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11 Jan 2018

WINTER IS WHISTLER IS LOTS OF FUN

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WHEN I WENT TO WHISTLER, I ENJOYED A LOT MORE THAN THE FILM FESTIVAL

Not being a boarder (yet) I soaked up the arts and culture and best open air snow spa I have ever been to.

Read  what I got up to for Flush magazine here: 

 

Film, Fondue & Fun in Whistler 2017

13 Dec 2017

TRAVEL, FASHION AND A MAGAZINE LATER…

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CANADA, DUBAI AND THAILAND AND ISSUE 13 OF 55PAGES

November flew by in a whirl! I have spent the last five weeks pulling together all the copy and shooting fashion for 55Pages, as well as styling the campaign imagery for luxe jewellery brand Dower & Hall and dressing the Welsh footie team in their new kit for Adidas.. my feet haven’t touched the ground!

Oh and I also managed to squeeze in a couple of press trips to the Whistler Film Festival in Canada, and the star studded Renaissance Downtown Hotel opening party (with Gwen Stefani natch!) in Dubai, and a three night whirlwind visit to the latest hotel in the stable- RenPatt in Thailand. 

Not that I am complaining! Variety is the spice, and I have come back with a corking winter tan! 

Thirteen different countries this year.. I wonder what 2018 has in store!

 

Check out my shoot for 55Pages with my fabulous fashion hubbie Christopher Sims here:

 

16 Nov 2017

FOUNTAINHEAD RETREAT- just what the doctor ordered

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This is what happened when I went for a break on my own.. 

It was paradise on earth! Actually at the Fountainhead Retreat in Andalusia..

Read my article for Flush magazine here:

 

30 Oct 2017

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS THE AMSTERDAM WAY!

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The annual Amsterdam Light Festival is taking place from 30 November – 16 January and it is the perfect excuse to sup a mulled wine, whilst cruising down the canals admiring the neon artwork, which this year, includes statement pieces by world-renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

Read my feature for 55 here

 

27 Oct 2017

IS IT A PONY OR IS IT A BIKE?

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The Slovenians are a very cool nation! And after visiting MBFWLJ, I can see that they are very trendy too……

So it’s no wonder that they have fused two of their talents in a fashion-bike hybrid.

The humble Pony brand of bikes has been two wheels of choice or more than 65 years in Eastern Europe, and the affectionately named Rog’s bikes are the flagship of Slovenian cycling tradition, so check out my report on 55Factory to see their latest collaboration….

 

27 Oct 2017

JACKETS TO KEEP YOU SUPERDRY THIS WINTER

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SUPERDRY JACKETS ARE MADE TO LAST

Alas the girls don’t get the Idris Elba touch, but I have personally fallen in love with this season’s peacoat.

Check out the new range for Superdry for 55Factory here: 

 

11 Oct 2017

SARA DARLING: BARBOUR INTERNATIONAL GIRL

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Also spotted in Spindle magazine

When I was asked if I was free spirited, I nearly chocked on my prosecco.. Just a tad was my incredulous, and vaguely condescending reply! 

And thus began my relationship with Barbour International. Not only did they want to come and film little ole me, wearing some of the latest and tres cool collection from the brand, I had to talk about me, and write about me too! Sounds like heaven….? To be honest I was a teeny bit nervous as their film crew came to set up at the 55Factory offices and they were all faffing over me and where to put the mic! 

I’m not much one for faffing,  but experts they were and we were well away. Quite conscious of talking too much, I was assured that anything could be edited, so I sat back and quite happily chatted about me 🙂

See the finished cut here: 

spindlemagazine

And here:

BarbourInternational 

 

 

 

11 Oct 2017

FROM NEW YORK TO SLOVENIA TO SPAIN

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THE LAST TWO MONTHS HAVE INVOLVED A LOT OF TRAVELLING

But I love travelling so I can’t complain! I have been lucky enough to jet off to New York with Icelandair and take part in their immersive theatrical experience for the duration of the flight, which quite literally made time fly by!

I even caught some shows at NYFW which demonstrated the differences between here and and there! Even more differences can be seen in the MBFW Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, which hosted a very interesting three days of events. Full report coming soon for Schon! Magazine.

I am currently writing this from a stunning sun-terrace, high up in the Andalusian mountains, where I am on a retreat at the Fountainhead resort. I don’t even get wifi in my room, so all I can hear is the faint sound of cowbells, birds, and the buzz of insects. Quite honestly I am in paradise!  

To finish of my Spanish adventure, I am heading to the other side of Malaga, for an equally challenging experience. As I undertake a seven day bootcamp! Watch this space!!!! 

Meanwhile when I did have a chance to catch up with my fashion family in London, I worked with pop princess and Israel’s X Factor winner for her tour with Little Mix. I popped by the K-Way store launch in Covent Garden, and was pleasantly surprised at how cool the Parisian brand has become. Founded in 1965, it’s heritage is in pac-a-macs, but after lusting after the Marketing Director’s frilly sleeved number for SS18, I can safely eat my words! 

September also saw the long awaited Leading Cultural Destinations Awards Ceremony, and brought together all the cool cats from around the world. I am not sure if I could be on the judging panel- I think they are all winners to me! 

From then, I skipped off to Wales, to style the Welsh National Football team again. One of my clients is JD Sports, and because I’m Welsh, I get to dress the boys every time a new kit is out! Tough life!! 

Until next time. 

Ciao 

 

 

24 Sep 2017

SUNTAN THE GREEK MOVIE WAY

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A GREEK SUNTAN IS TOO MUCH FOR SOME! 

If someone was to tell me that there would be a Greek movie about a middle aged doctor who falls in love with a student twenty years his junior, and things go wrong- I would think that sounded about right..but there is nothing right about the storyline of this film.  

Uncomfortable, funny and just a little bit odd in equal measures. If you’re a fan of indie films, you’ll probably like this! 

I reviewed director Argyris Papadimitropoulos’s ‘Suntan’ for 55Factory. Read more here

 

22 Sep 2017

A HOTEL FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA

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HOME FROM HOME IN TOWER HILL

New client, new hotel!

Check out my review of the fabulous and very fashion friendly hotel, Motel One in Tower Hill London, which I did for Movie Comps here:

Motel One, London – Home from Home in Tower Hill