Monday, 24 June 2013

Britmums Live - its a rap! Well a poem....

I thought id write a poem
instead of writing a post with clout
My weekend of fun at Britmums 
And what's it all about!

I was really nervous
I really shouldn't have been
I spoke to so many people
And not one of them was mean

I played with wands and a floppy monkey
Kissed my best friends on the lips
Met people of all shapes and sizes
And feel better about my hips!

I laughed and cried a lot in talks
I even participated in a discussion
I probably didn't make much sense
And I knew that I was blushin'

I stayed the night at Jo's house
Who was as friendly as can be
With Sonya, Rach and Lucy
Fantastic hospitality!

I watched talks about PR, Feminism and brands
I picked up lots of lovely tips
And shook a lot of hands!

I ate a lot of biscuits
Drank a few gallons of coffee
Indulged in some delicious cakes
And lattes that were frothy

I found out things about Kirstie Allsopp
dog sick and helium balloons made of foil
And .katie Hill is damn hilarious
and her experience with her coil!

I met loads of lovely people
And have lots of blogs to read
Everyone a brilliant effort
All styles cultures and creeds.


And then I cried  about loss
Matilda Mea and Kerry
And all of us bloggers sang together
fireworks by Katie Perry

And then it was all over 
So quickly it hardly begun
What was the one thing that I learnt?
That blogging is all about fun!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Bee Clever with Ecover and Ptolemy



Not many people inspire me anymore, don't get me wrong I have idols and those that admire but I mean really REALLY make me want to get up and do something......create, dream, fulfil and dare I say THINK!

When I found out that I had been picked as Ecover's Citizen Journalist I was thrilled, mainly because it is a company that I hold in high regards but also that I get to go to Glastonbury my second favourite place in world (I'll get to my first in moment) for the unveiling of an art piece.

Art is so vocal. 

It can stir up places other genres fail to reach. Just think back to the controversy caused by Alison Lapper's Pregnant because it caused people to really look at things that maybe they just didn't want to! 

It can successfully be used to highlight issues and campaigns and so Ecover commissioned renowned artist Ptolemy Elrington to make art that spoke on many levels about their amazing campaign of Message in our Bottle. If you are unfamiliar just hit that link and find out in detail the incredible endeavour they have undertaken.

I don't know what I expected when I along to Brighton to meet Ptolemy, from the work that he has previously created I had a feeling it would be incredible but I had no idea just HOW awe inspiring it is!
Brought up in a very creative environment and having parents involved within the arts, Ptolemy knew from his early twenties that he would be an artist. Loving the fact he can give something discarded and unwanted a new, different life cycle. You can view more works at Hubcapcreatures.com

Arriving at the farm from where he works outside his studio; mostly for larger pieces, it is a beautiful setting deep in the countryside of Brighton's outskirts. Peaceful with loads of space and very little distractions I can see why you would want to work there...

Ptolemy wasn't all Quinton Crisp in fact in overalls and quite Unassuming You would never know that you were in front of such a creative genius!

We were shown around the workshop where he has friends making bespoke gates and other large metal works, a real blacksmiths heaven complete with anvil, I felt as though I had stepped back in time to some medieval weaponry makers! As you can see this is a well used workshop and it smells amazing, all hot, metally and well worked in! If you could smell creation I believe this would what it would be like.



We were then to meet our art installation a 20 ft high Bee which has BEEn named Bee Clever.
When the interview took place there was still 5 weeks or so left until the festival so BC was far from finished but by jove you can already see how incredible it will BEE! 



Firstly is the lone standing Aster which looks like a huge petalled wind turbine, the only part made from bought steel as to adhere to health and safety it will eventually light up and well I cannot wait to sit beneath it and read a book! That was my instant 'want' as I saw it.



BC himself already has a persona all of his own, made entirely from donated/ recycled plastic and metal he stands with a presence that cannot fail to make you stop. I dare not imagine the image he will give off when finished. 
The body is made from donated aqua bottles the type you find in offices for the water fountain. Inside Ptolemy has set lights which will work on an internal computer sequencer, various light sequences will constantly give BC different characteristics. 

The antenna are door frames from a car and yet give off a real insect feel which is incredible and makes all the more sense of Ptolemy's view of giving everything a second chance.



The Aster on which BC will stand collecting pollen is enormous and made from individual hub cap petals, each painstakingly cut by hand to fit and once more have a use. Cased within reused Supermarket trolley metal!


I am very very excited and what Ptolemy has made is just awesome and thought provoking. Not just for the Ecover campaign but connecting it to the plight of the humble bee. The connection in itself being a circle of life.

I will of course along with Naomi from Tattooed Mummy be bringing you all the best bits from this years Glastonbury Festival, if you see us come and say hi we will be a (small but non the less fabulous) swarm of Bees walking around the site. 

Bee Clever himself will be situated in William's Green so make sure you wander over and say hi and learn more about Message in Our Bottle































Wednesday, 5 June 2013

That Travel Bug.... Worldwide Wardrobe #worldwidewardrobe

I love travelling, if I had never had Evan I probably wouldn't be living in England anymore but the older he gets the more determined I am to take him off gallivanting at some point and showing him a few choice destinations!

TravelSuperMarket.com have been running an awesome competition to design outfits for certain holiday experiences within certain destinations so as you all know I love a good blogging challenge so it was right up my street! Each outfit has a maximum cost of £200.

You can read all about the comp HERE  and why not have a go! I know I have left it really late but it's not stopping me!

So my first outfit is for

COCKTAILS IN NEW YORK

City of chic, style and Sex & the City.

I love the trends of monochrome and sheer so this outfit has them both with a beautiful sheer sleeved top combined with a monochrome pencil skirt in leg lengthening black and white stripes, The shoes are sexy and sassy and avoid cutting the leg off with ankle strap so helping the illusion of height and length (which for shorties like me is VERY important!)





(#worldwidewardrobe


Belted skirt £20
boohoo.com



Peeptoe shoes £33
boohoo.com



I wouldn't want to add to many accessories to this outfit so I would stick to a small pair of Diamante Studs and maybe a single string of beads so as not make it too busy, the skirt does that for you!


Thomas Sabo Sparkling Drop Earrings £79 RMA Williams Jewellers




Glitzy Rocks Sterling Silver Marcasite Faceted Black Onyx Beads Necklace £29.98 EBAY

And to finish the look a black clutch with Diamante detail to match the earrings...


Black Diamante Studded Clutch Bag - Fashion Union £9



Total cost of outfit £196.98!

So here's to having a Cosmopolitan in NYC looking chic and fit for the City that NEVER Sleeps!











Saturday, 1 June 2013

Saturday is .... Flasher Mac Caption Day!



So if you are having 5 minutes break from sunbathing can you caption this?






Now nip on over to that flashy Mammasaurus and do some more......