Baby Flamingo

PINK FEATHERS.    I am currently seeing feathery vests, jackets and shawls everywhere I go but no one seems to wear it on a daily basis like they do with their furs. Personally I find feathers a lot more accessible and unique as well as a reduced risk of about 80% that someone will throw red paint on you or chase you down Brompton Road. I seem to love the same colours for my clothes as I do with my make up and fell in love with the orange- pink of these ostrich feathers. What excited me the most about the jacket was passing a private art gallery on Mount Street and spotting three flamingos with crystal encrusted legs and how we matched perfectly!




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photos taken by Gillian D in Soho

LEATHER GLOVES
 FEATHER JACKET FROM FANPLACE (COVENT GARDEN), 
WRAP TOP + RED SNAKESKIN BELT
ZARA TUXEDO LEGGINGS
 MARY- JANE PLATFORMS

Laundry Day

LAUNDRY DAY.   Before the summer started I had this fantastic (not so much now) idea of throwing out most of my old clothes only to find that I am working with a very select wardrobe. I thought this was quite an amusing idea as it still feels as if I am living out of my suitcase as I had done just two months ago. The launderette I took these photos in always make me smile as my best friend once commented on how ghetto it is and that she could not believe they still existed in London. Whenever I see it I think of that movie 40 days and 40 nights and funnily enough there was a couple in there that day.



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IMG_6409CORSET WORN UNDERNEATH CRYSTAL TOP, ZARA SKIRT, BLACK MARY- JANE PLATFORMS, RALPH LAUREN BLACK LABEL KIMONO JACKET, MARNI BROOCH, PRADA KEYRING (OLD)

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BLOG AWARD.    I have just reached two months of blogging and all your comments, emails and subscriptions have stunned me. It is so nice to have your support and recognition, especially in the form of a cute 'blog award' from thehiddenfairy. I think the purpose of this is to let you know a little more about myself, so I have tried to make it as visual as possible.





LEFT+TOP RIGHT Favourite colours; turquoise, dusty pink and yellow ochre.
BOTTOM LEFT Favourite flowers; peonies and ranunculus.




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ANIMAL
TOP               My Gatsby!
BOTTOM      Lion- lop bunnies

NUMBER       3


DRINK            Iced tea, water, pink lemonade and fruit mojitos


FB/TWITTER     I use Facebook more but probably Twitter.Tweet me @thehauteheel ;)




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PASSION portraiture. 
TOP           I'm waiting for the next face to come along that captures my imagination. I paint commercially   
                  and by commissions too. 
BOTTOM   Fashion photography is a love of mine although I would never call myself a photographer.
(Love fine jewelry, flirting with the idea of becoming a diamond buyer although I really want to be an editor. Will talk forever about politics. Also dog- obsessed.)

GIVE/RECEIVE: Obviously I love receiving presents but when it comes to my boyfriend I feel so much better buying him things than for myself.

PATTERN : Not so much patterns, more embellishments! Probably floral patterns made of sequins and beads. Or colourful tweed if that counts?


DAY : Definitely not my birthday, I always find it so stressful.

This blog is as much for my readers as it is for me so as you can see I am experimenting with a few changes to my posts. If you have a preference, let me know what you prefer. I'm about to shoot my outfit today and it will be an exciting one! :)

A Sunday

THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ART Is one of my favourite pieces of architecture in London and I love the history behind it. There is currently a ballet exhibition on Degas and if you have read my Hermes post (two posts down) you will know that I am a huge fan of ballet. Apart from being incredibly nostalgic to almost every girl, the beaded costumes, tulle tutus and big pastel satin bows are always inspiring. This a casual Sunday afternoon and evening that I decided to share with you. Being in a space with beautifully curated objects that create an alluring atmosphere is one of my favourite things. The food photos were taken at Kyashii a modern Japanese restaurant in Covent Garden where I had my first date with my boyfriend that we go back to every now and then.

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Enlightenment


I am studying History of Art at university and historians always remind me of tweed, elbow patches and bow ties; all of which I reserve a great deal of fondness. This is what I would typically wear to lectures, minus the heels because despite the chunky heel, these are actually really difficult to walk in. The shorts used to be part of a playsuit that I picked up in Thailand but I got bored of the top half and cut it off while leaving the printed silk shorts. The balloon shape is strangely flattering because it is high- waisted, its the illusion that it sometimes looks like a skirt. 


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SHIRT-RALPH LAUREN
BOW TIE-RUGBY RALPH LAUREN
SHORTS-CUSTOMIZED BY ME
JACKET-ZARA
HEELS-MULBERRY
BAG-COACH

Day to Night


Today I woke up anticipating breakfast with my friend and lunch with another, not expecting that after a few more texts I would have around four engagements throughout the day. In such situations I find it useful to have one or two transition pieces for day into evening. For this occasion I opted for satin sandals and a velvet blazer.





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September

photos from the Laduree



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TOP-ZARA 
 SHORTS-VINTAGE 
BLAZER-ZARA 
TIGHTS-WOLFORD 
FLATS-SINGAPORE 
BAG-ZARA

Hermès ‘Salon de Musique' at the Royal Opera House




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Hermès is not about acquiring as many candy coloured Birkin, Kelly or Constance bags to validate your position in fashion or social status. To truly own a Hermès creation, whether it is a scarf or an iconic bag, is to have a confident sense of culture and to appreciate the Arts. It must be remembered that Hermès sails above the mainstream and thus those who can wear it to its full potential must also have a certain superior, modest elegance.

As I observed the fashions of the night I surprised myself by favouring the sartorial choices of the mature guests. Sadly, you are highly unlikely to spot outrageous pairs of six inch, tasselled and bejewelled Louboutins on them but you are able to gently rest your eyes upon their quiet grace and civility. Their Hermès scarves became accessories, their bangles and bracelets were wonderful additions to their overall comprehension of style. They were no mannequins for Hermès, instead they were admirable connoisseurs.

One older lady seated near me at the dinner was quite the Miss Havisham character with her powdered face and candy floss chignon. She dressed in all black; I did as I was uncertain if this was more of a ‘fashion’ or a Royal Opera House event. On her marriage finger was a stunning seven- carat plus emerald cut diamond, so heavy that I was quite sure she was unable to use that finger to support her fork. Others were equally whimsical in their beauty and adornments and many people chose to sparkle in tiny, twinkling sequins, beads or satin sheens. The men were also noteworthy, I am a great fan of foulards and pocket squares which almost all of them had draped on their lapels or tucked into their jackets.




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The contemporary dance came after the champagne reception. It was an intoxicating, terrifying performance full of animalistic vigour. Four dancers, two men and two women crawled, leapt and grazed across the dusty, smoky stage choreographed exclusively for Hermès. They conveyed such urgent desire that their bodies moved in an agonising, tortured way whilst preserving the delicacy and form of traditional ballet. Some movements were languid, sorrowful in their expression with artful quivering. Others were incredibly physical and violent where their bodies were possessed with passionate electricity. It was so severe that the performers seemed to gain strength from their portrayal of pain. If I could relate it to something more tangible for you readers, I would describe it was very Fauvist.



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The dinner was quite a contrast. Earlier this year I had dinner and watched a ballet performance on that very same glass- house like terrace. That night Hermès had transformed it into a ‘My Fair Lady’ dream with a huge variety of flowers hung from the ceiling on spindly copper wire. There were a few amusing ‘accidents’ where these fragrant ornaments plunged onto the dining tables but these were forgiven as it meant those close by could take them home as a souvenir. The crystal glasses were understated and delightful. The table setting was simplistic and classic, in strict keeping with the concept of Hermès. The food was a delight and a popular favourite, roast duck with dauphinoise potatoes. Usually I expect these parties to be a little lazy with their catering, but this was such a pleasant surprise. The wine served has since become a new go-to favourite of mine, Jardin de Cigales Viognier. It was very fitting for the event as it was light, slightly sweet and evoked the essence of the botanical ambiance.




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The part that truly made me smile was that the crates of fantastical flowers around the dinner tables were for the guests to pillage at their freewill as a token of the night. Whilst some took their time to concoct a tasteful, delicate bouquet (my friend), others clearly well versed in choosing flowers appeared with giant armfuls (using their husbands as vessels as well) of tropical greenery and exotic lilies. Then there was me, likely to be one of the youngest of the guests there, whom with much glee picked the ones I found most beautiful, therefore ending up with a rather incoherent mix.



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Undeniably Hermès hosted a tasteful and imaginative party that embodies innovative culture under a perfumed glass sky of suspended flowers. There seems to be a rite of passage in owning something ‘Hermès’ and that is a stake in society and an education in the Arts. After all my godmother always told me that if you are a worldly career girl you are entitled to a Birkin, but I may add that if you are a believer of the ‘Great Masculine Renunciation’* then none of this need apply.

*A husband’s wealth and status is indicated by his wife’s appearance, possessions, dress etc. instead of his own.


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October



MY OUTFIT
1920's DRESS-AFTERSHOCK
SHOES-RALPH LAUREN
RING-DIOR FINE JEWELRY

LIZA'S OUTFIT
DRESS-ALICE TEMPERLEY
SHOES-ZARA
CLUTCH-LOUIS VUITTON
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