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Take a break

Posted in Accessories, Drinks, Fashion, Food, Shoes, Stylist, Travel, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins

Life is for living in my very humble opinion. Over the past three weeks I have spent in Milan, Italy – I have never known the benefits of a recharge. Any time I have ever taken a break, or a holiday, I bury myself in a project or organised a voyage of a lifetime.20160318_135548

Walking as a means of transport, has been a pleasure. The wonders it does for your fitness, posture and general health are a saving grace to save me from the delicious beige food I have consumed. As would you with pizza, pasta and bread so delicious and on every corner.

Getting lost in a city with a drastically low incidence of petty crime is a wonder. The freedom, beauty and space to roam the city is such a calming experience.

Not to put Milan on a pedestal, with the cleanliness, culture and rich history there is also a lack of conformity. few people want or choose to speak English, which can make for a tough few first weeks before I was taken pity on by my lovely landlady Gabriella. Teaching me English from grammar upwards to vocabulary, she is heaven-sent.

The fact I have not posted in some time is due to the fact I had to get myself a job to survive in this beautiful city of beauticians, salons, high-streets, beautiful leather shoes, bags and independent retailers. as well as bars, clubs and cafes. Teaching English was a wonderful experience and has given me additional tools for life. I have honed my interpersonal skills, communication technique, teaching skills and have made a positive impact on the lives of a few amazing Italians along the way to improve their English, confidence and prospects in the future.

It’s not goodbye just yet, but on my rare day off, I thought a little tribute to this gift of time was due. Thank you Milan.


Matteo Lamandini

Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Menswear, Shoes, Stylist, Travel, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins

Milan fashion week saw not only the long established designers from around the world but also The Fashion Hub showcased designers who have produced collections exceptional the industry. One such designer is Matteo Lamandini.


His menswear collection saw the return of corduroy. His blend of AW16/17 colour palate was demure and cool, much like the personality of the designer himself.


His collection is masculine and adventurous. Bold but wearable. The juxtaposition of fabrics makes it edgy, he has collars of contrasting colour, different to the shell. Blazers with the pattern split in varying prints.


The colour palate plays into the earth / military tones found in the AW16 colour palate but by no means does he play it safe.


Wearing his collection in addition to a cool demeanour he is courteous and informative at the show.

For a high-street fix collections such as Topman can sooth your shopping desires right now.

Matteo Lamandini is  winner of 2014’s Designer of Tomorrow award, he has made a beautiful contribution to Aw16.

Fashion Sees Red

Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Shoes, Stylist, Travel, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins

Red, also known as Fiesta is one of the big colours for Spring 16, as if you didn’t already know.
Whether you are a minor red hair accessory kind of girl. The guy that wears the red power tie or even the person who enjoys the sneaky peak of a bright red sock peakibooing under trousers, this Spring 2016 is your season.
With the likes of Armani popping accents of red all over the Spring collection, you’ll be a fool to ignore it. Red has never been my colour, but back in November I entered a Stylist competition – stage one was to showcase our interpretation of red.
Here was my entry. Unfortunately I didn’t win, but I still love my entry. The cardigan is a retro vintage piece from Greenwich. The beading detail is incredible, pure lambswool and lined inside to prevent any wool intolerance reactions occurring.  I love it. I’m also wearing my shoe clips from my website Cheeky Poppins, a touch of fur.
Here are some pieces from Armani showcasing possibly the most powerful colour in the spectrum. So says the power tie philosophy.
Here is a dress on Pretaportobello by Liquorish At Marketplace. Taking the colour block Fiesta to an extreme but why not? Otherwise you can tone it down with accessories – all found on the site.
Whatever your feelings on the colour, there ain’t no party like a Fiesta.  So jump on board.

Milan Fashion Week – Grinko

Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Stylist, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins

Milan Fashion Week, kicks off with the Sergei Grinko show. The opening catwalk by the humble, dressed in black designer was filled with wonder. Foliage on entrance, white walls and secret scrolls. There were men and women alike, frow and beyond with a very strong sense of self and an exceptional sense of style.


The show consisted of branded oversized beanies, branded oversized sleeves, and decorative structured backpacks. The goth chic ensembles were the memorable pieces or me.

I was particularly in support of the mixed prints and textures, velvet and natural fibers. The FROW sat in agreement and the round of applause confirmed his success.


The models did a great job showcasing the new designs, which I’m sure will contribute to the inspiration on many a shop floor come AW16/17.

For the debut show of Milano Moda Donna AW16/17, it was everything you hoped it would be. It was fashion. It was fabulous.



Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Stylist, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins

The dust has finally begun to settle following Beyoncé’s half time Super Bowl performance, displaying a profound amount of black power. Led by Beyoncé in a stellar performance, dancers with natural hair, berets and leather – the uniform of the Black Panther party donned the grounds of Super Bowl 50. She has been criticised in the past for sitting on the fence regarding political and social politics, so this performance really made a stand in her POV. The show has since spurred on satires all over YouTube of blackness and its comical abundance all over the celebrity world, as well as what it means to be black, the pride, heritage and the legacy.


The Black Panthers – The Vanguard of the Revolution (2016); a documentary on the origins of the movement from the Panthers themselves. They were by title The Black Panthers for Self-Defence who would prove to be by defence winners in the game where they were faced with an opposition ready to attack.

See my review on Close-Up Film.

Selma 2014, featuring UK actor David Oyelowo was a motion picture based on the trials and tribulations Martin Luther King Jr and his team went through in the town of Selma. I managed to see this film on a pre-release and I felt not only privileged but deeply moved, educated and extremely proud. I wrote a review for Show Film First, which the Editor published after reading it despite having another writer already on the job. She acknowledged the emotion which went into it not only the review of a film. Have a look for yourself.SELMA

All black everything, thanks to Jay Z is now as common as mud. Bloggers, music artists and fashionistas alike dress in black. Here’s my day in nero. M&S hat, H&M tee, Zara bottoms and Cons.

The history of the world is already set in stone. The future is what we carve out for ourselves.


#shoesmakemehappy – the brogue

Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Shoes, Stylist, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins

Italy, the Graceland of the footwear industry, and I have just acquired the bargain of the century. I bought what I believe to be an amazing pair of tan almond toe, slip on wing cap brogues, with a tassel and fringe. They are basically my dream pair of shoes, the last one in the lot so I got them for the bargain price of 44 Euro (at a 1.2 conversion approximately £36.67). I haven’t yet mentioned the  upper and lining is leather, made and sourced all in Italy – for £37. What a steal, for any shoe snob you should be feeling the raw envy. Or feel around for change and get yourself to Italy.

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Brogues for me are the epitome of heritage style rounding off an indigo skinny jean with finesse, topped off with a mink cashmere jumper and velvet blazer why not. I have been searching for a pair of shoes like this for years. I have been travelling to Italy since 2009 and in my 2nd week of having packed my bags and taken the search hard core I have found them. Additionally to add they are as comfortable as a coma. Just a quick stroll to the shops in my new shoes and I feel a million bucks. MM Glamour shoes – thanks and I’ll see you again for sure.

The brogue is a style of footwear typically characterised by decorative perforations (broguing) along and on top of the upper surface of the shoe. The roots of punching holes into shoes came from Ireland and Scotland, primarily for drainage purposes. Today they are the epitome of sophistication, business attire and fashion but also a trend driven in sportswear with EVA soles, pull on high tops and slip on sport shoes. Taking my love of masculine driven pieces, it’s safe to say I am pleased as punch.

A designer known to perform broguing with the upmost reinvented style, innovative comfort technology and finesse is Coal Haan. See these and drool. This brand is my shout out to splurge on, for a pair of shoes in this category, a brand delivering a cheaper option isn’t really an option at all.

Coal Haans