie Kennedy (in no particular order) but I've realised, that often my strongest influences are my friends. So I started going back thru my archives: I don't shoot Nat every time we meet (that day last week, for example, I didn't have my camera with me) - and often we'll just meet locally, we live nearby and we'll both be wearing really cosy pyjama-ish clothing - but Nat always looks great. Since London isn't her main home, I can see that she tends to mix up just a few items - and while some of it is expensive, more often than not it's H&M. (In fact, the tan leggings she's wearing in the top shot - with the Missoni cardigan - are H&M and I bought the same pair because of her). She just has great style but more importantly, she's got that quality, that zest for life and - as I always sensed was the case with Audrey and Jackie - fashion is absolutely not the most important thing in her life. She cares about the things that matter: kindness. Family. Love. Freedom. Joy.
I'm running out to meet my brother for dinner. My husband has already left, I'm late. These days, life is happening really fast: it's getting harder to find the time to post, so please bear with me. This will be part of a series, so stay tuned..