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GIRL POWER !

Geometric Print Vest, from £9.00

Fantastic to see Marks & Spencer are doing a brand new activewear collection for girls. So as you can imagine, I was really excited to style this shoot for them. It’s a fabulous range for 5-14 year olds with vibrant geometric print vests, dip-dye leggings and slogan tops. All the sportswear pieces are made from an ultra-light elastane blend that sits close to the skin and helps regulate the body temperature. I think the fitnesswear looks amazing and the little models on the shoot really enjoyed wearing it. What a great incentive for kids to keep fit, active and healthy.

Short Sleeve, Dance Top, from £10.00. Dip Dye Leggings, from £10.00
Short Sleeve, Dance Top, from £10.00
Cropped Geometric Print Top, from £9.00 and matching leggings from £10. Black cotton rich hooded jacket, from £20.
Panel Detail Vest, from £9.00. Cotton Rich Sport Leggings, from £10.00
Geometric Print, Cropped Top, from £9.00 and matching leggings, from £10.

 

Team Win Sports Top, from £9.00. Sports Panel Leggings, from £10.00
Geometric Print Vest, from £9.00

 

PHOTOGRAPHY – OLIVER SYMONS THOMAS,  FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN,  HAIR & MAKE-UP – JO BULL

 

 

THE DENIM EDIT

Off the shoulder chambray dress with embroidery by Quiz.

Denim has a fresh new feel. This season we’re seeing it embellished with amazing embroidery and covered in 70’s style patches. Complete the look with little denim shorts, bralettes and ethnic jewellery. To echo this strong 70’s slant, we shot this denim story very much in keeping with the era with fab flared light, shooting through blossom for a Spring time look. I love it!

Denim bralette by b.tempt’d. Lace shirt by French Connection. Silver belt by Rokitt. Jeans by Top Shop.
Denim jacket with patches by Bershka. White cami by Top Shop. Shorts by River Island.
Bralette by b.tempt’d. Denim dungarees by Top Shop.
Chambray jumpsuit by Peacocks. Jewellery from a selection from Accessorize. Floral shoes by New Look
Embroidered denim jacket by Next. Denim shorts by River Island.
Embroidered denim shirt by Zara. White bikini by New Look.
Chambray dress by Quiz
Behind the scenes of our shoot. Rails of beautiful denim!

PHOTOGRAPHY – IAN HOOTON, FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN, HAIR & MAKE-UP – ANNA DURSTON, MODEL – ISHIKA SHARMA

DISCO DIVA

Sequin catsuit by Top Shop.

Well, New Year Eve is nearly here. It’s one time of year you can go sequin crazy. I’m already in a sparkle spin and can’t decide whether to just wear my glitter bomber with a little black dress or go the whole hog-manay in a sequin jumpsuit. Decisions! Decisions! Anyhow, if you are looking for a bit of disco style inspiration, here’s my most recent shoot. Hopefully these little dazzlers will get you dancing until dawn. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

Star glitter dress by Top Shop.
Sequin butterfly top by Rokit
Sequin bomber jacket and trousers by Top Shop. Bra by Rokit
Glitter dress by Rare London

PHOTOGRAPHY – IAN HOOTON, FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN, HAIR & MAKE-UP, AMANDA ROBBINS.

KIDS CHRISTMAS FASHION – JINGLE BELLES & BEAUS

Erin wears green glitter dress, £350 by Caramel London. Green feather headdress, £75 by Astrobohemia at Their Nibs. Gold Mary-Janes, from £42 by Step2wo.

Last Sunday we all pitched up at our hygge vibe location in East London to do this fabulously festive shoot for Slick Mummy Magazine. Hope it fills you with Christmas cheer!

Rudie wears herringbone jacket, £166, waistcoat, £93 and trousers, £107 all by Little Wardrobe London. White shirt, £49 by Wild & Gorgeous. Retro bow tie, £12 by Rokit. Leather velcro shoes, from £58 by Step2wo.
India wears dress from £65 and cape from £75 from Isossy Children. Feather headdress £75 by Astrobohemia at Their Nibs. Ballet pumps with bows, from £66 by Step2wo. Erin wears red sequin heart dress, £99 by Wild & Gorgeous. Rose headband, £44 by Patachou. Gold Mary-Janes, from £42 by Step2wo.
Rudie wears merino wool sweater, £110 by Marie-Chantal. Red tartan trousers, £65 by Wild & Gorgeous. Leather Velcro shoes, £58 by Step2wo.
Erin wears emerald marabou jacket, from £58 and tutu, from £35 both by Angel’s Face. India wears dark teal chiffon dress, £69 by Wild & Gorgeous.
Erin wears gold star outfit from George at Asda. Gold Mary-Jane’s £42, Step2wo.

PHOTOGRAPHY – IAN HOOTON,  FASHION STYLING – BECKY JOHN, HAIR & MAKE-UP – SARAH MCLLWAIN-BATES

THE BEST ACTIVEWEAR FROM 2016

Tara wear hoody by Zakti Active. Cropped top by Gap Active. Leopard print leggings by Born Nouli. Trainers by 361 Sports.
Tara wears hoody by Zakti Active. Vest by Gap Active. Leopard print leggings by Born Nouli. Trainers by 361 Sports.

This shoot was so much fun. Photographer, Charlie Troman and  I wanted to work with models that could really move. Enter stage Tara Blanchard, fitness model from LA, plus Gabriella Darlington and Portia Prince from Model Fit Life blog. I was bowled over how physically strong, fit and flexible all the girls were. Most importantly, they showed off all this fabulous fitnesswear so well. I’m definitely jumping for joy!

Gabriella wears cropped top and leggings by Nike. Trainers by Hotter. Portia wears cropped top and leggings by Nike. Trainers by 361 Sports.
Gabriella wears cropped top and leggings by Nike. Trainers by Hotter. Portia wears cropped top and leggings by Nike. Trainers by 361 Sports.
Tara wears geometric print top and leggings by Sarah & Sorrentino at Style Sportif. Trainers by Hoka One One.
Tara wears geometric print top and leggings by Sarah & Sorrentino at Style Sportif. Trainers by Hoka One One.
Gabriella wears cropped top, leggings and jacket by Gibson Girl. Trainers by 361 Sports.
Gabriella wears cropped top, leggings and jacket by Gibson Girl. Trainers by 361 Sports.
Portia wear camouflage print cropped top and leggings by Ivy Park. Trainers by 361 Sports.
Portia wears camouflage print cropped top and leggings by Ivy Park. Trainers by 361 Sports.
Orange cropped top by Lorna Jane. Leggings by Style Sportif. Trainers by Hoka One One.
Tara wears orange cropped top by Lorna Jane. Leggings by Sixty Ninety at Style Sportif. Trainers by Hoka One One.
Gabriella wears cropped top and leggings by Lorna Jane. Trainers by 361 Sports.
Gabriella wears cropped top and leggings by Lorna Jane. Trainers by 361 Sports.
Portia wears Pink cropped top by Gap Active. Print leggings by M&S Activewear. Trainers by 361 Sports.
Portia wears Pink cropped top by Gap Active. Print leggings by M&S Activewear. Trainers by 361 Sports.
Pink vest and blue print leggings by F&F Active. Hoody (worn around waist) Zakti Active.
Gabriella wears pink vest and blue print leggings by F&F Active. Hoody (worn around waist) Zakti Active.
Portia wears cropped top, leggings and jacket by Adidas. Trainers by 361 Sports.
Portia wears cropped top, leggings and jacket by Adidas. Trainers by 361 Sports.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY – CHARLIE TROMAN. FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN. HAIR & MAKE-UP – AMANDA ROBBINS. FITNESS MODELS – TARA BLANCHARD, GABRIELLA DARLINGTON and PORTIA PRINCE.

A HELPING HANDBAG

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There’s nothing like a handbag to get your heartbeat racing. These bags designed by Alida Boer, former Miss Guatemala, definitely pulled at my heartstrings as they help support women from some of the poorest communities in her native country.marias-bag-img_1646

After Alida’s amazing success as an international model she decided to put something back into her country. Always a lover of handbags she decided she would help train women from 16 underdeveloped communities in sewing, embroidery and design to produce premium bags thus creating jobs for them with fair pay. Yay! And so the brand Maria’s Bag was born.marias-bag-img_1670-copy

All these bags are so beautiful with their intricate embroidery work, all one of a kind and taking up to 3 months to create. Each region of Guatemala has its own unique embroidery style – geometric shapes, animals, landscapes, flowers and in some cases stories and legends!

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Maria’s Bag is an amazing collection of fab soft clutches, bucket bags and totes. Prices start from £75.00. Take a look at www.mariasbag.co.uk you’re bound to find something fabulous for Christmasmarias-bag-img_1602

FAB AND GROOVY – 70’s FASHION

Lingerie by Figleaves. Kimono and shoes by Rokit.
Lingerie by Figleaves. Kimono and shoes by Rokit.

I love 70’s fashion with its flamboyant psychedelic prints, big floppy hats, shaggy coats and huge sunglasses. So I was really excited to style this shoot. First of all, I had to track down one of the most iconic pieces of furniture from this groovy era – the peacock chair. Then, clothes wise I wanted to mix up original vintage pieces from fantastic brand Rokit with modern day 70’s look clothes from the high street.

The shoot took place in photographer Ian Hooton’s amazing loft studio in central London. It was such a fun day with a great team. Ian had given me one of my first jobs as a freelance fashion stylist so it was lovely to work with him again. Make-up artist Amanda worked her magic on the very beautiful Olga transforming her into a 70’s Brigitte Bardot. I’m thrilled with the results – FAB!

Paisley print dress by Peacocks. Felt hat by Forever 21.
Paisley print dress by Peacocks. Felt hat by Forever 21.
Jumpsuit by Oh My Love at Top Shop. Floral scarf by T K Maxx.
Jumpsuit by Oh My Love at Top Shop. Floral scarf by T K Maxx.
Floral print dress by Rokit.
Psychedelic print dress by Rokit.
Leopard Print bustier by Freya. Jacket by Zara.
Leopard Print bustier by Freya. Jacket by Zara.
Sunglasses by Yours Clothing. Jacket by Zara.
Sunglasses by Yours Clothing. Jacket by Zara.
Floral dress by H&M. Felt hat by American Eagle.
Floral dress by H&M. Felt hat by American Eagle.

PHOTOGRAPHY – IAN HOOTON, FASHION STYLIST -BECKY JOHN, HAIR & MAKE-UP – AMANDA ROBBINS, MODEL – OLGA DATSENKO AT M&P MODELS.

KIDS FASHION – EN POINTE

Freya wears leotard, £20, 0-13Y, Angel's Face. Diamante tulle skirt, from £30, 4-13Y, Baker by Ted Baker at Debenhams. Feather headdress, £175, Astrobohemia at Etsy
Freya wears leotard, £20, 0-13Y, Angel’s Face. Diamante tulle skirt, from £30, 4-13Y, Baker by Ted Baker at Debenhams. Feather headdress, £175, Astrobohemia at Etsy

Our beautiful ballet story was dreamt up in a coffee shop in Soho. Whilst idly chatting over a cappuccino about all sorts of things, from our children’s dance shows, to enthusing about Sia’s video for song ‘Chandelier’ and the fabulous sheer organza fashion in the latest issue of Vogue, photographer Helen Marsden and myself realised we’d come up with a rather lovely theme for a kid’s shoot. A sort of mad Swan Lake at home.

 

Like many girls, I’ve always loved ballet and took lessons from aged 2 until I was a teenager. But felt this shoot shouldn’t be exclusively girly. Things have dramatically changed since I was little when it was seen as quite extraordinary for boys to do ballet. My Father was bemused when my brother Jonathan pleaded to do classes. His reaction was very similar to the Dad in Billy Elliot – “No son of mine is going to be a bloody ballet dancer!”

Luckily opinions are so different now. Premier league footballers, front-row rugby players even heavy weight boxers are all at it. It’s an amazing discipline for core strength, agility and flexibility. The boys in our shoot were as proud of their fabulous barre work as we were of them!

 

There was a flurry of excitement at the shoot. The children loved dressing up in tutus, feather headdresses and wings. They had such fun, leaping and pirouetting over the furniture in Helen’s beautiful house. I’m thrilled with the pics as were Little London Magazine who used the story in this month’s issue. What lovely team work – Bravo us! We should all take a bow.

Bram wears candy striped shirt, £84, and Arthur wears white shirt, £74, both 4-10Y, Little Wardrobe London. Both boys wear vests, £5.90, 3-11Y, UNIQLO. Dance leggings and ballet shoes throughout by Dancia International.
Bram wears candy striped shirt, £84, and Arthur wears white shirt, £74, both 4-10Y, Little Wardrobe London. Both boys wear vests, £5.90, 3-11Y, UNIQLO. Dance leggings and ballet shoes throughout by Dancia International.
Poppy wears lilac frilled tutu dress, from £56, 0-13Y, Angel's Face at Childrensalon. Freya wears silver zipped hoodie, £57.50, 4-14Y, Eleven Paris. Grey and ivory chiffon tutu skirt, from £36, 0-13Y, Angel's Face at Childrensalon.
Poppy wears lilac frilled tutu dress, from £56, 0-13Y, Angel’s Face at Childrensalon. Freya wears silver zipped hoodie, £57.50, 4-14Y, Eleven Paris. Grey and ivory chiffon tutu skirt, from £36, 0-13Y, Angel’s Face at Childrensalon.
Meg (in foreground) wears pale pink tulle dress, £71, Billieblush and beaded headband, £18, Carrement Beau both at House of Fraser. Isabella (in middle) wears pink sequin tulle dress with fuchsia waistband, from £44, 12M-14Y, Baker by Ted Baker at Debenhams. Freya (at back) wears pale pink silk dress with fuchsia trim at neckline, £195, 3-12Y, Marie-Chantal.
Meg (in foreground) wears pale pink tulle dress, £71, Billieblush and beaded headband, £18, Carrement Beau both at House of Fraser. Isabella (in middle) wears pink sequin tulle dress with fuchsia waistband, from £44, 12M-14Y, Baker by Ted Baker at Debenhams. Freya (at back) wears pale pink silk dress with fuchsia trim at neckline, £195, 3-12Y, Marie-Chantal.
Bram wears metallic top, £48.75 and silver leggings, £14.95 both 4-16Y, Smallable.
Bram wears metallic top, £48.75 and silver leggings, £14.95 both 4-16Y, Smallable.
Meg wears pale blue organza dress from £125, 3-12Y, Caramel Baby & Child. Isabella wears pale blue lace dress with sash, £145, Little Wardrobe London. Diamante headband, £18, Wild & Gorgeous.
Meg wears pale blue organza dress from £125, 3-12Y, Caramel Baby & Child. Isabella wears pale blue lace dress with sash, £145, Little Wardrobe London. Diamante headband, £18, Wild & Gorgeous.
Meg wears pale blue organza dress, from £125, 3-12Y, Caramel Baby & Child.
Meg wears pale blue organza dress, from £125, 3-12Y, Caramel Baby & Child.
Isabella wears pale blue lace dress with sash, £145, 4-10Y, Little Wardrobe London. Diamante headband, £18, Wild & Gorgeous.
Isabella wears pale blue lace dress with sash, £145, 4-10Y, Little Wardrobe London. Diamante headband, £18, Wild & Gorgeous.
Arthur wears white cotton shirt, £38, 3-12Y, Jacadi. White vest, £5.90, 3-11Y, UNIQLO. White combat trousers, £125, 2-14Y, Stone Island Junior. Feather wings, £10.47, Amazon. Meg wears metallic jumpsuit, £79, 2-15Y, Wild & Gorgeous. Beaded headband, £18, Carrement Beau at House of Fraser.
Arthur wears white cotton shirt, £38, 3-12Y, Jacadi. White vest, £5.90, 3-11Y, UNIQLO. White combat trousers, £125, 2-14Y, Stone Island Junior. Feather wings, £10.47, Amazon. Meg wears metallic jumpsuit, £79, 2-15Y, Wild & Gorgeous. Beaded headband, £18, Carrement Beau at House of Fraser.
Isabella wears pale pink satin pussy bow blouse, £49 and maxi tulle skirt, £112, both 4-10Y, Little Wardrobe London. Isabella wears ivory sparkly dress, £75, 2-9Y, Le Mu. Headdress from a selection from Astrobohemia at Etsy.
Isabella wears pale pink satin pussy bow blouse, £49 and maxi tulle skirt, £112, both 4-10Y, Little Wardrobe London. Isabella wears ivory sparkly dress, £75, 2-9Y, Le Mu. Headdress from a selection from Astrobohemia at Etsy.
Meg wears taupe, sequin say dress, £149, 4-10Y, Little Wardrobe London. Poppy wears gold lace and net dress, £117, 6-10Y, Le Mu.
Meg wears taupe, sequin say dress, £149, 4-10Y, Little Wardrobe London. Poppy wears gold lace and net dress, £117, 6-10Y, Le Mu.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY : HELEN MARSDEN,   FASHION STYLIST : BECKY JOHN,  HAIR & MAKE-UP : ROSE ANGUS

MODELS : FREYA, POPPY, MEG, & ISABELLA from GRACE & GALOR and  ARTHUR & BRAM

 

Behind the Scenes of our beautiful shoot. Top Left, Freya adjusts beautiful Astrobohemia headdress. Top Right, The girls relax in between shots in the dressing area. Bottom left, Rails and rails of beautiful clothes. Bottom right, Make-Up artist Rose perfects the ballet look on Poppy.
Behind the Scenes of our beautiful shoot. Top Left, Freya adjusts amazing Astrobohemia headdress. Top Right, The girls relax in between shots in the dressing area. Bottom left, Rails and rails of fabulous clothes. Bottom right, Make-Up artist Rose perfects the ballet look on Poppy.

Thanks to Freya & Poppy’s lovely Mum Jodie for the behind the scene pics.

THE OLYMPICS – LEGWORK

PlayerLayer Leggings Studio Selfridges 008I’ve thoroughly enjoyed The Olympics and so proud of Team GB and their amazing haul of medals. So feel I need to flag up these very patriotic leggings that fitnesswear brand PlayerLayer have launched to celebrate this summer of sport. They have a pop-up shop right now in the new Body Studio of London’s department store Selfridges. The range consists of 12 popular national flags. But if your country isn’t one of these, you can easily order your own using iPads and PlayerLayer’s customising platform allowing you to design your very own unique leggings.

PlayerLayer Leggings Studio Selfridges 006PlayerLayer Leggings Studio Selfridges 018PlayerLayer Leggings Studio Selfridges 027Leggings Studio by PlayerLayer is also available online at www.selfridges.com Prices start from £90 for limited edition ‘Fly Your Flag’ print and £100 to customise your own leggings.

KAFTANS – THE COVER-UP STORY

Embroidered cotton kaftan from a selection from Miss Selfridge.
Embroidered cotton kaftan from a selection from Miss Selfridge.

Hallelujah! Finally, I’m off on holiday. I’ve been tearing around the sales in search of the perfect cover-up. Gee whizz the kaftan has come a long way since I first saw one way back when, worn by Demis Roussos on Top Of The Pops. I remember thinking NEVER EVER as I looked at this item of clothing whilst Mr Roussos strained the lyrics to his song ‘Forever and Ever’.

Now here I am, quite a fan (of the kaftan) and cover-ups are a staple holiday piece. They’re a perfect ‘throw on’ especially at the beginning of the holidays when you feel a little self- conscious exposing so much pale skin and very sensible when the midday sun becomes a bit too strong. But as you get more of a tan I think they look amazingly glamorous wafting around the pool. Choose pale colours – white, cream and light tones of grey. The words ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ suddenly popped into my head and this made me giggle as this hit by Procol Harum emerged in the Summer of Love when the kaftan was definitely all the rage! I will leave you with these beautiful images to peruse and fabulous video of the band in 60’s London. I’m sure it’ll make you smile. Bon Voyage Moi!

Long line kaftan, £128 by Eberjey at www.lyst.com
Long line kaftan, £128 by Eberjey at www.lyst.com
Print, lace up kaftan, £59, by Monsoon.
Print, lace up kaftan, £59, by Monsoon.
Embroidered kaftan, £125.40 (in sale) Eberjey at www.beachcafe.com
Embroidered kaftan, £125.40 (in sale) Eberjey at www.beachcafe.com
Lacey Kaftan, £231, by Lejerbey at www.beachflamingo.com
Lacey Kaftan, £231, by Eberjey at www.beachflamingo.com
Cotton embroidered kaftan, £15, Primark.
Cotton embroidered kaftan, £15, Primark.
Cotton lace up kaftan, £49, Monsoon.
Cotton lace up kaftan, £49, Monsoon