Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Communications Store SS15 Press Day

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J Brand

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J Brand

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Belstaff

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Agnona

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David Koma

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Erdem

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Markus Lupfer

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Sophie Hulme

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Swarovski

After me & Tara left the Nica press day we made our way down to the beautiful One Marylebone, a former church designed by Sir John Soane for The Communications Store press day. It was the perfect venue for the high end designers on show & I think I spent just as long marvelling at the gorgeous architecture, mosaics & little details as I did the pieces on display.

As we walked into the main hall we headed straight for Swarovski, we’re both huge magpies so we spent a good half hour oooh-ing over all the beautiful pieces & then playing in their photobooth with the biggest, most statement jewels! My favourites were the Stardust collection necklaces & bracelets, mesh tubes filled with thousands of tiny crystals, they were stunning & I wish I’d been able to capture just how dazzling they were in person. All the sparkles were sending my cameras focus a bit haywire, so I was surprised but pleased that I got a couple of really nice shots!

We made our way towards the back & the perfect little biker jacket stopped me dead in my tracks, buttery textured leather with ribbed neoprene sleeves & facings, I squealed at Tara to come over & we were shocked to see it was from J Brand. Maybe it’s not news to you, but I had no idea they made leather jackets, especially not ones this nice! I’d always just thought of them as denim, plus maybe tees & sweaters, safe to say I’ll be checking them out a lot more in the future. The lime green jacket was also from J Brand, I don’t know why but I keep getting drawn to this colour lately!

We found the perfect backpack from Sophie Hulme, and it was nice to see David Koma‘s SS15 collection in person & properly appreciate all those little details after seeing it on the catwalk earlier this year at LFW. I’m still quite shocked at myself for really loving the gem encrusted dresses, even more so after seeing them up close.

Of course I just wanted everything from Belstaff, I’m saving up to add one of their leather biker jackets to my collection, I keep thinking I’ve found the one & then they bring so many beautiful new ones out & I’m undecided again! This one is my current pick, and I think it’ll be hard to beat. I also fell in love with yet another biker, Markus Lupfer‘s holographic purple one, made from unicorn leather as Tara (maybe not so reliably!) informed me!

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Nica SS15 Press Day

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A couple of weeks ago I headed down to London with one of my favourite girls Tara of The Style Rawr for a day of press days, including the always wonderful Nica, who had Tara take over their social media for the day sharing her favourite bits from the new collection & doing a little Q&A with head designer Nica Kim.

We both first met Nica & the team last year, and so it was lovely to catch up with them all again & see all the new pieces in person. I always enjoy when you feel friendly with a brand & their team, having got to know them a little, because then it’s always so nice to see them going far & I get a little excited every time I see a Nica bag in a store or on the street!

Last time they had me squealing over the sleeping fox hardware that looked so much like Nico, and this year I did exactly the same when I saw their new little mascot – Though it’s technically a cat, I think you’d believe me if I told you it was a Husky with those pointy ears & bushy tail, right?! My favourites were the medium sized squishy clutch with clever hidden handle on the base, and the Venice crossbody with the contrast snake textured flap, in black of course, but I was surprisingly drawn to the lime version & the patent coral as well. I love that the cute hardware gives a playful edge to an otherwise classic shape, if you’ve read any of my posts about Disneyland or Hyper Japan (or seen my PJ collection!) you’d know I have a super soft spot for anything cute, and I like that this is a really subtle way to add a little of that fun to my everyday outfits without straying from my own signature style or seeming inauthentic.

We were also both given the biggest surprise when Nica told us that next year she was going to name a bag after each of us, inspired by our personal style! We were both so honoured & overwhelmed. We gave her some small hints, obviously I said black and texture mix, ponyhair, graphic, structured shape or big & slouchy, and I cannot wait to see the outcome!

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Voucher Codes Swap Shop

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Two weeks ago Voucher Codes held another of their awesome Swap Shop events, where everyone brings 5 items of clothing they no longer wear & exchanges them for stamps to shop the rails full of pieces from the other guests, plus some brand new items donated by brands too. You may remember that last time I had so much fun & was keeping my fingers crossed for another soon, so I was full of excitement when I got the email from Fleur saying they were holding another!

I headed down with Emma, Sarah & Sara and took one of my best friends Nat along with me too. Last time I spent ages picking pieces up, checking the size & fabric before deciding whether to take it off the rail, I only ended up with 2 pieces & though they were really great items, I knew I probably missed out on some good stuff as I was too slow. This time I decided to just pick up anything black that looked remotely like it’d fit me & I waddled off to the changing area with a whole mountain of black!

It paid off & I was super pleased with what I bagged, a Stella McCartney wool jacket, an ASOS maxi dress (which I almost didn’t bother to try on, but it turned out to be my favourite piece!), an AllSaints dress I nearly brought myself a couple of years ago & a skeleton print Topshop dress that Nat picked up for me, I can’t wait to do some outfit posts with them! Nat took home a draped black jacket & Whistles dress that I picked up but that looked much better on her, a kimono, two pairs of shoes and a Banana Republic cashmere jumper. We also both had a few stamps left over so we put them together & picked Nat’s mum up two brand new Linea lace dresses that House of Fraser had donated. It was nice to see that everyone had brought along so much great stuff, there were lots of real gems here & I love that people were happy to let go of these things & bring them along to swap. It’s true though, what’s the point in having a beautiful, expensive dress hanging in your wardrobe if you never wear it? I’m sure everyone went home with at least a few pieces they really loved.

After the madness of rummaging through the rails, we sat down with a few cocktails & yummy spicy mac ‘n’ cheese from Anna Mae’s whilst looking over what we’d scored & catching up with everyone else. Like last time the atmosphere was super fun & friendly, everyone was drinking, chatting & having a great time, the changing area was buzzing with girls giving each other advice & telling each other how great pieces looked, people were swapping items that didn’t suit with others who wanted them & picking things up they knew would be perfect for someone else to pass on to them too. We had the best time & I am already looking forward to the next, it’s easily become one of my favourite annual events!

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Lykanthea

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Lykanthea is Lakshmi Ramgopal, a solo ambient musician based in Rome, Italy via Chicago. Drawing on a decade of Carnatic training, she alchemizes spectral vocals and synths to form transient, enveloping worlds. In July she released her solo debut ‘Migration’ & followed on from this in October with the haunting video for ‘Telos’.

Over the course of 5 songs she draws inspiration from the 4,000-year-old Sumerian tale of the goddess Inanna & the challenges she faces during a transformative journey to and back from the underworld. Exploring the concept of rebirth in and across lifetimes, the result is a heavily atmospheric & expansive sound that envelopes you in it’s hushed, ethereal vocals & draws you completely into it’s world. Ghostly & delicate, but with a dark, primal soul lurking just beneath, it’s subtle complexity grows with each listen.

The video for ‘Telos’ shot by E. Aaron Ross & styled by Laura Prieto-Velasco of Hunter Gatherer is just as dark & dreamy as the music, and features some of my favourite independent designers. I’ve put together a mini wishlist of items which feature in the video, and I urge you to go check out each & every one of these wonderful independents. The Noctex & Hogan McLaughlin pieces in the video were from Spring collections & are sadly now sold out, but I’ve included some of their new season pieces instead, which are just as beautiful. Particular favourites are the heavy iron cuff from Anu Tera, Hogan McLaughlin’s mesh ‘Gauntlet’ shirt, Leah Ball‘s ‘Conduit’ cuff (as seen in the 2nd image) & the collaborative pieces from Hunter Gatherer x Lykanthea, inspired by & hand stamped with lyrics from the EP.

Watch the video for Telos below, then listen to the rest of the Migration EP & download it for free here.
 

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NYDJ

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Jeans are one of those pieces of clothing that I couldn’t live without, they are some of my favourite items that I own & I have always practically lived in my skinnies. Unfortunately though they are also one of the items that I most hate shopping for, often leaving empty handed & disappointed, or trawling through endless pairs before I finally, miraculously come across one that actually fits properly. I’ve been known to stick to my tried & true brands, and this takes a little of the frustration out of the whole experience but even that is no fail safe with constantly changing fits & styles. This may be why I’ve been known to nostalgically hold on to pairs even after they’re falling apart & completely unwearable!

NYDJ are a brand I’ve had recommended to me a lot in my quest for great fitting denim, they are the original slimming jeans for women & each pair is made with their patented ‘Lift Tuck Technology’ for a slimming, smoothed out silhouette. They also stick to their signature fit for each & every pair, which is the same through the hips & thighs for all styles & cuts, so you know once you’ve found the one, every future pair will be that same flattering fit. I’ve been told by friends who are big fans that thanks to this hidden technology they will give even my boyish, non-curvy frame an enviable butt, which is basically my jean holy grail!

My favourite cut is obviously the Alina leggings, super skinny all the way down & in lots of great finishes too. Particular favourites are the snake printed pair (I can’t get enough of this print on denim lately, you may have noticed!) & the pebbled faux leather trouser jeans, which would be a great option for someone like me who can’t stand the sweaty, uncomfortable feel of real leather leggings, no matter how nice they look.

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