There are hundreds of thousands of influencers in the social ether, but only a handful who we religiously stalk in order to virtually steal the clothes off their backs. Our primary target is Monikh—the London-based styling and shopping guru who seeks out the very coolest buys from every corner of the retail world. From her inspiring tips on re-wearing her well-chosen investment items to hunting down the coolest high-street pieces, her Instagram feed @monikh and website are a veritable hotbed of things you’re going to want to purchase immediately (and will never regret). Each month, Monikh will share her new picks exclusively for you…
The shops and restaurants are finally open! Yes, it’s time to fluff up those eyebrows and book your favourite restaurant for an outdoor lunch, because the streets are back up and running and waiting for you. Now the biggest question; what to wear to see actual people?!
I know we’ve seen some friends on Zoom or on a park walk, but this is a whole new situation. I think it’s about time we got dressed up again, and had fun with fashion. Think joyful and uplifting pieces that make you smile. Let’s reflect our mood and shine bright on those around us. So for this month I've chosen lots of colourful summer-ready pieces—mixed with a few staple must-haves to tie together your looks.
My Prada linen skirt is one of the most worn pieces in my wardrobe, it goes with absolutely everything and looks totally effortless. You can get the same vibe with this Zara number, you maybe just go up a size or two, and take in the waist if you’re handy with the sewing machine – so the shape is a little more relaxed around the thighs and legs.
Every Summer I get so many questions about Loewe basket bags. If they’re worth it and if they’re going to stay in fashion. My answer to both is yes. They’ve been knocking around for a few years now, coming out each year in the same style plus a new shape or colour variation. I think the key to their success is the simplicity of the design. This season I’ve invested in last year’s newbie, the shell, and I’ve already taken her out for numerous walks.
I’ve had my eye on these minimal sandals for so long now! So you can imagine how happy I was to see them restocked this month. Fancier than your average flip flop, these will carry you through those slightly dressier occasions this summer.
I’ve had my eye on this jacket for a few years now (it’s one of the brand's staples pieces), and this year I decided to finally put away my tired high-street companion and go for it. By purchasing a high-street version of something first time round, it’s a great way to see how much you love the style and just how many times you will actually wear it. After years of grabbing that oversized khaki jacket, to wear over almost everything, throughout spring and summer, I knew it was time. This Toteme Army Jacket is oversized yet structured, perfect for with satin dresses and skirts for summer evenings. Right now, I’ll be teaming it with a white poplin top and baggy jeans.
The boho vibe was a big theme for the SS21 runways, and it’s one trend I can’t wait to dive into. I’m always a huge fan 70’s styling, and this new take on the style is even more relaxed. Think scarf prints with long fluid layers and nothing tight, lots of fringing, crochet, and of course embellished accessories. Heaven!
I think it’s going to be a while before I go back to fitted trousers or jeans after almost a year of joggers. So I'm going to start with these, loose LA-style jeans with rips. Yes I once said I would never go back, but I should have known better. These are the denim style of summer 2021.
I love a thin gold anklet, one so delicate people might not even notice it at first. And now that I’ve firmly turned my back on winter style, including my big chunky boots, I can finally wrap last year’s fave around my ankle. I would always recommend investing in a slightly more durable material like this gold-plated style so that you don’t have to take it off between washing.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who missed their local florists during lockdown. It really is amazing how a few fresh flowers can brighten up your home and your mood. So I’ll be stocking up on a few new vases for when they reopen. Big pots like these also look great without flowers in corners of rooms on the floor.
My boyfriend buys me a new planner every Christmas, and it's always my favourite gift. I get to slot in all those special dates and be able to visually start my countdown. Plus with all those weddings which were sadly cancelled this year, I’ve got a lot to slot in already.
This is an exact dupe of one from The Row which I’ve had my eye on for months! A classic black cashmere jumper that will never go out of style. I also love that it is mens. I’m wearing this in a small, but if I were to re-order I’d go for a medium so it was a little oversized.
I love to grab a few new home bits each season to spice up my living room a little. And when you’re a minimalist like me you have to be sure to make it is something that’s simple, yet effective enough to make a statement. Enter my new vase.