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2 December 2011: Countdown to Christmas

It’s that special time of year... Christmas is just three weeks away and getting closer by the minute!

For me it’s more special than ever – Christmas day falls on a Sunday, which always feels perfect to me and even better if the world is covered in white :)

Home is where the heart really is at Christmas, so we have added some beautiful decorations and some wonderful gift ideas for you lovely people! I love them, hope you do too!

I just love how this room decoration is arranged, with the Christmas tree as its focal point. Dreamy whites, creams and ivories are always my favourite colour for interiors, and at this time of year it sits perfectly. When all outside is getting a little too busy, a warm and calm home remind what Christmas is really about. Oh… I adore the wallpaper! (photo: lipstek.com_home design)

 

 

I just love the prints of the curtain and matching cushion covers here. I can just see myself sitting on the velvet sofa in this small cottage next to a fireplace, feel so cosy and contended. (photo: housetohome.co.uk)

 

Of course, wonderful whites and cool creams are great, but sometimes only tasteful, traditional red and green Christmas adornments will do. These are great: can you feel the Christmas? (photo:housetohome.co.uk)

 

Simple style is so charming at Christmas. How about tying a dove and crystal decorative Christmas wreath behind the chair, so lovely! (photo:housetohome.co.uk)

 

Looking for inspiration for Your House? Well, here’s how the Obama’s are doing it at the White House this Christmas. Bo, the pet dog of the Obama family is the theme star this year! Cute!

(photos:washington post)

 

 

 

GIFTS: Time to stock(ing)-up for your loved ones with these wonderful gifts... a selection from Luphia and other classic names such as L’Occitane and Diesel, which we just love...

 

 

Home Deco from Occa-Home

 

 

 

 

LoveLula natural and organic gorgeous Christmas gift sets  ~ Party Prep gift set (left) £34 and Sweet Treat gift set (right) £20

 

 

L'OCCITANE Indulgent Gifts for all...

L'occitane Especially for her gift set (left) £64 and the ever popular best seller Shea Butter collection gift set (limited edition) was £58.30 now £39.00

 

 

COOL DIESEL WATCHES ~ for him...

 

And from Luphia Boutique

Love Letters (at both sides ~ smaller inside) ring £6.90(above); Rustic silver ball ring £6.90(middle); Sparkling Music note earrings £8.50 (bottom)

 

Of course, Christmas is not all about the presents and the food and the festivities. It is the time for us to gather our friends and family, catch up on all the news, give thanks and forgiving for the things that we have done and said over the year and remind ourselves how blessed we are.

For me, the real meaning of Christmas is that it comes with good news ~Jesus~ that we cannot afford not to know: “Christmas isn’t Christmas ‘til it happens in your heart!”

Ok, that’s all for this week guys. Next week, I will bring you the best from the London Southbank Christmas Market, so stay tuned and if you see me there, say hi!

 

Love and kisses,

MeeKee xxx

 

 

 

25 November 2011: This Week We are Loving.... Lace

This week we are loving… Lace

Lace is truly a timeless classic. Styles may come and go, but lace adapts to all of them and is always on-trend, regardless of the season or even the year.

And this year more than most, thanks to our new royal bride and her sassy sister. Indeed, the Marvellous Middletons took lace to another level, with the beautiful bridesmaid and the ultimate, one and only, lace Royal Wedding dress.

The trick with lace is to wear it well. It’s classy and sophisticated, so don’t make the mistake of mixing it with too many colours or adding jewellery to its delicate designs. Don’t wear it from top to toe (unless we are talking a full-length one-piece number). If you wear a lace dress or skirt, then keep the rest of your legs (that’s your tights and your shoes;) – simple. When you wear lace, less is more. Too much going on is just a no-no. Let the fabric speak the beauty of itself.

Ok! Enough of the ‘No-No’s! Here’s what to do to lure out the luxury of lace: mix it with leather (or a good synthetic alternative) to show the contrast of the two fabrics, the cool and tough juxtaposed with the soft and feminine. So, lace tops with leather skirt and trousers, lace dress with biker jackets. And be creative: recycle old and odd items and mix and match with the new to create your own style :)

So it’s simple, beautiful and so, so dynamic: lace is not only for dresses, tops and skirts, think tights, leggings, clutch bags, scarves, earrings, bracelets, necklaces… and there is no limit in terms of designs either.

Here are some of our favourite lace items in store:

Sophisticated All Lace Blouse ~ This quality lace top has a very sophisticated pattern fabric and the finishes at hem & cuff area are just pretty! An ideal blouse for creating a luxe romantic outfit this season.

 

Romantic All Lace Dress ~ This lace dress is stylish and chic. Round neckline with cute collar, long sleeve styling, loose fit lower waistline and a little flare style to a mini length skirt.

 

Tanya PeterPan Lace Collar Dress ~ Simply cute and chic PeterPan lace collar and lace cuff dress. Round neckline dark grey long sleeves simple dress contrast with beautiful lace collar and cuffs.

 

Turtle Neck with Lace Front ~ A simple turtle neck long sleeve with lace showcase at the front. Simple yet gorgeously sweet.

 

Lace and Dots Prints Scarf ~ A very soft and flowy long scarf printed with feminine lace and dots designs. It's not often we see this kind of print, so grab one and be the special one :)

 

Bye for now and see you next week! Have a Great weekend!

MeeKee XX

Luphia by MK Kokoroni

17 November 2011: New products in the boutique – and your chance to win them!

Hey there guys, welcome back to Luphia, by MK Kokoroni! We may have only just re-launched, but the hard work never stops at Luphia, and so we have some delectable new additions to our already beautiful, busy boutique, detailed below. And what’s more, tell us a little about you, and these lovely lines could be yours for free. It’s very easy: simply click here and add your details for a chance to win one of three of our beautiful Pearl Collar Necklaces or one of four Suzanne Woolcott-designed ‘Super-Cute Gorjuss 2012’ calendars.It takes less than two minutes!

New additions to Luphia Boutique: desirable dresses, cute cardigans, huggable hoodies…

Pleated Tea Dress ~ Pleated dress with black collar & waist trim bow and button down to the waist. Super ladylike and super cute! This is an extremely versatile dress, sassy and stunning and suitable for everything from parties to a girls’ night out, high tea to hot dates...

 

 

Long-belted cardigan ~ A luxurious & feminine long-belted cardigan; its big fur stripe collar definitely gives you warmth & elegance as well as all the attention that you deserve

 

Pearl Collar Necklace ~ A stylish, classy, versatile & elegant statement necklace. There are two ways to wear this collar-shaped piece – with the front and back offering a different style ‘collar’ to match your occasion

 

Smiley Face hoodie knit top ~ The perfect, cute & chic knitted top with a big smiley face & stripes pattern hood. Don’t worry: be hoodie!

 

Super cute Gorjuss 2012 calendar ~ This 2012 wall calendar features 13 different Gorjuss illustrations of seriously adorable girls designed by Suzanne Woolcott, whose work deeply expresses the lost childhood innocence in all of us.

 

That’s all for today guys…thank you for letting us know a little about you. If you want to know a little about me, click here for my previous blog and see who is Behind the Wardrobe…!

 

Hugs & kisses,

MeeKee

Luphia by MK Kokoroni

11 November 2011: Luphia relaunches - a look behind the wardrobe door!

Hello and welcome to the first blog from Luphia by MK Kokoroni – bringing you the latest lines in chic, elegant, affordable fashions from Korea. If you have just discovered us, it’s great to have you on board. 

 

Who is behind the wardrobe: A little bit about me... 

I am MeeKee, and I have always had a love for style, whether it is fashion, art, architecture or design.

My first childhood passion was interior design: at night when I laid down in my little room in our house in Ipoh I dreamed about how I could style my room until I fell asleep. When it came to college, I took on grander designs and studied everything from construction to architecture, which I found inspirational.

Style should never be conventional of course and so when it came to work, I swapped heels and bags for hard-hats and boots, working in construction as a quantity surveyor in Malaysia, before heading to the building sites and banter of London in 2002.

This coincided with the rise of Korean fashion as the cutting edge of style in the East. Sure, Japan has the futuristic, but Korea is where it’s at for lines that are elegant, but fun, unusual but not far-out! My friends began to ask me where they could get these garments and the simple answer, at that time, was ‘nowhere’. Now, a girl only wants so much bricks and mortar, so the time has come for me to take off the muddy boots and put on the “killer heels” and make my dreams reality by launching Luphia by MK Kokoroni. 

My personal style

“I don't do fashion, I am fashion.” (Coco Chanel)

I love to observe people’s style on street wherever I am in the world. I love to see what people are wearing, and discover why they bought that bag, those shoes, what’s the story behind when they bought it, where they bought it, how much they bought it for… sometimes a girl needs to know these things! Style always tells a story. Personally, I feel I am truly comfortable with myself. I don’t sacrifice my comfort for my look, but comfort should never have to cost my style. And that’s what I want Luphia to bring to you. After all, if it feels good inside, you will look good outside. And of course, beauty is not just about fashion, it’s about the wellbeing of oneself. So, be healthy and happy, and stay true to yourself!

Why Korea?

Korean street fashion has hit the headlines because it has it all – cute and elegant, chic and stylish, feminine and boyish, vintage-inspired and romantic, and there are always little details to surprise you!

My rules:

Luphia is free and easy, unconventional and eye-catching. But, I have five strict rules and Korean style obeys them all!

1) Fashion should be fun. I love a wardrobe that is dynamic and versatile, where you are able to mix and match, where each piece complements another, to create a unique personal look.

2) Stand out from the crowd, try a little harder. Mass-produced products from homogenous high street chains are oh-so dull. Why wear something worn by thousands of others across the UK, Europe, the world….? Korean clothing offers something truly different.

3) Flexibility. I am a UK size 6–10. Why such a big range? Well, I have different sizes for different brands, styles and fits I am looking for. I find that 8s and 10s always sell out first and there’s even less when the sales hit the stores! Korean clothing is mostly free size meaning one size only, which fits UK size 6–10… perfect! I only offer pieces I would love to wear myself so this is the perfect solution.

4) Value and quality. Luphia is a byword for affordable fashion. There are sites that claim to offer Korean fashion, but these are almost always cheap copies and very poor quality. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, so Luphia acts as your guide to the best lines for the greatest value.

5) Flexibility and reliability. Korean fashion means mixing and matching and at Luphia we follow that ethos: we only ever list lines that are in stock. And while we’re certain you’ll love our garments as much as we do, if you are anything less than completely satisfied, let us know via email and we will refund* you. Simple as that!

 

Ok, that’s enough for now, but do stay tuned and stay in touch – on Facebook, on Twitter, online. We want to know what you’re wearing, where you’re going, what you’ve seen on the streets and what you think of Luphia.co.uk.

Remember: fashion is fun!

 

Peace & Love

MeeKee

xx

Luphia by MK Kokoroni

 

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