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Category Archives: Lifestyle
Well hello, opportunity of a lifetime.
Though the video above does an excellent job of laying out the ‘Launching People‘ law all on its own, I can’t help but share my excitement with you all. I truly believe if anyone has the chance to get somewhere with this collaboration, it is the music-loving and Elba-worshipping visual foodie readers of this very blog.
As you’ve just seen, Samsung have joined forces with four game-changers of their respective fields to launch and support new talent; we’re talking babe of all chefs and Sunday Times cook Gizzi Erskine, award-winning actor and producer Idris Elba, the inimitable Paloma Faith and uber fashion photographer Rankin…
…at your service.
Until the 6th of March, the four mentors will be studying the project proposals submitted through www.launchingpeople.co.uk (enter! enter!), each in hopes of finding a project they will be able to support one-on-one from there on out. The Chosen Ones will then go onto develop their project with one of the judges, having the entire journey documented in a television series to air later this Spring.
In Gizzi’s words: “I want to see someone that has a serious passion for the industry – I want to understand their passion and be able to see and feel it. I want to show that you don’t have to be conventional to be successful. I’m looking for someone who’s happy to break the rules – and maybe teach me a thing or two along the way. The simple ideas can be the best. But a simple idea with a bit of glitter on it is far more exciting.”
If only Gizzi would accept an undying proclamation of love as a project. Sigh.
Last year? I won a competition that gave me free cocktails and a movie theatre to myself for the evening.
This year? After agreeing we wouldn’t do anything to celebrate (we were planning to be pooped from Fashion Week, after all), The Manfriend took me to see my favourite musical of all time – Wicked.
The cherry on top? Upon returning home, I was welcomed by a gargantuan package of Valentine’s goodies from M&S. Gorgeously crisp – and fragrant – roses, candles, bath salts, chocolates, a marble heart platter, grooming goodies for The Manfriend, a stunning bra (also for The Manfriend?), and a gift card to provide us with a bona fide feast…and then some.
I think I might be giving in, V-Day.
While I love a good makeover, I am terribly hesitant when it comes to changing anything in my dot-com life. This blog is my (geeky little) baby, after all.
Obviously I bit the bullet and annoyed you lovely readers by coding (and breaking) my blog in a mad rush over the past hour. And here’s the result! A re-brand. A re-jig. And a really good reason to go to bed with a smile on my face tonight.
I hope you all love the new layout (!); all feedback is welcome as – at the end of the day – you deserve to look at something nice, dontcha?
Courtesy of Sony
Valentine’s Day has never really been my thing (see: the Un-Valentine’s playlist). I am a hopeless romantic and say I ‘love’ things more than I probably should, but I’ve never really understood the specific Valentine’s occasion hoopla. When I initially saw Sony’s tablet -geared Valentine’s infographic (above), I was almost positive I wouldn’t get anything from it.
But, you know what? These are genuinely good ideas. Even if you have zero love interests and zero plans in line for the 14th, Sony’s XperiaTM tablet and smartphone range (we’re talking 3D surround sound, Play Store apps, universal IR remotes, high quality cameras, and HD screens), has inspired me to have a genuinely lovely time with myself – whether The Boyfriend is around or not. It’s just a day, after all!
My own take on the infographic?
How To Deal With Valentine’s Day
1. Have some champagne and listen to music (if you’re like me, this will be done while dressed in next to nothing in front of a mirror)
2. Cook yourself your dream meal (whether it is something extravagant or something you simply don’t take the time to do – my choice is lobster and a vegan chocolate cake)
3. Take a trip down memory lane (invite your favourite ladies over, load up your backlog of photographic memories on the TV, and follow it by indulging in a 90s film flashback or two)
4. Photos (be it the big or little moments of the evening, I’m all for keeping a tablet on hand to document things!)
5. Watch a film in bed (or – like 99% of singletons – spend the rest of your evening in bed LOLing at half-drunk ‘coupley’ Facebook updates).
I turned the big two-four last week and, to celebrate, my Extra Special SuperBoyfriend whisked me off for a weekend love-in at Centerparcs Whinfell Forest…
…which I had no idea about until we arrived. This girl loves a romantic surprise.*
The weekend was fantastic. With no expectations of Centerparcs (I hadn’t even heard of them!) whatsoever, everything from bike rides in the rain to night swims under the stars felt celebratory and – even though it is geared at families – truly intimate.
Because I allowed myself to temporarily unglue the SLR from my hand (blogger sin), I don’t have a visual play by play of activities this time around. However, if you are heading to Whinfell Forest anytime soon I can’t recommend the World of Spa, caving adventure and archery tuition enough.
I am already planning the activities for our next trip. (In a treehouse, this time. How amazing do they look?)
* It is worth noting that while I was told to jump in the car with an array of non-distinct items, I took up most of the luggage with a fantastic birthday parcel from my friends at Waitrose. Because they’re gifting all online orders a ‘champagne thank you‘ this month, they very kindly sent me some bubbly, party decorations, portable champagne glasses, and the Birthday Girl package from Philosophy. We cooked dinner and popped party poppers each and every night we were there. It was wonderful.