Magical Accessories

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I’ve not followed much of London Fashion Week this year but I’d have to say my favourite thing that I’ve seen is Sophia Webster’s presentation and most of all this adorable unicorn bag. The models at the presentation were dressed as unicorns with multi-coloured hair styled into a unicorn horn and the theme was a magical woodland.
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I also am lusting over this rainbow clutch bag.

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A Weekend With Foals

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Last week, my favourite band, Foals, were playing a special gig at XOYO in association with NME. To get tickets you had to register to be entered into a ballot to get tickets ahead of the show which, of course I entered…but unsuccessfully. So remaining sad for about a day, then remembering I was seeing them at the Albert Hall in a few months anyway, I forgot all about it. So a week passed and it just so happened that I had to be attending a birthday at The Shoreditch Butchery above XOYO on the 7th February. It wasn’t until I got there and saw the signs plastered outside, that it was the night of the show so I set a mission for the evening, to get into the gig. After politely asking the door staff if we could buy-have wrist bands for the show a couple of times and being declined on both occasions, I realised that there was no way in without sneaking in… So that’s exactly what we did. A quick flash of a band-less wrist to the distracted bouncers, we ran downstairs just as the set started.
Kicking off with the Prelude for their latest album Holy Fire, they cracked on with a number of tracks from their first two albums including, Total Life Forever, Blue Blood, Ballons and one of my favourite songs of all time, Spanish Sahara. The energy was flying and Yannis kept amping up the crowd by diving in for a bit of crowd surfing, even crossing the floor and getting up on the bar with his guitar and swigging a pint handed to him by the barman. Doing the classic leave the stage and the crowd wanting more act, Foals re-emerged after their main set for a short encore of recent single Inhaler and of course finishing, as they always do on Two Steps Twice. Unexpectabley getting to see your favourite band on a work night, for free… Priceless!

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Following a little bit of Thursday night Foals action, I headed on down for round two on Monday night where they were playing a free gig at Rough Trade East. With only about 150 people in the crowd and the band giving off the sentiment that they didn’t really want to be there, they banged out three tracks from Holy Fire and Spanish Sahara with ease and then departed the stage. A short but sweet performance that brightened up my snowy Monday.

55th Annual Grammy Awards 2013

I just finished watching the 2013 Grammy Awards and the above tribute I thoroughly enjoyed (to the point where I was jamming in my bedroom by myself!) When I first heard Bruno Mars’s, Locked Out Of Heaven, I said how similar it sounded to a Police track so to actually be treated to a collab between Mr. Mars and the one and only Sting was a nice little treat. If that wasn’t enough then the bad gal riri herself came out once again after an emotive performance of Stay alongside Mikky Ekko (she also managed to become the most talked about celeb on Twitter at that point with 1.6m Tweets) and was joined with none other than Bob Marley’s sons, Damien and Ziggy Marley to pay tribute to their late father. As soon as they broke into his famous Could You Be Loved, I couldn’t help but get excited. I think I was enjoying it as much as Frank Ocean who I noticed amongst the crowd to be bobbing away with a giant grin on his face. Oh to have been there in that audience.

Another performance that I thoroughly enjoyed was Miguel and Wiz Khalifa. I’ve been dying to see Miguel and his latest album, Kaleidoscope Dream, has been top of my most played list over the last few months. Singing his track Adorn, which features a version with Khalifa on the album, he sounded just as dreamy live as he does on the recording. I thought it was funny how Kelly Clarkson mentioned him in her acceptance speech after not knowing who he was, suggesting a collaboration, although I’m not too sure how that one would go down.

I definitely think that Channel Orange should have won best album over Babel by Mumford & Sons, although I was proud another British act won for the second year in a row. The sons third album just didn’t top their second in my eyes and I think Ocean would have been a more deserving winner.