2012 started off with a massive health scare and I realized (like many other people that go through something similar) that health is our prime asset and one of the most valuable things in life.
After having been unable to do any form of exercise for months, once I fully recovered from my surgery I made a promise to myself to be my very healthiest. Hands down the best decision ever – not only am I fully recovered from whatever illness that was haunting me, I’ve also made friends with some like minded people with whom I now share my passion for a healthy and active lifestyle.
One of the best things about the year that’s been was going freelance with representation by no one less but bareface, the regions prime talent agency. I have spent a lot of time on locations and in photo studios working on some amazing creative projects.
No days are each other like at work and I absolutely love that! P.S Next time you see massive billboards on Sheikh Zayed Road with advertisement for Baby Shop, it was work by Yours Truly.
From babies to luxury items – both the fashion and the advertisement part of styling are equally challenging but in different ways. One requires being innovative and creative, whilst the other requires great people skills and an ability to translate a clients commercial vision into a still image.
There were perks to being a blogger, such as invites to review products and services (above are my very favourites: the Gold facial treatment at Sisters Beauty Salon and the eye lash extension at Tillia and Finn);
Events were hosted by luxury brands and celebrities;
At some stage I had doubts on whether I should continue blogging. I presume that most bloggers go through that at some point. I decided however not only to continue writing but to relaunch my site into one with a more professional outlook and it was the best decision ever made.
The feedback on it has been great, so has the media coverage and suddenly I found my face (and even my humble home) grazing pages of most of my loved publications in the UAE. Grateful!
I worked with no one less but Camilla Skovgaard on a fashion film that opened her New York fashion week appearance and we got along so well I am by now fortunate enough to call Camilla a close personal friend.
I have travelled though work, like when I styled a catwalk show in Bahrain…
There were boys there.
And Maldives (for an international advertisement campaign)..
There were boys there too
I turned 34 years old and my (at that time) loved one made it my best birthday ever. I was overwhelmed by the amount of friends that chose to celebrate with me. The fact that it got covered in local magazines – well I still have to pinch myself when I think of that one. My 15 minutes of fame I guess?
I learned once and for all who my friends are and how much they mean to me.
And how spending time with family and friends and creating memories (may it be nights of dancing till your feet hurt, culinary highlights or an impromptu sheesha and Moroccan tea session) are the highlights of my days.
I got to participate in a global campaign for Boucheron along the side of big international bloggers – it was a massive thrill to get to represent my beloved UAE globally!
A lot happened on the personal plane (details of which I will stay private with) but I am so grateful for it all. It meant a lot for my personal growth and I got a much needed reminder of how strong I really am.
I decided that a new tattoo would be in order!
To top things off I had a spectacular last day of the year. Yet again gratitude is the key word.
This post turned out to be long and emotional – phew! Back to fashion blogging tomorrow, business as usual. Loads of love / T.