Macro Monday 133

Somehow Macro Monday got stuck in the abyss of a bad week! so here it is, back and ready to make you lol, rolfl, etc! Lets go!


 Me and Pixie drive like this...


 Hell yea!


Lol Piglet








We all know that person...



and that person...



 Def been here too...


 He is so happy!


Sassified: such a good word!



 Does have some amazing songs!


I want to go where they are going...



Word.



A sweater I think we have all needed.



Me in June.



Good call.

Have a lovely week you guys!

The Inspirationals: Vix Adams

Just in case you are new to the Wonderland party, we interview people who are talented, creative, unusual, and down right inspirational! This one is a gem, especially for all you fashion lovers! 

Total babe herself Vix

Vix Adams works as a London based freelance Fashion Stylist and Creative Director on runway shows, music videos, commercial projects and fashion editorials. She has styled many celebrity clients including McFly, McBusted, Jo Whiley, Ms Dynamite, Example, Kate Nash, Lauren Pope, Lucy Watson, Lee Ryan, Shayne Ward to name a few. 

However currently she is styling up those X Factor boys a storm on the Xfactor 2014. We love her work and her style, and Vix was kind enough to let us ask her all about her inspiring career! 

Styled by Vix, Mcbusted announce their new tour!

Tell us about what you do.

I am a freelance fashion stylist working on Editorials, music videos, commericial television, runway shows for both Men and Women and predominently Celebrity Clients. I am currently the stylist for McBusted, X-Factor and the menswear Editor for HotHot Magazine.

What does an average day at work look like for you?

Hmm, there is no such thing as an average day in this business which is why I love it so much, every project and every day is totally different from one day to the next, Its definitely not your typical 9-5!
  
Do you primarily work alone or with other people?

I primarily work alone on most projects as I just prefer it that way as then I have complete creative control, and when working with clients I think its imperative to understand them in order to understand their style and vision. ith McBusted I work alone, but on a large scale project like the X-Factor I do work with assistants and a team of stylists.

 Vix with those rather stylish X Factor boys!

Is this what you wanted to do as a child? Did you end up in this job by “accident” or was it a planned career choice?

Probably not as a child as I don’t think I was aware that this role even existed. But I have always known I wanted to be involved with the fashion industry, it was about 10 years ago when I moved to London. I started to understand more about the role of a fashion stylist, and knew that it was the career path I was going to pursue.

How long ago did you start on this path?

I started working in fashion retail 15 years ago. From that point I worked my way up to retail management which I did for 4 years, and from there I went into a role of Visual Merchandiser for 5 years for brands such as Diesel, Armani, and DKNY. This was my first insight into the possibility of becoming a Fashion Stylist as a full time career. 

How long were you doing it before you made it into your career or primary form of income?

I have been a Fashion Stylist for 6 years and the first 3 years consisted mostly of networking and building my portfolio and client base. 

 Working with Lucy Watson in her role at HotHot Magazine.

Did anything significant happen to get you to that point, or was it a series of small steps?

A series of small steps definitely. Starting with test shoots, magazine editorials, commercial clients, celebrity clients, then tours. It has been step by step but always gently building in the direction I wanted it to go in.

What kind of education do you have?

I had a pretty standard education, school, high school, then college, I left college with the intention of taking a gap year before going to University. That’s when I started working in Fashion and realised I wanted to work rather than study, so that’s what I did.

Do you think official qualifications are important for someone entering your industry?

For me, no it wasn’t a necessity, I'm sure courses can help you get one step up on the ladder but that wasn’t how I wanted to do it. I think Styling and being creative is not necessarily something that can be taught, its either in you or it isn't and it has to be driven by passion not paperwork.


The beautiful lady herself

If you went to school, did you enjoy studying? Could you see where it might lead you at the time? What advice would you give to someone else who might be studying to get into your industry?

If I'm being honest, I hated studying, I hated the formality of it all, I loved the creative classes but Physics and Maths etc were never really top of my priorities even from a young age. If your studying Fashion or Styling or Visual Merchandising then that’s great, it’s a complex industry and I'm sure it prepares you for what this business entails. My advice would be to get yourself out there, assisting other stylists and expect to work long hours, for a long time, for free, that’s how you will truly understand the nature of the business.

What do you think is the best thing about what you do?

Without doubt the best thing about my job is that each day is different, whether it be location or people who you meet or what visual is expected from you. There really is never a dull moment in this career. It challenges you and pushes you continuously and I don’t think you ever stop learning. There is always something new fresh and exciting just around the corner.

Would you call yourself a workaholic, and if so, are you alright with that? Do you think that’s normal for your industry?

I am 100% a workaholic and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My job is my life. I think you have to be and I think within this industry its totally normal from stylists to photographers to MUA's. You are only as good as your last job, so you are constantly striving for more, striving to do better and push creative boundaries.

More of Vix's Work
What would your number one suggestion be for someone who wants to do what you do?

The best piece of advice I can give is to never ever give up. Be prepared to work for years for long hours, for free. Take every opportunity that comes to you and push yourself to the limit. Always be enthusiastic and motivated. Be willing to make mistakes as it’s the best way you will learn.

...How about number two?

Always carry a notepad, write lists, ideas, inspiration. Anything that will keep your brain mentally stimulated...and never give up!!!

What do you wish you had known when you first started out?

I wish I would have known how long it takes to actually build your name and your portfolio which means working hard for free for a long time. But so glad I did that as it taught me a great deal.

Are there any major misconceptions about your job or industry?

Everyone presumes that being a Fashion Stylist is super Glamourous. At times it is and it has its perks but it takes a lot of hard work and a lot of determination. If you are willing to put in the work and the hours then it’s the most rewarding job you can do.

What is the best thing that’s happened to you as a consequence of the work you do?

The best thing that’s happened to me as a consequence of what I do is genuinely the friendships I have built. My highlight so far I would have to say is styling Mcbusted for their sold out 37 arena date tour.

What motivates you to keep doing what you’re doing?

I love what I do, so the motivation for me is easy. I'm quite self critical so I'm always looking for ways to improve so that motivates me to always want to do more.

More of Vix's X Factor Styling.


Who do you look up to within your industry & why?

I guess the obvious person is Grace Coddington, stylist for Vogue. Shes so iconic and still continues to be at the top of her game.
Recently I have been crushing on Ainsley Hutchence of Sticks and Stones. Shes so rad and her work always pushes boundarys which I love.


Rate how happy you are with what you do out of 100 (100 being the best, 0 being devastatingly awful) on an average day.

oooh, I put 100% into everything I do and I believe in it fully, so I'm always pleased with the outcome, but there is always room for improvement. I would say a strong 70. I don’t think I will ever say 100 as then there's no where higher to go!

Is there much career progression available to you? What would you like to do next?

There are always new opportunities within this business and always different avenues to explore. Next year I want to get into possibly doing presenting fashion features for TV and online.

Do you think you’ll continue doing this for the rest of your life?

Who knows what is around the corner, but yes I am very happy in my career and the direction it is going in at the moment. I tend to set bench marks of what I want to achieve and then when I reach that I tend to set another goal. I want to continue to be a fashion stylist for as long as I am still passionate about it. I have no intentions of slowing down anytime soon.

We would like to thank Vix SO much for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions! You can follow her work and life at the following links: 

Strawberry Beauty Tips!


The strawberry: red, juicy, delicious…it’s like nature’s little heart. I wanted to explore some unique ways that you can incorporate this tasty fruit into your daily beauty routine. Packed with nutrients and benefits, check out these three simple recipes that will help you look your best!
 
Strawberry Face Mask
 

 Strawberries are great for getting your skin to look its best, and this mask will help to exfoliate, renew and brighten your face. All you need is a couple strawberries, some plain yogurt, and honey. Slice up and mash together the strawberries before adding in a spoonful of honey and yoghurt. Mix all of the ingredients together and spread evenly across your face. After 15 minutes, wash the mask off to reveal soft, glowing skin!

Strawberry Hair Mask

 Strawberries are packed with vitamin C which is helpful in nourishing the hair, and they also have the ability to get rid of any excess oil build-up that your scalp may be holding in. This hair mask will help you get those shiny locks that you have always dreamed of — and not to mention it smells amazing! Blend together 5 to 7 strawberries (depending on the amount of hair you have), and a tablespoon each of coconut oil and honey until a smooth purée is formed. Work the mixture into damp hair while massaging your roots, then rinse away with warm water. This recipe is a cheap and natural alternative to store bought hair masks which can be expensive and packed with chemicals.

Strawberry Detox Water


Drinking water is a natural way to clear out our bodies, but adding in a few more ingredients can turn it into a powerful detox drink that can flush away all unwanted toxins. I tried a refreshing combination of strawberries, lemon and mint. Lemon juice cleanses, alkalises, and boosts the immune system, while mint leaves a cool flavour and helps to settle the stomach. Strawberries will add in flavour, antioxidants and skin enhancing nutrients. All you need is a handful of sliced up strawberries, a few lemon wedges, and a couple sprigs of mint. Add all the ingredients to a pitcher of water and set aside in the fridge while the flavours build up.

Let me know if you try any! 


Ohm Boho!






Ohm Boho Story


I’ve been like a magpie since birth, loving all things pretty and shiny. Then as I grow up I began to travel more and more, never happier than when I have my home on my back in the form of a backpack, dirty feet from walking everywhere without shoes and my freckles develop out of nowhere and cover me head to toe. As I travelled I picked up more bits and pieces along my way, lapis lazuli bangle in Hampi, India, moonstone ring in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka, turquoise and onyx bangle in Bangkok, Thailand, shell bracelets in Gili Trawagan, Indonesia, brass and coral earrings in Hanoi, Vietnam, brass Ganesh necklace in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India and the list goes on and on. It got to the point of every city, town, village I went to I had to pick up a piece of jewellery as a token whether it small or big, cheap or expensive, Then I came home.... all my favourite styles of jewellery were either well out of my price range or on the other side of the world far out of my reach and so I created Ohm Boho. 
I absolutely adore everything on the Ohmboho site and if I could I would have the whole lot on there. Not only is everything beautiful but the site is set out in such a simple yet lovely way. I found it really easy to style these pieces because 90% of my clothes go so easily with this boho style!



As some of you may notice I love the colour green, so here are two of my favourite rings making this pretty obvious! I’ve got relatively small hands and even the smallest ring sizes I sometimes order are still too big. These rings are both easily adjustable so you can mix and match which fingers you want to wear them on with all your other jewellery too.

 



 
So, heres my most favourite item on the whole site:

This necklace compliments every item of clothing I own! If you have a simple outfit on that you want to dress up this instantly makes a statement. Or if you have an outfit with a lot of patterns and textures this will go perfectly.
 
I decided to wear organic shades to go with this beauty:


Swing Dress With Crochet Sleeves in Green by Glamorous
Tile Print Kimono With Tassel Trim by Glamorous
Rain Check Ankle Boots by Asos

Be sure to check them out by clicking on the links above or by clicking here!













OOTO Vibes!

http://www.ootoclothing.com/


OOTO stands for ‘Out Of The Ordinary’. Its extraordinary designs for the hard workers and grafters of society who embrace their wild side in their working hours and on weekends. They stand for the risk takers, money makers and rule breakers.

The versatility of most of these stunning pieces enables the OOTO girl to incorporate them into the many sides of her personality and lifestyle; OOTO do this by making every piece extremely comfortable and easy to wear. The idea is that the clothing isn’t just for festivals, but can also be worn over a pair of jeans or thrown on to brighten up your work outfit.  It’s about looking out of the ordinary from average outfits you see in the work environment.

I asked OOTO’s creature to give me a little information about herself and how the company came together:

My name is Corrie Davies I’m 25 and I am the designer and sole owner of my brand OOTO Clothing based in London but I’m always creating and designing as I go. Its one of the best aspects of working for yourself. I was feeling extremely restricted in the normal day-to-day of London life so in 2012 I set out on a nomadic adventure to feel inspired again. I was away for two years, travelling through Asia, India, Indonesia and Australia. During that time I was inspired by all of the fabrics, bold prints and colours, this pushed me to create my own collection that reflected my lifestyle.  So I went back to Indonesia in January 2014 this year and got my first collection made.

I take inspiration from everywhere and travel is a big part of it. I don't create designs that I think people would buy, but things that I love and would get a lot of use out of. I also take a lot of inspiration from my own wardrobe, tweaking and changing things here and there from designs of the 70s and 90s, one of which is my wide legged ‘
wideboy pantsinspired by the 90s baggy trouser look. I believe in uniqueness and think there shouldn't be a uniform in the way people dress, it's an expression and it’s about looking different - don't be afraid to try something new and out of the ordinary to your normal style. I also believe in supporting small home factories and having a great relationship with them, this helps me and helps them in growing their business and supporting their local communities.”

I want to get more creative with my designs and push the boundaries with bolder and more colourful designs, I’m planning a trip back to Bali in January to work with some other creatives, do lots of photoshoots whilst working on improving my website and preparing for next years UK festivals where I will be having a clothing stall.”


Hello beautiful people its Pixie again! So how awesome is Corrie? Not only is she an incredible designer she’s also an absolute sweatheart.

Anyway back to clothes, when I came across OOTO Clothing I instantly fell in love with the ‘My Patch Black Dungarees. These were an instant want because they make you stand out, easy to style with everyday clothes and so so comfy. What I love most about them is I can just put them on with no thought and feel comfortable and confident. Being a mama this is a time saver thats really appreciated!

Patch Work Dungarees by OOTO, Oxblood Docs, Throw by Wonderland Clothing 


This wouldn’t have been styled by me if there wasn’t any pretty hippy jewellery too..


  Clear Crystal ring Empty casket
Moonstone ring Lost At Sea Jewellery
Blue stone shield ring Urban Angel
Moonchild shield ring & Citrine ring Luminoire 
 
Now, when you stalk the OOTO site you’ll see a stunning collection of kimonos. I’ll probably end up purchasing them all but here's my first one!



This kimono is so easy to style up, just like pretty much everything on the OOTO site you can dress anything up or have it as casual as you like and still look great.
  Here I’ve teamed this Paisley Kimono with:
Black Maxi Skirt from Asos
Black heeled buckle up boots from Riverisland
Black oversized lace tee from Asos



Wrapped quartz choker on vegan friendly cord
both from Luminoire



 
Om, Buddha & Clear Crystal Quartz triple layered necklace from