People Tree’s Perfect Breton Top

Fashion

Breton Striped Inspiration

We all know I love a good Breton stripe. They somehow manage to make even the most lazy of outfit choices seem impecibley polished. They’re also wonderfully versatile (insert noughties Potato Waffle advert here! Sorry) Not only do they look perfect with jeans or tucked into a skirt, they also look pretty great with a clashing pattern; I favour a polka dot or floral and stripe combo myself.

One of the first pieces of clothing I bought when I pledged to create an entirely ethical wardrobe was the Libby Breton Top from People Tree. It’s beautifully soft, and it’s got beautiful contrast piping on the inside of the neck and front pocket.

People Tree's Libby Breton Top | Photo: Laura Peta

People Tree’s Liberty Breton Top | Photo: Laura Peta

The Libby Top is made by Assisi Garments a business based in South India. They provide training and employment for deaf, mute and economically disadvantaged women who are provided with a safe and supportive environment and a fair wage. After a few years of saving the women receive a bonus that, along with their savings, they are able to start a home and often their own tailoring businesses. Assisi Garments also use their profits to support a cancer hospital and an old people’s home in South India.

So not only are you buying the softest, cutest, 100% organic Breton striped tee around, you’re also helping a lot of people who otherwise might not be getting the same opportunities. Pretty great huh?

PS: I’ve just ordered the Libby Breton Top in red, I can’t wait for it to arrive – more on that at a later date!

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BLOW LTD luxe blow essie

Blow LTD Nailed It!

Beauty, Fashion

Hey y’all,

I know I’ve spoken about Blow LTD before, but I love them so much here’s another post for you!

It was my friend’s birthday in January and unfortunately as I was back home visiting the folks in Cornwall I didn’t get a chance to see her.  So, on my arrival back to London I booked for the two of us to get our hair and nails done at Blow.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Blow LTD they’re a beauty bar delivering ‘fast beauty’; that is beautiful blow dries in 30 minutes and make up and nails in just 15 minutes.  Genius? Absolutely.

On my last visit to Blow LTD I opted for the beach waves, this time I mixed it up with a waterfall braid.  I love a good braid but am pretty horrendous at doing it myself, so when the lovely ladies at blow said they now had a “braid menu” how could I resist?! Unfortunately there are no decent pictures of my beautiful braid due to getting caught in some horrific rain and wind, although my hair remained in pretty good condition considering the battering it got from the climate I on the other hand looked a little worse for wear! I did however, manage a cheeky Instagram snap of my nails.  This was the first time I had had my nails done at Blow LTD and I can guarantee it will not be the last.  There was a huge array of colours to choose from, and I’m pretty sure my nails have never looked so glossy.

Blow LTD nail job Essie

Essie nails

Little G opted for a ‘Luxe Blow’ and she looked absolutely amazing. I think I may go for this on my next visit, (yes, there will definitely be a ‘next visit’!!)

BLOW LTD luxe blow essie

Little G with her Blow LTD hair and nails.

You can find out more about Blow LTD and book your quick beauty fix here. Go on, what are you waiting for?

Blow Ltd: a one stop shop for beauty perfection

Fashion

Blow Ltd is an amazing, new blow dry bar opening in Covent Garden tomorrow (November 11th).  Their mantra? that “looking great shouldn’t have to take forever … or cost a fortune”.

Co-founded by internet entrepreneur, Dharmash Mistry an investor and board member for LoveFilm and MyWardrobe, and former editor-in-chief of Elle and Grazia, Fiona McIntosh, Blow Ltd is set to pave the way for affordable, luxury beauty.  Working not just as a beauty bar but also as a shop and online store offering the best, tried and tested beauty products from the likes of Laura Mercier, Kérastase and Tokyo Milk.  They have literally done all the hard work so that we don’t have to!  With 9 blow dry styles to choose from, each taking up to 30 minutes, as well as 3 make up looks and 3 manicure styles to go for, each taking 15 minutes, Blow Ltd is the perfect place for a quick spruce before a meeting, or a mini make over before a night out with the girls.

I work nearby and a colleague, E,  and I popped in yesterday evening to check out the prices and find out a bit more about how the whole concept works.  Although they don’t actually open until the 11th the staff were incredibly helpful and explained that they were just open to friends and family as a test run, but as we were local they could fit us in in an hour for a free blow dry if we wanted… How could we resist!!

We were booked in and within a few minutes we had an email confirming our slot and our allocated stylist.  An hour later we were greeted and shown downstairs to the blow dry bar.  Three sinks on one side of the room, a large rectangular table to sit around while you have your hair styled, (which bought back some nostalgic girly sleep over feelings) as well as a steamer and a changing room so you can look absolutely perfect for your night out. They have thought of everything.  I opted for the beach waves, a slightly more laid back, festival vibe than some of the others, whilst E chose a gorgeous chunky, halo braid.  We had our hair washed, conditioned, dried and styled, all in a very relaxed 30 minutes.  Whilst I was waiting for E to finish up we were offered a drink, I asked for a water but Ronnie, my stylist, came back with one better… a glass of champagne each! Perfect.

Blow Ltd - Beach Waves

Blow Ltd – Beach Waves

Whilst it is very beauty based (obviously) the technological influences of Dharmash Mistry are evident.  Customers are met with an iPad mini on which they can choose which style they want, the walls are adorned with flat screen tvs showing ‘how to’ videos for both hair and make up, customers are booked in on a large Mac computer and on ‘checking out’ we were asked to rate our Blow Ltd experience on the iPads.

I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about Blow Ltd, except for perhaps I will be spending my wages getting my nails done every lunch break!  The whole experience was amazing, and I can’t wait to start working my way through the blow dry menu.

Thank you, Ronnie, for the perfect beach waves.   Finally, a place where a blow dry doesn’t cost the earth or take a lifetime.

The first issue of Seeker

Seeker

Fashion, Photography, ramblings

Sorry for the radio silence over the last few weeks, I have been busy beavering away on a new project. As an aspiring journalist/photographer I moved to the big smoke (London) to try and catch a break, easier said than done. Being rejected over and over again for unpaid internships due to my lack of experience (I know I know, internships are things you do to get experience right? Not anymore, folks!) and getting more and more disheartened I decided that enough was enough, I was going to single handedly turn this around. So, after a few long discussions with the chap, my parents and my dear friends, SEEKER. was born. A creative arts and lifestyle magazine aimed at anyone who wants to know who or what is up and coming in the arts world. Everything featured is either written by aspiring (and inspiring) journos and feautres a wide range of photographers and artists making their first steps into the art scene. I wanted to create something that not only acts as a platform for young people to get their talent out there, but also as a place of reference for new and emerging talent.

After a few months of emails, late night writing sessions and computer induced headaches, SEEKER: Issue 1 is born. It features some of the most talented young people across the poetry, fashion and art scene as well as some wonderful writers. I would love you all to take a few minutes of your time to have a little look at SEEKER and think of the importance of encouraging the next generation of creatives.

So sit back, click, read, love and share.

THANK YOU!

The first issue of Seeker

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Feedback is very gratefully received so comment away, dear readers. Also, if you or anyone you know may fancy contributing / being featured just let me know, I would love to have you.

Reflections and predicitions

ramblings

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Although I don’t feel like I achieved that much over the last year, when actually looking at where I am now I can see how far I have come. This time last year I was stressing over my photography coursework, the fact that the chap and I were over 200 miles apart, and I was living back with my parents, but as Big Ben struck midnight on New Years Eve I knew I had done really well in my exams, was standing in my new London apartment that I share with the chap, with two wonderful new friends to my right, and whole bunch of things to look forward to.  Things have been a little tough over the last year, but I have pulled through and now feel stronger than ever, there is just one little thing that still lingers from 2012, but as New Year Resolution Number 3 points out, I must find a way of fixing it.

Here are a few resolutions I have made to try and make the most of 2013:

  • I know every year I  make the resolution to keep up to date with my blog, and this year is no different, only this time I will try to update weekly.
  • To get sexy legs – which is basically cut out the sugars and start running.
  • To resolve problems when they occur and let go of grudges, as Marmee March says, “Don’t let the sun go down upon your anger; forgive each other, help each other, and begin again tomorrow
  • To save, save, save and get that bank balance look jolly healthy.
  • By the end of the year to have my foot on the first rung of a real job ladder .. and …
  • have opened, or be on the way to opening, my own Etsy shop.

My wonderful parents bought me a sewing machine for Christmas and I have vowed to sew, sew, sew and hopefully start making my own clothes, I will keep you updated with my progress.

Here’s to 2013…

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