Edita wears | Irreplaceable

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Trench: Sinéquanone, Shoes: Boohoo, Sunglasses: c/o Wudwuk, Clutch bag: c/o Escada
Images by Ming Chan

“I love Yves Saint Laurent and Giambattista Valli and Givenchy, and I get given quite a lot, but perhaps nothing is as wonderful as the white fake leather trench coat I got when I was 15.”
– Natalia Vodianova

When it’s not too hot, nor it is too cold, the trench coat comes out. To be honest, living here in London, it never actually goes away. I think that’s the main reason why it is so quintessentially British. Come sunshine or rainfall, a trench coat has become my irreplaceable companion.

While out and about – I’ve also managed to convert this lovely Escada pouch into a clutch bag for the day. Its small size is extremely deceptive. I managed to throw in all of my needs for the day (think card, keys, smartphone, my Wudwuk sunnies when the sun went down, as well as lipstick and mirror), and there still a huge amount of space left for more stuff. My essentials in 2015 have certainly shrunk in size since the nineties. Just remember the size of our phones back then!

And the last thing I’d like to mention are the shoes. This pair from Boohoo may be inexpensive but it sure made me feel like a million. I believe it was Marilyn Monroe who said that all a girl needed to rule the world was a good pair of shoes. I wonder if she knew just how right she was.

Edita reports | Movado Group press day AW 2015

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The old me didn’t like watches much. I didn’t see them as useful. I used to think watches in all my iThings were enough. Although I can practically feel geniuses such as Patek Philippe and the watchmasters at Piaget judging me, my past ignorance is true. But that’s in the past. Like any good watch, I am moving forward. I now wholeheartedly appreciate the power and significance a handcrafted watch encompasses – it’s an extension of one’s character and an expression of individuality.

At the Movado Group press preview 2015, this sort of expressionism was made very clear. Lacoste translated their infamous polo shirts into watches, Tommy Hilfiger extended his infamous preppiness onto our wrists once more, while Coach added more reason to obsess over their leather craftsmanship. Luxury lines including Movado and Ebel subtly incorporated diamonds in their designs, adding a demure, grown-up elegance to their Autumn/Winter lines.

And this was where the personalisation kicked in. It was such a delight to have my own initials embossed onto a leather strap. Personalising takes the price right off the watch no matter how cheap or expensive. It makes it priceless and ignites the soul. Your soul. After all, your initials or a date of your choosing on a watch make it instantly one of a kind.

Thank you Movado Group for having me.

Edita wears | Shirt rebellion

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Trousers: c/o Linea Weekend via House of Fraser, Shirt: Boohoo, Sandals: Pedro Miralles, Sunglasses: c/o Wudwuk, Necklace: Dominic Walmsley London
Images by Ming Chan

If you want to have clean ideas, change them as often as your shirt.
– Francis Picabia

That moment when you buy a shirt for work and try it on, only to rebel and tie it at the waist. Well, this is that moment immortalised through the power of photography.

These light wide-legged trousers are a truly comfortable summer staple, perfect for a day look that happens to be jazzed up by the aforementioned shirt rebellion.

If you had been dropping in and out of this blog for some time now, you’re most likely familiar with Wudwuk – a super fun brand that designs sunglasses using sustainable wood. The frames are so extraordinarily light, I forget they are there most of the time. The perfect non-intrusive design.

Edita reads | The Art of Bedouin Jewellery by Heather Colyer Ross

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This book is an amazing profile of Saudi Arabia and the jewellery pieces specific to each region of the Kingdom. What I personally enjoyed looking at was the map of how semi-precious and precious stones, glasswork and design influences have travelled to the gardens of Allah from all over the world.

From medieval times, jewellery has been the sole luxury for the people of the dessert. Generally, the Bedouin people are very practical in the sense that all they really required are the bare necessities such as shelter, food, water, farming work and trade. The good life, the simple life. And yet there is nothing simple in the art of Bedouin jewellery. Local artisans are known for their scrupulous work when it comes to detailing and unique use of metal alloys.

Over the years what we now call Bedouin silver has earned a reputation of being a low grade, readily tarnished metal. Indeed, as it is tradition to melt down pieces belonging to past generations and create new artworks for the young, it is close to impossible to find historical pieces. By melting the silver and mixing in other metals, the purity of silver has gone down steadily, paradoxically adding charm and uniqueness to the craft.

There are now larger sales of Bedouin pieces around the world – but this does not derive from the fact that life’s good and demand is on the rise. On the contrary, the people of the dessert opt for selling their creations rather than keeping them. Some days are tougher than others.

But weddings are immune to tougher times. Any Bedouin bride, regardless of her status within the tribe, will wear the most epic of creations on the day of her wedding. Head, nose, neck, ears, waist – everything will be covered in artisan pieces, even if they are just borrowed for the day. Of course this makes me admire the devotion to tradition of the Bedouin people. I learn from them everyday.

While Bedouin jewellery can be bought almost anywhere these days, for the most unique pieces head over to the female-only souq in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I know one day I will.

Edita wears | White and gold

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Sandals: c/o UGG Australia, Dress and Headpiece: ASOS, Necklace: c/o Dominic Walmsley London

Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph, that liv’st unseen within thy airy shell
By slow meander’s margent green, and in the violet-embroidered vale.

– John Milton

Summer is freedom. Summer is daring colours. Summer is even more reason to wear white and gold. I mean, I couldn’t prance around looking like a forest nymph in winter, could I? Yet somehow in the summer, it is more than acceptable. It is borderline normcore.

I am a huge fan of combining gold with white. By default, this sort of colour scheme reminds one of Grecian style, but I decided to challenge myself and aim for a midsummer nymph look rather than your typical Athena. I know I will rock the latter as soon as fortune smiles at me and I find myself next to the Parthenon in a Grecian acropolis.

I am so glad to have found out that UGG Australia’s sandals are just as comfortable as their boots. I could walk for miles in these rose gold and leather beauties. I sort of did already – with all of this tree climbing and hiking through Richmond park. If you are jetting off for vacation this summer, do get a pair of UGG sandals. With the comfort and updated design, these are a no-brainer. These words are coming from a blogger, who’s picky as hell about sandals too.

Polishing off the outfit is indeed the Dominic Walmsley London necklace, which is glued to my neck at this point. I rarely take it off. From the designer’s Treasure collection, the piece adds a historic dimension to the outfit, building on a mythological, elfin/fairy-like element. Established 24 years ago, Dominic Walmsley specialises in beautiful contemporary bespoke jewellery as well as creating unique collections. I guess wearing a piece by a jewellery designer to the stars makes me feel just a little extra magical, just like finding a fern flower in bloom on a midsummer’s night.