London Fashion Week: Part III

(Top to bottom: Pecan nuts and honey pastry, Soho bun)

The last bit of highlight of strolling in London involved marching down Portobello Road and have a nibble at Gail's, which describes itself as an artisan bakery. There are about eleven in London, so if that's where you live, find the nearest one to you and indulge..
There are so many cafes selling the most yummy sandwiches and lovely vintage shops in Notting Hill, I just had to stop myself from going mad (perhaps should've worn a straitjacket).

One of those occasions - which definitely required a straitjacket - was when I walked past Hirst Antiques. This shop has packed its window with tons of antique jewellery (most were affordable and/or worn by celebrities such as Elle Macpherson and Elizabeth Taylor).

Straitjacket for you too?

London Fashion Week: Part II

Arrived in Holland last night, as I'm visiting my bestfriend to celebrate her birthday. I'm writing this now after having had my last session of my induction week at Uni yesterday!

Continuing where I left off, my boyfriend and I walked from Temple Underground with the intention to go to Vauxhall Fashion Scout first, but instead we got at Kingsway Hall first. 

In Kingsway Hall, EcoLuxe London held its fifth edition and had 35 stands with clothing and ecologically conscious products (click here to see which exhibitors where there). Of those, I liked the work of Anna P. the most. 

This headband of hers has been crafted by the leather being moulded over the studs, still giving whatever look this sharp softened edge (if that is even possible).

Next up was Vauxhall Fashion in Freemasons' Hall. Now, I was baffled by the designers' imagination (I thought mine was wild and far-fetched!) and got well excited to see more! 

Out of all of them, Steven Tai was most definitely one of my favourites. Tai explained his inspiration coming from the silhouettes of  nerds and his use of paper layers and tips of fountain pens to show this. 

S/S 2013 // Check out his collection and find out how he put his work together with the aid of graphical images. 


London Fashion Week: Part I

Impulsively I decided just about a week before, that I was going to go to London during fashion week.

I knew the chance was small I would attend shows, since tickets had obviously been requested far in advance, but I figured that there being a fashion week in London, would somehow mean there would be lots to do in London to do with fashion.

And there was :)

After a long journey on the bus - train was not an option, nor was car or air travel - I finally arrived in London.

The 'tour' went from Victoria underground to Temple, where the Somerset House was near to. Decided I'd make an attempt to register there, so that perhaps I could see some shows, but needed to have much more viewers on my blog, so perhaps next year or the year after?

From Temple onward the boyfriend and I stumbled upon a sweets shop called SugarSin. Literally got as excited as a kid in a sweets shop!

A cute note on the side of a SugarSin bag
Gnawed my way through the bag until the day after on my way home from Uni. Anyway, back to what happened in London (felt inclined to say Vegas, just because it makes it sound wild haha).

Next stop on the tour was Kingsway Hall Hotel. This was mainly an exhibition of designers and I saw some things that I would love to own!

Zara coat / H&M Shirt / Modalu for Topshop bag

Vauxhall Fashion Scout followed soon after, that was, before I found some lovely gems in Notting Hill!

Unfortunately, I have to go to a lecture, like now, so, if you want to know what went down in London, stay tuned!


Manchester blues

Today, strolling through Manchester, I discovered lots of new shops, restaurants and bars which will be featured at some point in my blog, but as I waited for my mum to get to her hotel, I realized the freezing cold is really setting in!

The first thing that always happens to me are my nose and ears getting RED! Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer much?

So perhaps I should invest in some of those?  
Asos Shearling Earmuffs

Too bad they don't have nose muffs, but I figure that would be a bit odd.


The candyfloss dream

The only thing that makes me okay with the slight anticipation of winter, is a warm jumper (and perhaps chai latte)! And with jumpers, I mean, clothes that you'd happily wear to sleep. (Okay, not really, but at least they put you to sleep). I think that chunky, heavier jewellery goes best with jumpers like this one.

You know, you wouldn't want it to dissappear in all that fluffiness.

Topshop fluffy jumper
And legging with a leather feel (or fabric) would go amazing with this.

Just saying.


Go Gwaan

This is also one of the brands I discovered while I was in Roma.

It is called Gwaan and marks itself by its funky, bold and edgy designs.

Studded friendship bracelet

Tribal and edgy at the same time.. Daring!

But then again, nothing is daring enough in fashion.

Gwaan band rings

Check out more of her bold accessories here.


Bizarre Lazzari

Do you like your jewellery a little... bizarre?

Livia Lazzari's "[..] collections are a blend of tribal atmospheres, pirate tales, a fascination for shamanic rituals and a Gothic mood."

I stumbled upon her stall in a vintage market in Rome, when I was visiting my dear friend F.

Apocalyptic Vision Necklace III: Vertebra in galvanized gold

Voodoo Amber Ring (imbedded insect from Philippines) 

Be sure to check out Livia Lazzari's voodoo jewels on her website. You'll be greeted by a captivating, mysterious (tribal tuned?) video that entertains you for a good few minutes - though if you're eager and can't wait - you can skip it and go straight to her shop and collections as well.

Source: livialazzari.com


Les Couples/The Kooples

Sorting out all the mess in my room today, I came across a magazine I once picked up from The Kooples store. Even though half of it is in French (the geek in me secretly loving that), it shows you couples' outfits.This brand is, I think, a perfect example of timeless pieces with endless combination possibilities.

Kooples Blue shirt with white collar

 Kooples Grey Jeans 

Kooples Grey round-neck sweater with black detail

What do you think? Classy, no?


Capture the moment

Having started to blog more and intending to keep it up, I keep seeing images around me everywhere that I would love to capture and share with you.

Is this Nikon D3200 the one?

If only my eyes were a camera! Isn't it kind of 'not done' not to have one when blogging?

So many nice place in Manchester that are underappreciated or undiscovered.

Or perhaps commit to one like this Canon EOS 550D?
I am absolutely not an expert when it comes to SLR cameras and do not know exactly
what every term means.

Only have an idea of what brand I would like; either a reliable Canon or Nikon.

Anyone any advice? It is very welcome!

Snap that!

You know those people that always upload photos on Facebook of whatever they're consuming?

Now there is a network, Foodspotting, where you can share it with the rest of the world! I felt it necessary to share it on here with you Lufers.

You might think: "Hmm, yeah, and?"

Why don't you check out this 1-minute video? I think this app is fab.

So in short, it is about finding, recommending and spotting food.

And what is better in this case, is that the visual bit of it helps you decide whether it is something you're willing to try. True?

So it is kind of like a visual menu.

One can recognize Foodspotting by this logo.

Check out Foodspotting.com. Fellow foodbloggers can also add Foodspotting's widgets to their blogs, clicking here so that we all know what you've been eating :)

Get the app, sign up, share pictures and stay tuned for new snaps of food in your area.


Sippin' On A Chai Latte

The first time I ever drank Chai Latte was in Caffè Nero on Oxford Road. It was an alien experience! Ever since, this is all I drink from Caffè Nero.

So today I wanted to make Chai Latte. The only problem was: I didn't have a mortar and pestle nor any equipment to make milk foam, nor anything to strain the chai masala with (asking for drama aren't I?).

So the key word here was improvisation.

Hope my sisters don't start rolling on the floor laughing at this haha!
Click here to learn how to make milk foam in a jar, using the microwave!

The first time I poured the cup, it was far too watery, so I reheated the pan and added more tea bags, but didn't let it boil.

The second cup was far stronger, but still watery, which leaves me thinking of a blog of a Chai Latte recipe I saved ages ago.

This woman, called Aarthi, instructs to boil milk first and then pour the chai masala in.

Perhaps I should do that the next time. Hm.

And please, if you have a pestle and mortar, a frother and a strainer, USE IT! I just did this because I didn't have these at my disposal.

Have you tried this before? And did you use milk or water to boil the chai masala in?

Source: www.ehow.com


Because you're worth it

We live in a time where we all rush to work, have little time to take care of ourselves, eat food that's even worse than it was ten years ago and are exposed to constant cold/heat/rain etc.

Whether we realize this or not, all this has major consequences for our hair.

I myself have 'black hair' of Afro-American descent, which means it needs lots of moisture and nurturing products to keep it healthy. I've had my hair permanently straightened for over decades (okay a little exaggerated, but most definitely ever since I was 12). So for (here's the maths) 7 years I have exposed my hair to blowdrying, straightening, relaxing and unwillingly to rain, draught, humidity etc. What it does, is making my hair extremely dry!

So I have vowed (yes, I do!) to take much better care of my hair and wanted to try something different from all the products I usually use, like Nexxus. This is something all blondes, brunettes and reds can try as well.

More natural products, such as those from The Bodyshop! No parabens, No silicones, No sulphates and No colourants!

I got well excited to try these, especially since many products these days have lots of chemicals in them that dry your hair out even more, just so you keep using them (or whatever commercially driven factor).

I have tried those bottles just twice now, so cannot tell you yet whether my hair has changed, however, it smells real nice and leaves my hair feeling silkily soft! The boyfriend even made a remark the other day, saying it smells lovely! (Click here for reviews of the shampoo and here for reviews of the conditioner)
In this shampoo you'll find two types of oils, honey and sugar.

The conditioner I used, contains mainly four types of oil and honey.
The sales-assistant handed me a sample of glossing serum, but it was too little, so I have only used it once. (Again, though, the smell of all the products I had was amazing!)
Got plenty of this straightening balm left! No steam coming off of my hair when straightening, so I think it is a good protector, but time will tell.
Got my eyes on this one the other day; It literally smells like what banana tastes like (does it make sense?)
In any way, the smell left me hugely confused and excited to try this one too!

This would be the follow-up. Though, note that the banana hair products do not state  "no parabens" etc. So you  are likely to find them.
The bodyshop has these natural shampoos for other types of hair as well, such as coloured, normal and oily hair and apparently the banana shampoo is making a 'comeback' thus should now be termed a classic.
I'd buy this product if it were only for having its stunning bottle in my possession!

Anyway, what good is your outfit if your hair is dry and brittle? I know most of us experience it (in fact, I am being tortured by it) but creating some spare time to nurture our hair with natural products daily could make a big difference.

A key to healthy hair is also said to be including omega-3 into your diet. Another reason (refering to my older posts) to eat salmon! Furthermore I like to wrap my hair into a (ideally silk) scarf to prevent breakage, I shower with a showercap to keep my hair from going frizzy and always carry an umbrella in my bag! (Living in Manchester you're just asking for it if you don't!)

Any tiny tricks you use to keep your hair looking fab?