The ultimate wardrobe system

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 31st, 2012

Have you ever dreamt of owning an ultimate wardrobe system, that could display your trophy sartorial attires and accessories in a bespoke-boutiquey way?  Last month after London Fashion Week I went to see my friend and ”Britain’s Best Dressed Man by Esquire UK”, Matthew Zorpas performed a live outfit change in collaboration with Hierve at Design Junction.  Hierve a boutique design consultancy based in Mexico City and London, showcased its ultimate freestanding wardrobe system featuring its contemporary storage solutions and conventional glass cabinets.  If you are into craftsmanship and contemporary art, this could be the one.

(An excerpt from styleslicker.com)

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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 Eatery: Recipease

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 3rd, 2012

Another eatery post, I fear my stomach won’t hold much longer after visiting countless visits to food chain and independent cafes/restaurants, the joy of sampling food and snapping food and interiors often end up wanting more.

The other week whilst my friends were in town and rarely venture out to the West side of London, Notting Hill, totally forgotten the town still exist but less on my radar.  A close friend of mine suggested having coffee, tea and cakes at Jamie Oliver’s concept food and kitchen shop ”Recipease” opened this August, other branches include Brighton and Clapham Junction.

What’s so amazing about this concept development is that you can booked a cookery lesson at an open space and to eat after at a cost of £7o per head, pastry shop, buy herbs and other produce, food to go, cafe and restaurant all on two floors. It was fascinating to watch people eat whilst sipping coffee at the same time.  Wouldn’t it lovely if we had a Benetton cafe in store?

Recipease in Notting Hill: 92-94 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3QB.

Recipease in Clapham Junction: 48-50 St Johns Road, Battersea, SW11 1PR.

Recipease in Brighton: 72 Western Road, East Sussex, BN1 2HA.

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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 The Olympic Medals

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: August 2nd, 2012

The games has commence!  After days of disappointing starts in individual events for team Great Britain, placing 11th on the medal table with 2 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronzes, 8 medals in total, but we’re slowly climbing.

What strikes us, is how huge and heavy the gold medal look, according to the Business Insider, ”They are the largest medals, in diameter and weight, that have ever been given out at the Summer Olympic Games.”  The gold medal is made up of 92.5% silver and 1.34% gold, with the remainder copper.  It weighs 400g, 85mm in diameter and 7mm thick. Now that’s what I call an Olympic gold medal.

The medals has been designed by an established decorative artist David Watkins, they’re produced at the Royal Mint HQ in Llantrisant, South Wales.  Check on the London 2012 website for more information on the medals, and The Royal Mint for information on the making of the medals.

Go Team GB!

(Photos via London 2012)

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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 The Opening Ceremony 2012

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: July 30th, 2012

The Olympics opening ceremony kicked off on Friday night, nations and spectators gathered together in one stadium to watch the spectacular show on earth, excitements built up around the world and viewers from homes.  Critics and fans questions, can we match the Beijing’s 2008 carefully-military choreographed opening ceremony….sure we can!  Here’s our highlights:

The live opening ceremony entitled ”Isles of Wonder” directed by our fellow Brit Oscar winner director Danny Boyle, the show started off the simple life in Britain’s countryside.

Performers depict the evolution of the 19th Century Industrial Revolution, towering chimneys, smokes, mines – this is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

This was a mind blowing performance – a giant ring is forged from metal during a depiction of the Industrial Revolution, the Olympic rings form together during the ceremony signifying the unification of 5 continents.

We’re known for our eccentricity and humour, we have the Queen and James Bond parachuting out of a helicopter hovering above the stadium.

Don’t forget the world’s famous Mr Bean featured in the chariots of Fire segment.

Torch bearer David Beckham in the speed boat carried the last leg of the torch relay along the River Thames headed towards Stratford.

Go team GB!

Our British Olympic legend, Rower Sir Steve Redgrave a 5 times gold medalist passed the last flame to 7 young new Olympic hopefuls to inspire the young generations.

This is the best kept secret, the Olympic Cauldron – Dubbed  ”The is Light that Never Goes Out” was designed by one of the British’s most creative thinkers Thomas Heatherwick.  203 copper petals were inserted in the rods, once lit from the torches’s flames the petals slowly rises and transforms into a giant cauldron.

Did we beat China? Yes we did! Let the games commence!

(Photos via London2012)

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 The Art of Bookbinding

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: July 18th, 2012

(video stills captured via the Daily Telegraph)

Hardback books are on slow decline since the evolution of flat mobile devices exist in our hands, relying heavily on the latest gadgets to ease our daily inconvenience.  I love reading old second hand hardback books and its textured book covers, what lies within the pages fill with horrid smell of acidic-odour from the pre 90’s era is always a gagging order to avoid stepping into the local library and second hand book shop.

Have you ever pondered how classic hardbacks were made? I was reading the Birth of a Book article on the Daily Telegraph online, looking at the bookbinding process from printing plates, stitching the folded sections, pressing, gluing, ribbon bookmark, book cover and the like.  All pretty much done by hand and the help with slightly older machines, take a look at the video.

(video via Glen Milner for the Daily Telegraph)

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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 Behind the British heritage brand

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: May 21st, 2012

What is a heritage brand? Where is it manufactured? What is the meaning of ”Made in England”?  I have been thinking alot about these questions, I analysed my kitchen cupboard content to check what products made from where, be in in China, England, Portugal, India, Indonesia and so on.  30% of my kitchen content were made in Britain, the majority of the percentage were of tea cups, saucers, plates and tea pots.

Manufacturing goods in the UK is in the slow decline particularly in textiles industry, the strongest are the automobile, steel and homeware and heritage leather goods.  It is important to raise this issue now that the current economic climate effects jobs and livelihoods, and how we can support UK manufacturing.

I was invited to visit Tusting factory located in the heart of the English countryside in Buckinghamshire, Tusting is an English heritage leathergoods brand, they’ve been specialising and manufacturing leather bags for 130 years, and is the second largest manufacturer in the UK.  It was amazing to witness how bags are made from 2D to 3D, it wasn’t a frivolous and speedy production like you see in mass production.  Every assembly and every stitch were constructed with love and passion.

Japan is one of their biggest (on leather goods) consumers and Tusting’s biggest fans, their bags are heavily featured in Japanese magazines, I didn’t realise how much they love English heritage leather goods especially that it is ‘Made in England’.  This appreciation does make you ponder how we can support ‘buy English’ and with China’s growing demand for British-made goods, it’s time to bring back UK manufacturing, question is how?  Support the British heritage brand!

 

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 What’s inside the goodie bag?

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: May 11th, 2012

Don’t we all just love receiving goodie bags from press days?  At Benetton AW12 press day, I was lucky to receive this vibrant mango coloured canvas bag full of little goodies, I felt like a child showered with birthday gifts.  So what’s inside THAT goodie bag?

An essentially good read – COLORS magazine focusing the wide topics, theory, stories and the science of ‘SMILE’.

A high tech slim mouse that glows so bright in the dark, you could use it as glow stick.  A custom made Benetton heart chocolate stick.

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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 Earth Day

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: April 20th, 2012

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Earth Day is happening next Sunday, what are you going to do?  The infamous London Marathon is happening on the same day, not exactly the most environmental friendly at least they’re doing it for charities and spreading awarenesses for cancer, saving the animal, green peace and many more.

What can you do and pledge to appreciate Earth’s natural environment and be eco-friendly just for 1 day? Here are the solutions;

– eat more local produce to reduce carbon footprint.

– bring your own reusable shopping bags to to the store.

– recycle and conservation.

– take advantage of natural light as much as possible.

– reduce vehicle use, walk more to reduce consumption of energy.

– save electricity and water, wash clothes in cold water.

– DO NOT USE ANY PESTICIDES OR HARMFUL FERTILISERS IN YOUR GARDEN!

– Plant trees.

 

Save the Earth, do not consume it.

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 

 
 

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 Hello Instagram

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: April 12th, 2012

Recently on the news, Facebook has bought the Instagram app for astonishing $1bn! What’s next? Pinterest?  I am an Android phone user of 3 years and I always thought that the photo sharing app was a cheating tool for create the vintage style effect (it has 17 filters).  As a keen supporter for film photography especially the Polaroid which is clinging on for dear life, the rising cost of photo processing and film roll it is an expensive hobby, I had to give it up blaming the technology and the convenience of digital processing software.

Instagram was introduced in late October 2010, available only for iphone because of its amazing camera and pixels, since then they’ve generated 27m users til 2012.  As the technology (dramatically) improved, last week it was finally launched on Android so I gave it ago, to my amazement after snapping 12 photos from my phone I got hooked.  Not only it’s amazing, like Twitter you can follow your friends and series of designers, celebrities, brands and personalities too.

What’s your thought on Instagram?

Goodbye Polaroid and film photography, you are too expensive to toy around with, hopefully one day we will save you.

Please follow me on Instagram, user: STYLESLICKER

 

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 Benetton Style: Functional accessories, part 1

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: April 11th, 2012

Has Benetton read my mind? A few days ago I received a package from the Benetton HQ in Italy, in it contained a light mesh tote bag and a knitted mobile phone case.  The summer colour palette sums up my current spring wardrobe – Khaki, neon blue, pastel blue, purple and accents of orange and yellow.

I’ve compiled an outfit to match the colour palette, unfortunately I cannot find my orange clutch which I use t accommodate my tablet and yellow Benetton sweater, both misplaced, they will one day turn up in my hands.  After a careful browse through my overly compact wardrobe and thinking what outfit I’d wear around this time of year, yes the weather has slide a little but feels like a chilled bottle of fizzy pop.  So here’s my spring outfit to match the accessories:

Left: Khaki gabardine trench coat.  Right: Aqua/mint blue waterproof sport jacket.

Left: Denim shirt.  Right: Khaki slim fitted trousers.

Left: Mint flower headband.  Right: Neon blue suede loafers.

Of course you need to customise these two items by tying a vintage stripey silk scarf on the handle strap and my prized blue headphones and (pink) ipod for the mobile phone case.

Stay tuned for the Benetton Style: Functional acessories, part 2. Have you read Silvia’s (Benetton Italy) feature on her outfit post?

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 
 

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