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Highlights Of The Month: October 2016

October has consisted largely of me playing serious catch up following September’s role as acting Deputy Editor at Closer Online, switching over to Google’s Pixel phone and getting excited for Halloween. Read on for the highlights…

1. Goldie Rox Brand Ambassador

It will never fail to amaze me how crazy life is. I first came across Goldie Rox on Instagram after falling in love with her burger ring. Fast forward three years and Roxanne, the designer behind Goldie Rox has become one of my best friends, we’ve been on countless holidays together and she’s even asked me to be a bridesmaid at her wedding next year!

I’ve been repping Goldie Rox for years, so it was all really lovely when it came full circle with her asking me to become her official brand ambassador. We took to the studio to shoot with photographer Hanna Hillier for some shots of me rocking the brand.

Check out GoldieRox.com to check out her work as well as to see me in her pieces!

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2. RewardStyle Master Class

I recently made my blog and Instagram shoppable via RewardStyle. The invitation only monetisation tool for influencers (I kinda hate that word but it’s 2016 and here we are…) launched in 2011, and since, has reportedly generated over $1 billion in sales for its retailers, as well as a pretty penny for some of its top influencers, too. Pretty nuts.

Blogging and the use of affiliate links has in the meantime become quite the controversial topic. Some view it as a money grab, while the majority – myself included – see it as a way for which bloggers to create more and better content. I particularly love The Sunday Times fashion editor and blogger Pandora Sykes take, read here and here.

This month, RewardStyle held a masterclass in London for adopters of the tool to learn how to better use the platform. Still lots of learning to be done (always!) but was a very enjoyable day, made Instagrammable to perfection.

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3. Queen of Katwe Premiere

This month, the good folks over at Movie Geeks hosted a screening of the incredible new Disney film Queen of Katwe. The screening saw an appearance from Lupita Nyongo, who starred in the film alongside David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga.

Based on a true story, the film tells the incredible tale of Phiona Mutesi, who rose from the slums in Uganda to become a chess prodigy. Speaking to ABC news, Lupita said: “It’s a global story. Everyone, I feel, can identify with Phiona. Wherever you are, you know, there’s people all over the world who are living in conditions in which they feel there is no way out. And something like chess can be introduced to you and it can just spark a hope and an excitement and a confidence to change the circumstances within which you were born.”

I absolutely loved the movie and couldn’t recommend it more. Read the NY Times review of the film here.

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4. Breakfast with Naturya

Naturya, one of the world’s leading superfood brands, recently launched a range of six superfoods which include cacao powder, chia seeds, coconut oil, sun-dried goji berries, greens blend and hemp protein powder. Teaming up with six of the UK’s leading health and nutrition experts; Liz Earle, Dale Pinnock, Madeleine Shaw, Tess Ward, Matt Roberts, and Calgary Avansino, Naturya hosted a breakfast where each of their ambassadors came up with a delicious breakfast recipe using the superfoods.

Check out what went down and the recipes themselves here.

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5. Soho Farm House

The Soho House group can evidently do no wrong. Having slowly been taking over each and every worthy nook and cranny the world over, they recently launched Soho Farm House in the English countryside, essentially giving members access to their own country house, minus the purchase.

One of my best friends is a member, and so with excitement we embarked on the two hour drive from London for one of the last sunny weekends and had the most incredible time gallivanting around on the bikes, rolling in the fields and gorging on delicious food.

Providing guest accommodation across a series of cabins, a cottage, a farmhouse and tents, the site also houses facilities including a pub, farmshop and deli, children’s entertainment area, cinema, gym, spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, restaurants and bars, all with that effortlessly cool Soho House vibe.

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6. Google Pixel

Having evidently been silently plotting away, this month Google released its first ever smartphone: the Google Pixel, and essentially has blown competitors out of the water. I remember reluctantly making the move from Blackberry to iPhone when it became obvious that I could hold out no longer, and with Google gifting me the new Pixel (thank youuuu!), resistance proved likewise, entirely futile.

For starters, the camera is absolutely incredible. I’ve held up an iPhone 6 and 7 alongside the Pixel and there is literally no comparison as to how much better the Pixel camera is. See some of the other features here and read Wired’s review here.

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7. Giuseppe Zanotti Store Launch

Giuseppe Zanotti opened a new store on London’s Conduit Street this month. I attended the opening alongside Mr Zanotti himself and a whole host of London’s coolest, including model Neelam Gill, Millie Mackintosh, Lilah Parsons and more. With totally drool-worthy shoes, from the flat to the ostentatiously heeled, the new store provided lust-worthy items in abundance. See inside the flagship here.

The footwear giant recently teamed up with Zayn Malik for a collaboration, due out in January.

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8. DF Mexico

I get a lot of awesome perks, the latest of which is a membership card to Mexican restaurant DF Mexico, meaning free food and drink in abundance. I only just got the membership card and have already been quite a few times (lol!) which is certainly testament to its prowess.

With a super laid back, diner-like feel, the restaurant has been compared to the Mexican version of Nandos, and I would be hard-pressed to disagree. The fish taco is one of my favourite things on the menu, so delish!

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9. Girls in Theatre

Taking to the stage at Soho Theatre this month was Theresa Ikoko’s award-winning play ‘Girls’, a visceral portrayal of life for three young girls, kidnapped and held captive by Islamic extremists somewhere in West Africa. And despite the words ‘Boko Haram’ not mentioned once throughout the entirety of the production, the parallels are striking, and deeply heart wrenching all at once. But the play is far from all doom and gloom, with humour utilised expertly by the three young actresses who carry the entirety of the tale, with only a sparse set to aid in the storytelling.

A line that stuck with me: “Why is everyone so bloody obsessed with hashtags? Can you use it to shoot your way out of here?”

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10. Halloween

I luuuuh me some Halloween, there’s just something so fun about getting to dress up. This year, I donned a long, fringed purple wig that made me seriously consider getting permanent extensions in / cutting a fringe / dying my hair purple and dressed up as some sort of mermaid gone rogue. Jaded London have some very cool one pieces, I wore a metallic, scale-y one with Skinny Dip’s sparkly shell handbag ,my adidas shelltoes and blue all over my face to attend Maximum from BBK’s Halloween party No Merci. Was so fun!

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Work:

6 Delicious Superfood Recipes

Shop The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: A Review

Shopping Wishlist: October 2016

Why and how are fashion brands catering more and more to Muslim consumers?

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I also contributed to Asda’s fashion and lifestyle website George, giving my take on jumper dresses.

Check it out here.

Bits I’ve Enjoyed Reading:

Kim Kardashian’s sex tape reimagined as a virtual reality ‘experience’

Drake dissed Kid Cudi by going after his mental health 

UN staff petition against Wonder Woman as an ambassador for women’s empowerment 

‘The Great British Bake Off’ changes the way the British bake 

Frieze London’s 10 most Instagrammed artworks 

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Shop:

I recently launched a shop section on alyamooro.com via RewardStyle. In the spirit of all things highlights, I thought I’d include a new section to my monthly post, looking into the most popular buys.

October’s shopping wishlist had a clear favourite in the form of a pastel blue knit jumper from Monki at ASOS which is now out of stock. I’ve rounded up some more cosy pastel knits below.

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May all your months be filled with highlights xxx 

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