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Zalando, No Compromise, Opulence & Magical birds

Phew what an hectic month so far! I’ve been running everywhere, I feel like I haven’t sat down in a while.

For those of you who follow me on the gram, maybe you know I’ve been to Berlin earlier this month and it was LIT (- is it how the youngsters talk? Girl, please tell me I still got it), I’m reporting from London as we speak and it’s been a wicked yet exhausting week filled with Fashion Week gigs and Bridget Jones style confessions (I’m serious, video to come on Stylist), work interviews (thanks for all the applications, bear with me for replies) fun and little sleep.

But the trip to Berlin was the highlight of this month, I went there with Zalando for their edition of Bread && Butter and boy they’re my new gang.
I’ve been growing this crush for Zalando for the last few months and we’ve really hit it off recently, without a single week passing without a Zalando box making it to my flat.
I didn’t realise they had so many brands and deliver so fast be it in London or Geneva. Anyway, I had a look at their AW16 collection and I heard the theme was Opulence. The campaign name is actually “No Compromise”
All of a sudden my inner magical bird (yes, it’s a thing. It’s as grand, flamboyant and graceful as it sounds ahah) begged to be unleashed to freely be the grand character it was always meant to be. It screams I wear what I want and I wear it because I meant it. Yep. 

Its makings? A turtle neck to stand tall and upright, forcing recognition as it hovers around; a pair of scarlet red boots that look like they’ve been borrowed from a socialite from the 70s for extra credibility; and to finish up a fine plumage so they can watch… And maybe learn?

How would you do opulence? Any inner fancy bird to channel? The next thing that comes to my mind is sassy vixen on the run – keep an eye out for her!

Lots of love,
Freddie x

Outfit Details:

– Dress: Selected at Zalando
– Faux fur coat: Bomboogie at Zalando
– Boots: Vagabond at Zalando
– Lips: Sleek ‘Old Hollywood’ Matte Me

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Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

Zalando AW16, faux fur, headwrap, sleek matte me, vagabond boots, selected dress, jumper dress

SEE YOU AT Bread&Butter by Zalando ?

Guys!

I was telling you a few weeks ago that I was going to Berlin for the Bread&Butter by Zalando 3-day event for the local Fashion Week from the 2nd to the 4th of September! I had never been to Berlin until that quick stop back in June when they introduced the event to some of us, so I can’t wait to go back! Especially that this is one of a kind event, in the sense that everyone is invited to join! No more select shows only a handful of us can attend, this year they’re spreading the fashion love and I hope to meet some of you there!

You know I love my trainers, and as a proud Cameroonian I can’t wait to see what Puma has in store for us (they sponsor our national football team, the Untamable Lions hehe)!
Their theme is already getting me excited: “The Future is Female” (hell yeah!) and their presentation promises to be “Forever Fierce” – Well hello!

I heard that within the approx 10:00Min show Nikeata Thompson will have the (mainly female) Dancers perform a mixture of Urban Dance Choreographies (comprised of Nikeata’s Mix of HipHop, House, Dancehall, Vogueing and many more styles) seamlessly combined with Fitness elements from Freeletics, HIIT as well as running and last but not least classical catwalk “walks“  to showcase the “ready to shop/order“ collection of PUMA in a exciting show, that reflects the lifestyle and attitude of the PUMA brand and lifestyle in a blend of it’s natural usage; Dance, Workout, Athleisuere and Urban Fashion under the #FierceForver.

I got first dibs on their collection, roll on next week for some more Fashion goodness! Am I seeing you there? Hoping so!

Freddie x

WEE MEN, OLYMPIANS & BLOG AWARDS

Well hello there!

It’s going to be a short one. Truth be told, this post has been sitting on my to-do list for a while, along with 347 other things (roughly – and yes I’m being dramatic) and I’ve been drowning myself under stress and anxiety because I really struggle to stay on top of things. I AM KNACKERED, EXHAUSTED, and it would be tempting to blame this on my tenant (as referred to by my mum) but you know how us women can be: I simply remain frustrated with these things I’m not doing and don’t pay attention to the reasons why I’m not doing them in the first place.

I’ve never been pregnant before, so I don’t know how much of this current state of anxiety, stress and tiredness can be pinned on the wee man. I wanted this post to be a life update but I’d probably fall asleep trying to formulate it, ah! But there’s a lot going on business wise (as you know, thanks for all the applications by the way! So happy to be extending the team!) and I bloody can’t switch off, or stop feeling like I bloody GOT THIS, like I should. You know. SHE Unleashed and all that – can someone throw me a quick workshop?

By the way, the wee man (as referred to by his Daddy) only just turned 25 weeks but the dude WON’T STOP jumping in there!! I don’t think he’s that keen on sleeping, and between you and I, I think the Harrel name might all the Olympic Games of 2032 will be about: the strength of these legs.. I can’t! I’m growing an Olympian, I’m telling ya! You just wait!

IN OTHER NEWS, I’m so excited to announce that I’ve just been nominated by InStyle Magazine as Best Fashion Blogger – SAY WHAT???!!!! Well they’re nominations only, meaning I still have to try to win, right? That’s when I need you lot!
Can you pleaseee vote here and spread the message around; you know, to your neighbours, aunties, your bank advisor, it might be worth ringing your exes – just saying!

Thanks a bunch!

Lots of love,

Freddie x

Outfit details:
– Dress: Zalando (it’s not Maternity, and it’s in the sale!!)
– Head scarf: old Zara (don’t try to wear it on a French beach please)
– Lipstick: Ruby Woo by MAC

 

 
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#IHAVETHISTHINGWITHRIDENIM

Hey guys,

You know I’m quite the denim freak, you wouldn’t see me spending a whole week without chucking some blue jean in the mix! I’m always looking for a new woven buddy and I’m here to report a new find!

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A great pair of jeans is hard to find, I’ve definitely had my fair share of denim do’s and don’ts over the years! I find the most important thing to remember when investing in a pair of jeans is to always make sure you find a pair that you feel comfortable in. There’s literally nothing worse than being squeezed into too tight jeans.

I love the fit and wash of these boyfriend jeans as they are loose on the leg with a slight taper towards the ankle. I’d style them with a plain tee and cropped jacket by day, then throw on a pair of killer heels with a cute cami for a dressier evening look as the dark wash makes them super versatile.

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Boyfriend jeans don’t mean you can’t look cute, eh!

Freddie x

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