&WHAT | FASHION TECH LAB.

Miroslava Duma is the founder of Buro 24/7, a fashion blog and now media outlet based in Russia. She has been one of the biggest fashion leaders to originate from the market.

Having been an avid follower of her activity, I noticed a few months ago that she was posting more on tech and start-ups – developing partnerships with the giants like Google, Facebook and Alibaba. Curious to know what all of these little hints were laddering up to, Duma recently launched Fashion Tech Lab. Her own start up in the Tech and Fashion space – two of my passion pastimes.

Fashion Tech Lab is said to be a hybrid venture – part investment fund, accelerator and experimental lab with the core objective of driving new tech and innovation within the fashion industry. More details on the new venture can be found on Business of Fashion.

What I find so inspiring about this is that Duma with a background in fashion and business took time to meet with and learn from the heads of the tech giants to cover her background research to start this company. An opportunity that many cannot afford – either with financial or network limitations. However, an approach similar to this could easily be taken on a smaller scale, by reaching out to inspiring and successful leaders either in your network or extended.

I would love to take a couple months, head to Silicon Valley or an up and coming start up city like Tel Aviv and learn from all of the people driving the innovation and industry in the tech space. There really is so much knowledge to gain from the people that are doing things differently. From stepping out of your comfort zone and into a space in which you know nothing – ready to learn everything.

People like Tim Ferris speak of the Real-World MBA, taking the leap to put yourself out there and learn as much as you can either from people within the industry. An alternate approach is using the investment you would make on an MBA to start a company or invest in companies acting as a VC to learn business strategy and management in real-time.

Studying for an MBA is a thought that I consistently revisit, weighing up the opportunity cost of the degree from a cost, education and connection perspective. Still yet to come to a decision on that subject but its examples like this that make me rethink the traditional way of doing things. It is amazing to see leaders like Miroslava Duma  building innovative businesses and learning from those around her then making it happen.

Similarly to the advice I received from Anya Hindmarch (full post here), it is important to take a risk and start something. It won’t be perfect, but get it out there and iterate as you go along.

It will be interesting to see where Fashion Tech Lab goes from here, excited to be following the journey. So inspired by women like Miroslava Duma who are pushing the boundaries and reshaping industries, proving that anything is possible with a dream and a whole lot of ambition (+ capital) backing that. 👊👊👊

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&WHAT | DREAMING OF NEW YORK CITY.

New York City. The concrete jungle, what dreams are made of.

One of my favourite cities in the world, as soon as you get off the plane it feels like you’re home. The people are incredible, so welcoming and inspiring – always working towards something – a project, dream, goal, anything really. The city never sleeps no matter what night of the week or where you are, adventure follows you.

Over the past three years, work has taken me to NYC for two weeks at a time. Attending both AW and SS fashion week. A whirlwind each time, with new places to discover. Each time I leave I know I will be back, just because it feels like home.

NYC in the summer and winter are equally as amazing. Haven’t been back yet this year and am seriously craving a trip. Miss the energy and excitement.

Cheers to next time NYC. Promise you I will be back soon!

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&WHAT | INTO THE BLUE.

Blue is the colour of the sky and the sea. In Croatia, it’s as if these two meet and never part.

There are so many beautiful shades of blue everywhere you look. The smell of the sea and feeling of sun shining down on you all day can’t help but bring a dose of happiness.

See that ladder down into the sea? Casually placed right off the walking path in case you want to jump in for a little dip.

All about that. Which, is when I decided – life by the sea really is the one for me.

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&WHAT | HVARING THE BEST TIME.

Hands down one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Hvar is the land of dreams and super yachts. Where you Carpe Diem all night and experience the joyous tanning effects of carrot oil all day.

When going to Hvar there are literally only two place you need to know about. Carpe Diem or Hula Hula. Beach all day, dance all night – then repeat.

Went with my cousin/ BFF Bianca who finally came to visit me on this side of the pond after six years. Took her a while but so happy she finally did. Rather than stay in London and visit the typical tourist spots, we chased the sunshine and decided on Croatia.

Bee and I spent the day at a local beach on the first day then Hula Hula the next. Hula Hula during the day it is divine with a beach bed right on the rocks by the water. Every now and again you get the waves crashing on you which makes for a refreshing break. The whole island is pretty much an Instagrammer’s dream.

The seafood in Hvar as you can imagine was divine. We stuffed our faces with a mix of the fresh pizza available from the markets, ice cream all day everyday and when we were feeling like treating ourselves – all the sea creatures you could ask for. Fresh shrimps dripping in garlic butter, mussels in cream sauce and grilled squid. Drool.

Hvar by day is stunning. The sun doesn’t stop shining and you can’t help but bask in it while suitably covered in carrot oil. Hvar by night is just as amazing for all the opposite reasons. The music doesn’t stop and the pretty much everyone in the town is out in one of two places – Carpe Diem or Hula Hula, and the vibes are unreal.

Mind you, beware of the rough seas when you get on the private boat from the Carpe Diem club when it shuts at 2AM to Carpe Diem island at night until 6AM. There was a storm on our last night and the boat *nearly* capsized. For someone who always plans out the worst case scenarios, I was already thinking how long it would take to swim back to the island, if there were lifeboats on board and how quickly search and rescue would be at the scene.

In the famous words of Hula Hula Bar (also stolen from Drake) ‘ Live Today. Plan Tomorrow and Party Tonight.’ Captures the Hvar vibes.

The most perfect place for a summer getaway. We ‘missed’ our flight on Tuesday night which can only tell you how much we loved it. Could genuinely spend the whole summer there. Hvar liked us too – so much that the streets matched our outfits on the last day. As if it didn’t want us to say goodbye.

Photo evidence below. To the most beautiful place, with one of the most beautiful people, you made Summer 2017.

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&WHAT | THE WEEKEND.

Good times and good vibes.

After making the move to East, we had a house warming party to celebrate our new place with friends – old an new. Literally warmed our house, with 50 people in the living room and no fans in sight (aside from pieces of cardboard – classy) it’s what happens.

Spent all of Sunday cleaning up the signs of fun. Now, back to the grind this week. Dreaming of Australia, two week countdown is on.

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&WHAT | TO THE BEGINNERS.

A good friend of mine sent this to me on one of our honeymoon holidays last summer. I love it. It perfectly sums up all of the feelings you have when you’re a beginner. And to some extent we are always beginners, starting on a new path or project each time. But the way beginners become the best, is by persisting. And that, is exactly what I’m going to do.

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&WHAT | PALM VAULTS.

Sunday Crew, at it again.

This time at an absolute gem in the heart of Hackney. Palm Vaults. We’ve been eyeing up this place for a while and finally paid it a visit in the New Year. Post- birthday celebrations into the wee hours on Saturday night and morning ballet on Sunday – a mild attempt at learning how to be graceful. 2017 goals are quite extensive this year.

With potted plants hanging from the ceiling and baby pink accents, everything this place is the epitome of trendy and a jackpot for Instagramers. Those blogger girls there in full force with their cameras out, pretty much doing yoga poses to get the perfect shot. Who knew there would be live entertainment as well.

On the menu are loads of lattes – each one a pastel colour to match the flavour. Tried the Rose Latte, Nicole has the Ginger and Turmeric Latte. Divine, but definitely go for Rose if you have a sweet tooth like me.

Being the beast that I am and ignoring the fact that I will be in a bikini in eight weeks, I had the avocado on toast followed by a massive slide of rainbow cake. As you do.

Next weekend, head over to the vaults. 👉🌴

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&WHAT | DESIGN MUSEUM.

The new Design Museum is now open in London and it’s pretty excellent.

Designed by John Pawson in the 1960s Commonwealth Institute Building, the museum is stunning and very instagram-able. The main exhibit follows the design process from the designer and user through to the maker.

Various design breakthroughs and key influencers are captured across these exhibits with quite relevant examples. Even CityMapper – the BEST app to download and get your way around London – was featured. Charles and Ray Eames were another highlight, along with a short film about Telsa’s approach to design and how it is revolutionising the way people think about autonomous cars and see the feasibility of these in their daily lives.

One of my favourite quotes from the exhibit is from a pioneer in design, both in manufacturing and resources, Henry Ford.

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” – Henry Ford 

The design museum has it’s in house exhibit as well as Fear and Love & the Beazley Designs of the Year installations.

  So much inspiration and imagination housed in there. Take a walk through Holland Park and spot the peacocks on your way to the museum. Yes they have those just hanging out in London.

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&WHAT | START SOMETHING.

A few months ago I was lucky enough to go to a talk with Anya Hindmarch. An amazing designer, creative thinker and entrepreneur at heart.

The talk was on how Hindmarch broke into the fashion industry and how various elements like technology have impacted her career. A truly inspirational story, Hindmarch got her start at a very young age, buying leather goods from Italy and reselling them in the UK. She broke into designing these bags and worked under notable figures in the industry – learning all that she could. Building up her empire one piece at a time she is now one of the world’s most renowned designers, recognised for her playful touches to chic, high end fashion. Anya Hindmarch has learned the game and played it exceptionally well, detailing key moments like how she opened her first franchise in Asia, collaborated with British Airways on first class hospitality bags and nailed the influencer strategy with high profile models showcasing her  coveted leather letter accessories. Crushing life.

Outside the event, I bumped into Anya Hindmarch with my friend as she was waiting for a cab. Aside from being what seemed like the loveliest , most down to earth person,  she left me with a piece of advice: Start Something. Start Anything. 

Those words have been hanging over me for a few months now. There are so many ideas and possibilities in this world that you really do just need to start. Its not about waiting for the best thing or the perfect opportunity, its about using what you have, going out there and making the perfect opportunity. You will truly never know, unless you start. And really, there is no better time for new beginnings.

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&what | Paris.

It’s been a while since I’ve visited my favourite city.

Breakfasts are just that much more beautiful when sitting inside hidden Parisienne gardens that you stumble upon, after visitng the Picasso museum. Happy hours are just that much happier when sitting in the Jardin de Tuileries with two bottles of red, some camembert, a fresh baguette, your brother and his girlfriend who came to visit.

So many lovely memories, Paris is always a good idea. Think it’s time to book a ticket.

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