Friday, November 17, 2017

Jasmin Vardimons Pinocchio | Sadlers Wells Theatre



Theatre in all forms has always been a focal point to my life, and I like to take time out of my day job within the arts to enjoy it for performance sake. Having studied Jasmin Vardimon myself at university I knew what to expect in terms of her physical theatre a choreographic style. Having said this, I actually found myself being surprised with her creativity and unexpected approach to this traditional story that we can all feel the back in our childhood day vibes. 

Taking a well known story and recreating it is a daring move, but is it a recreation? During the symposium after the show Jasmin referenced the fact she had been very much influenced and inspired by the original story (before Disney) and wanted to focus on the theme of manipulation. The power to manipulate the audiences minds to making them believe what they see. manipulating the story to include elements it hasn't had before (like having a female playing Pinocchio). 


One element in particular that fascinated me was the staging and set design. How everything was managed and manipulated by all of the performers. No prop support or people running in during blackouts to move staging around, just the performers. Jasmin spoke about how the dancers weren't just dancers, but were manipulators of the stage and the environment that they were performing on. Again, the theme of manipulation through another aspect of the piece. 

With regards to movement content, of course it was very physical and creative. The smallest movements were clearly thought about a lot down to the smallest breath. One moment that really stayed with me after the performance was when Pinocchio was first starting to walk independently, but of course that element of manipulation as Geppetto assisted the action was seen clearly from the audiences perspective. 


The sheer strength from the lead performer was incredible, and the endurance she had was breathtaking. With continuous use of her knees, bending, kneeling, spinning and jumping she really did show her perfected stamina and ability and why she had been cast as the lead. Staying with the point of Pinocchio being casted as a women, I couldn't help but think whether or no this had anything to do with the quality of the movement, to just contradict the traditional story, or was it purely through the audition process and casting process that she was chosen? Whatever the specific intention of this casting, it was debatable as to whether or not you really noticed or whether it made any difference. But in my opinion, this performer really stole the show.


Without going too far and turn this review and informative post into a full blown A Level analysis, I will sum up. If you manage to catch this performance by Jasmin you will be in for a creative, imaginative and enchanting take on an old story loved by many and whisked to a place where nothing is impossible. You'll see a young Pinocchio share the story of growing up and learning what it is to be human. There'll be tough sections (where things get a little dark), and sections where you'll feel joy and your heart will ache for the  beauty that you see. The movement will inspire you, make you laugh and set your imagination on overdrive until you see the flying boat that's completely and utterly moving and in control by the performer and only the performer. 

I'll always have a soft spot for the Jasmin Vardimon company, and I'll support whatever they do as I fully appreciate and love her intention behind the creations. You'll never go to just see a dance or s performance, but a show and an experience. 

Tell me, have you seen this piece or anything else by her company? What did you like? What catches your eye in these stunning pictures by Tristam Kenton. 

xoxo

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bringing Summer To September With Skinny Dip | Fashion


What do you do when the seasons are changing, and you're in that transitional period where the suns still out and shining bright but its a little chilly? I personally like to layer, and bring in some summer vibes to my outfits to make the summer last that little bit longer. The best and easiest way to brighten up outfits is through your accessories, and in this case bags and phone cases. 



Because its September and is relatively early in the season change you can definitely get away with anything summer related. I mean, I'm looking around for a sunny holiday in October so I'm not only embracing it now in the UK but will continue through to October. 





I'm sorry, but this bag is possible the cutest bag I have ever owned. Just look at how cute the design in, and the fact its in millennial pink just makes it even better. I managed to fit my camera, purse, phone, lipstick and more in this little guy as it's actually got some depth to it. Throughout the times I've worn this I swap from short handle to long which is so handy to have the option of, as I'm a worrier when it comes to my bag and in large crowds like to have it infant of me close by. 




Having posted a few times about phone cases and accessorising and matching phone cases to outfits, this won't come as a surprise to you guys that yes I matched my case to my outfit and overall outfit theme. Leaves whether that be palm or cheese plant are in right now, and feel that this could be the case for a long time yet. I absolutely love greenery and have a jungle as a house, so as soon as I saw this I did a little Chandler from FRIENDS excitement dance. I don't think I've ever matched an outfit and coordinated this much, ever!


Do you like bringing some summer vibes to your September? Even to your October? I'd love to know how you all like to go around that, and whether your like me and think a little too much about what phone case to put on. 

Much love beauts 
xoxo

Monday, September 11, 2017

Plan Your Face Mask Filled Pamper Sleepover


Life gets in the way, and with us being so super busy all the time it's important to book in those special days and evenings with our loved ones. Personally, I feel that sleepovers are one of the best ways to catch up with your girlfriends. I mean we're talking about pamper sessions, bubbly, snacks, and in my eyes thats a perfect night in right there. 


I ran a poll on my Twitter asking what peoples ideal sleepover looked like, whether that's more of a painting nails evening or alcohol infused chats into the early hours. In the end myself and some close friends decided to mix all of those elements together to make one big awesome night.

Thanks to *7th Heaven we had an amazing selection of face masks to choose from to aid our pamper time. I mean to complete the sleepover experience you've got to have some sort of pamper item on the agenda, so these were just perfect. And to top it off, the babes at 7th Heaven sent super cute headbands for us to ensure our hair wouldn't get in the way.

Before the headband and face mask situ




You're probably looking at these pictures thinking, yep thats totally a stereotypical girlie sleepover. It really was, and the whole face mask application was a lovely task to do together and was such a laugh and went smoothly considering we were slightly tipsy. Removing the masks wasn't a huge faff either. Some of the masks I've tried before are either super messy and require some real elbow grease with a flannel, or are easy to remove and super convenient. Well, these peel off guys were the perfect thing as it was easy and faff free so we could just peel off and contuse with the evening. They were fun to apply, smelt great, made our skin feel great and there was minimal fuss involved.A huge bonus to 7th Heaven masks..... they're cruelty free!


I really think that quality time with your girlfriends is so important, and something that even if its once a month is such a great release. When your with people who you feel comfortable with and can release any stress and chat the night away, it's like a huge positive buzz. 







As well as the face masks we filled the night with bubbly, sweets and a takeaway which are all key elements to make a great girls night in in my opinion. This was honestly one of the best evenings in that I've had for a long time, and would encourage you to make the effort with your best friends and organise a pamper night in (especially now the weathers getting cooler and evenings are getting darker). The old GOING OUT is the new STAYING IN for sure! It won't be long till we swap the bubbly for hot chocolates, and I for one can't wait.

Happy pamper planning guys!
xoxo

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My Festival Look With Lipcote And Browcote



Getting that spot on festival look can be hard, as with me I find myself struggling to stop with the glitter and go so OTT I don't really have a look. The lovely Belinda at 'The Painted Lady' Invited myself and my gorge pal Jess to the salon, and get all festival ready with Lipcote



I started my festival makeover by getting my first ever henna done (yep I'm not joking, my first ever henna experience). Henna can add a really nice touch to your festival get it. There's just something about it that looks cool and is a really pretty added detail to an outfit, and I'm now a huge fan. Your henna will last roughly a week depending on how much you wash your hands and use hand cream etc. If you're not an accessory kind of person, henna is perfect to style up your outfit. 



My next stop was the glitter (and in my eyes, the best part of any festival look). People are so much more adventurous with how they used glitter, creating looks with glitter lips, on the face, body and hair! I wanted to let the stylist go with her artistic feels and do whatever she thought would look good. The only request I had was to have some of my hair down, and look an how V cute my look was!! 



Image from Lipcote blog

Photo taken by Belinda from The Painted Lady
Excuse the fact that I kind of look drunk, but this is the best photo I have to show you the glitter and hair together. The braids are so wearable, and are great to add any day not just at a festival. Buy putting a load of copper glitter in the parting, it jazzes it up to fit in the festival spirit and went well with my eyeshadow. I loved the fact my face glitter was silver and added a bit of contrast between my face and hair, giving me a special sparkly look. 



We were lucky enough to be gifted a Lipcopte and Browcote to take away with us and make sure from now on, our festival looks are locked down and not moving anywhere. Having been a Lipcote avid user for a few years I knew how good it was, but now theres the same but for brows I was seriously happy. 





The salon The Painted Lady can be found in Shoreditch and offers a range of different services, and is super cute with the friendliest staff members is a cool and quirky part of town. And to top off the brilliant time I had, I walked away with such an awesome goodie bag which included Lipcote, Browcote, Jaide Ralph glitter and the Mi Bag itself. 

Let me know if you've tried Lipcote or Browcote!

xoxo

Monday, July 31, 2017

Loose Things Are All That Fits Me Right Now


Following on from my mindset post (which, my friends I need to thank you all for all of the love and support I received since publishing), I wanted to chat a little about weight gain. That dreaded topic that everyone always seems to have on their mind. whether its because your jeans are too tight or you just feel sluggish and heavy, everyone at some point has weight on their mind. 

As most of you know I fell very ill (three years ago this September and I'm sorry to talk about it a lot but it's a huge part of my life) and I was diagnosed with Colitis disease. Dramatic weightloss and not having the ability to keep in food proved difficult and my body went under all sorts of changes. I went down to 9 stone, which for me is incredibly light and was the lightest I'd been in years. Being a dancer and dance teacher my whole life I've been at a "normal" healthy weight with a lot of muscle and was averaging 11 - 11.7. 


It's so tough when your body changes and you have no control. I felt so self conscious as I didn't feel myself in my own body. My personal relationship with my boyfriend was very up and down because of this and of course my social life was on hold. With my normal everyday clothes not fitting me I felt lost, and  suffered a lot in terms of my mental health (and still can prove a real struggle and right now is one of those times). Of course with my positive mindset I'm putting everything I have into fighting it, and felt like writing a post addressing this could be a great weight lifted off my shoulders. 

I've been on a mission for the last year and a half to get into fitness and become healthier, changing my diet and lifestyle regime playing very big factors in that, as I'm quite lucky that my colitis responds to diet well. I'm now 10.4 stone and work out around 4 times a week with a mixture of weight lifting, cardio and yoga. I felt amazing when I lifted my heaviest squat weight (70kg) a few weeks ago, bare in mind I could barely move from my bed to the sofa nearly three years ago. However very recently my body confidence is proving difficult due to this weight gain and new found strength.

No longer do I have a flat stomach and can fit into the lush tiny jeans I bought from Topshop and I have to be honest with you all, it's really eating away at me. Not because I think its not how I should be, but just because my body has changed and I need to find myself at this new stage in my life. This brings me nicely on to the dress featured in this post which was a bargain of all bargains from Missguided on ASOS.

Dress - Missguided via ASOS (linked below)
Converse: Office
Pleather jacket: Warehouse
Vegan bag: TKMaxx
Until I've gotten used to styling for the new shape I'm at at this stage in my long recovery, I will be living in loose fitting clothes that cover my dreaded pouch. I thought it was perfect for the transition from summer to autumn, and all the way through winter and to next year. The back is gorgeous with a delicate cross over detail that would look even better minus the pink bra, but hey ho! It's comfortable, loose, looks great partnered with my pleather jacket and cons so is a perfect slightly chilly day outfit. 

So basically, to round up. This dress is banging and have linked it HERE and urge you to check out the ASOS sale for all the bargs. No matter what weight you are, you need to feel good and just remember you are amazing. Do what you want to do in order to feel your best and most comfortable. And for me, thats going shopping for new clothes!

I love you guys and feel like I can share anything with you. I hope no one gets offended with my offload and topic of choice, but feel it's a good thing for me to talk about it. 

Have a wonderful evening!

xoxo