St Giles Fair Oxford

St. Giles’ Fair has been an Oxford tradition and annual affair since the 13th century. Each September, people attend in their masses to the two-day event. Held in Oxfords city centre, the fair is always on the first Monday and Tuesday of the month. The funfair is particularly popular with local children, calming them before they begin intense studying during their first term. It is a place to see familiar faces and catch up with close friends.

The rides have got more impressive lately, varying in price but generally between £2.50 and £5. Running till around 11pm, the prices increase later in the evening as the crowds gather. My selection of rides were pitiful in scare factor this year, and hardly the choice of a daredevil as I dashed to Twister, the Waltzers, and The Ghost Train.

The Waltzers were the usual affair, ‘scream if you want to go faster girls’ and oh we did. Who doesn’t want to? We all know we will come off feeling nauseous, but the fun of it brings us back every time.

My fear of The Ghost Train stems from my childhood. I decided to ride alone and a live actor in his ghost-faced splendour began squirting me with water. This resulted in me punching the poor guy in the face, running out crying and swearing to myself I would never board one of those dreaded carts again. Since that moment, my childhood fear has dwindled, and I dared to enter The Ghost Train once more, Thankfully, there were no live actors and the experience, interior and decor were a tad rubbish, to be frank! I guess at 19 I can finally say I am no longer terrified.

Twister is one of my funfair favourites. Raring to go we sang along to the club classics and waved our hands in the air, ready for the laughter the tame ride would bring before the rush home. Little did we know that the ride would completely shut down moments later. This was definitely a first for me and thankfully was not on one of the bigger rides. Annoyingly, they did not get it working again, giving us a fifteen-second ride and a full refund. This is the reason I am weary of fun fairs, yet addicted to theme parks. Safety is a BIG thing for me.
The evening was fun, filled with laughter, candy floss, and dizzy spells. If you are ever in Oxford at the beginning of September I would definitely recommend visiting. There is a little something for everyone and the atmosphere is lovely amidst the music and flashing lights. Opt for the bigger rides, if you’re brave enough that is!

Flowerbomb Viktor & Rolf perfume review

Flowerbomb Viktor & Rolf review

Viktor & Rolf”s Flowerbomb of 2005 has got to be one of the nicest floral smelling perfumes on the  market.
It is my all time favourite fragrance. Holding a place upon my dresser in its exquisite multi-faceted, diamond inspired, bottle for over three years now.

So, what do I think of Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf?

Flowerbomb is a sophisticated scent, an mille-fleur explosion, oozing with femininity. Its top notes include fresh green tea and fragrant bergamot.
Like the previously reviewed Alien by Thierry Mugler, the perfume is dominated by the richly feminine sambac jasmine. The heart of Flowerbomb also contains a floral mix of the Dutch centifolia rose, sweet freesia and the tropical cattleya orchid, as sweet as any flower.
The base notes are a contrasting mix of musk, patchouli and sweet powder. The musk aiding the staying power of the fragrance. Flowerbomb is available in eua de parfum and eau de toilette, the concentrated EDP had an incredible staying ability. The cheaper, but equally as exquisite EDT, shares its impressive lingering nature but for the sake of a few pounds its worth opting for the EDP. The patchouli promotes Flowerbombs oriental scent, acting as a background to the floral setting as the powder leaves the skin soft to the touch and smelling glamorous.
 Just writing this makes me want to splash out on another bottle and I advise you sample it also!

Have you tried Alien by Thierry Mugler? What is your favourite perfume?

Stephanie xox

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they are real benefit mascara

A They’re Real! Mascara by Benefit review

They’re Real! Mascara by Benefit is a miracle worker. Benefit is famous for its flawless array of cosmetics. I myself probably own about a 1/4 of this season’s collection!

They’re Real! mascara however, goes way beyond my original expectations. I suffer from ridiculously short lashes, but with the introduction of this little beauty, the worry is no more. Just take a peek at the pictures within this post (hey I know my lashes are a tad clumpy but I am a writer, not a makeup expert!), I find the results rather amazing!

The mascara is jet black, aiding the brush for a dramatic finish as it lengthens and lifts the lashes. The brush itself is designed with a rounded and larger tip, enabling you to also use it vertically on the individual lashes, adding volume as you go.

So, what did I think of the They’re Real! Mascara by Benefit?

The strong and spaced bristles separate the lashes as you sweep up to your desired look.Horizontally, the brush is to be used in a zig-zag motion to aid the final look. I myself find the less traditional vertical method works wonders.

Beware however, that this makeup miracle is not entirely waterproof and definitely not something to wear if you plan on seeing a sad movie with the boyfriend.

On the plus If you buy this today from Benefits official website, your They’re Real! purchase will be accompanied by a free travel sized version for only £20.50! Although pricier than the average mascara you get guaranteed quality every time. Making They’re Real! a must for any makeup enthusiast who desires luscious lashes.

What do you think of the They’re Real Mascara by Benefit? Do you already own it? 

Stephanie xox

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ALIEN THIERRY MUGLER PERFUME

Alien Thierry Mugler review

So, I  recently got my hands on the gorgeous Alien by Thierry Mugler.

This edition is a gorgeous eau de parfum 15ml refillable stone. Amethyst in colour, this jewel inspired bottle is multi-faceted and protected by golden claws.

Looking rather expensive and undeniably luxurious, it is truly unique addition to any perfume lovers dresser.

So, what do I think of Alien by Thierry Mugler?

Alien is strong, distinctive and rich. The ingredients include jasmine sambac, cashmeran wood and white amber and the combination is bewitchingly exotic. Although floral, the wood and amber scents overpower.

The smell is sensual and is more of a evening scent, lasting as long as you do on a night out! For the day time I prefer to stick to something a little less sophisticated and a little more floral and fruity (think CKIN2U for her ).

Alien is a must buy and a classic since its début in 2005. The top note is the sambac jasmine, while its heart is taken by the cashmeran and solar notes. The base is left to the white amber, a mix that is exotic and breathtaking.

Although a tad more expensive, Alien is definitely worth it! Buy it here  and give in to its charm, you will be the belle of the ball!

Have you tried Alien by Thierry Mugler? What is your favourite perfume?

Stephanie xox

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This adult novel is famous/infamous, whichever way you want to put it really. I go with the latter.

I myself, not an expert in literary technique, found it poorly written and rather repetitive. A lot of sex and phrases: He filled me’, ‘long fingers’ and ‘fifty shades of …’.  Saying that however, does not mean I thought the book was horrifically bad. It is a simplistic idea that many would fear to persue and a rather saddening attempt at mainstream erotica.
Many are intrigued by 50 Shades of Grey due to it being dubbed ‘mummy porn’. In my opinion it is a book that reawakens awkward memories of youth and the trials and tribulations of developing yourself sexually. As for it being about BDSM (standing for Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism) I failed to find anything excessively raunchy. Sure there was some spanking and restraints but nothing more than ‘kinky’ or even ordinary (Christian puts it as ‘vanilla’) sex.
The novel is concerned with the love struck and deranged couple of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.  Actually, scrap that, there is a third character, Anastasia’s ‘inner goddess’/subconscious. the opposite of her blushing, insecure and virginal self. Oh and she too is rather unbearable at times in her quest of self discovery.  Christian, on the other hand, is a business giant, suave and miserable. Who says money buys happiness eh?
So this British literature loving, poverty stricken graduate falls for the desperately controlling Christian. All in all, the whole affair is a tad unrealistic. He is a billionaire, letting some unknown woman into his ‘Red Room of Pain’, trusting her and lavishing her in unwanted gifts, as she swiftly adjusts from virgin, to sex goddess. A transformation that takes place all in less than twenty four hours. Every mans fantasy, it would seem.
The plot is also basic. Anastasia finishes college, meets Christians parents, moves home, visits her parents and this is all before the big and disappointing finale. Did I forget to mention the frequent sex at Christians multi-million dollar love pad during it all? All this is constructed around Christians constant nagging of Anastasia to sign his BDSM contract, something she opposes according to her mood of the day.
Overall, 50 Shades of Grey is worth the read if you like simplistic language, mediocre sex scenes or are truly bored. It pens out the tale of two very confused and unhinged characters, seemingly unsure of how to function in ordinary society and I think that is where the majority of the appeal comes from. Everyone loves the unknown, confused and messed up.

 

An INTERVIEW with luke pickett

 Your debut album is due out this year. Could you give us a confirmed date and your personal favourite track featured?
Unfortunately, there is still no confirmed release date. I keep saying it but it really is very close now and I hope people will think it was worth the wait.
It’s hard to pick a favourite track because I love all the songs for different reasons. I have a few to be honest and they keep changing all the time but the one I’m listening to most at the
moment is a song called ‘Keep Yourself Together’. It’s quite different to my older material. It’s a lot more up beat but is quite dark lyrically.
 
What genre of music would you define your work as?
I’m sure my older stuff would be defined as acoustic, but I think that will change with this new record. It’s really hard to say because people always have a different opinion. The easiest thing to say would be pop, but I’ve taken influence from soul, RnB and my more acoustic roots. So I don’t know, maybe a unique blend of all four.
 
Do you prefer working solo or as part of a band?
I’ve been in bands before and being a solo artist is definitely easier. But when I’m playing live I do like having other musicians accompany me on stage. It takes the pressure off a bit I guess and you can feed off each others energy.
 
When did you realise that you wanted to become a singer?
It probably wasn’t until I was about 16 that I knew for sure that’s what I wanted. I had sung in bands before that but once I started writing my first EP I think I grew more confident in my vocal ability and felt that it was something I could pursue.
 
You have been hailed as an excellent live act, what is your reaction to this and what do you enjoy about these performances?
It’s obviously great to know people are saying good things about the live aspect of my show and I’m very humbled by it. It lets me know I’m doing something right and it’s something I’m proud of.
I think what I enjoy about playing live is seeing people’s reactions to the songs. It’s the one place where you truly get an honest reaction to your work. It’s a great feeling coming off the stage knowing you’ve given a great performance and the audience has enjoyed it.
 
You are a skilled guitarist, any advice for other budding musicians?
I’m never sure what to say other than the usual clichéd stuff, but keep on plugging away, practice hard and you’ll keep improving. It’s always good to try playing with other musicians and test yourself as well.
 
How do you feel about the reactions to your EP releases on iTunes?
All in all I’ve mostly had a pretty positive reaction to my EP’s on iTunes so I’m pretty happy with what people are saying. It’s great to know people are enjoying my songs and it gives me the confidence to continue writing new material. I keep striving to better what I’ve written before so hopefully I can continue doing that.
 
As a songwriter, do your lyrics come naturally or are they a reflection on your own personal experiences?
My lyrics tend to be a reflection of my personal experiences, and I like to set the stories in an almost fantasy like world. I’m a massive fan of mafia/gangster films like ‘The Godfather’ etc, and I use a lot of references to those types of movies in my lyrics. Hopefully, people will pick up on that and can relate to the story I try to create in my songs.
 
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I’d love to say selling out the O2 arena but we’ll see. Honestly, as long as I’m still making music that people appreciate and I can make a living from then I’ll be happy.

Thank you for your time and we wish you the best of luck in the future!
Thank you also!