Friday, 20 December 2013
Are you being driven mad by everyone asking you what you are doing for New Year's Eve? Yeah, me too. So why don't you make sure you have an answer, and a good one at that!
A luxury location, delicious food, tasty tipples...a reason to get glommed up. Look no further than the offerings at St Martin's Lane Hotel...
Monday, 16 December 2013
Sunday, 15 December 2013
Claires Accessories Wishbone Ring £3.50
Alex Monroe Calabria Three Flower Ring £180
Stella McCartney Matchstick Gold-tone Ring £235
Sonal Talgeri Bhaskaran Gold Prism Ring £140
Topshop Crystal Chain Charm Ring £5.50
Laura Gravestock Promise Lattice Ring £219
Missguided Fatin Gold Deer Ring £4.99
Hannah Warner Tooth Wrap Rings (Gold) £170
Maria Black Gold Plated Double Spike Ring £155
William Cheshire Gold Domed Lagos Ring £225
Balenciaga Bow Ring £155
Jana Reinhardt Sparrow Ring £129
Stella and Dot Gilded Arrow £25
HLSK Lava Ring $120
Great Frog London act Horseshoe Ring
Bill Skinner Praying Cherub Ring
Jane Gowans Bessie £115
Friday, 13 December 2013
Here are some more pressie ideas for those that have left it last minute....like me!!
Firebox Colour Me Gosling £7.99
Ciate Tree Trinkets £21
Wesc Patterned Earphones £49.99
Soap and Glory's Yule Monty Christmas Bag £27
Prezzybox Retro Slush Maker £59.99
Emozioni White Truffle Flavoured Dressing £20.90
Jack and Black Cleanse and Shave Duo £17.00
Harrow and Green Personalised Christmas Sack £22
Urban Outfitters Virgin of Gaudalupe Hot Water Bottle £20
Joanna Parkin Handmade Leather Case for Ipad £59
John Lewis Heart Photo Frame £10
Fuji Instax 8 - Blue - Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera Polaroid Type
Thursday, 12 December 2013
I've handpicked just a few nice fashion bits and bobs that may help you when thinking what to buy for your loved ones for Christmas...
Puffa Benji Jacket in Deep Navy £160
Zara Orange Checked Scarf £22.99
Toywatch Velvety Chrono Green £245
Caharrt Anglistic Sweater £84
Ladies Charlotte Sheepskin Gloves £75
ASOS Beanie Hat with Patch £8
Topman Red Bandana 2 Pack Underwear £14
Miss Selfridge Leopard Print Fedora £25
Eberjay Estelle Teddy lace trimmed stretch-jersey playsuit £90
Oasis Pastel Car Coat £110
Mercy Delta Culture Modal Scarf (two for £120)
Olivia Burton Woodland Butterfly Bracelet £95
Pure Collection Cashmere Sparkly Cardigan £249
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
With amazing memories of this summer still fresh, Reading & Leeds Festivals are excited to reveal that the first Main Stage headliner for the 2014 events will be the legendary Blink-182 in their only UK show! Joining them will be Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Metronomy, Of Mice & Men, Wilkinson and I Am Legion, the first amazing names set to appear across the Festivals for an unforgettable August Bank Holiday Weekend. The award-winning Reading & Leeds are the natural home for music lovers seeking the best acts, with the best atmosphere, surrounded by like-minded fans.
Festival boss Melvin Benn comments:
“2013 was a year of exciting additions for Reading & Leeds Festivals, making them bigger and better than ever. With extra stages and genres at both sites, there was a new diversity for all our fans to enjoy. However the core essence of the festival hasn’t changed and I think the line-up for next year will most certainly reflect that. I know our fans will be delighted to welcome back our first headliners, Blink-182, with what promises to be an amazing show, as well as the brilliant Jake Bugg stepping up to the Main Stage. I can’t wait to reveal the rest of our incredible line-up, so watch this space!”
Firm fan favourites, Blink-182 first played Reading & Leeds in 1999 and blew the Main Stage sky-high when they headlined in 2010. Mark, Tom and Travis return in 2014 to headline the Main Stage with their incendiary punk-pop anthems and you can be sure they’ll perform a set laden with hits such as ‘All The Small Things’, ‘Dammit’ and much more. The band will also be giving fans a debut airing of the much-anticipated forthcoming seventh studio album which will be released next summer, the first new material since their self-released EP in 2012, which featured ‘Dogs Eating Dogs’ and ‘Disaster.’ A band that never fails to deliver, this is a booking that will bring a smile to every ardent Reading & Leeds fan and will be the band’s only UK shows of 2014.
Mark Hoppus adds:
"I’m stoked to play Reading & Leeds 2014. It’s our fourth time playing the festivals, and we’re very honoured. The new year will see us in the studio preparing new music, getting ready to rock the fine people of the UK. Prepare for the fury."
Jake Bugg is one of the biggest success stories of Reading & Leeds Festivals in recent years. Even before he released his first album he’d already made his debut on the Festival Republic Stage in 2012. Returning to the Festivals in 2013, having travelled the world and received numerous accolades, Jake moved further up the bill, and with a Number One debut album under his belt, drew huge crowds to enjoy a hit laden set. Now following the release of his brilliant second album 'Shangri La', produced by the legendary Rick Rubin, we can announce that Jake will make another significant step up this year, taking his deserved place on the Main Stage.
Commenting on his appearance Jake said:
"Reading & Leeds have become a bit of a regular feature of my summers lately, so it's amazing to be asked back again. I was just kind of starting out the first time I played and it was a really important gig for me. Playing this year was fun and seemed like lots more people knew the songs; it was great hearing everyone singing the words back at me. I'm sure playing on the Main Stage will be a different experience again, so it's exciting. I've got my new album out so there's plenty of time for people to learn the words. It should be pretty special."
Often an artist like Jake Bugg comes along, who is so relevant and whose music has created such a buzz that fans demand their return to the Festivals; it is only right that Reading & Leeds provide the platform to see these artists excel. Another great example of this is Disclosure, the most successful British dance act in a generation, who turned the genre on its head in 2013 and opened the door for a host of underground dance acts to flood the mainstream. Throughout the year Disclosure soared to the top of the charts with their debut album ‘Settle’ and sold out venues across the world. Their set at last year’s Reading & Leeds was one of the stand out moments of the Festivals and the brothers return in 2014 with an arsenal of hit singles and a fearsome live reputation, this will be a headline performance in a packed arena.
Quintessentially English, modern pop act, Metronomy are one of the country’s most compelling live acts and make a welcome return to Reading & Leeds. New track 'I'm Aquarius' was launched by Zane Lowe as his Hottest Record In The World, had 120,000 SoundCloud plays in a matter of hours and went straight to Number One on Hype Machine. There is a new album ‘Love Letters’, recorded at the legendary Toe Rag studios, due in March 2014 and it promises to translate brilliantly to the live show.
Reading & Leeds introduced the exclusively rock element as an extension of the Lock Up Stage for the first time in 2013, providing a dedicated destination for the Festivals’ legions of rock and metal fans. Featuring memorable sets from Shikari Sound System, Funeral For A Friend and more, this was an extremely popular addition. Now for 2014 Reading & Leeds welcome Southern Californian metalcore quintet, Of Mice & Men. The band release their eagerly anticipated third album ‘Restoring Force’ in January 2014 via Rise Records, the follow up to breakthrough album 'The Flood'. Having received nothing but adulation across the rock media, and instantly selling out London’s Koko, these achievements are testament to where this band are going, and where they’re going is Reading & Leeds! Their exclusive festival performances in England & Wales will be ones not to miss.
2013 saw a three day stage for all things electronic headlined by Magnetic Man, Sub Focus and Knife Party, proving there is a huge thirst for dance amongst the Reading & Leeds faithful. Just confirmed for 2014 is Mark ‘Wilkinson’, now a household name thanks to the massive hit, and dance chart Number One ‘Afterglow’, taken from his debut longplayer ‘Lazers Not Included’. He’s managed to retain all his credibility thanks to his masterful production talents and skills as a DJ. He won ‘Best Breakthrough Producer’ at the National D&B Awards, an accolade that is sure to be followed by many more.
All-new in 2013, an additional urban and hip-hop stage saw Wiley, Devlin and Wretch 32 heading up a cast of many of the Urban elite. This bass heavy stage was a great hit with fans and is guaranteed to be better than ever in 2014. Combining grime, hip-hop, dubstep, drum and bass, and some stuff that’s yet to be defined, it’s safe to say that I Am Legion are in a league of their own. Their explosive self-titled collaborative album is the side project of Dutch record producers Noisia and Foreign Beggars rappers Metropolis and Orifice Vulgatron. This fresh and distinctive collective will bring a turbo-charged atmosphere with them to Reading & Leeds.
My friends keep going on little trips away as much deserved treats after stressful times in work and life. I'm of course happy for them and their opportunity for R and R, but I am of course a little envious. One of the most frequent destinations is Berlin, due to its great nightlife and endless cultural sights and activities. From snooping through all of the Instagram and Facebook albums of these trips, Berlin has gone straight to the top of my mini break wish-list. So it was a big internal hooray when the email from TASK PR regarding a competition which gives entrants a chance to cover Berlin Fashion Week arrived in my inbox. All they asked of us bloggers, was that we style up our new sexy strappy's. The deadline is today and my shoes only arrived this morning, so I have not had much time to compose an outfit, so I decided just to go with my style instinct. I've plumped for a young person's Pat Butcher aesthetic. Animal print and a fluffy jumper teamed with my the magenta party shoes. I kept jewellery minimal as I felt the skirt was statement enough, and added a plum lip to tie in with my foot decoration.
I'd love the opportunity to cover a fashion week in another destination, so if you want to increase my chances of winning please go and show your look on the Facebook page.....
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
WeSc have delivered another interesting collaboration. This time round the Swedish streetwear brand joins forces with the Berlin graffiti artist, Superblast.
All pieces are now in store at the WeSC shop on Carnaby Street or online at www.wesc.com
To raise awareness and as some sort of personal therapy, I have started writing some extremely honest health blogs for The Huffington Post. This one concentrate son my issues with sleep, or lack of, and how it affects relationships and work.....
To Read the article, click the link below....
Organisers of the Brit Awards have announced that Hat designer Philip Treacy is creating the winners' trophy for next year's event. His inspiration for next year's trophy 'comes from the uniquely British genre of Punk.'Treacy already has a link with the Brits, creating the headpiece and mask that Lady Gaga wore for her tribute performance to fashion designer Alexander McQueen at the 2010 ceremony, following his suicide.
Treacy, a fashion industry legend, has made outlandish headwear for music stars including Madonna and Grace Jones. He also created the now iconic headpiece and mask that Lady Gaga wore while paying tribute to Alexander McQueen on stage at the 2010 show.He said: "Music has always been my inspiration and I'm fortunate to have worked with some of the music industry's greatest artists."
Brits chairman Christian Tattersfield said the renowned milliner had produced "something so unique and special", following a recent trend of famous names from the world of arts putting their own stamp on the trophy.
Sir Peter Blake, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Damien Hirst are other creative who have added their unique style to recent statuettes, with Hirst adding a series of multi-coloured polka dots to last year's gongs.Comedian and actor James Cordon is hosting the ceremony for the last time. Five goes as the difficult hosting job will make him the longest serving presenter in the show's history.
"I'll miss not doing it after this one but fully intend to enjoy every second of Brits 2014," he said.
Arctic Monkeys and Katy Perry have also been announced as the first acts due to perform at the show next year.
Despite winning five Brits, the Arctic Monkeys have never performed at the ceremony before.
They refused to attend the 2006 show, when they won the Breakthrough act, and accepted their 2007 award for best album in a video message, wearing fancy dress.
But the group, whose number one album AM has already topped several critics' end-of-year polls, have now agreed to open the 2014 ceremony.
Starter, the premium American athletic brand, rejects the ‘Dark Side’, and rejoins forces to create its second Star Wars collection featuring iconic designs.
Timed to coincide with the production of the much anticipated next instalment of the movie, loyal fans of Starter and Star Wars need wait no more. Fashion meets Sci-Fi in a collection inspired by the costumes and uniforms of favourite characters and classic scenes from the original trilogy.
Headwear emblazoned with Return of the Jedi, Troopers and the iconic C-3PO - to name a few - form part of this limited edition collection, which is given a fresh twist through the use of Starter’s signature wool blend fabrics, alongside contrasting metallic gold threads and leathers. For fans, collectors and those who like to make a style statement, ‘the force is strong’ with Starter X Star Wars!
Beanies priced from £15, snapbacks £25. Available to buy now fromwww.starterblacklabel.co.uk
Womenswear Designer of the Year - Christopher Kane
Menswear Designer of the Year - Burberry
International Designer of the Year - Miuccia Prada for Prada
Designer Brand of the Year - Burberry
Accessory Designer of the Year - Nicholas Kirkwood
Emerging Womenswear Designer - Simone Rocha
Emerging Menswear Designer - Agi & Sam
New Establishment Designer - JW Anderson
Model of the Year - Edie Campbell
Red Carpet Award - Erdem
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator - Lady Amanda Harlech
British Style Award brought to you by Vodafone (voted by the public) - Harry Styles
Special Recognition Award - Kate Moss
Special Recognition Award - Suzy Menkes
Outstanding Achievement in Fashion - Terry and Tricia Jones, founders of i-D
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