Empties #3

Check out all of the beauty products (skin care & makeup) I’ve used up in the past couple of months in my latest Empties video!

I always love watching other people’s empties, because you know a product must be pretty good if they’ve used it all up.

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The New Mailbox Birmingham & The Art of Scent at Harvey Nichols

(watch from 3:31 if you want to skip straight to Mailbox Opening and Art of Scent!)

There has been something missing from Birmingham for quite a while now. I’m talking, of course, about The Mailbox.

This landmark luxury shopping, residential and office space development opened its doors in 1998 to much fanfare in the city, and ever since it’s been a fantastic space at the heart of the city. For me, it has been the site of many of my favourite memories, from the Harvey Nichols 10th Birthday Party, to celebrating a 6th month anniversary in a sushi restaurant with the man I’m now going to marry 4 years later!


However, for some time now, the main space of The Mailbox has been closed for some major refurbishment work. Although the restaurants and bars at the back remained open, Harvey Nichols reopened earlier this year, and many of the stores relocated to other areas of the city, there was definitely a big Mailbox shaped hole in Birmingham! [Read more…]

Review: The Club and Spa, Birmingham

Spa Day?

My answer to that question is always going to be ‘yes please!’

So, when I was invited along to a blogger taster day at The Club and Spa, Birmingham, to try out their facilities, I couldn’t wait. The invitation arrived following some pretty busy times, and an afternoon of relaxation with some other lovely bloggy types was just what I needed. However, this was a taster day of all  the facilities that The Club and Spa has to offer, which meant that we’d be earning our time in the spa with a lesson on the climbing wall, and a personal training session in the gym first!

I’ve not visited this health club before, but had heard good things from those who have. From the moment you walk into the entrance through The Cube (one of the city’s most striking buildings) you get a feel for the luxury, city centre atmosphere. And of course, from the upstairs entrance one of the first things you spot is the top of the fairly impressive indoor climbing wall that stretches up from the bottom floor of the club.


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Style Birmingham Live 2015

Pic: Ryan Phillips

After a much-felt absence in 2014, Style Birmingham Live returned to the city this year as part of the Birmingham Weekender Festival.

Having missed the city’s biggest fashion event sorely last year, I was looking forward to what promised to be an awesome marathon day of style and beauty with some of my fave blogger types. [Read more…]

Laura Mercier Makeover by International Makeup Artist Chris Howells

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With Chris Howells, Laura Mercier International Make Up Artist

It all started when I received a message from Ting on Instagram – “Please say you’re free on Thursday!” At the time I was in the middle of something, so just replied with a hasty ‘yup’, trusting that Ting only arranges nice things.

Luckily, I was right – Laura Mercier International Makeup Artist Chris Howells was in town for a couple of short days, and Ting had booked us both in for a makeover. I was pretty darned excited for a couple of reasons – firstly, the ever gorgeous Laura from Luxx Mint had already sung Mark’s praises to me, and secondly, Laura Mercier is one of those brands I’ve been wanting to explore for ages, having only used their famous Foundation Primer previously. [Read more…]