Monday, 31 December 2012

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas? Mine was spent with family, eating plenty, sharing jokes and playing games.
I still didn't get round to doing the Beatles jigsaw puzzle with my nan so we'll just have to save that for another time!

On Christmas day, I decided to wear as close to pyjamas as I could without looking like a layabout, so this pyjama blouse from Topshop (worn under my navy cashmere cos jumper) worked quite well!

Blouse, was £40, now £20, Topshop
I am at the age when practicality often prevails over "want". So I asked for an Ikea wardrobe and a shredder for Christmas! Other (more fun) presents included:

Kate Moss Book

The White Company dressing gown
Don't forget to visit Paperchase in the sale! All the cards and wrapping paper are 50% off...

Also now is a great time to stock up on personalised stationery (great for thank you cards), I love Honeytree Publishing. Very chic and nowhere near the expense of Smythson...

£37 for 25 cards with envelopes

And finally....HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Mine will be spent having dinner in our local BYOB curry house, followed by some Bloody Mary cocktails and a film. So rock and roll...hope you all have a good one!

Thursday, 27 December 2012

What's In My Handbag?

A couple of months ago I was asked to do a shoot for beauty website And now I am addicted. It's such a clever concept and I love getting a sneak peek into other people's lives...

Here's what's in mine...

Click through to see the original interview
The photo was taken on top of my many Fashion Books, as the photographer felt this summed me up (which it does!).

Clockwise from top left hand corner:

Shopper, £59.99, Zara

'Marcie' wallet (a gift from my Editor), £290, Chloe at Net A Porter

Lucas Paw paw lipbalm, £4.95 for 25g tube, Paw Paw Shop

Nylon washbag, £95, Anya Hindmarch at GiftLab

YSL radiant touch brush foundation, £34, Selfridges

Passport holder, £55, Liberty

Extra soothing balm, £40, Bobbi Brown

Concealer in 'sand', £18, Bobbi Brown

Chanel 'Illusion D'Ombre', £23, Boots
Instant Liner, £20, Clarins
Necklace, £260, Lulu Frost

A5 Week To View Diary, £69, Aspinal

Panama Notebook, £45, Smythson at Net A Porter

Balenciaga glasses, £139.95, SmartBuyGlasses

Eve Lom moisturiser, £45, John Lewis

'Vegas Volt' lipstick, £14, MAC

I was also interviewed about my favourite London spots, clockwise from left: Pizza East, Tim Walker exhibition at Somerset House and The French House pub, Dean Street

To see the original article, and my reasons behind all my favourite items and cosmetics, click here.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Ikea Love...

I know its a huge superstore chain and we don't all want our houses to look the same but...I LOVE IKEA.

I don't have a car in London so whenever my sister or mum is going I try and tag along. For Christmas, in fact, all I have asked for is an Ikea wardrobe....

I am also planning a wedding. And I would love it to be low-key, Scandi cool with a LOT of DIY I will be planning quite a few revisits to the Swedish superstore between now and July.

Cool notebooks

Obviously I love  bit of neon and monochrome - but they're stationery is fantastic. I went to the Croydon Ikea, with an entire stationery section - it was heaven!

Kraft paper with spots -very Kusama 

The giant pom-poms are £10 each - I've been looking for grey ones for a while, hoping to recreate the below image for the wedding (wish me luck!):

I bought lots of carafes for the wine...and grey blankets for the chill
What I bought...

Napkins, £2 for 30
Carafe, £1.50
Throw, £10
Vases, 65p each
Bowl (useful for mayo, salt etc - but also chic ashtrays!), £1
Water jug, £2.50

Friday, 21 December 2012

DIY: Headboard

The dream is, obviously, to have a headboard from The White Company:

Dulwich headboard, from £550, The White Company

Until then, however, there is always a bit of DIY. Here, my sister Nicky has made her own headboard from an offcut of MDF, foam and some fabric from John Lewis:

The entire headboard cost £100 - for a Kingsize bead (and Nicky bought too much foam)

The MDF was bought from a Timber yard, staplegun from Homebase, Foam from E-Foam , fabric from John Lewis. If you stand the board against the wall, you only need fabric to cover one side. 

DIY time spent: 10 minutes!

Love these lamps, from Ikea, to give the total White Company feel

Knitted bedroom accessories make a room feel warm as well as looking chic. I love these from Next:

Wool cushion, £20, Next

Knitted throw, £45, Next

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Behind The Scenes: Red January Issue

Back in September I styled my first main fashion shoot for Red:

Photographs: Enric Galceran
Model: Madeleine Blomberg at Union Models
Make-up: Eli Wakamatsu
Hair: Simon Izzard
Prop Styling: Hannah Read-Baldrey

We shot in London and luckily, the weather was beautiful so we managed to get some gorgeous daylight in the pictures. I wanted a backstage filmset vibe, and we shot at Shepperton Studios:

Fashion assistant Skye steaming the clothes on set!

The studios were full of areas with disregarded moulds and props!
Hannah Read-Baldrey was the prop stylist on the day and sourced all the ladders, vintage trunks, mirrors and old photos for us. Check out her blog, Couture Craft full of amazing DIY crafts.

The theme was nude colours mixed with sparkle accessories...
I mixed the model shots with still-life photographs of amazing sparkly accessories, shot on a gold glitter background (which, of course, I made myself!):

Gold glitter from Creative Bead Craft, Marshall Street, W1

All the amazing accessories on set....

Photographs by Lol Keegan:

See the exclusive behind the scenes online video of the shoot on Red Online here.
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