“Blink” Music: Kiesza ‘No Enemiesz’

November 24th, 2014

This is for all of you who had a rather large weekend and need a bit of an energy boost on this grey November Monday. ‘Enemiesz‘ is the newest track from Kiesza. It’s my go-to gym track for when I am feeling flatter than a very flat pancake as this high energy tune will perk you up quicker than a double espresso with a Red Bull chaser.

You’ll recognise her sound from Hideaway, a huge track that dropped at the beginning of the year. Totally by coincidence I am posting this from Toronto, and Keisza is actually Canadian. She’s a dancer, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Calgary. Her career has also included time in the Navy and as a ballerina, aswell as a contender for the Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant title. Makes me feel like I’ve just been standing still for my whole life!

Anyway, over to the track and I encourage you to go a bit ‘Flashdance’ where ever you may be…

Her album comes out on 1st December and you can pre-order it here. For more Music Monday posts, just have a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: House of Hackney SS’15 at The Communications Store’s SS’15 Press Day

November 19th, 2014

The first time that I walked into the House of Hackney shop, I nearly fainted from an overwhelming sense of joy. Okay, that may be a slight overstatement but there was definitely a minute where I couldn’t catch my breath (you can read more about that first visit here). If you haven’t been in then get yourself to Shoreditch High Street and prepare yourself for a highly patterned, highly fabulous retail experience.

The shot here is of a mini version of the House of Hackney experience via The Communications Store‘s press day. The SS’15 collection was displayed along with a couple of their interiors pieces, just to help set the scene.

House of Hackney SS'15, at The Communications Store press day

House of Hackney SS’15, at The Communications Store press day

The new collection features some brilliant new print designs shown as standalone statements as well as in some wonderful combinations. From skins to florals and botanical inspired leaves, the scale and colourways are as bold and vivid as we have come to expect and love from this genius British brand.

To top it all off, and to pull the whole mood together were these stunningly 70’s platforms. Get buckled up on to my feet now you beauties.

House of Hackney SS'15, at The Communications Store press day

House of Hackney SS’15, at The Communications Store press day

For more inspirational events, including more highlights from TCS’s press day, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Markus Lupfer at The Communications Store’s SS’15 Press Day

November 18th, 2014

Markus Lupfer‘s collections of spangled knitwear always brings a smile to our face. In fact he is responsible for my favourite knitted look from this Autumn (you can see it here). For SS’15, in addition to those signature styles, the collection has gorgeously grown and diversified. Just check out this amazing rainbow of SS’15 styles that we shot at The Communications Store press day.

Markus Lupfer SS'15 at The Communications Store Press day

Markus Lupfer SS’15 at The Communications Store Press day

As well as all of the woven styles, extending on from the AW’14 additions to the collection including some super cute dresses, we have also fallen head over heels for these bonkers shoes. Its kinda Miu Miu on a particularly psychedelic day.

Markus Lupfer SS'15 at The Communications Store Press day

Markus Lupfer SS’15 at The Communications Store Press day

Markus Lupfer SS'15 at The Communications Store Press day

Markus Lupfer SS’15 at The Communications Store Press day

Oh Markus, you are indeed driving us (coco) nuts with your brilliantly cheery collection.

For more inspirational events, including more highlights from TCS’s press day, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Band Aid 30

November 17th, 2014

Today you are getting two ‘Music Monday’ posts from us as it’s a very special occasion. The wonder that is Sir Bob Geldof has get again galvanised his peers to raise money for a very important cause.  The first time was 30 years ago, to fight famine in Africa. This time around, the reprise of that song is directed at fighting the spread of ebola, titles Band Aid 30.

Please join in that fight and raise awareness by downloading this track and texting to donate too. By texting AID to 70123 you can donate £3, or by texting AID to 70060 you can donate £5 to this important and urgent cause. If you would like to donate a greater amount, just click here and follow the simple instructions.

Thank you.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars ‘Uptown Funk’

November 17th, 2014

The names behind this track need no introduction. All that could be said is that, with Uptown FunkMr Ronson has managed to give Bruno Mars a touch of cool, showcasing him in this P-Funk-tastic track. Bringing some George Clinton vibes, with a splash of classic Prince, to young ears that have perhaps never previously heard real, true, grubby funk.

Baby get your groove on!

 

For more great music, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Erdem at The Communications Store’s SS’15 Press Day

November 14th, 2014

Thanks to TCS for the invitation. It was great to get up close and personal with so many wonderful brands. We want to share with you some shots of our favourite finds from the event, kicking off with the beauty that is the Erdem  SS’15 collection.

Erdem SS'15

Erdem SS’15

The shades and this beautiful notebook were a lovely addition to Erdem’s offer, but  for me the highlight has to be this wonderful dress. I need someone to propose to me immediately because I think this could be my ideal wedding dress.

Erdem SS'15

Erdem SS’15

Erdem SS'15

Erdem SS’15

When looking up links for this piece, we came across this lovely short preview film for the pre-Spring collection.

Watch out for more to come from the TCS event. For other events that we’ve posted about, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Lifestyle: Winterizing with sheepskin. An Ikea special

November 13th, 2014

The internet is full of all sorts of ‘how to‘s and DIY guides, and yet I couldn’t find anything to help me with my latest making project. Well, I am about to fill that empty spot on the world wide interweb. Welcome to ‘Project Sheepskin rug’!

I love the bare, painted floorboards in my bedroom. In the Summer this was deliciously cool and calm. However, now that we are apparently on the cusp of a mega freezing Winter, I thought I should find a way of making things a bit warmer and cosier. The ideal solution is to find a deep pile rug, but being the fussy bugger that I am, I couldn’t find a single one that I loved that didn’t also require a re-mortgage. I’ve always liked the idea of a sheepskin rug to bury my morning tootsies into, but the 6 or 8 pelt versions are eye-wateringly expensive, plus the natural ivory looks very yellow against my white floorboards.

It was at this point that I hit up my local Ikea in search for some good old Swedish inspiration and the lovely LUDDE came to my rescue. The low pile, pearly grey sheepskin provided the perfect solution, but it only comes in singles. I did some quick mental arithmetic and realised that at £25 a pop, I could make my own multi-pelt rug for a very good price indeed. Now I just needed to work out how to join these beauties together.

I popped into both Liberty and John Lewis to ask the haberdashery department staff their advice (the team in both stores are incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful). I came home with an idea on how to approach this project, some heavy weight thread as well as leather needles for my machine and for handsewing. I’m going to try and give you a step by step guide so you can have a go at this project too without replicating my mistakes!

Stage 1:

Using a sliver of sheepskin cut from one of the pelts, test out the sewing methods to see which works best. I started testing out the machine with various stitches and tensions. After breaking two needles I decided to set that option aside and have a go handsewing.

I laid the skins in pairs fleece to fleece, and tacked them together to keep them in place. The edges should be as well matched as possible.

Project 'sheepskin rug'

Project ‘sheepskin rug’

Stage 2:

Using the leather needles and heavier thread, I stitched the pelts together with a backstitch (around 1cm long stitches seemed to work well). I chose a stitch line at a right angle to the flat base of the pelt and marked this on in tailors chalk. This line was the closest to the edge as I could go and still create a straight line between pelts for as much of the length as possible.

Project 'sheepskin rug'

Project ‘sheepskin rug’

Stage 3:

Use a sharp craft blade to trim off the excess skin along the seamline. Trim as close as you dare for the neatest finish. The knife just cuts the skin and then pull the fleece apart. This is far quicker and easier than scissors.

Project 'sheepskin rug'

Project ‘sheepskin rug’

I joined three pelts together in this way so I have two halves of the 6 pelt rug ready, with a continuous straight line along the bottom which will become the central joining line of the finished rug. This central line was the final seam to be stitched.

Stage 4:

carefully trim off all excess fleece inside your seam allowances so that the rug will lay as flat as possible.

Project 'sheepskin rug'

Project ‘sheepskin rug’

Stage 5:

stand back with a cuppa and enjoy your gorgeous new rug!

Project 'sheepskin rug'

Project ‘sheepskin rug’

This took me a matter of hours and saved me hundreds of pounds, and I have a sense of achievement and pride that simply buying a ready-made rug just wouldn’t have given me. With that in mind, I think that this project counts as one of our ‘Stylish Steals’ too.

A final note as we are very materials conscious, especially when using animal based products. The great news is that Ikea have high ethical standards and have a strong animal welfare policy in place. It is important to us at Blink London that the materials that we choose to work with can be used with peace of mind. Here is Ikea’s statement on the sheepskins that we have used:

IKEA believes that good animal welfare is important and an essential criteria for high quality food and home furnishing products. IKEA does not accept any form of cruelty to animals. We support animal husbandry where consideration is shown to the animals at all times – from rearing to slaughter.
IKEA has an animal welfare policy which includes all areas where animals are used for IKEA products. According to the policy IKEA requires that all animals are respectfully and humanely treated,  ensured a good living environment and the freedom to express normal behaviour. This includes adequate space and shelter to avoid unnecessary stress, injuries or discomfort, access to enough food and fresh water, rapid diagnosis and treatment to avoid unnecessary suffering, injury or disease. 
If you would like to read more about our sustainability work, which also includes animal welfare, please read IKEA sustainability report: http://www.ikea.com/ms/sv_SE/pdf/sustainability_report/sustainability_report_2013.pdf

For more lifestyle posts, take a look here. For more great Stylish Steals, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” streetstyle: London Fashion Week

November 12th, 2014
LFW, September'14. Streetstyle by Blink London

LFW, September’14. Streetstyle by Blink London

For more great streetstyle shots, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Die Antwoord ‘Ugly Boy’

November 11th, 2014

So sorry that this is a day late, but we had a server crash yesterday. Yay! Such fun. Well, thanks to our tech team we are back up and running and with a brilliant (if delayed) Music Monday for you.

This is one of the mostly nutsly addictive tracks and videos that I’ve witnessed in quite some time. How bonkers are these two? Any yet this completely works. Die Antwoord (Afrikaans for ‘The Answer’) consists of Ninja and ¥o-Landi Vi$$er and this South African group’s striking style is apparently inspired by a movement called ‘zef’ that is roughly the South African version of ‘chav’ apparently. ¥o-Landi Vi$$er is quoted as saying, “It’s associated with people who soup their cars up and rock gold and shit. Zef is, you’re poor but you’re fancy. You’re poor but you’re sexy, you’ve got style.” Like it.

This video has also gained momentum through the big name cameo appearances in this video including Cara Delevingne, Jack Black and the archetypal ‘Ugly Boy’ himself, Marilyn Manson. This is genius.

You may not get it on first listen, but bear with it and just give it a few run throughs. I can pretty much promise you’ll get as attached to this as we all have at Blink Towers.

For more Music Monday posts, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Travels: Paola Navone in Merci Paris

November 7th, 2014

It was a delight to see that Merci‘s central space was dedicated to my favourite product designer, Paola Navone. On display until November 15th is ‘Out of Print’, a wonderfully eclectic selection of Navone’s printed crockery. So many beautiful things. I shan’t tell you what made it home with me as I haven’t yet decided what will be self-gifting and what will be Christmas gifting! Suffice to say a select few pieces from this amazing designer were purchased!

Paola Navone at Merci Paris

Paola Navone at Merci Paris

Paola Navone at Merci Paris

Paola Navone at Merci Paris

Paola Navone at Merci Paris

Paola Navone at Merci Paris

Paola Navone at Merci Paris

Paola Navone at Merci Paris

Paola Navone at Merci Paris

Paola Navone at Merci Paris

For more lifestyle posts, take a look here. If you’d like to see more from our travels, then look here.

Enjoy! Lucy