LET'S HANG OUT IN: NICE, SOUTH OF FRANCE

Somewhat overshadowed by megawatt Riviera neighbours like aristocratic Monaco, red-carpet Cannes and Champagne-soaked St.-Tropez, France’s fifth-largest city is often written off as a dowdy haven of retirees. Yet, Nice packs most of its neighbuors’ lures — year-round sun, Mediterranean Sea, belle époque and Art Deco architecture — with the bonuses of an atmospheric old quarter, an evolving restaurant scene, the Riviera’s best museums and some high-profile public works.

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THE JOURNEY TO FINDING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

26 years later and I’ve figured out what works for me, what certainly doesn’t and everything else in-between. Trust me when I say that it’s been a real game of trial and error, where I’ve worn everything from tutu’s to Mr T type chains - let’s just say they’re not my proudest moments. Swiftly moving on into the present; and although I’m not a slave to trends, I definitely like to dabble and when I find one I like, I go in hard.

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OVERSPENDING & SOCIAL MEDIA; THE REALITY / AD

The phenomenon of influencers, has exploded in the last couple of years and as a result, whether intentional or not, we have an impact on our followers.  What do we have influence over you ask? People spending money. In our ever-evolving world, we have become the online equivalent of a newspaper ad or those pesky leaflets you get through your letterbox that immediately go straight into the recycling.

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IS SOCIAL MEDIA DRIVING US INTO DEBT? / AD

Clothing items, beauty products, airlines, hotels - you name it, influencers can and will promote it. In short, this is leading to people believing they need to live an unattainable lifestyle, encouraging people to try to emulate their favourite influencers. This pursuit of perfection is expensive and ‘influencer envy’ can really take its toll on people’s finances, not to mention mental wellbeing.

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HEY, REMEMBER ME?

The one criticism I have about being self-employed is the "self" part. When things start to become overwhelming or if there's too much work to juggle or when you catch a dreaded 10 day cold... well, it all falls quite heavy on your shoulders. There's no annual leave, there's no compassionate leave, there's nobody to pick up the phone for you when you're on the loo - nada. 

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LET'S HAVE A CHAT: JULY EDITION

I've always loved reading more personal, intimate posts, and so it's such a nice way for me to share more of my real life, not just my 'online persona' with you all! It's a space where I can discuss what I've been up to that month - whether it's cool things I've done with friends or even fun events I've been lucky to attend - but also, things I've been loving. 

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