Jan 31 2013

An Introduction To The Female Vocabulary

Firstly apologies for being slack at posting of late, it’s been a tough couple of weeks but I’m back and ready to smash 2013. So here we go…

I’ve touched on this subject before lightly, but it’s so complex that I thought it would be worthwhile covering it in some more detail… you see, shock horror, girls don’t always mean what they say.

So, take 2 mins and let me explain…

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It’s nice to be back. I hope you’re all well.

Much love!

M xox

Jan 8 2013

The Monday Currently; Week 8 – On a Tuesday!

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Happy 2013! OMG Amaze, it’s the new year. I know that I’m *actually* turning into my mother but I genuinely can’t believe where the past year has gone. I’m confident that this is going to be the year of awesome things happening and I can’t wait to make that happen with you all. So without further ado, this week’s currently (I know, I know, I’m rubbish at the Monday thing!).

reading Drive by Daniel Pink. Daniel is my newest inspirational crush. He’s amazing when it comes to talking about internal motivation and turning existing business models on their heads. If you don’t have time to read the book, check out his awesome TED presentation here: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html

listening to Electro House on Spotify. Today I’m pumped by tunes and coffee. When I say coffee, I mean coffee with an additional shot. Obvs.

thinking how proud I am of The Physical Network team, we had a great session last night wireframing our new product and I can’t wait to launch it to the public.

smelling freshly washed laundry. I’m wearing an oversized cotton scarf and it smells of lambs in the field, clouds in the sky… all of that good stuff.

wishing there were more hours in the day. So inspired at the moment and wanting to make so much happen that sleep is getting in the way. Cheesy hey?

hoping I haven’t angered too many people with my recent GigaOM post. Honoured to have been featured though.

wearing jeans, flats, a blouse and blazer. Yes, I know, flats are a rarity  for me. Having stacked it in front of clients in my Louboutins yesterday and tearing my leg open, I thought I’d play it safe for the next day or two.

loving my new Casetagram case for my iPhone. A blog post will be following shortly.

wanting uplighters for the office. I hate office lighting, at the moment, I feel as though I should be in an office based in Slough. That’s next on my to-do list.

needing more coffee. Whilst concerned my body is functioning purely on caffeine at the moment, I’m a little worried about letting the caffeine stock run out.

feeling excited! I’m in the process of getting a new car! Woo. I normally get the tube around London but driving is actually cutting my journey time in half, so I’m biting the bullet and upgrading my car (if it ever gets repaired from my accident in May that is!).

clicking through Foundation interviews by Kevin Rose, a must watch for any entrepreneurs out there.

Thank you all for making 2012 an amazing year for me. I really hope that 2013 is as amazing as the last year and as kind to you as it was to me. I can’t wait to share the next year’s adventures with you.

Much new year love.

M xox

 

 

Dec 21 2012

The Monday Currently; Week 7 – On a Friday

Mel Kirk & Gemma Glover

Happy Friday! Happy Christmas! Happy happy happy! With only 4 more sleeps to go until the big man visits and with the world having not ended, I thought that I’d update you with The Monday Currently…. on a Friday. I was having some issues with the site at the beginning of the week but better late than never.

So, bingo bango, off we go…

reading Twitter. I love the insincere relief that the world hasn’t ended. It was a clearly a massive issue that everybody was concerned about. Or not.

listening to one of the guys on my team beatbox. He’s insanely good. I want to learn but fear I’ll look like a middle class white girl trying to be hip. Might save it for when I’m at home and YouTube that shizzle.

thinking that I can’t believe where this year has gone, which then reminds me how similar I sound to my mum. Seriously though… CHRISTMAS ALREADY?!?

smelling the office Christmas Tree. OK, I can actually smell the office bin, but that’s nowhere near as seasonal or pleasant.

wishing everyone the BEST Christmas ever.

hoping that my goodies get here in time from Adam & Eve’s Lingerie. Secret Santa. That’s all I’m saying.

wearing a denim pinafore dress with a floral shirt underneath and my awesome new Vivienne Westwood earrings from the lovely GG Closet.

loving the fact that technology means that I’ll be able to share Christmas morning with my mum via the medium of Skype.

wanting it to be this evening. I’m catching up with a friend I haven’t seen for ages for shopping in Harrods followed by cocktails. Perfect end to the week. That said, after work drinks this afternoon, shopping could be lethal.

needing to pee. You’re welcome. No, seriously, I do. I’m sat on the top floor of the new office (which has ridiculously steep stairs) which somehow makes visiting the toilet so much less appealing.

feeling shocked that a pigeon flew into my head this morning. An actual pigeon. Into my actual head. Now, THAT could have been the end of the world.

clicking through inc.com. It’s my favourite read at the moment for anything entrepreneurial.

So incredibly excited for Christmas. It’s not felt particularly festive having just had my first week at my new job. With the week coming to a close, it’s now time to revert to being a 12 year old and jump excitedly up and down. I hope that you and the people in your lives have an amazing Christmas and Santa brings you everything you wish for, but more importantly much happiness.

M xox

Dec 20 2012

Funny signs you’re getting old

Having been out last week, I got home, put on the heating, boiled the kettle and set about separating my laundry that needed washing by colour. As soon as I realised exactly what I was doing, it made me question when exactly I grew up…

If you’ve ever experienced the same thing or repeating what your parents told you as a teenager, this video goes out to you my friend.

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I’d love to hear your stories too, you know that you want to make me feel better!

Have a fantastic Christmas, I’m sending festive love to you all, you guys are awesome.

M xox

p.s. sorry for the lack of ‘Monday Currently’, I was having issues with the site… all resolved now. Service will consume as usual. Is that a sigh of relief I hear? I thought so! 😉

Dec 11 2012

Products to Show Your Instagram Love

Any of you fellow Twitter and Instagram fanatics, will currently be mourning the loss of the ability to display your pretty pictures within Twitter. If you’re like me, your profile grid will be half empty and missing that nostalgic glow that so many of us have become accustomed to.

To make up for this; to add some prettiness back into your life (Twitter filters don’t come with your Instagram community) and to show some love, I’m dedicating this post to Instagram and all of the wonderful things that you can do with it… Here are some of my faves!

Casetagram from £21

I need one of these in my life immediately. No more awkwardly picking up someone else’s phone and seeing something you shouldn’t you cheeky little monkey!

Casetagram Instagram iPhone Case

Blurb Instagram Book from just £6.80

All of your favourite piccies in a hardback book. What’s not to love?

Blurb Instagram Hardback Book

I’m assuming it doesn’t come complete with pooch. Would be nice though.

Instagram Calendar – One of many items from the awesome folks at Printstagram for just £24.

Instagram Calendar from Printstagram

Instagram Chocolates – Personalised chocolate from Cocograph – from £8

These cute chocolates aren’t currently available in the UK but I’m reliably informed that they’re happy to ship. I think it’s worth the wait. Not sure I’d fancy eating a picture of my cat though, bless his cotton socks.

Cocograph Chocolate Instagram Pictures

Instagram Magnets by StickGram from £9

Always useful to pop up magnets on the fridge of you when you fitted in THAT bikini. Just saying.

Stickygram Instagram Fridge Magnets

Instaprint – price on application

Awesome little booths to print on the go at events. A must have for any hipster soiree, surely?

Instaprint Instagram Photo Booth for Events

Projecteo – available on Kickstarter. Bids from $1.

A teenie weenie Instagram projector. Nothing better than an impromptu slide show I find.

Projecteo Instagram Projector Mini

And of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without Instagram Christmas cards from Cheergram.

Cheergram Instagram Christmas Holiday Cards

Of course, if all else fails, you could bring photos back into Twitter using this Chrome extension (thanks to @martymerc for the tip off).

Hopefully that’s brightened your Tuesday. Now let’s make the world pretty again.

Much love,

M xox

Dec 10 2012

The Monday Currently; Week 6

Mel Kirk and cat Hugo

Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s that time of week already. Many of the plans that I mentioned last week fell to pieces when the boy’s father became really unwell and was rushed to hospital. Thankfully he’s more stable now, but it’s enough of a reminder that life is too short to be doing anything other than what you love and to surround yourself with the people that mean the most to you.

So without getting too deep and meaningful, let’s get started…

reading articles that I’ve saved to Pocket. It’s taken me a while to work out the best way to consume my favourite blogs, particularly if I’m commuting in from Weybridge and 3G signal is patchy. I now use Feedly to keep up with all of my favourite sites and Pocket to ensure I can access the saved content offline. Simples.

listening to X-Factor playing in the background. I haven’t caught all of this season as there’s been so much going on, but I’m glad that someone WITH talent actually won.

thinking that not working with GG Closet every day is going to be so tough :'( For those of you that follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook, you’ll know that she’s my bessie. It didn’t start out that way but soon came about after she started working for me as part of my team. I’m completely blessed to have a friend that is family to me and has supported me through thick and thin. I know that our friendship will always remain, but there will be something odd about not seeing her pull THOSE funny faces every day.

smelling fresh laundry…. the best. I’m not a great believer in routines, but fresh sheets on a Sunday/Monday is a must. OCD anyone?

wishing there were more days before Christmas. So much left to do.

hoping that my Mulberry bag sells. The buyer that bought it on eBay last night withdrew their offer. I didn’t even know you could do that?!? Godammit.

wearing my onesie. I’ve always said that I’d never be “one of those people” but it turns out that I am. Yes folks, I’m 31 and back in a baby grow.

loving a night writing in bed with Hugo. There’s been something on every night for the past few weeks, it’s lovely to get the chance to not make an effort.

wanting the new Aston Martin Vanquish. Having attended the Aston Martin Christmas party last week, I’m hoping that Santa is super kind this year. I’ve been an incredibly good girl.

needing to read a presentation before an early morning meeting tomorrow. Tonight, coffee will be my friend.

feeling excited and yet scared. This week is my last week at Jam. It’s been my family for the past two years during which I’ve learned so much and worked on some amazing campaigns, for which I’m incredibly grateful. I feel like I’ve achieved a lot in that time and now it’s the time for a fresh challenge. I’ve accepted the role as Managing Director at The Physical Network (Youth Army) which is a company focussed on advocacy marketing. I’m particularly interested to get more involved with peer-to-peer recommendations, offline as well as on.

Given my passion for brands to be transparent and authentic, I believe this will be a really good fit for me and will allow me to use my experience to create awesome campaigns that allow a brand’s consumers and fans to do their marketing for them, relaying the brand message in their own words.

It’s massively exciting, I’m just not looking forward to being the new kid again!

clicking through old posts re-categorising. It’s a geeky blog night. Easier said than done with your blog is more than 5 years old.

This week is due to involve more madness – drinks with friends, my leaving party (argh!), a scavenger hunt and a trip to Bristol Take 2.

I should add that I’ve had quite a few messages of people wishing that they had thought of doing something like this first. I borrowed the idea and tweaked it slightly – as far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier. Go on, get tapping away, you’ll feel better for it. Just be sure to share the link!

Happy Monday. Stay awesome.

M xox

Dec 7 2012

Restaurant Review: Sams Brasserie, Chiswick

Sam's Brasserie in Chiswick, London

Chiswick is one of my favourite parts of London, leafy boutique filled streets and hidden gems of restaurants off of the beaten track. So when the lovely folks at Sams Brasserie invited me for supper there last week, I was more than a little excited.

Sams is very much a neighbourhood restaurant, with a massively homely feel. As soon as we walked in, the whole place was buzzing with friends catching up over deliciously cooked food and good wine. Whilst the food is up there with some of the best restaurants that I’ve eaten in, you don’t feel at all awkward when you walk in, no stuffy silences or snooty staff… a really friendly atmosphere.

With plenty of choice available on the menu, you might want to give yourself plenty of time to choose. My favourite dish by far was the Ricotta, Wild Mushroom & Spinach Pithivier which was insanely good. Even though I was stuffed, I could quite easily have eaten it all again. You can read my full review over at This Little Lady (which has also had a lovely re-design by the way).

Ricotta, Wild Mushroom & Spinach Pithivier at Sams Brasserie, Chiswick

Without sounding too blasse, we’re incredibly lucky in London to have a wealth of options available when it comes to restaurants, many of which serve great food. What sets Sams apart though is the people. The staff took the time to talk to us, explaining each of the meals fully and taking a real interest in what we thought of them. Their excitement for the Christmas Menu which was launching the next day was palpable and you could just tell that they actually loved what they do.

On a side note, there aren’t many restaurants where the waitress would come over half way through the meal to instruct you that your suitcase that they’re storing for you is vibrating and then pretend to believe you when you inform them it’s your toothbrush. Couldn’t be more grateful to that girl, I could have died! 😀

Be sure to check out Sams for yourself if you’re over that side of town. It’s well worth the trip and reasonably priced for the quality of food and service that you’ll receive. Great place to catch up with friends and family.

Sams Brasserie
11 Barley Mow Passage
Chiswick
W4 4PH
Tel: 0208 987 0555

Dec 6 2012

Tips on how to avoid the doghouse this Christmas!

18 sleeps. 18 SLEEPS. EIGHTEEN SLEEPS. That’s all that separates me from the big man, Santa. Oh yeah, baby.

With so little shopping time left to go, boys, it’s time to start thinking of gifts for your loved ones. Yes by loved ones I mean family, your mates (unlikely I realise), but most importantly your partner. You see, your partner holds the power to make Christmas one of the most special or painful times of year.

So without further ado, let me give you some tips to keep you out of the doghouse this Christmas.

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Probably worth also noting that you could buy the most amazing gift in the world, but if you rock up at 4am on Christmas morning having been out with the lads the night before, leaving you incapable of eating Christmas dinner… it’s going to be an uphill struggle.

I’d love to hear from you, so make me happy and leave me a comment.

Much Thursday love.

M xox

 

Dec 6 2012

Exclusive Premiere of The Theory of Everything

Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited to the premiere of a short film which had been commissioned entitled The Theory of Everything at The Hospital Club, London.

For those of you that have followed me for a while now, you’ll know that I used to work in dating and ironically have a history of being AWFUL at dates. So this was right up my street!

The film was written and produced by Stephen Follows of Catsnake who explained that they enlisted some of the world’s leading dark-matter physicists from Imperial College and CERN to assist with the story. This was to be no cheesy chick flick.

I don’t want to ruin the story for you, so instead, I suggest you grab a cuppa, sit back and relax and enjoy this little jewel of a film.

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Make sure to watch the film to the end to win the chance for 2 people to see the Northern Lights or check out the Facebook Page for more details. Thanks to my lovely friends over at http://www.lovestruck.com for the invitation to what was a lovely evening.

I hope that you love the film as much as I do. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Big love,

M xo