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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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eyeliner, beauty, beauty blogger, cat eye flick, black eyeliner, Blink London

eyeliner, beauty, beauty blogger, cat eye flick, black eyeliner, Blink London

eyeliner, beauty, beauty blogger, cat eye flick, black eyeliner, Blink London

eyeliner, beauty, beauty blogger, cat eye flick, black eyeliner, Blink London

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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!

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.

the finished Blink London kitchen redesign, Ikea cabinets, concrete worktop, birch plywood, small kitchen redesign, lifestyle blog, Blink London

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.

The Blink London kitchen redesign: the concrete worktop

Thursday, November 26th, 2015
The Blink London kitchen project, the concrete worktop, DIY, poured concrete, industrial inspiration, interiors trends

The Blink London kitchen project, the concrete worktop. Love it with this Liv Interiors bowl and the Target Tiles floor tiles.

So we have set the scene already with our earlier post which I hope you enjoyed. I was truly fixated on carrara marble for the worktop, but there was no way the budget would allow for that (or we could just have a worktop and no kitchen maybe??) so I spent lots of time researching stone alternatives. Whilst trawling Pinterest for inspiration I noticed how gorgeous concrete worktops were. I was a bit conflicted as isn’t that a bit ‘done’? Well, it seems its all in the execution and combination of materials, so I decided to set aside concerns for ‘what’s hot and what’s not’ and instead focus on whats beautiful, budget appropriate and also (shockingly) what’s practical. I have to admit that I also got really in to all of the online tutorials and decided that the lovely Stef, my kitchen fitting super hero, could do with a sidekick on this job.

After lots of research, hours of YouTube videos and a couple of test blocks, we went for it.

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project, DIY, poured concrete, interiors trends

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project, DIY, poured concrete, interiors trends

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project, DIY, poured concrete, interiors trends

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project

Because we poured it upside down the melamine sheeting and shuttering, combined with the weight of the concrete and Stef’s time spend ensuring there were as few air bubbles as possible, all means that the surface was really compacted, level and pretty clean. There was some polishing to do, but nothing like what I was expecting. We used several grades, but nothing too severe, before treating the worktop with a sealant.

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project, polishing concrete, poured concrete, DIY

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project

Once in situ (boy was it heavy to shift!) I then gave it a further coat of sealant and a subtle polish. Partly because I had a hand in the process, but mostly just because it is awesome, I am now officially utterly in love with my concrete worktops and couldn’t recommend this option highly enough. Carrara who?

Concrete worktop complete. The Blink London kitchen project, polishing concrete, poured concrete, DIY

Concrete worktop complete. The Blink London kitchen project.

If you love that Liv Interiors bowl as much as I do, check out their full collection. And Target Tiles were a joy to deal with. For more of our interiors posts, just look here and there’s more from our kitchen project to come.

This post is not sponsored (sadly).

The Blink London kitchen redesign

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
The Blink London kitchen project, before and after, interior decor, kitchen redesign, Ikea, lifestyle blog

The Blink London kitchen project, before and after

Finally we’re ready to share our completed kitchen project with you! What an exciting journey it’s been. I’ve never designed an interior space before and so this was rather a steep learning curve- but one that had to be faced. Just look at that tired out, falling apart and frankly ugly kitchen on the left. Well, now it looks so beautiful, even if I say so myself.

As a womenswear designer there is a process that I am familiar with and I tried to apply the same principles to this project. First came budget planning, then came research (of the aesthetics and also the materials/ suppliers/ options), then the space was measured up and the designs were drawn up. Just to context these posts and this project for you, none of this is sponsored, the space is small (2.5m x 2.3m) and the budget just as small. So how do we deliver something that works well and looks great when we want carrara marble but have a formica budget? Fortunately that’s the kind of challenge I love!

First came the clarification of the look we wanted to achieve. Dear Pinterest creators, I love you with all of my heart. I do wonder how I ever managed to research without it! So here’s what we were most inspired by…

Simple white, but warmed up with the addition of ply elements (image with thanks to Pinterest)

Simple white, but warmed up with the addition of ply elements (image with thanks to Pinterest)

a clean, compact and simple run of units  (image with thanks to Pinterest)

a clean, compact and simple run of units (image with thanks to Pinterest)

an organic, stone look worktop created with concrete  (image with thanks to Pinterest)

an organic, stone look worktop created with concrete (image with thanks to Pinterest)

Now to work out where to find all of the elements to deliver this look, and after exhaustive meetings with kitchen suppliers, Ikea won out. Their storage solutions are just the most clever, innovative and useful- and as the kitchen space is compact every single centimetre has to work well. So, I drew up my first thoughts and hit my nearest branch (Ikea tip of the day, get there 30 minutes before opening when they are open for browsing and leg it straight to the kitchen planning department so you’re one of the first appointments).

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the plan- the Blink London kitchen project

Look out for the next stage on the blog tomorrow! In the meantime, for more lifestyle posts, just look here.

Fashion Trend Analysis, SS’16: shoulder focus

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Another summary from the Spring Summer 2016 catwalk shows. Hope you liked our previous  post looking at all of the gorgeous frills and ruffles. This time we look at silhouette and the new focus area is the shoulder line. This was a shape change adopted by a hugely diverse selection of designers across all four fashion capitals. That is a perfect indication that this will be something that will have a major impact on all levels of fashion, even though it is a pretty directional shape change.

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SS’16 Trend Analysis- Shoulder Focus by Blink London

It’s all about the sloped, curvaceous, dropped shoulder which takes the eye almost from neckline to elbow in one sweeping line. This immediately made me think of a very early Victorian silhouette, and I think this image swiped from Pinterest indicates it really beautifully.

The Victorian soft shoulder silhouette, image from Pinterest with thanks, fashion inspiration, vintage fashion, fashion trends, fashion blog, Blink London

The Victorian soft shoulder silhouette, image from Pinterest with thanks

It’s lovely to see fashion delving further back in history for inspiration as we’ve recently been pretty preoccupied with eras that I have actually lived through (depressing!), and I do love a good bit of fashion history.

We’ll be dropping a couple more of these summaries soon, giving you an insight in to the work we do for our international fashion industry clients. The SS’16 show images have been swiped from Vogue, with huge thanks.

“Blink” Colour: We’re blushing

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

It’s a little while since we shared some pure colour inspiration with you, but we have something particularly beautiful to make up for it. From vintage shots to fresh from NYFW catwalks we have a thing for this rosey, blushy selection of colours. It has been recurring across our Pinterest feed for a while, popping up in various levels, on various fabrications, for Spring/Summer and for Autumn/Winter.

To dig a little deeper than the ‘it’s pretty and we like it’ statement, this looks like the natural progression for all of those nude/make-up shades we have all been in love with for a few seasons. Team that colour level with the strong Seventies vibe. Blend those influences with the broader feeling for redefining feminism/femininity in a wonderfully fresh and modern way. The result, we think, is this sophisticatedly female colour level.

Pantone, we salute you and your choice of marsala as the shade for 2015. Although for us the name’ marsala’ doesn’t quite give this family of reddy, peachy, fleshy tints the sensual name it deserves. For us, we think ‘nipple’ would be a better name. Or maybe ‘well snogged lip’. Or how about ‘first flush of passion’? You get our drift? These colours are damn well sexy!

Colour Inspiration: nipple, freckle, blush... Pantone colours, fashion trends, colour inspiration, fashion colour trends, SS16 catwalk, vintage fashion

Colour Inspiration: nipple, freckle, blush…                                                                             Pantone shades 16-1332 TPX, 17-1540, 17-1516, 19-1656, 19-1245, 19-1325

Thanks to Pinterest and Vogue Runway for the images on our mood board. Top row, left to right: Lyn Devon Spring 2016, Marios Schwab Resort SS15, Marni Pre-Spring 2016, Madame Grès ca. 1967, See by Chloé Spring 2016. Mid row, left to right: Rodarte SS16, The Row Resort 2014, Derek Lam 10 Crosby Resort 2016, Rodebjer spring/summer 2016. Bottom row, left to right: Tibi AW15, Paris Fashion Week WWD streetstyle, streetstyle, vintage.

Just look here for more colour inspiration.

“Blink” Events: Bestival’15 and the Summer of Love

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Now that we have got Wilderness, Camp Bestival and Notting Hill Carnival out of the way we can focus all of our attention on our final festival of 2015. Our grand finale festival event is always the brilliant Bestival. If you don’t have tickets I think there are a few still available if you get your skates on, and once you have those tickets the next thing on your Bestival ‘things to do’ list must surely be the preparation of your outfit.

This year’s theme is ‘Summer of Love’ and so we’ve decided to help you out with some inspiration. In our opinion, to nail this look you need the three F’s. That’s flowers, fringing and a flippin’ big smile. We’ve headed right back to ’69 which was the original Summer of Love and the year of Woodstock. We hope this helps focus your mind and looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Flowers for your perfect 'Summer of Love' Bestival'15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest. Hippy, festival fashion, Woodstock, flower crowns, Blink London

Flowers for your perfect ‘Summer of Love’ Bestival’15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest.

Fringing for your perfect 'Summer of Love' Bestival'15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest. Hippy, festival fashion, Woodstock, flower crowns, Blink London

Fringing for your perfect ‘Summer of Love’ Bestival’15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest

A huge smile for your perfect 'Summer of Love' Bestival'15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest. Hippy, festival fashion, Woodstock, Blink London

A huge smile for your perfect ‘Summer of Love’ Bestival’15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest.

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“Blink” Interiors: Kitchen Inspiration- searching for the perfect everything!

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Have you been following our #kitchenrefurb project on Instagram? If so, you would have seen my hashtag #itsallaboutthedetails, and it really is! The space we’re reworking is rather compact shall we say, and also the style of this kitchen redesign is clean and pretty minimal. Those things in combination mean that every decision, every component, and every square inch of space needs to be considered with great care.

Pinterest has proven to be a super rich resource for inspiration, and helped with many of our creative decisions but we wanted to make sure we’d looked in every corner of the interweb to find the absolute best ideas that we could. That’s when we discovered Homify.

Not only is this a great source of general inspiration with stunning shots of interiors, exteriors, room details, you can also source architects and makers on here too. It’s a great full-service package! So we were obviously specifically looking for kitchen inspiration, and even more drilled down than that, storage ideas. Looking through page after page, I came across quite a few independent labels and online shops that I hadn’t heard of before. The one that I fell for the most was Utility.

Utility shop, Brighton

Utility shop, Brighton

Homify hosts a profile page for each label so after reading they they are based in Brighton, sell their own products as well as some sourced from independent manufacturers and have an online shop I was sold. It’s tempting to place an order for these gorgeous Parfait jars right away, but I have a feeling a quick roadtrip down to Brighton might be in order to find more gorgeousness to perfectly finish off our kitchen project.

Utility's 'Le Parfait orange' storage jars

Utility’s ‘Le Parfait orange’ storage jars

We are very nearly finished and I cannot wait to show you all! For more interiors inspiration, take a look here. For more general lifestyle posts, look here.

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

Friday, 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.

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“Blink” Lifestyle: Tinder-itus (A guide to avoiding shit Tinder dates)

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Tinder-itus (also known as ‘shockingly bad date syndrome’) is becoming a more broadly recognised condition by the day, so we thought we would help you out with a few tips on how to avoid it… and we are talking from some hard won personal experience here!

Yup, I popped my Tinder cherry way back when this app first came out. Those were the heady days when it was (dare I say) cool, only slightly creepy, and pretty much completely a giggle. It was during this time that I actually made a hasty, late night right swipe decision that ended up in a year of dating one of the most gorgeous blokes I have ever had the honour of considering my beau.

Well, rather annoyingly we have parted ways and I decided to try good old Tinder again. Wowsers there has been quite the change while I have been away. My jaw regularly literally drops at the oddness, fruitiness and unabashed cheating that pops up. There are far too many “are you serious?!?” moments going on, and that’s with the ones I firmly swipe left (after gawping at the shocking contents of their profile obvs)! I do swipe right fairly often, match up with a few of those (seemingly) straight up and unattached men. Heck, some of them even make contact! By the time you’ve been through this sifting of prospects, you’d think you might be in a pretty good place to meet some decent gentlemen right? WRONG! Oh, I have recently endured some of the worst dates of my whole dating life.

In order to help you learn from my mistakes, I’ve pulled together this handy guide…

Crazy eyes, generally mean one thing... It's not complicated! Siamese cat image swiped with thanks from Pinterest

Tinder Guide Point 1) Crazy eyes, generally mean one thing… It’s not complicated! (Cat image swiped with thanks from Pinterest)

Tinder Guide Point 1) The eyes are the windows to our soul it’s said. With that in mind, if his eyes look like they are on the deranged side of things, then it’s highly likely he’ll be a nut job. The same goes if his eyes look stoned, vacant, or over-stimulated. Trust me on this.

Tinder Guide Point 2) heis profile shots are mainly of him in his pants (as illustrated by this 1970s Wolsey mens underwear ad swiped from Pinterest)

Tinder Guide Point 2) his profile shots are mainly of him in his pants (as illustrated by this gorgeously sexy 1970s Wolsey mens underwear ad swiped from Pinterest)

Tinder Guide Point 2) If most of his shots are of him in his smalls, then don’t expect him to intend on taking you out for a nice dinner somewhere posh, giving you flowers, woo’ing you sweetly and wanting to know all about your character. This is especially true if his Tinder pics are ONLY of him in his well worn knickers and his head is not even in the shot…

Tinder Guide point 3) there are shots of him with what appears to be his significant other, even if he is hot 70's Rod Stewart (image swiped with thanks from Pinterest)

Tinder Guide point 3) there are shots of him with what appears to be his significant other, even if he is hot 70’s Rod Stewart (image swiped with thanks from Pinterest)

Tinder Guide Point 3) that lovely lady he has his arms around in several of the shots? She’s not his work colleague. Oh, and if he has his arms around this lady while wearing those pants from point 2 then girl, you had better be feeling open-minded…

Tinder Guide Point 4) he is toting a gun (image swiped from Pinterest with thanks)

Tinder Guide Point 4) he is toting a gun (image swiped from Pinterest with thanks)

Tinder Guide Point 4) Put the gun down. It is not an enticing phallic symbol. It is a scary weapon. If you think this makes you look macho fella, you probably also have scary eyes (see point 1). Girls, you need a man with an arsenal of compliments, good manners and social graces. Not an actual arsenal.

Tinder Guide Point 5) Men and their cars (Tyrone Power with his Duesenberg swiped with thanks from Pinterest)

Tinder Guide Point 5) Men and their cars (Tyrone Power with his Duesenberg swiped with thanks from Pinterest)

Tinder Guide Point 5) If there is a shot of him with a posh car, it’s not his car. He just walked past it and got his mate to take a picture for him. If there is a picture JUST of his car, who is he trying to pull? Jeremy Clarkson??? This man will spend more time buffing his hubcaps than buffing anything of yours. You get me?

Tinder Guide point 6) the crowd shot (image swiped with thanks from Pinterest)

Tinder Guide point 6) the crowd shot (image swiped with thanks from Pinterest)

Tinder Guide Point 6)  all of his Tinder pics feature a crowd. You may have every hope that he’s the hot one. Believe me, he is not. You can either swipe left or hope to match just so you can ask him for the contact details of his mate second from the left…

 

So I hope that my simple six step guide helps all of you single ladies out there to avoid some dating app pitfalls. And Tinder men, pull your blooming fingers out!