Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Miss Lily's, New York

This review has really been a long time coming...sorry guys!

I'd heard about Miss Lily's restaurant for a while; a native New Yorker had raved about it and I had seen it in a few online publications, but perhaps most ironically it featured in an email that I'd received during my visit from the airline I had flown with. Despite all this I was still quite sceptical, as far as I'm concerned Caribbean cuisine is often at its best when it's from a low-key local shop. Miss Lily's however manages to bring an authentic taste of Jamaica to lower Manhattan...successfully!

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Music Corner: Magna Carter World Tour

I was initially hyped about the MCHG album until I realised that despite the great production it was lyrically abysmal, all of a sudden I was no longer excited about the prospect of his new tour. However being the massive Jay-Z Stan fan that I am I decided it would worth going even if it was only to hear the classics.

I was so glad that I went as it turned out to be more of a greatest hits tour with him only performing five tracks off the Magna Carter album. I enjoyed it slightly more than Watch The Throne Tour simply because I was in the mosh pit this time round. The warm up DJ set got the crowd going long before Jay-Z arrived on stage with a mixture of Biggie, Drake, French Montana and various other rap artists on rotation.

I was pleasantly surprised that Timbaland was the DJ for the tour and not only were we privy to a new track from his upcoming album but also we got to hear some of his classic beats during a short interlude. Other highlights included Jay-Z performing his verse on Drake's Pound Cake which was completely unexpected, and Coldplay's Chris Martin coming on stage to sing the hook for Heart of the City; the only disappointment was that Jay-Z didn't perform Oceans, but other than that the majority of his best songs were featured including an explosive opening with U Don't Know off the Blueprint album.

Here are some pics from the night:

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Book Club: The Fashion Book (New and Updated)

Yesterday I received an email invitation to The Fashion Book launch event at Topshop, I didn't see the email until about 4:30pm and was running on just 4 hours sleep and 4 sushi rolls but I knew that I just had to attend!

Saturday, 5 October 2013

New York! New York! - Photo Diary

Finally the last instalment of this year's holiday photos...

New York was fun as usual, but this time it felt quite different. I met some really cool people and had a great time, although for the first time in my life I departed from JFK airport actually feeling ready to go home instead of crying at thought of having to leave the city!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Music Corner: Zane Lowes Interviews Jay-Z

I blame me being away from home the entire summer for my lack of knowledge that this interview existed (July 15th was Carnival Monday in St. Lucia...I was very occupied) As a huge Jay-Z fan I wasted no time in getting stuck in, the MCHG is definitely not one of favourite albums, ignore my initial hysteria; despite there being a few good songs on the album, it's not one I consider worth listening to. I do however stand my claim that the production was solid, just like Yeezus...yea I said it!

Immediately Jay discusses the magic that birthed The Blueprint album (my personal fave) and the almost by default creation of the epic track No Church In The Wild which features on Watch The Throne. I won't give it all away, but see below for the full interview.


Thursday, 3 October 2013

Smile Jamaica: Photo Diary

I feel like this post is long overdue, but better late than never I guess? I'm not sure if I mentioned the details of my journey, but after my time in St. Lucia I went on to visit Jamaica and then New York. So here are just a few of my photos from my wonderful time in Jamaica.

The view from my Grandad's backyard...breathtaking!

Kanye West Radio 1 Interview: Thank You Kanye! (NSFW)

A good friend of mine who knows just how much I happen to love Kanye West recommend that I watch this interview. I literally had it on my agenda for days before I got round to it, however when I finally did, I thoroughly enjoyed it: often Kanye is criticised for his 'rants', but I happen to quite enjoy when he decides to share his thoughts with us. All too often society tries to quiet the outspoken, against-the-grain voice and let's be honest, more often than not Kanye is the beholder of an unpopular opinion. I happen to think that his unabashed confidence is inspiring, he may be arrogant but surely his accomplishments have earned him the right to be? Even if you disagree, who are we to deny him the right to consider himself a God...?

Watch the remaining videos below.

New Video Alert: Rihanna - Pour It Up (NSFW)

I wouldn't ordinarily bombard you with a series of video posts, but after watching Rihanna's new music video yesterday I was left with no choice! It was allegedly banned after just ten minutes, joining S&M and We Found Love in the list of 'controversial' videos; it seems the world was not quite ready for such an in-you-face display of erotica in a music video.

I happen to be huge fan of Rihanna and find her persona to be not only refreshing, but also liberating- she's a young woman who appears to write her own rulebook and is not afraid of her own sexuality. I actually find the video to be quite artistic and creative despite the fact that is perhaps more appropriate for an adult audience. Not to mention as a fellow Caribbean woman I can't help but admire here wire bra and those dance moves...high five Ri Ri!