Little Miss Sunshine… ;)

sunshine-blog-award-picA most wonderful lady, one I feel proud and honoured to call a friend, has nominated me and my blog for a Sunshine Award. Apparently this means my blog is considered inspiring! How very lovely – I feel quite humbled. Thank you Taylor Fulks, who is herself an amazing inspiration, not to mention a very talented author (among other things) of an absolutely incredible novel called My Prison Without Bars: The Journey of a Damaged Woman to Some Place Normal. She also Continue reading

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

The Liebster Blog Award

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I’ve been nominated by the very lovely Terry Tyler, author of YOU WISH, DREAM ON, and others. Check out her books at Amazon and her blog where you can also see her Liebster Blog post:

http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/

The purpose of the Liebster Blog Award is to recognise blogs with fewer than 200 followers that deserve a look. My job is to:

(a) List 11 random facts about me;

(b) Answer 11 questions Terry has set me;

(c) Set 11 questions to ask other authors;

(d) Tag 11 authors who should bask in the Liebster glow.

To my nominated author friends – it means doing the same as I am doing here! ie. Post a blog linking back here, with 11 random facts about you, answer my 11 questions and nominate 11 new bloggers to answer 11 new questions you have set them – they can be about anything! If you want to do it but the thought of finding 11 other bloggers to tag and thinking up questions puts you off, just write 11 random facts about yourself, and answer my questions! 🙂


11 random facts about me

(1) I used to weigh three stone (42 lbs) heavier than I am now. Continue reading