Jazz up your wardrobe this spring…

ROCKET DOG’S NEW JAZZIN COLLECTION  COULDN’T BE ANY BETTER…

From spots to flamingoes they’ve covered it all with this collection. Let the pattern steal the show, by paring them up with some skinny jeans and basic tee.

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Just click on the names of shoe to be taken to the product on Rocket Dogs online store!

JAZZIN in Hawaii Dreams in black

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I’ve had the travel blues for a while, but when these shoes arrived they  brought me right back to Hawaii. The floral print and orange soles are enough to brighten up anyones rainy day. They also come with spare black laces if you ever fancy a change.  I love to wear these shoes with a pair of jeans and a white top, I say let the pattern do the work.

JAZZIN in Spot Me in navy

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Pretty in polka dot. These  lace up style navy shoes look great with a classic 50’s swing dress, oh so vintage! A pair of navy laces are also included if you fancy changing things up. What I really like is, although the front is white you can easily clean your lovely new shoes and they still look like you bought them yesterday!

JAZZIN in Long Legs in pink

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Be out there with this Flamingo print! Sometimes its nice to venture away from greys and blacks, we see enough of those colours with the English weather! These shoes are really unique and different which I like.  The flamingo pattern’s still subtle as it’s on a  white background, a spare pair of pink laces are also included.

WILLIE in Sunkissed in fuchsia (also available in natural, blue and grey)

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Pretty in pink. These shoes have a hint of espadrille and are one of my favourites, they’re super lightweight and subtle because of the neutral laces. Although colour may be bright, the style of the shoe makes the colour classy not garish.  Girly but beach, it’s the perfect combination as the sun’s starting to make an appearance. Don’t hesitate to grab your pair!

Wille and The Bandits play Falmouth!

WORDS: EMILYFURNESS                                                       PHOTOGRAPHY: KRISTIAN BUTLER

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Willie and the Bandits come to the Princess Pavilions as part of their Forgivness Tour to launch their new single. Wille tells me all about his inspiration behind the new single and their journey as band..

Down to earth, talented and ladder climbing band Wille and the Bandits play Valentines Day at the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth, to launch their single Forgiveness. They cover a range of music from Folk and World to Blues and Rock.Lead singer and guitarist Wille Edwards, tells me about the inspiration behind his single, “The lyrics are about a friend of mine that split up with his partner and wanted to get back with her, it’s basically inspired by someone else because my life’s pretty boring, not boring but I don’t have those sorts of emotional roller coasters”.

Wille moved back to his birthplace of Australia after studying in the UK, found his way around a guitar and busked to pay his rent, thankfully he decided to bring his talent back to the UK! Interviewing them, I can honestly say that the band really couldn’t be any more down to earth and friendly if they tried. It’s hard to imagine that they ever started out by busking, now that they’re touring with the likes of Deep Purple. Willie describes the band’s journey to success as: “Hard, enjoyable and emotional.” Even though it’s clear that it hasn’t been a smooth run to success, when the hard times hit Wille reveals how to get through them. “Its just about staying positive and realising we all have the same goal, we also have a little cuddle in the van, spooning does heal the emotional wounds of touring.”

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The performance of Wille and the Bandits is outstanding. Their support acts also do them justice. The first, The Dustball Children, a local band, support as a result of winning the event called Battle of the Bands that was held at the Stannary of Falmouth University. The amount of raw talent in the room is overwhelming. The second support act, Sam Green and the Midnight Heist, brings back memories for me as he comes from my hometown of Exmouth, Devon; I had gotten used to seeing him in small pubs, not a large venue. With so much talent from unsigned bands circulating, Willie thinks that “There should definitely be more focus on DIY acts within the media, its just a status thing, if you’ve got a label you’ve got more chance of getting on radio and doing stuff like this, when really people should be cottoning on to the fact that with the internet and stuff being a DIY band is great”

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Drummer: Matt Cooke

Wille can’t be mistaken even in the darkness of the venue, with his large dreads and hole cut in the top of his hat to thread them through, along with the sound of his lap steel slide guitar, it is mesmerising. The crowd’s enthusiasm and the sheer number of dedicated fans buying from the merchandise stand, speak for how far they’ve come. Extraordinarily talented bass player, Mathew Brooks, states that: “We have only managed to get the contacts we have now by building up from the bottom and getting money that we can then invest back in. You don’t get anything for free, there is a divide between talent and money, but you can’t do anything with your talent unless you have money”.

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Bass player: Mathew Brooks

Occasionally they still busk as they want to stay true to their roots no matter how big they get, “we might play in a busking festival this year” Wille says. It’s very refreshing to see an unsigned band climbing to the top, especially as Drummer Andy Neuman points out that the media tends to advertise, “If you’re not signed, you’re not a good band”. He expresses that the views towards unsigned bands are, “oh they’re a bit rubbish but they’re trying”. But he disagrees with this strongly as he says “Actually that’s not the case at all, if you’re signed it usually means now that you’re not actually that good as they’re manufactured and put together”. Falmouth is the perfect place for them to inspire the creative and talented people that make up a lot of the population of Cornwall. Andy actually studied at Falmouth University, which made the gig quite personal to him.

“ITS JUST ABOUT STAYING POSITIVE AND REALISING WE ALL HAVE THE SAME GOAL, WE ALSO HAVE A LITTLE CUDDLE IN THE VAN, SPOONING DOES HEAL THE EMOTIONAL WOUNDS OF TOURING.”

He points out that “Ben Howard is a good example of a success story, as he got a really good fan base underground started in Falmouth, he started on a journalism course”. Their journey as musicians puts across an important message to many students in Falmouth, that hard work will get you there. Wille points out “Everyone can do it, now you can market yourselves with Facebook and the Internet you don’t need a record label”.

Rocket Dogs boot collection and why I love them…

BOOTS GLORIOUS BOOTS…..

All of the boots are a definite must for a spring wardrobe,  its time to brighten up those shades of grey and black hanging from the rails!

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(All the names of the boots are linked to buy, just click on the name to buy them from the official Rocket Dog online store!)

LANDERS in Bromley

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Louise Warby wears Laders in Bromley black boots. She loves high knee boots and was ecstatic to receive these beauties through the post, but they’re not just pretty to look at! They’re very practical, for a start the Inside zip means you don’t need to unlace the boots each time you wear them. It’s personal preference what you wear these boots with, but me and Louise thought that these boots added a grunge twist to any outfit.

THUNDER in Porter Pu in tan

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I Love these boots SO much. They’re great because you can wear them with just about anything, the style of them is casual but yet chic. The little extras such as the buckles and tartan pattern add smart to what would be an everyday boot. Dress it up, dress it down, this boot is a great all-rounder!

BARNEY in Suede in chestnut

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Fabulously fluffy boots. The excitement I felt upon opening the box containing these shoes was overwhelming. I have quite a casual surfer chic approach to “Dressing up” when it comes to nights out at uni. I often struggle to find shoes somewhere in the middle of those ripped converse’s you’ve had since she were 13, or those stilettos you bought when you just needed a shopping kick. These wedged suede boots saved the day! The wedge is a nice touch to the boot, not only does it add height subtly but it adds style. I wear these with jeans for everyday and even a black dress for a night out!

SATIRE in Burnie in burgundy

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Burgundy isn’t usually a colour that I’d choose to wear, but these boots changed my mind! I think they look great with black jeans as the effortless contrast of colours looks really stylish. The slight heel (love the wooden effect) and buckle are a great added extra. I wear these on nights out quite a lot, although they can be worn every day as well.