A Life Summary

March 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

S’been a busy month. Last week in particular was jammed with ridiculous things and I was in a state of odd-shoed, blank-faced confusion for much of the time.

Things were OK until Wednesday when I had to do last minute hair dying, murder mystery costume practising and other bizarre jobs with my mother. I also had to select something to wear to a client photoshoot on Thursday morning AND a suitable outfit for going straight from work to London for the evening.

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On top of that, I was leaving on Friday morning for a stay by the sea so had to get my head round taking everything I needed for that to London as well! It’s a tangled web of disastrous organisational demands.

So Thursday night I went to a Vice Blogging Network meet at Portside Parlour in Broadway Market. The bar is a pop-up rum specialist in a speakeasy-esque cellar behind a communal toilet. The cocktails are doll’s house small and terrifyingly strong, chosen from menus concealed in old books. So far, so hip. A nice blonde lady pointed out the ‘lighter’ drinks and I felt offended but it turned out she was completely right and what I did in fact want was a Butterfly Kiss – which all the boys shunned for being girly.

Representing HOWL were Ruairidh (Men’s Fashion Editor), Shaun (Editor-in-Chief) and ME (Women’s Fashion Editor – did I mention that?). We met with Kate Newman from VBN, David Hinga from WatchMePivot Magazine and a hunk called Dickon Ireland (Come Into Land) with a tattoo of an artichoke on his arm. He came from NORWICH, which instantly put my journey from Reading to shame…

HOWL Magazine & David Hinga at Birthdays

After the eye-watering cocktails, we departed for Birthdays in Dalston, where VICE were hosting a launch for Ketel One vodka. Cue more cocktails, of the larger and more sinkable kind. Lots of people were dancing ironically and having Polaroids taken of themselves, so we joined in with gusto. There was a small wooden stage calling to me but when I clamboured upon it I was very quickly pounced on by a smiley bouncer.

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Having consumed a LOT of free alcohol, it seemed like a BRILLIANT idea to go to a party in South London with David but luckily sense prevailed and I managed (with a lot of phone assistance) to get myself back across London in time for the last train home to darling Surrey.

With a McDonald’s clutched in one hand and my clutch clutched in the other, I was escorted by black-clad metallers from my youth and arrived home to find a miniature rave in full swing. Bed didn’t happen until 3am and then I was up the next day for the drive to Bridport – and so commenced a murder mystery weekend!

Boat in Bridport

Three days of hysterical 50-somethings drinking copious amounts of wine and dressing up as 1940s murder suspects…I’m pretty knackered. My main role each year is to do my mam’s hair, and that part went swimmingly so a good result.

Honor Clement-Hayes Vivien of Hollway dress

My favourite part of these weekends is the SEA. Wet or dry, sunny or stormy, the sea is one of the loves of my life. I can stare at it for hours, getting soaked in the dark. The afternoon we arrived the fog came down like a curtain and I went and wandered in it for an hour and a half.

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This week sees the launch of the product I’ve been working on for the last few months, then I’m off work for FOURTEEN DAYS. I haven’t taken enough holiday off and I can’t carry it over so I just have to blitz it all before the end of the month.

I’m going to be incredibly bored but hopefully I can get my act together for lots of writing. Poor Boyfriend can’t even get his birthday off, but at least we’ll have Good Friday together. That weekend is also the launch of The SON’s new rock night in my hometown, which should be incredible!

Wow, that’s some words. I go now, ta ta. x

Fuerzabruta Review on HOWL

January 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

In December I went to see Fuerzabruta at the Camden Roundhouse. They’re an Argentinian performance group who REALLY know how to put on a show. Fire, rain, glitter, dancing, drumming, acting, running…it’s an incredible experience and everyone should go at least once in their life.

If you’ve never heard of them, go check out my review so you’re prepared for next time they come to London. If you’ve heard of them but never been, GO BUY TICKETS!

Fuerzabruta at the Roundhouse

Photo by David Levene for The Guardian

This Week We Love… The Star of the Show

December 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week I was so pleased with my lovely galaxy jeans from H&M that I decided to hunt down some other rad space prints. Loads are so horrid, or too red, or too cheaply done. So, I gave up my valuable time to get you the best in the universe.

Go read it on HOWL and look at nice pictures!

This Week We Love... The Star of the Show

Boutique of the Week on HOWL

November 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

I wrote about an online jewellery boutique called Jolita Jewellery today and they were super happy! So nice to make some noise for a small company with a lot of talent. You can OBV read my piece on HOWL. Ta ta my loves. x

St Tropez necklace by Jolita Jewellery

Review: Little Black Dress by Even & Odd at Zalando.co.uk

November 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve written about Zalando before, for HOWL. Revisiting them a year later, I can only say that their GINORMOUS clothing and accessories range has grown. I mean, we’re talking THOUSANDS of pairs of shoes here.

Lovely Zalando gave me a lovely voucher, and I set to work (yup, shopping is work if you have to write about it) trawling through about a zillion items to find the one I really REALLY wanted. I actually did so quite quickly, but unfortunately what I really REALLY wanted was a pair of Jeffrey Campbell wedge trainers

Jeffrey Campbell Iversion wedge trainers at Zalando

Now y’all know I don’t even LIKE Jeffrey Campbell but I have to say, these are something else. Zalando have a huge range of Jeffrey Campbell, including designs I’ve not seen elsewhere. Such as the lush pair THAT I WANT DESPERATELY and sat looking at for longer than necessary. And set as my desktop background. And had a dream about.

Anyway – brushing away my tears, I finally settled on a ‘sexy’ little black dress with minimal detailing but great shape. Sexy is in inverted commas here because I would not suppose to present the idea of me wearing a dress as a sexy thing – that is both subjective and debatable. I also found a ring I had a sneaking suspicion would be absolutely crazy lush at the last minute and impulse bought that too (you can see it on HOWL).

The Little Black Dress

Little black dress from Zalando.co.ukIt’s simple. It’s black. It’s flattering. It has gold on it. What’s not to like? It’s possibly a TAD too grown up for me, but it definitely fills a grown-up shaped hole in my wardrobe.

I wore it to a posh party with my favey diamanté-sprinkled blazer, sparkly black wedge smoking slippers, and my new black faux fur stole. I felt very svelte in it (not an experience I’m used to by any means) so that was definitely a huge tick in the satisfaction box!

This dress feels like it will be a good ol’ faithful for years to come, because it’s so easy to dress up and it’s very stretchy (not clingy) and forgiving. I’d give it a 10 for wearability, an 8 for style and a 9 for quality.

I’ve written about another amazing Zalando item I ordered recently on HOWL, take a peek if you like leopard print… I even named Zalando.co.uk our Boutique of the Week, so go check them out!

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