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Let the trousers do the talking

4/21/16




Lightweight jumper: H&M | Trousers: secondhand, carboot sale | Necklace: Primark | Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs at Asos (borrowed) | Watch: Casio | Trainers: Adidas Stan Smiths | Backpack: Accessorize, with Pompom: Topshop | Ankle bracelet: from a set at Primark

Photos by Xie Qin Gru

lt already feels like forever ago I was back home in France for Easter! Whilst in Bordeaux for the weekend, me and my familam went to a carboot sale which was basically the length of a whole high street, I was like a child in a sweet shop. I nabbed these trousers for 3 euros, brand new! If David Dickinson ever does a fashion edition of Bargain Hunt - i'm his gal. I love the bright print and pattern - perfect for sunny days, which we've been having quite a few of lately in Liverpool - I didn't even wear a jacket today. No. jacket. people. The trousers do all the talking really so a simple top and some understated accessories is what it's all about. I do apologise for my complete lack of knowledge in posing, then again I never set out to be a model on here, I just love talking about clothes, styling them and sharing my outfits.

I have a new series starting which will be up over the weekend, similar to this, just not featuring me or my bad posing skills. Keep ya eyes peeled on here tomorrow!

What's In My Record Collection

4/19/16


I should say "collection", because, well it's not much of one just yet. I only started buying vinyl just over a year ago - one afternoon whilst bored, I discovered my dad's old records back home which I then started playing on our turntable, not long after I asked for my own record player for Christmas and well, the rest is history! It's a liiiiittle bit addictive now but a good addiction to have though, I think...


1. Hinds - Leave Me Alone: This is a pretty recent addition but already one of my absolute favourites - the record is also yellow FYI, how amazing, love a coloured vinyl. Anyhoo, if you read my blog often, you'll know i'm a big fan of Hinds, so much so I scare myself sometimes...like when i'm wearing their band t shirt, jumper and listening to their music all at the same time, sorry definitely not sorry. (Probe records, Liverpool)

2. Donna Summers - I Feel Love (remix): I am such a huge fan of the 70's disco era, which also scares me, because, my mum does too, and i'm 20 y-o - technically that just means my mum has super cool music taste though ya? I picked this up in Liverpool's Dig Vinyl (the best in the Pool) and asked the cashier to play it for me in the store and then I knew I had to buy it because it is such a classic, and the customers started having a little boogie too - a crowd pleaser for sure...and it includes an extended remix version too. 

3. George McCrae - Rock Your Baby: More 70's disco of course! George McCrae is the ultimate, feel good, pick-me-up guy in disco. I picked up this wonderful album for £4, again, at Dig Vinyl - only having heard the song Rock Your Baby previously was maybe a bit risky to buy a whole album, but I can confirm that every other song is just as great. My other favourites are, I Can't Leave You Alone and Make it Right - and basically every other song on there - soooo perfect to sing along to. 

4. David Bowie - Let's Dance: This is actually my Dad's record, which I nabbed heheee. Unless you've been living under a rock (I really hope you haven't) then you'll know how amazing Bowie is and that his music will go down in history, forever, 'cause quite frankly, he was and is the best. This album includes my all time favourites China Girl and of couuurse, Let's Dance - the man can do no wrong, apart from dying, that was shit. 



5. Sister Sledge - We are Family: Oh my giddy goody godddddd. This is by far, my favourite album. If I had to go to a desert island (and there was a record player...) with only one record, I would take this one. Again, a 70's disco album, which was one of Sister Sledge's biggest successes - the album was written and produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers, the guy that also co-wrote with Daft Punk for Get Lucky & Lose Yourself To Dance - basically, the man worked wonders with this record and created the most beautiful album. (bought online)

6. Otis Redding - Otis Redding Sings Soul: Another of my favourite genres is some good old 60's r&b soul. This record comprises some of Redding's best tracks and covers including favourite My Girl & Satisfaction - i'm normally not a fan of covers but it's impossible not to love Redding's voice, he could even sing me his shopping list and i'd enjoy it I reckon. (bought online)

7. The Supremes - Meet The Supremes: This was a bit of an experimental purchase as I don't often listen to Motown, but these ladies sing so beautifully and in such harmony, it's too good to not enjoy. It's a real upbeat album and perfect to play when the sun's a-shinin'. The vinyl sleeve also looks great on your shelf. (bought online)

8. Pointer Sisters - Havin' A Party: Yeah, so I really like 70's disco. As the title suggests, the album is perfect to get you in the party vibe and make you feel good. 


9. Twin Peaks - Wild Onion: This is my favourite garage rock album I own. After seeing the Chicago lads last year in Liverpool, I got hooked on their music and was playing this album all through summer, it really is that great. Think Rolling Stones Mick Jagger vibes from lead vocalists Clay & Cadien with a gritty, grungy sound - the perfect album to blast out on your record player. (bought online at Juno Records)

10. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane (or, a lad insane): It's hard to put into words how amazing Bowie is and this album really is one highlight of his greatness. Every song is a favourite.

11. Tops - Picture You Staring: I saw this wonderful band from Canada play in Liverpool last year who very quickly became a favourite of mine, and even more so when I got this vinyl (which also came with a lovely lil poster btw). Penny's gorgeous vocals mixed with the upbeat bedroom pop vibe makes for an album that makes my ears very happy indeed.

12. Foxygen - We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic: I saw these guys last year as well (see review here!) which was probably the most bizarrely unforgettable yet amazing gigs i've been to. A mixture of heavy acid rock and psychedelic folk with some Beatles vibes going on. 


13. Stevie Wonder - Hotter than July: I picked this up for about 2 euros in a little secondhand shop in France whilst on my summer break, and indeed, it is the perfect album to play on hot summer days in July. Stevie never fails to make you feel good!

14. Whitney Houston - Whitney: As well as the 70's, i'm a big fan of the 80's too which basically, Whitney Houston was the boss of. This album encompasses everything the 80's music scene was all about: bright, vibrant, pop - dance songs with a catchy lyric. Love will save the day and I wanna dance with somebody are the perfect party songs whilst Didn't we almost have it all and Where do broken hearts go are the perfect break up ballad's, or like, great to sing with your cat. (secondhand)

15. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours: I only got this off Amazon (booo) a few weeks ago, and now I don't know why I never had it before. Like Bowie, every song on here is a favourite - The Chain, Dreams, Oh Daddy ... all. of. them! A classic that should be in every persons record collection. (bought online)

16. Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony: I only started listening to this NYC trio a month ago but it was pretty much love at first...listen? So I bought the album straight away, naturally. Sunflower Bean bring something so unique to the table and I loooove their sound, which the Guardian describes it as "sweetly melodic, dreamy psych rock". Fan of Hinds/Wolf Alice/Cherry Glazerr? Then you'll definitely love these guys too. (bought online).

The Film Club #3

4/18/16

Here's some films i've been loving lately, a recent release and other golden oldies...


The Lady In The Van

It's always good to go out for your comfort zone with movies - whether that be a different genre from your usual favourite, by a different director or with different actors, maybe some whom you've never heard of before. It's not like I was super excited to see this film, but i'd heard about it's several award nominations, and the fact it stars the iconic Maggie Smith - said to me, it would be worth the watch. The Lady In The Van tells the true story of Mary Sheperd, an ederly woman who lived in a van on Alan Bennett's driveway in London for 15 years. The film is an enjoyable watch, funny and quirky, showing the importance in being kind to strangers. It was not my favourite film of all, but nevertheless, Maggie Smith played her character so well and there was something new and refreshing in the film.

Léon the professional

I picked up this film on dvd at a carboot sale (bargain hunter, hello) and it has become a major favourite in my collection that I watch again and again. There are so many things to love in this film - the dialogue, the actors, the story, the cinematography and the setting in NYC's little Italy. Léon is about Mathilda, a 12 year old girl, played by an 11 year old Natalie Portman who is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her whole family is murdered, which she merely escapes. The thing so special about this film is the unusual yet loving relationship between Léon and Mathilda, as she becomes his protégée and learns the tricks of the assassin's trade. Despite the heavy violence throughout the film, seeing the relationship grow between Mathilda and her only guardian is deeply moving, and leaves me with a wee tear in my eye every time. Not to mention how impressive it is that Portman was at this level of acting at only 11! Also kudos to her style too, choker necklaces and black bobs = yass.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is the ultimate feel good 80's movie. In The Breakfast Club we meet five high school students from five different walks of life who have to endure a Saturday detention under the supervision of the nasty principal. All five students, including a rebel, a princess, an outcast, a geek and a jock, have to spend the whole Saturday together, which initially is a huge burden for them all, however, they finally have the chance to tell their story, changing the way they all think of each other, and dismantling the clichés and stereotypes they used to label each other with. Even though I never went to a high school in the US, the whole clique thing is definitely relatable. This film is so refreshing, seeing these 5 kids bond with each other by talking about their home life and problems. The Breakfast Club is my all time favourite movie - the 80's soundtrack and fashion are a bonus too.

Cléo de 5 à 7

It can be rare I study a film at university, and actually enjoy it...I always think how nice it would be if I could choose the film's I study, but as I said earlier, it's always good to watch films out of your comfort zone and Cléo was just that! Cléo de 5 à 7, by Agnès Varda, tells the story of the selfish pop singer Cléo, who has 2 hours until the results of her biopsy come back. Cléo is a self absorbed, fearful and anxious character who we see develop into a new woman towards the end of the film. We follow her during these two hours in Paris, starting with an ominous tarot card reading, then visiting friends who fail to give her the emotional support she needs by finally meeting a soldier who helps to put her at peace with her worries, and see her problem in a different perspective. The more we've analysed this film in lectures, and the more i've researched it, the more I actually love the film - it's so interesting to analyse characters in movies and their intricate personalities - you'll love this if you're a fan of Jean Luc Godard or François Truffaut!

March Playlist

4/15/16


Whoooa it's been a while guys! Sorryyyyy, but hey, i've put together another playlist for you so maybe you can forgive me? I've been discovering loads of new artists right, left and centre - from going to gigs, discovering through friends on Facebook and digging out my parent's old record collection - I just can't go a day without music!

1. Flamingosis - 1978 Such a groovy song for a boogie.

2. Aldous RH - Lov Coms Btwyn I've seen this guy twice, second time being last night and his set blew me away - this guy needs to release an album so I can listen everyday, get on it Al!

3. Whitney - Golden Days You can (and you should) pre order their album 'Light upon the lake' for 3rd of June, do itttttt.

4. Alvvays - Archie, Marry me The loveliest of love songs.

5. The Allah Lah's - Tell Me (What's on your mind) Love their Beatles/Kinks vibes.

6. Sister Sledge - One More Time Listen to the guitar solo 1:53 - 2.13 *eargasm*.

7. Sunflower Bean - Easier Said (& live version) from the album 'Human Ceremony' where, fyi, every song is excellenteee.

8. No Doubt - Don't Speak The soundtrack of my teens. I absolutely adored No Doubt back in eh day, and I'm rekindling my love for them again. I need a No Doubt reunion pleeease!

9. Magic Gang - She won't ghost Going to see these guys next week and I can't wait!

And here's an extra one because i'm feeling generous today! Her's have debuted their single 'Dorothy', I think it's wonderful and you need to hear it, listen here.

Spring Pastels

4/6/16






With Spring finally upon us, even though the good weather isn't quite, it means the shops are stocking up on more and more pastel pieces which I luuuuurve. Great for those that don't like colours that are too intense - instead, you can opt for a dusty pink rather than a fuschia, a powder blue rather than cobalt, a minty green rather than emerald green, a pale violet rather than dark purple or a vanilla yellow rather than a banana in-your-face yellow etc., you get the jist. I love the idea of pairing a pastel top with a crisp blue jean, or mixing and matching a dusty pale grey duster coat with a mint green cardi and a powder blue beanie. With pastels, clashing colours works because they're subtle so they all compliment each other but if you just want a small accent of pastel, you can wear a bag or a trainer like the New Balances above. Hurrah for pastels.
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