Archive: January 2013


28 January 2013

The OUTLET Banbridge proudly announces its exclusive Pop-Up Clearance Store this week solely dedicated to super luxurious London brand and Duchess of Cambridge favourite, L.K. Bennett.

From Saturday 26 January to Sunday 3 February style seekers everywhere will have the chance to avail of a stunning collection of clothing and footwear at up to 85% off RRP. From the perfect party dress to everyday chic or something more refined for the office, this iconic label will have you craving all of its key pieces.

Look out for elegant knitwear pieces, tailored jackets, demure dresses and heavenly heels for the best shopping spree you’ll experience this New Year!

Visit the L.K. Bennett Pop-Up Clearance Store in Unit 11 at The OUTLET, Bridgewater Park, Banbridge, Northern Ireland, BT32 4LF. Easily reached on the main A1 route linking Belfast and Dublin, just outside Banbridge, The OUTLET is 10 minutes from Newry and 25 minutes from Belfast. The OUTLET also offers free parking on arrival.

Call +44 (0) 28 4062 5151 or check out for more information.



For the girl on the go, elie products are the go-to accessory for all your beauty needs´┐Ż

22 January 2013

Created in consultation with top hair stylists and beauty experts, elie hair straighteners and tweezers offer a quick, easy and on-the-go solution for every grooming and styling need. The cool colours and portable, handbag-sized design make the elie collection the tools of choice for stylish girls about town.

There are many features and benefits to both products within the range. The mini straighteners are manufactured to a hairdresser standard from the highest quality electrical components, with dual voltage (100v – 240v), for truly global and worldwide use. These easy-to-use straighteners also use ceramic technology with floating heat plates which have a 195° temperature setting and a cool-to-touch handle. The patented 360° swivel cable allows for extra styling flexibility – you can even style your hair while you dance in front of the mirror!

Mainly used for straightening the hair to achieve a sleek, smooth finish this product also generates enough heat to create beautiful curls allowing you to vary your look whatever the mood or occasion. The heat proof case allows you to place the product straight into your handbag after styling so great to take you quickly from day to night.

Create a defined brow, even in the dark, with elie illuminating starlight tweezers. The key attribute is an LED light combined with high quality stainless steel tips so you can pluck and tidy like a professional. They also come in a handy case topped with a cool and complementary diamante design allowing you to carry them easily in your handbag to use wherever you are.

The elie travel straighteners retail at £20 each and the RRP for the Starlight Tweezers is £12. For the Republic of Ireland and the rest of Europe the straighteners are €30 and tweezers are €15. Both are available to buy online now at the elie website, with postage and packaging to the UK and Republic of Ireland included into this price:

Sign up for the weekend workshops at Northern Ireland's Weight Management Clinic

15 January 2013
Shauna Gibson, Bridin McKenna and Jane McClenaghan

Do you have a problem with your weight?  Feel like you are addicted or have an unhealthy relationship with food?  Are you sick of trying and failing at every diet?  Then the NI Weight Management Clinic may be for you.  NIWMC is a first for Northern Ireland offering a variety of treatments to help people manage their weight, including nutritional rehabilitation, cognitive behavioral techniques, clinical hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, cognitive energy therapy (EFT), virtual gastric bands, group therapy, workshops and more to help people change their relationship with food by changing their thinking, attitude and behavior for good.

Sign up for their workshops taking place at the end of this month giving you the perfect opportunity for a taster session with the clinic  and see what treatments they offer and how they can help you manage your weight for good.

Emotional Freedom from Food Workshop

Saturday 26 January 2013

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm (lunch provided)

Location: NIWMC, Dunmurry

At this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Think yourself happy: Learn the application of new and dynamic Cognitive Behavior Techniques and Neurolinguistic Programming, how our thoughts, beliefs and language trigger our emotions and behaviors around food.
  • Feel yourself beautiful: Learn the application of groundbreaking new energy psychology therapy; Emotional Freedom Techniques, to finally and permanently conquer food cravings, food addictions, binge eating and negative emotions.
  • Love yourself anyway: Manage your real relationship with food, your body and yourself. Release all negative associations with dieting, starvation, and shame, and discover the amazing benefits of self acceptance.

Vital Nutrition Workshop

Sunday 27th January

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm (lunch provided)

Location: NIWMC Dunmurry

AT this workship you will learn:

  • How to make healthy choices next time you shop
  • How to maximise your energy by changing your diet
  • Why we need fat in our diet and how to recognize good fats
  • An easy how-to-guide for reading food labels
  • Healthy ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner                                                         

Both workshops will take place at the NI Weight Management Clinic, 3 Anna House, Dunmurry Business Park, 31a Upper Dunmurry Lane, BT17 0AA for more information visit or @NIWMC

NI Welcomes Weight Management Clinic

02 January 2013

In the face of an ever-growing obesity pandemic, Northern Ireland is to welcome an all new weight management clinic tomorrow (03 January), which offers tried and tested psychological techniques that promise results - making the clinic the very first of its kind in Northern Ireland.

The NI Weight Management Clinic (NIWMC) will focus on the psychological issues around weight management and, through a combination of hypnosis, nutritional consultations, psychotherapy, needle free acupuncture, virtual gastric bands, group therapy, workshops and neurolinguistic programming (NLP - a process which provides a deeper understanding of how the brain works and develops behavior patterns), the clinic will help people to change their relationship with food by changing their thinking and attitude for good.

Bridin McKenna, Psychotherapist and lead therapist at the clinic, said that although there is a positive focus on weight and diet right now, it’s not always necessarily managed or marketed in the correct way, as many promoted diets are fads and not maintained long term by those who sign up to them.

Bridin said: “Many people waste a lot of time, energy and money on quick-fix diets, extreme exercise regimes and even surgery and may get frustrated when they find they are not seeing results.  Up to 97% of weight reduction programmes fail to maintain long term.* Exercise and a healthy diet are, of course, vital to health and well-being, but in terms of weight management, very often people fail to realise that their relationship with food is linked with their emotions, coping mechanisms and how they deal and respond to stress in day to day life.”

 “Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food - usually ‘comfort’ or junk foods - in response to feelings, instead of hunger. We often turn to food to heal emotional problems and experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions. As a result, eating becomes a habit preventing us from learning skills that can effectively resolve our emotional distress and our techniques help those individuals re-train their whole thinking around food and eating. There are so many examples out there - for example an abused wife who finds solace in a box of chocolates after being insulted or assaulted, or a child who has been constantly rewarded with sweets and fizzy drinks in lieu of love or even just a cuddle.”, continued Bridin.

Depression, boredom, loneliness, chronic anger, anxiety, frustration, stress, problems with interpersonal relationships and poor self-esteem can result in overeating and unwanted weight gain - or even weight loss as individuals struggle to take control.

“At the NI Weight Management Clinic, our team of qualified therapists will work with each individual to create a bespoke treatment programme which will combine an integration of interventions including psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, NLP, EFT (needle free acupuncture) and nutritional rehabilitation, creating a comprehensive strategy and really getting to the bottom of what each person requires to help them manage their weight successfully - whether that be in the form of obesity, overeating, anorexia, bulimia or other eating disorders including laxative and diet pill abuse.”

With recent statistics issued by the NI Executive revealing that 59% of adults in Northern Ireland are overweight with a shocking 23% of those deemed as obese, it would seem the opening of the clinic couldn’t come at a better time.** 

Another recent report, which examined the care given to 381 patients who were treated both privately and on the NHS for bariatric surgery (including gastric bands) revealed that just a third of patients had received psychological counselling prior to referral for surgery and 1 in 5 had to return for more surgery.***

Bridin continued: “These statistics illustrate that without accompanying behavioural and emotional support both before and after surgery, weight can begin to creep back on.  Our psychological approach is so much more than just diet and lifestyle advice or quick-fix surgery - we tackle negative thinking, body image, self-esteem and bad habits and help to set realistic targets to achieve results that last.”

The NI Weight Management Clinic will open its doors in January and will be run by a team of professional therapists. 

The clinic will also offer treatment for addictive disorders and co-morbid conditions which may be shared by many people with eating disorders.

A full list of treatments and therapies are available at  

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