Archive for July, 2016

27 Jul 2016

TAKE SOME POTTER’S NODOFF FOR A GREAT NIGHT’S SLEEP

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SLEEP: WE ALL NEED IT, BUT HOW MUCH DO WE WANT IT?

If you’re anything like me- I have the 21st century FOMO (fear of missing out), so I tend to cram in as much as possible, as often as possible! And that results in me feeling a little bit jaded from time to time..

So on my days of recuperation, I like to try and catch up on my sleep. Needless to say by then, I am officially exhausted and you would think sleep would come easy.. alas not. It seems whenever I attempt to get my head down at a reasonable hour, my sleep endorphins decide they want to be out dancing. Or starting a provocative conversation with my brain about a deadline. Hence even on those days off, falling asleep is a bit of a mish!

I’ve tried the chill out apps and the pillow spray- all very well and good but not quite effective enough! So when I got my mitts on the infamous Potter’s ‘Herbal Nodoff Plus Mixture‘ I couldn’t wait to see if this would be the answer to my insomnia.

Having produced successful products for years, the white coats behind the Potter’s brand must know something about herbs, and reading between the lines, it is quite a combo of ingredients which help the little sleep zzzzzs..

Valerian is widely used for excitability and exhaustion, (which sums me up rather well), along with Jamaican Dogwood, Passion Flower and Hops- but the potion didn’t look (or taste) as pretty as it sounded! However I persevered, and the tablespoon after dinner and two more before bed hit me like a brick wall! In a good way.

I’d love to tell you I had a great night’s sleep, but I can’t remember… I was out like a light, and felt fresh a a daisy the next day. No dreams, no anxiety, no grogginess. In fact I woke up feeling like I do on holiday- refreshed and raring to go.

I don’t know if it will be quite as effective if you get used to it, but I am definitely keeping this in my bathroom cabinet for emergencies.

Buy yours here

 

26 Jul 2016

COMFYBALLS FOR COMFORTABLE BALLS!

No Comments fblogger, menswear, my words, review

GENTS, if I was to ask if you to describe the perfect pair of pants, I bet comfort would be up there in your top three?

So what you pack your balls into to be comfortable gives you comfy balls right? Apparently this moniker aroused some sniggers when the Scandinavian founders tried to launch in the States, and the name was banned for being vulgar!

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For a company that was founded in Norway in 2013, it is now selling like hot buns in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, so it is seems our American cousins are missing out on the action..and the unique PackageFront™ design that Comfyballs provides, which claims to increase comfort by “reducing heat transfer and restricting movement”.

I didn’t realise underwear could get so technical, but I’m assured by my man friend that the underwear gets his thumbs up!

 See their UK trailer here
And buy yours here
26 Jul 2016

The movie of Sid & Nancy

No Comments blogger, film, my words, review

It’s the 40th anniversary of punk, and the 30th anniversary of the Sid & Nancy movie and to celebrate the 1986 film, the Alex Cox cult classic has been restored.

Film biops can go either way, but who better to play the infamous Sid Vicious than Gary Oldman- a man with some serious attitude, along with Chloe Webb as the long suffering girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The film documents one of the most high profile (and destructive) relationships of the era. Providing a vivid portrait of sex and drug abuse, the heart-breaking relationship between Sid & Nancy is a true story and one which tragically ends when Nancy is stabbed by her wasted lover Sid, who consequently dies of a heroin overdose.

Subtle, no, and suitable for a first date, probably not. But as for anyone who loved punk and The Sex Pistols, the original soundtrack and styling make this a film to mark an era.

Out in cinemas on 5th August.

15 Jul 2016

OFF DUTY MODEL LOOKS- SUKISHUFU STYLE

No Comments fashion, fblogger, my words, Stylist

SukiShufu is getting ready for AW

I have been working with luxury sportswear brand SukiShufu for four seasons on her lookbooks and campaign shoots, and this season was very exciting as her collection took inspiration from the 80s, and Prince..and just so happens to be one of my favourite decades (can’t be biased, I actually love the seventies, and sixties.. and come to mention it, fifties too!!)

Luckily we understand eachother really well, and her vision was complemented by some Vivienne Westwood style tap shoes, graphic jewellery a fedora and legwarmers. Here is a sneaky peek of the result..

The campaign, shot by my partner in crime Christopher Sims will be out very soon.

For more on Suki, check out her site.

12 Jul 2016

FASHION TIPS FOR WOMEN OVER 40

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INTERVIEW
I was recently asked to contribute to an Italian fashion magazine Glam at 40, and give my tips for successfully staying glam over 40! Check out my feature here:
 
09 Jul 2016

ITS FESTIVAL SEASON

No Comments 55Factory, fblogger, my words, review, travel

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I am really trying to swerve festivals this year, after my rather soggy experience last year.. Well festivals in the UK anyway- I am very much looking forward to the Sziget in Budapest next month…

But I digress, check out my festival essentials on 55Factory. Spoiler- they involve a selfie stick!

Read more here:

http://www.55factory.net/55platforms/festival-survival-kit

 

06 Jul 2016

MUST SEE TURKISH DELIGHTS

No Comments lblogger, my words, travel

If you are heading on an adventure break to Turkey, the famous fairy chimneys of Cappadocia are a must!

Just an hour’s flight from Istanbul, they are definitely worth a day or two… Read more on my review for Unmissable here:

The Famous Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia