Style at Stormont

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Tonight was a super glam and fab event at Stormont Parliament Buildings for Action Mental Health. They are a great charity and celebrating their 50th year of helping people with mental health issues. For this occasion, Stormont has chosen them as "Charity of the Year" and they held an amazing fashion show in the Great Hall to mark the occasion. All the clothes were provided and styled by House of Fraser Belfast and their amazing personal stylist Jemma, models by Style Academy, hair by Peter Mark and makeup by the lovely Paddy McGurgan and his team.
I was honoured to be asked to speak at the event to talk about my own mental health problems. I suffer from PTSD and it was the first time I'd ever addressed publicly that I had it. I was so scared but I got such a warm reception and it made me feel great. I am very proud to back a charity like Action Mental Health that would help anyone in the same position as me.
For the event I thought I would go all out glam- sure why not!? Speaking at Parliament Buildings and doing a Politics degree equated to me being very excited! I had my hair blow dried and set with Cloud Nine "O" rollers by Ashton from Capelli Company in Newtownabbey. I was so pleased with my hair- I love it with loads of body in it! My makeup was done by the main man himself, Paddy McGurgan. After my recent visit to his shop I was so excited to have him work his magic on me. Anyone who knows me well knows I am quite scared of makeup artists because I think I'm a dab hand with the old makeup brush myself, plus I've had so many bad experiences! However, Paddy made me look and feel a million dollars! A really sexy smoky eye with some false lashes was the way to my heart. He knows I love Kim Kardashian! My dress was kindly given to me for the night by House of Fraser Belfast (Thank you to Mark for sorting it out for me!). It is a JS Collection dress and I loved it because it was very flattering to my body shape. My jewellery was Stella and Dot- I wore the Soiree Trio ring and the Petra bracelet which were kindly given to me for the night by my lovely friend and Stella & Dot Stylist Patricia. I wore a very old (but comfy) pair of grey Zara heels.
Ready to rock and roll!
Selfie. Standard.

Close up!

With my friends Avril from School Gate Style and Stella & Dot Stylist Patricia
Thank you for inviting me to speak Action Mental Health. I hope my story inspired someone else to seek help or think about their own mental health.

G x