Flannels SOS Competition

Competition time guys.

I've teamed up with designer e-tailer Flannels to offer one of you lovely readers the chance to win one of their Selection of Summer (SOS) prizes for a pre-summer holiday treat. The prize includes an Amazon kindle (for all that one-handed sunbed reading), Undercover leather kindle envelope, Bumble and Bumble Surf spray (the ultimate beach head enabler), Piz Buin sun lotion and £50 to spend on anything on Flannels. I have my beady eye on that T by Alexander Wang playsuit... 

I've made a moodboard of favourite summer pieces from Flannels above (just click on the pieces to shop), but I've left room for one more item...  All you need to do to enter is check out the Flannels site and tell me what you'd add to the mix to complete the perfect holiday wardrobe. 

In the comments box below, tell me what you'd choose and why - I'll be picking my favourite entry next Friday (25th April). Sadly this is only open to U.K readers this time.... But I have a different giveaway coming soon that international readers can get involved in too. Make sure you're logged in or leave a twitter handle when commenting so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck everyone! 



Back from Barca

You may have seen from insta that I was in sunny, hippy Barcelona over the weekend. 

It was a working trip, so whilst always great to see and experience a new place, it's not quite the same as travelling purely for fun and doing exactly what you want, when you want... Still, I did do a lot of walking and exploring so can fill you in with more pictures and a few ideas of places to visit very soon. I'm already plotting a trip back to the Catalan capital to experience even more of what we got a glimpse of this weekend; delicious food, cheap cava, great architecture, lazy cappuccinos in sunlit squares and skate culture everywhere you turn. 

Plus, it was super nice to be able to wear slides all day errday (without feeling like an idiot), dig out my old Levi's white denim jacket after 6 months in storage and come home with pink noses and lots of new freckles.

White denim jacket | vintage Levis (similar here and here)
Sunglasses | Rayban 
Leather jacket | Whistles
Jeans | Zara (similar here and here
Slides | Isabel Marant (similar here and here)
Bag | Cos (similar ones here)
Top | And Other Stories (similar here)

P.S a few of the links above go to Shopbop and you can currently get 25% off everything for two days only with the code INTHEFAMILY14... 


Flasher Mac

An appropriate setting to shoot the kind of trench coat normally reserved for dodgy park-residing flashers. Long, light, breezy and topped off with a few utilitarian buckles, this is the latest addition to my wardrobe in an attempt to outwit this weird, transitional time of year. Slouchy enough to bring me back round to the realm of trenches, it's the kind of piece I plan on dressing up and down. And it makes me feel instantly 'chic' (ick) whenever I put it on which is no mean feat.... All in all, it's a new goodie I plan on wearing a lot. Albeit fully clothed underneath. 

Now, time to pack for Barcelona... Follow my instagram @lucywilliams02 for updates of our travels while we're away. It'll be my first time there and I can't wait to explore. 

Trench coat | Zara (similar ones from ASOS here and here)
Jumper | Gap (similar here and from Topshop here)
Bag | Cos (similar here)
Leather leggings | Alice and Olivia 
Sandals | Birkenstock 
Sunglasses | Rayban
Necklaces | Lumo 

 ph. by James Wright using Leica M Series 


Daria for Mango Take Two

My all-time favourite babe Daria is back on the beach for Mango's high summer campaign. Slinky slips and breezy lace dresses paired with an abundance of bleached driftwood and sand becomes a bit of a recipe for perfection when you add the Ukrainian-Canadian beauty into the mix. And any editorial with a horse in it is good with me. 


Weekend Beauty

I couldn't decide what to call this post. Weekend wash bag, travel beauty, packing essentials... You get the jist. I didn't want to put 'holiday' in the title as this isn't so much about sun care, more about the essentials I'd pack for a weekend away. And with a working weekend in Barcelona on the horizon, this felt like the perfect time to share the products that always make it into my case. 

 I'm a confessed product junkie, or more precisely, have a roster of can't-live-withouts that come with me wherever I go. When packing though, weight and ease of use matter more than ever so I tend to reach for light, smaller staples like these. 

From L-R:

1. Percy & Reed No Oil Oil | My flat, fine hair needs a bit of help at the best of times and this is a great substitute for a massive can of mousse to get the same sort of thickening effect. 

2. Kiehls Creme de Corps | The one and only body moisturiser. Sinks in quickly and lasts all day. 

3. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish | A smaller version of this staple I've mentioned before - I use this in the morning and a face wipe to take make up off at night (sorry haters). 

4. Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream | I've spoken about this before in my Winter Skin Saviours post but it's still going strong. The tube is very portable and a little goes a very long way.

5. Aesop Rose Facial Oil | I'm an oil addict so even for a weekend I'd take either this or my Perricone MD Chia Serum to use at night. 

6. Nars Laguna Bronzer | I don't wear makeup everyday, but when I want to look half decent, bronzer is always an essential and Nars' are without doubt the best. 

7/8. Original Mineral Shampoos and Conditioners | I am that tragic person that decants products into those travel-sized containers. As I said, tragic. So it's nice when a decent brand does really good travel-sized products. Aussie brand Original Mineral is pretty new to me, and indeed the entire U.K, and I love the textures and smell of its products - these come as a set of 5 different ones to mix-and-match. 

9. Moroccan Oil Light | I'm new to Moroccan Oil (I can hear all you fans shouting 'how!') and absolutely love it. This mini oil is a good way to try it and is much easier to cart around than the big, regular sized one. Go for the light version if you're blonde. 

10. Caudalie Beauty Elixir| This stuff is amazing. I don't know why or what it really does, but it's a little refreshing, toning spray I like to mist over makeup to save from looking too done or powdery. Amazing on grey, hungover skin too. 

11. Eve Lom Primer | Eve Lom's new makeup range is pretty special and it's managed to convert me to primer, a product I previously stamped with a 'superfluous' label. Now I get it; if you want makeup to last all day, start with a layer of primer. 

12. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser | Foundation isn't really my bag, but tinted moisturiser on the other hand I'm a big fan of and, put simply, this is the best. 

13. Bobbi Brown Blusher Brush | Best friends with Nars bronzer, you can't really do one without the other. 

14. Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour | Using fingers to put makeup on makes everything better and dewier - I doubt you'll go back to powder after this one. 


Ladders and Boards

After going over to L.A to shoot skater Dylan Reider for the upcoming issue of So It Goes, Jamie returned with two new additions. A gifted board for him, and a wooden penny-style board for me. To save from being that tragic person that simply carries a board around for (overage) cool points, some serious practicing is going to have to go down. But for now, I'm happy rolling around on it in our backyard. 

On a side note, this Pringle top is providing some light relief from white tee groundhog day. I guess it relates to what I was saying in my previous post on the little things; a small difference that makes an age-old monochrome combination feel just that bit newer. And I love how it looks layered over black so the sheer, ladder-stitch can really come into its own.

Trainers, Adidas Originals | Jeans, Zara (similar here and here) | Ladder stitch top, c/o Pringle | Leather jacket, HnM (similar here and here), sunglasses, Rayban

ph. by James Wright using the Leica M Series


It's the Little Things

While the mass trends (I'm looking at you, Chanel Supermarche) are fun, I find it's normally the smaller touches and subtle details that I end up adopting each season. They let you feel like you're trying something different, without mixing it up to the point you forget what you actually like, versus what the catwalks have told you you should like.  
So, I thought I'd flag up some of my favourite styling details from the A/W 14 catwalks that I for one, plan on adopting, or at least attempting, immediately. 

1. Do as Whistles do, and roll over your waistband. O.K it might not work on everything, but these apron-style waists are super flattering and make everything look just that little bit more relaxed (always a good thing).

2.  Phoebe says re-think the old tunic-over-trousers combo and so we do. I dread to think what this actual Celine look would like on anyone other than a 6 ft model, but love the overall effect of the matching, knitted tunic and trousers. Keep it all one colour and streamlined to save from looking like you forgot to take your nightie off.

3. If in doubt, keep it slinky and simple. It's no secret I am a fan of all things monochrome, especially when it comes to sleek separates like these at Narciso Rodriguez. The simple palette lets tiny touches likes the satin trim say it all. 

4. "De-sex" a slip dress with a trench coat. Really loved how Michael Kors made a silk slip dress feel almost sensible with the help of a long camel coat. Loafers and minimal makeup also work to keep it super casual. 

5. Statement doesn't have to be scary. I can always appreciate a 'trophy piece" (if not the phrase), but normally on other people rather than myself... By pairing this kilt with a classic pea coat and plain silk top, Mary Katrantzou made me rethink what 'statement' means. On a side note, the whole of Katrantzou's non-print focused collection was just amazingness incarnate.

6. Belt up. I've never been into the cinching thing, but Isabel Marant is the master of re-appropriating trends we swore we'd never try (two words: wedge trainers), and suddenly wrapping a belt round a jacket or coat is more covetable than ever. 

7. Fray that denim. King and queen of the stuff, Marques Almeida proved frayed denim is no one trick pony. Forgo the seams and fray your cuffs, hems and edges instead.


8. Put a polo neck under jacket about everything. Nothing new, but not one to forget and perfect for this transitional time of year. Barbara Bui shows us how its done.

9.  Go low. Ditch the bra and go for an even deeper v-neck as demonstrated by Haider Ackermann. Keep the V narrow and as prim as possible to save from any misdemeanors....

10. Untuck a white shirt. I love the effect of this simple cotton shirt untucked and poking out from under a jumper at Philip Lim. Super cool and as far from try hard as you can get. And everyone has a white shirt right?


That Holiday Feeling

I personally think one of the best feelings in the world is looking forward to a holiday. Those weeks at work spent surreptitiously shopping for bikinis and wafer-thin dresses, researching restaurants, bars and beach reads, and trawling Pinterest for snaps of your chosen destination to get you even more excited. Or is that just me...

Well, I'm beginning to get that feeling right about now, with a break in the sun on the horizon in May. And, after a long old winter and some fairly big life changes, I'm more than ready for a few days horizontal somewhere warm. Can anyone guess where I'm going from the wishlist? 10 imaginary points to anyone that gets it. 

 Clockwise from L-R

Printed trousers | Maje
Sunglasses | Karen walker
Denim shorts | Ksubi
White tunic | Topshop
Coin Bracelet  | Madewell
Clutch | Antik Batik
Embroidered top |Day Birger et Mikkelsen 
Bikini | Zimmerman
Satin dress | HnM
Gold anklet | Orelia at ASOS
Roll-on fragrance | Byredo
Leather slides | Topshop 


Emeson Fry's Clean Summer

New York label Emerson Fry has been on my radar for a while and its look books are always the epitomy of wearable and inspiring. It's current summer collection says it all; clean, cool and  grown-up, it basically makes me want to be one of those (annoying) effortlessly chic people this summer. Sadly, I am the person who has to tuck their napkin into their collar when wearing white and can't be trusted around a glass of red wine and a sofa. Still, it's always nice to have aspirations innit. 


Insta Favourites

It's been a crazy few weeks since Venice, with lots of new projects and challenges keeping me on the frantic side of busy. One of said projects is the transformation of the blog with a new URl and site design currently in the final stages. But don't worry, it won't be scarily radical - I know how annoying it is when a blog you love changes it's entire format. But I hope you'll love the new look as much as I do and can't wait to share it - stay tuned is pretty much the message here!

But, in the meantime, I thought I'd share some current favourite things that those of you who follow me on instagram might already be familiar with.... 

This HnM lace skirt is making me count down the days till bare leg season (and not (sartorially) dread wedding season quite so much). 

Working weekends aren't so bad when they look like this. 

Guilty of sometimes taking it for granted that I live near one of the most famous streets in the world - but occasionally even I can't help bu play tourist.

Sure you'll be seeing a lot more of these MiH Phoebe jeans and HnM platform trainers. I'm kind of obsessed.

Winter is coming and I for one can't wait... Wearing my new Sleep Shirt that was kindly sent to me. Planning on wearing it outside of bed too for maximum sloth-like behaviour. 

Bought this vintage cross on Portobello market a few weekends ago - worn with my Orelia spike necklace. Still cold enough for my Wool and the Gang jumper too (one small perk of this extended winter). 

Personalised birth chart from Anya Hindmarch. Scarily accurate I tell you... Plus, I am only 3.5 in dog years (read spring chicken).

A few Spring favourites I'm wearing whenever there's a hint of blue sky.

 Pringle of Scotland ladder stitch top, vintage Urban Outfitters Levis, Manebi ponyskin espadrilles, Larsson & Jennings watch and Aesop and Jurlique potions. 

Think I've finally managed to break in the surprisingly uncomfortable Adidas gazelles. But it was worth battling those spiky tongues (seriously, they are like tiny little razors) cos I love them - and they're just about loving me back now too.

Trying on every single coat in the MiH showroom.... And taking selfies while at it.

All images via my instagram @lucywilliams02