Thursday, 31 October 2013

Christmas Survival Event at Elite Performance Fitness


As you are all aware, I have been working my tush off all year and getting in shape over at Elite Performance Fitness in Stockport, Cheshire.

In the run up to Christmas, there is always the temptation to eat and drink a little more than you should and I have been feeling a bit apprehensive about how I can stay on track during those festive few weeks. Elite Performance Fitness are hosting an event on Thursday November 14th that will talk attendees through how to make some small changes that will yield big results.

My #adresstoimpress challenge continues as I work towards getting into my dream dress in December, so why not take on the challenge with me? The gym will cover the nutrition and fitness elements and there will be brands exhibiting who can help you achieve the glamorous Christmas look you want to go for!

If you have any queries or want to reserve a ticket please contact 07889 232 790.

It would be great to see you there!

Be sure to check out Wish Want Wear for all your designer dress requirements and the masterminds behind my training and nutritional plans contact details are below!

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Splurge or Save: Lessons I've learned as a Blogger

Sorry everyone.. bit of a long post from me today! Deciding on what and how you spend your money can be very confusing at the best of times, but throw in press hype and huge advertising budgets and the every day shopper is often left thinking what is the 'truth' and what is marketing speak?

I thought it would be useful to run through some of the things I have learned in my short time blogging, in terms of where you can afford to spend a little more and things that are just as good as their more expensive counterparts!

First and foremost, I just want to set the scene. I have been fortunate that, as a blogger and prior, I have been treated to many a piece of high end and drug store makeup, hair and clothing items (I'm not bragging, I am just acknowledging that I have been extremely fortunate!!) so I feel like I have tried alot of different things!

Makeup has always been my thing. As I have spent a large (excuse the pun) proportion of my adult life being overweight, makeup was the one item that would never disappoint, would always fit and as a gift wouldn't run the risk of offending me with the what size do I buy dilemma.

I completely appreciate that for people reading magazines/blogs etc their choice to spend or not to spend depends on their anticipated success with a product. I would hate to think I had built something up and inadvertently disappointed someone who had purchased on my say so, so here are my tips for making a spending decision!

If you don't necessarily have a budget full stop then of course, who am I to stop you enjoying your beauty purchases however much they might cost you. This isn't a post to knock people's products choices, more an education on how you could afford to spend less on certain things if you wanted to.

Number one has to be, don't be scared of making drug store purchases for certain things. Yes there are expensive foundations out there, I've used them and loved them. But I have equally grown to love Bourjois Foundations this year too, and actually converted into that being my go-to foundation choice. A bottle is normally around the £10 mark and I am impressed with the quality of the product. Powder is powder in my eyes no matter what the price. I am currently using Bourjois Java Rice Powder to set my foundation and fight the dreaded shine and I have noticed that Tanya Burr uses Rimmel Stay Matte Powder which whilst it isn't in the nicest of packaging, definitely does it's job well.

Makeup brushes are another slight bug bear of mine.. people seem to have this misconception that unless you have spent an absolute fortune on your brushes then your 'tools' simply aren't up to the job. I completely disagree. The BEST makeup brushes I have used are Real Techniques. You can probably buy all of the brushes they do for around £60 and they are incredible. I am not saying that other brushes won't do the same job as well, but for the average makeup user (and even some pro's/MUAs) Real Techniques will absolutely do what you want them to do, and well!

And now we move onto eyeliner. I am torn here as the eyeliners I have worn and loved in pencil form tend to be higher end brands, just as I find their longevity to be better than the drug store ones I have tried. That said, if you have a recommendation for me please drop a comment below! My fave gel/liquid eyeliner was a purchase made after watching a Tanya Burr video and is the Maybelline Gel Liner that comes in a little pot. I love this stuff, it is super cheap and for someone who had tried numerous times to master the liquid liner look but failed, this little gem was a revelation.

I am a sucker for packaging and this has caught me out over the years as I have purchased stuff and not been blown away by the product inside. For example, I have received Shampoos and Conditioners from Bumble and Bumble over the years and I do agree that they are very high quality and look lovely on display. But realistically would I spend my money to repurchase? No, is the honest answer. I once read that a great substitute for their Sunday Shampoo is Boots own brand detox shampoo. It is £3.49, and not one that I would quite so readily display but that does the job and does it well. Moroccan Oil is something I am torn over as I received a sample of this and do love it but would I spend £30 on a bottle? I am personally not sure. I think it is a fantastic product but there are other cheaper options that I think also do a good job, I guess the decider for me is that I don't have a hair type that relies on this to behave and maybe I would think differently if that were the case!

Moving onto fashion, I know this subject divides people as there are arguments to splurge or save and what constitutes splurging or saving will be very different depending on your budget! I personally love a trip to Primark but I do have times when I think, this is a false economy. For example, winter boots - I have bought them from there previously but I always have in the back of my mind that if I am able to wear them for more than one winter it is a bonus. I don't think they are necessarily manufactured as something that will last so I always go into Primark purchases with that mentality and I am seldom disappointed. With the more expensive products and brands it absolutely pays to be a savvy shopper and whilst it means having elbows at the ready it is WORTH using the sales to your advantage. I got a pair of suede ankle boots in the sale from Zara for £30 and they are pretty much a winter staple for me. I happened to stumble across them in store but now I know to look out for such steals I would make a point of going online to look for similar staple items in the future such as winter coats or other leather goods.

I'm going to stop here seeing as this has become quite the mammoth post, but you get my point hopefully! :o)

Monday, 28 October 2013

Guilt Free Cake Recipe

Chocolate and Beetroot(!) Cake
So apparently it's the big #UKStorm2013 out there and there's been tweets flying around about trees falling, flying debris and terrible weather in general. Some not too happy bunnies it would seem on Twitter, but hopefully this rather nice guilt free treat will cheer you up!

Today's recipe is Chocolate Beetroot Cake! It is gluten free and ok for those of us who live a Paleo lifestyle :)

This has proved to me that if you are creative and prepared to make an effort with preparation, there is no reason why you can't eat clean. It was very easy to make and the results were pretty damn good if I may say so myself!


3 cups of grated, cooked beetroots
4 eggs
1/2 cup almond oil/coconut oil
1/2 cup organic honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup coconut flour (for a slightly fluffier and dryer cake, use 1/2 cup coconut flour)
Dark Chocolate chunks

How to make
  1. Preheat oven to 170C (350F).
  2. In a food processor or blender, blend the beetroots, eggs and oil.
  3. Add the honey, vanilla extract, baking soda, sea salt and spices.
  4. Add the cocoa powder and coconut flour and mix. Then add in the chocolate chunks
  5. Pour into a greased baking tray of choice. I used a loaf tin.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely before cutting and serving. Garnish as desired.
I was honestly really unsure what to expect with this cake as I couldn't imagine how a cake with beetroot in would taste.. it's actually really nice! It's like chocolate fudge cake in terms of consistency and I think would be lovely with raspberries added in, served with some fat free greek yogurt!

With only 6 weeks to go until I get into my #adresstoimpress in collaboration with Wish Want Wear, I have to be super strict with my diet.

Be sure to check out Wish Want Wear for all your designer dress requirements and the masterminds behind my training and nutritional plans contact details are below!

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Blog Sale!

ASOS Berry Swing Dress: £20 Size 18// ASOS Black Lace Swing Dress: £10 Size 20 // Dorothy Perkins Floral Dress: £15 Size 22 // Marks and Spencer Animal Print Chiffon Dress/Top: £7 Size 20 // New Look Navy Lace Skater Dress: £7 Size 20 // ASOS Black Swing Dress: £7 Size 18
ASOS Pink Ballet Style Dress: £10 Size 20 // New Look Black Scuba Bodycon Dress: £10 Size 18 // Dorothy Perkins Black Dress: £12 Size 18 // TFNC Black Swing Dress: £12 Size L // ASOS Cream Crochet Dress: £15 Size 16
ASOS Turquoise Swing Dress: £15 Size 18 // ASOS Leopard Print Swing Dress: £10 Size 18 // Primark Grey Metallic Leather Look Skirt: £8 Size 20 // River Island Black Leather Look Mini Skirt: £12 Size 18 // Ted Baker Floral Jacket: £80 Size 5 (Bought for £120 and worn once!) // Primark Green Blazer: £6 Size 20
You may have noticed me selling off a few of my old dresses and bits and bobs on Twitter and I just thought I would put everything in one place!

Hoping to get rid of these dresses as they have all been worn only a handful of times and it seems a shame to get rid!

If you would like to purchase an item, please email me on to discuss and we can arrange payment via paypal. I am open to offers aswell as I just want to get rid of them!

Thanks :o)

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Nouveau Lashes Review

Lashes by Nouveau Lashes: Click here for more info

Ok I am not *entirely* sure why my pictures have come out making me look really ruddy faced and like I have a black eye, but please ignore that and look at my amazing lashes courtesy of Nouveau Beauty Group!

I went to Professional Beauty in Manchester last weekend and booked in as a lash model with Nouveau Lashes. I got up bright and early for my appointment last Sunday and met with the lash technician who asked me what kind of look I was hoping for. As I knew that the lashes would last some time, I opted for fullness and a more natural look and the lovely lady (I am SO sorry I cannot remember her name!) set to work on applying the lashes.

My lower lashes were taped down with an under-eye gel pad and then the individual lashes were applied to mine. One of the USPs of Nouveau is that they try and match the lashes weight for weight so there is not too much tension on your natural lashes. They are designed to fall out naturally in line with your own lash cycle and can last 8-12 weeks. The lashes were a tiny 0.07mm in thickness and they are the most amazingly natural lashes. I LOVE THEM.

I've probably noticed 3-4 lashes shedding over the past week but the technician explained that was normal and that they should last at least 8 weeks if not 12 if I was careful with them. You don't wear mascara with them and have to avoid using oil based cleansers.

After a week of wearing them I do have to say that they are incredibly comfortable and I would highly recommend them. On the website there is a salon finder so if you want to look into getting a set then have a look on there and you can find your nearest salon. It is also worth noting that anyone who trains with Nouveau is trained by the 3 top lash technicians in the country so you can be assured that you will be in good hands!

If you are trained in lashes already then there is currently an offer to do a conversion course for a mere £95!

Big thumbs up from me!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Goal Setting

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Another post in the series relating to my weightloss journey!

Goal Setting has honestly been one of the hardest aspects of starting and maintaining my programme with Chris so I figured it might be for some of you aswell and therefore of interest.

I remember back in April I was given a goal setting sheet to complete, and I put on the various bits and bobs that I kind of hoped to achieve, like losing a dress size, wearing a bikini and getting into a nice dress for my sister's 30th. When Chris asked me to think about the whys and how I was going to do it and the time frame I thought I could achieve it in, I was *genuinely* a bit stumped. And for those of you who know me, I'm not often short for words!

Fast forward a couple of months where I have achieved all three to a certain extent and moved onto my latest goal of getting into my dream dress, I still find the process really difficult. During the women's nutrition and fitness seminar at Elite Performance Fitness, Chris covered the subject of goal setting and that it was sometimes helpful to create yourself a goal board. A few weeks went by after I had attended and I kept thinking about how I could keep my goal in mind and that actually he had a point with the goal boards.

I skipped on over to hobby craft, bought a canvas and various sparkly additions for my board and set about making myself a gym related to do list. It now hangs right across from my bed so it is the last and first thing I look at. Chris also told me that I should approach my decision making with regards to food and drink with an attitude of 'will this help me achieve my goal?' and that is what I am doing.

I think I have got slightly better at goal setting as I can decide what I want ok, I am fairly impulsive and when I have an idea in mind that's it then, I want it. My issue seems to be how I actually go about getting there.

The dress goal I think is different than any of the others as it is something purely for me. The others were for me in some respect but they were connected to friend's weddings, family birthdays, being a bridesmaid etc whereas this one is 100% MY dream. And quite honestly, I am worried about it. (There I have said it!)

I had a bit of back pain earlier this week, was feeling a bit hormonal and the dress goal seemed just too big to achieve. I had a real crisis of confidence and admitting to anyone that I am not overly confident about achieving my goal made me feel like a failure before I have even attempted to get the dress on! Not exactly the motivating goal I thought it should be.

I genuinely want this so much and I can completely appreciate that a lot of people they will think, 'good lord that is so superficial' and do you know what, it is, and I make no apologies for it. In fairness no one has criticised my goal, in fact most people are really interested in it and excited for me, but I also accept that I am in a very fortunate position where my worry is whether a dress will fit me.

In admitting that I need some help and a few pep talks along the way, I have learned things about myself. I do need a plan of action and I shouldn't be afraid of holding my hands up and saying you know what, I am not cocky about achieving this goal and I know that is will require serious dedication, some sacrifices and some hard work to achieve it. I am absolutely prepared to do so, but the less confident part of me is afraid of letting people down, most of all myself. I find stuff like this hard to talk about as I am naturally a 'glass half full' person, I blag, am confident most of the time and not feeling that way about this has kind of knocked me for six a bit. But I think that is ok too. Everyone feels down once in a while and I have taken on quite a big challenge, as I am sure some of you reading will have done too.

I have never really felt anxious about something I wanted and I can only put this down to the fact that I really must want it this time. I have dreamed about wearing a dress like this for pretty much the whole of my twenties and to have the opportunity to actually do so is both incredibly exciting but also fairly frightening. I am in the zone though and for once I am actually thinking about the end result rather than getting waylaid with the journey.

The current snapshot is that I have 6 inches to lose from my waist and approx 3 inches from bust and hips before it will fit me, and I have approximately 8 weeks to do it in. *hyperventilates*

Will I do it? Honest answer is, I really don't know, but I will be doing my absolute best to get in it and that will mean some hard work.  I am ready, but a few kind words along the way would help me alot! :o)

Likewise, if I don't achieve it then yes it isn't the end of the world but I will be disappointed!

If anyone is trying to write some fitness/weightloss related goals then all I can say is;
  • Dream big.
  • Don't by shy, you don't have to share it with anyone!
  • Ask Chris for tips - he is on twitter (link below).
  • Think about why you want it and how you will achieve it.
  • Display your goals so you get constant reminders about them, I have a countdown app on my phone along with my goal board that keeps it in the front of my mind!
  • Be prepared to make some sacrifices to achieve them, but know that it will be worth it in the end.
Once you have set your goals please comment below and get involved on twitter, we can all encourage eachother!!!

Check out Wish Want Wear for all your designer dress requirements and the masterminds behind my training and nutritional plans, contact details are below!

Social Media and Contact Links

Elite Performance Fitness Website

Elite Performance Fitness Twitter
Elite Performance Fitness Facebook

Chris Main Website
Chris Main Twitter

Wish Want Wear
Wish Want Wear Facebook
Wish Want Wear Twitter

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Vogue Fashion Night Out: The Round Up

Group Image c/o Heather Cassidy @ In Your Wardrobe
I feel like I am still tired following the excitement of Vogue Fashion Night Out in Manchester on Thursday night! I took the afternoon off so that I could have plenty of time to get round and see everything, but there was just SO much fun stuff on that I couldn't physically haul my ass round everywhere  in the time!

First up for me was makeup by the lovely team at Benefit Harvey Nichols, I LOVE these girls so much, friendly and seriously great at creating a lovely makeup look, I had to pop in and get glam before the big night! I went for a gold smokey eye which was created using the creaseless creams, hoola powder and a gorgeous plummy brown shade. LOVED IT!

Next up was the media briefing from Manchester Arndale. We were talked through the various activities going on within the centre that night and treated to Sushi from Yo Sushi and the most amazing gift bags which were very kindly put together by Boots - I felt completely spoilt!

I then headed over to Selfridges for their Press Reception, and treated myself to a fizzy water and lime as it was measurements for me at the Gym yesterday and I wanted to be good! I also made a point of going to check out dresses by the same designer as my #adresstoimpress project that I am working towards so had to keep on the straight and narrow after I saw what I am aiming for in the flesh! Selfridges had so much going on and I wish really I had had longer to experience it all! There was a huge queue for the Selfridges 'Selfies' taken in a giant yellow bag and because of having to go elsewhere I just couldn't wait in the queue! Boooo.

I was able to celeb spot though and clocked Daisy Lowe, Henry Holland and Eliza Doolittle arriving! Jameela Jamil was resident DJ for the night, and Erdem and William Banks were also in attendance to talk through their collections. I also saw super manicurist Sophy Robson on the Chanel Manicure Bar!

Gap in St Ann's Square was the next stop on my list, they had MMU Students styling up some looks, the Mancorialist photographing visitors to VFNO who had been style spotted and also smoothies on tap for shoppers!

After Gap I went back into Manchester Arndale for a wander round and my final stop was Debenhams for a talk from the Personal Shopping Team. I was really impressed with this as I had always had a preconception about Personal Shopping and rather smugly thought to myself, 'pfft, I can dress myself thanks!' but it is very clearly so much more than I had ever thought! The girls were lovely and I can see that they really would be a great help if you were looking to update your wardrobe. I will definitely be booking in to see how they direct me!

I then headed home as I was practically dead on my feet! The whole event was genuinely superb. I cannot express how proud I was to be from Manchester that night as everyone was so friendly and welcoming, the buzz in the city was incredible and if Vogue don't return to Manchester again then I think they are really silly! I am gutted that I ended up forgetting about Bip Ling in the Ugg Store as I would have loved to meet her, I also heard that Harvey Nichols had Jamie and Proudlock from MIC and Pixie Geldof DJing in H&M! There was just to much to do and not enough time to do it!

I also wanted to say thanks to MCRFW and my lovely fellow bloggers, who it was great to bump into, Manchester Arndale for hosting such a lovely media briefing, Selfridges for their kind invite to their Press Reception and Debenhams for telling me all about something I clearly had no idea about and also the lovely gift they gave us!

Roll on VFNO next year!!!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Carb Free Recipe 5...

Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice
It's Friday night and for many that means 'I'm too tired to cook therefore let's call it TAKEAWAY DAY!'

However, for those of us who try and avoid such dishes, here is a nice recipe that means you can have something that is along the same lines as a chinese dish but not nearly as sinful..

You may have read in one of my other recipe posts that I have got into cauliflower as a rice/couscous substitute. This recipe has been tried and tested by me and my pal Steph and we give it a thumbs up!

  • Chicken (or prawns or beef or any meat)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Onion
  • Sweetcorn
  • Peas
  • Egg - scrambled
  • Cauliflower
  • Soy Sauce
How to make
  1. Grate the cauliflower when raw and throw into boiling water for one minute. Drain and keep separate.
  2. Warm the coconut oil and scramble some eggs (I used one egg per person), then keep to one side.
  3. Brown off the chicken and fry the onion, add in the peas and sweetcorn (you could use any vegetables you fancy in this recipe, I used peas and sweetcorn as it was the most similar to the chicken fried rice I used to get from the Chinese!)
  4. In a large pan or a wok, mix all the ingredients together and fry for 1-2 minutes, adding a little soy sauce for flavour.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. ENJOY!
It's actually a really nice meal and doesn't take long to prepare or cook, so you can have your takeaway style dish without the guilt afterwards!

I am keeping on the straight and narrow as I work towards getting into my #adresstoimpress in collaboration with Wish Want Wear, my PT Chris and Elite Performance Fitness.

Be sure to check out Wish Want Wear for all your designer dress requirements and the masterminds behind my training and nutritional plans contact details are below!

Social Media and Contact Links
Elite Performance Fitness Website
Elite Performance Fitness Twitter
Elite Performance Fitness Facebook

Chris Main Website
Chris Main Twitter

Wish Want Wear
Wish Want Wear Facebook
Wish Want Wear Twitter

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Vogue #FNO is coming to MANCHESTER! 10.10.2013

With just a few more days until the fash pack descend on Manchester for Vogue Fashion's Night Out on Thursday, I thought I would try and find out what exactly we have to enjoy on the 10th in our fine city!

Apologies if I miss anything - there's just so much going on!

The main FNO areas are; Manchester Arndale, Exchange Square, Spinningfields, King Street and St Ann's Square.

Most of the retailers in Manchester will have *something* going on with many having special #VFNO discounts available to shoppers on the night.

Selfridges and Harvey Nichols are holding a variety of events in store, with Selfridges playing host to designers Erdem and Henry Holland and Jameela Jamil on the decks providing the musical entertainment! There will also be MAC makeovers and Chanel manicures on offer to shoppers and you can take your very own Selfridges 'Selfie' in their Photo Booth!

Harvey Nichols are celebrating their 10th Birthday so there will be treats galore to shoppers visiting the store! It is also worth noting you can have your official Vogue FNO t-shirt customised by ten of Harvey Nichol's favourite designers!

Manchester Arndale is also getting in on the action with many of the retailers putting on their own shopping events, along with a giant tweet wall so that visitors can get involved in the #FNO conversation!

House of Fraser are rolling out the red carpet and have built a pop up Fashion Night Out Cafe in Ciccetti with Head Chef Aldo Zilli taking the reins. There will be Dior makeovers and a chance for shoppers to pose for a celebrity style photo shoot, and take home their glam photo as a memento of the night.

Gap will be serving american food and drink for all customers at Gap on FNO. The store’s style spotters will also be roaming Manchester city centre looking for the best FNO looks that are working a 'cool casual American style'. Those ‘cool’ enough should visit the store where The Mancorialist street style photographer will be capturing shoppers. Gap will also be selling the Vogue FNO t-shirt (£18) on the night.

Blogger/DJ Bip Ling will be in charge of the tunes at the Ugg Store on New Cathedral Street, and the ‘as seen in September Vogue’ innovative pop-up restaurateurs will be keeping the food and drinks creative. You’ll also have the chance to win Bip Ling’s UGG Australia AW13 edit on the night.

Further information can be found here.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Gap Manchester 'Back to Blue' Blogger Style Challenge

Picture 5 is my styling attempt!
Tonight I attended a Blogger Event at the Gap store in St Ann's Square, Manchester.

Steve, the Store Manager invited us in to see the new collections and to style up an outfit based on the 'back to blue' theme.

Back to blue is very much the focus of AW13 at Gap, with the collections containing staple wardrobe pieces that can be mixed and matched. I decided to keep my styled outfit quite simple so that it could be worn for a variety of occasions, the legging jeans and Chanel style boucle jacket, paired with a chunky knit, brown suede boots and accessorized with a statement berry scarf and animal print bag.

Each of the Bloggers in attendance had the opportunity to style an outfit and once they have been appraised by the team at Gap the winner will have the chance to wear their outfit for real! *fingers crossed!*

What I really liked about the event was being able to put the outfit together and get a feel for the clothes and have a think about how they could be incorporated into my own wardrobe. Everything was really high quality and I genuinely loved a lot of what we saw, it made me remember why I love Gap as it is on-trend items but with a classic, quality feel to them.

Gap is not necessarily somewhere I would have remembered to go with it being slightly off the beaten track of the Manchester Arndale, I will definitely be making the effort to pop in from time to time though as I really was very impressed by what I saw and I think if you are looking to make a staple wardrobe buy such as coats, jumpers, jeans or even bags, they are a really good destination for that kind of thing.

Also, Gap are one of the key partners of Vogue Fashion's Night Out, taking place next Thursday 10th October in Manchester! Gap have taken on the task of producing the official T-Shirts for the event, with profits going to Save the Children. They will be highly sought after pieces I am sure!

T-Shirts are priced at £18 and will be available from Gap and other retailers from Monday - be sure you go and pick one up if you are coming down on Thursday as there are opportunities to have your t-shirt customised at some of the participating stores!

Thank you again to Gap for a great event :o)

Conquering the fear of GROUP EXERCISE

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Today's topic is how I overcame my fear of group exercise (formally known as group humiliation) and a bit of promo for the fantastic classes available at Elite Performance Fitness.

Before I started training with Chris I had attempted a couple of classes at my old gym that were aimed at 'all abilities' and not had a very good experience with them.

I hated the fact that everyone was doing the same exercise at the same time so it was very obvious if you weren't sure what to do or if you were slightly slower than everyone else! I found the idea of attending bootcamp/circuits classes very intimidating, even when I joined Elite, as quite honestly everyone who did them looked like they wanted to die at several points during the class.

Chris assured me that I was capable of doing the classes and suggested I attend his class from 10am to 11am on a Saturday morning so begrudgingly I agreed to go...

The classes are hard, I'll be brutally honest. But you feel great afterwards, tired but great, and they are fantastic for fat loss! I quite quickly got into the routine of going and now I go to Dave Holt's class on a Wednesday evening at 6.30pm and on a Saturday morning 10-11am.

In terms of what you can expect, the circuits are split up into 10 or so exercises and everyone does a different exercise at once, as many as you can do in the time alotted (normally one minute). The exercises range from squats to lunges, burpees, planking and kettlebells etc.

I genuinely think all fitness levels could do the class but obviously people's abilities in terms of the weights they are able to lift will be different.

What I really like about the class is that everyone is doing something different so if you can't do something as quickly as someone else then it's no issue. You just do as many as you can in the time. The short bursts of activity are also great for someone with a terrible concentration span like myself! You are not doing anything long enough for it to be really horrendous. I would say that the classes have made a huge difference to my fitness and they are a really great way to get to know new people as quite a few of the same faces go each week.

If you fancy giving a class a try then they are on at the following times;

Monday: 6.30pm
Wednesday: 6.30pm
Friday: 6pm
Saturday: 10am
Sunday: 10.30am

The classes are £6 per session - Come along and join in the fun!

If you want to join me in losing a dress size over the next few months, then check out Chris' October offer, click here for more details.

Social Media and Contact Links

Elite Performance Fitness Website
Elite Performance Fitness Twitter
Elite Performance Fitness Facebook

Chris Main Website
Chris Main Twitter

Wednesday, 2 October 2013 and Motives Cosmetics Websites Review

I was recently introduced to two websites that I wanted to let you guys know about and Motives Makeup.

Both websites are from the brand portfolio of Loren Ridinger, who some of you may recognise the name of as she regularly appears in the celebrity magazines and mixes in some pretty A-List circles!

I follow Loren via various social media platforms and have noticed what an incredibly driven woman she is with an amazing entrepreneurial attitude. I also have drooled over Motives Makeup and the fact we can now get our hands on it in the UK is pretty damn exciting to me! is an all encompassing, online shopping destination where it would appear you can get pretty much most things you could be looking for. The site pulls together offers from other online stores/websites so you can get the best deal possible when purchasing your product.

Motives UK is where you can get your paws on all of the amazing Motives products from the UK. In doing some research about the brand, I was really interested to hear that the way this collection has been collated is actually pretty unique.

Loren has a wide circle of friends and also has access to a number of celebrity and industry respected Makeup Artists. She asked them to talk her through their makeup kits and identify what products they felt were the best and why.

It then became apparent that it was not only one manufacturer who made the best product, so in order to create a collection that could claim to have the best products, it was decided to use a number of manufacturers rather than one in particular.

I have heard nothing but great things about the brand so I am hoping to try the products someday soon!
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