Solange may just be the better Knowles sister

You know maybe I’d never say it out loud if you asked me, but yes I think Solange Knowles is the better dressed sister.

*GASP*

Don’t get me wrong I am a huge Beyonce fan. Anybody who knows me can contest to that fact and the seven times I’ve been to see her perform in concert. But she’s only just started to get to grips with her own style and look, and even then she rarely veers away from Topshop coordinates

Solange on the other hand is so unique, original, fresh, bright and colourful. She likes to rock her natural hair which really makes her a good role model for black and mixed race women who may not be so confident about wearing their natural afro curls (i.e Me). And that’s something I’ve always found jarring about Beyonce, that she insists on dying her hair an unnatural blonde. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve longed for blonde white hair when I should have been looking to Solange for my hairspiration.

What I love about Solange is her absolute undying love for colour. Her utmost favourite colour at a guess would be yellow. Which she looks divine in, but most recently she’s taken to another citrus shade – orange.

Her performance at the first weekend of Coachella was mostly talked about because of the surprise (and pretty awesome) appearance of her ridiculously famous sister. But what really caught my eye was that head to toe orange look, which inspired my latest list for Shopcade.

Solange Knowles Coachella look

Be inspired by Solange’s juicy orange look via my Solange loves Orange list:

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Bastille @ O2 Academy, Leeds

Whenever I used go to a gig or concert I always took a lot of photos. Remember how you used to make sure your camera was fully charged and then spends ages snap snapping away. I remember a friend telling me at a Beyonce concert once stop taking photos you’re not watching the actual show.

It’s so true, you’ve paid god knows how much to watch your favourite singer or band and you spend the majority of the time trying to get a video that you can show to your other friends who didn’t go that is firstly grainy, and secondly the worst possible sound imaginable because whilst you can hear the music what you’re actually recording is the screams and people badly singing along.

Then if you haven’t been lucky enough to get seats close to the stage all your pictures are going to be zoomed in with the artist a speck of sparkle in the crazy lighting moonlight. Oh the frustration.

Imagine my absolute utter annoyance at a Bastille gig in Leeds at the O2 Academy, when we were surrounded by phones and cameras recording every bit yet no one seemed to be watching!

I know at one point I said loudly enough for one youngster (oh hi grandma) to hear who was simultaneously recording on her camera and on her Blackberry that she could’ve saved her pocket money and watched the gig on YouTube.

So I may sound like an old lady telling people off but it’s so frustrating, I took my phone out a couple of times to get a group photo and the second because lead singer Dan Smith climbed the side of the stage which always makes a good picture. So rein it in people, enjoy the music, artists don’t travel the length and breadth of the country to perform to lit up screens!

Oh and FYI Bastille were brilliant. After having seen them supporting Two Door Cinema Club back in February of this year, and now seeing them on their own tour is something to be proud of. Particular stand outs were their newest single Rhythm of the Night, Flaws, Laura Palmer, and Pompeii.

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Review: The Great Gatsby

I was really looking forward to seeing The Great Gatsby.

Anticipation is what drives audiences to the cinema and is a big part of the success of a movie, because it’s all about numbers in its opening weekend. Well as of May 23 Gatsby’s domestic total has been $100 million over a 14-day release with a worldwide total of $142 million. The opening weekend across in the US was $50 million compared to Star Trek: Into the Darkness which grossed just over $70 million in the following weekend with a worldwide total so far of £189 million.

Is Leo DiCaprio losing his touch, was Gatsby just not what everyone expected or are there more Trekkies out there than Fitzgerald/Baz Luhrmann fans?

Plenty of people who saw Gatsby in the opening week professed their dislike for the movie over Twitter, I didn’t know what to expect but I was hoping for Romeo+Juliet greatness but it just wasn’t that. I think what made me dislike The Great Gatsby was the story, and I could have guessed that when I didn’t like the book after I finished reading it shortly before I went to see the movie.

The book by F Scott Fitzgerald was supposed to be a ‘snapshot of life’ but what I realised I hated more were the characters, each of them had their own flaws which just really grated on the big screen. And to top off my mood even more after wanting to see it in 2D due to a sold out showing we had to pay double to see the 3D showing, just proves why the 2D was sold out because people don’t want to be paying ticket prices plus £3 for glasses and the privilege of seeing a 3D screening.

The glasses always make me tired which is probably why I grew so restless watching Gatsby. I thoroughly disliked Carey Mulligan as Daisy, she’s an annoyingly indecisive woman who just wants to twirl her arms around and show off all the jewellery that weighing her down throughout the movie.

The great gatsby

Leo DiCaprio was effective as Jay Gatsby, his tanned face make up did distract me a bit but he looked handsome and oh so pretty. Tobey McGuire as Nick Carraway was um interesting, I dunno I feel like the movie forgoed the gay character traits to make it a nice straightforward story but in the novel Carraway is clearly gay and I think it would have added much more depth to his character if the script writers had added it in. We could see he was enamoured with Gatsby but the Daisy/Gatsby angle was much more at the forefront.

I think the original soundtrack produced by Jay-Z was the best thing about the movie, and this has to be the first time that I’ve bought an OST before actually seeing the movie. The 3D version didn’t add anything for me personally I think the costumes were glamourous and the party scenes were the gorgeous to look at but otherwise I left feeling like it was over indulgent and lacking.

The Cannes Film Festival premiere of The Great Gatsby was a massive wash out, but Carey Mulligan did manage to forgo her monochrome palette for a blush pink Dior gown with her hair down, and look beautiful with a splash of colour on her lips.

Carey Mulligan in Dior at The Great Gatsby premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2013

Carey Mulligan in Dior at The Great Gatsby premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2013

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The cast of The Great Gatsby alongside Baz Luhrmann at the Cannes Film Festival 2013

Coachella: Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson

I like to call these two love birds the King and Queen of Coachella, they are there every year looking perfectly loved up and just super cool.

I didn’t think Diane Kruger would be attending considering she’s been promoting her latest movie The Host, but lo and behold there she was attending H&M Loves Music Coachella party alongside her long-term boyfriend and my favourite TV star Joshua Jackson.

I mean who else could pull off slouchy black suede boots (£59.99) and a Mick Jagger tee? A pop of lip colour with matching earrings and some jazzy graphic print shorts (£12.99) it’s no wonder her street style is so sought after. (All from H&M)

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson at H&M Loves Music Coachella Party (Image from H&M Facebbook)

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson at H&M Loves Music Coachella Party (Image from H&M Facebbook)

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Also spotted at the H&M party was Sophia Bush looking just adorable in a cropped top and trousers. (Image from H&M's Facebook)

Also spotted at the H&M party was Sophia Bush looking adorable in a cropped top and trousers along with some stunning DanniJo jewellery they call the ‘bring’.
(Image from H&M’s Facebook)

Sophia Bush and Diane Kruger at the H&M Loves Music Coachella Party (Image from H&M's Facebook)

Sophia Bush and Diane Kruger at the H&M Loves Music Coachella Party (Image from H&M’s Facebook)

And here are Diane and Josh from Coachella in 2012 and 2011:

Diane and Josh back together. Diane is wearing a Stella McCartney Palm Print Dress, £170 and those Dicker boots.

Diane and Josh back together. Diane is wearing a Stella McCartney Palm Print Dress, £170 and those Dicker boots. (2012)

The return of my favourite couple, Diane Kruger and Josh Jackson looking very much in love. Diane ever the style queen is rocking a nude maxi a great look for a music fest and that classic trilby her favourite goto accessory.

The return of my favourite couple, Diane Kruger and Josh Jackson looking very much in love. Diane ever the style queen is rocking a nude maxi a great look for a music fest and that classic trilby her favourite goto accessory. (2011)

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Album Review: Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience

I may be a little late on reviewing Justin Timberlake’s newest offering, but better late than never.

Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience

Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience

Downloading The 20/20 Experience made me think I was going to be thrown back to being a teenager, getting excited about SexyBack and way before that Rock Your Body.

Nope.

Apart from Suit & Tie, Justin’s first album for seven years was a mature grown-up sound. Which I’m guessing was what he was going for, especially with his Tom Ford-revamped look, no more curls just the sweet sound of a blow-dryer as they disappear from atop his head.

I get it Justin is grown up, he’s married for christ sake (Jessica Biel I damn you to hell). Every love song on his album sounds like he’s singing it personally to his new wife, which is a bummer because I would really like to listen to Mirrors and dream that he was talking about me.

We went through somewhat of a Justin fatigue in the run up to his album release, he spent a week on Jimmy Fallon promoting it with a few funny sketches and the return of the history of rap, and as a result he nearly topped ONE MILLION album sales in the first week of release which  barely happens anymore. So well done to him for pimping himself out and hilariously toppling David Bowie from the album charts much to the chagrin of all you Bowie lovers out there.

I’ve listened to the album a couple of times, and I like it but it doesn’t set my world on fire like his first two albums did. They contain happy memories and his new album is so different to what my music taste has grown to be like that it will no doubt linger unplayed apart from when I want to feel nostalgic for those missing teenage years.

I will always be a fan of Justin Timberlake (nee Trousersnake) but I really wanted to be nostalgic, not all this maturity and marriage and love stuff.

Trailer: The Great Gatsby

I was always going to be a lover of a big glossy blockbuster movie adapted from a classic novel. I do admit, however, I’m only halfway through F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby after giving myself the task to read it before it was released, so I’m not entirely sure of how it ends.

Baz Luhrmann’s latest extravaganza looks set to be his biggest and best movie since Moulin Rouge and not forgetting the beautiful Romeo+Juliet. I mean don’t get me wrong he has had other projects in between, such as Australia, it’s just those two movies are what he’s known for.

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With Leonardo DiCaprio the leading man, images of his perfectly portrayed Romeo flash before my eyes, but now he’s left his boyish charms behind and is the ruggedly handsome man playing the titular character, Jay Gatsby. DiCaprio stars alongside Tobey McGuire, whom I’ve always felt kind of blends into the background so it will be interesting to see how he plays his character Nick Carraway; Carey Mulligan (who I find really annoyingly wet) the flapper girl and original love of Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, who is now married to big bad Joel Edgerton’s Tom Buchanan.

There are some big name stars in this movie but it will be all eyes on DiCaprio for me, I genuinely love the anticipation that comes with a DiCaprio movie and I’ve been dying for The Great Gatsby release ever since it got pushed back from a Christmas 2012 release date to May 16, of this year.

With the movie set to open the Cannes Film Festival, I am dying to see who will be walking that glamourous red carpet. Jay-Z is at the helm of the movie’s original soundtrack, and we’ve already heard a taster of what the music will be like so I am expecting Beyonce to accompany him if they attend. And I am expecting big things from Carey Mulligan red carpet wardrobe, we know that Muiccia Prada designed her Gatsby costumes so I would imagine the press tour to be full of high-end pieces with dash of couture thrown in for good measure.

Here’s the new full trailer for The Great Gatsby, featuring original music from Florence + The Machine, Lana del Ray, and Beyonce and Andre 3000’s (some may say) controversial Back to Black cover:

Justin Timberlake owns my 18-year-old Myspace soul

Mild panic turned into hysteria the other night as I casually Googled myself to see what people in general could find out about me.

There existing in its own little 18-year-old universe was my old MySpace page.

The offending article.

The offending article.

For five full panic-ridden minutes I argued with myself that I had almost definitely, positively deleted it from the World Wide Web.
But it was there staring at me in all it’s duck face posing glory.

What’s worse is the same password I’ve been using since I was 14 didn’t work nor did it recognise my email. What could I do to get rid of this embarrassing abomination?

A hunt through the FAQs lays the answer to all my problems, the MySpace Salute of course.

What the frick is that you may ask? Because I wondered the same.

The only way to remove your account from the internets is to send a picture of you saluting your original MySpace URL. And then forever more be in the gallery of stupid idiots that fell for that.

What can I possibly do now, because as far as I’m concerned the former and soon to be re-crowned prince of pop Justin Timberlake owns my soul.

The achingly embarrassing streams of crap that I wrote about myself, not knowing that only seven short years later I would develop into a person that Does. Not. Like. To. Share.

I need my soul back.

I need my soul back please JT.

MySpace was officially relaunched this past week and it is safe to say the focus is all about the seamless integration of music in social media, allowing you to connect with friends, and discover new artists. (Not the aforementioned streams of crap.)

Justin Timberlake along with his business partners Chris and Tim Vanderhook have a controlling stake in MySpace, and it just so happens that in the same week MySpace was relaunched JT also relaunched his music career. Now that’s a genius act of marketing I ever did see.

From what I remember MySpace’s original strength was music, remember when it launched the career of Lily Allen et al? There wasn’t a  day that went by in the earlyish 2000s that a new artist was launched because of MySpace, and from the help all those fans of course. You were encouraged to make playlists (that annoyingly played automatically when visiting other pages), and it seems that the new version wants you to do the same with it’s very clever music player.

I’m not sure I’ll be signing up to make a new account, but it may be the only way to somehow hack into my existing account to get rid of it and that stupid video of me and unnamed friends dancing and singing to Backstreet Boys…

I say good luck to the new MySpace, I think we’re about ready for a new(ish) social media platform especially for music because I mean who cares about Facebook these days?

All I ask is if you think about rejoining is no more duck face. Please.

If you have any solutions that doesn’t involve me doing a MySpace Salute, I will happily accept them in the comments box below.

And please feel free to share any of your own MySpace horrors, I bet it’s still out there in cyber space and you didn’t even know it!