Stay in the heart of town with @travelodgeuk #hotel #hotelstay #refurb #wheretostay

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Hey Snoochers, so its been a little while, and we’re sorry for our absence but as you may have seen on Twitter we’ve been working super hard to set up our sister site The Reel Deal.

Now we are back! And kicking off a brand new load of fun lifestyle content just for you with our very first review for the brand new refurbished Travelodge Hotels. We sent Becks to the heart of Theatreland in London to spend a night at the Covent Garden hotel to see what its got to offer… and she even did this very kind video review  just for us!

So we hope you’ve got a good idea of what its like to stay in one of these very convenient and affordable hotels (rooms start from £29, our recommendation is that you sort out your booking online). To be fair, you’re going to spend most of your time outside of the hotel, exploring the great cities they’re based in, so why pay through the roof for a bed!

It gets a big thumbs up from us!

Laters Snoochers!

 

Show how much you love your partner this Valentines with…. a fridge?!! @smeguk @bentallcentre #valentinesgifts #competition #kingstonuponthames

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Just when you thought Valentines Day gifts couldn’t get any more extravagant! Award winning appliance manufacturers (and cool design kings) Smeg released a very special FAB28 red velvet refrigerator (it looks so good it could almost taste as good as Red Velvet cake, seriously!

Anyway, its not all about a fancy fridge on V-Day, Smeg is also teaming up with Bentalls in Kingston-upon-Thames for a week of non-stop fun. From 7th to 14th February, Smeg will showcase their brand new, very special FAB28 red velvet refrigerator, which will be exclusively revealed to Bentalls’ customers and the UK for the very first time. To celebrate, Smeg has devised an exciting competition where one lucky person can win their own red velvet fridge and send a message of love, or even a marriage proposal, to the special people in their life thanks to a clever and innovative built-in fridge cam.n-09

During the event, customers will be invited to use the fridge cam and pose for a photograph alongside their own personal love heart message which they need to tweet with the hashtag #lovesmegfridge and #velvetvalentine to be in with a chance to win. Also don’t forget to look out for the SMEG500R, a limited edition, Fiat-styled refrigerator, which is also debuting for the very first time.

Smeg’s brand manager John Davies says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Bentalls store in Kingston upon Thames and are excited to show how Smeg always work hard to push the boundaries with experiential activity that engages with our customers. The latest special addition to the Smeg family, the FAB28 red velvet refrigerator is symbolic of our iconic style and with its curved edges, 50s style lettering and soft, matt texture we’re sure this will be a hit!”

But I haven’t got time for a competition, but I do have time for a new fridge! Tell me more! 

With a capacity of 256 litres featuring an ice compartment with a frozen food capacity of 26 litres, the FAB28 red velvet model comes with Smeg’s automatic defrost technology as well as three adjustable glass shelves, one fruit and vegetable container and a chrome wine rack. This fridge has an A++ energy efficiency rating and a 40dB sound level which is far lower than normal conversation levels at 59dB, making it perfect for open-plan living. Priced from £1,275, the dimensions of the Smeg FAB28 measure 60cmW by 69.2cmD by 151cmH and this model is also available in 12 striking colours.

 

Can’t garden? Won’t Garden? Don’t worry @suttons_seeds is here to help and make gardening super cool! #garden #gardening #home #lifestyle

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Fancy yourself as a bit of a green fingered god or goddess? Or are you like us and find it difficult working out your sunflowers from your pansies? Well as more and more of us start to buy our own houses and inherit a mud pit that we would one day like to turn into a garden  that is sharp, contemporary and something to be proud of,  we’re all asking what is that quick fix?

Well unless you’re willing to bring in the professionals, which could cost a pretty penny, the best thing you can probably do is take matters into your own hands. This is where Suttons Seeds comes in. Based down in Devon, this gardening company prides itself on quality and innovation, and see us, the twenty something’s as the next generation of gardening maestros (sure!) so they’re bringing out some great products, and prove that they’re way more than just a seed company, that helps us get up and go in our gardens. From beginners vegetable planting guides through to handy seeding packs that make planting minimum hassle, these guys really are on our young side and might just make gardening cool (again!!).

Here are some of our top picks from Suttons Seeds : 

A Fusion Of Colour And Musical Romance From Suttons Seeds 

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Suttons new Floral Fusions Flower Seed Mixes are  a great way to transform gardens quickly, easily and successfully.  Each mix contains up to 20 different varieties of seed as well as an inert natural buckwheat to assist with the sowing of the seed.  The collection includes six different varieties to meet consumer demands; from brightening a shady corner to super-quick blooms, Suttons new Floral Fusions has it all!

To make sowing your seeds even easier, Suttons new Floral Fusions are packaged in a ‘shaker’ style pot with a built-in sprinkler that enables you to sow your seeds quickly and evenly over their beds and borders in a matter of minutes! Plus its only £5.99 (bargain!).

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Continue 2014 with a healthy addition to your diet! With resolutions being made to get fit and eat healthier food, many of you will be trying to continue on with your New Year diets. So why not help make a healthy change today with Suttons Microgreens!

Easy to grow, nutritious and full of flavour, these groovy tasty leaves really are a 2014 ‘must have’!

Each box includes everything you need to grow, plus a tasty recipe to try! They are quick and easy to grow – great for children and novice gardeners, with colourful and attractive packaging which is easy to understand.Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 10.43.53

There are 8 delicious varieties to choose from, and as microgreens are harvested younger they contain more nutrients, vitamins and protein. Finally, these kits can be grown at any time of year and are all grown indoors for a thrifty £3.99 per kit.

And finally, it’s not all about seeds you know…it’s about community too!

A New Way To Fundraise For Schools With your Little Green Sprouts!

‘Little Green Sprouts’ is a brand new fundraiser scheme designed specifically for primary and junior schools.

This soon to be launched scheme will help schools to fundraise, provide a central resource hub for teachers and also a one-stop shop for schools to buy all their gardening necessities.  Games for the children and some useful home activities will also be included.

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Suttons will be instrumental in helping schools set up their own microsites and will provide them with marketing materials for distribution to teachers.  For every £10 that parents spend, the school earns 1 sprout.  This sprout can be redeemed against a list of set products all designed to meet the horticultural factors in the national curriculum.

So there you have it, lots of ways to get excited about your garden in the coming months, so even if the rain is pouring, you don’t have to stop gardening, you can at least make a start! Enjoy!

@superdrug stands out from the crowd this Autumn with its newest offerings! @goshuk @blowpro_ny #beauty #hair

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So last month the Snoochie Boochies team headed off to an amazing press event from Superdrug, where we were shown just what makes this high street store stand out from the crowd and deliver in terms of good quality, affordable beauty products. And we can tell you now we weren’t disappointed!

The range that Superdrug has to offer, particularly this Autumn is mind blowing, so whether its a quick beauty fix before a night out or a new bit of ‘ju-juing’ you want to try to give your hair that added lift then this is the place to go for something that wont break the bank.

First and foremost, we were staggered to learn of all the new beauty brands that are expanding or debuting in the store. From Bourgois rolling out a new range of nail care kits and manicure bars in certain stores to new technology to help the health and hydration of your skin and of course Superdrug’s own beauty brands; its  pretty clear to see that this shop quickly positioning itself as much more than a chemist/convenience store, its starting a beauty revolution and here are some of our tried and tested favourites! Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 12.19.28

GOSH DARLING LASHES – £7.99 

One of the hardest beauty buys is a good mascara, and having given this one a whirl, we can tell you, you wont be disappointed. With a twisted wire brush which has been designed to give lashes an instant, extreme boost, adding maximum volume to each individual lash. Thaks to the wide gaps in the brush’s bristles, lashes are separated and defined for an ultra-feminie wide-eyed baby doll look. So bring back the sixties, get yourself some fuller lashes ready for the party season. This little number joins the rest of the Gosh mascara range, so if you’re already a fan of them, its time to add to your collection, and if you’re new to it all, then this is definitely one beauty product worth taking a chance on, you wont be disappointed!

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BLOW PRO TEXTSTYLE SPRAY – IN STORE SOON

Blow the very first blow dry bar has come a long way since its Manhattan Meat Packing District start up in 2005. Now gracing British shores the leader and innovator of the booming blow dry industry has teamed up with Superdrug to help bring a little NYC glamour to all of our hair care rituals. What we particularly loved more than anything is the Textstyle dry texture hair spray which provides dramatic separation to instantly texturize limp locks. Now this is just a preview as its not on sale in stores just yet, but will be in the coming months, and its going to be a definite must have product for the party season. Whether your hair is thin and dry and lacking a little bit of lustre, or luscious and long, then this spray can definitely transform it into something completely different and fabulous, so make sure you look out for it asap! Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 12.48.56

GOSH PRIME N’ REFRESH EYE ROLL-ON – £7.99 (OUT IN OCTOBER)

So it definitely takes some toll on us all going from party to party, however, you can always ‘look’ like you’re fresh from the Summer and ready to party all night long thanks to this little number from Gosh. Its the ultimate first aid tool for tired eyes. The roll on Primer nourishes and brightens the delicate eye area, concealing fine lines, dark circles and puffiness, giving an instant effect thanks to special ingredients including SpectraFlex, Matrixyl 3000 and extracts of Kigelia from the African Kigelia fruit! So what are you waiting for, get this top of your list as your new best friend for the 2013 party season! Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 12.47.57

So there you go guys, get yourselves to Superdrug as your new one stop shop for everything beauty and fabulous this season, there’s so much to choose from we’ll be doing further recommendations over the next couple of months, but for now, keep a look out for these fabulous products and get partying!!!

Get yourself top of the Glam List with @lip_smacker @Barrymcosmetics @GloMineralsUK @styloko #beauty #makeup #shopping

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 09.03.27So every girl loves the opportunity to play around with the newest and hottest make up trends. There’s a never ending flow of amazing products coming our way, so its hard to try and find the best of the best. Well, fear not Snoochers as we’ve done it all for you…From eyes to lips to foundation, we’ve picked our top two  make up brands to show off some of their latest trends and then introduce you Styloko a whole new shopping experience that will help you finish up that ultimate glamour puss look!
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First up, the most fun make up brand Lip Smacker is back with a whole new collection ready for the Autumn//Winter season. From cleverly allowing you to channel your inner Disney princess with its fun Lip Smacker Disney Collection, you’ll feel more like Beauty than the Beast in no time.Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 08.50.27
 And priced at a super affordable £2.50 you’ll be rushing to Debenhams to grab the full princess line up! 
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  • Palettles- A first from Barry M these eye and cheek palettes can you give you party glamour or daytime beauty in an instant. Complete with 6 eyeshadow shades that compliment each-other, a blusher, a large mirror and  two brushes- these palettes will become your go-to for eye and cheek colour every time! – £6.49Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 08.54.57
  • Matte Nails – A/W13’s must have nail look, available in matte Nude, Berry, Black and Brown you can have this seasons hottest grunge nails for just £3.99 .

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If you need something a little bit more sensitive for your skin, then look no further than Glo minerals which offers a naturally nourishing array of products and beauty tools suitable for all skin types. Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 08.58.01

From bronzers, foundations and concealers to mascaras, eye shadows and lipsticks – The range’s pharmaceutical-grade ingredients with high-pigment minerals, and exclusive combination of Vitamins A, C, E and green tea extract heighten the skins natural lustre. glō minerals also offers broad-spectrum UV protection to maintain the health of the skin while protecting it from further damage. 

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And finally, if you need more than just make up in a hurry this party season, then online site Styloko promises to slash the search time for online shoppers. 

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Having just re-launched, Styloko is offering a brand new online shopping experience connecting people to the products they love quickly. The new-look site is based around personally curated virtual boutiques, which contain only the brands and items users love and want to shop.

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On Styloko you can add products to your very own virtual boutique either from Styloko’s own website, which aggregates almost 700,000 products from nearly every major UK retailer, or from any other site across the web – simply by using their browser button.

And if you want to tell everyone about it, you can then share your boutique, comment on items, follow other stylish users and shop from other peoples’ boutiques. And, (BARGAIN ALERT!) when an item in your boutique falls in price, you’ll get an instant notification by email – so you will never miss a sale again.

So there you have it – dont get down in the dumps about the impending winter ahead its time to get prepped for the party season in a big way!! Enjoy!

Forget the doom of winter and keep on shopping! @tjc_uk @opOceanPacific @shimlajewellery @lucetmundi

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Yes the days are getting shorter, the mornings are getting longer and night time approaches quicker. But don’t get all doom and gloom about the pending winter months because we’ve found some last minute Summer specials for the family and also a few bits and bobs to get you looking forward to Oct, Nov, Dec…basically we just found a whole load of cool stuff from some amazeball brands which we think would suit you lot a treat… enjoy and let us know if you buy any of these treats!

The Jewellery Channel isn’t just a TV show it’s a way of looking gorgeous and glam!

The Jewellery Channel is an online store that stocks over 16,000 pieces ranging from £2.99 to £5,000 so there’s literally something for everyone!  In addition to being known for their diverse range of stunning items, TJC is also well known (and respected) for doing everything possible to undercut normal retail prices so that jewellery is made more affordable. So if you’re after a bargain, this is the place to be, and here are a couple of our favourite pieces currently on offer!

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Get the kids still remembering their summer holidays with Ocean Pacific!

If you’re still planning a holiday with the kids, then we recommend you make them look like the coolest kids on tour with these cute swimming trunks from Californian surf lifestyle brand OP (Ocean Pacific), sold exclusively at Sports Direct. OP launched this Summer and is one of the leading lifestyle brands in the US, even Twilight star Kellan Lutz has been seen rocking a pair of board shorts!

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Delve into some Dutch Delights this Winter with Barts!

Or if you’re properly preparing for winter there is nothing nicer than these winter warmers from Dutch brand Barts!  Far beyond the selection we have to show you today, the collection has woven scarves in linen, viscose and cotton, which are designed using a pallet of beautiful basic colors as well as radiants, checks, stripes and flower- and other beautiful prints.

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Get in touch with your spiritual side with Shimla’s gorgeous jewellery! 

And if you’ve ever felt like you just needed some jewellery with some secret hidden powers to give you that va va voom in life then look no further than Shimla!

Named after the picturesque Shimla Valley in the Himalayas, Shimla’s shamballa style bracelets are highly detailed, interwoven with sparkling fireball crystals, semi-precious stones, stainless steel beads and beautifully crafted charms. This Autumn/Winter collection sees a range of beautiful hand-made bracelets adorned with charms said to ward off bad luck, including Hamsa or the “Hand of Fatima,” a palm-shaped amulet recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the Om symbol, a sacred and important mantra and mystical Sanskrit sound of Hindu origin, and the Evil Eye symbol, said to protect the wearer from evil spirits.

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Make money look fabulous with Lucet Mundi!

And finally, we’ve got a celebrity special for you! Lucet Mundi is an elite jewellery brand famous for its iconic interchangeable coin necklaces and earrings designed in a stunning array of metals including Rhodium Silver Plated, Rose Gold Plated and Gold Plated, Lucet Mundi have taken the market place by storm and are now stocked across the globe in leading jewellery retailers including Ernest Jones and Goldsmiths. Whats more here’s just a few of the long list of celebrities who just love to wear it! Peter Andre, Maria Fowler, Lauren Goodger, Robbie Savage, Nicola Mclean, JLS and Emma Rigby.

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So what are you waiting for, stock up on yourselves before you start blowing your hard earned cash on everyone else for Christmas!!!

Happy Monday snoochers!

Add a little comfort to your life with @thepyjamastore #fashion #nightwear @dollzteam @timoteidavid

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Would’t it be amazing if there was a place where all of the worlds comfiest pyjamas went to live and you could just browse between the 1D onesies and sleek silkie numbers. Well, there really is… and its called The Pyjama store!

Snoochie Boochies was lucky enough to be invited to a very special event for the store in the heart of swanky Mayfair. We found bed wear from the extravagant to the affordable, from the slinky to the sophisticated and basically everything for men, women and children.

The Pyjama Store was born in 2010 due to the frustrations of poor online choices for good quality men’s pyjamas and robes it initially housed four brands and within 18 months grew to incorporate women’s wear with five more women’s specialist designers. By 2013, The Pyjama Store had amassed a great selection of cool, younger brands with fresh and exciting new designs including Cyberjammies and by popular request, kid’s jim jams!

So we thought, we’d run through three of our top pickings from The Pyjama store and give you a flavour for what it has to offer:

The Charlie McLeod Nordic Zippy

Prices starting at £79.00

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This is where guys become honorary members of 1 Direction who love chilling out in nothing more than a onesie. The superstar of comfort is made of super soft cotton rich fabric which makes you feel like you want to curl up and just take life easy. Throw into the mix our very generous sizing and you could lounge all day.

The soft feeling hood has natural coloured drawcords which match those great zip pullers, the front pouch pocket has an internal phone/mp3 pocket with a small hole so your wires can be fed up the inside of the Zippy, and the cuffs have the all important thumb holes.

After a day on the slopes, work or studying you only need to reach for one item of clothing. The Nordic Zippy with its bright white print, this is the real deal. Perfect for lounging, perfect for our modern life.

The MaybeBlu Collection

Currently on sale starting at £18.00

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As featured in Star magazine’s Lust List! For those who prefer a classic yet sexy look, this night dress offers a chic alternative to the pyjamas, though still giving you the comfort of 100% cotton, while allowing you to reveal your feminine side.

Turquaz Kids Pyjamas

Prices starting at £22.00

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Exclusive to The Pyjama Store, a range of sleepwear for children with gorgeous designs which look super whether your little ones are playing, resting or sleeping. A peaceful night’s sleep is (almost) guaranteed!

What there’s more? 

Now this event wasn’t all about Pyjamas, as a special treat the The Dollz team was on hand to do amazing make overs and Game of Thrones hair stylist Timothy David was on hand to give some style advice and add some ‘ju-ju’ to our hair to make us look FABULOUS!

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So we thought we’d end on his three words of advice for beautiful fabulous hair…

1) Make sure you have good hair products which are correctly diagnosed by a stylist

2) Always go to a good hair stylist

3) Regular visits to the hair dresser are a must!

Have a great weekend Snoochers and get yourself looking glam for day and night time!

Put on a Hunger Games Party in 3 steps and may the odds be ever in your favour! #hungergames

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Well if you weren’t already super excited about the next installment of The Hunger Games hitting cinema screens in November, you can get the reaping started with your very own Hunger Games themed party!

We attended a very special Hunger Games event day last week which gave us all the inspiration we needed to bring a little bit of Capitol into our lives for the end of the Summer. So forget the BBQ’s and go all out with stupendous style and the odds will ever be in your favour!

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Step 1: Bake the Book!

No not literally, but we absolutely LOVED the Hunger Games cup cakes at the event day, and felt that no Hunger Games party would be complete without them. So here’s a really helpful video from across the pond, which will inevitably get your mouth watering for what is an essential party piece… the Mockingjay cupcake!

 

Step 2: Get the Look! 

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Who would have thought the Capitol would have been so on trend in the real world. Well, as we found out there are two major fashion go-go’s coming out of The Hunger Games and one is Capitol party style and the other is Tribute tracksuits!

For the Capitol party style you can look no further than your local fashion retailer for some fantastic bits. It doesn’t have to cost your district to get Captiol fashion and there’s so much out there…

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And if you want to shuffle along like Effie Trinket, then how about these Chinese Laundry China Doll Heeled Shoes… you’ll need to splash out a little bit more, but once again they’re on sale at ASOS.com for £62.00 (RRP £120.00)

 But if you’re feeling more in tune with one of the Tributes, then you might want to spend your cash on the futuristic exercise range from Lucas Hugh London. Having never provided products for movies before, its Creative Director Anjhe Mule was sought out and hand picked by Catching Fire Costume Designer Trish Summerville to help provide some of the amazing outfits for the films key stars.

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Step 3: Top up Trinket Style

No party look would be complete without an Effie Trinket make over and the amazing make up artist who took care of Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth at the UK premiere told us that the key to Effie Trinket’s looks is clashing colours, blended together on the eyes and hyper real pale skin! Think Alexander McQueen with strong bold eyes and Geisha lips.Screen Shot 2013-08-19 at 18.29.30

She also mentioned that since The Hunger Games hit our cinema screens, people have really realized that make up can be much more fun, and that there really aren’t any rules, so maybe there’s a little bit of Capitol in this capital city after all!

So what are you waiting for, you have the food, the clothes and the make up to make a very Happy Hunger Games! Enjoy!!

Music Monday – The iBean gets Peter Gabriel and co listening in! #music #tech #digital

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So a few weeks ago we talked about the quirky answer to an iPod, the iBean – which is the worlds first “cybatonic” digital music player made all the way over in South America. Well, those clever people at Cybatonics who created this cheeky invention seem to have already made brilliant progress, so we thought we’d update you all. 

This very exciting consumer electronics design company have now agreed to work with Real World Records, Peter Gabriel’s legendary world music record label, on an exclusive, preloaded content deal with the iBean & iTagua.Screen Shot 2013-08-18 at 23.57.49

Real World Records is home to some of the most forward-thinking, boundary-shaking music from around the world, and grew alongside international world music, arts and dance festival, WOMAD. It is now in final discussions with Cybotanics to provide exclusive content in ‘lossless’ CD quality form on the much talked about iBean® & iTagua®  with is made from Amazonian beans and nuts from Colombia.  The first deal will centre on the unique digital audio products, preloaded with a number of Real World’s global artists from WOMAD.

The London-based start-up’s iBean and iTagua products are currently available to ‘pre-order’ without preloaded content on the crowd sourced funding website, Kickstarter and upon successful completion of this with enough pledges from the general public, they will go into commercial production and have an agreement ready to sign to launch an exclusive preloaded device with the label’s content.

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Each 4GB music player is a meticulously crafted and engineered digital  audio device that delivers ‘lossless’, CD quality exclusive Real World music at a much higher bit rate than conventional music players all housed in a naturally beautiful and truly original form. Lossless compression reduces a file’s size with no loss of quality.  APE is a form of lossless compression.  Each unique product will retail for under £50.00

Here’s a few burning questions you all might have…

Why is the sound quality so much better than an iPod?

iBean® and iTagua®  use a new form of music compression in lossless CD quality form (APE-Monkey’s audio). The devices also play normal MP3 files.http://www.monkeysaudio.com/  Unlike traditional methods such as MP3, OGG, or LGT that permanently discard quality to save space, Monkey’s Audio represents bit-for-bit copies of music. That means it always sounds perfect – exactly the same as a CD. Even though the sound is perfect, it still saves a lot of space (think of it as a beefed-up Winzip™ for your music).  The other great thing is that you can always decompress your Monkey’s Audio files back to the exact, original files.  That way, you’ll never have to recopy your CD collection to switch formats, and you’ll always be able to perfectly recreate the original music CD.

What is the Tagua nut that iTagua is made from?

The Nut- Tagua (Vegetable Ivory)

The Nut- PHYTELEPHAS  Family: Arecaceae  (Phytelephas Aequatorialis Macrocarpa)  The Tagua is actually a kind of palm nut, it has become referred to as ‘Vegetable Ivory’ because of its internal colour and working properties which are almost identical to elephant ivory, from which its latin name derives.

What is the bean that the iBean is made from?

The Bean – ENTADA GIGAS Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae Mimosoldea)  Known as ‘Sea Beans’ these gigantic seeds come from pods which grow up to four feet  in length. They measure about 5cm across and have a beautiful surface that can be polished. The beans are as hard as polycarbonate and have even baffled NASA scientists. Cybotanics has discovered a unique way of machining them to incorporate their digital hearts.

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Friday Feature: Photographer @tomwootton1985 talks #silhouettes and #poledancing

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An unfortunate accident led Tom Wootton to pick up a camera and start a favoured hobby. Eventually that lead to a lucrative business photographing pole dancers and creating stunning works of art. We chat to the photographer to find out what inspires him and how difficult it really is to make a stand out business when with apps like Instagram, “everyone” counts themselves as a “photography expert.”

What got you started in photography?

I broke my leg playing rugby and over the 3 month period that I had lying around I decided to invest in a camera. I practiced all the settings on various objects around the room as I was pretty much bed ridden! When I could walk again I started going out into the streets practicing and found a real love for all the tricks that you could perform on the camera. It really was that simple and I’ve been photographing more and more ever since, honing in my skills and developing a niche for where I would like my photography to take me.

It’s becoming quite popular to get a DSLR camera, what made you decide to invest particularly in that rather than just taking a good snap on your smart phone?

It was the ability to do more tricks with the light, as a couple of examples in terms of night time photography I could get a better range of shots and with objects I could blur the background whilst making the immediate foreground crisp and in focus. It was just that in general the variety with a professional camera is much richer than with even some of the best smart phones or bridging cameras.

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I did a whole heap of different things from going out into the streets and doing voyeur photography at the Notting Hill Carnival, to the streets of Twickenham during rugby matches. I wanted to get used to as many different situations as possible and try and capture life photography as it happened in front of me rather than just trying to set up the shot perfectly. That led me to being comfortable in terms of getting natural shots and capturing the moment, which I still really enjoy doing.  I then took an apprenticeship with a wedding photographer and learnt a huge amount about structuring shoots and planning key events in a short time frame. Just as a side track I took the street/life photography and tried to mix it up and make something a little more commercial with lego figurines re-enacting some of those life moments. It was then, and the result of those shots working so well that I started thinking more about the business opportunities within photography and really focused towards that goal.Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 22.55.10

You’ve now really centered your business on silhouette photography, can you tell us a little more about that?

The interesting thing about silhouettes is the shape that they make, and just by accidentally discovering the variety you can capture when it’s as simple as the sun just reflecting behind a person was fascinating to me. So I looked at how I could push this idea more and felt that the best shapes came from dancers. With dance, particularly professional dancers they can push (and hold) shapes that are more extreme than the normal person, and when captured at the right angle you get a beautiful shot. What I like in particular is not making a stenciled picture, but having just enough light to see subtle muscle contours and detail that when observed closer, demonstrates the skill involved to achieve this particular shape.  I suppose it’s an appreciation of what the subject can do creatively in front of me and what I can do creatively with a camera.

And your key focus at the moment is pole dancers, pole fitness… 

Yes, well there was an opportunity to look at a lot of different dance styles as well as gymnastics, but actually, there are so many shapes that you can pull and hold with pole dancing or fitness that its actually an obvious choice for silhouette photography as the results are fantastic.Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 22.59.36

How have people reacted to this particular subject matter?

I actually think that this is an area that deserves more credit than it gets. There is still a lot of connotations around pole dancing only being associated with Gentlemen’s Clubs, when actually the skill involved and the benefits of doing pole fitness is really impressive. There should be a lot more appreciation of the strength these girls possess to carry out this dance discipline. Taking it further afield we’re now seeing more women and men using a pole in other performance areas such as circus, and the skills they are showing off in that arena is almost mind blowing! That is the next step for me to capture with my photography, but for now, photographing pole fitness is a great way of showing the women who take this up as an exercise class just how much they have improved and what they can achieve.Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 22.53.22

Finally, what advice would you give to anyone wanting to move into photography and potentially professional photography?

I think you should definitely always pick up a camera and give it a try. You may surprise yourself with what you can achieve, that’s what I found, and it inspired me to carry on and build my interest and understanding of the camera and skills in photography. I think you should also look to find a niche and really develop that, then in terms of stepping into the world of business, one golden rule is that its very easy for people to say that they like your photos, but not so easy to get them to buy your photos… there is a lot of competition out there with smart phones and bridging cameras, but if you’re truly trying to make a business then find yourself a key area to focus on and just keep building your understanding and skills to make sure you stand out amongst the rest.

Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 22.57.21You can find out more about Tom’s photography on his website:  www.mysilhouettephotography.com 

You can also follow him on Twitter @tomwwootton1985