It’s Friday afternoon, which means you’re probably sitting at your desk counting down the minutes ’til the weekend begins! Never fear – we’ve found a great way to kill the time courtesy of these hot new music videos.
1. IGGY AZALEA FT. RITA ORA - ’BLACK WIDOW’
The sound? Ozzie rapper-girl Iggy Azalea gets a little vocal help from Rita Ora on new single ‘Black Widow’
The story? The pair show off their best Samurai moves in a Tarantino-inspired plot to bring down the bad guys (including Tarantino actor Michael Madsen). Kill Bill eat your heart out.
The sound? American rock kings The Black Keys are back with new track ‘Weight of Love’
The story? A beautiful but somewhat creepy cult of women (led by supermodel Lara Stone) live in a lighthouse on the beach, spending their time hair braiding and doing group aerobics. Directed by Miley Cyrus’ rumoured BF Theo Wenner, it has more of a short-film feel than your standard music vid
If anyone’s got some serious make-up tricks up their sleeve then it’s going to be make-up artist Anne Sophie Costa. Her beauty masterpieces have appeared in many a cool fashion story (think Dazed and Confused, i-D, Nylon and our very own Topshop shoots), and she’s also made up celebs like Banks and Charli XCX. Here she shares five tricks of the trade to give you next-level make-up…
1. Do your mascara with a lash comb
“Invest in a fine-toothed lash comb and use it with your normal mascara instead of the brush/wand. This gives you perfectly separated, doll-like lashes.”
2. Eyebrow wax is essential
“Shaping your eyebrows with gel or wax opens up your eyes and frames the face. But not many people know that you need to brush the wax upwards to fix them in the perfect position – a tiny trick that will transform your whole beauty look.”
3. Use bronzer on your eyelids
“I can’t live without bronzer and use it for contouring or blush on the cheeks. But when you’re feeling tired, try sweeping some over your eyelids to give your eyes a fresh pop.”
4. Serum is a life saver
“I have really long hair that’s prone to split ends, but smooth on a bit of Shine Drops serum and you’re left with perfectly conditioned hair. It’s such a great product.”
5. ’90s lip gloss is so now
“I’m really into the gloss right now! First use your finger tip to tap a nude, natural lipstick over your lips to remove any redness, then add a a thin layer of clear lip gloss over the top. It’s a really cool, current look at the moment.”
With V Festival coming up this weekend, it’s time to get outfit planning! Need inspiration? We’re having a fabulous throwback to London’s Lovebox with the ever-chic Fabienne from Parisian indie band We Were Evergreen – read on as she gives us the skinny on her festival-ready looks.
“This outfit is great for the summer festivals – the cut-out shoes are practical but keep me cool when I’m out and about.”
“Trying on some co-ordinating hats in the dressing room to keep up the summer feel of my ensemble!”
“I love this palm print, and the cut of the top. My metallic nails also add that little bit extra!”
“I like to keep my hair simple and low maintenance so when Elle offered to do my make-up, I went for neutral tones with a touch of glitter.”
“I wanted to add some more colour to my stage outfit, so I changed to this cut-out maxi dress, which is ideal to perform in.”
Best friends, heartache, growing up and seeing the world. If you’re looking for a book to satisfy your late summer literature cravings with serious shock and awe, The Girls from Corona del Mar might just be it. Author Rufi Thorpe looked back to her hometown for a book that flings you across the world and into characters from all walks of life. Whether it’s a sleepy coastal town in California, a wild time in India or studying at the leafy Yale University – there’s little time to pause in this fierce debut. Sounds intense, right? Don’t be scared by the pace. We can’t recommend this gorgeous novel enough. We chatted to Rufi about where to read it (in the bath, duh) and some tips for budding writers…
How would you describe the book to someone who hasn’t read it?
It’s a fast, dark little book about trying to love your best friend even when you don’t understand her or the choices she is making.
Was there a place or location that inspired the book?
I grew up in Corona del Mar, the town where the book begins, but which both girls ultimately leave, and something about using details of my own home town really made the book come alive in the first few drafts. All of the street names are flowers names in alphabetical order: Avocado, Begonia, Carnation, Dahlia, etc. You can hear sea lions barking at night. It used to be called a “toy town” because it was built as a vacation village, tiny picturesque houses with no heat or AC. It’s gone through many phases. Maybe that’s what I like best about places: they allow you to feel time passing.
Was there one friendship that inspired the book?
None of the plot of the book is autobiographical, but I am deeply inspired by my best friend, to whom the book is dedicated. My love for her has been one of the through lines of my life, one of those orienting elements helping me find north.
What do you think is the ultimate surroundings to reading the book in?
Oh, definitely in the bathtub. I’m pretty sure all books were meant to be read in the bathtub.
When did you first get into writing?
When I was fifteen. I had been writing poetry before that in the way that all thirteen year old girls write poetry, but at about fifteen I decided to start writing stories and that was it for me.
What’s the best career advice you’ve been given?
Writers are seldom given career advice since our situation is largely agreed to be hopeless. So I operate solely on a small piece of advice my mother gave me: you can’t control the gifts you were given, how smart or pretty or talented you are, but you can control how hard you work. If you are willing to work twice as hard as everyone else, you will find a place in the world. I was elated by this idea when I first heard it. I was so relieved that all I had to do was work hard– it was so simple. And it was wonderful not to have to bother with worrying about whether I was talented or not, which activity is frankly like looking at a handful of seeds and wondering if they are worth planting instead of just going ahead and planting them and giving it your all.
What advice would you give to other aspiring writers?
Never give up. You will never get good at it without spending years and years being bad at it. So you have to cultivate two things: a profound love for the activity itself, and an inability to listen to all the people telling you to stop.
The Girls From Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe is out now, priced £14.99. Share a picture of you and your best friend on Twitter and Instagram using #GirlsFrom for a chance to win two copies, one containing the dedication plate for a special message for a best friend. There are 20 sets to give away and one overall winner will also receive £250 Topshop vouchers. Competition closes 14 August. For full terms and conditions, click here.
New York’s coolest place to hangout this summer is unquestionably Rockaway Beach’s Playland Motel, us Topshop girls had become so obsessed with this ace beach outpost that we just had to spend even more time there! Since July 6th we’ve been hosting our Summer Sundays at Playland – we’ve taken over the space with fun selfie booths, competitions, fashion decorations galore and some rad DJs from labels like Kitsune and band’s such as Gang Gang Dance. To celebrate our summer of fun in Rockaway who better than street artist Kenny Scharf – who had previously worked alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring – to share the Rockaway love by painting an epic mural right across from the motel inspired by the beautiful locale. Swoon!
Watch the video to see Kenny’s live work in process and don’t forget to tell us about your time at Playland Motel using the hashtag #topshopxplayland.