I came to live in England 11 years ago because my husband is English. At that moment it was what made sense for us, as I was playing tennis and I could live in anywhere in the world and travel to tournaments.
When we met my nieces were very young. Anna was 6 months Emily was two years old. I loved the girls from the start and my husbands family became my family as it should be. Emily is now a teenager and Anna is eleven, and we love to spend time together.
All of our English family is from Suffolk and I took the opportunity of the bank holiday weekend and a ballet performance to make a vlog and show you guys a little bit of our routine with the ones we love deeply.
I am very happy to share with you the activities we did over the weekend.
As you probably know I am an ambassador for Parallel Global, formerly Parallel London. Parallel is growing & spreading to other cities. If you don’t know Parallel Global it is a fully inclusive set of races for all ages and abilities with no cut off times. Participants can choose between a 10K, 5K, 1K, 100m, 3K walk (new) or the Super-Sensory 1k and take part in a festival of inclusive activities.
For the first two years it took place in the Olympic Park in London and this year it will be announced soon. It has just been announced that Parallel Glasgow will take place on the 2nd September in George Square.
It is a fun day, where family and friends get together to do some activities and enjoy the festival. There is also the opportunity to try different sports and activities. You should check it out at their website http://www.parallellifestyle.com It is a true celebration of diversity and inclusivity.
Life goes by and sometimes we enter into the routine of doing the same thing over and over again. The routine overtakes us and everything stays on automatic. We may need to stop there and make a change…a new start, a diverse way to see the world, to act and to interact. On this point I am happy to count on wonderful professionals that always help me to connect and rediscover my inner self, bringing me to life and to my point of excellence.
Evidence Beauty looks after my nails, with it a great manicure that not only makes my nails perfect but also looks after my hands, and you know how a wheelchair user’s hands look as we have them on our wheels all the time to move around. We need to take a break and look after the parts of our body that takes us everywhere. Sheila, you are an amazing friend and an amazing professional. I am happy to have you in my path. She always brings me the best chimarrao ( Brazilian Herbal Tea) that makes me feel at home.
For a full change I opted to change my hair colour a little and I left it to Julio Rosario, ‘The Wizard of Hair’. Max and Julio are looking after my hair now for the past year. They did my hair for Fashions Finest in February this year and they always make sure I have a trendy hairstyle for the catwalk. They use the best products and always have lovely smiles on their faces. Even when they are very busy they will find a time to look after my hair. This time he opted to leave me with a special glow in a golden honey style. I would not give my hair to anyone, especially to do highlights that is a process where we need to always be careful as it can damage the hair very badly, but with these guys, I would trust with closed eyes. I also cut it to give more balance.
After I am done Julio won’t permit me to leave without a completely new look and that is where Jessica Favaro comes in. She gives classes for makeup artists and she makes a canvas on our face and transforms it into the most beautiful portrait ever. Every detail counts to her. At the end it is perfection.
I hope you can see all of this in the video and make your own conclusions. Love you guys and thank you for looking after me with such care.
Right now, you’re probably aware that I am working with brands that have the same way of thinking as me. We are trying to become more inclusive, sustainable, organic and mainly I would say more real and authentic.
I do not work with any brand. I like to know a little about them, what is their purpose etc.
Contessina London is one of the brands that for me ticks all the boxes. I love jewellery, mainly sparkly ones. Who doesn’t like to shine? Her pieces are all handmade in Greece where she is from and her family still works there. They are expanding from Contessina Athens to Contessina London right now. I can see a bright future for this brand. It is so beautiful, graceful and chic.
As they say ‘EXCLUSIVE DESIGNS, INCLUSIVE PHILOSOPHY’
I had the honour to work with them and happy to promote the brand. Check them out and you will find a lot more information and how they make the jewellery, their thoughts etc.
The only thing I can say is, I am so happy to work as a model and influencer bring up the brands I really believe in and bring to the designers the importance of diversity in fashion. It is a win-win situation.