Fashion Show MK the Bridal Edition

I’m so excited to announce I’m the official blogger for GM Events very first Fashion Show MK Bridal Edition. If you have ever been to one of GM Events Fashion shows you know this will not be one to miss!

Local bridal boutiques will be showcasing their designs and ranges down the runway and pop up stalls for those added extras. Everything you need under one roof and all in one fabulous evening.

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Planning a wedding, then you need to be at this event. Bring your girls, have some drinks and enjoy a stylish evening.

The bridal show is taking place on Saturday 10th November 2018 at Longueville Hall. VIP tickets are £30 this includes a goody bag, canapés, welcome drink and a front row seat. General admission is £15.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fashion-show-mk-bridal-edition-tickets-45641685510?aff=efbevent

For designer and stall applications email Gemma at info@gemmediaevents.com

http://www.gemmediaevents.com/

https://www.gemmediamk.com/

Watch this space for more blog posts on the designers that will be taking part in Fashion Show MK Bridal Edition!

Until  next time

xoxo

 

 

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SS18 Fashion Show MK

Now if you follow me on any of my social media you’d know how excited I’ve been for this event. This was my first GM Events Fashion Show MK and oh my it didn’t disappoint! I loved the whole build up to the event talking with Gemma from Gemmedia and GM Events each week at The Tanning Salon Bletchley, discussing our outfits, the designers and the event itself. It just got me more and more excited.

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Fashion Show MK was held at the Jurys Inn Milton Keynes, a fabulous setting for a glamorous event. The night started off with a quick snap at the photo booth with Patricia Manley from http://www.la-mantuana.com I met Patricia through Instagram and at the Medi Makeup opening. I collected my VIP wrist band and wished Gemma good luck then grabbed a glass of prosecco with Amanda Alston from http://www.amandaalston.co.uk

The SS18 show showcased a variety of styles and designs to suit everyone’s personal taste. As well as the fashion show itself there were pop up stalls from the designers and also some homeware and an Arbonne stall to shop from. I bought my daughter the most beautiful jacket from White Rabbit Apparel and some stationery from Posh Girl Co.

So let’s get to the best bits, the clothes!

My 3 favourites of the night…

White Rabbit Apparel Ltd.

White Rabbit Apparel turns old clothes into new, with a twist. From beautiful dresses and co-ords to the most amazing one of a kind jackets.

@white_rabbit_apparelltd

Boutique Cholpon

Located in Tickford Arcade Newport Pagnell, Boutique Cholpon design the most stunning, “red carpet ready” dresses you can imagine.

@boutiquecholpon

Carval Apparel

Carval is the perfect unisex brand. With jumpers, hoodies, t-shirts and hats this brand gives you the perfect street vibe style.

https://carval-apparel.com/

Other designers included Bizzle Clothing, Rusuvero by Kasora, The Design Hub by Vandana, Afina London, Cole, Jenuko, St.Aims, R & R, Queen Abban, Vandom, Lilo Stitches, Little Miss Millennial, Ebi by Avu, Queenking and Urban Hayal Limited.

Keep up to date with up and coming fashion shows and other events by visiting http://www.gemmediaevents.com/ or follow them on Instagram @fashionshowmk

Until next time

xoxo

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

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