Thursday, 24 September 2015

Review: Wicked,' London's Most Fashionable Musical'

Seeing two west end musicals in two weeks? Well that's just living the cultured dream! Last week, ahead of London Fashion week, and a mere matter of days after having my socks blown off by 'Kinky Boots,' I was treated to two tickets to see London's 'most fashionable musical,' 'Wicked!' I'd seen 'Wicked' once before, when I was much younger, but with adult eyes, and a renewed appreciation for costume and set designs as well as the live instrumental and vocal performances, I knew I was in for an afternoon to remember. I brought my friend, Steph, along and we took our seats, 4 rows from the stage, to enjoy the show. 

Wicked is the story of Elphaba, 'The Wicked Witch of The West' and Glinda, 'The Good Witch' who stories we thought we knew from 'The Wizard of OZ.' But Wicked tells the tale of the two girls growing up, the challenges they faced and how one became known as 'evil' and the other, 'good.' If you are a fan 'The Wizard of OZ' this musical is a must see as it also details how the cowardly lion, the tin man and the scarecrow came to be. Its also a feel good film, with love and friendship being overriding themes- it makes you want to hug your best friend and serenade them with 'unlimited, together we're unlimited!!' 

Wicked has been running in London for almost 10 years and has been acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail) and “one of the West End’s best-loved shows” (, Wicked has now been seen by nearly 7 million people in London alone and recently played its 3750th performance.   
Steph and I both loved the musical and were enthralled by the incredible, imaginative costumes (especially those of Glinda and the inhabitants of OZ!) and captivated by the cast's talents. The music will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions and both Steph and I shed tears during 'For Good' Elphaba and Glinda's duet/ballad and let our mouths hang open in awe as Emma Hatton (Elphaba) sang 'Defying Gravity' as though her life depended on it. There was so much raw emotion! 

Every one of every age imaginable was in the audience, hanging off every note, so Wicked really is fun for all the family. I've said it once, and I'll say it again, musicals make amazing presents for theatre fans- it's an experience they will remember and treasure forever and you get to be involved in the fun too!
If you'd like to hear more about Wicked, you can watch my vlog (above) of the week I went, which includes reactions from Steph and I, during the interval and after the show!

Amy Jane x
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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Event: Whittard Chelsea Tea Tasting at The Tea Bar

On Wednesday 16th September, I was invited, along with my friend, (and resident photographer for the day) Steph, to a bespoke tea tasting in The Whittard Tea Bar with their resident tea expert, Kate. The Tea Bar is located just off Piccadilly Circus and as well as a bar, selling tea and cake, they have a shop where you can pick up all your teas and tea time essentials. It's basically an Instagrammers dream.

Whittard of Chelsea have just overhauled their 'tea menu' and lunched a collection called 'The Century of Teas' which includes a 100 teas (over 50 of these are new!). We were invited along to taste the core collection and learn more about tea- where it comes from and how to make the perfect cuppa- the professional way *sassy hair toss.*
Necklace & Dress both Primark
Long time blog readers, or followers of my instagram, won't have failed to miss my love of tea, so I jumped at the chance to come along to this event. We were seated at a little table, near to the selection of delicious cakes, baked by Whittard's in house baker (we tried them and it's my professional opinion that they are bloomin' great) and treated to an hour of tea tasting goodness.

Kate knows more about tea than anyone I've ever met, and taught us that water should never be boiling, but rather 75 degrees celsius so as to not burn the tea leaves, this is the same reason as to why you shouldn't brew your tea for over 3 minutes as it burns the leaves if they stay hot water too long, and totally changes the taste! You learn something new everyday. Kate also taught us that although for tea to truly be classified as 'tea' it's leaves must come from  the Camellia Sinensis plant, but the different varieties (or, variaTEAS, geddit?) of tea are changed by the region the plant as grown in, the time of year it is picked and how it is processed. Of course you can also get different 'blends' of which Whittard has many to it's name.
I had a fabulous time sipping on expertly brewed tea, and learn about the different types of tea, all whilst watching the table pile up with a wide, beautiful range of dried leaves and brewed tea samples. By the end of our session, the room was filled with delicious aromas and the table laid with an incredible rainbow of tea leaves- my heaven. 

The cakes, which were baked in store by the resident chef were the perfect accompaniment to the teas and I left feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, with new high standards of how I take my tea. That'll be loose leaf, boiled to 75 degrees celsius and brewed for exactly 3 minutes please and thank you!
Goody bag c/o Whittard
Whittard very kindly gave us goody bags to take away, which included a gorgeous silver, woven tea strainer, a tea cup and saucer and more tea than I can fathom. My favourite blends so far are the 'Regal Blend' and the 'Tippy Assam.' Thank you to Whittard for inviting me along and treating me to these goodies. Stay tuned for my weekly vlog, which will go live on my YouTube channel on Monday, to see more of the tea tasting.

Whether you're a tea lover, or know someone in your life who is- a trip to Whittard's Tea Bar is definitely in order, it would make the perfect gift, or even a date (be that a friend date, or a romantic date) as there is absolutely nothing better than good company and conversation of a fine cup of tea.

Amy Jane x

Friday, 18 September 2015

Event: FleurDeForce Beauty Launch With FeelUnique

Youtubers are officially the new people to turn to when looking for fashion and beauty inspiration, and it's safe to say that Fleur, of FleurDeForce, is the most looked to makeup maverick. She's clocked over 2 million well deserved subscribers and continues to wow me with her first class makeup tips, especially her 'Top Ten Under £10' series- which I avidly follow. So, it was no surprise to me when FeelUnique offered Fleur the chance to create her own makeup line to be sold exclusively on their website. There was no one more deserving or qualified for the job. 

I've had the pleasure of meeting Fleur a few times before, and was excited to receive an invite to her launch party, held at London's Hoxton Hotel, in a beautiful venue with a swimming pool!
Left: Em Ford and myself, Right: Anchal Seda and myself.
The launch had all the makings of a fabulous event, including a photobooth complete with moon shaped seat and all manner of fun props- which was a highlight for all the bloggers in attendance, we all love a good photobooth. The room was a pool room, which was kitted out with a mini waterfall at one end, and decorated with floating candles on leafy wreaths, all set out underneath a faux starry sky- stars are a trademark of Fleurs! 

Along with photo booths and swimming pools, there was a candyfloss machine, a dj cracking out awesome 90s and 00s disco tunes and yes, 'Gotta Get Thru This' was played! Asides from the leading lady herself, the event played host to vloggers, bloggers, press, friends and family of Fleur's and even a few celebs, making for interesting conversation.
Posing for a YouTube thumbnail with the goodie bag! Check out my YouTube channel to see what's inside!
I Had a fabulous time, meeting friends old and new and celebrating Fleur's success. A massive thank you to Feel Unique and Fleur for a fabulous night, my goodies and the invite and I wish all the best to Fleur with her amazing makeup line, I'm sure there's much more to come in the future.

My reviews of the products will be going up soon, but in the mean time, you can check out Fleur's products on Feel Unique, here

Amy Jane x
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