Wednesday, 17 October 2012

It's not goodbye

I've been blogging for over 5 years now over at http://teawithonesugarplease.blogspot.co.uk/ but have decided to move over here at Wordpress for a bit just to see how things would fare in this fast paced social media world we live in. Haven't quite worked out how to do XYZ yet so bear with me whilst I find my bearings! ImageSo help yourself to a St Clement Muffin - one of Mary Berry's finest recipies.  

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

An evening with Liberty London Girl

This must be the hat trick of nights out, but I won tickets with Massey Travel on Twitter to hear London Liberty Girl speak about blogging at the Hoxton Hotel tonight. My winning answer - to name LLG's canine sidekick - Posetta Bad Dog, Woof ! I've been a regular reader of LLG for over the last five years so I was chuffed to bits to be able to go hear her talk and actually meet her face to face.

Now Hoxton isn't an area I go to very much - in my youth it was for visits to the Moorefield eye hospital to work out what was wrong with my eyes. Turns out I was extremely shortsighted in one eye (minus 4). I normally get hopelessly lost around there; the tube station with the multitude of exits! I think I once turned down a job in Old Street because I thought the daily commute would be too fraught. My loss as it was probably some digital start up company that is now raking it in after creating the best selling app on iPod.... :-(

Here is Sasha perched on a high chair but you can't see her 4 inch heels - my other photos were not much better and I don't think she would appreciate the one where her Samsung tablet illuminates under her chin. She gave great insight into her editorial background, her career path, lucky breaks and generally very honest thoughts about blogging and the blogging community. She thanked all her readers, as without them she wouldn't have a blog. Here are my takeaways from her blogging advice - I didn't take notes so I'm just going to jot down what I thought sounded important and relevant to me in no particular order:

  • Average Posts lengths 300 words - if you write more consider splitting it into 2 posts, that way you can stick the other half up the next day.
  • 4 x Posts a week is good 
  • Edit, crop & carefully choose your photo accompanying your blog post. 
  • Own your domain name and move to WordPress - avoid GoDaddy 
  • Thank everyone - old school style, writing out thank you letters
  • Find your voice and write what's true to you and keep blogging
So another Big THANK YOU for a lovely evening 
twosp xxx 

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Last night at the Classic Brits

Well it was a turn up for the books, after all my kiddies taking turns to be unwell -  I got a night out with bezzie friend J (the one with connections to the Music Biz). A trip to the Royal Albert Hall to see the Classic Brit Awards and listen to some of the finest musicians and singers from around the world.

Hosted by Myleene Klass it was a weird, slightly surreal but enjoyable evening: with a mixture of presenters, winners, and entertaining music. Now I'm no high brow Stephen Fry kinda gal and I sort of know my Beethoven from my Bach but I am very guilty of identifying classical tracks from whatever TV advert it had been used on! 

I had to take the flash off my HTC camera phone so apols for the terrible pictures. We had very good seats in the stalls - not that it looks that way from the photos!

Andrea Bocelli sang a spine tingling 'Amazing Grace' at the start of the award ceremony.
Somewhere seated at the piano is (Sir) Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gary Barlow standing at Keyboards, next to him Gareth Malone and the Military Wives singing. This picture is dedicated to Kate at Make Do Style - I tried really hard to get up close to Gary and pass on your message sweetie :-D

The ladies in crinolines playing a a waltz which got some of the crowd swaying. J slyly said shoot her if she ever started to do something like that.....

In front of us in the VIP area were the assorted record company, sponsors, musicians, singers finishing off their dinners and getting stuck into the wine. There were a couple of old dears a few rows behind us tucking into their brought in sandwiches. You could hear their dentures gnashing away - maybe it was the acoustics inside that amplified the noise?

We had great fun people watching and some ladies really did dress up; long gowns full of sequins and some bared a lot of flesh which was most amusing considering the appalling weather outside. We played spot the celeb and I'm happy to report back Alan Titmarch, Anthony Hopkins and Cerys Matthews were spotted - where I started to launch into my rendition of 'Mulder and Scully' (don't worry it was during the intermission at this point). Oh and him who came runner up in Britain's Got Talent who lost out to the performing dog!

Just before the end there was a medley of music by the London Chamber Orchestra music composed by John Williams (who was honored with a lifetime achievement award). At this point I totally lost my composure and quietly chuckled throughout the theme from ET, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Superman, Jaws etc. On the back stage screen ,film clips were shown to accompany the music - yes including that clip of the shark jumping out of the water! But as John Suchet said when giving out the award his music is the first time young ears would hear an orchestra and I truly believe a well scored film deserves the recognition in making a movie Really Good. *I should do a separate blog on why the Johnny Depp version of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ' was pants compared to the Gene Wilder version*

By the end of a highly entertaining evening I was buoyed up wanting to be the cymbal player in an orchestra - who wouldn't want to be crashing those shiny gold objects about!!!

The whole thing was recorded and will be shown on ITV on Sunday night after Downton Abbey. Look out for me right side of the stage Block L, Row 8 - I'm wearing my Alice by Temperley bright pink crepe dress.

xxx twosp xxx

Monday, 1 October 2012

Shop stalking

Me bad...it's been a while since I last blogged but you know the usual normal life takes over: leaving me no time, Day job, start of school, kiddies get sick, kiddie need a trip to A&E and before you know it an overnight stay in hospital. Yep all fun and games here - no one else get sick on my watch please!

Anyway a nice distraction for me, has been thinking about my new Winter coat - I have finally found THE ONE but there is a hefty price tag attached £597 - Ouch

How can I justify paying for a coat that costs more than my first car (£330 F reg Micra). But I want it, I need it and my wardrobe would be so complete if I have this beautiful wool, leather sleeved trench coat in my life. Available to buy here. I will keep having to shop stalk it and hope in vain it may end up in the sale - since every high street shop seems to be having a mid-season sale.

A cheaper alternative but no way comparable is this coat from ASOS. The sleeves are quilted and not leather but at a great price point of £75

*Sniff* anyone want to buy me a new coat? My birthday is coming in a few weeks and I need cheering up as I hit the next age bracket tick box *sobs*
xx twosp xx