Saturday, 30 August 2014

The August Playlist!

A note from Joelle... 
Here's what I've been listening too:
^^Nothing like a bit of Pseudo-Reggae for Summer! This song is too damn catchy!
^^ The woman just produces hit-after-hit! Glad she has released some solo stuff.
^^ I often find myself shouting the lyrics of this song when it comes up on shuffle. Sorry everyone...
^^ Quite an oldie from the 1950s, but I recently found a version that Amy Winehouse did - so, so beautiful!
^^ That song that you know, but don't...
^^ The current King of Modern Soul Music. All hail Sam Smith and this stunning song!


Thursday, 28 August 2014

ModCloth Nail Klub Challenge

A note from Joelle... 
You know me: I love a challenge, especially if it involves getting creative! The ModCloth crew set me (and the few other bloggers) a task to create a nail design inspired by one of their beautiful dresses.
I chose this beautiful caramel Waltz gown. You can find it HERE.
Here are my nails inspired by the pattern! I'm not the best nail artist in the world, but I love giving it a go :).
Both Barry M nail polishes (Matt White and Caramel)!
Make sure to check out the ModCloth Blog's original post HERE.
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Luxury Cinema

A note from Joelle... 
My best friend Amani recently joined the 20s Club and it was a cause for a joyous celebration in the Big Smoke! Hannah and I told her nothing about what we had in store and rather enjoyed watching her squeal with excitement/anticipation when we got to Bayswater, Chelsea.
As we headed into the Whiteley's Shopping Centre and up to the Odeon Cinema, Amani still had no idea what we had planned to do that evening!
Inside the Odeon, there was a little stairwell leading to a more exclusive part of the cinema called The Lounge. It looks nothing like a regular cinema  - this is pure glamour and luxury!

 Nothing nicer than complimentary drinks! Hannah and I went for a glass of Champagne (as always!) and Amani went for a lovely berry cocktail called Autumn Garden.
 As we were an hour early, we chilled/gossipped/nattered and had a scan through the menu until it was time to head into the Luxury Cinema. The area is so relaxed and staff were always circulating arounds us smiling and making sure we had everything we needed.
The bathroom was so fancy, I just had to take a picture!
 We were right in the centre of the cinema, so got a good view of the screen. All our chairs were fitted with rising footrests/slanting back-rests and buttons to press if we needed a member of staff.
 The coolest thing about this Luxury Cinema is that you can have a gourmet meal as you watch your film! A tray with cutlery and a menu is attached to every seat and a waiter comes up and takes your order just before the film starts. Hannah and I went for a Lamb Kebab roll with salad, tzatziki and fries. Amani went for a roasted veggie club sandwich with all the trimmings.
 The service was super-fast and friendly and we got our food/drinks about 15 minutes into the film.
The portions were huge, so it's really good to know we were getting our money's worth (the food/drinks were not cheap!)! 
'Lucy' was awesome and it kept us guessing until the very end. I love action films with a strong, female lead - there needs to be more!
We saw lots of people on dates (amazing idea for a London date, btw!), meetups and family outings and I really recommend it!

Apologies for the blurry pics - it was a dark cinema after all! :)
Have you ever been to an unconventional cinema? I think it's just as good as the Silent Cinema!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Magnum 25th Birthday, Selfridges

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa' - Vampire Weekend ♫ ♪

I'll let the pictures do the talking! Happy 25th Magnum!
Just look at all that chocolatey goodness! I am so glad Hannah, Amani and I got the chance to take part in the Magnum experience at Selfridges (it was almost closing time!). We got to choose three toppings each as well as the coating chocolate and icecream flavour. I went for a vanilla ice cream, white chocolate coating with hazelnuts, gold flakes and biscuit crumbs on top! It was a work of art as you can see from the pictures!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


A note from Joelle... 
There's a stigma that bloggers lead perfect lives with glossy hair, 100% photogenic faces and really neat desks.
All you have to do is check out a blogger's instagram and see comments from adoring fans reading 'OMG, you're so perf' and 'you have the perfect life!'.
While that must be flattering for some bloggers, no one is perfect and most actually spend a lot of time editing images (and tidying up) in order to show themselves in the best light possible.
This post is the opposite! Here are some outtake images that never made the final edits of my posts...
I went to a fish foot spa... strangers laughed at me as I was being eaten alive.
Blog post: NW5
I can't even blame my tripod or camera for this image...
Blog post: London Fog
Attack of the bees!
Blog post: Lavender Fields
 Not knowing how to cross a road gracefully
Blog post: High Flying Adored 
Lost my hand mid-shoot!
 I don't even know what this face is!
 Tried to take artistic photos... walked into a water fountain
I STILL can't take selfies...

I hope you enjoyed this post and reminded you that we all take bad (really bad, in my case) pictures! 
If you are a blogger, then I tag YOU to write a post with some of your outtake pics! G'waaaaan, you know you want to!
Laughing at yourself builds character! ;)
Remember to tag me on twitter (@joelle_o) or use #BloggerOuttakes so I can have a read!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Lavender Fields

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'Purple Hills' - D12 ♫ ♪

Every summer, a field in my local village transforms from a simple field to a vast sea of purple.
The last time I came was about nine years ago (Mum told me, I couldn't remember!), so I thought it was a good time to remember what it was all about.

My mother, sisters and I piled into the car and headed about 10 minutes down the road. Even before you enter the field, you smell the fresh lavender, but it's not overpowering and overwhelming!
Dress is from HERE
Kimono - similar HERE
The maxi dress may seem a bit OTT for a day out in a field, but it's a nice, floaty day dress, so I thought 'why not?!' I makes me feel a bit like a china doll because of the intricate porcelain pattern.
I used to hate the smell of lavender when I was younger. But in recent years, I've found it really soothing! I have a can of lavender mist from Boots, which I spray on my pillow sometimes to send me to sleep. I really recommend it!
I found the dress on Missguided last month, but didn't buy it. It was only when I saw the beautiful Rosie from The Londoner rocking it, I thought, 'I neeeeed this dress back in my life!'.
The purple plants against the normal greenery of the countryside is really striking. I noticed lots of couples and families taking selfies against the stunning backdrop.
 I couldn't ignore the constant buzzing from all the bees and wasps though! They were everywhere!
 Towards the exit/entrance, there is a sweet little shop where you can buy fresh lavender bouquets, soaps, scented candles, etc. There was even lavender fudge and bread! :?
We left with some beautiful toiletries and fresh bundles of lavender, but I will be back for some pretty home decor for my new flat in Aberdeen. :)
Have you ever been to a lavender field or somewhere similar? Let me know below!


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