Friday, 11 April 2014

Kelsey Genna

Whilst flicking through the new campaign from Kelsey Genna we were transported back to the '90s and the wardrobe of our childhoods - who remembers floral cycling shorts?!   

Designer & Founder Kelsey has been creating floral sportswear for herself since she was a teenager, and is helping to bring that nostalgia to her collection, featuring everything from floral crop tops to leopard leggings and swimwear.

See the rest of the collection here

Monday, 7 April 2014

Budget Beauty

Lip scrubs are an effective way to treat your pout to some TLC and put that extra coconut oil from the last Budget Beauty post to good use. Giving your lips a gentle scrub every now and again not only sheds the unwanted dead skin, but also smooths out the canvas for lipstick application. So, if you're a bold lip lover - listen up!

What you'll need
1tbsp White or Brown Sugar 
1tbsp Honey 
1 Heaped tbsp Coconut Oil

1. Mix the honey and coconut oil together in a bowl. Binding them together creates the perfect conditioner to protect and soften your lips, locking in the moisture as the sugar exfoliates the layers of your lips. 

2. Fold the sugar into the mixture, being careful not to whisk as the consistency will become too runny. We chose to use white sugar for our home made lip scrub, as it's not a coarse as brown sugar ad we already had it stocked in our pantry! After all, this is budget beauty. 

3. At this point, it's optional to add in any essential oils or extras that you might want. We chose not too as the coconut oil itself tastes delicious! But, we suggest a couple of drops of peppermint oil works a treat to freshen your lips and breath at the same time. 

4. Gently work into your lips and remove with a damp cloth. Feel the softness! We were amazed with the results, the sugar wasn't drying on the lips at all as the coconut oil acted almost like a lip balm and coated the skin with moisture. 

5. At this point, you can leave your lips bare, or apply your favourite bold lippy! 

 So there you have it, a Budget Beauty way to achieving an enviable pout! #selfie

Words and photography Emily Smith

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Double Chocolate Dulce De Leche Cookies

Whilst most of us try to eat a relatively healthy diet, every now and then you just need something that is so bad that it's amazingly good. These Double Chocolate Dulce De Leche Cookies will do just the trick and they're not too difficult to make...

You will need:
200g plain flour 
240g bread flour 
40g cocoa powder 
1 ¼ baking soda
1 ½ baking powder 
1 ½ sea salt
284g unsalted butter 
284g light brown sugar 
225g granulated sugar 
2 large eggs 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
250g milk chocolate roughly chopped 
250g dark chocolate roughly chopped 
200g brazil nuts, skin on and roughly chopped 
1 jar dulce de leche (approx. 400g) 

- Measure out the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder into a bowl and plump the mixture up with a fork. 

- Place the sugars and butter into a freestanding mixer fitted with a paddle attachment; a regular bowl with electric whisk works just as well. Beat the two together on high speed for five minutes, until very light and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one, mixing thoroughly after each addition, followed by the vanilla extract. 

- On low speed, slowly pour in the dry ingredients and mix until everything is just combined – do not over mix! Add all of the chocolate and chopped nuts and mix until evenly distributed. 

- Tightly wrap the dough in cling film and leave to set in the fridge for 24 to 36 hours. 

- Put a square of baking paper over a plate. Place teaspoon dollops of dulce de leche onto the baking paper using two teaspoons to make a rounded dollop. Place in the freezer to harden, ready for the cookies. 

- Preheat the oven to 180 C. Roll the dough into 50 gram balls, press your finger into half of the balls to create a dip and take a dollop of frozen dulce de leche and place in the middle. Top it with another 50 gram ball of dough and press together to enclose the dulce de leche. 

- Place on a lined baking sheet 3 inches apart. At this point, you can place the balls back in the fridge to re-chill. Bake for 18 minutes, rotating the cookies half way through. 

- Leave to cool on the baking sheets for five minutes and then transfer to a wire rack – serve warm. Cookies last for three days if kept covered. Raw cookie dough can kept in the freezer for up to one month.

Recipe and Photography by Em

Monday, 31 March 2014

When I Grow Up...

For this instalment of When I Grow Up, we grilled knitwear designer Charlotte Booty and found out a little more about the girl behind all that macramé...

 When did your passion for knitwear begin? 
 During second year I had a project called knit and print and my main inspiration was cobwebs covered in snow. I was trying to find a texture to recreate the look of the cobwebs and came across macramé. I preferred it to traditional knitting as it allows you to work straight onto the body and see the shape develop as you wish quicker into a three dimensional form. I have always had a love for textures but it was not until I discovered the possibilities of knitwear that I realise what I was able to create

Have you always enjoyed making things? 
 Definitely. I have always had a love of making things and as a child I would cut up my mum’s tights and make them into ball gowns for my Barbie Dolls. Textiles is my strongest area, this particularly became apparent at university where I'd create samples out of mundane objects and if I was assigned to make five I would make thirty - earning the awful nickname of the Sample Queen. I love to experiment with the techniques I have learnt through different mediums and show diversity with each new collection I create. 

What inspires your work? 
I love looking at derelict buildings, cobwebs or even patterns in trees. Seeing an unusual surface gives me inspiration for how I could apply the print to the body. I try to recreate the surface through sampling and then apply those samples to the stand.  I find I normally work backwards, working with the materials first to see what I can create and then applying the shapes and silhouettes into fashion.

What’s been your favourite piece you’ve made so far? 
 Probably quite an obvious choice but my favourite is the Cable Tie Biker Jacket I created for my graduate collection. The jacket was inspired by Bauhaus and consists of over 100,000 cable ties threaded through perforated leather. It took over a week and half to create the whole thing but every time it is used in another shoot I feel it was worth the effort.

 Who would you most like to see wearing your pieces? 
I would love someone like Rita Ora to wear my pieces as I feel the sporty feel and tailored bright colours of the Porcupine collection would show off her street style. 

What have been the highlights of your last year? 
 The biggest highlight of my last year would definitely be being published in Europe; Rising Fashion Designers; Volume 2. I've had a few pieces published in a range of editorials and a couple of music videos but to have my work printed in a book really topped off a great end to the year. One of the biggest compliments to my work is that each time my work is used it's in such a diverse way so that when I see the photos the pieces look completely different. 

 If you could go back in time which period and place would you choose? 
 I would definitely choose the Roaring 20’s period in America. I feel I take a lot of inspiration in the form of 1920’s style. I love the ‘Age of Wonderful Nonsense’ with the prohibition, glitz and glamour. I adore the style of the flappers, from the floating fringe dresses to the feather head bands. I am entranced by everything about the ornate style of Art Deco architecture, art, clothing, hairstyles and décor. I feel the Roaring 20’s silhouettes massively influence my macramé garments, from the neckline to the fringe 

 What are your future plans?  
I'd love to intern abroad for more cultural inspirations to influence my work. Although my aim for this year to create a new collection in time for London Fashion Week’s Fashions Finest. 

Tell us something about you few people know...
 I am secretly a bit of a geek as I adore shows like Doctor Who, Supernatural and Game of Thrones. I also have a passion for escapism in the form of dystopian book series like Name of the Wind, The Hunger Games and Delirium.

 What would you say to anybody aspiring to become a designer?
 Personally I think you just need to have passion in what you are doing although it helps to do a lot of research and sampling to work out your designs. Experiment with new materials and constantly challenge yourself. Be confident in yourself. It is an incredibly tough industry, but do not let that knock you down - instead you have to channel it into your work. Although as a young designer myself I am still in the early stages of my business though it is always reassuring when I create a new piece and upload it a social network how much interest that piece gains. I would definitely recommend putting your work out there on as many different platforms as you can.

Interview by Kerry Flint

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Budget Beauty

We're girls who loves nothing more than a trip to the hairdressers and having some down time in a comfy reclined chair, having our tresses lathered up and head firmly massaged - we're feeling drowsy just typing this! But, we all know that a salon smooth Barnet sometimes comes with a hefty price tag - Well, not any more! Set up salon in your bathroom with this D.I.Y Coconut Oil Hair Mask. 

What you'll need
Coconut Oil - Coconut Oil is an amazing product to have in your pantry, you can use it on your hair, your skin and even in your cooking! So when buying a tub, look at it more as an investment. 
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Optional. 

 Step One: Scoop out some coconut oil from the container and massage into dry hair. Apply root to tip if your hair is particularly dry, or just to the ends if you prefer. Coconut oil acts as a conditioner for your much loved locks and it smells delicious too! - think 'Bounty'. If you're wanting to add extra virgin olive oil into this mask to create a hot oil treatment then you can mix both the olive oil and coconut oil into a bowl and place in the microwave for a few seconds. Extra virgin olive oil will hydrate your locks and applying the product to your hair warm allows the hair follicles to open and allows the product to get down deep to sort damaged hair. You really will feel like you're at the salon. 

 Step Two: Wrap your hair into a towel, or use a band to push it away from your face and leave in for a good 20 minutes to do it's thing. 

Step Three: Hop into the shower and rinse out. Make sure you shampoo your hair TWICE as to not leave any excess product in your hair that might create grease and whack on some conditioner if your hair is crying out for it!

Step Four: Now to style it up. Flip your head upside down and part dry with a hair dryer to achieve volume in your roots. Flip your head up and say 'Hello' to your new crowning glory!

Words And Photography by Emily Smith

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Look what Gertrude Made!

Unless you hadn’t noticed yet, we really like pretty things here at Cellardoor, so you can imagine how easily we have fallen in love with these beautiful dresses from Gertrude Made.     

These vintage-style dresses are beautifully handmade by Cathi, who hails from Australia. After learning to sew at a young age, she’s never lost her passion for it and that is clear just by looking at her lovely clothing.     

If you have something extra special in mind, she’ll even work with you to custom make the dress of your dreams – and the shipping doesn’t cost the earth either!  

Check out all of her products here.