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Squat Magic*

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I was recently contacted by High Street TV who wanted to do a collaboration with me on one of their New Image active innovation brand products known as ‘Squat Magic’. They were very informative and sent me over loads of files on what Squat Magic is, what it does, how it works etc. When they asked if I was interested in collaborating with them I said yes! I love squatting at the gym , it’s one of my favourite things to do, so there’s no harm in trying an assisted squat machine at home too and letting you guys know my thoughts!

Squat Magic was created by the same people who brought the NutriBullet to you (I think everyone has heard of the nutribullet by now). The nutribullet was quite a big hit so I’m excited for the Introduction to Squat Magic! I think it’ll be very popular for people who love to do workouts at home and need a bit of assistance and motivation to get some squats done from the comfort of their own home.

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I’m going to be doing a 30 day trial sort of thing wherein I will test out this product to see what it’s all about and share my results with you; I’ll be doing another post in a week or two to let you know how that’s going and how I’m finding it and lastly I’ll do one final post at the end of the trial for a round-up post all about it. How does that sound?

So let me briefly tell you what The Squat Magic machine is: It’s a low impact exercise assistant that helps you to complete the perfect squat. It helps you to do over 15 squat variants. You can choose a level whether that be beginner, intermediate or advanced and this is all done with resistance bands within the machine. I won’t bore you with all of the technical stuff… (not in this post anyway)!

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With the Squat Magic machine you are gifted a huge poster with loads of different squat variants (which I have actually found extremely useful and have been putting in to practice at the gym too), a nutrition & health guide with a little diary at the end and lots of leaflets with loads of info on the squat magic machine and different things you can do with it to keep you enthusiastic and motivated.

High Street TV are such a friendly and welcoming company and I’m so excited to be working with them. I look forward to testing out this product and sharing my thoughts on it with you all in a week or so! So watch this space!

You can get yourself a squat magic by clicking HERE.

What do you think of an assisted squat machine? Do you think this will be beneficial for a lot of people? Would you give it a go?

Until next time

Charlene McElhinney

 

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*This is a sponsored post. However, all of the content and opinions are my own (unless otherwise stated).*

 

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Working With Brands

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As a blogger, whenever we have an opportunity to work with a brand, we want to grab it with both hands! It definitely is one of the most rewarding perks of being a blogger, right? I don’t always say yes, though. If something isn’t for me, or if the brand don’t seem legit or suitable to my blog, I say no. Today’s post is just a little bit of a ramble about working with brands: What I expect to do and experience from the collaboration and what they will gain and receive from me in return.

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I just love working with brands. I am very versatile on my blog and usually cover just about everything so fortunately for me this allows me to work with some fabulous brands – and other bloggers too from time to time! I’ve always had relatively positive experiences throughout my journey with blogging but recently I worked with a company which made me question my worth a little…

Lately I’ve been propitiously promoting brands and companies and getting a little bit of paid work – which is fantastic! There is absolutely nothing wrong with bloggers or influencers making a bit of extra cash with their writing hobby – or creating a full time job out of it as a matter of fact! All the same, I enjoy working with brands that don’t particularly pay you but gift you items in exchange for a review. I love discovering new and upcoming brands just as much as I revel in working with well-known and popular brands!

but, I digress…

I was recently contacted by Miss Evolution Clothing asking if I’d be interested in working with them; I done a bit of research on them, checked out their site, and agreed to do a collaboration! I was gifted $25 on their site to spend on whatever I desired. I went for the burgundy skirt (see pictures above) and had just enough left for a little pearl foot bracelet & a choker. Not too shabby, you might be thinking, something for nothing – can’t complain about that right? But I, we bloggers, put in so much hard work and knock our pans in to make sure we are positively influencing the brand’s products and doing everything we can to impress them and our followers too!

I always try to go over and above when I work with a company. I really do. I was really excited about this post. My boyfriend and I decided to do an outside photoshoot (which I don’t normally do) because I wanted to make the pictures stunning… interesting… candid…

I had been posting on my Instagram story on the drive to where we were taking the photoshoot and began receiving messages from the company, telling me not to post on my story but on my actual Instagram so my ‘followers’ could see. I told them I would – once I had actually taken photos and edited them etc. Later, I received messages asking for me to tag them in all of my Instagram photos (which I actually had already done) to which they replied they wanted me to caption my photos with their brand too – all this for what? They were being very blunt, dismissive and not very grateful to be honest. I found this so disheartening because I had really went that extra mile for this company. And all we had agreed on was a blog post – all of this was little extras.

So I guess me writing this post is just me saying that I will not accept brands speaking down to me like I owe them something; we put a lot of time and effort in to creating photos, posts, scheduling tweets and other promotional outlets for the post, and we do not appreciate being taken for granted. We do get paid work and we do not appreciate being taken for granted when we are working for free. It is in our interests to promote you and make you, and us, look good. Let us do our thing. Please!

By way of complete contrast: The items I received from Miss Evolution were lovely. And reasonably priced too. If I had not of collaborated with them, I wouldn’t have had anything pessimistic to say, I was just a bit disappointed with their professionalism in working with bloggers. But perhaps that’s just something they need to work on.

The skirt was just stunning (it smelled a bit funky when it arrived as it’s PU leather and packaged really tight and sent all the way from China, but once you air it out for a few days and give it a good old hand wash, the smell was gone). The pearl foot bracelet was so elegant and had total beach vibes (I don’t think it’s available anymore though)! I’ve never wore a foot bracelet before so I felt like a total Queen! The choker was so me! It came in 2 bits so you can wear it with or without the gold part! It’s beautiful and I look forward to wearing it on a night out!

Miss Evolution send you out items individually so I received all of these items separately with about a week or two in between so that could be why some of the items were no longer available! They do have some lovely stuff on their site and you should have a little shimmy! Just make sure that if you are ordering for your jolly holidays that you get ordering now so that your items arrive in time!

I hope this post wasn’t too long and that you guys don’t think I’m a b*tch for writing this but I want to be honest with my followers: This wasn’t the greatest of experiences (in terms of blogger collaborations) that I’ve ever had. And rather than email the company and say ‘no I’m not doing this post anymore as I don’t feel you are appreciating me and my hard ass work and efforts’ I decided to just share my nature-filled photoshoot style photos that I’m ever so proud of and write the damn post!

*Mic-drops*

 

Charlene McElhinney

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*I received these items in exchange for a review. All opinions and photographs are my own*.  
 

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Voluminous hair at The Rainbow Room

Last night I was invited along to The Rainbow Room to be pampered (in association with The Rainbow Room going into partnership with Dyson Hair).

I have to admit, I was a nervous wreck, after having such a negative experience at a hairdressers salon recently in my home town; I was determined not to let that one bad experience put me off going to a hairdressers again (plus I was really looking forward to meeting the lovely Jordanne who I was going to the event with) so I went along!

The lady who approached me and introduced herself to me as the marketing director of the Uddingston Rainbow Room salon was nothing but nice to me! What a remarkably lovely woman she was! She was chatty, friendly, informative and such a talented hairdresser too! She talked me through absolutely everything she was doing, told me tons about the Dyson Hairdryer and even gave me a cheeky wee head massage as she made sure the nutrients and product got right in to my roots! I felt like such a V.I.P!

The Dyson Hairdryer is designed for fast drying without using as much heat as your average dryer! I was totally impressed with the results!

The lady who was doing my hair continuously complimented my hair and made me feel good about myself, she was genuinely interested in me and about what I do and she said something that will always stick with me: “At a hairdressers, I think it’s not all about making you look good, but about making you feel good too”. This totally reassured me and relaxed me and allowed me to just enjoy being pampered and not worry about anything else.

My finished look was absolutely tremendous; voluminous hair eat your heart out! I had never rocked this look before and I totally embraced it. I felt like a completely different woman! As the press and PR companies took photos of me, I felt like such a superstar, so glamorous & confident! Such an unusual feeling for me: It’s amazing what a change of hairstyle can do for you!

Not only did I have a phenomenal time at The Rainbow Room International Supersonic event but I met a great friend who I just clicked with right away! She was so humble, chatty & we had tons in common! I can’t wait to meet up with Jordanne again!

A huge thanks to The Rainbow Room for making me look good AND feel good. I couldn’t praise you enough!

Charlene McElhinney

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*I received a complimentary treatment in exchange for a write up about the Dyson hair launch and my experience at The Rainbow Room – all opinions and photographs are my own.*

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Jewellery Box ♥

If you love dainty & elegant jewellery then you will just adore Jewellery Box!

Jewellery Box is a very sophisticated brand, specialising in sterling silver and 9ct gold jewellery items, and is known for being very proactive at marketing and blogger events – which I love! I think it’s great when brands put in the effort to go to these things and meet their customers face-to-face and collaborate with small bloggers and the like… I just have so much respect for this brand!

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When they reached out to me and said they were interested in working with me; I said yes straight away! I didn’t need to research the company at all (which I always make sure I do) because they have such a great reputation within the blogging community and that is enough to make them reliable for me!

I had seen lots of their products on other blogger’s Instagram pics and I couldn’t wait to pick up some pieces for myself! They have a vast range of jewellery on their online store with a variety of different styles and sizes! I spent ages on the site picking out what I wanted; spoiled for choice, so I was!

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My favourite item out of the lot was my little elegant fairy wand necklace! It is so dainty and quirky and I just love wearing jewellery that is a bit different from the norm! I posted a picture of me wearing it on my Instagram and I received tons of compliments (thank you Jewellery Box).

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The only thing that slightly disappointed me was that my rings didn’t fit; I was so looking forward to wearing them. When I say this jewellery is dainty – I mean it is dainty! I don’t know if the jewellery is just really small made or if I just have chubby fingers but I couldn’t get the rings on past the half way mark on my finger (no matter how hard I tried, haha). I’ve seen other bloggers wearing Jewellery Box’s rings on their Instagram and I lust over them so much – I really wish mine had fit! Nevertheless, everything else fit fine so no more complaints from me; I loved everything else.

You can find Jewellery Box’s website HERE.

Have you ever heard of Jewellery Box before? What was your favourite item from this post? Drop me a comment, I love hearing from you guys!

Charlene McElhinney

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*I was sent these items out to review by Jewellery Box – all opinions are my own!*

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July Advertisers!

Hello darlings!

As you may, or may not, already know: I offer advertisement on my blog for other bloggers & brands wherein I actively promote their sites throughout a particular month across all of my social media platforms, depending on which bundle the blogger or brand decide to go for. You can check out my bundles here.

I took a break from doing advertising on my blog as life has just been so hectic but I’m back at it again and really look forward to boosting other blogger’s engagement throughout the month of July through my advertisement scheme!

Meet My Advertisers:

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The lovely Holly Bennett at www.hollyb83.com ,

Holly is predominately a lifestyle blogger who revels in writing about her adventures, days out, fashion, theatre and much more. Her blog is a breath of fresh air and such an enjoyable read! Her most recent post is all about Magic Mike – Live in VEGAS! Yeah, she’s in Vegas right now, are you as jealous as I am?! Click here to read this post and go and leave her some love, sweethearts!

Find Holly on Twitter and Instagram.

 

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The stunning Natasha Saunders at www.mummytoosh.co.uk

Natasha, known online as Mummy Toosh, began writing her blog purely as a hobby but now she finds it to be very therapeutic and writes regularly about her life! It is primarily a personal lifestyle blog where she talks a lot about her life as a whole;  additionally talking about parenting from time to time too! Natasha is a mummy to 4 precious gems and is fuelled by coffee! She is such a lovely lady – you should totally go and connect with her (if you haven’t already)! Mummy Toosh’s latest post is called ‘I have a dream’ where she talks about experiences from her past and goals and aspirations for her future! You can have a little shimmy at this post here!

You can find Mummy Toosh on Twitter & Instagram.

 

So that’s all of my advertisers for the month of July. I look forward to promoting Holly & Natasha’s wonderful content throughout the course of July. If you want to book your slot to advertise with me for August then just pop me an email at charlenemcelhinney@icloud.com and check out my bundles HERE.

Charlene McElhinney

 

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In Loving Memory of Emma Cosgrove

 

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photo source: Emma Cosgrove’s twitter

 

I couldn’t sleep last night after receiving the devastating news that Emma Cosgrove, a sweet & loving young lady who was very valued in the blogging community, had lost her 7 year battle to Cancer. She was such an inspiration to us all and will be sorely missed.

On Instagram this morning I shared this message: This photo was taken by the sweetest, most courageous and inspirational girl that I’ve stumbled across in the blogging community who sadly lost her 7 year battle to cancer. She was ever supportive of my book and told me how much it helped her – I only wish I had thanked her properly and could have done more to ease her pain than just through words on a piece of paper. Emma was a huge poetry fan and her lovely friend @beccianniepoetry has written some lovely pieces for her, and in memory of her. She will be sorely missed in the future #beechat twitter chats, her cheery & chatty presence was always welcomed, and appreciated. I’m so devastated at hearing this news and I’m so privileged that someone so beautiful and precious adored and took comfort from my book. Rest in peace sweetheart. We all love you. 💕

Emma used to drop by #beechat’s twitter chats and was so full of hope & determination which can only be described as truly admirable: How someone going through so much pain and woe could upkeep such an upbeat and cheery presence is remarkable. But that was Emma through and through. She told me how my poetry collection, Melancholy Mind, helped her so much and that it was one of the most relatable books she had ever read. I will hold these words very close to me forever. Emma loved poetry, my poetry, and because of this I would like to write something in memory of such a deserving and incredible soul:

My Dearest Emma,

You are one of a kind

You fought so hard

With your body and your mind

You started a blog on the internet;

You seized every opportunity;

You inspired each and every one of us

that you reached in the blogging community.

I wish I had properly thanked you

For all of the wonderful things

You graciously said to me

before you gained your wings

You are now soaring with the angels

reunited with your best friend

but we will miss you dearly, Em.

You were a Godsend.




Rest in peace, Emma Cosgrove, 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blogger Event at Cherry Soda

Hello lovelies!

Last Thursday I went to a blogger ‘meet & greet’ event at Ayrshire’s fabulous little jewellery and accessory store: Cherry Soda. Situated in Ayr’s central shopping centre, it is very well-known by the locals in Ayr! I’d never been before but my boyfriend’s Mum lives 5 minutes from the shopping centre and has been in Cherry Soda before on numerous occasions and always speaks so highly of it; when I was invited along to the meet & greet event and told that I could potentially be an online brand ambassador for them – I didn’t want to miss this opportunity!

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Cherry Soda offer a range of popular and affordable jewellery in store and online. They sell brands that are extremely known for upmarket and luxurious jewellery such as Swarovski, Thomas Sabo, Disney Couture, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein & Vivian Westwood. In addition, they also sell more affordable and lower-priced brands with the same excellent quality such as Miss Dee, Joma Jewellery, Cherry Soda (!) and much more.

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What I really admire about Cherry Soda is that they literally cater for everyone; there is such a wide variety of brands that you are spoiled for choice! They always have great offers and deals going on (in store and online). I’m also going to give you guys, my loyal readers & wonderful followers, a 20% discount to use on Cherry Soda’s online store! Just type CHARLENE20 in at the checkout and you’ll get a cheeky 20% discount off whatever you’re buying!

I’m privileged that I was one of the lucky ones picked out to be one of Cherry Soda’s online brand ambassador’s and I look forward to future collaborations and opportunities with such a magnificent & grand brand (that’s a tongue twister). I adore all of their products and felt like such a V.I.P at the blogger event – I look forward to sharing more beautiful products from Cherry Soda with you guys soon!

How lush is the Miss Dee heart necklace I received? Have you ever heard of Cherry Soda before? What’s your favourite brand that they have in stock? Pop me a comment – I just love hearing from you all.

Until next time

Charlene McElhinney

 

*I received some items in exchange for a review. All opinions, photos & views are my own. I do not receive commission for the use of my promotional code. This is purely a family & friends discount*.

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