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! 


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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! 





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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


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.

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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.





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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! 




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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. 





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