03, 10, 2018
Happy October everyone, does anyone else feel like this year has just flown past. Over the past few months I’ve neglected the blog to an extent but not because I’ve given up on it and not because I don’t want to blog anymore. Since writing Things End But Memories Last Forever, my last three month update, I’ve being really busy with blog events, some big milestones in both mine and my friends lives, a number of celebrations, and a new adventure in the form of a second blog that I am slowly taking over. So it ties in nicely that my latest update will not only tell you what I’ve been up to recently but also why it’s been a bit quiet here.
Let’s take it back to July which started with one of the most exciting times for a blogger, Christmas In July, where the world turns upside down and despite the heatwave you are suddenly surrounded by Christmas trees, presents, roast dinners and on some occasions snow. I went to about a dozen different brand’s Christmas events and got an exclusive preview of the upcoming season including the top gifts, the best bargains and the food and drink that will be gracing many of our tables in twelve weeks time, how wrong does that sound! Amongst the madness of Christmas I got to attend the opening of London Shuffle in Shoreditch, trying out the game itself (smashing it with some beginners luck might I add) alongside cocktails and pizza, and I got to do all of this with one of my best friends by my side, Charli.
On July 11th I boarded a plane to Ibiza to not only enjoy a well earned break but more importantly to celebrate my friend Lauren‘s Hen Do. For the next five days we had a great holiday with my favourite parts being Ocean Beach, where you might remember I got the terrible sunburn, getting to see the sunset at Savannah, spending time with my friends and lazing by the pool on my trusty mermaid tail pool float, dubbed Barbara. Less than two weeks after getting back from Ibiza I had a mini three day break in Crewe where I was a judge for the International Cheese and Dairy Awards, and I can insanely say that because of me there are yoghurts out there with awards from the most prestigious awards in their field because of me.
August was a jam packed month for me as it was both mine and Charli’s 30th birthdays in the space of two weeks, and we made sure to fill the month with lots of fun celebrations. I began the month with an evening at the races with my family where we made some bets before watching George Ezra perform, I realised that I know barely any of his songs but he put on a great performance and told some hilarious stories like when he stayed with a complete stranger for a month to write his new album and there was another one that included rum but I was a bit drunk myself at that point to remember it. The day before Charli’s birthday we went to Patisserie Valerie in Debenhams Oxford Street and then went to a Wetherspoons for some cheap drinks and to do presents.
After months of separation I met up with my friend Aaron and we went to the pub and to see Mamma Mia 2 as we loved the first one and have our song from the original film, Our Last Summer. I was the only person in the cinema singing away but I just don’t understand how you can watch a film containing Abba songs in silence. I went for some great meals throughout August including a lovely family meal for my birthday at Chapter One, where I had a ceviche of scallops, a gorgeous rib eye steak and finished off with a hot chocolate fondant with milk ice cream and ginger wine jelly. I also went to Afternoon Tea twice, once at Grosvenor House with Buyagift and the other was the Mad Hatter Tea Party at The Sanderson Hotel with Charli for her birthday.
Now it was time for the big day, the 18th August 2018, the day of my 30th birthday and the Disney party that I had been planning and banging on about since the start of the year. I had my make up booked in with Kat Von D and a member of the Blow team coming to the apartment we had booked to do my hair and my transformation to Ariel begun. I donned my tail and my shell bra and made my way to the venue, Bird Of Smithfield, for a night of drinks, dancing and photo booth fun with friends that had made the time to come and celebrate with me. I finally got to live out my inner dream of being Ariel and I could feel the pride of my inner child finally becoming a mermaid, all the way from playing that same VHS tape over and over and yelling at Ariel not to hand over her voice like one day she was going to listen to me.
Another friend of mine, Ameera, has the same birthday as me and after not seeing each other for god knows how long we saw each other at the party and the weekend after to tackle The Monster, the world’s biggest adults only inflatable assault course, and as the two shortest people you should have seen the strength we pulled out the bag to get ourselves over the tall walls. Along with The Monster, in August, I also covered Saturday Night Fever at The New Wimbledon Theatre through The Live Review and this is where my new exciting adventure came into play as those were my first reviews as the newly joint owner of the website.
The current owner of the site Aaron is moving to Newcastle next year, and as such has made a Newcastle based events website like The Live Review, but once he makes the move he won’t be in a position where he can run the London site but he didn’t want to see all the work he had put in suddenly disappear. As I had been covering events for him here and there we had a few discussions about it and it was decided that I would slowly take on the site, with the help of Charli once she is back on top form with her health, so as I’m sure you can imagine everything suddenly went a bit hectic and my focus was diverted as I got to grips with everything.
Alongside focusing on the new website September saw me dipping my toes back into the dating world, I’m yet to conclude whether it’s been a success or not but I’ll let you know. There have been some instant good things to come out of it, the first being that I’ve found some great new places in my area to try out, both being restaurants and bars that do lovely food and play some great music. The other great thing was that I found some other bloggers who were going on first dates on the exact same day or weekend as me so we were able to lean on each as our excitement or nerves grew and to discuss the usual boy stuff that comes with the dating minefield.
Also in September I went to a launch party for Harvey’s Furniture where they announced their first ever celebrity partnership on their BOLD collection by Louise Redknapp, and got to learn all about her love of interiors and design and meet the lady herself. I was lucky enough to spend a lot of the month covering events with The Live Review including OnBlackheath Festival and plays including ERIS and Cold Chips. I got to go to the National History Museum out of hours to see a preview of their upcoming show Wider Earth and went to two immersive theatre dining experiences, Divine Proportions and Journey to the Underworld.
It was my Mums birthday last week so we went for a family meal to a local fish restaurant and I had the most delicious dinner, including scallops in a garlic and white wine sauce, steak, lobster and chocolate fudge cake. Could it get any better, I think that would be what I’d choose for my last meal. I finished off the month covering a one man play called Fagin’s Last Hour and the Tattoo Convention at Tobacco Docks. So as you can see it’s been a pretty busy and exciting few months for me and whilst I could definitely sleep for a month I am loving embarking on this new challenge and I had the best birthday so it’s all been worth it.