Day in the Life!

I’m not your typical blogger that has a fabulous lifestyle filled with PR meetings, photoshoots and glamorous events to attend. I’m the other kind of blogger who has quite a simple and normal life. Join me as I go through my tedious daily routine with you!

7:00am – I am NOT a morning person so 7:00am is usually the time I (struggle to) wake up! The first thing I do is pick up my phone and scroll through all my social media and check all my emails. I then walk to the kitchen to make a coffee. This is crucial part of my morning, especially if I want to have a great day! I’m not a huge breakfast person, but if I do have breakfast it will usually be out at a cafe with friends, or a slice of banana bread at home (there’s no in-between).

8:00am – By this time, I am jumping in the shower (I shower EVERY morning). It wakes me up and makes me feel fresh to death! I don’t spend too much time getting ready. It’s simple really. I wash my face, brush my teeth, do my hair and get dressed. I’m usually always rushing out the door because I can never find my car keys! 

9:00am – The day really begins! I’m usually at work by now and on a normal day it’s crazy busy! I work in a 5 star hotel so there are always A LOT of guests to deal with. I usually get a daily morning brief from my manager (sometimes). Most of the time it’s so busy I just have to skip the brief and get straight out to the desk to assist. There’s NO CHILL at my work.

10am – 5pm – My day has no schedule or routine, everyday is different where I work. It’s something that makes me a little anxious (being such a organised and structured person). There are always curve balls thrown at me and my colleagues all day everyday. We all feel the pressure but somehow manage to get everything done. 

6pm – If I don’t have any plans, it’s time to wrap things up at work and get organised to go home. Most nights I have dinner plans with friends, however, on the occasion that I  don’t, I’ll have dinner at home. I usually cook pasta, you CANNOT go wrong with pasta for dinner. I’m always looking for new recipes to try, however they usually end up and huge fail. I love cooking but hate cleaning up! If I’ve had a stressful day at work (which is most days) I’ll sometimes have a glass of wine in the bath! It relaxes me SO much!

7pm – After dinner and a little unwinding (usually with Netflix or a good book) I usually just get ready for bed. I am one of those people who gets into bed at 7 or 8pm then scrolls on their phone until 11:30. It’s a terrible habit I’m trying to break.

Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat. 

 

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017

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And just like that, the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion Show has come and gone!! The angels descended on Shanghai for the lingerie extravaganza to showcase sexy lingerie with over the top wings! Here’s what went down this year:

The themes for this year’s runway were Balmain’s Punk Angels, Nomadic Adventure, Porcelain Angels, A Winter’s Tale, Millennial Nation and Goddesses.

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Angels Lais Ribeiro dazzled in the $2 Million Champagne Fantasy Bra, featuring gold leaf and sapphire detailing complete with a matching bejewelled belt.

 

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Harry Styles, Miguel, Yundi, Leslie Odom Jr. and Jane Zhang all performed on the runway.

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Angel Candice Swanepoel made her runway return after having a baby last year!

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Model Ming Xi took a tumble on the runway! She was helped up by fellow model Gizele Oliveira!

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Bella Hadid flew solo without sister Gigi Hadid, after she was refused a Chinese visa!

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Veteran angel Alessandra Ambrosio took her final runway walk as an angel! She announced she is retiring from modelling! 

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Watch the full show in the link below!

https://www.victoriassecret.com/fashion-show/videos

Another year done and dusted! I’m already counting down for the next one!

Is Instagram Ruining Our Lives?

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Haven’t posted for a while, and I was scraping my brain trying to figure out something I can write about. I don’t know if it is because I am busy, life is changing, or if I’m simply feeling uninspired. After thinking and debating, there is something I want to address: Instagram … it’s VERY deceiving. For some reason I just can’t seem to get that through my head. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Instagram, but it’s nothing but A LOT of smoke and mirrors and nothing is what it seems.

As young adults we are all on a continuous journey to find and love ourselves. Which is never going to happen if we keep trying to be a filtered standard of ourselves that isn’t even real! Sounds like some super messed up and unachievable shit. What does that say about what we think of ourselves and our goals in the first place? How can we achieve them when we don’t feel good enough to be ourselves, let alone to even want to be ourselves.

Here’s the harsh truth are you ready to hear it?

1.) Let’s be honest most of us are looking for validation.

2.) #BodyGoals – We see that hashtag almost every day on our Instagram timeline. Most likely, there will be a skinny pretty girl or boy in the picture with a flat stomach/abs. We’ve all seen it, and we’ve all wanted to be them at some point in our lives (Do not deny it, you know it’s true). So, are they really our body goals or is it just a silly fantasy that is bringing down our self-confidence? I don’t know about you, but social media has quickly destroyed my self-confidence.

3.) There’s this pressure to be “camera ready” at any given time of day.

4.) Instagram is the first thing I look at in the morning and the last thing I look at when I go to bed – this is borderline an addiction.

What have I learnt from Instagram? Most girls want to be skinny, and guys want to look ripped, and if you don’t look like that, then you’re considered unattractive … harsh reality right? But let me break it down for you once more!

1.) NO ONE wakes up with perfect hair and skin. NO ONE eats on a terrace with a beautiful mountain view every morning. NO ONE has a perfect relationship full of gifts, hand holding, and adventures.

2.) Everyone wakes up with a zit the size of a mountain on their forehead every once in a while (guilty). Everyone spends a day in bed eating junk food and binge watching Netflix (guilty). Everyone argues with their significant other (not guilty #singleAF). Everyone has bad days, they just don’t post it on social media!!!

Quite frankly, Instagram is transforming us literally into our own worst critics. Believe it or not if you want. Rant over!

 

Balmain SS/18

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The Balmain Army rallies together once again to conquer Paris Fashion Week, descending on the very opulent Garnier’s Opera House. The inspiration for the show and the collection derived from Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing’s visit to the parisian ballet when he was younger! Rousteing says it’s a dream come true to design for the ballet and showcase his collection in such a historic, iconic location.

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The collection itself is probably Balmain’s most fashion-forward yet, featuring a handful of see-through, clear PVC skirts, coats and booties. The designer has managed to make the looks simultaneously dressy and effortless, with power suits and form-fitting dresses adorned with sequins and fringy details. While this is a fresh new fashion-forward look for the fashion house, the collection does stay true to it’s signature ‘Balmain’ style. As always, the Balmain Army featured a heavenly host of supermodels. To walk for Balmain is a top privilege for any model so the only the best of the best walked down the runway. Below are some of the looks worn by the industry’s top models, Including a few comebacks from models Karolina Kurkova and Magdalena Frackowiak who have been absent from fashion weeks for quite some time. 

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Natalie Vodianova | Natasha Poly | Kasia Struss
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Valery Kaufman | Sasha Luss | Bianca Balti
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Ming Xi | Roosmarijn de kok | Josephine Skriver
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Elsa Hosk | Cindy Bruna | Magdalena Frackowiak 
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Dilone | Herieth Paul | Romee Strijd
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Kate Grigorieva | Daniela Braga | Sara Sampaio
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Grace Bol | Riley Montana | Maria Borges 
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Karolina Kurkova | Martha Hunt | Soo Joo Park
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Alessandra Ambrosio | Georgia Fowler | Jourdan Dunn

See the full collection/show below!

 

 

A Letter To My 12 Year Old Self

Hey 12 year old Sam,

I think about you often. Not only about your ideals, your naïve outlook on life, but also how you would see me. How proud you would be of me if we ever met. 

I remember back in grade 6 you had no comprehension of the big move you were about to embark on with your family. You had to leave all your friends behind and neglect everything you thought you knew about life, because life in America is VERY different. However, you were lucky to not be in that situation alone, having your twin sister by your side every step of the way. All throughout high school you struggled with fitting in and finding the right group of friends. Don’t worry, as you progressed through your formal education, you placed less importance on trying to fit in and impress people. 

I understand your hopes and aspirations. You believe in creativity, being good to people and trying your best. You think thinking positively can get you through almost anything, as long as you understand your limits. You want to be a Vet and you’ve been convinced your whole life you wanted to be one. I hate to break it to you but thats not the path you are going to take. I cringe at the sight of blood and dead animals. The introverted little Sam that loved animals is still there, but your confidence and love for people grew TREMENDOUSLY and has shifted your career focus to business and the service industry (weird right?).

Your struggle with weight and body image was so hard, and unfortunately you will still face that struggle 8 years down the track. You were bullied for being fat and queer at 12 and now it continues at 21 for being too skinny. It will be tough. Your life is still controlled by insecurities and fear, but your beliefs have evolved. You want to be good to people, but are afraid sometimes you haven’t been. You’re afraid to think positively because you know that somewhere, somehow, something will shut your positivity down. You quite often want the same things as others, but need to remember that comparing your life to others will always make you come up short in the end!

I can proudly say, you will SLOWLY start to care less about you insecurities. While both of us have feared rejection for the majority of our life, I’m starting to embrace it. I’m starting to realise that I will never achieve anything without being rejected. You will have your doubts when you experience the amount of the rejection you are going to face, but I assure you it will all make sense in the end.

At 21, your life has changed A LOT. You have a degree, you’ve worked at Disney World, you have a full time job with one of the largest hotel brands in the world and you have AMAZING friends. You’ve surrounded yourself with people who lift you up. Mum, Dad and Rebecca are all thriving in their careers as well and with their support, you’re finally going after the things you want! I’m happy because I’m trying. I’m learning not to turn down opportunities because I fear I’m not right for the job, or that I will fail. 

Remember that it’s okay to be different and to stand up for what you believe in. It’s okay to take things at your own pace. You have a wonderful, long, and eye-opening road in front of you. 

And as for me? I have plenty of time to make both of us proud.

Good Luck,

Your 21 year old self

P.S. Brace yourself for how sassy you will become, it will be one of your defining qualities 😉 

Moschino SS/18

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WHAT A COLLECTION! Jeremy Scott WOW’s us once again at Milan Fashion Week! Biker ballerinas were Scott’s story on the runway: leather jackets, satin bustiers, tulle tutus, and fishnets in a couple dozen variations, with some DIY tees thrown into the mix. The show featured a bevy of top models including Kaia Gerber, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Grace Elizabeth, Taylor Hill, Joan Smalls, Elsa Hosk and Mayowa Nicholas.

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Kaia Gerber | Bella Hadid | Gigi Hadid
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Mayowa Nicholas | Elsa Hosk | Dilone

He certainly didn’t fail to put smiles on people’s faces, especially with a surprise finale section of dresses that recast his models not as butch femmes and tough chicks, but as flowers.

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Joan Smalls | Gigi Hadid | Grace Elizabeth 

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Another fun vibrant collection that went down in true Jeremy Scott style! View the whole show below!

Tom Ford SS/18

And just like that … it’s NEW YORK FASHION WEEK! We’re back baby! Tom Ford knows how to make an entrance. At his return to New York Fashion Week, the designer transformed the Park Avenue Armory into a luxurious space to showcase his glamorous, sharp, and sexy Spring 2018 collection. There was a star studded front row of celebrities and models among the likes of Kim Kardashian, Doutzen Kroes, Cindy Crawford, Gwendoline Christie, Naomi Campbell and Cardi B.

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Binx Walton gave the all important first AND last impression … The American model got the top honour of both opening and closing Tom Ford’s show this season. At the start, she emerged to the tune of David Bowie’s “Fame” in a golden shorts-suit with a chain mail top and pink stilettos, and she closed the show in a languid gown with sequin sleeves.

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The clear feel of the collection was return to glamour, meets the 90’s. Ford’s jackets were confident, expertly cut and paired with a plunge-front or backless jumpsuits. This season recaptured 90’s glam with the hip-flashing maillots he paired with low-slung pants. Cut-out jersey column dress and crystalized T-shirts stood out to me in the collection. There was day-wear and evening-wear, making it a very versatile collection. Check out some of the looks below!! 

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