May, 2014

30 May
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Shopping for the Soap Awards and saying bye to Tina

It’s been such a memorable week for me, mostly because it’s the most bizarre experience watching yourself fall off the top of a building, then get whacked round the head with a blunt object!

I filmed those scenes beginning of April and it’s come around so quick, I must say thank you to all the lovely people who have tweeted me about the storyline, the scripts were written by Simon Crother and direction by Duncan Foster was so spot on, and to do such dramatic scenes with Chris and Mark was an brilliant experience for me. Thanks guys – you were ledges!

I won’t lie, I found it hard watching those scenes back, I felt so sad for Tina, what a difficult and traumatic life she had, and to end up being murdered like that – tragic!

In other Corrie related news I was chuffed to bits with my Soap Award for Sexiest Female. I truly don’t have a clue why I have won it so many times, but as I won’t be going back to Corrie – it will deffo be the last time!

I always get asked in interviews what do I think ‘sexy’ is and I think it’s down to being comfortable and happy in your own skin and SMILING! Whenever I do photoshoots and a photographer says “pout” or “look sexy” I cringe! I much prefer smiling as I feel silly and awkward pouting away. It’s not very me. Smile girls!

I feel silly and awkward pouting away on photoshoots

I feel silly and awkward pouting away on photoshoots

I’m also really happy for Corrie’s other awards and of course to Julie Hesmondhalgh and David Neilson. They are both such natural and talented actors, their awards are very deserved.

My outfit seemed to create a bit of talking point because I didn’t wear a dress! The reason for this was because I wasn’t going to go to the awards as I was going to be going on holiday with Mark and some pals, but I changed flights (on the Thursday night) to attend, which meant I had nowt to wear and hardly any time to shop….

 

On Friday A.M I razzed it into town and found this suit in Selfridges pretty quickly, I had to get it altered slightly at my local tailors but felt great in it and I wanted to do something a bit different.

I also got these lush boots from Top Shop on my power shop round Manchester – how cute are they?

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New boots

My suit was by BCBG and the black and gold shoes are from Lipsy London. It was so good wearing a suit on the red carpet as I didn’t have to worry about VPLs, low necklines, bra straps or bad weather/gusts of wind that can reveal your underwear! The other good thing about the suit is that I will get loads of wear out of it too, just with the jacket or as a two-piece.

My suit was from Lipsy

My suit was from Lipsy

There was some seriously wow dresses on the red carpet – my favourite look of the night was Catherine Tyldesley. @Cath_Tyldesley who wore one of my favourite designers Philip Armstrong Atelier and I loved her jewellery too as it was subtle, and like me she wore delicate gold stacking and knuckle rings.

I also loved Brooke’s Mark Melia two piece in gold and white and Tisha Merry’s elegant cocktail dress by Zeynep Kartal. Best thing about all these outfits – the designers are all based in the North West!

My hairdresser Reuben Wood blow dried my hair quite straight, but full with loads of volume with Kevin Murphy ‘Full Again’ and some ‘Powder Puff’ dust to keep it in place and used Mark Hill’s ‘MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil’ to keep it shiny and smooth (this stuff smells GORGEOUS).

By the way, have you tried hair dust before? You sprinkle it on the top if your hair and believe me it doesn’t move. Admittedly your hair feels ermmm not very nice, a bit like putting talc on your head, but at least you still have plenty of oomph after a few hours!

Have you tried hair dust before?

Have you tried hair dust before?

For makeup my makeup artist Colette used Benefit ‘Porefessional’ as a good long lasting primer and base and Benefit Stay Don’t Stray eye concealer as an eye shadow primer.

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You need primer if you want your makeup to last all night, and if you’re on a red carpet all the lights and flashbulbs can melt your makeup.

Shu Uemura lashes

Shu Uemura lashes

Colette applied some Shu Uemura lashes (double layered with extra voom!) and did some subtle contouring with my new Giorgio Armani foundations in two different colours, she also used Benefit’s new ‘Lollitint’ for a subtle and healthy blush, and used this fab Naked Flush Palette for bronzer and highlighting, and I took it with me to touch up my makeup, as it’s such a handy bit of kit to have in my clutch.

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Benefit

Once the awards were all done and dusted, Mark and I went to one of our fave restaurants Sushi Samba and had fish and champagne.

When we got back to our hotel we were going to stay up with everyone for a few drinks but I was so tired so I hit the hay pretty early!

At Sushi Samba

At Sushi Samba

I made sure I took off my makeup first though and put on lashings of Kiehls ‘Clearly Corrective Dark Spot ‘serum. This stuff is great to minimise dark under eye circles and uneven skin tone which I tend to get if I have a heavy night, it isn’t oily or heavy on my skin (which I don’t like) and I think I look a lot fresher in the morning if I use it before I go to sleep.

Great after a night out

Great after a night out

 

Anyway, I’m currently sunning myself on holiday and finally getting some wind down time. Hurrayyyyyyyyyyyyy! It’s so nice to relax!

Sunning myself in Spain

Sunning myself in Spain

Here’s a snap of me and my girls Katie and Liz, about to hit the town in Spain.

I’m back next week for the press launch of my first Lipsy London collection on Tuesday which I’m SO excited about! Can’t wait for you all to see it, here’s a few pics of me on the first fashion shoot on location we did a little while ago. It’s also the small matter of my birthday next week (Wednesday!) and on Friday I’m back in London having a night out with my gals. Can’t wait!!

Lipsy collection

Lipsy collection

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

23 May
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‘Corrie deserves the 2014 Soap Award’

It’s been another busy week which has been mostly taken up with me fighting a bug! I have had tonsillitis which unfortunately meant I didn’t attend the BAFTA TV Awards which I was gutted about, I really did want to go, but I needed to rest because I had a press conference in Manchester on the Monday lunchtime for Corrie, the High Street Fashion Awards and appearances on This Morning and on Lorraine this week.

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As well as taking antibiotics to combat the lurgy, I have been taking Berocca and these ‘complete immune’ supplements from My Vitamins. they contain immune boosting nutrients such as Vitamin D3, Beta Glucans, Zinc, Resveratrol, Grape Seed Extract and Vitamin C.

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I’m feeling better already, and will keep my gorgeous black Philip Armstrong dress for another special red carpet occasion.

The press day back in Manchester went really well, and I’m so excited to see my final scenes play out, I’m going to watch them with my family, which I guess might be a bit weird us all sat round watching Tina die!
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:-( Once the press day was finished I got my dogs from my mums (thanks mum!) then went home to pack and get ready for 3 days work in London.

My skin always goes dull and patchy when I’m rundown, plus wearing makeup doesn’t help, so if I’m not working I don’t tend wear any so that my skin can breathe.

I needed to give my skin some love, so I used Darphin Age Defying Dermabrasion first to exfoliate my face and neck to get rid of the dead skin and clean pores (and wake me up a bit!).
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Then I slapped on the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate on my face, and loads of Sanctuary Comforting Night Butter on my body especially my feet and elbows.
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This smells of Frankincense and Shea butter and I think for less than a tenner, a little goes a long way. After some chicken soup, hot choc and cuddles with the terrible twosome Phoebe &Pip, I had a really good nights sleep.

The following day I had to do a few interviews, then hop on the train for This Morning. I got to catch up with some of my friends on the show especially lil BV!

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I loved her outfit, Brooke has great style, not to mention beautiful thick hair (that’s all hers by the way, no extensions!). Her powder blue trousers are by Pretty Little Thing, shoes Matalan (bargain!) and top is Zara.

My top was French Connection and the skirt was by a really cute online label called Uncut.

We were on to big up Corrie’s fantastic year and why the show deserves the 2014 Soap Award. I know I’m biased but VOTE CORRIE! Corrie has the best stories, played out by the best actors. Julie Hesmondhalgh’s portray of Hayley dying of cancer was so so moving, and you have all the brilliant comedy from Sue Cleaver (Eileen), Simon Gregson (Steve), and Malcolm Hebden (Norris) . Website to vote is : http://www.britishsoapawards.tv

Then straight after chatting to Phil and Holly (who is looking blooming lovely by the way!) it was off to Vinopolis for the HSFA with Lorraine Kelly.

I was lucky enough to have a couple of hours to detour to River Island with Lorraine’s stylist Sarah Tankel and get this gorgeous pastel pink skirt, cool bluey grey top and lilac heels. Here’s me with Sarah at the awards.

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I also managed to get a quick look in TopShop, I’m loving this tropical jumpsuit (£69) which I will be buying for my summer holidays, and I bought this statement necklace to jazz up a little black dress I will be wearing on a night out soon.

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Mark was presenting an award and we both laughed when we saw each other, because we were both wearing pastels. We keep doing this and it’s sheer fluke I promise you!

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My favourite outfits from the night were Sarah Jane Crawford, Kimberley Walsh and Patsy Kensit who were all wearing high St.

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After the awards I headed back to my hotel early as I had another early start with Lorraine (7am pick up!), and then did my final appearance on the couch. I really enjoyed being involved with HSFA and Lorraine is so warm and good to work with. She makes presenting on live television look so easy and effortless & that’s because she’s good at it… :-)

I have also been sent some really good scripts for a couple of dramas that are casting at the moment, so on my way back to Manchester today I have been reading them through. One in particular has really stood out to me, so I’m hoping to get an audition for one of the parts soon..

Fingers crossed!!

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

16 May
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‘A peek at my new Lipsy collection’

What a week!!!! It’s been an epic week for me, up and down the country and all very exciting.

For starters I can finally tell you all about my collaboration with Lipsy London. I’m so pleased to be moving into the fashion world and I’m looking forward to launching my Autumn Winter collection on my birthday which is June 3 :-)

Sneaky pics from my Sussex shoot

Sneaky pics from my Sussex shoot

I’ve been working with the Lipsy design team for months on the key looks specifically for date nights, stylish lunches with the girls and glam Saturday nights out. I’ve gone for monochrome as the main theme with some nude colours, navy, royal blue and a rich berry colour for some pieces.

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Lipsy London love Michelle Keegan

I love the collection and hope you do too…. here’s a sneaky pic from one of the fashion shoots.

Enjoying the sun!

Enjoying the sun!

We shot in Sussex at a stunning modern house and the penthouse and roof terrace of the London ME hotel, both of which had a very modern Californian feel to them, lots of space and light.

We have also made a video lookbook which was SO much fun to shoot! It will give everyone an idea of how the pieces look when you walk and move about. Look at the spread we had for lunch (yum) !!

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After the Lipsy shoots I had to leave straight away to get to the Celeb Juice studios in time to film the last one of the series.

Rushing for the car to celeb juice

Rushing for the car to Celeb Juice

I always dread what Keith has in store for me, can’t say a bucket of jellied eels on my head was my finest hour, but meh! Was fine after a good shower and I think they made my hair really shiny ha ha ..!

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Here’s me with the goddess Davina McCall. I have huge admiration for her, she’s a lovely lady and a great presenter.

Goddess Davinia

Goddess Davina

I also love 3T and meeting them more than made up from the fishy gunge! I’ve been a lifelong Michael Jackson fan and I loved 3T when they first started. The boys looked a little bemused by the antics on Celeb Juice, I don’t think they had seen the show before :-/

Post jellied eels

Post jellied eels

After Celeb Juice I went back to my hotel for some DIY pampering as my skin was looking dull and I was feeling a bit tired after the last few days of shooting as the make-up and late nights can take a bit of a toll on your face.

I ran a deeeeeeep bath, got the room service on order (cheesy chips, club sandwich and a chocolate mousse) and used Origins Ginzing Scrub Cleanser.

Love this Zingy cleanser

Love this zingy cleanser

It’s a 2 in 1 product that cleanses and also exfoliates to wake up tired and dull skin. The oil blend is Grapefruit, Spearmint and Lemon so it smells really fresh and zesty. I also slapped on loads of my new favourite beauty balm ’7 Day Moisture Miracle Oil Balm ‘ afterwards all over my face , knees, elbows, hands and feet and slept in it. My skin was silky smooth when I woke up – a marked improvement!

Much needed balm for dry patches

Much needed balm for dry patches

Also this week I did another appearance on Lorraine to chat about the High St Fashion Awards (the awards are next Wednesday and I’m back on the couch next Thursday too!) and met Charlie & Leo from Bars and Melody from Britain’s Got Talent (so cute!).

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Until next week

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

09 May
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Real Heroes and bagging a treat

This week has been another busy one! I went to Ireland at the weekend and then on the Sunday I flew home VERY early to get to the christening for baby Ruby, my dear friend Robyn’s little girl. It was so lovely to catch up with my girlfriends and have some cake.

Wearing my Lipsy jumpsuit

Wearing my Lipsy jumpsuit

 

I decided to wear this sophisticated and comfortable jump suit by Lipsy

I decided to wear this sophisticated and comfortable jumpsuit by Lipsy

I decided to wear this sophisticated and comfortable jump suit by Lipsy. I love the nude colour, this is something I can wear again and again, in fact – I ended up driving down to Essex afterwards and having an impromptu night out still in the same jumpsuit, it’s definitely a fab day-to-night piece of clothing – you can get it here (http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/kardashian/kardashian-v-neck-belted-jumpsuit/product-is-DR07333_041).

Here I am with my future husband and sister in law :-)

My future husband and sister-in-law

My future husband and sister-in-law

On Sunday I was on a PA in Peterborough and then had to hop on a train to London for my first appearance on Lorraine for the High Street Fashion Awards 2014.

I haven’t really done much presenting before, and it does feel a bit alien to me sometimes to talk into cameras, when I have been avoiding looking anywhere near them for 6 years, but I do enjoy it and Lorraine and Mark Heyes are so nice to work with.

Lorraine did a cracking leaving message on a video for me, which was a surprise at my leaving party, I forgot to say this on Tuesday – but thank you so much Lorraine!!!

My skirt blew up!

My skirt blew up!

When I left ITV Southbank I got caught by a gust of wind and my skirt blew up when I was getting into my car, Thankfully the photographers who were waiting outside didn’t see anything they shouldn’t! It could have been quite embarrassing otherwise…

Help For Heroes

Help For Heroes

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Straight after Lorraine I went with my publicist to Tedworth in Wiltshire to meet some real heroes at Tedworth House.

Tedworth House aims to inspire the wounded, injured and sick and returning veterans to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives, which will enable them to reach their full potential and to support them and their families’ for life.

It is the most amazing place, with top care and support, full of opportunities providing education, training, sport and adventure in a relaxed, understanding and caring environment.

I sat down with residents to find out more about their experiences and the ways in which Help for Heroes run Recovery Centres have supported their families.

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Help For Heroes

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I also popped into an art class and toured the Phoenix Centre – an adaptive sports facility which was recently visited by HRH Prince Harry to mark the start of the Invictus Games selection process. It has tennis courts, a state of the art gym, pool and even a ski slope!

You can see exactly where all the fund-raising money goes, right there, helping ill and injured service men and women get better, and find ways to adapt to life. It was a truly inspiring visit and I can’t wait to get more involved with Help for Heroes charity.

To find out more about this wonderful charity, the people it helps and to do your bit – go to http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk

Bridal magazines

Bridal magazines

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We left around 4pm to head back to London, caught our train and I took advantage of the down time by perusing some bridal magazines, yes – I’m starting to look for ‘THE Dress’

I know what I want, but I can’t say otherwise it will spoil the surprise!

I checked out dresses from the Met Ball

I checked out dresses from the Met Ball

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I also checked out all the dresses from the Met Gala 2014 for some inspiration, I loved Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker in De La Renta and her up ‘do with the flowers in her hair (very Carrie!), Rachel McAdams’ in that elegant understated pink dress, Blake Lively also in a nudey pink dress but with the sweeping cape at the back and Charlize Theron’s monochrome gown with the tux jacket over her shoulders was SOOOOOooooo stylish and cool!

I have to say I wasn’t sure about the cut or style of Kim K’s dress as it didn’t really enhance her fab curves, but I did like the deep blue on her. I also wasn’t too sure about Zoe Saldana’s dress with the big poufy lampshade style skirt. It looked a bit odd!

I checked out dresses from the Met Ball

I checked out dresses from the Met Ball

The following day was another early start with the High Street Fashion Awards live links in Manchester. I really enjoyed filming in the Arndale (where I actually do a lot of my shopping!).

My peachy dress is River Island

My peachy dress is River Island

Check out the pearl necklace

Check out the pearl bracelet

 

Here’s some snaps on set – my peachy dress is River Island and my leather and pearl bracelet is by www.pearlescence.co.uk the other outfit – the white top is Zara and the skirt I think is Mango.

The white top is Zara and the skirt I think is Mango

The white top is Zara and the skirt I think is Mango

After filming I had about 30 mins to kill so I popped in to Chanel to lust over their handbags. I have ALWAYS wanted a Chanel bag and THIS would be the day that I finally got one!

I was given a Selfridges voucher from the cast of Coronation Street as one of my leaving presents and put this towards – THIS BEAUT!

Honestly I was having butterflies when I went to the counter, I did look at others but I figured this one would be the most practical as black goes with everything, I can fit loads in it like a make-up bag, scripts, diary and plenty more (erm, Chanel purse maybe pahahaha!), plus it’s sturdy and I can wear it over my shoulder. This was THE BEST end to a great week! THANK YOU to my friends in Weatherfield for helping me get this beautiful bag.

Thanks to the Corrie cast

Thanks to the Corrie cast

Finally got my Chanel!

Finally got my Chanel!

 

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

02 May
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Auditions and my new hair!

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It’s been another busy week for me going up and down the country for auditions and meetings, which by the way I am loving! I had a recall for one which I didn’t expect at all, when I walked into the room all the girls looked the same with long dark hair and olive skin, I haven’t ever really experienced castings before as Corrie was my second ever audition, so it’s going to take a while to get used to, but it’s all good and some of the scripts I have been reading are excellent.

Alsoooo, I can’t say exactly what – but I have a big announcement on May 14th, and it’s something I am really excited about and have been bursting to tell people for ages! Will reveal all soon!

Aside from meetings etc. I have been spending time in Essex with Mark and our friends. We went for dinner one night to Alec’s Fish Restaurant which was delicious – here’s my outfit:

 

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The bag is Zara, skirt (I can’t actually remember) I think it is Mango?, top is Lipsy, shoes are Office and the statement necklace is Zara.

I think the necklace finishes the outfit off – here’s some other necklaces I have my eye on at the mo:

These are from http://www.pearlescence.co.uk/ the first is garnets and a black pearl, and the second is a simple big pearl on a pendant.

 

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I love this one from Zara and this one is Johnny loves Rosie from ASOS and this one is really something from Stella and Dot!

 

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I have also got my nails done in this really lovely coral colour, and my new ‘M’ ring is from Rock and Rose – I love it so much I got it in gold too!

 

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My hair was long overdue a good trim so I took my mummy into my favourite Manchester hair salon www.reubenwoodcreatives.co.uk for some much needed trimmage. I was thinking about having something a bit more drastic and getting my hair into a bob or something but I know I would regret it afterwards! Here’s me in the salon:

 

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I also tried out my new make-up purchases that night and I have to say I am pretty impressed – the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette is a must have for your clutch bag (as you can see mine didn’t carry much) as it’s a natural blusher, subtle highlighter and golden bronzer in one. The colours really suit my skin tone and I didn’t need to put a lot on to get a healthy glow. The highlighter is best for under the arch on your eyebrows, the line across the top of your cheeks, your temples and a bit on your chin.michelleblogpalette

 

Loads of people have tweeted me asking where my new sunglasses are from – they are Michael Kors and I have been wearing them all the time (not indoors though, that’s just plain wrong!)

 

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Elsewhere I’m on the hunt for the perfect red carpet bag and shoes, because I am going to the BAFTA Awards on May 18th as a guest of one of the partners – St Tropez … I have already chosen my dress which is VERY rare for me as I tend to leave things very last minute, but need the accessories and jewellery to match. I’m on the hunt next week so will report back on goodies I find.

Also next week I am on Lorraine on Tuesday morning to launch the High Street Fashion Awards (make sure you tune in!) and will be doing a live link from Manchester on the Thursday too.

After I am on Lorraine on Tuesday I am straight off to Wiltshire where I am meeting some very inspirational soldiers who are residents of the fantastic Help for Heroes recovery centre – Tedworth House.

The House provides support to serving and veteran members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded, injured or become sick and has state of the art facilities to help nurse the soldiers and ex soldiers who are recovering there.

 

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I’ve been really looking forward to this visit for some time, and will be working with Help For Heroes to help raise vital funds for them later in the year.

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Speaking of charities – another one that I support is the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and my friend and ex Coronation Street co-star Catherine Tyldesley is going to be doing getting into Salford Quays and swimming in the OPEN WATER (eeek Cath! It will be soooo coldddd!), to raise money for this vital local cause as part of the Great Swim Series 2014 .To sponsor Cath please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CathTyldesley

I also want to thank everyone again who voted for me for the FHM #100sexiest poll. I was totally shocked when I got the call to say I had won, I honestly couldn’t believe it.. I really do think that being sexy is about smiling, being confident and comfortable in your own skin. You don’t need to put on lots of make-up or wear next to nothing to be sexy.

Here’s to an exciting week ahead!

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

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