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Back in Business

3 Jan

Readers, fellow bloggers, people of the net – we are 3 days in to 2014 and I’m still without a calendar, own no diary and ate a whole pack of cookies before my chicken and chips tonight.

My hopes and aspirations for this year are supposed to be to grow up. I’m going to learn to cook a few healthy meals, dabble with a bit of box room interior design and I may even begin that novel I’ve been scribbling in notes since last Summer!

To be able to achieve all of the above I am in need of three very important factors:

1) Inspiration: – Excuse the boring old cliché but it’s true. On those days when willpower just isn’t enough to kick you into gear you need something (or someone) to remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing. SO..What exactly is my inspiration? Or who..?

This is my 2014 mood board – in all of it’s hope and glory! From Vegas to a new bedroom to my boo Bey…this year is the year I get my shit together.


2) Plans: – Keeping busy is the key to a happy life. Some people keep on the ‘No New Friends’ path but I’m not about that hermit life anymore. This year will be my busiest yet…

kim @ yeezus

3) #WERK: – Without working my arse off I won’t be able to do all the things I dream of doing to get my big-girl life set up! Hustle on!


What are your new years resolutions?! xoxo

Woman of the Week: Dita Von Teese

3 Jul

I was researching for this blog post about half an hour ago when I stumbled across something I hadn’t seen before. Originally, I was going to feature Christina Aguilera as my latest girl crush, but all of that changed when I clicked on this link:

Dita Von Teese – Guy What Takes His Time

I dare you to watch it. Better yet, I dare you to watch it without being encompassed by her beauty. Watch it without being mesmerised by her flawless make-up, her tiny waist and seriously sexy presence.

Dita Von Teese has been in the business since 1992 and is the biggest thing to hit the scene since Gypsy Rose Lee back in the 40s and 50s.


The more I learn about Ms. Teese the more I idolise her. Having taken her fascination with pin-up imagery and vintage lingerie and turned it into a world-renowned talent is impressive in itself – but now having brought burlesque back into the spotlight and making millions off the back of it, she is now entertainment of choice for high-brow events such as shows for Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Cartier and Louis Vuitton.

dita red carpet

Currently in the midst of her ‘Strip Strip Hooray’ Summer tour in America, Dita’s perfect performances leave me wide-eyed and open-mouthed. You will often hear me say how there are certain women in the world that force me to question my sexuality – Rihanna, Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian have all left me in a similar quandary before – however there is no question when I watch Dita. She is the official girl crush.

The way she unties her corset to the beat, or rolls her stocking off within a blow of the sax, or how she catches you looking a little too closely – her stage presence is one of a kind. I can’t even take my bra off in a rush of an evening…


Off-stage, Dita comes across refreshingly humble. In an interview on ‘Loose Women’ in the UK she told host Andrea McLean that she does all her own hair and make-up and doesn’t even have a stylist:

dita loose women

“I have no stylist, I don’t use hair and make-up people, I don’t like to have an entourage at all.

When I was little I used to watch a lot of old movies with my mother…I come from a small town in Michigan and I’m a natural blonde. I always felt ordinary and boring.

I kind of like this idea of the big Hollywood make-over and I saw pictures of Marilyn Monroe when she was Norma Jean (Marilyn Monroe’s real name) but it’s totally different when they did all the make-up and the hair and the clothes…I like the idea of creating glamour.”

A girl after my own heart! There’s nothing like wearing a look differently than everybody else – it gives you a warm mix of confidence and anxiety, especially when you live in a small town where the rest of the community prefer the everyday comfort of leggings and jeans!


A certified home-grown talent, businesswomen, charity advocate and down-to-earth girl: Do I need anymore reasons to fall in love with the woman?! Here’s hoping she’ll come and perform in the UK soon!

dita performs

Other Dita Links:

Dita Von Teese Official Boutique – CLICK HERE

Official Biography – CLICK HERE

Dita Von Teese Merchandise Available in the UK – CLICK HERE

Photo Sources:


Just Jared

Pop Screen



Sexiest Bikini Bodies of 2013

10 Jun

Well we are finally into the real Summer months and we still aren’t seeing sunny results! All this depression from cloudy days to sad news stories to real-life boy trouble – I can’t believe what a non-starter this year has been! NEVER one to be down for long, I’ve solved my issues…I’ve booked my Summer holiday to the one and only…

ibiza rocksYes, as predictable as Ibiza sounds you may all be surprised to know that I’ve never been before! Hearing SO much about this crazy Balearic Island, I’ve decided to pop this said cherry and take the Ibiza plunge…

Of course booking a holiday doesn’t just come with palpitations of excitement and anticipation…it also carries a certain amount of pressure – especially in the looks department! I’ve been getting sharp hits of inspo from some of my fave, sexy celebs to get me workin’ out – check out this kinky lot:


Mmm! Britney is smokin’ in this turquoise bikini! Pictured at a Californian resort last week this is living proof that working out and going hard pays off…She always has a stunner of a belly bar in, too! I need to get on the blingin’ belly button band wagon! < SO much alliteration…please don’t applaud the genius while she’s typing… 😉

This may be the hottest selfie EVER taken! Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh whacked a few summery snaps on her Instagram page which were taken…in ENGLAND! Yayy for our brief stint in the sun! According to Look Magazine she counts on Pilates to get her super flat, super toned, super delicious bod.

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This little devil is Abi Clarke. I briefly saw her on The Only Way is Marbs (DON’T JUDGE ME I WAS FLICKING THROUGH THE CHANNELS!) and was actually more fixated on her fit friend, Jasmine – who, by the way, won Miss Marbs or whatever that ghastly pageant was – BUT as far as I’m concerned, Abi is the sexiest of the two as she has some booootiful curves and is rockin’ such amazing swimwear! Need this suit in my life!!


Sooo…Angela Simmons has also been takin’ sexy selfies in her hotel room – albeit back in March. Expect this sort of thing from me – live from Ibiza. Probably more blurry.


LAWD HAVE MERCY. Rita Ora has the world’s most perfect arse. Nuff said…

I’m guessing you catch my drift?! If I keep staring at all of these pictures for long enough it may get me up and moving! I started the 30-day squat challenge today, as well as the sit-up challenge as well as receiving the Bun & Thigh Wave exercise machine. Oh…and the dog is appreciating these new power walks…WATCH THIS SPACE FOLKS!

Where are you all going this year?! What’s your workout?! Tweet me @sheldan2207


Photo Sources:

Ibiza Rocks (Pulse Radio)

Britney Spears (Heat)

Millie Mackintosh (Look)

Abi Clarke (Reveal)

Angela Simmons (ATL Nightspots)

Rita Ora (Hawt Celebs)



Young’un of the Week – Seyi Newell: Founder of ‘PAGES’

7 May

I can’t believe I managed to miss an inspiring person from last week’s blog posts! I could kick myself – BUT fear not! I have TWO for you this week: One today and one tomorrow.

Today I am featuring Seyi Newell, founder of new online book retailer PAGES. At 24, her fierce work ethic can only be admired and I hope this interview will inspire others to pick up their idea and fly with it.

seyi pic

If you love a good book, listen up! This is Seyi’s story:

What was school like? When did you realise what you wanted to do with the rest of your life?

I was quite an individual at school. I was one of those people that hopped from group to group and had a very wide range of friends which made me quite open minded. My school work was also really important to me, I never wanted to fail (that’s still the same) so I always did my best and that still applies to me today.

I was 24 (when I realised my dream job). I had been working in fashion PR for a while, I enjoyed it but I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do forever. Books have always been special to me. I was in a bookshop and I realised that there was nothing on the shelves that I wanted to read and the idea for PAGES literally just came to me at that moment in that shop. Some things just fall out of the sky.

Tell us about your new business, PAGES!

PAGES is an online book retailer for independent publishers which will be launching at the beginning of May. PAGES will also be a place where people can discuss everything from books to art to food. The idea is to make PAGES the go to place for a good book and to open up the world of indies to the mainstream.

pages logo

How did it all begin? It must have been so daunting starting from scratch with a brand new idea, where did you start?

I researched it first to make sure that it didn’t already exist. Then I went on a 4 day course with the Prince’s Trust to make sure that it was something that I could do and also something that I actually wanted to do: Luckily I was able to get a lot of help and support from both the Prince’s Trust and Bright Ideas trust. They’ve both helped with funding, mentoring and general support.

Running a business can be scary so I had to make sure I was making the right choice for myself, so I spoke to my mum and my boyfriend about it and they thought I should go for it. I needed a little push.

How do you stay motivated?

It sounds cheesy but you have to keep your eye on the prize. I’m staying positive and working hard because I know there will be a light at the end of the tunnel and there will come a time when I can finally look at my business and be proud of what I’ve accomplished.

For now, I don’t need any more opportunities. I have support and I have help, all that’s left is for me to just do it.

Loads of ambitious youngsters have ideas that they want to turn into reality: What’s your advice to newbies?

Be persistent no matter how many people say no, if you believe in it then do it. Also, know yourself and your brand otherwise you won’t be able to explain it to other people. Know what you’re willing to put up with and what you aren’t. Lastly, know your limitations, there’s nothing wrong with asking for help if you need it.

What have been your main challenges and personal battles that you’ve had to overcome to get to the point of launching PAGES?

It has been difficult to get publishers on board even though they all seem to think it’s a brilliant idea. The publishing industry is very rigid (even though it is always calling out for change) so I’m having to try and work around certain things. The most I can do is be persistent and be aware of what I have to offer.


Time for the quick fire questions! Who inspired PAGES?

People who like to write a good book and the people who love to read them.

What kind of stories will be selected for PAGES?

There will be a really wide range of books on the PAGES website from photography to fiction to fashion. The one thing that all these books will have in common is that they will be good and they will be from independent publishers.

How can we get involved?!

At the moment people can go to our website and follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and sign up to our newsletter. When we launch people can read the blog, there will be so many interesting things on there, but most importantly people can buy a book and support our brilliant independents.

pages ogo kids

Handy Links:

The Prince’s Trust

Bright Ideas Trust

PAGES on Twitter

PAGES Official

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Young’un of the Week – Lucie Bevan: Teen Travel Photographer

23 Apr

It takes a lot of energy, self-belief and passion to start your own business aged 18, but that is exactly what my Young’un of the Week has achieved this year. Lucie Bevan from London Colney, Herts went to New York in Sixth Form and came back with big dreams and high hopes:

“It was my friends mum who actually got me into photography. At the time, she was studying in a night time college course and seeing her go from not having a clue about the camera to running her own business now, it has given me faith that someday I could do this too.

I started photography in 6th form, which is when I went to New York. I met some amazing people during this time who allowed me to improve my images without being too harsh.

Since receiving an offer for a small job abroad taking images of people’s villas for their website in Spain, I knew I wanted to travel with this job, too.”

Despite being so young, Lucie hasn’t allowed herself to become overwhelmed by the scale of her ambitions: Now she has her heart set on travel photography she is ready to work for it. She says:

“I would absolutely love to work for a travel company. Travelling the world, doing what I do best. I am a keen photographer who loves learning from other peoples work. I guess what’s stopping me is the fact that you need experience to gain experience; it’s really just a catch 22.”

Lucie adds:

“I do not believe in myself all the time. I find it difficult to think that I could actually do what I want to do. But since setting up a Facebook page for my photography and receiving compliments on my images from my family and friends really boosts me up on a bad day.

I try to keep myself busy with little jobs for friends and family, updating my portfolio each time I can. If I have spare time on an afternoon, I will go on an adventure of sorts to seek out great photo opportunities.

You have to have the experience to gain the experience. That’s the most difficult challenge. I have found it difficult applying for jobs that I could really see myself in because of the fact I have no experience. Also, to gain the experience, it is usually assumed to work for free at the beginning in the hopes of a permanent job, but I, like many other young people, cannot afford to do so.”

Facing the same economic struggles as the rest of us, Lucie remains defiant on her work ethic: Not only does she continue to work as a Customer Assistant outside of her photography, her mind set is ahead of her years as she sticks to the business budget. Lucie explains:

“At the present moment, I have a part time job which allows me to pay off the money for the equipment I need. I have always believed in the fact it’s not how much money you spend on the equipment that makes your images amazing but it’s the photographer’s eye.”

So as her website has launched and her strenuous promotion continues, what’s next for the teen travel photographer?

“Basically, I have really high ambitions. Although I am not really sure where exactly I want to be in life, I know that I want to travel the world taking pictures. I have always loved travelling, and since being to New York, I realised that my dreams are possible – no matter how cheesy that may sound. I am considering working for a travel agency taking images of landscape and holiday places for them to advertise. I think this will be a great career path and could take me to some amazing places around the world.”

Photography is a very popular hobby and career choice amongst young people and, as you can hear from Lucie’s accounts, the competition is rife! What advice can she give for other budding artists out there?!

“If you take a series of images for each genre of photography, you will be able to see for yourself which one you prefer. Email different photographers asking them to view your work and give feedback. Constructive criticism is better than them keeping quiet if they don’t like it. So I would say, get your name out there. Make a Flickr page or something similar so people can view your work and leave comments.

Keep at it. It’s simple. The more you persist, the more you will achieve. It’s not about the fancy equipment or the people you know, it’s about your belief in yourself. Everyone has different opinions of a photograph; some say it can be amazing, while others may find it a bit dull, but if you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.”


Visit Lucie:

Flickr: Lucie Bevan

Preview & Bookings for Lucie’s Work:

Lucie Bevan Photography – Official




If you are thinking about joining the same career path and hope to be the next world-famous picture-taker, here are some handy links to get you started:

Photography for Beginners

Photography Community

London Photography Courses

Photography Tutorials

Photo Contests

And as always if you have an inspiring story to share or want your ambition to be recognised then get in contact! OWT features someone every single week to silence the negative media coverage of us young’uns! We are NOT lazy and we are NOT dumb…HELP ME PROVE THEM WRONG!!

Tweet Me: @sheldan2207


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Young’un of the Week – Rachel Argyle

15 Apr

Being a freelance writer can be a lonely little job. You can fall into a place where you’re not sure if anything will come of your valiant voluntary efforts – but then all of a sudden you will have a sudden wave of success resulting in lifted spirits and mental motivation. This week’s Young’un of the Week is Rachel Argyle: A freelance writer and new business owner and her interview was a personal fave of mine due to the fact that I, too, am in the same field with some of the same goals.

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Reading through Rachel’s interview answers not only inspired me as a writer but also as an ambitious person in general: It’s possibly the perfect story – qualifying from uni, working as a reporter, going into management then ending up freelance. Until she gets to the part where she is has decided to take the plunge and launch her own online magazine – or e-zine.

“I graduated from Cardiff Uni with a BA Hons in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting and worked as a newspaper reporter for three years, before managing communications for a local Hospice for over two years. Last year, I decided to take the (risky) step of going freelance with my writing and marketing work: Contracts include marketing for a Sports Development Unit, social media for a sports events company, etc. It’s been going pretty well.
It has always been an ambition of mine to start a magazine, but I’ve never had the start-up funds available to do so. But this year, I thought I’d go ahead regardless, and Delilah Magazine was born!”

Throwing all caution to the wind, Rachel decided to go for broke:

“I’ve always been ambitious but starting my own magazine was the dream. The main challenge is the financing. I have always been a bad saver and I’ll never have thousands behind me to set up a publishing business. So the biggest hurdles to overcome have been how to make the magazine a reality, without having to put down any money up-front. Thanks to social media, there are now ways to do this and  build support slowly and although producing a free e-zine for the first edition isn’t exactly what I had in mind initially and isn’t the most conventional of routes, it seems to be the best way forward. So many illustrators and writers have agreed to write for free (for a credit in the mag) and that’s helped me progress with the idea. Having a Twitter and Facebook account helped drum up support. I wish I had more time to dedicate to the magazine and that one day it will be my main job, but for now it’s about squeezing in tiny moments of ‘Delilah’ whenever I can.”

A lot of young people often read these sorts of stories and think that to achieve something on this scale is simply impossible. Although you have to get used to rejection and constructive criticism in many careers, it is easy to feel despondent and hopeless at times (literally talking from my own experience over the last two years!) – so how does Rachel stay so focussed? What keeps her strategy positive and on track? She explained:

“I’m a naturally positive person. I dream big. Once I have my mind set on something, I strive to make it happen. Don’t get me wrong, I hit some brick walls along the way, but I take some time out, do some exercise, have a nice cuppa and a chat and get back on track. I talk a lot and I find it pretty easy to unwind. My hobby is women’s football and that’s quite a good stress relief! I have a really supportive network of friends, family and a great husband who keep me sane. As for focus, sometimes my brain (and house) is a bit cluttered: I write ‘to do’ lists galore and have a very untidy desk, but despite all this my focus comes from within, I’m determined to see things through to the end. I think if you almost visualise your dream as a reality, it keeps you positive and focused. I actually imagine Delilah being a huge success and then work out how to get to that point.”

There must be certain things that de-motivate her, or really put a spanner in the works – just the same as in every career move. I asked Rachel how she keeps it all together?

“Sometimes when I’m having a busy day and have lots on my mind, it’s really unhelpful to have a desk, house and garden that needs de-cluttering – they make for really good excuses of why I can’t be as productive as I should be. At those moments, I hit what I call my ‘freak out’ moments. This is when my mind gets so full, that I actually end up doing nothing productive. I then stop, remove myself from whatever I’m doing, go for a walk with the dogs (my two Jack Russell puppies Bonnie and Clyde), de-clutter a little, stop making excuses and press the re-start button.”

My own personal blockade is the lack of money and I know from talking from other young people setting up businesses and careers that they have the same issue, too. Rachel tells me how she funds her dream:

“Money burns a hole in my pocket, I’m a terrible saver. I have champagne desires on a lemonade budget. My magazine dream currently has no financial funding. My freelance business pays the mortgage and bills and my spare time is taken up planning and writing Delilah, so I don’t need funds for a social life at the moment!”

Summary: If you’re serious enough about your dreams you don’t need money for anything else! *Quote of the Week*!

Before we launch into ‘Delilah’ and what the magazine is about I asked Rachel what her advice would be for those looking to climb the same ladder as herself. She said:

Stop sitting back and thinking about your dream job but telling yourself the reasons that it can’t become a reality. Look at things differently and find ways around it. Nothing works out exactly the way you might think it should, but that’s what makes the journey all the more interesting! Work hard, play hard and you’ll get rewarded.

I wrote for the university newspaper and temped for Bauer Publishing in London for a few months after graduating, before I landed my first job as a newspaper reporter for Trinity Mirror North Wales. I’ve always been career-driven, so I’ve done a lot of blogging and writing with experience in mind. I always know what I want and there’s very little anyone can say or do to make me change my mind. This was the case upon going freelance last year.”

So, with the launch of Rachel’s magazine TONIGHT let’s have a listen of what we can expect:

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“The first edition, out today, will be an e-zine, completely free of charge, to distribute as widely as possible. The hope is then to get some momentum going and have it printed as a quarterly, paid for publication. It is aimed at women aged 18-35 and all about inspiring people, places and pretty things, very positive and feel-good. I’ve absolutely loved the creative process and working with so many talented people and am giddy with excitement for the launch!”

I hope all my readers will get together and help make Rachel’s dream a reality buy CLICKING HERE – visit her website to receive the first edition for FREE!

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[Click the image to get Issue 1]

As always here are some helpful links for those of you interested in the Writing/Journalism career:

London School of Journalism (Distance Learning)

The Word Cloud – Writing Community

BBC Writers Room

And as always if you feel like you would like some recognition for the hard work that you’re putting into your business or career then get in touch! I feature an inspiring young person every single week on ‘Obsessed With Them’ to broadcast to the world that we are not all hood-rats or scallywags! Get involved – Tweet me @sheldan2207 or comment below!


Young’un of the Week – Kane Surry

2 Apr


“Everyone knows that it’s a cliché to say, “I’ve dreamed of being an actor since I was little” – but in my case it doesn’t stop it from being true. My name is Kane Surry and I’ve dreamed of being an actor since I was little, and I’ve worked extremely hard over the past decade to make that dream a reality.

The acting profession is notoriously tough; it’s a job that involves a bit of hope and a huge amount of rejection…not to mention the fact that it, like everywhere else, has suffered from the recession so the opportunities are less than ever.

This I know about acting and everyone knows it (although it’s never put me off) but made me more determined to succeed and carry on working. I’m actually amazed that I’ve got this far because I have a tendency to be flaky in nearly every other aspect of my life but when it comes to my professional acting career I’ve never stop aiming higher.

I was always a hyper child with a very big imagination but when I got to secondary school I was a bit lost because I was crap at football (which was like a crime at my school) and I was a pretty average student.

I wanted to stand out though, always have done, but didn’t really know how too.

I was bullied which knocked my confidence in my early secondary school days so it was only when I was around 16 years old that I found the confidence to do my first school play and I thought it was what I wanted to be known as – an actor!

I got the lead and I was playing a cocky intern at a teenage magazine who used the agony aunt section to meet girls and it really brought me out of my shell and got what I’d aimed for: I’d stood out as an actor at school.

When applying for drama school for the first time when I was 17 I really messed it up. I got way too cocky and applied to all the best schools, thinking I was Marlon Brando and not preparing properly but thinking I was going to breeze it. Did I breeze it? Did I shite!!

Nowhere took me on and rightly so, I hadn’t done enough, didn’t know enough and wasn’t humble enough.

That was a shock that I didn’t understand at first but then I had to re-evaluate and be honest with myself. I’d missed out that year and I was gutted but it was my own fault.

I spent my next two gap years trying to be a better actor; I doomed a one year course which was privately funded. I nearly didn’t go but am eternally grateful to the sacrifices that were made for me and afterwards I realised how much they went without just so that I could go. I wasn’t going to let them down so I got my head down and took in all I was taught.

I eventually got into drama school at the Central School of Speech and Drama – one of the best in the world. I couldn’t believe it when the letter came through and I just couldn’t wait to start.

One thing that shocked me in my time there was how middle class a profession acting is. I come from a working class background and a big family and thought that if you were talented the opportunities were for everyone but at Central there were often times that I felt slightly alienated because of my background and this made me lean towards pretending I was more middle class to fit in: Drama school is a bubble and it’s when you leave that you realise the diversity is there and you have to know and embrace every aspect of yourself because that is what you’re selling. I may not be wealthy (yet) and I don’t speak R.P. but there is a market there for me.

I have a lovely agent who works extremely hard for me but I always do what I can to see if I can get opportunities for myself. I apply to online ads even if the work isn’t paid; I go to press nights of big shows so that I can network and talk to casting directors and other actors, etc. I also keep myself up to date with what’s on the television and in theatres and keep up to date with who is casting what and where they are going next. It’s all progressive and can seem hopeless at times but so worth it when it comes through.

I’m determined more than anything to make my career work: Since leaving drama school in June I’ve been lucky enough to work on two Shakespeare plays, some co-operate work and I start a film next month but all the time I want to do more and I’m always aiming for bigger and better things.

I’m looking forward to the day I can say: “Eastenders? I was in that before I did that ITV drama but I only did the two series as I got ordered to do a great new play at The Royal Court.”

Big dreams but I want to make them happen.”

To get in touch with Kane you can tweet him @KaneSurry or comment below.

Every week on Obsessed With Them I feature a seriously inspiring young person working hard to reach for their dream job! From plumbers to librarians, teachers to actors I will be featuring everyone that wasn’t born with a silver spoon in their mouths! If you’re on your way up and want your time in the spotlight – or want to inspire others, or just want a slither of recognition then GET IN TOUCH!

We’re all in this together.

Relative Links:

“Breaking into Acting”

“The Acting Website”

“Free Online Acting School”

“Industry Tips”

“Amateur Dramatics Explained”

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