Style Update: Where to buy the perfect spring suits for work and play

posted on: Friday, 19 April 2019

Written in collaboration with Marks & Spencer
Last year I dipped into Marks & Spencer to pick up a swimsuit the day before I was flying to the Caribbean for a press trip. I needed a one piece for some water sports and had about half an hour to rush in and rush out with said suit in hand. So M&S it was. Only I ended up being entirely distracted by the most perfect white linen suit. The cropped length on the trouser, the double breasted wooden buttoned blazer and soft white linen sent shock waves through my body. I'd been hunting for this suit, the very one I had in hand, for two decades. And there it was, across the store in a situation where I was looking for a swimsuit. So, I rushed over, grabbed it in my size and went into the fitting room. It was clearly meant to be. It fit like a glove. They had the suit in three colour ways. Dear reader, I bought all three and wore all three throughout the entire warm spring/summer seasons. I must have styled them 1,000 ways to Sunday and they were my most complimented wardrobe pieces of the year. I treated them with tender loving care and packed them away when the leaves started to fall from the trees. Then, last week, I took them out of hiding, dry cleaned them in preparation for another run, and began dreaming of different outfit combinations to come. However, I found myself in M&S again, fingering the racks for spring dress, when I had yet another suit moment in store. This time it was with a short suit that gave me Julia Roberts' Pretty Woman vibes. I moved over to that section of the store to explore more and went into a total tailspin. The suit collection is of another world. There is so much there - colour, pinstripes, linen mixes and more. So naturally, I felt it was my responsibility to share this knowledge with the world.

Style Update: Camo and Culottes

posted on: Friday, 12 April 2019

Long live camo and culottes. I'm pretty sure my wardrobe would feel empty without these two, as I have about a dozen variations on both, yet this is the first time I've styled the two together. It seems like the most natural combination, so what took me so long? Well, I got there in the end and now you might get sick of seeing my highlight this combo for spring.

FFG Eats: Pachamama East

posted on: Thursday, 11 April 2019

I remember being asked if I've ever had Peruvian food, for the first time in New York City last year. I'll be honest and admit that Peru wasn't a place I held up on the culinary charts, but I was most definitely told I should rate it highly. I had never had Peruvian food, never thought of it at all, in fact. But, my first visit to Pachamama, in London, completely changed my opinion on Peru and all her glorious food. It was like discovering a long lost love. The combination of fresh ingredients, the use of fish in the most unique and genius ways and the way in which everything was so beautifully presented at Pachamama, truly made me fall in love at first bite. So, when they opened their newest restaurant, in Shoreditch, you have to bet I wanted to be one of the first people through the door.

Style Update: Shoulders out, ladies!

posted on: Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Can we talk a second about dresses with pockets? There have been times that I've bought dresses just because they have pockets. They are usually the deciding factor. So why aren't more designers incorporating them into their designs? And when retailers do include pockets in their designs, why aren't they shouting about it? I'm pretty sure it's all we talk about when it comes to the best bits of certain pieces. Pockets are essential. They're not just there for functionality either. There's a flattery that comes with having pockets on a garment. It's almost a safety feature. If you have a place to put your hands, you walk with confidence. Am I wrong?