Lipsy fashion shoot in South Africa and filming for a new comedy, in deep dark Wiltshire

Sorry I am a bit late in posting my blog this week but I have been sooo busy travelling here there and everywhere!


unnamed1I went to South Africa for a few days to shoot my next Lipsy collection… Summer 2016!

Can’t wait for you guys to see it and tell me what you think. I’ve been Cape Town a few times now and it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in the world, the scenery is incredible..I will never get tired of visiting it.


On one side, you have the mountains, on the other you have the turquoise waters of the ocean, although I’ve never been in it because apparently it’s freezing! Haha. Maybe next time I go I will be tempted.

We shot the collection at a location house which was right on the coastline, so all day me and the Lipsy crew were in awe of the views.

Just look at this for a view!


The house was beautiful, all open plan and made out of glass. Imagine this as your home. Just spectacular, although cleaning the windows would be a real chore pahahaha!


For lunch one day we had a Braai which is a South African way of saying BBQ!


Can’t wait to go back, hopefully next time, I can be more of a tourist and see more of the amazing country. The best thing about travelling to South Africa is that there is little or no time difference so you done get bad jet lag like you can do with so many other faraway destinations.

Anyway, not long after I landed back on UK soil, I headed over to Wiltshire and I was filming something very exciting for Comedy Central.


It was a period piece where I had to dress as someone from history but it’s hilarious. It’s called Drunk History.


I’m a big fan of the show so when they asked me to appear in their new series I jumped at the chance. I loved dressing up in costume and the location house was fascinating.

A family still live in it and apparently the house got passed down through generations by their ancestors. The shows going be out next year sometime.

Here is a sneaky peek of my costume, it took hours to get ready, not my usual 30 mins!


Back to more fashiony matters: I recently went to a press day for a fantastic beauty brand (more to be revealed in coming blogs!) and I was finally able to wear my new fave Winter shoe-boots (or ‘shoobs’

My Sophia Websters!


I’m obsessed with them. How beautiful are these shoes. So many people came up and commented on them I think because they’re so unusual and different!

I also wore a new top that I got from Topshop Boutique last week.

The material is quite structured and the fraying around the bottom gives it a lovely feminine touch, I love simple tops that you can just put on with a pair of jeans.

My beauty must haves this week are:

Kiehls Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate


Contrary to popular belief I don’tt have botox , but this serum is pretty good at getting rid of fine lines andtighteningg skin .
A little goes a long way though . Don’t get over excited ( like I did ) and put loads on your face! It’s £49 but well worth it as it lasts for ages.

Kiehls Nashi Blossom and Pink Grapefruit Fragrance


I get loads of compliments on this smell . Its fresh and fruity and smells really good .

Green Goodness in a Glass!

I’m trying to be healthy this week, just because I haven’t been quite so on it for the past 2 weeks.


So every morning I try and have a home-made green smoothie… This is really filling and good for you . Don’t be put off my the bright green colour , it really does taste good , I promise you !

I use

3 handfuls of spinach

2 apples

Half a cucumber

2 sticks if celery

1 big carrot

Half a lime

Add ice

They’re actually really tasty and so easy to make! morning I try and have a home-made green smoothie… I use

3 handfuls of spinach

2 apples

Half a cucumber

2 sticks if celery

1 big carrot

Half a lime

Add ice

Tweet me pics of your morning smoothies and please send me any good recipes too!

Until next week

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

Quick trip to Dubai and my latest beauty must haves

So last week Mark and I decided to up sticks and head over to the glorious sunshine in Dubai… As you know, we have been there many times, we even stayed in Dubai for part of our honeymoon in June, so its safe to say we love it over there!


Dinner with a view!

Anyway, I had a few work commitments out there so we decided to make it into a short break and catch up with some pals who live there too.


Normally our work schedules always clash, so it was so nice to get time to spend some quality time together.


We had such a lovely time, we ate – (a lot pahahaahha), relaxed and enjoyed the sunshine.

We didn’t really go out ‘out’ while we were there, apart from one night when we went to Mahiki.

It’s one of our fave night spots to go when we’re in Dubai, the music is always spot on and your always guaranteed a fun night!

I didn’t actually plan this, but I ended up packing a lot of black clothing when I was out there. I didn’t realise just how many items were black till I got there, but hey ho, black is my favourite colour and I am a HUGE fan of the ol’ LBD as you just cant go wrong with it can you?!


My fave 3 black outfits were this halter neck body con dress which is from AX Paris, the cut is SO me, and I think it is very flattering.


The black jumpsuit which cut out shoulders, was from Lavish Alice. They also have some great party dresses at the moment.


And the strapless dress I wore to Mahiki is from my very own Lipsy collection!!!


It’s this one, perfect for a glam night out:


You may notice in a couple of these piccies that I have suddenly developed a fringe. No , I didn’t get one cut out there on a spur of the moment visit to a hairdresser! I took this nifty clip in fringe with me which I purchased a few weeks ago from a concession in Selfridges.


I was really impressed with it, looked very real and stayed in place all evening. Clip in’s are a great way of trying out new styles to see if you like them, before you go for the chop – or add expensive extensions to your hair.

You can even get clip in’s that are ombre in colour if you want to try low or highlights, mixed into your hair. Here are a few more examples of clip ins you can get online.


these raven ones from Beauty Works are great at adding volume for a big night out, there are loads of different colours you can try out too. or these ombre ones.


This is a simple straight clip in ponytail from a company called ‘Hot Hair’


So lots of cheat ways of changing your hair without making anything permanent!

Latest beauty must haves

I was so lucky to be sent lots of goodies from Charlotte Tilbury….


I love her range of make up, I’ve already got lots of her beauty products like the ‘magic face cream’ and the ‘wonder glow primer’, but I was sent all these make-up products perfect for party season.

Will report back over the next couple of weeks as I have a couple of nights out planned. to see the full range.

I have also been trying out this lurrrvely new Origins face saviour. Called Three Part Harmony for ‘ renewal, repair and radiance.


It smooths fine lines and leaves your skin soft and very radiant.

It comes in a moisturiser and a serum and I use it alternate days with my Dr Weil Mega Bright range, also by Origins.


For more info go to:

Another beauty product I must mention before I sign off for this week is this from Dr Organic, they do a variety of organic face and hair products but this was perfect for my mini break in the heat.


I literally sprayed it on my hair every morning concentrating on the ends before I went out in the sun. Later on when I came to washing my hair it felt amazing! Really soft and well nourished!

Until next week

Love from

Michelle xxx

Halloween, over knee boots and Balmainia

It’s been Halloween crazy hasn’t it ?! So many parties and people in fancy dress. My twitter and snap chat were full of people at Halloween themed parties and in very scary , sexy or just plain wacky costumes.


I am not going to lie , I never normally do anything for Halloween. So this year, Mark and I decided to change that , and our group of friends decided to go out and do an ensemble fancy dress… after many convos and research at fancy dress shops, we decided in the end to go as the cast of Grease!!!!!!

We had SO much fun getting the costumes together and deciding who was going to be who!

I was Rizzo, mainly because no one wanted the short wig, but also because I already had the outfit sorted in my wardrobe!


There was a mixture of girls and boys so it worked really well!


We had a gathering at our house first which was decorated with Halloween bits and bobs, and got the party going with a few drinking games we played beer ping pong – the Pink Ladies V’s the T Birds and unfortunately the girls lost boooooooo!


We even had Halloween themed food! My carrot and olive display went down a treat! Hahaha.


I did my own make-up and then ending up doing everyone else’s make-up with my cousin Kate. We used grey and white face paint , fake blood and black eye-shadow to contour cheeks and give hollow looking eyes.

We all had such fun and I will defo be up for doing similar next year.


Fashion buys

I bought myself a new jacket from Topshop boutique which I love! I wore it with my new black denim skirt from Topshop and my over the knee tan boots from office!!!


This week the Balmain collection launches for H&M and will be available in 250 stores worldwide and online…. I’m so obsessed… It was so hard to choose but here are my top 5 faves from the collection…



There was no doubt that this collection would be a sell out… Although some of the items in the collection are a little expensive there are other items, like for example the the black and white polo neck and the heavy armoured bold jewellery, which are more of a reasonable price range.




Looking at a lot of catwalks at the min (Esp Balmain) The over the knee suede boot are still a massive trend for A/W15 … Great news if you invested in a pair last winter, if you didn’t don’t worry there’s still a massive variety on the high street!

These are my favourite thigh/over knee boots on the market:

KG Kurt Geiger Vegas boots – £220


Stuart Weitzman – £650:



Boohoo – £30


Asos -£85



Until next week
Lots of Love


RnR with the family and Halloween shopping with Mark

Hi everyone ,

Ok sooooooo, this week had been quite quiet for me , which is a rarity!

Don’t get me wrong , I’m not complaining , and I wanted a few days R n R with friends and family as my schedule is going to get very busy again soon .

I pottered around the house , went to the gym a couple of times ( my press ups and pull ups are improving! ) , went Halloween costume shopping with Mark, and took my mum Jackie and step dad Dave for a very fun day out in London.

I shall begin with this day ! So mum and Dave came down over the weekend because it was their wedding anniversary, and they wanted to go into London.

Mark and I gave them a weekend they’ll never forget – by taking them to London Dungeons… muuah-ahaha !!!


It was hilarious, my mum was terrified and everytime the lights went out she screamed so loud!!! We all had so much fun… If you haven’t been then you must!

We saw a lot of the London sights too and the weather was ok . All in all a lovely day celebrating their anniversary , while being completely scared out of their wits..

I’ve been very outdoorsy this week, by taking Pip and Phoebe for daily walks around Essex and they’re loving it…


Luckily the weathers been really nice and sunny, although it’s been chilly so I’ve been wearing my Lipsy bomber jacket with the fur collar and it’s helped keep me warm…

At the min it’s my fave coat because it’s very day to day and can wear it with a pair or jeans or over my gym outfit… Talking of gym clothes , I’ve been sent a few pieces from New Looks gym wear range and I’m OBSESSED!!!!!

Don’t get me wrong I hate getting dressed up for the gym, because I don’t see the point as I work up a sweat and just stick my hair in a big topknot style bun to keep it off my face , but everytime I go to my wardrobe now to pick out a gym outfit I get excited!

They match everything from the sports bras to the pants to the jackets… They have a great variety and the prices are really reasonable, I’m defo gonna stock up on a new gym wardrobe. Well done New Look.

So this weekend is Halloween . I love a theme and fancy dress parties , so Mark and I have been to lots of fancy dress shops to find the perfect outfits…God we had a fun trying on wigs and crazy outfits …





We also bought lots of fake blood and transfer cuts ..



The plans are to go out first , then have a bit of party at our house… There’s 16 of us and we’re all doing a theme. Will fill you in on all the costumes and antics next week!


In terms of beauty and fashion buys there haven’t been many , but I bought the fab Origins “make a difference plus “face cream because I have been using something else and my skins gone awful, Origins have always suited my skin and this rejuvenating , velvety cream has sorted it out .



I also bought this eyeshadow pallet and eye liner stick is from the HD Brow company.



My friend had one and I kept borrowing hers so I thought it was about time I got my own . Love the colours and packaging , it’s similar to Tom Ford’s palettes but not quite as pricey. The pigment is strong in the eyeshadows and they really suit my skin tone.


I’ve also bought some polo necks this week , They are always part of my winter wardrobe. This one from Topshop is my current fave and I also got from plan and quite sheer ones from Zara.


Before I sign off and start getting ready for Halloween , I must say A HUGE congratulations to Robyn (and Daniel) and the birth of their beautiful baby boy Zac Daniel, yes my friend who had her baby shower a few weeks ago had her baby boy this week, and he’s absolutely beautiful.

Welcome to the world Zac!

Until next week
Lots of love

Michelle xxx

My Winter Lipsy collection launch and dinner at Australasia

Last weekend I was back again in my wonderful hometown of Manchester, for my friend’s boyfriend’s 30th. I love coming back and seeing all my friends for these special occasions on our lives.


While Mark and I were in Manchester, we also took the opportunity to go to one of my fave restaurants Australasia, which is on Deansgate. I have been going for years and it will always be up there on my top ten restaurants!


They have amazing cocktails, the service is very good and the food is modern Australian with Indonesian and Japanese influences. YUM!


We had the goats cheese salad, blackened cod, a variety of fresh sushi and baby Aubergine… I wore my new green jumpsuit from WalG and my LYDC grey bag.


With cut out paneling on the shoulders, it was perfect for a winter dinner date and we had a lovely evening.


Before we went out I used this amazing ‘skin brightening’ exfoliator by Kiehls to give my skin a bit of a boost as it was looking dull. I’ve been using it a couple of weeks now and I’m very impressed. It gets rid of dull old skin and leaves your face clean, smooth and glowing.

I wore my grey polo neck ribbed cami last week, and everyone asked where it was from, it’s actually from one of my older ranges at Lipsy and you can still purchase it on their website. I think it has a bit of a sporty look to it.

Talking of Lipsy, I had my Winter Collection launch this week in the elegant Rosewood Hotel in London.

The display of flowers they had commissioned a top florist was a really talking point, they were gorgeous and they were one of the first things you saw when you arrived for the launch. So many people were taking pictures of them!

Manchester based make-up artist Emily Clarkson, was on hand doing my hair and make-up, especially for the important occasion.

For the 1st half of the day we did my hair down and sleek, and make-up very natural, then for the evening we vamped up the makeup adding a smoky green/khaki colour to my eye and a thicker strip eyelash!

It was a long day, but a very productive one. I had back to back interviews discussing my new collection, then I did a meet and greet with some of the best fashion bloggers in the country, who were all great to meet and what to. Thanks ladies!

The collection itself is perfect for the party season with lace placement dresses and shirts that look great day or night.

We have given a nod to the 70’s style which is still a massive trend this season by using the colour camel, and frill lace. Plus we’ve vamped up the simple LBD by adding a bronzed/gold placed lace which instantly makes the dress look more special!

All the collection is out now in stores or online at

I asked Emily @emmyclarkson1 to give you all a ‘how to get the look’, as I had so many people comment how flawless my makeup was ( thanks- its down to her!) – here it is below:

“It’s really important the skin is prepped before make up so I always make sure the skin is full of moisture before applying foundation.


I used Charlotte Tilbury’s infamous ‘Magic Cream’ on Michelle to give the skin that radiant glow. I then primed the skin with Smashbox Spray Primer, which is free from oil, silicone and alcohol that really helps keep the make up in place all day.”

“I love to mix foundations and Michelle likes a dewy look with coverage where needed so for this look I mixed together Mac’s Face and Body Foundation with NarsSheer Glow which gives me that perfect balance.

“On the eyes we went for a natural day look with definition on the lashes. Remember,- it’s just as important to prime the eye lids to make sure the shadows stay in place all day, the smash box eye primer is one of my all time favourites for matting out the eyelid and intensifying shadows.


“Over this I used MAC’s pigment in ‘Naked’ and shadow in ‘texture’ applied in the crease to add definition to the socket. I then lined the lash line with Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Espresso Ink before adding half ‘Demi-Wispie’ lashes to the outer corner of the eye to create more of a feline eye shape- finished off with lashings of benefit mascara in Roller lash.


“Back in with the skin and I’ve recently discovered Amazing Cosmetics concealer, which is incredible. It gives you a flawless finish and great coverage without feeling too heavy on the skin and it photographs so beautifully. I applied this by tapping it in with my finger and buffing away with a Contour Cosmetics pro blender for a seamless finish.



unnamed9“I highlighted with Benefits ‘Watts Up’ Highlighter and very lightly contoured with the Contour Cosmetics cream palette set with the Sleekcontour kit. It’s really important to set your cream products with powders to make sure the make up lasts all day. I wanted to add a small amount of blush to the cheeks but nothing too over powering; Charlotte Tilbury’s Ecstasy blusher was perfect for this.

“Finishing off the make up I lined Michelle’s Lips with ‘Stripdown’ liner and ‘Hug me’ Lipstick both from MAC. I then blotted this off with a tissue and re-applied again to make this long lasting. I then added a small amount of Charlotte Tilburys ‘Nude Kate’ to the very center of the lip to give the illusion of a slightly fuller pout.


“For Michelle’s hair, we went for a sleek and shiny look. I used the Cloud Nine irons and styled with the Pro Blo‘Volumize me’ finishing brush to add a small amount of volume to the crown. Lots of lovely compliments of Michelle’s shiny hair, she’s got really healthy hair naturally but I accentuated it using Osis’ shine serum for that sleek finish.”

Thanks Emily, loads of handy hints there for you all (and for me!) too!

Until next week,

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

Talking of Lipsy, I had my Winter Collection launch this week in the elegant Rosewood Hotel in London,

Haven House and a trip to Silverstone

Hey there everyone !

The last week has been a lot of fun , with some great nights out and quality time with loved ones.

I will kick start the blog by telling you about the Haven House Childrens Hospice event that Mark and I recently went to .


It took place at the lovely Grosvenor House hotel. Mark was hosting the night for them, and Good Morning Television’s presenter Richard Arnold did the auction ( he was brilliant at it too!)

Haven House is very close to mine and Mark’s hearts as it’s a local charity and we have visited the hospice many times, and instead of asking for gifts at our wedding , we asked guests to make a donation big or small to the charity.

Haven House Children’s Hospice supports families and cares for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across North and East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire.

We had a lovely night and I’m so pleased to say that the combined total raised that night was £89,000 – an incredible amount of money for Haven and they will use it so well in making the poorly childrens lives a little more comfortable.
For more info on the brilliant work they do, go to


I decided to wear a black evening gown from my Lipsy collection which you an get online and in stores now. A couple of ladies at the ball were wearing dresses from my collection which made me feel so proud. I never get bored of seeing people in my designs. This dress is perfect for the christmas party season and is very flattering on.mk12



Mark and I also went to a fantastic restaurant in Kensington, called Bodo Schloss.


After 10.30 it turns into a bar/club! We had SO much fun.

The theme of the restaurant is Austrian so , yes, you guessed it , the menu only had Austrian food…

I went with the chicken schnitzel which was delicious, they brought shots over on a ski and the fishbowl cocktails were served in a ski boot!


They had a live band that moved round the room! I’ve never been skiing before but apparently it’s exactly what skiings like when you go for food and drinks in the evenings!

My best buy this week is my new sweater from TopShop.
I’ve worn it with jeans and track suit bottoms.. It’s great for lounging but it looks really cool as a casual day jumper too. This jumper will last years and its super snuggly too.


It was my stepdad Dave’s birthday in September and my mum wanted to do something special for him , so we arranged a big family day out at Silverstone race track! O.M.G it was Soooooo goooood!

Dave is obsessed with cars so he was in his element!

In the end we all had a go racing the formula 2 race cars

I thought I wouldn’t like it and if im honest, I was a little nervous, but I LOVED it!


The boys couldn’t keep up paahaha !! It’s something that i would definitely do again….i do love driving, and will happily do the Essex to Manchester trip or a country day out and not think twice, but this got the adrenaline going!
I will treat myself to another fast car experience soon…


This is my look of the week -my Lipsy floral dress, Zara fluffy bag and Stuart Weitzman boots!


I love gold jewellery and it’s really big this season , but it’s all about delicate jewellery for me this year….

Sparkling jewellery
( @sparklingrings ) who are renowned for their two coin necklace have a great selection of delicate jewellery…. I’m in LOVE with my Phoebe and Pip necklaces – seriously how cute are these?



I’m also totally loving my new gold plated ‘M’ necklace from Bam-B they’re on Instagram @BAM_B_LND . This is very delicate and I wear it all the time.


Product of the week…

Sisley Emulsion Ecologique


I’ve only just started wearing this face cream, my skins gone really dry because of the cold weather, so I needed a cream which does everything.Balancing, toning and moisturising… it goes on my skin beautifully and my skin feels so soft! I love this product and it travels wherever I do .

Untill next week
Lots of love
Michelle xxx

Baby showers and next season trends

Hey there , so it’s starting to feel a bit more like winter is on its way .
I love Autumn /Winter… You may assume that my favourite season is Summer ( because I love a bit of sun) but it isn’t!


I love the rich, deep colours of Autumn and the anticipation of Winter because Christmas is my favourite time of the year . It’s not long now! A couple of months away .. The change in weather gives me the excuse to go coat shopping and this year I am looking for a cape coat. It’s ALL about the CAPE ladies !

I love them , think they look really stylish and the good news is there are lots around !

Here are two from Zara I like :zara1 zara2

And I really like these from Topshop also:

topshop1 topshop2

The good news is that they are all in the stores now and all under £100, serious bargain!

Last week I had a lovely couple of days in London .
The weather last week was unexpectedly glorious…me and a few friends walked round the capital soaking up the culture and even had a picnic on Hyde park…
It was really nice to just see some of London as I tend to be just dashing from place to place and see it all from cars or glimpses of trains .. I’m getting more and more used to being based in the South, however I will always be a Manchester girl :-)
Speaking of my home town , I was back in Salford last weekend which was so lovely , mainly because it was one of my best friend’s Robyn’s – baby shower!

I am still best friends with the same very special group of ladies I was friends with in school , when we get together it’s like we just pick up where we left off , and we always try and make time for the special occasions in each other’s lives .


Anyway , Robyn is due in 3 weeks with her second baby and we already know she’s having a boy, so picking out presents was a lot easier for us girls…
We all chipped in and got together a big basket full of practical baby presents,clothes and blankets!




We’re all so excited to meet him and I’m sure he’ll be very spoilt by all his Aunties!

Last week I also had a very important meeting this week too around work .. Fingers crossed 2016 will be a very busy year for me!

Back to fashion , and back to the capital and I was in the Lipsy head quarters this week too for a research and brainstorm meeting discussing and my next collection which is SPRING and SUMMER!!!!!!!!
That’s how ahead we are! The Lipsy researchers have been LA, New York, Milan ( nice job ladies!)
They were over there attending fashion shows and events to get inspiration for the next season.


Apparently nudes are still going strong, very soft floral prints are making a comeback and although everyone still loves a bodycon floaty pleats and skater dresses are gonna be HOT!!!

We have our next design meeting soon. I will try and sneak you a few pictures to show you what I’m working on :-)

Major shoe porn
Ermmmm hello!!! Sophia Webster ankle boots!! They’re my new style crush must haves!!!!! There is a slight issue in them being around £500 but I will stick them on my Christmas list in the hope that Santa might read my Hello blog … Pahahaha !!

My fave buy this week is my fur scarf from Miss Selfridge! I absolutely love it…
I wear it over a jumper or over a leather jacket it instantly makes the outfit more wintery and special and it was only £25 . I reckon I will keep it for a few years , as a piece like this will never date .




My training is going well, and thanks for all your tweets with your recent Lipsy purchases I do love seeing you all wearing them.

Finally . I’m so thrilled to have been nominated for a NTA – Best Dramatic Performance in the BBC drama Ordinary Lies . I loved being part of the cast and the writing was superb. I’m up against some amazing actresses including Jo Joyner , who was bloody brilliant in Ordinary Lies.
The series is also nominated for Best New Drama.
Voting is open till October 25th :-)

Until next week

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

Filming abroad and getting fit for my new project

Hi everyone!!!!

Hurray it’s the weekend!

So, recently I have been working away on a new project. I really can’t say very much about it to you I’m afraid – only that I filmed abroad and it is set in ancient times (hence the location and what I am wearing!).



As soon as I can tell you more I will, but I have really enjoyed it :-)


While filming away I did have quite a lot of downtime which is a little unusual for me as I am usually just dashing about from A to B (and typically always running late too pahahaha!)

Therefore, because the TV didn’t have any English channels, AND I stupidly forgot to pack my computer, and also the weather was rubbish (didn’t stop raining), I decided to go to the gym and crank up my training.

Typical workout
I normally do a cardio warm up, whether that’s a run or bike for 15mins then I go straight into weights.
I always try and change my training routine so I don’t get bored, and I do that by following fitness pages on the Internet, and fitness and health blogs on Instagram, and they always motivate me to try different things.

Mixing training up and some good tunes to zone me out really do help with my motivation too. At the moment I’m listening to some old R n B mixes and a lot of tunes that remind me of this summer. Anything uplifting really!
I also need to be as physically fit as I can for my new project with the BBC – Our Girl. My character is an British Army medic, so would be very healthy and fit…

I will step up training soon and will be starting circuit training in the next few weeks (I’m dreading this hahahahaah).
So, one session I will do a leg and core day which includes (after a warm up of lunges and muscle stretches) -squats with a bar, box squats where you jump on a high box straight into a squat, leg raises and lunges, I try and keep the weight quite heavy so I feel like I’m struggling on the 8th rep!

I always finish off my training with a variety of ab exercises mainly using a Swiss ball.

Then the next day I concentrate on training my arms back and core again. This will typically consist of a mixture of bicep curls and tricep dips and push ups!

The killer exercise for me is a pull up, oh my god – they are SO tough… I am getting stronger the more I train but I can only do a couple at best… My goal is to be able to do at least 5 by the end of next month! …remind me to update you how many I can do by Oct 31st… Eeeek!

I tend to train in a crop top or t shirt and leggings. I mostly wear either Nike or Lipsy London sportswear, but I have my eye on these pieces from a newish company that specialise in womenswear –


Love the cross back detail on this vest top.
And these capris…

I also love the Stellasport for Adidas range. Stella McCartney has been collaborating with Adidas for years… These leggings are super funky.



These are on sale on the Very website at the mo!
I have trained myself the past couple of years now and it’s something I have a love hate relationship with!
I still hate the thought of going to the gym , and before this trip away I hadn’t been for a good few weeks… but once I leave the gym I feel good, especially if I have managed a heavier weight or done half more of a pull up than I did the week before.

Children in Need
I have supported Children In Need for the past couple of years now, it’s an honour to be part of a fantastic cause…

Everyone can purchase a t shirt that has been designed by British fashion designer Giles Deacon. For more information please go to

What’s in my make-up bag?

As you know, I’m a big fan of Benefit cosmetics and have used Benetint and Posytint for years, but I used lashings of Benetint and this fab Elizabeth Ardern lipstick on the filming project I have been working on, as the character I played wouldn’t wear any make-up.

So these clever products gave me a subtle and sheer coverage that you can hardly see…

Tres natural!!!! Perfect for hot holidays too …
Before I sign off I must say how excited I am to be seeing one of my best friends Robyn very soon.
She is about to have her second child (in about 4 weeks or so) so a group of us are getting together for her baby shower!
Until next week.
All my love,
Michelle xxx

Fashion picks, more Friends and date night in London

This week has been a very busy week for me, I’ve been here, there and everywhere…

As I said last week, I went to the Friends Fest which was in Brick Lane in London.


I still can’t get over the I met Gunther! What a lovely man he was…
It was Friends‘ 21st birthday and they brought out a massive cake with all the Friends memorabilia adorned all over it!

Last week was London Fashion Week, I loved going to the last one, however due to filming commitments I could only go to one event this season, and it was at the very start – The Cosmo Fash Fest!

It was a really good night where a really diverse mix of high street stores combine together, to celebrate fashion on the British high street.

Laura Whitmore hosted it, looking as fashionable as ever, wearing a simple black leather dress and a black blazer over her shoulders.

Connor Maynard performed and got everyone on their feet dancing… I wore a black lace mesh dress from Maje, I LOVE their futuristic designs and fabrics…

It’s one of those dresses I can wear again and again. Here are a couple more pieces from Maje I have my eye on – you can buy it online or it is stocked in Selfridges too –
This Wool Cape coat is super smart and will last many years…

I also love this two tone bi material dress with a silk top.

I have been looking at lots of the coverage from Fashion Week. Julien Macdonald’s collection looked amazing and I spotted his tweet stating that tropical colours will be huge for AW16. Noted Julien!

Later in the week, Mark and I went on a special date night as a couple of days later I had to leave the UK for a new TV project. I am actually away as I type this very blog!

We ended up going to Sushi Samba which has to be one of my fave restaurants… I know I have mentioned it before to you all, but I really do love it there.

We had green bean tempura with a truffle mayo dip, then a selection of sushi.


For dessert we had Mochi which is a signature Japanese dessert, they’re like rice shells filled with different flavoured ice cream and are so tasty.

We sat next to the window and enjoyed the views of London, and finished off our evening with a few of their signature cocktails. Gorgeous evening!

I decided to wear one of my fave all time pieces from my Lipsy collections – it’s a black jumpsuit, sexy and classy – I think it was from the second collection so I don’t think you can get it anymore…

Fashion picks
I’ve had a scour of the high street, and these are a few of my best picks for this season…
This two piece Coral suit, with boot legged trousers from Topshop for £105.

I think the design of this dress definitely took inspiration from Julian MacDonald… £98 from Lavish Alice.

Love this long sleeved dress from ASOS, I think it would look gorgeous with boots for the winter…

Unfortunately I am filming away at the moment so I haven’t seen the Corrie live but I was glued to Twitter whenever possible in between filming and can’t wait to watch it all when I am home. I know how hard everyone works in Weatherfield. From all the reviews and comments online it sounds as though it was a huge success so well done to all the cast, crew and production.

Rosh and Tom
Finally I want to say a very special congratulations to my friend Roisin Moir who has got engaged to her boyfriend Tom, while on holiday in Jamaica! Soooooo Happy for you both :-)

Hope you’re all having wonderful weekends everyone!

Until next week,
Lots of love
Michelle xxx

Celebrating Jessica’s 30th

Hey everyone!!!!

Hope you have had a great week. I have had a real mixed bag really… lots of meetings in London about my new role for a drama series with the BBC, research etc… all of which has been very interesting.

I have also had a couple of great nights out – firstly it was my lovely sister in law – Jessica’s 30th Birthday in London – at the very swanky Park Plaza Hotel.

The theme was ‘Hollywood Glam’ so all the girls got super dressed up – including me!

I got a big sexy blow dry and wore one of my favourite evening dresses from my new range at Lipsy, which is a lovely light gold and black – and it is full length – but sheer from the knee down.

I felt fantastic in my dress and got loads of compliments about the dress during the night.


Myself and my friend Helen, who is wearing one of my creations.

I also got to catch up with my friend Brooke Vincent who had made good pals with Jessica at my hen do earlier in the year in Dubai. The night was a ball!


This is the colour I wore on my nails – tres glam!


So on the Monday after the big party – I decided to have a a bit of time to replenish my skin, not only on my face but body too….

I went for a facial and some skin advice – with Nichola Joss, who is one of the beauty industry’s most revered skin care expert.


She used Sanctuary Spa products and used the form of massaging oil into your face and advises her clients to do a little every day.

unnamed6My skin felt amazing afterwards so thank you so much for looking after me Nichola. The best thing about Sanctuary is that the products smell very expensive and luxurious, but are totally affordable and you can buy them in so many places – most of the products are between £8-£15 and you can get them in Boots! They also do travel sized products if you want to have a pamper on your holiday :-)

unnamed7I was in desperate need of some new brushes since I had my hair extensions taken out – as I am trying to learn how to give myself a really good blow dry. I am not too bad at the hair at the front its all my hair around the back of my hair that I struggle getting smooth and bouncy.

Also I will honest and admit I don’t always have the patience!

Beauty Works have developed these great ‘Boar Bristle Professional Blow Dry Brushes’ and sent me some – so I thought I would try them out.


The best bit about these brushes is that they don’t slip or move out of your hand as they have a really sturdy handle. I blasted my hair with the Windle and Moodie foundation Spray and some Kevin Murphy Thickening Lotion and this really helps add ‘oooomph’ into my hair while blasting it with the hair-dryer.

The brushes definitely helped improve on my usual home blow dry so I reckon they are worth an investment! For more info go to:

I also was invited to go to a ‘Friends’ event to celebrate the show’s 21st birthday! This is by far one of my favourite all time TV shows – so I said yes in an instant! I will tell you more about it in my next blog – here is a bit of a sneak peak from the set.

Look at this CAKE!!!!


It was SO much fun having a nosey about and oh yes I event got to meet the one and only GUNTHER!

My make-up product of the week has got to be this loose powder from Laura Mercier.


It de-shines your skin and leaves it less greasy after you finish your make up and makes your skin look flawless. A little goes a long way though so don’t try and use too much otherwise your skin can look a bit dull!

I haven’t really been shopping much, but I did pick up this great Duster coat from good old TopShop.

Now – a duster coat is not the most warm of outer garments, but it can really finish an outfit off and does look pretty cool.

They are great for the Summer to Autumn transition when you want to wear a light coat. I really like this one and I think I have worn it to death this week.

I have also got my eyes on this one by Lavish Alice – love the tie detail and the blue grey colour. Oh and this one is pretty cool too with the open shoulders – Their website is here:


This one from Boohoo is really nice too and i love the colour – it’s on sale on their website now.


I am hot footing it to another meeting before I go away to do some filming for a few days – will let you know ASAP about my Friends trip – it was too much to fit into this blog!

Until next week

Love from

Michelle xxx

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