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24 February
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London Fashion Week!

So, this week was the first time I have ever been able to experience London Fashion Week in all its glory.

I have been invited to a lot of shows previously, but I have always been working so haven’t been able to go.

Let me tell you, I LOVED IT ! I love the buzz with all the dashing around for the shows, and I feel so inspired by seeing and meeting so many trend setters. Plus I got to catch up with a lot of people I haven’t seen for a while which was nice.

In just a few days I feel like I have learned so much about clothing and fashion, and I can’t wait to put some of my ideas and inspiration into the outfits I wear and into my next Lipsy collection.
I’m still OBSESSED with Sophie Webster shoes, and wore a pair nearly every day last week. I love how individual each pair are. Look at these beauts – with their own pink glittery wings on the back of the heels!

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So Mark and I started off our week with a trip to the Fashion For Relief event last Wednesday, and the supermodel goddess that is Naomi Campbell – hosted the evening.

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She showed her friends and fans how to do the catwalk in her home town of London.

She actually helped organise the show too, which was to raise awareness and money to fight the spread of Ebola. It was a great evening and we were both honoured to be “FROW”.
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Beautiful model Jourdan Dunn
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I also went to Paul Costello’s fashion show and the lavish Waldorf Hilton hotel and was lucky enough to actually wear one of his pieces. Paul is an Irish designer with some 30 years experience in the industry.

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He uses a lot of jacquard fabric in his pieces, and there were lots of colourful empire lined, oversized coats and baby doll dresses I loved.

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Julien Macdonald’s show was one I was itching to go to .

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I have been a fan of his designs for years and his show didn’t disappoint. It was very racy, with lots of zips, leather and chokers (maybe a lean towards the 50 shades craze?!) but had a real air of sophistication about it and I loved his use of rich colours.

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Here’s me with Julien after the show.

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Oh and here’s me wearing a gorgeous blush pink cape and skirt combo by the very talented Orla Kiely. Orla is another Irish designer who is based in London as is best known for her handbags and strong use of colourful pattern.

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Her Autumn collection at Fashion Week was really impressive.

Lots of pink, lemon yellow and rich orange pieces layered with buttoned-up cardigans paired with pussy bow blouses, and camel mini skirts worn with shirts and fluffy jumpers. All the models were wearing Mary Jane shoes, in fact I saw a lot of these shoes being worn out and about so I reckon the MJ shoe is definitely BACK IN LADIES!

My favourite products of the week that I have to champion for you guys are:

Tom Ford Gold/Brown pallet. Amazing pigment in these eye shadows, a little goes a long way.

http://www.tomford.com/beauty/
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This gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury ‘Nude Kate’ lipstick – I wore this every day ! http://www.charlottetilbury.com

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New Origins product moisturiser ‘Renewal Serum with Willowherb’ I put loads of this on after taking my make-up off and it definitely refined pores , smoothed my skin out and gives your face a subtle glow.

http://www.origins.co.uk/

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And before I go, I must show you this soft and ultra comfortable Lipsy London tracksuit I was given, which was a must to chill out in in the evenings, after all the running about during the day.

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Untill next week

lots of love

Michelle xxx

17 February
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Launching my new Lipsy collection and dinner at Sheesh

It’s been a very busy week for me, starting with the UK press preview and VIP launch of my new Lipsy Spring/Summer collection.

We had the event at the Ham Yard hotel in Soho which is a very cool and trendy place – I am hoping to go back and stay there soon, it’s gorgeous!

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They have their own cinema downstairs for private viewings, and it was here that they played out the behind-the-scenes video of my Lipsy photo shoot in South Africa.

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Sooooo, let me tell you about my new collection. There are two drops: one is combination of day-to-day, formal wear and pieces for nights out, and the other is for holidays and hot Summer nights. It features much more of a Summer palette, of whites and pale pinks and other pastels that I like to wear.

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Everything in the collection is something that you can take from day to night with lots of classic pieces with a girlie twist. My favourite piece in this range is the pale peach and white striped two piece.

The holiday collection has a festival feel to it too, with the use of floral prints on the playsuits and the tassel pom-poms on the twin sets. We have used lots of feminine lace, and I love the pretty kaftans to throw over a bikini. Check out www.lipsy.co.uk for more info.

Here is me doing some TV interviews in the peach and white striped two piece I mentioned before.

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I have also managed to hit the shops this week, and picked up these beauties from Zara. I LOVE this fringed lemon yellow bag and cant wait to wear it out and about.

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Perfect for summer with the tassels and I love the colours in this chunky necklace to jazz up a neutral coloured outfit.

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On Friday, my mum came down to visit and I took her to meet Tracy Giles. She does professional permanent make up. Tracy did my mum’s eyebrows for her, and I’m very impressed as they look so natural!

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For more information go to www.traciegiles.co.uk or @tracie_giles on Twitter. Here’s a piccy of my mum Jackie and her new brows :-)

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I must thank Resultime by Collin Paris for sending me some products to try out. I had never heard of them before Emily Clarkson (a make-up artist from Manchester) started using it on my skin. Looking forward to testing them and reporting back to you all. http://www.resultime.co.uk/

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This weekend (Valentines night out!) Mark and I went to Sheesh, our favourite restaurant in Essex to watch a really good jazz band. I wore my favourite Stuart Weitzman boots, a Lipsy gold necklace, black skater dress from Zara and a grey duster coat from my Lipsy collection.

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We took a night off from our healthy eating mission and treated ourselves to a scrummy bread and butter pudding, (how FIT does this look??) oh, and a couple of cheeky Hendricks cocktails. All in all, a lovely evening!

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Now it’s back on the healthy eating wagon. Here’s my healthy eating plan from www.soulmatefood.com for the next 3 days. The Pesto Crusted Salmon last night was DELISH!

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Anyway …. I need to dash as I am off to the gym to be good, and as I look out of the window I can see the sun shining down. Hurray!

Happy ‘Shrove Tuesday’ everyone, enjoy your pancakes !

Lots of love

Michelle

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09 February
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Nights out, tips for dewy skin and my new shoe crush!

Not long now till Ordinary Lies! I saw this in the Metro when I was sat on the tube this week… So excited!!

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I have been lucky enough to get out and about with my mates a few times this week! Its been nice to catch up with my pals and let my hair down a bit!

The girls and I went out in Essex on Thursday night – here I am wearing a pleated skirt from Zara and a crop top from my newest spring Lipsy collection which is out soon. It also comes with a matching skirt.

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Friday I went out with my friend Helen to Citizen bar in Chelmsford, and Mark came with us too. I wore my new season ‘peter pan’ collared black Lipsy playsuit (perfect for a night out or dinner with friends), and teamed it with a smart black Lavish Alice cape.

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I have found a shoe designer, that I have to tell you all about. I’m not going to lie, her shoes are around £300 plus for a pair but – WOW! Just look at these beauts!

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She makes some seriously GORGEOUS footwear. Sophia Webster They are quite vintage inspired, but with a fun, colourful and feminine edge. They are my big fashion crush at the moment. Here are some of the pairs I am lusting over.

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I reckon Carrie Bradshaw would have LOVED these.

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Having done a fair few photoshoots I have learned a lot about how to make the most of your skin , looking after it, disguising bits you dont like, and accentuating the bits you do. I also think there’s a fine line between looking dewy/glowy and looking, well, a bit greasy!

To get some expert advice on picture perfect dewy skin I asked Emily Clarkson @emmyclarkson1 – one of my favourite makeup artists, for some top tips:

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Emily said:

“If you struggle with oily skin but you still want that dewy and glowing finish, the best way to achieve this is to start with great skincare. Starting with applying a mattifier or a matte primer will really stop that shine coming through in unflattering areas. My favourite ones to use in my kit are the Shu Uemura beige UV mousse poreraser and the Becca ever matte priming perfector!

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“These two products are really great to give that flat clean canvas before applying make up. I like to apply them with my hands and really work them into the skin.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one, which also has great anti ageing properties, the new Resultime anti-ageing mattifying liquid is fantastic, it leaves the skin hydrated and smooth, matting out areas of shine whilst also targeting blemishes!”

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“Once you’ve prepped the skin and applied your foundation and powder, you now want to highlight and put that glow back into your skin in the areas where shine is flattering.

The tops of the cheekbones, the brow bone and the Cupid’s bow are areas that are beautiful to see shine. My favourite highlighters at the moment are my new favourite high-street buy from MUA ‘undress your skin’ highlighting powder- these are so cheap and absolutely gorgeous!!

Another staple in my kit and a firm favourite with my clients is Mac Mineralized skinfinish in Lightscapade, this is really subtle but really catches the light on camera.”

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“As a liquid alternative Benefit also do a fantastic product called Highbeam.”

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“Highbeam gives you that red carpet glow and is great to carry in your handbag. I’ve found the best way to apply this is just to tap with your finger on the tops of your cheekbone and blend away with a clean finger.”

Great advice from Emily. I love Highbeam, and I have just bought the MAC Lighscapade!

I’m starting to think about my skin for the big day, so have been using lots of my Origins Dr Weil Mega Bright serum and illuminating treatment lotion. I LOVE these products and have done for years. This collection of products really suits my skin.

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I have also been trying out some products by Sisley. This face mask ‘Masque Eclat Express’ makes your skin look glowy, vibrant and feels amazing.

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I also rate their lip balm too ….I have been using lots of it in the cold weather, and can feel the benefits as my lips tend to dry out at bit in the winter months.

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I have also started using ‘Revitalash’ which is meant to thicken and help make your eyelashes grow. You put it on every day and night and are meant to see a difference after a few weeks. I have only been using it a few days so will let you know if there is a noticeable change.

Before I go I must thank all the ladies who have tweeted me pictures of themselves in their #lipsylovemichelle dresses. I love seeing you all looking so glammed up!

Until next week
Lots of love

Michelle xxx

03 February
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Trying new products

Hey everyone, been a busy week, mainly consisting of meetings, meetings, meetings!

Unfortunately I can’t tell you much about them all – sorry!!!! I’m sworn to secrecy, but there’s some exciting work projects planned for later in the year, and I have also had a recall for a really good part so fingers crossed on that one !

Mark has been on the Strictly tour again this week, so I have been in and around London mostly. We had a meeting with our wedding planner on Monday and signed off on some of the finer points of the day. We also did some food tasting which was the BEST part of the day. By farrrrrr!

I have been on a few photo shoots recently, and have been raiding the make-up artists kits for good products to tell you about, so here we go:

Firstly: I love this blusher by Illamasqua. It’s matte and a very natural looking colour and glides on your skin. It’s called Naked Rose. A must buy!

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Another Illamasqua Product I rate is the ‘Precision brow gel’.

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You get a clean sharp finish and and no nasty little dust on your eye as you can sometimes get with a brow powder . Make sure you get a good brush to use it with, and if you don’t like your brows to be too heavy, get a clean mascara wand and brush lightly through brows.

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I also love this – it’s the only fake tan I will use as it’s so natural a colour – by Garnier Ambre Soliare Mist. It comes in three different shades , I wear ‘medium’ and it’s not too heavy on your skin. You spray it on the night before you need a tan – after moisturising your skin and you wake up to an even glowing tan without the “orange” effect.

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Also I have recently been introduced to the gorgeous L’Occitane brand – perfect for a chill and pamper night. Haven’t tried them yet, will report back to you when I do, but they smell very fresh and luxurious.

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Now, you all know I’m a fan of make-up contouring. I was given this by my make-up artist Collette to try by Seventeen.

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It’s called the Define and Conquer Contour kit. The darker powder defines the face, while the lighter powder illuminates.
Use after you’ve applied your base to create a chiselled look! VERY impressed with this and can you believe its only £5.99 – absolute bargain! Some of the other contouring kits on the market are very expensive – I think this one is by far the best value for money… Get contouring ladies!

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I’m also pretty chuffed to have been sent this box of nail polishes by Ciate London . It’s perfect for a special occasion and so many different colours to suit every occasion . I love the glittery ones especially…

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Must flag up this ring from Lola and Grace, they have some funky pieces, really unique. http://www.lolaandgrace.com I wore it on a shoot and I was really impressed when I checked out their website afterwards.

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Decided to tweak my Soulmate food order – to the healthy eating / fitness training food plan, instead of the Paleo as I have been on it a while now.

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I enjoyed this sweet spiced popcorn on a shoot the other day. Delicious! The healthy eating plan isn’t about weight loss, its about eating clean and nutritious food. Www.soulmatefood.com

Please tweet me any of your attempts at contouring – before and afters – I would love to see them :-)
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Until next week

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

26 January
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Auditioning again and the Ordinary Lies wrap party

Hi everyone, hope you have all had a good week…

It was the Ordinary Lies wrap party this Friday at Lock 91 bar in Manchester.
Nearly all the cast and crew went a lot for drinks and we had a fab time. I’m really going to miss them all!
I wore my new Stuart Weitzman boots ( as mentioned in previous blogs I LOVE these boots and am getting some serious wear out of them!) a classic black Topshop polo neck jumper and a new (ish) Zara skirt.

Here’s some pics from the party:

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And one of me with Ordinary Lies producer Tom Sherry:

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I didn’t stay too late and the following day a gang of my friends and family went to see Mark and Karen perform in the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour at the Manchester Arena .

Here we are enjoying a few cheeky drinks pre show! (that’s my brother Andrew on the far left by the way)

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The show is brilliant! Fab production , fast paced, great choreography and lots of fun to watch. Well done Mark!

Elsewhere this week I have been back to auditioning again. I had two in one week.

One was for a film and another was for a new TV drama series. I’m not going to lie, I do find auditioning nervewracking sometimes, and have to calm myself down beforehand with deep breathing. That usually does the trick!

This is the room that I recorded one of the auditions in. Its more common to tape and then the audition gets sent to the casting director, but sometimes you do audition live in front of a casting director, producer and maybe a writer.

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Also this week I did a new shoot with Hello! I loved it, the location was a stunning modern location in Cheshire and the style was right up my street. It won’t be out till March… I was fortunate to work with a fab creative team made up of – Alan, Laura, Fay, Alex, Lorraine and make-up artist Cassie Lomas.

Here’s her website by the way: http://www.cassielomas.co.uk/

Cassie has worked with some of the most beautiful and well known women in the world including Twiggy, Lady Gaga, Coleen Rooney, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea and many more… She showed me some tricks about how to get perfect eyebrows (I will share them with you in the next couple of weeks)

Here’s a shot of Cassie teaching me about how to get the perfect arch…

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Here’s me enjoying lunch which was a meat platter, fresh and smoked salmon, an array of different cheese and biscuits and a healthy smoothie for dessert.

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My t-shirt says  “Sorry I’m Late” and was given to me by a friend a couple of years ago – I can’t think what she was referring to, pahahaha!

My make-up must have of the week is this wonderful foundation from Armani . It’s PERFECT for my skin – it gives you even, sheer coverage (I would say light to medium) without looking caked on , and feels like velvet on my face. Now it’s not cheap – its around £35 a bottle. But it lasts and I think you can always cheat with some more affordable brands for eye-shadow, lip gloss and nail polish – but a quality foundation is worth investing in.

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Anyway I need to sign off for now, lots to do next week around the wedding plus I have more very interesting meetings in the diary and some more auditions to prepare for!

All my love

Michelle xxx

19 January
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Wrapping on Ordinary Lies & the Strictly Tour

It’s a wrap!

So the first series of Ordinary Lies has now wrapped. We have been filming for 5/6 months, mainly in Warrington, and then I had a week filming over in the Dominican Republic in November which was rather nice!

I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. I have had a such a good time filming the series.

The cast and crew have been a dream to work with and I have become firm friends with many of them. The wrap party is this week and I will be back in Manchester for that …..ohhhhh yes !

Here I am with Gemma, who is a make-up artist.

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Here’s one of me in the car showroom we film in, it was FREEEEEEZING that day hence the 90′s puffa jacket (who cares, it was the warmest coat I could find!)

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And here’s one of me getting my hair done in the make-up trailer.

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And finally here’s one of all the cast. It’s been an absolute pleasure guys and I have learned so much from you all :-) see you all sooooooon!

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Ordinary Lies will be out in the Spring on BBC1 – as soon as I get a TX date for it I will let you know.

Aside from filming, I have been in Birmingham all weekend with Mark because the nationwide Strictly Come Dancing tour has started. The show is fab, you must try and see it if it comes to a city near you!

Mark said it’s very different to doing the live shows because a) it’s not televised so the pressure is off and the contestants are just having a laugh and enjoying the dancing even more. 2) performing in front of so many people is actually less nerve racking for him, than when he was performing in front of 500 people in the BBC studio.

Here are some piccies from the show.

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Over the weekend I was pictured out and about in Birmingham with my favourite new ankle boots on. I love them – sooooooo comfy.

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They are still in the sale at Nine West at the bargain price of £59. The only down side to this taupe/cream colour is keeping them clean, but I give mine a quick scrub every couple of days to keep them nice.

Here’s the website link for them http://www.ninewest.co.uk/jarrad-2.html

Also I have been sent some really funky T-shirts from a cool Manchester based company called Dead Legacy. The website address for their womenswear is http://www.deadlegacy.com/women

Some of the T’s are a little, erm, bold and out there in their slogans! But I really like these ones and will be wearing them when it gets a little warmer.

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Now you might have heard of the brand Beauty Works when looking to buy clip in hair extensions or hairpieces – but they also have their own haircare range and I am quite impressed. The packaging is modern in white and light grey, and the actual products seem to work very well in my hair, I especially like their Professional Argan Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Heat Protection Spray.

 

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You can get it here : http://beautyworksonline.com/haircare.html

I also love this tres cute little necklace I picked up from Topshop it was only £5!

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I have my eyes also on these ones and will no doubt pick them up next time I am out shopping.

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Hope you all have a good week,

Lots Of Love

Michelle xxx

12 January
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Girls night out & pamper time

Hope everyone has had a good weekend and has been sticking to any New Year’s resolutions they have made?!

I have been hitting the gym, mainly because my metabolism was feeling a bit sluggish after Christmas and Dubai, and have re started my Soulmate Paleo healthy eating food plan – and I already feel better for it. Www.soulmatefood.com

Here’s an example of one of my menus:

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I love the nuts snacks, as they taste delicious, and the coconut and chia muffin is FIT also. They certainly don’t taste like your average ‘healthy’ sweet snacks.

At the gym, I tend to do weights and toning excersizes mixed in with short bursts of cardio. I don’t have a personal trainer, I prefer to just get cracking myself, and get in the mood for a workout by blasting the tunes on my way in the car and on my earphones when I’m in the gym.

We all deserve a treat in life, and I never deprive myself of the things I love, so I invited some of my best friends to Essex this weekend for a girls night out. Roisin and Becky (my old friends from school) came down from Manchester and we met up with our pal Helen who already lives round here.

It was so nice to see them and we had such a giggle, we went shopping round Essex during the day and then in the evening we got dressed up and visited one of my favourite restaurants in Essex – Sheesh which is in Chigwell http://sheeshrestaurant.co.uk/ .

 

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Yes that is an Espresso Martini in my hand! No ‘dry Jan’ for me!

My new over knee boots are by Stuart Weitzmann www.stuartweitzman.com and although they are not cheap – they are a great quality, fit well and are SO COMFY. Also – this kind of style will keep coming into fashion so im very happy with my new purchase.

My skirt is new and it’s from good old Zara. My top is old , and I can’t remember where it’s from ha!

Helen who is my friend to my right (also with the espresso martini) is wearing a black lace playsuit from my Lipsy collection. She loved it – and I think she looked fantastic in it too.

Later in the evening I spotted this gorgeous lady wearing one of my favourite LBD’s from the collection so I had to have a picture with her – I’m sure you will agree that she looked FAB! It’s so nice to see ladies out and about wearing my pieces, I feel so chuffed!

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Here’s some pics of the delicious food we had …

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Yes I know – the veg moussake doesn’t look very healthy with all the cheese, but hell it was scrummy!

And here’s another pic of us a bit later in Sheesh, after cracking open a cheeky bottle of champagne :-)

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Now, as you know I love a good pamper and have been sent a lot of products to try out. I try and look after my teeth as much as possible – mainly because they weren’t so great when I was younger and I had to wear a brace which I found frustrating at times. Anyways, I love this!

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Www.cocowhite.com

it’s made with coconut oil and you basically swish the sachets around in your mouth . This helps keep your teeth white and gums healthy. It’s a bit of an odd sensation at first but I have seen a marked improvement after using around 6/7 times .

I have also been using lots of masks on my hair and face as bit are feeling pretty dry after being in the sun in Dubai.

I love this mask by Dermalogica it refines pores and makes your skin tighter and smoother. Don’t use it if your skin is overly dry though – this is one for more normal to oily skin.

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And this by GlamGlow - I love this one because it tingles when you put it on your face and your skin look clearer, and feel much smoother afterwards.

 

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I have also been sent these products too, by Dr Organic http://www.drorganic.co.uk/
And apparently one of the ingredients is ‘ snail secretion” !!!! I haven’t tried it yet but I’m up for most things so I will try this over the next week and report back ( if i get over the idea of snails and slime on my face pahahahaha!)

 

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I have given my hair some much needed love – with one of my favourite hair products on the market – Angel Masque by Kevin Murphy – this smells AMAZING and my hair feels soft and looks so shiny after using it.

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Have a good week everyone !

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

05 January
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Celebrating New Year in Dubai…

Happy New Year to you all!

Sooooo, Mark and I decided to get some Winter sun as we rarely get long periods of time together. We jumped on a plane and flew over to one of our our favourite places – Dubai!

It’s very busy over there around this time of year, with lots of other people doing the same thing – but we were fortunate to stay in a lovely hotel called the Grosvenor Hotel (http://www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com/) Here are some pics of the hotel…

 

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One of my best friends Hayley lives out in Oman as a teacher, which is like a 3 or 4 hour drive from Dubai, so we met up with her and her boyfriend Dan.

My cousin Katie also came out to join us with her fella Tony and we all got on great, as per usual – lots of nights out , amazing meals and relaxing in the sunshiiiiieeeeennnnne!

Here are some piccies from our trip:

Here we are in a Latin American restaurant called Toro Toro – http://www.torotoro-dubai.com/

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I wore this gorgeous lil black dress from my Lipsy collection and Hayley wore one too! Her’s was from the first wave, I’m not sure you can still buy it but I always pack them for trips away because my friends love wearing them out and about as much as I do.

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I must say thank you by the way to all of you who have tweeted me pictures of you in your #lipsylovemichelle dresses over the festive period, I love seeing you all in them, it really makes me smile!

We also went to our FAVE place and where Mark and I celebrated after our engagement – Nobu. Its AMAZING. Again- wearing Lipsy!michelle-3

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And here’s some piccies from Oceanic in Dubai. We were lucky enough to get a table next to the huge fish tank with sharks and sting rays swimming all around us while we ate.

 

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And finally, here’s some piccies from our actual New Year’s Eve. I wore a yellow dress that I have had since the summer from Zara – in fact I wore it last time I was on Celeb Juice when I got slimed! (And yes, I did get it dry cleaned!!)

We had the most wonderful night – lots of drinks , delicious food and dancing- the fireworks in Dubai were really something too.

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All in all it was a very special trip. We flew back at the weekend and its soooooo cooooolllllldddddddddd!

Mark starts rehearsals for the Strictly tour today so I am going to get the house in order and take the decorations down (sob!) before I head up to Manchester for the last block of Ordinary Lies filming.

On my holidays in Dubai I didn’t really wear a lot of make-up – I don’t tend to in the sun anyway – so I just used lots of the classic Benefit “Benetint”. It gives you a healthy glow and even stays on after you have put your suntan lotion on and have been in the pool a couple of times.

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I also wore this gorgeous ring from www.follifollie.co.uk– its made up of 3 stacking rings of hearts – so cute! You know I love my stacking rings ! This one is really pretty – and I guess in theory you could divide it up and give it to your friends as friendship rings, because they all make one when joined together :-)michelle-blog-1

 

Sorry its a bit of a short blog this week guys but I have so much to do before I head back up North!

Looking forward to seeing all my family and catching up with friends – especially fellow HELLO! blogger Catherine Tyldesley who is now on maternity leave from Corrie. See you soon Cath!!! x

30 December
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Calendar success, beauty must haves and fashion tips for 2015

Hey everyone!!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. What did Santa bring you? Did you eat, drink and be very, very merry?!

I was very lucky this year and got some nice crockery and bits for the house, lots of smellies including my favourite Tom Ford ‘Cafe Rose’ perfume from a dear friend, and some gorgeous clothes.

Here's me last night in one of my fave @lipsylondon lipsylovemichelle dresses and im also wearing my new Aldo rings that i mentioned last week

Here’s me last night in one of my fave @lipsylondon lipsylovemichelle dresses and im also wearing my new Aldo rings that i mentioned last week

Mark and I had a fab Christmas day with lots of family and friends over, SOOOOOOOOOooooo much foood eaten and plenty of chocs and Christmas pudding too. We also got a Karaoke machine which was great entertainment. I think Mark enjoyed it the most though, as he loves a good singalong and we couldn’t get him off the microphone pahaahah!!!

Christmas day at our house and everyone was a bit tired after Christmas dinner so Carol (Marks mum)  brought round some wigs and this kick started round two of the partying - the Kareoke went on till the early hours and we all had a ball!

Christmas day at our house and everyone was a bit tired after Christmas dinner so Carol (Marks mum) brought round some wigs and this kick started round two of the partying – the Karaoke went on till the early hours and we all had a ball!

I have to say, I’m chuffed to bits with how well my first ever calendar has done. Thank you to every single one of you who has bought it – and tweeted me pictures of it too!

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I couldn’t believe it when I was told how well it has sold. It’s currently at number 4 with Amazon – with One Directon (of course!) coming number 1 .

I love the pictures and really enjoyed doing the shoot in beautiful Pollensa… Thank you again to my fab creative team involved – Alan , Fay, Laura, Collette and Lorraine all from @vitalcreatives.

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You can still buy the posters and the calendars from this shoot – from Amazon, Danilo.com and www.GBeye.com

I’m always on the look out for new gadgets and products for hair and beauty, and this one is a treat!

It’s a new hair brand on the market called ‘Pro Blo’ and it’s basically a fail safe hair kit for achieving a salon style blow dry.

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You towel dry your hair and spray lots of heat protector and volumiser into it, then split it into sections and use the bristle brushes that detach from the barrel to curl up your hair. (Just like a hairdresser would leave loads of big brushes in your hair while they are drying it).

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Once your hair is dry then you unravel your hair and tad-daa! Big boucy hair.. for more info on Pro Blo go to their website : http://www.problogroup.com/ I love it because it’s really easy to use..

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I have also asked one of my favourite Manchester based make-up artists Miss Emily Clarkson – @emmyclarkson1 -for some expert guidance on what products to buy in the world of make-up …here’s what she had to say :

” Here are a few of my favourite buys for 2015 for you to add into your make-up bag!

“Clarins Instant Light concealer is my new favourite at the minute- I’m obsessed! It is absolutely beautiful; I mix with it Clarins Instant light brush on perfector, which really gets rid of any dark circles without it being too cakey under the eye. Remember to take it in a V Shape under the eye to avoid that panda eye effect!

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“Sleek make up is one of my favourite brands in Superdrug and is such great quality! The pigment in every product is amazing, what you see with the colours is exactly what you get! I always recommend the face contour kit, which is super cheap and has a gorgeous highlighter in one part and a flat contour colour in the other.

“I love radiant glowing skin and so do a lot of my clients, I’m a big fan of BB/CC Creams with good coverage. I recently discovered Resultime by Collin Paris CC cream, which is amazing and is now a staple in my kit. It’s got a creamy texture but gives you coverage where needed and gives you that healthy glow! ”

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And while you are all scouring the sales looking for bargains – These are the looks that I think will be big in 2015 :-)

Denim will be huge!!! so stock up on your denim shirts, dresses, jeggings, waistcoats and jackets. Double and triple denim can be worn…its no longer a fashion no no …. This is a good time to grab some pieces in the sales, as it never really dates and you could grab a luxe denim bargain in one of the more expensive designerstores.

Off the shoulder dresses. Yes ladies the dellecotage is IN! This is a very sexy look and will be THE dress style for 2015. I love this Briget Bardot style white dress I did with Lipsy.

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Its elegant and a lil bit sexy too. Perfect for a date night or weekend away. Dont forget to highlighter to your collar bones and tops of your chest to catch the light . Mac Strobe cream or the Laura Mercier radiance primer is ideal.

Buy Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance, 50ml online at johnlewis.com

 

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The 70s dont just think of the scary and garish prints and ridiculous bell bottom flares. This is more of a subtle lean towards this fashionable era with interesting oversized jewellery, floppy hats, sequins, big hair, wide trousers and plenty of fitted coloured suede jackets and A-line skirts.

I hope that helps you when you are refreshing your wardrobes…!

A few people have asked me if I have any new years resolutions planned – I have a huge year coming up – as I’m getting married and have some interesting work projects on the horizon too, but the only new years resolution I have is the same one I had last year and that’s to be more organised! I am getting better though and have got myself a decent diary so that I can plan things better.

Thank you for all your support this year, wishing you all good health and great happiness in 2015.

All my love,

from

Michelle xxx

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Christmas time: Karaoke with my best friends & Strictly Final

Are you hanging up your stocking on the wall ?

It’s the time that every Santa has a ball!

Yes it’s nearly here!!! Chrisssssstmasssss!!!!

And I’m so happy! It’s so nice to be able to spend such quality time with all my loved ones this year! I have a couple of weeks off work and I intend to relax, eat, watch lots of good films and just generally appreciate the time with my friends and family ❤️

Firstly I want to start by saying yet again how proud I am of Mark and all he achieved on Strictly. Coming a respected 4th place is more than he had anticipated when he agreed to do the show and he’s loved taking part, training with Karen and meeting all the other great people on the show… Although Mark didn’t lift the glitter ball trophy (P.S.- well done Caroline!) – he’s a winner in my eyes !

I went down to support him with my mum Jackie on Saturday night (my shirt was Reiss and skirt Zara)

Here we are having a drink after the show finished – with Carol, Jessica, Frankie and Wayne.

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Now that the series has ended Mark and I have got the small matter of a certain wedding to get organised! We have a lot to get sorted so we are going to sit down with our wedding planner in the next week or so and have a big ol catch up.

Also this week I was up in Manchester and went for dinner with my friend for her birthday, in one of my favourite places Australasia. The food is delicious especially the sushi – if you go – try the prawn avocado and goats cheese sushi – or the smoked duck roll. FIT!!!!!

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My first Spring phase for Lipsy also launched this week. Have you seen the pictures? My favourite pieces are this pretty white body con/lace dress and this light pink leather bomber jacket.

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www.lipsy.co.uk for the full range.

While Mark was in Essex having a boys night out I went up to Manchester for my much loved annual girls night. All my best girlfriends (from school) get together and have a slap up traditional meal (look at this plate full!)

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We drink a teeny bit of bubbly ( okkkkkk … maybe a *bit* more that a teeny bit pahahahaha) play games, do a secret Santa and have a good old girly catch up. This year it was the turn of Liz to host the knees up.

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She served up a delicious meal which we all enjoyed very much , and then after dinner we hit the karaoke! It was soooo funny. I sung my party piece (which by the way , is Cher – Turn Back Time!)

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Thanks Liz for being the hostess with the mostess!

I’ve been pretty organised with the ol Christmas shopping this year so any last minute shopping has been just for lil ol me! I bought some of my favourite Sandy Bay candles online for my home in Essex – at www.sandybaylondon.co.uk … the new Mimosa Valoey fragrance is amazing – very fruity and fresh.

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I don’t have any hair extensions in at the moment because I want to give my hair a break, but I need some clip ins for shoots and nights out, so I got some great quality ones from www.beautyworksonline.com

And during a recent shopping trip this week I spotted these cool rings from Aldo (I love stacking and midi rings)

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I also picked up this fluffy handbag from Zara which I lurvvvvvve and have had a lot of compliments on.

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Zara has some gorgeous snuggly ponchos and coats in at the moment. Look at these! Fingers crossed they go in the sale too…

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Anyway, I need to sign off. I have some mulled wine calling my name and some last minute presents to wrap.

I hope you all have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas.

All my love to you all :-)

Michelle xxx

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