It’s July: The dates you need in your diary!

Happy first of July everyone! As usual I thought that I’d bring you a comprehensive look at exciting things happening throughout this month, and there are plenty. We’ve got eveything from cosmetic releases and film releases to exhibitions and fashion events and of course the Olympics starting up, so make sure you’re taking notes, you won’t want to miss out.

4th July (Wednesday)
Sleek’s I-Divine Glory Palette is released

Anyone who lives in London, or who is familiar with the city will be excited about this eyeshadow palette. As soon as I saw Estee of Essie Button’s preview of it, (click here for that) I knew I had to get it. Sleek have designed this palette to coincide with the Olympics and to instill some patriotism, meaning all the eyeshadow names are the names of tube lines on the underground system, and coloured accordingly. Being as it’s only £7.99 it’s an utter steal for twelve eyeshadows (and we know Sleek’s shadows are up to the task), and even if some of the shades aren’t up your street it’s a great piece to keep in your collection to remember the Olympics by.

5th July (Thursday)
Katy Perry Part of Me hits cinemas

I don’t have to tell you that I’m a huge Katy Perry fan, and so of course I want to see this movie, naturally. But I’m excited to relive her amazing California Dreams tour that I was lucky enough to attend last year. I know that during the gig we attended in the NEC in Birmingham they were filming throughout, so you never know, parts of the actual gig we were at could be in there. If you’re a K-Pez fan and you’d love to know more about her, with a bit of live footage thrown in for good measure this will definitely be up your street.

6th July-29th (Friday)
Britain Creates 2012: Fashion And Art Collusion at the V&A

A fashion event for you now, and this month nine pairs of British designers and contemporary artists’ work will be displayed as part of London 2012 Festival in association with the British Fashion Council. There’s the chance to check out collaborations between contemporary artists and fashion favourites such as print genius Mary Katrantzou, Giles Deacon and Jonathan Saunders. Swoon. What’s not to love, there’s even a ‘celestial bonnet’ to be experienced. For more information on the exhibition, click here.

6th July-5th September (Friday)
Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style at the Barbican Centre

Who doesn’t love James Bond? The iconic British character is celebrated in this exhibition to mark the fiftieth year of the franchise and it’s set to be a must-see. If Bond is your thing you’ll be familiar with the array of gadgets, cars and clothes on display that were worn by all six Bonds and their adversaries and enemies. The exhibition features pieces from upcoming Bond movie Skyfall as well as a comprehensive look at Bond’s style since Dr. No in 1962. Information on the exhibition, pricing and opening times can be found here.

6th July-27th October (Friday)
Pop! Design, Culture, Fashion at the Fashion and Textile Museum

This exhibition looks at the impact that music, art and personality had on fashion during the 50s, 60s and 70s, so it’s a vintage lover’s dream. With a collection of clothes and collectibles from the respective eras there’s a chance to get up close and personal with vintage Mary Quant, Vivienne Westwood and pieces from the ever eclectic wardrobe of Elton John amongst other defining pieces of the periods. Find out more about the exhibition, pricing and how to get there by clicking here.

19th July-25th November (Thursday)
Shakespeare: Staging The World at the British Museum

As a Shakespeare lover this is an absolute must for me, and whether you’re a Shakespeare lover, or interested in London’s history this will be as equally entertaining for you. The exhibition looks at the emerging role of London as a world city through the perspective of Shakespeare’s plays and is part of the London 2012 Festival. There’ll be contemporary performances as well as a collection of objects that help paint the picture of London’s history from maps to drawings and paintings. To read more about what’s in store and for ticket information and location, click here.

20th July (Friday)
Batman: The Dark Knight Rises hits cinemas

My oh my, I could not be more excited about this film! I’ve been counting down the days since The Dark Knight, and it feels like an eternity since I saw it in the cinema. This movie has been hotly aniticipated by geeks the world over (present company totally included) and I can’t wait to see what Christopher Nolan will pull out of the bag with this one. There’s the chance to see Christian Bale back as the DC hero, and Tom Hardy takes on the role of Bane as well as Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, will she pull it off? I cannot wait to find out.

27th July (Friday)
Olympic Opening ceremony and the Olympics begins

While some might embrace the Olympics season with open, sport-loving arms, I must say I’m a little underwhelmed by the whole thing. Call me scrooge if you want, but as someone who lives and works in London, and will be doing so for the first week of the Olympics, I can’t help but feel a wash of dread come over me. The tube will be a no-no, going anywhere near Central London will be a no-no, going anywhere near East London will be a no-no and so on and so forth. Luckily the second week I will be sunning myself on the beach away from the maddening crowds, but until then I guess it’s only right as a Brit for me to at least watch a bit of the games on the TV!

31st July (Tuesday)
Buckingham Palace opens for the summer

With all the chaos of moving to London last summer, I never got the chance to experience the palace opening last year, but this year that’s going to change! What with the amazing diamonds exhibition and so forth I can’t wait to have a snoop around the home of our dear monarch, I think it’ll be fun! I’ve been to a lot of manors, palaces and regal houses in my time on excursions and whatnot, but this is the cherry on the sundae really isn’t it, you haven’t been anywhere until you’ve been to the palace, and you should too! For more information on events within the palace and the palace opening, click here.

That’s it for this months dates post, I hope I’ve alerted you to some events you’ll get involved in. Do let me know if you plan to go to any of these exhibitions etc, I’d love to know! And likewise let me know if there are any dates I’ve missed out today, have you any recommendations for me? Leave me a comment or tweet me @MillieDelacoe. Until next time…

Millie x

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