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Lucy Guinness of Poplin

It was such a treat to come across the gorgeous Poplin pajamas in British Vogue. I had to learn more about the brand and the fantastic founder, Lucy Guinness. I knew for one to design such fabulous silk pj’s, they had to be an equally amazing individual. She began her career living in Bombay, India as a freelance writer for Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller, and The Wall Street Journal. I hope you love learning more about Lucy, her travels, inspiration, and company.

 

N/S: Did you always know you wanted to be a fashion designer?

Lucy: I’ve always adored clothes and had a very particular and personal idea of how I like to dress. When I was 3, I was pretty much permanently dressed as a gypsy with a headscarf, armfuls of bangles and the biggest earrings I could get my hands on sellotaped to my ears! Being a designer was always a fantasy I held in my mind, but I was obsessed with ballet and wanted to be a ballerina and then very academic at school which meant that I was encouraged to think along different lines. I remember my school having to make a special exception so that I could take Latin and Art- as if the two were in opposition.

N/S: How did Poplin come to be? How did you come up with the name Poplin?

Lucy: I was living in Bombay, India and working as a freelance writer, contributing to Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller, Wall Street Journal... Writing at home, I wasn’t exactly going to get trussed up in a pencil skirt and blazer but I didn’t want to feel like a slob either and coveted classic, chic pyjamas for myself. It was actually really hard to find sophisticated, comfortable loungewear so I started sampling pieces for myself and the idea for POPLIN grew from there…
I’m addicted to notebooks and scribbled the name in one of them. It’s an old word that has come to mean a sort of cotton. There’s something in the sound of the word that I find comforting and familiar. And of course it’s nice that POPLIN Pyjamas is alliterative.
N/S: When did you launch your company?

Lucy: Christmas 2011

N/S: What has been the greatest obstacle of operating your own company (thus far)?

Lucy: Unless you have a lot of upfront investment, when you start your own company you have to be a Jack of All Trades and of course some skills come more naturally than others. Wearing so many hats at once is difficult and inevitably leads to A LOT of decision-making which scientists have proven is incredibly exhausting. In a way, POPLIN is a very straightforward company and idea- we just want to produce perfect pyjamas, but there are intangible aspects to a brand which it can be challenging to hold onto while moving forward and being open to the opportunities that come along.

N/S: The greatest reward?

Lucy: Individual customers who write to me telling me how much they love wearing their POPLIN pyjamas. And then want to buy more!

 

 

N/S:  How would you describe Poplin in three words?
Lucy:
Elegant
Eclectic
English
* (Substitute English for Eccentric if you happen to be American and wear your Iris Classic PJs to the office!)

 

N/S: Who wears Poplin??

 

Lucy: Women with an eye for quality and beautiful design who don’t want to substitute comfort for style. They’re not defined by age but I think they share a sense of perspective- the sort of stylish woman who would prefer to spend the evening cooking supper for her best friends at home in her POPLIN silk PJs, than teetering out to a club in a pair of uncomfortable stilettos.

 

N/S: Who or what inspires your designs?

 

Lucy: As you can tell from the names of the different POPLIN styles, I’m definitely inspired by old movie stars- Bardot‘s dishevelled sex appeal,  or Marlene Dietrich‘s chic androgyny. But inspiration comes from lots of different places. On my moodboard right now is a black and white photograph from the 1930s of a man in his silk dressing gown, some chambray fabric I found in India, lots of images of minimal yet warm interiors… Interiors distill a particular mood and that’s something I find particularly inspiring.

 

N/S: Who are your own style icons?  How would you describe your own personal style?

 

Lucy: I don’t really have style icons because often I really admire other people’s style without wanting to emulate it myself. Margherita Missoni, for instance, seems to have a lot of fun with how she dresses but we have completely different colouring and different lifestyles so her style wouldn’t work for me.
I also really admire the way Lucinda Chambers, Fashion Director at British Vogue, dresses. Like me, I think, her personal style is built around comfort and even if she’s wearing quite simple pieces there’s always a little bit of an edge or an element that’s slightly unexpected. I love chic, classic clothes but I only feel myself when they’re mixed with something a little playful or unusual.

 

N/S: What will you be wearing this winter?

 

Lucy: I bought a pair of navy twill dungarees in the summer which I’ve been wearing a lot with a black and white polka dot printed silk POPLIN PJ shirt (available soon online).
I’ve found myself wearing a lot of black actually, particularly Bella Freud’s The Last Poets jumper which feels amazing against the skin and is a very flattering cut. I like layering it over dresses from the very whimsical British brand Cabbages and Roses.
One of POPLIN’s favourite stockists is Ave 32 and I recently discovered a faux fur brand called Ainea through them. I splashed out on this coat and wear it whenever I want to feel chic (and warm!)

For getting dressed up, I always wear very chunky platforms with old favourite Suno, Topshop Unique and Isabel Marant floaty dresses.

 

N/S: Which Poplin pieces would you suggest as gifts right now?

 

Lucy: You cannot fail to delight with Audrey Silk PJs with a bespoke monogram. Email bespoke@poplin.co.uk.

 

N/S: What’s on your nightstand right now?

 

Lucy: A Diptyque candle in Figuier scent, a silver photo frame given by a friend as a wedding present with a picture of my cheeky little flowergirls and page boys looking very naughty on our wedding day and a book about puppy training- we are about to get our first puppy.

 

N/S: Where’s your favorite place in the world you travel?

 

Lucy: That’s an impossible question to answer. This summer I went to Greece on my honeymoon and completely fell in love, especially with the area around Spetses. I have been dreaming about going back. But now I feel disloyal to India which is very special to me!

 

N/S: What’s one piece of advice or a quote or motto you live by?

 

Lucy: If I find myself getting too stressed I think “life is long”, which somehow reminds me to keep things in perspective.

 


 

N/S: What are a few things you absolutely couldn’t live without!

 

Lucy: Sunday nights with my husband, watching Homeland or The Wire or some other gripping series. POPLIN silk PJs. My Smythson diary.
Prism Sunglasses (and since I’m based in London- getting away to the sunshine from time to time!).

 

Shop POPLIN online here and follow them on Facebook here.

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I don’t know about all of you, but after the busyness of the holiday season followed by a trip to Mexico for a beautiful wedding, there’s nothing that sounds better to me than a relaxing winter weekend indoors.  My fridge is stocked with ingredients for some new recipes to try, a pile of magazines (ready to topple over) is waiting to be read, my iTunes movie wish list is looking more and more inviting (still need to see Blue Jasmine), and I’m forcing myself to finish a bit of busy work I put off during the latter part of 2013.  If I feel extra ambitious, I’m going to reorganize a few of my closets (why wait until spring?).

For now, my Fig & Fireside candle is burning from Haus Interior (HIGHLY recommend this) and I’m dreaming of cozy scarfs and the insanely out-of-my-budget Rebozo scarf from Hacienda Montaecristo paired with a sweatshirt dress and a spritz of Gypsy Water. I guess I’m not quite ready to give up my Mexico state of mind.

How adorable is the Kitty travel set from Charlotte Olympia?  It comes with an eye mask AND slippers!  With those, a pair of socks from J.Crew and this fantastic Pendleton blanket, I think a perfect weekend would be an understatement. And, I think I’m going to try to make these Chocolate Chip Cookies Spoon Fork Bacon posted today – amazing right?

What are your essentials for the perfect winter weekend indoors?

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I have my eyes on a few truly memorable pieces at the moment.  On the top of my list are the Sins & Virtues cocktail napkin sets from Julia B. How adorable are these?  They are the perfect conversation pieces for your next cocktail party.  The new lip chubby from Nars is in the perfect power color – Dragon Girl.  For a bit of glamour, shop the Stoneburst bracelet from J.Crew.   And, pull the entire look together with the new Pashli leather backpack purse from 3.1 Philip Lim and gorgeous black and grey booties from Iro Paris available at Cabana Dallas.

 

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As you might remember, I made a visit to the new Blushington in Dallas last year. Whether you are shopping for new makeup, want to try a new look, or are interested in a cat eye (but aren’t quite sure how to master the look on your own), Blushington is the place for you!  I’ve given out a few gift certificates to Blushington as gifts and they are always a hit with friends.

Dallas friends: I hope you can join a group of local fashion bloggers on January 22nd from 6-8pm as we host an evening of bubbly and beauty.  In addition, if you bring in a gently used accessory for Attitudes and Attire, you can receive 10% off your next service at Blushington. I hope you can stop by for a glass of champagne and we’ll try on some spring colors together!

Please email RSVP@droesepr.com if you can make it!

xo

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Hello, 2014! I know it’s about time for a post, but I’ve been using the past few weeks for some serious refreshing and inspiration! I have so many ideas for the New Year and I hope you will stick around for the journey.  For now, here is a short list of things currently on my list!

1. I was so inspired by Instagram images of the Ralph Lauren Pre-Fall 2014 collection. The many textures of gray and the clean palette felt very “now” and needed after the holidays!

photo credit: LaurenBLauren and Laureni

2. After taking a quick inventory of my office today, I realized it’s PAST TIME to do something with the huge pile of things I’ve been “saving” for who knows how long.  From beautiful wedding invitations, to fashion week invitations, and post cards I’ve gathered on travels, 2014 is the year of the scrapbook. I don’t think I’ve made an adult scrapbook before and I’m very much looking forward to it.  I know India Hicks is a major advocate of scrapbooking and I think I’ll try to find a little bit of advice and inspiration from her.  If you have any advice, please send it my way!

3. I can’t get over these Polka Dot Calf Hair Manolo Blahniks – if someone is hoping to get me an early birthday present or a belated Christmas gift… these are PERFECT!

4. A book club.  I need a bit of a push it seems when it comes to finishing novels within a respectable time frame.  This year, friends and I have decided to start a book club!  We plan to meet once a month and read one book per month.  First on the list is The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and next… The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

5. The Garza Blanca Resort.... I had the pleasure of staying here on a trip to Mexico for a friend’s wedding this month.  A stunning place and I can’t wait to share more details and images from the trip with you soon!

6. Sugar Paper Los Angeles for J.Crew…. I bought all of my Christmas cards from Sugar Paper this year.  I was so thrilled to see they recently collaborated with J.Crew for bridal parties and thank you notes – the coasters are adorable too!

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With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, local cosmetic salon Blushington has shared a special tip with Nonsense & Sensibility on how you can create the perfect sparkling look this holiday season!

This look comes from Blushington’s expert makeup artist Jessica Scantlin.
1. After you have found the perfect foundation and concealer, match apply with your ring finger a small amount of Patrice cream blush by Kevyn Aucion to the apples of your cheeks.
2. Next apply Raspberry beach tint from Becca on your lips to get that berry look.
3. Then with either your fingers or a brush, apply the primer by Girlactik. Then apply the White Gold Glitter by Girlactik on the eyelids. Apply slowly as the glitter can make a mess.
4. Last, apply the liner with Stila’s black Smudgepot to get the dark precise liner. Then apply mascara and your all set!
Still not sure if you can recreate this look on your own?  Book an appointment at Blushington and they can do it for you!
* products are available at Blushington

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“I like the 1960s, librarians, nerdy girls. I like glasses you had when you were a kid—or that your dad wore when you were a kid—

and wearing them now.

I like Bergman. Big thick glasses on a little, tiny face. When there are etchings or engravings or magically-made materials.

I like pearls, brass, opera glasses. Everything being all violet.
I like seeing the world with
a pretty pink tint to it.”

-Leith Clark

I was thrilled to hear from Warby Parker about their recent collaboration with Leith Clark. The collection includes a mix of sunglasses and eyewear – five new frames!  Meet: Marva, Greta, Aurora, Wednesday, and Willow in new colors like Cobalt Leaf, Noir, Aldabra, Daughter of Pearl, and returning favorite Crystal.  Modeling the glasses is writer and actress Zoe Kazan, photographed in the collection by noted fashion photographer Pamela Hanson. For every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need and a percentage from each sale will also go to Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign mobilizing American girls to raise awareness and funds for UN programs that provide life-changing opportunities to girls around the world.

The frames are available online and at Warby Parker stores and showrooms for $145 each. Shop the collection here.

My favorites? The Marva in Cobalt Leaf, Aurora in Daughter of Pearl, and Willow in Adalbra.

 

 

 

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What will you be wearing for Christmas gatherings this week?  I have my eyes on a few classic pieces that could be worn year after year!  This outfit is entirely build around this gorgeous skirt from Ann Mashburn.  It’s a box-pleat skirt made of taffeta and the perfect holiday party piece – classic and festive!

As for a top, this Sequin Tuxedo Top from Veronica Beard is an essential and could be worn for New Year’s Eve as well!  For a jacket for the family party, this J.Crew Cardigan Jacket is lovely. I love the ivory paired with gold.  I’m all about the No. 3 bag for Kendall Conrad this season pair it with Lisanewbo Suede Low-Heel Bow Pumps from Manolo Blahnik and your look is set.  And, for jewelry?  I love these Cabochon Earrings from Oscar de la Renta at Moda Operandi and a heart ring from Aurelie Bidermann.

 

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“I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between

the East of my youth and the West of my future.”

― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

I was so excited to be introduced to the Veronica Beard pre-fall 2014 collection. Beyond being head-over-heels in love with the malachite dress, I’m inspired by the mix of details this collection holds. From the wrap tops, to fringe details, and cut out knits, this collection doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to exquisite touches.  The pieces are both luxurious and understated, but most of all, they’re interesting. I love the description Veronica Beard shared about this particular collection:

She’s packed her bags and left the East for the West.

So much to see, so much to learn on the road.

Each piece collected, tied to a memory made along the way.


I need that malachite dress – and whatever fringe I can find!

 

Shop Veronica Beard here.

 

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In a refreshing look towards spring, I loved previewing the Lublu Kira Plastinina spring 2014 collection last week in Dallas.  The collection includes a beautiful mix of custom created prints inspired by what the designer calls a mystical garden in a digital world.  In flattering cuts and simple silhouettes in a mix of patterns, these pieces are certain to enchant. I already have my eyes on a few of them for a spring wedding!

Learn more here.