Yes, beauty is our thing. It’s what we know best. But it’s not all we talk about at Byrdie HQ. We discuss books we’re reading (we even have a book club), the shows we’re watching (The Bodyguard and The Great British Bake Off being the most recent) and the amazing places we’ve been for dinner lately.
Now, did you know the name for Byrdie came from the idea of a little bird telling you something? Well, we thought we could tell you about some of the things we’ve been doing in our downtime. Because who doesn’t love a new podcast or film recommendation?
Go See A Star Is Born
Tipped for Oscar nominations before it’s even been released, Lady Gaga (Ally) has her first starring role in a film alongside love Interest Bradley Cooper (Jackson Maine). The film tells the story of musician Jackson who discovers Ally, a struggling singer. She’s given up on her dream of stardom but Jackson persuades her to give it another shot. As Ally’s star rises, their relationship breaks down, while Jackson fights his own demons as well.
With songs co-written by Gaga and Cooper and performed by the duo, it’s a good sign when the focus of the reviews is on the strength of the story and the acting not that Bradley Cooper is singing in a movie.
A Star is Born is out 5 October, with preview screenings running this weekend.
Drink: The First CBD Oil-Infused Beverage
Well-known juice brand Botanic Lab has launched the first-ever CBD-infused drink. We’ve tried it and it tastes sweet and fruity thanks to the agave and sour cherry juice. Ingested CBD oil apparently helps to alleviate anxiety and calm nerves.
Go to: Qmmunity Podcast Events
Qmmunity is a podcast series for the LGBTQ community and explores a different area of discussion with a panel at the Ace Hotel in London each Monday night. Either head to a live event or give the existing episodes a listen. Whether you’re part of the community or not, it’s worth opening your mind to another community and way of thinking.
Watch: The Cry
The BBC is replacing The Bodyguard with a 4-part mini-series called The Cry, an adaptation of the 2013 novel by Helen FitzGerald. Starring Jenna Coleman (Joanna), a young mother who travels from Scotland to Australia where their newborn baby is abducted.
Coleman described reading the script as “like walking a tightrope, racing page to page, unsettling, unknowable, uncomfortable, and thrilling.”
The Cry is on BBC 1, Sunday 30 September at 9 p.m.
Read: What a Time to be Alone—The Slumdog’s Guide to Why You Are Already Enough by Chidera Eggerue
Earlier this year, I was on a plane, and TV presenter AJ Odudu was reading a preview copy of this book. She couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Penned by Eggerue, founder of the blog The Slumflower (inspired by the streets of Peckham) and creative director and presenter of the MOBO Awards, the book explores all manner of subjects from female empowerment and self-confidence to self-love and self-exploration.
One Amazon reviewer, who gave the book 5-stars, wrote, “I bought this book after listening to an interview where the author read a quote from her book that read, ‘He who is asking for the same haircut as John: does he have the same shaped head as John.’ This quote really stuck in my head. Its hard to unlearn a lot of the stuff we are taught but when reading this book I found that the author says things in a way that you is forget. … The reason this book is so great is because it really does make you sit back and really see things in a new way.”
Watch Eggerue’s Ted Talk below.
Also, check out The Discomfort Zone by Farrah Storr. For a brief time, Storr was my editor when I worked at Women’s Health Magazine. This book is about dealing with fear, thriving in those moments of discomfort rather than shying away from them and how to make the most out of failure. I can’t wait to read this book, purely because I learnt so much from the short time I worked on her team. I have no doubt this book will be a very useful tool for life.
Watch Storr's Ted Talk on the subject of discomfort below.
Eat at: Temper
No, it’s not new, but I have been twice in the last month, so I felt it was worth sharing. The SoHo restaurant has tables on the outskirts of a bar where you can also sit and watch as your dinner is barbecued in front of you (it’s not one for vegetarians).
While the meats are tender and wonderfully seasoned, it’s the sides that had me hooked. Buratta rolled in pesto served with jalapeno and lime is a revelation (I never got the whole burrata thing before this) and the beef fat potatoes with melted Ogleshield (a British cheese made from Jersey milk) are so gluttonous but so worth it.