3 Aug 2015

Secret Sales at Psyche Clothing



We're right slap bang in the middle of sale season, and like many of us these days I never really buy anything at full price - I don't mind waiting for that extra bit of discount (that is until my blooming size sells out...). One such retailer who've just hit their Summer Sale is Psyche, a premium clothing department store based in Middlesbrough, North East. Psyche's reputation as one of the best clothing retailers in the country was recognised internationally in 2012 by Vogue, who included them in their Top 100 British Stores - that's some good going! 

Their current brand list includes some Buckets' favourite such as; Barbour, Common People, Edwin, Ralph Lauren, Oliver Spencer, Loake + Universal Works. With their Summer Sale happening right now it's the perfect time to have a gander at their store. They also stock a huge range of womenswear.

Officially their sale has already started, but from the 1st August Psyche are offering an additional 10% off the sale if you shop through a mobile device. The promotional code will visible on their desktop homepage, but it will only work on your phone or tablet. Sneaky stuff indeed.

Let me know if you decide to shop with them!

This post is in partnership with Psyche. Thank you for taking the time to support the businesses that make this blog happen.

1 Aug 2015

Colour-In London by City Works + Weekend Links


Wouldn't it be a sweet idea to colour in every area you've visit along the way? We love this Colour-In London poster by City Works, but it would be idea nice to see some other cities; Tokyo, New York, Berlin? Let's see 'em! Now, where's our felt tips? First seen on Katrina Sophia's blog.

Your feedback on last week's post has been wonderful, it means a whole bunch to us. It looks like we're taking this blog in the right direction - we'll just keep sharing what we love because it seems that's what you love too! Enjoy your weekend, dudes.

Weekend Bucket List

So that's why McDonald's burgers look different to the adverts
New York is looking pretty tempting right now
Currently addicted to Does Not Commute
These "Good Time" trainers
This sweet story of a postman who collected stones to build his dream house
In case you missed it - Our latest outfit post we're digging summer tones

31 Jul 2015

Store Visit | Flying Horse Indigo Goods, Soho, London


Flying Horse Denim, Newburgh Street, London





We're always searching for interesting retail spaces to take our camera into. In the centre of London's Soho sits Newburgh Street, a pedestrianised road which currently lists some of the coolest brands around as its residence. Shinola, Red Wing, LVC, Evisu, Onitsuka Tiger and Filson are all there, and just around the corner you'll find Cubitts, Oi Polloi, Billionaire Boys Club + Barbour. It's a great area, and we see it as the perfect cut-through / distraction every time we visit Soho. 

We'd heard of Flying Horse Indigo Goods before our visit, but last month was the first time we ventured into their store. Their a brand whose passion starts with indigo, and anything connected to it; be that its history, the dyeing process, the people that use it, its own uses or its relevance across our culture today. The store reflects that passion, through natural furnishing, trinkets which have been collected from the staff's travels and even the naturally-sweet smell of indigo dye. All the brand's design work is done in-house too, which can be found in the store's studio basement. 

In store they currently have a selection of selvedge raw + distressed denim, the brand's hemp line, over-dyed t-shirts, soft cotton shirts and chinos.

Flying Horse, 8 Newburgh Street, Soho, London, W1F 7RJ.  See more of our Store Visits here.

30 Jul 2015

Grill On The Alley, Manchester #TCABurgerTakeover




We headed down to the Grill On The Alley in Manchester, to sample their Americana-inspired burger menu yesterday. For the month of July (yes just two days left!) the team at Thomas Cook Airlines have taken over The Alley's menu, bringing in four brand new burgers combos for us to get their laughing gear around. 

Each burger on the #TCABurgerTakeover menu is inspired by a destination Thomas Cook are currently offering flights to. We've only just arrived back from Orlando, and this time we did take a trip down to Naples Beach - but I'm now kicking myself as to why we didn't make it to Miami! But then I've always fancied Boston too (slight obsession with Boston Beans), so maybe next year.

Boston Burger | Prawns, Crayfish, Garlic Butter and Back Bacon
New York Deli Burger | Pastrami and Lancashire Cheese
Miami Burger | Pickled Watermelon, Pineapple and Horseradish Coleslaw
LAX Burger | Onion rings, Guacamole, Chipotle Mayo and Beer Battered Pickles

When you order from the takeover menu at Grill On The Alley you'll have the chance win a pair of flights to the States, to one of their four chosen destinations! The competition is running for two more days (until 31st July), so you'll have to be snappy. Entering is easy, click here to get started. For an extra entry just tweet a photo of your burger to @GrillManc and @TCAirlinesUK, using the hashtag #TCABurgerTakeover. We both went for the LAX Burger, which is a little predictable but great tasting as we expected. Be even better if we win!

Buckets & Spades were guests at Grill On The Alley on behalf of Thomas Cook Airlines, because who can turn a good burger down?

28 Jul 2015

Inspiration On Instagram | Abstract Architecture by Ingo



Instagram has became one of our main place to go to for inspiration - of any kind. Fitness, diet (I mean eating healthy, not eating less), travel destinations, up-and-coming brands, graphic designers, makers...It's all there.

Design catches my eye, more than most other posts. Although, the more I climb, the more climbing photos start to take my fancy. Ingo is an account that posts conceptual design images based around achitecture + structure. The theme is great - light blues, curved lines and sharpe angles. It's very Miami Vice City. I'm sure some of Mat's holiday snaps look just as colourful.

There's some familiar looking shapes in there too though. I swear I've seen glimpses of Vauxhall bus station, The Barbican Centre, and some of the newer buildings in Clapham creeping in.

Take a look at their account and send us any other design-related users you think we'll enjoy. Nik.

You can find Nik at - Twitter | Instagram | Newsletter

27 Jul 2015

Realm & Empire Summer Giveaway




This month we've partnered up with long terms friend of the site, Realm & Empire, to bring you this months giveaway. Realm & Empire's unique take on military-inspired garments doesn't just stem from a place of passion, they're one of the only brands to have full access to the Imperial War Museum's archive. This gives them exclusive rights to years of historically accurate information on soldier's profiles, battle details and travel documents, as well as and uniform design + living habits etc. Read more about their story here.

We're giving a Buckets & Spades reader the chance to win a Realm & Empire Artisan Jacket worth £120 + a copy of the excellent "CC41 Utility Clothing" publication by Mike Brown. To enter use the Rafflecopter form below to sign up to the Buckets & Spades Newsletter. Best of luck my friends! Giveaway open worldwide.

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