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Celebrating Game-Changing Women: Grey Goose x Bvlgari Hotels

Over the past few months I’ve been lucky enough to attend a couple of screenings at the Breakthrough Women Film Series, hosted by the Bvlgari Hotel and Long-Winded Lady Productions. The series celebrates women as filmmakers, as well as female-driven storylines, with the opportunity to see the films pre-release and have the unique opportunity to get to know more through Q&As with directors and lead actors.

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Female empowerment is something I feel incredibly passionately about, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with many organisations through my role in this capacity.

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To celebrate the screening of the final film, The Rider, I was invited to an intimate dinner at the Bvlgari hosted by Grey Goose. The evening celebrated game-changing women not only in film, but in the creative industries. I felt truly excited, energised and inspired by the other guests, who are all game-changing in their fields.

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It was a fantastic evening, and a great way to celebrate a series that celebrates female voices, and commitment to the arts. Films in the series included Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist; Jeune Femme; and The Rider.

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Bingo Academy at the Vaults

A couple of weeks ago I popped down to the Vaults at Waterloo for Bingo Academy, along with three friends. We were a little skeptical, to say the least – our group WhatsApp chat leading up to it consisted mostly of gifs from The Golden Girls.

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The evening exceeded our expectations and more – the callers were hilarious, the atmosphere was buzzing, and I don’t think I’ve laughed that much in a long time. It was excellent. I’d only played once before, and the others were complete beginners, but all the rules were broken down and we were all absolute pros through in no time.

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The drinks were flowing, there were Popdogs hotdogs to be had, but in many ways the charm of Bingo Academy was that it was so much fun that you didn’t really need to drink at all (one to keep in mind, as the number of my friends going teetotal is growing).

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The whole evening was absolutely brilliant, and I couldn’t recommend it enough. It’s on until the 2nd of June, and tickets are £15 (£11 if you’re quick!)

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I Wrote A Book!

I started a blog about five years ago.

I was inspired by a job I had at the time, working to create content on behalf of clients. The appeal of having my own place where I could share the images that I wanted, and write the copy that I wanted, was what lead me to start it in the first place.

I didn’t actually think anyone would read it.

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Starting Island Bell easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve been able to pursue and combine so many of my passions; I’ve met some incredible people; and I’ve even been lucky enough to get some amazing opportunities and experiences out of it.

In September of last year, I was contacted by HarperCollins about a possible commission. The last few months have definitely been some of the busiest (and most surreal) of my life – and now I’m really excited and proud to share that my book is coming out on the 19th of April.

Japonisme is a lifestyle book inspired by my upbringing, and aspects of Japanese culture that I love so much – ikebana, calligraphy, tea ceremony, and (of course) lots of food. I’ll be sharing more from it over the coming months, but in the meantime you can pre-order it on Amazon here!

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I’m incredibly proud of it, and can’t wait to share it. The illustrations by Ryo Takemasa are incredibly beautiful, and it was an honour to work with Nassima Rothacker, who has worked with some of my favourite chefs on their books – her photos are amazing. The team at HarperCollins have been absolutely incredible, and I feel so incredibly lucky.

I don’t think I’m ever going to be able to stop pinching myself over this!

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Photo Credit: Nassima Rothacker

Winterville

I’m incredibly lucky to have family living in some amazing places. In fact, I’m writing this up at an airport in Vietnam en route to another Cambodian Christmas, and it’s always so much fun.

As much as I love a hot Christmas, though, I have been suffering from FOMO (the ‘fear of missing out’) for the usual chilly winter treats – mulled wine, snow, ice skating – all of that jazz.

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So when the folks behind Winterville, Clapham Common’s first winter festival, asked me to pop by for their press day I was really excited! Ice skating, mulled wine, but with other fun activities like roller disco, rides and excellent food stands courtesy of Street Feast. What more could you ask for?

A particular highlight of my evening was the ferris wheel, which has great views of London but also of the common.

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I also really liked the churros and the bao on offer – definitely one to have after the spinning rides, which kept us a little dizzy for a while afterwards. We took the opportunity though to play a game that involved getting balls into a hole to make some horses race – and I ended up winning this little guy (who I named Victor, because I am not a chilled or graceful winner at all).

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It was a pretty chilly day when we went, so we didn’t get to sample all the festival had to offer, like Backyard Cinema, or the Plonk Golf course – but there’s always next time! It’s all on until January 1st.

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Have you been to Winterville yet? What were your thoughts?

Gone Fishing

I’m taking a little break for the next couple of weeks, and I can’t really talk about it here yet – but suffice to say, it’s really exciting. I can’t wait to tell you all about it. I just didn’t want anyone to think I was neglecting my little patch of the internet…

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It’s been a really busy couple of weeks, as I’ve moved house, work has picked up a lot. I’m incredibly happy and grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way through this little blog!

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