1. JOY x Me Before You

    If you've been into one of our stores in the last day or so, you may have noticed an awesome new competition launching in conjunction with cult weepie Me Before You. Adapted from the novel by Jojo Moyes, the film is a proper rom- .... we're not sure what the category is really, rom-dram? Rom-cry? Something like that.

    Having worked closely with the lovely Warner Bros team, we were invited to a special preview screening at the Curzon Mayfair. Obviously we couldn't turn it down.

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    The above photo - which is, let's be honest, awful - does not capture how much fun this was. That's the star, Emilia Clarke, chatting to Jojo Moyes and director Thea Sharrock. Casual.

    Waiting for us on our seats was a bunch of appropriately-themed goodies, including the world's fanciest water, VOSS, and some balsam tissues. Both essential. Oh, and there was also a free photo booth and Bobbi Brown makeup team just, y'know, hanging out in the lobby. You can see the results of this below.

    We weren't too sure what to expect from the film: only one of us had read the book; the rest were uninitiated. Turns out it was super cute. And that's all you're getting from us. Soz. If you want to find out more, you're going to have to see it yourself. Just... be prepared to cry.

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  2. Spring supperclub with Social Pantry

    Here at JOY, we love our food. So it was an extremely happy day when we were introduced to the lovely Alex Head, founder and owner of café and caterer Social Pantry, and invited to join one of her legendary supperclubs.

    Hosted in their bright café space in Battersea, the evening was a six course feast focusing on Alex’s hallmark fresh, seasonal cooking. Upon arrival, we were welcomed in with an iced Sipsmith cocktail – being one of the sunniest days of spring to date, we dashed outside to drink it, as other supperclubbers spilled onto the pavement to soak up the last of the sunshine. Delicious little nibbles of honeyed goats cheese on rye crisps circulated.

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    After we sat down at the big shared table, a pre-starter of chilled pea and mint soup arrived, followed by crab with homemade mayo and a raw salad of seasonal produce. Bright flavours and crisp textures kept both feeling light and extremely moreish - we could have eaten them all over again, though we still had three more courses to go.

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    The main course - spring lamb or chargrilled aubergine for the veggies - was worth saving ourselves for. Perfectly portioned, it still somehow left space for the two desserts: a tiny elderflower jelly jewelled with summer berries, and the most perfect melting white chocolate panna cotta with delightfully zingy honeycomb and fresh strawberries.

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    The evening drew to a close and we didn't even want to leave. We'd been told by one of the diners near us that Social Pantry was one of her favourite supperclubs in London - she'd been to every one. We can understand why.

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  3. 6 Fierce Met Gala Looks That Aren’t Beyoncé or a Kardashian

    The Met Ball theme this year was ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’. Here are 6 slightly leftfield looks we loved.

     

    1. Katy Perry in Prada

    Our girl KP accessorised this future gothic gown with a Tamagotchi. 10/10.

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    2. Solange Knowles in David LaPort

    What Easter decorations will look like in 2050.

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    3. Grimes in Louis Vuitton

    Alien DIY basketball babe.

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    4. Lorde in Valentino

    This is what people thought the future would look like in the 1980s – well, boring future proms anyway.

    > on May 02, 2016 in New York, New York.

    5. Emma Watson in eco-friendly Calvin Klein Collection

    A classic sort of look composed of thoroughly futuristic materials – namely recycled plastic bottles.

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    6. Jourdan Dunn in Balmain

    Not exactly leftfield - Balmain was everywhere - but Dunn rocked it better than most with this gleaming disco robot gown.

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