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“Blink” Accessories: the AW’14 must have. A fedora

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
the Catarzi Classic Fedora, exclusive to ASOS

the Catarzi Classic Fedora, exclusive to ASOS

This Autumn Winter I have had a very strong urge, and one that I have just satisfied via ASOS. I have been searching for the perfect fedora and I think I found mine with this lovely classic version from Catarzi. Last Autumn I was all about a beanie, but this time around I needed something more structured, brimmed and kind of classic, channeling the ultra stylish, hat-wearing beauty that is Lou Doillon.

Lou Doillon (image via Pinterest)

Lou Doillon (image via Pinterest)

Lou Doillon (image via Pinterest)

Lou Doillon (image via Pinterest)

Lou Doillon (image via Pinterest)

Lou Doillon (image via Pinterest)

Apparently I’m not alone as the high street is packed with variations on this theme (Toppers and River Island‘s versions are great). I love this return to something formal or more of a statement yet perfect for everyday. I particularly love the fedora teamed with a biker, as Lou demonstrates perfectly in that middle image. Okay, I can’t guarantee that popping on a bit of millinery will turn you magically into a ultra stylish French ingénue but believe me, that wide brim can work wonders!

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“Blink” Accessories: Hands-free handbags at Wilderness

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Me and my bum bag, Wilderness festival 2014

Me and my bum bag, Wilderness festival 2014

When Gilly, our Design Director, saw my outfit for Wilderness festival she look aghast. I thought I had been very practical in choosing a bumbag for our Wilderness weekend away, but apparently she felt this was a style step too far. That’s the thing about the humble bumbag; it’s a love or hate thing. I think it’s quite clear which side of that fence Gilly sits on.

I have to tell you I think this was the best accessories purchase that I have made in a long time. Let me tell you why…

1) It’s a bit gold

2) It’s got some animal skin print on it

3) I could throw my hands in the air like I just don’t care whenever I liked

4) I could have a drink in one hand and a pie/cake/camera/glowstick in the other, and my bag was still safely and neatly stashed.

5) minimal handbag movement when dancing

6) there was room for all of my festival essentials (tissues, hand sanitiser, finger torches, lippy, glitter, more tissues…)

7) it was a tenner in the River Island sale

8) If it’s good enough for Karl, it’s good enough for me. This goatskin ‘waist bag’ from Chanel would set you back £1,170.00 though.

the Chanel 'waist bag'

the Chanel ‘waist bag’

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“Blink” Accessories: Furry Friends

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

We’ve featured a couple of posts already about all of the amazing fur trimmed (and it should always be faux) accessories out there this season. Well, we think that River Island have taken this trend to the nth degree and delivered a bag that looks as if it was inspired by Cousin It. This is not just a bag, this is more like a pet that may well require regular grooming. Now remember, a handbag is not just for Christmas…

River Island

River Island

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“Blink” Stylish Steals: Plumen lights up our life

Monday, October 21st, 2013

This is the second installment in our ‘Stylish Steals’ series of posts. Did you see the first one about the lovely Muji candles? Well, we now move on to a product that I first spotted in a River Island fitting room, looking rather stylish and innovative, and then saw again in Merci who actually sell this wonderful product. Nope, it’s not a hot Autumn fashion trend. In fact this post is about a wonderfully stylish light bulb!

Plumen light bulbs, in standard and baby sizes

Plumen light bulbs, in standard and baby sizes. Photograph by Andrew Penketh

This is no ordinary light bulb. This is the Design Museum’s ‘Design of the Year 2011’ award winning light bulb from Plumen. Aside from being visually incredibly pleasing, this bulb is also highly energy saving and lasts around 8 times longer than traditional bulbs. So its a win win for the aesthetic and the ecologist in your household. We bought a few for “Blink” Towers and they cast a really clean, bright light without that annoying warm up time of standard energy saving bulbs, so they come with our full stamp of approval too.

clustered Plumen bulbs

clustered Plumen bulbs. Photograph by Petr Krejci

Plumen light bulb

Plumen light bulb in 'Work Lamp Gold' by Design House Stockholm

Plumen light bulb

Plumen light bulb. Photograph by Ian Nolan

The Plumen bulb was created by London based company, Hulger in collaboration with industrial designer Samuel Wilkinson. Excitingly, the company is working on some new lines of bulbs to be launched in the coming months, as well as commissioning more lovely lampshades that perfectly compliment the genius light-bulbs.

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“Blink” Accessories: Fashion Fluff

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

This Autumn, shapes may be all about minimalism and innovative proportions but to add pace, aside from all of the great colour blocking and bold patterns, there is some amazing deep pile textures out there. From teddy bear style meltons on coats to the addition of sheepskin on Biker’s, to super fluffy knits, and even into our accessories. Here we see what the love of fluff has done to bags. From luxe shearlings to those that embrace the look but in a much sleaker way, even a touch of trompe l’oeil from Roberto Cavalli.

Fendi

Fendi

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Burberry

Burberry

River Island

River Island

Burberry

Burberry

Celine

Celine

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

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“Blink” Inspiration: Time to Sparkle, part 1

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

We are in the final countdown to Christmas Day, and in the midst of the most hectic party time of the year. If you’re feeling slightly less than your usually sparkling self, then we suggest you opt for the classic seasonal look and cover yourself in shine instead. This is not only guaranteed to lift your spirits, dressing in the maximum amount of twinkle is the best distraction from any bags under your eyes or a sallow, partied out complexion! Yes, it’s time to sparkle, and here the first hit of some wonderful sequin-tastic looks to help get you in the mood…

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols

River Island

River Island

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Giuseppe Zanotti

Giuseppe Zanotti

And there’s more to come a little later!

“Blink” Accessories: Get Cross

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Part of this whole Gothic revival perhaps? The cross comes through on a regular basis as the key pendant symbol, and this Winter we have seen a surge of wonderfully decorative interpretations of this look on the high street…

Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge

Forever 21

Forever 21

Oasis

Oasis

River Island

River Island

Topshop

Topshop

Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge

And we spotted this wonderful variation on the theme in Maria Francesca Pepe‘s collection for SS’13, shown at London Fashion Week.

MFP, SS'13

MFP, SS'13

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“Blink” Inspiration: Egyptian, Part 2

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

And here we are with part 2 of our Egyptian themed, inspirational post. We do hope that you enjoyed part 1, and we look forward to sharing more inspiration with you all very soon.

by Caroline Leaper

SOLID GOLD
Rich, powerful and luxurious, wearing a pure gold outfit in the party season is the epitome of winter glamour. Kate Moss leads the way for eveningwear, donning vintage Marc Jacobs with sphinx-like eye make-up at a London party, while a when paired with a simple white t-shirt, we find that even high-shine fabrics can be dressed down for day.
The trick is in the textile; sleek coatings offer a polished finish, pebbly jacquard mimics the texture of fine gold leaf, or the mixed yarns of a boucle give a tarnished effect.

Delian gold dress by DvF, image from Bloomingdales. Kate Moss, image from bohomoth.com. River Island dip hem skirt, image from their website. Streetstyle from styledeityinathens blog.

Delian gold dress by DvF, image from Bloomingdales. Kate Moss, image from bohomoth.com. River Island dip hem skirt, image from their website. Streetstyle from styledeityinathens blog.

Whistles gold seperates, image from their website. Oh My Love gold trousers, image from their website. Erin Wasson image from styledeityinathens blog

Whistles gold seperates, image from their website. Oh My Love gold trousers, image from their website. Erin Wasson image from styledeityinathens blog

Image from styledeityinathens blog, with thanks.

Image from styledeityinathens blog, with thanks.

STYLE SYMBOLS
A figure of friendship and protection, the evil eye is the charm of choice once again this season. From high street to high end, designs range from flat fashion cutworks to decadent stone settings. Designer Zara Simon noted new season colour trends, replacing the pupils with vivid rubies, while Astley Clarke surrounded a turquoise centre with stunning diamonds.
Other ancient hieroglyphs making an appearance include the ram’s head and the snake, our favourite incarnation of which being Chloe’s slithering soft gold bangles.

Top row, from left: Astley Clarke Evil Eye friendship bracelet, image from their website. Chloe snake bracelet, image from Flannels. House of Harlow Eye necklace, image from their website. Bottom row, from left: Republic Crafted Eye earring, image from their website. Topshop Ram earrings, image from their website. Zara Simon Ruby Eye earrings, from their website.

Top row, from left: Astley Clarke Evil Eye friendship bracelet, image from their website. Chloe snake bracelet, image from Flannels. House of Harlow Eye necklace, image from their website. Bottom row, from left: Republic Crafted Eye earring, image from their website. Topshop Ram earrings, image from their website. Zara Simon Ruby Eye earrings, image from their website.

PIGMENTS AND POWDERS
Dusting or dousing the eye area in coloured pigment is one of the most reinvented beauty tricks in history. This season on the catwalk we see the technique referencing its ancient Egyptian roots, but with a thoroughly modern, metropolitan edge.

Bluest at the crease and blended into a green-tinged gold at the brow bone, Prabal Gurung utilized bright eyes, complementing a collection that played out an ancient battle of good versus evil in a palette black, gold and Egyptian blue. Anna Sui’s make-up team, thickened the mix, liquidizing the azurite pigment so that the paint could be applied as an electric eyeliner.

Anna Sui show make up, image with thanks from Go Runway.

Anna Sui show make up, image with thanks from Go Runway.

Mac Cosmetics for Prabul Gurung, image from Style.com

Mac Cosmetics for Prabul Gurung, image from Style.com

image with thanks from Socialbliss.com

image with thanks from Socialbliss.com

Topshop make up, shimmer palette, image with thanks from their website

Topshop make up, shimmer palette, image with thanks from their website

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“Blink” Inspiration: Shine On!

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

It’s to be expected as the party season approaches, but actually we’ve been seeing some stunning metallic looks right through this Autumn Winter. The most recent rash of silvers and gold pieces are looking fabulous for statement daywear, accessories and wonderfully dramatic eveningwear. High shine, gorgeously glossy and a really fresh way to add seasonal sparkle without falling back on the classic sequin (although there are plenty of those to be had too!).

Burberry

Burberry

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols

Browns

Browns

Miss Sixty

Miss Sixty

Mango

Mango

River Island

River Island

Selfridges

Selfridges

Browns Focus

Browns Focus

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“Blink” Knitwear: Deep Pile

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Something we’ve been watching with great interest is the development of a key new key texture in knits. It’s all about deep pile, super furry knitwear right now.

I love the look of an angora rich or mohair-tastic jumper, but once I slip it on I just cannot stand the fluff everywhere, so this is a look I’ll be approaching with caution. If you are less sensitive than me, you have lots and lots of long haired looks to choose from. However, if you are prone to fluff induced sneezing, then the revival of  velvety soft, chenille style knits make a cozy alternative.

Here’s some of our favourites that we’ve spotted at retail in London over the past few weeks…

Chanel A/W '12

Chanel A/W '12

Fendi A/W '12

Fendi A/W '12

H&M A/W '12

H&M A/W '12

Mulberry A/W '12

Mulberry A/W '12

River Island A/W '12

River Island A/W '12

Sonia Rykiel A/W '12

Sonia Rykiel A/W '12

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