Saturday, 31 December 2011

Song of the Day

This year has been wonderful for many reasons and I'm looking forward to 2012. So here's my final Song of the Day of 2011 - Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing What Are You Doing New Year's Eve. Happy new year everyone!

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Friday, 30 December 2011

What I bought today...

Dr Martens - £39

I would like to thank Dr Martens for creating my dream shoe and then putting them in the sale. Other sale purchases include a 3/4 length black, lace top from Next and a star-print, slightly sheer shirt from Zara.

If you're not busy...

Head to the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent to see Nothing In The World But Youth. The exhibition is inspired by the seaside town of Margate and looks at differing views of the youth in society, since the end of the 19th century. My favourite part of the exhibition are the pictures showing local people in their youth and how they are today.

Nothing In The World But Youth is showing until January 8th, 2012.

Monday, 19 December 2011

What do you think?

If you wanted a picture of your favourite artist/ band/ actor/ celebrity/ etc embroidered, who would you pick?

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Top Albums of 2011

These are just a selection of albums that I've been constantly playing this year:

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? - The Vaccines

Being given a lot of hype at the start of the year, it would've been easy for The Vaccines not to be able to live up to it and consequently fade into obscurity. Yet their debut album serves up short and sharp songs, full of direct lyrics and unapologetically catchy melodies. Tracks such as Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra) proves that 1 minute 21 seconds is more than enough for a hit and that The Vaccines can make music that translates into a live setting perfectly.

Paradise - Slow Club

The second album from Slow Club shows just how much has changed since their Yeah, So? debut. The songs aren't just about relationships anymore and the music offers something more to dance to - Where I'm Waking being one of many standout tracks. Yet what still remains are the harmonies. In amongst the more up-tempo songs of the album are Never Look Back, Hackney Marsh and Gold Mountain. It is here where the music takes a step back to showcase how well Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor sound together - wonderful.

Wounded Rhymes - Lykke Li

Something evident in  Wounded Rhymes is the theme of love. There is an element of vulnerability within the songs that people are able to relate with. Lyrics such as, "..for sorrow the only lover i've ever known" shows that Lykke Li doesn't try to sugarcoat anything, for the purposes of a song and the simplicity of Unrequited Love emphasises the uniqueness of her vocals. Definitely a great follow-up to her first album, Youth Novels.

Not forgetting...
Bombay Bicycle Club
A Different Kind of Fix

Tom Williams and the Boat
Too Slow
Summer Camp
Welcome To Condale

Friday, 16 December 2011

Thursday, 15 December 2011

It's getting pretty chilly...

With the forecast promising snow, it's probably a good idea to get a winter coat sorted. Here's a selection of coats picked from the high street - proving you don't need to go for all black.


1) Zara - £99.99 2) Topshop - £125 3) Topshop - £75 
4) Urban Outfitters - £145 5) ASOS- £70 6)Dorothy Perkins - £69                                                               

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Sometimes I do work at uni...

Something I wrote for uni - 'nerdy specs'

Essentially, fashion is a plethora of fads – a wave of trends. Though, there will always be one that will continue to come and go, often reminding us why we need it in our wardrobes. Take nerdy specs, for example. More than just an aid for better sight, they are guaranteed to make even the less educated, look intellectual and the scruffy, more put-together.

Geek chic glasses may seem like something that has been introduced in the last few years by the celebrity du jour, but they have actually been around for much longer. They were invented during the 13th century in Italy, where various techniques made the production of glasses possible. As history tells us, glasses were seen as a symbol of wealth and status – few people could read at the time and the material used for the frames were made of bone, horn, tortoiseshell and ivory. From then on, aristocrats used to wear them without the lenses, in order to look smarter.               

By the 1940s, optical shops were present in every town and glasses were being coordinated with clothing in the 1950s. As frames became lighter, styles became more daring and by the 1990s, spectacles were a firm feature in fashion shows.

Nowadays, geeky frames can add an androgynous element to an otherwise feminine ensemble, as proven by Alexa Chung sporting tortoise shell glasses with her Luella frock. Secondly, they can evoke a more suave, edging on sexy, aesthetic. This is shown by the latest Dolce and Gabbana eyewear campaign, with help from model-of-the-moment, David Gandy. Publicised as the accessory that complements the wardrobe of the contemporary manthe specs are marketed as a symbol of masculinity. Alternatively, Givenchy’s Autumn/Winter 2011 ad campaign shows the glasses adding a level of sophistication to bright hues and punchy florals.

If you dare, are you going to don a pair of wayfarers, like Buddy Holly, or channel John Lennon and try a rounder option? Nobody wants to look like they’re going to school, when they are in fact going to work. Though just remember, cinema-goers, this is not an opportunity to recycle 3D glasses.