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Eustratia Gift guide 2014

gift guide

In my opinion, any Eustratia item would make a great gift. Each item is hand-crafted, with love and attention to detail and going out of your way to purchase something from an independent designer definitely shows you care more than just picking something up from your nearest superstore.

I understand however, that there are a fair few products on the website at the moment and it might be daunting for new customers to look through them all, so I have picked out a few items I feel would make particularly good Christmas presents.

These are:

Moth Garters

Peep bra

E-dress

Hair flower

Open shoulder top

Facing unicorns necklace

Stripey hair bow

“Ruby” gift set.

If you’d like even more ideas to aid your Christmas shopping, Eustratia intern Lindsay, has featured her own sale picks on her blog,  Rose tinted glasses.

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Twigs

The piece of land next to my house has recently been cleared of all its trees which ended up in a large pile next to the back wall of my yard. I thought they resembled a pyre and would make a good backdrop for a shoot.

twigs 4twings1twigs 2twigs 5This is one of my favourite simple outfits at the moment. I like outfits that manage to balance elegance, drama and toughness and if they can be easy to wear as well that’s always a bonus. I could wear this almost anywhere and feel comfortable.

Dress: H&M

Harness: Eustratia

Sandals: Topshop

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Depeche Vogue

I recently started contributing to Rebelicious magazine with an inspiration and shopping feature. I’ve been featured in the magazine a few times so I thought it was time I give something back and I hope readers appreciate my taste.

depeche vogue3This is this months feature, which you can view online in the current issue preview.

If you aren’t familiar with Rebelicious, you should definitely check it out. They offer online and print versions as well as additional online content and features.

depeche vogue 1Those of you who read my blog are probably used to my current obsession posts. I’m thinking about taking them monthly and introducing a new feature soon to keep things fresh.

I especially enjoy the shopping feature and featuring my favourite independent brands, though I always try and keep it balanced with some easily accessible high street finds that are perfect for that last minute night out.

I’d love to hear what you think of Depeche Vogue and also if there’s something specific you’d like to see on here.

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Hair story

I saw Audrey Kitching do a post on how her hair had evolved since 2005 and it got me thinking about the different hairstyles I’ve had in that time. I’ve had a multitude of different real and fake hair styles over the years and decided to dip out some photos to share some of them.

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This is one from my first photoshoot in my college boiler room in 2005.
I used to wear a lot of fake hair but it was actually black at the time.
I used to wear a lot of fake hair but it was actually black at the time.
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21st birthday vanity shots
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red 21st birthday vanity shots

 

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first bought dreads
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first knotted fake dreads I made
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ghost in the shell hair
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skin two ball 2005 or 6
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experimenting with wool dreads
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foam, synth dreads and plastic
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rexlace fringe and dreads
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short silver and purple dreads
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first time totally bleached before going lilac/grey.
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chopsticks bun dreads phase
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purple backcombed mullet
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puple weft extensions
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grey and purple curly and straight dreads
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natural hair and dreads
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purple fringe and dreads
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plum and purple
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purple mess
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purple bob
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purple synth dreads and fringe
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purple concave bob
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purple and blond victory rolls
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curly dreads
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white and lilac curly dreads
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lilac dreads
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dreads and weft extensions
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dreads and undercut
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curly dreads
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white curly dreads
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dreads with nut beads
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purple hair rolls
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rose red weft extensions
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rose red hair with salt and pepper weft.
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dread bun with plastic fringe
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white bob
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curly weft
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all the fake hair
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red and curly wefts
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mini crimped
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pinned up
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grey weft
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black and white curly weft
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rolls and weft
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buns
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short roll
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grey bob
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white bob
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curls and pug
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backcombed
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shaved side
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lilac and purple by toria brightside
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all up by neil lewis
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crimped
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lilac up-do
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backcombed
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deathhawk
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roll plait
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troll
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curls
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mono-roll
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more extensions
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double braids
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silver and grey
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fluffy
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black fringe
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lilac and white extensions
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pink by jennifer byron
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white crimped
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transitional dip dye by emily bailey
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braids and shaved
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black dip dye by jennifer byron
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light blue
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turquoise

This is just a selection of my hairstyle pictures. The sizes are a bit all over the place but I didn’t want to exclude the smaller ones.

Some people think it’s embarrassing to upload old photos but I think it’s fun to remember past hair and style, as well as the memories that come with it.

I hope you enjoyed looking through my hair story.

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A break in the sun.

 

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I’m looking forward to some more sunny days so I can get some wear out this jumpsuit I found on ebay. I don’t usually wear such obvious prints but it’s really comfortable and cool.

Jumpsuit: Ebay

Glasses: Asos

Ring: The rogue and the wolf

shoes: Iron fist

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Last light

sunny warrior face 2sunny warriror facesunny warrior 1sunny warrior 3sunny warrior 5I’ve had a couple of busy weeks preparing for Manchester fashion week and it’s been hard to keep up with my regular routine and posts. We managed to get out just before the sun went down a couple of days ago to shoot these. I’ve been loving my furry bag all winter but the days are getting longer and warmer now so it’s probably about time I put it away for the summer.

dress and cardigan: H&M

leggings: from an upcoming range for Eustratia

bag: next

harness: Eustratia

Jewellery: Richard Ayres

boots: Office

Photography by Richaard Ayres

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Anti.Muse feature

I came across Anti.Muse due to their latex love series, featuring the industries’ hottest brands. I was lucky enough to have Eustratia featured in one of the posts and was recently interviewed for the “what would your muse be” feature.

I’ve re-posted the feature below and you can also ready the original feature (in English and German) here.

What would your muse be if it was …

a book: Pattern recognition by William Gibson
a movie: I always watch relevant movies to my collections so they are ever changing, I’ve been inspired by “The Mists of Avalon” and Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” before. I often watch “The Libertine” when I lack inspiration though it always reminds me that hard work and determination pays off and a bit of wit can keep you going.
a city or place: My home city, Thessaloniki. I’m always inspired by new places and change, but my original inspiration and the feelings that make the new experiences inspiring, came from here.
a sound or tune: The music box.
a magazine: Dark Beauty
an inspirational quote or a motto: At the moment it’s: We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong, the amount of work is the same. – Carlos Castaneda
an artist: Lost Fish
a style icon: Vivienne Westwood

Stacey is a latex genius, a dazzling, inspiring personality. With a lot of girl power she leads her successful one woman business – in my series Latex Love I already wrote about her brand Eustratia. Not only Stacey designs some really cute and ingenius latex pieces, she’s also modeling and writing her own blog about her every day life as an Alternative Fashion designer. I always find cool looks and a lot of inspiration on her blog and her instagram too. So it’s a great pleasure to me that Stacey now exclusively on Anti.Muse allows a peep behind the scenes of Eustratia and reveals some of the inspirations behind her brand.

You want to support Stacey and her label? Just click through to the Triumph campaign “Woman in making” and vote for Stacey to help her grow her business.

Stacey in her Studio.

 

 

A gap in the clouds

Manchester is known for its cloudy skies and constant drizzle so when you get sunny days in March, it’s pretty much compulsory to take pictures. It was particularly nice to not have to carry a jacket around!

house1house2 copyhouse3house6house7house5        Cardigan: Topsho

  Top: Topshop

Skirt: H&M

Leggings: Ebay

Boots: Irregular choice

Accessories: Richard Ayres

Body jewellery: bodyjewelleryshop

Images by Richard Ayres

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Eustratia Open house event.

Next month, to celebrate the third birthday of my label, Eustratia and officially test out my showroom I’m hosting my first open house event.

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The whole house will be open to friends of the brand, models, photographers and potential customers who will be able to view and try on samples, preview the new collection, talk to me in person and find out about upcoming projects.

Regular Eustratia models will be available to talk about wearing latex to those who haven’t tried it before or would like to know a bit more about it.

Our friends from VAUHAUS will also be in attendance with beautiful new faces to introduce and a guest photobooth by Toria Brightside, agent and chief photographer.

Richard Ayres will be showcasing his bespoke chainmail accessories and visitors will have the change to see it in person and talk about about commissions.

TG Manchester promoter Frankie Knuckles will also be making an appearance for those who would like to find out about future events.

I will be inviting creatives that have collaborated with the brand over the last three years, local models, photographers and industry people as well as a few magazines but the event is also geared towards potential customers who want to find out more about the brand or latex clothing in general. Please get in touch if you can get to Manchester and would like to attend. The address will be available on the Facebook event page and there will also be transport available from Piccadilly train station at 2:30pm to bring people to the event if they are not local to Manchester.

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