Sunday, 29 January 2012

Books and Boats

I just interviewed Alain de Botton about his new book over on Run-Riot, where he guest-edited for a week. He's currently one of the judges for this fantastic Ideas for London project- you can win a night in the wonderful boat hotel,moored on top of The Southbank Centre!

Back to books- you can currently read all about my favourite authors, literary pet-peeves and recommendations on the wonderful For Book's Sake. Have your Amazon wishlist to hand.....

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Winter Sun



Here's the video I promised of the cruise I went on over New Year with my family-it's my first attempt at editing any flipcam footage, so please bear with me!I had such a wonderful time-whilst some elements of the cruise were a bit overwhelming (ORGANISED FUN,ORGANISED FUN) the Caribbean was simply stunning-I was astounded by how unspoilt it still is.Perhaps this was just because we were sailing into small harbours and isolated beaches, but so much of the island landscape seems still just to be covered in jungle-the villages and houses scattered so sparsely. One of the best bits was sharing a cabin with my sister, who's been travelling and at university the last year, so it was the first time for ages we've had plenty of quality time together. I also got to see my youngest sister sing for the first time (in the ship talent contest)-she really is terribly talented, I'll post a video online soon if she'll let me! There were only about 100 guests on board and just as many crew and staff members so it was fairly intimate- we got to know everyone well and see all the work that goes into running the largest full rigged sailing ship in the world.


I know summer holidays seem a long way off, but I thought I'd post some of my 'must-haves' for anyone going to sea.
  •  La Roche Posay sun protection for the face
  • Hair accessories-ship and flowers-by Now Voyager SOS
  • Marc Jacobs starry sunglasses- from Bicester village
  • Flipcam (Christmas present)
  • Vichy sun lotion and after-sun
  • Waterproof Notebook and pencil from Luckies

Roll on the holidays!!!

I've used MIA's Sunshowers as the music in this video. 

Thursday, 12 January 2012

'Get your skates on' Giveaway-20 pairs of ice-skating tickets!

photo by Marcus Ginns

First of all, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate, and fingers crossed the New Year is treating you well!Secondly, I must apologise for being a bad blogger as I've been away since Boxing day- on a boat in the Caribbean no less!It was a family treat for my mum's 50th birthday and we had an amazing time-I'll be posting pictures and video as soon as I've figured out how to edit my new flipcam footage! One of the loveliest things was having no wifi, phone or TV for 10 days which meant I really couldn't do any work and had to relax- the first time I've done so for longer than a day or two in years!
Anyway, now I'm back in the chilly January reality of London, and to make it up to you I've got an amazing offer to share.You may remember me blogging about Tiffany Skate at Somerset House before Christmas as I did some copywriting work for them- well the rink is still open, until 22nd January- and there are 20 pairs of FREE tickets to skate at Somerset House up for grabs!
You can skate at the ice rink on Thursday 19 January on the 17.30-18.30 skate session, just use the code below to book your tickets.
Tickets are strictly available on a first come first served basis.
To get your hands on the free tickets visit this link, then go to the skate date Thursday 19 January, click 'Find Tickets' taking you to a new page, in the ‘January Promotion Tickets’ box select a pair of tickets and enter the promotional code SKATE19J
Tickets are exclusively available to my network and only accessible via Ticketmaster online with a promo code.
Somerset House ice rink closes on Sunday 22 January. Catch it before it goes!
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