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30 May

Chelsea boots

I have come to learn that I am intrinsically drawn to things that stand the test of time. The idea that a design can transcend generations, fashions and the ever changing landscape of our world. With that in mind, we take a look this week at the creation of a gentleman named 'J. Sparkes Hall'.     He is credited with originally designing the 'Chelsea Boot' in 1851. Created for Queen Victoria’s comfort on her daily walks, it would go on to become a favourite of the monarchy. It seems this now unisex boot's sleek lines were destined to entice both sexes. Prominent in men's fashion until the start of World War One, it's popularity diminished when all facets of life became all...
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26 May

Nella Chats Fashion With a Fisherman

I sat down to chat with Grant, my calmer, slightly more practical half. A lot of grunting and a hint of disdain later, he begrudgingly decided to have a good 'ole chinwag' with me about fashion, (yes in my mum jeans) here are a few questions I threw my fisherman's way:   What is it like dating a girl in the fashion industry? It's taught me a new perspective on life and society. It's been fun! What about my style do you love? You always look effortlessly elegant, like you just put on what you first thought of, but it works in visual unison. What about my style do you hate? Don't hate anything. I do think you could pull off colour. (Oh dear, I said it...
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22 May

Açai Bowls for All Seasons

I don’t consider myself a fussy eater, I have a reasonable palate that I have been cultivating since a young age. My parents found me endlessly amusing as the only five-year-old, eating marinated squid and stuffed olives.   I do, though, have a fundamental problem with food I don’t enjoy. It was ‘Oscar Wilde’ who lamented that he couldn’t stand people who didn’t take food seriously. I just happen to take wilted wet salads, grubby café menus and margarine as seriously as my many culinary loves. Textures that invoke an instant gag reflex, ingredients on the cusp of what I consider fresh, and metallic nausea that kale renders me with, also make it onto my list. This 'condition' can make navigating life, tricky...
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19 May

Relinquish the Skinny

I stare panicked into an abyss of fabric I have no idea what to do with. Wanting to collapse, in a face fronted heap like the french bulldog meme, doing the rounds. Where does one begin, letting go of a fashion trend that's 12 years old?   My entire cupboard is filled with thin, stretch fabric skinnies in various colours. A beloved wardrobe staple since 2004. Now that this trend is finally making it’s way out the door, are you ready to dive full tilt into the high waisted thick denim mum jeans? Are super 70s flairs for you? Or does your transition need a more gentle nudge towards change?     Step one: (Let me walk slowly please) The thought of chucking out 25 pairs...
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15 May

3 Watches That Won’t Break The Bank

Time is the one thing that binds us together; no matter who you are, or where you are in the world, time is constant. Time is how our lives are run and how we keep on track. Time tells us where we need to be and where we are going. Watches were tools that served a purpose to pilots navigating  the night skies and divers exploring the depths of the sea. The amourous notion of what they once were, possibly explains in part my fondness for them. The world is more competitive and fast-moving than ever before. Reading the time is something that has become invisible to us. In this era where time seems to fly past us, we are constantly glancing at...
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12 May

L.A. Girl Nude Collection

"The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy"  - Yves Saint Laurent I will admit, I was not instantly smitten with this range of makeup. It was the name that I judged harshly at first because of my love of ‘Parisian’ beauty ideals. As well as my ability to fall down a rabbit hole for packaging, the psychology of a beautifully folded box, the rustle of tissue paper and exotic names is not lost on me. American culture can come across as being obsessed with youth, full of quick fixes and using makeup to paint on a seemingly better version of oneself. That said, I have thoroughly enjoyed my L.A. Girl eye shadow palette. A...
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10 May

Podcasts To Listen To Now

Podcasts in my narrow opinion are the new radio. They offer a refreshing break from the visual snowfall that is TV; raw, honest and intimate it's a way to reconnect with our thoughts and let the imagination run. Get through all that desk work, whilst still keeping the little hamster wheel turning. Here are my top picks to fight back the boredom:
Oh Boy - Man Repeller Podcast  Man Repeller is all things intelligent and witty, in the name of fashion. 'Oh Boy,' the man repeller podcast is hosted by Jay Buim, and he is on a mission to pick the brains of the women who inspire him. He chats to the likes...
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