Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Lush 'Cosmetics To Go' Event

On Monday just gone, after two years of blogging and several well-intentioned event invites later, I finally bite the bullet, swallowed my fear of being the newbie in an established group and went to my first ever blogger event.

An email had landed in my inbox from Lush PR inviting me to their event to launch their brand new book 'Danger : Cosmetics to go!" and their new Christmas products. The team have been working their way across the county, holding these events in various cities and after seeing a fair few English bloggers raving about how much fun it was, I knew I had to RSVP.






We were welcomed by some of the Lush sales team from the branch, the Lush PR ladies and the author of the book herself, Mira Manga. While we nibbled on adorable star-shaped Christmas cookies and sipped a chilled raspberry and lemon soda, we were treated to live demonstrations of some of their products, old and new, and taught all about the reasons behind their natural ingredients. For instance - I bet you didn't know that cinnamon stimulates the muscles and helps them to relax and as some many people find Christmas stressful, that's why cinnamon scents are popular during the festive season! Cool, huh? Every day is a school day!








The book itself is a gorgeous coffee table hard-back with quirky tales detailing the history and origins of the products as well as the companies values and beliefs. Each page is a mini story in itself as well as the book as a whole reading as an entire narrative which is so clever and with so many wonderful illustrations as well as vintage photographs, it's just as good for a quick flick-through as for snuggling up on the sofa in your jammies with. Mira also chatted away to us about her book and was kind enough not only to gift us all a copy to take home but sign them all with cute personalised messages! 





I had a great time as my first ever blogger event and would like to thank the lovely people at Lush HQ and Lush Buchanan Street as well as Mira Manga for a fabulous evening.



Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Amsterdam

Last week, I visited the beautiful dutch capital of Amsterdam with my two of my friends, Louise & Nicola. Aside from the minor inconvenience of having my brand new handbag stolen (camera, phone, purse, passport - all gone!) we had the most amazing trip away together. How the very idea of Amsterdam came about I'm not entirely sure - all I remember is one of them leaving the other a Facebook comment say 'Amsterdam?' and tagging me in it. At first I thought it was a joke. Turns out it wasn't and after swapping so many shifts that I'm surprised I was fired, we were on our way.



I know Amsterdam is a reputation for being all about the sex and drugs, and while it's difficult to avoid the odd brothel or the smell of weed in the street, there's so much more to the city if that isn't your scene. Of course we took a stroll through the red light district, (if you say you wouldn't, I don't believe you...) but if you're more into history or museums than us, you won't be short of ways to send your time. We stayed in Hotel De Gerstekorrel just off of Dam Square, one of the busiest and most central squares in the city so although it was a little loud at night, you can't fault the location. We didn't do anything in particular while we were there, no museums or tours, just a lot of walking around, soaking it all up and enjoying the culture. It's a very laid back atmosphere which suited us perfectly and although we maybe didn't do all the usual tourist things, I don't feel we missed out on anything. It also happened to be Amsterdam Gay Pride while we were there which was good - all the canals were packed with party boats and people of all ages supporting. I think it's pretty safe to say we're more of the party type than the history type! 





Canal from Oudezijds Voorburgwal



Outside Cafe Bredero








I had the most amazing 4 days ever and it's definitely one of the best cities I've ever visited and it seems like somewhere that one day, I could definitely see myself living. The only downside (handbag thief aside) is that it's not the cheapest for eating and drinking out although there is so much choice - I personally recommend The Grasshopper (great atmosphere, great cocktails, friendly staff, lovely view) and the Myrabelle Bar (quaint, local and cosy, the bar tender took our music requests and gave me probably the strongest vodka and orange juice I've ever had in my life!)


Tuesday, 8 January 2013

The Tim Walker "Story Teller" Exhibition

Helloo beauties! 
I recently visited London with my mum and sister to see fashion photographer Tim Walker's  'Story Teller' exhibition. For as long as I've loved editorial fashion photography, Tim Walker has been one of my absolute favourites. He has shot with models such as Lindsay Wixon and Karli Kloss, famous faces such as Scarlett Johanson, Tim Walker and Alexander McQueen and for fashion publications such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

The exhibition is on in Somerset House near The Strand and supported by Mulberry. It's on til the Sunday 27th January, admission is free and it's open 10am-6pm every day. 


The exhibition is mostly photographs, but also features larger-than-life props and sculptures from some of his most famous works, like the skeleton from 'Malgosia Bella & Skeleton' (2009) and the doll from 'Like a Doll' (2012).











Although admission to the exhibition is free, the Tim Walker section in the gift shop will certainly rob you of your pennies. As well as posters, postcards and his book 'Pictures' (R.R.P. £70), Thames and Hudson have also published a book specifically for sale at this exhibition. I decided as it was an exclusive to treat myself to this beautiful piece of printed fashion wonderfulness, but I can assure you that it didn't come cheap at £45! I like to think of it as an investment and that I'd like to think I'll have the book forever.




If you're in London between now and the 27th Jan. and looking for something fun and free to do, I'd definitely recommend going to see the 'Story Teller' exhibition - I had the best time and although I've seen a fair few other blog posts about it, nothing can really compare to see it for yourself.