It's All About Me
Some people wear clothes because they have to. They get up, put something on and off they go.
I love the way clothes make me feel - the confidence they give me - the way they can reflect or transform my mood.
I think with age comes confidence - when you start to feel comfortable in your own skin - when you don’t really care what other people think - when you start to dress for you.
I want to live longer by being fit and healthy and looking after myself.
I care about my appearance and want to make the most of what Mother Nature gave me.
I have a lifelong interest in fashion and beauty and I surround myself with fabulous friends who have come with me on this incredible journey.
Life’s too short to not glam up and party and I want to share my passion for fashion with you... so welcome to my world.
I want to start by thanking all the lovely people who took the time to send messages telling me how much they enjoyed the October ‘Halloween Special’ issue.
For me personally, it was a very special issue - and to hear how much you enjoyed reading it - well I was thrilled. Thank you so much.
This month kicked off with a much needed visit to NamasDay for a hot stone, full body massage.
How can I describe it? Heaven on earth! It was 90 minutes of sheer bliss and pure relaxation, where I could forget about everything and just enjoy the wonderful sensation. I now have a standing appointment every four weeks to repeat this heavenly experience.
The following week I went to a fashion show at Moda, Swansea. Richard Jones - the owner - really knows how to spoil his guests. The canapes were delicious and the champagne flowed as the models strutted their stuff in the latest Versace and Armani Collections.
This sort of event is right up my street! Thank you for the invite Richard, and don’t wait too long before you hold the next one.
I usually take part in the ‘Race for Life’, but having run this so many times, I wanted to try another charity event. So I signed up for ‘The Big Pink’. With a difference...
There were no rules with this - you could host any fundraising event you wanted, wherever you wanted and try to raise as much money as possible.
In preparation for this event, hair and nails would just have to be done!
Lucy at Irresistible Beauty created beautiful pink and gold nails, to echo the ‘Big Pink’ theme, and Hilary styled my hair in an elaborate ‘up-do’ which looked fabulous.
I decided to invite some friends over for a garden party. Yes, I know it was October and cold. But we did have LOTS of patio heaters!
Now here follows the edited version...cross my palm with donations for the ‘Big Pink’, and I might just reveal more...
The garden was lit up with a huge pink tree and lots of pink balloons, including an inflatable unicorn...We had a barbecue and a fire pit with magical multi-coloured flames! This is where we made the ever popular, North American campfire treat, s’mores - “melt your mallows, smear your [Graham] crackers and top with devilishly decadent chocolate”. WOW! That was a ‘cheat treat’ off the scale!!
As the sugar rush subsided, we watched an outstanding firework display - don’t think the neighbours were quite so impressed, unlike the International Space Station! - and to keep warm, we sat in the pool drinking lots of champagne, with the occasional ‘Space Dust’ shots, which were hilarious and kept the evening fizzing along in more ways than one!!
The raffle was rather risque as was the conversation! More blue than pink!! We had a fantastic night and raised a lot of money for Breast Cancer Care. I have to say that training for this event was a lot easier than the Race for Life. After the Race for Life my legs ache for an hour; after this event, I couldn’t get off the sofa for twelve hours! And there’s a couple of guests who’ve said they’ll sign up for the Race for Life next year, as the recovery time is shorter!
A few days later and fully recovered, it was time for the lovely Sophie Watkins to sort out my hair extensions. Every 10 weeks they are taken out, and put back in to keep them in tip top condition. Sophie is a sweetheart. She’s bubbly and full of conversation and makes the time it takes to do my hair, fly by.
With the end of the week approaching, it was time for a big meeting with my personal trainer Tara Hammett. We are working together on a ‘Top Secret’ joint project - which we will be sharing with you in December.
So armed with notebooks, pens, laptops and Hotel Chocolat Infusion Teabags (see this month’s Lush List) we sat down and plotted and planned our ‘World Domination’ together.
This is such an exciting time for both of us - so watch this space for more details of what we are up to.
We also went over ideas for Tara’s new and exclusive column ‘Hurricane Tara’, which begins in December - I am certain you will be totally hooked and inspired with her tips and enthusiasm.
Finally it was time for my monthly photoshoot. And this month was no exception when it came to fun and creativity. The theme was ‘Rain’ in homage to the great British weather and also a chance to wear one of my favourite items of clothing - a trench coat. And I got to showcase the fabulous nails designed for me by Lucy.
My husband Adrian took the photos which feature in Love It! Rock It! Own It! Yet again he has done an amazing job.
Jenna Kelly, makeup artist extraordinaire, created the look, which you can read all about in her column ‘Jenna-rate’ the look’.
And Rhys Warlow captured all this on film and edited the fabulous ‘Rain’ video for your enjoyment, available in Lights...Camera...Action...
It’s been another action-packed, fun-filled month - and so I head off on my holidays to enjoy some sun and relaxation to recharge my batteries in readiness for the Christmas festivities ahead.
I look forward to telling you all about my travels and everything else I’ve been up to in next month’s issue...
Until next time...
Don’t be a stranger...
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