UK Parliament Week 2017


Our Parliament is known as the 'Mother of all Parliaments,' and with its origins dating back to 1016, it is certainly one of the most historic parts of London. 

I've been fortunate to work in Parliament and have experienced the hallowed halls and glorious architecture in all their splendour. You are conscious that you are walking in the footsteps of history whilst playing a part in shaping the future. You'll spot a familiar face (or two) whilst getting a coffee, and form your opinions whilst listening to debates in the chamber. You'll understand how hard parliamentary staffers work and the roles of the thousands of staff who help to keep the parliamentary estate ticking over. You'll realise the tremendous job the police and security staff do in keeping us safe- and their role in ensuring democracy is accessible for us all. And importantly, you'll realise how lucky we are to have a Parliament that is steeped in history and is open for us to experience. 

Working to improve the digital literacy and imagination of MPs last year was a fantastic experience, and one which demonstrated positive change in a short space of time. For me, the project has given birth to other amazing opportunities, and I am now fortunate to be continuing that work with politicians both in Westminster and in Wales. 

UK Parliament Week is a great initiative to raise awareness of the work of Parliament and our elected representatives. Learning about the democratic system and voting were some of my favourite PSE lessons in school, and I only wish I had had the opportunity to learn more and even visit Parliament as part of a school trip. These experiences are now available for students across the UK and if you're in high school and reading this - hassle your teacher to take your class to Westminster! 

Whilst much has been made (and continues to be made) of the reputation of Parliament in the press, it is my firm belief that we be much less richer without our great democracy and the Palace that sits on the River Thames. 

Find out more about UK Parliament Week by visiting the Parliament website or the @YourUKParl Twitter feed.

Theresa May at Remembrance Sunday Parade


Theresa May attended the annual Remembrance Sunday Parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall today.

Elegant in a black coat and dress, the PM laid a wreath to commemorate the fallen. May also wore a hat by Liz Felix Millinery and the Twiggy kitten heels from Russell & Bromley.

Last night, Theresa May and husband Philip attended the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. May wore a black lace dress from Amanda Wakeley, the Saucy heels from Russell & Bromley and the Redford chain detail bag, also from Amanda Wakeley.

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CBI and Westminster: Theresa May's Week


It's been mini recess week in Westminster, so no PMQs - and certainly not a quiet week!

On Monday, Theresa May addressed delegates at the CBI conference in London. It was back to a familiar navy Escada suit for the Prime Minister, and our favourite leopard print kitty heels from Charlotte Olympia.

On Tuesday, the PM's appearance at the Pride of Britain Awards was televised- and we had a closer look at her great jumpsuit and sparkly heels!

And on Wednesday, her waxwork was unveiled at Madam Tussards. The creators opted for the tomato red Amanda Wakeley skirt suit, Hermes scarf and an oversized pearl necklace. The shoes are not so realistic! 

The Anya Hindmarch Vere Satchel


The Vere Satchel from Anya Hindmarch is the stuff of dream bags. I first saw the Vere Satchel this time last year. The eye-catching shape and rich red interior made this bag stand out from the crowd, as well as the luxurious satin leather which is super soft.

Made in one of the world's leading Italy leather factories, this beautifully constructed bag comes with a detachable, adjustable cross-body strap, contrasting leather lining and plenty of labelled pockets to ensure there's always a place for everything.

It's little wonder that Theresa May chose the Vere Satchel as her AW bag. It's ideal workwear territory, but looks equally as chic when paired with a dress down outfit of jeans and a blazer. It's perfect for the Prime Minister- and fashion fan alike!

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Now the bag isn't cheap, but it's a great investment that will see you from season to season over many years.

Poppies, PMQs and Pride of Britain: Theresa May's Week


Poppies, PMQs and the Pride of Britain Awards: here's a recap of Theresa May's week.

On Monday, Theresa May welcomed the Welsh First Minister to Downing Street. She wore a new pale blue tailored jacket with a navy skirt and the Twiggy kitten heels from Russell & Bromley.

Later in the day, May welcomed the Royal British Legion to Downing Street to launch their Poppy campaign. The PM also hosted a reception for Parkinson's UK.

In the evening, Theresa May and her husband Philip attended the Pride of Britain Awards. She wore a fierce black lace jumpsuit and a pair of jewelled high heels. May also accessorised with her oversized Celtic Treasure ring and a large cuff bracelet.

On Tuesday, the PM welcomed the Pride of Britain Award Winners to Number 10. She wore her new textured navy jacket with a matching shift dress and the vibrant red and violet Link In block heels from Russell & Bromley.

On Wednesday, May took part in the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session. She wore our favourite navy skirt suit teaming it with a pair of Charlotte Olympia leopard kitten heels and an oversized pearl necklace.

On Thursday, the PM welcomed Israeli PM Netanyahu to Downing Street. May wore her black and white colourblock Escada jacket with a black skirt and the Caroline Issa x LK Bennett embroidered kitten heels.

In the evening, Theresa May hosted a dinner for the Israeli delegation at Lancaster House to mark 100 years of the Balfour Declaration. May wore the blue Orchid jacket and skirt by Daniel Blake.

Theresa May's new season purchases


The autumn is my favourite time of year for new season shopping. With the shops full of lovely new pieces, Theresa May has been taking full advantage of this season's fresh trends!

The Prime Minister has added a few new pieces to her chic wardrobe, and we've seen many of them debuted over the past few weeks.

Two blazers have been added to the Prime Minister's wardrobe. Both purchased in all likelihood from Fluidity, May has opted for earthly, autumnal tones.

The first is the caramel tweed floral jacket from Paule Ka. Accompanied by a thin leather belt, May first wore this jacket when visiting the Alexander Dennis bus and coach company in Guildford. She's since worn it to the United Nations, teaming it with the leopard Delicious flats from Russell & Bromley.

May's other new blazer is an olive and black striped number by Piazza Sempione. First seen during her Florence speech, May has worn this to the Conservative Party Conference and in the Commons.

Theresa'a other Piazza Sempione purchase is the abstract pink, olive and blue dress that she has worn this month. Definitely different and really cute!

And we can't forget her pretty powerful black and white colourblock blazer from Escada! You can read a previous post about the new addition here.

May has also added some funky trousers to her line-up- the cropped flares come in black and brown and are a new take on an old classic!

The PM has returned to Daniel Blake for some gorgeous tailored pieces. May wore the Tulip navy wool dress in windowpane check for her Conservative Party conference speech and to welcome Bill Clinton to Downing Street.

Blake has also created the Military Tail Coat in wool flannel for the Prime Minister. It is one of our favourites, and May wore it to the Dunraven School in London earlier this month for its first outing. So chic.

It's not just clothes that have had a new intake. Theresa May has also added to her fantastic range of accessories. The PM has added three new Russell & Bromley shoes to her footwear collection. The fanciest, Humbug, were her shoe of choice for her Leader's Speech. The embellished teal kitten heels were adorned with bees, a particular nod to the Conference location of Manchester.

May has also added two funky block heels to her collection. The Snaffle Trim Courts in vibrant red and purple- and a leopard version are so 'Theresa'- and I picked these out as possible selections when I first saw them at press day.

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And perhaps the best find, and one which I am most excited by, is the PM's new Anya Hindmarch bag. The Vere Satchel is so luxurious (I've been lusting over it for months!) - and a really great workwear investment piece. The leather is super super soft, and the rich red lining and reverse strap is particularly fierce. A great choice by our fashionable Prime Minister!

Commons, PMQs and Norfolk: Theresa May's Week


From Westminster to Norfolk. here's a recap of the Prime Minister's fashionable week!

On Monday, Theresa May updated MPs and the House about the recent European Council meetings. The PM wore her olive and black Piazza Sempione blazer, teaming it with the cropped flared olive trousers. She accessorised with a chunky oversized chain necklace and debuted the fabulous leopard Link In block heels from Russell & Bromley and the Vere satchel from Anya Hindmarch.

On Wednesday, the PM took part in Prime Minister's Questions and hosted an Asian Women of Achievement reception at Number 10. It was back to the staples- a navy Escada skirt suit and a garnet coloured jewel necklace. May wore the vibrant red and violet Link In block heels, again from Russell & Bromley.

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On Thursday, May visited Norfolk, visiting a housebuilding project to discuss mental health in the workplace. It was back to the Vivienne Westwood Blackwatch suit, and the sparkly heeled loafers! May also wore her swirl Caroline Johnson necklace.

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