I was delighted to work with Italian Architect, Elena Jackson to bring the Spring Summer '15 Fashion & Home Event to Princes Risborough in March. Born in Milan, after art school and a degree in Architecture, Elena decided to move to England with the excuse of learning English. That was 16 years ago - she now runs a successful interior design business Interior&Design alongside enjoying family time with her three young children. Elena has a real flair for discovering pieces that will look good and work hard in your home, and it was really interesting to get her perspective on creating a great space for the Spring event as well as making it an interesting, informative and above all, enjoyable day. I loved finding out more about Elena's favourite fashion finds and style inspiration...

What is your favourite item of clothing at the moment?
My boots! I bought a pair of leather burgundy boots, doc Martin style but softer and with the zip on the side and big chunky laces, I love them. Comfy, warm and groovy.

What are the most amazing shoes in your wardrobe (worn or not!)
My mum's 70's platform shoes. She used to be super stylish and bought really high quality items. Also my varnish red Mary Jane shoes, a very cheap buy but they have such an high impact on an outfit and they waken the Dorothy in me.
The most cherished item in your wardrobe – what’s the story behind it? 
My uncle’s belt from when he was in the Italian Air Force training. It’s military green canvas with a slide buckle. I see my uncle rarely, the belt reminds me of him … and it looks fab with jeans too.

What accessory or item can you NEVER leave home without?
A scarf or a foulard. I like to feel warm around my neck and I wear something even during the summer. Plus I find it a great way to give a burst of colour or add a pattern to a otherwise plain outfit.
Tell me about a holiday fashion buy
A hat that I bought last year at a craft fair in Cison di Valmarino in Veneto - Italy. It is hand made by a lady in Rome, Rosella Panzecchi. (www.interpretazioniartistiche.it

What's your favourite colour?
I don't have one … I like them all. I am not afraid of wearing brights even if for a more everyday wear  I prefer darker shades with a splash of rich red, green or fuchsia. 

You’ve been invited to a special event last minute – what do you wear?
A dress. I love dresses. They instantly make me feel feminine with a nice pair of heels … maybe a necklace and you are ready to go! 

What about on a family day out?
With my three young and fast children I always need to be ready for a quick sprint so flat shoes are a must. A body warmer, jeans and a colourful scarf to pick up my shoes’ shade is my country/sporty look for a relaxed outdoor day out.

Where to you like to shop?
My local high street in Princes Risbrough has two women’s clothes shops: one is the Chocolate Boutique and the other is the best kept secret in town … above the Fieldmouse Cheese Shop & Deli ;-) I like to treat myself to a quick browse every now and then. Both shops offer a great range of accessories, clothes and styles.

Where is your favourite place?
Difficult to say …Siena in Italy but also Stockholm. I went there on a round trip of Europe in my twenties. I was so impressed by the cleanliness of the city and the fact that people could fish salmons in the water right in front of their blocks of flats (or so I was told).

Neutrals or brights?
Both! Zing the neutral with a bright accessory.

Heels or flats?
Heels - I wear flats everyday but my favorite are heels, whenever I got the chance. My posture change and my attitude too; I feel more confident, silly isn’t it?
Elena Jackson is an Italian architect passionate about interior design and brings an artistic flare into the home by creating practical and original design solutions. You can find out more about Elena and her work at www.interiorandesign.co.uk or on Facebook.


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