Latest Blogger Events in London

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

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.

London Events: Mira Celebrates Special 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.

Mira Showers Blogger Event London
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mira demonstration blogger event london

My Mira Moments Event Was A Huge Success & Bloggers Loved To Get Pampered

The client loved my venue suggestions and decided for one of them, which I booked straight away – Six Storeys in Soho, which is a wonderful building that hosts a range of themed rooms for smaller, intimate events and was ideal for the Mira event purpose. 

Together with the rest of my team, I pulled together the remaining elements such as booking suppliers for activities, managing the catering and ordering products. The focus of the event was to improve your daily routine with Mira especially in the mornings and evenings when it's best to unwind and relax from work. This is best achieved when all senses are fully stimulated, so we decided to offer activities addressing each sense.

Upon arrival bloggers and our invited journalists slipped into fluffy robes to feel cosy and then went off to our different stations, which addressed each of the senses. There were massages and a workshop on how to craft your own body scrubs with natural ingredients. We had our own mixologist who created the most delicious bespoke mock- & cocktails all evening long. The atmosphere was great and relaxing and people seemed to truly enjoy themselves. A few of my blogger friends came along which was fun as I hadn’t seen them in a while – let’s say the work/life balance was perfect that night!

My Biggest Event Challenge: LV PitCrew Press Event At CREAM

This project was a little bit harder to tackle than anything else that I have done before – a true challenge, which I loved working on. Let me tell you how hard it is to find a central London venue with street-level access that is within budget and can fit in a Formula 1 car. It may take some time to organise but it is definitely possible – and I made it a reality!

In May, the team got approval for an idea which was unusual but sounded pretty fun: a pit stop challenge for bloggers and press in Central. The aim was to raise awareness for car maintenance and bring the rather dry topic actively to life in an exciting way. 

The idea landed on my desk and I started straight away as the instructions on paper sounded very straightforward: find a venue and book an external event supplier to provide the activity. Easy peasy, right? My first challenge was the venue which had very specific requirements in order to fit the F1 car. 

Finding a central London venue which provided catering, looked on-brand, offered enough space for moving around during the challenge, had street-level access with no edges or bumps to get the car in safely and also had to fit a very tight budget (which got cut in the process) meant I had to find the needle in the haystack. Though I looked at around 50 venues none seemed to fit - the search continued.

It wasn’t until August when I finally had a breakthrough in the research. There’s me on a ten-minute mental break, scrolling through my Instagram feed and what do I see? A super nice food picture of vegan sandwich (not that I’m into healthy food but the shot was great). 

The poster luckily tagged the café where the picture was taken so I checked out the location tag and was pleasantly surprised when the feed of the venue came up: Cream in Shoreditch. From the pictures, it looked exactly what I had been looking for ages, so I quickly googled the location, checked the hiring costs and send a request. A day later I was on my way to Cream for a site visit.

LV pit stop challenge event
LV blogger and press event

The Most Fun And Engaging London Press Event I've Ever Executed

Cream ticked all the boxes and the next step was then to talk to my event supplier for the activity and find out a suitable date. This proved to be the next big challenge in the planning stage as the negotiations with the venue and event supplier developed into an odyssey of back and forth – losing some time in waiting for replies, missing then out on the preferred date and pretty much going back to the beginning. 

The venue is part of a wider warehouse space which is extremely popular so the next available slot wasn’t until October. I booked everyone in, organised the self-catering and ordered prizes to be won on the night during the pit stop challenge.

With all the obstacles leading up to the event, I left the office with a slightly queasy feeling in my stomach on the execution day. It turned out to be absolutely fine: the event supplier arrived on time, so did my Waitrose drinks order, the catering was in full preparation and the set up went smoothly and super quick. 

I even had time to scroll through my Twitter and send out an invite to my followers animating everyone in the area to come around and join in the fun. My friend Stuart actually made it last minute and his team won the challenge. They walked away with a bottle of champagne and a brand new TomTom sat nav each - not too bad to end the night, right?

I think, though the preparation and organisation was a challenge, the event has to be my favourite execution for 2017. It was a great night, people loved taking on the competition and we had so much fun. It was loud, it was busy, it was super competitive! We even had a few people from the general public passing by stopping and taking pictures of the car and the action taking place. What a night!

LV pit stop challenge teams in action
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The location with its quirky touch was excellent and worked so well - Cream is definitely on my list if I ever have to organise a pit stop challenge with an F1 car again. Next time I should try to get Lewis Hamilton to attend - nothing is impossible :)

So here you go, this is what I've been up to lately. It's been some exciting but very busy weeks and I can't wait to spend a bit of time blogging over the Christmas period. Are you going to any cool pre-Christmas events? I'm invited to the Moxy Hotel launch in Stratford later this month and I look forward attending an event as a guest (for once).

Thanks for reading, 

Till next time, 

*Imagery by Kaye from Fordtography

David Clulow Style Event

Thursday, 14 September 2017

ClulowStyle event

When I got 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. 

Planning And Organising A Luxurious Fashion Event For David Clulow At Southplace Hotel In London

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goodie bags at david clulow event

When my team and I started brainstorming for the event back in the summer, I had originally a summer-themed party in mind, ideally with a rooftop venue as the fancy location that would also host a DJ and a fashion show, bringing eye care closer to our target audience. 

Ever since I started my job in events, executing a fashion show or at least a fashion event was on the top of my list of personal goals (alongside executing an event at the beautiful OXO tower which I succeeded in for the John Lewis My Wellbeing event). Give it two months later and throw in some other ideas, the event proposal got slightly tweaked and changed. 

The pushback to September also meant I had to give the event a different angle which was away from the fun summer party. The angle was easily found though. September is the pinnacle of the year and all eyes are on fashion - what a fantastic opportunity to bring fashion together with a brand that values British style and specialises in luxurious frames?

Said and done - the next step was then to find an appropriate venue that would fulfil the rooftop idea and was also within budget. I usually don't have much budget to work with so I have to make sure that the event costs stay reasonably within an agreed costing plan and make the event profitable. 

After a few venue searches, I found a beautiful spot in Central near Liverpool Street: The Secret Garden at South Place Hotel. The venue is a hidden room located in a roofed courtyard with a tropical theme. Think rippling waterfalls, ferns, green settees and flowers with indirect lighting and a roof that could be pulled back to reveal a beautiful London sky.

The perfect space for my event was found, so we then send out invites to our guests, I managed the catering and ordered some decoration including beautiful designed shabby-chic mirrors and a full-length art nouveau-style mirror. The final set up in combination with the tropical-theme of the Secret Garden and the wooden displays for our David Clulow frames looked amazing and very professional, but please have a look yourself:

David Clulow Blogger Event 
event set up the secret garden
luxury frames

Fashion Influencer Arriving At Southplace Hotel For My David Clulow Event

I was very proud to see all the hard work coming together to this amazing result and it was important to me, as this was my very first event for David Clulow, so I wanted to make sure everything was perfect. Positioning the evening as a London Fashion Week kick-off event was a great pull as we had lots of guests attending. 

On the night David Clulow showcased their collection and also gave an exclusive look at the brand new range of frames that are out for Christmas. The David Clulow experts gave excellent talks on eye care and assisted influencer in selecting the perfect frames. 

We also had an autorefractor present, a device to measure and inspect your eyes, to provide influencer with a free eye test. Another highlight was the presentation by Anna Vitiello, fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar, who gave excellent advice on how to style outfits with frames. 

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autorefractor eye care david clulow 

My David Clulow Event Was A Complete Success

The atmosphere was great, people enjoyed themselves and kept trying on specs. My personal highlight was the fashion talk by Anna. She explained in detail which frames would suit your face shape and then went on with general styling tips for glasses wearer. 

Most people, including me, tend to hide their glasses, but actually, when they are as stylish as the ones from the event, there's no excuse for hiding them, to be honest. Especially glasses with a thicker frame, the widely-known "nerd style", goes really well with formal office wear and blazers. Smaller and thinner glasses are like delicate jewellery and require therefore an outfit which enhances them, like basic dresses or a light-coloured smart shirt and blue jeans combination. 

atmosphere at david clulow event
anna vitiello at david clulow event

So there you go, my first ever organised fashion event which was a wonderful experience to execute and I was very pleased with the event flow on the night - no major WTF moments, no injuries, no last-minute dropouts, no rain, no broken mirrors, literally everything went smoothly. 

People truly enjoyed themselves and I had a few bloggers coming up to me - and later also tweeting me - how much they've taken away from the event and that this was a great opportunity for them to be up close with a brand - what better feedback could you ask for?

I'm focusing already on my other two projects which are due in a few weeks time and I can't wait to tell you all about them once they are delivered. 

Thanks for reading, 

Till next time, 

* Photography by Kaye from Fordtography

Exploring Brussels In A Day

Friday, 14 July 2017

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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.  

Eurostar London To Brussels: When Is It The Best Time To Book Tickets?

Luckily the fastest way to get to Brussels is by the Eurostar high-speed train which takes you over to Europe in no time. I already enjoyed their comfortable way of travelling earlier this year and going to Brussels seemed the ideal occasion for my city adventure. 

I have to warn you, the Eurostar is pricey and not for the spontaneous who like to travel on short notice. Deals are rare, sometimes at the most random times and my colleague told me, she got a £40 return ticket in the first quarter of the year. The best opportunity is, therefore, to book far in advance.  

For Brussels, I selected the time frame of three months in advance. Thanks to the neat and organised website which provided me with a weekly overview of options and prices available, I was able to check and compare different times and days. 

I then opted for the cheapest fare available which fell on a Tuesday in July. In total, I paid £60 return which was the lowest fare for the month of July. Weekdays are generally cheaper than Friday's after work. The weekends are ridiculous, no matter how far you check in advance and don't get me started on the prices in December for a Bruges trip!

Enough moaning, I decided for a Tuesday mid-week, booked off the day and couldn't have been more excited. The Monday of said week went quickly and it was an early bedtime for me as I got up at 4:40 am the next day to catch the train at ridiculous o'clock (8 am) from St Pancras International. 

The Eurostar has different fleets and this one came with a modern and clean design. The seats were spacious and super comfortable with generous legroom and a plug to charge my phone. The high-speed train can reach up to 330km per hour and it ran so smoothly that I fell asleep on the spot and woke up 2h later in Brussels. 

Things To Do In Brussels When You Visit The City For A Day Trip

I arrived at Brussels Midi (South) for 11 am and then walked approximately 20 minutes to reach Grand Place, as the train station lies on the edge of the city centre. Grand Place is the beating heart of Brussels: here you find a beautiful medieval marketplace surrounded by stunning buildings such as the Town Hall with its gothic facade and gargoyles, as well as the impressive Guild Halls which are elaborately decorated with gold. The square itself is known for being covered in flowers but on the day I went, a festival called the Vlaanderen Fest took place, so there were stages, music and lots of people about!

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brussels day trip gargoyles at town hall

Small narrow alleys seam around the Grand Place, so you can easily explore the rest of the inner city. My first choice brought me to the famous Manneken Pis which was less than a 5-minute walk away. 

The actual fountain is rather small, but if you know this, you'll keep your eyes open automatically and the area surrounding it bursts in particular with Manneken Pis branded waffles- and souvenir stands. Apparently, there's a female counterpart, the Jeanneke Pis, in a nearby shopping mall.

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brussels day trip manneken pis fountain

The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert Are Excellent For Chocolate Shopping

Afterwards, I walked over to the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, which is a lovely sophisticated shopping passage. Here you find one chocolate shop after another selling luxurious and divine treats. It took me a while to check them all out before I decided where I'd like to stock up my chocolate supply for home. 

Corné Port-Royal was my favourite by a mile as their chocolate pralines were delicious and every flavour combination ticked the box for me. I picked up a selection of assorted pralines as a gift set for my friends and family, as well as their own Florentines. Those are perfect, with a lovely crunch covered in the right amount of chocolate - not too sweet, just perfectly balanced.

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Sightseeing In Brussels: From Churches To The Funky Comic Strip Museum

On the steps of St. Michael & St. Gudula Cathedral, I took a little break from all the sightseeing. The Roman Catholic church reminded me very much of a mini version of Notre Dame and you can visit the inside free of charge. 

I checked all my pictures I had taken so far and looked for directions to the Comic Strip Museum. The museum was only a short walking distance away, located in a beautiful 1920's warehouse. Once you've entered the Comic Strip Museum you felt as if you've stepped back in time. 

The authentic and well-preserved art nouveau architecture was impressive and simply breathtaking. The museum itself hosts Belgium Comic history over three floors and I found my childhood memories of Asterix & Obelix, TinTin, The Smurfs and Lucky Luke. It's a nice little museum to walk around, dwell in childhood nostalgia and spend some time.

Brussels day trip St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral

Hidden Flemish Food Gems In Brussels

In the late afternoon, I strolled along Brussel's High Street, the Rue Neuve. It's nothing special with the usual retailers but the window shopping was a nice change from the cultural sightseeing. By then I was pretty hungry, so I was also looking for a nice, little restaurant to sit down and get a bite to eat. 

Unfortunately, I didn't see many fries shops for which Belgium is world-renowned. Amadeo - the restaurant my colleague recommended in the west part of the city - was closed. In fact, a few food places were closed and would open later that evening. Strange, as the Vlaanderen fest was in full swing and the city was a lot busier than in the morning, so what was there to do next?

A quick search for the top 10 places to eat in Brussels recommended me Fin de Siècle. The restaurant was only a short distance away from my current location so I gave it a try and it turned out to be a good shout! Tucked away from the touristy hustle and bustle, in a quiet side street lay a beautiful little restaurant with a 1920's charm. 

The menu was in French but the waitress happily translated for me: on the menu were authentic Belgian meals, such as pork, lamb shank, potatoes, meat and salad. Hearty, savoury and substantial dishes - exactly what I needed. I ordered a traditional lamb stew with vegetables, potatoes and feta cheese, which arrived boiling hot and with fresh, home-made bread. An absolute dream!

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Sitting there enjoying my meal and the late afternoon, the time flew by and it was time to head back to the train station. I walked back taking a route via the Place de la Bourse which was busy with people celebrating the festival and tourists filling the nearby chocolate shops. 

It was a lovely, lively atmosphere and a perfect ending to my day in Brussels. The journey back to London was just as smooth as the previous ride on the Eurostar and I arrived back in London just after 10 pm.

Is A Day Trip To Brussels From London Worth It?

And my conclusion? 

Brussels in a day is doable and 8hs were absolutely enough to see all the major sites of the city and get a little "taste" of it. In comparison to previous city breaks, Brussels is rather small and easily walkable. I'm looking forward coming back one day to see the Grand Place in its full glory with the flower carpets and I haven't been to the Atomium yet, which I'd like to see. 

Brussels has some excellent chocolate shops and welcomes you with a relaxed atmosphere - seriously, this little mid-week getaway was exactly what I needed to break up the routine and also to get into a proper holiday mood.

I'll be jetting off to my favourite islands on Monday, so for next week, there won't be any posts scheduled and my Social Media will be rather quiet. Talk to you when I'm back from my summer holiday and till then, take care! 

Till next time,

Balenciaga's Shaping Fashion Exhibition

Sunday, 25 June 2017

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 Exhibition At The V&A In London

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.

Shaping Fashion exhibition at the V and A

Balenciaga Shaping Fashion: The Structure Of The Fashion Exhibition

Shaping Fashion is hosted at the V&A's specifically designed temporary space right in the middle of the lower ground floor. The round, two-tiered space has been used for the Undressed - Underwear Exhibition before and particularly stands out through its narrow aisles and many glass displays. 

This might not work for everyone at first sight, as visitors love to see fashion without the glass barrier. However, this time, the exhibits have been curated in a way to engage the visitor and draw them fully into their world. 

On display are more than 200 pieces including 20 hats which have never been shown publicly before. They are accompanied by archive sketches, patterns, photography, runway footage, samples and two interactive sections in which visitors can try on a Balenciaga cape and get their hands on crafting a one-seam coat in paper form to take home.

Whilst the lower floor explores Balenciaga's craftsmanship, his workrooms and the experience of being a client, the upper floor showcases contemporary designs which have been influenced by the iconic designer's style. Later generations of fashion designers sharing the same values as Balenciaga, have taken inspiration from his styles and impacted today's fashion industry with a more eccentric approach.

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Balenciaga Shaping Fashion: History & Exhibits Of Balenciaga's Most Productive Years

At first, I wasn't too happy to see the exhibition hosted in the narrow gallery as it didn't work well for the Undressed exhibition - especially for popular exhibitions, the display space is way too uncomfortable as it overcrowds very quickly and you can't spend too long admiring the pieces as there's a constant visitor stream flowing in. Be prepared for some disappointment if you've booked yourself a time slot for after work or the weekend.

I had a ticket for a Friday late afternoon and was lucky as the exhibition was well visited but not super busy as in you've-got-pushed-through-all-the-way. 

The exhibition is classically curated - pieces are displayed behind glass and there are labels to read. Not very interesting and engaging, however, I had a bit of time to have a proper look at the pieces and read a few labels. Before I walked into Shaping Fashion, my knowledge of Balenciaga was reduced to the fact that Kristen Stewart used to model for the luxury brand. 

Though the exhibition is structured in a classic way of display and read, I took a lot of information away. Did you know, the luxury label has a sister brand called Eisa in Spain which is much more affordable?

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exhibits at balenciaga shaping fashion exhibition london

A woman has no need to be perfect or even beautiful to wear my dresses. The dress will do that for her. - C. Balenciaga

Balenciaga Produced Wearable Fashion For The Modern Woman

Throughout the exhibition, it became obvious, that Cristobal was a highly-skilled designer, who was an absolute expert in his field. Not only was he a master in designing and crafting, but in the actual dressmaking process itself. 

He was a firm believer that "it's the fabric that decides" which reflects pretty much his approach to his work. Balenciaga used to source and choose materials first and would then work his sketches and designs around it. This approach was very fascinating, as it is usually practised the other way round and it just further underlined Balenciaga's passion for the trade of creating and dressmaking, rather than designing.

His passion came through in every exhibit. The majority of dresses came in every colour possible. The shades were mainly in their purest form with barely any hybrid or pastel colours used. Cristobal was obsessed with sleeves and would work on those until pure perfection was achieved. 

Whilst admiring the beautiful dresses, it became apparent that Balenciaga created wearable fashion for strong, independent women. Barely any design was massively over the top, which usually happens when designers approach fashion as an art form such as the destructive work by McQueen.

Cristobal experimented with fabrics and used embellishments, volants as well as pleat and oversized materials to create architectural pieces. All of his styles are minimalistic and look at first sight simple and basic. However, the V&A used innovative X-ray technology to prove the myth that Balenciaga did use sophisticated structures inside his designs to make them work. 

The designer has worked with dress weights strategically to determine the exact hang of a skirt in one of his minimal creations and boning in bodices dispelling the myth that he didn't use these structures. The forensic approach looking at the hidden details was captured by X-ray artist Nick Veasey and prints are available from the museum's shop at £50 each.

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Cristobal Balenciaga, the father of contemporary fashion, is dead, but his influence remains. - Women's Wear Daily, 1972

The second floor boasts with contemporary designs which have been inspired by Balenciaga's work and values. Amongst the exhibits are many eccentric pieces which celebrate fashion as art. My favourite pieces were a white gown with subtle flowery elements and a pink cape and hat combo.

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Balenciaga influence on contemporary fashion

Balenciaga Shaping Fashion: Is It Worth Going To See The Exhibition?

I spent 1 1/2 walking around admiring the pieces. I found it less engaging and wowing than the Savage Beauty exhibition, but that's partly because the space was different and many pieces by Alexander McQueen weren't kept behind glass. I would advise you to book a time slot for a quieter time in the day as it gets crowded in the narrow aisles leading around the exhibition. 

The upstairs space is a bit more spacious allowing the exhibits to get "room" to fully develop their effect for the visitor to appreciate. The exhibits on display are magnificent and manifold in so many ways and tell a story of their own. You can literally feel Balenciaga's passion for the craft and industry and take away some inspiration for yourself. 

Tickets for the Shaping Fashion exhibition cost £12 and can be purchased via the museum's website.

Thanks for reading, 

Till next time, 

Oysho Summer Look

Thursday, 15 June 2017

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.

2017 FashionTrend: Underwear Is The New Outerwear

Oysho caught my attention when I explored the main shopping street of Paris and the range of fine lace, lingerie and white summer dresses intrigued me to enter the store. As a sister brand of Zara, the collection is a mixture of fine, quality lingerie in combination with wearable basics, such as white summer dresses, casual tops and fluffy slippers - think of the trend underwear as outerwear which was massive in 2014. 

The slip dresses and pyjama-styled clothes are chic, trendy and easily wearable for the daytime. I loved the uncomplicated pieces of Oysho's Spring/Summer collection and ended up with a combination I would usually not go for. The trend of nightwear as daywear is risky and can very easily go terribly wrong, but when I saw those silk-like striped trousers teamed up with a simple black plunge top, I had to give it a try.

Oysho striped trousers and black top


My Oysho Summer Look Features A Lacey Top & Striped Trousers

This summer look couldn't be any different from my previous Costes Summer Outfit: the black top seems quite basic, yet the cut and fine lace detailing along the neckline add that "special extra" to it. The trousers feel silk-like though the main material is actually polyester. On warm, sunny summer days like we have currently in London, you want to wear light materials that flutter in the soft summer breeze - uncomplicated and light-weight.  

When it is hot, I tend to barely wear any jewellery, mainly because the metal heats up and becomes unbearable to wear. In this weather, less is more so for me dainty jewellery works best. I've decided to wear my circle necklace from Orelia which picks up the subtle and fragile element of the lace from the top. Now add a bit of wavy beach hair and et voila, you have your summer look!

At first, I was wary of the style, but I got used to it quite quickly thanks to the comfortable material and casual feel. At the time I visited the store, Oysho also sold beautiful swimwear so a khaki-coloured bikini made it into my shopping basket, too. Price-wise, I would level the brand similarly to Warehouse, Oasis or Zara. One thing is definitely for sure: Oysho is a shop I'd visit again and I'll keep my eyes open for a branch when I'm heading to Spain for my summer holiday.

Oysho fashion outfit summer look
Oysho nightwear to outerwear look

Here's What I'm Wearing:

Striped Trousers: Oysho (current SS17, £20)
Black Lace Top: Oysho (current SS17, £26)
Dainty Ditsy Circle Necklace: Orelia* (SS15, £12)
Sandals: Warehouse (SS14, sale £15)
Gold bangle: Promod (SS10, sale £5)
Watch: Daniel Wellington (current season, £160)

Thanks for reading, 

Till next time, 

Smart Casual With Gant*

Sunday, 11 June 2017

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!

Life Update From London & My Latest Fashion Finds

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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Gant shirt and black skirt outfit of the day

A Smart Office Look That Works For Sunny & Warm Spring Days

Shirt: Summer to me is all about breathable and light-weight materials - ideally light coloured as well to reflect the sunlight and reduce overheating. I have a very weak spot for linen and this Gant striped linen popover shirt* is right up my street. 

Its soft material is light-weight and comfortable to wear on your skin. It has very subtle brown stripes which apply a casual touch to the overall look and would also work well in combination with black harem trousers. Made of 100% linen, the shirt also comes with a chic collar, four-button placket, pointed pockets and adjustable cuffs, so for those warmer days, you can easily roll up the sleeves. 

The Gant logo is embroidered on the chest for that extra preppy touch. The shirt comes in different styles which are great if you prefer linen shirts a bit longer. A longer version would work very well as a shirt dress in combination with a belt or take it with you on holidays and dress over a bikini to wear after a swim in the ocean.

Skirt: I've decided to team up the smart Gant shirt with my black all-around skirt from Stradivarius. I found it back in 2014 when the first UK branch opened in Stratford and I've not regretted a single day that I've bought it. 

The feminine cut of this cotton skirt has been part of many of my outfits as it is such an uncomplicated piece of fashion and goes with a lot of blouses and tops. It is quite hard for me to find a suitable skirt as I don't really have a skirt figure, but it helps that this one is tailored around the hip, with a slight flare and a casual fit.

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My Accessories For My Smart Casual Outfit 

Shoes: My black lace-up flats by New Look were bought in 2015 and you may remember them from my Black Chic for Bloggers Love Fashion Week outfit when they made their first appearance here on StyleLingua. Ballerina-styled flats were so on-trend back then and I still love mine with their gold detail on the heel which was the main seller for me to be honest. Tapered shoes will always be super feminine and add a touch of chic for a grown-up style, so it goes without saying that I included those for today's office inspired outfit.

Bag: To pick up the subtle colours of the Gant shirt, I decided to include my nude coloured Kate Spade handbag. This one was a find during shopping at Bicester Village Designer Outlet a few Christmas sales ago. 

Back then I had my eyes on a Michael Kors Selma handbag but those were not available at a reduced price and the Kate Spade model had a similar shape. Inside the bag are adjustable straps that allow the bag to change forms, so it can either be worn as a Selma-shaped handbag or a normal box-shape. The inside is big enough to hold your keys, sunglasses, phone, camera and a small bottle of water. Perfect to take out during your lunch break!

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Here Is What I'm Wearing:

Striped Linen Popover Shirt*: Gant (current SS17, £95)
Black Skirt: Stradivarius (AW14/15, £15)
Strap Watch: Daniel Wellington
Belt: Stradivarius (AW15/16, £9)
Lace Up Flats: New Look (SS15, £30)

Thanks for reading, 

Till next time, 

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