HOW’S YOUR LADY GARDEN?

Posted on August 28, 2015

We call ours Lady Garden. What do you call yours? To kick off Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month we’re supporting the #LadyGardenCampaign with a limited edition sweater created by famed artist + designer Simeon Farrar, on 3rd September. Launched to support the Gynaecological Cancer Fund (GCF), the campaign is all about raising awareness about gynaecological cancers, with 30% off the sweater’s proceeds going to the charity.

Gynaecological cancers are known as ‘silent killers’ as they are often diagnosed too late, but can be reduced radically if we all look out for the symptoms and are brave enough to talk about our bodies more. Fellow supporters include the likes of Chloe Delevingne and Tamara Beckwith, as well as its campaign stars Anaïs Gallagher (daughter of Oasis’ Noel), model Amber Le Bon, photographer Anouska Beckwith and It-girl Jazzy De Lisser. Watch the video below to go behind the scenes on the shoot and hear co-founder Mika Simmons tell us more about the cause.

Want to get involved? Upload a selfie wearing your Lady Garden sweater and hashtag #LadyGardenCampaign and head to Gynaecological Cancer Fund (GCF) to donate and sign up for more updates.

Lady Garden from Neal Parsons on Vimeo.

The Lady Garden sweater hits Topshop instore and online this Thursday, along with a beautiful floral window display at Oxford Circus by Wild at Heart florist Nikki Tibbles.

 

POSTCARD FROM… STANDON CALLING

Posted on August 26, 2015

Next up in our Postcard From series is Brit singer/songwriter Charlotte OC. Fresh from a summer of road tripping, recording and performing at the likes of Bestival and Secret Garden Party, she headed into the depths of the english countryside to play Hertfordshire’s Standon Calling festival. “I was getting nervous for the show as it was my last performance of the summer so wanted to make sure I enjoyed every minute of it!” she told us. “In the end everything felt great. Mid performance, the crowd got bigger and I completely lost my self in it all. Standon is such a great little festival.” See the snaps Charlotte took of her time at the festival with the Olympus PEN camera in the gallery below.

TIME TO SWITCH OFF

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.

ENDLESS SUMMER: TAMARYN’S PLAYLIST

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. 

ENDLESS SUMMER SERIES: HANNAH COHEN

Posted on August 19, 2015

 
As part of our Endless Summer music event series we’ve been tapping up the hottest talent to host and play to our local fans. Enter Hannah Cohen, the seriously cool singer songwriter who has been on our radar since we fell for her music video Child Bride, and who will be taking the stage this weekend at our New York show at The Freehold in Brooklyn. The starlet, who has recently released her gorgeous new album Pleasure Boy, took some time to chat with the beautiful songstress on her year of touring and hanging out with her cats…
You’ve been working in music for a number of years – how has your music changed and evolved?

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?

Its hard to pinpoint just one thing. I guess my relationships. I reflect on what’s going in my life, what’s happening with me. I tend to write pretty personal songs so I guess my happiness and my surroundings really affect my music.

What’s been your best moment of 2015 so far?

I think touring, playing as much as possible, and just being on the road – I’ve really enjoyed that. I guess maybe going to the Dominican Republic to shoot a music video. That was fun! We were down there for just a few days but it was pretty magical. But traveling, meeting new people, and getting to play music – it’s been a good year for that. Also  playing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I was opening for Paul Weller and that was the end of a two week East Coast tour. That show just felt really great.

What musical artist has been the most influential?

I listen to a wide variety of music. A lot of brazilian groups, soul, blues, old country, experimental music and new wave. I think I take bits a pieces of all of that. I grew up listening to Billie Holiday religiously so I’m sure her phrasing and her tone has definitely rubbed of on me.
How does living in NY inspire your music?
By the musicians that I work with and people that I’m able to be in touch with. There’s a really great music community. There’s so much to New York. Sometimes I forget that I live here. I get stuck in my apartment writing or working. You forget that you’re in this incredible city.
How does style and fashion come into your music, if at all?
I’m eclectic all around. Musically and style wise. I really love to dress up especially on stage. When you feel good in an outfit you can project even more. I love dressing up, wearing costumes and make up. I think it affects how good you feel on stage. It’s always changing for me. I kind of just wear what I’m into at the moment.
How would you describe your performance style?
Moody, witchy! I’m still figuring out what my on stage style is. My music is always changing so with that the performance will change as well.
What’s your favourite thing to do on your day off in New York?
I like to walk around the city, listen to music. Hang out with my cats, that’s number one. I like to cook. The usual, nothing too outlandish.
What can we expect from you set?
I’m going to be playing guitar and having some accompaniment on keyboards.  Its going to be a little more simple than the usual since we won’t have a drummer. Getting back to my roots, my guitar which I haven’t been playing as much of lately while performing – I’m going back to basics!
 Get free entry to Hannah Cohen’s gig at our Endless Summer music series this weekend right, here.