Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Lifestyle: Latest Blogger Events in London

Blogger Events London 2017

With Halloween and Christmas just around the corner, Q4 is one of the busiest seasons events-wise. London has never seen so many blogger events popping up: from private Halloween screenings to Christmas-themed parties, I had the pleasure to work and deliver two very fun and interesting events lately.

Mira Moments at Six Storeys

Mira is a luxury brand of bath and shower equipment – think shiny stainless steel showerheads and sleek glass shower screens. With the colder season approaching, we wanted to show bloggers and press how to enhance their everyday routine and integrate a much needed pampering Me Time to relax and unwind after work.

I’ve started working on the project back in April with a first draft of the idea, including some data-led research and five suitable venues that fit the client brief. However, after the research was presented, I never heard back if the idea was going to be realised and the project was suddenly put on hold. It wasn’t until later in the year, when the project came back slightly tweaked onto my desk and I was given a six-week turn-around to deliver the idea.
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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Fashion: David Clulow Style Event

ClulowStyle event

Hi there, when I came back from my last holiday in July, I had four events projects waiting for me in my inbox. Hence why blogging had to take a bit of a backseat these past few weeks but I'm excited to share the latest event with you that I've organised and delivered for David Clulow. 

David Clulow is a luxurious optician with branches all over London. They are specialists in eye care, offering comprehensive eye tests and selling mostly frames by high-end labels such as Ray-Ban, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada. 80% of medical eye conditions can be detected by regular checks, so it is vital to have your eyes tested every two years. It was, therefore, a core theme at the event to raise awareness for precautionary eye care and to introduce the stylish brand to influencer. 
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Friday, 14 July 2017

Lifestyle: Exploring Brussels In A Day

brussels day trip travelling in europe

City breaks have never been as popular as they are now. Our world is so well connected these days that it is easy to get on a train after work on a Friday and just leave for the weekend. Come back on a Sunday relaxed and with a bag full of lasting memories. The little escape usually takes no more than three days and is a welcome break from the mundane routine of a 9-5pm workweek. 

Having been on a city break to Amsterdam and Paris this year already, I was keen to explore another European capital and tick off my travel list. I always wanted to go to Brussels as I've never really visited Belgium properly. One of my colleagues visited the city not so long ago and said that you could easily view the sights within a day. Perfect, as there was no need in booking accommodation for the trip: wake up in the morning in my bed in London, spend the day in another country and fall back asleep at home in the UK - simple!

Said and done - I booked myself a ticket mid-week and ventured on a day trip to Brussels.  
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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Fashion: Balenciaga's Shaping Fashion Exhibition

Balenciaga Shaping Fashion exhibition in London review

After Burberry's Henry Moore Exhibition at Makers House and Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty, a new fashion exhibition has made it to London town: Cristobal Balenciaga's Shaping Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum is an absolute must! 

Shaping Fashion marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga's first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of his famous second one in Paris. With a focus on the designer's most creative period, the 1950's and 60s, the exhibition opened officially a few weeks ago in May and will run until February 2018.

Shaping Fashion is the first ever UK exhibition showcasing Balenciaga's work and highlighting his influence on today's fashion industry, e.g. designs by Hussein Chalayan are on display, too. The reason to put emphasis on a later stage in Balenciaga's career was mainly as he produced a significant amount of bespoke designs for high-end clients. It was also the time in which Cristobal introduced iconic shapes to the fashion world that we can't live without today, such as the baby doll shape, the tunic, the shift dress and the sack.
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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Fashion: Oysho Summer Look

Oysho summer oufit ootd fashion post

Shopping belongs as much to a holiday as the extensive sightseeing. Whenever I'm abroad, I put a few hours aside to browse through the local High Street retailers in the hope to bring back home some fashion finds. My latest discovery is the Spanish fashion brand Oysho, which funnily enough, I found during my to trip Paris in France.
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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Fashion: Smart Casual With Gant*

Gant smart casual outfit fashion post

Oh, the weather has been absolutely magnificent lately in London and I'm happy we seem to get more than three days of sunshine and warmth this summer. I had the chance to enjoy a picnic at Greenwich Park with my friends and also relaxed on my balcony, as I moved into a shiny new place over the last few days. Yes - lots has happened these past few weeks and I now live in zone 3 which allows me to get to work within 40mins tops - bye, bye long commute and hello free time for blogging!

The new place is a bit smaller than my previous flat so I had to declutter and part from a few beloved pieces, but new space in the wardrobe means space for new stuff, right? At first, I felt overwhelmed when I got the news to move out, but now I feel relieved that it has happened and settling into a new environment feels like a fresh start.

I'm still settling in and a few things need to be sorted out in my new place, hence why I haven't had much time for blogging lately. With a shorter commute and the longer days in the summer though mean I will have a bit more time to invest into StyleLingua and I cannot wait to share soon another summer-inspired outfit with you.

The forecast for the coming weeks promises lots of warm weather and sunshine. Whilst it is tempting flip-flopping around all day in your comfy harem trousers, dressing smart casual for the office is another story. What can I wear to work? becomes then one of the major first world problems (followed by What's for lunch?). 
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Monday, 29 May 2017

Fashion: Costes Summer Outfit

Costes Summer Top Outfit of the Day

During my Amsterdam holidays, I spent some time shopping and, maybe it's just me, but I've noticed that the European High Street has become more and more globalised, don't you think? Whereas a few years ago, you may have only found e.g. Topshop in the UK, you now see their branches suddenly in Copenhagen or Amsterdam. Only and Vila, two established brands on the German High Street are just next door and there's, of course, the obligatory H&M and Primark, too. Standardised like everywhere else, it seems.

Amsterdam luckily has a few shopping areas in central so apart from the usual shops, you have the chance to see other areas with more - let's say it - local brands and retailers. Whilst I wandered around the familiar shops I was wondering if there were even any Dutch fashion brands left to discover or if they all had disappeared entirely from the High Street due to the stark international competition. I was not aware of any specific Dutch fashion brands in particular at the time but was keen on finding out. One thing I love doing whilst on holidays is to check out the local fashion landscape and look through foreign collections in the hope to take back home some unique pieces with me.
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Fashion: Winter Wedding


2016 challenged me to venture into new style territory: how to dress as a wedding guest. You must know that I've never been to a wedding before and my wardrobe lacks festive attire for a big day like a wedding. Whilst it seems so easy to get a cute dress for a summer wedding, winter is a different story. You suddenly look for something smart to wear that is not too formal, but has long-sleeves, you know, to protect you from the cold. At the same time, the dress has to be feminine, but please without all the wool and knitwear.

One material that I can always rely on and that represents my style as no other is lace. Lace to me is the ultimate incarnation of feminity and supports a romantic style. It is classy and playful or in combination with a fine black blazer, for example, adds a sophisticated touch. When I was on the hunt for a winter wedding dress, I knew I wanted something with lace. So I turned to Apricot Clothing and ordered this navy blue dream, teamed it up with some nude accessories, and et voila - my winter wedding outfit was born.  
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Lifestyle: My Trip To Paris

My Paris Holidays

I've recently had the chance to spent two weekends away from London sightseeing the beautiful capitals of Europe. I went on a holiday to Amsterdam and then my travels took me to Paris for the very first time. The trip was mainly to support my friend who participated in the Paris marathon and whilst he sweated and ran half-across the city, I went off by myself exploring.

A big part of this great holiday experience was the incredible weather, as I think Paris is not really "my" city. Similar to Amsterdam, Paris didn't wow me much at first sight. Even after a few days, I couldn't warm up to Paris and felt it was a bit bland and characterless - but this didn't stop me from exploring its streets filled with cafes, delicious cakes and its historic sights, bursting with culture and art.
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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Lifestyle: Amsterdam Holidays

Amsterdam Holidays

After Copenhagen and Rome, Amsterdam was one of the top city break destinations in 2016 which sadly, I couldn't squeeze in, as I had taken up most of my annual leave. With the new year, visiting The Netherlands was top of my list and I couldn't have chosen a more perfect time at the end of March to see the beautiful city of Amsterdam. I jetted off after work and spend full four days, including lots of sightseeing, walking along the canals and enjoying the magnificent weather. Amsterdam has definitely left me with a great impression which I'd like to share with you in today's post.   

I have to confess whilst strolling around the canals on a gloomy morning on my very first day, Amsterdam didn't charm me much. I couldn't warm up to it nor "see" what others have told me I should. I barely noticed the narrow canals, appreciated the unique houses or paid attention to the little shops spread here now and there. I guess I was knackered from the work week and a short night sleep. Add in a one hour walk from the hotel into the city on an empty stomach and you get me. Luckily, my friend and travel companion Mille suggested to head straight to the Pancake Bakery in Prinsengracht and after a massive breakfast consisting of a crepe loaded with sweet William Pears, ice cream, whipped cream and a good splash of chocolate sauce, my world was restored and I gave the city a second chance - and suddenly Amsterdam's awesomeness slowly unfolded in front of my eyes.
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Monday, 17 April 2017

Lifestyle: Fitness First Blogger Event

Fitness First Blogger Event

With two city breaks and an exciting blogger event to organise in between, Q2 of 2017 started promising. This time I worked for Fitness First and organised an evening of spinning and athletics at their newly refurbished gym in Fenchurch Street.

Located very conveniently in the Aldgate area, the Fitness First gym in Fenchurch Street is easily accessible from Sky Garden or Tower Hill. The gym had recently had a total revamp and now has a classroom for body combat, a spinning box and an athletics track added to the usual workout facilities. To spread the word about the brand new additions, I invited eight fitness blogger along for an evening of spinning and athletics with a competitive twist.
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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Fashion: Easter Bank Holiday OOTD

spring transitional outfit panorama

It's been rather quiet here on my blog, though I guess periods of silence usually mean a good thing: the person has been busy and when the right time comes around they will share all the exciting news with you what they've been up to, where they've been or what kept them so occupied lately. Q2 started with some exciting projects and short city breaks hence why I've enjoyed life a lot more offline rather than online these days.

I went on a short Amsterdam holiday with my friend Mille, came back home and worked for a few days, organised an event and then I packed again for a city break in Paris. Literally, the last two weeks have flown by and I can't wait to relax a bit at home this Easter bank holiday - especially after I walked a total of over 100 miles exploring and sightseeing in Europe. Shattered!
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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Fashion: Burberry x Henry Moore At Makers House

Burberry Exhibition London

For this year's London Fashion Week, Burberry impressed the industry with a very special treat. Like Louis Vuitton displayed its Series Three collection to the public for free in 2015 (Life Lately in London 4) or the legendary Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition, the British Luxury label showcased its brand new collection in an arty display at the uber cosmopolitan Makers House in Soho. The fashion exhibition was open to the public for one week only and completely commission free. 

In the midst of London's trendy Soho area, unnoticeable and blending perfectly into the surrounding brick, glass and edgy buildings, is Makers House - the key location for Burberry's Henry Moore Inspiration & Process exhibition. The warehouse with its stunning interior was perfect to celebrate the iconic style of Burberry which was inspired by the dynamic artwork of Moore. Its rough, industrial space underlined perfectly the composition of art and fashion, both arbitrary to each other but still so closely intertwined.
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Lifestyle: My Wellbeing Events With John Lewis

benefits of green juicing and smoothie making

What a week it has been! I've organised and executed my first, very own blogging events, learnt all about the benefits of green juicing and mastering the art of smoothie making, plus I met the inspirational Hayley Pedrick AND Lottie Murphy on the night and got to hang out with a lovely bunch of bloggers.

But let me start from the beginning: I've started 2017 with a new job in events in my company. My first few weeks of the year were therefore packed with planning two events for John Lewis which happened last Tuesday and Wednesday night.
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Monday, 16 January 2017

Lifestyle: Blue Monday With PNY*

Blue Monday motivation

The weekend is over and it is Monday again - it's not just any Monday, but Blue Monday.

The concept of Blue Monday was first introduced in 2005 and today is meant to be the "most depressing day of the year". Blue Monday usually falls on the second or third Monday of January, whereas calculations for the happiest day of the year fall between 21-24th June. Depressing or not, it is still Monday and if you're like me mourning the end of the weekend and are in need of some motivation for the week then you should read on.
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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Fashion: 2017 Plans

New Look fashion blog post

Heya, how’s 2017 been treating you so far? Did you have a great start to the New Year? Mine started quietly as I didn’t go to any New Year’s Eve parties. Going into central wasn’t really an option for me either as I didn’t see the point of commuting 1h to Westminster, then having to wait a few hours in the cold for a 15-minute firework. So yeah, sat at home in the warmth, watched some telly, called my friends and family to wish them a Happy New Year at midnight and then went to bed. My next New Year’s will be more adventurous though as I’m currently planning my trip to Australia.
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Monday, 2 January 2017

Lifestyle: Reflections of 2016

New Year reflections

As my 2015 New Year - New Me reflections was quite a popular post, I thought I should share my personal review of 2016.
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