TREND ALERT: Tartan, Stars and Sequin


OH JEEZ. It’s been a whole year since we last talk about shopping. Can you believe it? Between work, travel, and the new boy in my life, I must have passed by my fashion updates a little. Worry not, like a Christmas Miracle, TCB is back with her #musthave favorites. Just in time for the winter shopping season.

You must have notices that a lot of my outfits have few things in common, or that there are certain patterns that I absolutely adore.


They don’t have to go together (though I’d like to see how that would pan out?) but these three patterns and fabrics are definitely my all time favorites. Lucky me, they are also IN SEASON.



Remember clueless?

LUXURY EDIT, for those fancy-goers


STREET FINDS, a more approachable fashion.



Let’s go Disco!

SEQUINS, Cause why not party like a queen? I dislike the idea that you can only wear sequins when you are on a night out. Mix and match and you’ll succeed in any occasion. Fabulous day and night, please!



To the moon and back

Call my a romantic, but I love a good night in the desert (or up in the mountains) falling asleep watching the stars. Also, I am a little obsessed with the moon. I am a firm believer that it can affect your behavior/ mood!

Given all of this, I guess it comes as no surprise that stars will feature a lot in my outfits! That and the fact that it resembles the American flag, and anything American related I love. TA-DAAH!

Feature Feed: Wear Carbs

Wearing Cyber Barbie Skirt from  Wearcarbs

Wearing Cyber Barbie Skirt from Wearcarbs

I LOVE CARBS, what can I say.

Ice cream, potatoes and bread are my biggest weakness, and to be fair I don’t want to stop eating these naughty treats, because they are freaking delicious! As delicious as the badass English brand WearCarbs.

Vibrant, fun and eclectic. That’s what I think of when I see any of Jessica’s pieces. I also want to go out to music festivals everytime I wear any of these, but I also managed to mix & match some of her key AW18 items to make an everyday outfit, believe it or not 😊

Meet Jessica, the creative behind the WearCarbs, and get a taste of what her unique brand is about!

Tell us a bit about yourself (brand/ creative director). Where are you from? How old are you?

I’m Jessica, 28 and from a quiet farm in Leicestershire (which is where I moved back to start CARBS). I’ve always been a huge fan of glitter and arts & crafts, something that my family always thought I would grow out of, but here I am!

When was “Wear Carbs”, the brand, born? What drove you to start?

After I graduated I did a few internships (some good, some bad!) but no one would hire me so eventually after a couple of years I decided to start CARBS as my last resort before finding an alternative job not in fashion.

Where do you get your inspirations for your designs?  

Fun! Everything must be fun, bright and colourful. It always makes me smile when I see someone wearing a bright and colourful outfit so that is what inspires me. I try to wear as much colour as I can (especially in Winter when so many people wear dark or muted clothes, I try to counteract it) and usually when I wear pieces from my collection strangers will come up to me and comment on my outfit. I like how clothes can create interaction and bring that out in people.

How would you explain the style/ motto of your designs/ collections? Is there a specific personality that fits best in your designs?

I don’t design for a specific age group or gender; my best customer is in her 60s and surprisingly a lot of middle aged men wear my clothes! CARBS are for those who are maybe a little bit mischievous and want to have fun with what they are wearing.

What’s the hottest item this season/ upcoming season?

The faux fur jackets have always been the most popular but I’m working on some super cute colourful sequin dresses for Autumn.

The faux fur jackets have always been the most popular but I’m working on some super cute colourful sequin dresses for Autumn.

In your opinion, what works best to make a brand like yours more successful? 

Determination and hard work. The first year was hard because no one knew about my brand at all and so I wasn’t making many sales. I sew from the moment I wake up at 8am to around midnight when I go to bed again and I work every day of the week, so it can be very disheartening when you are working so hard, but nothing is really happening. I almost gave up completely two- or three-times last year and the only thing that stopped me from quitting was having a DM from a stranger saying how much they loved my brand. Tiny bits of support like that make a huge difference. Collaborating with talented models and photographers was also a great way to network and show my brand to a whole new audience and as soon as I started to do more of that my brand’s audience started to grow.

Feature Feed: Khyeli


London based brand founded Ahmed Alkhyeli, who sees the Khyeli woman as POWERFUL. Just how we like it! 

I must say I got hooked by the idea behind his designs at LFW, a collection that explored the boundaries of cultures, combining traditional British heritage and the current situation of Syrian refugees who once lived luxurious lives. 

The S/S18 collection follows the same patterns, and I can't help but notice that despite being a sucker for colour, this monochrome palette has got really into me. 

Let's get to know the designer and the brand a bit more together!

Where did you learn your trade?

I’m self-taught. I studied architecture for my bachelor degree. I was always drawn to
fashion, and architecture helped me develop more than an appreciation for the beauty of it
but also an appreciation for the craftsmanship and thought that goes behind it. By the last
two years of my studies, I started teaching myself how to drape and construct garments
through books and any video tutorial I can find. My curiosity grew the more I learnt and so
did my hunger for knowledge not only in the creative aspect of the job but also the business
aspect of what it takes to build a successful fashion house. When I graduated from
architecture, I took a short course at Instituto Marangoni in Paris called ‘the business of
Fashion’. I realised throughout that course that with all its challenges, I had a curiosity and
love for the fashion industry that I would not be able to give to any other profession and
that the accumulation of knowledge and discovery did not feel like work but was something
I did out of a natural desire to know more. In turn, I knew that this would be the career I
would want to pursue.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? Describe your aesthetic …..

It differs from when I’m working on a collection to when I’m working on a bespoke design
for a client. For collections, I start with an idea I would like to express. This idea serves as a
source of inspiration. For example, my previous collection was about the openness to
possibility and liberation from limitations of convention. This directed me towards the focus
on conventional, classic pieces of clothing with traditional ways of construction that
transition throughout the collection from very constructed garments made of heavy weight
fabrics, to a much lighter weight transparent fabrics which seem to be effortlessly wrapped
around the body and incorporating feathered dresses so light they float on your body to
symbolise liberation. Whereas when it is a bespoke design, the client is the source of
inspiration. I like to learn about them, their culture, the occasion they are dressing for to
deliver something truly unique and personal.

Ultimately, the most important thing for me is to frame the woman. I believe she
should be the center of attention not the dress she wears. I think the biggest compliment to a designer is for a woman to be told today you look exceptionally beautiful rather than that dress is beautiful. Often a dress that has a lot going on can
take over and end up being a distraction from the true reason it is worn, which is to
compliment the woman wearing it and draw attention to her inherent beauty. As for
my design principles, I derive a lot of them from my architectural background. I put a
lot of emphasis on materiality, form and construction. We only use the highest quality
of fabrics, we always try to have form be dictated by the way a dress is constructed.
Most dresses will look like they were not touched very much and drape organically
when in fact a lot skill and craftsmanship went into the pattern cutting, and
construction of the garment.

Who is your customer?

My customer can be of any age, and can come from any part of the world. She is confident,
educated and powerful while retaining a strong sense of her femininity. In her fragility, she
finds compassion and in her strength she finds the power to defend what she believes in.
Above all she understands that her value doesn’t lie in what she wears, but that what she
wears expresses a sophisticated sensibility and a love for fine fabrics and details of cut that
emphasise her individual beauty. She understands that garments are meant to frame you
rather than be framed by you.

Don't miss out guys, Khyeli is fierce.


Featured Feed: REO Jewels


 Meet Rebecca Ellis Onyett, better known as the creative behind REO Jewels. A 27 year old british gal spreading her badass jewels amongst East Londoners.

Tell us a bit about yourself (brand/ creative director). Where are you from? How old are you?

My name is Rebecca Ellis Onyett which is where REO comes from. I am 27 years old  born and bred in England. Studied my degree in silver and goldsmithing at UCA Rochester Kent.

When was “REO Jewels”, the brand, born? What drove you to start?

I always knew I wanted to be my own boss.

After my degree finished in 2012, I began working for the jeweller Shaun Leane; who taught me a lot about running your own business. In my spare time, I was still making and doing the “odd road-show” here and there. Sometime in 2015 I felt I was ready to take the plunge and I became self-employed. I have never looked back.

Where do you get your inspirations for your designs?  

Nature is my biggest inspiration, I love organic shapes and textures.

Having said that, I do get inspired by anything.The first thing I look at when I meet someone is how they wear jewelry, how its arranged and placed on their body. I also love antique jewelry and going to antique fairs or museums to look at pieces that have survived the age of time. I’d like to think one day maybe one of my works might end up in a museum.

How would you explain the style/ motto of your designs/ collections? Is there a specific personality that fits best in your designs?

I like my pieces to have a vintage feel and for them to be timeless. I really love how nature is beautiful but also deadly, kind of like a women not to be reckoned with, this idea plays in some of my woodland collection with the rose thorns and brambles.

I also love the idea of adorning pieces that mean something personal to the wearer. Different bones or teeth from various animals depict certain feelings or emotions for different people. It’s like wearing your spirit animal, which again goes back to our tribal ancestors who would wear jewellery as a way of showing their status. 

What’s the hottest item this season?
Definitely the new sea urchin and opal ring! Part of the new beach collection, ta-dah 😊

In your opinion, what works best to make a brand like yours more successful? 

You must be super driven and super passionate about it. I literally live and breathe my work. It’s a huge part of who I am. My pieces are like my babies that I’ve nurtured, watch grow and flourish. 

We know that you showcase your pieces at Broadway Market on Saturdays and WE LOVE it. What’s next? What are your future plans for the brand?

Broadway market is so great and for now I am super happy just selling via there and online. However, I do now live in Margate and would love to have a summer pop up shop here and in the future a permanent spot. 

Featured Feed: Sarah's Bags


OUTRAGEOUS OUTERWEAR, my favorite kind. 

It's been a while since TCB has spoken about new talents, but this one is worth lots. Sarah Beydoun, the brain behind Sarah's Bag is a Lebanese gem. 

Dynamic, energetic and passionate about beauty and art, she decided to create her business after working at an NGO that rehabilitates women at risk and female ex-prisoners. And what's best, she employed the women she met there. 

Launching Sarah's bag in 2000, she brought to live hip, luxurious and hand crafted statement pieces that are always fun and playful. Her collections vary each season, but there's certainly boldness in all of them. From discoteque to tropicana or retail therapy vibes (one of our favorites along with the retro videocassetes), you'll find a variety of options.

Sarah's idea is to explore new materials and techniques with each collection, using embroidery, sequins, crochet and fabric manipulation, which makes her bags unique. It takes up to 25 hours to work on a single piece!

Definitely one-of-a-kind. Don't you think?

TCB xx

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Christmas Shopping You Shall


In need of Christmas shopping? I’ve got you sorted in one word: Debenhams!

I’ve never been a fan of department stores (ok, Selfridges MIGHT be an exception) BUT I must say I’ve pleasantly surprised this time around. Debenhams is the perfect fit for all your shopping needs. Soo many secret Santa options on the beauty hall or the dedicated Christmas section on the LG floor. My favorite was definitely the Baylis & Hardling #treatyoself alley, or the amazing beauty advent calendars from Clarins, Beauty Box or L'occitane. I may have bought more than a few...oops!


Need presents for kids? Worry not. On the first floor you’ll find a Mr Men & Miss Little stand personalizing all sort of items for the little (and not so little) ones! If that does not convince you, there's the Sweet Shop right next to it.

I am not one to buy for men’s these days (all treats go to moi!) but my male friends tell me you can find great clothing here too.

So, what are you waiting for? Shopping #YouShall, and Debenhams has you covered. Also, have I mentioned is affordable for most budgets? Winning Bells.

TCB xx

Is Winter Coming? Seasonal Must-Haves

As the new season walks upon us, there are certain trends that you'll be seeing everywhere you go...

Here some hints at what to expect for the next season (and what should you be investing on!)






We Love: LALA Land

Photography by  roz alcazar

Photography by roz alcazar

Today we are in love with...Camile Walala

Born and bread in the UK, this East Londoner is hot stuff in the creative scene at the moment. Or at least I think so, cause everywhere I look around, I found one of her signature pieces. 

My love for Walala started a couple of years ago, when I first discovered her prints at a building nearby Old St station. WOWZA! I thought to myself. I haven't seen that much colour in London for a very long time at the time. So obvs, first thing I did was to research who did such funky work and Walala's name came up. 

Since then, and specially most recently, she's had her very-own digital print labyrinth at NOW Gallery in North Greenwhich and has also been part of London's Design Festival with more and more stripes and fun by Exchange in Moorgate/ Liverpool St.  

Her influences come from a variety of art across the globe, including the Memphis Movement, the Ndebele tribe and Optical Art master Vasarely alongside the simple desire to put a smile on people’s faces, as she cites on her site. To me, her pop style evokes so much energy it definitely puts me in a happy place. 

Walala is also branching out and providing us with not only great architecture/ digital print desings but also little snippets of her designs into everydayitems such as phone cases. How KEWWWWL?

Have look around, I'm sure you'll find a Walala soon.

TCB xx




Rarely T-shirt campaigning against STDs
Striped Jeans
Nike Air Force One
Maria Pascual Jewellery

THE Collaboration: Supreme x LV

It finally arrived. We waited for long, but it's finally here. Supreme x Louis Vuitton is up for grabs.

Only few had been able to grab some of these goodies, while the rest of humans wait or pay extortionate amounts through re-sale sites like ebay. And taking into account the face value of the most-coveted Supreme tee was €390, you can expect how much it will be as a re-sale.

For those who are unaware of what I am talking about (how could you?!)...Supreme is a NY brand aimed at skater peeps, however it has quickly escalated to be one of the most demanded brands in the fashion industry. Anybody who's somebody has THE supreme logo t-shirt. And if you disagree, then you just can't get it or can't afford it, my friend. As for Louis Vuitton...well, I don't think that an explanation? If you do, then you are probably at the wrong page.

Now imagine a combination of the two brands together. High end + the cool kid in town = KA-CHING! The LVMH Group has increased its sales thanks to the collab, which is only re-stocking in three of its flagship stores in Japan.

Items from the collaboration include everything from baseball jackets and parkas to denim outerwear, baseball jerseys, PJs, tees, jeans, track pants, and a tone of accessories, also including homeware such as blankets, pillows and more. Cause, who wouldn't have that?

In any case, if you are one of the lottery winners, I am slightly jeals. For the rest of mortals, see below some of my favorite pieces from the collection.

TCB xx

Vintage Addiction à Paris

Paris is such a great source of fashion inspiration, at least if 'chic' is what you are after. After attending few of the PFW shows I entered into a roller-coaster of emotions and my crazy self started wondering whether I had enough outfits to wear for the next shows. AS IF! Of course I did, but I told myself I didn't. Hence, I had to go shopping...

If there is something I love about Paris shopping is their vintage. Don't get me wrong, there's a paramount of shops where to buy new and delicate clothing, very chic and on trend, but I am a vintage lover, and the quality-price you get in Paris, you get nowhere else. And I thought you needed to know! 

  • If big names such as Chanel, Saint Laurent or Givenchy is what you are after, then Thank God I'm a VIP near Republique will be your sanctuary. I stopped there on my lunch break the other day and I had difficulties to leave. There's so much stuff, and all items are SO DAMN GOOD. I finally compromised on a cutie little cashmere cardigan from Chanel that I ended up wearing for the Masha Ma show! It was a blast.

Another area to do great vintage shopping is Le Marais (my favourite!). Here you can find maaaany options, but I would probably highlight the following:

  • Tilt Vintage, for a more chilled and upscale experience. Here you'll find a great range of sportswear and outerwear, among other things. The shearling jacket I am wearing is from them!
  • Free'p'Star, an old time classic, is a bit more chaotic. However, you could find real bargains and super cute dresses.
  • Vintage Desir, in an old Coiffeur shop, is for dapper looks (including lots of hats)

If you are out and about in the city of love, you should definitely check them out. 

TCB xx



Tilt Vintage Shearling Leather Jacket
Thank God I'm a Vip Chanel Cashmere Cardigan
H&M Jeans (old)
ZARA Mary Janes (instore only)
Gucci Dyonisus Bag
Ray-Ban Gold Frame Round Glasses
PDPaola Jewelry

SS17, Re-New Wardrobe?

New Year, New Season. Looking for a wardrobe renewal always put me in a great place, and after a lot of research on what’s coming next (which these days is more likely to be “what are we bringing back”), I’ve chosen 4 themes that I am going to be embracing this new term, and so should you.

The Gingham Club

Part of this Fun Club since the 90s, gingham is back on for another’s season play. And I wouldn’t limit this to gingham only, really. Over winter, Prince of Wales and other checked fabrics are seen in a lot of power suits and blazers; over summer, gingham is probably the winner, so we’ve got pattern for days!

Pretty in Pink

Oh là là, as if this is something new in my life. And if it is in yours, seriously, what happened? Pink is so much fun, and it doesn’t matter whether you are blonde or brunette, I personally think is a colour that suits everybody (though you’ll probably look more Barbie if you are blonde, tbh).

EMBRACE THE COLOUR LIFE! It is certified that wearing colourful clothes (or using color in any sense) makes people powerful, courageous, with a more positive attitude towards life, so surely that’s enough reason to try it?

Statement Sleeves

Probably the biggest trend in 2017, the statement sleeves have appeared in most of the SS17 catwalks across Milano, Paris, New York and London.

Flared, ruffled, embellished or overly long, the options are endless. But I suggest you take your inner Shakespeare for a dramatic day out in the city and break the monotony of boring everyday work clothes! You know I always say there’s no need to dress boring just because you because you are a business woman…

Over-the-top Jewellery

Basically, we are pulling off a Samantha here. Remember those flashy Chanel earrings she rocked up for lunch? Or every single piece of jewellery she wore on the SATC The Movie? I certainly do. I’ve always been an advocate of maximizing jewellery on your everyday outfits; whether it is a combination of jumbo colourful collars a la Iris Apfel, or plenty gold chainz as if we are coming from the hood, jewels are out for play, and I love games. 

SHOES: Lady Camilla

She's been out and about for a while now but Camilla Elphick has definitely revolutionized the foowear world. You know how much I love a splash of colour  in my clothes and accessories and she definitely provides that.

I think you can tell she's the British protégée of shoe designers Sophia Webster and Charlotte Olympia. Her style comes along the lines of the icon's playful and quirky collections. I mean, who would have thought of integrating such a childhood icon like Pez candy as a heel?



As High Snobiety once called it, grungewave (rock'n'rolla tees) is ON. You may or may not like it, but when big retailers like UO or H&M start producing them to the big public, it means it is hot. Which could make you rethink your choices if you don´t like to follow the mainstream. Nevertheless, fact is, I like it. 

I´ve had this thing with t-shirts since I was a little kid. Wherever I would go, I needed to get a tee to remember that place. Not the "I went to NY and all I got you was this lousy t-shirt" but rather something that I liked that later on reminded me of the good times spent there. 

That also extrapolates to music tops. I love wearing t-shirts that remind me of a great concert, or a singer I look up to. But No Way Jose would I wear some t-shirt of a dude I've never listened to or I don´t know about just cause it's on trend. 

Having said that, I am enjoying very much this look. Perfect for a sunday stroll or if you want to embrace the more dark, boyish look; which you all know I am all about these days (see a great example right here!). 

If you are as big of a fan of this trend as I am, here are some of the options you can easily get:

Of course, if you want the big deal, I´d rather look up for original merchandise from your fave band or singer, or look up for customised versions of it via esty and ebay. I´ve found some real gems there. 

Stay tuned, 

TCB xx

Louis Vuitton Series 3

Quite an interesting and controversial evening last night as Harper Bazaar UK hosted a private viewing and talk regarding Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibit at The Strand. 

The evening started with a cocktail reception with lots of Veuve Clicquot and canapes, although I must say I barely saw any of the latter. Bazaar's editor-in-chief Justine Picardie and Fashion Director Avril May joined us for a talk about Luxury in the Digital Era. 

Considering we leave in a world ruled by the internet Ms Picardie didn't fail to surprise me as she continued to detract social media. I understand her point of view when shay says that 'digital cannot replace real experience' but then again can we obviate the fact that most of us get to live unattainable experiences thanks to the internet? If it wasn't because of it most of the public could not experience a catwalk show, for example.

Street Style was also taken to discussion. Ms Picardie highlighted Anna dello Russo as the queen of street style and I think we all agree on that one. However, she also pointed out that street style is no longer a reality but rather a commercial transaction. 'You see these girls pretending to be on their phone, parading before the show's entrance until they get photographed and then you see them sitting on the 5th row of a catwalk'. Ok, streetstyle has become indeed something very different from what it used to be. But did we create that or did the industry do it? Photographers only shot celebrities or big influencers these days and therefore your only chance to be noticeable is to be as creative as possible. More over, does it matter where you sit on a catwalk show? We go to shows because we want to experience what it's like and because we want to see what will be coming up next season. We you sit should not matter. Of course we would all love to sit first row but sadly that only happens to the renown people. That is why I could understand why those 5th-rowers would like at least to get some Hollywood-fame before the show. All in all very tricky topics that left many people with more questions rather than answers!

The event continued with a private viewing of #LVSeries3, a psychedelic experience that took us through the process and thought towards Nicholas Ghesquiere's AW15 Collection. 

Five rooms showing the history of Louis Vuitton from 150 years ago until last AW15 collection. A beautiful story about how the house works from design creation to production and until the clothes are on the catwalk and later on in your wardrobe.  

let us explore LV designer’s mind from a full-length screen: muses, memories and new shapes form around, with the heritage trunk at the core of it all. Watch out, you might get a bit dizzy if you stay too long!





The famous LV monogram was created among dinner table.

showcased the catwalk show that took place at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris last march. 









showed us how the creativity of the designer becomes a reality through the artisan's touch and the precision of the laser. Actual french artisans where set at the exhibition to provide us with a real experience of how a clutch gets made at LV.

It takes 13 hours to make one single clutch!


aka 'blinding room' where the LV key pieces from previous collections as well as AW15 stand out from a complete blank space; and the walk-in-wardrobe, where you could see how the piece beautiful garments would look on a women's closet.



A stunning exhibit that transported you to the luxurious style of the Louis Vuitton house. Don't miss it!




Bimba & Lola Total Look
TopShop bag (old, similar here & here)

Anya's Service Station

Hey there, fashion lovers! Fancy washing up your car in style? You may not be able to do so at Anya´s Service Station but you'll certainly score a great bag instead. 

London Fashion Week is around the corner, therefore every fashion house is playing their part to be noticeable. Anya Hindmarch, the funkiest british designer I know accessories-wise, has teamed up with Selfridges to showcase her new Diversion* Runway collection for this AW15. 

Located at the Department´s Store car park, Anya´s Pop Up recreates an M25 Service Station and presents a limited-edition collection of service station essentials such as a winkey car freshener, bumper stickers, condoms, nodding dogs (my fave) and a personalised hi-vis jacket, among her ongoing AW15 collection. All and all very exclusive, of course.

I love how Hindmarch´s designs come across as British, humurous, and personalised, as she recalls. Personally, my accessories need to have a soul, to stand out and hers certainly do that. And hey, with the return of show off fashion she´s game. 

The Service Station also has little treats for their clients, such as sweets doggie bags by Little Chef and a fantastic carwash photobooth with model mechanics in it for you to snap a picture.

The Pop Up just launched last Friday (two weeks before she presents her new SS16 collection during LFW) and will be running for four weeks only. Make sure you don´t miss it!


*FUN FACT: "Diversion" in Spanish means "fun", so if you ever see somebody laughing at one of these signs, you know why now ;)