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Festive dwellers generally fall into two camps: those who stay at home enduring the long, family fiesta and those with a bit more adventure in their blood who see the festive period as an opportunity to travel. So, whether you go with the celebrity holiday route of skiing, for a unique holiday on the beach or even a laid-back city tour, we have the perfect look for you.
With this week heralding our very first birthday, we thought we would give you, our loyal friends, a peek inside the style of the brains behind Boticca. With Kiyan’s smart urban chic men’s style and Avid’s classic with a twist influence, this week’s guest curation comes from the heart of Boticca.
Passionate, fun and quirky are the three words that best sum up this weeks guest curator Malika Dalamal, Editor of DailyCandy London. Dedicated to giving her readers the best of everything, Malika is like a font of all knowledge for everything stylish ranging from food, fashion, fun and culture. Convinced that she was a beach-born babe in a previous life, she describes her style as understated, subtle but definitely chic.
We started HonestlyWTF as a conversation piece between two long distance friends, who share a love of fashion, DIY, art, travel, and eclectic finds. Both of us grew up in the same coastal town in Southern California so naturally, our style will forever be inspired by beach culture. We’re also heavily influenced by our travels & years spent living in New York City, Spain & France. And although our personal style is unique to each of us, we both share an absolute obsession with jewelry, accessories and anything handmade!
I work for stylist.co.uk, so I spend my time helping to write and research articles for the website and looking after our twitter and facebook. One minute I could be writing an article about Victoria Beckham’s new fashion line, the next scouring the web for videos of cute animals, or monitoring a web chat with an inspiring businesswoman – it’s very varied and fast-paced!
Despite what people think, you don’t have to wear cutting edge clothes to work for a fashion magazine – but we do see a lot of beautiful clothes so there’s plenty to inspire you on a daily basis.
I have a very short, Jean Seberg style pixie crop so I try to wear a lot of feminine clothes to balance it out. My favourite fashion decades are the fifties and sixties and I am also obsessed with prints, ( I used to work at Liberty, and adored all their fabrics) especially animal print, spots and Breton stripes – I have lost count of the amount of stripey t-shirts in my wardrobe!
Old films are my favourite source of fashion inspiration – at the moment I am obsessed with the seventies glamour of Sharon Stone in Casino and Michelle Pffeiffer in Scarface. I also spend most of my time online, looking at fashion and design blogs – The Selby and The Coveteur are two of my favourites.
Every year in the second week of June, I can be found sunning myself on the beaches of Milano Marrittima, moving only to treat myself to more sensationally fresh food from the beach bar’s wonderful kitchen. My mother and I make an annual girls shopping trip to Rome where we shop all day and drink procecco all night, my wedding was a three day extravaganza in the Tuscan hills where we, you guessed it, ate, drank and partied our hearts out, in short I am a committed Italy lover. But then with a mother who grew up in Rome and a father literally obsessed with Italian culture, it was always inevitable that I would follow suit and fall hook, line and sinker in love with the always glorious Italy too.
There’s just something about Italy that both charms and enraptures you, the people always look so identifiably chic, the towns and cities are always so beautiful and swimming in history, the music and culture is both fascinating and beautiful and for those of us who live in other parts of Europe, the weather is always so much better!
As I can’t get over to Italy half as much as I would like (if I had my way it would be every other month but sadly there are finances and jobs to consider,) I have the next best thing; a plethora of wildly talented designers each with a differing but equally fascinating story to tell.
So in homage to my dream destination I have singled out my favorite, uniquely inspired pieces from my three favorite cities in Italy.
Florence was always going to be a top destination for me, having been legally married there and having had my wedding celebration just an hour from the town. Being a massive fan of hats, SuperDuper Hats went straight to the top of my list. Each hat that they produce is completely handmade using traditional Italian methods and their love and attention to detail shines through in these beautiful hats.
Having spent several years working as a fashion editor on international glossies, I spent a great deal of time in Milan and really came to love this wonderfully exciting city. Milan is also the home to Madame Framboise and her wonderfully unique hair accessories. Drawing inspiration from the early 20th century and from fairytales, designer Giulia Landini makes all her wears totally by hand using only the finest vintage materials.
Flower hair comb by Madame Framboise
Also based in Milan is alienina. Appealing to a more creative and bold crowd, their range of necklaces and bracelets are made re-using ordinary objects and materials such as sailing nylon cords.
Sailing collar by Alienina
Having been home to my mother for her first 25 years, Rome is last on my style tour through Italy and is also home to the brilliant Alexandra de Curtis. Alexandra began her design career making stylish baby changing bags, which have been seen dangling from the arms of the likes of Courtney Cox, Angelina Jolie and Naomi Watts. However, spotting a gap in the market for reasonably priced luxury bags and accessories, Alexandra launched her eponymous line in 2010. With all her goods being handcrafted in Italy by skilled artisans using only the finest materials, Alexandra de Curtis is the quickest way to Italian chic.
Isabella Envelope clutch - Taupe by Alexandra de Curtis