It was my birthday a few weeks ago and to celebrate I decided what better way than with Zoo Lates at London Zoo!
I am obsessed with animals (especially Lions and Penguins) and felt that I just couldn’t pass up this opportunity.
The zoo was filled with exciting things to see and do, we started with the animals, in particular the Africa area. We spent probably far too long laughing at an Okapi’s tongue, watched a graceful giraffe, braved the nocturnal section, searched for the illusive sumatran tiger, partied with the penguins, longed after lions and much more!
My favourites, of course, were the Lions and Penguins. The Lions we’re so close to the glass I could’ve touched them! The penguins unfortunately stayed towards the back of their enclosure, but then again it was right before they closed so maybe they were all tired. I pulled a penguin pose for the camera and then tried to steal one of the cardboard cut outs…Or at least thought about stealing it…
They also had lots of bars, all with a different theme such as the playroom where you could have a wrestling match, hula hoop, play jenga and even twister! There was a silent disco where everyone wears headphones which the music is played through, hilarious to listen too when you take them off and hear everyone singing out of tune. There was also a big international food market with lots of tasty delights to sample.
I wore a bright, high waisted, tribal skirt to to give off an African feel and matched it with a bright orange crop top and sandals. I felt quite…naked. I’m not used to going out in such little clothing, but it was really warm and so i didn’t regret it.
I even painted my nails to match with the animal theme!
The whole event was very well run. There were loads of things to do, not just seeing the animals, the staff were extremely helpful and the atmosphere was electric! The animals started going to bed (or so we were told) at 8:30 and gradually the enclosures were closed off until everyone was in the ‘entertainments’ area for the last half hour.
Afterwards we carried on the party in Camden, always a fun place to go.
The day after was my actual birthday. I decided what better way to celebrate and recover from the night before than by having a bbq! We borrowed a friends garden and bbq and then had a nice, relaxed afternoon chilling in the sun (if you ignore the random downpour that stopped as suddenly as it started!)
For the bbq I decided to dress up a bit still and wore one of my favourite dresses. I bought it at a festival and have always loved the way it poofs out in the skirt. The fabric is also really pretty, I fell in love with it at first sight!
I kept myself warm with a cute, batwing cardigan from warehouse.
I made these earrings ages ago and found they matched perfectly! I really like the little red and blue beads and was experimenting with using suade, i think they turned out really nice.
The bag is from Zatchels and was a suprise birthday gift from my sister! Zatchels are all handmade and just exquisite. I absolutely love it and it even has a little space for one of my business cards to be on display! They come in a wide range of colours and patterns too.
It was a really great birthday! Hopefully next years will be just as good!
I’ve been bad and haven’t quite gotten round to much sewing, but I do have another competition for you all!
Again it’s for a Penguin Theory Tote bag with your choice of lining (to be discussed with the lucky winner)
It’s easy to enter: Just tell me what your favourite penguin is! Simples!
I have a handy little thing from rafflecopter this time as well. You can enter here on my facebook page
Remember you can also buy this bag on my Etsy and 20% of every sale goes to the RSPB to help save rockhopper penguins!
you only have 7 hours left to enter my giveaway for this fab tote bag!
the competition will close at midnight tonight so hurry! There’s already been lots of great entries!
After months of promising a competition finally I have gotten round to it.
Up for grabs is this cute, summery tote bag, a great addition to any summer wardrobe! Perfect for adults and children alike. 🙂 Even The Penguin Theory’s Penguin wants it!
Myself and The Penguin Theory Mascot realised that he doesn’t have a name, this upset us both greatly. We racked our brains for a suitable name but just couldn’t decide on one so we want YOU to help!
So how can you help? It’s SIMPLE!
Just comment on this blog and/or this image on facebook with the name you think would be perfect for him and that’s it, done!
Of course don’t forget to follow and like so you know if you’ve won or not! 😉
Each person can enter twice (once on facebook and once on here) and I will put all the names into a hat (or most likely a bag) to be drawn in a weeks time.
The Penguin Theory
So again i’ve been a terrible blogger. I have a lot catch up with!
Anyways, I thought a good way to get back into blogging again would be to search around Folksy for the best christmassy items I can find. Partly to enter an awesome competition, partly to give myself ideas for what to make.
I have tried to look through a lot of different categories to try and get a nice range of things to inspire me.
These are in no particular order of preferance, but here are 18 quirky and fun christmassy things I felt deserved to be on Folksy’s front page! (This took me far longer to do than I care to admit)
1. Decorative Ball
I have always loved this shop (thepicapica), it’s always full of really unusual things and this ‘Decorative Ball’ is no exception. It’s just so intricate and pretty, I would love to have this hanging up no matter what time of year!
2. Penguin Decorations
Not only are these ridiculously cute, but I really love penguins (and the penguin theory!). And as a plus they are all unique as they are cut separately! I can already see different personality in each of these in the picture. You can find these penguins here.
3. Paper Decoration
I love the hint of festive colour in this ‘Eco-Friendly’ paper decoration. The intricate patterns really make this look unique and, in my point of view, a big statement piece. But don’t worry, you don’t need to hammer nails into your wall, they do come with a thread to hang it on, as well as a variety of colours and styles to match your christmas theme.
4. Snowman Kit
When I first saw this Snowman kit I was thinking ‘What is wrong with just using a real carrot and stones?’, but the more I thought about it the better this seemed. I mean the amount of hats and scarfs that have been ruined from being left out until the muddy sludge saturated them beyond repair in my own family alone is pretty high, and having a special outfit set aside for the snowman to be dressed in just seems to make the moment even more special.
5. Snowflake Necklace
Again I’m attracted to the modern look of this snowflake necklace. I think even the little dot of silver adds to the look, and don’t even get me started on the cute ‘WivWuv’ heart at the end letting you know where you got it from, I think I need to figure out how to make those tags for my own shop…
6. Personalised Letter from Santa
If anything will keep the kids believing for a little longer it would be a personalised letter from santa, and, for the kids still fully convinced, what a way to add a little extra magic! I know I would have loved one of these as a kid in amongst my stocking presents, I doubt my mum would have appreciated the glitter though…
7. Rudolf Card
Not only is this handmade/hand-drawn Rudolf Card ridiculously cute, but it’s also recycled for all you environmentally friendly out there! It’s even got a cute story of how she made Rudolf’s nose red. Everything about this just makes me get a little warm feeling inside. I didn’t think that was possible from a christmas card…
8. Noel Glass Bunting
If you’re a fan of glass work and quirky little items, then RedBrickGlass is just perfect for you. They have a range of glass work, including this Noel Bunting. Who knew you could make bunting look so classy? They also do an amazing range of fairy lights which I am dying to buy for my room! Shame I have no money. I really recommend checking them out for unusual glass decorations.
9. Metal Stamped Baubles
Again i’ve gone for the unusual. I think these metal baubles would look amazing glinting in-between the branches of a tree.
10. Christmas Tree Tote Bag
Not only does this Tote Bag come with a Jingly bell, but it can also double up as stocking or a giftbag (as well as being fair trade). I don’t know about you, but, now I think about it, I’d love a festive bag to match my festive outfits.
11. Christmas Tree Wrapping Paper
If you’re anything like me, you will be obsessive about making your presents looking that little bit extra special. I love this christmas tree paper and think it would make my gifts stand out amongst the rest. It is also available in different colours.
12. Reindeer Gift Tags
Once you’ve got your wrapping paper you will need name tags so you don’t forget which is which. How about these cute reindeer ones? Simple, cute, pretty. All you need from a gift tag!
Once you’ve bought
13. Christmas Pudding Apron
Obviously food is a big thing at christmas and any festive cook needs a festive apron to match! This cute apron just seems perfect for the job! Yum indeed!
14. Robin Napkins
Want to add a bit of festive fun to your table? These handprinted linen napkins with a cute little robin are the perfect addition! Matching place mats are also available.
15. Snowfall Soap
Not only is this soap quite stunning to look at but so is its box! The only problem is I think i’d be too scared to even use it…
16. Glass Blown Baubles
Who wouldn’t want these show stoppers hanging on their christmas tree? All I can say is that these look stunning.
17. Christmas Robins
How can you not want something as cute as this robin? I can already see it perching on top of my fireplace.
18. Christmas Rag Wreath
I’ve never really been a fan of the christmas wreath, they just seemed a bit pointless and not very pretty to me, but this one seems to have changed my mind. It’s cute, pretty and reusable! A nice modern twist on the traditional wreath.
Now go do some christmas shopping.
Till next time! Stay Happy!
Well it’s been a busy few weeks and it’s about to get even busier!
First off i went for an actors evaluation a couple of weeks ago with a company that seems to be quite well known (at least they’ve trained a few famous people and just got someone a main role in skins). It didn’t go amazingly well, but wasn’t a complete failure either. It was clear that I have no idea about the audition process (having never even touched on it before), my lisp is about ten times worse on camera that it is face to face, my acting is too used to the stage and not the camera.
Basically it came about that I had potential, but there was a lot of work to be done. I’ve signed up for some courses with them and hopefully by the end of it i’ll be invited into their agency!
Other exciting news, after I got my sewing machine for my birthday I’ve started trying to make some random things, and I’ve actually been quite impressed with the results!
First I made a small pouch, then a very wonky but pretty purse, followed by a nice bag. The bag i’m actually very impressed with. Now i’m making a new, bigger bag to take with me to V Fest this friday.
Talking about V Fest, I have a spare ticket and would definitely appreciate someone buying it. (Shameless Plug)
I can’t wait! I’m sure it’ll be amazing!
Next week i’m also going away…to Amsterdam. It’s a friends 21st and so we’re going to have a manly weekend. Apparently I have to act like a guy, so basically not scream at the thought of a sex museum and porn show. I think I can handle that.
Oh yeah, and did I mention I’ve also signed up for scuba diving lessons? I’ve always wanted to do it and just found theres a club in my town. Should be pretty awesome!
‘Till next time!