Monday, 7 January 2013

Christmas Haul

It's still not too late to do a Christmas post, is it?
I had planned on having this post up so much sooner than it is but I have spent most of my free time during my two week break studying for exams so I didn't get the chance. My exams are starting on Tuesday so if I didn't post this now it may have never been posted. So better late than never, eh?
These are just the main presents I got this year. I didn't really have much in mind coming up to Christmas as to what I wanted so for the most part I just got money or things of that nature.
Also, since I am just so brilliant at planning these sorts of things, I was able to forget to take photos of some of my presents and it is currently three in the morning so it's too late to take them now. Instead I used what photos I could find of them online however, I wasn't able to find photos of all of them. I think we'll still manage though.


Beauty
Soap & Glory - The Best of All
The Righteous Butter // Peaches and Clean Clensing Milk // Clean on Me Body Wash // Smoothie Star Body Milk // Hand Food // Heel Genius Foot Cream // Sugar Crush Body Scrub // Thick and Fast Mascara // Super-Colour Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plump in Punch Bowl
Fame by Lady Gaga // Ralph by Ralph Lauren set
My everyday face makeup
Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation in Light Ivory 40 // Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in no. 1 // Collection 2000 Pressed Powder in 18 Ivory // Carmex Lip Balm
My nail essentials
Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover // Nails Inc. Top Coat and Base Coat duo

Clothes and Accessories
Jewellery from River Island
Leopard Print Boots from Schuh // Galaxy Cross Top from River Island

Books
Music
The Beatles: Beatlemania 1963-1964 by Tim Hill
Life by Keith Richards
Bob Dylan Chronicles no. 1 by Bob Dylan
All The Madmen by Clinton Heylin
Fashion
Chanel: Couture and Industry by Amy de la Haye
Alexander McQueen: Fashion Visionary by Judith Watt

Music
My main present this year!
ITek IT142 Retro Record/CD/Cassette/Radio Player
I inherited a good thirty vinyl records from my nana and granddad over the past month - everything from Queen to Blondie to Fun Boy Three
Also featured: Marc Bolan - The Electric Boogie Volume One
Lowrider Puruple Skullcandy Headphones

Mr Selfridge - First Thoughts


Ever since I first saw the advert for Mr Selfridge I have been practically counting down the days until it aired and that day, was today. Based around fashion in early 1900's London and written by Andrew Davis, I was bound to be obsessed with this show from the beginning. In the past Andrew Davis has produced many other mini-television series about novels by Jane Austen among other things so he's an expert on writing about old England.
Mr Selfridge is a ten-art mini-series based on the story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, the American founder of Selfridges department store. Based on Lindy Woodhead's novel 'Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge', the series includes real and fictitious characters that were created by the Davis. 
Being somebody who plans on working in the fashion industry in the future, it was somewhat refreshing to see Mr Selfridge come close to failing in the beginning after the withdrawal of his investors. Obviously he still managed to get on perfectly fine without them or else there'd only be one episode. 
However, I felt slightly disappointed with the characters. Even though 1909 was an empowering time for women I still felt a lack of testosterone in the show, even with the main character being a man. Pretty much the only other men in the show are fairly minor characters with very little lines. Even in the promotional shots it's all women bar the man himself and all the women look fairly similar which makes it almost difficult to keep up with who's who occasionally. I will say though that the casting director did an amazing job casting Jeremy Piven as Mr Selfridge - he almost reminds me of an early twentieth century version of Tom Ford.
With all that being said, even after a single pilot episode, I know that Mr Selfridge is going to be an amazing show and I cannot wait for the next episode next Sunday
Each episode is an hour and a half long and airs on TV3 here in Ireland, ITV1 in the UK, PBS in the USA, Yleisradio in Finland and Norsk Rikskringkasting in Norway.

The real Mr. Selfridge