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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” Events: #ArcadiaAW15 Press Day, Topshop

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Topshop AW15 Press Day, #ArcadiaAW15

Topshop AW15 Press Day, #ArcadiaAW15

The next instalment of coverage from the #ArcadiaAW15 and we focus on Topshop this time. This was the largest and most exciting of all the womenswear brands on show (obvs) but as we saw from Wallis, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins, their strongest style statement was for sure all about the Seventies.

Kicking off with a very small look at Topshop Unique’s collection as this is still a work in progress. But what was there looked really quite sophisticated. This baby blue, chunky corduroy suit is a stunner.

Topshop Unique AW15 Press Day, #ArcadiaAW15

Topshop Unique AW15 Press Day, #ArcadiaAW15

There was more to see of the mainline collection and this stretched from sweetly naive Seventies to a more Pop Art bold and bright Seventies look (check out this stunning colour blocked sheepskin coat!) via a bit of Prada-esque ‘Ugly Beauty’ Seventies.

Topshop AW15 Press Day, #ArcadiaAW15

Topshop AW15 Press Day, #ArcadiaAW15

Topshop AW15 Press Day, #ArcadiaAW15

Topshop AW15 Press Day, #ArcadiaAW15

Stand out above all was the Topper accessories. I want it all, from Freedom’s architectural looking statement jewellery to these amazing colour blocked boots with a matching handbag- Seventies fabulousness!

Freedom at Topshop AW15 Press Day, #ArcadiaAW15

Freedom at Topshop AW15 Press Day, #ArcadiaAW15

Topshop AW15 Press Day, #ArcadiaAW15

Topshop AW15 Press Day, #ArcadiaAW15

I can’t wait for it to hit the shop floor so I can get hold of it all. Thanks Toppers, just for being you! For more retail news, just click here.

“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!

For more accessories posts take a look here.

“Blink” Retail: Feeling Cape-able

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

If you buy one thing to update your autumn wardrobe, make it a cape. I’m planning one in to my LFW look. There’s so many great ones to choose from, and something for every budget too, from mega statement capes and those that are just a nod to capeness.

Here’s some of our favourites spotted out and about in London over the past couple of weeks…

Topshop

Topshop

Valentino

Valentino

Missoni

Missoni

Moschino

Moschino

Joseph

Joseph

Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel

For more retail news, just have a look here.

“Blink” Accessories: Metallic Addict

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

As I salivated over yet another pair of shiny shoes, it occurred to me that I might have a bit of an obsession. I may well have been a magpie in a former incarnation because anything with a some sparkle and glitter is pretty much irresistible to me.  It appears that my nemesis is particularly the metallic shoe. Here’s my collection, but I can justify every single one as they all do a different job, are a varying metallic hue, have different heel heights and types- should any justification ever be needed!

my metallic shoe obession. From left to right we have old gold from LK Bennett, Greek sandals from Mykonos, silver winklepickers from Topshop, mahoosive wedges from Zara and my stunning silver wedges from Prada.

my metallic shoe obsession. From left to right we have old gold from LK Bennett, Greek sandals from Mykonos, silver winklepickers from Topshop, mahoosive wedges from Zara and my stunning silver wedges from Prada.

I have owned those Prada beauties for about 9 years. That silver finish also coated the soles (until I danced most of it off). You see, a well chosen shoe can be a style investment that you will enjoy over many years. Upon reflection and seeing them all laid out together, I think this is all pretty reasonable and that there’s room to add a few more variations on this theme!

Oh, and as I was shooting this at home the other morning, Bobby decided to photobomb. Yes, you are more gorgeous and more loved than my shoes, don’t worry x

Bobby photobombing my shot

Bobby photobombing my shot

For more accessories posts, just have a look here.

 

“Blink” Streetstyle: Denim

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
spotted in Topshop, Oxford Circus. By Blink London

spotted in Topshop, Oxford Circus. By Blink London

For more streetstyle just take a look here.

“Blink” Retail: Arcadia Press Day AW’14- Topshop and Topman

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Here’s the final installment of our Arcadia Press event highlights. Topshop is a guaranteed inspirational stop off, but I think Topman is fast catching up in the style stakes. Exciting news for all you fashionable boys.

So, starting with Toppers, here are a few of my favourites from the collection on show. It was hard to put a finger on exactly where they were heading for Autumn as there was a very diverse selection on show, so I decided just to plump for some pieces that I thought look interesting and innovative. I love this coat, taking inspiration from the baseball/ Varsity jacket but taking the look forward into new proportions. These badge emblazoned jeans are gorgeous and quite similar to a pair from Mother that I’ve had my eye on. Finally that sparkly sporty number- by way of Tom Ford, by way of Geoffrey Beene as seen in this previous post.

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

The most exciting items on the Topman rail were those from the AW’14 Topman Design collection. Really lovely use of contrasting textures, surface effects and traditional, muted tones contrasted with bold colour. I will be having a look at a few of these myself come Autumn! Loving these heavy duty, super functional looking trainers/ hiking boots too. Great colour.

Topman, AW'14

Topman, AW’14

Topman, AW'14

Topman, AW’14

Here’s the show for you so you can appreciate the full Topman Design collection.

For more retail news, look here. For more menswear, then click here.

“Blink” Retail: Arcadia’s AW’14 Press Day- Accessories

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Some more for you from the Arcadia AW’14 press event. This post is all about some rather lovely jewels, heels, bags and boots that were a particular highlight for me.

Starting things off are these very stylish jewels and stunning extra long, green suede boots from Dorothy Perkins. These were an extra surprise because I generally skip past this label- but I was quite literally stopped in my tracks by the really fabulous selection of accessories. I’ll be making a rare visit to good old DP’s come Autumn to see what will actually make it home with me.

Dorothy Perkins, AW'14

Dorothy Perkins, AW’14

Dorothy Perkins, AW'14

Dorothy Perkins, AW’14

Next comes Freedom at Topshop. Never knowingly understated, this is THE label to hit for statement pieces that are always super hot and brilliantly blingy. This little number looks like wearing it might replace a heavy lifting session at the gym! I love the smokey shade of the gems, adding a touch of sophistication to an otherwise extra OTT number.

Freedom at Topshop, AW'14

Freedom at Topshop, AW’14

Topshop‘s shoes and bags are some of the best on the high street. Reflecting all the hottest Autumn directions and covering all occasions in a really creative and innovative way, the shoes on show at the press day were really exciting. As were the bags. We’re still good to be rocking backpacks come Autumn. Yay!

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Finally, we have Miss Selfridge. When they get it right, they really, really get it right, and this is generally it’s embellished, beaded and embroidered womenswear but also with some surprisingly good accessories. I really loved the styling of this blue gemmed style, sitting really beautifully on this blue/grey, high sheen print and pale lilac faux fur. It’s like an Autumn mood board all by itself.

Miss Selfridge, AW'14

Miss Selfridge, AW’14

For more retail news, just click here.

“Blink” Interviews: Lucy talks to Eric from EnVeritas

Monday, May 12th, 2014

So, our interviews are usually with creative people that we admire, so it’s quite a change to swap roles and become the interviewee. Yup, it was my turn to have to answer the questions when I met with Eric Ingrand, Vice President of Content Marketing EMEA at EnVeritas Group. EnVeritas is a content provider, mainly working within the travel industry in partnership with some of the biggest global brands. We met to discuss how brands are engaging with social media. The original interview is here on EnVeritas’ own site. Oh, and another first for the world of Blink London… There is a shot of me so you can put a face to the world of Blink London (although I am only one small part of it). You can always find out more about me and my business by looking here and also here. So, here we go!

Blogs are an ideal opportunity to build your reputation, communicate with customers and others in your industry, and express your passion for the subject. In Lucy’s case this has led to a larger, more diverse client base, teaching opportunities at the London College of Fashion and the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, and an endorsement by Liberty, a favorite of designers the world over. Lucy is also one of the few bloggers to be accredited by the British Fashion Council to attend London Fashion Week.

Lucy Williams, founder and Creative Director of Blink London

Lucy Williams, founder and Creative Director of Blink London

Eric Ingrand: Why do you think the fashion industry has been so good at using bloggers?

Lucy Williams: Fashion is very much about immediacy and also about customer engagement. Blogs are a perfect medium for both of those things. The fashion industry, at a commercial level especially, needs to express a level of approval by those in the know, some cool kudos and the right bloggers can deliver that, too.

Eric Ingrand: Do you think the same methods could be applied to other industries? If so, which do you think could most benefit?

Lucy Williams: I think anything and everything can benefit. Blogs are about expressing your opinion on whatever subject gets your blood pumping, and if there are others with the same passions then you have your audience.

 Eric Ingrand: What are the top three qualities a fashion blogger must have to be successful?

Lucy Williams: A fashion blogger, in my opinion, needs to have:

  • some level of authority (some experience as part of the fashion industry)
  • a unique perspective
  • the skills to express themselves in an engaging way

Eric Ingrand: Is blogging a business for you, a hobby, or both?

Lucy Williams: I always tell my students that you should start a blog as a passion project, and any financial success that comes along is a bonus.

Eric Ingrand: What are some of your favorite blogs in fashion, retail and generally?

Lucy Williams: I love Garance Doré, DisneyRollerGirl, Jak & Jil and Topshop’s blog Inside-Out for fashion. Beyond fashion I like the Design*Sponge blog. Beyond blogs, I use Le Cool a lot. It’s a great, creative and innovative guide to what’s hot and they have editions for a few different cities.

Eric Ingrand: What are some of the biggest surprises you’ve had from your blog?

Lucy Williams: Well, I guess the biggest constant surprise is the reach and the reaction. It’s something that I love, and it’s a wonderful thing that others love it too.

Blink London is a fashion reporting and consultancy service offering a unique insight into the leading trends of the British fashion industry.

Eric Ingrand – VP Content Marketing EMEA

 

So, now you know! For more from our series of interviews with creatives, just take a look here.

“Blink” Inspiration: When do we get our ‘taste’

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I came across a baby picture of me the other day, and it struck a cord, reminding me of a dress in Topshop that I’ve been obsessing over and repeatedly trying on, hoping that it may suddenly suit me if I keep giving it a go. That Toppers frock is scarily similar to the checked smock dress my two year old self is wearing.

Lucy Williams, fashion blogger, already rocking a strong look at a young age...

Lucy Williams, fashion blogger, already rocking a strong look at a young age...

Topshop gingham check smock dress

Topshop gingham check smock dress

It made me wonder at what age we start to absorb the aesthetic influences that will form our adult tastes and inform the many choices that are driven by our ‘style’. I’m wondering how many other pictures I’ll find that show me wearing things that are frighteningly close to recent fashion based obsessions!

When I come to think about my home, many of my style choices are quite specifically reflective of my grandparent’s 30’s home filled with mid century kitsch. I don’t know if its anything to do with the fact that it was also the location of some of my earliest and happiest childhood memories. Come to think of it, my rather over developed soft spot for sequins was most probably formed there too as my Grandmother was a very glamorous lady with a wardrobe bursting with shimmer and sparkle.

I have obviously seen other things that I have loved and been inspired by through the years since my pre-school days, but these have been additions to a baseline of taste already formed, rather than replacing those urges. Well, I don’t have any huge Freudian revelations to round this post off. It was just a ponder really as to how our creative brain works, and I think that it seems we develop deep-seated beliefs far earlier than I may have guessed. Unless it’s just me that’s trying to still dress as my two year old self??? Oh gosh, maybe it is just me. Where did I leave my therapist’s number?