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So this outfit post was werrrrked around my chic new, boyfriend shirt from House of Sunny. The most perrrfect lemon yellow for spring. I wanted to keep it all black underneath to avoid distraction from the shirt. Of course the classic Chanel suspenders came out along with a lace body and split, jersey flares. In my opinion – jersey flares look best with trainers – don’t be afraid! Shop the look at the end of the post xo

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Are we still allowed to say Happy New Year? Whatevr. I’m saying it.

January for me has been momentous in many ways. Hence the lack of blog. I’m also a year older so celebrations have been keeping me busy. One celebration I’m actually blogging about now. My oldest and bestest friend Holly treated me a belated birthday treat, taking me for cream tea at ‘Forest’ above Selfridges and then to the HAIR exhibition at Somerset House. IMG_0216

I was in HEAVEN. The HAIR exhibition featured a mock up Chanel runway, endless issues of Vogue and deep insight into fashion shows over the years.  

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Gwarrrrn Kate

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…We then had a very chic and relaxing stay at the K-West hotel & spa in Shepherds Bush. The K-West used to be a recording studio once upon a time and keeps to it’s ‘funky’ roots with a sassy design and modern features. Not to mention we had the best night sleep we’ve had in a while…

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1. Bathroom at K West

We were given the huge Embassy suite for our stay (bed as big as your goals) – but my favourite part was the spa. The spa at the K-West actually has a SNOW paradise. So cool (literally).  It’s the only place in the UK to cater for the ‘hot/cold therapy’ alternating between steam and ice environments.

1. Snow Paradise - K Spa

How brill is that?! Admittedly I only lasted a minute in the snow room as I’m a huge wimp but trés exhilarating for sureThe other spa features included a huge hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, and chill out cabins. Whata dream.

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Embassy Suite at K West- lounge

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My outfit for the evening festivities! (top – Zara, Jeans – Versus Versace)

 It’s safe to say we were kept thoroughly entertained at the K-West Hotel with a great room, an amazing spa, a lively bar and a bangin’ eggs Benedict for breakfast. 

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    So I just wanted to talk about a campaign I was recently introduced. The campaign called ‘I Can Never Be Too Much’ is for design house Georg Jensen and stars five strong females who have defied conventions and risen to the tops of their industries. A completely different approach to design brand advertising – it’s so revitalising to see a campaign video with a serious message as opposed pouts and poses.

    I think this Georg Jensen campaign is particularly significant  at this moment in time – with the current news such as Donald Trump’s presidential reign and the on-going fight for equal wages as well as many other problems us women face all over the world due to simply being stereotyped not as ‘able’ as men. Which is completely false obviously. susannebier_2

    Whilst researching into this campaign I also found out some interesting facts that you guys might want to take in:

    • Women are TOTALLY underrepresented in Parliament and Government – although 2016 is the record number for women in UK government, still only 29% are women.  Pretty poor for a ‘record number’. 
    • Women on average comprise about 30% of the workforce at the world’s largest tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook.
    • Women are far more likely to be the victims of human trafficking – a HUGE 80% are girls. 
    • Female soldiers face rape and harassment – between one fifth and one half of female veterans were sexually harassed while on active duty, and women are more likely to leave with PTSD from rape than from actual fighting
    • Women overall are at a greater risk of rape and domestic violence – In fact, women between the ages of 15 and 44 are at a greater risk of experiencing rape or domestic violence than cancer, car accidents, war or malaria, according to the World Bank. And as much as 70% of women worldwide experience violence during their life.

    Lets RAISE these percentages of women in the workplace, reduce the percentages of rape, trafficking and abuse (altogether – it’s just as abominable for a man to go through that) and start making the world more aware that men and women are EQUAL and just as ABLE as each other. Let’s make more campaigns like Georg Jensen’s viral and show everyone these incredible women doing these ‘usually’ stereotyped ‘man-orientated’ jobs. These strong woman have showed that you can defy conventions and rise to the top of your game!

    #IamNeverTooMuch #adbehnazshafiei_1

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    On Friday evening Casey and I ventured to the coast for our one night holiday at No.5 The Lawn! Being so busy these days – we don’t actually have time to hop on a plane and jet off but this was just as good. If you want to book this yourself, the details are at the bottom of the post. lawn7We were pleasantly greeted by the lovely owners Jude and Mark who showed us to the incredible hideaway. I knew it would be nice but I had no idea it would be as cool as it was. There was an immediate feeling of zen and relaxation with the airy colours and bright open space. If you have me on snapchat (add me by the way! betsyblue) I was definitely showing off as I posted videos popping champagne (kindly given to us by the owners) in my robe in the incredible surroundings. Jude had even put out snacks ready for us too. Everything you need to relax and have a good time is there waiting for you!lawn1lawn2lawn3No.5 The Lawn is actually in Hastings but you could be anywhere in the world as it’s so tucked away and private.lawn17

    My favourite feature was actually the pool. It was more like a giant bath as it was hot and had insane waterfall/jacuzzi features. I’m still wrinkly as I spent so much time in there. My other favourite feature was the cinema screen that magically comes out of the ceiling! The entertainment system includes thousands of movies as well and of course there’s an audio system which plays your music all through the house. Frank Ocean seemed to fit the scene for our stay as we played it through the pool.lawn15

    The kitchen was cute as ever – not that we cooked in it of course. Pizza was indeed ordered! haha.lawn4lawn5You can slightly see the other hot tub on the patio outside the window!lawn10lawn9The bathroom featured a steamer in the shower!lawn12lawn11The artwork was on point…lawn13

    Obviously I enjoyed my evening at No.5 The Lawn but my morning was just as good. We had the most amazing full english breakfast with fresh bread and iced coffee delivered to us at 10:30am on the dot. The night before, you choose from the extensive breakfast menu and write down the time you would like your breakfast. It was DELICIOUS.lawn16  If you want to book – contact Jude directly: 07982845407 but DON’T forget to say that Betsy-Blue recommended you!

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