Friday, May 31, 2013

NME: 1st June edit, Miles Kane.

NME has been packed this week from mega rock bands like Oasis and The Arctic Monkeys to individual sensations like Jake Bugg. The main article this week however was focused on Miles Kane the rock god, the sex god...well the whatever god you can think of. It's packed full of the latest news on his new album Don't forget who you are as well as his journey of making it to the top to work with the lights of Paul Wheller. There's some interesting/weird facts along the way like his love for Haribo's. Who doesn't like Haribo's though?

Miles Kane is well known for his cool, unique, mod style which is reflected straight away as his photo shoot is slap bang on the front cover (his first ever NME cover). He wears a velvet dark striped blazer with tight black skinny jeans accompanied by his antique like electric guitar worn like a necklace to show off his "bling".

We learn of the little Miles Kane and his single parented family growing up. He's been inspired by his idols  Liam Gallagher and David Bowie as he grew up listening to their music and forever wishing to be like them up on stage.Miles has always been involved with music as at school he used to play in a band, then his journey expanded to The Little Flames, The Rascals and eventually to where he is now, being the front man. Aw, Miles have a pat on the back!

It's not been an easy album for Miles to make as he wanted it to be different from his previous album "Colour of the Trap" in a positive, satisfactory and surprising way. "Don't forget who you are" has a rocky, poppy edge combining both types to create a unique sound. Even though he's the cover Miles is rather the dark horse as we find out he's been offered to play John Lennon in the film "Nowhere Boy",(Woah Miles, have a double pat on the back!) right now he could be sun bathing by a sparkling swimming pool in Hollywood rather than gigging in the sweaty academy's and bars, but that's just what Miles wants and feels he's living his dream. Through the article we get a sense of his fun personality and his generous side as he takes time to have pictures with fans, say cheese! NME quoted him as the next Liam Gallagher after idolising him for decades, however Miles simply says he's "just Miles Kane", he's the Miles Kane of the century not the Liam Gallagher that has already been.

His previous girlfriend Suki Waterhouse (model) is mentioned and how things so quickly changed as she's now dating the Hollywood movie star Bradley Cooper. The new song "Out of control" was written from Miles's inspiration of Suki and even the song "Give up" from his EP. Does this show us a softer side to Miles? Is there a more caring, deep message in his songs hidden behind the heavy rock sound. This happened at the time of the NME tour which Miles was headlining, as soon as he's living his dream another one was crushed. Why did they have to break up?! They were such a good couple.

We'll definitely hear much more of Miles as he's certain there will be another Last Shadow Puppets album with Alex Turner along with a lot of tours for Don't forget who you are. As soon as Monday comes I'm buying that album! I recommend you should do the same, you'll miss out otherwise.Go on, you know you want to.

~ Don't forget who you are is available Monday 3rd of June

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Company magazine: June edition

Sun was almost radiating off this weeks Company magazine as neon colours, festival outfits and pairs of sunnies were on nearly every page! Summer is finally on its way- lets hope it's not a rainy one. I particularly liked the article on cover girl Demi Lovato as it opened my eyes to a side of her I've never known, hidden by Disney Channel. For once I even attempted to copy a rainbow nail art pattern- I tired, but failed. Turns out a lot of patience is needed. The 1990's style was a key trend inside transporting us back with the bold retro colours and patterned pants.

Putting bold colours and iconic patterns together seemed to be the focal point of Company these past few months and has been followed through with this 90s retro trend.

For the pant a monochrome checked pair of leggings with black Chelsea boots would work best and really bring back the current historical trends like the monochrome of the 60s. To add to that the boots blend into the colour a little so that the bottom half of the outfit doesn't make your eyes pop too much and doesn't have too much colour going on, or taking your eyes off the top half of the outfit. A  pastel or bolder coloured jumper accompanied with a white polo shirt gives a baggy feel adding to the boyish trend yet adds a tint of vintage style too through the polo collar, involving a lace pattern on the collar would add even more to a vintage feel or by placing collar studs on it for a little blind on the collar as well as around your neck. This style aims to have clashing colours rather than clashing patterns so don't go worrying about striking out too much. Who knew the 90s was so inspirational, I'm so glad I'm a nineties baby.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Stomp your new way into the new shoe craze

Wouldn't it be great to have a heel we could actually walk in without getting any feet hangovers the following day? Well a new low block heel has stomped its way into the fashion market and is available in almost all high street stores to solve that problem.

It could be debatable that shoes like this are actually better for your feet rather than wearing a flat heel all the time as usually we have to claw our feet a little to keep flat shoes on, this will affect our feet badly in the long run. It's the same with wearing heels which are too high as all the pressure is on the bottom of your feet. The low block enables your feet to stay in their desired position giving the little support the heel of our foot needs.

Block heels are available on nearly all types of shoes from sandles, boots and even pumps. YES PUMPS. You'd think trainers with a heel would be something to laugh about, but they aren't, they're seriously stylish! These blocks give an extra build to an outfit to look more sophisticated, pristine and classy without going too over the top. Wear them with tight jeans or jeggings to make your legs look super long and dominant.

They are a little on the expensive side, but that makes them even more special making us save and wait for them. Okay maybe it's a little frustrating if you're a little low on the dollar and like many of the student today who don't have a job, so try take a trip to the bank of mum and dad if you're persuadable enough. If their over £60 you may need to prepare a speech... a good impeccable faultless one. Good luck with that.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

It's bright, it's colourful, it's a Rainbow cake!

 Everybody needs a cheeky cake from time to time, so why not make some delicious rainbow cakes that are sure to brighten up your day. Surprisingly they're easy and quick to whip up so why not try it? They might be the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow.

~Caster Sugar (4oz)
~ 2 eggs
~ Self raising flour (6oz)
~ Cake cases
~ Red, Yellow, Green and Blue food colouring (1 tsp each)
~ Margarine (4oz)

1. Start by turning the oven up to 180 degrees so it can warm whilst you're baking.
2. Cream the margarine and caster sugar together until light and fluffy.
3. Beat in eggs one at a time, adding a little flour as you stir.
4. Split the mixture equally into six separate bowls then add die to each one. The purple and orange die are made by mixing colours (red and blue) and (red and yellow). 
5. Dollop the mixtures into the cake cases starting with purple and making your way up to red.
6. Stick them in the oven for around 10-15 minutes.
7. Leave until cool then place on a cooling rack.
8. Enjoy!