After a quiet few weeks (I’ve recently started an awesome new job and been recovering from a chest infection), things are starting to pick up again, and I’ve actually done some pretty cool stuff this week!

Le Boutique Bazaar

Le Boutique Bazaar is something I want to tell you about in more detail at some point soon, so for now I’m just going to say what it is and what I bought. Held at McQueen in Shoreditch, it’s an alternative fashion event, I believe run in conjunction with Torture Garden – think latex, corsets, bondagewear and accessories all with a festishy twist.

Usually things I want at Le Boutique Bazaar are out of my price range, but this time I picked up a couple of things.

Elissa Poppy does some gorgeous lace effect latex pieces, and I bought a really great value (£10!) wrist and ankle cuff set, which will be perfect for an event I’m going to in the next couple of weeks – The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball.

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I also put down a deposit for a bespoke ring collar from Darkest Star. You can see it in the picture below with gold rings – mine will have silver.

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Photo from www.darkeststar.com

At a discounted price of £112.50 it isn’t cheap. But it is really great quality and it’s so very me.

I also won a competition with Beautifully Undressed and got myself a lovely gift set from Tallulah Love with some lacy panties and an eye mask. I never win anything so I was over the moon!

Yelps Golden Ticket Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Event

You’ll have noticed by now that I do quite a lot with Yelp, and this event was one of my favourites so far – there were limited spaces and I was so lucky to get one!

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I’ll be telling you all about it in the next few days – we started with some chocolate making at Hotel Chocolat in Covent Garden and finished with the musical Charlie & The Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane (remember the ghost stories? You can read about them here).

Secret Cinema – 28 Days Later

Another thing I want to tell you about in more detail – Secret Cinema, the 28 Days Later experience. It was SO GOOD. For now, have me and my friends Kat and Georgia in our scrubs and masks…

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Ginder

You know I love gin, right? I mean I even did the blogging for Gin Festival recently (see my post about it here). Oh, and a review of the Gin Explorer subscription box is coming soon. Anyway, I digress.

On Friday I received an invitation (through Yelp) to the Ginder experience at World of Gin in Bethnal Green. Running for this weekend only, World of Gin were hosting half hour gin tasting sessions to match you with your ideal gin and tonic combination. It was fun. And boozy. Check out their upcoming events on their website – I believe they have Cardiff and Birmingham coming up.

Psst… it’s only on writing this that I’ve realised that Ginder is a play on Tinder, it’s all about finding your perfect match. Clever.

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So, that’s about it for this week. But I have another fun filled week coming up, so watch this space!

L xx

All photos my own unless stated otherwise.

Last week I finally got round to visiting The Owls Are Not What They Seem, a Twin Peaks inspired immersive dining experience developed by Lemonade and Laughing Gas and Blanch & Shock.

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Before I start, I should maybe point out that every character and element in the production had been given a similar but not copyright infringing name to those in the show. I lost track a bit, so I’m going to stick with the original names for this post.

The Venue

The location was kept a secret until the day, when it was revealed to be Theatre Delicatessen in Farringdon. Quite an obvious choice really, since they specialise in creating artistic hubs and sets in unused commercial spaces.

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The main area for diner guests was, pretty obviously, a recreation of the Double R Diner (renamed as Wanda’s). It was pretty nicely done, with a lot of attention to detail. Although it would have been good to see the selections on the jukebox to have been from the appropriate decade – but I’m just being picky.

Between courses you were left to wander around the rest of the sets – just off the diner there was the lobby of the Great Northern, a caravan for Dr Jacoby (which I sadly didn’t have a chance to visit but I’m told was great fun), and a room full of owls manned by the Log Lady (guests were encouraged to bring an owl to donate, which I did).

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Upstairs was a bar called ‘Blackjacks’,  where guests were given poker chips (but noone actually played), with bedrooms from One Eyed Jacks just off the main area.

After dinner, we moved on to the main bar, The Owls Nest (if you didn’t want the full dinner experience you could enter the bar only for £6), through a recreation of Laura Palmers bedroom. The bar (obviously themed as the Roadhouse) had further installations, some quite obviously thrown together, as well as some really good ones including a forest and the Black Lodge’s red room.

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The Experience

Fifteen minutes before the show, I joined a huddle of costumed Twin Peaks fans outside – my attendance was very last minute, so I didn’t have a chance to dress accordingly, which was a shame, I think I’d look great in a pastel twin set. Some attendees went all out – there was even a Laura Palmer wrapped only in plastic. Which was brave given that London had just had its first snow of the season.

Once inside, we were given our identities and alibis for the night, as well as a task, before being led through a makeshift sheriffs station, where we were briefly questioned by Deputy Andy, and our fingerprints taken by Lucy.

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I was ‘The Loner’ – a misunderstood soul, having chosen to live the life of a recluse as a political protest against how the town is becoming more and more controlled by big corporations. On the night in question I’d shacked myself to the doors of the latest coffee shop to be taken over by a big faceless corporation.

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My task was to place a Lonely Hearts Ad on the Town Message Board – I was supposed to put my phone number, but I didn’t.

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Our given roles dictated how we were treated by the main town characters – as the loner I didn’t get much interaction which was a shame. The improv from the main characters was a big part of the evening, which I missed out on, aside from a little questioning from Agent Cooper. It was a bit disappointing, as I would have like more involvement. Some guests with more engaging roles seemed to have a much more exciting experience.

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At various points throughout the night (usually around the time food was served to make sure people were at their seats), the lights faded and music changed, and the actors performed scenes which were quite random for the most part. But entertaining nonetheless.

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Once dinner was finished, we congregated in Blackjacks for a closing speech by Agent Cooper, before, while wearing owl masks, being led by the Log Lady through Laura’s bedroom to see her body, before being taken to The Owls Nest.

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We could stay in The Owls Nest and explore as much as we wanted, there was also some stand up from Deputy Andy, and various other cabaret performances.

While in the bar I found a coded note had been placed in my bag – once deciphered I took it to the bar for my next ‘clue’ which comprised of a Twitter challenge. Challenges ranged from taking selfies with strangers to performing group dances on stage.

The Food

On entering the diner we were given cups of cold coffee spiked with Wild Turkey (the sponsors of the event) and sat in booths of six. I was the only one on our table who actually liked the coffee/bourbon combination, so I was a little worse for wear before we’d even had the starters.

This was probably a good thing, because the starter was unanimously decided to be one of the worst dishes any of us had ever been presented with. Served in a coffee cup, it was described as ‘beetroot and chipotle dip with mushroom and black garlic coffee’ – how that related to what we actually were given I’m unsure, it was just a cup of blood coloured soup.

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The Douglas Fir needle dusted ring donuts served on the side were a little better. Edible at least. I’m not sure if you were supposed to dip them in the soup? Someone tried it and warned the rest of us not to.

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The main course (smoked streaky bacon glazed with maple syrup with poached egg, caviar, potatoes and greens) was a big improvement. Well, I thought so – but the whole dish just tasted like maple syrup, which is good for me because I LOVE maple syrup, but others didn’t seem so keen on it.

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And, predictably, dessert was cherry pie. Which unfortunately could not be described as damn fine, but it wasn’t bad. It was served with cherry wood ice cream, which was interesting, and actually quite nice.

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Courtesy of YPlan, I did however have one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had, called a Cherry Bang (Wild Turkey, cherry brandy, lemon, mint and a twist of orange) at the bar in The Owls Nest. And the Old Fashioned wasn’t bad either.

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As a fan of Twin Peaks I had a great time, it was a charming production and the actors played their parts well and really got into character. However, I think it’s definitely an experience that will depend on your knowledge of the show to get the references, otherwise I could see it being confusing and a bit frustrating – without even a good meal to help make up for it.

Overall it could be a much smoother operation, but as a relatively small pop up with a short run, I think they did a fantastic job. I’m excited to see what they’ll come up with next.

L xx

All photos my own.

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I’ve been thinking about doing a little round up of my week type post for a while – it’s a chance to mention things that may not warrant their own post, and give my readers a little look into my (not overly exciting) life.

No better time to start than the present, so here goes!

A couple more tattoos…

Remember me mentioning a little ice cream I was going to get on Friday 13th but didn’t? Well I went back to Laura Gascoyne at Never Say Die in Croydon on Tuesday and had it as a little gap filler to the side of my right breast. It’s super cute. Sorry for the blurry pic!

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I adore Laura – she’s an apprentice but she does a fantastic job and she’s so creative. We came up with some cool ideas for a new piece for me in the New Year, I’m excited!

And on Wednesday I went back to Haunted in Holloway for my first tattoo on my lower legs – a bleeding rose done by Math on the back of my right calf. I love it, but it hurt like a bitch at first (although I managed to nap half way through so it can’t have been that bad!). I’m going back again soon to have a matching one done on my left calf.

My calf is taking its sweet time to heal, so isn’t exactly photogenic just yet – so instead have a pic of the sketch of the idea, courtesy of Math.

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Picture by Math/EvenMoreBlack

The Owls Are Not What They Seem

As a Twin Peaks fan, I couldn’t pass up the chance to go to this immersive dinner performance and pop up bar in Farringdon. You can read all about it here.

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Sonos event

On Saturday I attended a preview event for the new Sonos PLAY:5 speakers at the Sonos Studios in Shoreditch, in conjunction with Joe Blogs. I’ll write more about the event soon – it was very hands on, involving a fun, silly speaker building workshop. And I also discovered their cafe which I loved!

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Dinerama

You know I love my food, right? Well street food is my favourite and there’s no better way for me to spend an evening than eating, drinking and catching up with friends at one of Londons many street food arenas. As a prequel to Luisa from Eat Sleep Luisa Repeat‘s birthday celebrations, a few of us went to Dinerama in Shoreditch.

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This was my first visit to Dinerama since they added the roof for Winter – I was surprised how warm and cosy it is inside! More about Dinerama soon – not just yet though, I still have a few things I need to try first!

So those were the highlights of my week! I’d love to hear if anyone got up to anything good?

L xx

All photos my own unless otherwise stated.