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Feb 14

Gyunel at London Fashion Week

Guest post by Ronke Adeyemi

Last week I was invited as a guest by Crabtree & Evelyn to attend the Gyunel Atelier’s AW14 collection at London Fashion Week.

It took place at the swanky ME Hotel and with supermodel, Coco Rocha (who is currently serving as a judge on The Face USA) walking in the show and TV stars such as Olivia Palermo and the Made in Chelsea lot in attendance, it was certainly a hot ticket.

As fashion collections go it was a pretty tame one in fact I could see a lot of these items selling like hot cakes in Zara. There were a lot of stylish structured pieces; beautifully tailored suits worn with pencil skirts and mini skirts with over the knee socks. Luxurious fabrics like silks, mohair and Lamb nappa leather were used with deep colours such as deep teal and rich orchid purple. It really was a gorgeous collection to sit back and admire.

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Gyunel is the brains behind the sophisticated brand and the Azerbaijan native has a background in fine art which was reflected in the concept of the collection. Gallanthus is based on Gyunel’s childhood memory of an old Russian cartoon and the collection took us on a journey into a woodland draped in the depths of winter.

The aim is to act as pieces of fine art where the garments serve as as a canvas through the transformation of oil paintings into digital prints. This came across well with the goth like setting.

Long gone are the days when designers at London Fashion Week delivered wacky pieces that were way out there. With London Fashion Week getting more commercial every year and the time gap between what we see on the catwalk and what ends up in the shops getting shorter, designers at LFW are highly geared towards retail. A few years it used to be 18 months and now it is only six months, it would be correct to say that this brings new meaning to the phrase Ready to Wear.

Feb 14

Happiness via Net-a-Porter

What better way to spend Sunday evening than shopping on net-a-porter? That site is going to be the end of me!

Sopha Webster Daria PVC pumps
I wear a lot of black and a lot of denim and I think these will liven up both.


J Crew Crystal Embellished Sweatshirt
I can wear this with jeans and any of the skirts I mentioned in my previous posts.


Splendid Voile Shirt
Because you can never have too many black or white shirts.


What have you bought recently?

Feb 14

Topshop Pale Pink Bubble Skirt

I’m on something of a skirt roll!

Look at this beauty from Topshop. I got it because pink (well pastels in general) are a big trend this season and because it looks like it cost a lot more than it did.

topshop skirt

I know I am onto a good thing as the New York Times Fashion Instagram has been shooting it left right and centre on fashionistas during London Fashion Week.

It’s a pale pink bubble jacquard lantern shaped midi skirt (64% polyester, 34% cotton, 2% elastane) and is machine washable. You can also buy a matching top if you so desire.


Skirt – £48
Top – £32

Grab it while you still can!

Feb 14

Finding the Perfect Midi Skirt

I’m always on the look out for a good skirt and recently added these to my repertoire:

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ASOS Full Midi Skirt In Scuba With Pockets
ASOS Midi Skirt In Scuba with Zips

What I was really after was the gorgeous creation from TIBI but unfortunately my coins don’t stretch far enough!

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TIBI Pleated silk-faille skirt

I’m still on the lookout for the perfect pencil skirt, with my hip to waist ratio it’s nigh on impossible to find one that fits properly. If you can suggest a brand; please let me know in the comments below.

May 13

Aveda Makeup @ New York Fashion Week

Aveda was the makeup brand used at the William Okpo NYFW Fall/Winter 2013 show earlier this year and I spoke to Janell Geason, Global Artistic Director, Aveda Makeup, on the beauty looks featured.

She said: “The look at William Okpo is heavily influenced by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo – think bohemian and nomadic. She is the girl who is not afraid to be her natural self. The brow is super strong, yet imperfect. It’s forward-thinking and a bit ‘out there.’ This is distinctive, refined beauty, not at all about being too polished or pristine.”


Here’s how you can get the look at home:

1. To create a smooth and even complexion, apply Aveda Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 15. Add Aveda Inner Light Concealer where needed. To set, apply a light dusting of Inner Light™ Mineral Loose Powder with the Aveda Uruku Bronzing Brush.

2. Fill in the brows with Petal Essence Eye Definer in Cacao or Black Orchid to create a Frida-inspired look.

3. Use Aveda Petal Essence Single Eye Colour in Antique Gold from the lash line to brow, creating a beautiful wash of colour. For darker complexions, choose Aveda Petal Essence Single Eye Colour in Ginger Root.

4. Finish eyes with a coat of Aveda Mosscara in Black Forest.

5. Swirl Aveda Uruku Bronzing Brush in Petal Essence Face Accent in Peach Lights and blush cheeks to add contour.

6. Prep lips with Aveda Nourish-Mint Renewing Lip Treatment. Then colour the lips with a blend of Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Colour in Cana and Melochia Bloom.


The colours are earthy but vibrant and will work beautifully with most skin tones.

Apr 13

Skweez Couture from Jill Zarin

Unless you are a size 0-2 supermodel, we can all benefit from the help provided by a support garment. Especially if you’re wearing a figure hugging dress. Or having a fat day.

I met both those criteria last Saturday so tried out the new Skweez Thigh N Mighty Shaping Thigh Short from Jill Zarin. I’ve never seen an episode of The Real Housewives of New York City but apparently she is/was on it.


Skweez Couture is her range of shape wear that comes in three control levels:

Tight skweez – for everyday wear
Tighter skweez – Comfortable extra control for where you need it most. Targeted slimming and trimming
Tightest skweez – Firm control contours your body and gives maximum compression

The range includes control briefs, slips, shorts, tights and camisoles and is available from sizes S (bust 34 – 35, waist 26.5 – 27.5 and hips 36.5 – 37.5) to 2x (bust 47.5 – 49.5, waist 41 – 43 and hips 49.5 – 51.5).


The Thigh Shaping Short is meant to smooth the tummy and sides, trim and slim thighs and hips and smooth and lift the rear. If you’re smaller than a UK 8 you probably won’t need it as I found the S a perfect fit and it didn’t crush or squeeze the life out of me. I wore them under a rather slim fitting skirt but they did a great job of holding me in in all the right places and I particularly like that they go from mid-thigh to right under the bust so you’re getting full scale coverage here. They don’t roll down when you sit and seem to make you sit up straighter which is a plus. You can wear the shorts under a dress or trousers which is why I prefer them to camisoles or slips.

They are the standard price for (good) shape wear but are currently on offer on QVC so act quickly!

Mar 13

Zatchels Brown Distressed Leather Satchel

Every girl knows a good bag is worth its weight in gold and this is even more so when you seem to carry everything bar the kitchen sink around with you. Having a bag big enough for a laptop, tablet, phone, keys and make up essentials is no mean feat.

Old school is the new new school and with every celebrity worth their weight in column inches carrying a satchel, I decided it was time I tried one out.

Zatchels has an extensive range across three main categories; saddle bags, barrel bags and of course satchels. All come in a range of prints and finishes like the much sought after elephant print, flouros and metallics.


I opted for versatility with the brown distressed leather Zatchel. It gives a timeless, vintage look and can be worn dressed up or down, for work or play. The bag comes complete with optional extras such as personalised engravings, additional top stitched handle and cross body strap slider for added comfort. We opted for a 14.5” width to fit in all our wares without being too big.

And the bag is big. You don’t realise how much so until you get it. That being said, it met all our needs comfortably without looking overly full. It comes in an environmentally friendly dust bag and is beautiful if a little whiffy at first. It is extremely sturdy and rigid but this will give over time. It has just two compartments, a large main one and a smaller front loaded one and is secured with two buckles.

These can be a little fiddly to keep going in and out of but offer good security. It’s not overly heavy, even when full and sits comfortably on the shoulder with minimal slippage which impressed me.

All in all it’s an excellent bag. It’s practical which is what I want and need yet it doesn’t compromise on looks.


Feb 13

Get the Look: Matthew Williamson at London Fashion Week

Matthew Williamson’s collection at London Fashion Week was rather different from his usual fare. Instead of diaphanous, billowing dresses with thigh high slits and lots of print, he presented a more grown up, sophisticated set of clothing.

The hair and make-up had to compliment his Autumn/Winter offering and I was particularly taken by everything happening on Cora Emmanuel.


Benefit Cosmetics did the make up for the show and I spoke to them to get to the low down on her look:

Make up maven Lisa Eldridge said: “Matthew’s inspiration for the collection was the Northern Lights, and overall there was quite a lot going on. With this in mind, my idea for the make-up was to have it almost as if, from the neck up, it was like looking at a sepia photograph – neutral, de-saturated tones and natural definition. Brows were key; I wanted big natural, bushy brows so I ‘backcombed’ the brows using brow gel, really working it into the roots of the brows to create bulk before brushing up to smooth. Cara Delevingne’s luscious brows really didn’t need much of this!”


Here’s how to recreate it at home:

Start with a fresh, clean, moisturised face.

Lightly apply hello flawless oxygen wow liquid foundation, using foundation brush, starting from the centre of the face and blending outwards. Really buff this into the skin using blush brush to get that air-brushed, ‘no make-up’ make-up look.

Apply boi-ing concealer around the eyes and nose and on any red or problem areas. Go over the same areas with fakeup hydrating concealer (launches April 2013). Finally buff the concealer into the skin. Your skin should look fresh, dewy and naturally flawless.

For the eyes, apply high brow under the bottom lash-line and onto the top lash-line and blend in. Apply the base shadow from peek a bright eyes over the top to accentuate the colour. Then apply high brow into the water line of the eye.

Take the powder from brow zings in light and apply it onto the eyelid up to the socket, and then blend. Next take the contour shadow from peek a bright eyes and mix it with the deep charcoal from the smokin’ eyes kit and blend it into the socket of the eye to create a sepia-shadowed effect.

Curl the eyelashes and back-comb the brows upwards with speed brow gel for a feral finish.

Contour the cheekbones by using a playstick which is two shades darker than your skin tone and blend into in the hollows of your cheeks and on your temples.

Finally add sun beam highlighter to the cheeks to give the skin an extra glow.

Jan 13

Brasher Kitale Boots

Hopefully this is the end of the snow; the slip sliding on the pavements and the civil unrest at London Bridge Station needs to stop.

Like most of London, I’ve been wearing wellington boots in the snow and although they keep my feet dry, they aren’t so great and providing traction in the snow or keeping my feet warm.

Sometimes function must triumph over form; these aren’t the cutest boots in the world but they were made for this weather.


They are shearling lined so keep your feet warm, have a rugged rubber sole to ensure you stay upright and are made from premium water resistant nubuck leather so will keep your feet dry.

They look like they’ll last forever (in fact they look like you couldn’t destroy them if you tried!) so it’s £135 well spent.


Brasher Kitale Boots – £135

Dec 12

Fashion Find Of The Week: Kiniki Astro Sparks Leggings

If you’re looking for something to wear to a NYE party, I’ve got you covered.

These Astro Spark leggings from Kiniki have ‘celebration’ written all over them, almost literally!

L – front, R – back

At first glance you might think ‘patterned leggings = chunky legs’ but these patterns have been oh so strategically placed meaning the right bits are highlighted and the bits we want to downplay, are downplayed.

I’m a firm believer that leggings should always be worn with heeled footwear (unless you’re at the gym) so I’ll be teaming these with a chunky boot, a black cashmere blend jumper and a leather biker jacket.

Kiniki Astro Sparks Leggings – £44
Michael Kors boots – £195
DKNY Cashmere blend sweater – £192.32
All Saints biker jacket – £343.86
Isabel Marant ring – £60

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