The past fortnight has easily been the busiest, most exciting and jam-packed couple of weeks of my life. I was at my day job today, filming with Tinopolis for a fashion feature, and I fell asleep three times on the journey from Llanelli to Carmarthen. I doubt the film crew will let me live that down any time soon!
I flew out to Los Angeles, California with Tempest Fashion Ltd on Monday, May 18th. I was asked to accompany a few team members to launch the brand stateside. We left Cardiff and embarked on a 19 hour journey – it was not easy, but completely worth it! We touched down in LAX, ordered some nachos and guacamole, and headed straight to the Beverly Hills house that we called ‘home’ for the week. I can honestly say that Emily, (Tempests Marketing & PR Executive,) and I, could not believe the place. Nestled on a quiet Beverly hillside, was this three bedroom villa, complete with heated pool, Jacuzzi, panoramic views of Hollywood and a rooftop fire place and chill-out area. As excited as we were, exhaustion took over, and we collapsed on our beds at 10pm.
We woke the next day ready to explore LA! We met with David Perlman, the founder of iBiA, (International Brands in America,) who are helping Tempest launch successfully in America. We went to their showroom in the heart of Fashion City, and were blown away by all the amazing pieces we saw there. Later that evening, we went to Red Light PR’s showroom to meet with other brands and got to know the companies with which Tempest will now be affiliated. Later that evening we walked the, ‘Walk of Fame,’ and spotted some of our favourites!
Day 2, we met with a marketing company who will be in charge of designing the new American website. The team were so insightful and had some amazing ideas for the company, I don’t doubt Tempest will do very well with their help.
On the final day of the trip, I was extremely blessed to be asked by Antoinette Romero, of MacDuggal, if I would like to meet with Elizabeth Safrit, Miss United States 2014 and Miss World 1st Runner-Up, for a photoshoot on Rodeo Drive! I can honestly say that nothing could prepare me for how immensely surreal and exciting this experience was. I met with Elizabeth and her team at her hotel in Central City, and I was so pleased to be greeted by such a radiant, sweet girl. After hair, make-up, and dressing in my MacDuggal gown, (which I begrudged giving back,) we made our way to Rodeo Drive. As we walked down one of the most iconic streets in the world, countless people stopped us for pictures. At one point a crowd formed just to watch us! I felt like a proper celeb! Elizabeth spoke to me about her Miss World experience and told me lots of little stories about her time as a contestant. She compared me to the reigning Miss World, Rolene Strauss. Elizabeth said that she thought we had a similar personality and that I reminded her of Rolene! I could’ve hugged her when she said that! Elizabeth has definitely made me even more excited for this coming November! Needless to say I was sad to see the day come to an end, it was one of the best moments of my life, and I am forever thankful for that opportunity.
But, the jet set lifestyle doesn’t allow you to stay in one place for too long! At the beginning of this week, I flew out to Sofia, Bulgaria, to attend Evgeni Minchev’s birthday party. Evgeni Minchev is a Bulgarian celebrity who enjoys raising money for charity and holding fundraisers. He is a judge on Bulgaria’s next top model, and is very well known in Bulgaria. I was invited, along with Dmitry Oskin to be a guest of honour at the event. Dmitry is a reality TV star from the show, ‘Meet the Russians,’ on FOX TV. We were greeted in the airport by Evgeni and a swarm of photographers, so we posed and smiled for the paps, and made our way to Evgeni’s apartment. The apartment was like nothing I had seen before. It contained art deco pieces, antiques, a white baby grand piano, a fully stocked bar, a sound system, and my bed was gold! After a champagne reception, we parted ways to get some beauty sleep for the party the following day!
The next day we went for a stunning lunch at Victoria Brasserie in the heart of the capital, we had a look through the craft stalls and saw the Bulgarian church. That evening we were chauffer driven to the big party, where Dmitry and I greeted guests at the press wall for pictures and TV interviews. We were then all led to a banqueting room fit for the queen. The entertainment for the evening was a mix of ballet, Bulgarian pop music, a classical French singer and Bollywood style songs. Evgeni awarded people who had made outstanding contributions to Bulgarian culture. The four course dinner was to die for, it was a wonderfully extravagant evening. I was sad to leave the fun and sun in Bulgaria, but it was also good to get home to my parents and my bed!