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Liberty x Nike

They’re at it again! Liberty are out and about collab-ing all over the place. Three gorgeous floral-based prints from Liberty’s archives have been chosen to kick Nike off into Spring. Get your hands on them here.

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On Repeat This Week

S:
Maybe – Birdy
I don’t know how this song didn’t blow up during the Birdy phase. ‘Maybe’ is a short but uplifting track and is one of my faves. If you’re stressing about your future or how you’re going to deal with all your billions of dilemmas that need dealing with Right Now, then take a minute and give this song a whirl. I’m not saying it’s going to give you the answers but it might help lighten the load. Maybe.

E:
Beating Heart – Ellie Goulding
Ellie G is alllllllll over the Divergent soundtrack. And congrats to her because everything I hear from her is pure gold. Highly recommend this, along with the rest of the soundtrack which is fantastic (just like the books/movie)

What Happened On TV This Week

Game Of Thrones: Two Swords
S: Welcome back to Westeros, a land where nothing changes and yet, it takes a whole hour to tell the story and still I end up saying: ‘woah that changes everything!’ This season we have some new characters (because God forbid the audience actually keep tabs on the names of half the crew) and a new face for an old name - Daario Naharis. It’s going to be a hard task to get used to not seeing those chiseled, hunky, tanned biceps etc. Old Naharis will be missed, hope newbie can make up for the loss of his predecessor. Then there’s this whole other family joining the ranks – The Martells. We met young Prince Oberyn and and his orgy loving woman Ellaria. I haven’t read the books so I can’t really say too much on the topic, but it looks like Oby has a lot planned for his seasonal stay in the city. His conversation with Tyrion told us that the Martells are active members in ‘We Hate The Lannisters’ brigade and rightly so! The conversation between Oberyn and Tyrion was hair-raisingly devastating. Now there’s a huge debt to repay, and it’s going to be great to see that eventuate. Hopefully we’ll see it, who bloody knows on this show. I mean we all thought that Jamie’s return would mean a heeve-ho celebration with his pappa and sister/lover just going all gaga that the best Lannister is home. Yeah there was none of that. That’s not to say he didn’t get gifts along with his bitter welcome backs.  Jamie said a big ‘NO!’ to his Dad, took Ned’s sword, got dumped by Cerc, got a big ass golden hand, was spat on by his son/King, and got ridiculed. The only person who was having it worse that him this episode was Sansa. In all honesty it had slipped my mind that anyone apart from Arya would be torn apart with the news from the Red Wedding, until I saw Sansa’s face. Watching her trudge along reminded me that she must have suffered the most horrible times in her short life in Westeros, and still she’s somehow surviving. I heard rumours this is her season and I can’t wait to see her thrive instead of just survive. To be honest even Dany hasn’t really done too much to get her ass on that throne. I mean geographically speaking, is she on the opposite side of this made up world or what? Can she use her shitty teenage dragons as a compass? Can dragons be useful for that? Because if not, I don’t see what they’re good for.  They’re kind of like Joffrey. You know who’s the opposite of Joff? Arya. Woman isn’t traveling with a monster, she is the monster. Gosh she’s so great with a needle.

Highlights:

  • The Hound: “You’re a talker. Listening to talkers makes me thirsty and hungry. Think I’ll take two chickens.”
    Polliver: “You don’t seem to understand the situation.”
    The Hound: “I understand that if any more words come pouring out your cunt mouth, I’m going to have to eat every fucking chicken in this room.”
    Polliver: “You lived your life for the king. You’re going to die for some chickens?”
    The Hound: “Someone is.”
  • Tyrion: “I didn’t know your brother. He seemed like a good man, but I didn’t know him. Your mother on the other hand, I admired her. She wanted to have me executed, but I admired her.”
  • The Hound: “I’m not a thief.”
    Arya: “You fight with murdering little boys, but thieving is beneath you.”
    The Hound: “Mans got to have a code.”
  • Oberyn: “Tell your father I’m here and tell him the Lannisters aren’t the only ones who repay their debts.”
  • Margaery: “Perhaps I should just let Joffrey chose it for me, end up with a string of dead sparrow heads around my neck.”
  • Jaime: “I suppose you want the sword back.”
    Tywin: “Keep it. A one handed man with no family needs all the help he can get.”
  • Tywin: “The war is over, the king is safe.”
    Jaime: “The king is never safe.”

Parks and Recreation: Flu Season 2
S: What a beautiful ending! Like I was saying in my last review, there’s something really genuine and comforting in the way the writers allow their couples to grow,  mellow out for a bit and then give us a moment like this – where all the chips fall right into place and we get a perfect example of a great love. Though, in the same breath of singing their praises I also should say that there was a real ball drop on the ‘Flu’ businezz. Apart from a classic misdirect, there was no point of toying with the topic. Not that I minded that much because ahhhh BUBBIES are coming this way. How exciting. Imagine Ron’s little trooper hanging out with Ben and Les’s kiddo. Sheeish so cute! I wonder what Leslie and Ben will be like as parents. Maybe they’ll take the Ron approach and keep the whole ‘having a family’ thing on the DL or maybe they’ll be all in our faces about it. We already had a little glimpse of what Leslie might be like as a parent when she was dealing with Andy’s candy issues in the drug store. It was great scene mainly because Chris Pratt kills it when it comes to acting like a child, in a good way. On the other side of town we had drunk Ben, who was acting like a child himself, wah wahing over his parents selling his childhood holiday house. I liked that both storylines between Ben and Les could not have started any further apart but ended up in exactly the same place – baaaabbbyyy! Can’t wait to see how many waffles Les is going to eat during this 9month period. Speaking of eating, Tom, April, Donna and Craig were sussing out the ponsey world of sommeliers to snag one for Tom’s new restaurant. They should all be together – always! It’s hilarious seeing Craig lose his temper- or be completely normal? I don’t know what level is normal for that guy. Whatever it is it’s working, for now. I think it might get a but old, but for now ain’t a prob Bob.

Highlights:
  • Larry in the tent! Brilliant
  • Andy: “This guy’s the worst! I mean, it sucks that they didn’t have ham, but you can’t treat your dad like that.”
  • Ben’s baby owl spirit owl.
  • Ben: “Dude… are you a ghost?”
    Eagleton Ron: “Am I?”
    Ben:“What is happening right now!?”
  • Craig being Tom’s wine guy is going to be great!
  • Andy and Leslie’s discussion about adopting a dog/having a baby.
  • Tom: “You’re like a crazy volcano. You’ll have to bring it down a notch.”
    Craig: “I’ll bring it down a dozen notches if I have to!”
  • April: “I’ll have a glass of your most expensive red wine mixed with a glass of your cheapest white wine served in a dog bowl. Silly straws all around, please.”
  • April: “This comes… from your mother’s butt.”
  • Ben: “I really like you, but you are a terrible person to talk to about personal stuff.”
    Ron: “Thank you, that means a lot to me.”
  • Leslie: “I need the good stuff. The “Mariah needs to sing tonight” stuff.”
  • The eagle resting on Eagleton Ron’s outstretched arm.
  • Andy: “Harmony!”
  • Andy: “If you do collapse, I know first aid… er karate.”
    Leslie: “That’s not first aid.”
    Andy: “It is if you do it right! Heimlich!”
  • Ron’s reaction to seeing Eagleton Ron: “Motherf**ker!”

Let’s Escape To Sicily

Arrrrgh!! Assessments, Mondays, being a lazy butt, all these very legitimate, non-obnoxious excuses are precisely why I need to rent me this palace and get to work on reaching a whole new level of relaxation.

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Kate Moss & Top Shop

Continuing the extremely successful campaigns with Katie, Top Shop is now set to release a collection inspired by Kate’s very own wardrobe. Featuring boho, 1920′s and rock stlyes – it’s sure to be versatile.

Kate Moss for Topshop, a first look

Kate Moss for Topshop, a first look

Kate Moss for Topshop, a first look

Kate Moss for Topshop, a first look

Kate Moss for Topshop, a first look

Kate Moss for Topshop, a first look

Kate Moss for Topshop, a first look

Kate Moss for Topshop, a first look

Kate Moss for Topshop, a first look

Kate Moss for Topshop, a first look

Kate Moss for Topshop, a first look

Kate Moss for Topshop, a first look

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On Repeat This Week

E:
Time After Time – The Wind + The Wave
This featured on Grey’s Anatomy the other week and totally eclipsed what was happening on screen at the time in terms of holding my attention. Such a beautiful cover!

S:
Get Low – Dillon Francis & DJ Snake
This! It’s such an effing dancalicious song. Wait for that drrrrrop.

What Happened On TV Last Week

Parks and Recreation: Prom
S: I’m a sucker for anything prom related. Just, gah it’s (usually) so great. So if you’re looking for a scathing review of the cliches of this episode then you’re not going to find it here buddy. Keep moving. If you enjoyed the light-heartedness of this episode on the backdrop of the looming Chicago move, then stick with me and you’ll be well pleased. Firstly, what’s with everyone jumping ship to Chi-Town? Yeezy must have pulled some sort of something to convince everyone that it’s the city to start fresh. I guess the windy city blows your past right out of it’s grimy waters. Do you think Les will actually make the leap and leave Pawnee? I want to say ‘yeah man, for sure she will’ without this niggling sense of doubt but I can’t! She’s a Pawnee girl through and through, but there’s no doubt she’s destined for great things which I’m not sure she can achieve if she stays here forever. Another thing, the intro scene was a beautiful ‘will you go to prom with me’ proposal between Leslie and Ben, but there was nada B+L during the prom at all. It’s okay though, because I got my dose of adorableness from April and Andy. I’m glad the writers haven’t forgotten about them. They used to be one of my favourite couples on a comedy show, I’m glad they can still bring the magic.

Highlights:

  • The return of that pesky Greg Pikitis. Can’t believe he weaseled his trickster self into the world of a former representative for France at the Model U.N?
  • Tom: “How bout I break you off some of that Ja Rule?”
    Student: “Who’s Ja Rule?” What an idiot. Seriously, idiot.
  • Principal: “How old are you?”
    April: “He’s thirty three and I’m forty seven slash immortal.”
  • Tom: “Every song I download has to pass a series of rigorous tests to answer one simple question: is it a banger?”
  • Tom: “Are acoustic instruments used? If so, it is not a banger. I once accidentally downloaded a Lumineers song. I had to throw away my whole computer, just to be safe.”
  • Ben: “I hope that high school auditorium is big enough, because I’m bringing 10,000 Maniacs.”
  • Leslie: “Will you go to the prom with me?”
    Ben: “Why, I thought you’d never ask…because we’re forty.”
  • Donna: “It’s always better to be direct.”
    Donna’s Date: “Hey girl, you ready to go?”
    Donna: “I thought I told you to wait in the car.”
    Donna’s Date: “Yeah…”
  • Expendables 2 sounds horrible
  • Ben as a DJ. The OH – original hipsta.
  • Ron: “Continue with your awkward close-quarters gyrating.”
    Leslie: “And if this is the evening you decide to have sex, use protection!”
  • Leslie: “And if Ron tries to stop me, he can eat a big ol’ bowl of butts.”
  • Orin being undeniably terrifying.
  • Leslie: “Why don’t you shut your mustache?”
  • April: “I spent four years making fun of everyone and hiding mops so the janitor would think he was going insane.”
  • Ron: “I have tolerated Leslie’s pro-government ways because her annoying kindness and generosity sneakily made me like her as a person.”
  • Ben: “Near-mint condish!” Loved the way he said that
  • Andy and laking. Andy: “I tried to jump it over a lake, why don’t you stay out of our conversations Larry!”
  • Andy: “Kids in high school are idiots.” The truest thing ever said!