It’s official: cold weather impacts significantly on society at large. First, it doesn’t do much for office morale- ‘Oh no, it’s snowing again’ my colleague bleakly declared this afternoon. It’s only been a few days and everyone is complaining about the drop in temperature and having soggy feet! I simply don’t understand the alarm.Share on :
2ndAs a parent of small children, Christmas is a magical moment full of unwavering belief: the excitement from placing a mince pie and glass of sherry next to the chimney-less electric fire; the anticipation of hearing the jingle of bells or Santa’s feet thudding across the roof from level 2 of the 30 storey building you live in; the thrill of tearing off the wrapping paper to see if you’ve been good. And that’s where one of the many challenges should be avoided.Share on :
For those of us who work in the achingly cool world of branding, Christmas can be a tricky time. We’re forced to abandon our dedication to directional haircuts and Nordic minimalism, and join the masses in embracing the yuletide aesthetic in all its shiny, glittery and garish glory.
Granted, there’s always the option of a cheesy Christmas jumper, worn with a gigantic slice of self-congratulatory irony, but even this does little to help us stand out from the crowd, as the streets become one giant, itchy, 80s eyesore.Share on :
So, Cathay Pacific’s flight attendants are threatening “a ‘no-smile’ strike”. Oh no! I’m sure senior managers are quivering with fear! Well, they should be.Share on :
Following Tango (in the non-twitter sense) has always been a source of awe and entertainment. I mean, Turbo Tango is probably one of my favourite products ever – the ridiculous idea of a foaming non-alcoholic drink, which sounds like edible party string genuinely appeals to my juvenile self.Share on :
I enjoy random facts, figures and lists. I always have. Trivial Pursuit is my board game of choice, and I’m currently reading 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off. In recent days I learnt that the international dialling code for Russia is 007, and that Scarlett Strutt is the 9th most important person (ever) according to The Tatler List; a ranking of 576 ‘people who really matter’.Share on :
Donald Trump. The man just won’t hush down. We’ve had the never-ending and excruciating ‘birther’ saga, a post-election twitter tirade, accusations of racism and sexism, heck he even took a swipe at Kate Middleton. But not content with trashing his own reputation he’s now dragging the Macy’s brand down with him.Share on :
When your underwear is this good, why hide it?
Mary Portas is trying to reinvigorate the British manufacturing business onepair of Kinky Knickers at a time, and the ladies over at Smoothgroove are trying to shoehorn women back into their cat suits without the embarrassment of a camel toe thanks to a little plastic panty insert- apparently the X-Factor stylists swear by them.
Anyway, there’s a new player in town – with an offer so practical, it rivals Bridget Jones’ pants.Share on :
Feé Mouss’ is a vegetable-based mousse blended with cream in three delicious flavours, Beetroot, Carrot and Spinach (really selling it, aren’t I!) What makes it special is the fact that it’s an aerosol-based purée, which lets home chefs add a swirling gastronomic touch to canapés…oh and it’s French, so it must be good.Share on :
Colours have a significant impact on a person’s emotional state. They can also affect our ability to concentrate, learn and perform.
I thought it was the dizzying sensation of being in love that sent women into a flap when she’s faced with ‘the big question’. But now I understand. It’s the tiny egg blue Tiffany & Co box, perched on the hand of the man you no longer have anything to say to.Share on :
As we move into the pre-Christmas marketing blitz I was planning on writing a piece about how much I love this time of year. Not for the festive build-up, the winter wardrobe or crisp autumnal air - no, I love it for the plethora of overblown and hilarious perfume ads that crop up at every imaginable ad break.
And then it happened. THAT Brad Pitt ad for Chanel No 5.Share on :
It takes you to the stratosphere and lets you fall back down to earth again. Literally.
Felix Baumgartner takes a helium balloon ride to the edge of our world followed by four minutes freefalling faster than the speed of sound. Amazing.
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'Banker Bashing' has become such a popular pastime that it's practically a national sport in the UK. With the financial worlds in turmoil and the incense spreading to attacking the wealthy in general you'd be forgiven for getting tired of 'same old same old' and for losing sight of the point of the argument in the first place.Share on :