Tonight Josephine – A Very Instagramable Bar

How did you spend your Monday night?

Right across from Waterloo station is a neon pink peace sign with a killer coffin-tipped manicure. This is the inviting and blindly entrance to the pink tinged Tonight Josephine.

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Named after Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Nepolean and the rebuffing of her sexual advances “Not tonight Josephine”, this bar is all about the celebration of being a brazen, unapologetic woman that loves cocktails, music that spans the late nineties to the modern day and neon lights.

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With a few neon walls by the entrance, the amount of people that just popped in to take a picture in the ‘Lady Garden’ or in from of the ‘Well Behaved Women Don’t Make History’ sign. One of the highlights of the bar is the toilet signs, which took the less expected road of using celebrity mug shots: Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson and Justin Bieber.

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The cocktail list is extensive, as to be expected with any cocktail bar and area ll priced around the £10 mark. If that is discouraging in anyway, everything else is pretty fairly priced with wine at £4 and prosecco at £7. Also, if you join their mailing list they give you a £10 voucher which equates to a free cocktail.

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Chin Chin to a good night out!

p.s. I haven’t posted pictures of everything because some of them are already on my instagram @kavvers x

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My 2017 Heavy Rotation

2017 was surprisingly great for pop music, while there was a lot of schlock to wade through, there ware some great tracks that were so good that they stayed in my rotation from their release up til now.

‘OMG’ – Camila Cabello (Feat. Quavo)

This single was released at the same time as ‘Havana’ but didn’t gain the traction that it deserved. I realized in the club that you can’t really dance to ‘Havana’ whereas ‘OMG’ was made for dancing to. The heavy base, angelic choir on loop and that sticky staccato is everything. There’s something really Charli XCX about this mid-tempo banger, which considering she was a co-writer with Noonie Bao makes sense. Camila has really made steps to release quality music this year and make her debut an event to not be missed. With her pre-release singles all showing great promise, I can’t wait to hear a full body of work from her.

‘Rockets’ – Lion Babe (Feat. Moe Moks)

Lion Babe have been on my radar, since their debut Begin and their collab with Disclosure ‘Hourglass’ however, it was the release of ‘Rockets’ that made me really listen to their stuff this year. It’s almost like elevator music in it’s realxed approach production-wise and Jillian Hervey’s ethereal vocals, but that melody is an addictive earworm that is is intriguing on first listen. The lyrics are essentially nonsensical but the whole package is like walking through a room filled with blunt smoke. The best way to describe it is… Delicious.

‘Normal Girl’, ‘The Weekend’ and ‘Go Gina’ – SZA

First off, all of CTRL is amazing, this is one of the best debut albums that i have heard from anyone in a long time. It’s so cohesive in its artistic unity and the themes of love, pain, growing up and being twenty-something are so clear and well articulated. These three songs, are the ones that spoke to me personally. As someone in their early-mid twenties I just have never has music that so bluntly spoke to the experience of being a young, messy woman. Also, SZA is everything.

‘Boys’ and ‘Baby Girl’ (Feat. Uffie) – Charli XCX

After the drastic pivot of last years Vroom Vroom EP, Charli found a middle ground with the Number 1 Angel Mixtape. It’s  a really strong body of work that I think was a great antidote after ‘After the Afterparty’ which undermined everything that Vroom Vroom put in place. Charli XCX’s strength is catchy, off-centre pop that explores different genres. ‘Baby Girl’ stood out on the record for me because of that Uffie verse, it’s a WTF moment that kind of stops the record and you have to listen to again just because of her delivery. ‘Boys’ is just a jam and it lives in its simplicity.

‘Disco Tits’ – Tove Lo

Only Tove Lo would name a song after her tits, a performance trademark. This funk tinged track about getting high and dancing until you’re dripping with sweat. I love pop songs that don’t try to complicate the premise, ‘Disco Tits’ is an infectious pop song that plays with levels of intoxication through the layers of production i.e. that affected voice that mutters “I say hi, you say hi, we stay high, you look so pretty yeah.”

‘Heatstroke’ – Calvin Harris (Feat. Young Thug, Pharell & Ariana Grande) and ‘Hard To Love’ (Feat. Jessie Reyez)

Is summer back? Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 is was my album of the summer, I killed this record even when it got colder because the production is beautiful. ‘Heatstroke’ is sweltering, it is summer captured in a song. The production of this track is so perfectly done, that from the first five seconds I need an ice lolly. ‘Hard To Love’ is the slightly cooler summer evening. Jessie’s blunt, honest lyrics work and sweet voice contrast so perfectly with that groaning, male voice in that loves just beneath her vocals it gives a sadness to the production that ends the record on such a bittersweet note.

‘End Game’ – Taylor Swift (Feat. Future & Ed Sheeran)

This song shouldn’t have worked for me. 2017 has been the year of Ed Sheeran, a long year that overwhelmed me with Ed Sheeran songs that all started to meld together. Never-the-less, the hook ‘big reputation’ is such an earworm that the first few times i listened to this I didn’t even know that Taylor had a verse because I kept rewinding to hear that hook. It’s a standout from Reputation, this track is the best from this record for me. The texture that Sheeran and Future bring and the bombastic production are icing on the cake of an almost perfect pop record.

KERB Turned 5 and it was LIT

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Hiding around the corner from their usual home in Granary Square, a stone’s throw away from King’s Cross Station the 5th Birthday celebration of KERB food market was turning up on a Friday night. They took this opportunity to encourage collaborations between traders, which resulted in some pretty amazing dishes. I only tried three because as hard as i try, I love bread and get full way to quickly.

White Men Can’t Jerk x Mother Clucker – 4/5

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The Jerk Chicken Strips (modeled by Sam and his dirty trainers) were prefect, crispy without the skin falling off, which is a must. It came with three types of sauce and an option for a fourth which was the really spicy one, we both chickened out (pun intended). These were delicious, just spicy enough for this Jamaican food lover without being too threatening for people that don’t like to be kicked in he face with heat.

Bleecker x Bao – 3/5

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There were so many choices between the two stands that were neighbors for the birthday celebration that it was difficult to choose. I went for the Chicken Bao Burger, which was essentially just a small burger. It was nice and spicy, the blue cheese dressing was deliciously salty and the balance was perfect. However, I would have loved a milk bun instead of a burger bun, but I’m partial to milk buns over everything.

Vicky’s x Blu Top – 5/5

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As someone who has lactose intolerance this was my nightmare, however, as someone who loves ice cream and doughnuts this was my highlight. A toasted, ice cream filled doughnut topped with chocolate crumbly stuff and a pretzel. Possibly the best dessert I’ve ever had in my entire life, this was a hit with the whole crew. The balance of sweet, salty, warm and cold was an absolute match made in heaven.

A Journey Through Holland: Amsterdam, Rotterdam & The Hague

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I went to Holland with the intent of drinking some beer and pretending to like it, take some cool pictures and absorb some culture in the country of smoking weed, the red light district and fields of tulips.

Amsterdam:

My first full day in Holland, I went to Amsterdam for the day and one thing that kept attracting my attention was the beauty of the architecture, so most of this post is going to be photos of buildings and close ups of fountains.

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The museum district toward the south of the city was stunning (this is where you can find the famous “IAmsterdam” sign).

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The Pijp Museum gardens were so beautifully crafted, we spent over an hour there just looking at the flowers, exploring the various fountains and also jumping in them.

 

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They really love Tulips in Amsterdam.

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We also went to the Broujuwie which is an old brewery where you can try Dutch beer that’s also shaped like a windmill.

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The Hague:

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The political capital of Holland with a reputation for Crime and Punishment, so naturally I went to the royal picture gallery: Mauritshuis. This small, but stunning gallery in the home to The Girl With The Pearl Earring (which my picture was terrible so it’s not included).

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Again, the architecture is stunning with a flair for the dramatic.

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While I was wondering around, I stumbled onto a lovely church looking building with a sign that I couldn’t read and went inside to have a look. What I found a photo exhibition about the controversy of the niqhab called: Too Busy Being Awesome by Saskia Aukema.

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I also went wondering in the Haagse Bos where my camera promptly fell asleep due to exhaustion. This was taken on my iPhone, so it’s slightly grainier.

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Rotterdam:

This was definitely the most contemporary city that I went to as Amsterdam has a village feel but is really touristy and The Hague felt very frozen in time with its dramatic  architecture and large squares.

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The artists, mecca in Holland, this city has so much to offer that I was overwhelmed by the art on every street corner.

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Overall, there were so many things that I took pictures of that didn’t do it true justice. I can’t wait to go back and explore some more, go to more museums and get a better historical understanding of these three cities.

OK Ladies, Now Let’s Get In Formation: Photos from The Women’s March London (London Edition)

#whyimarch: I marched because I have a little sister and refuse to let her grow up in a word where she is denied basic human rights because of her gender, race or sexuality. Women Rights are Humans Rights

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On Saturday, in the new light that the presidency of Voldemort Trump is actually real and not just a really vivid nightmare or detailed practical joke on the whole world, sworn under oath and everything, the women of the world said a collective ‘fuck this’, strapped on their boots and began marching. Hundreds of marches across the world in support of not just the protection of the rights of women but the rights of LGBTQ+ community and minorities.

Honestly, this was my first protest in a very long time. I am not a strongly political person and mainly got int US Politics because it has honestly been a shit show throughout the election. However, I do feel strongly about human rights regardless of gender, race, sexuality or class however seeing Trump sworn in made me feel so sick that I felt moved to get involved (despite being sick) to stand in the freezing cold and protest this lying sexist racist bigot predators mere existence and any ties that the UK have to him.

When it was announced that London had come to standstill because over 100,000 people took part in a demonstration that was only expecting people to attend. Being part of the 2.9 million people worldwide, a historically large protest for the basic human rights that we are supposed to have at our disposal such as healthcare, access to contraception, education, and regardless of race was  great way to start the year.

Troye Sivan & Dua Lipa cover Mark Ronson’s ‘Somebody to Love’

Two stars on the radar Troye Sivan and Dua Lipa performed a cover of the 2010 Mark Ronson song ‘Somebody to Love, which originally feared vocals from the legendary Boy George.

Premiered by Rolling Stone at the last stop of Sivan’s Surburbia Tour in Atlanta in November, the duo cover the tropical dance track while strutting around in a shrowd of blue and purple lights while singing to each other.

This seems like a perfect way to end the year for the smoky-voiced Lipa as she posted the video yesterday on her Instagram  as she hears up for her debut release in February following the success of ‘Hotter Than Hell’ and ‘Be The One’ this year.