LITTLE DRAGON GROWS UP

Posted on May 18, 2015

It’s been nearly ten years since electro-darlings, Little Dragon, first appeared on our playlists but even with a decade under their belt there’s no sign of them slowing down. Sweden’s finest four-piece launched their fourth studio album Nabuma Ruberband in February of last year to great acclaim – think slow melancholic jams mixed with dance-all-night electronica – and haven’t stopped touring. This summer they’re diving straight into the all-consuming festival scene finishing their tour at one of our favourite, Dimensions Festival. We spoke to the fierce front woman Yukimi Nagano about playing with her school mates, and how she wants everyone to dance their pants off.

Nearly a year has passed since your latest album – what’s the reception been like so far?

Its been a really good journey for Nabuma Rubberband. Been getting a lot of love and also a lot of new people still discovering the album. This year is looking more chilled than last year and it’s good to have time to write new material in between shows.

You guys have been playing together for 18 years – how has playing live changed for you?

Well yes, but no. We met and became friends in our teens. We have been playing as a band for a good 10 years thou! We now have 4 albums to choose songs from that’s pretty fun.

Where does the inspiration keep coming from?

Life, travel, dreams. We bounce a lot of ideas around when we write songs so I’d say we definitely inspire each othe

What gigs you looking forward to playing this summer?

All of them!

How does stage costume differ from your day to day?

I love wearing sneakers on stage so I can jump around but stage outfits vary with my mood. I feel like I wear a lot of track suits in my day to day! Haha.

Do you have any specific pieces you’ll be wearing in summer?

I like to mix and match!

What are you looking forward to playing at Dimensions in Croatia?

Making everyone dance there pants off.

Little Dragon will play Croatia’s Dimensions festival at the end of August. Get tickets to Dimensions festival right here.

YOUR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND HIT LIST

Posted on May 17, 2015

If you’re stateside this weekend, you’ll be bagging yourself a three day weekend courtesy of Memorial Day. Whether you feel like partying your way through to Tuesday, having a much needed chillout session, or just having a good old fashioned stay-cation, we’ve picked the best things to do (and the wardrobe to work while you’re doing them)…

LIFE’S A BEACH

As of this weekend, New York’s iconic Coney Island is open all day every day until the summer season comes to an end on Labor Day. Try out the new Luna Park rides, or take a tourist style walk along the pier with a famous Coney’s Cone ice cream. On the West coast? LA’s Hermosa Beach is home to the Fiesta Hermosa this weekend, a huge street fair full of arts, music and food.

What to wear?
Channel Beyonce’s Coney Island set XO video and go for jeans and a tee with layered jewellery and a statement lip colour. We reckon popping your bikini on underneath is a good shout, too.

PARK LIFE

Dallas dwellers can add some culture to their park picnic by heading to Klyde Warren Park. There, you can catch the Dallas Symphony end the weekend with a free concert. Over in Cali, embrace old school Woodstock vibes at the Topanga Day Country Fair with vegan snacks and hippy arts.

What to wear?
Look picnic perfect in this season’s modern florals and work a sundress with chunky sandals, or go retro in flares, fringing and wooden wedges.

CITY HIGH

Chicago is going all out on the firework front, kicking off the weekend with the first sparkling instalment of a whole season of weekly displays. In New York, catch the annual Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade – which has been a beloved tradition since 1867 – from 1pm, and see veterans take to the streets alongside school bands and antique cars.

What to wear?
Celebrate city-chic style and work all white in crisp shirts and shorts, or the summer staple, a LWD (that’s little white dress, of course!) Throw on a denim jacket for the evening chill.

What are you up to this Memorial Day weekend? Let us on know on Twitter.

GO GREEN WITH MY NEW ROOTS

Posted on May 15, 2015

From Deliciously Ella to Tart London and Anna Barnett, the food blogging girl gang have been taking their web recipes out into the real world for a while now. The latest to join the cookery book club is holistic nutritionist and all round healthy eating pro Sarah Britton, with her debut release My New Roots. We caught up with Sarah to talk blogging tips, food-porn and just how easy it is to go green.

Why did you decide to take your recipes from blog to book?
It just seemed like a natural progression, my readers were very adamant that they wanted a physical copy of the recipes - even though there are over 200 free recipes on the website!

What’s your favourite recipe from your book?
One that I really love is the sunflower and sesame seed brittle. I used to make peanut brittle with my mom when I was a little kid – with white sugar, butter and peanuts, so now I have a much healthier version in the book!

Where do you get your recipe inspiration from?
I’m very inspired by the seasons and the cycles. I have my own garden so I get a lot of inspiration from being out there and seeing what’s growing. Pinterest helps too!

What advice would you give to future food bloggers?
You have to learn to take photos, people eat with their eyes, whether it’s about fashion or food. Find what you think is really important and then focus on that,  once you find your niche I think anything is possible.

Like the sound of sunflower ‘n’ seasame seed brittle? Try out Sarah’s recipe below!

SUNFLOWER SESAME SEED BRITTLE

SERVES 6 TO 8 (V, gluten free)

11⁄4 cups / 175g sunflower seeds
1⁄2 cup / 45g unsweetened shredded coconut
1⁄4 cup / 35g sesame seeds
1⁄2 cup / 75g dried cranberries or raisins, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1⁄2 cup / 120ml brown rice syrup or barley malt

1 . Preheat the oven to 325°F / 170°C / gas mark 3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with baking parchment.

2 . Combine the sunflower seeds, coconut, sesame seeds, cranberries, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and stir well.

3 . In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil over low heat. Add the syrup and whisk until uniform. Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and fold quickly to incorporate it before the mixture becomes too sticky. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and smooth out the top with the back of an oil-greased spatula.

4 . Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.

5 . Using the edges of the parchment as handles, lift the cooled brittle off the baking sheet, and put it on a work surface. Crack the brittle into pieces, and store them in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. (If you used barley malt, keep the finished product in the freezer if you want it to be crisp, or at room temperature for a chewy brittle.)

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HOW TO WEAR PRINTED TROUSERS

Posted on May 13, 2015

From florals and paisley to geometric tiles to stripes, this summer’s print game is seriously strong. Our favourite place to wear it for now? Trousers. Whether you’re favouring a flare or playing it straight – printed trousers are a surefire way to nail your start-of-summer dressing. Here’s three ways to style them:

1. KEEP IT CO-ORD

The easiest thing to pair with your printed trousers? A matching top,  ’cause co-ords aren’t going anywhere this season. Go for super bright, summery patterns and team with boxfresh trainers for the day, or go all-out for the evening in metallic wedges and colour match lipstick.

2. TEAM WITH A TEE

If you fancy trying the trend but want to keep your look laid-back, this one’s for you. Pair a slouchy flared style with a simple white tee and minimal accessories. Not feeling the flares? Team your tee with printed joggers and trainers instead.

3. GO TONAL 

It’s not secret that we’re fans of the colour marrying trend, but it’s an excellent trick to use if you’re struggling to style your printed trousers. Use your chosen trouser design as inspiration and work your way up to match your top and accessories to the print.

MET GALA BEAUTY: EMILY RATAJKOWSKI

Posted on May 7, 2015

You may know her from that Blurred Lines video but Emily Ratajkowski is so much more than a pretty face. (Well, an absolutely gorgeous face.) After her point perfect debut as the divisive Andie in Gone Girl, and soon in her upcoming roles in Entourage and We Are Your Friends, we’ve no doubt she’ll be hitting those best newcomer lists in no time. For Monday night’s Met Gala who better than Emily to make her Costume Institute debut in bespoke Topshop with pals Hailey Baldwin and Bella Hadid for company. We chatted to Emily about the big night’s big prep and her favourite moments of Met Balls past.

Talk us through your journey to the Met…

It started months ago when Topshop was sweet enough to invite me to the Met. We had my first fitting in London, where we discussed the theme and what we had imagined for the dress. And then, boom! It’s the weekend of and I’m finally able to try it on.

What did you think the Met Ball was going to be like?

I imagined it would be pretty hectic! Hair and make-up started in the early afternoon, then cocktails with the Topshop team and then the big moment, the red carpet! The dinner itself is really beaautiful and mellow but the after parties are so fun!

Emily posing with Hailey Baldwin at Vogue magazine’s pre-Met Ball party. Instagram; @HaileyBaldwin

Tell us about the dress you wore.

It was cream coloured and embroidered with blue, yellow, bronze and silver flowers. It fits perfectly with the theme and is very unique.

What do you think of when you think of the Met Ball?

I can remember looking at iconic pictures of Kate Moss, Gisele and SJP attending the Met Ball as a little girl. It’s always seemed like the most glamorous party in the world, which I think it truly may be. I’m so excited to be included.

What’s your favourite past Met Ball dress?

Kate Moss in that amazing silver dress by Marc Jacobs . Or SJP in Oscar de la Renta.

Lily Donalson, Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin at the Met Ball. Instagram: @EmRata

What did you take in your handbag?
Phone, lipstick and that’s it! Keep it simple.
Who were you most excited to see dressed up at the Met Ball?
Beyoncé and Rihanna, of course! I’m ready to be surprised by what people choose.
Look back at all the girls wearing Topshop at the Met Ball over on our instagram.com/topshop and see the complete looks on the blog, here