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I had the pleasure to be featured in January 2018’s issue of Hearst’s Good Housekeeping Magazine, as one of five women chosen for a real-life feature titled 2018 Our Year To Shine!
All of our journeys were different. We all had faced challenging times and are now looking forward to a new year and chose it as our time for a fresh start. Our stories ranged from death and becoming a carer to a parent (Sarah-Jane), surviving breast cancer (Juliet), achieving the desired weight loss (Kathryn), a career change later in life (Jenni) to letting go and moving forward after a painful divorce (me).
All these experiences are not the easiest to talk about and share let alone publically. Yet collectively we agreed the process was cathartic. It allowed us to process, let go and share the burden. Sharing our stories allowed us to demonstrate that life and business don’t require perfection but resilience, the willingness to take on challenges, grow with and learn from them and share the process in the hope that we may learn from one another.
We are all vulnerable and survivors in many ways. Showing our humanity makes us relatable and able to connect. It’s the relief of recognising, “Oh my, she struggled too! She made it out the other end! She achieved and is achieving her goals despite or maybe even because of what life is throwing at her! I C-A-N do it too!” The stories of my fellow interviewees moved, encouraged, inspired, and motivated me.
The feature included a bit of each of our journeys but we were also treated to some major pampering, and breakfast and a delicious lunch. And most of all a makeover prior to the photoshoot. I was invited to Charlotte Mensah’s award-winning salon The Hair Lounge in Portobello on a Friday and in true VIP style, a car was sent to deliver me. There I was treated by the amazing hair stylist herself who to a contouring colour technique and highlights to sections of my hair. Of course, I couldn’t leave without her coveted award-winning Manketti Oil. The actual shoot took place the following week.
Arriving first thing I entered the Hearst headquarters and was directed upstairs to a large studio space.
I was greeted by buzzing activity but a very warm and friendly team; one of the most personable beauty editors I have come across Gillian Davies, the Bare Minerals make-up team Liz and Georgina, nail technician Tracy Dudziak at Opi and the hair team headed by the wonderful celebrity hair guru Laurence Close, one of the nicest people to meet.
Stylist Emma Bigger managed to surprise me with items I would have never considered but absolutely adored as she pulled my look together. Liam Duke managed to get all of us ladies comfortable and relaxed in front of his camera and captured some beautiful images.
Check out Good Housekeeping Magazine here: http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/news/mary-berry-christmas-tips-january-cover-star
Melanie Jones PR handled the guest list and managing VIP’s for the inaugural Essex TV Awards set up to acknowledge and celebrated local heroes, businesses, charities, talent, and entrepreneurs from Essex.
The Awards were hosted by actress Joanna Andr, who invited chief executive Tim Tiernan to present the highlights of Essex TV’s portfolio of work over the year.
President of the EssexPower100 List Nicholas Taylor LLBshared via VT before the awards ceremony. EssexPower100 List sponsored the Essex TV Awards alongside WeEngraveEpping, Hereford Films, Fashions Finest, Bux Beauty and Kokomelt.
The awards ceremony was presented by The Mayor of Epping – Cllr Church, The Mayor of Redbridge – Cllr Huggett, The Mayor of Basildon – Cllr Harrison, The Mayor of Brentwood – Cllr Russell and Epping Forest District Council chairman – Cllr Stallan.
Amongst guests attending Glenn & Bliss Tamplin, TV personality and actor Paul Danan, actor and producer Jamie Chambers, actress Danielle Westbrook, Rodrigo Alves, Chelsea Singh, former Miss Great Britain and model Shelby Tribble, model Crystal Foster to name a few. Shaynne O’Shea wowed with her performance on stage.
The 2017 winners are:
Business Of The Year – PIVAZ
Charity Of The Year – Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
Entrepreneur Of The Year – Glenn Tamplin
Talent Of The Year – Amar Adatia
Celebrity Of The Year – Chelsea Singh
Start-Up Of The Year – Capricho Portuguese Kitchen
Sportsperson Of The Year – Zayn Bux
Community Group Of The Year – Brentwood Centre
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year – Rochelle Wood
Friday 13th is here once again and for the 49 million Brits who fear it most, chances are they will be sat indoors with their fingers firmly crossed waiting for it to be over. The superstition itself is said to stem from early Christianity, as Jesus Christ was crucified on a Friday and Judas Iscariot was the 13th guest at the Last Supper. Add them both together and what do you get? The most feared date in the calendar…
Another historical belief is that the fear of Friday 13th generated from King Philip IV of France, as he commanded for hundreds of Templar Knights to be arrested on Friday 13th, 1307. After their arrest, they were tortured and burned alive. Freak events in recent history, such as a 13-year-old boy being struck by lightning on Friday 13th and the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 that crashed on Friday 13th in 1972, make it hard to believe that it is all a spooky coincidence. Especially as the 16 survivors of the crash had to resort to cannibalism to survive.
Friday 13th is a date that is still feared in everyday life. Richard Riakporhe, Professional Boxer, worries about superstition and Friday 13th when it comes down to his fights. He said: “I would feel slightly cautious because of so much stigma being attached to that date. I tend to say a prayer not asking for victory in my duel but to protect myself and my opponent in case of potentially life-threatening injuries.
“Also growing up watching a vast amount of superstitious horror movies since youth has left that percentage of doubt in me that something could possibly go wrong on fight night.”
A new research study that explores the most feared date of the year has found that most people still believe it is a dangerous day. A definitive guide to the unluckiest day of the year that will make even the most sceptical of people shudder has been created. The piece explores the history and origins of the spooky date, as well as the recent terrifying events that have taken place on the day and celebrity related Friday 13th facts. Check out the research here, if you dare…
Award-winning jewellery brand Pautinka UK came to us in need of guidance as a new brand to the UK. We provided advise and realised a photoshoot with some one of PautinkaUK’s key pieces prior to winning their award.