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Hatley-Autumn-Winter-2015-collection-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Last weekend, when the sun started to peep through the rainy clouds, I felt compelled to go out and soak up the warmth whilst it lasted.

We headed out to the gorgeous grounds of Kenwood house.

It was also a great opportunity to photograph my son in his new outfits, kindly sent to him by one of our favourite brands, Hatley. Hatley-for-boys-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Hatley is a brand that originated from Canada, a country I hold a deep affection for.

My children are half Canadian. I have fond  memories of the fun we always have, in the great outdoors, when we visit. From cherry picking, to whale watching, to fishing and rowing on the crystal blue lakes.

How befitting that my son was playing with a fallen Maple leaf, when I was photographing him, in his ski team graphic long sleeve tee.

The exciting news is that Hatley has now opened a store in Chiswick, London but can also be bought online.

Hatley is also very popular among celebrities of discerning tastes and has been spotted on the likes of Apple Martin, Flynn Bloom and Carys Zeta Douglas. Hatley-navy-and-white-striped-raincoat-photo-by-Little-big-Bell Here M is wearing Hatley’s navy and white splash jacket.

What’s great about this jacket is that not only is it waterproof with a super warm and comfy terry lining and deep pockets, it has some great technical features too. There are reflective safety piping on the back for when days get shorter, and a detachable hood to allow for a customised look. Hatley-boy's-moose-raincoat-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Hide and seek? I can see you!

Here, M is wearing a seasonal version in grey with moose. I’m loving the contrasting red popper buttons. Hatley-boys-moose-raincoat-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These raincoats are perfect Christmas gifts for little ones. There are so many colours and designs to choose from. Hatley-pyjamas-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Back home after a run in the woods and some serious tree climbing, little M enjoyed some hot cocoa, then a bath and into his new Hatley navy stripe PJs. Hatley-pyjamas-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These Pyjamas are super soft and comfortable.

I now know where I will be browsing for my Christmas set of sleepwear. Hatley-Winter-pyjamas-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A different set on a different day. In fact I took this photo today.

You seriously should browse the Pyjamas from Hatley as you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Hope this post has given you some Christmas ideas? Have a great week ahead.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of little Big Bell. The clothing were gifts from Hatley.)

Stylist-live-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A fortnight ago, I was given a ticket to attend the Stylist live event at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

I must admit, I was absolutely thrilled, since I love reading the Stylist magazine so much. The-Stylist-magazine-cover-by-Rob-Ryan-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The programme over 4 days consisted of a whole host of talks by prominent celebrities, such as Nigella Lawson, Salman Rushdie, Helmsley & Helmsley, Davina Mc Call, Yotam Ottolenghi and many more.

There were creative sessions from cookery to styling, empowering seminars from pitching to magazines,to kickstarting a portfolio career.

Running alongside were also fashion shows and sessions with beauty experts.

The list goes on. . . .

Unfortunately, I was only there for a short period, so did not manage to attend the talks.

I will definitely be more prepared next year. Stylist-magazine-Kylie-Minogue-on-Little-Big-Bell I love these Stylist covers featuring Kylie Minogue. It’s called Lucky and was shot by William Baker in 2012.

I was interested to learn that Stylist asked 25 fashion designers to create 25 bespoke looks for Kylie. A celebration of her being in the charts for 25 years.

Interesting to see all the interpretations. One of the resulting shots later made it to the cover of her album The Best of Kylie Minogue in June 2012. Balloons-The-Stylist-magazine-event-London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Balloons and pink, two of my favourites. I’m liking the ombre effect of this backdrop.
The-Stylist-fashion-event-London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Feast your eyes on this colourful display. Definitely a place to stop by for fashion conundrums. Sophia-Webster-wing-stilettos-at-Stylist-live-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Isn’t that white Sophia Webster Evangeline heels with the wings so pretty? I’m liking that green snakeskin embossed Beaumont stiletto on the bottom shelf too. It is from Kurt Geiger.

Great to see a mix of designer with high street brands on the Stylist’s shelves. Stylist-live-curated-necklace-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Mesmerised by this colourful sparkle? I certainly was, as I analysed the colour palette of emerald, mint, dusky pink, sapphire blue and bold orange. Yull-shoes-on-Little-Big-Bell I forgot to mention that this event was not just all fashion shows and talks.

In fact, you could literally shop till you drop, or until you’ve broken the bank.

I wanted to buy the mint and pink heels above from Yull, but unfortunately they didn’t have my size.

I met Sarah Watkinson-Yull, the creative director, and she told me that she could make them bespoke in a variety of colour combinations. Now, that is tempting! Uzma-Bozai-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I stopped by at Uzma Bozai’s stand and proceeded to buy one of their beautifully designed bib necklaces that was adorned with a variety of stones.

The poster above gives you a gist of what their fashion collection is about. Sophie-hulme-envelope-bag-on-Little-Big-Bell Now I’m blushing as I reveal further what I bought.

I have admired Sophie Hulme’s handbag collection for a while. When I saw this bubble gum pink mini envelope handbag, I knew it had my name all over it.

Not sure what was in the air that day, but I have always shied away from bold animal prints on shoes. These classic French Sole pumps in leopard print designed by Jane Winkworth won my heart over.  Kith-and-kin-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell It was a delight to see homewares on sale at the event too.

Love these lamp shades from Kith and Kin. Kith-and-Kin-at-Stylist-live-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Another design from Kith and Kin. Very on trend with the still popular pineapples and botanicals. Birchbox-stylist-collaboration Birchbox has also collaborated with Stylist for their October box filled with cosmetics. You can find out more here. Meringue-girls-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The colourful meringues from the Meringue girls are always a visual delight.

Had I the time,I would have so loved to attend their masterclass on making edible flower lollipops at the event. Pearl-and-groove-at-the-Stylist-event-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Before I wrap up this blog post, I simply had to show you some delicious new finds.

These yummy cakes are from Pearl and Groove. Crosstown-doughnuts-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These spiced Bramley apple and pear crumble doughnuts are from Crosstown. Portobello-road-gin-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Portobello Road Gin, a blend of 9 botanicals, wins for its cool display. I’m liking the sound of Juniper, citrus, nutmeg and a peppery finish.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. Have a great start to your week.

( Photography are all by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little big Bell except French soles, Sophie Hulme and Yull.)

Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Does Fashion inspire the colour trends in interiors or is it vice versa? It’s that egg and chicken argument. Who is the trailblazer?

I have an inkling, although I am not privy to information, that it is a collective movement. The coming together of industry experts to tease out what the new season colours and trends should be. After all, this would make economic sense right?

I was so excited last week when I was invited to the Peter Pilotto catwalk show at London Fashion weekend in the Saatchi gallery by Carpetright.

Carpetright was partnering London Fashion weekend, by supplying the event with a luxury carpet for the Shop the Catwalk lounge and rugs for the VIP Luxe lounge.

I decided to dress up for the event and do that fashion blogger thing of getting my photos taken.

I say this with a blush, as many who know me, are aware of my aversion to the camera. But I always tell myself to step out of my comfort zone.  Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell-in-JCrew I decided to colour block my look in my favourite hues of mint, coral and powder pink. My dress is from J Crew and my handbag is from Kate Spade New York.

My hair was braided in a reverse fishtail with a distressed look by Elements studio and my photo was taken by Karolina Urbaniak . Little-Big-Bell-photo I’m loving how the subtle pastel tones of the walls complement the colours of my dress. Here we have fashion and exteriors going hand in hand. Peter-Pilotto-colourblocking-and-interiors-London-Fashion-week-2015-Little-Big-Bell Carpetright inspired this post because they interviewed me about my thoughts on the influence of fashion trends in interiors.

To be honest, the words didn’t quite flow on camera that day as easily as they should.

Perhaps I could be forgiven, for there was a slightly eccentric lady tiptoeing and gesturing at me as I was being filmed. Nobody I knew, but she seemed interested in me, gesturing for me to stand tall, to tuck that tummy in ( that made me feel self conscious) and to project one’s voice. Perhaps she was an opera teacher?

Anyway, back to the topic of fashion and interiors trends. The advantage of being a FROW for the day, pardon the expression, but I’ve always wanted to say I was front row, was that I could shoot the collection up close.

I have selected the catwalk photos that I took at the show and combined them with the interiors trends that I predict are going to be the most likely.

Peter Pilotto’s collection was inspired by board games from Ludo to Scalextric. See if you can guess what games they are in the outfits I have photographed.

Colour blocking was a predominant feature in the show. Combinations of blues, greens, dusky pinks and golden yellows.

(Image source: Catwalk photos are by Little Big Bell, interiors photos by Remodelista and Mel Yates) Farrow-and-Ball-2015-Little-Big-Bell I was quietly proud to see my colour block predictions come true. The above is the moodboard I did for Farrow and Ball a month ago.I chose Pitch Blue, Arsenic, Green Blue, Pink Ground and gold.

It would be fun to colour block a room in any of these combinations. London-Fashion-weekend-1-2015-Peter-Pilotto-into-interior-design-Little-Big-Bell The same colour palette was set against white in some of his other outfits.

For those not brave enough to paint or combine huge blocks of colours, then setting a similar palette against a neutral backdrop could work well.

(Image source:  Catwalk photos by Little Big Bell, interiors photos by Marij Hessel and Marie Claire Maison). Little_Big_Bell's_home_1_photo_by_Geraldine_Tan My living room is essentially the lighter tones of that palette set against a white background.
Citrus-colours-in-fashion-and-at-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I love colour block accessories. Here on my sofa, you can see my navy and yellow handbag and a pair of navy aqua shoes, which I previously purchased from Boden.

The mint, yellow, white and brown colour block handbag is by Rebecca Minkoff. I bought it at the London Fashion Weekend sale event, prior to the Peter Pilotto show.

Dare I say that I bought it within 5 minutes of entering the sale room. Good thing we were quickly ushered upstairs to the show, otherwise I might have done real damage to my bank account. Boden-and-Rebecca-Minkoff-handbag-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The colours of these handbags are totally at home with my sofa and cushions don’t you think?

(Image of bags and front room by Little Big Bell)

The blue-denim-trend-interiors-Little-Big-Bell So, colour blocking in blues, pinks, greens and golds for both fashion and interiors is a trend to contend with. What else do I predict?

Blue Denim, I think is a front runner. But many will ask ‘Is denim really a trend?’ and will challenge by saying that denim never really went away, being such a common wardrobe staple. However, I think you know denim has come to its own when those who never consider denim, start wearing them.

I think this has much to do with the continuity of the 70s trend that emerged earlier this year. Think dungarees, pinafore dresses, flares and A-line skirts.

I think this will be a micro trend that will hit the interiors market towards next Spring and Summer. I’ve created a collage of inspiration above.

We may soon start to see recycled denim used more for interiors DIYs.

Image source: 1 + 2 (top)  Frayed Language 3 At Home in Love  4 Lush Home  
Joules-plaid-scarf-throw-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Plaid will also be another micro trend. I’m already seeing it as fashion in shops for this Autumn/Winter.

It’s definitely the perfect cosy and colourful pattern to inject into interiors with the approaching colder months.

The above photo is of the super soft and warm oversized Heyford woven scarf that I was given by Joules. It’s so soft, warm and large that you could use it as a mini throw too. Valentino-handbag-London-Fashion-weekend-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I end by showing you this beautiful colour block Valentino handbag, a photo I snapped at London Fashion weekend. This is definitely on my Christmas wish list.

Hope you have enjoyed my colourful fashion meets interiors post. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

(Photography by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell)

(This post is not a sponsored post. Carpet Right invited me to London Fashion weekend).

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