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“Blink” Music: Drake ‘Hotline Bling’

September 21st, 2015

Not much intro required for this guy. This is Drake and Hotline Bling. A pretty new release but already masterfully covered by Disclosure and Sam Smith for Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Sadly we can’t track down Drake’s official video for this track yet, but when one drops I feel sure it will be spectacular!

Just turn up the volume, have a little chair dance and forget about the grey skies and rain pouring down. For more great music, just look here.

“Blink” Music: Rudimental ‘I Will For Love’ feat. Will Heard

September 14th, 2015

This is no ordinary #MusicMonday post. ‘I Will for Love’ from Rudimental is musically brilliant (as they always are!), but the band also using it to help spread awareness and support for a very important and very current topic. On the band’s own Facebook page Rudimental say of this track-

“‘I Will For Love’ ft Will Heard is about family, love and the lengths people go to for each other.”

 

Not only is this lyrically very moving, they have translated the heartfelt sentiment of the song in to a video features some of the challenges and hardships experienced during a migrant’s journey.  The band, I believe after creating this video, were so moved by the current refugee crisis that they have dedicated this song to support Amnesty International’s #RefugeesWelcome campaign. Just take a look here to see how you can help too:  http://amnesty.org.uk/refugees

This track is available now to download, and excitingly Rudimental also have a brand new album slated to drop at the beginning of October. For more great music posts, just click here.

“Blink” Music: Foals ‘What Went Down’

September 7th, 2015

Better than a double espresso on a Monday morning let me tell you. This is the newest release from Foals, ‘What Went Down’. The video for this hectic and emotionally driven track gives you a little insight into the energy and passion you would witness at a Foals gig. These guys are relentless. One of the best bands I have ever witnessed live.

So here is ‘What Went Down’ from their new album of the same name. Brace yourself.

If you love this, then check out our previous #MusicMonday post from Foals too.

“Blink” Workshops: Book your place on our next Blogging and Social Media workshop

September 3rd, 2015

We’ve just published the September and October dates for our ‘Introduction to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop .

September’s 2 part, evening workshop: Tuesday 15th and Tuesday 22nd September, both 6pm until 9pm

October’s 2 part, evening workshop: Tuesday 13th and Tuesday 20th October, both 6pm until 9pm

Places are limited so don’t hesitate to secure your spot! Email me on info@blinklondon.com

Blink London's 'Intro to Blogging and Social Media' workshop, learn about blogging, social media, London based blogging class, fashion blogging, lifestyle blogging, beauty blogging

Blink London’s ‘Intro to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop

This is being held at Parlour which is a very cool and very comfortable location ensuring that the learning experience is as pain-free as possible, especially if you indulge in a couple of cocktails…

You can see all about the workshop right here, as well as read some testimonials from very happy previous attendees.

“Blink” Music: Disclosure ‘Omen’ feat Sam Smith

August 24th, 2015

What is there to say that you don’t already know about the brilliant Disclosure and the wonderful Sam Smith? So let’s cut straight to the music and this new track called ‘Omen’ which brings these two back together again.

Just click here for more great music posts.

“Blink” Music: Lion Babe ‘Impossible’

August 17th, 2015

Yeah it’s the second time Lion Babe has been our #MusicMonday pick. You can read all about this duo here on our previous post. I am a self confessed Lion Babe obsessive. I bloomin’ love the Lion Babe EP and it’s on constant repeat at Blink Towers.

If you pop in anytime soon do watch out if ‘Impossible’ is playing as there may well be general whirling and twirling with handfuls of glitter being flung willy-nilly. Consider yourself warned…

For more great Music posts, take a look here.

“Blink” Music: Rhodes & Birdy ‘Let It All Go’

August 10th, 2015

A very mellow, post Wilderness pick for this #MusicMonday. We first fell for Birdy with her cover of Skinny Love. How wonderful to have some truly stunning original music from her too. This track, ‘Let It All Go’ sees her teamed up with fellow British musician, Rhodes– another youthful yet brilliantly accomplished musical talent. The combo deal of these two delivers a really mature, elegant and moving sound.

For more great new music posts, just click here.

“Blink” Travels: Flying- travel in style

July 31st, 2015

Since the beginning of the year I seem to have been on a pretty regular round of packing and unpacking suitcases, double checking I have my passport and triple checking all of my flight details. It’s been a wonderful time of travelling for clients, on research trips, on mini adventures and to spend time with far flung family. The next trip is all about spending 2 weeks doing as little as possible as I head away for my Summer hols. To make sure I have the speediest journey from home to sun lounger (with cocktail in hand), I have decided to opt for a hand luggage only flight.

With a bit of careful planning this doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on any of your luxuries or outfit changes, although to be honest I plan to pretty much be living in my bikini. A big tip from me is to choose tried and tested favourites from your Summer wardrobe, work with a pretty tight colour palette and then add in some bold accessories to help you make a small selection seem like a full Kim K’s closet of choices.

First you have to get your travel outfit right. I like to choose something that will get some wear through my hols too. I pretty much always choose jeans. Stretch Jamies from Topshop are a fav and really comfortable even for long haul.  This time I’ll be wearing those jeans with a kinda Chloe inspired swingy top from H&M. That way I start to get my holiday vibe going, and it also saves it from getting creased in my carry-on! My go-to handbag is this small but beautifully detailed fringed clutch from Oasis. It’s big enough for my wallet and all important documents but small enough to make sure I can see everything in it at a glance (I’m a bit of a checker).

My Summer holiday travelling outfit: Topshop jamie jeans, H&M top and Oasis clutch bag. Blink `London fashion blog, travelling in style, summer holiday

My Summer holiday travelling outfit: Topshop Jamie jeans, H&M top and Oasis clutch bag.

If the airline is getting sniffy about one bag only per passenger I know that I can easily stuff this weeny handbag inside my carry-on suitcase. Actually as an aside, I would always suggest you quadruple check what number and size of bags your airline allows so you don’t get caught out. I found this table from Purple Parking really helpful as a good reference for that very thing.

My Summer'15 favourite sandals, fashion blog, Blink London, wedge sandals

My Summer’15 favourite sandals

Next is the shoes. I am in love with these nutty metallic gold wedge numbers. Perhaps you saw my video of them on Instagram? Well, wearing them not only makes my outfit more fabulous, it also frees up a ton of space in my suitcase. You see, not just a pretty face!

My 'carry on' beauty must haves!

My ‘carry on’ beauty must haves!

And talking of a pretty face, when working just with carry-on luggage and the volume restrictions you have to be extra smart. I use my Heidi Klein pouch as the clear bag required for liquids, and then when I’m away it reverts to its intended purpose as being a wet bikini bag. Having this pre-packed means no fuss for the security check. Any of my holiday favourites that come in small enough bottles get to come with, and then once you’re through security you can stock up on anything bigger in duty free.

I always fly makeup free with a generous slathering of moisturiser. Once safely in the air, I give my skin a freshen up with a Simple Micellar cleansing wipe and then pop on some Rodial Dragon’s Blood face mask (it doesn’t show so nobody need know!). You’re about to inflict lots of sunshine, seawater and aircon on your skin so my number one piece of advice is to ensure you’re maxed out on moisturisation from start to finish of your trip. I them swoosh on a bit of bronzer, mascara and a dash of lippy just before landing (no need to frighten the locals).

So there you have it, my plan to a happy and stylish holiday, even when travelling light. Roll on my departure date! For more of our posts about our travels, take a look here.

“Blink” Pattern Inspiration: Celia Birtwell x Valentino

July 30th, 2015

As a preview to a post that is coming up very soon, we wanted to share this lovely video with you. One of my longest standing fashion love affairs has been with the work of Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell. And if you’re an avid Blink London blog reader, you’ll know that I have a newer, and seasonally increasing fashion passion for Valentino (check our post about the recent Valentino couture collection). Imagine my excitement when I discovered that Valentino was working with Celia to create the print and pattern for their pre-Fall 2015 collection!

The collaboration has continued and Celia’s work can be seen in the Valentino collections right up to SS’16 menswear as well as Resort ’16 womenswear. Watch out for more on this on the blog in the upcoming week.

“Blink” Music: SG Lewis ‘No Less’ feat Louis Mattrs

July 27th, 2015

Our choice for today’s #MusicMonday isn’t going to help boost your energy levels this grey and drizzly Monday. Sorry! SG Lewis delivers an ultra smooth, super laid back, Monday-angst-eliminating feel with ‘No Less’. So laid back it’s pretty much horizontal.

So who is this SG Lewis chap? Well he’s actually 20 years Liverpudlian, Sam Lewis. He’s been producing music for less than a year, but already his moochy, soulful sound is grabbing the attention of music industry movers and shakers. He’s also on the roster for this year’s Bestival.

On this track, ‘No Less’ he’s accompanied by Brighton born and bred, singer and songwriter, Louis Mattrs who adds a heartbreakingly honest vocal to this delicious track. You can check out more of his work on his EP called ‘Beachy Head’.

For more great music posts, just have a looky here.