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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 […]

Jeff Staple On Collaboration

posted by on 13/01/2012

Some Friday reading for y’all who commute to work like me. Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration – that’s all you see and hear nowadays between brands, bloggers, celebrities but how many of them are actually successful? Adidas x David Beckham, Jordan and Nike, Uniqlo and Jil Sander to name a few. Jeff Staple who is a man of many talents; product and apparel designer, entrepreneur, blogger, visionary and probably more. He speaks on the background of collaboration and more importantly explains when it is a collaboration isn’t actually one. He also gives us insight into his work with Nike, what the different types of collabs are and what makes a successful one. Read the full article from Antenna magazine after the cut, trust me it’s worth reading.

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Introducing Elena Tonra AKA Daughter

posted by on 13/01/2012

A bit of a shame I didn’t catch London based Daughter, 21 year old singer/songwriter Elena Tonra straight off the mark. But to then proceed to miss her show back in December at St Giles at The Fields Church, didn’t make me fell any better. On one of my rummages through the forest of music, I stumbled across a video of her singing “Run” on the tube (subway). Her crystal clear harmonic vocals combined with the simple strumming of the guitar, got me. I wanted to know more, “Landfill” off her debut EP His Young Heart (Apr 2011) greeted my anticipation of curiosity.

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Yin Eats: Yog – Frozen Yoghurt

posted by on 13/01/2012

Yin Eats is back! After a long festive and first week of work madness hiatus, I’ve finally started having lunches that require to explore around the area near my work again. My Geordie colleague (@JenMeant) who is wannabe a fitness/health freak  treated me to lunch – we were initially going to go to Yo! for some sushi but that’d break the Yin’s Life rule of trying out somewhere new. After a good 10 minutes of food spot hunting, we found Yog. I’ve always been fond of frozen yoghurt but never thought I’d eat it for LUNCH. More on the reverse.

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Purple Ferdinand – You & I (Lady Gaga Adaptation) | Reload Sessions

posted by on 13/01/2012

Purple Ferdinand, equipped with her ukulele performs a beautiful acoustic cover of Lady Gaga’s “You & I” for the first Reload Session! Her enchanting, delicate vocals take this pop track into an emotive story of lost-love turmoil allowing you to really concentrate on the lyrics of this song. I love that she has taken this song and made it her own, there are millions of Lady Gaga cover tracks on YouTube but this really stands out as more of a ‘adaptation’ than a cover. Hit the jump to peep the visuals!

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Introducing Tophaz

posted by on 12/01/2012

Neo Soul, Jaazz flows from the heart of a gem: with notes coming fourth like an instrument from the wall of her soul” – Tophaz

And with that I introduce you to twenty-three year old Mrs Lisa Turner, but its Tophaz to you and I. Rarely are there vocalists, I found, that have the ability and talent to cover songs and personally embroider them. With control, skill and rousing awareness, bodied with individuality, its refreshing to say the least. Nor will I do the predictable and draw compares, a list of who she may sound like. As it really would be quiet unnecessary in this case as I believe she has her own little thing going on. More on the reverse.

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Modern Classics

posted by on 12/01/2012

Another H&M post. This time, I’m more impressed with the creativity when it comes to the layout, presentation and photography of this lookbook. Hennes is one of a few highstreet retailers that put out new collections every other month of the year. There’s always something new when you go into the store. This lookbook (literally styled like a book) features the brand’s more sartorial approach to clothing with an apprehensive look at their tailored modern but classic pieces for the forthcoming season. I see a plethora of nicely styled blazers, suits, jumpers, cardigans and more. Add a bit of sophistication to your wardrobe, continues after the cut.

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Throwback Thursday

posted by on 12/01/2012

So I was at work (yes I have a job other than Y&Y) and I heard these songs playing on the computer,  I immediately texted Yin to remind me to use them for Throwback Thursday as I have quite a terrible memory. You know when you hear a tune and it just take you back, yh that happened to me. I totally zoned out and started rocking to these songs as if I was the only person in the store. Usually i’d select just one song to take you down memory lane however im worried that i’ll forget to choose the other song I have in mind next week so i’m gonna give y’all two this week. Click the read on button and get ready to groove to some good ol classics.

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Martin Stranka's Poetic Photography

posted by on 11/01/2012

Woah something peaceful yet so dark about this self-taught photographer‘s work. Meet Prague-based photographer Martin Stranka – before you start complaining about how heavily edited his work is, get over it. It’s still photography! he’s managed to capture dreamy visuals and enhance them to a state that the image looks so CALM. All the models are mid-air, caught in a moment positions – it’s hard to explain, you just have to see it for yourself. He says his photography started because of some unhappy moments in life and he needed a way to express himself. I can definitely see that tinge of darkness in this work, these character’s look calm but yet so lost in their journeys. That’s my interpretation, what do you guys think?

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Dope Quote #34

posted by on 11/01/2012

I’m sorry for being so late with this post again, tough few days with work, being ill and such have kept me occupied. One thing I’ve noticed in the past few months is that each and every person who I’ve met or become friends with is driven, motivated and have some kind of passion that makes me want to work harder and better my craft . I lost a lot of friends in 2011; not so much them giving me the thumbs down like in Primary School but just naturally growing apart. My friend’s circle is small, the people in that circle are a blessing to my life. I’m grateful for that, it’s important to surround yourself with people that influence you to do greater things. Steer clear of bad company! Apologies, I will fix up the typography and photography game for next week. This isn’t my best work. I admit.

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Truthful Lies Clothing

posted by on 10/01/2012

So this brand reached out to me via my personal Facebook inbox and because they’re not friends with me on there, the messages get displayed under ‘other’ which means you don’t get notified. Fortunately for me, my geeky social networking addiction led me to opening up the message and checking out the collection. I was definitely impressed with what I saw and for a collection of print tees to grab my attention in such a way – they’ve got to be something special. The typography choices, layout and simplicity of the overall design is what attracted me. On top of that, they’ve got a story/reason to why they’ve started the brand which is an added bonus, more on the reverse.

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