“Everyday is a fashion show and the world is the runway”– Coco Chanel
It’s been a while since I last blogged and to say it’s been a surreal year for everyone would be an understatement. The airline industry has been one of the hardest hit throughout all of this and after months of being furloughed and not knowing if i was going to lose my job as Cabin Crew, I have come out the other side safe and kept my job. I’m still not flying at the minute but as I still work in complex care as well, I have been kept busy throughout.
Miss British Isles Elegance National Finals was initially meant to take place in May 2020 but obviously due to Covid-19, lockdown and frequently changing restrictions, it was postponed until September 27th. My photoshoot was booked for 22nd of August which was a good date as by then, restrictions were being lifted so was possible to go to the hairdressers and get make up done etc.
The week before, my plan was to be totally focused on preparing for the photoshoot as I wanted everything to be just right but then my worst nightmare happened and my beloved little cat Coco, who is a house cat, got out and went missing. I don’t want to go to much into it as she is still missing now and I’m trying to keep positive as I search for her. However, understandably the week I had planned preparing for the photoshoot was totally consumed with searching for her and constant crying.
For the shoot, I’d ordered the most prettiest dress and as soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one I wanted for my promotional shots with my sash as it looked so classy and very Audrey Hepburn-esque in a pastel blue. When it arrived though, the size wasn’t right so I was a bit concerned about re-ordering and opted to order from another clothing company that I had always been a big fan of. I paid for next day delivery as to ensure it would be with me in time but the dress never arrived. I wasn’t getting any reply from the company as it still hadn’t arrived the day after that as well. It just felt like everything could go wrong that week was going wrong. I spoke to one of my good friends Sophie, who is a former Queen from another pageant and she reassured me that everything would work out fine.
With no time left to shop or order, all I could do was look for outfits I already had. During lockdown, I had been ordering clothes to take away with me if I was to continue as Cabin Crew so I had a BooHoo black trousers and top. I loved this outfit as it had wide legged trousers which I’m a massive fan of and got the inspiration from Victoria Beckham collection. I needed a dress and then I remembered I had a dress I hadn’t worn. It was Hailey Logan by Adrianna Papell and one of those dresses that was to be saved for a special occasion and the occasion had arrived. I needed a 3rd outfit and I had a jumpsuit that I’d ordered from Boohoo also and never worn but I wasn’t to sure as the pattern was very busy when I normally prefer my clothes to be effective yet simple in colour, less is more as they say. I didn’t really have much of a choice at this stage so I threw caution to the wind and took the busy jumpsuit as well.
During lockdown, I’d decided I wanted my hair to be lighter and to get rid of the dark hair so I spent the months trying to grow as much of the colour out as I could. My first visit to the hairdressers I had some foils in and I loved the result so a few weeks later, I went back and had a few more just to make it that bit lighter. My hair had grown into a good length but for the shoot, I wanted a bit more body in it so I got a 3/4 hair piece and was so lucky to get a great match. I’ve always been a massive fan of the hairpieces as you can transform your hair for an occasion within minutes and it doesn’t damage your hair like attached extensions can do sometimes.
So after a terrible week, stressed to the max, I’d managed to somehow pull it back and was ready for the photoshoot. I was a bit nervous at the beginning as it’s been a few years since I had done a photoshoot but the photographer was fantastic and after while, I felt more relaxed. Doing the photoshoot before the finals I found was a great for confidence as you get to know the photographer before the Grand Final so it’s less daunting on the day.
Im excited for the Grand Final now and looking forward to meeting the other finalists from around the British Isles. I have my Evening Gown for the Grand final but that is top secret for now but I love it.
I think after the unprecedented year everyone has had, I think adding some sparkle and glamour is just what we need to brighten up the year and hopefully make some fun lasting memories of 2020 👑
The National Grand Final will be on the 27th September 2020(subject to change) and held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Chester.