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Thursday, 16 July 2015

TURNING 26 @ THE ROOF GARDENS, KENSINGTON

I'm not usually one for a big Birthday night out - most of the time I much prefer my home comforts and a takeaway. However I've had, without a doubt, the best few months of my life this year and wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate that with all of my favourite people in one place.

And so, for my 26th birthday, I rallied us all together for a special night at The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London.

And yes, it's as downright posh as it sounds.
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London

Based on High Street, Kensington the club, bar and restaurant boast stunning views of London from 6 stories high. Dress to impress is their motto and so my friends and I got suited and booted in preparation for what promised to be quite the epic birthday night. In all fairness, I was totally crapping myself - I mean, I'll pop out for a few drinks every now and then but nothing quite as incredibly beautiful and classy as this.

On entry we shuffled ourselves in to a lift which took us up to the top floor where music was blaring.
It felt far more intense than a usual DJ set and we weren't wrong - turning the corner a live drummer sat next to the DJ playing along to the set...Guys, it was ridiculously good.

We were seated in our VIP area and soon enough the drinks were flowing, quite literally, out of watering cans. The club itself was breath-taking – I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. I found myself taking a step back away from my friends, to appreciate that we were all here, in this incredible club, drinking out of bloody WATERING CANS with actual FLAMINGOS outside - I mean COME ON.
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington LondonWonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
WHAT I WORE: Dress: Missguided. Shoes: Topshop. Bag: Topshop. Lipstick: Estee Lauder
Inside the club were different areas and dance floors as well as a huge amount of outdoor space with champagne bars, seating areas and a casual massive BBQ, you know, in case you got a bit peckish from dancing along to the epic live music.

They've just got it so right. 

Partying isn't really my scene and I had visions that this place could be pretty pretentious and uppity, but I couldn't have been more wrong. There was such a happy atmosphere, everyone did their own thing and the VIP areas meant you could spend all your time with the people you'd chosen to come out with. The dance floor was a hot, sweaty, happy mess and the staff couldn't have been more attentive.
The music was epic, albeit I couldn't tell you exactly what was played, there were definitely a few chart toppers and golden oldies thrown in to the mix.

The club also put on regular day-sessions where the gardens are open to view in all their glory, bringing the club from the inside, out! It's quite the celebrity hotspot, too. So you can expect to see a few famous faces if you end up paying it a visit.

Basically, if you're looking for a seriously special night out, then this is 100% the place to be.

I had the best time - It was a really special treat to celebrate my birthday in such a glamorous way and I think the pictures go to show what an amazing time we had :-) 

If this tickles your pickle, you can get yourself on the guest list at The Roof Gardens by contacting Lux Guest List here!

And here's what I wore...




Tuesday, 14 July 2015

WONDERFUL YOU x #LIVELookbook WITH SCHWARZKOPF LIVE

A blog post announcing Wonderful You's collaboration with Schwarzkopf Live on their #LIVELookbook Campaign
Dress: Missguided. Lipstick: Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lipstick in shade Envy
So today I have some pretty damn exciting news to share with you... 

My redheaded locks have somehow managed to grab the attention of Schwarzkopf LIVE and I’m lucky enough to be participating in the next installment of their #LIVELookbook campaign. 

I KNOW, RIGHT?!

I can't give away too much just yet, but what I can say is that I'll be walking away with an updated hair colour very, very soon.

I treat my hair like an accessory to an outfit – a lot of the time I’ll find myself reaching for simplistic, monochrome and basic pieces, but every now and then I’ll throw in a bold print or bright colour. I love that having brighter, bolder hair enables me to be versatile with the way I look. Be it clashing fabric colours with my hair or letting it do the talking and wearing something plain and simple.

It’s not all plain sailing though - being a redhead is a risky business. It’s quite the task to keep it looking vibrant between appointments and leaving it a good 6 weeks at a time to maintain healthy hair means I always face my colour fading slightly. I mean, if I don’t wash my hair for a while it helps to keep the colour for longer, but let’s face it that’s not always realistic (or attractive).

Initially my hair is exactly how I want it, punchy and loud, but it’s a little frustrating having that colour fade after a few weeks and leading up to my next appointment my hair can be left looking a little dull and lifeless. 
So - with that being said, I’m determined to take one for the redhead team and make it my mission to find a way to keep our fierce locks looking vibrant between visits to the salon.

Keep your eyes peeled for top tips and helpful hints coming soon on this page and the livecolour.com website!

Stay posted on #LIVELookbook to see how it turns out! I'm so excited to bring you along on this journey with me :-)

This post is brought to you in association with Schwarzkopf LIVE but all opinions are my own.


Thursday, 9 July 2015

AM I GOOD ENOUGH?



Am I good enough?


Is a question I’m asking myself daily at the moment.

I woke up this morning and anxiety hit me like a wave, pulling me under with what felt like water churning so fast I couldn’t find the strength to battle to the surface for air.

I haven’t experienced an anxiety attacked since February – because I actively made big changes in my life to make sure I could breathe again: I’ve fallen in love, I’ve made new friends - life is really, really good. The best, actually.

I’ve also made the decision to quit my job and go to America. And when I’m back my job will be my blog.

And it’s like today I’ve realised how scary as shit that really is.

I have seriously amazing opportunities on the horizon and everything to be excited about but all I can think is ‘am I making a mistake?’. Taking a leap of faith to rely on you to do you the best way you can is a much bigger deal than I first gave myself credit for.

Everyone has said things like ‘I wish I was as brave as you’ but I’ve not felt I’m being brave at all. Because the truth is, deep down, I really don’t feel like I’ve got my shit together – at all.

I’m taking chances.

Playing with fire and praying I don’t get burned.

I’m worried that I won’t be good enough for the opportunities I’m lucky enough to get.
I’m worried I’ll let my family down when they believe in me so much.
I’m worried I’d be better at a 9-5 office job and that maybe I’m not cut out for the pressure.

But then, if I never try I’ll never know.

I guess the reason I’m writing this is to reaffirm with myself, and you, that it’s okay to freak out a bit. It’s okay to be unsure, fear the unknown, doubt yourself. That’s normal, isn’t it?

I think so.

Today, Laura reiterated a quote she once heard to me:

                         ‘The road to success is paved with corpses… And they’re all suicides’.

And I know I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to be a stepping stone for some else’s success. I don’t want to give up.

This might be a bump in the road, but if this last year has taught me anything it’s that I’m capable of trying.

Sometimes trying is the best we can do.
A blog post about anxiety, the worry that you’re not good enough and trying regardless.
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Friday, 3 July 2015

BODY CONFIDENCE: GETTING NAKED ON THE INTERNET A YEAR ON.

Today is my birthday. The day I turn 26.

And this time last year my life completely changed.

I got naked, had a photo shoot and shared the images on the internet.

In the hope that maybe I could shake the self-doubt I'd carried for years. I explained how I’d struggled with body confidence my whole adult life, that getting fully naked in front of anyone, especially a man, was absolutely never going to happen. That I battled to keep weight on, not for lack of trying - and constantly felt self-conscious because of it. That I felt ugly and ashamed of my body. That I was bullied when I was younger, called anorexic and bulimic – why did people think it was okay to ask me things like: ‘are you a boy?’ ‘where are your boobs?’. And that finally, that photo shoot? Was the start of a new, much happier chapter of my life.

Sharing the photos on here was the final part of the process and I was totally overwhelmed with how incredibly supportive every single person was. Sharing something so personal with anyone, let alone the internet is seriously scary – and the fact that not one person said anything negative made me so happy. For one reason only - it meant people agreed with what I was trying to say:

We only get one body and we’ve simply got to love it. No matter our personal qualms with it.

I received floods of emails with thank-you's and a few readers went on to do their own shoots with Alex too, which is seriously amazing.

Doing another shoot with Alex a year later seemed like the best way to celebrate how far I’ve come with feeling comfortable in my own skin. I wanted to document the process and prove to myself that the original photos weren’t a temporary fix, they’ve totally changed how I feel about my body in a permanent way and I wanted to see if that showed in the images.
Change your body confidence with Alexandra Cameron Photography. A lesson in feeling comfortable in the skin you're in.
Change your body confidence with Alexandra Cameron Photography. A lesson in feeling comfortable in the skin you're in.
Change your body confidence with Alexandra Cameron Photography. A lesson in feeling comfortable in the skin you're in.
Change your body confidence with Alexandra Cameron Photography. A lesson in feeling comfortable in the skin you're in.
Change your body confidence with Alexandra Cameron Photography. A lesson in feeling comfortable in the skin you're in.
Change your body confidence with Alexandra Cameron Photography. A lesson in feeling comfortable in the skin you're in.
Change your body confidence with Alexandra Cameron Photography. A lesson in feeling comfortable in the skin you're in.
Change your body confidence with Alexandra Cameron Photography. A lesson in feeling comfortable in the skin you're in.
Change your body confidence with Alexandra Cameron Photography. A lesson in feeling comfortable in the skin you're in.
Change your body confidence with Alexandra Cameron Photography. A lesson in feeling comfortable in the skin you're in.
Change your body confidence with Alexandra Cameron Photography. A lesson in feeling comfortable in the skin you're in.
WHAT I'M WEARING: Levi's Shirt Similar, Calvin Klein Briefs, Agent Provocateur Set in the SALE: Agent Provocateur Bra, Agent Provocateur Knickers, Agent Provocateur Suspender Belt. Stockings Similar

I remember doing the first shoot and thinking the entire time ‘HOW DO I EVEN MOVE MY BODY?’ But back then, the point was that I was doing it to accept myself, feel comfortable and now I have, now I do, I feel like I could take on anything.

It’s not about being obviously sexy. It’s about being able to put on your favourite set of lingerie and feel wonderful, because when you feel good it shows. It’s forgetting that your boobs aren’t more than a handful, that your tummy has that pouch that droops when you sit on your side. That your birthmark can sometimes look like you've wiped your bum in the worst way and have poo on your leg (that's not the case, btw).

It's remembering that we are what we feel.

And that means we can be whatever we want to be.

We don’t have to be perfect - whatever that is. Heck, doing this doesn’t mean I now think I’m the hottest piece of ass that ever lived. I still wish things were a little different. But the difference is I’m now at peace with those hang ups. I feel comfortable. In control.

Happy.

Like I can be sexy, maybe? And that maybe other people could look at me and think that too.

And that?

Is the best feeling in the world.

When I look at both sets of photographs I can see the emotions I felt playing on my face.

The first (see here) are vulnerable, scared to shit, but in the best possible way. Because I realise I’m actually doing it, I’m really getting naked and I’m not feeling horrific about it. A weird mixture of adrenalin, anxiety, pride and happiness.

The second: guys I felt so strong. Those nerves were still there, because ‘HELLO it’s been a year since I got naked on a camera and that’s still a huge deal’, but as soon as Alex started snapping away I felt myself melt in to the mattress with a sense of calm. I wasn’t worried, it felt fluid and liberating and exciting.

I’ve tried to explain to everyone I know what a huge difference this experience made to my life last year but it doesn’t matter what you say – you can’t really know until you try it yourself. But I do think these photos are a great way to show that my confidence just keeps growing, that it gave me the balls to walk away from toxic things in my life, start fresh with people who really care about me, to feel comfortable getting naked, to see myself in a different way, to not feel self-conscious when I’m getting changed in front of my girls or having sex at times that aren’t just pitch black under the covers. And it’s not all about the nakedness either, it’s how it’s adjusted my mind-set, made me feel more capable. I've made new friends, found myself in a new relationship with someone seriously incredible, quit my job to go travelling and then try my hand at blogging full-time - and a big part of that new found confidence is down to that shoot. It's given me self-belief and determination to not let myself or anyone else change my mind.

So here we are, then. A year on.

And I feel as great now as I did on July 3rd last year, reading all your kind comments.

Conclusion: 

What I’ve got is alright. I can live with my body.

And more than that, I can be happy with it.

Thank you Alex, for being such a wonderful friend and turning my life around - I love you.

And thank you to you, your lovely face reading this - because you are always so amazing, whether you realise it or not.

So, if you want to experience just how truly wonderful this journey is, and witness Alex's talents first hand, you can find all her details here. And if you tell her I sent you, you'll get a lovely 10% off your first shoot (cause she's kind like that).

A thing to remember: WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL.
(yeah even you ;-))


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

I'M GOING TO AMERICA! #WonderfulYouTravels


Travel Blogger Wonderful You shares her next trip. Travelling America and finishing in Hawaii.
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On July 25th I jet off to America for a month of travelling.

GUYS I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM.

I've never been to America before and have always said, 'One day I'll go to all the places' knowing full well I'd probably never have the balls or the money or the right someone to do it with.

How things change.

I seem to have grown a pair of some serious metaphorical balls over the past couple of months and have decided: If I want to achieve something, then what's stopping me? I have the ability to make this life the one I've always wanted. So that's what I'm going to do.

I guess I kind of believe in myself, now.

And with that being said, my good friend Nicola and I booked our trip of a lifetime and I'm so ready for it.

We met up one evening after work and made our own itinerary, a list of our dream destinations. We did a little bit of research on booking it independently, but quickly made the decision to drop in at a travel shop, just to see what they could offer.
We were prepared for our ultimate trip to be way out of budget, but surprisingly, it came in under what we'd both allowed for. Yeah, I nearly wet myself right there and then.

So where are we going, you ask?
New York - 3 days
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Niagara Falls - 1 day
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Las Vegas - 2 days
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Grand Canyon
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San Francisco - 2 days
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LA - 3 days
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Hawaii - 1 week

Booking it through the Holiday Hypermarket meant we could tailor our package to include for exactly what we wanted. I know a lot of people book on to a coach or camping tour through somewhere like STA travel, which is amazing - but Nic and I felt that we wanted to do this particular trip just the two of us, go with the flow, experience it in our own way.
Holiday Hypermarket arranged our trip through a company called Hayes & Jarvis and the package we created cost just over £3,000 each and included, flights, internal flights to each destination, transfers and hotels. It's a lot of money, but actually a lot less than what I thought it would cost to do all of the above!

So, now we just need to book our excursions for all of the places we're visiting. Having never been to America before, I'm going in a little blind. If any of you have any tips on what to do, who to book excursions through and any good places to eat etc. that would be amazing :-)

The countdown is ON.

Saying I feel happy right now doesn't quite cut it.

I frickin' LOVE the second half of 2015.

Keep up to date with my travel snaps on instagram using hashtag #WonderfulYouTravels


Thursday, 18 June 2015

MY NATURAL BEAUTY ENHANCERS | LET YOUR EYES SPARKLE AND SHIMMER WITH 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™


A natural beauty enhancer from Acuvue. Let your eyes sparkle and shimmer with 1-day acuvue define lenses.

My go-to make-up at the moment is super simplistic and natural. Made up of four favourites from my beauty stash, together these products create an effortless, simplistic look that’s suitable for daily wear.

Kicking it off with the YSL Touch√© √©clat foundation, it gives the most natural, healthy glow with a smooth and even finish – think your skin but better. It’s so beautiful to apply that it’s even okay to pop it on with your fingers, it just melts in to the skin and leaves you looking glowing and fresh faced. The Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon eye crayon hasn’t left my eyes since I purchased it. The creamy pigmented texture glides over my lids like a dream and the staying power is incredible. For my lips I’ve been reaching for Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lip Cheat; it’s meant to be a lip liner but I use it all over the lips as it gives such a natural finish and stays put all day. It can be a little drying so I’ll pop a little lip balm over the top throughout the day to keep my lips hydrated. Lastly and the newest addition to my beauty bag, is the 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™, beauty enhancing contact lenses. And I could almost explode with excitement, because basically I have found true love.

Yes, in the form of contact lenses.
A natural beauty enhancer from Acuvue. Let your eyes sparkle and shimmer with 1-day acuvue define lenses.
A natural beauty enhancer from Acuvue. Let your eyes sparkle and shimmer with 1-day acuvue define lenses.
Honestly? I’ve always quite liked wearing my glasses and haven’t explored the option of contact lenses until now. But Acuvue have created something so magical that I can simply slip in to my daily routine with no fuss but that has a huge impact on my overall look.

In short, these lenses have been created to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. They’re designed to provide a more defined limbal ring (the edge around the coloured part of the eye) which will create a stronger contrast to the white part. This will ultimately result in fresher looking eyes that look more awake, but that also give the illusion of your iris looking bigger.

You might be able to see from the picture above that the lens also has an iris-inspired pattern which works to blend with your naked eye, not masking it like other contact lenses can do. Now of course, every eye is different and completely unique, so individually we will all have a different experience and look.

Above is a before and after, using the Natural Shimmer lenses - I mean, need I say more? HOW MUCH BETTER DO MY EYES LOOK GUYS? It just brings my whole face to life, my eyes look so much more intense, bigger and brighter. BASICALLY THIS IS REAL LOVE.

The best part of these lenses is that it's not just purely aesthetic benefits you're getting. They're prescription too, so not only are they enhancing your eyes but they're doing the job they need to help you see at the same time. You can get them in two designs, Natural Shimmer (which I personally love for darker eye colours) and Natural Sparkle (which helps to brighten, and looks mega on blue eyes in my opinion). You can pick whichever one takes your fancy though and if you’re green eyed like me you can certainly pull off both for two totally different looks.
A natural beauty enhancer from Acuvue. Let your eyes sparkle and shimmer with 1-day acuvue define lenses.
Here's a snap of the finished look, with me be all posy.

NEW 1-DAY JOHNSON & JOHNSON ACUVUE® DEFINE™ to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes.
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Inspired by the beauty of the natural eye, the lens combines a dark ring around the coloured portion of your eye with a luminous-effect pattern, resulting in a brighter, more memorable you. Choose from one of two designs to suit your eye colour. NATURAL SHIMMER™ for more depth and intensity or NATURAL SPARKLE™ to add a luminous brightening effect.

If you like the look of these and want to give them a whirl then you’re in luck guys, because Acuvue are currently offering a free trial that you can register for online. Just click here to get started. If you pick some up, make sure you share any snaps using the hashtag #AcuvueDefineBeauty.

What are your thoughts? I mean, the love for me is real - I’m still looking at myself in the mirror…(#sorrynotsorry).

   Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Johnson & Johnson Acuvue via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Johnson & Johnson Acuvue.


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