30 Apr 2017

In Conversation With: India Hannah Pixie (Trashed Vintage)

Hello and welcome to the second edition of my 'In Conversation With' series! Last time around I caught up with Charlie from Modish Male which you can read here! This time I catch up with one of my good blogger friends, India from Trashed Vintage! 

India is an annoying ass vegan (her words not mine) who is building up a massive reputation as one of the best vintage and ethical fashion bloggers around! She has a unique fashion sense and also has impeccable music taste. You can check out her blog here, but let's crack on with the interview! 

Ryan: Nice and easy one to start! Use 3 words to describe yourself

India: Fuck! I hate trying to describe myself because there are words that I'd like to be and want others to think about me but I'm just not quite there yet. So let's just go with feminist (duh!) Introverted and self deprecating. I would have said dreamer (especially with my blog in mind) but that word is just sooo vomit inducing.

Ryan: Yeah that is vomit inducing, pass me the bucket please! What one trend do you want to be buried FOREVER?

India: Everyone seems to love the whole white marble, rose gold, palm tree flat lays and I think they're just shit and samey and I'd love to never see one ever again. You feel? 

Ryan: Christ, I know exactly what you mean! Rose gold gives me the creeps man. Who are your style inspirations?

India: Obviously the queen Vivienne Westwood has to be one of my favourite style icons and inspo's. She is just so bad ass, I also love(d?) Alexander McQueen. I'm not really one to follow trends and get super invested into what celebs are wearing so mostly I get style inspiration from just anyone who dresses against the norm, anyone who is just super adventurous and creative has my respect. Seeing someone dressed 'different' and looking cool as hell inspires me to be more and more creative,  I love that shit.  I like to take little snippets from all fashion 'genres.' 

Ryan: Yessss, we all know Viv is our queen! Ok, ASAP Rocky, Austin Powers & Anthony Kiedis: Fuck/marry/kill?

India: ASAP Rocky is the love of my life & I feel like I've already undressed Anthony with my eyes at Reading Festival but I don't want to kill him! Also, I want to see the hype about sexy time with Austin??

Ryan: I would marry Rocky probably, but Anthony in the 90's jeez, what a handsome man!

India: Rocky is the coolest man ever, I fancy him so bad. But then again Austin Powers had a penis pump? It'd probably be a foursome!

Ryan: You know Austin Powers has got game too as his dad had Beyonce on the ropes! Do you see yourself working in fashion in any capacity? I think the idea of it is better than the reality.....

India: I don't see myself working in the fashion industry, a lot of it kinda bores me, its all seems too structured, unoriginal and samey, there's always trends to follow and like ooh what are these boring ass celebs wearing, it just doesn't appeal to me. I like to curate my wardrobe with individual pieces from different eras and different styles and I think people find that interesting on my blog just not to the extent where I could work IN fashion, unless it was for a quirky, editorial magazine (I wish!) Saying that, I'd love to be a full time 'fashion blogger' where I can be creative as hell on my own platform with no rules. 

Ryan: That is the actual dream! Who did you look up to when you were growing up?

India: I don't really remember looking up to anyone? I had a shite time when I was growing up, I'm gonna add a lmao on the end of this so it's not so morbid lmao.

Ryan: Adding a lmao at the end makes it all ok! I'm partial to adding a lmao when I'm having a Twitter meltdown. If you could go back to one moment in history what would it be?

India: I feel like I'm supposed to have a really deep answer for this one but I don't, just take me back to when Jimi Hendrix was alive and let me watch him play for a couple hours. Or I'd wanna go waaay back to see some damn dinosaurs. Hendrix or dinosaurs. 

Ryan: Oh shit, imagine seeing Hendrix at Isle Of Wight Festival! Why is vintage/charity shopping so important?

India: I try to be as ethical as possible and stay away from fast fashion (sometimes I slip up - damn you Zara) Thrift shopping is so good for the environment and doesn't contribute to slave labour or landfills and the money goes back into local communities and charities! Plus you can find vintage pieces and stuff that no one else has and just helps develop your personal style. 

Ryan: Vintage is so good for finding one offs! Who would be your three headliners at your dream festival (dead or alive)? 

India: 3 dream headliners would be Hendrix, Johnny Cash and probably Nirvana (I listen to Nirvana's live performance at Reading in 1992 every frikkin day!) 

Ryan: That's the ultimate Reading performance for sure. Do you ever get people questioning your choice of clothes?

India: All. The. Time. More so when i was younger,  I used to get nasty comments from my peers at school and even my cousins when I was younger about what I wore but my mums always been really supportive in encouraging me to wear whatever the heck I want. My mum's just as quirky as I am so I know if I put something on and even she's like urm?? That it's probably too much! It's funny because the people who used to question what I wore are back then are now the people that want to know what I'm wearing and where I got it. I do get weird looks in the street sometimes though haha.

Ryan: Same! People used to ask me why I wear skinny jeans but now they ask me why I wear wide leg??? Last question now: what are your plans for your blog?

India: I have big ass plans for my blog. I just want it to grow and grow. I want to produce the most bomb content I possibly can and collaborate with some brands on cool projects and just create cool shit. 

Ryan: Definitely keep creating bomb content! I'm excited to see what you bring! 

If you fancy being featured in the future, email me at ryan.mules@live.co.uk

Thanks for reading! 

16 Apr 2017

In Conversation With Charlie (Modish Male)

Hello! This is the first part of my series 'In Conversation With' which will be a number of posts in which I chat to fellow bloggers and maybe some people outside of the blogging world! My first chat is with Charlie of Instagram Stories fame and you may also know him from his blog, Modish Male.

If you are mutuals with Charlie on Twitter I'm sure you don't need an introduction to him, but for those who don't know him here's a little rundown. He's a Brighton based blogger whose main blog content is lifestyle based. He regularly attends the theatre and gives his verdict on shows he attends in and around the Brighton. He's also partial to a grooming post from time and time and his most recent grooming post was about a Star Wars fragrance, how cool? You can read his blog here but let's get into the interview!

Ryan: If you were on and island for 365 and you could only take 3 items, what would they be and why?

Charlie: A tent. Toothpaste. Worlds biggest book .A tent so I don't get molested by anyone or anything. Toothpaste so I have minty fresh breath. And a book to read and wipe my ass after I've read the pages.

Ryan: I guess that's one use of a book.....3 words to describe yourself?

Charlie: These are hard. That's not the 3 words by the way! Funny, negative, ambitious. 

Ryan: So glad those weren't the words! Who are your style inspirations? 

Charlie: My style inspirations aren't necessarily people I would dress like which is strange. . . well I would dress like them if I wasn't FAF. (Charlie made sure to emphasise that meant fat as fuck). But naming names it would be David Gandy, Jude Law & Alex Mytton.

Ryan: Not a bad crowd there! Top 5 places on your bucket list to travel to?

Charlie: Australia. Dubai. Honk Kong. Maldives. St Lucia. I normally just go to Greece as I love it!

Ryan: Aw man I'd love to go to Dubai as well. Greece is so hot when it's peak season it's lush there! What's your favourite post you've ever written and why?

Charlie: Nothing jumps out as being THE ONE yet, I like posts with photos. So anything I have to take cool pictures on are my favourite type of posts!

Ryan: I get that, you're a good photographer! What's the stupidest thing you've done when drunk?

Charlie: Oh wow too many! When I was in Zante I was about to throw up so ran to the toilet, got my customised I love Zante vest stuck on the door handle and projectile vomited into my hands and over the whole bathroom.

Ryan: That's so lit. I used to throw up all of the time when I was drunk. Here's a good question: If you had to, what animal would you have sex with and why?

Charlie: That's bestiality you sick fuck!

Ryan: It's hypothetical, I'm not going to make you shag a badger...

Charlie: Probably a tigress because we'd have cute cubs.

Ryan: I'd shag a ladybird because they're cute. Ok then, Emilia Clarke, Sia & Lily Allen. Fuck/Marry/Kill?

Charlie: Fuck Emilia Clarke as I feel I already have from seeing her on GOT starkers! Kill Sia.. just NO and marry Lily as she could sing me to sleep every night

Ryan: I'd have probably said the same! I think Lily would make a lovely wife. Your Instagram stories are pretty popular because you seem to struggle with any domestic task. How do you plan on surviving when you move out?

Charlie: Well considering I don't know how to use any appliances I will need a few lessons from my mum. Also I'll be employing a cleaner. And making sure my flat is near a decent chippy.

Ryan: A chippy is so important! Do you ever get any stick for blogging?

Charlie: Fun fact... only about 5 people I know outside of blogging (friends/family) know I actually blog! So no...

Ryan: You told me you were famous in Brighton, you've lied to me..... Last question: What's your advice to other bloggers who are looking to grow and be successful in the blogging world?

Charlie: Buy followers.

Ryan: .....

Charlie: No in all seriousness, write about what you love and don't get bogged down with numbers. Followers & views will go up and even if they don't, if you enjoy what you're doing then happy days!

Ryan: What a lovely way to end a horrific interview!

If you fancy being featured in the future, drop me an email at ryan.mules@live.co.uk

Thanks for reading!

9 Apr 2017

6 Albums You Need To Hear

What's up?? I thought I'd put this post together because it's been a long time since I spoke about something that I couldn't do without, and that's definitely music! It plays such a big part in my day to day life, I listen to music on my way to work, I listen to music at work and I've always got music on at home. Most of my previous posts on the matter have been about the latest releases or what I'm playing at that moment but I wanted to shed some light on some of my favourite albums of all time, so sit back and I hope you enjoy!

Wolf by Tyler, The Creator

There's no other album that I could have started this post with! If you know me on a personal level you'll already know how much this album means to me. I remember the day I went to pick it up with Levi, we went to HMV before work and picked up a copy each. The first listen to the album was so crazy to me as I'd never heard an album with such a diverse range of sounds, especially a hip hop album! 4 years later I'm still playing it from beginning to end at least 3 times a week and I'll never get bored of it. I can place a memory on each and every song and I seriously think this is an underrated body of work. There are so many great songs to choose from: IFHY (with an amazing video), 48 which features a snippet of an interview Tyler did with Nas and Colossus. 

Tyler really came to my attention from his Bastard mixtape and seeing/hearing his progression as a musician has been amazing. The album features Pharrell, Frank Ocean and Erykah Badu amongst others and I think those features show how respected he is in the music world. It's such a piss take that he's banned from the UK as his live shows are some of the best I've been too (I've seen him 5 times.) I just hope the government pull their fingers out and let him back into the country soon!

Favourite song: Rusty

Total Life Forever by Foals

The second album on the list is by one of my favourite bands of all time: Foals. I think I was pretty late when it came to discovering Foals, the first track I heard from them was Cassius from their Antidotes album. From the jump I knew how good they were, but Total Life Forever still surprises me to this day. It’s SO good! Spanish Sahara is one of the most amazing songs and I have fond memories of seeing it played live both at Reading Festival in 2015 (they played a secret set) and also when I saw them in Cardiff a couple of years ago. Other stand out tracks include Black Gold, This Orient & After Glow. If you’ve never gone out of your way to listen to Foals I’m 100% sure you’d have heard My Number and Inhaler from their most recent album Holy Fire.

Favourite song: Spanish Sahara

In Search Of by N.E.R.D

Ahhh, it’s pretty difficult to verbalise how I feel about this album: In Search Of by N.E.R.D. I can pretty much put myself in an exact situation which has some relation to every song on this album! Provider was my alarm tone for YEARS as a teenager, Run To The Sun is quite possibly my favourite song ever written and well, I remember staying up late to watch the explicit video for Lapdance in my younger years (long before being totally desensitised by the internet.) The album itself opened my ear to a whole new world of not just music but also certified my belief that Pharrell is a God. I own more than 3 physical copies of this album because I need to be safe in the knowledge that I will always have one, sad or sensible?! 

Favourite song: Run To The Sun

For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver

Bon Iver are a band that are pretty far out from my regular music tastes but what’s not to love about this album: For Emma, Forever Ago. I can’t exactly remember how I was put on to them but the album came out in 2007 and it’s been a staple in my music library pretty much ever since. Obviously the stand out track from the album is Skinny Love which has been covered by every man, woman and dog who can sing and has a YouTube channel. Why do I sound so salty about that? I don’t know, maybe because no one will ever do it justice and there’s some things that just shouldn’t be touched? Anyway, there’s more to the album than that song. Flume is wonderful, Creature Fear is a favourite and Lump Sum works so well as the second track. It’s a relatively short album but it’s the perfect soundtrack to a warm bath after a long day!

Favourite song: Skinny Love

Graduation by Kanye West

Graduation is by far Kanye’s best album. I’m just going to throw that out there. Obviously it’s down to personal preference but I find it hard to see past the amount of amazing songs that are on this album. A lot of people say they prefer the old Kanye and in my eyes, this is the high point of old Kanye. The album kicks off with Good Morning and leads into Champion, followed by Stronger, I Wonder and then my ultimate feel good song: Good Life. If there’s one song I need to make me feel invincible it is Good Life. In true Kanye fashion the album samples some truly obscure music but most notably Daft Punk on Stronger. Whether you love him or hate him, this album is a winner. 

Favourite song: Good Life

Wall Of Arms by The Maccabees

I think I was living in a hip hop bubble from about 2009-2012 so I missed a lot of good indie music. I wasn’t aware of The Maccabees until I saw them only by chance at Reading Festival 2012. I geared myself up to watch The Cure on the main stage but I left disappointed and headed to the NME tent. I watched The Maccabees there and there’s a really distinct memory in my brain that remembers seeing No Kind Words live and seeing Orlando Weeks captivate everybody there. As soon as I got back from the festival I delved into the discography and I’ve been a fan ever since. Young Lions will forever be a favourite from this album, William Powers, Love You Better, One Hand Holding…the list goes on. The album is a total masterpiece and I’m honestly still not over the fact that they will be splitting up this year. While I’m here, if anybody wants to treat me and take me to their farewell shows I’ll be more than happy to accept! 

Favourite song: No Kind Words

Is there any albums you think should've made the list? Or albums you think I should listen to? Let me know!