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$93 - johnlewis.com

Chain necklace

$100 - etsy.com

Wide brim sun hat

Phase Eight feather headband
$92 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Black hat

Hell Bunny Long Petticoat
$39 - attitudeclothing.co.uk

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Cabin Fever! Nick Cave/Muppets Mashup [VIDEO]

Cabin Fever! Nick Cave/Muppets Mashup from Megan Aileen Williams on Vimeo.

I've been home recovering from a bit of surgery and have not quite been able to capture the level of discomfort, annoyance and cabin fever that I have been feeling. So I made this...pretty much sums it up I think. Enjoy.
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Mr. Fish's Wild Fashion Ride [VIDEO]

Mens clothier Michael Fish designed the dramatic styles of the 1960's popularly characterised in the Austin Powers movies.  To achieve this he combined the Carnaby Street Beau Brummel dandy look with Saville Row quality tailoring. After working for Jermyn Street's 
Turnbull & Asser as a designer, Michael Fish opened his first shop in 1966. The shop,  'Mr Fish' on 17 Clifford Street in London sold his clothes which were peculiarly labelled 'Peculiar to Mr Fish'. This fashion movement that Mr. Fish was an integral part of  has been referred to as the Peacock Revolution: when men's fashion saw an emergence of bright colours and flamboyant styles.

Michael Fish's kipper tie was perhaps his most notorious contribution to fashion. The name was inspired possibly from the  spoonerism of Piccadilly, "Kippadilly",  or as a play on his last name.  The kipper tie was loud in colour, some would say garish, but most distinctly, vey, very wide.

This short and surreal fashion report from 1969 shows Michael Fish introducing his men's fashion line. The yellow trench coat at 1:31 scream David Bowie to me.

The fashion designer kept a noteworthy client base of British royals, celebs and pop stars dressed to the nines in his colourful, velvet suits and ethnic inspired separates. Some of the more noteworthy...
  • When Mick Jagger wore clothes in the 1968 British movie Performance directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, Mick Jagger wore Michael Fish.
  • The cover art on the original UK release of David Bowie's studio album The Man Who Sold the World features a reclining Bowie clad in a Mr Fish man dress.
  • In the 1966 movie version of Modesty Blaise, the cult bad girl and spy of  Peter O'Donnell's comic strips, Modesty's confidant and right-hand man Willie Garvin was dressed by Michael Fish. 
  • He also designed the ruffled shirts worn by Jon Pertwee on Doctor Who.
For tons more inspiration, the book The Day of the Peacock: Style for Men 1963 - 73 features photographs, outfits and ephemera drawn from the Victoria and Albert Museum's archives.
The book tells the stories of the key players at the centre of the revolution and takes a look at the boutiques Mr. Fish, Blades, Hung on You, and Granny Takes A Trip. Yeah baby!

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My Christmas Mixtape: Offbeat Music for the Holidays

Welcome and happy xmix tape! Christmas music generally makes me as mad as a box of cats, but I decided to fight fire with fire - or rather - fight Mariah Carey with an unorthodox collection of tunes that I enjoy torturing my loved ones with. After all, what's Christmas without partaking in some form of torturing your loved ones?

Speaking of which...this fab Krampus postcard pictured to the left was illustrated by Chicago based artists Melita 'Miss Monster' Curphy. In Christmas traditions of Old World Europe, the Krampus accompanied Saint Nick as his sadistic servant. Deltiologists will recognise the Krampus from his frequent appearance on vintage holiday penny postcards of the late 19th and early 20th-century. These postcards often said (as Miss Monster's does) "Gruss vom Krampus!" which means "Greetings from Krampus".

Miss Monster's illustration of the Krampus is sold out, but shirt.woot has it in t-shirt form in red. If I was in the states right now, I'd so be buying it!

Anyway, this year I set off to make a slightly more upbeat album, as the first one seemed a bit grim.  I mixed in some good John Waters style classics, with a generous helping of nerd cheese. Still not so sure I succeeded with making a less depressing album... *sigh*.  I tried.

So this is my gift to you: two christmas albums. The first I actually created a few years back and is (I will make it so!) becoming a new "classic". The second, well, it's brand spanking new!

You can play the xmix tape on Spotify if you're in the UK or Grooveshark (one playlist/two albums) wherever you are, but I suggest you download the complete albums here, especially since the Grooveshark playlist is missing a few songs:(

Happy Christmas and don't let the Krampus get you!

Download the xmix tapes

Listen on Spotify with these links:

Created by Megan Aileen Williams (maewills) on Spotify

Created by Megan Aileen Williams (maewills) on Spotify


Tracks on v.1
1.  Good King Wenceslas - Beatles          
2.  Jingle Bells - Jingle Cats              
3.  Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) - The Ramones   
4.  Fuck Christmas - Fear                 
5.  A Christmas Dirge - Nellie McKay
6.  Christmas in Prison - Weeping Willows                       
7.  The Little Drummer Boy - Johnny Cash           
8.  Christmas in Fallujah - Cass Dillon                    
9.  O' Holy Night - Tiny Tim             
10. Get Behind Me, Santa! - Sufjan Stevens                      
11. Pedofilia Santa - Ratos De Porão                      
12. Last Christmas - Wham!            
13. Winter Wonderland - Radiohead                    
14. Father Christmas - The Kinks              
15. Christmas in Hollis - Run D.M.C.                       
16. Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues    
17. Happy Christmas (War is Over) - John Lennon                     
18. Fuckin' Up My Christmas - MC Chris

Tracks on v.2
1.  Silent Night - Richard Cheese
2.  Christmas Time Is Coming - Stormy Weather             
3.  Another Rock And Roll Christmas - Gary Glitter                      
4.  Sleigh Ride  - Star Wars Christmas Album                    
5.  I Was Born on Christmas Day - Saint Etienne             
6.  Pretty Paper - Roy Orbison                    
7.  It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas - Pet Shop Boys
8.  Fat Daddy - Fat Daddy               
9.  Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas) - The Decemberists         
10. Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis - Tom Waits
11. Hard Candy Christmas - Dolly Parton             
12. Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End) - The Darkness  
13. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Dean Martin 
14. The Mistletoe and Me – Isaac Hayes
15. December Will Be Magic Again - Kate Bush
16. Another Lonely Christmas - Prince & The Revolution
17. Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses                       
18. Christmas Tree (Feat. Space Cowboy) - Lady Gaga               
19. No Presents For Christmas - King Diamond
20. I Wish You A Merry Christmas - Big Dee Irwin And Little Eva

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Twitterature & Who(m) to Follow: Top 5 up and coming twit-lit accounts

After the success of popular twitter accounts like @shitmydadsays, @CobraCommander, and numerous fake celebrity accounts the medium has proved to be a great platform for representing and developing characters, not in the “140 character sense,” - but in the “ depicting a person in a narrative or dramatic” sense. A new form of story-telling is being developed whereby the plot can be revealed in real-time and the characters can respond to real events. I recommend following these five twitter accounts that are experimenting with this new narrative.

1.  Dennis D. Bagley @SullivanBristol, London
Just a brilliant, young advertising executive working at Sullivan Bristol...in the 80's. I know how to get ahead in advertising.

Quote: “I've had an octopus squatting on my brain for a fortnight worrying myself sick about boils.”

Background: The 1989 movie How to Get Ahead in Advertising directed by Bruce Robinson is the story of a young ad exec who, struggling within the decade of corporate greed and consumerism, spirals downward in this dark and surreal comedy that is remarkably as poignant today as it was over 20 years ago.

2. William Kidd @William_Kidd, Museum of London Docklands
Captain William Kidd 1645-1701(c)Art Archive The most infamous pirate to be executed in London, featuring in Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story Opens 20 May 2011.

Quote: “I am arrested! Ye Lord Bellomont has seized upon my French passes with my cargo and declares me a rascal and pirate!”

Background: A major exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, reveals London’s links with piracy dating back to the 17th century, including the capital’s gruesome history as a place of execution for pirates. The starring character of this exhibit Captain William Kidd, shares insights gained from his journals and logs. This may not end well.

3. Bite-Sized Dracula @DraculaBites, New York, London, Transylvania
Follow the characters from Bram Stoker's Dracula in real time.  (@JHarkerEsq, @RMRenfield etc.).Copyright © Michael Gordon, 2011. http://postdracula.wordpress.com/

Quote: JackSewardMD “Drugged @RMRenfield. Reading his notebook. His madness is unlike any I've seen. If only I could let it run its course. Who knows...”

Background: Bram Stoker’s Dracula told through several twitter accounts tweeting the events of the novel in this modernized, semi-humorous take classic horror novel.

4. Superman /Clark Kent @JerkSuperman, Everywhere
Last son of Krypton, Man of Steel, Earth's greatest hero, all round good guy. Jerk. Want to make a booking? Contact my agent: DeathStarPR@gmail.com

Quote: “I'm not saying it isn't a good invention Bruce, I'm just wondering what happens when they use the Bat Signal in the daytime?”

Background: the first and best comic book superhero (as superman would say), may have developed an unhealthy belief that everyone else lacks the capacity to successfully perform one or more tasks. Or as Beyonce would say “He's got a big ego, such a huge ego.”

Looking at some of these vintage superman covers, you can see why.

5. Laura Ingalls Wilder @HalfPintIngalls, the prairie
I was born in 1867 in a log cabin in the Big Woods of Wisconsin.


Background: Laura Ingalls Wilder, the American author who wrote the a series of children's books Little House on the Prairie. Step into the world these books about an 1880s pioneer family through this twitter account, a tribute to Laura Ingalls Wilder, and her hilarious butter-churning obsession.

So, Twitter can be a great playground for telling stories, however grammatically challenged these stories may be. You may have noticed on your Twitter page an option reading “Who to follow", a grammatical oversight made by the Twitter Team or perhaps, they did this on purpose to “de-posh-ify”, but no matter. To ease any grammatical angst caused by this, I’ve installed a Chrome extension that corrects Twitter’s "Who to follow" to "Whom to follow". Ahhh, that’s better.

So I hope you like the twitterature accounts and the Chrome extension. I’ve enjoyed having diverse accounts to follow that tweet of things less mundane and more much more fantastical than, well, I do. I’m looking forward too more accounts like these. I’d love to see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with accounts! Just how long could the question game last on twitter?

Oh, and don't forget to follow my mundane tweets at @maewills.
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