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American Dream

Ashleigh Tennent, formerly Ashleigh Burnside, got married in late July before crossing the pond to spend a month travelling around the States with her new husband, Billy. Together they flew from New York to LA, then hired a car to complete their 1400 mile tour of America. On their travels they passed through Santa Barbara,  Sequioa, Big Sur, Bodie, San Francisco before arriving at their final destination, Las Vegas.

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Slope off with style-passport’s apres-ski clothing

25-08-2011 | In : Fashion

The sun may still be shining but there is an unmistakeable scent of autumn in the air. In anticipation of snuggling up in cosy layers, at sp, we have already knuckled down to some serious winter break planning. To get in the mood we dug out these charming vintage images of all things ski. We can already picture ourselves on the slopes all wrapped up in luxury chunky knits, toasty gilets, gorgeous ski boots and polarised sunglasses. Indulge your winter style appetite with sp’s new season gorgeous apres-ski clothing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bag Lady: what your bag says about you

22-08-2011 | In : Fashion

Le Sac – un petit monde d’amour, a book by Jean-Claude Kaufmann, has started a wave of curiosity about why we choose the handbags we choose. Now at sp we obviously think it makes sense to choose a handbag depending on where you’re heading and what you need that bag to do: hold your edited world for a weekend away, be attention grabbing on a city break, cope with the elements on a staycation.

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Clean Up

16-08-2011 | In : Beauty
We love this little bit of quirky research from Allure magazine. They write that findings published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology show that there are certain psychological benefits to that feeling of freshly washed hands. It seems that someone’s willingness to take a risk or make a bold move is more likely if they have just cleansed their hands. sp has just the product to provide you with that feeling anywhere, anytime in the shape of Aesop’s Resurrection Rinse Free Handwash.

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Summer in the Cities: Arabella Greenhill

Fairytale beaded fringe scarf - AlexiaAlexia beaded fringe scarf, £40.

 

Bric’s four wheel carry on case, £155.

Arabella Greenhill, senior fashion editor at Marie Claire and stylist for internet fashion and shopping advice hub Stylist Pick is a longstanding friend of style-passport. She has spent much of her glossy magazine working life attending fashion shows in the world’s four most famous fashion cities: New York, Milan, Paris and London. What better person to talk us through the best packs, tricks and places to go in each destination?Beauty Tip for the summer: Bright toenails are an inexpensive and fun way to finish an outfit.Dressing tip: I look out of the window and, depending on the weather, decide what shoes I need and start there.Fashion tip: Don’t leave home without a scarf. The Alexia scarves are both useful and decorative and really dress up a simple outfit.

Styling Tip: Add a bright splash of colour. Layers are ideal for a British summer.

How do you prepare for a trip away? I have a pedicure, an eyelash tint and I always pack a travel steamer – mine is from Morplan.

What’s the first thing do you do when you arrive at your destination?  As soon as I get to my hotel I have to unpack my bags in the first ten minutes – hang my clothes and organize the room. If I don’t it will never happen and I will live out of my suitcase in chaos for the rest of the trip.

Holdall or Wheelie case? I have a black wheelie case that I put in the hold. I put coloured ribbons onto the handle of it so I can recognize it. I also have a Goyard carry on tote bag filled to the brim, with: iPad loaded with movies, Bose Quiet Comfort headphones, cashmere socks, Smythson travel wallet, Tanya Cashmere blanket, bottle of water, Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream.

Who are your style icons/ones to watch this summer? Sofia Coppola in New York, Clemency Poesy in Paris and Giovanna Battaglia in Milan, my sister Xanthe for London – she’s very cool. 

What key wardrobe items will never date? A black blazer, Breton stripes, jeans, white shirts and ballet pumps.

What’s your advice on wearing the 70s look well? Don’t overdo it by taking it too literally and wearing it head to toe. Keep it modern and effortless – try a blouse, flares and wedges.

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Well done Ayden!

05-08-2011 | In : Fashion

Ruth from sp wrapping the Ray Ban Classic Aviators for Ayden

We’d like to say well done to Ayden from Little blog of Horrors. She’s won a gorgeous pair of Ray Ban Classic Aviators after entering a competition we set for some of our favourite bloggers. By the time she reads this post, her sunnies will have been wrapped lovingly by Ruth, and will be well on their way up to her home in Scotland. Happy wearing!

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