Easter at Austique

Posted 17 - 04 - 2014 | 0 comments

With Spring in full swing, the Austique girls could not be more excited for a leisurely 4-day weekend in sunny London. We caught up with a few of the girls, and found out what they will be getting up to (when they’re not sitting around eating chocolate in their cheekfrills)…

Hello My Name is Paul Smith Exhibition at the Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD

Veronese Exhibition at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN & Old Desert Cities at the Old Vic Theatre, The Cut, London SE1 8NB

Vincent van Gogh at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

AUSTIQUE EASTER OPENING TIMES*

Austique Chelsea

Fri – 12:00am till 5:00pm
Sat – 10:00am till 7:00pm
Sun – CLOSED
Mon – 12:00am till 5:00pm

Austique Notting Hill

Fri – 12:00am till 5:00pm
Sat – 10:00am till 6:30pm
Sun – CLOSED
Mon – 12:00am till 5:00pm

*Please note that all online orders placed after 2pm today will be shipped out on Tuesday 22nd April due to the Bank Holiday

Hello There…Amanda Uprichard

Posted 17 - 04 - 2014 | 0 comments

To mark the midway point in this year’s Coachella festival, we caught up with one of our brand new designers for this season, New York-based designer Amanda Uprichard, and set her some quick-fire questions about her ultimate festival memories…

The last festival I went to was…
Bonnaroo

The one product I cannot live without is…
My phone

My best festival memory is…
Seeing A$AP Rocky last year

Wellies or converse trainers?
Converse

My style influences are…
Ladies at lunch, women on the beach

My favourite festival outfit is…
A long flowy skirt paired with a crochet top

Main Stage or alternative act?
Both

The best performance I saw was…
Animal Collective

Tent or Hotel?
Tent

To recover after a festival I…
Sleep for 24 hours straight

Glastonbury or Coachella this Summer?
Glastonbury

Festival Fields Forever…Part 2

Posted 17 - 04 - 2014 | 0 comments

We just can’t get enough of the festival spirit at Austique this Spring, and it’s got us feeling all nostalgic (we never thought that we’d be pining for the sight of muddy fields and crowds of  sweaty people!) Here we find out about the Austique girls’ ultimate memories from festivals both past and present…

BRITTANY: ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER

My best festival memory is….
I should say meeting my boyfriend but it is probably tied with the epic 500 people tomato fight that landed me in quite a few newspapers

The one product I cannot live without during a festival is…
DRY SHAMPOO/DEODERANT!

Wellies or converse trainers?
Neither, Dr, Martins come rain or shine

My favourite festival outfit was….
My Zimmerman leopard print playsuit, although not the greatest in a portaloo

The best performance I saw was…..
Too many Choices, but I think it’s got to be The Rolling Stones at last years Glastonbury

Tent or Hotel?
Tent, some of my best friends/boyfriends were my neighbours – you don’t get NEARLY the same vibe as when you camp

To recover after a festival I…….
I don’t really. I usually continually watch Glasto back on iPlayer to beat the blues and last year I treated myself to a facial

Glastonbury or Coachella this summer?
GLASTONBURYYYYYY, it is Coachella without any rules

The act I am most looking forward to is….
Full line up has not been released so that’s hard to say, I am still crossing my fingers for PRINCE

 

CHRISTIANNA : NOTTING HILL SALES ASSISTANT

My best festival memory is….
Seeing the Flaming Lips Live!

The one product I cannot live without during a festival is…
DRY SHAMPOO/DEODERANT!

Wellies or converse trainers?
These blue suede boots that I live in at festivals.

My favourite festival outfit was….
An L E D light up skirt I made myself

The best performance I saw was…..
Again, the Flaming Lips. So much fun – loads of confetti

Tent or Hotel?
Tent for sure

To recover after a festival I…….
Lots of sleep and lots of OJ

Glastonbury or Coachella this summer?
Neither, didn’t get tickets – ONE DAY

The act I am most looking forward to is….
AGAIN I’M NOT GOING TO ANY

 

ALEX: ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER

My best festival memory is….
Going to get drinks from a bar that was located in the sea

The one product I cannot live without during a festival is…
Facewipes!

Wellies or converse trainers?
Converse

My favourite festival outfit was….
Zimmermann bikini & Koral shorts!

The best performance I saw was…..
It was a DJ festival and I can’t remember their names…oops!

Tent or Hotel?
Hostel!

To recover after a festival I…….
Sunbathe on the beach with a Bloody Mary/Mojito in hand

Glastonbury or Coachella this summer?
Coachella for sure!

The act I am most looking forward to is….
Bastille

Festival Fields Forever…Part 1

Posted 16 - 04 - 2014 | 0 comments

We just can’t get enough of the festival spirit at Austique this Spring, and it’s got us feeling all nostalgic (we never thought that we’d be pining for the sight of muddy fields and crowds of  sweaty people!) Here we find out about the Austique girls’ ultimate memories from festivals both past and present…

 

JOANNA: HEAD OF RETAIL

My best festival memory is…
Coachella 2013, seeing my friends on stage…

The one product I cannot live without during a festival is…
One?! EOS Lipbalm, Sunscreen, and Bikini Tops

Wellies or Converse trainers?
Plimsolls!

My favourite festival outfit was….
A Madewell Tunic Dress, H by Hudson ankle boots and lots of bracelets.

The best performance I saw was…..
I’m too biased towards friends of mine! I will say Dr Dre’s set with the Tupac Hologram was pretty incredible ; )

Tent or Hotel?
Both

To recover after a festival I…….
Lay in the grass, with my friends, listening to Radiohead, performing live of course.

Glastonbury or Coachella this summer?
Oh shoot! The California girl in me says Coachella but moving to London has me thinking Glastonbury…

The act I am most looking forward to is….
I would like to see Lorde live, Muse are always great and Fatboy Slim for old times sake!

 

RACHAEL B: ECOMMERCE MERCHANDISER

My best festival memory is….
Watching the Killers at Reading in ’07 – they showered the crowd with confetti at the end of the set and it was so pretty, I actually got a bit teary-eyed!

The one product I cannot live without during a festival is…
Dry Shampoo (and glow paint…cringe)

Wellies or converse trainers?
Wellies – only an amateur would dare to wear anything less waterproof!

My favourite festival outfit was….
Festivals make me think I can get away with wearing the same outfit for 3 days straight, which usually consists of a Nike jumper, jeans and some very trendy wellies adorned with skulls and roses…

The best performance I saw was…..
You Me at Six on the alternative stage at Reading in 2008(?)/Skrillex at Creamfields in 2011

Tent or Hotel?
It wouldn’t be the same without a tent

To recover after a festival I…….
Have an hour long shower, a cup of tea and a roast dinner

Glastonbury or Coachella this summer?
I haven’t been to either but I would love to go to Coachella

The act I am most looking forward to is….
The line up for Coachella this year is insane! My inner emo wants to see AFI a little bit too much, and the likes of Duke Dumont, Zedd and Martin Garrix will make for some amazing opportunities for a good old boogie. Come to think of it, why am I not going?!

 

RACHEL M: MANAGING DIRECTOR

My best festival memory is….
The sun setting at the beach bar at Soundwave festival in Croatia with my best friends and amazing music

The one product I cannot live without during a festival is…
Papaw!

Wellies or converse trainers?
Trainers OR if you are in the sunshine – flipflops

My favourite festival outfit was….
Denim shorts and a Zimmerman beach cover up worn as a top (and a Somerville silk scarf in my hair!)

The best performance I saw was…..
Cinematic Orchestra

Tent or Hotel?
Apartment with friends

To recover after a festival I…….
Drove home from Croatia – I love a roadtrip and it meant the holiday continued.

Glastonbury or Coachella this summer?
Much too old for that level of partying now, I may go to Field Day in London though – a mini festival!

The act I am most looking forward to is….
Jamie XX and Dusky

 

ELIZABETH : ASSISTANT BUYER

My best festival memory is….
At Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, watching Old Crow Medicine Show on the front row after spending hours pushing to the front

The one product I cannot live without during a festival is…
A Camel Back and sunglasses

Wellies or converse trainers?
Tom’s !

My favourite festival outfit was….
Grateful Dead Shirt and denim shorts – comfortable!

The best performance I saw was…..
Dolly Parton – she is incredible! AND she plays 6 instruments.

Tent or Hotel?
Tent

To recover after a festival I…….
Have Burritos for breakfast

Glastonbury or Coachella this summer?
Glastonbury

The act I am most looking forward to is….
The Black Keys

Stay In The Know…From the Festival-Ready Shop Floor

Posted 14 - 04 - 2014 | 0 comments

With festival season in full flow, we caught up with Austique’s Head of Retail and Marketing Joanna for the latest behind the scenes updates on the newest deliveries plus her festival must-haves, just in time before she heads back to her homeland of L.A. tomorrow…

Right now in Austique we are all feeling the Coachella buzz… I am sure I am not the only one whose Instagram, news feed, etc. is flooded with Coachella weekend 1 pictures, perhaps even not the only one who experienced the Instagram crash – due to the overage of Coachella postings! And so, with the first weekend of Coachella being over, and weekend 2 just a few days away, I can say that music festival season is upon us – in other words, Summer is really just around the corner!

We have had SO MANY amazing new drops come in over the past few weeks that are just perfect for music festival’s – Koral shorts, incredible Mara Hoffman and Zimmerman dresses, and new Plimsolls, to name a few. I myself am packing my bags (tomorrow!) and hopping on a plane back to Los Angeles for this coming weekends’ festivities – I could not be happier to be working at Austique! Seriously, how lucky am I that I do not have to step out of work to get all of my music festival/LA needs…?! From bikinis and dresses to the comfiest tee’s and trainers, and of course the Days Of The Week cheekfrills set and The Laundress Travel Kit, Austique has completely covered all of my travel needs.

My personal Coachella packing must haves are: denim shorts, Monrow t-shirts – you cannot have enough of these, a great top that can double as a cover-up, like the Guepe top by Syma, dresses galore – the new Mara Hoffman one is THE dream, Plimsolls (note: DO NOT wear sandals to the festival…!), and for accessories – layer up on bracelets (though I love them do avoid big earrings – for safety reasons ;))