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Monday, 29 May 2017

My April + May List.

My April + May List.
Monday, 29 May 2017
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Do you ever do that thing where you don't realise how quickly month's pass you by and before you know it your halfway through the next month? April and May were both months that brought me down, made me feel swallowed with anxiety. Blogging was very much on the back burner (something which hasn't happened in a very long while) and so I decided at the time I didn't want to write about my favourites whilst I dealt with everything.

With the recent events of Manchester in the UK it hasn't felt right to blog, to sit and talk about materialistic things because again the lives of innocent people have been lost through a selfish act like no other. Nobody will be able to ever understand why people are subjected to doing it but what we can do is show our determination not to fear them, not to continue doing what we do and that's living our lives to their fullest. My thoughts are with those affected and for the city of Manchester as they try to rebuild their lives.

However, June is just around the corner. Summer as we know it is here, the GCSE's have begun which means after work I'm not feeling so energetic and look forward to being in bed by 7.30pm. I've collected quite a few favourites recently, I'm going to write a post about the TV favourites in more depth because there's been so much on that I've loved recently. Let's get into the favourites;

HAIR & BEAUTY
Soap and Glory 'Sugar Crush' Body Buttercream is my go to product for keeping my skin soft and smelling nice during the warmer months. I've grabbed for this a lot during and since my holiday in April, I love the citrus scents of this!

Naked Palette was kindly gifted for me by Urban Decay, being a fan of their Naked 2 Palette for a long while it's been on my list to purchase one of their others. I love the soft brown tones in this palette, I use more of these shades than anything else so I'm glad I have a palette to suit my everyday look.

Now it's getting warmer and with quite a few events lined up including a couple of weddings, I was kind of on the hunt for a great setting spray to get my hands on. Introducing Urban Decay Long Lasting MakeUp Setting Spray with it's new design, compact size and awesome product to keep your make up on for as long as possible! I used it recently for the school prom I had to work at and thought it was a great product, I would recommend it to anyone with a wedding this summer!

Finally with the weather being a lot better and since having my hair recently cut I've been embracing my wavier locks and using Schwarzkopf got2b Beach Matt Texturizing Salt Spray to keep it as fresh and textured as possible. My mum used to have this product on her dressing table and I used to love taking advantage of it when I stay so now I have my own to use finally!



BOOKS
Unfortunately I haven't had a lot of progress with reading over the last couple of months, I read a couple over my holiday in April and then managed only around 3/4 books. I haven't been able to stop thinking about one in particular and that's Laura Jane William's second book, Ice Cream For Breakfast. Not only does it come with the most pretty front cover and best title but it's a book that really embraces the child like behaviour that definitely gets lost along the way as we grow up. I couldn't put it down and was really engaged in Laura's writing style and relation back to when she worked as a nanny. I've encouraged so many people to get their hands on it since, it's so good.

Another favourite within this genre this month is without a doubt my Amazon Kindle. I've had it for quite a while now but only really used it when I was on holiday. Recently with the discovery of NetGallery, a great website for future book releases and samples for free I've found myself using it more than an actual book. It's so easy for me to carry around to and from work too!

THEATRE
I have seen some incredible theatre over April and May but one that stands above the rest is when the UK tour of La Cage Aux Folles arrived at Birmingham Hippodrome during May. I loved watching Eastenders' much loved John Partridge take the lead in this musical that really shines a light on love, individuality and embracing everything that you are. It was as much poignant as it was fun, I only wish I could watch it all over again.

TV
There's so much good TV on at the moment, whether that's on UK mainstream channels or through Netflix too. Like I mentioned at the beginning I'm going to do a separate post so that I can share the things you should definitely be watching. Some of them include Little Boy Blue, Three Girls, Ru Pauls Drag Race and Cheer Sqaud!

LIFESTYLE
In general life's been pretty peachy in terms of being busy doing stuff! I absolutely loved our stay at St Pauls House Birmingham in April, it was the most beautiful hotel and somewhere I'd definitely stay in again. I also headed on holiday with Clickstay in April on a press trip, something I thought was out of reach for me to do with this blog. I headed to Cumbre Del Sol during my Easter holiday off work for a 5 day break, it was so bloody lovely! I really miss being out there and can't believe how quick a month or more has gone since I went out there.

I've found another surprise favourite recently, Pinterest and I can't stop using it. There's so much inspiration on there for blog posts, outfits, hairstyles, home decor, future reads and even for the special big day (no sign of it yet but at least I'm prepared) and so it's perfect for me who loves visual stuff. I've also managed to grow my profile and following quite a lot recently which makes me just want to use it more. If you have Pinterest I'm carpediememmiee over there!

Lastly, with times spent reading my books in the living room there's been no better and more refreshing than lighting candles with the same refreshing scents you'd expect from this time of year. I purchased the Lemongrass and Fresh Ginger candle in House of Fraser's own range and can't stop burning it whilst reading or typing away. I love it's fresh scents but also a snap of ginger works well too! It was around £5.00 in a sale they had too when I got it, winner!

What have you been enjoying during April + May? Share some of your favourites with me! 

thanks for reading,



Sunday, 28 May 2017

Super Sunday, Race Horse Company, Derby Theatre.

Super Sunday, Race Horse Company, Derby Theatre.
Sunday, 28 May 2017
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Six male performers, dressed in Hawaiian shirts and shorts present a thrilling, ambitious, fun production in their fusion of dance and circus in Super Sunday. Race Horse Company completely transformed Derby Theatre's stage from a vacant fairground to a place of fun and creativity in a 65 minute piece that pretty much flashes before your eyes. 

What Super Sunday delivers in their daring tricks they make up with a laid-back humour and carnival atmosphere, often acknowledging the audience in the room. We watch the six performers throw themselves around a spinning carousel but with minus the horses, a 360 degree swing on it's axis candy pink car apparatus and a unlucky giant teddy bear who is thrown into the air. 

I loved watching how these male performers threw themselves into their tricks, with little time for fear to take control. They're tricks were extremely slick and well executed, sometimes even acknowledging one another in smashing one of the more daring and bold tricks of the evening. I think the less traditional, Lycra outfit acrobats made this performance a very comfortable watch. This was definitely down to their laid-back approach and worked a treat! 

The music definitely accompanied their level of energy and thrill throughout the piece, your attention was kept in the right place throughout. I loved how quickly they transitioned from each section of the production 


A highlight for me was watching the performers amaze us some with some incredible flips and turns on two trampolines stood beside one another on the stage, then developing into jumping amongst small balls (which is something I want to try myself now, may be something to pop onto the bucket list!) 

There was great variety within this piece and high level of intensity and energy thrown in for good measure. The piece will definitely set your mind alight with imagination and wonder over the 65 minutes, let it capture you! I would definitely be up for watching this piece all over again! 

thanks for reading,

I was invited along to this performance of Super Sunday by Derby Theatre. All opinions are my own. 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

*Thorntons Desserts.

*Thorntons Desserts.
Saturday, 27 May 2017
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What's dinner without the finale of a good dessert? I probably won't enjoy a dinner if there isn't a dessert there to indulge in afterwards and we all know there's always room for dessert, always. When I was kindly sent over some desserts from Thorntons latest range of chilled desserts, I couldn't wait to sample a few of them. I've loved Thorntons since I can remember and it was definitely the one place I headed to for gift buying, there's so much on offer but it was only until this opportunity arose that I knew they did chilled desserts, perfect. 

Available to buy in your nearest supermarket are a selection of 3 desserts, however we only found the Toffee Profiteroles and Melt in the Middle Chocolate Puddings to try. You'll have to apologise for the lack of images of the products themselves, I couldn't wait any longer to eat them (typical). 


First up is the Toffee Profiteroles, 24 deliciously light choux pastry profiteroles with a smooth Thorntons toffee cream filling and a side of rich chocolate sauce to drizzle over it. These were very quick and easy to make, so you can get cleaning up from dinner in time to serve up this traditional dessert. I thought the toffee filling went really well with the light texture of the pastry. These are good to share with your guests too.

The Melt in the Middle Puddings, two small chocolate sponge puddings with a gooey Belgian chocolate centre, a classic chocolate fondant styled dessert. Perfect for those chocolate lovers out there to get stuck into, especially for after a dinner. They were a bit on the smaller side for me but when you've had a big dinner then these are perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth. I would say you would need to pay close attention to preparation time as nobody likes a burnt chocolate sponge pudding.

These tasty treats from Thorntons are definitely something I will be purchasing in the near future. Supermarkets like Morrisons and Coop are where you can find them, keep an eye out in the chilled section. 

thanks for reading,
*Product review. All views and photos are my own. 


Thursday, 25 May 2017

Breakin' Convention 2017, Curve Theatre.

Breakin' Convention 2017, Curve Theatre.
Thursday, 25 May 2017
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In it's 13th year, Breakin' Convention continues to represent the origins and evolution of hip hop culture. The celebration of talent not only comes across the globe but from the streets of the UK and even just locally, giving the opportunity to celebrate an iconic dance style and energy like no other. There is also a ethos on everything that is celebrated surrounding the dance style, through live performances from singers/rappers and you can also see an independent artist creating a graffiti styled art piece, therefore immersing the entire space into a true world of the hip hop culture. Being able to see some of this variety before, during the interval and after the show is really accessible for people to enjoy. 

Being based and having the supporting from Sadler's Wells has meant that in it's 13 year history the organisation has really evolved, taking on exciting new avenues in their work. This includes international festival, international touring, professional development, youth projects and educational programme. Through this they are able to allow hip hop dance be positioned alongside other art forms as well as becoming a well respected art form in it's own. 

The talent and artistic flare on offer for in the main house performances was flawless, there was a real mix of the different technique fusions within hip hop. On hand were hosts Jonzi D and Mr Shay to really build up the energy and enthusiasm within the stage, creating a buzz for the oncoming performers. 


Local dance crew Tozer Dance Studios really started off the evening with a bang showcasing their incredible young talent and massive bags of potential. Choreography from Gareth Woodward, his creative influence brought together the junior and street dance crews from within the dance company. Their piece Bad Boys For Life was performed to a soundtrack of two classic hip hop records from 2001, the crowd was fully behind them in their performance, cheering and clapping along which the music that was well received by the young people on stage.  They gave a great performance in front of a home crowd.

I also enjoyed watching Wayward Thread a company who combine the style of break and contemporary dance to explore 'the stories that we define ourselves by, and is dedicated to extending the reach of hiphop's cultural voice'. I loved their piece Inherent which challenges a political topic that through dance is understandable and conscious of it's power. It showcases how there is a need who people who are not black to engage with movements like Black Lives Matter, to be a voice amongst all of the silence. In such a political state that the UK is in atm this piece was extremely and poignant in it's delivery. The company will be back at the Curve for the Inside Out Festival with a 50 minute commission in October this year.

Lastly for me the first half was packed with lots of talent, but nothing like the last one I'll talk about. Soweto Skeleton Movers are mesmerising in their particular form of pantsula dance, developed by the pioneer of the company Jabulani. Pantsula dance can be influenced by things seen in jazz, breaking, popping, house and bone breaking with a mixture of tap dance. There is also use of comedic contortionism, frenetic footwork and amazing hat tricks that is literally nothing like you've ever seen before. I loved their mix of the different styles along with different dynamics and use of the main stage, I couldn't keep my eyes off them. 

Breakin' Convention would be a great night out for the aspiring young dancers you know, someone who genuinely shares an interest in the hip hop culture or even if your keen to try something new. The convention is making it's way around the UK until early June, you can head to the Breakin' Convention UK Tour Dates to find out more! 


thanks for reading,


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Broadway 2017 Wishlist.

The Broadway 2017 Wishlist.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
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Whilst New York is definitely regarded as somewhere I'd like to visit someday, it's not for the same reasons like most others want to. I'd love to visit the city, embrace the sights and sounds as much as the food but above everything else is I'd like to experience New York's answer to the West End, Broadway. Being a huge fan of the theatre there's something which excites me in experiencing theatre in other countries and is something I am keen to do more of in the upcoming years.

In recent months I have drawn myself more and more to the soundtracks of some of Broadway's greatest masterpieces and crossing my fingers tightly that one day I'll see them or they'll come overseas to London. New York's Broadway is home to 41 professional theatres with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan. I'm always mesmerised by the sights of these incredible theatres and their posters taking centre stage of the streets of New York, so here in a little nugget of a blogpost is my 2017 Wishlist, the shows that I would absolutely love to travel and see.

Dear Evan Hensen
Kind of a new addition, the soundtrack is incredible and I have such an emotional attachment to it that it's normal for me to listen to it on a daily basis. It centres around title character Evan Hansen, a guy who has felt invisible all his life but when a tragic event shocks the community, trusting him into the centre of a rapidly evolving controversy, Evan is given the opportunity probably most of us wanted at some point: the chance to be somebody else. I think what's the most important thing about this production is it's relevance to a lot of individuals, it's great for young people to listen to and has a great understanding/sensitivity to mental health. I really hope eventually this production will make it's way overseas, the UK scene will absolutely love it. My favourites to sing out loud from the soundtrack are You Will Be Found and Waving Through The Window.

Waitress
This musical was brought to life by a all-female creative team, therefore a real vibe for girl power is here! The original music and lyrics come from Sara Bareilles (who has written some of my favourite songs of all time!). The musical is inspired by the film with the same name and tells the story of Jenna, who is a waitress as well as a expert pie maker. She dreams of life beyond her small town and loveless marriage. With a baking contest in her nearby county and even a new doctor in town, maybe there's a chance for this new start, whilst her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. It's about how Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. I'm really enjoying She Used To Be Mine and You Matter To Me.

Anastasia
The stage adaption of the very much loved 1997 animation film is now a hit on Broadway, capturing all the magic and beautiful score from the film. If you haven't seen the film before then it takes us back to 1920s Paris, as a brave young woman sets out on the adventure of her life; discovering the mystery of the past. She is being pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer who is determined to silence her, the young woman Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together they embark on an epic adventure to help Anya to find her home, love and family. I love how true to the film their soundtrack is so will be excited in seeing how they've created this story on the big stage.

Wicked
Wicked is one of my favourite musicals ever so I'd love to see how it fesses up compared to the much loved and known London production. If you have been living under a rock then Wicked is the story of what happens between the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good before Dorothy comes to Oz. It's one of the best powerful musicals I have ever seen. I love it's easy to follow storyline, creative structure and it's incredible costume and set design. Defying Gravity and For Good will always remain to be my favourite musical songs of all time.

Are there any Broadway musicals on your to see list?
thanks for reading,






Monday, 22 May 2017

#IbisLates on Tour, Birmingham City Centre.

#IbisLates on Tour, Birmingham City Centre.
Monday, 22 May 2017
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It's not often that your invited along to an event when it brings together live music and a hotel, so being invited to get an experience of the ibis Lates on tour whilst it was in Birmingham was the perfect opportunity. Despite the weather being miserable outside the night hosted by Ibis Hotels was an absolute blast. As I arrived a bit later than I expected I didn't have time to take photos of the bedroom before rushing downstairs in time for the evening's entertainment to begin. Fortunately for me the goodie bag left on my hotel bed was a dream; it contained a t-shirt with the event logo on it, a sleep mask, some Betron headphones and some Butterkist popcorn thrown in for a good snack choice. 

The idea of 'ibis Lates' is to facilitate exclusive gigs in partnership with The Roundhouse which supports the Teenager Cancer Trust. It provides a series of secret gigs held in ibis hotel lobbies across the UK to raise money as well as awareness for the charity trust. The gigs bring along with them great regional up and coming artists and DJ's including for us Birmingham-based Ekkah who are easily my kind of music vibe. It was a night that has definitely left a mark on my experiences as a blogger. 

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