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Caribbean Cruising – Haiti & Jamaica | Royal Caribbean

It’s not often that you can claim to have woken up in a different country four days in a row but that’s exactly what happened when Adam and I took to the seas and embarked on our first full length cruise, courtesy of Royal Caribbean. A quick plane ride (please note the sarcasm as this plane […]

Banana Tree Soho | Restaurant Review

posted by on 24/10/2011

First spotted this restaurant chain a few months ago in Angel, with a broke-ass waiting for student loan to drop budget – it was the best to place to go. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food and price, this time we were invited to review the new branch of Banana Tree in Soho. Located right next to Byron and Wahaca – my favourite area for lunch after work, the area is filled with great restaurants. We were given £60 credit which is a LOT when you can get dinner for around £10 so we had to go for 3-course dinner + 2 drinks each. They don’t do desserts! More on the reverse.

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Create for Beck's Green Box Project

posted by on 24/10/2011

The Beck’s Green Box Project is the world’s first ever global Augmented Reality Gallery enabling 1000 independent artists to have their creative ideas transformed into a worldwide reality via AR technology. You may have come across the two metre cubed box in London already, or have heard about/seen the 200ft high digital sculpture that was unveiled on top of the Statue of Liberty in NYC this summer (created by artist Arne Quinze). Beck’s have opened up this opportunity for 1000 artists/musicians/designers across the world to have their work showcased in places like London, Miami, NYC, Milan and Rome. You can submit your idea via Talenthouse and entries close on Tuesday 25th October. More info after the jump.

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The Brooklyn Circus x Tricker's – Brogue Boots

posted by on 23/10/2011

I’ve been searching for a fine pair of brogue boots for the past few weeks, I know boots are going to be back in this season but I don’t want the typical distressed All Saints/River Island boot that everyone is going to be wearing. The term ‘Brogue’ derives from the Gaelic term for shoe – it’s been around for centuries since the Elizabethan age, not quite as evolved back then but it was all about the decorations on the shoes. It was not till the 19th century that it was seen as a fine piece of gentleman‘s footwear thanks to Edward, Prince of Wales who broke yet another Royal sartorial rule of dress etiquette (plain shoes!) by embracing the brogue. I’ve had my eye on 2 pairs, the cheaper option – H&M’s imitation leather boot for £35 and the H by Hudson brogue boots for £135. Then I stumbled across this pair on the interweb – they are the SEX. The leather quality looks incredibly and I’ve never seen this colourway before; the two-tone black upper with brown wooden sole works so well. More on the reverse.

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Simon Gardiner's Architectural Photography

posted by on 23/10/2011

Dayum! another amazing Flickr find. Meet Simon Gardiner, a Lancashire based photographer who primarily focuses on reportage/documentary and sports photography. However his individual work is what I’m going to feature. He’s captured some incredible architecture and inner city scenes like the one above which uses the vortograph technique, an abstract form of photography that utilises kaleidoscope repetitions by photographing objects through triangular arrangement of three mirrors. The rest of his photographs aren’t quite as crazy and Inception-esque. He describes his passion for street photography “I like shooting streets, the streets are full of life with a story behind every street photo. The photographer captures the scene and the viewer discovers and interprets the story behind the shot.”. That’s exactly what he’s done in the following shots after the cut, have a gander! certainly inspired me to explore a new style of photography.

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Tate Modern | The Unilever Series: Tacita Dean

posted by on 23/10/2011

I hadn’t been to the Tate Modern in nearly a year before last week, but went along with a few of my classmates to check out the exhibition by Tacita Dean currently in the Turbine Hall as the twelfth commission in The Unilever Series. Tacita Dean is a British artist now based in Berlin, best known for her use of film. Dean’s films act as portraits or depictions rather than conventional cinematic storytelling, capturing fleeting natural light or subtle shifts in movement. Her static camera positions and long takes allow events to unfold unhurriedly. Many of Dean’s works show the ways in which architecture can be transformed by the camera’s lens.

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Chase & Status | Short Film Directed By Raheem Bakare

posted by on 23/10/2011

Not too long ago I told y’all to get to know a friend of mine, Mr Raheem Bakare. However at that time I was introducing you all to him as a singer, then I told y’all to check out the video for Bluey Robinson‘s remix of ‘I Need A Dollar’ by Aloe Blacc. Now I giving you guys the oportunity to gain a further insight to this guy’s seemingly endless talent. He has shot a short film entitled Chase and Status, which sees lead actor Kwame Augustine running for his life from what appears to be a gang related threat. The short clip also stars Rowland Ngwana (I mention this because I also went to school with Rowland). Anywho check out the clip after the cut and let me know what you think, all feedback welcomed!

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Herschel Supply Co. Holiday 2011 Lookbook

posted by on 22/10/2011

Been a while since checked up on this brand and here they are with a new ‘holiday’ collection of their signature backpacks and duffel bags. I like the colour palette of this collection, they’ve gone with earth tone colours like khaki bases and small doses of brown contrasting nicely with red and navy which are also dominant colours in the line. I’m quite fond of this brand, their bags have a certain distinctiveness to them from their use of colour right down to the design- not only do they look good but they’re very practical too. My favourite piece from the lookbook would have to be the two-tone navy and khaki backpack though it’s probably better suited for the summer. check out the look book, which by the way I think the photo shoot is their best yet. They’ve also included a film as they’re all doing this year!

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David Beckham – Journey To L.A

posted by on 22/10/2011

My twitter – @Niran7. In fact 90% of my social network/usernames around the internet is my name with 7 on the end. Why? Because of Beckham. Sad I know but when I was growing up, he was my idol. Nowadays I don’t idolise anyone but I do respect his come up, work ethic and most of all his style. This guy knows how to out dress the whole Royal Family at this year’s wedding! I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from his sense of style over the years, well maybe not from that awful sarong incident. The good folk over at Hypebeast sat down with legendary no.7 to question him on his early years, United life, fashion and style. This is the first part of 3, I’ll keep updating the post when the next few go live. Hop on after the cut for the video.

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COS 2011 Autumn/Winter Lookbook

posted by on 22/10/2011

H&M‘s premium brand – Collection of Style aka COS has always had some exceptional line of tailoring and this collection is no different – key pieces are woollen overcoats, ribbed sweaters and sleek shoes. I’ve never invested in a woollen overcoat, just doesn’t suit me for some reason. I even tried a few on yesterday but the thickness and length just doesn’t work with my looks. That’s why every Winter, I end up layering myself to the max and it usually does the trick for me. COS has brilliantly stuck with menswear roots and have gone with a collection of classic menswear staples. The photography? even better than the clothes, some may think it’s a little too plain but I feel the simplicity works well here. The black and white adds more of a focus on the clothes. Have a gander on the reverse.

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Egor Shapovalov's Dark Atmospheric Photographs

posted by on 21/10/2011

Gah. He’s my age. Meet 23 year old Russian photographer who goes by the name of Egor Shapovalov. His photography instantly captured my attention with its distinctive dark and mysterious style, it’s also a teeny bit scary on top of all that. It’s definitely been edited in a unique way so that all the images use a single color scheme and the addition of textures over the photographs adds a sense of intimacy/loneliness to the image. Dayum! I just love how all the characters look like they’re in their own world, all seem at peace even when isolated from everything. Shapovalov’s style of photography is definitely unique – a little on the creepy side but that’s art for you. More imagery on the reverse.

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