Friday, 31 August 2012

Something for the Weekend

The cinema industry just isn't what it used to be, is it?  What was once an exciting, magical experience has, for many, become a bit of a let down with regards to seating (uncomfortable) and food (stale popcorn and hot dogs? No thanks). And with films becoming so accessible online and on DVD so soon after the film's initial release, it’s no wonder film-lovers are reluctant to spend their money on such a miserable experience. It's about time someone shook up this industry to make it something cinema goers want to get involved with!  

Well luckily, a couple of cinemas out there have done just that.  The Aubin Cinema in Shoreditch and The Lounge at Odeon Whiteley's have gone the extra mile and a half to bring something new to cinema.  

The Aubin is located in the basement of the Aubin and Wills store on Redchurch Street, and offers comfy sofas and cushions, and blankets and a footstool for added comfort, and the cinema only seats 45 people which adds to the intimate environment in which to enjoy your film.  The small cinema bar offers a wide range or beers wines and spirits, and the wine cooler by your seat will keep your white wine cold for the duration of the film.

The Lounge offers a somewhat move lavish and personal experience.  The entrance to the cinema is via mirrored staircase, which opens into a luxurious bar akin to that of a 5 star hotel.  The concierge takes you to your fully automated reclining seat where he will then take your order for food and drinks.  But gone are stale popcorn and drinks in plastic cups, The Lounge offers gourmet dishes such as fried calamari and thai dressing or a passionfruit cheesecake, and a wide selection of wines, beers and cocktails.  And don't worry about having to rest your drink in a cup holder or balancing food on your lap as tables are provided.  All the food is designed to be easy to eat while enjoying a film - the majority of items are finger food or can be eaten with a fork or spoon.

Needless to say, the only bad thing about either of these cinemas is having to get up and go home!

The Aubin: from £6
The Lounge: from £12

By Eve Hegarty

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Drum Roll...

The ninth issue of Cellardoor has finally launched, and boy are we excited! 

Inside you'll find an interview with the talented illustrator Rosie Lovelock, 3 bloggers tell us what's in their suitcase and we list our top summer reads. Not to mention a gorgeous editorial shot on Brighton beach! 

So what are you waiting for, turn those pages... 

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Meet... Gh0stparties

Our latest instalment of Meet... the bloggers series sees us chat to Kate from Gh0stparties. Whose obsession for all things beauty has us glued to her youtube videos. Read on to find out more about the girl behind the blog... and her Jedward secret! 

Ok, first up who is Gh0st Parties?
 Gh0stparties is me, Kate. I'm 21 and live in London (soon to be Glasgow!) I spend absolutely all my time blogging about beauty and fashion! I'm obsessed with skincare and I have an unhealthy addiction to all thing internet related. 

 How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place?
 I guess it would be coming up to two years now (wow!) and I'm not sure how I got in to it as I hadn't heard of blogs at the time but I had finished uni and I was getting more and more in to beauty products and I started writing about them. After I found the beauty community it inspired me to post more and be more engaged and it's just taken off from there. 

What inspires your blog posts?
 In all honesty, I don't read too many other blogs as I try not to be influenced too much by what other people are buying (so difficult!), I want to test products myself, products that I would buy anyway and not items that are hyped up at the time, to keep my blog original and to stay ahead of the trends. Of course, there are some blogs and bloggers that I adore and I guess they inspire me, as well as my non-blogger friends who are never sure where to start when it comes to beauty or style. Inspiration is all around me, I guess! 

 How would you describe your style?
 I would say grunge mixed with girly, I like trends but I love to give my own take on them and I only wear what suits my shape.

We love watching your youtube videos, have you got any advice for any other bloggers who are thinking of doing their own?
 I would absolutely say not to over think it, take the plunge and brush off any negative comments. YouTube is different from blogging and I think when I started my channel (much later than my blog), a lot of followers of mine expected me to be perfect from day one but it does take a bit of getting used to so keep at it. The awkwardness and bad habits will ease out eventually and you will always get more positive comments than negative so always, always concentrate on the good! I have some awful habits that are always pointed out to me in the comments but life's too short to worry about it. 

 What three items can you not live without?
 My iPhone, Copella apple juice and REN face masks. 

 What do you get up to when you're not blogging?
 I scale the country a lot as my family and friends live in Scotland - you will usually find me in a bar in Glasgow with my boyfriend or in bed watching Revenge. Mainly though, I blog or think about blogging! 

 Tell us something no one else knows about you...
 I once met Jedward and got their autograph and my picture with them. No shame. None. 

 And lastly, what's your favourite thing about Summer?
 Impromptu picnics in the park in the evening with rosé wine and strawberries and the best people.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Summer Curry

Sweet potato and coconut curry with mango and coconut fritters and lime syrup

This weekend (despite the rain!) we got in touch with our summery side: surprising what you can do with coconut and mango!

Mango and coconut fritters
28g coconut flakes (cut from fresh coconut)
4 mango chunks (cut from 1/2 large mango)
1 egg
¼ tsp baking powder
Cornflour (enough to cover the mango chunks)

Sweet potato, coconut and mango curry
2 cloves fresh garlic (chopped)
1 large onion (diced)
280g Basmati rice
1 sweet potato (cut into chunks)
1 tbsp curry powder
Pinch of garam masala
Pinch of ginger
1 cup vegetable stock
½ mango cut into cubes (use the other half over left over mango)
56g coconut flakes (cut from fresh coconut)
Handful of frozen mixed veg
1/3 tin of coconut milk
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Lime sauce
½ cup caster sugar
½ cup water
Juice of 1 lime

-       Open the coconut and chip away chunks and weigh the necessary amounts for the fritters and the curry
-       Pre-prepare the fritter mixture: mix egg, baking powder and coconut flakes in a small bowl; put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
-       In two separate pans par boil in one the rice and in the other the sweet potato – boil the rice for 5 minutes and the potato for 10 – drain both and put aside
-       Add some olive oil into a frying pan and a knob of butter, heat, then add the onion and fry for 4-5 minutes
-       Add the garlic for a further 4-5 minutes and the rice and spices
-       Add the vegetable stock, frozen vegetables and sweet potato – mix well
-       Add the coconut milk, coconut flakes and mango cubes, mix well
-       Turn the heat down, put a lid on top and leave the mixture to simmer
-       Dip the mango quarters into the egg, coconut flake and baking powder mixture and then cover lightly in cornflour
-       Heat some oil in another frying pan and gently fry the batter-covered mango pieces until golden
-       Put onto a hot plate
-       Add sugar, lime juice and water and heat in a saucepan for a couple of minutes, bring to the boil, allow to simmer for 1 minute, then pour into a small bowl ready to dip the fritters in
-       Serve out the sweet potato and coconut curry into a large serving bowl and decorate with fresh mint

Why not finish off with some fresh mint tea? – Cellardoor summer style!

 By Melodie Walter

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Crafty Creatives

Monthly subscription boxes are becoming increasingly popular, covering a multitude of hobbies from food and fishing, to beauty and fashion.  There's something for everyone.

Crafty Creatives is a new monthly subscription service providing members with new and exciting crafting materials.  Once a month a package will arrive jam-packed full of goodies which aim inspire you to create something unique.  This month’s box had a nautical theme and included items like fish beads, starfish charms, paper string and Union Jack patterned ribbon which can be used for making jewellery or gift wrapping, as well as more unusual items such as pages from a nautical dictionary, a large square of hessian and pieces of driftwood, uses of which may require a bit more thinking! 

 Needless to say, one of the main selling points is that they send things that you may not think of trying yourself.  The box also comes with a Crafty Creatives kit, which contains the materials and instructions for you to make a small item.  This month’s kit was a rope and anchor bracelet.  The instructions are really clear which make it really easy to put together and require very little extra equipment.  

It is evident that the creators, sisters Claire and Isobel, spend a lot of time, thought and effort into lovingly compiling each box.  Everything comes beautifully packaged and labeled, and all the items inside are of a high quality. 

The Crafty Creatives box is £10 a month, plus £2.95 p&p.  Each box so far has sold out, so get in there quick if you want to be part of this crafting revolution!  Find them at

By Eve Hegarty

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


For some laugh a minute, jazz hand, toe tapping, tear-jerking action, get yourself to the Edinburgh Festival 2012 – where you’ll be treated to all that and more.

Festivals are apparently what Scotland does best, (but let’s not forget the shortbread!) and after one trip to the capital, you’ll find it hard to disagree. This international festival has been cemented as the largest arts, entertainment and culture festival in the world, running for over 50 years throughout July – August and it’s still as good as ever!

The festival acts as a collaborative term for various, simultaneous celebrations including: The International Festival, The Festival Fringe, The Military Tattoo, The Book Festival, even a Jazz and Blues Festival and much more – there’s something for everyone! With more women reportedly taking part than ever this year, this collective festival is one that is willing to accept anyone who has a story to tell – as long as there is a free venue of course! The Royal Mile is lined with street performances, make up - and that’s just the men - posters and atmosphere! Let’s just say that the festival buzz is well and truly in the air, thankfully minus the portaloos and mud! From theatre to speed dating, the Edinburgh Festival offers so many exciting art forms – it’s up to you whether you get stuck in and experience it for all that it’s worth.

Bring a sense a humour, an open mind and revel in the festival fever.
Tickets can still be purchased online:

By Rebekah Holroyd

Monday, 20 August 2012

Summer Sounds

How have we all been feeling lately? A little more content, now that the sun is out and the air is warm? We are embracing the summer vibes once again here at Cellardoor, but as work continues (or play for some of you!) we want to introduce you to the talented and understated Jessie Ware.

 Gorgeously seductive and chilled, Ware’s new album Devotion is perfectly suited to play to get you through the frenzies of the day. Ware, who is 27 years old, has been singing the backing vocal for dubstep groups SBTRKT and Joker prior to making her debut album. Her route into music happened almost unintentionally but already it looks like success is on the cards.

 What we love about Devotion; it wonderfully manages to hold the club culture influence sound but yet at the same time is romantic, soulful and smooth. She is indeed humble and honest in what she does. 

 Here is one of our favourite tracks...

Ware is releasing Devotion on August 20 but for now you can stream the album for free from The Guardian 

 She will be playing live next at Shoreditch Park in London on August 31 2012. 

 By Melodie Walter

Monday, 13 August 2012

Time to Say Goodbye

Monumental, historical and a patriotic time for us Brits – and it is a sad, sad thing that we must say Goodbye to the Olympics - for now at least. In honour of this awesome occasion, we decided to make tea bag biscuits – Olympic ring style! Keeping it patriotic, we thought that tea and shortbread – two very British things – would be most fitting! With a spin on traditional shortbread we used Earl Grey tea leaves in them as well. Inspired by French blogger, here is our own adapted version of Tea Boogies – great for any occasion!

Makes 10
4oz Extra fine self-raising flour
2oz caster sugar
3oz butter
¼ tsp salt
1 earl grey tea bag
3 oz cooking chocolate

White tissue
Coloured card: blue, yellow, black, green and red
10p coin (draw around the coin on the card and cut out a mini Olympic circle from each colour)

 Heat oven to 160C
-  Soften the butter in a mixing bowl
- Sieve in the flour and salt, and then add in the sugar and earl grey tea leaves
-  Rub the butter into the dry ingredients: rub, press and knead the mixture until a malleable paste is formed
-  Roll out the mixture and use a tea bag to cut a tea bag shaped shortbread shape out of the dough
-  Place onto a greased baking tray and insert holes at the top of the tea bag for that the string to go through after your biscuits are baked
- Bake for 30-35 mins until golden
- Take out them out of the oven and allow them to cool
- Put an inch of water into a saucepan and put the cooking chocolate into a medium sized bowl and put the bowl in the pan but above the water – it should not be in the water – then gently heat the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is nearly all melted
-  Take off of the heat and stir to make a smooth paste, spread onto the biscuits to give a tea bag effect
-  Put the biscuits in the fridge for the chocolate to cool – thread the string through the hole and attach an Olympic ring onto each one
-       Dunk into your celebratory tea! Yum yum.

By Melodie Walter

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Peter Pan

It's safe to safe we're a little obsessed with peter pan collars here at Cellardoor HQ, let's face it who isn't! So when we saw this tutorial over at The Beauty Department we couldn't resist having a go at trying the cute collars on our nails too.  We might need a little more practice though... 

Let us know if you try it too!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Full Bloom

We love these prints from illustrator Daryl Feril, who's beautiful watercolours help to capture to the aesthetic of some of the word's most famous fashion houses.  We particularly like the the classic monochrome of Chanel not to mention the dark romance of McQueen and the soft feminine elegance of YSL. Beautiful.