Como, Italy

Welcome to Como, a small town paradise located on the aptly named Lake Como in Northern Italy, around 1 hour from Milan by train.

Como is known to be a summer destination, famed for the warmth and crystal clear waters. I visited in February, meaning the town was pretty empty, the hotels deserted, the cloud heavy with fog and rain.

It was weird to say the least.

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Welcome to #INTERVIEWED, a series of discussions with creators of all kinds. Today we're joined by the Cardiff's creative, Pharell loving fashion blogger: Ryan Mules.

D: What do you do online?

R: The main things I do online usually revolve around blogging. I'll read other people's blogs, try and form new content or if I'm feeling short of ideas I'll trawl through Tumblr to try and kick start my brain. Obviously YouTube is the best thing on the internet so I spend countless hours lurking in the dark depths of YouTube.

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Star Wars Fragrances

It's no secret I'm a huge Star Wars fan, I cosplayed Obi-Wan Kenobi at Star Wars Celebration Europe, I'm in for the long haul. I bloody love it.

The kind folks at KeepMe Fragrance were kind enough to send me some samples of their Star Wars Fragrance line! This line is all purposely androgynous, quite a bold move as there aren't a lot of brands working on non-gendered fragrances. I love this concept and I'm welcoming this shift to androgyny many companies are beginning to make!

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Navigli Canals

Navigli is a historic part of Milan, all interconnected by canals. Don't be thinking of Venice, this place has much more in common with East London than the Grand Canal.

Although, I hear at one point the canals did cause the city to majorly resemble Venice! Maybe if you head further out of the city than we did, as the canals stretch for miles.

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Welcome to #INTERVIEWED, a series of discussions with creators of all kinds. Today we're joined by the sporty, the fashionable, Glasgow's finest: John of The Everyday Man, one of the biggest male lifestyle blogs out there!

D: What is it you do online?

J :I run a lifestyle site called ‘The Everyday Man’.  It’s a blog come online magazine covering a whole range of men’s interest topics like fashion, fitness and lifestyle.

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Crosstown Doughnuts, Brick Lane

Today we have a bit of a mini-post on an amazing place I visited last weekend (whilst it was 24 degrees, bloody scorcher) on Brick Lane in Shoreditch.

Brick Lane is known for it's mass amount of quirky and fun restaurants and cafes, and I think I've found my favourite one.

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Duomo Di Milano / Milan Cathedral Part 2 - Interior

Last week we climbed down the Duomo ready to head inside!

Catch up on the view from the Duomo and some of it's history here.

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Welcome to #INTERVIEWED, a series of discussions with creators of all kinds. Today we're joined by someone with taste in both fashion and film, Sophie Elizabeth of Popcorn and Glitter!

D: What is it that you do online?

S: I'm a film and lifestyle blogger over at Popcorn and Glitter. I write mostly about my London adventures, films I love and a lot of food. It's pretty much the rantings of a film obsessed crazy cat person who eats too much

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Why Vinyl?

Since last September I've been an lover of vinyl records. Call me hipster all you please, but doesn't having fresh brewed coffee whilst listening to one of your favourite albums play with just a hint of crackle sound like a perfect Sunday afternoon?

But why? Why am I, and so many others (the vinyl industry is BOOMING currently) listening to music on what is arguably an outdated and expensive format? Most of us are already paying for streaming services (I'm a Spotify lover), so why are we shelling out more? There's many a reason, one being that streaming services aren't paying artists that much and buying the music is always a better way to go if you want the artist you love to feel a bit more of a benefit.

I truly believe that my generation came into our own just as music began to lose it's physicality. Being born in 1995, I hit my teenage years, when I was truly developing my own tastes in music just as everyone was pirating everything, just as mp3s and portable players were becoming the norm. I felt that we lost a connection that others had, we stopped pouring over the lyric books, we stopped flicking through those god awful giant CD holders and running our finger down the rack of cassettes wondering what to play next. Though these aren't real memories of my own, this is from observing my two older sisters. Sure I have a handful of CDs from childhood and my early teen years (looking at you my battered copy of The Hoosiers' 'The Trick to Life'). Instead we hoped that the weirdly named file we were downloading was actually The Killers - Mr. Brightside and not Bill Clinton claiming he didn't have sexual relations with Monica Lewinski.

That physicality is important. I love being able to proudly display the albums I love. I want to flick through the photo shoots of the artists, I want to know who they thank for inspiring and supporting them as they created one of the most important things in their lives. There's something special about reading that in the form it was intended and not on a small Wikipedia page followed with 'citation needed'. Being able to flick through a selection of LPs rather than scrolling through your music library on your phone is an immensely better experience. The sense of urgency disappears - don't you find that? You're scrolling at the speed of life, like your life depends on hearing the next track straight away. It's nothing like Netflix where you can spend hours searching before giving up, oh no, you'll be listening to something in 3 microseconds even if it kills you.

I could continue all day on this, there's so much more to discuss, the connection to the artist, there's the helplessness and freedom of the inability to switch tracks, there's the fun of collecting, there's so many reasons as to this vinyl resurgence, at least for myself. However I'll stop before this gets too long. Maybe a part 2 on my decision to go vinyl will come soon.

Remember, Record Store Day 2017 is coming up soon! Make sure to support your local vinyl shop! I'll be outside my favourite South London record shop 6am queuing for some exclusive music!

Duomo di Milano / Milan Cathedral Part 1 - Exterior


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Welcome to #INTERVIEWED, a series of discussions with creators of all kinds. Today we're joined by my talented friend, with a fashion sense I can only be jealous of, Daniel of vibetwentyfive!

DG: What exactly is it you create and do online?

DV25: I'm very new to this, but I run a men's fashion and lifestyle blog online. After many discussions with friends trying to decide if it was a good idea, Vibetwentyfive was eventually born.

However I put a lot of time and focus on my Instagram, I love to get the feel of which location/building etc. that I am in to translate in the photo, so it's not always about the clothes that I'm wearing.

I work with a really great photographer (Calum) to try and capture this, you should check out his stuff!

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The Weight of Blogging

I discussed a lot of this recently in my 200th blogpost, but I'm going to carry on anyway.

I feel like I've found my feet within the blogging world. I consistently post, I know what content I like to blog about, I've surrounded myself with a group of online friends, my views are slowly creeping up and I work tirelessly on it.

Here's a cheesy happy pic to counteract the negativity.

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