Introducing Ladylike Rebel Modern Vintage Dresses

I am really excited about the upcoming show as I will not only be meeting but also shooting editorial content and a look book for the fantastic Ladylike Rebel clothing line. I was fortunate enough to get some extra info that I could share with you all about this fun, quirky beautiful clothing line.

Ladylike rebel velvet dress

When I was a little girl, I had a favourite doll. Funnily enough, she was named after me or better still, I was named after her.

I used to sew clothing for her and for myself on my mother's vintage Singer sewing machine. I used to draw and sketch out my designs and was inspired and fascinated by the old Hollywood starlets and the beautiful dresses and their personal style. (I still am!)

I was head strong, girly but a tomboy when I chose to be. Feminine but a ‘Rebel’ too. My childhood nickname was 'Trouble' (but I really was a good girl) I knew what I wanted out of life even then. That little girl lived her 'adult' life through that scruffy little doll. I imagined all the things I wanted to do, wanted to be, and wanted to achieve before I was 30 through playing with that Sindy Doll. I dared to dream. My goodness, it's taken a while. 

I needed to live life as an grownup for a while so that I can finally achieve one of my biggest personal aspirations. That need to create and achieve has carried me through my adult and family life, spurring me on until now.

And yes, It's taken a good while.  But I'm finally here. It's time to share my childhood dreams combined with my womanly imagination. Fashion to me is an art gallery filled with skill, imagination, culture, innovation, history and everything I love COMBINED. The garments I create are more than stitched up pieces of fabric. Each garment tells a story of artistic freedom and foretell the wearer’s individuality. Each piece is just like an artist’s canvas. The stitching is the brushes, the fabrics are the paints and the designs are each new canvas. 

“…Create the things you wish existed!”  To me, you must design a garment you would love to wear yourself because if you don’t love it, nobody else will!

I live for vintage styled dresses, especially around the 1950's era which I adore. As as child, I was obsessed with deconstructing dresses and putting them back together again from scratch. I needed to know how they were made to look like they did. So a few years ago, I finally attended the London College Of Fashion to specifically to learn the traditional ‘draping’ technique, the construction, fitting. Best thing I ever did. I love that era within fashion for the simple fact that the women looked so feminine. There is an particular ‘Lady Like’ elegance I revel in and I just adore. I just wants to be a part of that and share my Lady Like but Rebellious vision of women’s fashion. Pushing boundaries and thinking beyond the usual. The new rule of fashion is that there are NO RULES! It’s about taking yourself out of your comfort zone just a touch and trying something a little different and unexpected. And that is the way I wish to create beautiful clothing.

“Where Vintage, Modern and Couture Beautifully Collide!”

My brand motto is made up of who I am and what I would like myself and the brand to become: 

Vintage, classic influence, production and styling. Modern and sustainable use of fabrics and accessories - reducing my “Fashion Footprint”Couture creations made to measure and designed specifically to be individualistic and unique Design production in small quantities to ensure brand exclusivity

A thought, a movement, a brand.

To put it simply, I'm still that little girl, living in a Modern world, who finds joy creating Couture and who's inspired by her love of Vintage in her little country Atelier…

LadyLike Rebel will be at the Enterkine Country House Hotel on the 21st for the popup show alongside Lost Project and D-ink.

A Question for Creatives

Over the last two months I have been talking about a Scottish fashion event, a range of Prestigious brands from London, who will come to Scotland and showcase their designs and work here in what could and should be a huge market for designer clothing, a market that has demanded that it be taken seriously in the fashion stakes yet here we are just over a week away and the ticket sales are stagnant, the press and councils event departments, creatives ranging from makeup staff to photographers and even the fashion bloggers have been markedly quiet.

creative questions

Why is that? As a former writer for a fashion and lifestyle magazine I can tell you that people will flock to London for events UNPAID for the prestige, run riot at shows with their demands and attitude (getting them barred), but when it comes to Scotland you all go quiet. Strange that.

What exactly are you waiting for an engraved invitation begging you to bring your newly minted “skills” and “talents” to a show?

Where are the makeup staff who all claim to be editorial and fashion artists? Here is a chance to be a part of a team that will showcase and bring designers to Scotland but you are all sitting on your hands. Is it because your not being begged to work or being given an award for your selfies?

The ongoing complaint I hear Scottish creatives is “we don’t know any better,” OK thats cool, so when an opportunity comes up what do you do? Sit back and wait to be asked to come on board and be applauded for doing the job you are “passionate” about. Smart move.

Come on folks, you want the events, you want the professional credentials then earn them by working WITH others or here is what I did, CREATE SOMETHING.

Stop complaining that no one is GIVING you the chances to showcase your talent when you are not reaching out to the people creating the events. Assistant is not a dirty word. Its part of the journey.

The way this is going Scotland will lose creative talent. If you won’t hire talent, if you won’t support your own, then me and others like me who are trying to create will just pack up and go where we are valued.

If you are unwilling to do the work to be at the top, then you cannot and should not be demanding reverential treatment.

So here is my big question for the creatives out there. What are you waiting for?

Bustoire Lingerie comes to Scotland

Joyce Bustoire founder

Founded by Joyce Labinjo, Bustoire is a glamorous addition to the lingerie and nightwear market perfect for the woman with curves.

The inspiration for Bustoire began whilst on a lingerie shopping trip in Cambridge in the UK with a friend. My friend, who has a small cup size, had her pick of lingerie and nightwear in every shop we entered. When it came to finding nightwear to fit me I couldn’t find anything that fit a large cup size and was in natural fabrics like silk satin or chiffon. They simply didn’t exist.

Designed to meet the needs of the curvy, Bustoire has become a staple of the market with its simple philosophy of a bigger cup size doesn’t mean your plus size or that you don’t deserve to feel beautiful and glamorous.

Based in the heart of London, the entire range is British based and has its roots in glamour, giving that sense of luxury with the use of satin, silk and chiffon to create sumptuous garments that are feminine, practical and designed to meet the needs and wants of the modern woman without losing that touch of decadence that only truly beautiful nightwear can provide.

To learn more about the brand see:

The Bustoire website

The Bustoire Facebook

The Bustoire Instagram

For an opportunity to meet the designer Bustoire will be available at the Enterkine country House Hotel pop up show on the 21st of July alongside a range of other designers and stalls.

Travel Essentials with Beauty Made in Italy

Another smart and innovative range from the Beauty Made in Italy team sees them tackle travel with a range of products ideal for your summer travels.

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Beauty Made in Italy' gives us a peek inside their travel bag for the ultimate I-Beauty essentials! Get inspired for your Summer getaway with these 'can’t-leave-home-without' products from Ripar, Carthusia, Marvis and Proraso! 'Beauty Made in Italy' is a program launched by the Italian Government to promote the awareness, availability and excellence of Italian beauty brands and products to the US consumer. 

A lightweight, long lasting foundation is an absolute must-have for weekend trips. Try Ripar's RiparCover Cream for full coverage foundation that's gentle on the skin and fragrance free. Available in 24 shades, RiparCover Cream completely hides the appearance of blemishes and rosacea and even covers tattoos flawlessly without transferring or fading. RiparCover Cream is sweat and water resistant so it will last all day long, even during the hottest summer temps! Retail price: $28 for small case. Available at ripar.us.

For an instant refresh try Carthusia's Capri Forget Me Not Travel Atomizer. With notes of green fig, orange peel and mandarin, this juicy and illuminating scent echoes the sensuality of the jet-set island. Perfect for vacation and last minute adventures, this rechargeable travel atomizer comes with three 8ml spray refills of Carthusia's Capri Forget Me Not Eau de Parfum. Retail price: $108. Available at bigelowchemists.com.

Keep your smile bright all summer long with Marvis' Travel with Flavor set containing three Marvis classics in 1.3oz travel sizes: Classic Strong Mint, Whitening Mint and Cinnamon Mint. Known for their delicious, innovative and contemporary toothpaste flavors, Marvis' Travel with Flavor is the ultimate travel campion for all of your destinations. Retail price: $15. Available at bigelowchemists.com.

'On-the-go' touch ups are easy with Proraso's Travel Shave Kit. Packed with all of the essentials for a smooth shave, this kit fits effortlessly in your carry on. Developed for any beard type, all of Proraso's products are free of parabens, silicone’s, mineral oils and artificial colors. Retail price: $15. Available at bigelowchemists.com.

To learn more about Beauty made in Italy click here.

Little Green Street a Chaplin Homage

Little Green Street Film Poster

There is something about the short film Little Green Street that feels less homage to a legend and more a modern reworking of a lost script. Charlie being respected for his script writing, gags and creative capacity that could and frequently did, create more stories than was possible to film in the time he had, it does make you wonder about the possibility of this as a viewer, which is a hallmark of the films team who have created something that could easily be original to the man himself and deserves kudos on this level.

The silent era to some degree in its early days could and is often referred to as being the Chaplin era. With companies emulating and creating characters with both male and female actors playing the part heavily inspired by the Iconic Little tramp. and a little close scrutiny we can see this in the film, although it is artfully played to a point where you don’t notice it overtly.

Little Green Street has a similar vibe of this emulation but the hallmarks and clarity of the character is captured sympathetically and does (in my own case) leave me wondering was this a fresh film paying tribute to a legend or perhaps a lost Chaplin……The characters have all the same traits and signs that become synonymous with the Great Chaplin himself from the Keystone(esque) cop to the wilting woman who ensnares Charlie with her demur feminine whiles.

Created by Alexandra Queen is an actress/filmmaker based in London, UK. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama/Theatre Studies from the University of Huddersfield, England. Alexandra works as an actress/filmmaker for her own film production company, founded in 2015 when she decided to make her debut short film, ''DID''. She also works as a part-time assistant at a modern art gallery. She is currently developing the sequel to ''Little Green Street'', as well as adapting the short story ''Captain Bones'' by Eric Maple, based on folklore stories and urban legends. She is inspired by auteurs who have established their own vision and personal style in cinema history, such as Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock. Alexandra's great ambition is to establish her own distinctive style in film making, as well as in acting, that will inspire and influence other women filmmakers and actresses around the world.

Little Green Street is an interesting short that has the nostalgia angle well covered and gives a nod to a creative genius of yesteryear whilst still having a modern feel with the digital shoot, cleverly structured the overall feel of the film is pleasant and heartwarming a true tribute to the man behind the tramp and worthy of watching for the smile it will create in its simplicity.

To learn more about the team behind the film see their Facebook page for Little Green Street.

Fathers Day With Beauty Made in Italy

With fathers day coming very soon (June the 19th) the team at Beauty made in Italy have been busy putting together a little list of gift options that will make every father smile. Classic items that men will appreciate, Beauty Made in Italy works hard to bring the best of Italy to the USA market.

Fathers day with Beauty made in Italy

Made in Florence, Italy, Marvis has revolutionised the concept of toothpaste with a variety of delicious, innovative and contemporary flavors. Get their iconic Whitening Mint Toothpaste in the rubberised and chic Toiletry Kit that also includes Marvis' sleek, nylon bristle Toothbrush. Retail price: $22. Available at bigelowchemists.com.

Specialising in the manufacturing of products derived from the active ingredients of Nature, Perlier's newest introduction, Olivarium Nourishing Bath & Shower Cream incorporates 100% Italian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Gallipoli, Italy. With a high concentration of antioxidants, this rare olive oil is only produced once a year! Retail price $20. Available at perlier.com

Founded 150 years ago, Acca Kappa's White Moss Gift Set includes their signature Eau de Cologne, Shave Foam and Soap. White Moss, Acca Kappa's iconic fragrance uses precious lavender and juniper essential oils and features notes of bergamot, amber and cedar wood. Retail price: $60. Available at accakappa.com.   

Skin&Co Roma is a family owned beauty business in Umbria with a passion for truffles! Great for men, their Truffle Therapy Eye Concentrate is formulated with antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins to protect against free radical and environmental damage and hydrolysed fruit extracts to energise and reveal brighter eyes. Retail price: $66. Available at skinandcoroma.com.  

'Beauty Made in Italy' is a program launched by the Italian Government to promote the awareness, availability and excellence of Italian beauty brands to the US consumer.

Bani Pasricha Designer

“A vintage art piece with contemporary soul” is what Bani describes her label to be.

Bani is not just any other fashion label, but a vision for a richer future for everyone involved. She has persevered in her work to add more and more of feathers to her hat. Her journey includes some triumphant shows in London, Dubai, Mumbai, Goa and Delhi. The label briefly collaborated with  Levo Spalon: a luxury spa and salon, globally renowned hair stylist Rossano Ferretti and one of the prominent Make-up Artist Vidya Tikari in the recent past. Bani stood as a finale designer for Ms. India contest in Goa. She has also been a part of Pernia’s pop up shop. 

Eminent magazines, Harper’s Bazaar ,Grazia and Cosmopolitan has also witnessed and appraised her work in their editorials. Harper’s bazaar also covered a story on her completion of 7 years in the industry as a Luxury cocktail wear designer, wherein she worked with Indian television beauty Rashami Desai. She has also styled Riya Subodh – winner of MTV’s talent hunt show ‘India’s Next Top Model Season 3’ at the launch of her new collection “ROYAL ROMANCE”.

Bani was awarded the most upcoming cruise wear designer and cocktail wear designer by JD Institute of fashion which was presented by Bollywood actress Chitrangadha Singh. In London, she was again awarded as the most upcoming designer which was also by JD Institute of fashion. Lately Bani was fortunate to receive another award at the “Indie Fashion & Lifestyle Confluence” which was presented by Bollywood actress ‘Prachi Desai’.

Bani, so far feels very grateful and humble for all her achievements towards which she has worked very diligently all these years. Her passion has been ever growing and knows no limits. Bani has been setting example as a 21st Century woman, showcasing her talents across the globe. All her achievements so far have only empowered her to take one more step forward and then another.

Bani Pasricha will be a part of the Luxury Brands popup and fashion event in London. For more information click the ticket link.