A menswear clothing company run by Scottish graphic designers Nick Ross and David Hamilton. Nick and David met back when the skate scene was big in Inverness (back around 2003, I believe). Since then they have moved on to greater things in their individual design careers, with one half of the duo based in the Highlands of Scotland and the other in Stockholm, Sweden. Somehow they manage to make it work and back in the Winter of 2012 their label POP . SIC . ILL was born.
The label launched on the 12.12.12 with ’The Twelfth Man‘ inspired by “Scottish culture through the lens of association football” . The collection was photographed by another Highland talent Steven Gallagher and you should certainly check out his stunning “depiction of life in the lower leagues of Scottish Football” - an ongoing project.
From there they launched their second collection ‘Atlanticism‘ inspired by “transatlantic trade, culture and the ocean itself”. With two collections under their belts the quality and ambition behind this young label is an inspiration.
In my opinion, it seems the duo don’t get enough credit for what they are doing (I have to ask who is doing your PR?) and I for one would like to see that change. Fashion is a tough industry but when you see a label who is producing such thought-out, refined collections, I can’t help but want to support their journey …
For those of you who saw me at Paris Fashion Week over the last 10 days you will all be familiar with my new bag. This very special British Crafted Two-Tone Leather Bag was kindly gifted to me by the lovely ladies at Rhodesian Of Edinburgh. Their label is new to the market and with their site only just launching last week, I was very honoured to be the very first owner of their two tone bag and even happier to discover that it was personalised inside with my initials and perfectly fits my Canon camera. Best of all the quality is exquisite!
If you would like to create your own bag with your own personalised colour choices, buckle colours and initials you can do so on their website or by simply sending an email to the most helpful team there is out there.
When professional Hair & Make-Up Artist Krystle Gohel gave a talk at a shopping event at Harvey Nichols last summer, I decided to take notes and try out a few Benefit samples. As a self confessed make-up novice or simply plain lazy, up until recently I prefer to let my skin go bare. After being so impressed with the tips from Krystle and the samples I took away with me that night I thought I would take the time to tell you which ones are now part of my “daily” make-up routine.
hello flawless oxygen wow!
This moisturising, oil-free brightening liquid foundation is perfect for a light (or heavy) coverage. I like to mix mine with a little more moisturiser for that pick me up my face needs in Winter. I prefer the fuss free finger application, though I hear that it applies beautifully with a brush.
You won’t believe this works … until you try it ! This is by far the most impressive product if you are looking to smooth away all those pores and flaws. It sits perfectly on top of my moisturiser. Utter Genius !
Another of those chance encounters that comes by way of social media, an invitation that you choose to either accept or decline. When I read the lovely email from Illustrator Iveta asking me if I would shoot her in her working space in exchange for a personal portrait, it was a meeting, a challenge and a gift that I hastily agreed to.
Look at how beautifully my gift turned out ! Thank you Iveta Ka x
Iveta is a talented illustrator who freelances from her cosy Parisienne apartment specialising in a range of personalised cards and portraits … simply contact her with your request and let the project evolve.