why i do what I do.....

I am now Fashion Director at Glamour magazine but following on from the success of my weekly column in the Sunday Times Style magazine I thought I would bring this page to life every week and also give you the chance to comment. This page is not for me to dictate what you should be wearing but to offer ideas on how to put wearable outfits together. Its not what you wear it's how you wear it!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

The Nineties…..

This week I am getting nineties nostalgia….prints, logos, AF 1, bandanas….I can just keep going!  This week you can have the chance to WIN two iconic pieces from this decade the dungarees and a logo bag both seen below!  All you have to do is leave a comment below or retweet the blog to enter and I will announce the winner on Saturday 19th April… good luck!

TIP … firstly I have taken a hooded parka and worn this as a dress and I love this bandana print ts an iconic 90's reference but in monochrome it brings this right up to date and adding the flat sandals gives this a more modern twist and what a better way than adding a logo bag to finish the look

hooded parka worn as dress and plastic shopper by dkny
shoes by marni
sunglasses by the row for linda farrow

TIP… oversized boyfriend blazers were key in the 90's and worn with denim dungarees adds a laid back cool thats perfect for the weekend and worn with the iconic footwear of the 90's, the airforce 1 was the accessory of the moment back then but the more modern way to wear them means investing in the latest ones by Riccardo Tisci to add a bit of colour and soul to your outfit

blazer by tommy hilfiger
dungarees by current elliott
t-shirt by gap
trainers by riccard tisci for nike

Monday, 7 April 2014

Natalie Hartley Cycles.....

Triathlon training is underway, the running needs a slight polish but I need to get accomplished at the other two sections of the race....bring on the bike!
My training bike of choice comes from Tokyo Bikes....who doesn't want to work out and look cool! We wear the latest trainers so why not have the hottest bike to match!
These bikes are not technically race bikes, although you can get them adjusted to allow them to be used for a Triathlon, but these are great for everyday cycles to get you into the swing of it!
My challenge....cycling to work and weekend cycles

The shop is in Shoreditch and Neil Davies who founded the store talks me through my choices

The colours to choose from are amazing and so the first decision is which colour to pick! They all come with these amazing tan leather seats and handles and the paint work is slick in any colour
Not shown here but you will see my colour choice when it arrives!

The next more practical decision is the handle bar choice and the difference between the two options is basically am I looking to race or be able to add a bit of comfort to my ride

I choose comfort every time and the slightly higher handle bars suit me better so take it for a road test. Each bike has seven gear options and they bike is light and easy to use

Not only are the bikes cool but the headgear is too (safety first but it's also about style eh!)

Want to try something new?
Latest in protective gear is the 'blow up' helmet, designed to be charged, worn around the neck and on any impact it blows up around your head! Trust it? For £300 you bette hope so! But there is no price on safety and I think it's quite genius!

To get everyone in the mood for cycling I have also discover these new fun flexible laces for your trainers by Hickies. They are perfect for flexibility of the feet when cycling (and running as I have road tested them!) and this week you can WIN a box of your very own! Just retweet the blog or leave a comment to enter! Winner announced at the end of the week!

One more thing for those interested if anyone lives in London Tokyo bikes to daily cycle hires for £12 a day so if you just want to cruise around on something nicer than a Barclays Bike then head this way!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

White Soles…..

The trend for the summer shoes comes in two forms flats and white soles … be it trainers or shoes they are a key detail to look out for when investing in a pair this summer.   One of my favourite styles I have seen so far are the pair I am wearing below and one lucky reader can WIN them.  Just leave a comment below or retweet the blog to enter…deadline Friday 4th April…good luck!

TIP…don't try too hard with these shoes as they have a masculine feel they can look great with jeans or alternatively they are a great way to update an old skirt or dress.  I have worn in neutral tones but they would also look good with colour or print 

t-shirt by gap
jeans by levis
shoes by shellys
sunglasses by prada

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Styld by.....Gap

I am having a big denim moment right now and who better to head to for classic denim than GAP.  But this summer they have the classic styles and colours but with a twist and I have picked out my favourite pieces available in store now!  But today you can WIN the jeans in the first look thats also in the GAP blog post up on their site today just retweet the blog or leave a comment below, deadline saturday 29th march....good luck!

click here GAP and see more about this feature!

TIP...back to the 90's but channel Winona Ryder or Drew Barrymore for this, high waisted jeans with a simple white tee and leather jacket, I love the frayed hems of these jeans and it gives the outfit a modern update

jacket by acne
t-shirt by hush
jeans by gap
trainers by converse

TIP... nothing looks fresher in summer than head to toe white so why not try a bleached denim jacket to act as a top so keep done up at all times.  I love the extra long turned up sleeves on the jacket too and the frayed collar is a new style detail to look out for why not even try it yourself and rip off the collars of your existing denim jackets

jacket by gap
trousers by atea
trainers by converse
sunglasses by thierry lasry

TIP... looking for a smarter look denim option then try indigo denim, I have layered a parka over the top as the new season is all about coat layers

jacket by gap
skirt by jil sander
boots by prada