Friday, 15 April 2011

"Glambags started in February 2010 after I decided to turn my love for bags into a business. My daughter came up with the name as she told me a gorgeous bag makes you look very glamorous and hence Glambags was born."
Glambags have a great selection of bags and purses to choose from that is continually being updated ...I received one of these leopard print bags to sample..The bag arrived neatly packacked within its own dust bag...which is more than i expected for a bag of this price range....the material is made from faux suede, the inside of the bag is lined although basic with a zip pocket to keep your purse safe and another pocket for your phone. It's a good size, light weight and a fun accessory to have with a very reasonable price tag of £12, ideal for students to carry their A4 notepads in!

Do you have a once loved bag that you no longer use but is still in perfect condition? Glambags offer a commission based service to do all the selling for you...follow this link to view full terms and conditions...

The 2nd Sunday of every month will be glambags Sunday Super Saver day. FREE purse with each bag purchase from selected range 1. Choose a bag from special selection 2. Choose a purse from special selection 3. Email with codes of both items Paypal invoice will be sent.
Review by Adele x
I have to tell you about Nic Vincent and her fabulous Envy Beauty Treatments! Previously i have had my nails wrapped with the Trendy nail see review click here
A few weeks ago I got invited back to have a 'Pedicure' to get my feet ready for the sandal weather. Once again i was not dissapointed! After having a the usual coffee and catch up... the treatment started off with a nice warm soak followed by...file,shape,cuticle tidy,had the hard skin removed then a very relaxing massage...Now comes the difficult bit...with the. amazing range of choices on offer it took a while to decide which to opt for.varnish..nail wraps.
...i had seen the Barry M nail effects varnish that separates and creates a crackled design on others and decided to go for bright orange with this on top...and had it finished off with a sparky topcoat.

The result was unique and loved the effect the shatter varnish created! Its been about 3 weeks since i had them done and they still look amazing!

There are so many Beauty Treatments on offer that range from..
Hand & Foot treatments that start as little as £8! Waxing..from £4.50
Eye treatments..tints, extensions, infills

A Full range of Body Treatments including Hot stone massage, Reflexology...

also facials and Make up lessons...
Why not induldge in one of the Adult Pamper Parties from £15 each for 5-9 people (hostess receives two mini treatments for free!)
or the Princess Pamper Parties from £10 each (hostess receives hers for free!!)
or even the
Minx Party option and have you and your friends have your toes and hands ready for summer..(hostess receives her minx on fingers or toes for free!!)
Envy Beauty Gift Vouchers also available to buy...

Discounts are available for multiple and package treatments and keep an eye on the Special Offers on Envy Facebook page.
Also checkout Envy Jewellery Parties...Nic has a fabulous range of jewellery...have a browse through some of the photos on the Envy Jewellery Facebook page...

Here's just a sample of the Jewellery Nic has and i always make sure i take extra money when i go for treatments as i can not resist buying a few more items to add to my ever growing jewellery collection!
Review by Adele x

Monday, 4 April 2011

I have had the privilege to try a pair of these fantastic interchangeable shoes! They are indeed amazing! As you can see in the photos the upper can be removed and changed for another colour which is a fabulous space need to limit your footwear when space is a issue...just add extra uppers to transform your shoes to go with any outfit! Nooshooz have a wide selection of styles to choose from from comfy flats

to fabulous heels...this purple sandal heel is part of the Anastasia range with a wide range of colours available not only for the upper part but also for the heels! I was so impressed with the extra little design details...nooshooz is engraved into each metal attachment and the high quality of the leather and padded sole which moulded to my foot to increase comfort....

Nooshooz have very generously offered Anne Louise Magazine Readers A 20% simply use the code NOOSHOOZ623 when placing your order.

All of the designs are Handmade in Brazil and made from the finest leathers, suede's and silks. These are more High End than High Street and of superb quality. The latest addition to the collection is the ' Mariya' boot which can be made in any colour or fabric as a bespoke order.

These Fabulous Mariya boots can also be converted into sandals! Nooshooz are a fantastic way to save on space especially when packing your holiday wardrobe. I have searched but can not find any other interchangeable shoe on the market that offers the same high quality or choice of styles and colours.
Nooshooz are looking for Demonstrators to host parties...
Demonstrators host "shoe parties" and can earn up to 25 % commission. Her current top selling demonstrators is shifting 40 pairs a week! earning £600. Hosts can be male or female but must be over 18. Jobs are available in England and Scotland.
For more information for becoming a Nooshooz demonstrator or if you wish to book a Nooshooz Party please contact Bernie via email or give her a call.
Tel: 0190 3261806
Fax 01903 533231
Email :

Review by Adele x

Saturday, 2 April 2011

WIN! A Humunga Stache for your doggy!

Firebox have kindly offered one lucky Anne Louise reader the chance to win one of this fantastic Humunga Stache's. It'is actually a non-toxic rubber ball with a ‘tache section moulded on to it. When pooch picks up the ball the moustache bit sticks out so that he/she immediately resembles a Victorian gent/Wild West outlaw/member of the Village People. With fur, paws and a shiny nose. It’s totally barking. 

To enter send your name and address to stating 'Stache' in the subject line.
Please see page 31 of the April issue for full Terms & Conditions.

WIN! A Ultra-Visage facial at Elysium in Grantham

Elysium Beauty & Complementary Therapies in Grantham have kindly offered one lucky Anne Louise reader the chance to win one of their fantastic NEW Ultra-Visage facials which helps lift and tone muscles in the face, soften lines and wrinkles, improves the circulation, safe, painless and extremely effective, helps restore elasticity in ageing skin, helps delay the ageing process.

To enter send your name and address to clearly stating 'Ultra-Visage' in the subject box.

Please see page 2 of the April issue of Anne Louise for full Terms & Conditions.

WIN! A Pack full of amazing Aloe Vera products!

Lou baker from Forever Living has kindly offered one lucky Anne Louise reader the chance to win one of these fantastic packs containing:
  • Forever Bright Toothgel
  • Aloe Moisturizing Lotion
  • Aloe Ever-Shield Deodorant
  • Aloe Lips
  • Product Brochure
  • The Forever Reward Card flyer (with registration code)
  • The Reward Card is a personalised card that offers potential savings of hundreds of pounds a year on: Shopping, home & family | Travel & accommodation | Food & drink | Motoring | Fitness, health & leisure | Vouchers & gift cards An average family could save £400 a year or more. To enter send your name and address to stating 'Aloe' in the subject box. Please see page 21 of the April issue for full Terms & Conditions.

WIN! A Birdy's Boutique Goody bag of Blue Accessories worth £50!

You could win a fab goody bag from Birdy's Boutique full of gorgeous blue accessories worth £50!
Why not enter our competition for your chance to win it.....

To enter send your name and address to

 Please see page 8 for Terms & Conditions.

WIN! A Gorgeous Unicorn necklace from Diamond in the Sky

www.diamondintheskyboutique has kindly offered one lucky Anne Louise reader the chance to win one of these beautiful Unicorn necklaces. 

 To enter send your name and address to stating 'Unicorn' in the subject heading.

Also 20% OFF online at  www.diamondintheskyboutique when you enter the code ANNELOUISE at the checkout!

Please see page 8 of the April issue of Anne Louise for Terms & Conditions

Friday, 1 April 2011

Sweet Potato Burger with Griddled Pineapple, and a Chilli Salsa (Serves 4)

600g sweet potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves    garlic, crushed
1 tsp ras el hanout (Moroccan spice mix)
5 pineapple rings
1 tsp rose harissa (or harissa)
100g breadcrumbs
50g almonds, coarsely chopped
100g pumpkin seeds, crushed
Gram flour (chick pea flour) to coat the burgers

For the relish:
3 Bird’s Eye chillies, finely chopped (will be hot, you may wish to use milder chillis)
2 spring onions, finely chopped
½ lemon, juiced
1 tbsp tomato puree4 wholemeal rolls
1. Preheat the oven to 220C. Cut the sweet potatoes in half and bake in their skins on a lightly oiled baking tray for 30 minutes. When they are soft scoop out the flesh and set aside.

2. Meanwhile gently fry the onions in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until soft. Add the garlic and ras el hanout. Continue to fry for another 30 seconds, stirring continuously.

3. Chop one of the pineapple rings into small cubes and put in a big bowl, with the cooked sweet potato flesh, fried onions, rose harissa, breadcrumbs, almonds and pumpkin seeds. Season to taste.

4. Form the mixture into burgers. You can make four thick or eight thin burgers as preferred. Coat them in the gram flour and shallow fry until golden on each side.

5. While the burgers are frying, make the relish by mixing all the ingredients together.

6. Griddle the remaining pineapple rings on each side.
7. Assemble by placing one burger in each roll, followed by the griddled pineapple then the relish. Add the second burger on top if using and serve with a simple Moroccan salad (recipe below).

Simple Moroccan salad

1 medium tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 red onion finely sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
100g watercress
100g finely sliced ready to eat dried apricots
1 tsp olive oil
½ tsp cumin powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Place the chickpeas, onion, tomatoes, watercress and apricots into a serving bowl.
2. Mix together the oil and cumin and pour over the salad.
3. Season with salt and pepper.

Exclusive Interview: with Greek Pop Diva Ilia Darlin

Ilia Darlin is frequently touted as the “European Lady Gaga.”  There’s no denying a few similarities between the two ....however  Ilia has captured a worldwide fan base all of her own.

How did you get into the music business, have you always known you wanted to be a singer?

I started “performing” to my family, friends and neighbours when I was about 4. I would make them sit down all together and watch me sing and dance, and I was offended if they didn’t take it seriously! I started taking dancing classes when I was 7 and then when I was 13 I joined the National Music Conservatory of Greece and fell in love with singing.
I’ve always wanted to be a singer and a performer. Getting into the music business was a natural progress in my life.
I had an underground pop-electro band when I started and the biggest famous director of Greece noticed me. I starred in his movie called Art-Therapy and then one thing lead to another. The movie is a docu-fiction and focuses on the lives of three young artists who live in Athens and are trying to make it. The movie ends with myself moving to London to pursue my career. You can’t really tell the line between the documentary and the fiction part in the movie.

You grew up in Greece, what was life like for you as a teenager?

I grew up in Athens and went to a beautiful school on a hill full of trees (I love nature). I was very tormented though and definitely didn’t fit in! At the time I was also dressing weird and my classmates thought I was doing drugs in school and that I was a bit crazy. I was finding it hard to focus in reality. I was a daydreamer and restless. However I was a good student though!
When I was about 14 I would sneak out of my house at nighttime and go to clubs. Make-up helped me get in everywhere. I would sacrifice anything for adventure and danger.
My favorite thing was going up to one of the ancient rocks of Athens”Lykabettus” at night and looking over the city. The energy up there was amazing. I would feel so free.

What’s life like behind the scenes, is there bits of the music industry you don’t like?
Life behind the scenes is waiting to get on stage. When I’m not performing I’m thinking and working on my next performance,songs,clothes etc. For me right now my whole life is around my music and performances. I go to the studio,write new material, design and make my clothes, do photo shoots etc. There’s nothing else I can enjoy right now other than my art. I’m a quite obsessive person.

How would you describe your music style?

Pop dance and personal under a neon point of view.

What has been the highlight of your music career so far?

Hmm that’s tough. So many things have happened and they were so big for me for different reasons. If we’re talking about live performances probably performing at the Greek Fashion Rocks in front of thousands of the most important people in music and fashion as well as in front of millions that were watching from home.
In terms of experiences, going to L.A and recording at the same studio as Michael Jackson.
Also getting interviewed in the MTV after the show we did for the Christmas lights was quite surreal. I’ve been watching MTV forever :)
And then starring in a see I can’t tell.

Where would be your dream gig?

In Rio de Janeiro, on Copacabana beach.

How do you feel about being compared to Lady Gaga?

I think we’re passed that point now and I’m very happy. As I’ve said in the past is natural when you‘re a new artist to be compared to others and we had that funny coincidence with the meat thing in my video, that stirred up the talk but now it’s in the past. I don’t think our music or voices or figures are similar. Lady Gaga is having a truly admirable career but there have been other creative pop artists too in musics history. Marketing is scary sometimes on how it can wipe out people’s memories.

Are there any notable differences between working in the U.K and working in Greece?

I wouldn’t really say so. It’s just that in the U.K everything is in a bigger scale. Greece is a very small country.
Up to this point though I was lucky to have had very good collaborations everywhere I’ve been.

What was your experience of Los Angeles? 

It was amazing. It was so good that I’m planning to move there soon. The climate, the people, the food, everything felt very familiar.
There is a great flourish in the art scene of L. A right now. A lot of artists are moving and working there and I feel the next “wave” of something, the next new thing is going to emerge from L. A.

Do you have any pets?

No, not any more. I used to have a dog but she died and I don’t think I could cope with anything similar happening to me again .It’s been 5 years and I still think that she’ll be waiting for me at our house in Greece when I go back.I’m extremely sensitive when it comes to animals.

What is your typical day?

Well I’m not an early morning person to begin with. I couldn’t say there is a typical day. Every day is so different because of what I do and this is what I love the most .I hate having a routine. It’s killing me.

What do you do to de-stress and relax?

Very simple stuff. I’ll have a bath with oils, watch a movie, have something nice to eat, write. I’ll try to disconnect for a while from what’s happening around me and in my life and focus on an indulgence.

What music is on your ipod?

Kate Bush, Amy Winehouse, Peaches, Demis Roussos, The Knife, Kylie Minogue...

Who do you go to if you need cheering up?

My mom and because she’s in Greece I call her on the phone. It’s a guaranteed phone call. I don t know how she does it but it always works, always!

How do you fit friends and relationships around your music career?

Sometimes I neglect people but not intentionally. My schedule is hectic but my friends are understanding.Relationships don’t fit in very successfully. Who would want to be with someone so obsessed with their career as me!?

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given?

Not to waste my time on people and situations I don’t enjoy because nobody can bring back the time I’ve lost on them.

What is your weakness when it comes to shopping?

LOL. Everything. From gadgets to shoes, cosmetics, underwear, absolutely everything.

Is there a beauty product you can’t live without?

Lip balm, hair conditioner, moisturising cream, my perfume...I can go on and on and on.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you…

I’m into paganism as my grandma was.