Intu Milton Keynes SS18

Intu Milton Keynes invited some MK Bloggers for another lovely evening showing us the new services and collections that are on offer at their shopping centre. The night started in the gorgeous Loaf & Bloom located in Debenhams, very instagrammable place! Here we were greeted with Processco and some delicious food.

We had the privilege to meet with Debenhams personal shoppers, who spoke about the new SS18 trends and Debenhams bridal wear. They are so lovely and can help you with finding the perfect outfit for those special occasions or a wardrobe revamp. Definitely worth checking out.

The next part of our evening took us to Dior backstage, where we met Lucy. Lucy talked us through the new products Dior has to offer and what they do at Dior backstage. The new Dior Addict Lacquer Plump comes in 16 beautiful shades. Of course the nudes were my favourite but I did also love the red in shade 868. We were also matched up to our perfect shade of foundation. Taking a girl to a make up stand is like taking a child to the sweet shop, you just want absolutely everything!

The last part of the evening took us to Lush. Here they showed us all their new Easter products and gave us some demos on their best Easter sellers. The gold egg was like highlighter in a bowl, the glow from the demonstration bowls was insane. I particularly liked the carrots as these can be used more than once, you simply run them under the tap whilst you run your bath. My children have found their love for bath bombs and there are so many cute ones the kids will love.

We were also shown their massage bars, some of these smelled so good you could have eaten them and their new Naked Shower Cream, we were very lucky to find one of these in our goodie bag.

Intu set us a little challenge to find 3 capsule pieces for our wardrobe for SS18, I already had in mind 2 items that are a must for me.

First a fresh pair a white leather Converse, these go with everything and are perfect for the Spring-Summer season and are easy to keep clean. I decided to mix it up a bit and choose white and rose gold. Anyone who knows me, knows rose gold is my thing whether that be homeware or adding that touch to an outfit. These Converse are Exclusive to Office.

My next capsule piece has to be a denim dress. I absolutely love a pinafore dress, but unfortunately for me my body shape doesn’t allow me to pull this look off. I did find a denim pinafore dress in H&M that is so nice I just had to share it, so my friend Dani kindly modeled it for me. For myself I found the perfect denim dress, its more flowing and longer to help hide my legs and this is from New Look, I might even use my Intu gift voucher that was in my goodie bag to treat myself to it.

I’m not going to lie and I did have to cheat a little and go online because they didn’t have these in store when I started this challenge. So for my third item for me it has to be a pair a sunglasses. My collection is getting rather large now but these definitely need to be added to it. I love how sassy they are and the colour is perfect for SS18 and you pick these up from Topshop.

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There was one final part of this challenge and that was to find a Star Buy, something on our lust list. My Star Buy item is this beautiful Black Stud Sequin Boucle Jacket from Star by Julien Macdonald in Debenhams.

Thank you again to Intu Milton Keynes for inviting me along and for generous goodie bag and also to all the retailers that made the evening so enjoyable and left me wanting to shop till I drop into a bath with a Lush Easter bath bomb!

Find all the infomation you need for a trip to Intu Milton Keynes with the link below.

https://intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes

Until next time

xoxo

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Diamonds & Deals

Recently I attended the Diamonds & Deals Women in Business event at Missoula Milton Keynes. This event was also in association with Target Ovarian Cancer.

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Diamonds & Deals was created by Gemma Burnikell Managing Director of Gemmedia and Gemmedia Events and Natalie Newman Managing Director of U&I Lifestyle and U&I Concierge.

 

 

As well as these two lovely ladies there were 9 other guest speakers. Hannah Armitage from Hannah Armitage Social and Radio Presenter, Emma Gill from Emma Semento, Rochelle Anthony from The Dolls House Hair Salon, Chantelle Ojo from Target Ovarian Cancer, Amy Thurley from Evoke Fitness & Tanning, Lucy Walton from Superfox, Sonia Randev from The Footie Weekly, Laura Jayne Surace from Bespoke Residential Estates and Becca Pountney from Engage Weddings.

 

I told myself this year I wasn’t going to let my anxiety get the better of me anymore. So when I first saw this event on Twitter I booked myself onto it straight away, that way I couldn’t talk myself out of it and to be honest I was actually really excited. On the actual day the nerves hit me, thank God I had work in the morning to keep my mind occupied. I got myself into a state trying to decide what shoes to wear! When I arrived I literally felt like my whole body was shaking, not knowing any of these ladies, I found myself tongue tied. Then Hannah walked in, a familiar face. I’ve known Hannah for quite a while. I started to feel at ease, having a nice catch up.

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The speakers talked about their businesses and gave what I believe a real insight into their lives, all the highs and the lows and the challenges life has thrown at them. Each and every one of these ladies motivated me in so many different aspects of life, but one in particular really touched me with what she does. Amy Thurley from Evoke Fitness & Tanning. Amy isn’t only a personal trainer and salon owner, she goes that extra mile to help her clients mentally too. Something I personally really struggle with is my weight and depression and I just felt that I could connect with Amy and allow her in enough to beat my struggles. Amy was so easy to talk to when we were all mingling around and networking with each other. I’m so glad I pushed myself to go to this event, I met some amazing women who really show supporting other women can be so powerful. I will definitely be attending the next one. A big thank you to Gemma for being so welcoming to me and making me feel at ease.

 

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Symptoms for Ovarian Cancer

  • Persistent bloating – not bloating that comes and goes
  • Feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain (that’s your tummy and below)
  • Urinary symptoms (needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual)

Occasionally there can be other symptoms:

  • Changes in bowel habit (eg diarrhoea or constipation)
  • Extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)
  • Unexplained weight loss

Any bleeding after the menopause should always be investigated by a GP.

Symptoms will be

  • Frequent – they usually happen more than 12 times a month
  • Persistent – they don’t go away
  • New – they are not normal for you

Please contact your GP if your show signs of any of these symptoms. Help and advice can also be found at https://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/

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Make sure you check out these inspirational women, all of their links are below.

Gemmedia

https://www.gemmediamk.com/  http://www.gemmediaevents.com/

U&I

http://www.uniqueinnovative.com/

Evoke

https://www.evokemk.co.uk/

Hannah Armitage

https://www.hannaharmitage.com/

The Dolls House

https://thedollshousesalon.com/

Emma Semento

http://www.emmasemento.com/

Team Superfox

https://www.chaseperfection.com/superfox/

Engage Weddings

https://www.engageweddings.co.uk/

Bespoke Residential Estates

https://www.bespokeestates.co.uk/

The Footie Weekly

Instagram – @thefootieweekly

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Perfect notepad from our goodie bags

Until next time

xoxo

Cocoa Runners at Out of Office Coffee

A couple of weeks ago I attended a chocolate tasting event at Out of Office Coffee in Newport Pagnell with Shantelle from MK Daily Prss. The night didn’t start off too well, Google Maps took us so far out of the way, a 20 minute journey ended up being an hour long journey, making us late!

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I’ll be honest I didn’t know what to expect from this event I had absolutely no idea what it involved, but when Shantelle said would you like to come to a chocolate tasting event with me, of course I’m going to go, I mean who doesn’t like chocolate?

When we arrived and after all the introductions we got a drink and found a table for the event to properly start. I loved the decor and all the interiors, cute little coffee shop I can see myself spending the day there getting blog posts done.

A gentleman called Spencer Hyman from Cocoa Runners gave a presentation all about what they do. From all around the world independent chocolate makers are managing every step of the process from the bean to the bar itself. They are focusing on less is more when handcrafting their chocolate. These chocolates have fewer additives and more real flavour.

Spencer explained Cocoa Runners have tasted over 5000 chocolate bars and have selected only a couple of hundred. Each chocolate bar is unique. We tasted just 15 of them. Before we tasted each one Spencer would give us a brief bit of history on the bar and its maker. Out of 15 I only liked 3, one of them I liked so much I bought it to take home.

Cocoa Runners work like Graze or a monthly beauty box. For a monthly subscription, 4 bars will be delivered through your letterbox. Each month you will receive a different selection, so you will never get a repeat. The subscription is £18.95 a month, seems a lot but their bars start from around £5.

To save £5 on your first order, use code – OOFEB0818 at the checkout, terms and conditions apply and can all be found on the Cocoa Runners website.

Thank you again to Shantelle at MK Daily Prss and to Out of Office Coffee and Cocoa Runners for having us, it was a lovely and interesting evening.

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https://cocoarunners.com

http://milton-keynes-news.dailyprss.co.uk/

http://outofofficecoffee.co.uk/

Until next time

xoxo

Harben House VIP Launch Party

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Last Thursday evening I attended the VIP launch party for Harben House Hotel with the lovely Shantelle from MK Daily Prss (no that is not a spelling mistake).

The hotel recently has new ownership which came with complete refurbishment. Now I’ll be honest I had never been to the hotel before so I couldn’t compare what it was like before to how stunning it is now.

The reception and lobby area is absolutely beautiful with the most stylish decor and furnishings. The hotel staff are so lovely and welcoming and always made sure we had a drink or food in our hands.

There is so much seating in the lobby area, perfect for unwinding with a drink from the gin bar or even coffee catching up with your friends.

The stylish Harben House Bar and Kitchen is open to the public, so nothing stopping you from going there for a lovely meal or drinks.

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The Rooms

Prices start from £54

Classic Bedroom

The Classic Bedroom comes with flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free WI-FI.

Classic Double Bedroom with open plan bathroom.

Executive Bedrooms

The Executive Bedroom is definitely my favorite. The room comes with lots of space, a dressing area, a large bathroom with bath and shower, flat screen TV, free WI-FI and tea and coffee making facilities.

All rooms also come with 24 hour room service, hair dryer, radio, telephone and free parking.

Harben House Hotel also offers meeting rooms, conference rooms and serviced offices. T&C apply.

I’d like to say thank you to MK Daily Prss for inviting me along I had a lovely evening.

If you’d like more information or to book a room please visit Harben House Hotel website.

http://www.harbenhouse.co.uk

For all news and updates on whats happening in Milton Keynes visit MK Daily Prss website.

http://www.milton-keynes-news.dailyprss.co.uk

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Got to have a cheeky bathroom selfie

Until next time

xoxo

Bye 2017

2017 has been one of the most difficult and challenging years for me and to move completely on from it isn’t going to be easy. What the past year has taught me is that it’s ok not to be perfect, its ok to feel down, it’s ok to admit defeat in situations and what will be will be, but as long as you can go on with your head held high you’re doing a fab job in life.

Trying to be the best mum to my beautiful children while my heart was breaking was one of the hardest things to ever deal with. Having the support of my very little family, my small circle of friends and understanding work colleagues made it slightly easier. Going from a strong family unit to a single working Mum was a shock to the system to say the least, but thinking about this past year its only made me stronger.

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Santa Visit at Dobby’s Garden Centre 2017

I like to keep my circles small but old friendships blossomed and new friendships started.  To be completely honest I wouldn’t be in the mind-set I am today if it wasnt for my girls.

Family is everything to me and I am the person I am today because of them. My family is very small but to me that’s all I need. reconnecting with loved ones was important to me and it’s felt like no time has passed. I’m ever so grateful to have those family members in our lives and the support they have given me.

Despite all the heartbreak and the challenges there has been many positives too. I took my children on holiday, I attended my first bloggers event at INTU Milton Keynes and connected with some lovely people. I have watched my Son’s confidence grow with help from his amazing teacher and through his new love of gymnastic. Seeing my shy anxious boy shine in not one but two gymnastic competitions has definitely been one of the highlights of this past year. Seeing my Daughter start Pre-School and having the added benefit of being part of her school learning through my job is such an amazing feeling. Watching her excitement build up for her starting gymnastics and seeing my cute diva walk along a beam is heartwarming.

I’ve set myself so many goals for 2018, some I will complete and some I wont but as long as I keep at it, through the highs and lows and remember it’s all for my children. That’s all I can do.

I’d love to say thank you to all my loved ones old and new, you truly mean the world to me.

I hope everyone has an amazing New Year however you are celebrating and lets work hard and smash 2018.

Until next time

xoxo

Victoria’s Secret Grand Opening at INTU

Its been no secret how excited I have been for Victoria’s Secret to open right here at INTU Milton Keynes. Since I can remember I’ve watched the fashion shows admiring all the beautiful garments and being inspired by the angels beauty, confidence and amazing figures (whilst drinking a few glasses of wine and eating my weight in crisps and dip!)

The pink lights completely light the rest of the mall up making this amazing pink glow. So many people turned up for the opening and the first 100 people in line received a free £10 gift card, and if you spent over £45 in store that day you got a free VS bag worth £78! I could hear my money fluttering away there and then.

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I started off in the Victoria’s Secret part of the store and honestly didn’t know where to look.  The first thing I noticed was the top Desi Perkins (huge fan girl right here) showed us in her Snapchat story. The store itself is absolutely beautiful and has such a lovely atmosphere.

Photo of Desi Perkins from her Instagram

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to look round a shop. All the displays and merchandise were in perfect order almost making me not want to touch, almost! This part of the store is all dark with just the right amount of lighting to draw you in, makeing it feel all sexy and seductive. It kind of gives a nice boost of confidence whilst browsing around.

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I made my way through the store getting to all the fragrances and makeup. I ended up spraying so many different testers on cards I smelled like the perfume department in John Lewis. I did so many lipstick swatches my arm looked like my daughter had decided to colour me in!

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Now onto PINK. This is a more bright and fun side to the store. With all the lounge and sportswear, cute bralettes, bath bombs and accessories. This area was so busy it was hard to get a real good look at everything, but I did manage to find some nice bralettes that was actually Buy One Get One Free and knickers that were also on special offer. I was struggling to find sizes but only because it was so busy. A staff member came over and asked if I needed any help which was a godsend. She went away with my bralette that I was trying to find matching bottoms for, and found lots of options in the size I needed.

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There are so many cute gift ideas perfect for Christmas, it’s definitely opened at the right time of year. So if you haven’t been for a browse yet you absolutely are missing out!

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Until next time

xoxo

INTU Style Garden September 2017

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First of all apologies for the extremely late blog post, lets just say we have had a few technical issues this end and they seemed to have lasted forever!

Back in August I was very lucky to be invited to my first ever bloggers event. To say I was excited would be a huge understatement. Luckily for me I didn’t let my anxiety get the better of me. So come September INTU Milton Keynes hosted a stunning VIP Style Garden. I got to meet some fabulous bloggers. LouBou from http://www.loubou.blog who I’ve followed on Instagram and Snapchat for a while, so it was lovely to finally meet in person. Amanda from http://www.amandaalston.co.uk and Honor from http://www.gh0stblondie.com you definitely need to give them a follow.

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I attended the Style Garden where INTU and some stores showcased their Autumn/Winter pieces and trends. On arrival all the bloggers gathered for drinks and a talk from the lovelies at INTU, where they spoke about all the exciting things happening in the shopping centre, so watch this space for details!

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At the event retailers such as New Look, Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Karen Millen showcased their new collections for fall 2017 (not good for my bank account I’ll tell you!) They had hair experts Rush and Debenhams beauty concessions Clarins, Laura Geller and bareMinerals giving us all the tips and product information we could ever need. I immediately fell in love with Laura Geller and was ready to buy all their products there and then!

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My favourite pieces from New Look, Miss Selfride and Topshop.

I’d like to say a massive thank you to Rebecca at INTU for inviting me to the fabulous event, it was such a lovely evening and to top it off the goodie bag was full of so many amazing things, I’m still working my way through them all!

Until next time

xoxo