Saturday, 31 December 2016

OUTFIT | MOTEL MERMAID

Motel dress*/ ASOS boots / Daniel Wellington watch*

If New Year's Eve isn't the perfect time to emulate a sassy, sparkly mermaid, then when is?! I've had my eye on this Motel dress for a long while but thought it would be prime time to showcase its stunning opalescent shine whilst my hair is silver, can't have anything else clashing and stealing its spotlight. I would also like to point out that while I often find sequinned material rather stiff and uncomfortable, this Gabby dress has each disc stitched on one side only so it's free to stretch and move around if you get what I mean... ultimately it's the nicest piece of sequinned clothing I've ever worn and bonus points for it not being itchy at all. I've mentioned a couple of times this year that I'm finally starting to build up the confidence to wear bodycon silhouettes and I think the material really does play a huge part in it. I've found that scuba, velvet, sequins, embellishments etc are the most forgiving on my figure as they help hide a multitude of sins whilst adding that extra bit of wow factor that I always crave when putting a look together. 

As 2016 draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for following this little blog of mine for another year. Whether you're new or have stuck around since it's inception, it means a lot for me to be able to share my personal online space with you so thank you for your support and interaction, the blogger community truly is a wonderful place. Wishing you an absolutely fabulous New Year and I'll see you in 2017! x

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

OUTFIT | STATEMENT SLEEVES & EMBROIDERED JEANS

Endless Rose jumper / Topshop jeans / Zara shoes / Daniel Wellington watch*/ Gucci bag

I really loved putting together this look and wearing it out on a brisk day but by the end of it my black jeans were covered in white fluff. Worth it though! You know I have been going through a bit of a Gucci obsession recently and though I've totally been coveting their fur loafers, I just knew I wouldn't get the wear out of them. I feel they're more of a trendy piece plus I wouldn't know how to style them a load of different ways to maximise their versatility. So I was super pleased to find this inspired pair by Zara for a fraction of the price. They're quite toasty too and surprisingly you don't really notice the chill around your ankles. On to my hair situation here, I bleached my roots the other day and toned just the top half for a tad too long so it's gone much bluer than the rest. I kind of like this gradient effect though, what do you think? Though it'll fade back to silver in a wash or two anyway hehe. I can't believe it's almost 2017! What are your plans for New Year's Eve? I'm going to see Rogue One again during the day and then off to watch the fireworks from a nearby location that I'm yet to pinpoint, hopefully it'll be somewhere that's not overly crowded though. Speaking of Star Wars, I'm still in shock hearing about Carrie Fischer's passing, 2016 has been such a sad year. May the force be with her forever.
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Monday, 26 December 2016

OUTFIT | THOR VS LOKI

Black Milk sweater dress / H&M beanie / Agyness Deyn x Dr Marten creepers (old but similar)/ Proenza Schouler bag / Daniel Wellington watch*

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas however you chose to spend it. I'm still in a food coma as yesterday I cooked and devoured quite an extensive feast with my family. Today a comfy, casual outfit is much needed to hide the food baby so I've thrown on this sweater dress from Black Milk that is easily a statement in itself. I'm not as much of a Marvel fangirl as I was back in the day (DC all the way) but Thor and Loki still hold a special place in my heart (or maybe that's just the remnants of my schoolgirl crush on Tom Hiddleston). I've styled it with my favourite chunky beanie from H&M and my super old yet well loved Aggy creepers, in a colour combination that suggests my subconscious reluctance at the fact that Christmas is done and dusted for another year. I also recently added another Daniel Wellington watch to my growing collection. I had a rose gold one and a striped one previously but thought a simple black with silver hardware would go nicely with everything this winter season.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

THEATRE | THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS AT ROSE THEATRE


Back at one of my favourite theatres for their final production of the year, an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's children's novel The Wind in the Willows. Directed by Ciaran McConville who also did A Christmas Carol (which I absolutely loved) last year, and enlisting a cast of mega-talented children from Rose Youth Theatre alongside their actors, I was already quite certain it was going to be yet another magical night ahead. We were treated to seats in the circle this time which I soon learned was a prime position to be in as the wooden stage is projected with the most beautiful moving imagery to depict the changing scenery. It seemed simple but was so effective, I had never felt so immersed in a different world before. The Wind in the Willows tells the story of an animal kingdom in rural Edwardian England, mainly about the adventure of the characters Mole, Rat, Toad, and Mr Badger, simply named after their respective animal forms. It's the classic tale of an initially naive protagonist longing for more excitement in his life only to find that what he ends up facing is not quite what he had in mind but through all the hardships, he learns many moral lessons and comes out a changed and better individual. 


Gary Mitchinson take on this lead role as Mole and is immediately a loveable and relatable figure, whilst his best friend Ratty, played by Emma Pallant, is a fierce heroine that would be a brilliant role model to many young girls who watch this. The reckless Toad is brilliantly portrayed by Jamie Baughan, at times frustrating but funny in turn. His impulsiveness is what gets the characters in trouble in the first place but you really do go on an emotional journey with him as his character develops. Mr Badger (Derek Elroy) is the wise mentor/father figure in the story and his voice definitely has that same calming effect as Morgan Freeman's. On the other side we have the baddies, lead by Stoat (Michael Taibi), who was absolutely hilarious, especially in a memorable cross-dressing scene. The rest of the ensemble is made up entirely of a talented bunch of youth that were seriously awe-inspiring and threatened to steal each and every scene. Each character portrayed, no matter how big or small the role they had was, was memorable: from the timid Doris Dormouse (Amelie Abbott) to the commanding Chief Weasel (a personal favourite character of mine, played by Oliver Smith), to the totally Hermione Granger-esque Kitten Rabbit (Milly Stephens), and the adorable hedgehog couple Gerard and Wilhelmina (Aidan Porter and Ella Taylor), there was just such a wide variety of personalities and attributes which made for a rich and fulfilling story. The audience was made up of many young viewers the night I attended, and I have a feeling that each child would've found a character they related and aspired to. 


So I loved the stage design and the acting, but one of my most favourite aspects of this particular production of The Wind in the Willows were the costumes. Depicting human actors as animals can be an easy or difficult task depending on how you look at it but convincing the audience (especially young children) is an entirely different matter at hand. The costume designer was Peter Todd and instead of focusing on a completely animal transformation which I think could easily look tacky if not done realistically, he gave quite a unique human look to each of the different breeds, playing up on different textures to evoke furs and slight protrusions of ears and tails. The costumes reminded me of something out of a Wes Anderson film, which immediately gets a giant thumbs up from me. 


My prediction was correct, it was a magical night indeed and I'm certain the audience felt the same, at least judging by the little girl standing off the edge of her seat next to me and her equally beaming dad as the play concluded and the applause broke out. Rose Theatre's The Wind in the Willows was captivating, heart-warming, and plenty of fun for adults and children alike. It's much more light-hearted than last year's Christmas production and an easy and entertaining watch for the entire family. 

The Wind in the Willows is at Rose Theatre Kingston until until the 3rd of January. Tickets and more information can be found here.

*Complimentary press tickets to watch this play were given to me courtesy of Rose Theatre but all thoughts and opinions voiced are my own. 


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Sunday, 18 December 2016

YOUTUBE | WINTER WONDERLAND VLOG


Another vlog?! Calm down Andini... 
What can I say, I've really been enjoying vlogging and this week we are getting festive and spending the day at Winter Wonderland! 


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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

COSPLAY | HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE


Hyper Japan is a bi-annual expo in London that celebrates Japanese culture and anime so I thought it would be the perfect event to debut my Sophie Hatter cosplay. As a regular Comic Con go-er, I only attended Hyper Japan for the first time last year to tag along with a friend and while I loved the entire experience, one moment that unfortunately stood out to me was the bone-chilling, pneumonia-inducing hour spent lining up outside to get into the venue at Tobacco Dock, where the winds were particularly strong over the water and it was the middle of winter. Somehow I had this unforgettable incident in mind when I was planning my next cosplay and as it struck me that I'd love to do something from one of my favourite Miyazaki films': Howl's Moving Castle, it also dawned on me how convenient wearing a long sleeved dress would be if I had to queue at that godforsaken place again. Yeah so that was the reason behind my cosplay choice really, haha. Glamorous.

What's your favourite Studio Ghibli film? I've seen all of them now but mine's forever a toss up between Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away.

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

YOUTUBE | HYPER JAPAN VLOG


I've been bitten by the vlogging bug! This time, we are turning Japanese and spending the day at Hyper Japan! Let me know if you've been enjoying seeing more video content from me because there may or may not be another vlog coming next week...


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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

TRAVEL | BELFAST PHOTO DIARY


A collection of photos to accompany the Belfast vlog I did. I'm still pinching myself over the fact that I've practically been to Westeros, that's a huge tick off my bucket list! Anyway, I won't bore you all with words here as it is a photo diary and I talk (or more like ramble aha) a lot about the trip in my video. I'll also be posting all the outfits I wore in Belfast next week along with two more vlogs on my YouTube channel before Christmas, yay!


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