WOW launch event: Was I WOWed?

Fashion, Food, Lifestyle, Positivity, Self love, Shopping

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Something which I feel that I haven’t openly spoken about on my blog is my change in diet since leaving university. I think anyone who has gone through the final year of a degree will sympathise to a certain extent but in the final months I literally was only focusing on staying up for as long as I could to finish as much work as I could, this lead to my diet becoming incredibly poor and full of high sugar, high calorie, high fat and just generally not what I should have been eating. Since finishing my degree however I have tried to undo this by really switching my diet and exercise routine to actual include an exercise routine into my weeks. So when I got an email telling me about a new range of low fat, high protein, gluten free products that were coming to stores I became really interested to find out more. Karen Daly and her husband are the brains behind WOW ( which stands for War On Weight) after her own weight-loss journey Karen has devoted her life to spreading the word that good food can taste great and you can loss weight without feeling like you have to give up all of your favourite meals.

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One point I want to make before going into more detail of the event etc I want to make it clear that I am not trying to make this post advocating weight loss. I spoke at the beginning of the year about being in a good place with my body however finishing my degree was tougher than I could have ever imagined and upon completing all of my work I came out of that post university haze realising that the toll taken on me during the final few months and the rubbish I had consumed had affected my mental health alot more than I was probably willing to admit at the time. Please read my post from the start of the year to fully understand my feelings HERE I still fully stand up everything in that post but I want to make it clear that I needed to make the changes for me and how my relationship with my body has changed in the last few months and the place that I hope to be with my body within the next few months. 

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I brought my mum along to the event with me because we are on our journey together and we were both really interested to here if Karen gave any tips or tricks which would help our own personal journeys along. On arrival we were given some “skinny” mojitos which were delicious and a great accompaniment to the food later on. The event was held at Cast and Crew Belfast which is situated nearly opposite the Titanic Museum. Now anyone who knows the area will know that the Belfast Met campus which I studied at is right beside Cast and Crew, I really wish it had been around when I was studying because it is a lovely little cafe with a cool edgy look and if last night was anything to go buy I can imagine the food is probably great to! After we had the cocktail welcome we waited for the BBQ to heat up so we could try out some of the products from the range.

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We got to try the steak burgers as well as a sausage with garlic and sweet chilli, both of which were delicious and really filling despite being so low in fat. This was all accompanied by a lovely fresh side salad and the option of a feta cheese salad. Mum and I both couldn’t get over just how lovely the food was and that we definitely wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between these and a higher fat option. One thing I have noticed in recent months is how when you get a meal which is either lower fat or slimming that the flavors don’t tend to be as strong, now this is not the case with everything but I was really WOWed by just how nice the food was.

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After we had chance to have our food event host Cathy Martin and WOW founder Karen Daly  talked us through the whole range which at the minute consists of eight products, which include 4 meal options for example stir frys and meatballs and 4 meat options including both of the items we sampled on the night. Karen also talked us through the benefits of the products and how they can work into your diet. It was a very interesting night and mum and I both left feeling like we had learnt some interesting facts that we want to incorporate into our own diet.

A massive thank you to team WOW and CMPR for letting us walk away with some of the products to try for ourselves at home, I know we are looking forward to dinner for the next few nights!

If you want to find out any more information on the products check out their site HERE and their Facebook HERE

Hope you guys find this interesting, until next time… T-J xo

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Next Press Event: #nextdaydelivery

Beauty, Fashion, Gingersnapsvintage, Jewellery, Shopping, Style

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Last Tuesday morning I was lucky enough to be invited to the Next press launch of the Next day delivery service in Northern Ireland. I don’t know about you guys but nothing annoys me more when websites promise next day delivery at an additional charge but because we are in Northern Ireland and not mainland UK it never is next day. Well finally a retailer has heard this and Next have launched a service which means that even if you order right up until 10pm the night before you will still receive the item the next day.

Unfortunately my lovely fancy camera is sadly broken at the minute I have had to make do with phone photos which aren’t my favourite way of showing you guys an event but needs must. The even was held in the beautiful surroundings of Robinson and Cleaver . In a change from the usual event which are held at the evening Next switched it up and put on a breakfast event which allowed a lot more people to attend because you could run by on your commute to work or in my case on route to an In Magazine cover shoot.

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Just some of the amazing food we got at the event, The salmon and mini ulster frys where definitely my favourites, alongside the mango and honey smoothies.

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A sneaky wee picture of Ruth from Welcometowillowlane eyeing up the Christmas decorations that adorned the tables. They had put out a selection of new Autumn Winter garments and accessories for us to browse and I have to say I am so impressed with what will be hitting the stores in the next few weeks.

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Of course I couldn’t go the whole morning without a cheeky wee Selfie from Ruth and myself!

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As part of the event Next very kindly gave us a lovely goodie bag which contained a voucher, a watch and some lovely Christmas decorations. I was lucky enough that my watch matches my Argento Lapis blue bracelet and I have been wearing the pair all week without fail, I am a sucker for mixing metals

A massive thank you to the team at next who took such great care of us and made the event so lovely and relaxing

Until next time /// T-J xo

#Hofpressevent Autumn Winter 2014 Launch Event

Fashion, Jewellery, Lifestyle, Make-up, photography, Uncategorized

First things first a huge apology because this post is about three weeks late however I lost my images after my phone had a wee bit of a freak-out and I have just found them synced to my Facebook page, (hallelujah for modern technology!) So anyways back to the post, on the 16th September I was lucky enough to get an event to the House of Fraser press event held in the lovely Ivory restaurant at the top of the store.

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They had created an amazing display showcasing the best of what they have to offer for the season ahead, the rather blurry ( again apology’s) image of the amazing new offering from Michael Kors. What I haven’t mentioned yet was that they had actually brought over a lot of stock from England which should all be available in the Belfast store in the new few months.

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I completely fell head of heels in love with this Ralph Lauren sheepskin aviator jacket

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Dyrberg Kern also has a huge selection of their newest product range on show and we were lucky enough to receive a beautiful pair of Swarovski crystal earrings in our goody bag!

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Of course an event wouldn’t be complete without a selection of amazing canapés and cocktails and HOF certainly didn’t disappoint, again huge apologises that this isn’t one of my best posts but I still wanted to get it out to you guys before it was the spring summer launch

A huge thank you to Mark and the team for making this an incredible event and being so generous with the lovely goody bag we received at the end of the night!

PS: a wee picture of myself and Bex from Faeribex taken by the brilliant Stephen Potter

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until next time…. Tj xo