Events | Berlin with Marc Cain

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A couple of weeks ago I jetted off to Berlin for a whirlwind two-day trip with Marc Cain – Germany’s biggest fashion brand – to attend their SS15 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. It was my first time in Germany – though I didn’t really get to see that much of it! Our hectic schedule was packed with fun events, and it was only really when I was on the plane back that I had a moment to stop and breathe, and think over all the exciting things that I’d experienced. Unfortunately Callum couldn’t come on the trip with me, but the gorgeous Maddie from Daria Daria was on hand as our photographer. Take a look to see what we got up to on the day of the show …

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dress: c/o Marc Cain | shoes: Zara

Whew, those were a lot of photos! But Maddie’s snaps were so gorgeous I couldn’t help but share so many. It was seriously so much fun to meet the other ten bloggers out in Berlin working with Marc Cain, especially Clemence and Karolina, who I spent pretty much the whole time laughing with (as you can see in the photos. I think I need to work on my pout!). We started the day with a makeover by Jacks Beauty Department - who have convinced me orange lipstick is definitely the way forward – and taking an exclusive look at Marc Cain’s AW14 styles in their beautiful showroom. Then it was off for lunch at a super cool rooftop location before heading to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!

As soon as we arrived, we ran backstage for a quick peek at the models getting ready before heading inside for the show. It was stunning, and I loved how the circus theme was played up with performers twirling ribbons and doing acrobatics down the runway. Every piece in the collection was beautiful, though I particularly loved the bright, bold floral prints and how floaty dresses and skirts were paired with lace sneakers – a new twist on my favourite sports luxe trend. One of the best things about Marc Cain is how age-defying their pieces are. They are all about classic cuts and shapes, and make clothes that every age group can wear and style in their own personal way. I’ll be getting a chance to style a few of the pieces from the AW14 collection over the next few months, so be prepared for your wishlist to get seriously out of control!

A big thank you to Marc Cain and the PR teams Blogger Bazaar and Task for inviting me out to beautiful Berlin, and Maddie for taking these gorgeous photos (I think they’ve made Callum a little jealous ;)). I’ve also got a fun little video of the day to share with you all, where you can see my killer dance moves. Not something you’re going to want to miss, hey? Watch it here :) x

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Outfits | Tee Tree

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t-shirt: c/o Next | shirt and skirt: Topshop | shoes: c/o Forever 21 | bag: H&M | bracelet: c/o Links of London

So ladies, what’s your take on the shirt-wrapped-round-waist trend? It seems people either think it’s really cool or really not. Funnily enough, teenage Tasha would have been sooooo over it, but now I’m definitely part of the cool camp! It’s such a fun, easy way to add a little something more to a simple outfit, and I kind of love the retro vibe. Funny how these things come full circle, isn’t it?

We took these shots in Santa Gertrudis, a sleepy little town right in the middle of Ibiza. It’s such a beautiful place, and we had to take advantage of these lovely stone steps and tree-lined walkway to take a few outfit shots on our lazy morning walk. I’ve been wearing variations of this outfit during the UK’s steamy heatwave (steamy being the operative word – I’ve been working in the flat in just my undies, and any movement makes me feel as though I’m in a bikram yoga class). Anyone else go through clothes phases too, where you find yourself wearing the same pieces over and over again? Or maybe I’m just a lazy blogger hehe ;) x

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Lifestyle | Trimmed

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Hair cut: c/o Ruffians

Here’s a post for all our male fans – and ladies, tell your boyfriends! Because you’re going to want them looking as sharp as Boy Behind the Lens here did after his haircut at the best barbers in town, Ruffians. For us, a good haircut comes down to one thing: service. You want someone who’s great at what they do, and good to hang out with for an hour or so (because how awkward is it when conversation fizzles out and they’re still hovering around you with scissors looming rather close to your ears?). With Ruffians – check, check, plus a whole lot more.

You’re welcomed with fresh coffee or a cool beer into the coolest warehouse-style space that’s the perfect blend of modern and old fashioned, a theme that runs through everything Ruffians do. They’re all about blending traditional techniques (hair vacuum, anyone?) with new trends – and doing it all with style. Callum’s barber Stephen worked with him to find a cut that fitted his lifestyle and fashion sense, but had that little bit of edge, something new and fresh, and because you can tell the Ruffians guys know what they’re talking about, Callum was happy to put his trust in him. Take a look at Callum’s Instagram for the final super slick result.

I loved how relaxed the atmosphere was in the shop – you’re made to feel totally at ease, and it’s somewhere you actually want to spend time in, rather than just rush in for your haircut and then out again. We ended up staying past closing time because we were busy chatting away with the team and enjoying our beers. We were also lucky enough to get Ruffians creator Andrew Cannon to answer a few questions about the company and male grooming, so check that out below. Big thanks again to the Covent Garden team for an awesome evening as well as a sharp cut! Boy Behind the Lens was so happy with his do that he’s been back since for a touch up – and is just about to book another. x

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Hey Andrew! So how did you first get interested in hair and male grooming?
It was out of frustration really. If you told me 5 years ago that I’d have set up a men’s grooming company, I would have laughed at you. Now I am in it, I can’t imagine doing anything else more enjoyable and satisfying. I had not enjoyed my previous barbering experiences: the options were woeful, either cheap, grubby barber shops or feminine salons. I always thought that there was a gap in the market for a place like Ruffians: a barber shop that has been created for the customer, by the customer. We’re all about proper haircuts and shaves, while keeping the atmosphere relaxed, masculine and fun.

How important do you think hair is when it comes to personal style?
Hair is definitely important. But more important – and this is a true Ruffian – is someone who carries themselves with confidence. Hopefully a good haircut can help them along the way.

What makes Ruffians unique from other barbers?
Well for starters, the best barbers work here! Our team is a mix of cherry-picked industry veterans and our barbers who we are training from within, so they really understand our Ruffians ethos and desire to change the industry for the better. Each of our team are unique and have their own character and personality; we encourage and promote these qualities because it helps them to build a relationship with our customers – and that’s the key to it: we’re different because we really enjoy building relationships and friendships with our customers. We’re honest about the fact we’re not inventing anything here; rather, we’re doing all the little things better, taking inspiration from all industries and walks of life to create something more special. We encourage our clients to come and enjoy their barbering experience, rather than just come in for a haircut. For this reason, we will offer a tipple on arrival and get to know everyone so they feel like they can return any time.

What’s been the toughest part of your journey with Ruffians so far?
Recruitment – getting the best team is difficult, especially when you don’t have a history in the industry. I’m lucky that Ruffians won the Best Hairdresser in the UK, Best Independent Hairdresser and Best Designed Hairdresser in the UK, so we now have a stronger reputation in the industry, which is really helping to make people take notice and now come to us asking to work for us.

… and which has been the highlight?
Obviously winning the awards above was a big deal, but my highlight was opening our flagship barber shop and store in Covent Garden. It’s exactly what I wanted it to be like, every time I step inside I feel a huge sense of pride and achievement.

What hair and male grooming trends are you seeing at the moment?
There’s a lot of chat in the media about how the ‘peak of the beard’ has been reached, although I don’t think it has yet; we’re actually seeing more men experimenting with their facial hair. It’s clear that the modern man is taking matters more into his own hands, and it not relying on the input from the fairer sex. We see more product purchases and have had an increase in our product sales as a result of men wanting to complement their sharp dressing with defined hair and grooming.

If you could live in any one hair era, which would it be?
Tough one! I’ve always thought that your hairstyle is so personal that is doesn’t really matter what anyone else is doing and you should just do your own thing. So in that theme, I have a lot of respect for the footballers of the 1980s – Kevin Keegan and all that lot… their perms may have looked awful but he didn’t care, and I respect that!

Whose hair have you always wanted to style, and what look would you give them?
I’d love to have in the likes of Clark Gable, in his pomp back in the 1930s. In those days there were very few big screen icons and they were so influential, so it would have been fantastic to have had them in the shop to hear their tales and cut their hair.

If you had to live for the rest of your life either with or without a beard, which would it be?
Well, my beard isn’t as impressive as I’d like it to be, so preferably clean shaven, but taking care of my skin religiously!

Your number one grooming tip every man should know …
With hair product: less is more, you can always add more if you need!

And lastly, give us a sneak peek into your future plans for Ruffians!
Well, that would be telling! We’ve got a couple of exciting product collaborations in the pipeline, and we’re thinking about other cities whose men need a Ruffians!

You can find Ruffians in Edinburgh and London: head over to their website for more info. 

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Outfits | Water Baby

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swimsuit: c/o Motel | jumper: c/o Hobbs

Back to Ibiza now sweethearts, and yes, I’ll admit I did start to feel a teensy bit like a mermaid shooting these photos at one of Ibiza’s most beautiful beach. It’s hard not to get caught up in it all when you’re in such a magical location! For a couple of days, Sol D’en Serra was our own personal paradise – Callum and I discovered it whilst having a little explore in our car, and came back the next day with our friends. Maybe it’s because of the pebbles, or the tall, enclosing arms of the cliffs, but the beach is so quiet you almost believe you’re the only ones left in the world.

While I’m usually a bikini kind of girl, I fell head over heels for this incredible Motel swimsuit (just £19 now in the sale!). The print alone makes you feel you’re already in the water, and the tie detail at the front is super sexy. It’s definitly the swimwear piece I get the most compliments on. When it got colder, I just threw on my beautiful cashmere jumper from Hobbs for cosy-chic perfection. Oh, the beach life is wonderful isn’t it girls? You don’t need much – just the sun, sea and salt in your hair. Those mermaids have it real good … x

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Outfits | Powder Blue

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tee: Paul and Joe Sister c/o The Dressing Room | jeans: Topshop | shoes: Vivienne Westwood c/o The Dressing Room | bag: c/o Fiorelli | bracelet: c/o Links of London | rings: Topshop | earrings: Daisy London c/o Psyche

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’m just a teensy bit obsessed with flowers. Plants, I’m useless with – no matter how closely I follow the care instructions, they always seem to die! It’s like having the opposite of green fingers. But flowers are easy. Every week I buy a new bunch for the flat – nothing brightens up your home like fresh flowers. On last weekend’s flower hunt, Callum and I stopped by this beautiful shop to take a few shots of my outfit amongst all the pretty colours.

I love a demin ensemble for a casual morning pottering about town, and right now these Topshop Jamie’s are my favourites. I’m sure my female readers will agree that the right pair of skinny jeans can make you feel oh-so-sexy, but in a totally cool and relaxed way. The same can be said for an oversized tee. I’ve had so many compliments on my Paul and Joe Sister top already – doesn’t the print remind you of Hokusai’s wave? I picked it out along with these super sweet Vivienne Westwood pumps whilst having a sneaky preview of The Dressing Room’s summer sale. 

I’m lucky enough to live just around the corner from The Dressing Room in St Albans, which was recognised by Vogue as one of the 100 best shops outside London and is my personal favourite. Their amazing summer sale starts tomorrow online and in-store, with reductions on brands such as American Vintage, Current/Elliot, House of Harlow and J Brand – plus, the first 20 customers into the store will get a cheeky 10% extra off sale items. Or if you’re shopping online, just sign up to the newsletter to find an exclusive 10% discount code. I know I’ve got my eye on a few things.

Happy shopping sweethearts! x

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