Wednesday, 24 February 2016

London Fashion Week AW16 | Day Two

After feeling really smug about how warm and dry we'd been on day one and how my feet 'didn't even hurt that much', day two came around and gave us a big kick back to reality. It rained a lot. I wore a thin leather jacket and strappy little shoes. Practicality and warmth are just not #fashun though, so what's a girl to do?

Not only was the weather against us, so were the trains, but after a hefty journey into central we made it just in time for an epic brunch at Dean Street Townhouse. With a belly full of smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and a couple (dozen) pastries, it was finally the time that I'd been waiting for... The Markus Lupfer presentation.

Last season Markus Lupfer presented us with the most beautiful Spring Summer collection in an incredibly stunning venue which stole the show for me. He had a lot to live up to but in my opinion this man just always gets it right. From the navy blue, forest green and dusky pink colour palette, to the retro seventies floral prints and beautifully cut over-sized coats. His Autumn Winter 2016 collection was a combination of femininity and quirky sophistication. Honestly, it's like he speaks directly to my soul.

After a long day of navigating London in the rain, we headed to Kensington where we had reservations at Dirty Bones, an incredible American-diner-style restaurant and cocktail bar. With a very cool interior made up of neon lights and fun tiling we knew we were in for a treat. I ordered a Top Dog cocktail (some sort of strawberry, vodka and prosecco dealio), a Classic Yankee hot-dog, complete with mustard, ketchup and sauerkraut, and a side of mac-and-cheese. As you can tell I'm on a serious health kick right now. It was an amazing meal to end a hectic day and the perfect location for gossiping and giggling with my faves Allie and Sophie.

Ok, you've seen all my outfits and heard all my anecdotes, now it's time for show reviews. I won't bombard your timelines as I know they'll be saturated with #LFW content already, but there's a couple of collections that I am dying to show you so keep your eyes pealed for those over the next few days.


Monday, 22 February 2016

London Fashion Week AW16 | Day One

I'm currently writing this post from the comfort of my bed, thinking that I can barely believe I've just arrived home from my sixth season of London Fashion Week. How did that happen? I remember my first ever season (embarrassing post alert), I knew nothing about it and only attended one show. It poured with rain all day and I spent most of it at an event hosted by New Look where I met the two girls who I now consider some of my best friends in the world.

Six seasons later, it feels like such a big part of my calendar now. If you'd have told me a few years ago that applying for tickets, sorting out accommodation, planning my outfits and making my way around every single restaurant and bar that Soho has to offer would become a normal, twice-yearly occurrence for me, I'd have thought you mad. Yet here we are. 

This season I kept it really simple with my outfits as I'd promised myself I wouldn't panic-buy anything new. For the first day I wore my staple jeans, t-shirt and boots combo, but added a little punch of colour with my favourite mustard yellow jacket and matching scarf. The boots were a godsend for walking around the city all day, especially as the designers all like to present their collections at different venues these days, so it is a LOT of walking around! 

My highlight from day one was the glam / punk rock vibes at Felder Felder. I fell in love with a beautiful metallic trouser suit that would look right at home in Kate Moss' wardrobe (or, yanno, mine...). The Felder girls also paid tribute to David Bowie, featuring the iconic red lightning bolt logo on one of their designs. Set to some great tunes, with great energy from the models, it was a great show. GREAT. 

Aside from the fashion, another highlight for me was finally popping into Crumbs and Doilies for a cupcake! I've been subscribed to Cupcake Jemma on YouTube for a long time and she always gives me so much inspiration for baking, I was really excited to visit her little shop. I had a custard cream mini cupcake, topped with half a custard cream biscuit. It was a mouthful of heaven.

However, the award for 'most surreal moment this season' was when I got home at the end of a very long day, I was casually scrolling through Instagram when I spotted a picture of myself... on The New York Times! It was a very funny and exciting moment and it definitely put a smile on my face as the reason I happened to be stood there was because I'd arrived too late for the show after practically running across town...

So that's my first update from London Fashion Week Autumn / Winter 2016. Stay tuned for my day two outfit plus a couple of show reviews here and there!


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Winter Music Playlist

Since I started working at a job where I'm no longer on my feet all day, I've started taking advantage of the opportunity to sit and listen to a lot more music. I find sitting with my headphones in is good for my productivity, it helps me concentrate whilst also getting those creative juices flowing.

My new favourite thing is the Spotify 'Discover Weekly' playlist. I think it's a great tool for finding new music as well as rediscovering old favourites that you might have forgotten about. If you didn't already know, Spotify takes note of the type of music you listen to and every week creates you a brand new playlist of 30 songs, individually tailored to suit your musical preferences. Now the thought of Monday morning is made just that little bit brighter by the anticipation of listening to my new playlist.

As I'm hoping to go to a couple more festivals and gigs this year, I thought it might be fun to start really embracing the music scene and writing down a few more musical ramblings. I'm by no means a music journo, and *technically* don't really know what I'm talking about, but I thought it might be interesting anyway.

Like most people, my music tastes are hugely varied. I listen to all sorts of genres and could never choose a favourite artist or band as I have so many. To give you a general idea of my music taste, I'd probably say 'Indie Folk' is my main jam - but I like to mix things up a lot.

Since Christmas there's been a few events that have had an influence on what I've been listening to. The first and most significant was of course the death of David Bowie. A true legend and an incredibly influential icon, who affected the lives of so many people. He brought so many new ideas and concepts to the world of music, fashion, film and celebrity. I was shocked and saddened by his death and as a response have spent the last few weeks listening to his legacy. On repeat.

Another event was Icebreaker Festival. In the lead up I created my own little playlist with some of the bands I'd spotted on the line-up. Since seeing them live, I've started listening to some of them on a regular basis.

Alright, enough rambling. Here's a little rundown of some of my most played tracks over the  past couple of months:

Blossoms - At Most a Kiss
David Bowie - Oh! You Pretty Thing
Gaz Coombes - The Girl Who Fell to Earth
The Bayonettes - 2 Miles for Me is 1000 for You
Slaves - The Hunter
Frank Hamilton - Teenage Dirtbag
Feeder - Just the Way I'm Feeling
The Strokes - I'll Try Anything Once
Bob Dylan - Just Like a Woman
James Bay - Scars
Little May - Boardwalks
Kaleo - All the Pretty Girls
Hello Operator - Stephanie
John Mayer - XO
Band of Horses - No-one's Gonna Love You
Pins - Too Little Too Late
Foals - My Number
High Highs - Bridge
The Lumineers - Ophelia


Thursday, 11 February 2016

Southsea Coffee Co

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll probably have noticed that one of my favourite things to photograph is coffee. My friends all know by now that if we go out for a coffee then they shouldn't even attempt to take a sip and ruin that perfect latte art until after I've finished arranging the cups and getting the right angle to take those perfect Insta-worthy snaps.

If you had noticed my penchant for coffee photos, then you may be interested to know that they're usually taken in one of two places. The most often being Southsea Coffee Co. Since opening over three years ago, this little coffee shop quickly became my go-to place for catching up with friends, working on my blog and eating all the brunch. (Yes, all of it.)

One of my favourite things about this little nook on Osborne Road is the huge array of greenery. If available, I always choose the window seat which is covered in potted plants and in great view of the beautiful hanging-plant-wall-gallery (not sure what it's actually called.) Sitting by the window, drinking a flat white, admiring the greenery and watching all the good people of Southsea walk by is definitely one of the best ways to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Alongside beautifully crafted coffee, the team are equally as passionate about great food. The menu is small but consists of a variety of perfectly curated healthy food. With vegan, gluten free and treat options too - you won't go hungry. Favourites of mine include the smashed avocado on toast, the most amazing hummus with flatbreads, and not forgetting the honeycomb butter on crumpets. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. 

Self-described as a world of happy vibes on a mission to help people access great coffee and feel good food. As a regular Southsea Coffee Co customer, I don't think that's a bad description and they've definitely accomplished their mission with me.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know the behind the scenes of my Instagram (lol.) If you're ever in the Portsmouth and Southsea area I really encourage you to pay a visit to this cool little coffee shop, even if for nothing else but the hummus. Seriously. 


Monday, 8 February 2016

Icebreaker UK Festival 2016

Brace yourselves for a slightly different blog post today. This year I've joined the team at Strong Island Co as a contributor to their online magazine, so I'll be writing a few articles here and there and I might share a couple on here as well if I feel like it. K? 

Usually sometime after Christmas and as we start to head into Spring, that well-known festival feeling starts to kick in. This is when I can mostly be found impatiently waiting for line-up announcements, daydreaming of wellies and ponchos, and meticulously planning just how many festivals I'll be squeezing in this year.

Luckily for us on the South Coast, Portsmouth have introduced Icebreaker Festival, a very aptly named winter festival which has quickly grown into a fantastic indoor music event to tide you over in the cold months whilst you wait it out for "outside" festival season.

This year Icebreaker fell during Independent Venue Week - and what a great way to celebrate all the brilliant independent music venues we have on our doorstep in Southsea. From the Wedgewood Rooms at one end of Albert Road right the way up to The Honest Politician on Elm Grove, there were over 100 bands playing across ten venues so there was definitely something for everyone.

Icebreaker Festival focuses on bringing new and up and coming talent together and the best part is not recognising all of the bands on the line-up. This year we managed to stumble upon some amazing musicians that we'd never heard of before, as well as catching a couple of old favourites.

The first port of call was The Loft to grab our wristbands and the first beer of the day, and watch the five-piece rock band, We Capture Kings. This group were full of energy and gave a great performance to kick start our afternoon.

Next stop was Little Johnny Russells to catch last minute addition to the line-up, The Bayonettes. A powerful guitar driven indie-rock band, with an unstoppable rhythm section and edgy vocals. This band have a heavyweight modern sound, a hint of 90s Britpop and one hell of an enthusiastic drummer! As a long term fan, it was great for me to see them live again.

After a while it was time to head to The Wedge for something a little heavier, which came in the form of three-piece metal band, Hummune (Immune to humans). This band have been around for seven years and kicked off 2016 with a very loud set which we really enjoyed headbanging along to.

Other highlights from the day included acoustic trio Villiers, and self-described 'pessimistic music for optimists' band, Battery Hens, both performing at The One Eyed Dog. We also heard great things about Kill 'Em Dead Cowboy, metal band Belligerence and The Aviators - just a shame we couldn't see everyone!

You'd be really hard pushed to find a live event featuring this much musical talent anywhere else at this time of year, so Icebreaker Festival has definitely become an unmissable addition to our ever-growing music scene here in Southsea. With brilliant musicians of all genres and a great range of venues to choose from - it wasn't a bad way to spend a chilly Saturday this winter.

If you'd like to stay up to date on all things Icebreaker 2017 then go and give them a follow on Facebook and Twitter

© Sarah Nunn

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