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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 […]

Dope Quote #45

posted by on 08/05/2012

It’s been a while since my last one eh? The quote is from the book I’m currently reading on how quick the marketing/advertising landscape changes due to the digital age. No one cares for who you are or how good you are, if you have an idea/vision, just go do da ting; build a team and make it happen. Playing sitting duck as if you’re entitled the end result isn’t going to get you anywhere. That’s what I’m trying to do right now, letting my imagination and curiosity fuel the next few months. No point looking back and seeing who’s gaining on you, just focus on your purpose and how you’re going to get there. More on the reverse.

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A Chat With Shelley Jones

posted by on 07/05/2012

Shelley Jones is a photographer/film maker, currently working as a freelancer in London and most importantly a friend of Y&Y. Found her through that ‘Space Hoppers in Venice’ video on one of my random vimeo viewing sprees and have kept myself updated on her work ever since. I think it’s safe to say that we’re all quite intrigued by Shelley’s work, more so her concepts and inspiration, so I thought it would be cool to do a mini interview with her. You can have a read of it and see some of her work after the break.

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Three Basics Of Photography

posted by on 07/05/2012

I stumbled across this video a few days ago, it’s definitely a must watch for those who have just recently bought their SLRs or have never been able to switch modes from manual. Really irritates me when I see people shooting on auto mode and their inbuilt flash pops up in broad daylight – why?! Personally, I’ve never been able to understand all the terminology nor had any photography lessons to understand all of them, it’s all about practice. LDN.365 was my practice field – taking a camera around with me for 365 days and playing around with all the settings was my lesson. Photographer Matthew Gore has taken it upon himself to create this simple video explaining “The Three Basics of Photography” which all comes down to how your SLR is able to manipulate light into getting the best photograph.

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Style Inspiration | Ulrikke Lund

posted by on 06/05/2012

I haven’t done one of these in a while, might make it into a regular Sunday feature. There have been hardly any fashion posts on here as of late, might be down to the fact I’ve been avoiding any materialistic temptation post-NYC. I splashed out on my biggest purchase to date out there *gulps*. Digressed again. Meet Ulrikke Lund, renowned Norwegian fashion blogger, model and Future Stylist 2010 winner. I know most of you guys are probably drooling over her right about now, she’s stunning and what makes a beautiful woman even more attractive? One that can dress well.

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Andre Fidusi's Minimalist World Cup Posters

posted by on 06/05/2012

Eeek, is it shameful that I didn’t know FA Cup final was yesterday till I saw tweets on my timeline regarding a Chelsea vs Liverpool game? It took me a few moments to understand why folks cared so much about a match between the pair. Brazilian artist Andre Fidusi is the brains behind this minimalist series chronicling the evolution of the World Cup. It’s funny how he’s managed to subtly identify the essence of each World Cup and portray them using tiny illustrations. I’m sure all of you know what the 1966 poster is going to be – cross bar! Have fun trying to decipher each of the abstract designs.

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Oprah's Masterclass Season 2 Episode 1 – Jane Fonda

posted by on 05/05/2012

Only God knows how I wasn’t informed about Season 2 of Oprah’s Masterclass series. I loved season one with the likes of Jay-Z, Simon Cowell, Maya Angelou and Oprah sharing their many life lessons, it’s a must watch – feel free to scour the internet to look for stream links. This season started off with 73 year old American actress, writer, political activist and fitness guru – Jane Fonda. Her story starts off on a sad note with her mother’s suicide and a father’s emotional in capabilities, I loved the authenticity and honest nature of Jane. She shares with many of her life stories, challenges and what she did to conquer them. Hop on after the cut.

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Music Video | Kanye West – Lost In The World

posted by on 05/05/2012

I don’t post music videos, hardly ever in fact nowadays but this one was just too good to pass on. Everyone loves to hate on ‘Ye but I’m a big fan of his creativity when it comes to fashion, music and art.  The overdue visuals for his track Lost In The World off his last solo album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy surfaced earlier today and I know for a fact, it’s not going to be a lot of people’s cup of tea. It’s so abstract, too abstract for those who are used to the hoes, the cars, the bling – you know the usual MMG/YMCBBC video. What I love about it? The simplicity – no cinematic storyline required, the black & white sharp buildings, typography, high energy dancing and contrast just carry it for me. It’s been directed by Ruth Hogben – a London-based director who’s known for her fashion films. Makes sense now ey?

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Film Review | Safe

posted by on 04/05/2012

Not for nothing has Jason Statham got a reputation as an action star; he’s been showcasing his fighting skills in films for years – more often than not as the ‘ordinary guy’ who somehow gets the job done – ranging from the good (The Transporter, Killer Elite) to the bad (Death Race) to the downright wild (the Crank series). Later this year, he will reunite with his fellow bad-asses in The Expendables 2, but until then New York is the backdrop for the latest round of his exploits in Safe, a crime thriller written and directed by Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans). Unfortunately, the film does not afford itself enough smarts story-wise to accompany Statham’s very watchable brawn.

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Liu Bolin – Invisible Art

posted by on 04/05/2012

Chinese performance artist Liu Bolin has been taking his invisible man art concept all over the world; it involves him using nano-bytes that reflect the area around him. Psyche. The Beijing born artist paints his clothes and body until he almost seamlessly blends in with the world around him. Think Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak. He’s been traveling the world taking his art to Paris, France and now New York – the video after the cut shows us the process behind it all. If I’m honest, the artists that PAINT him should be getting more recognition. That’s where the real talent is as he’s just um, standing still?

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MiKi’s Wedding Photography

posted by on 04/05/2012

We haven’t featured many wedding photographers on the site in the past, well aside from Chaz Cruz who’s one of my photography inspirations from the time I started a few years back. I actually met London Wedding Photographer Mick Shah through my other half’s friends circle; I say met, I actually watched him host an acoustic night. Little did I know he was a wedding photographer till one stumbled across his Facebook page via a shoot with Martell from the Individualism team. Wedding photography like I’ve said many times before is all about capturing the happiness and love and Mick does that effortlessly. Hop on after the cut for more.

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