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25 July


I have officially moved away from Manchester!

So it’s official! I have moved away from Manchester! Don’t get me wrong, Manchester will always be my home… I love the city, the people, the night-life, the culture, the Mancunian accent and the wicked northern sense of humour! However, it’s time for a new chapter in my life.

I have never lived away from Manchester so I’m delighted to be moving to Essex, so many of my loved ones have lived away from home, my brother lived in America for a while and one of my best friends lives in Oman.. OK Essex isn’t Oman, but my new home is amazing and I am very, very happy getting things organised and choosing fixtures and fittings for our first home together… everyone keeps asking me will I miss my family and friends, but they are all organising to come down and stay, so I really do think I will actually see more of them!

Aside from this rather massive event in my life I have been basically catching up with myself after all the travelling about over the last few months. And also I have started back at the DREADED gym. Yes that right, I have fished out my trainers and reluctantly started working out again!

It’s only because I can feel when I have had a bit of a blow out and after the last few weeks spent in Magaluf, Palma, Alicante etc etc… I thought I needed to get back into it. I hate going, but once I have been for an hour I feel so much better and can cross it off my ‘to do’ list for the day.

I have been also drinking protein shakes like these from My Protein and supplements like Super Omega Fish Oil and a Anti-oxidant tablet (need it after Magaluf!) with Vitamins A C E , Zinc, Selenium and Green T Extract to name a few key ingredients. It’s important to give your body these extra supplements when training.


At the gym I have been training myself and concentrating on low impact weights, squats, walking lunges, jack knifes and a bit of cardio. Not running though – I can’t bear it!




As well as the gym and eating (a bit) healthier I have been looking after my feet as my heels are looking a bit dry, I think its all the sunbathing and walking in flip flops! I have been using this Soap And Glory ‘Heel Genius’ cream which is pretty impressive – in just three days the skin on and around my heels looks less dry and feels silkier. I have to say I love these new flip flops that were sent to me recently Gandys-


Gandys is a social enterprise, and was founded on a commitment to using a portion of all profits to help disadvantaged children through the Gandys Foundation.


10% of all Gandys profits go directly into the Gandys Foundation whose sole purpose is to support children in need of basic essentials such as shelter, nutrition, medication and education.

With all my recent travelling about I feel like I am a lot better at packing than I ever used to be. I’m not going to lie I was pretty rubbish at it… I tended to over pack with things I would never wear or use, and always forget my toothbrush, hairbrush or towel. Nowadays I’m slightly more organised, especially for short trips of 1-3 days.

Here’s some of my handy hints for packing light on short trips away.

1. Invest in decent hand luggage. Mine is one of those wheeley bags that you don’t have to drag behind you.

2. Try on your outfits beforehand and take 1 full extra (smart casual) outfit, just in case you need it. Resist the temptation to throw as much as possible into your case as its pointless and leaves no room for impulse shopping purchases :-)

3. So many decent beauty brands now do travel sizes – I always take a small moisturiser (Dr Weils Mega Brightening Serum in 30ml), lip balm, shampoo & conditioner (Kevin Murphy do travel sized and are paraben free so are good to your hair) travel sized Simple eye make-up cleansing pads and face wipes, travel hairspray, travel tooth paste, and my favourite Giorgio Armani foundation (I put it in a little pot so that I have enough for 2/3 days and don’t have to try and squeeze the full bottle into the little clear plastic bag you have to use at the airport!).



If you have all of these things in your clear bag, then you should be OK for a mascara, a great liquid blusher like Benefit Benetint or Soap And Glory’s Sexy Mother Blusher (these are perfect for the pool or beach), eye liner and a 30ml perfume too.


4. I know this sounds silly, but I still take my security blanket with me where ever I go too. I lost it on a train last year and thanks to the power of Twitter, someone found it and handed it in. Yeah I’m 27 and still have a comfort blanket… its a bit cringe ha ha, but I guess it reminds me of home and I know LOTS of other women who still have them and some are older than me ! (you know who you are!)

5. A swimming costume (if your not going abroad – there may still be a pool where you are staying and its nice to go on a spur of the moment swim, bit harder to do that when you don’t have anything to swim in!) and your own beach towel (need to reserve your spot at the pool somehow!)

6. There is no point taking more than 3 pairs of shoes including the ones you are wearing. Take smart flip flops or sandals in your handbag, wear some comfy day shoes for the flight and pack a pair of heeled shoes for going out.

7. invest in some good sunglasses. You need them to protect your eyes, and they can finish an outfit off… I LOVE sunglasses and can spend all that dead time between checking in for a flight and getting on the plane, trying loads of pairs on. Here’s me trying on some Miu Miu sunglasses on Sunday ( they are a bit wacky!). I actually sat on my Michael Kors glasses on holiday in Magaluf and broke them ( gutted) so I’m on the lookout for some new ones – I really liked these mirrored Tiffany ones so will grab them next time I’m away…






Hope this helps some of you to travel a bit lighter !

Until next week,

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

20 June


Bear Grylls rumours and returning from sunny Spain

Hasn’t it been good weather in England the past couple of days?! So nice to get back from Spain and enjoy the sunshine in Blighty too!

So picking up from last week, a little bit more about my stay in this amazzzzzzing villa.

Amazing villa

View from the lounge

The website address is and I found the Cool Rental Guide via a recommendation from a mate It’s great for finding unusual and luxurious properties to rent for a holiday.

Resting in the sun

Resting in the sun

The villa is in the pretty town of Pollensa around 40/50 mins from Palma airport on the land of a private golf course. It is 6 bed, modern Villa with two lounges a huge kitchen, the master bedroom had a steam room and double baths in it which was amazing and the villa even had a lift to get up and down all the floors!

The villa

Beautiful pool

There was outside dining for 16 (there was only 7 of us so loads of space!) and a gorgeous deep green tiled pool with huge Buddha figures decorating it. When I wasn’t shooting the calendar with the team I relaxed on the sun loungers, ate lots of yummy Spanish food, hung out with my mum, who came over for a few days, and just generally chilled out! It was bliss.

I love staying in villas, as it’s a home away from home and you can have all your nearest and dearest with you all under one roof!

On the weekend Mark had a PA nearby so we left the villa on the Saturday afternoon (sob!) and then after the PA we flew back to London.

On the way back on the flight I started learning my lines for an audition I had this week for a really good part. I can’t say what it was for – only that it was for a TV drama, but I am keeping everything crossed!

Speaking of work, I read on Twitter this week that apparently I’m signed up to do a new Bear Grylls series?! Sounds like a great show but it’s news to me!!! I’m deffo not doing it, but good luck to the brave bods that are.

I also keep reading rumours that I’m doing Strictly? I love the show, it’s got such a feel good factor to it, and it would be great to learn to dance properly one day, but I’m not doing it , sorry! I’m going to concentrate on my acting for now.

Me with Phoebe and Pip

Me with Phoebe and Pip

I didn’t end up going to Ascot because it clashed with my audition but didn’t everyone look fabulous? I love the big dramatic hats but I don’t think I would have had the guts to wear one, I would go for something a little more refined I think!

When I got back to Manchester I couldn’t wait to pick up the dogs from my mum’s and get home. I’ve missed them so much!! We went for a long walk in a park near mine. Here are my babies:

My babies

She knows how cool she looks


After the mountain of washing I had to do I sorted through my make-up bag because some of the products were a bit worn and past their use by date. I didn’t know this until a year ago but make-up has a shelf life and you should (for example) change your mascara every 6 months!

Georgio Armani foundation

Georgio Armani foundation


I had treated myself to some new Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation, MAC Blot Powder Medium for anti-shine at Duty Free, and also these beauties were waiting for me from Benefit when I got home! Perfect for dark circles, covering spots and evening out skin tone…

Benefit cosmetics

Treats from Benefit (thank you)

My retail therapy has been a bit sparse the last couple of weeks with me being away but I did go to Zara for a last minute shop (how great are all the stores in Gatwick airport?!) here’s my new leather jacket. Not exactly summery but I think it will last me for agessss! I’m well pleased with it because this kind of jacket is a classic piece and it was only £52 – BARGAIN!

Zara jacket

Zara jacket

I’m away again this weekend for another PA, and am going to start thinking about sorting through my home in Manchester when I get back, as I think I will (finally) be moving to down to Essex soon! I have SO much stuff to sort through, I genuinely don’t know where to start! Anyone got any good advice on packing/moving home? Tweet me at @michkeegan.

Until next week,

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

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