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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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Mother’s Day 2017 – Paris (text below)

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“She is beautiful inside and out.” A phrase with good intentions, but one I have grown to despise. I understand the sentiment but I find it degrading.

Beauty, by definition, is an aesthetic sensation. Forgive me for being pedantic but if you cut someone in half I wouldn’t find it aesthetically appealing.

Perhaps your experience differs but I have never known a man to be described as ‘Handsome inside and out.’ I think the description of what’s inside as ‘beautiful’ is lazy and it emphasises the idea that above all else a woman’s main concern should be to be perceived as beautiful.

I’m very lucky to know many women who would be described as such but I would like to extend a notion to put an end to this description and put forth some alternatives I find much more fitting.

On the outside my mother, my auntie, my sister, my cousin, they are all beautiful. On the inside, they are much more. They are in equal measures; witty, infectious, charismatic, intelligent, strong willed, empathetic, generous, kind-hearted, diligent, warm, powerful. To reduce what’s inside to something as superficial as ‘beautiful’ is insulting.

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This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Selfridges. 

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Personalised Mini Moet (Available in selected Selfridges stores) / Selfridges ‘I Heart You’ Beauty Box

We show affection for the people we love every day, of course, but I like to use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to be a bit extra with it. Gone are the days when Valentine’s Day was just for couples. To me, it is an excuse to spoil everyone you love. Your partner, your mum, your best friend, even yourself.

This Valentine’s Selfridges are the pioneers of self love and ‘Galentines’. Their exclusive I Heart You & I Heart Me beauty boxes are packed with cosmetic goodies with a combined value of £130 but only cost £35. They are the perfect treat for any beauty lover.

 

If you want to do something really special this year Selfridges have loads and loads of pamper treatments that are perfect for Valentines. They treated Yanin and I to the most wonderful ‘Mate Night’ on Monday.

Cowshed Manicures 

To start our day we popped into the newly refurbished Beauty Workshop for a Signature Cowshed Manicure. This little area is so quiet you wouldn’t think you were in the middle of one of the countries busiest department stores. The Signature treatment is a relaxing full manicure using Cowshed products finished off with your choice of colour by Cheeky Cosmetics.

24 Karat Gold FaceGym Facial 

After our manicure we headed to FaceGym for a Golden Glow Workout. This is a limited edition treatment starting with a facial massage, followed by their electrical muscle stimulation device, and finished with a Mimi Luzon 24 karat gold mask.

I will definitely be going back for another one of these. My skin was immediately brighter and smoother but what impressed me the most was how flawlessly my makeup applied the morning after.

Makeovers at Yves Saint Laurent Beauty

After our facials we had our makeup done at the YSL counter. We also had a sneak preview of YSL’s beautiful new perfume which has just launched today, the Black Opium Floral Shock fragrance.

Treatments and Blow Dries at Daniel Galvin Salon

We then had Kerastase Fusio Dose Treatments, I chose strength and shine for my heavily coloured hair.  After our treatments we had our hair blow dried & styled.

Fragrance Consultation with Bella Bellissima

Our last stop before dinner was a fragrance consultation with Bella, the founder of Bella Bellissima fragrances. This was a completely unique experience, one I will remember for a long time. It was such a pleasure hearing the back story to all of the different scents. After lots of testing and sniffing I found that my favourite scent is Majestic Cedar. I have never gone for a wood based scent before because I simply assumed they wouldn’t be my taste but as soon as I smelt this I knew I had to have it. My dad is a landscaper and the scent reminds me so much of him.

Dinner at Aubaine

The last Selfridges treat of the day was dinner at Aubaine, Selfridges French Bistro. I was so impressed with the Risotto d’Orzo & Fourme d’Ambert, it was delicious and (for a change!) the perfect portion size.

Kiehl’s

At the end of our wonderful Selfridges pamper day we headed to The London Edition courtesy of Kiehl’s to finish off our Galentines with face masks and midnight recovery.

It truly was the perfect end to a perfect day. How are you going to spend your Valentine’s this year?

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When I wrote the post “Loss & Grief – A Year On” I had no intention of it becoming a series. I guess I didn’t realise I would still be struggling so much a year later.

I obviously didn’t expect sunshine and rainbows, but I definitely thought it would be easier to get on with my day-to-day life.

Most days I still struggle to get up in the morning, or even the afternoon. I feel like I have nothing to get up for. Nothing feels important enough to me anymore because Dylan has always been my priority. I often go days without showering. I don’t eat until dinner, I don’t feel hungry, I don’t feel anything. I don’t sleep until 2am, 3am, 4am. In fact, last week, I didn’t go to bed until 6:30am when Sam got up for work.

I’m not myself but how can I be. I don’t know what myself is. Dylan was such a big part of me, I don’t know how to be without him.

I want to write these posts at least once a year because the more time has gone on the more frustrated I’ve become with how taboo grief is. None of us are taught about it in School or at any point in life. We don’t know what to expect until we have to go through it ourselves.

I want to write these posts to show the people who are grieving that they are not alone, the crazy things you do are not so crazy after all, grief is a strange thing. I want to write these posts to help people who haven’t been through it to be able to understand how it feels, to try to be more empathetic towards those who are grieving, and so that when you are unfortunately but inevitably forced to go through it yourself you will be better prepared than I was. But above all I want to write these posts for Dylan.

“Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” is a Mexican tradition I’m sure we’ve all heard of. Yet somehow I only recently discovered the Mexican belief in three deaths. This is a belief I have now adopted and adore.

“In our tradition, people die three deaths.

The first death is when our bodies cease to function; when our hearts no longer beat of their own accord, when our gaze no longer has depth or weight, when the space we occupy slowly loses its meaning.

The second death comes when the body is lowered into the ground, returned to mother earth, out of sight.

The third death, the most definitive death, is when there is no one left alive to remember us.” – Mexican tradition, Dia de los Muertos

If I continue to write these posts and share Dylan with you all, he can live through you. If I share the messages Dylan taught me well enough, he can live on long past me. That thought gives me so much comfort.

I have tried and tried to find a way to write down how I feel, but it’s not possible. There is so much I want to say, but for now I’m too exhausted. So I’ve decided, for now, the best way is to show you my most vulnerable.

I have a book, it’s leather bound, engraved with my initials. A present from Dylan, on my 18th Birthday. It’s priceless. In this book I write letters to Dylan.

In the hope that maybe this will help you understand, here is one of my recent letters to Dylan.

 

20th September 2016

“Hey DD,

It’s well past my bedtime but I couldn’t get to sleep. I couldn’t stop thinking about your beautiful brown eyes and hair. I miss you so much.

I’m trying really hard to stay positive. Lots of things are going well for me at the moment. I just can’t seem to be happy without you.

Not a single day goes by that I’m not thinking about you.

Your beautiful smile. The way you smell. The way you giggle. Your raspberries.

It’s so hard to keep going without you. I know I have to. It’s just not getting easier.

The worst thing is, people expect me to be ok now. As if two years could possibly be enough time. A lifetime isn’t long enough.

You still inspire me so much. To work hard, to make the most of absolutely everything, to cherish everyone I love.

All I want is you.

I want to hear your laugh. I want to feel your cuddles. Hold your hand. But I can’t. And I don’t know how to cope with that.”

 

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