Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Addams Family Musical | UK Tour


Saturday 20th May 2017 - New Wimbledon Theatre
Cast: Samantha Womack, Cameron Blakely, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Les Dennis

Duh-duh-da-da. Click-click.

Just under two weeks ago I saw the tour of the Addams Family musical at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London. I am a big fan of the composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa; so when I heard that the musical would make its UK debut tour, I was very excited and had to get my tickets then and there.

The storyline follows Wednesday Addams, who is now eighteen-years-old and has fallen in love with a Jock who her parents have never met. When the couple secretly become engaged, Wednesday confesses her secret to her father, begging him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. To make matters even worse, Wednesday has invited Lucas and his parents, Mal and Alice, to the Addams' family mansion for a dinner to become better acquainted with her family. How will the dinner go? Will Wednesday ever tell her family the big secret?

The show has all the ingredients for a successful musical comedy: show-stopping musical numbers, witty dialogue, character development and a happy ending. Everything that we know and love about the Addams' family is included, with well complimented costumes and wonderful set design.


I have to say, the cast for this tour is exceptional! Cameron Blakely it seems was born to play Gomez Addams, with his depiction of the character being the perfect balance of crazy and charismatic. Samantha Womack as his wife Morticia is surprisingly good, seeming completely at home gliding effortlessly across the stage with her character's dark and sultry ways. Carrie Hope Fletcher as Wednesday Addams was a particular highlight, with her portrayal of Wednesday Addams came alive on stage with her powerful vocals truly stealing the show. Valda Aviks and Grant McIntyre as Grandma and Pugsly both had their moments to shine, providing comedic value to the show. Lastly Les Dennis did a great job as Uncle Fester, the man who falls in love with the moon.

There are some incredible stand-out songs in this show. I went in knowing the song 'Pulled' very well, but found that each and every song was either very catchy or emotionally written. Highlights for me included the opening of the show 'When You're An Addams', Wednesday's 'Pulled' and the climax of act one 'Full Disclosure'. However, the song that was most memorable and the one I left the theatre humming was 'Crazier Than You' which brightened up the second act.

Overall, a fun musical with catchy music and an exceptional cast; I was smiling as much by the end, I just didn't want it to end. The songs and the characters are really what really make this crazy and cheesy musical. If it's coming to a theatre near you, get out and see it! It's definitely a musical that I'd love to see come to the West End.


The Addams Family musical is currently touring the UK until the 4th November 2017.
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Review | Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Foundation


As I've been using  MAC's Studio Fix foundation for a few years now, I thought it was time to try out something new. Cue Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Foundation (excuse the mouthful of the title!). Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen was their first liquid foundation, which was created in 2012 and has only taken me five years to try out!

My first experience with this foundation was back in summer when I had my makeup done in a Benefit store (read more here). However, I knew I wanted to try it out properly and thought now would be the perfect time.

I have the shade 'Ivory Pure for Sure' which is the palest shade available. The foundation is designed for all skin types, mine skin is combination so I wondered how it would work on my dry and oily areas. It's best on the drier areas, such as my cheeks, but on the oily areas I've found that I definitely need to use a setting powder to combat the shine.

I really like this foundation due to its lightweight feel and natural look, it doesn't feel caked on (which is a huge turn off of mine) and I love how it looks both dewy and matt on my skin. The formula is great for everyday use and it goes on smoothly, blending really easily into the skin with an even coverage. I would say that its a light to medium coverage; I've found for the days that I need more coverage that the foundation is also nicely build-able.

However, if you have combination or oily skin then I would definitely recommend using a powder or setting spray with the foundation to avoid it feeling greasy from the hydrating properties.

Have you ever tried Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Foundation? What's your favourite foundation? Thank you for reading,

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Recipe | St Patrick's Day Cupcakes


As St Patrick's day is this Friday (which I'm very excited about by the way), I thought I'd celebrate the best way I know how: baking! This recipe is so easy to make but turns out looking very cute and just as tasty. Keep reading if you'd like to know how to make 12 of these lovely  Irish themed cupcakes.

Ingredients
For the Cupcakes:
  • 120g Plain Flour
  • 140g Caster Sugar
  • 1½ tsp Baking Powder
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 40g Unsalted Butter
  • 120ml Whole Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • ¼tsp Vanilla Extract
For the icing:
  • 250g Icing Sugar
  • 80g Unsalted Butter
  • 25ml Whole Milk
  • A couple drops of Vanilla Extract
  • Lucky Charms Marshmallows
  • Sprinkles

Recipe

For the Cupcakes:
  1. Start by preheating your oven to 170°c and line your baking tray with cupcake cases
  2. Mix together your butter and sugar using an electric mixer, handheld whisk or by hand using a spoon
  3. Then add in your flour, baking powder and salt until everything is combined to a sandy consistency
  4. Gradually pour half your mix into the mixture and mix until incorporated
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together your remaining milk, egg and vanilla extract
  6. Pour your wet ingredients into your original mixture and mix for a few minutes until smooth
  7. Spoon your mixture into your paper cases until each is two-thirds full
  8. Bake your cupcakes in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and they spring back when touched
  9. Leave to cool slightly in the tray, then leave on a wire rack to cool completely
For the Icing:
  1. Beat together your icing sugar and butter until they are well mixed
  2. In a separate bowl combine your milk and vanilla extract, then add to your mixture a few spoonfuls at a time
  3. Once all the milk and vanilla extract has been added, continue to beat for roughly five minutes so it becomes light and fluffy
  4. Pipe your icing onto the cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles and your lucky charms
Let me know if you decide to try this recipe, you really won't be disappointed by their taste and cuteness! I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did; thanks for reading,

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Good Things From February

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It doesn't seem long since the beginning of 2017, how are we already in March?! This year is already going by so quickly! February has been both a good and a bad month for me, so I feel like looking at these positives will definitely help my keep my spirits up! I'll stop rambling, and get on with my good things from February!

Homemade Afternoon Tea

To celebrate my Mum's birthday, I decided to make her a homemade Afternoon Tea including all her favourite treats. We had a lovely time and I think it's something that we'll definitely do again (read more here).


Saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

My aim is to see a show each month this year, and I continued this goal this month by seeing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. The play follows the journey of 15 year old Christopher (who has Aspergers Syndrome) as he attempts to solve the incident that has occurred in his neighbour's years. It was very clever, especially after reading the book and wondering how they would manage to portray the plot on stage; I had a great time.


Bought Tickets to Friends Fest

One of my favourite tv programmes is definitely friends, I know the words pretty much off by heart and I've been wanting to attend Friends Fest ever since I knew it was a thing. I can't wait to take lots of photos and recreate all my favourite moments from the show. I'm already counting down the days until the 27th of August!


Pancake Day

Any day that celebrates a food that you're deeply fond of are the best; one of the best days of the year for me is definitely Pancake day! There's just so many different pancakes to choose from (all the way from chocolate to lemon or banana), there's so many varieties that mean that it's completely acceptable to eat Pancakes to excess on Shrove Tuesday. Which I definitely did this year!


I hope you enjoyed reading my 'Good Things' post; I really love doing these posts, as I feel like it makes me realise how many good things happen during the month that I otherwise may have taken for granted. What good things happened to you in February? Thank you for reading,
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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Thoughts on Turning 20


As of today I've been on earth for exactly two decades... It may not be a very long period of time in the grand scheme of things, but its crazy to think that I'm already halfway to forty! So, what do I feel now turning 20? 

At first it felt like a normal birthday, but as I sat down to properly think about it I realised I had a lot more thoughts about turning twenty than I initially thought. I'll try not to ramble on for too long! I may look back on this post years from now and laugh about how big of a deal I'm making about this; even though there's nothing particularly special about 20, there seems to be a strange kind of milestone. 

Birth, 10 Years Old & 20 Years Old
Mostly, I'm excited that I've grown up that little bit more, especially because twenty is the actual beginning of adulthood. But I'm definitely finding it hard to wrap my head around the fact I'm no longer a child or a teenager, and so I should know what I'm doing in life by now. It kind of feels like the excuse of ignorance has been taken away from me overnight... Sometimes I think it might be easier to go back to being a child, where everything was less of a worry and there was nothing to stress about. However, so much has changed in the last ten years, that I'm very interested to see how much changes in the next decade.

I'm excited to find and marry the love of my life, buy my first car, travel the world... There's so much more that I want to experience, and I can't wait to get started on the rest of life. I'm aiming to take more risks, be happier, step out of my comfort zone, face new challenges and let go of the past. One things for sure: I'm very thankful for my life and everything in it; I can't wait to see what the rest of my life brings.

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Monday, 27 February 2017

Read & Reviewed #4


I'm back again reviewing the books I've read recently, my Read & Reviewed #4! I loved both the books included in this post and so I'm really excited to share them with you. Keep reading to find out what I thought of these two books - no spoilers included!

Small Great Things - by Jodi Picoult: 5/5

Ruth Jefferson is a labour and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Small Great Things has to be one of the best books I've ever read and it deals with the subject of race and prejudice at the worst level in modern day America. If you've read my other 'Read & Reviewed' posts then you know I've read a lot of books by Jodi Picoult; I feel this is the book that has hit me hardest. It was very well written, gripping and easy to follow the alternating points of view from the very well-developed characters. I can tell how much research went into this book. There is a life lesson in every book she writes; I  learnt so much from the moment I started reading the book, it has been on my mind ever since. I think Small Great Things is an important book and I highly recommend it.

The Missing - by C.L. Taylor: 4/5

When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, is distraught, blaming herself. She's not the only one. There isn't a single member of Billy's family who doesn't feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that isn't until six months later, when an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the terrifying truth begins to surface. Claire is sure of two things: Billy is still alive and her family has nothing to do with his disappearance.

The Missing is more than just a thriller about the search for a missing teenager. The book really examines how much we don't know about what goes through the minds of our children in the digital age and the fact that everyone has their secrets, big or small. It was a fast paced thriller (even when not much was happening as you kept finding out more about the disappearance). It was also well plotted and kept me gripped until the ending. The best part was how believable the story was, the characters could have been real people and nothing seemed far-fetched; it was one of the few thrillers that I really didn't see the ending coming.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing what I've recently finished reading; even found a new book or two to get stuck into! What have you recently read? Thanks for reading,

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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Recipe | Lush's Unicorn Horn Inspired Bark


If you didn't know by now, I am a huge fan of both Lush products and baking. Recently I've been sad that Lush's Valentine's Day range will soon be leaving the stores, so I thought I would find a way to combine my two favourite things! My favourite from the range is the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar, so I decided to make an edible version of Unicorn Bark; they're super adorable so keep reading to find out how I made these.

Ingredients
  • 1oz various candy melts in a variety of colours (e.g. 4 to 6 colours)
  • Various Sprinkles and Candy Pearls of your choice
Recipe
  1. Start by melting each colour candy melt in its own bowl, use as many colours as you would like, but I suggest anywhere between 4 and 6
  2. Cover a baking tray with parchment, cling film or tin foil (so that your bark won't stick to the tray when freezing) 
  3. Then dot each colour candy melt on your tray (like a collage) filling the middle of the tray
  4. Using a spatula, swirl the colours together so that they fill your baking tray
  5. Top with sprinkles, sparkles, marshmallows and candy pearls of your choice
  6. Put into your freezer for an hour or leave to set at room temperature for a few hours
  7. Break your Unicorn bark into smaller rough shaped pieces, and enjoy!
Let me know if you decide to try this recipe, you really won't be disappointed by their cuteness! I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did; thanks for reading,

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