This week, Edd and I headed to the Discovery Museum to see the magic of Christmas through the years at Fenwick Newcastle. For those who live in the North East, you may be aware that Fenwick releases their Christmas window display and for me release marks the start of the Christmas season every year.
I very rarely go to any of the museums or art galleries in Newcastle now due to the lack of spare time but it was nice to spend sometime celebrating over 40 years of the famous Christmas window display. The Discovery Museum has created a lovely exhibition based around the Christmas windows.
Fenwick Newcastle opened in 1882, making it the oldest store out of all nine across England. It explained the process behind the creation of the Christmas window. Did you know that they start planning for the following years display in January, straight after Christmas?! In some of the display cabinets, it showed the props used in some of the most recent themes. The above are from last year’s Alice in Wonderland themed window.
The exhibition took you back in time with the most popular toys at the time including the very first Playstation, Furby and Lego. Nothing beats a trip down memory lane. It exhibition had all the old leaflets about Fenwick Christmas window and an interesting timeline of the window themes through the years. My particular favourite was The Snowman (of course) but I didn’t know they created a Peter Pan and Aladdin theme before I was born. Go Disney!
It was lovely exploring the Museum and I loved learning something extra special about the Fenwick Christmas window. The exhibition is on display until 10 January and is completely free so I would recommend going.
Let me know if you go to Fenwick Unwrapped!
Firstly I want to apologise for no post on Tuesday but University is challenging right now and I have a lot of deadlines to achieve. WARNING: This may happen again but I am planning on scheduling a couple of posts over the next few weeks. Tonight marks the first of many Christmas bath bomb reviews by my well-loved brand, Lush. You should all know by now that Lush has an extremely special place in my heart and I probably only shop in there for my skincare favourites (apart from the odd emergency dash to Superdrug).
First in my line up of festive reviews is the Star Dust bath bomb. A beautiful star that has found itself into my bathroom. It might not look like much but once it starts fizzing away you will understand why I really like it. Once it touches the water, it bursts into a lovely shade of baby blue while colourful mini stars float away from the middle of the bath bomb.
The bath bomb includes bergamot and rosewood oil to uplift your mood and cleanse the skin. It also includes vanilla absolute which is sweet and comforting. I think the bath bomb would be lovely as a post Christmas party pamper treat. As always it left my skin feeling clean but more importantly put me in a good mood for the day ahead.
Have you tried Star Dust yet? What’s your thoughts?
In true British weather, it rained on the evening I planned to head to Durham Lumiere. Not just a spot of rain but full on torrential rain! However the weather was not going to stop me from taking photos of the event. For those who don’t know what the Durham Lumiere is; it’s the largest light festival in the UK. This year many international artists shared their vision for how light can change the world by illuminating the beautiful city of Durham in colourful light constellations. I thought I could share with you some of the photos from my iPhone while I was there.
The fogscape was actually the last I saw in the Lumiere Festival as it was down at the bottom of the Cathedral. Japanese artist, Fujiko Nakaya was the first to use fog as a sculptural medium, using it for the transmission of light and shadow. It looked really spooky and reminded me of the Harry Potter films.
The Garden of Light was beautiful and reminded me of walking into Alice In Wonderland with lots of colourful light sculptures. It was created by two technicians from France, François Fouilhé and Jean-Baptiste Laude, who are part of the TILT collective. It aims to give prominence to light art by encouraging the view from a new perspective. The sculpture used recycled materials along with high technical production.
The next sculpture I saw has definitely got to be my favourite from the night. The Litre of Light is made using thousands of plastic bottles. Mick Stephenson who built the sculpture has a track record of turning rubbish into beautiful illuminated art. There was a stand where you could write your own message and they would be placed in the sculpture and then cherished by Durham Cathedral after the festival was over.
Due to the rain, the Lumineoles weren’t as attractive as described by others. This was because it was so wet to be flown against the wind like they should have been. They were lit by LED lights and kept changing colours. At first I thought it was a whale but they are imaginary birds.
The World Machine was lighting up the Cathedral as you walked inside. The amazing art piece was a collaboration between Ross Ashton, cosmologists and historians at Durham University including Professor Carlos Frenk, sound designer John del’Nero and composer Isobel Waller-Bridge. It charted the ideas behind the origin of the Universe via a projection onto the Cathedral. During the intervals of each shows, the Cathedral was lit up in the colours of the French flag to show Paris that they have our support which I thought was such a lovely idea.
Rainbow River splits light through a perspex structure. It symbolises the history of research into light and its endless possibilities.
Finally the Complex Meshes was projected onto the ceiling of the Cathedral. The ‘meshes’ were of various colourful shapes that overlapped, transformed and evolved into new patterns. I loved it! It just looked so magical. It was produced in response to the design of the Cathedral’s vault which signified the beginning of Gothic style architecture.
Despite the rain, I love the Durham Lumiere Festival and can’t wait to return in two years time.
Did you go to the Durham Lumiere? What did you think?
There’s so many tags in the blogsphere but I can’t seem to find one for my fellow vegans. I know that veganism is becoming so much more popular now and using similar questions that Sunny from the Vegan Beauty Review blog answered in her about me section, I have decided to create my own. Feel free to answer them if your a vegan too.
1. Favourite non-dairy milk? Almond Milk, hands down! Although I do love the Almond Dream Rice Chocolate Milk cartons.
2. Topping of choice for popcorn? Sweet, always.
3. Favourite vegan snack? Ritz Rosemary and Olive Oil Breaks with Salsa or Hummus
4. Favourite vegan sweet treat? Co-op’s Jam donuts, Dairy Free Ice Cream, my Oreo cupcakes, banana milkshakes, Oreos, marshmallows, M&S Fizzy Pop Sweets
5. Favourite vegan holiday? (eg. Easter, Christmas etc.) Definitely Easter, there are so many dairy free chocolates around nowadays!
6. Favourite vegan drink? I do love the Starbucks Hot Chocolates especially now that they have Coconut Milk as an option.
7. Are all of your clothes vegan? Yep, everything I wear is made out of cotton and synthetic materials.
8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 vegan items… what would they be? A bag of Oreo’s, Sesame Suntan Lotion and Libby from Gingerbread Buttons (just for the company and humour)
9. Favourite vegan celebrity? Jared Leto
10. Favourite vegan ice cream? Almond Dream Salted Caramel Dairy Free Ice Cream
11. Spice/herb you would die without? Italian Herbs, I put it in all my pasta sauces.
12. Favourite vegan book? Peace & Parsnips by Lee Watson and Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward
13. Favourite vegan salad dressing? Sainsbury’s Sweet Chilli Sauce
14. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh? I don’t eat any of them daily but I do love cooking with tofu over anything.
15. Favourite vegan beauty product? Lush bath bombs, The Body Shop makeup, Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks
16. What are your top 3 favourite restaurants? Nando’s, The Good Apple Cafe, Wagamamas
17. Favourite grocery store? Sainsbury’s (easy to read labels) and the local fruit and veg shop
18. Favourite place to buy beauty products? Superdrug, Debenhams, Holland and Barrett, Lush
19. Favourite vegan food? sausage pasta bake using Linda McCartney’s sausages and sweet pepper tomato sauce
20. Favourite vegan chocolate? Plamil’s Orange Chocolate Spread, Hotel Chocolat Rose and Violet Cremes (the list could go on and on…)
Let me know if you do the tag so I can read your answers too!
One of the things that I remember from University, especially when studying Social Media, is that I need to be on every social media possible. Personally I don’t think this is true! What someone gets from one social media could be something different for another. For example, I know a lot of people who could sit on Facebook for hours at a time scrolling down their news feed and essentially spying on their friends while others could prefer Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn. It’s all down to personal preference. After my return to the internet (I had a break while my laptop was down), I decided to have a cleanse of all my social media channels and it feels so good! (more…)