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Saturday, 31 December 2016

2016 in Pictures


For many 2016 has been filled with heartache and sorrow. We have seen our little world battle on so many fronts and witnessed so many atrocities along the way. However, 2016 has also been a total babe and here is why I will always look back on this year fondly.

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Friday, 30 December 2016

My Fitness Diary | December '16 Edition


If you follow me on Twitter & Instagram you may have seen my minor end of year emotional breakdown that I had this week. An emotional breakdown where I forgot about everything I had achieved this year and instead focussed on the setbacks.

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

Letting Go & Moving On


This year could almost be described as a year of self discovery for me really. I started the year as I have the majority of my time on this planet with little direction and no real aim or purpose in life but I'm ending it feeling highly motivated and knowing what I want to do over the next 12 months.
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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

AM-to-PM Styling

I'm lucky that my office closes over the Christmas period, however, I know that that isn't the case for everyone and that at this time of year being able to take an outfit through from office to party is even more important than normal.

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Christmas Gifting | The Present Haul


After all the pomp and ceremony of the last few days it is finally time to sit back and reflect on not only the last few days, but the year that has passed. Today I'm starting wrap up the year with a little 'Present Haul' post.
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Monday, 26 December 2016

My Treads, Treads & Treats | December '16 Edition


Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la, la la la la... Now that the bird has been roasted and the chocolates devoured it is time to take a little look back at the month of December (and a bit of November) in a bumper edition of Threads, Treads & Treats.
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Sunday, 25 December 2016

My Letter to Santa


One thing I used to love doing in the run up to Christmas as a child was sitting down and writing my letter to Santa. It's quite a few years since I last sat down and wrote one now, but this year I thought I would make sure the big man knew just why I deserved to be on the good list!

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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Gifting | Last Minute Saviours


It's finally here, its Christmas Eve and the shops have now (mostly) closed their doors for the final time before Santa loads up his sleigh and rounds the Reindeer up. All of the gifts for my loved ones are now wrapped and under the tree but I've got your back if you've failed to finish your shopping yet!
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Friday, 23 December 2016

Festive Fitness Bytes with Hannah Elizabeth


Welcome to another 'Fitness Bytes' your fortnightly dose of reality with the shining stars of the health and fitness blogging community. We may make it look easy on our blogs and Instagram feeds, but we're only human and here's why...
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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Say it with Stones


I'm a firm believer that at Christmas, it isn't what you give that matters, it's that you give something to show that you care and sometimes it can be the smallest gifts under the tree that put the biggest smile on your face.
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Tea Total




Lets face it, there comes a stage in the run up to Christmas where we simply do not want another alcoholic beverage to pass our lips and when you hit that wall there is always tea.
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

New Botanicals



York has and always will be one of my favourite places to head for a day out in Yorkshire. Not only is it steeped in heritage, it is also filled with hidden gems, great places to relax and just a few weeks ago The Botanist opened it doors there for the very first time.
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Monday, 19 December 2016

Festive Neutrals





When I set out to do this post I was all set up to do a glowing, festive make up look with metallic, shimmering eyes and a seasonally bright red lip. But as I started to create the look I found that it just took a different direction...
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Sunday, 18 December 2016

A Measure of Success




On New Years Day this year I sat down in this very spot and shared my goals for the year with all of you, I thought that sharing them would in turn make me more motivated to go out there and achieve what I wanted to and of course make me accountable to you guys too.

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Saturday, 17 December 2016

Where to Port-Wine & Dine in Porto



One thing that I often worry about when travelling abroad is finding good food, I'm not a particularly fussy eater as such but I like good food, served in a good atmosphere and that can be hard to find. However, Porto has got it covered.
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Friday, 16 December 2016

Leeds at Christmas




I love popping into Leeds at any time of year. It has the bright lights, the shops and bars that I adore and most of my family and friends still live there. But at Christmas it just seems extra magical and lovely there.
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Thursday, 15 December 2016

#ChristmasJumperDay




Back in 1984, the year that I was born, some of the biggest recording artists in the world joined forces to record the first ever 'Band Aid' record and started the Christmas Charity trend that we continue today with events such as Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day.
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Shaken or Stirred




I am the cocktail Queen, especially at party season and when we have people over ... Mixing coctails up is so much fun. Here are two of my favourite recipes that you can try out at home this Christmas time.
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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Comfort & Style



This year I have been pushing the boundaries of more wardrobe a little more than usual, buying different styles, fabrics and colours than those I usually lean towards, experimenting with new brands. and this little Jumpsuit from La Redoute perfectly sums it up.
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Monday, 12 December 2016

Get to Know Me | The Blogger Tag



Recently I got thinking about how much of my life I share with you guys either on here or on my Social Media channels and how much you all know about me. However, there is still a lot you don't know about me and that's what prompted tonight's post. 
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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Christmas Gifting | My Christmas Wishlist




This year I think I have possibly been the worlds worst person to shop for when it comes to Christmas presents, mainly because it is only over the last few days that I have actually started to think about what I want, what I need or what would make life that little bit easier next year.
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Saturday, 10 December 2016

Sypping on History



When we jetted off to Porto in late November we did so with no plans, no itinerary and only one aim, to see and experience as much of the city and it's history as we could and when the opportunity arose to visit the Grahams Caves we jumped at it.
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Friday, 9 December 2016

Fitness Bytes with Evgenia



Welcome to another 'Fitness Bytes' your fortnightly dose of reality with the shining stars of the health and fitness blogging community. We may make it look easy on our blogs and Instagram feeds, but we're only human and here's why...
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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Stepping Out


When you think about it, these days Christmas (and the whole festive season for that matter) is just one big stress. We stress over what gifts to buy, what food to cook and most importantly of all, what to wear to the office Christmas Party.
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Wedges of Happiness


Staying in really is the new going out if you ask me. Gone are the days where I lived for the weekend just so that I could don a pretty party dress and hit the dance floor, nowadays I would much prefer to chill on the sofa with my nearest and dearest instead.

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Duty Free Hauling



For me the holiday starts from the moment you click 'book' on the agents website. From that moment on I build up a list of things I need before I go away and things that I could get whilst I'm away. Although I'd not long returned from Gran Canaria my trip to Porto was no different.
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Monday, 5 December 2016

Being Recognised



I'me pretty certain I've shared my blogging story with you all in the past but for those new to these parts (and I'm pretty sure there are a few) I'm going to share it with you again today and for a very, very good reason.
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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Step into Christmas


When it comes to Christmas I often get referred to as a bit of scrooge because I'm not all about the hype and don't tend to start getting excited until December arrives. But in all honesty, that couldn't be further from the truth.

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Obrigado Porto



If there is one regret I have in life, it is that I didn't catch the travel bug earlier on in life. Travelling has become my new love affair in life and I adore nothing more than to visit new places, experience new culture and embrace new flavours.
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Friday, 2 December 2016

24 Hours in Leeds



There are many places on this planet that I long to visit and some that I long to go back to that I have already been fortunate enough to see. But it's true what they say, there's no place like home.
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Hello December


Oh dear lord here are we are again. Today is day 336 of 2016, more commonly known as December 1st and the first day of Blogmas. Yes ladies and gentlemen I'm partaking in the madness once again!

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Staying Safe



It's very rare to be able to read a newspaper or magazine these days without stumbling across at least one article peddling the latest super food or health craze that is going to make you look younger, feel fitter and live longer, so it's easy to forget the fundamental basics of staying safe.
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Christmas Gifting | The Thought Process


Some people might think I'm a bit of a scrooge, but I don't normally start to think about Christmas until December and not as soon as Bonfire Night is over like some. The reason being that we have family birthdays right up until the last week of November and once everyone has had their own special day, then I can think about jolly old St Nick's annual appearance.
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Saturday, 26 November 2016

Fitness Bytes with Hannah Potter


After taking a little (and well earned) break, this morning sees the return of my favourite Harmony Blaze series, Fitness Bytes. So without further ado here is your dose of reality with the shining stars of the health and fitness blogging community. We may make it look easy on our blogs and Instagram feeds, but we're only human and here's why.
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Importance of Being Rested


If you struggle to function without your early morning coffee, you're probably well aware of the negative impact the lack of sleep can have on you. When you’re sleeping, your body is hard at work repairing itself, which includes those muscle micro-tears caused by a tough workout. 
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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Seven Days in the Sun


I love being able to dress up! That might sound like a weird thing to say, but I don't feel as though I get to express myself through what I choose to wear in the office very much and so downtime is my time to shine.
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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Ready to Rumble


Now that the snow is falling, blue skies have definitely turned to grey and the stores are filled to the brim with chocolates, toys and other festive goodies, heading home on a night seems like a much more attractive option than hitting the gym on a night.
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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Blaze Blogs | Finding Balance


These days you don't have to look very far to find an opinion on the nations diet or the state of our health on the whole. The thing is I don't believe in living a 'clean' life 100% of the time and here's why...
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Workout Thoughts


When I'm in the gym there are many things that go through my mind. Often I try to think about things that will keep me going such as a holiday on the horizon or my latest fitness icon, or the ultimate reward of no longer feeling unfit, wobbly or sluggish.

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Functional, Fashionable & Fabulous


There's nothing worse when working out than feeling uncomfortable and that is just one of the reasons why it is so important to make sure that you invest in appropriate gym wear before starting a new class, at a new gym or taking up a new hobby.

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Saturday, 5 November 2016

Out with the Old


Remember, remember the 5th of November and not just for gunpowder, treason and plot this year. A few weeks ago The Body Shop in Leeds closed it's doors for one last time as we had come to know and love it and embarked on a major revamp.

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Hello November...


Now that Halloween is out of the way, the stores are filling their shelves with Candy Canes and Chocolates in anticipation of the ever impending festive season. November is where it all begins and here is what I'm looking forward to this month.

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Sunday, 30 October 2016

My Fitness Diary | October '16 Edition


The past few weeks have been pretty hard on the fitness front. The darker mornings make me want tot stay in bed, the cold and wet weekends make hot chocolate and popcorn on the sofa far to appealing and I want to eat all the carbs.

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Saturday, 29 October 2016

Blaze Blogs | Time to Change



If you're a regular around these parts you may have notice a few changes have been made to the way HarmonyBlaze looks. This month this little corner of the internet celebrated it's second birthday and with it came a little crisis of confidence.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

My Threads, Treads, Treats | October '16 Edition


Autumn is officially here and now that the ground is covered in leaves, it's time to take a look back on another whirlwind month where memories have been made, another hotel on the list has been ticked off and of course purchases have been made.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Blaze Blogs | Being a Woman


Recently I have read a lot about 'being a woman' and how we should behave, how we should feel and how we should present ourselves. I've seen both men and women voice their opinions and whilst some have been valid others have been outrageous.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Stress Less


I wish I could sit here and tell you all that I am a Zen Queen and that I never get stressed out about anything. But I do, I'm only human after all and I think it is a big part of out nature to worry and stress over things, especially things we are passionate about.

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Salobre Sun


I love that feeling of stepping off of a plane in a new country. You know the one, that mixed feeling of trepidation and excitement about what lies ahead of you. But do you know what I love more? Those first sips of something sparkling on the balcony...

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Fitness Bytes with Zoe Woodward



Over the past few weeks 'Fitness Bytes' has taken a little Summer vacation but it's back where it belongs and will now be bringing you a monthly dose of reality with the shining stars of the health and fitness blogging community. We may make it look easy on our blogs and Instagram feeds, but we're only human and here's why.

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Eee Barrecore


Whenever I receive an email from a PR company I am always excited, but never more so than when I received and invite to the launch of Barrecore's latest studio in my hometown of Leeds.
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