2017 | Harmony Blaze
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Carry-On Travel Essentials

Now I know that I am far from being a ‘seasoned’ traveller, however, over the past 12 months O have been on more trips and visits than in any other 12-month period of my life. No lie. With that in mind, I would like to think I have this packing lark down to a fine art these days and I thought I would share a few tips with you…

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Night is Young

One thing that I absolutely love about Summer is how easy it is to take your style from day-to-night. In Summer rules are there to be broken and besides who wouldn't want to wear a swimsuit all day when it's as beaut as this?!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Live Limitless

Often in life we hold ourselves back. We limit ourselves with fear and often place restrictions on ourselves in order to live a life that we think is the one that we should or must in order to ben happy. But what happens if we live life without limits?


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Visit Yorkshire

Paul and I have always enjoyed a good weekend away in the UK, with past adventures varying from long weekends at Center Parcs to a few nights on the shores of Loch Lomond. Adventuring is something that we love to do, especially close to home.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

24 Hours in North Yorkshire

I am Yorkshire girl through and through, cut me in half and just like rock I have Yorkshire running through me. So whenever I get chance to explore my home county I grab it with both hands.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Me, Myself & Running

I never thought that I would fall in love with running, it was never something that I wanted to happen and it was certainly not something that those who know me anticipated either. But it did and and I couldn't be happier about it.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Things That Make Me Go Grrr

In a change to tonights scheduled post I would like to bring you one that popped into my head during my journey home from work yesterday. On the whole I like to think that I am quite a cool, calm and collected person but there are just some things that make me go grr.


Friday, 2 June 2017

Hello June...

There is something about June that is really exciting me this year. Maybe its the new home office we spent the Bank Holiday creating, maybe its the fact that I'm sat with the windows open & the sun is shining. Who knows, but I am really looking forward to the month ahead!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

It's Not You, It's Me

Yesterday, whilst sprawled out on my picnic blanket soaking up those precious early days of UK Summertime, I felt a pang of guilt whilst scrolling through my social media feeds for not liking certain pictures.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

What I Eat in a Day | Vlog

It's Sunday, it's 6.30pm and it's time for another new YouTube effort over on my revamped, revitalised & restarted HarmonyBlaze channel!


Friday, 26 May 2017

Ping Perfection*

Over the years so called 'ping' meals have gotten a bad reputation with the health conscious, the shopping savvy and the wannabe chefs out there. But yes, whilst the majority of 'ready meals' on the market are filled to the brim with chemicals and preservatives, homemade alternatives can be just as healthy (if not more so) than their hob or oven cooked counter parts.


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Making Friends, Not Alienating People

Guys, I'm going to let you in on a little secret here - I am a crap friend. Now by that I don't mean that I am unsupportive, bitchy or a mean girl, what I mean is that I am the least contactable person on the planet.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

I Did It | My Half Marathon Story

Back in January I applied for a place in the Leeds Half Marathon with Alzheimer's Research UK. Having run the race before I purely wanted to go a little bit faster and to raise a load of money for a charity close to my heart. But I did better than I could have ever imagined...

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Get to Know Me

As promised I'm making more of an effort with my YouTube channel at the moment. You may have seen my wonderful Porto vlog & my April favourites, but have you caught my latest attempt?


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Photography 101

A few weeks ago I was invited, by the bods at Carphone Warehouse, along to the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy 8 and a little photography masterclass. Which got me thinking about just how much we rely on our little phones.


Friday, 5 May 2017

Hello May...

As I sit here writing this I am finally looking out at blue skies above, the trees gently rustling in the breeze and can feel the warmth of the sun finally hanging in the air again after months of dull, dreary days. 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The Fitness Files | April 17

Another day, another post and another (sort of) revival of an old favourite of mine, my monthly roundup of all things fitness related. But this is a revival & a rebrand and instead of taking a look through 'My Fitness Diary', it's time to dive head first into The Fitness Files!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

My Favourites | April '17 Edit

Until a few weeks ago, I had neglected my YouTube channel since October and that disappointed me slightly. So I put it out there into the twittersphere 'do you want me back on YouTube' and you guys did so here I am with a brand new video.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Threads, Treads & Treats | April '17 Edit

2017 Threads Treads Treats Roundup

As another month draws to a close, I thought it was about time that I revived one of my favourite monthly features; my monthly roundup of what I’ve been wearing, where I’ve visited and what I’ve been treating myself to.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Best of British

Today in England it is of course St Georges day, the day that we celebrate our heritage and all that is good and great about Britain. However, I cannot help but feel that in recent months and years we have perhaps forgotten how great we are.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Manahatta Moments

I think by now you will have all of got the fact that I am no party animal and in fact tend to be a bit of a granny when it comes to going out these days. So when I heard that the new Manahatta in Leeds offered a late brunch I just had to check it out.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Ab-Flab to Ab-Fab

Getting a little push in the right direction isn’t something we should be ashamed of, I mean at the end of the day none of us are Superheroes are we? We’re only human and sometimes we mere mortals need a little push.

Monday, 17 April 2017

A Day in My Shoes

How much do we really know about our favourite bloggers? I mean yes we know a lot about their online personas but what do we really know about them as individuals? What do we know about their upbringing, what motivates them in life and what goes on behind the scenes?


Friday, 14 April 2017

Fitness Bytes with Dan Mennell

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... 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Come Fly with Me | Porto Spring Break

I'm pertain certain that by now you will all be well aware just how much I fell in love with the wonderful city of Porto when I visited November. In fact I loved it so much that I went back & filmed my very first travel vlog so that I could show you just how amazing it is!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Behind the Smiles

Until you choose to share your life online, I don't think you can ever truly appreciate what is happening behind the words that you read or behind the camera. Lately I have been thinking more and more about what goes on away from the glitz and glamour of the blogosphere and how I truly feel.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Ladies Night | #ZizziCreates

We all have those days (and months) where all we want to do is go home, hide away from the world and shut out all our problems. Those are the days you need to call upon your friends and head out for Pizza, Prosecco and Puddings!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Cocktails in the City | #CITCLDS

Cocktails in the City Leeds 2017, Pintura Kitchen

If there is one thing that I really enjoy heading into Leeds for its cocktails. In April the now prestigious Cocktails in the City turns 5 and returns to Leeds Town Hall with an all star lineup preparing to transport guests to a Cocktail lovers paradise.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Feeling Fly

I am a big believer that confidence is as much a state of mind that we need to learn to adopt as it is a feeling and/ or emotion that we need to develop. One thing I know for sure is that what you wear can have a massive impact on how you feel.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

It's OK | Blaze Blogs

When I started blogging seriously almost 3 years ago now, I did so because I enjoyed sharing my experiences with other people and not because I wanted to curated a glossy, high end magazine.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Life Lately

Wave watching on the Foz do Douro Coastline, Porto, Portugal

Lately it has felt as though life has been passing me by at a rate of knots that not even Concorde could have matched back in its heyday. It has been a little quieter than I would like around these parts and I feel as though a little life update is in order.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Finding My Groove | Jack Wills Sporting Goods

I thought that signing up for the Leeds Half Marathon this year would stop me from hitting my usual New Year fitness slump. How wrong I was. There is something about the New Year that puts an unbelievable amount of pressure on us all and sometimes something has to give.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A #LazySunday in Porto

By now I am pretty certain you will have realised that back in November I fell in love with Porto. In the past whenever I have travelled I've felt a little bit like an alien but there I really feel at home and comfortable.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Hello March...

Ah March you beauty, not only do you play host to 'national' days such as 'Napping Day' and 'Water Day' you also herald the start of British Summer Time as we spring forward an hour and can start to enjoy lighter evenings once again.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Fitness Bytes with Eleanor May C

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... 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Finding Health & Happiness | #FitYear

There's a direct correlation between health and happiness for me. When I'm healthy, I'm happy and recently well there's been a lot of unhappiness hanging around me.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

My Little Date Night Essentials

One thing I vowed to do this year was to make more time for those who mean the most to me in life, time away from the distractions of social media and the strains of every day. Thats just one reason why date night is back on the cards this year.

Friday, 24 February 2017

5 Tips for Travelling Light

When it comes to travelling light, until recently I have been pretty unsuccessful. I've always had the mindset of 'just in case' whilst packing for a trip and taken everything with me except the kitchen sink.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Things Blogging has Taught Me

When I started HarmonyBlaze back in October 2014, I could never have imagined the opportunities and places it would end up taking me in a relatively short space of time.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Don't Be a Dick

Lately there seems to be so much more negativity and hatred in the air. Don't get me wrong, I'm not always a "Positive Peach' but nor am I a total 'Moaning Myrtle' or 'Negative Nancy' either. At least I hope not.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

#LeedsLoop | Grosvenor Westgate

Like many, whilst I was at University I worked part-time on a bar to help pay my way through life and as a result regularly ended up looking for places to go after hours to chill out.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Up & Running | #FitYear

On Sunday 11th May 2014 I completed my first ever Half Marathon. It was also my last Half Marathon too as I lost the love for running after that and started to do more weight based training instead over the next few years. But this year I've got the bug again...


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Fitness Bytes with #FitnessForster

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... 


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Feel Fresh

Feeling fresh is something that we all want and, lets be honest here for a second, something that we all deserve too. Feeling fresh can help you to feel brighter, happier and more comfortable so who wouldn't want that?

Sunday, 5 February 2017

I'm Not That Girl

I wouldn't wish a lack of self confidence on anyone. Not even my worst enemy. In the past it has seen me shy away from opportunities, situations and events and even though I know what is happening, I feel powerless to do anything about it.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Hello February

Today is one of those rare, beautifully clear late-Winter days. The sun is shinning, there's blue sky above and an air of positivity floating around. Are we finally starting to leave Winter behind us?


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The Year of Me | #FitYear

I love anything that is designed to bring the health & fitness community together and that encourages people to chase their goals when it comes to become fitter, faster and stronger. So when fellow Leeds lovely Corinne launched #FitYear I couldn't wait to get involved.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Yorkshire Spirit

When you think of Yorkshire what comes to mind? For me it's home, its rolling hills, Fish & Chips and Ice Cream walks on the beach. There's a lot of things that are synonymous with Yorkshire, but maybe not Gin.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Up Close & Personal | Autosport International

This time last week Paul & I were sat in the 'Live Action' Arena at Autosport International, sipping on on Prosecco (me not Paul) and watching some of the most amazing stunts we have ever seen. But what made me want to spend my birthday at a car show?


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Get it Right & Sleep Tight

I think we all have a little trouble sleeping every now and again, after all, we're only human. But what can you do to help prevent sleepless nights and wake up feeling refreshed? You'd be amazed what a difference few small changes can make.
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