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When people talk about change they often think of it as a bad thing. ‘You’ve changed, they’ve changed,’ and it doesnt always have positive connotations. But as its the beginning of a new year (and its always tempting to do this at the beginning of January) I have decided to embrace all change, and keep it going all year round!

The first change started with getting rid of a lot of my possessions. I have so much ‘stuff’ and throwing, giving, selling has become the focal point for me for the last 2 weeks. It felt good to give things to my friends- jewellery, books, vintage items- anything I thought they would like. I sold a few designer pieces and gave 8 binbags to the charity shop! Wowsa! I also threw away 5 bin bags- it was all broken things, scribblings on papers, broken pictures I never fixed- you get the picture 😉

My next change has started with myself. I am always passionate about listening to ones own body and mind which always tells you the truth, so yoga, Pilates and meditation has been on my hit list. That way I can focus on the projects I am currently doing and work towards them in a positive energetic way.

And this goes onto my last change of all, I am going somewhere new! I am going to do a whole blog on this soon, as it has been somewhat of a momentous journey but first of all below are my favourite quotes about change and why they are good.

P.S The picture above was taken in minus-1 in Hyde Park in one of my favourite 1950s shelf busters in mint- it was bloody freezing and we had to run and hibernate in a cafe immediately after but you have to suffer for your art!

Quotes on Change

“I walk slowly, but I never walk backwards,” Abraham Lincoln

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but building the new,” Socrates

“She loves the smell of coffee, fresh roses and new beginnings,” Sonia Azalia

“Do one thing a day that scares you,” Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a little bit busy over at ABK Hq at the moment and there are most certainly not enough hours in the day! But I will be sharing some great news with you soon (I know, I know I’ve been saying that for ages but literally its all systems a-go-go now 😉

So I couldn’t resist to have a little treat and visit the Rosewood Hotel for afternoon tea with my new Hermes scarf. I particularly love the prints of Hermes, very Parisian, very ladylike and always with the most colourful patterns- heaven!

After recently reading that before Audrey Hepburn was an actress, whilst working in cabaret clubs in Piccadilly, she had only one fine possession to her name- a silk scarf which she could aptly tie 17 ways!

I couldn’t manage quite as many but I did give three a go…. Here are my favourites that work perfect for this January weather…

The Classic Audrey

Taken from the diva herself, she used to wear her scarf in this way often. Works great if you have pincurls setting underneath or its windy. Some people call it granny, I call it tres tres chic!

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Hello Sailor!

This is a classic nautical look with a dash of Sloane, a simple V shape at the back by doubling up the scarf and knotted at the front, perfect if your wearing a plain top as I am and need a dash of vibrancy.

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Tie Side Glamour

This is super easy and can be worn with a coat for a day or night look. Just tie and go!

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Hello 2017…! What a beautiful start to the year it has been. Things have been overly busy as I am preparing for a new project which will be revealed soon. So I was delighted to slip into something more comfortable and be invited to try out Maguy De Chadiracs new collection which involves a lot of black silk, maribou and cocktail pyjamas- who was I to say no?!

Aptly my choice of location was The Ritz to lounge in her hand beaded cocktail trousers with their lavish decorations complimented by tea and champagne (they go so well together as well as a slab of cinnamon shortbread!)

Maguy de Chadirac is a French born designer based in London, she graduated from the school of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
Following her Couture degree, Maguy worked in Paris for Haute Couture Houses such as John Galliano for Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and Valentino. The textile and embroidery experience she gained in these houses proved invaluable.

She also has a new pop up shop above Tallulahs Lingerie in Islington where she is launching her new full collection- do check it out, Maguy is an absolute dream!

www.studiomaguydechadirac.co.uk

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Well hello there and may I say, Happy New Year!

2016 was for many an odd year, and for me some super highs, amazing projects and also some struggles and challenges. I used to sometimes see these as negatives but now I see them as ‘messages.’ Along the way instead of hanging on to anything I simply let it go and see it as it was- a simple message. But the last year has been quite wonderful so it was definitely a positive. View Post

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It’s that time of year when the shops are busy and a break is well overdue. There’s the frantic rush to get all the Christmas shopping done and not to forget anyone! But what if you don’t have much time, feel stressed on how your going to buy it and want to add that traditional home touch to your gifts? Well, there are other ways to show your love for Christmas and they can be often free, traditional and vintage inspired. Here are my top five…

1: Make a photo book of memories for your loved one and put in their favourite hollywood vintage icons, personal places you’ve been together or fun nights out together.

2: Bake a cake – but a traditional recipe! E.g Victoria Sponge, scones or something equally as naughty but delicious. That home baked recipe is always a magical touch.

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3: Give something from your wardrobe that your friend has always admired. A brooch, piece of costume jewellery or a scarf is always lovely. From ancient wisdom to the more modern day Deepak Chopra always quoted that the more we give, the more we receive. And it also gives you a feel good factor for giving away things that you know are more suited to friends.

4: Craft an accessory in their favourite colour. Be it knitting or sewing a cushion with some spare fabric. The thought that goes in it will be admired by all!

5: Take them to a free event in your city or town. Meetup.com or many instagram groups such as ‘Pop up London’ offer free events, nights out and interesting launches from book clubs to psychology talks, there is something for everyone.

Have a beautiful Christmas whereever you are

Xxxx

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