Fashion & Beauty


April 27, 2015

When I was at college and University I used to buy the most outrageous outfits from antique fairs, vintage stores and charity shops. At one point I had an original 1960′s baton twirler uniform which I wore to clubs on the regular. My wardrobe was simply overflowing with an array of rainbow coloured clothes…or perhaps costumes is a better way to describe them!

Although it was so much fun to wear a new era everyday, I now consider the longevity of a piece when I make my purchases and only pick things that I absolutely adore.There is something really satisfying about having a wardrobe containing a small number of things that you cherish rather than heaps of different stuff that you may only wear once. Rather than shopping exclusively vintage (or exclusively any style) I now prefer to mix all different things together, from luxury, well crafted pieces to unusual vintage finds and funky high-street items.

The look in this post combines all three of those categories giving a little nod to the flower power of the 1970′s.

Vintage: These bright bakelite bangles were popular in the 1930′s. Bakelite was an early form of plastic and was a popular material for jewelry due to the bright colours available and a more affordable pricepoint than diamonds or gold (as there was little costume jewelry available). They have since become collectors items. There are lots of current styles that have been modeled on this style such as this square bangle by Mikey and this set of bangles by TopShop.


Luxury: CRU kindly sent me this beautiful ‘Old Nichol Backpack’. I could tell as soon as I unwrapped the big red parcel that I would cherish it forever. Hours of traditional craftsmanship have gone into the making of this piece and the luxury leather is fully lined with suede.

It was designed in London then handcrafted, stitch-by-stitch and seam-by-seam by a small workshop of skilled Artisans in Portugal. The leather will change and develop character as it ages, like a fine wine. It is great for city break adventures.

20% Discount For LedByLucy Readers: The team at CRU are offering LedByLucy readers a special 20% discount off all orders, simply enter CRU15LBL20 when you reach the final stage of the checkout process. Be sure to check out the Rivington Tote bag too, another favourite of mine.


High Street:  Before purchasing anything pause for a moment and ask yourself: will it last (both style wise and in design), can I think of five or more occasions where I could realistically wear it and do I LOVE it?

I paused to consider these points and concluded that this dress simply had to come home with me. I love the multi-coulored 70′s vibe, it is really well made, comfortable and I could also wear it in winter with tights. #Winner River Island Brown Textured Floral Print Dress 



Wearing: CRU Old Nichol Backpack (use  CRU15LBL20 for 20% discount) / Vintage Bakelite Bangles Similar Here / River Island Brown Textured Floral Print Dress/Chunky Sandals (Similar)

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  • Reply Lex June 19, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    So stunning! Love the Bakelite with this amazing dress #killingit

  • Reply CRU June 19, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Dear Lucy thank you so much for this amazing post! The combination of the backpack with the vintage dress is unbeatable and we love your text as well! xxx

  • Reply Pouting In Heels June 19, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Gorgeous post! As a fellow blogger who’s been blessed with a super CRU bag, naturally I agree with you about their super quality and this backpack is oh so fabulous! Plus, as you rightly say, it will last! I adore your bracelets and that stunning dress was a very wise choice. Well done you. You look beautiful in it. I have a feeling you’ll will be wearing it for donkey’s years yet! 😉 x

  • Reply Lucy June 22, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Thank you so much guys x

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