Forget the strawberries at Wimbledon, now you can have them all year round with @nicolephillipse #homeware #buybritish

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Nothing starts the Summer off quite like Wimbledon, and with the shocks and thrills that have been going on over the last couple of days, you probably need a bit of light relief… so with the sounds of barbecues sizzling, fine textile design company Nicole Phillips England has the perfect missing ingredient for you within her strawberry collection.

Now that summer is truly here, perk up your kitchen linen with a quirky strawberries and cream tea towel, create your Eton Mess wearing the vibrant strawberries apron, or even dress your picnic table with the delightful wipe-clean oilcloth strawberries fabric.

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 09.15.44Created by artist Nicole Phillips from her studio in West Sussex and inspired by a love of all things British, Nicole’s original watercolour artwork of the popular British summer fruit has been transferred onto carefully selected fabrics and turned into a stunning collection that also includes cushions, table napkins, aga covers and oven gloves.

The strawberry range is a true celebration of Britishness, as they not only feature the much-loved native produce but every item has been designed, manufactured and packaged here in the UK.

As well as the strawberry designs the collection also includes other truly British summer delights such as seafood, trailing roses and asparagus.

The strawberry range starts from £12 for tea towels and all pieces are available to buy online at www.nicolephillips.com.

Nicole will also be displaying her new range at this year’s Dorset Seafood Festival on 13th-14th July in Weymouth.

 

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Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’s star studded press night! #theatre #musical @charliechoc_uk

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Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes. Last night was the star studded press night and Snoochie Boochies has some exclusive first look photos and video for you. So get excited for this magical tale brought to life on stage.

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When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryFeaturing ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman(Grammy® winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot; Matilda).

A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this spectacular new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.

The Sundowners take to the BBC Introducing stage at #Glastonbury #music #newartist

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One of the great things about Glasto is that you get the chance to experience some brand spanking new talent! This year is no exception. Taking to the BBC Introducing stage at 2:15pm on Friday 28th June (Yes this Friday!) will be Sundowners. So make sure you catch them rocking the stage. If you like what you hear, the band will also be releasing their new single via Skeleton Key Records on the 29th July.

Who are the Sundowners?

The hotly tipped hotly tipped Wirral five-piece have been cutting their teeth, gigging solidly throughout the UK over the last 18 months. Their infectious blend of rock & roll and psychedelic folk-rock has gone down a storm picking up rave reviews – leading to a coveted spot at Glastonbury and plaudits coming in from all quarters. Their single ‘Don’t Come Knocking’ comes backed with the B side ‘Shifting Sands’ both tracks were recorded at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool with James Skelly & Ian Skelly behind the controls.

So make sure you catch them if you’re starting the festival season this weekend. If you’re not, then fear not, you can check out their brand new single right here…just click on this link to hear Don’t Come Knocking

Happy Listening!

 

Start your week with some beautiful beauty buys from @seascapeuk #beauty #health

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If you’ve ever been to Jersey, you’ll realize that you are never very far away from a stunning seascape. It has some of the cleanest beaches, clearest waters and mildest climate that the British Isles have to offer which is where this wonderful range of Seascape products originates from.

Using local produce such as milk from the Jersey cows and extracts from herbs which are distilled on the island, plus not indulging in any artificial colours or fragrances you get a truly natural feeling from these beautiful and luxurious beauty buys.

Snoochie Boochies were lucky enough to receive some of these fantastic items to review and have hand picked some of our favourites to share with you:

Refresh Hand and Nail Cream

Screen Shot 2013-06-24 at 10.15.11Contains 100% natural essential oils of Jersey Lavender to soothe and calm, Lemongrass to tone and refresh and Geranium to balance and cleanse the hands. Enriched with Jersey Beeswax and natural Shea Butter to nourish the skin and cuticles.

Refresh really is the word, after either doing the washing up, or just being out in the unpredictable elements of the English weather, its vital that you look after your hands to keep them feeling young and fresh. This hand and nail cream did just the job, smelling like you’ve just stepped out of a spa your hands felt instantly smooth and soft. The fact that these are in handy travel bag sizes also allows you to keep the cream on the go with your busy lifestyles and apply 2-3 times a day to keep yourself feeling uplifted and refreshed.

Uplift Body Wash

Screen Shot 2013-06-24 at 10.44.10Contains 100% natural essential oils of Jersey Eucalyptus to stimulate the circulation, lime to energise the body and lavender to refresh the senses.

This product has been a great start to the day, there is a real feeling of refreshment from the Uplift Body Wash, kind of like the feeling you get when you just step out of the sea. Once you’ve bathed or showered, its not only you that smells refreshed, your bathroom also has that over riding scent of lavender which again makes it feel like you’ve just left the spa! Although you might think £16.00 is quite pricey for a body wash, we have to say that the 300ml bottle goes a long way as you only need to use a small amount, so its also relatively good value for money.

Les Petits Body Lotion

Screen Shot 2013-06-24 at 10.21.57Contains 100% natural essential oils of Lavender and Chamomile to soothe and calm, Shea Butter and Olive Oil to naturally moisturise and Jersey Beeswax to lock in moisture and protect delicate skin. The Les Petits range of products are dermatologically tested and gently formulated for babies and children with sensitive skin. All products are mild enough for everyday use and are paraben, silicone, petroleum and sulphate free with no artificial colours or fragrances.

Its not just us adults who get to enjoy Seascapes wonderful range of products, the Les Petites range is perfect for those little princesses who want to emulate mummy’s beauty regime. Equally, if you suffer from particularly sensitive skin then the Les Petites range might be best for you. Not compromising on size, the Body Lotion is competitive with its £12 pricing and daily use still allows this product to stretch for miles and miles! Soft on the skin and with a hint of lavender this is perfect for before bedtime and to start you off in the morning.

Men’s Daily Moisturiser

Screen Shot 2013-06-24 at 10.29.51Contains 100% natural essential oils of Jersey Lavender and Neroli to soothe and calm and Petitgrain to tone and refresh. With nourishing Shea Butter to moisturise the face and neck.

Get your man into moisturizing! It’s a hard enough task to get men to start their own daily routine, but hopefully the Seascape Men’s daily moisturizer will help! Gentle on the skin and with more of a seaside fresh feel, there’s nothing girlie about this product. It’s perfect as a post shave accompaniment or just to start the day, and with only a small amount needed at any one time you’ll once again get great value for money on this £16.00 product.

Snoochie Boochies love to support great British brands and encourage you lot to buy British! Seascape is just another great example of this, it wont break the bank, but with a stylish looking product like this, you’ll be happy placing the whole family collection around the house, and most importantly you’ll have clean, refreshed skin and the peace of mind that you’re using all natural products.

You can find out more about Seascape on their website and you can also order these brilliantly British products here too.

Happy beauty shopping!

 

 

Rivington Street Festival launches its search for opening DJ Act #competition #DJ #Music #Shoreditch

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CALLING ALL DJ’s!! After a successful Jubilee celebration last year, Rivington Street Festival is back for 2013, transforming the heart of Shoreditch into an all-encompassing family friendly music and art hive of activity. The innovative venues along and around this road will open their doors with a day of unique programming, offering their own experience, from captivating music and exhibitions, to film screenings, stand-up comedy and spoken word.

So if you not only want to be a part of the festival, but also want to be the OPENING ACT! Then this is the competition for you…here’s the entry details!

YOUR MISSION:
To create a 30 minute mini mix that will be put out as an official Rivington Street Festival 13 promo mix. To find out more please go to http://www.rivingtonstreetfestival.co.uk and have a browse through our previous event, images & videos.

THE PRIZE: 

Play the warm-up spot at this year’s Rivington Street Festival 2 x VIP Rivington Street 2013 Tickets

Entry to afterparty
Drinks tokens

Mix to be released as an official promo mix for Rivington Street Festival 2013 Goodie bag

HERE’S THE SMALLPRINT:

Mix must be uploaded in Mp3 format
Must be original (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright materials) Participants may be requested to provide their original project files.
ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 17th JUNE 2013
APPLICANTS MUST BE OVER 16 YEARS OF AGE

GET INVOLVED! 
Please ‘like’ the Rivington Street Festival’s facebook page: www.facebook.com/RivingtonStreetFestival Email the file along with your name, age, email, ‘DJ’ name, any DJ pages you have (i.e facebook, mix/soundcloud etc) to info@rivingtonstreetfestival.co.uk with subject line ‘RSF DJ COMPETITION’

Download the DJ Mag Allstars Rivington Street Festival 2013 mix here!

GOOD LUCK!!

 

The over 50’s are in a Time Warp! Celebrating 40 Years of the Rocky Horror Show! #theatre

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Lets do the time warp again!! This year the Rocky Horror Picture Show is celebrating its 40th year on stage!! And to celebrate a new research poll from Saga reveals that a quarter of over 50s, the original audience for the Rocky Horror show, have done the Time-Warp in Rocky Horror style.

Where did it all begin?! 
On the 19th June 1973 a revolutionary and controversial new show took to the stage at the Royal Court Theatre, featuring Dr Frank n Furter along with risque outfits and an equally challenging story-line –  much to the delight and awe of the audience, most then in their 20s.

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What happened next…

A couple of years later in 1975, Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Richard O’Brien starred in the film version, which is still watched, adored and danced to today!!

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And where are we now?

Across the UK, a quarter of over 50s have joined in the Time Warp for the true ‘Party Show’ and more than a third of those in Wales, and the North have stepped in time to the Time-Warp.

Saga magazine’s Editor at Large Emma Soames, has been encouraging everyone to do the iconic time warp dance saying that “this poll should at last shatter the misconception that people in their sixties are into tea dances and waltzes. Wearing short skirts and fishnets and sometimes dressing up as the show’s different characters, baby boomers were the original Rocky Horror audience. I have never felt so old in my life if its 40 years since it started! Indeed I feel totally time warped.”

Well we thought that you shouldn’t just leave it to the over 50’s to show who’s got the moves, so if you want to learn the time warp, then watch this video and get dancing…its just a jump to the left….!

 

The deep dark world of Human Trafficking depicted in our film of the week – Eden #EdentheFilm2013

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Based on a true story, Eden follows a young Korean-American girl, who in 1994 was abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers, as time passes she realizes that her only way to survive is to join forces with her captors.

A compelling watch, Eden is the kind of unexpected hit that you find yourself unable to pause and return to – it has to be watched from start to finish in one sitting. The reason, well, you spend the first half of this film trying to work out just what is going on, as you begin to go on this hellish journey with Hyun Jae (Jamie Chung). The fact that this is a true story makes it all the more grisly.

Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 09.33.00Cleverly you are sheltered from any graphic detail in terms of what the girls actually do when they’re brought to various parties, nightclubs and pornography film sets. Instead you are a second pair of eyes for Hyun Jae, figuring out as she is, what is going on, why she’s here being held in a 10 x 10 storage unit and what her fateful future holds. What is brilliant about this film is that you really don’t know who to trust, and that there are twists and turns at every opportunity. The film really doesn’t turn out how you expect it to, and you are playing a complicated guessing game at every throughout.

The cast is solid and led by an impressive Jamie Chung who carries the film with ease. She plays both the innocent and later the intelligent influencer very well and provides a stark contrast to not only her capturers but also the other girls kept in confinement with her, some of which have grown accustomed to this way of life and begin to play the game for what it is.Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 09.32.10

Supporting Chung are Beau Bridges who plays Bob Gault, a ruthless and corrupt Federall Marshal who runs the organization with little mercy; and Matt O’Leary who plays the troubled Vaughan, who’s past and wrong life choices have led him to this destination. All of the characters have their distinct traits which you can identify with and pin point straight away. Bob Gault requests no sympathy from the audience, he runs this operation under the façade of a pillar of the community and underneath it all profits unremorsefully on the actions of the girls.  Vaughan has moments in which he battles with his conscience over what he’s doing and you can immediately spot his vulnerability, as does Hyun Jae, which keeps you gunning for our female lead as she patiently figures out how to get the better of those who keep her.

Full of suspense and intrigue, Eden is a highly watchable film with notable performances and a gripping storyline. A thriller from start to finish and well worth a watch when it comes out in cinemas on the 19th July