Amanda Woodward Brown Shares Her Monthly Edit of Where To Shop
London-based contributor Amanda Woodward Brown shares what she's loving right now...

From bandanas (yes, they're back) to beautifully cut slip dresses to heavenly homewares – here's her dreamy edit.

Summer Jewels

I first discovered Aurum + Grey a few years ago and fell for their dainty initial necklaces. When founder Talya Paskin recently launched a new collection called Bubble Beads, it was love at first sight. Available as a necklace, bracelet and anklet, the line features dainty colour-pop beads dangling off a delicate gold chain. I have both the necklace and bracelet and haven't taken them off since they arrived.

Silk Route

I'm calling it – the bandana is back. Next summer your ultimate accessory will be a silk headscarf. First spotted at the Chanel Cruise 2020 show, then at Rejina Pyo's gorgeous SS20 collection.

Less Is More

Inspired by the timeless appeal of the slip dress, Refine is a cool new London label that epitomises effortless chic. The beautifully cut silk slips, camisoles and scrunchies are all made in Italy and are easy yet elegant. They work year round too; team the Carolyn dress with sandals for summer, then wear it under an oversized jumper with boots in winter.

Interiors Inspo

Edit 58 is one of my favourite destinations for unique homewares. Although I am lucky to call the founder Lisa Mehydene is a friend, I was an avid shopper of Lisa's site long before meeting her. She has an enviable talent for curating an eclectic mix of items from around the world as well as eye-catching collaborations with talented designers. One of my favourite collections is her line of handpainted enamelware jugs, created in partnership with British artist Lisa Hardy. I bought one for my new kitchen and it makes me happy every time I look at it. Also, don't miss the scalloped rattan pendant shades designed with Matilda Goad (next on my list). If you see something you love, be quick, as items sell out fast – sometimes in a matter of minutes.

American Woman

While recently researching a story I stumbled across a picture of American fashion designer Claire McCardell with Picasso in his studio and immediately became intrigued as to who this chic women was. I had never heard of her previously, which seems strange, considering how incredibly important she was to shaping the fashion landscape and what women wear today. I am now obsessed and have been reading up on her incredible legacy.

Pyjamas With Purpose

Flattering and comfortable – Sian's Esther's nightwear collection is not only a stylish way to catch your beauty sleep – it's also a brand with a positive mission. Every piece sold helps empower vulnerable women. Whether you choose the smart shorty set or a classic nightshirt you'll be making a difference to another woman's life.

Back To Nature

Not only do the products from Vanderohe smell heavenly, they are also made from all-natural, wildcrafted or organic ingredients. Founder Olivia Thorpe is a mother of three and created her botanical beauty brand when she experienced issues with her skin. The formulas are gentle but super effective – I especially love the Purifying Cleansing Oil with the Sasawashi face cloth – it even makes easy work of removing eye makeup.

Best Dressed

A collection of beautifully-crafted clothes for both boys and girls, London based label Benedita creates some of the prettiest dresses for children that I've come across. With ruffles, lace and ribbon detailing, they are the perfect pieces for special occasions. Violet and Isla wore a pink and lace cap-sleeve style all summer and this season I have my eye on the Magnetic dress for winter which features an oversized bow at the neckline.

Stretch It Out

While I will never be a gym-goer, I am devoted to Pilates, and although I love my weekend class I hadn't really ever thought about how to adapt the exercises to everyday. Enter Pilates at Your Desk, a brilliant concept that introduces the practice of Pilates into the office and home. After one class with Kerrie-Anne (who has taught everywhere from Facebook to the NHS) I realised how important posture and mobility are to productivity and no longer sit cross-legged at my laptop for hours. If you are not in London, you can still follow Kerrie-Anne's morning moves on Instagram @pilatesatyourdesk – her funny yet informative videos are guaranteed to make your start to the day more upbeat.

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