Clothes Like Jagger

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I mentioned in my last blog post that I have a lot of celebrity style icons who I look up to and take inspiration from in my own outfits. I was just scrolling through my Pinterest boards this Bank Holiday weekend when I thought it would be a fun idea to re-create some celebrity looks that I love.

As you may be aware, I’m a huge fan of sixties and seventies fashion so, with that in mind, I’ve decided that for a whole week I will try to steal the style of Mick Jagger. I’m going to dress like him for a week and attempt to re-create some of his iconic outfits, only using items from my own wardrobe. To see how I got on just keep on reading!

Monday

58F2BF6B-665B-4EE7-9198-6B37ECF93617Now when I conceived this idea, I didn’t actually realise how many factors I’d have to take into account. The weather, going to work, my plans, going out etc. So I did make a brief schedule that I used as a guide throughout the week.

On Monday, I was working all day so I wanted a comfy yet fashionable outfit I could wear. This look particularly stuck out to me, of course because of the colour red, but I also like how casual it is too. I think I got the jacket, striped scarf and sunnies spot on, but opted for a spotty tee, rather than jumper. To finish off the outfit, my black flares and converse.

Tuesday

1C74B318-2DE5-48AD-A77B-19986A9A7793Tuesday was another work day, so another comfy outfit was definitely needed! I really love this loose casual look Mick is rocking in this picture. It looks as though he’s just thrown it on but yet somehow it looks super cool and chic.

I wanted my version to reflect my love for contrasting prints so I went for my polka dot shirt and checked trousers. Both of these items I have literally had for YEARS, every time I have a closet clear out, they always get saved. I think this is because they are such wardrobe staples and very versatile.

Wednesday

AF9F7FEF-8C05-4FC8-8041-7513EDBA3164The turtle neck was very popular piece in the 1960’s, something that’s had a massive revival in recent years. I decided to wear my red vintage one with these side studded jeans that are very reminiscent of Micks in this picture.

As with the previous two days, I was in work, so needed a comfortable, easy outfit to wear. Needless to say, I swapped my silver heeled boots out for some more appropriate trainers for being on my feet all day.

Thursday

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Out of all the outfits of the week, this is probably the one baring the least resemblance to Micks original outfit. I wanted to include it anyway as I really liked the colour pallete and overall style.

The look I went for was definitely 70’s inspired, with gold glitter flares and a bold patterned cropped knit. Another super comfy, easy to wear outfit.

Friday

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Friday had a lot going on. Contrasting prints, textures and colours (even though you can’t see that here). I actually own an extensive collection of vintage waistcoats, that I am slowly trying to filter back into my every day wardrobe so it was good to experiment with this style.

As well as basing this off Jaggers look, I think this outfit is very ‘me’ and definitely something I feel I would come up with, without referencing inspiration pictures.

Saturday

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After a fairly casual dressing week, I wanted to smarten up a bit more at the weekend. Saturday afternoon, I had plans with my friends to go out for lunch and wanted to feel a little fancy, so I went for this shirt and blazer combo.

This stripey blazer is one of my favourites that I really don’t wear enough. I think I definitely captured a similar look with this outfit, even down to the silver necklace.

Sunday

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Probably my favourite look of the week. As much as I would love to own this exact same suit, unfortunately I do not. I swapped out gingham for a check print and opted for a yellow skirt to continue to co-ord vibes.

The shirt and belt tie the whole thing together and I’m very happy with my interpretation of this outfit. We even share similar hair cuts!

Verdict

When you think of 1960’s/1970’s fashion icons, this guy most definitely springs to mind. I decided to use Mick, not only because I love his style but because I wanted a challenge myself by re-creating a males fashion style. I am a firm believer that boys and girls can wear the same sort of clothes and I think that this era was perfect for encouraging that.

I was actually surprised how many pieces of my own I could adapt to Mick’s style. I also re-discovered pieces in my wardrobe that I’ve neglected for a while so it was great to get them out for a spin again. I think I did pretty well throughout the week and it’s definitely given more inspiration for future outfits.

Thanks for reading!

Rags

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(All Mick Jagger images sourced on Pinterest and Google Images)

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Salvaging Self Style

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I don’t know about you guys, but I for one definitely go through phases of questioning my style. The past couple of months I’ve not felt good about anything I put on and just not been enjoying my fashion choices. Now I feel as though I’ve got my mojo back I thought it would be a good time to write a blog post about it.

Personal style is something that we all have, whether you are into fashion or not. It’s what makes us unique and recognisable to everyone. I think that if you feel good in what you are wearing, then that definitely makes you feel good about yourself!

I’m not sure if it’s because of the unusually hot weather we’ve been having recently, or the fact that nothing seems to fit me right anymore, I just been feeling so down about my wardrobe and have begun a mission to change that. I’d gotten to a point where I would just be wearing t-shirt and jeans or baggy old clothes and just couldn’t be bothered planning out outfits anymore, which is something that I used to love doing.

The past few months I’ve been so lucky enough to go on holiday and festivals and had the BEST time. My summer has been amazing and whilst I’ve been focusing on having a good time and enjoying myself, my clothes and style has kinda been on the back burner. I just didn’t feel good about myself in anything I was wearing and that was something I was determined to change.

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I started off by looking at my wardrobe. Fair to say, it was a complete mess. Looking at my clothes, I felt so uninspired and unmotivated to think about it, it was just so much easier to grab something simple and, usually, boring. That’s not what I’m about, my style definitely isn’t boring. I was forgetting about key pieces and things that I loved to wear.

So I spent the whole day, trying on every single piece of clothing in my wardrobe. Yes every single one. When you take in to account I have two wardrobes and a free standing rail, that is quite a lot of clothes.

By trying everything on, I tried to de-personalise myself from my clothes. As if I was in a fitting room in a shop. I asked myself questions like does this fit right? How can I style it? And the most important one, would I buy this? I think that if something fits really well and you feel confident wearing it then it is obviously a keeper. If not then get rid of it!

From doing this I discovered that I don’t like skinny jeans or denim shorts anymore. They just don’t look right on my legs and I always feel uncomfortable wearing them. Instead I really enjoy wearing flares or tapered trousers. I’ve got rid of a lot tops and blouses that don’t fit right anymore and just kept the ones that I really love. I have curves, so I love to wear form fitting dresses that accentuate them, but I don’t like anything too tight that cuts me off. I think it’s all about finding what is right for you and trying not to focus on your insecurities, but instead the positives and what makes you unique.

Another thing that I realised, I do have a lot of really fun and great pieces in my wardrobe, I’ve just become so unsure on how to style them out. My leopard print suit, vinyl trousers, long hippie dresses, faux fur coats. How could I forget about all those?! A lot of the materials I like to wear are heavy duty like suede, velvet and leather and totally not appropriate for hot weather. Having a clear out really helped me re-discover items and organise the chaos that is my clothes.

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So as I mentioned earlier, I have two wardrobes and a clothing rail. I made myself categorise everything into three sections; everyday/work clothes, going out/party clothes and winter coats/jumpers. This way everything is super organised and I know which wardrobe to open depending on my plans or the occasion.

As well as de-cluttering my wardrobe, another thing that helped me get my love for fashion back, was getting inspired by other people. You can literally take inspiration from anywhere, films and music videos, someone you see walking down the street and of course social media. I have so many Pinterest boards I’ve lost count. I like to go through my liked pictures on Instagram to see what I like in other people’s fashion and how I can apply it to my own.

I think it’s important to not fully copy someone exactly, but take elements and put your own spin on it. Which is what makes your personal style, you! I feel so motivated now and I am actually looking forward to planning outfits again and feel great in what I’m wearing.

Thanks for reading!

Rags

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(Side note: all my unwanted clothes I passed on to friends and donated to charity)

Rags’ Festival Guide

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After recently coming back from a weekend away at Isle of Wight Festival, I thought it would be quite handy to give you my Top Ten festival tips! This was my first Isle of Wight and my friend Nicole’s first ever camping festival. I was originally going to write up a rant about how unorganised and unsafe it was and how disappointed I was in the overall festival. If you are interested in that then I’m sure you will be able to find some other peoples reviews around on the internet. I’ve decided against writing one as I want to continue positive vibes and hopefully give you a bit of advice, all I’ll say is that I won’t be attending that particular festival in the future. Anyway here goes, my little festival guide!

1. Pack as light as possible

I know it’s very tempting to pack everything but the kitchen sink when you go away. If you are travelling in the car then of course it’s so much easier to pack loads and get carried away, but what I’ve learned is that, a lot of the time you don’t use half the stuff you take. If you are like me and mostly travel by train or coach then you’ll know it can be a bit of a mission to carry every thing on your back. What I tend to do is have a backpack with my clothes and toiletries, a bumbag with my valuables in, my tent and a bag of alcohol and that’s it. I’ve never once took a chair or a blow up bed, cool box or barbecue. If you do feel like you need those things then more often that not, they do have stalls on site where you can get these items and more. You want to make the journey as easy as possible and it’s really not fun when you are struggling to carry everything.

2. Wear casual to travel in 

I’ve been going to festivals for nearly ten years now and there has been times when I’ve got up extra early to do a full face of make up and plan my outfit out to travel in, but it’s just not worth it! A lot of the time it takes more than a few hours to get to a festival and you might be sweating, falling asleep on the coach and then not to mention getting on your hands and knees to put a tent up. I would say it’s a good idea to go bare faced and in your causal clothes and then by all means when you get there, glitter up and wear your best outfit! Don’t waste it on a coach journey.

3. Check the weather

Another thing I’ve learnt with experience is to check the weather. This probably only applies to UK festivals as we tend to have very temperamental summers (excluding this one of course!). I like to get a general idea of the day to day weather conditions just so I can plan outfits ahead of time so I spend less time getting ready once I’m at the festival. What I would also say is always take a sun cream, a raincoat and wellies, just to cover you for all possibilities.

4. Take extra tent pegs 

I don’t know why but every year I always end up having missing pegs from my tent and it can get annoying when you want your tent to be secure. I think this is probably down to people tripping on them and loosening them, or the ground bending them out of shape so they become useless. You can get pack of pegs from pound shops and supermarkets so they are really inexpensive and definitely worth having.

5. Don’t leave anything valuable in the tent 

This might be an obvious one but I’ve heard people say before that they don’t want to carry their money or their expensive camera round the festival in case it gets lost or broken. My advice would be just not to take it. I definitely wouldn’t leave anything valuable in the tent because it’s just not worth the risk. At the end of the day you are camping in a field full of strangers and you don’t know what they could be capable of. Most festivals now have lockers and you can pay on card at a lot of the bars so you don’t really need to be carrying a big wad of cash about.

6. Bring a few portable chargers 

We now live in an age where updating our social media is a daily occurance and with so much going on at a festival you’re bound to want to take loads of pictures and videos. Sometimes one charger just isn’t enough so it might be worth investing in a couple just to get you through the weekend. I’d also say try and clear your phone of unwanted pictures because there’s nothing more annoying than that ‘storage full’ message popping up.  If you’re not into updating your profiles then you should still keep your phone full of juice just in case you lose your friends or need it for emergency’s.

7. Download the app

Another thing thats worth doing before you leave is downloading the app. Most festivals have one, usually featuring maps of the festival grounds as well as the line up and stage times. This is a handy alternative to buying a programme or a land yard when you get there and is definitely more convenient.

8. Clothes are key 

As I said earlier, it’s good to plan out outfits before you go. Not only does it help with packing but it saves time when you are getting ready in the morning, the less time spent in a hot tent, the better! During the day the weather can change so you want to be wearing something that is easy adaptable in all weathers. I usually take a mini backpack with a hoodie and pair of leggings if it gets colder later at night, that way you don’t have to trek back to the tent if you want to stay out all day and night.

9. Be prepared to queue

Something that festivals are notorious for are the queues. Queues to get in the site, for the toilets, bars, food stands and even getting into some of the stages and tents. It’s expected as there are thousands of people wanting the same things. It can be annoying but there’s not a lot you can do unfortunately. I’d just say be prepared and try and make it more enjoyable, I know weird to say but I’ve actually had a right laugh in queues with random people, just start chatting or singing and it can actually be quite fun. Be prepared with water and sun cream if you know that it’s going to be really hot.

10. Have fun! 

Now the main and most important thing is…enjoy yourself! It can be quite stressful and annoying doing all the packing and travelling and getting the tent set up but just remember once you are there, it is so worth it! I love being in a field with a can of cider watching bands I love, surrounded by my mates and I’ve genuinely had some of the best times at festivals. I think that I’ll be going for a long time and they will definitely continue to be one of the staples of my summer for years to come.

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Thanks for reading!

Rags

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Buzzin in Bali

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So rather than taking a week off, I’ve some how managed to not write a blog post for three weeks! How did that happen? To be honest, I think I probably needed a break from it. If you have read my last post then you will be aware that I was struggling with, what I’m actually planning to do with my life and the whole blogging world in general. But I’m lucky enough to have some super supportive friends that I had the best time with on holiday, so let’s get into that shall we!

I’d actually never really thought about going to Bali, until my friend Mel went travelling at the start of the year. Me and the girls decided to go out and visit her, and since she is now based in Australia, we figured Bali would be the perfect place. I’ve been to Europe and North America before, however Asia is somewhere I had never ventured to, so I was really looking forward to going. The only thing that really bothered me was the length of the flight and how far away it is from home, but once I was on the plane I was perfectly fine.

In total, the trip was ten days and we managed to get to experience two sides of the island, something I would definitely recommend if you plan on going. Buleleng in the north and Seminyak in the south. These two places were complete polar opposites to each other but both beautiful none the less. I loved the diversity and how we got to see both the rural local side of the island and the most touristy lively part.

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For the first four days we stayed in a private villa resort. There were six buildings onsite but lucky for us, we were the only ones checked in that week! This was fab as we had all the facilities to ourselves including a gorgeous pool. There’s something about just chillin at the pool that makes a holiday for me. In the build up, I’m always thinking about lying next to the pool with a cocktail in hand and it’s just the ultimate relaxation for me. In the four days we were staying at the villa, as well as some well earned resting time, we managed to see a lot of the sights that the north of the island had to offer. The area we stayed in was so calm and peaceful, we were surrounded by farm lands, local residents and shops and it wasn’t too far from the beach either.

The beach was where we took a boat trip out into the ocean to see dolphins in their natural habitat. Something which I was looking forward to and it does sounds like a lovely plan right? That was until I saw the boat. Maybe I’m naive in thinking that I would be a big passenger cruiser with sides and a roof, maybe a few deck chairs I don’t know! Instead it was a little canoe boat with a hand powered engine. I know this sounds very cute and to be fair it actually was. It’s just the fact I have never been able to swim, so for me it was terrifying. I just kept over thinking that something bad was going to happen and got quite upset for a good half hour of the trip. All I wanted to do was get off and stay on dry land. Panic attacks are something that I’ve experienced in recent years, and while I don’t have them regularly, I like to think that, eventually, I can manage to control them. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve got some really supportive friends so luckily Alice managed to talk me round and I ended up having the best time ever! I’m so happy that I did it and proper felt like I had achieved something.

Dolphins weren’t the only thing on the agenda. Whilst staying in Buleleng, we went on trips round the jungle and explored a few waterfalls, some amazing temples and got to see some incredible views. I didn’t know too much about Bali before getting there so I didn’t realise how much jungle and greenery that there is over there, it really is breath taking! We travelled through the winding roads in the mountains, stopping every now and again to take in the view. All of the locals that we spoke to were so lovely and welcoming and I really appreciated their kind nature. Not once did I see anyone arguing or shouting or being rude to one another. The atmosphere was very relaxing and everyone seemed happy and content. I’m really glad that we got to see that side of the island as it’s something I’ve never experienced before and I really enjoyed it.

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The second half of the holiday was spent in the south where we stayed in Seminyak. Like I mentioned before, this area was completely different to our earlier stay. Seminyak is a lot more touristy with plenty of bars and restaurants and huge beaches. Our room was a little more basic and not as fancy as the villa but it did the job for what we needed it for. We had been trying a lot of traditional food at the start of the week, so it was a nice change to have something a bit more familiar. One of our favourite places to go was Strawberry Fields, which was a short walk from where we were staying. They had amazing burgers and a cool indie atmosphere. One thing that stayed the same was the attitude of the locals, and even though we were in a busy area, I felt safe walking around, even late at night.

We spent a lot more time at the beach for this part of the trip. From watching the sunset with a few beers, to a day dodging the huge waves on the shore. We also had a lovely candlelit dinner on one of the beaches and even got serenaded by a group of lovely guys with a backdrop of fireworks. One of the main highlights for me was when we took a trip down to Kuta Beach and got the chance to release some baby turtles into the wild. Something I would never have thought I would get the opportunity to do. It was so rewarding and was amazing seeing the little guys make their journey into their natural environment.

Bali is a lovely little part of the world, it really is paradise. The weather, the nature, the people, just everything about it I fell in love with. I’ve definitely seen things and done things that I never have before which is definitely a bonus from this type of holiday. Overall I had an amazing time in Bali and it is definitely somewhere that I would consider exploring in the future. It’s definitely ignited my interest in that part of the world as it’s never really been an area I’ve thought about visiting before! I did come back with quite a few bites and bruises but that is a small price to pay for the amazing time that I had.

Thanks for reading!

Rags

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Keeping It Real

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Whilst struggling to think of a blog post, this week I thought that I’d write something a bit different from the usual fashion and music topics I like to cover. Although it is very much related to both these things, the subject I’m going to be discussing is Instagram. I feel as though I’ve fell out of love with the app recently and to help me figure out why, I thought I’d write a post about it. I feel like I need to get it all out and be completely honest. So if you aren’t prepared for the ramblings of Rags, then I recommend you stop reading now.

Being relatable and genuine is something that I always want to be known for and part of being that is being truthful. I’m not saying that you should share every grizzly detail of your life, but equally, there’s a certain level of upkeep I think that people apply to their Instagram lives to make them look perfect when they are actually far from it. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to show your best self to the world and I do realise that it is a full time career for a lot of people. However I for one think it’s important to talk about stuff and to reassure people once in a while that life isn’t all how it looks through an Instagram filter.

I think people may see my blog and think I’m out all the time, going out for food or going to gigs, which are all major parts of my life but so are my friends and family. Believe it or not,  I don’t go out with the sole purpose of taking an pretty picture. I go out to have fun and if I wanna document that then I do. Real life, at least the life I know, isn’t all avocados and bikinis. My life is going to the pub for a pint of cider or coming out of a gig with all my make up sweated off because I’ve had the best time ever. Some of these moments make it to the gram but not all. Sounds silly but that is mainly down to my super strict colour scheme.

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As a creative person I’m naturally drawn to colour and visual things so Instagram is perfect for me in the sense I can create my own little mood board of my life. I like to evenly distribute colour and take visually simulating photos. By no means am I a pro photographer but I like to think I know what looks good and what goes together. The last few months however I’ve been questioning myself on that. Recently, rather than enjoying it and uploading whatever I want, whenever I want, Ive started to worry about what other people might think. I think because I’m not 100% happy with the content I’m posting, then other people must be hating it too! Some days I think it’s so rubbish I just wanna delete it and start again. Maybe to the outside everything just looks the same as it always has and you wouldn’t guess I’ve been struggling for inspiration, I’m not sure!

I used to get up and be excited to get dressed and share my outfits, but now I really struggle to get inspired and am constantly questioning my personal style. I think we’ve all had those moments when we’ve tried on loads of outfits and absolutely nothing looks good right? I don’t know whether its my style that needs to change or my attitude to it. After all, that’s what my account started off as, solely fashion based. Now I post a bit of everything and my day to day life. I’m not sure whether it’s because of this that I’ve watched my followers decline on a daily basis and I’m not getting as many likes as I used to. I know life isn’t a popularity contest and really I shouldn’t care about that but somehow all of a sudden it’s become a big deal to me and I’m not sure why!

As we all know, Instagram used to be in chronological order so you kinda had a rough idea of what time of the day had the most traffic and when to post accordingly. Now, it’s anyone’s guess as a lot of people get lost in the vast world that is the insta feed. I think it’s quite hard to get noticed if you are a smaller account and don’t have thousands of followers under your belt. But then I find myself asking myself, do I want to be noticed? And if I do then why?

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I’ve just found myself feeling fed up and wondering what am I hoping to achieve with this account. I know there’s massive scope for fashion bloggers now and I think it’s amazing to be able to make money doing something you love. This year I’ve took every opportunity that has been brought my way. Not only for experience and putting myself out there but I just think why the hell not! I’m extremely flattered that people take the time to look at what I post, let alone gift me items to feature. To me, this is very generous and I fully appreciate brands that have took the time out to do contact me and I’m still surprised that it even happens to be honest!

For the first time, I’ve actively took part in photoshoots this year and while I’ve enjoyed them all, I’m still not fully comfortable having my picture taken. It’s fine when I’m taking them of myself because I’m in control and I know what I like. Or even my friends because we can goof about a bit and it’s always fun. By no means am I a model, and I don’t think I’d ever want to be. I’d like to think there’s a lot of lightheartedness in both my Instagram and blog because I don’t take myself too seriously. I’d much rather post a picture of me laughing than a slick serious photoshoot.

That’s why recently I’m confused as to why I’m suddenly caring what people think and trying really hard to compete in the perfect world of Instagram. I don’t want to become that person that goes out with one reason and one reason only, to take a perfect insta shot. I am more than that, I am a real person! I wanna go out because I wanna have fun and live my life and then maybe take a cute picture while I’m there and represent me. I do want to continue to network but I do question how genuine Instagram itself and individuals that use it are these days.

At the end of the day, I always want my Instagram to be a bright and positive platform and I don’t want to get bogged down in pretending to be something I’m not in order for people to like me or send me free shit. I’m very much a people person and I’d like to think I’m very friendly and warm towards everyone. I know I probably sound like I am slating Insta, and while there are elements that bug me, overall I do appreciate the app and I’ve made some amazing friends and connections through it that I wouldn’t necessarily have without it. In the time it’s took me to write this post, I still haven’t figured out why I’m feeling inadequate but it feels good to get it off my chest. There will be no blog post next week as I’m off on holiday for a little while. I know for a fact that I’ll continue to use my account but maybe take it with a pinch of salt rather than taking it to heart. Hopefully this trip will get my head together a bit and I’ll be able to shake it off and gain a bit of clarity.

Thanks for reading a very rushed and rambling blog post!

Rags

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Everything That You’d Never Expect

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As a massive Arctic Monkeys fan, I couldn’t resist writing a review on their latest album Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino. This album has already sparked a lot of controversy amongst fans and critics for being very out there and nothing like you would expect to hear from the indie icons.

It sounds cliche but I always say ‘expect the unexpected’ when it comes to Arctic Monkeys as every single previous album they have created is completely different to the next. That’s one of the reasons I think they have managed to sustain a career over the past 15 years, constantly re-inventing themselves and bringing something new to the table.

Without question, you will always get those quick to criticise and be like ‘it’s nothing like the first album’ etc. I think that people forget, just because you might listen to that particular album over over, doesn’t mean that the band are still stuck in that same time. I mean Alex Turner is now a 32 year old man, how can you expect him to write, act and sound, like he did when he was a 17 year old kid? Just not gonna happen is it. We all develop and grow as we age and I for one think it’s great that they’ve had all of these changes in style.

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There’s definitely a nod to the past within certain lyrics on this new album, however overall it’s an brand new Arctics experience. What I got from the first listen is that it’s a very visual album, it’s so different to anything I’ve ever heard before. I love the narrative of this hotel in space and what goes on within the walls. Straight away I was getting images of this futuristic world layered with retro vibes. It’s quite an eclectic mix and I think it works really well. It could well be a soundtrack to a film. I can picture this post apocalyptic Las Vegas-esque world on Mars. It’s like a hybrid of Blade Runner, The Shining and all those stylish sci fi and thriller epics.

I think that’s what the Arctic Monkeys are very good at, painting a picture of a world. You only have to look at the first album and you can almost smell the cigarette smoke on the streets of Sheffield. I think this is something they have continued throughout each album, they all tell a story of a time and a place.

Of course you can’t talk about this new album without comparing it to 2013’s AM. I  think that album was very stylised and slick and Alex Turner definitely had a certain swagger and attitude about him with infamous American twang. I think that persona has been thrown away and he’s now experimenting and doesn’t seem so concerned with keeping up appearances, he’s let his hair and beard grow and I do think that’s down to him not having to keep up an act. From watching recent performances, you can see how loose he is on stage and clearly enjoying himself, heck he’s even got his accent back!

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As much as I love Alex and appreciate his songwriting and visions, I do wonder how much input the other band members had into this record. Don’t get me wrong, for the most part I do love this album and think it’s really special, however it feels more to me like it could have been better used as an Alex Turner solo album or even a TLSP record. I’m missing those signature Matt Helders drum beats that were so prominent on the previous albums. I think the drum and bass sections have took a back seat to Turners love of the piano and experimental sounds.

It’s a great album to listen to but I’m not sure how it’s going to translate into live shows as I don’t think there’s any obvious bangers. My favourite tracks are Four Out Of Five and title track Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, but I don’t think a lot of the tracks have that sing-a-long appeal that the other classics do. Apparently there is a lot of older tracks on their current set list and I’m very interested to see how the perform those older songs in this new style. I’m lucky enough to be seeing them in September and I am so looking forward to what kind of show they are going to produce.

Thanks for reading!

Rags

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(Arctic Monkeys new music video for Four Out Of Five is out now)

Re-Use, Re-Wear, Revolution

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As it has recently been Fashion Revolution Week, I thought that it would be appropriate to do a little blog post talking all about re-using and re-wearing clothes that you already have in your wardrobe.

It’s no secret that a lot of the fashion industry is not sustainable. I will be the first to admit, I don’t know where the majority of my clothes come from or how they were made and I am in the process of educating myself on that. I think we are all guilty of buying into fast fashion and trends and while I’m not in a position to preach about changing your shopping habits, I think that it is good to be aware of alternatives, such as vintage fashion I spoke about a few weeks ago, and re-using what you have already got.

Today I’m going to be showing you three items of clothing that I consider to be staples in my wardrobe. A band tee, a leopard print coat and a pair of dungarees, showing you how I have styled them in different ways over the years. I can still re-wear and style them in a totally different way, rather than buying something new that looks very similar just, for the sake of it being new!

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I am definitely one for wearing the same item of clothing over and over again. I think this comes from, not only my lack of a high income, but my love for styling. I used to dress mannequins for a living and loved coming up with new and exciting ways to showcase basic items of clothing. I think it’s great how a particular piece can look so different when styled with alternative things.

Like these dungarees for example. I love a good pair, they are so comfy and easy to throw on. I currently own two pairs, a bright blue pair and this black pair. This black pair was my first pair that I ever bought and I was a bit wary of wearing them at first. This was a few years ago and the trend hadn’t really caught on yet. I wore mine for work all the time with a plain white t shirt and some converse.

As you can see in the right hand side image, they are now a little faded and worse for wear now however I still love wearing them. The metal ring actually snapped a few weeks ago but I repaired it and now they are good to go! I think that my style has changed a lot, in that in now opt for a bright red denim jacket instead of the regular denim blue one.

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Another classic in my wardrobe is the band tee. I have so many now I don’t know what to do with, usually getting them from merch stands at gigs or on the high street. This one is a bit different because it was originally my brothers that he passed on to me when he got bored of it. Rather than throwing it away, I claimed it and have worn it so many times since.

I think it’s really interesting to look back on how I used to style things compared to how I dress today. The most obvious of these is my colour choices. These days I am a massive fan of bright primary colours, but a few years ago I used to wear a more neutral understated colour pallete. Instead of colour I focused more on individual accessories like belts and scarves.

Anyone can wear a t shirt and jeans but it’s the added extras that can make it your own. I was forever wearing these skinny long scarves with my outfits to give them that seventies vibe. I do still really like this style but it’s not something I have worn for a long time.

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See what I mean about the skinny scarves! I think this black sequinned one was my favourite, I used to wear it all the time on nights out. I think that it goes well with this leopard print coat, again adding to the seventies rock and roll vibe.

This leopard print coat has been everywhere with me. I took it with me when I went travelling, various festivals and too many nights out to mention. It is ripped and stained, most people would have thrown it away by now but not me. I got it a few years ago and it originally came with an oversized pink fluffy collar. I’ve since lost that but the coat is still going strong.

Like the other pieces in this blog, I used to wear my leopard print coat with plain and simple outfits, making that the focus statement piece of the look. However these days, I love to clash prints, colours and textures. This outfit is probably one of my favs and go to’s when I’m un sure of what to wear. Slogan tee, statement pants, silver boots and all important leopard print coat.

I definitely think that it’s worth looking through your wardrobe and re-discovering or re-using pieces before you make a new purchase. And if something you love is damaged or broke, maybe have a go at fixing it first before you head out to the store for a new one. I think it is true when they say; loved clothes last!

Thanks for reading!

Rags

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(If you want to find out more about Fashion Revolution why not check out their website here)