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Chérie Loves: February 2013

Opening Ceremony by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon (published by Rizzoli), £25.60, Amazon
Opening Ceremony’s first hardback book is a fabulous scrapbook recording the brand’s history, collaborations and cool projects since its beginnings in 2002.  The book includes graphic stickers, Terry Richardson photography, zine inserts by friends such as Chloë Sevigny and Spike Jonze and artwork by Rodarte and Terence Koh.

Saint Laurent Paloma Striped Suede and Metallic-Leather Sandals, £730, Net-a-Porter
Hedi Slimane’s debut Saint Laurent collection was full of covetable footwear and one of my favourites are these luxurious, disco-esque heels.

Ditsy Garden Dress, £45, Oasis
Luella may be no more, but the English Eccentric brand’s spirit lives on with this adorable, flirty floral and black lace dress.

Valentina by Valentino eau de parfum, £41.50-£75, Debenhams
Valentina by Valentino is a delicate, sweet, heady floral oriental fragrance that captures la dolce vita and the refined femininity of Valentino.  Created by Olivier Cresp and Alberto Morillas, the fragrance opens with Calabrian Bergamot and Alba Truffle and leads to a white floral bouquet of Amalfi Orange Blossom, Tuberose and Jasmine with Wild Strawberry.  The base notes of Amber and Cedar give the fragrance a sensual, dusky warmth.  I also adore the round glass bottle adorned with pretty blush and white flowers.

Willow Tote Calf Ostrich Mix Navy, available mid-February, Mulberry
Mulberry’s stunning new Willow tote features a clever zip-detached envelope clutch, so you can instantly switch from daytime functionality to evening glam.  The luxurious two-in-one bag is the ultimate travel accessory, particularly if you need to streamline your luggage.  The Willow clutch can also be bought on its own and comes in black, navy, white, biscuit brown, nude, apricot and mint.

Tosha Pink Bracelet, £49, Swarovski
Summer comes early with this boho-luxe turquoise crystal and pink neon cord bracelet.  Even though it’s freezing outside, it makes me dream of sundowner cocktails at an exotic beach bar.

Yazbukey for Cire Trudon Candle, 70E, available at Colette now and at Cire Trudon, Chiltern Street, from March
A match made in heaven, accessory designer Yazbukey has created an exquisite candle for Cire Trudon, the world’s oldest candle maker.  Designed in seductive boudoir shades of black, red and pink, the scent is an alluring blend of violet and tobacco.

* Valentina by Valentino eau de parfum and Swarovski bracelet c/o brands

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This stunning MSGM dress is conveniently trans-seasonal and just the right length with a flattering cut.  Wear it on its own right now with sandals and round sunglasses or layer up with a leather biker jacket or blazer for autumn.  MSGM Firework-print organza dress, £370, Matches

I adore the fresh scent of wild rose and Provence meadows in the new limited Rose des Champs fragrance.  The solid perfume charm is cute with a cool floral design and is ideal for travelling.  Rose des Champs Solid Perfume Charm, £7.50, L’Occitane

With Butter London’s new Lips & Tips set, you can match your lippy and nails, or just alternative two gorgeous colours – my favourite is Snog.  The lip gloss has a highly-pigmented, glossy, non-sticky creme formula and is very long-lasting.  The nail varnish is also a winner, with a shiny opaque finish.  Lips & Tips – Snog, £21, Butter London

Roberto Cavalli eau de parfum instantly transports you to balmy, sultry evenings in the Med with warm, luscious notes of orange flower, Mirabelle plum, pink peppercorn, green mandarin, roasted tonka beans and benzoin laos.  Roberto Cavalli eau de parfum, £34.50-£61.50, The Perfume Shop

I’m always tempted to add to my collection of Mawi jewellery and this beautiful necklace   is typically bold but still quite delicate.  The purple and emerald colours are perfect for autumn and I love the sweet ribbon tie.  Dynasty Triple Cluster Set Necklace, £405, Mawi

The Handmade Marketplace is an essential guide for talented craftspeople to promote their work and start selling locally, globally and online.  The book is well-designed and easy to follow – there’s even a chapter on blogging.  The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin, £8.39, Amazon

Parisian gal tweed never goes out of style, so invest in this Isabel Marant classic – no gold hardward or fancy zips, just simple and chic.  Isabel Marant Barte Tweed Jacket, £440, Matches

These are the holy grail of sneakers – wedge hi tops, Liberty pepper print and Nike – it doesn’t get much better than that!  Dunk Sky High Liberty Print Trainers, £95, Liberty 

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Spotted at the Handpicked Media Suite at One Aldwych during London Fashion Week, I still have my eye on this Embellished Soft Prom dress, £85, Warehouse

It always feels like summer when Marc Jacobs launches the gorgeous Splash collection.  This year’s light, tropical fragrances are possibly the most delicious yet!  Marc Jacobs Splash eau de toilettes, £28.50 (100ml), The Perfume Shop

Perfect for sundowners, Castañer takes espadrilles to the next level with these St Tropez-worthy Two-Tone Espadrille Platform Wedges, £120, Browns

Follow the tales of the Fafinettes and new character Birtak in graffiti artist Fafi’s first comic book, The Carmine Vault, £12.96, Amazon

A limited number of the divine Del Rey bag were pre-released at three Mulberry flagship stores last week.  Launched worldwide on 14 May, the Del Rey is a future classic, much like Lana herself.  I’m lusting after this one in Black Forest Soft Matte, £795, Mulberry

Luxurious, aromatic and highly effective, Vaishaly Cleansing Balm, £69, Vaishaly is the most decadent treat for your skin.  I use it when my dehydrated skin needs a bit of extra nourishment at night.  Another great discovery from the Handpicked Media LFW Suite!