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Archive for May 28, 2014

Wowcher versus Tyson Fury Fight Night

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Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.” – George Foreman

I have to agree with the lean, mean fat-griller-endorsing machine on this. Boxing to me is very much like jazz – I haven’t got a clue how it works, real fans of it seem near enough mythical and I would definitely not be all that interested in having a go. Aside from the knowledge I have gathered from the Rocky movies (i.e. none whatsoever), I was and still sort of am a virgin when it comes to this, brutal, cinematic spectacle. It doesn’t strike me as a contest for gentlemen like days of old, it’s more like a contest for modern men – not just men, but manly men. Men who like to hit each other in the face. Men who buy tigers and keep them in their homes, men with a penchant for shiny suits, fast cars and going bankrupt. Men.

But I figured a slightly gentler introduction to the sport would appear in the form of the Tyson Fury charity fight night – taking place in the famous Clapham Grand. A night where people would have a few drinks, watch some dedicated sportsmen respectfully do what they do best to each other, and have the proceeds go to a good cause. While it certainly wasn’t exactly gentle, it offered an altogether more charming side to boxing to which I hadn’t really ever been exposed. Read more

HOLI ONE Super-Colourful Saturday Batman!

No we’re not talking about a Saturday spent inside Frankie Dettori’s wardrobe, we’re talking about HOLI ONE Festival of Colour which is taking place all around the UK this summer.

Originally a Hindu celebration of harvests and fertile land, now an alcohol-fuelled rave in a UK park. Whatever the origin of this Holi festival, the spirit of bringing people together and revelling in the mid-afternoon sun is very much alive. Last summer we were lucky enough to get in amongst the powders at the iconic Battersea Power Station.

We arrived at the abandoned car park in Battersea dressed in our crispest white linens ready for our celebration of human togetherness. Once inside, we headed straight to the counter to stock up on bags of paint and then we were ready for battle. At 2pm sharp, the first countdown begun, everyone crouched down clutching their bags of blue, green, orange, yellow…3, 2, 1 and AAAAGH! Absolute chaos. Clouds of colour churned though the crowds attacking clothes and any open mouths or wide eyes. You just had to develop a taste for it as it was impossible not to smile. This process repeated itself every hour and as a result everyone became more and more indistinguishable. There was a short interlude for some traditional Indian dancing, then another countdown. People slowly realised the fun could be magnified if you mixed the paint with water and as the afternoon tired, so did the public. The regimented countdowns gradually degenerated into private paint pelting parties, big kids chasing each other around the concrete confines of Battersea car park with bottles of liquid paint. The day ended with Instagram absolutely saturated and most of Battersea looking like the crash site of two Dulux cargo trucks. A vibrant success. Battersea never looked so beautiful.

Wowcher Does Yazu Sushi

Shake Sashimi – Image by Alexander McBride Wilson: www.alexandermcbridewilson.com

Thou shall have a fishy on a little dishy…or to be more precise, 10 little fishies on little dishies to share between two at Mayfair’s very own Yazu Sushi. Motivated purely by curiosity and not at all by our stomachs, we thought we’d take a closer look… Read more

Spring Bling!

Springtime. The season where fashion blogs burst their stylish banks with the word “transitional”. Have you embarked on the transformation that is ‘updating, tweaking and reshuffling your wardrobe’? Have you swapped ‘faux-fur for fibre fresh cotton’? Spare us, please. Because just as you’re worrying whether to bin the cable knit for a little linen number, we have another idea; pluck out the jewellery box. There’s one trademark accessory that stretches across all seasons – and it’s the trinkets, charms and diamonds, darrrrling. Let’s revive the trends:

Make a bold statement
Vie for attention – and win – with a statement piece intended to captivate all those who cross your gem-encrusted path. Go for gold, and pair vibrant stones against neutral fabrics and gilded chains with achromatic greys. Or add spice to lack-lustre basics with clustered-style necklaces bathed in clashing colour combos. For best results, team geometric designs such as the Aztec-inspired necklace with tencel tees and feather light camisoles.

Fans of the statement piece include: Olivia Palermo, Millie Mackintosh, Louise Thompson and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Restore your shine
Forget frenemies, the reliability of the not-so-humble diamond provides us with all the companionship we’ll ever need. Lovers of this timeless trend include Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie and British icon and girl-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne. Match Black diamonds with subtle sterling silver to enhance its multi-faceted glory.

Go Great Gatsby
Pearls, pearls, pearls. A stone so precious we need to scour the aqua-marine waters of New Zealand and China to prise them from their clammy shells. These milk-coloured beauties come in eight basic shapes: round, semi-round, button, drop, pear, oval, baroque, and circled. Known for their iridescent sheen, and metaphorically for their celestial qualities; why not channel the elegance of Kate Middleton with a pearl heart tri set, consisting of a pendant, bracelet and pair of earrings? Other collectors of the shimmering stone include Whitney Port, Emma Watson and Scarlett Johansson.