Hi bunnies! Last night I went to see Sex and the City 2, has anyone else seen it and what was the verdict? I thought it was as fabulous as expected. As you read this I'm frolicking off down the M5, I hope you're taking it just as easy - if not, grab a cup of tea, sit comfortably, and cosy up with the links.
So, we all know I've been a bit of a naughty blogger lately. As I've mentioned a few times, I've really been pouring my heart and soul into my university work, and I'm pleased to tell you that it looks as though it's paid off with First Class marks flying at me from all angles!
The really good news is that I have one more item, a presentation, to complete on Tuesday, and that's it for my second year - wowzerz. What that means is that I'll be back on blogging-form with some juicy articles that you can really get your teeth into very soon, including a double-whammy of my L2L podcasts seeing as I skipped a month.
This weekend I'm sojourning to (hopefully) sunny Cornwall to enjoy the bank holiday - do you have any special plans? I shall be scheduling the usual line-up of Saturday Salute and Words to Live By to make sure you don't miss me too much, and return creatively refreshed and on top form with some photos to share.
As you all should know, I value your support of Charade so much and want to say thanks for checking in on me even though there's not been much going on. My life is going to be a whirlwind of change and excitement in the coming months and I'm really looking forward to having you on the journey with me.
Picture the scene: it's a Friday night, you've not made any plans and you're experiencing that 'I desperately need to go out somewhere before nights in, in my pajama's by 9pm, watching BBC iPlayer, becomes my fate for life' sensation. Then you realise, you're in luck! You've been invited (+2) to attend a butt-shaking, shin-shimmying, beat-bopping night out with free entry and complimentary Havana rum cocktails. Life suddenly feels good.
The event is part of an ongoing project celebrating modern music and culture straight out of Cuba, Havana Cultura, and it's being headed by BBC Radio One's very own Gilles Peterson. Here's a little introduction:
The act we saw was Cuban hip hop favourite, Kumar, with a whole host of musician-wizards on stage to back him up: decks, drums, keyboard, and even a talented trumpet player who was making eyes at my friend Ellen all evening!
I wouldn't ever have called myself a hip hop fan, but this wasn't simply 'phat beats' and 'sick rhymes', Kumar's music was infused with latino and even jazz and was thoroughly good. My friends, I danced until I dropped.
If you're interested in finding out more about the various musicians involved in the project, or any of the artists, dancers and even fashion designers on board, there's a whole heap of video material to be found on the Havana Cultura website. And, if you get a chance to attend one of the great events, certainly don't pass it up for a night on the sofa!
3. ...cocktails optional but strongly encouraged (the above is equal measures of Baileys, Amaretto and Kahlua with grated chocolate!)
4. Arrange all the clothes people have brought with them around your room of choice (the more space the better), perhaps using a big box for accessories.
5. Make sure you have a mirror placed strategically for people to check themselves and their new threads out.
6. Let everyone mingle and try things on (warning: sugar and/or alcohol may produce a rather raucous crowd).
7. Once everyone has a bundle of things and the mood has settled, go around in a circle so that everyone can show what they picked up. At this point people are allowed to challenge one another for their goodies. Both challenger and challengee should try on the item again and the rest of the party vote for who works it/deserves it the most.
8. Re-fule with cake. (Icing with a piping bag is harder than it looks people.)
9. Everyone put on their favourite finds and have a photoshoot.
10. Go out and party.
...Well, that's how we did it anyhow! I seriously could not recommend this more, we all had such a blast and came away with some fabulous new things. It won't be long until the next one, I can tell you that for sure!
As many of you know from my first mention, I was invited to try out one of the latest products from big-brand Philips: the Lumea. I've now finished the initial course and am going to give you the full scoop on what the product is, how it works, and whether you should consider getting one.
Philips Lumea is a product for home use, the same size as your average hand held hairdryer, which painlessly and efficiently prevents hair re-growth.
How it Works
The Lumea uses technology called IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light. With each 'flash', both hair and root are heated and stimulated into a 'resting phase'. With continued use the idea is that the hair will never have a chance to grow back, making itchy stubble a thing of the past.
To be clear, the results are not permanent, you must keep re-using the product every two to four weeks to ensure no re-growth, but for many that's got to sound better than shaving every two or three days.
I used the Lumea on my legs and found it very straightforward to use. You press the window against the treatment area and are shown a green light when the Lumea has enough contact to flash, then you click and get something similar to the flash of a camera. I felt no pain using the product, just a slight warm sensation.
Unfortunately, I missed one treatment and therefore did not see the results I perhaps would have had I completed the suggested four initial treatments. What also makes my review a little difficult is that I have very fair hair on my legs which I rarely shave or wax and, when I do, don't pay a great deal of attention as to how quickly the hair returns. Therefore, judging the results myself proved difficult. I can say that I heard from women attending the sessions who had much darker hair that they were seeing noticeable results after just two treatments.
The Lumea seems to be generating a lot of great feedback, and in their product survey's"82%* of women preferred Lumea's IPL hair removal system to their conventional methods, including waxing, shaving and epilation."
The Lumea isn't suitable for all skin and hair types so please visit the site to find out more before you buy.
Should You Buy?
The Philips Lumea isn't exactly cheap at £399.00, however it is competitive within it's market as I was assured it provides a much higher number of 'flashes' than other, similar products. And, of course, if you regularly wax or find shaving a real burden then the Lumea could be the answer to your prayers.
Okay, so I said I'd post this yesterday, but I'm so busy just now you would not believe it. It makes me sad because I want to spent more hours behind the wheel here...That said, my grades are up which offers some condolence.
If you can actually be in love with a piece of clothing, then I am with this jumper bought from Glastonbury. It is pink. It is sparkly. It is vintage, and it was a bargain - it don't come much better than that kids! I want to wear it everyday; just looking at it warms my heart. It looks better on, but the weather was too meh today for outfit shots on the terrace.
Here's something crazy. If you can believe it, our little blog - you know, this little hideaway of webspace where we hang out? Well, it was featured right the way across the world in CLEO Magazine Malaysia:
We're top in the 'Hot Sites' section - click to see it a bit better. Thanks CLEO! And hello, hello to any new readers who found Charade via the mag, the more the merrier I say!
In other news, I voted today for the first time. Did anyone else in the UK make their maiden voyage into the polling booth?