12 Feb 2016

Outfit | All White Dr Martens Originals

Hollie wears - Vintage Coat | Cos Cropped Trousers + Mittens | Dr. Martens Shoes | Tabio Socks | ASOS Scarf | Longchamp Bag | & Other Stories Earrings | Monica Vinader Rings

It been yonks since Hollie last appeared on here. Her job has taken over, and her spare time is now spent either in pyjamas, tweaking our wedding plans, or working on her new fitness routine (first time ever!). But it was nice to get her in front on the camera again recently, as her style is ever-changing - and this place seems like the best way to document it. I am trying to convince her to post more daily style stuff on Instagram, so we'll see...cos just look at those bright white Docs!

It will be our 10th anniversary in a just few weeks time, and also Buckets & Spades' 8th birthday. March is a month of milestones, so we''ll be heading up to Edinburgh (see our mini-city guide here) for a few wee days to celebrate; by sharing a few beers, hanging out in museums, and enjoying the time alone.

Anyway, that's enough about us. What do you have planned this weekend?

10 Feb 2016

Aaron Draplin for Nixon Watches

I've been a little slow on this doozy, but anything featuring Aaron Draplin isn't likely to get old quick. In fact, I reckon I could watch this video once a day for the next month and still get inspired by something this man has said. His recent hook-up, The Left Coast collection, with Cali-based watch brand Nixon, has left me wanting to see more from the brand, but also a larger dose from the Field Notes creator himself. 

Click play to get your daily Draplin. First seen on Gear Patrol.

9 Feb 2016

Candylab Modern Car Toys

Winter is hitting us hard now; wind, rain and snow are coming all at once. For most blogs with a fashion angle, that would be a chance to tell you about a brilliant new coat or suggesting a new pair of heavy jeans.

Not us though. We can cover that if you like, but we’d rather focus on something to brighten your life, rather than just warm your body. And here it is, these amazing cars from Candylab Toys. Designed in Brooklyn, each car is colourfully designed, made from solid Beech wood and would made for a study looking desk ornament / toy. They're sure to bring some fun to even the dullest of offices.

Take a look at the whole range here (available in the UK here) and check them out on Instagram for some neat videos of these cars doing their thing. Meanwhile, I’m off to work out which cars I need to buy to reenact some classic scenes from Steve McQueen's Bullit.

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6 Feb 2016

Rebound by Andrew Faris + Weekend Links

There's something very pleasing, and calming about this project by Visual Artist Andew Faris. Can't stop looking? Follow his work on Instagram for more colour hits. First seen on Swiss Miss.

Enjoy your weekend folks!

Weekend Bucket List

Kids' inventions are turned into real products - The Inspiration
Why creative education is as important as traditional academic subjects - It's Nice That
How fast food brand use design to respond to more 'authentic' rivals - Creative Review
Career paths change + goals are dropped, but it doesn't make you a failure - A Rosie Outlook
Wanna feel good about being "different"? - BBHLondon
Listen to Episode #7 of our "semi-regular" podcast series - Buckets

In case you missed it - Talking about the importance of writing things down + keeping the flow

4 Feb 2016

Store Visit | Club Monaco, Covent Garden, London

Club Monaco, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden

Henrietta Street, just around the corner from the market at Covent Garden, is pretty hot property when it comes to menswear these days. With Nigel Cabourn, Oliver Sweeney, Edwin, Fred Perry and The Real McCoy's already taking up residency, Club Monaco has added its name to the growing family. Located just around the corner from our favourite barbershop, Ruffians, is Club Monaco's third store in the capital dedicated to menswear. The store itself takes on an outside-inside theme; with hanging baskets and large planters lurking around every corner, accompanied upstairs by a simple black and white oriental-inspired interior, and a more" gentlemans' club"-feel downstairs.

Along with the Club Monaco casualwear and smart collections you'll find a selection of well-suited North American brands in there too; Alden, Gitman Vintage, Jeans Shop, Wings & Horns, along with a selection of accessories and books. Their American whiskey offering doesn't hurt matters either.

Club Monaco Men's Shop, 5 Earlham Street, 29 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8NA. See more of our Store Visits here.

2 Feb 2016

Giveaway | Win Panasonic LUMIX LX100 4K Camera

Wearing - ASOS Wool Coat | Reigning Champ Sweatshirt | ASOS Shirt | Universal Works Trousers | Time Teller x Buckets & Spades Watch c/o Nixon (more on this soon) 

As I've spend the last six months as one of the UK Brand Ambassadors for Pansonic LUMIX I thought it was about time we gave something back to you guys. We've been sharing our progress with the LUMIX LX100 4K camera over various posts - an Introduction to 4K Photophraphy, Basic Tips for Improving your 4K, a Video Editing Walkthrough, a review of the camera itself and how it can be used in everyday situations. And now it's time to have a go yourself!

Have any of you given 4K Photography a go yourself? If you have I'd love to hear how you've got on, but if not then how about a new camera to give it a bash yourself?

We have a Panasonic LUMIX LX100 4K camera (worth £599.99) to giveaway to one Buckets & Spades reader. This is the same model as I've been using throughout my partnership - which is 4K-ready, and can also shoot in regular photo mode. To enter this giveaway use the Rafflecopter form below to sign up to the Buckets & Spades Newsletter + unlock more ways to enter. This giveaway is open to the UK only.

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