Men in Power Interview: DJ Blighty: Celebrity DJ

This week on Men in Power we have a very talented, award-winning, father, celebrities know him as the master on decks and you all know him as UK’s finest Top Dj.

I am pleased to have DJ Blighty as our men in Power of the week.

Congratulations on winning best Urban Dj of the year for Mixcloud.

How was it finding out you won best Dj or the year?

Thank you. It was unexpected, to be honest so I was very overwhelmed when I found out, I wouldn’t have got there without the support of my listener’s so I’m very grateful to them for their support.

You have over 10 million streams on Mixcloud and the number growing each day.

How do you know what songs to mix?

Haha, not quite reached the 10 Million milestones just yet, I’m hoping to get there before the end of the year though, think I’m closing in on 7 Million which is amazing. My song selection is my picks of current hits, new undiscovered artists & classics. There is no formula other than my musical ear which I had from a very young age, I have a natural ability to know which songs will mix nicely together which makes life easier.

Your mixtapes are always popping, How did you learn how to mix?

I taught myself at the tender age of 13, many tedious hours of trial & error, there weren’t any tutorials or how to’s back then, so years of practice & perseverance.

And have you considered holding masterclasses?

I haven’t, but it could be something to look at in the future.

So how did it all begin?

I’ve been obsessed with music since before I can remember, I started to take an interest in DJ-ing at the age of around 11/12 (Back when it wasn’t all that cool or popular) I begged for my first set of decks which I was fortunate to get for my 13th Birthday, started buying records with my pocket money & practicing. Many years later, here I am today.

• Where did the name come from?

That’s an easy one, my surname is Blight, my nickname in school was Blighty so choosing it as my DJ name just seemed like a no-brainer

•Well, that was very simple, I thought you might have had a story, like other djs do. Did the DJing, Production, Promoting come 1st?

DJ-ing for sure, in my opinion you shouldn’t start promoting your name as a DJ/Brand until you’re confident with your skills/ability.

• Which countries have you played/?

I’ve been fortunate enough to play all over the world, but my journey as an international DJ is only just starting to take off, literally lol. Up to now I’ve done New York City, Greek holiday islands such as Zante/Kavos aswel as plush holiday resorts such as Puerto Banus in Marbella. At present, Dubai, Japan & Italy are all in the pipeline which is very exciting.

• What was the first event you ever played at/?

A small VIP club in my hometown of Cardiff which was at the time one of the most talked about events in the city called Sugar & Spice which is still going strong to this day. It was from there I started to build up my presence in my hometown.

That’s pretty cool, heard Cardiff has great spots to hang out, What’s the best event you’ve played at?

That’s a tough one to answer as I have so many incredible memories of events I’ve done throughout my career. My most memorable show to date would be a very close call between opening for J. Cole in Cardiff or playing to a sold out Proud at the O2 in London to over 3,000 people, the atmosphere was insane.

What was the first record you bought?

• Luniz – I Got 5 On It which is still one of my favourite Hip Hop tracks of all time.

Out of all the tunes you have, which one ‘never fails?’

With the digital age of DJ-ing, I have around 20,000+ tracks with me when I play out. It depends on what sort of party I’m playing but I have a crate with at least 30/40 guaranteed to get out of jail cards.

What’s your favourite tune of all time?

• I would be here all day writing down names of songs & wouldn’t be able to pick one, there’s just too many.

True considering the amount of songs you have, When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?

• I recently became a father for the first time so any chill time has now become a thing of the past haha. I wouldn’t change it for the world though.

Awww congratulations and she’s very adorable. Funniest thing that ever happened at an event?

• A young student posing to be a superstar dance DJ tricked me as I didn’t know what they looked like, that always stands out in my mind. Felt a bit stupid when the actual DJ turned up haha.

lool. Bless you, Other DJs you rate?

• Jazzy Jeff is the greatest of all time, in my opinion, I’ve had the honour of working with him a few times. Jaguar Skills who I work with regularly & is super talented. Tim Westwood is a legend who has always inspired me. Scottie B.

You have been a Dj for over 10 years, how do you keep yourself humble?

• To be honest I don’t know. But it’s something I’ve always done & will continue to do no matter how far my career takes me. I’ve seen ego ruin people & it’s ugly.

Where do you see your career if you were not a writer and DJ

• I would have loved to have been an architect as I love being creative but the maths was waaaay over my head.

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Who is a person that you considered as a role model early in your life? How and why does this person impact your life?

My grandmother who was always the person who pushed me to work hard & chase my dreams. She taught me all the important morals & principles which I live by today & was the most positive person I’ve ever known.

How did you decide to pursue the career that you are working in today? What was a pivotal moment?

It’s been a dream since a very young age, that passion is still there & stronger than ever. I’ll keep chasing my goals until the fire goes’s out which I doubt after this long it ever will.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received

To never care what people think of you or what you do. There’s a lot of bitterness & negativity in the DJ world which I personally ignore.

What would you say to yourself when you were 18?

Work harder, sleepless

Do you ever sleep?

Not very much now I have my daughter, I used to manage a few hours a night though haha

What’s the last movie that made you laugh

Daddy’s Home 2

That is so cute would never have imagined Daddy’s home 2 would make you cry. Bless

When do you feel most creative?

I get random bursts of inspiration from various factors when I do it’s straight to the studio.

How do you see the scene 5 years from now?

• I really don’t know, it’s changed a lot in the past 5 years so time will tell

Is your family musical?

• Yes, I grew up around music. My mum was a singer & my dad was a DJ so it definitely runs in the family.

That’s pretty cool, have to research who your parents are now 😊

How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

• I try to avoid them by staying calm & moving on is key. Like any professional performer, ignore it & carry on.

Finally, Any Advice for those who think Djing is easy cause I tried it out it isn’t. What would you say?

• It’s not as easy as it looks, however it’s easier to learn now than it was when I did. I actually do tutorials on my YouTube channel: DJ Blighty TV. Plug Plug 🙂

Great Plug, Well was great sitting down with you and was a pleasure knowing you and I can say you are very humble compared to the dj’s out here, congratulations on your bundle of joy.

You can follow DJ Blighty on Twitter, Instagram, Mixcloud, Soundcloud and Facebook

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ENAMEL PIN COMPETITION – WIN A SET OF ENAMEL PINS

Roll up, roll up! To celebrate the new additions to Old English enamel pin range they have decided to run a competition, giving you the chance to win a set of the below enamel pins!

To enter this competition, email your favourite enamel pin design from their entire range to hello@oldenglishcompany.com

Competition linkhttps://oldenglishprints.com/pages/enamel-pin-competition-win-a-set-of-enamel-pins

They will be picking one winner at random on the 30th May 2018,  the competition will end on the 29th of May.

Good Luck

 

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Old English Company: ENAMEL PINS

Hey guys, so this post is sponsored by Old English Company. They are a stationery, homeware and giftware brand which create beautifully hand-lettered products.

Their products range from planners, greeting cards, enamel pins, coasters, art prints and more and they are running a competition, which you do not want to miss as they have lovely items and planners are great to use, especially if you are an organised person like me

They have just released a new set of cool and funky enamel pins, handmade with great quotes and messages which are great for gifts or to customise your bags or jackets

Click on the images for more designs or https://oldenglishprints.com/collections/enamel-pins

 

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UFUMA WEARS Clothing Brand: #Paid Collaboration

Ufumawears, are an African Prints (Wax/Ankara) contemporary designs company based in London

Everything they offer at Ufumawears is designed and made by them, they intend to change the way African Prints are viewed worldly.

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The name Ufumawears has its origin in Ufuma, Anambra state of Nigeria where the idea was nurtured and also where the founder originates.

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Their strategy is simple, using African Prints and various other materials to design 21st century wears that will meet the needs of today’s Africans in the diaspora and the motherland.

Thier materials are sourced, designed and made in Nigeria and the UK, their staff are very experienced and they put in their very best on every piece.

Thier goal is to provide you with African Prints fashion that will awaken that dormant pride to be African and black once again.

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For more prints for men and women click the link below

Website: www.ufumawears.com 

Instagram: @ufumawears

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ufumawears

CYO Cosmetics Launch London

What is CYO Cosmetics?

C.Y.O. serves up an impressive 160 products including contour sticks, mattifying primer, lipstick and liner duos, metallic eye shadow pots (that happen to look like perfect M.A.C. dupes, btw), illuminating foundation, liquid lipsticks, ombré lipsticks, and bronze shimmering body oil. They even have a few eye shadow palettes with kickass names like “Rainbow Warrior Showdown” and “Rainbow Warrior Front Woman.” Excited yet? Brace yourself for the best part: everything is under £7

“CYO is challenging the norms of how beauty products are used — we’re giving make-up a shake-up,” Lauren Consiglio, Americas Category Director overseeing CYO Cosmetics, said in a press release. “We’ve created an edgy line that doesn’t break the bank and goes beyond your typical beauty boundaries.”

Good news for lovers of killer drugstore makeup (read: all of us), beloved cheap beauty brand E.l.f. finally has some real competition. Meet C.Y.O., Walgreens’ solution to a product line that makes your wallet just as happy as your beauty bag.

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“CYO is challenging the norms of how beauty products are used — we’re giving make-up a shake-up,” Lauren Consiglio, Americas Category Director overseeing CYO Cosmetics, said in a press release. “We’ve created an edgy line that doesn’t break the bank and goes beyond your typical beauty boundaries.”

C.Y.O. is designed for Gen Zers — from product to packaging, to price, the new budget-friendly brand is designed to look just as chic on Instagram or Snapchat as it does on your face.

Big Thank you to CYO Cosmetics for having me on Thursday at their launch had an amazing time, trying out their new line

Highlights from the night

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Men in Power Series: Jaye Parson, Celebrity Designer & Culture Influencer

So I have decided to start men in power series also because I received a few emails and comments regarding the women in power interview I did with Mervielle the model, that I should also incorporate men.

I took on board your comments and today I had the pleasure to have a chit-chat with Jaye Parson, a man of many many artistic talents, you may have seen his work across social media and also on stage with the dopest celebrities i.e: Erykah Badu and more.

Jaye is changing the way we see fashion by his innovative designs and stepping out of the norm, check out our interview below.

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Happy NewYear. and it is finally great to have you on our first Men in Power series. How are you today?

I am fine thank you feeling positive.

Last year was a very successful year for you and your brand 

What would you say was the highlight of 2017? 

Meeting Ericka Badu. It was a very magical moment and at that point, I knew I was doing the right thing. I designed her a customise biker jacket and met her backstage while she was on tour. She liked the jacket and cried.

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And what are you looking forward to for 2018

More art. More influence and brand awareness. To continue.

How did you get your idea or concept for your fashion business?

Being around music, the industry and it’s something I have always done naturally. So I can’t tell you why or where it’s second nature. It’s just what I see.

How did you know this is the career for you? And what made you go forth and chase it?

I didn’t know this was the career for me. This one time it was the day I returned from living in Canada for a year. Beginning of 2017 Jan I got invited to an after party in central London Mayfair it was Sremmurd after party and at the time they have a no.1 single with Black Beatles and they were on tour in the UK. Fresh off plane I get ready to go out long story short at the party good vibes good to see faces I haven’t seen before. Towards the end one of the members of Sremmurd on the way to the bathroom. He was drawn to my jacket and asked me where I got it from. At the time I was just making customised jackets for myself I had no idea to turn it into a business but one of the dude from the band liked the jacket and wanted one. So I thought I will bring him one. Didn’t want to miss the opportunity so I said yes and he invited me to the second day of the party and I would come and bring a jacket. So I bought the jacket the next day he tried it on he took it and asked me for my Instagram and he said he will promote it. The next day I woke up to new followers and where to get the jacket from. he wore it on his tour and pretty little thing commercial and the rest is history.

What made you choose this type of business?

It chose me. As in my previous answer.

What is unique about your business?

I believe I create jackets for men that woman love. I think with my jackets and my art I feel like I tick so many boxes. I created over 25 jacket concept in 2017 so there’s got to be something you like.

You have worked with a number of high-end clients and brands, such  Ashanti, French Montana and Swalee and more

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Have you ever turned down a client?

Yes because they couldn’t afford me

loool right now I am clearly one of those clients, so how did you know it was the right thing to do?

Because I believe in my time and credentials was worth more than the client was offering.

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Be yourself. Don’t try and be some body else unless you plan on being better.

What advice would you have for young men who are trying to get involved in the fashion and business industry?

I still don’t think I am in the fashion industry so I don’t have advice. Think outside the box and don’t be the afraid to be the first to do something.

Do you ever take time out to relax and rest and if so what are the things you like to do in your free time?

Female company and good music. Family and friend time.

Who would you like to work with in the fashion and business industry if you had a chance to?

Kanye West

And are your predictions for 2018 trends 

PVC for men.

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As a business owner, what are your top three priorities?

Consistency, Creativity and Marketing.

CCM, I can clearly see that consistency, creativity and Marketing are your three priorities from your business and work ethic and finally; Do you set high expectations or tolerate mediocrity? 

High expectations yes it is in my designs. I only want to delivery my best work.

Thank you very much, Jaye really enjoyed this interview and learning what motivates, and drives you to be the successful man you are today 

You can follow Jaye Parson on all social media to see more of his designs 

Instagram: @Jayeparson

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Thank you 2017

Seasons greetings to my lovely readers. I hope everyone is and has had a lovely Christmas and is ready for the new year and what it has to offer to us

I would like to say this year has been the year in all my adult life that I have learnt so much, as an individual. I learnt what patience really is about, God’s true favour on my life, the loses and also gains and finally the opportunities I was given and was part of from collaborations with PR companies to attending events I never saw myself been invited to and also been able to be back on FM Radio.

I am proud to say I really stepped out of my comfort zone in trying hairstyles, bolder colours and also not giving a flying F**k of what anyone says I am not capable of doing

Here is to try new hair colours, experiencing life to the fullest and being bold, beautiful and confident in 2018

I wish you all a blessed, fruitful new year and Pray you all achieve your goals and ambitions

Check out some of my highlights of this year and le me know what you like me to try

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Chelsea Boutique Press & Blogger event- London Ethnic

Hey dolls, Happy Sunday

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday, I know it’s been a little while I have posted on here but I do apologise, However, I have brought you a lovely review below on an event I was invited to this weekend

London Ethnic had their first Pop up boutique in Chelsea for the press and bloggers day, where there was a TV Crew present and also photographers, they showcased 16 designers  and I was able to meet and talk to each one of them, each collection was ethically made in the United Kingdom

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  • Rua Luja- Fur, dresses, fur tops, sequined dresses
  • Discover boutique – Organic cotton floral prints in white and blue silk
  • Handsome Badger-luxury homeware, hats and scarves hand-knitted in the UK from unique super-chunky merino wool, sourced from the finest suppliers in the world
  • Lyla Maria- Silver and stones jewellery collection
  • Embellished Truth- Each item is allergy  friendly, recycled denim and handmade eco-friendly clutch, purse and handbags
  • Peter Twiss- Silk Handmade jackets
  • Stella & Dot- Jewelry and accessories
  • Contessina- Handmade lace jewellery with semi-precious stones
  • Owen Bamy- Suede, faux fur leather bags
  • Dirty South- Urban streetwear jackets, hoodies, t-shirts, tracksuits and hats
  • Faqua- Bright coloured swim trunks

Event Details:

Chelsea Boutique Press & Blogger Day

508 King’s Rd | Chelsea | SW10 0LD London | United Kingdom

Saturday, 9 December 2017 from 14:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

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Salvatore Faragamo Spring Summer Preview

Salvatore Ferragamo is the greatest old-school shoe house of them all, so here, it really paid to focus on the footwear. First impression: Ferragamo’s Paul Andrew is taking a fair stab at the heavily burdened gig of designing shoes in the house founder’s name. His common theme was a column-like heel framed in delicate pillars of gold surrounded in clear Perspex, sometimes set inward below inset-heel sandals, sometimes flush to the ankle on booties and more sandals. The toes tended to be pointy. The uppers featured a lot of double strapping in primary-color leather, some exotic, and a monochrome jacquard used in an ankle boot. There were some colored python boots, too, and a few flat sandals.

There was a series of perforated python looks that would have been just-about okay in a Cavalli reboot. There was a half-hearted tilt at a theme with dresses and knits that featured wide-weave silk scarfing. There was some expensive-looking post-Raf-to-Calvin transparency in the outerwear. And some open-backed, spaghetti-strapped silk dresses were fine enough but generic.

The man this house is built upon was a pioneer who left his country and built a legend through artistry, ingenuity, and grit. To cite some of his most defining clients—Garbo, Bardot, Perón, and Monroe—in the press release served only to emphasize the difference between then and now. Ferragamo is a great house, but greatness should not be taken for granted. It should be built upon.


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Fenty x Puma SS18 KCD Worldwide

I am back once again and this time I was at the KCD Worldwide PR press day in London Vinyl Factory, I was able to view all the brands they represent from, Chloe, to Balmain and obviously Fenty x Puma from the caption above…

We all know ‪Rihanna’s Instagram handle is BadGalRiRi for a reason. The pop star has an insatiable appetite for danger, and her risk-taking swagger permeates everything she does, not least her sense of style. today I was able to see her fashion-conscious adrenaline junkies collection. The collection itself was partly X Games inspired, with a number of classic surf references thrown in for good measure. In addition to biker shorts and scuba onesies, there were modern iterations of cheeky 1980s swim trends, including the French-cut swimsuit, which has arguably been a hot-button topic on beaches all over the land this summer. Long before the likes of Kendall and Bella were posting racy bikini selfies to Instagram, ‪Rihanna had that daring skin-baring look down pat, and her bright neon maillots and body-con beach cover-ups came with all the coolest trimmings, including industrial zippers, adjustable toggles, peekaboo lacing, and mesh overlay. The pop star has never been afraid of unleashing her inner tomboy either, and the oversize motocross-inspired nylon track pants and anoraks were a nice way to push the athleisure trend out of its current spandex comfort zone.

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Fenty x Puma has kept one step ahead, so to speak, thanks in part to shoe designs that think outside the box—‪Rihanna is the first woman to have won Footwear News’s coveted Shoe of the Year award, after all. Her accessories game was more experimental than ever this season: Stiletto thong sandals were finished with chunky surf-style ankle straps; mules came floating on thick Perspex heels; her best-selling creepers were updated with chunky stomper boots; and the new logo fanny packs are likely to be a hit, too. Trainers culture has gained considerable ground in the realm of high fashion, and it’s clear that ‪Rihanna understands the thrill of the chase for new and unexpected footwear across the board.

My favourites I would say are the; Blue, laced up heels, Silver duffle bag and neon green trainers

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Here are some of her pieces up close and personal

CROWN Paint SS18 Review 

Thank you to Crown Paint company for inviting me down to their SS18 event in london, I had an amazing time seeing their new colour palettes and experiencing how each colour for SS18 was created

Crown SS18 consisted of three concepts which are; Linear, Bloom and Provocative, each one relates to the moods and personalities of an individual or company.

My two favourites colours from the new collection has to be; rose gold and dusty matte gre


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Linear. Imagine the low light of dusk casting long shadows and you capture the spirit of linear n

This trend gives fresh meaning to Bauhaus

The greyed palette combines watery blue with muted pinks, giving the appearance of being diffused by a subtle haze

The palette is then sharpened with neat black lines that bring linear into focus


Provocative

This trend is plain and honest with its intention it seeks to provoke

Provocative is a bold reaction in colour form, the striking combinations push and pull against one another to create something original

In the spirit of artistic murals that adorn the walls of east london, this is similarly a form expression


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Artist DD Regalo is an artist from Canada and Portugal collaborated with Crown . painted the flowers canvas on the wall which was absolutely beautiful, he used colours from the ss18 collection and crown paint colours

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Garden and outdoor paints and ideas

The garden and outdoor paints comes with brand new  shades of colours such as black, green, yellow and many more, these can help to bring more colour and personality into your outdoor

You can either paint the plant pots, the wooden logs, wooden benches or your shed with the new outdoor range


Bloom

Bloom is the romantic token of nature at its most magnificent, with fresh floral tone. On a long spectrum from lovely lively greens to deep-seated pinks and purples

Let us bask in the bounty of nature

Ideas on how to use bloom colours around the house could be by either painting the frames or vases, bed boards chairs or creating a canvas for the living room

Below are examples of how you can use bloom colours

Big thank you once again to Crown for inviting me down had a lovely time

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POP PR SS18 Press Day

 

Big thank you once again to Pop PR for having me this year again at their SS18 Press Day at Oui Rooms London

I had a blast trying some of the jackets from Alice Callum, Pyrrha had a lovely zodiac jewelry pieces, Pyha Limited Couture Clutch bags were just breath-taking the black and gold detailed lining

Each brand showcased at the SA18 Pop PR press day, either showed class or uniqueness with each collection being very creative, vibrant, captivating and original

 

Pyrrha Zodiac Collection was very interesting to see, as the ss18 season brought carved zodiac signs as well as a touch of game of thrones theme, as you can see below the collection

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Phya SS18 Couture Bags my favorite bag designer from  POP Pr brands

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Task PR SS18 Press Day Review

Big thank you to Task Pr for having me again this season at the SS18 Press Preview, as always I had a blast from the delicious salmon and honey-coated salad to the bright, bold and colourful pieces that were displayed.

Thank you once again Task PR loved each designers collections showcased and also the gift bags given.

Designers Showcased at the showroom, images and descriptions.

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Ashford Shoes

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Chie Mihara launched her shoe line in Elda, Spain, in January 2002 in order to offer women something different; footwear designed by women for women, with a priority placed on design and comfort. Drawing on vintage influences ranging from 1930s femininity to 1980s humour, Chie began taking details from the past and reworking them to reflect contemporary aesthetics and modern fashion. Chie Mihara has now over 1000 clients worldwide, including luxury department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus in the USA, Selfridges in London, Isetan in Japan and Le Ben Marche in Paris.

 

 

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ITEM m6 offers everything active, fashion-conscious individuals expect from legwear and much, much more – with many new and exciting benefits. Together with internationally acclaimed fashion experts and a wealth of product and medical knowledge from its parent company Medi, ITEM m6 has been adapted to the lifestyle and everyday needs of well-dressed individuals, as well as optimally integrating the ENERGY+ System in all products.

 

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Lena Hoschek pieces are made using only the highest quality materials, all sourced in Europe. Each item is produced by selected specialist clothing manufacturers, also based in Europe.   Lena Hoschek SS18 is all about floral, detailed prints in simple statement colours which are red, blue, white, navy blue and black.  Each print really translated her German heritage throughout the collection

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The Hanro legacy includes the promises of quality and luxury through the highest quality materials sourced and designed with the utmost attention to detail, state-of-the-art production processes, and a legacy of timeless and classic style. Hanro’s SS18 shows a mix of classic, elegant chic and contemporary casualness, the collection is feminine and sophisticated, but still features a modern look and a loissez-faire feel

Fabrics used are tulle, chiffon, botanical laces and the embroideries provide summery lightness

 

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Since the launch of its first tier watch model in 1975, Maurice Lacroix has evolved to become a highly sought-after manufacture brand and one of the world’s few independent watchmakers for fine men’s and ladies’ watches. With its own workshops producing complex precision components for high-quality mechanical calibers, Maurice Lacroix joined the exclusive league of Swiss Watch Manufactures at the end of 2006 and since then developed 11 of their own movements. In recent years, Maurice Lacroix has collaborated with Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales and World Champion and Olympic Swimmer James Magnussen, SS18 shows a bolder statement yet calmer tones to their collection.

 

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British born, Tateossian is a luxury handcrafted jewellery and accessories brand with a unique design ethos. The seasonal collections for both men and women have a distinctive signature, constantly reflecting and reinterpreting trends in fashion. Designs are contemporary, fashion forward and timeless – attracting a huge fan base. Tateossian already sells in over 71 countries around the world, with more than 1000 points of sale, in the most prestigious, fashionable boutiques and department stores – Tsum in Moscow, Harrods in London, Saks in New York and Isetan in Tokyo to name a few.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Established in 1676, Lock & Co. is the oldest hat shop in the world & one of the oldest family-owned businesses still in existence. The brand has two royal warrants and has graced the heads of some of the greatest figures in history. Admiral Lord Nelson wore the bicorne into the Battle of Trafalgar, while Sir Winston Churchill adopted the Cambridge and Homburg hats as his trademarks and Charlie Chaplin favoured the Coke bowler – the world’s original bowler hat. The current men’s and women’s wear ranges centre around these core classics, while also offering a sprinkling of seasonal styles and exclusive designs. However, for something extremely luxury, Lock Couture showcases the brand’s most exquisite hats, handcrafted in their workroom at the top of their shop on St James’s Street, London.

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Iphoria stands for euphoria in the digital age, for that certain je ne sais quoi that transforms the ordinary into a fashion statement. Iphoria girls don’t compromise – we want it all! Our products are functional yet fashionable, designed with passion and produced with care.

 

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Lavender & Lillie’s fragrances are all based on Lillie’s memories and experiences, and we have chosen them through a collaborative process with perfume houses.

We want to stand out from the crowd, with products that look great as well as fulfilling their primary function brilliantly, be that making a room smell good or softening your hands.

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IPR London SS18 Press Day

Hey guys it’s that time of the season again, when I bring you the close up images from SS18 Fashion Press days, bringing you clear images from next year’s Spring/Summer 2018 collections from brands.

Today I was at IPR London Agency press day at their headquarters in London , wthey are in charge of over 20 brands such as; Timberland, Carcel and more

The brand I particularly fell in love with was Carcel.

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Carcel is designed in Copenhagen and manufactured by women in prison

Each item is produced by a woman in prison to give her new skills and a good wage, this way they are transforming lost times into savings and a better future, while giving you quality designs that last.

 

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This brand was founded in 2016 and it was first set up in the women’s prison in Cusco, Peru where they produced luscious knitwear in 100% alpaca wool

You can shop their old collections at http://www.carcel.co @Carcelclothing

Below are images from IPR London Press days

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Mr Eazi Presents – Life is Eazi. Culture Fest. 2017

Mr Eazi Presents – Life is Eazi. Culture Fest. 2017

Saturday 23rd September 2017 5pm-11pm

Venue Roundhouse

Sister Deborah and Mr Eazi Behind the scenes

Mr Eazi meeting his fans – Meet & Greet

Sound check

When Jah Bless no man can curse, Zaga Dat” Mr Eazi

 

Mr Eazi met with 60 of his fans for a personal meet and greet where they engaged with him, took photos and had a conversation with him for roughly 2-3minutes each. He even made a blind fan’s dream come true by having a conversation with her.

Yesterday I was lucky and blessed to be involved in Mr Eazi’s – Life is Eazi Culture Fest at Roundhouse London, where I was able to go behind the scenes to bring you exactly what happened through out the event and I tell you fellow readers it is was actually one of the simplest and smooth show I have attended this year let me explain why

The sound check started on time by the early hours of the morning from 9am till 5pm before the show was about to start with all the live acts making sure the sound was right.

The doors opened at 5.15pm for the crowd and they were welcomed by Dj Selecta Maestro on the decks on stage playing classical Ghanaian songs for 20mins to keep the crowd entertained, when his set was over Dj Sawa jumped in and playing recent Ghanaian songs for another 20mins.

Eddie Kadi did an amazing job hosting the show from the start till Adesope and Dj Naija Boi took over later on in the show.

He brought his amazing jokes which kept the crowd constantly laughing and also his dance moves, even the way he introduced each acts on stage brought laughter in the crowd

The Obvious Conceptual Exhibited a cultural fashion after Dj Sawa’s set by showcasing Black women empowerment by playing famous black women quotes which was quoted by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from Beyoncé’s song flawless the background instrumentals was Fela Adekuti’s songs which linked back to the African roots, the fashion art dance show consisted of 10 dancers wearing African prints and painted in African prints also displayed unity through the songs and also used props such as African broom and African woven baskets to still symbolise culture, this was a great message as it spoke about young women and girls to be proud of the African roots and also be comfortable in their skin no matter what society says

Dj Naija Boi and Sister Deborah graced the stage after the art fashion show and she was accompanied by two female dancers, she really took charge of the crowd by cracking jokes with them before starting to sing her 3 famous songs, firstly Ghana Jellof, secondly, Kikoliko -positivity and finally uncle ObamaShe did an exceptional job on stage and was great to see the crowd singing along to her song uncle Obama

Next on stage was a fashion show curated by Mariam Mr Eazi’s Stylist and Dj Juls playing songs that showcased her fashion which was very bold, elegant and also showcased the African culture

Dj Juls carried on to play his set for another 10mins keeping the crowd still hyped before Dencia was meant to come stage unfortunately she did not feel she was ready to go on stage, she insisted she wanted to go later on the show this created a little glitch as there was already a set order in place so now Dj P Montana had to jump on stage straight away to play his set as Dencia refused to perform her songs.

Dj P Montana played his set exceptionally well and introduced his guests Dencia, she finally came on stage after Dj P Montana’s set and sang her songs Savage and Beri Beri, she was booed off stage by the crowd because of her stage presence and no been a good singer

Moving forward Dj NaijaBoi and adesope did a phenomenal job from the dj set to the Dance competition which saw young professional dancers battle with each other, which was judged by the famous dance duo HomeGrown dancers

The dance competition was one of the best highlights of the show was it really showcased young dancers battling it out with one another showing their best skills on stage the crowds were consistently pumped throughout, the winner Dylan who brought such an amazing stage presence and wowed the audience and won £1000, he was asked what he would do with the money and was too shy and overwhelmed to answer, he finished off by showcasing his final moves to the crowd,

Next on the stage was the famous Dj Cuppy who brought Gracious K to the stage perform while she played her set, still keeping the audience dancing on their feet.

Up next after Dj Cuppy set was the duo Kwamz & Flava who performed their hit singles “Takeover, Darling, She’s on Fire” the duo got the audience dancing through out their performance.

Dj Maphorisa missed his dj set which was meant to be after Kwamz & Flava as he refused to come to the venue, the show still went full throttle without him with Biso Kdei performing after the duo Kwamz & Flava.

Biso performed “Lite, Mansa,” which again the crowd were dancing to through out his performance, up next was The world famous Dj Edu who brought songs from east Africa other parts of Africa in his mix set

The Compozers graced the stage after Dj Edu’s mix set by playing a sample of you, the lights on stage were very powerful, Adesope introduced Mr Eazi on stage while the band was playing fela style instrumentals of his songs

Mr Eazi brought the stage on fire when he stepped on wearing White and yellow custom made African print and his face half painted

Eazi sang 18 songs, he brought Wande Coal, Yungen, Eugy, Dj Spinall, Kah-Lo ft Dj Zain, Riton, Fuse Odg, each artist brought flavour to the stage and an amazing energy the crowd went crazy when he came down the stage to meet his fans and allowed them to sing to the microphone

The night ended exceptionally successful with Eazi thanking his father for coming down from Nigeria and his girlfriend, also his fans and addressing the press

Art Fashion Show

10 Bows Boutique Shoot

Had an amazing time shooting for 10 Bows Boutique in London

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Top Islands to Visit in the UK – Bucket List Edition

So guys you all know I love travelling and visiting places in the UK and I thought I would share some destinations I have visited, so you my lovely readers can also add them to your bucket list if you have not already
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An island escape is at the top of many a travel bucket list, but far-flung destinations aren’t practical for many of us. It’s a good job, then, that we have some of the best islands off the coast of Britain itself. From the Channel Islands off the south coast of England to the Outer Hebrides off the northern shoreline of Scotland, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite islands surrounding our fair isle. Whether you’re looking for sandy beaches, stunning natural beauty, or historic castles, these British places cover all bases. Browse our picks that top the Best Island lists here, and check out Britain’s best beaches for more staycation inspiration.