Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Drink of the month - Matusalem

Originally produced over 130 years ago in Santiago de Cuba and known as the “ Cognac of Rums”. I drink it with coke but it's really good on the rocks or in an Old Fashioned. It's lovely and sweet and smells of vanilla. I've been drinking this for a while and always recommend it to people when I'm working. 

Gogo Philip jewellery

Thanks to the tip from Glaswegian, London based stylist Leeann Soki Mac on her BBC 1xtra interview, I stocked up on Gogo Philip jewellery from ASOS which i freakin LOVE! Coincidently Leeann also styled this shoot for Gogo Philip. Nice job.

Glasgow Film and Music Festival 2012

I'm really looking forward to Glasgow's annual music and film festival. It runs from the 16-26th February and includes screenings of classic and independent international cinema, music events and workshops.

I'm yet to scout out films to see but I will definitely be hitting up the Umberto gig, where the master of contemporary horror will be dj'ing live over a horror movie (the GFF are keeping the film a secret until the night!) This takes place at SWG3 on 25th Feb. 

MOVE D - Panorama Bar, Berlin

This mix has got me right in the mood for another trip to Berlin. I've only ever been in winter so looking forward to seeing the city without a blanket of snow.

Timerous Beasties for Princes Square Glasgow

Whenever I'm walking down Great Western Road I always have a look in the window of Timerous Beasties. TB is an independent design company who specialise in home interiors. They have beautifully printed wallpaper, curtains and home ware that is TO DIE FOR. 

From their website:

Noted for surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, the design studio, Timorous Beasties, was founded in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. Their work could be seen as a wayward take on the often “twee” world of textiles, with heavily illustrative insects, ‘triffid’-like plants, birds and other animals. They are also known for their contemporary take on the ‘Toile de Jouy’ fabrics of Napoleonic France, and have designed a number of toiles based on different cities around the world. The original ‘Toile’ designs are viewed today as very traditional but in fact depict scenes of drinking and womanizing that reflected the society of the day. Similarly, Timorous Beasties’ toiles reflect the under-belly of urban social realism against a back drop of familiar, landmark buildings.

One of their strengths is the ability to provide a bespoke service from custom colours to original artwork. All design work takes place at their Glasgow Studio, where they continue to hand-print many of their fabrics and wallpapers. In addition, their experimental approach and their investment in new design and manufacturing techniques have allowed them to move into other product areas including lace, jacquards, lighting, rugs and ceramics. Their work can be viewed in both residential and commercial settings and they often undertake projects out with their normal parameters. This is evident in their engraved stone cladding for Cabot Circus Shopping Centre in Bristol, granite over slabs for the Burns Museum in Ayr, bespoke gravestones and an aluminium installation on the exterior of Princes Square Shopping Centre in Glasgow.
Timorous Beasties opened their first retail shop in 2004 on the Great Western Road in Glasgow and a second shop in central London in 2007. In addition they have collaborated with brands such as Brintons Carpets, Nike and Famous Grouse. In 2011 they produced a bespoke collection of cushions for John Lewis Department Stores, an exclusive range of textiles and home accessories for Liberty of London and home accessories for the newly refurbished National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

They recently designed the exterior of Princes Square shopping mall in Glasgow. This is best seen at night time Taking inspiration from the faded grandeur of many of the city's Victorian buildings the design reflects foliage that emerges from neglected historical buildings. The trailing leaves design was produced locally in powder coated aluminium and moulded on site by Glasgow sculptor, Kenny MacKay.

Pictures taken from various interior design projects in London and NY.

They have created an urban collection of toiles which reveal subverted scenes of modern day debauchery. Entitled London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, the prints touch on social and political themes in a most decorative way.

London Toile

Glasgow Toile

Monday, 6 February 2012

Highlife live mix

Listen to the link here http://url.awdio.com/UCwyChj

Catch Auntie Flo DJ'ing at Plastic People in London this Saturday for the H&P launch party

Nike Air Max 1 Beets

For Valentine's day I'd like someone to buy me these in a UK 4 please  ❤ 

Tom Ford eye make up - Cognac Sable

This is the only quad I own and I am actually obsessed with it. Tom Ford's make up range is so unbelievably gorgeous. The casing itself is byoot and I'll be showing it off in the toilets next time I'm topping up my slap on a night out. Sadly beauty like this comes with a hefty price tag. This one costs £62 eek! Luckily I have a friend that works for the brand and gets me it cheap, otherwise I doubt I my bank balance would allow it. If you've got the cash, go for it. Would make a really cool gift for Valentine's day boys ;)

Shu Uemura obsessed!

The last ITCOW fashion show was sponsored by Shu Uemura, they sent us loads of samples of their skin cleansing oil which is THEE BEST CLEANSER IN THE WORLD.

I just invested in a huge 450ml bottle of the 'classic high performance balancing oil' which was a hefty £56.50 but will probably last me all year looking by the size of it. Please don't be put off the idea of putting oil on your skin. I have normal/oily skin and it has made it silky smooth and matte all day. It also has a magic ingredient which can melt even the heavy dutiest of makeup, namely my MAC liquid eyeliner! I have used so many products and I can safely say that I will be using Shu Uemura for life.

My partner in crime Claire of Bee Waits blog fame wrote a review of more Shu Uemura lovelies. See it here >>> http://beewaits.blogspot.com/2012/01/shu-uemura-skincare-review.html

OK GO new video

The new music video from OK Go, made in partnership with Chevrolet. OK Go set up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording. There are no ringers or stand-ins; Damian took stunt driving lessons. Each piano had the lowest octaves tuned to the same note so that they'd play the right note no matter where they were struck. For more information and behind-the-scenes footage, see http://www.LetsDoThis.com and http://www.okgo.net. Many thanks to Chevy for believing in and supporting such an insane and ambitious project, and to Gretsch for providing the guitars.

Director: Brian L. Perkins & Damian Kulash, Jr.
Director of Photography: Yon Thomas
Editor: Doug Walker
Producer: Luke Ricci

Yes Master underwear


Yes Master are a luxury lingerie brand based in the UK. They are stocked in shops all over England but haven't yet found a place in Scotland. Fear not, Urban Outfitters have been selling limited pieces online but they don't hang about.

Check the website >>>  http://www.yes-master.com/

M.I.A's sick new video

Real nice mix

LCD Soundsystem feature film

Can't wait to see this.

Electric roller disco!

This Saturday I'll be getting my skates on for this badboy. It's gonna be the campest disco in history.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Hot boys with dogs

Goodbye to the Haus

On Friday I went to the Soundhaus's closing party. Sadly the place is getting demolished so we had a massive party to send it off in glory.

Here's a cool wee interview with Glasgow DJ and good friend of mine Simon Stokes who talks fondly of his time at the Soundhaus

JUST GOOD FILMS - work in progress

I'm always looking for good films to watch, trailing through blogs and top100 best film lists. Here's a few of my all time favourites to get started with.

The Lives of Others
Enter the Void
Funny Games
Mulholland Drive
Pans Labyrinth

Vietnam travels

I went to Vietnam for a holiday to visit my bezzy fwiend Rach of blog http://ladyrarajakarta.blogspot.com/.
It was siiiick. Too much happened for me to write about so here are some pix i took when i was away.

I'm now hefty addicted to Sriracha. It's beast.

Mega catchup. 6 months in 1 post

Been mega supa busy and haven't had so much time to blog. This last 6 months have been crazy! In November ITCOW had another fashion show in the Sub Club which showcased more of Scotland's independent fashion designers, models and visual artists. Since the show was so close to Halloween we decided to base our inspiration on 70's B movie horror's, looking at Dario Argento's stylish movie sets and music by John Carpenter and Goblin.

Thanks to Paul Smith for designing us this sexy flyer, featuring the gorgeous Taz Nowy wearing Isla Scott.

I have also been working with Bar Soba in Glasgow doing marketing and events. In December we launched the Xmas menu, which involved organising a party for press and party people to sample some of the pan Asian dishes. THEN last week Bar Soba opened up another venue in the West End of the city, so I helped organise the launch for that which was great too. We had Esa from the Sub Club DJing, Thai massage from Thai Orchid Spa and sweet cocktails from the Soba masters.

In between all of this I have been working on my dissertation. But lets not talk too much about that.

Here are some pix from the last ITCOW show.

Thanks to all the designers, models, make-up artists, graphic designers, caterers, sponsors, volunteers, hairstylists and of course the mighty Sub Club! Video coming soon...

New sneaks. Nike Air Max VT

Got myself a fresh pair for XMAS. Finally arrived from Berlin! Outer made of grey tweed. Love em.

Tune in my head

Heard this tune in the clubs over Christmas and it took me so friggin long to find. Worth it.