Sunday, 30 November 2008

Song of the Week!

With the UK facing it's worst economic crisis in 60 YEARS (yep you read that right) and everybody suffering the credit crunch, what better time for Wiley to release his new video for his single, "Cash In My Pocket" on his Myspace page. Featuring Mark Ronson, the video takes a comical take on the UK's economic crisis. The song's relevance to the current state of the UK economy and people's attitude to money is so on point to what is happening in the world today. It's not just the UK that is suffering, you only have to watch the news and see the headlines to know that America is in the same crisis. Yes the most powerful country in the world has probably the worst economy. Go figure.
Wiley Cash In My Pocket
I watched it throughout and laughed my head off for what felt like the 3:40 minutes! The cast in the video are hilarious and the tune isn't bad either. Enjoy! :-)

It's All About the Benjamin's Baby

Hip Hop Comes to Harrods
I don't usually do men's fashion but there will always be exceptions. In this case, it's Andre 3000's new label Benjamin Bixby. Exclusively available from Harrods in the UK, Andre (one half of Outkast) launched the label in August of this year. I've always liked Andre's individual style and this is reflected in his label too. The first collection is taken from the Thirties era of style, tweed jackets, blazers and waist coats. But it's the crazy mix of styles that really makes it stand out. I love the way he mixes up preppy with "street" wear. I likey!! There's a really good feature on him talking about his inspiration behind his collection in Sunday's Observer Woman Monthly. He says: "I'm a big fan of English style. And Japan is outrageous. They do the prepy thing so well. Putting Japanese or Black kids in preppy clothes is how you get something new. It's like a conversation between cultures - one culture makes and teaches it back to you. It's the same with music." To buy online check out http://www.harrods.com/HarrodsStore/find/c/men/Brand/BENJAMIN+BIXBY/pgs/24

Fank F**k For the 90s...

For a while, a lot of people have been bang on the 80's revival...if you haven't seen the rope chains, spandex, shoulder pads and leggings or heard the electronic music making its big comeback then where have you been for, like, the last year?? 80's Groupies?? Maybe the most ironic thing is that most of the people rocking 80's fashion (let's call them 80's Groupies) weren't even BORN in the 1980's. Maybe that is the appeal..who knows! What I do know, is that I don't see what all the fuss is about..everyone knows the best decade was the 90's-and i'm not just talking about the music and fashion - what about the television shows..children's TV ain't what is used to be..Sponge Bob, Lazy Town, Ben 10? Give me Sharkey and George, Power Rangers and X-Men any day.... So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Work It..and I haven't looked back. Located on the Kingsland Road, Dalston, it only started in April 2008 but it's already got a strong turn out and of course the music is banging..where else can you hear all the nineties R&B, Hip Hop, New Jack Swing tunes all night long? You know I was grinning like the cheshire cat all night long... Check out http://www.youworkit.co.uk/ for more info.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Throw Back Track of the Week!

As I've always said-if you don't know..get to know! Alexander O' Neal - Criticise (check the intro-classic!)

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Beyonce - Single Ladies

Beyonce's new album - "Beyonce I am...Sasha Fierce" - was released this Monday in the UK. This is B's third solo album and fans will be pleased to know that it is a deluxe edition. The first half features mainstream pop songs written by songwriters such as Amanda Ghost (who also wrote James Blunt's "Your Beautiful"). The second disc is filled with plenty of R&B tracks - Beyonce style! Will you be buying it?? If you haven't already seen Single Ladies video check it out on Youtube but not before you see the Saturday Night Live comedy sketch Seth Green (whatever happened to him?!) and Justin Timberlake do. Hilarious!!!

Who Rocked It Better??

Monica Cruz and Beyonce...in THE SAME DRESS!!!
I'm sure it's happened to the best of us (I can think of an incident not so long ago!) You turn up to the event of the decade in your best hair, heels and bag and then *shock, horror* you spot what was meant to be your one-off/unique/original outfit on some other hussy. How DARE she? You scream (within). I'm not going to offer you any ludicrous advice such as cornering the hussy/skank and demanding she leave the party/event or accidentally spilling red wine (you know that stain will never come out) on her dress. Would I ever?! Instead I am going to present many examples of women across the world who have been in similar situations. Only difference is they are famous which means they can not hide the shame or humiliation. Yet we can- hooray for being mere mortals!!! Enjoy! You know I did! x
Heidi Montag & Leona Lewis (The Hills)
Lindsay Lohan & Sophie Ellis Bextor
Rihanna & Leah Hackett (Hollyoaks actress)
Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) & Denise Richards
Liz Hurley & Lil Kim
Jennifer Ellison & J-Lo
Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) & Nicky Hilton
Nicky Hilton & Sanaa Lathan (repeat offender Nicky??)
Carmen Electra & Keyshia Cole
Michelle Ryan (Eastenders) & Kris Kardashian (Kim's Mum)
Lauren Conrad (The Hills - which you should know!) & Michelle Kwan
Lily Allen & Kate Beckinsale
Gwen Stefani & Kelly Osbourne

Watch Free Channels You Don't Even Have To Pay For!

If you're like me then TV is very on demand, I watch it when I choose to. Television schedules are so "back in the day". It seems like yesteryear when Nickelodeon, Trouble and MTV Base were the channels I watched repeatedly as a mere tweenager. I rarely even watch Sky and I don't even have a television in my bedroom *shock horror*! It's all about iplayer, channel4 catchup and OVguide for all those exclusive episodes of Heroes, The Hills and Gossip Girl. (wink wink) Streamed or downloaded, evening or day, the choice really is yours. And surprise surprise guess what else I've stumbled across?? Channel Chooser lists LOADS of channels you can watch online from the comfort of your computer screen whenever you want. Kudos to moi! My favourites so far are Invincible TV, (British "urban" music and shows) CNN (knowledge is power y'all) and HBO (spawns the Wire need I say more?) http://www.channelchooser.com/index.php?watch=Invincible%20TV&id=170&get=1 For more info check: http://www.channelchooser.com/ www.ovguide.com Toodles!

OMG!Lindsay Lohan Gets Attacked by PETA!

Nobody hates people who wear fur more than those peeps who work for PETA. The People For Ethical Treatmeant of Animals made sure Lindsay knew what they were ALL ABOUT on Monday night when she arrived in Paris with her DJ girlfriend (and also Mark Ronson's sister) Samantha, oh, and her lovely, big, black, warm, FUR coat. Bad move BIMBO. It's a 1:37 minute clip but things get OH so interesting at about 40 seconds in. It couldn't have happened to a nicer person...no really it couldn't. Watch and enjoy- you know I did!

Campaign launched following Urban Music Award Stabbings

Founder of the Urban Music Awards, Jordan Kensington, has launched the "Stamp Out Violence" campaign following the stabbings which took place at the UMAs early this week. Along with MP Simon Wooley, George Galloway and artists DJ Luck, MC Neat and Q several other artists will be attending the filming and launch of the "Stamp Out Violence" campaign on 21st November 2008. Kensington said: "My sincere apologies go out to the victims of such an insensitive crime and the guests who were having such a brilliant time before the incident took place. I want to re-assure all the UMA fans and supporters that our organisation is about promotion success and achievement. We strongly stand against violence, and are appalled that this incident occurred." "Although the incident was negative, we at the UMA want to take this opportunity to bring to light some solutions and opportunities against a long standing problem facing our community." What was meant to be a night of celebration on Saturday 16th November, for British artists and musicians, turned into chaos and mayhem at the Urban Music Awards. Click here to see the video clips from London Today http://www.itvlocal.com/london/news/?void=258804 The music awards show, held at Indigo 02 in Greenwich, came to an abrupt end after one guest was seriously injured and two others hurt. Police shut down the 6th Annual Urban Music Award show keeping up to 300 people inside the venue until the early hours of the morning. The "Stamp Out Violence campaign will be launched on 21st November 2008 by The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that one man has been arrested in connection with this incident. If you would like to attend the Stamp Out Violence campaign visit http://www.urbanmusicawards.net/index.php for more details.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Plastic Surgery is for _______ People (fill in the blank)

When I saw this picture of Donatella Versace I thought it was some idea of a sick joke with photoshop or something. But I was mistaken. This is really her. And she is not the only one to be affected from this sick craze of plastic surgery. In the back of fashion, lifestyle and celebrity magazines there are pages upon pages of cosmetic surgery adverts for "a happier alternative to what you have" or "make that positive change you have always wanted" erm how about you get a padded bra/chicken fillets or how about take yourself down the gym ever heard of that? It's so pathetic to see what was once a beautiful woman and now a freak of nature. I'm sorry to be so blunt but someone has to! All that money and people around you and no one to tell you when it's time to put the knife down and just STOP. And it's not just Donatella either the list is endless. You only have to take a look at British celebrities to see it's not just in America that people have gone surgery mad. I would love to see the generation of surgery users when they hit 70. That's if they DO reach 70... If you don't believe me have a look at these pictures... (btw its in order with the very worst saved right until the end!) Brittney Murphy Courtney Love Madonna Kylie Tara Reid (American Pie actress) Ashlee Simpson George Clooney Fergie Victoria Beckham Janice Dickinson (America's Next Top Model ex-judge) Kim Kardashian Lil Kim Michael Jackson Bride of Wildenstein If anyone knows who this is please let me know. I don't recognise her as a "celebrity" and I'm usually very in the know about these things. If it IS a random person then OMG someone tell her she has no excuse for all this cosmetic surgery.. If you want to punish yourself some more take a look at more examples of HORRIFIC cosmetic surgery below:- http://plasticsurgeryphotos.blogspot.com/2007/12/jocelyn-wildenstein-and-bad-plastic.html

High Street Shop of the Week!

. H&M did it several times with big names of the fashion world, Topshop do it with established and up and coming designers and now New Look have followed suit. Introducing the launch of the New Look collection by Giles Deacon, Gold by Giles is available from like, now!!! If you don't know who Giles Deacon is you better get to know! The Brit designer hails from Cumbria has brought the edge back into fashion having designed for Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren. And now this exclusive collection at New Look, in its second year, has been made for us mere mortals who can't afford those high fashion prices. Yes, just for us! They have got EVERYTHING from the sequin jewel dress, lace fringe silk top (yes I am a big fan of the fringe/tassels this season!!) to a studded batwing top. I love the studded corset. It has the boned fitted detail, a back zip up and at £35 it's a treat. It'll look great with some black skinnys or for a braver look leather or wet look leggings. Get it before I do! http://www.newlook.co.uk/women/gold/CollectionList.aspx

X-Factor

The fifth live show took place this Saturday 8th November with guest performances from Mariah Carey making it a Mariah song choice night. Unfortunately (or fortunately if you're not a big fan of big shouty voices) Laura was voted out. :-( She came head to head against "Spainish senorita" Ruth as they belted out their song of choice to convince the judges to keep them in. This is the second week two singers have been booted off X-factor. Last week, audiences were shocked to see Austin kicked out and now Laura. Austin was one of my favourites to win and I was convinved if he didn't, Laura would. Either the audience don't like soul singersm or, shock horror, X-factor is a fix?!? Rachel received a great deal of press within the last few days...but all for the wrong reasons. News of the World published a story about Rachel living on benefits and The Mirror did one better with an interview with a pensioner's husband whose wife was allegedelly mugged by Rachel. I think it's so sad that the press are writing such unfavourable, one-sided stories on Rachel. She has been extremely honest about her past of drugs, prison, children in care etc but they are choosing to report these stories instead. It was awful to see Rachel break down on Saturday's live show. It's a shame that the press can't use her example of someone turning their life around for the better rather than digging up stories of her past. The past is the past leave her alone and let her do what she loves best - sing! http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/latest/2008/11/07/x-factor-exclusive-pensioner-says-rachel-hylton-mugged-his-wife-115875-20877589/ http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/showbiz/xfactor/58474/X-Factor-contestant-Rachel-Hylton-is-living-on-benefits-while-appearing-on-the-show.html With that rant over here is a clip of the lovely Mariah performing on X-factor. Aren't all those contestants lucky to have met her?? JLS made me laugh so much..their eyes literally popped out before them when Mariah walked into the room-bless their little 'earts! Enjoy!! PS Diana and Alexandra to win!
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