Tag Archive: Charity

Feb 25 2014

Arm Candy: Susie Wolff Wings for Life Bracelet

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Yesterday I shared my new bracelet, the ‘Wings for Life’ friendship bracelet designed by F1 test driver Susie Wolff with Rox Jewellery on Instagram and I got such a great response that I thought I would share it on here.

Last week my fiancé went to the annual Wings for Life fundraising gala, he does every year with work and last year he treated himself to a fancy watch signed by David Coulthard, and this year he thought of me and bought me one of the ‘Rox in a Box’, which raised more than £10,000 for the charity. I could of either won the only pair of diamond earrings or this fabulous sparkly limited bracelet – even though the earrings were worth more I think I won with this beauty.

As regular readers will know I do love a spot of arm candy, I never leave the house with out a handful of bracelets on my arm, and this grey rope toggle bracelet adorned with crystal set wings to represent the charity is the perfect addition to my expanding collection of jewels.

As well as being pretty, designed by a woman F1 driver, this bracelet is only £40 and 100% of all profits will be donated to the Wings for Life charity, which is an excellent organisation that does critical spinal cord research.

Come on what are you waiting for – do something for charity and get a great bracelet. Be warned these beauties are limited edition so snap yours up quick!!!!

Buy yours here for £40.

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Sep 04 2013

What I See Project: When I Look In The Mirror

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A few weeks ago I was invited to take part in the What I See Project, a platform that brings together amazing women and asks them the simple question – “What do you see when you look in the mirror?” and the responses from my fellow girlies from all different backgrounds have been incredible, moving and inspiring.

I have to be honest when it came to filming my video I wasn’t sure what I was going to say, all I knew is that I wanted it to be honest and from the heart  - and my answer even surprised me. You can see my film here, or check out below – but basically I see my Dad looking back at me and I think he would be proud that I am using my voice to empower other women.

I love a bit of girl power, sorry can’t help but quote the Spice Girls, and this project amplifying women’s voices is truly inspiring and I was thrilled to be asked to take part. If you want to join in the conversation and answer “What do you see when you look in the mirror?” – just head on over to the website, where you can also check out the other women’s stories and submit your answer.

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Don’t forget to follow What I See Project on Twitter as each day different contributors will be sharing their story – and to keep the communication going I am passing on the baton to the next wonder woman - Ronke Adeyemi from blog Ondo Lady – so make sure you check out her blog tomorrow!!!

So what do you see when you look in the mirror?

Apr 16 2013

Miniature Love: Monique Lhuillier Dollhouse

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My love for miniature has been growing recently – whether its the tiny pen that accompany’s my Filofax, or the adorable cute mini toiletry sets that I have to bring home from a trip at a fancy hotel, or even the itsy-bitsy Victoria Sponge cakes that have become my new favourite thing to bake – my need for doll-sized has been getting a little out of control lately.

I don’t know why but teeny versions really make me smile – so you can imagine my excitement when I saw that one of my favourite red carpet designers Monique Lhuillier had created a doll-sized version of her New York flagship boutique – I think I may have squealed a little.

There are three reasons why I adore this so much, firstly, I have always wanted a dollhouse, secondly, this dollhouse comes complete with incredible Monique Lhuillier Barbie-sized bridal gowns, little shoes, and cute chandeliers, and last but not least, this dollhouse has all been done for charity to benefit Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Yes you could bid for this incredible designer dollhouse – I am already a little jealous of the winner before the auction has even taken place!!!

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Monique Lhuillier’s amazing miniature replica of her Manhattan brownstone flagship will be auctioned off at the Kaleidescope Ball on April 17 at the Beverly Hills Hotel along with nine other dollhouses designed by the likes of Mary McDonald, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Waldo Fernandez, Tim Campbell, Jeffrey Alan Marks and fashion stylist Estee Stanley.

I can’t even imagine how much this beauty will go for, a lot I hope, as all the money raised will go to the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute, which researches children’s health and disease. If only I had pockets full of spare cash!!!

I really think I need to add a gorgeous dollhouse to my ever-growing collection of Barbie dolls – I think it would be fun sourcing cute miniature pieces of furniture and decorating each room.

[Images: Monique Lhuillier via WWD.com]

Mar 15 2013

Red Nose Day 2013

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If you haven't already guessed today is Red Nose Day, a charity that not only does such great work here in the UK but also in Africa, and this year is the 25th anniversary of the big red nose!!! As well as making me feeling a little old, I remember the very first one, I thought I would do my bit and style up my new Stella McCartney for Red Nose Day t-shirt, wear a silly red nose and share all the goodies I picked up off the high street.

I first have to apologise for the quality of my style piccies, normally I like to have someone take them, because basically I am rubbish with using the tripod – I think the majority had me looking away, blurred and a few even cut my head off the picture – but I really wanted to share today so I have tried my best to show off the t-shirt as I love it.

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Each year the charity produces some amazing goodies and basically there is something for everyone and each piece of Red Nose Day merchandise raises money for the charity.

So why not pick up this year's red nose designs at Sainsbury's for £1 – there are three to collect: T-Spex, Triceytops and Dinomite – I am not sure which one mine is I just loved its cute grin. The supermarket is also selling everything from mugs, bubbles, wristbands, air fresheners, and the cutest Red Nose Day Dino Roar cuddle toy, which when squeezed makes the most hilarious sounds and I just adore it.

Then there are the fashion bits, how about a Stella McCartney designed t-shirt? I picked up the fun Marilyn one at my local TK Maxx for £14.99, not only is it cute, but at least £8 of the price goes to Comic Relief – I even matched my glasses so Marilyn and I could be BFFs!!!

Finishing off my goodies is from one of my favourite designers, Lulu Guinness who has teamed up with Sainbury's on three limited edition totes. I have the Kooky Kat tote thanks to my mum and I am still on the look out for the Dolls Face one but at £5 a pop these beauties literally flew off the shelves.

So you've bought the t-shirt, the nose, the roaring dino, the tote and the pin badge what's left? Well as a treat for being so good buy yourself some Maltesers as for ever special Red Nose Day pack the chocolate brand is donating money to the charity!!!

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Mar 20 2012

Charity Pugs: Designers Make-Over Steiff Pooches

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Mugler Pug

I do love a designer-charity initiative but I have been getting a little bored of all the t-shirts and totes of late, well it seems so has luxury online Italian retailer Luisa Via Roma as they’ve ask a number of top fashion designers to make-over one-of-a-kind Steiff pugs – yep furry pooches, not real of course the teddy kind.

There are 20 fashionable pugs designed from everyone from Versace to Valentino, to LFW favourites Mary Katrantzou and David Koma, and all have all been given very distinct styles. The Mugler Pug is chic and punky in a zombie crystal mask and pearl corset, Mary Katrantzou made her pug a floral bouquet, one of my red carpet favs Giambattista Valli brought his signature couture style, and one of the brightest pooches is the Blumarine Pug dressed in the quirky brands three-dimensional floral print tutu and headgear – so lovely.

Each ‘Pug Dogs for Happy Kids’ will be auctioned off on eBay with the aim to raise as much money as possible for children’s charity UNICEF for their Project ARISE campaign, which helps to reintegrate street children from Bangladesh into society, educating them and finding them homes. Seriously great project, so if you do have the money to bid on these cuties do, bidding has already started on the Balmain, Mary Katrantzou, and Valetino pugs, with the other furry pooches hitting the auction site over the next few weeks.

Check out all the pugs at  Luisa Via Roma - which one is your favourite?

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Mary Katrantzou Pug

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Giambattista Valli Pug

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Blumarine Pug

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Worth Couture, Versace, Missoni, Viktor & Rolf, Theyskens' Theory, and Manish Arora

[Pics: Luisa Via Roma]

Jan 29 2012

Charity: My Adoptive Donkey Queen

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Last day in Oxfordshire and Paulie found the most perfect place to end our trip – the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary.  I am a sucker for animals, especially rescued ones – it is the main reason why my three kitties were from a rescue home, and it was so lovely to see these donkeys in a home full of love especially after the terrible things that have happened to them.

If you are in the Oxford area  then I totally recommend visiting the sanctuary, it is such an inspiring place, heartbreaking to hear all the stories of mistreatment but seeing the animals all healthy and being cared for was lovely to see.

I have to admit I wanted to take them all home but Paulie said that was impossible, but I did do the next best thing I adopted one, lovely Fashionista Barbie fans let me introduce you to Queen, a gorgeous 24-year-old mare donkey who was rescued from Appleby Gypsy Fair. How adorable is she!!!

Do you have any adoptive animals?

Dec 03 2011

Charity Barbie: I Need Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj Dolls!!!

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The annual One-of-a-Kind Barbie auction for Divine Design, Project Angel Food’s fundraising event has now gone life and it is bigger and better than ever. Last year I was lusting over the divine Janet Jackson doll and this year I wish I had lots of money to bid on the fabulous Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj Barbie dolls, both have an estimated value of $15,000. Well I can dream!!!!

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Both auctions run until December 19, but be ready to spend a lot as Katy’s doll-size replica inspired by her California Gurls video, is already up to $1,750. But come on how amazing is it. I love it just for the gorgeous couture cupcake skirt, which features 70 hand-painted mini cakes, a candy-coloured glitter-kissed bodice and fishnet stockings dotted with shimmering Swarovski crystals. Seriously good enough to eat!!!

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The Katy Perry doll also comes with her own too-sweet-to-eat waffle-cone stage complete with swirly pops, ice cream mountains and cotton candy clouds. However, no sign of Snoop Dogg!!!!

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The Nicki Minaj Barbie doll pays homage to her Pink Friday album cover, which she kind of looks like a Barbie doll – minus the arms!!! Well now the doll-loving rapper has been made into a 11 ½” fashion doll sporting a complete replica of the gorgeous tulle gown and pink booties that she worn on the cover.

Of course, this couldn’t be Minajesty without her Barbie bling necklace and cotton-candy pink hair. Everything about her style has been recreated by doll-tastic designer Stephen Sumner, from her hand-rooted eye lashes to the tattoo on Nicki’s left arm, he even hand-placed each crystal accent on her jewellery.

“It’s just a one of a kind, limited edition for charity, and so I never thought Mattel would even pay attention to me,” Minaj said on the red carpet at Billboard’s Women in Music event in NYC yesterday. “For me this is a very major moment, because it just shows that you can come from nothing and still be a force in the main world, a business woman, and hopefully a mogul one day.”

If you want Nicki though dig deep for charity as it is already up to $1,355!!!

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If you can afford to bid, do, as all the money goes to the amazing Project Angel Food charity, which provides meals for men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Maybe I need to start saving now for next year’s auction!!!

[Pics: Mattel/Charitybuzz]
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