My fashion inspiration, like my cooking, comes from what is fresh and seasonal – with my own signature twist! I love the French attitude and their joie de vivre and this is something I try to bring to my own style – fashion should be fun!
Style wise, I’m always drawn to high waists, prints and bright colours. I love the classic elegance of 1950s fashion and am consistently drawn to the flattering cut, bold prints and gorgeous textures. Because Parisian women tend to veer towards classic shapes and colours, when I lived in Paris I didn’t have much competition for pieces in my style! I would often head to Le Marais district on Saturday mornings as there are some great vintage shops, such as Coiffeur. I’ve always loved to haggle and have a rummage in the €2 bin and found some fantastic pieces there!
I love wearing dresses, and look for cuts that I know flatter my frame (I’m quite petite at just 5ft 2 inches!) In terms of what I buy, I vary between looking for unusual pre-owned pieces or heading straight to the high street – you can get great value wardrobe staples and then easily dress these up with a vintage accessory or some high heels.
One of the hardest things about my tiny flat in Paris was the lack of storage space for my clothes – I had a little cupboard by my bed that was so full whenever I would try to open it, it was a health hazard! I try to clear out regularly and update my wardrobe with new trends – it’s good to go through what you’ve got and refresh your style with new seasonal pieces.
In the kitchen, my top fashion tip would be to NOT wear white! I like to be comfortable while I cook – I think that’s the most important thing, and would advise an apron if you’re messy (which I often am!)
I’m also a big fan of a bold lip to pull everything together – no matter what I’m up to, if I’m wearing crimson lipstick I feel ready to tackle anything!