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June 29, 2011

Ma Familia

by laurenlux

After some seriously long days of packing up my flat and hunting for a new one, it is finally time to give the LFT (London Food&Fashion Tour) to my family! They arrive tomorrow morning, so excited, and yes they appreciate markets, shopping, and food just as much as me : ) so I will show them my favorite spots in London. Some of the restaurants I am taking them to, and you should all try if you ever get to London are: Poletto (Italian Tapas), Viet Grill (Vietnamese), Hakkassan (Chinese), Great Eastern (Asian Fusion), Pizza East (enough said), and possibly Wahaca or Pinchito (both Mexican Tapas). Of course I’ll also take them to Borough market, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, Camden market, and Portobello market – great excuses to hit my favorite spots and get some amazing streetstyle material.

Here are some more streetstyle photos, and some summer inspiration from Nevermind Magazine and elsewhere:

red & white.. COINCIDENTALLY, it’s Canada Day Friday! Looking forward to festivities in Trafalgar Square…

HELLO color blocking

silly silly faces

bow tie & amazing blue Tod-esq loafers

his shirt says it loud and clear

my heart goes out to the shoes

Nevermind Editorial

a little taste of Barcelona

shes a beaut

best friends

June 23, 2011

Rainshine

by laurenlux

This happens a lot in London – sun showers, and I have to admit it’s quite a beautiful sight! Apparently I am a very lucky girl since it was raining basically the entire time that I was on vacation! I went running today and it started pouring down on me, can’t really complain though as it was quite the effective cool down. My time at Starworks has sadly come to and end, so I am currently in search of a new position in London. That’s right – I’ve decided to stay in this beautifully rainy city – I can’t seem to get enough of it! My next couple of weeks will be filled with flat hunting, job searching, and endless networking. Life is exciting my friends. I made it over to Brick Lane this past Sunday to grab some streetstyle shots which should show up on MTV Fora in the next day or two. Here is a sneak peak of some streetstyle photos and my last days at Starworks:

floral brights & striped jeans

mesh skirt – simply brilliant

camera shy

time to get serious ladies!

big fan of the color blocking in this photo.. camel & brights always work in my books

jean & army

more jean buttons downs – love these on men!

Lessi – one of my future flatmates in London & oldest friend growing up in Toronto

more friends

last day at Starworks – favorite break spot with bad-ash Amy!

surprise cakes! i love my Starworkers : )

our manic uni-desk

often how we feel in the packing room


fierce Ames

bittersweet au revoir celebrations

post work pizza at Franco Manca – #1 pizza in London!

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May 15, 2011

Music takes you higher

by laurenlux

This past week was more eventful than expected. After coming home from Lagos I was hoping to spend the week relaxing. That failed rather miserably.. but in a good way if that at all makes sense. I ended up attending a magazine launch party on Wednesday (Twin Magazine). Being given the opportunity to do these things is surely one of the benefits of working in the fashion indsutry. Following the launch party at The Russian Club we headed over to Shoreditch house with some friends. If any of you ever get a chance to go there PLEASE try the burratta cheese.. it is to die for. Friday we ended up at an underground house music party in east London (Dalston Superstore) which was a great night full of music and dancing. I recently downloaded the Hed Kandi Beach House CD which is pretty good if any of you are interested. Saturday night we went to a friend’s loft/patio party in Angel… complete contrast of music from the first night given that it was filled with 90’s R&B but still great. I suppose my taste in music is rather ecclectic, if you will. Today of course (along with all my other Sundays) I spent the day embedded in vintage clothing/markets… mmm what a nice weekend! Here are some outfits I have worn recently.. along with weekend pics:

Embracing summer.. jacket – hm, skirt – vintage, shoes – vintage

New in: vintage jean jacket!

happiness

jacket – vintage, pants – topshop, shoes – vintage

favorite flats at the moment


bright stripes

friday night endeavors

patio/loft fun

March 28, 2011

District Line to… Middle of Nowhere!

by laurenlux

Another fun filled weekend. Friday went to this amazing Vietnamese restaurant in Shoreditch called Viet Grill. Ended up hitting some bars on Kingsland Road – Jaguar Shoes and Catch.. both pretty trendy places! Saturday we went to Broadway market and ate lots of yummy food. Follow that we dressed up as nautical prepsters and hit the boat race! It was actually a wild event – tons of young people everywhere drinking, cheering, and getting pumped up for the boat race. It was Oxford vs. Cambridge and Oxford won — we were a bit sad because we were cheering for Cambridge but still a fun time all around. The race itself was all of 10 minutes but the build up was what made it so exciting. After that we went to an amazing restaurant called Franco Manco which supposedly serves the best pizza in all of London! Trekking to the other side of the city sure was worth it. I think it took us about 1.5 hours to get there from where we were. Got my fix of streetstyle pics at those places plus of course Brick Lane, which is getting even better now that Spring is here…

Yummy risotto at Broadway Market

Twins with this guy 

Meat distribution

Mmmmm vintage… did I mention I got a pair of shoes for 17 pounds? I have shoe addiction issues…

Boat race crowd

Nautical

Full on boat wear… minus the leather but can’t say I didn’t try

pants – zara, jacket – religion, top – hm

Puppy = baby

Loving the spirit

March 24, 2011

The Perfect 5

by laurenlux

According to Nicholas Kirkwood, my friend and fellow intern Jasmine has the perfect size 5 feet. Last season Nicholas Kirkwood asked Jasmine to model her perfect feet in all of their size 5 shoes. She actually went to Italy (Milan and Bolognia) to try on shoes in their production house. Apparently the ideal size 5 foot is quite thin, so we always ask her if she diets her feet (running joke in the office).

So the weather these past couple days has been beautiful, and to embrace that we went to Berkeley Square Park to sit on a bench and enjoy the sun. Work isn’t as busy this week, but press day is coming up soon which will be madness — fun madness! Sometimes chaos is nice my friends.

Inspiration: Chanel

Jasmine

dress – topshop, leather – religion, shoes – KG by kurt geiger

March 21, 2011

The Latest

by laurenlux

Busy weekend my friends! Went to some pubs in Angel on Friday, enjoyed the beautiful weather on Saturday by walking around my area only to discover a vintage market I had not seen before. Not that I need any more shoes, but purchased an irresistible pair of vintage brown leather booties (see below) for a very reasonable price. That night we revisited our favorite club in Camden Town, Proud. Always a good time at Proud despite the large line. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day once again and to embrace it some friends and I wondered through Brick Lane and discovered some nice boutiquey shops. I also discovered the Religion store – which is one of my favorite brands sold at Topshop; rather expensive but very edgy and cool. Check out their stuff on http://www.religionclothing.co.uk/. Here are some streetstyle pics from this week:

Inspiration: glasses

Michelle & Elana

Inspiration: Dr. Martens

There is nothing I love more than street music..

Vintage shoes I purchased

skirt/shoes/necklace – vintage, top – wilfred

February 16, 2011

LFW

by laurenlux

London Fashion Week is crazy! Days have been flying by like minutes. Invites for the 8 shows have been posted or hand delivered, and now its just a matter of getting all the samples requested to the necessary people. This can be quite a complicated process. When a sample goes out it needs to be booked out in the system, and often times press requests certain looks when the items are still out. It can take a while to get them back from certain publications, especially if they are international like Elle US. As a result, people often need to chase them.. something I have learned to do in the past couple days! In addition to the samples being sent out and returned, there are also different presentations that need to be organized, such as Karl Lagerfeld for Hogan A/W 11 collection. From the PR side of things, we deal with all of the planning of the event including invites, venue, press, etc.

The first show that I’m working is Saturday morning and we need to be there 2 hours before – so at 7:30am. There is another one in the evening, and more shows on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Super exciting! This should really be a fab experience. I am very lucky to be jumping into this right as fashion week takes off…

 




More bags for invites!!

Dim sum time!!

so lovely to see familiar faces after a long day…


coat – vintage, snood – hm, top – all saints

 

In the moment: crochet


crochet – vintage, shoes – office

 

In the moment: buckles

February 13, 2011

Not on my plastic

by laurenlux

As promised, I have posted some pics from last night. Wild night I must say. Today Jordy and I went to the markets and explored more amazing food and shopping. We went to a random thai restaurant for dinner and just got back. We bought the most amazing tea today by this tea company called Yumchaa. I got the flavor Chili Chili Bang Bang and it is UNREAL. For all you tea lovers, check out http://www.yumchaa.co.uk – they deliver!


Proud (place we went to last night)

Debauchery

All time favorite thing in Brick Lane market

A Spanish touch

New in: Beatles record

This will spice up my white walls!

New in: satchel

Some stuff that Jordy and I got today in the markets!

February 13, 2011

Weekend update

by laurenlux

A day in the east.

Hey guys! Thought I would update you on how the weekend has been. So far, 3 words can sum it up: party, work, and shopping. Friday night my friend from Paris got in and I have to admit reuniting with her was such a great feeling. We ended up going for drinks with some people in Shoreditch at two places, one called Kalu Kaley which was basically an underground cocktail bar where the couches were made of bathtubs cut in half. The cocktails were very unique, and there were so many to choose from! Even their names were something you wouldn’t find at any regular bar… like Fizz Fizz Bang Bang, All that Jazz, Thunderbolt Peach, etc. Next, we went to this place called the Hoxton Pony, which was more of a hipster club scene but also very fun. We had a post dance party at my friends flat which I think was the best part of the night. Can never have enough dance parties!

Yesterday I worked for most of the day because we had a bunch of invites to get ready for the shows next weekend. We did the invites for Jonathan Saunders and Marios Schwab. Working on a Saturday isn’t something I would normally have to do, but there is so much preparation that goes into fashion week, so it was necessary. I still managed to get Jordy to some shops around Regent Street in between making the invites so it ended up being a productive day!

Last night was my friend Scott’s birthday party and we drank at his place (starting at 8pm.. sooo early!) and then went to Proud in Camden where we had a booth/stable reserved for us. What an amazing night! What I loved most about this place was that it used to be a stable, so all of the booths were themed differently and still had the horses names. I horseback ride myself, so I loved this. Our stable was named Sea Biscuit.

Today we are going to spend a day in the east (central-east) in some of the markets I have been raving about. We are also going to try going to a new area in Islington called Camden Passage.

Feature: Jordy

top – Topshop, scarf – Artiztia, purse – vintage, shoes – JC

In the moment: leather

top – American Apparel, necklace – vintage, pants – hm, boots – JC, lipstick – hold it by Benefit

Kalu Kaley


Scotty

Post dances


Invites for London Fashion Week

Nuff said.

Beyond Retro – amazing store off Carniby Street!

Pics from last night to come later…

January 30, 2011

I MADE IT.

by laurenlux

Upon my arrival..


My first few days here were pretty hectic. I got to my new place (which is right by Liverpool Street Station) and quickly realized just how much I needed to get settled in. Luckily we finished most of it in the first 2 days though and unpacking didn’t take too long. We ended up going to this one place to get some furniture, called Argo’s, and this was literally the strangest/most old school purchasing experience I have had! You had to pick things out of a catalogue, type them into a machine to see if they were in stock, write the codes down, and then pay for them and wait in a que for people in the store to get them out of the back room. The main problem was that we didn’t even get to see the items before purchasing them! A bit frustrating when they ended up being pretty poor quality. Good thing I learned early on never to go to Argo’s!

Onto more positive notes, the area I live in is unreal. I live just 3 minutes from the tube and there are a ton of restaurants and pubs/bars just walking distance from my place. I live right near food halls, markets (Brick Lane http://www.visitbricklane.org/ and Spitalfields http://www.visitspitalfields.com/) and shopping as well! Basically I live in a very dangerous area in terms of my budget.

Last night I met up with some friends who live here. We went for dinner at this Mexican place in Covent Garden called Wahaca (highly suggest). It was a really fun environment and the food was yummy! We met up with some more friends after and all headed out to a bar (Los Locos) close to the restaurant.

REUNITED

Bar Los Locos
Couldn’t resist showing you guys this one.
Felt great to reunite with friends halfway across the world.
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