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This ditsy hand drawn floral print was developed for my print collaboration with Finnish label Liisa Riski used for her ‘Summer Meadow’ collection.

A collection based around the feeling of fresh Scandinavian summer, an experience I adore and that takes me back to the my childhood spent roaming free growing up in Norway. Personally I love to wear simple cotton dresses during  summer. I love that this one has sleeves so that there is no need to find anything to go with it except for in my case a pair of black shoes or sandals. Should the weather change, I’ll throw on an easy black jacket.

To make this dress suitable for autumn I will wear it with black tights, boots and perhaps a cosy black knitted jumper or cardigan. Items I already have in my wardrobe. During summer I like wearing this dress with one of my London Love Letter silk neckerchief scarves to brighten up the outfit. The ‘Summer Meadow’ print I designed was used for sandal too. These artisan sandals are handmade to order by my Swedish Cockpit Arts studio college Maria McLean the women behind The Shoemakery

Maria x

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I designed this cumulus cloud print for my collaboration with Finnish label Liisa Riski for her ’Summer Meadow’ collection.

A collection based around the feeling of fresh Scandinavian summer, an experience I adore and that takes me back to the my childhood spent roaming free growing up in Norway. I love wearing navy all year but this printed T-shit makes a perfect partner for the navy items in my wardrobe and has quickly established itself as a firm summer favourite. Works well with denim too. Love wearing navy and white outfits but to avoid the classic sailor look a dash of yellow like this scarf is always helpful.

Maria x

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I don’t know about you but sometimes I think a black outfit needs a little help. A lift if you will to add a bit of colour and personality to a mainly black ensemble. Therefore I often create my scarves with the intention of complimenting my beloved black items in my wardrobe. Black is one of the base colours of my wardrobe and I got a sneaky feeling this will never change. The London folks print scarf was created with this mission in mind and I chose the classic colour combination of red, cream and black for the job this time.

Maria x

 

 

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Shades of olive or khaki if you prefer have become my latest everyday colour of choice. Not long ago I only  had a few items in this colour in my wardrobe and all of a sudden a few items have become more than ten. This happens when faced with the following scenario, the sun comes out and suddenly all your black staple items in your wardrobe don’t  look so good together. All different shades of black, grey black, red black and green black the sun highlights them all, with no mercy.

My quick solution for busy everyday life, to wear a shade of olive green next to my black items instead. I also love the easy colour combination moss green and cream like this scarf.

Maria x 

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Some days shades of grey, black and cream or white is the only thing I want to wear. For me this often happens several times a week. I know that for some people these are all the colours they want to wear and feel comfortable in every day of the year.  A whole lifetime can be spent in these shades of non colours. With this knowledge in mind the power of a limited natural palette is not to be underestimated. When I am is this type of pared down colour mood the game becomes more about mixing different textures.  Find the grey scarf here.

Maria x

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Emerald green is an accent colour I always come back to from time to time. I love wearing this colour with black and perhaps a dash of mint green like this scarf.

I have had this emerald cape for years. It was designed by a very dear friend of mine. As a cape lover  I will probably hold on to this one for many years to come, in the same way as I find it hard to part with any of the other capes or clothes designed by friends in my wardrobe. Not sure why I like capes so much but I always seems to be drawn to this style when browsing for new outer garments. Once a cape lover, always a cape lover.

Maria x

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