Letting our my competitive streak; Rush Shop Drop

Thursday, 18 December 2014

If you weren't already aware I'm a bit of a sucker for a competition, I'm em somewhat competitive... And that's putting it lightly! So when an email landed in my inbox asking if I'd like to share news of a fab competition from Rush Shop (of RUSH Hair and Beauty) I knew I had to share the details with all of you lovely people, on the off chance you're any bit as competitive as me!

I've copied all the details below in italics, but come on who wouldn't want to score a prize worth over £2,000! So hop to it the Rush Christmas Drop ends on the 30th of December, time to get hunting for the sleigh in virtual London! 
Source: Rush Shop
Head on over to the Rush website to enter now!
Christmas is the perfect time to sparkle and shine and online hair and beauty retailer Rush Shop is giving one lucky winner the opportunity to start 2015 with a brand new look. Rush Shop has teamed up with modern, global fashion brand Reiss and boutique hotel Malmaison London to make one lucky winner’s festive dreams come true.

An online treasure hunt to identify the virtual London location of a sleighful of luxury goodies, enough to make Santa blush, estimated worth over £2000 launches today. All entrants have to do, is search for the clues to the sleigh’s whereabouts and the prize could be theirs.

Has the sleigh touched down in a blustery Baker Street, snowy South Kensington, wintry Wimbledon or chilly Chiswick…? Unveil the secret location to stand the chance of unwrapping a gift fit for any budding fashionista; a pamper session for two at the award-winning Rush salon, The House of Rush in Piccadilly, complete with a cut and blowdry; an aesthetic service in the salon’s Epsom Skin Clinic; a luxury two-night stay in fashionable West Smithfield at the London Malmaison Hotel with a delicious three-course dinner included*; a designer shopping experience for two to the value of £500 each in the Personal Shopping Suite at the Reiss store on Regent Street; and to top all that a year’s supply of haircare and styling products selected by our top stylists. 

The Rush Shop Christmas Drop launches on Monday 1st of December 2014 until Tuesday 30th of December 2014.

Follow the clues and guess the location of the sleigh at http://shoprush.com/rush-shop-drop
Check out @RushHairBeauty or tweet #RushShopDrop for more details.

I hope the week leading up to Christmas is treating you all well, only 7 sleeps to go... I'm off to face more Christmas shoppers now and make sure lots of lovely people will be waking up to lovely scented gifts on Christmas morning! :)

Dancing Like No One's Watching... Gigs of 2014.

Friday, 12 December 2014

One thing is for sure 2014 for me has been the year of going to as many gigs as I can squeezing in trips to Glasgow and Edinburgh to dance away at some of the best gigs I've been to yet (very important as I'm sure the best is yet to come!) I thought I'd do a round up post of sorts as over the last month I've been to loads!

First up in February was Bastille, a band I'd wanted to see live for ages, they didn't disappoint and I'll definitely be eagerly awaiting news of their next UK tour! Also if you've not listened to any of the Bastille mix tapes before I'd recommend checking out their newest mixtape- VS. Other People's Heartache pt III. I've been playing it so much over the last week since it was released, top picks from it are Remains and Bite Down!
I headed along with Laura one of my blogging pals to dance away to
 Rhythm of the Night, Flaws and my favourite Oblivion!
After Bastille my time was mainly spent getting all of my third year assignments completed along with juggling two jobs sadly not much time for gigs, till of course I'd finished my exams! I was lucky enough to snag a couple of tickets for the Sunday of Radio 1's Big Weekend, the perfect celebration after finishing up my degree! First though I headed to see Foxes the night before with my friend Gilly, a real last minute one but such a great night as it was the first night I properly discovered Prides! (More on them later!) Foxes didn't disappoint and Louisa was really great live.

It's hard to decide which was my favourite performance at Radio 1's Big Weekend in fact it's impossible! I'm a huge Kings of Leon fan and would happily watch them live every day if I could, don't think that'll ever happen though! But then Sam Smith and London Grammar were both hauntingly beautiful live; all the goosebumps and both are bands I'd recommend everyone see live at least once! Then of course there was Paolo Nutini, where to start- I've been wanting to see Paolo for years and he was everything I'd hoped for and more; what a babe! Lastly Kasabian one of the few bands that can make me feel like a would-be football hooligan, in a good way of course! The Kasabian set was unreal and they are easily one of the best bands I've ever seen live! Of course there were other performances we caught over the day but for me those five were just the bees knees!
The day of all the emotions! 
Fast forward a couple of months to November and two shows at the biggest venue I've ever been to (till then I'd never been to an arena performance!) first up was the MTV EMA's sitting up in the gods with Loughlan enjoying the spectacle and show, from Nicki Minaj to Simon Neil it was a really great night and I'm so glad we got to go along to one of the biggest music awards when it was held in Glasgow! This of course was only the warm up as the week after we donned our finest gear to head along to see Mother Monster herself, Gaga was incredible! So incredible in fact as within seconds of her walking on stage we had to head outside for air and juice as my body had decided that was the perfect time to faint (not star-struck I'm just a terrible fainter!) we made it back in for one of my favourites though G.U.Y though and the entire show was something else, we were so close to Gaga and she is truly one of the best live performers ever!
Bringing some eyebrow realness to the ArtRAVE!

Slay Gaga Slay!
My last two gigs of the year were both last week and both on a much smaller scale than the two at the Hydro, first up was Metronomy I headed along with one of the girls from work and what a trip down memory lane it was. Though I haven't listened to Metronomy much recently, I first saw them live when I was just 15!
Worst picture as I was dancing too much! First world problems huh!
Last but by no means was Prides who I saw earlier this year supporting Foxes, Prides are a band from Glasgow who since performing at the Commonwealth Games and having a number of their songs featured in ad's and tv shows have become much more widely known and quite rightly so! Prides are so good live and it was amazing to see them perform to a sold out venue in their home town! I'll leave you with the Prides 2014 Mixtape which I've been playing on repeat all week, it's so good it's even on Buzzfeed- proud!
Awch boys you're doing so well!! Gilly and I being fan-girls! (Perhaps too old to refer to ourselves as girls...)

What a year I've had seeing some of my favourite musicians and performers live and I can only hope 2015 brings more of the same! I'd love to hear what your favourite gig of the year has been or if there is a particular artist you'd love to see!