14 April 2016

Brand introduction: Brighton - all things bags! (And jewelry, and home decor, but that's a story for another day)

You guys know that I love globetrotting. I try to travel as much as possible and since I also love fashion, I always hope to come across new brands I haven't heard of before. Now with today's brand I must admit it was a rather funny situation.

You all probably know that I live in London, which is close to Brighton, a popular British seaside town. So when I passed by the store in California I thought it was a British brand that had expanded to the US. But this couldn't be further from the truth.

It is, in fact, a family owned US based brand - LA based, to be exact. So the curious little thing that I am I opened the door and stepped inside. And I was thoroughly impressed ! The company offers a wide variety of bags, jewelry, belts and shades, home decor and even footwear ! Everything is created by their own designers who make sure the products are well taken care of from sketch to sale. And those designers are real creative minds, judging by what they had on display in store.

I could throw hundreds of pictures with gorgeous designs at you, but I thought for today I should simply focus on every girl's favorite accessory: bags!

Pictures (all from www.Brighton.com) incoming in 3...2...1...
Eve Delight Organizer

Genoa Heart Organizer

Diona Satchel

Kai Cross Body Bag

Richmond Mini Organizer

Monaco Tote

Front and back designs of Sail Into Summer Tote

I love that lots of their designs are very classic and elegant. You feel as if you are carrying a high-end designer product - but for a much smaller price tag. I don't know about you but for me that's win-win!

But they also have quirky designs like those last two bags I posted pictures of. They do show lots attention to detail but the designs are fun and get you in the mood for a wonderful beach vacation.

If I could pick any of the bags above though, I would probably pick either the first or second one. I just love how high end yet girly they look!

If you excuse me now, I need to keep binge-windowshop their site!

18 October 2015

What I've been up to [Check out my YouTube Trailer]

Hello everyone,

it's been a while that I wrote a blog post but trust me, I wasn't lazy. I've been doing a lot of filming lately and all that stuff needs to be edited and such. Then there's the fact that it's fall. Fall = perfect time to catch a cold or two, so I've been doing that as well. Fun and excitement =D.

I will be blogging more again soon and maybe do another revamp of my blog layout as well. While I love the current layout I fear the pink might not be to everyone's liking.

I am getting more and more into filming and like I said, that's what I've been doing a lot lately. I was lucky enough to get to work with two very talented artists which resulted in fantastic footage and great songs for the edited videos. For filming I got to travel to the beautiful south of France to work with DRM Production and for the music I worked with @NicolasNottin who is a very talented musician.

Some of the footage plus the song of the following video is the result of this collaboration and I'm very happy with it.

Sit back and enjoy :)

Until next time,


24 September 2015

The true cost of fashion

Oh dear, one week without a post, am I getting sloppy ?

I've been doing lots of research on different subjects. Sometimes I even ended up doing three things at once, which of course didn't pan out the way I was hoping for, as yours truly is not particularly close friends with "multi tasking".

Anyways, from time to time I managed to just sit, relax and have a date with that one guy called "Netflix". We've been getting awfully close recently and he started to invite me to fashion movies more and more often. Nice guy, that Netflix, really !

So, one evening I got to watch the movie....scratch that....documentary, called "The True Cost". To cut a long story short, it's about producing (fast) fashion and the effect it has on the environment and people.

Now, some of you might know that I studied fashion design. Yep, I am officially a fashion designer, even though I am not currently working as one. But thinking back to fashion college, how fashion is made, where it's made and all those little details have never been mentioned. I can do an entire clothing line from planning to sketching to making patterns to sewing the item to selling it, but how it's done "in the real world" is usually not a topic covered during classes.

It's also not a topic covered during everyday conversations people (fashion student or not) have. Or did you ever truly talk about how the sweater you just bought at H&M has been made ?

You might quickly check the label before you hand over cash or card and you read "Made in Bangladesh", "Made in China", "Made in India" etc., but that's as close as you usually get to thinking about it.

The documentary "The True Cost" fixes that, don't you worry! And after watching it, you will see the fashion industry with different eyes. Now let's have a look at the trailer, shall we ?

Will this documentary change the world ? Probably not. But I believe it's a story that needs to be told and it might influence the daily decisions some of us make.

I would love to buy fashion for a fair price. But truth be told, I can't afford buying a sweater for 80 GBP or a coat for 300. What I am doing instead is mainly purchasing items that I know I can wear for years to come. I have items in my wardrobe that I bought maybe 8 years ago. I take good care of them. Sometimes they don't get worn for a couple years but I just know I will wear them again, so they survive closet cleaning after closet cleaning.

I do closet cleanings regularly. In fact, I just did another one yesterday. The items that don't get to stay are taken to charity shops (*second hand/thrift stores). And when I shop, I do so in regular high street stores, online, on ebay and in charity shops*. 

It's not much and probably doesn't have a huge positive impact, but both, my bank account and my conscience, are a little happier.

If you want to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes of the fashion industry, watch "The True Cost" and/or check their website.

I also gathered a small selection of interesting links and articles:

What is your take on the fashion industry ? And have you watched the documentary ? If so, how do you feel about it ?


*** All pics "The True Cost" Facebook page ***