For everyone who had been hoping and praying for 2016 to end, saying it was the worst year ever… careful what you wish for, right? One month into 2017 and… well Trump’s really pulled some serious shockers out of his
sleeve ass. But as always, when I manage to avert my horrified eyes from the news, there are good bits, too. From attending the Forbes 30 Under 30 event to my first try at recording a podcast and more, read on for January’s highlights…
I kicked off 2017 in Amsterdam with some of my best friends and we had the most amazing time! I’ve rounded up 5 of my best foodie discoveries, read the post here.
Men’s fashion, and corresponding fashion week’s is going from strength to strength. Since it started as a one-day display of menswear at the end of LFW, London Fashion Week Men’s has grown each season and now in its tenth year spans several days. This season, I was invited along to a few L:CM bits, including the Velsevoir presentation, which I attended with my super cute new friend Mimi Bouchard, founder of mimibee.com. We also popped into the Agi & Sam party which was lots of fun!
Showcasing an all-black collection – a move away from their usual heavily coloured and patterned style – was a strong move from the Velsvoir duo, all the better for demonstrating the sort of clean and elegant tailoring the brand have become well known for. Check out some pictures of the collection here.
3. Guesting on The Interlocutor Podcast
Poet and writer Anthony Anaxagorou has a way with words. A few years ago now, I used to attend his every ‘Outspoken’ event – an evening of spoken word and music performances curated by him and his friends. Fast forward and he recently launched a podcast called ‘The Interlocutor’ on which he waxes lyrical about all sorts of different topics, with a little help from guests he invites onto the show. Last month, I was said guest. We spoke about everything from journalism to fashion, feminism, social media and more. Listen back to the podcast below.
4. The Kite Runner in theatre
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is one of my favourite books, so I was super excited to hear about the on-stage rendition at London’s Wyndham Theatre. I attended one of the shows with some of my best friends, and we loved it! Carried epically by Ben Turner in the lead role of Amir and the accompanying cast, the story humanises a very different, unfamiliar cultural clash, and is an important one; all the more so in the Trump-era of suspicion and hostility towards the ‘other’. It is played with warmth, intimacy and intensity and yes, brought us all to tears by the end. If you’re not familiar with the book, read it! And if you can? Watch the show.
5. Forbes 30 Under 30
The Forbes 30 Under 30 list is a definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators. I was invited along to the Europe edition party at Gilgamesh and had a great time. A few of my friends / old school mates were on the list so it was lovely to be able to be there to support them, too. One is the founder of on-demand beauty app Ruuby, the other the founder of Suitcase Magazine. One of my favourite sayings is: “If you’re the smartest / most successful / and etc person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” Needless to say I was in the right room that evening, and it was supremely inspirational to be surrounded by such an awesome group of people.
6. New Gen album release
This month my friend, XL Recordings A&R Caroline SM released a dope body of work she’s been quietly working on with some of London’s best up and coming artists. Featuring the likes of Avelino, Stefflon Don, Ray BLK, WSTRN and more, the album is, as Complex put it a “lens into London’s unique, idiosyncratic music scene.” I unfortunately couldn’t make it down to the album listening party but I attended the launch at the Ace Hotel, and have been listening a whoooole lot. My current fave off the album is ‘Flexin’, although that tends to change with each listen. Check out the album here.
7. Paper Soho club launch
In the spirit of the ‘Year Of Yes’, I’ve been pushing myself to make more effort to go out to things that are not immediately filed under work. This month, the new Paper club launched in London’s Soho. I attended the launch as part of one of my BFF’s birthday parties and we had such a good time! London’s club scene has been suffering as of late, with nightclubs across the capital closing down for all sorts of reasons. With a super cool interior (and Instagram-worthy wall to pose in front of – lol!), an amazing soundtrack of hip hop (my fave!) and a good, varied crowd (A$AP Rocky was there on the night I attended, too!), it’s definitely going to become my go-to for nights out.
8. De Vere, Oxford
I ended the month in Oxford with one of my best friends, Julie of Frenchionista. We used my new favourite discovery Secret Escapes, to get ourselves a discounted nights stay at De Vere spa and hotel. Between taking a long walk in the gorgeous British countryside, reading by the fireplace and enjoying some seriously delicious food (on the house thanks to the amazing deal we bagged!) we had had such a good time.
Bits I’ve Enjoyed Reading:
This month, I re-read one of my favourite books, Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness Of Being. LOVED IT all over again.
I recently launched a shop section on alyamooro.com via RewardStyle. This month, this super cool oversized velvet puffa jacket from ASOS was the most popular purchase. Check it out and my pick of some of the best puffa jackets below, click through to shop.