.Feeling Frenchy with M.Chapoutier and Vente Privee.
Those who are regular readers or follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@xameliax) will know i’m partial to a nice glass of wine! So when i got a sneak peak of a sale featuring on Vente Privee today (17th April) i was very excited to get stuck in and start tasting - all in the name of science i’m sure you’ll understand.
I somehow managed to convince Joe to join in with me and we planned out a couple of meals over a few weeks to compliment the wines we were tasting and to make sure we spaced out our little experiment (drink responsibly kids!) and could enjoy each wine for it’s own flavours. Now i’m not going to go all wine expert on you with these because i’m pretty sure i wouldn’t do them justice but they were all stunning wines that i would quite happily buy again.
The White* - Condrieu: not my usual choice for white as it had a slightly sweet finish. I’m a New Zealand or Chilian Sauv Blanc kind of girl, something sharp, dry and fruity but this made for a wonderful change. Strong, fruity and elegant tasting this deep golden wine is incredibly easy to drink and great for those who perhaps look for a little sweetness without going down the rose route.
The Red* - Saint Joseph: for red i usually opt for a deep Rioja, something heavy but fruity and this bottle really did it for me. It had a fantastic intensity and was incredibly smooth whilst still giving me that deep red wine hit i crave. Loved this and i wouldn’t hesitate to buy it again.
The Chateaux* - Chateauneauf-du-pape: well, what can i say about this wine other than the fact that it’s my perfect red. I’m a huge CNDP fan and this was one of the best i’ve tried. Simply stunning and one i’d love to keep drinking and drinking. If you’re going to treat yourself to one of these wines, this should be the winner, hands down.
Sadly these don’t usually come within my ‘standard weekend drinky poos' price range retailing between £20-40 a bottle, but here’s the good bit. Vente Privee are having a M Chapoutier sale right now with a minimum discount of 30% off the brand - so if you want to try out some beautiful french wines without the risk, now’s your chance to do so!
You can sign up for a vente privee account on their website HERE and get access to hundreds of sales like this.
Are you a vente privee member? Would you give a different wine a go if it came within your price range?
Tweet me @xameliax and tell me your favourite tipple! #ventepriveewine
xax

.Feeling Frenchy with M.Chapoutier and Vente Privee.

Those who are regular readers or follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@xameliax) will know i’m partial to a nice glass of wine! So when i got a sneak peak of a sale featuring on Vente Privee today (17th April) i was very excited to get stuck in and start tasting - all in the name of science i’m sure you’ll understand.

I somehow managed to convince Joe to join in with me and we planned out a couple of meals over a few weeks to compliment the wines we were tasting and to make sure we spaced out our little experiment (drink responsibly kids!) and could enjoy each wine for it’s own flavours. Now i’m not going to go all wine expert on you with these because i’m pretty sure i wouldn’t do them justice but they were all stunning wines that i would quite happily buy again.

The White* - Condrieu: not my usual choice for white as it had a slightly sweet finish. I’m a New Zealand or Chilian Sauv Blanc kind of girl, something sharp, dry and fruity but this made for a wonderful change. Strong, fruity and elegant tasting this deep golden wine is incredibly easy to drink and great for those who perhaps look for a little sweetness without going down the rose route.

The Red* - Saint Joseph: for red i usually opt for a deep Rioja, something heavy but fruity and this bottle really did it for me. It had a fantastic intensity and was incredibly smooth whilst still giving me that deep red wine hit i crave. Loved this and i wouldn’t hesitate to buy it again.

The Chateaux* - Chateauneauf-du-pape: well, what can i say about this wine other than the fact that it’s my perfect red. I’m a huge CNDP fan and this was one of the best i’ve tried. Simply stunning and one i’d love to keep drinking and drinking. If you’re going to treat yourself to one of these wines, this should be the winner, hands down.

Sadly these don’t usually come within my ‘standard weekend drinky poos' price range retailing between £20-40 a bottle, but here’s the good bit. Vente Privee are having a M Chapoutier sale right now with a minimum discount of 30% off the brand - so if you want to try out some beautiful french wines without the risk, now’s your chance to do so!

You can sign up for a vente privee account on their website HERE and get access to hundreds of sales like this.

Are you a vente privee member? Would you give a different wine a go if it came within your price range?

Tweet me @xameliax and tell me your favourite tipple! #ventepriveewine

xax

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 — 3 notes

.Looking Good and Feeling Fit | Can The Two Work Together. 

Most of the time when I’m exercising I feel like a sweaty mess. I try to take off my makeup before I start to help my skin breath including eye makeup to prevent it running down my face when I’m, well, running! My kickboxing classes are mostly made up of boys that are more likely to rib me for not being able to keep up with the burpees rather than looking at my bum (thank goodness) and our running route tends to take us down quiet roads away from onlookers so most of the time looking good isn’t top of my properties list when I exercise. Having the right gear though is, and over the last year I’ve racked up and tried out a profusion of gym gear to make you run faster, sweat more and to support you every which way it can. When I first started I shyly scuttled into sports direct and grabbed some cheapo trainers along with the cheapest baggiest basics I could find to help cover up my wobbly bits and ensure that if I didn’t keep it up my bank balance wouldn’t be crying, but it wasn’t long before I realised that buying tighter, better quality clothes can not only improve your performance but also your confidence.

My biggest exercise problem of the moment is trainer related. I love my Nike Flex Runs I bought last year but when it comes to kicking time I always go bare foot for better balance and accuracy. Sadly this has left me with serious kickboxer feet, blisters, chipped toenails and hard spots galore – hardly very ladylike – so when Sports Shoes.com got in touch asking if I’d like to re-vamp my gym gear I jump(kicked) at the chance. I found the perfect pair of shoes for what I need, Nike’s Bionic Woman Trainers*. Not only is their name incredibly inspiring, they’re absolutely amazing! With a bare foot feel and so much support, they give me full movement for my martial arts and protection for my feet too - all while being breathable and looking pretty darn fancy to boot! These are a serious shoe to consider for all those kick-ass girls out there looking to protect their tootsies in a sleek and comfortable way.

Inspired by my new purple and black trainers I raided the rest of their website for some Asics bottoms* and a Reebok Shapewear Top*. I’m normally a vest girl (ashamedly mostly £2 ones from Primark layered up!) but i often find they ride up when jiggling around which can get quite annoying. This Reebok shapewear tee has a super tight vest underlayer with rubber strips that really does hug you in all the right places helping to hide any bumps. Then the connected loose t-shirt drapes over the top making it a bit lighter and less revealing – perfect for those who don’t want to show off too much skin at the gym but still feel supported. Personally i like something a little tighter on top as i felt this made me look bigger than i am but the tight underlayer really didn’t budge when i was jumping around (see above!) which was the saving grace for me! The bottoms are great too, capri length and really strong feeling fabric. I’ve tried a number before that go baggy on the bum after the first week but this material feels like It’ll withstand a few rounds and still look fab! They’ve got reflective sides too which is perfect if you get caught running in the dark. 

Most of the time I’m there to exercise and I don’t really care who sees me sweating, but I do like to look the part for myself more than anything. I think having the right gear (even better if it’s pretty stylish at the same time) is a real motivator and can help anyone push themselves harder! 

Thinking of ramping up your activity? Take a look at the Nike Women’s Page on the Sport Shoes.com website HERE and grab yourself some new gear! 

Do you go fashion over function at the gym? Do you exercise in your makeup? Is looking food whilst working out important to you? 

Tweet me @xameliax #looksoverlunges with your beauty & exercise opinion! 

xax

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 — 2 notes
.BB Creams, Targeted Treatments and Serums all for Blemish Prone Faces | Estee Lauder Clear Difference Range. 
A couple of weeks back John Lewis sent me three items from the Estee Lauder Clear Difference Range to trial and they honestly couldn’t have come at a better time. My skin was incredibly angry, broken out and just generally grey looking so I needed to ramp up my acne fighting products and get it back on track. I’ve had great success with all three products so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you all in the hope it may help others with the same skin woes! 
Advanced Blemish Serum* (£44)- This serum feels wonderful on the skin, so glossy and moisturising without being greasy. Applied under makeup or moisturiser it helps balance the skin and clear everything up and I’ve noticed my whole face seems to have cleared up all over with even the little ‘bumpy under the skin that never come to anything blemishes’ being reduced! It also helps to keep my skin hydrated throughout the day and stop my foundation clumping or flaking towards the end after being under the air con all at the office. Such a luxurious feeling product but one that seems to work too. 
Targeted Blemish Treatment* (£25) - This stuff is amazing. It looks a little scary in the packaging but it’s actually just a metal rollerball that with a click of the pen distributes a clear gel to be rubbed over any active or up and coming blemishes. It actually reminds me of some of the stuff I used to get from the doctors during my teenage years but with a better smell and less sting! It makes your skin feel a little tight after application but I saw results on some nasty blemishes nearly over-night. Very impressed with this one and I’d definitely buy it again. 
Complexion Perfecting BB Cream* (£34)- I’ve never really got on with BB Creams but I’ve been wanting to try another one for a while. I have the sweetest boyfriend in the world who tells me I’m beautiful with or without makeup on so I feel comfortable going bare faced with him on a lazy Sunday, but sometimes for my own sanity I like to have a little coverage even if I don’t want to slap on a whole face of foundation. I have the light shade which is still probably a touch too dark for me at the moment (i’m nearly transparent!) but once blended it doesn’t look too out of place. The best thing about this cream is how glowly it leaves your skin! It’s so moisturising whilst controlling oil and seems to blur any imperfections (without totally masking everything), covers redness and really lifts the whole face. I love it and it’s been a true lazy weekend staple since it dropped through my door. 
It’s not often I find a range of acne clearing products that I like everything from so I’m very impressed with these and have found myself using them every day. They’re certainly not cheap products but if you’re a blemish prone lady (or gent) looking for some solutions then I’d recommend everything from this range - you’ll never know if they work for you unless you try. 
You can find the Estee Lauder Clear Difference range exclusively on the John Lewis website HERE.
Do you use anything from the Clear Difference Range? What’s your skin niggle?
Tweet us @xameliax @johnlewisretail #esteecleardiff
xax

.BB Creams, Targeted Treatments and Serums all for Blemish Prone Faces | Estee Lauder Clear Difference Range. 

A couple of weeks back John Lewis sent me three items from the Estee Lauder Clear Difference Range to trial and they honestly couldn’t have come at a better time. My skin was incredibly angry, broken out and just generally grey looking so I needed to ramp up my acne fighting products and get it back on track. I’ve had great success with all three products so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you all in the hope it may help others with the same skin woes! 

Advanced Blemish Serum* (£44)- This serum feels wonderful on the skin, so glossy and moisturising without being greasy. Applied under makeup or moisturiser it helps balance the skin and clear everything up and I’ve noticed my whole face seems to have cleared up all over with even the little ‘bumpy under the skin that never come to anything blemishes’ being reduced! It also helps to keep my skin hydrated throughout the day and stop my foundation clumping or flaking towards the end after being under the air con all at the office. Such a luxurious feeling product but one that seems to work too. 

Targeted Blemish Treatment* (£25) - This stuff is amazing. It looks a little scary in the packaging but it’s actually just a metal rollerball that with a click of the pen distributes a clear gel to be rubbed over any active or up and coming blemishes. It actually reminds me of some of the stuff I used to get from the doctors during my teenage years but with a better smell and less sting! It makes your skin feel a little tight after application but I saw results on some nasty blemishes nearly over-night. Very impressed with this one and I’d definitely buy it again. 

Complexion Perfecting BB Cream* (£34)- I’ve never really got on with BB Creams but I’ve been wanting to try another one for a while. I have the sweetest boyfriend in the world who tells me I’m beautiful with or without makeup on so I feel comfortable going bare faced with him on a lazy Sunday, but sometimes for my own sanity I like to have a little coverage even if I don’t want to slap on a whole face of foundation. I have the light shade which is still probably a touch too dark for me at the moment (i’m nearly transparent!) but once blended it doesn’t look too out of place. The best thing about this cream is how glowly it leaves your skin! It’s so moisturising whilst controlling oil and seems to blur any imperfections (without totally masking everything), covers redness and really lifts the whole face. I love it and it’s been a true lazy weekend staple since it dropped through my door. 

It’s not often I find a range of acne clearing products that I like everything from so I’m very impressed with these and have found myself using them every day. They’re certainly not cheap products but if you’re a blemish prone lady (or gent) looking for some solutions then I’d recommend everything from this range - you’ll never know if they work for you unless you try. 

You can find the Estee Lauder Clear Difference range exclusively on the John Lewis website HERE.

Do you use anything from the Clear Difference Range? What’s your skin niggle?

Tweet us @xameliax @johnlewisretail #esteecleardiff

xax

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — 1 note
.Going Green | Adagio Teas.
Since I decided to get healthy last year I’ve slowly been introducing different things into my lifestyle to help stay as clean and as super-charged as possible. The one thing I haven’t managed to do (until now) is get on the green tea wagon because, well, I just don’t like the stuff! Every kind of green tea I’ve tried in the past has been bitter or utterly boring and I just can’t tear myself away from a good old (soy)milky cup of black. But a couple of months back Adagio Teas sent through a ton of different green teas for me to try and I’ve been slowly working my way through them and going green in the name of good health, and do you know what? I’m actually quite the convert! 
There is hardly any food or drink I don’t like, in fact I can probably count on one hand the things I won’t eat but for some reason green leaves just weren’t my cup of tea - come on, I couldn’t let that one go in an post like this! I’m a big fruit tea fan (Twinings Strawberry & Raspberry and their Apple Crunch are my current favourites) so I started off my green tea trial with a Raspberry* blend and it was beautiful. Adagio also sent through these beautiful clear Cups and Saucers* and I’m sure they make healthy teas taste even better when you can see what you’re drinking! It also helped me to notice just how clear the tea was once diffused, Adagio’s temple bags and large dried leaves (no dust in these bad boys) really do produce the perfect cuppa, I’m quite impressed! After my Raspberry success I tried out their Mango* blend, Citrus* and the Apricot* which were both as lovely as the raspberry with the mango holding almost a sweet aftertaste. I find myself drinking this one after lunch to stop any post-sandwich sugar cravings before they appear and often the citrus in the mornings as a bit of a wakeup. 
After dipping my toe in the green pool with some fancy fruit flavours I felt a little cocky and started to branch out into some other more adventurous blends! Genmai Cha* or ‘popcorn tea’ is one of my favourites! I’ve tried teapigs version of this before and really liked it, even though it’s a little strange. A real nutty, almost sweet flavour that is great as a little afternoon treat this is definitely one to try for green tea newbies or lovers alike. I also gave Dragonwell* a go which I found similar to the popcorn tea thanks to it’s pan-friend process giving it a buttery, nutty flavour and feeling truly luxurious in my cup. My last foray into the world of green tea was really adventurous with Adagio’s Jasmine Phoenix Pearls* a cup of tea with a show! These pearls unfold in your cup to reveal a delicate, floral and sugary tasting cup of tea which although I really enjoy would be more of a special occasion brew for me instead of something I’d reach for when I got into the office of a morning. These would be incredibly impressive to roll out after a dinner party as a delicate alternative to coffee, and I’m sure they’d spark a great deal of conversation!
I’ve really taken to drinking a cup or two of the fruit infused green tea every day to get my green goodness hit in a very palatable ‘any time of day’ drink and I’m thoroughly enjoying them. I’m also still using my incredible InginguiTEA teapot* and loose Chamomile* and Berry* tea each evening before bed, it’s just so simple and clean and I adore the taste of both of these teas, especially the beautiful berries. There’s definitely a world of difference between cheaper and more luxurious brands of green tea and I’d certainly buy more from Adagio, they’ve completely converted me….although I still do enjoy a cup of black tea in the morning for a little comforting boost!
You can find all the teas mentioned and more on Adagio’s website HERE starting from around 9p a cup! 
Are you a green tea lover? What’s your favourite brand and blend?
Tweet me @xameliax #adagiogreentea    

xax

.Going Green | Adagio Teas.

Since I decided to get healthy last year I’ve slowly been introducing different things into my lifestyle to help stay as clean and as super-charged as possible. The one thing I haven’t managed to do (until now) is get on the green tea wagon because, well, I just don’t like the stuff! Every kind of green tea I’ve tried in the past has been bitter or utterly boring and I just can’t tear myself away from a good old (soy)milky cup of black. But a couple of months back Adagio Teas sent through a ton of different green teas for me to try and I’ve been slowly working my way through them and going green in the name of good health, and do you know what? I’m actually quite the convert!

There is hardly any food or drink I don’t like, in fact I can probably count on one hand the things I won’t eat but for some reason green leaves just weren’t my cup of tea - come on, I couldn’t let that one go in an post like this! I’m a big fruit tea fan (Twinings Strawberry & Raspberry and their Apple Crunch are my current favourites) so I started off my green tea trial with a Raspberry* blend and it was beautiful. Adagio also sent through these beautiful clear Cups and Saucers* and I’m sure they make healthy teas taste even better when you can see what you’re drinking! It also helped me to notice just how clear the tea was once diffused, Adagio’s temple bags and large dried leaves (no dust in these bad boys) really do produce the perfect cuppa, I’m quite impressed! After my Raspberry success I tried out their Mango* blend, Citrus* and the Apricot* which were both as lovely as the raspberry with the mango holding almost a sweet aftertaste. I find myself drinking this one after lunch to stop any post-sandwich sugar cravings before they appear and often the citrus in the mornings as a bit of a wakeup.

After dipping my toe in the green pool with some fancy fruit flavours I felt a little cocky and started to branch out into some other more adventurous blends! Genmai Cha* or ‘popcorn tea’ is one of my favourites! I’ve tried teapigs version of this before and really liked it, even though it’s a little strange. A real nutty, almost sweet flavour that is great as a little afternoon treat this is definitely one to try for green tea newbies or lovers alike. I also gave Dragonwell* a go which I found similar to the popcorn tea thanks to it’s pan-friend process giving it a buttery, nutty flavour and feeling truly luxurious in my cup. My last foray into the world of green tea was really adventurous with Adagio’s Jasmine Phoenix Pearls* a cup of tea with a show! These pearls unfold in your cup to reveal a delicate, floral and sugary tasting cup of tea which although I really enjoy would be more of a special occasion brew for me instead of something I’d reach for when I got into the office of a morning. These would be incredibly impressive to roll out after a dinner party as a delicate alternative to coffee, and I’m sure they’d spark a great deal of conversation!

I’ve really taken to drinking a cup or two of the fruit infused green tea every day to get my green goodness hit in a very palatable ‘any time of day’ drink and I’m thoroughly enjoying them. I’m also still using my incredible InginguiTEA teapot* and loose Chamomile* and Berry* tea each evening before bed, it’s just so simple and clean and I adore the taste of both of these teas, especially the beautiful berries. There’s definitely a world of difference between cheaper and more luxurious brands of green tea and I’d certainly buy more from Adagio, they’ve completely converted me….although I still do enjoy a cup of black tea in the morning for a little comforting boost!

You can find all the teas mentioned and more on Adagio’s website HERE starting from around 9p a cup!

Are you a green tea lover? What’s your favourite brand and blend?

Tweet me @xameliax #adagiogreentea    

xax

Monday, April 14, 2014 — 1 note

.Weekend In Photos.

This weekend was the last ‘lazy weekend' for a while as our social calendars are now chokka for nearly the next two months! The sun has started to shine, we have loads to look forward to and i really feel like his is the turning point for Spring and the run up to Summer - happy days!

Last week we went on out annual trip to Thorpe Park with a group of friends i’ve know for a long long time aka 'The Theme Park Crew'. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, it was simply glorious all day and hardly any queues which was a bonus! We rode all our favourites and even a few new ones whilst chatting away and catching up on what we’ve all been up to. I made some Rice Crispy Cakes from the giant box of cereal we bought to get our 241 ticket which went down a treat, and Joe even won me a cuddly sheep from the arcade - I was far too excited!

Operation bikini bod is now in full swing with our holiday officially booked so i’m still enjoying my morning smoothies whilst running and kickboxing my way to a pool-side worthy frame! I’m also going to be started a new tea detox soon so i’ll be sure to report back with that and my trusty Slendertone will be making an appearance again from tonight! We’ve got a lot of lovely meals and boozy nights coming up so i don’t think the abs will make a full return, but we can certainly give it a go!

After seeing my beautiful friend Stacey at Thorpe Park with her gorgeous ombre locks i decided to bite the bullet and bring back my ombre! Having never dyed my hair myself before i was a nervous wreck, but with a few tips from the ladies at work and a lot of fiddling around i pulled it off and i’m so happy with the way it looks, it’s amazing! Anyone thinking about using the L’Oreal Preference Ombre kit go for it, because if i can do it, anyone can!

Saturday Joe finally joined the world of the iPhone which i think i was more excited about than he was! He can now instagram, snapchat and imessage away to his hearts content and he’s getting the swing of it pretty quick - you can find him on twitter and instagrammy @JoeKenMil if you fancied a new follow! We celebrated with a lovely cup of Costa and DIY Dinner Dated our way through the evening with some pate, duck breast, dark chocolate puddings and a stunning bottle of chateaux neuf du pape and i found out that photos together where i’m not wearing heels can be tricky! Sunday was spent being super lazy, taking blog photos, watching the football, catching up on tv and cuddling on the sofa before i made my way home happy in the knowledge that it’s another 4 day week!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the Spring sunshine!

xax

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Monday, April 14, 2014 — 1 note

.Thorpe Park Adventure 2014 | xameliax.

We’ve been roller-coastering again! Take a look at what we got up to at Thorpe Park this year…Joe even managed to win me a cuddly sheep!

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xax

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Saturday, April 12, 2014 — 1 note