See by Chloe
I’m sure you’ve seen the ads for the beautiful new See by Chloe perfume by now, right? A group of mischievous girls playing spin the bottle (or perfume in this case) and a game of dares.
Now, it’s been a very long time since my last game of dares (I was lazy and would always pick truth, whilst other girls would go and talk to boys or something you find equally embarrassing as a teenager - I was never the most confident) but I thought It seemed like the fitting way to celebrate the new fragrance.
Without further ado…
…To Wear Crazy Heels!
These babies are an ASOS purchase, but sadly have sat at the bottom of my wardrobe for too long, so, being the flats lover that I am, my challenge was to wear them all day! Although, I’ll admit, as soon as it came to leaving the house I chickened out…I didn’t fancy breaking my ankle, that day…
…To Try Something New!
Next up – to try something new! If you happen to have shared a table with me, you’ll probably know that I don’t eat any fruit – at all. The question that always follows that statement is “what – not even Strawberries!?”. Nope, not even strawberries. I figured something so pretty had to taste good, so my next dare was to give them a try. I lasted one bite…sorry guys, they’re not for me!
Lastly, a dare that I’m still working on – to smile! Sounds silly, but if you read my post on Invisalign, you’ll know why it’s not often you catch a glimpse of my teeth. I’m now on my 4th set of aligners, and already people are telling me they can see a difference and my front teeth aren’t quite so overlapped. Yay! That’s certainly reason enough to smile, don’t you think? I’ll update you all on my progress very soon. Hopefully next time my smile won’t look quite as forced as this one – I need a bit of practice (can you see the horror in my eyes?).
Now it’s your turn!
Because sharing is caring and all that, I’m going to give away a bottle of See by Chloe to one of you lucky folk! It’s such a beautiful fragrance, and I want to challenge you to bring out your mischievous side too! To be in with the chance of winning, leave a comment on this post with a See by Chloe dare for yourself (perhaps you want to give up chocolate for a week, or ask out that guy you keep spotting on the train..its up to you!) For an extra entry, tweet your dare to @wishwishwish, using the hash tag #seebychloéfragrance – I’ll be checking up that you followed through with it ; ) When you’re done, be sure to make a video of your own on the See by Chloe site – check out mine!
The winner will be notified on the 10th of May.
…With Nina L’eau
On a whirlwind trip to Paris, I was transported to the magical world of Nina Ricci, celebrating the launch of the latest in the series of magical perfumes – Nina L’eau. I’m going to sound full of cliché again, as always when I wax lyrical about my favourite city, but I almost felt as if I was in the advert when I was transported to a secret place in Paris. I’d only been briefed to wear a floaty, pale dress, and I opted for this Nishe number that wouldn’t be out of place at a prom. I slipped it on, backcombed and pinned my hair before heading out to play princess for the day.
With all the whispering and secrecy in the advert for the fragrance, (which is totally one of my favourite perfume ads ever, have you seen it?!) it made sense to take photographs amongst the hidden treasures of Paris. We all know about the Eiffel tower,Champs-Élysées and hilly Montmartre, so it was a delight to discover places off the beaten track, and I hope you enjoy them too!
My location was revealed to be Le Square René Viviani, the gardens in which the oldest tree in Paris lives. Since 1601 it has witnessed countless first kisses and goodbyes, as well as a little heartache after surviving bombing in the first world war. A Parisian institution, it is tended to year round by a team of gardners, ensuring that it continues to blossom for centuries to come.
After taking my official photo in front of the tree, it was time to head to another secret de Paris (after changing in to a pair of flat shoes, naturellement). It was time for my new blogger friends Eugenia and Lia to have their picture taken at Les Jardins du Musee Carnavalet, but the location was so wonderful that I couldn’t help but hijack and take a few of my own. This beautiful building in the heart of the Marais district houses the history of the city dating back to to the 19th century. It’s former resident, the Marquise de Sévigné, an influential social, political and literary figure in the 17th century is to thank for the beautiful bushes, twirled like a maze on the ground. A true secret garden!
If all this talk of romantic, secret places in Paris hasn’t whet your appetite for Nina’s latest fragrance, I’ve got some pictures from the magical launch event coming soon – I even got to hold a snowy owl! x
I’ve never been fond of my teeth – I’ll thank my dad and his wonky teeth for that! At the start of the year, like everybody else on the planet, I thought I’d head in to 2013 with the best intentions of getting in shape, cutting down the junk food and finally sorting out the only thing I’ve ever really felt self-concious about – my teeth. Well, the former hasn’t worked out too well so far (this girl just loves cheese far too much) but I’m already a few weeks into shaping a brand new smile, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
As you might have seen me mention on Twitter, I took the plunge and decided to get Invisalign braces. If you’re not familiar with them, they are clear plastic trays that you pop over your teeth, aligning them over a certain period of time. Based on the responses I got – a fair few of you have had Invisalign yourself, or were interested in getting it, so I thought I’d write about my experience so far on here and answer any questions you might have about the process.
You might have noticed (there are a fair few pictures of my mug on this blog) that I don’t smile with my mouth open, period. As soon as a camera comes out, I’ll find myself covering my mouth or feigning that closed-mouth smile I’ve become accustomed to. But I got fed up with that – I want to be able to talk on camera or have a candid shot taken without worrying about it. After a little bit of research, I found Invisalign to be my best option. I didn’t have braces as a teenager (I was offered them aged 16, at which point I was far too interested in boys to agree to a mouth full of metal), so I was worried that my teeth would be too overcrowded for the procedure – but after visiting my practitioner, I was told I was a suitable candidate. Yay!
Now, I’m far too self-concious to show you a picture of my teeth in their current state, but if I tell you that on my bottom set I have a tooth sitting in front of the others, I hope you can understand. Give me a few more months and some progress to share and I might just set myself up a YouTube account and show you ; )
After getting the green light, my practitioner (Azamay, for anybody in North London – they have been amazing!) took pictures of my teeth to send off. Then it was time to have impressions of my teeth taken. This involves biting down on goopy blue plastic stuff – not much fun! When the results were back, I was told that I would be wearing my Invisalign for two years, but this can vary based on how much work your teeth need. A few weeks later, my trays had been created and it was time to start getting used to wearing these big bits of plastic in my mouth every day.
I’m currently wearing my second set of aligners, and have SO MUCH more I could write, but think it’s best if I open up the floor to questions or I’ll be here all night! So, if you’re interested in Invisalign and have any questions, drop me a comment – I’ll compile them in to a super FAQ post – and perhaps even a video if I can muster the courage. If you’re wearing Invisalign, or braces, do get in touch too! I’d love to hear your tips and experiences – this is tougher than I thought it would be!
Thank you for making it through a post that isn’t full of pictures! x
I have been given a discount on my treatment by Align Technology, creators of Invisalign, in exchange for writing the above, however the views expressed here are my views only and not those of Align.