Tuesday, 18 June 2013

We only part to meet again.

Hey guys, it is with this post that I am afraid to announce the end of CKTC.
I wanted to thank you all of you that have followed and read the blog - a small following but I am grateful that my words have had reached a few of you. The blog has been a little neglected for a while now, and on graduating I have decided to move on to something new! For those of you who want some more of the same - fashion, beauty, art, film, travel etc. - then please follow my new venture 
Tea & Toast which will be a grown up version of CKTC and a new start. 

Thank you again and I hope to see you again over on T&T. 

Anna x

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Back To That Bar In Tokyo.

You caught me. The dreaded dissertation has not been the only distraction from posting, my third year of study has also involved a rather short, but sweet, trip to the distant land of Tokyo, Japan. A welcome treat after a stressful deadline, Tokyo was wonderfully insane. A trip defined by culture and, undeniably, laughter. We packed so much into those whirlwind five days that my mind fails me at where to even begin.

So I'll start with some pictures. Although fancying myself as a novice photographer, I'd be lying if I told you that my site-seeing photos are anymore artistic than your average snap-happy tourist. That besides, in this day and age I'm pretty sure if I told you to Google the Meji Temple you'd get flooded with images taken by a much more dab hand than my own. So instead I thought I'd share with you my 'Week in Instagram' - or should I say 5 days. From the Shibuya skyline, to the first ever Japanese Starbucks we really did see a lot. 

Below you'll find (in no particular order):
The view from the Tokyo Tower
The best Cinnabons EVER
A Harajuku photobooth print-out
Various purchases, including a kimono
The biggest gaming fanatic I've ever set sights on
A bad fortune
A mask case
Some futuristic 'cyclops' sunnies
Harajuku street style
One AMAZING Alice in Wonderland restaurant
And finally, our experience of the Tokyo nightlife scene - a night spent temporarily stealing hats and bouncing around to various pop and hip-hop.

The cleanest city that I have ever seen - with not a bin in site - Tokyo was like nothing else imaginable. Skyscrapers to rival New York City with the addition of blaring, neon signs meant walking down the street was an activity in itself. The innovation that was seen whilst taking an evening stroll however, was completely contrasted with the beautiful temples that we visited during the day. One of which was shrouded by tiny market stalls selling tourist junk, traditional kimonos and everything in-between, the other hidden by a serene woodland and winding pathway. 

Staying true to the city's opposing nature, the presence of the most beautiful Prada flagship I have ever witnessed sat alongside the crazy wares that shops such as Kiddyland were selling in their towering blocks. This particular store, where several 20 year olds spent a mere 40 minutes, was filled to the brim of every toy, gimmick and cartoon character that you can think of, and much more than any child could ever dream to play with. I came away with a a Miffy mug and Hello Kitty phone case - reflecting my age and maturity of course.

Finally, let's talk about the food.
Now, I am potentially the least fussy person you could imagine when it comes to food. Someone regularly referred to by their own mother as a 'dustbin', I will eat pretty much anything that someone puts in front of me. Tokyo however, was another story. Finding somewhere where the menu was in English was a challenge to say the least and the one piece advice I would give to any veggies out there is 'be prepared'. I hope you like rice and Edamame beans folks.

Basically, go to Tokyo. It's amazing.

My Bad.


The votes are in, the numbers counted, the results finalised, and I am not so pleased to announce that the winner for worst blogger of the year is....yours truly.

I admit it, time got away from me, and before I knew it was February and now, well, nearly March.
But there's a valid reason I swear. Due to the trials and tribulations of third year, the 'tap, tap' of my laptop keys have taken a detour from blogging in order to complete a dissertation, among other time-consuming projects.

However, now that it's done I'd like to take a moment to share a sneak preview with you. An investigation into the leverage that digital content, more specifically user-generated content, holds for brands and how they can use it to target a new consumer.
Fancy huh? After 4 months of incessant work, not so much.

It's so long I won't bore you with the details but here's a quick snapshot of what I've spent the vast majority of my waking life doing for the past semester.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Face Painting

Source: fashiongonerogue.com
Photographer: Mikael Schulz
Hair & MUA: Viktoria Sorensdotter
Models: Ellinore Erichsen & Maria Eriksson

The lighting in these shots is really beautiful and effective in creating a range of depth. I love the concentrated use of colour against an almost sepia toned image as it makes the image really impactful, and what I like most about these images is the abstract use of the make-up to create a fashion image rather than an ordinary beauty shoot. The closest range shot is my favourite as the composition is great and has something about it that the other shots don't.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012


Finally. Finally the eve of my magazine debut has arrived, and I could not be more excited. The opportunity to take part in the Company Grads issue was presented to me through an online competition and only one trend report, one interview, one group task and two months later I was sat at my own desk embarking on the best experience I could have hoped for.

To say the Company team were welcoming would be an understatement, the fashionably dressed bunch were more than keen for us to get involved in as many parts of the issue as possible which made for an excellent learning curve and overall experience. From researching for the features team and writing up a feature, to attending shoots and taking behind-the-scenes web shots; all aspects of the mag have been overseen by us, the 8 Company Grads.

The last stint in the Company Grads experience was of course interviewing cover star, big-time presenter and style icon; Fearne Cotton. All gathered eagle-eyed around a macbook pro, we watched as the Company fashion team worked their styling magic and created the looks for the October issue until several hours and many full fashion tummies later the moment was upon us.

You may be wondering how on earth you begin to interview one of the nation's favourite ladies, but for that I guess you'll have to buy the issue.

Thursday, 23 August 2012


Source: All Mango.com, Military Jacket Mango via Asos

Mango is not usually one of my immediate go-to's when I reach for my mouse and delve into the world of online shopping. However, having recently spotted some boots that tickled my fancy (above) I thought I'd have a browse, and boy was I surprised. The Autumn/Winter Collection had an array of pieces that were not only bang-on for the new season but much more reasonably priced than I had imagined. I am in love with the denim smock dress and military jacket (which seems to be stocked on Asos and yet not the Mango site). Student loan can't come soon enough but I'll have to be even more selective as usual; I have a feeling final year projects are going to be expensive.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Hey girl, hey boy

Trousers: Zara
Shirt: Three Floor
Brogues: H&M
Bag: Zara

When the nerdy androgynous looks walked down the runways in preparation for Autumn/Winter it was all I could do not to hibernate until September came around. Collared shirts and brogues have been a long term feature in my wardrobe and this year they're making the big time. Couple these with a pair of ankle grazers and some geek glasses for the finishing touches and you'll be making a statement that even the boys over at DSquared2 would be proud of.

Zara loves film

This A/W, models of the moment Cara Delevigne and Freja Beha star as Zara take their first notable delve into the world of fashion and film. Worth a watch.

Print me a pretty picture

A great admirer of the likes of Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto; the modern day giants of digital print; I'm not usually one to don such pieces myself. Lately however I find myself adding more and more printed items to my ASOS 'Save for later' basket and pinterest boards. Whether or not my latest obsession will stand the test of time in my ever-changing mind it is yet to be decided so I won't go splurging on anything too outrageous yet, but a little colour never hurt anyone right?

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Well jel.

So those of you who know me will already be aware that I have not been blessed with good hair genes. The untameable ball of frizz that sits stubbornly upon my head is something that inevitably curses me with incurable hair envy, that is only made worse by hoarding pictures of desirable styles on my pinterest board. These are some ponies that I'm yearning to recreate at the minute.