Obsessed Right Now: Music

You know those songs that you have on that playlist that you play over and over again? Well, this is my version. Some new, some old, most amazing. Hope you enjoy!

Joey Bada$$ – My Yout (remix) feating Maverick Sabre

This tune just screams Summer. The beat is so feel good. I’ve had this one on repeat for a few months now.

Bring Me The Horizon – Can You Feel My Heart.

This was a great album of last year and this track is one of my favourites off the album.

Danny Brown – Clean Up.

I’m pretty obsessed with Danny Brown right now. His ‘Old’ album took a while to grow on me but once it did, that was it. This track has been on repeat for the last couple of months and Im not tired of it yet. No video for it but it doesn’t need it. Just listen….

Pharrell Williams – Happy.

How can anyone not like this song? It makes me want to dance with random strangers on the tube. Pharrell, my man, you’ve done it again!

Chloe Howl – How Proud.

Chloe Howl is one of those new artists tipped for big things in 2014 and I hope it happens for her. I’m loving this track!

Flume – Insane featuring Moon Holiday.

This has been another new discovery for me and is a growing love. I have a feeling Flume will be an artist I listen to a lot in 2014.

Indiana – Mess Around

I don’t know much about Indiana, I only know about this song but ‘Mess Around’ is an excellent introduction.

Sam Smith – Nirvana

He’s won the Critics choice Brit and the BBC Sound of 2014 so looking set for a huge year. I’m not sure I am that excited by Sam Smith but this song is pretty amazing so maybe he’ll surprise me.

AWOLNATION – Sail.

I heard this song on the radio, I shazam’d it and that’s where the love affair started. I haven’t looked back. I’m looking forward to discovering more.

The National – This Is The Last Time. 

I am very late to the party when it comes to The National and I cannot believe it has taken me this long. This song pulls at every heart string. Its beautiful. It uplifts and destroys me all at the same time.

Sampha – Too Much

I fall in love with music a lot and I am totally in love with Sampha’s voice.

Katy Perry – Unconditionally. 

This is just pop music at it’s best. Play it loud and sing your heart out!

Banks – Waiting Game. 

Yet another tipped for big things this year. Banks is another that I have fallen in love with.

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Flat Out Obsessed

There are just too many luscious loafers and stunning slippers out there right now. Plus with the rumours flying around that flats are the new going out shoes I am very happy to put the stilts away for a  few months and float my feet around in some of these dream boats. I’ve shared a few of my favourites.

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These beautiful Christian Louboutin bow-detailed velvet slippers are impeccable, a little pricey and more than I can afford right now but a girl can dream, right? £495.00 from Net-A-Porter

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Everyone needs a pair of blue suede shoes. Well, I do and these ones from Dune are nice and bright. They are currently on sale, £47.00 from ASOS

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I have always been a fan of studs and think they can give any outfit an edge. These all over studded slippers are really affordable at £12.00 and available from Boohoo.com

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At the right time and with the right outfit, a patent shoe can look very cool. I love these one from Bobbies La Demoiselle. They are also currently half price, £57.50, from ASOS.

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These Cinderella inspired slippers are the runner up when it comes to my favourite out of the bunch. They are also in the sale, £9.00 from New Look. (excuse the small pic)

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Now these are the winner. Velvet, cushioned, an owl, Marc Jacobs. I love all of these things. These are the ultimate for me and yes, they are pricey and more than I can afford but I couldn’t not feature them. Look at them! They are the winner. £245.00 from Net-A-Porter

With all of the above and more as options I am more than happy to be my short self in flats and swap glamour for comfort.

What flats are you wearing at the moment? Share with me so I can go and drool over some more options. Thanks for reading!

 

 

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The New Beauty Obsession: Blink Brow Bar

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I have had many a threading experience. Some were good. Some were bad. Some were very ugly. Then there was the Blink Brow Bar.

On a ‘feeling flush’ afternoon I decided to spend £17 on getting my eyebrows threaded at the blink bar in Topshop on London’s Oxford Street. This is about £13 more than I would normally pay but as I said, I was feeling rosy.

I am not going to ramble on about the threading of my eyebrows even though I know you’re dying to know about the removal of every tiny hair. I am just going to give you the facts.

Fact 1 – I left with some damn good eyebrows.

Fact 2 – It was worth the £17.

Fact 3 – They got the shape exactly how I wanted.

Fact 4 – The chairs were comfy and pink.

Fact 5 – The brow baroness (you don’t actually have to call her that) was very nice to my eyebrows and gave them a massage, moisturise and a makeover.

Fact 6 – I now go to Blink every time.

To find your local Blink Brow store, see here

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The New Food Obsession: Banana Tree

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I have been meaning to write about the brilliant Banana Tree restaurant for some time now; it is very quickly becoming one of my favourite places to eat in London.

Introduced to the Indochinese restaurant by the second worst date of my life so far, the food was pretty much the only good thing about the whole evening, just as well really since he wanted to stay for three courses and talk to me about his whirlwind career in online poker. Yes, it was as thrilling as it sounds. Thankfully that evening sparked my long-lasting love affair with Banana Tree.

Since that eventful first trip I have frequented the eatery on numerous occasions and NEVER been let down by the food, even if I have been by the company.

The menu is so full of tasty treats that I struggle not to order everything and now, being somewhat a self-proclaimed connoisseur of ‘the tree’, I have my darlings that I will always go to and the ones that I consider to be the best bananas on the menu.

On my last visit, I opted for something that I had never had before as a starter, the Street Style Crispy Dough, which came with an incredible Kajang Satay sauce. Other favourites on the starter menu include the spring rolls, satay chicken and dumplings.

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When it comes to the main event, I have two dishes that I find it hard not to go back to, and I take great delight in repeatedly cheating on one with the other. The first love is the crispy chicken with mango and sweet lime sauce. It is exactly what it says is, its crispy, sweet yet fresh and not overpowering. My second love is the string tied braised pork belly with green coconut juice. The pork falls apart like it has been stewed to perfection and the sauce is the sort you sort of want to drink from the bowl afterwards. No? Just me?

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For desert I always go for the same thing because a) it is pancakes and they are my favourite. b ) it involves nuts and coconut and they are my favourites. c) the pancakes are bright green. That is everything anyone should ever want or need from a dessert.

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Another thing that is worth mentioning, especially for people who don’t drink alcohol or love a good fresh juice, their raw juices are to die for. My favourite is the passion fruit mix.

Of course, ‘the tree’ has lots of other delightful things on the menu. They have a few in London spread around so definitely one to bear in mind for an awful date or an excellent dinner.

Check out the site here for more details

 

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The New Music Obsession: Louis M^ttrs

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You may have heard Louis M^ttrs vocals on the recent Chase & Status track ‘Lost & Not Found’. The MTA signing has so much more to offer then guest vocals, which I realised after downloading his ‘Beachy Head’ E.P.  The release features just four songs and one of them is a remix but that was more then enough to get me hooked. I have had those three songs on repeat for the last two weeks and Im not yet tired of playing them.

Over the past year or so there have been quite a few male vocal artists that have struck a chord with me, especially so with the slow electronic or RnB vibes. Artists like The Weeknd, Jamie Woon, To Be Frank, James Blake, Frank Ocean and so on have all been heavily featured on my ‘loving right now’ playlist and Louis M^ttrs is the most recent addition.

If it sounds like your sort of thing then I strongly advise that you download his Beachy Head E.P., immediately. It will probably be in my favourite releases of 2014 list. You can get it here

Below is the short film like video for War With Heaven, which is also pretty damn magnificent.

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The New Music Obsession: Angel Haze

There are quite a few female rappers around right now that are doing well for themselves; Azaelia, Iggy, Nicki. The ladies are very much holding their own in a male dominated scene.

Like a lot of rap music, the great bars and beats the females are presenting don’t always offer real substance. I don’t mind their tracks, I will dance to them in a club and there’s no denying that they do things well, but would I go and buy a whole album? Probably not. Then there is Angel Haze….

 

I first heard Angel Haze on the track ‘New York’, which showed the female rapper paying homage to where she grew up. The track was good. The beat was strong. Haze‘s flow was right up my street. At this point though, she could have fitted into that category with Azaelia and the rest of them. Yeah I could listen, but the true substance wasn’t there for me yet.

It was when I heard Haze bare her soul and let us into her dark, personal world that she really grabbed my attention. On her mixtape ‘Classick’, Haze did a version of Eminem’s ‘Cleaning Out My Closet’, which took us to a brutally honest, uncomfortable place. She revealed a childhood of sexual abuse and what it took for her to be still alive and standing where she is now. Not only is it hard-hitting, but it also shows her talent as a lyricist, writer and music artist. The passion felt on that track could hit the calmest of nerves.

After hearing ‘Cleaning Out My Closet’, I had to download the full New York EP. The six track release features another favourite of mine ‘Werkin’ Girls’, as well as ‘Chi, Supreme’ and two remixes of ‘New York’.

Haze‘s most recent offering ‘Echelon (Its My Way),’ doesn’t go as deep and personal as we know she’s capable of, but still holds her up high above a lot of other rappers in the current hip-hop world.

 

What sets Angel Haze apart from others at the moment is that there is definitely more to come. This is a girl who has something worth saying. Not on all of her tracks, mind – we obviously need some club bangers – BUT the substance is very much there and very much real!

I’m really excited about her debut ‘Dirty Gold’, which is due out later this year. To keep myself and other supporters satisfied, Haze is dropping a freestyle every single day for 30 days. So far she has put lyrics over Jay Z’s ‘Tom Ford’, Kanye’s ‘Black Skinhead’and Drakes ‘Worst Behaviour’ to name but a few. Her latest is over Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ where she opens up about her sexuality.

 

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Wilkinson – Afterglow

I don’t need to go into too much detail. Great track. Great video.

Happy Friday people.

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Jon Hopkins – Breathe This Air featuring Purity Ring

As you may have guessed from recent blog posts, I LOVE me a bit of Jon Hopkins.

I was thrilled to know he had been nominated for this years Mercury Music Prize and of course is my favourite to win. Lets celebrate by looking at his brand new video for track ‘Breathe This Air’ featuring Purity Ring.

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The New Food Obsession: Pinkberry

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I am assuming that most know of the wonderful and magical creation that is Pinkberry BUT just in case you don’t, I am here to spread the word.

Pinkberry is a glorious guilt free treat! A pot of frozen yogurt that comes in an array of flavours including pomegranate, watermelon and many others, including salted caramel, my personal favourite.

You can be naughty or nice with your toppings with a choice of fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate, sweets and sauces.

The salted caramel with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and almonds is a winner!

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I find Pinkberry is best enjoyed after a gym session on a Saturday afternoon with one of your favourite people. It is also a good shopping day break.

http://www.pinkberry.com

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