London

16 Next-Level Ice-Cream Concoctions Worth Traveling For

Save up so you can travel the world to eat ice-cream. 

July 4, 2016

19 Extremely Unfortunately Named Streets

You’ll appreciate your boring address after reading this.

April 4, 2016

New York And Chicago Just Ditched The Tampon Tax

Celebrate good times, c’mon!

March 17, 2016

Saudi Millionaire Acquitted Of Rape Using “I Fell” Defence

Ehsan Abdulaziz was found not guilty after pleading he accidentally tripped and fell into his victim’s vagina.

December 20, 2015

There’s A Pop-Up Bar Introducing Breathable Booze

A pop-up bar that recently opened in London has introduced the world to breathable booze! We kid you not.

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According to the Daily Mail, Londoners are now enjoying their favourite alcoholic beverages via their airwaves and eyeballs thanks to a creative culinary genius team known as Bompas & Parr.

The bar, which is called Alcohol Architecture, does its thing by continually filling the room with an alcoholic mist that’s one part spirit to three parts tonic – and if you think that it’s unlikely to have a noticeable effect, you’d be sorely mistaken.

“An hour is approximately the equivalent of one drink,” Sam Bompas, co-creator told Wired. “A strong one.”

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Before entering the mist, patrons are provided with a poncho – because mist equals frizzy hair and damp clothes – and are encouraged to breathe deeply. The way the alcohol enters the bloodstream is reportedly via the eyeballs, lungs and body’s mucas membranes. Apparently by breathing in alcohol it bypasses the liver and allows you to consume 40 per cent less booze while still enjoying the same effect. What’s more, it’s also said to be less fattening and the high humidity levels are thought to enhance flavour perception. Win and win!

With so much inhaling of alcoholic spirits you’d be quick to assume that the hangover associated would be horrendous, but according to Bompas, patrons are pulling up A-Okay the morning after. “Anecdotally, no one is getting a hangover… Maybe it’s a placebo effect, but I’ll take it.”

Alcohol Architecture will be open until early 2016, so you best start planning your European vacay if you want to catch it!

What do you think? Would you inhale alcohol?

August 17, 2015

The Top 10 Most Popular Travel Destinations Revealed

Thinking about jet-setting overseas this year? Well, ladies and gents, MasterCard has just revealed the ten most popular travel destinations on the planet for 2015 – and interestingly, the results aren’t exactly as you’d expect.

RELATED: Why You Should Consider Solo Travel In 2015

For the fifth time in seven years, London has been crowned the number one go-to destination in the world, with 18.82 million overnight international visitors expected to travel to the city this year. “I’m delighted that London has proudly held on to this coveted title, as we celebrate another triumphant and record-breaking year for tourism in the city,” mayor Borris Johnson told the Daily Mail.

“With its unrivalled mix of history, culture, culinary gems and cutting-edge creativity, I’m confident that these accolades will keep coming as the capital continues to surprise and excite visitors from all over the world.”

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Bangkok came in at number two, with 18.24 million visitors predicted to flock to the Thailand capital this year, while the city of love – Paris – officially took third place with an estimated 16.06 million tourists.

Surprisingly, not all that dazzles, shines, with New York falling short of the top 5 this year after being bumped down to the sixth most popular travel destination. Instead, Dubai has taken preference coming in at number four, followed by a shock contender – Istanbul at number 5. Apparently the city, which is located in Turkey, has seen a rapid increase in the amount of visitors in recent years. Only fitting, considering it is the largest seaport and financial centre in the country.

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To finally round out the top ten – drum roll please – Singapore ranked number 7 on the list, with Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Hong Kong following. The Global Destinations Cities Index, provided by MasterCard, ranks the 132 most visited cities around the globe in terms of international overnight visitors, however they also provide insight into spending.

According to the report, travellers will fork out roughly $US265 billion while in transit this year, with around $US15 billion of that being spent in London alone – an estimated 2.3 per cent increase compared to 2014.

Ann Cairns, president of International Markets at MasterCard told the Daily Mail: “This year’s study helps us understand just how interconnected the world’s cities are and the significant role they play in connecting and empowering greater numbers of people than ever before.”

Which is your top city to visit?

Image via Daily Mail, voyage.gentside.com

June 4, 2015

London Fashion Week Trend Report

There is no rest for the wicked, especially the wicked in the fashion industry. And so after the latest trends debuted in New York, the shows continued across the big pond at London Fashion Week. The British capital is the home of some of the most popular designer labels of the moment, including Christopher Kane, Maria Katrantzou, and Burberry Prorsum.

RELATED: New York Fashion Week Trend Report

Known for its more edgy fashion compared to other fashion weeks, London didn’t disappoint, showing bold prints and lots of colour on the runways. There were four trends in the autumn/winter collections that most designers seemed to agree on:

1. Turtlenecks:

Primarily reserved for geeks in high school, turtleneck sweaters might have a major comeback next season. They sure keep you warm and the good news is – if Jonathan Saunders’ collection is anything to go by – there will be silk turtlenecks which are not only super chic, but also perfect for warmer weather.

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2. Vinyl Pants

This is not for the timid, but shiny vinyl and lamé pants were seen on numerous runways in London, reminding us of some horrible outfits we wore in the 90s. The blue and green colour might make this an even harder trend to pull off, but paired with neutrals it can be a bold yet classy fashion statement.

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3. Black

You cannot go wrong with head-to-toe black. In order for it not to be boring, though, combine different fabrics and textures or show a bit of leg as seen on Simone Rochas’ runway.

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4. Embroidery

It was all in the details at Peter Pilotto and Burberry Prorsum. Clothes were adorned with stitched patterns and gems, making jewellery an unnecessary accessory. So forget the statement necklace next season and invest in an embroidered statement dress instead.

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March 3, 2015

5 Awesome Spring Festivals To Check Out

Don’t believe that you can only enjoy the festival experience in the summer. Break with tradition this year and get yourself down to one of 2015’s up-and-coming spring festivals in and around London.

LEAF (London Electronic Arts Festival)

6–7 March, London

Taking place across London, LEAF is an event that celebrates everything electronic and includes parties, installations, master classes and screenings in lots of different locations. The festival has been created by the masterminds behind Bestival and the Association for Electronic Music and is the ultimate chance to party or attend events such as The Conversation, which allows you an insight into the Electronic music scene.

Country to Country Festival

7–8 March, O2 London

This festival aims to bring Country music to the UK and this year will feature acts such as Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Brandy Clark and Florida Georgia Line. It intends to bring a little bit of Nashville to the UK and as well as live music will also feature bars, food and retail stands, merchandise, signing opportunities and DJ sets. The festival also takes place in Dublin, Stockholm and Oslo.

The Great Escape

14–16 May, Brighton

A new festival on the scene, this event sets to bring together live music acts from around the world and provides them with a platform in clubs and bars throughout Brighton. The festival doesn’t offer the usual camping experience (most people stop in the Queen’s Hotel or Journeys Hostel) but instead takes place throughout 35 venues in Brighton, accessible with one wristband. It’s a great place to discover new artists as well as revisit old favourites, dance artist Example played at last year’s event.

Raw Power

22–24 May, London

If you’re looking to branch out your music tastes then a ticket for Raw Power this May should do the trick. Aiming to bring together lovers of psych heaviness, space rock, synth craziness and left field Electronica (yes those are apparently music genres) Raw Power should open your eyes to a whole new style of artist. This weekend event, lasting for three days across two stages in the capital, should get you dancing.

We are FSTVL

30–31 May, London

This is We are FSTVL’s third year offering two days and nights worth of dance and club music across several stages. This year pull on your fancy dress ensemble from Morph Costumes, grab some UV paint and get dancing to artists such as Gorgon City, Waze & Odyssey, Monki and Steve Angello. To make things even easier the organisers are offering coach services to the event.

So, while spring might not be associated with festivals give those planned into the calendar for 2015 a chance, plus you can always do the whole camping/glamping weekend experience once the weather really warms up!

January 22, 2015

Top Travel Destinations From Your Favorite Films

We watch films in the hope of being transported to another world. Sometimes that world is not so far from our own. In fact, it might even be our very own city. If you’re looking to relive your film fantasy or walk down the same streets as an Oscar winner, jet off to these hot locations.

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London, England

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Walking through the streets of Central London, it’s difficult to find a place you haven’t previously seen in a movie. If you’re a fan of Bridget Jones’ Diary head to Borough Markets, or Postman’s Park from the Natalie Portman hit, Closer.  Try going past St Pauls Cathedral without thinking of the bird lady in Mary Poppins.

 Salzburg, Austria

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Speaking of Julie Andrews, lovers of The Sound of Music (and I assume that is everyone!) will lose their minds in the real-life playground that is Salzburg. Trek up the alps to “The hills are alive…”, visit the abbey and sing with the nuns, or walk through the park with several friends and re-enact the entire Do-Re-Mi number. Almost the entire film was shot here and you can’t visit Salzburg without doing a film tour.

Koh Samui, Thailand

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Thailand’s islands were no longer a secret after Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach exposed them to the masses. Despite the film being more of a warning against secluded beaches and forbidden jungles, you can’t help but be drawn to the crystal waters of this top tropical location.

Barcelona, Spain

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Woody Allen is well-known for his powers for turning the city of Manhattan into a standalone piece of art, but for those who caught his 2008 film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, you will see how Allen’s magic worked on the city of Barcelona. The film captures the city’s artistic, bohemian underbelly, as well as its major sites – including the unique surrealist architecture of Antoni Gaudi.

New York, USA

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While NYC is arguably the dream location of the small screen (Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Friends) it has also hosted a number of silver screen hits for the young and old, from Sleepless in Seattle (Empire State Building) to Breakfast at Tiffany’s. If you visit your DVD collection, I’m sure you’ll find at least one pic set in this iconic city.

October 13, 2014

5 Best Fashion Bloggers

From street style to killer couture, the best fashion blogs keep us coming back for more. Here are the 5 best fashion bloggers from Australia, New York, London and beyond – and secretly, we’d love to be BFFs with them for the closet-raiding privileges alone!

Karla’s Closet
You know how Sex and the City was fictional and Carrie Bradshaw wasn’t a real person? Well, that might not be true. If there was ever a real life Carrie, it would be Karla Deras. On Karla’s Closet, Karla showcases her stunningly fashion forward style. Much like Carrie before her, Karla mixes high-end pieces with vintage and high street buys. When Teen Vogue asked her about her favourite places to shop, she named Goodwill, Saks and H&M. If that’s not fashion diversity, then we don’t know what is.

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…Love Maegan
Maegen Tintari screams L.A. – she’s adorable, bubbly, with awesome hair and a gorgeous glow. But her fashion blog is more than just killer outfits (and they seriously are incredible). Maegan shares beauty and home decor tips, as well as writing honestly about marriage and her struggle to conceive. Her beautiful smile alone will have you hooked. Maegan’s Pinterest boards are some of our favourites too.

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Styled By Phillips
Aussie model and media personality Nikki Phillips is one of Australia’s best fashion bloggers, with a constantly updated stream of bright colours and stunning locations – from Bondi to Bali. Nikki’s style is mostly Australian designers so her blog is a great way to follow what’s happening in local fashion. Follow her Instagram feed for fun behind-the-scenes snaps.

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Ring My Bell
If personal style blogging doesn’t work out, Ashley Madekwe has a second career to fall back on. After all, this London fashionista living in L.A. is a full-time actress, starring in shows like Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Revenge. Ashley blogs about her style, which is a mixture of London cool and boho chic. Why we heart her even more is that she blogs as if she were just any other girl rifling through the racks at a cool vintage store.

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The Man Repeller
We’ve been following the very witty New York fashion blogger Leandra Medine a.k.a. The Man Repeller since what feels like the beginning of the internet (ok, about two years). Her refreshing attitude to fashion can be summed up by: don’t dress to impress, wear what YOU love. Make sure you follow The Man Repeller on Instagram for hilarious daily snapshots into her life.

Do you have a favourite fashion blog? Share it in the comments below!

July 19, 2013