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Catherine Tough

Based in East London, Catherine Tough designs and makes cosy knitted accessories for you & your home.  Made from the softest lambswool and finest cotton yarns, in a beautiful range of colour combinations and exciting patterns, Catherine’s collection will keep you in comfort and style all year round.  Products include expertly knitted socks, cosy gloves, hats & scarves, stylish home accessories and charming lavender filled creature creations for all the family.

Catherine Tough: ORIGINS

Catherine Tough graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1999.
Inspired by nature, travel and colour, she and her team continue to make products to cherish.

Now they are one of the UK’s leading designer-makers; their products are found in many of the finest stores around the UK and the rest of the World. Their lovely patterned socks, woollen hats and scarves, lavender door stops, cushions and throws are widely coveted, and they’re expanding their range all the time.

Catherine’s passion for textiles began when she was still at school, inspired by her mum’s knitting skills (there was often a fleece in the lounge, a spinning wheel and lots of projects on the go) and, as a child of the 80’s, religiously watching The Clothes Show.  She went on to study textiles at the Royal College of Art where she developed her signature style of bold, playful designs using beautiful materials.

Catherine and her dedicated team handcraft beautiful quality products for you and your home from the finest natural materials. By fusing traditional craft practices with contemporary, elegant design, they lovingly create pieces that you’ll treasure.

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7 Hilarious Fashion Instagrams to Follow

7 Hilarious Fashion Instagrams to Follow

7 Hilarious Fashion Instagrams to Follow

Hilarious FASHION ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

We’re all about combining practicality with good looking fashion.

However, sometimes when fashion struts its stuff, the runways are dominated by the bizarre and unwieldy rather than the beautiful or practical. And we aren’t the only people to have noticed this, not by a long shot.

After discovering these we thought it only right that we share some of the most hilarious fashion accounts on Instagram.

We save the best till last…

1. DIET PRADA

This instagram calls out designers for knocking each other off, as well as sharing ‘who wore it better?’ images.

If you’re going to copy someone, maybe copy something less… well memorably strange. Diet Prada points out the somewhat striking resemblance between these two seasonal releases, 23 years apart.

FOLLOW @DIETPRADA

2. FREDDIE MADE

Designed to make you smile, this account by conceptual artist Freddie Smithson takes iconic shots and highlights the ridiculousness of them with some… let’s say curious, Photoshop.

We all know the Queen has some pretty great fashion sense, but this one may be new to us.

FOLLOW @FREDDIEMADE

3. TOMMY LENK

The actor and comedian Tommy Lenk recreates, in DIY style, and tries on different outfits worn by models and celebrities.
We will let you be the judge of just how successful he is in pulling them off.

Believe it or not you can make this stylish outfit yourself with nothing but some bin bags and red cups.

FOLLOW @TOMMYLENK

No need for words here.

DON’T FORGET YOUR HBB!

We’ve got a fantastic range of HBB’s that make the perfect evening companion.
Check out our Smarter range below.

  • Black Fleur Large Baglett

    £32.00 £25.00
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  • Chenille Blue S

    £85.00 £45.00
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  • Chenille Red S

    £85.00 £45.00
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  • Circular Motion Large Baglett

    £32.00 £21.00
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  • Circular Motion S

    £69.00 £37.00
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  • Denim Traveller M

    £75.00 £42.00
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4. ANGELICA HICKs

Her ‘who wore it best?’ segment is original and it certainly tickles us, but it is her humorous illustrations that we love most of all.

It kinda works both ways…

FOLLOW @ANGELICAHICKS

5. COPY LAB

Chris Rellas takes his satirical fashion viewpoint with photoshop as his witty weapon. the results are surprising and pretty interesting.

Have you ever thought about what Renaissance paintings would look like with flashes of Chanel and Gucci? Chris has.

Sometimes all an old outfit needs to update it, is a new accessory.

FOLLOW @COPYLAB

6. SIDUATIONS

This account cleverly creates funny fashion memes, a lot of them you have likely seen doing the rounds on your social media feeds.

For the first time it would seem they put some practical clothes on the runway. This would keep our beekeepers safe.

FOLLOW @SIDUATIONS

7. TASTE OF STREEP

The final one on the list is definitely our favourite.

We love Meryl Streep, and we love food. So, what could be better than an Instagram account that photoshops her seamlessly onto your favourite food?

An Egg-cellent picture here…

It’s not Prada, but it certainly is a tasty look.

FOLLOW @TASTEOFSTREEP

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE FASHION ACCOUNT YOU FOLLOW? SHARE IT IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW.

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5 Reasons to Relish your Fear this Halloween

5 Reasons to Relish your Fear this Halloween

Be afraid, be very afraid

It’s that time of year again when we surround ourselves with fearsomely carved pumpkins (and orange covered chocolate).

Being afraid isn’t all bad though. Here are 5 ways that being made to tremble could actually help you out.

1. Being scared alerts you to harm

We will start with the obvious. Fear is a natural instinct designed to help you avoid dangerous situations. Think of it as an alarm bell.

When we get scared, our bodies react physically so we can handle the danger, also known as our fight-or-flight response  – that sudden rush of adrenaline which allows you to move faster or become stronger than you thought you were.

It is a basic survival instinct.

2. A Little Can Help you Achieve your Goals

Two things can happen when we become afraid. We can face our fear, or we can run away from it.

Identifying our fears can help alert us to areas in our lives that we are limiting ourselves. For example, a fear of rejection may be poisoning our relationships. Being able to stand up to fear and overcome it is one of the best ways to grow as a person.

3. It can Help you in a tight Squeeze

When that adrenaline comes, a tight deadline is approaching, or you are just running out of time to complete a deadline.

The acute stress that accompanies fear can actually be good in these situations. It keeps you up, helps you focus and gives you more drive to complete the task before the time is up.

4. A lot of People Actually Enjoy it

Roller coaster rides, Halloween, haunted houses, skydiving, bungee jumping, scary movies or even skiing, all of these things inject us with huge amounts of fear and we as humans relish the vigour of the adrenaline rush that comes with it.

5. Fear can help us become closer to people

Remember when you and your partner flicked on a scary movie and huddled together? Fear is a powerful emotional and physical response and sharing the experience with someone can help you become closer. Not to forget the excuse to get close to them.

Harnessing the hidden powers of fear

We all have negative associations with the idea of fear, but as we’ve seen it is useful to help give us drive, avoid dangerous situations and fill us with the buzzing thrill of adrenaline.

However, it can be detrimental. Most people have an irrational phobia of some sort, whether it’s Acrophobia (heights), Arachnophobia (spiders), Agoraphobia (having a panic attack in public), or Mysophobia (germs). These can be debilitating and cause damage to quality of life.

So, when it comes to making the most of your fear this scary season, you need to face up to it (within reason), ride the wave of adrenaline that comes with it and overcome it. And then you can start harnessing the power of fear.

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What to Wear with your HBB

What to Wear
with your HBB

Choose the Perfect Outfit to Match your HBB

To get the most out of your outfit, your accessories are vitally important. It’s all very well wearing a gorgeous new dress, or form fitted tailored suit, but accessories can make or break an outfit. . A tired looking bag, scuffed pair of shoes or overly colourful belt will distract and not in a good way.

Traditionally you would simply match your bag with your shoes but that isn’t necessarily the right way to go. It is, in fact, a little old hat.

WHEN IT COMES TO MATCHING YOUR BAG WITH YOUR OUTFIT, EVERYTHING HAS TO DO WITH BALANCE.

Too much matching normally isn’t flattering, you end up looking like a sort of walking crayon. What you want to do is create a balance of colour, neutrals and prints so that your outfit never ends up looking boring.

For example, If your outfit is busy with a complicated print or lots and lots of colour, then your accessories should be more toned down. You should consider matching the colour pallette of your accessories to help tie outfit together. They should be calmer in colour so as not to confuse the eye. Think a nice navy leather HBB for example, matched with a pair of black shoes perhaps.

However, since workwear normally means a lot of neutral colours anyway, with blacks and dark blues dominating the office blocks, you can quite easily get away with some mismatched accessories which will stand out and help give your outfit personality.

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Simple and Sophisticated or Bold Colour?

By combining simple neutrals or light and dark you can create smart and savvy combinations, perfect for the office.

Don’t be afraid to combine colourful prints with an equally colourful mono-colour bag.

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On the left the Expedition Burgundy pops from an outfit of neutrals. On the right of the image the outfit and bag (Textured Nylon Lagoon) are all taken from the same pallette with the neutral gloves adding a bit of flair.

Alternatively you could do something like the second image with the same bag. The accessories are from a matching pallette and then set of against the bright yellow of the shirt which makes for a playful, quirky outfit.

The Textured Nylon Cranberry sets off the outfit of pastels as an eye-drawing snap of colour.

With a busy print like our Zebra Print HBB, block colours and neutrals work best. This is then matched with shoes to create a smart and interesting outfit.

The pale blue of the detail of this Mosaic Blue HBB reversible matches neatly with the outfit, whilst the deeper almost oceanic blue adds a depth.

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