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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 […]

New Topman Grooming Range

posted by on 17/10/2011

I suppose it’s about time Topman launched their own mens grooming range, I mean they do practically everything else! The grooming range that launched a couple of weeks ago and took 5 years to conceive kicked off with a 6 piece collection featuring: brand new fragrances: No.16 and No.27, hair and body wash and hair putty; the fragrances retail for just £15- good to see the retail giants have paced themselves by starting off small. I haven’t tried them yet so I’ll hold judgement for when I do, head over to the online store to have a look for yourself.

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Music Video | Beyonce – 'Love On Top'

posted by on 17/10/2011

Beyonce nearly always deserves to have her video’s posted simply because she is just so damn FINE! However I’m not posting this video with an accompanying glowing review. Personally I thought the video was extremely lazy, granted she is pregnant but that shouldn’t prevent creativity. Jessie J had a broken foot and could move about properly but she managed to deliver an interesting video for ‘Who’s Laughing Now’. Speaking of Bouncy’s pregnancy, erm is it a MYTH or what because her baby bump shape shifts more than Mystique from X-Men. Anywho peep the not so great video for the pretty awesome track after the cut.

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Zara October Lookbook – Young

posted by on 17/10/2011

Zara’s collection for it’s younger brand is overflowing with cool pieces, preparing for the deep freeze it’s about time everyone stocked up on knitwear. I keep saying Zara’s lookbooks are forever droppin’ it, the styling, the garments everything is on point. For an autumn lookbook the colour palette is bolder than usual, there are a couple of looks in there that I particularly like. I like the blend of different styles, i.e you’ve got the double denim ensemble and then the chino, gingham check shirt and double breasted coat combo. Great thing about Zara is that it’s quite affordable however you do get what you pay for in terms of quality. After the break is a selection of looks from the lookbook, visit the online store for pricing etc.

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Khulisa | Breaking The Cycle Of Violence

posted by on 17/10/2011

Khulisa is a South-African charity now working in London to help minimise the amount of youths involved in crime. I spotted an article about Khulisa in the Evening Standard a couple of months ago and it’s funny actually I got so into it that I missed my stop! Khulisa work to keep youngsters out of prison but unlike other services, they offer an extensive and well-structured programme and a well-implemented mentoring service. The programme reiterates safer and more acceptable ways of venting hidden or built up anger and frustration as well as helping young offenders realise the impact their crimes have on other people from all angles and points of view. There is definitely a group of people out there that are not being heard and are also very misunderstood because they do not know how to deal with events that have affected them in the past. What Khulisa seem to be doing is putting these guys into something like a boot camp focusing on changing bad behavior, it’s really inspiring.

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Lenny Kravitz | Black and White America

posted by on 16/10/2011

Lenny Kravitz has put out a total of 9 consistent studio albums his latest ‘Black and White America‘ which hit the shelves a couple of months ago, is easily my favourite album in a very long time. It isn’t brand new material I know and I should have reviewed it but I didn’t!  After the break I present 3 valid reasons as to why I think you should purchase this album!

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Enric Adrian Gener's Underwater Photography

posted by on 15/10/2011

Now this is a random Flickr find, I can’t remember what I was searching for when I came across Enric’s profile. The Spanish born photographer who now resides in London has a passion for underwater photographs, in fact on his portfolio site, he categorises them all under ‘wet‘ photography. One of a few times that I don’t really want to comment on the quality of his work, I just want you to hop on after the cut and let you decide for yourself. I’m incredibly impressed, his bravery to travel a fair bit underwater and actually photograph. I’d be more worried about drowning – in actual fact, I would probably have done. My swimming/diving skills are near enough in existent, how many Indian Olympic swimmers have you come across? NONE haha, I wonder why. More on the reverse.

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Film Flashback #2 – Pulp Fiction

posted by on 15/10/2011

 17 years to the day: Pulp Fiction released October 14th, 1994

Prior to writing this review, on Wednesday night I decided to re-watch Pulp Fiction whilst doing some menial housework. After all, I had seen it many a time before – I figured the film did not require my full attention. Within 10 minutes of ‘casually’ watching the film, I dropped my dustpan and brush, grabbed some food, and sat myself down. The housework would have to wait. Such is the remarkable nature of Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece that you at once become absorbed in this unique, time-twisting tale.

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Afternoon Tea @ Grosvenor House

posted by on 14/10/2011

The boy from East London to the man drinking afternoon tea in Mayfair. What a picture of growth right? Haha no. I was just there for a special day, an one-off thing with my other half as it was our one year. You know how I do? had to go all out, take the day off and spend some quality time conversating (tweeting/instagram’ing our cheesyness) over some fancy tea and cakes. It came to around £70 in total which in all fairness isn’t too bad if you think about Mayfair prices. All those cakes and unlimited tea was most definitely filling and to think we had dinner straight after that is crazy. I do recommend it guys, take your lady out and make her feel appreciated. Especially on a special occasion, it’s fancy pancy but once in a while it doesn’t hurt to break the bank. More on the reverse.

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V&A Exhibition | Power Of Making

posted by on 14/10/2011

Yesterday I made my way to the Victoria & Albert Museum to have a look at the Power of Making exhibition which emphasises the breadth and depth of craft’s presence in modern life. The featured objects have been selected to highlight both age-old skills and contemporary techniques, from traditional stone walls to machines that can make other machines. Each exhibit demonstrates refined craftsmanship, meticulous control or ingenious application. I particularly loved the film footage which beautifully shows a number of different makers using their skills and techniques to shape and manipulate their materials. The exhibition is on until 2nd January.

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Ex-Smokers 'Are Unstoppable' EU Campaign

posted by on 14/10/2011

 You might have been seeing these pages in the metro over the last few months, spreads featuring former smokers who have overcome their addiction. The campaign has been put in place to help people quit smoking by inspiring them and proving to them that it is possible to quit smoking. On the website and on their facebook app you will find a range of success stories  as well as a free guide with tonnes of info regarding smoking, what it does to you and how to quit. I think this is a great campaign because it’s very empowering, its great to see people who are genuinely proud to overcome something that is essentially an addiction that is capable of shortening your life expectancy. If you are a smoker and/or know someone that smokes and want to know more about help available to help quit, it might be a great idea to check this out.

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