.freddie harrel.

POM POMS & SNOWY SLOPES

It might seem like a New Year, New Me impulse, but I genuinely enjoy the occasional bedroom revamp. I like to switch things up by changing a few bits in our bedroom, I do it around 3, 4 times a year I reckon. It’s only now that I’ve decided to show you one of these revamps on here that I’m actually asking myself what’s with that habit. I think it’s down to the fact that this is the room where I wake up everyday, and to keep me going first thing I guess it’s important to keep things fresh. I like waking up feeling like I got my life together, I need to be convinced of that the second I open my eyes, and a couple of cute cushions and a candle could trick anyone – don’t judge me before you’ve tried.

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DRAGONS DENS & LESSONS OF 2016

Guys, I haven’t written in so long. I mean written, written. That’s because 2016 (since that’s where we’re getting, eh) has been such an odd one. As you might know, I’ve moved to Geneva last May, and it’s been the loneliest it’s ever been. Oh and I was pregnant, so the hormones didn’t help make it less of a mind fuck. So I guess because of all the changes, mental struggle and the constant monologues, I’ve lost track of myself a bit. I was so consumed by this tiny world of mine that all the conversations were happening there, and not on here. But I got out, and it’s time to look at 2016 cause as much as it was hard, it was full of successes and blessings. But most of all, it was life. None of the hardships were cases of Oh why is that happening to me now? No, they were just normal stages of life as one navigates through it, through womanhood, and 2016 was part of the process of going through some of these stages. It got so challenging at times that I have to make it worth it by looking for the lessons it allowed me to learn and the time it’ll potentially save me in the future, that’s if I learn that is.

 

So what were they?

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Pregnancy shoot, asos maternity, afro hair, natural hair, romantic shoot

MOUTHFUL FREDDIE & PREGNANCY SHOOT

I was going to post this on Wednesday, but it was such a sad day! I spent it working like a mad person, despite being shattered, as a way to distract myself from the unrealness of the situation. How did we end up there? Anyway, I’m not going to dwell on that, I’m going to focus on the positive instead, hence this post 🙂

I realise I had once promised more pregnancy updates, along with more entrepreneur updates (if you don’t know, I launched my confidence workshops earlier this year and a hair extensions brand 6 months ago) and I failed to deliver. Many reasons for that, the first one being that I had no clue how hard pregnancy would be, and I guess I’m just happy to forget about all the hard moments the second they end – I spent two solid months vomiting non stop, it was the loneliest I had ever felt. Then there’s the Geneva move, which was a walk in the park…in my head! Here again, loneliness struck hard and still does. Take these two experiences and chuck a new business in the mix – I’m not one to give up so I’m not going to say that I bit off more than I could chew, but let’s say I’m still chewing, you know like some meat you’ve cooked for so long it becomes rubbery. I’m mouthful Freddie.

I was also so proud to tell you about such a huge milestone, being asked to take part in Tedx Brighton, one of the biggest Tedx events in Europe. Well I had to bail on that in the end, far too pregnant and tired to make the journey – I can’t tell you how much I cried.

So all in all, this year has been RIDICULOUSLY tough! But I’m getting near the end of my Baby H cooking, and I’m so excited! So so excited to finally meet my little wriggler, and also to get my body and mobility back. And I can’t wait to see what I can do work wise once he’s not curled up up in my ribs anymore. Because to be fair, Big Hair No Care had an amazing debut! So so amazing, despite very little marketing and me not being able to give it my 100% – so I’m relaunching it! We’re starting from scratch, rethinking both logo and brand identity, the products, everything! And I gave myself the challenge to have it all done before Master H turns up (I’m way behind schedule ahah) so I can properly indulge in motherhood (OMG can you imagine me being a mum though???!!!). Because I’m not allowed to fly anymore, London is out of bounds for a while, so last weekend we took the train to Paris to shoot new assets for the site (swings and roundabouts,eh!).

That’s when my beloved Natacha offered to take some pregnancy photos for us. She shot us earlier this year and the photos were beyond gorgeous – she’s the kind of person obsessed with love, so she’s amazing at shooting couples, women and expecting mums. She hasn’t even been doing that for that long, she’s a natural! We met on my first banking job, and she still works in finance. Could you tell? I’m so excited for what lies in front of her, she’s about to turn her passion into her full time job and I simply enjoy watching her grow! She’s Paris based, and she’s beyond sweet so should you need photos, you have to hit her up!! At the moment she’s expecting a little girl, a future wifey for Baby H so she’s taking things slow but just like me, she’s ready to grab 2017 by the pussy (seems to be the sort of lines that get you votes so…)
Please check her out and give her a follow!

In the meantime, meet the Harrels, while there’re only two of them 🙂 I can’t tell you how excited I am to embark on this journey with Tom! He’s my favourite person in the world, I can’t even describe what he is to me because it would never encompass what I really feel, and you’re telling me that we’re making another person, half me, half him? GET OUT OF HERE!

Lots of love,

Freddie x

Outfit details:

– Dress: ASOS Maternity
– Shoes: River Island, similar here and here
– Flower hair clips: ASOS

Pregnancy shoot, asos maternity, afro hair, natural hair, romantic shoot

Pregnancy shoot, asos maternity, afro hair, natural hair, romantic shoot

Pregnancy shoot, asos maternity, afro hair, natural hair, romantic shoot

Pregnancy shoot, asos maternity, afro hair, natural hair, romantic shoot

Pregnancy shoot, asos maternity, afro hair, natural hair, romantic shoot

Pregnancy shoot, asos maternity, afro hair, natural hair, romantic shoot

Pregnancy shoot, asos maternity, afro hair, natural hair, romantic shoot

Pregnancy shoot, asos maternity, afro hair, natural hair, romantic shoot

Pregnancy shoot, asos maternity, afro hair, natural hair, romantic shoot

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