thoughts on denim

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revisiting, reincorporating, retrying

creative director CHANTELLE PIDGLEY styled by SUPAL DESAI
location EARLS COURT, LONDON special thanks to ELIE TAHARI

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I’m going through one of those strange moments in my life where I’m not sure how to dress outside of the professional realm,
what I should be collecting and discarding, and trying to maximize my closet with just staples as London wardrobes are quite
limited. And in the midst of that sartorial confusion sits my recent distaste for denim. It has been well over a year since I’ve
worn denim as I find the material too restrictive. Though I’ve come to discover that this vintage denim jacket has added
another textural dimension, making possible room for more denim in my closet.
 

{thoughts on denim} via chevrons & éclairs
{thoughts on denim} via chevrons & éclairs
{thoughts on denim} via chevrons & éclairs
{thoughts on denim} via chevrons & éclairs
{thoughts on denim} via chevrons & éclairs
{thoughts on denim} via chevrons & éclairs

dress MANGO denim jacket CALVIN KLEIN boots RIVER ISLAND sunglasses ELIE TAHARI earrings MELANIE AULD
nails PIRATE BY CHANEL rings CATBIRD & ACCESSORIZE

stuffed courgettes

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eating the rainbow

I’ve always been a fan of mixing my sweet with savories and using my culinary curiosities to paint rainbows by incorporating as many colors and textures as possible. So it was no surprise when I was seeking inspiration and rummaging through what was left in my refrigerator that it was the medley of delicate and dense flavors and lots of colors that brought to life this recipe.

and just to note…

The courgettes were also topped with spicy spinach pesto and olives.
The salad is just a simple caprese of alternating tomatoes and artichokes.

 
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perfect blazer guide

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strengthen your look

A blazer was one of my purchases after graduating university. One that was structured, tailored, and gave me the confidence I needed to battle the seas of what was to come. It was perfect in every way, but the venture to find it was quite a feat. And so a basic guide to find the best blazer for you or anyone really…

shoulders

When you put on a blazer, it should fit comfortably in the shoulders without pulling or slipping. An oversized blazer is evidence when the shoulder pads are slipping from your shoulders. It also should not be too roomy in that area. Make sure the seams are centered on your shoulders and the edges don’t extend past your shoulders. Rotate your arms and make sure you have full range of motion.

sides

Purchase a blazer that fits comfortably at your widest point such as your stomach, chest, or shoulders. If necessary, have it altered by taking in the waist. A key tip for when you’re shopping for the perfect blazer is to wear either a long-sleeve blazer or button-down shirt. This will ensure you’re getting an appropriate fit.

 

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length

Choose the length of your blazer based on your own personal style preference. Since I am taller, a longer style is more flattering whereas a cropped blazers gives petite women a more structured look. A cropped blazer also looks better paired with pencil skirts and longer blazers with dresses and trousers.

sleeves

The end of your blazer sleeves should reach right at your wrist bones. If you will be wearing a shirt with sleeves extending beyond the edge of the jacket, the blazer sleeves may naturally sit right before the wrist bones. Make sure your sleeves do not cover your hands or expose too much of your arm.

for a feminine look

If you’re looking to modernize your look, either belt your blazer or get a blazer that has been taken in at the waist. These two tips will accentuate your waist giving you an hourglass figure.

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pleats & pink

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as we enter the season of spring…

stying & art direction SUPAL DESAI photography SARA LEJON
location THE ROYAL BOROUGH OF GREENWICH in collaboration with ELIE TAHARI

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{pleats & pink} via chevrons & éclairs

 

…everything seems to come alive again

It seemed that winter just had come and is about to go. Though if you had asked me in the height of January,
when I was bundled in layers-upon-layers and I fingertips turned blue during my morning commute, it felt
that winter was here for far too long and here to stay. Spring in London is quite beautiful, with
little hints of florals and greens peeking through to say goodbye to the brisk days and hello to new beginnings.

 

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brights, light, smiles, rapid movements

This time of the year reminds me of my days in dance class. See, they used to be rather early in the morning
and on Saturdays. It made waking up for classes a bit difficult. But I remember one year, when I was in my
second year of training, the start of March brought upon learning a new dance. My teacher told us that this
dance was about new beginnings and so the choreography will be uplifting and inviting. It’s about brights, light,
smiles, rapid movements. And so this is precisely why this season brings the widest smile and a newfound energy…

 

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skirt ZARA blouse ANN TAYLOR purse KATE SPADE flats SALVATORE FERRAGAMO belt TED BAKER earrings KATE SPADE ring TIFFANY & CO. sunglasses ELIE TAHARI nail varnish BARRY M BLACK 47

victoria & albert museum with Art Feeds + video

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an afternoon well spent reflecting & pondering

syling & creative directing SUPAL DESAI photography SARA LEJON videography NATALIA WISNIEWSKA
location VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM in collaboration with ART FEEDS

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There is nothing like an afternoon covered in clouds, a continuous drizzle and a gloomy atmosphere, though in London we have many of those. But instead of sitting in my room, stuck behind a book or on my laptop, it’s always so nice to walk around one of London’s incredible museums and the V&A never seems to disappoint. You may know from my Instagram that it is one institution that I visit quite often. And so when Art Feeds contacted me to share a bit on how art impacts my life, I thought it would was only appropriate to walk some 15 minutes from my flat and introduce them to a few important pieces housed in the grandeur walls of the V&A.

 

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zephyr & flora // antonio corradini c. 1719-23

When you walk straight through the atrium, you’re welcomed into a well-lit hall with the prettiest of mosaic-tiled floors. And one of the first statues you see is that of Zephyr and Flora. It used to belong to a series of garden sculptures that Corradini supplied to Augusts the Stron, Elector of Saxony, for his gardens. Flora was the Roman goddess of flowers and the wife of Zephyr, the west wind of springtime. The flowers they hold represent the annual rebirth of nature and it’s only perfect to share this as we enter this new season just now. It’s a new beginning.

 

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native lady of umritsur // c. 1880

Then you walk through a passageway where you are greeted by the majestic elements of Indian architecture and interiors. And one painting that stands erect is the one you see above. The painting from the Colonial Period in India. A type of European Academic painting, serves to record costume and jewelry in the region. The painting serves as a symbol where Eastern tradition juxtaposes with Western ideals very much depicting growing up in America as an Indian.

 

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the toilette // charles robert leslie c. 1849

Formerly called The Necklace. The woman in the painting is of mixed cultures, Irish and Spanish and quite famous for her ‘raven black hair and arched eyebrows’. Leslie was brought up in the United States, but worked in London. I don’t think I need to explain this one to tell you how this painting demonstrates my life… in every way.

 

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watch // a walk through the victoria & albert museum

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.

icon_palette Art Feeds exists to feed creative development and facilitate emotional expression in children. An organization that I am truly passionate for, as it enables children to express themselves and share their beliefs and opinions creatively. Art is so powerful, one of the only concepts in our society that blends the human creative skill with imagination producing work that are powerful beyond measure. This season, if you want to give a holiday gift with a social impact, visit Art Feeds’ online store! All proceeds goes towards ensuring children find meaning through art.

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photography by Sara Lejon and videography by Natalia Photography exclusively for chevrons & éclairs in collaboration with Art Feeds