Monday, 17 November 2014

A Night To Remember

I have a secret which I am just dying to share with you.

Deep down I’m a bit of a geek. I love fashion, make-up and all thinks glamorous but deep down I also love science, solving a logic problem and more importantly film soundtracks.

There’s just something about an epic film soundtrack which is magical to me. When I listen to it, it sends shivers down my spine, sends goosebumps up my arms and makes emotions rush around my body as if I were on a roller coaster.

So when I heard my favourite film composer Hans Zimmer was in town to play his first live show I just knew I had to see him.

He’s composed a whole range of film scores including some of my personal favourites. From The Lion King to Gladiator, The Dark Knight to Inception and even Man Of Steel and 12 Years a Slave.

The man is a 21st century musical genius!

So my friend D and I hit the town and walked across the river to the show, in awe of how the twinkling London lights sparkled in the River Thames.

Before ultimately making our way to the Hammersmith Apollo.

For those interested in my snazzy dress, here's what I wore...

We drank our Bellini’s (or three) and rushed inside to take our red velvet seats ready to enjoy the concert.

To say that it was the show of the year is an understatement. It was the most inspiring, skillful, talented and stunning show I’ve ever had the pleasure to experience.

Hans was accompanied by one of the most polished and skilful orchestral bands who had everyones jaws drop to the floor in amazement.

Emotions rushed around my body. One moment I’m crying to Gladiator the next moment I’m wishing I was Superman through Man Of Steel.

The moment the music finished the whole theatre jumped up to give a standing ovation.

We cheered and whistled in genuine glee along with everyone else in the sold out concert.

This was his first ever live show and I just hope that it won’t be his last as if he comes to a city near you need to GO!

I think anyone who enjoys music shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to go see him and his incredible band.

We hoped in a black cab and went home still on cloud nine from an incredible night out in London.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Kick Start Your Day With Yummy Porridge

Now it may come as no surprise to you but I’m not exactly a morning person.

The thought of getting up out of my comfy warm bed and having to get myself together, ready for the day just feels me with disappointment. I simply want to stay in my warm bedsheets and hit the snooze button.

But I’m a true believer that life is like a mirror, it’ll smile at you if you smile at it.

So I try to start my day as I mean to go on.

Most people think they don’t have time for breakfast or that they are trying to lose weight so they skip breakfast, but I have a really great fact for you - when sumo wrestlers want to put on weight, the first thing they do is skip breakfast.

See that’s definitely something you don’t want do you?!?!

Plus, you will never get the best out of yourself if you’re hungry. And if you are anything like me you’ll get HANGRY!

Hungry + Angry = Hangry!!!

So, I like to make myself a healthy porridge made from steel-cut oats, a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds and a small handful of blueberry’s, oh and a cheeky teaspoon of Molasses (sugar that has health benefits). The perfect start to any day and it gives me energy to start my day as I mean to go on.

It pumps me with energy like nobody's business and keeps me energised way longer then any other breakfast!

It’s particularly scrumptious with a cup of tea...

It's super easy too. You will need;

50g Steel-cut oats (Irish oats are the same) - Works out to be about 1/2 a cup,
150ml of semi-skimmed milk - again it’s approximately 1/2 cup,
Handful of blueberries,
Handful of pumpkin seeds,
1 tsp of Molasses

Pour the steel cut oats into a milk pan (ideally a non-stick one) along with the milk and molasses, and put them on the hob on a medium heat. It should only take a couple mins but keep stirring it to make sure it doesn't burn.

Once it’s a thicker consistency, pour it into a bowl and add the pumpkin seeds and blueberry.

And *voila* it’s done! Could it get any simpler?

All that’s left is to sit back and enjoy.

This super easy breakfast will provide you with 68.5% of your recommended daily amount of immune-boosting manganese, zinc and vitamin D to help cell growth. The key nutrients you’re getting are in fact carbohydrates, zinc, magnesium, iodine, vitamin C & vitamin D.

The best part though is that it’s really yummy and will give you plenty of sustained energy to carry out your mornings work, oh, and help lose weight should you wish for that too!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A Walk Among The Poppies

“There's nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.”Vivienne Westwood

What a fab woman that Westwood is.  She’s not just fashionable but got such a way with words as well, doesn't she?

She appears to have explained my feelings for London superbly.  The type of feeling that convinced me that I needed to play tourist in my own back yard for the day.

(Any excuse.)

And what else to do on Remembrance Day than to head out of my usual stomping ground and head over to the Tower Of London to view the breathtakingly amazing poppy display.

The weather was another positively splendid and perfectly crisp day, yet surprisingly sunny for November!  We couldn't possibly have picked a more perfect day to play tourists!

The cool breeze glided along the River Thames, whipping up a gentle whistling in the air as it passed through the leaves in the trees, and yet the sun still beamed down gently washing all of the iconic skyscrapers with a gleaming warm glow.

Each year on the 11th November us British folk remember the men and women who have given their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts.

It’s known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Poppy Day.  This year takes on extra special significance as it is 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Footloose & fancy free after a ginormous brunch at Granger & Co over on Westborn Grove (my favourite brunch spot which you just HAVE to try), I set off with my friend Dan to explore.  We headed east over into the city for a very, very long walk.

As far as I'm concerned there's just nothing better than white in winter.

My warm comfy jumper is from Banana Republic, my jeans are from Ralph Lauren, my tan boots are from Koalabi,  and my bag is Louis Vuitton

To celebrate the 100 years since the start of the first World War, an amazing ceramic poppy display has been wrapping itself around the Tower Of London.  Every day it’s been constantly evolving with more and more poppies being added.  The display is made up of an awe inspiring 888,246 hand crafted poppies.  It was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with the setting by stage designer Tom Piper and is called “Blood swept lands and sea of red”.

It really is a truly beautiful sight.

The blue skies made the perfect backdrop for the unbelievably beautiful bloom of poppies.

As always I've became a little snap happy but can you really blame me?  It really is the ultimate spot for two roaming shutterbugs!

The iconic grand Tower of London with all the poppies in the moat was just too picturesque to resist.

It was so busy.

There were queues and queues of people all hoping to gain a glimpse of the amazing display.

Eventually we slipped away, back into the glittering streets.

As the sun set and the sky turned to darkness the city of London sparkled like the true diamond it is, making it the perfect ending to the most wonderful day.

I know Remembrance Day was yesterday, but if you're in the UK and can spare a few pounds, please text POPPY to 70020, to donate £3.

It's an amazing way to remember the fallen and help the families they left behind.

And you never know, if you do a good deed, karma might just repay the favour.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Taking A Leaf Out Of Superman's Book

Every season there is a must have item which you see everyone rushing to the shops to buy.

Sometimes it’s a pattern, other times it’s a silhouette and occasionally it’s something you can’t even buy in the shops.  DIY flower crowns anyone?

This season there’s one item that I’ve been dying to get my hands on.  I searched high and low, rummaged through countless websites, even poked around in vintage clothing shops, all in the hope of finding my perfect autumn friend.

You see I have become totally crazy about capes!

Now I know what you're thinking, “but Beth, Halloween was last week, you don’t need to dress up like Superman”.

Well, I’m not talking about the superman style one, I’m talking about the snuggly ones which you throw over your shoulders on a chilly autumn morning.  Followed by a spot of lunch and shopping without having to wear a coat and worry about getting too hot! 

It’s great because you feel like you are walking around wrapped in a blanket.

It was the classic Goldilocks and the three bears story - some were too big, others were too small and I was almost about to give up hope when I stumbled across the one which was just right!

My new woollen friend is from River Island.  It's a black aztec print faux fur trim cape.  I wanted a cape which was rich in colours and screamed "autumn is here" as I count down the days until Christmas. 

With the bonkers weather we've been having recently it’s been really hard to keep up on whether to wear a coat or not, so a cape is the perfect solution.  When the sun decides to treat us and come out to play, you can simply whip the cape off and carry on as normal.  It’s genius if you ask me.

I wore mine with a pair of Topshop black skinny jeans, a white vest top, a plum hat (to match my cape, naturally) and my heels.

And if you aren't sold on getting a cape yet then this bad joke might just sway you:

If your significant other is mad at you, put a cape on them and say "now you're SuperMAD!"

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