“Blink” Events: Learn about Blogging and Social Media with Blink

July 2nd, 2015

Exciting times at Blink Towers just now. On Monday I was invited to give a talk on Blogging and Social Media at the Charity Retail Association‘s Annual Conference, held at Keele University. It was an amazing event and a wonderful insight into this very important world. Thanks to all of you who came along, and for all of the lovely feedback. Can’t wait to hear about all of your progress.

I was also a judge for the ‘Innovation in Charity Retailing’ award and was utterly amazed at all of the brilliant, creative and, well, innovative approaches being undertaken by charities of all scales. Congratulations to Scope for winning this particular award. Here’s their winning campaign #StripforScope, inspired by the classic Levis laundrette ads and featuring the rather lovely model, Jack Eyers.

Then on the 13th July I will be heading down to Somerset to give a talk about Social Media at the beautiful Babington House. If you are a member then please do come along. It’s a 60 minute affair talking about the differences in the key platforms and how you can make the most of them. It’s a great introductory session which should leave everyone feeling able to flash those ‘@’ and ‘#’s about with confidence!

Lucy from Blink London on 13th July at Babington House, learn with Blink London, blogging and social media workshop, Soho House

Lucy from Blink London on 13th July at Babington House

All of this leads me rather nicely on to the fact that we have the July ‘Introduction to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop coming up. This is being held at Parlour in Kensal Green over two consecutive Tuesday evenings, the 7th and 14th July. We still have a few spaces left which we are offering at a 50% off last minute discount. Just quote ‘BlinkDisco’ when you contact us to book. You can see all about the workshop right here.

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

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Lianne La Havas at Glastonbury 2015, ‘Unstoppable’

June 30th, 2015

For those of us who didn’t actually make it to Worthy Farm this year, there’s loads of coverage available to be enjoyed online in the comfort of your own home, smelling fresh, no mud in sight…

This is one of our highlights from that coverage. This is the marvellous Lianne La Havas performing ‘Unstoppable’ in the BBC’s Glastonbury Music Teepee. The poise, the elegance, the soul, the heartbreaking, effortless beauty of her voice. Okay, I admit to having a bit of a girl crush going on…

This track is from Lianne’s new album ‘Blood’ which drops at the end of July. You can pre-order it right now. I am so excited to hear more of her new work. She left us hanging for too long after her stellar debut ‘Lost and Found’ which came out in 2011- and which I might add still sounds as fresh now as it did then.

For more great Blink musical moments, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Lifestyle: House of Hackney goes Wild

June 24th, 2015

Well, the House of Hackney‘s aesthetic has always been on the wild side so perhaps the post title should read ‘House of Hackney goes Wilder’!

This East London pattern-centric brand has championed the blurring of lines between trends for fashion and those for interiors, so much so that we will most likely envy any home that is lucky enough to be decorated with their new line in wallpapers. This collection of designs each features wonderfully characterful animals, blended with an Art Deco and Toile du Jouy look. As an added feel good touch, as well as having the most fabulously decorated house on your street, you can also enjoy the feeling that comes with the fact that House of Hackney will be donating 5% of the collection’s proceeds to the Born Free Foundation.

Now for the tough part. Which paper to choose? Here are some of our favourite designs and colourways. You can find more on House of Hackney’s website.

House of Hackney's 'Sumatra', in off white azure

House of Hackney’s ‘Sumatra’, in off white azure

House of Hackney's 'Panadamonium', in olive

House of Hackney’s ‘Panadamonium’, in olive

House of Hackney's 'Art Deco Menagerie' in prowl

House of Hackney’s ‘Art Deco Menagerie’ in prowl

House of Hackney's 'Art Deco Menagerie' in zeal

House of Hackney’s ‘Art Deco Menagerie’ in zeal

House of Hackney's 'Art Deco Menagerie' in flamboyance

House of Hackney’s ‘Art Deco Menagerie’ in flamboyance

For more lifestyle posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Ta-Ku ‘Love Again’ feat. JMSN & Sango

June 22nd, 2015

So sorry for the patchy blog updating but I am currently on a bit of a tour (part work, part play and the play has been a little more distracting than anticipated!). Please take a look at our instagram feed to catch up on where we are and what we’re up to.

In the mean time, here’s a track that suits our ‘out of the office’ mood, from Ta-ku, featuring JMSN and Sango, with ‘Love Again’. If you want to fully chill your mood, then take a listen to the rest on offer from Ta-ku on the EP ‘Songs to Make Up To’, which is a follow up to ‘Songs to Break Up To’. Sensing a bit of a theme here? Ta-Ku is Australian musician, Regan Mathews who has crafted a very specific, soft yet impactful, mellow vibe of a sound style that is even more impressive when you find out that he is in fact musically self-taught.

Joining Ta-ku on this track is JMSN (pronounced Jameson), a American all-round super musically gifted individual. Also we have Sango, Michigan-based producer with a talent for delivering wonderfully ambient and vibey electro sounds.

The combo deal of these three is a lilting, subtle and enticing sound that goes very well with a glass of chilled rose while watching the sun set. Sorry if you are reading this on a Monday morning at your desk…

So, here’s to a very mellow Monday to us all- well, for the duration of this track anyway! For more new music, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: July’s Intro to Blogging and Social Media workshop

June 20th, 2015

 

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

The next evening workshop is on Tuesday 7th and Tuesday 14th July, from 6pm until 9pm on both evenings. We have also added a daytime session too, on Tuesday 21st July. This starts at 10am and ends at 5pm. The Blink London ‘Intro to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop is for you if you’d like to make the first steps into being a successful blogger, you’d like to promote your business or extend your expertise as a PR.

Discount offer! The first 5 people to quote ‘Blink Blog Disco’ when booking will be given a 30% discount on the list price!

We run the workshops from a lovely venue called Parlour in Kensal Green. You can read more about Parlour here, and about the founder and head chef, Jesse Dunford Wood, here!

Oh and if you need any further persuasion, here’s a lovely testimonial from a recent attendee:

“I recently took the social media course that Blink London course offers and cannot recommend it highly enough. It was exactly what I was looking for – including all the essential information about how to get started, and lots of excellent tricks of the trade. Lucy was friendly and knowledgeable and delivered the content in a clear and light hearted way. I now feel confident to just jump in and get started, thank you Blink London!”

Take a look at the ‘Learn with us’ page to find out more about the workshop, or drop us an email with any questions or your booking request: info@blinklondon.com

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Hudson Mohawke ‘Warriors’

June 15th, 2015

Hudson Mohawke is actually Scot, Ross Birchard. He is currently causing quite the stir with his innovative take on the electronic music sound featured in this track, Warriors, as well as his imminently dropping album, ‘Lantern’ out on the 16th (tomorrow!).

The video has a low-tech, natural and relaxed vibe which sits pretty well with the soft and mellow sound of the track. It also gives you the chance to focus on the music itself which is the absolute star of the piece and needs no bells, whistles, fireworks and effects to reassure us of its brilliance.

Can’t wait to hear the whole album. If you’d like to see our other music posts, then just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Mid Century marvels at LV’s Resort ’16 show

June 12th, 2015

We have been shoulders deep in Resort’16 coverage on Style.com. Every time around there seems to be more and more labels showing more and more looks for Resort. What has previously been a compact offer, a mini preview and a more embraceable element of a label’s seasonal output has now become a full-on fashion-fest and it’s both fabulous and overwhelming!

High on the list of both fabulousness and overwhelmingness is the Louis Vuitton show. Not only was the collection itself another testament to Ghesquière’s greatness, it was also held in a rather fantabulous location; the John Lautner designed, Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs.

Let’s start with the collection itself. An outing of over fifty looks which to us feels like the wardrobe of Joan of Arc should she have been about in the Sixties. Armour and chain-mail interpreted in super soft and elegant textile treatments. Those geometric straps and bands around the midriff. Combinations of mid century feeling linear details, clean silhouettes and the all important sense of futurism, along with our current obsession with all things sports.

Louis Vuitton Resort'16, images with thanks to Style.com, JOhn Lautner, Palm Springs, Bob Hope estate, fashion design, Blink London

Louis Vuitton Resort’16, images with thanks to Style.com

Louis Vuitton Resort'16, images with thanks to Style.com, JOhn Lautner, Palm Springs, Bob Hope estate, fashion design, Blink London

ouis Vuitton Resort ’16, images with thanks to Style.com

Louis Vuitton Resort'16, images with thanks to Style.com, JOhn Lautner, Palm Springs, Bob Hope estate, fashion design, Blink London

Louis Vuitton Resort’16, images with thanks to Style.com

Louis Vuitton Resort'16, images with thanks to Style.com, fashion trends, fashion news, Blink London, fashion blog

Louis Vuitton Resort’16, images with thanks to Style.com

Louis Vuitton Resort'16, images with thanks to Style.com

Louis Vuitton Resort’16, images with thanks to Style.com

Bold, brave and innovative- just like the location! Which segues us nicely on to the amazing Bob Hope estate. My oh my. I am a mid century design fan and so this is, well, everything! When I think of an architect who sums up the American mid century building design lexicon, Richard Neutra always springs to mind. To my shame, I wasn’t even familiar with the work of John Lautner. Well, due to Nicolas Ghesquière’s genius choice of show location, I am now fascinated by this architect and this building in particular.

John Lautner (image from Pinterest)

John Lautner (image from Pinterest)

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest), mid century design, architecture

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest)

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest)

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest)

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest), mid century design, american architecture

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest)

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest)

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest)

Even though this feels utterly mid century, this building (the largest private home ever designed by Lautner) wasn’t completed until the 1980’s. It’s currently on the market, and could be yours for a cool $25 mill.  Lautner said of his design aesthetic  “The purpose of architecture is to create timeless, free, joyous spaces for all activities of life.” I think he certainly achieved that here.

For more inspirational posts, take a look here. For more lifestyle, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Fringed Suede

June 11th, 2015

fashion trends, fringed suede, Seventies trend, Blink London, fashion blog, London style news, Spring Summer 2015

For more fashion retail news, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Our Blogging and Social Media Workshop

June 9th, 2015

Calling all of you ‘I’m thinking about getting involved with blogging and social media‘ bloggers, all ‘I’d like to blog but feel too overwhelmed to get started’ bloggers, all ‘I started a blog and but lost my way’ bloggers. The Blink London ‘Intro to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop is for you!

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

The next evening workshop is on Tuesday 7th and Tuesday 14th July, from 6pm until 9pm on both evenings. We have also added a daytime session too, on Tuesday 21st July. This starts at 10am and ends at 5pm.

Discount offer! The first 5 people to quote ‘Blink Blog Disco’ when booking will be given a 30% discount on the list price!

We run the workshops from a lovely venue called Parlour in Kensal Green. You can read more about Parlour here, and about the founder and head chef, Jesse Dunford Wood, here!

Oh and if you need any further persuasion, here’s a lovely testimonial from a recent attendee:

“I recently took the social media course that Blink London course offers and cannot recommend it highly enough. It was exactly what I was looking for – including all the essential information about how to get started, and lots of excellent tricks of the trade. Lucy was friendly and knowledgeable and delivered the content in a clear and light hearted way. I now feel confident to just jump in and get started, thank you Blink London!”

Take a look at the ‘Learn with us’ page to find out more about the workshop, or drop us an email with any questions or your booking request: info@blinklondon.com

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Fur(k) Off

June 8th, 2015

Today’s issue of the Business of Fashion just dropped into my inbox and this is it’s lead story…

image from the Business of Fashion emailed newsletter, PETA, fur in fashion, fur farming, fashion ethics

image from the Business of Fashion emailed newsletter

It’s a well researched and fact filled article about whether Fur has a place in Fashion (just click on that link to read the full article). If you are a long standing Blink reader, then you’ll know our uncompromising view on this subject and it’s a firm absolutely no thanks to fur from us. No fur, no thanks, on no occasion. Seriously that left hand image just sums the whole argument up for me. How could you possibly wear real fur (yes, that includes you Canada Gooseys and your coyote trimmed hoods, all of you with those rotten fur poms on your hats or handbags, and you wearing that vintage fur coat) if you have any conscience at all? It is simply unacceptable on every level.

Yes you may eat meat (I don’t by the way), but I bet you like to ensure your meat, eggs, fish, milk has come from a happy animal that experienced some quality of like during it’s short time on this earth. Well, most (but not all by any stretch) of the leather and sheepskin that we wear comes from animals that have been farmed for more than just their skins but have also been part of our food chain. Well, that is never ever ever the case with animals who are farmed or trapped purely for their pelts. It’s a miserable existence and often a shockingly disgusting death.

So, we thank the wonderful British Vogue, Selfridges, Liberty, Arcadia group et al for turning their backs on this material choice- and are they any less fabulous for doing so? Nope, we think it makes then super, extra, totally and additionally fabulous actually.

You can check out our previous rants on this matter here and also here. For more fashion retail news, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy