Call yourself a storyteller? Then this competition is just for you…@jura_whisky #winningwords

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Ever thought you were un-appreciated for your literary talents? Found people wouldn’t take the time to read your stories? Well, nows the time to make them all stand up and listen, as Jura Whisky is launching a new campaign to search for the world’s best stories!!

The brand is looking for pieces of Flash Literature to be submitted in 1,000 characters or less and one lucky winner will receive an all-expenses paid VIP trip to the 2014 Jura Whisky Festival!  

As part of this amazing prize, the winner will be staying in the distilleries lodge, a beautifully grand 5 bedroom retreat on the Island of 170 inhabitants.Stewart/Scotland

This place is so amazing that even literary great George Orwell referred to Jura as “the most un-get-able place on earth” whilst writing 1984 there.  

So how does it all work?

Well, Jura Whisky will be providing you budding writers with five themes each running for two weeks, and kick off this week with Travel Adventure, followed by Day Dreams, A Brush with Death, Into the Wild and Happily Ever After. You can submit a story of up to 1000 characters based on these themes. Six favourites from each theme will have an illustration created of their writing; similar to what Jura have done to its  own tale of triumphs, catastrophes and whisky. Once all themes are complete, voting will open for one lucky writer to win.

Here’s the link you need to get started: http://bit.ly/JuraStory 

Need some inspiration?

Here’s a picture of the illustration to support ‘The Jura Story’ cute huh?!

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Oh and the wonderful people at Jura Whisky also commissioned this video to be made about writer Marcel Theroux, where he talks about his own inspirations for writing, hopefully that should help you all too!

So what are you waiting for? Get those creative juices flowing and enjoy a little sip or two of Jura Whisky (only if you’re old enough though!) to help you win this fantastic prize!

GOOD LUCK!!!

Its already time to think about Xmas as @nicolephillipse launches some fab festive products!

Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 07.49.40With the crunch of the autumn leaves underfoot and the conkers ripening nicely, Nicole Phillips England has been busy putting together her Christmas collection of festive delights. Imagine chestnuts roasting on the fire, the lights twinkling on the tree and the smell of mince pies wafting from the kitchen.

The ideal accessories to this scene are Nicole’s delicate hand-painted range of Christmas products, featuring tea towels, napkins, fabric by the metre and stockings, all designed to give your home some quirky merry-themed touches that are a little bit different.Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 07.49.27

Nicole’s distinctive watercolour artwork is featured on each 100% pure cotton tea towel, complete with a fabric loop for convenient hanging storage. The Christmas designs include Deck the Halls, Mistletoe & Wine and Sage & Onion Stuffing. The fun and unusual imagery suit every style of home and make the perfect gift for your host, loved one or even as a stocking filler this Christmas.

The perfect missing ingredient for your festive feast, the stunning hand­painted designs of mistletoe and holly, each offset against a stylish stripe background and printed on high quality 100% cotton are available by the metre.

Fancy some inspiration to draw Father Christmas to your chimney? Nicole’s Christmas stockings will make wonderful gifts for both adults and children alike, with their patchwork styling that encompass some of the classic Nicole Phillips E designs such as fish on a line and trailing roses, as well as some with more typically festive elements such as mistletoe and holly.Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 07.51.32

Inspired by country and coastal themes with a foodie influence, the full Nicole Phillips England range also includes cushions, aprons and hob covers, all of which are made here in Great Britain.

Prices start from £12 and all products are available to buy online at www.nicolephillips.com

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!!