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Additionally, three entrants who share the most will win a £50 gift card.

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Wakeley Woman SS17 Campaign


The Spring Summer 2017 Wakeley Woman collection is filled with some gorgeous items, and features dancer Kate Byrne as the face of the campaign.

Epitomising strength, elegance and beauty, Byrne is a perfect choice for this fantastic collection, and the pieces all sum up these three characteristics. It's a classic and contemporary collection, with luxurious items that you can wear everyday to feel and look amazing.

I am loving the cashmere items, particularly the Aldridge pebble and black joggers and the Hathaway pebble and black cashmere top. So soft and the top has a gorgeous draped racer style back which makes the piece even more luxurious! The Pixel black contrast blazer is an amazing power piece- and I'm hoping that Theresa May wears this to PMQs!

Get inspired with moments of everyday luxury by checking out some other new arrivals at Amanda Wakeley here.

Amanda Wakeley

Vive Theresa! PM meets with French counterpart


It was a red, white and blue display from Theresa May on Friday when she met the new French Prime Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve. Our PM wore a navy suit from Escada and the 'vintage' leopard and rose print kitten heels from Russell & Bromley x Beverley Feldman. She wore a bright red cranberry style string of beads and matching bracelet to greet her French counterpart- ooh la la!

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Top tweed at LK Bennett


I'm partial to a bit of tweed, and I'm excited by LK Bennett's new tweed pieces for this season!

The design team at LK Bennett have worked in collaboration with the weavers at Linton tweed utilising their 100-year old archive as a source of inspiration. Established in 1912 and based in Carlisle, Linton Tweeds are world-renowned for their luxury textured woven fabrics made using specialist weaving techniques. Unique luxury yarns sourced from all over the world are blended to produce exceptional fabrics woven at the mill in England; and their designers have selected those of the highest quality, which are dyed in bespoke colours tailored to their collections.

My two favourite pieces are the Vetti coat and the Wren dress. Crafted from blue flecked tweed and boasting a princess collar, the Vetti coat has an artfully fringed hem, pockets and sleeves and covered buttons. Versatile and chic, the coat can be worn over a dress and also with cigarette pants and a crisp white shirt for a truly modern look. 

The Wren dress is a modern update on the classic mini. With a raw edged hem and a flattering cut, this is a piece that can take you from season to season. Expect to see many female MPs donning pieces from this chic collection! 

Theresa May and Louison d'Or


Louison d'Or
Theresa May's faux fur collar from Louison d'Or caused quite a stir amongst fashion fans when it made its debut at Davos in January. It's clearly not your traditional black faux fur neckpiece, and not everyone can carry off a furry number with such aplomb. But our Prime Minister once again showed that a quirky fashion piece can work at even the most serious of venues.

Lousion d'Or is the brainchild of Emilie Lhoste. Based in London, Lhoste designs and creates the range of accessories in her studio and has been in business since 2012. I caught up with Lhoste following the buzz of her scarf making headlines and to find out more about her and her business.

Emilie in her studio

When did you first begin creating accessories?

I started to design accessories when I was a child :) I started to do this in France when I left the airline industry to work on my own and make my design dream a reality.

We moved in London in 2012 and after one year, the time needed to be sure the children were settled in, I decided to launch Louison d'Or - Name representing Louison, Oscar and Romeo, my children.

What is the inspiration behind starting your own line of accessories? 

I always liked to create things and I love fabrics. I am always in search of comfortable designs, and I try to keep my creations both trendy and chic. I use a large range of materials and colours, then I play with them. My workshop is my creative bubble.

What influences your designs? 

I am always inspired by people, culture, nature, and as I am half French, half Italian living in UK, I believe these 3 countries give me the inspiration to create beautiful things..

Dolce vita and design from Italy, elegance and romanticism from France and finally the dynamism and creativity from England! I am lucky I love these countries so much!

What do you think about Theresa May's fashion choices and sense of style?

I admire people who own their choices. I think Theresa May is a charismatic woman and she has a strong personality. We can feel it in her voice, in the look in the eyes, and of course in her great sense of style.

Politics is a serious job, and to dress how she likes, displaying her personal and original style gives her some fun and a sense of freedom. I was privileged to see her wearing my faux fur collar in Davos!

Black and White Ball, PMQs and world leaders: Theresa May's week


A week of high drama and important visits to Downing Street, this one has been a good one for the Prime Minister.
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On Monday, Theresa May welcomed Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu at Downing Street. The two leaders held a bilateral meeting which you can read more about here. For the meeting, the Prime Minister wore an Aztec print dress from Amanda Wakeley and a navy two fabric blazer. She wore the Saucy heels from Russell & Bromley.

In the evening, Theresa May hosted her first Black and White Party as Conservative Leader. Held in Battersea, the evening was cut short for many attendees due to the ongoing Brexit bill votes in the House of Commons. For the event, the Prime Minister wore an elegant black tailored dinner trousers suit, lace cami and an oversized black and white plastic chain necklace. I have it on good authority that she was wearing black block heels (although sadly, no photos.)

On Wednesday, May took part in PMQs. She wore a navy tweed jacket from DvF, navy skirt and the Vivacious pumps from Russell & Bromley. She was also back in the House in the evening for the final Brexit bill votes.

On Thursday, the Prime Minister welcomed the new Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at Downing Street. The two held a press conference following their meeting.

For this meeting, Theresa May debuted a new grey tone shift dress and jacket from Escada! She teamed it with a pair of gold Twister block heels from Russell & Bromley.

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On Friday, Theresa May was in her Maidenhead constituency. Here she met with constituents- and returned to her navy and white staple suit outfit. I have it on good authority that she wore the black patent over the knee boots from Stuart Weitzman.

Why I love the stylish loafer


Loafers have made a big comeback in recent years, and thankfully, are not just for the guys! Whether you call them a loafer, a brogue or a slipper, having a pair in your wardrobe makes you seriously chic.

Bridging the gap between formal and casual, the invention of loafers can be credited to The Alden Shoe Company. Creating a pair at the request of actor Paul Lukas, the slip-on shoes were accessorised with tassel detailing. We commonly associate the penny or tassel loafer with the Ivy League/preppy set, but many 'non prepsters' are equally keen to sport the laceless, low shoe.

Duke & Dexter
Perhaps one of the most exciting new loafer brands is Duke & Dexter. Founded by Archie Hewlett, the British brand specialises in premium shoes for those who appreciate modern, functional and spirited apparel. Designed and made in the UK, the Duke & Dexter range of loafers are innovative in form and function, offering an array of textures, colours, prints and motifs for a truly contemporary lifestyle. Famous fans include Poppy Delevingne, Ryan Reynolds and Eddie Redmayne, who wore a custom pair of loafers to collect his Academy Award.

Another famous fan of loafers, and a favourite of this blog, is our very own Prime Minister, Theresa May. Recognised as a lover of flat shoes, May has some pretty fabulous loafers and brogues in her wardrobe, notably from the retailer Russell & Bromley. May has sported a black suede loafer complete with silver toes and a fancy, glitzy cocktail slipper over the past several months. She has the leopard version of the latter, making her a true loafer fan.

Theresa May's cocktail slippers
I own a few pairs of loafers and embellished slippers. One pair has my monogram on, whilst another has a leather tassel with glitzy detailing on the heel. Another has intricate embroidery, and another embraces my love of leopard and metallic toes.

I wear flat shoes 90% of the time, and they should always be functional and stylish. With such stylish individuals showing that flat shoes don't have to be boring, the humble loafer will always have a place for the fashion fan.

What's your favourite style of loafer? Who do you think wears them well? Share your thoughts in the comments! 

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