I really enjoyed creating and giving this talk for both women and men in this organisation.
I love to inspire and motivate.
22.30pm Thursday night.
Chatting about how the perceptions of the perfect body and young women’s positive body image has been dramatically and adversely affected with the advent of social media, especially over the last 10 years. .
Back in the day – in the 1970s, the decade in which my novel “Secrets in the Dark” is set – young women would have scrutinised their bodyshapes in the mirror, wishing they could have been slimmer, taller or even bigger breasted – looking more like their favourite model or pop star – and addressed their issues with a dramatic diet or some slimming pills.
They never had the pressure of negative online peer judgement and the skewed perceptions of online reality versus real life, causing comparison anxiety, unrealistic ideals of perfection and mental health issues.
femalefirst.co.uk- in the books and authors section.
How my debut novel “Secrets in the Dark” came to be finished, edited and published as a result of being ill with the virus and in self- isolation from my family and friends from March onwards.
It just goes to show that even when faced with challenging circumstances always remain positive and never give up.
It’s never too late to start a new career even at age 65.
The book is just published and available on Amazon as a Kindle or paperback.
I hope you will enjoy it as much as Luna and if so – I will be thrilled if you can spread the word on Amazon rated reviews and any social media.
The Kings Road, Chelsea in 1970’s London is the epicentre for fashion, music and unlikely friendships – where it’s now cool for posh, privileged girls to mix outside their social circles. When two such teenagers meet and form a close and sisterly bond, their worlds are unexpectedly and suddenly torn apart as they each suffer personal traumas. Needing to escape London to hide their shameful secrets, they embark upon individual rollercoaster journeys of extreme highs and lows that take them to Paris, Los Angeles and the South of France, where men are rich, sex is a commodity, drugs are a way of life and a glamorous celebrity lifestyle is optional.
‘A gripping page-turner that I just couldn’t put down.’
‘Ceril’s vivid descriptions of life on and around the Kings Road Chelsea in the ‘70s transported me back in time.
‘Absolutely immersed myself into this book, the twist at the end took me utterly by surprise.’
A post- lockdown haircut.
Longest time ever- 6 months
Thank you @andysmith_stylist
Our new normal changes daily.
We have to be positive and live in the moment – not looking further ahead than tomorrow, creating our new normal with at least one planned activity a day to look forward to – apart from your one daily walk/exercise outdoors.
You could make time to:
Phone or video chat to someone living on their own.
Make a cake – however bad.
Try an online fitness class.
Have a dance in the kitchen
or just do a meditation.
It gives a purpose and structure to the day.and helps your mental wellness.
Stay safe and well
Planting a kitchen garden to grow indoors in my kitchen.
Should be ready to start eating within 14 days
Well done on raising so many thousands of £s auctioning the controversial one shoulder dress for your charity @girlguiding as a result of – wearing a dress that had slipped off the shoulder and was deemed inapropriate in the House of Commons. .
It’s easy to have clothing malfunctions and indeed my own @zara top in the photo can be worn in all ways – exposing shoulders or not.
Women are continuously judged and often more harshly by other women than by men. .
My lifestyle consultancy takes me into organisations where women prefer to often dress androgynously- in trousers- in black- to not be noticed for what they wear- but only for the excellent job they do.
I also speak in schools- where teenage girls feel the need to look perfect- especially on their social media- affecting their mental health.
I hope my own social media feed, that is never filtered, inspires and can show women – young and old – that we can all be individual. Embracing our quirks and flaws make each of us unique and special. No celebrity I have ever dressed had a perfect body or flawless face in my past 30 year career as a celebrity stylist. .
We shouldn’t be afraid to wear what we feel comfortable in- however- if we work in an organisation and are customer facing, then we are the face of the brand and should dress accordingly. .
Be true to yourself, don’t compare and don’t let the judgement of others break you. .
Qi Gong is a centuries-old Chinese mind-body spirit practice that can improve mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement and breathing.
I like to vary the types of exercise I do, from the meditative to the body-aligning and strengthening to the aerobic.
@marksandspencer sweater (past season on sale)