Category Archives: Design

My ACNE Love List

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I think most people who know me, know I am a sucker for Acne, always have been, always will. I love their contemporary yet minimal take on style whiteout trying to hard and losing their brand feel.

Their Spring/Summer 2014 is no exception and might even be one of my favourite collections of them so far. I tried to select only a few of the looks I like the most, but literally like ALL of them this year.

Below is my  attempt to a (not so short) shortlist:

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ACNE_by_SNAKESKINJACKETall from acnestudios.com

What’s your fave look?

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Lé+PAULx3: The Marble Collection

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For valentine, I decided to create an accessory line. Here are the first 2 phone covers from the Lé+PAULx3 limited edition marble collection, available in black or white marble matte finish, for HTC ONE M7, iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5.

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More colours and design coming soon. For any order or inquiries, please contact me here.

L.

Keep aiming

A little preview of my first tattoo.

Arrow Tattoo on Snakeskin Jacket, by Vagabond Studio in Hockney, London

I got this little arrow hand-poked last week to remind me to keep aiming forward. As last year has been a very heavy one (losing somebody very near to me etc) I wanted something that reminds me to keep my head up and focus on the future, whilst not let me forget this year. An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties & shit, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.

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I decided to get it hand-poked as well, to make the experience as personal as possible. The lovely Andy at Vaganbond tattoo studio in Hackney, East London, just around the corner of our place, did a wonderful job.

Check out more of his work here: Andrew Hulbert

 

 

L.

 

Inspire me

A little bit of fashion inspo to dream away with before LFW..

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(source: Zara, Glassons, miishka, blissfulbblog, Holly Garber, Isabel Marant, IndiaRoseBlog, Free People, Tumblr, Tumblr, Tumblr, fash-n-chips, Zara, Zara)

L.

3 Lé – By Paul-John Titterton

I was so happy to receive this beautiful gift today from the incredibly talented Paul-John Titterton, who dedicated the first piece of his collection to me.

Paul-John is a London based designer with experience in graphic design as well as retail and fashion (working for brands such as The Kooples). I love how both these talents show through in his minimal, clean cut but very strong design. Futuristic minimalism with a hint of rock’n roll, it couldn’t suit me better

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Can’t wait to wear this black kimono-style, cotton canvas jacket with a nice clean shaped silky dress or dressed down with some straight boyfriend jeans.

 

For inquiries about the brand  or other work by the talented Paul-John Titterton  please contact: damnstraight@gmx.com

 

 

x L.

Healthy foods and sunny moods

I’m on Instagram now as well. Follow me for some party/fashion/food/pineapple lovin’.

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L.

Song Saa Private Island

This is my last post about my trip to Cambodia a few weeks ago. I decided to dedicate a whole post to Song Saa, as this place has made an enormous impression on me.

I was a bit sceptical when I heard we where going to a private, luxurious resort at the end of our trip. Cambodia is an amazing country, but it is still in full development. A lot of people are still living on the streets or getting under paid. So when I heard about our last place of residence of our trip, I didn’t know this would be very ethical correct after traveling through the country and seeing some amazing, but also worrying things

But all my prejudices disappeared when I arrived at the beautiful Song Saa Island. Not only does everything look part of the nature and blends in perfect with the Island flora, the idea of the island, besides being a resort, is research and the owners are protecting the whole area.

They have a team of 4 people working with government and non-government organisations, conservation authorities and community leaders to ensure Song Saa Island never loses the things that make it so special. (including a marine reserve covering one million square metres, where it’s forbidden to fish and is used for research)

To ensure their guests realize the value of what they see when they visit, they currently have two researchers, linked to Australia’s James Cook University, working on a field guide to Song Saa’s marine life. (read more about its sustainability here)

Besides  all of this, another thing I noticed is how beautifully every little detail on the island is designed. When I talked to the staff about how much I loved all the materials used and that I clearly saw there was thinking behind the interior of our villa, they told me Malita, one of the owners is actually a Interior Designer. She clearly has an amazing eye for detail and material and I really admire how she created not only a luxurious resort, but a whole experience  with these pure, natural materials, without losing any of the islands features.

As you can tell ,I could talk about Song Saa for ages, (and I didn’t start about the amazing food yet!) but I recommend to go to their website to read more (and definitely check out the resort photos, as I feel I didn’t capture enough of its beauty on mine)

We had our own jungle villa, with private infinity pool, sea view, outside and inside showers, an amazing kitchen and much more:

Breakfast on the water:

View from the jungle:

Diner (all the food was cooked by star chef Neil Wager ,who has cooked for the likes of Prince Andrew, the King of Spain, Sarah Ferguson, David Beckham and Brad Pitt) 

Chilling with a drink at the bar:

Lunch on the beach:

Last diner, BBQ in/by the pool:

(To see more about Song Saa Private Island, click here)

L.

Sunday treats

Last Sunday, we decided to enjoy the London sun fully, so we got our bikes out and cycled all the way from Central to East London.

We had heard about a Doctor Martin Sample sale, so wanted to have a quick look, but the que was massive, so we decided to have a stroll down Brick Lane market, try some more international foods, fresh juices, and simply enjoy the sun.

When we wanted to make a move to our next destination (Somerset House) We bumped into a Design Outlet, hidden in a corner near Brick Lane, selling the most amazing pieces from See by Chloe, Veronique Branquinho and more. To bad it was the end of the month, so even if these pieces where massively priced down, they where still a bit too much for my (almost) empty wallet. Couldn’t leave without picking one thing up tho, a  beautiful leather waist bag, priced down to 10 pounds, it’s a real Veronique Branquinho from her 2009 collection (photos will follow soon)

After that, we continued our bike trip and  visited the Pick Me Up (Contemporary Graphic Art Fair) at Somerset House, to check some upcoming Graphic Design and Illustration talent out.

Good food at Brick Lane Market:

We tried the coffee macaron and the green tea flavored one:

I chose to go for Indian street food:

Paul went for a Japanese, cheesy pancake:

 

Some inspiring illustrations at Pick me Up 2012:Riikka Sormunen

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Enjoy this sunny Wednesday, I’m off to work now, followed by the ID Magazine Party tonight!

L.

Markus Lupfer + shu uemura

Fashion Designer Murkus Lupfur collaborated with high-end make-up brand Shu Umera and created some limited design packaging for a selection of their to products. As a graphic designer myself, I am always a big fan of how Fashion + Graphic Design + Beauty come together. So I was happy to go to the celebrating of the launch at Selfridges yesterday evening. Markus Lupfur himself was there and we had a lovely chat about the design industry and how he got his inspiration for the limited edition collection from the tropical summer moments last year.

A Shu Uemera make-up artist showed me how to use their products and created a very smokey look for me (which was perfect, as I was attending the MAA Awards After Party after this).

The limited edition packaging, sold HERE

Having an inspiring conversation with Markus

Trying out some Shu Uemura essentials

Wasn’t sure about the look at first (hence the face) as I normally don’t really wear so much dark make up…

but embraced the look and continued a night full of parties (Diesel Exposure Launch Party and MAA Awards After Party – more about this soon)

Looking forward to the weekend now, time for some relaxing (and packing for Cambodia!) Happy Friday everyone.

L.

DASH Magazine: Launch Party

Dash Magazine is a new launched high fashion editorial, lifestyle, illustration and art magazine. As a graphic Designer myself with a big love for fashion, this is a match made in haven.

That’s why I was incredibly happy when I found out I was invited to the launch party AND after party yesterday.

The party started in the trendy East- London at Vyner Street in a beautiful minimal, white venue with some of the real art pieces featured in the first issue exposed on the walls.

Sponsored by Absolut Vodka , Peroni, Ty Nant and Tyrrells crisps, I don’t have to explain this was a success creatively as well as socially with a very trendy young crowd. (There was also an amazing after party, held at the W hotel, more about that here)

Our friend, Canadian Artist Yaz looked amazing all in black. 

Drinks where supplied by Absolut Wodka and Peroni

A preview of hat you can expect of the current issue, beautifful lay-outs and a good balance between fashion and (graphic/illustration) design, I like:

DASH is available for £6 from in selected news agents and booksellers worldwide (as well as during London Fashion Week), definitely worth getting a copy!  

More about DASH Magazine here.

Make sure you check out my post about the after party as wel here!

L.