Touring THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX stars’ shops – PART 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the tour! If you haven’t yet read Part 1 detailing the shops gift bagsand bars located in Loughton and Buckhurst Hill, click HERE.

Moving on to Brentwood, this is where you’ll find the majority of the boutiques, salons and night life featured in THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX television show. It’s only a 40-minute drive from Southend-on-Sea where my friend Samantha and I live. The weather was much less appealing on Part 2 of our tour. Rain and drizzle isn’t ideal when you want to feel and look your best; nonetheless it didn’t deter us!

Alice at Minnie'sWe parked in the car park behind Ropers Yard which was perfect for our first stop at Minnies Boutique which is literally a stone’s throw away! Minnies Boutique is the chic boutique belonging to Sam and Billie Faiers. It’s situated at the back entrance to Ropers Yard – a mews of little shops. From outside it is quaint and attractive – shown here on the left. That’s me standing outside. Inside it is vibrantly decorated in deep hues of red and pink with leopard print upholstering to chairs. There is Continue reading

An unofficial tour of THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX stars’ businesses… Part 1

The+Only+Way+is+Essex+logoIt was last September (2012) when my friend Sam and I decided to take a tour of all the shops, bars and restaurants either owned by the THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX stars or featured in the show itself.

Sam and I live in Essex and are fans of the show. It’s a show you either love or hate and to be frank it gives rather a false view of Essex and its residents. Believe it or not, most girls in Essex don’t have fake boobs and cosmetic surgery! I know only one Essex girl who’s had botox (me!) and one other who has had a boob job. It is by no means ‘the norm’ here in Essex! 😉 Certainly we’re not Continue reading

My weight loss secret – how I dropped 53 lbs and kept it off almost 10 years later ;)

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

2011_marsaalamTake a look at the evidence and read on to find out how I did it. 😉

First of all, let me say, since the age of 12 my relationship with food was unhealthy. I’d always loved stodgy food, desserts, cakes and chocolate, and had little interest in green vegetables and fruit. I often asked for ‘seconds’ at school dinnertimes and rarely left anything on my plate at home.

It wasn’t until I had watched closely as my mother Continue reading