Jewellery brand of the month: Kitschy Kittens

The next brand I’m going to explore is:

KITSCHY KITTENS

Kitschy Kittens are based in Australia and make cute acrylic brooches with a distinctive look.

I bought this Harry Potter-inspired Hogwarts castle brooch.

Hogwarts brooch

This Spooky Time clock brooch is on my wishlist.

Spooky Time brooch

I also love this Once Upon a Time brooch.

Once Upon a Time brooch

The Little Mermaid is my favourite Disney film, so I love this Ariel brooch.

Ariel brooch

This Alice in Wonderland brooch is beautiful too.

Find Kitschy Kittens at the following locations:

Website: kitschykittens.bigcartel.com

Instagram: instagram.com/kitschykittens

Facebook: facebook.com/kitschykittensdesign

200 Years of Polar Exploration

exhibition poster

The auction house Spink held an exhibition entitled 200 Years of Polar Exploration recently, featuring artefacts that have never been on display before, including photographs, equipment, medals and other memorabilia, from the expeditions of Scott and Shackleton, to 21st century explorations led by figures such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes and the late Henry Worsley.

The exhibition was staged in aid of The Endeavour Fund, which aims to help wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans use outdoor challenges and sport as part of their recovery and rehabilitation. This was the charity promoted by Worsley, who took part in several Antarctic expeditions before tragically dying of peritonitis during his 2016 attempt to make the world’s first unaided Antarctic crossing. One of the items on display was his pair of skis, decorated before their use by his children – a moving and poignant sight.

Other items included medals, and photographs from the Heroic Age and later. As always, I loved the opportunity to explore artefacts re;ated to Antarctic exploration and its history.

Christina Aguilera (The X Tour) at Wembley Arena

Christina Aguilera on stage

I’ve been a fan of Christina Aguilera since I was at school, so I was excited to finally see her live at Wembley Arena. The X Tour featured plenty of songs from Christina’s massive back catalogue. My only issue was that there were so many songs, some of them were shortened: I’d rather she picked fewer songs and sang the full versions, but maybe that’s just me!

Overall I loved the concert, Christina sounded amazing and it was brilliant to hear iconic tracks like ‘Fighter’ and ‘Dirrty’ live.

Setlist

  • Bionic
  • Your Body (Martin Garrix Remix)
  • Genie in a Bottle
  • The Voice Within
  • Dirrty
  • Vanity (Shortened)
  • Express (Shortened)
  • Lady Marmalade
  • Can’t Hold Us Down
  • Sick of Sittin’
  • Maria
  • Makes Me Wanna Pray (Shortened)
  • What a Girl Wants (Shortened)
  • Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You) (Shortened)
  • Say Something (with Luke Edgemon)
  • Ain’t No Other Man
  • Candyman
  • Accelerate (Shortened)
  • Moves Like Jagger
  • Feel This Moment
  • Beautiful
  • Fighter

Encore

  • Let There Be Love

Marina (Love + Fear Tour Part 2) at the Hammersmith Apollo

Marina

After loving Marina’s spring 2019 concert, I bought a ticket to her November gig at the Hammersmith Apollo, part of Part 2 of her Love + Fear tour. It was good to be able to see her at a more traditional gig venue.

Some of the songs she performed were the same as last time, but there were a few new ones added, such as ‘I’m Not Hungry Anymore’, a track I’d never heard before, and my fave ‘Teen Idle’.

Setlist

LOVE

  • Handmade Heaven
  • Hollywood
  • Primadonna
  • Enjoy Your Life
  • I Am Not a Robot
  • To Be Human
  • Superstar
  • Froot
  • Orange Trees
  • Teen Idle

FEAR

  • Believe in Love
  • Bubblegum Bitch
  • Emotional Machine
  • No More Suckers
  • I’m Not Hungry Anymore
  • Karma
  • Oh No!
  • Baby (with Clean Bandit)

Encore

  • End of the Earth
  • How to Be a Heartbreaker