Conquer Stress. Be Stellar.

I love finding great Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns to support, and this is one right up my alley. I have always been into smart technology and recently have been researching fitness bands. Then I stumbled across the Olive campaign on IndieGoGo which is a band that targets stress and helps you conquer it. Stress is something I don’t cope particularly well with, so reading the story and seeing how well thought out the product will be showed me it was something worthwhile to invest in.

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The details:

Olive sits comfortably and discreetly on your wrist and monitors stress-related data in the background. Olive:

  • Tracks physical indicators of stress based on changes in heart rate, reactions in your skin, and trends in skin temperature
  • Analyzes habits that contribute to stress like your physical activity, sleep, and exposure to light
  • Talks with your smartphone to understand your lifestyle through your calendar, your location, and other available data

All of this information is meticulously stitched together with powerful algorithms to paint a more complete picture of your stress than has been possible, until now.

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Olive measures:

Heart rate and heart rate variability to better understand our body’s stress response through changes in the cardiovascular system.
Skin conductance which indicates our body’s level of excitement. When we have emotional reactions, Olive can detect this in our skin.
Ambient light because exposure to light affects our sleep and body’s natural rhythms, which in turn change the way we respond to stress.
Motion to analyze overall muscle tension. When we are stressed and our body enters a fight-or-flight state, our muscles tense up.
Skin temperature which can change when stress affects blood flow to our extremities.

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Stylish enough for me, featuring some amazing technology, what’s not to love? Have a look at the perks and read up on the campaign for yourselves. Will you be investing?

OUT NOVEMBER 2015

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

I have been an avid follower of Alicia Hannah Naomi since a friend led me to the discovery of her blog many years ago. When she started making her own jewellery I loved her design and aesthetics, and was an instant fan. I applaud her efforts on this new collection, and have my eye on the Awl Ring my favourite piece. I urge you to check out her amazing work.

In response to corporeal relationships and visceral sensuality, the 2015 collection features raw textures with a primal tactility. The desire for human contact is communicated through sculpted surface treatments and undulation that culminates in sharp detail. Interlocking elements delineate our common need for intimacy, while the shadowy blackening of the precious metals amplify the brutality associated with lust. Manufactured in Melbourne from sterling silver, precious gems and volcanic rock; the works allegorise the carnal connection of lovers.

Have a look at the hauntingly beautiful images from Alicia Hannah Naomi’s 2015 collection:

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Photography: STEPHANIE CAMMARANO

Hair & Makeup: HOLLY-ROSE BUTLER

Model: TONEYA @ SCENE

Art Direction: ALICIA HANNAH NAOMI

Family Comes First

Bit of a late post about a wedding fair I attended at the start of the month but I only just got a hold of the lovely images captured by my talented cousin. It’s the only wedding related thing I have done since my engagement about a year and a half ago, and interested me because it wasn’t the usual standard wedding milarky. It was also a great excuse to have a bit of a reunion with my two beautiful cousins and do something different to the norm. We took the day to travel into London and made our way to A Most Curious Wedding Fair, followed by some lunch and a spot of shopping on Carnaby Street.

So here are our photos of attending A Most Curious Wedding Fair held at Hackney Downs Studios, my cousin Rachel took all the vendor photos and I caught some decent snaps of the great catwalk show that ended the event on a high

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For a list of vendors in attendance, I’ve added a link to the SS14 London Exhibitors.

It was a truly lovely event to attend, all the vendors were extremely friendly and attentive, and I was even given a lucky silver six pence that is placed in the bride’s shoe, a traditional British good luck gesture. I came out with some great ideas for my big day even though I haven’t even set a date yet.

A Timeline of Inspiration

I am not and will never be one of those serial ‘Likers’ on Instagram, I use and refer back to the ‘Posts You’ve Liked’ regularly to see whats currently inspiring me, it’s like my mini Pinterest of sorts. It’s also a subtle reminder to save up my pennies to buy all these amazing things by all the outstanding artists, jewellers, tattoo artists, designers I follow and then there are just personal memories scattered in there too. This is about 6 months worth of my favourite things, it’s clear to see what influences me from these beautiful images.

Are your ‘Likes’ as carefully thought out as mine? Or is this some sort of weird personal trait? Probably.

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Practicality

I discovered this via NotCot and thought it was a beautiful concept by London based jewellery designer Tithi Kutchamuch. Part of her Secret Friend collection, and inspired by the death of her dog, Tithi has designed a range of jewellery with animal-shaped bases to keep them on, how very practical! I have included my favourite images of her work, taken by photographer Petr Krejci. Simple and beautiful I really like everything about these pieces. I have always found it annoying to store my jewellery in an appealing way, and this works perfectly. How do you feel about these striking images?

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Exposure

Sonja Marunic, is a wonderfully talented fashion designer from Belgrade, Serbia.  I discovered her on Not Just A Label where she has a couple pieces up for sale. I’ve taken a quote from her website describing her approach to fashion.

Her interest is in solid construction, clear cuts, and juxtaposing the qualities of the sensual and delicate fabrics versus firm and constructive ones. Every choice of textile is carefully made. Giving the great importance to the craftsmanship and uniqueness of each piece, she is treating every segment of her clothing as a work of art.

Her clothes are made for contemporary women who are not afraid of being different  and noticed, women who are at the same time elegant and avantgarde, appreciating  the creative process behind the product.

Here are some of my favourite images from her “Must Have” lookbook, which I feel are very inspirational. The first and second image are my favourites, featuring a silk tunic with leather shoulder detailing. How do you feel about her designs?

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Moonstone

I’ve never really been into stones but recently I’ve found myself really interested in them, by best friend has always collected and worn stone jewellery so maybe she’s finally rubbing off on me. I’m fascinated by the array of beautiful colours you can find in natural stones, most of which I had no idea existed.

Following my recent discovered love for natural stones, I was very excited to see one of my favourite jewellers, BloodMilk release a collection featuring moonstone. Each piece has a beautiful little story surrounding it which makes for a fascinating read. Check out her Etsy shop full of amazing creations.

The second I can spare some money I will be treating myself to the Belonging To The Underworld ring, I think I will request to have it in a highly polished finish, so it sits better with the rest of my jewellery collection.

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Belonging To The Darkness £137

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Belonging To The Underworld £110

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Hecate’s Diadem Necklace £137

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Hecate Ring £137

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Nyx Necklace £198

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The High Priestess Necklace £178

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Mini Nyx Necklace £150

Which of these beauties would you choose?