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.
Last week I had the pleasure of being whisked away to Sussex for the day to test drive a Rolls-Royce of my choosing and, oh, you know, have a look at the factory while we were at it. I couldn’t believe when the email came into my inbox to be honest, as a driver who has only ever pootled along in a tiny Renault Clio, this was certainly a dream come true. Living in London I really miss driving, not that there’s anywhere to go even if I did have my car with me, but this trip has certainly left me with dangerous life aspirations. The Wraith we were driving has stolen my heart. I’m no petrol-head and don’t pretend to understand things like brake horsepower but I do know that it was a dream to drive and be driven in. Time to start saving then.. what pension?
With the success of their channel 4 documentary (if you haven’t seen it, you must stop what you’re doing right now and go-), Rolls-Royce are launching the ‘Inside Rolls-Royce‘ exhibition this week at the Saatchi Gallery, open for just four days, it promises to be a multi-sensory experience of what the famous great British brand is all about; an insight into the extraordinary lengths required to make the worlds most luxurious car.
The exhibition launches on the 13th November – 16th at the Saatchi Gallery on The Kings Road, London.
Photos in collaboration with Rolls-Royce and The Communication Store
‘At home with Charlie May’ – Haha! Really the home is that of Shini Park; I invaded her much more photogenic house a few weeks ago to shoot a couple of my favourite cashmere Duffy pieces. I’ve been living in these knits at home, the knitted shorts are so comfortable and feel like more of a modern sweat pant really. Perfect for those nights spent outside enjoying the summer evening too. I just got back to London from a few days holiday in Devon and I made sure I spent every evening out under the stars! Now back to the grind as I have a new collection to finish :)
Duffy is available to buy on Net A Porter - enter at your peril ;)
Photos by Shini
Tomorrow I’ll be doing a yard sale with fellow bloggers Shini of Park & Cube, Alice of Alice Point, Hedvig of Northern Light, Peony Lim and Carrie of WishWishWish. I’ll be having a massive wardrobe clear out with designer and high street pieces all from £1. (Getting to the stage where I just need the space, so the more taken off my hands the better!) See you there!
Some of my favourites happenings on the gram recently. From Vanessa wearing my silk board shorts (DAYUM), to new pieces in from Stills, Beth Richards, COS and Bandhu; looking back at my favourite editorial from AnOther Magazine and many many top down pictures (the shame!) and beautiful sunsets. Absolutely loving living right here right now, London is very exciting at the moment. Seeing Charlie May popping up on all of my favourite people all over instagram and the web is the best feeling ever.
Photos via Instagram
Admittedly not the most minimal of settings, but when it comes to spring time and London is filled with cherry blossoms, the more the merrier! Especially when it comes to the interiors of Michelin starred sushi restaurants; the incredible interior at Sake No Hana has welcomed the arrival of Spring by taking over and entwining the bar with Japanese cherry blossoms. The upstairs restaurant was particularly beautiful; we sat at the sushi bar watching the incredible precision of the sushi chefs making our bento boxes. Obviously THE most delicious I’ve ever eaten, especially with the accompaniment of the limited edition Sakuratini cocktail on the side.
Photos by Michael
How apt that the modern photo diary would be instagram exclusive. I would normally lug my Mark II around; but with a full 40 piece collection to lug, and rails, and personals, the camera had to stay behind on this trip, forgive me? We were in Paris for sales and I have to say it’s the first time I really loved the city. Hanging out with people that know it like the back of their hand really is an awesome thing.
To recap. Our beautiful balcony 7 floors above the Rue Saint Honoré, living walls, discovering Uncommon Matters, India repping AW14, white shoe game, Colette, the Yohji show, Nicholas Kirkwood pearl boots, Jennifer Fisher at the Valery Demure showroom, SS14 croc bombers, cut out 3.1 Phillip Lim tees, leather slides, sunsets with Clym, and of course the new collection.
Photos from Instagram
On the other corners of the internet, some of my favourte things on instagram as of late. Little outfit details, mostly including feet, and even more so those new Nike trainers. I’ve been getting lots of enquiries as to where to get them, so I thought I’d point you guys in the right direction: on the Nike website you can create your own, I did that using the Nike Free skin. It’s super easy and worth giving it a go as it costs no more than the usual pair, you just have to be more patient with the arrival!
Photos via Instagram
If you follow me on instagram and twitter then this might be old hat by now, but a couple of weeks ago I moved into my new studio space on Mare Street! Ridiculously excited to be sharing the building with some of my design favourites, Lou Dalton, James Long, Holly Fulton and my buddy Danielle Foster!
Feeling a bit like it’s a dream come true, also excited because it means I’ll be starting a new series on this blog where I can show you more of the design side of my work. A bit crazy on the run up to fashion week right now so I can’t promise when that will be, but I am looking forward to showing you more of the nitty gritty anyhoo.
Last week I went to Ibiza with Tia Maria to soak up the sun and get a taste of island life. We stayed in the beautiful Talamanca and traveled around the island each day in our own open top jeep – Ibiza style! I’d been to neighbouring islands Menorca and Mallorca on family holidays long ago, so I was keen to see more of this party island with the big reputation. I have to say it was more chilled out than I thought as we didn’t really touch the big club scene at all.
The first night we went to the beautiful Blue Marlin, a private beach club with gourmet food and sun beds looking out onto the ocean. Trees grew up through through the wooden deck surrounding the bar and restaurant, making it feel like our own hidden getaway. During the days we hung out by the pool or at beach bars; eating delicious seafood and drinking fresh juice cocktails. My favourite beach was Benirrás, tucked away behind dense pine forest and cliffs, the little cove had crystal clear turquoise water! Our memorable trip ended along the seafront at The Savannah, with a Tia Maria, watching the sun setting over the Mediterranean. Perfect.
Thank you to the Tia Maria & Early Morning team for inviting me out!