Style Must Have – Leather Jackets

Hot to trot for Autumn/Winter 2013/14, leather jackets a back again. They made a brief appearance last season and are now firmly in the fashion fold for this season. Leather jackets the great biker style, add a bit of grunge to your look keeping on style for this season.

Leather jackets may be pricy, there are some great leather look jackets on sale (pleather for an unfair name). However leather jackets dip in and out of style frequently you normally don’t go more than a season or so without seeing one. So buying a real leather jacket is a great investment.

Choice is a plenty when it comes to leather jackets. You can buy them in a multitude of colours and so many different styles, there is bound to be something to suit your body shape. The most popular styles are:

Biker Leather Jacket – Just because you don’t ride a motorcycle doesn’t mean you can’t wear this style. Fitted options are available, whether asymmetrical zips, or wrap around zips. Heavy on the fittings, so think lots of zips or studs.

Bomber Leather Jacket – This Air force esque style is less fitted than biker style jackets. They tend to be made from softer leather or sued, some designs feature leather sleeves instead. These are great if you’re not wanting a fitted style.

Trench Leather Coat – It may be a firm favourite for those who like gothic style, but the trench leather coat is a smarter alternative. Black leather can be a heavy or draining colour so look at natural leather shades.

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City Break Barcelona

The beautiful coastal City of Barcelona, is the perfect destination for a city break, it has it all. Fabulous beaches, amazing architecture, fantastic food and drink and plenty of historical places of interest. You won’t be short of things to do in Barcelona.

There are four main districts in Barcelona, all offering you something exceptional:

Ciutat Vella

This is Barcelona’s old town, the oldest part of the city. Here you will find some fantastic historical sites and famous places including the Barri Gotic Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter featuring some wonder full buildings. Also the famous La Rambla street which is open to markets and performers, plus El Raval, and El Born.

Eixample

The polar opposite of Ciutat Vella it is the Modernist quarter, architecture here is noted for its art nouveau buildings. In this district you will find Barcelona’s most famous building; Sagrada Família, the gothic, Gaudi designed Cathedral, which after over 130 years is still not finished. Much of this is down to Antoni Gaudí’s flamboyant design and the First and Second World War.

Gràcia

This is a prosperous neighbourhood with a distinct Catalan feel. It was formerly an independent town, joining the city in the 20th century. It’s made up of narrow streets which has a vibrant cosmopolitan feel attracting the young without too many tourists. He you will find more Gaudi influences, mainly the Güell Park which sits atop of a hill overlooking Barcelona.

Sants-Montjuïc

This district of Barcelona is known for its selection of Museums and around the Plaza of Spain there great fairs and exhibitions on. As well as a number of museums, there are some great attractions including The Montjuïc Castle, Botanical Garden and for football fans FC Barcelona Football Stadium Camp Nou.

Images courtesy of Trent StrohmWolfgang Staudt and Hannah Gargett

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Armani Set Design

For the first time, Giorgio Armani Casa has created a film set for the forthcoming thriller Paranoia. They designed furniture and interior staging for the film. Paranioa is set to be released in the US on August 16th and it stars Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth and Julian McMahon. It is directed by Robert Luketic, with Armani working closely with production designer David Brisbin on the sets as well as with costume designer Luca Mosco to create suits for Harrison Ford’s character, Jack Goddard.

Armani told WWD. “Collaborating with David Brisbin on his vision for this movie provided me with the opportunity to showcase Armani Casa on film in a way that is absolutely believable and appropriate to the story. Working with Luca Mosca and my longtime friend Harrison Ford to create a wardrobe for a villain was also fun.”

 

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Drunk Gondola Drivers in Venice

Okay so gondoliers don’t exactly drive gondolas, but it still doesn’t mean being drunk at the helm of one of these is the best idea, nor is it a great advertisement for Venice. Apparently the problem is actually quite rife, and issues came to a head last month when a ‘hazing’ incident that was captured on camera and posted on YouTube.

Apparently there had been a number of complaints over incidents where Venetian gondoliers had been drunk and unruly including an incident where one gondolier stripped naked and jumped into the Grand Canal. To tackle this problem, gondoliers may have to take a breathalyzer test. Councillors have also called for the immediate suspension of the gondoliers involved in the hazing incident.

This isn’t the first time they have attracted bad press, in the past an Italian consumer group lambasted dishonest gondoliers who charge extortionate prices to tourists, well above market rates.

Image courtesy of Antonio Stoper

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Carphone Warehouse Partners with Kate Moss

Mobile phone and technology giant, Carphone Warehouse is teaming up with supermodel Kate Moss for a new technology focussed accessories collection, which Moss has designed. The line has been dubbed “fashion tech” which is being aimed, specifically at women and the fashion conscious and will feature covers, cases and add-ons for smartphones and tablets.

Kate Moss and Carphone Warehouse have been working on the range for a number of months, fusing, the models unique and much adored style with the latest handsets, to create a chic, technology line.

Speaking about her latest design collaboration, Kate Moss said: “My phone’s as much a part of my look as my bag or shoes, and yet there’s so little choice out there. My whole approach was to treat this as any other fashion collaboration; I was heavily involved in the design process and loved seeing my vision come to life in the final product. From the quality of materials to the design, I wanted the best for my range that reflected my personal style.”

Marketing director at Carphone Warehouse, Julian Diment stated: “We looked at the accessory ranges available today and found that consumers were crying out for something different.

You will be able to get your hands on The Kate Moss Accessories Collection this summer in all Carphone Warehouse stores nationwide and online. Fashion tech blurs the lines between fashion and technology, and Kate Moss is the perfect match for us to drive forward integration and creativity from the two industries.”

 

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Summer Fashion Accessory Must Have – Mirrored Sunglasses

You may have seen a number of celebs sporting this summer trend, the likes of Blake Lively, Rita Ora and Jessica Alba have all been spotted wearing this summers must have; mirrored sunglasses. These sunglasses really make a statement and can make any out fir pop, as well as protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Retro is big and aviator styles, wayfarer styles, club master styles and cat’s eye styles are the in trends and all look cool with mirrored lenses. They can add a finishing touch to an outfit, and come in a range of coloured frames and coloured mirror lenses as you can see from the selection below.

Some styles work well for a sexy glam look, a la Blake Lively or you can go for a chilled relaxed festival vibe a la Rita Ora.

 

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City Break Milan

For the fashion conscience among us, Milan is widely known as the capital of fashion and home to a number of fashion houses and designer. However there is so much more to this city which is the capitol of the Lombardy region and the second largest city in Italy as well as being the most modern. It’s an amazing destination for a fun packed city break, has favourable temperatures from spring to autumn and certainly packs a punch.

If you are eager to learn the history of Milan and Italy itself then there are a number of great museums, to check out. Civico Museo Archeologico is packed full of Roman antiques from Milan and the surrounding area and offers a great insight into Italy and the Lombardy region. The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum might be small but hold plenty of arts and crafts from the Renaissance period, set in a wonderful 19th century aristocratic mansion. L’Ultima Cena is another great museum, which is also worth checking out; it has on display “The Last Supper”, by Leonardo da Vinci which is considered to be one of the world’s greatest works of art.

For some awe-inspiring architecture, you should visit The Duomo and Duomo Square. The Duomo is Milan’s main cathedral with late Gothic architecture. It dates back from 1386 and took around 600 years to complete. You can go up to the roof of the cathedral and look down onto the huge palazzo square below, Duomo Square. It may seem like a rather strange place to visit, but Milan’s Cimitero Monumentale, (Cemetery) is a fascinating place to visit, and you can spend hours admiring all the detailed and unique tombs.

There aren’t many people who haven’t had Italian food, but there are plenty who haven’t had traditional Italian food. It’s a foodie’s paradise and a great place to really understand Italian food and cooking as well as sampling fresh local produce. The Italians also love a good coffee, and there aren’t many places where you can’t find a little café, sit outside and watch the world go by or sample some of the delicious gelato.

As mentioned Milan really is the fashion capitol, so as you can imagine it is filled with designer clothes store, as well as fantastic, independent boutiques and clothing designers, so you can find somewhere to shop to fit everyone’s budget.

Milan is really a great choice for a city break; it will give you a great taste of Italy which will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Image courtesy of barnyz

 

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Ten most irritating plane passenger habits

There are a number of things which can annoy you when travelling by air and because of the confined space; other peoples annoying habits can irritate you more than usual, leaving you at the end of your tether by the end of the flight. Whether it’s on long haul flights or short haul, regular habits and requests of passengers seem to get under peoples skin more than others.

Annoying passenger habits:

Talkative passengers

You may not know the person next to you, but it doesn’t stop them from insentiently talking to you and telling you their life story and their friend’s life story. Sometimes it’s easy to put your headphones at the first opportunity. However don’t fall foul of the second annoying habit.

Noisy Headphones

I’m sure some people might be hard of hearing; however there is no excuse to have your headphones set so loud that the passengers three rows behind can hear what you’re listening to. Planes don’t tend to be the noisiest of transport in the cabin, so unless it’s really rowdy on-board keep volume down to acceptable levels for everyone’s comfort.

Hyperactive/Crying Children/Babies

Many passengers especially those without children can get extremely irritated by other people’s kids. Whether it’s a child repetitively kicking the back of your chair or a constant crying baby, many passengers do understand that sometimes kids will cry, however get annoyed when parents don’t do anything to appease their upset child. Same goes for not controlling unruly children, parents need to have some consideration for other passengers.

Larger Passengers

Unfortunately some passengers are bigger than the standard seat size, which means an invasion of space, on what generally is already quite restricted. This can be quite uncomfortable. Some airlines have suggested larger or obese passengers pay extra for their extra weight, but buying two seats would make for a more comfortable solution, other than losing weight before air travel.

Drunks

Drunken passengers are one of the main reasons for flights being diverted or delayed and as a consequence are one of the most annoying passengers people find, that they generally can’t put up with. There is nothing worse than being force to sit next to someone who is drunk and rowdy, causing problems. Some flight crews will still stop serving alcohol to drunken passengers which is okay, if said drunken passenger hasn’t picked up some duty free booze prior.

Snorers

Overnight flights aren’t the easiest to catch a few winks, uncomfortable chairs, lack of room and of course if you’re sat next to a snorer. This might be another head phone moment or ear plugs and if that doesn’t work try and wake them up yourself!

Bladder Control Issues

If your sat in the aisle seat, you understand that you will have to stand up to let those sat beside you go to the toilet, however if they are constantly getting up to go to the toilet then this can be quite annoying. Made even more so when they won’t swop seats for both your convenience because they like sitting by the window.

Sick

Sick passengers on the plane is never good, either you end up with their germs from the close environment or for those who actually throw up, the smell of sick never quite leaves. Also sometimes those paper bags just aren’t sufficient and it can get quite messy and smelly.

No Boundaries

Some passengers obviously have no boundaries and think nothing less than dropping off to sleep your shoulder despite not knowing you. Many people are also annoyed by those passengers who don’t like sharing arm rests to those who feel that their legs can also stretch across your area.

Tipping Seat Back

For long haul flights it can be understandable that you wish to tip your seat back to get some shut eye or on night flights, after all most passengers will be so it equals its self out. However there are some passengers who will tip their seat back as far as it will go as soon as the seat belt sign goes off. They then refuse to move forward when food is being served. Consideration please unless you want me kicking your seat like a child the whole time.

 

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Festival Fashion Style Steal

Coachella is the first festival of the music world, it was in LA so you can’t always rely on our weather to be as good, but it is a great place to start for some festival inspiration. There are two looks below, which are pretty workable, both are with boots, but you can interchange with wellies depending on how much rain we see this summer!

Both looks can also work on layering and you have all the essentials covered, decent sized bag, hat, sunglasses and plenty of bracelets and beads adding a hint of a hippy vibe. White may not be the best idea if it is a mud fest but white crochet is great for hot sunny days. Short shorts were also popular, go for denim or faux leather for a rocker vibe, but don’t forget some of the nice bright colours we have for summer if you want something lighter.

 

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Travel and Tourism Courses

If you study travel and tourism course there are a whole range of jobs available to you once you pass. In the UK the travel and tourism industry is big business with many different aspects to it and job opportunities it makes up 5% of total employment. A travel and tourism course will offer you the opportunity to broaden your horizon.

You can study travel and tourism course at college rather than at university, many can be taken in conjunction with work. There are a number of different courses which can be taken depending on ability and what sector in the travel and tourism industry you want to go into. Taking these courses will not only open you up to better job opportunities, apprenticeship opportunities and onto further education.

Travel Agent Manager

Tourist Information Centre Manager

Cabin Crew

Customer Service Manager

Travel Risks

Holiday Rep

Tour Manager

If you’re studying a travel and tourism course there is a wide range of help available, whether from the college, to library’s to essay database online. Many people also gain practical experience whilst undertaking these courses as well which offer you additional help. The courses offer you a comprehensive study of the hospitality industry and the related sectors; they will be assessed with coursework including courses assessed externally.

So if you have an interest in travel you should look at a travel and tourism course.

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