Do you love a beach with 50 Shades and a pina colada ?

Why do we travel? These days more and more people are visiting ever further destinations and most people when asked what they would do if they didn’t have to work, say travel. But to what purpose? Solely pleasure, to say they’ve ‘been there’ in the hope of a bit of status, or to challenge themselves to find out who they are inside?

Modern women are looking for a new way to travel. With the Intention to travel not only for new vistas but to also delve deep within to discover inner views, we can make amazing discoveries. Who we want to be in the world. What our purpose might be. What that past love had to teach us. What am I being asked to learn in this unwanted situation? For those who believe that intention and the power of attraction obviously don’t work because they’re still broke and struggling – this is because the intent is directed wrongly. You cannot go into business, marriage or any other interaction or situation with the intention of attracting greedily. The wealth comes as a by-product of the genuine intention. This applies to love and health and all our other human desires as well.

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I started North West Nomad as a location independent business in 2008, when I saw a gap in the market for providing quality personal tours in the NW corner of Argentina on the border with Bolivia and Chile. It was real wild west country and I was on my own but the business developed over years and expanded. I then had to go through a process of rebranding and changed the name to Spirit of South America to reflect the demographic of my client. I had to totally rebuild the website as the old one was on a flash platform. I did it myself because I wanted to learn everything about WordPress, SEO and social media marketing – it’s a constant learning trajectory still and fascinating process but women entrepreneurs need to know how to maintain their site themselves and be up-to-date with this constantly changing new arena.

I had travelled with many single women – executives and those successful in their fields who wanted security and companionship and they all agreed that a Heroine Journey would have been perfect for their needs.

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A Heroine Journey is not only about travel through some stimulating landscapes and cultures. The travellers are women like you – entrepreneurs, looking for location independence or freedom, or soul adventurers. Along the way we indulge in some special experiences – a private tango lesson and milonga night with guaranteed partners – It’s not often you get to dance all night with wonderful dancers whisking you around the pista, a visit to an Andes Shaman or a walk across the top of a million year old glacier creaking beneath you.

Aside from the thrills, there will be some deep inner work as your mind expands and distresses from being away – journaling and exercises to delve into your deep desires, coaching and brainstorming your next move, creating the action plan topped off with yoga or bodywork to stretch the muscles. You will connect with a group of like-minded gals who will form your support group long after the journey is done and you’ll return filled with self confidence, motivated with the tools to develop your dreams and ideas into action and filled with inner peace. Call it business school in the mountains.

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The next Heroine Journey is PERU ON PURPOSE and travels through the highlights of that mystical Inca territory and includes a flight over the mystical Nazca Lines, a visit to the floating isles on Lake Titicaca, an overnight camp in Colca Canyon, deeper than the Grand Canyon and of course, a journey into the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Dates are October 16 -27 and we suggest you fly into Lima a day or so before to see this wonderful city with one of the Top 5 cuisines in the world and join us for the welcome dinner on the night of the 15th.

See the tour on the website at or Email us at to find out more about Heroine Journeys. And as an offering to This Lady Loves members we are giving 100 pounds reduction in the investment for this life-altering journey.

Why do you travel? Do you love a beach with 50 Shades and a pina colada? What would you like to gain from a journey and where would you dearly like to visit in the world? I’d love to hear some thoughts and desires from This Lady Loves – See you in the comments. x


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Posted by on 25/07/2013 in Uncategorized


Bold Funky & Colourful

Just as the weather gets milder and we start to think about what shoes we can wear. I get to meet the lovely  shoe designer Cleo Barbour.


Educated at the prestigious Cordwainer’s College, within London College of Fashion.

  Cleo Barbour then went on to train at the Salvatore Ferragamo design studio in Florence before returning to London to establish her own label, Cleo B.

Women that want to express themselves through shoes and want something unique, timeless and more accessible than traditional high-end brands are attracted to this collection.


Jam Master Jay – Black.

The platform and heel are covered in natural raffia offsetting the soft black suede, gold snakeskin and peach leather of the upper. Hand cut strips of leather crisscross over the toes and thick suede straps extend up the foot and tie securely in a double bow at the back of the ankle

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A curvaceous plume of salmon, pink and natural nappa over the front of the foot. A matt nude leather covers the rest of the foot, platform and the elegant slim heel. The foot is secured with flexible elastic on the inside of the shoe.

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Beatbox ankle boot

The chunky stacked leather heel adds attitude, whilst spectacular gold snakeskin musical notes flow across the front of the foot, contrasting beautifully against soft black suede.

Cleo takes inspiration from the 80s hiphop era and her designs are worn by celebrity fans such as,

Paloma Faith, Cheryl Cole and Emeli Sande to name but a few.


It’s all about being unique and stepping away from the crowd and Cloe’s shoes are wearable and eye-catching, with a special twist.


 Glistening golden cassette shaped heels are set against soft turquoise kid suede in a classic open toe court shape.  The cassette is named ‘SUCKER M.C.s’ after one of Run DMC’s first records, famous for it’s attitude and humor. The cassette is secured by a ‘wedge’ type of shape under the foot which ensures the shoes are ultimately wearable and comfortable.


Cleo B’s accessories and shoes have often been featured  by top fashion magazines, and Cleo B was named the new shoe brand to watch by British Vogue, The Financial Times and Grazia.

 If you can’t wait until then check out the Cleo B collection here


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Posted by on 11/02/2013 in Fashion


It was all about the girls

Wow, what an amazing day we had when we hosted the Supporting Women in Business event recently in Liverpool.

Our Main speaker Claire Young wowed the audience with her story about taking part in BBC’s The Apprentice, and the rigours of the selection process. I really didn’t realise how controlled those contestants are during filming.


Other speakers included Catherine Wilks from ‘In Movement’ who spoke about how to stand out in business. Catherine certainly knows how to get the party started. Catherine had us all up doing warm up exercises a real ice breaker and great fun.




Next on was Justine Watkinson from Hillyer McKeown, telling us everything we needed to know before taking on staff. Amazing what we need to consider legally.


“Why Entrepreneurs Need Charisma & Easy Ways to Project it” was presented by professional Personal Development coach Jackie O’Carroll.


Which then led into workshops which included:

Accounting for SMEs: Presented by The Accounts Centre

How to dress for your role: Presented by Diva Dressing

Things you should know when working from home: Presented by Keepoint Ltd

Linkedin : Presented by TBC Marketing

How to franchise your business: Presented by Green Frog Consultancy

Twitter: Presented by The Women’s organisation.                               





Margret Carter “Pâté Queen”, told her story about how she founded award-winning ‘The Patchwork Traditional Food Company’. Margaret set up her business with a start-up cost of just £9.00 in 1987. Amazing lady and so inspirational.


Next on stage was Amanda Moss, well-known as the creator and editor of Lifestyle Monthly Magazine, founder of award-winning Liverpool Fashion Week, and more recently Agency 101. How does the mum of 5 and soon to be mum of 6 manage?


Finally our last speaker was the lovely Marie Claire-Carlyle: Marie-Claire is one of the UK’s top female inspirational and motivational speakers, and author of How to Become a Money Magnet and more recently Money Magnet Mindset. Wow


The Supporting Women in Business event will be run in other areas so contact us if you wish to be part of it.

Finally I would like to thank the lovely Sally Inkster for hosting for us on the day. Sally owns Diva Dressing and I must say looked amazing as always.


Big thank you to Fluke Photography for taking all the action shots.

Event Partners

• Liverpool Vision

• The Women’s Organisation

• Chartered Management Institute

• Chartered institute of marketing

• Liverpool John Moores University, Centre for Entrepreneurship

• Nat West Bank

• Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership

• Hillyer Mckeown

• Bizika

• Love Wellies UK

• Eligo Escapes

• Keepoint Ltd

• The Accounts Centre

• Pitman Training

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Posted by on 16/01/2013 in Business


No aching feet here


At every wedding girls wear amazing heels for the day, and by the evening they take them off and dance bare-foot!

Heels Off flip flops was created so that brides could give their guests a really cool pair of flip flops to wear in the evening for dancing and to take away with them as a memento of the wedding.

This week we tested Heels Off flip flops at our Christmas party and all I can say is thank goodness I had mine in the bag. Only downside looked funny walking to the taxi, I did get some funny looks ha.

The flip flops have a white sole and a pretty pink strap. The lettering is pink and black so they go with any  outfit wedding or parties. We think it’s a fab idea.

Thanks to Heels Off for sending us some flip flops. If you want to know more about this product click here.

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Posted by on 18/12/2012 in Fashion


Bags and More

We often get sent products to review and we tend to pass them onto our ladies. But when this gorgeous bag arrived I grabbed it and decided to try it out for myself.

This colourful bag is hand-woven in Madagascar and stocked at

Bags and More

So this morning I filled my bag with clip files and folders and off I went to my first meeting. First thing I noticed is that the handles are big enough to carry on my shoulder, great when full to free my hands to carry banners and magazines.

The bag is lightweight and lined with a full length zip so I would be quite happy to use this bag for work and play during the autumn and winter months.

Ideal for shopping, my bag is very eye-catching, admired by many and would make a great christmas gift.

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Thanks very much Bags and More for sending me this bag


Posted by on 27/11/2012 in Fashion


Snakes and Fashion

How excited we were when we got invited along to the open night of Liverpool Fashion Week. We attend so many events but this really excited us because it was Liverpool, the fashion capital of the North and the second biggest fashion event outside London.

Fake tan, false eyelashes, and heavy makeup was banned from the catwalk and the natural look was brought in. Large letters spelling Liverpool looked down proudly on the catwalk making a great back drop for photographs.

80s pop star sensation Sinitta opened the event and took to the catwalk in a stunning turquoise dress designed by Southport designer Patty.

The atmosphere was buzzing, no mistaking we had arrived at the hottest event of the year.  Also strutting their stuff on the catwalk,  models wearing:
Pretty Little Thing
Pearl Boutique
Henri Lloyd
Sempre Bella
Illuminati Jeans

A gasp from the audience could be heard at the show finale when models hit the catwalk accompanied by live snakes.

It certainly was a night to remember thanks to the organiser Amanda Moss for inviting us along. Watch out for Liverpool’s next fashion event.

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Posted by on 18/10/2012 in Fashion


Meet Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Most Inspiring Woman of the Year

Ladies come along and see Justice Williams MBE: Speaking at our Supporting Women in Business launch event Crewe on Thursday 11th October.

Having recently had her services to the community recognised by the Queen, there seems to be no stopping this young social entrepreneur and business mogul. With four established businesses under her belt Justice is always on the go!

In 2009 she was the recipient of Cosmopolitan magazine’s Most Inspiring Woman of the Year and praised by Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Judge, celebrity and television personality Alesha Dixon. This was followed by an invitation to 10 Downing St to meet with the prime minister’s wife, Sarah Brown.

In 2010 she received Red magazine’s Women to Watch award which was followed by her second visit to 10 Downing Street, this time to meet with Samantha Cameron, the wife of our current prime minister.

In 2010 Justice was appointed a UK global ambassador for Levi Strauss, the iconic denim company to lead an international campaign ‘Shape What’s to Come’ to provide mentoring and support for young women across the world. Justice was selected as the only ambassador selected outside of the capital and one of 20 worldwide.

Early 2011 saw her third invitation to 10 Downing St to celebrate International Women’s Day and this time was joined by David and Samantha Cameron and the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

At just 29 years old, Justice Williams is recognised as one of the top 50 most powerful women in Birmingham

To book on this amazing day click here

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Posted by on 09/10/2012 in Uncategorized


Girls out Loud

Do you shudder when you recall your teenage years? Do you remember being anxious about fitting in with your peers, distressed about your appearance or worried about your sexuality? If so then you will have no trouble recognising that these are typical of the problems experienced by the majority of girls during this tricky transition time. If you are fortunate enough to have been able to maintain your balance through this phase of your life, then spare a thought for those who are unable to cope so well – either because of their difficult circumstances or their fragile personalities.

Girls Out Loud (GOL), a social enterprise, was established by women like you to give something back to the teenage girls who most need it, to help them out when it really matters and to give them confidence to help themselves. It works by recruiting volunteer ‘Big Sisters’ who commit to partnering with a teenager for a year for a programme of one-to-one mentoring and a series of group activities. Mentoring is a very effective way of helping an individual to address problem areas of life when there is no trusted or constant support, no positive role model and no culture of confidence or self-esteem to call upon.

GOL works with girls whose family life may be chaotic, fragmented or otherwise damaged. They often come from homes where no one has worked for years and are affected by endemic negative attitudes to ambitions such as passing exams, building careers and daring to dream. They are pressurised by peers to fit into the non-aspirational culture that surrounds them. They see only failed relationships and come to accept them as normal, thereby becoming easy prey to early sexual exploitation.

The girls have it in their power to address all these issues – they just don’t realise it. GOL has proven the success through projects in schools in Crewe where the joyous graduation of girls from the programme and their launch into training, jobs and further education has broken the cycle of under-achievement.

The cost of successful social transition on this scale is pitifully small – about £1,000 per girl – yet the difference this makes to their lives is invaluable. This type of early intervention not only shows young women a way out of life on welfare, it also benefits society as a whole by producing individuals who are stable, productive and happy with their lives. GOL seeks to finance its programmes from local businesses, charitable funds and (increasingly scarce) public money. It also recruits those invaluable Big Sister volunteers from all walks of life. Ever on the lookout for help, funds and wonderful women, GOL would like to hear from you if you care enough to help.

If you would like to know more about how you can be involved take a look at the girls out loud pledge

How can you help?

Adopt Girls Out Loud

Girls Out Loud welcome organisations to adopt them as their cause and become a fund-raising partner.

We at thisladyloves are so pleased to have chosen Girls Out Loud for our chosen cause.

Follow them on twitter @girlsoutloudorg

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