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Eyeliner: Flicks and cats. The struggle is real

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

I’ve noticed that I mostly pin amazing eyeliner looks on to my Pinterest Beauty board. I’ve been caught out staring at immaculate eyeliner flicks on strangers as they walk past in the street. I’ve been known to quiz my girlfriends that always pull off incredible, symmetrical cats-eyes as if it isn’t any big deal (Caroline!). I’m obsessed because I am useless as doing this myself. Maybe it’s the shape of my eyes, maybe it’s just my wonky face, maybe it’s useless eye/hand coordination?

I did my research, trying to find the best tool that would magically impart some makeup super skills. I discovered my best yet option in Soap and Glory’s Supercat. Designed like a felt tip pen it’s super easy to use, long lasting and a really great deep, dark black. Oh, and a bargain too by the way. As you can see by the slightly well worn look of mine in the shot below, I do practice with it on a regular basis but still haven’t cracked the simplest of line looks.

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Soap and Glory’s Supercat eyeliner

But none of that stops me from virtually indulging in dreamy eyelined looks, imagining them amazingly accurately transferred on to my face. I am seeking professional help for my obsession, hoping that a patient makeup artist might share the secrets of the perfect set of flicks with me. In the mean time, I wanted to share with you some of my absolute favourite looks on my Beauty board. All are fantastic, but some are pure catwalk fantasy. All are black- lets not even get started on all of the wonderful colourful looks…

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All eyeliner looks are images swiped from Pinterest.

For more beauty posts, click here, and if you have a pearl of eyeliner wisdom to share please, please leave a comment!

Riton ‘Rinse and Repeat’ feat Kah-lo, Music Monday

Monday, January 25th, 2016

If you were to look up the definition of ‘ear-worm’ this would be what you find. ‘Rinse and Repeat’ from Riton is a sticky little bugger so I apologise in advance for putting this in your head because it will be there for some time. But it’s so brilliant I’m sure you’ll forgive me, so sorry not sorry.

Riton (Henry Smithson) is a British electronica DJ and musician, but I think maybe the ‘electronica’ tag is a bit too limiting for this young man. He’s a couple of albums down already, and has collaborated with a really broad range of artists and producers. Seems like quite the mover and shaker. On this track he’s joined by Kah-Lo, a brilliant vocalist who is based between New York and Lagos. She brings a really unique, almost checked out kind of vibe to this track that is the perfect compliment to Riton’s work.

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Added sparkle (It’s all in your head): Metal and Glitter

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Following on from this morning’s post on some stunning decorative hair jewels, now we have the final part of this look at the joy of jazzing up your crowning glory.

3. Minimalist Metal, thanks to Celine’s Spring 2015 show

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. Celine Spring 2015 (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, barrett, Celine, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. Celine Spring 2015 (image with thanks to Pinterest)

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. Celine Spring 2015 (image with thanks to Pinterest, listed as Nasty Gal full circle hairclips), accessories trends, hair accessories, barrett, Celine, Nasty Gal, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest, listed as Nasty Gal full circle hairclips

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image with thanks to Pinterest

4. Glitter bomb, thanks to the Ashish Spring 2016 show

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. Ashish Spring 2016 (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, glitter hair, Ashish, beauty trends, fashion blog, Blink London

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. Ashish Spring 2016 (image with thanks to Pinterest)

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, glitter hair, beauty trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, glitter hair, beauty trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest

So which one of our four spangled trends will you be rocking this weekend? For more beauty posts, take a look here. For more accessories posts, click here.

Dua Lipa ‘Be the One’ #Music Monday

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Today’s Music Monday post is unashamedly pop, but the very best sort. When pop is this good and this catchy it is a truly wonderful thing.

Dua Lipa is a 20 year old Londoner who has been working her way in to our musical consciousness for the past four years. Time well spent as she is now working with some very credible music producers and represented by a seriously huge label. That, in combination with the fact that she clearly has a strong musical opinion, points to a great career ahead.

We can pretty much guarantee you’ll be humming ‘Be the One’ to yourself by this afternoon, if you aren’t already.

For more music posts, just click here.

Blink London kitchen redesign project: multi facetted

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

The final look at our kitchen redesign project and I wanted to share a close look at the finishing touches. Yes, we are feeling slightly obsessed with facetted shapes. These are three of our favourite additions to the kitchen scheme, setting off the more permanent elements (Ikea kitchen units, custom plywood cupboards and shelves, concrete worktops, metro tiles) really well. Good looking and all very useful too.

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yellow facetted ceramic vase

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Tiger facetted bowl, with one of my collection of vintage Bjorn Wiinblad discs

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LIV Interior facetted bowl with vintage Turkish plate, Sergeant Pepper pepper mill and vintage 50’s tea pot

For more lifestyle posts, including all of our kitchen redesign posts, just click here.

David Bowie, our tribute to a creative genius

Monday, January 11th, 2016

There was only one possible artist to feature as our music post today. This morning we woke up to hear that David Bowie died this weekend, at the far too young age of 69 after valiantly battling cancer for the past 18 months. Tragic news.

Bowie was a unique creative force who blended music, fashion, performance and art in a way that had previously never been seen and to celebrate his greatness I’d like to share my personal favourite Bowie track with you.

 

 

Blink London kitchen redesign project: patterned floor tiles

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Hope you enjoyed our kitchen redesign catch up earlier. Now we move on from the plywood to the next design decision that tortured us for several sleepless nights… what to do with the floor.

The house is Victorian, and yet nothing in the redesign reflected that. In fact one of the original features in the building that I love the most are the stunning encaustic tiles in the hallway. I toyed with the idea of sourcing some tiles to match those in the hallway but this just felt a bit forced, as well as a bit incongruous in the rather minimalist new kitchen scheme.

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Victorian monochrome pathway tiles, spotted in Notting Hill

The solution finally came to me as I walked through Notting Hill one afternoon. This is a classic Victorian pathway design that can be seen in most London Victorian or Edwardian neighbourhoods. I decided that this was the perfect reference point for me. It’s authentic to the period yet modern, minimalist, patterned, clean and bold. Yay! After some serious time trawling tile shops I came across these guys on Target Tiles. Not only seriously stylish but also on budget.

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Monochrome patterned floor tiles from Target Tiles

They absolutely make the kitchen as far as I am concerned. I love, love, love the finished effect- especially with my neon pink, pimped Ikea step stool! I hope you’re enjoying these kitchen redesign posts. To see more form our lifestyle coverage, just click here.

Blink London kitchen redesign project: Birch Ply

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Gosh, we’re awfully sorry to have left you hanging on for more about our kitchen design project. It’s just that we are so very easily distracted by our first love which is obvs fashion. To remedy the situation we hope you enjoy this post, along with a couple of others just to round off our content on this really exciting project.

So, you have seen where we started, the inspiration and planning, the Dowsing and Reynolds custom lighting, that fabulous pimped Ikea step stool and those oh so gorgeous poured concrete worktops. Now it’s the turn of the key additional material that elevated our simple Ikea cabinet choice into something far more innovative and interesting: the birch plywood.

Birch ply elements nispired by this shot found on Pinterest (mini studio foto: Lisa Van Damme)

Birch ply elements inspired by this shot found on Pinterest (mini studio foto: Lisa Van Damme)

This was the first image that I spotted and fell in love with, leading me to discover several other great kitchen schemes that included ply. I wanted something that would be as neutral as possible, less ‘figured’ looking than this, but still naturally varied, bringing in some warmth and something kind of ‘crafted’ to the overall look. And of course, those stunning, crisp and even stripes that good quality, high end ply has. We sourced some birch ply that answered the brief on every level, as well as being resilient in the steamy kitchen environment.

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the finished Blink London kitchen redesign

Stefano, my carpenter/kitchen fitter created custom cupboards, inserts and shelves that not only made maximum use of the small kitchen space, they also added a ‘made-to-measure’ uniqueness to this refit.

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Birch plywood shelves (with Anthropologie’s wishbone brackets) flank the oven and extractor

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Birch plywood shelves in the Blink London kitchen redesign. Plate from Rob Ryan

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Birch plywood windowsill in the Blink London kitchen refit. Matte finish pot from Liv Interior.

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Birch plywood cupboard door with cut out handle from the Blink London kitchen redesign.

We hope you have enjoyed sharing our first ever interior design project. To see more lifestyle posts, just click here.

Billie Marten ‘Bird’, our first Music Monday of 2016!

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Our first Music Monday of the New Year and we decided on this rather melancholy/ chilled out number from Billie Marten as it seemed pretty appropriate for the first Monday back at work for most of us in 2016.

Billie is a British musician, singer/songwriter who is still a young teen. Somehow she is creating music that is way more feels filled, sophisticated and mature than her age would have us think possible. A true natural talent of the Birdy variety. Marten is from a musical family and so she is perhaps ahead of the usual teenager through her inherited musical gifts, but there is something more in there too. A softness, a subtlety, a sweetness that is all rather folkily old beyond her years.

This is her newest track, Bird, which comes form her recently released EP, ‘As Long As’ and we look forward to hearing more from this young talent.

For more of our musical posts, just look here.

Happy New Year!

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Well its the official first day back at work for most of us today so this is a quickie to help you through your first Monday morning of 2016, as well as for us to set the scene for our upcoming blog posts.

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Tim Walker image, swiped from Pinterest with thanks

We chose this image to as all of us at Blink Towers are feeling the need to put down our mental (and physical in some cases!) baggage and start the new year with space to think freshly, respond in new ways and approach our daily working lives and our personal lives in a new way, setting new patterns. We thought maybe you might be feeling the same?

Rather than any New Years Resolutions we are going to try New Day resolutions and see if that works for us better. Less chance of resolution fail guilt that way too I hope! The though is that these little daily things mount up and cumulatively might have a bigger overall effect.

Aside from that being a personal mission, we have also applied that to Blink London Consultancy ltd as a whole. We restructured the business late last year so that we cab focus more on the parts of the business that we love the most- the creative consultancy, teaching and this blog of ours. we hope that you can feel the little changes we are making, as well as soon see some of the bigger changes too.

We are looking forward to having you along for the ride as we continue in our mission to inspire and inform all of our readers, followers, friends and partners across all of our channels.