Monday, 30 August 2010

Uni Survival Part One: Packing


1) A good place to start is by checking what you can't take. The likelihood of you arriving without half the things you actually need is more likely than being over prepared. However, if you have a great urge to take a deep fat fryer, tons of candles or anything else highly flammable and ultimately useless, think twice.

2) Imagine you're going on holiday. Then imagine that holiday is going to happen for a really long time, and any type of weather could occur. One way of starting off is by thinking of each part of your body and what you usually use for it. For example: head = hairbrush, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, hair grips etc. Then write a list and actually use it.

3) This tip comes from a real life student! Being prepared is good, but don't be too prepared! Buying random things you think you might use isn't a good idea. The student in question bought loads of Post-its thinking he was being super-organised and they're still in his draw five years later. It's likely your room won't be all that big, so don't cram it full of stuff you don't need. You can always buy what you need when you get there.

4) Pack stuff you need at the top. The word 'need' is relative. What you need could mean the books in your reading list or vodka depending on who you are.

5) Buy stuff in the sales, but also bag as much as you can from your parents. Your mum wants to give you some forks? Take them! Then take some more. Some stuff doesn't go out of date, or at least not for a while: dried and tinned food, cutlery, pens and paper, take as much as you can carry!

Shopping in London

 My friend and I went shopping in London last week. Camden was fantastic, even though all we bought was a burgundy umbrella. The stables have changed since I was there last, including an amazing vintage shop which has everything you could ever want!

We also went to Oxford street which was a bit overwhelming! The Topshop is unbelievable! I popped my head into the WAH nails salon they have there. It was a bit like being at Mecca for me. The rest of the store is just way too big in my opinion and it's almost impossible to shop there! You'd have to spend the whole day there trying stuff on to make the most of it.

Anyway, I just wanted to share the cool photo my friend took of Camden market. Nice one Kez :)

R.I.P Corinne Day

The photographer Corinne Day died this weekend due to complications with a brain tumour she had battled against since 2009.

These fantastic photos of Kate Moss were taken by her before she started looking a bit dishevelled, back when she was just 16 years old. They appeared in The Face magazine back in 1993.





Thursday, 26 August 2010

MGMT - Congratulations



This is MGMT's new video for Congratulations which premiered yesterday!

They've gone down the Yeasayer route of having a weird creature in their video.

Also, dwindling sales of their new album (which is already on sale for a fiver in Ape) has prompted Andrew VanWyngarden to get his boobs out. Hey, I'm not complaining!

I love this song and remember hearing them play it at Heaven. It really stuck out for me.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Nails of the week


Bad edges!!!
Grey Sky & Summer Fresh from H&M. Only 99p! Not the best nail polish, but hey, it did the trick.
Merica nails pens in black and white from Sally's Hair and Beauty.
I need to buy a yellow nail pen before the weather becomes too autumnal for me to have strawberry nails...

Do you like the lamp in the background?

Count and Sinden - After Dark



I'm not sure which my favourite dance is. I think I'll go for Street Ballet!

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Real Doll

I saw this video on the WAH blog. This video is interesting, but also pretty disturbing.


Honey Pie from California is a place. on Vimeo.


The guy who makes the dolls justifies it by saying how he saves men from depression. 'He was depressed and lonely and now he's happy as can be.' Really? Does buying an extremely life-like doll and utterly superficial doll and removing all interaction other than the purely physical aspects of sex really make someone happy? Or does it plunge them further into a disturbed place where women are seen merely as sex objects. This attitude is neither beneficial for women in society, nor men who need to learn to confront their fears, not hide them in their closet.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Yeasayer - Madder Red

Have you ever thought to yourself, I really wish that music video directors would just stop making videos about human interaction, and replaced humans with, um, I dunno, a disgusting creature resembling a potato. Well someone must have read your mind! I present to you Kristen Bell and a disgusting potato-like creature in Madder Red by Yeasayer. Enjoy!

The Temper Trap - Love Lost



I love this video, for two main reasons.

Reason one: It reminds me of P.E lessons. It's not so much that I love this video because of fond memories of P.E, more total relief that I never have to do them ever again. If you're not English, this is what English kids have to do in P.E lessons: run around aimlessly. I had to run aimlessly around the street with my teacher shouting at me; so did my brother, and our dad before us. If it wasn't the street, it was the astro-turf in the freezing cold. For some reason in the summer months we were made to run around the school field, which was the furthest point from any water or seats in the school...and I mainly associate heat with drinking and sitting.

It's just one of many injustices that you encounter being school child. Pissing with rain or in scorching heat, you have to do P.E. Even if it means doing it your vest and underpants when you forget your kit. This happened to me in primary school... Don't forget your kit, kids.

Reason two: This reason is only relevant to people who know who Tom Biggs is. If you know who this is, all I will say is watch at around 1.00.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Kele

I found this on Kele Okereke blog. It's amazing how you can spend a very long time looking at not much and still be interested. 8 pages worth of not much to be exact. Page 8 is where I found this song.

I'm posting this song for two reasons. One because it really reminds me of my childhood. For some reason I used to play this a lot when I was really little.

Two because it has an amazing summer vibe to it, and I'm desperately trying to suck up the last dregs of summer whilst working full time. (Yes, I know it's about a man in the winter, but it's all about the vibe, maan)






Back to Kele. He recently came out in Butt magazine article, nice one! He is awfully cute though isn't he, which makes me feel sad for womankind. Treat him kindly please guys!

While we're here, this is his new single. I prefer it to Tenderoni which seemed to try a bit too hard to jump on the electro bandwagon.



And Banquet, because it's amazing. It's easy to give up on guitar bands when the likes of Scouting for Girls get to number one, but when you listen to an intelligent band like Bloc Part suddenly all hope is restored.


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Weezer - Buddy Holly

Hey, don't judge me for posting a video that's 16 years old. Everyone loves this song, everyone loves Happy Days. Plus, check out the varsity jackets on the guys and the cute outfits the girls have on. Very now.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Mmmm

Oh Lord, how I do hate diets...

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Waistcoats

Everyone's out of the house so I'm taking the opportunity to raid my mum's wardrobe. I found two cute waistcoats, one is floral one with ethnic prints. I'm trying to decide how to wear them...To Lookbook we go!

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And looking through photos...I just really hate trilby hats. They look stupid! Had to add that.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Emma Watson's new hair


Emma Watson got her hair cut at Cutler Salon in New York recently. What does everyone think?


She looks a little like a certain new MP to me...


Caroline Lucas


Istanbul, Turkey: Worshippers pray during the first Friday of Ramadan at Eyup Sultan mosque


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Friday, 13 August 2010

Wesley Willis

Putting Spotify on shuffle can sometimes have unexpected consqequences. I was listening to Mark Ronson, then suddenly I head Wesley Willis singing Good News Is Rock N Roll. After the initial sense of horror, I now can't stop listening to his songs! I think I'm a bit obsessed with this man who was truly a unique person!

His songs are an assault on the ears, but how many people can say that they've wanted to be something and actually manage it?! Well done Mr Willis!

If you've ever seen Supersize Me, you might remember hearing his song 'Rock N Roll McDonalds'.



Here is his bio:


A self-titled “Chicago City Artist,” Wesley Willis began selling his drawings out of necessity as a teenager on the streets of Chicago. Consisting mainly of cityscapes of his beloved city, his renderings of Chicago contained an amazing amount of detail, down to the ads on the city buses and the license plate numbers on the multitude of cars rushing by.
Wesley developed schizophrenia and along with his drawings he turned to music to drown out the demons that ceaselessly plagued him. Wesley announced to a friend one day he would like to become a rock star and once he set his mind to something there was no stopping him. He filled his albums with his unique artwork and humorous, often disturbing songs about his everyday struggles. Beginning with his band The Wesley Willis Fiasco and moving on to a solo career, Wesley carved out his own niche in a scene that was surely not prepared for such a force of nature as Wesley Willis.
Eventually gaining a cult following for both his music and artwork, Wesley became known for his prolific output of work and his relentless hustling. He would offer up CDs for sale to everyone he encountered; doctors, priests, waiters, he did not discriminate when it came to making a sale. Those sales would often be preceded by a request for a headbutt (Wesley’s favorite way of greeting people). He made it impossible to forget him.
By the time of his death at the age of 40 in 2003, Wesley had recorded more than 50 albums and had drawn and sold an untold number of pen and marker drawings to people all over the world.


Thursday, 12 August 2010

Sunday, 8 August 2010

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Living Dolls - Natasha Walter


Everyone, male or female, should read Natasha Walter's Living Dolls. Her exploration of the effect our highly sexualised culture has on young women is shocking and thought provoking. It tackles the view she held in her 1998 book The New Feminism that Feminists shouldn't worry so much about sexual objectification, Walter said; young women didn't want to be told what to wear and who to sleep with. She now says that she was "entirely wrong".

She explores how choices which seem empowering have a darker edge through interviews with women who working in industries such as glamour modelling and pole dancing as well as men involved, either by employing them or acting as consumers. 

In the second part of the book, she goes onto to reveal how dubious research into innate gender differences is shaping our culture and even how children are raised.

It's important for women to read this book, but perhaps even more important for men. 

Robyn - Hang with Me



My friend works on Brighton Pier, and his friend is in this video! Also there is no way in hell she is having fun on that rollercoaster. It's not scary because it's fun but because it feels like it's giving you whiplash!

Doesn't Robyn look cute in this video? She seems like a nice lady.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

FASHEMATICS

via Fashematics. Bahahaha...





Muriel Matters

I just saw on the news that the leading suffragist Muriel Matters had a plaque unveiled in her honour. She was the first woman to 'speak' in Parliament and lived in Hastings where the plaque has been placed.




Murial Lilah Matters - 1877 - 1969




Muriel was an Australian born suffragist, lecturer, journalist, educator, actress and elocutionist.  Matters is best known for her work as a prominent members of the Women’s Freedom League (WFL)and an agitator for women's suffrage in the UK.

She is most recognised for chaining herself to the grille of the Ladies’ Gallery in the British House of Commons on 28 October 1908. The ‘grille’ was a piece of ironwork placed in the Ladies’ Gallery that obscured the women’s view of parliamentary debates. Her non-violent solution to chain herself to the grille was the centre-piece of a larger protest conducted by the Women’s Freedom League.

In 1924 she ran as the Labour Candidate for the sea of Hastings in the General Election.



Anything I have aspired to be, even if I changed my mind afterwards, is in owing to activists like her. When I was younger I wanted to be a doctor, and I'm so lucky that my own judgement was what stopped me, not the society I live in. 

Hair colours

I want to dye my hair lilac, or red. Hmmm.




Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Pride 2010

It's Pride this weekend in Brighton! Despite setbacks with funding and so on, I'm sure this year's event will be just as good as ever.

Here are some nail ideas to celebrate!
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A/W 2010

Alas dear reader, summer doesn't last forever. Let's not wish it away, but also let's get our aviator jackets ready before September 1st when the weather will probably almost immediately becomes autumnal. 


VINTAGE

Prada's behived models at their A/W 10 show signalled that the retro trend is here to stay. 
Choose between a the full skirt from the '50s, cute shift dresses from the '60s or '70s toffee and camel shades.


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OUTDOORS

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BURBERRY



JEFFREY CAMPBELL

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