I'm having a total proud mum moment, so please humour me. My beautiful daughter, Biba shot for the new Original Sister Collection last week and the new pics have just gone live on their site.
If you have a girl and you haven't already checked out their beautiful range, I suggest you do it right away.
Biba has been modelling for 10 years (she did her first job when she was 2 weeks old) but she came away from this shoot on cloud nine. She said it was the best shoot that she's ever done.
She loves the collection and has already decided that she's ordering everything that she wore in the shoot!
It's Original Sister's attention to detail that makes their clothes stand out. A puff sleeve here, a full swirly skirt there. Everything can be layered and mixed to create a fab range of stylish basics that are head and shoulders above the high street offering.
Given the weekend that I've just had, this weeks The Gallery theme of A Family Story really couldn't be more fitting.
My mum has been ill for a long time. She has emphysema or COPD. In 1996 she had revolutionary lung reduction surgery to give her another five years. In December 2011 she had a letter from her consultant congratulating her on making it to 15 years post op.
She's a fighter, just plain stubborn, a bit of both.
Every winter is a struggle.
She rattles due to the cocktail of drugs that keep her going, she's ballooned due to the steroids, she needs additional oxygen round the clock and that's when she's well.
When a bug hits she is back to hospital. In and out for weeks on end sometimes. Chest infections, pneumonia, heart attacks, depression. I've lost count of the mad dash 270 mile journeys I've made to Cornwall to see her.
For a whole bundle of reasons we aren't a close family but after getting a call from my dad on Friday evening followed by a call with her nurse the next morning I knew that I had to get to her - and fast. They said this was it, that she wouldn't last the weekend.
It was a sad couple of days, lifted only by the fact that I had Ethan and my big brothers by my side.
Saying goodbye to her was one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do. She couldn't really speak and the look in her eyes said that we would never see each other again. Ethan saw it too and when I close my eyes I can see it. It makes me feel completely empty inside.
It's Wednesday today and she's still with us, fighting, stubborn.
So to my picture, this is the only photograph I have of mum and me. It was taken in Cornwall when I was 12 before the emphysema took hold.
I dedicate this post to my mum and I pray that she keeps on fighting because I need her, I know that now.
Don't forget to check out the other posts in this week's The Gallery.
Its been quite a while since I joined in The Gallery. Life has kind of gotten in the way of small personal pleasures like that. But I'm back with this weeks 'Me Right Now' theme.
I'd just taken this picture of Biba when I read Tara's prompt. She's sitting in hair and make up at this weeks shoot for the new Original Sister Collection.
She had some awesome hair do's durning the day and I can't wait to see the official collection images. Biba had a great day and met some new friends. I know that Ali from Original Sister will be really pleased to know that Biba said that was the best shoot she'd ever done.
I love Stokke® and I've had the pleasure of being their PR for the last eight years. 2012 is a big for them as a company as Tripp Trapp® hits the big 40. It's quite astonishing to think that its been on the market since 1972 as its design hasn't dated at all.
We just made this new Tripp Trapp® movie and I had to share it because I love it!
If you thought Tripp Trapp was just a highchair - you couldn't be more wrong.