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Style tips from Frida Kahlo

Frida earringsWith Frida Kahlo fever well and truly kicking off, in part thanks to the dedicated V&A exhibition (whoop!), we thought it was only fitting to take a moment to recognize this Mexican lady's greatness.

Frida was a true maverick of her time who is still challenging perceptions today. Her distinctive works of art mixed realism with fantasy and commented loudly on the world around her, including questioning the perceptions and rules that define us all. 

Frida’s epic art work is well documented (and yet still doesn't get tired!), but we wanted to take a moment to reflect on her amazing personal style - and the way that made up part of who she was. From exploring female body image and disability, to the interplay of heritage with fashion, Frida was challenging and pioneering in many ways. 

First up, she had an beautiful home and one we have been lucky enough to visit. That's The Casa de Azul in Mexico City, now known as the Frida Kahlo Museum. Her colourways were an epic mix of bold colour pops - predominantly the signature bright blue, accentuated with accents of grass green and canary yellow. And props to Frida for clearly being all over the indoor plants thing waaay before hipsters got on-board.

Secondly, her iconic outfits were pioneering for the day and still influence our high streets. She created her own structured garments to sculpt the lines of her body and ignored fashion trends of the day by embracing indigenous clothing. We also particularly love her passion for intricate and bold embroidery.

Last but by no means not least, her earrings were a cornucopia of eclectic and bold ideas, which seemed in themselves to celebrate the variety and creativity of her mind. It sounds a tad OTT, but seriously check them out in all their array and it’s hard to deny!

Whilst we can’t promise any of these were adorned by Frida or her pals, we did collect a great mix of vintage earrings whilst in Mexico, and would strongly advise you check them out... right here. Snap them up before they’re gone.

New Year Resolutions

So, it's that time of year. Generally, we don't take resolutions too seriously, but sometimes it's nice to pause for a second and think over the serious stuff. Here's our three resolutions - and *spoiler alert* you need to pay close attention to the third one...

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION ONE >>> Drink Responsibly (downgraded from Never Drink Again on 1st Jan morning).

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION TWO >>> Share Complements and help spread a little happiness e.g. "Iman darling, your earrings are sickeningly fabulous".

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION THREE >>> Be Generous and Kind. And we are putting this into action straight up, by sharing our 20% off Friends & Fam discount for all you lovely people. Simply enter code 'THNXPAL' at checkout during Jan. Yes, really!

And once all those January mantras are over, there's still our simple philosophy to remember >> Embrace your own style, buy things you love and hey presto, feel amazing!

Check out our super stylish one-of-a-kind earrings to make you shine at  https://milktoothldn.com/collections/all 

The Umami factor: 5 fashion brands to leave you wanting more.

Stuff we love

We love stumbling upon a new brand that makes us stop in our tracks and chant want want want (NB in head only if out in public). Whether the moment strikes whilst leafing nonchalantly through a mag, catching a sly window glimmer, or just scrolling online - that oooow moment is real.

Here's just a handful of super fancy brands we've recently discovered and had to share:

  1. Sarah Baily – if you weren't badass before, you will be once you don one their ultimate cool girl metallic leather jackets. The aesthetic is a bit like the love child of Rainbow Bright and Joan Jett, with a splash of early Noughties Beckhams chucked in (during that phase when they took to wearing matching racing jackets - only these are sooo much better, before you get scared). 
  2. Ike and Ernie – a small unique clothing brand with retro but edgy cosmic vibes and founded ‘as a celebration of sisterhood’ (cute!). The ‘Joplin’ coord suit is the star of their Nymph range in our opinion. 
  3. Rixo – their dreamy vintage inspired dresses nail so many situations - from floaty summer wedding look, to mid week superfly casual with boots or trainers. Especially loving their pieces which mash up the boho vibe with quirky bold 70s prints.
  4. 10DecoArt – behold a standout jewellery brand from this fab Polish design team. Serving up some seriously  fresh style for your viewing pleasure. Invest in these and we reckon they'll become keepers for life
  5. Rose Rankin LDN – standout sneakers made entirely in the UK and always offering a whole host of fresh textures, colourways and patterns. Say hello to visual shoe candy with a colourpop twist. 

 So, there you have it. Five brilliant brands you may not have known, but now you know. You're welcome! And of course, don't forget to team any outfit with a pair of standout earrings.  Browse ours here