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&WHAT | RE-IMAGINE – KANYE WEST MBDTF.

     YEEZY TAUGHT YOU WELL.

Last Wednesday we went to XOYO for an incredible mid-weeker. The gig was put on by Re-imagine. A 16-piece orchestra playing the WHOLE Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. Unreal Vibes. Heaven, seriously nothing short of that.

Have been listening to the album non-stop since then. Kanye is such a creative genius. Everyone should be a little more Kanye.

Following the success of their first show (it sold out in minutes), Re-Imagine London have put on three more shows and a Destiny’s Child rendition as well. GO GO GO.

-&what x

KANYE WEST RE-IMAGINE | LONDON @ashleymadeline

KANYE WEST RE-IMAGINE | LONDON @ashleymadeline

KANYE WEST RE-IMAGINE | LONDON @ashleymadeline

&WHAT | SATURDAY.

Zero plans make for the best days.

Spent Saturday walking around East with a solid crew. My friend Michelle from Toronto stayed over on Friday after a night of bar hopping. Woke up at 6:45AM (stupid body clock). After trying to get back to sleep we decide to get up and make the most the sunshine.

Walking through Brick Lane to Beyond Retro – their original shop with racks on racks of vintage clothes. Walked past the curry houses and dumplings which would have made the perfect cure for the hangover not so much for the beach bod.

Ended up in Shoreditch as per usual. First stop was House of Hackney where I spotted the sink of dreams. Everything in HOH would fit perfectly in my future home, already planning out each room.

Second stop: Artworks Bookshop on Rivington Street. With every obscure magazine and coffee table book you could imagine, this is a place you could spend hours in. Eyed up even more things for the future home.

More home planning at the third stop, a new space that opening on Charlotte Street. W.A.Green. They had Cire Trudon candles that are said to be the ones they made for the Palace of Versailles. A candle fit for a queen? I’ll take that any day.

Only one more day to the weekend now!

-&what x

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&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!

xxxx SUNDAY BRUNCH  MISS LILYS

TOP OF THE ROCK

ICE CREAM

SPRING ROOFTOP

FLAT IRON

&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 | London Fresh.

It’s officially a new season in the city. The wind is crisp, the leaves are turning bright red and yellow, the temperature is dropping and change is in the air.

Walks through Primrose Hill, past the Natural History Museum and on my way to work are just that much prettier with the leaves sprinkled all over the ground. It is ‘fall’…literally.

This is my favourite season and London really has got this Autumn on point. Not long until all of the Christmas decorations are up, the lights are on and you won’t be able to avoid the festive feels. Hands down the most wonderful time of the year.

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&what | JARDIN MARJORELLE.

‘Je trouve dans le jardin Majorelle une source inépuisable d’inspiration et j’ai souvent rêvé à ses couleurs qui sont uniques’ – Yves Saint Laurent

This place was pure magic. Never in my life have I seen so many colours and different varieties of plants beautifully arranged together in one impeccable garden. It was incredible to see one of the places that inspired one of the most iconic designers of our time and one of the greatest in fashion history. Inspiration can be found everywhere, and in this garden, Yves Saint Laurent found his.

Bit of a history lesson here, but Yves Saint Laurent discovered the garden in 1966. With the threat of the garden being demolished and replaced by a hotel, YSL bought the garden and its land in 1980. He lived in a house on the garden (the blue one) and dedicated his time to make the garden the most beautiful place on earth. Think YSL deserves an applause as it was the most beautiful garden I have certainly seen…

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&what | The Shelfie.

I like to surround myself with pretty things. Not just any pretty things, the ones that I have collected over time, with special memories behind each.

Living in London, space is a luxury. However, there is enough space for this shelf. And here, I present to you my #shelfie.

Dipped into some DIY activity for this beaut. Went to the hardware store, picked up some paint to refresh a simple cork board, got a box of nails and voila!

So many memories here. My favourite illustrator – Garance Dore, a hand painted watercolour note from the talented Candice Kaye, Picasso, a few too many photobooth pics, Ganesha statue for prosperity, Buddah for wisdom, Elon Musk because he is epic, Grace because she is elegantly amazing, Jo Malone to always smell like roses (or Mimosa and Cardamom), Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty and my camera – right there, ready to go.

A little space that’s all mine.

xxx

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&what | MAMAN.

Meet Maman.

The cutest French cafe there ever was, taking over NYC, Toronto and next stop: the world.

Aside from this place being absolute magic, the ladies behind this are even more incredible. Candice Kaye the talented designer behind the oh-so Instagrammable print on the cups. Elisa, the brains behind the whole Maman operation.

Two women following their dreams and crushing life. Next time you’re in NYC or Toronto, visit Maman. Pick yourself up one of their delicious pastires and Matcha lattes or stay a little while and sample their French-inspired home cooking.

-&what x

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Matcha Latte at Maman NYC

Maman, lunch time, salad, chicken salad, NYC, travel

Delicious Chicken Caesar Salad at Maman NYC

&what | FINERY

Meet the women of: FINERY.

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Last week I went to an interesting chat about everything and anything FINERY. Caren Downie, Brand Director and Emma Farrow, Head of Design are the two minds behind the online fashion brand determined to put the excitement back into shopping.

These inspirational women and co-founders, Caren Downie and Emma Farrow, gave an inside look at the development of the FINERY brand and what business practices they have implemented to get them to where they are today.

Both women behind FINERY had extensive experience in the fashion industry working at TopShop and ASOS. Identifying a hole in the market based on their intuition and experience in the high street market, they wanted to develop a brand that was unique and refreshed the industry. That was still affordable for women but provided pieces and designs that weren’t carbon copies of everything else in high street shops.

They developed a selection of pieces to create a small capsule collection, with their core favourite pieces within this, selected by what they thought women would wear.

With FINERY being still very much a young brand, the team had worked closely with press and media to get the word out. Their approach was to create engaging experiences for media that would leave them wanting more.

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