Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Design Files

Fast becoming my favourite design blog and my instagram inspiration, The Design Files, brain-child of Lucy Feagins started in 2008, is always introducing me to new artists and designers (including my most recent art-spiration is Esther Stewart).

Since 2011, Lucy has started an open house event and this year is no different, showcasing a number of artists and designers including a few of my personal favourites, Sarah Kelk (top image) and Fred Fowler (below).

Yes readers, here is the disclaimer, the open house is in Oz, so if you are planning a trip here are all of the details and maybe one day The Design Files Open House will take an international stage.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Top tips for negotiating

Learning how to negotiate is something that comes with experience and time, however, if you are negotiating in the work place or business here are our top tips to help you along your way, until you are a pro-negotiator!

1. Decide what you want
How are you meant to negotiate and get what you want if you don't know what you want? Be clear with yourself what you want to get out of your negotiations, then this will shape how you approach what you are looking for. This will also stop someone pulling the wool over your eyes and offering you squid ink instead of a pay rise, or flexible working. There's no point being flattered you have been offered that isn't actually what you want in the long term.

2. Know what you won't compromise on
Knowing what you want to get out of a negotiation will help you decide what you will and will not compromise on. It's a lot like buying a house - sure you want the house right next to the station, with no traffic noise, acres of land and with immaculate interiors, but you're going to get some train noise aren't you?! If proximity to a train station is something that you just won't compromise on, you'll have to settle for what it brings along with it.

3. Get your timing right
Ever heard the phrase 'timing is everything', it's quite true when negotiating. Choose your moment wisely, the person you speak with needs to give you their attention, and ideally, if you catch them in a good mood it can always help. Mornings are good for meetings, as in afternoons time can just runaway and people can get sidetracked with tasks.

4. Talk straight, but retain tack.
Throwing your toys out of the pram isn't going to get you anywhere, likewise, beating around the bush is going to muddle the explanation of what you are looking for. So, be concise, be to the point and frank, but always remember to talk with tack. Depending on what you are negotiating, it's possible that you won't be met with bells-on so prepare to do some leg work and not back down at the first hint of rejection. Come to your meeting prepared, with evidence to back up your negotiations and put your case together as you would a school essay, 'point, evidence, explanation'.

5. Don't settle.
Sometimes, particularly if you are negotiating in a work environment or for pay, you won't get what you were looking for and your employer just won't budge. Don't be despondent, it's probably a sign that you have achieved all you can where you are and it's time to move on. It's highly likely, you'll move on to bigger and better things, with this being the kick-start that you needed!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Liberty of London

Channel 4 are fast becoming known for their fly-on-the-wall documentaries. Their accounts of A&E, Police Custody and now, Liberty are always compelling to watch - you can imagine my excitement at the launch of the new Liberty series! 

Managing Director Ed Burstell (below), formerly of Bergdorf Goodman, is tasked with ensuring the Liberty brand continues to exist in the at the famous Carnaby Street address and keeps up-to-date with the ever changing retail environment.
The first episode gave an overview of the changes and new appointments Ed has made to revitalise the Liberty brand, including the visual director, who transforms the summer windows into a 'Summer of Sport' theme, that falls short of the desired impact. The first episode also shows the annual initiative Ed has implemented to find new designers and products for the store, the 'Best of British open call' - Nancy's Nails got some serious airtime in the show.

The second episode shows preparations of the events and marketing team as they prepare for Vogue's, 'Fashion Night Out' with appearances from Henry Holland.
The documentary look behind the workings of an international brand and although the focus of the documentary is starting to shift towards profiling the eclectic staff, I can't wait for the next episode.
Will you be watching along too?
Liberty of London is on Channel 4 on Wednesdays at 9pm and you can catch the previous episodes on 4OD here


Sunday, November 16, 2014


Winter is definitely here, so here is a little coat-spiration, how to wear them and a collection of styles.

A bit of leather is always a staple coat come rain or shine.
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There's not a fashion inspiration that doesn't include a little bit of OP. Here she is wearing neutral tones and layering an oversized lapel coat. 

A touch of colour in an oversized rust coat is a highlight for any grey winter day.
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Or keep icey-cool in tones of winter whites and greys. This tailored double breasted coat with shearling boots is a perfect winter look.
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What look are you going for this winter?


Friday, November 7, 2014

Smooth Skin

1. The primed skin developer by Kevyn Aucoin

As the temperature is starting to dip, keeping skin smooth and hydrated is a must. Recently, I've been using the Goldfaden MD microderm exfoliator skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate new growth - it is a very dry paste with ruby crystals, admittedly it can feel a little like sand paper on the skin used solely on its own so I team it with a facial wash to exfoliate. 

Before applying any make up base I have been using the Kevyn Aucoin primer, it leaves a non-greasy residue on the skin and feels as light as air creating a smooth, flawless base for foundation. If I need a little more coverage of am looking to fill lines around my eyes I dab a little amount of the Indeed labs nanoblur, its also great when used on pores to give a flawless complextion.

How are you treating your skin in the chillier weather?

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