MMmmm, pie and mash
Review by Sara Darling
What could be more seductive than a hot, oozy pie with mash and gravy on a winter’s day? And if it's stuffed with all manner of veggie goodies, that’s all the better right?
Trying to eat healthy, doesn’t mean you can’t tuck in to a hearty pie now and again, especially if you have a large side of peas and onion gravy- all part of your five a day.
I was lucky enough to have a choice of three vegan pies from my lovely friends at Pieminister, and although I wanted to try them all, settled for sharing two with my boyfriend. Tucking into a ‘Kevin’ and ‘Chooks Away’, the whole experience was rather delightful!
‘Chooks Away’ is a the Pieminister version of a chicken bake; Stuffed to bursting with faux chicken pieces, smothered with a creamy celeriac, smoked garlic and sherry sauce, which is designed to melt in the mouth. Matched with buttery mash and dollops of gravy, this was a taste of paradise.
Conversely, the ‘Kevin’ pie was a veggie kaleidoscope, with chestnut mushrooms, baby pickled onions, red wine and thyme for an intriguing pop of flavours wrestling for attention in every bite. My boyf, who is a confirmed carnivore declared them ‘unexpectedly tasty’. I, on the other hand already knew they would be good!!!
Can’t wait to get my chops around Heidi next.. Goats cheese, sweet potato and spinach- who needs meat anyway?
Buy online at Pieminister or check out Sainsbury’s or Waitrose.
Review: Christopher George
With the season for spoiling people, or even just spoiling yourself, 55 are on the look out for those perfect gifts or treat with some added credibility.
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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO GETTING THE GIFT YOU WANT (FOR FRIENDS AND FAM OBVS...)
By Sara Darling
If you’re pushed for time, need some inspiration for Christmas shopping, or need some gift ideas for yours truly, Carnaby Street is a one stop shop for the festive season. Packed with fashion stores, quirky arcades and lots of coffee shops to fuel up, it’s a great place to get to it all in one fell swoop.
So sit back and enjoy the 55 definitive guide to Christmas gifts…
Everyone loves denim, right? So why not snap up pair of authentic 501s for your dad from the Levi's store. Just enough classic style and width so he won’t feel like he’s trying too hard. Bingo! Or perhaps he would prefer something a little more traditional. And what is more appropriate than Paul Smith for classic styles. If he’s a sock lover (who isn’t??) snap up some socks from Happy Socks, or some French inspired smalls from APC. Now about that lift on NYE…..
Mum’s love perfume. Fact. So do I! Although I am not strictly a mother. But I am a girlfriend and an aunty.. Hint hint!! And Carnaby Street Boots has lots of lovely scents to tempt you with. It is also the home of enough make up stores to keep any make up junkie happy for a week! Check out the cult beauty store Too-Faced for fashion shades, Urban Decay for sophisticated European options, and Mac which has two floors of tempting products which pride themselves on offering something for every skin tone.
Pesky big brothers keep their cool in Fred Perry- after all no man can have too many FP polo shirts! Double check whether that’s their thing, as Ben Sherman have an impressive collection too! And funky little brothers will love anything from the uber cool Drop Dead, which was founded in 2005 by Oli Sykes. Creating limited edition menswear, womenswear and lifestyle products inspired by his evolving taste in music and art. Too dope for me, but the youngsters go mad for it!
Boys can get pampered too, and if you want to spoil your bo, why not give him a voucher from Johnny’s Chop Shop. Get a wet shave or a new do, and both or you will benefit. If you would prefer a gift, Muhle is THE place for shaving paraphernalia. Help him embrace his inner James Bond.
Or check out the unique fragrance, beauty, leather goods and eyewear options at the Lexington Street flagship store of Byredo. It looks a teeny bit intimidating on the outside, but don’t be put off. Go in and smell the perfume! My fave is the Gypsy Water. Watches are another winner for boys (apparently they love their toys) so pick up something bling from Daniel Wellington. Big in Sweden, if that impresses you!
Sisters (in my experience) generally like anything that you do (or at least own!!!!) So the perfect gift for them is something that you would like to treat yourself too. And let’s just hope she works with that mentality! I always find something in the iconic Liberties. I’m personally name bombing the Alex Monroe baby bee necklace, Maria Black Girl ring or classic Liberty print PJs.. but if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, SkinnyDip do the best, and really affordable cool girl, lifestyle necessities, from books to bumbags to phone cases. I could officially move in!
You won’t even have to stray far to get something from Grandma and Pa. Thoughtful gifts for those who’ve been around a long time, can be a bit of a mission; But if you’re hitting a brick wall, get your booty to New Frames and get a photograph of you all in frame. Simple things will make them smile!
Talking of frames, you could even get a voucher for some new specs at Cubitts. With a huge range of glasses, you can promise them an afternoon with you whilst you help them choose after Chrissie too! Awwww.
So all that’s left is to choose something for yours truly! I’ll be loitering in Scotch and Soda, Rag & Bone and The Kooples and drooling over a new pair of Ray-Bans and a skull ring ring from The Great Frog. Can I make that any clearer folks?!!? I mean Santa? I have been a very good girl this year after all!
Head to Café Forty One at La Suite West for a hearty vegan Christmas
By Sara Darling
No turkeys were mentioned in this article.
What springs to mind when you think of Christmas lunch? If it's mountains of roast potatoes, parsnips, glazed carrots, peppery stuffing, oodles of gravy and the obligatory Brussel sprout, then you obviously embrace the Festive spirit.
And if you are vegetarian, Christmas still can be fun! Head to Café Forty One at La Suite West, where head chef, Clarisse Flon has worked her magic on a completely plant based Christmas menu, filled with healthy, hearty Christmas treats. With over 7% (3.5 million people) of the UK being vegan, the demand for tasty alternatives to traditional fare is on the rise, and Café Forty One is one of the few places where you can enjoy a full vegan menu.
This December, guests can tuck into sociable pop-up dinner events with live jazz and festive tasters; Or go the whole three yards and enjoy a three course Christmas lunch consisting of nut wellington, truffled polenta, Bramley apple, miso, spinach and vegan cheese tarts, ‘faux’ gras on brioche, salted caramel and pear fondant and chestnut, caramel and apple yule log. Sound too good to be true? These tasters also knock socks off the calories of traditional faves.
But if you do have a sweet tooth, the all vegan afternoon tea is an essential pre Christmas treat. From 12-5pm every day, you can tuck into macarons, Christmas cake, Bûche de Noël, a range of sandwiches and tea. Available until December 24th, this is the perfect end to a hard afternoon’s shopping.
Why not push the boat out and try something different. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy non meat based products. The more people who explore the trend means the more inventive chefs will get, and the happier, and healthier we all will be! Based near Notting Hill, and Hyde Park, the leafy suburb of Bayswater is the perfect place to take some time for yourself, and chill out before the Christmas madness begins.
Check out Cafe Forty One for bookings
By Sara Darling
What is style? The eternal conundrum that fashion magazines have been dissecting for years. Yet, there is no definitive answer- it simply boils down to personal preference.
With the internet spawning a new generation of tastemakers, anyone can be a “face” these days. Long gone are the supermodels of the nineties, where Naomi, Christy, Cindy, Elle et al, offered aspirational faces, bodies and lifestyles to inspire the public. Now the rise of Instagram influencers, means anyone with an accumulated number of followers can profess their individual taste.
Thanks to social media anyone can be a model. Size, shape, nationality and gender alignment have opened up a new world for fashion demographics, and how and what we wear is not dictated by what we see only on the catwalks.
So it’s no wonder that the buying public are governing what is cool and demanding diversity in their choices. Peekaboo Vintage in London’s flagship Topshop emporium, has always been aware of keeping up with trends, but also aware of disposable shopping.
Topshop approached Peekaboo founder, Emily Bothwell, when her stall was on Portobello Market. They wanted to offer their clients something completely different and sustainable within their flagship store, thus providing an alternative outlet for shoppers who want something different to everyone else, but can still buy fashion with a conscience. The pieces Emily sources are unique, exceptionally hard to find but in the best condition, and even though they might be old, they are as good as new.
By encouraging fashionistas to check out a carefully curated vintage originals, Peekaboo founder Emily Bothwell wants to highlight the consumers awareness on the impact of disposable shopping, with a mission is to bring back vintage as an ethical shopping choice. Her celebrity clients include Pearl Lowe, Fearne Cotton and Billie Piper, who are pioneers of her hot picks- regularly wearing them in TV and magazine shoots, and are backing the recycling trend.
Having founded her brand on a stall in Portobello Road 1991, it has come on in leaps and bounds. With the Topshop concession opening in 2000 and ASOS Market Place in 2001, Emily has spent almost 22 years creating the most unique and wide range of suppliers and sources, where she chooses her pieces individually and because of their amazing quality and this enables her to pass on a weekly fashion fix to generations of fashionistas.
Nodding at trends, Emily has her finger on the pulse of catwalk collections, and is quick to pick out highlights of the season; But it is her vision to track down the original article, instead of snapping up an ultra expensive designer piece, that will be dated in six months.
It seems like a simple choice. Why buy into a copy, when you purchase the real deal? Help save the planet and buy beautiful preloved pieces that will be uniquely yours.
If you have visions of parading around in a Stevie Nicks style PVC mini skirt, Cher’s crochet waistcoat or a Blondiesque suede bomber jacket, Peekaboo Vintage is the perfect place to realise your vintage alter ego. And there is nothing more rewarding than tracking down your unique piece of history, knowing that it will be instantly iconic.
Thankfully, today’s shoppers are more savvy in understanding the mechanics behind factory workers, and buying fashion doesn't have to rely on buying from overworked or exploited staff. Using brains to be on trend is an attractive prospect, and buying vintage is a good place to start.
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Intervention, an exhibition of over 30 contemporary artists (including works by Paul Insect, Mobstr, Aida Wilde, Peter Kennard & Cat Phillipps and Helen Bur) opens on Saturday 1st December 2018 in the gallery at East London’s new artist-hub and studio workspace: The Hackney Creative Social Club. A though-provoking and defiant fusion incorporating organisations such as The Shangrilart Collection and Bill Posters from Brandalism.
For the artist provocateurs featured in Intervention, the city is a stage and their audience are unwitting participants. Each exhibited work is in itself a game of call and answer: a charged signal sent out, yielding a visceral response from the viewer.
Dioramas of micro-citizens stopped in their tracks by splats of bird excrement sit alongside unsolicited public fountains, disruptive bus stop signs, fake recruitment campaigns, illegal golf ball traffic controls, pirate projections and a slew of subversive street art messaging. From the sardonic and confrontational statements of Mobstr and Edwin’s scrawled freehand slogans and drawings, to Carrie Reichardt covered houses of mosaics depicting Mexican-style Day of the Dead skulls and Dan Rawlings elaborate silhouettes cut from street signs in this provocatively playful collection.
1963 Gallery London & Creative Giants at Hackney Creative Social Club
1ST - 22ND DECEMBER
With subtle tones in the landscape of music, Billie Black is making waves.
A rising young British female singer-songwriter whose music has drawn comparisons to Banks, Jessie Ware and Jorja Smith; it’s easy to see why, with her effortless combination of R&B, jazz and electronica.
Review by Jas Bhachu
I went about my usual preliminary research for any article with a simple google search to find out more about Jordy Kerwick. No website. This made me even more intrigued. I delved in further and came to know he has only been painting for 3 years. Completely mind blown.
There is a maturity and confidence in his body of work that echoes the voice of a seriously accomplished artist that can be admired from afar. Then, after 5 minutes of browsing his Instagram page, which is a mix of work and completely relatable family snaps; it felt like me and his 31K followers want to be his best mate.
This makes it all the more exciting that he is debuting his first solo UK exhibition next month at the Delphian Gallery.
Press release by Delphian Gallery:
Delphian Gallery is proud to present Diary of an Introvert by Jordy Kerwick (b.1982) opening next month in London. An Australian artist with 30,000 extremely dedicated Instagram followers, he is part of a new generation of internationally renowned artists who attribute part of their success to connecting, sharing, and selling online.
Jordy, amazingly, only started painting less than 3 years ago. He has since caught the attention of curators and collectors from around the world, rapidly growing his fanbase and showing in New York, Paris, San Francisco, Cologne, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Brisbane and his hometown of Melbourne among many others. We are therefore extremely excited to announce this, Jordy’s debut UK solo exhibition !
His work draws on the contours of organic forms in domestic settings. Texture and colour inhabit his canvas, often centred on a potted plant. Sometimes traces of human life present themselves in way of an abandoned cigarette or a pile of books, their titles written playfully on their spines almost as if conversing with the viewer. The artist utilises a decisive use of impasto paint in blocks of colour combined with anarchic references to drugs, punk, and the odd romantic poet or philosopher. Kerwick’s paintings go beyond simply beautiful subject matter to reveal deeply personal stories like an inside joke.
Put this one in your diaries, it's not one you will want to miss!
Private view: 6th December 2018, 6pm – 9pm
Show Run: 7th – 16th December 2018
Address: 1 Acorn Parade, Meeting House Lane, London, SE15 2TZ
Opening Times: 10am-8pm
Editor: Christopher George
MIKEY is that talent of a generation, standing alone with no obvious contenders. SO exciting!!
An iconic figure in Berlin’s underground music scene and queer nightlife, MIKEY Woodbridge AKA MIKEY voice fuses the primal power of shamanic ritual with the astral soundscapes of visionary trans/trance pop. Grown from years of live sets, MIKEY’s debut EP ‘Paths’ came out back in August, harnessing the pop format to put forward new ways of being, MIKEY’s music is both food for the speakers on the dance floor and a prophetic map for a generation that is hungry for transformation.
"I chose to film “Love Levitation” in one take & continuous shot as a kind of personal challenge. Part of me wanted to test my intuition & performance abilities, to prove to myself that I could cross over into a state of performative trance & be present in it as a do-or-die moment. Here I'm channeling the X-Men character Rogue, whose touch can kill. From my own experiences of living as a gender-non conforming being, I feel a connection with Rogue because she exists in a place where no one dares to bring their love.
“I love telling stories with my paintings. Each painting should be able to tease the viewer into using their imagination to tell their own story.” Vincent Kamp
Editor: Christopher George
For his latest solo exhibition at Clarendon Fine Art, Vincent Kamp is turning the Mayfair gallery into a den of iniquity together with gambling geezers, tattooed mobsters and gun totting barmaids. Made up of thirty new paintings and featuring a cast of twenty characters, The Long Game tells the story of a high stakes poker game that ends badly.
For one night only, the cast will be present, alongside ‘the narrator’, re-enacting the story to create a unique interactive experience for the viewer.
Acknowledged as one of the most evocative and exciting new figurative artists working in Britain today, Vincent Kamp is fascinated by the underground world of urban subculture. His paintings delve beneath the surface of social class, creating intense portraits of people in a fused background of cinematic lighting, brooding tension and impending drama.
Heavily influenced by films and TV, particularly the crime and gangster genres, Vincent Kamp has learnt as much about composition and lighting from cinematographers as he did from the old masters. His arresting and mesmerising portraits always evoke emotion and intrigue about the backstory and future of the characters.
The Long Game opens at Clarendon Fine Art, Mayfair on 8 November and will run until 24 November.
Clarendon Fine Art 46 Dover Street London W1S 4FF
9-24 November 2018