all i want is cake and love
geekery, manchester, fashion, food + fun

blog

about me

contact

So I’m trying not to online shop and was innocently perusing Facebook when Domestic Sluttery posted up a post about Lisa Angel Scarves. Me being a sucker for an animal print, well, anything, couldn’t resist. And it was only ?12 or less – what a bargain!

Fox scarf for the win! Plus it comes in this gorgeous packaging with free pnp – happy days! :)

20131021-220050.jpg

20131021-220057.jpg

20131021-220106.jpg

20131021-220208.jpg

 

Share

For a long time now I’ve been a fan of the KBShimmer Oh Splat!? nail polish, but with it only being in available in The States it just wasn’t a viable option.

So, when I saw this Barry M Sequin Nail Effects polish I was super excited. They do it in other colours too and there’s a buy one get one half price offer on at the moment in Boots.

It bubbled a bit, but it does say to put a base coat on – which, me being me, I didn’t bother doing. I think the white would have stood out more too then, but I’ve had quite few compliments despite that.

Shiny, shiny.

Barry M Sequin Nail polish Barry M Nail Polish Barry M Sequin Effects

Share

So mega excited at the moment because I’ve just purchased this little baby…well, I say little, I’m actually hoping it’s quite sizeable. I had to send back the last bag I ordered online, because despite online pictures, I seem to have entirely made up the fact it was the perfect size in my head.

Anyhoo, here’s the puppy…or Madewell Kensington Satchel as it may actually be:

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 22.05.34

The thing that really excited me about it was the fact you can have it monogrammed (not ‘mammogrammed’, as I embarrassingly told a colleague this morning). I’ve plumped for the gold as I think it’ll stand out better against the brown. Even more excitingly, you can get $40 off with this Madewell Discount at Refinery29! Extra bargainous.

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 22.04.58
 

The only issue is that Madewell don’t actually ship to the UK, so I’ve had to order it via BundleBox, a mailbox or mail forwarding service, that will provide you a US address and then forward it onto the UK. I looked at various others such as, MYUS, Reship and ShipItTo, but the reviews didn’t look great. It was only after a recommendation from Paul Burley on twitter that I took the plunge.

Expect a post in two to three weeks time…if it actually arrives!!

madewell bag

Share

Inspiration: Debbie Millman

June 23rd, 2013

I stumbled across this quote the other day. It’s awesome; eloquently put and just the right side of moving without being hammy. It’s part of Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design by artist, strategist, and interviewer Debbie Millman. I’ve paid homage in the below image, as this section for me was key, but I would recommend visiting the article on Brain Pickings to hear a speech by Debbie Millman and to see the quote in it’s original context, as part of the main body of the essay.

If you found it as inspiring as me, you may be buying the book too : )

If you imagine less,  less will be what you undoubtedly deserve.

If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don?t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don?t compromise, and don?t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.

Share

I recently voyaged to Malaga, rather than just post up my holiday snaps (that’s for another post!), I thought I’d share some of the more humorous life lessons I learnt while out there.

 

1. There’s no point having a cool/expensive/awesome thing, if you don’t use it/promote it/turn it on.

I saw this free Facebook photo booth at one of the bars in Malaga. It looks pretty awesome and is a nice way for the bar to promote themselves through pictures of their clients enjoying themselves on Facebook. I thought I’d have a go. It wasn’t turned on. I presume that they turn it on at night or the staff are unsure of it and don’t know how to do it. Or, of course, it could all be a ploy, so that digital and social fan girls, such as myself, take a picture and upload it to their blog, giving the bar promotion anyway. Yeah, that’s almost definitely it.

Facebook photobooth

 

2. Reality doesn’t always live up to the promise.

Just like a woman in a Wonderbra, these two foodstuffs only provided disappointment once unwrapped. You’re hardly going to go and complain at this stage, but you can’t help but feel a little cheated.

Promise vs Reality

Maxibon

 

3. Good artists copy; great artists steal.

If it’s good enough for Steve Jobs, surely it’s good enough for you and I? And Nutella. It appears they’ve seen the success of Coke and jumped on the band wagon. Only they have stickers, so you don’t just have to buy a tub to share with a friend, you can whack a sticker with the branding all over it onto their face. Plus they’re also pushing the the Facebook page more. It seems like they’re really embracing social, odd, given that they ordered superfan Sara Russo to cease and desist with her World Nutella Day; the unofficial international holiday created by fans to celebrate their love of the hazelnut-chocolate spread.

Nutella find your name

 

4. Wear sunscreen.

Finally, to quote Baz Luhrman, wear sunscreen. Seriously, I’m still hurting from a burning.

Share

Coca-Cola + Marc Jacobs Bag

June 15th, 2013

So, a couple a months ago, something a bit exciting happen. Not mega exciting, like omg I’m going to New York or I’ve just grown a tail, but a bit exciting. I won one of the Diet Coke Bags designed by Marc Jacobs. If you weren’t aware of these, basically Marc Jacobs collaborated with Diet Coke, as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld have done before him. The cans and bottles themselves were really cute too.

Marc Jacobs for Coca cola

Image credit: Daily Mail

 

My prize arrives on my desk at work, I’ve had worse starts to mornings, designer gifts before breakfast is definitely something I could get used to! So I eagerly tear off the packaging and dive in.

coca cola - marc jacobs bag collage

How fab are the little can studs? Here’s some shots of what it looks like from different angles:

marc jacobs + coca cola bag

And a full-length pic, as let’s face it, artsy shots can make anything and anyone look good!

Marc Jacobs and Coca-cola bag

Overall I think it’s quite nice, if not exactly my style. I’m sure there are others out there who will be positively salivating looking at it. To be honest, when I first won I thought I was going to receive an actual Marc Jacobs Handbag. Cue immense excitement that I might be getting his ‘Petal to the Metal’ Sasha bag, which I’ve had a bit of a bag crush on for while. I wonder if he’ll swap….

Marc Jacobs 'Petal to Metal' Sasha bag

Share

SoLita

May 27th, 2013

This weekend we went to Solita in the Northern Quarter. I’ll let the picture do most of the talking for this one, but it was awesome.

Mr. Tom and I shared a pulled pork sundae and toastie, sweet potato fries and a parmo. It’s not for the faint hearted, but it was amazing – if you get the chance to go I’d highly recommend it. It’s hard to say what my favourite bit was, probably either the sweet potato fries or the toastie, but to be fair…it’s all good.

Screen Shot 2013-05-27 at 22.44.27

One thing I would say, is be prepared to wait at peak time – it can be anything from 30 minutes to over 2 hours and you can only book in advance if you have a party of six or more. We went during a Friday afternoon just after lunch and it was still quite busy, but that’s the price of awesome eats in the NQ.

Don’t let that be a downer though, because it’s worth the wait! Whether you pick pulled pork and fried mac n cheese balls or go for the Big Manc, just be sure that you arrive hungry – because you’ll be leaving very, *very* full!

Share

It was Mr.Tom’s birthday recently so we went in to town to celebrate and stumbled across the Cadbury Marvellous Creations Travelling Funfair. The Cookie Crunch is awesome, but not as cool as their website via mobile, which is a joy to behold.

Anyway, lots of things were happening and all in all it went a bit like this…

Cadbury Marvellous Creations Travelling Funfair

These chaps sang songs and got you to scream, “Pop!” as loud as you could until chocolate rained (read: was handed through the holes) down on the eagerly awaiting crowd.

IMG_6385IMG_6388

Then these nut cannons chucked plastic hazelnuts into the air which you had to capture in your bespoke nut catching hat and net.

IMG_6363 IMG_6347

The aim was to fill up your card with stamps by completing these games to get free chocolate. All in all it was good laugh and a brilliant bit of experiential marketing from Cadbury’s. The highlight in my opinion was the NFC/RFID chip on the back of your card that you could link to Facebook so all your activities and photos from the day were logged and shared on Facebook….except it didn’t work for me.

Even still, it reminds me of the Coca-Cola fun park which allowed kids to like drinks and rides via a wristband linked with Facebook. Loving the real-world/online interaction and the fun of the event – it’s only a shame they couldn’t have brought Joyville weather instead of the dreary Manchester rain!

IMG_6392NFC

Share

So, today I totally ran (read: ran/walked) the Bupa Great Manchester Run. It was hot as hell, I hadn’t trained and I forgot my anti-blister stick – meaning I had blisters the size of golf balls, which had popped by the 6.5 km – but I did it. I’m not even going to state my time, as to be fair, I’m pretty disappointed. The fact remains that I did do it and I’ve now signed up for 2014 already and this time I’m determined to do it properly….I’m going for 1 hour 5 mins or less.

IMG_6500

Had a cheeky reward burrito from Barburrito – try the new brown rice. It’s lush!

IMG_6505

In all seriousness though, my job is pretty hectic and I don’t get to exercise as much as a I’d like; plus I have a tendency to eat when I’m stressed – a pretty lethal combination.

A recent article in The Drum said that, “70% of marketing and communications agency employees say work affects their health,” and I can both believe it and relate.

This is a promise to myself that I have to be better at this. No, it doesn’t mean that I’m never going to drink beer and eat take out again (because, quite frankly, that ain’t going to happen!), but it does mean that I’m going to have to be a better operator of the 80-20 rule AND actually get my ass to the gym/on a bike/pounding the pavement. Even if it is hard after a day at work. I think I’ve been hiding behind a lack of time for a while now and really, it isn’t a good enough excuse.

There is never going to be enough time, you have to make it.

Share

I was lucky enough to be invited to become a Ray-Ban ambassador as part of the Ray-Ban Envision Series Tour: 5 invitation only music events taking place across the UK in May & June. EnvUkContestThe Envision Tour takes place in Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, Birmingham and London. Each event is based on one of the unique characteristics of Ray-Ban?s lenses.

  • - 14th May: Spector Manchester ?Long Lasting?
  • - 25th May: Theme Park Bristol ?Impact Resistant?
  • - 6th June: Splashh Leeds ?Anti Glare?
  • - 13th June: Willy Moon Birmingham ?Built to Move?
  • - Special London Event ?Outshine?

You can win tickets to these events by sharing your vision on Ray-Ban’s website. I was unfortunately unable to make my way down to see Spector due to other commitments, but it sounded awesome.

Ray-Ban are also running an Envision competition, where you can win your dream vision becoming a reality. Describing it they say:

The first step to realizing your vision is to share it. Ray-Ban wants to reward the world?s most daring visionaries by making their dreams come true. Read the How to Enter section for details on submitting your dream to the Envision Platform. From the submissions, we’ll choose the wildest, most original demonstrations of spirit and authenticity and help turn them into reality.

People’s visions vary from becoming an international photographer, a famous musician or visiting Australia to see the Northern lights. As part of becoming an ambassador I also received a gift pack, as you can see below, including a canvas bag, deck of cards and a beach towel. Perfect for the trip Tom and I have planned in June! I’m a massive fan of Ray-Bans, I actually have a pair of their RX5225 frames for my day-to-day specs which I love dearly – they go with pretty much anything and the first pair of glasses I don’t mind wearing ‘out-out’.

Screen Shot 2013-05-19 at 13.30.46

 

Share
Proudly powered by Tom my boyfriend.
Copyright © Joanna Halton | manchester, fashion, food + fun blog. All rights reserved.