21 Jun 2011


Amazing photo's from WW2.. they speak for themselves...check out the article..


11 Jun 2011

Travel Nation! Summer Holiday Packing..

A few friends are off on holiday and I remembered all the times I've had that panic of putting everything into my hand luggage. The thought of not being able to go anywhere for 6-8hours, seems to scare us into a frenzy of trying to pack in everything we could ever want in Life!

I thought about five things that I think are the only things you really need. 

1. iPod!+Phone
2. Lip balm, chewing gum + hand cream..can also be used as a face cream if used sparingly -remember how dry your skin gets on the flight.
3. Pashmina.. can be worn as a scarf, used as a blanket, used a pillow aaand looks good  on your handbag when not in use. Phew!
4. A book I'm actually interested in -this isn't the time to start that Keats book 'you haven't gotten around to reading yet'-, or more realistically, a good quality magazine that you can dip in and out of in-between the inflight movies
5. Hair grips and hairbands for that messy hair after a night flight

One friend 's essentials -self confessed!- 'non-creative' list: 
-Makes for a very sociable flight ^.^ !!

Other things that may make your list: sickness pills, some people take a change of underwear/top, Gameboys, activity books, laptops..

Doing this exercise will make you think about you actually need and stop you having to lug around a handbag the max. weight limit!! Or you can let me do all the work and just use my list! :) 
If you have a more creative or interesting list post it! I wana read :)
Happy Flying, X&O's

8 Jun 2011


If you don't know about this -I'm going to call it a- movement then you need to get to know!!!
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All are a group of guys basically mixing it up, making real music. They are young, and sometimes it shows, but to be honest greatness comes from youth sometimes because your fearless. You don't see why something Can't happen or why people are telling you that from experience they know something just won't work. You haven't had that experience yet so you do it anyway because you know no different than the result you foresee in your mind. 
And so if done with the right amount of conviction you prove them wrong in the process and you create something Amazing. This has been seen countless times in the past, Ayrton Senna, Muhammad Ali, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Fernando Alonso, and even though I hate him, Lewis Hamilton. (I realise these are all sportsfigures, but these are the only examples I can give with 100% confidence!) This, is what I see in these young men giving everything they know in their music. 
Pack leader Tyler the Creator (he also has other pseudonyms, Wolf Haley) produces, writes, raps and directs music videos. I saw a concert they did on YouTube and just by that one video the response they were getting, their energy, their presence and just everything, reminded me of the great, almighty, Wu Tang Clan.
If you think about it, Wu Tang were making music about sword fighting, combat and street fighting in a time where G-Funk was present and the likes of the NY hip hop scene preceeded them. They changed up the tempo of their beats, their flow and style and level of aggression in their raps and it was a welcome change. Not better than NWA and those greats-of course- but different. And it wasn't a gimmik or a fad it came from a real place they were a real team and cared about their production and content. ''Still Relevant.'' This phrase it used commonly used over networking sites such as Twitter and the crew condone it because it proves the power of that movement. And the realness of it. It came from the core so it would touch people in way much deeper than say, 'Black & Yellow' does.OddFuture are making this type of music, they have affiliations such as Frank Ocean, who is the reason I started this post actually, who make a slightly different style of music however it's all very well made. Whatever they have put out is very well executed. 

It is by and large Hip Hop though so when I heard Frank Ocean's song when a friend (E.Osman, 'Shaniqua')  posted it on a networking site, I was astounded. 

It immediately brought Bruno Mars to mind. Not because of musical similarity but because I remember Mars saying that the music he makes is simple. Good, but simple. And that's what this song was. The song btw, was 'Swim Good' from 'Nostalgia, ULTRA' mixtape, link for this download below. 

There was one verse of wordplay but the rest of the song was just well written and GOOD. After listening to a few more tracks I was reminded a lot of Kanye's work. Again not because it's similar but because his work has been referenced and used properly. It would be easy to take a sample off Kanye or use an effect that he uses and say it's inspired by him. This is not how reference should be made. As an architecture student we are constantly using the world and other architecture as starting points for our own work, and are meant to use other buildings as inspiration, however the same referencing technique applies. It is easy to use the same colour brick as another building on our own buildings and say 'You can see the reference I have used and have paid homage to such and such building.' But that's stupid and bad architecture. To take that brick colour and make it so intergrated into your design in another way that still makes a statement, but that it looks seamless in your scheme, is an example of a good reference to a precedent.

Not all of it is like Kanye obv lol, a lot reminds me of Kid Cudi too. 
-Man if Cudi was with OddFuture it would be disgusting!! lol.

I know there are other artists like Sade etc are out there that make this soulful music like Frank, but I'm focusing on him and OddFuture because they are a movement. 

I believe they are going to blow minds soon.

Frank Ocean Interview and Download Link 
Both photo's Frank Ocean and Mixtape cover are also sourced from the above link. 

7 Jun 2011

Ways I Wear it -Playful Skirt

As soon as my Mum saw this she was like, 'this is a waste of money I bet you your not going to wear this more than once!'

So naturally, seeing as I'm meant to be resting post op anyway, I sat down and thought about all possible outfit combinations for it lol. Here's one:
 A couple variations for a daytime look which is what I'm wearing today actually!:
 A night-time look, a little tougher with the leather jacket over the soft fabric skirt and dusty pink colour. The second image isn't that clear here but I'm wearing tan brogues that you can see better in the following photograph!
Shots with the whole outfit included:

The skirt cost like £6.99 from H&M -is a little see through in that you could see the tee shirt tucked in so I wore a black jersey skirt from H&M also underneath and tucked the tee shirt into that.
The Jack Daniels esq. tee is from a Paris gift shop 
Leather look jacket is from New Look
Brogues again New Look
ShoeBoots from BullBoxer
Topshop tights