TTYA Talks Series 1

TTYA Talks Series 1

I started working on TTYA almost 3 years ago now, and as much as the journey has been amazing the hard work that goes into running a business on your own can be an extremely lonely experience. Its taken me at least 2 years to understand the importance of asking for help. Asking for help is not a form of weakness, if anything its shows strength.

Saying that it’s not always easy to find someone you feel comfortable asking or exposing yourself too. That is why I started TTYA Talks. To create hub where we can come together inspire, get inspired, share knowledge and really provide key tools for growth.

In honour of London Fashion Week, I launched my first series of #TTYATalks with guest speaker Caryn Franklin MBE. I hand-picked a panel of amazing women who I was SUPER excited about, to share their inside fashion knowledge. The panel included myself, Caryn Franklin MBE and Laura Taylor. In honour of London Fashion Week, I launched my first series of #TTYATalks with guest speaker Caryn Franklin MBE. I hand-picked a panel of amazing women who I was SUPER excited about, to share

Caryn Franklin MBE 

Caryn is a British fashion expert. She was former Fashion Editor and Co-Editor of i-D Magazine, and has been a fashion commentator for over 34 years. A broadcaster, writer, director and producer, she has worked with many major networks to produce TV shows and documentaries, including BBC’s The Clothes Show

As a fashion activist, she has co-chaired Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, the award-winning All Walks Beyond the Catwalk (with Debra Bourne and Erin O’Connor), and is currently studying MSc in psychology in fashion. 

Laura Taylor 

Laura is the Co-founder of Solace London – a contemporary womens wear brand with a distinctly British sensibility and a design aesthetic. Formally brand Director of AQUA BY AQUA (AQ/AQ), Laura has a wealth of experience in collaborating with global talent and industry leading image makers and has dressed iconic women including Suki Waterhouse, Anne Hathaway, Rhianna, Lily Collins and Chanel Iman.


I’m still learning everyday and the biggest advice I can give is ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get’ its that simple. Caryn has inspired me so much in my career, I even worked backstage at a clothes show many a year ago! I never in a million years imaged sitting on a panel with her! I just might frame the below picture haha.

TTYA Talks Series 1  Irene Agbontaen, Caryn Franklin MBE

TTYA Talks Series 1 Irene Agbontaen, Caryn Franklin MBE

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GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2015

WHERE : London, The Royal Opera House



I had the pleasure of attending the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2015. Awards are pretty boring to be honest… however surrounded my soo many good-looking men I weren’t complaining!

Anyways….Its  always about the after party!

This year the party was held at the Royal Opera House and was sponsored by Ciroc. Obvs I wore TTYA – the wrap dress to be precise, which I paired with a stand out red lip and some barely there sandals. in the words of Ludacris ‘Looking, smelling, feeling like a million bucks-ahh!’

The best thing about the night was the 3D photobooth – all now I still don’t have the pic *sad face*

A few pics below!







Tall Girls Take NYC




For those that didn’t know – I used to live in NYC a million moons ago so every time I go back its like I never left! NYC in the summer is amazing! The streets are buzzing (so are the mosquitos) – I just love the vibe.

I took a trip back this summer for some work for TTYA and forgot how much I love the city.

I was lucky enough to get a comp’d room at NewYork Edition. Located in the heart of New York City’s Flatiron District, steps from Madison Square Park, the hotel seamlessly blends the integrity and character of a prestigious landmark building with a simple, sophisticated design sensibility.


From the first night it was straight into party zone. A HOTEL LIFE celebrated its 2 year birthday. I lived the TTYA cami mini dress pretty much the whole time!

TTYA Cami Mini Dress

It’s always good to reconnect with friends, so this trip had personal elements as well as business. It’s great to build your network globally and I get so excited about meeting new people and travelling!!!

I’d thought I would give you a few tips and tricks of places I like to eat/ hidden gems


Tall Girls take NYC



Jacks Wife Freda

I eat here almost every day im in NYC. Its right in Soho, great food, great prices


Lovely Day 

My obsession with watermelon salad started here! It’s in Nolita, super cheap and Thai inspired. *NOTE* Everything is laid-back here including the service.


The Standard

My friends Katie Longmyer & Jules Kim host a rooftop party here on Fridays all summer! Its super cute. Great views, Great people, Great music!



LISTEN! If you love trailing through 2nd hand clothes as much as I do, allow time for a trip to the good will – Once I left with 27 bags *bows head in shame*. It takes work to go through each rail, however you can pick up some absolute gems! I tend to head to the one in Brookyln as I kill 2 birds with 1 stone making a stop at my fav dollar slice pizzeria across the street..RESULT!!


Imaan Hammam x Vogue NL




Everyone in fashion knows how big the september issue is for any magazine. Vogue Netherlands put the absolute babe Immaan Hammam on the cover for theirs.


Dutch model Imaan Hammam has already walked for the likes of Alexander McQueen and Versace, as well as appearing in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Imaan, who is of Moroccan and Egyptian descent, is an absolute goddess with the best hair I’ve ever seen!!! It’s always amazing to see women of colour we can relate to on these covers!!!

In celebration of the cover Imaan Hammam x Vogue NL threw a party which I had the pleasure of attending. The music was so on point! Rnb, Hip Hop and my absolute fav AFROBEATS!!! Everyone was dancing which is very rare to see at fashion parties!





I love Amsterdam so much as it’s the only city I go to and feel short. The women are so tall, graceful and fully embrace being tall, it’s so refreshing! No one stares at you in the street or makes stupid comments like ‘Your so tall’!


Annnnnywaaaaay Imman I LOVE, SUPPORT & SALUTE YOU!!!











Tall Girl Problems – Denim

Hastag tall girl problems we often get asked here at TTYA HQ is about denim so with a little help from our uber fit tall babe Candice Schuller we show key denim style using TTYA.

The Skinny

Whether paired with statement heels or tucked into boots, skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple. Style these dark washes with a luxe knit or biker jacket for an easy go-to look.


The Flare 

Widely flattering, pair flared and wide leg blue jeans with a chic patterned blouse or staple basics and your highest heels. Legs for days, we promise!


Boyfriend Jean

Move over, skinny jeans— the boyfriend jean is far more forgiving. And with styles that range from bleached to black, embellished to patched, they aren’t just comfy—the options are truly endless.


Enter the gallery below for great styling inspo on wear key denim shapes


Candice shots

Photography Joe Hunt || Make Up Jessie Owen || Styling Irene Agbontaen


Images from Pintrest