Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Monday, 27 December 2010

Stylish wool, Anthropologie, London

Sheep installation by Anthropologie
 Baa Baa stylish sheep
Have you cashmere & wool
Yes sir, yes sir three Prada's full
One in alabaster
And one in a deep red flame
And one made by Alice Roi
Who lives along Park Lane

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Jingle Bells, Christmas Sales


Jingle bells, Christmas sales
What can I buy today?
A lot of handbags did I spy
Get the shopping underway

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The Twelve Days of Christmas


On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
A pair of patent heels by Fendi

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Two snuggly Uggs
And a pair of patent heels by Fendi

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Three Mont Blanc pens
Two sunggly Uggs
And a pair of patent heels by Fendi

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Four Temperley dresses
Three Mont Blanc pens
Two snuggly Uggs
And a pair of patent heels by Fendi

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Five Hermes things
Four Temperley dresses
Three Mont Blanc pens
Two snuggly Uggs
And a pair of patent heels by Fendi

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Six Myla playthings
Five Hermes things
Four Temperley dresses
Three Mont Blanc pens
Two snuggly Uggs
And a pair of patent heels by Fendi

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Seven Prada trimmings
Six Myla playthings
Five Hermes things
Four Temperley dresses
Three Mont Blanc pens
Two snuggly Uggs
And a pair of patent heels by Fendi

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eight Solange rings gleaming
Seven Prada trimmings
Six Myla playthings
Five Hermes things
Four Temperley dresses
Three Mont Blanc pens
Two snuggly Uggs
And a pair of patent heels by Fendi

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Nine Barbour jackets
Eight Solange rings gleaming
Seven Prada trimmings
Six Myla playthings
Five Hermes things
Four Temperley dresses
Three Mont Blanc pens
Two snuggly Uggs
And a pair of patent heels by Fendi

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Ten Chanel sheepskins
Nine Barbour jackets
Eight Solange rings gleaming
Seven Prada trimmings
Six Myla playthings
Five Hermes things
Four Temperley dresses 
Three Mont Blanc pens
Two snuggly Uggs
And a pair of patent heels by Fendi

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eleven Rolex watches
Ten Chanel sheepskins
Nine Barbour jackets
Eight Solange rings gleaming
Seven Prada trimmings
Six Myla playthings
Five Hermes things
Four Temperley dresses 
Three Mont Blanc pens
Two snuggly Uggs
And a pair of patent heels by Fendi

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Twelve Pilotto print pants
Eleven Rolex watches
Ten Chanel sheepskins
Nine Barbour jackets
Eight Solange rings gleaming
Seven Prada trimmings
Six Myla playthings
Five Hermes things
Four Temperley dresses 
Three Mont Blanc pens
Two snuggly Uggs
And a pair of patent heels by Fendi!

(C) 2010

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Great Blocks of Colour, Jay & Yeonji, London

Love the way Jay and Yeonji look perfectly snug in the London cold whilst inadvertently complimenting each other's outfits with big blocks of primary colours.


Monday, 6 December 2010

Colours to Match my Eyes

Piercing blue eyes calls for a turquoise sweater and chocolate brown fur coat! Love the forties undertones of this look which is quite simply divine!


Clothing: vintage
Handbag: Louis Vuitton

Saturday, 27 November 2010

River Island Press Day

I was invited to attend River Island's press day this week and wanted to post some pictures of their new SS11 collection. There is a great mixture of seventies-inspired separates and printed jumpsuits, through to sixties-inspired Miu Miu-esque dresses and blouses.

They have managed to create an ecclectic mix of great separates and stand-out pieces that I cant wait to get my hands on! Wish the sun would come back quickly!!






Friday, 19 November 2010

Adam on the Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Adam encapsulates all that The Exsoteric is about. Style is not about trend but how you carry yourself. I started snapping away and he was extremely friendly when I went to introduce myself, full of smiles and questions about the blog.


Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Red Trousers, Florence


I followed this man for ten full minutes before I asked to take his photo. The handsome dog looked like he could be quite menacing at first, but he was the perfect model!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Something about the Light. Man in Blue Hat, Florence


I was just about to walk into the Caravaggio exhibition when I stumbled on this man basked in light and half in shadow. Caravaggio could wait a couple of minutes more until I got the perfect shot!

Monday, 15 November 2010

A Stylish Weekend in Florence

So one lucky lady (that'd be me!) was whisked off to Florence for a long weekend! I LOVE the city - apart from the naturally stylish Italians, the art and architecture makes me feel like I've been transported to a totally different era.

Apart from visiting the Duomo, browsing Via Turnabuoni and Ponte Vecchio, we feasted on truffles all weekend. Truffles on pasta, truffles on Florentine steak - washed down with some local Italian red wine - perfect!

We also stayed in possibly one of the most romantic hotels I've ever visited. Il Salvatino had the most fantastic views of the city, beautiful food and exquisite service.

I'll be posting pictures of some people that caught my eye over the weekend - Italian style of course!



 About to tuck into some more truffles!!
 Even the doors are stylish and dramatic!
The man that made it happen...overlooking the gardens at Il Salvatino

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Animal Print and Shaggy Coats are the Order of the Day




As winter sets in, as you brave the 70mph winds that are about to hit the UK - stay looking kooky cool by keeping yourself stylishly wrapped up. These shots show a few Londoners that The Exsoteric thought got the perfect balance of warm and cool.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Bow Ties in London

Nobody ever seems to wear bow ties anymore unless its a black tie event. I love the way its worn here - seemingly thrown together and paired with tartan and converse.


Brian O' Callaghan wears:

Bowtie: Topman
Jacket: Vintage
Sweater: Pringle
Trousers: Versace
Trainers: Converse

Friday, 5 November 2010

Harajuku comes to London

Meisa Miyakubo wears:
Pink Lolita Dress & Shoes by GLP (gothic.lolita.punk)
Camden Town

Nikōlai Noölogy wears:
Blazer by William Hunt Saville Row
Shirt by River Island
Jeans by Calvin Klein
Shoes by Voeut
Silk scarf/bowtie from Japan

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Kate Moss for Topshop, Up Close and Personal

Topshop and Kate Moss fans descended to the Holy Grail of High Street to see the iconic model launch her final collection for the store. New beaded flapper style dresses and playsuits stood out in the collection, as well as some well-known classics from her older collection such as the daisy tea dress and poppy dress.





Monday, 1 November 2010

Spotted: Louisa, Bond Street, London

Spotted Louisa whilst on Bond Street...I think there is something magnificent about bold red lips during the daytime. It pulls her whole look together which is otherwise quite simple and understated.


Trousers: Zara
Jacket: H&M
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses: Miu Miu
Bag: Absolute Vintage

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Happy Colours, Marylebone, London

Not sure if there would have been anyone that wouldn't have stopped in their tracks after seeing this family. Possibly one of the coolest couples I've ever seen outside of a magazine...and how complimentary are their outfits?


Monday, 25 October 2010

On the Street, Mr Jones, London

Mad Men seems to be shaping the fashion zeitgeist and thank goodness for that - after all, there is nothing quite like a man in a good suit.



Greg Jones wears suit & tie by Reiss, shirt by Topman, cardigan by Uniqlo, shoes by Paul Smith and watch by Patek Philippe

Friday, 22 October 2010

Cup of Tea & A Chat with Cecilia Ostman

I have, since I was a little girl always been fascinated by accessories...how a simple necklace or statement bangle could really make an outfit. I think this obsession may have been born from childhood - my mother had a huge ornate jewellery box crammed full of eye-catching costume jewellery and antique pieces given to her by my father.

So back to the point in question...what I love more than finding a little treasure at my favourite flea market in New York (or my mum's jewellery box!) is discovering a new jewellery designer.

So I'd like to introduce you all to Cecilia Ostman. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Pavilion of Art & Design when I asked to take her picture. I was instantly drawn to her necklace, which was of course one of her own designs.

 Cecilia Ostman (left) and her sister

Check out her whole collection and you soon realise that her necklaces are what you've probably always been looking for but could never seem to find in the shops. Jade and turquoise beads are used to create little clusters of flowers hung from delicate chains, or large polished black pebble beads juxtaposed on plaited cream fabric...simply stunning.






I wanted to get to know Cecilia a bit better and to find out what her sources of inspiration are...


E: Describe your style in three words
CO: Cute, sexy, feminine
E: Where do you get inspiration for your jewellery designs?
CO: My favorite source of inspiration is traditional costume.  There is so much inspiration to be taken from the pioneers; the ones who started it; before imitations.  Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt all have amazing examples of jewellery that is so timeless in its beauty.  My latest inspiration was ancient Arabian jewellery and costume. 
E:What is your most prized piece of jewellery / fashion item?
CO: My huge white fox fur ear muffs.  My ears are very sensitive to wind and cold that the minute it gets just a bit cold out there i long for these earmuffs.  They are huge on me, children point at me and men holler from across the street, but to me they are so cozy; I wouldn't survive a winter without them!
E: Your best kept fashion secret?
CO: My friends hate me for this, but I tailor my own clothes.  If you know how to sew (even a little), you can transform an ill fitted sale item to look stunning.  With some good pressing and a few tucks here and there I make H&M look like couture.
E: Which celebrity would you most like to see wear your jewellery?
CO: Rachel Bilson.  She has a great sense of style, she always looks cute and she's always smiling!

E: What is your fashion forecast for accessories for 2011?
CO: I think statement pieces still have a long shelf live.  I'm going for some big necklaces, cute head bands, bows, colors, and really feminine stuff. 
E: What does style mean to you?
CO: For me style is what you accomplish when at any given day you are dressed for the occasion, the weather and you are true to yourself.
E: Finally, whose style do you admire?
CO: Audrey Hepburn.  I know it's a cliche, but she really was always elegant, feminine and full of style!
Queen Rania of Jordan, always stunning.
Beyonce, she doesn't always get it right, but when she does no one can stop her.
Coco Chanel, she practically invented the modern woman, we all owe her a lot!