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I don’t have €10m jewels but I’ll watch what I put on social media from now on

Vogue WilliamsBy Vogue Williams
Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian

Well the news story of the week for me was the robbery of Kim Kardashian.

It’s quite terrifying to imagine what it was like when five armed and masked men burst in the door of her Paris apartment.

They tied her up at gunpoint and put her in the bath while they stole over €10million worth of jewellery.

Regardless of what you think of Kim, you have to have sympathy for her after an ordeal like that.

I find the negativity on the net and the joking of Enda Kenny – using her as the butt of a joke at the launch of a security firm – all a bit unnecessary. 

It also shows that for all the luxury in the lives of these social media megastars, you can’t put a price on freedom or privacy, both of which they have very little of.

Every single move of the Kardashian clan is documented and scrutinised.

Before the robbery, Kim was snapchatting in her room, as she always does. I follow her and by her constant use of Snapchat she could actually be putting herself in danger.

People know her every move and for the men who broke into her apartment they could see exactly what jewellery she had on. It’s not something I would ever think about when using social media, but I definitely think it’s something we should all be more aware of.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the public eye or not, you should never document your exact movements.

I remember when actress Helen Flanagan tweeted that she was missing her boyfriend and was home alone. That very night her house got broken into, leaving her terrified and probably feeling a little stupid for tweeting that.

I can’t talk either because I document a lot of my life on social media, but I’m definitely going to be a little bit more careful about what I put out.

Luckily, I don’t have €10million worth of jewels for people to steal!


IFTAs cap off another mad week

I had a super busy week again. I actually can’t tell you a lot of it because I have to keep it a secret for a while, but I will spill the beans soon, I promise.

I had a cover shoot on Friday and got to work with a great team.

I was also in Google HQ for The IFTA Women in Focus: Media, Influence, Empowerment conference, which was really cool to be a part of.

I spoke about how I try to empower women using social media and the different responsibilities I have as a woman in the public eye.

On Thursday I attended the Easilocks event in Dublin. I have just started working with Easilocks, so I went along to meet the whole team.  I got my new Easilocks extensions put in, so it was bye bye to my short hair!

I was working all week, but finished off on a great note at the IFTAs. I look forward to this event every year and I brought my friend Andrea along with me again.

The night is always so much fun and this year I was nominated for an award, as well as presenting one, so I had lots to look forward to. I wore a dress from the Ivory Closet and my shoes were from Buffalo. I loved my outfit on the night.

On Saturday, I was back in London on the very first flight – that definitely wasn’t easy.

I went back to London for the final Bear Grylls Survival Race in aid of Stand up To Cancer. I have been hosting all of the survival races and London was definitely the biggest. It’s a great cause to be a part of.


Safety is key for those on L-Plates

Last Monday was the start of Road Safety Week and driving instructors are using it to highlight the problems within the Essential Driver Training programme.

Drivers have to complete 12 one-hour lessons before the test, with three sponsored hours driving in between.

Aidan Jordan, of Jordan School of Motoring, said the majority of drivers were clocking up some hours unaccompanied, with 43 per cent of learner drivers admitting they drive alone under L-plates.

To be honest, when I was learning to drive before the new training programme came in, I did practise alone with an L-plate.

This was after a lot of lessons as well as driving with others, but it wasn’t always possible to have someone around.

Mr Jordan said: “It bothered me how learner drivers were driving unaccompanied to meet me at the test centre. I stopped meeting learner drivers at test centres in 2010. Overnight my business fell by 40pc. The response from my driving instructor colleagues was ‘you’re mad’ and ‘it’s not your business how a learner driver arrives for a driving lesson’.”

Mr Jordan has said that his motivation is the killing of up to 15 people a year by the learner driver system.