Tag Archive: The Apartment

Sep 24 2014

LFW Apartment: Bethnals x Isko Denim

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So I might have a little denim addiction, whether it’s jeans, skirts or shorts I can’t help but fill my wardrobe with more, and my latest addiction is a cool new brand Bethnals, founded by former Topshop buyer Melissa Clement.

Introduced to the fab new brand at the LFW Apartment, what really drew me in was the quality of the fabric, with the debut collection ‘London Uniform’ being produced in collaboration with fabric supplier Isko Denim. Not only is the denim dreamy, I love the vintage vibe of the washes, but I also love the concept that the brand is unisex, with three fits – skinny, straight and relaxed, to basically cater for everyone.

To showcase the brand, Bethnals set up a denim atelier inside The Apartment, we got to choose our favourite style, I went for the slim straight leg ‘Joey’, and then we got to customised them, from length to distressing, to personalisation, and even the colour of the button, which I loved, as no-one else is going to have a pair of ‘Joey’s’ in the soft rich indigo wash with DS **soon-to-be initials** embroidered on the pocket, with permanent turn-ups to make them into the perfect ankle grazers.

It was hard to choose just one style though, I really loved their ‘Pete’ skinny jeans, I think they looked cool in black with ripped and distressed patches, maybe they will have to be next denim investment!!!

Bethnals are definitely a brand to look for in the future and with prices starting from £75 they really are bridging that gap between high-street and designer denim. As they are new the website isn’t quite up-and-running yet, it launches on October 15, and they will also be launching in East London’s Bad Denim on October 9, and in November they will be hosting their own pop-up at Boxpark Shoreditch.

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Sep 15 2014

Fashion Week Diary: LFW SS15 – Day 4

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An early start on a Monday after three long days is hard, but made all the more easier by knowing that there would be embellished goodness hitting the catwalk for Mother of Pearl, plus the Claridge’s setting isn’t a bad start to any morning.

But as it was early and a little chilly I went for my new Foggy London Rizzo Ida jeans by Donna Ida, I am a huge fan of her denim, I do believe that all jeans should be high-waisted, super flattering and with enough stretch to make them uber-comfortable. I have to be honest I think today’s look is my favourite, the most me, I loved the polka-dot co-ords but the combination of black, grey and a touch of red is just so what I love to wear.

It was also a day where I got to hang out with one of my favourite bloggers, who I am so pleased is my friend, Briony from A Girl, A Style, it was just so nice to take some time away from fashion week to just catch-up. Sometimes fashion week can be a little too full on and I am glad that this season I have realised that I can’t do it all.

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Back to the fashion, Mother of Pearl for spring/summer 2015 is just gorgeous, inspired by the 60’s singer Sandie Shaw and her over-the-top embellished stage wear, as well as the ‘Kitchen Sink Dramas’ of the same era that brought about the silhouettes, colours, textures and prints. On top of all that goodness was a sporty aesthetic that really created a modern, relaxed and contemporary collection.

I promise I am going to bring you more from this gorgeous collection, I just didn’t have time to edit the crazy amount of pics I snapped, but here are some of my favourite looks, showing off the exquisitely crafted 3D embellishments, which were seen on dresses, two-pieces and even the oversized clutches, that I just adored.

I also really loved the juxtaposition of the jewelled creations paired with sporty looks, the pale pink hoodie with 3D embellishments on was amazing, and paired over a tennis-style dress was just perfection, I kind of wanted the whole outfit from top-to-toe.

I promise that I will share more pictures from the collection very soon.

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Also at the Mother of Pearl presentation I came across the very handsome Sergio, The Outnet’s shoe hunter, who was accompanied by a very dashing model. I don’t know who was cuter, but I love that they had matching bow-ties on. A collective arhhh did go around the show space when they both walked in.

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From one great London hotel to another, I went from old school at Claridges to modern chic at the ME London where the incredibly talented illustrator and designer David Longshaw was live illustrating onto a dress from his collection in the lobby. I admire illustrators a lot, more so when they have to do it on display and have people watch you, but the pressure of doing it directly onto a dress from the collection must have been crazy. But I think you have to agree it looks amazing – check out the Instagram video before that I snapped while I was watching him work.

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A video posted by Danielle Wightman-Stone (@fashionistabarbie) on

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Finally, my day 4 outfit, as I said one of my favourite looks, even though the sweatshirt I am wearing tomorrow is pretty cool. I think the thing that makes this look very ‘me’ has to be the colour combination, I do love black with grey, the denim jeans fit perfectly and boost my confidence knowing that I went down a few dress sizes, and I really love the slouchy vibe of this Quiz waterfall cardigan/jacket with lace sleeves.

In fashion week standards I get that this look is tame, but why is that fashion week means you can’t feel yourself, why do you have to opt for the extremes, sometimes I just want to wear a great pair of jeans, a comfortable pair of shoes, and finish off my look with a rucksack-come-handbag that fits all my fashion week essentials in, yep a day without having to take a canvas tote bag is a great day.

To complete my look I went for a waterfall braid from the Blow Ltd team at The Apartment, which I think might be my favourite so far, and means I am running out of options for what I want my hair to look like tomorrow.

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My Style: Rizzo Jeans – Foggy London, Ida by Donna Ida (c/o) // Top, New Look // Jacket, Quiz (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o) // Red shoes, Topshop // Bracelet, Links of London, Joshua James Jewellery (c/o) // Bag, Russell & Bromley (loaned from The Apartment) // Watch, Caravelle New York (c/o) // Hair by Blow Ltd at The Apartment //

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Jun 09 2014

My Style: Living In A Barbie World

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I spend a lot of time living in a Barbie world, I write my blog in front of around 30 of my favourite dolls crammed into my office, but for some reason other than the odd piece of Barbie jewellery I have never worn a piece of doll loving attire on here, well that is until now!!!

I spied this beauty of a top in Primark, I instantly fell in love with it not just for the Barbie overload but also the cool sporty arms, kind of makes me think if Barbie was to have her own baseball team this is what she would wear. This top is also a great transitional piece for those less than sunny days, as the elbow-length sleeves make it perfect for keeping the chill off. As the top is doing all the talking I decided to keep the rest of my look quite plain and this black skirt from New Look is just perfect for my casual look.

I also think my Barbie look went perfectly with the pink coloured houses of Primrose Hill. Not an area of London I have spent that much time in, not sure why as I was mesmerised by the rows and rows of pastel coloured town houses, such a cute area and the perfect location for The Apartment‘s spring break. There was a fun, chilled out schedule of yoga, a blow dry masterclass and movie marathons, as well as gorgeous nibbles from Aubaine. Unlike fashion week when it is a little crazy it was nice to catch up with friends and enjoy just lounging about, plus I also got to get the fab guys at Blow Ltd to do my hair, I really do think I am a little addicted to their Beach blow dry.

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As well as debut my first Barbie-adorned piece of clothing I also wore my new Citizen Eco-Drive watch for the first time. My watch collection has grown over the years, I blame my fiancé he loves watches, but this Swarovski crystallised beauty has to be one of my favourites. I have lots of watches that are either stylish or functional, not many do both, but the Eco-Drive really does with its silver accents, sparkle, and white dial, teamed with day, date and 12/24 hour time displayed in three sub dials. Normally when a watch has so much going on it isn’t as feminine or glamorous, but I think you have to agree this is one gorgeous watch. Best of all, apart from it being so comfortable to wear, I also love that it doesn’t need a battery, this little cutie harnesses the power of light. I have to be honest I am seriously impressed and I think I have worn it nearly every day since it arrived.

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My Style: Barbie top, Primark // Skirt, New Look // Glasses, Retro54 // Citizen Eco-Drive watch, Citizen (c/o) // Boots, Topshop // Hair, Blow Ltd at The Apartment //

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[Pics: thanks to the lovely Ashanti from AdornGirl for snapping my style post]

Mar 21 2014

Boot Loving: My Customised ‘Skyline’ Timberlands

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Every time I wear my Timberland boots or spy them in my shoe closet I can’t help but sing ‘these boots are made for walkin’, the Jessica Simpson version of course and dream that one day I will look as good in a pair of Daisy Duke tiny shorts as she did in the music video.

My poor music taste aside, there is something about the yellow Timberland boot that instantly makes me think of music, more hip hop than Jessica Simpson, but music stars over the years really have championed this fashion classic, which I still can’t believe is over 40 years old.

When I was a teenage, many, many years ago in the 1990s nearly every US hip hop star wore them, they were the boot to have, I sadly wasn’t cool enough for them so these beauties are my first ever pair and I love them. I have to add, I am probably still not cool enough to wear them, I am no Rihanna or Rita Ora, who have both been spotted sporting Timberlands, but they are so comfortable to wear with slouchy jeans and a jumper.

Just plain yellow they really have a masculine vibe, they are the footwear of choice by most builders, but with my personalised New York skyline, literally sketched on in a matter of minutes by illustrator Mister Millerchip with a couple of pens it instantly makes them more me, add in the black glittery laces and they are simply more girlie.

I promise an outfit post in the future, but for now just check out how incredible they look, the detail in the skyline complete with stars, and how by adding a pair of different coloured laces the boots look transformed.

Are you a fan of customising footwear? Like with my personalised Converse I think these beauties will become firm favourites.

Timberland boots can be a little like Marmite, you either love them or hate them, which side are you on?

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**I was gifted my Timberland boots at The Apartment during LFW, but I chose the design and as always my opinion is my own**

Feb 24 2014

Fast Beauty: Blow Ltd At The Apartment

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As well as enjoying the fashion, catching up with friends and discovering new designers to crush over, I love that fashion week always means that I get to hangout at The Apartment and have a team of beauty professionals make me pretty.

I am so bad at make-up and doing my hair, something other than straight, that I really do need all the help I can get and this season I took full advantage of Blow LTD and their approach to fast beauty – doing a fabulous hair style in 30 minutes, refreshing my make-up in 15 minutes, and even putting a pop of colour on my nails in a speedy 15 minutes – a full look in 60 minutes – what more could I ask for.

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For favourite look out of the three had to be Beach Blow (above), tousled waves to make it feel like summer in this crappy wet weather. I just loved the relaxed vibe of this blow dry, it was just enough curls and volume to make me feel really pretty, plus I loved how they kept my make-up quite natural with just a pop of colour on my lips and cheeks.

I also was also convinced to try on some Eylure lashes, normally I shy away from fake lashes as they touch my glasses, but the lovely make-up artist just used half of the strip to add some volume without them being uncomfortable and I think she has made me a convert and I will have to look into having that done for my wedding. You can’t see them so well under my glasses in these photos but every complemented me on how great they looked – so I will be definitely trying those again.

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Second favourite look was my Power Blow (above), more sculpted waves than the Beach Blow that made my hair look shorter and shinier. I like the slight wave and the volume and even in this rain we’ve been having you could still tell that my hair had been given a makeover.

It is tough to say my least favourite, as I really did love all three blow dry styles, but out of the three the Luxe Blow (below), lots of volume, more glamorous and bigger than the others was just maybe a little too much for fashion week shows, a party yes, running around London probably not. But I am so glad I tried it as it is something I really wouldn’t have normally gone for.

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The whole team was amazing, they made me feel so comfortable and I never felt rushed as it was super quick. They also used the new GHD pastel straighteners on my hair and I am kind of addicted – I think I need to look into upgrading my plain black ones!!!

I really can’t wait to try out more styles off the Blow menu – especially the Scarlet Blow for a night out and the Blow N’ Braid for a bit of fun.

Which Blow Dry would you select?

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**Thanks to Blow Ltd & The Apartment for letting me try out the service**

Feb 23 2014

What’s In My Bag: My LFW Lifesavers

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Each fashion week I always lay out a different bag for each day and each season I never really stray away from one as it turns out to be perfect for carrying all my LFW essentials, which are better known as my lifesavers as fashion week turns me into a right drama queen!!!

Last year I did a blog post on the 8 Things A Fashion Blogger Needs On-The-Go, you guys all seemed to love it, and most of the things I still really agree with – the phone is still important, fast connection is a must, never go anywhere without a pad or a proper camera, and always go for a bag that is not only roomy enough but is comfortable when it is all packed in.

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For the autumn/winter 2014 shows I packed my loaned Russell & Bromley Gilt Edge handbag with all that and more. The major change from my blog post last year has to be the technology, I still agree with ditching the laptop, but this season I am all about the Windows Surface 2 – part tablet, part laptop – just slimmer, lighter and so perfect for putting in your handbag.

I have gushed about the Windows Surface 2 before, I am obsessed with using it while I am cooking with its hand-swipe technology, but it is also great for doing my work while I am out-and-about. Not only is it light, it also comes complete with Office – so it means I can do all my work using Word, which is so much easier than using notepad on the iPad, plus it means that there isn’t a chance of sending copy that has spelling mistakes in, which is so easy to do when you are rushing about during fashion week.

The other piece of technology that has been a lifesaver is the Samsung Note 3, I spoke a little about it in an earlier style post, but I really can’t stress how amazing it has been especially when it comes to editing photographs on-the-go. The camera itself is great, it has an amazing 13 MP, but it is the combination of the large 5.7″ display and S Pen that makes it great for getting the best picture ever, and the pre-loaded editing software is just as good as any of the apps you can download like VSO Cam and Snapseed.

The phone also has a Scrapbook function, I think this is available for all Samsung devices, which is great for organising photos and videos to make them easier to find. The other lifesaving function had to be the multi-window, which allows you view two different applications on the large screen – so I could look at my social media channels, while checking out my schedule for where I was suppose to be heading.

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As well as technology there were three other items that I couldn’t leave the house without – my fingerless gloves knitted by mum, cosy and perfect, my Lola by Marc Jacobs perfume, everyone needs to smell nice, and Soap & Glory’s Kick Ass Concealer, a three-piece camouflage kit that always to perk up my make-up.

What essentials do you swear by for fashion week?

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** Microsoft Surface 2 & Samsung Note 3 were both gifted**

Feb 18 2014

My Style: Jeans & Dotty Heels For LFW Day 5

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Day 5 of London Fashion Week is generally when I am full of ‘fashion flu’, done with all the bitching, too tired to string a sentence together, and so over outfit posing – this season was so much more fun than in previous years that I actually think I left my best and most comfortable look until today.

I rave a lot about Donna Ida and her own collection of jeans, IDA by Donna Ida – I have four pairs and counting and I love each one because they are so flatting, have lots of stretch and are high-waisted for the most perfect fit. These Ice Bright Vintage wash Mabel’s took a little bit of convincing for me to buy from the jean queen herself, I always shy away from such a light finish as I instantly think it will make me look fat, but I actually think these beauties make me look slim, and I never say that!!!

They were also the perfect shade of denim to pair with these cute polka dot heels from Russell & Bromley’s spring/summer 2014 collection that I kindly borrowed from The Apartment. I do love skinny jeans worn with high heels, I just don’t like stiletto height, so these were perfect and they were surprisingly so comfortable even on the cobbled street where Alex and I posed with balloons in front of a crowd of builders.

Finishing off my look is one of my favourite statement T-shirts, a cool wolf which kind of reminds me off those silver foil engraving art sets I used to get as a child. It is from Hobbs NW3 collection and I love that it can be dressed up or paired back with a chunky cardigan and biker boots.

Are you a fan of light denim? Or do you always go for darker washes as it is more flattering?

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My Style: Ida Mabel ankle skinny jeans, Donna Ida // Polka dot heels, Russell & Bromley (SS14 sample borrowed from The Apartment) // Watch, Fossil // Wolf top, Hobbs // Glasses, Retro54 //

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