Jewellery With A Rock ‘n’ Roll Edge: Anouska London

When it comes to finding high quality (but still masculine) men’s jewellery, it’s often difficult to find much between grunge bits of string, and glittery horrors, that would suit the girls better than the guys! However, this doesn’t always have to be the case; if you’re looking for truly unique men’s jewellery with a rock ‘n’ roll edge, Anouska London Jewellery has the answer!

Anouska London Jewellery is a collection of beautiful handmade jewellery, combining ‘Art, Fashion and Surreal Edginess’ to create gorgeous pieces for men and women. The most recent addition to the collection is the Men’s Collection. Designed with a Gothic edge, the Men’s collection is dark, sexy, stylish, and perfect for guys who want to stand out from the crowd.

In recent years, the movement of men’s jewellery has gone from wedding rings and the occasional medallion, to a huge variety of necklaces, bracelets, and other wearable everyday pieces. Masculine jewellery is in, and Anouska London Jewellery knows how to work it! The Men’s Collection is entirely made from Onyx, Swarovski Crystal, Hematite, and Sterling Silver for an edgy look which really stands out.

Each piece in the Men’s Collection is limited and not mass produced, so you can be sure that you’ll retain your individuality. Several of the pieces incorporate a skull motif, in keeping with the Anouska London Jewellery ‘Luxury Gothic’ themed collection for men and women. The pieces really show the darker side of fashion with their edgy rock ‘n’ roll designs. Particularly popular pieces include the stunning rosary necklace, and the Luxury Gothic bracelet stack.

Like Anouska London Jewellery’s other ranges, the Men’s Collection is collection is quickly becoming a favourite with celebs, celebrities including Peter Andre , Joe Calzaghe, and Calum Best.

Remember, each piece is in a very limited number, so don’t miss out!  If you are a guy who likes to stand out, or if you’re a girl who wants to put your man on the style map, visit: http://www.anouskalondon.com/#/mens-shop/4552292745 to check out the fantastic Men’s Collection!

Love is A Losing Game: Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

Like many fans around the world, HOUSE OF SASSI was sad to hear of the passing of  the extremely talented Amy Winehouse who tragically died at the weekend, aged just 27.

Amy was well-known for her troubled personal life (mostly for her battle with drugs and alcohol), but that didn’t stop her from hitting the UK music scene with a bang. In 2003, the release of her first album, Frank, led to an Ivor Novello award and several BRIT nominations. The album put Amy on the music map with songs including ‘Stronger Than Me’, which gained her a huge fan base.

Amy’s second album, Back to Black, is most famous for its controversial lead single ‘Rehab’. The album contained several songs with a much more personal vibe than Frank. Amy’s amazing talent as a singer/songwriter shone through on her second album, winning her five Grammys and tie-ing her with Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, and Alicia Keys, for the second largest number of awards won by a female artist in a single ceremony. Fans loved the singles ‘Back to Black’, ‘Love is a Losing Game’, and ‘You Know I’m No Good’.

Amy’s unique voice, her soul/jazz-influenced music, and that trademark beehive (not to mention her colourful private life) made her a household name in the UK and beyond. Found at her home in Camden on July 23rd, Amy’s tragic death  enrols her in the iconic ’27 Club’-musicians and stars who died before or at the age of 27, and whose members include Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

The music of Amy Winehouse will live on for its uniqueness, frank honesty, and showcasing of a genuine talent. HOUSE OF SASSI will always love Amy’s hugely popular version of The Zutons’ ‘Valerie’, with Mark Ronson. RIP Amy, the UK music scene won’t be the same without you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQVxFPxYyw0

FHN: Kanye West Tries His Hand at Fashion?

Kanye West may be turning his talents from music to fashion with his own clothing line!

Female First magazine reported today that Kanye has been in talks with several London designers to advise and oversee  a potential upcoming collection. There have also been reports that the rap superstar has been in talks with the ultimate British fashion icon, Kate Moss, to represent the collection.

Mr West is becoming more and more present on the fashion scene (he reportedly spent a lot of time in a woman’s Celine cape at Coachella festival earlier this year) and HOUSE OF SASSI are very interested to see how this collection will turn out!

Kanye West as the next Karl Lagerfeld? HOUSE OF SASSI rates Kanye West’s potential  as a fashion designer at: 4/5

MHM: More Than Just A Music Festival?

The sixth Latitude Festival kicks off today and if you’re looking to get away from it all look no further than this chilled-out eclectic weekend in Henham Park, Suffolk.

With a lineup including Paolo Nutini, Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith and Bombay Bicycle Club, plus a huge variety of comedy, art, poetry, and cabaret, Latitude has fast become THE place to relax, chill and embrace the festival spirit this summer!

For info visit: http://www.latitudefestival.co.uk/2011/

HOUSE OF SASSI rates Latitude Festival’s chilled-out vibe a 4/5

FHN: Kate Flies the Flag for British and American Fashion

Kate Middleton (or should we now be saying Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge?) is cementing her status as a British fashion icon this week as she visits the USA.

Normally a fan of British designers, Kate mixed up her fashion choices on her arrival in California with a gorgeous green Diane von Furstenburg dress, which she wore for a private reception. Earlier in the week Kate went back to British with a Roksanda Ilincic sheath dress, joining fans including Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron.

 HOUSE OF SASSI rates Kate Middleton’s Diane von Furstenburg dress at 4/5.

Young Gun Ed Sheeran Releases New Single

Let the countdown to the album launch begin….

Suffolk-born singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran’s new single ‘Young Guns’ was released on iTunes yesterday along with the opportunity for fans to pre-order his debut album. The eagerly awaited single is a collaboration with Yasmin, Lewi White, Griminal and Devlin.

Everyone at HOUSE OF SASSI is excited for the release of Ed’s album on September 12th, which people are already pre-ordering, highlighting the huge success Ed has enjoyed in recent months. His debut single ‘The A Team’ peaked at No.3 in the charts, and he has a huge list of upcoming tour and festival dates throughout the summer. Add that to a huge fan base dating back to his days as a YouTube phenomenon, and it seems that Ed’s music is really receiving the recognition it deserves.

Ed has already rocked several of the summer’s most talked about festivals, including Glastonbury, Beach Break Live, and most recently the iTunes festival, with a headline set at Latitude in Southwold later this month. Don’t worry if you’ve missed out on festival tickets, as Ed will continue to tour the UK this summer with gigs lined up all over the country in between festival appearances.

For anyone not familiar with Ed’s music, HOUSE OF SASSI recommends that you watch his YouTube acoustic sessions, filmed by SBTV, the top broadcaster for new music.  Ed’s music is a mix of acoustic folk, soul, hip hop and indie, and most songs include a freestyle rap, or a mashup (check out his own song, Wake Me Up, which he mixes with Gyptian’s Hold Yuh).

Last week, Ed’s album cover was unveiled, a pastel drawing of the singer by London based artist Philip Butah. If you’re unable to wait for the album’s release, several of Ed’s EPs, including ‘One Take’ and ‘Loose Change’, which contains ‘The A Team’ are available on iTunes. In the meantime we suggest that music lovers should check out Ed’s Youtube videos, including his fantastic SBTV performance of ‘You Need Me’.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=temYymFGSEc

Have a listen, and tell us what you think!

MHM: Bluey Robinson Takes On the iTunes Festival as ‘Showgirl’ Popularity Grows

Music Hit or Miss”

Bluey Robinson’s debut single ‘Showgirl’ has been out for just over a month but already the London-based singer/songwriter is in high demand, and set to take his music even further as he gears up to play the iTunes Festival on Sunday 17th July.

Bluey already has an enormous fan base thanks to his Youtube videos, several of which show him performing acoustic street sessions all over London and Paris. The video for ‘Showgirl’, co-starring Made in Chelsea‘s Funda Onal, currently holds over 240,000 hits. With so much attention on Bluey and his music, it is clear that his performance at the iTunes Festival will be very well received.

HOUSE OF SASSI have rated Bluey’s acoustic street performance of  ‘Showgirl’ : RATING 5/5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQaCKT_OULk&feature=related