12 Nov 2017

5 Albums To Get You Through Autumn

Wassuuuuuuuuuup, it feels like I'm getting back into this blogging business (2 posts this week?!) and it feels right to chime in with a new post about music after the last few days I've had! I spent two days in Manchester to see Run The Jewels & Danny Brown and it's a city leathered in musical significance. The show was incredible and I also made the pilgrimage to the Mecca for any fans of The Smiths: Salford Lad's Club. Head to my Instagram to see photos from Manchester.

After being indulged in musical perfection for a few days, it's back to Cardiff where it's dark at 5pm and nights are cold. So what better to pick me up than some good bloody music? Here's 5 of my favourite picks to get us through this treacherous time we call Autumn/Winter:

Nostalgia, Ultra - Frank Ocean

Man, the first time I ever heard this mixtape it fully blew my mind. It was Frank's introduction to the world and it still gets played regularly in the gaff in 2017. The lead single Novocane blew up all over the internet and pushed Frank into stardom which ultimately led him to working on Watch The Throne as well as releasing two classic albums; Channel Orange and Blonde. It's believed that the music you listen to from 18-24 is the formative years for your musical palette and I can fully see this mixtape being on my iTunes for the rest of time. My standout track is: Nature Feels.

The Ooz - King Krule

I have to throw some new music into this before I just reminisce about all the good shit in my iTunes library. King Krule is someone I started listening to when his 6 Feet Beneath The Moon album came out in 2013 and I was instantly drawn to how weird his music was. The style of music is not something I was particularly fond of previously but the first time I heard Out Getting Ribs felt like being shot in the mouth with a marshmallow gun. It was amazing. As I delved further into the album, I fell for the weird crossover of punk jazz/dark wave/hip hop and have been a fan ever since. Fast forward to The Ooz and he's knocked it out of the park again. It's a bit dreary but it works. Perfect for Autumn time! My standout track is: Slush Puppy.

Malibu - Anderson. Paak

Oh great....another music post, another mention of Anderson. Paak. If you've read any of my previous music posts then I'm sure you'll already know how I talk about Paak as if he's the best thing since those videos of people showing magic to monkeys, and I fully believe it. I was late onto this album but it's stood the test of time with me. The blend of soul and hip hop, the art of storytelling and my god the features! The Game, T.I & Schoolboy Q all appear but more impressively the roster of producers include 9th Wonder, Kaytranada and Madlib. I can't remember off the top of my head which top albums came out in 2016 but this is top 3 standard. If you need that pick up with Autumn looming over you, give this a spin. My standout track is: Put Me Thru (that's changed so many times)

xx - The xx

It's an easy album to lump in to this list because it's a certified classic. Remember that two year period when every fucking documentary on BBC3 would use Intro? After hearing it on every bastard programme, I still didn't get bored of it. It also turns out pretty much every rap song over Intro bangs (proof). Aside from Intro the album is laced with amazing tracks that can be played pretty much anytime, anywhere. Infinity gives you them moody feels whereas VCR makes you feel like you're 6 years old again without a care in the world. My standout track is: Heart Skipped A Beat.

To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

I had to include Kendrick, didn't I? This isn't my favourite Kendrick album but if you want to really get stuck into an hour or so of music, this album is for you. Following on from Good Kid M.A.A.D City, nobody expected this from Kendrick. A fearless album with jazz influence, aggressively unapologetic songs about American Apartheid and a civil rights anthem, Kendrick touched all bases on this one. Going from The Blacker The Berry into You Ain't Gotta Lie shows how much of a breeze it is for Kendrick to switch up his flows and style. My standout track is: Hood Politics.

There it is folks! Let me know if there's any albums I should be listening to! 


8 Nov 2017

The Band T Shirt*

There's no debating that band t shirts are a staple in pretty much everyone's wardrobe these days, right? The concept of a band t shirt has such a rich heritage and stretches back to Elvis Presley's record company producing a t shirt as a promotional tool for four of his singles which then led to a flurry of artists creating their own merch including The Beatles and Frankie Goes To Hollywood, who had arguably one of the most iconic tees even to this day.

Fast forward 50+ years and it's still a huge part of the music/fashion crossover. In recent years we've seen Metal tees become increasingly popular with merch from the likes of Slipknot, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Metallica being readily available from outlets such as EMP. Kanye even used the Metallica font for his Yeezus merch! The band tee has also filtered into high end fashion in recent years when Raf Simons used Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover and Vetements released a Snoop Dogg tour tee for $920 (the world is crazy).

The trend is something I've been invested in for a long time, with a tee from The Specials being my first band tee. Since then I've gone on to pick up tees of The Streets, Lil Wayne, The Smiths, ASAP Rocky & Tyler and Jamiroquai.

There seems to be a lot of animosity with people wearing tees of bands that they don't listen to which I kind of understand to an extent, but on the other hand it's just a t shirt, isn't it? With that being said I don't think I could personally wear a tee of a band that I don't know purely because I'd live in fear of being called out and I know my stupid nervous self would collapse under the pressure!

This post was sponsored by EMP


27 Aug 2017

Make Sure Your Garden Is Watered And Stunt

"Make sure your garden is watered and stunt" - Tyler, The Creator

So the quote above is a message that Tyler has been spreading a lot recently it's really struck a chord with me for some reason. Maybe I'm reading too much into it but the way I see it is the garden is your body and it needs to be watered to thrive. We take our physical and mental health for granted in the hope that everything will be ok and I recently had a weird epiphany in which I told myself that I finally need to rid myself of everything that is bad for me i.e anything that has an adverse effect on my mental health, alcohol and shitty food. 

It kind of feels like a New Years resolution but I think I'm genuinely looking to change my attitude towards my health. This week I've signed up to the gym as a starting point. I'm not trying to get buff or anything like that but I just really need to incorporate exercise into my life. On numerous occasions I've slagged off going to the gym because it's so boring but until I can find a fun form of exercise then I'm going to stick to the exercise bike while watching episodes of QI on my phone or listening to podcasts. 

The thing I'm most looking forward to giving the boot is alcohol. My attitude towards booze has shifted a lot over the last few years as I just don't think it's for me anymore. The feeling of being drunk, the taste, the hangover, the 3 day depressive episode that follows just doesn't appeal to me anymore. I'm not going to go full Super Hans and hang out at juice bars instead but I will need to fill the social void of "going for a pint" so if you can give me a better alternative I'm all ears! 


20 Aug 2017

Not Fitting The Male Blogger Mould

When you mention you're a blogger, most people automatically paint a picture of you and your interests. Photos outside of Notting Hill mansions, a love of rose gold and pumpkin spice lattes to name but a few. However, what I've noticed recently is that a lot of blogger clichés don't apply to me and I'm not sure how I feel about it.

I think the most frustrating thing about not ticking the majority of these boxes is how frustrating I find it to engage with others in the blogging community. Don't get me wrong, I've met a lot of amazing people from my blog (Charlie, Ste, Arran, Dave, Carl) but I still struggle to find people who have similar interests. Hip hop for example. Aside from Arran I honestly know nobody in the blogging world who'd want to talk about Tyler's latest album or the most recent episode of Everyday Struggle.

The same applies to streetwear and high end fashion. Ste is good for this and Zoel too but I'm surprised there isn't more of an interest in high end fashion considering there is a huge number of fashion bloggers kicking around.

The main aspect of 'not fitting in' definitely comes from my dress sense. The male fashion blogger community is generally into tailoring, suits, ties, brogues etc and this is something that just does not appeal to me. I'd rather go out and shoot my outfits of dungarees and Vans, oversized shirts and Kickers or Vivienne Westwood trousers & Pharrell x Stan Smith's. Although I blog as a hobby, I do think that my dress sense hinders my progression to a degree because most of my favourite brands don't work with bloggers (although working with A.P.C was lit)

On a side note, I think a lot of fashion bloggers should take an active interest in sustainable fashion. I know it's expensive and by no means am I rich but I truly believe that spending more and buying less on clothing is the best thing for the fashion industry as well as the environment!

With that being said, I do take pride in my individuality and I wouldn't pretend to be interested in something I'm not just so people on Twitter would like me. The general blogging community (aside from a few chumps) are very welcoming and supportive, and like I said I've met some really great people from it. I honestly don't know what I aimed to get out of this post but here we are, thanks for reading a piece of my brain!


6 Aug 2017

2017 Goals: An Update

At the beginning of this year, I wrote a blog post about 5 Things I Want To Do In 2017 and I thought I'd go back and see how I'm getting on with the targets I set myself (gulp).

My first aim was to go to Benicassim - FAIL. I totally missed the boat on that one but I did actually find out that the acts play throughout the night and you just rot in your tent throughout the day. Now, if you know me personally you'll know that sleep is imperative to me. In fact it really wound me up when I found that out because what's the fucking point?! Call me old fashioned but I like my headliners to finish at midnight and I like to finish my evenings in front of a camp fire not watching Biffy Clyro at 3am. With that being said, I am annoyed at myself for not getting to any festivals this year but fingers crossed I can right my wrongs in 2018!

My second aim was to move into my own flat which I'm happy to say has happened! I'm now living in a one bedroom flat in Cardiff Bay which is a pretty nice place if you've never been there before. One thing that I will say though is I'm cursing myself for not putting my own stamp on the place. I've got the regular posters on the wall, plants etc but my endless trawling of Instagram has instilled a hunger for furniture in me. Who'd have thought I'd want a pink velvet armchair and a bright yellow side table? Putting this in writing has made me realise I need to get my ass to IKEA and spruce up my gaff!

I also said my most important aim for this year was to be healthy and I think I've managed to keep to that. My diet has definitely improved which is a mammoth feat considering I live literally across the road from Dominos. One thing that hasn't improved however is my coffee intake. I bought myself a coffee machine recently and I will admit it was a genius move on my part. Is this what adulthood is? Gloating about a fucking coffee machine? One thing that hasn't improved though is my fitness, good grief. I'm honestly so unfit it's disgusting but I absolutely despise the gym. If you can think of some fun ways to improve my fitness and not die, holla at me please.

My promise to read more has also gone down the drain I'm ashamed to admit. I got stuck into The Bell Jar but after a while I threw that off and it's still sitting there in my flat staring at me. Is it normal to get half way through a book and just stop? With that being said I did manage to glide through This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M Homes which I was pretty proud of. I thought I was on a roll with reading so I bought The End Of Alice by the same author and haven't even opened it up yet. What a ball ache.

Finally, the aim which I was hoping to keep to the most was to take my blog & social media further. I like to think this is the one I've managed to really stick to. In recent months I've had some awesome collaborations which I'm proud of, my post on Sustainable Fashion with Farfetch is the one I hold in highest regard. My social media has also improved after I've genuinely put some work in. I'm thankful to my friends Mike & India who are shit hot with a camera and have helped me create some good content, especially on Instagram. My Twitter has also somehow grown considering I talk so much shit on there so I'm grateful to everyone that follows me and puts up with my rants, moaning about the weather and my weird love affair with Tyler, The Creator.

Here's to the rest of 2017 and hopefully when I write my end of year post I'll be a social media superstar with a bulging 6 pack and a lovely pink sofa!


27 Jul 2017

Playlist: July 2017

Okay, so it has definitely been a long time since I last posted a music post. I’ve been going hamburger with the ol fashion posts in recent months but I do feel bad neglecting my passion for sharing music. Especially considering the fact I have a whole section dedicated to it on my blog! 

My reason for this post was to show off some of the latest releases I’m listening to as well as incorporating some old summer classics. The vibe has kind of been killed due to the fact that it is absolutely pissing down with rain right now, but that’s no excuse. 

There’s only one place to start and that is with Flower Boy. Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a certified Tyler, The Creator fan boy and have been since I first listened to Bastard on Tumblr a long time ago. Since then he has graced us with Wolf (the best album ever) along with Goblin, Cherry Bomb and now Flower Boy. The progression over the years is evident in the album, not just musically but also when it comes to subject matter. Tyler caught a lot of flack in the beginning because he would rap about quite frankly disgusting things (through an alter ego admittedly) but these days he’s talking about ‘coming out of the closet’, being yourself and generally beautiful shit like flowers. If you get the chance, watch this performance of 911 on The Stephen Colbert Show. It’s amaaaaaaaazing. 

Moving away from Tyler (I could go on all day), there has been a ton of other good music released in the last few weeks. I’ve really taken to Lana Del Rey’s album which definitely surprised me. I was a massive fan of Born To Die but I didn’t really get into any of her other projects until she released Summer Bummer with A$AP Rocky. I love it when Rocky swerves out of his usual lane and collabs with people like Lana or Florence, and I feel Summer Bummer really fits into the narrative of the Lust For Life album. An honourable mention also goes to In My Feelings which is my second favourite track from the album. 

Also, after putting this playlist together I realised just how much of my music taste goes back to Pharrell. Just in these 25 songs there are 4 songs which he produced/features on let alone the songs that he influenced. I attribute a lot to P, not just my musical ear but the confidence to be myself also. This post took a turn didn’t it? Anyway, I hope you enjoy the playlist I put together and most importantly I hope it gets you in a really summery mood! 


24 Jul 2017

Dunks In Ya Trunk

I'm sorry if you thought this was going to be a post on how to get a phat ass as the title may be just a little misleading! The real reason behind this post is essentially to gloat about the fact I picked up some new Nike kicks for just £7.50 on the weekend.

Over the years I've given myself a fair few nicknames relating to my charity shopping escapades (Thrift King, Bargain Boi etc) and I didn't let myself down with my recent cop. At first I wasn't too sure what the model of the sneaker were so I hit Twitter to ask and my followers did not disappoint. I found out they were Nike Dunks which I had as a kid but in a black & red colourway. My latest pick up come in a green & white colourway with both green and white laces, but I opted to keep it clean with the whites!

I teamed them with a pair of vintage Levi's jeans and my Supreme x Morrissey tee. A while back, my good friend Ste from Stylefade blessed me with a Fred Perry track jacket which complimented the trainers perfectly and it's the cherry on top of this fit! I added a few accessories: sunglasses from New Look and a cap from H&M. As I'm sure you're aware, I'm a big fan of charity shopping and thrifting, let me know your thrifted finds! 


15 Jul 2017

5 Summer Essentials with New Look

Remember that heatwave a few weeks back, where it was like 30 degrees for days on end? I was so ill prepared for it and it made me realise how my wardrobe is just not summer appropriate in the slightest. So I welcomed New Look Men in with open arms when they asked me to pick a few summer essentials to share with you guys! I picked up five pieces which you can see below.


Sunglasses are THE summer essential, right? Not only do they look cool but they’re also really important in protecting our blinkers safe from harmful UV rays! I opted for some Black Round frames as this is the shape I’m used to and I (think) it’s the best fit for my face. Priced at just £5.99 I couldn’t go wrong with these as I’m prone to losing my sunglasses! 

Tailored Trousers

"Trousers? In summer?" I hear you ask. I feel a nice pair of tailored trousers are perfect for those summer evenings spent in the beer garden where it’s not too hot but not too cold either. Also, this colour is so versatile and can sit in with pretty much any colour palette. If I was to dress these up a bit more formal, I would add some burgundy loafers and a short sleeve shirt! 

Short Sleeve Shirt

We all know I love a short sleeve shirt, not just in summer but whenever it’s possible to get away with wearing one! I recently posted a short sleeve shirt edit and I actually noticed that I don’t have a denim short sleeve shirt. Thank the lord I’ve been able to add one to my wardrobe now as they’re so easy to dress, especially with some black denim and some clean sneakers. 

Denim Shorts

More denim! These white denim shorts couldn’t be more perfect if I designed them myself. In recent years all of my shorts have been DIY cut offs from old pairs of jeans and self distressed, and this pair incorporate all of that. Also, here’s a little secret (the waist has a drawstring!) The drawstring waist is a perfect touch for me as you get the comfort of wearing sweatpants but the fashionable look of denim shorts. Lovely!

Statement Tee

I’m a huge hoarder of statement tees so this will fit in perfectly to my wardrobe. The majority of tie dye tees you see these days are usually really bright colours but I like how this tee is simple but also makes a statement at the same time. Again, this tee is so easy to dress and the rounded neckline finishes it off perfectly. 

You can shop all of these items and the rest of the New Look Men range on their website.

This post was sponsored by New Look.


11 Jul 2017

1 Tee 3 Outfits

I love a good outfit challenge, so when I was asked by NICCE to style their Essential black t-shirt in black I was more than happy to accept the challenge! The idea was to style the tee in three different ways so I thought I'd take it out on three different occasions doing the things I enjoy most!

One of my favourite things to do during summer is go on a massive walk. There's something about getting out and about, getting air in your lungs and wandering around aimlessly for hours. I'm lucky enough to live near an area surrounded by greenery and water so it makes for the perfect summer walk. I teamed the essential tee with my trusty olive Supreme cap, N.W.A coach jacket and some black denim I cut into shorts a while back. I finished this look off with my new slip on Vans in black and a Vivienne Westwood shield ring.

My second port of call was to grab some coffee, obviously. My promise to cut down on my coffee intake this year has failed but a leopard never changes its spots, right? For this look I once again looked at my Supreme cap collection and opted for black. I tucked the essential tee into my cropped wide leg denim from Shore Leave and threw on my Vivienne Westwood Caroline Belt (which is now in sale!) to break the outfit up a bit. Another recent addition to my stack of sneakers are Comme Des Garcon x Converse hi tops and I thought they would compliment my all black outfit perfectly. The quality on them is sublime in comparison to the usual Chuck Taylor's. My tote bag is from my friends brand called Bleeding Hearts Club, you should definitely check out her store! 

For my third and final look, I headed to Cardiff Museum to have a look at the Bacon to Diog exhibition. Going to the museum is always an option when there's not much to do on a Sunday afternoon, especially when there's a Van Gogh piece to take a look at! They also have two vases by Grayson Perry in at the moment which definitely caught my eye. For this look I chucked on a classic Harrington which has lasted me a very long time. Considering I only paid £30 for it a while back it's been a long standing servant in my wardrobe! I threw on a pair of New Look tailored trousers, a black beanie from Vans and the ever reliable Stan Smith's from adidas. 

Thanks for reading, let me know how you'd style the essential tee from NICCE! Photography by Mike Sutton. This post was sponsored by NICCE.


7 Jul 2017

The Importance Of Sustainable Fashion

It’s been a hot minute since I last really wrote something so I think it’s about that time again! This time I’m here to talk about the importance of sustainable clothing and why fast fashion isn’t always the best option.

In all honesty, sustainable fashion isn’t something that really bothered me until I worked at the Vivienne Westwood store in Cardiff. Previously I had worked in fast fashion environments such as Topman and JD Sports but being surrounded by such quality clothing at Viv showed me the importance of quality and craftsmanship. It made me appreciate tailoring, the sourcing of top notch materials and most importantly fair trade. One of my favourite things about working for Vivienne Westwood was their collaboration with the International Trade Centre which formulated the Made In Africa bags. The bags incorporated the infamous Vivienne Westwood squiggle print but also ensured the people from marginalised communities had a steady and fair income while promoting the importance of sustainable business instead of aid dependency. 

Seeing the impact of sustainable fashion has on the environment and the people within the fashion industry has definitely made me more conscious when it comes to my shopping choices. I try to live by the ‘Buy Less Spend More’ mantra which generally means invest in quality and you won’t need to buy twice. This is something I’m particularly strict on when it comes to denim. A brand that comes to mind when talking about quality denim is A.P.C. Hailing from France, the bulk of their denim is selvedge usually sourced in Japan which is renowned for it’s quality. I was luckily enough to be gifted a pair of denim A.P.C overalls from Farfetch and I couldn’t be more happy with them! In true A.P.C style, they are a relaxed fit with a straight leg. I’ve paired them with some sneakers I’ve been lusting over for years: Comme Des Garçons Play high tops. The quality on these sneakers is also to die for with their canvas uppers which sit upon the Converse 70s tooled sole unit. 

My main aim for this post wasn’t to preach and make you feel guilty for buying from fast fashion outlets because spending more isn’t always viable. However, I did want to make a point of highlighting the importance of ethical fashion. When money is tight for me, I regularly hit charity shops and you’d be surprised at the amount of great quality clothing you can find there! Check out my post on The Art Of Charity Shopping for some tips on thrifting and I’d love to see some of your thrift finds. Thanks for reading! 


2 Jul 2017

48 Hours In London

I do enjoy a trip to London, usually they just consist of walking around Soho, Chinatown and Dover Street Market but my most recent trip I actually had plans! On Thursday I attended the Bellfield Clothing launch party where they were showcasing a new collection at Beach Blanket Babylon in Shoreditch. The new collection looks stellar with short sleeve shirts, denim jackets and so much more and I felt really at home with the DJs playing tracks from N*E*R*D and Jonwayne (something I don't usually hear outside of my own flat!) I asked India to be my plus 1 and her camera skills were on point as usual as our photos were spot on!

After an evening of good music, new clothes and free cider I had to get out of my Air BnB pretty early to head to the next Air BnB and get some rest before seeing one of my favourite bands of all time: The Maccabees. When I found out that they were making these their last shows I simply had to get a ticket. I was relatively late onto The Maccabees but after seeing them at Reading Festival in 2012, I was instantly a huge fan. I see Orlando Weeks as a massive source of fashion inspiration and the music he makes with the rest of the band is just incredible. 
Anyway, the show was amazing. They played pretty much all of my favourite hits including Young Lions, No Kind Words, Toothpaste Kisses, Grew Up At Midnight and so many more. It was a great finale from them and I'll forever be grateful to them for giving us such an immense discography. As much as I love London, I was very happy to head home on Saturday and get back to Cardiff. 
A very busy 48 hours  has definitely taken its toll on me, so I'm writing this post with a smoothie watching Catfish at my parent's house. Getting that balance! 

Thanks for reading, dudes. 


22 Jun 2017

My Picks From SS18

We're well into the swing of things with SS18 shows, and I've been so out of the loop! I was basically off the grid for LFWM due to work commitments and missed a big chunk of the action so this post is just a showcase of my favourite pieces from London and Paris fashion weeks. Shout out to Paul Smith & Gosha Rubchinskiy for two amazing collections!

Liam Hodges

Gosha Rubchinskiy

Paul Smith

J.W Anderson

Harry Xu