12 December 2017

ELF THE MUSICAL | A REVIEW

Elf is one of (if not THEE) most loved Christmas film (and can you believe it came out in 2003!) of all time - personally my fave is The Greatest Store in the World - and when I was invited to see the musical on the 28th November, I could think of nothing more perfect to start my Christmas! 

Based on the Cinema hit starring Will Ferrell, Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. 

West End star and ITV ‘Superstar’ winner Ben Forster will reprise the key role of Buddy the Elf, a role which he originated in the UK premiere in 2014 in Plymouth and continued to perform throughout the record-breaking 2015 Christmas run in the West End.
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17 November 2017

5 Duvet Cover Styles for Winter & Christmas

Winter is a miserable, grey time of year; that Christmas does a lot to brighten up. There is nothing like the sparkle of tinsel and Christmas lights to lift spirits depressed by the short days and cold weather. Get a touch of that Christmas joy in your bedroom by following these simple steps to create a warm and welcoming bedroom this winter. 
 

# 1 Go Big, Go Bold, Go Chunky! 

Your bedroom deserves a new set of winter bedding to keep you cosy through the colder months. Accessorise your lovely cosy winter bedding with throws in wonderful textures, such as chunky knits. Cable stitching always adds a certain depth and charm to any garment, and the same is true of throws and blankets. Having an extra throw on the bed is a good idea as it adds some weight and extra comfort to your bedding to stave off that icy temperature dip that strikes in the early hours of the morning, usually just before the heating kicks in. 


 

# 2 Go Red With Your Duvet Covers 

Red is known as the colour of danger and of warning, but it is also a hot colour, vibrant and warming. Add bedding with a splash of red in it, to instantly make your bedroom seem warmer and even more inviting. Far from warning of danger, red bedding adds the immeasurable snuggle-factor to any room. Any bed size will look amazing with deep red bedding: you can get different sizes like double duvet covers & more from Yorkshire Linen
 

# 3 Invest in Texture 

Splurge out on new bedding, but do not just pick bedding that looks good, make sure you consider what fabrics have been used. Warm knits, smooth silk, and crisp cotton (or even cosy brushed cotton) all feel and look very different. Think about what textures will look or feel good together and choose accordingly. It may seem like a small thing, but different textured fabrics actually make a real difference to the look of a room, and they feel great against your skin when you are sleeping 
 

#4 Colour Splash 

You do not have to stick with red if it is not your favourite colour. A splash of any colour can make a huge difference to a room, adding points of interest, changing the focal point of the whole room and adding and taking away cool notes or warm points. Revert to your childhood and do some colouring in, practising different colour combinations until you find the one that makes you say 'yes'! Then pick out your bedding in those colours and voila, enjoy your new-look winter bedroom. 
 

# 5 Pile up the Pillows 

Load your bedroom up with pillows and cushions. Extra pillows add layers of comfort, with more indulgence with every set of pillows added – that is, until the bed is approximately one-third covered with pillows. Any more than that, and the bed looks crowded and bulky, and it can be hard to sleep amongst all that puffiness. 


 
So there you have some ways to get your bedroom feeling warm and festive to stave off the chill and keep grey winter misery out of doors. How are you going to remake your bedroom this season?
 

*sponsored post provided by Yorkshire Linen.
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5 October 2017

The Kite Runner | A Review

The Kite Runner, a (fictional) book that I first read in college for my AS Level English and Literature Exam. It wasn't a farce to read as I really enjoyed the story... and although we were meant to give the book back at the end of the year.. I didn't (shh.) It's still on my bookcase now! When I heard that the production was coming to The Lowry this October I knew I had to see it.. and I'm so glad I did. 

Let me give you a short summary of the story if you aren't familiar. Amir, a well-to-do Pashtun boy, and Hassan, a Hazara who is the son of Ali, Amir's father's servant, spend their days kite fighting in the hitherto peaceful city of Kabul. When a horrific event happens it causes Amir and Hassan to drift apart before the Soviet Union military intervenes in Afghanistan and Amir and his father flee to Pakistan before becoming refugees in San Francisco. As Amir grows up he has continued guilt  about Hassan and the event that he could have prevented. After Amir's father dies of cancer he received a message from an old friend from Kabul and goes to visit him in Pakistan. When some revealing information is given to him Amir goes on the hunt for Hassan's son and ultimately has to save his life.  

The play begins with an amazing musician who plays the music for all the scenes and sits proudly on the side of the stage. Amir dips in and out of present time while narrating his story of his childhood to the audience. The story portray a range of emotion from happiness, jealousy, guilt, anger, grief and sadness. In fact I left the theatre with a slight headache from all the facial expressions I think I made during the play, I physically noticed myself raising my eyebrows at surprising moments, squinting at the bullies and rolling my eyes. 



I have enjoyed many plays, but none moved me as much as The Kite Runner, it had been a few (ahem) years since my last read and so I wasn't totally fresh with the story in my mind meaning I was shocked and saddened by events all over again. Amir wept, and I held back the tears. It was hard to watch at times but also you couldn't look away, and that's the best kind of acting. There was not one stumble or mistake that took you out of the immersiveness of the story. It really felt as if you were watching a movie rather than a live action which sounds devoid but I think it's because I was so drawn into the story. I've never heard an audience so silent the whole time, no chattering in the back and hardly any of that chain coughing you always seem to get when a venue goes quiet.


Overall, I think this is the best put together, moving, stage show I have ever seen and I urge you to go and see it! It's been two days since I saw it and I'm still thinking about it which I think shows how deeply I felt for the story. Absolute 10 out of 5 stars from me! 
 
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