SAYING BRING IT ON TO LIFE

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I spend my entire life convincing myself I’m really living life to the full, when deep down, I know that it’s not the case – definitely not every day like if I was the ‘best’ version of myself.

That all changed recently on one particular day in June this year. I was on shoot and happened to check my emails, only to be met with one from Nivea challenging me to go skinny-dipping in a lake in Wales with two other bloggers. I read it aloud to Jazmine, who I was on the shoot with, and thought ‘never ever’. It was only when Jaz said she thought it would be amazing that I even questioned why I was saying no. Fear? Probably. On realising my reason for thinking no, I immediately said yes. This was one of those chances to really and truly say ‘Bring It On’ to life and prove to myself that I could get so far to the edge of my comfort zone and be A-OK.

The week after, I drove through the night after shooting a look book all day, had a couple hours sleep in a hotel in the mountains and met the amazing Nivea team over breakfast. I couldn’t have been more excited. Myself, Mercedes and Rosie along with the rest of the team were driven through the mountains and around beautiful Wales until we eventually found our destination. At this point I think it’s only too important to highlight that I presumed there might just be us and one camera man other than the Nivea guys. Instead, when I hopped out of the minibus, I was met with a massive production team of 30+, safety guys galore, paramedics and so many more people all there to make sure we could do our challenge in safest and most amazing way possible. It all of a sudden seemed so real and  I was filled with nervous butterflies but equally could not wait.

We were let loose around the forest nearby and had to find the lake ourselves which was quite frankly, no mean feat. When we got there, any doubts, fear and shyness completely disappeared and I had the time of my life. Getting to the end of your comfort zone really and truly feels amazing. The biggest, biggest thank you to everyone at Nivea and the production company for helping me say ‘Bring It On’ to life. Everyone’s been sharing their own ‘Bring It On’ moments online with #BringItOn and tagging Nivea – it’s been amazing seeing them all.

Have you watched the video above? What did you think? Since that amazing day, I’ve been trying to channel this every single waking moment, so if any other brands, companies or even you readers have a challenge, email me, I’m here and ready waiting to say Bring It On. x

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Do you always say Bring It On to life? Tell me all about your own favourite moments in the comments below!

HOW TO STYLE JEANS 7 WAYS – #7DAYDENIM

Denim features rather heavily in my wardrobe, but in hindsight, it doesn’t really get much of a look in when I’m choosing what to put on in the morning these days! When Uniqlo asked me to collaborate with them and take part in a #7DayDenim challenge I jumped at the chance and couldn’t wait to get out of my comfort zone and style jeans each day for a week. You might have seen on my Instagram or Facebook page, my phone snaps of my outfit each day, but in case you missed it I thought it would be a pretty nice idea to do a round up of my week. From dressing for meeting girlfriends, working from home, shopping with mumma divine, going exploring, date nights and working on a shoot, my three pairs of Uniqlo ultra stretch jeans saw me through the week!
 
Fancy winning some of your own? Uniqlo are being rather generous and giving away £200 to spend online! How can I enter, I hear you ask! Well…
 
1.     Follow UNIQLO UK on instagram
2.     Upload your ultimate denim look and tag @UNIQLO_UK and use the hashtag #UNIQdenim
 
It’s as simple as that! The competition opened at 13:00 on 11th August, 2014 and closes at 23:00 on 8th September, 2014. There will be one overall winner of first prize, with only the UK participating. One winner will be selected at random from UK entries to win £200 to spend at UNIQLO UK Online Store. Good Luck!
Which is your favourite look? I’m going to stock up on a few more pairs of jeans, help a girl out and let me know where are your favourites from in the comments below! 😉 x

4 STEPS TO PERFECT HOLIDAY PACKING

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After finding myself making the same holiday packing mistakes again year after year, I think I’ve finally got it down to a tee! With my own summer holiday just around the corner, what better time to share my four steps to holiday packing perfection?! Right, grab yourself a cuppa, get comfy and prepare to write your ultimate holiday packing list…

 

1. Preparation – Pretty obvious and self explanatory, but it’s super important to consider how long you’re going for and whether you really need those extra knickers ‘just incase’. Just incase of what exactly?! I ask myself this every time, cos I’m guilty of it too! Do a little research in to what the weather is up to and generally just give yourself time to get organised. No ‘night before’ packing please 😉
2. Colour Palettes – Now, nobody is saying you have to be boring and wear the same colour your whole trip, but choose a handful of shades that will compliment each other. Mixing and matching to make new outfits is your best friend. Chic monochrome, nautical navy and reds, or pastel shades all work a treat! If you’re going with lots of bright shades, keep your accessories and footwear neutral.
3. Budget – Don’t pack anything that’s cost you a fortune or you’d be upset to lose. After my case going completely missing never to be seen again not just once, but twice now (I know right!) and loosing some of my favourite vintage finds and expensive pieces I’d saved hard for, I always make sure I pack with that in mind. The high street has some amazing bits, I picked up my bikini from George whilst doing my food shop can you believe! Don’t be afraid to grab yourself a bargain!
4. Capture – Whether you’re on holiday the other side of the world or on a mini break just thirty minutes away from your home, getting time away fills you with inspiration and ideas. Make sure you’ve got some way of capturing your thoughts and make memories along the way. I always take a pocket-sized notebook that never leaves my side, plus my DSLR and a film camera too.
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Do you have any holiday packing tips you’d think we’d all love? Leave them in the comments below or tweet me as I’d love to hear all about them, my suitcase will thank you later! 😉 x