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03 July
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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

25 June
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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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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

18 June
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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

11 June
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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

 

 

 

30 May
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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.
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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 :

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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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20 May
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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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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

13 May
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BAFTAs, girls night in Essex and my Lipsy London A/W launch

I was fortunate to be invited to the BAFTAs this year, and for the first time in about 3 years I have been able to actually attend (I have always been either filming or out of the country previously).

I love the BAFTAs. It is always a great turnout of people, very well organised and I love a good excuse to dress up!

I took my cousin Katie along with me as Mark was in Vegas. Here is a shot of the room as we walked down to the dinner after the awards. Loving all the feathers!

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I decided to wear this pretty mint green dress from Label Lab at House of Fraser.

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Yes I know! I saw the creases! I got the creases because I was sat down in a car for an hour beforehand. The fabric creased easily and it was a shame but saying that I still loved the dress.

Mint green is such a flattering and fresh colour and I like the back detail on the dress too – here is a piccy!

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My handbag was from House of Fraser and did you see my ultra pretty hand jewellery? So unusual! Here is a close up:

This stunning jewellerey is from from http://www.leivankash.com

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Founder of the brand Leila Kashanipour takes inspiration from her Persian roots, mixing her Iranian culture with the clean and contemporary lines of her life in London.

Since Leila founded the company in 2011 post graduating with a BA in Jewellery Design from Central St Martins, LEIVANKASH has become synonymous with style and fashion, with many famous ladies wearing her designs such as Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Olivia Palermo, Rita Ora…and now me! I love her pieces and will definitely be wearing more!

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I have been doing a lot of wedding prep this week. I am actually writing this week’s blog, sat in the hairdressing chair at Inanch on Great Portland Street. I love coming in here, and getting a good pamper.

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Mark has been on his stag party the last week so to keep me company some of my girlfriends and family came down from Manchester to see me.

We met up with some of the other Essex girls who also came on the hen party out in Dubai.

We all had a brilliant night down in Faces in Essex. Here we all are having a dance :-)

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The white two-piece I am wearing is from Miss Selfridge. Love my girlies, thanks for a fab night!

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Also, last week was latest my Autumn and Winter Lipsy London launch, which was held at the very sexy ME hotel in our capital city, London.

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I wanted to showcase the range as much as possible so we all agreed a do three changes on the day, I think the press loved the collection, we got loads of great feedback on it.

Here is a close-up of my make-up by my make-up artist Emily.

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I asked Emily what she used on my skin and here is what she had to say:

“When you’ve got great skin, my best advice is not to cover it all up but enhance your natural beauty!

You can always cover up areas of redness or blemishes with a high converge concealer. Michelle has amazing skin as she’s just been on holiday so firstly I prepped the skin with Embryrolisse moisturiser and then went in with the resultime CC Cream to give a glowing, dewy finish to the skin.

I used MAC moisture cover concealer underneath the eyes which has a great consistency as its really hydrating and doesn’t dry cakey. I love the NYX liquid illuminator to add a glow to the cheeks and highlighted and contoured with the B. Sculpted contour kit from superdrug- one of my new favourites!

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On the brows, Michelle loves the Charlotte Tilbury brow pencils which are amazing and super easy to use! We went for a natural but defined eye for the Lipsy Launch which is the perfect day look. I used Mac Bronze lustre drops as a base and set with the Naked pigment also by Mac. I used my firm favourite gel eyeliner by illamasqua and cut the ends of the ‘Demi-Wispies’ lashes by Ardel to give a more feline shape. Finished off with lots of Code Beautiful mascara and a subtle nude lip which was ‘Subculture liner’ and ‘Cherish’ lipstick!

To go from day to night super quickly, we changed the lip to Soar lip liner and smoked up with the eyes with the Tom Ford bronze quad!

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Thanks Emily!!!! loved my make-up ….

Lipsy surprised me with this absolutely beautiful flower wall.

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We had a party in the evening (also at the ME) and everyone tucked into canapés, champagne and cupcakes with edible pansies on the top!

These strawberries were FIT !!!!!!

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The collection is out in July – please let me know what you think – just tweet me on @michkeegan.

Right I need to go, I have the small matter of a wedding to organise!

Lots of love,

Michelle xxx

07 May
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My hen party in Dubai

Hi everyone, hope you all enjoyed your bank holiday. I didn’t do much, just hit the gym and sorted the finer details of the wedding!

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Here is Mark sorting out the table plan – I was told that this is quite a stressful part to planning a wedding, but we quite enjoyed it!

Sooooo let me tell you more about my amazing hen party! There is a fab feature about the trip in this week’s Hello! magazine so make sure you get a copy!

First of all – some thank yous!
To the staff at the amazing Grosvenor House hotel and Al Maha Spa in Dubai thank you for making our trip so special.
To all my hens, thank you for coming and to Becky my beautiful maid of honour for helping to organise the trip!
Also a big thank you to the website  www.lastnightoffreedom.co.uk for the cool games, Mark Wright masks (the girls took me totally by surprise when I came down to dinner one night wearing these!)

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The Grosvenor House Hotel is situated near the marina.

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And I was presented with a beautiful bunch the last night I was there.

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On the first night we all went to Toro Toro which was like a Latin American restaurant. It was delish, here’s some piccies from the night:

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We went out clubbing in Dubai that night and the following morning, I’m not gonna lie, there weren’t that many faces down at breakfast pahahahaha!

Becky surprised me and the girls with a huge stretch hummer type car/bus to take us out to another beach party the following afternoon.

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Apparently it’s one of a kind! I’m not joking it was massive! Like a nightclub inside. It even had a pole inside it (no idea what that’s used for pahaah)

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Here we all are outside the Grosvenor, the matching black kaftans were also a surprise – they were made especially for everyone, when I came downstairs I had no idea everyone would be wearing the same thing! I wore this fab white one and a ‘bride to be’ white bikini.

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On the Saturday we all went on an amazing day trip out to the desert. We were all picked up in blacked out 4x4s. Very cool!

The Al Maha www.al-maha.com is about an hour out of Dubai and properly in the desert. There is literally nothing around apart from road and sand. It was so very peaceful and and hot, hot, HOT!

We enjoyed a drinks reception, were spoilt with the most delicious Arabic food and rode camels at sunset.

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It was a very special day, spent with some of my all time favourite people. Thanks girlies!

For the last night we went to the amazing Siddharta Lounge – its just a stylish place.

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The hotel lights up at night

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View from the restaurant

Perfect for people watching and enjoying the views as it’s an open restaurant situated within the hotel. It even has a pool.

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Me with my girlies

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Me with Lauren and Roisin

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My earrings from Merola – GORGEOUS

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Cool shoes, pearl anklet and sparkly gel toes!

All in all this was a magical trip and I cannot wait to go back!

This is one of my favourite pics from the trip. Taken by one of the hens on our flight home! :-)  I was so tired at this point – I actually slept the whole flight back to Manchester!
The bear was a gift from the general manager Pam – Thanks Pam!

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Soooooo lets move on tooooo TEETH

I get asked a lot about my teeth. A lot of people comment to me about my teeth and I think they assume I have veneers – which I take as a compliment :-) sorry to disappoint but they are all my own!

I have had YEARS of braces to correct the position of my teeth… visible and non. I’ve had a wire at the back of my teeth which snapped and caused my teeth to move which wasn’t great!

For the last year I have had an “invisilign” by my dentist Sandeep at Smile Stylist Manchester http://www.smilestylist.co.uk/

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So, Invisalign is the clear alternative to a traditional braces. I’ve had great results, and the fact that you can’t see it was a big factor in my decision to get one.

This weekend Mark is off on his stag – so I’m having a few of the girls from Manchester including my mum and aunty down to Essex for a post hen night with the Essex ladies… Can’t wait to catch up and share stories about our trip! Will let you know all about it next week ! Lots of love Michelle xxx

 

28 April
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Beach beauty and my accessory faves

Hi everyone, and a very happy Wednesday to you all!

I’m writing this blog having just returned to Manchester after celebrating my hen party with my female family members and some of my closest friends. We had the most amazing time and stayed at the luxurious Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai. Mark and I stayed here with a couple of friends over New Year, and it was then I decided this was the ideal place for my hen… I will tell you all about it over the next couple of weeks. Promise!

Here’s a couple of snaps from inside the hotel :-)

 

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(one of the pools!)

 

I feel very inspired about summer fashion after seeing so many beautiful women from all over the world. Basically I am loving colour right now. Winter is a time for black and grey – summer is all about the white and the brights! I love these dresses from Topshop and Zara.

 

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I wore a lot of white on my trip away – here is a pic of me on my way to dinner at Siddharta Lounge.

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This dress is one of mine with Lipsy London, and it’s also the one Denise Van Outen wore on Alan Carr Chatty Man a month or so ago. It’s my favourite piece from this latest collection, I love it.

 

Tips for looking your best on the beach:

For makeup on the beach – unless you are really suffering from a sore head from the night before it’s better to wear none, or as little as possible.

Before I go away, I get a procedure on my lashes called LVL which curls them and then I get them tinted black so that I don’t need to wear mascara. I also get my brows shaped too.

I only wear a cheek stain because they last under your sunscreen and blend in well giving your cheeks a healthy glow – and, most importantly, it doesn’t cake or fake easily.

My two favourites on the market by far are the Benefit Posietint, which is a girly baby pink …

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and Origins Pinch Your Cheeks in raspberry, which is a much deeper pink – more like a rose –  and has more of a gel texture than Posietint. It stains your cheeks and is waterproof.

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The only other thing I really wear on my face is a sunscreen (SPF25/30) and lip balm – I love Rodial lip balm (but mine actually melted in the Dubai heat).

There are loads you can buy for a quid or so at Boots, and up to a tenner for the more expensive brands.

For my hair, I tend to stick it up in a big bun so that it’s out of the way. Spray it with a leave in conditioner and a heat protector to stop it from drying out in the intense sunshine.

For nights out, I really like those pretty headpieces you can buy – my cousin Lauren wore a gorgeous one from TopShop – she looked just like Princess Jasmine with it on.

Here’s a few from TopShop and Miss Selfridge I like:

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I also like big thick disheveled plaits. Using a salt spray can keep your plait together for longer and give it a more beachy look  – or you could just let your hair flow free in the sun and the sea. That works just as well, but I prefer my barnet off my face when I’m sunbathing!

I really like body jewellery on the beach too. My other cousin Katie wore a really pretty belly chain at the pool parties we went to and I love my real pearl anklet from
www.pearlescence.co.uk.

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But ladies – go easy on the bling! Otherwise, it looks way over the top and a bit cheap. Also – metal gets hot in the sun so it can actually burn you!

A pet hate of mine is heels round the pool. Or even worse – the beach! It looks totally wrong – and also, they are totally impractical. You just can’t walk on the sand! Sandal style wedges are fine if you need a bit of height at a beach party, but stick to flip flops and flats please!

Don’t forget your hat either.

A wide brimmed one doesn’t suit everyone but they keep the sun off your face and you can look super chic.

I wore a white one like this over the weekend and I loved it:

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I’m not a fan of things like sun visors but they can look cool if you are a model, and are good for keeping the sun out of your eyes if you are playing tennis of course!

Flowers always look pretty in your hair, girls! Jazz up an outfit with one of these floral headbands – accessorise have some really cute ones:

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Anyway, I need to sign off for now – I will tell you all about the trip in next week’s blog!

Oh. and before I go, thank you SO much to everyone who voted for me in the FHM most sexiest poll! I could not believe it when I was told the news!

All my love,

Michelle xxx

19 April
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The new film is a fantastic challenge!

First of all – SORRY my blog is late. It’s down to me being so insanely busy right now. The film I am working on is 12/13 hour days and there hasn’t been much opportunity to sit down and get my hands on the computer… I’m also trying to use what spare time I have to plan the wedding – and it’s all coming together now, which is lovely!
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So…. The film… We are mostly filming around Salford – Pendleton area… Not far from where I grew up. It’s really nice to be back in my hometown again and the film has been a fantastic challenge. I’m working with really talented actors whom I learn from, and I’ve gotten really close to. The crew are really professional too and we have all bonded well which is nice.
Here’s some pics of us all that I have taken on set.
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We spend most of our time in a small flat filming:
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The days are so long – I can’t lie – we become a bit delirious towards the end of the day, and always start laughing in the last scene, so it takes double the time!
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Another early start! I am NOT a morning person pahahahha!
I’m trying to healthy eat – here’s a picture of my latest food plan from Soulmate Food… Sounds uber good for you doesn’t it ? http://soulmatefood.com/
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I try and take some of the meals and snacks  on set with me and nibble in between scenes… but because some of the filming that I’m doing is so energetic I get sooo hungry so when the crisps and afternoon sandwiches come I can’t help myself… same with the tea and biscuits! I love a good brew and dunk of a biccy… Ah well! A little of what you fancy doesn’t hurt you…
I have been living in my comfies when I haven’t been filming – here’s a great trackie I got a few months ago from http://peaceloveworld.com. So soft to wear and perfect for a Sunday slothing about the house…
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On a well deserved evening off myself and a few members of the cast had a delicious meal in one of my favourite steak restaurants Gaucho which is next to Kendals in Manchester… I had a lil pornstar martini too ( Okay, I’m not going to lie. I had two!) Here’s a picture of us all taking some time out and eating lottttsssss of steak.
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Elsewhere, my latest Lipsy collection launched this week – the shoot happened back in November out in the beautiful country of South Africa. It was a STUNNING location… these are my two favourite dresses.
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They are gorgeous for summer. I was also pretty chuffed that Denise Van Outen wore the all white one when she was on the Alan Carr show the other week. Thanks Denise! Glad you like the dress, you look beautiful in it!!
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The only beauty recommendations I have this week are my trusted Baptiste dry shampoo (been using on set a lot), perfect for livening up tired or greasy hair:
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And these delicate false lashes which look really thick and natural on. They are from a company La Luxe. Bit more expensive than your normal false lashes but if you look after them you can get a few wears out of them.
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Sorry it’s a short one but I’m literally writing this in between scenes. I promise I will make up for it next weekend!
Until next week.
Lots of love,
Michelle xxx

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