Thursday, 26 March 2015

Lavazza

















On Tuesday, I turned 19. I feel old, I much preferred saying I was 18 or just jumping to 21. These next two years, feel very in the middle! Although I am excited to see what this year brings and I do hope it all involves Notes La Mode! 

After all the celebrations, Anita and I headed out into central London to check out our very first experimental coffee bar. Lavazza!

The team were so welcoming, friendly and informative! I have never learnt so much about how coffee is made, the beans, machines and complimentary mixes. We were able to see the process of coffee making, and try new tastes! 

Without a doubt my favourite was something very different, Coffee Caviar! It's not quite fish eggs, but simply takes that appearance.  As seen above, they were served on spoons with whipped cream, I was the guinea pig of the group and tried first. The expresso balls burst in your mouth and gives you the ultimate boast for the day! Making this when my friends are round, are definitely going to be my new party trick. 

Thank you Lavazza for this experience and giving me a great caffeine boost that lasted until the evening! I buzzed around central the whole day! 

So there was a little introducing into my new Italian coffee obsession and I will be posting more about Lavazza, later on this week. <3 

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Copenhagen Fashion Week 14

A late post on my travels to Copenhagen Last year and my wonderful invites to the Fashion Week Shows! 



























I wasn't sure where to start this post. I have so many memories, highlights and endless stories to my adventures to Copenhagen in Denmark. So I have kept it short and simple! 

My Fashion Week Experience

Fashion week is a place of showcasing, the community of creatives coming together to display and celebrate the talent that comes from the industry. Copenhagen already is a magical city, one that has history, arts, music and style. It is ironic that all the buildings are so old and grand, yet the city feels so young. 

Having the option of being met by the fashion week bus at the airport or my closest friend, Josie, who lives in the city felt so glamourous. I thought of positives when arriving, as the underlining feeling of anticipation and nerves were kicking in as this was my first fashion week abroad. 

My scheduled was heaving, having over 10 invitations to runways, excluding the showroom collections and after parties. I felt as though this was the first taster and glimpse into my fashion week adventures, this week set the bar extremely high. 

Highlights

  • The city. The famous Nyhavn harbour, historical sights, old cobbled streets. 
  • The weather. Unlike the Uk, barely a light breeze and mild temperatures around Summer Fashion Week! 
  • The Danes. I have never met friendlier faces and welcoming figures. From the stranger who serves us coffee at a small side shop to friends of friends, every-one wanted to share their stories and party! One of my most favourite memories, started at after a runway shows at 2 in the afternoon. My friend and I were chatting over champagne curiosity of Mercedes Benz who were sponsors of CFW. Suddenly we were approached by a rushed young woman, who asked us if we wanted to go to her after show party, she said. 'free beer, sun, gardens and sunglasses.' Of course we spontaneously said yes. After being rushed into a massive taxi, with what seemed like the host of the party, we exchanged business cards and thought to ourselves. Maybe we should be aware of stranger danger? I am very glad I stuck to my trusting streak as this was one of best afternoon parties we discovered. Blue skies, discovering a new brand, PR's and SOL beer. Thank you fashion week stranger. 
  • Boats.Copenhagen is surrounded by beautiful seas and endless harbours. I am very lucky that my closest friends parents, own their own sailing boat. After a rushed day, we could chill back and sail away through the picturesque canals and deep blue seas.  


I have people to thank for this experience, the fashion companies and PR's for the invites to fashion week. Most importantly two of the closest friends that I class as family, Josie and Maddie. Who never fail to be so great and made this whole experience even more sentimental. Love you girls. Very much. 



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Friday, 20 March 2015

Graduate Fashion Week 2013

Two years on, I thought I would post some of my work experience from when I was only 16. Here I wrote for TFV Magazine at Graduate Fashion Week.


GRADUATE FASHION WEEK

A fabulous beginning of the day; Esmond Berlin opened the runway, showcasing Anna Wilhelmina designs. Each piece was extremely bold and eye opening creating an interesting street style, this was a theme which was most present on the international runways keeping their designs contemporary however uniquely interesting. Throughout the whole event these graduate students portrayed a vast range of materials from lace to leather.  Sasha Nassar from Istituto Marangoni Paris created a detailed range of lace garments with floral embroidery and netting, making a memorable statement on the runway; this was a great example of how the overseas designers draped their models in truly inspirational street styles.




To match the unique designs, the running and certainly head turning theme was hats. From wire to wool, the head pieces were bold strong creations. A prime positive of the added hats were the matching styles and colours which matched the outfit, one black piece was extremely angular and the hat gave more elegant shapes circling her face. The international shows displayed a vast majority of interesting designs of head pieces too, a striking garment cupped the side of a models face with a gold plate; this was quite a futuristic effect.


DE MONTFORD


Sexy and striking the graduate students of De Montfort displayed a great range of contour designs from Sian Whitefoot’s elegant lace to Christina Hallett-Young‘s bright enticing red one pieces. This all in one striking red leotard was see through this is an extremely popular look which has trended in both outdoor clothing and contour. Christina Hallet-Young transformed this unusual look into a more casual cover up in comparison to other more daring garments, the added delicate lace lining the models collar bone area enhanced an extra elegance which we all desire in contour wear. Staying on the theme of red, Gemma Lawton draped her models in some impressive eye capturing designs; the use of red-orange colour signifies energy and confidence being added onto the roses which lined a beautiful, long dress created a perfect Valentine’s Day gown.



A conventional contour design of the corset appeared on the runway by Louise Watson, edgy but delicate; the shapes enhanced the beautiful natural figure of the models. The combination of blue and white pieces gave a retro twist, reminding us of the famous and glamorous sailor pin up girls. However contrasted with the beautiful attention to detail of embroidery and floral patterned lace Louise Watson over the top created a more elegant touch, perfecting a balance of the edgy shape of the corset and soft elegance.


EDINBURUGH


Faux fur! Trending fast internationally, Edinburgh displayed some finest designs with an extremely popular material. Kathryn Hewitson used a trimmed version creating a chic coat with lined shiny patterns, modern and memorable the fur coats go far from unnoticed on any runway. Another fur layered piece the coat had a marble coloured effect and comfortably hugged the male model, his look seemed perfection within the current high street trends, and he wore detailed laced cream trousers which seemed to express a feminine touch but designed straight legged to give off the masculinity every man desires on leg.



Edinburgh also displayed darker designs, black shiny leather and long gaping capes Melyssa Bates explored sharp and edgy, giving the girls sexy slick back hair and bold popping eye makeup to enhance the strong range. The range consists of dresses, jumpsuits and capes with unique twists connoting strong, powerful women stripping them of innocence and dependence. The added small detail of jewels touched a fun look, transforming some outfits into more streets suave.




Matching suites and patterns, we couldn’t get enough of it. The opening of the show portrayed Edinburgh graduate students design’s at its finest. Fun to watch and colourful, this is a perfect English summer attire; girls walked covering their eyes with a variation of popular chic shades while the bright colours reflected off a good summer inspiration.
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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Mothering Sunday



These photographs mean a lot to me, they weren't planned to be taken. In fact it was a spare of the moment thing after a day of blogging with Taken Photography

Lisa from Taken photography thought be it would a cute and fun idea to incorporate my mum into some of the shoots for our own family use. I have never laughed and giggled so much, I couldn't behave on set, when normally I would like to think I'm pretty switched on. Although Mum rocked the few snaps and pretty confidently too! 

I really wanted to share a these images on a day to celebrate our Mothers! I hope everyone has had a wonderful day <3 
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Op-Shops and vintage






For a majority of my teenage years I have been addicted to thifting and a strong love for vintage clothing. When selecting an item from a  vintage store or charity shop, the mystery to where it came from, who has used it and the story behind it, is gripping and simply wonderful. Maybe just me? 

The Vintage trend came extremely popular once again since 2012 and still in 2015 the quirky second hand business are still thriving! Many people have a issue with vintage clothing, from 'it's hipster' to 'how can you where a strangers second hand outfit.' If you have a problem with recycling then of course anyone would have an issue with this. If not, why not give it a try? 

Sometimes it can be tricker than ordinary retail shopping, as with vintage do not expect going into a store and the most perfect, unique item is hanging there waiting for you to collect it. In fact 'vintage' is probably one of the hardest wardrobes to achieve. It takes time. It takes effort. It takes an open mind. 

It takes an open mind to find beauty in something that once had it's day and now can be re-used to create a modern, chic look. For example my OOTD above (shot by the beauty Livi Tiffany) features two very special things in my wardrobe. 

The first is a family hand-me-down. A classic black dress which passed through two of my aunties. If i'm not mistaken they picked this little black number up from a op-shop when they were teenagers. When my older sister got to a certain age, she gained responsibility for the item and after a while I was able to own the piece. In December I am hoping to hand this to one of my younger cousins in Australia to keep this going. 

The Second piece is my Burberry Trench that my sister brought for me for Christmas after finding this in one of the countless vintage stores in Brighton! The trench coat became my travel companion and accompanied me on quite a few trips abroad in 2014 (A image featured  above in Rome.) Something that makes it even more unique and sentimental (other than being a present from my sister) is that I have no idea it's history or past, other than what tells me on the label and the Burberry making details.  

Ending this vintage post on a high is actually a highlight of my week, and ironically it is not vintage but something from couture fashion. I think just about anyone, who isn't even in fashion has heard or seen this. The return of Zoolander! Here's a video of Zoolander and Hansel on the Valentino Runway at Paris Fashion Week. You're welcome.
xxx



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Friday, 6 March 2015

HOLLAND PARK







Recently I have been suffering from the classic end of Winter flu and I pretty sure the few things getting me through the tricky faze is flavoured teas, close ones and the cheeky lazy day. 

One of my closest friends Livi Preuss is taking a degree in photography, so from time to time we venture out to experiment with some creative photography. Livi kindly introduced me to my savour of Camomille tea and as soon as I was in a better shape to get my creative cap on!

From the past week, I had a rough idea on where to venture too which wasn't too far from our university grounds. Holland Park famously known for it's Japanese botanical gardens and relaxing atmosphere, seemed like the ideal place to roam around for a few hours. 

My main love for the park was the calm vibes that you're indulged in after the business of the city centre to the natural and calming environment. Among the faint sound of London traffic, the park is home to endless wildlife and very vocal peacocks. Such a interesting bird to find in the middle of a capital city.

The uniqueness of the park gives it such a exclusive and chic feel, that I felt matched my ootd from Style Moi. This was a evening attire but I really wanted to capture this in natural light to display the real beauty of the items. 

The navy blue dress underneath has no straps, so it can be dressed up as much as you can dress it down! I paired this with a camel blazer, that I found inspiration from the Burberry trench, a classic colour to create that chic look.  

xxx



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