Thursday, 24 December 2015

Weird and Wonderful Gift Guide

I know I've left it a lil late to post a gift guide - alright, it's Christmas Eve - but I've spent the last few days catching up with old school friends and getting lost in glasses of Bucks Fizz. Mea Culpa.

For the disco queen in your life, why not treat her to some new dancing shoes? Adding groovy textures adds a certain je ne sais quoi to any outfit.

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If you know a culture vulture, why not treat them to a membership at a gallery or a magazine subscription? As I'm always back and forth to London and love watching retro films on the big screen, I think a membership to The Prince  Charles Cinema would be a hit!


This month they've been hosting a range of 'Mulled Wine & Mince Pies Night' in which Christmas classics such as Love Actually, The Muppet Christmas Carol and Elf are screened and upon arrival guest receive.. yep, you guessed it, a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie!

If you're after an ace secret santa gift for a girlfriend, look no further! During the holiday season most brands release mini gift sets with miniature samples of their best selling products. This is a savvy way to test cult products before purchasing the full sizes.

£10 limit...

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£20 limit...

How amazing do these little pots of aromatherapy bath oil looks?! There are five in total that are based around the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water!

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If you want to treat your loved one to a lil somezin somezin designer, but are strapped for cash - TK MAXX bargains are the answer!

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If you know someone who loves curling up with a book and has a open mind, why not opt for a quirky book?

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 If you're looking to treat someone to some new home décor, how about a cosmic ring dish and a funky fruit bowl?

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Here's some suggestions if you're buying for the kiddiewinks...

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If you do have little'uns, I wholeheartedly recommend watching Room On The Broom together this Christmas ~ it's such a charming story!

For those who are feeling particularly generous, feast your eyes on these:


1: These quirky bags are handcrafted in Nairobi ~ they're all marvellous but this Savanna reminds me of the sun! 2: This insane pallet from Smashbox holds a whopping 25 (!) lipsticks, although I must say some are the names are hysterical "What shade are you wearing?" "Phil" ... 3. This Sigma Mrs.Bunny travel set of brushes speaks for itself! 4. I adore the constellation / Greek Gods theme behind Aesop's Christmas collection this year! 5. This limited edition Flowerbomb perfume is so festive! 6. My fondest Christmas memory is belting Destiny's Child's Survivor with my cousin Livvy on a karaoke machine circa 2003! Great after a few too many bucks fizz...

New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker, photo by Paul Kolnik

Why not treat a special someone to a lovely afternoon out and about. Explore that new Italian restaurant  that you've been eyeing up for weeks, or go to a groovy exhibition! Personally there's two events that have been on my radar recently. I'd love to check out the Cosmonauts exhibition at the Science museum and spend an evening watching the Moscow City Ballet perform the Nutcracker in Manchester!

& Finally I thought I'd mention a brilliant charity called Crisis. My childhood friend Ioanna is spending her Christmas day at a local soup kitchen to volunteer and I have so much respect for her. If you have any spare money, why not donate your time or buy a Christmas dinner for a fellow soul.

Wherever in the world you are, HAPPY CHRISTMAS from my family to yours!



Wednesday, 23 December 2015

23/12/15

Hip hip hooray ~ it's DBJ's birthday!


I'll save you a piece of cake!




Monday, 7 December 2015

Bibbidi-Bobbidi Bits & Bobs #12

Morning Petals!

It's been a minute since I last blogged as I've been up to my eyeballs in uni assignments and burning the candle at both ends. As I don't take my laptop to hostels in London during the week, my only blogging time is the w/ends which are usually spent catching up on sleep and getting up to trouble. I thought I'd fill you in, so grab a cuppa!

I've just returned from another week hostel hopping, this week I was at a groovy hostel in Kings Cross called Clink 78. The building is stupendously grand and used to be a courthouse where The Clash once stood trial for shooting a pigeon in '78 and where Charles Dickens worked as a scribe... pretty neat!


Although my living situation is a lil different to most, that doesn't stop Christmas... oh no! This week I stayed in a room with 12 ladies and it was so endearing how many had advent calendars ~ now that's dedication! I also woke up one morning to find a giant Christmas tree in the lobby à la Hogwarts. Anywho, I thought I'd share some bits and bobs that have grabbed my attention over the last few weeks ~ let's dive in...

I recently discovered an offbeat makeup artist called Isamaya Ffrench whose work is inspiring me to be more creative with my makeup and forget the rules ~ for instance, lately I've been using lipsticks as blushers, glitter eyeshadows in my brows and I'm even in the market now for a purple mascara!

 
Not only is Isamaya the beauty director at i-D magazine, but she's also a UK brand ambassador for YSL. For your surrealism fix, follow her wackydooda instagram ~
 
 


I thought I'd share a Youtuber that I've been digging for little over a year now. His name is Alex Ikonn who is an entrepreneur and creates motivating content ~ if you want your daily dose of inspiration, look no further! Here are two tips that I've picked up from his vlogs that I've incorporated and recommend you to do so too:

1) Working in pomodoro's. In a nutshell, it's a super effective technique in which you work in 25 minute intervals. Put your phone on silent, get shit done.

2) In a recent vlog Alex encouraged his viewers to always volunteer to go first, whether it's in your business/social/academic life, as it shows passion and initiative. In many of my uni workshops we have to share our weekly progress and even in year 3, it's still daunting when the dreaded question "who wants to go first?" engulfs the room. As we all have to bite the bullet eventually, I've started to volunteer which my lecturers are definitely taking note of!

Alex's quote "Sit in the front row, ask questions - there are no stupid questions" really resonated with me and reminded me of this corker:

 
I think this vlog is a great place to begin and will hopefully leave you feeling pumped :-) Alex's kickass wife Mimi's channel is also enriching and also leaves me feeling like I want to better myself!

 & When all else fails, there's always Shia...

This may or may not be my screensaver.
 
Winter is well and truly in full swing now and it's all about layers. I love these two Topshop pieces as not only do they add a pop of colour, but they also add a jazzy vibe to any outfit whilst warming your cockles! It's always an added bonus when you can totally see your style icon sporting these, Padmé Amidala in my case... speaking of Star Wars, 9 DAYS TO GO!"£?$!"£%£!

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I was recently browsing The Guardian for some inspiration for my Digital Journalism in Practice course when I stumbled upon this spellbinding article entitled Around the World in 40 Pirouettes. As tis the season for spreading a wee holiday cheer, I thought these backstage glimpses of ballet productions of the Nutcracker in all corners of the world was appropriate.

I'm actually planning on blogging about my favourite Christmas films soon which will most definitely feature Clara and the Mouse King, so keep your eyes peeled!

 
Has anyone else spotted these hysterical Christmas adverts featuring Jeff Goldblum on the telly recently?! I dare you not to chortle!

 
In my BBB&B posts, I usually share a bunch of mesmerising outfits spotted on the red carpet lately and lust over them. This time there's only one and it's this magnificent noir number that Gwen Stefani wore to the AMAs...

 
How amazing is the recent announcement that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be headlining next years Leeds fest?! I've been a die-hard fan of theirs for many moons now and I'd buy a ticket in a heartbeat if the festival wasn't held in August, as that's the month I visit my grandmother in Greece. Whenever I'm working on assignments and need a lil background noise, I always flick one of their concerts on:
 
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Finally, I thought I'd share this brilliant blog post from my old high school chum Violet who is documenting her year abroad in Paris... alright for some ;-) The post is called Lost in Translation and follows her journey weaving her way in and out of the French language ~ did you know that baguette also means chopsticks, wand and drumsticks? ... confusion/chaos ensue! The piece is particularly hysterical and relatable as I often get myself in a tangle when I'm in Greece. In fact, I just might write a post about the plethora of ridiculous situations I've been in ~ let's just say that the only difference between minced meat and waves is which syllable you annunciate! In any case, I've found that the best way to escape awkward scenarios is to yell "hey is that a unicorn?"

Violet also wrote an incredibly poignant post called Learning to Dance in the Rain following the aftermath of the recent tragic events in Paris. If you want to witness the raw power of words and the unity they offer, give this post a read!


I hope you're having a sunny day wherever in the world you are ~ stay safe and love hard!