Sunday, 27 April 2014

Race for Life is 20 years old - have you signed up yet?

Now I can't say I have - running is not something that you will often find me doing, unless it's to flee imminent danger or someone has opened a new box of Malteasers and they are going fast, no running is not for me. But I can see that running is popular as a pastime and as a superb way of raising much needed funds for charities. One of the most popular and one I do try to help through sponsorship is Race for Life which has been going an amazing 20 years this year. Here are some Race for Life fast facts. 

Race for Life is 17 times the size of the London marathon (based on number of participants) and since it started in 1994 six million women have taken part and covered a total of 18,600,000 miles. That’s the equivalent of 37 times to the moon and back!
·        Over 6 million bottles of water have been given out, that’s the equivalent to putting a bottle of water on every seat at Wembley stadium 67 times over.
·         In 2013  a whole team took part dressed as whoopee cushions and in 2012 4 Tellytubbies took part on the Isle of Wight. There have also been 3 marriage proposals and at 102, Betty took part in Portsmouth with her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter. 
About Race for Life
  • Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life has an entry fee of £14.99 for adults and £10 for girls 16 and under. This covers the costs of staging the event series and means that money raised in sponsorship can go to help beat cancer
·         Race for Life’s Pretty Muddy is open to adults and girls 13 and over
·         Race for Life raises money that goes towards beating over 200 types of cancer affecting both men and women

About Cancer Research UK
·         Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
  • The charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
·         Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
·         Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1861 or Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

I lost my mum to pancreatic cancer and it is only this morning that some 13 years later we still have a survival rate of 1% past 10 years. So Cancer Research is so very very important even when survival rates on a lot of cancers have got so much better. Please keep giving and running people as I don't know anyone who has not been touched by cancer in some way.

Friday, 25 April 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Electric Chrome Collection Nail Varnishes

Spider-Man 2 has hit our screens and now at Revlon counters you can indulge in a range of eye-popping metallic varnishes that do last and also are easy to remove. I know I've tried Electrified Web which is a beautiful bronze. There is also 1000 Volts (gold), Gwen's Crush (cranberry), I'm Electro (bright blue), Super-Powered (navy) and Spidey Sense (red). All electric themes the unique shades have glowing glass pearls in the formula to give an illuminated chrome appearance - I really haven't seen anything quite like it!

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Invest in some Bobbi Brown Art Sticks in 8 gorgeous shades

New to Selfridges are Bobbi Brown Art Sticks in 8 gorgeous shades. You can use them on lips and cheeks and as they are made from vegetable derivatives and Shea Butter they are super rich and smooth to use. Used at the recent New York fashion week you can get these exclusively from May 1st at Selfridges either in store or online. RRP £19.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Clarks shoes Autumn/Winter preview

Sneak peak at the Clarks Autumn/Winter range for women here - they will be going in store and online from mid-summer and feature shiny ox blood, ponyskin, quilting - all highly directional for Autumn/Winter 2014. Can't wait!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Lost River review on Flickering Myth

First images from Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River

The new world of journalism is not simple

We are drowning in data about readers and attention, but which metrics really matter? You won’t like the answer

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Miso Tasty packet soup in a cup

It's the time of year when we are all aware that we will be getting limbs out from beneath sweaters and clothing will, whether we like it or not, become more revealing. I reach for the biscuits mid afternoon - it's as instinctive as breathing really but it doesn't help my waste-line. Now I can reach for a sachet of Miso Tasty packet soup which is made by just adding boiling water and including two sachets of powder. Miso can be an acquired taste I know but I rather like this. There is also a spicy version who likes things with a bit of kick...
Miso is crafted in Japan in really small batches and fermented in the Sincho region using snowmelt from the Central Japanese Alps. They also choose to keep the other ingredients in your packet separate from the miso soup paste, so the umami powder, spring onions and wakame seaweek come in their own sachet which keeps everything tasting fresh. All the Miso is gluten-free, additive-free and  suitable for vegetarians so there's no excuse not to develop a seriously strong Miso habit.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Choc Shot Liquid Chocolate - genius idea!

I was given some Choc Shot Liquid Chocolate at an event recently and it is a truly inspired treat for chocolate lovers. Not only is it pretty low in calories but it has a wonderful full chocolatey flavour and I find it perfect for turning my latte into a mocca! You can make a more trad hot chocolate but it spreads on toast, drips on pancakes and livens up ice-cream a treat.

The low-down

  • 100% natural
  • Sweetened with our magic ingredient, award winning Sweet Freedom
  • Only 14 calories per teaspoon
  • Low GI / GL - no energy highs and lows
  • Suitable for diabetics as part of a healthy diet
  • NO artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives
  • GM, dairy & gluten free
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
  • Made in the UK

Available in a wide variety of supermarkets nationwide...

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Dove: Patches and why beauty is a state of mind.

I started watching this video and felt very sad that all these definitely not unattractive women felt so negative about themselves... then they tried some patches and had some wonderful results. Makes you think!


Saturday, 5 April 2014

The Muses of Jean Paul Gaultier art exhibition at The Barbican

Annie Kevans is a British artist who has been commissioned by the curator of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk to the Catwalk to create a series for exhibition of his muses. This will be exhibited from 9th April until 25th August 2014 at the Barbican Galleries, London. There are 30 paintings of muses and two of Jean Paul Gaultier himself and these include Boy George, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Madonna, Beth Ditto and Lily Cole.

Annie is quoted 'In fashion, and in culture in general, we always wonder where ideas come from. I think it's wonderful that Jean Paul Gaultier is able to honour his muses and their creativity which has inspired his own. I think we've all been influenced by Jean Paul Gaultier's ideas, from his celebration of the unusual to his subverting of the familiar. The strong social message in his work is very inspiring to create works that reflect society and celebrate different types of beauty, without following the fixes standards of beauty presented by the fashion industry - all genders, body sizes, skin colours, religions and ages are included in his world.'

All the works are oil on paper and there is a copy of the painting of Jean Paul Gaultier to buy through the Barbican. The perfect souvenir for Gaultier fans!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Fatal Attraction at Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Photo: Alastair Muir

I was lucky enough this week to be a 'plus one' for Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket and when invited I jumped at the chance as it was on my must-see theatre list.
Who can forget the impact that the eighties film made? It is one of the only films I haven't seen in over 15 years and yet I can remember exactly what happens. Fatal Attraction brought the term 'bunny boiler' to the English vernacular and it's still used today by the tabloids. So taking this iconic film and turning it into the confines of a stage play with so much to live up to was always going to be a tough ask.

But they have done really rather well. The cast are well balanced and play beautifully off one another - and the ensemble cast are key to really setting the scene in terms of the Manhattan lifestyle. From bedroom to bar they give background depth to what is, essentially, a bit of a three-hander.

So back to the cast. Natasha McElhone plays Alex Forrest the seriously disturbed and deranged other women. Stepping into Glen Close's shoes she plays this twisted yet beguiling - at once you can see why he made a play for her but there is always an underlying unease from her too eager smile to her mad stare. Many of you will recognise her as the co-star alongside David Duchovny in US TV hit Californication.

The husband, Dan Gallagher, is played by Mark Bazeley (you may have seen him in Mistresses) who tells the story directly to the audience as it unfolds. He is totally at ease with breaking down the fourth wall and these interludes make sure the play keeps moving forward at a good pace. He is not a likeable character, however, egocentric, and bit slippery, we see him twist and turn to try to get out of the situation he finds himself in, to no avail.

Kristin Davis (from Sex and the City) plays his sweet wife, Beth Gallagher, and at first the character is a bit two dimensional, all sugar and light, but later on there is a hint of the career woman as she fights to save her family and her marriage.

If you haven't seen the film you'll love it. If you have you won't be disappointed. The only thing that slightly doesn't work are the costumes which are still stuck in the '90's whereas the play has been brought up to date with references to Facebook and the use of mobile phones. It's a small point and really don't let it put you off!

The plays end is beautifully done to the score from Madame Butterfly. Many newspaper critics have not liked this stage production at all. They don't see the point of it and feels it lacks passion. I would say to ignore the critics and make up your own minds. I enjoyed revisiting this story, almost like visiting an old friend after many years, and  Natasha McElhone is well worth turning stumping up for the price of a theatre ticket.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Night out to celebrate the Spring issue of Spectator Life

Spectator Life is a damn fine read - proper journalism and interesting, not the usual guff at all. Was so happy to be invited to the launch party by the amazing Editor, Olivia Cole and I was snapped with her and Krista too...

Photo by Tommy Memed
It took place at Home House which is a favourite venue of mine too. Check out the new issue and visit the Spectator Life site for more info.

Photo by Tommy Memed
Photo by Tommy Memed

Photo by Tommy Memed
Photo by Tommy Memed

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