Gala Darling http://galadarling.com Adorn Yourself, Adore Your Life Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:23:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 #radicalselflovejuly: The Wrap-Up! http://galadarling.com/article/radicalselflovejuly-the-wrap-up/ http://galadarling.com/article/radicalselflovejuly-the-wrap-up/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:11:16 +0000 http://galadarling.com/?p=9568 I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed participating in #radicalselflovejuly. It gave me something to post when I felt low on inspiration, and, even better, it reminded me to keep focussed on my own radical self love journey. It’s never over, and there is always more to do!

Here are some of the stand-out submissions from the last week of the challenge. It was wonderful to see everyone becoming more confident with their photography, and how you all started to connect up in the comments of each others posts. It warmed my sparkly little heart!

There were some wonderful posts about the experience, too. Thanks to Reina, Rachael, Lea, Kaiti, Islandia, Angie, and Scarlett for sharing their thoughts!


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DAY TWENTY-TWO: Magic

There were so many beautiful photos on this day, ranging from gorgeous photos of nature to incredible works of art like this one shared by Shweta. I mean, wow. Wow! Shweta, how did you even do this?! (MAGIC is obviously the answer!) Damn, girl. Damn!


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DAY TWENTY-THREE: On your wall

Kate Holderness needs a very special mention for her contributions to #radicalselflovejuly. She took the prompts to another level, both literally and figuratively! Seeing her Instagrams regularly blew my mind, and after a month of amazement, it was lovely to meet her at the Radical Self Love Salon in London. Oh, the internet, bringing people together! Anyway, I loved seeing all her favourite witches in this photo. SICK to death.


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DAY TWENTY-FOUR: Gratitude

Anne posted this simple image, saying…

These last few days I’m really grateful for all the family, friends and others loved ones I have in my life. When really bad things happen you are more aware of the things you can be grateful for.

Amen, girl.


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DAY TWENTY-FIVE: Bed-head

Issy has some badass bed-head, and I cannot for the life of me figure out where she is. Is she in an elaborate tent?! Meanwhile, Julie has hair for days, and I loved the way the sunlight hit it just so.


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DAY TWENTY-SIX: I wish I was…

There were a lot of wishes put out into the world on this day. Eleanor wants more confetti in her life (and it looks like she succeeded!). Jessica would like to be eating “the world’s biggest ice-cream in Denmark”. Sofia submitted the photo in the middle, and her caption said,

I wish I was… as at one with myself as my Italian “Nonna” (granny) with her don’t-give-a-shit-about-anyone attitude and all the cats who adore her. She is inspirational, and I can only dream of being so badass when I’m her age. What a legend!


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DAY TWENTY-SEVEN: Pampering

Sometimes, it’s the simple things. Leonie says that a hot bath, a bowl of cherries, a fresh drink and a good book are perfect… And I would have to agree! Plus, I loved the bold colours and graphic style of this shot.


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DAY TWENTY-EIGHT: Blow bubbles

Cassy has the biggest bubbles in the biz. Eleanor’s bubble-blowing helped her brainstorm! And Angie blew the perfect bubble… Before it popped!


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DAY TWENTY-NINE: Mirror wisdom

Haley’s mirror reminds her that socially constructed ideas of “beauty” can be harmful, and Nikki quotes Louise L. Hay. Gorgeous! I was also moved by Spidercat’s caption on this photograph

Recently I’ve gained a couple of kilograms, my new jeans which I was so excited to fit into are a bit too snug and I know it’s because I’ve been eating out a lot and hiding from winter instead of getting out walking. But while I know I need to reclaim healthier habits, I won’t let a minor change bother me. A mirror is only my reflection at a moment in time – it can capture how I look when I feel great, it can capture how I look when I don’t feel so great, but that’s all it captures, looks. A mirror doesn’t capture kindness, compassion, intelligence, drive, loyalty, the sound of your laughter, the warmth of your hugs – things that make you a wonderful person are not captured by a mirror. Neither are they captured by a tape measure, a scale or your jeans size – something I had to remind myself when I realised my jeans were getting too snug! Your reflection in the mirror is not what defines you, it is what is inside.

Now that is radical self love!


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DAY THIRTY: I love…

The prompt for this day was very open-ended, but since we were getting to the end of the challenge, a lot of babes took it as a damn good reason to give props to their beloved. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that! I loved this photo of Naomi and her husband, Dan, and I equally adored this sentiment from Karen, who explained that she loves to inspire!


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DAY THIRTY-ONE: Super-selfie!

So many babes, so little time! There is no way I could include everyone’s super-selfie… But they were awesome. Here are just a few of ‘em! I especially appreciated those of you who were, “I’ve got no make-up on, and I’m sweaty, but I’m AWESOME ANYWAY!” Hell yes! Thank you to Suzor, Coleen, Emily, Em, Monica, Kayla, Janet, Risa, and Nicole for the photos above!


Thank you to everyone who participated.
#radicalselflovejuly was absolutely amazing, and I was completely blown away by the 13,000 entries. Our next Instagram challenge will happen in October, and it’s going to be BIG, with prizes and plenty of fun! I’m looking for sponsors who want to get involved! If you have a product or service and you’d like to partner up, get in touch. It’s gonna be GOOD!

I’d love to hear your suggestions for our next Instagram challenge, too. Spill the beans here!

Always dreaming,

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Freshening My Hair For (Gulp) Autumn/Winter! http://galadarling.com/article/freshening-my-hair-for-gulp-autumnwinter/ http://galadarling.com/article/freshening-my-hair-for-gulp-autumnwinter/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:11:05 +0000 http://galadarling.com/?p=9559 When you get off a long, hot flight from London, the last thing you want to do is make a public appearance. Really, you just want to go home and lie down for what feels like a week. Or at least, that was how I felt when Shauna and I flew back to New York. But I didn’t go home. Instead, I took a cab straight from the airport to Sassoon Salon in midtown.

I hauled my gigantic pink suitcase over the threshold, hung up my bulging tote bag (laden down with a laptop and all my worldly possessions), and took a seat in front of a basin.

Turns out that the best thing after a long flight isn’t simply to go to bed. It’s to tilt your head back over a sink, have your hair lathered and rinsed, and receive an extremely precise yet soothing head and neck massage.

Of course, it then helps to be put into the hands of Martyn Duff, Senior Creative Director and genius. He cut Morrissey’s hair in his kitchen, y’all! I knew that whatever he wanted to do with me would be top-notch.

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As soon as he clapped eyes on me, Martyn exclaimed, “You’ve got a great haircut already!” (Sassoon are famous for bobs.) But we decided to make it a little more dramatic, and went for a drastic A-line cut.

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I like to think of this as boardroom in the back, badass in the front!

It was so much fun to experience Sassoon Salon and see what they’re about. From what I observed, everyone was super-friendly, relaxed, and not stuffy at all. I think that when you go to a hairdresser, it should feel really comfortable and easy — and this definitely did. Sassoon Salon releases two collections of fresh new hair looks every year, and what they have cooking for AW14 is sick! Isn’t it time to try something different? (I say YES! Life is so much more fun with a new haircut!)

I’m a liiiiiiittle bit in love with Martyn (who works at their 18th Street location), and I can’t wait to see him again! Hallelujah!

Flicking my hair like a shampoo commercial,

This post was made possible with the help of Sassoon Salons and Style Coalition.

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Darling HQ: A Sneak Peek! http://galadarling.com/article/darling-hq-a-sneak-peek/ http://galadarling.com/article/darling-hq-a-sneak-peek/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:11:35 +0000 http://galadarling.com/?p=9688 Whizzing all around NYC with Tiffany Pratt back in July was definitely one of the highlights of my summer. We didn’t just collect cool things to jazz up my office space, we made merry all over the city. From the IKEA ferry (the best way to travel) to a hidden crystal shop, we laughed and dreamed and had a damn good time. What more could you ask of your decorator?!

Time to get a little Sound Of Music on you: these are a few of my favourite things!

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A LIPSTICK PINK CHAIR
This is my first “big girl” armchair. I fell in love with it on our first day together, when we visited ABC Carpet and Home and my eyes practically bulged out of my head at the magnificence of it all. This chair rocks my world from head to toe: it’s in my signature lipstick pink, it SWIVELS, and best of all? It was on sale, baby! I was in love with it straight away, but I held off a few days until I pulled the trigger. (See? I can be responsible and restrained sometimes!)

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NEW CRYSTALS
I heard of the mythical Rock Star years earlier, but for some reason, I hadn’t made time to visit. That was all remedied when Tiffany came to town… And when we swung the door open, we were absolutely gobsmacked. I walked out substantially heavier, my bag stuffed with crystals wrapped in tissue paper. They’re all part of my new altar. In the photo above, you can see galena, chalcopyrite, an aqua aura geode, pink agate, and magnetic rainbow hematite. (That’s not even all of it…)

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A PINK METALLIC HIDE
One day, Tiffany took me by the hand and showed me the wonders of Mood. It is a wild treasure-trove of wonderful things, from sequin trim to crazy pom-poms and everything in between. We were primarily there to dress up my curtains (just you wait!), but the thing that thrilled me most — unexpectedly — turned out to be this pink metallic hide. What?! How does this even exist?! OMG. There are no words!

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A TURQUOISE RUG
Rugs, rugs, glorious rugs. Originally we were going to go with the IKEA Stockholm — a bold, striped, black and white mat — but then I saw this overdyed turquoise rug (also at IKEA!), and I couldn’t resist. It reminded me of the incredible overdyed rugs they have at ABC… Just $10,000 cheaper. Admittedly, I was nervous about buying such a colourful rug, and knew in the back of my head that going with black and white was a much safer choice. But I’m thrilled we went with the turquoise. It’s lovely to have a pop of colour at your feet!

When you open the front door to our apartment, you see all the way down the hallway into the living room. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to walk in the door and see all that turquoise and pink bouncing back at me. It makes me feel like I’m truly “home” whenever I see it.

Stay tuned for more updates from #darlinghq!

With love from my brand new sofa,

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Radical Self Love Salon In NYC: One Ticket Left! http://galadarling.com/article/radical-self-love-salon-in-nyc-one-ticket-left/ http://galadarling.com/article/radical-self-love-salon-in-nyc-one-ticket-left/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:59:43 +0000 http://galadarling.com/?p=9672 In need of a little magic? A little sparkle? If you’re looking to shake off some bad vibes and emerge feeling incredible, you’re in luck. I’m throwing a Radical Self Love Salon tomorrow… And I have one ticket left!

Not sure what will happen? I can tell you this much: you will meet some truly magical women. We will cast spells and banish our fears. You’ll learn techniques that you can use next time you’re feeling sad, bad, or bummed out. And you will go home with a heart full of delight.

There’s more information here. We kick off at 1pm in Soho, and we would love to see you there.

“I always leave your events leaving refreshed and inspired, and this was absolutely no different — when I walked out of that door, I felt like I could conquer all the obstacles that had felt so insurmountable before. Perfectionism, self-deprecation, comparison, all the icky feelings that keep me down seemed to melt away. Whether it was a wave of the rose quartz wand, the energy grounding, or just the fabulous energy of the ladies in that room, who knows? But it truly was magic!” — Luna

Big kisses,

Photo by Emily Faulstich.

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Travelling The World And Other Dreams! http://galadarling.com/article/travelling-the-world-and-other-dreams/ http://galadarling.com/article/travelling-the-world-and-other-dreams/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:11:41 +0000 http://galadarling.com/?p=9442 One of the side effects of travel is that you end up wanting — no, yearning — to travel even more. I only just got back from London, Berlin, and Amsterdam… And yet, somehow, it’s not enough. It’s like contracting a fever that never goes away.

Brazil, Sweden, Japan, Morocco, Greece, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Bali, Tulum, Jamaica, the Bahamas, India… The list just goes on and on, with no end in sight.

There’s just something so miraculous about travelling, with its proliferation of brand new sights, smells, and sounds, that blows me away. That’s why travelling the world — and going to new places, instead of simply visiting my old favourites — is so high on my list of goals.

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We went to Santorini and Mykonos to celebrate my 30th birthday last year, and it was pure magic. Next time I go back, in addition to Santorini, I’d love to do more island-hopping. Paros and Antiparos, Ios and Naxos… There is so much to see, all of it beautiful in its own unique way.

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I’ve wanted to visit Rio De Janeiro, in Brazil, for ages, and somehow it keeps popping up into my frame of reference. From the enormous statue of Jesus The Redeemer to its beaches packed with bodies and teeny-tiny swimsuits, there is so much I want to see and do!

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The Amalfi Coast is the place dreams are made of. Built along the side of a hill, and famed for its production of limoncello, this stretch of coastline in Southern Italy is known for its azure sea and absolute beauty. Things to do? Rent a speedboat and hoon around in a striped bikini. Perfection.

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International playgirl dreams,

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