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Toil

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I picked this simple little dress up one evening whilst browsing the night market in Chiang Mai. The shape caught my eye as we walked past, and then I spotted this black one in amongst all the colours and prints. It’s made from this lovely crinkly, raw cotton and you can see from the construction inside that it’s hand made. For a tiny ฿200 (about £4) I couldn’t say no and it became my go to dress in the sticky Thai heat.

Toilworn started life as The Windigo, but as the brand has grown this name no longer seemed to reflect the feeling it aimed to evoke through its pieces. Thea’s beautifully bold pieces have been on my radar for quite some time now, ever since I first laid eyes on the arrowhead pendant and became instantly enamoured. Made from solid silver, everything is so pleasantly weighty, especially the chunky rings. They feel substantial and tough, but have an undoubtedly feminine edge too. The vertebra ring had become one of my newest favourites, though it’s no surprise I was so drawn to it when it’s like a bone shaped mini weapon for my finger! I definitely feel a little fiercer whenever I’m wearing it.

Toilworn will be officially launching soon with its new online store, but in the meantime, get a sneak peek over on the brands Instagram.

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Arura

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Arura is a newly launched luxury knitwear brand based in Leicester. Their pieces are made in the UK, crafted from the finest quality yarns and produced in limited numbers, making these real forever pieces. Leicester has a long and rich history of knitwear production, so it’s really wonderful to see a new label emerge here and breathe new life into this sadly dwindling scene in the city.

This ‘Sofiya’ tee is knitted from the softest charcoal merino wool and features a unique geometric cable knit pattern to the front. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a short sleeved jumper before, but I definitely feel like I’ve been missing out now. It’s perfect for this inbetween kind of weather we’re having right now, where I can never seem to decide if I’m too cold or too warm. It’s also ridiculously snuggly, with a tight but comfy fit, which makes it feel like I’m in a cozy little cocoon that I never want to take off.

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Naska

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If you were to ask me when I first fell in love with this jacket, I’m not sure I could tell you. It has been this almost mythical, holy grail piece ever since I first became interested in fashion and it was the first item I ever deeply longed to own. I would spend hours pouring over photos of off-duty models and celebrities wearing theirs, giving off this effortless kind of cool, and sit thinking of all the things I would do if only I owned that jacket.

After years upon years of wanting, I can finally say the Rick Owens Naska jacket in buttery, blistered lamb is mine. Since it arrived I’ve dreamily touched it and tried it on more times than I can count. Yesterday I sat in my bedroom editing these photos in it, just because.

There’s something about the cut of this jacket that has always captivated me. The relaxed wide collar, elegant tails, super slim fit and asymmetric fastening create a piece that is both edgy, but classic too. A go with anything staple that will instantly add a little flair and drama to any outfit without being too overt.

The blistered lamb leather is also one of the most gorgeous finishes I have ever come across. It feels almost more like cloth than leather, and the crackled, textured finish catches the light so beautifully. It’s much lighter and thinner than I had imagined, but yet it doesn’t feel delicate either. It has this softness and a relaxed, slouchy kind of drape that moulds to the body and hangs so perfectly that its as if it’s been cut especially for me.

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Cowl

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We’re almost in May and the last days of spring, and yet we’ve still only had a handful of days that have been warm enough to step outside without a jacket. So, I’m trying to make the most of them in case this is all we get!

I’ve had a bit of a field day with the H&M sale lately and picked up a bunch of great basics, plus a few slightly more interesting pieces like this cowl tunic. If the weather here understood what spring was, I’d say it’s the perfect spring piece – light and airy, with a little extra warmth to keep the chilly breeze out.

Also, for some reason I haven’t been able to take off this string bracelet. A monk tied it around my wrist whilst we were visiting a temple in Thailand and since then I’ve become oddly attached to it, even more so the tattier it gets. I’m not religious myself, but I really can’t bring myself to cut it off. Maybe I’m just trying to cling on to my holiday for as long as possible or maybe it holds some subconscious significance, either way, I think I’m going to leave it until it falls off by itself.

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Uncertain

Although I’m glad to finally be able to leave the house without being bundled up in almost every layer I own, this time of year is my least favourite of our seasons. Mainly because it’s so unpredictable and it’s forever catching me out. One day it’s virtually summer, legs out, jacket off, the very next you’re shivering at the bus stop cursing yourself for optimistically leaving your layers at home. I really should know better by now after all these years. It’s funny how quickly you abandon the idea of sensibly carrying a few extra layers at the sight of a little sun after a long, cold winter though.

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