Ethical Fashion: Makki Eel Skin Accessories

Tuesday 30 May 2017

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I was first introduced to the British & Italian designed brand, Makki, a few years back at a Pure London trade show. I was instantly drawn to the unusual panelled design and on closer inspection, discovered how buttery soft their accessories were to the touch.

When the lovely PR explained more about the brand my interest suddenly increased - Makki's luxury handbags and accessories are made with using eel skin. I'd never heard of bags being created from eel skin and was very impressed to learn how passionate the team are about sourcing, manufacturing and selling products responsibly.

Eel skin is known for its durability and Makki's beautiful pieces, although designed in the UK, are produced in South Korea. Manipulating eel skin requires a high level of skill as it's very technical, so Makki's manufacturers train for years to be able to master this craft. According to ancient Mythology, carrying Eel Skin brings love, health and prosperity.

Brand Attic Anita and Green Dress

Makki Slim Purse Hot Pink
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Makki Ethical Eel Skin Purse
Makki SS17 Bag
Bristol Harbour

Dress: Brand Attic - Slim Purse: Makki (c/o)

My aubergine Makki purse has lasted 3 years and rather surprisingly (to me), is still in incredible condition. The brand recently launched their SS17 collection featuring new styles and vibrant spring/summer shades. I love a good statement piece and while I was browsing the new range, this slim purse in hot pink caught my eye. It's such a vivid colour and I like that it's slimmer than my existing Makki purse. It also gets bonus points for being ultra lightweight, having a zip section and lots of room for cards. 

Eel skin is 2-3 times stronger than cow hide, doesn't hold water marks and is scratch proof. Although I'd class Makki's purses and bags as investment pieces, I genuinely believe they are worth the price tag... It's all about cost per wear! My water bottle has leaked several times over my large zip wallet (dripping wet) and it's never left a mark after drying.

Have you heard of eel skin accessories? What's your purse style? - T
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Gingham Bardot Off the Shoulder Top

Wednesday 24 May 2017

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Summer has arrived! This week is going to be HOT (by English standards) and I'm looking forward to wearing some cute clothing... I've missed my maxi dresses and fringed accessories, and I can't wait to dose up on some vitamin D. 

Before we were graced by glorious sunshine, we had a patch of warm-ish weather where I went a bit bardot crazy. I'm drawn to nearly all bardot pieces but my new favourite off the shoulder top is this number by F&F. I just love the sweet bell sleeves and the floaty shape.

F&F Gingham Off the Shoulder Top
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Sebago Womens Plaza II Leather Penny Loafers

Thursday 18 May 2017

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Summer is almost upon us and American brand Sebago are encouraging people to get outside and live their best. Sebago has been around for over 70 years and in case you're curious, got its name from Sebago Lake in Maine, New England. The penny loafer was the first shoe they crafted in 1946 and today this classic style is still made the same way... handsewn using the finest craftsmanship.

Sebago believe in making shoes for people and how they live. To raise awareness of their latest collection, I was recently challenged to create an image showcasing how I live my best, featuring their Plaza II Leather Penny Loafers.

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Knomo London Street Style: Dalston Backpack

Friday 12 May 2017

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I love my city. Bristol was named the Best Place to Live in the UK in 2017 - it has awesome restaurants, an epic bridge and a diverse landscape. Taking street style photos is a dream in this city (as long as you don't mind the tourists) because there are so many cool places to discover. I recently headed to the harbourside sporting my Knomo London Dalston backpack. I'm definitely a backpack and trainers kind of girl, I love heels and dresses but my every day go to is a pair of jeans, some sneakers and a backpack.

I'm lucky enough to work in the creative industry where we don't really have a dress code, so I can wear a rainbow jumper and Pumas to the office. This is a pretty standard work outfit for me. Although I like taking an Eastpak or Spiral backpack to the gym, until recently, I never had a smart, stylish backback for daily use... There was a Knomo London shaped hole in my life. 

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Spring 2017 Wedding Guest Style with Boohoo

Tuesday 9 May 2017

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Okay, just a heads up, the blog is probably going to be full of wedding guest outfits for the foreseeable future. I just can't resist a gorgeous dress and boy do I love wedding season. You know this. As Sam says we can't renew our vows for a good view years (SPOIL SPORT), I'm hoping all my friends and relatives are going to get hitched soon so I can get dressed up and enjoy the party.

Boohoo recently set me the challenge of styling an outfit for a garden party wedding... YAS team! I love dressing like a lady so immediately envisioned a midi dress and block heel combo. They have a whole section dedicated to wedding guest dresses and after initially feeling a bit overwhelmed, I ended up choosing the Emi Embroidered Midi Dress.

Boohoo Boutique Emi Midi Dress
Spring Wedding Guest Outfit
Eclectic Eccentricity Space Necklace
Boohoo Wedding Collection
Boohoo Sarah Floral Block Heels

Dress & shoes: Boohoo (c/o) Necklace: EE Jewellery

It might be difficult to tell from these photos, but the back is actually sheer - I have so much time for dresses that have a party at the back! Boohoo is well known for its tight fitting numbers and low cuts, but it also has a fantastic range of wedding appropriate dresses. The Emi dress is from their premium Boutique collection which is my favourite range - I prefer paying a bit more for limited edition pieces with more attention to detail.

Every frock needs its sole mate, so I ended up pairing my chosen dress with the Sarah Floral Sequin Block Heels - which are loads of fun. I can't wait to wear them with skinny jeans at a later date. I completed my wedding outfit by throwing on a fedora and choosing a statement necklace... I wanted to make sure my necklace was as happy as my heels, so opted for this astronaut necklace from Eclectic Eccentricity. I've had it for years but it's still one of my favourites and is a great conversation starter.

Mission complete. I'm now off to watch my wedding video again for the hundredth time - a woman's gotta get her money's worth. - T
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Ted Baker Sirinea Entangled Enchantment Swimsuit

Saturday 6 May 2017

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When I think of Ted Baker, I think of beautiful floral prints and classic cuts. I adore their evening dresses, midi skirts and accessories but I only recently discovered their incredible swimwear collection.

In 10 days it's our first year wedding anniversary! We've been on two mini-moons so far and we're looking forward to our actual honeymoon in September, but we're also going to be celebrating our official anniversary by heading away next weekend. As I haven't updated my swimwear collection in over a year, I decided it was time for a new addition to celebrate this special occasion! 

After taking quite a large break from my fitness regime *A-HEM*, I was after a one piece. I spent about an hour poring over UK Swimswear's extensive collection but decided on this wonderful Ted Baker Sirinea Entangled Enchantment Swimsuit.

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Quiz Cream Floral Print High Neck Dress

Wednesday 3 May 2017

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I can hardly believe it's our first year wedding anniversary in two weeks' time - the past year has absolutely flown by. As we head further into May, it means one thing... Wedding season is upon us! I already have one wedding to attend this year and I genuinely can't wait. I love nothing more than a good wedding and an excuse to buy a posh frock.  

In my opinion, a pretty floral dress always makes a great wedding guest outfit and high street brand Quiz clothing have a wonderful selection of occasion wear dresses, including this one.

Quiz Cream Floral Print High Neck Dress

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