16 June 2008

Finally ! A pair that fits!

I have been on the look out for the perfect gladiator sandals for almost a whole year. I have a bunch of simple strappy ones, but nothing that screams GLADIATOR! And even though I'll be joining the army of women wearing them on the London streets at the moment, I found a pair with a great edge from Topshop. For just 35 pounds I found these gorgeous Balenciaga look-alike gladiator sandals. Not too simple, not too complicated, not too rides up my leg and takes over my outfit, but just the right kind of tribal, chunky, and gladiatory I was looking for.

Street Style Hunting : Goodge St,Carnaby St, Topshop Oxford Circus

I knew I was off to a fab day when I got into an 02 cab and found one of those free phones I heard about ages ago from the London paper! I ended up calling a couple of friends for a giggle, def made my cab ride more fun than usual !

15 June 2008

It's tomorrow..

This Monday you can snap up 100 one-off designs from the soon-to-be famous fashion graduates from London College of Fashion at asos.com. Starting at 1 pm you can purchase the designs of student fashionisters Lui Sin Ki, Samantha Ball and Ursula Inglis-Jones. The image below is of student winner Lui Sin Ki, so watch out for her collection!

The perfect jet-setter travel bag

Have you ever bought a pair of party shoes, and they suddenly made you feel you wanted to go out and club?? Well in Susannah Hunter's case, I want to get my hands on her floral leathery handbag travel bag and just jet-set the world. A big flowers fan , you can see her inspirations evident in her range of bags and very cool armchair. And since I've been in somewhat of a baby pink phase, I am rather liking her entire collection in the tangy pink.

Unforgotten moments at Nottingham

I got so caught up with my new favorite store COW I failed to mention a neighboring vintage goody store called Wilder who also had many a nice treats. Though their prices don't bargain as much as Cow, they are still a blessing to my wallet when compared to Londi Prices. There array of accessories, especially earrings were a real gold mine, and I snapped up some amazing vintage earrings for just 4.99! Note it down in your diary when visiting sweet Nottingham. I also loved how the accessories were thumbtacked to bulletin boards! Great DIY project for long necklaces which are strewn in baskets.

Another note-in-diary visit should be made to Fashion Cafe. Not only can you use the actual phrase "I'm eating at fashion", but the food was yum yum yum. I had brunch there almost every day. On my list of fave yums: Eggs Benedict with salmon, hand cut chips, risotto, and Goat cheese salad. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. The atmosphere on the patio is fantastic on a warm sunny day where I lounged on the slick furniture and indulged in a little people watching.

Q and A with Miss Prim

Everyone dreams about starting their own magazines! Why shouldn't they? Magazines are now such an integral part of our lives, expressing views and opinions and work that inspire us. I remember I had a phase where I wanted to start a magazine called Kashka, an online magazine for the University of the Arts London and though I never got around to putting together an issue, the concept of it won me and my crew 1000 pounds from the ECCA for most innovative business idea of the year. It was by far my biggest gold star moment !

But recently I've been spending a lot of time exploring online magazines and fell head over heels over Prim Magazine. Prim is an online magazine put together by a highly energetic visionary 14 year old, Kirsten. It's fun, and very easy to read online!
Watch out for the next issue as I am excitedly writing a few articles for the magazine. I feel another gold star moment fast approaching. Here is a quick Q-A with Kirsten that gave me an insight into her life and the birth of her very cool magazine.

Fashion Ambition: When and why did you start Prim Magazine?
Kristen: I started prim. in March 2008 and the first issue debuted April 1st. I guess I started it because I was sick of running a blog where people only heard my opinions. It's very important to have a constant flow of different views and ideas coming from people from around the globe. It gives you a different outlook on everything around you.

FA: What is the main concept of Prim?
K: Basically, we see magazines every day go from a little independent-run publication that rocks to something sprawled with $5,000.00 handbags and untalented celebrities in the spreads. It's time for a magazine to come around and keep up the consistent flow of talented bands, actors, artists, etc. that haven't really blown up yet... AND have a house and money in the long run.

FA: What inspires you ?
K: Everything. I'm a musician and I have to say a lot of my inspiration comes from music... especially some rap! It's almost all I listen to.

FA: What is the long term dream for Prim Magazine?
K: When I'm 18 I actually want to put it into print and see how it goes. We're getting tons of positive feedback and have many many requests to print on paper so hopefully that will happen in the future.

FA: Is Prim Magazine a temporary project or a long term affair?
K: Hopefully long term but we'll see how that goes.

FA: What is your favorite part of working with the magazine?
K: Speaking to my favorite people!!! I loved to cover Yelle and this issue we're covering BYATA, a Brooklyn-born badass rapper that definitely is my sole inspiration right now. But then again, I love to cover those that maybe are looking for their big break; it's always fun. There's also that element of enjoyment that comes from just dealing with the staff! Everyone has so many cultures, traditions, opinions, and talents that it's just really cool to work with them.

FA: How much time does Prim take from your daily life?
K: It really depends. Average time for an issue amounts to literally about 40 hours on my part.

FA: Do you get any support from friends/ family? Do you have a right winged man/woman?
K: No, actually none of my friends or family are involved. I have many special people that help me with ideas and such like you, Anna, Sarah, and Margot. You guys are my people LOL.

FA: What has been the most challenging part of working with Prim?
K: Hm... probably finishing things on time. Freshman year was really crazy school-wise so it was hard getting everything together but it came out in the end.

FA: What has been your gold-star moment with the magazine?
K: Not to sound cliche, but really all. I enjoy doing everything. Although I have to say being covered by people like Susie of Style Bubble and Naomi Nevitt of Teen Vogue were really amazing.

FA: What is a typical Prim day like?
K: Air conditioning, carpal tunnel, and tons of patience.

FA: Many people dream about starting their own magazine, but here you are at 14 with a magazine of your own. Do you have any advice for someone starting their own magazine?
K: Know what you want to do. You can't start anything without a mission statement, style, and a whole lot of good vibes. If you enjoy what you do, people will appreciate the work (hopefully, lol).

Well to have achieved so much at a young age it def gives me inspiration to do all that I want to do . Thanks Kristen !

Ohhhh me wants!!!

Whilst blogging in the computer lab at uni, I spotted this yummy bag a mile away and had to snap it ! How bootyful is the color, and look at how shiny and smooth! Me wants!! Too bad the lucky lady who owns it ran out of there before I could ask her where she got it from .