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22.8.14

Stand Seven

Daisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: STAND Seven, artisan bracelets, jewellery for charity

Artisan bracelet by STANDSEVEN.
Currently can't stop wearing my Stand Seven woven bracelet. It's got the prettiest plait detail and little gold trims, and better yet, the boutique behind it has a super interesting cause.

Stand Seven is an online destination that supports artisans and their craft. Bringing together makers and customers, I was pleasantly surprised by this little gift that dropped through my letterbox. I always see these woven, threaded bracelets as a super summery thing, now hand-in-hand with the sentiments of festivals and boho lifestyle.

If you're a regular reader of Daisybutter, you'll know I'm not a huge throwaway jewellery sort of girl. The bracelet I regularly wear is a white gold number that I've had since I was 14 and my necklace is a timeless piece that my parents gifted to me for my 20th birthday. However Stand Seven carefully curate ethical products, creating a human connection between the artisan maker and their customer. From sustainable components to simply supporting smaller, organic businesses, I love that my new bracelet has a meaningful social impact.

20.8.14

Bose Festivals × Glasgow Summer Sessions

Daisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Bose Festivals
Daisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Bose Yozilla headphones, Glasgow Summer Sessions, Bose Festivals, #ListenForYourselfDaisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Bose Yozilla headphones, Glasgow Summer Sessions, Bose Festivals, #ListenForYourself
Daisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Bose Yozilla headphones, Glasgow Summer Sessions, Bose Festivals, #ListenForYourself
Daisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Bose Yozilla headphones, Glasgow Summer Sessions, Bose Festivals, #ListenForYourselfDaisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Bose Yozilla headphones, Glasgow Summer Sessions, Bose Festivals, #ListenForYourself

Bose Festivals: Glasgow Summer Sessions.
2014 is the year that I decided to say "yes!" to more opportunities, push myself to be a little more and to explore new avenues. With that in mind, 2014 is also the year that I finally caved to festival fever and last week I headed along to Glasgow Summer Sessions with Bose, who are festival hopping this summer with their Yozilla headphones.

Glasgow Summer Sessions was unlike anything I've ever experienced. David Guetta was headlining and I didn't know what to expect from a day of DJ sets, but despite that, the crowd went insane all day. Glaswegians are so friendly and welcoming - from a gal who is more accustomed to London and hometown life! Even with extreme rain and wind, it was the perfect atmosphere for the competition that Bose are running alongside their #ListenForYourself campaign.

Daisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Bose Yozilla headphones, Glasgow Summer Sessions, Bose Festivals, #ListenForYourselfDaisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Bose Yozilla headphones, Glasgow Summer Sessions, Bose Festivals, #ListenForYourself

Bose's Yozilla headphones are a new on-ear headphone - they're ideal for a stylish on-the-go wear and are made with soft foam making them really comfy. While they're not as en pointe as their classic over-ears, they give a good sound and I really like them for running and at-home wear. Plus check dat colour tho.

To celebrate the launch of the Bose Yozilla headphones, we invited festival-goers to Tweet us their best fashionable festival selfies to be edited and featured on the Bose advert. GSS was the ideal place and platform to convince festival-goers to snap and send photos to us and we received some amazing photos. It was so fun and kinda surreal to judge and select the winners, and then watch the advert unveiling before David Guetta's set. (Sidenote: David Guetta's set was amazing.)


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Bose via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Bose.

18.8.14

Becoming A Bubbleology Mixologist

Daisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: bubbleology, making bubble tea
Daisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: bubbleology, making bubble tea
Daisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: bubbleology, making bubble tea
Daisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: bubbleology, making bubble tea
Daisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: bubbleology, making bubble tea
Daisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: bubbleology, making bubble tea

Bubbleology Notting Hill, 45 Pembridge Road, London, W11 3HG.
As a token Chinese blogger, it was pretty much a no-brainer when I was invited to the Notting Hill branch of Bubbleology for a little soiree. I drink bubble tea all the time, there's an awesome bubble tea stall outside my apartment in Hong Kong, and I think one of my most commonly asked questions is 'what even is bubble tea?'.

Put simply, bubble tea is a classic tea or tea-infused drink with tapioca pearls or popping boba mixed in, originating from Taiwan who often label the beverage as their national drink. I always see bubble tea as a sweetened milk tea with tapioca pearls, a beverage I've had since I was a little 'un exploring Hong Kong for the first time. But I was really excited to hang out with the team and a handful of other bloggers and my sister to try some 'New-Gen' tea-infused versions.

My favourite was probably the white peach tea with lychee boba and tapioca pearls that I grabbed on the way out: super refreshing and light with a sweet, fruity taste. Just can't get enough of them tapioca pearls. I also tried the honeydew and vanilla tea which was surprisingly good - creamy, rich, fruity and light all at the same time.

To celebrate my sister (#Babybutter!) getting amazing A-level results and subsequently being accepted to her University of choice, I mixed up a cocktail bubble tea for her. Made up of a pina colada base, lychee jelly and passionfruit popping boba, it tasted darn good but I went just a tad heavy on the jelly much to the team's amusement. It's safe to say my future as a Mixologist is still far far away!

16.8.14

I'm going to Glasgow!


Be right back Daisies, I'm in the taxi on the way to the airport and headed to Glasgow for the weekend with Bose to hang out at Glasgow Summer Sessions. I've packed my headphones, rain mac, more shoes than hours I'll be spending there, my Instax Mini 8 and, better yet, Lily is with me for the ride. See you on the other (muddy) side and keep up with me on Twitter and Instagram!

14.8.14

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

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Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a novel that I picked up on a whim after seeing it on another blog. A contemporary tale that pitches fairytales against realism, it was worlds apart from what I imagined it’d be, exploring traditional fairy stories, familial relationships and plenty more.

The story opens with a girl - Tara - showing up on her parents’ doorstep. It’s Christmas Day and she’s been missing for 20 years and yet she claims it has only been six months. Little by little, the story unravels to recount the teenage angst fuelled events before she disappears in the Outlands with a mysterious ‘fairy’ likened Hiero. The chapters flit between different characters and their points of view, giving a well rounded story that sizes up realism against fairytales and wanting to believe. I found the story really interesting after an initial slow start, full of engaging ideas from the therapist, wonderment from Tara and Hiero, and heartbreaking reality from her brother and family.

I rated Some Kind of Fairy Tale 3 stars over on Goodreads. While I enjoyed it, the pace was tough with varying points of view and ultimately I felt that the story could have been developed further. I was completely engrossed in the fair folk’s world and way of life, yet the best parts were only truly revealed towards the latter part of the novel. Could this have been better balanced? Yes.

While I expected a whimsical tale of fairies and fantasy, I got half of the deal and then a story that only partly told itself by the end. I wasn’t wholly disappointed but am now pining for more. I’d recommend giving it a go if you’re interested in traditional fairy and folk tales and would love to hear your thoughts!