Throwback Thursday – Vintage 747 Lounges

Airplane Piano Bar
There are some absolute gems in the Boeing archives and – though I have always loved flying – I would trade any of my in-air memories for a shot at experiencing a 747 flight in the 1970s.

While the 1930s Boeing Clipper had everything from a powder room to a dining room (pictured in black and white, below), things got phenomenally jazzy in the Seventies. In the vintage American Airlines 747 Coach Lounge Commercial below, NBC’s Chet Huntley pimps out the airline’s Wurlitzer piano bar while The Fonz offers a fellow traveller a light…

It’s all very smooth…and very Don Draper.

For First Class, the Boeing 747′s small upper deck was turned into a cocktail bar in the sky; all Martinis, steaks, and ultra-modern swivel chairs. On Continental Airlines, there was even a pub.

Please take a moment to listen to Waltz of The Flowers while you receive a tour of the Boeing 747 100 Series’ First Class deck…

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The John Rylands Library, Manchester

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This is The John Rylands Library in Manchester.

A library. (I KNOW, RIGHT?)

Stumbling across it by happy chance, The Manfriend and I spent a good hour exploring every nook and cranny of the Deansgate-situated neo-Gothic establishment.

Though a collaboration with Manc’s biggest university means it is now named The ‘John Rylands University Library of Manchester’, the initial opening in 1900 was an extravagant memoriam dedication – to John Rylands – from his widow, Enriqueta Augustina Rylands.

The space is magical and the collections that it features are sans pareil. We’re talking medieval illuminated manuscripts, a Gutenberg Bible, personal papers of John Dalton, French Revolution Broadsides and more; The John Rylands Library a treasure trove.

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Free Spotify Playlist – April 2014

free spotify playlist april 2014
The selection process for this month’s free Spotify playlist went something along the lines of:
a) Pretend you’re 12 again. What music is on your mix tape?
b) If you were 12 today and mix tapes still existed, what music would be on it?

Naturally a mix of Travis Barker, Will Smith, and Haim came out from my brain rubble.

If you’re actually 12, loving this playlist officially makes you the coolest kid around.

(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for March’s free Spotify playlist.)

Click here to listen!

(Download Spotify here. It’s free!)

Track listing:
Run by Kill It Kid
Cucurucu by Nick Mulvey
She Can Get It by Kevin Rudolf
Low by Flo Rida (ft. T-Pain and Travis Barker)
Everything is AWESOME!!! by Tegan and Sara (ft. The Lonely Island)
Changing Of The Seasons by Two Door Cinema Club
One, Two Step by Ciara and Missy Elliott
Faith by George Michael
Fred Astaire by San Cisco
Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
Wait Up For You by The Belle Game
You – Ha Ha Ha by Charli XCX
Miami by Will Smith
Strong Hand by CHVRCHES
It’s Time (Live) by Imagine Dragons
I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness
Worried About Ray by The Hoosiers
Stompa by Serena Ryder
No Scrubs by TLC
The Wire by Haim
Habits by Tove Lo
Headlock (Live) by Imogen Heap
Ooh Stick You by Daphne & Celeste

Jealous Sweets

jealous sweets
Barring Twizzlers (potentially my biggest-ever vice), I didn’t pay much attention to sweets until The Manfriend and his Percy Pig obsession waltzed into my life. While standard sweets are obviously not a health food, his love for all things ‘Phizzy’ and sugar-packed made me pay much closer attention to the ingredients list.

Long story short, it’s frightful.

Then came Jealous Sweets. When a few boxes landed at my doorstep, I was intrigued. Though the branding and packaging was flawless, was a sweet specialist shelling out claims of healthier sweets really going to deliver? Thankfully, yes. These 100% vegetarian and gluten free sweets are full of natural fruit juices, free from artificial colours and flavours, and free of the ‘nasties’ – all while being delicious (and filling!).

A large box of Bittersweet Blitz (Gummy Bears, Sour Beans, and Tropical Tang)
A large box of Rebel Sours (Tangy Worms*, Sour Beans, and Fizzy Drops)
A small box of Sour Beans (sour pomegranate, apple, peach, and tropical jelly beans.)
A small box of Gummy Bears

*The bomb.

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What I Wore – Popcorn

popcorn handbag
Though the promise of sunshine had me wanting to run around Primrose Hill in stilettos and sundresses, I had quite a bit of ‘running around’ to do in London at the tail end of the week. Forgoing my ankle-breakers for a pair of sensible booties, this comfy/lazy outfit won me a few unexpected smiles from strangers. That, or everyone was juiced on sunshine.

(I hacked the handbag into a long strap instead of its ‘popcorn strap’ and it was the wisest decision of the weekend. #handsfree)

What I Wore:
Popcorn handbag from Kate Spade (DIY by me)
Floral jumper from Zara
Striped shirt from TM Lewin
Zipped skinnies from Zara
Cashmere socks (similar here)
Boots from Even & Odd (similar here)
Steampunk necklace (handmade gift)

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popcorn handbag