21/11/2017

Oblique Shopping Nights: Xmas Special At Elliot Rhodes'



A few weeks ago I received an email asking if I would like to attend an event that was being put on by Oblique London. The event was a private viewing of the belt store Elliot Rhodes which sits just off Bond Street. The night was a combination of three different things Oblique London, Elliot Rhodes and  Atelier Molinari. 

Let's start with Oblique London which is London based members club to socialise with others. It's run by three brothers Romi, Shonil and Keyu who wanted to create a members club that "helps you to unlock the best experiences across London and beyond." They put on a mixture of events across London for those who are into fashion, travel, food and drink, music, culture and technology. 

Each month they put on an array of events that which you can choose to attend or not if you are a member. I was able to pick from four different events which included a live music night, a drawing class and a fitness class. I did opt for the fitness class first of all but that was fully booked so I opted for the fashion experience instead. 

To become a member you have to apply via their website there is an application process that you have to go through. However, if you know someone who is already a member then they can refer you to become a member. The membership is an annual membership costing £160 if you pay upfront or £18 per month for a year if you pay in instalments. 

Oblique London Links:




This brings me to Elliot Rhodes who is a belt store located at St Christopher's Place just off Bond Street. You may be thinking how can there be a whole store just for belts? Well this isn't like any normal belt store think of it as the Willy Wonka factory of belts. 

The idea is that you can completely customise your belt from beginning to end. Elliot Rhodes give you the freedom of picking the colour, material, buckle and size. All of the belts have an interchangeable buckle allowing you to change it every day if you wanted to. Straps range from £80 - £200+ whereas buckles range from £20 - £200+ depending on what you are looking for. 

I really loved the different range of colours and variations of the buckles. One of my favourite buckles was the skull one as it makes a statement but it's also quite subtle because it's not as big as some of the others are. All of the buckles had an incredible amount of detail.

A belt is something that can really change an outfit. Which is why having this opportunity to really customise your own is really unique and special in itself. It would be a great Christmas present for someone who likes wearing belts. As it's also Black Friday this week they have a 20% on everything on their website so now is a prime time to buy one.

Elliot Rhodes' Links:
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram




The last part of the evening was spent learning about the jewellery designer Atelier Molinari who "graduated in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design London". Atelier then went on to "furthering her knowledge at the Gemological Institute of America in New York". 

Atelier spent a long time in India learning about all of the different stones and how they are transformed into their final product. Atelier spent a lot of time visiting stone cutting workshops as well as learning from different craftsmen. 

Atelier Molinari Links:
Website
Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest

I would like to say a massive thank you to Oblique London, Elliot Rhodes' & Atelier Molinari for having me last week. I found the evening really interesting and I learnt a lot about belts and jewellery. I hope that this blog post has taught you a lot about them as well. If you want to find out more information you can always contact them via their social media accounts or read more about them on their websites.
Share:

18/11/2017

Wishlist | Pretty Little Thing


Today's blog post is another wishlist for Pretty Little Thing. I have to say they are one of my favourite clothing brands as they have such affordable clothing. I have a few items from them in my wardrobe but I find that I'm always looking on their website at their new items. Black Friday is coming up and I'm sure PLT will have a great sale so definitely, go and check them out!

Share:

14/11/2017

How To Take Care Of Your Hair During Winter


Hey, guys today I thought that I would write about haircare as I always get compliments on how I keep my hair so healthy. Taking care of your hair during the colder months can be hard and often people don't know what to do. I'm not a hair expert in any kind of way but I know how to keep my hair looking healthy. 

1. Protect your hair from the elements
As a commuter I often see women getting onto the train with dripping wet hair. This often confuses me because 1. It's freezing and your hair will take ages to dry & 2. Your clothes will get all wet. Leaving the house with wet hair isn't a sensible move if your hair freezes in the cold then it's easier for the hair to break. I recommend using a hair dryer to blow dry your hair or let it dry naturally inside before leaving the house. 

2. Keep hydrated
This may seem like a weird one as we are in the Winter and not Summer. However, keeping hydrated also reflects the health of your hair. Even in the Winter, we need to drink loads of water to stay hydrated. By drinking loads of water, it keeps our scalp hydrated and thus our hair as well. 

3. Use hair masks to add extra moisturiser
I like to use hair masks at least once a week especially as the bottom of my hair is slightly dyed. I don't like to use it on my scalp only on the bottom of my hair. I usually apply it while I'm in the bath and leave it on for 5 minutes and then rinse it off. If you don't have a bath then you can always put on an old top and apply it while you do some housework or watch some TV. 


4. Try not to use a lot of different products
I've always been the type of person who likes to keep their haircare or skincare simple. I don't use too many products at once as I find it's easier to remember to do them when you have fewer things to apply. At the moment I'm using the Maui Moisture Coconut Milk trio for my hair I did a review on the products a couple of months ago which you can find here. 

5. Avoid over-styling your hair 
I hardly ever use heat tools on my hair unless it's too dry it after my shower or bath. Instead, I have found that you can create many different hairstyles without using heat. You can use hair accessories like this one from Amazon to create cute hairstyles without damaging your hair with hot hair tools. 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored blog post 
Share:

12/11/2017

Review | Covent Garden Grind



I have always enjoyed going out for breakfast especially on a Sunday. However, recently I have been so busy so I haven't had a chance to. It's always nice going out to breakfast or brunch with friends or family but there's something so peaceful about going by yourself. Today I decided to go out to breakfast by myself after I had finished I decided that I wanted to write up this blog post straight away.

I wanted to do something different as eating out in public can be challenging for me sometimes but also I wanted to get some blog/YouTube work done away from home where I spend 90% of the time I'm not at work. My choice of breakfast place today was one of Grind's branches. Last time it was Holborn and this time it was Covent Garden which is all decked out for Christmas if I may add. 



It feels like only yesterday I went to the Holborn branch when in fact I went in February of this year. I also wrote a review of Holborn Grind as each one is a little different to the other although they still share a lot of similarities. I turned up today without even thinking about booking a place which could have been a disaster if I was with someone else. However, as I was by myself the lovely staff managed to fit me in by placing me at the bar. Unlike Holborn Grind which is just "an espresso bar & cocktail bar" Covent Garden Grind "is a coffee bar, cocktail and restaurant on Maiden Lane, Covent Garden". 

Let's talk about the exterior and interior, first of all, the exterior is absolutely gorgeous and any building lover will probably agree with me. The contrast of the brick and the painted window frames which are black just go together so well. The inside is crisp and clean with aspects of a retro feel. I love the marble countertops which match well with the brick walls which have been painted white. The lights and liquor shelves add that retro feel to an otherwise modern place. The Covent Garden one is slightly bigger although it's still quite small and quickly filled up by the time my food had arrived. 

This time I didn't go to do some work as it was all pre-booked so there was no space. I had really been craving eggs over the past few days so avocado on toast with poached egg was definitely going to be my breakfast of choice. It's probably the most basic blogger breakfast, right? My pot of English breakfast tea was £2.75 and my breakfast was £8.00 bringing my breakfast to a total of £10.75 which isn't bad at all in my opinion. 




The tea was good which is always good as I drink a lot of tea so I can tell a good one from a bad one. The avocado was nice and creamy and the poached egg was runny inside which are signs of a good poached egg. The only thing I would say is the lack of bread it would have been nice to have 2 pieces so that you can have one egg per piece of bread. I found that I had a lot of avocado and egg left over once I had eaten the bread. 

As I was on my own I just watched some YouTube while I ate my breakfast which I felt quite comfortable doing. The staff were really friendly and the service was great as it only took around 10 minutes for my food to arrive once I had ordered. It's the sort of place where it's great to catch up with friends or go out for brunch with a loved one. 

If you are looking for somewhere to work they also have plugs and wifi which is always good especially if you're a blogger or YouTuber. Like I mentioned in my previous blog post I think the prices of the food and drinks are really reasonable especially for a chain. I think my aim in 2018 is to visit the rest of the Grind branches. 

Holborn Grind links:

Grind links:
Share:

11/11/2017

Video | Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival 2017



Hey, guys so today's video is my vlog from last weekend. Myself, my friend and my Mum went to go and see the fireworks at Alexandra Palace in North London. It was an event that went on from 4pm-10pm and there was lots of things to do there. I thought that I would vlog it as it was a really fun night and I'm so glad that I did. I hope you like this video as much as I do. Please make sure to subscribe for more videos I try to upload videos weekly. 
Share:

06/11/2017

The Perfect Berry Lipstick





Too Faced Melted Lipstick £18.90 | Melted Berry
Hey, sorry I haven't uploaded a blog post in over a week but 2017 has been a pretty busy year for me which is why my uploads for both my blog & YouTube channel have been minimal compared to previous years. I try to upload as often as I can but sometimes I just don't have the time or the energy. 

In today's blog post I wanted to talk to you about one of my favourite Autumn/Winter lipsticks. If you have tried a melted lipstick from Too Faced then you will know how amazing they are and if you haven't then you are missing out! I would say that they sit in the middle for price as they aren't reasonable but they're not expensive either. 

I tend to pick mine up when I go abroad in a Sephora as they're usually a little cheaper to get. First of all, I love the packaging as they are easy to pop in your handbag because they're really lightweight and the lid screws on tightly so they won't leak in your bag. They have a number of different colours you can pick from such as pinks, purples & nudes for this collection. 

My favourite part is the applicator as it's attached to the tube itself. I love how the product just glides onto your lips. However, I will say it is sometimes tricky to apply it but I have gotten better with practice. I would suggest always having tissues or baby wipes around you just to clear up the edges. 

When you first apply the lipstick it comes out in a liquid formula but not a runny one. As time goes on your lips will dry out but I never feel that they feel dehydrated or that the lipstick looks horribly dry on my lips. There's always a hint of moisture which I like. 

I really want to try a few other shades so I may ask for them for Christmas as they are a great present to receive as well as give to someone. I think that this is a great staple lipstick to have in your Autumn/Winter lip collection as you can never go wrong with a berry colour. 

Have you ever tried a Too Faced Melted Lipstick?
Share:
© Asia Jade Walker | All rights reserved.
Blog Layout Created by pipdig