Sunday, 26 April 2015

Interview | Jakki Pay Director of Design, House of Fraser

I recently had the amazing opportunity to interview Jakki Pay - The Director of Design within the Womenswear Department at House of Fraser. Of course with House of Fraser being such a well-respected multi-brand retailer which has been selling clothing for over 150 years.. being the 'director of design' is a colossal task! So as a soon-to-be fashion graduate looking for employment in the fashion industry I found it interesting to see what Jakki had to say (and I hope you do too!)....

What attracted you towards working for House of Fraser?

The amazing brands that House of Fraser stock & the fact I actually wanted to wear the clothes.

What are your greatest challenges of being the Director of Design?

Constantly having to review what we have designed, could we do it better & do we have time to change it. I am sure I drive the team mad with my obsession to get the product right for the customer.

What is a typical work day like for you and what is your favourite part of being the director of design?

What I love is that no day is alike, one day I will be signing off product the next I could be travelling to see a key supplier & my least favourite having a budget meeting. My favourite part of the season is when we pull together our fashion stories for the look book, it’s a great chance to see all the samples together & really bring the trends to life.

As the director of design, how do you deal with the work-life balance?

I love my job so I don’t think I ever truly switch off but I am lucky enough to live in the countryside so weekends are definitely about getting back to nature & relaxing.

What was your career path? How did you get to where you are today?

I started out as a designer / pattern cutter for a small supplier making high end bridal gowns. Then gradually worked my way up. I have worked on several categories other than womenswear but womenswear is my passion.

Where do you gain your inspiration from?

Everywhere, seeing a great looking person on the street, pinterest, blogs, architecture. Looking around you always sparks some kind of thought & idea

What would you say are the top trends to look out for in S/S 2015?

The 70’s influence isn’t going away so invest in a great pair of flared jeans & team with a crisp white shirt for an effortlessly chic look.

What skills or characteristics are required for your job?

Diplomacy! Creativity & tenacity

What is your most valuable life lesson you have learned from your experience working within the fashion industry?

Never take criticism personally. It’s so hard when you have designed something if it isn't liked so you have to learn to detach yourself & imagine who will wear it rather than do you like it.

What advice would you give to a student in university hoping to follow a similar career path?

Be prepared to work really hard & be realistic. Start at the bottom to learn all you can about the industry you can’t be a designer overnight. Always treat people as you want to be treated, this industry is so small you never know who you will bump into.

I hope you enjoyed reading, +1 if you would like to read more interviews!

Monday, 6 April 2015

14 Day Tea Detox | Slimming Solutions TeaTox Review

There has been a lot of hype surrounding teatox diets.. and as I am a big fan of tea I was very keen to try it out. But the thing is I am a very petite size 6 so there no way I need to lose weight, but I noticed that the Slimming Solutions Teatox* can be used generally to remove the unwanted toxins from your body and increase your energy levels by gently cleansing the digestive system and using their teatox can actually result in clearer, healthier looking skin. Oh and it’s 100% natural so when they offered me the chance to sample their product I definitely wanted to see what all the hype was about!

“Combining a unique blend of unique tea formulas… these teas are designed to work in harmony with your body to get rid of unwanted toxins resulting in a full body detoxing effect”

First of all I would like to advise you to have a look at the ingredients list and their effects I have provided at the bottom of the page. Although these ingredients are all natural, it is very important that you know exactly what you are putting into your body! OK so beginning with my diet, I kept to my regular diet which is very meat orientated but generally pretty healthy.. I never eat frozen meals and try to limit the amount of processed food I consume. But if you’re trying to lose weight using teatox I recommend following the slimming solutions diet plan. Anyway I followed the tea regime so I had the daytime blend as soon as I woke up which was a lovely taste of lemon grass & ginger but I mixed a little honey into it as it lacked sweetness. Then I had evening blend 30 minutes after my last meal of the day and I drank this every second or third day. I didn't necessarily like the taste of the evening blend as it was very bitter so it made me feel a little sick but I stuck through it! Also, the evening blend is supposed to create a laxative effect but it actually didn't have an effect on me at all.. which I found a little strange.

The Results

After the 14 days I must admit I did feel like my energy levels were slightly boosted as I had a lot more energy, but I didn't notice a dramatic difference in my skin and my weight stayed the same as my intention was not to lose weight. Generally, I had a really good experience and I was particularly fond of the daytime blend of tea but I would say teatox-ing is probably something I wouldn't do again unless I wanted to lose weight. I think I will just stick with my daily dose of green tea!

List of Ingredients

Morning Blend ingredients
Chinese oolong tea (38%)
high level of antioxidants which can help speed up metabolism

Fennel (10%)
used medically for problems in the digestive system, mild laxative, diuretic properties

Lemongrass (10%)

calming effect
Nettle Leaves (8%)
Diuretic properties (cause you to urine more)
Dandelion leaf (5%)
Diuretic properties
Gingseng root (2%)
Works as an adaptogen (improve adrenal system i.e bodies response to stress)
Salvia Miltiorrhiza (2%)
Chinese herbal extract

Evening Blend ingredients
Senna Leaves (20%)
Creates laxative effect
Hawthorn Leaves (20%)
Used to treat heart problems and believed to have sedative effect
Lotus Leaves (14%)
Contains phytochemicals and high in antioxidants
Fenugreek Seeds (12%)
Used for digestive problems
Burdock root (14%)
Knowns as a diuretic
Peppermint (8%)
Helps bloating & stomach disorders
Valerian root (2%)
Remedy against insomnia (can help you sleep)
Psyllium seeds (8%)  & Liquorice root (2%)
Laxative effect

What are your thoughts on Teatox-ing?


Friday, 20 March 2015

EYOVA | Egg Oil For Hair Growth?

As you may already know from me constantly ranting on about it, I love a natural hair fix and I am a massive fan of protein treatments. My best one being my DIY damaged hair saviour - egg mixed with olive oil and deep conditioner. Even though it's absolutely revolting it's cheap and effective my hair literally soaks it up and always feels x10 stronger afterwards.

Today I want to share with you EYOVA's egg oil which is a new alternative to my messy DIY fix. I was kindly gifted a sample to try and I was so excited because I know that (from my experience with 'egging' my hair) eggs are amazing for stimulating hair growth! So basically, this is what sold me - one bottle of Eyova contains 50ml of product which has the goodness of 22 eggs! Crazy right? 

So what about the ingredients?

To break it down EYOVA contains pure egg yolk which is rich in nutrients including fatty acids such as omega 3 and cholesterol and several antioxidants. So, the omega 3 combats dry and brittle hair, hair loss and helps to add elasticity to your hair which all help to stimulate hair growth. The antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin help improve the scalp conditions, increasing skin elasticity and skin hydration. Cholesterol has deep conditioning effect and heals and strengthens the hair shaft, reducing frizz and lending shine and smoothness to the hair. But it's  not just good for hair growth it can also be used to prevent premature hair loss, prevent premature hair greying, eliminates dandruff and repairs hair damage so it's basically an all in one hair fix which is 100% natural. If you want to find out more have a little look at the video below.

How does it work?

It works as a scalp massage oil you apply it and leave it on for 3 hours but I prefer to use it over night and then wash it off in the morning with a deep cleansing shampoo. I tried using one of my gentle sulphate-free shampoos and it didn't really take all of the product out so I would recommend a deep shampoo such as tresemme deep cleansing shampoo. I definitely prefer this oil to my DIY treatment as its a lot less messy, its not as sticky and its smell is somewhat pleasant. 

What are the results?

Well I have been using this product for almost a month now and I can feel that my hair is much stronger and more resilient to daily tasks such as brushing as I am also noticing a reduction in breakage. The only con of this product is the size! It comes in 50ml bottle which I feel just isn't enough to last me more than 4 weeks.. Even though my hair is quite fine it is extremely dense so I need alotta product! 

What do you think of EYOVA egg oil? Let me hear your thoughts!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Spring/Summer 2015 Wardrobe Essentials

                                   Source: My Daily
It's hard not to admit that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on the Balmain catwalk just looks like a goddess, she totally rocks that red jumpsuit! This is a keen staple for any girls wardrobe - an all in one outfit for those last minute arrangements. 

Tendances mode printemps-été 2015 transparence-noire
                                                              Source: Vogue
The Sheer Dress
I ADORE this trend, I absolutely love the sheer look. I see this a lot on the high street actually the sheer overlay dresses seem to be trending everywhere at the moment! But this is definitely a look that can add dimension and a sexy flare to any outfit. 

                                                Source: Fashion Bomb Daily, WGSN
The Monochrome Tuxedo
Appearing on the Dior, Celine S/S 2015 catwalk, the womenswear tux is a fun way to spice up an outfit. You can wear with tailored trousers for a smart, professional look - perfect for a job interview! But it can also be paired with a skirt or a pair of high waisted shorts with a bright coloured clutch and high heeled pumps for a more feminine, fun look. The world is your oyster!

Tendances mode printemps-été 2015 kaki
                                             Source: Vogue 

Khaki is wear its at. It's that classic, timeless colour that has a mix of androgyny & sexy. Easily matched with deeper tones such as blacks, browns and greys. Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Micheal Kors and Ralph Lauren have featured it within their catwalks in various textures from suede's to silk it is definitely the must have colour for S/S 2015 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Win A Mac Lipstick!

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