Stalked: Victoria Plum, Head of Press and Marketing, Beyond Retro

29 December 2014

There's something about finding that special one off piece amongst lots of others in vintage shops that always brings a smile to my face. When it comes to vintage there's a lot of tatt out there, so choosing the right shop is vital! Beyond Retro, is extremely well known in London, filled with gorgeous 1960s rock n roll t-shirts, cut off denim and 'flower-power' dresses, all in all this place is a treasure!

Victoria Plum, is head of press and marketing for Beyond Retro, I caught up with her (looking fabulous in head to toe vintage) on her job and where she shops.


Stalked: Vickie Doherty, Stylist.

27 December 2014

I've met the lovely Vickie twice in the past, once when she was styling for KJ Laundry at the launch of their Kings Road pop up store and then most recently at LFW. Vickie has the most intriguing and addictive instagram account giving us all little glimpses into her styilsh life, after following her like for a few years it was time I properly stalked her!

What do you do and why do you love your job?

I’m a stylist/model/blogger. I mainly do e-commerce styling! I love it because it’s something i’ve always wanted to do and I never have a boring day at work. I also love meeting the people I get to work with. I meet so many new people all the time which is a really great perk. 

Wishlist Wonders: Hugo Taylor, Eyewear Designer & Made In Chelsea Star

21 December 2014

My last wishlist wonder feature before Santa comes down the chimney on Wednesday night is with Hugo Taylor. 
Hugo is an eyewear designer/co-founder of Taylor Morris Eyewear and also one of the much loved stars of hit TV show, Made In Chelsea.

Here's what Hugo wants for Christmas ......

 

Wishlist Wonders: Karen Hassan, Actress

15 December 2014

Today's wishlist inspiration comes from the lovely Karen Hassan, who I interviewed a few months ago. Here is what this very talented actress wants for christmas...
Dear Santa

Please may I have a new bed for Christmas. My current one needs an injection of luxury!

Wishlist Wonders: Charlie Morris, Eyewear Designer.

11 December 2014

The second of my wishlist wonders is Charlie Morris, one of the founders and designer behind Taylor Morris Eyewear. I interviewed Charlie and Hugo earlier in the summer see what makes them tick and what they get up to in the city here.

Dear Santa, Charlie would like the following ......


Christmas Wishlist Wonders: Rachel Boston, Jewellery Designer.

10 December 2014

The Christmas countdown has begun!!! 

To celebrate this very exciting time and for a help with christmas prezzy inspiration, I have asked some of my favourite interviewees to tell us all what they want from Santa this year. Starting with the gorgeous jewellery designer Rachel Boston.

Wishlist: Daisy's Lace Dimes

8 December 2014

It's that time again to start compiling your Christmas lists and here is one item which is firmly on mine... Daisy Knights Lace dimes!I fell in love with them last London Fashion Week when Daisy was supporting them on her super cool pink vans. On a recent interview with the designer, I delved deeper into the story behind the Lace Dimes...

I'm seriously obsessed with your Lace Dime collection, where did you get the idea to design them from?  

I am a religious Vans wearer and I love to customise my clothing so it was a natural progression which led to making something cool and original! They're so easy to wear and look great alone or piled up together - plus, of course, they're not restricted to trainers - I think they look great on brogues or boots too.


Stalked: Jordan Nassar. Coordinator of Fairs and Editions for Printed Matter Inc & Artist

2 December 2014

I first met Jordan at a private view at the super cool gallery Evelyn Yard in London in which he had previously exhibited his own works at a few months before. Jordan, a born and bred Manhattan boy is not only a very talented artist but also is one of the main guys behind Printed Matter Inc and the Printed Matter Fairs.

I caught up with Jordan for drinks and a hotdog at Herman Ze German on Charlotte Street while he was in London for Frieze week, and quizzed him on what he's doing and what artists he's following at the moment.

What do you do and what do you love about your job? 

I work as Coordinator of Fairs and Editions for Printed Matter Inc. in New York City. Basically, me and one other guy run Printed Matter's NY Art Book Fair and LA Art Book Fair, each Fall at MoMA PS1 and New York and each Winter at the MOCA in Downtown Los Angeles, respectively. The events are the world's largest and are totally unique - part trade fair, part art fair, part mass-pop-up-shop, part festival - a celebration of Artist's Books and the community surrounding. We organise 250-350 exhibitors, a weekend full of Visual Art and Artist's Book-related programming, conferences, bands, parties and everything else to do with the events. While a part of me loves the spreadsheets and huge logistical accomplishment, what I love most about it is bringing the community of artists, Artist's Book makers, publishers, and aficionados together - it's a bit like summer camp, seeing all these friends who live all over the place in one spot. 

Stalked: Lucy Alston, Brand Stylist, Hobbs

28 November 2014

Please meet the lovely Lucy, the very talented stylist behind Hobbs' gorgeous shoots, windows and general overall look! No surprise she is also one of my favourite pinterest pinners, her style and taste comes out in her boards.

What do you do and what's the best part of your job?

I am Senior Brand Stylist for Hobbs, my favourite part of the job is the trend research,  keeping up with the latest shows of the season and compiling into a presentation. I also love pulling together seasonal moodboards which dipict a real sense of the season to come, which I use for window styling and online edits. Being envolved in the very beginnings of the creative process and product is also something that I find a really enjoyable part of my job. 


The Man Clutch

26 November 2014

Ohh that fabulous old debate, should men wear bags? Funnily enough quite a few men and women say no...! But I think, why shouldn't they, us women count them as a necessity to hall around all our daily essentials. So it's unfair to think men have to solely depend on their pockets for the wads of cash, that they are hopefully planning to spend on us later on in the day!! (Just kidding!)


Stalked: Emma Miller, Model and Blogger.

24 November 2014

Please may I introduce you to the lovely Emma, a world famous model, blogger, and actress. While studying at King's College London, Emma worked around the world, for major brands such as Avon, L’Oréal and Diane von Fürstenberg, as well as appearing in the hit American television series Entourage. Now who said girls can't multi-task!!!



As the sun set over Marylebone, I caught up with Emma for a little Q&A on her life in fashion, reality TV and where she shops and eats in the city.

Tell us about what you do and what you love about your job?

I'm a model, represented by Nevs Model Agency in London & Next Model Management in the US. In 2013 I launched my own fashion blog, dedicated to covering life in the fashion industry. Besides featuring my personal Style Diary and Style Guides, I report from the front row at international fashion weeks and get the behind-the-scene scoops from industry insiders.


Currently Obsessed: My Daniel Wellington

21 November 2014

There is one accessory that I am incredibly fussy about and that is my watch. I have the grand total of two.. one is my Rolex that I wear when I am feeling professional and the other is my new found friend, Daniel Wellington, who I save for wicked weekends!!

If your darling other half is anything like mine, they would have asked 5 times already 'what do you want for Christmas' and if you're anything like me.. you won't have a bloody clue!!! 

To make you're decision a little bit easier, I have a little prezzy for you... for all my lovely readers a nice little 15% off these divine watches, read on for codes!


Back To Basic Stalking: Maiko Shibata. Black Is The New Black

19 November 2014

There's a fine line between being dressed all in black and looking like a goth or being dressed all in black and looking on-trend and fabulous!! 

My latest stalk, Maiko Shibata from Paris gets it spot on, the reason being she has played around with textures of black rather than the colour itself. I'm sure you'll agree the oversized sweater with the leather A-line skirt works to a tee. 


Stalked: Katie Lightfoot, Fashion Agent and Fashion Designer Of Mercy Delta

17 November 2014

I have to admit I'm a real sucker for a silk shirt, especially the beautiful veriety that the brand Mercy Delta has to offer. The designer behind the brand started it after her love of fashion became too much for her not to become a designer herself. Please meet Katie, the brains and talent behind Mercy Delta and the fashion agent of the likes of Sunday Somewhere.

What do you do and what's the coolest aspect about it?

I'm a fashion agent and designer with my own label, Mercy Delta. Manufacturing is pretty full on, and there is not much time for glamour. But I love meeting with the many buyers who’ve become friends over the years. They are the cool side of my business!



My Winter Whites: An Interview With Lavender Hill Clothing

15 November 2014

Now, who says that whites should be kept for summer? There's nothing I love more than donning a pair of white jeans and a gorgeous crisp white t-shirt with a massive winter coat for a weekend walk in the country. Often the issue is finding that simple basic t-shirt that once you've found the perfect one will go with everything under the sun! 

Drum roll... please may I introduce the new kids on the block for beautiful simplistic t-shirts that are amazing quality,the Lavender Hill Clothing company! The brand was launched in 2013 by 24 year old Isobel Ridley with the aim of creating simple, luxurious, attractive and affordable pieces which you will want to wear everyday.


I caught up with Isobel to find out how she wears hers...

Why did you decide to start a t-shirt company?

I was finding it difficult to buy good quality, flattering essentials for an affordable price. 


Back To Basic Stalking: The Culotte

14 November 2014

While popping to Somerset House recently to check out their new Fashioning Winter exhibition, I bumped into this very stylish lady who works for Matches Fashion. The main reason I stalked her was because of her divine culottes and Acne sneakers. 

Although some may call the culotte a real 'man repeller', us girls in fashion love them, team them with a gorgeous pair of sneakers for ultra comfort and style, or with kitten heels for that slightly smarter look.

Stalked: Hattie Buzzard, Knitwear Designer.

10 November 2014

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting a very talented and recent Fashion Textiles graduate from London College of Fashion, Hattie Buzzard. 

Hattie specialises in knitwear design and exploring processes of felting to sculpt and manipulating the surfaces of her knit - creating unique and unexpected fabrics. Intrigued by human to object relationships, her work is often based on ideas of encouraging a more lasting connection to our possessions.

I caught up with her to talk about what is next for this talented designer.


What do you do and what do you love about your job? 

I am currently working on developing  my own accessory range, comprising mostly of statement scarves / collars and clutch bags. Each piece is unique and hand crafted on my own knitting machine. The textures and surfaces within my work are created through the process of felting each piece once it has been knitted. My favourite thing about being creative is the feeling you get in that moment when you discover something amazing in a new technique or process.


 

Stalked: Daisy Knights, Jewellery Designer.

3 November 2014

There are a few designers that have nailed the world of instagram and Daisy is one of them! Her life through the world of the instagram lens is as enchanting (and encapsulating) as her designs. 

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins, Daisy Knights has established herself as the go-to brand for British designer jewellery. Her signature rock and roll, luxury bohemian style has cemented a celebrity following including; Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Rita Ora and Laura Bailey. Daisy’s ethereal designs are regularly featured in top fashion magazines; with fashion editors giving standout acclaim to her designs. There is no doubting that this lovely lady is one to follow. 

Why do you love designing jewellery and why did you want to be a designer? 

I learnt from my father who was a hobby silversmith - I made my first ring with him when I was 11 - it was a shared passion and continues to be. I enjoy seeing my designs become a reality.



AW14 Halloween Pumpkin Trends !

30 October 2014

Happy Halloween kiddies!!

Last year it was the Chanel pumpkin that made us fashion folk all smile and chuckle, this year we have something new... thanks to Domaine we now have the whole fashion pack to entertain us on Halloween.

Please may I introduce... Karl! 


Stalked: Karen Hassan, Actress

28 October 2014

Karen is one to watch this year after making the transition from Channel 4’s hit soap Hollyoaks to hugely successful BBC2 Thriller The Fall which is back for a second series this autumn. Karen began her career by undertaking small roles on the stage most notably in Mixed Marriage at the Lyric Theatre as well as roles in feature films Hunger and Fifty Dead Men Walking and in TV movies including Scapegoat (BBC) and Last Man Hanging (BBC) to name a few.

I had the pleasure of stalking this lovely lady in Marylebone and over coffee at Hunter Gather Cafe quizzed her on her next moves.

What are you working on now?

I've just been cast in Vikings. The script is outstanding and written by Michael Hirst who also wrote The Tudors and Elizabeth. It's also has an amazing cast and stars Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick and Clive Standen, to mention a few. It's an incredible show and I feel so excited to become part of it. Of course I'm sworn to secrecy and can't tell you much just yet about my part but it's definitely something that has been a career high for me. I'm getting stuck in and loving every minute of it. I remember mentioning in an interview that The Vikings was a show on my wish list of jobs and now I'm here. I'm counting my lucky stars. I've also got The Fall Series 2 coming out really soon. I was fortunate enough to be cast in the first series and my character returns again in series two. I've had a sneak peek at it and it's absolutely thrilling. Amazing performances from Gillian Anderson and Jamie Doran. As a viewer I'm glued to it then I pop onto the screen and have to remind myself I'm in it! Written and directed by the super talented Allan Cubitt, series two is just entrancing. 


Belated Birthday Giveaway: Amanda Coleman and Layana London Jewellery

22 October 2014

To all my darling readers,
I want you all to know how much I adore and appreciate all your comments, tweets and likes! As it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago I wanted to give you something as a thank you for all your amazing support, in which truly makes this blog!


So... I have two pieces from a couple of my favourite jewellery brands to give to two of my amazing readers to say THANK YOU.

Firstly let me introduce the first jewellery designer; Amanda Coleman, the queen of delicate.


Frieze Recap: Acne Studio, The Underwear Memos

20 October 2014

Last week, London was utterly buzzing with arty action, party after party has resulted in a very burnt out Stalker by today! On Wednesday I popped along to Acne Studios on Dover Street to the launch party of their funky (with a capital F) new underwear line and to celebrate these, their Underwear Memos series.

The series not only showcases the new products, but also reflects the Swedish brand’s tongue-in-cheek humour and minimalist aesthetic in a way that will make you smile, even if you’re not sure exactly what’s going on. Watch the entire series at Acne’s YouTube page and shop the collection here.


Back To Basic Stalking: Brittany

17 October 2014

I met the beautiful Brittany a while back and with her very cool rock chick style and numerous tattoos she was a must stalk!! Brittany used to work for Rolling Stone magazine before arriving in London and settling in PR. I quizzed her on her awesome style over coffee and cupcakes in Exmouth Market.

How would you describe your personal style?


My personal style is very heavily influenced from places where I have lived. I am from New York, but spent a few years in California, so I would have to say it is very unselfconsciously laid with a splash of 90’s/bohemian influence. 


Stalked: Benedetta, Jewellery Designer, Dubini.

15 October 2014

They say that love at first sight is only for fairy tales and love stories but beg to differ! On the grounds of the reaction I had to a ring by DUBINI called the Alexander The Great ring! The ring is made up of a silver coin featured in a ring worn by Alexander the Great, the coins are antique and completely unique; in result each ring looks different! I caught up with the designer Benedetta Dubini, a Central Saint Martins graduate who originates from Italy.


What made you decide you wanted to be a jewellery designer? And what do you love about your job?


I’ve always been fascinated by jewellery, but I believe that from the moment I got my acceptance letter from Central Saint Martins I started approaching it in a different manner. I saw the potential there to turn what I loved into a career. 

I love the deep relationship that is formed between the wearer and its jewellery. How an item of adornment even in its simplest form becomes a marker of social or personal status. If you analyse what people are wearing it can tell you so much about what their life is about. Are they married? Do they travel? Are they religious?


Campaign Stalking: Jigsaw

14 October 2014

Hats off to the bridge level brand, what a campaign! 

If you are a Londoner then you may have noticed these all around the tubes and billboards - the brand hit it in a big way with broadcasting it's new image, less is more!

The concept: 
“One minute fashion tells us to wear this, the next to wear that. If we followed every fad and trend, we'd get lost in the tangle. This campaign is about straightening things out. It's about Style & Truth. Fashion may say 'wear green' but if red is your colour, wear red. Yes, Polka dots may be in, but if you like that check coat, buy it.
The concept came about because of the dynamic between the voice of fashion, and these confident, empowered women who had listened to their own voice instead, and wore what they wanted to wear. It created a simple, striking set of images that both showcased the clothes, and an attitude.”
Tom Ewart, Chief Creative Officer at The Corner

Currently Obsessed: Baum und Pferdgarten

13 October 2014

I recently stumbled across a rather cool brand from Denmark when deciding on my outfitting for London Fashion Week. Baum und Pferdgarten was established in Copenhagen in 1999 by Rikke Baumgarten & Helle Hestehave, who had just graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Design, where they had started their creative partnership. They created the brand name as a humorous interplay between their surnames, and it reflects the dualistic playfulness, which is also echoed in their design. 

I caught up with Christian, head of communications for Baum to find out what's next for them...

What do you do and why do you love your job?

I look after all our PR and Communications activities which basically means that I am very hands-on and practical on one side while also being very strategic. I recruit, brief and support our PR partners in other countries while looking after the daily dialogue with stylists, editors and bloggers in three of our main markets (Denmark, Norway & the Netherlands), I meet with our local VIPs (including the Danish Crown Princess), I update our Facebook and Instagram, I plan and produce our Look Books as well as our runway shows and so on and so on… I love three things about my job: the product (it’s a huge privilege to work with such amazing pieces), the people (we really have an amazing team spirit going for us) and the diverse job description (I just love that fact that two days are never alike – and that one second I plan our international press days and the next I’m tidying our showroom).

LFW Stalkings: Tala Samman, Editor of My Fashion Diary

8 October 2014

If anyone is feeling a little nostalgic for London Fashion Week, then this interview should satisfy you for about 5 minutes! This year I had the pleasure of meeting some incredible bloggers and fashionistas. One of them was Tala Samman, the brains behind the gorgeous blog My Fashion Diary who flew in from Dubai for LFW, I caught up with her between shows.

 What do you do and why do you love your job? 

I write a style blog from Dubai called myfashdiary.com - I love it because luckily, I do what I love.


The Flats V Heels War

7 October 2014

What better way to start a Saturday than with a dance lesson down at Pineapple Studios! Today I joined forces with 5 fabulous bloggers to answer the question asked by Westfield.. flats or heels? The hour and a half class consisted of us all shaking our booties in both flats and heels, at the end we had to choose which one we preferred! 

LFW Stalking: Deborah, Blogger and Stage Manager

3 October 2014

It's always fabulous to see the different styling around the shows at LFW, it's a chance for everyone passionate about fashion to come and showcase their own interpretation on trends today. What I love even more is delving into who and what these individuals are like. Please may I introduce you to Deborah, a stage manager by day and blogger by night, absolutely rocking the same print styling!!

What do you do and why do you love your job?

I work as a Stage Manager in a theatre. I love my job because every day is different. One day you can be trying to source a 1950's telephone and the next day your making a life size dummy out of foam, it's pretty cool.


Designer Stalking: Son Chu, Fashion Designer at Paris Fashion Week

1 October 2014

Paris Fashion Week has just finished and although I wasn't able to get out there myself, I was able to do a spot of designer stalking with one of the designers who were exhibiting. 

Son Chu is a very talented designer who graduated from the Academy of Fashion and Design (AMD) with a BA in fashion design womenswear. No surprises he received the 'Best Graduate Award 2014' in fashion design for his undergraduate studies and graduate collection 'POLYGON'. During his studies Son worked for the incredible Mary Katrantzou. Son Chu’s work is based on craftmanship, experimental fabric manipulation, use of new materials and innovative digital printed fabrics. He is definitely one to watch. I caught up with him as he was preparing for fashion week!

What do you do and what do you love about your job? 

I recently started up my own brand SON CHU, which focuses on womenswear clothing. I love it because working in such a creative way and there are no visual boundaries. As a fashion designer you must handle with different tasks at the same time such as do research for the next collection concept, draw sketches, make patterns, sewing toiles, telephone conversations, answering emails and so on – all these are challenging responsibilities I have to take daily, but I love it.


Stalked: Tessa Packard, Jewellery Designer.

29 September 2014

When I stumbled across Tessa's jewellery a while back I couldn't help but do a double take at a certain collection called the Predator. A collection inspired by those dreaded evil bugs that attack us all while we're happily drinking our Pimms in the summer, yes the wasp!! I caught up with Tessa to talk jewellery and her love affair with fashion.

What do you do and what do you love about your work? 

I am a London-based fine jewellery designer specialising in bi-annual collections and bespoke commissions. Running a jewellery brand perfectly compliments my character: half of me is unstoppably creative while the other half of me is a workaholic and very much business minded. I also relish the opportunities and challenges that being an entrepreneur bring. Any goal is achievable but it requires patience and I prefer to work with the long-term in mind rather than strive for immediate gratification.



Stalked: Yanin, Fashion Blogger and YouTuber. Pretty Sickly

27 September 2014

After the Gyunel show I spotted this lovely lady and looking fabulous, combining the LBD (with a twist), with a divine leather jacket and killer clutch. Yanin is a Youtuber - a realm I haven't touched yet, I think I'll leave it to the experts though!!

What do you do and why do you love your job?

I'm a fashion blogger & Youtuber. I love it because it was a hobby of mine since I was in secondary school and I'm forever grateful I could turn it into a full time career. 


An Interview With Gyunel

24 September 2014

The show opened with supermodel Yasmin Le Bon, quickly followed by her daughter Amber Le Bon, this was one hell of a start to what was to be a very good show! From all the shows I saw this season, Gyunel still has to be one of my favourites. 

I caught up with this very talented Azerbaijan born designer after the show to quiz her on her latest collection and inspirations.

What do you do and what do you love about your job?

As Creative Director I make sure I oversee everything and as a restless person myself, this being hectic and demanding is something I enjoy. Another thing I love about what I do is watching my creative visions come to life. 



Stalked at LFW: Kelly, Reporter for SUITCASE Magazine

22 September 2014

The lovely Kelly I met during LFW at Somerset House looking rather fab!! Kelly is a fashion journalism degree student, writer, reporter and representative for SUITCASE Magazine. There's nothing I love more than a good old check on check outfit and Kelly wears this one so well!

What do you do and why do you love your job?

I am currently studying my third year of fashion journalism and earlier this year was lucky enough to secure a month placement with travel and fashion magazine SUITCASE. Since then I have been working closely with the team and the most inspirational youngest founding editor-in-chief in the world, Serena Guen. I have been lucky enough to manage some marketing and events for the publication including a pop-up magazine stall we installed in Old Street station earlier last month. As well as being a quarterly publication online and in-print SUITCASE curates various pop-up shops and events; the most recent being the Summer SUITCASE store located inside the Vinyl Factory in South Kensington, we have another in the pipeline for Winter so watch this space! 



Stalked at LFW: Victoria, Stylist and Blogger, VeeVeeVogue

Anyone already getting London Fashion Week withdrawal symptoms? If so, this week Style StreetStalker is doing back to back LFW interviews with the most snapped peeps, loved designers and coolest fashionistas! 

Starting with the most snapped!!! The lovely Victoria, a stylist and blogger this little lady got all of us street style photographers snapping away with her simple but perfect styling. I caught up with her on why she loves LFW...

What do you do and why do you love your job?

I'm a fashion blogger and freelance stylist and I love how creative and versatile each project can be to the next. Trends are something I've always been captivated by so I get to play out those stories everyday and watch as they evolve season after season.

London Fashion Week: Le Exhibition

16 September 2014

The exhibition at London Fashion Week is held inside Somerset House and exclusively for press and buyers. I always love this part of LFW because it's my chance to scout for new stalking subjects, this is also where I found Daisy Knights, the very cool instababe and jewellery designer. She is the designer behind the awesome (with a capital A), shoe dimes, a series of feathers and other fabulous trinkets especially for your trainers.

Raw Stalking: SS15 LFW Day One. Somerset House.

14 September 2014

Day one of London Fashion Week is over and after five shows and hundreds of photographs, I've collapsed on the sofa with a G&T and laptop! Forget the after parties, this stalkers getting old!!! Here are some of my favourite peeps from today! 

Show Stalking: SS15 Jean-Pierre Braganza, LFW, Somerset Courtyard

13 September 2014

Jean-Pierre Braganza, seriously what a show! Set in the impressive courtyard of Somerset House, Braganza presented his SS15 collection, and what a collection is was. Beautifully tailored silhouettes in greys and blacks. This is definitely one to check out more seriously on Style.com !

Blogger Takeover: Hannah Crosskey On How She Prepares For LFW

11 September 2014

This is a rather special post, because it's the very first of its kind.. Once a month I will be asking a professional from the industry to talk about their world. This month for London Fashion Week, we have the lovely Hannah Crosskey from the blog A Fashion Fix.

Hannah, how do you prepare for LFW?
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Prepping for Fashion Week, where do I start?



Stalked: Rachel Boston, Jewellery Designer at London Fashion Week

8 September 2014


I've had rather of a jewellery crush on this little lady ever since she released her collection 'The Protector', which are a series of beetles and scorpions. It was hard to resist a little mid month purchase of the beautifully delicate but fierce 'Stag Ring', with rock 'n' roll jewellery like this, I'm like a child in a sweet shop!

Rachel Boston, a London born and based jewellery designer and maker, graduated in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. Her signature aesthetic of pure and strong forms find inspiration from unconventional sources: looking to nature, contemporary culture and high fashion to celebrate both the beautiful and the damned. 
Rachel's long list of press include features in magazines such as, W Magazine, Elle, InStyle, Grazia, and Vogue.

I caught up with this lovely lady as she prepares for London Fashion Week and her to-die-for pooch Betty, who I think you'll all agree slightly stole the show!!! 

What made you decide you wanted to be a jewellery designer?  And what do you love about your job? 

I was very lucky that I knew what I wanted to do very early on. During Design & Technology classes at school I always based my projects on jewellery and I made a lot of really horrible crafty pieces at home during the holidays and I knew that I loved working with my hands and especially working with metal. I love how flexible my job is, I’m never just stuck doing one task. One day I’m making a bespoke engagement ring the next day I’m shooting a lookbook for my new collection. It’s such a varied job and because of that I have to learn so much every day which I find challenging and therefore hugely satisfying. 


Giveaway: ELEVEN PARIS X SIMPSONS

2 September 2014

ELEVENPARIS are celebrating 25 years of The Simpsons with an exclusive capsule collection at Selfridges. So I thought, why not celebrate this awesome cartoon that most of us have grown up with (oh dear that shows my age!!) by doing a little Giveaway! As my regular readers may know, I don't do these too often, but this was far too special to pass up!!

The collection, which was launched at Selfridges last month, includes graphics of the key characters including Bart, Homer, Marge and Chief Wiggum on a range of unisex styles. The American football style sweater, features designs with ‘89’ written on the back, which purists will recognise as the date of our first glimpse into Springfield with the show's debut in 1989.

I have one of these very special t-shirts to giveaway............


Here's how to get involved...

Couple Stalking: Does Working With Your Significant Other Really Work?

29 August 2014

I've always wondered if going into business with your other half really works, or is it just a can of worms waiting to explode!!? 

I recently asked this very question to the gorgeous duo, Jesse Steven and Ainjali Fine, the guys behind the brand Finest Seven, who specialise in making divine eyewear out of seven of the finest materials (it's all in the name!).

What are your roles within Finest Seven?

Ainjali – 
I am the general manager in charge of the day to day running of the business.
This includes Sales, Styling, Colouring, Design direction.

Jesse – 
I look after the design and production components. There is heaps of overlap of course, but these are the main delineations.


Stalked: Monika, Founder of Layana London

27 August 2014

I always go by the saying 'life is too short to wear boring jewellery'! 
In result, it's safe to say I have a lot of jewellery, but there are only a few pieces that I wear religiously everyday. One of them is my Great Frog snarling wolf head and the other is a ring by Dubini, who is one of my latest favourites and the reason I stumbled accross Layana London, the online destination for unique jewellery designers. After becoming rather obsessed with wanting to buy everything on the site, I thought it was about time I stalked the person behind scouting out all these incredible jewellery brands. 

 So here we are... 

What do you do and why do you love your job? 

I am the founder of Layana London, an online jewellery specialist. The aspiration for the company is to offer jewellery that is both distinctive and beautiful and to present it in a simple and uncluttered surrounding.
The amazing thing about Layana London is that I get to work with fantastically creative people, some of whom will be deservedly famous, and provide our customers with pieces that are unique and beautiful. It is a great feeling to see the customers putting the pictures of their new pieces on their social media or writing back with thanks. Plus I get to wear a lot of jewellery for work – what’s not to like?

Stalked: Dave, Manager Of Sunday Somewhere Eyewear

25 August 2014

Oh dear, it's finally sinking in that we're approaching the end of those hot summer nights and lazy days in the sun. To celebrate what a fabulous summer it's been, my last 'summer sunnies' interview is with the lovely Dave from Sunday Somewhere. An Australian eyewear brand with a simple philosophy - to create glasses that are all beautifully crafted, with classic and modern frames. With a make-up-your-own-mind attitude, the brand relies on inspired imagery to assist with the vision both it and its customers relate to.

I caught up with Dave (one of the two Daves that run the brand) while he was briefly visiting London. 

What do you do and what's the coolest aspect of your job?

I'm the General Manager of Sunday Somewhere and would have to say that my job is my life, travelling and meeting amazing people. The best part about this is you are constantly developing as a person and no new day is ever the same.

The Art Of The Ancient Selfie

22 August 2014

You may remember I wrote a post earlier in the year on our obsession with selfies, well it’s just got a whole load funnier!!! It began, as so many monumental internet trends have, on Reddit. A user visited Ireland’s Crawford Art Gallery, where he cleverly manipulated his camera-phone around Greco-Roman statues, many of which just happen to have their arms outstretched in an uncanny gesture of selfie-taking, to look like they are participating in the social media craze. 

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