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.
If you live anywhere near South East London then the Norris + Knight cafe on Forest Hill road is a must visit. This sweet little cafe has the most wonderful menu made fresh to order from locally sourced ingredients. Sit in the garden and sample the eggs which will have been laid by the chickens roaming free at your feet. A little gem of a cafe that's quickly become our favourite brunch spot.
Somehow we missed this great Netflix series last year. If you did, it's a must-see. Unabomber tells the dramatic and gripping true story of the FBI's hunt for the Unabomber, the deadliest serial bomber in history. The story focuses on FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and ultimately capture the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.
During these winter months my skin always suffers but this year it has been worse than ever due to pregnancy hormones. In a bid to combat my dry sensitive skin I booked the VINOSOURCE MOISTURISING FACIAL at the CAUDALIE Covent Garden boutique and it was honestly the best facial I've had in London. This repairing treatment is like a moisturising drink for the skin, that provides the utmost comfort to sensitive skin.
Poppy Ackroyd is a composer from London, currently based in Brighton. Classically trained on violin and piano, she makes music by manipulating and multi-tracking sounds from just these two instruments. In 2017 she signed to Bjork’s label One Little Indian and released a mini album ‘Sketches’ in August. This is a beautiful classical album with an organic modern twist!
This place is a must visit for anybody living in the South East of London. I'm one of the very fortunate people that gets to pass it on my daily commute and am regularly popping in to purchase a new succulent or just to perk my spirits.
After two years of extensive renovations, London's Hayward Gallery has reopened with a major retrospective dedicated to German large scale photographer Andreas Gursky. The exhibition features 68 of Gursky's works. You’ll also have the opportunity to view the monumental "Rhein II", which has held the record for the most expensive photograph sold at auction since it fetched £1.7 million at a 2011 Christie's sale.
Charlie Brooker’s dystopian anthology series debuted its third season on Netflix last year to widespread acclaim, and, after picking up a couple of Emmy awards, expectations were higher than ever for season four. After binge watching it in three days after its release, we can definitely say it won't disappoint!