Sep 10 2014

Technology: Uncluttering My Life…And Bag

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For years I have been all about the larger handbags as I seem to have this need to carry everything, including the kitchen sink, well not really, but everything but, with me wherever I go. It weighs a ton, hurts my shoulder, my back, and because it is so big I can’t never find anything I need without tipping out all the contents.

Those moments are never classy, half eaten cereal bars, OK chocolate bars, receipts, lots of them, old train tickets, press releases and look-books that I have forgotten I have picked up from last weeks event, and that’s without the essentials – my diary, my notepads, yep I always seem to carry more than one, pens galore, USB sticks, and my take anywhere with you camera. Basically it looks like I have taken my entire desk contents out with me.

You often hear the phrase less is more, well I am finally getting on-board and I am embracing the wonders of technology, i.e my smartphone, which is always attached to my hand as I would never find it otherwise, and utilising all the pretty small bags that I own.

I am not saying that this approach will work for fashion week, I need a lot of stuff that even my mobile couldn’t handle on its own, but for every-day life, my mobile really can be a great substitute for my filofax, my notepads, my camera, and lets face you don’t need a pen when you have fingers to tap in notes.

My mobile has generally always been about emails, internet, social media, and of course I can’t go anywhere without snapping a picture or two, but I really have been missing out on the practical functions like the notes, which I love because it syncs with my desktop computer, Surface and tablet, plus creating lists is like my stress reliever. I have also been making full use of the calendar and I have even been conducting my interviews with this little beauty as it has a great voice recorder.

Don’t get me wrong I am not dependant on my mobile, well not much, but I do feel better about using the calendar and productivity apps as they all update onto the cloud, so even if my phone crashes I can retrieve and carry on with my day. So now I have uncluttered my bag, for the most part, next up my closet – I think that will be a harder task!!!

Has your smartphone helped you ditch the bulky bags?

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Sep 09 2014

TMNT Sydney: Megan Fox In Cushnie et Ochs

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Who: Megan Fox

Where: At the Sydney screening of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at The Entertainment Quarter in Sydney, Australia.

Wearing: An orange and white Cushnie et Ochs dress with cut-out detailing from the Resort 2015 collection, teamed with matching white sandals and a stack of bracelets

Verdict: So my girl crush on Megan Fox is totally back, this promo tour for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been perfection, we’ve seen her change it up with the romantic Jonathan Saunders number, but come on we all love it when she brings out the sexy looks.

Not only does she look incredible in this dress, her body really is amazing, I love that she went for a vibrant colour. As well as being sexy, this colour-blocking dress is also fun and perfect for a Sydney screening. I also love that the dress has a high neckline as that really balances out the shorter hemline and the cut-outs at the waist.

If loving the dress wasn’t enough, Megan then takes it up a notch with her side braid and bold centre parting, normally she has her glossy locks down, but I am so pleased that she decided to go for this fierce braid – it really is the perfect finishing touch to her look.

What do you think of Megan Fox’s latest red carpet look?

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[Pics: Getty Images for Paramount International]

Sep 08 2014

Bag Loving: Holly Fulton For Radley

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I love it when two very different brands come together and make something beautiful, and I don’t think you can get any more different than the quirky, fun, and Art Deco-loving Holly Fulton and the traditional leather good company Radley, known for its iconic Scottie dog.

This is the second collection from the London Fashion Week designer, I am not sure why I missed the first, but I am in love with these statement bags, especially the gorgeous embossed Canteen bag. This bag really does marry up Fulton’s graphic designs with the classic styling of Radley and at £199 it really is a great designer buy.

If you are after something that packs more of a bold statement and you are a dog lover then you have to go for the cute Scottie dog clutch, £129. Not only does it come in a vivid blue colour, as well as navy, it also comes embossed with signs and symbols. But If you are after something a little subtle then you can’t go wrong with the gorgeous tote with its bold appliqué geometric design, so very Holly Fulton and so very Radley.

If the bags weren’t pretty enough, inside each bag there is a spherical leather embossed coin purse and mirror – I do love hidden touches like that.

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[Pics: Radley]

Sep 05 2014

Editorial Loving: Paper Mag & Rodarte’s Star Wars Collection

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When the Rodarte AW14 collection ended with five sci-fi gowns featuring Star Wars, fashion editors were divided, some thought it was silly and a gimmick, others loved how fun and cool it was. I have to be honest I was on the fun and cool side. Sometimes fashion takes itself way too serious and I love that Rodarte do generally step out and do something different.

Granted I can’t see the average Joe wearing these pieces, or even a celebrity on a red carpet, but they really are made for an editorial shoot and I love that Paper magazine for their 30th anniversary edition took the five dresses to George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch.

So the dresses were already cool, but now they have the creators seal of approval, plus they are being modelled by model-of-the-moment Ali Michael in a gorgeous setting, along with a few Star Wars most iconic characters, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Darth Vader. You don’t really get better than that!!!

I really do love fun shoots and this one by Todd Cole is certainly that. I think my favourite shot has to be the one with Luke Skywalker on the dress, I love how it blends into the setting.

Are you a fan of Rodarte’s Star Wars dresses?

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[Pics: Paper Mag]

Sep 04 2014

Food: Going Gluten Free With Ilumi

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Kerala Chicken Curry

Going gluten-free isn’t as hard as it used to be, it even has its own section in most supermarkets, but talking to a number of my friends who have had to cut out cereals wheat, barley and rye for medical reasons, there are still not enough tasty alternatives especially when it comes to ready meals.

That is where my seven-day gluten-free challenge with Ilumi comes in. This amazing online food store is not only a haven for great meal options for people with coeliac disease, but their products are also great for people with nut and milk allergies. Or if like me you are looking to be a little healthier and are fed up of that bloating feeling you some times get after eating too much bread.

The seven-day plan literally takes all the worries about what you are going to eat and when, plus they are super quick to prepare in the microwave. I loved that the food was delicious, of course, but also really loved the structure and ease of the plan. As a freelancer sometimes I can miss meals because I am glued to my computer, this plan meant I ate properly for a whole week.

The plan covers brekkie, lunch and dinner, and even provides gluten-free snacks, though to be honest I really did feel full after every meal that I didn’t always need them. The only downside I could see with the plan is that in the height of summer I am not sure you would want so many hot lunches, there are a lot of soups on offer, but then again I can’t rave enough about the Butternut Squash and Tomato and Red Pepper soups, they were both two of my favourite dishes.

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Tomato and Red Pepper soup

For me though the treat of this menu had to be the tasty curries for dinner, whether it was the mild and creamy Kerala Chicken Curry, the Moroccan-style Zaatar Chicken, or the spicy Thai Red Chicken Curry. The only thing I would say is don’t bother with the supermarket-own gluten-free naan bread, so tasteless and a waste of money. I also loved the addition of the gluten-free beer, Celia. Now I am not a beer fan, so to me it tasted like any other beer, but a friend did say it was less bloating.

The weekly plan, provides all your meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well snacks and beer for curry night, for £45 and that includes free P&P to your door. All you need is a microwave. It really is that easy. It is also a great way to try Ilumi’s dishes, see which are your favourites so you could just stock up on those for nights when you are after a quick gluten-free meal.

But Ilumi is much more than the seven-day plan, the shop has everything from gluten-free gravy to stir-in sauces and even offers endorsed products such as pasta and noodles. I really want to try the Sweet Soy & Ginger Stir Fry Sauce, with wheat-free soy.

Are you gluten-free? Would you try Ilumi?

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Geng Gari Curry with Butternut Squash

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Celia gluten-free beer

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Zaatar Chicken

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Thai Red Chicken Curry

**I was gifted with a week supply of Ilumi dishes to review – but as always if I didn’t like, enjoy or think you would all love it as well – I wouldn’t share it**

Sep 03 2014

My Style: Monochrome With A Pop Of Colour

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I do love wearing black and white, where it is as block colours or a vibrant print, I just think monochrome is chic and elegant and perfect to wear to meetings followed by cocktails and dinner with friends. I wore this look a few weeks ago to an Echo Falls event where I interviewed Holly Fulton, I just thought it was the perfect summer evening look, monochrome with a pop of colour with my fab Rebecca Minkoff bag.

The outfit started with this fab skirt, which no one could believe was Primark. I love a full skirt and this pleated beauty with a sexy split is a great day-to-evening piece and I think it went perfectly with this black River Island shirt with its sheer paneling.

The final touches were my accessories, the black sandals from Clarks are so comfortable that they are great for meeting hopping as well as socialising, and they are fast becoming my favourite black shoe because they literally go with anything. I just adore block heels and I love the suede and patent mixed with the retro styling of the ankle strap, oh and did I mention they are uber-comfy as they have cushion layer.

I was going to pair my look with a black handbag, but because the sun was shining, this yellow beauty caught my eye in my room and I just had to go with a pop of colour. I really feel it enhances the floral print on the skirt, as well as make the monochrome more vibrant.

Are you a fan of adding a pop of colour to your monochrome looks?

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My Style: Monochrome skirt, Primark // Black shirt, River Island // Yellow bag, Rebecca Minkoff // Black ‘Susie Deva’ sandals, Clarks (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o Specsavers) // Hair by Carol at Toni & Guy, Cambridge //

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**Thanks to Ashanti aka Adorn Girl for snapping my pictures and making me look pretty**

Sep 02 2014

Barbie Lagerfeld: Coming September 29, 2014

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OK Barbie lovers, mark up September 29 on your calendar, set an alarm in your phone, write it on the back of your hand, whatever it takes to remember – as this is when Barbie Lagerfeld goes on sale.

Part of the Barbie Collector series, Barbie Lagerfeld will be limited to only 999 dolls, so it will go quickly and will be priced around $200/€200. Unlike other launches which were exclusive to the BarbieCollector.com, Karl Lagerfeld’s doll will also be sold at select Karl Lagerfeld boutiques, Colette in Paris, as well as on Net-a-Porter.com, which is probably where you will find me on September 29 ready to add to basket!!!

When the news broke that Barbie would be channelling Karl Lagerfeld’s complete look, from his trademark white ponytail to his signature tailored black jacket and fingerless gloves, I was excited, but I have to be honest it wasn’t until I saw my favourite doll alongside the designer himself, above, that I got really giddy.

I really can’t wait to add this beauty of a doll to my collection. Just look how fierce she looks below – I am loving everything from her eyebrows to the statement sunglasses and that incredible belt that only Barbie and Karl Lagerfeld can really pull off!!!

What do you think of Barbie Lagerfeld – will you be buying at the end of the month?

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[Pics: Karl Lagerfeld/Mattel]
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