Radiate Windrush Festival

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Back by popular demand, This years Windrush Festival took place at Crystal Palace Park and was nothing short of great vibes! Crowds gathered together to mark the 71st anniversary since the Windrush generation arrived to the UK shores. In recognition of this historical moment, Wanda Nation organised the ultimate experience for guests to get involved with the festivities. Following on from the success of last year, its no surprise that this year was predicted to be a hit!

Taking place over the 22nd – 23rd June, the festival consisted of true cultural appreciation as guests were encouraged to represent their background. Decked with flags, whistles, family and good vibes galore, Crystal Palace Park had truly been transformed…Caribbean style.

PROGRAMME
  • Main Stage
  • History Zone
  • Kids Play Zone
  • Art Gallery
  • Food Village
  • Well Being Hub
  • Trader’s Market
  • Pop-Up Bookshop
  • Pan Yard
  • Sound System Yard
  • + More

With so many activities to get involved in, its safe to say that everyone had a great time. The day was blessed with true Caribbean vibes,  featuring cultural beats, authentic designs and not to mention…mouth watering dishes! Whether you came to mingle or shake a leg, an amazing experience was guaranteed.

Who are the ‘Windrush Generation’?

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‘Those arriving in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries have been labelled the Windrush generation’. Basically, for those of us who are of Caribbean decent, its likely that our grandparents (great/great grandparents etc) made a huge sacrifice for  what we call life today. The term Windrush is in ‘reference to the ship MV Empire Windrush, which arrived at Tilbury Docks, Essex, on 22 June 1948, bringing workers from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and other islands, as a response to post-war labour shortages in the UK. The ship carried 492 passengers – many of them children.’ (Source: BBC)

It’s not known exactly how many people belong to the Windrush generation. The majority of children who were transported at the time, travelled on their parents passport, failing to apply for travel documents.  The number is likely to be in the thousands!  (Source: BBC)

Dear Younger Generation…

…Theres a little history lesson for you and  background context as to why we gather together to celebrate an amazing mark in history. Dear younger generation, when’s the last time you gave your elders a hug or appreciation for the sacrifices they made for you? Speaking to myself as a direct great grandchild Windrush decedent, its safe to say that an act of appreciation is minor compared to the huge sacrifices of my elders. I will be mindful to always remember the strength and resilience undergone by the generations before me, continuing to make a conscious effort to learn and embrace my culture. Jamaica has been added to my bucket list as its one of the great travel destinations i’d love to see! Its so important for us as a younger generation not to be consumed with a westernised society. Carve the time to research your roots and embrace your culture…we’ve got a lot to be proud of after all!

Happy WindRush…lets continue to make history!

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Get to Know Me

1. Where did you grow up?

Southeast London: Lewisham

2. Where do you currently live?

None of your business lol

3. Who is your first best friend?

We don’t do best friends out here!

4. How tall are you?

5 foot something…wow I’m doing terribly lol

5.Dogs or Cats?

Erm cats…no dogs…wait cats because I have one but I’m open to a cute dogs. Like an Andrex puppy…yeah that’s a nice dog!!

6. What year were you born?

1994

8. Are you in/have you gone to college?

Currently studying Marketing Comms at Uni.

9. What is your favorite drink?

KA cola flavour baby!!

10. What is your spirit animal and why?

I’m not really into this…but I was intrigued so I’ve taken a quiz for you guys. Google has confirmed my spirit animal is: An Owl…apparently I have a ‘deep connection with wisdom an knowledge’ meaning I got the smart smarts!! Did you ever doubt me?

11. You’re wearing perfume, what scent is it?

Zara: Orchard. I do need some new perfume though!

12. Tea or Coffee?

Latte? Depends on the vibe…if I need a boost it’s coffee If I just need to chillax then Tea!!

13. What are your life goals?

Wow. World domination?

I joke. D’you know what, this would actually make a really good blog post. I’m not taking the easy option and skipping this question (*Contemplates life) but stay tuned and I’ll be sure to answer this in full depth in an upcoming post (*cheats the system)

14. What sports do you play or have you played?

Lol me and sports? I mean I do go gym so my fitness isn’t that bad! If I had to choose which sports I enjoy I guess basketball and badminton, don’t ask why.

15. Have any books you read changed your life?

‘The Secret’ for me was definitely a game changer! Most of my collection consists of motivation reads now. I love anything which inspires me and challenges my way of thinking.

16. What is your favorite movie?

Love and Basketball…simply a classic.

17. Who are your favorite YouTubers?

The Find Guru

MarieJay

The Ace Family

The Prince Family

Patricia Bright

Nakita Johnson

Bianca Reece

… there’s loads of em!

18. Do you speak any languages and how well?

Just finished my first year of learning Spanish. I’d say I’m still at beginners level.

19. How would you describe your fashion sense?

My fashion sense changes all the time! Majority of the time I like the smart/casj look. Sometimes I like the laid back comfy look. Sometimes my 90’s baby vibes take over… I have a wide fashion sense!

20. What is your go-to hairstyle?

Majority of the time you’ll see me rocking a high bun or slicked back ponytail lol. Recently I have been embracing my natural curls so occasionally I embrace the lioness look!

21. How many siblings do you have?

1 full sister

1 half sister

1 half brother …and any others that my Dads not told us about 🤷🏽‍♀️

22. What is your go-to fast food order?

Yo boss man can I get four wings and chips?

23. Do you use PC or a Mac?

Eh PC

24. Your most memorable vacation memory?

Seeing the Mayan ruins in Belize! I just found it amazing to embrace that part of my heritage and climbing the ruins first hand…amazing!

25. Do you have any bad habits?

Haha I swallow my chewing gum like 9/10…and I chew a lot!!

Forgetting to throw the occasional contact lense in the bin…(later gets discovered in hoover…I’m sorry)

There’s plenty more but this isn’t the ‘name Rhiann’s bad habits’ post now is it!

26. Tell us one thing about you that we wouldn’t know?

I’m freakishly scared of foxes. I’ll fully pull out my phone just to have a random phone call if I think I’m at risk of encountering one…I think it scares them off. Then again, foxes are moving like badmen these days so I guess we’re all in danger!!!

What is your favorite Netflix show?

At the moment I’m binge watching Jane the Virgin…it’s also good practise for my Spanish!!

27. What theme parks have you been to?

Chessington, Thorpe Park, Disneyland Florida/Paris…I think that’s it?

28. What is your favorite genre of film and why?

Romcoms…come on who doesn’t like a feel good movie with a happy ending!

29. What was your dream job as a kid?

As a kid, I wanted to become an author…I loved writing stories when I was younger. Always been a creative one, me.

30. What is your favorite thing to order on UberEats?

Jerk chicken! Lol

31. Have you ever failed at anything and what did you learn?

With success comes failure. I fail often and it’s great! No, obviously the feeling of failure is never great at first…but when you use it to push you and motivate you…then the feeling of succeeding is simply amazing!

32. How many countries have you traveled to?

Belize, America (Florida, New York)Italy, Cyprus, Paris, Portugal, Morocco, Majorca, Gran Canaria…that’s 9, and the list shall continue!!

33. Do you have any pets? Show them to us!

Meet Kitty

34. What are your pet peeves?

People that eat with their mouths open and chew like a cow

Hacking your saliva (gross bro)

Being loud for no apparent reason (shushhh)

Cracking your knuckles

People that can’t walk inna straight line

People.

35. What do you do in your free time?

Blog, photography, Read, Gym…travel baby!!! (When my budget allows)

36. Do you have any weird quirks?

Being a weird quirky person tbh!

37. What is your favorite color?

Rose gold!!!

38. Do you know your personality type? What is it?

I’m an introverted extrovert

39. What are your favorite values in friends?

Honest

Loyal

Ride or die

40. What is one thing you wished people knew about you?

People initially think I’m either quiet or quite serious, but once you get to know me you’ll realise I have the silliest sense of humour and love to laugh!!!

41. How do you get along with your family?

Swimmingly

42. Who is your role model

My top 3 legends I’d love to meet:

Morgan Freeman, Samuel L Jackson, Steve Harvey…You was expecting a female boss right? Yeah I got those too!

43. What are you happiest with in your life?

That I have grasped the fact that life is a journey and it’s ok to have high and low points. It’s not a marathon and I embrace every stumbling block which comes my way. I’m happy that I am open to new experiences and will always be on the pursuit to better myself… is that deep enough?

25 Things I’ve learned in 25 years

 

Just over a month ago I celebrated my 25th birthday! Now thinking about it, i really can’t believe i’m officially a quarter of a century years old. Gone are the days where i could say phrases like, ‘i’m just a kid’ or ‘Leave me alone, i’m only little!’ (Well tbh i am only 5ft something, so we’ll continue rinsing this phrase unless by some miracle i receive a quarter life growth spurt!)

 

Anyways, we’re officially grown over here! In celebration of reaching this milestone, i thought it would be great to reflect on my journey thus far and share some nuggets of wisdom with my fellow young grasshoppers. Whatever stage you are at in your journey, i believe its so important to reflect on how far you have come, recognise all achievements made and take the time to set new goals in place for yourself. As you grow, you will encounter new experiences which will impact your overall perception on life. You will be tested, but ultimately it comes down to your ability to adapt/embrace change.

 

Now, i’m not saying I’ve got this thing called ‘life’ solved…but here are a few lessons that I’ve learned along the way:

 

 

‘Life is not happening to you, its happening because of you’ – However you’re feeling, at this present moment know that all things are happening as a result of the actions you have taken. It sounds crazy but, we have the power to attract certain situations into our lives, be it good or bad. Which takes me onto my next point…

 

The Law of Attraction – If you haven’t read ‘The Secret’ what are you really doing with your life? This book has honestly changed my perception on life and the decisions I make. Knowing about the Law of Attraction has been a game changer, opening the door for me to practice positive thinking, affirmations etc. To put it simply, the universe responds to the energy and vibes that we put out. Read the book, and tell me if i’m over hyping lol

 

No matter what, get up, dress up, show up’ – I love this quote, its such a great attitude to have. Even in those dark moments, its important to pick yourself up and carry on. If I am struggling to stay motivated, I often remind myself of how proud/accomplished I will feel after completing a task…this drives me to get the job done!
 
Let go and Let God/ Don’t be afraid to ask for help/Communication is key– How many of us are culprits of trying to take everything on by ourselves? Sometimes, I forget to share the load due to my own preference on how I’d like things done. There’s nothing wrong with being independent, but it’s ok to ask for help every now and again…in fact it shows great strength. Whether you believe in God, the power of the universe etc…having a safe place or someone to lean on when you need help is important. 
 
Self Love is everything! – The theme of my life right now and forever more! I can’t stress enough how important it is to practise self love and care. The older I get, the more I realise its ok to carve the time out for myself too. You need it. Self love is vital for your self esteem, self worth, values…the list is endless. Learning to love myself more is one of the best decisions I have made in my adult life. It has given me the ability to recognise my abilities and how I deserve to be treated. 
 
Take some time to relax/Balance – Life can be pretty stressful at times. It is important to take a moment to relax in order to regenerate your energy. 
 
Don’t take your loved ones for granted – I’ve had my fair share of losses over the year and one thing I can honestly advise, appreciate your loved ones whilst they are still here. Never take people for granted as no one is promised tomorrow. 
 
Exercise – Guess who’s just signed up for a gym membership for  the thousandth time!! On a serious note, I am excited/ determined to stay on track with my fitness journey. For me, its more about staying healthy as apposed to loosing weight. 
 
Drink plenty of water – Pretty self explanatory. I’m guilty of not drinking enough of the stuff, but I am making more of a conscious effort! 
 
Practise Gratitude – For me, practising gratitude falls in line with the Law of Attraction. Its so easy to get caught up in a negative mind space, focusing on the things we don’t have. However, practising gratitude opens the door for greater blessings, more opportunities. 
 
Compare yourself to NO ONE/Be confident/Protect your energy- In todays society, it is so easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others. The pressures of social media and its influence is at an all time high! The older I get, the more I have learnt to be comfortable in my own skin. I am more conscience of what I allow into my environment and make it my mission to protect my energy. This also falls under self love as the more you love yourself, the less you will feel the need to compare yourselves to others. We all have our own things going for us, be happy for others, and focus on getting yours!
 
Travel – A few years ago, I made it one of my goals to travel more. I love getting the  opportunity to experience a new environment and the cultures that come with it. This year I hope to add to my list…next up….Greece!!
 
Laugh Often/Nothing is worth stressing over – In life, I believe there is a certain turning point where you come to realise what’s truly important. Stressing over little things just isn’t worth it. At the end of the day, all you can do is work hard and apply yourself in order to achieve your dreams. We have to accept that things will happen out of our control, just be sure to laugh often and embrace life’s journey every step of the way. 
 
Do it Afraid/Challenge yourself/Embrace change – Sometimes, we have to push ourselves out of our comfort zone in order to achieve the life of our dreams. I’m rarely prepared for a change, but when it comes I have to choose whether to embrace it or choose the easy option and run away. In the face of adversity, you have to decide whether you are willing to go through the hard times and come out the other end a stronger, more experienced person. I often find that by taking on challenging tasks and ‘doing it afraid’ I feel a greater sense of accomplishment. 
 
Stop procrastinating/Be Consistent –  Aaah procrastination…one of life’s biggest time wasters. I’m still guilty of this one, not going to lie- but I am making a conscious effort to be more consistent and procrastinate less. ‘Say what you mean and mean what you say’.
 

LIVE!!! – Life is for living, embracing new experiences and creating great memories along the way. At the end of the day, we only get once chance at this thing (unless you believe in reincarnation, do you) may as well have fun whilst doing it. Live your best life!!

Strength.

Hi guys,

It feels like forever since i last posted. This year it was one of my goals to consistently upload content to my Blog/YouTube channel…a goal which i have successfully FLOPPED at to say the least. But anyways, i thought it was high time i break the silence and fill you all in with a little Life Update.

The truth is I’ve been on a little journey of self discovery, not exactly by choice mind you. This year, life has been majorly impacted by various events, leading to some serious soul searching, and a genuine desire to get my act together.

Dealing with a loss

Death. Life’s harsh reality in reminding us that nobody is promised tomorrow. I know this subject is quite bleak and that’s why i pretty much wanted to address it first and get it over with.  As some of you may know from reading my last post, I’ve been dealing with the loss of my Nan. From frequent visits to my Nan’s care home in Milton Keynes to suddenly finding the words to pay tribute at her funeral…Life simply changed. It’s been a hard period in mine and my family’s life. I seem to have grasped the concept of death more over the past two years than ever before in my life! But still…we go on. No, I’ve not mastered how to ‘deal with it’ nor would i say ‘I’ve moved on’… i’m simply learning how to push on, despite the pain.

Hungry for Success

All i can say is that now, more than ever before…i am Hungry for Success. Every once and a while life has a funny way of reminding you that you really are stronger than you feel. Sometimes, it takes battling through a tough situation to reveal that inner strength…and i don’t know about you, but the more i’m coming to grips with my inner warrior… its pretty much game over for fear.

I Came to Win

No, i’m not bigging myself up. Nor am i saying that i’m about to take over the world (don’t doubt my abilities though okurr)… but what i am saying is that at this stage in my life, something great is generating in my journey. Power. I’m making  I Make a conscious effort to tap into my strengths daily. Whether it be as little as stating positive affirmations in the morning (stating positive facts about yourself, e.g ‘I am brave, i am powerful…etc) to facing fears and pushing past my anxiety. I am only as great as i allow myself to be…and who says that the limitations have to be capped so tightly?

Whether you are a ‘Faith without works is dead’ or ‘Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard’ type of person, know this…it still takes stepping out in order to reach your goals. And i don’t know about you, but i think i’d prefer to run towards mines!

Potential 

How did this post turn into  a little preachathon btw? I think it’s been brewing inside of me for quite some time now that i just need to Do Better. Not just speak it, not just advise it…but actually do better. You can call it having an epiphany, but at my big age of 24 (bruuuh) I’ve just got to the point where i’m ready to disrupt the norm.

Be your own Cheerleader

Sometimes, you really have got to be your own cheerleader in this life. Yes, i have supportive people around me and yes the motivational talks are laaavely, but i can’t depend on others to get me to the next stage. If you want to advance to your purpose in life, whatever it may be…then its time to Level up.

Procrastination and coasting were two of my biggest culprits, i’ll be honest. But being successful and making my Nan proud is a combined force not to be reckoned with. I dare you to go ahead and try though, just for lols.

Next chapter, to be continued…

Getting ready for Uni featuring Old English Company

Hey guys,

For anyone who may have read my last post, you’ll be aware of a few updates going on in my life at the moment. Now, one of the areas i touched on was applying for university and filling in application forms. I can happily say i am down to my final two choices!! I am deciding between London Southbank University and University of Westminster. For anyone who may have attended either of the two, i’d love to hear your thoughts…perhaps you can give me a little insight of your experience there?

Anyways, in readiness for my Uni venture I’ve decided to put some preparations into place.

Accommodation 

I wanted to address my living situation first. I guess for a lot of students gearing up for uni…the whole ‘shared accommodation thing’ serves as the ultimate experience for Uni life. Straight up, I WON’T be doing that! Guys, i’m 24 and really not about that life. If i’m looking to move out from home, it will be into my own space haha! Nothing personal, i’d just prefer to have my own place where i can come home to every day and relax (#Bliss) It’s not as if i’m anti-social, i just think i’m passed that stage (and ok, maybe a little anti-social lol)

I’m so excited that I’ve already put together my ultimate Pinterest board with studio apartment ideas. Initially i was hoping to rent a one bedroom apartment, but realistically i think its wiser to go for the cheaper option of a studio as i’ll need to be mindful of budgeting. Eeek, please divert your attention to the lush imagery below:

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Just think Sarah Jessica Parker meets New York City vibes! I’m loving: Pink, white and grey along with Zig-zag prints for decor! Ultimately i’d love to have a girly pad with simplistic chic decor.

Old English Company

Guys, i’d like to introduce you to the Old English Company,  a brand i have literally been obsessing over lately and once you get a glance of their range you will see just why! Being the type of person who needs to have planners, diaries and organizers in my life,  i LOVE the fact that Old English Company offer a stylish range of stationery. If you love chic, querky designs and motivational quotes, you will love Old English Company. Who said stationery has to be plain?

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In addition to stationery, Old English also offer an amazing range in home ware, art prints, greeting cards and a my personal favourite… enamel pins!! In the mood to jazz up your outfit? Enamel pins are a great way to show off your style and add a little extra flair to your wardrobe. There are so many themes to choose from: Animals, plants, motivational and much more. The enamel pins can be purchased at an affordable price ranging from £5-£10, BARGAIN! Be sure to browse the enamel pins collection here

This stylish collection is going straight into my basket as i prep for Uni. Affordable, cute stationery and chic decor to decorate my future studio…what a lifesaver!! Be sure to check out Old English’s website here.

Competition Time

 **Old English are currently running a competition!**

In celebration of new designs added to the enamel pin collection,Old English are currently running a competition. For your chance to win the below set of enamel pins, simply send an email stating your favourite design from the entire enamel pin range to: hello@oldenglishcompany.com

Check out the new range here

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Embracing Change

Hi all,

Gosh, has it really been 3 months since my last blog post?!

I’m not going to lie, i would say that the last 3 months have been pretty full on in terms of changes/decision making. The three main areas which have been impacted the most in my life are: work, education and family. So let me get started on giving you an in look into my hectic life recently…

Work

I’m not sure if i have ever mentioned my work history on my blog before, but for those of you who may not be aware, i do temping to earn money. Since leaving school back in 2012 (6 years ago…trust me i haven’t got a clue where the time has gone!) I’ve had quite a few roles under my belt. This has been great in terms of gaining experience in various office environments and meeting lots of people along the way. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve been offered a few permanent roles during this time, but i can honestly say that the longest i have stayed in a job role is a year. To put in bluntly, a role has never quite captivated me enough to want to settle down and be like ‘Yeah, i could see myself working here for the next few years…’ I have taken on permanent work thinking OK, maybe its going to happen, but the reality is there has always been something missing for me…PASSION. Which leads me onto my next point…

Education

When you’re a fresh school leaver, you and all of your friends are suppose to be planning the best summer before embarking on your separate ways and heading off to Uni right? Wrong. Unlike most of my friends, i made the decision to bypass uni and head straight into work life. I suppose when i was 17 years old, i was eager to get out of the classroom and into earning money. A pretty standard way of thinking for a young person to be fair. At the time, i knew that i wanted a role within the media industry i just didn’t realise how difficult it would be to get one!

Anyways fast forward a few years of finding myself, gaining work experience and all that jazz, i have finally come to a point of realisation. I’d quite like to give University a try. Scary, i know! Its taken me a while to gain the confidence in taking control of the direction i’d like my life to head in. Being 24, I’ve had major doubt questioning whether its too late, or if i’m silly for wanting to take on the stress (Essays, dissertations…oh gosh). But, I’ve received a lot of support from friends and family members encouraging me with this decision- and i am honestly grateful for this. The sheer fact in knowing that this next phase of my life is being taken to better myself and future makes me really happy.

The subject i have chosen to study is marketing, and i couldn’t be happier with this decision. When filling out my Ucas applications the first time round (back in 2012), i put media…but its amazing how taking the time to find myself these past 6 years has helped me zone in on my real areas of interest. Marketing is such a diverse field to get into and i believe that my love for blogging/ YouTube has stemmed from this.  And guess what… I’ve already received two conditional offers! All of my uni choices are located in London (trust me, the temptation to get the heck out of London recently has been all to real !) I’m also hoping to move out during this period with the help of a maintenance loan/temping on the side. By the end of my 3 years at Uni, i hope to have gained the right tools in order to confidently shape my career…it would be great to step into a marketing executive/brand co-coordinator role. Not too bad of a plan aye?

Family

Family life has been a little hectic lately as unfortunately, my Nan passed away Saturday 12th May. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy, especially if its someone who has made such an impact in your life.

In all honesty, it will take a while to come to grips with the fact that she is no longer with us, however its important to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. At the end of the day, its about keeping the persons memory alive and focusing on the legacy which they have left behind. I know that during this difficult time, it’s hard to see the positive. But if i can encourage anyone who might be going through a similar situation, you need to remember to stay strong. Be a strong source for your family and most importantly for yourself. Know that it’s OK to have moments of sadness and allow yourself to grieve. Having an amazing support system is always helpful and i’d like to thank everyone who has reached out and offered there wishes. There will always be a void now that my Nan has gone, but i find comfort in the fact of knowing that she is no longer in pain, no longer suffering and finally at peace. Heaven has gained another angel and i know she will be watching over me and my family. Rest in beautiful peace Nanny xxx

Thanks so much for reading this post, it’s been a while and an update was long over due. If there are any areas which you would like me to expand on, feel free to drop me a comment or just some general feedback would be much appreciated! I’d be more than happy to discuss my experience of the world of temping, sending off Uni applications as an independent or even dealing with the loss of a loved one. My Uni course is due to start in September which means that in addition to temping, i should have a bit of free time to get back into blogging. I’m thinking of also doing an update video over on my YouTube channel (which is in desperate need of a bit of TLC) so be sure to keep an eye on that! Once again, thanks for reading…Happy blogging!

How to: Experience London Fashion Week for Free!

That’s right, you read correctly- you too can have that London Fashion Week experience all without breaking the bank! Sound too good to be true? As a small time blogger, i understand the struggle of not receiving those lush opportunities well known bloggers might receive. For some of us, it would be the ultimate dream to be seated front row at the hottest catwalks. But who’s to say that we can’t get a taste of the Lavish lifestyle? Fancy experiencing the glitz and glam of this season’s most raved about event? In this post, i share with you some amazing Fashion events taking place during London Fashion week! And the best part? YES, these events are absolutely free! All you need to do is simply click on the links provided and register for you’re free ticket!

Let me know if you come across any events which are sold out…i might just have a spare ticket for you to claim! No need to break the bank keeping up with this seasons trends, simply secure yourself a travel card and get ready to have the ultimate London Fashion Week experience!!

Couture & Cocktails by: Dumebi

Fri, Feb 16, 2018, 5:00 PM – Mon, Feb 19, 2018, 4:00 PM

Dumebi couture and cocktails

‘Kensington Fashion show & Pop-up event. Join us at our Couture & Cocktails Kensington Fashion show & 3 day Pop up event on Friday 16th February to Monday 19th February 2018 during London fashion week. Featuring exclusive handmade creations from emerging Artists, Couture clothing designer and Artisan accessory brands’  Register for your ticket here 

Presentations + Concept Store, presented by LDC

Fri, Feb 16, 2018, 10:00 AM – Tue, Feb 20, 2018, 5:00 PM

LOCATION

3 Slingsby Place, London, WC2E 9AB

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‘Expect daily live fashion presentations previewing new and unseen collections, networking and women in business events, workshop + talk evenings, free goodies + happy hours, exciting panel discussions and evening events running all week.’ Register for your ticket here

Beyond Heritage: Mulberry at Spencer House

17th Feb Sat, 17 Feb 2018, 10:00 – Sun, 18 Feb 2018, 17:00

LOCATION

Spencer House, 27 Saint James’s Place, London, SW1A 1NR

Mulberry

To celebrate the launch of the Spring Summer ‘18 collection, Mulberry is taking over the magnificent eighteenth-century Spencer House hosting ‘Beyond Heritage’: a series of presentations and workshops across the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February. These public events centre around Mulberry collaborators who have a shared passion for craft, fashion and quality. Guests will also be able to enjoy the Palm Room tea house. Register for your ticket here

 

Fashions Finest AW 18

Sat, 17 Feb 2018, 13:00 – Sun, 18 Feb 2018, 15:00

LOCATION

De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA

Fashions Finest

‘Fashions Finest is an established independent trade event showcasing hand selected emerging and established designers each season, from the UK and oversees during London Fashion Week.’ Register for your ticket here

Designer Pop Up Event by Shopest

Sunday, February 18, 2018 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

LOCATION

Souk Medina, 1a Shorts Gardens, London, WC2H 9AT

Shopest pop up event

A mix of inspirational, International and local London designers, have come together to make this THE event not to miss! 2 Days and nights of shopping, music exciting live catwalk shows, drinks and lots of entertainment. All day shopping till 9 pm and 2 exclusive invitation-only high profile events for both evenings. Register for your ticket here

We Heart Mondays Fashion Week Lounge

Feb 19, 2018 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm

LOCATION

We Heart Mondays HQ, Swan Wharf , 60 Dace Road, London, E3 2NQ

 

We Heart Mondays

 

‘We’re bringing the fun to London Fashion Week this season, with our ‘Fresh As A Daisy’ themed Fashion Week Lounge Get spoilt by our brands who will be gifting their products and providing interactive experiences throughout the event’ Register for your ticket here

PROJECT RED 2018 – CATWALK SHOW

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 4:55 PM

LOCATION

The Cass, London Metropolitan University

Project Red 2018

‘PROJECT RED is an annual live catwalk show from the BA (Hons) Fashion course at The Cass, held in the Atrium at Goulston Street. The show, which marks the end to this year’s Celebration Week at The Cass, features work from first year students on The Cass BA (Hons) Fashion degree and will be followed by a drinks reception with staff and students.’ Register for your free ticket here

Private shopping experience by: Meet the designers!

Sat, February 24, 2018 1:00 AM – 5:00 PM

LOCATION

The Gallery, Oxford Circus, London, W1T

 

Meet the Designers

‘Private Shopping Experience for Men and Women with up to 75% Off purchase (selected items) on the day from the latest collection of our selected designers to update your style, buy gifts for loved ones and celebrate a new season.’  Register for your ticket here 

See You There!

So, what are you waiting for?? For a chance to experience London Fashion Week for absolutely free, register now! See whats in store for next seasons trends and set your sight on collections from well known designers/brands. I hope you have an amazing time and please be sure to comment your experience if you do register for any of the above events- i’d love to read it! See you there!

(Descriptions of the events were sourced from the websites linked above)

Travel diaries: Trip to Cyprus

Hello everyone and Happy new year,

I know we are rapidly approaching the end of January (where is this month going please?!) but as it’s my first post of the year i had to hit you guys up with a New year greeting! I hope everyone had an amazing festive period and has started the year feeling refreshed and full of optimism. I know i am, have you seen my latest YouTube video ‘20 Goals for 2018‘? (shameless plug). Well if you haven’t already, be sure to check out what goals i have set in place for myself this year- i think they are quite relate-able.

Anyways, in true ‘New Year, New me’ spirit (i joke) I’ve decided to start 2018 with a bang! Touching on one of my fave goals set, me and Stef took the leap and booked ourselves a trip to Cyprus! Now, you may notice an increase in travel blogs/vlogs over on my platforms (no apologies) This is due to the simple fact that i’m at the stage in my life where i simply want to travel! I want to have new experiences and embrace amazing cultures…i know i share this dream with many of you out there, so i’m taking the bull by its horns (i think that’s the phrase, tbh i’m really not sure! lol) and going for it! Starting with small trips around Europe and constant saving, i’m ready to go on these crazy adventures. And that’s a little update on me- without further ado, lets get onto Cyprus!

 

I absolutely loved Cyprus! From the sunset walks across the harbor to the late night dining at the bay, Paphos was an unforgettable experience. Although we went during the countries quiet period, we were never left short of activities! One of the highlights of the trip would have to be our trip to Paphos Zoo! As common as this might sound, it was just nice to have a chilled day which revolved around zoning out!

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Wouldn’t want to get into one with this guy!

I would have loved more time to truly embrace the countries remarkable culture, but lazy days and beach side chilling was the perfect way to embrace the Cypriot way of living- siesta style!

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I would love to visit Cyprus again, possibly during the summer period when the town is alive and booming. But i’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to tick another country off of my list! With more sites, and beautiful cities out there, the world is my oyster (…and yours!) Here’s to more adventures and a whole lot of exploring!!

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I can’t wait for the next adventure!

Did you know I’m on YouTube?!! Be sure to check out my Cyprus Travel Vlog over on my YouTube channel. Be sure to hit subscribe for frequent vids from me x 

Blogger shoot: Spreading Festive cheer

Hi guys,

It’s been ages since I’ve blogged and i’ve got to say – oh how ive missed posting!

To get myself back onto the blogging bandwagon, I thought i’d share some amazing pictures captured from mine and Lily’s very first blogger shoot on Saturday 9th December. We disturbed the streets of London( Kensington/Sloane square to be exact) in a bid to capture the perfect shot! Initially, we planned to go with an Autumn/Winter theme but looking over these pictures i think its safe to say we achieved both a winter and festive Christmas theme combined!

I’m not sure why its taken me so long to go ahead and do a  bloggers shoot, we all know i love photography (link to portfolio) but i guess there’s a first time for everything! With growth comes a taste for more adventure… and i think i’ve fallen inlove with my camera all over again. So what does this mean? …Well lets just say i’m ready to commit to the ‘Events’ side of my Lifestyle and Events blogger title so expect to see more funfilled, vibrant content!!

…And now for the pretty visuals!!!

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This first set of photos were taken on a cute cobblestoned road in Kensington, near Kynans Mews.

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The second set of photo’s were taken on the sleek streets of Kensington. I love how bright this area is, the crisp white radiates and elegant vibe!

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The last set of photo’s were captured right in the heart of Sloane Square. The area had such a festive vibe and i’m so happy we got to capture this within our photo’s!

The count down is officially on until the Christmas holidays!!  I cannot wait to spend time with my family and friends, not to mention cheesy christmas movies and lounging cosily in my onsie!! Have a lovely Christmas /New Year everyone- and a well deserved break.

Special shout out to my friend Lily May for capturing the pics featured in this blog. She also has a blog page and has some great Beauty/Fashion and Lifestyle posts…check her out guys: iamlilymay.com

Also be sure to check out the day in vlog form, over on my YouTube channel.

Follow me on social media:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7jh-CgcQ_TN3cq7sRa8Rww

Instagram: instagram.com/justrhibee

Twitter: twitter.com/rhiann_94

 

How to: Achieve The Perfect Cake Stand

 

 

I recently attended this years Cake and Bake show with Great Cakiness and thought it would be great to put together a ‘How to’ guide for any cake brands out there prepping for an upcoming showcase/exhibition.

Having witnessed the hard work that goes into creating the perfect cake stand from previous events, I thought it would be great to give tips based on both an exhibitor/attendee’s point of view.

Time management – Make a plan

Plan, plan, plan. I cannot stress to you how important it is to make sure that you have thoroughly planned out movements. Whether its assigning time for baking prep or forming the actual design of your stand…planning really is key! Consider the key points below BEFORE you go into taking on the showcasing world.

  • Diary/Calendar– Do you have one? Use It. I find that an attractive diary/calendar tends to draw me to actually using one. If plain black diaries aren’t your thing, have a look at Primark’s selection of snazzy designs. Quite affordable and the perfect way to keep your schedule in check! Wall calendars are a good way of being constantly reminded of your duties also…please invest!
  • Quantity/stock take- This one’s really important! In order for your stand to go down as a success you’ve got to ensure that you have enough resources. This goes for: product, equipment, manpower…the list is endless! Ensure to carry out a check of what resources you have available in order to maximise your time. At the end of the day, no one wants to feel run down to the ground as a result of spreading yourself to thin! Rest up, rest assured and consider the next point…
  • Demand (popular products) If you’ve taken part in previous ideas, it’s handy to take note of some of your best sellers. Consider what your most popular products were and how likely this may be requested. Popularity sells, the more in demand the more profitable! Think smart, it’s all about supply and demand!

 

  • Visuals


  • Pinterest/Instagram –  You can find inspiration in just about anything, but for online visuals i find Pinterest and Instagram are my top favourites. It’s so simple, have a vision or theme in mind, run a search and before you know it…you’ll be creating boards left, right and centre! The main thing to keep in mind are any similarities/trends you may notice in the images you are selecting…
  • Colours/decorations…E.g: Colours, trends, styles, objects. Do you find yourself leaning towards vintage inspiration or perhaps modern is more your style? Really focus on this, after all- its the visuals that will most likely attract customers to your stand. Once you’ve drawn them in, you can boast about that amazing ‘new recipe’ or ‘new flavour’ you’ve just added to your produce. That will have them talking!

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  • Objects – Now that you have a theme in mind, its time to start thinking about where your going to source these props/objects. I find: eBay and Amazon is a great place to start your online search. I also find with a lot of high street brands, it doesn’t hurt to check out their home ware range to see what they have to offer. 9/10 a lot of the decor can be used as props…if strategically placed you could have a vintage/chic stand courtesy of H&M, Primark, Tk Maxx…the list is endless. Don’t shy away from seeing what value you can get for your money, Pound shops are great for having great finds at a cheap price. Be sure to check out their home ware isle when next out on a shopping trip…you might be surprised. Charity shops are also a great source when on the hunt for vintage inspired pieces, at an affordable price. Why not pop into your local charity shop and see what they have to offer!

 

  • Layout – Now, this step is key! At this point we are now combining all of the planning, the hard research, killer nights baking away, strategic buying…it’s all come down to this moment… The Layout. You’ve got to ask yourself this vital question, ‘How am i going to achieve a stand that shows off my brand, what it’s got to offer and all whilst still being fabulous?  Well, remember that vision you had, now is the time to carry it out. Start by maximising what space you have available. For the larger designs, such as Wedding/Novelty cakes, think about how you can really show off these designs to put them in the spotlight. Got a spotlight creation that you’d like to show off? Think about laying out props in a way to maximise and draw attention to your cake designs. Think about visuals and what decor will really tie in with your theme. Using props can maximise attention drawn to your cakes and boost attraction overall!

Promote your brand

There are various ways in which you can promote your brand when it comes to events:

  • Uniform – Dressing your staff in uniform can be a great way to encourage brand recognition. A visible logo and colours associated with your brand gives clear guidance on your products and helps customers know where they can find assistance.
  • Business Cards/Brochures/Packages – Are a great source for providing useful information to your customers. Be sure to have loads of material for potential clients to take away with them. Great for referring to when they are leaving.