Thursday, 20 November 2014

BEYOND RETRO X SAVE THE CHILDREN

This year I've teamed up with vintage brand Beyond Retro to help spread charitable, (and festive), love in conjunction with Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day. Beyond Retro have pledged to sell 10,000 Christmas jumpers in the lead up to the big day and will be donating £1 from each sale to Save the Children.

To support them in their generous endeavor simply head over to Beyond Retro, (online or in-store), and purchase yourself a snuggly, possibly ugly, festive knit to sport this Christmas Jumper Day. Beyond Retro actually have a pop-up store at Old Street station at the moment which is dedicated entirely to Christmas jumpers, so perhaps you could even treat yourself to a visit there when searching for your new wooly friend! Once in your knit, be sure to enter their #xmasjumperstylechallenge, where you could win a £250 shopping spree! All you need to do is make sure you're following Beyond Retro on Twitter and Instagram then snap yourself in your new Christmas jumper alongside the hashtag above!


Last weekend I got into the Christmas spirit perhaps a little early and wore my new festive jumper into central where I had a wonder down Carnaby Street, which is looking super pretty at the moment with all of it's lights up. I also treated myself to a magazine haul from one of the fabulous magazine shops hidden in London's trendy Soho! Just a tip about Soho, there's a great cocktail bar called Zebrano, which has happy hour till 10pm most evenings;)




VINTAGE JUMPER  FROM BEYOND RETRO*


Saturday, 8 November 2014

PARK LIFE BY TONI + MATT FOR ZEUM MAGAZINE

You may have already seen, but Matt and I recently had work published on Zeum online. Just in case you missed it though, here are my favourite images from the story, Park Life, and you can also see the full editorial on Zeum Magazine's website here!

Photography Matt Lain
Styling Toni Caroline 
Model Mae @Elite


METALLIC TOP BY SOPHIE CULL-CANDY



 
 


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Friday, 7 November 2014

WINTER WISHLIST | COATS

Ah winter, we meet again.... this week there's been a sudden drop in temperature in the UK and it's finally starting to feel a little festive. Of course I love summer too, but there are plenty of reasons why I enjoy winter just as much! Firstly, Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year; markets, mulled wine, pretty lights, board games, friends, family, presents, (and let's not forget to mention the John Lewis ads).... what's not to like!? There's also that delightfully refreshing smell/taste/feel of a cold winter's morning, and SNOW! The excitement of snow is embedded into our brains at a young age in England, and I don't think that ever goes away.... grown men still lie in bed at night in the midst of winter wishing for a 'snow day'!

But most importantly, with crisp winter mornings comes knitwear, oversized jackets and ankle boots. Autumn/winter fashion is my favourite and I'm determined to treat myself to a new coat this year; I love the tie waist design of the three Cos styles above, and I'd really like a below the knee length. I've been doing a bit of research into other high street brands to see what's available as my budget is on the small side, but it's so hard to beat Cos's style, craftsmanship and elegance.  

MAXI LENGTH BOILED WOOL COAT FROM ASOS, £95.00

ASOS do actually have an amazing range of coats; I love the simplicity and colour of this boiled wool style above, (though The Whitepepper do have a very similar design for £15.00 less FYI). I also really like this Duster Coat by ASOS shown below, which is only £60.00 - I'm not sure how warm it would be but you could easily layer it up with a cardigan underneath and a big scarf and still achieve that gorgeous long, slouchy silhouette. I'd love to wear it with a pair of white Adidas Stan Smiths or alternatively my DM shoes would work just fine. 

DUSTER COAT FROM ASOS, £60

Surprisingly Topshop didn't have much to offer apart from this amazing Blanket Coat by Topshop Unique, which is a beautiful colour but sadly out of my price range. I did come across this gorgeous trench from Urban Outfitters shown below, which is cheaper but I don't like the epaulettes on the shoulders. Also for that price I may as well just go to Cos! I think I'm going to hold off for a while and treat myself in December - I can't see much that I like online but I'd like to pop into Zara, Warehouse and & Other Stories for a browse too! What sort of coat or jacket will you be wearing this winter?

OVERSIZED BLANKET COAT BY TOPSHOP UNIQUE, £350.00

LIGHT BEFORE DARK LONG BELTED TRENCH COAT IN NAVY FROM UBRBAN OUTFITTERS, £135.00  

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

INTRODUCING | LOLA MAY

Today I had a meeting in central London so whilst there I had a cheeky browse in H&M and Forever 21 where I found SO many things that I wanted to buy! Window shopping is dangerous... I then popped East to return some samples and Matt and I took a nice walk from Bethnal Green to Haggerston and then onto Dalston before I got lazy and jumped on a bus home! I love days like today spent walking around London, it truly is a unique and magical place.

I wore my new culottes, which are from an exciting start up brand called Lola May. Based in Manchester, Lola May was founded by three twenty something friends who wanted to create wearable, edgy and on-trend pieces at an affordable price; you can follow them on instagram here! What I love about culottes is how comfortable they are...they're also super boyish yet elegant at the same time, so they're pretty versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the look you're after. Today I wore them with a cosy roll neck and DMs, whereas last weekend I wore them out to a club with a white sleeveless blouse, which dressed them up a little!



JUMPER FROM H&M
BAG BY MARC B
DM SHOES


Thursday, 30 October 2014

CONSTRUCTING WORLDS

On Monday Matt and I took a little research trip to the Barbican where they're currently holding the exhibition 'Constructing Worlds';

   "Constructing Worlds brings together eighteen exceptional photographers from the 1930s to the present day who have changed the way we view architecture and perceive the world around us.

From the first skyscrapers in New York and decaying colonial structures in the Congo, to the glamorous suburban homes of post-war California, and the modern towers of Venezuela, we invite you on a global journey through 20th and 21st century architecture.

Featuring over 250 works, this exhibition highlights the power of photography to reveal hidden truths in our society."


I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the older works as opposed to the more modern photography; for me, the highlights were Stephen Shore's 70s work and I also really enjoyed the section about Thomas Struth who took some amazing architectural images in the 90s. I highly recommend checking it out if you're into photography and architecture, (it's on until 11th January). Also, what a perfectly fitting location for such an exhibition! The Barbican Centre resides right at the heart of the Barbican Estate, which is a fascinating, historical structure itself! Matt took a few snaps whilst we were there... we'd love to shoot there one day.    

After our Barbican adventure we walked to Haggertson through Shoreditch to pick up some samples. Sometimes it's so refreshing just to walk through London... I spend so much of my time on the tube underground and miss out on so many interesting things above! As it was quite a relaxed day I wore a loose t-shirt, a pair of old black jeans and my DMs. It actually wasn't quite cold enough for a jacket so I opted for a beanie and my gorgeous new cardigan from Warehouse* instead, which kept me warm enough. It's so soft and cosy, I can see it coming in handy this winter... if we ever have a winter that is! 


HAT FROM TOPMAN
THE CURE TEE FROM VINTAGE STORE
DR MARTENS SHOES