19 Apr 2014

Percival Poster Hunt + Weekend Links

Over the course of 3 weeks throughout this April + May, Pervical will be placing a load of lovely illustrated posters around London, which have been created especially for the brand by Bobby Evans of Telegramme Studio. If you spot one of the posters on your travels you could be in for winning some great pieces from brand new collection.

Each poster is interactive and features a clever bit of coding, so you'll instantly know if you've won some sweet gear! All you do need to see follow the instructions using your phone and you might be walking home with something from their SS14 collection. Check the video below for all the details.

Happy Easter Weekend guys, hopefully you can get out there and soak up some good times.

Weekend Bucket List

What would you do in this extremely awkward situation?
Apparently we're hit "Beard Peak", here's Jon's very reasoned response.
Ten valuable lessons from a Welsh Denim maker.
Did this dude just lose $1 million + a car?
I'm venturing back into beer reviews!
Handy tips on keeping on top of your fitness goals.

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18 Apr 2014

Giveaway | Win Canon Rebel T3i

An extra special one today! We're celebrating our good friend Latrina's birthday with a great giveaway that everybody can get involved with. The super talented photographer + designer, Latrina came up with the idea of giving away something that we'd all dig, and we settled on a Canon Rebel T3i, with 18-22mm lens kit, worth £769 ($650)! How good is that?!

Happy birthday Latrina, thank you for inviting us on board. You can enter the giveaway below but before that, meet the lovely bunch of people who have made this giveaway happen:

Of Trees and Hues | Lorelai's Things | Cocorrina | Melissa Alam | Buckets and Spades |
 Whisky & Tinder | Thatch & Thistle | Thou Swell | Writers Block Near You | A Lively Blend |
 Tara Victoria | Fashiony Fab | My Life Box | Kyla is Inspired | Star Crossed Smile | Love Grows Design |
 Coco and Mingo | J for Jamie |45 Wall Design | We Resolve | To Adventure | Team Wiking | Hanna's Places |
 Clear the Way | Diana Willard | Pen & Peplum | La Designerie | Witty Title Here | Cambria Grace |
MamagesEmma Lou Designs |Safaris and Sunsets | Tori's Tales | Folk & Fest |
 Lucky Number Seven |Likes of Us | Ex Vitae | Horses of Ares

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This giveaway is open internationally, closing Tuesday 6th May. To enter use the widget above, once you submit your first entry a bunch more will be unlocked. The lucky winner will be chosen + announced by Latrina. Good luck!
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17 Apr 2014

Eastpak | Backpacks for Commuters

Wearing - Easkpak Floid Backpack c/o size?, Albam Sweatshirt, Carhartt Trousers, Levi's T-Shirt,  Northern Goods Co. Key Clip, Helmet, Timex Weekender Watch, Vintage Leather Gloves.

Just a quick post today as I'm feeling pretty under the weather and I've got a mountain of photos to edit, from the last couple of weeks. After several repairs to the left strap of my Dicota backpack, due to tares from everyday use (we're talking use every single day, for a while it carried two laptops and an slr!), I've landed upon this sturdy bit of kit by Eastpak. It's got room for a laptop, is super lightweight and has umpteen pockets + compartments.

I've only taken it for a spin a couple of times so I can't pass full judgement just yet, but I'll be putting it to the test over the next few months. Its first big challenge will be on our trip to Orlando next month! Do you rate Eastpak products or any other products for commuters?

Thank you for reading.

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16 Apr 2014

Sub-Saharan Adventures - Packing for Namibia

I'm heading off to Namibia in a week’s time and spent this weekend attempting to pack. I've never been, so knowing what to take has been difficult. Like most travellers, I want to travel light, but it's their Autumn (or as good as) and temperatures will vary from below 10C to above 30C, there could also be a lot of rain.

These are the perfect conditions for a pair of Merrell Chameleons. Not the most fashionable of shoe, but a lightweight walking trainer, great for the hiking we might do, and for when standing in a puddle attempting to push the car out of the mud. A pair of Converse will also accompany me for those few nights we'll spend in the towns. A trip to South America taught me that they're the best trainer for being squashed in a rucksack without being ruined.

I've been told to cover up from the sun and insects, so aside from the mountain of t-shirts and the couple of jumpers and hoodies I'll be taking, I'll also pack some Levi Commuter 511 chinos and a pair of Gap cargo pants. I'm not sure if you can buy the Levi's anymore, but they're built to be sturdy and have some fancy type of nanotech that keeps them clean, apparently. The cargo pants have large pockets, useful for holding my giant Nokia 6310i which is (unfortunately) replacing my iPhone for the fortnight. Bring on Snake 2!

My bag will mostly be full of practical clothes. Boring I know. Dust, mud, and sleeping in a tent just don't mix well with anything remotely expensive. I will take one luxury item though, a pair of Sunspel chino shorts. A tan colour is probably the only one that can get dust stained without anyone noticing.

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Finally, I'm packing my - now slightly old - Nikon D3000 camera. Hopefully I'll be returning with lots of animal shots, rather than just strange shapes seen through a mud splattered lens.

I've never been to Sub-Saharan Africa before, so if anyone has any tips please send them through to me! - Nik.

You can find Nik at - Conrad's BeerTwitter + Instagram

15 Apr 2014

Yellow Bird + Yellow Beard's Birthday | Win $600 Visa Gift Card

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Today we're celebrating Janee of Yellow Bird + Yellow Beard's birthday, and we've hooked up with a group of super bloggers to bring you this great giveaway! To celebrate Janee's birthday we're giving away a whopping $600 Visa Gift Card, which can be spent on anything, anywhere in the world!

14 Apr 2014

Beer + Design | 13 Guns American IPA Review

It's been a good few months since my last beer review, but after a positive response during the #lbloggers chat on Sunday, via Twitter, I thought it was about time I got my ass in gear and posted another.

Details - 13 Guns is a medium strength American IPA by Thwaites' off-shoot micro-brewary, Crafty Dan. Rich and smooth, with a whiff of citrus. For me, it wasn't as "hoppy" as the description promised but still enjoyable. Worth a shot.

13 Guns can be found in supermarkets with a Regional Beers + Ales section. I picked this one up in Booths, who also stock Triple C and Big Ben, from the same brewery. Have you can across any tasty beers of late?

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Augmented Reality Bus Shelter | Pepsi Max "Unbelievable"

I'm pretty sure this augmented reality bus shelter would have scared the bejebus out of most of us, escpecially this early in the morning! The "Unbelievable" interactive ad shell, by Pepsi Max was installed just in time for the busy morning commute on New Oxford Street, London. The technology uses its surroundings to create an alternative reality, in which the unbelievable can happen before your very eyes.

The public's reactions are something else! See a few more augmented reality examples here. For more on the Pepsi Max #LiveForNow project click here.

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12 Apr 2014

ASOS On Tour | Ireland Preview + Weekend Links

Exciting doesn't cover my reaction when the images from the ASOS Ireland Tour dropped in my inbox earlier this week! Myself, Olivia of What Olivia Did and Remi of Hands of Style headed to Ireland eariler this month to work with ASOS + Tourism Ireland on this brand new campaign. For now I can share a couple of images + an exclusive look at the campaign on the site, but more to come soon! Click "MEN" to see more images!

In other news - Buckets & Spades has been nominated for an award, at the American Crew Men's Lifestyle Award! It would be super if you take 10 seconds to vote for us! I think a bike ride is in order this weekend. Have you guys got any plans?

Weekend Bucket List

Have you seen the trailer for the new film, American Blogger? Anna's in it!
We don't need friends like these! Not to be trusted.
Welcome this month's new blog partner, British Streetwear brand Set.
Performing magic tricks on dogs, my favourite is Torsti!
One handsome pair of boots.

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11 Apr 2014

Realm & Empire SS14 + £75 Voucher Giveaway

Over the past few months I've become quite friendly with the guys behind British menswear brand, Realm & Empire, and last month I headed down to their pop-up show room at Holborn, London to preview their AW14 collection. Over a cup of coffee we chatted design processes + their close ties with the Imperial War Museum, our current favourite blogs and even the possibility of working together on a project in the future! You never know what's going to happen, but I'm very passionate about British production, so I'd snap up the chance in a second.

You may also remember Realm & Empire recently inviting me to put together a Blogger's Edit for the SS14 collection, above are a some images from their SS14 looking, which accompanies some of the pieces I chose. To celebrate their new collection we are giving away a £75 voucher to spend on the SS14 collection, to one lucky Buckets & Spades reader! So what would you choose, have a look here and let me know what you're thinking?

How to Enter

To be in with a chance of winning the £75 Voucher to spend at Realm & Empire you must be a subscriber of Buckets & Spades Blog. Remember, if you follow you can come back and enter this giveaway daily. This giveaway is open worldwide. Best of luck!

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10 Apr 2014

Balancing Blocks By Fort Standard

Continuing the theme of toys for grown-ups (and kids too), which Yasumi started earlier in the week, I've discovered yet more, this time in the way of colourful building block. Or should I say Balancing Blocks? This playful bag of tricks has been created by Industrial Design duo, Fort Standard, who are well known for their innovative attitude towards problem solving + product design.

The Balancing Blocks have been designed to test your understanding of physics as much as they have to entertain and test you nerve, a la Jenga. Areaware has done it again and created this really sweet video, showing you how the blocks work. Don't even try to hid a smile when watching this! Check it out below.

Fort Standard's Balance Blocks available here. For more from Areaware also see Cubebots.

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