Thursday, 30 October 2014

Exclusive: Harrods x Rupert Sanderson

   In partnership with the British Fashion Council, Harrods have released their second Inside the Studio series, allowing us special insight into the ateliers of four amazing designers: Matthew Williamson, Antonio Berardi, Alice Temperly and iconic shoe designer, Rupert Sanderson.

  Art Style Love is able to share with you an exciting look at Sanderson’s work ethics and designs in an exclusive video, plus a little background info on the designer’s spectacular career!

   Astonishingly, Sanderson was born on the same Malaysian island as none other than Mr Jimmy Choo himself (there must be something in the water) before moving to East London, earning a degree from London University and landing himself a job in advertising.

   After a time, the designer enrolled in the world-renowned Cordwainers College (a division of LCF) and, during his summer break, rode a motorbike to Italy, the centre of high-quality leather craftsmanship, to learn all that he could about producing the perfect shoe.

   This learning process provided the foundations for the way in which Sanderson designs and crafts shoes for his own collections today; in true Italian sense, he states his design philosophy as ‘less is more’, and aspires to make a women feel sexy in his pieces. However, it’s not just about the vision; Sanderson isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty:

"To be a shoe designer, I believe you need to know how to make shoes. It is craft based - it needs to be understood, you have to love doing it, enjoy the process in the factory - not the frothier side of fashion. Day to day what gets you through is the craft"

   Though Sanderson’s designs undoubtedly possess that classic Italian flair, the coolness of the British fashion scene is always present, both in his work and in his mindset:

“When it comes to the British aesthetic - we are blessed, we are the envy of the world. There's a huge pot of different influences. It's in your bones as a Brit, you've grown up with it.”

   Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds?

   To this day, Sanderson has designed shoes in collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld, Louise Goldin and the Royal Opera, and has founded talent-scouting award, ‘Fashion Fringe’ shoes, alongside fashion commentator, Colin McDowell. Selected pieces, including the celebrated ‘Estelle’ sandal and stunning 'Wilson' shoe, from his AW14 collection are available at Harrods.

   For inspiration, see my edit below.

 Mallory Pump - £395
Solace Pump - £575
Parnassus Ankle Boot - £695

   Below is an exclusive interview with Rupert Sanderson filmed by Eddie Wrey as part of Harrod's Inside the Studio series. In it, he reveals his work ethics and various inspirations that go towards creating his stunning designs. For more information, photos and videos, click here.

* In partnership with Harrods

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Under Your Influence


* Items were gifted for review purposes

Sunday, 26 October 2014

6 Ways to Wear Capes

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1. Grace Olivia from Dorothy and Olive matches her AX Paris patchwork-style cape to the beautiful colours of her Autumnal background.
2. L'amour de Juliette smartens up her look with a check-patterned cape and all black accessories.


3. Leonie from Oh Couture sticks to monochrome shades for a smart casual look.
4. Suzi from Sus Exterior introduces a pop of colour with a blue velvet dress from Weekday.

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5. Cristina from Guiadeestilo goes casual with a graphic tee and leather trousers.
6. Sirma from Sirma Markova does a pair of wellies true justice in combining this Choies cape sweater and a hint of lace slip.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

10 Things I Love About Autumn

Pumpkin Spiced Lattes 

   I'm not a huge coffee drinker, but somehow, come Autumn, I always end up cozied in a coffee shop with one of these bad boys in my hand (alongside a giant mince pie or treacle tart if I'm feeling particularly Autumn-y).

Warm Colours & Fallen Leaves

   Call me romantic, but I can't help but smile when I see streets scattered with beautiful red and gold leaves. It also makes a great background for outfit shoots.

Comfort Foods

   So now I can ditch all the Summer smoothies and bowls of fruit and start to hibernate with a giant bowl of stew followed by some sort of sticky, syrupy pudding. Yum.

A/W Collections

   I can begin the annual stocking up of gorgeously warm wool and fur coats (faux, please), not to mention the ranges of scarves, hats and boots. Sorry bank account.

Film Releases

   Now's the time when all the blockbusters make their releases. Gone Girl and Maze Runner have just been ticked off the list, now waiting for The Hunger Games and The Hobbit! But of course, we can't forget about the golden oldies that we associate with this time of year: I'm talking Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Popcorn's in the microwave as we speak.

Cozy Homeware

   Yes, it's not just clothing that I stock up on come Autumn. Hello, giant throws and blankets, fluffy pillows and candles (soooooo many candles).


   I've decided that I have no patience for carving. This year, designs will be drawn on, and contents used for homemade pumpkin spiced lattes. Drool.


   It's a tradition in my books to break out the Baileys once October hits. No more Summery cocktails for me!

Home Baking

   Normally, I cannot stand the thought of baking (I leave that to my rather talented sister), but there's just something about this time of year that makes me want to crack out the mixer and get making! Sugar cookies and cupcakes here we come!

Box Sets

   Now that I don't have to feel guilty about staying inside all day, I can dump myself on the sofa with my boyfriend under a huge blanket and catch up with The Walking Dead.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

New In: Silver Horseshoe Bracelet by Gemporia

   Minimalist bracelets are definitely my thing right now. Especially those with beautiful little lucky charms - my favourites being infinity symbols, stars and now this* pretty horseshoe from Gemporia, a twinkle of white topaz and sterling silver.

   After working in the jewellery industry for so long, it's become a habit of mine to only ever wear precious metals, for fear of that icky green effect on my skin from high street fashion jewellery. Over the past year, I've thrown so much 'fake' jewellery away that I've cleared out half my jewellery box. Now I'm left with a few items that are forever wearable, and I can add this horseshoe bracelet to my collection, as its sterling silver metal will never go green. And at only £17 for an item that can be worn forever, I'd say it's an easy investment.

   At 7.5", it's slightly large for my wrists, but its length can be adjusted by fastening the clasp further up the chain. This way, it sits perfectly and doesn't swing round to face the other way.
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   Having worked with Gemporia before, I know firsthand that their items are great quality, as well as great value (most items are almost half the price of what you'll find on the high street). They have a stunning range of silver jewellery, as well as items in gold and platinum if you're really looking to treat yourself (my favourite is this white gold opal and diamond ring; I'm a sucker for opals).

   What're your favourite types of jewellery? Have you treated yourself to anything new lately?

* Items were gifted for review purposes

Sunday, 19 October 2014

You're My End & My Beginning



Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Present Inspiration for Acquaintances

   Best friends are great to buy for - these days, there are a variety of products available that can easily be customised to complete the perfect gift. But what do you do when you're invited to a birthday party, but you're not exactly besties with the birthday girl? 

   Here are a handful of ideas that might help you get started!

The Country Breakfast Package

   Anyone who appreciates a lovely slice of banana bread spread with honey, plus a steaming mug of organic coffee, will adore this beautiful country breakfast package. You can find wooden berry baskets on Etsy for as little as £2.90 for half a dozen, pour some honey into some Kilner jars for less than £2 (try Amazon), and fill the rest of the hamper up with homemade banana bread (or any other delicious cake!) and a pack of coffee.

The Chocolate Brownie Mix

   I don't know anyone who doesn't love chocolate brownies, so why not save them the effort of collecting all the ingredients, and make them a ready made jar-full?! Personalise with a pretty tag from Etsy, or you could make your own.

DIY Pumpkin Soap

   Toiletries are often the go-to for 'acquaintance presents', but why not go one step further and make yours personal with this  easy recipe for pumpkin soap. You can even package it in your own soap wrap to add a really thoughtful touch.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

   You could go all the way with your DIY and add a sugar scrub to your handmade soap! This recipe is so easy to do! Package with a Kilner or Mason jar, a pretty ribbon, and why not make your own stick on label too?

   Let me know if you have made or been given any gifts with a thoughtful or personal touch!


Monday, 13 October 2014

6 Things to Invest in for Your Blog

   A great blog begins with a great idea. And that great idea, when well executed, can become something more than great, it can become a phenomenon. But it's the journey that can take its toll on any blogger. Waiting for your subscribers to build up; thinking "what am I doing wrong?"; constantly comparing your blog to other blogs; wondering whether you should just give up - these are all situations that most bloggers will go through at some point in their blog's life.

   But we have to be analytical about our blogs. We have to ask ourselves, "what do our readers want?". Is it gripping content, beautiful imagery, up to date news on fashion and beauty products? You have to decide what direction your blog is taking, and what you need to do to get there.

   So sometimes a little investment can go a long way. 

   I'm NOT saying that all successful blogs have money flowing into them 24/7. It's 100% possible to have a popular blog without any excesses; but if things are going slow, why not see if any of these investments might help:

1. A great camera

   I've heard lots of bloggers argue that they can take great photos with their 5MP camera phone but, for me, I wouldn't look twice at a blog with bad imagery. It's verifiable fact that we live in a visual society - we're attracted to pretty, interesting, unique things, and this translates into your photographs.

   If you're going down the route of affordability, compact cameras are a good start. The Nikon Coolpix is 16MP and produces 720p video, great for snapping basic OOTDs and beauty products - and only £62.99!

   Want a more professional look? A DSLR is the way to go. Canon's 600d is 18MP and takes 1080p full HD videos, an amateur camera with great results. If you're serious about photography and video, nothing can beat Canon's 5D Mark III - 22MP of amazingness!

   Or, why not make film photography your unique selling point?

2. Stock photos

   If you're not into cameras, stock photos are a great way of cutting out the extra electronics. Another reason you might want to use stock photos is the tragic 'rainy day' syndrome that us British bloggers know all too well - who wants to take a photograph in front of a dull, grey sky?

   iStock and Shutterstock are professional, royalty-free services that constantly updates their databases with high quality imagery - you just need to decide whether the cost of their photographs outweigh the cost of a camera.

3. A graphics tablet

    This is great for adding a real personal touch to your blog. You could use this in tandem with your camera and add your own handwriting to shots, or create your own digital sketches to use as part of your blog's custom template.

   My tablet is from Wacom and works great with Photoshop (another wise investment).

4. A custom blog template

   If you're not fluent in HTML, hiring someone else to do the job is a great weight off your shoulders - and this way you're guaranteed professional grade work.

   I've heard of people spending over £3000 on blog design, but it doesn't have to be this expensive. Pipdig offer beautiful premade templates for Blogger and Wordpress from £19.

5. Accounting software

   Once you start to collaborate with various companies, you may want to start taking note of your blog's income and expenses - as it could become subject to tax. In The Frow has a great rundown on all the facts about blogging and taxes here.

   If you're at a point where your beginning to earn money from your blog, accounting software could save a lot of stress - Sage and Clearbooks are both great for keeping on top of your finances. However, if you're oldschool like me, you could just keep a hard copy in a log book.

6. Interesting surfaces

   This is primarily for the beauty bloggers, but can work for indoor OOTDs too!

   A cluttered background when photographing beauty products genuinely looks goddamn awful when compared to a clean, bright background which shows off the product. Some popular backgrounds are marble (try a self-adhesive marble covering instead), faux fur, grainy wood or plain white - or get smart with colours that compliment your blog theme!

   Similarly, outfit shots can be downgraded with a messy bedroom in the background. Find a plain or pretty wall next to a good source of natural light, and you'll be able to see the difference instantly.


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Weekday Wishlist 09/10/14

1. Gabor Boots - £135
3. H&M Jumper - £12.99
4. Zara Handbag - £39.99
5. Rogue And Wolf Ring - £19.10
6. New Look Dress - £17.99
7. Monki Tee - £8
8. Missguided Fedora - £12.99
9. Gabor Boots - £170
10. ASOS Choker - £8

   So I tried colour (seriously, I did!), but the monochromes just kept on finding their way to the front of the wardrobe. Especially now that the last flickers of Summer have finally disappeared, I feel rather silly walking around in brights whilst everyone else is cozied up in warm white knits, chunky grey scarves and black boots - call me a sheep if you want. Baaa.

   Also, when is the agreed date to break out the tights? My legs are freezing here.

* This is a sponsored post

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

I Think it's Going to Rain Today

SUNGLASSES - ZEROUV* / SKIRT - H&M (similar here) / TOP - H&M / BOOTS - NEW LOOK (similar here)

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A Lovely Collaboration

   A few weeks ago, the talented Dannii introduced me to her beautiful lingerie brand, 'Oh So Lovely'. The brand is based around delicate, handmade lingerie featuring lace and floral designs, reminiscent of Scandinavian brands & Other Stories and Monki, whose minimal lace and mesh bras are an instant sell out. Dannii began creating and producing her designs as a hobby whilst studying, and now hand-makes all her pieces in her home studio and sells them on her site.

   Dannii was looking for a new logo for Oh So Lovely, so we worked together to come up with the perfect design. Below is the logo, which is based on the delicate lines of a cluster of roses, tying in with the theme of the lingerie. I created this using a graphics tablet and graphic design software after penning out my ideas in my neverending sketchbook.

Monday, 6 October 2014

8 Photos That'll Make You Want to Buy a Bookcase

 These floating shelves are much cheaper than Ikea's bookcases  & look cooler too!  If you can find them in Ikea's "as is" section for less AND on their 10% off "as is" Wednesdays- big score!  Or look for these type of shelves at other home improvement stores.  [IKEA lack shelves as bookcase]
3. Remodelista
4. Lovely Life
living room designs, living room decorating ideas - wall to wall shelves Crates into shelving, paint white, with fabric / paper at the back of some - freestanding, not fixed, could work in several rooms (kitchen, bedroom alcove, living room) - for kitchen add glass doors to some, for glasses, display
5. Living Room A
6. My Scandinavian Home
The rug and the book case. Interiors. Sitting room. Photography. Lots of sweet details, and another great example of bright white with lots of texture, color, and a natural floor.
8. Designed For Life

   I've always imagined that a bookcase was the perfect final touch to a room - but it can go one of two ways. Many times have I used my shelves as a place to dump all of my crap, before I realised that this unassuming piece of furniture has more of a decorative purpose than any other piece in the room. 

   No one wants to see random bits and bobs that differ from empty jars to half used candles to pencils cases or even grubby shoes. What we DO want to see is a selection of quirky/stylish/minimalist accessories that show off your personality and that compliment the aesthetic of the room.

   The photographs above display a few of my favourite bookcase stylings, from colourful and abundant to sleek and selective. Playing around with different, interesting objects can transform the way the bookcase looks, and even the entire room. Cluttered = ugly.
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