Thursday, May 21, 2015

Shhhhh ....My Motel Picks

So this is a bit of teaser of whats to come and i'm not entirely sure if i should be leaking this information but im too damn excited not too!

As you may or may not know i run the international wholesale side of the Motel business which means (in a very short terms and by no way explains what i do in full!) i deal with all the agents / distributors worldwide, all the major account in the UK and then any other customers in areas we don't have an agent.
As part of this i am involved in the talks about upcoming seasons, what we need to sell and naturally i get to unpack all the samples first to sell worldwide before you ladies see them live on the website.
I've been with Motel for 8 years now (part of the furniture) and I love the part of getting all the new samples the most and so i thought i'd share with you some of my favourites from within what i'm currently selling!
These items won't be available on until July / August and our internal team hasn't done the buy yet (we don't buy everything we make) so shout up if you like anything so much you want to be able to buy it in a few months time!

Kamile Dress - Hendrix

Paulo Pantsuit - Hendrix

Himawa Dress - Poppy Seed

Olla Skirt & Tango Tee - Cactus

Tango Tee - Cactus

Kato Long Kimono - Pencil Stripe

I'll make all the items link to the garments if and when they go online!

Love LeNeed

Monday, May 11, 2015

Gary Marshall Photography

Yesterday I had fun shooting with Carlos for a workshop Gary Marshall was holding over in east London called DARE.
We had a mutual friend who suggested we might like to do it and although i don't mind the odd picture here and there by Carlos or someone i know, this was kind of stepping outside my comfort zone! Esp with such a seasoned pro as a fiance next to me!! But when it was suggested to us i took a look at Gary's website and just loved his style and really wanted to give it a go!
There were about 12 people attending the workshop and we arrived at 3pm and got straight into it (the class was all day though). First Gary would take some shots with us and talk everyone through what he was doing and then each member of the class got two minutes with us to take photos and direct how they would like us to be.. it felt like speed dating for photographers! Everyone was super lovely and made me feel totally at ease and although i always worry about shooting with Carlos because he's so good, it was actually being with him that always makes it a million times easier, whenever i get stressed i always need him to be my calm rock!
Because we helped out on the day we get a full set of the images taken by Gary sent to us plus if the workshop attendants send it, we get to have some of their images too. Gary sent us two images straight away yesterday evening and now im so excited to see the rest!
Heres a little taster....

Monday, May 4, 2015

Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam

So this is a bit long over due but i still wanted to share with you some insight and images into a recent stay that me and Carlos has at the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam.

About a year and a half ago a good friend and Motel designer Claire moved with her boyfriend to Brussels. I'd been meaning to visit for ages but as with everything time seemed to disappear but we managed to sort out a date and i made a little surprise weekend for me and Carlos starting in Brussels with Claire and Ian and then travelling up to Amsterdam for two days to go and see a band we love The Black Keys. Sadly as the date got closer the gig got cancelled to an injured drummer but this wouldn't put a dampener on anything we were still excited for a fun weekend away! 

After a great few days in Brussels we made our way by bus to Amsterdam, i managed to get a bus for €7.00 per person through Euro Lines - I had wanted to get the train but it was nearly the same time and then price was more than the return flights!! The journey ended up being quick and easy and completely worth the saving of the money!

We'd booked in for a night at the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam and having known someone who has stayed there and looking at all the online pictures we were really excited to arrive and see our 5 star room!
When we arrived in Amsterdam we got a short tram 5 minutes (i think 4 stops) away and arrived a short distance from the entrance of the Hotel.
The building was established in 1918 in the eclectic style, designed by architect Evert Breman, commissioned by the Royal Holland Lloyd (KHL). The KHL did use the hotel as advertising, to recruit clients for passengers heading to South America. When it was completed on June 1, 1921, it had cost eight times more than originally estimated, contributing to the subsequent bankruptcy of the KHL.

From 1921 to 1936 the building was used as temporary accommodation for immigrants, mostly poor Eastern European Jews. In 1936, the KHL went bankrupt and the building was purchased by the City of Amsterdam. Subsequently, from 1938 it was used as a shelter for Jewish refugees from Germany and during World War II, the building was used as prison. After the war it continued to function as an adult prison, and later became a juvenile detention center in 1963. The name "Lloyd Hotel" is named after this centre 'T Nieuwe Lloyd'

In 1996, a competition was held to decide what the building would best be used for. The designer Suzanne Oxenaar and historian Otto Nan presented a design for a hotel, a "cultural embassy" of culture in Amsterdam. In order to enable the building to be used once again for its original purpose as a hotel, the architectural agency MVRDV was commissioned to realise the design. One to five star rooms are connected to the main hall at the centre of the building, where there is an exciting interplay between communal and private spaces. The interior design is a collaborative effort of, among others, Claudy Jongstra, Atelier van Lieshout and Richard Hutten.

We were fortunate enough to be given a guided tour around a selection of the 1 to 5 star rooms with our lovely guide Suki and both Carlos and I were amazed at all the rooms quality and design!

Saturday, May 2, 2015


For me buying a phone case is more a necessity than a need. I don't really like many of them but if i don't get one i'll probably break my phone! I have the worst 'butter fingers' ! I was asked by Casetify if i'd like to have a go at making my own case or if i'd like to buy one from their gallery of creative users? I'd just got a new phone and thought it was pretty perfect timing. Now i'm not very good at graphics and i'm really not that talented when it comes to this stuff. Having a livejournal when i was like 14 set me up with some basic HTML and photo editing skills but thats as far as i ever got, so i stuck to browsing through their gallery at some of the other talented beans work.
The only part of the website that i find annoying is that theres no search function, so where i wanted to search for certain styles i could only just the filter function to try and whittle down to what i wanted. I eventually found within their new 'metaluxe' collection a little repeat cacti print that was from a gallery which you can find HERE
I choose to have it printed on a wooden case and selected their express shipping service for $15 (im impatient). I ordered on the 13th April and the case arrived with me on the 24th not bad for a personalised case turn around!

I think the website is great if you want to have a go at designing your own cases or maybe make one for a special birthday etc!

If you fancy having a go at creating your own case, you can use the code 'M4N7JF' and get $10 off your first order!
You might even be interested in ordering a piece from the images i uploaded to my gallery ;)

Let me know if you have a go at creating something and what you come up with!

Love LeNeed