July 23, 2012
I have succeeded in getting myself a job where I disseminate the collections and am constantly working with trends and analysing what’s next. Which makes me less inclined to repeat it in my free time. It’s not that I have lost interest – far from it, I am actually living the dream. But all fashion an no play makes Jane a dull, uninspired girl and a very boring blogger. In the spirit of doing something that isn’t fashion (I think it’s called balance??), I watched a load of american teenage-coming-of-age films last weekend. For your convenience I have rated them according to their suitability for hangover viewing.
1) American Graffiti.
If you don’t know it, get on it. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola (him from Apocalypse Now) and written by George Lucas (you know, THAT George Lucas), it’s a coming of age tale set in the late 50′s early ’60′s. It is visually stunning, the music is off the chain (my favourite quote of the film might just be “rock n roll has been going downhill since Buddy Holly died). It’s got drive-ins and drag racing, teddy boys, T-birds and a hop. It’s all a bit Marc Jacobs. And a bit Moschino. If you ask me, it’s better than Rebel Without A Cause with more developed characters and a more engaging story. It’s just a pity Ron Howard is on screen more than the insanely ridey Harrison Ford.
Hangoverability: moderate to low. It’s slick stylish and character centric, so you might lose interest if you are feeling delicate. However even if you’re not following the story it’s very visually pleasing.
2) What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Johnny Depp being a babe, Juliette Lewis being awesome and Leonardo Di Caprio in what has to be his career defining role. Given that I find touching stories almost always either saccharine or corny, this one just nails it and warmed my icy heart and had me blubbing like a sad kitten. Set in the vast American midlands the whole thing is just unreal.
Hangoverability: Very low. Don’t watch it with a bad hangover/the fear. You might die of tears.
link, link, link
3) 10 things I hate about you
This film is a classic, not least because Heath Ledger is in it, being all Heath ledger-y. It’s over the top, the characters are caricatures, and the story line is silly. Exactly how a teen drama should be. And the clothes are something else.
Hangoverability: high. This film was made with people of low intellects in mind. Perfect hangover fodder.
And I listened to Alt-J. A lot. New favourite. His voice is mesmerising. Sounds a little bit black keys, a little bit bluesy, and very very now.
Hangoverability: high. It’s soothing and melodic. It’s a hug for your delicate ears.
December 9, 2011
It’s CHRISTMAS!!! And I am very very very excited this year. Something in the air has de-Grinched me and I am inviting Christmas playlists, mulled wine, and general merry making. Maybe it has something to do with work and how I feel a bit like an elf getting everything ready for all the people….
Anyway. It is TWO WEEKS til the Big Man brings us all some serious swag. In the meantime, if you are not feeling full of festive cheer yet, listen to these, and if you are still feeling ba humbug, then you should probably go to the doctor, because you are in fact dead inside.
Seriously Santa, help a sister out. I wanna bust a move.
Hipster Christmas legends
The best ba-humbug Christmas song ever!!!
and the best Christmas song of all time ever.
March 20, 2011
It’s been ages since I had a proper music post. and today in typical procrastination fashion I listened to SHIT loads of new stuff. Well, by new stuff I mean mostly old stuff that I either didn’t know the names of or never bothered chasing down. I would like to share some with you.
Sister Nancy’s Bam Bam is probably one of the most recognisable reggae songs around, although I never really knew the name…thank you google machine.
this isn’t old. one of my friends bigged them up the other day and I am enjoying their tunes.
WATCH THIS VIDEO!!! IT’S AMAZING. I watched Spike Jones’s film Bamboozled there recently, and this kinda reminded me of some of the scenes. Some serious musical history, and pretty amazing blues music.
Big Maybelle….is a legend. And a VOICE. So evocative. A true inspiration, when you think of all the shit that she would have had to put up with in 1958.
Ok last last one….My favourite band. Ever. I know it’s not cool or whatever, but I LOVE them. Especially the bluesy stuff from the beginning, even if it’s all covers, their sound really suits it. And Mr. Jagger’s not bad to look at, is he…..
Hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday!
January 16, 2011
Yesterday last year I decided to start a blog. It was raining and I was bored, and spending most of my time on style.com looking at runway shows. I had thoughts and opinions on them, but all they were doing were taking up space on my hard drive. I never thought I could be so vain as to have a blog, but as it turns out, I could be. Lol.
I would like to thank you all for taking the time to look at the pictures of things that interest me. And even bigger thanks to those of you who actually read the words that go with the pictures. And a supermassive big thanks to my friends for their encouraging words and for not taking the absolute piss out of me for having a blog.
In the spirit of January and new years resolutions and all that, I hope that in the coming year I will expand the amount of my original photography I am posting (I recently started a photo diary, so we’ll see how that goes), along with the other procrastination driven musings on things I come across on the internet (and sometimes in real life).
So, eh, thanks. And Happy Birthday to me, I suppose…
image via cackaloo.com
Actually, do you think it would be ok if I got an actual cake? Would that be weird? Or DELICIOUS?!
Oh, and my birthday present to you is Marco Suaraez, a photographer I came across on Design Sponge. He has an etsy store and sells images like these….nomnomnom. Also, on an interesting note, these images were taken in Ireland. Go us! How is it relevant for a birthday post………….eeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh……I was out last night and I don’t really have the brain power to think of somethign birthday-ish….Oh, oh…I want my birthday cake to be iced like these images??????? No? ok. well it is what it is.
Image source: Etsy.com
I’ll leave you for today with what I started with – Phoenix. I love love love them. They have been one of my favourite bands for years, and they provided the soundtrack to my summer this year so I guess it’s only right. Hope you like them even a little bit as much as I do!
March 26, 2010
I dj/copromote a night called Trainwreck on Fridays in Pod. Here is the website if you wanna peep. I play mostly soul music in the Chocolate Bar, and Orlando, my dj partner in crime plays mostly hiphop. Sometimes we swap tho. Tonight I really wanna play…..
and then this…
and also i’l defo be playing this…
and here is a remix i heard a while ago that i quite like
Happy Friday. Hope to see some of you there.
January 26, 2010
I’v been reading Wicked (in anticipation of going to see it on Broadway when I go to new york next month), which reminds me of the lion in the Wizard of Oz. This is unrelated to Mumford and Sons’ truly beautiful Little Lion Man. As another aside, I didnt realise til I watched the video below that they are a fairly dashing bunch. And the video is a gem. Enjoy. xx