monthly favourites: august

August Favourites

Fashion: When a friend decided to host a white party, I was in trouble because I don’t do all white. Ever. There are multiple reasons for this but it boils down to (a) I’m a klutz and (b) I’m pasty so don’t look good in it. Fortunately H&M came to the rescue with a cheap but stylish white lace dress that was summery party perfection (1). I may even pull it out again for regular parties…

Face: Nobody likes a full face of make-up in summer (well, at least I don’t!) but when you want to feel a bit special, a sheer red lip can be just the ticket. I fell head over heels for Lipstick Queen’s Aloha (2) and, as it’s limited edition, I recommend you grab your own quick smart!

Food: The weather started to cool down a little earlier than I’d hoped, but I decided to embrace the temperatures by cooking up Adeline and Lumiere’s fantastic pumpkin, goat cheese and caramelised onion pizza (3). This recipe is very straight-forward, and it tastes like you slaved in the kitchen for hours!

Film: How can you not love Guardians of the Galaxy? (4). It was so much fun to watch and despite the fact that it was an all-out, space-fantasy story (AKA not my usual scene), I loved it!

Flashback: Over the final days of summer, I really enjoyed re-reading the post from 2012 about five must-pack items for a beach break (5).

in the news: isabel marant for h&m

Doyenne of chic Parisienne style, Isabel Marant, is teaming up with H&M to ceate a wardrobe of must-have pieces inspired by her signature style.

“I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality,” said Marant.

Watch the clip below to hear Marant talk about her inspiration (and to see some great shots of Paris!)

The collection will feature clothing and accessories for men, women and teenagers. Isabel Marant x H&M will be available from 14 November 2013.

in the news: h&m to open in australia

A dress from H&M's new Conscious Exclusive collection (Photo: H&M)

Aussie fashion lovers, your dreams have come true! After the recent arrival of Topshop and Zara on antipodean shores, H&M has confirmed via Twitter that it will open its first Australian store in 2014.

There’s no confirmation of the location, but experts believe the scouts are currently out in force. My bets are on Sydney – what do you think?

in the news: & other stories launch cities announced

& Other Stories will open in seven European cities this spring (Photo: & Other Stories)H&M announced back in April 2012 that it would launch a luxury brand called “& Other Stories” this year. The store would offer women a wide range of shoes, bags, accessories, beauty and ready-to-wear to create their personal style, or story.

& Other Stories has confirmed today via its tumblr that it will open stores this spring in Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Milan, Paris and Stockholm. An online store will also open on in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

We don’t know the specifics of the launch date yet but in the mean time, you can get a peek of the first collection via a series of YouTube clips on

Are you as excited about this upcoming launch as I am?

in the news: anna della russo for h&m

H&M has just announced its next collaboration – an accessories line with Vogue Japan Fashion Editor and all-round style icon Anna Della Russo.

The collection will feature jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, bags and a trolley, all featuring Della Russo unique and flamboyant style. Our first peek at the collection is the photo on the right, and the video below gives us a bit more of a look at the inspiration behind the collection (as well as a tour of Della Russo’s incredible apartment!)

The Anna Della Russo x H&M collection will be available in approximately 140 stores worldwide and online from 4 October 2012, timed to coincide with NY/London/Paris/Milan Fashion Weeks.

What do you think of the peek of the collection? Does anything strike your fancy so far?