Hawaiian parties, fun times with friends and how to get beachy hair

Happy Friday everyone !

Hope you have all had a great week. I have been back to my home town of Manchester this week to catch up with my family and friends. It’s been lovely to be back up north, despite the mix of weather!

Last week was quite a fun and eventful one, My friend Beckie (who was my maid of honour at my wedding) came down to Essex on Friday with her partner Sam, and we took them to Sheesh in Chigwell.

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Sam and Beckie both said they were craving the food since the wedding and it didn’t disappoint!! The good is just sooo good and always a favourite with our friends and family…

It’s pretty healthy too which is always good…well, the main courses are – but these puddings were definitely treats!

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My brother Andrew came down too for the weekend as he is a teacher and now enjoying the 6 week summer holiday…! We were joined by Mark’s mate Freddie!

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As the weather was nice, I kept it casual and wore my jeans, with a Lipsy Bardot black fringed top from my new Autumn Winter Lipsy range, and I finished the look off with a classic tailored black blazer from Zara.

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unnamed4We all had a lovely night – but decided to have an early-ish one to keep ourselves fresh for the following day!

Mark and I also decided to throw a garden party at our house for all our friends, and because it’s Summer we decided to go with a Hawaiian theme.

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Mahiki which is a Hawaiian themed nightclub in London and Dubai.

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Mark and I have been going for years to both clubs, we love the atmosphere and their cocktails, and now the brand have started doing ‘Mahiki at home.’

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This is where where Mahiki pop up’s travel to someone’s house or party and offer a little bit of paradise at lots of cool events.

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Mahiki at Home offers the most exclusive hospitality package, we had bar staff who made the BEST home-made cocktails, DJ’s who took over the music in the evening, the whole garden got turned into a Hawaiian paradise. Look at the attention to detail!

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Shots got brought out on surf boards, people were drinking out of coconuts and pineapples.

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Not only that we also got the sunshine (we really didn’t know what we would have done if it had rained… its not quite the same having a cocktail out of a coconut, while sat on your settee is it ?!!)

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It was a perfect day and party.

We had all of Mark’s mates there and a few of my mates travelled down from Manchester, everyone said it was the best Summer party they’ve ever been to!

The following day I can safely say , the house was a bit of a mess, but we all mucked in to clean up.

Sea Spray

Because it’s Summer I very rarely blow dry or style my hair just because the humidity changes it anyway. So I’ve been using lots of this cult product: Bumble N Bumble Sea Spray…

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To use I spray it through my damp or dry hair; let dry naturally or blast my hair with a cool hair-dryer, with my head upside down. The less you touch it, the longer it will hold.

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It just gives you a sun-dried, beachy look style and it’s sooo easy. You can get it anywhere, it’s on sale at Boots for £21.50.

There’s lots of variety on the market all varied in price. Here’s some more sea salt sprays!

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I can’t wait to try this ‘super shot’ drink. It’s the only one on the market that contains 3 anti-ageing ingredients, antioxidants and vitamins.

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All you have to do is drink one once a day for glowing skin, healthy hair and stronger nails.

Available at Holland & Barratt or online

I have heard good things about it, so will let you know how I get on!

I’m back to the South now for more meetings and auditions.

Until next week,

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

Mini break to Palma, hair oompf and make-up must haves

Spanish weddings

So Mark and I went on a short weekend trip to Palma in Spain last weekend, because Mark had work over there. I love Mallorca and try to go whenever I can. I can’t actually count how many times I have visited, I think it must be around 20 or so times, and I never get bored… It’s a beautiful island with so much to offer, and is such a short flight that you can just go for a night but feel as though you have had a proper little break.

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Normally when we go away we relax and sunbathe but this time we decided to have a day out in the beautiful city of Palma and soak in all the Spanish culture!

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We went to visit the cathedral but when we got there, there was a wedding about to take place, so we weren’t allowed in. Instead of leaving I wanted to stay and watch…

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It wasn’t long before the bride arrived.. Wow, she looked beautiful, a typical Spanish bride, wearing lots of lace and a breathtaking veil surrounded by her little flower girls.

I was in awe and didn’t stop taking pictures!

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I’m wearing a cute playsuit from my Lipsy London collection which was great to wear in the hot weather, and my gorgeous real white pearl anklet is handmade, by a company called Pearlescence. You can get them here: http://www.pearlescence.co.uk

We had lunch there too in a side street right in the middle of the town, we ordered tapas, Parma ham, spanish chorizo and tomato bread. We even treated ourselves to a jug of homemade sangria!

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I was in heaven!

New make-up must haves

I like changing my make-up up and trying new brands, this week I’ve been using my new Illamasqua products, the eyeshadow pallet has the perfect colours for dark eyes, the plum tones and the sheer base really gave my eyes a pop, plus the eyeshadows are a mixture of powders and creams so they stay on all night!

I find cream eyeshadow a blend better than powder ones, however they don’t tend to stay on your eyes as long. To make sure your eyeshadow looks as good at the end of your night as it does from the start – and to avoid that awful shadow crease thing you can get – use a base.

 

image_6NARS have a smudge proof eyeshadow base for £19.50 and this nifty potion prevents smudging or caking of your eyeshadow.

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For an all rounder product I would say The Benefit Pore-fessional face primer is one of the best on the market . It quickly minimises the appearance of fine lines and pores, giving you smother than smooth skin.

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Don’t do what I first did though when I tried this product – and put loads on because your foundation and eyeshadow can go very patchy. You need to use a foundation brush and use a large pea sized blob to cover your whole face – I just put it on my eyes, nose and forehead.

I’ve also been using the Illamasqua highlighter. It is amazing!!

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To be honest I used it everywhere on my eyelids, underneath my brows, on my cheekbones and a little on my chest.

It gives your skin an healthy dewy glow without being too gold or glittery, and again it comes in cream form so once it’s on it lasts for ages!!! I love a bit of highlighter!

I have been wearing their ‘BARE’ lippy every day too , it’s perfect for summer because I like to keep my lips nude , and it goes with any looks – day or night…

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Hair products that give you ooomph!

I have been trying out hair care products shampoos that promise to give you more volume in your locks. I do have a lot of hair but it is quite fine, so I tend to go for volume/thickening lotions and potions.

Ojon Volume Advance Mouse – you apply this to your damp hair and it works on contact (especially heat – so dry with a hair dryer) to give your hair plenty of lift and body.

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Maria Nilla Shampoo and Conditioner . I think the shampoo in particular is great at adding thickness and volume to your hair. Neither of these contain parabens either but they do have lots of vit b5 which is really good at improving the overall condition of your locks.

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Windle and Moodie Fortifying Spray. This is a Multi purpose spray that thickens and protects against heat damage. So you should put it on before you blow dry or use straighteners or tongs on your hair. Smells great too.

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Oh and before I sign off, I must thank the people at Soap & Glory for sending me this! They must have seen that I love their body butter, because this arrived for me recently… My very own tub of ‘Righteous Butter” Pahahahaha ! Love it :-)

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Until next week
All my love
Michelle xxx

Hen party fun in Marbella and beach fashions

Liz’s hen party

This week I’ve been away for my friend Liz’s hen do in Marbella, she is engaged to Emmerdale’s Kelvin Fletcher.

Sun sea sand and plenty of sangria!!!! Oh my goodness it was such an epic trip…

I didn’t actually know I was going until a few days before because I thought I was going to be working all last weekend but it turned out that I wasn’t so I managed to find flights and join the group!

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There were 25 of us in total and we had the BEST time. We really did…. The weather was glorious at around 30’s every day…

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Me and the girls

On the day we got there we just relaxed, sunbathed and all caught up with each other, then went to a gorgeous meal at Tibu then strolled around a few of the cool bars round the marina.

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On the Saturday, bridesmaid Hayley who’s also one of my best friends and who I have known since school, arranged a dance lesson in a proper studio where all 25 of us learnt the dance routine to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”.

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Such a good idea and it was absolutely hilarious!!!!

Everyone had SO much fun, and it’s now an added bonus we all can pull out our fabulous Beyonce moves on nights out! Hahahaha! Seriously though, if anyone reading this is planning a hen party I would heartily recommend this or similar as an activity for everyone to get involved in.. We all loved it !

Shot time for Liz!

Shot time for Liz!

Bikinis

I posted a picture on Instagram of me wearing my Bikini Reef Jewelled bikini and had really good feed back from it…

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I own a lot of their bikinis, just because I love how unique and girlie they are. Follow them on twitter … @Bikini_reef

On Instagram bikini_reef or email info@bikinireef.co.uk for more information.

They also do kaftans, I wore one of their kaftans on my hen in Dubai and they customised it to say ‘bride to be’ on the back! It went down a treat…

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All the hens wore black ones too so we all looked very ‘hen like’ when we were poolside.

Other bikini brands that I love are Melissa Odabash brand – and I have my eye on her brightly coloured pieces such as the Sumatra Bandeau Bikini in yellow.

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She also does lovely cover ups. This strapless floor length “Dru Floor” white dress is super cool and would look great for dinner at a Marina too, as well as on the beach (or a super yacht of course ha ha!)

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Denim shorts

I’m also loving the old denim shorts. A must have in any summer holiday suitcase. In this picture – my friend hayley is wearing a pair from Miss Guided with cute Daisy’s on them – they were only £13! What a bargain!

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A decent pair of denim shorts never goes out of fashion. You can wear them day or night and they are pretty inexpensive.

Pretty Little Thing have some cool frayed ones for £15

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I also love these white ones by Top Shop for £35

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New toy
I took my new splurge away with me too…. I decided to invest in a decent camera in April, mainly because although my phone is decent at taking pictures I wanted some excellent quality ones, so that I can get certain pictures blown up and printed in my house, or give large prints to friends as keepsakes of our trips away. It’s a Fuji AX2 and I first took it away on honeymoon so we have lots of pictures to treasure for ever now… It’s also really good because it takes selfies! Yes you can take piccies on a timer. So handy!!

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I will probably take it with me to London Fashion Week in September as I am hoping to visit again and enjoy some key shows.

Decent moisturisers

My product must haves are ones I have mentioned before but they are just SO good, especially on sunny trips away. I always wear this moisturiser Origins Mega Bright because it has an SPF of 30 in it. As I am getting older I am realising just how important it is to look after your skin, especially on your face.

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I also still use Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate.

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It is a rich moisturiser that can also be used as a primer and also a make-up remover. This cream is only around £13-20 on various beauty websites and I think you can also buy it in Boots too. It leaves my skin very plumped and smooth.

Keep safe in the sunshine!

Until next week
Love
Michelle xxx

Fashion shoot in South Africa and Henley Royal Regatta

Travel bunny

In my job I am lucky enough to get to travel to some fantastic places and see some truly beautiful parts of the world, and last week was no exception. I flew to South Africa to shoot my next Autumn/Winter Lipsy collection.

I went to Johannesburg, the weather wasn’t great because it is their Winter at the min but it was nice enough to have a lovely walk round the shops on my day off and although it was cold it was still bright and fresh…

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I went into a department store out there and saw a picture of myself in their Lipsy concession, yep alllllll the way over in South Africa!

This totally shocked me because I didn’t expect it! So, of course, I had to take a quick picture without anyone noticing! Haha…

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Over the few days I was out there, we shot the next collection in 2 different locations… One was a really modern family home set back in the hills with a gorgeous infinity style swimming pool, and the other was a town house which was decorated with slate and stone and had it’s very own bar… The houses out there are insane!

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Here is a picture I took of a typical lunch during the trip.

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Everyone automatically assumes that in the fashion world, most people are on silly diets, and don’t ever eat any carbs …. Wrong! Look, here is some proof of this:

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We ordered pasta and pizza which was so tasty and everybody got stuck in, it was totally delicious!

Personalised jewellery

As you know I’m a big fan of Laura Gravestock jewellery, I hardly ever take my gold horseshoe off…

As a wedding gift she made me this gorgeous M&M gold plated bracelet and I haven’t taken it off since…

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She creates intricate feminine jewellery which you can personalise, perfect for gifts…. I also love this personalised ring that she does which is £61.

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Her website is http://www.lauragravestock.com/

There is another brand that do personalised gifts too called Monica Vinader. Have a look at her gorgeous friendship bracelets:

http://www.monicavinader.com/shop/in-collection/engraved/by-type/bracelets

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They vary in price from around £95 , you can put messages in them up to 19 characters long and come in nice packaging.

There’s another company that does lovely personalised jewellery called https://www.poshtottydesigns.com . I really like their double hoop or ‘infinity’ necklace, and you can add a message on it up to 24 characters. Again, great for gifts!

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Henley Royal Regatta

The weather has been amazing !!! All last week was GORGEOUS!

After a day of house sorting and running errands, myself , Mark and a few of our friends decided to go to Henley Royal Regatta.

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These were really refreshing, but had alcohol in them – hence the adults only sticker!

We had such a great afternoon. We were guests in the Mahiki tent which over looked the river so we could watch the races while sipping on exotic cocktails.

The atmosphere was fab and everyone had a good time . There was even a bit of a sing song at one point!

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I wore a black bandeau crop top by Top Shop and a white gypsy style flared skirt by Zara. I did wear shoes, I had just kicked them off by this point!

NB: Zara has some gorgeous pieces in at the moment… plus there is a decent sale on too.

This is my friend Helen, we were loving the cocktails out of the pineapples for added fruity-ness!

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Helen was wearing one of my new collection peachy/nude Lipsy dresses, which you can get online now at lipsy.co.uk for £65.

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Sunglasses

After a few days of rain and storms, apparently it will be warm and bright again this weekend.

I will be grabbing my sunnies and making the most of it!

Speaking of sunglasses, here are a few pairs I have my eyes on (‘scuse the pun), all from the good old High St:

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Topshop Luna Brow Bar sunglasses £16.00

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Topshop Pru Portugal glasses £16.00

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Primark Enamel Round Sunglasses £3.00

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Zara Two Tone sunglasses – in the sale at £5.99

Until next week

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

Cambridge days out and summertime barbecues

OK, so first things first – as you know, I am partial to the odd ray of sun here and there, so shall we discuss….. the AMAZING WEATHER?!

Hurray! It’s sunny! I love England in the Summertime, long days sunbathing in your own back garden, flip flops on and best of all…… Barbecues!!!!

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This week, Mark and I held our very first BBQ. We didn’t move in properly last year until the end of Summer, and as the weather was on the turn was we didn’t bother getting a BBQ, but this year because of all the nice weather it’s been a must have!

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We invited some pals over and got it going (when we actually read the instructions on how to do this!) Mark’s cooking skills weren’t too bad either. We enjoyed lots of burgers, chicken and king prawns with salads and cold beers. Was such a lovely day and by the sounds of the weather reports – it won’t be the only one we have this year, woo hoo!

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Last week my husband and I had a rare day off together so we decided to make the most of it and visited Cambridge for the day. It’s not far from where we live and it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit. The press made out that we went there celebrating our 1 month anniversary, to be honest we actually didn’t know it’s been one month since we got married until we spotted a story about it – Pahaha. So it was a nice memory to have….

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We had such a lovely day, we went punting down the river, a guide was telling us all about the history of Cambridge, the colleges and the universities.

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I found it really interesting because I love history, but I think Mark was just enjoying the ride.

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Plus the guide also told us that William Shakespeare studied at the university and the award winning film ‘The Theory of Everything’ was also filmed there.

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We stopped off for some delicious ice creams and had a look round the markets…

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It was a perfect way to spend a truly British summers day. Can’t wait to go back!

As the weather has been tremendous I wore my cut off dungaree shorts this week… I had so many people asking where they were from… They’re from Mango £34.99, and now they’re in the sale at a BARGAIN price of £19.99.

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I’ve always been a fan of dungarees, I love the denim look and I find them so easy to throw on for an effortless cool look!!! Zara also do some similar in a lighter colour if the ones in Mango have sold out… Here are some others I have my eye on.

These are super cute from Boohoo and are only £25.

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And I also love these black ones from ASOS for £28. You could also dress them up for more of a cool evening look and wear them with heels and a black bandeau underneath…

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I have been trying out a new face mask this week and I have to say… Origins – it’s pretty impressive!

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It’s called “Original Skin” Retexturising Mask with Rose Clay, and helps gently clean and refine your pores leaving your skin feeling silky smooth and refreshed. Great product and you just leave it on for about 10- 15 mins.

I’ve been using Revlon Colour Burst lip balms this week.

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The colours are amazing!!!!! Really vibrant and they last for ages and because they’re balm they really replenish your lips. Great value for money and they come in a great variety of summer colours. Here’s my two faves

My new Autumn/winter range with Lipsy came out in Thursday in all Lipsy stores and online at lipsy.co.uk.

A lot of the pieces are 70’s inspired this was a total new direction for myself and Lipsy. I can’t wait for you guys to tell me what you think!

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Here are some of my favourite pieces, I love this parka and before the sunshine I was wearing it loads.

I also really like this snugly belted waist tie coat, the sexy black halterneck fringed black dress is really cool, and this 70’s flowery dress and faux fur gillet I love!

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Finally I just want to say congratulations to my old Corrie friend Helen Flanagan on the birth of her beautiful baby girl, Matilda.

Can’t believe you are a mummy now Helen! Wonderful, happy news :-) and all the best to you and Scott.

Until next week

Lots of love from

Michelle xxx

Chips, highlighter tips, and my new drama role

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all having a great week. Did you enjoy my Twitter chat on Tuesday? I thought it went really well… I reckon I will do another one soon, it was great to speak to you all despite my phone battery nearly running out twice…

Thanks for all the suggestions about new gym tunes. I have downloaded a few new tracks to keep me motivated, I love upbeat dancey ones the best, oh and a bit of cheese never hurt anyone either! …. However, my healthy eating has kind of gone down the drain this week, I have enjoyed some yummy treats including home made ice-cream on a day out with Mark in Cambridge, and a huge portion of Mancunian fish and chips when I nipped home last week. My god they were good!

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Like I have always said – everything in moderation! There is nothing wrong in treating yourself. It is all about balance.

I have been back to Manchester again in the last week mainly because I didn’t get chance to visit friends and family a lot in the run up to the wedding, and I know I will be getting busy again with work soon so its been lovely catching up with everyone and sharing stories about the wedding and hen party…

Here are some pictures I took on the way back on the motorway… look at this gorgeous rainbow!

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New role

The news is finally out about my new role. I am going to be filming a five part drama for BBC1 one called Our Girl.

I am over the moon about this. I loved the first series with Lacey Turner in it, and can’t wait for my next big challenge and where it will take me.

I can’t really tell you much about the character I am playing, as its all still pretty hush hush, but when I can I will let you know.

Cult body moisteriser

My new body moisturiser obsession is good old ‘Bio Oil’

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I would say it is my must have product at the min… I use it everywhere, body, face and body. This small product goes a long way and dries quickly so it’s great if your in a rush… It feels amazing on the skin. I know mums to be rave about it to combat stretch marks but it’s such a good all rounder – especially because it is so reasonably priced and is stocked everywhere between £5-£8

Bio-Oil has won 224 skincare awards and has become the No.1 selling scar and stretch mark product in 18 countries since its global launch in 2002. Not bad going really! Try it out!

New summer bag

My over the shoulder brown tassel bag is from Zara…. I wear it all the time and keep money, sunglasses and phones, the things that get lot in a big bag… It’s a perfect item for this festival season because it’s just the right size for a day spent watching bands and you can sling it over your shoulder which is safer than holding a bag your hand all day, and a bum bag is never a cool look either, sorry!

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I love a good jumpsuit

My new denim jumpsuit is from Mango… I’m loving the denim look this season, the long sleeve and cropped trousers look great with the British summer cause the weather sometimes changes and this never looks out of place. OK, so it’s a bit of a faff when you need to go to the loo, but this jumpsuit is ultra comfy and very fashionable.

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Highlighters!

I’m trying a new highlighter too from Illamasqua called… GLEAM. You can use it body and face, it looks great on the cheekbones and it’s in cream form not powder so it gives it a dewy finish and works better on your skin in hot weather – a good one to stick in your holiday make-up bag.

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These ones are also pretty good:

Benefit’s Highbeam … I have been using since my late teens. It’s such a good product – a great all rounder

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Benefit also do a Sunbeam – which is one to use for your jollies as it gives a more golden sun kissed look than Highbeam.

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For a product that is more affordable , e.g. – under a tenner I think Rimmel Good To Glow is pretty fantastic!

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It is an instant build able illuminator and highlighter. The lightweight liquid texture can be used on face and body, and can be worn alone or blended with foundation for a subtle all over glow.

The trick here with any highlighter is don’t go overboard – otherwise your face will just look shiny and even worse – greasy! Think about where the light hits your face and body and just blend it there.

Body magic

This divine body cream by Temple Spa is seriously wow. It’s rich and leaves my skin soft supple and radiant. This one is an investment purchase, but a little goes a long way and I only use a tiny bit after a bath at night, you don’t need a lot, so the jar should last for ages.

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Lippy

Before I go – I must show you my new lippy too – again from the brilliant Illamsqua… it is called BARE it’s my perfect shade… Nude with a hint of warm pink.

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Until next week,

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

Gym time and Summer treats

Back to the gym time!

I couldn’t put it off for much longer, and in a weird way I have been missing working out… Yes – after a month of relaxing, eating whatever I wanted and having the odd cocktail here and there, it’s back to the gym time for me.

I wanted to do a bit of cardio to kick start my body again, and although I have said many, many times before that I hate doing exercise – I love the buzz it gives me afterwards and after a few weeks of hard work I can see the changes in my body so it makes it worthwhile. I can also feel the changes in my body when I don’t go, so I bit the bullet and went back to my local gym.

I managed to avoid going on the Monday morning for a good few hours by doing very important things like household chores, chatting to friends on the phone and watching paint dry pa-ha ha aha, but finally motivated myself to go there.

I jogged for about 15mins, went on the step machine for 10mins and walked on the curve runner for 10mins… I also did a lot of core exercises using the medicine ball and kettle bells too.

Here I am mid session in my fave gym gear (by @LipsyLondon)

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I also did my own circuit which is none stop exercise for 15mins this involves lunges, push ups, star jumps and box squats.

I train myself and I prefer it this way, I put my music on loud and just go for it! I do need some new music to train to so if you have any ideas please feel free to tweet me them. I can get so bored of the same songs so recommendations will be well received!

I went three times this week and each time I was aching the next day – in a good way.

Manchester

Last weekend I decided to drive up to Manchester from Essex, and visit some family and get my doggies Phoebe and Pip who have been staying with my mum and step dad for a while.

It was so good to see everyone, even if it was for a flying visit, I love Manchester and always get a warm feeling when I arrive back (not due to the weather though as it was pretty overcast!) – It’s been a month since I was last up there, will be back soon to see my friends :-)

New bag

Because it’s Summer I’m loving the ‘desk to beach bags’ around this time of year… I treated myself to this Orla Kiely bag.

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It’s a type of bag you can wear to work, shopping and also take with you to the beach! I wore this bag everyday on my honeymoon and I like it because it is a bit unusual and I love Orla’s style and brand after going to her fashion show earlier in the year.

Summer smells

I tend to change my perfumes in the Summer, and wear a more lighter, fresher fragrance.

I do love the Kiehls Orange Flower and Lychee perfume which is an exotic fusion of Orange Flower and Lychee, sweetened with a touch of honey and Moroccan Rose.

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However the fragrance I am carrying around with me in my handbag at the minute is ‘Glam’ by Lipsy.

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It’s in a 30ml bottle so it’s a perfect size to throw in a handbag, I have also taken it out on a night out with me because it fitted in my clutch, and girls we know how annoying it is when you have a sexy svelte and narrow clutch, and the only thing you can get in there is a lip gloss and a blusher brush (but no blusher) … This perfume smells amazing, really light and floral and a total BARGAIN for £18.

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New make-up tips

The highlighter I’m using at the minute is ‘Mac Global Glow’ it’s my fave! Perfect for this time of year. I use this product on my cheek bones to highlight, also sometimes I use very faintly on my eyes to give them a lift.

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Because I’ve been away I have a natural glow to my skin and colour and to be honest I’m not a ‘full face of make up’ every day kind of girl ( I hardly ever wear foundation on a daily basis). So at the minute I’m using Laura Mercier Primer which is great for oily skin,k because it keeps skin looking fresh and any make up you put on top keeps in place….

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On top of the primer I’m using ‘Soleil Tan De Chanel’ which is a multi purpose cream-gel bronzer. First I contour using Soleil Tan De Chanel under my cheekbones and around the sides of my temples and around my jaw, I then I lightly buff the remainder product on the brush over the rest of my face for an even effect!

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It’s on sale for £32. It’s a great investment piece for your make up bag because it lasts for ages!!!

Until next week – and dont forget to tweet me some new gym tunes!

Lots of love,

Michelle xxx

Our honeymoon: Maldives and Dubai and enjoying the sunshine…

So! I’m home! We have had the most wonderful honeymoon split between two very different destinations – the Maldives and Dubai.

Our first port of call was the tiny island of Maafushivaru – it is a stunning part of the world and so very private. It was about a 25 minute transfer by seaplane from Male.

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And here we are about to board the seaplane to the resort.

I’ve never been in a seaplane before, it was very exciting and not as bumpy as I thought it would be.

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Here is a picture of the STUNNING ocean – just look at how clear it is!

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We did lots of resting, sunbathing, exploring and eating in the Maldives… for food we enjoyed lots of  fresh fish and salads, and of course, a bit of champagne to celebrate!

I took this ‘Unite’ hair product with me and used it throughout my honeymoon on my locks.

Every time I washed my hair I towel-dried it then sprayed the product on liberally – I also use it round the pool, as it stops your hair from drying out in the sun and the sea salt, and smells really good.

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This is also really good – called ‘Fortifying Spray’, it is for adding volume to an updo on holiday. If you can’t be bothered with taking hours to blow-dry your hair or curling it (I certainly couldn’t be bothered!) – it’s by Windle and Moodie.

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After sunbathing in the day (yes, believe it or not,  I do use a factor 25/30) I slapped on loads of Aftersun from Boots (I keep it in the fridge in the hotel room usually so it’s lovely and cool on my skin)

I put on my fave Garnier Summer Body because it’s the perfect way of maintaining a holiday glow – I just mix it in with a dollop of Aftersun, and then when I am back in the UK, I keep the glow up by applying a small amount after a shower.

Once every few days is enough and it keeps your tan golden :-)

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After four and a bit days in the beautiful Maldives, we left to go to the place where it all began for us – Dubai.

We both love it there, and were joined the last few days by some of our family which was such a treat!

Mark and I, Mark’s brother (and best man at our wedding) Josh, and his girlfriend Hollie went out a couple of times for dinner.

Here we are one evening – I’m dressed in a really cute deep blue patterned two piece which was made by Eyla who co-designed my second ‘evening’ wedding dress.

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I loved the flared pants and matching crop top, it was very comfortable to wear in such hot weather!

Here is a sketch she did for me of my second wedding dress by the way – in case you didnt see the dress in the mag – I loved it, very Carrie Bradshaw, and was easy to dance in which is exactly what you need for your night do!

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I also celebrated my birthday out there last week which was lovely, and Mark made it so very special for me. I want to say thank you to everyone who took the time to tweet me – I didn’t read all of them until I got back as I haven’t been on social media a lot, but it was overwhelming to get so many lovely messages, and also ones about our Hello! wedding pictures too. THANK YOU !!!!

And to all the friends who posted old and, erm, amusing pictures of me on Twitter for my birthday – don’t worry! Revenge is sweet mwah ha ha ha!

Anyway, back to Dubai… Here is Mark and I at our favourite restaurant Nobu. I am wearing my new BCBG dress. It is one of my fave buys this season, I love the feminine shape and the colours look great with a tan.

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We were fortunate enough to get a personal tour of the suite that Kim Kardashian stays in when she resides at the Atlantis. Check out that ceiling!

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Here are some pictures of the suite.

It’s SO big! Like your own private villa/hotel. Very impressive!

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Until next week, lots of love,

Michelle Wright :-) xxx

 

 

 

Wedding beauty preparation and make-up tips

I am so happy to tell you all that I am now married :-)

Thank you everyone who has messaged me and tweeted me congratulations and good luck. It really means so much to both Mark and myself and we had the most amazing day.

The wedding pictures are in Hello! Magazine this week, here is the front cover – of me and my hubbie :-)

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Sooooo, just to rewind a bit – I thought I would tell you about the beauty build up to the big day – after all, this is a fashion and beauty blog!

Before our big day, I did a lot of pampering (mostly at home because it’s convenient) running around doing errands and also had the wedding rehearsal (which was on the Friday, with our wedding being on the Sunday afternoon.)

For pampering I had a bit of an established beauty regime: using a decent cleanser to remove my make-up (either Origins Mega Bright or Ginzing cleanser) Midnight Face Skin Recovery Concentrate by Kiehls every night,

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and their Rare Earth Cleansing Mask every few days.

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I also still swear by the Dr Weil by Origins range, my skin is so improved since using these products for a good few months now.

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I love Darphin Hydraskin Rich Moisturiser as a day to day moisturiser

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and I still rate Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate which is a cult moisteriser from France and is a bloomin bargain at £20.

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I have also enjoy regular facials, and don’t really wear any make-up unless I’m going out which I think allows your skin to breathe…

For my hair I have used plenty of Philip Kingsley hair care for months, to make sure it’s super shiny and strong, the Elasticiser is fantastic and suits my hair.

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and have recently been trying the new Windle & Moodie hair range. I especially love their Essential Oils Elixir

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which you put on your hair 20 mins before you wash it as an extra conditioning treat. The smell is amazing – exotic and rich.
www.windleandmoodie.com

I have been thinking about wedding make-up for ages and a few of the bridesmaids were asking about how you get it to stay on all day. You also get a lot of photographs taken over the day – especially if you are part of the bridal party, so it needs to look picture perfect day to night.

I asked one of my make-up artists – Collette Casey who did actually did some of my bridesmaids and mum Jackie’s make-up on the day – for some top tips with wedding make-up, and here they are!

Collette said: Summer is fast approaching (hopefully) which means WEDDING SEASON! Whether you are the blushing bride or simply a guest, you want your make-up to last all day and long into the night.

“Most importantly you also want a sunscreen. There are some fantastic tinted moisturisers and foundations on the market that have an SPF built in. I like the Laura Mercier tint as it gives a bit more coverage than some other tinted moisturisers but still looks natural and glowing.

“Remember if you prefer a natural lip be careful of lip glosses and balms unless they also have SPF in them as they can reflect the sun and burn your lips.

“Layering your products also helps it last all day for example, try using a cream blusher underneath your powder blush or a cream eyeshadow before your powder eyeshadow – layering the products will help your makeup last longer.

“Finally there are some products now that set your makeup and keep it in place all day. Have a try at Urban Decay setting spray. Apply a light mist onto the face then allow to dry.”

Thanks Collette! I will have more beauty tips for you next week from another of my fave creatives…

When we left for Bury st Edmunds I must have gone round the house at least 6 times making sure I hadn’t forgotten anything. I had a bit of a panic … But just look at my suitcase! It’s from Clairebella. So cute!!

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I wore my new Crisian London Lou Lou pumps when I was on my way down to Bury for the wedding.

I looooooveeeee them – and I had so many compliments about them. Perfect with skinny jeans or a pretty summer dress. They have a uber cute heart shaped flat heel and a cluster of Swarovski crystals on the toe!

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Here is the company website :

http://www.crisianlondon.com/

After we arrived at Hengrave Hall, Mark and I and were invited to SK clinic for last minute pampering. Wow it was amazing! I had a (much needed) massage called the ‘Hydro firm’. Needless to say, I fell asleep for a full hour and a half! Thank you Sian and your fab team at the clinic :-)

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Here are some pictures of the beautiful Hengrave. We both fell in love with the venue as soon as we saw it …

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Can’t believe I won’t be reading any more of these kind of magazine for inspiration anymore ….

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Next week I will talk you through the wedding properly, there is so much to tell you all!!!

It’s a short blog this week because I’m actually writing this mid flight on my HONEYMOON!!! Woohoo!!

Thanks again for all your well wishes, they really do mean the world to myself and Mark.

All my love

From

Michelle Wright !!

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White – the colour for summer, and my fave dresses from Cannes

Hi everyone, what on earth is going on with the weather?!

I cannot work out for the life of me what to wear at the moment. It rains, then it’s sunny, then it rains again! Hopefully it will be nice weather for a certain momentous life event that is happening very soon!!

Sooo, have you all been checking out the amazing red carpet dresses at Cannes? All I can say is WOW. Some seriously amazing fashion moments going on there!

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I love Naomi Watts in pale blue Ellie Saab, and Doutzen Kroes in Dior

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Natalie Portman in emerald green Lanvin

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and I loved Michelle Rodriguez in this elegant Vionnet gown

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I’m a big fan of white at the moment (wonder why?!) – and have have been wearing it a lot recently (despite the crappy weather).

I adore this dress from my Lipsy collection

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If you remember, I wore this on the last night of my hen party…michelle-6

I also love this jumpsuit from Lavish Alice (make sure you wear nude underwear though ladies!)

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And this bodycon dress from Topshop is HOT and a bargain at £42

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I’m keeping my eyes out for white or pale holiday type clothing at the moment, and have my eyes on this soft V neck white crochet beaut from Melissa Odabash.

 

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This short white off the shoulder beach dress is so pretty too – go to OdaBash for more info on their collections

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So, work has been busy this week.

I have been shooting my next autumn/winter collection for Lipsy and it was in a super stylish converted barn in the middle of the Cotswolds.

Here’s a couple of sneaky piccys from the shoot:

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Great pad!

I can get quite homesick when I am away from home so instead of staying in a nearby hotel and having a semi lie-in, I chose to get picked up and driven there and back. My pick up time was 4am – WOWSER!

I couldn’t do that every day as I’m seriously NOT a morning person (ask any of my friends or family!)

Luckily, as I wasn’t driving, I was able to sleep for 2 and a 1/2 hours on the trip – bonus!

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This is my new coat from my collection – I haven’t taken it off, I LOVE IT.

I love the leather detail around the zip and the collar, and because it is black it goes with most of my outfits :-)

Also over the last week I have been eating verrrrry healthy and been enjoying a thick juice that I make fresh at home.

At the moment I am loving for breakfast this combo: Celery,  green and red apples, kiwi, lime, loads of spinach , cumber. It doesn’t sound exactly appetising, but I assure you it’s delish and really fills me up till lunch time when I have a proper meal.

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And finally – Mark and I got a lovely day off together so we took ourselves off in the car and enjoy the sunshine.

We had a great day, just the two of us, eating ice creams – and me obsessed with feeding squirrels ha!

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Hope you all have a lovely week :-)

All my love from,

Michelle xxx

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