35 Examples of Creative Minds

16 12 2009

This link has been sitting in my inbox all week, reminding me to blog about it.

A good Twitter friend of mine posted this link and I thought it was a great example of creative advertising, so wanted to share it with you. This is 35 examples of brilliant billboards, signs and outdoor ads.

Let me know your favourite ones… mine has to be this from The Economist:





Online Fashion – it’s at your fingertips!

19 11 2009

It’s usually the other way round, but the online world is taking fashion by storm. In the past year, we have been all-too tempted by shopping online; not only are our favourite stores allowing us to buy online but there has been a rise in sites like Net-A-Porter, ASOS and Very.co.uk to tempt us. Who needs to leave the house anymore…?

As well as e-commerce, fashion is also jumping on the social media bandwagon. In a big way.

Today, the Guardian Fashion Statement talks about the rise in the fashion crowd on Twitter; not just our favourite brands and labels but also the designers themselves, including British designer Henry Holland and recent sign-up, Stefano Gabbana, of Dolce and Gabbana.

But the brands are branching out for themselves too; yesterday New Media Age reported that since its launch last week, Burberry’s new SocMed site has already had over 200,000 sign-ups. The Art Of The Trench encourages visitors to upload pictures of themselves wearing a Burberry trenchcoat to build its own community of fans of the brand. Burberry wants to build on the 700,000 fans it has attracted on Facebook.

But times are changing fast and with everyone jumping on the web-wagon, how can this develop. SHOWstudio, the pioneers of online fashion, have the answer. After inviting the public to watch a Nick Knight fashion shoot during LFW, they have now signed up Gareth Pugh to create fashion live on the web. On 20, 23, 24 November, viewers can the designer create an interpretation of one of his SS10 pieces. This will be the first in a series of collaborations between the site and designers, and the one-off pieces created will go on to be sold in the SHOWstudio SHOP (1-9 Bruton Place, London, W1).

So as the fashion world goes online, Handbag.com is on the search to crown the sites keeping us at the top of the technology game. You can vote for your favourite Boutique, Accessories, High Street, Designer, Lifestyle, Vintage and Ethical Sites. As well as vote for the best Site Design, site leading web innovation and best Fashion Blog.

To vote online, click here.

So, with all this fashion at our fingertips, there’s no excuse to not be stylish!





Proud to be BRITish

19 02 2009

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So, last night saw the legendary BRIT Awards 2009 and I have to say, I think they were my favourite yet! Not just because I saw James Corden in a dress, but all thanks to… wait for it… Twitter!

Following my spontaneous BAFTA commentary, I decided that it had to be done for BRITs. So, along with several of my other Twitter friends – namely @PhotosbyLee @NotAPretender @Urbanfly @Ianhlhm and @aaronhuckett – we spent the whole two hours commenting, praising and insulting the glitterati in attendance at Earls Court. And my, did it make the Awards even more interesting.

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My highlights:

  • James Corden and Mat Horne as Kylie’s backing dancers, equipped with red dresses and PVC boots
  • The very cool festival theme – glad to see they made some effort with venue dressing this year!
  • The general ‘proud to be British’ atmosphere… I think this could be thanks to the lift on the alcohol ban
  • Deserving winners: Kings of Leon and Girls Aloud (although not in the same league as the Kings, the girls have been around for 7 years and this is their first gong!)
  • Kings of Leon, in general!
  • Take That in a space ship, wearing glasses… although I think they mimed, which was a bit disappointing
  • The long-awaited collaboration between The Ting Tings (who were great) and Estelle (who was very out of time)
  • The Hoff coming onto Fearne Cotton… all a bit uncomfortable, but very funny
  • Duffy’s bad speeches and ill-fitting dresses – this was very topical during the Twitter BRIT chat!
  • And finally…. the (in my opinion) dreadful performance by the Pet Shop Boys, who won the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award. I have always been quite indifferent to them, but that performance just rendered me speechless! And, as much as I like her, what was the point of Lady GaGa being there?

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So, just in case you missed it, here are the winners:

British Female Solo Artist Duffy
International Female Solo Artist Katy Perry
British Breakthrough Act Duffy
International Group Kings Of Leon
British Male Solo Artist Paul Weller
International Album Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
British Live Act Iron Maiden
British Group Elbow
Critics’ Choice Award Florence and the Machine
International Male Solo Artist Kanye West
British Single Girls Aloud – The Promise
Mastercard British Album Duffy – Rockferry
Outstanding Contribution to Music The Pet Shop Boys

Time to gear up for some hardcore commentary on the Oscars… although staying awake from 1-6am before work on Monday morning might be a bit of a task.





Bonjour… kiss me quick

7 02 2009

I was watching QI last night, getting my daily Stephen Fry fix, and they raised the subject of continental kissing and how many times you should kiss in France. The answer to this is, in fact, between 1 and 5 times! Confused? Me too! So I decided to share this kissing map with you all, so you’ll never be caught short when taking a trip across the channel!

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New Year’s Resolution… WIN!

6 02 2009

Part of my New Year’s Resolution was to do more of what I say and one of the main things I was referring to was sorting out my blog. So, a mere 37 days after the start of 2009, I have finally set up my blog.

Welcome.

I’m not particularly sure what this blog will consist of… I suppose it is just a means of constantly talking without any poor sole having to listen to me. If you decide that you want to keep up to date with this blog, you can be sure to find the following:

– Random thoughts
– Opinions on topical matters
– Links to interesting things
– Ramblings related to PR, Birmingham and the creative industries
– References to retail therapy and drinking cocktails
– Pictures of my life and the things I get up to
– My favourite words and phrases
– References to Facebook and Twitter… I’m obsessed!
– and much, much more I’m sure.

So, I hope you have a lovely weekend – no doubt I’ll be spending mine blogging… it’s my addictive personality you see!!

Lovess xx xx

Ps. Wow, writing my first post was kinda fun!