Problem: two guys in need of a short getaway and an urge to take some photos in unknown territory. Answer: Berlin. A city rich in history, art, culture, food, clubs and the capital of a nation with a mighty good football team. I had been itching to explore Berlin for quite some time. I wanted longer than two days (and later discovered I needed longer than two days), but Aaron and I decided to venture to Berlin for a weekend to take it all in, have a drink (or twelve) and enjoy a weekend out of our comfort zone. Glad to say we accomplished all of the above with a stay made even more pleasant by the brilliant Generator Hostels. Despite my usual complaints (about everything possible), and not having enough time to do anywhere near as much as we would have liked, Berlin was amazing. Check out some snaps, read our thoughts, and press play below to enjoy our documentation of 48 hours in Berlin.
Summer is my favourite time of year, period. However, summer is also my favourite time to workout. Unlike every other cold-city dweller, I don’t yearn for the reprieve of a cool day or an air-conditioned space while I train. The humid air, the beating sun, running past landscapes of exploding colours, using sun-kissed city streets as my gym, celebrating post-workout with ice lollies, cycling across town in sun-dresses and sports bras, turning brunch meet-ups with my girls into bRUNch sessions all create my summertime training bliss.
Of course, summer finishes as quickly as it starts, meaning I do anything I can to catch those moments. So when Nike challenged girls to Chase Summer with their friends I gathered my girls and got us out on the road. Read on.
For most people Ibiza is a party Island, where you go to give your liver a good work out whilst enjoying breathtaking views. But the latter proved to be most true on our recent trip to the Spanish Island (though there was some drinking involved). Thanks to Technogym, we were treated to a 2-day stint in Ibiza where we stayed at Pacha’s newly opened Destino Ibiza, a beautiful resort in the hills of Cap Martinet. The resort has teamed up with Italian gym equipment manufacturer Technogym to offer their guests a premium wellness experience and they invited us over to see for ourselves. We of course took all necessary measures to ensure we could go – read all about our trip after the break.
As I sat aboard the Arlanda Express, making the final part of my journey to Stockholm, I was alone with my own thoughts. Since finishing university, time has flown by and as one often finds, I haven’t done half of the things with my free time that I wanted to do when I was so ridiculously busy researching dystopian fiction and typing away furiously to the tick tock of the deadline clock. I’ve spent much of that time not so patiently waiting to board a flight to somewhere in South East Asia and begin my journey around the region. In that moment of solitude, with Sweden passing rapidly outside the window, I knew I was making the right choice in accepting my call to adventure and going it alone in the big wide world. But this, my short stay in Stockholm, would be the true test. It would be my first time travelling solo and a part of me knew that my mind, though set on travelling, could potentially be swayed.
It feels strange writing one of these things again. The last time I opened up with a personal post was a while back and even then, I probably only scratched the surface with a quote. Funnily enough a topic of conversation that many of my fellow mid-20s friends and I speak about is balance and how it’s somewhat unattainable in the industries that we find ourselves in. A society that celebrates the overtime worker, the one who stays in the office till past midnight and shows up at 9am to do it all again. For me, my job has always been about producing great work that satisfies my creative needs. Y&Y is the side project that allows me to freely create whatever that comes to my mind – budget allowing that is. It’s fast come to realisation that trying to juggle the day job and a growing side project has its ups and downs. Read on my friends.
It’s been quite slow on the features front lately, we’ve been busy with well… life! But on the flipside we’ve also been creating so things will be picking up again shortly. Anywho, in support of their Spring Summer collection for 2014, the guys over at Farah reached out to us to put together a series of looks for them. As a great opportunity to create good content was thrown our way, we were happy to get involved. More after the break.
Born out of passion for clean modernist design and meticulous detail, the debut Notch London collection is a strong mix of key wardrobe staples – shirts, jackets, soft jerseys, denim and clean outerwear. When they got in touch with us to give us our spin on their collection, we fell short of ideas – especially since much of our narratives play off brand’s histories and past. That’s where we’re forced to be creative, Y&Y’s always been about more than just posting photographs for the sake of it. It’s always about the team – the shift from a blogging platform to a platform where we can showcase what we create has been in place for a year. It’s forced us to work more as a unit to bring the features to life.