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“Blink” Travels: Flying- travel in style

Friday, 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” 2015 Predictions: White part 2- structured

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

We also feel strongly for white in a dense, solid, calm, defined, repetitive, constructed way across every aesthetic area of our lives, our surroundings, our clothes, our makeup and our belongings. We especially like this approach to white for Autumn Winter.

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Many thanks to Pinterest for the images.

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

Wednesday, 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.

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

Tuesday, 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.

“Blink” New Designers: Lily Kamper

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Although Lily Kamper only graduated from the RCA in 2012, she has already established a brand with a confidently embedded aesthetic. This jewellery label is understatedly luxurious, blending transparent and coloured resins and crystal with metal to create symbolic feeling geometric shapes. The crisply sculpted character of her signature pendants seem both utterly modern and equally somehow ancient. For us we think the best description may be ‘a hybrid of rave culture meets new age crystal healer via ancient Egyptian monoliths’. Yeah, you know that old chestnut! Oh, and we LOVE Lily’s nail art too.

Lily Kamper, SS'15 at London Fashion Week

Lily Kamper, SS’15 at London Fashion Week

As our rather diverse description suggests, Kamper’s work is unique and innovative. We at Blink London are confirmed fans. For the SS’15 collection that we saw at London Fashion Week, she has added in some new elements like this earcuff, showing us how her aesthetic translates brilliantly into finer, smaller pieces.

Lily Kamper, SS'15 at London Fashion Week

Lily Kamper, SS’15 at London Fashion Week

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“Blink” Retail: Are you sure Chanel?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

I may be about to commit fashion suicide and send myself forever to persona-non-grata-ville. Well, frankly I don’t give a damn, to paraphrase Rhett Butler. I just think it’s time someone spoke up about this crime against reason that is taking place under the glaring spotlight of the fashion world’s adoration.

Let me make things clearer about what has gotten my goat quite so severely. Look at this holey, icky pink crop top and leggings combo. Forget the caption. Do you genuinely think that is a good look? Classy? Innovative? Saying something new? Deserving of a very, very, very large price tag? Be honest now!

Chanel AW'14

Chanel AW’14

I think it’s just awful, and I would think it was awful even if it was £4.99 hanging on a wonky rail in Camden Market (where it would probably look quite at home). And what about these? Day-glo plush and big chains and padlocks and lumpy trims and fabric that looks like it could be from a really ugly sofa and be labelled ‘draylon’. That’s just my opinion about these looks from the AW’14 Chanel collection, but if you have eyes I don’t really see how you can disagree.

Chanel AW'14

Chanel AW’14

Just to back up the point I am rather circuitously making, these are some looks from the Chanel SS’15 show that just happened Paris. As usual, the fashion world appears to be doing backflips of joy, combusting with excitement at how amazing this collection is and feting it’s creator, the forever monochrome Kaiser Karl.

Chanel SS'15 (images from style.com with thanks)

Chanel SS’15 (images from style.com with thanks)

These are just a few looks selected pretty randomly from this show. Can you honestly say that this is beautiful? Does this really sit with the tradition and heritage of Chanel? I get ‘Ugly’ Fashion, really I do, but this is something else. This is ugly in a whole new way. Like just really rotten ugly.

I actually think that Karl Lagerfeld may be pulling fashion’s leg, just seeing how awful he can make the collections look and still get away with it. It’s an elaborate prank, a joke, a ruse. What else could this possibly be? And the fashion world’s taste-makers have all fallen for it. I think Karl must go home every evening and stifle the noise of his hysterical laughter by stuffing his mush into Choupette’s furry tum.

Okay, I have said it. I’m out and proud! Who’s with me? Or am I really all alone in fashion Coventry? Ooh, it’s gone awfully quite round here…

“Blink” Retail: Victoria Beckham opens on Dover Street

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The hoardings have been up on 36 Dover Street for some time and we’ve been wondering what the first Victoria Beckham store that was being created behind them will look like. Well, now we know. Just as the label has proven to be a wonderful surprise of chic upon chic, so the very first Victoria Beckham store is too.

The multi-award-winning London-based architect Farshid Moussavi has designed a space that is in equal parts elegant and also innovative. With miles of polished concrete, the latticed ceiling, high shine stainless steel panels and sharply cut diagonal lines this is an imposingly graphic interior.

Victoria Beckham in her first own label store,  36 Dover Street

Victoria Beckham in her first own label store, 36 Dover Street

Victoria Beckham store interior, 36 Dover Street

Victoria Beckham store interior, 36 Dover Street

Victoria Beckham store interior, 36 Dover Street

Victoria Beckham store interior, 36 Dover Street

Beckham herself selected the pieces of the collection for the stores launch, some of which are unique to Dover Street. Here you’ll also see the first small leather goods collection, crafted from ultra soft calf leather.

Huge congratulations to Beckham and her team. This is a world-class addition to London’s fashion retail experience. Perhaps next she’ll decide to show in London Fashion Week too? We can only hope.

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“Blink” Streetstyle: Copenhagen Fashion Week

Monday, September 1st, 2014
Copenhagen Fashion Week, streetstyle by Blink London

Copenhagen Fashion Week, streetstyle by Blink London

Copenhagen Fashion Week, streetstyle by Blink London

Copenhagen Fashion Week, streetstyle by Blink London

Copenhagen Fashion Week, streetstyle by Blink London

Copenhagen Fashion Week, streetstyle by Blink London

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“Blink” streetstyle: red, white and blue on Carnaby Street

Thursday, July 17th, 2014
streetstyle on Carnaby Street, from Blink London

streetstyle on Carnaby Street, from Blink London

streetstyle on Carnaby Street, from Blink London

streetstyle on Carnaby Street, from Blink London

For more super stylish street fashion, take a look here.

“Blink” New Designers: LCF BA14 Design and Technology Graduate, Anne Westhoff

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The next LCF BA14 graduate collection we are spotlighting is this amazing jewellery from Anne Westhoff.

Combining artfully sculpted sections of wood, complete with bark, and blending that with a resinous material that looked very much like amber, these are a beautiful study in organic texture and mixed materials in an utterly sophisticated and thoughtful way.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Anne Westhoff

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Anne Westhoff

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Anne Westhoff
LCF BA14 graduate collections, Anne Westhoff

For more work from brilliant new designers, just click here.