• Love. Want. Need. Floral Necklace
    28th August 2013

    Floral Necklace

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid
    It breaks my heart to say and I'm sorry to state the obvious, but... we're fading into autumn. The nights are drawing in, leaves are turning gold and the summers brilliant blooms are dissolving.

    However - and never have I placed so much importance on a piece of jewellery - this statement necklace is the perfect piece to keep the sunny season alive! The power of the flower is forever embodied in this fiercely elegant statement necklace, glass jewels and coloured beads are organised into floral shapes on a tough oxidised chain with pretty porcelain petals.



    Flower necklace - Zara, £29.99 - www.zara.com
  • Love. Want. Need. Catherine Deane
    27th February 2013

    Catherine Deane

    I love a look of contrasts - tough with soft, new with old, neat with distressed - and no one seems to be doing this better than evening wear designer, Catherine Deane.

    Beautiful silks are structured with leather harnesses, adorned with lace panels and latticed with buttery soft suedes.






    Catherine, who "... grew up knitting jumpers, pressing flowers and embroidering napkins with my two grannies..." was taught by her mother how to use a sewing machine and has been making clothes since the age of 12. Born in Ireland, raised and educated in South Africa Catherine now works from just outside Hong Kong. This nomadic heritage has clearly provided a cross section of influences.

    Available at My-Wardrobe.com and at Harvey Nichols It's also worth noting that the sale of every dress equals a donation of educational toys to children in need in South Africa.

  • Love. Want. Need. Tory Burch.co.uk
    17th January 2013

    Tory Burch.co.uk

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid
    Elegant and waspish with a dash of the all American and a lot of uptown New York polish; that's Tory Burch, the US label currently making waves on my side of the Atlantic.

    Having arrived in the UK a couple of years ago, the Tory Burch Bond Street location is now complimented by a stunning transactional website. Like the store before it www.toryburch.co.uk is an all encompassing representation of the Manhattan brand - shop a selection of the iconic Reva ballet shoes, prim cashmere knits, demure cocktail dresses and branded leather goods, alongside quotes from Tory Burch, the Tory Blog and beautiful look book imagery.

  • Love. Want. Need. Guest Edit: Chinti and Parker founder, Rachael Wood
    16th October 2012

    Guest Edit: Chinti and Parker founder, Rachael Wood

    AUTHOR Rachael Wood
    It seems I can never have too much cashmere in my wardrobe, or too many stripes - The mix stripe sweater from the our AW12 collection in navy cream and fox is an absolute favourite.
    Chinti and Parker - available from Net A Porter - www.net-a-porter.com

    Spots are another pattern I'm always drawn to, I love the oversized polka dot shirt in classic navy and cream we've done for this season. A statement shirt can instantly transform an outfit and this one ticks all the boxes; boyish, geeky and playful.
    Chinti and Parker - available from Net A Porter - www.net-a-porter.com

    I’d struggle without the conditioning treatment Moroccon Oil gives my hair. I hate to admit this but my mum introduced me to this product. I put just a tiny bit of the oil on the ends of my hair after washing and it keeps my hair super conditioned and smelling lovely.
    Moroccan Oil - www.moroccanoil.co.uk

    I’m fairly petite so I find the fit of Princesse Tam Tam underwear perfect, they do beautiful pieces without a crazy price tag and get the balance right between feminine but not fussy - or worse, frilly.
    Princess Tam Tam - available from Harrods - www.harrods.com


    Rachael Wood and her cousin Anna Singh co founded ethical label, Chinti and Parker, in 2009. Continually adhering to their tag line 'Conscious Cloth' they endeavour to create beautiful clothing that values style on par with substance. Flattering cuts in fashion conscious colours are created using high quality natural materials chosen for both their inherent beauty and ethical consideration.

  • Love. Want. Need. Bora Aksu for Bracher Emden Bags
    3rd October 2012

    Bora Aksu for Bracher Emden Bags

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid
    How thrilling to learn that one of my favourite London designers, Bora Aksu has collaborated with luxury handbag designer Bracher Emden.

    It's a collaborative match made in heaven as Bora Aksu's self described ‘romantic with a darker twist’ aesthetic marries perfectly with creative director of Bracher Emden, Richard Emden's futuristic and feminine creations.



    The result, a capsule collection of tote and clutch bags showcasing Bora’s distinct style and Richard’s structural intendment and craftsmanship using buttery soft leathers and brilliant bold colour



    The Bora Aksu for Bracher Emden bags are available from Harrods in the new Designers Accessory space on the lower ground floor as well as online.