March is approaching which means this infernal, unending winter is almost over (I hope). March is also the time when most youths get a week off school and can jet to exotic locals that contain beaches and/or a lot of alcohol. But even if you’re not luckily enough to spend a week getting alcohol poisoning in the sun, you can still have a fun time at home. Fill your bedroom with sand and pretend you’re at the beach, or if your parents/roommates/cats object to that (as I am most certain that they will) turn up this playlist and jam out to these island-ish tunes while you spend every day of your break on Tumblr.
1) Island in the Sun – Weezer
To me, this is the quintessential vacation song. It just conjures images of floating around a pool with sunglasses on, while being fed grapes by some male servants (…or something like that, I definitely haven’t thought about it that much…). It’s also a great uplifting track to make you feel better when it’s March and it seems like the sun may never surface again.
Best for: starting the week, reminding yourself that you’re on vacation.
2) All Eyes on You – St. Luica
You might know this song from a recent series of Victoria’s Secret ads, but it was my official song of Summer 2012 (“I knew it before it was cool,” she said pretentiously). There’s just something so relaxed in the tone of this song, I think it’s perfect for unwinding during your at home vacation. You can bop your head enthusiastically while dancing around your kitchen as you eat Oreos or some similar domestic activity.
Best for: going to the pretty beach in your head
3) Cake – Toro y Moi
For me, vacations from school are doubly relaxing because I get to have the house to myself as everyone else slumps their way to work. I frequently use this alone time to play music obnoxiously loud while dancing/eating/instagramming. Toro y Moi is one of the reigning kings of chillwave and this track off his latest album “Anything In Return” is one of my favourite booty shakers.
Best for: pretending you’re in a Harlem Shake video but with better music.
4) Feel It All Around – Washed Out
You’re going to need some seriously relaxing tunes for this break. After all, you lead a stressful life. I mean, all those books about medieval England didn’t just read themselves this semester did they (full disclosure: I didn’t even read them. LOL)? Dedicate one day of your break to wearing a onesie all day, reading books, and drinking tea and/or the caffeinated beverage of your choosing and play this song while you do it. Whenever I hear this, a movie-like montage runs through my head: sitting on the counter boiling water, scratching a cat’s ears while you read, napping peacefully while your hair fans out like a halo around your head (I may watch too many movies). Feel the relaxation all around.
Best for: being a sluggish as humanly possible.
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What she’s wearing: Swift appeared in the land down under in this stunning white Elie Saab chiffon gown at the 2012 ARIA Awards in Sydney, Australia.
Why we love it: Just look at Swift, she looks GORGEOUS!! (I don’t caps lock a lot, so when I don you know I mean business!) I wanna hate Swift for living out the fairy tale dream and rubbing it in our peasant faces, but at the end of the day you got to give it to her for bringing her A game to everything (whether its her hit new record, her red carpet looks, or managing to snag a member from One Direction). Some might say this look is too dressy for the occasion but it’s usually always better to be overdressed than under-dressed. The dress is nice and sweet in the front, but the lace panelling on the side adds some major sex appeal.
Someone likes what they see!
Takeaway: Lace is a great way to show skin but still be covered at the same time, so if you find that some cutouts in dresses are too risqué try to cover those bare spots with a nice lace fabric. Make sure the lace works well with the rest of the fabrics on the dress so as to not make it look like a patchwork dress of random fabrics.
What she’s wearing: The Hunger Games actress stepped out in a graphic Prabal Gurung short-suit at the 2013 Miss Golden Globe Party in California.
Why we love it: Fuhrman was one of the standout stars in the first The Hunger Games film and its a shame she won’t be in any of the subsequent ones (sorry if this is too spolier-y for you). This chic three-piece silk suit has a matching printed blazer, shorts, and blouse but everything pops with solid accents and trimmings. The blazer has solid navy lapels and cuffs, the shorts have a bright red waist band, and the blouse has a lovely light blue statement collar.
She will cut you!
Takeaway: Menswear can be a tough arena to venture into but you shouldn’t worry because you can still show off your femininity even when wearing menswear inspired clothes. Take baby-steps like mixing menswear inspired cuts with feminine fabrics. Like you can buy a suit jacket but in silk, the silhouette might be menswear inspired but the fabric keeps it feminine.
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One of my favourite moments from last night’s MTV Europe awards was when Taylor Swift thanked everyone for giving her the Best Look award because she suffers from a low self esteem so it could give her the boost she needs. I find this ironic considering many girl’s sole purpose in life is to look JUST LIKE Taylor.
Taylor — who won three of the five awards she was nominated for — also had one of my favourite looks of the night. She wore the most spirited circus-themed costume during her performance of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and an incredibly chic J Mendel gown as well (above).
Check out all of our favourite looks below
Rita Ora in scarlet Marchesa
Lana Del Rey in navy Shareen
Conor Maynard in a dapper suit Read more…
What she’s wearing: Kerr was spotted arriving to her Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show rehearsal in NYC in a heather grey wool coat and matching sheer top, a peekaboo blue blouse, black leather short shorts, embroidered Isabel Marant Betty ankle boots, and a Givenchy Antigona bag.
Why we love it: I love how she takes her outfit to the next level by matching her heather grey coat to her heather grey top. Also any look that keeps on giving the more you look at it is A+ in my books – her blink or you might not see blue blouse and black bra are subtle details that add to this ensemble. The black leather shorts break up all the grey and add some much needed fabric variety.
Takeaway: Some people forget to realize that your jacket can really enhance your outfit underneath and vice versa. Sometimes we use jackets as a stand-alone look separate from the clothes they cover underneath and that can be a real shame if you spent so much time putting your outfit together only to cover it up with a jacket.
Why we love it: Not only is that a lot of costume changes but it seems inevitable that she was would wind up on this list since the odds were ever in her favour. This number stood out from the rest due to its flared silhouette. I also like how she mixes metals (a sleek gold sequin top and silver Jerome C. Rousseau sandals) with the white cupcake tiered skirt.
Takeaway: Mixing metals can be tough but it helps when you use one metallic colour as an accent colour minimizing its effect on the overall look. It also helps to have a neutral colour to break up the metallics (and mainly because metallics and bold colours usually don’t mix).
What she’s wearing: The U.K. singer stepped out in London in a sleek black leather dress, over-the-knee zip up leather boots, and an oversized trench coat with floral lining.
Why we love it: There’s no denying Ora got some funky style but lately she’s been really stepping up her game. However Ora is still keeping it edgy but with a high fashion twist. This is a lot of leather but it works for her and also because the silhouette is not overtly dominatrix but pretty conservative despite its leather fabric. Ora’s coat might seem a tad too big for her but there’s been a trend of celebrities rocking oversized coats, also wearing your coat like a cape seems pretty popular too. The coat also adds a pop of color since its lined with a floral fabric.
Takeaway: Leather has returned as an on-trend fabric. We haven’t really seen a full leather look until now but most celebrities have been rocking pieces of leather in their outfits like shorts and skirts. Leather clothing can be quite expensive, so make sure whatever leather item piece you buy is versatile enough to work with the clothes already in your closet.
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Joe and Nick Jonas
This is probably one of the most exciting moments that a JoBros fan could witness. Joe Jonas tweeted this magically pic of him and his brother Nick in the studio making new music. If you haven’t already heard, they’ll all be teaming up for a reunion show at Radio City Music Hall October 11. The show practically sold out in minutes, but you know — a new album brings along a new tour.
Looks like Missy Elliott is back in the music scene, with not one, but two songs this weekend. It’s hard to believe her song “Work It” that I was completely obsessed with, was released in 2002. Let’s see if she still has what it takes.
Rita Ora performed at G-A-Y in London Saturday night, and it looks like her famous friend Harry Styles joined in on the fun. The picture was taken backstage, which later followed by a food fight. Oh the life of a rockstar..
“Call Me Maybe (Cover)” — Kelly Clarkson
Every show, Kelly Clarkson lets a fan from the audience choose a song for her to sing, which is why we’ve been hearing her cover tracks like Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and Britney Spears’ “Everytime.” This time, a few people in the audience asked her to cover Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” We’ve heard tons of renditions of this track but this simplified version works because we really get to focus on a catchy melody and great vocals.
“You’re Gonna Love This” — 3OH!3
Poor 3OH!3…they started the whole pop/rap/dance/auto tune/alcoholic/patterned pants craze and LMFAO and Kesha swooped right in and stole their thunder. The duo hasn’t given up though and in the name of all that is outrageous and obnoxious, I give you “You’re Gonna Love This,” off their newest album Omens. The music video for the track is pretty simple. They both try to win over the same girl, one-upping each other by throwing things and aiming really well. Unfortunately, the girl in the video is totally unimpressed and gets whisked away by a Tom Cruise look-a-like, leaving the boys to find some other fish in the sea.
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Rita Ora’s such a fashionista, we just can’t imagine her wearing hideous matching tracksuits at 13 to get attention from her first love (who ended up being a total dud). She sat down with @Jordans_Life to talk about her first beer and the craziest party she ever went to. At 16, she ended up throwing a flat party at her family home and sh*t went CRAY. Well, you can’t blame her considering her dad owned a wicked pub and had surround sound speakers.
We’ve heard tons of awesome One Direction covers lately but we’ve got room for another one if it’s Rita Ora. The stylish singer visited BBC Radio 1 “Live Lounge” and covered “What Makes You Beautiful.” The song is just as chirpy as the original but changes the instrumentation with some maracas and a tropical sounding guitar and drum solo in the middle.
Ora also performed an acoustic version of her single “How We Do (Party).” We only have a couple weeks to go until her debut album ORA drops, but these performances will satiate us in the meantime.
“What Makes You Beautiful”
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It’s pretty safe to say that Rita Ora doesn’t need the most expensive item in the store to complete her look. She insists it doesn’t matter where it’s from, as long as it looks good! Rita sat down with @Jordans_life to describe her own sense of style in three words and dish on how she can tell a lot about a person by the way they dress. She also shares her love for the city of Toronto (because duh).
Image seems to be everything in Hollywood (unfortunately) but once in a while two celebrities emerge that seem like the EXACT SAME PERSON. Of course, they’re not really — they both have unique careers and personalities but they share a similar look (see Rihanna and Rita Ora above). Then you end up googling whether or not they’re related (half siblings, third cousins, blood sisters) and realize you were wrong all along.
Which celebs do you think have an uncanny resemblance to eachother?
Nina Dobrev and Victoria Justice
Sarah Hyland and Mila Kunis
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Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Rita Ora, a British singer and actress. Her debut album, ORA, comes out this August.
Just like the DJ Fresh track that got everyone talking about her, Rita Ora is “Hot Right Now.” She expertly mixes street beats with pop, making you want to get up and dance. With her signature platinum blonde hair and bright red lips, this 21-year-old is set to blow up. Her debut album will be out this August, and she’s spending the summer opening for Coldplay.
Full name: Rita Sahatçiu Ora
Known for: Ora is known for her impressive vocal range and her edgy street style.
Used in a sentence: “Since you’re not old enough to drink, get a buzz going with Rita’s delicious musical cocktail of jazz, pop, street beats, and R&B.”
File next to: Rihanna and Aaliyah
Download now: Her new single “Roc the Life.”
Fun facts: Read more…
This was actually the first conversation that anyone from ANDPOP has exchanged smells with an artist. It’s not as bad as it sounds, Rita and @Jordans_life were actually discussing their “scents.” Okay, that didn’t sound much better either. We’re referring to Jordan’s cologne and Rita’s perfume. After all the sniffing and smelling they eventually talked about her “journey” through the world of music.
Watch part 1 HERE where Rita talks about being in Jay-Z’s presence & opening up for Coldplay
First the 19-year-old Brit tries to woo Rita with his enticing dance moves: “I can tell that you’re watching me/ And I know you’re loving everything that you see/ The way I catch you go, crazy/ I’ll make you wanna dance with me.” But a confident Rita has a mind of her own: ”Take a picture, but you ain’t getting 3D/ Boy, slow down, come here/ So you say that you’re better than me?/ If I take it all off, bet you like what you see.”
The mid-tempo track, which will be on Conor’s debut album Contrast, has a cool electronic vibe with perfect harmonies. In the end, we’re not sure who’s “better” than the other, but the collaboration pretty much KILLS (in a good way of course).
Listen to it here:
Make your iPhone look a little more fancy with these floral and studded cases. It’s also super easy to bedazzle a plain case and personalize it yourself. [darkandchaos]
When he thanks his Beliebers, you better believe it!
You can’t get any more sincere than this. Justin Bieber performed “Boyfriend” and “As Long As You Love” me at the Teen Choice Award’s Sunday night. [neverletugos]
Grab a pair of scissors and turn an old/plain tee into a design you’ll love. Not only will it look super fashionable, you’ll get that summer breeze. [hypegyal]
One of my favourite things about summer is going to amusement parks. You’re just sitting in your seat waiting for the ticker to begin, AHHH! [littlereasonstosmile]
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Being signed to Roc Nation, you know you’re going to have a tight family in the music biz. Rita Ora’s single, “How We Do (Party),” is taking over the world and she dishes out to @Jordans_Life on what it was like meeting Jay-Z for the first time at only 18, and the feeling you get in his presence. She’s already accomplished so much at only 21 considering she started off singing in bars around London (where she wasn’t even old enough to get in), and went onto opening up for Coldplay. It must take a lot to prepare for a huge show of 20,000 people, but she says she doesn’t really think about it.
Rita Ora has all the requisites of a good party in her new music video for “How We Do,” which was directed by Marc Klasfeld. Her hipster crew dances in front of UV lights in party hats, neon sunglasses and bunny ears while a giant fluffy flamingo stands there like “yeah, so what?”
Ora also rocks a Paper Bag Princess / Where the Wild Things Are gold crown. Unfortunately this sets an unattainable standard for future parties. How can we top that?
Watch it here: