Review: Is Topshop really worth it?

Over the past few days I’ve been going into some high street stores to find out what most of you teenagers prefer, but really I didn’t see much difference. I went into Topshop, River Island, Miss Selfridges, Primark and New Look and to be very honest with you the only difference they all had was the prices. So is there really any need to shop at a specific brand?

I want to give a brief store review on Topshop and how young females of today obsess over it a bit too much. Topshop first started in 1964 in the basement of a department store, and over the years has grown and developed, it now has over 300 stores in the UK bringing people edgy and fashionable looks. Personally I’m a huge fan of the store and all its products however is it a bit overrated? Only yesterday I walked in to purchase a pair of socks and the cashier told me it was a tenner! for a pair of socks! I could walk in to Primark and get that same exact pair for such a decent price.

Aside from this, I guess if all you fashion enthusiasts are willing to spend money on your favourite brand then go for it.

Thanks for reading guys and have a lovely day.

By Whitney Ajudua.

 

 

Living the’Teenage Dream’? Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom’s new romance.

New couple alert! If you haven’t already heard, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are at centre stage as the new ‘it’ couple of Hollywood, well for now at least. It has only been a few weeks since they enjoyed a romantic get-away to picturesque Hawaii where they confirmed their romance. Now pictures of the unlikely couple holding hands are everywhere.

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Is he bringing new girlfrkaty in londoniend Katy to England to meet the family already? Surely not … SPOTTED – the budding new love birds were seen together yesterday having touched down at Heathrow airport enjoying each other’s company. What’s the special occasion? –The jet-setting couple were only in London for a few hours (phew) as a ‘private jet whisked them away to another location’,The Daily Mail reported.

 

Having only begun dating in January of this year, the couple may be moving too quickly. Celebrities are notorious for rushing in to relationships and then breaking up practically the next month. (I mean, how long did Gigi Hadid and Joe Jonas date for again?) Both having just come out of very public relationships, is this an instant love or rushed attraction?

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Are the ex’s for or against…? – A source told E! News that Bloom’s ex-wife, model Miranda Kerr, is ‘happy’ for Orlando and apparently has no anger towards Orlando for dating Katy. The source further told E! that Kerr thinks Perry is a ‘really cool woman and talented singer’. Ahh, no drama here I guess.

Hopefully their relationship lasts, because everyone deserves to be in a loving relationship. But, I will probably be here in a month’s time talking about their split, you know how celebs are… Just kidding!

Hope you guys liked this post. Enjoy the rest of your relaxed Sunday. See Ya.

 

(Do you think the media pressures people in to getting in a relationship/finding ‘the one’ ?-Leave your comments below.)

Curation: Written by Demi Bailey-Paul

Photo credit: picture 1= http://www.univision.com, picture 2= http://www.dailymail.co.uk, picture 3= http://www.usmagazine.com,  gif= giphy.com,

Links to articles:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3478415/Buoyant-Orlando-Bloom-t-eyes-new-girlfriend-Katy-Perry-touch-native-London-isn-t-long-again.html
http://www.eonline.com/news/746267/what-does-miranda-kerr-think-about-ex-orlando-bloom-dating-katy-perry-get-the-scoop
http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/katy-perry-bundles-up-at-airport-with-her-new-man-orlando-bloom-w166302

‘NINA’:Biopic Backlash (Opinion Piece)

A forthcoming biopic about Nina Simone, an American singer songwriter and civil rights activist, has generated a lot of controversy over its casting. American actress Zoe Saldana has been cast as Nina Simone  and in the trailer she is presented in black face and a nose prosthetic. Though Saldana is of Puerto descent, she identifies herself as “half black and half Latina.”

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Zoe Saldana                                                                                                     Nina Simone                                   photo taken by http://www.ew.com                                               

Nina Simone was a musical icon in the late 1960’s, a time where her physical attributes were dismissed. ‘To Be Young, Gifted and Black” a song dedicated to the potential of black men and women who haven’t been acknowledged.

Comments made on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter questioned why black actresses with a dark skin complexion were not considered to authentically play this role, like Lupita Nyong’o for example . “Completely insulting” these were one of the comments made by a social media user on the subject.

Nina Simone’s daughter took to Twitter saying, “My mum was raised in a time where she was told her skin was too dark and her nose too wide. Appearance wise this was not the best choice.” Saldana responded with a simple statement saying, “I’ll tell you what freedom is to me, no fear, i mean literally no fear, #NinaSimone.”

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photo taken from Zoe Saldana’s twitter account. 

Although people didn’t focus on Saldana’s acting ability, however fans are not convinced she is the right person to represent the nuances of life as a dark skinned black woman.

   (Nina biopic trailer)

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By Stella Akinwumi

 

Grown up or sewn up ? Bella Hadid’s surgery rumours.

Yesterday, the internet was at a standstill when ‘unrecognizable’ photos of 19 –year old model Bella Hadidcirculated on the web, sporting a much different facial physique.

Rachel Moon, who wrote a piece on Bella’s surgery accusations in the ‘Mirror’,gained attention with a bold headline, ‘Bella looks COMPLETLEY different’. Certainly this would catch the eye of anyone.

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The photo in the ‘Mirror’ that had people taken aback was a side-by-side photo of the beauty in 2010 and a more recent photo of her in 2016. Admittedly, there is a clear difference in her features, but the article was very critical of her, using words such as ‘unrecognizable’, ‘VERY different‘,and ‘hugely insecure’. A lot can happen to a young teenage girl in six years.

 

I’m sure everyone has gone through that awkward stage of not growing in to their features yet, right?

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The two pictures apparently demonstrate that her nose is more rounded now and her lips are plumper. This is what ‘She went to town with her dad’s credit card’ and paid for, a source told the ‘Mirror’, and many people are assuming the same thing.

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The article allowed for Bella’s voice to be heard,‘Bella told Seventeen magazine that it was difficult constantly being compared to her big sister Gigi’.–Being in the limelight at a young age, you are vulnerable to being scrutinized and compared. It is a part of the lifestyle unfortunately.

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However, the article was too quick to assume the surgery rumours were true. All girls are insecure at some point in their lives and the pressure to look ‘perfect’ is an ongoing battle that girls have to wage.

Maybe it is articles such as this that lead young Hollywood into being pressured to have surgical procedures. When your looks are constantly questioned and compared to others it can leave a girl feeling down. FACT OF THE DAY!

 

 

 

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What are your opinions on the surgery rumours ? Read the article and leave your comments below.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/gigi-hadids-sister-bella-looks-7491535

Review written by: Demi Bailey-Paul

Sing Your Heart Out: The 15 Best Karaoke Songs Ever!

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Fun fact for you: People like singing. Some people do it for fun, and some take it very seriously. This is a thing that everyone is into (even though some of us won’t admit it) and that’s why karaoke is one of the world’s most popular leisure activity. It is hilarious, romantic, epic, sentimental and in most scenarios, drunk.

We’ve put together a playlist of some of the greatest hits of all times that get the best crowd reaction featuring party songs, love ballads, duets and more. Just grab the mike and sing your heart out!

1.”Someone Like You” by Adele

2.”Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

3.”Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dog

4.”I Want It That Way” by The Backstreet Boys

5.”Drunk in Love” by Jay Z and Beyonce

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6.”Rehab” by Amy Winehouse

7.”Counting Stars” by One Republic

8.”Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child

9.”Grenade” by Bruno Mars

10.”Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus

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11.”Umbrella” by Rihanna and Jay Z

12.”We Are Young” by Fun

13.”I Love Rock n’ Roll” by Joan Jett

14.”Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi

15.”Toxic” by Britney Spears

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What are your favourite songs to jam to? Leave a comment down below telling us or share your thoughts on Instagram!

Listicle by Alina Sirbu- March 4th 2016

Damn Kim! Back at it again with the Cornrows!

YES, so we are in the year 2016, and it seems Cultural Appropriation is still a topic of debate at the top of the list. The same controversy circled last year when Marie Claire labelled Kendall Jenner’s four mini-cornrows as ‘taking bold braids to a new epic level’.HMM

Of course I am all for sharing hairstyles and beauty tips with one another. It is a part of life as a woman; we like to experiment and try new things. But, when the mainstream media do not credit or even show black women wearing ‘the new bold hairstyle’ (didn’t black women kind of invent the hair style ?), it can leave a community of already oppressed individuals, feeling more oppressed.

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Why are people still talking about the braid situation ?: I don’t want to get all political with you guys on a Friday, but to sum it up, when a dominant group adopts an element of a culture without acknowledging the existence of its origin, it is evidently cultural appropriation. Not just black women, but any ethnicity would be hurt and feel they’ve been given the cold shoulder when the media only choose to celebrate your culture and history on celebrities because at the time it is seen as ‘cool’. FACT OF THE DAY !
Eurocentric features and hair textures are already kendallcelebrated everyday through mainstream media. I think it should be any media outlet’s responsibility to do background research on things such as hair styles and traditional clothing. Although I may sound petty, people always seem to get hurt or offended, and after all everyone just wants to live in harmony.*sigh*

 

So on this lovely Friday, just keep in mind the feelings of others and what it means appropriate without proper attribution.

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Have a great day, and I’ll catch you guys tomorrow !

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post. Leave your comments below on the issue.
Has there ever been a time where you/someone else has been a victim or participated in cultural appropriation without realising ?

Opinion Piece: Written by Demi Bailey-Paul

 

REVIEW: RIHANNA LANDS ANOTHER #1

WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK. Well it is obvious to say that it has paid off!

Rihanna’s ‘ANTI’ album has finally been released. Now was it worth the wait? Well with the lead single ‘Work’ already claiming the top 10 chart position in over 20 countries, and ‘Work’ being  Rihanna’s 14th number one single, it’s safe to say that Rihanna’s work is done!

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A sleek, electronic hip hop track designed to be stuck in your head for days. The assisted number by Canadian rapper Drake, represents a chill and tropical vibe the song needed. The two part music video that was recently released didn’t leave much to the imagination, the Barbadian singer flaunted alongside Drake.

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Rihanna is one of the biggest selling artists in the world and has produced 8 albums in 8 years, and her latest album ‘ANTI‘ offers a vision of sensuality that permeates the pop genre. Whilst others have criticised the song as “UNAPOLOGETIC (pardon the pun) black women showing off their heritage where politics are dominated by #BlackLivesMatter.” Nevertheless this doesn’t take away the fact that Rihanna has evolved from just an R&B singer to a global icon.

Keep slaying Rhi Rhi!!

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Review by Stella Akinwumi, 4th March 2016

Sam Smith on Oscars performance- “I hated every minute of it.”

Sam Smith might have taken home the Oscar for best original song on Sunday but the artist wasn’t overly excited by his own performance that night, claiming his singing was horrible.

 

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Photo: Vanity Fair

On his way into the Vanity Fair party after winning for the Spectre theme “Writing’s on the Wall“, beating favourite “Til It Happens to You” by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren, Sam Smith told BBC radio station 5 Live that the  Oscars performance was the worst moment of his life. “I hated every minute of it, I was so nervous,” Smith added.

What do people have to say about the performance?

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The multiple Grammy winner also has an idea for who should sing the theme song for the next 007 film. “The Spice Girls,” he joked. Smith also mentioned that having now claimed the Oscar, after finishing off some amazing couple of years for the Brit, it would only go “downhill” from here. “I’m going to retire, I’m done with music!” he teased.

However, he might not be done with music yet but he sure is done with social media for a while after the controversy over his inaccurate statement to be the first openly gay Oscar winner, which isn’t true.

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Later on, Sam Smith apologised for his fallacious claim, explaining that he was trying to “shine some light on the LGBT community” who he loves very much.

Curation piece by Alina Sirbu- March 3rd 2016

Explainer: Why you should think twice about the brands you buy

Think your new lipstick looks great and isn’t doing your body any harm? Think again! I was scrolling through Facebook when I came across the most horrific images. Women’s lips had become completely damaged all because they weren’t careful. Although you might think the colour looks fabulous, underneath it all it could be damaging your skin cells. And don’t be tricked! Just because a lipstick is expensive or well-known, it doesn’t mean it’s exempt.

 

1.) WHAT ARE THEY DOING?

Research done in 2007 by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics  showed that 60% of the 33 lipsticks they tested, contained harmful levels of lead.

But don’t be fooled! Although the study was conducted in 2007, many products still contain lead.

 

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2.) WHY ARE THEY DOING IT?

In fact, the companies do not set out to put lead in their lipsticks. It simply comes from the pigments used to create the colour, like most things that come from the Earth. Several countries such as Canada have banned cosmetic companies from having more than “a trace” of lead, perhaps other countries should follow their example in order to protect us women a little better.

 

3.) WHAT DOES IT DO TO YOU?

According to Safe Cosmetics the presence of lead causes a big concern for pregnant women. Lead is a neurotoxin which means it can cause miscarriages, infertility and can even cause the fetus to develop learning disabilities. Although many people claim it can cause cancer, there is no scientific evidence to prove this theory.

 

 

 

4.) SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Unfortunately, lead is not listed as an ingredient on the labels. You should familiarise yourself with the brands we already know contain lead in their lipsticks. If you’re not sure whether or not a lipstick contains lead there a sneaky trick: Simply rub the lipstick over a gold ring. If it changes colour to black, then you know it contains lead. And most importantly, don’t take any chances! If it has happened to other women, it can just as easily happen to you. The colour will last a couple hours, the damage, a lifetime. 

 

 

By Louana Erard 3rd March 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifth Harmony ‘Work From Home’ Review- Girl Group Grown Up

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Fifth Harmony in ‘Work From Home’ (Photo: Youtube Screenshot)

The latest pop moment to be dragged under the music-scope is Fifth Harmony’s new single “Work From Home”. The Ty Dolla $ign assisted anthem is giving us a taste of their sophomore album “7/27″ which is set for arrival on May 20th. The X Factor US alumnae are ready to put in some serious work as it is shown in their new video that accompanies the single.

 

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“Work From Home”-which is reminiscing to the group’s biggest single up to date “Worth It” erupts as pop radio’s most added song in the United States. But is it a HIT or a MISS?  Although there is another “work” song playing on the radio (Rihanna’s new single “Work”) there might be room for another one.

Fifth Harmony’s latest tune is both catchy and energetic, featuring the girls’ amazing harmonies. The song has a chilled out vibe especially the chorus that has something infectious about the way the girls chant “work” over and over again. Halfway through the track, Ty Dolla $ign comes in to spice up the tempo and offer a smooth verse.

 

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Photo: Spotify artwork for “Work From Home”

Speaking of lyrics, the track has some very adult undertones. “Let’s put it into motion / Imma give you a promotion / I’ll make it feel like a vacay / Turn the bed into an ocean,” is just one example of the song’s cheeky lyrics.

The accompanying video features Fifth Harmony all grown up, in their sexiest form so far. The girls are running a construction site, doing serious heavy duty lifting and flirting with a bunch of barely dressed men. Dinah Jane Hansen, Camila Cabello, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui are on fire, looking better than ever whilst showing off their killer dance moves.

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It is interesting to witness the evolution of 5H. From the breakup anthem “Miss Movin’ On” to the number one hit “Worth It”, these ladies are full of surprises and ready to conquer their position at the top of the charts.

What would you rate “Work From Home” out of 10? Let us know below, or by hitting us up on Instagram!

Review by Alina Sirbu- March 2nd 2016