Along with suncream, sarongs and that perfect poolside swimsuit, a good book is an essential part of your holiday packing. Whether you’re jetting off to the beach, exploring a new city or just chilling out at home, we’ve got the best reads to kick back and relax with.
1. THE PARTY VAYCAY: Animals, by Emma Jane Unsworth
Off on a party weekend away? Get in the mood for some serious mischief by reading Animals on the plane out. Described as ‘Withnail and I with girls’, this novel is a funny, prize-winning tale about two thirty-something women whose wild antics come under pressure when the responsibilities of adulthood set in. Be ready to LOL.
2. THE CITY BREAK: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
The sightseeing, local food and endless party options don’t leave much time for reading on a city break – so a book of short stories is just the ticket for reading on-the-go. The Opposite of Loneliness was penned by Marina Keegan while still a Yale student and is filled with engrossing, beautifully written stories that capture the hopes and fears of our generation.
3. THE BEACH HOLIDAY: The Wrong Knickers: A Decade Of Chaos by Bryony Gordon
Lazing around in scorching sun results in minimal brainpower, so we’re opting for something easy and fun. Enter this hilarious book by Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon, an autobiographical account of the dating, dramas and disasters of her 20′s in London.
4. THE STAY-CAY: The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Stuck at home? Then you might as well read about a holiday! The Vacationers follows a Manhattan family on a two-week trip to the sun-drenched island of Mallorca. But despite the dream location, all does not go according to plan, as secrets come to light and childhood rivalries resurface. We were gripped!
5. THE COUNTRY RETREAT: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
This dark and mysterious novel set in 1600s Amsterdam makes the perfect story to get caught up in while you’re holed up in a country house. We got completely obsessed with the mysterious novel and not a page turn went without a gasp of breath. Did we mention it also features a cute bird called Peebo? Author Jessie Burton is pretty cool too, office temp turned writer is one serious career change!
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It’s the 4 of July and that means fireworks, friends and good food (and potentially an opportunity for a little bit of shopping!) Who better than our newest New York girl crush Hailey Baldwin to tell us what she’s planning for the big break ahead. We stole some time with the blonde beauty to see what she’s planning for the big weekend break. From the parties and the style she’s pledging allegiance to – read on for more from the latest teen IT-girl.
Where’s home for you?
New York. I’ve lived there since I was 2. I love being in LA for periods of time, there’s always something fun to do there.
Where do you love to hangout when you’re in New York?
I love Williamsburg in Brooklyn. It’s one of those places where there’s so much to explore and there’s always new things happening. I also like to go to the Gray Dog in Chelsea, it’s a coffee place but they’ve got great salads and sandwiches.
What would be your ultimate 4th of July weekend?
Being with my friends on the beach with good food, great music and lots of fireworks! That’s actually exactly what I’ll be doing this year.
What will you be wearing for your 4th July party?
I will most likely just be in a bikini and shorts in the sunshine.
How would you describe your personal style?
Cute with a little bit of an edge.
What would be on your 4th of July playlist?
I love Kings of Leon so a lot of their music would have to be on there!
Love Hailey’s look? See more pictures here and follow the dreamy model on Twitter.
Barbie is leaning in. It looks like our plastic-fantastic friend is looking to Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg for advice and taking her career into her own hands. We say: you go Gurl!
Credit where credit’s due, Barbie has had more jobs than her Linkedin profile can accommodate. She’s been a doctor, a pilot, a ballerina, a princess, a paleontologist, a Sports Illustrated cover girl and now she’s an entrepreneur.
With her hair tied back, smartphone in hand and wearing a dress to make Elle Woods proud, she is poised to give Silicon Valley a run for its money. The people behind Barbie’s new venture explain she is, ‘ready to make a bold business move and strike out on her own to achieve her career dreams!’
Fighting the good fight and set to break that ‘plastic’ ceiling, our gal pal, whose first talking counterpart once voiced, ‘math is tough’, has the backing of ten IRL businesswomen. The likes of Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code and Jennifer Hyman & Jenny Fleiss of Rent The Runway are just a few of Barbie’s CIOs – that is Chief Inspiration Officers to me and you.
Although Barbie has a career history that beats Ken Doll hands-down, she is constantly criticised because she loves pink and has nice shiny swishy hair. But this time she is #unapologetic. Standing up for female empowerment while still wearing heels and a sparkly necklace – now that’s our kind of grrrl!
Excitement levels have hit new heights at Topshop HQ, because Kate Moss for Topshop is finally here! So what are you reading this for? It’s time to get shopping the jaw-dropping collection online and instore before it’s gone! If you’ve already secured your favourite Kate designs, then we’ve got a further Mossy fix to keep you going – a stunning coffee table book dedicated to the supermodel by photographer legend Mario Testino.
Undoubtedly one of our generation’s greatest fashion photographers, Testino created the book as a personal homage to his muse: a young girl that captured his heart and eye with her beauty, humour and spirit, and whose image in his photographs has captured imaginations the world over.
Documenting two decades of their work together and their close friendship, the book is an intimate insight into these two style leaders. Follow the Moss-Mario journey from early days backstage at Fashion Week to behind-the-scenes glimpses of their most iconic photoshoots. What’s more, many of the book’s breathtaking photographs have been chosen from Testino’s private archive, meaning you really shouldn’t miss out on this never-before-seen insight into Kate.
Shop Kate Moss by Mario Testino on topshop.com from Wednesday 30th April.
Calling all New Yorkers (or those who happen to be visiting in the next month) look no further than the Tribeca Film Festival to get your fill of unique and inspiring film culture! Lower Manhattan’s Tribeca Film Festival has been running for 13 years but has already found its place among the like of Sundance and Cannes in the film festival stakes. I guess that’s unsurprising knowing the talent behind it – Robert De Niro – and the bounty of movie creatives that already exist in New York. That said, there’s an overwhelming 160 films on offer for viewing, so we’ve done the hard work for you and whittled down our favourite moments whatever your taste or fancy!
If you’re a music fan… The Nas documentary: Time is Illmatic
Embrace your New York state of mind! Go behind the recording studio door with Nas in a documentary following the story of Nas’ classic debut, Illmatic. From hearing about his jazz-musician dad to exploring his local neighbourhood, Time is Illmatic opens up Nas’s myriad of inspirations.
If you’re a fashion lover… Dior and I
Start the swooning now! If there’s an haute couture show us Topshop girls are unashamedly poring over, month after it’s happened, it’s Dior. There’s something about that romantic fashion house that is so iconic and now that Raf Simons has taken up the reigns, we’re besotted. Now there’s a chance to get a glimpse at how Simon’s artistic directorship has influenced the house and what goes into those intricately designed gowns. Race you to the front row?
If you’ve got a car… Tribeca Drive-In Screenings
That’s right, TFF isn’t just about classic cinema but bringing back some old school much-loved ways of watching films one of them being the drive in. We romanticise about hanging out in a convertible and watching a classic movie and now you can with TFF’s drive-in screening of Mary Poppins or Splash at the World Financial Centre.
If you’re a wannabe movie maker… Tribeca Talks
Calling all industry insiders here’s a talk you want to be at! Hone your film making skills with news from the greats. Whether it’s soaking up the Art of Sound & Design from the top lot at Dolby or getting an insight into editing room from legendary Martin Scorsese. There’s a talk and a guest that will have you movie-lovers hooked.
Make your TFF plans now and get tickets to all the screenings from their website right here.