Columbia Road, London – Announcement

Announcement

Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear is popping up next week on Columbia Road.

Columbia Road 2

If you don’t know the area this is a very well known area due to it’s Sunday flower market.

The street has become a haven for independent boutiques. The majority of the boutiques don’t open until the weekends, this is when everyone descends on the area.

We have been given the opportunity to have a retail space at 95 Columbia Road. We are sharing with three other online based brands to create a pop up lifestyle store called In Space.

Come to 95 Colombia Road and see Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear, Bruno + Bean, Indian Bicycle Shop and London Mummy.

Join in!

Opening hours

Tuesday 5th, Thursday 7th  and Friday 8th November : 12pm-7pm

Wednesday 12-8pm

Saturday 10-8pm

Sunday 9am-3pm

Natural and Navy

Natural and Navy
During the summer months navy is a great alternative colour to black for work.
Wear your navy dress with natural low denier tights. Here I chose a selection of low denier Wolford tights but see this page for more options.
Wear a nude/natural coloured shoe that matches your leg tone to extend the length of your leg.
You can go for a matching navy bag, a nude shade or maybe even add a pop of colour with a red or pink bag!

Don’t Forget To Give it Some Lippy

YesJust thought I’d do a quick morning share as I get ready this morning for my PR meeting!Yes 5

I love red lipstick!

There are so many shades out there to choose from. I’m pretty convinced there is a good shade of red for everyone!!

I think it’s a shade that means business – don’t mess with me. It’s strong and powerful: women embrace your red shade.

I think if you don’t want to over do it with red in the work environment you can layer up the colour. One sheer layer for work and then add to it for the evening.

Lisa Eldridge gives us some tips on how to create the perfect red lips in an online video.

At Refinery29 they have uncovered some of the best shades for every skin tone.

Be BOLD at work

Black Suit Recipe
Ingredients:
1 Black suit
1 pair of bright smart shoes
1 bright work bag or ipad case
1 bright statement necklace

1.Take one black work suit
2.Add a rainbow of colourful accessories
3. Wear all day with confidence

Be BOLD at work
I love a black suit for work. It’s a classic and you really can’t go wrong with it (unless it fits badly). A well fitting black suit you can bring out season after season for work.
You can always buy new versions with interesting features such as a satin lapel or a peplum jacket.
But if you want to stick to your own suit but update it, a great way to do it is to add a bright colour in your accessories. Reference current colour trends or just pick a colour that looks amazing on you.
Bright colours would look really great right now in the summer heat.
(although as I write this it started raining….I’m sure the sun will be back!!!)

Take your pick of black jackets

Following on from my last blog entry. I’m looking at some good black jacket choices around.

If you have a pear shape body type like me, then you’ll want a jacket that doesn’t cut off at your widest point: hip area and also perhaps a shoulder or neck detail that will balance out your hips. This little black jacket I’m wearing has got a little gathering in the shoulders, nips in at my waist and is shorter than my hips.

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kasinua cropped linen jacket by By Malene Birger

This little jacket is a great little cropped shape.

If you are a colomn shape – long, slim and angular; go for a double breasted jacket so you widen out your body and also one that nips in at the waist.

Jil Sander Double-breasted silk-blend twill blazer

If you are a colomn shape – wide and straight; you need a jacket that nips in at the waist. Go for a single breasted jacket to ensure you don’t widen your figure. If you can find a jacket that has a fake or real waistband at the waistline then this will help with creating a waistline when your jacket is done up.

Stella McCartney Iris wool-twill blazer
When shoulders are the widest point of your body then you’ll need to create width further down to balance them out. You can do this with the peplum jackets that have been around at the moment. For example:

Moschino | Crepe peplum jacket | NET-A-PORTER.COM

Black dress plus Red

Today I’m wearing my black JoJo dress styled with a red belt and black shoes.

MagazinesThis dress seemed perfect working with a PR agent on a warm day like today!IMG_9485

Using a wide coloured belt is a great way of nipping you in at the waist. It’s an easy way to add personality to an outfit but keeping it work appropriate.

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Try here for more colour styling ideas for black.

If your looking for a red belt to try, these are a couple of great belts I have found:

Genevra Printed Leather Skinny Belt

Jaegar Red suede and leather inlaid belt

I would definitely add a nice big red bag to brighten up a black outfit. One of these would look good:

Browns fashion & designer clothes & clothingKatie Printed Leather Small Tote L K Bennett

Afternoon Macaron Meeting Makes Business Sense

business, meeting, dress, macaronI had a lovely business meeting today. Spent a long time chatting, drinking coffee and eating Macarons in Laduree!! Yay, they are so tasty. In the pics I have a raspberry one and a chocolate one. In the middle of the raspberry one it is literally a raspberry jam which is yummy.

We got some work done in between the munching!

Coffee Macaroon Macaroon 7

I’m wearing my Jane dress in navy with short sleeves!

Making it Up with a Make Up Artist

Makeup precisionIt was amazing to work with Tracy on the recent photoshoot for summer office wear.

Tracy and I were emailing back and forth before the shoot. I sent her some inspiration pictures and Tracy had some great ideas about the eye makeup and this was to be the focus of the makeup look

We went for smokey eye makeup but with a twist. The smokey eye makeup Tracy did was in an Aqua colour to pick up on the colours in the collection. Choosing Aqua made the dramatic eye makeup, softer, more summery and sixties.

Putting on the makeup
Putting on the makeup

To complement the bright 60s eye makeup Tracy kept the lips a nude shade. We considered coral but agreed this would be too much and a nude lip would keep a bit of everyday reality to the look!

Checking the makeup
Checking the makeup

The nails were the first things to be started on the day which worked out well, they could then dry whilst the hair was put up in rollers. The nails were done in a great minty green shade which was the perfect summery pastel shade for the look!

Nails in great green

A close up on the final makeup for the shoot!

Close up on the makeup
Close up on the makeup

A lovely fragrant education and networking evening!

What a busy week this has been! July seems to be THE TIME for networking in London! On Wednesday I went to a networking evening in Diptyque which I really enjoyed. I met some lovely ladies and had a very interesting evening. Now to be honest, I am a complete novice when it comes to the Diptyque brand and also the candle and fragrance industry. So I was happy to learn and be educated!

The company was first started by three friends and was inspired by their travels. They produced textile prints that they sold to Libertys and various other things. All three were creative but with different skill bases (interior designer, set designer and painter).

The labels for the first candles were all originally done by hand by one of the founders. Their first store was at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain and you can see some pictures and more information on the website. It is still there and I think when I next head to Paris I would like to make a little visit.

The store I was in was very close to South Molton Street, London and was a lovely little boutique. They showed us how the best way to smell the candles they have on display is to tap out the candle on their special table and smell the bottom of the glass! This is because you won’t get as much of the fragrance from just smelling the top of the candle until you burn it.

There were some amazing scents. They have one that smells like daffodils. Now it truely does smell like daffodils, but very concentrated. Which I’m sure when burnt will dissipate and fill the room with a lovely floral scent. It hadn’t occured to me until the store manager pointed it out, that the majority of their candles are a single scent. This means you can almost create your own personal scent by burning a couple of candles at a time. For example, if you love the smell of roses but on it’s own it’s too sweet, perhaps burn a candle with a fresher smell at the same time.

They do also have a range of other fragrances where they are combined.

I also found it interesting that you just burn the candle for a very short time and then blow it out. The scent fills up the room and you don’t burn too much candle. The candles last about 60 hours I believe, so value for money really!!

I have the lovely limited edition candle Joie. To me it is a gorgeous smell; combining roses and lychees (surprising choice?) creates a lovely floral but fresh scent.

This is what Diptque says about the little collection “Diptyque partnered with Minä Perhonen, the famous Japanese designer, to create a limited edition collection of three fragrances: Ciel, Joie, and Infini. Each fragrance is inspired by a poem and is influenced by a mutual love of craftsmanship, motifs, and fabrics”.

Diptyque Candle
Joie: Diptyque limited edition candle

JOY

The poem evokes a summer’s day with flowers that seem to speak to one another, perfectly reflected by the candle’s intermingling floral notes.

fleurs bavardes
Bavardage des fleurs
Sous les rayons du soleil, quel bonheur !
Bavardage des fleurs jusqu’à la tombée de la nuit

ENDLESS

With its use of incense and spices this candle reflects the mysterious nature of memory: the unchartered territory of the mind.

Soulagement
Les souvenirs s’accumulent, aux côtés des senteurs,
Ils trouvent enfin leur place et sommeillent paisiblement,
attendant que l’esprit les libère

SKY
This candle’s nostalgic combination of rice vapor and sweet dew instantly calls forth the poem’s wistful tone. At one with the elements, Minagawa’s words bring the far-away close to home.

Le ciel sait
Je demande au vent de me conter l’histoire de ceux qui vivent au loin,
Et le vent me transmet leurs joies,
Je les sens ainsi plus près de moi.

If you want to find out more check out their facebook page, they make suggestions regarding combinations you can burn together and new products coming out. They also have little travel sets which seem lovely; great gifts, hint hint.

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