42 Things All Noughties Teenagers Will Remember

A little lunchtime reading that is just so true it hurts me – though I didn’t have a bellybutton piercing *gip*

Hannah Gale


1. Smirnoff Ice, WKD and Archers. Tiny bottles of sugary alcohol that made you talk to boys, throw up and get told off by your parents. Goody.

2. Spending an entire week waiting for the next episode of The O.C. Fancying Seth Cohen, wanting to be Summer Roberts, and feeling awkwardly not sad when Marisa died. Oh.

3. Stripy highlights. Big blonde chunky strips through your over-straightened hair that made you look like the fourth member of Atomic Kitten, the somewhat cooler version of Kerry Katona.

4. Denim everything. Denim jackets, the perfect denim mini skirt, denim pedal pushers, denim handbags. Firmly believing Bewitched were on to something.

5. Teaming said denim mini skirt with (faux) UGG boots, dolly shoes or bright pink Converse and feeling like you’d finally nailed looking cool on non-school uniform day. Well done you, high five. All the boys will fancy you now.


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Absence makes the heart grow fonder….right?

I know, I know…..I’ve been gone a while.


But it’s not without good reason. 

Since my last post over a month ago I have been somewhat incapacitated, had to take a few weeks off works and generally not been feeling my best – due to a somewhat unfortunate incident with exploding porridge that left me looking like this….



And they’re the bandages after a week or so!

There are a load more gruesome pictures should you wish to see them but I shan’t be putting them on here incase the majority of you are of a delicate disposition. 

Anyway….back to business. I am somewhat behind on my reviews but no worry, I have a couple of days off to catch up and write my much belated posts on Lush and The Hanging Lantern Company so keep your eyes peeled (don’t know why I said that – hate that phrase??)


A bientôt!


Promise I won’t leave it as long next time x

REVIEW: Rocks Drinks Frusion range

Throughout January, I, along with most of the nation, decided to cut back on the amount of alcohol I was consuming. 

Having thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas and New Year festivities, now was the time to give the body a little bit of a chance of rebuilding itself, time to cut out the sugar and fat and try to garner some sort of self control. 

I was never going to embark upon a ‘dryathon’ – tell me I can’t have something and I want it even more (right girls) so I just decided that rather than go straight for a G&T or a bottle of wine I would try and stock the chiller with something a little more exciting that cordial (lots of hidden sugar) or water (no one likes to sit down and watch a film with a water). 

So it was that I came across these little beauts, very kindly offered to me but my friends at Rocks drinks who have been making  delicious squashes and cordials for over 30 years.

FIrst off, they come in bottles that, let’s face it, are the same as wine bottles so that’s the first step to tricking my brain into thinking we’re having a nice glass of vino (I’m beginning to sound like I have a problem, no?) and have rather attractive labels that wouldn’t be amiss in a countryside deli.


I was gifted four flavours; Tomato and Cherry Frusion, Apple and Ginger Frusion, Beetroot and Blackcurrant Frusion and Carrot and Orange Frusion.

All of the drinks are best served chilled and need a bit of a shake to make sure there’s no sediment at the bottom of the bottle after storage which can occur with these as they’re made with organic fruit and veg.

All four flavours were particularly tasty. Admittedly when I heard the combinations I was a little dubious – especially the tomato and cherry version – as they were not tastes I would normally associate with each other as, apart from in juice cleanses, I hadn’t heard them put together in a soft drink form before. 

But I was pleasantly surprised. Image

They were all refreshing, full of flavour and not as watery as I was expecting them to be. The Ginger and Apple had a great kick to it, the Tomato and Cherry was full bodied, the Beetroot and Blackcurrant was deliciously sweet and the Orange and Carrot (my favourite) was akin to having a cocktail without the alcohol. 

Overall I’d certainly recommend stocking up on these juice drinks if you’re looking for something different. They’re a little pricey at £3.49 each but if you go here, there’s currently 30% off them – in fact I’m off to get some more now!


REVIEW: Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

If you ask me, Mondays are perfect for Champagne.

The weekend is over, you’re back at work and, in my case anyway, the Birthday celebrations are long gone.


So when a bottle of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte’s classic Brut non-vintage appeared on my desk as a late Birthday present there was only one way to see out my yearly milestone in style  – with a glass or two and a game of rugby league!

That’s not to say I was stood on a try line or shivering my bits off in a stand watching my favourite team, more like reviewing the weekend in front of the box while the family came round to watch the latest leg of the Rugby League World Cup.

Usually the fam will be sat with a bottle of beer, glass of wine or just a plain ole’ pop but as I bought in the glasses of Champers the night felt like a whole other occasion – perfect!

And as Nicolas Feuillatte are releasing their Brut Non-Vintage and Vintage 2002  for the festive season there was little else to set us up for Crimbo, even if we were a few months early!

The resounding review was thus; the Brut Non-Vintage smells sweeter than what you’d expect from a Champagne but d


oesn’t taste as sweet as it smells – that make sense? Usually Champagnes (p.s they’re only allowed to be called Champagnes if they hail from that particular region in France FYI – if you haven’t been to visit the Champagne houses I can thoroughly recommend it!) can be quite on the dry side but this sample was just on the right side of sweet.

It was also not as sharp as other Champagnes, somewhat  smoother and less bitter and, thank heavens, it wasn’t very gassy, the bubbles just subtly playing around in the flutes, and there was a delightful  tangy aftertaste.

So what are you waiting for?!! Cheers!


Brut Non-vintage – Available at Tesco’s, John Lewis and online at John
Lewis http://www.johnlewis.co.uk
RRP : £26

Pretty Deadly For Halloween at Superdrug

If you’re looking for some last minute beauty bargains to transform your look in time for trick or treating tonight, head down to Superdrug to get your hands on these frighteningly fabulous pieces.

First up: Exclusive to Superdrug the 2True Paper Lashes.£6

Perk up your peepers with these delicate and different falsies, guaranteed to ensure goodies drop into your trick or treat bag with one bat 😉


Next: B.Sheer Colour Conditioning Lipstick Tango £6.99



Frame your fangs in style with this blood red lipstick.

Finally: Superdrug Colour Hairspray 75ml £2.99

Take your pick of the spectrum with these spray-in, wash out hair colours, certain to give you a hair-raising experience. 



Happy Halloween!


Home not alone is a better price than bills?

Logging on to Facebook, these days is a minefield.

My newsfeed on most of the social networking sites consists of newborns, weddings and scan pictures (seemingly, your mush needs to be on the world wide web before you’re on the earth), all very nice and evidence of my old school friends and workmates growing up and moving on.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy for them but, me? I’m perfectly happy to be knee deep in new shoes rather than dirty nappies.
But there is one announcement which does make me think about the direction my life is actually

The new house.

Pictures of smiling couples at the front door of their new abode, Instagram snaps of a bunch of keys, welcome mats, moving vans. Kill me now.

Recently a survey dropped into my inbox announcing the death of the bachelor pad. Seemingly more and more young people are staying at home well into their 20s rather than moving out on their own.
In 2011 3m “children” aged between 20 and 34 were still living at home with mum and dad.


Gone are the days of finding a tiny flat in a disreputable part of town with friends, Lazyboy recliners and a diet of pizza; the Joey and Chandler lifestyle is out and the comfort of the family home is in. I have lived in the same house for almost 28 years. Sure, it has advantages like low rent and, thanks to my mother’s obsession with feeding everyone until they are stuffed, a full fridge and though I pretty much take care of myself and my seven-month-old fur baby (just call me the crazy cat lady) there’s a small niggle that life is just stalling.

Rising house prices while pay sticks at the same rate isn’t much help for securing that ever-elusive deposit and the fact my younger sister and her other half have been in their own home for a year now just adds fuel to the fire.

But let’s weigh things up.

As I write this I’m sat at my desk in my bedroom, typing on my iMac, brew by my side, connected to wireless I more than likely wouldn’t be able to afford, never mind electricity and heating. If I lived on my own there’s the possibility I’d be sat with my cat watching Great British Bake Off on my own.

Living at home means I get to watch GBBO with another human being, my mum! Creepy crawlies in the bath? No problem, dad to the rescue. Maybe I’m looking at moving out through rose tinted glasses?

REVIEW: Ghost The Musical

Over 20 years have passed since Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze starred in the heartbreaking film version of ‘Ghost’.

So beloved was that version that when a stage adaptation was suggested, fans of the original big screen version were, understandably, a little sceptical.

Transitions from screen to stage can be tricky. However the ‘tricky’ parts of Ghost: The Musical are what makes it so incredible.

Back in Manchester, where the magic started with a world premier back in 2011, Ghost, is starting it’s UK wide tour with Stewart Clarke and Rebecca Trehearn taking over the roles of Sam Wheat and Molly Jensen.

Though the only iconic musical number from the screen version, ‘Unchained Melody’ makes an appearance, the impressive score from the Eurythmic’s Dave Stewart allows the leads to utilise their soaring vocals – particularly  pitch perfect performances from Trehearn in many of her solos.

But it is the incredible staging, lighting effects and magic tricks from the production team that truly makes this a jaw-dropping experience.

As Sam is killed during a mugging, his transition from one life to the next is seamless and really makes the audience question what they have just seen.

Credit must be given to Stevie Hutchinson as the suitably creepy subway train ghost making up part of an impressive sequence on “his” carriage and the lady clearly born for the part of psychic Oda Mae Brown, Wendy Mae Brown who took on the iconic Whoopi Goldberg role, allowing for some very funny comic relief. This is one musical that has to be seen to be believed.

The tour continues around the country and comes to Liverpool in February 2014.