London Letters

Well, what a busy and inspiring 10 days I have had. As well as filming the last Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew of series 3, I have also just styled a 4 day online street style campaign for Gap. This featured real people and the casting was superb – a truly unique & creative group. My blogs over the next few weeks will be a testament to all the new things I have seen or heard about recently.

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The first I would like to mention is a great company called London Letters that I stumbled across in Old Street tube station early last week. Being both creative and interested in words this really caught my eye. The concept is naturally occurring unique letters on the streets of London, be it buildings, graffiti, railings, doors – you name it, owner Richard has shot it. He has even been known to spot an O in a pile of litter…

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With a background in architecture you could say Richard has always had an acute eye for detail, however it was after an inspiring trip to Chicago in 2011 that he decided to start the London Letters project. The images can be purchased as individual letters on cards or postcards (cards £2 each, postcards £1) or as A4 or A3 prints, with London area names such as Brixton and Wood Green currently available. Richard also happily takes commissions & letters can be spliced together to create personalized messages or prints, making a fabulous present for that difficult-to-please friend who has everything.

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The top letters are those featuring bold colour or a strong graphic shape – check out the R above – but the key is that all of these can be found around London and there is no editing or rotating of images. Each comes with a distinctive tag with the company logo and the location of the letter, so you can go and see it for yourself in situ. Buy some to give as birthday cards or go for a full set of A-Z and use them to teach your child the alphabet. As you can see I have created my own version of my blog name using the letters. So much fun!

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For more info and to buy online go to London Letters www.london-letters.co.uk

Urban florals

This week I have been very busy with two big jobs. One is a street style international online campaign for Gap, and the other is styling for the final episode of series 3 of Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew (Sky 1). We started filming this series as far back as March, but had to have a 2 month break whilst Ashley and the Diversity boys filmed another show.

One of the options for our final group (which consists of 6 lovely ladies) is a floral bomber jacket. Unfortunately, I can’t divulge whether we are going with this look but it has inspired a street style blog about said jackets. I hope you like them…

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If you like the look and are after something similar then Dorothy Perkins has some fab options in the sale.  Buy a size too big and team with shorts for summer and trousers for winter.  A black and white tee also looks good (as seen in the above images) whether it be linear or graffiti text.  Heels or high tops are my preferred footwear for this look.

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DP monochrome dot and flower bomber jacket

All the above jackets are from www.dorothyperkins.com and are in the sale so you better be quick…

On another floral note, I also found this rather cute floral baseball cap by a brand called T.W.O Face – an independent urban clothing label from London.  Check out their other styles here http://theworldsoriginalface.bigcartel.com/

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Baseball cap by T.W.O Face London

Street style snap

I have just discovered that last month I appeared on www.ElleUK.com in the street style section (yay!). Above is the featured image and a couple of the pieces I was wearing. I love a print and here have opted to clash bright florals and monochrome zebra. The Urban Classics baseball jacket is a recent wardrobe addition, influenced by my styling work for Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew (Sky 1). I am a fan of the lack of branding on this jacket and it also comes in a huge range of colours for those that prefer a bolder option. The sunnies are by Jeepers Peepers and always attract attention. These are a few years old, but the label is currently selling its vintage-inspired designs on www.ASOS.com and www.jeeperspeepers.co.uk (as spotted on Fearne Cotton and Denise van Outen). At £16 a pair they’re a real statement bargain.

Jacket, Urban Classics; Floral top, Dorothy Perkins; Zebra print trousers, H&M; Sunglasses, Jeepers Peepers; Yellow bag, NW3.