Current Faves!| Boux Avenue

Hey guys!

So I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while but I’ve been super busy doing dissertation and other random things. I mean now is technically the most crucial time for me to be doing it but I have more to say on bras than Humber Street apparently (:

It is my last couple of months as an ambassador which is so so upsetting, but I am making the most of it and showing you all the best products to get whilst you can still use my online code! (SARAHB20)

Anyway, I am back blogging and would love to share with you my current favourites from Boux Avenue!

IMG_59981.) White chiffon Diffuser

Boux’s White Chiffon candle is literally one of the first products i was sent and I fell in love with it straight away; especially during the winter months when candles just make your room seem so much warm and cosier. However, now the weather is (kind of ) getting warmer, I recently discovered the perfect spring/summer solution, in the form of a diffuser! the diffuser amazingly comes in the exact same scent and in my opinion smells a lot stronger then the candle. Also I have had it for a few weeks now and it has still made my room smell incredible! I have also found it is a perfect affordable gift for friends and family and recently gifted my Auntie with one as she also loves the White Chiffon scent.

IMG_61332.) Tanya Satin Teddy – Peach

After getting this playsuit in red, I was so excited when I saw they also did the exact same in peach! The material is really lightweight so is really perfect for warmer weather, and the design is so flattering so makes you feel really elegant & glamorous. I’d really recommend these for your summer holiday or if you just fancy waltzing round the house in it.

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3.) Philippines Boost Bikini

Before this year I had surprisingly not even looked at Boux’s swimwear range, and used to spend an absolute fortune on international brands which I really could not afford. This year however I am already sorted for summer and am so happy with the two bikini’s I have from Boux which are the Philippines boost bikini in blue and the same in red!! This bikini literally fits like lingerie so is really flattering, especially if you are 200% flat chested like myself. Also a really cool feature is you can wear the gold strap as a neckpiece by tying it upwards as a necklace, or can wear it around your torso by tying it around your waist. I personally prefer waist which is shown below on the red version.

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4.) Ladder Swimsuit

Okay, so I know it’s only April, but my swimwear obsession continues all year round as well as the underwear obsession. So here is another of my favourites, the Ladder Swimsuit. This is also pretty flattering, and is a good choice if you re pretty flat chested which is also good! It/s not too revealing also so would be acceptable to wear swimming anywhere in my opinion.

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5.) Odette lingerie set

My all time favourite lingerie set this year from Boux is their Odette set in the colour Heather, which includes a beautiful bralette and thong. Everything about this set is just gorgeous and I especially love the dual straps on either side of the thong which is an extra interesting feature. As for the bralette, it is underwired but not padded and has a very thick strap at the back, meaning It would also be suitable to wear as a cute crop for events such as holidays or festivals. This set also comes in a peach colour and in black so there are other choices available too!

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6.) Cropped Ribbed PJ Top

My last favourite for this month is this crop in Dusky Pink which comes in two other colours! This can be matched with any bottoms, but Boux pairs this with the Paisley Cuffed pants which really go perfectly with it! Everyone loves a new set of Pyjamas so this set makes the perfect gift for friends and family!

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Coconut Lane| Gift Guide <3

Hey hey!

So I wanted to introduce you to another brand I love and this is Coconut lane – London’s Sassiest site around. I discovered this brand through Instagram (no surprise there) and fell in love with its products which include laptop and phone cases, pillows, jewellery, stationary and wall art.

All items are reasonably priced and as an ambassador for the brand, my code SARAHBELL20 can get you all 20% off everything if you type it in at the checkout 🙂

So here are my favourite products and also my wish list for future purchases/ what I’d be most likely to buy people as presents!

Marble Laptop Cases

I have the rose gold marble laptop case which comes in sizes to fit  a range of MacBooks, and also comes in a ‘sleeve’ to fit iPads too if you want to match. The marble cases are absolutely stunning and Coconut Lane sells seven different colours including black and gold marble and pink marble. I’d really recommend having a case for your laptop in general, especially if you take it to uni like me, and you will probably get lots of compliments on this case like i did :’).

Phone Cases

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Okay so sorry for the photo as I have used it before, however i’m currently sat down after my 9am and four hours of sleep so a selfie of me now would be quite traumatic to post. (also phone cases are v hard to take off iPhones)

Anyway, like the laptop cases there are a large range of marble phone cases, so I chose the ‘Blue block marble’ case, however they also do a massive range of cases including glittery ones, ones with Avocado, unicorns, and quotes, So the perfect girlie cases really. Personally, I love my case and find it looks classy and expensive, rather than other ones I’ve had in the past which look quite cheap.

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Jewellery

So, tragically I haven’t ordered any jewellery from coconut lane yet, but these are my favourite picks at the moment, and the jewellery I would be most likely to buy somebody as a christmas present. CL do a large range of delicate jewellery and I am in love with their foot and body chains which I have seen have been really popular to wear recently via Instagram.

Stationary

What girl doesn’t love stationary?!

Coconut Lane’s range of stunning stationary including their notebooks and greetings cards are super cute presents to buy people. Or if you’re me and age 21, are still a nice gift to get for your self to use for university or work. Personally, I wanted mine as a keepsake, so decided to write the best and funniest university stories in it, which I will probably find even more mortifying in years to come. Again, these come in a wide range of styles and my favourite aspect is you can get matching notebooks to your phone and laptop cases.

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Sass Boxes

Okay so the last thing I want to share with you guys is the Sass Boxes which CL sell, which are basically a huge box of mystery products. These are really hard to get hold of suggesting they are really popular currently for christmas, however would be a perfect gift for somebody if you are wanting to spend a bit more.

The marble box for example contains 9 marble products so you know the theme of what is in the box, and if you are really intrigued or hesitant to see what you are getting for your money, the website can give you a link to the list of what will be in your box exactly. So although you can keep it as a surprise, there is an option to make sure you are happy with the contents.

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Christmas Gift Guide|Boux Avenue

Hi Guys!

I’ve been looking forward to doing this blog for so long as i’d been wanting to share some of my favourite Boux Avenue products with you this month, and especially give you some Christmas gift ideas for family, partners and friends.

Here are my top Boux Avenue products for this season featuring Christmas products from Mollie King’s Christmas collection, and products which are sold all year round ❤

**But firstly, always remember you can get 20% discount from everything at Boux Avenue,all year round, using my code SARAHB20 at the checkout!! 🙂 **

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Modelling Internationally| Cape Town

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Considering the amount of photos I post on Insta, I thought it was about time I did a blog on my experience modelling internationally in Cape Town as it was pretty much the best experience in my life!

So mid way through second year of ui my agent at Savalas Models phoned and told me there was an agency in Cape Town interested in signing me called 3D management. They asked if I would be able to fly over from September that year and stay through until January as this is the busiest period for modelling in the city. As I was about to go into third year however, I was only available to fly over during my summer and so agreed to fly out on the 1st August and return on the 26th September.

I booked my flights with the airline KLM and would fly to Amsterdam followed by an eleven hour flight to Cape Town. This was the first time i’d ever flown anywhere completely alone and when my dad dropped me off at the airport there were a few tears not gonna lie. But the flights turned out to be completely fine and KLM really look after you which is great.

Before flying though there was LOTS of things to sort out which I will list as it will be useful to know for anyone planning on modelling abroad.

  • Visa – This is crucial if you are planning on working abroad and requires you having to go to either Edinburgh or London several weeks before to get a working Visa. Always check the country’s rules and regulations of if you need a Visa or not to travel there.
  • Vaccinations – For Cape Town you don’t need any vaccinations but always check before you travel anywhere.
  • Packing – be sure to pack a ton of clothes for shoots as for many portfolio shoots you will need to. Useful items are Leather and denim jackets, and nice trainers.
  • Black and nude heels
  • Nude underwear
  • Inform your bank you will be living abroad
  • Inform your phone company you will be living abroad
  • Buy a spare phone to use a South African sim card on arrival. This is for when your agency message you castings.

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Hong Kong: Best Sites/Bars/Travel Advice

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Hey Guys,

So as you may have seen already from my many Instagram posts, I have recently been on a trip to Hong Kong with my University as one of our third year field trip options.

Despite having very packed schedules for the eleven days we were there, we got a chance to do many touristy things and had nights off to explore on our own accord; so In this blog i’d love to share my favourite places/ experiences and give my best advice for those of you planning to travel there or wondering how I found Hong Kong.

So Firstly, what I packed and would recommend packing aside from a normal trip away. (Bearing in mind we went in November when it was ‘cooler’.

  • As the climate is really warm and humid – As in 20-30 degrees every day and remaining warm on an evening – I would recommend bringing lots of gym clothes; especially leggings which are cool and can dry off in periods of rainfall/ stop you from getting too sweaty. These are to wear for days you are doing tourist activities which require being outdoors and walking a lot.
  • A thin raincoat or umbrella – due to the climate there are lots of random bursts of rainfall so be prepared.
  • Light clothing including shorts or skirts for days visiting shopping centres or spending more time in the city areas.
  • Hand Sanitiser  – Due to the high levels of pollution and the dense population, many residents or tourists can suffer with respiratory diseases or illnesses. To help prevent this, we were recommended to bring hand sanitiser to use after using public transport, and before and after eating. In addition, on arriving in Hong Kong, the airline recommended we wear a surgical mask or seeked medical attention if we had any symptoms of flu or respiratory virus. (Luckily this wasn’t a necessary measure of any of us)
  • Currency – Hong Kong have their own currency of Hong Kong dollars – I personally brought $300 for ten days  – and pre ordered it before the trip from Debhenams due to this currency not being something many places have in stock all the time.
  • Also prior to your trip i would look online at which vaccinations are recommended. We were recommended to get Hepatitis A and B vaccinations so check well in advance.

Transport

  • Hong Kong has an extremely efficient transport system whereby the metro can get you anywhere as well as there being frequent buses. For this you should get an Octopus card from the metro station  – the equivalent of an Oyster card in London.
  • If you are travelling from the airport and aren’t getting a taxi, the airport has a fast train to the island called the airport express
  • Red taxis are available pretty much everywhere if you need another method of transport and are also pretty cheap.

Top 5 things to see:

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Victoria Peak:

This is a Hike near to Hong Kong University which gives you an incredible view of Hong Kong. You can go up by day and by night and both are worth doing for the views and photo opportunities. it is a pretty steep hike so bring water and wear gym clothing. If you don’t want to walk you can also get a tram up to the top and back down and can pay by oyster card .

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Ten Thousand Buddhas:

This is another trail and features ten thousand Buddha figures on a walk up to a temple and other different sized Buddha statues. Again this is an extremely steep walk to get up and a lot of steps but is totally worth it for the views and experience. There is a cafe at the top and a gift shop to buy really nice souvenirs. Also bear in mind you can’t take photos inside the religious temples and buildings but can everywhere else.

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Happy Valley races

if you like horses and horse racing this will be one of your favourite experiences and if not you will love it anyway! They have a meet every Wednesday 7:30 – 11pm and it is cheap to get in. It is incredible seeing a racecourse within an area full of skyscrapers and is such a unique experience so i’d 100% recommend going. They have bars with decently priced drinks for Hong Kong and food places. I’d Dress nicely but not too dressed up.

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Stanley / other beaches

Hong Kong isn’t really a place to go out swimming for hours due to the levels of pollution in the sea, however the beaches are worth going to for a relaxing morning out and to go for a paddle. Stanley is a really nice area of Hong Kong with one of my favourite markets in the city and lovely beaches and restaurants. Id say travel there by bus as it is likely to be the cheapest option and you get lovely views on the way there and back.

Big Buddha:

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Getting a cable car up to Big Buddha is honestly an incredible experience! We pre-booked to prevent long queues, and the cable car took us on the twenty minute Journey up to Big Buddha. Despite my initial thoughts that you would get there, take photos then have to go back down, the Big Buddha attraction actually consists of many other things including a Temples, gift shops and restaurants. Strangely the whole area is extremely commodified and there was even a starbucks which is the last thing i expected to see but it means going to the Big Buddha can be a worthwhile day trip as there are many facilities there.

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Truths about modelling

My first insight into the modelling industry began early in 2015; a time when I was still in sixth form. When I was first scouted I had absolutely no reason to see why they had given me a second look and jokingly told my dad about it expecting him to disapprove of the idea and to just focus on swimming (which I did competitively at the time) and my studies. Despite this, my dad, friends and family told me to go for it and were completely supportive of me applying and respectively getting signed.

Since that time, I have been signed with three different agencies, and have gained experience in both shoots and runway, and experienced the opertunity of modelling internationally.

Despite these experiences which from an outsiders perspective may look wonderful, there are many things I have learned whilst modelling which means there are some flaws in the positive experiences I’ve had, as well as some valuable life lessons and skills I have come across.

So firstly, has been the self confidence of my body image I have gained/ lost with modelling.

To a large extent modelling has made me embrace aspects of myself which I’d originally seen as a flaw- which is of course primarily my freckles. Whilst when I was younger I used to try and cover them up completely, I now embrace them as much as possible as they are a unique feature of myself & a major feature which has allowed me to stand out during my modelling career and to get chosen for specific castings. Furthermore, whilst in the past I hated being tall and completely thought of myself as unattractive/ unappealing, modelling has eventually allowed me to embrace the positive comments from clients/ agencies and outsiders on social media which has really improved my confidence since being at school.

On the other hand, the industry which is known to be ‘brutal’ in the way models are seen as a commodity as oppose to real people, has and continues to knock my confidence over my body shape.

Despite my agency being completely supportive of my look, as well as many clients such as Bridal clients, the strict measurement regulations of the Industry as a whole has prevented me from many opportunities in the past. As a U.K. Size 10, I have been rejected from a top Manchester agency, a Milan Agency, and from numerous runways merely due to my ‘hips being too big’.

Although I try to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regime, the reality of losing weight to achieve these goals which could be possible, would mean to give up on certain exercise, stop drinking on nights out and to significantly limit my diet. At university this is very unrealistic and so it is difficult trying to get a correct balance of wanting to expand my career as a model, whilst equally enjoying my time at uni. I have seen many models who have an identical diet or exercise regime to me yet hve a naturally slim frame, meaning they automatically fit the modelling ideals and can persue with many top opportunities.

Social Media

Linked to self confidence is the use of social media as a way of marketing myself as a model. At first I resisted posting many photos on my social media due to fears of appearing vain and fearing the response from friends, yet after a really positive reaction and comments really boosting my confidence I started being proud to post photos from shoots and jobs I was doing.

In recent years, many will know that Instagram is becoming the main method of promoting yourself as a model and so Eventually, I chose to separate my main modelling account to my social and home life account and so made a separate account for family and friends.

Overall I have continued to gain a positive response on social media and the comments and likes on my account really do brighten my day, however with the positives there are some negatives I have experienced during this. Mainly, has been the response from people ‘close’ to me who tend to mock the amount I post on social media or laugh at the content of what I am posting. Although they are mainly joking, I often find it frustrating to explain that I am using my social media account as a means of providing an online portfolio to clients and so the more I post , the more business opportunities I am likely to receive.

Alongside this, I have often experienced random messages or experienced real life experiences of people unknown to me or occasionally known to me which have have been responses.

Many are compliments or general support about modelling, yet I have had numerous occasions of people merely viewing me in a sexual nature or because I model, as oppose to taking me seriously or wanting to get to know me. It sounds stupid to say but there have been occasions of people popping up to me for literally one thing which really knocks your self worth. (I know regardless of how I phrased that, it will sound completely conceited, however Sometimes being seen merely as a ‘model’ can be quite demoralising in the way people react to it. )

A major breakthrough which really has improved my year this year and has made my hard work modelling and on social media worthwhile, has been the opportunity of becoming a Boux Avenue and a Coconut Lane ambassador. Both schemes have finally made me realise it is possible to achieve what you think you can’t, or that it is possible to be those people on social media you didn’t think you could ever relate to.

Overall, whilst having the potential to make you love and hate yourself alternately on a daily basis, I am pleased with the progress I have made as a model and the opportunities it has brought me through learning the skills of social media. Although there have been friends or outsiders who have been negative or have mocked me, and times I have considered dramatically losing weight to suit some markets of modelling, the overall experience has taught me to embrace the qualities I have. I intend on continuing learning life skills of trying to be proud of what I have achieved so far and to care less about what people think of me, which hopefully will result in a positive future.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month|Boux Avenue

Hey Guys,

So for those of you who don’t know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month which means it is especially important to donate and to raise awareness of the disease.

Boux Avenue – a company I am lucky enough to be an ambassador for- is currently going into it’s second year partnership with the charity Breast Cancer Care, and is currently aiming to raise over £50,000 for the charity – with our help!

The charity Breast Cancer Care, amongst many other things, provides support and advice to those diagnosed with the disease, provides a helpline to those with family or friends suffering with Breast Cancer, and gives advice on which symptoms to look out for if you are worried you are at risk of Breast Cancer. It also organises many events such as charity walks and bike rides in order to fundraise for the cause.

Throughout this month (October) Boux Avenue has chosen to donate 10% of all sales of its Aimee and Reagan Bra Styles to Breast Cancer Care.  Alongside this, buyers have the option to add a donation of £1 to any of their online and in store purchases.

To show off the products more clearly, I teamed up with one of my favourite photographers Meg Jepson who was lovely enough to photograph me wearing products such as the Reagan Set.  Check out her Instagram here

Personally, I would really recommend donating whether it be directly to the charity, or through Boux Avenue’s website – If you want a further look Shop the Aimee bra here or the Reagan Bra.

Next I will provide some imperative info on checking signs and symptoms of breast cancer yourself.

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