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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Christmas Charity & Community Work

Hi Guys!

This weekend I made an appearance in my local community centre The Hub at Ashmore Park to attend the Christmas table top fair and also meet an extraordinary little boy called Aaron who is determined to donate as much food as possible to the local food bank. 

Originally I saw what Aaron was trying to do via a simple Facebook share and it really touched my heart. As you might know I love being involved in charity and community work and really wanted to help donate to the cause as well as to hopefully meet Aaron.

So I contacted his Mother straight away and I was delighted that Gemma was really happy for me to stop by. So me and my Nan went down with a box of canned foods, biscuits and more.  Straight away I got to meet Aaron and as you can see we had a bit of fun...

We spoke for a while and I told him how he was doing such an amazing job by rallying the community together to help provide food for those less fortunate then others. Aaron wanted to show me around the hall so I could see what local small businesses were selling.

He was so cute he basically showed me his favourite stalls which included lots of sweets and children toys. I have to say, Aaron was a delightful guide and really think his parents should be very proud of his thoughts towards helping others and has fabulous manners.

Myself and my Nan spent a good hour talking to everyone and buying what we could - we honestly didn't expect to buy as much as we did haha - but we had such a lovely afternoon and even took a break to drink tea and eat some tea cakes.

I adore attending things like this not just in my community but everywhere and it was such a nice Saturday afternoon for us. I got to speak to some key figures in the community and hopefully will be meeting them soon for more events to possibly sing or make another appearance as Miss Mystic Beauty 1st Runner up/People's Choice.

As Christmas is just around the corner I really urge anyone reading this post to think about contributing something to the less fortunate in anyway they can, because there are so many out there that can benefit from things such as this.

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

The Sheep Shack Shop

Hey Muffins!

So I just HAD to share with you this new business I am now working** with called The Sheep Shack Shop because if you've never heard about it you really need to know about it! Now before we get into anything, firstly how lush are these makeup brushes?

I have literally fallen in love with the majority of items on the website, I'm not just saying that, I say it because I truly mean it. I wouldn't become an affiliate of a brand unless I realistically liked their products. 

I'm definitely going to be starting my Christmas shopping with this website.. tell a lie I already have started. Yup, last night I placed an order and I'm a tad ashamed to admit that 🙈
 But it's acceptable because it's only a few weeks until Christmas

But anyway more about the website, so what can I tell you? Well Sheep Shack sells quirky items for affordable prices. This means everything is £50 or under. There is even a section called 'Ba ba bargains' which means all the items in that category are £5 or under!

I truly love the creators of this site because one thing they love are mythological creatures meaning there are the ever growing Mermaid and Unicorn categories to suit everyone. I notice a lot of people nowadays are battling it out of which is best, personally I would go for Mermaids but I really do like both.

Now if you're interested in find out more about the products I will be hosting some Facebook Live videos and possibly uploading a YouTube video too. Until then take a peek around and happy shopping - it is a great way to start Christmas shopping!

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**please note I receive commission for each sale made

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

My first pageant: Miss Mystic Beauty 2017

Hey Lovelies!

I finally took part in my first on stage pageant, Miss Mystic Beauty  based in Worcester and I firstly have to tell you all it really was truly amazing.

There's a lot of negative views on pageants and why they exist but in the very few months of learning about them I have learnt so much and I would highly recommend if not to enter but to at least watch one to find out for yourself what they're about.

Most pageants are about empowering women and inspiring others whilst raising much needed funds for amazing charities and even taking part in community work.

This embodies all of that and more, the Mystic Beauty system also is about loving who you are and showing the beauty you have inside as well as out.

I was so lucky to win 1st Runner Up and The People's Choice award.... can you believe it? My first pageant and I came second to a very experience winner and the audience voted me their favourite. Two days later and I am still in absolute shock.

There are a few rounds and I wanted to show you all my outfits......

Onstage Interview

Eco wear
Using Express & Star newspaper clippings onto an old dress. The hot pink represents Breast Cancer Awareness, a charity I have always supported and the cobalt blue represents Prostate Cancer which is currently dear to my heart as two of my uncles were recently diagnosed!

Swimsuit: River Island
Belt: Sassy Fire

Fashion Wear
Dress: Mori Lee

Evening Wear
Dress: Mori Lee

Pageantry is not solely about looks... pageantry is so much more and is an amazing community. I was so releaved that the other contestants were actually really nice and there was absolutely no catty comments, no ill intentionally drama - we all got on really well and helped each other throughout the day and whilst the pageant was happening. Believe it or not if someone needed help getting into their dress - there was another contestant giving a helping hand.

I have to thank my amazing boyfriend, mother and family for coming to support me, they really helped me with my nerves. Thank you to everyone who donated towards the chosen charity and last but not least the Director of the pageant Jasmine Pratt for organising such an amazing system which I hope will flourish into a huge, well recognised system.

Moving forward I am so excited to officially be 1st runner/peoples choice and will be attending more pageants to support other ladies of all ages and backgrounds in their own journeys. Alongside this I hope to attend events and maybe give inspiring speeches to younger ladies.

Watch this space for YouTube videos based around pageantry, tips and more!

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Overcoming hard times

Hi Guys!

I've been through a lot of sad and bad days recently and I need to vent about a little bit because sometimes it's better to let it all out and hope that moving forward things will be different.

This year has been testing to say the least, which is strange, or maybe my karma for having such an amazing but selfish year in 2016. I don't know... but Im kind of getting fed up to be honest. BUT I promise you all, I will not allow all the incidents to keep me down.

I have been feeling really down lately and with the situations I have faced continually being thrown at me it's been extremely difficult. I mean I could list everything but it would take me quite a while so maybe I'll leave it for another time.

That's life though I guess, we have our highs and our lows but what's more important is how we deal with them and learn moving forward. I am fortunate enough to have an amazing support system which includes my family and friends. I really couldn't tell you where I would be without them.

It's easier to overcome hard times with the best support but even if you don't have anyone the only person who can help yourself, is you!

Life  is so fragile and we never know what awaits us around the corner and no one knows what happens when it's all over. So what do I think about hard times? F**** 'em! I'm all for PMA and try to keep positivity as my one and only aura, I surround myself with those types of people too, this is the best way to  stay on track.

Don't forget, we are only human and bad times happen to us all..  I even cried three times before 11am today and I just wanted to curl into a ball and be alone. But I didn't I spent the rest of the day fighting and made it through the day because tough times never last but tough people do!

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Hen Weekend Away

Hi Beautifuls!

So apologies, this post is about 6 months late, but better to be later then never right? Earlier this year I attending my cousins hen weekend in Stratford Upon Avon and my god was it an amazing weekend.

Firstly my cousin's wedding is going to be a huge Greek Orthodox wedding, but I should also mention that she is mixed race herself (Jamaican, English and Indian) and her fella is originally from Cyprus so, this wedding is a huge melting pot of cultures... how exciting! So it's only right that the hen wedding is just as big and this is a little post about that.

The weekend was arranged by my cousin as she wanted to make sure she knew everything that was going on and she wanted us to stay at the Welcome Spa which has Shakespeare named apartments, the only hiccup of the weekend was that the hotel messed up our booking so not all of us could stay in the apartment but they did allow us to stay in an amazing suite which was better in my humble opinion.

We spent the weekend using the spa facilities and also had our own separate dining area for afternoon tea and evening dinner with disco (the DJ was our Uncle).

The evening was perfect for the bride who knows just what she wants and perfect for a crowd of people who don't tend to enjoy your typical hen do celebrations.

Now there are other Bride's to be who want to know exactly what is going on for their hen do as well as the wedding itself and this is absolutely fine, it's their experience after all. As a maid of honour you MUST support these sort of brides and help anyway you can.. if allowed. Lets face it this bride is controlling and it's best not to annoy them in anyway.. just go with their flow!

My top tips for this style of hen celebrations:
1. If the bride organises her own celebrations, she will more then likely delegate if she wants to

2. If you are going to surprise the bride with something, drop hints prior to the event so you know she won't be disappointed.

3. If there is a schedule for the weekend ask for a copy so you can be one step ahead in case of any dramas.

4. If you can't organise anything in addition, make sure all attendees are aware of timescales and offer to arrange the transport.

5. Make sure the bride is relaxed and not overthinking the whole weekend away.

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