It's midweek, it's our day off and we thought we'd post up something that's a little bit more personal than usual; so what else would conventional Brit girls be doing other than a spot of retail therapy and devouring tea & cake.
| Red velvet cupcake | White chocolate & Pistachio brownie | Orla Kiely Sugar bowl | Cath Kidston tray |
Earlier this afternoon we found ourselves walking down Burton road in West Didsbury; home, for those who remember, to Moth.
Naturally, we spent quite some time looking over their beautiful jewellery and home ware, with Verity purchasing a nude, leather and suede mix clutch and black quilted purse; both which are sure to appear in upcoming outfit posts.
We couldn't say no to a sweet treat from 'And the dish ran away with the spoon'; as soon as you step inside you're overwhelmed by the delicious aroma. Sweet tooth or not you'll find yourself a little undecided over which cake to choose.
All in all we've had a pretty relaxed Wednesday afternoon, tomorrow its back to our day jobs but keep an eye out for the upcoming interview we carried out with Ciara Clark.
| Lantern [from Portugal] | David Gavin Antler | Lomography Fish eye camera |
"CIARACLARK is an independent British jewellery designer who specialises in making statement jewellery and accessories. Always striving to produce innovative designs by constantly exploring and pushing the possibilities of the materials & concepts to create oversized but very wearable collections. Such impetuses have resulted in each collection having a distinctive theme. Although structural shape and industrial details are often present. CIARACLARK new collection introduces new current obsessions iridescence, transparent materials, the subtle contrast of matt and shiny and a new texture with pom pom and tassels."
If you didn't know her then, you are sure to know her now.
As promised, we bring you the interview we carried out with the immensely talented Ciara Clark. Exclusively to Otterly Charming; here she talks inspirations, influences and gives some words of wisdom to all those other aspiring designers.
My name is... Ciara Rose Clark.
I currently live in... London.
I call home... Manchester.
My job description is... Jewellery designer/maker. I also have a huge interest in and wanting to explore, props and installation pieces. I believe a lot of the techniques I use can be applied to other big scale projects.
I became this by... Basically, after working in uninspiring jobs for a few years, I decided to go back to school and study. It was a toss up between 3D design and midwifery. The laser cutter that was spoken about on the 3D design course, swung it for me, it sounded so cool! Glad I went the way I did now.
My inspiration to become a designer was... I guess it has always been an option for me. Since I can remember I have enjoyed designing and making things.
The best part about my job is... So many things, I love the whole process of designing, experimenting with materials and techniques, discovering and applying new technologies, trying always to produce something fresh and innovative. Most of the designs are a result of endless exploration into my favoured materials, I am always trying to develop.
My style can be described as... My personal style is quite modern and minimal but my jewellery style is bold and maximal.
The one thing I can't live without is... I would probably struggle most without music and tea & toast!
When I'm back home I like to... Hang out at my friend Mai's house.
I'm currently listening to... A fantastic band from Manchester called 'Pins'.
My influences are... Bjork.
If you are starting a business you should... It is so important if you are a small independent business to spend enough time marketing and promoting yourself and your work. Most creative people I know, including myself, struggle with this side of things. It doesn't matter how talented you might be, if no one knows who you are or what you do, you will really struggle to succeed.
My advice for aspiring designers is... Keep exploring, experimenting and pushing your designs and get the most from your materials but always communicate your own personal style/pov.
Now I'm in London I like to... Meet people, get involved with interesting projects and discover a new city. I have never lived away from Manchester and feel that it's about time.
My Favourite piece from my collection is... The triple stud pom pom earrings.
Take a trip through a mystical high with Pamela Love's debut fashion film.
Directed by Skye Parrott and starring model and muse Crystal Renn, the feature is a mixture of pure romanticism, sensuality and goddess like beauty; a perfect representation of the s/s 2013 'Maia Collection' which is showcased throughout.
A far cry from any nightmare, the film portrays Renn in a dream state, gracefully dancing through a setting of flora and fauna whilst on a wondrous treasure hunt, adorning herself in Love's designs.
As devotees to the designer, we found ourselves mesmerised and even slightly envious; what we wouldn't give to be draped in such beautiful jewellery.
A spot of afternoon tea, proper fish and chips, the glorious weather; we all love a bit of something quintessentially British.
For their February 2013 issue, Vogue UK have enlisted a fully British cast to flaunt the best of this seasons collections, including designers such as Prada and Dolce & Gabbana.
Brit girls showcasing the designs include Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Edie Campbell, Lara Mullen, Sam Rollinson, Stephanie Hall, Charlotte Wiggins & Rosie Tapner; all shot by photographer Angelo Pennetta in the grounds of a beautiful British stately home.
| View the complete spread in this month's issue and online |
| Scarlett- Topshop Oversized Coat | American Apparel High Necked Jersey | Topshop Waistcoat | H&M Panelled Leggings | Tom Binns Ring | Ciara Clark Perspex Cuff | ASOS Clutch | Topshop Bib Necklace | Casio Digital Watch| Jeffrey Campbell Boots |
As it's the new year and all we've made a few resolutions; drink less, blog more and most importantly fall back in love with those 'on trend' pieces we bought back when they were 'on trend'.
Flash back a year or so when 'sports luxe' had a hold on the fashion world. Think sportswear with a twist; an ideal mix of function and glamour which defined such a key trend. Leather, cotton and silks sit alongside specialist fabrics such as Lycra and Aertex mesh whilst flashes of gold and silver and even Perspex compliment the whole outfit. Keeping lines clean cut and simple, an overall ingenious combination of textures and layering.
We've revisited this fuss free modern style and revived it by changing up the silhouettes. Those leggings we lusted after are now teamed up with oversized boyfriend coats and an extra layering of leather for the colder months. Accessories are kept to a minimal but still make a statement; especially this cuff we found from talented jewellery designer Ciara Clark. Shoes, as always, are kept big, chunky and bold.
Never ones to follow 'throw away fashion' we'll keep digging out more hidden treasures from our wardrobes and styling them just as well now as we did back then.
From John Galliano's anti-Semitic slurs to Madonna flaunting her (then) best assets along the runway with John Paul Gaultier, there is never a dull moment. Even Naomi likes to make the headlines throwing a mobile phone or two at some innocent bystander.
It's shocking moments like those that send us into a fashion frenzy and makes us question the level of admiration we have for everything la mode.
Then every now and again we are left speechless.... but for all the right reasons of course.
Below you will find a collection of images shot by photographers Shawn Heinrichs and Kristian Schmidt; capturing models Hannah Fraser and Roberta Mancino mimicking the graceful poses displayed by the accompanying 30 ft Whale sharks.
The shoot is the brainchild of both American photographers; not only to capture the hearts of the public but to raise awareness and aid in the protest against the poaching of these bewildering creatures.
"People are immediately taken by the connection between these models and the sharks, the juxtaposition between these beautiful, vulnerable women and these creatures of the deep." - Heinrichs
Right now we couldn't think of anything more beautiful, enjoy.
Now that all the celebrations are behind us; today we have been treated to Mulberry's new dreamy, spring/summer 2013 collection. The underwater wonderland campaign was shot by talented photographer Tim Walker and features Mulberry's model of the moment Meghan Collison; dressed in key catwalk looks and handbag silhouettes.
Mulberry brand director, Georgia Fendley states ''The campaign images reflect Emma [Hill]'s vision for the season, a dream scape of delicate powdery pastels inspired by corals and lunar landscapes provides the perfect context for Meghan Collison's striking beauty.''
Walker explains the concept behind these editorial shots '' This season I wanted to focus on the girl as part of the landscape rather than a character within it and, as such, casting was crucial, thus the pictures of Meghan Collison become more like portraits.
Meghan was the perfect choice, strong, confident, able to hold your gaze but almost otherworldly she inhibits a dream-scape.''
We find this campaign to be absolutely beautiful; if we happened to be mystical mermaids we know which Mulberry we'd be coordinating our seashell cover ups to.