From Russia With Love...

As part of my shop overhaul for Christmas, I have added styling tips to each of my items (I've also reshot my photographs on a white background - would be interested to know what you think. I suspect I'll be going back to using books in the background in the New Year). This is based on my love of the "magazine" pages of shops like Net-a-Porter, and I wanted a way to incorporate that into my Folksy shop. However, the Folksy set up means I can't show you pictures of suggested items to match each piece - so I thought it would be the perfect subject for a series of blog posts, starting with…

Anna Karenina 

I love the opulence of the Russian tsars in film and TV, and with all those muffs, furry hats and velvet layers it's perfect for winter. The look is perfect to accompany some of my deeper coloured items (a range I'll be adding to over the next week - I have some exciting new pieces waiting to be photographed!)

Team my Naryshkin and Anastasia necklaces or Empress ring with this gorgeous "velvet burnout" dress from Oasis (£45) - as opulent as you could ever hope to be! Alternatively, for a special occasion, give lace a sexy twist with DKNY’s metallic lace dress (£295). Accessorize with this bejewelled clutch from, um,  Accessorize (£45).

Alternatively, give daywear a little love from Russia with heeled ankle boots – these from Alexander McQueen (£1,125) are incredible, if they’re out of most people’s price range - and a fur collared coat like this one from Miss Selfridge (£89) that will add a regal feel to any occasion - even if you're just popping to the pub. 

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