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Personal Fitness and Achey Knees With Pro Balance Gym

17 Apr

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I’ve currently got this really weird pain in the muscles on the inside of my knees. I have never had pain here before, but of course I have never been worked out as I was by Andy Jeffries on Tuesday.

Andy is a personal trainer, and has abused the fabulous knees of people like Beyonce and Justin Timberlake in his time at his own gym Pro Balance which has been in business for fifteen years now.

After just an hour, I know a lot more about the tragic state of my body, and how I can seriously improve it. I called him a torture-master when I reviewed his gym for VIVA magazine last year, and I’m tempted to resurrect the term. After a little cardio, I do press-ups, burpees, squats, assisted chin lifts and walking lunges in never-ending reps before a little ab work. Fit or not, that hurts.

It’s a good pain that makes you feel seriously fantastic about yourself, and if you want, you can now link up with Andy via Skype when you’re away on business, at university, or literally so lazy that you can’t be bothered to travel into Manchester (it’s okay, I get you.)

As well as tender muscles, I also came away with this recipe for a re-hydration drink that also burns fat, I already love it and seriously recommend it:

  • 250ml fruit juice
  • 1 litre cold water
  • a pinch of salt


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Find Andy and his gym on Twitter at @ProBalance1 and online here

Find the gym on Jacksons Row near Albert’s Square.

Supersonic Manchester Pride 2014

12 Apr

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I’ve come over all eighty-year-old because I quite literally cannot believe that the last Supersonic was a whole year ago. An entire year since I thought I was going to be sick from nerves as I interviewed the Feeling aboard the Concorde, and since Shannon and I danced all night with our temporary GBF’s.

Last night was extremely surreal as everything was so exactly the same as last year. Everything except the presence of The Feeling (sorely missed). Even the meal was pretty much identical.

This year though, I actually paid attention to the raffle and I cannot quite believe the money that was thrown around. Two tickets to see Kylie Minogue (Gay Cliche or what?) went for £400. That’s a whole month of rent and bills. A tour of Coronation Street went for £950 (A Celine bag). And a private box of fourteen to see tongue-Queen Miley Cyrus went for £2,700 (two pairs of Burberry leather pants and a dachshund in a Marc Jacobs purse). Bloody crazy money.

Despite the feeling of being embarrassingly poor, again I have to say that Manchester Pride is the happiest place on Earth.

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Opening of LIV Night Club

11 Apr

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So I’m actually only two days in to my internship at I Love Manchester and it’s already pretty damn amazing. Last night, Simon and I went to the press launch of new fancy-pants club LIV.

On the way down the steps (hazardous for some of the platform-happy heels I was seeing in there) we were greeted by the smug slogan “LIFE IS A PARTY”. Personally, I’m all for mottos that smack of hedonism, but I can’t help but feel that in a place this elitist, they mean it literally.

Apart from the oodles of white neon – because I like white neon as much as I like creme eggs – I’m not too sure about the place. Don’t get me wrong, I love a little bit of healthy capitalist competition but there’s a line between playful and poser and these guys have crossed it. For a night club, there’s an awful lot of space to sit your expensively clad bum, and the dance floor is positioned almost stage-like between the rows of leather alcoves.

What kind of person wants to dance in full view of seating probably filled with lecherous businessmen and flowery footballers? I can think of a few, and they’re not the kind of people with whom I’d like to spend a Saturday night.

But they do make a nice cranberry vodka.

Watch out for tomorrow, as I’m off to the Supersonic event tonight!

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Stilettos – Zara

Leather Jacket – Barney’s Leather

Dress – Ark

Black Dog Bowl: Manchester

9 Apr

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I’m back in Manchester; back in internships and I feel like me again. I honestly feel sorry for scholars who live their lives with their noses buried in musty books. Because journalism/PR is the career.

Today, after running round the city with I Love Manchester’s Chris, securing deals and meeting web designers, we headed to the bowling alley Dog Bowl for a review with Tom. While I tucked in to my sharing of nachos and a board of fajitas, the guys opted for some sticky chicken wings: Tom with the hottest Wild Buffalo Sauce and Chris with the ‘sweet’ Bourbon BBQ. Both ended up with sauce in their beards, so I could tell that they were equally impressed. Dessert came in the form of a game of bowling – which I lost dismally. But I still got a strike!

Tomorrow, I’m off to the press opening of new night club LIV.

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OOTD: At Knutsford Artisan Fair

6 Apr

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I know I haven’t been writing an awful lot lately, and giving you extended picture diaries instead but that is because I’m so busy at the moment what with being voted the new editor-in-chief of Liberty Belle Magazine! In the next few weeks, I’m in Manchester and I should be posting a lot more.

I’m currently sat on my sofa at home with a Natural Valley Ginger Nut Crunch Bar, despite having a monster burrito and some petits fours at Knutsford’s monthly artisan festival just an hour ago. As a student, you must stock up on food that you are offered by mum. I’m also wearing her sweater and necklace….

Good to be home.

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Necklace and boots: H&M

Shorts: Zara

Bag: Topshop

Bracelet: Black Tied

 

The Oscars Restored My Faith In Humanity

3 Mar

Being a) nuts, b) a hedonist and c) way too into films, I stayed up until 5am to watch all of the Oscars this morning. I’m so glad that I pulled through the part where I was getting angry at things because I was so tired and stayed watching shrew-eyed until the end because so much happened that made me really happy. Unlike The BRITs, where the atmosphere was one of cold, drugged indifference, The Oscars was one big display of love that said ‘fuck you’ to among others, homophobes, misogynists, food snobs and Russia tbh.

First of all, Jennifer Lawrence fell as she exited her car onto the red carpet. A magnificently raw choice for the face of Dior, having a woman who trips at the Oscars and doesn’t care, looks genuinely excited for rival Lupita on her win, and eats pizza in front of one billion people is amazing. She also wore a peplum when we were told they were ‘out’.  Ellen suggested that she bring Jennifer her Oscar should she win, to prevent any more falls. 1393810122_jlaw2_467 Lots of celebrities brought their mums, including Leo, Jonah Hill and Jared Leto.

Jared Leto, the first speech of the night for best supporting actor, showed how super wonderful he is when he shouted out The Ukraine and Venezuela, as well as saying that he stood before the world in order to represent those people who are banned from showing their love.

Lupita Nyong’o was exceptionally earnest in her acceptance speech, thanking those who have endured so much pain so that she could live so much joy. Benedict Cumberbatch cried.

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Pharell sang ‘Happy’ in his questionable Vivienne Westwood mountain hat and shimmied with Lupita, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams (who was dressed in homage to Kim Novak in Vertigo.)

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Lupita’s dress was inspired by champagne bubbles.
Catherine Martin won two Oscars for her production and costume design on The Great Gatsby!
Lady Gaga did not wear anything ridiculous, but turned up looking better than most.
Laurent Witz, an unknown frenchman who won an Oscar for his animated short, Mr Hublot, shook like a leaf as he gave his acceptance speech. Truly beautiful.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emma Watson are now the biggest shipped couple on the internet after they presented an award together.
Ellen pretended she was going to order pizza and it was really funny, and then she actually ordered pizza and had a random pizza guy hand out paper plates of the slices to stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Lesson learned food snobs, carbs are okay.
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Ellen crowded several A Listers into a selfie that included Bradley Cooper, J-Law, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt and Lupita Nyong’o. In an attempt to break the most retweeted Twitter record, Ellen broke both Twitter and the record.

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Cate Blanchett accepted her award with a shout out to all the other nominees, and proved herself to be not only a fellow woman supporter, but also a staunch feminist (“the world is round, people”). She also thanked the make up artists for making her look attractive – humility, too. Love.

Leo kissed Matthew McConaughey on the cheek when the latter won best actor.

Everyone wore a million sequins and Gravity won a million awards, but Dallas Buyers Club took home best actor and best supporting actor while 12 Years A Slave won best fillm/ Steve McQueen jumped for joy.

Ellen also did this

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To sum up, the Oscars and their room of the world’s most famous people showed the billion people watching that pizza is okay, and so is lesbianism, transvestism, being black and that women centric films are not unusual or niche.

The Best of the Past Oscars Dresses

2 Mar

I’m waiting (im)patiently for the live Oscars feed to show up something more than a few confused looking journalists talking into their ear pieces and trying to talk to foreign crew members in English. No one of note has turned up yet: they’re clearly all getting last minute manicures/meditation/speech preparation. Here are the best looks from the last forever!

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Mira Sorvino 1996

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Michelle Williams 2002

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Cameron Diaz 2010

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Amy Adams 2008

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Charlize Theron 2013

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Diane Kruger 2006

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Keira Knightely 2006

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Mila Kunis 2011

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Michelle Williams 2006

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Jennifer Lawrence 2013

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Raquel Welch 1979

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Sarah Jessica Parker 2009

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Charlize Theron 2004

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Elizabeth Taylor 1961

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Audrey Hepburn 1954

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Jennifer Lawrence 2011