White House Week

1.8.15

President Barack Obama holds a multilateral meeting on South Sudan and counterterrorism issues with Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, the African Union and Uganda, at the Sheraton Addis in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This week, President Obama became the first American President to visit Kenya. He attended the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit and to meet with leaders from government, business, and civil society. The trip reinforced the U.S. commitment to expanding economic growth and trade, strengthening democracy on a global scale, and investing in the next generation of African leaders.

He delivered remarks at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi before travelling to Ethiopia for multilateral meetings.



You can watch President Obama's remarks to the African Union below.

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

31.7.15

© Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, Skira Rizzoli / National Portrait Gallery, London, 2015

Audrey Hepburn is one of the most glamorous women of our time. I'm a big admirer of her movies, her humanitarian work and her sense of style, so the Portraits of an Icon exhibition currently being held at the National Portrait Gallery in London is top of my visit list.

© Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, Skira Rizzoli / National Portrait Gallery, London, 2015

To coincide with the exhibition, a new book has been released. Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon is written by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler and contains a mix of 145 black and white and color photographs. The exhibition marks the 65th anniversary of her performance at Ciro's West End night club that helped launch her career, and chronicles her early years in London, her Hollywood heyday and her career as a special ambassador for UNICEF.

© Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, Skira Rizzoli / National Portrait Gallery, London, 2015

Hepburn was principally dressed by Givenchy for much of her life, and sat for photographers including Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Angus McBean, Irving Penn and Norman Parkinson. The book contains many of these images, as well as publicity stills, family photographs and informal images.

© Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, Skira Rizzoli / National Portrait Gallery, London, 2015

This is a truly amazing book, and has rekindled my interest in Hepburn and her impressive film reel. In fact, I'll be rewatching Breakfast at Tiffany's and Funny Face this weekend! If you love fashion, film or portrait photography, this is a book for you.

© Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, Skira Rizzoli / National Portrait Gallery, London, 2015

The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery runs until October 18th.


© Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, Skira Rizzoli / National Portrait Gallery, London, 2015

Tintern Abbey

29.7.15


I don't spend nearly enough time discovering the sights on my own doorstep, so when visitors from New Zealand were here over the weekend, we took them to see Tintern Abbey.

The Cistercian abbey of Tintern is one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales, and in the reign of King Henry VIII, his Dissolution of Monestries ended monastic life. Its decay began.

The Abbey is a stunning place to visit and I couldn't resist having fun with my new iPhone! :)








35 Under 35

27.7.15


I don't often post about personal things on the blog, but when super exciting things happen, I just have to shout about them!

Many of you know that last year I started my own business. It has been something that I wanted to do for quite a while, and taking the big step to do it was a milestone in itself. I specialize in content creation, copywriting, social media and bespoke PR and have lots of fun working with clients in both the US and the UK. My clients operate in the lifestyle, retail, technology and B2B sectors, and in the short time I've been working them, I've learned LOADS.

Last week I found out that I had been selected as one of the 35 Under 35 businesswomen/entrepreneurs to watch in my home country of Wales. This is a huge honour, and I feel so privileged to be among the company of many amazing women! It's also really great to share the honour with a few friends!

You can read more about the list here. Thanks to all of you who have already sent many lovely congratulatory messages! 

White House Week

25.7.15

An interpreter signs in the foreground while President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks during a reception for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the East Room of the White House, July 20, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This week, President Obama marked 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the East Room, President Obama honored those who made the ADA the law of the land – the activists, congressional representatives, and stakeholders who worked tirelessly to ensure that millions of Americans with disabilities had the chance to make their contributions to the world. You can watch his full remarks below.



As part of the Reach Higher initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama held the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit in the East Room of the White House to honor youths who overcame obstacles during high school.


Iconic Wedding Dresses

24.7.15

Do you have a favorite celebrity wedding dress? Lose yourself in the dreaminess thanks to Vashi!

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