PANTONE'S COLOUR OF 2018: ULTRA VIOLET

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"INVENTIVE AND IMAGINATIVE, ULTRA VIOLET LIGHTS THE WAY TO WHAT IS YET TO COME"

I'll take this as a sign. I'll tell you why. 

As you know by now, the girls and I are all models. While Sara and Annabell are still full time modelling, I decided a few years back-seeing modelling is way too unpredictable, that I'll take on a second job working at a hotel as a cocktail waitress. You may remember reading Sara's recent post about how it can be so quiet at times with modelling jobs. If you don't have family or a partner in London to live with/share costs with, it can get really scary at times. It of course can be just as amazing and busy, where you can save money for the quieter months, but I just had enough of the roller coaster. It's been three years since and in these years I found myself going to less and less castings due to me making a nice living working at a 5 star hotel. I literally couldn't be bothered going to auditions anymore before my 9 hour shifts. Unless of course if it was a strict request one with a high chance of me getting the job. 

Now after all this time, I've realised that as much as I enjoy modelling, it isn't my path anymore, and after having to work over the Christmas Holidays at the hotel-which was heartbreaking btw, I've decided it is time for a change. I am now focusing on being a creative, building myself and our joint blog so we won't have to rely on extra income anymore. I'm not going to say it was a New Year resolution, as I've made this decision on the 24th of December serving drinks to celebrating families. Oh joyful times. :)

As you all might know, making a living of blogging takes time, so it's a bit of a patience game really. It won't immediately make enough for you so you can stop working other jobs. But this is our year, I can feel it in my bones! 

So you can imagine the smile on my face once I've read Pantone's Colour choice for 2018. :) 

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UTLRA VIOLET FOR ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the institute, said:

We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 ultra violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.

From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive ultra violet lights the way to what is yet to come.

When I've first seen Ultra Violet was the choice for the year, I had no idea what it meant yet, but I've already decided to do a blog post on it, since purple has been my favourite colour since I can remember. Happy coincidence that it actually has a meaning that I made my goal for 2018. :)

Further below I've listed many ways you can include this beautiful colour in your everyday life. You can add them in small doses, such as accessories in your daily wardrobe if you find the colour too intense. I also love having purple in my home, all my towels are this colour, including my bath robe. :)

For anyone wondering, the jumper I'm wearing on the photos is from H&M and it's only 18 quid. xx

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4 WAYS YOU CAN USE ULTRA VIOLET IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE

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HOMEWARE

MAKE UP

CLOTHING

ACCESSORIES

JOINING A1 AT THE AGE OF 16

You got to love the curtains!

You got to love the curtains!

Ben, Christian, Mark and Paul back in the day

Ben, Christian, Mark and Paul back in the day

You might remember our guest blogger Ben from his time in a1 - The British boy band who was topping hit lists all over the world during the early 2000s. They reached UK number one with songs like 'Same Old Brand New You' and 'Take On Me', and their very biggest hit was possibly 'Caught In the Middle' which was released in 2002. 

So if you were born in the late 80s or early 90s you might have had posters like this one here of the a1 boys up on your wall, and you might have seen them perform on shows like 'Smash Hits' and  'Top of The Pops'.  

Ben is the youngest member of a1 and left school at only 16 years old to join the band. He spent his last teenage year traveling around the world performing to thousands of fans, and very rarely had time off where he could see his friends and family.

It's safe to say that Ben had a rather unusual 'high school' experience - and if you scroll further down the post you can read a Q&A with him where he talks about the ups and downs from these years with a1 and more. 

 

 

 

 

THROWING IT BACK TO 2002

Q & A WITH BEN ABOUT HIS TIME IN A1

How did you become a member of a1?

The a1 boys wrote all of their own songs which was unusual for the time and genre

The a1 boys wrote all of their own songs which was unusual for the time and genre

I went for an audition when I was 16 whilst I was still at school doing my GCSE's. They were looking for a boy band with a difference in that they wanted songwriters and strong singers. The trend back then was to find a bunch of model types that could dance, and it didn't really matter if they were musical at all. I always wanted to be a solo artists but something about this project seemed special.


You were one of the worlds biggest boybands at the beginning of the
millennium, traveling around the world performing to millions of fans. 
Looking back at these years, what are you best and worst memories of it
all?

My best memories were obviously things like winning the Brit Award, my first number 1, my first tv appearance and things like that. The worst? probably doing schools tours and when we first began traveling around the country in a beaten up Ford Mondeo, squashed in the back and doing horrendous night club ans shopping mall gigs for no money!


Would you do it all over again?

Absolutely! I wouldn't be where I am now if it weren't for a1. 
 

You were only 16 years old when joining the group. Do you think it was
easier or harder for you going through all of this whilst being so
young?

Well, I had to grow up very quickly and learned about business and how it os to work hard, whist all of my friends were still having fun in their teenage years. Not that I didn't have fun, but it was very different from the way that they grew up. In a way I grew up fast but I still feel like I'm 16 in my head now - so I guess I stopped maturing when I left school. I've never had to do a sensible days work in my whole life, or had to deal with any of the same struggles people usually would which I'm very grateful for. Thats not to say there weren't bumps along the way, but think they were different hurdles than what most people face throughout their life.


What is your favorite a1 song?

Caught In the Middle. It's also the biggest hit we ever had and was huge in many territories that we had not managed to break before. Like The US and France. 


What is happening with a1 today?

We are still touring all over the world. In fact, we are in the process of planning something very special for our 20th anniversary! 


Do you have any advice to young aspiring artists?

Don't give up. Have a VERY thick skin and believe in yourself - If you don't, nobody else will either!

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PACKING FOR A TRIP TO CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

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You may have already read on our Instagram account that I'll be heading to beautiful Cape Town, South Africa in less then a week. It's their summer season at the moment, which started in December and will last until end of March. So, I’m escaping the some of the cold winter UK months for warmer climates in South Africa, where i'll luckily be able to spend nearly 2 months working as a model. I've always wanted to go to South Africa and it’s been on my bucket list for years, so you can imagine how excited I to explore this vibrant city while modelling. I’ll be represented by 20 Model Management in Cape Town and you can see my portfolio here. I honestly can’t wait to see this beautiful country, meet the people there and do some exploring and maybe see some wildlife. Keep an eye out for my up coming posts from SA as i'll be writing about my experiences there and sharing my tips!

FACE & BODY UVA/SPF PRODUCTS

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ULTRASUN 30 SPF TINTED FACE CREAM

This tinted face cream is one of my favourites and I've been using it for years. Every time I go on holiday to a hot country, I usually buy it at the duty free. I find the texture quite thick, so usually mix it up on the back of my hand with my daily moisturiser so it rubs in more easily. It lasts all day long and gives you a more radiant complexion, and MOST IMPORTANTLY for me; it contains no perfume, emulsifiers or preservatives that can cause irritation. I often get a rash around my nose from skincare products, so luckily, this is a very good SPF product that I'm not allergic too. Yay!

ELIZABETH ARDEN: Classic Eight Hour® Cream Skin is now also available as a daily moisturiser, leaving my skin feeling smooth, light & soft.

  • Restores skin from the effects of extreme weather and climate changes
  • Heals skin by reversing signs of dryness
  • Protects skin from the sun with SPF 15 protection

CAUDALIE ANTI AGEING FACE SUNCARE - SPF30: I got this face suncream given to me at Christmas, so I had not been able to try it out yet but I'll definitely will take it with me to Cape Town. 

I read a few reviews and everyone seems to like this product a lot, so I can't wait to try it out myself and see if it does what it says. 

This is the Caudalie product description: Especially formulated for those exposed to extremely strong sun rays, this SPF ensures high anti-ageing protection with a wide UVA/UVB spectrum. A velvety texture the formula is easy to apply, providing the skin with a non sticky finish. Perfectly moisturised and strengthened, the skin left with a radiant and even tan. 

Last but not least, don't forget to look after your BODY skin! You really need to look after it especially when exposed to the strong sun you find in Cape Town as you don't want to return looking like a lobster! ;)  My boyfriend and I are a big fans of the Riemann P20 Once a Day Sun Protection Spray SPF 30, which I usually find at TK MAXX for a few pounds less as it's quite pricey. It's very water resistant, last up to 10hrs (it says) but I do top it up a few times throughout the day, especially after swimming as it can wear off.. Its also super quick drying, so there is no down time in the morning when you want to get ready and leave the house quickly for the beach! 

LITTLE HELPERS FOR THE PLANE JOURNEY

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Super important is also my personalised silk eye mask from Stephie Ann, which we all got a while ago. It's been honestly helping me a lot to get some rest on a long distance flight.

A MUST HAVE - PILLOW SPRAY: For the flight I'll be packing a tiny pillow spray from COWSHED. I'm loving it, I already used it on my flight to LA. I just spray it over my pillow and a bit over the headrest on the plane. 

• Calming Pillow Mist Spray with a distinctive, citrusy fragrance
• Blend of Melissa and Lemon Myrtle essential oils
• St John's Wort and Lady's Mantle extracts
• Made in England using natural ingredients
• Spray on your pillow before bed, can also be used on the skin

ENERGIZING SPRAY: I usually take on the plane a Thermal Water spray from Avene, but recently I discovered the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary mist and might take that with me instead as I'm loving the fresh scent a lot.

  • Blended with orange blossom, rose and sage waters to purify and tone and apple pectin to restore hydration, this refreshing spray promises to give instant rejuvenation. Formulated with the power of the Hungarian thermal waters, it's a lavish must have. K.D.

Then I'll take also a hydrating face mask with me like this one "Masque Visolastine" from Biologique Recherche. 

Also a little body exfoliator can come in very handy to remove dead skin cells from a long day in the sun. Like this one from DECLÉOR 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator

 

HAIRCARE

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As I have blonde coloured hair I have to be careful when I expose my hair to the sun. I don't want to end up returning to London with yellowish looking hair. So i bought this `Hair Sun Protection spray` from NUXE Sun I'll also wear a hat or a cap when laying by the beach or pool to. 

"This hair sun protection, with sun and water flowers, repairs, beautifies and protects the hair and scalp from UV, salt and chlorine. Hair is moisturised, smoothed and beautified and its colour is protected." 

I'll pack some hair masks with me and very important a hair oil for try ends and to add some shine to my hair. (Those 2 products you see here besides the NUXE spray are from Germany and only available in the drugstore there ;). 

Once I'm in Cape Town I'll be writing some posts about my stay etc. So stay tuned and expect some sunny images coming your way very soon here. xx Annabell 

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THE PLASTIC BAG CHALLENGE

It is no secret that we are slowly killing our planet with plastic! Most plastic these days are synthetic and therefor does not biodegrade, which means that it piles up as waste all around in our beautiful nature – leading to destruction of fragile ecosystems.

SAY NO TO SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS

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One massive environmental issue these days is the amount of the plastic carrier bags that we use on a daily basis. A majority of them ends up in our oceans. Many of which wash up on shore polluting and destroying the environment. But worst of all, the plastic is often eaten by marine animals that then lead to fatal consequences. I know I sound quite dramatic now, but this is a very serious issue that we should all try and address somehow. Why isn’t there a ban on offering plastic bags in shops when it is so easy to offer paper bags instead? Well, I know there is a ban on lightweight plastic bags in several local territories around the world – but they are still very much accessible here in London and most places I have visited lately.

Plastic waste destroying our nature!

Plastic waste destroying our nature!

So what can we do as individuals to help this situation? There are of course many ways of reducing our use of plastic, and some are more extreme than others. But lets have a look at some very doable options that doesn’t mean you have to make big changes to your life style.

MY NEW YEARS RESOLUTION 

On New Years Eve I was having a little thing about what my New Year resolutions should be. Of course, like most of us, I too have the intensions of taking better care of my self; exercise more, eat healthier, drink more water and less alcohol and so on. You know, the standard January stuff. But as a little challenge to my self I also decided to see if I’m able to go a whole year without using any new plastic bags. So ever since the 1st of January I have been brining old reusable plastic bags with me when I go food shopping, and I always tend to keep a folded up cotton bag inside all of my handbags so that I always have something to carry stuff in if I buy anything whilst I’m out. And so far I find that this is very doable and actually no problem at all. The main issue is the fact that I sometimes forget to bring reusable bags with me, which means I have ended up at several occasions carrying a few too many items back with me from the shop with no bag. Balancing them all on top of each other, and probably looking like an absolute idiot trying to get it all back home with me. Luckily I do live like 300 meters from my local grocery store, so this is not a big problem.

Bring cotton bags with you to the shops instead of using new plastic bags

Bring cotton bags with you to the shops instead of using new plastic bags

In The UK they actually implemented a new rule in October 2015 saying that all large shops need to charge 5p for all single-use plastic bags. This is something they have done in hope of encouraging people to use reusable bags instead. However, 5p is next to nothing so I recon most people won't mind at all paying this tiny fee for a bag. However, I bet people keep thinking that I am the stingiest person ever not wanting to spend 5p on a bag when they see me struggling home with all of my groceries balancing in my arms :P But I obviously don’t do this challenge for the sake of saving money – I do it for the environment. I know it is a very small contribution to the reduction of plastic use – but it is better than doing nothing at least. We can actually make a big difference if we all stop using them. So I encourage anyone who reads this to join me in a plastic bag – free 2018!

OTHER LITTLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE YOUR USE OF PLASTIC ARE:

Don’t use straws. When in bars and restaurants, ask specifically not to get a straw in your drink.

Use reusable water bottles instead of single-use plastic ones.

Buy food with less or no plastic packaging when possible. In most supermarkets you can buy fruit and vegetable loose rather than pre-packaged.

Order your milk from the milkman (sounds old fashion I know – but it is still a thing here in The UK apparently). The milkman reuses your old glass bottles, which you leave out for him/her when you are done with them.

Choose product alternatives that come in glass or cardboard packaging rather than in plastic.

And for the plastic that you do use, make sure to recycle as much as possible of it! :)

 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM ZOE DESCHANEL

You might have seen this video already as it has been shared around on facebook for a while now. If you haven't seen it though, then please take a look :)