Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Man From U.N.C.L.E

So I was a plus one at a cheeky preview screening of The Man from U.N.C.L.E on Monday night. I wasn't a fan of the original series I must admit. I was aware of the premise and the characters but my parents weren't fans and I grew up in the age of one television per household and after about 8.30pm it was adults rule only.

Which is why I grew up with my head in a book but I digress - back to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Guy Ritchie movies are always stylish. Never thought provoking or heavy and this one is no exception. The styling is beautiful (apparently they used some original couture instead of theatrical designer interpretations) and the choice of music fun while keeping a cool edge.

It didn't really follow the characters of the TV series much - the names are the same but the characters completely different, but who cares when you have two such strong and charismatic actors in Henry Cavill  and Armie Hammer who play Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin. They both bring humour and presence to the roles and play brilliantly opposite each other and their female accomplice Gaby played by Alicia Vikander. She is far smarter than both put together in both the brains and the technical ability department and she doesn't just get to play the girlie girl - though she does that too. Solo and Kuryakin are like an old married couple and even adopt pet names for one another - a nice touch.

The story was the usual shtick - Cold War times, ex-Nazi's developing warheads, ex-Nazi torturers avoiding justice - just what we were all expecting and they pulled it off in a film that is glam and nostalgic.  

How great it is to have whole film where no-one relies on technology to win the day - apart from corded desk-phones, wire cutters and walkie-talkies that is!

This is a must see if you like cars (Guy Ritchie has crammed as many beautiful vintage cars in as he can muster), Nazi's getting beaten, gorgeous sixties tailoring and a great soundtrack. Roll on the sequel.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E is out on general release from this Friday 14th August.

Here's the trailer

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Liquid Velvet Lipstick Lasts for Hours

Today I am wearing a Ciate London lipstick called Liquid Velvet and the reason why I am telling you this is because I am a bit obsessed with this deep pigment lipstick that comes in a gloss style holder but dries to a plush velvet. It's wand allows perfect application which you do need as it dries and stays a long (and I mean LONG) time.

To get the best effect you use the stick to create a defined lip line then fill in your lips and it really will stay all day. 

It's a matte colour which allows me to drink coffee, eat lunch and kiss without it disappearing but unlike a lot of 'stay-all-day' lipsticks this has moisturising properties so my lips don't get dried out by using it.

The killer ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid which adds lip-conditioning and makes lips look fuller too but what I particularly love is that it is Paraben, Sulfate and Phthalate free. Go Ciate!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Lunchtime Treat - Goat's Cheese on Toast

How delicious is this? I must admit that this was served to me in a fantastic tearoom by the marina at Ely, Cambridgeshire. It was called the Peacock Tearoom and boy do they have a wonderful menu including a simply vast selection of teas (plus a few cocktails for a treat in the sunshine). Anyway I was so enamoured by my lunch that I made it for myself recently and it really is a fantastic treat and so very easy to do.

All you need is some toasted wholemeal bread which you then cover with sliced, cooked beetroot. You then top with slices of goat's cheese and drizzle with honey and pop it under the grill until it starts to bubble. They then topped with walnuts and served with a delicious side-salad. Amazing!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Clinique PopStop launches in Piccadilly Circus Tube Station

I love a pop-up and I love make-up so Clinique opening the Clinique PopStop in Piccadilly Circus Underground Station today is big news for me! Commuters and locals will be able to whizz in and touch up on the go with Clinique’s Express Service Menu or browse and shop the newest additions to Clinique’s colour portfolio.

The Express Service Menu offers custom-fit, 3 minute pick me ups including; Pick Your Pout, In a Wink and Sweet Cheeks - the perfect pop stop for busy women on the go.

Clinique is also offering the chance to win a Clinique goody bag worth £100 just by simply sharing your Clinique Pop Lip selfie on social media with #CliniquePopStop. There will be a winner chosen every Monday, from 10th August, at 10am and announced on Twitter.

Clinique Pop Stop opening from 4th August until 25th September 2015
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Back In the Game

I didn't have the heart to carry on with my blog for a few months. It took all my energy to focus on doing my job, looking after my family and undergoing all the treatments that were necessary to give me the best chance of survival of breast cancer. Chemotherapy lost me my hair, radiotherapy knocked me for six in terms of energy levels and my feelings of positivity, and Tamoxifen (the wonder drug) has sent me shooting into menopause with hot flushes galore.

So writing about things I love here with any great conviction hasn't really been a thing I've wanted to do. But now, six weeks after my final radiotherapy and with my hair, eyelashes and eyebrows growing back, I am feeling much more normal and ready to get on with life.

I know I face years of tests and a reconstruction somewhere down the line, but for the moment I am happy to look in the mirror and to walk down the street without a headscarf. Little things have made me incredibly happy - the veggies growing in our vegetable patch, I could gaze at them for ages.

I am amazed and overwhelmed at the support I have had from everyone. Family, friends, work colleagues, clients - all have been absolutely amazing and one thing I really feel is that I am loved. We never really know this until something like this happens and I know everyone goes on about it giving you a huge sense of perspective (it does) but it's also about the small kindnesses from people you wouldn't imagine would be so supportive that make a difference. Even if it's just a message of support on an email it means a lot and has helped me enormously get through some really crap times.

Anyway it's time to move on. For the first time I have a wall calendar that doesn't say hospital/chemo/radio appointment anywhere on it. My next check up is the end of October so I have a bit of time to just 'be'. Here's to just being for the time being.

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