Secret Santa Introduction

Secret Santa Introduction


I recently discovered and joined a secret Santa exchange hosted by @ Hodge Podge Moments Dani Dearest! A massive thanks to her for hosting the event!
 
The first step in this Secret Santa Exchange is to write an introduction post so the person I've been partnered up with and get to know me a little better! 
 
HEY! To everyone (but you especially Secret Santa!) My name is Kerry-Ann, I'm 21 and from Northern Ireland! I first started blogging over 3 years ago on Reading A Little Bit of Everything which is my book blog! This past year I was beginning to gain an interest in plus-size fashion, beauty and lifestyle! I've always had an interest in them but I was beginning to feel like I was more interested in ME than BOOKS! (Does that sound bad or selfish? Suppose who is it selfish to me or the books? Now I sound nuticles! Moooving swiftly onn!) 

That's when I thought about starting another blog and Voluptuous Chatterbox was made! I love Fashion, beauty, books and all things unique! (Oh plus glitter! I love glittery things!) I'm addicted to shopping and can often be found in a New Look, Easons or a boots store browsing the latest rimmel or no 7 products! I also have a thing for online and catalogue shopping which includes browsing aimlessly through  Amazon.co.uk and Avon!

I haven't travelled that much so far in my life but it is something I'm aspired to do! I have been obsessed with New York & Paris since I was a child and would love to go in the next few years.

As much as I love make-up, beauty and fashion I also have another side of me which is crazy about Formula 1 and Jenson Button! Since reading Paige Toons Chasing Daisy my interest in Formula 1 started years ago and has left a maddening obsession with JB!  

If you want to know more about me check out my About Me page HERE which is more detailed (as I ramble!) of even follow me on any of my social networking sites to get a better *feel*of what I like! :D All links to those are at the top right! 

xox

Kerry-Ann


#VoluptuouslyFit Week 0

#VoluptuouslyFit Week 0

Monday night means slimming night or more slimming world! I recently joined slimming world and since joining have lost a few lbs which I'm quite pleased with! Since I was 16 I have the stayed the same weight.. no joke! Every time my doctor has weighed me I've always been the same. Although from joining Slimming World as I said above I have lost a couple of lbs with the aim to obviously lose quite abit more. (Not lots just to a place in my life where I feel comfortable!)

I have decided to start #VoluptuouslyFit and am going to use that hashtag across ALL my social media sites to keep things altogether but every Monday Night I will post a weekly update on Voluptuous Chatterbox! You might have noticed it says "Week 0" above and that's because I'm not going over last week I'm starting today so next Monday it'll have been week 1.. do you understand what I mean? It's going to be like a lying week when I get paid although in this case I'm not gaining pounds I'm losing lbs! (I'm actually so happy with that little comment there!)

There's not much to share on this post except I lost half a lb tonight which is still an achievement! A lady tonight at the class told me to imagine I lose half every week for a year! It ALL adds up and it's so true!

I'd LOVE if other people wanted to get involved and perhaps start a wee hashtag so I could keep up to date with their journeys!

On a side note I normally get weighed then leave with my aunt but tonight I stayed and got talking to a woman there and I actually introduced myself to someone I do not know! I just happened to start talking to her when trying to get another's attention and decided if I stayed she would and vise versa! Her name Val and she even invited me to go dancing with her this Wednesday night! Whether or not I go to that is another story but it's the invite that counts.. that and I didn't get nervous and act like a looney! I'm going to stay on Next Monday night as well maybe introduce myself to someone new.. *Fingers crossed* tonight wasn't just a one off! 

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Thanks for reading!

xx

Are you a plus-size blogger who documents your fitness journey? Do you blog about fitness? Get in touch and leave your recipes or advice for me! :) 




  

To many dresses... to little time!

To many dresses... to little time!

In December I'm attending two Christmas dinners and desperately in search of the perfect dress which I can wear for both dos!

One is for the slimming world dinner  I've talked about and the other for a work one. Since they will be in two different towns, different places and with different people I thought maybe it would be best (cheaper) to get one for both... but then if I'm spoiled for choice to much I'll more than likely end up buying two!

I keep annoying those around me (especially mum and sister) of which dress to pick which is why I've decided to make this little blog post with all of my choices so perhaps yous can help pick!

I want something with that festive and winter feel but not christmassy...  understand what I mean? Plus I always need to make sure it goes with my red hair to make sure I don't clash or look like a disco ball! 

I've also included purchase links for all dresses incase you want more information on them if you see anything you fancy! :)

Let's get started: 


New Look/Inspire - £24.99 Purchase HERE.

New Look/Lovedrobe - £45.00 Purchase HERE.
New Look/Lovedrobe - £59.00 Purchase HERE.
New Look/Koko - £59.00 Purchase HERE.
SimplyBe/ - £50.00 Purchase HERE.

SimplyBe/Anna Scholz - £75 Purchase HERE.
Just for £5/ - £5 - Purchase HERE.
Evans/LittleMistress - £58 Purchase HERE.

Well that's ALL the dresses I want.. what ones are your faves and why? Which ones are yous iffy off? Are any jumping out to be the one? Which dress should I pick?

Comment and let me know!

Kerry-Ann x




Bucket List Catch up - I'VE COMPLETED HOW MANY?

Bucket List Catch up - I'VE COMPLETED HOW MANY?

It's been quite awhile since I blogged about my bucket list progress which is why I'm taking out the time now to evaluate - I believe before looking that I've completed quite a few things which explains the title post but.. let's see! 

(Here is the link to my bucket list for 2014, I know everything I have listed I have no chance of completing but I hope to achieve a few more! Also if you notice there are black spaces so if you have any ideas I'd love to hear them!)



Now...

No.    Description:                                                        Proof/Link

3         Travel somewhere outside NI                              Dublin Author Signing 2014
8          Get a job!                                                                     
9          Do something brave or out of the ordinary.        Work dinner
11        Work hard and pass my Maths                             HERE
18        Vote                                                                          I voted in the local election!
19        Take a jumping pic                                                  Pic below!



My sisters great camera skills show that it actually doesn't look like I'm jumping but I am.. or well I was! Thanks +Megan McDade!!

28       take a day trip someplace new                              Ireland
43       go on a date                                                             I will not blog about it incase he sees...
51       wear a sleeveless top outside                                In summer I did alot cause of heat!
54       go to the beach                                                        As you can above at the beach but..



56       go to a circus, funfair or amusements         When in portrush I went to barrys!
57       Order something different on a menu          Eeek the memories! Check HERE!
77        meet an author                                                 Dublin Signing HERE.

Me and Cora Carmack!
82      be a member of an audience              Ant & Decs Saturday Night Takeaway HERE.
84      make a youtube video featuring at least 10 people    SEE BELOW

I made this video for Jennifer L. Armentrouts birthday! :D

Eeeek! 15 things completed, that's £30 I've to put away now in my box! I can't believe I've completed that much, it's shocking! 

Do you have a bucket list? What's on yours? What do you think of the things I've completed?



Dusting of the cobwebs - Bucket List, Work, Ant & Dec and dating!

Dusting of the cobwebs - Bucket List, Work, Ant & Dec and dating!

Was it really July the last time I blogged? Yikes! I am very behind on things that have happened (some very life affirming things) so I'm gonna get started....

I GOT A JOB! I actually finally got a job! I mean I searched and searched and applied and applied for numerous jobs left right and centre and I got given an opportunity right on my doorstep near enough! (Which I actually really enjoy and like!) It's also opened up so many learning opportunities as I am currently studying Level 3 Business & Administration.. Looks like I'm not quite finished with tech :D

I'm also planning on looking into doing a night course as well, although on which subject I'm not to sure. I'm positive I'll think of something though.

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August was an amazing month for me, not only was it my 21st birthday I also nabbed a ticket to Ant & Decs Saturday night takeaway on tour when it arrived in Belfast at the odyssey Arena (courtesy of the company I'm currently working for) We were up in our own box and it felt well posh.. which is obviously NOT ME! I would really recommend anyone to go see them live in action as it was just as entertaining as watching them on my TV screen... even more so.

The night consisted of Eamon Holmes and Stephen Nolan helping out with performances from Blue, Ashley Roberts and even Ant & Dec themselves performing their hit let's get ready to rumble. 

It was one of the most fantastic, memorable and eye-opening experiences of my life so far. Eye-opening because I was able to let go and just have fun. 

The following day was also really good as it was my birthday, to  celebrate I went out for lunch with my sister, mum and mums partner and had a really good time! (Also got Frozen on DVD so was finally able to see it! 

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I have also went out with work for dinner for someone leaving! (I literally panicked before eating in front of everyone but I got there in the end after making an impromptu call to my sister and had a delicious meal at Chef & Manager in Newtownards! (was absolutely lovely and the staff were so friendly!

I also had adult food consisting of Potatoes and chefs vegetables instead of my usual dinner a gravy chip, I thought it best to have grown up food as I was out with work! I really couldn't order a gravy chip in front of my boss.... could I? :o 


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My bucket list is going quite good as well which I'm really surprised and pleased about, I just have to update it and write posts on the things completed!


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I JOINED SLIMMING WORLD! I know I know people have already said "How can you be a plus-size blogger when you're trying to lose weight?" My response to that is "I'm trying to get healthy and fit, YES I want to lose weight  but I also want to get fit and to know what I'm eating!" Slimming World so far has been a blast and I'm also planning on attending the christmas dinner (well I have to attend now as I've paid my deposit!) I'm actually really excited to go and have some fun! (Plus the shopping spree to buy a dress! :D

I am going to start a weekly feature called #VoluptuouslyFit where I'll talk (ramble) about how the weighing was, if I lost anything and all about healthy eating! :D 

I'm not in any way trying to change who I am just trying to alter my lifestyle a tad!


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There have also been a few things happening that have caused me to take a step back and to concentrate on me! Sometimes things get a bit manic and we need to shut of, I'm trying to come to a relaxed agreement with myself that when things get to stressed I am able to take a time out and not to worry about anything else. 

People keep telling me I worry and overthink to much so I'm trying to change that as well which is going to be a struggle... Worrying is second nature to me! 

I've dusted off all the cobwebs and decided to write this post in different wee parts to make it easier on my brain I promise I won't be so frazzled and over the place next time! :) 

Thanks for reading!

Kerry-Ann x


What do you do to unwind? Are you a fitness blogger? Do you have any tips for me?