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! She's a pro at taking photos, so most of the pics in this post are her creation! 

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 exist...everyday...day 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 lastminute.com. 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?

Saturday, 27 September 2014

The 'Deen Scene: Thaikhun

A note from Joelle... 
Ahhh yes! The 'Deen Scene is back and today I bring you a really cool, new restaurant that just opened in Union Square: Thaikhun [Pronounced Tycoon].
This restaurant celebrates Thai Street Food, which is quickly becoming a favourite all around the world. My friend Elsh recommended this place as she had heard good things. Trusting her judgment, myself Eimhear and Dalila were pretty excited.

When we entered, the [very well-dressed] staff greeted us in the traditional Thai way, which was a nice touch. We then sat down, had a scan of the menu and ordered some drinks.
I slurped on this 'Pash and Shoot' smoothie, served in the plastic cups you get from street food trucks - another nice touch!
Our shared Bangkok Street Platter arrived in super speedy time and we got stuck in [after I took a million pictures first!]!
A mountain of crispy wontons, grilled chicken and pork skewers, steamed chicken balls and an array of dips - so, so delicious!
After all those delicious fried meats, I had to keep it real and order a refreshing noodle soup. I can't remember the name of this [I think it was Tom Yum?], but it really was amazing. The marriage of the chicken, pork, beans and noodles with the heavily flavoured soup was like a party in my mouth. I like the generous portions and just how clean it was - no dodgy ingredients, just exactly what it said on the menu (minus the coriander, because I can't stand it)!

We were well and truly stuffed after the main course and starter. Afraid of the risk of physically bursting, we refrained from ordering desserts and just stayed at the table to have a good chinwag.What's so special about this place is that you are given an authentic Thai street food journey from start to end. From the decor, kind staff and the food, of course, you feel like you are an explorer in the real streets of Bangkok - having the hustle-and-bustle of the city on one side and the street food vendors on the other.It's also extremely casual, so you don't have to whip out the cashmere scarf and boat shoes to have a seat.The Joint Owner, Kim Kaewkraikhot used to be a chef in her native Thailand and it's clear that her vision is to share her country's passion for good service and good food with us UK folk.
Kim and her husband sources the authentic Thai decor that is displayed in the restaurant. From the Buddha shrine to the light bulbs!
 Even the name 'Thaikhun' loosely translates to 'Your Thailand'.Every time I walk past this place, it's practically full, which is great to see. I think Aberdonians want some fresh, healthier options to the usual burger/pizza/milkshake scene and this is a fabulous alternative!ขอบคุณสำหรับการอ่าน![thanks for reading!]

29 First Level Mall, Union Square Aberdeen AB11 5RG
01224 583 477
^^ A very fun and vibrant website!

There is also a Thaikhun in Manchester!
* images were taken on my iPhone, so sorry for the quality!


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

VOGUE Fashion Night Out x Superdry

A note from Joelle... 

Last night was amazing. I travelled to my beautiful London and met up with my bestie Hannah. The hustle-and-bustle of the London Underground was too much for me, so I took the nearest exit and jumped (literally) onto the back of a bus. I was in luck, because the bus was only stopping at Piccadilly Circus - the place I needed to get to! YAY!
After a wee catch up with Hannah, we got a bit lost made our way to the Superdry store on Regent St.
Upon arrival, we were greeted with smiles from the staff and a b-e-atiful male acoustic vocal. Hannah and I followed the voice down some stairs and there we stayed and listened to The Fireflies - a blissfully soulful duo from London. The track that stuck with me the most was called "Stop Running" and I have downloaded it from iTunes to play forever and ever!

After the performance, we headed into the showroom where all the A/W items were. Here are Hannah and my favourites below:
 We took a little break from gawping at the jackets and pretty tops and filled up some bags with pick 'n' mix!
What's interesting is that I used to think Superdry was only good for warm hoodies, fluffy jumpers and preppy skiwear. This new collection is vibrant, fresh and I WANT IT ALL! 
The direction they have taken this season is highly commendable and I'll be at my local store buying most of the garments I took a picture of in this post! 
Many thanks to Maddie and the Superdry team for inviting us and for the generous gifts! Next week, I shall show you an OOTD with my new jacket!! Woohoo!
What do you think of the new Superdry collection? You can have a closer look HERE.

Monday, 22 September 2014

REVIEW: Boots Lavender Mist

A note from Joelle... 
Boots Lavender Mist
Part of the Boots Botanics range, this spray claims to 'relax and soothe'.
If, like me, you find it hard to relax and unwind after a long day, this could be a better (and cheaper) solution than scented candles or spa trips.
This spray/mist is meant for the body, space and pillow and that is exactly how I used it:

Body - I occasionally used it as a body spray - spritzing a bit onto my neck and arms after a shower. It's light and I didn't reek of overpowering lavender.

Space - When leaving my bedroom, I often spritz a bit of the mist into the air and then close the door. Upon my return, I'm greeted with the soft lavender aroma that instantly calms me down after a hectic day!

Pillow - This is wear I use it the most! Before bed I spray my pillow and duvet with the mist and manage to fall asleep quickly! No need for herbal tea or special pills, this does the trick naturally.
I knew (from my Mum) that natural lavender is great for insomnia and relaxation, but I didn't' really believe her fully until I tried this. 
It's also 100ml, so I can take it in my hand luggage when I travel to and from uni, which has made my life a bit easier.

VERDICT: I'm giving this mist a strong 5/5 - it simply worked for me and that's all I wanted out of it. 


Friday, 19 September 2014

'Top School Fashion Mistakes' With New Look

A note from Joelle... 
I've teamed up with the folks at New Look to write/cringe about the top fashion mistakes I made at school. I'd love to say that I was the dashingly chic girl you know today (lol), but I wasn't - I was a mess. Luckily, I had a rather nice school uniform with a kilt for most of my school years, but that didn't mean I wasn't a fashion victim...
Have a look for yourself!

Headbands - I was OBSESSED with the stretchy ones that go on your forehead. I thought I looked like such a cool hippy!

Wearing socks over tights - Right, my older sister did it, so I thought I should too. But wearing grey over-the-knee socks over black tights was such a bad idea. Why didn't anyone take me aside and shake me??

Wearing scarves with everything! - From year 7 to year 11, you wouldn't ever catch me without a scarf. Rain or shine, summer or winter - the scarves were there (whether they went with my uniform, or not)!

Here's my (more chic) Back To School Wishlist! This is what I'd wear if given the choice and had the fashion knowledge I have now! I'd basically dress like Blair Waldorf!


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Jeans Style Challenge With Bonprix

A note from Joelle... 
Hello! Today, I bring you a 3-in-1 outfit post featuring these fabulous jeans from Bonprix.
I've spent most of this year jeans-free because I couldn't find a pair I really liked, but just look at these beauties? Bravo, BonPrix, bravo!
The subtle, but noticeable line pattern above the knee is something I've never seen before and is a really nice touch to the design in my opinion. 
Any did I mention the shape? I have quite large thighs and tend to avoid skinny jeans, but this pair are comfy and cut a great shape (if I do say so myself!).
Here's a look at the 3 ways I styled these jeans:
Look 1
I'm trying to hold on to Summer for as long as I can with this bow print crop top and heeled sandals. Wearing blue-on-blue can be tricky
Crop Top - H&M
Bracelet - Wavy Jewellery
Heels - New Look
I wasn't kidding when I said the jeans were figure-hugging, yet comfy! Just had to get an arse shot in this post! ;)

Look 2
For a more seasonal look, I slipped on my super-soft (and cosy) Arran jumper and donned a statement necklace that I'll be wearing a lot this Autumn. Notice how it's turned up the bottom of my jeans - I'm so preppy it's unreal!
Beret - Dorothy Perkins 
Necklace - Rare Fashion
Jumper - ASOS
Jeans - Bonprix
Heels - New Look
Look 3
Moving away from the blues and into Autumnal colours! As we all know, jeans are a casual staple piece, that we can just throw on on a relaxed day. Adding lighter colours on the top tends to work well and I seriously love wearing this detachable fur trim - so warm!
Fur Trim - Oh My Love
Cardigan - Select Clothing
Jeans - Bonprix
Clutch - Boohoo
Boots - Random shoe independent shoe shop

What do you think of the jeans and how I've styled them? Which look is your fave? :)


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