This month, I attended some incredible shows, exhibitions and events, including the launch of Google’s new Pixel phone. OBVIOUSLY Halloween ranked highly and I loved dressing up on not one but TWO occasions, including Maya Jama’s super fun private party at Albert’s in South Kensington. The best bits of October, below…
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
My mum always gets tickets to the best shows in the theatre and this month she invited me to join her for an adaptation of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, with none other than Sienna Miller and former Skins’ star Jack O’Connell as the leads! It’s admittedly quite stressful to watch, because the show basically consists of the actors yelling at each other, getting drunk and smoking cigarette after cigarette, whilst occasionally removing their clothes and walking around naked. Yup, saw Sienna Miller’s tits in the flesh. She’s a bit annoying for pretty much the entirety of the production, although admittedly her character is supposed to be so perhaps that’s testament to a job well done. Overall, it’s an interesting re-telling of the Tennessee Williams classic and tackles some important themes the likes of masculinity, family dramas and the conflict between truth and illusion.
Google Pixel 2 Launch
Google gifted me the first version of their Pixel phone last year and I’ve been a convert ever since. This month, they released the second version with what is an even better camera, a feat I didn’t think possible considering how good the first one is! To launch the phone, they threw what is potentially one of the coolest events I’ve ever been to at the Old Selfridges Hotel, complete with a millennial pink room with pink animals, a gallery of smells as well as live performances, DJ sets and delicious donuts and food for days. They also gifted me the new laptop / tablet and the Google Home and, well… let’s just say Apple is probably quivering in their boots right about now because they’re all seriously incredible products.
Featuring In Marie Claire Arabia
I mentioned this last month but waaah Marie Claire Arabia came out this month and I had a three page spread in it alongside the Abdul sisters. I wore a gorgeous pink suit from Luvon, nude boots from River Island and Goldie Rox jewellery to take to the streets of Knightsbridge for the shoot and it came out beautifully in the magazine, alongside an interview with me talking being both Egyptian and British as well as my career as a freelance journalist.
Sophia Tassew’s RIOT! RIOT! RIOT! Exhibition
ASOS have been doing some preeeetty cool things recently, including this month backing artist Sophia Tassew’s RIOT! RIOT! RIOT! exhibition at Protein Studios. Sophia curated a line up in which all artists – from Rene Matic, Joy Miessi and Hannah Hill – are women of colour, and the exhibition explores themes of womanhood, race, sexuality and protest; hands down one of the coolest I’ve ever been to. “[It’s] is all about being a young person and recognising your ability to scream and shout through art, not even just through art, but through your very existence.” Check out her interview with Vogue here.
Featuring On The Lifestyle Edit Podcast
A few months back I recorded a podcast with the awesome Naomi Mdudu of The Lifestyle Edit for her podcast series, a candid conversation with ‘self-made creative entrepreneurs’ about creating a business and life you love. This month, the episode went live and saw me speak about how I got my ‘big break’ in journalism, how I’m trying to set myself apart as well as providing some insight into the pitching process, my writing rituals and the pressures that come with social media.
Listen back to episode 13 (and the rest of the brill episodes!) on iTunes here.
I actually love Shakka so much. I’ve been a huge fan ever since I first saw him perform to a handful of people eaaaarly on in his career some 7 or so years ago. Since, he’s gone from strength to strength and is these days making an awesome name for himself. This month, I attended his sold out show and watched him do what he does best: put on an incredible show and have a brilliant time in the process, packed out venue singing along word for word. Legends the likes of Wretch32 and Ghetts joined him on stage and gushed about his artistic prowess, further cementing the fact that if you haven’t heard of him yet, it’s only a matter of time before his infectious music and character infiltrate your life.
Tupac ‘All Eyez On Me’ Dance Class
To celebrate the release of the Tupac ‘All Eyez On Me’ DVD, which came out this month, I was invited along to a super fun dance class held in collaboration with Seen On Screen Fitness, who have worked with artists the likes of Rihanna and Chaka Khan. It was a bit daunting at first, but getting in character by blinging out with some chains and bandanas and dancing alongside friends and creative buffs the likes of Jade Avia, Jamz Supernova, Harriet Rose and Rio Fredrika was so much fun; the dance instructors had us laughing and twerking (literally!) in no time.
The All Eyez On Me DVD is out now. Buy it on Amazon (or all good retailers) here.
Get To Know x Push PR Breakfast
One of my favourite sayings is ‘A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle’ and I love anything that allows people to champion others. The creative industries in particular are notoriously tricky to get into, and when you’re self employed it’s often difficult to know what you’re doing or who to ask for advice. My friends AJ Odudu, Adrienne Herbert and their partner recently launched Get To Know, a series of talks and panel events aiming to go some way towards changing that. This month, they collaborated with PUSH PR for a breakfast event, showcasing some of the fabulous brands they work with (including my bestie Goldie Rox!) and provide people with an opportunity to do some very important networking. I had such a lovely time and it was, as always, so lovely to meet some likeminded people.
adidas’ New Collection Preview
I’ve increasingly been falling for adidas over the last few years because tbh, resistance is futile. They have been positively killing it and their upcoming SS18 collections features potentially some of the coolest pieces yet. We literally had to place our phones in sealed envelopes so we wouldn’t take any pictures so there’s not much to share other than this final thought: I WANT IT ALL.
I actually love Halloween so much and I love getting dressed up for it. Over the weekend I went to BBK’s #NoMerci where I dressed up as a piss-take version of Kylie Jenner, complete with badly stuffed bottom, overgrown lips and contour alllll over my face.
On Halloween eve itself, TV presenter Maya Jama hosted a private party at Albert’s in South Kensington which was arguably faaaar too fun for a school night! I dressed up as Jessica Rabbit, all red eerrrrything and loved seeing everyones incredible and creative outfits, from Maya’s Cleopatra remake to my friend AJ’s Edward Scissorhands (both below) and endlessly so on and so forth. Good music and good vibes galore. Same time next year please Maya!
Things I Wrote:
Things I Read:
Three Daughters Of Eve – Elif Shafak
Through the story of a modern Turkish woman, Elif Shafak manoeuvres a great many interesting themes, including politics, religion and the relationship between East and West. As an Egyptian born, London raised woman I’ve often felt the duality and at times clash of cultures, and it was so interesting to see how so many of these same ideologies and beliefs came up in Shafak’s novel. Such a good story, beautifully told.
#EatForLove – Lana Al Mulla
One of my best friends, Lana this month released her very first e-book which is actually – no bias – the best recipe book I’ve ever come across. A qualified nutritionist, the book has 50 plant-based recipes for drinks, snacks, breakfast and lunch / dinner that look actually delicious as well as tips on everything from how to shop healthily, kitchen essentials and a 2-week healthy food plan. Highly recommend the buy, I’m so excited to try my hand at the recipes!
Check out the ebook and buy it on her website here.