Thursday, 31 March 2011

MiluMe have a wonderful range of interchangeable bra straps....
no nee
d to keep buying different bras to go with your tops...
simply c
hange your straps to suit your outfit...

I was very impressed with the quality and the packaging....each set of straps arrive in a little pot...which would make a lovely gift for someone...

There is a great selection of styles to choose from that can take you from daytime to evening g
lamour by simply swopping your straps...

Every MiluMe bra strap is authenticated by a cute logo tag that adds a great finishing touch to the design...

MiluMe also have a range of clothing, accessories and sleepwear...including loungewear and pretty summer dresses....MiluMe have offered Anne Louise readers a 10% discount off online orders...MiluMe is also available in various stores including John Lewis...for the full list of stockists...visit their Review by Adele

Monday, 28 March 2011

This Month i received a fabulous pair of Pamela Mann Bondage Tights from Essexylegs ....I'd seen Cheryl Cole wearing this style and was so excited to receive a pair of my very own to try....
I was not disappointed and as soon as they arrived i was eager to have a night on the town to see what response there would be...i felt slightly nervous as they are rather racey and slightly worried i may attract the wrong kind of attention...but i need not of worried as the comments where that of a positive nature, plenty of "ooo where can i get some of those from...."and " wow they're different" i was delighted to tell everyone that they where from Essexylegs and that they could get 10% off their first order as an Anne Louise Magazine reader... And as promised the details of how to get this discount are....

10% off First order (minimum spend £5.00) for Anne Louise Magazine Readers....simply enter the code .... annelouise in the discounts box at the checkout! this offer will be available for 6months...

Essexylegs have an amazing range of legwear to choose from and the quality is fabulous...i love my new Pamela Mann Tights and know that i will be wearing them again and again...

Review by Adele x

Friday, 18 March 2011

Stephen Fry has been crowned king of the comedians!

Today, Stephen Fry has been crowned king of the comedians, as he conquered his fellow funny-men in the battle of a lifetime for Red Nose Day. After weeks of fierce campaigning and underhand smear tactics, Stephen’s limited edition flavour of Walkers crisps, Stephen Fry Up, has out-sold the flavours of the three other comedians. Not only will the three losing comics be hanging their heads in shame as Stephen Fry basks in the glory of his win, but they have also undergone a further stripping of their dignity – and hair! Jimmy Carr, Al Murray and Frank Skinner faced their fears as they underwent the torturous forfeit of being waxed by Denise Van Outen.

The forfeit kicked-off with the unfortunate trio donning hilarious fluffy white dressing gowns for their ‘beauty treatments’! Needless to say, tears were shed, tantrums were had and there was plenty of red-raw flesh to be seen in the beauty salon (particularly on Frank), but the three comedians managed to endure the waxing session with as much good grace as they could muster. Denise proved herself the ultimate amateur waxer, ripping the foliage from Jimmy’s legs like she was born to do it!

Stephen Fry said “I’m delighted to have won! Although it is no surprise considering my Stephen Fry Up flavour was vastly superior. My victory will go down in the history books – as will the other three squealing their way through that waxing session. Ouch!”

Jimmy Carr said “That was, in all seriousness, one of the most horrific experiences of my life. I was definitely the hairiest man there. However I would say I was rather stoic and composed throughout the torture session!”

Al Murray The Pub Landlord said "I really don’t know why the ladies make such a fuss – ha ha! In all seriousness it was dreadful, but certainly made more pleasant by Denise administering the wax!"

Denise Van Outen
said “This poor bunch were so scared when I walked into the waxing room, you could literally see the colour draining from their faces. I tried to distract them while I was putting the hot wax on, but they weren’t having any of it. There were a few squeals and sweaty brows afterwards, but all in all the boys did really well and I was very impressed with their pain thresholds.”

Each comedian has been fighting to win the hearts of the British public and raise money for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day in a bid to make their flavour the bestseller. Each comedian had his own limited edition flavour; Stephen Fry & Stephen Fry Up, Frank Skinner & Frank Roast Dinner, Jimmy Carr & Jimmy con Carrne and Al Murray & Steak and Al Pie. For every pack sold Walkers has donated 5p to Comic Relief. Stephen Fry Up flavour raised the most money and therefore won the challenge. Walkers have raised over £1million for Comic Relief, due to the tireless efforts of these well-loved British comedians! The total amount will be revealed on Red Nose Day.

For more information, please go to

Sunday, 13 March 2011

........creator of
R.J.Arbuckle... "I have been an Artist as long as i can remember, always copying & drawing" At the young age of 9 he won a craft competition with a papermache giraffe he had created. By the age of 13, he developed a taste for Graffiti (Street Art) but stopped spraying by the age of 16. He carried on drawing piece's every now & then...but had a complete break from the art world for 15 years between 21yrs & 36yrs. During which time he started a family and had three children, but the relationship broke down and he then suffered with 25% wedge fracture in his second lumber vertbrae from a car accident...his life was spiralling downwards and fell into the dark world of drugs. Then in 2001 he reached his lowest point and decided he wanted his life back and bought a van, drove down to New Forest, Hampshire, and purged his self from his addictions with his own rehab and has been clean for 10 years.
Since 2006, he has rekindled his love of being an artist, started working with canvas and developed a whole new genre in art which he has named EQUALISM. This new form of Art, has the ability to be turned around on the wall, Yet they can still equally align to the other EQUALISM paintings that coincide...

Here's an example in " 3VISIONZ " this piece has been re-arranged 4 time's horizontally... R.J.ARBUCKLE now settled in Grantham, back from the darkness and stronger than ever... now a very happy man and has since had another little girl and expecting another little boy....

R.J.ARBUCKLE will be showing his EQUALISM works of art in a week long show in Lincoln starting at the end of this month from the 28th March...

West Parade

R.J.Arbuckle also offers commissioned artwork to suit any particular colour themes and styles...including murals and logos..for enquiries for buying paintings/reprints or discussing commissioned can contact R.J either via phone or email...
tel - 07832806792

You can view more of R.J.Arbuckles artwork via his Facebook pages...

Review by Adele x

Monday, 7 March 2011

Three MiFi dongle

Get wireless internet whenever you want with MiFi®. Three's mobile Wi-Fi dongle works with anything Wi-Fi enabled, connects up to five devices at once. Take it everywhere.
The MiFi dongle is a great little gadget which will easily fit into a pocket or purse meaning you can really take it everywhere.

Editor's Review: I was suprised at how strong the signal was when I switched it on, I had my laptop and iPhone connected and didn't lose any signal strength.
It's very simple to use with just a on and off button and looks stylish and slick. Great not having to stick it in a usb slot for it to work, comes complete with a charger.
Overall I was very impress with this little gadget

You can either buy a pay as you go unit from £71.99 or pay monthly from £39.99 plus £15.99 per month.

For more information go to
Tiggy's not feeling too good today so I have loaned him my little PG Tips monkey to cheer him up, he dosen't look very impressed!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Ultra-Visa Launch Party

19 March · 09:00 - 14:00
Elysium Beauty & Complementary Therapies
18 St. Catherine's Road
NG31 6TT
01476 563000

For more information please pop in or tel 01476 563000

Friday, 4 March 2011

Lights, Camara, Glow!

St. Tropez delivers Red Carpet Perfection at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Events

(Los Angeles, CA – the 83rd Annual Academy Awards – February 27, 2011) 

Leading skin-finishing brand St. Tropez, delivers high definition, flawless head-to-toe red carpet perfection for the Hollywood elite. Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Kelly Osbourne, Maria Menounos, Jessalyn Gilsig, Rashida Jones, Daphne Zuniga, Busy Philipps, Mamie Gummer, Katie Cassidy, Giuliana Rancic and Hofit Golan are walking testimonials for St. Tropez’s High Definition custom Skin-Finishing treatments designed to dress the skin for Hollywood’s biggest event.

“Being red carpet ready for this year’s Oscars means being skin ready, said Nichola Joss, St. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert. “The St. Tropez menu of skin finishing treatments for face and body offers gorgeous skin for people of all skin tones. For example, St. Tropez’s Hyper-real finish provides a light finish to give an airbrushed look as seen on Gwyneth Paltrow. Her skin is perfect for the HD lens. St. Tropez’s Ethereal finish provides porcelain skin tones with a subtle luminosity. All of St. Tropez’s Custom Body Finish treatments enhance face and body contours, giving skin a radiant glow.”

St. Tropez custom skin finishes and products not only perform on the red carpet but also perform on the Academy Awards stage at the Kodak Theatre. The powerful spotlights focus on the face and St. Tropez’s skin finishes for the world to see.

Makeup artist Leslie Lopez gave Gwyneth Paltrow the ultimate golden look. "I applied the St. Tropez Wash Off Mousse to her body and face to give her a sun kissed glow. For the ultimate glamourous sheen, I added the St. Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator down her arms, legs, cheek bones, chest and shoulders, which really helped to complement her gold Calvin Klein gown."

Bruce Grayson, head makeup artist for the Academy Awards, identifies St. Tropez as Hollywood’s secret weapon. “The stage lights are so bright and can wash out a beautiful face and you need either subtle or bold illumination to maintain definition and contour.
To achieve this look at home, Joss recommends red carpet fans to apply the Wash Off Instant Glow Face by massaging into the skin for a natural finish. Then follow with the Skin Illuminator and gently apply to key areas such as cheekbones, d├ęcolletage and shoulders to give an instant radiance and perfectly finished skin.

St. Tropez is Hollywood’s best-kept beauty secret, but fans can recreate a variety of looks with St. Tropez’s unique line of self-tanning and skin finishing products. 
First, exfoliate with St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Polish, £15.32 before moisturizing dry areas thoroughly with St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Moisturizer, £12.26.
Then, spray St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Spray, £20.43. Finally, shower off to reveal a perfectly golden, natural looking tan or glow.
To maintain, re-apply a couple of times a week, nourish daily with St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Moisturizer, and smooth skin with St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Polish for ultimate results.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Business Feature - The Libertarian

“I am always looking to inspire and interest with the designs I create.”

Jayne Elwell, designer and founder of The Libertarian became bored with the mass produced, anti-ethical, bad quality products that the high street was producing. So in protest she started The Libertarian.

So Jayne..tell us a little about how you started? and where the idea of ‘The Libertarian’ began? 
You could say the idea stemmed from when I was at University. I got a job reworking clothes for a vintage shop and around that time me and some friends set up a little stall in Oxford to sell our creations. We didn’t stick with the stall for long but it was those experiences that lead me towards wanting to design and start my own business. When I graduated I had really become sick of the high street re-producing the same designs and so I wanted my business to be about freedom of design, hence the name.  

And is this something you always knew you would like to do?
Not exactly but I have always had an interest in design. Growing up I always wanted to be an actress, a dancer, an artist or a fashion designer and funnily enough I’m still involved in all of these activities. It has really been a case of experimenting in lots of different areas that has brought me to this point. I must admit it had never crossed my mind that I would be designing hats, but I am so happy that I am. 

What changes have you made and how has the business developed since you started? 

When I originally started in 2007 I was making all sorts of things such as home-wear, Screen printing T-shirts and jewellery. The first piece of headwear I made was an oversized head bow, it was before anyone else was doing them so I really didn’t think anyone would dare to wear one, but they were a hit and a month later they hit the high street.  

Tell us a little about the long does it take for you to complete each piece? 
If I am working on a commission I will discuss with the client and then make some initial sketches for us to talk about. However if I am designing for my ready to wear collections I sometimes work straight from the idea in my head. Some items have to be done in stages over a number of days such as the icing and cherry hat, while others can be made in one sitting over a number of hours.

Have you got a favourite creation?
I am finding that I am pretty enthusiastic about a lot of the work I am producing at the moment however for sentimentality I would say the Magpie hat I wore to Ascot this year. I decided I was going to make them in advance and bought my outfit accordingly. I am superstitious and I hoped that they would bring me luck. However in the busy run up to Ascot I had to leave them until last, which left me only a day. I managed to pull it off and made them completely from scratch so was very pleased with the reaction they got.

And if you could design for any celebrity who would it be and why?
Lady GaGa would be fantastic because I could let my imagination get truly carried away.

You have such a wonderful range of designs where do you get your inspiration?
Absolutely everywhere. Design is always at the back of my mind so I am constantly taking in inspiration from everything and processing it into designs. From trips to the supermarket to watching burlesque shows. I must admit I am a great lover of period dramas and films set in the past- which has a heavy influence on my work at the moment. I also find that doing creative work also generates more ideas. Sadly I don’t have enough time to work on all of my ideas instantly so I have a long to do list.  

You also do bespoke made to order designs...what’s the craziest request you have ever had? And have you ever had to decline an idea?(and why?)
I have a good friend that is a burlesque performer (Constance Peach) and she simply requested a crazy hat with a tropical theme, so I created a realistic looking slice of tropical cake complete with cake fork! I also had a commission to create some flashing nipple pasties for burlesque performer Tobi James, which was a lot of fun.
I have never turned down a request and hope that I would never have to. I could only see it happening if the technicalities were not possible- but if this was the case then I would work to find an alternative that the customer was happy with. I love a good challenge so I’m happy to take on almost anything!

You must have a very busy you ever have any time to yourself? (and how do you like to spend your spare time?)
Yes I do have a busy schedule and regularly work 14 hr days when I have a lot of orders on. However I enjoy it all so much that it often doesn’t seem like work. I make an effort to take time off when I can as I work through most weekends but I go to a weekly acting class and I’ve just taken up pole dancing classes which are both great fun and they are completely separated from my business so I can switch off and focus something different. I do also love going to the cinema, theatre, burlesque shows, visiting art galleries and eating out. However one of my favourite things to do is simply dressing up and going for nights out with my friends.

And finally Jayne what are your plans/dreams for the future?
Eventually I would love to open a little shop to sell my designs in the north of England somewhere, but in the immediate future I’m hoping to create some fantastic show stopping hats for the races next year. One of possitives of having my own business is that I can take it in any direction I want, so the next year could really take me anywhere.
Tel: 07811 193385

Pictured top to bottom:

Orchid Flower Comb £12
Sequinned Lilies £38 (photo shows 2 pieces)
Chocolate Headband £17
Leather Swallow Headband £16 (photo shows 2 pieces)

March Recipe - Quick Oriental Salad

Quick oriental salad
(Serves 4)

1 block (400g) of plain firm tofu, cut into strips (If the tofu in water drain and pat with a paper towel to absorb excess water, then cut into strips.)
200g mange tout sliced thinly lengthways
1 cucumber cut into ribbons
100g chestnut mushrooms, cut as thinly as you can
50g sesame seeds
1 tsp soya sauce )

Simply combine the ingredients and add a splash of soya sauce to taste. 

Recipes and Images ©The Vegetarian Society 2011

March Recipes - Risotto stuffed Ramiro Peppers

Risotto stuffed Ramiro peppers
(Serves 4) 

2 vegetarian stock cubes dissolved in 1litre of water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 leek, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
150g curly kale, chopped
50ml vegetarian white wine
1 lemon, zest only
250g Arborio/risotto rice
150g frozen peas
Salt and black pepper
8 straight, red Ramiro peppers
6 tbsp olive tapenade (see below)
20 small cherry tomatoes on the vine (5 per person)

1. Preheat oven to 220C. Put the vegetable stock into a saucepan and simmer.
2. In a large, wide frying pan fry the leek in a little oil for 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and fry for another minute.
3. Steam the kale for 5 minutes, run under cold water, drain and set to one side.
4. Add the white wine, lemon zest and rice to the leeks and stir well making sure that the rice is well coated. Cook until the wine has been soaked up by the rice. Now ladle some of the stock over the rice and stir.
5. As the stock is absorbed by the rice keep topping up with more hot stock from the saucepan and keep stirring. You may not need all the stock depending on the size of pan used. It should take about 15-20 minutes until the risotto has a creamy consistency and the rice is cooked.
6. Add the peas and wilted kale to the risotto about 5 minutes before the end, season to taste.
7. Cut the tops off the Ramiro peppers and stuff with the risotto, followed by a teaspoon of the tapenade. Repeat this for all the peppers until they are filled. You will have risotto left for serving. Set the remaining risotto to one side, reheat just before serving.
7. Place the peppers and tomatoes onto a foil-lined baking tray, drizzle with a little olive oil and roast for 10-15 minutes.
8. To serve, place a large spoonful of the spare risotto onto a large plate and stack two peppers against it. Place a set of cherry tomatoes next to the risotto.

NB: You can make your own tapenade by blending 30g olives, 1 tsp capers, 2 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp dried oregano

Recipes and Images ©The Vegetarian Society 2011

Wedding Budget

Eager to start planning but not sure where to start? The budget is always the top of the list!

Start saving as soon as possible, with most weddings costing between £15,000 and £25,000 you need to be putting away as much as possible. Ideally 10-20% of your salary. This can be hard especially in these hard financial times. So how ever much you can spare put away in a special wedding fund.

Tip: Try and cut down on unnecessary monthly spending, take a flask of coffee to work, have packed lunches, get together with friends for pamper nights.....

Do it yourself weddings are a thing of the times with more and more brides creating their own wedding invitations, ceremony decor and even cakes to save on their wedding budget.
The internet is a treasure trove of diy templates, downloadables and tutorials. Start looking online and in wedding magazines for inspiration and gather your wedding diy kit. You have nothing to lose at trying and could save hundreds if not thousands of pounds!

Tip: Not a creative type? Have a think about friends or family that like using their hands and see if they will lend their services, you never know you might even help them spark a business idea off!

Ebay is a amazing to find unusual items and vintage piece perfect for decorating the wedding reception venue, finding gifts for the wedding party or even wedding outfits...

Tip: Always check the sellers details and make sure they have a good feedback score. And be wary of items shipped from abroad as they can often be cheap rip offs.

Baby Massage

There is no real stable evidence to support where baby massage originates from.
Although it is a huge tradition in India which has been practised for generations within the families. Being passed from mother to daughter.     

Baby massage is not the latest trendy ‘fad’ it is an ancient art that plays a huge factor in the beginning of a newborn’s life. In India the baby is massaged on a daily basis for months, it’s only once the child turns two that they space out the massaging to alternate days.
The list of benefits is endless not just for the infant receiving the massage but also for the massage giver. The more frequent the massage is carried out the stronger the bond becomes, making every massage relaxing and enjoyable.
One person that strongly believes in baby massage is Amy Lovegrove, the trustee of Nurturing Hands, Being a child practitioner with eight years post qualifying experience, plus having a strong history in Psychology and child and family support. Amy set up this business with co-founder Sarah Franks with a firm belief that every parent needs a helping hand from time to time.
Nurturing Hands provide a baby massage course either on a one to one basis or at a group workshop.
This is a five week course that will help encourage the mother to understand her baby more by creating a stronger bond and growing confidence with support and advice.
“Baby massage class will help with sleep and colic” quotes Nurturing Hands, and it doesn’t end there!!
Not only does baby massage stimulate the nervous and immune system. The benefits also include relaxation properties that helps to regulate sleeping patterns. Relief from constipation and teething. Digestion. Respiratory system and importantly communication between the mother and baby.
This class is perfect for all you mothers out there! 

Massage for Wind & colic relief
Here is one of the baby massages which I personally found to be my favourite. Called I Love You by
Starting on the top of the baby’s left hand side as shown in the diagram massage straight down three times, followed by doing one upside down L, starting from the baby’s top right side going straight across and then down, remembering to be lightly firm. Ending with a singular upside down U. Starting from the baby’s bottom right side moving in an angle upwards round then down to the baby’s left hand side.
I found this very beneficial for my daughters tummy after a warm bath, having suffered with colic. 

Product Review:

Burts Bees Baby Bee Apricot Baby Oil £10.50
I must say I thoroughly enjoyed sampling this product. Just after bath time in a warm room I would massage this baby oil into my daughters skin with vitamin rich oils and being made from all natural ingredients plus being in environmentally sensitive packaging. I was confident in using this product. My daughter, was relaxed and enjoyed every moment! Once applied it absorbed quickly leaving the skin gentle with a delicate delicious smell.

Feature written by Farah Hughes

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Fantastic iPhone cases sent me a couple of their gorgeously girly iPhone cases to try out this month.
First up is the iPhone case Blaze in Magenta, it's glossy, it's smooth and it's a candylicious pink.....yummy!

Made out of a hard plastic which snaps onto your phone, it's very hard wearing and hasen't scratched yet.
Even has the apple logo in silver on the back which I think is a great touch, when a phone has a great logo you want to be able to see it!
The seethrough edges have little bumps all over to stop the phone sliding through your hands, plus it dosen't obstruct the silver edging round the front of the iPhone so it's very pleasing to the eye.
The best part about this well made, fab design iPhone case? It's price, at only £2.99 you will be hard to find a case of such good quality anywhere else.

I love this case and have been using it ever since it arrived.

Love the case but not the colour? Don't worry this great case comes in Black, Yellow, Red, Green, Purple and Pink, a colour for everyone :)

Go check out now for a wide range of iPhone case for 3G/3GS/4

Second is the gorgeous iPhone hard case in pink, again a credit crunching £2.99!

Available in Black, Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue, White and Orange.
This case is perfect if you are a bit more heavy handed with your phone as it wraps around the front covering the silver edges, plus it's a beautiful pearlised rubber which dosen't scratch and won't slide out your hands.
It comes in two parts, the join is where the black and pink meet. Both ends slide over the phone and click into place making sure it won't come off unless you mean it to.
This case is very nice to look at, easy to put on and has an amazing soft feel to it! Love it!

Go check out now for a wide range of iPhone case for 3G/3GS/4

Thanks to the lovely ivogue for sending these for me to try

Linsey (Editor) x

Not everybody has a bottomless pit of cash to spend on themselves in the quest to look good, however a hefty price tag does not always mean that you are buying the best product with your hard earned money. With some of the premium brands, you are in some cases paying
for high quality packaging and branding for very little product. Therefore this month I wanted to bring you a few of my favourite budget buys which I personally use and highly recommend.

1Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Wash 150ml £1.52, Removes all make-up gently without stripping. I have used this for years and recommend to clients.

2Maybelline The Falsies Black Mascara £8.19, I have just purchased this in the waterproof version and have put it through swimming and a steam room and it held up very well. Plus the brush is a great shape for coating all the lashes whilst adding a touch of drama without false lashes.

3 Revlon Super Lustrous Lip gloss £6.99, I adore this! It’s non sticky, really glossy and very comfortable to wear. Nude Lustre is a very flattering everyday nude which suits all.
4 Barry M Dazzle Dust Eyeshadow £4.50, Wow what is there not to love about these adorable little pots in an whole array of spectacular shades which can be used on the eyes, lips and cheeks.
5 Bourjois Limited Edition Blush £7.49, Parisian inspired pots of blush in beautiful Spring fresh shades.
6 Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Jet Black £2.99, One of the best kohl pencils I have tried and the most reasonably priced. it beats all the premium brands, not too hard, not too soft, just right.
7 Vaseline Rosy lips Therapy Stick £2.03, For that English Rose effect, leaves your lips rose tinted, moisturised and natural looking.
8 Touch Of Light Concealer from £1.25, A much cheaper alternative to YSL’s Touche Eclat, this does exactly the same job at a fraction of the price.

Article from the March 2011 Issue of Anne Louise magazine