Having fun experimenting with my new matte topcoat by China Glaze. I found it quite easy to draw it on freehand as mistakes could easily be rectified with any normal topcoat simply dapped onto the problem area. In other news, I’m busy preparing to shoot my SS13 lookbook on Wednesday and all with an 8 week old puppy to train!
Yesterday after walking out my front door, I realised the recent cold snap in London had tuned all the leaves on the trees a beautiful yellow. They were all green last week along my street and have now suddenly changed to all the beautiful shades of autumn! Despite my new shoes acting as a kind of leaf spike as I walked along – cue boyfriend tutting as I kept stopping to free the leaves from my stiletto, I was so excited to pair them with my new nude Wang clutch; I’m planning on DIYing it into a handbag soon but for now I’m loving it for it’s original purpose.
Down in Devon over the weekend for my brothers birthday, I couldn’t resist a trip to the coast where the two beaches Saunton and Croyde meet, there’s a coastal foot path that runs between the two beaches; overlooking the treacherous rocks and surf below. This is my favourite place to roam, as it’s far away from the tourists and the surfers, and has the best views of all. There was some seriously amazing surf this weekend – I don’t think I’d ever seen it so high, so I sat and watched as the sea devoured the surfers one by one, and enjoyed some rare autumn sunshine!
This last week I’ve been fighting a cold and feeling pretty sluggish, living in this jumper combo seemed the only option when biking around East London to various appointments, whilst fighting the vicious wind! This outfits nothing groundbreaking but comfy and effortless shouldn’t be underestimated. The ankle boots were bought as a little pick me up, despite wanting the knee high versions in an earlier post, I knew I would wear these a lot more often.
I wanted to share this beautiful video with Charlotte Gainsbourg for Tommy Hilfiger (how perfect is her whole outfit? I love the shirt underneath the sleek white cotton top – must do this). For the 6th year running Tommy Hilfiger have partnered with Breast Health International to raise money and awareness for women suffering with breast cancer. You can help be a part of this amazing cause by purchasing the limited edition bag, with a percentage of it’s sales being donated to the BHI. “Everyone needs help at some point..”
Just heading out the house to the coast, down to Devon for the weekend for my brothers birthday. Really looking forward to seeing the sea again and reuniting with the salty air! Have a great weekend!
I’ve been obsessed with Dr Martens since I can remember, their iconic design appeals to multiple generations the world over and I always knew that if there was ever a factory I could visit in the UK, it would be theirs. This all started from the competition I posted on here a month ago, where my lucky winner Lucie won £500 worth of Dr Martens! Unfortunately she wan’t available to come up to Northampton with us on the day (we missed you!) but bloggers and winners made up our group to visit the place where the iconic boot was born.
I think the most fascinating part for me was to see the leather gradually turning into a 3D object as we went around the floor. The factory was divided into two halfs, one with rows of sewings machines to stitch the multiple leathers together, and the other with machines for buffing, melting, sticking, and moulding. The smell of leather and whirring machinery was thick in the air a we walked around the floor, being guided through each step of the making process. It was all just totally ingenious and awe inspiring for each individual machine to have it’s own job – my favourite was the flame blade; kept at a constant 700 degrees centigrade to melt the soles firmly onto the bottom of the shoes. Also if you can notice in the pictures, every employee at the factory has to wear a pair of brand new shoes or boots for a few weeks, to test their durability! Genius multi tasking! I had no idea that so much work went into one pair of boots and I think I’ll be looking at my DM collection a little differently in the future. I’d recommend checking out the Art of Industrial Manufacture video to see the factory in motion!
A huge thank you to Amy from Dr Martens for organising the trip!
This week I had to take my camera in to be repaired, after taking these photos with Kit, with her telling me off for not taking good care of her old camera, I found out the whole shutter release needed replacing! The focus had been playing up for weeks but I think I was in total denial. Now that it’s fixed I promise to take more care of it always.
As for the outfit, autumn is here in London and its freezing cold, I’ve been digging out winter wardrobe favourites, such as this Haider Ackermann waistcoat that doubles up as blanket when napping, a wrap from the wind chill, or an umbrella when it rains. It’s all things for winter really and possibly all I need to survive the cold.
More press from this week – some AW12 featured in the new issue of No Cigar. That first image is everything I’m feeling right now, moody hat wearing autumnal days – obsessed! Also more inspiring ways to layer up that ceremonial coat/dress.
This morning I had an exciting meeting with Danielle Foster; we’re talking about collaborating on a 5 piece accessories collection for AW13! Her stuff is beyond so if you haven’t heard of her yet, check out her website HERE.
In deciding what to make for myself from SS13 this icy blue crushed velvet tee is top of my list! I love the open back and it feels so soft.. It’s tough not to just run away with the whole collection right now.. I want it all! Going into production in my mind means making lots of things for me, I hope that’s true! Soon I’ll be getting my SS12 back in exchange for the currant so I can start wearing my first collection samples – I miss that white sleeveless dress.
In the meantime I should remember that whilst I like black and white buildings, I also like black and white outfits, and those two don’t necessarily work together in a photo…unless I’m going for a Where’s Wally type vibe.