This month, I’ve been based out of LA and I literally don’t ever want to leave. I’m lucky enough to pretty much be able to work from anywhere, so with my office (i.e my laptop) on my back I’ve been living and typing away out of LA coffeeshops, meeting new people and enjoying some sunshine in the meantime. Did I mention I don’t ever want to leave?
As such, my highlights of the month will likely be quite different to usual because EVERYTHING is a highlight. Waking up and seeing the sun streaming through my windows and the palm trees lining the streets, getting a matcha latte (my new obsession of life) while basking in the LA light… literally everything. I was meant to go to New York for my first season of NYFW, but when the flights got cancelled due to a snowstorm I shrugged, put on a t-shirt and I went for a walk on the beach. Anyway, sorry, you probably hate me now but here are the highlights of February…
Drake’s ‘Boy Meets World’ Tour at the 02
Before heading off to LA, I attended Drake’s sold out ‘Boy Meets World’ tour at the 02. It was legit one of the best shows I’ve been to in a long, long time. But then again, it would be hard not to be when he’s been churning out hit after hit for years, and so had an entire back-catalog worthy of singing your heart out to. Ever the UK supporter, Drake brought out homegrown talent’s Giggs and Section Boyz. And the set? An incredible sight in its own right. Legendary, for sure.
I don’t even know where to start with LA to be honest, it’s been such a whirlwind and I’ve been having such a good time I’ve pretty much forgotten to take pictures. WHAT a statement but it’s the truth. Is that the true test of fun now? When we forget to take pictures we can post to prove what a good time we’re having?
I’m here with my cousin and flatmate, singer / songwriter Nefera, so we had a great time being out in LA for Grammy weekend. We attended a bunch of fun parties and viewing events which were all super dope!
We’ve also been eating some seeeeriously good food. From my favourite burgers: Umami, to the pizza at Gjelina (omgggg) to driving out to Nobu in Malibu and more, I’ve been discovering some absolutely ridiculous restaurants. I’ll be doing a round up of some of my faves on moorizzla.com soooon. In the meantime, I’ll try and pinpoint some of the things we’ve been up to in particular…
Karen Civil x Ethika listening dinner
I interviewed Karen Civil when she was in London last year, and it was one of my favourite interviews / chats to date. (You can read the piece on Dazed here). Karen is an all ’round awesome bawse, and does a whole host of things, including helping out with the marketing for Ethika, a California-based underwear company.
Ethika teamed up with some dope artists including Kid Ink, Meek Mill, Casey Veggies, Dave East, Totd Illdude and more for a mixtape which has just been released. “This project ended up being a lot more than we initially bargained for, but seeing it all come together, it was definitely worth it,” Matt Cook, CEO of Ethika, told Billboard. “The music is amazing, the product and designs are some of the best we have made and continuing to creating unique and memorable experiences remains on the forefront of our minds.”
Karen invited me along to the listening dinner at Toca Madera restaurant and it was an awesome night. I very much enjoyed getting to meet everyone and have a jam while listening to the album.
Robert Glasper & Jacob Banks
We’ve also been checking out some incredible artists, from London’s Jacob Banks who performed at the Roxy (Yessss Jacob!) and absolutely smashed it as per usual, to Robert Glapser who put on an incredible, incredible performance complete with artistry through the roof. Having performed with the likes of Erykah Badu, Common, The Roots and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def at the time) during the advent of the neo-soul movement in the late ‘90s, Glasper has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and has been deemed a “prolific musician” and “jazz and R&B renaissance man.” The gig I went to both confirmed and proved those statements not even quite worthy of his talents.
Oscar’s Viewing Night
I’m lucky enough to have quite a few friends in LA, which is going miles to helping me feel super at home here. One of my besties, Rachael who I met in London a million years (and at least six versions of me ago) now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Ever the hostess with the mostess, Rachael and Dennis invited a whooole bunch of us over to their house for an Oscar’s viewing party complete with a quiz we had to fill out predicting the winners. As the Oscar’s are always screened suuuper late UK time, it was the first time I’ve ever actually watched the Oscars. With tons of wine, some awesome company and a vested interest thanks to the quiz and the pot of money the winner would receive, it was such a fun night! Did you guys watch the Oscars? Did you see that epic fuck up with best picture at the end?? Yikes!
CAN I STAY HERE FOREVER?
Bits I Enjoyed Reading:
This month, I read two incredible books.
The first, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is being deemed one of this year’s best. To summarise: I agree with that distinction. Homegoing follows two half-sisters born in Ghana. One marries an English slave trader, the other is sold into slavery. Tracing them and their descendants from 18th-century West Africa to contemporary America, Gyasi touches on all sorts of themes including tribal warfare, the Jim Crow law, drug addiction and assimilation. Read The Guardian’s review here.
The second, The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Furstenberg is totaaally different but also very inspiring. DVF, the creator of one of the world’s most recognised brands, bestows wisdom on wisdom on her readers, touching on topics including her days as a young, jet-set princess, overcoming cancer to creating the dress that came to symbolize independence and power for an entire generation of women. And all with her customary wit and grace. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
May all your months be filled with highlights! xxx