I had the pleasure of attending a press day for ‘ A life in pattern ‘ by Orla Kiely exhibit at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London and I have to admit it was one of my favourites.
Orla Kiely ( pronounced Kylie ) completed her textile degree in her home country Ireland and later moved to London to complete her masters at the Royal College of Art, for her final show she displayed a range of hats which were purchased by harrods. She also designed for M&S and Habitat. Orla started designing handbags after her father pointed out to her that everyone had a handbag and not everyone wore a hat! Together with her husband they formed the Orla Kiely partnership.
Today she holds a studio in Pimlico, her designs range from apparel, shoes, homewares, accessories, and of course bags. She is among the most influential designers and is inspired by the 60’s and 70’s.
She stated: ‘I sometimes think that my brain works in repeat, I love the order and repetition, and how anything and everything can be patterned in this way, as if you are looking at the world through a prism or kaleidoscope. It is something that is very beautiful and inspiring to me’ Quote from A life in Pattern.
The exhibition runs until 23rd September 2018, it is worth a view, showcasing an intimate story of her life, you will fall in love.
I have just got back from the Proud Gallery in London to see rare photographs of the gorgeous Marilyn Monroe. The photos were taken by Milton H. Green.
Marilyn met Milton at a Look Magazine photo shoot in 1953, they formed a close bond and business partnership. The photographs capture her elegance, and innocence. You feel she is at ease with her pictures being taken by Milton.
If like me you want to add a touch a glamour to your day, the gallery is situated a short walk from Charing Cross station and there is no charge to see the exhibition.
Up Close with Marilyn is at Proud Gallery – 32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP til 24th June 2018.
Free People – £128
Urban Outfitters – £10
Monki – £30
Topshop – £275
Topshop – £65
The Kooples – £228
&OtherStories – £45
When I heard the cowboy trend was IN did anyone else shout Yee Haa? ok, just me then. I have always been obsessed with being a cowgirl I have a vivid memory of having a pale blue dress with white fringing on the front when I was 8 or 9. I own a pair of vintage cowboy boots I bought a while ago, this might be the right time to dust off the cobwebs.
I have collated a few things I have seen online, look at the boots at the top from Free People, they are gorgeous. Keep in mind not to wear all items cowboy/girl together, otherwise you will look like you are in fancy dress. Keep it to one item and pair with classic pieces to compliment your outfit.
Topshop – £32
Arket – £79
Zara – £25.99
H&M – £9.99
Topshop – £12
H&M – £24.99
Who else is obsessed with the French Riviera style? I love the dark blues, stripy off the shoulder dresses, straw hats, and big sunglasses. The style is sophisticated and effortless. I have collated a few things from the high street to give you an idea. You don’t really need to get a ticket to Saint Tropez but you can at least look french chic wherever you are.
This is my contribution to the polka dot trend, this dressing gown from H&M home. I didn’t anticipate purchasing one when I went in for a browse but it feels incredibly soft I had to have it.
Topshop – £26
Urban Outfitters – £42
&otherstories – £45
John Lewis – £30
H&M – £19.99
Zara – £29.99
The weather was gorgeous in London today – the sunshine came!
After purchasing a straw basket bag today, I am a little obsessed with this summer trend. I have put together a few I have seen online, they are all divine for this warm weather and it’s hard to dislike them. Take it to the park, supermarket or a nice brunch with the girls in the sunshine, a versatile look for Spring/Summer.
So it’s true, the sunshine IS here, I found this straw bag in Primark, I have had my eye to purchase one similar. Other retailers are selling it at such a higher price, it made sense to get it once I saw it, at a bargain price of £8 and the fact it’s scorching in London for a few days it’s getting an outing.
Topshop leather sandals – £26
Arrgh does anyone else have the odd silly purchase and kick themselves or is it just me?
I bought these Mango platform sandals a size up, there is a method to this madness, I tried the size 5 in the shop and it looked amazing, but I thought they were a little tight. I went home and looked at them online because I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I decided to get the 6 – what could go wrong? they have a buckle so I can tighten them up. They arrived, hurray they fit well and look fantastic, I walk around my flat in them for a bit – I am happy. I am winning!
So a few days have passed and I have decided today is the day and I will venture out in them. I walk for about 10 mins and DISASTER! my toes keep popping under the top strap meaning my toe is sticking out underneath and it bloody hurts. Hit me with a feather – I have to wear these all day. I get home, they are scuffed from a days walking which means I CAN’T RETURN THEM LOOKING LIKE THIS! they go back in the box, I don’t think I have worn them out again – BUGGER THAT. So ladies and Gentlemen there is exhibit A for a perfect example of a silly purchase.
They are currently on the Vinted App for sale – sad face.
I’ve started my spring cleaning for my wardrobe, this means selling items I don’t wear on eBay and use the money in my Paypal account to buy new things for Spring/Summer. I also started tidying up my jewellery and realised I hardly wear any Jewellery in the cold months. I’ve missed them and can’t wait for the weather to warm up. Roll on spring …
Has anyone tried taking a small bag out? I attempt to and then realise I need this, this and this. A book for the tube, headphones to listen to a podcast at work, hand cream, lip balm, phone, purse, tissues, the list is endless. I feel like if I carry all my items in a backpack my back hurts, switch to a shoulder bag, my shoulder hurts, I see a pattern emerging here. What’s the solution, I can’t part with essential items, can I ?
Big bag, small bag, you will find that something is always missing you should have, could have taken so I’ll try to ditch the heavy items for now because nobody likes lugging things on a daily basis.
I just finished filming my second vlog, how to get your face ready in less than 10 mins – just need to edit the damn thing now. This pic I took after Face was did.
Happy hump day!
Now this is exciting, as well as a royal wedding to look forward to, we have inherited Meghan Markle, a 36 year old, LA girl who has already got us smitten.
She seems to have a very versatile look, she can pull off the classic jeans and white shirt, a frock o clock for all those Royal events, the suit, the biker chick, the sexy all black. It won’t be long until we see her as a style icon and eagerly await to find what her wedding dress will look like.
Now I have to be honest, I have never heard of her or seen the series Suits she has been acting on for 7 years, but I can only see it as a positive, it means I had no opinion of her.
From the interview with her and Prince Harry on the BBC last night following the announcement of their engagement. She came across wonderfully and we can’t wait to get to know her better. Prince Harry we already adore so they are a match made…
Roll on Spring 2018…
So I took the plunge and did my first vlog, my god it was so hard, hats off to the people who do this on a regular basis. It can take absolute ages editing if you are so particular about every detail. I sat there for hours cutting and adding then deleting things but I have to say I’m pretty excited about doing some more.
The most important thing is coming up with ideas for content but I’m enjoying it and I hope you do too. I started with the contents of my make up bag and I have to admit it’s quite minimal, hence the reason for a 7 min video. I am most certainly more of a skin care girl so you can hold your breath for make up tutorials haha.
Here is the link to my infamous first one;
What’s in my make up bag
So I finally purchased the new British vogue under newly appointed Editor in Chief Edward Enninful. I am extremely excited to see what this brings for the publication. I have to admit it has become a little stale and I stopped my subscription a while ago, but the spark might be back with new eyes, new ideas, and a new look.
All the best to Edward and his crew, long live British Vogue.
The December issue is out now for £3.99