Wednesday, 13 December 2017

My Top 5 Shows of 2017

Hello, this probably the hardest post I will write this year. I have decided to talk through my top 5 shows I have seen this year. I've seen a fair few so this is going to be difficult.

5. Yank
Yank was a show that exceeded expectations. It had great songs and tap routines. However most importantly it told a story not really told in history classes, as it deals with the subject of gay men in the US army, whilst homosexuality was illegal. If this get puts on again, please go and see it.

4. La Cage Aux Folles
This was the first show I saw this year and it has stuck with me. John Partridge gave one of the strongest performances I have seen, and had proved hard to equal or better. Based on the french play with the same name, it follows a gay couple who own a drag nightclub. Drama ensues when their son, falls in love with a girl from a very conservative family. This has great songs including the classic I Am What I Am.

3. Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes
Shockingly this was the first ever Matthew Bourne I had seen live on stage, and boy had I chosen a good one to start with. The dancing and the storytelling was beautiful, now Ashley Shaw who played Victoria Paige is just absolute goals. Based on the film with a stunning score by Bernard Herrmann.

2. Hedda Gabler
This for me is unexpectedly placing high on this list - I would not have expected that at the start of the year. I mainly went out of curiosity and because it was a National Theatre Production. As I said in my review 'The National Theatre's production left me completely awestruck. Hedda was masterfully played by the cover Cate Cammack on the night I went. '

Sitting in the Olivier Theatre at the National, getting the rare chance to see Follies on stage was special enough. I got a shiver down my spine as soon as Sondheim's magnificent score started to play. There were out standing performances from everyone in the cast. A song that will stay with me is Broadway Baby. See my in depth review here. On until 3rd of January.

And that's it!

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xxx

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Party Dress Wishlist 🎄

If Christmas/New Years isn't the time to rocking party dresses when is?! I have pulled together some of my favourites from across the internet.

Out with the girls

I feel like for going out with girls you can wear something a little bit more out there and interesting. So this is the exciting pink number I would go for.

A festive Dinner

This is my most casual dress. For a dinner, you want something with a bit of stretch which is comfy. The tartan is festive and would look perfect with a matte red lip and gold eyeshadow.

The LBD

If you're stuck, you can never go wrong with a Little Black Dress. This one is such a classy shape, and the leather gives it more of an edgy vibe.

Fancy Party

Does the green not just scream festivities?! This is perfect for posher and fancy events, its classy AF.

Throwing a spanner in the works - the suit.
There are velvet suits all over the market and topshop have some great ones. However this paisley one from Monsoon has really caught my eye and I have been swooning over this. for quite sometime.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you tomorrow!
Thanks for popping by
xxx

Monday, 11 December 2017

Photos of Christmas Past 🎄

Hello! I last did a post like this on my birthday, since I loved putting it together I thought I would do the same this Christmas.

How was I so cute? A pair of red dungarees is a Christmas essential.

I don't think this was actually taken on Christmas day, but that snow suit is so cute!

This is my favourite Christmas day outfit - how utterly ADORABLE is that jumper, do they do that in an adult size please?

A baker from a young age, getting the Christmas cake to be perfect!

I feel like my pile of christmas presents has gotten smaller since this photo was taken...

My first phone, the beloved Sony Ericsson, a crucial moment in any millennials life!

Those are just a few photos of Christmas past, I love looking at them so so much.
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xxx

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Getting the Christmas Tree 🎄

Hello! Is it really Christmas until you have a (or 2) tree up in your house? No I thought not. We accidentally went to get ours on National Christmas Tree Day, so it's like it was meant to be. For the last couple of years we have got our tree from the Wymondham Garden Centre, I highly recommend it, there is always someone on hand to help you get the type of tree you want and to carry it to your car.


We went for a lovely Nordmann Fir, 6ft which was nice and full.

I have changed family tradition and gone for warm white lights, opposed to coloured to give it a really traditional look. I've also toned down the tinsel and gone for a thin gold one to wrap around.

We have some new additions to the tree this year that I would like to introduce you to.

Norbert the Nutcracker
He is from Liberty and was a bit of a naughty purchase and is in pride of place right at the top.

Poppins the Sausage Dog
This is the closest I am getting to at the moment to having my own Dachshund called Poppins.

Mickey Mouse
I picked up this lovely copper Mickey Mouse decoration earlier this year, from Disneyland Paris. Now whenever I see it I am reminded of the trip.

Robot
I decided I needed a few more novelty tree decorations and these were the perfect addition.




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xxx

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Christmas Lush Haul 🎄

Hello, nothing excites me quite as much as a thoroughly festive bath. This is when Lush really gets into their stride. Every year I look forward to the return of old favourites and to what is new in the Christmas range. They have some cracking options this year.

Firstly we have this my new favourite bubble bar for the festive season, this smells so freaking delicious and wonderful! You can get 3-4 uses from this.

If you were trying to sum up Christmas with a scent this is literally what you would create.  Full of cinnamon and orange. You can get 4-5 uses from this.

This product is what sparked my love for Lush at Christmas. Give it shake like an actual present, then it will turn your bath into a gorgeous turquoise sparkly heaven. You can get 1 used from this.

This is the sweetest scent of the bunch, and again is another bubble bar, which are my favourite things to get from lush. You can get 2-3 uses from this.

This is the only one I haven't purchased before, it smells like lemon sherbert and went straight in my basket, how fun does it look!

I think a Lush Bubble Bar or a Bath Bomb's are a great gift, so a little more christmas gift inspiration!

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xxx


Friday, 8 December 2017

Shows to watch in London this Christmas 🎄

Hello, this wouldn't be my blogmas if there wasn't a stagey aspect to it. Today I am sharing all the shows I think you should watch in London if you could this festive season. Certainly I would love to be able to watch them all if it was possible!

The Nutcracker - The Royal Ballet

This is a christmas classic, performed by one of the most esteemed ballet companies in the world, in the gorgeous setting that is the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. A truly magical place during the festive season.

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella
I don't think you can go wrong with seeing New Adventure's Christmas residency at Sadler's Wells. This year Bourne is bringing back their version of Cinderella set in London during the Second World War. Staring Ashley Shaw, who blew audiences away over the past year in The Red Shoes, this really is one not to miss.

An American in Paris
When thinking of a musical include, this was the first one that came to mind. There are gorgeous dance sequences and it has a really almost cosy and warm feeling. Perfect for this time of year. The run ends on the 6th January so this is your last chance to see it!

A Comedy About a Bank Robbery
If you want a good laugh but pantomime isn't your thing, I highly recommend the Mischief Theatre Company, earlier this year I saw The Play that Goes Wrong and of course Peter Pan Goes Wrong was on the BBC last Christmas. The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is high on my list of things I'd like to see in London soonish.

Dick Whittington
I saw the Palladium Panto last year, and let me tell you it was the most extravagant pantomime I have ever watched, I will remember it forever. This year again it stars Julian Clary, who I just found beyond hilarious, I was crying with laughter. Elaine Paige is also in it, I am so honoured to get to see her perform. Its just a great day out, and I feel it will become a Christmas tradition.

If you're not able to go down to London this Christmas period, there is an abundance of local pantomimes in regional theatres, which are always a good laugh. Oh yes it is! Comment below any shows you are planning to see this December.

Thanks for popping by!
xxx

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Barnum - Menier Chocolate Factory | Theatre Review

Hello! I have been aching to see Barnum ever since it toured to my local theatre a couple of years ago and my parents went without me - the cheek of it! When my stagiest friend Charlotte informed me it was on at the Menier Chocolate Factory a theatre I have been meaning to go to for a long time, I jumped at the chance. 


As we walked in to the bar area member of the cast were all ready performing as their circus characters doing tricks and just being a bit bonkers to be quite frank, but it really started to set the mood of what an extravagant person P T Barnum was. As the doors opened we walked through a circus tent entrance to our seats. We sat in the round and got an excellent view to watch proceedings in the really unique space.

The people who made this show were the ensemble, they were insanely talented and extremely energetic throughout. There was everything from a fire eater to balancing on each other's heads. The stunts in this truly left my heart in my mouth.

My favourite moments included Follow the Band, Tom Thumb's Solo (one extremely talented dancer who took the audience's breath away) and the last duet between Barnum and Charity was such a magical sweet moment completely different from the huge circus numbers.

I left this show humming the songs all the way back to where I was staying. If you can get to see this show it is on until March and it really deserves to be seen.

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xxx

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

My Favourite Vlogmases 🎄

Hello, its the most wonderful time of the year to watch VLOGS! Your and my youtube subscriptions are bursting to the seams with daily vlogmas videos. But who should you be watching?! I have my top 3 here.

Firstly Zoella the official Queen of Vlogmas.

Zoe needs know introduction. Zoe's videos are always super festive and you're guaranteed around 30 minutes worth of vlog, perfect for when you're getting ready for work in the morning. 

Megan Ellaby

Megan is my favourite YouTube discovery of the year. Her style is effortlessly fun and cool, and gives me serious inspiration. She's just moved into her new house with her boyfriend George and have two teeny tiny Dachshunds Peter and Nancy.

Kate La Vie

My third and final pick is Kate. Lifestyle and beauty blogger living in Glasgow. Kate's interior style  is seriously goals and she has a wicked sense of humour. One of my longtime faves on YouTube.

Thanks for popping by!
xxx

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Gift Guide 2 🎄 £15 and under

Hello, today's post is gifts under £15 a perfect price for stocking filler and secret santas.

Games

I'm not talking a long winded game like monopoly, quick card games, which everyone can join in are perfect for the afternoon slump on Christmas Day or the office party where you're trying to avoid talking about work! Marks and Spencers do a great range with most costing a fiver.

Slippers
1.Marks and Spencer 2.ASOS 3.Topshop

Tech lovers
1. Car Phone Holder 2.Phone Case 3.Earphones

Creative and Crafty
1. Bullet Journal 2. Washi Tape 3. Sharpies

Hopefully this have given you some inspiration if you are stuck on gift ideas! Places that I find really good for stocking filler type gifts are department stores, Tiger and Amazon.

Thanks for popping by!
xxx

Monday, 4 December 2017

Gift Guide 1 🎄 Over £15

Hello, welcome to my first Gift Guide the price range covered here is extremely broad so there will be something for all budgets. Its slightly tailored to be female, but some of the presents are either or. Plus its 2017 who says presents should be limited to a gender.

Tech Gifts
Tech can be expensive to buy yourself, but is really nice to receive as a gift as you wouldn't always think to get it for yourself plus it is likely to be present that is used regularly, so will be really appreciated by the receiver.


Coffee Table Books
If you are a similar age to me, people are moving into their first proper homes, whether they have got their shit together to buy one or are just renting. I think a coffee table book is a lovely gift, which show how sophisticated they are as well as showing off an aspect of their personality to guests. Here are three suggestions. Places such as Urban Outfitters and Oliver Bonas really excel at these kind of books.

Beauty Lovers
Boots is the place to go for beauty gifts that won't break the bank, they literally have so many gift sets for all different age groups. Here are my picks.

Of course you don't have to go to Boots here are some more beauty gifts.

Relaxing
2017 has been quite a year, what is needed around Christmas time is some self indulgent spa like relaxing times in the comfort of your home. I would seriously love all of these gifts under the tree on Christmas Day.

Luxury
Welcome to the part of my Christmas wish list which is just dreaming, but if you have the budget and someone you would like to spend series ££££ on this year this section is for you.

Tomorrow's post is full of stocking fillers all £15 and under!
Thanks for popping by
xxx

Sunday, 3 December 2017

The Christmas Tag 🎄

Hello, today I will be doing a Christmas tag I found on the ole internet, because that's what this festive Sunday requires!

1. Use three emojis to describe how excited you are for Christmas? 
😆🙌🎉

2. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Somehow I manage to contain all my excitement until Christmas Morning!

3. What holiday traditions are you most looking forward to this year?
All the vlogmases on Youtube, cannot get enough of them, although keeping up to date is always a challenge.

4. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
100%r real, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without the fun of going to select one, and battling to get it inside.

5. What is your favourite Christmas Film?
I have such a soft spot for Love Actually, I really don't think anything could beat it. It's an early naughties rom-com what is better than that.

6. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
I usually spend my Christmas at home, specifically on Christmas Day however I spend a lot of time snuggled up on my sofa, which is just blissful where full of Christmas dinner.

7.  What is your favourite Christmas song?
I am one of those people who is totally guilty of switching on my Festive playlist anytime of the year, but my actual favourite Christmas song has to be Carol of the Bells - but the Pentatonix version.

8.  What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?
PIGS IN BLANKETS, I think Pigs in Blankets are one of the foods I am most passionate about in life.

9. Do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts more?
I really love buying presents for my friends, picking out something which is just perfect for them. I'd say the percentage is 60% giving then 40% receiving. However if it was giving or receiving cards, I LOVE giving people cards.

10. What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
That people are happy! Can you imagine December without Chrismas? How awful that would be!

11. When do you start getting excited about Christmas?
Publicly late September (after my birthday). Privately end of July - I will not lie to you!

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
NEW YORK. I mean New York is my dream place to visit anyway. But imagine the snow, the ice skating, the shopping, you could even chuck in a Broadway show or two!

13. What is your favourite Christmas picture?


ho ho ho
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xxx

Saturday, 2 December 2017

What I wore to work - November 🎄

Hello, today is one of my favourite types of posts, the what I wore work series that I started this year. Unfortunately a lot of this stuff is old, so I have only managed to link a couple of things. I love looking back at previous posts to see what I've worn. My favourite outfit is the last one, so scroll through!

7th November
Cardi and Dress Primark, Shoes Topshop

15th November
Coat, Trousers and Boots Topshop, Jumper Jack Wills
16th November
Jumper ASOS, Leggings Jack Wills, Shoes Topshop
18th November
Shirt Charity Shop, Trousers and Boots Topshop
27th November
Jumper, Skirt and Tights ASOS, Boots New Look

Thanks for popping by!
xxx

Friday, 1 December 2017

November Favourites 🎄

Hello, we are now in the final month of 2017 and I really can't quite believe it. November has been a pretty good month my life highlight, was definitely gathering a group of my pals together to watch Hedda Gabler at the theatre.

Bad Moms Christmas. I had a look to see what reviews said about Bad Moms Christmas, do not be put of by these. I really liked it, and laughed a lot throughout. This definitely feels like a film for millennials. I am going to put it out there I preferred it to the first one. An honourable mention has to go to Christine Baranski who seriously brought some sass to this film.

Okay so this not a current TV show, I'm a quite a big fan of The Ellen Show, despite living in the UK, but watch the YouTube channel all the time. This year was the 20th anniversary of her coming out on her sitcom of the same name. So I decided to see if I could find it anywhere, low and behold the whole 5 series are on YouTube. It might be in the 1990's but it really holds up to be funny in 2017, the episodes are only 20 minutes long so is pretty easy to binge.

Back on the TV screens this November was Insert Name Here, a BBC 2 panel show hosted by Sue Perkins, of former Bake Off Fame. I love a comedy panel show, I will actually tune in once a week to watch them. You're always guaranteed to learn some obscure fact and have a giggle.

I wasn't going to cave into the hype. However I am now the proud owner of Reputation, that album by Taylor Swift - potentially you have heard it. This album is pretty controversial however I really like it, perhaps not as much as 1989. For Taylor purists there are some songs reminiscent if her previous work, not every song is as angry as Look What You Made Me Do. At the moment I keep find myself gravitating towards End Game and Getaway Car.

Thanks for popping by!
xxx

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