‘Second Act’ || Private screening & My thoughts

*warning mild spoliers*

Last night I, can we believe it, was invited to a private screening of the one and only JLo’s new film ‘Second Act’. After a busy day, getting caught in the rain and then being snowed on all whilst just walking to the Soho Hotel, it was so nice to sit in a warm room and watch a film which was actually good.

As mentioned in my last screening blogpost for Mary Queen of Scots, I want to watch more films this year and so far I’ve watched two – which is progress considering I only made it to the cinema a handful of times throughout the whole of last year.

So far, so good! ‘Second Act’ starring Jennifer Lopez as Maya Vargas, is a chick flick filled with female empowerment and comedy whilst still having purpose and depth to the storyline.

I’ll be honest when I first watched the trailer although I thought it was going to be good, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was or have such a momentous storyline.

In the film, apart the fact from JLO looked like a goddess, she switched her celebrity life to play a 43 year old discount super market worker who was underpaid, underappreciated and underqualified.

This didn’t stop her however, through a hell of a lot of laughter (seriously, the whole room was laughing out loud) we saw Maya go from local supermarket underachiever to landing her dream job as she her wish really became her command – you’ll have to watch to find out!

‘No relationship built on a lie will last’, a standout token from an abundance of motivational movie lines which Maya Vargas learnt in business, her relationship and family. Even though she thought she finally had what she wanted, was she really about what she had and how she got it?

The entire cast worked cohesively together, complimenting each other. Jennifer’s Co-stars Leah Remini and Vanessa Hudgens added a bright spark to the set as they both help and hinder her in different ways to all in all make this a great female led film.

Overall I would say this film is a must see! There is something for everyone from lots of comedy to a romance, relationship issues and hidden twists it really does pack a punch into an hour and a half.

‘Second Act’ is out in UK cinema’s this Friday and you can pre-order tickets NOW!

FUN FACT: I actually vlogged for the first ever time yesterday too so if you want to see my immediate reaction after watching and what else I got up to yesterday watch the video below:

As always thanks for the support, let me know in the comments/on social media if you go and watch the film and also let me know if you actually like these film opinion type pieces.

See you next time!!!

Mary Queen Of Scot | Exclusive Screening & My Thoughts

One of my smaller mental goals this year is to get to the cinema more (I do have more in depth serious goals for the year which you can read here). You might think why on earth would I want to do this? Why would I want to pay a small fortune on the ticket, be tempted by an array of overpriced snacks, (we all know that an ice blast is a must and if you beg to differ I hate to say it but you’re wrong) and play Russian roulette with the fact the screen could be extremely busy, you could be sat by the annoying watcher who insists to talk throughout the film or the worst – be sat in front of the dreaded chair kicker.

With all of these cons, for some reason unbeknown to me, I still have an urge to sit in a dark room of strangers and enjoy a good film. The main reason I want to make my way to the cinema more is simply because as time will tell if I don’t go to the cinema and watch a film I’ve been eagerly awaiting then frankly I never will get to see it.

In total last year I think I made it to the cinema a total of 5 times despite me filled with excitement and intent to see at least 15 films after seeing the trailers. However, before the year ended I was lucky enough to be invited to a private screening, notably my first ever, of the upcoming period drama ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ – I’ll admit this isn’t a film I would typically be inclined to leave my warm cosy bed to go out in the cold to see but my thoughts on the film will follow.

Following the story of Mary Stuart, played by the sensational Saoirse Ronan, and Elizabeth I, taken on by the compelling Margot Robbie this Medieval showcase brings history to life with Action, Love and conflict as Widowed 18-year-old Queen Mary of Scotland returns to her rightful throne. Her return raises both fear and infatuation between the two ‘Sisters’ as both Queens fight the same battle of being unmarried female monarchs trying to establish change, take charge and prove their capability in a masculine world.

A recurring take-away throughout the film is how powerful, complimenting and gripping the female duo are as they show the struggled which can still be applied to certain situations today- feeling disrespected, overpowered and just a piece of a puzzle in a male dominated world. Despite this they defy the odds prevailing on top as they are certainly the stars of the show.

The overall plot was beyond my expectations as I thought in parts the historical element would lead to drab, dull and monotonous story however I was pleasantly surprised only being minutely confused about the in depth elements of the history having never really looked into the history of the story/ been that interested in general history.

Expect the unexpected as the end may be closer than you think in this powerful, rebellious yet emotional and risqué tale of two Queens.

Overall I think that it’s an impressive performance with an engaging storyline perfect for those who enjoy a period drama and similar films and a nice venture out for those who may usually opt for something different.

Mary Queen of Scots will reach UK cinema’s this Friday, January 18 and I would definitely recommend a watch if you’re a fan of this genre or if you want to branch out and try something new.

Purchase tickets here and check out the trailer below:

If you end up going to see it let me know what you think of it in the comment below or on social media.

If you want to see some clips from the event watch my friends Vlog featuring the night below:

As always thanks for reading, thanks for the support also if anyone wants to invite me to any other screening don’t be scared i’d love to attend haha.

Special thanks to Universal Pictures and Vue Cinema.

Hope to see you again next time

New Music Friday 7 || 7 song you need to hear this week

With the new year in full swing, it seems as though ‘New Music Friday’ has made a triumphant return following, what felt like, an endless period of weeks with throwaway releases with no punch, replay value or excitement.

Bringing the New Year in with a bang, my playlist will certainty have an abundance of new rotations this week from some of the biggest artists on earth, some of my favourite, even some interesting newbies with a pleasant surprise from some artists I didn’t realise I needed music from.

This week we’re starting with one of with the song that I’ve been anticipating most. Today, vocal powerhouse Sam Smith has collaborated with one of the most remarkable new girls on the block Normani as she continues to peruse her solo career. Dancing with a stranger is a hard-hitting yet dreamy dance inspired pop track with both Sam and Normani sounding seductive, silky smooth on top form. I was intrigued to hear how the duo would work together considering the distinctiveness in both of their voices but to my delight the track oozes a cool imbue curating the perfect slow jam I need on my playlist.

With the first follow up from his dark melancholic EP ‘My Dear Melancholy, The weekend diverts back to his signature sound infusing pop and disco into an R and B ready radio hit. ‘Lost in the Fire ’is an introspective, emotion-fuelled ballad laced with techno infused drums and super smooth vocals. A great track which almost could’ve fit perfectly into ‘Starboy’.

Another track from a former Fifth Harmony has been released this week as Lauren Jauregui gets straight to the point in her new hypnotic R and B banger. ‘More Than That’ lured me into false judgement with its ethereal artwork, and after her first track being an emotional ballad, instead Jauregui let you know she knows her self-worth in this attention grabbing trap edge track showcasing she can really do it all.

An artist I definitely didn’t know I needed new music from, despite her last album being released in 2017, Kehlani, dropped an incredible new track this week called ‘Nights Like This’ featuring Ty Dolla $ign. With silky smooth vocals, an effortlessly progressive structure this R and B number executes a captivating, dreamy and sultry energy as she gets retrospective about missing a past lover. Whilst I don’t think this incredible offering required a featured artist, Ty Dollar $ign was the perfect fit contributing a natural coolness with his soothing impact.

On the other hand, despite my love for the perfectly unconventional moody hit maker Billie Eilish her recent release, ‘WHEN I WAS OLDER’, inspired by the film ‘ROMA’ misses the mark completely. Adopting a mumble auto tune energy, I can see the eyrie creative direction they were trying to achieve but I think it got lost in a techno, horror-like, dystopia and for me it’s a complete pass. I’m disappointed.

An interesting track release this week comes from Italian Rapper Fedez. This week he released a track called ‘Holding Out For You’ which I had initially got really excited to hear – that was before I heard it and before I knew who he was. The track featuring (the great) Zara Larrson is ruined by Fedez’ dire attempt at an R and B rap which intermittently interrupts Zara sounding like an angelic badass. I tried to tolerate the monstrosity of Fedez’ contribution because I think Zara sounds incredible on this track but it couldn’t be done. Sadly, this is a huge flop. No one ever send me anything from Fedez again.

Now onto something that didn’t disappoint me today. Rudimental have enlisted the help of Ray BLK and Stefflon Don on their new track ‘Scared of Love’ taken from their upcoming album ‘Toast to our differences’. Notably both ladies had exceptional years last year and unite for this off beat, quirky up tempo feel good love track. Whilst I don’t think song is a breakthrough hit with a new innovative sound I haven’t heard anything like this for a short time and the bright instrumental is bound to lift your spirit.

Lastly on the roundup of this week’s new music is actually a track released on Monday, yes you heard Monday. Despite the weird release date, the new collaboration from Alec Benjamin and Alessia Cara, adding a fresh spin on his pre-released single ‘Let Me Down Slowly’ intertwines flawless, smooth and captivating vocals with a mid- tempo melancholic instrumental. A great track with high replay value and overall an easy listen.

Special mention:

Yes, this isn’t a standard procedure here on New Music Friday but I was sent music from a new artist I hadn’t previously came across this week and I think that people need to hear it!

Phé, an LA based R and B singer/songwriter, has recently released her debut EP ‘Crisis’. On the EP she boasts all the characteristics of an impressive R and B artist showing diversity and creativity with her sound and stories as she rages through an emotional roller coaster of first hand experiences with love, heartbreak, female sexuality and sexual exploration, healing, mental health and self-empowerment.

Her new EP is definitely worth a listen! You can check it out on all streaming platforms and on my ‘New Music Friday’ Spotify playlist below.

Once again thank you for tuning in, reading and supporting. I hope you’ve found some new gems for your playlists and if you liked it don’t forget to follow my blog, like and be sure to share.

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See you next week!

9 Things I Want To Do In 2019

New Year, Same Me just elevated. The first week of 2018 2019 is over, the endless chomping and drinking is over for another year and reality has set in that it’s time to get back into the swing of things with work. In one of my recent posts I done a round-up of my memories, achievements and lessons I learnt throughout 2018 which led me to think about what I wanted to try and achieve this year. I guess that’s how I got to writing this post… here are 9 things that I want to do more of this year.

1. Travel more  

Last year I had the opportunity to travel to three amazing places throughout the year and I made some of the best memories of 2018 through those experiences. Because of that this year I want to take the time out to see more of the world, experience different cultures and have fun exploring.

I think travelling is really important, it’s exciting and gives you something to look forward to, it provides you with new experiences and the opportunity to try new things and it’s really good to take time out and just have some fun.

I’m not too sure where I want to go but I’m hoping to hop on a few planes this year and get sight-seeing. If you have any suggestions of great places you’ve heard of/ been to let me know in the comments/ on social media!!

 

 2.Write, write, write!

Whether it’s in the form of blogging or articles I honestly couldn’t really care. All I know is that this year I want to do more writing, from opinion pieces to travel blogs I think 2019 I want to grow my content, start pitching and really put in the work to put out some interesting content.

3. Say no

In 2018 I finally learnt that you can’t please everyone, and that I don’t need to either. I want to carry this into 2019 and say no to things that aren’t good for me, don’t interest me or are just generally draining.

4. Put myself out there

 This year no one can tell me nothing, I want to just be available, build my brand and take risks. I think I’m ready for this year because I know some won’t work out but if I don’t try I will never know.

 

5. Attend or cover an Award show/Festival

 Music is a huge passion of mine and last year I didn’t really go to many shows or festivals and I definitely didn’t attend any award shows but I’m hoping to change this in 2019.

There are so many artists I’ve recently grew to love and I would like to go and see so why not enjoy myself and have some fun by attending some concerts. In particular festivals because you get to see so many different acts some you may know others you may not but it’s always good vibes at a festival.

The reason for wanting to attend an award show is obviously for similar reasons, I love music, award shows are all about celebrating great music and artists and I think it would be an awesome opportunity.

6. Network till i can’t network anymore

Last year I met, made friends with and spoke to so many new people which I usually wouldn’t have by biting the bullet and just putting myself out there. From that I managed to grow contacts, get opportunities and achieve some things I never thought that I would. Sometimes it really isn’t what you know it’s who you know – never forget that.

7. Collect my coins 

2019 is the year to stack that cash! This year I want to be making money moves, be elevating and just be getting money in every possible way – effectively. Here’s to building bank balances.

 

6. less talk and more walk

 Now there’s about a thousand different ways of saying this but they all have the same point. Productivity, action and getting things is done is the energy I want to have in 2019. No more procrastination I want to try and be motivated, be active and just move strategically with life and work this year

 

9. Be present

 My last goal for this year is to live in the moment more, take in as much as I can and get off my phone especially when I’m doing really exciting things or at an interesting place. This is something which I think can improve my mental health and just overall happiness.

 I think the list could go on and on but those are the first 9 things that came to mind when thinking about the year ahead.

Let me know what you’re goals and aspirations for the year ahead in the comment below or on any of my social media channels.

 

New Music Friday 6

With 2018 behind us, the new year brings us new music, new album and of course it’s a Friday so that means it’s time to give my opinion on this week’s releases.

The festive season has just come to an end, everyone’s retuning back to work, Christmas trees are coming down and that big playlist of Christmas bangers will be put away till the end of this year but maybe you can refresh your playlist with this week’s releases.

This was an interesting week for my weekly rotated playlist because I have discovered a bunch of great new artists and songs this week due to the lack of large releases and I am pleasantly surprised.

 

We will start out with the, unexpected yet appreciated, refreshing track which tops Spotify’s playlist this week – Headie One Featuring Dave ‘18HUNNA’. The new grime track has a catchy trap beat, rhythmic chorus and Dave’s verse is a particular highlight. I’d go as far to say Dave outshines Headie One largely on this track. Overall a solid rap offering.

You’ll remember the next artist from cooking up quite the storm on X Factor back in 2014.Fleur East won over the nation, soared to the top of the charts then shortly after sadly disappeared however following her recent jungle stint she’s back and better than ever before. Her new energetic pop track ‘Favourite Thing’ has all the feel good vibes you need to start off the new year. With a catchy chorus, pristine vocals and a beat which can’t help but make you move you can tell she’s more than ready to hit the road running.

A plethora of new music this week has been released from artists I haven’t previously heard from. The first is ‘Lonely’ by Jada, the pop song with an electro edge nicely showcases her smooth vocals with a subtle dance inspiration.

You may or may not have seen this name before if you’re a Bastille fan as she was featured on their 2014 VS. (other people’s heartache Pt. III). Lizzo, who in this track, embodies a 90’s funk vibe similar to a Bruno Mars energy bringing all the sass as she stunts on her haters with all her confidence. The jazzy track filled with self-love is a unique offering with her sing rap style of delivery.

Emily Brimlow if full of positivity for life in her new vibrant track ‘Hope’. With a nicely rapped verse, soul laced acoustic background and belting vocals brightening the chorus Emily offers an impressive performance leaving me wanting to check out her other music.No crazy production but a lot of raw talent.

Rap talk seems to be the clear go to for this week’s new music Friday and the next is no different. Noname has released her new track ‘song 31’ featuring Phoelix and whilst she boasts an impressive flow on throughout the verses the song misses the mark when phoelix takes over on the chorus limiting my connection to this song and overall making it mediocre. The beat is nice though.

R and B singer Sean X kicked off 2019 with his new song ‘Wrong X2’ and whilst I like parts of this song I find it lacks cohesiveness and engaging lyricism in parts. I can see where he is trying to go and there are some real highlights to the song but I feel like it needs more work or something else to it for it to properly work.

One of my favourite releases this week comes from a new discovery for me ANYA. Her new single ‘These Days’ emulates a sound similar to Mabel, Raye and other pop influenced r and b talent. However, she still manages to sound unique with her distinctive vocals. Definitely an artist to watch

Not from a new artist but Bad Bunny’s new track with Diplo ‘200 MPH’ makes for a definite add to this week’s playlist. Two masters of music came together to produce another incredible song. Bunny’s uniqueness and production is captivating in this Spanish trap track.

Lastly, Chris Brown has released a new single following his awfully long and monotonous last album he’s back with the same style, same formula and sound which prevails to be bland, boring and just sounds like it could’ve been a song by him I’ve heard before. If you like what Chris Brown has released before and would like another song the same as his other songs, you’ll like this.

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Hope you enjoyed reading this, as always thanks for the support! If you liked it don’t forget to share and come back next week to see what’s released.

MY 2018 REFLECTION

First of all, I hope everyone’s had a good Christmas, been enjoying their time off and celebrating the festive season.

As this year draws to an end (happy last day of the year) I thought I would sit down and revisit some of my achievements, memories and learning experiences from the past 12 months.

I usually do a personal reflection but I thought this year I’d do a post because I think it’s really important to look back at how and where you started the year to where you are now and explicitly see your journey. Whether it’s in terms of your personal life, work life or a hobby, reflection is vital because days pass and life happens so fast that you often get so caught up with living that you miss your progression.

Personally I feel that in particular my personal growth was quite significant this year from transitioning into my second year at university, taking more responsibility and moving into my twenties but I also had a hell of a lot of fun this year.

I travelled to three amazing countries, one of which I always wanted to go to but never thought I’d actually visit, I attended some surreal events and had some amazing opportunities. This year was full of surprises from Partying with Giggs to visiting Idris Elba’s own venue before it was even launched and a lot of different shows, this year has been a pretty crazy one.

So what did 2018 teach me?

Put yourself out there

This year I finally come to realise that sometimes you have to say stuff it and just put yourself out there, challenge yourself and just show everyone who you really are and what you can do. It can be nerve wracking, daunting and even at times stressful but it’s the only way that you’re going to get anywhere in life.

The worst that could happen is that you shoot your shot and you miss- if so, get back up, learn from it and try again.

There’s a positive side to every situation

Whether the positivity shines through right away or if it takes week and months to be recognised this year taught me there is positivity in every situation, you just need to find it.

Everything happens for a reason

I may be being naïve and just trying to justify my L’s but no I truly think that in the past 12 months this saying has really meant a lot and proved a real depth in all aspects of my life.

There have been numerous occasions, too many to count on my hand and feet where I can honestly say that things happened for a reason. Whether it was so that I could

You can be your own worst enemy but you should actually be your biggest supporter

You are the only one who is stopping yourself from doing what you want to do or being where you want to be. We can all make up excuses that its because of X, Y, Z but realistically collect yourself and just get on with whatever you want to do. The amount of time we waste making up excuses and thinking about how we aren’t where we want to be isn’t helping your situation; spend that time thinking about/ actually making those steps so you can achieve your goals.

When doing this, do it with your chest, be your own number one fan because if you don’t believe in yourself and that you’ve got what it takes how do you expect anyone else to believe in you.

Stop trying to please others

This is a kind of bittersweet reality I faced this year because I started to do what I wanted to do, for me instead of trying to please others and I can honestly say that this is the first year I feel that I’ve truly excelled and achieved whilst being happy. This did come at a price though and you will most likely lose friends and have people try to dim you because they are intimidated or nervous by your glow up.

Saying that however, the people that I lost/ that you might lose were clearly not my true friends anyway and they did me favour because I was able to make real connections with people who actually care and want me to succeed.

Just live

This is probably the most powerful thing you can do, be present and live in the moment.
The past has happened, it can’t be changed, accept what happened, forget about it, learn from it just do whatever but dwell on it. As for the future whilst you should be mindful and think about it definitely dint try to plan out every day of the next 5 years because it won’t happen and life will do whatever it wants to do so the best thing is to make the most of the current.

 

My 2018 Memories

January

Not that much happened in January it was a pretty slow start to the year but my sister did graduate but let’s not give her too much credit because just last week she thought Theresa May lost to Donald Trump but hey ho on we go.

February

February was also a bit slow but this was the first time I bit the bullet and put myself out there landing my first contributing role for CelebMix which has since allowed me to grow and provided me with some insane memories.

March

At the end of March, me and some of my friends from university took a trip to one of our houses in Wales. I hadn’t been to wales in so many years and it was nice to be by the beach, explore a new place and just make fun memories. We also done cave trampolining which was fun.

April

The start of our, what turned out to be, summer heatwave. What a good month this was having fun in the sun from days out in London to having some drinks outside it was a good month. I also visited one of my best friends in stoke to celebrate her 19th birthday with her- it was messy.

The very end of April was when a huge, significant opportunity happened as I got my first ever celebrity interview and it happened to be with an artist I’d followed since she was starting out. This was such a turning point in the year in me realising what I wanted to do and believing that I could/can do it.

May

Still warm, thank god and I took a step into something I never thought I would- local elections. I covered the local elections In Uxbridge, London, and once again had some more fun in the sun.

My cousins came to visit me at university on the day of the Royal Wedding and I saw Raye and Rita Ora in concert with some amazing people.

June

I went from hot to hotter as I jetted off to Dubai with my girlfriend and her family for a nice break. I had the best time in the water park, drinking snow cones, looking at all the amazing sights and most importantly stuffing my face with DELICIOUS food.

I also saw Camila Cabello headline her first ever solo tour in Brixton and she is a star!! I wrote a review about her show and it was kind of surreal because I logged onto twitter seeing that her fans were quoting what I had said about it and it got around 500 collective retweets and over 1,000 likes which was pretty major for little me.

July

My camera roll has a lot of pictures of my girlfriend’s dogs in July so I guess they made my month. At the end of July, I also went on a once in a lifetime trip to China where I had the most amazing time and shared it with some of the most amazing people.

 

August

My China trip spills into August and it was on a HOT, boiling, scorching, Humid day in August that I climbed The Great Wall of China. I will remember that day forever it was such a surreal moment and even though I nearly died I channelled my inner Jaden Smith and was momentarily a Karate Kid. I won’t go into too much detail there’s a travel post about it coming soon!!

And talking of holidays I also went on a two week trip to Mexico with my family for some relaxation before heading back to uni for my second year.

September

One thing I can say about this month was that it was whirlwind and it flew by. From moving back to university, starting second year, volunteering and just living life September was a mixture of everything- oh and a visit to a really cool ice cream museum.

October

All things spooky for Halloween; as usual I left my costume till last minute and created some kind of scary attempt as the shops were closing.

I went to two really cool events this month too, the first being my first ever big event which was Jonas Blue’s album listening party which was such an unfamiliar yet exciting experience, and the second Olly Murs’ intimate album listening session for ‘You Know I Know” in Idris Elba’s own venue which hadn’t even opened yet- probably the first and last time I will be able to get into there.

November

November was mainly all things music; a lot of shows, reviews, fun and a Hard Rock Café reveal launch. I also started my intern journey at OK! Magazine alongside some amazing and talented journalists.

Two notable moments were partying with Giggs at Swizz Beats album launch and attending Rita Ora’s intimate show in celebration of her incredible sophomore album ‘Phoenix’.

A huge part of November 2018 was that this was the time i finally plucked up the courage to start my blog. After wanting to do it for the past couple of years i took the plunge and just started and i don’t know where this will go but i can say I’m glad i started and I’m glad that i’ve tried.

December

We may still just be in December 2018 but it’s been a good one. I turned the big 20 leaving my teens and becoming a semi responsible adult (this is a lie), there’s been lots of festive fun, quite a few trips to Wingstop and I had some fun times at Winter Wonderland.

If you managed to make it to the end then Thank You for all your support, I hope you enjoyed it and I’d love if you continued reading in 2019.

I wish that 2019 is the best year for all of us and that everyone can be happy, successful and achieve all they could imagine.

See you next year

 

An Evening of Lights

Lights, we have them in our houses, workplaces, cars – lets be honest they’re everywhere. Saying that I’ve never seen lights quite like this; as the walk through experience takes Christmas decorating to a whole new level.

Following the huge success of last year’s festival, the bright showcase returned to Birmingham’s botanical gardens for a second year running. This unique experience incorporates Chinese lanterns with giant character concepts combining to curate a dazzling display.

There really is something for everyone as the Festival boasts an impressive 12-metre-long entrance float, to a variety of creative themes throughout the experience ranging from, traditional Chinese concepts, festive themes, football, animals and flowers. If that wasn’t enough the gardens are also laced with vivid (even some flashing) strip lights in and between different sculptures.

The magical festival celebrating over 2,000 years of lanterns is the perfect unique, memorable and exciting experience for the whole family to enjoy.

This year’s festival is running till the 1st of January, however check out the website below to be ready for next years.

https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/events/magic-lantern/

Hard Rock Cafe Christmas Party 2018

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Christmas may be over and all of the leftovers might have been eaten but before I made my way back to my family home for Christmas, I remembered I missed a post.

If anywhere knows a thing or two about good food and entertainment, it’s the Hard Rock group and they didn’t disappoint at their 2018 Christmas party.

Held at the Back Room Bar, an intimate gem behind Park Lane’s café, the venue which emulates a hearty, warm, traditional London pub transformed into a winter wonderland ready for us to rock the night away.

From great food and drinks to festive traditions and live music the night was in full swing and everyone was in high spirits curating the perfect celebration and the last event in my calendar before leaving London for a few weeks.

Overall it was a great night, in particular the endless supply of chicken wings, chicken strips and brownies- not to mention all of the passionfruit Mai Tai’s (if you haven’t tried these you really need to) The live singer Jem Tyler also kept the good vibes flowing all night.

The Hard Rock Café currently have one venue in London situated on Park Lane which I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for good food,a friendly atmosphere and an overall fun time.

The Hard Rock Café are also launching a brand new and exciting Piccadilly Circus location in 2019 so be sure to look out for that in the new year!

Visit their website to find out about the new location and to find out more about Hard Rock: http://www.hardrock.com

The Skinny Kitchen Islington | Launch Party

A couple of weeks ago I went to the launch for Islington’s newest Healthy food hangout, The Skinny Kitchen.

The brand new London Location marks the launch of The Skinny Kitchen’s second UK restaurant with a third to be opened in Ealing Broadway early 2019.

The Skinny Kitchen started out in Ibiza as they opened Ibiza’s first healthy hangout back in 2014. Since then celebrities from Nicole Scherzinger to Ella Eyre have dined at their restaurant and now they’ve finally taken to London.

With botanical ceilings and contemporary urban décor, consisting of baby pink and teal chairs matched with marble tables, The Skinny Kitchen offers an Instagram worthy New York Diner vibe curating the perfect place to fuel up and simulataneously stunt on the gram.

Whilst at the launch I sampled an array of their delicious food and cocktails. From burgers to Black Mojito’s with protein shakes and all in between TSK has created a fun and flavoursome twist to vegetarian options opposed to the ever so common bland and boring offerings at other restaurants.

Whether you’re in need of Breakfast, a quick lunch or a full blown evening feast, at The Skinny Kitchen you can have nutritious feel good food which actually tastes good, any day of the week.

TSK can be found at Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St, Islington, London, N1 OQH and Opening hours are 8am-11pm Mon-Saturday Sunday 8am-9pm.

For more information head over to their website: https://theskinnykitchen.co.uk

New Music Friday 3

When I started to look at the songs which were being released this week, I was unimpressed and thought it would be such a dry week but thanks to a lot of mid-week announcements and ‘surprise’ drops there’s a plethora of new music today. If i was you i’d grab a drink and some snacks for this one.

One thing that I do need to mention is the fact that I don’t get what this ‘let’s release a single on Wednesday or Thursday’ idea is and why it’s been used for the past three weeks. I just can’t wrap my head around this concept, like really how does this help an artist?

I feel that one of the biggest tracks released this week and one that twitter will be eager to scrutinise is the return of Miley Cyrus.  Her return comes in the form of a collaboration with the incredible Mark Ronson for ‘Nothing breaks like a heart’. This track wasn’t what I was expecting at all when this collaboration was announce nevertheless, I do think with all it’s uniqueness I kind of like the country and western film vibe. The chorus definitely impresses more than the verse – which notably remind me of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’.

Another exciting return to music comes from the one and only Kelly Rowland. Yeah, we haven’t really heard from her in a while but she’s back with her new track ‘Kelly’. After a little bit of mess last week with the song being released then taken off streaming services she reassures us that Kelly has bands, Kelly has deals and that Kelly has class; you know what else Kelly has…. A SMASH! This trap alter ego is exciting, confident and she’s living her baddest life and I want to hear this everywhere. In my opinion this song is arguably one of the best releases of the week don’t @ me.

Next let’s talk about Clean Bandit, the British trio have release their new album today ‘What is Love?’. I always find their albums or albums similar from DJ’s or groups so interesting because they’re filled with features rather than just the same person throughout the whole project. First of all, I’m going to start with their song featuring Ellie Goulding ‘Mama’. This is the track that is on the new music Friday playlist but after the previous singles which actually banged such as ‘Rockabye’ and ‘Symphony’ I find this just misses the mark. It’s not a bad offering and Ellie does sound amazing but it’s just mediocre and a bit generic; I will probably listen to it I it comes on shuffle but I can’t say I’ll actively choose to listen.

On the topic of Clean Bandit, they are this week’s culprits of the early mid-week release after they released an unusual Charli XCX and Bhad Bhabie collaboration with ‘Playboy Style. First things I’m the realest, no jokes aside the first thing were doing is asking who in their right mind put Bhad Bhabie on this track and took away from all of Charli’s greatness. We’re just going to ignore that Bhad Bhabie 30 second verse and focus on the fact that clean bandit and Charli came through on this one. The track shows some impressive experimentation from Clean Bandit as they adopt a deeper, sexier R and B vibe which I’m totally here for and let’s just say that Charli lost the auto tune (not that I don’t think she’s great with it) and showed up to collect her bag and let you know she’s here.

Now onto one of the most popular ex boyband members ever- Zayn. After I was pleasantly surprised by his debut solo album the string of throw away singles he’s released for his soon to be release sophomore album have not been played more than once and even that ‘huge’ Nicki collab couldn’t save him. When I saw that he released his new single ‘Rainberry’ I was expecting the worst but he’s proved me wrong; the funky pop track which boats a jazzy electronic imbue blends the perfect level of experimentation whilst still sounding like him. I think this song vocally showcases his talent and introduces a new direction which he seems to be attempting to move into nicely. An overall pleasant offering which I think will become one of my favourite songs over the next week.

Following two great hits, Benny Blanco, has released his third solo single this week after spending years behind the scenes creating some of your favourite songs. ‘Better to lie’ features Jesse and Swae Lee and honestly the guitar heavy instrumental sounds like something off a Post Malone album but then it turns into a light pop rock track which id expect from a boy band. I wish Swae Lee’s contribution was longer than and that the song had a bit more substance considering ‘Eastside’ was a piece of pop perfection but you win some you lose some- not terrible just not all that exciting either.

So the viral cartoon we happen to call 6ix9ine released his delayed album ‘DUMMY BOY’ this week and even though I don’t rate it at all as an overall album I do think the Kanye West and Nicki Minaj assisted ‘MAMA’ isn’t half bad, has a catchy beat a decent verse from West and a nice push in my estimation thanks to Nicki’s verse and I don’t think that his own contribution is that bad on this song either- I hate to admit it but I think this is a bop.

Up and coming, former X Factor girl group, Four of Diamonds release yet another smash with their catchy sass fuelled ‘Blind’. Honestly this is the third impressive release in a row for the girls in which they’ve continue to prove they have what it takes to top the charts and be be the next big group. I like the fact they offer something different and hone in on an r and b edged pop vibe remaining completely mainstream but differentiating themselves from the likes of Little Mix to make them unique.

They aren’t the only former X Factor stars releasing music this week as 2017 quarter finalist, Rai Elle, has released her debut EP ‘KSB’. In my opinion she has the star quality to really make something of herself and I was gutted when she got the boot last year and her new single ‘All About U’ is an uplifting easy listen gospel infused soul track as she curates a solid offering. Do I think it will commercially do amazing, no but do I think it’s a pleasant listen yes for sure.

Lastly for this week’s extensive new music post we have a single from Alessia Cara ‘All We Know’. Before I get onto this song I really have been routing for Alessia, her first ever single ‘Here’ captivated that perfect moody, mysterious, society rejecting energy and her debut album was enjoyable but oh my god this comeback hasn’t been all that impressive. After a series of boring, stagnant and frankly middle of the road singles which I feel all personally missed the mark in some way (apart from ‘Trust my lonely’ which i low key love) she’s just done the exact same thing again. ‘All we know’ is uninteresting and substandard and whilst I can’t say she doesn’t sound angelic the song just feels like background noise and it’s great for that purpose but it sadly feels like such a long listen despite only being just over 3 minutes long.

Whilst I sit on this disappointment and hope for the rest of album to give me something fresh and vibrant, I hope you enjoyed reading this and have a good Friday!!!

Also I’ve decided to start a New Music Friday playlist which I’ll be updating weekly so you can see what I’m listening to and other new music which didn’t make the blog’s cut.

https://open.spotify.com/user/1124546142/playlist/3pabjNcE5J3stDi5mlL4iw?si=_fl8iQ6PQJufxg0l6bftKA

Catch you at the same time, same place next week.