It has been so nice being back in the UK. Enjoying the fresh, crisp cold weather and feeling all wintery. That probably sounds odd but when you spend so much time abroad it’s sometimes nice to experience some cold weather.
After being at home for all of one day, I decided what better way than to start feeling relaxed by having a bit of pampering. You might have read in my previous blog that I had some HD Brows. Lyeesha from Powderbox Beauty came to my house and waxed, tinted and threaded them giving them some great definition. I really loved what she did so I decided to have them again. This time I also decided to try another treatment, some LVL lashes. LVL stands for lift, volume and lengthen and it’s a treatment that was created by Nouveau beauty group. It does exactly what it’s initials describe, and after over two years of having individual lash extensions I must say I am converted.
My eyebrow and lash treatment wasn’t just for a bit of pampering, it was also in preparation for my appearance on Loose Women to talk about my involvement with St Johns Ambulance Baby CPR campaign. I joined Ruth, Coleen, Katie and June to discuss this vital skill that all parents need to know. It was great to be able to help bring some awareness of the video on such a popular TV show and I’m please to say I’ve finally booked in my first aid course.
In case you missed it and you would like to see the Nursery Rhyme Inc video you can watch it here…
It’s an extremely important campaign that I am proud to support and as I knew I would be joining some glamorous women I wanted to wear a nice outfit. Here I am wearing the Yass dress by Hanieh, an ethical and sustainstable UK designer who has some beautiful dresses that are perfect for a smart daytime event or swish evening party.
I completed my look with some jewellery from Carat and my trusted nude Louis Vuitton shoes.
The best thing about being at home of course is that I can spend some time with my husband Alex. We’ve always tried (when possible) to go out on ‘date nights’ and, as Alex works in the city I thought it would be good to try a restaurant nearby his office. Zebrano has a few restaurants around London but it’s city venue is relatively new and I was keen to try it out.
We started off with some cocktails in the chic/industrial like bar in the basement and then I enjoyed a delicious meal of scallops and steak upstairs. For a Tuesday evening it was pretty busy and there was a great atmosphere. We had a really lovely evening and only one bottle of wine which meant I could hit my fitness training hard with John Beeby the following morning.
I have now been training with John for 6 months and although it has been hard to work out whilst I have been abroad, I’ve stayed focused and remained disciplined. Now that I am around for a few weeks I am able to fit in around 3 sessions a week and I feel energised.
It’s really has been 9 months on, 9 months off with my baby weight. I set myself a target; to get down to my wedding weight of 8st 6lb (half a stone lighter that my normal weight). I wasn’t sure if it would be possible to achieve and I certainly got frustrated when I didn’t see results immediately. Tahlia is almost 9 months and when John weighed me a few days ago, I was so happy to see I had reached my target. Now the challenge is to tone and sculpt – something I have never done before so it will be interesting to see what I can achieve. That doesn’t mean I’ll be donning the creosote and entering the next Miss Bodybuilding UK competition, I just want to see a bitter of tone.
Here is a pic of me 31 weeks ago, 23 weeks ago and then now.
Half way through the week I had a quick chop with Carly at FOUR London which was just in time for my appearance on Channel 5’s new Saturday show.
Those of you who read my blog will know I have a great love of adventure travel and it was lovely to be able to join Gabby Roslin and Matt Barbett to discuss some of the best places in the go in the UK, Europe and further afield.
Whilst I was on the show I met their lovely resident Dale Pinnock; aka The Medicinal Chef. He made the most delicious cheesecake and the secret ingredient was, wait for it… Avocado. Not calorific at all!!!
I was grateful of the training sessions I had been putting in. Here’s a little pic of me in my strawberry shirt from Oasis, that coincidently I’ve since managed to destroy in the washing machine because I didn’t realise I had two of Rocco’s crayons in the pocket of a pair of trousers in the same wash… It didn’t look great with strawberries and green and blue stains everywhere… Sometimes I think I need to run around a little bit less!
So I said, I was going to be home in the UK for a few weeks didn’t I? Well, there really never is a dull moment because less than 24hours ago I got asked to fly to Spain to film for 4 days. It was slightly crazy getting everything organised but I managed it and I am now on the Eastern Costa deal Sol near Nerja. It’s not as warm as I hoped but whilst I’m away I’m going to be testing out a new face serum from the Ila range. I don’t usually review beauty products but Gwyneth Paltrow is a HUGE fan so I’m intrigued to see what effect it has on my skin. It certainly needs hydrating with all the flying I do.
Until next time. It’s Adios UK and Hola Espagne. Lots of love,