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June 22, 2015

Nike launches NikeCourt Club

Next week sees the beginning of Wimbledon and tennis fever will be kicking in all across the City. From June 25th why not check out Nike’s Nikecourt Club in Bermondsey. These refurbished courts in Tanner Park include a bold fuchsia ‘hot shot’ tennis court, colour contrasting tennis balls and a bespoke ‘build your own court’ featuring a black painted court and fluorescent chalk, allowing players to create their own, unique games. Free tennis coaching and other fitness programmes are offered across the ten-day period to players of all levels and runs from 25th June until 4th July from 8.30am to 8.30pm. 20 times Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams will also make a special visit to share her tips and hold a Q&A session. To book visit http://go.nike.com/nikecourtclub.

Find it at Tanner Street Park, Bermondsey, London SE1 3GS. 

Nike Courts

Experience the beat of Africa in the heart of London

On the 26th June The School of Oriental and African Studies is hosting a special one-off concert by Kasai Masai, London’s best African band to celebrate the magic of African music mixing the traditional sound of the equatorial African village with a distinctive urban edge. The concert will run from 6-9pm and celebrates the tenth anniversary of charity, African Vision Malawi. For enthusiasts, there will also be a Djembe drumming workshop and a Kizomba dance workshop between 3.00-6.00pm. Tickets can be purchased here, with all proceeds go to the charity African Vision Malawi.

Find it at School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG

Kasai Masai

GEISHA at Ramusake

Piers Adam, nightclub impresario has teamed up with fellow nightlife pioneer Marc Burton to create GEISHA at Ramusake. GEISHA is an evening of Japanese dining and party held at Ramusake on Friday and Saturday’s in South Kensington, serving fine dining izayake Japanese food and cocktails made with rum and saki, alongside amazing DJs and performers that include classic Japanese entertainment. Normal sitting at 19:00, festive dining sitting commences from 21:00 and by, midnight everyone will be up and dancing with the performers.

Find it at Ramusake, 92B Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3LQ. More details visit @ramusake.

GEISHA Ramusake

 TRY IT Festival

With the Rugby World Cup fast approaching, the London Borough of Richmond council will be running the TRY IT Festival. The festival has over 100 events ranging from gigs, world record attempts to art performances and a Fanzone. On the 22nd June it kicks off with a TRY IT Trail, for those amongst you who like to search for treasure, why not join in the Geocache trail. There will be numerous clues across the borough and prizes for all who participate including an official Rugby World Cup ball.

For more details visit the TRY IT Festival website.

TRY IT Festival

Dine At The BT Tower

The BT Tower celebrates 50 years this year and to mark the occasion they are opening the tower up to the public for lunch and dinner. Diners can either choose lunch at £49.95 per person or dinner at £67.95 per person taking in some of the best views of London. To get tickets there are two ballots running on the following dates.

  • Ballot one is open from 22nd June until 29th June
  • Ballot two is open from 30th June until 7th July

To enter the ballot you can sign up here. BT will also be holding a ballot in September to win free 30 min flights to see London from the BT Tower’s 34th floor.

BT Tower

Beauty, Make-Up, Videos

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Make-Up Tutorial

June 21, 2015

When thinking of a beauty icon, it’s really hard to choose. There are so many celebrities out there doing it right. But I think when it came to choosing one, I ultimately went for someone not only do I think has amazing style and flawless make-up but that I can really relate to when doing my own make-up. Kim Kardashian I think springs to mind to most people, she has become such a public figure and her make-up has become a big part of that, when you think of contouring you probably do think of the Kardashians, as much as I think her beauty look is stunning, for me it is isn’t a look I’d go for everyday and I don’t think would suit me either. So who could I look to for my beauty inspiration? Well one celebrity and let me just drop this in there, a Victoria’s Secret model, that I admire is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Make Up Tutorial

Her beauty looks for me, really appeal and for that I have made her my beauty icon. I love the way she has such natural make-up, mainly a nude lip and beautiful bronzed glow. She also mixes it up a little with red lipstick and black eyeliner for the evening and also for the look I have created in this tutorial being one of my favourites, she has a pink eye with a red lip. Definitely not a look I would have thought would have went well together, but it really does.

MAC Cosmetics

To recreate this look, I have used quite a few pieces of MAC Cosmetics. MAC is a brand I used to love and then I sort of parted ways with until I discovered their amazing Mineralize collection. Their Mineralize foundation is the only one I wear on a regular basis, it’s great for my drier skin and also gives such an amazing glow and did I mention it stays on too? I have now also invested in the skinfinish powder and concealer from the range, which again is great if you suffer from dry eyes. I have been needing this concealer for a long time. Check out the MAC Mineralize range at House of Frasers make-up department.

I hope you enjoy watching the video of how to recreate my beauty icon, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s make-up look and do remember to subscribe to my channel for lots more tutorials. I am also a finalist for Best Beauty Vlog at the Beauty Blogger Awards and would love it if you could spare a minute to vote.

This post is an entry for House of Fraser’s competition, where one beauty blogger will have the chance to become an ambassador for House of Fraser and win £1,000 worth of make-up (urm, yes please!). For more details visit the House of Fraser blog.

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Food

Taste Of London 2015

June 20, 2015

If you are a food lover, then no doubt Taste of London is firmly in your calendar. The festival runs over three days and gives entrants the chance to sample all that London has to offer when it comes to food. The festival takes place in Hyde Park and here you will find pop-up tents from some of London’s biggest restaurants including Sushi Samba, Duck & Waffle and Marcus Wareing’s Tredwells. Alongside things like Shake Shack and Meatmission and lots of exciting food brands to discover. One of my favourites this time was Portlebay popcorn with their bacon and maple syrup popcorn, which had me coming back for more and more!

Taste of London 2015

I attended Taste of London on Thursday evening. There are two sessions over the three days, the day session which runs from 12pm-4pm and the evening 5.30pm-9.30pm, which I think is a great one to go to after work. It also didn’t seem to end as abruptly as the day one and the party was still sort of going as we left about 9.45pm. We however got there nice and early, with me was Heather who you might remember winning the Godiva Chocolate Challenge last year? After numerous tweets shared over the love of every TV programme known to man we have become friends and can now share our other passion for food. All paths lead to food!

Taste of London 2015

We started off at one of the Prosecco bars and went for a couple of glasses of Prosecco and raspberry. It was a lovely evening so we decided to sit in the sun and plan our visit. The currency at Taste of London is ‘crowns’. You can buy booklets of these and 1 crown = £1. You can also pay with cash for some things but do make sure you pick these up as it’s the main currency.

The LDN Diaries at Taste London 2015

Heather at Taste of London

Coconut Water at Taste of London

Ketel One at Taste of London

You would be thinking Taste is all about the food but we seemed to get distracted by a lot of the drinks on offer last night. One in particular I absolutely loved was Pococello, a concept thought up by the guys of Pizza Pilgrims in Soho. After one sip of their limoncello slushie I was in heaven and one shot of limoncello later, I was definitely ready to find some food.

Pococello Limocello

Pococello at Taste London 2015

Poccocello

Poccocello limocello at taste london

We stopped off at Sushi Samba and I opted for the Kobe burger with truffle, I wasn’t quite expecting it to be so small, pretty much the size of a canape for £9, but that aside it was really lovely and left me wanting more food. We decided to wash this down with frozen margaritas from mexican restaurant Mestizo. With burgers now firmly on the brain we went on the hunt.

Sushi Samba at Taste of London

Sushi samba kobe burger

Frozen Margaritas Mestizo

There is so much to see at Taste you really don’t know where to look. There are plenty of freebies on offer too, with restaurants and brands willing for you to try their food and drink. There is also the AEG Taste Theatre where you can learn from top chefs and watch the demonstrations.

Band stand at taste london

Champagne at Taste of London

AEG Taste Theatre

Taste of London Mahiki Van

We got distracted by Mortimer’s Orchard and their amazing Silent Disco and cider, I am not a big cider fan at all and this was absolutely lovely, so do give it a try. These made us even hungrier so Shake Shack it was, the burger was just too good, but just a little smaller than a normal one.

Silent Disco at Mortimers Tent Taste of London

Shake Shack at Taste of London

We finished off our evening at the amazing Laurent Perrier pink tent with two glasses of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé. Ready to call it a night we got asked to join the Laurent-Perrier masterclass, the last one of the day. Of course we couldn’t resist!

Laurent Perrier at Taste of London

The masterclass was held by the David Hesketh the Managing Director of Laurent-Perrier. We got to pair three different champagnes;  Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut, Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé and Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle. These were paired with canapes from Bob’s Lobster.  I tried my first ever oyster, given it was a fried one I was probably wimping out but I am glad I tried it. Also a lobster roll and finally the Achi Tuna Taco which when eaten with the Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé really added a whole new flavour to it.

Laurent Perrier Masterclass at Taste London

Fried Oyster Bobs Lobster

Flowers at Laurent Perrier

Lobster Roll Bob's Lobster

We had a great evening and I think my main tip would be to make sure you buy enough crowns and expect the food to be slightly smaller as it’s more a taster of each place than a fully fledged meal.

Taste of London runs until Sunday 21st June, there are still some tickets available. For tickets visit Taste of London.

Beauty, Hair, Make-Up, Skincare

Festival Beauty Survival Guide

June 18, 2015

Festival season is finally here! Which means it’s summer and well I hope you have some sun to match it for your festival weekends. Whether you are a first time goer or a regular, here are five beauty tips to keep you looking and feeling your best whilst dancing away to your favourite bands.

Festival Beauty Survival Guide

Instagram Ready

Get yourself ready for plenty of selfies by being Instagram ready. Take a good foundation like Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation which lasts 24 hours so will keep your face game strong from morning until …morning! So no need for touch ups, as who has time for that? To keep you looking glowy and to highlight those cheekbones, apply Revlon Photoready SkinLights in Bronze Light for an extra glow. At a festival you don’t want to be caked in make-up but I say take a good base, highlighter, mascara and lipgloss. I am loving Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes it really lengthens and stays on all day as well as MeMeMe cosmetics light up lip gloss. This is perfect as it comes with a mirror and light – sorted!

Be Instagram Ready

Protect Yourself 

Make sure you protect yourself from getting burnt with plenty of sunscreen. P20 sunscreen is a fantastic one to choose as you only need to apply it once a day. If you are worried then pick up a smartsun UV indicator wristband, a pack of 5 is £4.99 and these wristbands will change colour throughout the day, when it goes beige it means to apply more and pink means to stay out of the sun. A great one when you are out in it all day. Don’t forget your hair either, protect it from drying out and against UV rays with Color Wow’s Pop & Lock which helps to lock in your colour and shine and block out those UV rays. Keep lips moisturised and any other dry skinned areas with Dr Paw Paw original balm, this is a multi-purpose balm and an essential to take with you, use for lips, as a primer or even to help with potential bee stings.

Stay safe in the sun this summer with P20

Go Mini

Pack mini’s to save space and look after your locks. An essential is dry shampoo to keep hair looking fresh each day, try Lee Stafford’s cute travel size and of course it’s pink. Also pick up a mini sized hairspray like this one from V05 Ultimate Hold designed for all weathers, it of course may be raining (hopefully not!) and Toni & Guy’s sea salt spray is perfect to keep those waves going that you did before you left for the festival. Check out my easy festival hair guide for inspiration. Finally pack a detangler brush, I love the Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra, it really tangles all those knots. Festival air just affects my hair so bad and I always end up with matted hair so this is a must.

Mini travel size hair essentials

Cover Dark Circles With Glitter

A day or two in and you probably haven’t had much sleep. One of the best things about festivals is to be creative with your look and anything goes. Add some silver or gold glitter under your eyes to hide those dark bags. Apply with a touch of vaseline and sprinkle it on!

Cover dark circles with glitter

Stay Hydrated

An obvious one, but also easily forgotten when enjoying yourself. Especially if you are drinking alcohol, then do make sure to drink plenty of water. Not only will it stop you getting dehydrated and tired throughout the day but your skin will thank you for it. A pack of face wipes is always good for a festival, but I like to use them for other things and opt for a cream cleanser instead so I am still looking after my skin. The best thing about Balance Me Restore & Replenish Cleanser is you don’t need water to wash it off, just swipe with a cotton pad and your done. It contains hyaluronic acid to help hydrate and keep skin plump, as well as blackberry leaf extract which is a powerful anti-oxidant to help protect against environmental damage such as sun damage, redness and dryness.

Balance Me Collagen Cleanser

Fashion, Outfit Of The Day

30 Days of Summer With Yumi

June 16, 2015

Ever since I got back from Kefalonia, the weather in London hasn’t been completely miserable but I’ve not been walking down the beachfront in my bikini, so it’s felt pretty cold of lately compared to the lovely hot weather of Greece. Finally however today the sun came out and I was able to wear one of my new summer outfits. This outfit is part of clothing brand Yumi’s 30 Days of Summer. Where they have asked 30 bloggers to style up an outfit from their summer collection each day. If you haven’t heard of Yumi before, they do some totally gorgeous dresses, with just the best prints. You might remember a dress I wore around Christmas time with a star print? It was Yumi and one of my favourites!

Yumi Postcard Dress

So back to today’s outfit, I absolutely loved this postcard print dress the minute I saw it. After my recent trip I have definitely caught the travel bug and can’t wait to go to Italy in just a few weeks time, so this print just inspires me even more. The dress itself is a great style, I love a skater dress and ties at the back of the waist. I think it would look really cute with a tan waist belt too, so I’ll need to try to pick one up soon. It’s also now half price in their summer sale, so hop on over and pick up a bargain!

Yumi Fox Bag

The classic cardigan has such beautiful detail on the buttons, all really cute and I love the bright yellow colour. I teamed those with this amazing foxy bag, isn’t it just so super cute? It kind of looks like it’s winking in the picture too. It comes with a detachable gold chain so you can use it as a shoulder bag or a clutch.

Yumi 30 Days of Summer

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June 15, 2015

Be A DayBreaker With Lipton 

Lipton Ice Tea are holding a series of exclusive morning events across London in June and July. Fancy riding a water slide into the office? Maybe enjoying a Sunrise Screening on the Queen of Hoxton Rooftop in Shoreditch before work? (a little birdy told me you won’t want to miss this one) Or how about some serious beats from DJ Norman Jay MBE to start off your day the right way? If you like the sound of any of those, then sign up for free tickets to refresh your everyday.

For your chance to take part and sign up visit www.beadaybreaker.co.uk.

Be A Daybreaker With Lipton

John Lewis Rooftop Summer Retreat

This summer John Lewis is giving shoppers the chance to sit back, relax and sip a cocktail whilst the sun goes down at its brand new Summer Retreat on the rooftop of the flagship store in Oxford Street. On the rooftop you can enjoy food from authentic Neapolitan restaurant Rossopomodoro as well as favourite Joe & The Juice, returning for another year with their Juice Hut. There will also be the chance to shop on the roof with some of the brands taking up beach huts from fashion to outdoor living. Plus a whole host of events all summer long. The Summer Retreat is open from 12pm until close on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday and from 12pm-4pm on Wednesdays.

For more information visit the John Lewis website.

John Lewis Summer Rooftop

Mercury 13 

Galeria Melissa London presents an immersive installation by artist Megan Broadmeadow. Megan brings the magic of the intergalactic with Mercury 13, which is the story of a team of female astronauts who never got the chance to fly to outer space. This installation comes to life with a large sculpture surrounded by LED screens featuring 3D eyes as well as mirrors taking a key role of the installation. Entry is free and it runs from now until August 31st.

Find it at Galeria Melissa London, 43 King Street, London, WC2E 8JY

Mercury 13 Art Instalation

Krug & Chips

This July sees the opening of a gourmet chip shop in Covent Garden, Kurg & Chips. Krug has partnered with Michelin starred chef Tom Sellers of Restaurant Story to create this amazing pop-up. Running from the 8th-12th July the dining experience will be a luxury take on the traditional British favourite ‘the chippy’ offering three chip-inspired dishes created by Tom all served with the perfect pairing of Krug Grande Cuvee for £35pp.

For more information & to book visit krug.com/krugandchips.

Krug & Chips

Shoes: Pleasure & Pain At The V&A

This new exhibition at the V&A looks at the extremes of footwear from around the world, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes from an Ancient Egyptian sandal decorated in pure gold leaf to some of the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers. The exhibition is sponsored by Clarks and will include exclusive product collaborations and shoes from collectors which may have never been seen before. Shoes: Pleasure & Pain runs at the V&A until January 2016. Tickets are priced at £12.

Find it at V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Shoes Pleasure & Pain at The V&A