Every day we are bombarded with charitable causes to support, I’m up to three that I give monthly contributions to, but there’s one charity that seems to just understand how to get the masses involved and that’s Comic Relief and its Red Nose Day. Whether it is buying that chocolate bar, a limited edition Lulu Guinness tote, or one of its iconic red noses, there is something for everyone to get involved in, plus your also getting something in return for helping people in need both at home in the UK and in Africa.
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.
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?
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!!!
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.