Sunday, 7 February 2016

MOVING IN


SWEATER nicce*// COAT missguided// JEANS vintage levi's// SOCKS topshop// TRAINERS reebock

Hello all! 

I'm currently settling back in to Amsterdam life and I tell you what, it feels bladdy' good to be back! During the festive period, I had a huge break from moving around and extended my holiday so that I could catch up with the fam as well as friends who I hadn't seen in ages. Whilst I really enjoyed monging around for a bit, it wasn't long until I had itchy feet and needed to be on the move again. 

This week has been a little bit hectic as I have just moved into my new apartment with a friend in the West of Amsterdam and whilst it's a dream to actually have 1. a room and 2. a room with windows (!), there is still much to be done until I no longer feel like a squatter in my own home!

Stress aside, I had the opportunity to go to the Clothsurgeons 'Reconstruction' Launch at Amsterdams ETQ store the other week. The event showcased existing Nike garments reconstructed into new silhouettes such as biker jackets, suits and bomber jackets. There is a cool selection of stuff for all you dudes out there (and male-clothing-loving females like myself!).



Thursday, 14 January 2016

SIMPLE STEPS TO ADD A POP OF 'EDGE' INTO YOUR WARDROBE


My style is purely down to how I'm feeling on the day. Some days I'll be waking up feeling fancy and throw on a pair of heels but more likely than not you'll find me in a pair of trainers and comfy jeans. If you flick through my Instagram feed, I don't really think you could pin point me down to one particular style. I take parts of what I like from every trend and try and manipulate them into my wardrobe. A 'style chameleon' if you will.

Talking to a friend the other day, she told me how she has a friend at work that feels she has been defined by her style and finds it hard to inject other trends she likes without people telling her it's 'not really her'. I was also told a trend she likes, but finds particularly difficult to work, are the 'edgier' styles. When it comes to working new trends, I feel the best way to start is to go for the basics so that you can work them into your wardrobe with ease. Here are my top tips to add that bit of edge into your wardrobe:

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED


I'm all for having a good raid of my mums wardrobe when I'm home. She's always telling me about these amazing pieces she use to have but has thrown them away as she grew older although she wishes she had kept them for me. Luckily this coat is one of the items she has held onto. It's a genuine life saver come the colder months and reminds me of last seasons J.W Anderson shearling jacket I fell in love with whilst working at Matches. Paired with a pair of new kicks, this is an outfit I will be fo'sho living in for the next few months..




            

Monday, 11 January 2016

LETS GO DOWN TO THE TENNIS COURT



This is one of my favourite shoots I have done for a while. I love the soft lighting against the geometrical backdrop of the tennis court. You can shop this look by clicking the links below!

Saturday, 9 January 2016

WHAT'S ON MY FACE & MY 501's


I headed back to London the other evening to meet a friend for dinner and drinks (we went a bar/ restaurant called Bistrotheque which I highly recommend) and decided to book an open return so I could spend the morning scouring the depths of Brick Lane to find some perfectly fitting Levi's 501's. This is a task that has proven difficult for a good few months. I have bought countless pairs from Ebay which have ended disastrously, from holes, stains and struggling-to fit-over-christmas- thighs dramas. Since I have a good few weeks left before I head back to Amsterdam, I have some time to kill and spending a good morning to find a perfect fit jean is time well spent in my eyes. I feel petite girls can sympathise with me when it comes to buying jeans that don't sag on your hips and don't trip you up as you walk! 

I also got my eyebrows diddly-did the other day so obvs I took a selfie of this rare fleek moment. Here are the products I used to create this daily make up look:




               

Friday, 8 January 2016

WHAT I HAVE LEARNT FROM BEING A FASHION INTERN


Lugging around returns, being stifled away in windowless fashion cupboards, countless coffee runs, working after hours, working weekends, working yourself into an early grave; the list is endless. If the rumours of intern life are true, the media are painting a bleak future for us wannabe fashionistas. Perhaps the biggest figure to blame is the infamous Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada whos cold hearted representation on a fashion editor is enough to make anyone quiver into their Yves Saint Laurent snake skin boots (..or for us interns, Primark rip offs). Despite this, talk to just anyone who has 'made it' into the position you admire, be it buying, marketing or designing you can pretty much guarantee they started as an intern somewhere along the line. Fortunately, I have had quite a different experience with my internships. I have learnt a lot from the companies I have worked for without having to do the rumoured exploitative intern jobs such as getting the bosses lunch at approx. such-and-such hour only to get it wrong which results in tears on both receiving ends (yes, this is a true intern horror story I have had the pleasure of hearing). I've been one of the lucky ones in this sense, but that doesn't mean I haven't been made to work hard and long hours for little return. At the end of the day, internships should be a learning opportunity, either to gain experience in an area of interest to build your career or to test the water of what you do or don't want to do in the future. With that in mind, here's what I've learnt so far from my experience of being an unpaid fashion intern, from surviving in the city to living on a mattress on my friends kitchen floor...

1. Use people

Not in the exploitative sense! Learn from everybody and anybody in the office. I'm talking all departments. Even if you think you're not interested in PR, strike up conversations with people in this area and ask what they do and how they got there. It may open up your mind to more possibilities.

2. Make friends with your boss

Don't be scared of him/ her. Show them that you too have a Beyonce deep down that knows what she wants and how she's gunna get there! Be respectful, know your P's and T's and you might just be asked out for that Prosecco fueled night where your boss confesses to you about their drunk alter ego named 'Marge'..

3. Make friends with the other interns

These are some of the best friends you will ever meet! Not only will they share the same interests as you, you can also learn a lot from them. Help each other out, have each others back and exchange experiences. These guys will be sure to tell you what future internships are worth sticking out and which ones are most definitely not.

4. Be willing

Show you're willing, get shit done and then ask if there is anything else you can help out with before you leave. It's your attitude that will decide whether you make a lasting impression.

5. Mistakes are okay

Sometimes it's easy to forget that you're just an intern, you shouldn't be expected to be perfect at your job and if you are, you're over qualified and should be hired on the spot! Sooo, you accidentally cc'd your boss instead of your friend into an email linking Justin Bieber tickets when you should be tending to your Excel doc..You did it, learn from it, don't repeat it.

8. Avoid living with students

You're a young professional now. Gone are the days of late night 'Thirsty Thursdays' when you have a 7 am early start. So for a good night kip, avoid living with the late night risers (take it from someone with experience in this area..).

6. Avoid heels

You're an intern. You won't be sitting at your desk all day, you have returns to see to!

9. Have time for yourself

What's great about internships is that your free time is actually your free time. It's not like when you were back at University and you have the over hanging feeling of guilt when you're out with friends but should be doing your essay. So on the weekends, chillax man. Go do you.

7. Have wine chilling in the fridge upon return

But when the day gets tough, remembering that you have this to come home to will be you're little slice of heaven that will see you through the day. You'll thank me later.

10. Enjoy it!

Be an optimist, even if you feel the internship isn't for you. Get the most out of the experience and remind yourself it's only for so many months, you can do it. And in times of doubt, remember Drake did it.


Thursday, 7 January 2016

RHI X BEA: 1 TOP 2 STYLES


BRYONY: TOP h&m in store (however similar here)// FLARES h&m// BOOTS topshop// SUNGLASSES rayban
RHIANNON: TROUSERS topshop// BOOTS zara// TOP primark

The reality of having a same sexed twin with a similar style is that you'll often acquire the same wardrobe. Birthdays and Christmas are a given. A tradition at Christmas is that Rhiannon and I will scope out similar shaped presents from under the tree and then open them at the same time so no surprises are ruined. It's no different since moving away from each other to separate Uni's. As soon as we are back for the holidays, we are raiding each others wardrobes like it's Black Friday at Westfield shopping centre. So, to not so much of our surprise, we seemed to have picked up the same mustard utility top from H&M. Er, super awks. We embraced it and decided to shoot a style post on how we would separately style it.

BRYONY: We both decided to put a 70's spin on our outfits. I went the full hog and threw on some super flares, which was probably unconsciously inspired by how much That 70's Show I'm watching at the moment (big respect to Comedy Central for bringing it back). I added a bandanna choker which I love to layer with necklaces when I'm wearing a v neck top. I would dress this top up for a night look by wearing a wrap midi skirt, heels and a dressing gown maxi coat!

RHIANNON: When I styled this top, I had Olivia Palermo in mind. She has a city-chic style that I admire and I like to replicate when I'm day-to-day dressing. I'm big into layering, so throwing a turtle neck under this top was a given especially during the colder months! I'm all about mixing the stylish with being comfortable so I perhaps wouldn't be as daring as Bryony by trying to cope in heeled boots during the day time! Although I'm always for adding a few inches to my height...

You can buy the top in store or shop these online alternatives: