Yonique 3D Mascara and Splash Liquid Lipstick

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I had never seen any tutorials and hadn’t heard of Younique at all until my best friend from Primary school contacted me to do a review on some products she would send me. Nikki, who sent me the products is a representative of the brand, was really eager for me to try out their 3D Fibre Lash Mascara and one of their Splash lipsticks in the shade Stoic.

3D FIBRE LASH MASCARA
I have to say when I opened the packaging and pulled out the 2 lubes of mascara for the pouch I was confused for a moment. I had heard nothing about the brand until Nikki had told me about them and I decided not to do any research on the products and just wait till i received them. In all honesty I thought the brush from one of the wands had been put through a blender and stuffed inside the tube. There were loose black fibres all over the wand I thought I have to tell her and get another set because i had obviously got a defect item. But I was wrong, these were just the little fibres that sat in the tube that promised to thicken and lengthen your lashes to your hearts desire and it works wonders.
My lashes were fuller and thicker and didn’t get clumpy. You can chose how many times you go back and forth with the gel and fibres to elongate and thicken.
I am so happy with the mascara, and i highly recommend it especially for those who have light to blonde lashes that just need a little extra help without having to wear falsies or get extensions.

SPLASH LIQUID LIPSTICK (STOIC)
The beauty world has been inundated by the liquid lipstick trend with new formulas and shades being released from almost every brand in the business. I’ve tried a few liquid lipsticks from Jeffree Star to Kat Von D and while I don’t have any complaints about either of these brands, the Younique liquid lipstick takes the cake. The consistency is so mousy and glides on your lips with ease.While the Jeffree Star and Kat Von D lipsticks dry down the Younique formula doesn’t totally dry down but gives the illusion of a matte/ dry lipstick. I have to say this is my favourite lipstick i’ve ever owned, i’ve never been a fan of glossy or sticky lipsticks and the Splash is neither of those. Not the mention it lasts for hours and the colour is so beautiful. I think the photos and video says it all!

You can purchase any of the items online here!


Mahka Store Opening

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I know, I’m a little late but I wanted to say congratulations to Maguelone Calmels the creative genius behind her new brand Mahka.
It was the opening of her store in the beginning of December and upon arrival, what first caught my eye was the striking black steel frames and classic Hong Kong windows. Mag kept most of the original exterior of the shop and up-cycled some of the elements from the old metal door, which her brand “Mahka” was graffitied on and then moulded to fit the service/till area.
The colour palette Mag chose for her unisex collection, was eye candy, a beautiful range colours that faded from blush, khaki green, grey to brown and some pieced featured a combination of prints and embroidery on some of her designs, my favourites being an oversized sweater dress with the sleeve cuffs embroidered and a long dress (which i have to get) with paisley-like embroidery along the waist band.

Not only is Mahka a clothing store, it also has some fabulous artwork, a chair from the 60s that I am so jealous of, Dj set up to liven their upcoming events, or just for a regular Tuesday, Mahka has made it apparent that they are no regular fashion store, but a lifestyle and entertainment hub to watch out for. Check out Hong Kong Community Radio’s Video that featured a live set at Mahka

Mahka is located at 4, Wa Lane, Sheung Wan, just off Hollywood Road (Mahka has a great outdoor area and that they share with an art gallery and famed restaurant La Cantoche)

Congratulations my love, I wish you all the best!!

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Love, P x

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M. Stadelmann Studio Jewellery

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Congratulations Maggie on your jewellery line! I had fun shooting these pieces and it didn’t take very long, just a couple of quick changes in Maggie’s own clothes she selected for the shoot and some lipstick changes and we were done!  Her chokers are a breathe of fresh air after noticing the obscene amounts of velvet, leather and lace choker straps with dangling embellishments that fast fashion stores are selling, which are usually quite cheap but sometimes make your skin turn a putrid pantone green.
M. Stadelmann Studio Jewellery look and feel super luxe, my favourite being the 18K rose gold choker with the side tassels that you can tie however you like.
Maggie’s collection online now for purchasing and they are all available in plated 18K gold.

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Love, P x

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Ohana Doesn’t Mean Good Service

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I would definitely call myself a swimwear collector. It’s not as fancy, or old or really very valuable than most collectables but when you reside beside the seaside they start to become your everyday clothes. I am usually in them from Friday to Sunday evening, then I have to tell myself its only 4 more days till I’m in coloured lycra/polyester 2 pieces again.

I recently bought some fresh new swim digs from Ohana Swimwear, based and designed in Australia, made in China. & I absolutely adore their designs. They come in a range of prices and with different styles and beautiful bold colours. HOWEVER, I wanted to inquire about some extra details that had been left out of the product description but received no email back. After a couple of weeks I went ahead and ordered anyway (with no reply) and sadly ordered 1 item wrong, so I emailed to change it and surprise surprise, nothing back. 
Customer service is such an important factor of owning a brand, any brand, restaurant, fashion, gameing, whatever it is- you are not 100% responsible for your brands success it is equally your customers help that you are where you are.

Super annoyed that they couldn’t answer some simple emails, it should be one of a top priority when handling any business, lucky for them they make good looking swimwear.

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Love, P x

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Backstage with Maggie Stadelmann

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petra-m-greening-x-maggie-stadelmann3I’ve known Maggie for some time now, although I can’t remember the first time we crossed paths but we kept connected and she was always so lovely and such a cheerful person. Maggie is a well known Hong Kong fashionista who has just started her own accessories line and I was stoked to receive a message from her about being her first season model for the brand, of course I said yes!
Her brand: M Stadelmann Studio had 3 gorgeous chokers an 18K rose gold beaded choker, an 18K gold chunky statement necklace and my personal favourite, an 18K rose gold chain choker. She is currently doing an opening promotion so if you like what you see get it soon!
Here are some of our behind the scenes snaps…

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Love, P x

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Charo Trousers by Aanya

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I’ve been absolutely loving these trousers by Aanya. I bought loads of the same style when I was in Sri Lanka because of their gorgeous colours and prints so when I got sent this pair of Charo Trousers it was just an exciting new addition. The fit and fabric is so comfortable and the colour and print is right up my street. I got so many compliments when I was out doing this shoot. It was funny because I literally just threw it all together without any thought or styling. These pants really call for just a simple top, I prefer a crop top as the trousers are quite baggy and you don’t want to completely loose yourself in a baggy ball of disaster. Check them out here!

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Love P x

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Clean seas, Aanya prints

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I’ve heard a lot of people say summer is over but being a Southsider and living by the beach means we’re usually swimming till the end of November. I’ve always been attracted to this lifestyle, laid back, sand in your hair and surrounded by nature.
Having the option to walk on the sand and feel the ocean in a matter of seconds is a dream come true.

I recently got this beautiful Ikat off- Shoulder Print top from Aanya, it’s constructed with a light fabric and a bright bold ikat print.
The style, usually worn off shoulder is one of my favourite summer staples. This style just feels so summery, effortless and relaxed, often having a bright print or woven/ crochet design stitched into them, two very popular fabric and design choices for that summer/holiday feel.

The Hong Kong based brand, Aanya is an ode to the bohemian, chilled out babe that loves vibrant colours, and doesn’t take herself too seriously. A lifestyle brand that is expanding into other areas such as bags and beach accessories and they are nailing that vibe.

We’re definitely not done with summer just yet.

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Sunglasses- Mongkok
Bikini Top- Asos by Asos
Off Shoulder Top- Aanya
Bikini Bottoms- H&M

Love, P x

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Outlet Shopping Outfit

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Outlet shopping is one of my favourite things. I love designer goods for their excellent craftsmanship and legacy but I can’t always justify buying most items at full price.  I only go about twice a year to see whats available without any expectations or wish list as they might not have what you want. Its really hit and miss, sometimes you’ll fall in love with something, other times (more often than not) you’ll walk away empty handed so it’s best that you keep an open mind. Its like vintage shopping or thrifting, it’s fun because you don’t know what you might find, you could find a rarity and a gem or that tired looking piece that you tend to see every time you go, like the Charlotte Olympia shoes that sit on shelf: Size 38 and 39 which look like they are screaming for someone to take them home. The poor things look so dusty and battered from all the try-ons that their shelf life will soon expire.

So last week the family did an Ap Lei Chau trip for the usual outdoor furniture shopping, board game shopping and fashion outlet shopping. We started at the top, at the Lane Crawford outlet and worked our way down One Island South Outlet shopping mall. Hubby and I came across some gorgeous Saint Laurent Classic Janis 105′ Chain detail Pumps for about 75% off. They were gorgeous and without a scratch or dent on the leather, in my size and in pristine condition. The Janis Pump is a YSL classic and the chain detail just added a more rock and roll vibe to them- right up my street. So they came home with me thanks to my husband!
Check back for my next post on the black beauties.

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HAIRBAND: A gift
SUNGLASSES:
Karen Millen
TOP:
American Apparel
SHORTS: 
Cotton On
BAG:
Louelle Odié
SHOES:
Zara

 

 

Love, P x

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Pomfret Slouch Bag by Louella Odié

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A typhoon has just passed us and temperatures are reaching 36c (oh my god) an obvious sign that our Hong Kong summer is officially here and its time to bust out the summer trends and threads which means crochets, denim, florals, crop tops, maxi dresses and paisley prints.

I’m not the biggest fan of jewellery but when it comes to accessories, bags and sunglasses are the pieces that bring an summer outfit together. So when I received this chic canvas Pomfret Slouch Pouch by Hong Kong brand Louella Odié, I was stoked! The front of the bag has a beautifully embroidered Pomfret, a fish which is commonly found in Hong Kong waters and enjoyed by foodies all across Asia.
The bag features a detachable strap so you can use it as a clutch or a shoulder bag. Its a great beach bag and an even better bag for holiday ventures and day outings. I personally like to use it as a clutch or with the straps attached to one end as i’m not so into the classic noughties shoulder bag but its pretty sweet to have 3 options!
I absolutely adore this bag, the fabric and colours scream summer and the embroidery is top quality. It’s understated due to its canvas brown fabric and subtle pops of threaded colour but this allows you to play with colour and prints in your outfit and shoes.

Living 47 seconds walk from Shek O beach is truly magical as I’ve always felt a connection to the ocean so I love celebrating brands that use nature as their inspiration for their products. Louella Odié draw inspiration from the designer duo’s childhood love of Island exploration, coastal living, embracing the shorelines of Hong Kong and the UK. Their stories of foreign seashores and familiar beaches can be seen in their designs from native fish to historic landmarks, Louella Odié embrace all things Hong Kong and translate it flawlessly into wearable art.

Thank you Lauren, I adore it and thank you to your mum!

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Hat: H&M
Glasses: Mong Kok
Bikini top: Asos
Bikini Bottoms: Hurley via Asos
Bag: Louelle Odié

Love, P x
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Travel Diary: Sri Lanka

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Touch down in Sri Lanka after an incredible 5 day stay in the Maldives! We arrived in the early evening so we booked a night at the Galle Face Hotel in Columbo before making our way down the coast line.

In the morning we booked a taxi to take us to Unawatuna which felt a lot like the Koh Samui / Koh Phangan strip full of restaurants, hotels and clubs. We stayed for 2 nights and did some exploring around the area and found so many little nicnac shops stocked with tons of wooden products like bowls, elephant souvenirs, salad spoons and puppets. We were tempted to get a mask but the more we saw of them the more we felt like they were just novelty items and rare antique or vintages ones were long gone.
We were told it wasn’t peak season which is usually June to December so we got to enjoy a quieter strip (at night that is) Unawatuna has such a chill vibe about it and there are so many activities during the day that you can do like snorkelling, surfing, whale and dolphin watching and so much more. There are so many restaurants in the area it’s kind of overwhelming and a total tourist spot with some hotels signs blatantly stating that locals were not allow to stay in their hotel… Hmm…

The next day we headed to Galle Fort  which was initially built in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. The buildings were beautiful and were started to inhabit shops and hotels in the original structures, although about 50% of them were open or in use. We walked to the end where the famous Galle Lighthouse was (and most of the tourists) took a couple of photos and then went to fins shelter in a shop because the heat was almost unbearable. We didn’t buy too much, just some lovely wooden handcrafted salad spoons and a small ivory elephant that reminded me of the one in the movie The Secret Garden. This was to be added to my ever growing elephants from around the world collection which just happened to be because people started getting me elephants as souvenirs, now I’m making it a thing!

After 2 nights in Unawatuna we headed down to one of the surf spots Weligama where we had booked and paid to stay at a hip surf school, we ended up getting there pretty early so we had to wait a couple of hours till our room was ready but while we waited we noticed that it was more hipster than hip and didn’t look like the photos on tripadvisor at all. We waited about 2 hours on the hotel beach front while we watched the hotel guests surf and come back for a bathe. The owner a hippy Russian who had obviously decided to stay and set up shop for good in Sri Lanka after a visit (like many tourists) told us that the entire beach was out of electricity and would be back soon. Time went buy and as honeymooners we felt like we were crashing a hippy high school graduation trip. We decided to talk a walk and the area was still up and coming with a lot of new growth and hotel chain- Marriott on the way. The area was untouched, there were a lot of locals going about their day with no sign of anything to do there. We dragged our feet back to the hotel and as the room still wasn’t ready and reality sinking in about how we felt like adults crashing a school trip we decided to walk around the other side of the hotel and voila, we couldn’t believe our eyes it was like seeing a lagoon after a long walk in the desert. We both walked in separate directions so excited about the minimalistic luxe looking hotel that was right next door the whole time. We sat down for lunch and decided we had to switch hotels. So for 3 nights we stayed at Weligama’s 2nd best hotel where I got food poisoning which was terribly upsetting. I had only had one day of surfing which I absolutely fell in love with and the next 2 days had me bed ridden and unable to explore and surf more with my new husband.

On the day we left to our next destination I figured that I needed to see a doctor but he was unavailable and that I could go to a hospital 40 minutes away which i politely declined. We drove to our next spot which my knight in shining armour set up doctor to come visit me at our next hotel I got some medicine and rested a little more. We were in Kosgoda, famous for its turtle hatcheries and during the early afternoon I felt like i needed to talk a walk otherwise Sri Lanka would have been a total bummer. We walked along the coast and stumbled across a netted fence and it was man made turtle farm! I couldn’t believe that we had stumbled across one thinking that my luck had ended and we were going home in a few days. We ended up taking a tour and saw lots of baby turtles and deformed and albino turtles that sadly wouldn’t have survived in the wild so they were cared for by the volunteers.
So our last few nights we not so eventful but I was feeling better and we got to see the capital a bit more because I had left my wallet at the Galle Face Hotel which they so kindly notified me and held on to it till our last day.

Sri Lanka is beautiful and the people are so friendly and the surfing was so much fun, I can’t wait to go back.

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Love, P x

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Pomfret Sarong by Louelle Odié

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When I worked as the manager of a fashion label a few years ago the staff were all required to learn how to tie scarves and sarongs in different ways to maximise the uses of this great accessory. You can use it as a headscarf, a bag or turn it into lots of different dress styles. When I got this beautiful Louella Odié Pomfet Sarong, I immediately thought of my favourite top to tie. A total beach look, perfect to wear over your bikini with some denim shorts or long flowy skirt. The back is completely exposed which helps with blistering heat we’ve been experiencing.

Created by a print-making mother and daughter, with a background in fashion came together to create a unique collection of accessories that show their love for the Island life and Hong Kong heritage.

The colours of the Pomfet Sarong are bright and foolproof for summer. A striking yellow with white polka dots and a deep blue in the form of printed fish make this sarong ideal for beach, junks or barbecues.  The size is 100cm x 200cm which makes it an excellent size when it comes to tying dresses, and the feel of the fabric is so luxurious, smooth and silky.
Can we also just take a moment to appreciate the beautiful packaging!

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Love, P x

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Sandbank Wedding

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Wow It already feels like such a long time ago but here are the photos from our incredible idyllic sandbank wedding in the Maldives!

The morning of our wedding we were treated to massages by the wonderful spa team at Six Senses but we were about 30 minutes late due to the ocean just off our bungalow calling our names to have a morning snorkel, which we did about 3-4 times every day.
We were to be picked up by the photographer and our Guest Experience Manager, Sato at 4pm for some photographs around the scenic resort before the simple ceremony on the sandbank about 4 minutes by speedboat from the resort. I started getting ready after our massage and another snorkel sesh (it was right there and we made most of it) which took under 2 hours to do my own hair and make up and our GEM and photographer arrived almost exactly as I had finished. I put on my dress and was ready to pose for the cheesiest most memorable photos I will ever take.  It was excruciatingly hot even in the afternoon and my hair was started to get flat from the heat and wind but poor Adam was in a suit but wore it like a champ and still managed to look super handsome : )
We took a couple of photos around the resort, first at our bungalow then to the island’s most scenic restaurant then to the famous up-cycled landmarks sign then straight to the speed boat.

The day we arrived at Six Senses we were told that they would upgrade our wedding location from the simple beach location to the sandbank location so we were ecstatic from the day we arrived and the next few days leading up to our wedding we could see the simple marquee being set up from our bungalow.

When we arrived we were greeted by our “minister” haha and quartet of drummers who walked us down the sandy aisle where we would give our vows. The view was spectacular, a 360degree view of different shades of blue and white, It was hot and windy and we had the little island to ourselves. The actual “ceremony” didn’t take very long so we said our vows and signed our names on a certificate that said we had celebrated our wedding together at Six Senses to make it all seem official. As a Muslim Country and having legally been married in Hong Kong a few days earlier our sandbank wedding was not legally binding.

After we had be made “honest” we popped champagne and cut our wedding cake then took a few more photographs then headed back to the resort. We spend just under an hour on the sandbank and looking back I can’t quite believe we got married on a patch on sand in the middle of the Indian Ocean, so thankful and still can’t believe it was real.

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My Wedding Dress

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43 I was never one of those girls that had their wedding day planned from the day they could grasp the concept. All I wanted was the man of my dreams, for it to take place on a beach and to have a beautiful dress. This didn’t mean I was expecting it to all happen to me, it was just something that was in the back of my mind like when you think of your dream home and how you’d decorate it, I never thought it would be something attainable.

I was a bridal/made to order consultant for some time so i knew the ins and outs of the process of creating a dress from scratch. I have always had a design streak in me so I knew I would design it myself. I had done so much research for my boss at the time so we could keep up with trends, fabrics, cuts, silhouettes etc.

So when I designed my wedding dress I had scrolled through thousands of ideas on Pinterest and Simply Bridal and finally decided on a design that was very Vivienne Westwood-esque. Totally me, a perfect blend of rock n’ roll deconstructed asymmetrical draping but with a beautiful feminine fabric. But of course, I changed my mind- 3 more times.

There were just a few things that It had to be, classic, clean, minimal with a beautiful silhouette.
I finally decided on a design and took it to my tailor who I had worked with a few times In China, brought the fabric and lace from Hong Kong and started the process. I would return about once a week to check on the progress and try on the dress. As the big day got closer the dress i had envisioned wasn’t quite coming to life so I took it from the tailor because I had changed my mind-  AGAIN. I bought a nude bra and totally changed the top of the dress which ended up being similar to Victoria Beckham’s gown she wore to the 2014 Met Gala… All I can say is thank god I can sew because I had to do these alterations 2 days before we left Hong Kong to go to the Maldives.

I’m pretty happy with how It turned out, although it wasn’t my dream dress (I still dream about her) maybe one day I will get it done 100% true to my vision, maybe for an anniversary, maybe for a Friday day night.

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Travel Diary: Six Senses -The Maldives

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It was a long journey to the Maldives with a 14 hour layover in Dubai, that we thought would be great because we could do some extra unexpected exploring. It turned out to be a bad idea and the 14 hours really ended up dragging and waiting at the airport involved severe cases of delirium and an uncomfortable Bedouin tent encounter.  But after a 30 something hour journey we had arrived in the capital- Male with another domestic flight to go and a 20 minute speed boat to our resort.

We arrived at Six Senses in the late afternoon and was greeted by the General Manager and some of the GEM’s (Guest Experience Manager- one was assigned to every party). We were shown around the island via golf buggy by our GEM, Sato who also told us that the resort had a no shoe policy so for the 5 days that we were there we were barefoot – amazing.  After our 15 minute tour we were driven to our bungalow and at the door were 2 bikes with our initials lasered into some wood that hung from each bike. Because of the size of the island, these bikes were ours to get around the island- to the spa, restaurants or various snorkelling spots around the island.
The bungalow was perfect, all wood interior with a beautiful view of the reef. The bungalow had an outdoor shower and bath tub that was see-through with a window plane from under so you could see all the marine life having a peek at your bottom.

The staff were so lovely, inviting and helpful. The 7 restaurants all in different areas of the island, were excellent each with their own design to suit the cuisine and grow all their own herbs and as much of their food as possible,
The snorkelling was better than we could imagine, the reef was so close to our bungalow and the coral was so colourful and it just went on and on. We were very lucky on our first dip as we saw a little green turtle!
The spa was unreal, it had a stunning tranquil view with a team of expert therapists that made us feel so looked after. The island also boasted a FREE ICE CREAM shack on the island, 40 flavours- all free, all the time- oh my god.
The sunsets were beautiful every single night, although we did have 3 storms that only hit after sunset, lucky for us. It was actually quite scary being on an island in the middle of nowhere and also being 200 metres off shore. The wind actually blew one of our windows open and it was a huge struggle to close it. Room service was still operating which we opted for because the wind had almost knocked me off my bike  when storm number one started rolling in on the first night. Bless the staff, they were soaking wet but still in good spirits.

The day after our wedding we were scheduled to tour the area in a traditional Maldivian sailing boat called a Dhoni which was used up until the 70s as a multi purpose vessel but is now just for tours. The sunset was so beautiful and we managed to just see some dolphins leaping out of the water in the distance.

I can’t really say anything else to big up the resort, it was incredible and I’m almost 100% certain that this will always be the best holiday and resort I’ll ever had been on/to.
As we left some of the staff and GM gathered at the pier as our suit cases were being loaded onto the speed boat to send us off. “Come back again soon, next time with your babies” The GM says hahah.
Six Senses, wow, you are amazing, we had absolutely no complaints, the ultimate holiday, slow paced with sun, sand, snorkelling, excellent food and the beautiful staff. Thank you to the staff, It was unforgettable, thank you for your kindness and your hospitality, you are truly a 5☆ resort through and through.

Thank you to my hubby for the best holiday and wedding I could ever ask for. You are the best company and most genuine, funny, intelligent, caring person in the whole wide world, you have given me so much and taught me so much. You are perfect and I will always treasure you. LOVE YOU MR WRIGHT!

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Coco Q Jewellery

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Last year I met jewellery designer Angela of Coco Q while we were working on a photoshoot together which i modelled and styled while Angela supplied her sample jewellery.
I got to wear some of her lovely minimal designs, most were thin gold plated brass bangles with gorgeous bright colours woven around the bangle.
Perfect if you’re looking for something minimal or stacked if you’re looking for a bit more a statement piece.
After the shoot we swapped contacts and kept in touch. She asked me if I had a favourite piece on the Coco Q website and I picked a beautiful Celtic knot silver plated bangle which she ended up sending to me!! It came in the chicest packaging and we did have some issues with the delivery which was totally SF Express’s fault (I’ve never known them to be unreliable until this happened) But it was beautifully packaged and the bangle was well made with an adjustable mechanism at the back.
When this was sent to me Angela didn’t stock so many products as the brand was just getting off the ground but she’s got more designs including these gorgeous marble embellished spiral rings. Check out the Coco Q Facebook here

This post is long overdue so I just wanted to say thank you Angela, I love it!!!

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