ELKBI Store in Carlisle

It has been one of the craziest weeks! My brand Elkbi was offered a space on Carlisle High Street. WE HAVE A SHOP! After a week of stressing, ironing, hanging, nailing and a lot of organisation, we are finally open to the public! We are based in Warwick Tower on Warwick Road in Carlisle the Tower which is an acarde of Vintage, Craft and Designers. Offering something totally different to the city.

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Help Supoort my new venture! Heres so pictures from the shop and you can get updates from us on our facebook

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Breakfast Smoothies. Amazing

Scotland is still feeling the chill, but I am trying to ignore it by making smoothies! I never thought I would ever blog about food but here I go! If your like me in the morning you can sometimes be to tired for breakfast. So these smoothies are perfect for you, they are also super health so if your on a health kick for summer here ya go –

Ingredient’s-Frozen Fruit of your choice

-One cup of Milk

-One cup of low fat natural yogurt

-One cup of Oats

Step one, blend up the porridge oats in a blender until fine.This will also your body to absorb the fruit sugars at a slower rate.

Step two, add the yogurt and milk, then about one cup of frozen fruit I love berries soo berries all the way for me but choose whatever you would like also pop fresh fruit in whatever you fancy really its up to you.

Then Blend. Pop all the mixture in a secure tub and pop in the fridge over night in the morning the oats will of absorbed some liquid, and its ready to be drunk at breakfast!

SO good and this will definitely put a smile on your face int he morning :)

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Layer it up and pop a scrunchie in!

Sex and the City – “I see women every single day, all over New York City wearing scrunchies.”, Yes, Yes we do!

I Am So Addicted!

So I was flicking through Aprils Company Magazine and BANG! just when you thought the 90′s trend had exploded… the Scrunchie is back!

I guess it is hardly suprising with all the dinsey prints comics and Saved By The Bell gorgeous faded Tees trending around. I just thought I would never see day when a scrunchie was “cool” again :)

So in my usual charity shop hunt I came arcoss a super cute red velet one  and its suprising how much a little thing for your hair can grow on you! I now love my scrunchie.I think this is going to be a massive summer trend! and it is probably one of the easiest to pull off and FUN

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Chanel Does Scotland Proud

Featured in the April issue of Vogue one of the they most astounding repesentation of Scottish Fashion by Chanel The Metiers d’Art collection in Linlithgow Palace, Scotland.

Totally Beauiftul, dark tweeds, moody tartans and the iconic Aran Knit. The layering reminds me of a Vivienne Westwood’s passion for scottish traditional craft and showcasing this to the fashion world.

Motivated by a sense of being scottish is really portrayed in this collection. You can imagine the people of Scotland in these clothes and the hertiage behind them.  This pestigous and iconic brand hosting our workmanship just shows the importance of keeping Scottish Craft Alive.

“[Coco] Chanel discovered knitwear here, she discovered tweed here. She came to Scotland with her lover the Duke of Westminster. Mary Stuart’s mother was French, her father was Scottish. She went to live in France and then came back as Queen of Scotland. So, there are many connections and I like that.”

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Spring, Vogue and Fairs

Ah the smell of a fresh Vogue :)Image

I have been such a busy bee this week with the spring fling looming! There as been alot of organisation, getting ready and networking which has all been really exciting!

I also have a busy weekend with my Fashion Brand Elkbi attending the amazing Lady Magpie and Me Spring Fair this Saturday I have been majorly upcycling some super on trend bleach shorts and printprintprinting! We are really looking forwad to it, so ladies fancy some vintage? or some really quirky hand printed on trend fashion come see us! Castle Douglas Town Hall for 10am :)

“What Tall Daisies” Spring Fling Taster

As particapant in this years Spring Fling I have created a peice of art work for the up and coming Taster Exhibition! Starting at Gracefield Dumfries Fri 29 – Sun 31 March 2013
Opening hours:
10am – 5pm Sun 10am – 4pm

This exhibition will be touring Dumfries and Galloway until the end of the month. This exhibition will be a glimpses of the creativity bubbling up for Spring Fling in May.

I have produced a example of the artwork I will be exhibiting called “Daisy” This is an Hand Silk Screen Print 60 x 60cm  with multi coloured galloway skies and wilded florals – all contextualised by a classic Kirkcudbright Townscape. This piece of work is playful with scale and growth which I believe reflects the freedom in our landscape. <3

To find out more about this event check out http://www.spring-fling.co.uk/index.php

Daisy

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Woodcutters Trees and Ginger meets Valentino

Red Valentines beautiful Grimms Fairytale Hansel and Gretel A/W 2013 has to be my favourite collection this year. It is folksy stylish warm with delicious velvets, rich reds, and classical florals. With delicate Victorian embroidery and ribbons, the styling is so gentle and has a classic porcelain red lip doll. If this is a sign of things to come winter is going to be magical.
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Spring Fling Video

Studio 35 Spring Fling 2013 Artist Emma Kerr, Graduate of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen – Producing Textiles using screen printing techniques to turn Illustrations into prints of fabric for Home & Fashion items.

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http://www.estherbird.wordpress.com

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http://www.elkbi.com
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