Ok so you’ve just had a baby and you’re tired and emotional and just trying to get by and cooking meals is probably the last thing on your mind, but you know you gotta eat. Some of you are lucky enough to have family around to come and take care of most things for you, but what if you don’t have that luxury?
Sustainability is super on trend right now. It seems that every influencer is now on board with sustainability, even if they weren’t before. I hope they stick to it. For some of us we’ve been campaigning for the fashion industry and consumers to start taking responsibility for what is happening to our environment and to stop and think about our purchasing choices we make.
When it comes to buying a dress, I like to know that I can style many different ways and wear it all year round. This is why I love a slip dress. It’s versatile, easy to style and it can be worn all year round. I fell in love with this Vero Moda Black Lace Recycled Dress from Born at Dawn. It ticked all the boxes for me. Black, pretty and recycled polyester.
Below I show you how to style it up 5 ways: casual, evening, with boots and a belt, styled over jeans and with a vintage tee and trousers. There are so many other ways of styling this dress, but I encourage you to style it up your own way and I want to see too!!!!
So today I want to talk about Wardrobe Care Essentials. What exactly are wardrobe care essentials? Well, they are items that you can use to help prolong the lifetime of your clothing. Sustainability isn’t just about buying organic or eco clothing, it’s also about taking care of the clothing you already have. Society has taught us that it’s ok to head out to the shops, but a cheap shirt, wear it a few times and then toss it. But what if we all stopped doing this and actually went out bought something nice and actually took care of it!!!! What a grand idea!
I’m so glad to finally post another Chit Chat Friday. It’s been ages. I mean I did just move my family from London to Frankfurt, Germany so I think I may have an excuse. But no more excuses now!
Today’s interview is with Emily Canino owner and designer of DoodleMoo. Many of you are very familiar with her already. Her little design studio is growing rapidly and her designs are filling your homes too. Doodle Moo is known for their fun and bright illustrations especially their very popular Te Amo print! Emily, originally from Venezuela brings colour and fun into her art.
It’s crazy how fast a year goes by these days. I feel like I blink and then it’s gone. I’m always torn when it comes to a New Year as I want to have so much hope that this year will all make sense, and that everything will click and fall into place. Then there’s the let’s reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far aspect. I know this is important because it’s so easy to forget how far we have actually come in one year. But what if your progress wasn’t as great as you wanted it to be. Can you still say wow look how far I’ve come? There seems to be so much pressure to succeeding in one year. Success takes years to build. So you can see why I’m so torn when it comes to the New Year. I’m torn between excitement and disappointment.
I know Christmas is right around the corner and I know it’s probably silly to have a wishlist but hey why not? My family doesn’t really do a big Christmas so I know these pieces won’t be under the tree but hey that’s ok. Can still use it as a hint hint to the husband haha. My birthday is just around the corner.
I’m so happy to share another playsuit with you today. It’s a good one. I put together playlists based on how I’m feeling at the moment. Some may be super up-beat and fun and others may be a bit more subdued, a bit more reflective. As many of you know my family made a big move from London to Frankfurt, Germany, so we’ve been settling in here and learning to call this place our home.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to want to skip the whole spending money on basics for the wardrobe and would prefer to buy a pretty dress or another pair of jeans that I don’t need. But I’ve come to terms with the essentiality of basics. You need basics plain and simple.
I’m not going to lie, I love fashion, I really really do. I look around and pretty much want everything, but there’s a few big problems here: 1. I don’t have all the money in the world, 2. I don’t actually need it all, and 3. Most of what I see may look super cool from afar but as soon as I get close and touch it, disappointment sets in.
I’ve done quite a few Chit Chat interviews now and I have to say my favourite has to be todays!!!! I had the opportunity to chat with Sally from Manifesto Woman about her new venture and boy was it a delight!
If you haven’t heard of Sally from Manifesto Woman yet then babes get over to her website and check her out!!! Manifesto Woman is a beautifully selected range of secondhand clothing for the modern and fashion conscious woman.
When I started designing clothing my main goal was to design pieces that could be layered and worn time and time again, no matter what the temperature was outside. I was sick of buying garments just to buy garments.
Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday I showed up as a student ready to take on the city. I did take on the city, especially when I first came. I don't think I slept for three months! I made incredible friends and met the love of my life. Who would have thought a girl from the Midwest, Middle America would find herself spending 10 years of her life with you, London. Leaving my friends behind in the States was no easy task.
Let's talk about Sas & Yosh. These ladies are just so cool! We met via instagram and before I met them in real life, I knew they were my kind of girls. And I was so right! Sarah and Yoshie, have their own distinct style. It's not like anything you've seen before. From beautiful wallpapers, to t-shirts, to illustrating books, the design duo works effortlessly to bring their imaginative designs to life for all of us to enjoy! As they say, they are a beautiful mix of Japanese and British imaginative eccentricity and this couldn't agree more.
I'm a sucker for a wrap dress. I just can't get enough of them. Now I must say though, if you don't buy the right wrap dress for your body shape it can go all wrong. Not every wrap dress is suited for the same person. For example, I have what you may call a big rack, yes I am blessed in the boobage area, so I wouldn't go for a dress that would have me spilling out. I would want a bit more coverage so I am comfortable and not constantly starting at my own chest. Now if you are wanting a wrap dress that is a bit more sexy and want to show your amazing cleavage, do it!!!!
Change. For some of us change is exciting, for others it's the most terrifying thing you could ever experience. I believe that change can bring new life, a breathe of fresh air, new ideas, new friends, and new experiences. Now this is not to say change isn't fucking scary. It is. Not knowing the future and how it will all play out is honestly a leap of faith.
I met Alice last year at Studio B Fashion's (Bethany) launch party. I didn't know anyone when I walked in, but I very quickly starting mingling and became fast friends with Alice from Krait London. She was so easy to talk too and we also had matching shaved heads. We were total badasses!!!! Alice is a beautiful woman inside and out. She values people and the planet and proves this through her brand. She values individuality and also shows this through her designs. Paving the way in sustainability for those behind her, Alice is a living example of how she wants those around her to start living, value the world around you, value those around you and always be the individual you are.
I'm keeping this weeks wishlist short and sweet. Every single piece I've included this week is something I would wear over and over again. When looking for new items to add to my wardrobe I always think in outfits. I like to see how I can piece things together or think about how these items would fit in well with what I have already.
Today I am so excited to have Judith form Maison Archives with me for a styling session. Judith is probably one of the most stylish women I know. She truly has her own sense of style and stays true to her style too.
Who here doesn't like to dance? If you don't, I will literally categorise you as looney! Now I understand some of you can't dance. You have no rhythm, but I say who cares! Dance to your own damn beat. Dancing is a form of self-expression, a way to let go and just be free!!!!! When I dance I feel alive and amazing. There is nothing better than hearing the beat of the music and closing your eyes and just letting go. It's truly beautiful.
How do you accessorise when you have a mohawk? Well big ass earrings of course!!!!! Why not accentuate my already crazy Einstein hair with earrings! I say go big or go home! When it comes to earrings I want a pair that are super special and have lovely lovely creators behind them. There's something so amazing about knowing the story behind the brand. And if my purchase can keep a small brand going, then I will gladly support!
Six years ago today on the 18th of March at 30 weeks pregnant, I suffered a brain haemorrhage. I woke up on that beautiful Sunday morning looking forward to a nice walk along the canal with my husband. But as soon as I sat up on the bed, the worst migraine I had ever experienced hit out of nowhere. This wasn't any ordinary migraine; it felt like someone was hitting me on the head with a sledge hammer.
I am very excited to have Emma from Finlay Fox on the blog today. I'm sure you have heard of Emma!!!! She is everywhere at the moment. To be honest, I can't remember how I met Emma but I'm assuming it was at a Mother's Meeting event. But over the years we have had the chance to get to know each other a bit more and support each others businesses. Emma has also been a very big supporter of my kidswear brand girlstalktoboys and now my womenswear brand Kelly Ekardt.
I want to talk about vintage and secondhand clothing today. In a world full of cheap clothing, it’s good to take a step back and re-evaluate your clothing spending habits. Here’s the deal, I love clothes, I really do, but I love really beautiful nice clothes and I can’t always afford really nice clothing all the time. And to be honest, I don’t want to contribute to the whole let’s produce so much shit and then throw it away game.
I put this playlist together at the beginning of the New Year and here it is March. Yeah, well I think we can still consider it somewhat the New Year, right??? I mean some of us are still trying to figure out what the hell we are doing with this New Year and I know others of you are well on your way to kicking this year's ass and its only March. I strive to be you.
Shopping. Some of us love it, some of us hate it. And with our busy lives always in toll, we don't always have the time to just run out and pick out a dress or top when we need it. Lucy owner and curator of Born at Dawn understands this completely. Her goal is to bring you the best curated selection of designers right to your home.
Can trends be sustainable? This is a question I have asked myself before and I thought others might be wondering the same too.I know you usually wouldn’t use trendy and sustainable in the same sentence, but I wanted to challenge this and prove that you could be trendy and sustainable at the same time.
I met Vicky at a Mothers Meeting a few years ago. I had stood up and introduced myself and my business, then girlstalktoboys and needed some buyer contacts. Vicky came up to me after the meeting and introduced herself and said she knew several buyers I could talk too.