Tag Archive: Toms

Dec 14 2012

Shopping: The Toms Give Shop

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There aren’t many brands that I will get lost for 10 minutes and shiver for, Toms however is one of those, and last night I had the pleasure of attending the press preview for their new experiential Give Shop, located just off Brick Lane in East London.

I just love Toms ethos of ‘One For One’, that for each purchase you make whether that is a pair of classic Toms flats or a pair of their funky sunglasses, the brand founded by Blake Mycoskie helps a person in need – seriously more brands should be more like that.

Well just for the weekend, Toms has opened its first Give shop to spread some holiday cheer, and present the real meaning of Christmas the spirit of giving, and they have done it in such a fun and interactive way with five amazing areas to enjoy:

Give Craft

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I love Lois aka Bunni Punch getting into the spirit and making her own bunny Christmas card!!!

Give Smile

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You guessed it, an area featuring a photo booth. Get dressed up like Santa and his Elves with your friends and create a picture worth putting on a Christmas card at the craft station, or just share the funny snaps online via social media.

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Posing with Kathryn and Sherin – I just love how we didn’t quite fit in properly – hilarious.

Give Knowledge

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One of the coolest areas of the shop, not only is it encouraging visitors to bring in an old book and exchange it for another, but the space is made entirely from recycled books, which was just inspirational. I love these book stools – I am thinking of creating my own filled with fashion coffee table books.

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Give Creativity

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Featuring a stage for live music, over the course of the weekend visitors will see performances from up-and-coming artists, we were treated to a session by Liz Lawrence. There will also be creative workshops including DIY jigsaw making and comic strip painting.

Give Market

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A cute retail area hosted by Jaguar Shoes Collective, which supports local artisans, I was seriously tempted to buy a teapot with a 3D design on it. Plus you can pick up a Christmas present from the Toms Give Sight and Give Shoes collections.

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Finally, if you need any more reasons to pop by over the weekend – just go to see the very festive Toms Christmas tree feature the brand’s collection of shoes including teeny tiny sequinned flats for babies.

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The Toms Give Shop is open from today until Sunday, and is located at the Dray Walk Gallery, The Old Truman Brewery, just off Brick Lane in London.

May 13 2012

Blog Loving: Things You May Have Missed On Fashionista Barbie

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Normally I do blog loving post for blogs that I have enjoyed that week, however with my crazy stressful week I have to admit that I haven’t had time to read other blogs, I have been consumed with my redesign. Due to all the changes, the downtime, and generally my quiet presence on Twitter this week I thought I would share some of my blogs from the past week or so, as well as discussing my fav Met Gala looks as I didn’t seem to get chance.

Met Gala

There are a lot of Met Gala blog posts, it was a great event filled with metallics, plenty of feathers, Gothic beauties, fruity shades, sexy backs, and lots of sparkles. I have to admit I have found it hard to narrow it down to my top five looks but here goes:

1. Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan Atelier (pictured above) – it was a hard choice between Nina and Karolina, but even though that sparkly Rachel Zoe gown was breathtaking, I am just loving Nina’s choices at the moment and this is a gorgeous custom-made gown, and another great look from Donna Karan.

2. Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe – no one does OTT better than Rachel Zoe is what I used to say about her celebrity styling, and now it is true for her designs as well, this is a gorgeous gold number.

3. Diane Kruger in Prada – I really don’t think Diane can wear a bad look, this purple gown wasn’t what I was expecting, and that is why I adored it.

4. January Jones In Atelier Versace – everything from the colour, the mirrored panels, the structured hips and her sleek hair meant this had to be in my top five!!!

5. Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada – I feel bad leaving Emma Stone, Victoria Justice, Jessica Stam and even Rosie, but I just loved the embellished pockets on Gwyneth’s mini that I just couldn’t leave it out.

Who got your top five vote?

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Before all the glamour of the Met Gala I shared my thoughts about the colours of Benetton and how surprised I was about what the store has to offer. I am interested to know what you all think about Benetton, visiting the store really changed my opinion on the brand.

Another shopping must has to be the new TOMS pop-up in Covent Garden, I wore my new floral wedges yesterday and they were so comfortable.

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I am obsessed with posting pictures of cool windows around town, everything from Mulberry’s zoo to Louis Vuitton’s carousel, and even Jack Wills‘ Stella McCartney copy has been featured lately.

Plus the big news over the last week has to be my new look, and I would love to know what you all think.

I think if you check out all these blog posts you will definitely be up-to-date with all Fashionista Barbie news, and I promise lots of new content is coming!!!

May 04 2012

Shoes n Sunnies: TOMS Opens Pop-Up In London

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Yesterday, I was invited to the launch of charitable footwear brand TOMS pop-up store in Covent Garden, London, and it is one of the most adorable and compact shop I have ever seen. The concept store will only open for two months but it will definitely make an impact, I love everything about how they’ve designed the store, featuring images of their charity work, inspiring slogans, and of course showcasing their very quirky shoes and their amazing fairly new eyewear collections.

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Located at 69 Neal Street this pop-up will be very popular, not only is the spring/summer shoe collection very strong, it isn’t all about the classic slipper styles, TOMS has really expanded its reach and the wedges and flats are so cute and perfect for summer. The new styles still have the TOMS vibe though with quirky prints and cool soles that have the ‘One for One’s slogan on them.

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Plus you have to swing by just to try on the sunglasses, which I am in love with, there are six styles and in true TOMS fashion, for every pair purchased, TOMS will help give sight to a person in need, One for One, which is another reason to get behind such an inspirational brand.

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As well as selling shoes and sunnies, TOMS has also turned the basement level into a creative hub, which of course I totally had to try so I customised my very own t-shirt and combined Barbie and TOMS, it was so much fun.

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The TOMS pop up store will be open at 69 Neal Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9PJ until June 28, and opening hours will be Monday to Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sunday 11am – 6pm.
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