I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never thought of myself as a huge Queen fan but this movie blew me away. Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet and after watching this movie I can see why.
This is just in case you’ve forgotten or missed TED TALKS. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. I use it if I need any inspiration and you can start by looking at their 25 Most Popular.I showed my stepdaughter Looks aren't everything. Believe me I'm a model when she was comparing herself to celebrities and models.
Too Good To Go is an amazing free app letting you save food that's too good to be thrown away. You can purchase a large box containing a selection of food for around £3 and collect it from the restaurant or shop the very same day. It works off of your post code and the distance you enter and you’ll be amazed by the vast variety of food available. From sushi to bakeries you can really find everything on there. As it’s World Vegan Day we’ve been trying some of the amazing Vegan restaurants collaborating with the app such as The Omni Collective. Delicious vegan food using locally sourced ingredients and perfect for freezing too!
With fashion waste being a hot topic at the moment and playing on our minds and consciences massively we’re so excited by the launch of Sitting On A Sofa. Part created by our dear friend Niki BrodieSitting On A Sofa is a beautifully curated digital shopping consignment website. Not just a shop, it is a community aiming to make buying and selling your once treasured pre-loved pieces someone else’s treasures through a seamless online experience. They also donate a proportion of all profits to The Fashion & Children’s Textile Trust www.ftct.org.uk . This enables them to further cultivate a respectful circle of fashion.
True-crime series The Staircase is the culmination of 16 years' worth of work for filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. This series tells the story of Michael Peterson, a novelist living in North Carolina who was put on trial for the murder of his wife Kathleen. Peterson insists that Kathleen fell down the staircase in their home, but ends up spending eight years in jail, despite the best efforts of his lawyer. The trial that followed was full of twists and kooky theories.
This is a witty compelling collection of stories from the author of The American Wife. The theme that unites these stories is how even the cleverest people tend to misread others, and how much we all deceive ourselves. Sharp and tender, funny and wise, they show Sittenfeld's knack for creating real, believable characters that spring off the page. These 10 short stores in You Think It, I'll Say It are perfect for anyone who struggles finding time to read.
This is one that I had to share - first it’s one on the most refreshing, nostalgic and cool albums I’ve heard in a while. Second it just happens to be my friend’s daughter who has quite a story that led to her writing this incredible album, included changing her lifestyle and going sober. Lala Lala is a Chicago-based indie rock band fronted by songwriter and vocalist Lillie West. They’re now releasing their second album, The Lamb.
This weekend we’ll be attending the amazing Nunhead Art Trail. It’s an anual event which allows local artists and craftspeople to showcase their work in their own homes, studios, or public venues in Nunhead. A lot of the work is for sale at extremely reasonable prices and there’s also all sorts of dance, performance and poetry to be enjoyed too. Exhibition spaces are open 11am till 6pm on 29th and 30th September and are free to all.
This week we’ve been binge watching the second season of the Netflix drama Ozark. As nail bitingly intense as season one, Marty Byrde and his family are back trying to survive life at the hands of the drug cartel. Not one to be watched before bedtime if you’re a scaredy cat like me, but a brilliant cast and just as addictive as the first season if not more so.
Everything about Frida Kahlo was courageous. She was a revolutionary and a bold artist. As a child she survived polio, then in 1925, when she was 18, she was in a bus crash that left her with lifelong disability and pain. This exhibition presents an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death. This collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico. On until the 14th November at the V & A.
The Shrimps for Habitat collection launched this week and there are some really fun pieces in the collection. It's quite 'out there' like the fashion brand but great statement pieces to bring the finishing touch to a room. “Inspired by some of Shrimp’s most popular designs, think make-believe creatures, colour clashing faux fur and other-wordly patterns. A signature palette of Shrimps pink and red underpins the collection, punctuated with accents of gold and washes of blue.” We especially love this doodle print rug for a child's room or nursery.
This week I can bring you a taste of Barbados with the Bus Stop restaurant - Brighton’s authentic Bajan getaway. In the heart of the North lanes you can find a little corner of the Caribbean. Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour - even dessert. The taste of Barbados platter is to die for! It’s also home to the world's oldest & most famous rum, so you must try their Mount Gay Cocktails. You can enjoy all this in their warm cosy atmosphere while listening to reggae music.
Silver Lake Drive is a new exhibition of American photographer and filmmaker, Alex Prager. Tracing Prager’s remarkable career over the last ten years of over 40 photographs including her trademark, large-scale Technicolor photographs alongside her complete film works. You'll get to see Prager’s distinctive works cross the worlds of art, fashion, photography and film, exposing the human melodrama and dark unsettling undercurrents that are threaded through her subject matter.
We have a new Sky Atlantic series for you. If you’re in the mood for voluntarily adding more darkness into your life, then you have to watch Sharp Objects. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), Sharp Objects stars Amy Adams as reporter Camille Preaker, who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.
Each summer the Royal Academy is jam-packed with contemporary art made by internationally renowned artists and exciting new talent. This year, Grayson Perry RA and his committee of fellow artists have handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums. This has to be one of my favourite art gallery events. It really does inspire you to do something creative and it also gives you the chance to own your own piece of affordable art.
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable mystery that is heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human. A love story and examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. I slipped so easily into this book on holiday. Never Let Me Go was as engrossing as it was revealing.
Nils Frahm has released the extended 5-track Ep, Encores 1! With only twelve out of sixty initial sketches forming All Melody, there was so much more music that needed to be heard. It's the first in a series of EPs containing material that was originally written for his last album. You won't be disappointed.
With the release of Sicario 2: Solado about to be released (June 27th) I had to take this opportunity to say if you haven't watched the original Sicario then do it now! The film follows a principled FBI agent (Emily Blunt) who is enlisted by a government task force to bring down the leader of a powerful and brutal Mexican drug cartel. Sicario asks us questions of morality: How far is too far? To fight such monstrous evil, is it necessary to become evil ourselves?
When you hire a car, you usually have a large excess to pay if your rental car is damaged or stolen. The rental company usually offer you their own additional insurance which will reduce this high excess. I was always sick of getting stung by this expensive addition of usually £20 per day. Thanks to Direct Car Excess Insurance you will no longer have to do this. For less than £40 you can have a years cover with up to 60 days car hire.
The High Low is a weekly news, pop-culture and current affairs podcast, co-hosted by Pandora Sykes and fellow journalist, Dolly Alderton. The High Low covers both the trivial and political, celeb gossip and hard-hitting cultural happenings. These girls are smart, funny and so entertaining. It's not the same without my weekly hit and it’s the best way to pass time on any commute.
This week we've been making the most of Gousto's 30% off for 3 weeks offer and we're completely hooked! Simply pick your recipes and the exact ingredients arrive on your doorstep with detailed instructions of how to make each dish. Fresh and healthy cooking with so many more delicious recipes to choose from than their main competitors and a lot more affordable too.
Now I'm not a big Jazz fan but Melanie De Biasio's new album Lilies has me swooning over her voice. Melanie De Biasio is a Belgian vocalist who mixes jazz, blues, and soul. She’s an amazing singer and composer and you can see Nina Simone is a clear influence, as seen on the piano-driven title track. If you're reading this and don't know her work, please sample this amazing album.
One of the latest additions to South East London's ever expanding culinary scene, COAL ROOMS PECKHAM is a fantastic new eatery. Housed in the former ticket office of Peckham Rye station it specialises in meat and fish cooked over a charcoal grill with a twist. Offering up a mean Sunday brunch and one of the best roasts we've tried in London, their unique menu is matched by the gorgeous interiors (be sure to check out the toilets whilst you're there).
The Defiant Ones traces the rise of two men who have helped create the modern musical landscape: Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - the co-founders of Beats Electronics who sold their Beats headphone company to Apple Inc. for $3 billion, the largest acquisition in Apple's history. It's utterly fascinating to see how these men became so successfu but be warned it may leave you feeling a little worthless.
A five ingredient show stopper dessert that takes five minutes to make and can be prepared ahead of time, it ticks every box for us! We made these last week as an Easter treat and they were absolutely delicious. They taste like the inside of a Lindt chocolate ball and are actually fairly healthy using nut milk (we used almond) and dark chocolate! For the full recipe click here.
The Blue Notebook was released in 2004. Excuse the delay in finding it. Max Richter, a British-based, German-born pianist and composer evokes an almost overwhelming atmosphere of nostalgia in this beautifully recorded instrumental album. Blending classical, electronic, and rock influences into a style he calls "post-classical," I guess this is the case of somethings are worth waiting for.
Whilst in Barcelona this week I was able to visit the Museu Picasso which is a permanent collection highlighting the genius and talent of Pablo Picasso during his formative years and youth. It reveals his deep relationship with Barcelona and journeys through his adolescence as a classically trained artist to the more cubist and abstract work that he's best known for today.
After taking my mother on her 70th birthday I just had to shout about the Victoria Grand Afternoon Tea. You can enjoy sea views in their opulent, newly designed refurbished Victoria Terrace and indulge indulge in their famous Traditional Afternoon Tea. The staff are warm and friendly and the cakes are to die for! It's a must if you visit Brighton or have a special occasion where you want to spoil someone.
This series of portraits taken in the 1970's documents sex workers from the former red light district in Tehran, Iran. It gives a fascinating and slightly harrowing insight in to the inner-city ghetto where approximately 1,500 women lived and worked.
Call Me by Your Name is a coming-of-age romantic drama film based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman. Set in the summer of 1983 Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is living an idyllic existence in Italy with his parents. One summer, his charmed life is disturbed by Oliver (Armie Hammer), who comes to spend six weeks with the family, helping Elio’s father. They're six weeks that will change Elio’s life forever. It's the best film we've watched this year.