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At the beginning of August I took my mum away to Cote D’Azur for her birthday. We stayed in a small beach town called Cagnes Sur Mer, a ten minute drive from Nice Airport.

The town itself was stunning, each tiny road was as beautiful as the next, and the water was bluer and clearer than I’ve ever seen before.

We stayed in a lovely junior suite at Chateau Le Cagnard on the hilltop, if you’re looking for a little getaway I couldn’t recommend it more.

 

The locals were super friendly and the food was delicious everywhere we went. We made a few friends during our short trip, and even got invited back to go on someone’s boat (he definitely fancied my mum).

But anyway, this post was supposed to be less reading and more looking so here’s some of my favourite shots from the trip.

 

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The title isn’t click bait, I really am shaving my hair off. But don’t worry, it’s not a Britney 2007 incident.

I’m shaving my hair off, on Saturday 2nd September (Two weeks today!), to help my lovely friend Enzo raise the £30,000 he needs for Stem Cell Treatment.

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This is Enzo, he’s 4 years old (nearly 5!). Enzo was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was only a few months old. You might be wondering how we became friends so I’ll give you a little background.

My little brother, Dylan, was severely disabled, he had Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. About a year after Dylan died I decided to volunteer through a charity that had supported Dylan and my family, called Sebastians Action Trust, to help support a local family with a disabled child. This support could have been anything from helping with shopping to basic household chores or being a playmate, whatever the family preferred. I was paired with Enzo and his family and honestly, the Trust couldn’t have picked a better match. I very quickly fell in love with Enzo’s cheeky personality (and handsome face of course) and instantly clicked with Enzo’s mum, Caroline. I actually only visited once through the charity before we exchanged numbers and for the last two years I’ve been welcomed as a family friend instead of a volunteer.

DSC00835.jpgI feel so lucky to be able to watch Enzo and his little brother Luca grow and develop. I volunteered to help Enzo and his family but I think they’ve actually been the ones helping me. When Dylan passed away I had no one to be silly for, no one to entertain and interact with in the way that I’d known for my whole life with D. Becoming such great friends with Enzo has helped me so much with my grieving process and helped me to keep hold of that silliness. So when Caroline and Enzo’s dad, Dan, told me they wanted to do a second round of Stem Cell treatment I desperately wanted to find a way to help them fundraise.

When I was about seven or eight years old I heard about someone shaving their head for charity and I decided that if Dylan ever needed money raised I would shave my hair off for him. Unfortunately when Dylan got ill there was nothing I could do, there was no treatment and no amount of money could have helped him.

I’ve seen first hand the effect that the first round of Stem Cell Treatment had on Enzo, his progress was incredible to watch. There is of course no guarantee that the second round will have the same effect but if it does it could improve Enzo’s quality of life drastically and hopefully lead to him living independently when he’s older. I knew straight away that I wanted to shave my hair for Enz, for a chance at a better quality of life for such a kind and funny boy, and I know Dylan would want me to.

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Please sponsor whatever you can on the fundraising page and help to share and raise awareness with the hashtag #EnzosStemCellAppeal

I will be shaving my head at a local pub, The William Cobbett, in Farnham. With the help of the lovely landlady and staff we will be hosting a fundraiser from 3pm on Saturday 2nd September. If you live nearby come down for a lovely day full of fun and of course to watch me get the chop!

Please RSVP on the Facebook Event Page so we know how many people to expect. And don’t worry if you live too far away or can’t make it, I will be streaming my shave live on Facebook and Instagram!

 

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Do you live in Farnborough? Or Aldershot, Farnham, Frimley, Fleet, Camberley, Guildford? Anywhere near? Ringing a bell?

If so, you might want to head to the Parity charity shop in Farnborough (View on Map).

 

Parity is a fantastic local charity that has been running day services for disabled children and adults for over 25 years.

When a disabled child reaches 18 years old or leaves full time education the amount of support they receive reduces drastically.

My brother, Dylan, would have been 20 this year and would have left full time education. One of the greatest concerns for my parents was what would happen when he did leave school. Where would he go? What could he do on a daily basis that would keep him as stimulated and entertained as school had?

Parity was started by parents who had exactly the same concerns and for who there were no continuation services at the time. They started running Parity from a scout hut and have worked tirelessly over the last 25 years to expand the charity and provide for as many people as possible, and now have three day centers in the local area.

Unfortunately like all charities of this kind there is very limited official funding so they rely heavily on fundraising and their three charity shops to meet their £170,000 a year running cost.

We chose to support them because a lot of Dylan’s friends who he grew up with and went through school with now use Parity and it makes us happy to know that it would have been there for him too.

Earlier this week I donated a whole load of my wardrobe to the Parity shop in Farnborough. When I say a load I mean a loaaaaaadd. Seriously, I donated more than I kept. There is everything from barely worn clothes, brand new clothes with labels, bikinis, lace bras, active wear, shoes, bags, hats, makeup, jewellery, the works!

All of the clothes are on white hangers with a (very dated) business card attached so they should be easy to find.

All of the items below have been donated and many more so if you’re nearby pop in and grab yourself a bargain!

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This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Thomas Sabo. 

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Thomas SaboBall Necklace, Drop Necklace, Ball Bracelet,

Silver Ring, Skull Ring, Skull Watch

Staying true to your style while on holiday can be a real pain. Searching for warm-weather outfits that aren’t covered in flowers and frills is headache inducing. I ended up swapping my usual little black dress for a little white dress but to feel truly myself I relied on my accessories.

When the weather’s warm I don’t want anything too heavy so I opted for two very simple, very elegant silver necklaces and a matching bracelet. Thomas Sabo have tonnes of dainty affordable pieces that instantly add a touch of class to an outfit.

As much as a love a dainty piece, it wouldn’t be me without a touch of Rock n Roll. I snapped up the Skull Ring and Skull Watch and I am over the moon with both of them. The Skull Collection is my absolute favourite collection, I could buy every single piece. I love the intricate details on the ring.

To counterbalance the busy skull ring (and because it wouldn’t be very me to only wear one ring) I paired it with a stunning minimalistic silver band.

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And as for the watch, I’m smitten. I’ve always been a lover of watches, you will rarely catch me without one and holiday is no exception (even if I do forget to change the time). I’m always drawn to big chunky watches, the one I’m wearing is from the men’s watches section but they are all unisex and I just couldn’t resist the skull detail. If you prefer something more dainty there are some beautiful pieces in the women’s watches section.

Teamed with a leather jacket, black mules and some extremely frizzy humidity hair, I felt very ‘me’ indeed.

 

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This is a sponsored post in collaboration with YSL Beauty. All opinions are my own.

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The changing seasons make me uneasy in the best way. They signify a shift, a shedding of skin. My thick coats have gone from their hangers to a zip lock bag on top of my wardrobe, I’ve dragged my summer dresses and floral prints from the abyss in preparation for clear skies and sunkissed skin. Just like my wardrobe, my make-up is overturned too.

Fresh, summery, and of course, effortlessly cool: this day-to-night makeup look is inspired by the deep sophisticated YSL scent Black Opium and it’s new, lighter counterpart Black Opium Floral Shock.

Black Opium combines many of my favourite scents. The initial energising punch comes from the all familiar coffee, Black Opium contains more coffee any other feminine fragrance. The coffee scents are balanced by white jasmine and orange blossom, keeping it strong without being bitter. But my favourite element is the undertone of cedar giving the fragrance a deep woody base.

The new twist on the iconic scent, Black Opium Floral shock, carries the same coffee notes as the original but offers an overall much lighter, more feminine scent. The floral notes are much stronger and there is a new sweet fruitiness from sugary pear. It’s the perfect alternative if you find Black Opium too strong or you’re looking for a daytime counterpart that’s a little lighter and more subtle.

All About That Base

As with any makeup look the prep is pivotal, so I start with the Touche Eclat Blur PrimerNot only does it help your makeup survive the day, it fills pores and has a dewy radiance that ensures a flawless foundation application every time.

I’m a long time lover of YSL’s Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation but for this collaboration I got to try their new Touche Eclat Le Cushion and I was absolutely blown away. The shades are the same as Le Teint (I’m B30) but Le Cushion comes with a two sided cushion applicator. This little cushion has been my best friend for the last couple of weeks, it’s so good it’s given my beauty blender some time off! The finish is the closest to bare skin I have ever known.

Highlight and Contour Conceal and Bronze

When it comes to summer makeup I like to keep it as light and airy as possible, so I ditch the ten step contour routines and opt for a much more natural look using concealer and bronzer.

I used the Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer (Shade 1.5) to cover blemishes and brighten my under-eye area as well as using it to highlight my forehead, the bridge of my nose and chin. Then added just a touch of Touche Eclat Glow Shot (Shade 01) along the top of my cheekbones to make them really pop.

In place of contour I dusted Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones (Shade 03) along my temples, the hollows of my cheeks and jawline to define and narrow my face.

The Window to the Soul

For my eyes I wanted something classic and sophisticated to match the Black Opium fragrance so I created a deep smokey eye with the Eye Duo Smoker (Shade 3) and outlined the look with a classic eyeliner flick using the Shocking Effect Faux Cils Eyeliner.

I wanted to incorporate the new Floral Shock edition to my eyes too so I took inspiration from the light pink on the bottle and used the new Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Lipstick (Shade 50) to add a touch of coloured glossy playfulness to my lids.

I then finished my eye look with dark dramatic lashes using The Shock Mascara (Shade 01).

Getting Lippy

There couldn’t be a more accurate lippy representation of Black Opium Floral Shock than this killer combo, I first applied Vinyl Cream Lipstick (Shade 404) as a thicker base for the super glossy Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain (Shade 50) sitting on top.

With a final spritz of Black Opium and a coat of La Laque Couture (Shade 4) on my nails, my look was complete.

Accompanied by my good friend and fellow blogger Yanin Namasonthi

Photography by Michaela Tornaritis 

 

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