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#BeeProud afternoon tea at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester

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Words & Photos: @oliverinstead

Earlier this week, I was invited by Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester to go and have a taste of the new #BeeProud afternoon tea. Here’s a confession: I’m not the afternoon tea-type. The last time I had a full-on afternoon was 4 years ago, in a Best Western in Kuala Lumpur, but #Pride is a great cause – in fact, one that I care very much about so I didn’t waste a sec before accepting the offer! Continue Reading

Music

My summer 2017 playlist

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Words & Photo: @oliverinstead

Of all the things on the face of this planet, none gives me more joy than the following : people who hold the door for me, people who thank me when I hold the door for them (common courtesy, people!) and listening to a new bop for the first time.
Today I’m sharing five songs I’ve discovered this summer and will continue to play on repeat throughout the season. Read on if you need some inspo for your own summer playlist!

 

one Don’t Take the Money – The Bleachers

Not everyone’s heard of the Bleachers but I bet almost everyone would’ve heard of the frontman’s music… case in point : That new Lorde song? No? Maybe Taylor Swift’s latest album? Ok, how about that fun. song that everyone jammed so hard to back in 2012? Yeah, the main man behind the Bleachers, Jack Antonoff is one-third of fun. and responsible for countless other artists’ hits.

If you’re not familiar with his music, I reckon Don’t Take the Money would be a good introduction. [ Listen ]

 

two Plot Twist – Sigrid

Sigrid is my new Scandi-obsession. This Norwegian newcomer’s songwriting is so youthful and so refreshing, coupled with her gritty and at times aggressive vocals : it’s love. Confessions : upon hearing Don’t Kill My Vibe (which I assume is how most people, myself included, have come to know her), I found her slightly hard to get into to begin with but then Plot Twist came along, and my mind was forever changed. [ Listen ]

 

three Glorious – Macklemore (feat. Skylar Grey)

Serving some good ol’ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Can’t Hold Us teas here… if you remember that song as well as I do. #goodtimes
If you haven’t heard Glorious yet, then (SPOILER ALERT!!) expect lots of Can’t Hold Us flashbacks – so much so that it almost sounds like they just laid new vocals over the Can’t Hold Us backing track, but I’m not complaining because this song is gold. I know for sure it’s going to be the first song I turn on whenever I need my spirits lifted. [ Listen ]

 

four Remember I Told You – Nick Jonas (feat. Anne Marie & Mike Posner)

This track is so underrated. #fact Personally, I think it’s one of Nick Jonas’ best songs to date, but it’s not even charted in the US… like, how?! It’s catchy, the lyrics are relevant, the vocals are solid, and it features a rapper… granted, Mike Posner isn’t the most sought-after rapper in the game these days – but still, this song pretty much has all the hallmarks of a summer smash.

(Also, much love for the styling in the video.) [ Listen ]

 

five Say My Name – Tove Styrke

Another one of my Scandi-obsession : this one goes all the way back to my teens and it’s been a real joy to witness Tove’s musical evolution. Say My Name is this Swedish pop princess’ latest offering, the lead single from her upcoming album, which I cannot wait to hear because Kiddo was such a masterpiece. [ Listen ]

 

What do you think about my selection? How many of them have you heard? Is there a summer track that you think I need to know? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Oliver ❤

Fashion Outfits

Styling double denim

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Words: @oliverinstead • Photo: David

Let me just start off by pointing out that I know double denim isn’t everyone’s cuppa. But it’s definitely mine, and here’s why : it’s an instant statement.

Co-ords or head-to-toe *inserts a colour / pattern / material* just seem to turn heads, even though I’m not sure if it’s even that big of deal, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because style is about expressing who you are without having to speak, and double denim never fails to accomplish that. Continue Reading

Chit-chats Outfits

Let’s talk about: Love

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Words: @oliverinstead • Photo: David

Amidst all the division and hatred that’s been going on in the real world – I emphasise on the ‘real’ world because it’s no longer something you see through a telly screen the second it happens in the very city you wake up every morning, go to work, return at night and lay your head to sleep – I just want to spread some positivity and talk only of ‘love‘.

Notes : the traditional Chinese character stands for ‘love‘. Continue Reading

Fashion

First impressions: Crep Protect

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Words & Photo: @oliverinstead

This past Friday, I got to experience the Russell Howard: Round the World gig at Manchester Arena thanks to scotts Menswear, who very generously put out a spread in our own Prime Suite with a private balcony and open bar and everything… but that’s not all : the scotts team also gifted me with a range of Crep Protect products, so now I’ll spill all my initial thoughts! Continue Reading