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Cleansing Clean Up: Microbead Free

June 21st, 2016

I’m a beauty product tart. There, I’ve said it. I swip-swop to whatever the most recent innovations are with most of my product relationships only lasting a couple of tubs, tubes or bottles before I switch my affections to the newest kid on the beauty block.

I do have requirements that help direct my decisions, and in the past those were pretty much “Can I afford it?”, “Are the reviewers raving on about how genius it is?”, “Will it be okay with my sensitive skin?” and “Will it erase my wrinkles/zits/jowls?”. Well, now we have a new consideration; eliminating those small but dastardly microbeads. It seems that these teeny buggers are our newest pollution nightmare and they are hidden in more products that you have probably even realised. Take a look at this article from Greenpeace to fully understand the significance of this issue. There is nothing beautiful about the impact of microbeads on sea life and our food-chain and they need to be banned quick-smart.

I’m embracing banning those microbeads by starting with my own bathroom shelves. The joy of this is that it’s an excuse for me to fill my re-useable, organic cotton shopper with lots of new plastic free products! First on my list is a really good body scrub in prep for holidaying, and I think I’ve found a winner.

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my Grounded Body Scrub, making a bit of a mess on my Casa Cubista bathmat

I love, love, love my Grounded Body Scrub! The coffee grounds are not only a brilliant exfoliant, but the caffeine stimulates circulation and hopefully will eliminate a few thing dimples too. The coconut oil in this particular version of the scrub is great for extra smoothing and is just generally marvellous. Oh and when you are using this in a hot shower the fumes are kind of like an espresso martini with a shot of Malibu thrown in for good measure. What’s not to love!

There’s more to come on this topic so keep ’em peeled. In the meantime, if you’d like to read our other beauty posts, take a look here.

Valentino Resort 2017

June 14th, 2016

The Resort 2017 shows are revealing a really exciting, upbeat, bold and innovative intro to the main Spring collections which will show in September. I think it’s going to be a stellar season.

We’ll be sharing a few of our favourite resort shows, kicking off with Valentino. This collection is vast, especially by the usually compact standards of inter-season collections. It started off with the kind of quirky cute 50’s sweetness we have come to love as the Valentino Red label signature and then morphs into detailing and pattern that felt far more an extension of Valentino’s recent African inspired direction. Kind of mixed up, but utterly fabulous never the less.

The scale of placements, the slightly ‘off’ colour combinations, the mixture of utility with delicacy, the playful vibe. All of these are wonderfully spirit-lifting and rather enchanting. Oh, and plenty of Valentino’s signature red too.

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Valentino Resort 2017, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

Valentino Resort 2017, Vogue Runway, fashion trends, catwalk show review, fashion blog, Blink London

Valentino Resort 2017, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

Valentino Resort 2017, Vogue Runway, fashion trends, catwalk show review, fashion blog, Blink London

Valentino Resort 2017, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

Valentino Resort 2017, Vogue Runway, fashion trends, catwalk show review, fashion blog, Blink London

Valentino Resort 2017, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

Valentino Resort 2017, Vogue Runway, fashion trends, catwalk show review, fashion blog, Blink London

Valentino Resort 2017, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

Thanks to Vogue Runway for their brilliant show coverage. For more show coverage, amongst other things, take look in our inspiration category.

Music Monday: Pete Josef ‘Colour’

June 13th, 2016

Today’s #MusicMonday isn’t anything brand new. Instead I chose this track, ‘Colour’ from Pete Josef  as it’s a kind of audio reminder, bringing back all the wonderful experiences that I enjoyed during my holiday in Bali (first day back at work blues!).

It’s lifted from a great mixtape from Phat Phil Cooper’s soundcloud and perfectly sums up the ultra chilled and very happy time I just had.

Hope you’ve been enjoying all of the instagram pics from my travels too. If you’d like to see more music posts, then just click here.

Bodyform ‘Blood’

June 10th, 2016

I think that this is absolute genius so had to share it with you. I know it’s outside of our usual content type, but it is somewhat reflective of many of the values we at Blink London hold dear. This Bodyform ad is the first of it’s product type to actually feature blood (although not THAT kind of blood…), and through doing so is utterly empowering, game-changing and brilliant. The ad’s caption is this:

No blood should hold us back – and periods shouldn’t stop us from keeping fit.

New feminism now reaching and affecting the mainstream in a very exciting way and we can’t wait to see more of the same…

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Big Hair, Don’t Care: Part 2

June 9th, 2016

Hope you liked yesterday’s post on the joys of unruly hair. Here’s part 2, and also what we hope will prove to be the final word in sorting out lots of my particular hair based woes. Blink Towers is very excited about the launch of the new Dyson hairdryer!

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the just launched, game-changing Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer

Not only are we already huge fans of Mr Dyson himself, that silver fox super brain, we absolutely love the Dyson brand because it delivers what it promises with every single product that it releases to market- and those products look good too.

Dyson has invested £50 million in the development of the Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer, which is about as much as I have invested in trying to solve the problems I have with my very unruly barnet! From the data released by Dyson, as well as the reviews from the lucky peeps who have already trialed it, the Supersonic™ hair dryer is a total game changer. Not only is it lighter than a normal hairdryer (perfect for travelling!), it also self monitors the heat it produces to constantly protect your hair and it has been engineered to be extra quiet. Drying is swifter, less of a chore and with better results than standard hairdryers. What’s not to love!

It launched this month and at just a penny under £300 it is quite an investment, but we think well worth it when you consider the hair joy and time saving that it will deliver!

For more beauty posts, just look here.

Big Hair, Don’t Care: Part 1

June 8th, 2016

My hair is very badly behaved, especially when given the excuse of a bit of humidity… As I’m on my hols in steamy hot Bali that means pretty much the mega frizzles from start to finish- but I’m not complaining! I knew this would be the case so stocked up on my well tried and long-time tested John Frieda ‘Frizz Ease’ products. Believe me, I have tried a multitude of variations on this theme but always come back to these guys, and they work especially well in combination.

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My favourite John Frieda Frizz Ease products

Even though these will do the job under normal circumstances, my holiday hair can prove to be extra naughty and in need of further persuasion in to any semblance of style and sheen. As you may have read in my holiday post from last year, I do love coconut oil as the perfect all-rounder (rub it all over, do a bit of oil pulling, cook your breakfast and sort your hair do out all in one!). This time around I have replaced my usual Lucy Bee with a locally made version (always shop local!).

Bali Balance is a Bali produced, raw, virgin coconut oil and this bottle will be totally used up by the end of my trip as I have got the whole family in to it. If you are in this part of the world I can totally recommend tracking some down.

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Bali Balance raw coconut oil

There’s more to come on this so do keep an eye out if you’ve got badly behaved hair too. If you’re just in to all beauty topics though, you can find more posts here.

We’re Back, We’re Backless

June 7th, 2016

If you’re following Blink London on insta then you’ll know I am holidaying in Bali right now. More to come on that- but what my hols also means is that I have had a minute to get stuck back in to my badly ignored blog. No excuses, but things have been pretty darn fabulously hectic at Blink Towers for the past few months. I have not been practicing what I preach about making sure you set aside a regular time slot to keep your blog posts rolling and for that I am sorry (not sorry cos there’s been amazing stuff afoot!).

Well, taking an evening out from my holiday to indulge in my passion for fashion, beauty and lifestyle, at my trusty laptop, cocktail by my side, surf crashing just beyond the open french doors is no great hardship- and I promise to keep the flow of news, excitement, information and inspiration flowing again!

I am getting my blogging groove back on with a focus on beautiful back views, and not just for the wonderfully appropriate post title opportunity. As a designer I have found myself taking more interest in back details of garments than the fronts recently, and more specifically split, slashed and open, plunging backs. I wanted to share some great inspirational images with you, all swiped from Pinterest with hugest love, thanks and appreciation.

The open back has been getting lost of catwalk love in recent shows, is a great streetstyle looks (backwards shirts are part of this too) as well as spotted in exquisite vintage styles. Here are some of my favourites for you to enjoy, and for more just hit up Blink London on Pinterest.

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Streetstyle from Pinterest and TheyAllHateUs

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Rochas Resort 2017, from Pinterest

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Dior model Kouka at Paris fashion show, February 1962 swiped from Pinterest

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Balenciaga, swiped from Pinterest

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B.H. Wragge, photo by Norman Parkinson for Vogue 1965, swiped from Pinterest

For more fashion inspiration, just take a look here.

Valentino AW16 show, interview by Tim Blanks

March 30th, 2016

I wanted to share this brilliant Tim Blanks/BoF interview with you.

A wonderful and intelligent insight in to the inspiration behind the Valentino AW’16 collection. Not only wonderful to see those clothes moving, as they were conceived to be, but also to understand the designer’s vision behind the collection. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciol steal my heart yet again.

For more inspirational fashion show posts, just take a look here.

Teatum Jones, AW16 at London Fashion Week

February 23rd, 2016

The Teatum Jones AW’16 collection shown on Saturday night was, in my eyes, their best yet. As recent winners of the International Woolmark Prize it’s clear that Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones have hit their creative stride in spectacular style, garnering the recognition that this label has long deserved. After seeing the show I can absolutely see why the Woolmark judges chose Teatum Jones as their winners. This design duo have always been very textiles innovation focussed, specifically developing most of the fabrics for each collection. With the inspiration for this collection coming from the Foxford Woollen Mill, they delivered stunning pattern and texture through their attention to textile detail which perfectly blended historical reference points with Teatum Jones’ view of modern elegance.

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Teatum Jones, AW16 collection at London Fashion Week, Blink London, fashion blog, catwalk show review

Teatum Jones, AW16 collection at London Fashion Week, Blink London, fashion blog, catwalk show review

Teatum Jones, AW16 collection at London Fashion Week, Blink London, fashion blog, catwalk show review

I caught up with Catherine Teatum after the show to gain some more insight in to the collection.

Blink: Is this AW16 collection an extension from your Woolmark prize collection, or was the prize collection an extraction from your plans already underway for AW16?

Catherine: The human story is what comes first so there wasn’t an order of creativity as such. That poignant human story then wholly influences patterns we looked at and fabric textures we want to create. So both IWP and mainline FW16 evolved at the same pace and because we have discovered new and innovative ways to use merino wool in our collections, it naturally spread across both. This is something that we will continue to do. We’ve unlocked the magic in this simple and natural fibre and we are excited to pursue those investigations.

Blink: The reference points for this collection feel very much about your Irish family background. How did Rob’s influence dovetail in to the story?

Catherine: The story was based on a woman Agnes Moirrogh Bernard whose life’s ambition was to use wool as a powerful symbol of hope for those less fortunate. She just so happened to be based in Ireland very near to my family home! Both Rob and I travel to the mills together and the process of creation is experienced together.

There a very beautiful thing between two creative people who know what the other is thinking and doesn’t question it – trust.

Blink: How did you come across the story of Agnes and the Foxford mill?

Catherine: My dad recommended that we go to visit it. Initially he took me there on a day out together last August 2015 and I was instantly captured by Agnes’s story. I went back a month later and spoke to the crafts people at the mill and then Rob and I travelled there several times throughout the development process. 

Blink: The colour palette felt far richer and brighter than I might have expected from the historical woollen reference point. What was your inspiration?

Catherine: Teatum Jones creates bold, exquisite fabrics that are married with modern, relevant shapes. We feel that AW16 was probably our most competent example of that to date. The inspiration to create these fabrics was inspired by the natural and unstoppable spirit of the Irish people in the story. Coupled with the incredible diversity in landscape textures that you find in Ireland.

Blink: The colourful sand catwalk pathway was beautiful. What was your inspiration behind that?

Catherine: We felt the sand was a poignant way to tell our AW16 story. Sand never stands still, it constantly evolves and each time the models walked and created a new impression in the sand, that seemed to perfectly reflect the journey of Agnes and the Irish people of Foxford that she worked so hard to provide a future for.

Blink: How do you think winning the Woolmark prize impact on Teatum Jones?

Catherine: It’s given us the opportunity to really pursue our textile innovation and development. To really discover what’s the next level of possibilities of wool. It’s also given us the opportunity to be physically present in store for every single one of our retail partners’ launches.

Blink: The knitwear in this collection seemed to play a stronger part than previous seasons. Was that a conscious intention?

Catherine: The rural Irish women would hand knit everything and it’s a skill that was passed down through generations. We wanted however, to create a collection of knitwear that hit every single wardrobe stoppable desire that our women needs and only use the finest merino yarn to create a these knitwear pieces.

Here’s some of my highlights from the show so that you can get a closer look at some of the stunning detailing.

For more from London Fashion Week, just look here. For more interviews then look here.

Kendrick Lamar ‘God is Gangsta’, Music Monday

February 22nd, 2016

This is the third time we’ve featured Kendrick Lamar as our #musicmonday and this time it’s not only because we are serious fans, it’s also to celebrate Lamar’s recent multiple Grammy wins. Much deserved Mr Lamar.

This is total creative innovation; a new voice, a new sensibility that takes hip hop and rap forward in a direction that is both relevant and smart, taking this musical artform forward while still referencing musical history from jazz, soul and funk traditions. If you haven’t spent some time with To Pimp a Butterfly yet, we suggest you should as a matter of musical urgency.

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