Wednesday, 27 August 2014

27/8

Full posts coming up soon, I seem to be increasingly busy at the moment and this blog is back seating it for now. Always updating my instagram though!


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Summer 2014 to-do List


Minute by minute, day by day, I can feel my summer wasting, dripping into the past like a melting ice-cream cone which will only leave you feeling sad, unsatisfied, and with fingers that are sticky and attract ants.

To rectify this inevitably disastrous situation, I have come up with a list. Most lists I write are shit and boring, to-do lists of essays and research and dishes to clean, but this one's alright, because it's full of (mostly weather dependant) fun stuff instead. 

These are all of the things I want to do now that I can do them, which sounds ominous, but it should do because we're all going to die. Enjoy!


1) Hang out with my friends

2) Read Carl Wilson's book Let's Talk About Love: Why other people have such bad taste

3) Have a night out in Falmouth

4) Pierce another hole in my ear

5) Find a chair for my desk in London

6) Have a yard-sale

7) Drop some acid

8) Go camping at the beach

9) Visit some art galleries

9.5) Sunbath in my garden and read books all day

10) Buy a new keyboard

10.5) Get bbq'in

11) Learn to kick-flip better

11.5) Go horse-riding

12) Go swimming/snorkelling off the rocks at Prussia Cove

13) Finish watching X-Files

14) Have a birthday party for myself

15) Find the perfect pair of black skinny jeans

16) Hang out in nicole's inflatable pool

17) Stay up all night just walking around and drinking cheap beer

17.5) Go to a pizza Saturday at the Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

18) Go to a house party / try to get my friends to throw a house party

19) Finish a bunch of songs and PRACTICE BASS

20) Go on a Harmony Korrine film binge

21) Figure out ideal places to intern at in my third term

22) Go swimming again

22.5) Go to Bestival

23) Make a realistic band rehearsal schedule for a/w

24) Buy a fuzz pedal

25) Go to a party at the Ritz PZ

26) build a fort in my basement and have a sleepover (lame but so fun)

27) Go on a Wes Anderson film binge

28) Visit the Tate St.Ives with Nicole. Get carrot cake from the Ferrell bakery.

29) Camp in the woods

29.5) Play tennis (I'm great @ tennis)

30) Bonfire on the beach

31) Play basketball

32) Make these because they look disgusting and I'm totally into it

33) Find a cute boy and go on a row-boat date on Coronation lake

34) Make out with said cute boy 

35) Go swimming off the rocks in Mousehole

36) Watch the live-showing of A Streetcar Named Desire (with Dana Scully playing Blanche OMG!) at the Savoy Cinema

37) Swim in the tide pool at Cape Cornwall

38) Get high in the field at the top of my street

39) Take the open-top bus all the way to Sennen beach

40) Move everything into my new flat

Of course there will be photographs on here of everyone of these I do so keep an eye of for that but you can keep up with all my summer fun (lolz) on twitter, instagram & facebook

Now all I wanna know is WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR SUMMER?!

A x

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Back At It Again


So it's been a while, but the last month has been the busiest month of 2014 so far. I finished my 9-5 internship (helped by the daily play of Black Lips' Arabia Mountain album), found an affordable, not-too-shit flat in East London to live in from September and moved all my stuff in, then moved back home for the remainder of my summer and travelled so much I never want to see the back seat of a car ever again.

;) 

I also realised that earning money as an adult sucks because you have to spend it all on rent, bills, bin bags, and train tickets anyway, but that's #life and you just have to #fuckingdealwithit.

I have a bunch of plans for my summer, but working full-time for two months has meant I've missed all of the festivals I wanted to get to, so there's going to be very little in terms of live music stuff, but there will be lots of other content, including university posts, tonnes of playlists, photographs, more fashion stuff, interviews, and potentially a clothing haul..? (don't panic this isn't becoming one of those types of blogs).

Right now I have a resubmission deadline to meet, so I've kept it short and just want to say that I hope you're all having fun, and here is a picture of me outside my new place.



A x

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Top-Tips 4 Fashion Interns

After working at Clash and continuing to work with Maria Pizzeria I've discovered that interning is hard, but fashion interns have it hardest. These are things I've learned along the way.



1) Make Friends

Yes you're there to get experience and learn and grow and whatever, but it's really unlikely you're going to get offered a job at the end of it (because HELLO! it's the recession/2014/generation Y/selfies/instagram etc) so it's a good idea to make friends with other interns and employed people lower down the food-chain in case they're hiring for shit like this in the future (or if you need someone to work for you). 

I met a fashion intern from Dazed & Confused outside of a PR office and it was a brief moment of heaven where we locked eyes on each others suitcases and knew that neither of us had had enough sleep, that we were both lost little fledglings in this vacuous, vicious wonderful world, (and in these East london back streets), and that we were both simultaneously having the best and worst times of our lives. We laughed at our misery and exchanged kind words and our names, but I forgot hers straight away.

I miss you Dazed girl.

2) Comfort > Style

Obviously you want to look good, but it is more important to be able to do your job. Interning is hard work on your body, and you will need comfortable, reliable shoes. It's called trainers and they're cool now. You can look good style-wise and not have bleeding feet at the end of day one I promise.

Don't even think about wearing heels or anything with a thin sole if your internship is going to be anything like mine (7+ hours of non-stop walking/running/heavy lifting/standing on trains and buses etc). One of the days took me to Hackney, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Oxford Circus, Marylebone, Stoke Newington, Convent Garden and Lambeth, all with an increasingly heavy suitcase of clothes for a shoot). Have a coat with lots of pockets for phones/maps/travel cards etc, and don't wear clothes that are uncomfortable to wear all day, if you get very hot, or if you need to do lots of bending/reaching.

3) Keep Time


Figure out how long it takes you to get ready in the morning and then set your alarm accordingly.
Once you've done that, go back and factor in time for transport delays, wardrobe crisis, getting lost (especially for the first few days), inappropriate clothing choices when you do finally leave your house, and last minute requests from your boss. And always wear a watch.



3) Be Prepared

You can't do this without google maps. Even if you have spent every weekend of your life mapping the city your internship is in, finding studios and PR offices is like looking for a cool, stylish needle in a stupid, confusing haystack. Bring a backpack with you everyday. Have in it your wallet (with money), tissues, pens, a notebook, lip-balm, phone charger, travel cards, snacks, painkillers, plasters, and a bottle of water.

4) Ask

Don't know where you're meant to be going? Don't know how to work a steamer? Don't remember what kind of coffee your boss wanted? ASK.


You are there to learn, so it is important that if you do not understand or know something you find out (because it will find you out in the end). But don't ask too quickly. Only ask your boss if you have tried every possible option, because if it's then really obvious and you could've figured it out yourself you're going to feel like a dumb-ass.

4.5) But don't ask about designers names.

You should know this, even if you don't care about designers (you should really). It's like being a dentist and not knowing the different kinds of teeth. (I'll admit I couldn't pronounce Meadham Kirchhoff until I was sent to their studio and just kind of had to know it?? - it's like 'Meed-ham Kerch-off' btw) THIS HELPS. If you do get really stuck though put it in initials: 'I'm headed to the MK studio I'll be back in the office at 3" kinda thing and remember to STYLE IT OUT.

5) Own Up

Made a mistake? It's your fault. Do not put the blame on anyone else but yourself, just accept what you did was not what you should have done, apologise, and learn from it. I found this out working in a restaurant rather than at this internship but it's worth repeating. Don't beat yourself up though, making mistakes is how you learn.



6) Stairs are the enemy

Most of my days were spent with a huge heavy suitcase. I would leave the office in the morning praying that the wheels wouldn't buckle under the weight and say the c-word over and over again under my breath as I lugged the stupid thing up tube station stairs. Things you won't have noticed before will become of great importance - kerbs that slope down at crossing points, the extra wide ticket barriers in the tube stations, elevators and smooth pavements. Worship those who offer to help you carry things upstairs, these people must be protected at all costs.

7) Chill Out

If you find yourself in Oxford Circus at midday with a suitcase and a vague set of directions from a Polish builder whose grasp on English is not the tightest then I feel you. It will seem like everyone is trying to ruin your life, you've got eight places to go before the office closes, your feet won't take another step, that you can't get around this old man to save your life and you are about to push this group of Italian teens with London University hoodies into that incoming bus, but seriously, chill the fuck out. Use the back streets, breathe deeply, and try to eat something quickly, because your blood sugar is probably really low.

8) Take advantage of spare time

One day when I was working with a freelance stylist (not with the magazine), I was asked to do a pull from American Apparel, a process which involves walking around the store with a form where you basically write a list of items you want in colour, size and quantity. Pulls take hours because you have to wait around for the store to actually find these items and fill in loads of forms and blah blah blah.

Anyway, it was raining, and I'd been drinking until 2am and I was in Covent Garden for 9am, so with the four hours I had I went to The Diner, ordered black coffee and blueberry pancakes, went to Rokit and bought a grey sweater and then took a nap in a big chair in the downstairs bit of Cafe Nero. Find it hard to sleep in front of strangers? Not anymore kid. You're an intern now and you could fall asleep in front of a pack of savage wild dogs.

9) For when you want to quit...

You are an intern. You are the epitome of the started at the bottom line of that Drake song. 

ONE DAY, IF YOU KEEP GOING, YOU WILL BE THE 'HERE' PART OF THAT DRAKE SONG.

So many people want to be doing what you're doing. You have a very exciting, cool job that gives you ACCESS to a world which not many people have access to. You will go to showrooms which you will want to live in forever, you will go to PR offices which have clothes laid out for Danny Brown, you will work with amazing stylists, photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists and assistants, you will dance around a set with a model in a cowboy hat and bikini to Drunk in Love and you will meet so many brilliant people. You will visit proper office buildings with doormen and a badge with your name on. Your name will be in print in a magazine that you bought every issue of for the past two years and you will leave having learnt a lot and got something great to put on your cv. Be nice, have fun, work hard.

10) Always keep a banana in your bag.

(All screengrabs from the Fashion Intern Problems tumblr)

Sunday, 29 June 2014

I Hate Sundays Playlist / Tracklisting 29/6



Weekend update / Small Print & Gardening


Now that I have a full-time office job (apart from being able to fully appreciate this Hard-Fi song), my weekends have become sacred. I mean I tried not to waste them before but when you're going to school three days a week from 11am you don't really giving a shit about TGIF's and other dumb shit like that.

So far this weekend I've packed in a night out in Dalston seeing bands, eating the best kebab-shop burger ever (I don't see Mc.Donalds letting you negotiate the price of their burgers), cleaning my house with a hangover (minus the blood in the hall from the party on Thursday), killing four flies, watching Frances Ha, writing songs, walking around Peckham in the rain with Kylie and a big loaf of bread, and sorting out a band practice with a guitarist who is moving house :(

Adventurous.

Anyway, last weekend was Camden Crawl and I went to the Hawley Arms where Cal put on a bunch of my most important fave bands (inc. The Black Tambourines, Best Friends, Bloody Knees, and Theo Verney). All the Wolf Alice guys were there, and Swim Deep played a set towards the end (pic above) which was nice. My card got declined buying beer, I almost fell down the stairs (surprise surprise), I got a trainer to the jawbone and bruises all up my legs, got to hang out in the green room and met a guy called Apple and then went on a date sitting by the canal with all the rats and trash. Basically it was my favourite show of the year.


This week I've been working everyday and going home and trying to find a house to live in (yeah I still haven't got one) and then just doing the boring routine rubbish. I picked up the July 'American Dream' issue of Clash Magazine which I read on my lunch break on Friday, and found my name in very small small-print which is very exciting!!!??!!! 

In horticulture news, my mum is growing a vegetable garden back at home and is sending me pictures, and I'm going round to Kylie's house again soon to get rid of all the weeds so we can have a party or something, which I'm well excited about because I love gardening. #whoreticulture


Other than that, not much happened.

Have a safe week,

A x





Wednesday, 25 June 2014

A Life Aquatic with The Golden Dregs


This brilliant Wes Anderson-style music video from the Fal-town crowd (created by Ashley Hampson) features a song by The Golden Dregs which seems to be made up of Katja (drums), Charlie (bass guitar), Sam (guitar), Jake (keyboard), Mike (backing vocals) and written and produced by Ben (who's the guy in the red hat). Max, Josh, and Jim make an appearance too.