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January 29, 2016

Brian Griffiths: Bill Murray



If you ain't a fan of contemporary art and if you definitely ain't a fan of Bill Murray I'm sorry to inform you, but you may have come to the wrong place. A few weeks ago I headed home to the beautiful, glorious north east of England for good ol' Christmas/family time but whilst I was there, there was one place I needed to go - The Baltic. The Baltic is an old flour mill which was converted into an art gallery in the early 2000's and I like to check out what exhibitions are on each time I'm home. But this time... This time wasn't just a "oh let's have a ganders around the gallery" no this time there was a need to ganders around the gallery because: Bill Murray.

I'm your typical Wes Anderson fan. I like the unique slightly fruity films he directs and he always uses one of my favourite actors - Mr Murray. He's a cool dude, the most attractive GILF, and would you believe it - he looks great plastered on the side of various sized buildings. Don't believe me? See for yourself. (Warning: images of Bill Murray looking happy, sad, perplexed and more make up 90% of this post. Proceed with caution).



As you can see, Griffiths has a slight Wes Anderson vibe to the space and content he's created which was really nice to walk around. When I ventured there it was pretty quiet which made the space quite relaxing and I'd definitely recommend having a look if you haven't already! If you're interested in checking out Griffith's fantastic exhibition at The Baltic, its still being shown until the 28th February and more information can be found, here.


- A.
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January 22, 2016

Holland Park



A few weeks ago now, I spent a long weekend in London visiting my best friend (blonde sister) and we spent a lot of time drinking cocktails and eating good food. But during the daytime and in between potential "let's get bladdered" opportunities we took the chance to see some sights in London that most people don't think to visit when you consider the huge capital city. As both avid walkers and nature explorers, we hot-footed over to Holland Park as Charl promised me there was an abundance of squirrels there.

The park is in the grounds of what used to be Cope Castle (now known as Holland House) and has a mix of woodland/general park areas as well as manicured House gardens and a beautiful Japanese Kyoto garden all sprawling over 20 hectares of land. We spent hours in there despite it being December and extremely windy! There were a huge amount of chubby squirrels who were more than happy for us to feed them nuts and an astonishing amount of peacocks roaming around.



There's a lovely café situated near what remains of Holland House (which I believe is a youth hostel now? What a great place to stay that would be if you're travelling!) with both indoor and outdoor seating. We perched outside with some hot chocolates and took in the serene quiet of the place despite the park being relatively busy considering the time of year. I fully recommend giving the place a visit if you're ever in the area - especially in the summer or autumn months because I imagine it looks even more beautiful.

- A.
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January 13, 2016

A Wee Lush Haul



Can we have a moment of silence please for the fact that my flat does not have a bathtub and therefore Lush baths are rarely indulged in therefore when I visit my family throughout the year, I take the opportunity to go a little or a lot of wild in Lush.

During the Christmas period, I was only at home for a few days so I didn't buy too much in Lush (plus, you have no idea how busy it was in the Newcastle Eldon Square store when I popped in. Honestly, hats off to the sales staff in there because they all had the patience of saints). I wanted a bathbomb, a face mask, and repurchased my favourite lip scrub. So first up let's talk about Mask of Magnaminty. This face mask is aimed at those who might battle with blemishes and aids in fighting breakouts and preventing further ones from happening. Its peppermint scented and smells beautiful. I'm a huge fan of peppermint - from candles to tea - and this mask, although obviously minty, didn't smell like toothpaste and didn't make your eyes water like some mint-scented products do. It left my skin lovely and soft after I rinsed it off and most important of all, it made my skin look healthy. It looked and felt hydrated and the redness of my spots were instantly reduced. This is definitely a mask I want to try for a longer period of time to see just how much help it can provide in the fight against spots.



Next up I purchased the Intergalactic, ground control to Major Bomb... bomb. This bathbomb is a mix of various oils but the peppermint and cedarwood scents makes it a perfect unisex bomb which meant I actually bought it for my brother. It is a great indulgent product as it creates beautiful colours and with the addition of popping candy, the bomb fizzes much more than you'd expect so its also perfect for bathtime with kids. My one word of caution? If you're not prepared to be finding gold glitter all over the bathroom and in fact the whole house for days afterwards, maybe steer clear of this one!



For myself, I picked up Father Christmas. This obviously is a bathbomb for the Christmas period and is only sold during the festive season so of course I had to give it a go. It is "festive scented" and supposed to get you in the holly jolly Christmas spirit but it really does just smell like candyfloss which I love. Its a sickly sweet bomb which won't appeal to some people - for instance my brother recoiled in horror when he sniffed it in the Lush bag! Its another great one for kids though. I popped it into the bath expecting to see a pinky, maybe red colour change in the water but instead it went bright green. I mean, radioactive, Merry-effin-Christmas green.



Bathing in the actual bomb, I realised the smell wasn't as sickly sweet as it was prior to it hitting the water, but its still sweet nevertheless. It left my skin very soft and I felt quite relaxed afterwards - plus there was a bonus of no glitter!

I also repurchased the Mint Julips Lip Scrub. Now I know I know, you can easily make DIY sugar scrubs at home but Lush make it so convenient to pick one up and let's face it, anything I made wouldn't smell or taste half as good as their scrubs do! I really love the mint julips flavour/scent as again, it's minty which I like, but it reminds me of mint chocolate ice cream and is a nice refreshing product to use at the start of my skincare routine every morning. Plus, the tub might seem small, but my last pot lasted me over a year - that's pretty good value for money.

- A.
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