Friday, 25 January 2013

Time to spring clean your wardrobe? CarrieMe loves H&M's eco-conscious initiative

Is your wardrobe bursting at the seams? Feeling like a fresh start - well in March 2013 you can head to H&M with your bags of unwanted clothes (from any brand) and H&M will recycle them and exchange each bag for a H&M voucher!

Its fantastic that this high street retailer is promoting and rewarding recycling with the aim of preventing unwanted clothing from clogging up landfill sites.

What's more, full of new initiatives, H&M are launching the new Conscious Collection as part of their ethical range, an "ongoing commitment to a more sustainable fashion future" made from sustainable materials such as organic cotton, Tencel and recycled polyester.  H&M have a variety of items in the collections from everyday pieces to fresh summery dresses to reach out to a variety of women, as well as a men's and children's range. Here at CarrieMe I'm loving this dress due to land in-store in mid-March:

Plus by having Vanessa Paradis as the face of the collection, they've really topped the style stakes. A recognised model and total beauty, she said, "I like being part of something like the Conscious collection, I try my best to shop consciously.  Vintage is very much part of my wardrobe.  I love the style and the way it works in an eco-friendly way because I like to use and reuse old clothes". 
Vanessa Paradis
Oohhh better get cracking on that wardrobe - aiming to buy this fab maxi dress with H&M eco vouchers, now that would be a double whammy: wallet friendly and eco.  

What about you - what would you exchange?

Friday, 18 January 2013

CarrieMe has some fishy fun!

The London Sea Life Aquarium's Deep Clean has inspired CarrieMe to visit the underwater world of beauty...

Every January the main attraction gets a good scrub down... as do the animals!

Rex Features 
Its been a good few years since any of the CarrieMe team have been to the aquarium but all have fond memories and think its due another visit and soon so we thought we would share are plans with you London visitors!

Shark Reef Encounter is one of the new attractions and we are SO there! The London Sea Life Aquarium have described the new experience as a "celebration of one of nature’s most magnificent but misunderstood creatures, guests start their journey with a walk on the wild side across the new, extended Shark walk".  

Being able to see sixteen sharks on a glass walkway may not be a typical afternoon but January is all about doing new things be it with friends or family. Fun for all! 

With feeding times for rays, catfish, terrapins, sharks and coral reef we will be pulling straws on which one to book in for! London is perfect for doing fun things like this and we are so lucky to leave here! 

CarrieMe loves some of the fierce fashion at the Golden Globes...

Those of you having withdrawal symptoms from the Golden Globes don't worry.. here at CarrieMe we are still  talking about the hot fashion that we saw walk the red carpet..and we have a few favorites that we wanted to share with you!

First up was Anne Hathaway who didn't just blow audiences away with her Les Miserables performance, but also wowed  us in the incredible white beaded Chanel couture gown.
Anne Hathaway

Stunning in a crimson red with a daring thigh high split, Miranda Kerr let the Zuhair Murad gown speak for itself, effortlessly gorgeous and simply beautiful with minimal accessories - this was a winner of the night for us.

Miranda Kerr

Definitely fitting for the evening and perhaps a little OTT in gold brocade was Emily Blunt in a Michael Kors dress! She was polished to perfection, with a Ferragamo clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

Emily Blunt
Now who do you think will win out on the Oscars?

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

CarrieMe picks a few more brands they couldn't resist at Top Drawer

One blog posting just didn't do it justice, so we couldn't resist picking four more!

Pets Rock at Takkoda
Award winning publishing and giftware company, Takkoda is very well known for its broad range of designs that combine the need for personalisation with an animalist twist that entwines with the fascination of the celebrity.  Products that allow our everyday needs for protection and functionality to become hilarious, automatic smiles, not to mention the extensive range of gift cards that can be given for any occasion – versatile or what!  

Bowl Overs
These products represent the height of simplicity.  Reusable bowl covers that fit nicely around your leftovers, pies, salads in the garden – or anything that needs to be covered! Clingfilm move over- Bowl Overs are in.  With quirky printed writing on top for a little bit of fridge fun, then can be washed in with the tea towels Bowl Overs are fabulous, just fabulous!

All the pretty products by Snapdragon are handmade in Scotland from vintage and recycled fabric that are homely to touch with lovely soft texture and simply pretty.  After speaking with the owner of the company she said her favourite product was the Seed Head Pillow, and you can see why – its comfort and calming imagery make you want to relax!

Strawberry Shopper
This growing company is run by two lovely ladies that wanted to create a bag in which all of life's purchases can be carried – then folded up into a strawberry.  Being eco IS fun! Fits in your handbag and is easy to use with  a simple design.  To glam up your Strawberry Shopper why not take it to Wimbledon in the summer to put some strawberries in?!

Let us know if you agree!

Monday, 14 January 2013

CarrieMe picks their favourite brands at Top Drawer Spring 2013

Here at CarrieMe we're loving exhibiting at Top Drawer Spring 2013 in Earls Court alongside some of our favourite brands:

Nour London:
The beautiful and delicate jewellery is just what you want to accessorise your dresses and outfits.

Nour's beautiful jewellery
We just loved CoCorose London...they know we love our killer heels but all we want is our flats at the end of the night, so their stylish and colourful ballet pumps that fold away into your bag are the perfect solution!

CoCorose London
CoCorose London
Shrieking Violet:
Beautiful jewellery made out of real flowers, its a great present for anyone.

Beautiful Flower Jewellery - poppy ring

Victoria Egg:
We just love this British designer and her quirky mugs, tea towels and aprons which are all made in London. She won the coveted Made in Britain category for the Gift of the Year 2012 and is shortlisted for 2013, so one to watch!

Victoria Egg with her London bus tea towel

Victoria Eggs London tea towel

Release your wild side with Jacqueline Headlam’s animal print inspired handbags. The zebra prints and cheetah prints adds a va va voom to any outfit and are definitely eye catching as a laptop cover or cuff.

Jacqueline Headlam cuff
Jacqueline Headlam laptop cover


Which are your favourite brands?

Thursday, 10 January 2013

CarrieMe want the Men back!

CarrieMe are sad that Men's Fashion Week is over as the men have disappeared as quick as the catwalks have... 

London Collections: Men has come to an end here in London but what a show it has been! Nearly a week long, the stint saw swarve attitudes, high fashion, respect and smiles - we're not just talking about Tinie Tempah! Although he was one of the many celebrities to make a front row appearance... 

Reggie Yates, David Gandy, Tinie Tempah 
Alexander McQueen was one of the top designers showcasing his Autumn/Winter '13 collection that included sharp cuts and gentlemanly patterns topped off with sleek hair.  It looks like pinstripe is back for the boys!

Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2013

Others that were showcasing their new lines on sophisticated looking men included Burberry, Lou Dalton, Topman Design, Hackett London, YMC, RAKE, James Long and Tom Ford.  The week has been a male marvel spectacular and the parties appeared exclusively devine, lets hope CarrieMe gets an invite next year!

Vivienne Westwood presented her LC: Men auntmn/winter '13
All CarrieMe need to do in preparation for next years show is get men wanting to keep their man bags safe and clean just like Scott has below...

CarrieMe Classic Bag Hook - holding the man bag safe

Get yours in Black or Silver here!

CarrieMe collaborates with new fashion designer to create a new Fashion range!

CarrieMe are collaborating with new designer Flaminia Mechoulam to create the CarrieMe Camellia Collection for this Spring / Summer 2013. Flaminia is inspired by nature which is clearly represented in this floral collection, perfect for when the sun starts shining again (hopefully soon!). 

We can't give too much away yet but will let you blogging readers into a few secrets... 

Yesterday was the preliminary photo shoot for the CarrieMe Camellia Collection, in the heart of Notting Hill, it was very warming to be back in CarrieMe's birthplace.  

As this collection is inspired by nature, so we thought we'd have some fun trying different locations including some quirky arty shots entwining the CarrieMe's with some rose climbers, as well as some modelled by Carrie, the founder.  

We'll keep you posted and may even ask you to the launch! 

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Monday, 7 January 2013

CarrieMe is all for well dressed men.... especially those showing today in the London Collections: Men!

London Collections: Men - Autumn/Winter 2013 showcase starts today

The beginning of January 2013 is a slow one for many but not for the British fashion scene as the British Fashion Council host a three day stint of fashion bonanza all centred around Men. The scheduled presentations were opened earlier today from Belstaff, Lou Dalton and John Smedley.  Later to be followed by Topman Design, Richard Nicoll and Hackett London.

Dylan Jones, Chair of London Collections: Men said, "London is the home of menswear, so it is only natural that is has its own dedicated fashion week.  London invented tailoring in Savile Row, it invented youth culture, and it continues to produce the best young designers in the world.  Why would a menswear designer chose to show anywhere else?".  We're with Mr Jones on this one, lets celebrate men's fashion in its home town!

London Collections: Men 

Liam Gallegher, Pretty Green 
Over 60 menswear designers will show on schedule until 9th January including Liam Galleger's Pretty Green brand via cinematic presentation at the acclaimed Mayfair's The Arts Club this evening. We wonder if there will be an Oasis soundtrack accompanying the presentation..

David Gandy 
With male fashion rightly dominating January we are able to see the best dressed of the fabulously dressed! A few days of male glamour with events held that we dream of going to including David Gandy's intimate reception to highlight Red Nose Day and the fashion world's collaborative plans is just what January needs.  

CarrieMe are looking forward to seeing all the shows in pictured beauty, especially the 30 ready-to-wear and accessories designers that will exhibit their AW13 collection at the Hospital Club, the main hub for LC:M.  Who knows some of the accessories may include some man bags that need a CarrieMe to hold it up and keep it clean where ever it is taken...looking good in black or silver.... 

CarrieMe Classic Bag Hook in Charcoal Black - open
CarrieMe Classic Bag Hook in Charcoal Black

CarrieMe Silver Classic Bag Hook in action

CarrieMe are looking forward to seeing all the shows in pictured beauty, especially the 30 ready-to-wear and accessories designers that will exhibit their AW13 collection at the Hospital Club, the main hub for LC:M.  Who knows some of the accessories may include some man bags that need a CarrieMe to hold it up and keep it clean where ever it is taken...
PA Photos 
We are sure that all the designers will out stand and particular anticipation is for the credibly acclaimed Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford, not to mention the exclusive party hosted by Tommy Hilfiger later!
The Topman Design show has just started with the ever dapper David Gandy and Tiny Tempah sitting front row, everyone knows it's going to be a good'n!

Friday, 4 January 2013

CarrieMe meets Michaela Jedinak, author of styling ebook and website Joy of Clothes

If there's one New Year's resolution I should add for 2013 its how to dress more stylishly without breaking the bank or taking up too much of my ever more precious time .. as luck would have it I met the bubbly Michaela Jedinak- who's written this wonderful ebook and styling website: Joy of Clothes - just in time to take advantage of the Sales!

1)      What was the inspiration for Joy Of Clothes? 

I was living for a couple of years in Milan - I always had a deep love affair  for all things Italian and during my time there I became obsessed with how Italian women are effortlessly and elegantly dressed and that their style and dressing right had nothing to do with wearing big labels. I recognised that with an increasingly overwhelming choice of clothes, designers and stores finding the clothes that suit you can be more stressful than joyful. I believe every woman is different and her own personal style DNA and therefore needs individual, personalised advice how to create visual balance.   

2)      What are the faux pas that most of us women commit?

We just can’t wear what we want in order to look our best. Dressing right is all about creating visual balance in your look. When it comes to looking good, it’s not your size or shape that matters, it’s the fit of your clothes. But fit doesn’t equal suitability.  So, wearing the right clothes shouldn’t be about following the latest fashion trends; it should be about choosing what actually suits you. As I said before we are all different in our build, colouring, personalities and life style.  Dressing in what really suits you will make you feel confident about your look, because you are comfortable in what you are wearing and focus on enjoying yourself, rather fretting if the outfit looks good on you.  You can find plenty of style tips in my e-book: Style Me, your personal stylist. 

3)      How does Joy of Clothes change that?

I have always been passionate about giving women the relevant advice and the tools to dress themselves in the best way. Now, with the help of my website and interactive tools, I can bring my skills and experience to a broader audience, and empower women everywhere with the expert know-how they require to dress with complete confidence for every occasion. 

One of our interactive tools is STYLE ME an exclusive fashion software that enables you to build your own avatar based on your body shape and colouring, you can then "virtually try on" thousands of recommended styles and colours before clicking to buy similar styles online. 

The other one is our new online fashion STYLE QUIZ which asks women sixteen questions about their style personality, preferences, celebrities and body features. Joy of Clothes then prepares a personal style file including advice on what to wear for their body shape, which colours looks best on them, which celebrities share their body shape and personal colouring, and finally personal stylist picks from top retailers including Net-a-Porter, L.K.Bennett, Top Shop and ASOS. These stylist picks are updated every week so women never need to shop alone. These rules apply to everyone no matter what age, life style, work or play or budget.  

4)      Which CarrieMe products would you pick as a stylist? 

I am juggling a lot of things, so being organised as much as I can helps me to get things done. So, therefore my top 3 are:

1. CarrieMe Classic Finder in Tropical Turquoise
I don't like to carry 2 bags with me, because I am constantly living in the fear of leaving one behind. Therefore I always I wear a big carrier shoulder bag - the drawback is that I never can find my phone or keys in my bag.  So this CarrieMe Finder is a life saver for me, because everything is at its place. I chose turquoise, because it reminds me of warm getaway holidays and that gives me always a little lift.
CarrieMe Classic Finder in Tropical Turquoise

CarrieMe Classic Finder in Tropical Turquoise
2.  CarrieMe Classic Bag Hook in Cranberry Red
I love my shoulder bags and they are very important to me, because they carry everything what I need to do my work.  So, I really don't like to put them on the floor where they can get damaged, dirty and where I run the risk of loosing things as well being mugged.  The CarrieMe Bag Hook avoids all of these things. It keeps my bag save, clean and clearly in my view.  I picked the colour red for red alert so that I am not running the risk leaving with out my bag.

CarrieMe Classic Bag Hook in Cranberry Red
CarrieMe Classic Bag Hook in Cranberry Red

3. CarrieMore Clip
Another genius idea. I can't even count how many gloves and umbrella I lost and left behind. No more - this clip keeps gloves and umbrella at its place.  
CarrieMore Clip in Silver

CarrieMore Clip with umbrella