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Archive for February, 2012

Photo of the Day: 29th February 2012

Today was all about Seaworld and of course SHAMOO!!


Photo of the Day: 28th February 2012

The JAWS ride has been CLOSED and DEMOLISHED!!! Gutted as I remember great things from my six year old memory of it… But the big shark did some how still manage to get me!!


Photo of the Day: 27th February 2012

First day at Universal and I’m straight to the castle in The Wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!!! Ahhhhhhh dream has come true!!! XxxxxxX


Photo of the Day: 26th February 2012

HELLO ORLANDO!!!!! We have arrived….


Photo of the Day: 25th February 2012

This is my excited happy face in anticipation of FLORIDA tomorrow!! Harry Potter World… I am on my way!!!


Photo of the Day: 24th February 2012

Last day of sightseeing!! I will miss my map…


Photo of the Day: 23rd February 2012



Photo of the Day: 22nd February 2012

Today we went to the colloseum and we went to see the Pope at Vatican City. In the absence of a decent photo of him, here we are playing peak-a-boo at the colosseum… Taking a picture of two people and a view is very tricky with the old iPhone!!


Photo of the Day: 21st February 2012

We have arrived in ROMA and its PANCAKE day!! When in Rome…eat on the street…


The Truth About London Fashion Week

Well I cannot deny that on the build up to London Fashion Week (LFW) I was stupidly excited. I carefully picked out my outfits, researched into the shows I had tickets for and sniffed out where the parties were going to be. I made my way to Somerset House, eagerly anticipating the day and week ahead, camera and notebook in hand and dressed to impress (for my standards!)

I had a “UK Press Pass” and on arrival, I quickly realised this put me in a league above the “bloggers” and “world-wide” press. I realised this from the snooty way the staff handed bloggers their passes and denied them their LFW goodie-bags they asked for, saying “they are for UK press only” in a tone I only hope you can pick up on in this post. As I am fairly relaxed when it comes to this sort of attitude and coming from an acting background, I am used to people talking to me like this and I sympathetically smiled to the girls and joined fellow UK Press Pass holder Keshini for complimentary champagne downstairs.

We walked around the exhibition enjoying the collections on display and talking to the designers who were not interested in answering questions and all about asking us who we were and who we write for. Everywhere you went, people first looked at your clothes and decided from there if they were going to talk to you or not. The ques for the shows were long, chaotic and with it being February, wet and cold. The shows were pretty much always running late too and even for the big designers, it seemed to be a free-for-all for friends, press and fashion-enthusiasts alike.

Generally, the people at LFW, no matter who they were or their position, gave off an unfriendly, arrogant and snobbish vibe which I felt really let down the atmosphere of the event and showed us British people off in the worst way. I personally feel that there is a line when it comes to this sort of behavior. On some level, I understand it, expect it and roll with it, but when it actually makes something which should be fantastic fun and a celebration of talent, tiring and uncomfortable, I think it becomes a big problem and something we should feel ashamed of as a representation of our culture and society.

We all know the fashion industry is a mean one, one evidently unaffected by the recession, where starving yourself is celebrated and looking miserable is the only way to be seen. However, what I had prepared myself for and what I actually witnessed were far from each other. It was so much more extreme and I found it quite disheartening. I felt sad for the girls who feel they have to be “this way” and dress “that way” and act like, well, complete bitches by normal standards, just to pursue their dream career. It is a corrosive environment to be involved in too long and I’d say your skin has to be 100 times thicker than that of an actor to not let it knock your confidence and self-esteem.

Catherine, the lovely lady who granted me my UK Press Pass met with Keshini and I early on the first day and stated she was “over” LFW after having to do it on her own last year. Atthe time, we thought she was crazy but I now understand that statement a lot more! However, in a great post written by her, she actually ended up really enjoying this LFW with the workload spread between four writers and outlines all the things LFW has going for it, which has made me reflect and think I’d like to go again and give it a second chance to “wow” me. However, next time I’d be far more selective about how I spend my day there and apply far in advance for show tickets. I would not attend shows alone but with someone – another normal person who will keep me sane! (I’d also dress in a bin-bag and film the reactions I get to keep me laughing!)

Photo of the Day: 20th February 2012

I saw this and laughed my head off!!


Photo of the Day: 19th February 2012

Pep talk and cuddles from these special people xx


Photo of the Day: 18th February 2012

Day Two of London Fashion Week! Today I watched the off-schedule shows af Vauxhall Fashion Scout


Photo of the Day: 17th February 2012

London Fashion Week Begins!!


Photo of the Day: 16th February 2012

This man is doing some serious work on the train….


Photo of the Day: 15th February 2012

I saw this today and laughed a lot…thought I’d share…

Photo of the Day: 14th February 2012

Happy Valentines Day All! I have been spoilt by my not so secret admirer!!



Photo of the Day: 13th February 2012

Today I had my haircut…epic change, right?!


Photo of the Day: 12th February 2012

The world woke up to the news that Whitney Houston has died at just 48. It is no secret she had been struggling for quite some time with drug addiction but I hope none of that or her premature death outshines the memory of this heartstoppingly beautiful woman and her incredible voice. I will always love her.


Photo of the Day: 11th February 2012

I got to spend my Saturday with these lovely girlies and few others you can’t see!


Photo of the Day: 10 February 2012

I’ve been “spotted” by many people who know me in the comedy central promo for two and a half men… Here’s a still. I look very serious and the most unlike my off-screen self I think!


Photo of the Day: 9th February 2012

MATILDA!! Wow what a show. Absolutely magical from the moment you walk into the theatre and see this incredible set. Bertie Carvel as the evil Ms Trunchbull is jaw droppingly perfect in the role and Cleo Demetriou as Matilda just blew me away. All the kids were simply amazing and it made me, a rather anti-child girl, melt!! Plus they reminded me, “sometimes it’s good to be a little bit naughty!”


Photo of the Day: 8th February 2012

A beautiful night walk along the southbank…what a pretty view


Circaroma – Organic Skin Care, Simply Created


Circaroma was first brought to my attention by a Twitter chum who offered me two products to try in exchange for my thoughts. I was, of course, more than happy to accept the offer and naturally looked them up. First off, they are based in Dorset, my home county and I was excited to see a product coming from so close to home. Secondly, they have been around since the early 90s building a whole award-mountain for everything from their face-wash to hand cream, even their entire organic range.

Organic skincare is no big beauty secret, it has been around for a long time now but, perhaps because their branding and marketing are so strong, I have always gone for brands I know and that don’e use all natural ingredients. I’ve never really thought too much about that until recently when I was in South Africa and met a woman who passionately listed off all the benefits to going organic! Cicaroma puts it perfectly themselves, so I’ve lifted these bullets from their website to share with you:

  • Research has shown that we can absorb up to 60% of what we place on our skins – it therefore makes sense to use the purest of pure ingredients.
  • Using genuinely natural skincare can help to improve the health of your skin making your skin look fresher and younger
  • Organic skincare ingredients are often the best quality available. All the ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides and artificial fertilisers and in an environmentally sustainable way. This means products formulated with organic ingredients are better for your skin and kinder to the environment.
  • Organic skincare tends to contain proportionally less synthetic and chemical ingredients. Many synthetic ingredients may irritate the skin and cause skin allergies to develop
  • Organic skincare tends to be fresher by the time it gets to you, as it usually has a shorter shelf life (did you know that many creams may be over one year old before you even buy them.

With this in mind, I am far more careful about what I use now and a lot of my Christmas list was made up of Organic skin care products. However, Circaroma has just been brought to my attention and after testing two of their top sellers, I have to admit that I wish I’d known about them before Christmas!

First was their Refreshing Body Lotion, Ginger and Pink Grapefruit; which makes up part of their Uplift and Refresh range and it certainly does just that! I’ve been using it in the mornings, as recommended and although I was slightly tentative about the mix of Ginger and Pink Grapefruit, I can honestly say it smells wonderful. It has a lovely creamy texture but at the same time is very light so you can dress right away as it is absorbed by the skin. My skin certainly feels lovely and was notably softer on day 10 of use than on day 1. The smell isn’t too strong but it does last well into the day which gives me a feeling of being moisturised and fresh which naturally, I love!

Second up was their Softening Hand and Foot Balm, Wild Frankincense and Geranium Flower; which is part of their Relax and Nurture Range. This is simply amazing and I cannot scream, shout and recommend this enough! It looks and feels just like a lip balm and you only need a little bit too as it spreads really well. The texture once you start rubbing it into your hands or feet immediately becomes smooth and the balm heats up under your touch so it feel incredibly relaxing, like a massage. After use number one, I noticed and felt a change on both my hands and feet. They felt softer, smoother and that feeling lasted for 7 days before I felt I needed to reapply.

I urge you to give their products a try!


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