EFFORTLESS STYLE

Working in the design studio, wearing Levi’s Classic tee and 501CT jeans

In my studio in London’s Hackney, working is my passion whether pattern cutting or capturing inspirational imagery for social, this is how I #liveinlevis.

Effortless style from day to night with Levi’s 501CT’s.

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Wearing: Levi’s 501CT jeans, styled with classic white tee and marl sweatshirt for day: and for evening, styled with the staple black silk shirt also from Levi’s

It’s easy to live in jeans; hard wearing, and easily dressed up or down; they’re easy to pull off without worrying that you look too try-hard or better yet too casual. Yves wish he’d invented the jean and I have to agree. Denim done well is something so rare that when it is, it needs to be celebrated. Levi’s saw that their classic 501 jeans – so sought after in every city vintage haven, were being bought up, customised and tailored so they decided to save their customers the hassle and reinvent the wheel as it were. I have to say I never have time to rip my jeans or even tailor them, so it’s refreshing to just try on a pair of jeans and find them fitting so perfectly that you even want to wear them out the store, so reluctant to take them off already.

Most of my days are spent in the studio, pattern cutting and toiling in good time for fashion week, as you know. And jeans are easy to throw on in the morning, wear all day, whether you’re on the floor, on running around the city to various meetings, they stay with you. Then the evening comes and you don’t need to worry. These 501CTs are cool enough, throw on a silk shirt, in place of that perfect white tee, tie up your hair and re-apply that mascara, and you’re good to go. I have to say I’m obsessed with the fit; so flattering, making you look skinny and long legged, even in plimsolls. It’s easy to live in Levi’s. 

In collaboration with Levi’s for #LiveinLevis, celebrating their new 501CT jeans and icons products.

 



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CELEBRATING CHINESE NEW YEAR IN LONDON

Celebrating Chinese New Year at Yauatcha, 15-17 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL.

An inspired way to start the meal, with these little ‘Goldfish’ dim sum.
(Dim Sum translates to Touch the Heart)

And below, the Yáng Walker cocktail. Translating as The Shepherd, the cocktail contains the unusual Chinese spirit Baijiu,
as well as Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky, Japanese plum sake, rosemary, grapefruit juice, ginger bitters and lime.

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To finish; the perfect end with Yoghurt bavarois, centred with lemon curd and lemon sable on a bed of lemon sponge and pandan buttercream,
garnished with sheep’s yoghurt cream and crystallised grains, flowers and cress.

Chinese New Year at Hakkasan, 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6QB

For a more romantic setting, Hakkasan is perfect to experience Chinese New Year. Together you can really tuck into the 9 courses.
First up, we have the dim sum platter followed by stir-fry rib eye beef with merlot and edible cage.

Spicy prawn with Lilly bulb and almond, followed by The wishing tree dessert of chocolate, caramelised macadamia and cocoa rocks 

This was certainly one of those days where I felt very looked after indeed, I’ve never celebrated Chinese New Year but living in multi cultural London there’s always something new and exciting to experience. Both Yauatcha and Hakkasan are London’s Chinese gems, both serving very different kinds of atmosphere and grub. Yauatcha is widely known for it’s Patisserie section, shining out from the windows into Soho, it lures people in for tea and sweet treats in the day; then very delicious cocktails in the evening. Hakkasan, in London’s Mayfair, is more concealed, tucked away like a secret for only those in the know. Downstairs in the darkness you are surrounded by various screens and latticed shutters, making each table secluded and private.

So here I take you through a day-to-night guide to Chinese New Year in London, starting with Yauatcha. As it’s the year of the sheep and a whole host of macaroons, petite gateaux’s and desserts have been added to the menu incorporating sheep’s milk. But first, my favourite dish was the inspired little goldfish dumplings. All of Yuatcha’s cuisine is insanely photogenic; prepare to have your phone at the ready at all times! We decided a few things off the menu were too good not to order on top of the Chinese New Year menu, so we added traditional pork belly and scallops with lotus root, a very light and fragrant dish compared to the rich pork belly. The Yáng Walker cocktail is a must try, though beware if you have an empty stomach, it’s very strong! Yauatcha for me is the perfect getaway from busy central London, hide away with friends and just indulge yourself. The atmosphere is young and fresh; families, friends and even acquaintences dining together in one big friendly room. You can really go to town on the desserts. I suggest the more friends you take the better, for this reason ;)

Hakkasan for me is more of a romantic setting, take your partner into the dark, sultry surroundings and experience the heady rich menu. We stuck to the Chinese New Year menu this time; it’s quite full on so in typical Chinese cuisine fashion, you had better make sure you’re ravenous on sitting down! The absolute star of the show for me was the Grilled Chilean Sea Bass in honey; so delicious that I hadn’t the time to even take a photograph. DEVOURED. This is serious comfort food and the rib-eye beef accompanied by the Lilly bulb and almond prawns were both rich and satisfying. The dessert come out with its own wishing tree. When you arrive at the table you are encouraged to make a wish and hang it on the latticed shutters surrounding you using the red wishing card at the table. A tradition in China, around New Year is that villagers would visit the sacred banyan trees miles away and hang their wishes upon their branches. The higher the branch the wish was put upon the more likely it was to come true.

The New Years feast is on at either Hakkasan or Yuatcha until the 1st March. 

Thanks to Yauatcha and Hakkasan for being wonderful hosts!

 

FEELING NEUTRAL

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I may be suffering from fashion flu; desperately trying to keep my cold at bay whilst rushing around various areas of West London in the wind and rain (I’m being dramatic as actually I have a Rolls Royce this fashion week! More to come on that later…) but seeing these new campaign images from H&M has got me excited for summer on the horizon. And if the British weather fails us then I may well have a trip to LA in mind for later on in the year..

Key favourites of the collection are rose gold delicate chain necklaces and minimal designed bangles; dungarees and utlitarian inspired jackets and outerwear. I don’t know about you but I’m really feeling those nudes, just need to a sun tan to finish off the look! 

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LIVE LOOKBOOKING


Feat: Charlie May AW15.

While I wait for images of Saturdays presentation to come back, I just had to share with you these illustrations by Clym Evernden. Followed by the amazing moving GIF from Nordstrom’s blog. It was a really unique idea to stage a live lookbook shoot in the Beaumont hotel, guests arrived and could watch us shooting and prepping. Styled by Sebastian Kauffmann and shot by Yuvali Theis. Can’t wait to show you the new collection in full!

CHARLIE MAY SS15 HAS LANDED

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Feat: Charlie May by Yuvali Theis and India Rose

Spring/summer has finally dropped! Doing my best to upload the new collection whilst making the new one, but there are a few peices already on the site. Some very hubba-hubba white denim styles. Summer is just around the corner now! :)

Peruse the new collection here

Photos by Yuvali Theis, Art direction by India Rose

WINTER DATE


Wearing: Charlie May coat, Stella McCartney knit, Dagmar trousers,  Marni sandals, Louis Vuitton cross body, Knobbly studio earring, Jessie Harris ring.

Trust me to see a pair of spring/summer Marni sandals in the dead of winter, with snow still on the ground, and think Yup! I don’t see why though it’s acceptable to wear sandals on a fancy winter date and not a pair chic flat sandals. I’ve been collaborating with Amex style hub this month, with the launch of London Collections: Mens in January and now, just out is this ‘How to dress up on a winter date’. My way anyway ;)

See the full post from the Amex Style Hub here

Photos by Shini


SATURDAY TREATS

Umai Saturdays at Sake No Hana, 23 St James Street, Mayfair.

The sushi chefs hard at work at the counter, my favourite kind of people watching

The weekend is often the best time to catch up with friends, after a busy week who better to unwind with that your inner circle? I find the best catch ups are spent trying a new brunch spot, and pushing your food comfort zones. London is constantly cropping up with new restaurants and new menus; so discovering Umai Saturdays at Sake No Hana, one crisp, bright, sunny Saturday afternoon last weekend was a treat indeed. 

It’s traditional in Japan to enjoy many dishes throughout one meal. This five course treat was started with the most delicious little bowl of sesame spinach (the only ‘salad’ I ever want to eat again!) and sparkling sake, which was a revelation to me. It’s light and sweet and almost the opposite of it’s counterpart. A delicate ‘Suzuko Usuzukuri’ sea bass sashimi followed, then the large plate of insanely delicious little sushis came out, accompanied with traditional still Sake. I had to be careful to not stock up too much as I knew what was to come!

The star of the show was the Umai (translation: Delicious) Sukiyaki with candy floss. Yup. Rib-eye beef with tofu, mushrooms and vegetables came to be cooked at the table in a cast iron pot. Whilst a delicate cloud of candy floss was carried over and placed on top or the sizzling beef. A hot sauce was poured over the top of the floss to turn the spun sugar into a sticky sauce to accompany our main. MIND BLOWN AT THIS POINT. It was a little sobering to see how much sugar went into this dish, but Hey! I said this was a treat, after all…

Then, as if not satisfied enough, out came dessert. What felt like a more classic Japanese dessert was the Sesame creme with Yuzu sorbet and blackberry meringue, accompanied by what clearly every brit wants to see for a dessert a Miso apple Tarte Tatin, so many gooey light pastry layers it was serious heaven. The light in this room is seriously too good, we could have easily sat people watching all afternoon. And we pretty much did. There’s no need to rush off, this Japanese five course sensation is to reflect their love of long, delicious meals.

Thanks Sake No Hana for having us!

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Last week after a pretty insane feast at Sake No Hana, in St James (full post to come later on over the weekend) wearing a uniform of sorts… except for the skirt which was a brave decision on my part. The knowledge of a cab ride and sitting in a warm cosy Mayfair restaurant made me throw caution to the wind on that one. So excited for summer to come already, it’s been snowing in London this week and I can’t leave the house without a thousand layers on. This is me dreaming of what I’ll be wearing in two months time, shall we say?

Photos by India

JANUARY FITNESS BOOST


Sunday
Flywheel – a seriously knackering class but leaves you on cloud nine for the rest of the day.
(Especially good if you need to sweat out the weekends discrepancies)

Wearing: Gap Fit mesh bomber jacket, marble sports bra, mesh insert leggings, marble sports bag


Tuesday
Cardio relays – Burpies, dips, bench presses, kettlebell, running, rowing etc.
(Mix these up from session to session, pick 4-6 and repeat for 45 mins)

Wearing: Gap Fit mesh bomber jacket, ribbed pullover, 3/4 length leggings, low impact sports bra


Thursday
Plug in your favourite tunes and get out there!
I run in my local park, and I love watching the seasons slowly changing before my eyes.

Wearing: Gap Fit all weather track jacket, breathable tee, track pant


Saturday
Waking up after a week of intense workouts can leave you feeling like you’ve been run over by a bus sometimes.
A yoga session such as Hot Pod yoga leaves you feeling energised, so check em out.



It was mid way through last year when I started to get into fitness in a big way. I was really feeling the stress of running my own fashion label and I felt I needed to get out and run it off a few times a week. This strange new passion for fitness grew into something that fast overtook the need for shopping and cake binging (Hey – I work above a cafe and it’s hard to work past those little delicacies every day!). It has become something which now feels super positive. I’m feeling good about my body and my energy for work and spare time, which is awesome.

If you’ve seen my instagram the last week, you’ll most likely have guessed I’ve teamed up with Gap to try out their new fitness range; joining their January campaign #BeGapFit. I was amazed having not heard about it before; the whole first floor of Gap’s flagship on Oxford Street is dedicated to the line. Everything from running to yoga; they’ve got it covered. I love that it’s not overly branded. A little more minimalistic you could say. I find it a pain having to take a separate outfit to the gym when I cycle on a Sunday so having a bomber jacket like the mesh or khaki ones above are perfect to work out in and go out brunching or flower marketing afterwards. It feels great to work out in, the fit is bang on perfection. It’s fully replaced my old kit. Mainly the leggings which are thicker and make me feel great whether I’m running cycling or stretching. 

In collaboration with Gap for #BeGapFit.
Gap are giving one lucky customer a chance to win a GapFit outfit this weekend, head on over to their twitter page
 to join.

 

STOWAWAY



The last Christmas lunch in London, celebrating the holidays ahead with #blycore before India and I snook off to shoot a lil something before the two week hiatus. Recent casual cravings have left me yearning for oversized linen shirts and split knee trousers, borrowing something from the boys etc. In fact I took a look at myself and the boyfriend today and realised we are both in white shirts, tailored trousers, trainers etc; but who came up with this look first I don’t recall. This is coming from the man who asks me to take selfies for him and who calls my homely tinsel ‘ratchet’. Follow me on twitter for more absurd of-the-moment boyfriend words of the day to come no doubt..

Focusing on the accessories is much more my thing of late. So many beautiful things to focus on, from so many designers I love. I’ve had my eye on this Kara stowaway for so long, the decisions between a stowaway and a backpack was very difficult, but I am obsessed. As well as Larsson & Jennings who are doing so well, hello new Soho store! Obsessed with this Saxon watch that I’m living in, currently coveting the all rose gold watch exclusive to Net-a-Porter. 

Photos by India


 



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