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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Playlist 13: Instrumental

So, you thought songs without lyrics were boring? Well I challenge you to listen, and enjoy...

1) Distant Street Lights - Codes In The Clouds
2) At The Top Of This Hill - Message to Bears
3) Yet Onward We Marched – Joy Wants Eternity
4) Dear Monsters - Followed by Ghosts
5) Shine - The Album Leaf
6) Ghosts of the Garden City – Caspian
7) I Capture Castles – And So I Watch You From Afar
8) Canadia – Because of Ghosts
9) Zhivago – Ludovico Einaudi
10) Hægt, kemur ljósið - Ólafur Arnalds
11) You Are Not What You Think You Are – Codes In The Clouds

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Sunday, June 06, 2010 A Man Market

Say what you will, but for me, Lookbook is all about the boys. I don't want to look at photos of exceedingly rich/beautiful, borderline anorexic girls with infinitely flawless hair. I'd much prefer to look at pictures of exceedingly hot, stylish dudes.
Here are some of Lookbook's finest slices of manhood doing what they do best- looking goood.


Chloe: Massl’s look is a classic; jeans, white tee, striped shirt and I really like it on lads. Its casual in a way that's comfortable, not scruffy and is very, very sexy. However, striped shirts and jeans is a look you see on so many guys, when I went partying in Liverpool with my boyfriend and his friends, all 5 of them sported the exact same look, not on purpose, obviously. Massl, unfortunately, hasn’t taken this well known ensemble and made it his own. But saying that, there is a reason its so popular, it works!

Eileen: I am an absolute sucker for a checked shirt. I have six, and any guy wearing them automatically looks way hotter. This may or may not be because my ideal man is some sort of bearded Canadian lumberjack with good arm muscles. I have to agree with Clo- not the most original look of all, but he works it, and I really want his boots.

Catriona: I do agree, white T-shirts and checked shirts are always good, and he is rather attractive, but I also think that those jeans are way too tight for him! His top half looks manly and sexual whereas the bottom half just looks skinny. (Brown boots with black jeans is also not a favorite of mine.)


Chloe: Denny’s look mixes the ‘nautical’ look as well as that indie blazer-hat combination we see every now and then. I absolutely love the nautical look and this red striped t-shirt is too die for, it especially works with Denny’s olive skin. Mixing the t-shirt with the blazer and hat really works, its casual, sexy and fashionable. However, I’m not a fan of the trousers, they remind me too much of the pedal-pusher trousers I used to wear when I was 5. But the top half of this outfit is very fashion forward.

Eileen: This look is smart yet casual- from the waist up. I really do not like those trousers- either you wear shorts or you don’t; anything in between just looks a wee bit ridiculous. It genuinely looks like his trousers are just too small for him! But I think the fact that he describes himself as an ‘Asian sensation’ and his trilby are enough to make me forgive him.

Catriona: I’m sorry, I feel rather mean for saying this but I’m just not a fan of this look either.


Chloe: Firstly, I must point out how GORGEOUS Uniyme is... yum. Right, back to the outfits. I absolutely adore Uniyme’s coat, it's stylish, the fabric looks gorgeous and it works well with the rest of the ensemble. Once again we see the return of the striped shirt, however, this time its been adapted to suit the wearers own personal style, Uniyme has it open, revealed a plunging t-shirt. Add in the dark jeans and the white belt to add a splash of bright amongst the dark colours and you have a great outfit. Absolutely love it.

Eileen: This dude has the nicest smile. I could stare at him all day- I’m pretty sure he could be wearing anything, and he’d still look bloody gorgeous. Completely agree with everything Clo has said- except maybe he should be wearing nothing under that shirt (but that’s just me being a major pervert). I also really love the white belt- it turns an accessory that’s often overlooked into a real statement in the ensemble.

Catriona: Mmmmmm. Nice... Oh sorry what? The clothes? Yeah they’re alright, but please stop distracting me from his smile. Thank you.


Chloe: Adam’s style isn’t exactly Haute couture, but it’s definitely fashionable. Its comfortable chic; beanie hats, mixed with band tee’s, jeans and conserves. Its grunge fashion at its best and the classic sunglasses just add that little bit extra. The cherry on the top of a great look, if you will.

Eileen: I really, really want this outfit. I’m not much of a beanie fan, but paired with those wayfarers, it really works. That pairing of the casual hat with the high-fashion shades adds an effortless feel to this look. I think The Who T-Shirt speaks for itself: awesome T-shirt + awesome band= cool in abundance. Add to this a pair of high-tops, which you can never really go wrong with. And, do I spy a checked shirt tied around his waist? I’m in love.

Catriona: I love the fact that he’s just sitting in a trolley, randomly. Now that’s my kind of supermarket shopping! He’s got the sexy sunnies, floppy hat, bright red converse and an ‘I just don’t care’ look about him that completes it for me.


Chloe: I’m not sure what to make of Andrew’s outfit. I liked it at first, but I think I was just blinded by how good looking he is. After that, I wasn’t so keen. Andrew doesn’t exactly bring anything new to the table; white t shirt, white shorts, tennis players have been sporting this for years. However, the hat suggests he hasn’t just stepped off the court. The hats good. I like the hat, its unusual, its out there and it makes the outfit a tiny little bit quirky, but only a tiny bit. However, I like the carefree nature of this outfit, its your stereotypical, bog standard ‘day in the sun’ outfit. And for that it works.

Eileen: Andreas is way too clean-cut for me- I would corrupt him, it would be awful. I found this outfit a little plain. And, what is with the hat?!? It really doesn’t fit with the rest of the outfit- it’s like smart, smart, farmer. Who is this dude, the ghost of farmers passed?

Catriona: Wow. He is beautiful. That is all I can say. The outfit is plain, simple, but I like it. Comfy Casual is the way forward.


Catriona: Here is my choice. It is just me or does Joss look somewhat like Channing Tatum in the left picture? I love the ripped jeans with the thick black belt, the checked shirt (that we all seem to have a taste for) and the leather jacket rolled up to the elbow. Again, its casual, but fitted enough to show off that figure which I am 98.3% sure is as chiseled as his cheek bones.

Eileen: I don't think he looks all that much like Channing Tatum, but he is pretty nice-looking. On a personal note, ripped jeans do nothing for me, but overall, quite nice.
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Thursday, June 03, 2010

A Remedy For The Reviser

Its that time of year again! The dreaded exam period -cue the boos- filled with revision, mountains of notes and (if you're like me) lots of highlighters, gel pens and a mega amount of DOODLES! So, because I am a very nice person, I have collected together a handful of youtube hilarity, but as soon as you have watched them go back to learning about (in my case anyway) distributed databases, Shakespearean performance conditions and women through the eyes of John Donne. Thank you and g'night!

Crazy Weather Man

Haiti's finest weather man and he's crazy, addictive laugh.

Would you like a mint?
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Hours of fun this small clip has given me. You'll find yourself asking people everywhere "WOULD YOU LIKE A MINT?"

Beautiful Singers

I wish I had this type of talent


She thinks out of the blue, she's a smart little girl and she can do whatever she wants!
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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

May: A Memoir

Six years ago, JJ Abrams pitched an idea for a TV show to ABC. He said the show, whilst having an overall story arc, would be comprised of easy to follow story lines and allow viewers to dip in and out each episode with ease, not needing to know what came before it to understand what was happening. If you watched Lost, whether it was just one episode you found yourself not knowing what the hell was going on, or whether you were a devoted fan for the past six seasons, you would know that JJ Abrams lied. And I, like the millions of like-minded Lost fans around the world, am thankful for it. First Abrams, then Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof took us on an adventure of epic proportions, in the truest sense of the word. They made us laugh, cry, theorise for hours over what was in the hatch, who the Others were and whether Tom Friendly was gay. So, when it came to the finale, many of us were on edge over whether it would be a fitting finale. It was. They gave it full closure, but still left plenty open for interpretation, and whilst everyone had been fretting over the mythology and possible clashes of alternate realities, they made us realise one of the true reasons why Lost was as successful as it was: the characters. And it gave them just the send off they deserved.

So, this feature died a few months ago, but I have decided to resurrect it, because it’s awful and fun.
Tweens everywhere were having a Riot! as a topless snap of Paramore’s lead singer, Hayley Williams, emerged on Twitter. You could say we saw the previously wholesome and Christian Hayley with Brand New Eyes- ok, I’ll stop now. However, a few questions have been raised:

1. Hayley claims her Twitter account was ‘hacked’- that may be, but how did the alleged hacker get hold of the picture in the first place? Could it be a little bit of Paramore-produced salacious gossip to keep the wemo-train rolling after we all got fed up of ‘The Only Exception’?
2. Surely Hayley should know that lying on your back is the most unflattering tit pic pose ever, as said mammary glands have a tendency to roam to the sides?
3. Does this mean redheads are cool again, and I no longer have to live in fear of MIA exterminating me?

FILM OF THE MONTH: Prince of Persia
This month saw the Disney video turned movie hit the scenes and man, was it awesome. In the movie, Dastan, played by the uber sexy Jake Gyl-something, is taken from the streets and turned into a prince. His country, Persia, are known for their miltary prowess and guerilla tactics attack the holy city of Alamut, overseen by Princess Tamina's, played by my favourite actress Gemma Aterton. Course, things are never simple and after the intinal celebration of Alamut's fall, things start to go terrible wrong. Cue a magical dagger, orstich races, poisoned cloaks and lots of sand. All the ingredients to a fantastic movie, I must say. The Prince of Persia, is a movie of hair breath fight scenes, amazing CGI, fantasticly interesting plot twists and a love affair that will made you swoon, not vomit. Oh and lots of sand.


‘High Violet’; The National’s fifth album, was released on May 10th. Pitchfork reviewed it as "the sound of a band taking a mandate to be a meaningful rock band seriously," giving it a score of 8.7 out of 10, only 0.1 marks higher than their most well known album ‘Boxer.' To be honest, my expectations for this album were unreasonably high, due to a love for ‘Boxer,' leaving me slightly disappointed. However, in its own right ‘High Violet’ is an outstanding album from an outstanding artist, and almost certainly deserves a place in this year’s album charts.


FASHION DESIGNER OF THE MONTH: WhitIf I (God forbid) end up having to put in my nine to five in some office somewhere, Whit would be my first choice for smart yet awesome attire. Whit is the debut line from Whitney Pozgay (Kate Spade’s niece), and is said to be influenced by Henry Darger, Nouvelle Vague and Birkin. Combining playful with timeless, polka dots with silk screen and classic cuts with kooky headwear, every piece in this collection is a show stopper. Grab it from July here.


This month’s best dance routine comes from the first semi final of this year’s ‘Britains Got Talent’. Last years winners; Diversity, graced our screens with yet another outstanding performance that shows their...well, their diversity. The things most notable about this routine, other their trademark imaginative choreography, are the way they combine shapes, are always in unison when dancing together, and the little kid with curly hair – so talented and so cute!

POSTS OF THE MONTHZooey Deschanel- Charles shares his fool-proof plan to finally get close to the girl of his dreams. To follow this plan, you will need to buy fake sideburns and partake in a bit of good old-fashioned breaking and entering. Trust us, it’s as creepy as it sounds.

Random Thing I Want: One Sketch a Day Journal- So far, in her ‘RTIW’ series, Chloe has brought us edible facial hair, poultry, and launched a campaign to prevent cruelty to lobsters. This edition shares a common ATS love- notebooks.

5 Vintage E-Bay Sites- E-Bay isn’t just a domain for used lawn furniture and tat you couldn’t flog at a flea market. A select few sell exquisite vintage clothes, and Eileen has trawled through the used bathrobes and authentic Shatner toupees to bring you the best of the best.
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