christmas

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 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 5 2012

Perfect Gifts For Your Geek This Xmas

It’s officially 20 days until Christmas. That means that there’s only 19 more sleeps, 473 hours, 28377 minutes or 1,702,757 seconds to go. Not much shopping time at all.

Given that I’m a not-so-secret geek, it’ll come as no surprise that technology’s at the top of my list for the big guy this year… as it is most years. Well, that and Miu Miu bags of course (geeks can style too!).

This year’s top gadget has to be the Apple iPad Mini. Yes, yes, I’m still a fan girl. I’m OK with that. If your loved one is lucky enough to already have bagged themselves the iPad Mini, here are some accessories you might want to consider to keep it company:

Merino Wool Felt Charcoal Case with Leather Straps £19 on Etsy.

 

Keep your iPad Mini nice and warm in this lovely felt case… the pop of colour on the straps are guaranteed to make it stand out from the crowd.

Sock Monkey iPad Sleeve £15.50 on Etsy.

 

A sensible case a little too grown up for you? This sock monkey comes to order and is quite frankly CUTE!

Pro Quality  Fisheye, Telephoto, Wide Angel and Macro lenses from £12 from Photojojo.

 

For all of those budding photographers out there, these lenses allow you to clip on to the camera

JBL Wireless Speaker for iPad Mini – £124 on JBL.

 

An absolute must for all of those Spotify fans out there like myself. Turn your iPad into an entertainment system with this speaker!

Charging Dock for iPad £1 minimum bid on Kickstarter.

 

Now that Apple is no longer making their beloved charging dock, this is a must-have purchase from a kickstarter funded project.

If your loved one is like myself and getting into cooking (just call me domestic goddess!), why not consider this kitchen friendly stand? It’s £21 from Chef Sleeve.

 

 

Of course, if none of that whets your appetite, there’s always the DODOcase that I wrote about a few weeks ago, which you can have personalised with your very own message. Now, that’s love!

Many of these products are shipped from the States, so be sure to order them nice and early. Oh and it’s always handy to get the iPad Mini first too, which you can pick up from Carphone Warehouse  😉

If you think I’ve missed a must-have accessory, leave a comment. Anything that helps me stay hip and down with the kids is always appreciated!

Much love,

M xo

Nov 26 2012

The Monday Currently; Week 4

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The last week has been a fairly quiet one, focusing on family. With a combination of work and my blog, life can get hectic, but the last few weeks have helped to give me some perspective. That and a meeting with Santa, obviously. So, here’s what’s going on this week…

reading The Impact Equation by Chris Brogan & Julien Smith. I’m really keen to learn about marketing to networks offline. With the huge shift to social, it’s easy to forget the importance of peer-to-peer recommendations offline and this really intrigues me.

listening to Dog is Dead – an indie band from Nottingham in the UK. I love the band, I just wish they were named differently. You can’t help but sound like a suicidal teenager when people ask for your favourite band!

thinking It’s 1.30pm and I should be eating lunch. Today is running away with me and as soon as I clear 10 emails, another 20 come in to fill their place.

smelling the skinny latte with sugar free vanilla that’s sitting in front of me from Starbucks in a red cup. A RED CUP. This officially makes it Christmas. The big guy will be making his delivery in no time.

wishing the boy didn’t have to wait until Thursday for his final test. It’s been put back slightly due to scheduling. He’s passed the test that determines whether he’s put forwards, so fingers crossed Thursday goes well.

hoping lots of people turn up to my high-end fashion pop-up this Saturday in Chelsea/South Kensington. I’m going to be styling and everything 😉

wearing black leggings, over the knee boots and a mixed top with leather shoulders. It’s casual at home wear that nobody can see, apart from you, obvs.

loving the new cookies & cream fudge Brownie recipe that I’ve just learned from Lorraine Pascale. It takes no time and tastes totally delicious. I’m getting into this whole baking thing!

wanting the new Long Frill Trench Coat by Burberry. Seriously stlylin’.

needing to see James Bond. It’s now been out for months and I’m still to see it. This makes me a bad Bond geek.

feeling excited for Christmas. I bought my first presents this week. The ASOS discount that I got by completing challenges on Yourvine definitely helped with this.

clicking through http://samsungcamera.tumblr.com/ which is the fruition of months of work by my team to help promote the Samsung GALAXY Camera. I’m currently a very proud mother hen.

This week will see a busy Mel, with lots on at work, a Lovestruck premiere, review at Harrisons Brasserie by Rich Stein and a designer pop-up on Saturday. Breath!

Happy Monday. Stay awesome.

M xox

Nov 22 2012

Reasons not to take your boyfriend shopping

For those of you in the States, Happy Thanks Giving!

Normal service resumes: With Black Friday and Christmas almost upon us, it’s fair to say, we are now firmly in the shopping season. Oxford Street will be closing to traffic this Saturday to allow pedestrians to pound the streets.

If you’re considering a trip with your boyfriend or husband though, you may wish to watch the following:

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No need to thank me. Seriously.

Stay awesome.

M xox

Nov 19 2012

The Monday Currently: Week 3

The Monday Currently Week 3

 

The Monday Currently continues. This week saw a lovely supper with wine tasting at The Builders Arms in Chelsea courtesy of Geronimo Pubs (post to follow) and a trip to Dorset. General awesomeness. So, here’s what’s going on this week…

reading the wonderfully sparkly posts from Gala Darling, my new fave blog. I’ve downloaded the first chapter of her book Love & Sequins. Review to follow.

listening the uplifting beats of Cazzette. Loving the first installment of their album available from Spotify and the fact that they’ve done it as an app. Sweet design. All round, WINNING.

thinking how quickly it’s going to be Christmas. I’m using Pinterest’s new secret boards to collate gift ideas for my family.

smelling Quietude by Temple Spa. It’s meant to be a calming mist. Not really into that sort of stuff, but anything is worth a try at the moment.

wishing I lived closer to my mum to provide her with better support. Until then, occasional visits, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Email and Instagram will have to go. Thank goodness for the digital age.

hoping that the boy passes his exams this week. He’s just been promoted from Pilot to Captain and this is the week of his final tests. Apparently that final stripe means everything 😉

wearing country clothes, READ Hunters, jeans, Ralph Lauren sweater and gillet.

loving the new sites and services that I’ve been recommended of late. I’ve taken to emailing them, asking for inspiration and it’s amazing the amount of stuff that amasses – it’s just taking the time to ask them to share. I’d highly recommend. I’ll be doing a post with my top take-aways soon.

wanting an SLR. I really want to include more photography on my site and I’m realising that Instagram pics just don’t cut it. Plus I’m growing an addiction to filters. That can’t be healthy right?

needing to get an early night. Last week consisted of 18 hour days and that’s not good for dark circles. Tonight will be tranquil, spent reading my favourite blogs. I’m also considering a new book purchase – I’d love to find something on micro-networks and marketing. Does anybody have any suggestions?

feeling emotionally exhausted. Sadly my grandma has been terminally diagnosed with brain tumours. Now time is to be spent making sure her remaining time is as comfortable and happy as possible. I’m heartbroken (sorry for the sad entry here).

clicking through Pocket. I’ve decided to become more organised in my online life. I’m slightly OCD offline and I’ve decided I’d be more productive if this spread to my web practices too, so I’m thinking Pocket can help me with that.

Happy Monday. Stay awesome.

M xox

Dec 24 2009

merry merry christmas

after years of randomness, i wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. i appreciate all of your comments, tweets and follows. you make the web a wonderful place, and for that, i thank you.

i promise, no more dancing, singing or random stupidness at least for another 7 days.

again, sincerely, thankyou. i heart you all.

m xox

Dec 17 2009

nakedness at the christmas party!

well the christmas season is well and truly upon us and the christmas parties are flowing… i thought that it would be a good idea to give you tips on things to avoid to ensure that you start january with your job in tact!

i’d love to hear your tips and even better to see your pics… enjoy peeps… you make the web a wonderful place!

m x0x