Welcome to November, superbabes! Don your jumpers, fill your red Starbucks cups up, and please say hello to this month’s free Spotify playlist.
I’m not even going to feign the idea of a theme with this playlist. I’ve been travelling like crazy over the past month and simply found a new favourite song every day…
…well, at least on the days I could get Shake It Off out of my head.
(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for October’s free Spotify playlist.)
(Download Spotify here. It’s free!)
All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
Fun by Troye Sivan
24 Karat Gold by Stevie Nicks
Good Morning Heartache by Jamie Cullum
Don’t Kill the Magic by Magic!
My Own Summer [Shove it] by Deftones
Romanticise by Chela
Okay by Holy Ghost
She Came to Give it to You by Usher and Nicki Minaj
Class Historian by BRONCHO
This is the Last Time by Stars
I’m Not The Only One by Sam Smith
Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
Land of Opportunity by A Great Big World
GET UP by Young Fathers
It has taken no time at all for London to don itself in its Christmas best, and therefore kick off the festive frenzy. Alongside the holiday cheer, music, food, et al, everyone’s got Christmas lists on the brain.
So, fellas: I’m here to help you first. While lingerie tends to be one of the most popular gifts given to women in relationships, I feel that there are two very important things to consider before buying a lovely lady some lingerie:
1. Does she want lingerie? Some women love it, some women don’t. If it’s not ‘on her list’ or not something she would typically invest in, lingerie may be more of a gift for you than it is for her.
2. What kind of lingerie do you buy? In my opinion, lingerie should be classy and luxurious – especially when it is a gift. For me, nothing beats the quality and style of Agent Provocateur, hence my very handy Christmas gift ideas guide, below.
Shop Agent Provocateur:
Agent Provocateur Petale Noir Eau De Parfum Spray 100ml
Idalia non-padded demi bra
‘Vanesa’ Underwire Demi Bra
Since New York’s most infamously queued burger joint moved to London, I have spent more than a handful of lunchtimes at the Shake Shack in Covent Garden.
Most recently, I headed to the market building to sample the SmokeDog and Pumpkin Pie Oh My Concrete on their limited edition Halloween menu. Because nothing keeps an American from pumpkin pie.
Though I was craving a Shack Stack – their all natural cheeseburger and Shroom burger (a crisp-fried Portobello mushroom filled with melted cheese) topped with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce – on the day of this visit, the Manfriend’s SmokeDog – a flat-top dog topped with cheese sauce, chopped cherry peppers and Wiltshire cure smoked bacon – was more than worthy of permanent menu residence.
After polishing off a perfect little bucket of crinkle cut cheese fries, we decided to wrap things up with a Conrete procession. My choice – the ‘Pumpkin Pie Oh My’ – was a starred and striped extravaganza; rich and creamy vanilla frozen custard blended with a slice of pumpkin pie from Cocomaya. A swoon and a half. (The gentleman’s Sticky Toffee Concrete – a blend of vanilla custard, paul.a.young chocolate chunks, chocolate toffee, salted caramel sauce and malt powder – also received a rave review, though I may have been too engrossed in my own cup to dip a spoon in).
Today is the very final day the two Halloween specials will be available, so in the most American way I can offer, I suggest you haul ass to Shake Shack, like…now.
And for the foodies who miss the menu by a day or two – never fear! Next Sunday (November 9th), Shake Shack Covent Garden are collaborating with acclaimed chef Massimo Bottura (!) to release the limited edition ‘Emilia’ burger. There will only be 500 burgers available, but with the first 100 completely free, the burger made of a 100% Aberdeen Angus beef patty ground with cotechino sausage and parmigiano reggiano (and topped with salsa verde and Villa Manodori balsamic mayonnaise), AND Massimo himself in attendance, it is a burger journey well worth taking.
It isn’t often that I feel the need to call an inanimate object sexy, but – after trialling my fair share of tablets – there is no better word to describe the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
The Tab S is golden. Quite literally. The ‘Dazzling White’ version is lined in a thin strip of gold and not much else besides the 8MP back shooter and 1.2MP front shooter. It is the chicest tablet exterior I have come across and – impressively – as functional as it is sexy.
One of my biggest pet peeves with tablets is the ‘usability factor’. More often than not, high spec tablets forgo style for substance. Often far too much substance. Substance that makes it hard to use without a specialist case or a flat surface.
The Tab S? Best of both worlds. With a stunning (Super AMOLED) display, USB 2.0, multi-window (imperative for the bloggers and entrepreneurs among us), 1.9Ghz Octa-core CPU, and remote PC capabilities, it still manages to be fast and light. The only one of its kind.
When you can’t fault something – try as you might – it more than deserves some blog love.