Another triumphant Return for Disney on Ice

October 24th, 2014

The latest Disney on Ice show ’100 years of magic’ landed in Birmingham on Wednesday night, and once more proved that when it comes to enchanting adults and children alike, Disney has no equal. With old favourites and new set pieces merging together in one wonderful ice show, the ice spectacle was the perfect start of half term fun.

’100 years of magic’ takes a whole host of Disney’s famous creations, along with some of the most iconic scenes and songs from Disney movies, and blends them all together in a fabulous frothy cocktail of fun. From the moment Mickey, Minnie and friends burst onto the ice in a riot of colour, the action is fast and frenetic. The set pieces are shorter than in some previous shows, with many characters reduced to one scene, but this allows the show to celebrate a whole host of movies and characters, some of which I’ve not yet seen in Disney shows.

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The opening scene is both magical and poignant. It features Aladdin and the genie, voiced by the much loved Robin Williams.  The scene caused the audience to gasp and burst into spontaneous applause, as ice skating genie after ice skating genie emerged onto the floor to perform (showgirl) high kicking style. It was a sparkling, hilarious opener to what proved to be a great show.

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Aladdin sequence

This is the Disney show that thinks ‘big’. So we had a great white shark in the Nemo sketch, and a huge blue whale swallowing Pinocchio and Gepetto. Mulan was a gorgeous confection of red due to the presence of a stunning celebratory dragon, whilst the exquisite ‘It’s a Small World’ segment sparkled with hundreds of tiny lights bringing the Eiffel Tower to Birmingham.

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Finding Nemo

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It’s a small World

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One segment that was new, and proved to be a fan favourite, was the one that introduced ‘The Incredibles’. My 11  year old niece loved this, as did my five year old – it proved to be funny and cool for all ages.

The Disney magic is most definitely intact, and this show is a must see for the October holidays. Disney on Ice – 100 years of magic is at The NIA, Birmingham until 2nd November.

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For ticket information, click here.

Spooky style from Topshop

October 23rd, 2014

It’s a fact – Halloween dressing up is no longer just for the kids. These days, Halloween is a hot date on the social calender, with parties being gothically, glamorous occasions and the perfect excuse for donning the deepest of red lips, the blackest of Kohl and the slinkiest of dresses.

I have never, as an adult, dressed up for Halloween. But all this is going to change this year. I’m going to a Halloween party for the first time in years, and have picked out a Morticia Adams style wig, a purple witches hat, and a gorgeous long black dress and boots for my witchy costume. For those who are still on the lookout for an outfit for Halloween, or those who always like their fashion to be from the ‘darkside’, Topshop have some great pieces that really evoke the fun spirit of the creepiest night of the year.

Topshop have a great ‘fright night’ pieces this year, from cobweb style tights, very cute cat print socks and animal print kitty ears. There are also the sexier fabrics, snakeskin style lace, 1990s negligee dresses in silk effect and a good smattering of luxurious velvet.

Take a look at some of my favourite pieces for the most frightening night of the year.

Monster Bandage Bodycon Dress     Price: £29.00 click to visit Topshop

Monster Bandage Bodycon Dress
Price: £29.00 click to visit Topshop

Black Webbed Tights     Price: £8.50 click to visit Topshop

Black Webbed Tights
Price: £8.50 click to visit Topshop

Faux Fur Cat Ears     Price: £1.00 click to visit Topshop

Faux Fur Cat Ears
Price: £1.00 click to visit Topshop

Digital Bat Kitten Ankle Socks     Price: £3.50 click to visit Topshop

Digital Bat Kitten Ankle Socks
Price: £3.50 click to visit Topshop

Beaded Drape Choker     Price: £16.50 click to visit Topshop

Beaded Drape Choker
Price: £16.50 click to visit Topshop

Lace Yoke Tee     Price: £38.00 click to visit Topshop

Lace Yoke Tee
Price: £38.00 click to visit Topshop

Satin Maxi Dress     Price: £55.00 click to visit Topshop

Satin Maxi Dress
Price: £55.00 click to visit Topshop

Velvet Lace Shorts     Price: £36.00 click to visit Topshop

Velvet Lace Shorts
Price: £36.00 click to visit Topshop

MAGNUM Glitter Ankle Boots     Price: £82.00 click to visit Topshop

MAGNUM Glitter Ankle Boots
Price: £82.00 click to visit Topshop

Snake Lace Shirt     Price: £48.00 click to visit Topshop

Snake Lace Shirt
Price: £48.00 click to visit Topshop

REBEL Glitter Heels     Price: £48.00 click to visit Topshop

REBEL Glitter Heels
Price: £48.00 click to visit Topshop

Glow In The Dark Tights     Price: £10.00 click to visit Topshop

Glow In The Dark Tights
Price: £10.00 click to visit Topshop

PU Hem Bodycon Dress     Price: £42.00 click to visit Topshop

PU Hem Bodycon Dress
Price: £42.00 click to visit Topshop

Square Neck Midi Bodycon Dress     Price: £32.00 click to visit Topshop

Square Neck Midi Bodycon Dress
Price: £32.00 click to visit Topshop

To view all the Halloween choices from Topshop, click here.

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Michelin Winter Driving Campaign

October 23rd, 2014

As the Autumn days continue to drift away, our thoughts turn to winter. There are so many lovely things to look forward to  when Winter comes. We have Christmas and all the joy it brings, the festive markets, the mulled wine and mince pies, the countdown to Santa. Winter brings many other joys, sitting in front of cosy fires on those cold winter nights, the chance to wear all those lovely hats and scarves and gloves, and the beautiful, bright clear frosty mornings where it is cold, but oh so crisp. Yes, Winter has a lot to recommend it.

But then we have to consider the weather, and all the problems it can bring. Last year we had the terrible rain that caused endless misery in the way of flooding. The two previous years had since very heavy snowfall that lasted for long periods of time and created chaos on the road networks. With all this in mind, and with Winter fast drawing closer, Michelin have created a series of films that give help and advice, as well as statistics, on road use during wet and snowy weather.

The video’s explore some of the myths of winter, the driving worries that many people (especially moms and dads with children in the back of the car) have when the weather turns bad.  There are five films in total, exploring the myths of snow and winter tyres, and the differences between driving on twisting, turning country lanes, or in busy city streets.

nu1 michelinThe videos and campaign have uncovered some interesting facts that are well worth taking a look at. You can view the first video here.

*Collaborative post.