Chanel Fall 2013 Haute Couture

Chanel Fall 2013 Haute Couture

With references including Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World to Grace Jones’ headgear, once again Mr Lagerfeld ticked all the boxes. TEC is loving Chanel’s latest collection, and especially loving the ‘Nail Ring’!

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Kate Moss to team up with Carphone Warehouse this Summer!

Move over Topshop, it’s the Carphone Warehouse that’s caught Kate’s eye now.  Fashion and Technology are set to merge this Summer as Kate Moss is about to launch a phone and tablet accessories collection for the renowned phone company.  A somewhat surprising collaboration; however, it seems in today’s society you’re practically living in the Golden Age if you don’t own a smartphone or tablet device, therefore I’m sure a good percentage of fashion lovers out there cannot wait to get their hands on one of Miss Moss’s latest designs! Image


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‘Cause Everyone Wants to Party Like it’s 1999

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If you can relate to the time when you’d do anything to earn a Blue Peter badge, felt like a murderer if you left your Tamagotchi for over an hour and believed the world really had ended when W H Smith ran out of Bubblegum flavour gel pens, then read on..

For today’s ‘Throwback Thursday’, instead of posting some form of so-ugly-yet-so-cute photo on Instagram, I’ve taken myself back to my childhood and written a list of those things that made growing up in the 90s that extra bit special..

1. Saved by the Bell – Lisa Turtle’s character is still providing fashion inspiration even in 2013!

2. The Spice Girls – Lets face it, there isn’t one person that doesn’t want to zig-a-zig-ah.

3. Ty Beanie Babies – Yep, remember when you’d try and collect them all because it meant you could exchange them and be so rich when you grew up.. Hmm, how’s that going?

4. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air – ‘In West Philadelphia born and raised..’ (NOTE: Watch clip of Will Smith on Graham Norton Show!)

5. Art Attack – Making you think you were a creative genius by putting a flower pot next to a pair of jeans..

6. Butterfly Clips – Especially when they matched the colour of your dress.

7. ‘Get Your Own Back’ CBBC Show – Hands up, who tried to get their mum in the Gunk Dunk?

8. Furbies – Who needs a dog anyway?!

9. Clarissa Explains It All/Sabrina, The Teenage Witch – Pretty sure I could draw a perfect replica of Melissa Joan Hart’s face without even looking after the amount of time I spent watching her on TV..

10. The Rugrats – Providing a constant source for fancy-dress parties for years to come..

And to top it off, here’s a Throwback Thursday photo of my anyway. Who said you can never rock a Barbie swimming costume?!


Top Ten Summer Festivals to Try!


Remember that time you went to a music festival and came back looking as pristine and glamorous as you did on arrival? …Yep, thought so. 

Today marks the beginning of Glastonbury (the festival EVERYONE must be able to say they’ve been to before they die in my opinion), but if you aren’t fortunate enough to be going this year, fear not!  Here are The Empty Coathanger’s top 10 festivals for you to try out this Summer (in no particular order): Image
1. Exit – Vojvodina, Serbia http://www.exitfest.orgImage2. Benicassim – Costa del Azahar, Spain Global Gathering – Stratford-Upon-Avon, England

4. Hideout – Zrce, Croatia http://www.hideoutfestival.comImage5. Bestival – Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight, UK

Image6. V Festival – Chelmsford, England Lovebox – Victoria Park, London, England Tomorrowland – Boom, Belgium http://www.tomorrowland.comImage

9. Latitude – Southwold, Suffolk, England

10. Electric Forest Festival – Michigan, USA

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Rubik’s Cube Party

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Ever wanted to throw a party that would keep pals talking for months but just couldn’t think of a fun and creative idea?  Earlier this week a friend mentioned the ‘Rubik’s Cube Party’ to me.  The idea:  All guests arrive in clothing consisting of each colour in a Rubik Cube and end wearing all clothing of the same colour.. Basically, it’s like solving a Rubik’s Cube but instead of moving around small plastic cubes, you’re swapping items of clothing with other people.  Add in lots of people, alcohol and good music and voila..I’m 99.9% sure this would be a night-to-remember. (Tip: Wear underwear in the colour you want to end up wearing!)



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Rie Hosokai’s LEGO Wedding Dress

Rie Hosokai's LEGO Wedding Dress

Japanese artist Rie Hosokai of Daisy Balloon has created this Wedding Dress entirely out of LEGO blocks for Tokyo’s “Piece of Peace” world heritage exhibition. Amazing, huh?! However, I’m still rather unclear of how you’re supposed to get in and out of it…

Hosokai stated of the construction: “There is fear in that we are all different from one another, but that is also the gateway to self-consciousness. Self-consciousness was once whole, but in the modern trend where all things whole get broken down, it too is about to get deconstructed. For that reason, people now seek to reconstruct their consciousness by extending it onto others. Through this process of extension, we have learned to unravel things down to their basic elements.”

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Tips for Being Happy at Work


Tuesday’s London Metro (11th June 2013) reported that only 59% of british adults are happy at work, with workers sitting through an average of 9,000 hours of wasted time in meetings in their lifetime. Surprisingly, teachers appear to be the happiest workers in Britain, with 83% saying they love their job – who would have thought people are happier by going back to school, eh?! Whatever your job title, whether it be working from home on an online magazine or in the sky as an Air Hostess, it is extremely important to feel content in your working environment.  

Here are 8 tips to help you look forward to waking up for work:

1.  Try to wake up between an hour and 45 minutes ahead of time.  This will allow you to have a bit of time to yourself and stop you from being in a rush.  

2.  Keep your workspace tidy.  By separating tasks into different days you will feel less stressed and positive in being able to manage a heavy workload.  

3.  Make lists.  Even if you aren’t the typical ‘list maker’, at least try it out!  Lists allow you to know exactly what you’re meant to be doing and what order to do things in, aside from the buzz you get every time you tick something off! 

4.  If you can afford to, have a separate mobile phone which you only use to contact people for non work-related reasons.  Being able to switch off and have a catch up with friends, take some photos or play around on a pointless yet addictive gaming App will help you to stay calm without being disturbed.  

5.  Smile! 98% of people will return your smile, and it has been proved that the more you smile, the more positive you become. 

6.  Don’t be afraid to have a face-to-face conversation with a colleague instead of emailing them from metres away!  57% of workers have said they find all staff emails irritating, so if you can reduce the amount of emails in their inbox by having a normal conversation, it is likely they will return the favour! 

7.  Don’t just spend the day looking at the clock! Even if your job is incredible tedious, focus on what you are doing and give it your all.  You may be surprised by how much you get into something! Even though we work to live, seeing as we spend most days working, it will be extremely beneficial if you try hard enough so that you feel proud and can reward yourself at the end of the day.  

8.  Try as hard as you can to get a job in a field you want to work in! In today’s society, more and more people are settling with an unwanted career just for the money – but why should you get good at what you don’t want to be doing when you could work that little bit harder for a job you desperately want! Gaining your ideal job is becoming decreasingly common, however if you try hard enough – your time will come! 

(Image source: We Heart It)

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