The Online Revolution

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Let me begin by saying that this has been the toughest post for me to plan to date. If you follow me on Twitter (@middlefloordan) I apologise for the constant moaning about it. It has been very difficult, because this is a subject that means a lot to me and if I could I would run this post on forever. It is one of the most under-stated and under-debated talking points of current times, and ironically, it is the thing which is one of  THE most talked about topics on the planet. I believe that the reason why social media and platforms such as YouTube (i’ll talk about YouTube quite a lot in this post) are not subjects of which people want to talk about, for example on the news, is because the majority of people who we look to to debate such things are past the modern times and are frankly scared of change.

Now that that is out of the way i’d like to start with the big (and possibly only) topic of this post, YouTube. Now, as a ‘New YouTuber’ myself I have become very aware of the community of other ‘New YouTubers’ that are about and let me tell you something; there are a lot of us. One of the things which strikes me as very interesting is that a lot of these new YouTubers are quite young; teens, currently sitting GCSE exams or A Levels. It proves just how out-going and ambitious the young people of today are.

There used to be a time when you finished school, rarely attended university and got yourself a job at which you would most likely stay for the rest of your adult life. But times are changing, these days, what with the Internet and platforms such as Youtube and of course all manner of other things online, we seem to be a little more aware that we have just ONE life; and that life should be LIVED not endured.

There are certain people who are currently doing a very successful job in cementing in the minds of the ambitious youngsters out there the idea of MORE. These people are called ‘YouTubers’, and i’m not talking about small YouTubers such as myself, i’m referring to some of the most influential people of the 21st century; people who with tens of millions of subscribers between them are changing the way young people see life. They inspire others to, (and I quote YouTuber ‘Alfie Deyes’ aka ‘PointlessBlog’)  ‘do more of what makes you happy’.

There are however two YouTubers who inspire me more than any other. These YouTubers are called ‘Ben Brown aka Mr Ben Brown’ and ‘Louis Cole aka Fun For Louis’. These two are what are known as ‘Daily Vloggers’ and they post new videos to their YouTube channels, yep you guessed it, daily. They vlog their day-to-day lives during which they pass on their completely contagious love for life and positive attitude toward everything they do; a lot of that passion goes in to the drinking of coffee! It is people such as this who are beginning a sort of revolution among the young people of today; and those youngsters are starting to realise that they don’t have to settle for anything less than a dream; because Louis and Ben show them each and every day that with the right push, drive and constant can-do attitude, the world truly is your oyster.

I don’t really want this blog to go on forever, because I want it to make a point. People are beginning to believe that anything is possible, and they’re quite right, with the right amount of hard work, you can do anything. Allow me to give you five points as to why I think the world is changing.

  1. The world is becoming smaller, due to online communities.
  2. Young people don’t want 9-5 jobs any longer, they want to explore the world, freely.
  3. (long point)- We are entering an age where creativity is frowned upon by the older generations, where the English language can not hope to evolve without the fear of being beaten down. When ‘Lethal Bizzle’ (Rapper) coined the word ‘Dench’ to mean amazing, fantastic or all round good feeling, he was branded a fool. Shakespeare did that all the time and is now branded a hero of the English language. Dench, I believe, is now in the Oxford English Dictionary.
  4. There is a more open mind-set towards the ‘New’, among the younger generation; the future of our planet lies with this creativity.
  5. We simply want MORE…

 

I hope that this post reaches more people than my usual posts, and I ask anyone who reads this to share it any way they can. And of course, don’t forget to like it, and comment on it however you feel fit. And in the words of one of the most inspirational YouTubers out there…

 

Don’t forget to work hard, be nice to people and try not to get lost or killed.

 

OK, Love you, Bye!

 

I Went Shopping

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My last post focused on everything that I can’t stand about modern ‘fashion’ (to use the word very loosely). This blog will then of course focus entirely on the things that I actually like; more specifically my recent purchases of which i’m rather proud. So here they are, Oh and by the way, I will never call one of these posts a ‘Haul’ post; that’s just not how I roll. So naturally ‘recent purchases that i’m rather proud of ‘ is much simpler, obviously.

 

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First up is my new Dark Grey Floral Burnout T-Shirt from River Island. I love this, no really I love it. It definitely is not what I would usually go for but i’m trying to switch the wardrobe up a bit. It’s perfect for summer, light, not too in-your-face and flash and it’s quite long, which may not seem like a particularly big deal but trust me, with my height, it matters.

 

 

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Next up are my absolute favourite jeans in the world. I have vowed to never again buy a pair of skinny jeans from anywhere but River Island, and for good reason. They’re fantastically priced at £35, they actually do them long enough for my nine and half mile long legs and unlike other retailers they provide the customer with a proper choice. If you’re wondering, this particular pair are the Black Acid Wash Rip Sid Skinny Stretch, I also have the same but in Light Acid Wash.

 

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Next are these Brown Pointed Creased Shoes. These, like almost everything in this blog are from River Island and again are very well priced at £35. I tend to wear them for pretty much any occasion as smart casual; they actually go very nicely with the dark grey skinny’s above. Very comfortable, stylish and compared to other places, an absolute bargain.

 

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OK, i’ll admit it, this should have been called the ‘River Island Haul’ and yes this Mid Wash Jersey Sleeve Hodded Denim Jacket is from River Island. This Jacket is my complete favourite of the bunch; it’s beyond comfy, the denim is not as heavy as you might imagine and the floral style pattern on the inside of the hood (which by the way can be removed) goes nicely with the floral T-Shirt at the top of the post. This again is well priced at only £50.

 

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Last one and hallelujah it’s not from River Island. No, this plain white T-Shirt with a printed front is from the online store of one of the best YouTubers around, Ben Brown. It, like the rest of the pieces in this blog is well priced at just £19.95 and is well worth it, the quality is brilliant and the designs are well thought through with a perfect finish. Ben Brown is an inspiration to so many people, and with his YouTube channel only getting bigger, his inspiring and contagious positive outlook towards life is reaching more and more people at every corner of the globe. So go check out his YouTube channel at Mr Ben Brown and check him out on Twitter at @MrBenBrown; it’s worth it, trust me.

 

So there you have it everyone, my recent buys. Alright, granted most of them were from one store but then at least you can call me consistent. If you guys have any clothing lines, both online and…er off make sure to comment in the comments section and let me know.

 

Until next time.

 

Bye!

 

 

 

What No One Should Ever Wear!

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If by some strange reason you clicked on this post hoping for actual genuine sound fashion advice then look aw… actually wait, don’t look away now at all, keep on reading, but do so knowing that Senor Fashionista I am not. But hopefully I might be able to give some people an idea of what they should under no circumstances be found wearing.

So i’m going to do a sort of head to toe format here; now obviously I can’t possibly fit in all of the worlds fashion faux pas’ in one blog post, so maybe this will become a sort of serial blog, where I upload a post maybe twice a month filled with all of the things that I’ve seen people wearing that should by law be thrown in a skip.

So let’s get cracking shall we…

Head… and Neck:

Trilbys: I’m not entirely sure what some men think they look like wearing a Trilby, but I can assure you it does not look good. I think sometimes guys think that they look like The Don from The God Father or any other 70’s gangster film, but no, back in the day gangsters would wear these…

FedA Fedora, which in some cases can look like a stylish hat. But leave the Trilbys in the store.

 

Snapbacks: capThis particular hat defines the current problem with teen fashion. It’s not just that they look like a massive Daffy Duck with ‘Swag’ (I wont even get started on how much I hate that word) written on the front; it’s the fact that each and every person who wears one of these…things, is quite confident that they look like a ‘boss’. No. You look like a silly duck with a vocabulary so poor you have to resort to describing yourself as having ‘Swag’ on your hat so you don’t forget.

 

Burberry : This is a tricky one because Burberry is still obviously a very prestigious name in fashion. Let me explain; Burberry as we all know by now has a very distinct pattern, and when worn correctly by someone who has quite clearly bought a very expensive piece it can look very good. However, there are those who buy extremely cheap knock offs (mostly hats and scarves) and wear them whilst mugging an old lady; we call these people Chavs where i’m from and they’ve ruined the Burberry brand for the rest of us.

 

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Hawaiian Shirts: This one is mostly aimed at middle aged men who insist on wearing these shirts on their holiday to Mallorca. I don’t know who exactly is responsible for these monstrosities but making poor innocent impressionable middle aged men look like massive parrots is not the way forward; it’s just mean.

Wife Beaters/ Vests: Now here in the UK we would usually associate the Wife Beater with just one man… onslo

Yep, Onslow was a character from a British T.V series called Keeping Up Appearances, he was a vile, lazy and an all round slobbish man, and by using this picture I have explained why Wife Beaters are awful, end of discussion.

Football Shirts being worn anywhere but a football stadium: It’s a long title I know, but I really believe that the football shirt should be kept in the place where it belongs. I mean let’s face it, you wouldn’t wear your swimming gear down the shops to get a pint of milk, so why is it acceptable to wear your football kit down the pub, thereby making the entire establishment look automatically ‘Chavvy’?.

Massive Puffy Coats: I used to love wearing my puffy coat as a kid, it made me look like action man, or The Hulk, but when I see grown men walking down the street wearing one it just looks ridiculous; and you just know that when they take the massive coat off they are going to look like a stick man. By all means allow your children up to a maximum of fives year wear them, but stop after that. No seriously, stop!

 

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Read my guide to Jeans post…

Guys, keep out of the short shorts: No, it’s not cool just because Joey Essex wears them, they are primary meant for women, not for a man on a shopping trip to Lakeside.

3/4 Length Sports Shorts: Words can seriously not explain quite how bad these things are, yes, OK in the 90’s when a boy band wore them in a music video they were acceptable; but ever since they’ve been associated with a six pack of tennants and a park bench, they’ve sort of lost their appeal.

 

Feet:

Crocs: They should never have been invented in the first place. Again, by all means allow your child to wear them on the beach, on holiday, for the express purpose of wearing them on the beach. But do not for the love all things good in this world wear them if you are a 50 year old woman walking around Tesco.

Sandals with Socks: I know for a fact that i’m not the only person who gets wound up by this. No man has ever put on a pair of sandals and then thought “Oh I know what will make this look even more sexy than it does already…” They just can’t think it looks in any way ‘fashionable’. So stop.

Uggs : I’m afraid this is the same situation as the Burberry crisis. Expensive and well produced UGG boots can on some people look quite good, but when they are poorly made knock offs and the teenager in a full pink lacoste shell suit has worn them and them only for three years straight, and the soles have begun to separate so the girl is essentially walking with her feet on the part of the boot that should be touching her calf; it’s time to give up.

 

I’m going to stop there and let you mull over any of the fashion faux pas’ you may be making right now. This will definitely be a twice a month blog because there a far too many no no’s around to ignore.

 

Until next time.

 

Bye!