Friday, 19 August 2016

Visiting Cambridge

One of the places I've always wanted to visit has been Cambridge. I've been determined to go there ever since I heard of people drinking prosecco while punting, having picnics by the river, and of course seeing the beautiful buildings and surroundings. Well on Tuesday I finally decided to go and visit and it definitely did not disappoint. As soon as I arrived I fell in love with the place!

I've had a bit of a difficult couple of months recently, which I'll explain at a later date, so having a day away to take my mind off everything was exactly what I needed. Sometimes even just taking 1 day away for a bit of timeout makes a whole lot of difference.

I went with my sister and it was the perfect girls day out. We drank prosecco, went punting, had lunch by the river, did some sight seeing and even climbed over 300 stairs to the top of a tower!

I filmed a little video of the punting which will be coming soon, so please look out for that if you're interested. But in the meantime here's a few snippets of the buildings, universities, collages and bridges we could see from our boat!


If you decide to visit Cambridge I would highly recommend using the park and ride services. It's only £1 to park all day, plus £3 for your bus ticket. It's extremely hard and expensive to try and park in cambridge centre, and using the park and ride totally just made everything so relaxing.



Have you ever been to Cambridge? let me know what you thought :)

Chanelle x
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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Pretty Muddy Obstacle Run

Last Saturday I took part in my very first Pretty Muddy event. Every year I like to take part in a Race for Life event or at least contribute to a charity fundraiser. I've done the Race for Life 5k a couple of times, and after improving my fitness this year, I wanted to do something that pushed me a little more. I contemplated running the 10k, but while scrolling through Facebook one day I saw an event called Pretty Muddy, and after reading the first few lines I was sold! I just thought it looked SO much fun and I knew I had to be involved. I rallied a team of troops and we threw ourselves into training.

If you aren't sure what Pretty Muddy consists of, it's a 5k obstacle run and is made up of several obstacles for you to overcome. The obstacles consist of things like climbing over ropes, pulling yourselves through nets, running through high muddy water and going down a slide into a pool of mud! I seriously had so much fun taking part, and it's great for people to just get involved in. The obstacles aren't particularly hard so anyone can get stuck in and give this a go. Plenty of people were also walking to the obstacles so if you're not a runner you don't need to worry.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Bra-blems

When I was 16 I used to long for my boobs to just hurry up and grow. I'd buy a bra that was probably 2 sizes too small and that had double extra padding in, so that they were practically touching my chin. I always longed to have a great rack and thought extra padding would be the only way to accomplish it, when in fact all I needed was the perfect fitting bra.

It's so important that you're wearing a comfortable and correctly sized bra. Whether they're big, small, up, down, or pointing east or west; you really need to ensure you're properly fitted. Not only will it keep your boobs in good shape, but you'll ooze of confidence! I can't tell you how much more confident and sassy I felt once I had a bra that fitted correctly.

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Skiing in the French Alps

On Boxing Day 2015, myself and my boyfriends family decided to go Skiing in Argentiere, which is a gorgeous little town in the French Alps. I realize this was 5 months ago now, however, I was scrolling through the photos the other day and just thought they were too pretty not to share. I haven't spent New Year in another country before, but spending it in the mountains with fresh air and fresh snow definitely did not disappoint!

I'm really not a good skier. I've only been twice, and both times I've managed to be crap. Even though I definitely wont be competing in any Olympic skiing anytime soon, I have to say that this time round I did notice an improvement from last time, and I even managed to make my way down a red run!! (which is pretty hard!) Ok so I fell over loads, let out a few tears and took out a 6 year old on the way down. But overall, I was pretty impressed.

Here's a few pics of the beautiful snowy mountains..


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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Starting out in Digital

This week I worked with The start-out and wrote an article about how to get into Digital Marketing. I love how I fell into the Digital world and I feel so lucky to have the job that I do, so I really wanted to share my story to hopefully help other people who want to do the same.

You can view the post here. The start-out is a brilliant platform for anyone looking to start a new career, there are so many fab stories on here so I would really recommend everyone to take a look.




I hope some of you find this useful.. Let me know what you think! :)

Chanelle x
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Friday, 4 March 2016

Avon's Matte Lipstick

You may or you may not have heard about Avon's new Perfectly Matte Lipstick (if you haven't where have you been?!). The new lippy has had copious amounts of noise due to the fact it's like no other Matte Lipstick. I know I work for Avon HQ so I'm bound to be biased, but honestly if you haven't tried this yet - get yourself one now! 

There are 15 (yes, 15!) different shades and all of them are amazing colours - which makes it even harder to decide which one to wear for the day/evening.  I've picked my 4 fave shades below and the pigmentation on these is like no other. 

From left to right the colours below are; Au Naturale, Vibrant Melon, Ravishing Rose and Wild Cherry.


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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Behind the scenes with Avon

Seeing all the posts from London Fashion Week this week got me feeling all like a fashionista, so I decided to celebrate with writing my first fashion post of 2016!

Last year I got chosen to appear in Avon's brochure advertising a new Black Flare Dress. Experiences like this are one of the many reasons why I LOVE working for Avon. Not only do I get to do a fun job and use fab make-up, but I get days out to be pampered and go on a photo-shoot!

I've never done anything quite like this before so I wasn't sure what to expect. The first thing that caught my eye as I walked in to the studio was the massive table full of amazing food for breakfast - Obviously I spent a good part of the morning eating, it would have been rude not to. Once I'd finished scoffing my face the make-up artists and hair stylists starting doing their thing. I think it's definitely safe to say I could get used to have my hair and make-up done everyday.




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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Turning 27...

So this weekend I turned 27. Yes, 27! I'll be completely honest, I'd been pretty devastated about it for about a week. Before anyone judges me, I know I'm not like dead old, and I don't class myself as feeling or looking old either. It's just the thought of 'shit, where did the last 7 years go'. I remember when I'd just turned 20, and thought the time in my 20's would be the best, and they've just flown by. Yes they have been great years, and I've done a lot that I wanted to do, and have travelled to some amazing places, but there's still so much left to do.

My best friend recently made a '30 things to do before I'm 30' list - and I thought this was a brilliant idea. I think it would make turning 30 slightly less depressing, because at least you'd have accomplished all these goals.

Anyway, now I've turned 27 I'm actually okay. So I'm going to celebrate with some cake and prosecco while playing with all my presents. All my presents this year actually summed me up pretty well; I love the gym, I love to drink and I love anything Mulberry (and of course the chocolates and gift cards are every girls dream). I also got a few more bottles of prosecco (these had already been drank by the time I came to take the picture), and some nice smellies which I'm looking forward to using!

Here's what I got for my birthday this year….


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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Music for 2016

To me, music makes the world go round. A world without music would be a world without feelings. Whether you're happy, sad, angry, in love, crazy, etc... (the list goes on) there's a song out there for every emotion. Most of the time I feel like we'd rather sit and listen to music than have a conversation with someone (or is that just me?!). I love finding new artists and songs that aren't always in the top 40 charts and don't sound just like every other song out there.

My favourite albums are always the Radio 1 Live Lounge albums, I could just listen to those for days on end. I love the music being stripped back and hearing the words properly.


I'm not going to lie, I have often been one of those people driving along with a song full blast pretending to be in a music video, and I will probably continue to do this until I'm at least 80 years old.

I wanted to share my top 3 gems that I've recently found that have either meant something to me and hit an emotion, or that I just think are amazing songs and feel that everyone should know about them. I love finding new music by people that can actually sing and have raw talent.


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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Polercise

So, I know saying 'I do pole dancing' isn't really a thing people usually just drop into conversation, but this post is in fact going to be dedicated to pole dancing.

Half way through 2015 I realised that I needed to tone up, I started going to a few gym classes which were brilliant (Combat & Pump being my faves) but I also wanted to do something really fun. I went round to a friends house one night and she told me she'd started doing pole dancing classes and how much it had toned her up. She asked me a few times if I'd like to go with her, but I turned it down every time she asked. I didn't feel the most confident in swinging from a pole in front of other random strangers. Also, at this point I had no upper body strength whatsoever, so I just thought I'd make myself look like a div. 

Anyway, a few months down the line, my friend told me the new beginners classes were starting and so I thought I'd take a look at the pole Facebook group. I saw lots of pictures of these girls hanging upside down, swinging around and most importantly; having a good laugh. I am always up for a good laugh and so I decided to bite the bullet and go to a class, and you know what, I'm so glad I did. 


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