THE PAMPAM EDIT

Spring is springin, the blossoms are blossoming and here we are with an edit for Pam Pam - a clothing, lifestyle and (the UK's very first women-only) sneaker store.

Sweatshirt - Carhartt WIP, Skirt - Vanishing Elephant, Socks - MP Crafted, Sneakers - Converse

Jacket - Elka, Tshirt & Pants - Vanishing Elephant, Sneakers - Adidas Originals

Jacket - Bethnals, Shirt - Vanishing Elephant, Culottes - Adidas Originals, Sneakers - Converse

Cropped shir-ket and pants - Carhartt WIP, Sneakers - Nike

Styling - Niesh Vanterpool

Photography - Jan Stasiuk

 

IS IT MARCH ALREADY?

Is it just me, or do January and February seem to creep by slowly? Well here we are, mid-March. The weather's slightly more mild and I've had my spring sneakers in heavy rotation. I even bought a dress.

With the lighter evenings come a lighter mood and sense of weightlessness. I actually bought two dresses with a floral print. Maybe I'll post the other one some time but, for now, I'm enjoying the playfulness of these mismatched fabrics.

Under the dress, I'm wearing my standard daily outfit of a plain black long sleeve top and jeans and a varsity jacket on top.

Anyone else stoked that they can finally sleep with the window slightly open without catching pneumonia?

Floral Dress - Topshop, Jeans - Edwin Europe, Sneakers - Adidas Originals, Varsity Jacket - old, Cap - Nike

SELF CARE

What do you do when you find yourself spiralling from the sate of the world we're living in?

Put on your favourite vintage mohair cardigan and hit these skreets.

Mohair Cardigan - Vintage

Leather Jacket - Edwin Europe (similar here)

Jeans - Edwin Japan

T shirt - RebelFromBirth

Shoes - Gucci

Sunglasses - Monokel Eyewear

This past weekend, I visited Dover Street Market and rolled through China Town to check out the Chinese New Year celebrations. Eternally thankful that (for the most part) I live in a city where different cultures are preserved and celebrated. 

Gong Xi Fa Cai! 

TURTLE POWER

Sales/Creative by day....

Ninja Turtle assassin at the weekend...

Monument Coat - Edwin Europe (old, similar here)

Liner - Edwin Europe (similar here)

Hoody - Edwin Europe 

Pants - Dickies 874

Boots - Maison Margiela

Bag - Sandqvist

Hat - Carhartt WIP (old, similar here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICHARD SERRA - GAGOSIAN LONDON

I first visited Berlin a few years ago during a particularly cold February. We stumbled across the Holocaust memorial by accident, en route to the Brandenburg Gate. It was early evening and already quite dark. The weather was overcast and it had threatened to snow a few times that day.

No amount of words or embellished language will describe the sensation of being at any exhibition or museum relating to The Holocaust (or Slavery, Apartheid, or any other mass genocide for that matter). Everything was a gloomy blue-grey colour. The sky, the cobblestones and the huge steel blocks of assorted heights and sizes that looked like tombs. Everything about it was bleak. 

This past weekend, I visited the Gagosian gallery- Britannia St to check out Richard Serra's installation. I knew nothing about the artist or the installation going in however these two steel blocks initiated a sense of familiarity. It turns out that Richard Serra was one of the artists behind the Berlin memorial. He withdrew from the project in 1998 and it was completed by his collaborator and architect, Peter Eisenman

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Where: Gagosian Britannia St, London

Artist : Richard Serra

Photography: Niesh Vanterpool on iPhone 6, edited with VSCO

LATELY...

I fell off. Like, all the way off.

I was psyched up. Pumped. I went IN. I killed it but I had a looming sense of doubt. I knew. And sure enough, I was to disappointed.

I wasn't distraught. But I certainly didn't know what to do with myself. What now? I'd been so focused, so invested. But I guess life doesn't always go your way. 

 

I shut off. I panicked. I deleted the Facebook and Twitter apps from my phone. Too noisy. I couldn't think straight.

 Then the Super moon. I had a migraine for 3 days straight followed by 10 days of illness. I received invitations to events, book launches, gigs. I couldn't go. Doing anything creative was far too taxing. I went to work, I fulfilled my obligations, I went directly home. To my safe place.

 

In the last few days, the cloud has lifted and there's been some clarity and I'm looking forward to working on new projects.

Also, can all the cool people stop dying please? Damn.

LET'S GET ETHICAL

Anyone else's moral compass struggling to "find north" of late? The voice on your shoulder speaking a little louder and a little clearer? Inspired by a Tumblr post from Zoe Suen, I will be abstaining from buying into "fast fashion" for 6 months. 

Is it possible to be 100% ethical? I'm not so sure but, in my opinion, it's about doing what you can, when you can. It's not always easy to break old habits and it certainly isn't always cheap but, if you think of the money that you save on the quick purchase from xyz store (that you will probably have to replace after a few washes), it all adds up and actually makes a lot of sense.

You don't have to be a drug-rug wearing, barefoot bike-riding-while-gnawing-on-raw-chia-seeds hippy to have a conscience. Here are some of my favourite places to find ethically sourced, sustainable pieces that are good quality and will keep you looking bomb.com :

New Classics Studio | Pho.London | Sincerely Tommy | Stella McCartney

Before you say it, Yes. The price point of some (certainly not all) ethically sourced brands and stores range from "a little" to "considerably" higher than what we're used to spending at our favourite fast fashion retailers. But if we can get past the initial shock of the price tag, we'll begin to understand i.e-  if a garment has a super low RRP, what is the cost price? What is the mark-up*? (the amount added to the cost price to generate margin for retailers. Typically, it's 2.5%). Who is paid to make this garment? How much are they paid? What hours do they work to meet consumer demand? How does it get from factory to store? 

*Think on it: If a tshirt costs £1.50 at RRP, divide it by 2.5 to get the cost price of  £0.60 GREAT. BRITISH. POUNDS. 60p. It costs 60p to pay someone to manufacture and process this throw-away item that will be replaced in however many weeks/months. 

*Pause*

Can you still shop? Sure. But now that you're being more selective about where you spend your money, you may find that you're being less frivolous. Here's a short check list of questions that I ask myself before making any purchase (even groceries!):

  1. Can I live without this?
  2. Where was this item manufactured/produced?
  3. What is the longevity of this item - Is it trans-seasonal? 
  4. Cost per wear - Will I get my money's worth?
  5. Do I already have something similar?
  6. What can I swap out (donate to charity/second hand shops/resell) to make room for this?

Still with me? Congratulations. This already sounds ~preachy~, something that I wanted to avoid. I am by no means perfect. This is my journey to being as conscious as feasibly possible. I mean, hey, I really like leather. But seeing as we're already here, below is a list of things that I try to incorporate into day to day life. It's pretty easy and it'll be second nature before you know it.

REUSE -  I have a box full of jars on my counter top that I wash in the dishwasher (eep! water waste. but i use it no more than 2 times per week), sterilise in boiling water and use them to decant dried goods (sugar, flour, rice, legumes, pasta) into as well as a receptacle for water, smoothies and overnights oats. Keep leftovers in glass tupperware. Reuse tinfoil if it isn't too dirty.

I hate plastic bags but they're pretty useful as mini bin-liners, a protective layer in your bag for food/dirty clothes and for throwing away food waste so as to avoid fruit flies/super smelly bins. They also cost 5p a go, so better get your money's worth *kanye shrug*. 

You can reuse nice paper bags as gift bags or to carry things if, you're a snob like me (see above). You can also reuse the free tote bags you sometimes get with purchases to separate clean from dirty clothes when travelling, carrying extra things like laptops, shoes etc. Just wash them to keep them sanitary.

RECYCLE - Find out your local authority's procedure and recycle as much as possible. I keep two bins in my kitchen one for regular trash and one for recycling because get anxiety when I can't do it. You may notice - like I do - that your recycling bin fills up way quicker. If you can, keep your food waste and make compost. You can make your own compost for use in your garden or some local authorities will collect it for you.

SHOP LOCAL - Groceries, homeware, beauty products.  It's cool to support local independent businesses as opposed to huge corporations. A lot of them test on animals, use products that can actually be toxic for our bodies, have poor working conditions for employees, the list is endless. This is where things can be a little more expensive/hard to get hold of but it's worth it in the long run if both you, somebody else and the environment benefits from it.

USE LESS - ....Toilet paper. Turn the tap off. Turn the lights off when you're not using them and for godsake, don't leave the shower running. 

WOLF & GYPSY VINTAGE IS FINALLY ONLINE

I struggle with vintage. What can I say, it's my Caribbean pride coming through but Brighton-based Wolf & Gypsy is finally online and i'm so happy!

On their new webstore, you will find the perfect selection of vintage sportswear, high end brands, military fatigues and traditional workwear. The Lookbook had me screaming. Can I live?!

Peep the webstore here and visit their store in the North Laines on your next trip to B'town.

ANGUILLA BWI PT2

In between helping my aunt with wedding preparations, and with carnival in full swing, we spent our time, checking out the beaches and the island's historical sites.

Although Anguilla is only 14 miles long and 3 miles wide at its widest point, there is so much to see. And, thanks to colonisation, the very tiny island is a melting pot of predominantly Arawak Indian, Carib, Irish, French and British cultures.

The old relics of colonialism are still there however, over the 20+ years that I've been going home, modernisation is more and more prevalent. 

Old vs New - an old Catholic church is rebuilt to modern spec, maintaining the old buildings iconic characteristics, The Valley, Anguilla.

The remnants of the island's first Court House and Post Office - Crocus Hill, Anguilla | A rare traditional stone oven on a street corner - South Hill, Anguilla

In between stops, we would detour to a beach to get some relief from the relentless sun. The Cove in the southwestern area of the island is one of the longest (and nicest) beaches on Anguilla. My great uncles still go there for their morning swim. 

Over time, the effects of global warming are starting to become visible. At The Cove, you used to be able to wade out pretty far and the water would reach waist height. Nowadays, the coastline is changing - the water seems more blue-green than it did before. The sand on some of the beaches is no longer white - more a particular shade of greige. Nevertheless, to an untrained eye, the beaches are still ***Flawless.

Drinks at Shoal Bay East | ADIDAS pool slides | The view from North Hill, Anguilla

More in Part 3...

ANGUILLA BWI

Since returning from a family trip to Anguilla, I hit the ground running. Copenhagen, back to the office, a quick 36 hours in Berlin and here we are. I've been travelling to Anguilla since I was 5 or 6 years old so, now that I'm 30, it really feels like home. 

Sunglasses gifted from Monokel Eyewear

We stayed at Patsy's Seaside Villas, in the Blowing Point village. With our entire extended families, we hired most of the apartments two buildings on the beach, facing Saint Martin/St Maarten for the duration of our stay. The accommodation was humble and, aside from a dodgy oven or a slight leak, extremely comfortable.

Waking up to my mum and aunts cooking every day reminded me of why I love my family so much.  There was a lot of "call [this person] for their food", "call so-and-so to bring me [insert random food stuff/cleaning product here]", just like Grandma used to do.

We had a really difficult time getting to AXA due to Air France striking but in the end it was all worth our while. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a tropical storm but who can complain when the views are like this?

Cuisine Art Resort is an art deco nerd's dream - the Pina Colada's are next level. 

Bikini from ASOS DD+ range

Viceroy is built on our family's estate. So you bet your ass, I took a stroll through the complex to find the tiny, secluded beach.

Went out to find a roti - found a Dogson instead - Shoes from Marrakech

It was John's first time travelling to Anguilla, or the Caribbean even so we made sure to show him as much as possible. Being that it was the week of Carnival festivities, we went to watch the boat race on Back Street, overlooking Sandy Ground.

Boat racing is a huge part of Anguillian culture and takes place on Bank Holidays throughout the year. As a kid, I would watch my great grandfather sit on the porch and listen to the commentary on the radio, listen to my uncles screech at each other. We had a family boat but it sank some years back. 

More to follow in Part 2...