Monday, 24 November 2014

Festivals in 2015: Christmas Gifts for the Festival Fan

Havaiana Wellies* // Alcatel One Touch 10.10 Mobile Phone // The Ragged Priest Raincoat
After heading to my very first festival in 2014, I intend to head back again to at least one in 2015.

If you or a friend or family member has got those highly sought after Glastonbury Tickets, then why not theme their Christmas Gifts around their upcoming jaunt to be at one with nature and the elements?? :)

Everyone knows that wellies are a must when heading to a festival even if it is dry, all those feet stamping and dancing make for a bit of a mud pit so I would highly recommend Havaiana Wellies!

As comfortable as their flip flop counterparts, and very competitively priced, the wellies come in a variety of styles and colours and would make a great gift this time of year!

Next up we have a potential stocking filler of the bargainous Alcatel Mobile Phone which is just £5 at Argos.. if the ticketholder is the type to do some damage to their smartphone then pop this durable little number in their stocking and leave the worries of the dreaded smashed screen at home...

As much as we would love to have glorious skies all the time, let's face it we live in England and we just can't bank on that. Avoid getting soggy by slipping on this amazing festival rain coat by The Ragged Priest at ASOS. You definitely won't get lost in the crowds in this holographic wonder and if pink isn't your colour, they also do it in gold!

Where are you guys heading to and who are you most excited to see? I definitely have plans to purchase a full weekend ticket for Parklife in Manchester next year!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Flossy and Leigh Styling Studio Experience

Last week I was invited along to sample the gorgeously girlie Flossy and Leigh Styling Studio in Padiham, Lancashire.

Having met Flossy and Leigh (Phoebe and Amy) at my BFFs wedding back in March 2013, I was super excited to be once again transformed by makeup and pampered for a couple of hours.

The Styling Studio isn't open to the public and is an appointment only, purpose venue for brides to decide on their final look for their big day or groups wanting a makeup lesson from the F&L team.

I didn't really have a look in mind so I just gave Phoebe the brief that I wanted something to bring the green out in my eyes, and that she most certainly did!

I absolutely loved the experience and I genuinely cannot recommend Flossy and Leigh enough. They are fun, talented and are the perfect people to have around on the morning of your wedding when the nerves kick in..!

Big thank you to both Phoebe and Amy :)

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

My #ReebokChallenge: Going it alone.. (for a week)

Nothing makes me more nervous than when I am left to my own devices with exercise.. Chris is now away on holiday for a week so I'm missing out on 2 training sessions over the next 7 days. I'm at the point with my training now that I enjoy exercise and it is an integral part of my weekly routine.
I can find myself feeling a bit anxious when I don't do anything (I think this is more to the fact that it's a break in my routine than being an exercise fiend) so I am going to try and not panic and look at ways I can exercise on my own a bit more.
I will be heading down to the 3rd Reebok Class at Intersport in Stockport tonight so if you fancy a half hour of getting your heart rate up, come on down and join in the fun! You can book on to these classes by clicking here.
Over the past week, me and Chris have been fine tuning what I am eating to see if we can kick start some weight and inch loss.
As a part of my #ReebokChallenge series, I'll do a post dedicated to what kind of stuff I eat, as I think it's really important to understand that getting fit and healthy isn't about restricting calories and buying everything you can get your hands on that says 'low fat'. I probably eat more than I ever have really and it's about finding the right balance for you in terms of what your body needs and burns in a day.
We have also put together a programme of exercise that should hopefully help me use my muscles to burn fat and achieve the results I want.
I have taken some dreaded 'before' photos, which I will be honest, was fairly traumatic. No one enjoys taking a particularly unflattering picture of themselves and considering I feel like I have got my selfie skills honed to a fine art, I was less than pleased with the results of these pictures. That said, I have to get a realistic picture of my body shape now and then hopefully in another 4 weeks I will have seen some changes.
I will keep you posted with progress and what I end up doing exercise wise to keep up my exercise whilst Chris is away!
Fingers crossed for good results as I have a VERY special dress to wear on the 12th December!! :)

Thursday, 13 November 2014


 For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you will see I have been rather excited about #MAAfterDark.

#MAAfterDark is an exciting upcoming event with Manchester Arndale, where I have been paired with Monsoon to find the perfect party dress.

My fellow Blogger Pals have been assigned to different shops, so stay tuned as we all show you our faves from each of the retailers in the Arndale Centre and get you ready for the festive party season!


Thank you so much to the Manchester Arndale for asking me to be involved!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

My #ReebokChallenge.. 6 Weeks of Fitness!

For the past week I have been working on a brand new fitness project in conjunction with Reebok!

Reebok are passionate about bringing fitness to the masses and showing you that everyone can get involved with staying fit and healthy, no matter what level your ability is, your budget or the amount of free time you have.

Reebok have introduced free fitness classes around the country, I attended the first class in Stockport, Cheshire last week and it was a really great little blast to help me continue with my quest to an overall healthier lifestyle.

The Classes in Stockport are at 7pm on a Tuesday evening for the next 3 weeks. Why not come along and learn some exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home?

You can book on to these classes by clicking here.

I will be working with Reebok and a few special helpers over the next 5/6 weeks to achieve my fitness goals and I will be blogging about my experiences and results along the way.

As you all know, I currently train with Chris Main over at Elite Performance Fitness in Stockport. I have already achieved some great results with Chris so he will be responsible for upping my training ante and helping me burn as much fat as I can.

Paired with the training, Chris and Reebok Master-Trainer Kevin Foster-Wiltshire, will be using their shared expertise on my diet and hopefully between the three of us, we can help show that you don't need fad diets, meal replacements or anything unhealthy to achieve good results.

I have committed to working out at least 4 times per week, including the free Reebok class, not drinking and sticking to Chris and Kevin's diet suggestions and in 6 weeks time I will report back on how I have done.

I have two Christmas parties in December, along with my Birthday celebrations in February 2015 creeping up so I want to look my absolute best!

Stay tuned for what I get up to during the 6 weeks... :)

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Reebok Website
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Chris Main/Unique Physique Facebook Page
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Kevin Foster Wiltshire Website/GymCube
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