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 clich├ęs 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!