Posted on November 26, 2013
When two people as beautiful as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson star in a film together surely there’s got to be some magic? Our minds did nearly implode with the overwhelming gorgeousness seen on screen but we managed to hold it together to watch as the two of them star in what might just be one of the most unexpectedly brilliant films of the season. The film centres around Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon and his obsession with girls, girls, girls. He’s the modern day Don Juan and makes for entertaining viewing, especially when he’s badly attempting to pick up the magnetic Barbara Sugarman a.k.a. Scarlett Johansson. There’s awkward dating scenes and lots of cringing, laugh out loud moments but underneath the giggles is the sad reality that Don Jon is a man trying to break away from the craziness of modern life.
It’s also the directorial debut for Gordon-Levitt too and we can’t imagine how he managed the workload of lead star and visionary (although we’re pretty sure he didn’t mind Johansson for company.) If you are looking for a flick that deserves to be talked about but won’t leave you quite as traumatized as Gravity, we’d bet our last box of popcorn this could be a winner.
Posted on November 25, 2013
Sasha Keable’s soulful vocals could have come straight outta the sunny stoops of Brooklyn. Her seductive lilts and r’n’b hooks are reminiscent of all the classics – Kelis, Mary J – and her innovative take on the genre transcends her mere twenty years. Truth is, this South Londoner is about to explode. Inbetween gigging with Disclosure, hitting the studio with Dev Hynes and signing a five-album deal with Disturbing London/Polydor, Ms Keable found some time to talk vinyl and her affinity for tartan skirts. Plus we premiere her newest music video, Nice Side, below.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is mainly a mix between Soul, R’n'B, Hip Hop and my new stuff is quite heavily influenced by 80′s Dance and Soul music.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and who gave it to you?
I’m the worst with remembering people’s advice, but I’m lucky to have my family, friends and a great management team (Disturbing London) who care about me a lot, so I get good advice every day.
Tell us what’s in your wardrobe and describe your style.
I wear a lot of dark colours and I’m quite boyish with my style but right now I’m loving cute tartan skirts. I have a great navy blue cashmere jumper I bought from Topshop that I’ve been wearing with everything! Also I just stocked up on winter wear in opening ceremony and Paul Smith last week so I’m excited to wear all that stuff.
What’s the most flamboyant piece of clothing you own?
I got this amazing baby pink oriental silk coat from a charity shop a few months ago, it’s so ridiculous but it’s beautiful! I’m waiting for the right occasion to wear it.
Do you dress differently on stage? If so how does your onstage style differ to the everyday?
I definitely spend a lot more time planning my outfits for my performances, I wear colour on stage which I don’t day to day and I dress a lot more flamboyantly on stage, i feel you have to if you want to be seen.
What does 2014 have in store for Sasha?
It’s going to be a busy year for me, I’ll be releasing another EP around March, doing a lot of live shows of my own and writing and releasing my first album, it’s a really exciting time.
Tell us about the first single you bought and when you bought it. What do you think that says about you?
The first thing I remember buying is my first vinyl. It was Basement Jaxx – Romeo. My stepdad got me into DJing, he bought me these decs when I was 9 and I went crazy, constantly buying records when I could and learning to mix. My stepdad got me into dance music, so I don’t think it says that much about me but the same day I bought Justin Timberlake – Like I Love You on vinyl, I think that pretty much depicts a 9 year old girl in 2003.
If you could record a track with one person dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Probably Frank Sinatra, I would record a really great duet with him, maybe something Christmassy, I think that would be amazing.
What’s been the highlight of your career thus far and why?
There’s been so many highlights in 2013! Being a part of the whole Disclosure project and travelling to New York to work with Dev Hynes were amazing but I think the biggest highlight was releasing my debut EP ‘Black Book’. Knowing people have my music on their phones and hearing my tracks on the radio is pretty crazy.
Tell us about the best gig you’ve ever played and what made it amazing…
The best gig I ever played was at Notting Hill Carnival this year with Disclosure, the vibe was CRAZY! Everyone was dancing and going mad, the energy was electric. Also sharing a stage with Damian Marley was an incredible feeling.
Watch our exclusive launch of Sasha’s new track and music video below. Revisit Sasha’s latest video Careless Over You here. Sasha’s EP Black Boots can be downloaded here.
Posted on November 22, 2013
Holidays are great. Who doesn’t love a holiday? But if extreme sports aren’t your thing, sand gets in your underwear and you’ve already marvel led at the relics of European civilisation – then we have something for you. Or, we should say that Atlasobscura.com has something for you.
We’re talking Rock Tombs in Turkey, Houdini’s grave in New York, a fetish market in Togo – all the weird stuff you’ve seen on TV , but on your own doorstep.
Here are a few of our personal favourites from the Great British Isles just to whet your appetite:
KELBURN CASTLE, Scotland
A 13th century castle covered in graffiti… two words – MEGA. LOLZ.
PORTMEIRION VILLAGE, Wales
A miniature Italianate fantasy village on the coast of Wales. Do not adjust your screen settings – this is actually Wales. Why oh why was Gavin & Stacey not set here?
RICHARD BURTON’S TENT-TOMB, London
Eclectic final resting place of the controversial explorer. WOW… Not that Richard Burton…that had us going for a minute. Just imagine, what would Liz say?
PRINCIPALITY OF SEALAND, Suffolk
550 square metre micro-nation off the coast of Britain. Who lives here?
CHURCH OF SAINT MORWENNA AND ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, Cornwall
An ancient church rebuilt at least three times. Are you thinking what we’re thinking? A real life Polly Pocket!!!
Posted on November 20, 2013
Photo by Samuel John Butt
Whether we’re lacking inspiration or craving a little arty respite, the Tate Britain has become every Topshop girls’ go-to gallery. So, when we heard the grand building in London’s very fancy Pimlico was getting a serious renovation we were more than excited. You might have noticed the pillared entrance on the Thames has been closed off for quite some time but on Monday night the gallery finally unveiled it’s facelift with VIP party for the art world’s elite, flowing food and drink and DJ sets by the likes of Mount Kimbie.
John Singer Sargent, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-1886
After getting our nails done by the WAH! Nails girls – who were turning the art world hot for nail art! – and dancing to the Dazed curated playlist, we wandered around the newly fashion space to see what had changed. The truth is, not very much had changed, but rather the renovation has brought a lot more love to the older parts of the building that were built in 1893. Awesome bits to look out for when you’re visiting the space are the jaw-dropping central staircase and the new chronological order of the paintings – art history made simples!
Photo by Helene Binet
The great thing about Tate Britain isn’t just that great masters and artists who house the walls – Milton, Hockney, Turner, Bacon, etc – but the events that have been popping up through the gallery. On Saturday 23rd the gallery hosts a public House Warming party with a DJ set from Alexis Taylor and a fashion workshop from Emma Yeo and on 6th December we’ll be throwing our hand in the air for another Late at Tate Britain night with Warp Records.
See you there Saturday, yeah?
As part of the Tate’s Fashion Meets Art videos see designer’s Preen talk about their love for David Hockney’s Splash painting.
Posted on November 19, 2013
When it comes to keeping fit we’re terrible for trading in our running trainers for a pair of heels, so when we heard about the new craze for hula hooping our interests were certainly peaked! Enter Marawa the Amazing, Queen of Hula and globe trotter extraordinaire. Marawa has partnered with the one stop fitness site – Fitness Freak – to put on some happening hula classes that keep you giggling, sweating and gaining abs of steel. (Well, the latter one might come with time!)
The Topshop girls got their jersey pieces on for a night of hooping and we can confidently say, we had a blast! Not only did we hula along to Peter Andre and other fun ’90s tunes, found ourselves in hysterics attempting to hula hoop with our arms and hips but we also found ourselves pleasantly worked out! Even those of us who were adamant we couldn’t hoop, we managed to get in synch with the crowd and give it a good go.
After two nights of spinning boys and girls into shape at Shoreditch Town Hall this month, Marawa will be heading to York Hall in Bethnal Green for a one-off Christmas special class. The night promises 45-minute ab & core focused class which will require your glitziest lycra attire. So don your tinsel hair piece, snap up a festive crop top and get hooping!
Book your place at the Christmas Hula-hooping class, here.