Five days of LFW A/W15 Street Style

The madness and buzz of London Fashion Week is over, and so is the fun I had taking pictures of street style.

Five days and thirty five photos later, this is what I liked.

See you in September LFW!

PASTEL PINKS

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FUN ACCESSORIES

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RED & BOLD

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RETRO VIBES

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Alexa Chung & Pixie Geldof

PRINTS

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CHIC & SOPHISTICATED

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Whitney Port

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ALL IN BLACK

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COOL CATS

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FUR

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WHAT THE BOYS WORE

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I am only happy when it rains

I always  think of London as a cold, grey and wet City, it is exactly why I love living here so much.

Today was cold and rainy, and to me it was the perfect weather to go for a walk along London Bridge Pier and take  some pictures.

It was  all about shape and texture,  I also played with my camera settings to get faded and dreamy-like images,  some of these photos could almost be watercolour paintings.

I hope I captured some of the beauty the lovely winter lays over London.

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Happiness…this way!

It was Sunday morning, I did the usual thing when I woke up, checked Facebook. I scrolled down my newsfeed very quickly and the only thing that got my attention was one status; How to find happiness? It made me think about my personal happiness and inspired me to write this post.

Sometimes we lose motivation, get bored of our lives or what we do, make bad decisions that take us to a dark road, or we simply we face difficulties that consequently change our outlook on life. When we are in that state of mind it is easy to forget what being happy feels like, but the turning point is when we realise how short the days are, how quickly time is passing us by and here we are, spending our existence being miserable.

It is simpler than we think to switch that button on our brain to feel hopeful again, we just have to take baby steps and think of all the small things that make us smile.

How to find happiness? Well, I wish I had the right answer, but to me you find it when you decide to open your mind and appreciate everything around you, people; friends and family, and living; enjoying every day. When you wake up early enough to see the sunrise and all the amazing pinks and yellows in the sky, or when you read a book that totally changes your perspective on life, wearing your favourite outfit, listing to a beautiful piece of music, being in a room full of your loved ones, or even writing in your blog that has been forgotten for several months.

We live in an extraordinary universe, but we sadly spend too long with our eyes shut.

I take pictures of anything I find beautiful and inspiring, of what I love and appreciate about my every day life, and when I feel down I have these images to remind me how lucky I am for having such beauty around me.

This is how I find happiness!

A Beautiful Sunset, Lisbon

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Sunflowers in Columbia Flower Market

Columbia Flower Market

My Sunday Morning

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A powerful message, a man standing in the middle of the street giving away his art.

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Berlin

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Wearing quirky sunglasses

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A cafe in France

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My Friends

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Sophie’s magical house in France

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Randomness

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Arty Shows

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The Sky

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Winter

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Montmartre, Paris

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Happy Notes, “The Paul Smith’s Exhibition” in London

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Surreal Places

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A candy sky in the early hours

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Yoga by the Sea

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Mexico City

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Being Playful

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Beautiful Architecture

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Dressing Up

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A Full Moon

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Live Music

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Interactive Art

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The Colour Pink

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A walk at night along the Southbank

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My Nephew

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London

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Mexico Lindo y Querido

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It has been another great trip to Mexico City to visit my family, and while I was there for a short I simply had to wander around the City with my camera to try to capture some of its magic.

My opinion about Mexico City is not of a native Mexican girl who simply adores her country and ignores all its political issues, high level of crime and corruption, of course it has that, but also an immense beauty that can’t be explained or described, you have to be there to understand its charm.

I left for Europe a long time ago, but every time I visit it awakes a part of me that I sometimes think it has died, my Mexican roots will always be there but the love and appreciation for my culture  seem to fade away at times, until I go back and I’m reminded of how lucky I am for having grown up in such an interesting place, of  rich culture and history, full of mystical places and mysterious Aztec legends of their gods.

Mexico is tradition,  food, religion, tequila y mescal, friendly people, colour, humor and  music, this country has  a piece of my heart and I think that if you ever visit it you might leave  a piece of yours behind.

La Santa Muerte on the streets of the city centre

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Mexican crafts at the Ciudadela

Mercado de la Ciudadela

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“La Casa Azul” Frida Kahlo’s beautiful house in which she grew up and later on lived with Diego Rivera, it is located in Coyoacan, it’s now  a museum and at the moment is exhibiting some of the most iconic outfits and jewellery worn by the artist.

La Casa Azul

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La Condesa, this area is popular for its quirky bars, mezcalerias and cool shops.

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This bar has an amazing selection of Mexican beer only

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Coyoacan

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Food at La Coyoacana

Road Trip to the Marquesa

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The most delicious Pina Colada I have ever had served in a beautifully decorated pineapple

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Wandering in one of many food markets in the city

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Chiles

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Chile Heaven

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Mexicans are carnivores

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The Magic of the Light Show

I have waited months to see this exhibition and it finally opened on Thursday! The Light Show explores how we experience and psychologically respond to illumination and colour. It showcases works from contemporary artists but also from the 60’s, when they began to experiment with the visual and sensory effects of artificial light and science and technology  were combined to create art.

Natural lighting plays an important roll on our mood and health even, it is no secret that sunny weather makes us happier and energised so, it is very interesting when artists experiment with artificial light with the intention of transporting the viewer to another place or create an optical illusion to play with our state of mind .

I analysed  how each installation made me feel rather than focusing on the meaning or  intention the artist wished to communicate. I was mesmerised, in a different dimension of a spacial nature but also magic and fantasy kept popping in my mind. Some installations made me feel calm and happy, others extremely peaceful and almost in a trance waiting to enter a tunnel that would take me to the other side.

All the 25 works on show are fantastic but my favourite are Jim Campbell, Exploded View (2011), Olafur Eliasson, Model for a lifetime garden (2011), Leo Villareal, Cylinder ll (2012) and Doug Wheeler, Untitled (1969). There is a little description of each of them below with the pictures.

What you see and feel at the exhibition is very subjective and personal, in my case I associated the conceptual artwork to a surreal world, a fantasy movie or a parallel universe to escape from the dull and boring. While observing each installation you have to let yourself go and your imagination take over, it is a great experience.

Visitors are only allowed to take photos in three rooms but the exhibition really deserved a great post on my blog and well, images say more than words, and although I got told off a few times I managed to get some really good shots.

The Light Show is on at the Hayward Gallery until 28 April and everyone should go to see it, it really is dazzling!

View from the second floor of the exhibition.

View from the second floor of the exhibition.

Cylinder ll (2012) features light and movement, composed by complex computer programming, creating endlessly changing patterns and shapes, the intensity of the lights change constantly and at times it looked like fireworks, falling stars and all sort of beautiful glowing phenomenon you can imagine.

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Leo Villareal, Cylinder ll (2012)

Untitled (1969) consists of a room in which a large light-encased square appears to float freely in space. This room made me feel so serene , it was as if by walking through this giant square of light I’d be entering an unknown dimension.

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Doug Wheeler, Untitled (1969).

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Francois.Morellet, Lamentable (1969).

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David Batchelor, The Magic Hour (2004/2007).

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Ann Veronica Janssens, Rose (2007).

Ann Veronica Janssens, Rose (2007).

She combined artificial fog with beams of light projected by powerful spotlights , revealing a luminous star in which light seems to solidify.

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Carlos Cruz-Diez, Chromosaturation (1965-2013).

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Chromosaturation (1965-2013).

Ceal Floyer, Throw (1997).

Ceal Floyer, Throw (1997).

Exploded View (2011) More than a thousands LED bulbs in a rectangle shape suspended in the middle of a room that randomly blink on and off giving the impression of shadowy figures that dissolve and resolve. The lights were beautiful and gave the illusion of men’s legs walking through this glowing rectangle.

Jim Campbell, Exploded View (2011).

Jim Campbell, Exploded View (2011).

Cerith Wyn Evans, Superstructure (2010).

Cerith Wyn Evans, Superstructure (2010).

Anthony Mccall, You and I, Horizontal (2005).

Anthony Mccall, You and I, Horizontal (2005).

Ivan Navarro, Reality Show (Silver) (2010).

Ivan Navarro, Reality Show (Silver) (2010).

Model for a lifetime garden (2011) She is the artist who created The Weather Project in 2003, this installation consisted of a succession of 27 fountains under flashing stroboscopic lamps, the effect is an ever changing landscape of icy festoons and crystal garlands. It looked like a diamonds explosion and it was beautiful, although after a while the constant flashing lights made me feel a bit disorientated.

Olafur Eliasson, Model for a timeless garden (2011).

Olafur Eliasson, Model for a timeless garden (2011).

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CFConcept, an edgy new brand

One of my favourite topics, jewellery!

I attended to the launch party of the new jewellery brand CFConcept. It was held at the Hollywood Rd Gallery in West London, a lovely and ideal place for the event, it was a very enjoyable & successful evening and at the end of the night many guest left happy with their purchases.

The designer Charlotte Flyvholm, also a model and actress, has embarked on the very exciting project of creating the CFConcept, a  brand  characterised by unconventional beauty and distinctive designs.

Her debut collection was inspired by her travels, photos and sketches she collected over the years, but her Scandinavian roots and appreciation of Nordic style have been her main source of inspiration.

Crafted from gold and silver her line features unique pieces meticulously finished to the highest quality. Pieces start from £100 and there is something for everyone, from feminine necklaces to edgy designs such as the Mastiff Ring or my favourite, the Norman Ring, a unisex piece totally suitable for rock chicks like me.

Fashion is such a competitive industry and I imagine how difficult it is  for designers to come up with  beautiful, innovative and affordable items, so when I notice a brand or designer that ticks those boxes I’m immediately a fan. I think Charlotte Flyholm is a very talented woman and I can’t wait to see  CFConcept’s  second collection.

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Charlotte Flyvholm & Oxidese Mata Pendants

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Klint Necklace

Klint Necklace

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RWTS Ring, Mastiff Ring & Mastiff Wire Ring.

RWTS Ring, Mastiff Ring & Mastiff Wire Ring.

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Norman ring, in 925 silver with an emerald at £190, also available in  22 carat gold vermeil at £310

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Stephen Fry, fan of the Norman Ring.

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Rough Cut Diamond Ring

Rough Cut Diamond Ring

Dome bracelet, in 22 carat gold vermeil with white enamel at £975 or in 925 silver and black enamel at £710.

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Charlotte Flyvholm, CFConcept founder and guest.

Charlotte Flyvholm, CFConcept founder and guest.

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