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14 Jan 2018

AS GWEN SAYS, I’M JUST A GIRL…IN DUBAI

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RENAISSANCE DOWNTOWN HOTEL DUBAI. WHAT A LAUNCH PARTY!

After a loooooong over night stopover flight and a suitcase change, I transformed myself from a Canadian snow baby into a rock chick (albeit a very tired one) to hit the all singing, all dancing launch- with Gwen Stefani, of the stunning five star, Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Dubai. 

Thankfully day one involved nothing more than relaxing by the rooftop pool, and then I embraced the culture! 

Read my review for Flush magazine here:

I’m Just a Girl (in Dubai)

14 Jan 2018

IT’S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT FESTIVALS

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© Photography by Khris Cowley for Here & Now (www.fb.com/wearehereandnow)

LOVE INTERNATIONAL IS RIGHT ON MY RADAR!

The summer is actually only six months away, and it’s time to start daydreaming of where you want to be. I’m a big fan of the overseas festival, and was a Garden Party lover (RIP). Read all about it’s replacement in the tiny and delightful town of Tisno, Croatia which I did for 55Factory here: 

http://www.55factory.net/55platforms/the-summer-of-love

 

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

11 Jan 2018

DID I FIND A NEW ME??

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DON’T WORRY, I’M NOT GOING TO BORE YOU WITH MY NEW YEAR NEW ME GLOATING!

I hit my peak back in November!

But read on to see my feature for Stylenest and discover what a bootcamp could do for you…

Fingers crossed you lose more than a kilo!!! 

New You Bootcamp, Malaga

 

01 Jan 2018

WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL

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THERE’S MORE TO CANADA THAN SNOW! THERE’S SOME AMAZING FILM TALENT TOO!

December was a busy month, but I managed to hot foot it to Whistler to cover Canada’s coolest film festival for The Bespoke Black Book.

Read all about it here 

Whistler Film Festival 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

 

25 Oct 2017

SPAIN IN OCTOBER IS TRULY RATHER SPLENDID

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Two back to back trips meant I spent twelve days in sunny Spain

And now I am back in grey UK and wondering what to do with myself! I would really love to get two more countries in this year, so I can keep up my (so far so good) new years plan of visiting a different country every month- nothing in the pipeline at the moment, but watch this space! As I do a press trip pixie travel dance….

My first stop was the stunning Fountainhead Retreat in the Andalusian mountains. Perfectly peaceful, completely tranquil, and the most amazing personal touches for a chilled out stay. Review coming soon for Flush magazine. 

Conveniently, my next stop was a fitness bootcamp – also in Spain, but a couple of hours away along the coast, in a converted monastery. Feeling refreshed, and zenned out, I wasn’t quite sure what I was letting myself in for. No caffeine, alcohol, dairy, sugar or wheat?? No problem right- especially if someone else is cooking for me. But coupled with the 7am- 6pm classes it was pretty hardcore, and I must admit I didn’t manage all the sessions. But team games with my other bootcampers were fun- we even did a triathlon! It’s a good test for fitness, but I left wanting more. Just got to keep up with the gym here now. 

Hitting the mean streets of Malaga before I went home meant  I could celebrate with a long overdue cava, and get some culture at the Picasso museum. So all in all not a bad way to spend two weeks. 

Back to reality with a bang now though…..

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