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Every Summer has a Story

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Is it true?  We think it is, we think the summer may have just arrived in Britain.. fair be it a bit late, but whatever we'll take it!  What is it about the sunshine that literally changes everyones personalities into bright, sparkling heroes?  It's amazing - I mean one day you're content, plodding along, perhaps a bit on the verge of depression, until the sun hits your face and BAM you're ecstatic for no apparent reason and can't stop smiling wide-eyed and frolicking in any passing field.  Is it the warmth on your face, the Vitamin D or all the builders getting their tops of that does it?  We're still contemplating!  It could also be due to the fact that Britain sees so little of the sun that we appreciate every squandering ray.

When the sun comes out, the parties begin, the grimy festivals are just around the corner and road trips are weekly.  Squeezing onto crowded beaches, finding the perfect summer outfits (that are effortlessly cool of course) and embracing being silly with your friends are some of our favourite parts.  The picture above captures those summer moments so well, we knew we had to share it with you.  Vive la soleil!

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Juice Detox: tried, cheated, succeeded

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So the weather has been a tease, is it winter is it summer?  Who knows these days.  Not us.  But we do have this feeling that summer is around the corner and it's all of a sudden going to creep up on us and we won't have had a chance to get that summer bikini body we always strive for each year!  In spirit of getting the body, one of us (Hana) has tried a juice detox over the past three days and I can hereby tell you that it is a definitely a difficult process, but it has definitely made me feel better and lose a quick few pounds.

With any routine or bad habit you want to break, there is a barrier you have to plough through to get to the sunny side of the road, and trust me, to do this you really need to be in the mood for it.  If you're not in high spirits to do the detox in the beginning then you're bound to cheat.  I won't tell a lie, I did cheat a tiny bit but only with very healthy snacks - my theory is "everything in moderation".  It's difficult to turn your life upside down on a sixpence, slowly does it, I say do what you can, but do make sure to push that little bit beyond your boundaries each time and you'll improve before you know it.  I'm still talking about the juice detox here but actually this theory can and should be applied to many of life's turmoils!

The detox that I found was from this book called Super Juice by Michael Van Straten which I have found to be super amazing.  It's colourful and easy to follow (my favourite kind of books).  Here is a list of his six top juice recipes to give you a taste.

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Hundred Waters – Boreal


The weather's getting warmer, nights are getting longer and US Band Hundred Waters provide the perfect soundtrack to a late night chill session under the stars with their hypnotic track 'Boreal'. Sounds like Four-Tet, Bjork and Tune-Yard's Merill Garbus messing around with a bunch of instruments… in a good way, of course.

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Who is Mr. Eames? Find out about this elusive character here

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Kiev – 3rnd

Trippy American indie band Kiev make that kind of alternative/progressive/experimental rock music that the Americans seem to do so well, which is mainly making it listenable, and trust me that's a hard thing to do! Like a smooth blend of Beck, My Morning Jacket and Radiohead in their more upbeat moments, '3rnd' is a great tune to cruise through the desert in an open-top Chevy, Hunter S Thompson style!

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Chet Faker – Archangel

Chet Faker is one of the brightest amongst an ever growing sea of Aussie music stars. Alongside artists such as Flume, Tame Impala, Matt Corby & Elizabeth Rose, Faker looks set to spearhead Australia's burgeoning electro/dubstep/post-rock movement across the rest of the world. Not only does he have an awesome beard, he also makes brilliant tunes! Check out his brooding cover of Burial's track 'Archangel.'

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Jamie Lidell – Don’t You love Me

Jamie Lidell has been on the scene for sometime now, his early journey into the realms of beatboxing and techno music have slowly evolved into a mixture of blue-eyed soul, electro and funk. Lidell is one of the most creative and talented British artists working today and his latest self-titled album sounds like Prince and Stevie Wonder jamming with 'Speakerboxxx' era OutKast. Awesome!

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Kelly Joe Phelps – Country Blues live

Kelly Joe Phelps is one of those artists you've probably never heard of unless you go out looking for that kind of thing. He seems to be content with flying under the radar, avoiding publicity. However, this US free jazz influenced guitar virtuoso makes blues-folk music like no other. Intricate and captivating guitar arrangements accompanied buy a husky yet melodic voice make Phelps an artist worth finding out about! Just watch this hypnotising performance of 'Country Blues' and you'll see what I'm talkin' bout y'all.

Mr. Eames

Who is Mr. Eames?  Find out his story here

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Mr. Eames

We met Mr. Eames during a mother of all road trips on Route 66. A little tired from a long day on the old two-lane road, we left our rented Mustang in a motel car park just outside Kansas, looking for somewhere to have a night cap and settle in. We spotted a bar across the road so we grabbed a few bucks and headed over.

We strolled into a dimly lit, smokey room. Surrounded by the usual middle America cliches that you tend to find in a bar along the open road in the late hours of the night, we spotted a mysterious looking man in the far corner. Slowly puffing away at a Lucky Strike, he sat in the shadows, pondering. His beard was impressive, tidy but full, and the silver streaks in his hair glistened. Who was he? Like moths to a flame, we were drawn to this enigmatic character.

Two tequilas and a couple of beers later we decided to satisfy our intrigue and the rest is history.  We spent all night discussing music, nature and contemplating the meaning of life. Every once in a while, when a familiar song came on the juke box, like a nimble jester Mr. Eames would be on the floor throwing shapes like nobody's business. It was a bizarre and enlightening experience.

Ever since that night, we joined forces with the elusive Mr. Eames to make the most of his knowledge and unmatched passion for music, which has resulted in a daily digest of the best and freshest new music around delicately combined with some classic tunes. During his travels around the world, Mr. Eames devours record after record, deciphering all the music trends and searching for the slickest tunes to send our way.

We never did see Mr. Eames again, but he calls us from time to time telling us stories of the crazy shit he gets up to in that unmistakable voice that is smooth like caramel. We'll make sure to share his most hilarious happenings with you.

This is What We Hear.

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Parkour: run, jump, swing, roll, GO

What is it about seeing the 'Red Bull' logo on anything that makes you think, god this is going to be exciting?  Great marketing for one, but also it's also always bloody true.  On a peruse of Vimeo I discovered this Red Bull video on Parkour.  I looked up the term Parkour and it's extremely cool - it is a holistic training discipline using movement, it was developed out of military obstacle course training.  The idea is to keep your momentum going using any type of movement like running, climbing, vaulting, flipping, rolling, swinging, jumping... all whilst trying to maintain balance and safety.  Parkour has become increasingly popular from movies like District 13 and is a very cool thing to watch, especially if it is filmed in some sort of cool Urban space.  This one was set in the Turkish Old City of Mardin.

Red Bull Mardin Parkour from Daghan Celayir on Vimeo

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A little French town called Bergerac

In a small town in the South West of France there once lived a man with a very large nose... Cyrano de Bergerac.  It is said that people travelled from miles around just to see this spectacular site, his unbelievably large nose.  See for yourself: (what a profile)

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As well as the nose, Bergerac is such a beautiful French village, you can see how Cyrano de Bergerac was so inspired to write his stories that would go on to inspire many subsequent writers.

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Here one writer who's been inspired by the nose and the village, Little Wing's Nicole.

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Lorde: Sheer Bravado

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Who is this beautiful lady?  Well, I can tell you that she is merely 16 years old and has started a music revelation that is spreading wildly from the shores of New Zealand.

Lorde has an amazingly powerful voice that demands control through your speakers, she also has a pretty sweet rap style going on at times.  Her songs are mixed with some rad modern beats that make you want to hit the floor.  As well as being a talented musical gem, she also has a mass of 80's curls that any girl would die for.  She's a pretty special lady, have a listen!

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You haven’t heard of the Paleo Diet?

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Well, if you haven't heard about it then you may have been living under a small rock recently as the 'Paleo' way of eating has exploded among foodies and is becoming one of the fastest growing food trends ever.  The Paleo diet is also sometimes referred to as 'The Caveman Diet' because it supports the following awesome mantra: "if you can't kill it or grow it, don't eat it!"  Basically, it means cutting out all artificial and man-made substances from your diet and resorting back to the presumed way that we used to eat in ancient times.. when we didn't have easy-to-slice, bleached white bread at hand to pop in the toaster when we were peckish.

Cavemen and hunter gathers alike had to work for their food, they had to grow it, pick it or kill it and then even prepare it as well.. can you imagine such an era?  I love the simplicity of the way of eating that comes along with this diet - in fact, I don't believe "diet" to be the appropriate term for this, "diet" makes it seem slightly intimidating as I'm sure we can all agree.  No, Paleo is more of a way of life, a few simple changes to make to improve our eating habits.  In abolishing all artificial things from our diets we, in turn, can look forward to less illness and disease, more energy and a better ability to concentrate.  Perhaps we could achieve a lot more if we took some advice from Cavemen and worked for our food.

Click Here to check out an amazing Paleo Recipe Book that shows you exactly how to eat the Paleo way!

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Fashion Pinspiration

One of our favourite ever social platforms has now become a huge and reliable compilation of fashion inspiration.  Pinterest has been growing at a ridiculous rate over the past few years and we've enjoyed getting fully hooked on it - it has become an unmissable daily habit.  There are so many different uses for Pinterest, mainly we love perusing around for great photography, funny quotes, artsy things and, of course, fashion tips and inspiration.

As much as we love shopping online at our various favourite stores, there is something more endearing about seeing how people have put together outfits to fit their own style.  Our favourite outfits, we have decided, are not always the expensive designer ones, actually they are the ones that combine a mixture of vintage thrift, high street and perhaps a cheeky designer item - street style.  The most important thing is that you express your own style through what you wear and we've found some amazing "Pinspiration" that inspires us to do just that.

You can let us know what you think and what you like in our comments box below.  Find us on Pinterest to see more of our compilation of visual awesomeness: pinterest.com/littlewingmag

Bold black jacket with strong shoulders and gold chain detail. Sometimes a jacket can speak a million.

Bold black jacket with strong shoulders and gold chain detail. Sometimes a jacket can speak a million.

Golden swinger pantaloons paired with a black lace leotard. Daring yet wearable.

Golden swinger pantaloons paired with a black lace leotard. Daring yet wearable.

All hail the Rock n Roll era and the fact that it's still awesome.

All hail the Rock n Roll era and the fact that it's still awesome.

Double Denim worked perfectly - love!

Double Denim worked perfectly - love!

Beautiful, Boho Chic, everything you'd ever want from a summer outfit.

Beautiful, Boho Chic, everything you'd ever want from a summer outfit.

A perfect one for dinner to club.

A perfect one for dinner to club.

Aztec print and antique jewels are what make this outfit pretty spectacular.

Aztec print and antique jewels are what make this outfit pretty spectacular.

Boho chic mixed with vintage and a bold statement hat - parfait.

Boho chic mixed with vintage and a bold statement hat - parfait.

Very cool street style, mixing together lots of different textures.

Very cool street style, mixing together lots of different textures.

Love the neutral tones and comfy flat boots.

Love the neutral tones and comfy flat boots.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

"Baby, it's cold outside."  No, I mean really cold - snowing and everything, minus degrees and all.  On this fine weekend, the cold and heinous weather inspired this warming recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Bread.  Adapted from a recipe by 'Joy the Baker' - this bread is an absolute winner, and it will warm up your kitchen and make your house smell amazing - beware, you'll want to eat every morsel of it in one sitting.

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A great way to mash the bananas is to peel them and squeeze them with your fingers over a mixing bowl (this also is a great stress reliever) - try to squeeze until most of the lumps are gone.

Feel free to adjust the sugar levels in this bread to your liking.  The measurement is 1 cup but it works out just the same if you use a little less or a little more.  Adding nuts and chocolate is also optional so this is a great recipe to play with, make it your own, depending on your mood.

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What you need:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups mashed bananas (3-4 bananas)
  • 3 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup fat-free yoghurt/sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips (optional)
What to do:
  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C
  2. Use butter and flour to grease a good sized loaf pan
  3. Mix flours, baking soda, salt and spices in a large bowl
  4. In a medium bowl, squish & mix mashed bananas, butter, peanut butter and yoghurt
  5. Add eggs, sugar and vanilla and blend until smooth
  6. Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and stir together until all flour is combined
  7. Fold in nuts and chocolate chips
  8. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about an hour (when a knife comes out clean, it's ready)
  9. Let the bread cool down before removing from the pan
  10. Then slice and enjoy!
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In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

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It is said that way back when in the 1930's when JRR Tolkien was in Oxford University grading papers, he came across a blank page amongst the others and out of the blue he wrote on it: "in a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit".  Unbeknown to him, this would go on to be the first line of a literary phenomenon that would capture hearts and imaginations all over the world.  This was the beginning of an "unexpected journey" for Tolkien, not dissimilar from that of the hobbit in question, Bilbo Baggins.

After an epic trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings was a hard act to follow.  Now delving back into Middle Earth, Jackson had another major task on his hands in delivering one of the most beloved fantasy books of our time into film.  As the first part of another (sure to be epic) trilogy, The Hobbit was a great start.

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Martin Freeman gives an endearing and inspiring performance as the courageous hobbit that chooses to step out of the comfort of his shire and embark on a big adventure with Gandalf the Grey and a dozen dwarves.  During his unexpected journey, Bilbo encounters majestic elves, monster-like orcs (the stuff of nightmares), a schizophrenic goblin, giant flying eagles and a few other certainly unexpected surprises.

Just like the book, the movie showcases the courage and determination of one small little Hobbit that took a chance and proved that his bravery could match anyone stronger or more fight-worthy than him.

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There were a lot of moments that I loved in this film but the most captivating has to be the scene where Bilbo first meets Smeagol, the schizo, scary but sweet (in a way) goblin.  Smeagol and his "evil half" Gollum are in constant battle to fight their way out and stay in control.  When Gollum comes across a juicy hobbit in his dark cave, he thinks he's gotten lucky with a tasty meal until Bilbo decides to play a game of riddles with Smeagol instead.  The special effects are genius and the character of Gollum brilliantly played by Andy Serkis.

A piece of cinema not to be missed.

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