Monday, 8 December 2014

Koko Kanu finest white rum from the Caribbean


This Koko Kanu Jamaican Rum with coconut is absolutely superb - smooth, strong and perfect on it's own over ice as well as with the usual mixers and cocktails. I was sent a bottle which is now over half gone even though we've tried to be really good in terms of saving it for Christmas day. I was extra spoilt as they sent me a beautiful humming-bird by Alex Monroe to go with the bottle. I already have the Alex Monroe bee necklace so this is a perfect update on that.

Koko Kanu can be found for around £20 per 75cl bottle.


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Warm blanket wraps, ponchos and throws for Winter



Burberry started it by giving individual monochromed throws to their models for Autumn/Winter 2015 and it would appear there is no escaping this versatile trend in all the shops. I approve as you can wear this at any age or size without looking like you are trying too hard.

I am not so keen on the Burberry one's as they are a little dull - though if someone were to give me one I certainly wouldn't complain you understand, it's just they really are too much like a car rug. Now if you are old enough to remember a car rug then you really are going some but I am sure the younger amongst my readers will know what I mean.

I love the one's I have found on Etsy - there are some lovely colours and a really good range of prices too. And when the car rug trend is over they will keep going as they really are ageless.


This one is a vintage ethnic Ecuadorian throw in a muted soft dusky rose so it will do for a summer cover-up as well. It's also £51.42 at the moment so is a good price for something that is pure wool and can be washed in the machine - check it out on Etsy.



Now this one from Zara I really love. It's a cross between a cape and a poncho and is easy wearing and a great length. It's also £45.99 and can be handwashed.

Whatever you choose a poncho, a blanket wrap or a simple throw, you will add a bit of drama to your wardrobe. They are nothing if not, well, swishy, which is why I love them.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Beautiful Cape Verde - a cheeky week away




Never heard of Cape Verde? Well it's only been around as a tourist destination for around 15 years so you may not have done. It had vaguely entered my conscious but it was only when I was searching for a late September break for the 4 of us (me, husband and 2 grown up girls) that I came across it. My search was for a) affordable b) good weather c) all inclusive d) no jet lag e) lovely beaches. Cape Verde ticked all the boxes so if this blog looks woefully neglected then it's because I have been soaking up rays on a sun-drenched beach with a cocktail and a good book.

So the low-down on Cape Verde. Without realising we actually booked during the rainy season which runs from August until October. However this isn't like the Caribbean and the rainfall, although really heavy when it did come down, only occurred on one day out of seven unlike the full 3 days we had at the same time in Antigua. Apparently it only rains on the island of Sol 7 days of the year - trust us to get one of those days. So heavy was the rain that the corridors to the hotel were flooded as were the walkways, bar at the swimming pool and several of the rooms. One along from us was under 2 inches and the heavy rainfall brought down both the ceiling and the curtain rail - which I do believe was highly unusual!

Anyway apart from this which happened 3 days into the holiday we had brilliant sunshine, a breeze that cooled us down for a lot of the time and plenty of sunshine for lounging around the pool. If you are expecting a holiday experience which includes sightseeing then forget it. You can take a half day tour, and I would recommend booking with one of the guys who park their vans outside the gates of the hotel at the beach, they will take you everywhere, to do so. The salt pans with the Cape Verde version of the Dead Sea is well worth a visit - the mud at the bottom of the lake is hot and brilliant for exfoliating, as are some of the small developments. You shouldn't ever just stick to your hotel in my opinion, and if you do venture out take fruit and bread from your all inclusive for the local children - they need and really appreciate this small gesture. Nothing grows here really either so some of the landscapes are more like moonscapes and are quite beautiful in themselves.

The people are amongst the most genuine and friendly I have met as they are, as yet, un-jaded by tourism and again you feel that they are pleased you have come to visit - and by adding to the economy you really are giving a lifeline and jobs where there was so very little before.




At certain months of the year Sol becomes a surfers paradise - it's windy all year round but in certain months the wind and the huge waves provide surfing and kite-surfing challenges for even the most professional.


If you want somewhere to crash out and catch some sun while reading a book (or Kindle) with a little sightseeing, good food that is only 5 hours or so away then Cape Verde is well-worth looking at. Not for clubbers or those wanting uber sophistication - although this won't be far away I'm sure.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Breaking News: Launch of REVEAL from Calvin Klein



Back in July which was hotter than the sahara in London Town the great and the good of glossy magazinedom (and me) descended on, well to be absolutely accurate we ascended) The Shard to the 35th Floor and Shangri-La where the latest fragrance from Calvin Klein was revealed in a cloud of pink perfume ribbons. Reveal was revealed and is one of those fragrances which will soon be gracing many a dressing table.

The sexy advertising shoot features supermodel Doutzen Kroes and British actor Charlie Hunnam in a heated embrace beside the window of a modern high-rise, so our setting above the cityscape of London was fitting to be introduced to the fragrance.

They have gone for a fragrance that 'defines a new fragrance category - the solar oriental' - characterised by freshness and warmth all in one bottle. It has raw salt as a signature, with pink, black and white pepper and at the heart orris, ambergris and solar accord. Dry notes of sandalwood, casheran and vetiver also mingle.

It's not an overpowering scent and can be worn all day and night. The bottle is really modern and square-edged with a bare blush background and a heavy metallic top.

I liked it - it's not too heavy and I must say I loved the bottle! Calvin Klein, Reveal starts at £22 for 200ml shower gel with £38 for 30ml eau de parfum spray, with £52 for 50ml and £70 for 100ml.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Superfood Bread from Deliciously Ella



I'm a bit late to the party, I realise, but I have come across the fantastic  website of Deliciously Ella. She also has a cookbook which I must admit I might put on my Christmas gift list. Following a bout of serious food poisoning lately which has left me with a miserable irritable bowel, I have decided that it is about time I really looked at my diet and ways of getting more health food aware. Okay I do eat fresh as often as possible - and try to cook for my family often, but I realise in comparison with my work collegues, I am definitely wanting. To combat the IBS I have been taking Psyllium husk (2 teaspoons with juice in the morning). This is a natural 'sweeper' keeping your gut clear and healthy. I've also been taking a probiotic supplement to help replace the healthy bacteria in my stomach and oregano drops in water to get rid of the bad bacteria. The latter is, frankly, disgusting and leaves me tasting oregano for a while ever since. This combination does seem to be doing the trick, no bloating and things getting back to normal, so spurred on I looked at healthy recipes especially to replace things like bread in my diet. And this is when I came across Deliciously Ella and her Superfood Bread recipe.

You will need to make a trip to your local health food store as some of these ingredients are not readily available in your supermarket, but they will last you a long time and can be used in lots of the recipes you will find on her website.

Ingredients for Superfood Bread

2 cups cold water
1.5 cups pumpkin seeds
1 cup buckwheat or brown rice flour (I used buckwheat)
0.5 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup almonds
3 heaped tablespoons psyllium husk powder
2 tbs chia seeds
2 tbs dried herbs (I used mixed Italian herbs)
salt and pepper




Grind 1 cup of the almonds and 1 cup of pumpkin seeds in a food processor until they go down to a coarse flour. Put in a large mixing bowl with all the other ingredients then add the water and mix. Leave to stand for an hour and in the meantime heat oven to 180 degrees. Make sure the mixture is really firm - if it is still runny or wet add more psyllium husk powder as this is the binder.

Bake for 40 mins - 1 hour until a knife comes out cleanly. Serve toasted with favourite toppings.


Friday, 5 September 2014

Joan Rivers - a force to be reckoned with



Joan Rivers has died aged 81 and as she was one of the first female comics I came across who actually made me spit my coffee across the table with the inappropriateness of her comments and the sheer audacity of her opinions I had to remember her here - so I don't ever forget her.

I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I’d look like without plastic surgery.

My love life is like a piece of Swiss cheese. Most of it’s missing, and what’s there stinks.

All babies look like Renée Zellweger pushed against a glass window.

The people voting for the Oscars are so old. I haven’t seen one Academy award voter with a tampon in her purse.

I like colonic irrigation because sometimes you find old jewelry.

My husband wanted to be cremated. I told him I’d scatter his ashes at Neiman Marcus – that way, I’d visit him every day.

You may have read these quotes before as they appeared in The Guardian newspaper but I must admit I couldn't have found better to illustrate her wit.


Friday, 29 August 2014

Top 10 books that have left a lasting impression



I was just asked in a challenge doing the rounds on Facebook to post the 10 books that have made a lasting impression on me in the past. I wasn't to take very long doing it to keep things really spontaneous, and I did stick to this rule although I had to go back and look up the author on more than one occasion.

Since posting my list I have thought of a few more, The Magus by John Fowles, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and The Wasp Factory by Ian Banks to name just three. So here in no particular order are my top 10 books that have left a lasting impression:

Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd. Dark and brooding and very scary I can't pass by a Nicolas Hawksmoor church without thinking of it.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth - passionate and takes you to another time and place entirely.
The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake - why this hasn't been made into a film I will never know.
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain - a truly gripping account of love and war.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - full of surprises and shocks. There are some bad people out there...
The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde - a laugh out loud caper that is just so very clever.
Perfume by Patrick Suskind - the descriptions of fragrances and smells are still evocative.
The Thurber Carnival by James Thurber - a collection of his New York Times stories, very imaginative and a little bizarre.
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window by Jonas Jonasson - a brilliant take on the momentous characters and events of the 20th century.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - Vronski was my first love too.


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A weekend at the Edinburgh Fringe

So once again the call to go to the Edinburgh Fringe was just too much and we booked a flat near the centre and a train from Kings Cross and within 6 hours found ourselves on the Royal Mile! A first for us was booking via AirBnB. Having heard so much from so many people about how absolutely brilliant it is we decided to take a chance and really weren't disappointed. Not only was the flat we had chosen beautiful (high ceilings, comfy beds, well equipped kitchen) it was within walking distance of the University of Edinburgh and all the major sites. Clean, welcoming and also really good value for Edinburgh in August I would highly recommend a search of Airbnb wherever you decide to go - you don't know what you'll find!

Anyway back to Edinburgh. Last year I wrote loads about what I saw and what it was like - and really it is the same every year. Colder than London, wet at times but also there is always something new to experience just around the corner. And Edinburgh itself is the most fantastic city if you've never been. Gothic at times, beautiful but hard, and yes reminiscent of Hogwart's (well J K Rowling did write her first book in a cafe here) it is a city on so many levels both architecturally and culturally. Wide city streets with roadside cafes are in abundance, but so are underground clubs and dark pubs - all life is here.

Here is a selection of photos from our weekend for everyone to enjoy. Maybe I'll see some of you on the Royal Mile next year?













Saturday, 16 August 2014

Orofluido - hair oil that shines




I have dry and dyed hair. I do get complements on it from strangers not for the quality and shine but because of my 'Cruella DeVille' streak which is helped along by a willing hairdresser. I would love people to say something about shine (how vain am I but my hair has always been my best asset). So I put Orofluido to the test and it really does give you a veil of shine even on dyed white hair. I was really impressed as it doesn't weigh down your hair, or make it oily, it just gives it shine.

So what makes Orofluido so special?

They have gone back over the centuries to our ancestors for their inspiration. The Berber women of Morocco still use Argan Oil, the ancient Egyptians used a treatment based on Cyperus Oil and also Linseed Oil. So there's an awful lot of heritage and wisdom behind the make-up of this new hair product as all three of these natural oils are used. The scent is lovely too - with bergamot, amber, vanilla and patchouli with a bit of cyclamen thrown in. I tested out the Shine Spray but there are there are lots of other products in the range from a hairspray to shampoo and deep mask conditioner. Check them out and let the shine in!

Orofluido Shine Spray, £, 11.90, Feel Unique.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Beautiful and fascinating - Zadar in Croatia captured our hearts



Everyone talks about Dubrovnik (as I will be doing in another blog post) but there are so many other places of equal beauty in Croatia and for some reason Zadar, I don't feel, is really given enough of a push by the Croatian Tourist Office, which is a real shame and people are missing out!

It has had a chequered history due to being a powerbase for the Yugoslav army during the recent war and was bombed. So it is very varied in it's architecture from the hyper-modern to the Roman. The sunsets in the bay have to be as beautiful as you will find on the face of the planet and were Orson Welles' favourite.


We headed down to the seafront for sunset and to experience the music created by the infamous Sea Organ, an artwork played by the sea waves and which fills your ears with random notes a bit like a sea creature for the very deep. After nightfall a second art installation comes to life through solar panels and lights which 'play' random sequences of colour as you walk across it. Or sit, lie, stand - whatever takes your fancy.


So it's a city with a modern heart and an ancient port. The old town actually sits on an 'island' which you get to via a footbridge and walking through the city gates you are instantly transported back to ancient times. Roman's used to sell their wares in the same market space that is used today and their architecture and buildings are everywhere. But unlike other places this is a highly modern city (it was heavily shelled) with modern buildings and a modern outlook. Being so close to Split and cheaply reached by Easyjet I would say this is a brilliant and different location for a long weekend for those wanting something out of the ordinary. I shall definitely be going again!






Tuesday, 12 August 2014

News from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust




 The bumblebee is close to my heart and even appears in a tattoo on my shoulder so please take a look at the latest video from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Lots of celebrities (including Ben Fogle, Valentine Warner and Melissa Joan Hart) have joined in to help create the video and to tell us why it's important that we care.

Each celebrity was asked why they feel the bumblebee is so important to society and to add their voices to encourage public support of the need to save this dramatically declining creature.

Two species are now extinct and others have declined due to the removal of flowers (we have a good old-fashioned flower boarder in the garden to encourage all types of insects). Except slugs - just don't understand the point of them. How bee friendly is your garden?







Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Next stop Plitvice Lakes and Waterfalls - our Croatia tour



Two nights in Trogir then it was back in the car and hitting the road high up into the mountains and farther north in Croatia to the amazing Plitvice Lakes and Waterfalls. The atmosphere and architecture change quite dramatically - it all becomes very Alpine, even the hotels and lodges on the way are like something from the Tirol. We stayed at the Hotel Degenija which has 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor (thank the Lord for Trip Advisor as we booked the whole holiday independently and online). Again I cannot praise this hotel more highly. Clean, comfortable beds, large airy rooms, marble floors - all perfect and excellent value. But the really star is the Plitvice National Park which has a variety of walks through the most amazing natural valley and mountainside with the most incredible lakes and waterfalls. I shan't go on here as the pictures speak for themselves other than to say that it is all very well organised from the pathways and buses to help you get around a bit to the facilities (restaurants, loos etc). All I can say is GO! If this was New Zealand they'd be making a movie there...









Monday, 4 August 2014

Postcard from Trogir - first stop on our Croatian tour


View of Old Trogir


Sorry I've not blogged in a while but I have had a bit of a break and been away for a glorious 10 days in Croatia. Not glorious in terms of the weather unfortunately (which was subject to storms and flash flooding) but glorious in every other respect. From the history to the landscape and the coastline, Croatia is back on the map as far as visitors are concerned and it is obvious they have decided to make this a place that is firmly on the 'cool' radar.

We flew in to Split airport on Easyjet - a mere 2 hours 15 minutes hop, and as we had time to kill before booking in to our accommodation in Trogir we decided to lunch and sightsee in Split itself. Of course we had a car  and it does make all the difference to your experience as there is just so much on this coastline to explore!

Split is home to Dioclesian's Palace which is still part of the living, breathing fabric of the place. Market traders still trade from inside the palace walls as do hoteliers and restaurants, businesses and banks. It is truly awe-inspiring and well worth a visit. Lunch was served in an internal courtyard and I couldn't resist grilled squid fresh from the sea!

Trogir is just 20 minutes from the airport and is one of the many walled towns you will find dotted along the entire length of the Croatian coastline. Each one has it's own distinct character and this is no exception. It is compact (you can easily get to know it well in just a day or so) yet with enough life to keep you amused. We stayed at the Villa Kampanel which was a 2 minute hop over a bridge to the main gate of the walled town. The perfect location to get away from the tourists at the end of the day there is a warm welcome from the young and enthusiastic team. It is only the second season of operating on a bed and breakfast basis (extra charge for breakfast) but they do seem to have got things right. Comfortable beds, brilliant bathrooms and airy bedrooms - we were very impressed for the £50 it cost us for a double room per night!

Here are some of the photographs from this part of our 10 day Croatian tour!

Split Old Town

Grilled squid with garlic


Split

Split restaurants

Waterfront at Split

Medieval doorway in Trogir Cathedral

View from Trogir Catherdral

Croatian Flag

Seafood supper in Trogir

Trogir around the harbour



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Cod and Chorizo skewers from Eattravellive

Sick of bangers and burgers on the barbecue (or under the grill for that matter)? Then try out these amazing skewers with cod and chorizo for something that's ultra-tasty and a bit different. I would serve with a green salad and olives to set off the flavours further. The recipe and video is from Eattravellive and has been created by the madly talented John Gregory-Smith using lots of fresh ingredients from Lidl.


Organic Wyld Wood Cider provides the perfect summer drink



Coincidence is a very strange thing...

We went away a weekend or so ago to visit really old friends who have given up their North London house and lifestyle for one of countryside and winding lanes. Well they are on a main road but they do back onto nothing but fields and they have the Malvern Hills as a view from the window so the main road is not really a big deal.

They have moved to a village with a duckpond complete with ducks, a fantastic butchers (apparently) and a pub. They would never have moved there if it hadn't been for the pub, mind you, as they are real pub goers so it wasn't long before (and after a long walk through the fields) we paid said pub a visit. Wanting to try something a bit different the husband opted for the local cider on draught and after bringing back the gleaming pint from the bar we all wished we'd done the same. Sparkling, fruity, ice-cold it made our drinks seem not quite so thirst quenching.



We got back from our trip on the Sunday night, so imagine my surprise when I took delivery on Tuesday from a case of samples from the same company, Wyld Wood Cider! I had completely forgotten that I had asked to try a bottle (or two) but was greeted by a few boxes of still cider and some bottles of the sparkling - what a treat!

Wyld Wood Cider is organic and certified as such. It is fully matured  in old oak barrels so is very fruity and full flavoured - and the sparkling variety chilled in the fridge is the perfect replacement to an ice cold beer (or so I found). Not the say that the boxed version isn't also a gorgeous drink on a hot day, it's just different and slips down just as easily.

 The company has been making cider with traditional methods since the 1880's so it really is a 'heritage' British cider and I urge you to try some. You can even cook with it and is also a great accompaniment to dishes such as a pork roast or barbecue. Check out their recipes on the Wyld Wood site.

They are also the official cider at Jamie Oliver and Alex James' Big Feastival, the foodie and musical festival in the Cotswolds that plays host to some 15,000 people. So visit them and try it for yourself - the Festival runs from 29th - 31st August 2014.

You can buy it directly online from Wyld Wood or from Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons and Waitrose. There is both an apple and pear version available.

Check out their social media pages here too

https://www.facebook.com/WestonsWyldWood
https://twitter.com/WestonsWyldWood


Thursday, 17 July 2014

New additions to the Clinique Chubby Stick family



Last night was launch night for Clinique at the rather splendid Ham Yard Hotel in London's Soho. Everyone who is anyone seems to have been there except me - Instagram has been full of shots of the place, much to my annoyance. So I was delighted to be invited but would have gone along had it been at the office to be honest because I also love Chubby Sticks so wanted the low-down on the latest additions to the Chubby Stick family.

First off are the new Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturising Lip Colour Balm which are what we all need when the sun is shining or when the weather turns wintery. They claim these are 'customised' as the subtle colours change according to your natural tone. Sheer shades range from orange to pink to red and violet. Violet is my favourite but it's about as far away from Goth as you can get on my lips, move of a mild berry stain.

The balms are infused with vitamin C, jojoba seed oil, mango seed butter and shea butter too - all set to make lips soft, protected and moisturised. I already have one slipped into my handbag...



Second new Chubby Stick family member it the Cheek Colour Balm. Wider than the other Chubby Sticks (obviously) this goes on really easily and is perfectly sheer and creamy. It doesn't cake or flake just gives you a lovely glow. It also doesn't dry on your skin so is water, sweat and humidity-resistant, just what we all need at the moment!

You can blend the colour onto your cheekbone with fingers, brush or sponge - I do prefer my fingers, and there are 4 fabulous shades so something for everyone.

Both these babies are available online tomorrow (July 18th) or on sale in store from 1st August.

All Clinique Chubby Sticks are fragrance and allergy tested. The Cheek Colour Balm is £19 and the Lip Colour Balm is £17.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Balance Me beauty products are British and scientific

I was sent a sulphate-free wash in Rose from Balance Me and if this is anything to go by it won't be long before I am ordering some cleansers and moisturisers too.

First off Balance Me is British and they truly focus on results in all their products. Co-founders Clare and Rebecca Hopkins are originally from Sheffield and founded the company in 2005. They trained in the holistic field in a quest for a better work-life balance after leaving corporate business careers and started making products in their kitchen. After the launch of their super toning body oil Topshop approached them and purchased 200 skin brightening exfoliating body polishes for the VIP's. Spotted by British Vogue they were soon selling throughout the UK and abroad.

Balance Me uses naturally active botanicals, hi-tech natural formulations and pure grade essential oils to deliver a skincare range that is both sophisticated and heavenly scented. They've won lots of awards and have celebrity and journalist fans - and now I am quite a fan too!

Back to the Rose Otto Body Wash, its is developed to cleanse, protect and moisturise. I found it lathered well and left my skin scented, soft and moisturised. It's sulphate free which is a real sell and is just £9 which for such quality ingredients is very good value.


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Dove Style and Care Nourishing Dry Ends Serum really works on curly, dry hair.


My hair is nearly always dry - it's coloured and curly and lasts about two days before it starts to frizz. Dove Style and Care Nourishing Dry Ends Serum takes my hair from two days to about four which is really impressive.

Two pumps from the glass bottle is all you need to give curly dry hair shine and I now carry it in my handbag for last minute scrunches with product before I leave my desk. It doesn't seem to weigh my hair down, is non-greasy and smells really, really fruity and lovely - so gets 10/10 from me!

Try it from Boots - at around £3 it's a bargain!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Afternoon Tea at the Playboy Club London



The Playboy Club and it's bunnies are unlikely teatime companions but if you think of Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party then why not really? It's a really comfortable place to while away a few hours and the food, boy the food was simply gorgeous.

I am not a fan of fiddly sandwiches and tea. But I do like a cocktail and their teapot cocktails were mighty fine. The sandwiches were an assortment of breads with everything from smoked salmon and fine meats to an mad smorgasbord of absolutely mouth-watering desserts. And there was even one with Bunny Ears.

The girls are lovely hostesses. Bright, bubbly, talkative and attentive they are the creme de la creme of waitresses and you don't even notice the bunny ears and tails after a while.



I would recommend this as a more novel take on afternoon tea for £30 which is served from 5-7pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Call 0207 514 9000 to reserve or email reservations@playboyclublondon.com. Check out the full menu at Playboy.


Saturday, 5 July 2014

Don't forget Light Out on August 4th in aid of The Royal British Legion


It's all about the First World War this year and quite right too - we should never forget and never go back to something so awful.

The Royal British Legion has brought together celebrities and veterans to ask the British public to take part in LIGHTS OUT, a national initiative to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Famous faces including Jeremy Paxman, Twiggy, David Gandy and Louis Smith feature alongside Chelsea Pensioners and Service personnel in a video to promote the initiative which will complement a candlelight vigil taking place on the evening of Monday 4th August at Westminster Abbey.



Communities across the UK are being invited to take part in this national moment by switching off their lights between 2200 and 2300hrs on 4th August, the date Britain entered the war 100 years ago, and illuminating their homes with a single candle or light. Members of The Royal British Legion have already planned 130 events nationwide for the public to participate in, with more to be announced.
LIGHTS OUT takes inspiration from the famous words of wartime Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, who remarked on August 3rd 1914: “the lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.
Charles Byrne, Director of Fundraising at The Royal British Legion, said:
“Sir Edward Grey’s stirring words are the campaign’s foundation. Our vision is that over one million candles will be lit across the UK, commemorating every Service man and woman who died during WW1. We hope to see candles lit at every war memorial, community centre and home in every village and in every community.
“This is one of a number of initiatives the Legion has undertaken to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War, when we hope to pass the torch of remembrance onto a younger generation ensuring there will always be a living legacy to those who sacrificed their today for our tomorrows.”
To support LIGHTS OUT and as part of a special partnership with Marks & Spencer, limited edition Centenary candles will be available to purchase from Friday 4th July in stores and online. Profits will be donated to the Legion to support the charity’s vital work with the current and ex-members of the Armed Forces, and their families.
I will be turning the LIGHTS OUT for sure - will you?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Debbie Harry, Blondie and a great party with Virgin Atlantic!




Parties don't come much better than the one I attended last night - I am such a lucky girl I know. Vivienne Westwood was officially launching her red hot uniform line for Virgin Atlantic at Village Underground in Shoreditch and it really was a celebration of UK Cool - Virgin and Vivienne can still deliver this in bucketloads!

If I was a member of the Virgin crew I would be really proud to wear this beautifully tailored range and the guys and girls at the event who were modelling said outfits were all members of the Virgin team - not a model in site. Unless you count audience member Lily Cole of course!

So we have the venue and we have an amazing guest list but the cream on the top of the evening cherry was a private performance of a set by Blondie. Debbie Harry has single-handedly made me realise that getting older really is nothing to be scared of. She was 69 on the night and looked so much younger. Same swagger, same working the crowd who lapped up every note, amazing woman! She left us wanting more but were soon diverted by a DJ set by Goldie - as I say a fine night in London town.

Here are some of the snaps I took along with Krista from www.beautyandthedirt.com who purloined by phone to get a close-up snap or 60.














Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Make-Up and Costume design graduate show from The London College of Fashion

Another Degree show - this time the Theatre and Film costume and make-up artists from The London College of Fashion set in a warehouse in Shoreditch, London. Special mention to Willow Bunton whose wigs were inspired by a children's story and were a work of art in themselves. I can see why Hollywood loves the Brits in terms of their creativity. My photos are not great (apologies) and don't do the work justice but I hope it gives you a flavour of what was produced.










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