These dark nights are a-creeping back in and the mornings’ sunrises are getting decidedly later. Hello Autumn, you hideously disappointing season, you.
I’m back to considering hibernation and will need some new pretty things, and plenty of social engagements, with which to distract myself from the miserable cold outside. Happily social engagements seem to be flinging themselves at me left, right and centre at the moment, which is great, I’m not complaining, and I feel like I’m in urgent need of pencilling in a trip to see my baby sister in the warmth of the Dubai desserts, but for now I’m just feeling a little frazzled (in a good, busy-bee way) and disorganized (in a bad, flustered way). What’s a girl to do?
Hang on. News just in; Smythson have revealed their new S/S14 collection. What fantastic timing. I can distract myself from the shift in seasons with dreams of 2014, the coming summer, and being the organized and efficient person I aspire to be. Also, while we’re in the throes of London Fashion Week passion I’m sure there’ll be a fair few Smythson spottings in the clutches of those sitting front row for the various shows. So I’ll be organized and on-trend. C’est tres chic.
Incase the name and brand in question is new to you, allow me to do the introductions. Smythson are a British premium quality leather goods brand, synonymous with travel and with elegant stationary, who have been making diaries for over 125 years. They’ve since branched out and now make all manner of beautiful pieces such as handbags, purses, wallets and key rings. Most of which I would pawn my cat to own. Championing the ability to fit into your life (and bag) as seamlessly as possible, the Smythson diaries come in an array of sizes. The Panama diary is small enough to be lost in the depths of your bag if you fancy, or perhaps you’ll be more comfortable with one of the mid-sized diaries such as the Soho. Alternatively the Bijou Organiser is a smart way to structure your life if you need something substantial to lug around or keep on your desk. All of the diaries can be personalised for that extra special touch which means they make fantastic gift ideas for the upcoming festive season, as well my friends and family will know from last year. There’s some useful information for you to file away for December.
With the new collection we’re seeing plenty of the classic Smythson pieces that you’d recognize from my last Smythson post (I’m an old fan) with some new colour trends. I want it all but obviously that’s a little unreasonable so I’ve selected my choice picks from the new offerings.
This autumn sees the introduction of rich warm tones, midnight blue, ochre and ‘Venetian’ red. Exciting, except that you know I’m not really a fan of colour. I have however got my eye on this cute little ‘Best of British’ notebook and your eyes do not deceive you, it is indeed blue. I must be getting more interesting.
As far as the bags go, I am dying over the Large Eliot tote (£1395) in black, and equally in the grey, especially seeing as my Prada Antik is starting to look a little raggy around the edges these days and I’m in the market for something new and understated.
Smythson are also master stationers, having made stationary and invitations for royal weddings for years. This season I’ve already fallen for this cute London Skyline set (£30 for a box of 10), which is printed on smart white wove card and comes with matching tissue-lined envelopes. Posh, no? I’m frantically trying to think of things I can send these for. If you get one through the post with a made up occasion scrawled on, you know that I’ve failed and bought them anyway. What a successful grown up. But at least with a Smythson diary in hand, I’ll look more composed than I really am.