Some of you may know, that I am doing a course in Photography from CSM at Kings Cross.
It is definitely something I recommend, if you think you want to polish not only your skill with your camera and photoshop but even train your eye to see simple everyday beauty.
Here are some of my pictures from last week, where I had do document the city.
I live in the iconic bend of the river where in a matter of 10 minutes you can see everything from the Shard, to the Gherkin, to Wapping and finally see the lights of Canary Wharf.So I picked up my bike, cycled all along the bend from Bermondsey to Greenwich and this was the result!
As someone who is not from London, I find it fascinating (sometimes amusing too) how there is a divide between the North of the river and South of the river..and even the Hipster East, Entrepreneurial City and Lush West..That is genuinely how I started TrendBridged…just to bridge the visual gap.
Hopefully sometime soon I can document the South from the North of the river!
All widths, directions, shapes and sizes.I particularly like the play of solid and see through horizontal stripes in the cropped Palazzo’s in this Baby Blue colour (Which may I add is across all designers…so Cold Pastel Pink and the Baby Blue is definitelu doing the rounds in your wardrobe and Asos )
I can not ignore David Koma’s interpretation of the stripe in the bold Blue and White assymetric dress, cut to perfection and to give the shift a brand new dimension. I ams sure you will see that details across pencil skirts and dresses this season, perfect move on from the assymetric Zara Short mania, seen across the globe on Bloggers.
Do you see an emerging trend? Do you have a pinterest Board for the same? Do share!!
If you are following me on instagram you would have been updated with some of these shots already.
London Fashion Week (albeit Rainy and Windy) has been full of surprises this year for me.I have big news to be released tomorrow as I had a secret visit to a Designer’s atelier and got to see all the work in progress! You have to come back in the next few days to see more posts on that!
Meanwhile watch this and make sure you follow me and pin these beauties on your Pinterest boards if you haven’t already.
I recently had a chance to meet the girls behind CouCo, a Creative Concept Brand introducing sustainable brands to us.
Tess and Lisa, both from Germany are launching their pop-up store in Boxpark, Shoreditch in East London in the last week of July from 24th-30th July.
The girls have invited me and you guys (my amazing readers) to come to the store and ofcourse see their latest collaboration with eyewear brand PLAYN. You also get a chance to enter the CouCo competition to win a surprise gift from them. Be sure you say the secret password “Trendbridged” with a not-so-subtle wink, to let them know that you want to enter the competition. (Tweet me a picture of your wink just to know how subtle it was). Here are some of chit chat sessions with the duo!
How long back do Tess and Lisa go?
T: Way back!!We’re cousins, but more like sisters really. We grew up in Munich together and have always been super close.
L: Tess came to the UK to train as an actor and when I completed my Masters in Social Anthropology I came to visit her in London. I planed to stay for one month but it has now been three years!
How did you guys decide to work together and start CouCo?
L: Fate had it that we simultaneously came to the conclusion that we wanted to take control of our careers and that it’s time to jump off the cliff and start our own business. We always knew that we wanted to do something positive with our lives, we share the same values and have coherent ambitions. CouCo- stands for Courage and Connection- two of the major principles in both our lives.
T: As we are so close, we know each other inside out- including all our quirks, weaknesses but also our strengths and potential. Plus, we trust each other. So basically, it was a no brainer that we should join forces on and work towards one goal. We didn’t have to interview each other for the job!
So you guys are launching your pop-up store in Boxpark. How long have you been working on that?
T: The pop up concept fits well into our CouCo model and because our budget is still limited we knew we couldn’t have a permanent shop for now. We’ve always been fans of Boxpark – it’s such a clever idea and they are doing great work encouraging up and coming brands and creatives. We always had it down as our ideal starting point.
L: We heard about a competition to win a one week pop-up at Boxpark for free and knew straight away that that’s our chance! Playn – our headlining brand of eco-friendly designer eyewear fits perfectly into the Boxpark spirit SO we put all our energy into applying for it. And voila, one month later we had the confirmation!
How did you meet the guys behind PLAYN?
L: We’ve had Jonas and Dennis in our periphery of friends and acquaintances for a long time.
T: I went to Bangkok a few years ago and met Jonas properly for the first time. He was busy running his company WeDoAsia as well as a cool designer eyewear shop Niche Nation and told me about his PLAYN plans. I was very impressed by the concept of providing good quality designer eyewear for such a fair price and I followed their development over the years. When we started to conceptualise CouCo we straight away thought of approaching PLAYN because they fit so perfectly into our concept and share our values.
What can we expect when we come to the CouCo store?
T: You can expect a curated variety of really special, handmade and funky products for an excellent value. They all have one thing in common- they are created by people who care about the impact they have with their businesses.
L: Care is in the centre of the CouCo spirit and that’s what we do with everyone coming into our showroom! We are very approachable and welcoming. It is going to very relaxed, so hopefully people will like the atmosphere so much that they just want to stay and chill out.
What is next for you guys?
L: We want to continue spreading the CouCo Style in London and are looking for more pop-up and also permanent showroom spaces. We also want to throw events to give people the opportunity to mingle and meet each other our products and their makers.
T: We’re super excited about meeting more potential collaborators, there are so many like minded people out there..
Being from Germany,What do you think of London?
T: I love London, there’s so much creativity and so many people from all different walks of life mix and match in a way that is still rare in this world.
L: Exactly! And it creates a magical atmosphere- I always feel in London that everything is possible and the sky’s the limit.
Have you come across a secret London spot you would like to share with us? Won’t tell anyone..promise!
L: Muxima- my favourite Cafe in the world is a located in Bow and run by two of the most amazing people Isaac and Leila. The atmosphere in Muxima creates a real sense of community and many of the events I’ve been to left a deep impact on me.
T: .. and they have amazing coffee and home made cakes!! Yep, that would be my secret London spot too!
Make sure you go and visit their store in Boxpark: