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Why You Should Learn a Musical Instrument

Last Updated on 5th April 2022 Are you looking for a real challenge? A skill that combines multiple disciplines such as learning to read a new type of language, working on your brain-to-hand connection, improving your rhythm, and on top of it your social skills? Learning a musical instrument will be it. Guitar chords for beginners, for example, combines all of these skills and is worth taking a look at.  What are the Benefits of Learning to Play an Instrument? The benefits of learning an instrument are impressive. They range from building self-esteem and teaching perseverance, to relieving stress. There are some amazing reasons why you should learn an instrument.  Playing a Musical Instrument Improves Memory Many scientific studies and surveys have been made which prove that learning a musical instrument improves your memory. Astonishingly, it not only boosts your cognitive memory but also muscle memory as well. When you are learning to play a musical instrument, it requires you to use both parts of your brain, the right side, and the left side. Since the creative side and the logical side are equally stimulated when playing an instrument, your brain has to work harder. Consequently, your memory will improve. Scientists even use music training as a method of neuro-rehabilitation to help improve the function of the brain. Music makes stress-free Certainly, you have also experienced the strong effect music has on your emotions: it can make you sad or happy, melancholic or energetic, or even amplify the current emotion you have. No wonder, music can also calm you down. It has been proven that slow classical music can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, which in turn lowers the level of the stress hormone cortisol. The effect being: complete and total relaxation of your mind and body. If […]

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Do’s and Don’ts Of Surviving A Music Festival

Last Updated on 25th April 2019 If you haven’t noticed, music festivals are on the upswing, with more and more music fans attending big festivals each year. Case in point: Despite headliners like Beck and Morrissey, the inaugural Coachella in 1999 played host to only 10,000 curious concert-goers, while more than 100,000 showed up last year (thanks in part to Beyoncé). But, at least since the days of Woodstock, there’s always been an unspoken code among serious festival-goers, and etiquette is a surprisingly big consideration on the fest circuit. While there’s a lot here to remember, always prioritize the biggest do: have fun! Here’s what else you need to know as you’re festin’ it up this summer. The Do’s Pace Yourself: Most music festival lineups are set up so that the big headliners play at the end of the day or in the evening, say between 6 and 10 p.m., with smaller acts beginning to hit their stages around noon or 1 p.m. That means that you could have as many as 10 hours to hang out on the festival grounds each day. Pace yourself if you want to see it all and be sure to take it extra slow if you plan to drink. Keep Track of Your Stuff: People lose track of their stuff constantly at these big events and getting things back can be difficult. Where possible, turn everything into an accessory. Examples: wear your vape on a chain (or, better yet, take one that’s made to be worn); put your sunglasses on a lanyard; clip your keys to your belt loop; get one of those thigh holsters for your phone. Get creative! Wear the Right Clothes: Nothing will harsh your mellow faster than a particularly annoying blister or a shirt that won’t dry, especially when you’re […]

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Unmissable music acts for 2015

Last Updated on 10th March 2015 It looks as if 2015 is going to be a bumper year for the worldwide music scene as acts both old and new gear themselves up for some serious concert action. It doesn’t really matter what your taste in music is, because the stage shows presented by many of these luminaries of the rock and pop world are so spectacular that you can treat it like a theatre show with added music. Some of the greatest bands ever are heading out on tour, hitting major stadiums and arenas in the US, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia and the Far East. Music fans are already licking their lips at the return of rock behemoths such as Fleetwood Mac, with a line up featuring some of their most popular songs and produced albums such as Rumors and Tusk. Great venues such as the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Rogers Arena in Vancouver and the MGM Arena in Las Vegas will play host to many of the superb acts on tour. Philadelphia in particular is a city that loves its music, so this is the perfect place to hear an enormous range of talent during the year. Purchase ABC tickets in Philadelphia for your favorite act and then prepare to have your ears and eyes amazed. So let’s look at some of these veteran acts as well as some of the newcomers who will be strutting their stuff in 2015. Fleetwood Mac This classic line up features the return of Christine McVie, and for anyone steeped in the band’s music from the mid 1970s, this will be an epic experience. You can expect to hear classic songs such as “The Chain” and “Go Your Own Way,” along with many other top hits. The On With The […]

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It all went down last night at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards…

Last Updated on 3rd December 2014 Well, one can never accuse Nicki Minaj of being boring right? Host of the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards as well as performer, the rapper treated fashion lovers everywhere to at least eight outfit changes which included a playful Golf inspired piece by Alexander Wang, a red to-die-for cocktail mini-dress and a sheer black evening gown. And while we weren’t really too keen on her white cut-out Cavalli number, credit where credit is due, we have to give Miss Minaj a high-five for this Saint Laurent sequinned dress which showed off her pins beautifully. Stunning. Highlight of the night? Yes, Nicki flew on to the stage in a 14ft ruffled dress. Yes, One Direction took home three awards. Yes, Ozzy Osbourne was rightly honoured as a global icon and yes, Alicia Keys did absolutely glow in a floor-length silver gown but nothing and we mean nothing could beat the legend that is “The Hoff” in a kilt.

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The 2013 American Music Awards: The best dressed!

Last Updated on 25th November 2013 The annual American Music Awards took place in LA last night, and it’s pretty safe to say that the ladies – whether they worked in music or not – did their bit to make sure they stood out on the red carpet, on stage, and even in the audience. White was a big theme on the red carpet, with Miley Cyrus, Christina Aguilera and Nicole Richie opting to wear the shade – or lack thereof – as they arrived at the ceremony. While a newly-slimmed down Christina and perma-skinny Nicole went for dresses with cut-out detailing to show off their toned and flawless figures, Miley went for a chic tux instead. Didn’t expect that, did you? Elsewhere on the red carpet, the wow factor continued with a stunning Oscar de la Renta look from Katy Perry, a dazzling Dolce and Gabbana dress from Ariana Grande, and a Versace-clad Lady Gaga arriving on a white horse. We couldn’t make it up! See the rest of our red carpet hits below and let us know who your favourite is… Katy Perry in Oscar de la Renta Taylor Swift in Julien Macdonald Ariana Grande in Dolce and Gabbana Lady Gaga in Versace Jennifer Hudson in Christian Dior Naya Rivera in Michael Kors Christina Aguilera in Maria Lucia Hohan Zoe Saldana in Roland Mouret Miley Cyrus in Versus Versace Ciara in J Mendel Heidi Klum in Marchesa Nicole Richie in Emilio Pucci

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Taylor Swift steals the Country Music Awards show in Elie Saab Couture

Last Updated on 7th November 2013 When we think of modern day country music, we think of Taylor Swift. And when we think of Taylor Swift, we can’t help but think of enviable, effortless, wow-worthy red carpet style. The 23-year-old country star didn’t disappoint us as she attended the Country Music Awards wearing one of the most breathtaking outfits of the night – a red, floor-length Elie Saab Couture dress from the autumn/winter 2013 collection. The Country Music Awards are definitely her chance to shine, and she made the most of that opportunity! The dress complemented her figure and skin colour perfectly, and was still age-appropriate despite its dramatic nature. Taylor looked like country music Royalty on the red carpet, completing her look with an effortlessly chic low bun, a flawless complexion and matching bold red lipstick. She kept all other accessories to a minimum, leaving the embellishment on her dress and her personality to do all the sparkling on the red carpet. This is one of our favorite Taylor Swift looks of the year – do you agree?

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6 things we learnt from Miley Cyrus’s latest (twerk-free) music video

Last Updated on 26th September 2013 OK, we had to. Had to what? We had to dissect the latest in-yer-face offering from the House of Cyrus and all things non-Disney: 23 Alluding to Michael Jordan’s jersey number for the Chicago Bulls, 23 is indeed the name of Mike Will Made It’s latest song, featuring Miley– one that racked up over 3million YouTube hits within three hours of Team MFL hitting play (see the video below), and left us wondering how much of that number jumping was thanks to MC. After a sombre, twerk-free, sledgehammer licking affair in Wrecking Ball, 23 highlights Miley’s welcoming into the world of leather pant-clad, molten-mouthed, suspicious roll up smoking rappers (she even opens the song with ‘I’m in the club, high off purp’ – referring to a  recreational drug), and she succeeds in shocking and amusing in equal measure. But as were pretty accustomed to the near nude twerking antics (of which there weren’t many in this video), it was more her fashion choices we were looking at this time round, and here’s what we deduced: 1. Miley isn’t immune to the ortho sandal. She loves a pair of blingin’ Birkenstocks – embellished, fur-lined, Céline ones worn with soccer socks, in fact. 2. We want that patent pinafore dress. Worn with sneakers, or ‘J’s’ if you prefer Miley-speak, it’s the ultimate rebel’s LBD. 3. The deflated derriere is making a comeback. Brid-Jones-meets-basketball-uniform underwear is du jour, and we all know it’s not forgiving on the bum, or going to deliver a miracle buttock lift! Miley makes unflattering underwear look easy in 23, and justifies giving that killer session of squats a miss! 4. More is more when it comes to Chanel. Our need to wear Chanel accessories, in opposing proportions, all at once, has gone […]

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Watch Jourdan Dunn party in Jessie J’s new music video!

Last Updated on 9th August 2013 It’s Friday, the sun has come back out to play, you’ve worked hard all week – those are all perfect excuses to have a mini party at your desk. That’s what we’re telling ourselves anyway! As a little Friday treat, we have Jessie J‘s brand spanking new music video for new single It’s My Party (how apt) to show you – and we are thrilled to tell you that it features none other than British model extraordinary Jourdan Dunn! “It was Jourdan’s first music video, so that was really fun for me to experience that with her – sitting next to a supermodel,” said the singer and Marie Claire UK September cover girl. “It was fun, it’s like a straight-up party video.” We thought Cara Delevingne might have been more suited for a “party” video but Jourdan absolutely nails it. We think Jourdan and Jessie make a fantastic team and we don’t think this should be the last time the girls work together! Watch the video for It’s My Party below and let us know what you think of Jourdan’s appearance.

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INTERVIEW: Rudi Zygadlo for SWEAR by Music at FarFetch

Last Updated on 9th July 2013 It’s no secret that we love a good collaboration, and we get particularly excited when the world of fashion and music join forces for an exciting and revolutionary new project! Enter SWEAR by Music! SWEAR has asked five of the music scene’s most dynamic bands to collaborate on its new SWEAR by Music initiative, whereby each band was asked to design a very different pair of limited edition shoes inspired by their music and personal styles. Each band represents one letter of the SWEAR name (clever stuff!) so the complete lineup features Skip and Die, Wolf Gang, Everything Everything, Avec Sans and Rudi Zygadlo. Phew. We caught up with electronic musician Rudi Zygadlo while he was filming his new music video (proudly modelling his SWEAR shoes, natch) and asked him a few cheeky questions between takes about the collaboration. How did this amazing collaboration come about? They were looking for people whose names began with letters from their brand. I was the icing on the cake! So they asked me, and I designed a shoe! What made you say yes? Free shoes! I joke, it sounded like an exciting project. There were a couple of shoes I really liked in their line, for example I really liked The Chaplin, so I just edited it. So talk us through the designing process Inspirationally, I had seen shoes similar to this in the past which I really liked. The two-toned theme reminded me of the 1920s. These are lacking that ornamentation, but I think they’re more versatile actually. Practically designing them, I went in and we looked at their existing stock and built upon that. Would you say your music reflects the style of your shoes? I suppose so, yeah. But I don’t listen to a […]

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley and One Direction for Glamour US August Music issue

Last Updated on 2nd July 2013 It may be the American version of the glossy, but the cover stars couldn’t be any more British. Yep, all six of them! The gorgeous Rosie Huntington Whiteley and the One Direction boys, i.e  Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson (phew) are all posing pretty for the Glamour US August Music Issue. And don’t the boys all look mega pleased with themselves? We predict this issue will fly off the shelves and will be met with mass hysteria from teenage girls and grown men alike; Glamour definitely knew what it was doing by putting a hot model and the hottest boyband in the world on the cover. We don’t know who was luckier, Rosie or the boys! The issue goes on sale on July 9th, so make sure you head to the newsstand early, as we don’t think it’ll stick around for long. Well played, Glamour!

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Billboard Music Awards 2013: The best dressed!

Last Updated on 20th May 2013 You didn’t think Cannes was the only place the well-dressed celebs flocked to over the weekend, did you? The red carpet (well, technically blue) was rolled out for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and the famous attendees certainly showcased their style credentials as they arrived in their finery for the event. Some of our favourite ladies to steal the sartorial show included Miley Cyrus in a gorgeous Balmain jumpsuit, Selena Gomez (who continued to show the world that she has outgrown her Disney Channel princess status by wearing a sexy Atelier Versace gown), her BFF Taylor Swift (who showcased her enviable stems in a piercing blue Zuhair Murad sparkly mini dress) and Jennifer Lopez (who showed the newbies how it’s really done in plunging gold Zuhair Murad). Chloe Moretz also wowed the crowd in a Fendi spring/summer 2013 dress and poker straight, sleek locks, while Kelly Rowland lent some support to designer Rami Al Ali by stepping out in a fabulous couture gown. Take a look at some of our favourite looks from the 2013 Billboard Music Awards below and tell us who gets your best-dressed vote… Miley Cyrus in Balmain Taylor Swift in Zuhair Murad Selena Gomez in Atelier Versace Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad Chloe Moretz in Fendi Emmy Rossum in Zuhair Murad Kelly Rowland in Rami Al Ali Couture Hayden Panettiere in Halston Heritage Ke$ha in Givenchy Shania Twain in Pavoni by Mikael D [poll id=”399″]

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Rita Ora for Elle US ‘Women in Music’ May issue

Last Updated on 18th April 2013 Remember when we showed you Adele’s cover for the Elle US May “Women in Music” issue? Click here to refresh your memories. And remember how we also told you that Rita Ora and Alicia Keys had also been given their own covers to celebrate their achievements in music, and we would be showing them to you as soon as we got our paws on them? Well, the time has come to check out Rita Ora’s offering in all its glory, and we have to say that it’s definitely been worth the wait. Rita was photographed by Thomas Whiteside for two special covers and a host of stunning editorial pictures, and can be seen rocking a multitude of stylish ensembles from the likes of Calvin Klein, Chanel and Christian Dior – although the Mickey Mouse headpiece by Philip Treacy is a MFL favourite. Her interview is also pretty special too, as she muses about a number of fashion-related topics, such as not letting her record label dictate her sartorial style, her love for the Spice Girls, and of course that red Marchesa dress she wore to the MTV EMAs last year. Not to be missed!

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Gucci launches Music Fund for rising UK talent

Last Updated on 10th April 2013 Following on from the success of last year’s Gucci Timepieces & Jewellery Music Fund which supported emerging Asian musical talent, the Italian fashion House has launched a UK Music Fund to give British artists the same opportunity. Gucci will team up with The World Heart Beat Music Academy in London to give children the chance to be musically trained. A host of famous faces have already got behind the cause, in particular DJ Jo Whiley and singer Emeli Sandé. “It’s crucial that young people today have the chance to express themselves through music and are given opportunities to do so,” Emily Sandé said. “Projects like this make music available to everyone; disadvantaged youths in particular will be able to tell their story and get their voices heard. “These are issues that are close to my heart, so I’m really proud to be part of it.” Additionally, 10 children from the World Heart Beat Music Academy will also be given the chance to attend Grammy Camp in Los Angeles – a programme which aims to coach rising young talent. Maybe the next Adele will be found… This isn’t the only musical event Gucci is getting behind though – don’t forget the Gucci Chime for Change concert happening later this year with performances from Beyonce, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Florence and the Machine and more. [Vogue] 

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Adele fronts Elle US ‘Women in Music’ issue

Last Updated on 10th April 2013 Another Adele story this week, but this time it has nothing to do with her potential wedding dress as the focus is on her true talent: music! Yep, our Adele is shining on the cover of Elle US May (in vintage Alberta Ferretti, no less), which also just so happens to be the magazine’s Women in Music issue. We think Adele had that one in the bag from the start really – she did win an Oscar for her music this year already, how many other female singers can say that, eh? Adele was shot by Thomas Whiteside, and is sporting her signature beehive and flawless makeup on the front cover; we love the dress but we wouldn’t have minded a pop of colour outfit-wise. It is a May issue after all! Rita Ora and Alicia Keys also have their own individual covers for the Women in Music issue, so keep your eyes peeled for them. Do you like Adele’s cover?

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Mean Girls the musical?

Last Updated on 29th January 2013 We didn’t think anything would top the Spice Girls musical this year, but Tina Fey reckons she can do one better: Mean Girls the musical! Hilarious 30 Rock actress Tina Fey wrote and starred in the original film, featuring Lindsay Lohan and Les Mis star Amanda Seyfried in the wonderful cast, and word on the street blogosphere is that she just might adapt it for Broadway. “I’m trying to develop it actually with my husband who does all the music for 30 Rock,” Tina reportedly told E! news. “I think Paramount’s on board. Yeah.” Tina even joked that Mariah Carey (who showcased an expert knowledge of the film on American Idol recently) has first dibs on the role of Regina George’s mother… “Mariah seems to really know – she knew all the characters,” Tina said. “Maybe she can play Amy Poehler’s part in the musical, Queen Mariah.” Now that’s something we’d love to see! Details at the moment are few and far between, but you mark our words when we say we will update you on every detail as and when we get it. Who’s excited? [Digital Spy]

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Fashion musical chairs: The Wang-Balenciaga brouhaha

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 Describing himself as “determined, hard working and energetic” in an interview with Asia Tatler, Alexander Wang should’ve added “pro at creating a buzz (iness)” to that list. And determination twinned with the entire fash packs energy is what it has taken to understand the rapidly evolving game of fashion house musical chairs that has played out this year. Dior became the new home of Raf Simons. Jil was back at Sander. Hedi skinny trouser hopped to Yves Saint Laurent. Stefano Pilati adopted a new baby called Ermenegildo Zegna, and, the most hyped about creative transfer at the tail end of 2012: Alexander Wang filling Nicolas Ghesquière’s rather large shoes. The Chinese-American designer is the darling of New York Fashion Week, and has perfected his art of not just designing, but entrepreneur-ing (there, we invented a whole new word) in a competitive, and, often repetitive industry. Much like DJ Sliink’s ‘Putcha Ya Back Into It’, the soundtrack to his SS’13 runway show, Wang has also been putting in back breaking effort to land the top job at one of Europe’s most revered fashion houses. Taking over from Ghesquière’s 15-year tenure at the fashion house that balances history with modernity to perfection, both 28-year old Wang’s age and design aesthetic have been flung into the not-so-positive limelight. The design house shuffle will see Wang take over as creative director at Balenciaga, but continue to design for his eponymous, privately-controlled label that has amassed approximately $60 million in sales. Let’s not forget that this long-haired, super-successful man is only 28 and presented his first ready-to-wear collection to the blinded-by-the-commercial-fog eyes of New York’s fashion scene in 2007. Wang is an astute businessman and a fantastic designer, doing what he does very well. He didn’t appear on the scene professing […]

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The American Music Awards 2012: The best dressed

Last Updated on 20th November 2012 The EMAs may have just been and gone, but it was time for another celebration of all things musical last night, as the 40th Annual American Music Awards took place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. As predicted, the red carpet was full of beautifully-dressed stars not just from the music biz but from all walks of celebrity life. As well as the big musicians such as Gwen Stefani and Taylor Swift, the red carpet was also graced by the likes of top supermodel Heidi Klum and George Clooney’s gorgeous (and very lucky) girlfriend Stacy Keibler, amongst others. Although there was no dress code and obvious theme, the attendees kept things young, fun and flirty, with a definite nod to the upcoming festive season given all the sparkle! It was all quite understated, chic and beautiful, as even the likes of Nicki Minaj and Christina Aguilera swapped their loud, eccentric outfits for more conventional ones – and as a result, looked gorgeous in their respective gowns. (Yes, we know Nicki’s dress is a very bright yellow and doesn’t fit everyone’s definition of the word “understated”, but we definitely think she toned it down since she didn’t arrive towing her very own Pope…) Here’s a list of our best-dressed celebs from the event. Vote for your fave in the poll below! Carrie Underwood in Abed Mahfouz Taylor Swift in Zuhair Murad Gwen Stefani in Balmain Ginnifer Goodwin in Oscar de la Renta Heidi Klum in Alexandre Vauthier Kelly Rowland in Naeem Khan Stacy Keibler in Collette Dinnigan Christina Aguilera in Pamella Roland Carly Rae Jepsen in Gomez Gracia  Nicki Minaj in Monique Lhuillier [poll id=”379″]

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All eyes on Taylor Swift in Jenny Packham at the Country Music Awards

Last Updated on 2nd November 2012 The 46th Country Music Awards took place in Nashville Tennessee last night,  and although a host of talented musicians were honoured at the event, our highlight of the evening was definitely Taylor Swift arriving on the red carpet. We know it probably wasn’t, but it really looks like the stunning Jenny Packham gown was made just for her. The nude and red dress fits the country star like a glove, and accentuates, hugs and flatters every single curve on her body. Looks like Angelina Jolie and Kate Middleton are no longer going to be the only ladies we associate with Jenny Packham from now on! Taylor expertly matched her lip colour to the red detailing on the dress, and kept the rest of her hair and make-up natural. We love how there isn’t a single accessory in sight either – who needs anything else with a dress that gorgeous and an equally beautiful woman wearing it?!

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A round up of the best dressed celebs at the MTV Video Music Awards 2012

Last Updated on 7th September 2012 Could there have been any more events that went on last night? Not only were some of the biggest and most stylish cities in the world taking part in Fashion’s Night Out, the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards were also happening in Los Angeles. As well as providing celebs another excuse to glam up, get merry and enjoy each other’s company, the VMAs are to celebrate music and the great videos that come with it. However, that’s not to say that the fashion is any less fabulous. Therefore it should come as no surprise to learn that the red carpet was bursting with stylish famous faces, with the likes of Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Emma Watson sitting pretty on our best dressed list. There was no obvious recurring dress theme this time around, but it’s safe to say that the girls and boys dressed to impressed. It was tough to narrow down our favourites this year, but we’ve tried our best – and don’t forget to have your say in the poll at the bottom! Katy Perry in Elie Saab Couture Rihanna in Adam Selman Miley Cyrus in Emilio Pucci Emma Watson in Peter Pilotto Taylor Swift in J Mendel Rita Ora in custom Emilio Pucci Zoe Saldana in Salvatore Ferragamo Pink in Stella McCartney [poll id=”366″]

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Best Dressed of the Week: Taylor Swift in J.Mendel at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards

Oh, how we love a glorious white number on the red carpet! Taylor Swift looked a heavenly sight in a J.Mendel Fall 2012 cut-out waist dress at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards, last Sunday. A white dress is a huge red carpet style detour for Taylor, who usually opts for pretty, embellished ballerina-style dresses. This glamorous white number is just the kind of grown-up-glamour needed to takeTaylor’s style up a gear, and we can’t stop looking at her hair! Glossy, wavy locks and a blunt fringe add a sleek edge to Taylor’s look, while her kohl-rimmed eyes are the perfect substitute for the red lip we’re so used to seeing her sport. Accessorising with stunning Lorraine Schwartz jewels, Christian Louboutin ‘Summerissima’ criss-cross platform heels (not seen) and a killer hand-on-hip pose, this look is our definite favourite of the week!

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Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz working on a movie musical together!

Last Updated on 1st March 2012 If we didn’t know any better, we’d totally think that we dreamed this up due to the sheer fabulousness of it! Reports are suggesting that superwomen Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz have all signed up to work on a movie musical together, with Glee’s Ryan Murphy directing and writing the script. 

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The best dressed at the 2011 American Music Awards

Last Updated on 21st November 2011 Oh how we do love awards ceremonies. We know it’s not quite awards season yet (although we haven’t got long to wait for that!) but the American Music Awards held in Los Angeles last night have certainly whet out appetite and given us a taster of what we can expect from the red carpet in a few months’ time. 

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Paco Rabanne Black XS partners with Universal Music

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 If music be the food of love, then Paco Rabanne partnering with Universal Music to create Be A Rockstar is decidedly the lovechild. The label behind sensuously hypnotic fragrance, Black XS, has teamed up on another successful venture, this time with industry giants Universal Music, to create an exclusive, one-stop musical platform: Be A Rockstar  at www.be-a-rockstar.com.   Channelling the rock star within, Black XS fragrance and Universal Music’s latest undertaking seeks to place you “into the glittery shoes of a rock star”, allowing you to experience intimate backstage moments with artists the likes of Cold War Kids, Two Door Cinema Club, and Kaiser Chiefs through the Black XS Off Shows   The Black XS OFF Shows, consisting of nine episodes, will be aired towards the end of the year on www.be-a-rockstar.com, as well as on the Black XS YouTube channel. If being a rock star isn’t enough; satiating your every musically hedonistic need, this sweet smelling collaboration will serve to open up a wealth of access for users to exclusive musical content and access to the largest catalogue of artists in the world.   Creating an online community for rebellious lovers of rock and those with a head for, well, heady notes of wild berry and black violet; www.be-a-rockstar.com is a unique and exhilarating experience, placing you (albeit virtually) centre stage at your own rock gig. Who needs Hervé Léger and trousers-pulled-up-to-chest clad jibes from celebrity judges on singing competition shows, when you can be your own rock star and rebel from the comfort of your screen? All you need to do is upload a photo onto the immersive video app on www.be-a-rockstar.com/uk/experience and let your rock 'n roll dreams begin! For more info on the brand and the partnership, visit www.pacorabannce.com or the Black XS Facebook page here. […]

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Top stories this week: Hailee Steinfeld is the face of Miu Miu, Cannes best dressed, Coco Chanel the Musical and MORE!

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 Hailee Steinfeld to front Miu Miu campaign At the tender age of just 14 years old, Hailee Steinfeld has landed a much coveted role as the face of Miu Miu’s latest campaign. The award winning actress certainly made sure she was in Miu Miu’s good books after choosing a look from the luxury label to wear to the BAFTAs earlier this year. Not bad for a teeen, huh? Read more here! David Beckham launches debut fashion collection With his wife making super-waves on the fashion circuit, hubby Beckham is to follow in Victoria’s fashion footsteps by launching his debut collection of men’s bodywear. Comprising underwear and relaxed separates, adverts of David flashing those pecs in his new creations are undoubtedly set to make an appearance soon. Read more here! Coco Chanel’s life story has been made into a musical Fashion luminary Coco Chanel’s life story has been translated into a musical. Previewing for one month exclusively at London’s Sadler Wells, tickets start at £22 and will be on sale for the next month. Read more here! Kurt Geiger to design for Lipsy London-based shoe company Kurt Geiger will officially be designing and distributing shoes for ladies fashion brand Lipsy come next spring. Launching in time for SS12, the collection will be brimming with fashion-forward designs at an affordable price – here’s to the previews! Read more here! Kate Moss really does make her own jam Kate Moss has proved she’s just as much a dab hand at homemade foods as she is at modelling. The super’s favourite pastime is making batches of her own jams, she revealed in a rare interview with the Telegraph this week. Read more Read more here! Cannes 2011: Best Dressed Gaze in delight at all the red carpet looks […]

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YSL: The Musical

Last Updated on 10th April 2009 We thought Malcolm McLaren’s planned Christian Dior The Musical was a little out there. But it turns out he was just ahead of the designer all singing all dancing game. For it has been announced that Yves Saint Laurent’s life will be set to music. Singer Alain Chamfort and songwriter Pierre-Dominique Burgaud are working on the score and the musical shall focus on Saint Laurent’s rise to fashion fame. The musical will open with his work at Christian Dior and follow the highs and lows of Yves Saint Laurent’s career.

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Christian Dior: The Musical

Last Updated on 29th January 2009 Please welcome the all-singing, the all-dancing Christian Dior. No, it’s not a joke, but a weird and wonderful reality. Malcolm McLaren as in Vivienne Westwood’s male counterpart and collaborator, and manager of the Sex Pistols has told WWD that he is planning a musical about the life of Christian Dior. The musical is reportedly titled ‘The Life and Times of Christian Dior’, McLaren has been working on the concept for the past year and in October 2008, he discussed his inspiration with Interview magazine: “I began to really read about Paris after the liberation, and about what happened, and about what its youth was, and then suddenly I saw a story that really could define music and fashion and how it all happened after the postwar and where it all went. And if I could do that, and trap it, inside this house of Christian Dior, from its birth in ’47 to Dior’s death in ’57 — that seemed to me something worth really investigating as a musical. And if I didn’t have to do it in the way that musicals were made in the past, then that would be something I would — really fight for. So it was a question of coming up with the vision of how to do that. It’s a sexy story about the time and inside the house and the life and times of Christian Dior.” The castings will be taking place over the next month in New York and the score will be in tune with 1940s Paris (not punk for all you eager sex pistol fans). McLaren said he can’t quite imagine a singing and dancing Dior, so we will just have to wait and see what he comes up with. The musical is expected to […]

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Fashion Rocks 2007: Music meets Fashion

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 Fashion rocked its Prada socks off last night at the Royal Albert Hall as music met fashion for one of the most anticipated dates this year. Samuel L Jackson along with Uma Thurman played hosts as top artists from the musical arena collaborated with top runway designers. Line ups included The Gossip for Christopher Kane, Dame Shirley Bassey for Marchesa, Rosin Murphy for Gucci and Lily Allen for Chanel. Highlights of the evening: Whitney Houston making a comeback to remember and Uma Thurman leaving hardly anything to the imagination in a see-through Valentino gown embellished with Swarovski crystals More pictures after the jump.

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Music rocks fashion

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 Fashion rocked on Thursday night, kicking off NY fashion week in style. Elton John was the host for the ultra glam, star studded event held in New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Beyonce, The Scissor Sisters, Nelly Furtado, Christina Aguilera and more took to the stage. Check out footage from Elton John’s Fashion Rocks Pre-party tomorrow at AT&T Blue Room! View more pics from Yahoo

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Love, Angel, Music “baby”

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 According to Us Weekly Holla back girl Gwen Stefani is pregnant. Gwen and her hubby rocker Gavin Rossdale are expecting their first baby together, due in June. This is Rossdale’s second child after being exposed last year as the father to Pearl Lowe’s 16yr old daughter Daisy Lowe. We are delighted,” Us Weekly quotes Rossdale’s father, Douglas, as saying. Stefani’s mother, Patti, also reportedly confirmed the pregnancy to the magazine. [Yahoo]

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Love Angel Music Baby

Last Updated on 19th October 2013 “Sexy singer Gwen Stefani is giving fans an incentive to order her debut solo album early – by offering them a free limited-edition T-shirt she’s custom-designed.” read more with teenmusic.com

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What Your Mobile Device Says About Your Fashion Sense

Last Updated on 20th June 2022 With smartphones having become a part of our everyday life, there is a need for our phones to match our fashion sense since we carry them around as we go. The most popular accessory used by people of all ages is the phone, and therefore many designs have come forth to make and create phone fashion. Not just the model of your phone, but many ways can be used to make your phone more fashionable and match to bring out your fashion statement. Let’s check out some accessories that are used to make smartphones look fashionable and what they say about you; Just like there are beaded bracelets that are liked, beaded phone straps have gained popularity pretty fast. Your phone strap can be turned into a fashion statement with what you wear. Having a beaded phone strap will give people the impression that you like shiny things and like to have a fashion that makes a statement and appearance. A phone chain combines a fashion sense and a safety measure to ensure that your phone is always with you. Having phone chains might give an impression that you like to play it safe with fashion trends. With a phone chain, you can match it with either of your accessories and change it when need be to exhibit whatever fashion sense you want. Phone cases have always been there since the launch of mobile phones and have only become fancier each passing day. Phone cases allow you to choose a more noticeable type that will go with what you would like to wear and what statement you are in the mood to make. You can choose to have different phone cases for each occasion and one that goes with different outfits. Phone cases have […]

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A Woman’s Guide to Cowboy Boot Style in 2022

Last Updated on 25th May 2022 You can take the girl out of the country — but you know better than to take the cowboy boots out of the girl’s closet. Cowboy boots are perpetually trendy, a piece of footwear that never quite goes out of style — as long as you know how to pair them with a chic outfit that is of the moment. There are still plenty of ways that committed country girls can stylishly wear their cowboy boots with pride. Whether you are shopping for your first pair of women’s leather cowboy boots or you have a closet full of boots that you don’t know what to do with, here are a few tips and tricks for sneaking your favorite footwear into your fashionable outfits in 2022. Shirtdress and Cowboy Boots A shirtdress is a women’s dress that looks almost identical to an oversized men’s button-up. Typically, a shirtdress is rather plain, in colors like white or Oxford blue, which means it begs for ostentatious accessories that will make the outfit shine. In addition to cowboy boots, which add much-needed character to the ensemble, you might don a wide belt with an interesting buckle as well as some statement jewelry, like an oversized necklace or long, eye-catching earrings. Denim on Denim and Cowboy Boots Denim on denim can be a divisive look, and if you are not careful, you could come off looking like Britney and Justin at the 2001 American Music Awards. A safe way to style denim on denim is by opting for denim pieces that are a bit more rebellious, like black or extremely distressed denim. You should balance your outfit with tight pants and an oversized denim jacket, and then you should put on your chicest pair of cowboy boots to draw […]

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10 Useful Travel Hacks For Your Upcoming Beach Vacation

Last Updated on 1st March 2022 The sound of waves crashing, gentle ocean breeze, refreshing cocktails, and the feeling of the sun on your skin. Is there anything better than a dreamy beach vacation? If you plan to visit a coastal town for your next vacation, it’s time to start planning. A little bit of preparation can mean the difference between a relaxing vacation and a nightmare trip filled with sunburns and other mishaps.  In this post, we’re sharing travel tips for your upcoming beach vacation. Let’s dive in. Don’t Forget Sunscreen We cannot emphasize enough the importance of wearing sunscreen. After all, you don’t want to spend your break dealing with a painful sunburn. In addition to sunscreen lotion, you should also carry a sunscreen spray, which is easier to apply on hard-to-reach areas. Moreover, make sure you are reapplying every two hours. Pack Other Protective Products Apart from your skin, you also need to protect your hair. Direct and prolonged exposure to the sun can discolor and damage your hair. We suggest wearing a hat as well as applying a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair hydrated. Additionally, remember to pack anti-UV sunglasses. Pre-Plan Outfits Do you tend to overpack? Packing too many unnecessary things makes the unpacking process time-consuming as well as may cost you extra baggage fees. Instead, you should pre-plan your outfits for every day of the trip. This will help you avoid bringing things you don’t need. Get Comfortable Footwear Don’t subject yourself to agonizing blisters by wearing cheap rubber flip flops. Purchase high-quality footwear that you can comfortably wear on the beach and around town. Book a Vacation Home Why stay in a tiny hotel room when you can unwind in spacious vacation homes? Skip conventional accommodations and consider booking vacation homes on […]

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10 Bathroom Upgrades For People Who Want A Spa-Like Feel

Last Updated on 23rd February 2022 For many of us, bathrooms are the place we go after a busy day. There’s something innately pampering about them.  Unfortunately, when designers were dreaming up bathrooms in the past, they primarily saw them as functional units. They didn’t view them as somewhere that could replicate  a spa in the home. They were designed more as spaces for people to get in and out of quickly in the mornings.  The good news, though, is that transforming bathroom spaces to give them a spa-like feel is easier than you might think.  In fact, it’s all rather simple. With some creative spa bathroom ideas, you can create your own little oasis. Check out our bathroom upgrades ideas below to create your very own spa bathroom. How to make your bathroom look like a spa? Consider Installing A Bidet Bidets don’t make much of an appearance in most modern bathrooms, partly because there isn’t a great deal of space. However, in places, like Europe, they’re incredibly popular.  If you have room, consider installing one. Many modern bidets come with heated seats for additional comfort and they can help you take your self-care to a new level. They’re much more comfortable than other hygiene methods.  Add More Natural Materials When you enter a modern spa, one of the first things you notice is all the natural materials. There’s varnished wood on the floor, wicker baskets along the walls, and bamboo used as a cladding material. The overall visual effect is stunning.  There’s a reason commercial spas use these materials – they’re more zen. They help to connect you with nature and create more flow.  Think about how you might incorporate natural materials into your bathroom. It could be as simple as hanging a wicker basket on the wall […]

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