Join Me On My 10K Journey | Part 6

Welcome to Part 5 of my 10k training journey! This one is jam packed with positive vibes, good food and fun run photos!

I’m still following the 5k to 10k training programme, but have also been doing some free runs on days where my body is tired or I don’t have much time. I’ve found some nice areas to run in where I live, so have been mixing up my route a bit.

This week saw a complete overhaul in my diet. I was letting naughty, little snacks enter my body daily and I wasn’t feeling very good about myself. Of course, I still allow myself treats – just not as many as I was having! As mentioned in my last post, I have started a new Instagram account completely dedicated to my fitness, food and training. You can find it at @kerrys.fitness.journey

Here are some photos of the food I have been enjoying this week.

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Baked eggs in chopped tomatoes, topped with cheese. Lots of chilli included!

 

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Avocado, Spiced Tofu, Kale and Sweet Potato Chips

 

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Vegetable Patties and Micro Grains (chickpeas, quinoa and lots of veg)
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Avocado, Franks Extra Hot Sauce, Meridian Peanut Butter on top of a Food Doctor Pitta with chilli flakes

As part of my journey, I have also been working on my confidence, especially that to do with my body. I’ve never liked how I look or how my body is shaped, but now I’m at the grand old age of 30, I realise it’s about time I stop wasting time worrying about it and start doing something about it! My body is slowly changing with all the running and healthy eating and this alone gives me a massive boost. Running releases all those happy hormones and endorphins and the feeling is addictive. I also treated myself to a new pair of jeans, which I’m obsessed with!

Here’s for another exciting bit – Mum and I took part in Colour5k yesterday! It was such a brilliant afternoon and I loved crossing the finish line with Mum. Getting a medal was also a lovely bonus! I think I may have Mum hooked on taking part in these events now, so hopefully there will be lots more to come!

What an amazing week! I’m feeling extra positive about the week ahead. Have a good one!

If you’d like to sponsor me for the Run Norwich 10k – which is in less than 30 days! – then please click here.

Kerry x

Hidden Gems of Norwich | Beautifully Gifted 

Welcome to a new blog series – Hidden Gems of Norwich! Here I will be telling you all about some of my favourite independent establishments in Norwich, Norfolk and where to find them. I’m starting with a recent discovery – Beautifully Gifted.

This beautiful gift shop can be found on the grounds of White House Farm in Sprowston, Norwich. It sells gorgeously quirky, unique and thoughtful gifts at very reasonable prices.

If you’re looking for an exciting gift for a loved one, which is anything but ordinary, then it is worth taking a visit.

Inside you will find –

  • Handbags
  • Accessories – including bag charms, jewellery, purses, scarves and much more!
  • Greetings cards – all with very unique and often humorous designs
  • Stationery
  • Cosmetic bags and wash bags – I purchased one of these for a friend which had blue tits embroidered on it – just beautiful!
  • Gifts – for him and her, for baby, bath and body and weddings
  • Home and Interior Accessories – candles, kitchen and dining, throws and cushions

The layout of the shop is thoughtfully and carefully positioned to showcase all of the beautiful items from a large variety of brands and designers. As you browse the shop, you will come across gifts from many designers and sellers, some of whom you may have never heard of before.

Designers include –

  • Lisa Buckridge
  • Casey Rogers
  • Caroline Gardner
  • Sophie Allport and more!

The men’s gifts are gorgeous too! The range includes wash bags, shower gels and body scrubs, home accessories and other unique ideas.


Candles provide displays which really stand out when you walk inside. My husband particularly liked these beautiful tin candles. Let me tell you, they smelt delicious!

Other candle brands include –

  • Heart and Home
  • The Country Candle Company


Being the mother of a baby myself, I was particularly drawn to the baby gifts. I absolutely adore Rufus Rabbit (and so does Baby J!) so was excited to see that they had some of the toys and accessories in store.

There were other baby gifts, which were made to such a high standard and of beautifully soft materials, that I wanted to go back in time to when my baby was teeny tiny so I could give them to her. You won’t be at a loss if youre looking for the perfect gift for a baby shower. You’ll also be able to pick up something for the mother-to-be whilst you’re there!

To find Beautifully Gifted, take a look at the map below.

Opening Times –

Wednesday 10am–4:30pm
Thursday 10am–4:30pm
Friday 9:30am–4:30pm
Saturday 9am–5pm
Sunday 10am–4pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed

You can also shop online, if you’re not local. Take a look at their wonderful website here.
Kerry x

Join Me On My 10K Journey | Part 4

Hello Everyone!

Thank you so much for joining me again on my 10k journey. The last couple of weeks have seen a couple of mini milestones. Firstly, I reached my charity place sponsorship target! I’m now over the £100 that I needed to raise. If you sponsored me – thank you from the bottom of my heart. I think about your support and kindness when I’m out training and it really does spur me on.

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My second piece of news is that I’ve begun my 5k to 10k training program. It’s really bloody scary and hard work sometimes, but I can’t believe the leap I’ve made in my fitness levels. Just two months ago, I couldn’t do the 30 seconds of running intervals in the early stages of the 5k training without feeling exhausted. I’m now running solidly for 40 minutes! The one thing I have to contend with now though, is the heat…

It really hit me yesterday, whilst I was out, that this 10k is going to be HOT. It’s in August, in the middle of the city and there will be a lot of other bodies around me. I’ll be honest when I say that this has freaked me out slightly. I’m hoping we get a cool day on race day, but I seriously doubt that will happen.

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I thought I’d also share a recipe for good runner fuel that I’ve been loving this week. I call it a recipe, but really I just dump all of these items onto my plate –

  • A baked sweet potato
  • Chickpeas roasted in chilli powder
  • Poached eggs
  • Rocket salad
  • Sundried ttomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Green Pesto

Overall, it has been a good couple of weeks. I’ve had to step it up a gear and really challenge myself, but this is what’s needed. I’m still loving it!

Even though I’ve reached my target, your sponsorship is still needed. If you’d like to sponsor me and read my story, visit my Just Giving page here.

Kerry x

Join Me On My 10K Journey | Part 3

The past two weeks have been brilliant in terms of my progress and excitement for the 10k. Firstly, I completed the Couch to 5k program! I’m so happy and can’t actually believe I managed it.

Now that the training is complete, I have been doing free runs. I was worried these would be hard to do because I don’t have a ‘coach’ shouting encouragement in my ear and telling me what to do next. However, free runs have actually been amazing. I’ve pushed myself harder than I ever have before and have been running non-stop for longer distances. I ran my first two 5k distances in the last couple of days, without stopping to walk once and I couldn’t be prouder! I have never managed to go this far without needing a quick break – even before having Baby J. This really is a big deal to me!

I have still been making the right choices in terms of my diet and I’m seeing the results in my physique. I’m fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes – with room to spare!

I have decided that the start of June will be the start of my 5k to 10k training program. This will mean I’m more than race ready by August.

Today was an exciting day in terms of the Run Norwich 10k. I was invited by the charity I’m running for – Norwich City Community Sports Foundation – to attend a pre-run meet up at the Norwich City FC ground. I took my husband and Baby J along too (my hubby is a BIG NCFC fan booooo hissss). We were given a goody bag at the door – win!

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Inside were other runners taking part for the charity, it was lovely to see everyone who are running or such a great cause. We had a little talk from one of the charity spokespeople and were also introduced to the special guest – Jessica Jane Applegate, the paralympic swimmer who won medals at Rio 2016 – so exciting!

Overall, I’m feeling good! With just over a month until the Colour Run with my Mum, I’m feeling confident about running the 5k with a half-decent time. Mum and I actually went for a run together on Thursday evening and it went very well. Having her with me made me run further and faster – she’s a brilliant pacer!

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Worst photo of me EVER!

Remember, if you’d like to sponsor my for the Run Norwich 10k, click here. I am over half way to reaching my target. I need to raise £100 by 19th June, so not long to go!

See you again in 2 weeks for another update!

Kerry x
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Norwich Fashion Week 2017 – The Dipple & Conway Hair and Makeup Show

This has got to be, by far, my best blogging experience to date and I just had to share it with you. On Friday 10th March, I went to the Dipple & Conway Hair and Makeup Show for Norwich Fashion Week 2017.  I was given a VIP ticket by the event organisers and felt so grateful to be gifted such a wonderful opportunity.

When I arrived, I went to the VIP area and met the lovely Charlotte of Simply Lottie – another Norwich blogger. The show was due to start at 8pm, so we were able to chat all things blogging for a little while!

The show itself took place in Open – a beautiful venue with ornate ceilings and a large open space with an overlooking balcony. I already knew when I took my seat, that this was going to be a great show.

The show was split into four segments – Shakespeare, Burlesque, Contemporary and Sci-Fi. Salons, MUAs and colleges were there showcasing their work on beautiful models from Sandra Reynolds. The costumes were provided by The Maddermarket Theatre and were stunning.

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Set 1

Shakespeare

This segment opened the show with a beautiful operatic performance by Emma Nuule – who also looked amazing in her of the time period costume.

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I was very excited for this part of the show because I love all things Shakespeare. The models were dressed as various Shakespearean characters and their hair and makeup beautifully reflected their character’s personality. Such a brilliant opening section!

Those showcasing their work were –

Millie Rose

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Lowestoft College

Paintopia (More about them later!)

Burlesque

The models for this segment were admirable. I was blown away by their confidence and stage presence. They rocked the burlesque look and once again the hair and makeup was bang-on theme. Such a cool and empowering part of the show!

Those showcasing their work were –

Posh

The Cottage

Kerri Anema

Set 2

Contemporary

Full of fast paced music and bright colours this was an exciting start to set 2! I loved the theme here and how each salon and MUA interpreted it.

Those showcasing their work were –

Lanoi and Nutch

Glam R

Hairsmiths

Sci-Fi

Another set I got over excited about! I’m a huge geeky sci-fi fan and couldn’t wait to see the theme interpreted. I wasn’t disappointed!

Those showcasing their work were –

Atelier

Salon 66

The Norwich School of Beauty

Paintopia – a special shout out to these guys! Their work actually gave me goosebumps. They are a group of body paint artists whose skills are off the scale. I’ve never seen anything like it – the artwork was incredible and the way the models presented themselves and their characters was incredible. As usual, I struggle to put down in words how amazing they are, so here are some photos instead!

What a show! I will definitely be going back next year and hopefully to see more shows. I’ve been looking at photos on Twitter and Instagram of the other events and they look just as brilliant. I feel very blessed to have been part of such an awesome experience and am so happy it took place in lovely Norwich.

I have also put together a little video of all the photos and some video footage I took of the night – take a look and please give it a like. Thank you!

 

Kerry x

Makeup Masterclass with Love Moi Makeup and Lancome

On Thursday evening, my friend Emily and I went to Debenhams for a Makeup Masterclass with Emily of Love Moi Makeup and Lancome. We were both super excited to be attending and we weren’t disappointed. 

We were greeted with the offer of Prosecco and knew we were in for a good night (even if we did both just opt for orange juice or tea!). We had a gorgeous goody bag to look through whilst we waited. 

Inside the bag was – 

  • Anti-stress moisturising day and night creams
  • Galateis Douceur – Gentle Softening Cleansing Fluid
  • Tonique Douceur – Softening Hydrating Toner
  • La Base Pro – Illuminating Makeup Primer
  • Advanced Genifique – Youth Activating Concentrate 
  • L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick 
  • Hypnose Mascara Volume

Once everyone had arrived for the evening, Emily (the makeup artist, not my friend Emily!) began the tutorial. She used only Lancome products and a lot of them were new. She showed us how to do a smoky eye look with a nude lip. Here’s the finished look – 

I was particularly impressed with the new cushion foundation which had lovely, build-able coverage and looked gorgeous on the model’s skin. The blusher used was also a cushion one and was very vibrant, but looked beautiful on the skin. We were able to try some of the products and I was particularly impressed with the primer – it made the skin on my hand feel so unbelievably smooth, I’m tempted to use it as a hand cream! 

After trying the products in my goody bag, I’m absolutely loving the Lancome range. I’ve never owned any of their products before, but will be purchasing myself the mascara as it doesn’t leave me with panda eyes and makes my lashes look so long and not clumpy. I just love it! 

Overall I had a brilliant evening. Emily was very professional and approachable. She is available for lots of occasions, including wedding makeup and covers many areas of the country. If you’re in the Norwich area, make sure you book yourself onto one of her upcoming classes and you won’t be disappointed.

From the Love Moi Makeup Facebook Page

You can find the Love Moi Makeup website page here

Do you own any Lancome products? What do you think of them? 

Kerry x