London’s City Jeanius Crowned!

Our Jeanius Quiz went down a storm on Monday night in London as teams from offices across the capital battled it out to be crowned London’s City Jeanius 2015.

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The Quiz took place in two of Drake and Morgan’s lovely bars, The Fable in Farringdon and The Anthologist near Bank, with entrants being offered a complimentary drink and nibbles, as well as the opportunity to buy a fabulous Blue Jean Cocktail with £1 being donated to Jeans for Genes for every Cocktail sold.

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The night also played host to a fabulous raffle with prizes donated from top brands like Elemis, Lancôme, Ted Baker and Bombay Sapphire.

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Over 8 rounds the teams battled it out, testing their knowledge on everything from chocolate to city skylines, and genetics to geography, until the winning teams were crowned.

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At The Anthologist, Credit Suisse pipped the rest at the post to take first place, whilst at The Fable, Sons of Pioneers stormed to an astonishing victory. First prize included dinner and drinks for 5 at The Happenstance & a bottle of Glenmorangie Whiskey, and a £200 voucher for The Phene & a magnum of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne.

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Thank you to everyone who came down, took part in the quiz and tried their luck at the raffle, we hope you had an amazing night whilst raising money for Jeans for Genes!

For more photos check out our Facebook: 

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Pancake Day, Jeans for Genes Style!

Today is Pancake Day, which can only mean one thing! It’s time to get your bake on and cook up a batch of blue-berry pancakes!

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What you’ll need:

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml milk
  • Knob of butter
  • Packet of blueberries
  • A little oil or butter for cooking
  • Golden or maple syrup

How to make:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and milk
  3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the mixture of milk & egg to make a smooth, thick batter
  4. Melt the knob of butter and mix in to the batter
  5. Stir in half the packet of blueberries to the batter
  6. Heat the oil or butter in a large non-stick frying pan
  7. Drop a large tablespoonful of the batter into the pan to make a pancake about 7cm across – you can make 3 or 4 pancakes at once
  8. Cook on a medium heat for about 3 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, then turn and cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden
  9. Serve with golden or maple syrup and the rest of the blueberries

For loads more blueberry pancake recipes check out our Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1zxZCXo

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Recipe found here: http://bit.ly/1dmut2X

Denim Date Night

Got a date this Valentine’s Day but no idea what to wear? Don’t panic as we have some delightful denim date night ideas just in time for the weekend!

Denim has been all over the catwalks this year, and is set to be a key trend this SS15. It’s been featured heavily in the likes of Vogue and ELLE, not to mention the amazing denim collection launched by Alexa Chung for AG Jeans. Here’s our pick of some of the season’s hottest denim for your denim date night:

Alexa Chung for AG Jeans Denim Dress

Alexa Chung Dress
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H&M Denim Shirt

H&M Denim Shirt

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Topshop Denim Dress

Topshop Denim Dress

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Monki Denim Culottes

Monki Denim Culottes

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Topshop Denim Coat

Topshop Denim Coat

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Cheap Monday Denim Bag

Cheap Monday Denim Bag

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Check out our Pinterest for even more denim fashion inspiration http://bit.ly/1zFPcdd

Now you’re outfit is sorted, why not do something different for Valentine’s Day and test your sweetheart’s general knowledge at our Jeanius Quiz! Grab your tickets for Monday 16th February at a choice of three bars in Central London: bit.ly/1FSKk5L  

Competition to Design our Limited Edition T-Shirt has launched!

Jeans for Genes is once again partnering with the Illustration Department of the Edinburgh College of Art to design our 2015 Limited Edition T-Shirt. The students have been tasked with designing a fashion illustration which clearly represents Jeans for Genes, whilst having mass appeal to our fashionable supporters. The winning t-shirt will be launched on our webshop in June, with adverts appearing in the national press and fashion magazines, and will be modelled by a host of our celebrity supporters.

Yesterday, Laura Pattison, Director of Marketing at Jeans for Genes, accompanied Dr Tessa Hartmann, founder of The Scottish Style Awards, on a visit to the Edinburgh College of Art to critique some of the entries. Here is an exclusive peak of some of the designs so far!

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The students now have a few weeks to complete and submit their designs, before a winner is picked by our panel of fashion experts, including Coleen Rooney (Style Editor at Littlewoods), Alexandra Fullerton (Fashion Director at Stylist), Louise Thompson (Founder of Pocket Jeans), Jaime Winstone (Actress and Style Icon), Ella Gregory (Journalist and Fashion Blogger), Shelly Vella (Fashion Director at Cosmopolitan), Lucy Ewing (Fashion Director at Sunday Times Style), Gemma Sheppard (leading stylist to the stars), Poppy Dinsey (Fashion Blogger), Lauren Milligan (Vogue News Editor), Holly Fulton (London Fashion Week Designer) and Dr Tessa Hartmann.

Check out all the details on past winners here: http://bit.ly/1BaEOt5

Calling all Londoners! Do you have what it takes to be crowned City Jeanius 2015?

We’ve teamed up with the Drake and Morgan bar group to run the ultimate quiz night in a bid to find the cleverest company in London!

Quiz Team

Our fabulous City Jean-ius quiz will be taking place on Monday 16th February across the city in two of Drake and Morgan’s beautiful bars. You can choose from The Anthologist near Bank or The Fable in the Farringdon/Chancery Lane area.

With questions on everything from music to geography, from jeans to genes, you’re guaranteed to have a laugh whilst raising money for children with genetic disorders.

Jean Genie Cocktails

Tickets are just £20 each, or £100 for a team of 5, and include one complimentary drink and a plate of nibbles for your team. Drake and Morgan will be selling an outstanding Jean Genie cocktail, with £1 from each sold being donated to Jeans for Genes.

Each bar will also feature a glamorous raffle with some fabulous prizes up to the value of £500. Prizes include a Queene and Belle cashmere jumper, an Elemis gift set, bottles of Lancôme Advanced Génefique, John Smedley Scarves, a Rotary watch, ISWAI London clothes, vouchers for Pocket London jeans, a Zatchels handbag, Finlay and Co sunglasses, a Karen Mabon Scarf, a Rose Candle by Candle de Fleur, Paintball tickets for 10, bottle of Glenmorangie Original Whiskey, bottles of Grey Goose Vodka and Bombay Sapphire Gin, a pen set and small Filofax from The Pen Shop, Ted Baker Bags, a voucher for Feather and Bone, a £50 Austin Reed voucher, a £100 voucher for the West Berkshire Brewery, 2 tickets for a wine tasting experience with Vinopolis, a £100 voucher for dinner at The Phene in Chelsea courtesy of the City Pub Company East and a £100 voucher for dinner at the Temple Brew House courtesy of the City Pub Company West.

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We also have two wonderful comedian quiz masters, the brilliant Sarah Mills, and the lovely Verity Lewis will be tickling your sides all night!

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If you think you’ve got what it takes, grab your tickets now from www.jeansforgenes.org/quiz – we’ll see you there!

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Revealed! Our 2014 Fashion T-shirt Designer

We caught up with young designer Rachel Hill from Edinburgh College of Art on her winning design, her inspiration and her plans for the future.

Rachel Hill  What made you choose to go into design & illustration?

I’ve always loved to draw; it’s the best way I can get my ideas across.

 

Had you heard of Jeans for Genes before the competition?

We always held Jeans for Genes Day every year at school and we had assemblies telling us about the charity.  My mum is a geneticist so she was always very enthusiastic about supporting Genes for Jeans Day and telling me about the incredible work Genetic Disorders UK does.

 

Why did you want to enter the t-shirt design competition?

The Jeans for Genes team presented the competition at a lecture and I thought entering the t-shirt design competition would be a brilliant way to use my talents to help such a worthy cause.

 

What was your inspiration for your design?

I wanted the t-shirt to be a celebration of the work Jeans for Genes Day does, which is why I featured a double helix between birds to illustrate positivity and freedom. It was a long process of writing and sketching as well as researching this season’s colour-ways to get to this final version of the design. I thoroughly enjoyed doing it, and I really wanted to win so I actually put in two entries!

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What are the benefits of winning the competition?

It’s brilliant to use what I am passionate about for a good purpose. To think my design is raising money to change children’s lives is incredible. Designing the T-shirt has opened a lot of doors for me, and obviously it’s brilliant to see my design on stars like Coleen Rooney – I was so excited when I opened the magazine saw her wearing my T-shirt!!

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Kate Middleton because then everyone would see it!!

 

Was this your first piece of clothing design, what did you learn?

Yes, I mostly do editorial design that is simple, stylized and to the point. It was really fun to explore bolder designs and research this season’s colour-ways to best suit the design. It is hard to get your head around drawing to compliment a body rather than a page but the girls on my course illustrate for garments so they were extremely supportive.

 

What are your plans for the future?

I am now designing promotional material for Queens Hall Theatre for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I’ll be working back at university as a Graduate Studio Assistant in September helping undergraduates find work and supporting them in their designs.

 

What advice would you give to students entering the competition next year?

Send in as many entries as you want and look back at the previous designs – be imaginative and bold – good luck!

 

You can buy your own double helix inspired t-shirt for just £20, available in sizes 6-22.

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Get involved, sign up for Jeans for Genes Day!