Friday, 31 January 2014

GIRL CRUSH...FKA TWIGS

Our London lady FKA Twigs is my major girl crush. She has serious talent, making eerie, moody music with a bit of a soothing Mount Kimbie / female James Blake vibes. And she isnt just beautiful to listen to but to look at too.


I really struggled to narrow the pictures down, love, love, LOVE....





Thursday, 23 January 2014

STYLE

I always try to save images that I love or that inspire me one way or another and I hold onto them for years. I wana make sure I don't forget it. However, this is a major problem for me and my massive sieve brain!

Last night I stole some of my house mates time (and better working brain) and we made it our mission to remember the magazine/photographer that this denim on denim, animal print, string vest, spit curl and gold of a beauty i'd saved was from.

Josh Olins shoot for V Magazine....







Now im doing this blog may laptops memory is going to be soooo happy....

http://josholins.com/

http://www.vmagazine.com/

Not content with stoping there, we moved on to the original supers sporting that early 90s look they did so well...SO hot!

Peter Lindbergh for Vogue...








FANCY A CUPPA.... AT DRINK SHOP DO?????

So this weekend I needed a place to meet my mums friend and have a catch up.  In Kings Cross.... HELP I don't know anywhere in Kings Cross.... Or do I?  I vaguely remembered a cute cafe I had been to a while ago, and when I dug around the brain I remembered http://www.drinkshopdo.com
Its a super cute space doing exactly what it says on the door, you can eat... Which i did until I was feeling a bit sick because everything was so gooood (I had lentil and hallomi salad and then a slice of cake that was bigger than my head)
There is also a little shop space at the front that sells bits and bobs, cute little cards and jewellery by local artists.  As well as old fashioned sweet shop and AND you can buy any of the furniture that is in the cafe.... I fell in love with the old formica fold down tables (they are so cute 50s style table that can flap up or down... which would be perfect for my new flat that is smaller than small... but more about that at another time!)
 and if that was not enough they do fun evenings and learning things to do.... embroidery and crafty bits... its my friends hen party soon and I am heavily leaning on the hens to organize coming hear!!!

So the round up...

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

WAAAANT....


Chanel's dollar clutch is too much! LOVE!! πŸ’ΈπŸ’΅πŸ’ΈπŸ’΅πŸ’Έ


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

WANT...


Can't go wrong with chunky gold moschino letters...ever...on anything!

GIRL CRUSH...KELELA

I love this girls sound, the tone to her voice reminds me of the beautiful Aaliyah with a bit of Brandy and an element of little dragons wispiness. I think there are definitely a few similarities to Jessie Ware in there too. Obsessed!



In her words she made "tracks that sounded like remixes, accept thats how the original song goes". (Check The Lily Mercer Show: Kelela for that interview on youtube).

So...gorgeous sounds, and style!....She appreciates a good tee, crop or carnival vibes string vest! I'll be keeping her on my radar for sure.



Sunday, 19 January 2014

SETTING TRENDS BACK THEN

I made a little trip to the Tate Britain today. We all know designers look to the past for inspiration but here's a first hand example. Nice!

Friday, 10 January 2014

AMERICAN FLAG CAKE


Here is a picture of one of my favourite people....


I've known her all my life, but for a big part of it Emily and her family moved to America where her mums from. Sad times. But then she moved back and now she lives in London with me! Yeahhh! Happy times!
So, it was her birthday the other day and I decided to make her a cake. When google imaging 'American flag cakes' as inspiration, I came across this Betty Crocker gem and set my sights on recreating it!...So if you have a nice American friend/ like American stuff/ celebrate 4th of July or something, heres how I did it!

Betty says to use 3 of her cake mixes but unfortunately living in London meant I couldn't find these anywhere so I found a white cake recipe to make instead. I guess we don't make white cakes in England either because as soon as you add the butter it goes yellow (I think they have different products over there). Also, the recipes ingredients were all measured out in cups of this and sticks of that rather than grams so you'll need some measuring cups if your following this recipe. You could probably use any victoria sponge recipe because with this its all down to the colour and construction of the cake, but you just need to make sure that you have enough mixture to make 3 cakes.

When you have made all three, two of them will be getting cut horizontally in half so they will have had to have risen enough! unfortunately my brand new tins weren't made well so my cakes leaked out meaning I had to do the whole thing again making 6 cakes in total!! Hopefully yours will run smoother than mine!



So this is what you will need :

  • 1 cup of butter, softened (I put mine on top of the radiator for a bit cz i dont have a microwave! it worked!)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of backing powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Pot of Betty Crocker frosting


How you do it! :

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (that's like 180c or gas mark 4). Wipe some butter over the inside of x3 9inch round cake tins. Or use baking paper.
  2. Mix together butter and shortening until light and fluffy with an electric mixer if you have one! Slowly add sugar one cup at a time making sure its all mixed in before adding the next. Add eggs one at a time making sure each is mixed in before adding the next.
  3. Sift together flour, backing powder, and salt. Add to butter and shortening mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour. Add vanilla extract. Beat cake batter on high speed for about 5 seconds to make sure that its all super mixed well!
  4. Evenly distribute cake batter between 3 bowls, add the red colouring to one, the blue to another and the 3rd is left as it is. I found the usual food colouring isn't strong enough to create such a bold, vibrant colour so I used food colouring gel and this was perfect!
  5. Pour into cake tins and place in oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean when you put it through the centre of the cake. Remove and leave for about 5 minutes to cool down before then removing from tin and cooling on a cooling rack (I don't have one so I just put it on a chopping board and it was fine).

Ok, so now you put it all together! This is the bit to pay attention to! It sounds complicated but its actually pretty simple.



  1. Lets say all the cakes are 2inches tall. Using a serrated knife, slice the red and white cakes in half horizontally. So afterwards you are left with 2 red layers that are both 1" high and 2 white layers that are both 1" and one blue layer that is 2".
  2. Take one slice of white cake for your first layer, spread some of Betty Crocker's frosting (I did a layer of strawberry jam too but thats up to you) then add a red layer of cake.
  3. Next you take the blue cake and you need to cut out a circle from the middle of the cake. Find a circular shape like the top of a pot or bowl. I used a glass but I think it should have been something slightly larger. Gently push into the cake, then with a knife, use this as a guide to cut out the centre piece. You no longer need that middle blue piece so you can bin it, eat it, make a mini cake with it, whatever!
  4. Now you do the same with the red and white layers only instead of discarding the inside, you will keep the middle part and discard the outside ring.
  5. Now its just putting it all together. take the first 2 layers of cake that you have already iced together and spread frosting over the top red layer. Then place on the blue ring of cake, just lightly spread frosting on the inside edge of the blue ring. 
  6. Frost the 2 remaining small circles together, the red on top of the white and place them into the centre of the blue ring. If the top of the cake isn't even just use a knife to even it out.
  7. Cover the cake in frosting and then I added a little lilac glitter and thats it! when you slice through the cake you will have a little slice of the American flag each time!
I was super happy with the result of this cake and it was so much fun seeing the shocked look on Emily's face when she cut it!

GOOD LUCK!!



Tuesday, 7 January 2014

BEST BLING

I bought this ring from etsy for my secret Santa& was super impressed! Really affordable,  gorgeous, handmade jewellery& I'll be going back for more for sure! Check her out here...
Etsy.com/uk/shop/VSXNSTA 
@vsxnsta
Missvisionista.tumblr.com

Monday, 6 January 2014

GIRL CRUSH... SZA

Super cute, amazingly talented, and always in amazing outfits... love this girl...


get to know... http://www.iamsza.com/
https://www.facebook.com/justsza

Friday, 3 January 2014

10 MINUTES WITH CHRIS FROM THE CRICKETT….

How was the launch party for your first line from The Crickett?
It was jokes, a lot of drinks obviously. It was great to do the party together with Good Years, always good tunes, people and vibes!

What was your journey / How did you get to this point today?
I always wanted to put some graphics onto t shirts, I had the same ideas for years but it feels right to do it right about now. 
I’m not a graphic design professional by any means, I guess it’s got to this point through working alongside friends I’ve met along the years. 

What inspired this range?
Crickett aesthetic is inspired by Suburban London.


What will you be doing in the future?
Doing more work,  staying busy!

Who wears your clothes?
People with a good style and attitude. And appreciate a good t -shirt / graphic t -shirt in their wardrobe.

What do girls look good in? girl style crush?
Girls look good in clothes they wear for themselves and not for men. Thats very attractive. 
Victoria Beckham is on point!



Who’s style do you admire / labels you like?
My favourite best dressed people tend to be my favourite music artists,  and people I have met from working in London based stores.
I hate paying full price for things, I always try and get a little squeeze whenever I can.  I think that’s the case for anyone working with clothes. 
From working at DSM I got a lot of things from Comme des Garcons, I still wear a lot Bathing Ape. I like Uni-qlo and Cos on the High St.

Do you have any fave blogs? if so which ones?
I check this blog called Upscale Hype a lot, a fashion blog that is like the Daily Mail online meets World Star Hip Hop. 

Where can we find your clothes?

Crickett is available at the Hideout Store W1 and at www.thecrickett.com







FANCY A PINT… AT FARR’S SCHOOL OF DANCING???

OK so we are going visit new and old classic pubs in London and review them for your reference…. This is very hard work for us BTW…. haha 
 
First up Farr’s School of Dancing- http://www.farrsschoolofdancing.com/
this is a newly refurbished bar/ pub that has recently popped up on Dalston Lane.  Its high competition the beer trade in Dalston now with shit loads of places to choose from.
So will we be going back…. yes I think so, maybe not a regular place to hang out, the space is massive and slightly town hall feeling- as the name suggests this used to be a dance school and still has this echoy spacious vibes.
This would be an idea place to start a birthday party, its just opposite Dalston Junction so all the non east Londoners have no excuse, the decor is a bit on the twee old fashion side of cool for my tastes, but its in no way exceedingly wanky.  There are good local beers and I will repeat bloody loads of space- which means even if you don’t get a seat you can have bit of a run around and a bit of a dance with out being crushed up on someone… a good beginning of the night place.
So the round up


THE CRICKETT LAUNCH




If you visit their website  http://www.thecrickett.com/ you’ll instantly get a feel for the label, where it comes from and what its saying. Young London vibes, no following trends, The Crickett are kicking them off, and no doubt doing it in a nice pair of Nikes! This is a label that cool east london kids and people in the arty know are going to be all over.
All this in mind, the other week I didnt find myself in a snug Hackney old man pub, but quite the cool contrast, the very trendy London Edition Hotel Basement. And like the location, the line outside said it all, Chris Amfo and his ideas are some to watch.


Chris worked his way up the old fashioned way, working hard and soaking up a lot of experience and fashion knowledge along the way. Last night marked the start of an exciting new designer, who doesnt just pick out a good tune, but a good design too. 
I look forward to whats next, but til then…”stay safe and garmented!”