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Last night the TLD girls – Keren, Tina and Gemma went to the Athena Christmas party (Amy was in South Africa and we all missed her).

It was a brilliant event that included a Christmas Shopping Market and a Business Showcase Hall, where members exhibited their products, a business card draw and most exciting of all – a Fashion Show!

The outfits worn during the Fashion Show were all by Leny from Leny G Couture Design and the models were styled by Nicoletta from Pinkananas. The models were also treated to being professionally made up by make-up artist to the stars Sarah Jagger.

Our very own Gemma was a model for the evening and she says: “The modelling was great fun, we practiced our walks behind the scenes but I was still quite nervous when it was my turn to strut my stuff. The dress I was wearing was beautiful and had been picked especially for me by Leny and Nicoletta.”

Here are some pics:

While the models were showcasing the dresses Nicoletta was describing the dresses. This is what she said for Gemma’s dress:


A feast of sunny joyous colours that celebrate Gemma’s bohemian beauty with the flowery details cleverly scattered throughout this simple and elegant cut to add movement or create sleek lines. A fabulous combination of romantic nuances with classic chic.”


You may have noticed a suprising increase in moustache abundancy recently – and subsequently as we roll into December, a sudden lack of Tom Selleck look-a-likes.

Are you experiencing any unexpected moustache-withdrawal symptoms?

For anyone who doesn’t already know, Movember is an annual charity event, where for the month of November, men across the world grow moustaches and get sponsored for doing so – all in the fight against prostate cancer!
Think of it like the men’s version of the pink ribbon.

The Movember rules are simple:

  1. Each Mo-Bro must start November 1st with a clean-shaven face
  2. Then, for the entire month of November, each Mo-Bro must grow & groom a moustache according to these rules:
  • There is to be no joining the mo’ to the side burns  – that’s a beard!
  • There is to be no joining of the handlebars on the chin – that’s a goatee!
  • A small complimentary growth under the bottom lip is allowed – (AKA ‘The Tickler’)

It’s been an interesting month to say the least – Thankfully, Keren was very happy for me to participate, and even gave me my first sponsorship! This also meant that I couldn’t back out if the Mo’ became too much to handle!

The first week wasn’t too bad, since at that early stage you can get away with the stubble, though it can look a bit pathetic at the start…

But as the weeks went by, it grew. And grew some more. And that’s when the funny looks on the tube started.
However it’s a defining moment to be on a crowed tube, and see a random man across the way who is also sporting a ‘tache, looking slightly embarrassed. You catch eyes, and give “the nod”.. From one mo-bro to another!

By the end of Movember, my mo’ was huge and more comical than embarrassing!

So far I’ve raised £160 for the cause – much more than I thought I would when I started out!

And at last count, the UK has raised a total of £3,841,626! Almost 4 MILLION pounds!

Globally, Movember has generated £19,790,822 so far, and donations are still welcome!

See this page for the current tally

Here is a link to my donation page (with pictures!)

On Friday night (27th November) I went to the London Movember Gala Party in Battersea Evolution – and it was the best night I have had this year!

It was so much fun, the place was full of awesome friendly people, with such a great atmosphere, I had 2 great friends with me and it went on from 7pm to 3am!
There was an orange carpet outside (the colour of the movember site) – inside was funky 70’s music, 12 bars, photographers, cage dancers, breakdancers, raised dancefloor with camera men feeding footage to a big screen, mechanical bulls, dodgems, ping pong tournaments, poker, blackjack, roulette, goodiebags, and free photobooths (see a picture of me with 2 sexy “Mo Chicks” below!!

The London Gala Movember Party

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