Saturday, 28 June 2014

#HouseofMask by Cubanisto, a tale told by Instagram

Something weird and wonderful happened last night when Cubanisto, the new rum flavoured beer, took over Manchester's iconic Old Granada Studios for a masquerade ball like no other.

Upon climbing the iron stair case to the studio lots, we were ushered into a warehouse studio marked by a neon skull. A tall man in white greeted us with, "Greetings sir and madame, please confess your sins," leading us to a room filled with chequebook like cards with the statement "I confess that..." printed on them.

Once we'd decided which sin to confess, another man in white lead us to two scary bitches in nurses uniforms. These two simultaneously told us to "please confess your sin, " and once handing the confession to them, said, "thank you for your cooperation, please proceed." We were lead into a cupboard, like a real cupboard. But, when you opened the door and stepped inside, the cupboard extended, like Narnia, into a passage way that got narrower and narrower and lead to a tiny door that you had to crouch to get into.

Once through the tiny door, we hit the House of Mask rave, complete with fab DJ, food, drinks and all manner of weird shit. Art murals you could add to, a big screen broadcasting the anonymous confessions and the quest to match the skull jig-saw piece you'd been given to someone else's in return for a skull key (there's a theme) the key opened a box and the box could have had a prize (more beer). 

I could barely keep up!

My instagram story sort of ends here as I got all banjee and messy and a little Cuban. So, here's some other people's documentation.


Friday, 27 June 2014

Cubanisto presents House of Mask Manchester

A secret soiree will take place in Manchester tonight to honour Cubanisto, the new rum flavoured beer. House of Mask, a series of immersive secret parties hitting cities around the UK this summer, heads to Manchester this evening, to a previously undisclosed location.

I can reveal that this secret location is: the old Granada Studios!

Past events have featured DJs B.Traits and Groove Armada and is originally inspired by the vibrant and colourful nightlife of El Vedado, a district of Havana. 

If you want to get on it, visit for tickets, quick!

@Cubanisto #HouseOfMask


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

#mcrday Manchester Day Parade 2014

I'm not entirely sure what #mcrday is, but it's a big deal, apparently. 

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets to celebrate all things Manchester for the fifth Manchester Day Parade, with thousands more taking to twitter with #mcrday to capture the parade and entertainments.

More than 2,000 people participated in the parade, which saw local charities, community groups and companies bring theme "GOING GLOBAL” to life with help from artists and parade producers Walk the Plank.


Thursday, 5 June 2014

SS14 Look Book: Shootin' hoops

Last on my list of American sports looks is Basketball, the one sport I was good at (read: not abysmal at) when at school! (American football and Baseball are here)

My look is a more paired down shootin' hoops on the street kinda deal, over playing semi-pro. And by that I mean, I'm wearing it with denim shorts instead of sports shorts. Yagetme?

Hat, No Fear, SportsDirect, £5.00
Vest, Primark, £5.00
Shorts, Levi, COW Vintage, £18.00
Trainers, Nike, $36.99

I think this look would be a great foundation for something a little hoochie mamma too, add a little gold bling and a bomber jacket and I'm Vanilla Ice!

Also, just realised, the number on the tee is my age! Yeay.


Sunday, 1 June 2014

SS14 Look Book: Home run

The trend for American sports inspired fashion comes around every so often and this time, I've grabbed it with both mitts. 

Channelling baseball realness here, with a number perfect for easy summer holidays, but with a quirky feel.

Hat, No Fear, SportsDirect, £5.00
Shades, RayBan
Tee, Pepsi, Primark, £5.00
Shorts, Primark, £8.00
 Shoes, Converse

It's easy to look gimmicky in an outfit like this, but I say, fuck it. Fashion is a costume, so you might as well play the part. 


Thursday, 29 May 2014

Pre-holiday Pampers: Refinery Facial

I'm preparing for my impending jollies I am. The boyf, a gaggle of besties and I are off to the Spanish east-coast for a spot of sun, sand 'n sangria, and following the rather successful Ultimate Facial I had t'other month, which you can read about here, I knew I couldn't get preened, plucked and pampered for my upcoming holiday without a visit to Skin Health Spa!

This time opting for a men only treatment The Refinery Facial (as if that makes it more butch) I enjoyed a specially concocted 30 minute facial treatment for male skin, designed to leave it refreshed, cleansed and clear. (£65)

My therapist started the treatment off with a double cleanse, using a face wash from Refinery, (£18 here) This simple cleanser primes the skin ready for the treatment and leaves you all fresh and lovely.

Following this, a bit of a scrub. Now, I love a good scrub, I exfoliate about once a week and pay particular attention to my forehead, which can get a little bumpy at times. But, as I've now learnt, that's not necessarily the best thing for our skin! Exfoliating products are often creamy, soap-based products that can dry the skin. When the skin becomes dry, the dead skin can become trapped and this is what creates a bumpy uneven surface. Exfoliating can be the trigger of a vicious cycle! But, my therapist used Aromatherapy Associates Natural Exfoliating Grains (£19 here), a mildly abrasive powder made from crushed seeds, oatmeal etc. that when mixed with a little essential oil, does the job without drying the skin! Bonus!

Look how relaxed I look!

After the scrub, it was time for a mask, to penetrate deep into the skin. The mask was from Refinery again (£27 here) and was a clay based mask with Jojoba, Sandlewood, Ginger and Black pepper. Good enough to eat! Whilst this soaked in, I was treated to a scalp massage. Heaven.

10 minutes later, off it came and then the finishing touches were a splash of Refinery Revitalising Moisturiser (£39.00 here, there's a mattyfing one too if you suffer from oily skin) and a dab of essential oil over my eyes. 

Now my skin is ready to be burnt to a crisp in Spain!


Monday, 26 May 2014

SS14 Look Book: Touch down

I'm not sure why, but I'm a little bit into perforated tees and vests at the moment. Especially sporty numbers. Who knew, I never even did P.E!

Well, anywho, it seems Primark shares my obsession. Wait, before you gasp, yes I went to the northern quarter to check out the vintage stores and their plethora of actual real-life American sportswear. But, it was all a little smelly AND real, so, there was room in those tops for armour and shit. They weren't made for posing in. Hence my Primarni interlude and my £5-8 bargains, thank you very much!

First up, American football. Or as my dad says, Rugby for wusses. 

Shades, RayBan
Top, Coca-Cola, Primark, £5.00
Shorts, Primark, £8.00
Trainers, Adidas, Selfridges, £35.00 SALE

Look, I'm being sporty, and running! The top is a really nice fit, with an authentic feel, which is really important when one's pretending one plays American football whilst sipping Pinot Grigio in the sun, y'know?

The trainers were a steal at the last Selfridges sale and serve me well at my weekly Circuits class. Yes, I do get some exercise.