Blogizing Reviews…Oh it’s just my opinion!

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Gipsy Dharma (www.gipsydharma.com) have recently added lots of new colours to their boots so we thought it was only right to let you know about them!

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Life is like a box of chocolates….

Blogizing have been a long time lover of these boots.  Handmade from real leather, they are an absolute dream addition to anyone’s wardrobe who has a bohemian style. In addition to the new boots they have added to their collection, they have also included some new dresses, skirts, jackets and handbags.  Here are some of our favourites:

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This beautiful leather string hand bag and rucksack is perfect for any occasion. Lovingly hand made using the best quality leather, this bag is perfect for a number of uses £120

Our personal favourite! Madagascar brown leather knee boots, £180

Our personal favourite! Madagascar brown leather knee boots, £180

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Unfortunately this is currently out of stock, but we are hoping they will begin making it again soon 🙂 We just love the colours and the tie dye effect.

If you're looking for something completely unique to walk down the aisle with on your wedding day, then look no further than this beautiful pixie wedding white leather skirt. Feel like the perfect little pixie, on the most special day of your life. Whether you are making your vows in a beautiful church, on a golden sandy beach or in the midst of a delightful forest surrounded by magic and mystery, this delicious white leather skirt is a must have accompaniment to your day. Layered with the best quality soft leather, this pixie skirt will stand out perfectly. £119

If you’re looking for something completely unique to walk down the aisle with on your wedding day, then look no further than this beautiful pixie wedding white leather skirt. Feel like the perfect little pixie, on the most special day of your life. Whether you are making your vows in a beautiful church, on a golden sandy beach or in the midst of a delightful forest surrounded by magic and mystery, this delicious white leather skirt is a must have accompaniment to your day. Layered with the best quality soft leather, this pixie skirt will stand out perfectly. £119

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If like me you cannot wait for their items, but they are a little out of your price range Gipsy Dharma have made it possible for gift vouchers to be purchased from their website. When ordering please ensure you leave enough time, as some items are taking many weeks. Remember these are handmade, not mass produced in a factory….so I think we can let them off 🙂 Don’t forget to check out their full collection….find the gypsy in you!!! For those of you that fancy trying your luck Gipsy Dharma run a monthly competition on facebook, where you are in a chance of winning a pair of boots of your choice! Happy shopping folks!

The thing I like the most about the products from www.gipsydharma.com is that they are all hand made made from leather.  The range includes boots – from ankle to over the knee thigh boots and short leather skirts.  Everything about this range reminds me of nature and earth, they are so natural and there is nothing fake about these products at all.  So what is the cost?  You would expect it to be expensive right?  Bearing in mind they are made from the finest soft leather, and all hand made.  Well you may be surprised to note that the costs start at just £80.00 for a pair of flip flops which have recently been added to the site, with the most expensive product, a pair of over the knee thigh boots (very sexy indeed!) currently costing around £260.00.  Not bad if you ask me!!! So if you are lucky enough to have the pennies already saved treat yourself.  Or, if you are like me, get saving…..I am wishing for a pair just in time for the festival season….Gipsy Dharma also run weekly competitions to win a pair of their fabulous boots https://www.facebook.com/#!/GiPsy.Dharma.Unique.Clothing?fref=ts You can view their full catalog here: http://www.gipsydharma.com/collections/all Enjoy!

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BOOMING BANK HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL THE FAMILY

Boomerang Jam Festival, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

If you are anything like me you will love a good festival!  I attend them throughout the Summer with friends leaving my children with my fabulous parents! I enjoy the break but think the kids enjoy a break from me too if I am really honest with myself!  However, now and again my children, boy aged 15, and girls aged 7 and 6 often are on my case about them going to festivals.  As they are getting older I can understand why they want to get  involved especially when they see how excited I get!  My son has attended Bingley Music Live with friends from school and we have attended the Aire Do!, a festival in Keighley, West Yorkshire, which in the past has showcased the likes of Rudimental and Jake Bugg.

Last year when entering the gates at the Aire Do Festival I was surprised to see how excited my two girls were just at the fact they were getting a festival wristband! They are definately likely to follow in my footsteps as they were dancing around in front of the main stage whilst listening to Black Sabbath play Agadoo and zipping in and out of the little dance tent.

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This year, as soon as they found out I had booked my first festival ticket, they were on my case. “muuuuuummmmmmmm, when can we go to a festival?” Although the Aire Do is a great little boutique festival it is not until August, so there is a little while to wait.  It also got me thinking about which festivals were actually family friendly. I have been to many, who claim to be family friendly, but in all honesty just do not have the facilities to keep your children entertained whilst you can go off and party….it is not realistic is it 😀

I began to delve into the world wide web, do a little research and see what I could come up with.  There seems to be a real lack of festivals marketed at families, which is such a shame.  The ones that are, do appear to be aimed more at older children.  For me, I have two age groups to contend with, and the teenager is the more difficult of the two!  I did however, come across a festival which is local to me, called Boomerang Jam.  It is to take place on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th May 2014 at The Old Brewery, in Leeds.  Conveniently located some 7 minutes away from the train station it is easy to reach, or alternatively if you are travelling by car there is a large car park so no need to worry about the travel arrangements, which can often be a big stress for a family day out.  The highlights seem to be appearances by Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Bob The Builder and Ben 10 amongst others….thats the little ones sorted out then….but what about the teenager?  There promises to be stunts by bmx bikers and skaters as well as the dance tent and lots of workshops to keep them entertained.  My teenager is also a particular lover of food…any food, but he also appreciates food.

Half Pipe and Pro Performers  Main Stage  Arena  Dance Tent Food Demonstrations  Mini Farm  Rock  Climbing Inflatables  Fair Ground  Graffiti Artists  Arts and Crafts Stalls ● Competitions ● Breakdancing ● Beat Boxing performances  and much much more.

Boomerang Jam is also part of The Leeds Food and Drink Festival 2014 and will deliver some of the finest cooking displays and tastiest treats Leeds has to offer! 

I have decided there definately seems to be enough here to keep a 6 year old princess, a 7 year old skater girl and a football crazy, x-box mad, foody teenager entertained.  Therefore, I for one shall be giving it a try, and I will of course report back!  It is important in these difficult times that the quality time we so desperately seek with our families is time which we feel is well spent and of course value for money.  I will be visiting to see if this is what we will be getting.  From the face of it, it looks promising so lets keep our fingers and toes crossed and pray to the universe that finally there may just be a family festival which not only promises to deliver a great day out for all the family, but actually does.

Boomerang Jam Music Festival, Leeds, West Yorkshire.  25th & 26th May 2014

Tickets from: £10

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KIMBERLEY WILSON REVIEW: THAT’S A WRAP

Over the last eight months, life has been tough.  I have been juggling a degree in Psychology, a part time job, my own yoga business and bringing up my three children single handed.  Money has been tight and we decided to throw a puppy into the mix….oh my days.  So….as my life was busy and stressful enough, I really did not need what was to happen next. My eldest child, a 15 year old boy, who, when everyone who meets him says he is sure going to be a heart breaker (I think he already is-as the gaggle of girls follow him around and he responds with his ‘can’t be arsed’ attitude) was run over by an elderly gentleman, and he suffered serious injuries.  Two broken femurs to be exact.  i found out by his friend calling me on my mobile, luckily…just as i had arrived home.  What normally would take the likes of Linford Christie a good 5 minute sprint to where the accident had happened, it took me literally 3!  There I was running like I had never done before down the road, dressed in a short red dress, and drivers beeping me as I ran past!  For goodness sake….do you not  know that my son has just been run over…that was my thoughts…in between ‘please god, please let him be ok, just let him be awake.’  Of course the drivers did not know that the lad laid in the middle of the road further down the street was my son. As I approached I saw a trainer further up the road from where everyone was crowding round.  My heart jumped to my mouth and everything began to spin. ‘Please let him be alive….please just be awake..’ I kept repeating over and over in my mind.  I approached his friend who was inconsolable.  Luckily, my son was conscious…just.  The ambulance seemed to take forever and my son was drifting in and out, trying to tell me he was going to sleep.  I did all I could to keep him awake.  I was not going to lose him no way. Although this was a stroke of bad luck (and we have had more since-but that’s another story) it was also a stroke of good luck…because he survived and eight months down the line he is almost back to normal….barr the metal rods in his legs…but he is getting there.  HE IS ALIVE and that is all that matters. I came across this bracelet recently and it reminded me of what we as a family have been through these last 8 months…a serious accident, issues with the children’s father which has brought a lot of stress, anxiety problems, money problems, and finally only last week an accident at school involving once again my teenage boy who has now suffered a broken arm as a result!  I can honestly say I have not had such a bad run of luck in such a short space of time.  So when I saw the name of this bracelet….That’s a wrap-Get Lucky I thought, this is an omen, I have been brought to this for a reason.

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Buy the bracelet here at a modest cost of £3.50 can you afford not to…? 🙂 The bracelet is from a range of hand made jewellery by Kimberley Wilson, an entrepreneur who has been making jewellery as a hobby for a few years now, but has recently decided to make it her business, and we really do wish her all the luck, as the jewellery is something we personally really love.  It has a contemporary boho chic kind of feel, something really wearable, and also something wish is just as great as a gift. Read other reviews of Kimberley’s Jewellery

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Acknowledgements: With Thanks to Kimberley Wilson for contacting us at Blogizing to Review her awesome jewellery range….we wish you all the best in your business venture and we are excited and looking forward to seeing your new pieces in the future!

 

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Closet Clothing

http://www.closetclothing.co.uk/ I recently bought a royal blue dress from Closet and I have to say I absolutely love it.  For the sheer reason that the ‘cut’ of the dress is amazing and so, so flattering.  For some unknown reason I managed to fit into a size 6.  The material does have some give, so I am guessing it is just very forgiving :).  You cannot tell from the picture here but the material has a ‘waffle’ effect to the material and also is fleece lined so perfect for these horrid winter nights out.  I wore this on New Years Eve and also a few times since (but with tights instead of over the knees!) I would not normally wear over the knees to be honest, but NYE was an exception as we were going to a private ‘party’ where we were raving all night and anything you want to wear goes without you being judged by the masses 😉 (I am 33 after all). I loved this dress so much I have been trying to track down another one in another colour but to no avail. Closet if you are listening…..customer right here, please help me out (red preferably….i have the pennies just no trace of a dress). If you are lucky enough to come across one of these skater style dresses at the very least try it on, I guarantee you it will make you feel amazing.  The best thing is, they can be dressed up or down, making them very versatile and ensuring you get your monies worth!  Well done Closet!!! I am definitely a convert.

Closet Clothing skater dress, Royal Blue

Closet Clothing skater dress, Royal Blue

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Fields of Blue 

http://www.fieldsofblue.co.uk/ http://www.fieldsofblue.co.uk/coloured-pencil-coat-hooks.html I had a problem.  Every day when I collect the children from school and take them home, as soon as we walk through the door the same thing happens.  They take their shoes off in the hallway and place them on the shoe rack (good work kids) then on the way from the hallway to the lounge area they take their coats off (whilst still walking) and drop it on the floor at the point wherever the coat is off their arms.  (Aarrrgghhh!!!) This is not so great!  This same action every day grates on me.  One day feeling rather stressed out I said “Why every day do you do this?” My youngest daughter who was 5 at the time, looked at me with a blank look on her face and simply shrugged her shoulders.  She did not even get what I was talking about, it was a look of ‘who cares? What’s the big deal mum.’ My eldest daughter, aged 7, looked at me and said rather nonchalant “Because there is nowhere to put it.” I had always asked them to take their coats upstairs to their bedroom, but when I actually thought about it, when returning from school the first thing they want is a drink and a snack.  As the kitchen is not on the way to their bedroom the likelihood of the coat arriving there before they arrive in the kitchen is zero. I had to think of a resolution.  Obvious…right? I suddenly had a ‘tahdah’ moment – COAT HOOKS Oh……coat hooks.  Simple resolution, right? No…… Because if you are anything like me, you wont be happy with the ordinary coat hooks that you can get in your local hardware store…. mottisfont-painted-6-hook-coat-rack---1

This particular example is £210, yeah it is solid wood (which is always a bonus with me) but where is the design, it is not attractive and the hooks are not always going to be covered by coats.  My thoughts were I would like something which is different, and attractive and could be made into a feature.  I also wanted something which my children would actually use, something they find to be a novelty. After some searching I found the perfect solution.  A fabulous six coat hook rack which look like a set of pencils.  It looks like a great feature and you can even put in photographs of your children so they know who’s hook is who’s – so no more arguing! Win-win situation. pencils

The rack costs just £119.00 (but if you are quick can get it on sale at a discounted price of £89.00) and can be purchased from http://www.fieldsofblue.co.uk/ But be quick as there is only one left in stock! For those of you who would love something a little more shabby chic by style, there is a great alternative also available from Fields of Bloom, at an exceptional value price of £19.95, and it still offers you the option of inserting photographs so as to avoid the arguments over who’s peg is who’s.  Alternatively, you could insert some of your favourite pictures of small paintings done by yourselves or your children.  Be creative ;) hook

Since getting the hooks, the problem is solved, my children not only now put their shoes on the shoe rack, but they also remember to hang up their coats.  No more stressed mum upon return from school, and additionally, we always know where coats are in the morning on the way out of the door!

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E-Lady She was nervous, this was the first time they were going to be together in this way and she was filled with anticipation.  She was excited for how today may turn out, but also worried, what if it was not any good.  They had been dating each other for five weeks and spent quite a lot of time getting to know each other.  This time it felt different from the other men she had met before.  She knew he liked her and found her hot, as he told her all the time.  But he never tried to force sex on her.  She wanted to make sure that the first time was special.  They had decided on having their first encounter in a hotel room as they did not want to be disturbed.   He had arranged the hotel and she was shocked.  She could not believe the one he had chosen, it was not your standard hotel.  A classy 5 star in the city centre.  Marble floors, huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, glass cabinets from floor to ceiling displaying expensive bottles of champagne.  As she walked into the foyer, there was the largest arrangement of tropical flowers in a huge black vase that she had ever seen.  Not a spot of dust anywhere.  She looked over to the right and saw a large group of men standing around.  She recognised one of the men, and realised it was the captain of the England football team.  On a normal day she would have been impressed, however today all she could think about was her gorgeous man.  Whilst she was in deep thought she felt someone touch her arm.  She looked left and saw him standing there, smiling at her, eyes twinkling in the light.  Every time she looked at him he took her breath away.  She had never fancied a man so much.  Of course she had experienced lust on every level, but usually after getting to know a man a little bit more the lust had slowly disappeared as they had turned out to not be as nice as she had first expected.  However, this one was different.  He had always shown her every inch of respect she deserved.  It made a refreshing change. He asked her if she would like to have dinner.  She smiled, looked down towards the marble floor and back up to his gorgeous brown eyes, slowly shook her head whilst biting her lip. She smiled seductively,  put her hand gently behind the back of his head and pulled his head towards hers.  She gently whispered “Let’s go to bed.”

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http://www.e-lady.co.uk/anais-tin-tin.html  We thought it was well worth the £29.99! E-Lady is an online store offering lingerie, outfits, beachwear and sex toys, all at reasonable prices.  Check it out, whether it is something to give your partner to remember or for you.

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BLOGIZING: MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

Mother’s day in the UK this year is 30th March 2014, “oh no…..” I hear you say, “I forgot!” Do not despair, we have searched the net for a couple of ideas to make life easier for you 😉 NO MONEY? No excuse.  You can make something.  How about some nice biscuits or a cake?  Cut some flowers and tie them with a nice ribbon.  Find a large stone and decorate it in coloured paint and write on a personal message.  It may seem rather juvenile but as a mother I know that it comes down to the thought, not the cost of the present.  Mother’s day is all about making your mum feel special and letting her know how much you love and appreciate her for everything she does for you.

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Make yourself a paper flower from an unwanted/unused/your mums favourite book (not her book, i repeat do not use her copy….she may be very upset, get your own copy) preview_literary-paper-rose

Make a little matchbox present, put miniature things that your mum loves.  you can design and print off your own label. Here’s something to inspire you….look how cute! And at £4.99 you cannot complain….even if you decide to buy.  It is available from Not on the High Street (.com) as is all the gifts which follow (just because we love this store!) gift-for-mum-in-a-matchbox What about one of these personalised wooden spoons for just £5.50 it’s not going to break the bank….. or you can opt for a whole family of spoons 😉 normal_personalised-child-s-wooden-spoon

How about one of these classic looking book covers for an ipad, for just under £35 we think it is a great present and something most mums are sure to love…..if they have an ipad that is!

 

The little charms all have a meaning.  Such as ‘I may not always be good but you ll always be my fan. At under £13 this is a little keepsake which is at a price acheiveable for most. For those who have a little bit more money to spend and what something personal and unique how about one of these locket necklaces.  We think these are just adoreable at£64.

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Good luck on your search of the perfect gift for your mother.  Do not forget if all else fails, a lovely bottle of champagne and flowers from your local florist will always go down well. 

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/

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REVIEW: THE ‘ILLUSTRIOUS SOCIETY’

The Illustrious Society, 3 May 2014 9pm-4am at a Secret Location in West Yorkshire In a small town, hidden in the depths of an old industrial mill is a best kept secret. A party held once a month, showcasing the best DJ’s holding an intimate event of approximately 200 people.  What is also special about this place is the unusual decor, it resembles a small boutique indoor festival. The strangest, yet most amusing entrance to a room has to be a foam vagina, once you climb through you enter a chilled out area with floor cushions to get make yourself comfortable. Laser lights dance off the faces of the party goers, and as I look up I see handbags suspended from the ceiling. The main dance area is a large room with plenty of space to dance around and an extended bar area to the bar with a somewhat Caribbean feel serving a limited selection of cocktails as well as spirits, beers and cider. Perhaps the most interesting room of all, which houses the more chilled out of the dj’s, is home to an enormous dining table, set with plates, cutlery and flower arrangements aptly named The Board Room. The dj is in the middle of the table and chairs offer seating to those that need a break from the dancing or somewhere to roll a cigarette.
This room is also where the activities take place.  At this Illustrious, which was the second one, there was a pass the parcel and archery.  The first Illustrious had a coconut shy! Prizes for the pass the parcel were somewhat unusual, only adding to the humour and included a bottle of amaretto, a gay porn book, a bag of rice and for the winner a fresh trout….yes you did read that correctly! It is a well kept secret, with invitation only, hence the name. All attendees had made an amazing effort with their steam punk and tweed outfits, knowing full well the policy of ‘no effort, no entry’. These clubbers were a grand set of people, full of fun without the knob-headed-ness you normally get. It was also noticeable that although some were locals, there were people who had come from Harrogate and over the border of Lancashire from Burnley and Manchester and even the Lakes. You could almost be mistaken to think you were entering an awards ceremony as you approached the door of the venue.  After walking under a huge stone archway into the mill complex you then walked up a red carpet, with real fire lamps at either side.  Attention to detail is everything here, even down to the tickets, made from wood!  I have to mention that the security staff were also great, there to keep you feeling safe (not that you felt unsafe in any way) but in no way intrusive or threatening. If I had to be picky, the only down side to this venue is the portaloos.  Although I guess it did give the clientele an opportunity for a cigarette whilst they waited….however, if it was raining I do not think everyone would have been as happy to do this.  Some of the attendees wore huge dresses and corsets to fit in with the theme and I can only imagine they struggled with the limited space within a portaloo!  However, if this is the only downside then heck! they are doing well. Dj’s on the night included: Frank Lawson https://soundcloud.com/ralphlawson , Gemma Furbankhttps://soundcloud.com/gemma-furbank , Simon Dean, Richard Fowler in the main room.  The Board Room was hosted by The Vinyl Miners and DJ’s included Bodie, Kenny, Red Tin Dave, Banana Dave  Here is what one DJ, Gemma Furbank had to say: “Honestly, had such a top night! The Steam Punk was top notch, wicked venue, wicked set of DJs, awesome atmosphere and crowd!  x” The organisers responsible for Illustrious, I have been told, are taking a break now for the festival season….but will be back in August. Let’s hope they are, as it would be a shame to lose a gem such as this! B signoff
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