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WATCH: Lady Gaga sings Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’

It feels like she’s been away for ages but a new video of Lady Gaga has caught my eye and I felt I had to share.

The talented singer shows off her voice recently at an event celebrating what would have been Frank Sinatra‘s 100th birthday, which was held at the Encore Theatre in Las Vegas.

The show, which was aired on US TV  channel CBS on December 6, also featured covers of Sinatra’s classic songs by artists including Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys and John Legend. 

Gaga’s performance of ‘New York, new York’ definitely stood out to me though – that lady really does have some serious vocals and stage presence!


Sam x


M&S and Misguided win at Drapers Awards

Winners at the 2015 Drapers Awards last night (26 November) included Marks & Spencer’sMisguided and House of Fraser. 

The awards, which are in their 25th year celebrate those in fashion retailing. They took place at at Old Billingsgate in London and were attended by more than 800 people in the industry.

House of Fraser took home the best store design award for its Jolly’s of Bath premises, whilst Misguided won the fashion pure-play etailer of the year. 

Marks and Spencer’s meanwhile was triumphant as fashion retailer of the year – consumer choice and White Stuff was named as best place to work.
You can see a full list of the winners here.

Well done to all the winners!

This Week’s Friday Tunage: Lou Van – ‘My Love’

Hey everyone, and happy Friday!

Who’s excited for the weekend? Because I know I am! And what better way to kick off your weekend than by listening to an absolute TUNE of a song.

My pick this week to give you that Friday feeling is Lou Van – ‘My Love’ (below). I discovered this track whilst listening to a ‘Massive Dance Hits’ playlist on Spotify, and it didn’t disappoint me, as it led me straight to this happy little track.

The perfect dancefloor beat, and catchy baseline will have you moving at your desk and thinking about all those tequilas you’ll be drinking later.

You can check out more of Lou’s tunage array on his Soundcloud here.

Once again, happy Friday, have a good one people!

Sam x

Event: Wimbledon Art Studios Open Access Free Show

Open studioSo, still being quite new to London (I moved here properly in January), I still don’t think I have seen very much of the city yet.

I mean, once you’ve done a full week and had a few bevvies on a weekend, it is easy to just stay in bed and watch Netflix to recuperate, especially in those horrid, rainy winter months.

However, now that the sunshine has actually started to come out, I have decided that I really want to make the most of my weekend and see and explore all that London has to offer!

Now, I know what you’re thinking ‘It’s too expensive to do loads in London every weekend’, and it can be. However, it can also be very, very reasonable when you start searching out the whole host of free events that are going on in the city.

One such event was the Wimbledon Art Studios Open Access Show that took place at the weekend (Thurs 14- Sun 17 May).

This free show allows visitors to come and view the art of all those based at the studios, as well as buy the artwork commission-free. There is also fashion shows, food, a bar and a tearoom on hand to keep you fed, amused and hydrated whilst you make your way around all the different art on offer.

As I said above, the event was open from Thursday, but I decided to take a little stroll down to the studios on Sunday for the afternoon. As soon as I walked in my eyes were treated to an array of amazing works full of colour, texture and interesting concepts.

I’m the type of person that always needs to be stimulated in some way, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed with the amazing paintings, photography, jewellery , clothes and accessories on offer.

peter vaillantThe first thing I saw when I walked in was Peter Valliant‘s breathtakingly colourful acrylic paintings. His inspiration behind the work is the ‘dramatic essence of light captured from the last hues of colour from the day’, which you can definitely tell from his pieces.

Next I came across Atlas & I, who specialises in making personalised products all printed on vintage maps of your choice. This brand really grabbed my attention, as my sister Kerri loves maps, so I wanted to get lots of photos just to show her! Sophie Kirkpatrick, who has been running the brand since 2011, creates a whole host of products, including leather stationery and fashion accessories, to wall art and greetings cards, all made to order, printed with a vintage map, location of your choice, here in the UK.

Another highlight for me was Raj Burnett’s adorable jewlellery line. Raj has been working on the range for the last four years and creates all her pieces by hand – hoping to create a unique product that her customer can treasure. Again, her tea range particularly caught my eye as my friend Laura loves tea-inspired accessories, so it reminded me of her and how much she would like them! She also has a ‘Laser Garden’ range too, inspired by nature and a semi-precious line on its way.

However, I do have to say that my favourite artist that I discovered at the event was Gavin Mitchell. On display at the show gavin mitchellwas his ‘East Meets West 2015’ artwork that I instantly fell in love with.

Describing the range, Mr Mitchell says: ” The ongoing collection of work using early 20th century Japanese postcards depicting the daily routine of a Geisha. Disrupting the inherent tranquility and ethereality by juxtaposing Western iconic imagery and exposing the implied seductiveness behind these culture portrayals.”

I have also looked at Gavin’s other art collection and they are just as inspiring – I would definitely recommend you having a look at his website.

Of course, there were many other great artists on display, however I don’t want to bore you by listing my view of every single one of them here.

You can check out all of the artists at the studios here though and definitely keep an eye of for the next free event coming in November.

For now, check out the Wimbledon Arts Studios website, Twitter or Facebook page if you’re after more info and check out some more pictures of the event below…

Sam x

British Fashion Awards 2014: Nominees Unveiled

bfa2The nominees for this year’s British Fashion Awards have been announced.

Renowned named in the fashion industry are up for awards, including Roland Mouret, Christopher Kane, Charlotte Olympia and Stella McCartney.

The prestigious ceremony, which will take place at the London Coliseum on December 1, will once again be hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall. The annual event is organised by the British Fashion Council to celebrate the creativity and success of those in the British fashion industry.

Categories at the event cover emerging and established stars and brands in all aspects of the fashion industry. This includes menswear, womenswear and accessory designers. There is also awards for ‘International Designer’ and ‘Red Carpet Designer’, meanwhile Cara Delivigne, Jourdan Dunne and Sam Rollinson will fight it out for model of the year.

The awards have been known to attract A-list celebrities, with guests and presenters at last year’s ceremony including Kate Moss, Donatella Versace, Harry Styles and Sienna Miller.

To find out more about the event, including the full list of nominees, visit the British Fashion Awards website. You can also follow all the latest news for the awards on Twitter.

LISTEN: Lorde – ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ (From The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1)

Exciting news Lorde fans! The New Zealand songstress has released a new track!

‘Yellow Flicker Beat’, which you can listen to below, is the first record that the singer has circulated since she released album ‘Pure Heroine’ in September last year. What’s even more exciting is that the song will feature as part of the official soundtrack of the new ‘Hunger Games’ film – ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’.

The song isn’t vastly different from the material of ‘Pure Heroine’, with sultry vocals from the 17-year-old and a chorous that you won’t forget , however one thing that it does have in common is that it is damn good.

Lorde is the first artist to be announced for the new ‘Hunger Games’ soundtrack. If the rest of it sounds as good as this, then I will definitely be purchasing it!

Let me know what you think of ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ in the comments box below…



Sam x

My favourite new remixer: Prillen

People who know me will know that I absolutely LOVE a good remix, so I am always on the hunt for them.

However, sometimes I happen to stumble on a really great one, which was what happened today. I was just browsing on Tumblr when I happened to find this awesome new Katy Perry x Iggy Azalea remix of ‘I Kissed a Girl’ and ‘Fancy’ (below). I love both of these songs, so I had to have a listen… and I definitely loved what I heard.

Chilled, cool and suarve, this track just HAS it. I was taken with it literally from the first note.

Obviously, then I had to find out who made the track, so I clicked on the Prillen‘s Twitter account which was attached to the post. Considering the Tumblr post of the song had nearly 9,000 notes, I was surprised to find that Prillen only has 154 followers on Twitter. This guy is definitely a a musical mastermind, so I would definitely recommend you give him a follow.

I also checked out some of his other remixes on his Soundcloud page. Again, I stumbled on some more I love, such as his version of Kesha‘s ‘Your Love Is My Drug’ and his ‘Cockiness’ remix.

As well as music, I also saw on Prillen’s website that he’s an artist – what a talented guy huh!

But anyways, I thought I would just write a post to share with you this guy’s genius, as I certainly enjoyed it. Let me know what you think of the track, or any of his other work, below!

Sam x



Plead to Katie Price – Stay single for a while!

kp1I’m sure that most of you by now would have heard that Katie Price has split from her latest husband, stripper Kieran Hayler…I mean what with Katie revealing the news herself from a string of tweets, the news isn’t going to stay secret for very long.

But if, by some chance, you haven’t heard yet. Katie revealed earlier this week that she was divorcing hubby Kieran after finding out he was having an affair with her best friend Jane Poutney for the last seven months.

She wrote on her Twitter timeline: “Sorry to say me and kieran are divorcing him and my best friend jane pountney bee having a full blown sexual affair for 7 months.”

The model added:  “No human being deserves this especially being 6 months pregnant. Worse pain in the world.”

Now don’t get me wrong, of course I feel sorry for Katie. I can’t think of anything worse than being six months pregnant with someones baby and then finding out that they are cheating on me with my best friend. It is absolutely unacceptable and I don’t know how Kieran manages to live with himself.

What I do also feel though is that there has been a pattern in the model’s life, that she needs to change. The fact is she can’t be single. As soon as one relationship ends, she’s with some other guy a few months or even weeks later. Call  me cynical, but I don’t know how you will be able to find a meaningful partner who you genuinely love and who cares about you that quick.

It seems like instead of healing after a relationship fails and thinking about how things went wrong, Katie just jumps into her next relationship. It is always with some tanned ‘hunk’ who I guess she thinks other women will be jealous of too. I mean, I’m not saying that people don’t have a type & muscly, tanned men can’t be nice. However, she just seems like she always goes for this stereotypical muscle man who screws her over.

The exception is obviously Peter Andre. I think we all know that they had real love and shared something special. However I don’t think Katie is over the relationship whatsoever, even after all these years that they split, so I think she feels like she always has to get one up on Pete and try to make him jealous. By doing this she is rushing into relationships that she isn’t fully committed too.

This would be fine, except fkpor the fact that Katie is a mother. It is not fair that she keeps introducing her children to these new men only for them to disappear a little while later and confuse them all over again. Plus, they don’t want to see their mother hurt and she is definitely going to be that if she keeps getting into relationships with these kind of men. They will just see a pattern of men coming into their lives and upsetting their Mum, which is not a great basis for their view on relationships.

The fact that she is now bringing another child into the mix is also worse. She is going to be stuck with Kieran her whole live now, seeing as he is the father of her unborn child. All she is doing is causing herself unnecessary upset by getting involved with these men.

However, if she was single, I feel like Katie would actually be able to concentrate on herself and her family. She has beautiful children and tons of different work projects she can concentrate on – she needs to realise she doesn’t need a man to complete her happy ever after. She would also find that people would respect her so much more for this. I mean, all she is ever in the paper for at the moment is for being pregnant, having a row with Pete, or breaking up with someone.

So this is my plea to you Katie, stay single! For the sake of your children, career and wellbeing!



Five links I’m loving this week #1

linkSo I haven’t done a links post before, however I have really enjoyed them when I have read them on other people’s blogs as it’s led me to some great content!

I also have seemed to stumble across loads of great links recently, so I thought I would share.

Let me know if you’ve particularly enjoyed any of the links I’ve shared, or share some of your favourite articles of the week below in the comments section if you have any!

Sam x

1. 13 breakfast hacks to start the morning like a champ

Mmm, who doesn’t like breakfast?! Don’t you wish you could have it for every meal of the day! There are definitely some tasty treats in this article. I am particularly loving the chocolate chip muffin in the microwave and the pancakes out of cake mix – YUM.

2. 6 things you can do before breakfast to make your day a success

Anything that helps me make my day a success before I’ve even had my Weetabix is good by me.

3. 8 brilliant brownie recipes you have to make

Do I have to say anymore? BROWNIES.

4. 10 apps you never knew you needed

They had me at no.1 – an app that find thee nearest pizza place? I’m in

5. Why consistency is key to blogging & traffic

Well I had to finish off with a blogging link didn’t I? Some great points and tips in this article.

That’s all for this week folks, but keep a look out as I’ll probably be doing another link post soon!