NET-A-SPORTER LAUNCHES ON NET-A-PORTER

- 18/07/14 -

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-Live The Process body-

 

The 9th July saw Net-A-Porter launch my dream shopping portal, Net-A-Sporter. Housed within the Net-A-Sporter site, the brands have been curated as only NAP knows how – with utter perfection

 

I was fortunate to be sent their insiders welcome gift box, with the striking pieces seen in the images – and yes, it only proved to ensure I was to be one of their loyal clients from here on in…

 

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-Zoe Karrsen hoody & Live The Process sports clutch-

 

Net-A-Sporter has a slick edit, with brands such as Laain, Nike, Live The Process, Ballet Beautiful, Hey Jo and every other sleek sportswear label you would expect to find from the clever team over at NAP HQ

 

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-Monreal London tennis jacket-

 

With categories for every sport you could wish to find – Ballet, Cross-Fit, Ski, Sailing, Surf, Tennis, the list goes on – there’s not a chance you won’t find the right pieces for every sporting activity in your life (and any future desires too – I’ve already ordered a new wetsuit in preparation for those future surf lessons…)

 

NET-A-SPORTER at NET-A-PORTER

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REBEL KITCHEN – THE MOST DELICIOUS COCONUT MILK FOR LITTLE (AND LARGE) ONES

- 30/06/14 -

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- Astie with his Rebel-Kitchen favourites -

 

There must come a time when you have to give in to little one’s requests for a treat, something chocolatey, a smooth banana milkshake, treats that I have held off showing Astor until I had to (i.e. until his friends had said treats and I would feel like a mean mummy if I denied him…)

 

Finding a ‘healthy’ treat is quite a task, so discovering Rebel-Kitchen’s smooth coconut milk drinks with all natural ingredients was a very welcome addition to our lives. The wonderful thing about Rebel-Kitchen is that Astor certainly feels as though he’s having a complete treat (which he is), while I am not sitting back watching in horror thinking of all of the additives and nasties that are heading into my little guy’s body – Rebel Kitchen pride themselves on being the most healthy option there is, while still allowing for naturally sourced no-additive ingredients such as chocolate

 

Perfectly sized portions for little ones and slightly larger options for when you need a treat too – my personal favourite being the delicious Matcha creation

 

 

REBEL-KITCHEN

 

 

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HOSTING A BEAUTIFUL VILSHENKO EVENT…

- 25/06/14 -

 

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- With beautiful Olga Vilshenko -

 

On Friday evening I co-hosted an exquisite event with Olga Vilsenko at the recently revamped Cafe Royal

 

Olga Vilshenko is one of the most talented, humble designers and this was an opportunity for London’s fashion elite to meet the visionary behind her label, Vilshenko

 

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- With Paula Goldstein, DJ for the night, and Bianca Fincham, Director of Rainbowwave PR -

 

With collections inspired by her Russian heritage, I cannot think of another designer who is creating collections with her aesthetic, you truly have to experience the peices first hand to realise the work behind the designs and the expertly chosen fabrics

 

Vilshenko is a name that will be a major force in the industry in the very near future…

 

 

VILSHENKO

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FOUND THESE CUTIES…

- 22/06/14 -

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While searching for a little something to thank a friend for something wonderful that she did for me this week, I came across these darling bracelets by Goodey2ShoesLondon

 

There are a number of these fun brands around, but there’s something a little special about these ones, especially when stacked with so many variations…

 

I bought these at Salt on Walton Street in London’s Knightsbridge, the brand can be found under their name on Instagram

 

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PERFECT BLOW DRY EXPERIENCE – BLO BY REAL HAIR

- 21/06/14 -

 

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Last night I hosted a super chic event at London’s revamped Café Royal (more on this next week), without question wearing divine Vilshenko and of course needing to ensure my hair was as flawless as my surroundings

 

I was late to Blo by Real Hair, not ideal, but the team made me feel utterly at ease and the genius stylist Bobby who blowdried my hair stayed late on a Friday in order for me to be ready to host my beautiful event – I still cannot believe his kindness in changing his plans at such short notice! But you can tell that the entire team at Blo are genuinely sweet and the family atmosphere can be seen just by watching how they all interact

 

Apart from the wonderful, relaxing, sleek salon surroundings, in just over half and hour, my hair had been blown out, rollered and let loose in a cascade of soft waves; exactly what I had asked for

 

I was late, I was almost late for my event, but due to how relaxed the team made me feel and how professional the entire experience was, I didn’t feel at all stressed when leaving and actually made it to my event with minutes to spare…the power of stress being removed from the body!

 

BLO BY REAL HAIR

 

 

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MY RETURN FROM HONEYMOON…

- 20/06/14 -

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I am back from the most blissful honeymoon and next week shall be sharing all news and images…

Please excuse me for not posting in over two weeks, but a honeymoon is a honeymoon and I wanted to give every moment to my new husband – and Astor, he was of course with us and had the most wonderful time!

Very much looking forward to a full return next week.

 

Much love, Pippa x

 

 

Wearing MARA HOFFMAN

 

 

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SEVEN DAY PRE-HONEYMOON TRAINING AT LOMAX

- 27/05/14 -

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Hilary Rifkin is the UK’s answer to Tracy Anderson, and I love all she is and all she stands for

 

A tough talking (but soft as cotton wool) New Yorker who knows what’s good for you and tells you in the most gentle, reassuring way – while kicking your self-belief and your behind into the best shape it has ever been in

 

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For the past seven days, I have been training each day with Hilary in order to shave off those last few pounds and tighten my post-wedding stomach (I did let go after the wedding, but now it’s time to get seriously in shape for my week in Mauritius…) and the results are nothing short of a miracle (yes, really)

 

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Boxing (not masculine or menacing at all), light weights, lunges and dips, there’s not a muscle Hilary didn’t ensure I worked and I can feel – and see – every ounce of hard work that was put into devising this intense workout week, and of course the work I put in to get as close to bikini ready as I possible could in this time!

 

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A week isn’t a great deal of time and I admit that I didn’t have an awful lot of weight to lose, but I did nevertheless need to alter my shape with toning and drop a few pounds, which I have managed to do while eating healthily and not taking things to the extreme

 

There’s nothing to stop you getting your body into shape and what this week has certainly taught me is that 50% of it is the trainer you are with and 50% is without question the time, effort and determination you put into your workouts. I truly believe that having trained with Hilary, I could never train with another PT

 

I’m unsure if it’s because she’s a woman, a mother hen to all, a tough cookie in as much as she won’t let you get away with putting anything less than your all into the sessions or all of the above (likely all of the above), but what I thought would be an utterly exhausting experience has left me wanting more

 

I shall be departing for honeymoon tomorrow feeling far more confident about my body and certainly with far more energy, thank you for everything Hilary

 

 

Hilary Rifkin can be contacted via LOMAX GYM – CHELSEA

 

 

 

 

 

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HONEYMOON PACKING…4 DAY COUNTDOWN

- 24/05/14 -

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- Mara Hoffman swimwear at Net-A-Porter.com -

 

Those of you that follow me on on Instagram will know that I am counting down the days until my (belated) honeymoon…4 days to go
As we are staying at a friends house while ours is a little delayed with renovations (post-honeymoon we shall be able to move in, thank goodness) I have had to be extremely organized and have pretty much completed my packing – although I know the night before I shall add 40 more pieces; this always always happens as I simply cannot find the control not to over-pack!

 

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- Talitha Jaya Tara-print kaftan at MatchesFashion.com -

 

Eliminating black and only packing patterns and bright tones, I have turned to Mara Hoffman, Talitha, Athena Procopiou, amongst others

 

Here’s to a bright and extremely fun honeymoon in Japan and Mauritius…

 

 

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BONPOINT X GARANCE DORÉ

- 23/05/14 -

 

The cutest film I ever did see…

 

Combining the beautiful designs of Bonpoint with the brilliant eye of photographer (now filmmaker) Garance Doré, this short film to celebrate the opening of the new Bonpoint store in New York’s SoHo district cannot fail to make you smile. Another reason to love Bonpoint (even more…)

 

A few words about the exceptional new space…

 

Bonpoint, the luxury lifestyle brand, celebrated the opening of their new concept store in SoHo, New York on May 6th, 2014 with a special set by DJ Harley Viera-Newton. The 1,900 sq. ft boutique is home to the charming worlds of Bonpoint; thoughtfully arranged spaces are adorned with unique ambiances and furnishings. The store features vintage furniture sourced from Parisian flea markets and antique dealers repurposed by Christine Innamorato, Bonpoint’s Creative Director.

 

The event also celebrated the launch of the SoHo 2014 capsule collection which features 12 limited edition Liberty print dresses exclusive to the new store. Christine Innamorato also collaborated with jewellery designer Aurelie Bidermann to create a series of 12 limited edition bracelets decorated with their iconic cherry logo. The proceeds of these celebratory pieces will be donated to the charity New Yorkers for Children.

 

 

 

BONPOINT

 

GARANCE DORÉ

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GUCCI ‘FLORA’ GARDEN – CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW BY NIGHT

- 22/05/14 -

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- With friends Arabella Musgrave of Gucci and brand consultant Alexandra Meyers -

 

Gucci invited me to view their (now award winning) flower garden at the Chelsea Flower Show during the late night opening; to say I was overwhelmed by the beauty and poise of their design would be quite an understatement

 

Of course we knew Gucci’s entry would be chic, bold and colourful, but seeing it (above) in all its glory really was a site to behold

 

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- A Dale Chihuly masterpiece hanging from the ceiling of one of the entrants within the show -

 

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The following day I was invited to view the Gucci Flora scarves at the Sloane Street store, which had been produced in a limited run and only available to buy during the week of the Chelsea Flower Show – to use the word overwhelmed twice in one sitting is a little too much perhaps, but when I was presented with a personalised ‘Pippa’ scarf, overwhelmed was exactly how I felt

 

 

 

GUCCI FLORA

 

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DAYLESFORD FESTIVAL – DAYLESFORD & BAMFORD HEAVEN

- 21/05/14 -

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This past weekend, The Swede, Astor and I travelled to Gloucestershire to attend the annual Daylesford Festival at Daylesford Farm

 

With dog shows, cookery demonstrations, farm tours (complete with meet-and-greet of the darling animals) and the finest food and drink, it was the most enjoyable event I have attended this year – bar our wedding of course!

 

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DAYLESFORD

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#MYWEEKIN – BIONDA CASTANA

- 16/05/14 -

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This week I have spent my days in the beautiful shoes of Bionda Castana, a label I love for their ‘classic with a twist’ designs

 

Comfortable (yes, really) and timeless, Bionda Castana is a perfect label for those who want to be a little daring, but still wish to stay within their chic boundaries

 

BIONDA CASTANA

 

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#MYWEEKIN – BIONDA CASTANA

- 14/05/14 -

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My third day wearing the beautiful and brilliant Bionda Castana spring collection

 

Joseph leather leggings and essential Smythson stationery (today I chose the lobster cards, so cute) for a day in my Notting Hill neighbourhood

 

BIONDA CASTANA

 

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#MYWEEKIN – BIONDA CASTANA

- 12/05/14 -

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This week I am living in and loving the playful, chic shoe designs of Bionda Castana for #MyWeekIn Instagram series

 

Featured today are the ‘Lana’ in lipstick red, worn with perfectly deconstructed Victoria Beckham jeans and my treasured Tom Ford python bag

 

BIONDA CASTANA

 

 

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LA COQUETA – DIVINE STYLES, PROUDLY MADE IN SPAIN

- 12/05/14 -

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I recently discovered a beautiful site offering super chic childrenswear, proudly made in Spain…

 

La Coqueta feels so authentic, it feels as though you have received a parcel from a family member who has recently returned from a wonderful trip to Spain, where they spied the perfect outfit for your little one and couldn’t resist bringing it home

 

Celia, the genius behind this high quality, classically designed label is herself from a large Spanish family and could see that there was no other leading brand offering the quality Spanish clothing that she has brought to the masses via her London store and also LaCoquetaKids.com

 

I have experienced many beautiful children’s brands for Astor over the past (almost) two years and with La Coqueta, I have found very classic Spanish styles in brilliant fabrics (handsome and hard-wearing) that I know will be handed down to family members, such is their lasting quality and timeless appeal

 

LA COQUETA

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ADEN & ANAIS ‘JUNGLE JAM’ POP-UP AT HARRODS

- 11/05/14 -

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Combining one of my favourite brands and certainly one of my favourite children’s shopping destinations in the world is a heavenly collaboration if ever there was one

 

Through May, Aden & Anais have their ‘Prince George’ cult collection Jungle Jam pop-up within the Harrods children’s department – you will not have been able to escape the beautiful images of Prince George wearing the Aden & Anais baby bird swaddle when he left hospital following his birth

 

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A perfect collection for newborns through to toddlers, I personally have not been without something from Aden & Anais with every stage of Astor’s life so far (and with baby two in our minds, I know I shall be buying many many pieces in the years to come…)

 

 

ADEN & ANAIS

 

 

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#MYWEEKIN – BEULAH

- 09/05/14 -

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This week as part of my #MyWeekIn series that appears each day on my Instagram, I wore the beautiful Beulah London designs. Although a sartorial departure for me, I have loved wearing such feminine, ethereal designs

 

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Apart from the beautiful appearance of each Beulah piece, there is a strong message from the designers behind this label; below is a little more information about the work that Beulah London does to raise awareness of women’s causes…

 

Beulah London traces its origins back to 2009, when the two of us had a life transforming opportunity to work in Atulya, an aftercare home in Delhi slums. Having witnessed the harrowing effects of human trafficking and sex trade, we felt moved to raise awareness of this important issue. With no formal training in fashion, we hit on an idea of launching an ethical fashion label with a transparent supply chain, focused on timeless and effortless elegance. Beulah London was launched in 2011, helping provide a sustainable livelihood to those that have come out of sex trafficking.

For each beautiful garment that we make, there is an equally beautiful change happening somewhere else in the world – we like to think of it as our ‘butterfly effect’. A small change at one place in a complex system having a large effect elsewhere. The term ‘Beulah’ itself is symbolic of our philosophy, representing the journey of each woman out of darkness and despair, into a new life of hope and restoration.

This product has a Beulah Story

As a young business we are at the start of a challenging journey. Driven by our twin passions for positive social change and designing beautiful fashions, we believe that we are on the right path. Each ‘Beulah’ garment purchase, made directly through us, comes with a canvas bag that has been produced by the victims of trafficking in India through a project based in Kolkata, ‘Freeset’. You can also buy these bags here. Added to this, certain items in our main collections have been produced through a project in Delhi, ‘Open Hand’, by women who have escaped trafficking and the sex trade, including some who are HIV positive and widowed. Where you see the Beulah ‘butterfly’ logo, you know that the product has either been made by women who have been trafficked, or been produced specifically to raise awareness or funds for its victims.

The Beulah effect comes alive through every small purchase you make, helping break the chains of poverty in some of the world’s most marginalised communities.

Natasha and Lavinia

 

 

 

 

BEULAH

 

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MY FIVE WEDDING DRESSES – FEATURED TODAY IN ‘YOU’ MAGAZINE

- 04/05/14 -

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A feature on my five wedding dresses can be found in today’s YOU magazine. We shot the looks a week before the wedding and looking back on the images now, it seems like an eternity since I was standing in a studio with my dresses, though it was in fact less than two months ago…

 

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Giambattista Valli intricately detailed couture

 

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Temperley London Bridal exquisite separates

 

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Giambattista Valli couture, with Astor in Marie-Chantal and Vevian shoes

 

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Alessandra Rich chic, playful lace tiered dress

 

 

The full article and five dresses are in the print magazine, or the full article can be read here

 

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#MYWEEKIN – J.BRAND

- 02/05/14 -

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The best thing about holding meetings at home? Shorts in any weather…

 

Having lived in J.Brand this week, I have loved the ease in which day turns to night with each J.Brand look by just adding a heel; the simplicity and luxury of the collections meaning there was never a moment where I felt over, or under-dressed

 

J.BRAND

 

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PRADASPHERE AT HARRODS

- 01/05/14 -

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Attending the opening for Prada’s ‘PRADASPHERE’ within Harrods this week, the retrospective of Miuccia’s incredible collections showing iconic dresses and accessories encased in glass displays, along with other memorable pieces from the history of the brand

 

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When viewing the exhibition, a Harrods spokesperson introduced the exhibition as, “the recurrent cultural themes that are evident in Mrs Prada’s work”, describing it as, “a natural history museum of Prada”. Perfectly Prada…

 

The exhibition and pop-up cafe will be within Harrods from the 2nd May to the 31st May

 

 

HARRODS

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#MYWEEKIN – J.BRAND

- 30/04/14 -

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J.Brand’s purest cashmere and finest supple leather for a day tied to my computer planning two June events. When wearing a look I feel confident in, even when no others can see the pieces, it sets the tone for my day; it’s all a matter of confidence (I am quite sure wearing sweats would feel wonderful, but equally sure this is not going to be happening anytime soon!)

 

 

J.BRAND

 

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#MYWEEKIN – J.BRAND

- 29/04/14 -

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Wearing head-to-toe J.Brand and cutting an exhausted figure after a long (long!) day

 

A fitting for an event this week, a lunch with the delightful designer behind the striking brand L’objet at the Dorchester Hotel, consultancy meeting and then a stop to view the dreamy Astley Clarke collections…quite a day

 

With a day like today, J.Brand’s super soft stretch denim, teamed with the most comfortable T-shirt and supple leather jacket were the perfect pieces to see me through four events in one day without leaving me wishing I could be in something less restrictive…

 

 

J.BRAND

 

 

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#MyWeekIN – J.BRAND

- 28/04/14 -

 

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With a week ahead wearing one of my treasured labels each day for five days, how could I not have chosen to feature this incredible (incredible!) cropped black leather jacket and short shorts on day one?! I’m quite unsure of the reaction I shall receive due to the weather not being summer exactly, but my legs just couldn’t wait another day to don these perfect pinks…

 

J.BRAND

 

 

 

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MINI-A-TURE FOR WET WEEKENDS

- 22/04/14 -

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Easter in the UK generally equates to a rather wet affair, given the weather, but it also equates to lots of fun for certain small people dressed in their new wellingtons and handsome new Mini-A-Ture raincoat!

 

I am quite unsure who was more excited about the fabulous little raincoat, although it was likely to be me as Astor just appreciated the fact that we were out walking in the torrential rain and he wasn’t under a raincover in his stroller being protected from the downpour this time!

 

Thanks to the clever and beautifully designed waterproof that ensured not a drop of rain reached Astor’s clothing underneath, I could hold my umbrella firm and have this gorgeous little person happily jumping in every puddle he could find without concern…

 

MINI-A-TURE

 

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#MYWEEKIN – BAMFORD

- 18/04/14 -

 

As part of my #MyWeekIn series, this week saw me swathed in the most luxurious cashmere from the ultimate collection in understated luxe, courtesy of Bamford…

 

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Bamford luxury for a day of investor meetings – unreasonably flattering white trousers and perfectly cut, but easy to wear, side detail sweater. Shoes Nicholas Kirkwood

 

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Fitness brand consultancy meeting, followed by press days to see the Fall 2014 collections – couldn’t think of a more perfect look. Shoes Charlotte Olympia

 

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Working from home, emails, coffee with a magazine editor on Portobello Road – this beautiful, oversized cashmere sweater feels like a soft warm hug when wearing it. Leather leggings Joseph

 

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Super chilled, super chic pants and tank, paired with the most luxurious, heavenly, enormous cashmere scarf known to man

 

BAMFORD

 

 

 

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LULULEMON – HOSTING A DINNER IN LONDON TO HONOUR THE NEW CEO

- 11/04/14 -

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My great friend and lifestyle brand consultancy partner Alexandra Meyers and I hosted a beautiful dinner to celebrate the launch of lululemon athletica’s fist UK store opening in Covent Garden

 

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- lululemon CEO Laurent Potdevin’s captivating pre-dinner speech -

 

Our dinner was also to welcome the new Lululemon CEO, Laurent Potdevin, a brilliant, intelligent and personable man who was previously President of TOMS and before that CEO at Burton Snowboards.

 

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- The exquisite table settings -

 

Among our guests at this intimate dinner were London’s leading fitness and wellness experts who made for such an interesting, inspiring evening of conversation

 

 

LULULEMON ATHLETICA

 

 

 

 

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EXQUISITE WEDDING FLOWERS – NIKKI TIBBLES WILD AT HEART

- 11/04/14 -

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There was never a question of who I wanted to design our wedding flowers… Nikki Tibbles, the genius behind the most sought after florist, Wild At Heart, had been a dream of mine for everything floral for our wedding

 

I managed to book Nikki just as her spring schedule was almost full and from start to finish, I loved every moment of working with her personally and her professional, lovely team

 

 

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Just two of the examples of such exquisite, perfectly designed flower arrangements that were within our wedding party at the Temperley London flagship store space on London’s Bruton Street

 

 

WILD AT HEART

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CAKE MAISON WEDDING CAKE – FAR BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS

- 10/04/14 -

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Our exquisite, divine, striking, perfectly designed and delicious to taste wedding cake from CAKE MAISON…

 

Emma Drew, the extreme talent behind Cake Maison’s breathtaking cakes was the most wonderful person to work with. Attention to detail was Emma’s forte, along with being the sweetest most considerate person through the entire journey of design, making and final presentation of the wedding cake

 

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I work with the most skilled, brilliant creative minds in the world and Emma is one of the most genuine, talented people I have worked with – not to mention a exceptional cook with delicious recipes for perfect cakes!

 

 

CAKE MAISON

 

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THE SECOND OF MY HEAVENLY GIAMBATTISTA VALLI COUTURE DRESSES

- 03/04/14 -

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Being with my husband ahead of the wedding party was my favourite part of the evening; of course the party itself was incredible (images to follow soon, my blog posts will be sporadic while I enjoy newly married life right now), but getting ready with him was the sweetest, most enjoyable part of the night as we had been married only a day and were on the most magnificent wedding high…

 

This is the second Giambattista Valli couture dress that I wore for my two-day wedding celebrations and as much as I loved the dress I wore on my actual wedding day, this dress for me was the most magical creation I had ever seen

 

 

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

 

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THE FIRST OF MY FIVE WEDDING DRESSES – GIAMBATTISTA VALLI COUTURE

- 27/03/14 -

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I always knew I wanted to wear Giambattista Valli couture and here I am, on my wedding day last Thursday, in Giambattista Valli couture. I felt incredible wearing a dress designed by this unquestionable fashion icon, a dress I could not have imagined, so perfect and so very me…

 

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I first saw, and fell in love with, the dress at the Giambattista Valli couture show; I am still somewhat overwhelmed that the fantasy of wearing this heavenly dress became a reality

 

More images from the most wonderful three days of my life shall be published soon – I am still in something of a spin following an intense, but spectacular, week…

 

 

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AN INCREDIBLE – AND IMPRESSIVE – ADDITION TO OUR WEDDING PARTY

- 26/03/14 -

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- Whitney Bromberg Hawkings of Tom Ford, in her striking Tom Ford glitterball dress -

 

I had heard about – and seen – Clym Evernden at fashion events, sketching away and creating the most remarkable drawings in under five minutes (yes, really)… I knew our guests would be thrilled to receive a drawn image of themselves from our wedding party and was delighted when Clym gave his time on Saturday night to create divine drawings of our treasured friends

 

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- Me in my Giambattista Valli couture dress -

 

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- The ever-chic and completely wonderful Caroline Issa -

 

 

CLYMDRAWS

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BAMFORD – PERFECT MOTHERS DAY GIFTS

- 25/03/14 -

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My Mother’s Day look…

 

Bamford produce the most beautiful, luxurious, flattering pieces that will be with you forever. I’m thrilled to be wearing this very look when Astor, The Swede and I celebrate all Mother’s this coming Sunday

 

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There are many gifts to select for your treasured mummy from within the Bamford collections; candles, toiletries, scarves, perfect separates from a clothing collection of only the finest fabrics and carefully considered designs

 

 

I shall be hoping that my little love has a small something for me this coming Sunday to add to my own ever-growing Bamford collection…

 

 

BAMFORD

 

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MY BESPOKE JIMMY CHOO’S – DESIGNED BY VISIONARY CREATIVE DIRECTOR SANDRA CHOI

- 20/03/14 -

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And here they are! My bespoke Jimmy Choo wedding shoes, designed and created by Jimmy Choo’s wonderful, unbelievably talented Creative Director, Sandra Choi…I could not be more thrilled!

 

Today is my wedding day, so I may be a little tied up to post further images, but over the coming days I shall of course be posting the most memorable moments (and looks) from this wonderful three-day celebration

 

 

 

 

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WEDDING DETAILS BEFORE TOMORROW’S CEREMONY…

- 19/03/14 -

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My beautiful Giambattista Valli dresses are packed and shall be taken to the hotel in the morning

 

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The Swede and I will be staying at a hotel for three days, so of course I shall be packing the shoes for my three outfit changes on Saturday evening at our wedding party

 

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THE Jimmy Choo shoes that Sandra Choi designed for my wedding…all shall be revealed in the coming days!

 

 

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ASTOR’S FIRST HAIRCUT – PAINLESS THANKS TO THE BELLA AND BEAU SALON

- 18/03/14 -

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I had been dreading getting Astor’s haircut before the wedding, mainly due to the fact that I had always heard horror stories of children crying uncontrollably when seated in enormous, unforgiving chairs that understandably frightened them to death

 

Today I reluctantly headed to the one salon that so many mummies had recommended and had ensured me that since said salon had opened, their children’s haircut nightmares were over

 

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Upon entering the Bella and Beau salon in Notting Hill, my concerns were immediately put to rest – the decor is what every child dreams of and Astor was in his element from his first step inside this bright, beautiful space

 

An illuminated aquarium is your initial sighting, a friendly, bubbly (but not irritatingly so) receptionist couldn’t have been more welcoming and the seats in which the children have their hair cut cannot be missed from any angle – bright cars, a striking silver plane, an even more striking motorbike, seats behind a pink piano – there truly is something for every child of every age to sit on, behind and just enjoy. And if the surroundings are not enough to distract the children from their haircuts, then the iPads in front of each seat playing their cartoon of choice certainly will be

 

Bella and Beau, thank you for making Astor’s first cut not only bearable, but enormous fun too…

 

 

 

BELLA AND BEAU

 

 

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#MyWeekIn CUTLER AND GROSS

- 17/03/14 -

 

As part of my #MyWeekIn series, I worked with a sunglasses brand I have long admired, but always had it in mind that their frames would never suit me and that I should stick with a style that I had worn forever and knew suited my face shape. I was of course being ridiculous as when I tried each and every frame from Cutler and Gross‘s current season collection, each and every frame looked incredible… Below are the results of a Week In the sunglasses brand I shall be wearing throughout the summer months. Cutler and Gross, I love you.

 

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CUTLER AND GROSS

 

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JAMES & LEANNE GALVIN – THE ONLY PEOPLE I TRUST WITH MY WEDDING HAIR NEXT WEEK

- 16/03/14 -

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- With James Galvin last week, being shot for a magazine feature to be published later this spring -

 

 

Your wedding is of course the time when you want everything to be perfect, and the only way this can happen is by seeing the best people imaginable

 

With my wedding hair, I am taking no chances and have booked in to have my hair coloured by Leanne Galvin and shall be seeing the only person in London capable of creating THE perfect braid, James Galvin – trust me, if ever you wanted flawless colour and the most perfect-imperfect (!) braid, then Leanne and James are the ones to see

 

James Galvin is the Style Director of the Daniel Galvin salon and Leanne Galvin is Principal Technician at Josh Wood

 

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SOPHIE LA GIRAFE – BODY ESSENTIALS FOR BABY

- 16/03/14 -

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Since Astor was born, Sophie la Girafe has always been around. It may have been in part due to the fact that every beautiful mommy I saw always had something from this darling collection within her baby essentials, so of course Astor too must have something from sought-after Sophie, but I found that Sophie really did have something special about her.

 
While in Harrods last week, I noticed that Sophie now has a body range for babies and toddlers, so with the trust I have in this brand (and in Harrods, knowing they would never stock something that wasn’t 100% tried and tested) I brought the set home for Astor

 

Heavenly scented and with adorable, chic packaging, Sophie la Girafe‘s products now line not only Astor’s bedroom shelves, but our bathroom ones also…

 

 

SOPHIE LA GIRAFE

 

HARRODS

 

 

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ALESSANDRA RICH’S EXQUISITE COLLECTIONS

- 11/03/14 -

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Wearing one of the unbelievably beautiful Alessandra Rich dresses within Alessandra’s London showroom. I am being photographed in my five wedding looks this coming Friday for a magazine shoot and Alessandra will of course be one of my chosen designers

 

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Astor was with me for the fittings today, of course knowing exactly which dresses he wanted his mummy to try (all were black, so not exactly ideal for my wedding next week!)

 

 

ALESSANDRA RICH

 

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THE MOST INCREDIBLE HEN PARTY IMAGINABLE

- 10/03/14 -

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Starting my hen weekend with an hour’s intensive yoga class within the Royal Opera House set to the sounds of a live 30 piece orchestra was quite an indescribable experience. Lululemon activewear are soon to launch in the UK, I am fortunately working with the wonderful team and they arranged for my friends and I to have a mezzanine spot to ourselves at their yoga event

 

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On to Soho House, where my dear friends from the club arranged for us to have the private dining room, with the most beautiful table setting, complete with perfectly striking yellow tulips

 

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Renting a house in Mayfair was by far the most brilliant plan of the weekend; a huge space for us to base ourselves, dine, drink and be pampered. The most treasured memory of the day for me is seeing my closest girlfriends (two could not attend, sadly) dancing around the ground floor in matching chic pyjamas from Dote London. Dote London are a company that more should know about; they are quite simply the most comfortable, well made, heavenly pyjamas you could ever wish to find

 

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My favourite manicure and pedicure company Gloss & Polish sent two of their wonderful technicians for three hours to ensure our nails were perfectly polished before leaving us to open the champagne, watch embarrassing video footage of us all and enjoy one of the most memorable weekends imaginable

 

GLOSS & POLISH

 

 

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AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES – THE PERFECT PRODUCTS FOR UNWINDING AT HOME

- 06/03/14 -

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It’s the lead up to my wedding (exactly two weeks from today), I am not overly stressed about the plans and all that getting married involves (which is far more than I imagined), but I can certainly feel that there is tension within my body

 

I have little time for pampering before the big day and although I have a few treatments booked in, it’s the times when I return home from a long day of work and meetings that I need some form of assistance with being able to truly unwind

 

Aromatherapy Associates is a brand that I used while pregnant and with its heavenly scents and carefully considered ingredients, I have long trusted in everything they do. The Aromatherapy Associates products that I knew would be the ones to help remove the pre-wedding tension were the perfect combination of the Indulgence candle with jasmine and geranium, along with the De-Stress Frankincense pure essential oil

 

I sat alone last night (The Swede is away again on business and Astor was of course asleep) with the candle burning and holding a linen tissue radiating the essential oil that had been dropped into it; needless to say, I felt far less tension in my body after this necessary hour of silence, accompanied only by my newest Aromantherapy Associates saviours…

 

 

AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES

 

 

 

 

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ALESSANDRA RICH

- 06/03/14 -

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Worn by, loved and coveted by every fashion girl, Alessandra Rich makes dresses for those with a fashionable body – long and lean. Should this be your body type and you have a sense of adventure, then the collections have numerous looks which would make for the most striking of wedding day entrances…

 

 

ALESSANDRA RICH

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GIAMBATTISTA VALLI COUTURE – OVERWHELMED TO BE WEARING TWO OF HIS BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS LATER THIS MONTH

- 05/03/14 -

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Last week I travelled to Paris to select the most important dress I will ever wear

 

On the 20th March I shall be getting married and have never wanted to wear any other designer than Giambattista Valli on my wedding day – although for a couture creation I was unsure this was going to be a possibility, that was until a wonderful series of events saw my dream become a reality and I found myself in the space that Giambattista creates his exquisite collections

 

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I walked into Giambattista’s Atelier in Paris and was utterly overwhelmed by the beauty, scale and surroundings. I witnessed the team working on a collection which was shown this week in Paris (look 28 being a personal favourite), the vast operation of this superior empire and just a small glimpse into the world of a man I admire so greatly

 

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The anticipation of receiving the dress from Paris is indescribable; it will reach me a week before the wedding and I am quite unsure how I will refrain from showing my future husband (I have little control with these things…)

 

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With the dresses in the Paris Atelier – did I forget to mention that Giambattista is so kindly sending two couture dresses to wear on my wedding day?

 

 

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

 

 

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ROLAND MOURET BRIDAL – PART OF THE WEDDING EDITOR SERIES

- 03/03/14 -

 

A few months ago as part of a series for TheWeddingEditor, I collaborated with designers to make shorts featuring their bridal collections

 

The Roland Mouret short film above was without question one of my favourites, bringing together Roland’s signature designs, striking surroundings and a perfect soundtrack

 

 

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GAP CUTENESS

- 02/03/14 -

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Those of you who have been with me since the time when MaternallyChic was its own site (now incorporated into this site of course) will know that I love the children’s labels that perhaps are not the most reasonably priced for little people

 

However, now that Astor is an adventurous toddler, robust clothing is certainly necessary and with that in mind, Gap could not be a more perfect choice for my little love

 

With the adorable denim and chunky knits (as shown), the design collaborations and constantly changing collections, Gap is now my absolute go-to store for garden playdate outfits and anywhere that requires low-level clothing stress with dirt and food falling on him (which, of course, is 99% of the time…)

 

Gap, I think we are going to have a long and happy relationship together…

 

 

GAP

 

 

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NATURAL, ORGANIC, DELICIOUS CHILDREN’S CHOCOLATE (COCONUT) MILK FROM REBEL-KITCHEN

- 02/03/14 -

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I have been trying to avoid the inevitable, letting Astor experience anything sweet and chocolatey.

 

 

I am not an enormously strict mummy, but just felt that with my own sweet tooth (likely due to the sweetie allowance while a toddler myself), I would attempt to save Astor from the sugar cravings that have been with me since as long as I can remember.

 

However, I was recently introduced to Rebel Kitchen, the brilliant company behind children-focused all natural coconut milk drinks – Orange/Choc, Chocolate and Banana – and knew this was the guilt free answer to satisfying Astor’s curious tastebuds I had been looking for. And I could not love the amazing packaging more…

 

 

REBEL KITCHEN

 

 

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I SHALL MISS THIS…

- 26/02/14 -

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Selecting wedding dresses to wear has been a thrill, a thrill I shall unquestionably miss once I am married next month!

 

I have been fortunate to spend time with fashion PR friends through all fittings, heading only to design houses and stores when I know the team through my job as a brand consultant and stylist

 

One month remains, so I feel at least a few more appointments can be made (regardless of the fact that I now have the most unbelievably divine Giambattista Valli couture creation waiting to be delivered from Paris…)

 

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VEVIAN – THE ONLY CHOICE FOR ASTOR’S WEDDING DAY SHOES

- 25/02/14 -

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With Astor walking down the aisle with me on the 20th March and being a very big part of our day (obviously), I am considering his attire with as much detail as mine

 

I viewed many brands of shoes, but decided for this one special day I would have a beautiful pair of leather shoes handmade for my little love

 

With complete surprise I found that Vevian, a shoe brand I was familiar with and had heard so many wonderful things about from friends, was not as expensive as I would have imagined for bespoke shoes and that the quality far exceeded that of other very lovely shoes I had viewed previously

 

Astor’s shoes arrived this morning in the wooden box with beautiful floral interior that all of Vevian’s shoes are sent in. To say I am thrilled would be an understatement; the shoes are perfect in every way and are to the perfect specifications that I had discussed with the wonderful designer (and fellow mummy) of Vevian shoes

 

I have a feeling this will not be the only occasion that I select shoes from this exceptional designer…

 

 

VEVIAN

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FLAWLESS WEDDING DAY SKIN – COURTESY OF SISLEY

- 24/02/14 -

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There has never been any doubt in my mind that Sisley products have the ability to repair, enhance and dramatically improve the appearance of the skin

 

Having previously used Sisley when leading up to occasions where I would be under the spotlight, such as speaking at events, important birthday’s and certainly any photoshoots, I had no hesitation in revisiting this old friend to ensure flawless wedding day skin

 

There were a few products I knew I would need in particular; an eye cream, miracle night cream and a gentle but effective exfoliant

 

With late nights due to an increased workload, wedding prep and also answering all correspondence regarding the house we are buying (yes, in the same month as getting married!) a soothing, highly effective eye cream could not be more necessary and the answer to any potential problems came in the form of The Supreme Anti-Aging Eye Serum. The texture is somewhere between an eye cream and serum and just falls into the skin. My experience has been a week of religious use and I can see a softening of the skin around the eyes and a brighter tone without question

 

An exfoliant can never not be on my beauty shelves such is the need to regenerate the skin with the air in London (it’s not known for being the purest air of course…) My skin doesn’t respond to harsh scrubs, so the Creme Gommante (Sisley’s gentle facial buffing cream) gently treats my skin without pulling, damaging or causing redness – and I have yet to smell a cream with a more heavenly scent

 

As for the ultimate pre-wedding cream to repair and restore my skin at night? Sisley’s Global Anti-Age is the cream that I know will do everything I need it to do within a month (23 days to go as of today…) I started using the Global Anti-Age cream two weeks ago and the way in which my skin wakes is a sure sign that the science behind this product is as effective as you would expect. No longer tired, my skin wakes with a certain freshness and plumpness that has been lacking of late (again, late nights working on everything that is going on in my life right now is not working wonders for my skin!) The cream restores, regenerates and reduces ill-effects hormonal changes can cause to the skin, all areas that I currently need to address and am already clearly on my way to achieving the skin I so desire for my wedding day with this very product

 

 

I am soon to experience a Sisley facial that I have heard so many great things about and shall review with my findings in the coming weeks…

 

 

 

SISLEY

 

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VISITING THE GIAMBATTISTA VALLI ATELIER IN PARIS

- 21/02/14 -

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Today I shall be travelling to Giambttista Valli’s Atelier in Paris to select the most important dress I shall ever have to consider

 

Through a series of unbelievably fortunate events, this afternoon I am being welcomed into the world of Giambattista Valli to be fitted for my wedding dress, working with the designers to select the most incredible archive piece in which I shall walk down the aisle on March 20th

 

Images (many I am sure) to follow…

 

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BRIT AWARDS – DATE NIGHT

- 20/02/14 -

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It so happened that a friend invited the Swede and I to the Brit Awards last night – far too much fun to miss and the perfect opportunity to wear this backless leather Chloe dress for only the second time since I bought it (this piece I shall not care how many times I am seen in, it’s just so divine!)

 

The evening started with the awards, stopped for a quiet and entirely romantic supper at The Delaunay and then continued at the Vanity Fair after party at The Savoy. The Delaunay is never my first choice for supper due to the German dining options, but the food is nevertheless delicious and the room warm, elegant and comforting

 

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I wish we could have stayed to watch Chic perform with Nile Rodgers, but alas, babysitter obligations saw the Swede and I arrive home at one minute to midnight (it was still completely wonderful to be out as such events with the man I shall marry next month though…)

 

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- The Brits after party at The Savoy -

 

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CARA DELEVINGNE X LA PERLA PARTY

- 19/02/14 -

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It used to be the way when I started out in fashion (10 years ago, gosh!) that I would attend parties, be somewhat impressed with the hosts, get a little tipsy and then end up in a beautiful hotel bar with fashion friends until the early hours drinking cocktails…

 

…now I attend parties, look at the actual collections, miss seeing the hosts entirely and then leave to either attend a quiet and civilized dinner, or in the case of this Tuesday, head off to teach my spinning class at Lomax in London’s Chelsea neighbourhood

 

While at the striking new La Perla store for the Cara Delevigne hosted party this week, I was rather taken aback by the exquisite underwear; I had forgotten just how beautifully made the pieces were and with such fine lace in most cases

 

This particular piece was of course very much in mind for potential wedding purchases…

 

 

LA PERLA

 

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TOM FORD – WITHOUT DOUBT THE HIGHLIGHT OF LONDON FASHION WEEK

- 18/02/14 -

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There is always one highlight of any fashion week, whether it’s Paris, London, New York or Milan, one show will make you feel more alive and inspired than any other; that show for me is undoubtedly Tom Ford

 

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No matter which city I am in over any show month, my levels of anticipation reach their peak with this unreasonably talented man. Each season he never disappoints, regardless of whether I fall completely in love with each look, as Tom’s touch and the way in which his presentations are so flawless makes up an entire package for an overall collection

 

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Now it’s just the small matter of finances allowing for me to purchase more than just one key piece from this AW collection…

 

 

TOM FORD

 

 

 

 

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LONDON FASHION WEEK + SPECIAL GUEST

- 15/02/14 -

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As the Swede has been away skiing this week (yes, over Valentine’s Day, pah) and is not returning home until Sunday, I chose today to be my first day of London Fashion Week

 

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With my little love as my special guest today, I shall not be attending all shows as I ordinarily would, but have chosen the ones I know I wouldn’t be able to live without seeing, such as Emilia Wickstead…if I were not getting married in a somewhat lighter hue, then this would have been the look

 

 

EMILIA WICKSTEAD

 

 

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MY NEW FAVOURITE PASTIME

- 13/02/14 -

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With less than six weeks until my wedding day, I do know which designer I shall be wearing, but not the exact style – all will become clear next Friday when I travel to Paris to meet the iconic designer himself

 

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Until next Friday, I still have the opportunity to try dresses of every possible design and if you think trying wedding dresses as a pastime is ridiculous, then you haven’t spent (many) afternoons slipping in and out of utter fantasy creations. Trust me, it’s addictive…

 

 

The featured dresses are available to buy at BROWNS BRIDE

 

 

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NEW (EXCEPTIONAL) KID ON THE BLOCK – BOBOS JUICERY

- 12/02/14 -

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There has been a juice explosion in London! For a year or two there has been a steady stream of new cold pressed juice companies finally and thankfully opening in London – New York and LA, places I travel to often, have long been offering perfectly pressed goodness and we have certainly missed out in London
Some juice companies are more accomplished than others, they take themselves out of the standard juice concoctions and find a way to mix and muddle various ingredients to create truly delicious fresh nourishment – Bobos Juicery is certainly one of these companies
I spend my time tasting new creations from juice companies (through work or otherwise, I’m addicted) and Bobos is one company that just has something fresh (excuse the pun) about them, something unique that tells me they will be so much more than just a great looking, great tasting little operation in the very very near future…

 

I love Bobos not only for their juices, but also for their founder, Jo Symes – if you have the chance to meet her, do, her energy is just incredible and you can see just where her true passion for organic goodness comes from

 

 

BOBOS JUICERY

 

 

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CAUDALIE LAUNCHES NEW STORE & SPA IN LONDON

- 11/02/14 -

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Last night I attended the launch of CAUDALIE’s first UK store and spa. Positioned on Covent Garden’s Monmouth Street, the store is the perfect representation of Caudalie, with a fresh feel and perfectly designed interior. I have used this brand for many years, clearing my favourite pharmacy in Paris of Caudalie products on every visit to Paris, so am obviously thrilled to have this wonderful French brand with us in London…

 

You really must read more about this beautiful, natural brand and it’s talented founders here…CAUDALIE

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OUR EXQUISITE WEDDING INVITES – COURTESY OF PRANTL

- 10/02/14 -

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We knew we would be working with the brilliant stationers that printed our birth announcement cards for when Astor was born, they made life incredibly easy when it came to our requirements for the birth announcements and the wedding invites proved even more fluid and simple

 

Prantl are a world renowned stationers with a family feel; not once did a call or email query go unanswered and they took me through each stage of the process with updates and assurances (due to our relatively late request to Prantl for our wedding invites, it has been a little tense with timings, but Prantl turned everything around in a week, unbelievable)

 

This evening shall see me writing out the addresses for all guests and finally sending the invites out tomorrow – now I shall have to hope that none of our guests respond with news that they already have plans for that date in March!

 

 

PRANTL

 

 

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JOOLZ – THE STROLLER BRAND WITH A CONSCIENCE

- 07/02/14 -

 

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- Astor and I with the Joolz Day in Studio Gris -

 

As the months have past and Astor has grown faster than I imagined possible, his needs have of course changed in so many ways and one of the main things I wanted to ensure for my growing boy was that he received the best support through these all important first years

 

Since Astor’s birth, I have experienced several strollers, which have been wonderful, but now I feel I have found the perfect model from a brand who has so much to give back in so many ways

 

Joolz not only creates perfect products, they are one of the leading brands for creating environmental awareness. Packaging is considered, forests are planted and they are continuously finding ways to protect the planet

 

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Joolz is a company that was introduced to me in the summer. I have to admit that I hadn’t heard or seen much from the brand, although now that I am the very contented owner of one of their expertly designed strollers, I see Joolz models being used by so many other mummy’s (not to mention celebrities). I now know why Joolz is becoming the name to go to for every reason parents could think of when considering the perfect stroller

 

Comfortable, chic and incredibly designed for ease of use, I could not be more thrilled to have Joolz in my – and certainly Astor’s – life

 

 

 

JOOLZ

 

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MY LOVE FOR GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

- 06/02/14 -

 

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Couture Spring 2013

 

 

I always knew I wanted to walk down the aisle wearing Giambattista Valli, I feel his designs are so very me, that I understand his collections and vision…

 

As my first ceremony shall be held at the Chelsea Town Hall in March, I felt a long wedding dress would be slightly inappropriate. Below are the dresses that made me love Giambattista and know he would be the most perfect person to turn to for an entirely unique, timeless wedding dress

 

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Couture Spring 2013

 

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Couture Spring 2014

 

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Couture Spring 2012

 

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Couture Fall 2013

 

 

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MAISON MICHEL X SELFRIGES

- 05/02/14 -

 

A few months ago I filmed a series of shorts, one of which was a Maison Michel x Selfridges exclusive. The short featued a limited collection of hats that were only to be sold in the Oxford Street store.

 

Watching this back today, I feel I may need to consider a headpiece for my March ceremony…

 

 

 

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PORTER LAUNCH …AND AN ADDICTIVE LITTLE APP

- 04/02/14 -

 

The brilliant Lucy Yeomans, someone I am very fortunate to count as a friend, has worked (and worked and worked) with the incredible Net-A-Porter team for this moment, the launch of PORTER magazine. Official launch date 07/02/2014

 

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Showing my support for the Porter team, made up of many friends who I have worked with over the past ten years, I created this Porter cover using the addictive #IAMPORTER app. You only need to type the hashtag into INSTAGRAM to see just how addictive it is.

 

Unfortunately for me, it would appear a little suspect if my #IAMPORTER cover were to be chosen as the recipient of £5000 to spend online at Net-A-Porter

 

 

PORTER

 

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#MYWEEKIN ATEA – THE PERFECT CAPSULE WARDROBE

- 03/02/14 -

 

As you will have seen from last weeks post, I chose to wear one designer for an entire week, it was the start of my #MyWeekIn series. This week I focused on the brilliant, classic and unquestionably chic label ATEA

 

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Cool, chic and wearable for day and night, this navy beautifully shaped dress is the perfect example of a wardrobe staple

 

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Ordinarily I wouldn’t have considered shorts and a sweatshirt for a meeting, but as it was an evening meeting and as at least one day last week wasn’t icy, I decided to step away from the tried and tested bodycon dress and heels and have not received such positive attention to a look in quite some time

 

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With all things wedding on my mind due to my March nuptials fast approaching, I am beginning to create a wardrobe for the warmer weather that awaits me during my honeymoon. Brilliant separates creating an elegant shape shall certainly be joining me on my trip, with thoughts of wearing these pieces again (and again) with different combinations when the UK summer is upon us

 

 

ATEA

 

 

 

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MY WEDDING EVENT DESIGNER, THE INCREDIBLE FIONA LEAHY

- 02/02/14 -

 

I am beyond thrilled, overwhelmed in fact, that event designer Fiona Leahy of Fiona Leahy Design will be creating my dream wedding party in March
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*Fiona and I at the wedding party venue discussing plans

 

The go to girl for Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Dior and absolutely every leading fashion and art name, Fiona has been responsible for making every party I have attended within fashion and society an unforgettable affair

 

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Photographer Credit : Ed Reeve

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#MYWEEKIN ATEA – THE PERFECT WHITE SHIRT DRESS

- 30/01/14 -

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With honeymoon thoughts in mind and having decided on a beach location (originally we were going to travel through Japan for a second time), I am selecting pieces that will be simple, light, chic and timeless. This ATEA textured shirt dress completely fits with every wish I had for a crisp addition to my perfect capsule honeymoon wardrobe…

 

 

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CHANEL – THE DREAM ‘GOING AWAY’ SHOES?

- 29/01/14 -

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Chanel heaven! I bought these beautiful Chanel shoes some time ago, but having felt they were never quite ‘me’ (far too many ‘cannot live without’ purchases in my collections are ‘not quite me’, ahem) they have sat in my closet ever since. However, with a newly light, white feeling towards all looks with my March wedding in mind, they now seem as though they will make their perfectly placed debut complimenting my Going Away outfit

 

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THE BEAUTY SAVIOURS THAT ARE GETTING MY SKIN THROUGH THESE COLD DAYS

- 28/01/14 -

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Nothing creates more problems with my skin than subzero temperatures outside and then being hit with the heat that comes from needing a warm and cozy home for my young son (for some reason I rather like a cooler temperature inside, I get quite sleepy when it’s too warm, but needs must for my little person…)

 
It has taken me some time to discover just which products make a true difference to my skin during the winter moths and now I feel I have found the perfect combination to brighten my skin and create a flawless finish

 

Aesop’s Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, with ingredients such as Fine Quartz, Rosemary Leaf and Lactic Acid is quite simply the most effective cleanser I have found in a number of years (and if the others I have previously used were so amazing, then surely I would be using them now?)

 

Having heard so much about Dior Airflash CC Primer, I found myself walking out of a store this weekend with one in hand and can safely say that, yes, it is a miracle worker for creating a flawless base

 

My love of Bamford shows no signs of slowing and I cannot resist picking out new products from their purest of pure product range. My latest love is a 100% organic lip balm, which perfectly hydrates the lips without causing that ‘constantly needing more’ effect that other balms full of every kind of ingredient do

 

And thinking I needed a heavier foundation to correct my skin tone rather than a lighter one was an error on my part; the finest finish came in the form of Perricone MD’s lightest possible ‘No Foundation Foundation’, which gave me the even tone I needed for my skin without the drying or overly-made-up effect of other foundations I had tried

 

AESOP

 

DIOR

 

BAMFORD

 

PERRICONE MD

 

 

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#MYWEEKIN ATEA – EFFORTLESSLY COOL SEPARATES

- 28/01/14 -

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Every day this week I am wearing my go-to label for chic separates, ATEA. I discovered this incredible luxury (affordable) label a few months ago and have been turning to these pieces for meetings, events and everything in-between

 

One item I never thought I would see in my closet is a pair of loose fitting trousers, believing them to alter my true shape and be a less than flattering cut on anyone other than a 5’10″ model. How wrong I was. I have been simply living in these trousers since I bought them and pair them with simple tee’s or this favourite ATEA sweater of mine

 

 

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#MyWeekIn ATEA – AN INCREDIBLE COLLECTION THAT WE SHOULD BE WEARING

- 27/01/14 -

Last week I received a package containing key looks I had selected from a collection I now cannot live without. Each day this week I have chosen to wear a look by this latest love of mine

 

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ATEA Oceanie is a chic, cool label with pieces that you can literally wear with anything – be it from any current or past season of ATEA, or separates you already have in your closets

 

A relatively new label, the fashion crowd has certainly taken notice, with recent features in the leading glossies and a particularly striking Harper’s Bazaar image styled by Cathy Kasterine (that very image being a personal favourite of mine)

 

 

Another beautiful, chic, perfectly tailored look tomorrow…

 

 

ATEA

 

 

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MATTHEW WILLIAMSON’S UNIQUE DETAILING

- 27/01/14 -

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Apart from the flattering, flawless shapes that Matthew Williamson provides with his bridal collection, the intricate detailing that has become Matthew’s signature is so very evident in his wedding dresses

 

Beading, embroidery and ‘those’ finishing touches make up a collection that can only be described as a a bridal fantasy

 

 

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON

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VERA WANG AT BROWNS SAMPLE SALE – 2ND FEBRUARY

- 26/01/14 -

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The hugely exciting Vera Wang sample sale will be held on Sunday 2nd February from 11am-4pm at 59 Brook Street in Mayfair. No appointments, it’s simply first come, first served…

 

Although I am not getting married in Vera Wang (mainly due to getting hitched in an intimate setting at the Chelsea Town Hall, followed by an enormous party), I had looked at several of her designs and with a true ‘fantasy dress’ morning, I slipped in and out of some of the most beautiful bridal creations I had ever seen

 

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Dresses will be 60%-70% off of their original price, meaning this exquisite wedding dress will be on the rails for £2,240, a snip if you consider the original cost of £5,600

 

 

VERA WANG AT BROWNS

 

 

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MEETING JIMMY CHOO’S CREATIVE DIRECTOR, THE VISIONARY SANDRA CHOI

- 24/01/14 -

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I certainly appreciate the good fortune that comes to me and never take anything for granted, something I have worked on for many years and shall continue to work on

 

Sometimes the kindness of others is truly humbling, such is the case of Sandra Choi and the team at Jimmy Choo

 

Sandra, the Creative Director and visionary behind the Jimmy Choo brand is designing a bespoke pair of wedding shoes for my March nuptials, I am still a little overwhelmed that this really is happening… This week I met with Sandra this week to discuss designs and to see the ideas she had for my striking shoes

 

I shall be updating you as the shoes take shape and simply cannot wait to reveal all’ on my wedding day in March

 

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One of my all time favourite shoes, the Jimmy Choo ‘Agnes’ in Blush

 

 

JIMMY CHOO

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ENTIRELY AGAINST EVERYTHING I WOULD ORDINARILY CONSIDER, BUT THERE’S SOMETHING APPEALING ABOUT SUCH FEMININITY

- 21/01/14 -

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I am not a particularly girly person, preferring chic, classic silhouettes to florals and frills, but with a wedding dress to consider, certain other accessories would look a little strange paired with such a feminine look.
I have been toying with the idea of certain hair detailing on my wedding day, perhaps a fashion forward design from Maison Michel, or perhaps I will live that childhood fantasy of being the ultimate girly bride?

 

I expect the first option of a fashion statement something (if anything), but I do rather love this pretty creation that I discovered at Browns Bride…

 

 

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THIS HAIR…

- 20/01/14 -

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I don’t feel that 2 months before my wedding would be a great time to change my hair completely, but post-ceremony this is strong enough inspiration to consider quite a chop…

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MARCHESA

- 17/01/14 -

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It would be very hard to try this dress on and not feel incredible. Absolutely, 100%, unquestionably incredible.

 

Claiming I am not a large scale wedding dress person, when trying this Marchesa dress, I could have handed over my card there and then.

 

Remembering that my initial ceremony was actually at the Chelsea Town Hall, before one heck of a party (at a fashion venue, quite obviously) it was decided that this dress would indeed just be a little too much for Kings Road…

 

 

MARCHESA

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BIONDA CASTANA SHOES

- 16/01/14 -

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If you are looking for something a little different for your wedding shoes – which I certainly am for my March nuptials – then these beautiful Bionda Castana creations could just be the shoes you never knew you wanted…

 

On sale now and available at Joseph-Fashion.com

 

BIONDA CASTANA

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MONICA VINADER – DIVINE ‘SIREN’ MOONSTONE EARRINGS

- 16/01/14 -

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Upon arriving home today, I found a beautifully presented package waiting for me from Monica Vinader. The gift? These divine Moonstone ‘Siren’ drop earrings.

I often buy girlfriends jewellery for their birthday’s or other such celebrations and finding reasonably priced, incredible quality jewellery wasn’t a simple quest, that was until I discovered Monica Vinader – her collections are perfectly priced, classic and entirely unique

 

 

MONICA VINADER

 

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ADEN & ANAIS – SUPER SOFT AND INCREDIBLY COSY ‘DREAM BLANKET’

- 15/01/14 -

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Since before Astor was born, I had been collecting Aden & Anais products for him, always loving their simple approach to design, combined with the softest organic fabrics.

 

The latest addition to his collection is Aden & Anais new ‘Dream Blanket’, a super soft layered blanket that still feels as light on the skin, but due to layering keeps my little man perfectly toasty on these biting winter days.

 

 

ADEN & ANAIS

 

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MATTHEW WILLIAMSON ‘PARACHUTE’ DRESS

- 13/01/14 -

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The beauty of this Matthew Williamson dress is remarkable. Not only does it fall with the most elegant ease, but with the back so exposed, it makes for one of the most classically sensual wedding dresses I have ever seen

 

Of course (and slightly unfortunately) you would need a wind machine or bridesmaid to throw the dress so it created this incredible shape (when shooting, we used a wind machine) but even without this striking shape at the back, when the dress is draping as it is designed to do, it is still a beautiful, timeless design.

 

 

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON

 

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WEDDING DRESS – TEMPERLEY BRIDAL

- 09/01/14 -

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Throughout the coming months I shall be uploading images of dresses that I have tried and loved from the most beautiful bridal collections. This image of me in a Temperley Bridal dress was shot at the end of last year. I had tried on over 20 exquisite dresses in the private, elegant bridal showroom at the Conduit Street store – needless to say I was utterly exhausted

 

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ASTOR’S DEBUT AT STORM MODELS

- 06/01/14 -

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As I choose to only have a part-time nanny for Astor, there are occasional days when I need to attend meetings for work, so my little love comes along and I just have to hope he doesn’t accidentally damage anything while we’re at one of the fashion houses! (Sticky paws on a Dior dress? Very likely…)

 

Today he and I were at Storm Models while I cast girls for a forthcoming shoot. The thing I love about Astor is his chilled nature; I would know if he wasn’t enjoying his time anywhere, but the attention lavished on him from all around could not have been more wonderful for that hour!

 

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FEATURED TODAY IN THE TELEGRAPH’S STELLA MAGAZINE – HEALTH & FITNESS ISSUE

- 05/01/14 -

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Honoured to be featured in the Telegraph’s Stella magazine today, their Health & Fitness issue. As most of you know, in addition to my career as a fashion stylist and brand consultant, I am also a part-time spinning instructor.

 

The feature is a brief introduction to my life and just why I became an instructor, along with a detailed weekly food diary. The entire issue is dedicated to new year health and so many of the features are incredibly inspiring.

 

 

READ THE FEATURE

 

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TEMPERLEY BRIDAL

- 03/01/14 -

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Spending an afternoon in the Temperley Bridal salon within the striking Temperley London store on London’s Bruton Street is the most wonderful experience for any future bride. Champagne greets you on arrival courtesy of the most considerate staff and a vast array of differing wedding dresses run down each side of the elegant room. I have yet to decide just who shall be making my wedding dress for this coming March, but deadlines are now a little tight and within a week I shall have my chosen designer.

 

 

TEMPERLEY BRIDAL

 

 

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MANOLO BLAHNIK – WEDDING SHOE HEAVEN

- 02/01/14 -

 

I thought perhaps I would take a peek at the sales for my wedding shoes, so headed to the Manolo Blahnik press preview of their hugely exciting sale this morning…

 

I have a long standing love affair with Manolo, so it’s very easy for me to fall deeply in love with most of his creations and buy far too many of them (but I do love sitting and staring at the beautiful and extremely colourful wall of Blahnik’s in my closet)

 

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These were an unexpected choice for me, but I bought them as one of the three pairs I shall be wearing through the day with one of my three looks due to how elegant they made me feel

 

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I just love them. It’s that simple

 

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Maybe, just maybe, it shall be the turquoise and crystal creations…

 

 

MANOLO BLAHNIK

 

 

 

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AN IMPOSSIBLY PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT

- 18/12/13 -

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The beautiful and brilliant Selfridges press team that I love working with so much sent Astor this most perfect of Christmas presents this week – I’m still a little overwhelmed!

 

Of course taken from the childhood books we all read, the personalised Mr. Men images can be created using 25 different characters and are certainly not restricted in age (I have already ordered Nils one, and he is very much in his 30′s!)

 

The prints are available to buy from the fourth floor ‘Christmas Emporium’ at Selfridges on Oxford Street, London.

 

I shall be buying more while I still can for future birthday’s and Christmas presents next year…

 

 

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DELPHINE MANIVET AT BROWNS BRIDE

- 16/12/13 -

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On one of my recent visits to Browns Bride (I know and love the Browns press girls, which gives me the greatest excuse to regularly fawn over their contemporary and bridal collections) a designer I had yet to discover caught my eye.

 

With understated elegance and designs that fall so perfectly on the body, Delphine Manivet is a designer that has presented the ideal collection for any bride wishing to have the dress of their dreams, without needing to wear something that is going to be an obvious show piece.

 

 

 

BROWNS BRIDE

 

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MAISON MICHEL – ROSE HEADPIECE

- 11/12/13 -

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It is quite fair to say that I would wear every piece that Maison Michel creates. I haven’t encountered every single design, but this far there has not been one I have not loved. The bridal headpieces that are available at Browns Bride in London are amongst the most heavenly and original headpieces imaginable, with this rose band being a perfect example…

 

MAISON MICHEL

 

BROWNS BRIDE

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BAMFORD BABY

- 11/12/13 -

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I have become quite obsessed with all things Bamford, with one of my loves being their beautiful, organic, luxurious baby clothing collection. As you would expect from Bamford, only the finest fabrics and consideration make up this adorable, chic collection. I recently travelled to Daylesford Farm in Gloucestershire, where the full range was on show in the beautiful store – needless to say, I bought quite a number of pieces in preparation for baby number two (planning and hoping for 2015 arrival!)

 

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MATTHEW WILLIAMSON – BRIDAL JACKETS

- 10/12/13 -

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If you are looking for a luxurious, perfectly tailored bridal jacket with exquisite detailing, then Matthew Williamson is your answer.

 

While in the bright, beautifully designed store on Bruton Street in London this week, I tried these two absolutely beautiful jackets

 

I wasn’t planning on wearing anything over my dress due to the striking back, but as I am getting married in March, should it be necessary, then I have surely found the perfect addition

 

 

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MATTHEW WILLIAMSON

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JOHANNA JOHNSON BRIDAL HEADPIECE

- 09/12/13 -

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Upon first sighting this divine Johanna Johnson headpiece in Browns Bride, I was quite unsure that I would feel comfortable wearing such a statement piece on my head, particularly with the actual wedding ceremony in mind.

Once trying this exquisite creation by the wonderful Johanna, I immediately fell in love with not only how it looked, but also how it made me feel; I felt far more refined than expected and there’s a certain something about everything Johanna creates that just makes you feel like an entirely enhanced, more exceptional you.

 

 

JOHANNA JOHNSON

 

BROWNS BRIDE

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