“Hear No Evil”  Laura Rael-Brook Art Exhibition

Hey Chamillionaire’s

I was kind enough to be invited to Hampstead artist Laura Rael-Brook, the daughter of the legendary shirts manufacturer Harry Rael-Brook, Press viewing on Thursday 5th September but honestly could not attend on the day due to childcare (parents/guardians would understand) but I was honest enough and informed the pr team my reasons why and asked if I could go the following day to meet the artist instead and thankfully they agreed, so on Friday 6th September I was able to meet the lovely Laura Rael-Brook and spoke to her about her “Hear No Evil”  art exhibition what inspired her to  showcase the artworks of an intense career, expressing the trauma and beauties of life, her Jewish heritage, and causes she cares for.

The Lucky Golfer is definitely a piece which is very interesting the materials used really put the art together

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Mask of different faces

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This piece was one of my favourites paintings as it was very captivating and the story behind is, her showing the three stages the prisoners felt at the concentration camp, from at first been free, then going to the concentration camp to then been burnt and finally their souls been free, the eyes represents a person who is in a cage at the concentration camp scared, nervous and sad.

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Artworks include sculpture Holocaust Bride she worked on for 6 years. As you walk around it, it reflects so many of her feelings about the Holocaust and her personal trauma of losing her beloved sister to breast cancer.

The three musicians art piece is her favourite painting, she used acrylic paint to do this, painting several layers unto the canvas and then chipping bits away once the painting was dried

The Three Musicians

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The title piece, Tobacco Marijuana is an installation made of gabions to reflect on the destructive demons of addictives.

Toast is an impressive piece of gabions, stones, varnished bread, and a toaster.

The artist’s feelings about animal cruelty are reflected in the unique artwork Karma.

Love, Hope, Passion was inspired by nature and shows three pieces of wood symbolising three of the most powerful feelings.

Laura was involved in art already at the age of 16. After her studies, she worked as a window dresser of the major stores in Savile Rowe, her works were covered in several newspapers.

She has an intense career working on a wide range of artworks. “Creating an artwork is a journey for me. I think of an idea and then constantly look at things for inspiration. I put so much of myself into it.” – she says.

Here are more detailed images from the exhibition

Karma- the blue gorilla cut into half and a blown up soldier the insides of the gorilla

The devils and his mistress is a painting that took Laura many years to complete

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The Irish Jigger painting

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Available now – Sept 29 2019 

OmniDe Showroom, 96, Belsize Lane  NW3 5BE

Omnide++ Showroom is a beautifully arranged creative hub giving space to events, creative projects and presenting sophisticated fine arts and high end finishes for suppliers wishing to showcase their products. “The closer and wider communities are very important for us,” – says Ivan Lazzaroni, Director of OmniDe. – “We believe in collaborations and offer a creative hub to share ideas among designers, artists, suppliers, and architects. It’s a pleasure to have such a talented artist like Laura for the second time at our venue.” 

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The talented artists laura Rael-Brook sculpting away

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Here you can find photos of some of her earlier exhibitions, to give you a taste of these: http://contentbonum.com/lauraraelbrook/

 

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FALZ- Child of the world (Stop Rape)

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Falz is out with a new video for the tune en-titled ‘Child Of The World’. ‘Child Of The World’ is taken from the 3rd Solo Studio album by FalzTheBahdGuy.

The moving visuals is directed by Kemi Adetiba.

Child of the World features Toyin Abraham as one of the main characters.

What’s most important about the song and visuals is the message – Sexual Abuse and Suicide.

These are two major concerns in our society today and who better pass the message on through music and visual story telling than – Falz and Kemi Adetiba. 27

Watch and Enjoy!

The Gucci x Dapper Dan Clothing Collection

The Collection Is Finally Available Online And In Stores Across The Country

 

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Up until this moment, the highly coveted Gucci x Dapper Dan collection was only available at the Gucci store located on Wooster Street in New York City. You can see how that would be very limiting to die-hard fashion connoisseurs who have been itching to get their hands on the dope designs.

Well, the fashion gods are smiling down on us because the entire collection is now ready for purchase on Gucci.com and several Gucci boutiques around the country.

Dapper Dan’s collection for the brand encompasses all of the over-the-top logo loving of his prior designs, updated with more contemporary finesse. Bold double G adorned track jackets are fashioned out of sequins, leather monogrammed hoodies are uplifted with gold trims and ostentatious designs, and glasses come equipped with all over crystals. Velvet sets feature ornate dragon designs, accessorized with large gold chains. This collection is not for the faint of heart.

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According to the press release detailing the partnership and collection, the designs are a “Guccified version of the original Dapper Dan aesthetic.” The document goes onto say that “the new collection is an extraordinary example of fashion sampling, and explores the synergy between the magpie design philosophies of both Dan and Michele [Creative Director at Gucci].”

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I honestly couldn’t agree more.

The collection is a stunning homage to Dap’s iconic streetwear creations that were worn by Hip-Hop royalty (including LL Cool J, Rakim, and Salt-N-Pepa) to some of Harlem’s biggest gangsters. Combine that with Gucci’s luxe fabrics, attention to detail, and head-turning tailoring —  and you’ve got yourself a legendary line of clothing.

Gold printed python, Nappa leather, velour and premium denim are just a few of the fabrications found throughout the line. Gucci’s GG logo is generously used on bomber jackets to oversized fanny packs. And speaking of accessories, the Swarovski crystal-encrusted eyewear, and sleek throwback sneakers are the icing on this oh-so-dope cake.

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But what we love the most is that Dap is back in the sartorial spotlight where he belongs. Now excuse us while we spend all our money!

Here’s a look at more of the incredible Gucci x Dapper Dan collection…

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Why are women & young girls refusing to get Tested for STD’s

Hey C-U readers, I hope you are enjoying your day so far and this week is bringing you joy and happiness, I thought I would share some knowledge today,  as you can guess from the title “Why women & young ladies refusing to get tested for Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD’s)”.

So I was reading a few articles this week, as I always do but this time around it was young women and girls on issues about not getting tested for STD’s, which I would say hit home for me and maybe a few of you also, who are sexually active with their partner

STD is a scary thing to talk about especially at a young age, you never think about it, let alone ask yourself Why should I even bother getting tested right? well wrong,  Speaking to a friend or your General Practitioner is a great place to start to gain insights to what Sexually transmitted diseases are and to get tested frequently for them, ( sexually active or not) especially in this day and age where the rate of young people having sex has tripled over the years and STD’s also.

survey examined perceptions surrounding sexual health and STDs in groups of young women between the ages of 15 and 24, mothers of young women that age, and primary care doctors, OB/GYN specialists, and other speciality physicians in the sexual health sphere. Questions were based on the topics of sexual activity, sexual health, and knowledge of and screening for STDs.

Medical guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all sexually active young people under the age of 25 get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea, among other STDs, at least once a year. According to the CDC, young adults make up about half of STD cases, and cases are at an all-time high, with reports from 2016 showing more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

Among many key findings from the survey, it was found that only a little more than half of young women (56%) say they are currently sexually active, and of those, only 56% have been tested for an STD. Sixty-two percent of young women who responded that they are sexually active but have not been tested cited “not feeling at risk” while 55% cited not having any symptoms as reasons for not getting tested. Of the young women who answered as being sexually active, 86% and 88% said they aren’t at risk for chlamydia or gonorrhea, respectively. However, it’s important to remember that many people might not show symptoms of STDs — but that doesn’t make getting tested any less important. In fact, if you’re sexually active, it’s still just as important to get tested annually even if you appear to be asymptomatic. Anyone can get an STD, no matter who they are.

Results from the study also showed that one in four (24%) primary care doctors say they feel uncomfortable discussing STD and STI risk with female patients. In addition, one in three doctors solely relies on symptoms to diagnose an STD. However, the CDC guidelines note that “STDs do not always cause symptoms, so it is possible to have an infection and not know it.” However, the study found that one in four physicians will still disregard the screening guidelines if a patient appears to be asymptomatic.

The study highlights how stigma and a lack of open, healthy communication between young women and their parents and doctors have potentially allowed STD rates to skyrocket. It’s clear that many young women and young people may not know how to discuss a topic that’s so sensitive, which makes it all the more important for doctors to be initiating discussions about sexual health and STDs. It’s also extremely important to know where to find sexual health resources, and where to go get tested if you’re looking for a non-judgmental and stigma-free environment.

The most important thing to remember is that it’s not shameful to have questions or concerns about your sexual health, and it’s not shameful if you do get an STD. Talking with health care professionals and getting tested can help you understand your body and know how to have the most healthy and safe sex possible when you’re sexually active.

Here are some organisations you can contact about sexually transmitted diseases STD’s

 

 

Men in Business: Meli Moyo (Check Out Africa & Promoshin)

This week has been a pretty relaxed week, for me as I have been catching up on my lectures, and assignments.

I sat down with Meli Moyo co-founder of Check Out Africa, and Promoshin Media & Marketing pr company. We discussed how he and his partner Ivor decided to create the online company which showcases Africa finest artefacts, fashion, culture and also African companies.

Meli is a man of business and at a young age is succeeding in his business ventures, check out how our interview went below.

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How are you today, Happy New Year

I’m feeling blessed and highly favoured. Happy New Year to you too.

Last year was a successful year for you and your brand. What would you say was the highlight of 2017? 

I would say the highlight for me last year was all the great stuff we achieved for CheckOutAfrica. After going through a rebrand and website revamp, we can back strong with high profile interviews, more content and growing our social media following. 2017 was a good year for us.

And what are you looking forward to for 2018?

In 2018 I’m looking forward to more success & growth. We have launched Promoshin, our social media management and marketing agency and I’m excited about what’s to come.

Please tell our readers what you do?

I’m a jack of all trades and a master of some. I wear different hats in my roles, so I’m sometimes a content creator, a social media manager, a blogger, interviewer but I’m always a entrepreneur. I think we’re blessed in this day and age that we’re able to be multi-facetted creators and have that as a job role. I love it.

You are co founder of Check out Africa and Promoshin how did that come about and how did those two brands start? 

Well these companies have been around for a long time, but the last couple of years have been our most ‘successful’ if you will. The genesis of CheckOutAfrica came from a need to show the beauty of Africa. Unfortunately, media coverage of Africa doesn’t always present our Motherland as we Africans know it. We made it a mission to change the narrative around Africa, showcase the beauty in our many cultures and traditions, but also the beauty in our cities, villages and provinces. And social media gave us the tools to do this without going through mainstream media channels.

Promoshin, our social media management and marketing services started because we saw that a number of the companies we were working with had little or limited social media presence. So we set up and started helping businesses grow their online audience, amplify their reach and ultimately grow their business. The rest is history.

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

We saw the need and the demand, and decided we wanted to do something about it. Like most businesses. If you’re business isn’t meeting or addressing a social need, it can be hard to stay operational. So make sure you address a need and if it’s not there. Create it.

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

I didn’t, I kind of fell into it. So it wasn’t a choice I made but something that happened naturally. This lifestyle is always glamourized or romanticized. However, not a lot can prepare you for the struggles that come with being an entrepreneur or a business owner, and it certainly isn’t all roses. There’s peaks and valleys, but you just have to keep pushing. A wise person once told me that being a entrepreneur is more about the journey than the destination. And that statement couldn’t be truer.

What made you choose this type of business?

Two things: one, access. The barriers to entry have essentially been kicked down. Social media and the internet has given us a voice, that people didn’t have before. Through social media we’re about to reach people in Africa from our phones or laptops. For an organisation like ours, that’s gold. We’re able to empower, inspire and collaborate with people in Africa remotely.

And in regards to Promoshin, social media marketing is crucial to businesses, this is the trend going beyond 2018 it seems. And with our skills we want to help businesses harness the power of social media as we have managed to do with CheckOutAfrica and others.

What is unique about your business?

What makes our business unique is our team. We don’t work like traditional companies. We have a genuine passion and care for the companies we work with. We work closely with all our clients so we’re personally invested in helping companies grow and reach their goals.

You have worked with a number of high end clients and brands have you ever turned down a client?

We haven’t turned down a client per se. We try to hear out anyone who gets in contact with us. However, there has been times when things haven’t worked out for various reasons obviously. Maybe the budget wasn’t right, we couldn’t work out schedules or just differences in perspectives.

And if so how did you know it was the right thing to do?

One thing we try to avoid having in our line of business is FOMO (fear of missing out) – When things haven’t worked out, we try to see to it as a blessing in disguise. We try to do the best for our clients and have a vested interest in their business, so when we get a client where we feel we this isn’t the case, we try not to do them a disservice by taking the project if we’re not fully invested.

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

I would say comparison kills and perseverance is your oxygen.

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

I’d advice them to study their craft. Find balance and don’t be afraid to try things out. Don’t feel like you should know exactly what you want do, you can take time to explore and figure it out. It’s a marathon not a race.

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?

I’ve been lucky to have a good work-life balance, in my free time I like to chill and hang out. Grab a drink with friends, go to a concert, see a movie. Live life not just exist, if you know what I mean. 

Finally As a business owner, what are your top three priorities? And Do you set high expectations or tolerate mediocrity? 

Balance & Discipline: Not comparing ourselves to other organisations and being disciplined in our practices enough to make our business succeed.

Knowledge: What we’re doing to stay ahead of our competition but also how we’re empowering and inspiring others to have a voice.

Network: Not only networking up but networking across –  So not only trying to work with people in a better position or higher up in the food chain than us but working with people from our backgrounds, different African countries. Growing our network so we can better help others too.

We do not tolerate mediocrity. We definitely set high expectations, mostly for ourselves as an organisation.

How do you balance the up-keep of CheckOutAfrica and social media outlets ?

Updating social media platforms and outlets has become second nature at this point. Obviously we use social media tools and resources where we can but for the most part we manually manage our social media platforms as well as for clients. It can be a lot of work but you learn to love it.

Where would you like the businesses to be in the next 5 years?

For CheckOutAfrica, in 5 years we will be bigger, with offices in Africa and also working with bigger organisations and actively doing more work within Africa. Promoshin will be bigger and better. High profile clientele and offering a wider array of services.

What advice do you have for the young men trying to start up a marketing and social media platform ?

I would advise them is build your own social media platforms first before managing others. Also, stay up to date with the trends. Social media moves very quickly, trends change over night. We’ve seen it recently with Instagram, so it’s important to know whats happening. But most importantly, have fun. Nothing is worth doing if you’re not having fun or enjoying yourself, so try to do something you truly enjoy and will fulfil you.

Importantly, you don’t own your Instagram account, your twitter account or whatever platform you use. You’re renting the space, and if your business is solely based on a social media platform, whether you have 1M or 1K followers you’re always an algorithm or a new popular platform away from not having a business. Think beyond social media.

You can follow Lynn and Check Out Africa & Promoshin on all Social media platforms 

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@Checkoutafrica

@camillefriendshow

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Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sense Launch

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sense Launch at Noho Studios in london.

The night was filled with PR companies, bloggers (like myself) and celebrities ( Jamie Jewit; Professional Boxer, Pete Wicks; The Only Way is Essex, Sam Callahan: Singer Sam Thompson from Made in Chelsea ) and the Wilkinson Team which was a pleasure to meet and talk to.

I learnt about when the company fist started in 1773 and how it has developed in 246 years, from been a heavy shaving device for men to been a modern, light, flexible and compact to use for both genders.

Pete Wicks was barber for the event who gave Sam Thompson and Jamie Jewitt a facial trim using the Hydro Sense 5

The event was very successful and I am glad I was able to experience it all, I can not wait to try my Hydro 5 Sense Sensitive razor and give you all my feedback on the products

Wilkinson Sword’s Hydro 5 Sense razor & blades. Hydro 5 Sense features include: A built-in shock absorber/ Flipper trimmer/ Cartridge with 7 hydrating gel pools that contain menthol/ And 5 Ultra Glide Blades with Skin Guard. Leaving your skin feeling energized.

Hydro 5 Sense, designed to give a close shave.

Hydro 5 Sense is built to address irritation head-on with the inclusion of an innovative built-in shock absorber on the razor head that allows for an incredibly close shave, alongside unique refill gel formulas which provide specific shaving benefits that cater to men’s differing needs.

How to use

Hydro 5 Sense razor auto-adjusts when pressure is applied, flexing as needed and absorbing excess energy that normally exerts onto the skin. When the pressure goes away, the razor returns to its original state.

1:Exfoliate – It will help prepare the skin for your shave.

2: Wet your stubble with warm water before shaving to hydrate the hair making it easier to cut.

3: Make sure your blades are sharp. Dull blades are the culprit for most shaving accidents.

4: Shave the most sensitive area of your face first – the neck and below the jawbone – then move up the face, applying gentle pressure and shaving with the grain of the hair.

5: Apply oil / alcohol free moisturiser to soothe, protect and invigorate your skin.

Important info

1. Built-In Shock Absorber: Featuring shock absorption technology, the mechanism inside “senses” when different pressure is exerted on skin during shaving and auto adjusts to provide the optimum amount of pressure.

2. The Flip Trimmer, with a simple flick of the thumb, no need to turn the handle over, the trimmer can be used to edge and trim, reaching those hard to get areas such as under the nose.

Ingredients

PEG-115M, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Stearate, Cyclodextrin, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Menthol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Maltodextrin, Aqua, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Candelilla Cera, Hydrated Silica

Images from the night

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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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.

Fenty x Puma Runway show

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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

Swarovski SS18 Preview 

Big Thank you to Swarovski for having me last week at their Spring Summer Collection, I was able to see the lovely jewellery pisces

The Collection has bold textures, silhouettes and colours complemented even bolder ideas by Swarovski  Through clever crystal application, designers Michael Halpern, Mary Katrantzou and Chalayan animatedly explored the new generation’s empowering persona – whether virtuous or egotistical – while wistfully remembering where it all started.

 

Michael Halpern’s glittering lineup of mini dresses, jumpsuits and floor skimming gowns were inspired by a quirky and harmonious blend of jungle patterns and 70’s after-dark New York glamour. The designer, new to the circuit as a recent graduate of Central Saint Martins (he completed his MA in 2016) just one season prior, is already lauded for his signature extreme opulence and vibrancy. For SS18, this translated into a sequin-soaked mix of disco and rock-ready pieces featuring skinny tailored pantsuits, voluminous cocktail dresses and lurex bell bottoms rounded out with a crystallized fringed mini dress and skirt. The collection – exuberant, happy and loud – was a young brand’s reaction to the political climate in Europe and America, reflecting both the dejected feelings and activist spirit of the current generation through strong, empowering style.

Mary Katrantzou’s spring collection, dubbed ‘The Youth of a Year’, illustrated an “idealised infancy,” transforming memories of childhood art forms and activities into expressive ensembles in bright, vivid hues.

Inspired by the innocence of adolescence, Katrantzou challenged the notion that imagination is the only limit, churning out ballooning dresses with floral paint by number prints alongside Swarovski crystal embroidered dresses, Lego-covered skirts, and nylon rainwear in a slew of Crayola colors. The designer also debuted a new Atelier Swarovski collection of precious stones encased in geometric shapes producing a playful, structural blueprint.

At Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Hussein Chalayan tapped into the psyche of the digitally-devoted, analyzing how the “like” culture can be measured and therefore weakened by the opinion of others, while at the same time gain a sense of power and privilege from this entitled state. His collection, aptly named ‘Entitled’, employed Swarovski crystal headdresses to frame models’ faces to represent a redefined confidence. In opposition, draped, flowing dresses were embroidered with fluorescent crystal Post-It notes, commenting on the rapid communication of the social media world with a slow and tedious design process.

The Spring 2018 collections facilitated collaborations across four major cities in the fashion industry, enabling pioneering design talent throughout the world to express their unique creative visions through innovative crystal application.

Here are the beautiful pisces from the collections, hope you like them as I love them

Karla Otto SS18 Press Review 

So I was at the Karla Otto Spring Summer Press preview at Sackville Street London, for those of you who do not know who Karla Otto are here is a brief explanation

Karla Otto is an international public relations and brand strategy agency for luxury, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, art, culture and design industry leaders. The company’s unparalleled network of offices spans eight cities worldwide: Milan, Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. With 30 years of experience in shaping and communicating the unique visions of our clients, we have a deep understanding of the dynamic cultural landscape, combined with an intuition that anticipates industry innovation. Our global position and local insight creates a compelling dialogue between brands and their target audiences that is integrated across print, broadcast and digital media. Powerful relationships with style leaders and tastemakers amplify our influence.

I hope that brief outline gave you an idea of who they are and what they do, anyways moving on like I said I was at their Spring Summer 18 Press Preview and I will sum it up in three words; Hot, Bold and Expensive

I was able to view brands that they look after such as: Philipp Plien, Celine, Balenziaga, Dsquared2, Sophia Webster and 65 more clients, which I would love to list but unfortunately we will be here till  next year

Each clients had individualism, creativity and really captured the essence of next years trends by high-lighting the key trends which are: Floral, neon and pastel colours, earthy tones and palm trees

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


Linear

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


Artist DD Regalo

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

http://www.crownpaints.co.uk

Profile SS18 Press Review

Big thank you one again for Profile PR for having me at their SS18 Press at Oui Rooms london. I was able to see the SS18 collections from brands such as Td Baker Luggage collection, Tumi luggage collection, Brics Luggage collection and many more.
Brands for the SS18 Collection

Big thank you for the gift items

 

Simon Carter


Simon Carter london men cufflink, accessories and suits 

Lola Rose crystal scarfs. Jewel rise and purses

TCMI Luggage collection.

Brics Italian luggage collection

25 Year anniversary collection


Ted Baker luggage collection

Limited Edition

Radley watch collection


Thament  hair fragrance


Lebon toothpaste collection

Lenin toothpaste consists of 5 flavours; pineapple, liquorice, cinnamon, green tea


Jusbox perfumes. Coloured bottles


Radley london luggage collection


Henry london watches

Urban Apothecary candles and diffusers black

IDEO perfume lingerie


Carthusia men’s body collection. Wood effect


Paul Hewitt men and women watch collection

Vivienne Westwood SS18 Press Day

We are a Motherfucker

Vivienne Westwood SS18 collection is all about: love, free world & IOU;  Greed, Rot$, Propoganda, War and Buy we’ll choose well and make it last”

She created a pack of playing card, were one is released every week, she started of with the ace of spades, were everything is connected

You are able to collect them like footbal cards, it is also a plan of action, a survey map, if we are able to connect the dots, we can fight for the free world, which is by firstly switching to Green Energy Suppliers

This collection as usual by Vivienne Westwood was jaw dropping, I fell in love with the white denim sleeveless jacket, and 2 piece matching ace of spades jacket and skirt



“Buy less choose well” Vivenne Westwood 

Gallery SS18 Collection


Mulberry SS18 Press Day

 

 

 

 

 For Mulberry SS18, the label showed the collection at a private presentation during –SS18 Prss days in London at their head office, taking a season out from doing a full catwalk show, in readiness for a mega return to LFW in February (when they’ll switch to a totally see-now-buy-now model – credit cards at the ready)

1. Country-house crockery


2. The Queen – and assorted aristocrats – in summer

3. Joyous jewels – and bags, and shoes…


Mulberry SS18

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British Fashion Volume 3 SS18

Big thank you to McQueen for having me last night at the British Fashion Show Volume 3 at Dorsett Hotel London

The ambience was beautiful, fitted very well with each collection pieces, from the layout of the soft velvet-chairs to the bar located on the right hand side of the runway giving it high class but formal.

The guests started coming in from 7pm and everyone was seated by 8pm and were created with great hospitality from the staff, the Fashion catwalk started at 8.20pm and finished by 10pm

The first set were outstanding

Maddie Williams consisted of 5 Pisces

The collection was a summer and spring futuristic capsule full of pastel colours and Duvet inspired jackets, with the colours been consisting through out the collection which were pink, blue, white and touch of yellow

Maddie Williams Collection

MoQueen Collection Bag Collection

Gallery from the night

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AW17 CHECKS & PLAIDS

HI GUYS

My sincere apologies I have quite busy with transitioning back to university life that I have not had time to put a post up, but better late than never right?

We all know about the check and plaids trend which has come back again into this years autumn and winter season and I thought it would be great to give you, a few inspirations on how to put your plaids together: either as a casual chic look or work to night out look

Checks and plaids are among the biggest pattern trends from the fall runway shows. Now is the perfect time to consider all the different ways you can wear checks and plaids. These patterns are a staple in our fall wardrobe, and this year they finally have a special treatment.

With the rise of the female power suits, checks and plaids got in the spotlight. There is no better way to upgrade your office style than with a tailored-to-perfection check suit. This year the office gals will have a chance to make multiple interesting fashion choices. Plaid shirts, check blazers and dresses in either of these patterns are the ultimate office-approved pieces. The business style will be popular outside of the office as well. You could attend all the after work parties as the best-dressed person in the room.

Check and plaid coats are must-have pieces for the upcoming season. These patterned coats will transform the boring outfit into a chic fashion moment. Pick some of these prints in unexpected colours for a bolder impression. This year’s fall fashion trends advise the bolder the better, so just have fun with your fashion choices.

Below are a few street style looks to inspire you this season

Layering Plaids and checks

casual chic

Office Sports look

If You’re Gonna Splurge on Gucci, This Is What’s in For Autumn

You’re not new to the world of Gucci — you’ve been seeing (and potentially dreaming) of the fashion house’s impeccable craftmanship since you first locked eyes on the double Gs — but things have taken an intense turn as of late. Now, all you see are furry slides, buttery-soft bags, and slick belts, and they’re all calling your name. If this scenario perfectly describes the situation you’re in, you’re not alone. Gucci has officially been dominating the fashion set of late, and we’re all noticing. If you’re ready to open your wallet and splurge on something beautiful, we rounded up the most popular Gucci items for Autumn.

Live in Your Very Own Crystal Palace

Image Source: Murals Wallpaper
Crystals can heal, encourage positive energy, provide clarity, and help us channel unconditional love, not to mention they’re beautiful. To put it simply: why wouldn’t you want them plastered all over the walls of your home? Come to think of it, why don’t you already? Before you try and formulate an excuse, exercise your eyes over Murals Wallpaper’s crystal collection. These agate and mineral prints inspired by the balance and healing of crystals will not only give you the Instagram backdrop of a mindful goddess but create a serene, calming haven in your home (when you’re on your digital detox, that is).

Each with an energy that can change your life for the better (both in and out of the bedroom), whether they come in succulent planter form or rainbow auras, we’re totally sold on crystals.

Sneak Peek! 24 New Products from IKEA for August 2017

This August, IKEA is introducing a new range of products right in time for the new catalogue. The launch takes us into a universe filled with deep colours, golden accents and a touch of the tropics.

For the living room, as we mentioned last week, there’s a new armchair, the ODGER, a true innovation with respect to material, a mix of recycled plastic and wood with visible fibers that give the chair a living soft surface and comes in a range of fresh colours. We’re also loving the practical sofa bed (above) that would be perfect for a dorm and makes room for spontaneous sleepovers.

There are also plenty of new textiles to help make things cozy, from rugs to throws. And a selection of new lighting and decoration objects.

Also mentioned this past week here, there’s a new dinnerware series that’s made partly of glass from IKEA factory scraps. BACKIG porcelain. “We wanted to create organic shapes that reflect the light and emphasize the food against the shiny blackness,” says Pia Amsell and Barbro Berlin, the designers behind the series. Such an interesting colour! We are also super-excited about the new brass cutlery, TILLAG (which also comes in black)!

On the kitchen front, we’re excited to see a new worktop which creates a genuine look of ash while saving on wood, and of course those leather handles made of leather scraps which we think was inspired by all the IKEA hacks of something similar we’ve been seeing these past few years.

For the bathroom, there’s a few new taps in a range of styles which help to save on water and energy. All in all, this launch highlights how smart and beautiful products can be made with respect for the environment. Let’s take a look!

1. HAMMARN sofa bed
Made with Scandinavian simplicity in mind, the HAMMARN sofa bed has a sleek design coupled with easy conversion from sofa to bed. Ideal for a start up apartment or dorm, the most incredible thing about this sofa bed is the price, with the lowest price on the sofa bed market, $129.

2. KOARP armchair
(Above and directly below). While bringing a modern look to the living room, the new KOARP armchair is a great addition for sitting back and relaxing in. The leg frames come in either black or white, but the ability to customize only starts here. There’s also a range of fresh colours to choose from. Golden-yellow, light green, light blue, medium grey, beige, dark brown and black. Note the storage pocket in the back. They all match the colours of the VIMLE sofa and are removable and machine washable. $219 CAD.

 

3. KRÖNGE rug
Handwoven in wool, the graphics and colours of KRÖNGE are a fun way to brighten up a space. W170 × L240cm $349.

It’s also good to know the rugs are made in an IKEA initiative in India and Bangladesh to ensure good working conditions and fair wages for the weavers. The initiative started in 2010 to tackle the problems in the carpet weaving industry, with work being done at home or in unregulated centres. They’ve also invested in a new type of loom that allows for a more ergonomic working position and requires less muscle power to operate, making it easier for more women to weave rugs.

4. VINDUM rug
The VINDUM rug was developed to be as flexible as possible, easy to join many rugs together to create a rug that fits the space while the thickness dampens sounds and adds warmth in blue, grey or white. W170 × L230cm $149.

5. NÖDEBO rug
Loving the gradient of greens in this handwoven wool rug. W170 × L240cm $349.


6. GILLHOV cushion covers
This month’s new cushion covers update the home with a touch of the tropics. The GILLHOV cushion cover features a leaf pattern in greens and yellow set against a beige background. It’s the same pattern/fabric found on other sofas and armchairs in the IKEA range, so it’s possible to go all in for lush impact.

7. MAJBRITT cushion cover  
With the MAJBRITT cushion cover, the home gets a visit by a flock of flying flamingos. The cover also has a more neutral backside if you wish to switch things up.


8. VÄGMÅLLA throw
There’s also a new selection of throws ranging from modern to traditional in style, and the VÄGMÅLLA (shown below) has a pleated structure made from a cotton-acrylic
mix in light grey or blue, giving a some texture to a bed or sofa. $19.99

9. SLÄKT series
With pre teens in mind, IKEA has developed the SLÄKT series. With friends becoming increasingly important at this age, they’ve created a bed with the choice of various underbed modules that are designed for relaxing and hanging out.

The pieces are made to be multi-functional, and besides an underbed with storage there’s a storage box on wheels that can act as a side table and a seat module with handy storage inside. Bed frame $99, Storage box with casters $70/each.

 

10. SOLBO table lamp
An adorable night owl would make for a cute night light or mood light in a kid’s room. $19.99.

11. FADO table lamp
A round globe-shaped lamp made of tinted yellow glass looks like a light from a time since past. FADO table lamp $24.99, LUNNOM LED bulb $4.99

12. MAJORNA floor + table lamp
sculpted in double layers of high-grade paper applied by hand on a sturdy metal construction, the MARJORNA series offers double layers giving off a three-dimensional effect when lit. Table lamp $12.99/ea and Floor lamp $39.99/each (White, White/grey).

13. ODGER chair
A true innovation with respect to material, (a mix of recycled plastic and wood with visible fibers that give the chair a living soft surface). Made of recycled plastic and wood fiber comes in blue, brown and nature and is mounted completely without screws in a seamless expression. ODGER chair $8

 

14. TILLAGD cutlery
Perhaps one of our must-haves from the new August collection is this new brass or black cutlery. 24-pieces that adds a bit of glitz to your festive table. $59.99

 

15. CHAMPAGNE coupe 
Loving these elegant and chic, STORHET champagne glasses, which not only is great for sipping the bubbly, but would work well for serving up desserts like ice creams or fruit salads. $2.99

16. PRISTELLA tray
A vintage-inspired serving tray with dark florals originating from traditional floral textile designs. $9.99

17. BACKIG porcelain
“We wanted to create organic shapes that reflect the light and emphasize the food against the shiny blackness,” says Pia Amsell and Barbro Berlin, the designers behind the series. Such an interesting colour! Bowl $1.99/each, Side plate $1.99/each, Plate $2.99/each, Plate $3.99/each.

18. SNOFSA clock
We’re sensing more nostalgia with this metallic accented brass coloured clock. $14.99

19. TILLSYN hourglass
Another fun objet d’art with the TILLSYN hourglass, with golden beads running through it. $9.99

 

20. MYRHEDEN frame
A brass-coloured grid with twelve clips made for putting up favourite items and at the bottom, hooks for hanging anything from keys to scissors. $24.99

 

21. PINNARP worktop
Made with an innovative and sustainable technology, the PINNARP worktop places solid ash wood on top of particleboard, making for a more sustainable option. $220. L98 x W25⅝

22. ÖSTERNÄS handles
And a favourite of ours already because of it’s DIY relativity (remember seeing these in all our hack round-ups),  ÖSTERNÄS, with it’s fine leather handles made of leftover material recycled from other productions, giving warmth and a natural feel to all the storage furniture. $12.99/2 pack Ø19mm, Leather handle $14.99/2 pack Hole spacing 128mm.

23. BROGRUND tap

These bathroom taps all have a flow restrictor that mixes water with air resulting in up to 50% less water being used. They also have cold start that reduces hot water consumption and prevents little hands from getting scalded. BROGRUND wash-basin mixer tap with strainer $99
H28cm.

24. HAMNSKÄR tap
HAMNSKÄR wash-basin mixer tap with strainer $129