My Style

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My Style

Recently I have been inundated with questions about my style and my influences so I thought I would let you all know :)

T-Shirt

like my t-shirts to be relatively long for a reason i can only describe as personal preference. I feel it gives me the better opportunity to combine it with a sweater/shirt etc.

I recently found an affinity for band tour tees. I have picked up one from Paul McCartney, AC/DC and Guns N Roses. I love pairing them with my other favorite item, black jeans.

my favorite black jeans (from represent) and this AC/DC shirt I picked up at a market

my favorite black jeans (from represent) and this AC/DC shirt I picked up at a market

Jeans

I love black jeans like 98% of the population. I have some with rips and I have some without, but they go with everything. I can through any color t-shirt/any sweater on top of my jeans and they suit it perfectly. Recently I have bought a few pairs of blue jeans and I am trying my best to wear them. Like the black jeans, some are ripped and some aren't but i'll get there. One day.

blue jeans (!) and a guns n roses tour tee

blue jeans (!) and a guns n roses tour tee

Shoes

My go-to shoes are a few pairs of AllSaints boots I picked up last year and some Nike's that are in need of a refresh. Over the next few weeks I'll be getting some new sneakers, probably NMD's from Adidas and a pair of converse, a must have.

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Abercrombie Stretch Denim

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Abercrombie Stretch Denim

Abercrombie has a new collection out and with that have released a new selection of denim.  In Partnership with Abercrombie I've been testing out the new products!

They now offer "A&F Stretch Denim" that gives you a great fit with an amazing feel. 

The Super Skinny jeans give a tight fit from the hip all the way down to a tailored ankle approach. This allows you to wear the jeans with a vast selection of shoes and opens up the possibilities for all outfits. 

I love these jeans so much I practically wear them everyday now. 

Can't wait to see what else they release next!

 

Blake

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3 Fashion Items I Love

Hey again,

I really need to get back into this whole blogging thing again. Let's start with this. I am constantly (via Instagram DMs etc) asked what my favourite fashion items are and if I could go into detail about them.

So here we go.

1. ALLSAINTS SURREY SUEDE BOMBER JACKET

This jacket is amazing. It's ink/navy meaning the sleeves are black but the body is a dark navy. You can pair it with a white t shirt, black jeans and boots and you're set. It's versatile enough to work with pretty much all outfits and it's maybe the comfiest thing I have ever worn.

http://www.us.allsaints.com/men/uncategorised/allsaints-surrey-suede-bomber-jacket/?colour=3968&currency=USD&gclid=CjwKEAjwya-6BRDR3p6FuY2-u3MSJAD1paxTPECGnUmDpCyRl9betONluj4guko78WDWJcfJsEVdGRoCLJ7w_wcB

2. REPRESENT BIKER DENIM DESTROYED BLACK

 

I got these jeans in December and they are the best pair of jeans i've ever owned. They fit perfectly. They stay tight down the leg so it doesn't leave excess material at your ankles as jeans from other brands tend to do. This makes them perfect for throwing on a pair of sneakers or boots and getting a fitted look. 

http://representclothing.co.uk/collections/denim/products/biker-denim-destroyed-black

3. VINTAGE TEES

Being in LA has given me the opportunity to explore the many markets and vintage stores that are based in the city. Over the last few weeks I have picked up a few vintage tee's that I love.

The first is an old AC/DC tour shirt from 1998 (from the Melrose Trading Post Market).

The second is a 2005 Paul McCartney tour tee from the American Vintage store on Melrose. 

Both tees came in at $15.

So there's three items I love right now. I will be posting way more from now on, with at least two blogs per week! 

Blake

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Tofino

I recently spent 3 days in Tofino on a trip of a lifetime with some amazing people. With awesome jackets and rain shells from Canada Goose we explored the area from the sky, on water and on foot. Vancouver & Tofino are both filled with such intense beauty and the clothing matched that, allowing us to explore effortlessly without fear of being too wet, too cold and uncomfortable. We were always prepared for any condition which is how you know you're wearing a brand built for these conditions. From whale watching to taking a helicopter over the glaciers, this really was the trip of a lifetime.

I can't wait to go back to Vancouver and explore some more.

Big love to Canada Goose for giving me the opportunity to see this part of the world.

Below are a few pictures I took along the way.

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GOALS

Every year I set myself goals but I never write them down. Why? Because I am dumb. I am solving this issue by writing my silly goals here. These are in no particular order. Bloody Hell.

  • Move to LA.
  • Visit Japan.
  • Go to 5 new cities.
  • Make her happy and feel protected. 
  • Lie down on the beach in the Bahamas.
  • Spend 2 weeks in New York. 
  • Do what actually makes me happy.
  • Skydive.
  • Sit courtside at a Lakers game.
  • Have my own place and car in LA.
  • Learn French fluently AGAIN.
  • Sing in front of someone. IDK. Why not.
  • Stop stressing. Will what i'm worried about matter tomorrow? Settle down.
  • Go on adventures. All the time. No planning.
  • Live in the present. Not in the pictures.
  • Stop drinking so much coffee.
  • Actually, ignore the one above.
  • Some bullshit one about exercise and the gym.
  • Smile.
  • Have fun.

:)

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A little LIFE UPDATE

Hello!

Long time no see/read/whatever you do on here.

I haven't written anything on here for just over a year but my life has changed a lot in that time.

Here are a few quick updates and thoughts.

  • I am happy.
  • I am busy.
  • I had 11,000 instagram followers last April. I now have over 160,000. This has been amazing. 
  • I have so many opportunities I never thought were possible.
  • I just came back from LA. I love it there. I will move there.
  • One more time, I am happy.
  • I just had the world's greatest almond croissant and I have no regrets.
  • I still drink way too much coffee.
  • I'm so excited for the next few months.
  • I can't wait to travel again.
  • IDK

So yeah, what's up with you? 

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The Question of Personal Success

What does 'success' mean to you?

Yeah.

You.

Reading this right now.

Don't look away.


'Success' is different than many other words in the English language. It's one that holds a relatively simple definition - the accomplishment of an aim or purpose - yet holds an entirely different deep personal meaning. Your version of success could be the polar opposite of my version of success. Yet it is success all the same.


For some, success is measured only by what you leave behind when you go the grave. Others view success as a number in a bank account.

There are those who think success reaches out beyond the materialistic world and lays solely in your family, your happiness and your state of mind.

Success can also be seen as having the ability obtain what you want any time you want. Freedom in a way.

Religion would teach that success is a healthy and happy relationship with God.

If you ask a high schooler, success could very well be passing your exams, getting laid and having fun. 


In 10 years what 5 things do I need in my life to determine it a success?

- Happiness: with friends and family.

- Love

- Comfort: I can provide for myself, live comfortably and without day to day stress.

- Working: Doing a job I love. It is often overused but working isn't working when you're doing something you love. 

- Travel: I can continue to explore every corner of the World. 


That's what I think 32 year old Blake would use to determine success.

Though, he might probably disagree.

 

IN 10 YEARS, WHAT 5 THINGS DO YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE TO DETERMINE IT A SUCCESS?

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Loneliness

Date & Time - April 17th 2015, 3:37am

As I write this I am sitting on the floor of my bedroom. There is a bed next to me but it's become too comfortable. 

I'm writing about loneliness.

When you search for 'loneliness' in a thesaurus, it throws up many words.  

  • Alienation
  • Isolation
  • Desolation
  • Heartache
  • Remoteness
  • Withdrawal

The three that I have highlighted describe, to a certain extent, what I am feeling as I type this. 

 

Here are my reasons.

1. My girlfriend, the beautiful and completely out of my league Davina, flew home to Los Angeles a week ago after spending time with me in London. 

We met when I arrived in Los Angeles and since then we have travelled, fought, loved, grown up, made up, laughed, cried, sang (not really because she is amazing at it and I get shy and embarrassed) among other things.

She left London for LA and I may not see the love of my life again until the end of June.

64 days
92160 minutes
5529600 seconds

 

2. My life for the past 5 months has been the greatest adventure I have ever been on. I flew to NYC and travelled across America before living in LA for five months. I found the love of my life, amazing friends and new experiences. Returning home, in a way, destroyed the reality I had built.

Everything I had constructed in LA was no longer here for me. I cannot hang out with my friends, go to my regular coffee shop to work or just walk outside in the beautiful Southern Californian air. All the connections I have made and the bridges I have built feel like they are crumbling. It's difficult to stay in contact with people living 8 hours behind. I am missing out on dinners, trips, night outs and just talking. I am missing out on friendship. 

 

3. When I arrived back in the UK, I had no place to stay of my own. My wonderful mum was moving into a new home in a new town, so I am now living there until I can go back to LA. I had never been to this town. I know nobody here. I am starting from scratch. I feel like the kid who is arriving at a new school half way through the year. Friendships have already been made prior to my arrival, connections formed. I have no one to phone and ask if they want to meet up for a drink. I have no friends to have fun with. I have no friends to laugh with. 

 

So these circumstances have made me feel slightly (sorry, extremely) lonely.

 

Now, about this feeling of loneliness.

It sits in your stomach. Just waiting to be felt. It can be distracted but it never leaves. It can be ignored but never removed. 

Loneliness can hit at any time. For me, it's at night. I can avoid it during the day. I will go out and take photographs or film a new YouTube video.

 

At night it is different.

 

You can sometimes forget how quiet it is outside at night. Currently there is no noise. My heart is beating pretty fast as I'm typing this so that's the only sound I can hear. For the last few nights I have sat on my bed, doing nothing outside of waiting for my girlfriend to respond to my texts or snaps.

2 minutes feel like 20. 5 minutes feel like 50.

When you are doing nothing in silence your mind can go crazy. It creates hypotheticals. It makes problems. It overthinks

It can be dangerous. 

When I break it all down I feel lost and alone. 

There is no pretty conclusion to this blog. No storybook ending. 

This is just how I feel.

5529455 seconds

 

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