16 April 2014

Leather iPhone 5 Case (Mobile Madhouse)


I'm starting to think that I'm a bit of a phone case whore, always on the lookout for a new one and perpetually dissatisfied with the one I've got. I recently cracked my phone screen pretty badly (the glass actually fell out and there are now holes in it!), so with that in mind, I set out to look for a case that would give my phone more protection. When I came across this black leather wallet iPhone case from Mobile Madhouse I was extremely happy. A lot of my friends at university have this style of phone case which is much more useful than the standard plastic shell case. 

About the case
This iPhone 5/5S case is made from real leather in the colour black. It is a 'wallet' style case, meaning that there is a sort of 'flap' that wraps around the phone screen as seen in pictures. The case shuts with a magnetic clasp that is easy to open and close. Inside, the material is a soft, brown leather material and there are two card slots and one bigger one along the side for cash. On the right hand side is a hard phone case into which you slot your iPhone. There is a hole on the back of the case for your camera lens. 


What's good about it
Being made of real leather, this is definitely a high quality case. I feel confident that this case isn't going to disintegrate after a week's use and that the leather will remain undamaged (subject to good use). In terms of protecting the phone, I'd say that this case has got it covered. As the wallet wraps around the entire phone, except for a thin strip top and the bottom of the phone, it would be pretty damn difficult for you to damage your phone in any way. The screen will almost certainly not crack within this case and the leather is both a shield and padding against this. The fact that there's a hole on the back cover of the case means that you can take photographs without having to remove your phone from the case which is excellent as a lot of wallet-style phone cases don't accommodate this. 

It's easy to insert and remove your phone from this case so if you ever need to remove it for, perhaps, easier use, then you can do this within a few seconds and there's no fiddly business. The inside case fits snugly around your phone so there's no risk of your phone falling out either. The magnetic clasp is extremely easy to undo and redo so even though the screen of your phone is covered, it's very easy to check your messages quickly. I thought that having to clasp and unclasp the wallet to access my phone would be extremely bothering, but the truth is, the additional effort is minimal in comparison to the benefits. The option to carry some cards and cash around with your phone is undoubtedly an asset. For example, if you are young, a frequent clubber and tired of carrying a bag around, just bring this with you. Your phone, your cards and your cash are all safely stored in this tiny little case and there's no risk of anything falling out of the case. 



What's not so good about it
This case does look a 'little' mature and given that I'm a teenage girl it's not exactly the snazziest thing to have wrapped around my phone. That said, all the benefits mentioned above make this point redundant in my opinion. When you have to pay £119 to get your screen fixed at the Apple store, it's definitely better to be safe than sorry! It takes a bit of getting used to as typing is a little bit restricted what with the flap being attached to the left hand side of your phone; however, you quickly get used to this. The only real problem I have with this case is that there are only two card holder slots inside when there is definitely room for three. Again, this isn't a deal breaker or anything, I just feel like the case would be slightly more useful with the addition of another card hole. It could possibly be slightly dangerous to carry around all your valuables in one case but I guess if you're careful there's no risk of you losing your things. 



Final thoughts...
All in all, this is a nifty little case that will make your life so much easier. Being able to carry around a few essentials, e.g. credit cards and cash, along with your phone means that you know where everything is and you can quickly grab your phone as you leave the house. This case is very secure so you don't have to worry about any of those things accidentally falling out and it's a massive bonus that it's practically impossible to damage your phone whilst it's inside the case. I would highly recommend this case to everyone, no matter what your age or what you use your iPhone for. 




Impressed by this nifty case? Get your own here


*Product was received for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Waiting on Wednesday #34

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 22nd April 2014
Goodreads Summary: Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them — all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved— five in all. 

When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

{ Thoughts }

I feel like I may have spoken about this book before but since it's being published next week I picked it as my WoW anyway. It would literally be my worst nightmare to wake up and realise that all the boys there have ever been in my life knew exactly how I felt about them. If my diary was ever read by any of them I would be completely mortified so I feel like I need to read this book to prepare myself in case that day ever comes! 

What did everyone else get this week? Leave your link in the comments below! :) 


Don't forget to enter my Rainy Day Reads Blog Hop Giveaway! 


Enter via Rafflecopter below: 

14 April 2014

Rainy Day Reads Giveaway


It's April! What with 'April Showers' and everything, Tonyalee @ LilyBloombooks has organised a Rainy Day Reads Blog Hop! Up for grabs is any book of your choice up to the value of £8/$12 from TBD but here are some rainy day reads that I'd recommend: 

When Rainbows End by Cecilia Ahern
(Click for reviews)




If you've read any of these titles or heard of these authors before then you'll probably know that these are all serious tear jerkers, perfect for a sad and rainy day!

Giveaway details
Dates: April 15th-April 30th
Prize: A book up to the value of £8/$12 from TBD
Open internationally 
(as long as TBD ships to your country)

Enter via Rafflecopter below:

APP REVIEW: 2sides2me - A revolutionary photo sharing app



Some of you may remember a little while ago that I reviewed an app called GottaFlo, well the developers of that have now come up with an even better app: 2sides2me. 

What is it? 
2sides2me is essentially a photo sharing app - with a twist. It works a little like Instagram in that the premise is to upload photos; however, it's a whole lot cooler than that. What's special about 2sides2me is that you upload two photos at a time. Then what happens is your followers press and hold the first image, which is the one that appears in the newsfeed, and the second one slides in. Pretty neat, huh? 

You create your own user account, follow other users, like photos, comment on them as well as sharing other people's posts to Facebook and Twitter. What's more, you can actually add people as friends and start a chat with them! 





















How do you use it?
This app is incredibly easy to use. All you have to do is select your two photos from either your photo library or take them on the spot from your camera and you're all set! Of course, there are lots of other snazzy features that you can make use of along the way. Once you've selected your first photo, the option to edit it using effects (i.e. filters), text, stickers or a paintbrush appears along the bottom tab. There's even the option to turn your photo into a meme! Once you've finished editing your two photos, all that's left to do is add a caption (up to 100 characters) and choose how long you want your post to be available for. You can choose to have your post last: forever unless deleted, 1 hour or 1 minute. Finally, if you want to share the link to your new photo on either Facebook or Twitter there's that option too. Voila, that's all it takes! 

The navigation bar is located on the bottom of the app, out of the way, and from there you can explore other people's photos, check your and your followers' activity and start a chat with your friends. The nav bar folds away into the bottom until your press the upwards arrow and draw it up which is pretty cool and means more of the screen is in use. 

To view other people's photos you literally just hold the image and after about a second it swaps to the second image. Once you lift your finger, it swaps back to the first image. 

Who's it for? 
2sides2me is actually the perfect app for bloggers, particularly fashion and beauty bloggers. The ability to show two pictures simultaneously makes before and after pictures incredibly easy which will no doubt come in handy. The ability to change how long your post lasts for is perfect for those who like running flash giveaways or making quick announcements, something that bloggers of all kinds are often seen doing. There are already lots of fashion and beauty bloggers on 2sides2me who seem to be making great use of the two picture feature so I firmly believe this is something that all bloggers need. 

For those of you that aren't bloggers, this app is just something pretty fun. If you want to get your friends opinion on an outfit, why not take a snap of yourself in both of them and upload them to 2sides2me. Then your friends can see the photos in quick succession and help you make a quick decision! It's also great if you like surprising people, who know what your second picture could be? 

Final thoughts...
2sides2me is a revolutionary new photo app. This isn't the sort of app you use to upload your daily snaps, it's actually a tool to be used. It's the sort of app that you can use to show before/after pics, ask about what outfit to wear, compare two products, announce a surprise - the possibilities are endless! The number of different effects, stickers etc. available to customise your pictures with is amazing so there are loads of options for making your photos even better. This app could be used by serious bloggers or just by an average iPhone user, either way it's fun and easy to use. The ability to use hashtags and mentions means that it's really easy to find people who have similar interests and let your friends see the things that you like. All in all, 2sides2me is definitely worth downloading as it's a lot more useful than half the other photo sharing apps out there. 

Download 2sides2me for free here

2sides2me is currently running a giveaway! 

Win MAC'S Angel Lipstick & Gloss 
The contest runs between April 10th and April 20th 
The best before and after picture wins! 
All you have to do is upload your two photos and add #beforeafterpics
*This is a sponsored post. All reviews are 100% my own. 

13 April 2014

Showcase Sunday #46


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea. Its aim is to showcase your newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week. If you'd like to join, click here.


A Delicate Truth by John le Carré
Phaedra by Racine
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
If I Could Turn Back Time by Nicola Doherty
Beautiful Creatures by Garcia and Stohl
The Virgins by Pamela Erens
When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
Terms & Conditions by Bobby Glancy
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

{ Thoughts }

I haven't done a haul in a while so this is at least two weeks' worth of stuff. I went to a charity shop in Pinner, close to where I live, where I found lots of uncorrected proof copies and even some unpublished titles so there must be a book blogger in my area who is donating these books. If it is you or you know who it is, please let me know as it would be cool to know who you are! I'm so excited that I received an ARC of Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Rowell is such a great author and I absolutely loved Eleanor & Park so I'm sure Landline will be fantastic. I've already read and reviewed If I could Turn Back Time (see it here) and it was so much better than it looks! Not your standard chick-lit at all. 

I also attended my first Spinebreakers meeting ever at Penguin HQ which was super awesome and it was good to catch up with some fellow readers who I haven't seen in a while. Lots of new books were pitched to us and I managed to snag a copy of Beautiful Creatures which I have yet to read, as well as an audiobook copy of A Delicate Truth by John le Carré. We were in the boardroom on the top floor which had a balcony that looked over London which was uber cool. Here's a pic with me and some other Spinebreakers: 

What did everyone else get this week? Let me know in the comments below! :)

12 April 2014

BOOK REVIEW: If I Could Turn Back Time by Nicola Doherty

Title: If I Could Turn Back Time
Author: Nicola Doherty
Genre: Romance, Chick-lit, Time travel
Publisher: Headline Review
Publication Date: 10th April 2014
Goodreads Summary: What if you found The One, then lost him again?

Or not so much lost him as became the neurotic, needy girlfriend from hell. The girl who tried to make him choose between her and his job, and got seriously paranoid about his relationship with his best female friend...

Zoe knows she doesn't deserve another chance with David. But if there's the tiniest possibility of making things right, she'll snatch it. Even if it means breaking the laws of physics to do so...

{ Review }

If I Could Turn Back Time follows the story of Zoe Kennedy as she desperately tries to repair her relationship with the love of her life, David. It's nearing Christmas and Zoe is still miserable about her break up with perfect David which happened back in September. Then, after one wild night out, she wakes up in David's bed. Six months in the past. After the initial shock, Zoe realises that this is perfect. She's been given the opportunity to redo her relationship with David without becoming the neurotic and jealous girlfriend that he broke up with. She knows exactly what's going to happen in the future so she can fix the past and correct all her past mistakes when it comes to boyfriends, friends and work. However, Zoe realises that time travel might not be all it's cracked up to be. 

If I Could Turn Back Time tells the story that pretty much everybody has dreamed about. I can't think of anyone who has never wished that they could just turn back the clock and make everything right. This story is unique because it explores an idea everyone thinks about: turning back time, but then it turns it on its head and portrays it in a negative way. I thought that this book was going to be your standard chick-it, good and entertaining, but nothing original; however, this book seems to advocate the saying 'what will be will be' and I actually think I've learnt a thing or two about how to go about life. How many books within the chick-lit genre can you say that about? 

Zoe is a really easy character to relate to. This story is downright hilarious at times and that's all down to Zoe's narrative. She cocks up loads and seems to bullshit her way through a lot of life but there's something very real about her. The story is written from Zoe's point of view which is perfect for seeing how Zoe's state of mind changes throughout the book. Her character really develops and the reader grows to like Zoe more and more as you read on and Zoe figures out what and who she really wants in life. The novel gets off to a slow start and I think that's because you just want to hit Zoe over the head with a book - this book. She starts off as a rather whiny young woman who's willing to change herself for a guy, but she turns into someone who isn't afraid to go after what she wants and can be honest with herself so you end up wanting to be her. 

Although Doherty plants several different possible scenarios for an ending in your mind at the very beginning of the novel, it's not particularly clear which one of them she's going to follow which keeps you on your toes throughout. This story isn't just about finding love, it's also about friendship, work and, most importantly, life. This story is probably so successful because it's not 100% focussed on a woman chasing a man, there's more depth to it than that. 

The time travel aspect is an interesting thing to examine in this novel. It plays quite a big role in the novel at the beginning, but as the story unfolds it becomes a smaller and smaller part of it and I liked this. Although the initial premise of the story is completely unrealistic, the main body of it isn't. I tore through this book in one sitting because once the story really gets going, you just can't wait to find out more about Zoe and her antics in the 'past'. The middle section of the novel really is fantastic, making this one of the best pieces of chick-lit I've ever read; however, towards the end it all started to go a bit downhill. 

I think I'm actually beginning to hate the ending of novels. All novels. If I Could Turn Back Time was so good and then in the last fifty pages or so, it got a bit too clichéd and weird. A lot of things about the ending don't particularly add up in my opinion and I'm a little confused. The time travel aspect was always going to be a little difficult to explain in a story that is so obviously rooted in the real world and unfortunately I don't think the author really succeeded in weaving a credible explanation.  

All in all, I was seriously impressed by If I Could Turn Back Time, which completely blew my expectations out of the water. This is a brilliant piece of fiction that looks like it might be your standard sappy romance, but it turns out to be an important life lesson. I would highly recommend this to fans of the chick-lit and romance genre, particularly those that are beginning to lose faith in it because Nicola Doherty will restore it. It's a shame that the ending let this book down, but everything leading up to those last few pages is fantastic so give this book a shot.


Many thanks to Fran at Headline for providing me with a review copy. 

10 April 2014

BOOK REVIEW: The List by Joanna Bolouri

Title: The List
Author: Joanna Bolouri
Genre: Romance, Humour, Chick-lit
Publisher: Quercus Books
Publication Date: 10th March 2014
Goodreads Summary: Phoebe Henderson may be single but she sure doesn't feel fabulous. It's been a year since she found her boyfriend Alex in bed with another woman, and multiple cases of wine and extensive relationship analysis with best friend Lucy have done nothing to help. Faced with a new year but no new love, Phoebe concocts a different kind of resolution.

The List: ten things she's always wanted to do in bed but has never had the chance (or the courage!) to try. A bucket list for between the sheets. One year of pleasure, no strings attached. Simple, right?

Factor in meddlesome colleagues, friends with benefits, getting frisky al fresco and maybe, possibly, true love and Phoebe's got her work cut out for her.


{ Review }

The List is a book that caught my eye because it looked like a story that would be full of hilarious disasters as well as some romance. The List follows the story of Phoebe Henderson, a thirty something woman who's been single for over a year after she found her boyfriend in bed with his boss. The book begin's on New Year's Eve with Phoebe partying in a hotel with her friends as she does every year, but she wants the new year to be different. Instead of making those resolutions that nobody ever keeps like I will go to the gym everyday or I will eat healthier food, she decides she's going to improve her sex life. So, she decides to a create a list of ten things. Ten new things to do in bed that she's never tried before. But first, she's got to find someone to help her... 

Although the main plot of the book revolves around Phoebe and her sex life, this isn't a work of erotica. Sure, a lot of sexually explicit material but it doesn't quite cross the boundary into erotica and it's by nothing like Fifty Shades of Grey (though there is some bondage involved). I suppose it would be rather interesting to take a feminist slant on The List because it's all about a woman striving for sexual liberation, rather than a boyfriend or a husband. Sex isn't a taboo subject in this novel and it's okay for women to have multiple sexual partners without her seemingly 'easy' or 'slutty'. This story isn't about a woman who just wants to have more sex, it's about a woman who actually wants to make a change in her life and sex is a major part of that. 

I like that the main character, Phoebe, seems to be a relatively 'normal' person. She's hasn't got some sort of glamorous job or amazing figure, she isn't insanely rich and she doesn't fall in love with a prince. This story is all so ordinary and that's what makes it so good. It isn't 'ordinary' in a bad way, I simply mean that it's slightly more realistic than other novels to the point where I could actually envisage most the characters being real people. This is actually quite a feat since a lot of the characters do very stupid and things throughout, but I never thought 'this is ridiculous'. I guess the fact that this book seems almost 'real' is what makes it so funny. 

That said, I found the ending to be a little disappointing. I have to admit that I couldn't predict what the ending would be as Bolouri doesn't tie all the lose strings up until the very, very end which means that there are multiple possibilities for an ending throughout and I liked this. However, when it became clear what the ending was going to be,  I felt like everything was really rushed and that when I finished reading the book I found myself wanting to know more. As The List is a standalone novel this is a little frustrating. It's not like there was a massive chunk of the story missing or anything, I just wish there had been a few more pages added to the end. 

All in all, I found The List to be a highly amusing and easy read. I really liked all the characters as they seemed like 'real' people and this made it easy to get into Phoebe's world. Phoebe, as a character, is admirable and I think this book is perfect for women who are in a bit of rut and are looking for that extra push to make a change in their lives. It doesn't have to involve sexual experimentation as it does with Phoebe, but certain aspects of this book are pretty inspiring. If you're the sort of person that feels uncomfortable reading about sex, then this probably isn't the book for you. Then again, like Phoebe, you could be brave and give new things a try!

Many thanks to Lauren Woosey at Quercus Books for providing me with an ARC of The List!

Giveaway! 

Quercus are giving away a copy of The List on Twitter now!

To be in with a chance to WIN a copy of The List, a hilarious and raunchy read by Joanna Bolouri, simply Tweet: One year. One single woman. Ten very naughty challenges @scribbles78 #TheList @quercusbooks

6 April 2014

Showcase Sunday #45.

Showcase Sunday #45.


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea. Its aim is to showcase your newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week. If you'd like to join, click here.


{ Thoughts }

I'm a week behind on my Showcase Sunday but here's a quick look at some of the stuff I've received recently. I went to the Robinsons SQUASH'D launch last week which was rather cool, (see my post here) and on my way out I got a goodie bag full of stuff. As well as some free Robinsons products I got a copy Gravity on DVD, pre-release which was pretty cool, though I haven't seen it yet. Has anyone else? I bought 100 Postcards from Penguin from T.K.Maxx as there was a pretty good deal on them and I figured I could use them for sending out blog-related post so you guys can look forward to those! I also attended the launch party for Afterlife, the third book in the Parallon trilogy by Dee Shulman and there were early copies of Afterlife on sale there so I nabbed one and got it signed! See more here. For review I received The List, a review of which will be up soon, and it's pretty damn hilarious! I also bought Swann's Way by Proust and The Wild Ass's Skin by Balzac which are translations of books I'm studying for uni (don't tell my tutors!). 

All in all, it's been a good week, what about everyone else? 



4 April 2014

Book Launch: Afterlife by Dee Shulman

                              Spinebreaker's Lily decked out in Seth's armour!

Last Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the last instalment in the Parallon trilogy by Dee Shulman, Afterlife, at Waterstones in Trafalgar Square. If I'm being perfectly honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of the first two books in the series. That is, I loved the premise of the series and the basic ideas behind the story but I feel like these ideas weren't executed as well as they could've been. However, not deterred by this, I was still incredibly excited about the release of the final book in the trilogy and I cannot wait to find out what happens to Eva and Seth! 

After a lot of milling around and some nibbles (there was some seriously amazing food), it was finally time for the speeches. Shulman spoke about the research that had gone into these books and it was simply astounding to hear how much she had put into them. She consulted specialists about what seem like the simplest things us as readers, such as (minor spoiler) Eva shooting a gun. Whilst the terminology might seem very simple to us, it actually isn't, and Shulman wanted to make sure that everything was as authentic as possible. All the physics-y things have been checked by an expert to make sure that everything does actually make sense. Even though the average reader wouldn't be able to tell the difference, Shulman has gone to every effort to make sure her story is as realistic as possible for a time-travel novel. 

Shulman's inspiration for the Parallon trilogy came from seeing some graffiti on a school wall. What fascinated her was that there were scribbles from two weeks ago, but also some scribbles from centuries ago - all on one wall! When asked how she had come up with the idea to mix two very different worlds together, the Londinium of the roman times and London today, she said that her inspiration came from walking around London where you could find yourself in the midst of some Victorian buildings and then suddenly amongst 21st century tower blocks. 

Shulman's tips for young writers: Always carry a notebook around. Write something everyday. If you see something or someone that looks interesting, note a description of it/them down, it might be useful material later! 

And finally, I got my book signed by her!


All in all, Dee Shulman seems like the loveliest person and I can't wait to read the final instalment in the Parallon trilogy. Here's the goodreads synopsis of Afterlife: 

Two worlds. Two millennia. One love . . .

Eva is on the brink of death. Ripped from her own world she's woken in another, only to discover the devastating truth about the lethal fever she's been fighting - and the enemy that's chased her and Seth through time. Now the reckless twenty-first century girl and the fearless Roman gladiator must face the final battle. But it's not just their love at stake; the fate of the universe is in their hands.

Afterlife is the heart-stopping finale in the gripping trilogy that began with Fever


Afterlife by Dee Shulman was published on the 3rd April 2014.

Review coming soon! 

Many thanks to the Spinebreakers team for this wonderful opportunity! 

1 April 2014

Robinsons meets Gravity (Oscar-winning film) with the launch of their new product, SQUASH'D



The event...

Last Friday I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Robinsons' new product, SQUASH'D at the Soho Hotel in London. I arrived in probably the most modern and creative hotel that I've ever been to and was lead down to a reception full of journalists, writers and bloggers. On tables dotted around the room there were capsules of Robinsons' SQUASH'D ready for you to try. After trying the drink and milling around  meeting the various other people in the room, the real event began. 

We were led into a room full of the most amazing armchairs and sofas I've ever seen in my entire life.  (Probably seems like an irrelevant, but they were seriously cool.) The screening room was dotted with red leather and cow skin seats in a seemingly random order that somehow just ... worked. Once everyone was comfy, the lights began to dim.


First, a representative of Britvic gave a brief introduction as to why we were there and what the new product is and then she welcomed Mike McGee, co-founder and creative director of Framestore, to the podium. Now why would these two people be working together, you ask? Well, the Robinsons teamed wanted to think of the most outrageous place to make their new squash drink and having just seen the film Gravity, they thought, why not space?

So, the award-winning British visual effects team behind his year's biggest blockbuster, Gravity, accepted the challenge to make Robinsons SQUASH'D in space. Of course, actually going up into space in impossible, but they were able to create zero-gravity conditions in which to carry out this task. It's actually possible to go on plane journeys that allow you to experience zero gravity. Essentially, a plane shoots up into the sky really fast and then plummets back down again, but during the brig 15 seconds when the plane is making a parabola in the sky, you can experience zero gravity. This is where Robinsons and Framestore decided to create their new advert.  Sounds simple enough, but try bringing a camera crew into zero gravity to film an advert for a drink and things get a little tricky (and probably sticky with all that squash flying everywhere).

The plane  was only allowed to make 12 loops and the advert was filmed in the twelfth loop so thank God for that!  The bloopers video for this mission was shown and it was pretty damn hilarious; there was water flying everywhere, squash being squirted everywhere, camera's being pointed left right but never centre. Eight crew members were sent up in the plane and they had only three minutes of weightlessness in total to film the squash being made. Over four litres of water were used and sixty capsules of SQUASH'D were taken onto the flight. Sounds like it was a disaster, but in the end, the team at Framestore did a pretty damn good job and here's the result: 


So there you have it. Squash... in zero gravity! Just remember how much effort went into making this video when you see this advert on TV!


Things I learnt about Gravity... 

As well as discussing the making of this new advert, Mike McGee also gave us an insight into the making of Gravity, which took almost four years. What most people don't know, is that this film is actually about 90% CGI and only 10% real. A lot of the filming process was simply Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a big white box with only their faces being filmed. The body movements of them in the spacesuits was often all computer generated. Amazing stuff right?

I haven't seen the film myself but I've heard that Sandra Bullock does a lot of spinning off into space, so much so that the audience started to feel ill just watching her after a while. Instead of Sandra Bullock being spun round and round on a wire, they created a device so that the camera could spin round and round instead. An incredibly amount of time and effort went into making this film look as realistic as possible. The couldn't simply have the actors being filmed upside down to simulate zero gravity because there was an immediate change in face colour and it was quite obvious from the way their features were positioned that they were upside down, thus, under the influence of gravity, which defeats the point of the film. 

So what is Robinsons SQUASH'D?
Despite the popularity of Robinsons squash in the UK, it is rarely drunk outside the home due to the large bottle size. So, Robinsons created SQUASH'D, a capsule of concentrated squash which is accessible anywhere. SQUASH'D is a 7cm bottle of super concentrate - that's just 66ml of liquid. That said, each bottle of SQUASH'D can make, on average, a whole twenty servings of squash. It's currently available in three flavours: Apple & Blackcurrant, Orange & Peach and Summer Fruits. What's more, there's no added sugar and it's made with real fruit juice! 

How does it work?

Robinsons SQUASH'D couldn't be easier to make. As shown in the diagram above, you really do just flip it open, squeeze it into your bottle or glass of water and voila, you've turned your plain old water into tasty squash. The small size of the capsule makes it uber portable and you can make Robinsons squash wherever you are, whatever you're doing. Whether you're shopping with friends, on the commute or even holiday, SQUASH'D is small enough to be slipped into your handbag or rucksack and taken with you. With the click-shut lid, you don't have to worry about any nasty, stick spills in your handbag. 

How does it taste?

Believe it or not, I actually think that Robinsons SQUASH'D tastes better than their squash from the bottle. SQUASH'D leaves you feeling hydrated and this is the perfect cooling and thirst-quenching summer drink. My personal favourite is Apple & Blackcurrant which is simply the best. I've already made squash in my bedroom, on the tube and out and about in London. The Summer Fruit flavour is a little sweet for my liking but it will no doubt appeal to youngsters and Orange and Peach has a slightly tangy flavour.

Final thoughts...

So all in all, I had a fantastic time at the Robinsons SQUASH'D launch and I'm so glad I got to try out this product that I would've otherwise looked past. SQUASH'D is a great new product that I'm definitely going to be taking to uni with me and wherever else I go. I even got a free goodie bag on my way out! Included in it was a bottle of water from Bally Gowan and a pack of three Robinsons SQUASH'D so I could try the drink out for myself. I also received a copy of Gravity on DVD (pre-release - BE JEALOUS) and a milky bar and pack of starburst, because who doesn't love chocolate? 

Available to buy from just £2.49 from all major supermarkets from the 1st April 2014.
For more information, visit www.robinsonssquashd.co.uk