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Festival review // The Great Escape 2014: Klaxons killed it; Kelis got caught out there

I’m a firm believer in festivals involving B &Bs, bars, and undercover venues. SO, ROLL UP GREAT ESCAPE. My fourth time at the festival, renowned for championing new music, with over 400 bands…

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Slide away: High summer fashion trend 2014 // Ugly shoes

Aaand much to the complete disgust of our collective boyfriends, this is our current fugly footwear obsession, spawned from an  insta-craze of bloggers and street stylers alike. Socks and sliders – the trend…

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London Fashion Week AW14 // Fancy footwork: Shoes are the new clothes

As the cobbles of Somerset House are hosed down with left-over Vitamin Water and soggy fashionistas head off to the far more couture-friendly climate of Milan I ponder London Fashion Week AW14 and…

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It takes two // Cool collaborations we’re crushing on, HARD

Hello. This week I’m mostly crushing on collabs. These ones, to be exact: Primark x McCains Yep McCains. As in chips. As In I love chips and I’m happy to wear a jumper…

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Christmas gift ideas 2013 // For the girl who’s still living in the 90s (aren’t we all?)

Christmas gift guide for the girl who will mostly be watching Home Alone on repeat this festive season, while dressed like Cher Horowitz and listening to E17′s Stay (that’s all of us here…

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A girl’s guide to American sports // From a girl that knows nothing about American sports

With some MAJOR NFL teams signing up to playing more games at Wembley Stadium next year, and with the Brooklyn Nets Vs Atlanta Hawkes playing in the O2 in January, it’s clear that we are looking…

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What a load of SHEET // Five unlikely summer style icons

This article was published in the second edition of SHEET, the in-house fanzine for Urban Outfitters Europe celebrating all the badass talent *waves* working within the company, and released in tandem with the…

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Blow Out (and about) // What would Beyoncé do? AKA our new girl crush Luisa Omielan

What: Luisa Omielan – What Would Beyoncé Do? When: Tue 28th May – Sat 1st June, Fri 7th – Sat 8th June 2013 Where: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE Getting…

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Blow Out (and about) // When Mac Met Cheese (mac, crackle and pop-up)

What: When Mac Met Cheese pop-up When: May 22nd – June 22nd 2013 Where: The Endurance, 90 Berwick Street, London W1F 0QB Getting there: Nearest Tube – Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road…

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Faking it // Subverted slogans and fake designer label memes

As we may have mentioned 879,436 times over the last 6 months, street wear is here, and it’s here to stay (stay now). But within street wear many micro-trends are springing up. Thanks…

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What’s big in our box // Clean Bandit – A&E

Well, to be honest, Clean Bandit ANYTHING is currently big in Le Blow’s box. Any group that boasts a cellist, 2 x violinists, a DJ who also plays the clarinet and some SERIOUS…

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Style bite (literally) // Fast food fashion: Wear chips on your shoulder…

It was only a matter of time before my love of all things greasy foodwise spilled over into my wardrobe – literally in some cases: ‘That’s a lovely lip gloss you’re rocking there,…

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On a fashion mission // 90s style beanie hats Brian Harvey would be proud of

During this cold snap, there can be only one style icon, and that is… …Brian Harvey. It was only a matter of time. PUT DOWN THE SHARPIE AND STOP DRAWING A CARTOON DOG…

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Celeb inspiration // AKA The Leopard Print Rules (like Fight Club but more leopardy)

To paraphrase *cough* totally rip off *cough* Jackie Collins: My weakness is, I wear too much leopard print. I, in fact, would consider this a strength (and have indeed used it as such…

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Top of the sale picks // Best bargain buys to be shopped straight from your sofa

Best sale buys. Online, obvs. Because IF YOU DO GET UP AT 4AM TO QUEUE AT THE NEXT SALE YOU ARE BATSHIT CRAZY AND DESERVE TO BE SHOT. However, if you merrily roll…

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Christmas gift guide // The five funnest things to get the girl who never grows up. Or your 5-year-old niece.

Christmas gift guide So. What to get the girl who has everything?! And by everything I mean twelve dolphin masks, a red fez, a trampoline, and a pair of gladiator pugil sticks. FOR…

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What’s big in our box // Chrisette Michele ft 2 Chainz – Charades

Okaaaaay, *wedding DJ voice* ‘aaaaaannnnnd one for all the lovers out there, pull them in close and grind like you’re working for tips’ (many MANY reasons why my wedding DJ career never took…

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We’re dreaming of a… winter wardrobe // Note: there’s no functional fashion here. And what?

So that’s it then. It’s Christmas. WELL IT MAY AS WELL BE *shivers, eats soup. Puts fire on. Plays Slade. AGAIN.* So instead of roasting chestnuts, stuffing gooses etc (ERM, I totally stuff…

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Fashspiration of the week // Mystic Meg: Intergalactic! Planetary! Planetary! Intergalactic!

Now I’m sure you’re already more than familiar with the fact we have a *slight* obsession with the 90s here at Le Blow (link to past 876980 posts on 90s style), however we…

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Le Blow reviews the Motorola Razr Maxx // AKA Bestival ruined us, but not this smartphone!

So last weekend Le Blow trotted off to Bestival with nothing but a snazzy new smartphone – the Motorola Razr Maxx – courtesy of the Carphone Warehouse (and six suitcases full of feathery…

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Le Blow tests a blower at Bestival // AKA is there a smartphone out there with a battery that can last at a festival?

OK so we’ve been to Bestival before. We’ve dressed up. We’ve dressed down. We’ve been face down in the mud after approx 2 hours which is about the same time that our iPhone…

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Le Blow’s 10 most fashionable films // Movies what Vanity Fair missed out

In the September ish of Vanity Fair, they’ve compiled their list of the 25 most fashionable films from Hollywood – we at Le Blow YAWNED LOUDLY then decided we could do much better,…

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We’re in the army now (woooaaahhh) // Camo jackets have taken over East London

WAR. WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Well, OK, something. Camouflage. It’s good for camo. And while that whole face-painted-as-leaves look never QUITE worked for me (although I have rocked a similar…

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The Olympics 2012 // We should totes get a gold medal for the epic Opening Ceremony

THE OLYMPICS HAVE STARTED! THE OLYMPICS HAVE STARTED *rings big Olympiad bell. And enjoys writing Olympiad* At Le Blow we will of course be bringing you all the up-to-the minute sporting news as…

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RiRi for, um RI RI and Lana Del Rey for H&M // It’s a week of air-kissing celebrity fashion collabs

So this week RI (ver Island) announced that RIRI (hanna) will be designing a SS13 collection exclusively for them. Well hold the phone, shit the bed and shut the front door. I for…

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Folk me! // Menswear brand Folk launches debut womenswear collection

Menswear brand Folk have been a premium fave amongst fashion savvy boys since the brand launched in 2001, with the ethos of simple, uncomplicated everyday clothing accompanied by playful styling details. Folk has…

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Kapow! Zap! Boff! // The excellent new Lazy Oaf x Batman collection

Now here is a brand collaboration I’m getting Genuinely Excited for. Lazy Oaf. And. BATMAN. Lazy Oaf has been a big fave of mine for a while now. It perfectly personifies the 80/90s…

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Urban streetwear // AKA the micro trend that sticks two fingers up at the crappy weather

So what the EFF do you do when you’ve bought into summer pastels and 50s shorter-than-short playsuits and the weather LITERALLY PISSES ALL OVER THEM. Eh? EH?! Don’t get mad, get streetwear (welcome)…

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The shady lady’s guide to sunglasses // Don’t give yourself a pin-head or a big round face this summer

As the sun comes out (sort of), we walk you through the most important decision of the season: this year’s sunglasses purchase. It is IMPERATIVE to make the right choice here people; an…

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Seven reasons why we love Damien Hirst // Sharks in formaldehyde and that

What with the Tate Modern opening the first major survey of Damien Hirst’s collection of work for over twenty years, we at Le Blow pay homage to the Prince of Darkness himself with…

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Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins ‘Postcards From’ collaboration // We’ll take one of everything, thanks

We are BIG fans of London designer Olivia Rubin here at Le Blow – with her signature kitsch girly prints and patterns and hot pinks and with the likes of Fearne Cotton pioneering…

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Pastel picks // AKA how to nail the pastel trend without looking like a Neapolitan ice cream

This one is dedicated to my dearest friend Tamara ‘can I wear a pastel bouclé jacket to a garage night?’ Hopkins (follow her on Twitter here). The answer to the above is of…

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Oh baby // Our most favourite awkward slebby baby moments

You know what it’s like being a glossy sleb. The designer de jour on speed dial; three stylists on hand 24/7; a personal chef and a shiny Swedish gym instructor named Nikkkkkkklassssss (squat…

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Best of British // Barbour: the uniform of Hoxton Farmers and Alexa Chung. And the Royal Family. Yah?

Oh, we all know how I love a heritage brand (have I mentioned I work in menswear 7,896,467 times yet? Oh, I have. Soz) and you don’t get much more heritage than early…

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Sex tape scandal // Tulisa bites back (though not literally, we hope)

Now we’ve all seen The Tulisa Tape. Oh – you haven’t? Oh. Awkward *clears Google history*. Well, we all know what was ON The Tulisa Tape. Yet again, another celebrity sex tape scandal….

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Blow Out (and about) // All aboard BA Flight 2012 AKA the British Airways pop-up restaurant

What: Flight BA2012 Dining Lounge When: 4 – 17 April 2012 excluding weekends and Bank Holidays Where: 3 – 10 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6PG Getting there: Nearest tube Liverpool Street (5…

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Best of British // Fred Perry: from tennis lawns to laurel wreaths through to reppin’ the mod squad

Working in menswear I’ve always been intrigued by sports and heritage brands – the culture they inspire (and even embrace) as part of their identity; however none so much as Fred Perry –…

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UNIQLO X Laura Ashley // Chintzy floral prints get properly pimped!

This week I’m well in lust with UNIQLO’s Laura Ashley limited archive collection for spring/summer 2012. Here at Le Blow HQ, our penchant for chintz is growing in tandem with the height of…

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Blow out (and about) // places to party like it’s, er, 2012

While the rest of the Le Blow gals have been chatting incessantly about how Santa’s sack was a-bulging for them this Christmas, I’ve preferred to focus on the REAL meaning of Christmas. In…

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All I want for Christmas is for Mariah Carey to stop canoodling with Justin Bieber. Thanks.

All I want for Christmas, is…. nope. That’s not it. Oh, Mariah. We love you, we really do. Especially when you get a bit ‘diva’ fat, continue to wear cut out swimsuits and…

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Christmas gift guide // what to get the girl aged 29 going on 12 (from someone who knows)

What to get the girl who never grows up? …BANGARANG! Sorry. Couldn’t help it. As I appear to be 29 going on 12, what I’d REALLY like for Christmas is a pony, a…

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Oh Lola! Oh Marc! Oh dear… // Your new perfume ad’s a bit saucy, ain’t it?

Marc, Marc, Marc. We LOVE you for providing lipstick pens and heart mirrors that cost us sub £10 and make our not-so-whiley friends think we are WELL rich, WELL chic, and WELL boffing…

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Blow Out (and about) // The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

Now I often find myself with the same conundrum: where the hell to go where the cocktails are cold, the barmen are hot and the atmosphere is banging? And all on a Tuesday…

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Python prints, get in my life and stay with me FOREVER

So this week I have mostly been having epic Hollyoaks style gripping edge dramas. About snakeskin… No real prompt for this (other than PMT and the re-discovery of the Chloe A/W’11 show) It…

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Emmy Awards 2011: Christina Hendricks’ golden globes…

I am a MASSIVE Mad Men fan and have been using Christina Hendricks as an excuse to wiggle round the office in skirts two sizes too small and I think we can ALL…

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Blow Out (and about) // Top Gun at Future Cinema

Having heard crazy urban legends and whispers about the mysterious Future / Secret Cinema experience, when I found out they were having a weekend of California Classics, featuring everyone’s favourite homoerotic macho ’80s…

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Do it like a dude in Grenson brogues…

Working in menswear, I’ve been accidentally emulating men’s trends for the last couple of seasons (and it has had absolutely nothing to do with coming into work in yesterday’s clothes with only a…

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How to… pack for V Festival AKA shit we’ve managed to get a last minute ticket and are not panicking

Let’s be honest, V Festival is hardly the Siberia of festival endurance; if anything it’s more like a weekend at your mothers – it’s not ideal or entirely comfortable but also not a…

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Henry Holland is a knit-wit…

This week I have been mostly buying impromptu crochet Henry Holland dresses. Sure. Ever since I spied this Swarovski crystal encrusted House of Holland crochet dress (so many words in that sentence that…

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Is it Take That’s Do What U Like video or is it the TOWIE fitness DVD?

Haven’t we all looked up to the clean-living, athletic lifestyles of the TOWIE girls? You know, admired their perfectly sculpted six packs and vigorous training routines? No? Oh right, that’s cos we’re far…

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Blow Out (and about) // I love Jeff Leach’s… brains?

Being the Culture Vulture that I am, constantly seeking to improve and enlighten myself through exposing myself (calm down) to new experiences, THIS WEEK  I thought I would partake in an evening of…

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Tanya bloody Gold gets RIGHT on my tits

Not one of my most witty or subtle titles but in this case, bloody necessary. Now, it’s not very often I get all angular and cross but recently my feathers have been ruffled…

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The seven best break up songs. There’s no Alanis Morissette here.

So it appears I am somewhat of a specialist in the realm of break-ups. I swear I’ve had more Ex Boyfriends than actual Boyfriends – in fact, it’s a bloody shame there’s not…

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Glastontelly // Why camp out in a muddy field when you can watch from the comfort of your sofa?

No expense spared here at Le Blow; always at the cutting edge of the coolest events, surfing the zeitgeist, living the dream… therefore I’m proud to present the highlights of the world’s original…

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Today Matthew, I’d like to be… Nicola Roberts

Well here’s one I never EVER thought I’d say. I’ve always been pro Sarah Harding – she was always the most rock n roll,  verging on slightly ropey-slash-disgraceful member of GA which quite…

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The seven rules of sistahood. Break them and risk the wrath of a woman.

Now, I’m aware my posts so far have been rather ‘boy heavy’. And let’s be honest: I could continue harking on about boys all ruddy day… but this one? THIS ONE – is…

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Six guilty pleasure celebrity sorts

Guilty pleasures. And I’m not talking about the normal, ‘ooooh I secretly fancy Phillip Schofield’ or ‘isn’t Gordon Ramsay hot in a craggy kinda way?’, cos as we all know we here at…

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Four first date tips. From someone who knows.

So. The first date. It should be a good thing. An exciting thing! Full of promise and flirtation. And butterflies. And hair flicking. And giggling. But it’s also petrifying. And awkward. And just…

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Chivalry is officially DEAD. Or is it?

You know what it’s like, you’re out in a bar, someone catches your eye, maybe initiates a little contact with a flirty-flirty pull-y hair, touch-y face steal-y hat, grabby arm. Oh wait, no….

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The male of the species is defo more deadly than the female // six types of men to avoid

Over the past year I have dived tongue-first into the quite frankly MENTAL world of dating while other normals my age are settling down with children and carpets and meals that involve actual…

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