52 weeks in Brum

Emma Victoria Stokes

The Thing Thang

  • The ‘sticky sandwich’ nail hack to making polish last (ad•gifted)
    by Ting on 14th April 2021 at 6:30 am

    There is something a little bit throwback about the ‘sticky sandwich’ nail hack. I first discovered it years ago before gel nails became my go to. I’m hard on my hands so finding ways for nail polish to look good beyond two days is a challenge. With the ongoing pandemic restrictions, I’ve rediscovered the ‘sticky sandwich’ nail hack as a way to make regular nail polish last. The basis of this technique is to sandwich your colour nail polish between layers of a ‘sticky’ base coat. I love to use the Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat (£14.99). This works with any brand or colour […]

  • Pixi Beauty Rose Bodytreats (ad•gifted)
    by Ting on 26th March 2021 at 7:30 am

    I am a huge fan of the Pixi Beauty Rose range of skincare. It’s hydrating and caring for my dry and dehydrated skin. Excitingly, Pixi Beauty have brought out a range called Rose Bodytreats. This is what my skin needs in the lead up to spring. It’s a time when I might dare to put away those winter woolies and reach for the lighter layers instead. The first Rose Bodytreats product is the Pixi Beauty Rose Body Cleanser (£18). This is a nourishing cream body cleanser . The formula is rich in flower oils so it gently cleanses skin whilst also hydrating and softening. I found this rich cream […]

  • Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant (ad•gifted)
    by Ting on 18th January 2021 at 7:30 am

    There’s nothing more satisfying than finding a decent face mask to pep my skin during all this time at home. It’s so important to use a good exfoliating product once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells. This helps active skincare products to absorb better into skin, helps makeup apply better and improves the general health of bare skin. I have been using the Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant (£55) in my Sunday self care routine for the past few months and loving it. The Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant is a hydrating and exfoliating mask treatment. It suits all skin types but […]

  • Little Blackwood bao at home | pandemic life
    by Ting on 14th December 2020 at 7:30 am

    Trying to arrange a birthday celebration during a pandemic is challenging. Our usual celebrations involve meals and possibly drinks out with friends and family. Maybe even multiple outings depending on the occasion. With the current pandemic, we are adapting so we marked my husband’s birthday with a Little Blackwood bao takeaway. We had some good fortune that Little Blackwood were doing their bao specials at the right time. It’s not their usual offering but with covid19, businesses are doing what they can to adapt to ever changing guidelines. We ordered a Family Bao Box (£79), with 20 […]

  • The ethical Christmas jumper to wear all year round
    by Ting on 7th December 2020 at 7:30 am

    Trying to dress more sustainably for me involves thinking about all the ways I can utilise what I have. I don’t want to keep buying things for one specific occasion without considering longevity and cost per wear. Given that most of my clothes are currently in storage whilst I await my house move, I was considering how I was going to dress for the colder British winter – and Christmas. I found a few great options but this ethical Christmas jumper (£34) from Rock on Ruby is perfect as it works all year round – not just the lead up to 25th December. Firstly, the slogan speaks to my […]

The Gastronomic Gorman

  • Taste The Quarter at Birmingham Whisky Club
    by Chloe Victoria on 4th September 2018 at 5:24 pm

    What does the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham taste like? According to Amy Seton, founder of The Birmingham Whisky Club located on the JQ’s Vyse Street, it tastes of craft beer, innovative cocktails and some really good whisky. I was invited

  • Scotts of Harborne
    by Chloe Victoria on 16th August 2018 at 12:00 pm

    How can a courgette, a rather unexciting vegetable, become an absolute sensation? To answer that question, you’ll have to try the courgette fritters at Scott’s of Harborne. After a particularly boozy affair at Brumderland’s whisky tasting at The Anchor, a

  • Whisky Tasting at The Anchor with Brumderland
    by Chloe Victoria on 13th August 2018 at 5:21 pm

    For those of you who’ve been reading my blog a while, you’ll know that I’m no stranger to whisky. Ever since I met Vicky from Brumderland, she’s been introducing me to wonderful whiskies at every opportunity. Vicky put on a

  • Gastro Goings On – Summer 2018
    by Chloe Victoria on 9th August 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Despite giving the bigger food festivals a miss this year (you can read my posts about Foodies Festival & the BBC Good Food Show from previous years) I’ve still managed to spend pretty much every weekend eating and drinking my

  • A Night Out in the JQ with MyBull
    by Chloe Victoria on 7th August 2018 at 4:16 pm

    The Jewellery Quarter is, for want of a better phrase, one of Birmingham’s hidden gems. It’s somewhere I don’t get to often enough, but thanks to the MyBull keyring – from the team that brings you Birmingham Updates –I got to

Strangeness & Charm

  • Making your eyes pop
    by Hayley on 30th April 2021 at 7:49 am

    While we are wearing masks the majority of the time, I’ve found that a lot of people aren’t making much effort with makeup, myself included. I just don’t see the point of spending time on it just to then cover it up with a mask. Instead, I’ve been working on making me eyes pop and using my favourite, tried and tested products on my brows. Eyes Something that I have never really used before is liquid eyeshadow. I’ve always been a fan of powder eyeshadows, trying multiple colours and blending them together. However, liquid eyeshadow is so much easier to use. You can even apply it with […]

  • Tell Tale Signs Your Kitchen Needs an Upgrade
    by Hayley on 29th April 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Is there a room in the home more important than the kitchen? This is often referred to as the beating heart of the home and where you cook up delicious meals to enjoy as a household. Additionally, with so many people WFH, the kitchen has taken on even greater significance with it being used more often by many. The kitchen is also a space that can become worn, especially when there is a lot of heat and moisture being produced. So, what are a few signs that your kitchen could do with an upgrade? Worn Cabinets You can often tell the condition of a kitchen simply by looking at the condition of […]

  • Fake tan prep
    by Hayley on 29th April 2021 at 1:38 pm

    As the weather is getting a bit warmer, I’ve been wearing more dresses and shorts. When I’m getting my legs out, I like to add a bit of colour to them with some fake tan. Over the years I’ve tried many different ones, from the cheapest of the cheap to the high end brands. I’ve found that it doesn’t really matter which fake tan you use if your skin isn’t properly prepared for it. Bath time prep I always prep my skin in the bath, I love a long soak with a bath bomb. I find it really relaxing to chill out with some fancy scented bath water. This time around, I used one from […]

  • The Top Cosmetic Dental Procedures to Makeover your Smile
    by Hayley on 22nd April 2021 at 11:00 am

    In recent years, having an A-lister smile has become a common desire, with many turning to cosmetic dentistry to achieve it. While these procedures shouldn’t be taken lightly or done as a response to societal pressures to have perfect teeth, they can be a saving grace for those with long-term dental imperfections.  If your teeth are noticeably flawed or damaged from accidents, lack of oral hygiene, or deciding against braces as a teen, and it’s had an ongoing impact on your self-esteem, you don’t need to suffer in silence. There are several dental treatments to help you attain the […]

  • My Home Fragrance favourites
    by Hayley on 31st March 2021 at 12:34 pm

    By now you should know that I am a huge fan of candles and home fragrance. Over lockdown I’ve even started making my own inspired by my favourite scents. It’s been a long process and is hard to get everything right, so until I’ve mastered the perfect wick I’m still loving my monthly candle deliveries from Notino. Bath & Bodyworks Bath & Bodyworks are forever going to be my favourite candle brand. When I was in the USA, I wanted to take every single scent home with me. Unfortunately, I could only fit three small candles in my suitcase with all of the other things I’d been […]

Digital Birmingham

  • Digital Leaders Week® 2021 Registrations Now Open
    by suritasolanki on 13th May 2021 at 10:30 am

    Official Press Release from Digital Leaders: Digital Leaders, the national initiative promoting digital transformation, leadership and innovation has today launched registration for the UK’s 5th Digital Leaders Week®.  As we unlock the UK’s economy, this is the biggest gathering of people focused on three key questions our organisations face during this accelerated period of digital transformation: What works? How to? And where can we get advice? There are over 100 sessions, 150 speakers and 70,000 free places online covering 12 topics, 4 sectors and 10 UK regions. Over […]

  • 5PRING and West Midlands Local Authorities challenge innovators
    by suritasolanki on 11th May 2021 at 11:00 am

    OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM WM5G 5PRING and West Midlands Local Authorities challenge innovators to lead the 5G ‘Smart Cities’ revolution Innovators in the UK health, social, and public services industries are challenged to help lead the 5G revolution with 5PRING and local authorities within the region The ‘Smart Cities’ challenge lets businesses test, trial and apply 5G solutions in a live environment 5PRING – the consortium delivering the UK’s first 5G commercial application accelerators – is now working with West Midlands local authorities to […]

  • West Midlands tram system goes digital
    by suritasolanki on 10th May 2021 at 10:26 am

    West Midlands Metro network has installed a digital radio communications system to run its tram operations as part of a £1.3bn upgrade. Over the coming years the network will triple in size with further additional trams, upgrades to depot-maintenance facilities and operations control centre. Future network The new radio system is being designed and deployed by TES Communication Solutions and will add further enhanced voice and data capability for the current and future network for Transport for West Midlands, part of West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). Included in the upgrade […]

  • Social Media, Gaming & Keeping Children Safe Online
    by suritasolanki on 7th April 2021 at 10:30 am

    Keeping young people safe online has never been more critical, and parents are often left feeling on the back foot when it comes to knowing the latest online trends and how to support their child to navigate them.  Online issues from screen addiction through to grooming, misinformation and online abuse have accelerated during the pandemic. That is why leading online safety organisation Digital Awareness UK has teamed up with Vodafone to offer schools and organisations a FREE Social Media, Gaming & Keeping Children Safe Online webinar for parents and carers, delivered by a team of […]

  • ​The West Midlands needs your views on 5G!
    by suritasolanki on 24th March 2021 at 11:00 am

    WM5G are gathering the opinions of West Midlands business leaders on how you think 5G will transform business, healthcare, travel and leisure in the region. To thank you for your valuable time, they are offering respondents the chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher by completing the entry form at the end of the survey! The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and they’ll only request your contact details at the end if you’d like to enter the prize draw – just so they can contact you if you’re drawn as the winner. Complete the […]

John Tyrrell

    by John on 17th April 2021 at 6:21 pm

    ISSUES & RESOURCES Sign posting human & multi-media resources to schools & beyond to combat inequalities, racism and injustice arising from our colonial experience.  ISSUES Introduction A group of teachers working through 70s, 80s and 90s, much of the time in Birmingham, are responding to requests for help and support in the present climate when

  • The Sewell Report
    by John on 14th April 2021 at 9:51 am

    2021 and another report on racism. Following on Black Lives Matter and the inequalities laid bare for all to see by Covid 19 and once more a disproportionate proportion of the burden on the Black community, particularly those working at the front line, in hospitals, in the care services. This latest report requested by the

  • Black Lives Matter. Implementing Rampton and Swann
    by John on 4th March 2021 at 7:30 pm

    In 2020 Black Lives Matter became a universal cry after another death of a Black person, George Floyd, caused uproar re-opening the Civil Rights’ Movement action 4 decades earlier. At the same time the pandemic, Covid 19, also laid bare gross inequalities, not least Black people, many of whom were prominent on the front line

  • Marketing Covid 19. Why testing won’t work in the UK
    by John on 17th September 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Testing for the presence of the Covid 19 virus was put into private hands like everything else in the world of neoliberal ideas – more or less dominating the whole of planet Earth. Questions were asked from the very beginning why Serco should be entrusted with tracking and tracing when they have shown themselves to

  • Re-opening schools
    by John on 26th May 2020 at 9:53 am

    The Socialist Labour Party issued the following statement from its Leader, Arthur Scargill on 2nd May, 2020 No Schools, Colleges or Universities should be re-opened until there is a drug to cure anyone infected by the virus or we have a vaccine to prevent it. In the event that a decision is made to re-open

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