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Make It A December To Remember: Christmas Rituals with Wear & Where

With a refreshingly laid-back approach to style, online magazine Wear & Where is an endless source of everyday inspiration. We caught up with editor Natasha for her top tips on making the most of the festive season.

Setting the mood...

"I have candles burning all year ‘round and switch them up according to the season. As of December 1st, I light Diptyque’s Baies or Pomander, SevenSeventeen’s Sparkle or Neom’s Christmas Wish to make the house smell gorgeously festive.

Decking the Halls...

"Were it entirely up to me, my home would be a mass of greenery, white lights and white/gold/glass ornaments, but I have to take account of the tastes of others (including an 8 and 4-year-old) so we also have splashes of red via kitsch ornaments. We’re currently house-hunting and the wish list genuinely features ‘is it a two-tree house?’ (One for me, one for them!)

This year's Christmas Party must-haves...

"Any chance of Michael Buble crooning at the piano? Failing that, a fabulous statement skirt (probably sequinned) dressed down with a sweater. Oh, and mini mince pies!"

Favourite family tradition...

"I am a total Christmas fiend and love all the traditions - from choosing the tree and decorating to a festive soundtrack (which must feature ‘White Christmas’ and ‘All I Want for Christmas…’), to the excitement of writing and leaving letters to Father Christmas (the elves leave tiny notes and a trail of glitter on the fireplace by way of reply), and going into London to see the Christmas lights. Magical. (Possibly less so: my husband’s campaign for us all to go for a Christmas Eve open air swim…)"

Festive tipple of choice...

Mulled wine. And champagne. (Not at the same time.)

Christmas Day just isn't the same without...

Starting the day with the children piling into our bed to open their stockings, and ending it eating cheese around the fire.

On my wishlist…

Finding our dream house! (Or a stack of books, a candle, a cosy jumper, and a Gucci GG belt would do me nicely...)

Visit the Wear & Where online magazine here.

 

A Luxe Story, November highlights

Collaborating with so many inspiring designers and makers has become an integral part of my own journey as a designer and entrepreneur. As well as spending vital quality time with our customers, I truly value the community we have built. Based on genuine support, comradery and shared values we push each other forward. And have a fabulous time too!

I am thrilled to present the latest edition of A Luxe Story, back where it all began in Hampstead Village. Bringing you a unique edit of beautifully made, unique women's clothing, accessories and gifts. Handpicked by me, with love.

Deola X

Founder of A Luxe Story & Ille De Cocos

Hampstead Highlights - We're back!

It feels great to be back in Hampstead! The last 6 months have absolutely flown by. Having have weathered the 'beast from the east' during Spring and the tropical heat of this year's British Summertime, so far we're pleased to report that Autumn feels like, well Autumn! We've made some new friends along the way and are thrilled to present lots of new brands and stylish designs at our latest Pop Up. We're open for 2 weeks only. Visit Us!

A Luxe Story, 42 Rosslyn Hill, London, NW3 1NH

Mon 24 Sept - Sun 7 Oct

A Luxe Story Hampstead Autumn 2018

Here's a peek at what's in store...

New arrivals from Layana London jewellery.

 A Luxe Story Autumn 18

Graphic stripes in easy silhouettes by Ille De Cocos and P.i.C style.

A Luxe Story Autumn 18

Featherweight cashmere scarves by Lois Avery.

A Luxe Story Autumn 2018

Modern botanical prints by Violet & Wren.

A Luxe Story Autumn 18

Timeless gemstones by ADOR by Ayesha.

A Luxe Story Autumn 18

Supersoft loungewear by Under The Cloth.

A Luxe Story Autumn 18

Heritage textures by Kezmay London.

A Luxe Story Autumn 18

Plus much, much more!!!

 

Autumn's Must Haves

With fashion month in full swing and chillier days looming, we caught up with Personal Stylist and IDC style muse Tessa Frost for her Autumn top 6 wardrobe picks....

I am at my happiest in the height of summer - pool side, 40 degree heat, in my sarong, accessorised up to the hilt. So when Autumn hits, I tend to have a week or so of reluctant acclimatisation where I hang on to my white denim, pile on the fake tan and try to maintain that holiday feeling.

The main thing that gets me through the autumn blues is the prospect of choosing some fabulous new season pieces, while rediscovering some of my favourite wardrobe staples which see me through year on year. I like to invest in certain pieces for autumn/winter which are timeless and will wear well – Paige black skinny denim, gold studded ankle boots from & Other Stories, alpaca and leather coat from Gerard Darel, ASH star trainers, leather navy trousers from Baukjen and my go-to fringed Stine Goya cocktail dress which seems to work for any occasion. And of course, my collection of wool and cashmere which I wear non-stop and therefore does need updating each year.

My must-haves for this autumn are a combination of beautiful, luxury staples, alongside one of a kind, wardrobe statements which quite simply make me happy to look at and excited to embrace the cooler months.

Tessa Frost x IDC

01.

THE SWEATER UPDATE

An autumn wardrobe staple – beautiful quality merino wool, this fitted sweater is perfect tucked in with a high waisted skirt or trousers, or layered for a more relaxed look with denim. The frill and subtle red detail give it a fun and feminine twist, while keeping it still understated and versatile. Merino Ruffle Trim Sweater by Ille De Cocos, available to pre-order here. 

02.

THE MIDI SKIRT

 This fabulous midi skirt combines several of this season’s key trends – colour blocking and pleats. It is such a unique investment piece with the bold colour combination and leather trim waist band. It is super versatile, gorgeous with a sweater in a neutral shade and boots. Or dress it up with a fitted top, heels and a clutch for evening. Colour block pleated skirt by Givenchy, via netaporter.com

03.

THE ANKLE BOOTS

These ankle boots have been on my wish list for a while. A classic Isabel Marant style, they will complement any autumn look. Beautiful soft suede and with a gentle pointed toe and small heel, they look fabulous with skirts, dresses and trousers. When investing in boots I always look for a design that is stylish, classic and practical and these tick all the boxes. Suede ankle boots via isabelmarant.com.

04.

THE LEATHER JACKET

A leather jacket is another key piece for this time of year – ideal for layering, it updates any look, giving it an understated, urban yet luxury vibe. This Elizabeth and James leather bomber is such a cool, classic - I am permanently on the look-out for styles that will combine well with both skirts and trousers and the simplicity and clean lines of this gorgeous, collarless bomber means it’s a beautifully versatile option. Leather Jacket by Elizabeth and James via netaporter.com.

05.

THE STATEMENT EARRINGS

I love a big statement earring and these do not disappoint! In blush these gorgeous cloud earrings are still bold without being over the top in this warm, neutral autumn shade. They come in beautiful mother of pearl too (very this season) but as they are made from hand painted wood, they are incredibly light weight. Cloud earrings via wolfandmoon.com. 

06.

THE STRUCTURED TOTE

In “Dusty rose”, this crushed velvet tote is such a gorgeous, playful addition to any wardrobe. Velvet is back in and it’s a beautiful and soft alternative to leather or suede when it comes to accessories. This structured bag works with a skirt and boots, carried in the hand or as a cross-body with denim for a more casual look. Velvet tote by Staud via netaporter.com.

Fig and Frost Autumn 2018

Tessa runs a bespoke personal styling consultancy based in London. Tessa's mission is to revolutionise your approach to dressing and to inspire you to look amazing and feel confident everyday. For more information, visit figandfrost.co.uk.

Moonrise Starlight - Shades of Autumn

This season’s “It” shades are inspired by the night sky and the cosmos beyond. As the days get shorter and the nights draw in, we embrace the new season’s magic and mystery…In the darkness, we dream.
 
Monochrome Magic Image

Luxurious and textured, discover the softer way to wear timeless, limitless shades of monochrome. In our signature “marl” yarns that combine 2 colours for a blurred effect, these tones are incredibly easy to wear. From the palest Pebble grey back to Black, trimmed with shimmering silver lurex for a playful modern twist.

Ille De Cocos Monochrome AW18

Featuring the Merino Beanie and Long Scarf in black marl/ silver and the Bijoux Intarsia Sweater in black marl/ pebble. Coming soon to illedecocos.com.

 
New Blues Image

It's no secret that our love for classic Navy knows no bounds, but this season we unveil 2 new blue sensations. Slate is mysterious in its tone. Neither a true blue nor grey it adds instant cool and freshness for Autumn – the perfect companion to crisp white layers. Our deep and rich Ink Marl elevates denim to a whole new level. Giving mileage to your paler “summer” jeans, it slots effortlessly into your transitional wardrobe and is a true ally for the seasons ahead.

Ille De Cocos Blues

Featuring the Button Pea Cardi in ink marl and the Cape Sweater in slate. Coming soon to illedecocos.com.

 
Sky Lights Image

Warm shades of Cherry and sultry Violet are this season’s statement hues…Luminous and ethereal, yet elegant and wearable. Our stunning new Violet fleck reveals a kaleidoscope of colours within - the closer you look, the more magic you will discover. We’re pairing these stunning shades with sleek black leather for a little quiet rebellion!

Ille De Cocos Highlights AW18

Featuring the Merino Long Scarf in cherry/ flamingo, Cape Sweater in violet fleck and the Merino Stripe Sweater in cherry/ flamingo. Coming soon to illedecocos.com.

 

Preview more of the new seasons' silhouettes here.