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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Play That Goes Wrong (Again), Curve Theatre, Leicester

The Play That Goes Wrong (Again), Curve Theatre, Leicester
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
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You know when you absolutely loved a production and couldn't wait to have the opportunity to see it all over again, loving it just as much as you did the first time round?

Both a smash hit in the West End as well as overseas in Broadway, Mischief Theatre are a doubt a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Comedy theatre. Having established themselves with many sold-out performances, a TV appearance over Christmas and now a well received UK & Ireland tour. These guys serve you up a performance like no other and will leave you in stitches!   


The production itself is a play centred around The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society in their production of a 1920s murder mystery. As the title 'The Play That Goes Wrong' suggests to the audience, not is all it seems and everything that you suppose could go wrong with a production.. does! 

They are a lot of accidents, a bit of pantomime heckling, some props fall from their places but the actors will do everything in their power to reach their final curtain call in one piece.

This production is easily one of the funniest things I've seen, it's ability to reach everyone's level of humour is a skill. I loved their transitions between the various scenes, in their pursuit to solve the murder. Team work is key for this production to be able to flow well without any faults and the small cast should be applauded for this skill alone. 


After the show I even had the opportunity to have a quick chat with the cast about their production, as well as the incredible growth in recognition for Mischief Theatre comedy. It was great to chat about their challenges with the production, how to deal with the the unpredictably of their set and how to respond to different audiences.

I really hope there's more stuff to come from this company in the future.

Photo Credit: Helen Murray 



thanks for reading,
*I was gifted this ticket in exchange for a review, but all words and opinions are my own.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017

3 Years of Seizing The Day, Happy Birthday Carpe Diem Emmie.

3 Years of Seizing The Day, Happy Birthday Carpe Diem Emmie.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
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Photo Credit: Charlie Jones
I had to laugh at myself recently when I realised my blog was a year older than I thought it was, good start to 2017. It's weird to realise that 3 years of my life has been spent on this blog of mine and essentially it has become another part of me.

3 years learning new skills, working with great brands/companies, forming great friendships are many positives that come with this blog, I feel like I have friends for life and it's a chapter in my life that I'll forever be blessed for. And after all I can rely on the close friends I now have on my wedding day to pull out some great snaps for Instagram and even use a hashtag that no doubt I will make for the big day, it'll save me a job of finding a photographer anyway.



3 years of blogging has also brought with it the challenges, the not so rose gold tinted parts that you can't just sweep under the carpet without acknowledging them. It's been difficult to make the blog work successfully when I'm working full time, had someone copy my content or just compared my blog to somebody else's but all in all these aren't a fraction onto the best parts.Luckily though what I have had over the past 3 years is undoubtedly support like no other, nobody has ever slated to me that this blog exists. It's part of my package now.

In the 3 years I've done what my blog says on the tin, as clique as it sounds it has really enabled me to seize every day, every opportunity and in return I've done so much.

I feel like I have a place with my blog now, a niche, a direction that I am content with. I love being able to flourish in opening up the category of culture on my blog, a direction that I was destined for but had little belief in being able to achieve. I now get to review shows on a regular basis, working with incredible theatre venues across my region and beyond. I'm so grateful for those opportunities and excited where it'll lead me in the future too.

I'm not so great at pulling together words to celebrate a 'blog birthday' so I've pulled together some questions I was asked on my hashtag #3YearsSeizingTheDay which resulted in the guys at Cadbury's sending some of their celebration cakes to mark the occasion to #SpreadTheJoy and would definitely encourage you to check them out. Let's get into a little Q&A.



Q. You've had people copying your content in the past, how did you deal with that? Any tips?
A. If i'm honest there's no right way to deal with it, it's also personal preference. Whilst others are happy to confront the individual and let them know it's not ok, others may not find it so easy to do that. I am quite an open minded, confrontational person so you can imagine I never let it go. I've learnt to accept people are inspired by my content but taking it is different, they'll learn soon.

Q. How has blogging changed since you started? And what are you most looking forward to next?
I'm quite 'new' in terms of timeline but it has changed massively, so many people are in the community now doing their thing here and there, it's incredible. I'd love to continue doing what I do myself and hopefully landing a Marketing and Press job in an arts environment in the future, it's the ultimate goal. 

Q. You're cast to play a roll in a theatre production. What roll are you playing? Are you the main? Do you work backstage?
A. I'd love to be cast as a swing, give me all of the dancing in the world (I don't have a great singing voice to be honest). I also love being backstage especially as a Stage Manager.

Q. What has been your all time favourite post over the last 2 years?
The most favourite post of mine also brings with it deep sadness. In 2015 a friend wrote a post entitled 'Life on the Transplant List' as part of my week long feature to talk about the importance of organ donation. Andrew Ward wrote the most honest, raw and inspiring post with an insight into being on the transplant list. 

The post still has the highest number of views for my blog. Sadly Andrew passed away late last year after a tough battle waiting for a lung transplant. I still miss him deeply but he's determination to get more names on the register definitely echoes in that post, if you've haven't read it before you should definitely do so. 

Q. What are your top 3 favourite Instagram accounts?
I'm loving Instagram so there's plenty of accounts which I love and check out on a regular basis that I want to shout about. This week I have been loving the accounts of Mariajblogs, MielandMint and SarahsChapter but obviously there's so much more I do love! I will do a post on my favourites soon.

Q. What are your biggest 3 blogger pet peeves?
I have so many pet peeves, the list has definitely grown over the years but the biggest 3 are probably;
1. Bloggers 'expecting' to be invited to every local event going, just no.
2. Bloggers who believe they'll wake up to loads of followers and brands jumping at the chance to work with them, it takes hard graft and consistency. 
3. People who do regular Twitter giveaways for their follower count to increase, wow.




Q. How was the journey so far? What was the most difficult thing?
I've definitely loved the journey, it's enriched my life in so many ways and I don't actually know what I'd do without it now. The 2 most difficult things besides the copying that come from the top of my head are 1. Blogger Drama, most of it is ridiculous and doesn't need to be there and 2. Trying to balance my blog with press nights/events, a FT job and as well as being a girlfriend, friend and family member to my loved ones. 

Q. Do you ever get writing block, what do you do to overcome it?
Who doesn't get writing block, if you don't then tell me your secrets! When I have writing block the first thing I definitely don't do is force out some content in the hope it'll bring along with it some kind of 'miracle'. I take some time out, read a book, watch TV and do other things then when I'm ready I'll begin writing again.. Also reading other blogs is really helpful. 

Q. What inspired you to start blogging?
My degree. I did a dance degree and we were asked to produce a blog for our studies. Whilst others found it tough going and not the easiest of things to publish, it really inspired me to write more stuff I was interested in, years later Carpe Diem Emmie is still here and still smashing it. If you go right to beginning of my archive too, all of the first stuff is there (and cringey as ever!) 

I wonder how long you've been blogging yourself? Tell me in the comments below and share with me one thing that's been positive that's come from your own blogging journey.

Thanks for continuing to read and support my little space, I can't wait to continue seizing the day with you over the rest of 2017 and well beyond!

thanks for reading,



Monday, 20 March 2017

*Keepsake Perfect with Printiki.

*Keepsake Perfect with Printiki.
Monday, 20 March 2017
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In Collaboration with Printiki
I am a sentimental person. I absolutely love printing out all of the photos I've captured over the years, snippets of a time in my life and then storing them for the future Emmie to sit and look through.

One of my biggest goals for this year is to go through those photos and undertake a project to create a journal or a photo album of those chapters in my life, from the university years right until the past couple of years of blogging.

I want to stop becoming so consumed in uploading so many memories onto social media or into the numerous Facebook albums I've created over the years. I want to make some physical products from something I love collecting. Plus I can't imagine a better feeling than getting a few years in the future and finding all of these wonderful photos with written memories of that glimpse into your past.


Printiki do just that with their amazing photo product company creating the easiest way for us to 'Get your photos out of the cloud and into your hands!' It was the easiest website to use, taking around 10 minutes maximum to complete the process and not too long before the photos are through the letterbox and in your hands. There's also the option of using the snaps from your social media platforms, including Instagram which I decided to use for my order, especially after becoming obsessed with the platform over the last couple of months. 

They have lots of options for your photos, from their size ranging to a 4x4" which are shown in my images on the blog post to the 6x8", which even for themselves can have a retro feel to them with a slighter enlarged border if you so wish to. These photos come available in a glossy or matte finish, I opted for the matte finish as I always feel like they bring the best out in my images and look a lot better.

Ranging from 20 prints for £4.00-£20.00 dependent on size and finish. If you've got a project this year to create a journal yourself then definitely buy your prints from Printiki, they're affordable and come looking swish as!
thanks for reading,
*Collaborative post with Printiki. All words, photos and opinions are my own. 
Sunday, 19 March 2017

*Ingham's Foodie Finds | German Beef Rouladen Recipe

*Ingham's Foodie Finds | German Beef Rouladen Recipe
Sunday, 19 March 2017
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Inghams offer exciting 'Lakes and Mountains' holidays in a variety of destinations around Europe. They asked whether I'd like to get involved with their new campaign, Ingham's Foodie Finds' which showcases some of the best culinary dishes associated with their holiday destinations. I was asked to find a recipe then recreate it or make it our own. 

I enjoy trying out new foods so me and Jordan opted to try out a German styled dish, something challenging and different to what we usually eat. It took quite a considerable time to decide but opted for a Beef Rouladen, which we feel like is a twist on a roast dinner. 

Jordan found this dish quite fiddly to create, especially with rolling the meat part of the preparation but all in all a quick and easy recipe that is delicious for an alternative to a Sunday roast.
Collaborative post with Inghams (Lakes & Mountains) Holidays..

Friday, 17 March 2017

What The Butler Saw, Curve Theatre, Leicester

What The Butler Saw, Curve Theatre, Leicester
Friday, 17 March 2017
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I don't often watch plays in the theatre, I've always watched more musicals and dance productions as they've always drawn me in just a little more than plays have. Curve Theatre is bringing back Leicester's very own playwright Joe Orton's work What The Butler Saw to the stage before it's run at the Theatre Royal in Bath, 50 years since his death. This rebirth of his final play is being given the Made At Curve production treatment bringing a contemporary classic to modern times and was well worth stepping out of my comfort zone for. 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

*Unboxing the Best of Leicester.

*Unboxing the Best of Leicester.
Thursday, 16 March 2017
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In Collaboration with WatchShop.com
I remember growing up and having absolutely no interest in my home city, I thought it was a place of complete boredom and would have happily been outside the city at any given opportunity. However when I returned from Coventry after spending 3 years there for university I couldn't wait to get back to Leicester and ever since I have been discovering more about this little city of mine that I've learnt to embrace every corner of.

Leicester is the city of the 2016/17 Premiership Football Champions, where King Richard III's body was found under a car park, the birthplace of local Radio, the biggest outdoor, covered market in the whole of Europe as well as much more. What I didn't know until recent years, mainly thanks to blogging was that Leicester also hosts a lot of independent businesses amongst the bricks.
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