2015 Here We Come!

With 2015 fastly approaching the time has come to make the decision of what to wear. Have you chosen what you will be wearing to see the New Year in?

New Year's Eve Party

Although I will be working on New Years Eve and New Years Day I will be seeing the New Year in with my family and watching Jules Holland’s Hootenanny. What are your plans?

Christmas Party Time – Blogmas Day 18

Yes people we all know it is almost ‘that’ time of year again and once again we are all preening for Christmas Party time to end the season for work and let the family time commence – well for some. For once I am in this bracket as I have Christmas off and will be spending it at home (family away and himself by my side!). Whilst I long for that special day of snuggling up with the dogs at our feet and watching old movies whilst getting merry I am also getting very excited about my work Christmas party this week. Now I have already put up pictures of what my christmas outfit choices are. However I thought it would only be right to put together a ‘dream’ christmas party look. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Christmas Party Time
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From the selection above I think my favourite items would be . . .

– Christian Louboutin T-Bar Nude Shoes

– Coast Dress

– Chanel Bag

– NARS Lipstick

Each item could be dressed up and down for many more occasions which is also an added bonus!

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It’s A Berry Red Christmas – Blogmas Day 4

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It’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas and with all the lovely deep reds around it is most definitely a colour that should be thrown into the mix to heat things up for this party season. From nails and lips to those luscious red bottomed soles this is the time to get dressed up and party the night away. It will be a Berry Red Christmas for all of us I hope!

Favourites From The Bunch

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As you can see my Essie obsession will most definitely come in handy for the party season – light to dark and mixture of course.

Grab your favourites at your local Boots or Online

What are your go to colours for the Festive Season?

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Despite not being able to get this jacket in my size as it goes from a size 4-12 I am sure I can find it somewhere!
This can be dressed up and down and used for more than one season so a win win all round.

Reiss – £265

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Skirts, High wasted trousers, smart or casual. This top can be worn with a multitude of things and dressed up or down.
Even without accessories this top will look gorgeous for the simplicity of the lace.

New Look – £24.99

What are you favourites and what will you be wearing this festive season?

World AIDS Day 2014 – Blogmas Day 1

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World AIDS Day (1st December) is something that comes around but once a year however it is a disease that affects people every day of the year. Today is the day that has been chosen for the public to sit up and take notice of a debilitating disease that has taken and continues to take many lives every day. Something that is worldwide is also one subject that remains taboo. Society have yet to deem it okay to speak out about AIDS and many feel it is necessary to hide away with this illness.

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STATISTICS

In 2013 there were 35 Million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS (3.2 Million of these were children less than 15 years of age)
World Health Organisation (WHO)

2.1 Million worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2013 (Over 240k children under the age of 15 – most in sub-Saharan Africa where the infection was passed over during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding)
WHO

Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected area with 24.7 Million people living with HIV (71% of people in the world living with HIV are in this region) (2013)
WHO

Since 1981 – 39 Million people have died  and 1.5 Million have died from AIDS related causes in 2013.

The figures above bring tears to my eyes as I think of the suffering that goes on everyday. This post is not a plea for you to feel sorry for me and my feelings but hopefully it will educate you a little with regards to HIV & AIDS and what they are.

Today is the day that we should all stand up and take notice, stand up and say STOP, TALK TO ME, I WILL LISTEN. Just because an individual has AIDS does not make them dirty, horrible, nasty people. So let’s learn a little about HIV & AIDS.

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What is HIV?

H – Human
Particular virus can only infect Humans.

I – Immunodeficiency
A deficient (weakened) immune system – after important cells have been destroyed your immune system loses it capability to fight disease and infection.

V – Virus
Something that can reproduce only by using a cell in your body as a host.

HIV may present like a common cold or the flu, the main difference that should be remembered is your body cannot fight off this virus and once you have HIV it is a virus that you will have for life. So far there is no cure for this.

Your body has an array of different types of cells, your T-Cells (also known as CD4 cells) are a type of white blood cell that play a major role in your body’s ability to protect against infection. When these cells detect a trespasser like a virus or bacteria a signal is sent to the brain to activate your immune system.

When your immune system responds you may feel symptoms such as fevers, aches, pains and other symptoms that are all common signs of your body trying to fight the infection it is presented with. Each symptom helps the body combat infection, assist with repair and conserve any energy however when symptoms are not controlled and are in motion for long periods of time they can cause more harm than good.

Once infected with HIV the virus attacks and aims to destroy the T-Cells within that persons immune system which eventually leads to poor ability to fight further infection and leaves the individual open to other infections and diseases. Check out the HIV life cycle here to better understand how HIV replicates and spreads through the body.

Treatment for HIV comes in the form of ‘Anti-RetroViral Therapy‘ (ART) by taking such medication the levels of HIV in your body can be controlled and kept at a lower level than if they are left untreated. ART is a combination of medications taken daily to fight the HIV infection – although it will not go away this is a method of control to aid the individual in leading and longer healthier life and reducing the risks of transmitting the disease to others. With ART an individual that is diagnosed with HIV can now have an almost ‘normal’ life expectancy whereas before the introduction of such therapy people with HIV could advance to AIDS in just a few short years.

As time passes HIV may destroy so many of your T-Cells that your body is completely incapable of fighting ANY infection or disease. When this happens HIV can go into its final stage also known as AIDS. However please do not make the mistake in thinking that EVERYONE who suffers from HIV progresses to AIDS.

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What is AIDS?

A– Acquired
Cannot be inherited but can be picked up after birth

I – Immuno
The body’s immune system – organs and cells that fight of infection and disease

D – Deficiency
Not working the way it should.

S – Syndrome
A group of symptoms that together are a characteristic of a certain disease.
With regards to AIDS as it is not a single disease it is known as a syndrome – this is due to its complex nature and range of complications and symptoms that occur.

As mentioned in the HIV section of this post AIDS is not something that everyone who suffers from HIV will eventually have as it is the final stage of HIV. People who unfortunately reach this stage suffer with extremely badly damaged immune systems which pose an increased risk of infections (known as opportunistic infections -OI’s).

Check out the list of OI’s here. The individual is considered to have advanced to AIDS when they suffer from on or more of the OI’s on that list, certain cancers (Lymphoma, Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, Anal Cancer and Invasive Cervical Cancer) or an extremely low T-Cell count.
With the mention of Cancer please remember that HIV does not cause Cancer however it greatly increases the risk. If you have AIDS then it is imperative that you seek treatment and medical intervention to prevent death.

As mentioned above scientists are yet to find a cure for HIV/AIDS however the fight continues.

What Can You Do About It?

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Get tested TODAY

Listen

Learn

And if you find out that someone has HIV/AIDS do not shun them, be that shoulder to cry on, listen to them and if you can even in the form of a hug, HELP them.

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There are many medical professionals out there that could most probably explain the disease a lot better than I can but from research and working in the field of HIV I can only hope this post helps. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments box and if I cannot answer them I will try my hardest to find the answer for you.

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