February on instagram

February came and went and then I had the idea of doing a Best of February post with the best of my instagram for the month. I know it’s definitely not February anymore but here it is anyway.

It starts to be Spring in February which means daffodils and a little more sunlight making things seem a lot better than they were in the depths of winter. We got some new piglets at work, four of them. They are so cute and loud and adorable. I have been out walking in the woods and down along a lake near where I live. Usually on Sundays. Watching the season change there is really beautiful.

It was my birthday which was nice. I got to have a tasty breakfast, go for a walk with my Dad and eat some Turkish food which can’t be bad. I celebrated with my friends at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Sink the Pink was on. Everyone was dressed in drag and half naked. It reminded me of the madness of Ibiza.

I went into London to see some shows at Fashion Week. I had to write reviews of shows within an hour of seeing them which was tricky. The Magnificent Obsessions exhibition at the Barbican was interesting, I spotted ole Damien Hirst himself there in a dressed-down disguise.

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Rita Ora

Big things are happening for Rita Ora stateside: as well as being a judge on The Voice and recently having a cameo in 50 Shades of Grey, Britain’s very own pop star has been stepping up her style game recently and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.

With every red carpet appearance Rita Ora has been winning big fashion points and becoming a superstar right before our eyes. She has been popping up all over the place from singing next to the Obamas to rocking it at the Oscars, this girl is big and she is only going to get bigger. Trust us: she is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Her usual urban chic-grunge combo, clashing prints and bold colour choices are all still part of her eye-catching look, but her wardrobe has also been injected with a huge dose of Hollywood glamour to match her Marilyn Monroe curls and boy, is it working! There isn’t a best dressed list that doesn’t include Rita in the latest risqué fashion-forward outfit – her stylist must be having a field day.

The evolution of Rita Ora’s style

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A list pets of instagram

Ever seen someone’s pet on instagram and thought that it was having a better life than you? Whether it’s hanging out of designer handbags or out of the side of flashy convertibles, even pulling off a diamond studded collar with ease, this is the high life and it’s only reserved for a select few – and their pampered pets.

Instagram: a place for people to show off all the amazingly fun and exciting things in their life – and a place for the rest of us to gawk at the things we don’t have, like million dollar mansions or six packs. We all continue to torture and entertain ourselves with endless scrawling through filtered, carefully set-up poolside hotdog-leg-snaps and exclusive backstage premier pass selfies, the whole time comparing our own less-than-entertaining, sofa-dwelling, pizza-eating lives, so it could be more than painful when scrolling though your instagram feed to come across super rich pooches out there getting a better deal than the rest of us, sunning themselves in the Bahamas one minute and skiing in Switzerland the next… Or is it just a purely entertaining glimpse into the bizarre and vacuous world of the super rich?

Here is a round up of some of the best A-list pets of instagram just so you can make your own mind up.

Katie Perry’s dog Butters

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So you get to hang out back stage with actual Katie Perry as well as sleep in her bed and get dressed up in her outfits. Big deal.

Lady Gaga’s dog Asia

Asia has what every dog wants – a couture dress to have a nap on.

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Most dogs just have a back garden to run around in, this dog gets the actual White House’s lawn.

Kylie Jenner’s dog Normie

Kylie Jenner’s dog Normie - The silkiest dog in the world is living with one of the most famous families in the world and he probably doesn't even know it, in fact in this picture he’s curled up behind Kim. Check out his own instagram

The silkiest dog in the world is living with one of the most famous families in the world and he probably doesn’t even know it, in fact in this picture he’s curled up behind Kim. Check out his own instagram

Taylor Swift’s cat Olivia

Chillin’ on Swifty’s lap on a private jet as she flies all over the globe. S’all good.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigan’s dog Pippa

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This pooch rides around in chauffeur-driven cars with a pop star and his model wife and gets plenty of snuggles too.

Miley Cyrus’ pig, um, Pig (fka Bubba Sue)

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You’re a pig and instead of getting made into bacon you get to go to fun festivals with Miley Cyrus. This pig is living the dream.

Cara Delevingne’s rabbit Cecil Delevingne

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Cecil has his own Cara Delevingne Mulberry handbag to chill in. Follow him on instagram

 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s dogs Dolly and Peggy

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Styling out designer frames and soaking up some rays is just one of the things these two cuties get up to with their supermodel owner.

 Karl Largerfeld’s cat Choupette

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The ultimate in luxury pet living. From the cover of Vogue to having her own actual fashion line, this is kitty has it all and, naturally, her own instagram.

Want to see more ulta rich pets living out lavish lives? Have a look at Rich Dogs of Instagram, it is more than just entertaining.

Becky Saunders

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Christopher Raeburn collaborates with Wool and the Gang

It seems nowadays that the fashion world is full of collaborations. From Vans to Versace – everybody is keen to get on the Brand X Brand bandwagon, eager to work with well known names to get themselves spoken about some more. Some creative collaborations have been more than questionable but the developing partnership between designer Christopher Raeburn and Wool and the Gang (WATG) seems to be a affiliation worth pursuing.

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Together, the fashion label and knitwear brand have produced a collection of funky new accessories to compliment Raeburn’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. Known for his use of unusual fabrics, such as parachutes, to create stylish yet functional designs, Reaburn has a keen interest in ethical fashion, a concern shared by WATG who focus on sustainable community-based production. According to Jade Hardwood, creative director and co-founder of WATG, the blossoming relationship between the two labels is ‘a natural collaboration’.

She continued: ‘We both work under the same values and ethics. Christopher Raeburn’s influence on ethical fashion is big so we’re very proud to be part of his collection.’

The resulting fusion of forward-thinking designer and fun knitwear label is chic and cheeky. The WATG X Chrisopher Raeburn mash-up was shown off to the world at London Fashion Week last month, with models walking the runway in Raeburn’s A/W2015 collection wrapped in enveloping snoods, deliciously understated knitted belts and chunky warming mittens, all of which were designed by WATG to compliment Raeburn’s garments. Each piece is handmade in 100% Peruvian Wool and upcycled yarn sourced from fashion fabric cut-offs. The star piece of the knitted collaboration are the playful shark mittens; members of the front row at the LFW show were given a pair to take home, whilst other guests were gifted Knit Kits to make their own pair of Bruce KnitMitts themselves.

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The collection, apart from the shark mitts which are on sale now, will be available to buy later on in 2015 as ready-to-wear pieces and in the form of Knit Kits for DIY fun, with prices ranging between £49 and £250. Maybe the concept of the fashion collaboration has a lot more to offer us after all, especially if those involved are able to focus their attention on design and innovation rather than money and attention, inspiring ethical creativity and producing designs that are silly yet truly chic.

Want to know more about the fun being had at Wool and the Gang? Have a look at more of their creations here.

Becky Saunders

New fashion app: I Style Myself

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Fashion and technology have been having a loving, harmonious relationship for a while now, and new fashion app I Style Myself thinks it has what it takes to add to the blossoming coupling.

Ever find yourself with a whole wardrobe full of clothes but still nothing to wear? Clearly this isn’t true but you are not alone. The nothing-to-wear-yet-full-wardrobe paradox is not a new problem and it’s something that I Style Myself wants to help solve.

The idea behind the app is that the user uploads pictures of items in their wardrobe that they are currently uninspired by and then the app uses its clever little algorithm – much like a mini fashion stylist trapped in your phone – and conjures up the outfit of your dreams, you know, the one you wanted to wear all along but somehow just never seemed achievable. Ok, maybe it’s not all that magical, but if this will help neutralise the empty desperate feeling inside that is having nothing to wear, then surely it’s an app that all fashionistas will be happy with, right?

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The app does take a while to get going, however: first you have to snap images of the clothes you want to upload (if you actually want to do your whole wardrobe this could take an age) and then it sets its little cogs working for you. Cleverly, the app works by learning what you like from the choices you make; for the outfit coordinations you hate you swipe left, for the ones you love, you swipe right. Simple. And it even suggests items that you could buy (within a price range) to go with the outfits.

I Style Myself is like playing with a doll and dressing it up in varying ensembles, except you are the doll and the options are something you might never have thought of. It might not be perfect but it’s a step towards having your own personal stylist and if anything is going to try and attempt to solve the problem of ‘what the hell am I going to wear tonight?’ then that is definitely technology going in the right direction.

 Becky Saunders

You can download I Style Myself here or check out their twitter @IStyleMyself

New Levi’s jean inspired by you

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What more could you want than jeans designed with you in mind? Well, that is exactly what Levi’s have been up to with their classic 501s. Taking note of how these jeans are being worn out there on the streets, the brand have drawn inspiration from the changes that fans of the classic cut have been making to their beloved pairs, reinventing the jeans with the customer in mind. It’s like a match made in stylish heaven.

Popular the world over, the 501s have long been in the fashionable eye with fans making their personal touches to their own much-loved pairs: folding, tapering, rolling up, ripping and nipping – the creativity is endless. Cleverly, Levi’s haven’t let this go unnoticed. Focusing on the way many fans of the style taper in their 501s for a more narrowed look, they have created the 501 CT (Customized and Tapered).

Levi’s president James Curleigh said of the changes to classic style:

“For the 501 CT we have made the waist a little more square, a little less nipped-in than the classic 501, and we’ve taken a pinch of fabric out of the bum. Then the leg has been tapered down to the ankle. We tested the changes on many people, many shapes and sizes from different countries. We’ve found that people like to wear it different ways – the regular, relaxed boyfriend style, or wearing a bigger size so it sits lower on the hips and is baggier, or getting a smaller size and wearing it tighter.”

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The brand have also taken inspiration for the 501 CT from images of celebrities such as Axl Rose, Bruce Springsteen, Winona Ryder and Cindy Crawford, tweaking its famous style to create more of a vintage look; tapering, squaring off and altering the fit whilst still achieving the comfort and casual everyday wear that is demanded by denim. Big names have been embracing the 501 trend from Taylor Swift to Beyonce, and it seems that jeans continue to be the most wearable piece in everyone’s wardrobe – that isn’t going to change anytime soon.

 Becky

The new 501 CTs are available to buy here

Cara Delevingne stars in DKNY menswear campaign

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She’s everywhere; starring in campaigns for Chanel, Topshop and Burberry (to name just a few), singing with the likes of Pharrell, showing off her acting skills in films and now Cara Delevingne, and her notorious eyebrows, have made their androgynous way over to the menswear side of fashion as she stars in the new S/S 2015 DKNY menswear campaign.

The campaign, photographed by Gregory Harris, sees Delevingne in a relaxed suit, tie and flatform combo, hanging out with skater Ben Nordberg, Jackson Hale and Sang Woo Kim at the Coleman Skate Park under the Williamsburg Bridge, New York. Without an overtly sexual pretext or blatant feminine styling, Cara stands alongside the guys, who are dressed in equally boss suits, striking a strong authoritative pose.

The campaign is an interesting one, not only because Cara also features in the DKNY S/S 2015 womenswear campaign images proving just how versatile her look really is, but also because it is an intriguing and powerful look at how traditional gender concepts are perceived. Yes, it may be that Cara doing anything a little bit wacky or shocking is pure internet-selling gold, but there’s something to be said for a huge fashion advertising campaign, promoting a girl just kicking back with some guys in a skate park and not being put in the spotlight because of her sexual attributes.

Fashion world – more of this, please!

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Skin perfecting superfoods

The healthy heroes of perfect skin that don’t cost you a fortune or take an age to apply; superfoods really are as super as their name suggests. Eating or drinking them gives your body and skin the nourishment that they have been lacking.

Here are some of the top superfoods that really do mean you could eat your way to perfecting your complexion – and they’re delicious too!

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Blueberries // Blueberries contain one of the highest levels of antioxidants found in fruit which will help to protect your skin from ageing. Their high levels of vitamin C will nourish your skin and keep it healthy. Get your daily blueberry fix by popping a handful into your cereal in the morning.

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Romanesco broccoli // This weirdly colourful culinary oddity is a true super food. The alien-like broccoli-cauliflower hybrid is as amazing for your skin and body as it looks. Don’t be put off by its strange chameleon-like appearance, the Romanesco broccoli’s high carotenoids contents means that it can improve the appearance and tone of the of the skin as well as being an anti-inflammatory. The delicious nutty flavour of Romanesco broccoli means that it can be used is so many dishes. Why not give it a go?

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Sweet potatoes // These tasty little bits of deliciousness actually have a lot of health benefits packed in to them and can work towards giving your skin the perk that it needs. Sweet potatoes are a lot healthier than their white counter parts and are bursting with vitamin C which is used by your skin to smooth out imperfections by helping in the production of collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin firmness and strength so if your skin is looking a little bit dull, try having some sweet potatoes for dinner or lunch a couple of times a week.

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Green tea // Green tea really is a wondrous thing. Rich in a type of bioflabonoid called polyphenols which contain antoxdiant, anticancer, antibacterial and antiviral qualities. Drinking 2-6 cups a day can really change your skin and help towards aiding weight loss too. Not only that but green tea proven to cut down your chances of skin cancer and actually reverse the effects of sun damage.

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Leafy greens // Dark green leafy vegetables are among some of the best things that you could eat. Spinach, for example, is rammed full of nutrients and antioxidants. As you age the appearance of the skin changes, it becomes thinner and drier and loses some of its elasticity resulting in lines and wrinkles, dark green veg contains lutein which, in a recent study is said to keep not just your eyes healthy but help protect your skin from sun damage and help towards hydrating your skin.


Filling up on every superfood ever isn’t going to help your skin in the long run if your diet mainly revolves around burgers and pizza but if you are able to incorporate the truly superfoods into a part of you diet you will be able to see a difference, even if you have lived all of your life on pizza. The long term health benefits are truly worth it and your skin will be glowing too!

David Beckham creates H&M wardrobe

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Footballing legend, style icon and extremely handsome man, David Beckham, is continuing his ongoing, already successful relationship with H&M. Following on from his Bodywear collection, which included him showcasing his athletic physic in some fetching pants, David will carry on the creative partnership with a selection of his favorite pieces from H&M’s Modern Essentials menswear collection.

David’s clothing picks for the fast fashion chain will show off his styling prowess as he creates the ultimate capsule wardrobe for men. In a statement about his ongoing creative partnership with H&M, he said: “I am thrilled to continue and extend my collaboration with H&M by selecting my favourite pieces from this spring’s Modern Essentials collection.”

The capsule wardrobe is made up of simple white shirts, linen bomber jackets and college baseball-inspired tops. The edit selections were modeled by David (who else?) in a disused warehouse in London under the direction of Marc Foster, famous for Quantum of Solace, amongst other films.

David himself says of the modern essentials collection: “Each piece is a new wardrobe classic that will update every man’s spring wardrobe with great style”. And with the lucrative Beckham name attached it is sure to be a successful venture for H&M too.

Steal his style: add some mannish luxe to your wardrobe

Boyfriend jeans and button-up shirts – the must-have, easy-to-wear style for this season is borrowed from the boys. Why not take some styling hints from the men in your life and add some masculine lines and shape to your wardrobe? Here are some of our favourite ways to wear one of the most wearable trends around right now.

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Navy shirt dress // Get the boyfriend style with this blue shirt dress from New Look. The masculine lines combined with the feminine silhouette created by the pulled in waist and gold detailing makes it a must have for the transition into spring. Navy Shirt Dress, New Look, £19.99

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Monki Imoo boyfriend jean // Easy to wear and ridiculously chic, boyfriend jeans are the jeans to be seen wearing especially when teamed with the right pieces. Moni Imoo Boyfriend Jean, ASOS, £40

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BDG oversized shirt // This oversized laid back loose fit white shirt is spot on for the mannish trend. Its versatility means it a key piece to add to your wardrobe. BDG Oversized Shirt, Urban Outfitters, £20

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Alpaca and wool jumper / The smart chicness of this alpaca wool jersey plays right into the hands of the straight cut masculine luxe trend. Alpaca and wool jumper, Cos, £55

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Black suede loafer // There is nothing more delicious than a classy loafer. The mixed textures and penny strap of this Vibe loafer means that this is shoe that you can wear with whole host of outfits to give them a little androgynous touch. Black Suede Loafer, Office, £68

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Stripe print shorts // Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t don a pair of shorts and have a little fun. These blue striped boyish boxer type shorts are spot and trend and really cute too. Stripe Print Shorts, Topshop, £32.00

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Timex tortoise unisex watch // Opt for the sleek sophistication of manly watch. Look for interesting textures and materials like this tortoise strap watch to really give your look a luxe feel. Timex Tortoise Unisex Watch, Very.co.uk. £60

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Bouclé coat // The boxy oversized look of this grey wool jacket works well thrown over almost any outfit and is elegantly smart not to mention it is the jacket to be seen wearing this winter. Bouclé coat, H&M, £49.99

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Tartan scarf, £15, New Look

Tartan blanket scarves are everywhere right now – go for a thinner version and wear it loose over a blazer or tailored coat to give your look a manly twist.

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Masculine style blazer // The epitome of the mannish luxe look is the suit blazer. Go for unstructured oversized cuts with dropped shoulder seams for the, some guy has just leant me his jacket vibe because he thought I looked cold, vibe. Masculine Style Blazer, Mango, £29.99