London Fashion Week 2013

Its Fashion Week! Its award season! Its lots of pretty clothes everywhere!

A big trend this season is monochrome. Which I absolutely love! I wear a lot of black, white and greys so I am very excited to have this trend filter down into the high street – as heaven knows I will never be able to afford designer!
We all know black is slimming but an all black outfit can look at bit drab and sombre. Adding a pop of white really livens up and outfit and can create a dramatic statement. I love the J W Anderson piece in the gallery below – so simple yet so striking, its a real piece of art. On a side note, his range for Topshop is amazing! Check it out here…

I love how clean and simple monochrome looks. There’s no fuss, just two colours working together in perfect harmony! Another thing is that everyone looks good in black and white – no matter what your colouring, black and white will suit you, so everyone’s a winner. I know we’re only just coming out of winter but I’m excited for A/W 2013 already!

I’ve complied a gallery of some of my favourite looks over the last week or so. All photographs are from the London Fashion Week website.

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What did you think of London Fashion Week? Do you love monochrome as much as I do? Leave your links and comments below!

Rx

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Review | (500) Days of Summer

“This is not a love story. This is a story about love.”

So I’m pretty sure I’m the last person to see (500) Days of Summer. And I’m not really sure why I haven’t seen it until now – I just sort of missed it. But I digress, to start I popped the DVD in and I was promptly greeted by Regina Spektor’s Us. One of my very favourite songs (and one that makes me want to start playing the piano again!) the film was off to a good start. And it just kept getting better.

Now I’m going to talk about the film. A lot, so if you haven’t seen it, go watch it and come back. ***SPOILER ALERT***

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So the jist of the story is boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Girl likes boy but ultimately falls in love with another boy.

Despite the narrator saying at the start that this is a story about love not a love story, I didn’t believe him. (Did anyone??) It was the bench scene early on in the film, when the married Summer (Zooey Deschanel) squeezes Tom’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) hand, that I realised they weren’t together. And on reflection, I’m pleased we found out so early that this wasn’t a happy ending for Summer and Tom. This film is about the journey of love and getting to the happy ending rather than the ending itself.

The film skips back and forth along a timeline of 500 days, illustrating the start, the middle, the demise and the aftermath of Tom, an aspiring architect/greeting card writer, and Summer, a PA at Tom’s greeting card company. Along the way we see fights in the rain, homemaking in Ikea, drunken karaoke and kissing in the copy room. We witness Tom’s endless struggle to define the relationship and Summer’s determined-ness to keep it casual.

Beautiful cinematography is for me what makes this film. The best part for me is the expectation vs reality montage. It was simply stunning, so inspired. Completely relatable, we’ve all imagined situations about how our fairytale will turn out and more often than not it just doesn’t become our happy ever after. It was one of the most touching and painful moments of the film – and credit is due to Joseph, to create such sympathy and emotion is real testament to his acting ability. (I also loved him in 10 Things I Hate About You and Inception.)

The film is taken from the point of view of Tom. So often in rom coms we follow the girl’s thoughts, it was refreshing to empathise with the bloke rather than wanting to cut his parts off because, you know, all men are evil.

There are funny moments too – Tom’s ‘I-got-laid-last-night’ dance can’t help but put a massive smile on your face. Tom’s little sister, Rachel (great name) played by Chloe Grace Moretz provides the unwavering sane advice – not bad for a 12 year old. A stand-out performance by Moretz, whose quips and advice make you chuckle because you know she’s right.

All in all, a touching, funny, beautifully crafted movie about love. Well worth a watch.



Thoughts on (500) Days of Summer? Leave links and comments below – I love having a read!

Rx

BBC 6Music

Music is a huge part of my life – It always has been and always will be. It consumes my personal and professional life and I basically couldn’t live without it

*Shameless plug to my music blog… Untitled Playlist*

Now my favourite radio station is BBC 6Music. After the horrors of local northern radio stations such as Lincs FM (with the birthday shout outs) and Galaxy (the chavviest station known to man) I was desperate to find a decent radio station in my youth. Radio 1 was a favourite of mine for a long time and as was XFM (London branch) but over the last few years I have listened to BBC 6Music pretty much everyday and has come up as my firm favourite.

The family photo - 10 years old

The family photo – 10 years old

Started in 2002, the digital only radio station faced closure in 2010 but after a huge uproar it was saved and has since become the leading digital station in the country.

I listen to Shaun Keaveny every morning without fail – he has the BEST breakfast show around. He eases you into the morning with his witty, self-deprecating manner and a brilliant playlist. It offers a dedicated music news section as well as the normal news to gear you up for the day. MASOs (Middle-aged shout-outs) is the best radio feature. Ever. And my favourite Professor Brian Cox shows up every week too – a perfect morning show!
Aside from Shaun other DJs include among others, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Jarvis Cocker, Mary-Anne Hobbs and Guy Garvey. The list of talent goes on and on. Its a real music-lovers heaven – I can’t get enough of this station and you should definitely give it a listen if you haven’t already.

Now the reason I started writing this post is that is 10 years of this wonderful station and to celebrate they had a listeners poll to discover the top 100 songs of 6Music’s lifetime. 10 years ago I was 13 and really getting into my music. The 10 years of 6Music’s life have also been the 10 years of my music life so I was desperate to see the outcome of this poll. And here is the list…

The top 10 are:
1 Coldplay – Clocks
2 Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
3 Elbow – One Day Like This
4 The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
5 The Killers – Mr Brightside
6 The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
7 The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize??
8 Johnny Cash – Hurt
9 British Sea Power – Remember Me
10 Radiohead – There There
With the rest of the countdown being here.

I personally voted for Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor because their debut album basically changed my life, so I’m a little gutted they didn’t get the top spot. Number 2 isn’t bad though and I do love Coldplay – seeing them headline Glastonbury last year was one of the greatest moments of my life, I won’t be forgetting Coldplay or that moment in a hurry. Mr Brightside was the soundtrack to my sixth form days when I met some of the greatest people I know, Seven Nation Army has, in my eyes the best riff ever, and Johnny Cash’s Hurt brings me to tears every time I hear it. I think the listeners of 6Music have got it spot on.

Have a listen to the list here…

Do you listen to 6Music? What’s your favourite radio station? Do you approve of the list??
Leave me links and comments below – I’d love to know your thoughts!

Rx

St James’s Park, London

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My favourite park in London is St James’s Park. Now considering the number of parks around London that is quite a claim, so let me tell you why its so good.

When you enter the park by Buckingham Palace you’ll be greeted by the gorgeous rolling lawns and the lake filled with water fowl and plants. There is an island in the lake which is pretty beautiful – full of exciting and interesting plants. Then you can walk the whole way around the lake going past Birdcage Walk, Horse Guard’s Parade, St James’s Palace and the Mall.

I love all of these monuments and no matter how many times I see these places I get that great patriotic feeling and it reminds me of the Royal wedding and the Jubilee (yes I’m a royalist, get over it.) So no matter how many tourists are flapping about I still enjoy seeing them as I wander through the park. At the other end of the park is Horse Guard’s Parade, scene of many a monarch birthday (but probably most memorably the ladies beach volleyball during the Olympics!).

St James’s is also small. Well, relatively. It is small yet perfectly formed! It has the atmosphere and charisma of a big park yet you can walk around it in half an hour. In the Summer the park is full of groups of friends picnicing and sunbathing – I’ve whiled away plenty of sunny afternoons in this park!

Despite the park being in the very centre of London surrounded by all these fantastic monuments, the park can be very quiet. Its peaceful, tranquil and quaint whilst being effervescently cool. It has a wonderful atmosphere which isn’t drowned by its size. I love this park, it makes me fell calm and happy and it makes me appreciate this amazing city I live in.

So when you’re next in London give St James’s Park a visit – it’s well worth it!
I’m always keen to go to new places so let me know your favourite parts of London!

Rx

Maddox Street by Nails Inc

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I have a fair few nail polishes. And my favourite brand is Nails Inc, I have just counted my collection and I have 30 of their polishes! I think I may have a problem!!

But that’s an issue for another day. Today I wanted to talk about Maddox Street.

Maddox Street was my very first Nails Inc polish and remains to this day, my favourite. Its a gorgeous gun metal grey with a slight metallic edge. This is by no means a metallic polish in the normal sense of the word, it just gives a hint of depth.

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I think this is such a good polish for a whole host of occasions. I wear it as a day to day polish, as its not as harsh as a black (Black Taxi by Nails Inc is the BEST black nail polish around). Its also gorgeous to wear on a night out as the slight metallic-ness and beautiful shine catch the lights in bars and clubs making it intriguing and interesting – I get asked about this polish a lot!

Now you may think I’m crazy for having £330 worth of polish from Nails Inc but here’s why I love them so much…

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I think their formula is just brilliant. It applies beautifully and levels itself nicely meaning its a doddle to make your nail varnish look good. The colours are also really pigmented, I always put two coats on but in a hurry you could use just one and still have great looking fingertips! The polish lasts for ages! For me, their polishes last at least a week without chipping (but I do work on computers all day so my hands aren’t exposed to manual labour or water/chemicals a lot which can reduced the length of time a polish lasts).

Finally £11 may seem a lot for a nail polish, and it is but I think the quality of polish is so so much better than the Barry M polishes of the world that they’re worth their dollar. And considering high end brands charge around the £20 mark, I don’t think Nails Inc is that bad.

Also, the Nails Inc website offers £5 sale polishes quite often and multi-buy sets (as to TK MAXX incidentally) so have a look at their site here.

Do you like Nails Inc as much as I do?? What are your favourite nail polish brands? I love to try out new things so let me know!

Rx