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Voting Open for the 2017 UK Blog Awards!

Well Voyeurs, you did your awesome thang and I’m super proud to say that for the first year ever, I’M NOMINATED IN THE UK BLOG AWARDS!

The next stage is voting.  A shortlist has been compiled - I’m on it - and voting opened at 8am this morning.  The voting process is exactly as it should be; quick, easy and with minimal fuss.  It takes less than a minute and I promise to love you forever if you take that one minute to vote for me in the Fashion and Beauty category.  You can do so by clicking HERE or by using the long link at the bottom of the page, you know if you wanna share it and garner me a few extra votes *wink wink*.

Obviously I want to say a huge, big, massive thank-you to you guys, my Voyeurs.  Without you there wouldn’t be a nomination, or a place on the shortlist and I appreciate every single one of you.  You stick by me when things are rough, you connect with me and share my posts via social media and you make me smile with your comments and emails, especially the ones about my outfits!

Guys, you’re awesome, now stop reading and go vote in your droves….

http://blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2017/entries/fashion-voyeur

Pixie xo

 

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The Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards 2016

Last week businesses and fashionistas from all over the North East gathered at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle to celebrate the inaugural Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards, broadcast live on Made in Tyne & Wear.

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With twelve categories, the ceremony toasted a whole range of businesses, ultimately compiling a guide to everything that’s awesome about the North East in one handy list.  I swept up the train of my Claire Pettibone Romantique dress and sped over to the Discovery Museum to bring you the lowdown….

Our venue for the evening, The Discovery Museum is an imposing, red brick building which houses treasures from all over the region and as an event venue it’s pretty special.  As we make our way up to the Grand Hall hidden away in the roof space, the internal metal structure exposed, this truly is the jewel in the museum’s crown and the perfect place for a Geordie knees up.

I bumped into fellow Blogger Anth May wearing a fitted TopMan suit and he instantly became my designated date for the evening.  After being interviewed for a live edition of The Lowdown about red carpet fashion and new season trends (Did you catch it Voyeurs?) we were seated for a three course dinner inspired by North East delicacies including pease pudding and even a stottie. (High five whoever shoehorned that on to the menu).  We shared a table with North East favourites Donna Petch from North East Hub and Joe Sexton from cookery show Fit in the Kitchen.

Pre-show entertainment came in the form of a comedy-fest from Britain’s Got Talent favourites The Mimic Men and as the entire night’s proceedings were broadcast live on TV, the audience were given a jovial reminder on etiquette for fucks, buggers and See You Next Tuesdays before the show got underway.

Our hosts for the evening were trio Peter, Mel and Hazel -  you’ll recognise them from The Lowdown, who provided the links, glamour and humour between awards, all whilst looking more dapper than ever.  The girls wore aqua blue embellished evening dresses and Peter looked uber handsome in a black dinner suit, (you’ve set the bar high guys, remember, you’ve got to better this next year!)

Guest presenters from all over the region and further afield dished out awards to the best North East businesses, as voted for by the public.  I was asked to present the award for Best Fashion Retailer which went to Gosforth boutique Have To Love and owner Kate Walton told me she was ecstatic to have won.

At the end of the evening, a special Tyne & Wear Legend Award was given to Colin Burgin-Plews, otherwise known as Big Pink dress, for selflessly dedicating his time to innovative ways of raising funds for Cancer Awareness charities.  Kudos Colin, I think you’re pretty damn awesome.

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Once the awards were concluded there was just one thing left to do, party the night away.

For one night only, the best of the best in the North East assembled under one roof, just like the Avengers did - although they did it on a plane - and danced the night away.  And if there’s one thing we don’t need an award for in Tyne & Wear it’s partying, we’ve got that one covered….

Pixie xo

Missed The Lowdown live from the Lifestyle Awards?  Fear not Voyeurs, you can catch it, and me, right here

Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Award Winners:

Best Coffee Shop – Mister Woods

Best Pub – City Tavern

Best Fashion Retailer – Have To Love

Best Hair and Beauty Salon – Patrick Forster Barber and Shop

Best Hotel – Malmaison

Best Bar – The Botanist

Best Cultural Attraction – National Glass Centre

Best Restaurant – River Beat

Best Club – House of Smith

Best Fitness Facility – Model Health

Best Live Experience – Great North Run

Tyne & Wear Legend Award – Colin Burgin-Plews (Big Pink Dress)

 

 

 

 

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Face Facts: Beasting Beauty

I like make-up, and I love working out, but let’s be clear; the two should never, ever meet.  Make-up in the gym, that’s a big no-no right?  And I’m not alone in that opinion…

In preparation for this article, knowing that it would get (some) peoples backs up I surveyed women of various ages and abilities about their opinions on wearing make-up in the gym and a staggering 88% cam back with a resounding “Hell no, that’s just cray” and I consider myself firmly in that camp.

First of all, it’s crazy bad for your skin, clogging pores and interfering with the body’s cooling system and it serves no purpose other than to make us look better than we do without it.  That’s nothing you didn’t already know, yet despite this, and the survey results, everywhere I look in the gym, there are women wearing make-up - and lots of it.

I work out a lot, in fact I’m a Boxer and when I’m in the gym I sweat, a lot.  I don’t look pretty and I get red faced, it’s just what happens when you work out and that’s ok, but to cover all that in make up?  Come on girls, aren’t we better than that?  The recent #ThisGirlCan national campaign certainly seems to think so, with a TV commercial celebrating women of all shapes, sizes and abilities working out and looking proud (and knackered) it’s a revelation - women don’t look great in the gym and why the hell should they?  After all if you’re not sweating and panting after a workout, you’re not doing it right.

What we need are more icons working up a sweat without make-up - the Kardashian’s recently endorsed a brand of make-up specifically for the gym, claiming to be sweat proof and are regularly pictured leaving Barry’s Bootcamp in Calabasas wearing more than a slick of lipgloss.  It’s things like this that make women feel like they need to, or that it’s ok to wear make up in the gym.  It’s like saying, women should look their best at all times, everywhere they are.  Fuck that, if I want to get my sweat on, I’ll get my sweat on properly and keep my face where it is instead of all over my towel.

So, You know it’s bad for your skin, experts say it can lead to *shock horror* acne due to penetrated pores and lets be honest, it looks gross after a workout but if you absolutely can’t give up face whilst you’re in the gym, at least switch to mineral make up, I don’t know if it’s actually any better for your skin in reality under gym conditions but it sounds like it is….

Make up in the gym: it’s a no from me, but hey, who am I?  I’m just a girl who likes to work out.  Without make up.

Pixie x

Published in NELove Magazine May 2016

 

 

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Fighting Fit Part 1: Kern Fitness

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that my next fight is on May 6th and that for most of this year so far, I’ve been plagued with injury.  Not a great start.

I’m a HUGE #FitnessVoyeur and had hoped to maintain the leanness I achieved in December when I hit my fighting weight but due to injury, fatigue and resulting lack of training (and bingeing) it just hasn’t happened, so, long story short we’re three months on and I’m almost two stone heavier.  Let me clarify, my weight gain was partially to do with my next fight but not wholly done in the best way and now I’m in a position where I feel ready to get back on it and convert some of this fat into muscle.

Now, anyone can box, you learn the technique, the footwork and the combinations and you learn the hard way to keep your hands up; but not everyone can be a fighter, that’s either in you or it’s not, and it’s definitely in me.

So, in order to get in the best fighting shape I can, I’ve enlisted the best of the best, trainers and instructors who understand my mentality and who will push me as far as I can go and beyond.  First up, Kern Fitness….

Rehabilitation Is Key

Kern Fitness is a pretty new fitness studio in Newcastle city centre, specialising in EMS (Electro-Muscular-Stimulation) which is used by the NBA to rehabilitate injured basketball players and get them back on the court faster and the technology and theory are sound.

the principle of EMS is simple, but sounds complicated;

“We electrical stimuli from a control unit to an individual adjustable vest. The control unit generates a harmless milliAmp electric current with carefully controlled impulse, frequency, duration, intensity and shape. The individually adjustable vest is integrated with 10 electrodes which send the stimuli to all body parts: arms, chest, back, abdomen, hips, buttocks and legs, so agonist and antagonist muscles are trained simultaneously, e.g. triceps and biceps.”

Muscles are stimulated with low frequency current, like a TENS machine, to generate resistance that you then work against. The stronger the impulse intensity, the more muscle fibres are recruited and the stronger the muscle contraction.

Let me break it down for you, you put on some high tech equipment (all black so bonus points for the added slimming effect) and you’re hooked up to a machine which delivers a pulsed current direct to your muscles and you work out using slow and controlled movements during the 20 minutes that you’re plugged in to the matrix.

This week I started an 8 week programme with Kern which will focus on strength and rehabilitation for my injured back an shoulder, once I’m hooked up to the machine we go through a familiarisation round where the current is set low and I hold a squat until we find the right frequency and we can begin.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that sessions are short, 20 minutes of EMS training is equivalent to 3 hours of conventional training, every second of EMS activation, your muscles are stimulated 85 times generating a resistance that you have to work against with every movement or exercise you do.  So, Josep (my Kern Trainer) puts me through a series of exercises specific to my needs including boxing which we do fast during the non activation period, and slow during the pulse period, a plank series, a weight series and a squat series.  It might not sound like much but after 20 minutes of EMS training the sweat is running off my face.

At the end of the session, Josep unplugs me from the matrix but leaves my lower back plugged in and we work on a series of stretches with constant activation in order to try to rehabilitate my injury - I’ll keep you updated with how it’s working out.

The best thing about Kern Fitness is that you don’t need to bring anything with you, no gym kit, no sneakers, nada.  Everything is provided and at only 20 minutes long, you can squeeze it in during your lunch break, whilst you’re out shopping or in between meetings.

I’m doing 2 sessions per week - this is what’s advised so that your body can recover in-between sessions and incase of DOMS so I’ll be back on Thursday for more and I’ll post about my progress every fortnight so you can see how I’m getting on but for now I’m signed up, sold and committed!

EMS via Kern Fitness is not just for boxers, it’s suitable for anyone, whether you want to tone up, lose fat or just try something new to compliment your existing workout routine, I’d strongly recommend giving it a try, particularly if you have a niggling sports injury.

Pixie x

Kern Fitness are currently offering a trial package which includes 2 sessions for £25

Kern Fitness, Arch, 7 Forth Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 3NZ
United Kingdom

0191 447 5850

 

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Beyonce Launches Ivy Park Active Wear

There has been talk of a Beyonce x TopShop athleisure brand for a little over two years now and so far that’s all it’s been, talk.  Until now…..

In typical Beyonce style, Queen Bey herself dropped a moody black and white promo for her new line Ivy Park, calling it “effortless active wear” with no prior announcement.  The 200 piece collection is a 50/50 joint venture with Sir Philip Green under their collaborative new brand Parkwood TopShop Athletic Ltd., however it will be stocked in a range of outlets rather than just Topshop as originally thought.

“This is not a collaboration. This is about building a brand and building a business - a separate, proper business, with separate overhead and a separate office, when she was in London in February we arranged to get together. We started talking generally, about doing something together. We’ve been looking at that [athletic] sector for a while. It’s something we need to be in. Based on what she does, how she works out, the conversation got into that category. We started getting into a proper conversation in May or June, as to how it would work. It took six or eight weeks to put a deal together. On Friday, Beyoncé came to our office for the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle.”  Sir Philip Green

Green also confirmed that the business will be run and managed sadly not by Beyonce but by a hired in Creative Director and two Designers from both fashion and sports related backgrounds in order to get the mix of high fashion and performance sportswear “just right”.

Let’s not forget that this is not Beyonce’s first foray into fashion, her House of Dereon line folded in 2012 following poor reception.

In the promo Beyonce talks about going back to “The Park” in a bid to inspire young fans into fitness and there’s no better advert for that than Beyonce right?  Shame she did it in wedge heel sneakers and a face full of make up #JustSaying.

The collection is strong, backless & sleeveless hoodies, over the top logo-ing akin to that of nineties active wear, and bold colours provide a highlight to a pallete of mostly black and grey (the best colours for sportswear).  These are designs you’ll want to wear and you’ll want to show them off but being part of Bey’s squad will hit you in the wallet, with prices starting at £14 for a hairband and reaching a whopping £200.  Bey has emphasised that the collection has a focus on high fashion as this “matters most to fans”.

Think mesh bodysuits, thigh high socks, made to be seen sportsbras and “flip-to-low-rise” leggings, all emblazoned with the brand name, incase you forget it.

The collection is definitely lust-worthy and uber covetable, there’s no word yet on how frequently collections will be produced and re-stocked and whether it will be exclusive in that once it’s gone, it’s gone.  Either way, if you are lucky enough to snap up anything from the first Ivy Park drop on April 14th, you’re likely to bump into another 14 or so Ivy Park clones the next day in the gym. And maybe I’ll be one of them…..

Pixie x

Ivy Park Collection 1 is available to buy at TopShop, net-a-porter and Zalando from April 16th.

 

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Barre Bank Holiday Treat

#NEFollowers and Fitness Fanatics rejoice…..!

Not tried The Barre Workout yet?  Well I’ve been preaching about it for long enough but now might be your best opportunity yet….

You know by now that the Barre method strips back the mechanics of precise ballet movements using them as part of a strict workout regime in order to condition your muscles and force them into an intense, long lasting burn.  In English?  Long. Lasting. Calorie. Burn.  All day long in fact.  By forcing the quad muscles to take the brunt of the movement during long plie sets, the body goes into calorie burn mode for long after you’ve left class.

It’s not just plies that you’ll bust out in this all over body workout, you’ll isolate the twitch muscles all over your entire body and learn to contract and control them, the result?  A tighter, toned and more lean body, just like that of a dancer, but you don’t even have to lace up a Bloch pointe shoe.

If you’re brand new to the Barre method then you’ll want to try 1st Barre, pitched at total beginners, the class is slow and targeted and your instructor takes time to ensure that each person is set up correctly before beginning, you’ll find that you’re in a small class with other beginners too so there’s none of that first day at the gym intimidation. Bonus.

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So, if you’re enticed, or just intrigued, there’s never been a better time for you to dip your pointed toe in the water, The Barre are offering an Easter weekend discount of 15% off the cost of any class, package or 1:1 class purchased between today and Easter Monday, simply visit the Barre website and use the code BHFlash when prompted.

You can thank me when the shakes have subsided…..

Pixie x

The Barre’s studio can be found at 56 The Close, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RJ

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This Girl Can Awards

Last night, the Crowne Plaza hotel played host to the Active Newcastle This Girl Can Awards celebrating women in sport across the region.  You’ve seen the campaign on TV and on billboards and the success of #ThisGirlCan at narrowing the gender gap in sport has been huge.  I’m super proud to say that I’m a part of that campaign, and will continue to be because the values fit so well with my own.

As you know, I was nominated in the Ambassador of the Year category and of all of the Ambassadors across the Newcastle region, I made it to the final three based purely on your nominations.  For that I simply can’t thank you enough Voyeurs, you’re just the best and I appreciate  every single vote and nomination that you took the time to make.  In fact, the messages of support I’ve had from you all have actually made me quite emotional which has done nothing for my reputation of being a stone cold hearted, emotionless lab, who cries on the inside, like a winner.

Anyway, back to the Awards ceremony…..

The whole affair was hosted by Lady Anna Foster who spoke passionately about the national initiative and why maintaining the momentum is so important going forward.  I turned up fashionably late wearing a ballgown slashed at the waist to make a full skirt, with a Nike gym top, Balmain belt and KG heels showcasing a roller derby kiss on my left ankle and shin - I really embraced the whole theme of women in sport for this one.  Special thanks to the team at Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic for rescuing my ravaged feet and sorting me out with a gorgeous gel pedicure!

Sadly, neither me nor my Newcastle Roller Girls teamies won in our categories.  The Ambassador of the Year Award was shortlisted by public vote and then voted for by the people in the room that night, it was scooped by a fabulous lady by the name of Donna Dyball who has been a huge asset at her local running club.

The awards up for grabs and their respective winners:

Club Session of the Year: Welbeck Warriors

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FDA Coach of the Year: Rachel Dickens (Our very own amazing roller girl Zoe Hayes was up for this award but sadly didn’t win this year)

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Young Ambassador of the Year: Stacey Gardiner

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Commitment to This Girl Can & Ambassador of the Year: Donna Dyball

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If you’re not familiar with the Newcastle Roller Girls.  You’re never far away from another Girl Who Can and we’re all about building women and girls up, not tearing them down, look around you and you’ll see, #NewcastleGirlsCan and we’re actually a really great bunch.

Huge congrats to Donna Dyball for winning Ambassador of the Year, Donna, that trophy will be aces topped with vanilla ice cream and for me, there’s always 2017…..

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Pixie Tenenbaum: This Girl Can

I’ve been shortlisted for an Active Newcastle This Girl Can Award!

Huge, massive thanks to everyone who nominated me, and also my roller derby league Newcastle Roller Girls, in the Active Newcastle #ThisGirlCan Awards.   I can’t tell you how psyched I am to have been shortlisted and how freaking awesome you all are!

This Girl Can is a national initiative and has existed in Newcastle for a year now with a huge media presence and participation from lots of local sports teams and solo Ambassadors; in a nutshell, the initiative aims to address the gender gap in sport and support more women and girls into sport and fitness.

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The main thing you need to know is that the whole This Girl Can thing is really cool, fact.  There are Ambassadors (just like me) all over the country and we’re out there doing our thing, being active and promoting, supporting and celebrating women in sport.  It’s not about forcing fitness on to people, it’s about saying that no matter what your shape, size, ability or weakness, there’s a place for you in the world of sport.  It absolutely doesn’t matter what you look like when you’re working out, and the more girls who really get that message, the better.  After all, if you’re looking goddamn beautiful after a workout, then you probably didn’t work hard enough.

The Active Newcastle This Girl Can Awards ceremony takes place on Saturday march 5th 2016 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle and with literally a billion (ok, not quite a billion) awards up for grabs, all voted for by you the public; it promises to be a fun filled and exciting night.  The best bit is that it’s all about how well we’ve done as a region in closing the gender gap in sport, something we should really all be proud of.

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If you’re a girl, woman, lady, queen, whatever you want to call yourself, and you’ve thrown on a pair of sneakers and ran around the park, swung a kettlebell, punched a heavy bag or anything else active in the last twelve months, then you’re officially one of us, you’re one of those girls who can; and man, it’s a great feeling right?

If you’re not yet convinced but your interest is piqued, then take a class, go to the park, head to the beach for a walk, get up, get out and do something active.  Chances are that you’ll meet other girls who can along the way and we’re a great community here in Newcastle.  Whatever you do, do it for you and do it because you can.  It’s easy to stay home and armed with a whole raft of reasons not to it’s easy to convince yourself not to bother but the real winners are the ones out there doing it despite the reasons not to, they’re the girls who can, and wouldn’t you rather be in their gang?

Pixie x

Keep it here to find out the results of the #ThisGirlCan Awards after March 5th.

 

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Get NRG to Beach Brawl

You all know by now that I joined a roller derby league in my home town of Newcastle, aptly named Newcastle Roller Girls (NRG for short, natch) and you probably also know that roller derby is freaking awesome.

Our league is big and beautiful, with around 80 skaters on the books, an A Team, a B team and a full competitive Intraleague of skaters, we’re a proper professional outfit innit.

Now here’s where it gets serious, our A Team, The Canny Belters are so goddamn aces at what they do, in order to up their game as it were, they need to head out to the States, face some stiff competition and hopefully bring home some hardware.

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For the first time ever, Newcastle Roller Girls will be sending the A Team Stateside to compete at the fantastically named Beach Brawl.  The tournament takes place in my old stomping ground, Miami, Florida May 13th - 15th 2016 and in order to get them there, we need your help……

I know how amazing you all are at getting behind local causes and given the success of the national #ThisGirlCan campaign, I also know you know a golden opportunity when you see one.  I’d love for you to back the Newcastle Roller Girls on their latest mission and get behind their latest campaign to raise funds for Beach Brawl (sounds better the more you say it).

So, what do we need?  Well, in short we need £15,400 to cover all costs associated with getting our gals to this international event.  You may or may not know that roller derby is run on a volunteer-non-profit basis so we need as much help as possible.  Although skaters will each make a contribution towards their travel, we want to send our strongest team to Beach Brawl.  This means selecting based on athletic ability and not excluding talented skaters due to financial constraints.  We want to take the best team, not the richest team.  That means raising funds together as a team, and this Go Fund Me campaign is just one part of our Beach Brawl fundraising activities.

We’ve set up a Go Fund Me page where you can learn more about our team, their achievements and more importantly, what we’ll give you if you donate to our super worthy cause incase the overwhelming send of pride isn’t enough.

So, do it for the love of the game, for the feeling you get from supporting your home team, or because you see an opportunity to open some doors for a great group of girls, but please, just do it.  For me.

Pixie x

Follow us on Beach Brawl.

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I Need Your Vote! #ThisGirlCan Awards

If you follow me then you’ll know that I’m an Ambassador for the #ThisGirlCan initiative in Newcastle.  having been involved in sport both competitively and recreationally from an early age, I’m proud to be a spokesperson for the initiative in supporting women into sport regardless of their appearance or ability.

Anyone who knows me in real life knows that the last few years have been a bit of a rollercoaster in terms of health and after finally having major surgery (not without its complications) last July, I used fitness as a rehabilitative measure and have continued to do so citing it as my escapism.  I also have a disabled child whom I try to keep as active as possible in order for him to have the same childhood experiences as other children - something I very rarely talk about.  It’s fair to say that fitness and sport are a huge part of my life.

It is now one year since the Sport England, This Girl Can campaign was launched.  This Girl Can aims to address the gender gap between males and females with 1.73 million less females taking part in sport and physical activity.  To acknowledge the success of the campaign, Active Newcastle are hosting an Awards Ceremony taking place at 7pm Saturday March 5th 2016.  The awards will recognise and reward the achievements of women from the North East who are representing their sport or activity, of which I am one!

There are several categories in which you can cast your vote, I’m up for the award of ‘Ambassador of the Year’ and also ‘Commitment to #ThisGirlCan’, and my Roller Derby Team, Newcastle Roller Girls are up for ‘Club / Group of the Year’ - I’d absolutely love it if you’d show your support by voting for us in these categories.

Now the important bit: To nominate / vote contact kerry.nesbitt@newcastle.gov.uk  by Friday 19th February with your nomination and reasons along with the category in which you wish to nominate and the results will be announced at the awards ceremony on March 5th.

#NewcastleGirlsCan

Pixie x

More information on Active Newcastle and the #ThisGirlCan Awards can be found here.