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&WHAT | COPENHAGEN.

Copenhagen. Beautiful city filled with even more beautiful people. ūüá©ūüáįūüėć

This was my second time in CPH, yet the city felt completely different and I saw a new side that I loved even more the second time around.

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RIDE: Baisikeli (Ingerslevsgade 80 | √Öbent Man-Fre 10-18. L√łr&S√łn 10-16)¬†

First things first, get yourself a bike. They have them all over the city, we got ours from Baisikeli which literally has 1000s of bikes to choose from. I wanted a cute little pink one but my legs were in my armpits riding it unfortunately. The best thing about CPH is that you can literally leave your bike anywhere and its safe. Lock the wheels but we left ours outside a bar overnight and they were there in the morning Рhow about that London.

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EAT: Mad & Kaffe (Vesterbro:S√łnder boulevard 68, 1720 K√łbenhavn V¬†| Amagerbro:Tyrolsgade 6, 2300 K√łbenhavn)¬†

This place is a must. Hungry or not, get your belly here. It was recommended by literally every Dane we met. The Open Sandwiches or¬†sm√łrrebr√łd (a CPH thing) were incredible, went for the Tartar. Get a side of the crispy fries which are covered in garlic and rosemary goodness and if you have a sweet tooth have a Chai Latte. They are all over CPH and made with this divine powder, spicy goodness.

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SEE: Design Museum Danmark (Bredgade 68
DK-1260 K√łbenhavn K)

Could literally spend hours here. They had an I AM BLACK VELVET exhibition on Balmain through the years which was divine. Literally all the little black dresses circa 1989 I would bring back and wear today.

The Danish Chair: An International Affair is a permanent exhibition in the museum which affirms that the Danes are responsible for paving the way in terms of where we all rest our behinds. There were a lot of Eames masterpieces in there.

HIDDEN GEM: Room 606, Radisson Blu Hotel (Hammerichsgade 1
Copenhagen V, DK-1611) 

A golden gem, one of my friends Ana who is an artist tried to take us here. Room 606 is the only room in the hotel that has the original preserved designs commissioned by Arne Jacobsen. Arne Jacobsen is one of the most iconic designers from Denmark, probably most well known for The Egg Chair (1958) which was designed specifically for this hotel.

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SHOP: Moss Copenhagen.

Dotted all around the city, this is a mainstream shop in CPH that I wish would come to London. Massive fan of Scandinavian style, this story has your stylish basics for reasonable prices.

DANCE: Bakken¬†(Fl√¶sketorvet 19, 1711 K√łbenhavn V)

This place is incredible. Not only do they serve pitchers of Gin & Tonic, the DJ, decor and crowd in this place is everything you could possibly want on a night out in CPH.

The DJ looked as if he had been transported from a Back to the Future film and into the club. Instead of using headphones he had a proper old-school, curly cord, string attached phone to hear the upcoming tracks. SO much fun.

We also met lots of gorgeous VIKINGS in the bar, including a whole generational family – with the grandfather, father and sons out to party.

EAT AGAIN: The Greasy Burger Joint. 

Located in the parking lot just outside of Bakken. This burger truck was started by a Syrian refugee. His story was incredible, a side of inspiration with burger is not something you’d expect.

Until next time CPH!

-&what x

Copenhagen | @andwhatstyle

Copenhagen | @andwhatstyle

Copenhagen | @andwhatstyle

Copenhagen | @andwhatstyle

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Winter Wonderland.

Winter Wonderland.

Woke up on Christmas morning to a full on white christmas, we’re talking 15cm+ of snow.

What does one do? Head out into the cold to play in the snow. Went to the local park and pond by our house. Neighbours were shovelling the pond to skate and play hockey on the ice whilst listening to Christmas music. So magical and so very Canadian.

Snow place like home. It’s been the happiest of times over these holidays.

Hat: Artizia | Sunglasses: Le Specs x Adam Selman РThe Last Lolita | Christmas Jumper: Asos 

-&what x

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

SHOE DOG.

Home for the holidays, which also means that I have more time to finish up the current reads in the works.

My favourite book that I have read all year, Shoe Dog. Phil Knight is an incredible storyteller recapping his inspiring journey of passion, risk, uncertainty but taking bold steps forward anyway. One of my favourite things to do while reading books is to fold the pages with messages that I find interesting or want to look back on. As you can see, there were a lot in this book.

A final thought in the closing chapter of the book really resonated with me. Wise words to go into 2018 (and life) with:

‘It’s all the same drive. The same dream.¬†

It would be nice to help them avoid the typical discouragements. I’d tell them to hit pause, think long and hard about how they want to spend their time, and with whom they want to spend it for the next forty years. I’d tell men and women in their mid-twenties not to settle for a job or a profession or even a career. Seek a calling. Even if you don’t know what that means, seek it. If you’re following your calling, the fatigue will be easier to bear, the disappointments will be fuel, the highs will be like nothing you’ve ever felt.’¬†

Mission for 2018, find the calling.

-&what x

Phil Knight | NIke @andwhatstyle

Phil Knight | NIke @andwhatstyle

Phil Knight | NIke @andwhatstyle

BERLIN: Day 1

Guttentag. Touchdown in Berlin.

I’ve been to the city three times before – once for work, once for a work party and the last time just for party reasons.

Absolutely loved the city, the people, the history, it’s no wonder why I came back for a fourth time – even staying an extra day to make the opening of the Christmas markets.

Every time I travel to a city I like to crowdsource where I go. The best recommendations are from friends. Being here for five days, we have a lot of time to check every place out.

Our first day was packed with the hit list.

STAY: SOHO HOUSE BERLIN

We’re staying at Soho House Berlin which is absolutely stunning. In the Tiny room which surprisingly isn’t so tiny. Every little detail is accounted for – they even have little treats in a silver tin inside the cupboard (obviously only a Cookie Monster like me would find those).

The feels and approach to life is very different here. While having a drink in the bar before we ventured out, a lady from London said –‘Everyone from London talks about what house they want to buy, people from Berlin talk about what party they are going to.’¬†Pretty much sums it up.

Soho House Berlin | @andwhatstyle

Soho House Berlin | @andwhatstyle

SHOP:

THE STORE (http://www.thestores.com/berlin/)

This is Soho House’s first concept store. Its aimed to be a mix of art, furniture, food and people. Effectively a Store that is also a social space. Filled with unique designer pieces from Balenciaga, Vetements as well as scents, candles and everything a perfect coffee table would need.

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VOO STORE (https://www.instagram.com/voostore/) 

One of Caitlin’s Insta recommendations. This place has been transplanted from Shoreditch to Kreuzberg, Berlin. Coffee shop in store, hipster central, this place is the perfect stop¬† for the gram. Also the closet if you can afford high end unique items. Had my eye on an Acne Shearling Coat and APC wool coat – to die for.

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GLOSSIER IN LONDON

Glossier. Pretty much what millennial dreams are made of.

Minimalistic packaging with a dash of pink. Memorable names like Cloud Paint and Wow-der. Subtle scents and a mix of neutral and bright tones that with some layering you can draw even more of a punch. Emily Weiss, founder of Into the Gloss and now Glossier has really nailed it.

Having watched the launch from a far on Instagram with both Toronto and our US neighbours being able to buy the products (UNFAIR) online and in-store, naturally as you could have guessed I was mildly excited when I heard Glossier was coming to the UK homeland.

Post a Soul Cycle-esque spin class on Sunday, I made my way to Marylebone to the Pop-up shop which was located in a beautiful English home. Sadly I can’t afford that yet as I fancy avo on toast too much – something I am not ready to give up.

Walked inside and it appeared a lot of other millennials had the same Sunday plan as me – surely with the prep spin class too.

With two floors of products and a team of Glossier-s in millennial pink jumpsuits, it’s quite surprising that there wasn’t an inch of room.

Once I finally had my time with a pink jumpsuit wearing, iPad carrying Glossier Girl, I went a bit mad. Got a full range of the products that I absolutely CANNOT wait to try them all.

  • Priming Moisturizer
  • Perfecting Skin Tint
  • Stretch Concealer
  • Birthday Balm
  • Generation G Lip Colour – Jam and Cake
  • Milky Jelly Cleanser

Easily could have double or tripled the products in this order but unlike my avo on toast habits, I have shown restraint with this.

However, if Santa (aka Mama K) end up reading this – the Moon Mask, Boy Brow and Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream are high up on the list.

The whole house was decorated in fresh flowers which was the perfect touch and also made for some seriously Insta-worthy content. Again, not surprising as every millennial brand needs to have multiple Insta moments at any pop-up. Checkout #glossierlondon for the full line-up. See if you can spot mine on there!

-&what x

Glossier London | @andwhatstyle

Glossier London | @andwhatstyle

Glossier London | @andwhatstyle

Glossier London | @andwhatstyle

&WHAT | IKEA BOOTCAMP.

Welcome to¬†√Ąlmhult. A little place in Sweden put on the map by your favourite flatpack furniture – IKEA.

What brought me to this place you ask? The IKEA Bootcamp.

If you know me, you know I love start-ups. I am fascinated about the ideas and the founders that invest the greater part of their lives to build a company and drive growth for products or systems that have the ability to change the world.

The IKEA Bootcamp is doing exactly that. Over 1,500 start-ups from around the world applied to join the three-month programme.

Ten start-ups were selected with at varying stages of product development and company maturity. They picked up their teams and lives, moving to¬†√Ąlmhult, Sweden, where they live in a residence near IKEA headquarters for three months. It is here they are given access to a team of experts with the mission to grow their companies and build out their proposition ahead of DEMO DAY.

DEMO DAY is on 5th December 17 where all of these companies will pitch their propositions to the IKEA Senior Leadership teams and external VCs. This will give them the opportunity to be part of the IKEA offering and in stores worldwide.

I travelled to IKEA of Sweden to give the ten start-ups a workshop on how to build their Social Strategy – particularly where to focus their time and money with limited resources.

It was such an incredibly inspiring day learning about each of the start-ups’ journeys and pushing ourselves on how we can capture the essence of their brand on Social Media to achieve their objectives. Whether that be Brand Awareness or Sales, each requires a unique approach.

Post the workshop and before I had to catch the train back to Copenhagen I popped into the IKEA Museum (YES, there is such thing) for a whirlwind trip through the exhibits.

It took you through a history of the brand and the founder,  Ingvar Kamprad who started the company in 1943. Still remaining incredibly humble for being a billionaire and the 11th richest person in the world.

Some of my favourite quotes around the office were…

  • The fear of making mistakes is the root of bureaucracy and the enemy of development.
  • No method is more effective than a good example.
  • What is good for our customers is in the long-run good for us.
  • A prototype is worth a thousand meetings.
  • Ten minutes are not just one-sixth of your hourly pay; ten minutes is a piece of yourself. Divide yourself into ten units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activities. Most things still remain to be done.

 

The presence of the solid foundation of beliefs and principles that Kamprad has defined and built the IKEA brand on are very apparent through out the IKEA of Sweden offices. There are subtle reminders everywhere ensuring that all of the employees are aligned with and working towards the same values. It is this unity that has allowed the company to be so incredibly successful.

Definitely a culture that all companies in whatever sector should attempt to emulate. Only a few more weeks until Demo Day, best of luck to the teams!

-&what x

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&WHAT | BASQUIAT: #BoomForReal.

Basquiat. Pronounced ‘Basquia’ with a silent ‘t’. Had to ask the Barbican gallery operator for confirmation on that one.

I always tend to keep an eye out for the latest gallery openings and exhibits in London. Couldn’t wait for this one – got tickets for the second day it was open. Keen.

Needless to say, the excitement was worth it. Spent nearly three hours in the gallery reading pretty much every excerpt. Well done Barbican, it’s incredibly well curated.

Don’t want to give too much away, but here are a few of the things that I found absolutely fascinating about Basquiat and his career, which like most of the greats, ended too soon.

  • Getting noticed:¬†Basquiat first achieved fame in the art world by working with his friend¬†Al Diaz and spray painting graffiti on buildings in Lower Manhattan, working under the¬†pseudonym SAMO¬© in 1976. He would tag things and put his art up in obscure places until people started recognising the ‘SAMO¬©’ name and trying to find out who was behind all of this. He kept his anonymity and played with the papers writing letters back and forth asSAMO¬©. As someone who works in marketing and is always looking for creative ways to get your brand/ message out there – this is certainly a successful way to bring about curiosity and intrigue.
  • The Scene: The whole gallery truly captured the scene of NYC at the time. There were polaroids and videos of The Mudd Club where Basquiat used to go, hanging with Madonna and the likes before they were discovered. Genuinely wish I could be transported back to that time. Imagine the creativity and inspiration of all of those people in one place. DREAM.
  • Andy Warhol: Basquiat’s friendship with Andy Warhol was a key part of the exhibit and of course part of Basquiat’s career. I had no idea the two artists were so collaborative and connected, living together and working from the same studio. Unlikely but incredible influence on each other.
  • Dedication, Talent and Risk: There was a final interview with Basquiat at the Beverly Hills Hotel. This piece really struck me. The risk he took at such a young age to follow his dream and passion is something not many people have the balls to do. It’s those people – the movers and the shakers – that push beyond the ordinary and mundane and create a world of their own. The ones that have the perfect mix of talent and dedication and passion which makes them adverse to risk. This is something that exists within all of us but it’s about allowing yourself to find that and nurture it when you do.¬†If you don’t have a chance to go to the exhibit you can watch it here.¬†

Another lovely read on Basquiat, where his friends and lovers share memories of their times with him. Good Saturday afternoon read.

It’s on until 28th January 2018 at the Barbican. GO GO GO.

-&what x.

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&WHAT | KATHARINA GROSSE & THE NED.

Sunday 15th October 2017.

Nearly two weeks after miss Caitlin’s birthday. The past two weeks have been manic with weddings and celebrations so it was today that I planned a fancy day out for us.

It started in South London in Peckham, an area I had never explored – surprising after nearly seven years here. It is true, if you live North you rarely ever make it down South. With the sun beaming down we decided to give ourselves our own walking tour of the area. Nearly an hour later with blistered feet – somewhow still seemed like a good idea.

Our first stop on the birthday trip was The South London Gallery. An exhibit by Katharina Grosse was on at the gallery which is SICK. It ends on 3rd December so there is plenty of time to go.

Katharina Grosse is a German artist. She had an exhibit on in NYC at Fort Tildens that I really wanted to go to but never had the time to make it out there. Pics of it here – incredible. So happy her work finally made it to London.

The colours and scale of the piece were stunning and of course, not to mention, excellent for the gram.

Our day of activities didn’t stop there. We made our way back to the stomping ground and went to Millie’s at The Ned. They have a Sunday Feast where you have an hour and a half to eat all of the Oysters, Lobster, Roast (with all the trimmings), desserts and sweets your heart desires. We certainly did exactly that. Ok, rolling myself home now.

-&what x

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&WHAT | OLD TRUMAN BREWERY.

Sunday funday with my girl Z. It’s days like this that remind you there is so much to be discovered in this city.

We went for breakfast at TRADE in East. The pancakes are A+. Then spent the rest of the afternoon walking along Brick Lane, looking at old sunglasses and what not.

Stumbled on this graduate art fair in The Old Truman Brewery which is clearly a dream for the gram. Just the coolest.

-&what x

&WHAT | P A L M A.

2017 has been the year of Spain.

According to the Chinese calendar I believe it should be the year of the Snake, but not for me. I have been surrounded by the lovely people of Spain. In work, at home, in love, travel and life. Nothing to complain about really – Spanish people are the best.

In light of this revelation, when one of your new found close Spanish friends tells you to go to Palma – you book your tickets STAT. Right then and there.

Earlier this month, that is exactly what Nicole and I did. Off to Palma we went as our ‘Goodbye to Nicole’s London life’ trip. She had been studying here for a year and is now moving to NYC like an absolute boss lady, smashing it in her industry. We did have a glass or twelve of Prosecco all in the name of celebrations.

STAY:

  • We stayed at the Melia Palma Bay hotel, which was absolutely gorgeous and very well priced. They have an amazing roof top pool which overlooks the whole city centre. Perfect if you don’t fancy venturing out to the beach.

EAT: 

  • La Rosa: In the city centre, this is definitely a place loved by the locals. Pablo, a new Spanish friend in London told us about this place. We had such a warm welcome and lovely treatment from the owner who ended up having some Vermouth with us. Pretty much their whole bar is filled with that drink, a Palma favourite. The grilled octopus is drool worthy.
  • OMBU Tapas Bar: Get a seat outside and eat your heart out. The Croquettes were divine, as was pretty much everything else. Bit expensive but worth it for a fancy dinner.
  • Cassai Beach House: Cute place, even cuter waiters. If you want to fall in love with Spanish men, eat here. We got a MASSIVE paella to share, probably for a family of four but we smashed it. Made for a difficult drive home and the seatbelt had to be quite a bit looser but all in all this place had delicious food and atmosphere. Make sure you book, we had to squeeze at the bar because the restaurant was pack for the whole night.

DO: 

  • Cathedral: The cathedral in Palma Old Town is stunning, as is pretty much every street corner you turn around. We spent hours walking through the little streets, stopping at random Spanish bars through the day.
  • Run along the Boardwalk: Not for everyone, but after a full 48 hours of eating nothing but Parma Ham, Paella and sipping on Sangria this was essential. Palma itself as a city is very fit, with people running outside no matter what the temperate. Forced Nicole to come on a 9AM morning run with the tender temperature of 31C. We survived but unfortunately my iPhone didn’t. Luckily it was the only thing that overheated.
  • Rent a car: Based on a lot of recommendations we decided to rent a car. Having not driven for eight plus months, let alone in the Spanish countryside, this was an adventure in itself. Nicole promised me highways the whole way. We did have highways with a side of off roading when we got lost. Again, all in the name of adventures.

BEACH:

  • Es Carbo: The best beach we found was Sant Jordi de ses Salines. A mission to get there but so worth it. It was super quiet with shallow, warm, turquoise coloured water. What more could you want? It was very hot (talking 35C plus) so Nicole bought a beach umbrella, I on the other hand went for the Carrot Oil.

 

PALMA, we’ll vuelva pronto. <3

-&what x

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