THEATRE Q&A: Bella Heesom On Her World Exploding

I had a chat with Actress Bella Heesom ahead of her show at The Place Theatre in Bedford.

You can read our chat here.

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Strong Asian Mothers Talk Spicy Snacks, Traumatic Holidays & Leaving London to Record Their Latest EP

Wandering down the dark stairs at London’s Kamio venue, I was struck by a feeling of dread. Mostly because the walls are painted in a red and black vortex design, which got me thinking what’s at the end of the stairs? Where does it lead? To a circus of hell?

Not quite, I was about about to interview Strong Asian Mothers, ahead of their first headline show of the year.

The room was dark but surprisingly spacious, band members, support acts and the backstage crew were busy clattering around onstage.

Drummer Josh and I waited politely whilst Strong Asian Son Amer was nestled in the sound booth. The next thing I know he drops to his knees and rather frantically searches for something in the dark – a micro SD card it turns out to record the gig on.

Lead singer Kalim aka Khushi’s delicate vocals drifted from the green room.

Strong Asian Mothers, released their latest EP, Animal earlier this year. I sat down for a chat with the band whilst they chowed down on Sainsbury’s Finest baguette and tzatziki that might’ve been slightly off.

Have a listen to our chat below:

The Animal EP is out now.

Need Some Nookie In Your Diet? Nookie Bars Review

NOOKIE BAR

Doug and Mark Rowe are the kind of food geeks that,¬†“you see in the shops inspecting the ingredients labels on the back of every product.” Hands up if you do the same.

The brothers are on a mission to help people cut out the junk and ‘food like products’ from their diets.

So they started making Nookie Bars, snack bars without a lot of the usual nasty ingredients – they’re gluten free and dairy free too.

There is still CHOCOLATE – CHUNKS OF IT!

Doug from Nookie Bar HQ kindly sent two flavours for review.

The Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip bar is smooth and not too sweet plus it has a strong taste of sesame seeds – which I liked, my fussy sister not so much.

My personal fave is the dark green Almond Butter, Spirulina and Chocolate Chunk flavour – don’t worry there’s no sign of Spirulina’s pond water smell or taste! (My packet of Spirulina powder is still hiding away in a cupboard. Do I put in food or make a face mask?) It’s a lovely chewy textured bar with an earthy taste and delicious chunks of choc on top.

Yoghurt + granola topped with chunks of the Spirulina Nookie Bar

The bars are small but satisfying and make perfect toppings for overnight oats, puds or just munching on the go.

Why not try chucking some chunks on top of your morning smoothies or Easter bakes.

I had a chat with Doug to find out more.

РWhat inspired you and Marcus to create Nookie Bars? 

It was Marcus’s work over five years or so prior to us launching. He has always been into clean diets and he wanted to help people have a better option when giving themselves a treat.

The traditional confectionery bars such as Snickers Рwhich you will see our peanut bar has a similar taste to Рis just full of low grade ingredients. Thus could we produce something that tastes as good but is actually so much better for you. Healthy people are happier people!

What makes Nookie Bar’s unique?

We believe it is the fact that we have created really great tasting snack bars but without a lot of the nasty ingredients.

We’ve also run a chocolate theme through the brand. We conch our own chocolate recipe in London. All of the above comes as well with the bars being gluten and dairy free.

If you look at some brands like KIND who have some tasty products that are pretty clean but their third ingredient is glucose syrup. NAKD bars are the combination of nuts and seeds and sell really well but we’ve tried to get a more interesting bite taste.

РWhat are your plans moving forward? 

We are trying to get in to more retail outlets so that we can grow our customer base. We’ll most likely be looking to add some new flavours to the mix in the second half of the year. And we will also be looking to hire our first full-time member of staff.

I’m looking forward to seeing what flavours the Rowe Bros come up with next.

Find out more and buy online over at the Nookie Bar website. 

Discovering Hidden Treasures at Concept Y

I had a noodle about at the Concept Y Store in tucked away in Soho’s Farrier’s Passage.

This cosy shop stocks a range of affordable, design led pieces from around the globe.

Drake + Cock Heart Jumpers
Perfect to satisfy your Drake Addiction. Cockheart jumper, £55, available in-store.

 

Tea Time Earrings by
Time for Tea with a side of Cutlery.  Earrings Handmade in Birmingham by Bug.

 

<3 The stiching deets. T-Shirt, £38 by Wiino,
‚̧ The stiching deets. Scissor Tee, ¬£38 by Wiino.

 

The only reason you'd want it to rain - to show off your duck swag.   Original Duckhead Brolly's, £22.
The only reason you’d want it to rain – to show off your duck swag. ¬† Original Duckhead Brolly’s, ¬£22.

 

Swoon Earrings by
Swoon. Swallow Earrings, £160, by Roz Buehrlen

 

Couldn’t resist trying on this sassy vegan leather jacket by W.S.Studio.

 

I had a chat with the lovely Laura who runs the shop plus she picks her fave pieces.

  • You mentioned the Cock Heart jumper is really popular, why do you think it‚Äôs struck a chord with shoppers?¬†

Laura: Yes Cockheart is super popular. Fashion can be taken really seriously, so Cockheart is lighthearted and refreshing for people to see. Also, I guess lots of people heart cocks!

  • Are today‚Äôs shoppers interested in whether brands or pieces are ethically made or eco-friendly?

Laura: I think customers are definitely more aware of ethical fashion and the impact it has on our planet, industries, people etc. Although I do think there is a long long way to go and people should be more interested in the story behind the products they’re buying!

  • Following on, of the brands you currently stock which are best suited to ethical and eco conscious shoppers?

Barocco Jewellery – Real London nuts and blackberries all cast in England.

MT Label Jewellery – Made out of recycled materials.

Laura’s Faves¬†

 

  • Yoshi purses! Real leather and handmade in England(in-store only)

So there’s jewellery made from real nuts, duck brolly’s and cockheart jumpers, plus some ethical bits and bobs too.

What more could you want?

Soho Store

57A Brewer Street

London

W1F 9UL

https://www.conceptstore-y.com/

2017 Easy Green Changes: Tips To Ditch Fast Fashion

ETHICAL UNICORN

If you’re looking to live a greener 2017, one of the most eco-conscious changes you can make is a reshuffle of your attitudes towards fashion, consumerism and secondhand clothing. I stepped away from fast fashion a year ago, and I haven’t looked back since.

It’s no secret that the fashion industry is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to climate change, second only to oil. ACTUAL OIL. A lot of this is because supply chains are long with many components; and often these components involve underpaid, sometimes underage, workers in terrible conditions. And then let’s talk about waste, as Greenpeace points out

‚Äė400 billion square meters of textiles are produced annually, of which 60 billion square meters are left on the cutting room floor. Each year over 80 billion pieces of clothing are produced worldwide, and after its short lifespan, three out of four garments will end up in landfills‚Ķ

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