Highlights Of The Month: July 2016

It feels a bit ridiculous to start another post with “OMG I can’t believe it’s [insert said new month here]” because the passage of time is basically the only constant. So instead I’ll start this post touching on a new milestone I recently reached: 10 thousand followers on Instagram (!)

Thanks to everyone that follows me, it feels really nice to know that all the content I work hard to put out there is actually being received and I guess maybe even sometimes enjoyed by people. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you can do so hereee.

From spending a wonderfully sunny ten days in the South of France, to attending the London leg of Beyonce’s Formation tour and shooting with the very awesome photographer Hanna Hiller who has worked with the likes of Jessica Alba (!) and more, July’s been pretty cool. Check out the highlights below…

1. Bulgari’s Elizabeth Taylor Exhibit

For the first two weeks of July, Bond Street’s Bulgari flagship store showcased some of Elizabeth Taylor‘s insanely beautiful jewelry collection. Some of her most loved pieces – from her emerald engagement ring, to the huge emerald and diamond necklace she wore on her wedding day were on display alongside four costumes she wore when she starred in the 1963 film Cleopatra. I obviously felt very much at home being Egyptian and all, ha! But those jewels… Truly spectacular. As Elizabeth Taylor apparently once said: “You can’t cry on a diamond’s shoulder, and diamonds won’t keep you warm at night, but they’re sure fun when the sun shines.” See more here.

2. Beyonce Formation Tour

BEYONCE THOUGH! I’ve long loved me a little Queen B. Ever since the Destiny’s Child days she has been injecting confidence and spice into my life, and when she released ‘Lemonade‘ earlier this year, I was as excited as any super-fan. So I was over the moon when one of my best friends presented me with tickets for my birthday to go watch Beyonce live in action. And she did not disappoint. Tunes on tunes on tunes were hurtled out; each one like the one before it, a bonafide hit. With a seemingly inexhaustible energy and charisma Beyonce carried through: flawless. 

3. South Of France

I spent a lovely ten days between St Tropez and Monaco with some family and friends. It was the first time in a long time that I didn’t pack my laptop, and it actually felt so good to switch off from it all and really just enjoy being in the present moment. We spent time on the beach, drinking nice wine, eating good food (I’ll be doing a post on the best places to eat and drink in the south of France soon!) and really enjoying each other’s company. Sometimes there really is nothing else you need. I also read some really great books while out there, including Alain de Botton’s ‘The Course Of Love’ which I seriously couldn’t recommend more. Check out my post on 6 things I learned from his talk on the subject at The School Of Life here.

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4. Lovebox Festival

Upon my return to London I hit up Lovebox Festival with some friends. With a lineup including the likes of Major Lazer and Stormzy, and a stage hosted by my friends at Visions, it was a super fun day, despite London’s typically gloomy weather.

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5. Farmacy

For some reason it appears that most restaurants that facilitate healthy eatering, up until relatively recently, have been pretty intense. So I was really happy to come across Camilla Al Fayed’s Farmacy in Notting Hill which is a lot more accessible a way of eating healthily. Check out my review of Farmacy here.

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6. Grime Aid

While most people simply read the news and feel sad, some people actually do something about what they see. Some of my friends are those latter kinds of people. I was proud to support their latest endeavour: Grime Aid: In Response To The Refugee Crisis; a live music night they put on in London’s Jazz Cafe in which all proceeds went directly to purchasing aid, handed out personally by the Road To Freedom team to the refugees in camps across Europe. Find out more about Road To Freedom here.

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7. Shooting with Hanna Hillier

I’ve long admired photographer Hanna Hillier‘s work. Having shot the likes of Jessica Alba, Suki Waterhouse and more, time and again crafting and capturing beauty in her own inimitable way, I have, in short, been dying to shoot with her. I reached out and managed to get some time in with Hanna to complete something I’ve been working on. I can’t wait to see the final pics! Sneak peek straight off the camera below.

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8. Filming with A Table For 1

I don’t know about you guys but I find it really hard to grocery shop properly. Yeah it’s easy to just go in and grab some frozen pizza and some milk and some snacks and fruit but that’s not really the best way to go about it, I’m quickly coming to realise. Not least of all because you can’t actually really make anything out of that, which means you’ll need to order out basically every single day. Story of my life. So I asked my homie Lana over at A Table For 1, a nutritionist and the healthiest person I know, to show me how to grocery shop properly. The awesome videographer Nierodha came along to film. We’ll be sharing soooon!

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9. Jeff Koons

Whenever I can I love going to exhibitions and checking out new things. Last week I went to check out the Jeff Koons “Now” exhibit at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery in London. The reactions of the friends I went with varied, with two really unimpressed and uninspired by the exhibit. Indeed, as Christies put it: “Plenty of art critics have been awfully rude about him. Is he for real? Is his work a scam? Is his entire career an elaborate in-joke at the art world’s vast expense?” I was not so inclined towards a negative view, but then again I’m speaking on behalf of the #Instagram world. It does make a good picture, doesn’t it? Interesting read on Man Repeller: Is Kim Kardashian The New Jeff Koons?

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10. Juliet Remembered Cointreau Screening

A few months back I attended the final selection process and the award ceremony of the Cointreau Creative Crew Awards. Juliet Remembered, a brilliant short film about a former actress who struggles with Alzheimer’s disease and can hardly remember anything other than every single word of her most famous role as Shakespeare’s Juliet. This month the film was unveiled in a screening at the Roxy, followed by a Q&A with cast and key crew.

highlights july

Work:

What I Learned When I Tried Shooting For My Fashion Blog In Egypt 

Why Does It Hurt To Be Unfollowed?

Social Media And The New Slaves 

Healthy Eating: Farmacy Review

Kanye West & Taylor Swift: Can I Be A Rap Fan And A Feminist?

Bits I’ve Enjoyed Reading:

In this ‘fix-it’ surgical world, neither insecurity nor anxiety can be allowed to exist

The Truth About Full-time Freelancing 

Taylor Swift’s ‘downfall’: what the online celebrations really say

Britain will still need plenty of us immigrants

This Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Forgiveness

May all your months be filled with highlights xxx 

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