Monday Musings: 13 July 2015

From must-reads to must-buys, here is our list of everything you need to do, wear and see now.





The Must-Read

The read of the year is finally here, so set aside your current books and cosy up with the most hotly anticipated book release this year. Known for the classic read, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee is finally releasing a sequel. Her latest release has already broken a number of records and is said to be the most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter, so get yours now.

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Get Your Stripes: It’s Bastille Day

This Tuesday marks the celebration of Bastille Day, honouring all things Français. The main festivals may have already taken place at the weekend but you can still celebrate like a Parisienne by dining al fresco on bread and cheese. Don’t forget the Breton stripes and if you’re really going for it, top it off with a beret and red lipstick.

For the most stylish stripe inspiration, check out Style Edit later this week.

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The Game Changing Sandal

This season’s ‘70s mood has been given a sophisticated spin that’s perfect for late summer in the city. Embrace a block heeled sandal with flares for the day and culottes at night for an effortless day-to-night look. Wear them with a polished pedicure now and then with simple ankle socks when autumn hits.

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Shop the edit- Head Over Heels bu Dune tan block heeled sandals, Faith navy suede block heeled sandals.








Urban Beaches

If you’ve not planned a getaway this summer, there’s plenty of alternatives. Urban beaches are springing up all across London, offering city slickers a place in the sun right on their doorstep. The best locations are Camden Beach for cocktails in the sun and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Beach East for Britain’s answer to Bondi Bay.

Camden Beach opens 17 July and Beach East is open now.








Festival of Love

Festival season is still in full swing and following Glastonbury last month, there’s Lovebox and Latitude this week. If you’re joining the crowds at the British festivals this month, make sure you’re dressed to impress with our festival collection.

Find out what festival fashion tribe you belong to, here.

For more festival style inspiration and Henry Holland’s top festival tips, check out our festival edit on Style Edit.






Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal

If you loved the Alexander McQueen exhibition at The V&A, you’ll love the latest designer exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal. The retrospective at The Bowes Museum is the first YSL exhibit to hit the UK and will showcase the Parisienne designer’s most iconic work, including the Mondrian dress and the tuxedo. The exhibition will continue in the vein of Yves Saint Laurent’s most famous quote: “Fashion fades, style is eternal”.

Get the Yves Saint Laurent look by investing in a sharp suit.

Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal is open now til 25 October.








MUFE Hits Birmingham

It’s the news you’ve all been waiting for… we’re rolling out Make Up For Ever into more stores and it’s now available in our Birmingham store. With make up artist quality, you can get a new look in no time with the most popular make up range right now.

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(Images courtesy of thebowesmuseum, timeout, amazon)

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