Get me to ‘Doll House…’

Right, so in case you didn’t know, growing up through my entire life, I was a model. Not a fashion model (I’m only Five foot four)  or a commercial model (I have the weirdest ‘non commercial’ features,) I wasn’t an Influencer (we didn’t do ‘social media’ back then)….I was a glamour model.

I didn’t find IT. IT found me….as I was sat outside a coffee shop, on 3rd & La Cienega, by The Beverly Centre in LA. (Which is where I did my entire 20’s.)

And with being a model..when you DO grow up and become an ‘oldie,’ you kinda miss ‘glamorousity,’ madly and at the same time, you kinda lose your ‘va voom’ a bit. You look at your shoot pictures and think…‘I’m sure I used to look better than that!’ Lol.

I do still model. Yet it’s nothing It was ‘back in the day’ when I was living in Hollywood, on three flights a day, being booked, shot and dashed to different states, every few hours, simply for a bit of sexy picture taking. It was my job. I remember landing at airports and messaging my THEN husband, to see how his auditions or filming for the day had gone?

It was a dream.

When I was a little girl, it was was all I wanted to do. (Well, I wanted to be in show business…) and I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to. So, I’m grateful for that. I’ve lived the most wonderful life. I still am. I’m just in a different chapter. And I always say that I’m the luckiest girl in the world, because no one is more determined than I, to ENJOY LIVING, whilst making any dream I can.. come true, for both children and myself.

Literally, no one is MORE GRATEFUL than I, for every single piece of life, love, family and opportunity I’ve been given.

BUT WAIT…

Of recent, when it’s come to the writing, the blogging, the influencing, I’ve felt on top of the world, almost in a ‘hero’ excitement of ‘I’m smashing it.’ And it’s important to enjoy the moments that you’ve rightfully worked hard for. You can be humble all you want. Yet, I don’t believe that any successful human, doesn’t do a cheeky ‘happy dance,’ or boast a bit of a flaunt, in the name of celebration.

It’s natural. We need to hold on to and celebrate all happy moments in life. 

However, when it’s come to the modelling front, and I have shot recently….and i’m still shooting now….I’m kinda feeling a little insecure. I now have ‘wibbly’ bits that weren’t there before and that never used to bother me. Now..it does. Especially when young ‘just turned 20 year olds’ are wiggling on it and OWNING THEIR niche, rightfully. (Which I love. Yet it does make me feel OLD.)

You will have seen my posts recently and if i’m feeling this way, then I think many women are also! So i’m wanting to help the 30 something year old woman, celebrate her own WOMANHOOD. I’m wanting to inspire, bring confidence and encourage us 30 something chicks to not be afraid to ‘wave the flag’ in the name of ‘sexy.’

SO, in order to sort myself out (because I need to find my own internal ‘ooh laa’ and quench my thirst of glamour pussing, in front of a camera, i’ve been on a hunt. (And I fancy myself in front of a camera, so DO know I have HUNTED, to find something perfect.)

I’ve literally been searching our delicious world wide web, for the absolute BEST photog to shoot me, and get me back to feeling beautiful again. I feel sexy. I don’t feel beautiful. It’s taken me months to find someone to help me celebrate my WOMANHOOD, and I was looking for a FEMALE photographer.

I’m about to venture back on the telly and I don’t want to sail through all the PR… looking rubbishy.

Two weeks ago when I came across ‘Doll House Photography.’

If you didn’t know, I adore ‘old school’ glamour. A proper boudoir shoot. A glamourous, luxury themed shoot. A picture that tells a story. Be it cheeky, or delicious. It’s kinda hard to find these days. But it’s my favourite type of glamour shoot and that’s what I wanted to do. That’s what I’ve been looking for…And I’m stubborn, so if that’s what I want …that’s all I do. 🙂

*Wink, Wiggle*

I went through their ‘socials,’ their pics, their lives, their everything…I’m awful for it…Haha. Plus, of course, I absolutely loved that the infamous Chrissy Sparks was the photographer. If you aren’t aware, Chrissy is mind blowing. She’s award winning. She knows how to get the shot out of you. I looked through the results and thought they were out of this world.

The women looked divine, yet, classy. So SO sexy. They oozed a swirl of magic. They dripped empowerment and a decadent luxury. I loved it. I wanted it.

NOW! 🙂 

*Pass me my Prosecco!*

I then read that if you shot with them, you had the full range of dressing rooms, filled with wardrobes and wardrobes of lingerie, corsets, which is any glamour pusses dream. They have pieces to delight everyone,  IN ALL SIZES, waiting there for you, to shoot in. (I like that. I hate having to take everything with me. I hate luggage on wheels.) Whilst you’re there, you get the absolute five star treatment. You hardly get that on a shoot. 😉 Behind the scenes of modelling is a lot less glamourous than you think.

But the thing that moved me the most, whilst looking at the ‘results,’  was the fact that ‘Doll House’ didn’t service models. (You’d  assume that ONLY models alike would be shooting with ‘Doll House’ photography. You’d assume that you’d have to be a size 8, or some kind of Pageant Queen, to be shooting with Doll House Photography. That can often can be intimidating.)

Yet no…I looked online and found a ton of before and after pictures of real women, of all ages… who wanted to do or feel the same as I!

Take a look…

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They had their hair & make up done. They had help picking out their outfits and they were shot by one of the best female  photographers on set, in the UK.

The women are given control of their ‘ooh laa.’ Their shoot. Yet, directed appropriately by the best of the best!

That’s what sold it for me. The simple fact that firstly it was fun. Happiness makes girls look hotter and the fact that the studio went out of their way to empower women. Y’know, make us FEEL beautiful. (How something makes you feel is all that matters.)

That’s what I want. That’s what i’m looking for.  I mean my love life has been shocking of recent. I’m not bothered about feeling or looking *blah* right now. Haha.

Give me GLAMOUR.

I’m stepping up my game…

But honestly…

…sometimes, when you’re a chick and when you’ve been through all sorts…Y’know, ‘walked a life.’ Be you young or old….Sometimes you just NEED THAT MOMENT, where you kinda feel feminine again, alive again, beautiful again, POWERFUL AGAIN….

And that ONE moment alone….acts as a graduation of your kitten soul, from little girl to WOMAN, as you embrace all that is YOU…and show the world what you’re made of.

I’ve shot with so many people, all around the world and I have never  met an actual company that goes out of their way to personally celebrate women, on a ‘one to one’ level, from the moment you walk in terrified to the glorious picture result! They represent women represent SO WELL and they pretty much take a girl, who is still hiding in her cocoon, onto her next ‘BUTTERFLY’ level.

So if you’re looking to be that ‘butterfly,’ or need a bit ‘ooh laa’ in your life…. I’ll tell you right now, I’ve found you the most beautiful place, to celebrate being a woman!

It’s a Wunna Land pick!

Look at some of these result pics, where real woman found their  ‘magic’ and celebrated their pwn version of WOMANHOOD.

Get me to ‘Doll House!’ 

DOLLHOUSEPHOTOGRAPHY.CO.UK

See you there…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s Something In The Air & Gin…

There’s something in the air today. Let’s hide from Monday.

HIDE! HIDE! IMMEDIATELY! SAFETY! SAFETY! FIRST!

Everyone i’ve casually bumped into has either been stressed out, started the week of with a jolly *thumbs down* or they’ve basically just gone bonkers.

Maybe, i’m just hormonal, who knows, who cares? But I’m gonna blame the planets, just cos i can’t blame the ‘boogie’ and well just like the lergy, the *umpties* has been passed on…I’m now moderately stressed. Infact, ‘stressed’ is the wrong word… have a lot bundling and zooming through my mind, so i’m present in person, i’m nodding and smiling, but my head is away and busy. When i’m stressed or my head is away…I do this awesome ‘withdrawy’ thing. Yet, it doesn’t bother me, as once i’ve ditched my ‘pity party i’m fine and the people who are always there for you, welcome you back with open arms, laughter and a ‘glad to have you mentally back.‘ 🙂

I’m doing that thing again where I ponder what everyone else is doing, compare it to what i’m doing and instead on just concentrating on Wunna Land. Bad habit. I’m over it now though. This is why i love my blog, it’s like therapy. Once, i’ve written it out, ‘tipper tappered‘ it out of my brain, it’s almost like it disappears from my system and pours onto you. Lol

Luckily, there’s fruity gins…

So I’ve requested for one to be poured with a *snap* and a fresh lime slice to be swimming in it merrily. I only want happy lime slices, not dodgy ones.

And to be honest, I think we all just need a chill right now, a holiday, a break, a relaxing sunshine time, laid on a lounger, doing nothing but appreciating ourselves. We want to enjoy the simple things, the things that makes us smile and as our sexy little troubles, ‘melt like lemon drops.

We’ve handled 2018 better than we thought, so far. It’s been tough. So yeah, we need a treat! Well, I know I do. I live for down time. Sometimes, we forget to treat ourselves. Don’t! Its important. It makes you beam.

I have so much pending and planned and its all actually going really well. I feel really lucky and now that I have gin…I’m kinda feeling alright. The stress of Monday’s kinda dissolved away and the rest of the year should be dandy now.

I’m focused and feisty at the moment and in a mode right now, where i want to DO WELL. But i’m being patient. I’m doing it the right way, I think? This morning has been hectic..ABSOLUTE MAYHEM, but because i’m a go getter. I’m like that in general, be it work or love….But if you don’t go after what you want, you’ll NEVER have it. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be ‘NO.’ If you don’t step forward, you’ll always stay in the same place. If you do not stick up for what you believe is right and stay loyal to how you truly feel… then you’ll never ever be fulfilled.

PREACH OVER.

Today, i’m learning that I can do bursts of hectic excitement in work, if it’s treated with chills, calm and happiness afterward.

TREAT YOURSELF. (Please do)

It can be anything! Just a moment of doing nothing, that drink, that cookie, going on that date, that holiday booking, that massage you never get around to having, that watch, that handbag, that top, that lip gloss, that time with a good friend, that minute away from your socials, or that time with your family or the girl or guy you adore.

ANYTHING.

Do it over and over again, until you don’t feel bad for treating yourself! 🙂

(I’m totally having a flashback of this modelling gig that my friend had for Adidas in Palm Springs, years ago. He was gay and well still is…and took me along for the trip, so I could pretend to be his girlfriend. Lol.

Whilst I was there.. God, I was 20 something at the time I think? Anyway, this other guy with a big afro, slide a note under my door, which read…‘Treat yourself, don’t cheat yourself,’ and my gay friend got pissed off, because, the afro guy was hitting on his pretend girlfriend???  LOL! I totally forgot that happened! Such a great time, because between rehearsals for the catwalk show and the actual live shows, we all just got to lay by the pool ALL day and hang out, doing whatever we wanted…Awesome life! That’s when being a model is ace, because the down time you have at work is remarkable….and not a trip to Marks & Sparks for a prawn sandwich. I mean, that wasn’t even my gig. I just went to hang out. But we all knew each other anyway.)

THIS GIN IS A TREAT!

(Except, I keep remembering all the pathetic or cringy things i’ve done in my life. They keep accidentally running them through my head constantly….I need a better eraser, gin doesn’t work for that. 🙂 )

I had so much to tell you, but I can’t remember it all now? But yes, I’m excited to film my online advert, I’m soon back on your telly, I’m getting my teeth fixed, i’ve fallen asleep instead of taking Facetime calls, i’m shooting content and again, I feel like the luckiest girl in all the land.

Thank you for following my life…

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