Monday, 20 September 2010

You'd be my master and I'll be your fever

I'm making a bit of a habit out of this disappearing act and I am truly sorry. I've just been lacking inspiration for anything to write about recently, as I don't know what route to go down with this blog. For now, I'm just going to continue with the mixed posts since I am still undecided on the main focus so keep reading please because I'm sure I will settle on something soon! :) For now, I'll do an album recommendation:


Villagers - Becoming a Jackal

Basically, the album is beautiful. It's just sheer and utter beauty. The songs are so pure and raw that you can't help but get sucked in to the essence of each different one. The lyrics are, at times, just simply stunning, yet at other times completely haunting. I've found myself, on several occasions, listening to the album repeatedly from start to finish just to even come close to comprehending his mindset for certain songs. I find his ability, in certain songs, to mask such dark lyrics with such beautiful melodies incredible. Although, I do feel like it doesn't fit sometimes and I would consider that to be a bit of a flaw in a few tracks. The standout tracks to me are 'The Meaning of the Ritual' and 'The Pact (I'll Be Your Fever)' simply because I believe them to be the strongest lyrically and they are the easiest to listen to. However, I continue to be haunted by 'I Saw the Dead' with each listen, not only by the lyrics but also the piano riff, which never fails to give me shivers.

As well as the album, there is a series of videos he has posted on YouTube, where he performs some of the songs in his house, which I would also recommend. I find the emotion he can express in his live performances astonishing. I remember watching his performance of the eponymous track 'Becoming a Jackal' at the Mercury Music Prize Awards, in which he was nominated for 'Album of the Year', and I was literally on the verge of tears at the end of the song. I have never been so affected by a performance of a song: I had goosebumps, I got shivers and, as I said, I felt like I was about to cry. It was amazing, to say the least. I've posted the video below so you can see what I mean. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Saturday & Sunday at T in the Park

Saturday was probably my favourite day band-wise but the worst day weather-wise. It rained most of the day but luckily we were in the tents for the majority of the time so we managed to avoid getting soaked. Despite being completely sleep-deprived due to the antics of the stag do next to our tent, the horrible weather, the fact that my hair was drenched in beer and I was covered in bruises from the day before, I really enjoyed Saturday. We moved about a lot because there were so many people we wanted to see but we still ended up missing so many bands I love, including Mumford & Sons and We Are Scientists, which I am still truly gutted about. However we did manage to see Kate Nash, Vampire Weekend, Paolo Nutini, Mystery Jets, Laura Marling and Julian Casablancas, as well as a bit of Dj Yoda (I know, haha), Fake Blood (who was rubbish) and Erol Alkan in the Slam Tent earlier. My favourites were Vampire Weekend, Paolo Nutini and Laura Marling simply because I love them and they were amazing live. I will admit I was quite disappointed with Julian's set, apart from The Strokes stuff, because I didn't really know any of his solo stuff and he came on late, meaning that his set was really short. Although we were right at the front and I did touch his shoulder so I was reasonably satisfied with that because he is a babe and I love him. However, Mumford looked amazing on the highlights so I regret not seeing them a bit but hopefully I'll get to see them at some point.

On the Sunday we didn't see that many people because the ones we wanted to see all ended up being on at the same time, which was quite annoying, but we did see Dizzee Rascal, Biffy Clyro and Jay-Z. Unfortunately there seemed to be some problems with the sound at the Main Stage for Dizzee and Biffy as well, which ruined both their sets. However, Biffy were still amazing, as always, and I'm going to see them again later this year anyway and Dizzee was pretty good too but, in my opinion, not as good as he used to be but that's just because I prefer his older stuff. A part of me wishes we had gone to see Babyshambles and The Cribs instead but I haven't seen any highlights of their sets and I'm not actually sure if Babyshambles turned up so I'm not going to dwell on it.

Anyway, I'm going out tonight and my friend is coming round in an hour for pre-drinks so I better go get ready. Here are the pictures and videos:

Kate Nash
 


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Vampire Weekend
 

video

Paolo Nutini
 

video

Mystery Jets
 


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Laura Marling
 

Julian Casablancas
 

Not zoomed in at all may I just add ;)
 
Biffy Clyro (Sunday)
 

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Friday at T in the Park..

So Hiya, it's been a while! Basically, the wireless in my house hasn't been working for ages which meant I had no internet on my laptop, hence the lack of posts for over a month! I can only apologise to anyone who even reads this blog. Luckily I'm back with a fairly decent post I would say as I have some pictures and videos from T in the Park. On the other hand, they aren't the best quality since my camera broke on the very first day there thanks to the nutters at the Radio 1/NME Stage and I had to use my phone scarcely because I wasn't able to charge it. It ended up running out of battery and refused to turn on again on the Sunday anyway so no pictures or videos from then either, sorry! Anyway, I'm going to split these posts into 2 separate ones: Friday and then Saturday & Sunday together since there's quite a lot. I'll start just now with the Friday.

To sum up, the whole morning was pretty much a complete nightmare: the queue to get into the campsite was massive, as expected, our bags were incredibly heavy, the campsite was packed so we had to walk for miles to find a spot to camp, we ended up camping right next to a stag do (god knows why they had planned a stag do at T in the Park anyway) and it was pouring with rain when we put up our tent so all our stuff was soaking and muddy, resulting in the tent being wet and muddy. As you can imagine, it was not the most delightful experience. However, when the time came for us to go to the arena, the sun came out and the weather ended up being lovely. We stayed at the Radio 1/NME Stage the whole time as my friend and I decided that it had the best line-up for that day - although I was pretty gutted about missing Editors as they looked amazing in the highlights. So we ended up seeing Kids in Glass Houses, The Temper Trap, Jamie T, Florence & the Machine and Black Eyed Peas. I wasn't that bothered personally about Kids in Glass Houses and The Temper Trap but I was quite surprised at how many of their songs I knew and they were both very good so I was impressed. Anyway, I'll stop rambling so here are the pictures and videos..

Jamie T
 


video

Florence & the Machine


Black Eyed Peas

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It's not me screaming at the beginning by the way.


I didn't upload everything because it would get a bit boring but I'll upload my pictures and videos from Saturday and Sunday tomorrow since I only have one picture from Sunday before my phone completely died.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Is plastic really fantastic?

As you may or may not have guessed, I'm going to discuss plastic surgery in this post, mainly concerning Heidi Montag/Pratt (I'm not really sure what name she goes by). I realise this is probably slightly out-dated but it still shocks me how much her appearance has evolved over the years and, in true Carrie Bradshaw style, I got to thinking: why do people care so much about looking "perfect"? In my eyes, "perfection" doesn't exist, it is simply a term that exists to give us something to complain about. Noone is "perfect" and noone ever will be "perfect". When I think about how often celebrities get botched plastic surgery as a result of striving for perfection, I always wonder why they care so much. On the topic of botched plastic surgery, the obvious names always spring to mind: Joan Rivers, Michael Jackson, Priscilla Presley, Pete Burns etc. The amount of time and money these celebrities spend on their plastic surgery shocks me. Forgive me for being cheesy, but I think imperfections are what make people beautiful because it makes them real.


As I previously mentioned, Heidi Montag's plastic surgery is particularly ludicrous to me, simply due to the fact that, in my opinion, she was stunning beforehand. However, her motives for getting the amount of plastic surgery she has are rather dubious: was it simply just for media attention, which she clearly lives for, or did she genuinely believe she was unattractive? Either way, she has ruined her face and body, as well as wasting an incredible amount of money. Instead of improving her appearance, she looks like she has aged about 20 years in the space of only 2 or 3 years. I cannot understand, and probably never will understand, why anyone would go to so much effort to alter their appearance, just to eventually end up looking like a waxwork model.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

SPOOOKY..

Just as I started typing this, I was looking up the lyrics for Holiday by Vampire Weekend, because I find their lyrics difficult to decipher sometimes, and it came on the radio. Yeah, weird, I know. While I'm on the topic, the album is fantastic. It's not quite as good as the first in my opinion but still brilliant all the same. I watched the repeat of Jools Holland this morning and they were so good on it. The line-up for that episode was one of the best they've had in a while I think: Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Corinne Bailey Rae, Metric, Crystal Castles (they were actually a bit weird though) and only Tom fucking Jones, who I must admit I'm not the biggest fan of but he's so funny. Here's the link if you want to watch it (UK residents only I think, sorry!).

Anyway, back to the point, I went out for tea last night with the girls to Yorokobi, a sushi bar turned restaurant, which was divine. In hindsight, I probably should have taken some pictures of the food but it didn't occur to me at the time. We will probably go back at some point anyway so I will do so then. The plan was to dress up a bit but looking back at my outfit it wasn't actually that fancy. Nevertheless, here it is:

Top: All Saints
Jeans: Topshop
Socks: Asos
Shoes: Boutique in Heidelberg, Germany
Jewellery: Vintage/mum's

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Granite city where dreams are made of..

Just a little parody my friend Hannah came up with out on the town last night. This is just going to be quite quick, since I have to go to work in about 20 minutes. So I'm currently nibbling away at my leftover BK chips, where the night ended - the classy gals we are. We had a reasonably successful night, apart from some slight drama with a dickhead who is not worthy of any more discussion than this. We took lots of pictures, however only one properly shows my outfit (minus the bag and blazer) so i'll upload a couple. I had my hair cut a couple of weeks ago by the way but didn't have time to take any pictures of it as I had my exams so you can see it now. It's a lot shorter and there's a few blonde flashes but you might not be able to see them. Anyway, here you go:


Sex & the City? I think so.


Just having a wee dance, getting Hannah in the mood
 

Eat your heart out ladsss
 

A classy end to the night

Friday, 28 May 2010

Guess who's back...

I am free, officially and finally free. I had my last exam on Thursday so now I have a week to laze about and do absolutely no revision whatsoever, before going back to 6th year on 7th June. So I'm hitting the town tonight with a few of the gals for drinks so I should have an outfit and some other pictures on here tomorrow, if all goes to plan. For now, I'll do another "style crush" post, just because I love her so so so much: Florence Welch. She is amazing: her music, her style, her hair and just her. I love pretty much everything she wears so it was really difficult for me to narrow it down to just a few pictures to upload, but anyway here are a few of my favourite outfits:





I love the dresses she wears during her performances, which are always really floaty and dreamy. I'm so excited to see her at T in the Park in summer, I'm not missing her for anything! Although I think the stage she's playing is the best one on that day anyway as far as I remember, so lucky me :)

Also, just for giggles, this song is fast becoming my guilty pleasure of the summer, thanks to Greg James. It's just so funny and terrible, yet so catchy at the same time. I love the way he says "solo" like he has a speech impediment, big up the Derulo:

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Typical Scotland

Only a quick one, but I just had to..

Sunday, 25 April 2010

She ain't a robot yo.


Marina Diamandis

As well as being a fan of her music, she is quickly becoming one of my new "style crushes". I had to search the internet for about an hour to try and find a picture of this jumpsuit before eventually finding it on her myspace page, typical. She wore it when she performed on Jools Holland last week but the picture is from somewhere else I think. Words cannot describe how much I love it and I hate the fact that I could never get away with wearing something like that. She is also incredibly stunning, further increasing my jealousy. Oh, and she was wearing this really cute teddy bear jumper dress when she performed on Frock Me, which was on tv earlier. I couldn't find a picture of it though, as it was just on this afternoon, but luckily I found this video on youtube where you can see it:

 
Anyway, this will probably be my last post until near the end of May because I really need to get revising for my exams, which start in around 2 weeks - scary. I'll try and do a couple here and there but they are likely to be very brief. However, I will be posting lots throughout summer to make up for it :)

Monday, 19 April 2010

I'll take you in pieces, we can take it all apart

Apologies for this post being later than promised, I'm just gonna blame it on the volcanic ash - it's severely affected my ability to function recently. Not really, I was just busy revising and watching the Formula 1, which was so good this weekend - very disappointed in Alonso's ridiculously obvious jump start though, he let me down. But I also didn't notice, until yesterday, how much of a babe Sebastion Vettel is becoming, he's not my usual type but he is adorable. He's also a brilliant driver by the way, I'm not that shallow. Anyway, I'll try and keep this post brief as I tend to ramble on and get really boring.

The XX
 

After knowing about these guys for a while, I was a bit skeptical about buying their album as I wasn't sure if I would be able to cope with a whole album in their genre. However, I had store credit for iTunes and, while browsing, noticed that their album had dropped in price to like £4.99 or something, I can't remember exactly. It is an amazing album and every song is so beautifully done. My favourites are probably Crystalised, Shelter and Basic Space but they are all lovely.

Kick-Ass


Sorry, I didn't have time to do an outfit picture as I literally had about 20 minutes to get ready when I got home from work before going out again. It wasn't a very interesting outfit anyway so you didn't miss out on anything. But anyway, I was quite surprised by the film, it wasn't what I was expecting really. I didn't have incredibly high hopes for it but it was actually really funny. However, there was a lot more killing and blood and guts then I was expecting - I was not prepared for it at all. Also, I wasn't aware you were allowed to say "the c word" in a 15 film, considering you aren't even allowed to say it past watershed on tv, especially since the girl who said it was only about 10, maybe 12 at a push. I don't really want to say much as I might spoil it or ruin the jokes but I would recommend going to see it, as it's really funny.

The Leader's Debate


Last but not least, the one you've all been waiting for. I'm actually really interested in politics and world issues so I apologise if not all of you are but you don't have to read what I have to say. First of all, I am in no way trying to influence those of you that can vote (I've still got about a year to go before I can unfortunately). Personally, I do not get David Cameron at all: I find his policies and his attitude completely ridiculous. In my opinion, he is a poncy twat. All he did, the whole way through, was repeat himself and quote all these people he supposedly met. God knows how he managed to make time to cycle all over Britain to meet this diverse group of people he was talking about. I also found it incredibly ironic how these "sources" seemed to back up every point he made. Most of all, I despise the Conservatives' plan to cap immigration, if they win the election. I understand that immigration is increasing and it could be a problem but would it not be easier to find ways of catering to immigrants by finding ways to create more jobs and more efficient housing where there are high percentages of immigrants rather than turning them away? I don't think it's fair that we have the right to deny someone a better lifestyle than the one they're living in. There's obviously a reason why immigration is high. I hate this attitude that people have towards immigrants here now. This whole "they're taking our jobs" belief is so pathetic. Generally, they work in the jobs that no-one here wants to do anyway because they have too much pride or are just lazy so, therefore, they have no right to complain. The fact that the opinion polls also suggested that the majority agree with David Cameron sickens me, it just proves how racist people in this country are becoming and it honestly scares me.
Overall, I found that Gordon Brown was the only one who seemed to know what he was talking about and actually make sense. However, I think he was trying too hard to be funny and improve his public image: I still don't understand why it's so bad in the first place though, I've never had a problem with him personally. Although I would give Nick Clegg credit, as I think he did quite well considering the fact that most people initially rule out the Liberal Democrats as contenders. Despite that, I'm still Labour all the way :)

Ok, so I tried not to ramble but I did anyway - I hope you know how much I condensed that last bit as well, I'm far too opinionated for my own good. I hope I managed to keep you reading though - I'll try and keep the content a little lighter next time, promise :)

Friday, 16 April 2010

Yes, I am alive.

This is just a quick post so you all (whoever you are) know I'm alive and that I will be posting either tomorrow night or Sunday - it's more likely to be Sunday though since I'm working tomorrow afternoon. I've been busy again this week revising my extended essay for History, which I sat today and I think it went quite well. I'll just have to wait to get the results now, which will take ages as it has to be sent away to the SQA to be marked and all that. Anyway, now that's out of the way, I have time to get on with revision for the rest of my exams, lucky me eh, which means I will be busy up until the beginning of June so I may have to consider taking a break from "blogging" until then. Although, I will have a fun-filled Summer to document as I'll be going to T in the Park and, hopefully, Rockness for the day The Strokes are headlining, as well as all my other antics with the quines (or girls - I am aware of the language barrier).

Anyway, my next post will be a mixed bag of treats, consisting of my take on the leader's debate (for all you politics enthusiasts), The XX, an outfit post and a film review, if all goes to plan. See you then m'dears :)

Sunday, 11 April 2010

I'll humbly ask for forgiveness

..for being rubbish at posting, as always. I'd also like to add that the title is not my own words (shockingly enough), it's taken from 'Heart and Soul' by Joy Division: one of my favourite songs by them. I've been in a bit of a 'rut' recently, as the Americans would say; or down in the dumps, in the words of my mum. I don't know what it is, I've just been really irritable and moody. You know when you get those days now and then where you just can't be assed with anyone or anything, well that's how I've felt for about a week. Therefore, I haven't really done anything - apart from going round to my friend's house for tea one night - including not revising nearly as much as I'd hoped, which I am incredibly annoyed with myself about. So basically, I've been sitting at home, wallowing in self pity, which I've found to be the best state to be in for writing songs - an amateur hobby of mine. I realise that this post isn't very interesting but I just wanted to justify why I haven't been posting much recently so there's your reason. And just to give a point to this post, here's a bit of Joy Division:

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Nutter Island (ho ho ho)

So, here's what I wore to go to the cinema last night with my friend Tatiana:

Top: Asos
Shirt: Topshop
Jeans: Mango
Boots: Solea at Kurt Geiger (as always)
Bag and jewellery: mum's

On to the film...

 
We went to see Shutter Island, which I'd been really excited to see ever since I heard about it a few years ago, when it was mentioned on Entourage. I'll admit I was annoyed at how long it took to be released but it was still everything I expected it to be. However, as Tatiana pointed out, the music was unnecessarily over-dramatic, especially when they're in the car at the beginning driving into the institution then nothing major happens, they just have their guns taken off them. Despite that, it was still an incredibly enthralling film and it definitely keeps you on your toes. I won't be able to go into much detail because I would give too much away but there's a big twist at the end, which has left me very confused. I have my own opinion about what happened because, personally, I think it's the only logical explanation. However, I think the ability the film has to divide the audience is the best thing about it. Although I'm not a big fan of films that are left unexplained, I did think the way it was done was very clever, as it makes you rethink the whole film. I do want to see it once more when it comes out on dvd, just to see if it clarifies my view of the ending or if it completely alters it. All in all, I would really recommend it if you're into films that make you think, not just about the film itself but about society, as it does have quite an interesting message about society's view on so-called "mental people" (which is a term I hate).

Anyway, have you seen it? If so, what did you think? If not, what have you seen lately? Any recommendations? :)

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Livin La Vida Loca

So my day has been pretty dull. The weather is disgusting, to put it bluntly: it's been pouring with rain all day, as well as the odd snow shower and the mental wind. Unfortunately I had to venture out into the extreme conditions as I had a salon appointment in the morning and an orthodontist appointment in the afternoon. The orthodontist was a complete piss take: when I got there, it was completely packed - they must have overbooked or something - and I had to wait for about half an hour just to be told that my teeth were fine and I didn't need to wear my retainer anymore. But, I'm over it now, as you can tell. Moving on to the main attraction...


As you are probably aware (unless you don't follow Perez Hilton on Twitter, which is disgraceful), Ricky Martin recently came out as a gay man. I find this quite bizarre if I'm honest. I mean good on him for opening up about it so publicly but, I'm not gonna lie, I was surprised. It seems like an awfully long time to be in denial and, after googling him, I discovered that he had previously been in a long term relationship with a female tv presenter for over 14 years. Just to make it clear, I am in no way homophobic and really do not want to come across as it, I am simply curious as to why it took him so long to come out. I understand that it's difficult for some people to come to terms with their sexuality, especially with the media jumping down your throat within seconds, but I think it would just make more sense to be honest with yourself and those close to you. I mean can you imagine having been in a relationship with someone for over 14 years and then finding out, a few years later, that they had come out as gay? I would be a bit humiliated to be honest. Then again, he could have just been gay all along but loved that one woman, which can happen I believe. However, I also feel it necessary to add that I'm truly gutted because I used to majorly fancy him and, I will admit, still do think he's a bit of a babe.

Anyway, I tried to make this post quite balanced so hopefully I don't cause a stir. Not that I would, considering I don't have many followers and don't even know if people read this, but hopefully that will all change in time. I'll just keep waiting patiently :)

Monday, 29 March 2010

Outfit + Sushi

So I went into town again on Saturday, as Hollister had opened in Union Square on Friday and I wanted to see what it was all about y'know. It wasn't great, I'm not gonna lie, but then again it's not really my style. Although I did like their shorts and a few of their shirts. As one of my mate's is working there, I may just be a sneaky devil and ask to use her discount at some point but we'll see if she will let me. Anyway, here's the outfit, it's really casual as I was only going out for a few hours and couldn't be assed bothering too much:

Vest top: Topshop
Jeans: Zara
Boots: Solea at Kurt Geiger
Necklace: Miss Selfridge 
Shirt and bag: mum's

Me and my friend went to this cute little sushi place for lunch after our adventure to Hollister. We both got Miso soup and chicken teriyaki, which was delicious. The soup came in these really cute little bowls with massive wooden spoons.


Tatzilla munching away
 
 Close up of the bowl and spoon

Hopefully, I should be able to blog every day for the next two weeks, as I'm now on my Easter holidays. However, I can't promise anything but I will try my best :)

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Crazaaay kids

Right, so I noticed my posts seem to be getting very fashion-orientated so I felt like throwing something serious atcha. Basically, about 2 weeks ago my brother was speaking to me about this 'MCAT' drug that's aparently all the rage at the moment. Before you jump to conclusions, no he is not on it - he had been discussing it in one of his college lectures. Since he brought it up, it seems to be everywhere. I've heard of several people in the lower years of my school who aparently take it all the time because it's easier to get than alcohol. I'm not an expert on it, so forgive me if I'm wrong, but as far as I am aware it's some sort of plant food? Call me a prude but I can't really understand how something that is used as a plant food can appeal to anyone, as well as the fact that it makes you experience severe paranoia and it is possible to hallucinate dying. I may just not be down with the kids anymore but I don't know anyone who has a fetish for experiencing their own death. What shocks me though is how young the people in my school who take it are: on the walls of the first year toilets - yes, first year (12 and 13 year olds) - it says "I love MCAT", with responses mostly consisting of "me too". However, I did laugh and would happily applaud the person who responded with "mink". What made me laugh even more though, was when the girl wrote back to defend herself, writing "How are you a mink if you take MCAT?". I love it when people have these ridiculous conversations on toilet walls, I find them weirdly amusing. By the way, I was only in these toilets because our normal ones are horrible, not because I enjoy tormenting first years.

Anyway, this is probably quite a boring post so far so here's a link for Chezza Cole's live lounge cover of 'Fireflies', have a laugh at how bad it is. Although, I do love her leather vest thing that she's fashioning:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/livelounge/artist/100323_cherylcole.shtml#
Moving on to good music, I would also recommend Them Crooked Vultures' session for Zane Lowe. It is incredible and I love Josh Homme, he is a legend:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rhddt

I should have a film review for you over the weekend at some point because the gals are coming round to mine tomorrow night to watch Paper Heart. Maybe I'll throw in an outfit as well to spice things up. So that's something to look forward to ;)

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Asher Roth + Outfits

Before I get to the outfits, I will share my current confusion with ya'll. I really have no idea why but for some reason Asher Roth seems to be involuntarily appearing everywhere in my life. First, I had a dream about him out of the blue where we were out for tea, but not in a date way. We just happened to be sitting in a restaurant together. It was one of those dreams that just sort of starts randomly and only lasts for about 5 minutes but it was still weird. Since then, he is cropping up everywhere. Every time I put my iPod or iTunes on shuffle, there he is, and baring in mind I only have about 5 of his songs I find this very strange. As well as that, I went on youtube on Friday and there he is again in my recommended videos. It was apparently recommended because I'd watched Dizzee Rascal's freestyle on Westwood's show ages ago (yes I know, I'm such a G). However, they are in no way similar in the sense that Dizzee raps at the speed of light and Asher Roth basically just talks with a bit of rhythm. Therefore, I am incredibly creeped out by this and would like it to stop, as I am not interested in my life being taken over by Asher Roth.

Anyways, I did end up going shopping on Saturday but I ended up having to start work earlier so I didn't have long. I took the picture of my outfit when I got home as I didn't have time beforehand. It was a nice day so I fancied wearing some light colours for a change:

Top: Topshop
Jeggings: Urban Outfitters (£9.99 in a sale!)
Denim shirt, belt & bag: Mum's

So, I ended up going round to my mate's house at night as well to watch a film and got changed as I felt too dressed up just to chill. We watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: it was veryyyyy long but not too bad. Although I think my mate was getting annoyed with my constant complaining about how long it was, haha.

Top: Diesel
Jeggings: Same as above
Nike iD's: Designed myself on the website ;)
Cardi, bag & scarf: Mum's

Friday, 19 March 2010

Luella

So, basically I'm sitting in front of my laptop; drinking a fruit tea with honey like an old woman; listening to Lightspeed Champion; and browsing the fashion week pictures on ELLE's website again. As always, I keep going through Luella's collections, as it is one of my favourite labels. I've always been a fan of hers and adore her designs. Although they may not seem extravagant or mind-blowing, that's what I love about them. I love how each piece speaks a thousand words, without being rammed down your throat. As it is approaching Spring, I keep finding myself browsing through the S/S 2010 collection. For lack of a better description, I love how cute and feminine the dresses are with the pastel shades and floral prints. So I thought I'd post some pictures of my favourite outfits:



















I was going to add a picture of my own Luella clutch bag but it's not really relevant, although I love it dearly. I'll probably use it for an outfit post at some point so you'll just have to wait and see: ooooh, the suspense. Anyway, I should have an outfit post tomorrow night because I think I'm going shopping with my mates in the morning before I go to work. However, I can't promise anything, as my palios may desert me for some reason cause they is nasty biatches like dat. I'm off to see if I can catch James Corden's thing on Sport Relief, hopefully I haven't missed it..

Lataaaaz x

Monday, 15 March 2010

Woke up this morning feelin' like P. Diddy..

I didn't actually and still do not understand what that means - it is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard; as if you would morph into P. Diddy overnight or gain any comprehension of his lifestyle. Oh, and he's actually called Diddy now so keep up Ke$ha (I also find the dollar sign in her name unnecessary and slightly too optimistic). And while I'm on the topic of shit songs: thanks for the "Fireflies" import America, what a delight to the ears that was. Anyway, I have basically had nothing to say the past few days, hence the lack of posts, as I didn't do anything this weekend or have anything going on in my mind worth writing about. However, I have a little bit to say about a documentary I just watched a bit of.

So I came in from a run and my mum was watching an episode of Dispatches about kids living in Gaza and I am still quite shocked from it. I find it really disgusting when people jump to conclusions about people living in the Middle East and just presume that they are all terrorists. It shocks me that we still live in a society with people who are so ignorant and are completely uninterested in anything that isn't happening right on their doorstep. However, that was not the point of the documentary. From what I saw of it, it basically followed a few children and their families who had been affected by the war between the Israeli's and the Palestinian's. The amount these children have had to endure is just incredible: having to watch members of their families being beaten and murdered right in front of them. It really makes me feel incredibly pathetic when I complain about such minor things like having a spot. I feel truly appalled that a lot of people just don't seem to care that this kind of stuff is still going on and are more interested in Cheryl Cole's divorce. It's unbelievable the amount of news coverage celebrities get, in comparison to world issues. However, I'm not naive and I do understand that it's a complex situation but I just find it quite frightening that some people have no awareness of these things going on. I'll never forget the time we were discussing Gaza in my Modern Studies class about 2 years ago and a guy in my class said: "Who's Gaza?". Me and my then friend (we're not friends anymore but that's a whole other matter) were completely taken aback, it was just unbelievable. But anyway, it's getting late and I'm tired so that's all for tonight. Hopefully I'll have something less controversial to say tomorrow :)

Lataaaz x

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Quick post

Sorry about being boring but this is just going to be a really quick outfit post today, as I have my German speaking exam tomorrow and I've been so busy that I haven't done any work for it yet. So this is what I wore to go out for my mum's birthday last night:


We just went out for dinner and then to see Alice in Wonderland - which I will talk about shortly - so it's quite a casual outfit. I wore it with my black blazer though to make it a bit more dressy. I'm not going to go into much detail about the outfit because it's quite simple and I want to talk about Alice in Wonderland, as it was incredible! First of all, Johnny Depp was amazing in it. I can't imagine anyone else playing his part as well as he did. He seemed to be perfect for the role, in a really bizarre way, and it just seemed to work. Also, the crazy hare was hilarious! I love how so many films make anyone Scottish seem insane, as if we're all complete nutters. Ironically, I don't find it offensive in any way, I find it hilarious. Besides that, however, I found the clothes in it bizarrely beautiful (note the sneaky alliteration there). Although everything was highly unwearable as it was shown, I really think there's potential for similar styles to catch on. Anyways, this was meant to be a quick post and I've taken about half an hour to do it so that's all for now.

Lataaaz x

Monday, 8 March 2010

Outfit + Oscars

Right so I said I would post those pictures of the skirt and cardi. However, I ended up finding a denim shirt (also my mum's) which matched the skirt perfectly so I've gone for that instead. Now, I was never really into the whole denim shirt look but I really like this one, as it's a thicker type of denim and not as flimsy as some of the ones I've seen. I threw this together quite quickly - literally in like 5 minutes - so I didn't accessorize or anything but when I wear it out, I'd probably add a colourful silk scarf, to keep in with the spring look, or a long necklace. I would've preferred to use a thin tanned belt but I couldn't find one that was suitable so I went for this thick elasticated one I got from Miss Selfridge about 2 years ago that I barely ever wear.

Got the awkward head tilt thing going on here

Now that's out of the way, I also wanted to share two of my favourite dresses from the Oscars, as I felt it would be appropriate. I don't know if copyrighting laws apply but I'd like to stay on the right side of the law so the following pictures are both from ELLE's website.
 

Carey Mulligan in Prada
  
I absolutely adore this dress, and her style in general, from what I've seen. I love the detailing on the front of the dress. I also really like the way it's just short enough at the front to see the shoes, as it often annoys me, as a shoe fanatic, when you can't see the shoes. By the way, I love her shoes as well but silly ELLE failed to mention who they were by. Also, very jealous that she is going out with Shia LaBeouf - not because I think he's hot but because if they get married, she'll be called Mrs. LaBeouf.

Diane Kruger in Chanel Couture

Everything about this dress is just perfect to me. The blend of the peachy/nude colour and black, surprisingly, works really well. I also love the simplicity of it at the top and bottom, with the dramatic feathery section in the middle. It's a beaut ;)

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Busy busy..

Ok, so I know I should be posting pretty much everyday as I'm new to this but I literally have had no time. Thankfully, I'm almost finished my pile of work now though, so I thought I'd do a quick post. Basically I've been making my way through this beast of a book my history teacher lent me for my extended essay:

 

Obviously I haven't read or attempted to read the whole thing but scanning through it for quotes has been a nightmare. Although, my history teacher did tell me she had read it, god knows how she got through it as it is 845 pages long. To be fair though, there's about 200 pages of footnotes at the back and a few pages of pictures. Despite that, it is still a beast of a book.

However, obviously I got distracted at times, and decided to rummage through my mum's wardrobe for some new/old clothes. I found an adorable knitted cardigan and a floral ankle length skirt, which I intend to turn into a cute little mini skirt for spring, with my mum's permission of course. I'll get some pictures up tomorrow, as I should probably be getting back to my history essay.

Lataaaz x

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Band of Skulls + Mumford & Sons

So I've been for my run, wasn't too bad. But that's not my point: I am currently in love with this song:

 
I love the progression in it and the raspy vocals, it's just such a brilliant tune. It makes me think of summer and festivals. Hopefully they'll be playing at T in the Park this year, I imagine they'd be brilliant live.

I also wanted to recommend my beloved Mumford & Sons. I love this band so much, even though they're fairly recent. The album is just incredible and I can't recommend them enough. Also, you should check out their cover of Cousins by Vampire Weekend, which is stunning:


That's all for now, peace out homeboiiizz x

Quick message to say hello..

As this is my first blog ever, I'm not really sure what my specific focuses will be on as of yet, but obviously my main interests will play a major role in what I write about. It doesn't really take a genious to figure that out I know but oh well. As of right now I am listening to Jeff Buckley, hence the blog name, trying to gain enough motivation to go out for a run. Thankfully, the weather is still clear so I suppose I better go sooner rather than later. However, I haven't been running in ages so I am dreading the pain I am about to endure. I really can never understand people who are able to run for miles without feeling 'fatigue'.
Anyway, my main intention of this whole blogging thing is so I can improve my writing skills, as I'm interested in studying journalism. So basically, I'll just be talking about whatever takes my fancy: whether it be fashion, music, a particular issue or just what I've been up to. I'll try my best to keep it entertaining, when appropriate. However, I apologise in advance if I seem to be going mental over nothing, as I do get annoyed very easily!
That's all for now, just wanted to say a quick hello. I'm away to try and do some more of my history essay before going for my run, if it ever happens. I'll be sure to let you know.
Lataaaaz x