Travel In Style – What To Pack For A Trip + Sincerely Jules x Nordstrom

I am flying out from Australia back to the United States tomorrow morning and couldn’t be more excited! I love the opportunity to live and work between the LA, NYC and Australia. Honestly, if you’d told me five years ago if I’d have these opportunities, I would have thought you were crazy!

I’ll be experiencing the new Virgin Australia Business Class ‘private pod’ and look forward to a very luxurious flight. I know this might sound strange, but when I fly back and forth between the US and Australia, I actually get really excited for the flight… champagne, pajamas, delicious food and endless movies, while laying in a cozy duvet flat bed? What’s not to love! Be sure to connect with me on Instagram and join my travels!

I know many of you are enjoying summer vacations, so wanted to share my travel essentials with you today.

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I’d love to hear from you, what’s one of your travel must-haves? I love discovering new products and appreciate recommendations, so please share in the comments below so I can check them out!

Today is also officially the start of the HUGE Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! It’s now open to the public (you don’t need to be a cardholder to access) and there’s so many amazing finds on sale. Perfect for getting your fall wardrobe started. I shared a few of the best Nordstrom sale finds in a spend vs. save special edition, be sure to check them out!

Have a beautiful weekend, friends! I’ll be down riding my bike in Santa Monica and heading to see the lovely Julie Sariñana (Sincerely Jules) launch her new Sincerely Jules x Nordstrom collection at The Grove on Saturday afternoon. Follow along on Instagram!

Travel in Style – What to Pack for A Trip

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1.  Comfy boots are great for walking and add a chic touch to any outfit. Love these Vince Camuto ‘Peera Cutout’ Booties, on sale under $100.

2.  Mirrored aviators add instant cool to any outfit! Blush is the color to pick, these Ray Ban Mirrored Blush Aviators are stunning.

3.  Skinny Jeans can be dressed up with heels for night or down for day. These AG Legging Jeans are perfection.

4.  Scarves are essential for flights and great for adding to your vacation outfits. This Blush Dot Scarf is gorgeous and under $30.

5.  A classic stripe tee is a must! Linen ones are my absolute favorite, they feel beautiful on and have the perfect effortless drape. This Paige ‘Lynnea’ Stripe V Neck Tee is my go-to.

6.  Crossbody bags are the best for travel! They keep your hands free for selfies and margaritas. My favorite is this Rebecca Minkoff “Love Jumbo’ Crossbody Bag, it’s currently on sale for $236 (it was $355!). Snap it up.

 

 

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Friday Faves – New Style Elixir Blog Design and Huge SHE Society Giveaway!

It’s an exciting day! If I could still manage a cartwheel, that’s what I’d be doing over here. I am so thrilled to launch the brand new look Style Elixir blog design! I love all the fun little features and hope it brings a wonderful new desktop and mobile experience for you.

Oh and it’s even more special to me because I built it myself… yep! I don’t just dress myself anymore, I’m also somewhat of a digital seamstress. Welcome to the new Style Elixir, (virtually) poppin’ bottles with you to celebrate…

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After building Bloggers Closet and with my professional background (and Masters degree) in strategic advertising and marketing, over the last few years I’ve also been asked to consult for a number of big global companies, as well as start-up’s too. As many of you know (because we’ve worked together), I have also been doing one-on-one consulting for bloggers and budding entrepreneurs, plus I’ve had the privilege of working with many of you who have done the Blogging Course too.

Over the last year I’ve been doing increasingly more website and blog design projects, I absolutely love the mix of creativity and strategy. If you want to start a blog, or give your current blog a super stylish makeover (mobile-optimized of course), let’s talk!

With all this happening, I decided it was high time I created a dedicated hub for all this fun, fabulous, girl boss fearlessness – enter SHE Society!

SHE Society was created to evoke Success, Heart and Empowerment for women.

It’s about helping you realize your full potential to achieve professional success and personal empowerment, whilst being true to your most authentic self and what’s in your heart. You’ll find stylish Website and Blog Design, plus Consulting and Workshops for Entrepreneurs and Bloggers.

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Although seemingly paradox, the truth is blogging, entrepreneurship, business ownership can be lonely. Often friends and family really don’t understand the challenges; it can be difficult to gain objective advice, fresh ideas or a non-judgemental, open-minded approach.

Need a stylish blog design? Seeking strategy and marketing expertise to grow your business or blog? Have an idea you’d like to discuss? Want advice to get your venture off the ground? Longing for a plan to balance work and personal life? We’ll work together to make it happen!

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As someone who’s experienced the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur and business owner, I understand the pressures and delicate balance of professional and personal challenges facing women.

I don’t believe in blindly chasing your goals no matter the cost. If you’re not careful, the price you pay can be enormous and without realizing, too many female entrepreneurs can lose the things that mean the most. Family, friendships, health and happiness are everything in life. Without these things, business success and a big bank account don’t mean much.

SHE Society offers Blog Design, one-on-one Consulting Sessions and this Blogging Course (which excitingly, has proven to be very popular). I’ll also be adding more workshops (like Instagram) in the near future.

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Let’s celebrate the launch of SHE Society!

Giveaway + your exclusive discount…

I’m offering Style Elixir readers 20% off ALL services – including blog design, consulting sessions and the blogging course. Simply use the coupon code ‘STYLE’ at checkout. To organize blog design, email me and we can chat about your project – the 20% discount will be applied on the invoice I send you.

SHE Society #GirlBoss Giveaway

I’m also doing a HUGE GIVEAWAY…

  • Five people will win a place in the Blogging Course (valued at $175 each)
  • Plus two more people will win one-on-one consulting sessions (valued at $90), where we can talk about blog strategy, business strategy, or how to juggle that work / life balance all girl bosses face.

If you decide to take advantage of the special 20% discount and sign up, you can still enter the giveaway! If you’re drawn as a winner, your payment will be refunded.

Entry is easy:

  1. Subscribe to SHE Society
  2. Follow on Instagram and tag a friend (you’ll see a post about the giveaway on Instagram)
  3. Follow on Facebook and tag a friend (you’ll see a post about the giveaway on Facebook)
  4. When you’re done, just leave a comment below to let me know.

SHE Society services are available to everyone, anywhere in the world – so of course this giveaway is open worldwide.

I’ll be drawing the winners next week. Good luck and thank you so much for your ongoing support and friendship, I never thought in a million years when I started a blog it would take me the places it has, I’m forever grateful for you all! Through SHE Society, I hope to help you to achieve your wildest dreams too!

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Obsessed With… Organic Matcha Tea, Flower Bath Soak and Iceland!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post like this, but I thought it would be fun to share what I’ve been into lately (hint, matcha tea and bubble baths are where it’s at). You know the kind of things you talk about and share with your friends? Well I wanted to do that with you, because over the years I’ve been blogging so many of you truly have become friends.

So let’s catch up ladies! Here’s what I’ve been reading, listening to, drinking, doing and dreaming lately. I’d love to hear about something you’ve been into, please leave a comment and let me know!

 

Reading…

After watching The People vs. O.J Simpson American Crime Story series recently, it made me want to read more. After checking out lots of books and their reviews on Amazon, I downloaded ‘I Did It: Confessions of the Killer‘ on my Kindle app.  I’m almost finished and it’s been a very interesting read – the chapter about that night is chilling. Have any of you read this book too? Thoughts?

 

Drinking…

Matcha Tea Lattes! It’s become a daily ritual. A lot of coffee shops still don’t have matcha tea, so I find it best to make mine at home in the morning. I love the Organic Matcha DNA Tea Set (it has over 240 five-star reviews), you use the bamboo whisk and it creates the most deliciously frothy matcha tea latte.

Matcha is an ancient ceremonial Japanese tea, it’s high in antioxidants, increases energy levels, burns calories, detoxifies the body, enhances calm and fortifies the immune system. It’s really good!

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Doing…

Recently I’ve become obsessed with baths! They are just so beautifully relaxing, especially when you have a great book or mag to read and a gorgeous smelling bath soak. I love this Flowers and Salt Bath Soak, it’s infused with lavender, rose petals, calendula, chamomile, dead sea and epsom salts.

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Dreaming…

I have a perpetual case of wanderlust and am always dreaming of the next destination to explore.  I would absolutely LOVE to see the Northern Lights and sleep in a glass igloo in Iceland. I found a travel deal recently – three nights with airfares for only $489! Such an incredible couple or family vacation.

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Listening…

I’m still loving the song I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Mike Posner, Seeb Remix).

 

 

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Color Of The Moment – It’s all About Gold!

I’ve always had a love affair with metallics, there’s just something so luxe about them. The color of the moment is gold and I have to say gals, it truly is a neutral.

From decor, to fashion, accessories and homewares, gold is gorgeous! I recently fell in love with these gold glitter bow heels (pictured below), they are perfect for wedding season – or anytime for that matter.

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Gold Glitter Bow Heels

I’d love to hear what you think! Are you gold obsessed too? Here are a few of my favorite little things to add a touch of gold to your life…

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Hottest Off The Shoulder Tops and Dresses:  1.  Gold Zebra Dish   |    2. Merci Note Card Set    |    3.  Polka Dot Notebook    |    4. Gold Bar Cart    |    5.   Gold Cross Ring    |    6. Gold Flatware

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The Truth About Our Secret Makeup Routines

I’m currently sitting in a flight lounge, drinking a glass of rose (cheers!), about to fly to Sydney for my sister’s bachelorette weekend! Her wedding is next Saturday and we are all so excited – I can’t believe my little sister is getting married!  Somehow she doesn’t seem so ‘little’ anymore. Be sure to connect with me on Instagram for all the fun!

With all the wedding talk that’s been happening, our hair and makeup for the day has been a hot topic!  It got me thinking about our own secret daily makeup routines and I really wanted to know more about yours.

After sharing Lauren Conrad’s makeup bag with you previously, I wanted to discover more about real girl glam. I love learning how other people do things and when it comes to makeup, I’m particularly fascinated. I think it’s something you can always discover more about – a new tip, trick or product. Today, I’m sharing my favorites and would love if you left a comment and told me your one makeup must-have (so I can go and try it).

But first, let’s talk about our own makeup routines – I want to know yours!

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Let’s talk about our makeup routines…

What is your makeup style, do you prefer natural or more made-up and glamorous? Do you wear makeup every day? How long does it take you to apply makeup? Is there anything you wish you could do better?

To answer those questions myself, I prefer a natural look with a little glam – I love lashings of mascara and always wear a tinted moisturizer, bronzer, hint of blush and pretty gloss. You’ll find me in makeup most days and it usually takes around 20 minutes from start to finish.

I’d like to really master the eyes, from shadow layering to liner. I’m ok, but think I could do a lot more if I knew how! Leave a comment or vote below, I’d love to know about you…

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My Favorite Makeup Products…

Primer: Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shied (although pricey, this is ahhmazing. You only need a little and it truly makes your skin feel and look airbrushed)
Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup (lasts ALL day, my color is Ivory Beige #3N1)
Concealer: M.A.C Studio Finish Concealer
Blush: NARS Blush in Deep Throat
Bronzer: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer
Eye Brow Pencil:  M.A.C Eye Brows Brow Definer
Mascara: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara
Lip Gloss: Chanel Glossimer Lip Gloss in #131 Mica
Face Mask: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
Soap: Aspen Kay Dead Sea Mineral Mud Soap

 

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Stunning White Outfit Ideas

It’s hard to beat a stunning white outfit for summer. Day or night, there is something so beautiful about a crisp floaty white dress or off the shoulder top. I also find myself living in white jeans or shorts, they make it super easy to create a gorgeous outfit – just add a cute top or casual tee, pair of gladiator sandals, cute jewelry and a great pair of mirrored sunglasses.

Gladiator sandals are a must this season and these Topshop Farady Lace-Up Gladiator Sandals are my top pick. They are leather and only $65! Also, off-the-shoulder tops are every where right now and this Socialite Off The Shoulder Top is beautiful. Oh and one of the most blogged dresses is this Wayf Blouson Midi Dress, it seems to look beautiful on everyone and at only $68, it’s a summer steal!

Have you been shopping in the huge Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale yet? It’s the perfect way to update your new wardrobe with summer pieces on sale – I’ve found lots of beautiful new things!

I’d love to hear your thoughts… what do you think of whites for summer, do you live in them too? How about gladiators? Love them or leave them?

 

Stunning White Outfit Ideas for Summer

 

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White Outfit Ideas:  1.  Wayf Blouson Midi Dress    |    2.  Topshop Farady Lace-Up Gladiator Sandals (real leather, only $65!)    |    3. Lead Beaded Tassel Necklace    |    4. Eliza J Bell Sleeve Fit and Flare Dress    |    5.  Illesteva Leonard Mirrored Sunglasses    |    6.  Socialite Off The Shoulder Top    |   7. KUT from the Cloth White Denim Boyfriend Shorts    |    8.  J Brand White Distressed Jeans

 

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Best of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

The famous Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is here! Someone asked me the other day where my favorite place to shop is and Nordstrom was the first store that came to mind… they just have everything! Plus, I must admit I love their returns policy… I always like the comfort of knowing if I change my mind, I can get a refund. Do you guys think the same about this too?

So I’ve been hunting through the sale and wanted to share a few of my top picks with you. Be sure to check out all the homewares, beauty and clothing!  Oh and the menswear on sale is great too, surprise him with a little ‘just because’ gift. It’s the perfect time to snap up some designer pieces for your wardrobe, I always look for handbags, shoes and watches, after all they’re the pieces that really elevate a simple outfit. Get in quick to snap up the best pieces before they sell out, happy shopping!

 

Best of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

 

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Best of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: 1. KUT From The Cloth Boyfriend Denim Shorts (under $50!)   |    2. Kate Spade Metro Grand Quilted Watch    |   3. Feyonce Pillow (such a great gift idea!)    |    4. Lancome Flash Bronzer    |    5.  GHD Classic Styler (I’ve had these for 10 years, best flat irons ever)    |    6.  Steve Madden Bestii Sandals    |    7.  Tory Burch Marion Quilted Shoulder Bag

 

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Holy Grail Beauty Products You Need To Know

I’m excited to share my holy grail beauty products with you! I often receive emails from people asking about what makeup and beauty products I love, so here they are…

When it comes to choosing what I use, I am incredibly picky. I read countless reviews online before I buy anything, so these are all vetted and loved by hundreds of other people too!

One of the best products ever is this Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, it has over 8,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It’s ridiculously cheap, under $10 and works wonders on spots and drawing impurities from your skin.

This Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara is also a product I can’t say enough good things about. It makes your lashes look incredible and lasts all day (there’s nothing worse than mascara’s that wear off on your eye lids!). It adds length, volume and doesn’t clump. The first time I used it, I actually couldn’t believe how good it was!

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these and how you found them? Do you have any holy grail beauty products? Please leave a comment and share, I always love discovering amazing products to try.

Oh and I’m also super excited because the next Blogging For A Living Course starts on Monday! I’m taking final sign-up’s this weekend – you can choose to do the three week or full six week course and it’s priced under $23 per week (the six week course is just $19.50 per week!). When you sign up to the full six week Complete Pro Blogger Course, you receive access to weekly live group video chat sessions with me, plus access to our members-only forum.

One of the hardest things about blogging can be feeling isolated from fellow bloggers who understand the world of blogging and actually know what you’re talking about! This is a brilliant opportunity to grow your network, develop partnerships and create authentic, supportive relationships – very important aspects and key to success in blogging. You can find more about the blog course here.

Holy Grail Beauty Products

 

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Holy Grail Beauty Products:  1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup (my color is Ivory Beige #3N1)    |    2. NARS Blush in Deep Throat   |     3. Chanel Glossimer Lip Gloss in #131 Mica    |    4. M.A.C Studio Finish Concealer    |    5. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer    |    6. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay    |    7. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara    |   8. Aspen Kay Dead Sea Mineral Mud Soap

 

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Hottest Blogger Fashion You Need Right Now

I’m breaking down blogger fashion favorites that have been everywhere lately! Each season there are a few styles that reach cult status and when they’re this gorgeous, you know you have to have them.

One of the most major trends right now, believe it or not, is pom poms. I just bought this gorgeous caftan with cute pom poms and this cute beach bag is everything. However, the pom pom piece that started it all? You need these Elina Linardaki Gladiator Sandals in your life! They are so fun to wear and guaranteed to earn you a zillion compliments. You’ll find more fun sandals here too!

A crisp white dress is essential and this Wayf Blouson Midi Dress has been seen everywhere, it looks gorgeous! Perfect to dress up with heels or wear during the day with those gorgeous gladiator pom pom sandals. Oh and we can’t forget the Eugenia Kim Sunny Hat, it’s this summer’s vacation must-have!

Oh and I’m also super excited to announce the next Blogging For A Living Course starts on May 23! You can choose to do the three week or full six week course and it’s priced under $23 per week (the six week course is just $19.50 per week!). When you sign up to the full six week Complete Pro Blogger Course, you receive access to weekly live group video chat sessions with me, plus access to our members-only forum.

One of the hardest things about blogging can be feeling isolated from fellow bloggers who understand the world of blogging and actually know what you’re talking about! This is a brilliant opportunity to grow your network, develop partnerships and create authentic, supportive relationships – very important aspects and key to success in blogging. You can find more about the blog course here.

The Hottest Blogger Fashion Finds

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Slendertone Connect Abs Review

I am so excited to be heading off on vacation next week! We’re flying to Sydney (Australia) and doing a 12 night cruise through New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu… guys, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to it.

When I booked the trip months ago, it felt aaages away – now I can’t believe it’s almost here! I’ll be posting lots of photos on Instagram, so be sure to join me for the adventure.

In the lead up to my vacay, I have been sharing some things I’ve bought (a girl needs a fresh vacation wardrobe, obv!) and am waiting on a few final arrivals. I’m really excited about this embroidered pom pom caftan, it’s the final item and due to arrive on Monday (yes, I stalk my post like a crazy person… please tell me I’m not the only person who does this?).

As well as sorting out a fab vacation wardrobe, I’ve also been trying to tone up a little – it’s almost bikini season and as I mentioned, this trip has come up really fast! I’ve had so many blog projects and lot’s of website / blog design work lately, which is ahhhmazing… but makes it a little tricky to hit my regular spin and pump classes. Around a month ago, I couldn’t believe the fortuitous timing when Slendertone contacted me about their new Connect Abs device and asked if I wanted to try it… ummm, YES! I couldn’t respond fast enough.

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I’m super selective about what I share with you… honestly, I spend hours on my posts, along with testing, trying and experiencing all the products I recommend. Before I buy anything I always (always!) read reviews online first and because I rely on them so much, I equally ensure anything I share is something I genuinely think is a great product.

I was looking forward to testing the Slendertone Connect Abs thoroughly to see if it really lived up to all the hype before sharing it with you… especially as sometimes products like this can be hit and miss. But, I’m so pleased to report I have been really eager to write this post because I personally found it to be a quality product – and even one Chris has been constantly hounding me to use too!

Probably one of my favorite things has been how super convenient and easy it… as I’m sitting here typing this, I actually have it on. Because my work, especially website and blog design projects, is all quite sedentary and involves long hours at a computer, it can be hard some days to give my muscles a workout. I’m very aware how important your core ab muscles are, particularly when it comes to posture and as one of my new years resolutions was to improve my posture this year, it’s an area I have been focused on.

What I’ve loved most about using the Slendertone Connect Abs, I can just put it on and let it work away, while I get stuck into my own work!

Basically, to break it down the Slendertone Connect Abs works using electrical muscle stimulation, technology physio’s have used for years. I remember back when I played sport competitively in high school, I would suffer knee injuries and the physio often put current pads on as part of the therapy treatment. This is basically the same thing and embraces that technology to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Based on my own searches online, from what I understand, the electrical pulses mimic actions from the central nervous system and cause the muscles to contract.

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I was quite intrigued to see how this technology had been used in the Slendertone Connect Abs. When I opened the box, I saw the kit comes with the adjustable belt and controller, reusable adhesive gel pads, the USB charging cable and a little carry bag to keep it all in.

The user manual was really thorough and simple to follow; it steps through the set-up instructions easily. To get started, all I had to do was plug the controller into my computer and charge it via the USB cable (which took around 30 minutes and it beeped to alert the battery was fully charged). Once that was done, I popped it into the belt and turned it on. The intensity can be adjusted using the plus and minus buttons on the controller.

I started on the lowest intensity and it felt like a tingling sensation. Then, I gradually raised the intensity until I could feel my abs contracting. The intensity range is 0 – 100, so subsequently each time I used the Connect Abs I raised the intensity a little more than my previous session. At first it’s an unusual sensation to get use to, probably because I’ve never really given my abs such a good workout, but I quickly became familiar and comfortable with it. The company explains 30 minutes using Slendertone Connect Abs is like doing 202 sit-ups… this is so much easier than doing hundreds of sit-ups!

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Slendertone Connect Abs further embraces the power of technology with a handy app. I love a good app! You can easily download the Slendertone Connect app to your smartphone and use it to run the personal toning program. It is a fully interactive environment, with workout programs, weekly targets and tracking tools to help achieve the results you want. Depending on what your individual goals are, the app has five different six week programs including increasing your physical performance, getting back in shape after pregnancy, staying in shape and toning muscles.

It is recommended you use the product for 6 – 8 weeks to see the best results, I am only half way through my journey but have been genuinely impressed and happy with the progress I’ve made so far. I’m also feeling a lot more comfortable getting into a bikini on my vacation next week than I would have otherwise! So thank you to Slendertone for sending me the Connect Abs to try. I’m excited to continue using it and seeing even more results… we all know how much food is on a cruise, so after serious over-indulgence, I’ll definitely need to get back into my Slendertone Connect Abs program when I return!

If you’re interested to find out more, check out the Slendertone website and Instagram too.

 

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