Shanie was recently invited to appear on BBC’s ‘Victoria Derbyshire Live’  a BAFTA award winning weekday current affairs programme. Shanie was invited on the show to discuss survivors and victims of terror and the lack of government support for victims after a traumatic events such as the recent Manchester Bombings & also the London Bridge terror attack. Shanie is a survivor of the 2005 7/7 bombings and after 10 years of silence she has recently spoken out about both her personal journey as a terrorism survivor as well as her quest to help other survivors get some support with the likes of overcoming PSTD (Post traumatic stress disorder).

Take a look at the clips from her appearance…


If you are a victim of the Manchester Bombings or the recent London Bridge terror attacks and need some support and guidance on overcoming PSTD or if you are generally struggling and have nowhere else to turn please feel free to contact Shanie via twitter @Shanie_Ryan for support and advice. 


12th July 2017

Event: F1 Grand Prix Ball

#HASHTAG: #GrandPrixBall

Location: The Hurlingham Club, Fulham

Goodie Bag
: No goodie bag

Celeb Watch
: Georgia Toff, Jay Rutland, Emily Haig, Rory Reid, Tiff Needell, Hayley Sparks, Sophie Stanbury, Christian Horner, David Coulthard. 

Event Highlight
:: Live F1 Demo, posing with James Hunt’s original F1 Car, as well as a vintage Ferrari, Live performance from the Gipsy Kings and a super exciting Auction all for a good cause.

What am I wearing
? Dress by Rare London, Shoes by TopShop, Bag by SkinnyDip.

Make Up: Doll 10 cosmetics, Urban Decay, Mac, SmashBox, NYX, New Look, Lash Unlimited.

Style Note: This event was a week before heading off to the sunny city of Havana Cuba, so I obviously had bikinis on my mind a little more than I had ball gown shopping on my check list. With that said I had a “wear whatever I can find in my wardrobe” attitude towards my styling for this event purely because I was ‘time poor’ packing for my holiday. Now I wouldn’t recommend this method of prep for such a glam event but as I didn’t have a choice, so I went for a rummage through my rails to see what I had. I dug out a dress I had got from Rare London a while back but had never worn due to the fact that it was made the perfect length for a 5ft 11 super model, now me being a dinky 5.ft 2 I needed some serious tailoring help! A friend of mine is a seamstress so I begged for her help and she thankfully took the hem up and gave me a fitting. This style of dress is perfect for a glam occasion, the heavy draped fabric is great for covering curvy thighs  that you may want to hide or for covering your food baby aka belly bloat after a sit down meal. I wouldn’t recommend it for a woman with a larger bust as it may be a little “tooooo sexy” for a formal occassion and also you can’t hide a bra in this thing either. Overall the nude and black colour scheme will suit every skin tone so no worries there, it’s a winning dress style in my opinion and the guys over at the Daily Mail also gave it a big thumbs up!

Posing with Tony Sinclair & F1 Presenter David Coulthard


With a holiday to Cuba only 4 weeks away I’ve been trawling the internet in search of my next holiday read to take with me on my travels and it occurred to me that i’m always telling my friends when I have read a good book especially if it is one that has helped me in some way or I feel that they maybe need it in there lives.  In fact a lot of my favorite books I no longer even have as I often lend them to friends (of course I never get them back! You know who you are!).

So in the spirit of sharing  I have compiled a list of some of my favorite self help reads for you to consider next time you need a little self help, a good holiday read to stimulate the mind whilst relaxing the body or maybe for your next book club …




SHANIE SAY’S: Sheryl Sandburg is what all women in business should aspire to be like. She has to be the copyright owner of work /life balance for working mothers. Not only is she the top dog at Facebook next to Mark Zuckerburg, She also advocates leaving the office dead on 5pm so she can put her children to bed every night. She is a genuine all around awesome and inspiring women. Just read it…. you’ll see for yourself  how fab she is and you will take away a lot from her empowering words of advice.


Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.

Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they’d feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in.

The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women’s favour – of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.




SHANIE SAY’S: ” This book should have 3 michelin stars, that is if they handed them out for relationship advice. Incredible powerful knowledge that can change the way you treat your loved one and change your expectations for yourself in a relationship. It will show you what really matters to you in the world of love and relationships and will open your eyes to recognise what matters to your partner as well. This book is such an eye opener and will leave you wondering why the hell you didn’t figure all this out yourself a long long time ago as it makes so much damn sense. This book –  two words =  MARRIAGE SAVER!!! Yep I said it. Do ya want to know what’s really important in Love…. get this book now.  It is an easy read as well; 2 days and I had read it cover to cover! Big fan!


Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge. How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?

In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.

The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.

Includes the Couple’s Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one.



WRITTEN BY: Arianna Huffington

SHANIE SAY’S: Arianna Huffington is an inspirational woman. She is truly fearless and ambitious and wants to help women everywhere fulfil their potential. She is an independent self made woman who inspired me to thrive in business and unapologetically be myself both at work and in life… I am currently mid way through her latest offering ‘Thrive’ this is definitely worth a read.


Arianna Huffington uses stories from her own life, from contemporary women she admires, and from women in history and literature to show how to be bold, how to make yourself bulletproof, and how to act without dreading the reactions of others.
As a mother, politician, and businesswoman, Huffington discusses how to be strong, be your best self, and stop looking over your shoulder for approval.
In chapters such as Fearlessness at Work, Fearlessness in Relationships, Fearlessness in Parenting, and Fearlessness in Aging, she delivers instructive and much-needed lessons about how to flourish as a fearless woman in today’s world.



WRITTEN BY: Robert T Kiyosaki

SHANIE SAY’S: ” This book entirely changed the way I thought about money, saving it, spending it and investing it. Such an informative book that every single human being should read when learning about money and credit. Since reading this book I have gone on to buy my own home and am planning to invest further in property next year. THIS BOOK IS A LIFE CHANGER!”


Rich Dad Poor Dad, the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads–his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad–and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.



WRITTEN BY: Steve Harvey

SHANIE SAY’S: ” This book kept me sane during a break in my relationship and really helped me pull things back together. It helped me regain perspective and control  and hit the reset button on my relationship so that when we got back together we started things in a good place. This book is great for all young women struggling to understand the games  that are played and the modern day complicated scenarios that women find themselves in when dating. Perfect for women with man children, single women with children and women who keep attracting the same old guys.”


“Harvey offers surprising insights into the male mentality and gives women strategies for taming that unruly beast.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

“Women should listen to Steve Harvey when it comes to what a good man is about. Steve Harvey dispenses a lot of fabulous information about men.”
—Aretha Franklin

The #1 New York Times bestseller from the new guru of relationship advice, Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is an invaluable self-help book that can empower women everywhere to take control of their relationships. The host of a top-rated radio show listened to by millions daily—and of cable TV’s The Steve Harvey Project—Harvey knows what men really think about love, intimacy, and commitment. In Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the author, media personality, and stand-up comedian gets serious, sharing his wealth of knowledge, insight, and no-nonsense advice for every good woman who wants to find a good man or make her current love last.



WRITTEN BY: His Holiness The Dali Lama & Howard C Cutler

SHANIE SAYS: “I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a little spiritual enlightenment and perspective.

Buddhism is such a peaceful wonderful wisdom which I beleive anyone from any religion, colour or creed can learn something from. Its an incredible read during the summer months relaxing in your back garden or in a public park sipping on an iced tea or coffee.

Its great to make you stop, to be still and to think”


In this unique and important book, one of the world’s great spiritual leaders offers his practical wisdom and advice on how we can overcome everyday human problems and achieve lasting happiness.

The Art of Happiness is a highly accessible guide for a western audience, combining the Dalai Lama’s eastern spiritual tradition with Dr Howard C. Cutler’s western perspective. Covering all key areas of human experience, they apply the principles of Tibetan Buddhism to everyday problems and reveal how one can find balance and complete spiritual and mental freedom.

For the many who wish to understand more about the Dalai Lama’s approach to living, there has never been a book which brings his beliefs so vividly into the real world.


“If you enjoyed this post and agree with my book picks please leave a comment below and share this post,

or if there is a book you would like to suggest for me i would love to hear from you.”




So over the years it’s safe to say I have had A LOT of fun with my hair! Long, Short, Black, Brunette, Bleach Blonde, Extensions, Braids … The point being you name it and i’ve done it to my locks. My poor hair has truly been to hell and back and because of that I decided if don’t want to be bald by the time i’m 40 I need to slow it down and start treating my hair with some TLC and respect.

At the start of this year two treatments in particular have caught my attention time and time again so I figured I would road test both and share my review to help you decide on which of these two hero products to pick, if like me your hair is in dire need of a rescue.

Up first it’s OLAPLEX,  this products claims to “Prevent damage & Repair hair” using “Real Science” that delivers “Real Results”. About 10 years ago I bleached a little bit of my hair…. The results were absolutely catastrophic… Think frazzled, dry, yellow, straw like, broken, birds nest. So when on a blogger visit to salon Daniel Galvin my colourist suggested I go from warm blonde of which I had managed to achieve only using high lift tint to a creamy white bleach blonde I nearly ran a mile…

That was until she told be about this new wonder product the hairdressers were adding to the bleach and applying during the colour process to prevent breakage and make the bleach more gentle on the hair. They assured me my issues with bleach in the past were gone with the wind and I could achieve a gorgeous blonde mame with minimal damage.  This is also the moment she slipped into the convo it’s how Kim Kardashian went from black hair to the perfect platinum blonde. SOLD!!!




OLAPLEX is three-step process that includes a patented active ingredient that works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage. Olaplex restores damaged, broken and compromised hair repair and protects your hair from further damage during colour processing.

STEP 1: Bond Multiplier®


This concentrated first salon step rebuilds broken disulfide bonds and begins the process of preventing damage and repairing hair.

STEP 2: Perfector®


STEP 3: Hair Perfector


This final retail step provides our client’s continuous protection from ongoing damage at home.

Our second salon step continues to rebuild and restore any remaining broken bonds ensuring the strongest, shiniest, and healthiest hair possible.

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Now I have to say they spoke the truth, they were NOT selling dreams here! They took my colour from brassy blonde to super blonde and creamy and the damage was barely visible (See top photo). Following my colour treatment I continued to use Olaplex part 3 on a weekly basis as an at home to follow up from my colour treatment, Also if I need a real hair boost Post holiday or before a special event for example I will head to my local Salon BlueTit Peckham for the full professional Olaplex treatment as a stand along treatment. Now the Olaplex honestly is incredible and I haven’t experienced anything like it in the past. But despite this product being amazing in terms of innovation in hair repair treatments  let’ not get too carried away; that’s not to say 6 months into bleaching my roots every 6 weeks I didn’t start to see the damage beginning to appear. Not nearly as bad as previously experiences so the Olaplex certainly helped massively but lets face it bleach is bleach it’s going to damage your hair at some stage, But if you are going to do it… Olaplex is certainly a 100% essential addition to your colour process.

So with that said just 6 months later I said goodbye to the bleach bottle and gave myself a gorgeous hair makeover with Seed Salon in Fulham. It was time to go easy on my hair for the first time in years and transform my hair to a rich warm brunette balyage, whilst keeping my blonde hues on the ends. With my gorgeous new rich brunette coloured hair I wanted to get that shine back and more importantly I wanted the broken hair to regrow, my hair to become more manageable and the overall condition to massively improve. I continued to use Olaplex part 3 on a weekly basis as a part of my at home treatment for my hair and I only colour my hair every 10-12 weeks now. The Olaplex has really helped to get the broken hairs to re grow and i’m seeing the strength in my hair massively improve.

SUMMARY: If you colour your hair don’t be tight with you £££! I know they charge more to include Olaplex into your colour treatment but it is honestly worth the money especially if you are a bleach blonde!  Shanie say’s “10/10 & Worth every penny, If it’s good enough for Kim Kardashian then it’s good enough for me”



Now this product has had a consistent buzz around it for years and for a product to have so much longevity it has to be good! Lots of celebrities claim it’s an essential part of their hair care routine and it sells in huge quantities on QVC where I am a guest beauty expert. It was originally created for Hollywood movie star Audrey Hepburn who complained to Philip Kingsley about the damage to her hair from the constant styling when she was filming. Upon her request, Philip went to work in his Green St. Laboratory and formulated Elasticizer – the world’s first pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, and that was all the way back in 1974.

The thing that struck me about this product is that it despite being designed for Audrey Hepburn this product is genuinely is suitable for ALL HAIR TYPES and that includes Black Caribbean, Asian and African hair as well. Very rarely is a product able to adapt itself to help such very different types of hair. Being Mixed race my hair is naturally curly, sometimes frizzy and always hard work so to hear about such a product had me very very intrigued.


Healthy hair stretches when wet, rather than breaking. Elasticizer helps to reduce breakage, adds elasticity, bounce, shine and manageability and helps to improve the condition of your hair. Hair is not weighed down, but full of body and bounce, making it ideal for even the finest hair textures. Apply Elasticizer once per week, visible results are seen with first use, whilst the texture and condition continue to improve with each use. Elasticizer delivers a rush of moisture into the hair’s cuticle to help reduce breakage and restore the hair’s strength and stretchability, leading to less breakage and snapping.


  • Deeply conditioning; adds elasticity, manageability, bounce and shine


  • Fine
  • Medium
  • Coarse
  • African-Caribbean

So one Sunday afternoon after having a sample from a goodie bag knocking around in my drawer I slapped it on my dirty damp hair and waited 20 minutes with a shower cap on my hair before following up with my regular shampoo and conditioner. WOW WOW WOW.

My hair turned into pure silk, I couldn’t believe my fingers, they literally glided through my hair so easily. My hair felt so moisturised and silky and hydrated and then when I blow dried it it was absolutely dreamy to work with. I had a photoshoot the following day after using this treatment, and the shoot was on a super windy rooftop. Usually when in any amount of wind or harsh weather conditions my hair would become a matted mess but I have to say that having tried out this treatment the day before my hair continued to be manageable and I could still detangle it using just my fingers. I would really recommend this product for everyone with shoulder length hair or longer. I would be a tiny bit concerned to use this if you have super oily hair or very short hair as it could be a little too heavy and create a greasy appearance. But if you’re hair is a longer than a bob you or you have troublesome afro hair you should 100% give this treatment ago.  My boyfriend has Afro Caribbean hair and he keeps stealing mine so that speaks volumes!

SUMMARY: The fact it’s been around since 1974 says a lot about the results, the creator has a science background and has won many awards for his products, use it once a week for the best results. Shanie say’s ” Check out the gorgeous coconut scented version to make this product even more dreamy than it is, if it’s good enough for Audrey Hepburn then it’s good enough for me”


If you have tried either of these products please leave your comments below as I would love to hear how you rate them!

Also if you have other products you think I should try I would love to hear from you.

Thank you for reading

With Love

Shanie xXx