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Guide to Los Angeles!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Rodeo Drive


Melrose Avenue


Beverly Hills



Hollywood Boulevard


Santa Moncia



Rainbow Bar and Grill

Alfred Tea Room


Venice Beach


Urth Caffe


Griffith Observatory/Hollywood Sign

It's safe to say I'm now just as obsessed with Los Angeles as everyone else.
It is an amazing city. It was the first stop in our road trip and we loved everyday we spent there, so much that we have booked another trip to go back! I felt like we planned our time there really well and so I thought I'd mention what we did and offer some advice for anyone planning to visit.

We stayed in Beverly Hills using Airbnb and honestly I cannot recommend it enough. Beverly Hills is obviously a stunning area of Los Angeles and with Airbnb we got a room for a great deal in a fantastic location that was only a 5 minute walk to Rodeo Drive. We were close to shops, restaurants particularly Urth Caffe which I was desperate to try and it did not disappoint.

Of course you cannot go to LA without visiting Hollywood. It is really a surreal place that is so much fun, just expect it to be busy! You can also see the Hollywood sign from the boulevard which was a great surprise. I would also suggest while you are in the area to hit Melrose Avenue, probably the most insta-famous street on the globe. It street is covered with wall art, small boutiques and Alfred Tea - the cutest tea room ever.

If you love anything rock music or 80's nostalgia you should see the sunset strip and if you need food or refreshment go in The Rainbow Bar and Grill which is where parts of the November Rain music video were filmed. The beaches of Los Angeles are beautiful we went to Santa Monica and Venice and if you fancy it you can cycle between the two, or just visit them separately and explore the areas.

And finally Griffith Park was fantastic for viewing the Hollywood sign and also getting a panoramic view of downtown LA.

Thanks for reading!



INTERIOR INSPIRATION

Second Year - First term

Wednesday, 25 January 2017



So the first term of my second year is over and I can't believe how quickly it went! So I thought I would do a quick round up of my favourite books that I've read over the last couple of months in each of my modules, some were better than others...
One module was Romanticism, literally my worst nightmare. When I saw it on the schedule I was dreading having to read romantic poems and novels for ten weeks, but to my surprise it wasn't actually that bad! My favourite novel was definitely The Sorrows of Young Werther as Werther himself is an interesting character to critique, and his suicide is shocking in its gruesome detail. It's a really easy read (which is shocking for romanticism) and I really enjoyed writing about it in my coursework.
My favourite course was Apocalypse and the modern novel and it was so difficult to choose my favourites as I loved everything! One that kept me hooked from start to finish was Cat's Cradle a dystopian fiction that is told through black humour and human stupidity. It centres on an end of the world that is the result of scientific progression in the form of ice-nine, a solution that freezes the globe - I recommend this novel highly! I also really enjoyed The Day of the Triffids where the world is taken over by man-eating plants, and also The Road, a story of a man and his son travelling across a desolate America in search of refuge. It was actually quite scary studying the Apocalypse while Donald Trump was elected...
The last module was the American Novel, one I was really looking forward to but was really disappointed! So many of the novels weren't really enjoyable to read, not just the racist ones, and I feel like there were so many we could have read that were completely ignored. Despite this I love The Great Gatsby and it was nice to read it again and study it at University level - a definite must read and the recent film is such a good adaptation

Thanks for reading everyone!



Superhero Shoes - Pumped up powers and heeled heroines

Thursday, 12 January 2017


No superhero is complete without his or her powers, whether it's the ability to fly, super strength or invisibility, their talents sure are impressive.
However, there is something about these superhero personas that is always overlooked - their footwear. Possibly the most important part of any costume are the shoes, so why should they be ignored? There are after all what allows them to get from A to B and kick-box a villain every now and then so they should be considered a very important feature!
Every superhero wears a pair of shoes that aids their abilities and therefore each pair have become iconic in their own right, and footwear retailer  Brantano takes a look at some of their favourites...

Wonder Woman’s Battle Boots
The heroine everyone recognises, Diana Prince, a.k.a Wonder Woman, is one of the longest-serving female superheroes. The daughter of Zeus, she made her debut in 1941 and is back in the public eye thanks to a new look for her role in the DC cinematic universe. 
Her classic look is one of confidence and colour. Alongside her iconic bracers and tiara, she wears red knee high boots with a signature white stripe.  In a practical and much-praised move, many of her comic boot appearances have eschewed high heels in favour of flat boots.  
In her latest iteration, Gal Gadot’s heroine is clad in armoured knee-highs that have sandal-style straps and a wedge heel. Impractical? Maybe. Stylish? Yes.

Star Lord’s Rocket Boots (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Peter Quill, or Star Lord, was portrayed by Chris Pratt in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. His guile and charisma helped lead a team of misfits against supervillain Ronan, whose forces were threatening the galaxy. 
While doing so, he stays on-trend thanks to a space cowboy inspired look — a pair of reddish-brown walking shoes that are topped with knee-high greaves. The kicker? These boots have rocket boosters in them, enabling Star Lord to cross large crevasses and thrust through the non-gravity of empty space. 

Superman’s Iconic Red Boots
Think of Superman and you immediately think of blue and red, a pair of red spandex and cape over the famous blue costume. However, the look wouldn’t be complete without the boots to match. Superman, when not hiding behind the Clark Kent alias, wears his just below the knee greaves with style. 
Even in his latest, more realistic portrayal by Henry Cavill, which has removed the comic-book briefs, Superman still wears his bright-red boots. Proof you need to stick with your signature style. 
The Power Rangers The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers were a TV phenomenon in the 90s, but are set to launch themselves back into the public eye when their new action film is released in 2017. Combatting lord Zed, the team of heroes take their instruction from Zordon – but seem to take fashion tips from more famous superheroes, as they also wore colourful knee-high boots.

Captain America’s Combat Boots
The latest version of Captain America, played by Chris Evans, is a no-frills superhero that mixes patriotism with strength. Styled to portray a man who withstands no nonsense, the ‘cap’s’ costume is a jumpsuit style military get-up that doesn’t mess around. Like his outfit, his boots are all about utility. Combat boots with a thick sole, they’re perfect whether he’s pursuing crime on foot or on his motorcycle. 

The Joker’s Knife Boot (The Dark Knight)
The clown prince of crime isn’t just the arch-nemesis of Batman, he’s also a challenging role for any actor to take on. In what is arguably his most famous on-screen appearance, the Joker was immortalised by the late Heath Ledger as a dark, psychopathic villain. Interestingly, in this entire list, he’s the only character to not wear knee high boots. His iconic purple suit caught the eye, but it was a hidden knife in his brogues that surprised Batman in a melee combat. Plus, they looked great with brightly-checked socks. 



Ultimately, there’s a lot to be learned from superhero fashion. A longer length pair like knee high boots must grant some sort of secret super power – considering almost every superhero there is confidently sporting such footwear. Maybe the real secret to heroism and fame is a pair of knee highs?