Monday, 29 July 2013

Adee Phelan is coming to Manchester!

Now it's not often I get an email that genuinely really excites me and when I got sent a press release relating to a certain Mr Phelan and his newest salon opening in the Northern Quarter in Manchester, I was really quite excited!

For those of you who used to watch 'The Salon' on Channel 4, you will remember Adee as one of the Stylists on the programme who had a larger than life character and a real talent for all things hair related. Now famed for being the creator of David Beckham's mohawk hair style, Adee's salon's have gone from strength to strength and he has quite the portfolio, with salons in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Bath.

The Northern Quarter Salon will be headed up by Rob Czlapka who has been in the industry since he was 14. The concept of the Salon is completely unique and it houses a cinema room which will be open to clients and movie enthusiasts! Rob's main aim was to create a friendly atmosphere for clients who want a relaxing treatment and experience, not the intimidating, clinical feeling that some modern salons have.

The Salon will launch with a VIP Party on the 15th August when Rob and Adee will open the doors to show off what they have to offer.

For hair and book enquiries contact 0161 222 0200 or visit

Check out the Salon's Twitter page: @adeephelannq or Facebook page:
I will be heading to the Launch Party so will keep you posted as to what it is like!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

They Call Me Mellow Yellow

Shirt: H&M, Peplum Top: River Island, Dress: H&M, Envelope Bag: Zara, Nail Paint: Barry M, Shoes: New Look
The sun has been with us and summer is finally here! This has made me reach for my most summery of wardrobe items and encouraged a new obsession with all things yellow!

With a bit of colour, nothing screams sunshine more than a splash of yellow in the wardrobe and I am loving it at the moment! It visibly brightens skin and highlights even the palest of tans... Let's hope the warm weather continues in to next week :o)

Hope you have had a great weekend!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Screen Sirens Makeup Lesson at @Illamasqua

Before I went on Holiday, I was invited to attend a 'Screen Sirens' Makeup Lesson by Illamasqua, hosted at the Selfridges Store in Manchester Exchange Square.

I love learning about makeup and how to achieve certain looks, so when that invite popped into my inbox I jumped at the chance to attend!

We were greeted by 2 fabulous makeup artists from Illamasqua, sat down with a glass of fizz and Grace set to work on the gorgeous model to create a 20s screen siren look.

Due to the very low definition quality of the video cameras back in the day, the makeup had to be strong and convey the emotions of the character. Features were transformed to become much more dramatic so that they would stand out on camera.

Grace first of all concentrated on the eyes and smudged a mixture of blacks, browns and nudes to create a wide eyed look, using white eye pencil on the rims to make the eyes pop.

One of the main characteristics of makeup from this era is the eyebrow as they help to convey emotions by a simple movement. Actresses would frequently shave off their brows and have them applied to help them achieve the look of different emotions on camera. They were often delicate but almost always achieved by applying dark pencil or liquid liners.

Contouring and highlighting is the next trick to achieve the perfectly chiseled facial structure to fake high cheekbones and a sharp profile. Grace gave us tips of how to achieve this and that whilst it looks difficult it is so easily done, using a dark concealer worked into the natural hollow below your cheek bones. The plumper cheek is then made more pronounced by using a shimmer from your temples along the highest part of your cheek. Grace suggested if you apply as though writing a Nike 'tick' then you can't go far wrong!

Some other tips were; apply a pale shimmer in the inner corner of your eye to widen your eyes and look wide, to achieve the perfect rosebud lip - blank out your natural lip colour using concealer and then apply the colour you want in a heart shape on top, ignoring your natural lip line.

Black lipstick was used to achieve the look above and we were all treated to one to experiment with ourselves! I've not given it a whirl yet but I am excited to try!

I have to say that I think this event was one of the friendliest group makeup lessons I have attended and the staff at Illamasqua were so welcoming and knowledgeable. I have used Illamasqua previously so knew full well the high quality of their products but having them demonstrated to me in this way, for free(!) is one of the reasons that I think Illamasqua stands out in terms of excellent customer service and being completely unique. I would definitely urge you to head down to the Selfridges Exchange Store to say hi to the gang and try out a new look!

Sunday, 14 July 2013

#MyFirstBikini... I DID IT!

So, last week saw 7 of us head to Marbs for a Hen Party - basically what I have been working up to on my #myfirstbikini challenge!

You will probably be thinking that I had gone a bit quiet on that front, and to explain, I took the decision that whilst things were ticking over, no one enjoys reading about the same old story over and over so I thought I would just give you the headlines, rather than the- hi everyone, today I ate.. blah blah blah.

We've all been there, we have all battled the JUST HAND ME A BISCUIT AND NO ONE GETS HURT moments and I felt that at times it can be a little patronising to read about someone smugly reaching for the berries instead of the chocolate! Also, I am by no means perfect or where I want to be yet, fitness-wise so I figured I would save you the boring stuff and tell you the more exciting stuff, which brings me nicely on to.. the bikini.

If you have been following this story you will remember that I started personal training in mid March with Chris with an aim to wear my first ever bikini... bearing in mind I was someone who hated exercise I feel like I have come a pretty long way to going to bootcamps and getting in that bikini for the first time.

Some of you might think, so what? And yes you are right in some respects it's not a huge deal but it's something I wanted to do and if you have never worn a bikini before it requires quite alot more confidence than you would think - basically cavorting round near on naked when you aren't happy with the skin, lumps and bumps on show is actually a very intimidating thing!

But, I grew a pair and thought I would just give it a try - I waited til it was just me and my sister left and I braved the bikini. No one ran away screaming and in all honesty no one gave me a second look so I am thinking the end result wasn't too horrific!

It is 100% about getting the right fit of bikini though as I don't think I would have been so up for it, if it wasn't for the beaut bikini that Freya donated to the challenge! If there is one thing you take away from this - make sure you buy a bikini that fits you well, the confidence will come and if everything is where it should be then that is half the battle!

If you live in the Manchester area and fancy dipping your toe into the world of personal training then definitely get in touch with Chris, he can help you achieve your fitness goals and have a laugh along the way!

Also if you are wondering why there are no pictures of me in the bikini - I'm not quite ready to broadcast photos just yet. Maybe that's the next milestone?


Monday, 1 July 2013

#FestivalStyle with Hunter Boots

Festival Fashion from Topshop, Hunter Wellies from Charles Clinkard
This weekend saw thousands of Festival Goers brave the big one, Glastonbury.

EVERY time I watch the footage I get jealous that I am not there so when the lovely people over at Charles Clinkard asked me to create my #FestivalStyle I jumped at the chance! Just because I am not there doesn't mean I can't think about what I *would* wear right?!

My Festival Style is a mix of separates that can be put together based on how the weather is looking when you emerge from your tent/winnebago (a girl can dream right?) and paired with the essential Hunter Wellies which let's face it are THE festival staple.

Throw in a couple of added accessories, a over the body bag to hold the camera to snap some fellow festival fashionista, a bright lippie and the trusty mobile phone and there you have a festival capsule wardrobe...


Summer Styling from La Redoute

As my Holiday approaches along with many of yours, La Redoute have given me their summer styling tips to share with you!

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