Crowned Queen of Scotland at only nine months of age, proud Mary Stuart (1542- 1587) was off to a flying start. A tall beauty with golden-red hair and bewitching hazel eyes, Mary was so charismatic, so brilliant with words that her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, refused to meet her during their lifetimes for fear of being overshadowed.
Yet their destinies could not be more intertwined… Born in Scotland to King James V of Scotland and his French wife, Marie de Guise, Queen Mary Stuart knew from a very young age: she was born to rule. And she would do so with pride and passion; riding out at the head of her army in both victory and defeat, playing high-stake games, both in politics and love. Mary’s greatest obsession was the English throne, and, convinced she was the rightful heir, refused to give up fighting for it, even after imprisonment by her cousin and rival queen Elizabeth I. When Mary met the guillotine at only 44 years old, she proudly wore a blazing red petticoat, the symbol of a Catholic martyr. ‘In the End is My Beginning’ had been her life motto, and indeed, barely 15 years later, Mary Stuart’s son James would succeed Queen Elizabeth and become King of England. Mary Queen of Scots had lived and died, knowing she would have the last laugh: with her head held high.
Podcast by the pool
I LOVE a good podcast. When done well, it is both informative and relaxing. On top of that, the intimate quality of it can make me me feel like I am having a really good talk with a very clever friend.
Cool moves for a hot bod
Did you know that my bikinis and bathing suits are burpee proof? Thanks to their perfect fit and quick-dry material, you can turn the pool and the beach into your gym!
Behind the scenes: hairstylist Bianca van Zwieten
Meet Bianca van Zwieten: professional hairstylist and total boss babe. She has over 20 years of experience in hairdressing, and 10 years of experience as an International Session Stylist in fashion. During these years she has won the most prestigious hairdressing award in the Netherlands, The Hairdresser of the Year Award, at the Coiffure Awards gala. She also won the third prize internationally in the Global AIPP awards held in London. Bianca’s work can be seen in magazines such as Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire and Grazia, and… on the runway of my FW20 fashion show!
4 ways to wear your pareo
Yes, a pareo is an excellent beach cover up. But did you know it can be so much more?