Friday, 23 January 2015

#211. Normal service will resume shortly

Sorry for the radio silence pals. Things have been quite busy over the past few weeks getting everything ready for my theatre project, Sanitise, touring Scotland (Find out more here), starting a new health and fitness campaign and lots and lots of Wedmin. But I'm getting there and so normal service will resume shortly...promise. Thanks for bearing with me!

In the meantime, I'm still around on Instagram, so come say hi. This link also made me laugh a lot yesterday, so hope it brings a smile to your face too.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

#210. Gigs in 2015

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2015 seems to be gearing up as quite a year for music with lots of big tours, new albums and new releases. Both Robin and I love music, going to gigs and discovering new music is just so much fun. We constantly have music playing in our house, helped by the amazing beautiful wee digital radio that my wee bro bought us for Christmas - I am completely in love!

So I thought I would share my top 6 big music events happening in 2015. There are bound to be a tonne more but here is a start, in no particular order.

If you ask anyone who knows me well, they will tell you how much I love Queen. I grew up listening to Queen on vinyl and CD as my Dad is a big fan and I don't think there is anything better than hearing the first few notes of a Queen song and preparing to sing along. From Hogmanays singing Bohemian Rhapsody with a pal and knowing all the words, to posters of Freddie Mercury in work, Queen is a big part of my life so I am really excited that they are touring this year. Robin called me through to watch Adam Lambert on the X Factor a few weeks ago and I thought he was great. He has Freddie's amazing focal range and flair and I think he makes a great lead singer for the band. If you are a Queen fan, don't miss out on this one. The tour kicks off in Newcastle in just two weeks time!

2. AC/DC

Who wouldn't want the chance to see such a classic rock band on tour? Enough said. They are in Glasgow at Hampden in June - "For those about to rock we salute you".

3. Taylor Swift
After Shake it Off came out and Greg James lip synced to Blank Space with the lady herself, I was a firm Taylor Swift fan. I had never thought of Taylor Swift as my sort of music, but I am really enjoying her latest album, just fun, upbeat and good to dance to and to be honest, it makes me smile. I think she will be pretty special in concert.

4. Download Festival
Robin has been to this rock festival a couple of times and always had a lot of fun. I think the lineup this year sounds pretty amazing: Motley Crue; Kiss; Muse; Blackstone Cherry and Slash. This is also Motley Crue's last UK appearance as part of their final ever tour, so the last chance to catch them before they are gone for good!

5. Paloma Faith
I really like Paloma Faith, she has such a beautiful soulful voice that I could listen to for hours and hours and she looks rockin' too, doesn't she? I just love her style and think her new album A Perfect Contradiction is great. So I was really excited to hear she was touring, including going to The O2* and visiting the Hydro in Glasgow. I think she would put on an amazing show as she is just so theatrical in everything she does. Your can buy Paloma Faith tickets here.

6. Nick Cave
I only discovered Nick Cave a few years ago and now I think he is wonderful. I don't now how I missed him for so long. I just really enjoy listening to his music, perfect for a chill out, so would really like to see him live.

Are there any gigs or music events you are really looking forward to in 2015?

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Friday, 19 December 2014

#209. Social Bite and Christmas 2014


Sometimes you see a project that is blooming wonderful, so inspiring and that reminds you of how great people can be, that you just need to share it. Social Bite is one of them.

Social Bite is a sandwich shop with branches in Glasgow and Edinburgh, that prides themselves on providing great and tasty food but that helps support great causes too. They refer to themselves as a social business where 100% of their profits go to good causes and 1 in 4 of their staff are formerly homeless people. They also run a suspended coffee scheme where you can buy a hot drink or food item in advance and a homeless person can go into the shop and claim it. It really is all about giving back to the community and a business to help others. It is such a refreshing change of perspective.

This Christmas, in the Season of giving, Social Bite are opening their doors on Christmas Eve/Day to offer homeless people dinner. What a fantastic gesture at a time when the most vulnerable can feel increasingly lonely. Partnering with ITISON you can help. By donating a fiver you can buy a homeless person a Christmas dinner and give them the chance to enjoy some festive time with friends and their Social Bite family.

I think this is such a wonderful initiative and at this time of year when you are out shopping, why not spare £5 to give a Christmas gift to someone less fortunate? 

You can buy a homeless person a Christmas dinner here

Find out more about Social Bite and it's amazing work here or read more about their Christmas initiative in the news. Merry Christmas! 

#208. Defying Gravity

If you come visit my little corner of the internet often, you will know how much I adore London based designer, Dahlia. I really like how their pieces are limited edition and are always different to things I have come across before. So, a few weeks ago on my daily Dahlia browse, I spotted this beautiful Harriet top and decided to treat myself.

How lovely is it to take outfit pictures beside a Christmas tree? My Dahlia top is made from jacquard material, so has a dark underlying pattern, with this cute contrasting ruffled collar. There are beautiful flower shaped embellishments made of plastic petals and pearl look centres, which add a bit of Christmassy bling to the top and although you can't tell from this picture, there is a chiffon peplum detail as well. The material is quite heavy and the sleeves are long, almost down to my elbows, both of which I really like. I do feel that the top could be a bit more fitted, especially towards the waist it feels quite baggy and the peplum, although lovely, only adds to this. That aside though, I think it's wonderful and one of my favourite new buys.

I paired the Dahlia top with this beautiful textured skirt from Matalan for £14 - what a bargain! (similar here) I really do rate Matalan, you always find little gems for reasonable prices. The skirt is such a lovely camel colour, that I was drawn to it right away and I really like the casual length and pockets. It is soft to the touch and is a welcome addition to my wardrobe as I was in need of an everyday skirt. It will look good with flat shoes, or little boots like the ones I am wearing from Duo here. These are the boots I was lucky enough to receive a few weeks ago and I am completely in love with them. I have worn them so much since I first bought them, they are ridiculously comfy and go with everything in my wardrobe.

This is one of my new favourite outfits; casual but smart and perfect for a day out shopping with the girls or a wee night at the theatre - I wore it to see Wicked last week which was amazing! It was the second time I have seen the show and loved it. It was so hard not to sing along!

What do you think of my outfit? Do you like my Dahlia top, skirt and boots?