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&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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&WHAT | LEVIS.

It’s NYFW and this is officially the second season that I haven’t made it since leaving my previous role. Certainly do miss it but life throws you opportunities that you have to take sometimes. Ones that will challenge you and test you and push you until right before breaking point making you realise just how incredibly far your limits can be.

These pictures were snapped by Candice Lake, Vogue photographer, at FW14. Ages ago but I’m still rocking those Levis.

That was one of my favourite seasons. We stayed at the ViceRoy up town and were working with Something Navy early on in her career. The Coveteur were creating our content with us so we would stay up super late each night to finish our social media posts and send them to the UK to be designed and shared to all of our markets around the world.

When you summarise it like that, social media and our job can seem a bit crazy. But SO creative and inspiring. The social media space and particularly the fashion space is so vibrant and fast-paced, never a dull moment that is for sure.

-&what x

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&WHAT | HOME.

Home is where the heart is and mine is right here in London.

The city has always felt like home. More homely a times than others but that feeling you get when you arrive in a city and you know everything has laddered up to bring you here and it’s all just right – that for me is home.

And, even luckier for me, this freshly IKEA decorated space is where I get to call home in this beautiful city. Pinterest worthy space, clearly inspired by just a few Scandi-Interior design boards. It also helps that we live with a designer.

However you see those big leaves there – all me. I carried the massive Monstera plants all the way from Columbia Road market last Sunday.

For someone that can barely take care of herself, I’m quite surprised that nearly a week and a half later they are still standing strong. That’s really where people should be getting their resilience inspiration from – Monstera leaves. So far, they are quite the survivors.

– &what x

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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

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&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. 👊👊👊

xxxx

&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 | 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.

xxxx

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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.

xxxx

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