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  1. A couple of weeks ago I went on my own to Goks One Size Fits All event at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham.  When I booked the ticket the last thing I thought I would end up doing would be talking on stage with the man himself! 

    Since then, a few people have asked how I ended up on stage with him, so I thought I'd blog it!

    The event was all about styling, underwear, fashion shows, Shopping, a gorgeous lunch and toward the end there was going to be a Q&A session for Gok.  There were postcards on each table with space for your name and a question for Gok. 

    I dithered for a few minutes and decided this was my chance!

    I wrote my name and asked the question (which I think was more or less):

    "Hi Gok, I'm a new business and I wonder if you would be kind enough to give me a shout out on Instagram, my insta name is Wardrobe Fairy Nottingham.  Thank you".

    That was all I put.

    The question and answer session started.  Around 5 questions were read out to Gok about his family, his favourite things etc etc and then Gok's assistant said .... "the next question is from Helen Keightley ...."

    My heart lept and I started to feel hot!

    He read the question out in full and Gok asked where I was.  I put my hand in the air and then he announced that I should join him on stage!

    I was a NERVOUS WRECK! Stood on the stage in the middle of the room, surrounded by 300 ladies, I could feel their gaze.  My mouth was dry, my knees were shaking, all I could think was I wish I'd have worn something different, I wish I'd done my hair different etc etc!

    Gok spoke for a few minutes about how he feels strongly about promoting small businesses and was very impressed that I'd be brave enough to ask the question.

    He then gave me my 30 seconds to speak about Wardrobe Fairy!

    At the time I felt like I was waffling on and saying "erm" quite a lot but having watched the video back again, it isn't too bad.  A very kind lady on my table videoed it for me, knowing I was at the event on my own.

    The feedback I got from ladies at the event was fantastic and Gok really helped raise my profile on Instagram.

    So the message really is, if you don't pluck up the courage, bite the bullet and be brave, you never know what you could achieve!

    If you haven't seen the video, head over to my Facebook page and watch it on there.

    Thank you Gok, you are awesome!

     

     

  2. With the awarenss of mental health being talked about more these days, especially this week,  I thought I would share my feelings too.

    I think the importance and impact of clothing is often underestimated.  I have suffered with body image issues the whole of my adult life, and I'm now 43!

    Clothing can have a HUGE impact on your mood, your thought pattern, your daily accomplishments, your wellbeing.

    I think sometimes people wonder as I pass through the playground in a morning, how has she got time to do her hair and makeup, to wear a co-ordinating necklace to her outfit and a matching handbag! Well, for me, its not a matter of choice, its a necessity.

    If I don't make the effort to get up and dress up then I probably would give up! 

    I often have "ugly days" as all us women do, where I wish I'd have worn something different, something more trendy, something less dress, or more dressy, a different pair of shoes, a looser skirt, a brighter jumper, etc etc, I'm not perfect by any means. 

    But what I do know for sure is that when I do make an effort, it totally transforms my mood.  I walk with more confidence, I grow taller (yes literally because I'm not hiding under my own shoulders!), I'm far more productive and gives me a spring in my step. Even down to the smallest thing like wearing a necklace, or a scarf.  Try it, see how it makes you feel and let me know!

    I won't lie, I've had my fair share of dark days, I've suffered with depression and anxiety on and off for 20 years and still sometimes struggle with it now.  Lack of confidence in my own ability, self-worthiness etc, etc.  It can be a very dark cloud to be underneath, that is why I try and help other women to be the best version of themselves using clothing, helping them feel organised and giving them confidence.

    You will also see me walking the playground sometimes with no make-up (which I've only managed to pluck up the courage to do in the past year!) in my gym clothes, but they are always pink, colourful and co-ordinated! lol x 

    So come on girls, lets get up, dress up and never give up!