Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Trend: Black & Silver Gems

I have been obsessed with black and silver jewellery ever since I purchased my Links of London friendship bracelet in the summer and have found myself wanting more. There has definitely been a surge in the chic colour pairing within jewellery by designers and the highstreet alike, so here is a compilation of my Christmas wish list favourites (in particular the handmade sterling silver and woven thread crown chakra bracelet by Daisy London) that will ensure you like these beauties are a sparkling gem this season.

Trend: Black & Silver Gems

Bangle bracelet

Amanda Wakeley diamond jewelry

Handmade jewelry

Astley Clarke silver jewelry


Happy shopping,

Kristina xxx

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Todays Look: Deer In Helsinki

Today's featured look is from my trip to Helsinki back in August. By pure chance, my trip coincided with several summer festivals going on in Helsinki at the time, so the jovial atmosphere running throughout the city really added to my experience. Not to mention being the avid thrifter I am, I was lucky enough to stumble across an enormous flee market and really was in my element rummaging around and negotiating in euros for a change. Whilst I saw lots of wonderful things, my meagre student budget meant I had to watch my spending, although I was able to purchase a beautiful vintage carved horn choker for a bargain 20 euros as my souvenir of the trip.

For my outfit I wanted something light and comfortable as I planned to do a lot of walking. I opted for my beloved Emma Cook animal print silk dress from her collaboration with Topshop. I absolutely adore the quirky print and always go to this piece when unsure of what to wear, as it can so easily be dressed up or down. I teamed it with my Topshop Fantasia sandals, which were most definitely my shoe of the summer with their dainty yet childlike aesthetic.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Exclusive Preen Capsule Collection

After the awe inspiring success of their androgyny meets ladylike florals AW ‘13 collection, Preen is back ahead of their September London Fashion Week SS ‘14 show with an exclusive capsule range designed for matchesfashion.com.

The designer duo and real life couple, Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, describe the collection as having “a real New Wave influence with the red line that runs through the pieces and gives a broken graphic effect” that had been prompted by David Bowie and 80s romantic horror The Hunger. 

Preen’s new capsule wardrobe totals six staple pieces, made up of; two dresses, a top, a jumper, a skirt and razor pant trousers. These perhaps unsurprisingly feature the most memorable elements of the fall collection, including striking floral embroidery and loose boyish tailoring. Though the use of citrus yellow and bold red highlights makes the look fresh rather than regurgitated. 

The minimalist cut of the pieces lets their trademark prints do the talking, whilst remaining completely wearable, which is what we so love about the brand in the first place. “The Preen woman knows who she is and is quite strong minded. She’s hungry for new things, but she wants that classic element to what she wears… For us, it’s more about an attitude than age” say Thornton and Bregazzi.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Tutorial & Review: Sally Hansen Nail Varnish Strips

This post is a first for Lenny Motley and is a little nail tutorial I threw together. It comes after several of you contacted me to ask how I achieved my houndstooth nails in my London Calling outfit post, which you'll be pleased to know is actually just a really quick and simple beauty cheat. 

To get my nail look, all you need is a little Sally Hansen magic in the form of her Salon Effects real nail polish strips. I have been using Sally Hansen nail products for years after first being introduced to the brand by my mother and have never looked back due to their quality and affordability.

They come in an endless variety of colours and prints, last up 10 days (something I had been dubious of but mine lasted 2 weeks before starting to chip!) and there's no dry time. Not to mention unlike false nails or plasticy nail decals, these are really light and take on the form of your own nail for a natural finish and fit without peeling off or weighing your hand down like some falsies. 

Heres how to get the manicure of your dreams the easy way... 

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Press Day: Ben Sherman

This year marks a big milestone for iconic British clothing brand Ben Sherman, who sees their 50th anniversary since being founded back in 1963. To celebrate the brand has paid tribute to the evolution of British menswear and music led youth movements in a new book entitled 50 Years of British Style Culture, written by renowned journalist Josh Sims.

Coinciding with the event, Ben Sherman is set to introduce their ’50 Days of Christmas’ countdown that will launch online and in stores from the 6th November. It will cover exclusive all things Christmas related content and features a gift range created for the upcoming festive season. Stocking fillers on offer for those special men in your life include notepads, wallets, hat and glove sets and even a unique Ben Sherman fragrance candle.

Indeed Ben Sherman know exactly how to stay fresh and cater to their market, providing quality, great tailoring, and the signature casual meets mod style that they are known for and do so well.  As seen in their latest Plectrum collection, the brands press officer Joe Williams describes it as having “A 1970s vibe, influenced by the minor strikes of the time and seen filtered through the pieces with the prints of minors”. The great British workman feel comes across further in the use of corduroy, wools and plaid.

Though our pick of the bunch has to be their limited ‘Icons’ collection, comprising of five unique shirts at £120 each with proceeds going to The Teenage Cancer Trust. Each shirt represents a particular era and designed by an icon of the time: 1960s Roger Daltrey, 1970s Peter Blake, 1980s Bernard Sumnar, 1990’s Jarvis Cocker, and 2000’s Jake & Dinos. We predict Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker’s creation, featuring his iconic thick-rimmed specs embroidered on the pocket to be a particular hit amongst London’s young creatives.