Tuesday, 29 January 2013

What we're listening to...

It’s about time Everything Everything showed their faces again (read our review from their gig in 2010 here!) and it’s safe to say that they really don’t disappoint with their new album Arc -  released this month and our listening choice of the week.

It is quite literally everything that you want an indie album to be: good beats, catchy and irresistible.

There are 13 awesome and varied tracks to get you through this tiring windy and wet weather plus an extra 6 on their deluxe album, each track representing a different tone and mood.

Some more upbeat tracks like Cough Cough contrasted with more melodramatic tunes like Torso of the Week with chillingly beautiful The Peaks. The only way to describe these guys music is just very cool.

The gritty underlay of their (Jonathon Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Michael Spearman and Alex Robertshaw) lyrics is covered by their eclectic funk but really they’re singing about a lot of depressing things like human irresponsibility and guilt. Don’t be mistaken though, this in no way deters from the fact that the result is absolutely sublime.

Take a listen and view at the awesome Cough Cough...

Next live gig will be at Oxford O2 Academy on Feb 14 .

By Melodie Walter

Monday, 28 January 2013

Meet...What I Heart Today

Lily Pebbles is definitely a girl after our own hearts, and her blog What I Heart Today has become another firm favourite. So read on to find out more about the girl behind the blog...

Ok, first up who is What I Heart Today? 
What I Heart Today is run by me, Lily Pebbles and it's mainly a beauty site with a bit of fashion and lifestyle thrown in
How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the  first place? 
What I Heart Today has been going for 3 years and it all started at University when I was encouraged to start a blog as part of our Digital Marketing module.

What inspires your blog posts? 
Anything really. I'm obsessed with beauty and I'm always eager to try out new launches and tell everyone my thoughts. I read a lot of other blogs and watch beauty videos on YouTube so that really inspires me too.
How would you describe your style? 
I like to keep things quite classic and stylish, but most importantly I'm all about the comfort.

What three items can you not live without? 
My leather detail Zara coat, lip balm and my camera.
What do you get up to when you're not blogging? 
When I'm not blogging I'm most likely to be shopping, making videos for my YouTube channel, reading other blogs, painting my nails on the sofa or eating out at a new restaurant.

Tell us something no one else knows about you... 
I hide my childhood diaries under my bed and would die of embarrassment if anyone ever read them. I guess I should find a new hiding place now...

And lastly, what's your favourite thing about Winter?
Coming inside and getting warm. Lighting a candle (usually Diptyque), putting on cosy loungewear, making a hot Ribena and watching films

Friday, 25 January 2013

Something for the Weekend...

If you’ve found yourself at a loose end this weekend be sure to check out Rumble in the Jungle, brought to you by The Music Circle.

If you can’t resist a rummage in the hopes of finding your new favourite outfit or music that you’ll stick on repeat, then you’ll be even more interested to know that donations are being made by the likes of Paloma Faith, Bat For Lashes, Fearne Cotton, Daisy Lowe, Zara Martin and even Dermot O’Leary... and that’s just to name a few!

 Goodies donated from Fearne Cotton... 

There will also be a pop-up retro hair salon from Lipstick & Curls to give you the perfect vintage look, food from Gizzi Erskine, tea and cakes from Joe’s Tea Co and DJ sets from Gizzi, Jen Long and My Ex Boyfriend’s Records, as well as stalls from Gemma Cairney,  Lauren Laverne and one of our very own contributors Katie Antoniou (selling gorgeous stationery you will LOVE).

Proceeds will go to aid abused women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, so you’ll have a fantastic day for a great cause.

If it sounds like your kind of thing, head over to Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club tomorrow (26th Jan) from 12pm-6pm.

See what happened last year here:

For more information, check out their Facebook event page or you can even donate here.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Limoncello and Lime Flat Cakes

Limoncello – a divine Italian liqueur - soaked up in our own special flat cupcakes with lots of cream make for one ridiculously good dessert or a great accompaniment for afternoon tea!

Makes 12

100g butter
100g caster sugar
Tiny pinch salt
2 medium eggs
100g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder

Limoncello syrup
150ml bottled/fresh lime juice
150g caster sugar
50ml Limoncello liqueur

80g butter
80g icing sugar
Pink food colouring

Cream (whipped double cream/squirty cream)

-       Note: make sure eggs and butter room temp before starting!
-       Heat oven to 180C
-       Cream together the butter, sugar, salt until pale and fluffy and beat in the eggs slowly (add a little flour if the mixture starts to curdle)
-       Add in the flour or the rest of the flour - depending on whether you used some to prevent the mixture curdling!
-       Divide mixture into well greased non-stick cupcake tin tray and bake for 15-20 mins
-       Make syrup by heating the lime juice and sugar in a pan and bring to the boil; allow this to cool before you add the Limoncello liqueur
-       Once the cakes are out of the oven wait 10mins or so before you brush the syrup on top (be generous!)
-       Allow the liqueur to soak into the sponge while you make the icing: simply cream the icing sugar and butter and food colouring together (we did ours slightly differently but if you want standard butter icing then this is the format)
-       Pipe cream on top and indulge!

By Melodie Walter

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

What We're Listening To...

Many of you will know Iwan Rheon for his role as Simon in channel 4’s fantastic series Misfits (and he’s soon to appear on Game of Thrones). What you might not have known is that he’s a fully fledged musician, too.

We were lucky enough to catch him at London’s Borderline last weekend and were treated to new tracks from his 3rd EP Bang! Bang!, as well as his first two, Tongue Tied and Changing Times.

You can’t miss Rheon’s Welsh lilt, which comes through his soulful voice as he sings and whilst his music has an acoustic-feel, he’s also joined by a guitarist and drummer, which gives it an extra kick.

We loved Iwan’s performance and if he’s performing in your area any time soon we’d strongly advise you to go!

Monday, 21 January 2013

Hazy days

Now the Japanese clothing label fray i.d is not a name we were familiar with, but after seeing their gorgeous look book images we'll definitely be keeping them on our radar. Featuring Alexa Chung, the look book feels like the perfect hazy afternoon. 

Full of soft pinks and chiffon, short trenches and cute dresses, we're dreaming of the warmer weather already... 

Friday, 18 January 2013

Meet... Dearest Deer

Despite being fairly new on the blogging scene, Dunya over at Dearest Deer has fast become one of our favourites. We had a chat with the girl herself, so read on to find out more about the girl behind the blog... 

Ok, first up who is 'Dearest Deer'? 
My name is Dunya, I'm 21, and a third year student studying International Relations at Sussex University, living in Brighton and occasionally popping back home to Surrey in between! 

How long have you been blogging, and what made you want to start it in the first place?
Blogging has been relatively new for me, I started around June/July of 2012, feeling very inspired since the start of 2012 by my friend Carrie and her blog WishWishWish! Seeing the way she told stories through beautiful photography and words got me into looking at other blogs and, before I knew it, I'd bought myself a camera and was plotting my own blog design! 

What inspires your blog posts?
I've always liked the idea of capturing something in a photo, and I try to make my posts as much about where I am as what I'm wearing. At the start I did some straight up outfit posts but I think the inspiration has to be drawn from where I am at the time too, so I like to look for new places that can compliment my look and vice versa! 

How would you describe your style?
It's a bit of two things, on one side probably very typically girly; I like bows, velvet, polka dotted anything, but I also like my fair share of  masculine things, tailored trousers, brogues. The fun is mixing it all up! And it's safe to say anything Alexa Chung and Zooey Deschanel/Jess wear are all inspirational! 

What three items can you not live without? 
I have a life-saving (by life I mean hair) hooded camel coat from Zara I received for my 20th birthday which, in our weather, I am so grateful for! My black denim American Apparel circle skirt saves the day when I feel like nothing else will match, and a very long-lasting pair of black suede topshop ankle boots from two years ago is my go-to when I want a low heel that will look nice but still be comfortable. 

What do you get up to when you're not blogging? 
A lot of my time is spent in front of my laptop, studying for my seminars! But when I'm away from my laptop I try to make the most of visiting charity shops nearby, spending time with fellow bloggers in London, and popping back home to Surrey.

Tell us something no one else knows about you... 
I have a little dent on my top left cheek from an almost-fatal accident when I was 6. Look out for it in my next post!

And lastly, what's your favourite thing about Winter? 
Coming home from the cold, chucking all things wet or damp to the side, and putting the kettle on!