Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Fossil Handbag

I really like Fossil bags, I think they are well made and not too expensive for the quality you get. I have had this bag for nearly 2 years and I still love it as much as I did they day I got it.

Fossil Bag, Michelle Louise Love

There aren't really any signs of wear and tear on the bag either despite me having used it a lot. The leather is in good condition, the stitching is all in tact and going strong and the bag looks as good as new.

Fossil Bag, Michelle Louise Love

It's a pouch style cross body bag, with a drawstring fastening, although admittedly this doesn't work all that well and doesn't stay shut. But to be honest that is the only bad point of the bag. It is a good size for me, I am a small bag kinda girl so I consider this one on the larger size and I tend to carry a lot of junk around in it because I can.
It has a zip pocket inside, great for girl things that you want to keep hidden away, and it has a pouch pocket on the other side which holds all my make-up bits, chewing gum etc. The kind of stuff that always falls to the bottom and you can never find.

fossil bag, Michelle Louise Love

fossil bag, Michelle Louise Love

 The main reason I was so attracted to this bag was the colour, teal is one of my favourite shades and I really love it, it's bright and cheery and great for adding a splash of colour to an outfit. I am also a fan of cross body bags because I like to have my hands free and not have to worry about my bag falling off my shoulder so this style is perfect for me.

fossil bag, Michelle Louise Love

fossil cross body bag, Michelle Louise Love

Much Love!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

My Favourite | Perfume

Continuing my series about my favourite things, this week it's my favourite perfume.

I love perfume, I adore going into a shop and sniffing my way round a selection of heavenly scents, but the romance is always short lived because I am a one fragrance kind of girl.  When I was a teen someone told me that fragrance should be like your signature, you pick one and stick to it and people will come to know and recognise you for that scent. I was sort of besotted with the idea of this and I carefully picked out a perfume that could be my "signature". That very first pick was Kenzo Flower, and I fell in love and wore it for many years until the smell started to make me feel sick.

I dabbled with a little Thiery Mugler Alien, and although I loved it, the fragrance just didn't stick around on me long enough so I abandoned the idea very quickly and moved on to my latest love affair. I had always liked Jean Paul Gaultier Classique, but for some reason had never bought any. I love the deep warming fragrance and strong vanillary notes that it has, and although the top note is apparently rose (which I am not a fan of) I would never describe this perfume as a rosy scent. The base note is sandalwood which is another smell that I find comforting which I guess is why I love this so much.

Classique Jean Paul Gaultier, Michelle Louise Love


I have been wearing it for over 2 years now and have no plan to change it any time soon, I douse myself in it every day and love to breathe in the heady scent from my hair and clothes, yes ok that sounds a little strange, but hey it's true! It is always a welcome Christmas and Birthday present as I get through it rapidly.

What is your all time favourite scent? Are you a loyal lover of a scent, or a fickle fragrance changer?


Monday, 27 January 2014

My Week In Pictures

Michelle Louise Love, my week in pictures
Gwen Stefani for OPI | Healthy Dinner | Out take from blog post | Another Healthy Dinner | My fave Boots | Chai Latte | The BEST popcorn ever | Comfy Jumper | Pretty Flowers

That is all beautiful people! Have a fab Monday.

Much Love

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Revlon Lip Butter | Sweet Tart

I think it's something like two years after I bought this I still have love for the Revlon Lip Butter in Sweet Tart. Do you remember the massive hype all over the blogging scene for these? It went a little crazy and they were featured on nearly every beauty blog worth it's salt and now you don't really hear about them so much.

Michelle Louise Love


revlon lip butter sweet tart

However I wanted to pay homage to a formula and colour I still love even though the excitement for these lipsticks has died down now and us fickle little beauty lovers have moved onto pastures new.

I have a very annoying habit, I will admit that I am a lip biter. Whenever I am not eating or talking it seems I am chewing my bottom lip. I have tried to stop, I really have. It drives me mad but I don't realise I'm doing it!

Revlon lip butter sweet tart

Because of this I often have dry lips which makes me bite them more, so I need really nourishing lipsticks to help supply them with some much needed moisture.

This is where my one and only lip butter does the trick, this clever little blast of colour is made with mango, shea and coconut butter, I guess that's why it works like a dream at keeping my lips feeling soft. The only time I don't chew my lips as much is if I have lipstick on them. You would think I would wear it daily then wouldn't you? But I forget or am too lazy........

revlon sweet tart lip butter

revlon lip butter, sweet tart


As for the colour of "sweet tart", it's beautiful, a vibrant fuchsia pink sort of shade that works so well with my pale skin.


Michelle Louise Love, revlon lip butter

If you have a lip butter festering in a draw or make-up bag somewhere, go and get it out and show it some love!

The Reason I Blog

I am on a journey, and I truly hope that the path I am taking and the things I have to share will inspire and help some of you to push forward in your own lives. The biggest problem I have at the moment is getting over the fact that I have always felt very ashamed of myself, this stems from many different things. I didn't grow up with the sort of parents who hugged and kissed and said "I love you". This statement isn't a "woe me", quite the opposite. It is what it is and I don't need my parents approval for anything now I am an adult but it would have meant a lot to me as a child, to have felt special, supported and encouraged when you are young is such a foundation into how you will cope when you are an adult, so if you are a parent, an older sibling or an aunt, a little bit of encouragement to a youngster will go a very long way. Let them know how much they mean to you, encourage them to chase their dreams, tell them they are beautiful and wonderful and the world is lucky to have them in it. Build their confidence and self esteem.

photo source: www.encouragementlifecoaching.com


As new as this blog may seem, it's not my first blog. But this one holds a very different vision for me. This is my hope and my dream, a place where I can express my struggles and be honest about things. I hope this blog will help me as a person, I hope it will help me to overcome my fears, help me build my confidence and my self esteem and maybe even help others.

I always hated having my photo taken as a child, it continued into my teenage years and then onto adulthood. I hated the way I looked and didn't want that to be captured in a photo, preserved forever! For years there were no photo's of me on facebook, and when someone asked me why I didn't want photos of myself on there I replied "I don't want people to see me, or know what I'm doing now" She couldn't understand where I was coming from, and she said "you only put the good stuff up".

The shame of who I was prevented me doing so much, I didn't want to risk people I went to school with knowing what I looked like now, what I was doing with my life, some of them bullied me at school so I wouldn't want to give them the fuel to laugh at me now as well!

It held me back so much, I arranged a fund raising ladies night at a local charity shop years ago and I wouldn't let the journalist from the local newspaper take a photo of me because I was too scared of people seeing it in the paper. I was happier to stay faceless, but I would see others success and feel jealous, and say why them?

I was my own worst enemy, it stopped me from pushing forward with my life, my career. I was critical of everything I did and too embarrassed to talk about myself and my work and put myself out there and then I would wonder why opportunities didn't come my way!


It simply comes down to: if you don't believe in yourself, no-one else will, this statement is a powerful one. Think about the kids that were popular at school, were they loud, and chatty and brave enough to put their hand up in class and speak their mind? Probably. That was the early form of self belief. Now what about people at work that have been promoted or given a pay rise, did someone just come along and give it to them? No, they would have asked for it, and made a sing and dance of their success's so the right people realised they were valuable.

I have wanted to produce YouTube videos for 6 years now, SIX years! And I still haven't done it, I watched some of the first ever "Beauty Guru's" and knew that I had something to contribute but I just wasn't brave enough to do so.

I have been battling with these demons for so long, the little voice in my head preventing me from putting myself in front of all those people on the internet. I held back on my first beauty blog, I didn't want to show myself to the world so I was too reserved. We all know that we like to see the person behind the blog and know what they look like, how they wear their hair and make-up. Yet I was too worried of how I look and that people may laugh at me, or say something horrible.

So you may ask, why have you got a new blog? Why do you think this time will be different? I wanted a fresh start, I wanted to give myself 365 days to change myself for the better and if I can't do it this time then I never will! I will just have to learn to suck up the bitterness and jealousy for all the people out there who have achieved what I could have possibly achieved and move on.

So my biggest hurdle to overcome at the moment? Putting pictures of myself on the internet, it is one of the most scary things ever for me. It took every little ounce of courage to put those photos of myself from New Years Eve up on this blog. Since then I have taken quite a few more that I just haven't been able to put up.

A couple of weeks ago I talked my boyfriend into going for a walk in the park with his camera with the intention of doing some outfit of the day shots. What happened? I HATED him taking photos of me, I felt embarrassed and awkward and scared someone might see us and wonder what the hell we were doing! Every photo he took I scrutinised it and saw something I didn't like so couldn't possibly use it. I thought I looked fat, or my hair looked bad, you could see a spot, my roots needed doing, my wrinkles showed! You name it, I hated it.

This weekend I again asked my boyfriend for some help taking some pics of my eye make-up for a post.Tthe outcome, I didn't like any so I never did the post.

I get so frustrated with myself, and wish I could just get past it but I don't know how. I want to, I really want to. I want to do it for myself, to build my confidence and for my future. I want to have children, and how am I supposed to teach them about confidence and self belief if I have none?

If you one thing today, make sure it's to say something nice to someone else. Compliment their hair, make-up, outfit, or say something good about their work. Trust me it will go a really long way,  think about how good it makes you feel when someone says something nice to you.

I will continue my battle and we shall see what happens I guess.

Anyone else felt this way? Tell me about your biggest self confidence battles.

believe in yourself and others will follow, Michelle louise love


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

A Year To Change My Life | Update



It has been over 2 weeks since the strike of midnight on the 1st January 2014, that means over 2 weeks since I promised myself that this year would be my year, I would try harder, care less what people thought, shamelessly self promote, believe in me, put myself out there and so on and so forth.

So how am I doing? I set myself a few mile stone goals to reach and I still have some time before I hit the goal date for a couple of those (which is March by the way) and although I am a long way off off of having 2000 followers on anything, I do have some and I couldn't be more grateful for the wonderful people who actually want to read about my day to day ramblings! So to each and every one of you who follow me on twitter, GFC, bloglovin or facebook thank you from the very bottom of my heart! I appreciate the interaction, suggestions, support and comments and it means so very much to me.

I am falling down on a couple of those goals, I said I would do a YouTube video every week and so far I haven't done one. I just haven't got the guts! The other one I'm falling down on is my 10 tweets per day, and 2 facebook posts per day. Some days I manage it and others, life just gets in the way. I won't beat myself up about that. I also wanted to get healthy this year and lose 14lbs, that is at a little bit of a stalemate, my boyfriend was my running buddy and he hurt his knee last week and isn't allowed to run for a while so I haven't run either.

I am determined not to fail, as hard as some of it is I really want to do my best. I have a story to tell, opinions I need to voice and a deeper reason as to why I started this blog and I will share it all with you in due course.

Check back soon to find out what it is.


Monday, 20 January 2014

My Week In Pictures

My week in pictures, very food related this time. But hey food is one of my favourite things, and for me food time means family time.

my week in pictures, Michelle Louise Love

NOTD | A new milkshake discovery | home cooked breakfast | Frankie & Bennys breakfast | Saturday night Indian |Tino and his ugg boots |


Sunday, 19 January 2014

OPI Top Coats | NOTD

I have been wanting a matte top coat for a L-ong time now, so when I noticed that a set of 3 OPI top coats were on sale I though it would be rude not to.

They arrived in the post yesterday and I hopped straight to painting my nails and trying them out.

I started with a base colour of Lucky Lucky Lavender which I featured in my favourite nail polish post, so now you can see what the colour looks like on.

OPI top coat, matte top coat

I wanted to try out the matte top coat as I have wanted it for so long so was excited to finally see what it was like. I love the effect it gives but I found it really hard to use. When I was applying it over my lilac colour it seemed to dissolve it and leave it looking streaky. The slower I went the worse it looked so I tried to slop it on as fast as I could but I still ended up with a few streaks. Has anyone else had this problem with matte top coat?

OPI top coats

I used snowflakes in the air on my ring fingers and I loved it. I got this set mainly for the matte polish but I have ended up loving the glittery one far more. It looks so pretty and is a combination of small and large pieces of silver glitter and just looks beautiful.

OPI snowflakes in the air, lucky lucky lavender

I will continue to experiment with the matte top coat, but for me snowflakes in the air was the unexpected love at first use.

OPI snowflakes in the air

What do you guys think?

Thursday, 16 January 2014

MAC Lipstick | Creme Cup

Lots of people will know and love MAC lipsticks, but on the off chance you haven't ever tried one you really don't know what you are missing out on.

As lipsticks go they are not the cheapest, they average around £14.50 each, but the colour range is amazing and the quality of lipstick is beautiful. They are rich and creamy, have a lovely vanilla fragrance and provide you with a nourishing colour that stays put for a long time between you needing to apply a top up.

MAC lipstick, Michelle Louise Love


Their range of shades has something to suit every skin tone and preference, from light to dark, natural to bright they will have it.

One of my favourite shades is Creme Cup, it is a soft natural cream beige and it is so easy to wear and perfect to team with strong eye make-up or for those who don't like bright lipstick.

MAC Creme Cup, Michelle Louise Love

It is such a beautiful subtle everyday shade and I wear it a lot which isn't bad for "not a lipstick person".

If you have never tried a MAC lipstick, give them a go. They really are worth the money.

MAC creme cup lipstick swatch, Michelle Louise Love


Sunday, 12 January 2014

My Favourite | Nail Varnish

Like anything this is subject to change at some point, but once my craze for a new colour has died down I do seem to keep coming back to the same couple of colours.

They come from two brands I am a massive fan of because I love their formula for coverage and staying power.

OPI, my first love in a nail varnish sense, the brand that restored my faith in polish as I had previously always used drug store brands and they would chip within hours of me applying it which used to really annoy me so I stopped using nail polish altogether for years!
Then one day I tried "pink-ing of you" and loved how beautifully it went on and how it lasted for days! I was hooked and from that moment on I kept buying more and more....

Essie, comes a very close second. Not so much because of the quality not being a match to OPI but more because you never forget your first love! I also feel the colour selection from OPI is a little nicer. However Essie do have a lovely formula and last for ages and go on so easily.

Now the two colours I love deeply and use a lot:

OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender

OPI lucky lucky lavender, Michelle Louise Love
 It's such a pretty lilac shade and looks gorgeous on, I always get compliments on the colour when I wear it.

Essie Mint Candy Apple

Essie Mint Candy Apple, Michelle Louise Love


A beautiful mint green that I absolutely adore. Again I always have compliments when I wear this colour. This happens to be one of my favourite shades full stop, I really want a kitchen aid mixer this colour too!

What's your all time favourite polish?

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Take To The Streets | My Running Challenge

One of my New Years Resolutions was to lose 14lbs in 2014 and tone up in order to feel a whole lot better about myself and my body, but also to be more healthy. I don't exercise, I'm lazy by nature when it comes to that sort of thing and I know I am going to have to push myself so hard to keep this up. I am hoping that after the first couple of weeks I will start to enjoy it and it will become a habit.

I really do want to achieve my goal, but I also want to be able to say "I'm going out for a run" (yes I know that's weird, and no I don't know why I want to be able to say it. I think it sounds cool, I admire other people who are really active and enjoy sport)

When I get a little more into it and realise my personal limits I will start to set myself some goals to aim for. But at the moment I will just be happy to run to the end of the block without passing out!

I went into a sports shop to try and get a pair of trainers, but I couldn't find anything I liked. I'm kinda fussy and so far the only pair I have really wanted is a pale mint green and silver pair by Nike that cost £139! Hmmmmm, maybe not. As my boyfriend pointed out, they will get ruined and they are not exactly meant for sport, more of a fashion statement.

I did however pick up a couple of sports bra's, a Nike vest top and leggings, so I'm just missing the trainers now and then I can see how far up the street I get before I pass out!

nike trainers, Michelle Louise Love


I have since found myself a pair of trainers I am happy with, and I went out on my first run on Sunday night. I won't lie, it was really flippin difficult. I could only run for a minute or two before I was gassed and had to walk and it all made me feel a bit sick. My boyfriend was worried it would put me off, but I'm a fighter and pretty damn determined to do this so I will continue and not let it beat me!

So in the name of fighting spirit I got home from work yesterday and went out on another run, I managed to run a whole half mile without stopping or walking and I was so proud of myself. I know it doesn't sound like much of an achievement but to me it really is, I was never much into sport and haven't run since I was in school so this is a massive undertaking. I am hell bent on keeping it up and running on a regular basis. I want to drop those 14lbs, feel healthier and tone up some of my wobbly bits, which I might add are held in place pretty darn well by those Nike leggings!

If you are thinking about embarking on something like this yourself then I can't recommend some supportive clothing enough, because lets be honest none of us want to think about our butt shaking all over the place when exercising and more to the point, we don't want anyone else to see that!! So get yourself something to keep it all in place so you feel more confident in yourself, it makes such a difference I promise.

Tell me all about your challenges, I would love to hear about them. But above all, lets show each other some support.

Rome wasn't built in a day, and I am so grateful for my followers and for everyone that takes the time to read my blog. Thank you for showing some support in my big year of challenge and growth.

Much Love
xx



Urban Decay | The Vice Palette

I have been a fan of Urban Decay Make-up, eye shadows in particular for 10 years now. Back then they weren't so widely available so I used to coo over the products on American websites and make mental shopping lists of all the beautiful colours I wanted.

I even remember my Auntie saying "why would you want to put something on your face called urban decay?" I laugh about it now because it has become such a huge brand that we all let the words roll off our tongue and it probably doesn't occur to most people to think that urban decay is indeed a very strange name for a make-up brand but we all love it regardless!

I have had the vice palette for a year now and I will admit that I haven't used it very much at all. Not because I don't like it but because I get stuck in a make-up rut and keep going back to my favourite combo of "sin" and "smog". Both of which I have twice over in other palettes.

"Sin" is still my all time favourite neutral eye shadow, I just love it. It is such a pretty colour and the perfect combination of colour and shimmer.

urban decay vice palette, Michelle Louise Love


The Vice Palette is a good mix of neutral shades and brights, shimmers and mattes and would lend itself really well for travel. If you were to take this on holiday or for a weekend away you would really have all the colours you would need in this one collection and because of the shape and size of the palette it comes with a large mirror so saves you having to take a travel mirror with you or having to struggle under horrid bathroom lights in your hotel room.

The packaging of this palette is my favourite of all of their collections, it's in the signature deep purple colour we all know them for, and the box has a beautiful soft touch finish that I can't help running my hands over (yes I know how weird that sounds). In the centre of the lid is a cute grey crystal look U and D.

urban decay vice palette, Michelle Louise Love


The lid is opened by a button at the front and opens slowly and smoothly and has an almost electronic pace about it and feels so well made that I have no concerns that it's going to snap off.

Inside there are 20 x 0.8g eye shadows with a great mix of colours, and a fantastic double ended brush, that is completely sufficient for doing a complete look with. Now I know a lot of you are make-up enthusiasts and have a huge range of brushes, but if you are travelling light you really can cope with just this one brush unless you use liquid liner that you require a brush for.

urban decay vice palette, Michelle Louise Love


I really like the brush provided in this set, it is lovely and soft and doesn't shed lots of hairs. One end is a flat eye shadow brush and the other end is a blending brush joined together by deep purple metal with the Urban Decay logo.

urban decay vice palette, Michelle Louise Love


Now onto the colours. The 20 shades featured in this collection are:

Desperation | Muse | Jagged | Blitz | Penny Lane |
Junkie | Chaos | Occupy | Unhinged | Black Market
Provocateur | Rapture | Vice | Noise | Armor
Nevermind | Echo Beach | Anonymous | Freebird | Laced

urban decay vice palette, Michelle Louise Love

I have been slowly working my way through the colours the last couple of weeks and wore Echo Beach and Nevermind on New Years Eve, they are pretty shades of champagne gold and went well with my outfit which had gold embroidery, as with all Urban Decay shadows you get really good colour pay off and they go on really well and blend like a dream.

urban decay vice palette, Michelle Louise Love

urban decay vice palette, Michelle Louise Love


I will try and do a series of different looks created using this collection in the next few weeks and show how versatile it is.

The Vice Palette retails for around £42 in the UK and is available from Department stores and online.


Monday, 6 January 2014

My Week In Pictures

Just a little collection of photos from this week.

Michelle Louise Love
Natural make-up | The Natural History Museum | Clemtine peel | My pistachio milkshake | Mulled wine | Me after my first run | Shrimp Burger | Natural History Museum | Out for a walk


That is all!

Much Love
xx

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Natural Sunday Kinda Make-up

Today was a relaxed kind of day, I decided to do a natural kind of make-up and some loose curls as my boyfriend and I were planning on going for a walk in the park with our dog. I don't know why I bother though because the little pooch is too lazy for all that and will only walk for a few minutes before looking up at me with the desperate little eyes asking to be carried because his little legs can't handle any more walking!

We strolled around for a little while until I felt too guilty to make the little dog walk any further, so we popped home for a coffee before going to a sports shop to have a look for some trainers for me so I can start my challenge of running!

Michelle Louise Love, naural make-up

Here I'm wearing Urban Decay "Anonymous" all over my lid with "Laced" blended into the socket, both of these colours are from their fabulous Vice palette, I am wearing Nars "orgasm" blush with a little Nars "Gaiety" on the apples of my cheeks, finished off with a little Revlon lip butter in "sweet tart"


Michelle Louise Love

A certain little someone when he had decided he was going to walk no more, he just stops moving his legs, and for the record it only takes about 15 minutes.

I found myself a pair of trainers I liked, they felt comfy so I made a purchase and was one step closer to actually having to run!

I did take that step and go for a run, I will update you tomorrow on how I got on, but for now I am going to bid you farewell, enjoy the rest of your evening!

Much Love
xx

Saturday, 4 January 2014

My Favourite | Earrings

I thought I would do a series of posts on my favourite things, I will do one or two per month about the things I love and hold dear.

First one up: Earrings!

I am a funny one when it comes to jewellery, I love the stuff and could spend lots of time cooing over the displays in shop windows and perusing catalogues etc, and I seem to have quite a bit of it as well. But do I wear it very often? Not really. For some reason I hardly ever put jewellery on, or I forget/am in too much of a rush or I'm just too damn lazy. For me I love pieces that I can put on and keep on, sleep and shower in.

I know that may seem so boring to all you fashionista's out there but I'm not the first and won't be the last to say that.

I have a little crystal nose stud I wear all the time, along with a pair of diamond studs in the 2nd lobe hole, a plain stud at the top of my ear, a heart ring on my right hand and a ring in my belly button and that is it for the most part.

I have however been wearing a silver DKNY watch for the last 7 months that I am very fond of because my boyfriend got it for my birthday and I have worn it every day since.

I digress, back to the subject.

 


diamond earrings, Michelle Louise Love


The above pair of rather pretty little earrings are one of my favourites. They are little white gold and diamond drop studs and I adore them. My nan bought me these years ago and she really hit the nail on the head with them. They are just my cup of tea, white gold is my preference because of my pale complexion and I love the stunning diamond shape. I have worn these a lot over the years, they are great for teaming with a nice dress for a formal event like a wedding, or even for going out for a meal. I have had quite a few compliments when I have worn them about their unusual shape, and above all of that they hold a lot of sentimental value.

swarovski earrings, Michelle Louise Love

This pair are another favourite of mine that I wear a lot! I saw these in the window of the swarovski shop last January and kept looking every day on my way past. I had fallen in love with them, I loved the pale silver grey colour and the delicate little beads and the splash of sparkle on the stud topped it off like a perfectly iced cake (with a cherry on top of course), but with the expense of Christmas and the cost of starting a new job and having to haul myself quite a long way for the first month before I got paid I couldn't justify buying them for myself.

One evening my boyfriend met me for dinner and we stopped at the window and I think he could see how much I liked them and so he bought them for me. I was so thrilled and have worn them countless times over the last 12 months. They are really special to me, every time I wear them I think about how good he is to me and how lucky I am.

Oh I almost forgot to say that the earrings come apart and can be worn as studs without the beaded part, how nifty is that? Two pairs for the price of one, although I have to admit I always wear them as they are. Right my mission tomorrow is to wear them as studs!

I have been browsing at the tiffany website today and have a little wish list of earrings from there now.

Tiffany studs - £105                                                                       Rose gold drops - £815



So pretty!


Do you have a favourite pair of earrings that you couldn't be without?





Thursday, 2 January 2014

A Year To Change My Life!

If you haven't already read about my "year to change my life challenge", skip back and read that post first, then this one will make a whole lot more sense!

Here are some of my challenge rules:

Personal

1) To make the effort to see my friends more, even if they live far away
2) To lose 14lbs and tone up, to feel better about myself and feel healthier
3) To get out there in the world more and make memories, rather than thinking I should save every penny I earn, after all you can't take money with you when you die!

Social Media

1) Put up 2 blog posts per week
2) 10 tweets per day
3) 2 facebook entries per day
4) 1 video per week
5) 1 email shot per month
6) Gain 1000 twitter followers by March
7) Gain 5000 subscribers on YouTube by March
8) Gain 2000 followers on my blog by March

Career

1) To work with 1 new photographer every month
2) To spend 2 hours per week networking within the fashion and beauty industry
3) Take part in at least 4 wedding fayres this year


Now I will tell you how scary it is to put some of those goals out there for you all to see, because it will be very embarrassing if I don't achieve them, so help a girl out here and subscribe and follow me people, it will make me very happy!

Michelle Louise Love


Much Love!
xx

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

My New Years Eve

I hope everyone spent last night with people special to you doing something fun and making amazing memories! For the most part of my life I have struggled with one thing or another and always let situations and other people get me down and cause me to feel upset.

I am now determined to put all of that behind me and not let things pull me down and focus on living my life and making memories and enjoying myself.

With that in mind, I didn't want the hassle of arranging a night out with lots of people and the worry of them flaking at the last minute, the pressure of getting really dressed up and dreading rain, and being pushed and shoved by lots of drunk people in central London. So I instead got my partner and I VIP tickets to the Natural History Museum's ice rink, where we could be out skating on the ice at the strike of midnight and then go up to the bar to enjoy a glass of Champagne to toast the new year.

My boyfriend and I made no set plans about what we were going to get for dinner, and on the journey over to Kensington we decided we fancied a burger. (I know we are super classy, and pushing the boat out for New Years) so we quickly googled a couple of our favourite burger joints to find there was one the stop after where we needed, it felt like it was meant to be.

We went to The Diner on Gloucester Road, I was so hungry and couldn't wait to order and was drooling over the Shrimp Po Boy, which was breaded shrimp with a creole sauce and salad in a bun, we had an order of cheesy fries and a milkshake each. I chose pistachio because that is my favourite flavour of ice cream and it was totally amazing!

shrimp sandwich

The food was so tasty and just what I wanted. If you live in or near London I would always recommend the Diner, I have been so many times and love it. They do amazing breakfast options and their portions are really big, we shared the cheesy fries and there was plenty. They also have really good music (as advised by my boyfriend) and it is a great place to chill out with friends.

Michelle Louise Love

Not quite sure what I was looking at in that photo, clearly not the camera!

We ordered a waffle with roasted banana and butterscotch sauce and ice cream to share and it was scoffed down so fast I didn't get a photo, but it was so yummy.

coffee, Michelle Louise Love


We finished off our lovely meal with a coffee, and I was absolutely stuffed but so happy. I was so glad to be spending my New Years eve with my most special person and was having a lovely time and couldn't wait to get on the ice!

Michelle Louise Love

We wrapped ourselves up in a million layers to go back outside into the cold and stroll to The Natural History Museum. When we got there we went upstairs into the bar to get a glass of champagne and chill out for a while before our skate session began.

champagne, Michelle Louise Love

Michelle Louise Love

I will admit I was really nervous to go out on the ice, I haven't ice skated since I was about 15 and I was scared I would fall over and hurt myself ( I know, such a girl). We waited to be the last on the ice because I didn't want to fall on my ass in front of a whole lotta people! It took a little while to find my skate legs but I built up a little bit of confidence on the kiddies rink first, and before I knew it I was whizzing around the ice, making sure to stay close to the handrail of course.

The weather eventually got the better of us and it started raining so we headed back to the kiddie rink because it was under cover, and then made our way back out onto the main rink when it was approaching midnight. We stood on the ice surrounded by trees covered in lights and the stunning Natural History Museum as the perfect backdrop at the stroke of midnight and had a wonderful romantic kiss to start the New Year.

We were starting to get a little cold and decided to get back into our own comfy shoes and head back up to the bar for the perfect finish to our magical night. More Champagne and mulled wine!

mulled wine, champagne, Michelle Louise Love

I hope you all had a perfect night, and had the best start to 2014!

Much Love
xx

New Year, New Start

Happy New Year everybody!

Michelle Louise Love, Champagne


Firstly, I hope you all had a fantastic NYE and saw in 2014 with style! Now lets get down to business, I decided just before Christmas that I was going to set myself some real goals for 2014. Goals that are reachable but ambitious, exciting but scary, achievable but pushing my personal boundaries.

I have set myself a challenge, this has been inspired by a few people I have met in my lifetime and people I have come across through social media platforms that I admire. I have always been someone who under sells myself, because I have always let other peoples comments and criticism pull me down and make me shy away from the things I want to do in my life. I have been self critical and hidden away, kept myself to myself and been made to feel ashamed of who I am at times. This in turn has prevented me doing so many things, and I have always made excuses so I don't have to do things or put them off for another day when the timing or environment would be "better".

If I really think about it though, there will never be a perfect time for any big decision. Sometimes you just have to have the courage to dive in, give it all you have and see where the journey takes you. As the saying goes, you won't regret the things you do in life, but you will regret the things you don't.

Have you ever seen the Jim Carrey film "Yes Man"? Although an extreme example of what I am going to do, it has a very real message for me. You can only achieve if you are open to doing so, willing to say yes, take a chance, put yourself out there, and push your boundaries. So as hard as this is going to be for me this is what I need to do for my own personal growth, and to help me achieve some goals in my life.

So here it is:

A Year to Change My Life.

What does this mean?

This means that I am giving myself 365 little days to change as many parts of my life that I am unhappy with as possible. This combines many aspects from very personal things to career goals and personal life goals.

How am I going to achieve this?

By pushing myself and my boundaries, working really hard and setting myself goals. Taking inspiration for the fabulous and beautiful Shameless Maya who has been a driving force behind my decision. She set herself the challenge of shamelessly self promoting her work for a whole year to see where it would take her.

I want to be able to do the same thing, not be afraid to put myself out there, and accept that there will be people who want to be negative about me and not everyone will like who I am. But I think at the moment I am ok with that. I am older and wiser and understand that not everyone will like everyone else; but it shouldn't stop you doing something you want to do. I think this will be my biggest hurdle to overcome, doing things that scare the hell outta me and doing things that are outside of my comfort zone.

I want to take a leaf out of Maya's book and be shameless and brazen, be able to say, "Hey!! Look at me, I have something interesting and worthwhile to say here. You should listen to me!"

My opinion may not always be agreed with by everyone, but nor will anyone else's, and that is ok. We all have our opinions and tastes, we are all individual and that is what makes the world an amazing place: the diversity.

I hope you will enjoy following my progress through my journey, seeing what I am doing and how I am achieving the goals I have set for myself. Most of all I hope it inspires you to achieve something for yourself, whatever that may be.

xx
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