My Winter Wardrobe..Dresses

I present to you all, the dresses I have selected for my Winter Wardrobe 13/14.  My favourites include the Erdem Laudia embroidered silk dress (no.31) and the Temperley London Angeli embellished silk-chiffon and tulle gown (no.33).  I am dying over these amazing dresses!

1.GIVENCHY Black wool sweater dress with gold bars £752.50

1.GIVENCHY
Black wool sweater dress with gold bars
£752.50

2. VICTORIA,VICTORIA BECKHAM Wool-felt dress £681

2. VICTORIA,VICTORIA BECKHAM
Wool-felt dress
£681

3.JONATHAN SAUNDERS Odette brushed wool-blend dress £914.37

3.JONATHAN SAUNDERS
Odette brushed wool-blend dress
£914.37

4.VALENTINO Tulle-paneled wool and silk-blend dress £1,483.12

4.VALENTINO
Tulle-paneled wool and silk-blend dress
£1,483.12

5.RICHARD NICOLL Illusion scuba-jersey and silk-blend jersey dress £503.13

5.RICHARD NICOLL
Illusion scuba-jersey and silk-blend jersey dress
£503.13

6. DONNA KARAN Gathered jersey dress £1,395.63

6. DONNA KARAN
Gathered jersey dress
£1,395.63

7. CHLOÉ Wool, silk and cashmere-blend sweater dress £982

7. CHLOÉ
Wool, silk and cashmere-blend sweater dress
£982

8. MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Dégradé wool and mohair dress £640

8. MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
Dégradé wool and mohair dress
£640

9. PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI Flo stretch-sateen jersey dress £831.25

9. PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI
Flo stretch-sateen jersey dress
£831.25

10. ALICE + OLIVIA Joi leather-trimmed wool maxi dress £469

10. ALICE + OLIVIA
Joi leather-trimmed wool maxi dress
£469

11. ROLAND MOURET Bilbao crepe-jersey dress £708.75

11. ROLAND MOURET
Bilbao crepe-jersey dress
£708.75

12. THAKOON Ribbed-knit wool dress £468.12

12. THAKOON
Ribbed-knit wool dress
£468.12

13. DONNA KARAN Wool-blend dress £1,120

13. DONNA KARAN
Wool-blend dress
£1,120

14. STELLA MCCARTNEY Fluted stretch-cady dress £616.88

14. STELLA MCCARTNEY
Fluted stretch-cady dress
£616.88

15. MICHAEL KORS Cashmere and merino wool-blend sweater dress £565

15. MICHAEL KORS
Cashmere and merino wool-blend sweater dress
£565

16. PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI Atlantic printed sateen dress £1,548.75

16. PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI
Atlantic printed sateen dress
£1,548.75

17. LANVIN Floral-appliquéd faille tunic dress £3,676

17. LANVIN
Floral-appliquéd faille tunic dress
£3,676

18. DOLCE & GABBANA Ruched lace and tulle dress £3,134.25

18. DOLCE & GABBANA
Ruched lace and tulle dress
£3,134.25

19. J.CREW Mia cotton-macramé dress £301.88

19. J.CREW
Mia cotton-macramé dress
£301.88

20. NOTTE BY MARCHESA Sequined tulle and silk-crepe peplum gown £756.87

20. NOTTE BY MARCHESA
Sequined tulle and silk-crepe peplum gown
£756.87

21. NOTTE BY MARCHESA Embellished silk dress £564.38

21. NOTTE BY MARCHESA
Embellished silk dress
£564.38

22. STELLA MCCARTNEY Lace-paneled stretch-jersey dress £765.63

22. STELLA MCCARTNEY
Lace-paneled stretch-jersey dress
£765.63

23. BIYAN Iris embellished tulle gown £1,373.75

23. BIYAN
Iris embellished tulle gown
£1,373.75

24. BIYAN Isobel embellished tulle and satin gown £1,347.50

24. BIYAN
Isobel embellished tulle and satin gown
£1,347.50

25. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Faux pearl-embellished knitted dress £1,548.75

25. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
Faux pearl-embellished knitted dress
£1,548.75

26. ROKSANDA ILINCIC Izumi color-block wool-crepe dress £881

26. ROKSANDA ILINCIC
Izumi color-block wool-crepe dress
£881

27. JIL SANDER Plaid mohair-blend dress £1,050

27. JIL SANDER
Plaid mohair-blend dress
£1,050

28. EMILIA WICKSTEAD Darcy printed silk-organza dress £962.50

28. EMILIA WICKSTEAD
Darcy printed silk-organza dress
£962.50

29. EMILIO PUCCI Bead-embellished stretch-wool crepe mini dress £1,420

29. EMILIO PUCCI
Bead-embellished stretch-wool crepe mini dress
£1,420

30. JASON WU Pleated wool-blend and chiffon peplum dress £2,765

30. JASON WU
Pleated wool-blend and chiffon peplum dress
£2,765

31. ERDEM Laudia embroidered silk dress £4,611.25

31. ERDEM
Laudia embroidered silk dress
£4,611.25

32. VICTORIA,VICTORIA BECKHAM Merino wool-blend and felt dress £778

32. VICTORIA,VICTORIA BECKHAM
Merino wool-blend and felt dress
£778

33. TEMPERLEY LONDON Angeli embellished silk-chiffon and tulle gown £2,244.38

33. TEMPERLEY LONDON
Angeli embellished silk-chiffon and tulle gown
£2,244.38

34. JAY AHR Wool-blend jersey and jacquard dress £879.38

34. JAY AHR
Wool-blend jersey and jacquard dress
£879.38

All of the dresses shown are available from www.net-a-porter.com

Yours,

The Countess x

The Countess..A day in the life of..reprised

As I have received a few emails asking about my life, I have decided to reprise the article I wrote last month..enjoy!

6:00 A.M. I have always been an early riser and actually enjoy waking early to make the most of the day. As a child I went to Boarding School so I am more than used to waking early! By 6:15 I am up and ready, as is the Earl. We both eat a banana and play tennis for an hour. We have been doing this for the last two years at his suggestion and I have to admit it is the perfect way to wake up and prepare for the day ahead. 

7:00 A.M. After Tennis, we head back to the house and I take a quick shower. Whilst my hair is still wet I dress and begin my beauty regime. (To learn more click here)

7:30 A.M. As ridiculous as this may seem, at 7:30 every morning except Sunday, I have my hair stylist come and Blow Dry my hair. Many people find it excessive but to me it is a necessity as my hair is thick and I would only get hot and bothered trying to do my own hair. My style is very simple, I keep my hair naturally brunette and normally wear it down with lots of volume. I normally wear pearl earrings so tuck my hair behind my ears and my parting down the middle. 

8:00 A.M. Now that I am ready for the day I join the Earl in the Morning Room where we have a light breakfast and read the newspapers. I normally have Muesli with a slice of brown toast, green tea and fresh juice. I like to keep myself informed on current affairs and it is also a good way for me to later engage in conversation and discussion when attending Dinners and formal events.

8:30 A.M. After Breakfast it is time to walk the public areas of the house with the house managers. We do this every Morning to ensure that the house is at it’s full potential for public viewing. For special occasions such as Christmas, we discuss how we are going to decorate and arrange the house. We also rearrange the house regularly to keep the experience exciting for our visitors. 

9:30 A.M. Now that we have walked the house, the house managers and I hold a short meeting in the boardroom to discuss our ideas and concerns with the Earl. The House and Gardens open to the public at 10:00 A.M so the team prepare for the day ahead. 

10:15 A.M. Today is Monday and on this day every week, we have a team of Florists who refresh the flowers in the house. I have always adored flowers and think they really make a wonderful difference to the harmony of a home. I prefer white flowers and in particular, roses. The Florists use flowers that have grown on the Estate and from other suppliers. For special occasions such as Valentines day they will produce special displays in the main house.  On Thursday we are holding a private dinner so they will return to refresh the display in the Dining Room, Drawing Rooms and Lavatories.

11:30 A.M. Today the Earl and I are being interviewed for a lifestyle magazine who want to discuss the house including the collection and how it is managed. This does not happen very often and I am rather nervous! It is a very pleasant and informal interview and they will be returning at a later stage where they will conduct a photo shoot. 

1:00 P.M. After a busy Morning, we sit down and enjoy Lunch. I normally have a light lunch so that I still have an appetite for supper, however my Parents and Sister are visiting today so we are going to have afternoon tea. They stay for most of the afternoon and we have a delightful time in their company!

4:00 P.M At this time the Earl and I walk our dogs. We have three West Highland Terriers whom I adore, they are my children for now. We walk them around the Estate as this is a good opportunity to talk to visitors and enjoy the countryside. Although I do enjoy the City, I have to say we are so lucky to have such wonderful Countryside in Britain; The views are exceptionally stunning.

7:00 P.M. The Earl and I usually have supper at this time, however as we have indulged in a hefty Afternoon Tea, we are not going to eat much today. After supper we retire to our Sitting room where we relax by reading, surfing the internet or watching television. I enjoy reading Vogue magazine which usually results in me shopping online! This is also the time that I have now began to blog for Countess Undercover.

9:00 P.M. I like to take a bath every evening around this time as I am usually exhausted by now. I ensure that my en-suite is a heavenly environment by lighting candles. My favourite are Jo Malone and in particular I adore her Nectarine Blossom & Honey Candle and bath oil. The aroma is exceptionally exquisite and it is the time of the day where I am most indulgent. I usually spend an hour bathing until I am totally relaxed. 

10:30 P.M. The Earl and I retire to our bedroom suite, where we continue to relax. When designing this room I wanted to create a separate lounge area with luxuriant furnishings so that we could relax before sleeping in private. I also use this time to choose ensembles for the next day. I find that if you do this, you are going to dress with more care rather rushing in the morning. 

11:45 P.M. I normally sleep between 11 and 12 so that I can get a good rest. After a long day I cannot wait to get into bed and enjoy total comfort and relaxation. We have a four poster bed and there is nothing more cosy or comforting than drawing the curtains around the bed and falling into a beautiful deep sleep!

Yours,

The Countess x

 

The Countess..A day in the life of.

In the last few days I have received a number of emails asking what my life involves and if I have a career. As most of my posts have been about Fashion and Lifestyle I thought it might be a good idea to give you a taste of my life in 24 hours so that those of you who are interested can gain a better understanding. At University I studied Art History and my dream was to work for a renowned Gallery and eventually hold an executive position. Life has a funny way of surprising you and altering your plans rather radically. At University I met the Earl and as a result I have now dedicated my life to supporting our Estate and continuing the family legacy. I am very fortunate that in doing so I am able to live out my dreams and aspirations; Running a historic estate which houses an enormous collection of Art is beyond my career aspirations and has fulfilled me immensely. Here is a run down of 24 hours in my life..Enjoy!

6:00 A.M. I have always been an early riser and actually enjoy waking early to make the most of the day. As a child I went to Boarding School so I am more than used to waking early! By 6:15 I am up and ready, as is the Earl. We both eat a banana and play tennis for an hour. We have been doing this for the last two years at his suggestion and I have to admit it is the perfect way to wake up and prepare for the day ahead. 

7:00 A.M. After Tennis, we head back to the house and I take a quick shower. Whilst my hair is still wet I dress and begin my beauty regime. (To learn more click here)

7:30 A.M. As ridiculous as this may seem, at 7:30 every morning except Sunday, I have my hair stylist come and Blow Dry my hair. Many people find it excessive but to me it is a necessity as my hair is thick and I would only get hot and bothered trying to do my own hair. My style is very simple, I keep my hair naturally brunette and normally wear it down with lots of volume. I normally wear pearl earrings so tuck my hair behind my ears and my parting down the middle. 

8:00 A.M. Now that I am ready for the day I join the Earl in the Morning Room where we have a light breakfast and read the newspapers. I normally have Muesli with a slice of brown toast, green tea and fresh juice. I like to keep myself informed on current affairs and it is also a good way for me to later engage in conversation and discussion when attending Dinners and formal events.

8:30 A.M. After Breakfast it is time to walk the public areas of the house with the house managers. We do this every Morning to ensure that the house is at it’s full potential for public viewing. For special occasions such as Christmas, we discuss how we are going to decorate and arrange the house. We also rearrange the house regularly to keep the experience exciting for our visitors. 

9:30 A.M. Now that we have walked the house, the house managers and I hold a short meeting in the boardroom to discuss our ideas and concerns with the Earl. The House and Gardens open to the public at 10:00 A.M so the team prepare for the day ahead. 

10:15 A.M. Today is Monday and on this day every week, we have a team of Florists who refresh the flowers in the house. I have always adored flowers and think they really make a wonderful difference to the harmony of a home. I prefer white flowers and in particular, roses. The Florists use flowers that have grown on the Estate and from other suppliers. For special occasions such as Valentines day they will produce special displays in the main house.  On Thursday we are holding a private dinner so they will return to refresh the display in the Dining Room, Drawing Rooms and Lavatories.

11:30 A.M. Today the Earl and I are being interviewed for a lifestyle magazine who want to discuss the house including the collection and how it is managed. This does not happen very often and I am rather nervous! It is a very pleasant and informal interview and they will be returning at a later stage where they will conduct a photo shoot. 

1:00 P.M. After a busy Morning, we sit down and enjoy Lunch. I normally have a light lunch so that I still have an appetite for supper, however my Parents and Sister are visiting today so we are going to have afternoon tea. They stay for most of the afternoon and we have a delightful time in their company!

4:00 P.M At this time the Earl and I walk our dogs. We have three West Highland Terriers whom I adore, they are my children for now. We walk them around the Estate as this is a good opportunity to talk to visitors and enjoy the countryside. Although I do enjoy the City, I have to say we are so lucky to have such wonderful Countryside in Britain; The views are exceptionally stunning.

7:00 P.M. The Earl and I usually have supper at this time, however as we have indulged in a hefty Afternoon Tea, we are not going to eat much today. After supper we retire to our Sitting room where we relax by reading, surfing the internet or watching television. I enjoy reading Vogue magazine which usually results in me shopping online! This is also the time that I have now began to blog for Countess Undercover.

9:00 P.M. I like to take a bath every evening around this time as I am usually exhausted by now. I ensure that my en-suite is a heavenly environment by lighting candles. My favourite are Jo Malone and in particular I adore her Nectarine Blossom & Honey Candle and bath oil. The aroma is exceptionally exquisite and it is the time of the day where I am most indulgent. I usually spend an hour bathing until I am totally relaxed. 

10:30 P.M. The Earl and I retire to our bedroom suite, where we continue to relax. When designing this room I wanted to create a separate lounge area with luxuriant furnishings so that we could relax before sleeping in private. I also use this time to choose ensembles for the next day. I find that if you do this, you are going to dress with more care rather rushing in the morning. 

11:45 P.M. I normally sleep between 11 and 12 so that I can get a good rest. After a long day I cannot wait to get into bed and enjoy total comfort and relaxation. We have a four poster bed and there is nothing more cosy or comforting than drawing the curtains around the bed and falling into a beautiful deep sleep!

Yours,

The Countess x