Fashion Week is officially over and what better way to wrap up Paris then with the Louis Vuitton show? I attended the last three days this season, spending most of my time darting from appointments to pretty locations for shoots and scheduling just enough time for three shows all in all.
Louis Vuitton is a brand that’s dear to our hearts, in fact this time last year we missed Fashion Week altogether as we were busy shooting for their first and only dedicated shoe store in Dubai with the wonderful Middle Eastern team, so I couldn’t have been more excited to be at Frank Gehry’s stunning masterpiece, the Foundation Louis Vuitton, to watch Nicolas Ghesquiére’s second collection for the brand take to the runway yesterday. The SS15 line left me applauding the return of the mini dress and coveting high doses of velvet, pattern and of course waves and waves of colour.
I’ve never really considered myself to be a make-up person. I got into it quite late in the game, and only really started wearing it on a daily basis in my early twenties. Even now I like to have at least two or three days a week where I wear no make-up whatsoever, and this is when working from your home becomes an advantage. However lately, I’ve gotten a little more into it and have started experimenting with my look and what type of products suit me best. I’ve decided that for me, eye make-up is a must, so for both day and night I have specific routines for the look I achieve and have collaborated with Bobbi Brown to bring you my smokey eye looks using their new Smokey Nudes collection.
My process is super simple, after applying what I need to my face and cheeks, I prep the eye area with a primer and set the lid with a base colour. Here I’ve used a blend of Naked for the outside of my eye and Woodrose towards the corners before applying the Kajal liner with a subtle flick. I finish off my look with a few licks of mascara in black. For the day I tend to avoid putting eyeliner in my water line as I prefer to have a more subtle look, but this totally depends on your personal style. This smokey eye look goes really well with a pink or nude lip. Here I’m wearing a creamy matte lipstick in Light Heather.
Look out for part two to see my night time smokey look.
So me and Nike have a special thing going on, they’ve contributed so much to my fitness achievements since we began working together in 2013 and I still can’t believe that just over a year ago I didn’t know what a plank was! Fifteen months later, I’ve managed to complete a half marathon and triathlon, none of which I would have been able to do without Nike’s unlimited support and motivation.
This is just a little post to hopefully give you a little bit of inspiration and motivation, whether you work out every day or haven’t taken your new running shoes out of the box yet.
Recently I went on a 48 hour trip with Nike and a team of women (all of whom had different capabilities and inexperiences), to the beautiful island of Sark in the Channel Islands. The beauty and tranquility of this place deserves a whole post to itself, but for now I’ll focus on what was set out for us on this car-free island by Nike.
A set of challenges were created and dotted all around Sark. We were given bikes, helmets and a map. Challenge one was to walk down 300 steps to a beautiful beach, walk back up and then cycle the length of the island to a field where we had to test our strength against pulling and pushing a horse cart. Finally, we cycled and hiked to a place called Les Fontaines where we were told to ‘leap first, look later’, in translation, rock climb downwards to the ‘Boutique Cave’ where we would be met with a spectacular view of the ocean (totally worth it) before psyching ourselves up to climbing back to the top of the cliff. This was by far the most mentally challenging yet.
After doing something I never thought I would, let alone could do, I felt on top of the world and as though I could tackle any challenge life was to throw at me. That’s the beauty of working your way towards an achievement, when you’re done, it feels incredible and all the hard work pays off. I’m so glad that documenting my personal fitness journeys are resonating with so many of you. It feels so good to receive emails from readers and even some of my friends and peers about how these stories have helped you begin or achieve some of your own personal goals.
If you’re on the edge and haven’t taken your leap to fitness yet, I just want to remind you that with a positive mentality, heaps of dedication and the right amount of crazy to think you can do anything you put your mind to, you might just do it, so never, ever, ever quit!
I’d like to dedicate a personal note to my friend, mentor and lately someone who’s been more of an older sister to me, Joslyn for helping me with everything and more then what a Nike Master Trainer should have to endure! Also, a big clap to a certain someone (you know who you are) who thought they wouldn’t get past jogging to our hotel, let alone completing every single challenge. I’m so proud of you!
All images shot by Carrie, edited by Reem Kanj.
All clothing: Nike