Posted on August 26, 2015
Posted on August 21, 2015
How many times did you check your phone in the last hour? New stats say the average is 50 times a day, not to mention most of us spending half our waking hours surfing the web. That’s a lot of time spent staring at a screen… So how to switch off? We’ve found three new ways to help put your phone away and your mind at ease.
1. THE SPA GETAWAY
The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, Midhurst
When it comes to getting away from it all, the obvious choice is the countryside. Located in the sleepy town of Midhurst, The Spread Eagle will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time (think 15th century architecture, big four-poster beds and service akin to an episode of Downtown Abbey), plus the added benefit of a newly-renovated (and contrastingly modern) Scandinavian spa. The ‘Drift Away’ treatment is a must-book for relaxation, using massage and aromatherapy techniques to take your mind off your thoughts for a while. Ahhh.
2. THE YOGA CLASS
Triyoga: A New State of Energy
Sitting at a computer every day doesn’t do any favours for your posture – which is why we love this yoga workshop specifically dedicated to correcting our office-related aches and pains. Taught by world-renowned yoga guru Max Strom, it’s all about opening up your chest and shoulders, creating a release and restoring your energy. Yoga not your thing? Check out Max’s TED talk and book ‘There is No APP for Happiness‘ and it might just change your mind…
3. THE DIGITAL DETOX
( OFFTIME ) App
You wouldn’t think an app would help you switch off, but ( OFFTIME ) actually helps you to use your phone less. Using programme blocking technology and communications filters you can customise your phone temporarily to concentrate on what really matters, whether that’s focussing on work, only receiving messages from close friends and family, or switching off completely for some me-time. It also tracks your daily usage to produce charts on how much time you’re actually spending on your phone.
Posted on August 20, 2015
Who better than one of our favourite new female fronted artists to pick her favourite new female-fronted acts? We asked Tamaryn, the New Zealand vocalist who now calls New York her home, to select a couple of tracks by ladies she’s currently loving in the music world for some serious Thursday inspiration…
(Want to listen to some of Tamaryn’s own tunes? Don’t miss her new album Cranekiss, coming out August 28th!)
The Black Ryder – Let Me Be Your Light:
“One of my favourite bands around. This song is heartbreakingly gorgeous.”
No Joy – Hollywood Teeth:
“I like all of No Joy’s records but the last two are my favourites. They were also produced by Jorge Elbrecht who produced my new album. I love Jasamine’s voice so much!”
Them Are Us Too – Eudaemonia:
“A new band I recently got into. They’re doing something really special. This song and video are gorgeous.”
Wax Idols – Lonely You:
“Heather Fortune and her band Wax Idols have a killer new album dropping this Fall. This is the first single and it’s pretty great.”
Samantha Urbani – 1-2-3-4:
“Samantha is amazing. She’s been making freestyle pop music for a long time since her band Friends and also in collaboration with Dev Hynes/Blood Orange. Her new solo work is really exciting.”
Best Coast – Feeling OK:
“Bethany Cosentino is the ultimate babe boss. She writes honest pop songs that speak to people on huge level and is fearless and unapologetic about what she is about. I find her very inspiring.”
Jennie Vee – Spying:
“Jennie has played with me live recently as well as Courtney Love and is a great songwriter in her own right. I helped her on set of this video that just came out.”
Your Young Body – Hypomania:
“This band opened for us on a recent tour and I was captivated by them. This came out a year ago but i’m really looking forward to the new stuff they are about to release.”
Want to see Tamaryn for yourself? She’ll be DJ-ing at this weekend’s Endless Summer music event in Brooklyn – grab your free ticket at our Soho or 5th Avenue store.
Posted on August 19, 2015
I was originally writing on guitar. I now have been writing on keyboards, autoharp and also trying out different instruments which affect my voice and songwriting. I think it’s always going to be evolving, I don’t want to do the same thing on every record.
What’s been the single biggest influence on your music?
What’s been your best moment of 2015 so far?
What musical artist has been the most influential?
Posted on August 18, 2015
It feels like we’ve been waiting for Cara’s latest movie, Paper Towns, to be released forever. Yesterday, it landed in UK cinemas, bringing with it the best soundtrack we’ve heard in a long time. The story follows adorable geek Quentin (Nat Wolff) as he embarks on a mission to find his childhood friend – and potential love of his life – Margo (Cara Delevingne) after she disappears after a night of playing pranks on her ex-friends. Cue loads of amazing high school/road trip/party moments featuring tracks from Haim, Kindness and Santigold – seriously feel good vibes. Listen to ten of our favourites from the soundtrack below.
KINDNESS – SWINGIN’ PARTY
TWIN SHADOW – TO THE TOP
VANCE JOY – GREAT SUMMER
SAM BRUNO – SEARCH PARTY
SON LUX – LOST IT TO TRYING
HAIM – FALLING
SANTIGOLD – RADIO
GROUPLOVE – NO DRAMA QUEEN
THE WAR ON DRUGS – BURNING
BON IVER – RE: STACKS
Paper Towns is out now. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.