Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hotties: Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware is scorching hot. She also has a beautiful, powerful voice. And she's an English graduate. I'm basically a little bit in love with her at the moment. She's a South Londoner and she loves strong female artists like Chaka Khan and Whitney Houston (an almost direct quote from her sweet Brixton market video interview with Vice) and I think both show in her music and her style. It is dramatic and bold and diva-ish - it is fueling my desire for graphic jewellery and big brows and sleek hair and lots of bodycon monochrome.

Listen to: Wildest Moments, Night Light and SBTRKT's Right Thing to Do on which she features.

Wear: strong eyeliner.

Chuck x

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Perfect Sunday

Julia Child / Meryl Streep / Boeuf aux Oignons made by R

The best things.

Chuck x

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pumped Up Kicks

New Balance 574 / Nike Air Max
Nike Blazer / New Balance 501
New Balance 420 / Adidas Gazelle
Reebok Princess Classic / Nike Oceania

I'm developing a bit of a trainer fetish in my old age. In a different world/on a different budget I would have a whole room for my kicks rapper-style. The dubious morality of excess aside they have the right idea. It is comfort + aesthetics + lots of walking. Living in the big smoke, night bus-ing around and generally exploring, I value a pair of shoes I can run away in. Also, conveniently, there are some scorching hot trainers around at the moment. At the top of my (quite long) list is a pair of New Balance 574s, specifically the burgundy Johnny Appleseeds, top left. They're so smart. I want to wear them with structured mini skirts and big jumpers. Delicious and like hugs for your feet.

Chuck x

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Accessories of Glory

It's all about the accessories, daaaaaaahling. Any talk of accessorising inevitably makes me think of Patsy in Ab Fab. This is obviously a good thing. The pleasures of the joyous examples above are fairly self-explanatory. They add the touch of absurdity that, in my opinion, every outfit needs...

How could you not grin regularly with these adorning your person?

Chuck x

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Article Reading Group

Be The Overflow, Pockets Full Of Stones.

  • I find adolescence and our current cultural obsession with it very interesting. I'm mulling over some thoughts about it at the moment. Rachel Monroe tackles the subject from the angle of lust and obsession in her fab article Killer Crush: The Horror of Teen Girls, from Columbiners to Beliebers. A great read. She's right - teenage girl do rock obsession like no other. For all that people worry about young girls on the internet it was also kind of made for them. I collaged pretty heavily in my early teens but  was still limited by physical practicalities. Between Polyvore and Tumblr and Pinterest the interweb has exploded the possibilities for youf collage - the above from glamorouszombie is a thing of glory!
  • Because I needed a reason to love Hilary Mantel more. Larissa Macfarquhar's New Yorker profile, The Dead are Real, is everything you could want from an author profile. Work, life, art. She started writing A Place of Greater Safety at 23 - 23! Manchester, Botswana, the Middle East. Ghosts, illnesses, history. Next up The Giant, O'Brian. Via Jessica Stanley's consistently excellent Read. Look. Think.
  • Speak of the devil... Suddenly everyone wants New Yorker style content. Only one catch: Who is going to write it? PandoDaily raises a good question. Historically the internet has valued speed and quantity of content over quality but perhaps that is changing. Apparently Tumblr wants to start paying for great writing but the closure/downsizing of traditional magazines and newspapers mean that there aren't any/enough trained writers to step up to the plate.  Part exciting, part depressing, all thought provoking. I'm not sure if I agree with everything in the article but certainly something to consider...
I haven't done an article post in ages. It's about time. So, have you read anything good recently?

Chuck x

Friday, October 12, 2012

Piercing Possibilities

I want a new piercing (hi Muv, chuffed much?). I fancy a variation on a forward helix piercing but I don't know where to get it done in London. I want to go to someone with a considered eye and some beautiful jewellery options. Really I want to go to J. Colby Smith at New York Adorned but that seems a little far to travel...

Any London recommendations out there?

Chuck x

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fire & Knives, Issue 12

Is out now and I'M IN IT. This is very exciting.

I wrote a piece about Sunday lunch, now and in my childhood, and it has been wonderfully edited. The writing and the editing in Fire & Knives is just fab - it is the opposite of Hila and Jane's great post. You can't buy individual issues but do subscribe for a year of pleasure.

Food and words and food and words. My favourite things.

Chuck x

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Adventures with Coconut Milk

Nigel Slater's simple Thai soup with coconut milk and rice noodles

Sprouted Kitchen's spiced lentil soup with coconut milk and kale

Both topped with sweet and salty chicken and fresh coriander

Apart from sporadic sun filled days it has been grey and miserable lately. I want to eat warming, comforting food but I'm not ready to start making stews yet so I have been all over soups. And I've been craving coconut milk in a big way. Life has been stressful and a bit upsetting recently and there is childish joy to its sweet creaminess. Special credit to Waitrose organic coconut milk which is by far the best supermarket coconut milk I've tried - thick and rich and not watery at all. Full fat forever.

Anyway, both of these recipes are full of enough wonderful healthy things and spice to make anyone feel better. They will cure what ails ya. Perfect for autumn and illnesses.

Chuck x

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Werkin' Girl

Despite the fact that I rarely get much of a response to my music posts I'm powering on regardless. It's my blog and I'll blog what I want to etc. My current musical crush is Angel Haze - she's 21 and she's got a filthy mouth and a way with words. Just how I like my lady rappers. She is sharp and brutal and awesome. I like. I've been listening to Werkin' Girls on repeat recently, you should give it a spin.

I'm so enjoying all the female rappers who are springing up at the moment. They have so much to say. Any favourites?

Chuck x

Monday, October 1, 2012


Visitation, 2006

She (Film Portrait Collage) III, 2008

Mask XXIX, 2006

In September John Stezaker won the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize. I think his work is beautiful and intriguing and this is really just an excuse to revel in it here. And I'm being totally topical (more or less, who cares if I'm out by a month?) which is rare. Stezaker uses found images - vintage postcards, film stills, book illustrations - to create collages that explore our fascination with images and their relation to truth, memory and culture. The results are eery and quiet but strangely lovely.

Stezaker's work proliferates across the internetz. I used to get cross when I saw his collages adrift on Tumblr, uncaptioned and uncredited, amidst carefully choreographed photos of cake, wingtip Oxfords and 1950s Paris but now I wonder if he doesn't find it interesting. There is a collaging impulse behind Tumblr even if it is largely unconsidered and, as far as I can see, he never credits his 'readymades'. He is investigates our relationship with imagery and the internet is the latest evolution in that relationship. I reckon he must be down with it.

Apparently the prize winner's work was being shown at the Photographer's Gallery until Sept 9th so I am definitely not topical but hopefully he will show in London again soon. I'm still sad I missed his show at the Whitechapel Gallery last year - I would love to see his work in person. What are your reactions to it?

Chuck x