😫Ruined fringe = good run. Aimed for 5k but ran a bit short after checking out a new route. Training run #2 for the @nikeuk #weownthenight 10k night run.
Going to try and do 5k again before work. Countdown to @nikeuk #WeOwnTheNight = 66 days to shape up and run a strong 10k. Laying out my running gear for the morning to try and guilt trip me into getting my bum out of bed.
Lucie Loves… Fashion
Pollinator friendly fashion | Kelly Love SS14
A couple of weekends ago, JMG and I popped over to Richmond to finalise the design of my bespoke engagement ring with Sarah May Jewellery.
The sun was shining. It finally felt like spring had arrived in London. I braved wearing this pretty silk butterfly print shirt dress, but took my coat with me to throw on in case it got a bit nippy.
I haven’t even begun to think about creating a proper SS14 wardrobe yet - the closest I’ve come is picking up March issues of ELLE UK and Vogue magazine to search for inspiration.
JMG and I are currently in ‘saving-up-for-a-wedding’ mode, which means that I really have to reign myself in when it comes to some of the lofty ideas I have, like going clothes shopping, and eyeing up £85 pairs of jeans and breton striped tops from Whistles. *cries*
It’ll all be worth it when our big day finally comes around in May or June 2015, and we’re beaming from ear to ear, because we’ve got the wedding we
saved up for(read: always dreamed of).
The wedding really planning is hotting up at the moment. We’ve done our first venue visit, fallen in love a little, done a bit of catering research and shrieked in horror at the £20,000 quote that came back.
Planning your dream wedding comes with a lot of moments that bring you both crashing back down to earth with a very loud thud. What we’ve found is that setting a budget is absolutely crucial - especially when it comes to negotiating with suppliers, venues and caterers - and at the moment, this is an area that still appears to be a bit of a moveable feast in the #LEKxJMGwedding arrangements.
My colleague at work, who is very hot on wedding planning, said that we need to write a catering brief, set a realistic budget and then get three competitive quotes from our favourite suppliers, to ensure that we really are getting value for money. She also said that £30-40 per head is a good guide.
Over the next 14 months we’ll be delving deeper into the world of weddings and sharing some of our best bits, helpful hints and favourite finds.
Watch this space and keep an eye on the hashtag: #LEKxJMGwedding
What I wore…
Butterfly effect silk dress - Kelly Love
Navy Thela bag - Meli Melo
Boots - Lama Peach
- Brushed gold, drop shaped earrings - My Hart Beading
Camel coat - Next
- The Kensington watch - Nixon at ASOS
Photography © jmgcreative
Anonymous asked: Hi Lucie! I'm going to London pretty soon and staying near Shoreditch! Do you have any cool shops or adresses around there? Thanks! Love all of your posts by the way :)
Hello, Thanks for getting in touch. Ooh! Where do I start? There are so many amazing shops to check out in and around Shoreditch, #eastlondon. One of my favourite places to go is Redchurch St. From there you can wander down Brick Lane, check out the Truman Brewery, Rough Trade records, Spitalfields Market, a gazillion vintage shops and art galleries and some very cool bars and coffee shops.
You might like this post I did here: http://lucieloves.co.uk/post/65933511620/blogged-lucie-loves-autumn-brights-one-of-my
Lucie Loves… Jewellery
#WhatIwore with my Anna Lou of London L.E.K gold monogram necklace
JMG and I, getting into the spirit of all things wedding-y, recently visited The National Wedding Show at London Olympia.
I prepared myself for a day of trawling up and down aisles, looking at wedding paraphernalia, by wearing comfy clothes and lots of layers that could be easily removed if I overheated. Note: the price of wedding-related things can do that to a person.
JMG’s cable knit forest green jumper - that had been accidentally shrunk in the wash, from TK Maxx, came in very handy.
With it I wore my Pull & Bear faux leather embossed jacket, some Levi’s Patty Anne slim fit jeans, low-rise white Converse trainers, my Topshop poppy flower tunic dress, a sweep of Chanel Rouge Coco Paris #22 red lipstick and my new L.E.K gold monogram necklace from Anna Lou of London.
Photography © jmgcreative & Lucie Kerley
Lucie Loves… Running
Getting ready for Nike Women’s #WeOwnTheNight 10k night run 2014
Last year I ran my first 10k, but don’t let that fool you - I trained hard for it. In just 6 weeks I went from running 0K-10K, training a couple of times a week, pacing my way down the Thames with the Nike+ running app in my ear, spurring me on to clock up another kilometre - competing against friends on the leaderboard.
I surprised myself at just how much I got out of training for Nike’s women only 10k race. You can ready about my 2013 WOTN journey here: http://lucieloves.co.uk/tagged/weownthenight, and what a bloody incredible journey it was too!
Since I was younger, I’ve suffered from terrible hand to eye coordination. Actually, it’s all kinds of coordination and spacial awareness that I find difficult. Tennis, in particular, was a nightmare, hence why I’m not a big Wimbledon fan (sorry!). My frustrated teacher used to give up trying to improve my serve - it was never going to happen - and she’d send me off to bat the ball against the wall, on my own, to make the rest of the lesson pass more smoothly for my peers, who all seemed to get it first time.
Running was one of the only sports that I was any good at. It didn’t require any ‘skill’, or so I thought. It was just legging it down the school field as fast as I possibly could. I would often take part in 100m and 200m races at Sports Day, and then went on to take part in Cross Country races in High School.
But then I got boobs, and boys came along. My running ‘career’ ground to a halt - literally. F`rom the age of 16 to 27, I can count on one hand the number of times I must have ‘been for a run’. There always seemed to be something better to do than exercise.
When I moved to London, a year and a half ago, on my own, without my long term boyfriend (now fiancé), I joined the gym purely for something to do, a means of de-stressing and filling my empty-ish evenings, in between blogging events and seeing friends.
Then Nike got in touch with an amazing opportunity that challenged me to run 10k with 3,000 other women. In a park. At night. In London.
The idea being that if, I, a non-runner, could train for and complete a 10K run in just 6 weeks - then anyone could!
I cannot deny that running 10K is hard work. I think I ran the last 2K with a stitch, whilst screaming: “Come on girls!” repeatedly, at the top of my lungs, like a mad woman, just to keep myself from stopping.
I ran the WOTN race with my friend Hannah. We had an incredible time training together at a Nike Training Club session on Clapham Common, turning beetroot-faced and sweating buckets, but feeling pretty fantastic at the end of it.
Race day came and I finished woman number 459 of 3,000. It felt amazing! My aim was to do it in under 60-minutes and that’s exactly what I did.
WOTN isn’t about raising money for charity - although I’m sure you could run for a cause if you so wished. It’s about feeling strong, determined and committed. Signing up is a way of giving yourself something to work towards - it also means that come May, you will be looking buff-ting in time for your summer holidays. Running does great things in terms of shaping your physique.
I was also incredibly lucky to get to meet some very inspirational people, in the shape of the Food & Lycra girls, Ellesbells of joyrun.tumblr.com and nothingtodisplay.co.uk, Angel from angeldeefitness.com, Charlie aka Daddy Dark from Run Dem Crew and the mighty Ellie Goulding!
Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced - take part in We Own The Night 2014!
Race date: 10 May 2014
Race time: after dark
Race location: Victoria Park, London
Race entry fee: £28
Register for Nike Women’s 10k night run here: www.nike.com/events/register/wotn/london
Lucie Loves… Art
#Photoblogged | Friday Late: Hackney Wick Takeover at Victoria & Albert Museum
In a nutshell… East London’s creative commune comes to V&A.
I’d never been to a Friday Late before, so was keen to check it out and that’s exactly what we did on Friday after work.
We got off the tube at South Kensington and made the short walk over the Victoria and Albert Museum. The museum is a joy to behold and is in fact the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design.
The Friday Late queue ran right around the block - surely this was a good sign. After a 10 minute wait in the rain, we headed inside. It was heaving with a youthful influx of east London creatives, bottles of Becks in hand, pouring over colourful contemporary art installations, and chatting animatedly amidst the V&A’s permanent collections.
I’ve not been to Hackney Wick. Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Dalston: yes. But I definitely got a flavour for what it might be like: heavy drum and bass and dubstep tunes, pulsating hipsters, talented creatives and more live/work spaces than you can shake a stick at. Home to the nextgen of Britain’s creative industries.
There were some interesting pieces, beautiful streetart, off-the-wall video works and shoes that had teeth for soles. However, one of the best things about the exhibition, for me, was being able to watch an Illustrator at work, practising his craft, surrounded by spellbound onlookers. It is perhaps one of the things that I get most pleasure out of. There is something about the mix of live music and art that seems like a marriage made in heaven.
A little more information about Friday Lates…
“Friday Lates began in 1999, establishing the much-copied format for London cultural centres evening events. The programme celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society. It brings our audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging practitioners, re-framing the Museum experience in the process. Friday Lates are reinvented monthly, and we look at encouraging audiences to interact with the V&As collections in new ways.
The programme is held on the last Friday of the month, and is a curated evening event of workshops, talks, installations, performances and music which focus on a particular theme each month. We attract anywhere between 3,000 – 6,000 visitors per month.”
Photography © Lucie Kerley
Lucie Loves… #LFW
#Photoblogged | behind-the-scenes with Schwarzkopf. Day two at London fashion week - Jasper Garvida #AW14 show.
I was invited to to go behind-the-scenes at the Jasper Garvida AW14 show to see the Schwarzkopf Professional Young Artist Team work their magic. They created some pretty incredible waves on a host of Jasper Garvida’s models, with the help of the Schwarzkopf Pro team.
Hair was pinned in place to create ringlets and left to set, whilst the makeup artists got to work. The loose ringlets were then combed through, creating a halo of wavy hair ready to be pinned back and adorned with comb accessories and lace veils.
I felt that this almost finger-wave type technique gave the models an air of 1930s glamour and allowed the clothes to feel more theatrical as they strutted up the catwalk.
Check out more of Jasper’s work below:
www.jaspergarvida.com | Ethologie.co.uk
Photography © Lucie Kerley
Lucie Loves… #LFW
#Photoblogged | Day two at London fashion week - Jasper Garvida #AW14 show.
In a nutshell… Una Vida Bien Vivida - a life well lived.
Inspired by Carmen, the Jasper Garvida show was opened with a slow and rather sensuous flamenco performance. The room awash with red light, as the dancer twisted and turned her body to the tune of a spanish guitar.
When the models took to the catwalk, they wore bold prints in a mix of mediterranean hues - cobalt blue, bullfighter red, an explosion of hot florals and mannish flat caps overlaid with feminine lace.
Check out more of Jasper’s work below:
Photography © Lucie Kerley
Lucie Loves… Home
#Blogged | Sunday scent.
My new @marksandspencer grapefruit and ginger bedroom candle from @jmgcreative’s mum. It’s so fresh and zingy.
The little pot is so pretty, perfect for storing trinkets when it’s done being a candle.
Lucie Loves… Beauty
My current skincare/ pre-make-up beauty regime.
What a line up!
Olay refreshing face wash and Johnson’s makeup be gone face wipes, on offer at Superdrug.
I’m alternating between @origins GinZing moisturiser and @Kiehls ultra facial moisturiser. Whilst also trying out the @bareMineralsUK prime time foundation primer + biolucent mineral brightening treatment for the first time.
One of my all-time favourite skin essentials is the trusty @stiveskin apricot blemish fighting scrub.
And not forgetting, the rather luxurious @Clarins beauty flash balm. If you’ve not tried it yet, ask for this little wonder cream for your birthday or treat yourself - it’s great for perking up lacklustre skin (think: horrific hangover skin remedy).
She rocked the house down. That voice and those abs. Woah! @isthatjessiej.
Yes, @jessiej @oslohackney this place does smell like a dream!!! #ntc #weownthenight #justdoit #candles
Get ready girls… The @isthatjessiej @jessiej wild @nikeuk #NTC workout is coming…
Jeez! @isthatjessiej I want the number of your @NikeUK NTC florist please. @oslohackney This place looks incredible!