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ITV Gala, meetings in London and make-up must haves…

Everyone started with their advent calendars? Not long now till it’s Christmas!!!!!!

So I will kick off this blog by starting with a trip to London for a meeting.

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I wore my polka dot dress from Zara, teamed it with my favourite Stuart Weitzman boots, my new and rather fabulous YSL bag from Rodeo Drive in LA, and a Freedom from Topshop choker.

I finished off this look with a shirt/jacket (is that called a shacket?) from Zara which I love for all the pretty embroidery on it.

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OK it’s not the most warm of outer garments for winter, but I spent most of the day either indoors or in cabs or on the tube so it wasn’t so bad.

After my day of meetings, I drove up to Manchester to do our annual pilgrimage to Bents Garden Centre which is about 30 mins from my home and we do this EVERY YEAR. I’m sure I have told you about this place before. I love it! I picked up some beautiful new Christmas decorations and we stopped off to have some tea there too.

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I have been going to Bents with my mum around Christmas time since I was a little girl and we used to visit Santa’s Grotto. Unfortunately I’m a bit too old for this now – at 29 pahahaah!

But we still love taking our time round all the stunning displays, buying keepsakes, gossiping to each other, and we always treat ourselves to scones and cake.

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Also this last week, I had the ITV Gala to get ready for and attend. It was held at the Palladium in London.

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Normally for an occasion like this I would wear an evening or cocktail dress, however I wanted to switch it up so as I am really into wearing suits at the moment, I figured this would be the perfect occasion to do just that!

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I was researching various fashion websites and magazines and womenin suits is and will continue to be big over winter and through to spring.

I decided to wear a suit by the designer called Joshua Kane, who makes bespoke and beautifully tailored suits. I liked the hound-tooth monochrome look as I have done black suits a few times on a red carpet over the years, Joshua made the suit for me – I was so lucky – I really liked the way the trousers were made a bit shorter so that they grazed my ankles. This was done to elongate my legs (it works ladies).

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The jacket was short and fitted which made it feminine, and my stylist Kelvin and I teamed this with a Marks & Spencer’s jumper and a pair of their metallic courts to give it a bit of ‘shine’.

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The bag my stylist sourced was pretty funky! It’s by Urania Gazelli – their website is www.uraniagazelli.com. The brand make really quirky clutch bags. I love this idea of a super funky bag to go with a simple or block coloured outfit. It can finish your outfit off perfectly not to mention all the people asking about it.

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It was really good to catch up with some of my ITV friends such as Leigh Francis (Keith Lemon) and Paddy McGuinness. I was actually sat next to Anna Friel, but I was way too nervous to ask for a selfie with her because I am and always have been a huge admirer of her work. She is absolutely beautiful too.

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I took my cousin Katie as my plus one as she works for ITV on entertainment shows – currently she’s working as a runner on ITV1’s Take Me Out, so I thought she would enjoy the night and it was a good opportunity for us both to catch up with each other too.

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After the gala we enjoyed a few drinks and canapes in Aqua Bar which is just across the road.

A lot of people have tweeted me asking about my make-up for the night.

I wore the sheer illuminating Nars foundation. It’s seriously good. It’s a light and natural foundation, and even with camera flashes it doesn’t make your skin look greasy.

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I wore this over some Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer which I love – you get no shine AT ALL with this fantastic primer and it gives a very smooth finish.

http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/1473/21173/product-catalog/makeup/face/primers/matte-perfecting-primer

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I also used the Estee Lauder New Dimension Shape and Sculpt face contouring kit. I like this because it’s a cream and not powder and with proper blending you can achieve a really subtle and professional result.

Blend ladies… Blend!

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For extra contouring on top of the cream kit, I used my Benefit Hoola Bronzer, because it is matte and the perfect colour tone for adding shadow.

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These Benefit products are fab at night time highlighting too. The ‘Watts Up’ is not really a day highlighter as it’s very shimmery. But I love it for night time glow and sparkle, and because it’s a cream stick it stays on all night.

The ‘highbrow’ pencil is perfect for underneath your brow arch or for just a teeny bit of luminous shimmer above your cupid’s bow.

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You can get it here:

HTTP/www.benefitcosmetics.com/uk/en-gb/product/high-brow-glow%20

My favourite clothing item of the week has GOT to be this green parka with the bright blue fake fur trim hood which is from my new Lipsy collection.

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I have been wearing it all week because it is so comfortable (and yes, because it is COLLLLLLDDDDDDD!) I have had a lot of people compliment me on this parka – I think it’s one to buy and keep using all year round.

You can buy it here : https://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/michelle-keegan/lipsy-love-michelle-keegan-contrast-faux-fur-parka/product-is-ou01226_091

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I have been working on a radio play this week up in Manchester. The play is for the BBC and I have been recording it over in Media city. It is my first radio play and I have surprised myself at how much I have been enjoying it.

Also it was one of my best friend’s 30th’s this week – she was my maid of honour at my wedding – Beckie Hatch – and our girl group all went to the fantastic Menagerie Bar in Manchester.

I haven’t been out in Manchester for a while with the girlies but we had an absolute BALL!

Here is a sneaky picture …

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I will give you all the low down from our party night in the next blog!

Until next week.

All my love,

Michelle xxx

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