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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

VOGUE Fashion Night Out x Burberry

A note from Joelle... 
Burberry throw amazing parties and this one wasn't to be missed.
Fashionistas, journalists and celebs alike flocked to the Flagship store on Regent St. to celebrate VOGUE's Fashion Night Out and have a firsthand look at the latest ready-to-wear collections.
 This trench is beautiful!
It wasn't long until paparazzi appeared from nowhere as It-Girl of the moment, Suki Waterhouse made an appearance!
And of course, here's a shot of the new fragrance, which is modelled by Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss. Hannah and I were spritzed with it on arrival and were also given scented wristbands.
A very talented calligrapher etched out our names in his signature way.
Dem bagz doe...
The soft, lilac tote has my name on it, literally!
When life gives you Champagne...
Filled to the brim with bubbles and major sartorial envy, we headed through Piccadilly Circus and back to Victoria for a late supper. 
It may not be as big and loud as Times Square in NYC, but boy, is this place magical too! 
Hannah even found the inner blogger inside her!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Be The Boss With giffgaff

A note from Joelle... 

Beyonce I'm the boss gif

Hey there!
The folks at giffgaff asked me to explain how I'm the baaaaws of my life when it comes to living at home with my parents over the holidays!
If you are a uni student, its normal to dread going back home because you feel like the freedoms you had at uni are now gone. But, it's possible to be the boss and take charge of your own life even when you are back at home!
Afterall, I started this blog in my old bedroom and started to shape my future from then on! Who knew down the line this little blog would take me to meet the Spice Girls, London Fashion Week, Youth Media Summit and loads more?
So, here's what get's me through living under the reign of my parents during the holidays:

1. Be Clear From The Start - As soon as you plant that suitcase down in the hallway, you need to sit down with your folks and lay down some rules. Basically you need to make sure you are on the same page as them to avoid any communication breakdowns.

2. Realise You're Not Actually The Boss - Yeah, I lied to you, soz. Seeing as you don't contribute to rent/mortgage, it is not your house, so technically you lose by default and your folks rule the roost. 
But it doesn't mean your voice isn't important. As you live in the house, you have every right to use its facilities 

3. Privacy - Your parents need to respect your privacy [e.g., your bedroom, shed, studio, etc] and you need to do the same.

4. Don't Ignore Your Parents  - They may be super annoying and seem to always be around you, but that's just how it is! Once a month [or more, if you dare], why not spend a day with them? Shopping, seeing a film or eating out is a good way to get back into the swing of living together and perhaps, even liking it!

5. Take Responsibility - Don't default into child mode when things go wrong and your parents blame you for something. As you're an adult now [or trying to be], it's best to just own up if you were responsible and explain the situation as well as you can.

6. Pull Your Weight -  I've learnt that it doesn't matter if you're 13, 20 or 50, chores and other housework will always and night... So the only thing you can do [apart from complaining] is set up a rota and get on with it. I hate doing the dishes and vacuuming, but I just stick in my earphones, drown out the world and it's done in no time!
giffgaff are offering free sim cards to their members  in order for them to cease control and do what they want with their phones.
Despite the odd row now-and-again, living in harmony with your parents makes it easier to be the boss of your own life and start steering your life in the direction you want. 
We're All The Boss!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

THEATRE // Evita, Dominion Theatre

A note from Joelle... 
I have been waiting to see Evita for 16 years. Yep, that's right, since 1998 when I watched Antonio Banderas as Che and Elaine Paige as Evita when they performed a few songs for Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th birthday. Since I was born in 1994, I guess you could say I am a old soul for my time!
I still watch clips of the whole celebration to this day, as it practically shaped my love of music and theatre growing up.

My mother saw the original cast of Evita as a 20-year-old student back in the day, and I guess we've come full circle!
So when I heard that the show was being revived in the West End, I literally jumped out of my seat and booked some tickets for myself and Hannah for when I was back in London.

If you're not familiar with the true story of Eva Peron, here it goes:
At the beginning, she is a working class performer trying to make it big in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She sleeps around a bit and uses the connections of those men to rise up the social ranks. She then meets Colonel Peron, a guy trying to become President of Argentina (which he does with Eva's help). They get married and she becomes a key public/political figure as well as the 'Face of Argentina'. She even tries to run for Vice President, but her health starts to fail.

Popular songs like 'Another Suitcase In Another Hall', 'Don't Cry For Me, Argentina', 'Night Of A Thousand Stars' and 'Oh,What A Circus' were performed perfectly and I could see audience members singing along and bobbing their heads in time to the rhythm.

I have to admit that the actor playing Che got off to a rocky start, vocally. I honestly thought that they had made a serious casting mistake during the first act. But by the start of the second act, he seemed to have picked up the pace and totally redeemed himself.
The cast totally deserved the standing ovation at the end. The actress who plays Eva is sensational - both in acting and singing [and the brief dancing she does]. I mean, I haven't seen a stage presence like that since I saw Idina Menzel as Elphaba in Wicked all the way back in 2006.

So there you have it - a really good theatre show to see if you are in London this Autumn! West End shows get a lot of stick for being overpriced and "cheesy", but we got our tickets for a fraction of the regular price on Also theatre shows are a kind of escapism, where you can sit back and be entertained by talented artists for a few hours. It's my choice of therapy, that's for sure!
Are you into seeing musicals/theatre shows? Seen anything good?
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