Monthly Archives: June 2012

Makeup | British Dupes/British Answers to Popular, not-so-affordable brands! (#1)


Blue Satin (Chanel)

Midnight Blue (Rimmel)


Particuliere (Chanel) (+ OPI’s Metro Chic)


Steel Grey 270 (Rimmel)


VII (China Glaze)

403 Hypnotise (Rimmel)


Lubu Heels (China Glaze)

Lava Red (Rimmel)


Push-Up Bra (Misa)

Sunset Orange (Rimmel)


Lincoln Park After Dark (OPI)

Deliciously Dark (Rimmel)





Books for Anglophiles | British Chick Lit!

I’m not a fan of this genre, if I am totally honest with you, but I know there are a lot of you out there who do, so I thought I’d post something on the matter. Even though it doesn’t really feel like Summer today, I expect sunny, warmer days to come rather soon. Let’s crack on, shall we?

  • Sophie Kinsella’s books: Sophie Kinsella is a name recognised worldwide thanks to her ‘Shopaholic’ series, including the extremely popular ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ (book #1).

  • Helen Fielding’s ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ + ‘The Edge of Reason’: I’ve only read the first one, but it is deliciously funny and perfect if you want a light, earnest and funny read whilst the kids are out playing.

  • Cecelia Ahern’s books, which include ‘P.S. I Love You’ and ‘Love, Rosie’.

  • Jill Mansell’s books, including ‘Miranda’s Big Mistake’ and ‘Rumor Has It’.

I hope you enjoy your TBR (to be read) books! x

Olympic Games | Your Guide to the Olympic and Paralympic Games!

This is in .pdf form, so click the following link:

Fashion | The British Summer Survival Kit


  • Opt for a light, fluffy blouse instead of your average t-shirt or tank top – even though it is still light and summery, it will still protect you from not-so-pleasant breezes. If it is too windy, grab a cardigan!


  • Grab a pair of flats that can protect your feet from unpleasant showers! Loafers are in trend at the moment, so why not give ’em a try?

  • If the weather is still warm enough for you to wear skirts, go for it! Otherwise, why not try leggings?

Paisley Tiered Mini Skirt

Paisley Lace Leggings


  • Maybe add a scarf in case it gets chilly?

Skulls Print Silk Scarf by Beta**

  • Add a pop of colour to your outfit with fabulous accessories and voilà, you’re in trend AND ready to face the weather demons!



Fran Reviews | Casanova (2005)

Casanova is a 2005 British television comedy drama serial, written by television scriptwriter Russell T Davies and directed by Sheree Folkson.
Telling the story of the life of 18th century Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova, based on his own twelve-volume memoirs, the one-hour episodes star Peter O’Toole as the older Casanova looking back on his life, and David Tennant as the younger version. The story is wittily presented as we get to know most of Casanova’s mistresses and love affairs, whilst dealing with what’s really important for him: Henriette, bride-to-be to another man, Grimani. Eventually, Giac (pronounced ‘Jack’) gets his reward, his lover, but all his aventures catch up with him and his heart is broken forever… Can this man survive such a heartbreak goodbye to the woman he loves?
Ah, Casanova. I’ve wanting to write a post about it for ever. It is so witty, so amazingly and deliciously funny – of course it was penned by RTD, who else to write all those wacky scenes? There’s a bit of everything in there: drama, romance, comedy, you name it. I understand Casanova doesn’t have a clean reputation: he had numerous love affairs, cheated on his mistresses and did stuff most of us wouldn’t approve of, but the story presented makes you feel sorry for this wonderful man: despite having all the sex and women we could ever imagine, he doesn’t have the woman he loves, and that’s devastating for both the viewer and the actual character.
As usual, I have got to praise David’s performance in this: he made me laugh, he made me cry and he even left me speechless at times. His versatility is remarkable, and I think that was key to the success that Casanova had: one time he was sad, then he was thrilled and jumping around, then he was devastated and then he was, how to put it… having ‘fun’, so to speak. Some actors could be caught up with all this tangled web of emotions, but David wasn’t and that’s why Casanova is so incredibly amazing. Peter O’Toole was fantastic as well as the older version of the heartthrob, delivering, not unlike Tennant, that bittersweet mix of angst and excitement about his life.
It is, obviously, a must-see and, dare I say it, David looks good in it!, even with slightly blonde hair and blue contacts.

Random | Congratulations, Fleur (fleurdeforce) and Mike!

I love fleurdeforce’s channel on Youtube and so I was thrilled with the news of their engagement.

British YouTuber Spotlight | UglyFaceofBeauty (Gracie)


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Telly for Anglophiles | Torchwood

Torchwood is a British science fiction television programme created by Russell T Davies. The series is a spin-off from Davies’s 2005 revival of the long-running science fiction programme Doctor Who. The show has shifted its broadcast channel each series to reflect its growing audience, moving from BBC Three to BBC Two to BBC One, and acquiring U.S. financing in its fourth series. In contrast to Doctor Who, whose target audience includes both adults and children, Torchwood is aimed at an older audience.

Torchwood follows the exploits of a small team of alien-hunters, who make up the Cardiff, Wales branch of the fictional Torchwood Institute, which deals mainly with incidents involving extraterrestrials. Its central character is Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), an immortal former con-man from the distant future; Jack originally appeared in the 2005 series of Doctor Who. Other than Barrowman, the initial main cast of the series consisted of Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori and Gareth David-Lloyd. Their characters are specialists for the Torchwood team, often tracking down aliens and defending the planet from alien and nefarious human threats. In its first two series, the show uses a time rift in Cardiff as its primary plot generator, accounting for the unusual preponderance of alien beings in Cardiff. In the third and fourth series, Torchwood operate as fugitives. Gorman and Mori’s characters were written out of the story at the end of the second series. Recurring actor Kai Owen was promoted to the main cast in series three, in which David-Lloyd too was written out. Subsequently, American actors Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins and Bill Pullman joined the cast of the show for its fourth series; the latter two were written out at the end of its run.

The first series premiered on BBC Three and on BBC HD in 2006 to mixed reviews but viewing figures which broke records for the digital channel. It returned in 2008 where it aired first on BBC Two, receiving a higher budget; its uneven tone, a criticism of the first series, was largely smoothed out, and the show attracted higher ratings and better reviews. The third series episodes worked on a bigger budget and transferred to the network’s flagship channel, BBC One as a five episode serial, entitled Torchwood: Children of Earth. Despite airing in July evenings, typically a graveyard slot, spread across five nights in one week, the show received unexpectedly high ratings at home and abroad and, for the most part, reviews hailed it as excellent. A fourth series, co-produced by BBC Wales, BBC Worldwide and US premium entertainment network Starz began airing on 8 July 2011 on Starz and 14 July 2011 on BBC One as Torchwood: Miracle Day, and is set in both Wales and in the United States.

British Celebrity Spotlight | John Barrowman

John Scot Barrowman (born March 11, 1967) is a Scottish–American actor, singer, dancer, musical theatre performer, writer and television personality. Born in Glasgow, he grew up in Illinois following his family’s emigration to the U.S. Encouraged by his high school teachers, Barrowman studied performing arts at the United States International University in San Diego before landing the role of Billy Crocker in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes in London’s West End.

Since his debut in professional theatre, Barrowman has played lead roles in various musicals both in the West End and on Broadway, including Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and Matador. After appearing in Sam Mendes’ production of The Fix, he was nominated for the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and, in the early 2000s, returned to the role of Billy Crocker in the revival of Anything Goes. His most recent West End credit was in the 2009 production of La Cage aux Folles.

Aside from his theatrical career, Barrowman has appeared in various films including the musical biopic De-Lovely (2004) and musical comedy The Producers (2005). Before venturing into British television, he featured in the American television dramas Titans and Central Park West but he is better known for his acting and presenting work for the BBC that includes his work for CBBC in its earlier years, his self-produced entertainment programme Tonight’s the Night, and his BAFTA Cymru-nominated role of Captain Jack Harkness, who appears in science fiction series Doctor Who and Torchwood. Barrowman has also had a number of guest roles in television programmes both in the US and the UK. He appeared as a contestant on the first series of celebrity ice skating show Dancing on Ice while his theatrical background allowed him to become a judge on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical talent shows How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything. In 2006, he was voted Stonewall’s Entertainer of the Year.

Barrowman is also featured on more than a dozen musical theatre recordings including cover tunes found on his 2007 album, Another Side, and 2008’s Music Music Music. Both albums accrued places on the UK Albums Chart, as did his self-titled John Barrowman (2010), which reached number 11, his highest chart placing to date. Furthermore, Barrowman has published two memoirs and autobiographies, Anything Goes (2008) and I Am What I Am (2009), with his sister Carole as co-author. The siblings also teamed up to write a novel, Hollow Earth (2012).

Fashion | Kate Middleton’s Style!… in pictures [10-20]

Dress from Orla Kiely’s autumn/winter 2011 collection / Episode heels


Jeans by J Brand / Official 2012 hoodie and trainers


LK Bennett’s jacket / Davina dress / Hat by James Lock / Episode heels


Dress coat by M Missoni / Rupert Sanderson’s Malone heels


Coat-dress by Orla Kiely / Aquatalia by Marvin K booties


Hobbs’ Celeste coat / Oasis dress / Kiki McDonagh earrings


Coat-dress by Jesire / Jimmy Choo heels / Asprey Button Pendant


Dress by Temperley London


Hat by Jane Corbett / Earrings by Kiki McDonough


Temperley London knit / LK Bennett fur-trimmed jacket / Le Chameau boots