Surfdome Blogs: Lifestyle and Fashion

Hey everyone, hope you’re having a good Monday.

Just to let you know I blog at Surfdome, and the more hits I gets, the more blogs I can write! So please check out my lifestyle ones here and fashion ones here. There will be lots more to come soon too 🙂

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Friday Favourite: George Clothing

There is a large Asda near where I work in Wembley, and sometimes after work I walk there to have a little browse and buy some things for supper. They have upstairs clothing department, and everytime I visit, I am very impressed the quality and price of clothes there, which are all very fashionable.

Have you noticed this? They sell out online very quickly, but often the shops hold a lot of stock. Here are a few of my favourites:

Tribal, yes. Ox-blood, yes. £6, oh hell yes!

Easy to wear neon and grey jumper is modern, fun and comfortable, and a steal for £12.

For £20, these are an absoloute steal. They are also not as high as other high street options, which is why I had to get them.

Layers, collars and studs are a main part of my autumn look, which is this £14 bargain found it’s way into my wardrobe.

A great winter tote, and for £12, hard to argue with such a price. I also find their items to be of better quality than Primark.

Felix Jumps

Looking at home

Did you watch Felix Baumgartner jump from the edge of space on Sunday? I was in sunny Salisbury with my boyfriends family and we watched every second. His climb took 2.5hours, and was full of excitement, as anything could go wrong and cause the mission to be aborted. When it finally got to the moment when Felix was unplugging himself and the chair was moving closer and closer to the door, I was on the edge of my seat!

Shortly after he jumped, there was a moment where he started to spin. At that altitude, there was little atmospheric friction to slow him down, and if momentum carried him into uncontrollable rotations, he could lose consciousness and die.  The black and white shot of this brave man spinning at 700pmh, all in the name of scienitfic adventure, was terrifying. The commentator went silent as the world watched Felix fall.

‘Death Spin’

Thankfully, Felix managed to pull out of the ‘death spin’ through his talent, experience and skill. I am so glad we can celebrate his achievement instead of mourning his loss. So when I saw this illustration, I was moved by how the artist had managed to capture so many elements of the stratos jump.

It has a childlike quality, as so many of us are fascinated by space, dinosaurs and the universe when we are young, but somewhere along the path to adulthood, we lose sight of that wonder and learning, and focus on ourselves. Felix jumping reminded us all of how tiny we are in comparison to the universe, but what we are still able to achieve.

Returning from the Edge of Space, A Tribute to Felix Baumgartner

If you like, you can buy it as a poster here.

Did you watch him jump? Did you get a bit teary to? We watched ‘Contact’ last night too, so I’m having a very spacey week 🙂




The Everyday Sexism Project

Normally on a Friday I like to keep my thoughts breezy and happy, but since reading about The Everyday Sexism Project, I cannot get it out of my head, and I wanted to hear your views on the matter.

The project’s aim is a simple one; “to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis. They might be serious or minor, outrageously offensive or so niggling and normalised that you don’t even feel able to protest.”

Once you start reading the entries, it’s scary to realise just how many instances there are of sexism or misogyny occur every single day. I must admit, I’ve had my fair share, but they’ve become so commonplace I can barely even remember when they happen. I’ve been taught to ignore the taunts, not to respond and certainly never to challenge.

What’s more, because they only ever happen when you’re alone (or with female friends) it’s hard to get others to believe you. Sometimes my boyfriend finds it hard to believe that a man really did make such obscene sexual gestures at me, or 2 men in a van really did yell out those things while I was trying to cycle to work, as they are so disgusting. Although it’s sad to read just how many instances there are, it might make people take this matter a bit more bloody seriously.

The sad fact is that women are not treated equally and the evidence is so overwhelmingly everywhere, it’s hard to tackle. Take this recent issue the project recently campaigned against (and won, eventually, you can see the new stands here)

Image from the Project’s twitter site

Asda shows ‘Men’s Interests’ to include the New Scientist, National Geographic, The Week, The Sky at Night and Cycling, and not to mention all the gaming magazines and Auto Trader.

Whereas at this Tesco store ‘Women’s Interests’ is made up entirely of fashion, celeb gossip and diet top tips.

Taken from the Project’s twitter site

How many times have I stood in front of such stands to buy The New Scientist but never noticed what was right in front of me? This project has taught me to keep a look out for such instances of blatant sexism in the future.

Perhaps another time I will share with you the horrible gestures, facial expressions and shouts that I incur every single time I bike to work in London, but for now, let me know what you think about all this. You can read plenty of entries on their site and their twitter.

Album of the Month: Nada Surf ‘The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy’

One of my favourite bands of all time, Nada Surf, have just released a new album and a European Tour. I am so psyched, I just bought tickets to see their London show.

Here is one of their new songs, but if you have never listened to them before, be sure to also listen to ‘Blankest Year’ (my getting ready song that always puts me in the mood to party) and ‘Always Love’ (the way I try to live my life).

Have You Seen This Blog: Awesome People Hanging Out Together

I stumbled upon this blog and it has become my favourite thing. I am seriously considering ordering a few prints of these so I can bask in their talent on a permanent basis.

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire

Rashida Jones, Ben Gibbard, Andy Samberg, Will Arnett and Amy Poehler

Hugh Laurie, Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch

Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg

Paul McCartney and Johnny Depp

Buster Keaton and Samuel Beckett

And one of my favourites that isn’t on the site but I love it so much.

Christopher Hitchens, James Fenton and Martin Amis (l-r) in 1979.

Friday’s Video: Dogs and Dolphin= Cute!

Check out this adorable video of dogs and dolphins interacting with each other in the water. The GoPro cameras bring good angles and it features a very catchy song. Enjoy!

Blog for Surfdome: London Skateparks

Photo by Jamie Anson for Ealing Skatepark

There is nothing better than grabbing your skateboard, bmx, blades or scooter and hitting a skatepark after the day’s work is done. But as any skater knows, decent bmx and skate parks are sadly in short supply.

So when we heard that the free Ealing Skatepark were celebrating their brand new £85,000 bmx track, Surfdome decided to go along and record some of the action.

Check out our video of the day’s best tricks and bails.

If you’re ever in need of somewhere decent to try out some new tricks, be sure to try out the Ealing Skatepark soon while there is still daylight in the afternoons and evenings. Checkout their facebook page or their website. Click here to view a map of where the skatepark is in London

This is Not a Notebook

As a self confessed book-aholic and hoarder of all things, it is quite natural to assume that beautiful stationary items are one of my top 5 weaknesses. Paperchase visits have to be limited to at least bi-monthly occurrences otherwise rent simply would not be paid.

However! Even though I have drawers full of notepads that are just waiting to be filled with all the genius ideas, witty puns and life-changing poetry that is inevitability going to pour out of my brain (any day now…), there are many new types of note books that help inspire creativity so much more than that taunting blank page.

So I have rounded up a few of my favourites as a sort of early Christmas present list to myself.

1. Ticket Stub Diary, £8.95

Ticket Stub Diary

I have a lot of train tickets- when they cost so much, I feel bad throwing them away

2. Q&A a Day, £13.99

Q & A a Day

A good way to make sure you write every damned day

3. A Birthday Book

These seem to be antiquated since facebook tells you everything, but any excuse for another book, and I’m sold (I do actually own a birthday book)

4. A Guest Book

I had never considered this for anyone other than hotels/b&b’s, but my boyfriends parents have one, and still insist I sign it, even after I have been going there a lot for the last 3 years! it’s actually a really sweet idea, and makes each trip unique.

5. An Address Book

Get back to pen and paper and write to your friends, send them surprise cards and little gifts. It’s a sure way to spread a little joy in the world. With so many addresses, you’re going to need an address book, as that email they sent you months ago will be lost by now.

Being organised is fun

Being Who You Want To Be

Do you ever feel like you’re not the person you want to be? Or perhaps even the person you used to be?

I have been feeling like that recently, and instead of getting too glum, I want to make active steps to being a happier version of me. Every day we make decisions, and every time this happens we have an opportunity to be and do a wide variety of things. It is rarely a choice between right and wrong, but more complicated, modern problems like the pull between putting yourself first or helping others. I have found it’s simple decision between accepting invitations to be sociable or going home and just browsing the internet all night.

I always like collecting quotations that strike a chord with how I am feeling and inspire change. They have varied through my life. When I was 16/17 the phrase

“Be the change you want to see in the world”

really hit home, and I would try and make my choices around it. I still like this phrase, and it will always be with me, as they all will.
During university I was constantly reading, and so had a lot of highlighted passages in all books, but one I remember is about keeping your long-term goal in mind during your short-term activities.

“How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and do what really matters most” Stephen Covey.

This month, two have been battling for the top place as my mental mantra. They are simple and short.

“We become what we think about most”

Working in online retail fashion, one can become too wrapped up in a world of pettiness, assumptions and just focusing in things that are meaningless. I found myself becoming a negative person, thinking thoughts that shocked me even when I thought them! I don’t want to be like that. Next,

“The reality of life is now” John Green

I have always had this mindset but John has phrased it beautifully. It is hard to work for the future when you are only aware of the now; today is your reality. There is no gurantee of the future you want, even if you work your butt off for it. Be happy today.

I don’t mean to preach or lecture anyone, as after all, we all have different aims, goals and achievements. And I know I will always always always love clothes, shoes, handbags, makeup and hair products, but do I only want my life based on appearances? I am sure balance and moderation are the key to a happy life.

At the age of 22, working out who you are can be tricky.

So tonight I have a choice; do I go to a fashion sale event where I can buy designer clothes at 80% off, or do I walk to this book store, one of the few remaining independent book stores in my area, and buy JK Rowlings latest release?