I’m a walking cliché of a fashion lover but at least I've got some bloody nice shoes. This is the tip of the iceberg, but I CAN’T BEAR to be without any of them, even the ones I can't walk in. I'm not selling any on eBay, no matter how poor I am and that is the end of it. How big is your shoe collection?
Friday, 7 March 2014
Monday, 3 March 2014
Sponsored by Park Communications, publishers ‘It’s Nice That’ hosted a fabulous evening of magazine talk at Mother London last month as part of their ‘Nicer Tuesdays’ series.
Nicer Tuesdays is a monthly event and February’s was curated by Vice’s Bruno Bayley, Wired art director Andrew Diprose, Riposte Founder Danielle Pender and Will Dean, editor of The Independent Magazine.
There were lots of inspirational nuggets and free beer (woohoo!). I can’t share the beer with you (wish I could – idiotic blog platform) but I can treat you to some of the same interesting nuggets I enjoyed.
-'Get another project'. Always have a personal project on the go, says Andrew Diprose of Wired and Rise
-Learn how to share content across different mediums, making the most of the content you have
-Magazines are about a variety of stories combined with making the most of print.
-Vice’s Bruno Bayley thinks ‘People like to read long articles on paper (as opposed to digital platforms). Magazines are also great for illustration and photos.’
-Inspirational Danielle from Riposte magazine thinks it’s important to ‘Spend your time getting the content right instead of chasing advertisers in the beginning’.
Attend the next 'Nicer Tuesday'
Vice’s Bruno Bayley
Downstairs at Mother London
Stop daydreaming and listen to the talks!
Danielle from Riposte offered a refreshing take on women's magazines. No 'ring of shame' for her!
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
I went along to the flagship Superdry shop on Regent Street last week, for the exciting launch of their ‘Premium Lounge’.
The event was hotly anticipated and it was packed to the rafters with cool revelers and international press. We munched very tasty canapés and swigged, well, whatever we could get our hands on to be honest. Mostly Bellinis.
The Premium space is now up and running with monogramming, basic tailoring and personal shopping appointments all available. There were some exciting collaboration between Superdry and Timothy Everest, Cheaney and more!
The Regent Street Superdry is well worth a visit; traditional Superdry gear (logo tees, cargo styling) is now punctuated with some very chic items indeed. I spotted a gorgeous beige leather jacket in Stylist this morning and there were quite a few ‘ooh, I really want that’ moments on the night.
Visit Superdry Premium Lounge: LG, 103-113 Regent Street. W1
Book a personal shopping appointment: +44 (0) 207 440 5111
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Monday, 10 February 2014
The Heal’s Modern Craft Market officially opened at Heal’s Tottenham Court Road store last week.
Designed to celebrate the best in British contemporary design and craftsmanship, it was great to ‘meet the makers’ and try my hand at some new craft. The market was made up from selected independent designers and a collective of RCA graduates.
I was really impressed with Heal’s as a whole (we explored a bit as well as looking at the Craft Market section) the kitchen section was amazing!
It’s definitely worth a visit; you could pick up a future craft classic at a reasonable price.
This knitted table was amazing
I wanted all of these Art Deco style cushions
My results from an ink craft workshop
The leather workshop
This portrait table was great, it really brought the guests together
Saturday, 8 February 2014
I’m not ashamed to say that the words ‘gifting suite’ still give me a shiver of excitement. Yes, I’m shallow, but what can you do? I hadn’t heard of German brand ‘Zalando’ before, but when I learned that zalando.co.uk was ‘the world’s largest online wardrobe’ (‘it’s like a fashion Amazon’, whispered one girl) I was out the door and on my way to Leicester Square.
Excitingly, the event was held in the glamorous W Hotel, in the very same suite (‘E WOW’) that Leonardo DiCaprio stayed when he was down for the Wolf of Wall Street premier. I’m not going to lie, there were many mutterings of ‘that’s where Leo slept’, ‘Leo might have touched that towel’ from myself and the other press and bloggers invited.
Inside the impressive suite hung some very impressive clothes. I had my beady fashion eye keenly focused on a satin Laurél dress with bold brush strokes and arm-flattering sleeves. A silvery Michael Kors tuxedo jacket was getting lots of appreciation too. My obsession for Modalu bags was confirmed with a deep, glossy oxblood Pippa.
Between browsing, I joined the queue for an amazing KMS blow dry and had my nails done by Little Minx, in an Sophia Loren style OPI shade called ‘Italian Love Affair’.
All in all, a very nice afternoon - thanks Zalando!
I loved the Zalando collaboration with Italian blogger Eleonora Carisi - the print was fab!
A shirt with animals all over it. Can you have too many?
Another pleather skater skirt I'd like to add to my collection
The Modalu handbag I loved
LOVED THIS DRESS
Chic Michael Kors jacket
My KMS California blowdry (they used the Free Shape Quick Blowdry spray
Monday, 27 January 2014
Having greasy eyelids could be seen as a blessing or a curse. Blessing? Fewer wrinkles for longer. Curse? Unaided, any kind of eye make-up will slide across you face in a matter of hours. If I apply liquid eyeliner in the morning, it will have transferred onto my upper lid by lunchtime. I have tried expensive eyeliners and inexpensive but the results are always the same, even if I prime the lid with concealer and face powder.
I hadn't tried primers before, but was very impressed with the results; I used an Yves Saint Laurent liquid liner throughout to ensure a fair test. I took a photograph at the beginning of the day and one at lunchtime so you could see how well each one worked on me. I have also tried all of these primers with just eye shadow and mascara and found them to perform very well indeed - I'm not sure how I ever survived without eye primers!
This was the first primer I tried and it worked fantastically well. It made my eyelids feel velvety and evened out the tone as well as making my liner stay very well. I actually went to the gym before I took this photo, would you believe it? Prime Time is also available in colours – ‘Sundance’ is a gorgeous shimmery pink, effectively doing two jobs in one!
A nice neutral beige colour with a sleek, soft finish. Good results (it was very hot in the office on this day - it actually performed much better than it looks in this pic!) and chic packaging to boot.
Amazing retro packaging made this primer stand out from the rest and it performed too. It felt very light when I applied it and I did doubt its grease-defending ability from this! My fears were unfounded and it was one of the best I tried.
For something a bit different…
I loved the concept of these fun eyeliner alternatives and tried them out on New Year’s Eve. If you’re good at applying false eyelashes, you’ll have no problem with these. If your eyelids are particularly greasy (like mine!) then you may want to take a small tube of eyelash glue with you in case they stop sticking; especially if you’re out for the night. They come in lots of different shapes – really fun to experiment with.