As twenty-somethings in the creative industry, we find that there is no structured path, when it comes to securing our dream job. Yes university does help, but it is the first step because we all know when you graduate, the real work begins. Yet somehow we push the fact that it may take until the end of time to achieve our goals to the back of our minds, as we dive into the pool of free labour and uncertainty. But Cherelle Brown, Accessories Designer and Founder of unisex bag line IAMQING gives us hope, showing that we have the power to create our own opportunities instead of waiting for them to approach us which is very much what we believe in. As we style a few looks with her latest collection Cherelle tells us how much family plays a big part in supporting your dream. For she believes that taking risks and remaining humble are a few keys to gaining success.
Living life in one of the greatest cities the world has to offer is something we take for granted far too often. It can also be argued however that us busy Londoners don’t take the time to explore the amazing countryside that the UK has to offer. Exploring the great British outdoors has been on the Y&Y agenda for a while now, and we took the opportunity to tick it off (to an extent) when Premier Inn asked us to explore the Lincolnshire countryside and offer one of our lucky readers the chance to win a weekend getaway for two. Read on to see the amazing weekend Adam and Derek had when they packed their bags and escaped the city.
Being in such a beautiful city has its perks, don’t get me wrong, but too often when visiting these places full of historic landmarks we forget to bring our eyes back to ground level and look at the happenings around us. Being in a new place is not just about seeing new sights, but about embracing and observing the differences occurring around you. I had recent trip to Paris courtesy of Lacoste and, instead of putting my focus on the popular landmarks, I people watched. Read on.
Last week, I was privileged enough to be invited to experience the launch of Nike’s latest addition to the Flyknit lineage, the Flyknit Lunar 2. The launch of the new shoe coincided with the unveiling of the new Nike Brand Experience store, located in the heart of Berlin. Yep that’s right, the kind folks at Nike were kind enough to send us out to the German capital for an exclusive preview of the store followed by an eventful run through the twilight city to trial the new running sneakers. Hop on after the cut.
When it comes to men’s outerwear, a versatile winter jacket is an essential item of the wardrobe. Something that will last, suit all your needs, and still have you looking good as you fight the winter in style. Today, we present MA.STRUM; a brand whose focus lies solely on producing high quality, technical clothing that can serve the weather in any given environment. We got asked by MA.STRUM to put some of their key AW13 pieces to the test in a day out in the grey, wet and windy city.
What happens when you step in front of a camera? Most of us, like myself, freeze up – act unnatural, squint our eyes and try to portray a better looking version of ourselves. Most of the time it’s not a true representation of ourselves hence why you have a plethora of Instagram bathroom stars. There’s also candid photography or as some may call it – catching the subject in a natural reportage manner. I’ve been doing that for a while now, it’s perfect for weddings, events and lifestyle shoots where you don’t have to worry about an artificial expression conjured up by your subject. However when you’re on set of an editorial or a portrait shoot, my role as a photographer (far from pro!) is to make the subject feel comfortable and give them direction where necessary or else you’ll end up with an uncle shot. By uncle shot, y’all know what I mean – those cringe-worthy family portraits where everyone’s stood like a statue. You all know which ones I mean.
Bilal Dunn is the Chief Executive of The Noor Initiative- an organisation he set up to support young offenders in staying out of prison, making better life choices and realising their life potential. I first met by Bilal at work by chance when I was invited to a meeting where Barnardo’s had invited him over to the office to discuss his work through The Noor Initiative. During his talk he shared his journey and reasons for setting up his organisation, a story that I find quite fascinating and very inspiring. Bilal, having coming in contact with the criminal justice system in the past; made it his mission to change societies’ perceptions- I was immediately blown away! Read his story after the break.