Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Blogger Tag - Operation Christmas Child.

A lot of blogger tag's go around, and most of them are about what we all have in our make-up and skincare collections. I myself have taken part in them, and so I thought that seeing as Christmas is coming up, we could put a blogger tag to good use. While we will all be opening countless gifts under the tree this year, many children will have none. They may never even have had a Christmas present before. 

This is where Operation Christmas Child comes in. I have done this almost every year since I was in primary school. It's a lot of fun, and selfless at the same time. It gives children a Christmas they can remember and attach happy memories to, and it gives them things they would never usually be able to get hold of or afford themselves. You basically just get a shoebox, and fill it with little (unwrapped!) gifts suitable for the age and gender you have chosen. For more detailed information on how to do it, go here.

I've thought of this 'tag' a little late, from the time this is published we will only have 18 days to get our boxes filled and to the nearest drop off point. So, let's get cracking guys! You can make your own box and fill it yourself, or you can just order one that's already filled, online here. You can also find out where your nearest drop-off point is here.

You will need one medium sized shoe box. Wrap the box in Christmas wrapping paper. Then choose the age range and gender you want to send your box to. Before you spend all your money on the gifts to go inside the box, put £2.50 aside for the shoebox donation, to cover postage costs. Don't worry, it doesn't cost too much to fill. I usually spend around £20 on mine, and that pays for a lot of gifts that the child will love. Just think...£20 is the price of one or two items of make-up. Surely you can give up buying your MAC powder for a while to do this? 

"What to put in the box: 

Toys: Bear, soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, building blocks, small musical instrument. For boys: trucks and cars, For girls: dolls, clip on earrings, etc. 

Educational Supplies: Felt pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, colouring book, notepad, picture or puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers, etc. 
Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, bar of soap, flannel, etc. 

Other Items: Sweets (sell-by date to be at least March of the following year), gloves, scarf, sunglasses, cap, hat, bangles, necklaces etc. 

All gifts should be new, please include items from each category.

What not to put in:

No Food

 especially chocolate - non-chocolate sweets are allowed

No medicine

 or vitamins of any kind

No war related items

 toy guns, soldiers or knives of any kind

No clothing

 other than listed above

No fragile items

 glass containers, mirrors.

No liquids

 including blow bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath, toiletry sets or aerosols.

No dangerous items

 sharp objects, scissors or razors

No novels

Nothing of a political nature

No hand-knitted stuffed toys without a CE mark"

I know this list from the website sounds really confusing, but I promise it isn't! I've included images of my box with the items I currently have for it, to help you. I haven't finished it yet, I'm planning to put some sweets and things from the toy section. So far it's all cost me around £14. Don't buy expensive things, the 'own brand' things are just as good and far cheaper. Also I haven't wrapped my box in wrapping paper yet, but I will keep you updated over the next week or so with how it's coming along :)

I chose to give my box to a girl, aged 10-14 years old. I thought of things I would have liked at that age, and also followed some of the items on the list. 

So far I've included a flannel and soap, strawberry lip balm, a hairbrush, hand wipes and a small children's eyeshadow set. I know it says no mirrors, but this mirror is one of those children's plastic ones, not an actual breakable one.

 I've also included toothbrushes and toothpaste, and I just had to include these super cute/funny tissues!

I then also got an A5 notebook, a clear pencil case, and I filled it with coloured pencils, pens, and a small flexible ruler. All items are new, but I took the labels off things as I'm guessing some children won't have scissors to cut them off with? 

I'm going to get the other things to put in the box over the next week, so will keep you updated!

So bloggers, who's doing this with me? All you have to do is post about the tag and what we're doing on your blog, and post photos of your box and the items you're putting in it. I think it'll be fun to see what everyone comes up with, and of course lots of children will benefit from it at the end :) 
You can also tweet about it with the link to this post, to help raise awareness of what we're doing, with the hashtag #OperationBlogger


Saturday, 27 October 2012

A James Bond Night of Glamour in London.

Last night some friends and I had a James Bond Night. We started with drinks at the Royal Automobile Club, where the Aston Martin DB5 is currently, before we moved on to the American Bar at The Savoy, and finally we went to the midnight showing of Skyfall at the BFI IMAX cinema.

At first we considered whether or not to dress up in black tie like the James Bond party we had in the summer, but decided to go for just 'smart' instead. There were quite a few people at the cinema dressed in black tie though! 

We started with drinks at the cocktail bar at the RAC in Pall Mall, before we 'ooohed' and 'aaahed' at the Aston Martin DB5 from Skyfall in the lobby. It's exactly the same one, it even has the same numberplate!

Then we moved on to The Savoy's American Bar to try out some of their James Bond cocktails

 The yellow cocktail is the 'Skyfall' cocktail, and was absolutely delicious!

Naturally I had to wear nail polish from the OPI Skyfall Collection.Sadly I hadn't applied a top coat when I put it on a couple of days before, so it was chipped :(

 The mixologist making a cocktail on top of the piano and in time to the jazz pianist's playing!

The beautiful art deco outside of The Savoy.

We then headed to the cinema...

 And although it started at midnight, we refused to go in until D's phone read '007' geddit? ;)

We had an absolutely fantastic night, it was an awesome way to celebrate 50 years of Bond with some great friends! Sadly I was disappointed by the film, I'm a Sean Connery/George Lazenby fan at heart. I loved Casino Royale, but the last two I feel just aren't really 'bondy'. I don't know, I was just disappointed and feel they're trying to make it too action-packed and gritty rather than concentrating on the storyline, plot, and light-heartedness of the old films. Plus, I had to fight back tears at the end when a certain someone dies :(

Have you seen Skyfall yet? What's your favourite Bond film&Actor? 

Friday, 26 October 2012

The House of Silk Book Review.

The House of Silk - Anthony Horowitz 5/5

I'm ever so sorry for neglecting the book reviews. I can't even remember the last time I wrote one! Woops :/ Anyway, I'm back with another! I've been reading a lot lately, but for me this book stood out against the rest.

I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan for as long as I can remember. I was the geek in school who, when Holmes was in our GCSE English syllabus, could answer every question immediately and correctly, and quickly earned the nickname of Sherlock from my wonderful teacher Mr Walters. And of course, as well as reading the novels and stories, the TV series with Jeremy Brett was always my favourite thing to watch of a weekend afternoon.

My love for Anthony Horowitz started when I was eleven years old, long after my love for Holmes began. I was a huge Bond fanatic, so my mum got me the Stormbreaker novel for Christmas. I was instantly hooked, and have read every Rider novel since. I cried after reading Scorpia Rising. Sad, eh.

So when I heard that Anthony Horowitz had written a new Holmes novel, commissioned by the Conan Doyle estate, I needed to read it. As soon as I read that first line, I was back in my Holmes haze, and with a relaxed sigh I couldn't put the book down as I turned page after page, my heart rising with each, and my soul completely content at the way Horowitz had kept to Conan Doyle's style and tone. Anthony Horowitz has, without a doubt, done Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes proud. To me it is perfect, and the storyline explains perfectly why the book has only just been released (of course, it is all fiction...but it makes sense when you're in that 'holmes haze'). 

I won't tell you what happens too much, as I don't want to spoil it for you at all, all I will say is this. The book starts out with Watson giving his reasons as to why it has waited over 100 years after he originally wrote it, to finally be published. He explains that this case uncovered something so terrible in English society, that the world was not ready for it during the 1800's. And after reading the novel, you realize how true this is. What Holmes and Watson uncover is something so terrible that in Victorian England, it would have destroyed society. Only now, in the 21st century, is it spoken about more openly and only now are people less afraid to condemn those in the higher echelons who do wrong and break the law. Now if that doesn't get you intrigued enough to read the book, I don't know what will ;)

Yes. There he is, with pipe in hand. He turns to me. He smiles.
"The game's afoot..."


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

White Tie Trafalgar Dinner.

Friday night was the inaugural White Tie Club Trafalgar Dinner at the East India Club. Now, The White Tie Club has had some controversy over the past week, with the Sunday Times deciding to label us 'White Tie Tories', in an article published last Sunday, and calling us 'Hitler Youth' on Twitter. Firstly, The White Tie Club has absolutely no political affiliations whatsoever, it is simply a club for people who wish to wear White Tie dress more often. After all, who doesn't like to dress up and look all pretty!? Especially with the popularity of Downton Abbey! Plus, men look awesome in white tie.

The Hitler Youth comment came after a guy posted a photo of Hitler and Goebbels dressed in white tie on the facebook group. This was posted merely as a reference on how to wear white tie, and many photographs of other people (non-Nazi's) including Churchill and Fred Astaire, were also posted. Also, not everyone in the group is a Tory, but as a few members are part of the Conservative Future, the Times jumped on it and labelled us elitist. Is it really elitist to wear a certain style of clothing? There are many who wear white tie as a uniform, including conductors of orchestra's...does that mean they are also elitist?  

Anyway, rant aside, here are the photos! And please, if you feel it is elitist to want to wear a pretty dress and eat dinner with friends, do let me know. Maybe it's just me who thinks there is nothing wrong with it :/

 We had a very lovely and intimate dinner setting...

Although I'm sure the menu dishes were delicious, I don't like crab or beef (fussy eater), so went for the vegetarian option, which was absolutely wonderful! My parents have eaten at the East India Club before and told me how great the food is there, and needless to say they were right!

Paul giving his wee speech on the White Tie Club and Battle of Trafalgar (the reason we had the dinner).

The back of my hair. Pretty good for a first attempt I think!

Can I have your hat? It's pretty hot.

Zach decided to give us an opera performance? Slightly random, but very entertaining!

 I do love the library's in all of the private member's clubs! My favourites are the Reform Club and Savile Club libraries, they're just perfect for reading in, you feel as though you've stepped back in time!

I hope I haven't caused too much controversy with this post, but I do think the word 'elitist' is thrown around far too much. This is something I believe strongly about, so won't go into it as it'll need an entirely separate post, but to me the White Tie Club is simply a very fun group where you have the chance to dress up all pretty and pretend you're Lady Mary (everyone knows Mary is the best of the three Crawley sisters)! I'm still unsure as to how that is resembling the 'Hitler Youth'.


Saturday, 20 October 2012

MUA Palettes and Lush Face Mask.

MUA Eyeshadow Palettes

I've spoken before about my love for the MUA palettes, but have never done an actual review of them. I have the Heaven and Earth, Starry Nights, and Undressed, and love them all! Before I got these I had never had a palette before, just the 'trio' sets...and I had never ever experimented with colours and blending/shading etc...I always used to just use one shade. 

Heaven & Earth (above) and Starry Nights (below)
Since getting these palettes I've been practising constantly, and I'm pretty happy with the results! The various looks you can gain from them are amazing. The Heaven and Earth is perfect for day time, and Starry Nights perfect for night! And then of course Undressed is great for both. The pigmentation is fantastic in all of them, and very build-able.

My only dislikes are that I wish they had more matte shades, as many are shimmer or glitter. It also really annoys me that the fall-out is quite bad, and all of the MUA shades leave a black residue in the crease of my eye, which is difficult to blend away. But for just £3 or £4 for each 12 shade palette, you can't reeeally complain! 

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask

I am in LOVE with this face mask! The Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask is one of the fresh face masks from Lush, so has to be kept in the fridge, and is only supposed to be used within a couple of weeks...but mine lasted a month and was completely fine! It goes on to the skin really well, it's very thick and creamy (kind of mud-like...but in a nice way) and has blueberries in it. I piled it on each time I used it and it lasted me five goes, it feels absolutely amazing on because it's cold. I much prefer cold face masks to ones at room temperature! 

I left mine on for about 20minutes, and when it had dried it did become very flaky and bits of it crumbled and fell off really easy, which made a bit of a mess, so I suggest using it when you're in the bath just to be on the safe side (plus, it makes you feel way more relaxed and pampered!). 

So, did it work? Yes. As soon as I rinsed it off my skin was silky soft and the redness on a couple of blemishes had disappeared. It's definitely worth buying, and even though it's £5.95 for a 75g tub, seeing as I got five uses out of it and it actually works, I think it's well worth the money! 

Have you used any of these products? What are your views on them?


Thursday, 18 October 2012

Barbarella Launch Party.

Last night was the re-launch of sixties club and restaurant Barbarella. Situated on the Fulham Road in Chelsea, it's a place I've driven past so many times, but never knew what it was, until I received the invite to the star-studded bash and Googled it; 'Ooooooh, that's what it is!'

With it's iconic canopied entrance leading down into a large basement, Barbarella is self-styled as the 'den of iniquity', and back in the day was the place to see and be seen. The go-to for a debaucherous night dancing on tables with the 'in' crowd. For a while Barbarella languished, and lost its touch. but now, it's back, with new owners and management and the next generation of clubbers. After a £2million refurb and three of the most successful club owners in London at its helm, the den of iniquity has made a triumphant return, and revellers are dancing on the tables once more.

Official Press Photo
With James Blunt rocking his trademark casual look in a sea of fashionistas and made-up party-goers, and Guy Pelly buying us ladies champagne and looking rather suave (he's such a gentleman and absolutely lovely!), the re-launch party was a hit with everyone! Peaches Geldof looked lovely in a blue flowing floral dress, and the DJ's well chosen tunes were getting everyone dancing. Even more exciting for the fashion lovers amongst us, is that the waitresses' uniforms were designed by Pearl Lowe, and they are absolutely gorgeous!

Official Press Photo
The decor itself was cool and classy, with lots of different areas and the layout a little bit of a maze, which gave us great joy 'exploring' and we found ourselves on the dance floor saying 'It's huge! Let's walk around again!' was that fun and interesting to go around, and we were that drunk. 
I blame Guy.

Official Press Photo

Possibly the coolest wall ever for the ladies toilets?

It was also a great place for people watching, as the crowd was so mixed - from the older generation of clubbers, who you could tell were 'the ones' during their hay-day, to us, the new generation exploring these wonderful old institutions and breathing new life (and dance moves) into them.

The DJ...and people standing in the way *rolls eyes*

Dance Floor

Sadly I didn't get any photos of my full outfit as I had a major Gregory from a heavy dinner (such a big mistake!), but I loved my nail polish against my top so much I had to take a photo. I wore black heels, black skinny jeans, a pink peplum top, and a white blazer. I'll wear the outfit again soon and make sure I get a photo minus the Gregory! My nail polish is from the OPI Skyfall Collection, and the shade is 'The World Is Not Enough'. 

Mina from KingsRoadRocks and I had such a great time at Barbarella, and we've already promised ourselves we'll go back soon! If you fancy a night of debauchery at Barbs, throw some heels on (yes, even you boys) and head down, I promise you'll have a wonderful time, and the staff are fab! I went to the bathroom, and returned to see one of the bar men had stopped serving everyone to make Mina a paper rose out of a napkin :O Now if that isn't personalized service for you, I don't know what is!

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