URBAN OUTFITTERS INSPIRED HIPPY BOHO CHIC VIBES

Being someone who is a highly creative being and finds topics like fashion, makeup, art and music very interesting, it makes sense to me that I would also have an interest in interior design too!
As a shop I really like Urban Outfitters and I think it is unusual to find a shop that has both great clothing as well as great homemade items too ( one is usually waaaay better than the other) and they both match perfectly, so it’s like if you are a fan of the style of clothing they have there, you will also probably like the homeware stuff too as it’s in the same kind of style.

I have looked at their website and picked out a few of my favourite things they have available at the moment.

IMG_5916.PNGThis marble duvet set I have had my eye on for a while now and was considering getting for my own bedroom as even though it’s patterned, it’s neutral and marble is a huge trend right now so if you are so into your fashion that you even want your bedroom to be on trend then this would be perfect for you, aha. But equally it is pretty timeless too and I think it would look nice in an older persons bedroom too as it’s a pretty classic print. I like how it has been shown in the picture, I would team this bed cover up with lots of green palms and plants to really amplify the boho chic vibe.

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Candles are always a good idea when it comes to decorating because who wouldn’t want their house to smell great? I know I would! This candle in particular is both aesthetically pleasing and smells good so it’s the perfect package really! Because the design is quite simple and clean, it would go with most things and could be made to look more modern or more traditional depending on what style you are going for in the rest of the room.

Here are some other cool items for you to look at!

 

Hope you enjoyed this post!

SO TOTALLY LA ACAI BOWL

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A SO TOTALLY LA ACAI BOWL

Anyone who knows me knows how much I absolutely looooove Los Angeles and how I could talk about it for days, aha! One of the things I like about the place is the food, one thing in particular being the Acai Bowls you can get there. I feel like this is a very stereotypical food that anyone who doesn’t know a lot about LA would associate it with. So I just wanted to say, whilst there are lots of healthy places to eat in LA, there are also less healthy places too, so don’t be fooled into thinking everything there is fitness obsessed and throw shade on the place because they are not! I’m very defensive about it you see 😉😂

I had my first ever acai bowl in LA three years ago and I have been hooked ever since! Yes you can make them yourself but it is equally nice to be able to pick one up from a juice place like Jamba Juice when you are out and about on the go! (Jamba Juice do three different acai bowls which are all equally gorgeous!) 😍

Here I have got a quick recipe though for you to make your own at home! I would describe this as a berry based acai bowl but actually as acai juice is quite hard to get in the UK, I have substituted it with berries instead to make it easier to make. If you happen to have some acai juice though go ahead and use that for the liquid part!

INGREDIENTS:
LIQUID
* 5 blueberries
* 5 strawberries
* 5 blackberries
* 1 1/2tbsp of natural yoghurt
* Drop of Maple syrup or honey
TOPPING
* 2 tbsp coconut shavings
* 1 tbsp of granola
* 1 tbsp chia seeds
* Selection of banana, blueberries and strawberries
* Maple syrup or honey to drizzle over

The recipe itself is nice and simple. All you need to do is put the ingredients for the liquid part of the bowl into a blender and blend until they are smooth. Then pour it into a bowl and chop up as much as the topping ingredients as you require and they line them up on top of the bowl. Then finally sprinkle it with coconut shavings, granola and chia seeds to finish it off, drizzling honey or maple syrup over it all to add a touch of sweetness.

This dish would be great to have for breakfast to kick start your day with a healthy dose of fruit and to give you energy as it’s full of vitamins.
Hope you like it as much as I do!

FUTURE TRENDS

Prints & Graphics A/W 18/19: HumaNature – Nature Activist

So I was just recently browsing WGSN looking at their future trends section and came across “HumaNature” a trend basically encompassing protest and nature activist slogans written onto items of clothing in a relaxed and hand made style. Colour wise there is a lot of khaki and an overriding feel of feminine grunge. I would say that the trend is definitely aimed at young women, encouraging them to join movements or show their support casually through their outfits. Items have an outdoors utility vibe to them which I like and think that my personal style would fit well with this trend.

Here are some examples of products available and imagery that helps represent the trend.

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Women’s Forecast A/W 18/19: The Thinker

Another trend I came across was referred to as “Whisky Lounge” which I thought was quite a funny title for a trend but it is in essence all about lace, velvet, affluent interiors and a general sense of plushness (not entirely sure if that’s a word but I like it so I’m using it!) haha.

Again, this is my cup of tea as I love soft materials and wearing evening wear in the day time and underwear as tops. Long story short, I like pushing boundaries and breaking rules which I think this trend does!

If you like silk dresses,  I would say a good place to get them from is Missguided, as they always seem to have lots of variety when it comes to them, as in short, longer, sleeveless, long sleeves and also plunging cut neck lines, so you will probably be able to find something to suit you and your style.

 

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Surface & Materials Forecast A/W 18/19: The Thinker Re Materialised Masters
This interior trend is all about taking traditional materials and giving them a modern edge by adding extra materials that are unexpected including the likes of rubber, leather and resin. After reading about this trend and looking at the pictures to go with it, it reminded me of Parisian architecture and buildings like the Palace of Versailles and the Sacre Coeur but then also at the same time my mind went to the Versace Mansion in Miami with them both having extremely intricate paintings and statues eluding luxury and truly skilled artisans.
The WGSN article referring to the future trend describes it as ” creative thinking challenges established design codes as the unorthodox meeta with the romantic. Unexpected or surreal interpretations of historical craft emerge as neo-classical form are reinvented through scale or modern materials.”
It also made me think of the style of some the rooms in Harrods as yes they are exquisitely decorated, but particularly in the homeware section there is a variety of different styles and combinations of furniture that you would not necessarily pair together automatically but they do it in a way which really works and so for example combine the old with the new and create a great, unique look based on the clever use of juxtaposition, Even though this is an interior trend, I think that you could of course apply it to fashion too, why not?!
Here are some images from WGSN.
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Thank you for reading!

 

MOODBOARDS

As a fashion student it is safe to say that I am certainly  fan of moodboards, so I thought why not correlate some images together just showing things that I’m into and my general taste. As you will see, there a few common occurrences throughout my boards which has highlighted to me what I really do like! It is interesting actually to say that each board is on a different topic, that I have somehow managed to put plants in nearly every board and honestly didn’t even realise until I just put them all together on here and viewed them as a collective. I apologise in advance if you don’t like trees and the sun because it seems to be a recurring theme throughout, aha. Anyway, I hope you like my boards and I just thought it was a little something different to post instead of the usual paragraphs of writing, If you prefer imagery then this is the post for you!

TRAVELLING BOARD, WEDDING BOARD, DOGS & CARS BOARD (I KNOW STRANGE COMBO, BUT I LIKE DOGS AND NICE CARS OK), HOMEWARE BOARD AND PHOTOSHOOT BOARD

 

 

 

LUSH PRODUCTS

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I may be rather late In discovering this shop but my favourite place to go at the moment is LUSH! They are a fresh handmade cosmetics brand which I’ve seen numerous times when walking down the high-street but have never actually ventured inside until recently and realised what I had been missing out on! I have so many of their products yet to try but at the moment I really like the bath bombs and bubble bars. They both look and smell amazing and fill the entire bath room fragrance. AND of course they are very satisfying to put it the bath and swoosh around and watch all the different colours and bubbles appear! I have found that they not only make the water feel silky but they leave my hair luxuriously soft too, which is a bonus. I’ve also just purchased the Snow Fairy body wash and wow, it smells so sweet and so damn good, I want to eat it! lol. (don’t actually advise that fyi!).

Lush have a great brand philosophy too as their products aren’t tested on animals, they are ethical and use organic and high quality ingredients. If you this is an area that interests you, you can read more about it here https://www.lushusa.com/Article_26-Interesting-Facts.html

And finally, just wanted to mention that the people in the shop and really helpful and encourage you to try the products before you buy them and show you what the bath bombs look like when they are dropped In water. If you are unsure how to use certain products too they will happily explain this to you. Equally, I’ve found that if I am just going in there for a specific item or want to browse by myself if you tell them you are just looking they do actually leave you too it and don’t harass you or watch you which I find sometimes in shops which really gets on my nerves!

One more thing, If you are stuck for what to buy for people Christmas I would just head into a LUSH store and I sure you will find lots of suitable things. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love treating themselves to a bubble bath! Haha.

LINGERIE BRAND TO WATCH

HOT AS HELL are a  Los Angeles based brand who describe themselves as being ethical and sustainable. Their website features, intimates, bridal wear and swimwear. Their Instagram @we_are_hah has 49,500 followers and features a lot of their products as well as imagery relating to the brand, including roses, lips, alcohol and cigarettes, but all with an outdoorsy ideal-esque feel to them.

This is how they describe the brand on the “story” section of their website:

“HAH was born out of a desire for a simplistic MORE – more sensibility, more sustainability, and more attainability in the designer market. A movement, a lifestyle, and a brand, Hot-As-Hell is raising the bar in elevated apparel. With versatile collections of swimwear and beach lifestyle apparel, HAH clothing fills a niche of timeless, wearable, ethical and accessible fashion.”

What makes them unique is the fact that they are fiercely themselves and have a clear brand feel and philosophy. For example, the blog section of the website has a “Burn Book”  and also includes Horoscopes. Moreover, the brand is clearly not just trying to sell the products, but a whole lifestyle along with them which I think is nice as it gives off a nice positive vibe!

“We think it’s Hot-As-Hell to be conscientious. That’s why HAH is committed to minimizing waste, through our smarter usage of resources and raw materials. We like to think long-term and always do things with a purpose. Ever conscious of the environment and the products we make, we work hard (and smart) to ensure that our legacy is something we can be proud of. In keeping with the HAH ideal of eco-friendly design, we’ve launched a number of sustainable initiatives – because it’s not enough to just talk the talk anymore, you also need to be able to walk the walk…”

This quote from their website shows that they are playful brand that don’t take themselves too seriously but at the same have their priorities straight with a commitment to focusing on clever use of materials in order to minimize waste and keep the well being of the environment in mind, which I think is great and refreshing to see these days and should be a goal of more brands and shows they are actually more than just a brand.

Their BODY GLOVE Bodysuit features on a recent cover of HEALTH magazine with Khloe Kardashian wearing the garment, which is brilliant publicity for the brand to get on a cover and have one of the famous Kardashian in one of their items. You can view more magazine features and PR related stuff on their website under the “Press” section.

The items of clothing themselves feature lots of white and lace detailing. Here are some of my favourite picks and imagery from their Instagram page!

HAH ⚡️ Hot-As-Hell @we_are_hah on Instagram photo 11th January 2017

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HAH ⚡️ Hot-As-Hell @we_are_hah on Instagram photo 16th December 2016

“Is Marijuana the Luxury Industry’s Next Big Opportunity?

So I just read this article from Business of Fashion and long story short, my response to this is no. Please no.

Yes I am aware that Marijuana is a natural plant and of course if you are in pain and have a medical condition then if it will help improve your quality of life then go for it, iti s your body at the end of the day and if Marijuana can help you in this way then that is great! But no one in this article seems to be addressing the fact that like with all drugs, they effect different people in different ways, and I personally have seen this with my own eyes, one person is having a fabulous time with their marijuana and goes all enthusiastic and energetic, meanwhile the other is confused, upset and loosing all common sense, which is dangerous.

The article says:

“For instance, the e-commerce site Tetra — founded by three fashion and design-industry veterans — has earned accolades for its collection of modern instruments. “We started this because we realised the market didn’t have anything like it,” says Eviana Hartman, who started Tetra with partners Monica Khemsurov and Su Wu. “While there is a lot of innovation in the area, most of the players aren’t driven by aesthetics.”

As a Fashion Communication and Promotion student, I can see from a purely marketing and business minded point of view, that there is obvious logic in this and they have found a gap in the market which they are hoping to fill, which like I said, in theory is the basis of creating a new idea and in turn profit, although maybe this type of product has not actually been created yet for a reason?

I don’t want to be pessimistic , as I do absolutely love fashion, and acknowledge the fact that it is all subjective really, though I cannot help thinking that trying to glamorise a drug and make profit from it is just wrong and is going a step too far. Moreover, it is clear that those who endorse this are only doing it for the potential profit to be gained, without considering the health implications that go with it and how influential fashion is on young people, so glamorising this will just be making marijuana the norm, which some people would say is fine, though my point is where does this stop? First you start selling this as a luxury lifestyle product, then it filters down and you can get it inexpensively too, it becomes easier and easier to access, with younger people being able to buy it with no moderation and then what will happen next? Will eventually all class A drugs be turned into “glamorous” fashion products too? And someone starts with weed first, but then there is the risk that it can lead to taking more and more higher class drugs and when you are “high” people can often then take more different types of drugs as they are not fully aware of what they are doing nor are they capable of making rational decisions.

My opinion on this suggestion is that I feel like basically this is morally wrong, it is a sly way to try and just make money and more thought should be put into it and people should have a consience as to what potenital damage could be done to the vunerable and serseptable young people which they are trying to target.

Rant over, aha.

Here is the article if you want to give it a read:

https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/intelligence/is-marijuana-the-luxury-industrys-next-big-opportunity

And also, here is a link to a website giving you further insights into weed and the problems it can cause.

http://www.talktofrank.com/drug/cannabis

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Alexander Wang’s Cannabis Infused Collection

Source: http://herb.co/2016/02/15/alexander-wangs-cannabis-infused-collection-high-fashion/