Thursday, 23 December 2010

I Hate... Absence / Happy Holidays

This festive message from Michael Jackson should see you through the Christmas period.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

I Like... Being Student Music Writer of the Year / Record of the Day Awards 2010

My Dad inspecting David Bowie
Thanks to the good people at Record of the Day. Thanks to the zuegma towards the end of The Libertines Reading review I wrote, as I'm pretty sure that's what won me this award. And thanks to Alexander Pope for teaching me what a zuegma is.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

I Like... Holographics / Starlight

Book Review - Michael Jackson: The Making of Thriller: 4 Days/1983

If anyone can seriously answer the question at the end of this review - get in touch. It keeps me awake at night.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

I Hate... False Advertising / Pure Hate

It has come to my attention that I have been “liking” too many things on this blog lately. So just to even out the scores, here’s a list of things that have annoyed me in the past 72 hours:

- Cold hand-dryers
- Tristram Shandy
- Inferiors attempting to tell me what to do
- Blue nail varnish that looks black
- Iceberg lettuce
- Face wipes that dry out real quick
- The price of chocolate bars
- Time
- Dust

Friday, 12 November 2010

I Like... Luck / Bello Diablo

Look what I won.
Topshop asked what my favourite Kate Moss for Topshop item was. I told them...

“As gorgeous as every Kate Moss for Topshop garment is in my wardrobe, and as gorgeous as each of those pieces make me feel, from the perfect denim hotpants to the second-skin wet-look maxi dress, the Kate Moss for Topshop item I treasure most has to be the studded leather bag from her debut collection. That little butter-soft shoulder bag has gone everywhere with me for the past three years; from London, to New York to Paris. And everywhere I go girls and women stop to ask where I bought it. It’s draped over me at every gig and festival, and since Kate is the queen of festival chic, she knew exactly what she was doing when designing this beautiful and versatile bag. It’s always good to know that I’m wearing something that has been pre-approved by an unrivalled style icon.”

In exchange they sent me this specially designed jumpsuit, as worn and designed by Miss Moss to her specifications.

There are only two of these jumpsuits in existence, one’s in my wardrobe and the other is in Mossy’s – weird.

The subtle shimmer, art deco inserts on the shoulders and ultra flared legs make me feel like a Rolling Stones groupie (that’s a good thing, obvs).

Thanks to Topshop for selecting me as the winner of their competition, and thanks to Kate Moss for another sparkling design.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

I Like... Recognition / "Working to make butter for my piece of bun"



The above pictures are not only adorable, but sum up my academic work ethic - an ethic which has paid off. Say hello to the recipient of Reading University's Achievement Prize.

After being told that 'we don't give firsts to first year students', I got one. A good one too.

The secret to studious success?
1) Go to the lectures and seminars you're paying for - only fools disobey this financial/moral logic
2) Don't waste your time - i.e. socialising with people you don't actually like; if I don't want you at my funeral I certainly don't want to spend time drinking milky-frothy-cappa-mocha-chinos with you when I could be working.

This studying thing might just work out after all

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

I Like... Previously Unreleased Material / Vision


On 22nd November Sony Music are releasing Vision – the 3 DVD Michael Jackson boxset includes:

- 42 short films, all restored and remastered

- 10 videos which up until have not been available as home releases

- The NEVER before seen video for the 2003 single One More Chance (that’s a total of 4.5 hours worth of Michael Jackson videos, people)

- An accompanying 60 page hardback booklet

Be cool like me and pre-order now

Friday, 8 October 2010

I Like... Iconic Kate / "The glitter of fashion misleads her"

So Kate Moss is kind of shutting up shop with Topshop this month. The official line is that Kate will now be desiging “limited edition drop-in collections.” I.e. not so frequent and not so large collections.

However, the actual news to report here is that to initiate this new fashion venture, Moss has chosen her top ten favourite pieces from her past 14 collections to be reproduced under the label “Iconic Kate.” So with that, here is my personal plea for the ten pieces I’m hoping to be brought back to the Topshop rack:

1) The Panther Dress – This one has already been confirmed as one of the chosen ten, but I just want to lodge my support for it after missing it first time round. I might take up smoking whilst I wear it as well.




2) The Cropped Leather Jacket – You know what this is? The prefect form of the leather jacket - that’s what. When this came out I tried it on, had the money for it in my hand but I actually needed a coat for the winter and thought a garment that fails to reach my stomach may not be the wisest investment. What was I thinking? The leather was so buttery soft and it made me feel instantaneously cool; not feeling I experience all too often. By far the best item from the entire KM for Topshop archives.




3) The Yellow Chiffon Dress – Of course when this piece appeared in her first collection The Daily Mail was all “oh it looks just like that dress she wore that one time.” Yeah? That’s why it’s so desirable – duh.


4) The Corset Tee – So simple but so cool. I was once ripped off with a fake version of this top on Ebay, so a real one would be a treat.


5) The Red Pansy Dress – I believe this is actually the best ever selling KM dress, so surely it’s a shoe-in for reissue? Plus I like pansies and I want red to be “my colour.”




6) The Original Pansy Tea Dress – I actually already own this, but the print is so perfect it makes my eyes water with joy a little bit. So I may buy one in every size available so I can wear it for the rest of my existence or in case I balloon up in the future. The dress is actually an exact copy of a vintage Busstop by Lee Bender dress that Moss owns, but she did us all a big favour by bringing it to the masses.



7) The Black Silk Skirt – Luxury grunge. This will look perfect with the little leather jacket.



8) The Stripy Jumper – There isn’t anything particularly discernable about this item, but I really need some warm clothes in my wardrobe right now, plus Mossy looks too good for words modelling it in the promo shot.




9) The Skinny Jeans – I’m sorely missing some signature Moss jeans and, let’s face it, she singlehandedly made this style of jean the only one anyone with a clue wears anymore. Plus, here’s a shock revelation; I don’t actually have a pair of blue jeans in my wardrobe these days. Honestly, what century am I living in?



10) The Cut-Away Mini – The ultimate LBD; modelled on her “I’m dating Johnny Depp” days but made disgustingly short. Firm thighs required.



And not to be forgotten – Kate’s final seasonal collection hits stores on 28th October and will be comprised of “signature boho-chic, with pretty day-dresses, uber-glam evening gowns, vintage-inspired knits and a new range of semi-precious jewellery.”

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

I Hate... How much I enjoyed my birthday this year / “I am just eighteen, the finest age possible”

I usually hate getting old and being the centre of attention, but this year I actually enjoyed my birthday.

My celebratory events schedule went thus:
- Cake with the Grandparents
- 5K run through Hyde Park
- Costume change then family time
- Another costume change then friends time
- A day spent at Lucknam Park Spa complete with massages, sunflower seed exfoliation and Japanese salt room detoxing
- An evening with Stephen Fry – a national treasure live onstage

Such an enjoyable run of events that I actually forgot about the now decreasing levels of collagen production in my face for a while.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

I Hate... Negligence / Inactive

Lack of updates due to:
1) being busy turning 21
2) my reading : writing ratio = unbalanced
3) spending my time with crocodiles