Abu Dhabi and Phuket

Sorry for my lack of posting, Ive been away on holiday! My boyfriend and I started out in Abu Dhabi with my Dad and Step Mum and we spent an alcoholic weekend on boats in the Yas Marina watching the Formula 1 racing.

Then running away with our hangovers in tow we went to Phuket, Thailand. It was so special for me to go back to Thailand because it's the country I grew up in for 6 years.

Beautiful Sunsets from our hotel right on the beach on the quieter side of Phuket.

Making new friends

For a couple of days we took speed boat tours to different islands near Phuket.

James Bond Island


The Floating island

A main aim for me on this holiday was to eat as much Thai food as possible, and some of the places we went to were amazing (Indigo Pearl and Sri Panwa were two of our favourites).

Loved the Butterfly Farm

Soi Dogs - www.soidog.org

My dream scooter! And the oddest Mojito on Cocktail island.

I'm a not so secret beach pervert.



Wella ITVA 2012: Madrid

Last weekend 10 Sassoon models were taken to Madrid for the Wella International Trend Vision Finals 2012, we were part of the new Haute Couture collection for Spring/Summer 2013 'The Sound of Colour' in a section called Decibel (inspiration can be seen below) "a colour trip where 70's glam fuses with punk attitude to create loud tones and brash style". These are some of my images from backstage during the prep days, rehearsals and the show day. I was in a group of 5 wearing white jumpsuits with goggles glued over our eyes, pretty odd!

The show opened with the beautiful tribute to Vidal Sassoon

Below are some of my iPhone images from the weekend, from the stage we performed on, make up practices and rehearsals. My mobile photos can be found on instagram: racheloates

Next stop for me is Abu Dhabi for the Formula One racing and visiting my family then on to Thailand for an actual holiday!


Sassoon at Salon International 2012

This entry is a little preview of my time backstage at Sassoon's shows at Salon International 2012, better late than never! Every year Sassoon use Salon Live to launch their much awaited new collection, so it's always quite an exciting to be a part of it. This year I was modelling in two different presentations, first I was in Sweetness (a part of Hot Rod) then I was in the forth section of the new collection Downtown (with amazing camouflage outfits!). Salon International is always such a fun weekend and a great chance to catch up with other models and stylists.

Everyone's favourite part of the show, the beautiful 5 point cut tribute to the inspirational Vidal Sassoon.