26.2.15

FRESH FACED | HOLLY MAY SAKER

"Don't let anyone hold you back and if you have a dream then go for it. You need to have a thick skin in this industry so be prepared." - HOLLY MAY SAKER

She may not be talk of the world like Cara and Kendall, but her stardom is rising from this year on having walked for high profile shows in New York and London. 

To give you a bit of background about the model, she's said to be an 'English Rose' being a 20 year old Scoucer having grown up in Marbella. She had the pleasure of working with the uh-mazing Steven Miesel for the cover story of Vogue Italia. Aside from the huge names we are exposed to every day, which 20 year old walks for the biggest names in the country: Burberry, Jonathan Saunders, Topshop, Erdem, Issa, Margaret Howell, Jeremy Scott..& do I really need to continue. Jaw Shock!

She is basically killing it in fashion right now and this may have come from her friendly nature and appreciative and loving relationship with current boyf - he clearly does her good! I have no doubt that we will be seeing a lot more of Ms Saker, but in the mean time appreciate that sharp jawline and almond eye shapes.

She's just done her time taking over I-D's Instagram but be suyre to check her out! @hollymaysaker

Source: I-D Vice.com

24.2.15

& CHATARANGA


Photos via. Pinterest

It seems I take after my dad with my obsession for lazy Sundays. It used to be the day to seriously hang after a night out, do nothing but cover my face with my duvet, eat loads of pretty much everything and tell myself over and over again that this time I will NOT drink again. It then became my productive Sunday to clean the flat and bathe like a lady while watching a movie and sipping on a cup of tea. scrap that! Who has time seriously??

After a long week at work and usually a manic Saturday seeing friends or running errands (trips to the bank or returning masses of clothes i've not so accidentally ordered online), I usually attempt to go to the gym on a Sunday morning but miserably fail on many occasions. My Excuse? Sundays are for being lazy and I just NEED to sleep.

Last Sunday, I dragged myself out of bed to make my 10:30 Yoga workshop in Angel. I have been doing Yoga for around 4 years now, not on any sort of professional level what so ever but just a bit of amateur yogarriing to better my posture, flexibility and of course to be able to do all sorts of body stands. Despite the early start, beginning my day with an hour of Yoga gives me that buzz I need or maybe just gets me out of bed and keeps me going for the rest of my day. It really helps to loosen and stretch out muscles I am constantly putting strain on during my weight training sessions and helps to break my disgusting habit of clicking my back to maybe just once a day. Winning!

The Sunday session was mostly focused on stretches and was actually a one off workshop my teacher Erica held to raise money for charity, but on a normal week I like to break up my days by attending a Wednesday session. If you have are yet to latch on to the trend, it is definitely something I would recommend trying at least once.

I went on my very first yoga retreat in Ibiza last year and it honestly was a game changer. I learnt so much about the history of Yoga practices, the art of meditation that even Head Space couldn't help with and finally the way of best practice from my teacher Wendy at her  sanctum space on the island.

It was honestly one of the best decisions I could have made and experiences i've ever had that i've only gone and booked it again for this year and maybe a few extra days to tackle the other side of the island.

15.2.15

EVENT | THE INTERSECTION...



Last night as part of the Creatial team and representing Tech City News, I attended a General Assembly event, 'The intersection of Fashion, Tech and creating memorable brand experiences' at Lyst Stdios in Hoxton Square with a pretty fashtech savvy line up of industry panellists including the amazing Lauren Stevenson, co-founder of  of PR agency Aisle 8, who had a feature last week in Stylist magazine and had a high profile career at Mywardobe.com and Harrods. She has now leaped into the world of entrepreneurs and started things up herself. Bold Move!

For me, she stood out most on the panel offering some really interesting insights into the world of fashion and marketing, pulling out brands who are at the forefront on fashion. Lucky for me, I managed  to have a chat with her after the event about the formation and execution of my new project, the social influencer app Creatial and then going on to sharing a few mutual contacts at Botticca and Moschino. Such a lovely woman! Everyone knows about the catty fashion world, but it really does stand out when someone so successful gives time and energy back to help establish the new generation of talent. Victoria Chang, founder of Style Barista, Emma Watkinson, founder of Silkfred.com, Sarah Walter, CCO of Metail and Craig Crawford of SomoGlobal were also on the panel making the response to each question so varied yet so responsive

Aside from the help yourself bar and endless supply of Vivid vitality drinks, dishing out my new business cards and  talking till my mouth was dry, the event turned out to be a huge success. It has definitely given me the little shake and stir I needed to get myself back on track!

With that in mind, I have taken it upon myself master the art of code, by this I mean spending my lunch on Code Academy (FREE of course), using interactive methods learning that even my mother could master, but yet I'm still not quite there.

Tonight, I find myself  going along to an 'Hour of code' event as part of a general movement to promote coding as a skill in life. I will of course report back on my newly learned language of  HTML, CSS and Javascript. Talk nerdy to me!


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13.2.15

ABOVE THE LINE


Looking over the above images gives me such a thrill. There's lots of thick structured shapes that happily fit into the idea of my minimalist work apparel and makes me want to trawl through endless websites and save masses in baskets I probably will never buy. It's not that I don't want it bad enough, it's that I want so much so bad -  I am victim to the online basket syndrome.

I say I don't buy my baskets, but I suck at holding back from my usual hotspots you know the Zara, Asos, &otherstories... I currently have a £320 stuck to Zara a £195 from ASOS and I haven't even got started with 5 pairs of trainers I have at the check out, obviously because you've got to have ones for all sorts of scenarios: training, running, stylish, 2 stylish and make that 3 stylish. Do you know that way?

Moving on now to one of my best friends who has taken a huge leap in life, she left her amazing job at The White Company, her sweet ass pad in Brixton and me of course to travel the bare ground of South America on her own. Amazing as it is and as proud of her as I am, I can't help but envy her boldness to just up and go when our eager generation are so driven by career and success, while she gets to see the world for all its natural beauty. I am just waiting for the right time, we all say, almost like committing to marriage or actually buying a house, but the truth is, it's so simple. There is never going to be a right time in life so just go now or forever hold your peace.

To follow Em's travel blog Around the world in 501's click here


9.2.15

FEBRUARY AGENDA


K A T H E R I N E H E P B U R N

BFI Southbank announces Katharine Hepburn season, showcasing a range of her well-known films to be shown from February through till March.




Heist is an art collective based in a residential property in Notting Hill. The collective features photography and performance art with works by Melvin Sokolsky, Liu Ren, Aes+f etc, who are all growing, innovative photographers.

Every eight weeks the space is transformed completely into a new installation providing visitors with an immersive experience The current exhibition is called A road to Elysium; on the post apocalyptic journey. The exhibition delves into some deeper social and Political issues. 


'TO CREATE AN UNFORGETTABLE, EXPERIENTIAL ENGAGEMENT WITH THE ART'

U N I O N S T R E E T C A F E

Next found venture from Gordon Ramsey with a slight edge based in SEI. The focus is on Mediterranean cuisine with a hint of Italian artisan. The food look divine although the potion sizes are slightly smaller than my liking! 


C O S Y N I G H T O U T

The Pillow Cinema is the new night out that has been extended into the new year. Based in Shoreditch underground station, guests are welcomed into a pretty raw space filled with oversized pillows to share whilst in sight of the screen. It could be the perfect solution to a night out but not an actual night out, with a twist on the usual cinema date, which has become just plain boring and well over priced. If you're going to spend the money, spend it in style and make it worth it!



Trawling through the internet as I do, I came across this bad boy! Tanya's cafe seem like the solution to the overcrowded and slightly cramped Good Life Eatery. Granted, the food is amazing, but it seems like a bit of a spot for lovers of Millie Mack and fashion fiends to lurk around.

It has all the words you're looking for: raw, green, clean lean a super everything, so it's got to be worth a try. 


T H E T H E O R Y O F E V E R Y T H I N G

Ok, so you may have seen the film, loved it, recommended it and like me cried until the lights came on, but I still felt like there were some unanswered questions and elements of his life that left me ever more intrigued.


Its great to watch a film like this and to only literally just watch it, but sometimes it stresses the need of a discussion. The BFI have tapped onto this and put together a panel to discuss the amazing Eddie Redmayne's take on Steven and the science behind the film.


Kill some time, fill up some time or just take a bit of time away from your phone to watch this!


WATCH HERE


A D U L T B A L L P I T

Get in touch with your inner child hood or just if you are me, then let it light up at the thought of an adult ball pit. I've done it once before at the Haywood Gallery and the balloon room and I loved it! but I seemed to walk out of there with pretty much an afro form all the static - not cool!


This time round they are actually all balls! No idea what it is for but it's trending and people are loving it. Head over to Hammersmith to the wonderful world of Pearl Fisher, an amazing advertising agency to find out more.


JUMP ON IT



3.2.15

OMNISCIENCE

G L Y C E M I C I N D E X

In short, GI levels are a measurement of carbohydrate foods and their impact on blood sugar levels. It is known that a LOW-GI diet has a positive effect on the overall health of our body, decreasing the risk of cardio-vascular diseases and a number of cancers. Taking advantage of these benefits can be as simple as sticking to natural foods that are low in their GI levels.

One warning is honey Vs. sugar, they are both simple sugars that have a very high GI score (between 55 - 69) giving your sugar levels a quick spike and a sudden drop. It is best to stick to honey that has a low GI, meaning a low level of fructose. 

Often honey is partnered with oats ( Low GI) in the morning, due to its protein content, which is slowly converted into glucose, making you fuller for longer and stabilising your blood sugar levels. When mixed with white sugar or honey it can increase the overall GI level counteracting the benefits of eating porridge.

Agave Nectar, is a source of sweetener that I have been using for the past year is predominantly composed of fructose, that makes it lower on the glycemic index and isn't likely to raise blood sugar levels, buttt remember if you are thinking of switching, be sure to manage your fruit levels.

I am proud to say I have been clean of cane sugar for 9 months and I feel greeeaatt!

SKL




2.2.15

FOLLIAGE



This is an old shoot I did with TOTW's man last summer so I'm sorry for my 'post-season' attire, but I still quite like it.  My days in London now are made up of waking up in darkness with temperatures in the minuses and walking back from Old Street again with night light, so it is actually pleasant to let my eyes squint at the brightness of these photos with my clean brown hair and fresh nails compared to now. A matted grease ball and dry everything is really not a good look.

It's funny because the day I wore my Birks outdoors and literally felt my feet freeze, I knew any sight of summer was over until...the Arizona sheep-lined birk was born. It was like someone read my mind! No, I do not own a pair because firstly I would get looks all over Londoin for being in the wrong season, secondly I was always tripping, especially on the escalators, it's just embarrassing and thirdly if I'm really honest I just don't think they are cut out for our temperamental British weather. Summer is looking one step closer though, so we can bring back the Birkenstocks!

Moving on, I am still to this day obsessed with the Alexander Wang  SS14 collection, the shapes, colours and silhouettes. So when I spotted my version from H&M above, I couldn't really say no. I'm not so keen on the off the shoulder look as it is slightly annoying and the cropped fit isn't the best for my off days, but I love the colour, the natural creases (not my self-induced wardrobe ones) and on a good day it's just great!

Apologies for my really unattractive and  stresses and creases, I was really really hopeful that my creases would drop out, but nope.