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Misogynistic, accused of plagiarism and one of the biggest earworms of the decade, and now it appears there is another reason to take objection to Robin Thicke’s hit single Blurred Lines. As apparently it now has the dubious honor of being voted the song most likely to get office party goers in trouble this Christmas.

A survey conducted with 1000 members of Illicit Encounters has both male and female members apparently agreeing that Blurred Lines is the song that is most likely to lead them to getting frisky with a co-worker, making it the most dangerous song in the DJ’s record collection at this years office Christmas party.

Raunchy hit I Touch Myself by the Divinyls came in second place for women, and Marvin Gayes song Sexual Healing coming second place for men. If all else fails it seems that Marvin Gaye is the peoples favorite, being the only artist who has not one but two songs making the cut.

Don’t get me wrong, I can understand that at Christmas parties people are surrounded by colleagues and sometimes form close bonds. Adding to that, alcohol is flowing freely, guards are down and people relaxed and uninhibited. Also I appreciate that Blurred Lines with its catchy rhythm and its suggestive lyrics it’s the musical equivalent of doing tequila shots.

The Illicit Playlist brought to you by Illicit Encounters compiles the top 25 songs that may help you get frisky with Frank from the finance department. However I would warn against getting overly close to a colleague as in a recent study, over 80% of employers admitted that having an office based romance would affect the career prospects of those involved.

You can listen to the playlist by clicking HERE 

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6 Things I’m Loving Right Now

Blusher

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During the winter my tan disappears so fast it’s as if I’ve spent the last 6 months in the Antarctic. I get so pale all the mums at the school gate keep asking me if I’m unwell- and I’ve simply had enough of my colorless cheeks. A friend of mine recommend Sugarbomb by Benefit as their favorite blusher. The results are really very impressive, it contains four different shades of blush that blend together to give you a natural looking tone.

Zucchini Pasta

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The only disappointment I have with this is that I never discovered it sooner!  It is basically a healthier version of pasta without using pasta. It’s super quick and easy to make, tastes great hot and cold. This is now my number one go to food. I have added a recipe for you HERE

Christmas Jumpers

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I just can’t get enough of them. Everybody is getting a Christmas jumper for Christmas. Sorry family.

Books

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I am currently halfway through a book I read 20 years ago, and it is just as eye opening, relevant and essential as it was back then. The Road Less Travelled by M.Scott Peck.

Powder

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I have fallen in love with the photo set finishing powder by Smashbox. It provides powder finish that once applied to your face will become translucent which means it will not change the color of your foundation like some powders do. It sets your make up perfectly and will keep it on for hours- no need to reapply. It is especially perfect for those who suffer from oily skin.

Seasonal Drinks

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I just love it when coffee shops bring out their Christmas themed coffees! These winter warmers are so tasty I look forward to them every year! The ones I’m loving at the moment are Starbucks Gingerbread Latte and the Costas Praline Cappuccino! Yum.

Love BWC xoxoxo

What’s in a habit?

Habits concern the repeat action or reaction of behaviour in a manner to which it has become almost mechanical. For example a morning routine is a process that is often gone through unconsciously, how you go through the daily repeated motions; perhaps you instinctively walk into the kitchen and reach for the kettle the moment you wake up- you have a habit- coffee in the morning!

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There’s an old proverb that goes ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’  which essentially means that once you have formed old habits it is near to impossible to change them or make new ones, once you have learnt to do something one way you cannot learn to do it a new way. This isn’t actually true, you can form new habits and even keep them up, as habits are formed by way of repetition, this means that the more times you do something the more likely you are to keep it up!

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It can also be said that forming new habits can help achieve happiness! Improving your daily routine can create a more balanced and healthy outlook- you will have more time and energy when you are better organised. With all this in mind I’ve come up with 3 new actions I’m going to try to stick to which after sometime and daily repetition will hopefully become a habit.

  1. Wake Up

I am going to start waking up earlier. I have a tendency of sleeping through my alarm and putting off tasks till later in the day. From here on I am going to attempt to wake up in the early morning and start my day relaxed rather than rushed! I will make time for a coffee and breakfast and spend a few minutes pondering what I need to do for the rest of the day. My first habit will be to become a morning person!

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  1. Down Time

This one goes hand in hand with my first habit. I vow to give myself 60 minutes time before bed every evening away from all technology. I will put my phone away, turn the television off and spend an entire hour getting ready for bed. I will take of my make up and put on comfy pyjamas and I will get into bed and read a book. I remember feeling once that there were not enough books in the world for me to get through- these days I can barely get through one as I read so sporadically I end up re-reading the same chapter 5 times before it sinks in. I will give myself more time to read and more time to relax away from technology.

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  1. Skin Care

I am going to adopt a skin care routine. Gone are the days when moisturiser was something ‘other people needed’, and the days when a cream from the pound shop would suffice. The older I get the more skin care ‘medicine’ my body seems to require. I so hardly get a chance to go through a proper care routine and my poor skin is paying the price. My pores feel clogged, my face feels dry and tired and the rest of my body also feels like it’s been dragged through a desert. I am going to dedicate 20 minutes every day to look after my skin so it becomes engrained in my daily routine.

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If you could choose 3 new habits to maintain, what would they be?

Love BWC xoxoxo

Christmas Markets

Fancy a little stay-cation in December, to get you into the Christmas spirit? Why not check out some of the Christmas Markets in the UK? There are plenty you could visit to get into the festive mood. Perhaps a city break is in order.

Belfast Christmas Market

Open from the November 16th-December 22nd

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http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-43688.aspx

Manchester Christmas Market

Open from the November 14th-December 21st

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http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/500241/christmas_markets

Exceter Christmas Market

Open From November 20th – December 20th

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http://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/event/all-events/exeter-christmas-market.ashx

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Open from November 21st- January 5th

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http://www.edinburghschristmas.com/

London Southbank Christmas Market

Open from 11th November- 4th of January

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http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/40165958-southbank-centre-christmas-market

Love BWC xoxo

Maternity Fashion

A few days ago, I met up with Rose, a good friend of mine who is expecting her first baby girl after Christmas. We booked ourselves in for a manicure and pedicure and had a lovely afternoon pampering session. It was then that Rose admitted to me that she was having trouble dressing in anything that made her feel attractive and feminine, and with her due date in just over 2 months time she said she was feeling the least sexiest she has ever felt.

Rose was nervous about the upcoming staff Christmas party with all her work colleagues, she was worried about Christmas day with her husband and family and she was absolutely terrified of New Years Eve with all her close friends. Utter panic was overwhelming her when considering her clothing options. ‘What am I going to wear’ is a statement that haunts us women at the best of times, forget about when we’re dealing with a baby bump and swollen ankles. We decided to scan the internet on how best to dress fancy when in your third trimester, especially during the Christmas holidays! We were pleasantly surprised- there is really plenty out there when it comes to maternity fashion, and a number of decent fashion outlets that do cater to the pregnant woman. We came up with a few suggestions for Rose’s three occasions, taking inspiration from celebrity mothers, shared with you below!

The Staff Party

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Kate Middleton (above left) rocks this black lace dress with long sleeves to the Royal Variety Performance, and looks absolutely stunning. You want to wear something comfortable yet elegant to this occasion- something to make you feel fabulous during the evening festivities- but comfortable enough to enjoy the night! We found a similar dress from Tiffany Rose for £140 (above right) which you can find by clicking HERE.

Christmas Day

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We found Frankie Sandford (above left) wearing this cute blue dress that makes her look absolutely glowing. Rose particularly liked the way the blazer was matched with the dress, completing the style. Here is a beautiful alternative (above right) which is discounted from £225.00 down to £180.00 from retailer Seraphine which will  that is sure to look great at your Christmas do, you can buy it by clicking HERE.

New Years Eve

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Our party favorite goes to Samaire Armstrong (above left) for this shiny Gold number, perfect for injecting some glam into your New Years Eve. And we have found an equally gorgeous Gold dress in Next maternity clothesline (above right) for only £50, bargain! You can buy it by clicking HERE.

Love BWC xoxo

What’s in a word?

We all know that the art of language is sometimes wasted on the opposite sex- we may as well be speaking in different languages- for the good it does in understanding each other. It seems the universal meaning for one word when uttered by the other half suddenly takes on the meaning of it’s polar opposite- why is it that communication is failing to communicate what we mean?

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There are factors that can be taken into account to determine whether your partner is telling you the truth or whether they are implying something different. There are three elements that contribute to communication: the actual words being spoken, the tone in which they are said and the body language of the speaker.

If you break this down even further you begin to see the ways in which each element can be influenced.

Words are concerned with literal meaning and what the person would like you to understand.

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The tone of voice can be impacted by the mood of the speaker and therefore can be a giveaway of what the underlining message of communication really is- if it seems to be in a conflict with the speakers literal meaning. For example if a person were to say ‘I’m fine’ whilst distraught and in tears- this gives off the impression that they are not fine at all, thus the tone of voice is in conflict with the literal words.

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Body language accounts for the way in which you physically react towards someone. Understanding body language can be particularly complex, however, there are some simple tell-tell signs that can display a person’s intentions, particularly if that persons stance seems open or closed toward you. Someone who is not quite saying what they mean may look nervous, and exhibit signs that they are not quite certain of their literal meaning- they may avert their gaze when met with yours. Whereas someone’s body language that is agreeable with their literal words will project their words in a confident manner, head held high and looking towards you.

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Sometimes all it takes is thinking outside of the book, put yourself in your partners shoes and try to see not only what it is they are saying, but how and why they may be saying it.

Love BWC xoxo

The Busy Woman’s Guide to Keeping Fit

It’s 6.30am and the alarm clock you set with the sounds of the ocean to ease you out of your sleep, now sounds like something out of an apocalypse movie. Your plan to slip quietly out of bed so as not to wake your husband and kids has now been unintentionally abandoned as your alarm clock is knocked off the dresser, sending yesterdays half drunk cup of tea smashing onto the wooden floor. Your husband declares sleepily ‘What was that?’ as your 8 year old begins a repetitive rendition of ‘Mum! Mum! Mum!’

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It’s at this moment that it hits you, you are never, ever going to use that early morning gym membership you so desperately hoped you would. Your get fit fast plan is in jeopardy and you’re feeling pretty darn angry about it.

No fear girls. Here is a 20 minute workout that can slot into anytime of your day. Starting off with just 20 minute exercises daily will boost your health significantly, and before you know it your energy levels will soar and you will find that somehow you have more time to do these quick and simple exercises.


5 minutes 

Stretch

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Begin by stretching and focusing on each individual part of your body working your way down from your head, neck and shoulders, arms and fingers, midsection, waist and legs and even your toes! Once this is done do a warm up exercise such as running on the spot for 2 minutes, or try stepping up and down the stairs.


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The Push Up

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Face the ground horizontally prepping yourself up with your palms and your arms shoulder width apart. Bend your arms so that your body reaches the ground, hold, and return to the upright position. Attempt 3 sets of 10.

The Side Plank

From the Push Up position, turn your body to the side so that you are balancing on one side of your body, lift your hip and hold. Return to push up position and do the other side. Attempt 3 sets of 10.

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Sit Ups

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Lie Flat on the ground with your knees bent and arms cross your arms so that the tips of your fingers are touching your shoulders. Lift your body from this position, hold, and return back down. Attempt 3 sets of 10.

Side Sit Ups

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Lie Flat on the ground with your knees bent and cross your arms behind your head. This time lift your body but turn it, attempting to reach opposing knees with your elbows. Attempt 3 sets of 10.


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Squats

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Keep feet shoulder-width apart, shoulders back and your arms stretched out in front of you. Stand up straight concentrating you’re your stomach muscles and breathe in deeply. Move into a squatting position as low as you can and hold your core muscles. Return to upright position and exhale. Attempt 3 sets of 10.

Finish up by winding down, stretching your body once more.


And there you have it, a quick 20-minute exercise you can do anytime and anywhere, and once your confidence grows and you are able to do it quicker- you can always do more than 3 sets of 10!

If you have any more hints and tips why not post them?

Good Luck Ladies!

Love BWC xoxox

Should there be an expiry date on marriage contracts?

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Extra marital dating site Illicit Encounters has put forward a controversial proposal to parliament suggesting an expiry date on marriages. The concept aims to tackle infidelity by giving unhappy couples an alternative to divorce which can often be financially crippling.

The open letter is directed both at religious leaders and government figures, it urges an immediate revision of the current system of matrimony. Illicit Encounters believes that the system is outdated and has discovered that 58% of their members agree from a recent study.

The proposition suggests there to be an expiry date on marriage contracts that needs to be renewed every 5-8 years. Spokesperson for the campaign and IllicitEncounters.com Mike Taylor commented; “Marriage should be just like a passport or driver’s license. If individuals are not interested in renewing it, then it expires. If something isn’t working people don’t just live with it. People are more than willing to change their car or washing machine if it has stopped working, why would they stay in a marriage that isn’t working if they weren’t being forced to stay due to financial burdens?”

Recently we were discussing the UK Marriage and Adultery report, which according to the results revealed that 1 in 3 people admit they have married the wrong person, maybe they do call it wedlock for a reason- where people feel literally trapped in their marriage. With all these findings into marriage perhaps it isn’t such a crazy idea to have to validate your marriage every few years to confirm you wish to continue it. Could this be the new solution to uphold the values of marriage? Tell us your thoughts.

You can check out the full details of the proposal by going to the following site:

www.yestorenewablemarriage.com

Should you wish to support the petition simply click below:

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Halloween Costumes

Hope you have all had a smashing Halloween weekend, whether you joined in all the spooktastic antics or whether you hid in your house with the lights turned right off so that no pestering kids come asking for treats (or tricks!)

We’ve really enjoyed looking at all our friends outfits and checking out what all our favorite celebrities were up to over the weekend. We’ve decided to score some of the best and worst celebrity outfits from Jonathon Ross’ annual Halloween bash  based on the effort put in and scare value out of 10. Let us know what you think.

Jonathan Ross impressed with this skeletal attire, a dead man walking covered in chains.

Effort: 7/10

Scare Value: 10/10

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Adele rocked up completely unrecognizable covered in face paint and a black veil and long black dress.

Effort: 7/10

Scare Value: 9/10

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Jimmy Carr arrives as Wednesday from the Addams family.

Effort: 5/10

Scare Value: 6/10

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Mel B comes as Scary Spice. Yes! Mel B came to the party as herself in the 90s girl group spice girls.

Effort: 4/7

Scare Value: 3/7

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Claudia Schiffer also boasts a cat woman outfit and looks absolutely stunning in it.

Effort: 4/10

Scare Value: 2/10

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And our absolute favorite outfit from Jonathon Ross’ Halloween party goes to actress Natalia Dormer from Game of Thrones, who wears something quite reminiscent of the show itself.

Effort: 10/10

Scare Value: 9/10

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Love BWC xoxo

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