Monthly Archives: April 2012

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BENGT

Last weekend Bengt invited me along to be a fly on the wall during the SS12 and AW12 shoot. There were so many things to feast my eyes upon, I’m always keen to see what goes on on the other side and it was fun watching the Bengt girls style the looks together, whilst Lou Lou strutted back and forth in the insane platform Finsk shoes!

I’m so excited to announce that key pieces from my SS12 collection are available to buy on Bengt as of today, along with the other beautiful accessories you see accompanying the collection! The AW12 pieces you see snippets of will be available from September. I can’t wait to see you guys rocking the pieces! I’ll have to finally make some for myself too – crazy that I haven’t done that yet.

See more on BENGT.

DIY SPORTS LUX WITH COMPANY MAGAZINE

 Last month Company magazine asked me to take part in their DIY blogger challenge, as I was heavily inspired by Alexander Wang SS12 collection, I thought it would be fun to try and create a sports lux garment from the high street. I think this is the first DIY tutorial I’d ever done on the blog and it was pretty hard work punching all the holes! The shirt turned out great though and I’m looking forward to styling it with my wardrobe.

You will need:

  • A mini punch set (can also just use scissors but this is better for precision)
  •  A wax chalk (melts under heat, leaving no trace) 
  •  A hammer to punch the holes with the set 
  •  A ruler to measure out your markings
  •  A cutting mat so you don’t punch holes in all your furniture!

 So, using a shirt from American Apparel, I marked out roughly where I was going to punch my holes with my wax chalk and then got punching using one of the larger hole settings, using the cutting mat to ensure the holes don’t go through to the back. When you’re done iron your garment to melt any wax chalk away, leaving your new sports lux piece!  

The feature is in the June issue out now, I’d recommend buying it as there’s a pretty sweet DIY tutorial from Kit making a Simone Rocha inspired clutch that’s way cooler than mine! Let me know how you get on if any of you try something similar. 

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Wearing: American Apparel collar top, mesh top and clutch, Dior shirt, Rachel Barett shorts, Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, borrowed baseball cap
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Thanks Lexxi for the photos!

ANTWERP PHOTO DIARY

 The full and final post from Antwerp, where we attended the stock sales, celebrated Michael’s birthday and generally ate and drank the local delicacies. Favourite eatery was Renaissance - used to be the Yohji boutique but is now a store and restaurant combined; favourite bar has to be the Het Kathedraal Café, situated just down from the Cathedral and FILLED with religious statues; as well as serving a large variety of beer made by monks and twice the usual percentage; finally, favourite boutique was the RA, which luckily were having a 70% off sale when we were there and stocks favourites Simone Rocha, Damir Doma and Ann Sofie-Back.

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 Tomorrow I’m off to Paris to party with Farfetch at the other RA, with S.C.U.M and Singtank! Follow me (girlalamode) on Instagram for updates throughout the day.

OUR STAY AT SIR PLANTIN

Whilst in Antwerp we had the pleasure of staying at the Sir Plantin hotel in downtown Antwerp, just a 10 minute walk away from Centraal station. On arrival we were greeted by the hotel manager, Wim, who filled us in on where the best eateries were in the area – which did not disappoint.

The quirky boutique hotel designed with contemporary suites dominated by a huge tudor painting on one wall of the room – ours had old queen Liz looking down upon us in shades of green, whilst the boys next door had Anne Boleyn in orange. I loved the contrast between the dominant artwork and the subtle minimal furnishings; the bathroom was tiled all in black with white highlights, whilst the rest of the hotel was a mushroom grey with black furnishings. The paintings continued throughout the hotel but were chopped up and put together, a selection of hands on one wall, faces on the other.

Other than the decor, one of the highlights was the breakfast bar from 7am, where you’ll be offered waffles and coffee or can help yourself to hot food and pastries. Such a perfect start to the day! To end the day you can wind up at the bar, along with your complimentary drink ticket you receive on arrival. There’s also a free minibar in each room with a selection of water, fizzy drinks and beer.

It’s worth a big mention for all bloggers out there that there is free high speed internet. Always the nightmare of any journalist, having to fork out money for internet that can’t even handle it, but at Sir Plantin the internet was amazing! 

Thank you so much to Wim for having us, and making our Antwerp trip that much more enjoyable.

You can see more of the hotel on their website.

SKULLS AND TRINKETS

I discovered Kyle Hopkins through a meeting one day with Harriet from HPR, as we were chatting I started noticing the gold and silver pieces beside me, slowly trying them on Harriet started explaining to me all the stories behind each piece; lips cast from his first kiss, his sisters ear, fingerprint rings (you can have these done with your own print); it was clear that there’s meaning behind Kyle’s work. ‘He casts imagination and enquiry, starting a story for someone else to finish. So when the jewel reaches its new owner, she just takes over the narative’. I think the silver pieces are my favourite, especially the signat rings shown here, and the fingerprint rings which for some reason aren’t here! Currently, you can buy Kyle’s pieces on Kabiri.

CATHEDRAL WALL

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Wearing: Ann Demeulemeester top, skirt and boots, ring by Dominic Jones
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Wearing some new items bought from the stock sales in Antwerp this week, totally besotted with these new boots, they’re so beautiful! Also picked up this beautiful white chiffon top, it has some amazing back detailing that i’ll have to capture another time; and lastly this wrap skirt that caused me a bit of trouble in the wind and also got me a few stares when we accidentally stumbled upon the red light district, looking for a club, woops! 

Thank you Michael for the photos 

NEXT STOP, ANTWERP

It’s amazing to think that in the same time it takes me to travel to my hometown in south west, England, I could also be out the channel tunnel and half way across Europe; via the Eurostar, not only do you not have to go through all the rigmarole of weight limit baggage issues, but its also greener and faster than flying. On Tuesday Alexxsia, Matthew, Michael and I boarded the first Eurostar to Brussels filled with excitement, with the all stations ticket you can connect from Brussels to over 200 other destinations – and we were headed straight to Antwerp, my favourite city! We had a pretty extravagant journey, celebrating Michael’s birthday with champagne and stocking up on ham and cheese croissants, whilst Lexxi snapped away on her iPad. I love that last shot of Lexxi and Michael struggling with all their excess purchases, haha, I can’t wait to share the rest of my holiday with you!

A huge thank you to Lucy at Eurostar for making the journey possible!

It’s easy to reach Antwerp with Eurostar. With one easy connection in Brussels, passengers will arrive in Antwerp less than three hours from London St Pancras International. Eurostar offers return fares to Antwerp from just £80. Eurostar also offers connecting fares from more than 200 stations in the UK. For more information or to book, visit eurostar.com or call 08432 186 186.

LEATHER FOLDS

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Wearing: Stylein jumper, Rachael Barett shorts, Henrik Vibskov shoes
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One of my purchases from today, these beautiful and strange Henrik Vibskov shoes. I was lusting after them for a while online and was so excited to find them at the 70% off RA sale, here in Antwerp! I wish I had an endless supply of money, as everything is too good here. Heading out now to celebrate Michael‘s birthday, all wearing our new pieces, I don’t think Antwerp knows what it’s in for.
Thanks Lexxi for the snaps!

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY

Just arrived in Antwerp for the stocksales over the next three days with Alexxsia, Michael and Matthew. We’re staying in the beautiful Sir Plantin hotel, with the weather as awful as it is, we’ve opted for raiding the mini bar and jumping on the bed before dinner. Really looking forward to Ann tomorrow morning, I’m praying to the fashion gods f0r a rogue black leather corset belt. That would make my life complete.

Also, I’ve been pretty good at updating Instagram and Twitter, as there seems to be Wifi at every pit stop in Antwerp, so make sure you follow me for more updates!

HAIR BLOSSOM

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Wearing: Aquascutum shirt, Complex Geometries skirt, Miu Miu sunglasses
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So, I’ve been trying out the Bumble and bumble products for a couple of weeks now and I have to say I’m super happy with the results. When it comes to beauty I’m a no fuss girl, I want my hair to be get up and go and my make up is never much more than a bit of mascara; which is why I wanted to see if changing your shampoo and conditioner can make any difference at all. I’ve been trying out the B.b mending range which has been amazing, I tried using the mending masque which I have to say is just as good as using the mending conditioner itself, just richer; also the mending complex after washing – I’ve also been teaming it with some cans of Label M protein and shine spray to give it that extra healthy shine. Super happy hair!

Thank you so much Chalk PR for sending me these products to review and Lexxi, for taking these photos!


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