Oops… I moved to Leeds

New city, new home, same style! Sorry for the radio silence over the last few months… but I’ve moved! I’m so excited to have moved back up to the North and be living in one of my favourite cities in the UK – Leeds. While moving can be very stressful, I have had lots of great friends on hand to help and all of my Christmas presents have come early in the form of Ikea vouchers. I’ve been obsessing over interior design on Instagram these last few months getting great inspiration for a stylish modern look for my new flat. I’ve gone for a white and grey look which I think has worked perfectly. Here are few bits I’ve picked up in order to achieve this look. Continue reading “Oops… I moved to Leeds”

Pique Tea Crystals

So confession time! And here is where I lose all my followers. I don’t like coffee. I’m one of those shameful people who doesn’t drink coffee, (I know I’m a heathen who should burn in hell), I’ve just never like the taste or the smell and when caffeine is needed, I much prefer the toxic chemicals of energy drinks. #CaffPow.

But I’m not a complete freak of nature, I do love a nice cup of tea, a warm hug in a mug! So I was delighted when my friends at Pique Tea* got in touch to try come of their new tea crystals in some amazing flavours.

What better way to use my collection of vintage tea cups then trying out some of Pique Tea’s gorgeous tea crystals. Their variety sample pack includes Jasmine, Sencha Green Tea and Earl Grey which all had such a great aroma and taste.

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Luxury Girls Weekend Edinburgh

 While January might bring cold weather and post-Christmas blues, I have remained determine to keep my New Year’s resolution to make more time for friends. So after such a busy time in December it was great to have a quick trip up to Edinburgh for a girly weekend of Prosecco, glitter and gossip.
Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the UK in the winter there is so much going on and it’s so beautiful – perfect to cheer up in the winter. As well as the glorious castle overlooking the city on the hill, they have an enormous market full of handmade jewellery, toys and food.

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Woman in Black

Dinner and theatre, don’t mind if I do. Halloween may have been and gone, but I’m still in the mood for a fright. Now Friday the 13th, Scream, Nightmare on Elm street may be the classic horror movies for fear fans but I’ve gone for something a little different. So last week we got tickets to see the 25th Anniversary tour of The Woman in Black!

Not for the faint hearten, I heard it was terrifying before I went so we bought tickets to see it at the Everyman Theatre, we got them in the circle safely away from the front.

 

First up was dinner at Jamie’s Italian. (Warning: Not suitable for those on diets.) As they are next door to our local theatre they gave out a free gloss of Prosecco for theatre goers – nice way to start the evening.

Starters we had mushroom bruschetta, crispy squid and Italian nachos, so good, will definitely be coming back fore more.. But dinner was the main event – lobster! Oh may! I’d never ordered lobster before and it was definitely worth the wait. Well done Mr. Oliver, so completely delicious and I would recommend it to anyone.

If that wasn’t enough we finished off with cheesecake which really was as delicious as the photo looks.

And on to the show… Woman in Black, (which featured Daniel Radcliffe in the 2012 film) follows an elderly Arthur Kipps as he tries to recount his story to an actor about an ghostly experience in his youth.

It’s a brilliant two-man show that uses the frame work of a play within a play. The young actor acts out the experience of the young Arthur Kipps, while the now elderly Kipps portrays all the characters.

The young Arthur travels north, on business, small village where he must sort out the effects on a decent client. The villagers he meets are terrified of the late owner’s house, a derelict manor on a small island cut off by a course way, and Arthur must venture their alone.

He soon experiences the ghostly presence of the Woman in Black and is intrigue to find out her story…

Having seen the film first, I was nervous about whether it would be a carbon copy of the original play, but play was a masterpiece of its own. With only two actors and a simplistic set, the action is all on the action, and where the next scare is coming from. Truly creepy and a wonderfully well written, beautifully acted show. It’s touring at the moment so I’d definitely recommend going to see it if you can.

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Cheltenham Festival 2015

The Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of the biggest literary highlights of the year. I was lucky enough this year to not only go, but have in put into some of the events this year. So grab a cuppa while I run through all the action from the literary legends, beautiful bloggers, starry celebs and of course lots and lots of books!

So back in March I was asked to be in the 18-24 years old advisory panel for the Cheltenham Literature Festival. It was such a great honour to the chosen and it was so much fun working with the organisers of the festival and with the other girls on the panel.

To say thank you for being part of the panel we were all given backstage passes to the festival and free tickets for one full day. So along with getting to see as many events as we could for free were also got access to the Writers’ Room, where all the authors, guests and speakers hang out in before and after their events.

 

Naturally I had a complete fan girl moment chilling backstage and soaking up the VIP treatment, with complimentary wine and scones. As well as just being a bit awkward I also got to see two absolute heroes of mine the Times journalist and Girl Power advocate Caitlin Moran, the legendary choreographer Matthew Bourne and Bake Off’s Sue Perkin.

Looking fabulously chilled out in her leopard print fur coat and wine Caitlin Moran’s show talked about the evolution of celebrity culture and how journalist writer about them (now that they can’t hack phones) and her feelings toward the ‘do-nothing’ celebrity. 

 

Meeting Jason Isaac (Lucius Malfoy) in the Writers’ Room

 

I’ve never been a huge fan of the ‘do-nothing’ celebrities as I’ve always thought if we are going to ‘celebrate’ a person it should be for something amazing that they have done. But Caitlin raised as excellent point that before the ‘do-nothings’ actors and musicians etc. had the difficult task for working two jobs, one of the papazzi waving, red-carpet walking celebrity, and the other working on their music or their acting. What was often found was that they weren’t good at both.  So now we have a whole group of people volunteering for the papatzzi waving part to allow actors, musicians etc. to focus on their work. Which now it’s mentioned like that, is actually pretty smart.
My other idol I got the pleasure of meeting and seeing was the wonderful Matthew Bourne, having taken ballet lessons when I was tiny, I think it’s very little girls dream to be a ballerina (for whoever short a time). Charming and so approachable, Bourne talked about how it is his love of musical theatre that fuels this passion and creativity in ballet. He said how he would love to see ‘Dance’ rather than ‘Ballet’ be discussed as a whole as all forms of dance and movement come together under the same prestige. I think when much of the ballet is seen as archaic and dated, this fresh take on how ballet can evolve is inspiring. While Bourne found his medium in ballet and dance his creativity and flair is one that can be translated across mediums. His work takes inspiration for film, movie soundtracks, musical theatre and all forms of dance, as some who is a patron to arts and a whole not simply ballet. 

 

Meeting Ranulph Fiennes with Ella and Caitlin Moran 

It was an amazing experience thank you to everyone at the festival who made this possible. I now have a whole lot more books to ready over the next few months

lots of love
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One Short Day in the Emerald City

Wicked and London and dinner oh my! What a truly wonderful weekend in London with my wonderful boyfriend. As a surprise for my birthday he arrange a weekend away with dinner and a show. This is the first time I’d seen Wicked, having being a huge fan for years, and it was not a disappointment.

We were staying round the corner in Victoria and started the evening with a very yummy dinner at Dim T. Amazing food and then on to the show.

I was buzzing with excitement and the green glow in the lobby of the Victoria Apollo with all the merchandise made it feel so magically like going to Disneyland.

 

I’m a huge fan of musicals and theatre and had been dying to see Wicked for years. It’s such and amazing story with incredible music too. Rumour mills are turning that the movie is in talks (fingers crossed they do a good job), I’m very excited to see how that turns out and whether, the original Broadway Elphaba, Idina Mendel will be cast.
Dress: c/o AX Paris
Shoes: New Look
Necklace: New Look
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