Fairy Godmother A/W'14: Prom glam


Poola Kataryna S/S'14: Mixing soft to edgy

Poola Kataryna is a sustainable ready-to-wear label and a design studio from Helsinki, Finland. Philosophy behind Poola Kataryna is to design timeless, oddly beautiful, functional and ethically manufactured products. The S/S'14 collection is bright, bold and oozes pastel goodness.

The label pays attention to detail, quality and transparent production. The inspiration comes from living in Finland between Scandinavia and Russia and from mixing modern Scandinavian design heritage and decorative Slavic culture. 

Original prints and a distinctive play of colours are significant for the brand. The designer, Paula Katariina Kasurinen is a Helsinki based designer. She has studied fashion design in Helsinki and surface design in London. 

Poola Kataryna is her alter ego. The label Poola Kataryna was founded in 2010 because the designer felt there was a need for truly sustainable clothing — with a playful design and modern twist. She is interested in traditional craftmanship, handicraft technics (especially macramé) and laser cut machines. 

The designer gets inspired by mixing soft to edgy, funky colour combinations, road trips, old bicycles and horticulture.

Alicia Joy

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Pale Pixie: Mixing old with the new

Today we're introducing you to  to Pale Pixie Clothing, a place for select vintage clothing, as well as beautiful and unique upcycled and new creations. 

Created and founded by Olivia, this is her humble store, where you're expected to find vintage goodies along with handmade, one of a kind clothing. The vintage items have been hand picked by Olivia herself, who has a keen eye for bang-on-trend treasures. 

Olivia loves 'opp-shopping' or secondhand treasure hunting, it gives her great pleasure in passing them on to someone that will love them and wear them. The Handmade items are all lovingly made by Olivia, who likes to mix the old with the new.

The founder of Pale Pixie works almost exclusively with natural fibres. They are what she would want to wear herself. Olivia not only sews the pieces, but she hand dyes them using natural dyes. 

Edith Zamora

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Designer spotlight: SlinkyLinks by Melodie Telliez

Let us introduce you to the very quirky Melodie Telliez, who made the inspiring move to create her very own jewellery label, entitled SlinkyLinks. All of Melodie's pieces are made from 100% reclaimed leather, combined with a lot of patent leather to create sophisticated and stylish jewellery, far from what you expect from leather jewellery. 

This label only works from scraps of leather that they get from a local shoemaker, making SlinkyLinks sustainable and eco-friendly. By saving those castoffs from the bin, they make sure that no leather is wasted. 

You're probably wondering how Melodie got inspired to move into the jewellery industry, after working for a shoemaker for over a year, the designer was in charge of the cutting. 

"When you cut shoes out of leather, you end up with bits and pieces that you can’t use to make shoes. And they usually go to waste as stocking those bits takes up space people just don’t have in a London workshop. After a few months it really started to get on my nerves, all this beautiful leather trashed, when for sure it could be used for something." 

And indeed it can! How? By turning all those scraps into stunning, edgy, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery!  You already know leather is very flexible and light, it comes in all sorts of colours, textures and patterns so the possibilities are endless. 

By introducing a lot of patent leather into her designs, she can create very sophisticated pieces. You get the richness of the leather without the roughness. It can even look like semi-precious stones if it’s used in the right way. 

Ladies, if you're looking for that perfect jewel that would make you feel precious without breaking the bank then a piece from SlinkyLinks is definitely the right direction to follow. 

Avery Parker

Visit SlinkyLink's webstore by clicking here. To hear about the latest news and promos follow the label on Facebook and on Twitter.

Bellfield A/W'14: 3D textured patterns

Bellfield's A/W'14 menswear range mixes trend led design with well established signiture pieces such as their winter parkas and fairisle knitwear. 

This season see’s council estate inspired outerwear with oversized shapes, padded jackets and technical details while our knitwear takes on a nordic story of of twisted knits, scandi jaquards and 3D textured patterns. 

Bellfield have a great range of sweats from indigo washed twin sets to embroided conversational ditsy patterns. Bellfield denim has been newly rebranded to consist of key fits with vintage washes in great weights and qualities offering a more complete package.

Avery Parker

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Lush: Gorilla Perfume shop

If you missed the recent Gorilla Perfume Gallery pop-up exhibition in the Vinyl Factory, Soho, have no fear… the brand new Gorilla Perfume shop – the very first of its kind stocking only fragrance and the full Volume 3 range from the gallery – has just opened in Islington, London! 

As well as stocking over 35 fragrances from the Volume 1, 2 and 3 collections and B-Sides – another fine fragrance collection of old favourites, - this new stand-alone store has a retro listening booth and record player situated in the shop so you can listen to the different vinyls that inspired many of the scents as you browse.

The shop offers customers individual perfume consultations and, alongside the fragrance, sells books that inspired many of them and posters and artwork by artists including Steve Krakow of Plastic Crimewave and English avant pop artist, Alexander Tucker.

Alicia Joy

Click here to visit the Lush website. 

Fruity beauty: Top picks!

Having fruit included as one of the ingredients in skincare products is now getting a lot more popular than ever before. Because the benefits of these fruit are rewarding our skin, it would be silly not to include them as there are a dozen lists of the benefits contained in the fruit. So here we give you just some of the goodness of summery fruit and a product that contain each fruit.

The benefits: It has cell-rejuvenating and anti-aging properties to help moisturise and protect the skin

The benefits: rich in phytochemicals and provides antibacterial and skin healing benefits. It is a rich source of antioxidants and helps reduce inflammation

The benefits: helps maintain the smooth and shiny appearance of the skin and is often found in products created for dry skin.

The benefits: acts as a natural protection from harmful UVA sunlight to help keep the skin looking youthful

The benefits: its antioxidant properties nourish dry and damaged skin to restore a natural glow

Priscilla Aroean

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