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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” 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

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“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.

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“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

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“Blink” Retail: SS’14 Press Days- Topshop

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I hope that you enjoyed our little look at Wallis’ W collection yesterday. Now we take a look at our favourtes from Topshop. This was a couple of rails that were virtually vibrating with energy as bold pattern, embellishment, bright colour upon colour and lots of shine were hung up side by side by side. It was as overwhelming as it was exciting.

Even though bright shades were the strongest statement, my favourite item and one that’s on my Spring shopping list (I hope it makes it to the shop floor!) is this stunning peachy pink, trench style coat. Perfect proportions, luxe feeling fabric and cool detailing. And brilliant when styled with the fuzzy pastel pink pencil skirt hung next to it.

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Sports inspired looks are still very topical, and this wasn’t the only sweat that we saw across the press days but it was the prettiest and also the blingiest. Love the clean, slickly sporty finish of the backpack and this clutch bag. Oh, and those go faster striped, sporty wedges are quite fantastic too.

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

I really like the matching tops and bottoms sets. Cut in graphically simplistic shapes from firm fabrics at Toppers, ensuring that the focus is on the stunning patterns. We saw these from several labels, but these were amongst the boldest.

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Finally, to add to the riot of super bright colour and eye popping shine, Toppers were also showing a collection of gorgeously bold, bright and brilliant jewellery. Statement necklaces have rarely before made quite such a, well, statement!

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

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“Blink” Retail: SS’14 Press Days: Wallis

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

This time last week we were in the midst of a flurry of Press day activity. It’s great to gain a deeper insight, not only into the season ahead, but also into the way each brand wants to present themselves and express their personality. At a multi-brand presentation like the Arcadia one, this is especially interesting. I hit the event expecting just to be excited by Toppers (more of that to come), and to see what Miss S were saying(more of that to come too), but in fact the brand that made the biggest impression was Wallis who were showing their W collection.

It was a small but perfectly formed selection spread across two rails, expressing just a couple of trend stories in a clear and precise way. I am not their target audience, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating that they have created something really quite special for their particular customer. Chic, refined, fashion relevant and beautifully designed. Here’s some of my favourites from this collection…

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

There’ll be more Press Day highlights to come and if you’d like to catch up on more retail news, click here.

“Blink” Retail: Monochrome

Friday, December 14th, 2012

A clear statement of commercial intent, but also a wonderfully impactful look. We do love a bit of monochrome. Yes, sometimes fashion is black and white. Simplicity really is, more often than not, the key to chic.

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols

Topshop

Topshop

Zara

Zara

Valentino

Valentino

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“Blink” Retail: Leather + Studs = Fashion Joy!

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

So, we have already featured lots of great black leather and leather inspired looks this morning. This afternoon, we look at another leather based look, and this one takes things a little tougher…

The favourite option for instantly updating the leather jacket seems to be smothering it in a generous scattering of studs. The more the better! Looking like a great way to drive the now core Biker style forward, but we have also been loving studs on denim and plaid shirts, denim shorts, camo jackets and of course, accessories.

Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge

Primark

Primark

Topshop

Topshop

Warehouse

Warehouse

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“Blink” Retail: Brilliant Black Leather

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

After many, many season’s in the fashion doldrums, black leather and leather inspired looks are now super hot again. Brought back into our style consciousness through the brilliant Biker jacket, and now diversifying into great dresses, skirts, shorts and even the (gulp) leather trouser is looking very, very good again. Here’s some of our favourites shot at retail over the past month or so. From high end to high street, fashion is showing leather a lot of love!

YSL

YSL

Massimo Dutti

Massimo Dutti

Somerset by Alice Temperley

Somerset by Alice Temperley

River Island

River Island

Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge

All Saints

All Saints

Reiss

Reiss

YSL

YSL

Fenwicks

Fenwicks

Bershka

Bershka

Whistles

Whistles

Topshop

Topshop

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“Blink” Streetstyle: London Fashion Week

Thursday, October 4th, 2012
streetstyle. London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

A nice bit of J.W. Anderson for Topshop there. For more streetstyle, just click here.