Life Update

Hey lovelies,

Huge apologies for the radio silence – life has been pretty hectic, it’s no excuse but hey I’m only human right?

Some of you know I returned to work over the summer which has been great, then followed summer hols, an then before we knew it,B Boy was back at school and now Christmas is almost round the corner!

So what’s going on these days I hear you cry, well after a long time off searching for a new job, being cut off by HMRC, then finding out they overpaid(don’t even get me started) I finally saw light at the end of the tunnel in an unexpected place….3 months down the line I love it! No really, I’ve had many jobs over the years and whilst my job has taken me to unfamiliar territory, I can honestly say I really am enjoying my life.

One thing I’ve not yet got to grips with is the home life/work balance, but the hubz and little man have been so supportive and I’m trying not to sweat the small stuff, but honestly I’ve no idea how women out there hold down a job, work 40+hrs, be a mum and and wifey and manage the house all at the same time. (and if any of you say get a cleaner.. trust me the thought has already crossed my mind)

So what’s in store for me and blogging, well there’s lot’s of exciting things ahead.  I’m in the process of updating the look and feel of my site, as well as a new laptop to help with my work to, thanks to the wonderful gift from the hubz.

So if you guys can bear with me just a little while longer whilst I promise to be more present over here, but if you can’t wait, just tune in to my Instagram or Facebook channels for more regular updates.

Loves ya

 

N

xoxo

 

Long time no speak…Update!

I know its been a while and I’m sorry lovelies…but its been for good reason, a few changes in life and left me with less time to blog, BUT I’m not going anywhere I just need to move things around and make a little extra time.

So what’s the skinny?

Well not me for starters…jokes aside as many of you know my weightloss journey has been rocky so decided to take a time out from group and go see the doc. I just found it difficult to accept that having been on plan since April that just under half a stone was an acceptable loss. As it turns out some of my meds are messing with the weight loss. But we’re trying some alternatives and I’m still on plan, but I’m not returning to SW for a little while. I am however geared up with my fitbit, fitness pal and a low fat diet and it seems my new motivation is helping as of the start of July I’m noticing a loss in inches – my jeans are so much a squeeze and I’ve found myself reaching for my belt which is a positive sign!

Another great motivator is I have a new job!!! Yep after months of unemployment and a slow fall back into depression, the fates have dealt me a better hand for the next half of the year! It’s nothing glamorous but for me – it’s great, I’m learning an entirely new industry and have a new focus.

In between all this I’ve been trying to work on how to fit blogging in as I’ve always been in the lucky position of either working from home and having the time whilst I was out of work. So I’m still trying to figure out what’s going to be best for me and for you guys.

I have been trying all kinds of hair and beauty products and also trying out new recipes in the kitchen too all of which I’ll be posting up over the coming days. So if you’re still with me, hang in there I’ve lots of great things to share with you. If you need a quick fix remember you can always catch up on all my thoughts and shenanigans over on my other channels.

Have a great week lovelies

xoxo

 

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Happy Tunesday!

Music has always played a big part of my life not just because it can reflect where my heads at, but it brings me joy a memory and excitement of better days to come.  There’s a few tracks that got me excited for the summer and some that have even surprised, so if you’re looking to add new tracks to your playlist, you might want to have a listen to these.

In case you’re unsure Becky Hill is a well-known voice with dance music circles, having featured with the likes of Rudimental, Wilkinson and Oliver Heldens smash hit “Gecko”, we now get to hear her beautiful voice on the new MK single  “Piece of Me” a sure-fire summer anthem. Enjoy!

The next song, I just can’t get out of my head by Dua Lipa, whom I know nothing about but I’m going look into her music as if this song is anything to go by, I know I’m going to be a fan!

The next song, came as quite a surprise for me because I’ve never been a fan and the last time I said anything about these ladies, I was trolled!  So when I heard this I actually had no idea this was Fifth Harmony, I had to have a moment.  But you can’t deny a good song when you hear it.

The song credited to Joshua Coleman who has written for the likes of Jessie J (Sweet Talker), Jason Derulo (Talk Dirty) and our very own Rixton (Me & My Broken Heart) to name a few.

The song also features Ty Dolla $ign, have a listen and let me know what you think.

My last offering is from personal faves Blonde who I absolutely love.  There’s not a track they’ve released that I don’t like and if you get to hear a set, you’ll understand why I’m such a fan.

“Nothing Like This” features Craig David, who seems to be on a roll at the moment (love the guy but wasn’t big on his last track with big narsty).  I’m glad to see Craig go from strength to strength seeing as he was the voice of a generation when it came to mainstream UK Garage and let’s face it the man can sing! So working with Blonde was going to be a winning partnership!

Here’s a preview :

Well there you have it lovelies.  Like any of these?  What’s you’re favourite tracks at the moment? Let me know!

Love

 

Miss Naddy

xoxo

 

Time To Change Things Up!

I know I’ve been a little absent from my blog recently but I’m back and with a fresh approach and passion for writing again!

This year has  surprisingly presented me with challenges, mainly at work and affected my home life, so not too long ago I made the decision to change things up, for my family and for my own sanity.  I’m no longer part of the Stella & Dot family, nor have I decided to continue with Younique.  Whilst the last 3 years have been a fantastic journey with Stella & Dot and I made a success of my business, I felt it time to move on to greener pastures. Younique was never meant to be a venture but I just fell into it.  Both brands equally great with fantastic products, but I now choose to be a consumer rather than a brand ambassador, with this in mind I have taken down the shopping tabs on my blog so no more selling – Yay!

I have also decided to get rid of my old business name and have gone with something more simple and that pretty much sums me up.  So from herein just call me Miss Naddy!

The content of my blog will be more authentic and not based around the companies I have represented.  I will have more time to truly focus on what I really love and bring my blog back from the dead.

B boy is happy he’s got his mum back, and hubz is probably more pleased that home cooked meals are back on the menu (that and I’m not out working in the evening anymore)  So I’m back in the zone lovelies and I can’t wait to share with you all my upcoming news and reviews.

Have a great day and stay fabulous.

xoxo

Bloggers Love LFW Dinner – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!

Now I’m still new to the bloggers networking scene and only really know Bloggers Love, so I was really excited to be invited to their London Fashion Week Dinner and Gifting Lounge event. However I was truly gutted when it turned out to be one of the most disappointing experiences.

The theme set was Gossip Girl, now I know it’s been a while since we’ve seen the frenemies from the Upper East Side on our tv’s, I figured I’d roll with it, but deciding who to go as was harder than I thought. In the end I chose to channel my inner Georgina Sparks (AKA Dawn from Buffy), I rocked black skinnys, heeled shoe-boots and leather jacket ensemble.  Apart from her scheming ways and great one liners, Georgina was also known for her chunky jewellery, unfortunately the top didn’t allow for a statement piece so I opted for something more suited to the evening’s theme – my engraveable from Stella & Dot for promoting star stylist and of course a good ole arm party!

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 I went to the venue with @flomatthews , on the train we did speculate what the dinner was going to be like.  Our main concern was the fact we’d paid £28 for the dinner which initially was meant to be a 3 course meal with 2 drinks.  This had to be changed due to caterers pulling out, so we were then told it was going to be a buffet dinner, which is no big deal.  However this then got changed to “gourmet pizza” a few weeks before the big day you can understand our speculation.  I wondered what kind of pizza costs £28? I’ll come back to that in a moment.

The event was held at Arch Gallery in Hoxton.  On arrival, we were checked off the guest list and entered the gifting lounge.   One of the great reasons to book the dinner was that we were given exclusive access to the gifting lounge ahead of the other bloggers who were just coming for the lounge. On previous confirmations there was meant to be around 20 or so brands represented, I think there was only half that on the actual night.  Unfortunately so many weren’t really ready to talk to us as they were still setting up, so whilst waiting for food to be ready I decided to get my nails done by the lovely ladies of City Swish I’m a big fan of the fast beauty and this was ideal as my beautician couldn’t squeeze me in this week and I didn’t have time to do them beforehand.  I went with a vampy ox blood red by OPI.

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As soon as they were done I had a chance to speak to Collagen Gold who have a range of Collagen supplements which come in drink form, and  Sniffy Wiffy who are a lovely family run company that make fab beauty products with a cancer awareness at the heart of their mission statement.  They’re cute labels come with a “how to” on checking yourself, there’s products  are made for the boys too! They came with a few samples which had wonderful scents.  I particularly liked the Cinnamon & Orange scent but having checked out their website I have learned they have over 30 different scents! I’m most definitely going be treating myself to a pot of scented goodness, the question is which scent to choose?

Before I had the chance to chat to anyone else we were whisked off for our meal, which was already late.  The queue was long, slow and we were all very hungry.  As we entered the room we could see stacks of take away pizza boxes. It was obvious that there was an issue with labelling as we saw a poor girl frantically checking all the boxes to find each persons order.  This sent alarm bells ringing.  Where is the gourmet experience? Is it even a gourmet pizza? The food was obviously cold especially after seeing them being opened and checked over and over. When we finally got to sit down the room was small, freezing and very cramped.  There was no dinner party hostess as confirmed to us the atmosphere was quiet and subdued, I think everyone was more in shock as to how wrong the dinner had gone. A couple of the girls I spoke to on my table were bitterly disappointed. I just felt awful for them as one had paid for her friends ticket as a gift and had come down from Grimsby, another girl had flown in from Glasgow!!  Whilst all the ladies had made a day of it in London, you couldn’t help but feel really upset for them to pay for travel and accommodation as well as the dinner.  By then I was grateful my commute was only 40 minutes!

 The seating arrangements were large picnic benches, plastic dinner settings and the tables were delicately decorated  however there was no sign of any beverage other than cucumber water, which was fine with the meal but what happened to the 2 drinks we were promised?  I would have thought a glass of wine or something fizzy would have been the least that could have been provided.  After a little wait (some waited nearly over 10 minutes)  I was finally given my pizza which by then stone cold and to add insult to injury it was burnt! So food was cold pizza out of a takeaway box and a glass of water!

At our tables were cute little VIB cards, which we were supposed to be able to show a brand and choose an item to be gifted. With all the stress of dinner I had almost forgotten about the card. So I quickly ate headed back to out the lounge so I could take advantage of this opportunity.  After the dinner the lounge was open to all bloggers however as soon as I entered back in the lounge I found myself stuck in a corner and unable move.  The room was filled with over 200 people and apparently based on what I’ve seen on twitter there were a few celebrities (totally missed that!)

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I sure didn’t feel like a VIB!

The brands were completely swamped by fellow bloggers, it was overwhelming for all parties concerned.  Queues started to form all over the place with people fighting to to get past each other.  The crowd was so big I couldn’t get to any of the brands to talk to them nor could I chat to other bloggers.  By then my stress levels had reached its peak and unable to cope with the masses I decided it was time to leave.

My journey home gave me time to reflect on the evenings events, though it didn’t take long for the tweets start appearing, it was clear I wasn’t the only one left feeling upset and bitterly disappointed.

Following this Danielle the founder and organiser of Bloggers Love issued a heartfelt apology.  She explains that the original catering company were fraudulent, which is why there was a change to the dinner.  As an experienced event organiser I can appreciate things go wrong, however as a paying guest I can’t help feel  really upset about it all. I  have contacted Danielle directly with my thoughts and whilst there are valuable lessons learned as a guest and as the organiser I do feel I need share with you the events of my night out!

So to summarise :

The  Good : Meeting with lots of lovely fellow bloggers, catching up with friends, meeting some great brands (that I managed to see and speak with)

The Bad : The food, the organisation of the event, the venue was just too small for the number of guests attending, having a VIB that was completely useless

The Ugly : Losing £28 for a pizza, without and form or offer of recompense.  (I won’t be holding my breath) Being crushed and unable to move in an small room which exceeded it’s capacity.

I love to network and despite the blogging community still being new ground for me,  I don’t feel that I will be deterred from attending event’s like last night.  In fact it’s probably encouraged me to seek out other events and meet more fellow bloggers. Will I attend another Bloggers Love event in the future? I think it’s too soon to ask, but I will be sure to eat before attending.

I know I’m not the only one to have posted about the whole experience and I won’t be the last, but if you are reading this and wonder whether to go to these type of events I would urge you to still go, get yourself out there, meet fellow bloggers and get to know the brands, more importantly it should always be an enjoyable experience.

xoxo