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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- The handmade sugar flowers that were placed on our wedding cake (and which I still have, untouched!) -

 

 

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

 

DOTE LONDON

 

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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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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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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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DIOR (with my longed-for miniature London landmarks)

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

 

 

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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

 

TEMPERLEY LONDON / TEMPERLEY BRIDAL

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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…

 

 

SELFRIDGES

 

 

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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!)

 

WWW.BAMFORD.CO.UK

 

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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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MONICA VINADER #JOYOFGIFTING

- 06/12/13 -

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Monica Vinader has a way of making every experience interesting, beautiful and inspired. I have long been a fan of her unique jewellery – which has something of a cult following, particularly the wildly popular Fiji Bracelets – and each season will treat myself to something wonderful from her collections

 

For the festive period, Monica has once again involved all who wear the chic creations by bringing us together with her hashtag #joyofgifting

 

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On Twitter and Instagram, I have been viewing those who have tagged images with #joyofgifting to see what divine choices others are making; it often gives me inspiration for just how I will wear certain pieces when placed together, or which designs would be perfect as gifts for friends and family this Christmas

 

 

MONICA VINADER

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SEASONAL SAMPLE SALES – PERFECT FOR WEDDING PURCHASES

- 04/12/13 -

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If you’re not adverse to wearing past season collections, or indeed wearing ex-sample pieces (most of which are in near-perfect condition), then the seasonal samples sales are quite brilliant for saving pots of cash on designer looks

 

As brides are not so focused on what is past season/current season (unless your wedding will be featured in Vogue of course, then next season is where you will be looking for everything that is not yet available to anybody else but you), it’s entirely possible to find the perfect pieces for your wedding day; be it shoes, jewellery or indeed your actual dress

 

This morning I found myself at the Nicholas Kirkwood sample sale, where I spied the above shoes which could work perfectly for brides. Prices for the above shoes ranged from £50-£180, so certainly worth visiting the sale today or tomorrow (details on the Music Rooms site below)

 

 

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SOMETHING BORROWED – AND A VERY INSPIRED WAY TO WEAR IT

- 03/12/13 -

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Unfortunately I cannot take credit for the inspired way in which a friend placed her grandmothers bracelet across her hand. As her ‘something borrowed’, said friend wanted to wear this exquisite bracelet, but felt the classic design wasn’t in keeping with her contemporary look on her wedding day.

 

Across her hand, the bracelet perfectly complimented the Givenchy couture dress she chose as a very modern interpretation of the classic design that her mother had worn on her wedding day 30 years before.

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BAMFORD HAYBARN WELLNESS RETREAT – DAYLESFORD FARM

- 02/12/13 -

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If you fail to slip into a dreamy state of consciousness upon entering the tranquil Bamford Haybarn wellness retreat at Daylesford Farm in Gloucestershire, then your mind needs a little calming (which thankfully happens very easily here)

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For one who is used to the ultimate in 5 star experiences, I anticipated a rural feel to a beautiful space, something of a vacation encounter with me wanting to up the pace and intensity of treatments (something of a personally irritating trait of mine, I wish I could just sit still for longer – not to be confused with ADHD, simply a very busy working mummy), but instead I found a spa that easily rivals the most highly regarded spaces in London

 

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I am unsure if it’s the heavenly countryside surroundings or the organic, calm, peaceful environment that Lady Bamford brought to this luxurious and perfectly understated haven over 20 years ago, but I cannot remember a time when I have felt more relaxed

 

Relaxing isn’t something I allow myself to do; a personal mission if you will, I have set myself a goal to achieve many things before I turn 40 (thankfully I have 5 years, but my list is rather long) and my mind is constantly churning over new ideas or considering deadlines for projects I am already involved with

 

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At Bamford Haybarn, something happened; I switched off, relaxed, enjoyed being pampered, enjoyed the considered and delicious organic food in the restaurant, which is frequented by spa clients and Farm visitors alike. I even surprised myself by participating in yoga (I am an intense spinner, not a peaceful yogi) with a tutor I shall credit for changing my entire opinion of yoga forever – Christina, with her low, melodic voice took me through an hour of almost meditative yoga in the serene studio space. It was a revelation, how had I convinced myself that yoga truly wasn’t for me? I am positively hooked

 

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Obviously I couldn’t resist bringing many Bamford candles home also – this ‘Moss’ candle is a firm favourite in our house, placed lovingly aside Nils’s treasured Davidoff humidor

 

And then there are the Bamford products, many of which I now cannot live without. Not only has the natural, organic and beautifully scented range made a very noticeable difference to my skin and hair (trust me, you simply must experience the shampoo and conditioner – perfect for every hair type) but knowing they are made from a level of pure ingredients that have been certified at the highest grade makes you feel even more wonderful about using them on your body.

 

I have a hen weekend to consider and since visiting the Bamford Haybarn, all other options have been pushed firmly beneath this serene and soothing sanctuary – now the only matter of concern is whether my dearest friends will be disappointed to hear we are no longer heading for a heady week in New York, or the beach destination that was causing excitement? Once they arrive at Bamford, I am quite convinced the alternative options will not even be a consideration.

 

 

 

BAMFORD HAYBARN

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THE HERBALL – DISCOVERED AT THE JIMMY CHOO PRESS DAY (OF COURSE)

- 28/11/13 -

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As my friends are rather into them, choosing the right cocktails for my wedding day is without doubt going to be an extremely considered affair. Kettle One, Hendricks or Patron Silver, getting the finer details right is certainly going to be something I will need to spend time working on with the mixoligists I choose.

 

The cocktail creator I do know I would love to have at my wedding is the brilliant mind behind THE HERBALL, a company that was serving exceptional cocktails, disguised as incredibly healthy drinks, at a recent Jimmy Choo press day.

 

Mixed by botanists with herbs, plants, infusions and bitters, the bite of booze was barely noticeable in the delicious and extremely handsome looking cocktails; something hugely appealing to me as over-powering alcohol concoctions are not my thing at all.

 

A particularly striking added touch was a large green ‘energy’ crystal that was placed in the centre of the traditional shaped martini glasses; I am quite unsure if I was any more energized than before drinking my nutritious cocktail (is that an oxymoron?), but it certainly looked very nice.

 

 

 

THE HERBALL

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WISHING TO WEAR A SHORTER STYLE WEDDING DRESS?…

- 27/11/13 -

…then you could consider this divine Dolce & Gabbana creation, made from the finest lace imaginable.

 

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I wore this dress to a number of events last night, including the Claridges Dolce & Gabbana Christmas Tree event and the fun and fabulous Sunday Times Style party at Annabel’s (the festive season is certainly upon us!) and felt entirely bridal all evening – which of course was a very good thing.

 

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TIARA – COLOURED JEWELS

- 27/11/13 -

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Model Caroline Trentini in soft focus, even if it was for Vogue, is a little too delicate for me, but I couldn’t fail to fall in love with the striking tiara in this image. Why wear white diamonds when you can wear such beautiful hues?

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PLENISH CLEANSE – THE ULTIMATE JUICE CLEANSE

- 26/11/13 -

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Diets are a no-go for me, I have never believed in a ‘diet’, only in eating healthily, but there are times when a little help is needed to reduce bloating, freshen the skin and feel extremely cleansed from within.

 

Having thoroughly researched just which cleanse was not going to leave brides-to-be exhausted, cranky and craving sugar by 8pm each evening, it was clear that Plenish Cleanse would be the one to recommend for a full body detox.

 

With 6 large (500ml) juices to drink throughout the day – including one very filling ‘cashew milk’ concoction – there is little opportunity to feel unfulfilled, which I have heard can happen with some other juices cleanses.

 

With Plenish, it takes a few days into the cleanse until you feel brighter, lighter and a whole lot closer the self you envisaged in your wedding dress, but the results are undeniable and from personal experience, I loved these particular juices and shall certainly be placing an order in March before my own wedding day.

 

 

PLENISH CLEANSE

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MY LOVE FOR LITTLE FASHION GALLERY'S CLOTHING COLLECTION

- 25/11/13 -

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The past month has been a whirlwind of travel, work and keeping up with an ever-active growing toddler, so Astor’s new clothing needs have had to be kept simple.  I of course wanted to ensure my little love wore well made and adorable designs, so it was a one-stop online purchasing afternoon at littlefashiongallery.com for their own collection. Sweatshirts, denim shirts (a personal favourite), tops, trousers, socks and shirts were bought in under twenty minutes, arrived a couple of days later and saved me an enormous headache in shopping hours!

 

LITTLE FASHION GALLERY

 

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FRENCH SOLE’S BRIDAL BALLET FLATS – AND THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THIS DIVINE LABEL

- 25/11/13 -

 

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Last week I attended the Spring Summer 2014 press day for French Sole, which was also one stage of a celebration to commemorate Jane Winkworth’s 25th year since launching her eponymous label

 

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Meeting Jane herself (above) was a delight; you could not wish to meet a more straightforward, witty and clever lady. I adored my time chatting with her about all things wedding and French Sole

 

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French Sole have the most perfect selection of shoes for a bride wishing to wear beautiful flats for her wedding day, or indeed for her bridesmaids and guests

 

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Delicate pastel shades along with gold and silver lazer cut leather options make up a larger than expected bridal collection (but knowing French Sole, I should have expected such extensive and varied tones and finishes)

 

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And I couldn’t possibly have left without accepting just a few of the delicious French Sole macaroons…

 

 

FRENCH SOLE

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BELLA BELLISSIMA – THE CHOSEN FRAGRANCE FOR MY WEDDING

- 22/11/13 -

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There’s a lot to be said for familiarity, so the question of whether your fragrance should be your ‘something new’ is a tricky one to answer; will your soon to be husband find it slightly odd that you would not smell as he knows you to, or would it be a fresh new you that he greets on the day, ready to start a new life as husband and wife?

 

In my case there is not an enormous level of mystery as I find a signature fragrance and wear it for years, it’s how I like things to be, to have a scent I am known for.

 

Recently and perhaps in good time for my wedding next March, I discovered a scent that I fell head-over-heels in love with, such was the unique scent and handsome packaging.

 

Bella Bellissima is an exclusive fragrance stocked in Selfridges, in fact it’s their highest selling fragrance, but when introducing the brand to my friends, they were very surprised not to have heard of it. What I will (somewhat unfortunately) say is that now four great girlfriends have bought one of the exceptional fragrances, so my exclusive is no longer quite so exclusive, ahem.

 

My personal passion from the Bella Bellissima fragrance collection is Essence of Oud, thankfully my fiance (and all around me) have fallen in love with it too…

 

 

BELLA BELLISSIMA

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STORKSAK 'AUBREY' – THE CHICEST WINTER BABY BAG

- 22/11/13 -

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Now that winter is here and my wardrobe has changed from bright tones to black black black, I wanted to find a chic new baby bag to match my attire. I have my beautiful Storksak ‘Sofia’ for summer in a delicious stone colour and knowing (and loving) Storksak, I revisited the collection to find my latest love, the ‘Aubrey’.

 

Perhaps more masculine than my Sofia bag (which is actually a great thing as my fiance will now gladly carry the bag also), it’s an elegant addition to my stroller and another exceptionally well made Storksak bag that I know will see me through baby number two when he or she comes along in the future.

 

STORKSAK

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WEDDING CAKE – DESIGN FINALISED

- 21/11/13 -

I have been working with Cake Maison designer Emma Drew to create the most perfect wedding cake. Nils and I are enormous fans of art deco, so wanted the cake to have a feel of this era in some way. Emma is a design genius and sent through various designs, all of which I loved, but we have now decided on a final look for our wedding cake next March.

 

Emma’s way of working is the perfect mix of allowing the client to have their vision made a reality, while gently guiding the future bride and groom with her years of experience in cake design.

 

Just one of Emma’s beautiful creations that I viewed (and sampled – delicious!) is below, with every part made and crafted by hand.

 

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CAKE MAISON

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MANI & PEDI AT HOME – PERFECT FOR BUSY BRIDES TO BE (AND THEIR GUESTS…)

- 18/11/13 -

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Prior to my NY trip last week, I found I had no time in my schedule for my regular mani-pedi, which was somewhat surprising considering the beauty bar is on my street, but that is life as a working mummy I guess!

 

A friend had recommended Gloss & Polish, a luxurious, discreet and efficient service that have wonderful technicians who promptly arrive at your home, give you an impeccable mani-pedi and then glide quietly out as though they haven’t been in your home for a moment.

 

For busy brides who are perhaps closer to the big day than I currently am, this could not be a more perfect way to ease the pressure of finding time between wedding prep for pampering…

 

 

GLOSS & POLISH

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PERFECT ‘HONEYMOON SHOES’ FROM THE SPRING/SUMMER 2014 COLLECTIONS

- 17/11/13 -

Over the past few weeks I have attended the Spring/Summer 2014 press days, previewing the divine collections that will hit stores next Spring.

 

Along with noting the many gorgeous pieces with a view incorporating them into my shoots, I now cannot help but to see everything with my ‘wedding’ eyes.

 

Just a few of my favourite Honeymoon Shoes that will be in stores early next year…

 

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Stella McCartney flats

 

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Tabitha Simmons flats

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Jimmy Choo flats

 

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SAFETY WHEN CYCLING WITH YOUR LITTLE PEOPLE – THE CHICEST HELMET

- 14/11/13 -

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I admit there were times pre-baby when I would hop on my bike without giving a thought to a helmet or indeed necessary precautions when cycling on the road in London (or cycling anywhere for that matter).

 

Now I have my son, there are so many areas in life where I am more cautious, but non more so than when he is safely strapped into his BoBike child’s bike seat while I am cycling.

 

Wearing a bike helmet is the most simple of safety measures, but as a mummy working in fashion, I needed to find a helmet that also fitted with my wardrobe – as much as the sporty helmets are practical, they were not going to fit with my Givenchy looks.

 

Less expensive than you would imagine (under £50), the Lazer Street Deluxe Wood helmet fitted my requirements perfectly; chic, functional and incredibly safe when cycling in London. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough…

 

 

LAZER – STREET DELUXE WOOD HELMET

 

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VERA WANG A/W’14 TRUNKSHOW AT BROWNS BRIDE

- 12/11/13 -

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(S/S’14 collection)

 

Last week Browns Bride held their Vera Wang A/W14 bridal trunkshow; needless to say the gowns were some of the most beautiful bridal designs imaginable, with intricate detailing beyond description.

 

Colour was clearly in evidence within the collection, with the most vibrant tones and perfectly placed beading, not to mention the most luxurious of fabrics.

 

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(A/W’14 collection)

 

I hadn’t considered such vibrancy for a wedding dress, but viewing this collection has changed by view entirely; as elegant (if not more so) than traditional tones and of course guranteed to get quite a reaction when walking down the aisle.

 

 

BROWNS BRIDE

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WILD AT HEART – A FLORAL LOVE AFFAIR

- 08/11/13 -

There is something infinitely magical about visiting Nikki Tibbles beautiful Wild At Heart floral haven in Pimlico. There are other Wild At Heart locations, but this particular shop just feels like old London as I imagine it to be…

 

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Simple designs such as this one just have that certain ‘something’

 

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Tradition and contemporary arrangements cover the surroundings within the shop, with the outside space a colour pop of the most beautiful flowers.

 

My particular favourite Wild At Heart flowers this month are the ‘vintage pink’ roses – if you have the chance, fill your living room with them; they change the entire space and bring such a warm energy.

 

As I continue on my journey towards my wedding day, there will surely be many more posts filled with Nikki’s clever creations.

 

 

WILD AT HEART

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EVERY DRESS IS NOW A WEDDING DRESS

- 07/11/13 -

I am attending several industry events this week, so headed to the Dolce & Gabbana press office to loan a few looks from their VIP rails (always the most fun!)

 

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While there, along with choosing several beautiful creations for said events, I couldn’t resist but to try the white dresses seen here and photograph the incredible shoes from the latest collection – I am seeing everything with ‘wedding eyes’!

 

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To me, this would be the ideal city bride dress; just long enough and with the most beautiful embroidery

 

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These are perhaps the most perfect ‘something blue’ shoes imaginable

 

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Not wedding ceremony shoes as such, but certainly statement wedding dinner shoes!

 

 

DOLCE & GABBANA

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TALITHA – PERFECT HONEYMOON COLLECTION FOR BOTH BEACH & CITY TRAVELS

- 06/11/13 -

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Behind my most favoured collection this year is one of the loveliest people I am fortunate enough to know. Kim Hersov has long been a tastemaker in the world of fashion and art, so it was only a matter of time before she launched her own (highly anticipated) line of clothing.

 

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Sometimes the move from tastemaker to designer doesn’t quite work, but in the case of Kim’s line ‘Talitha’, there is absolutely no question that these flawless pieces should have been in our lives long ago…

The perfect blend of chic and cool, Talitha is a line that is equally suited to the city and poolside lounging; with my honeymoon combining both, I shall be packing key Talitha looks for this reason, thus lightening what is sure to be an overwhelming weight within my cases next March!

 

 

TALITHA

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WEDDING CAKE – DECISIONS DECISIONS

- 05/11/13 -

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Inside these little boxes is the final decision on just which flavour wedding cake I shall have.

 

I spent an exciting morning planning my design with Emma Drew of Cake Maison, whom I have chosen to make my wedding cake.

 

Not only is Emma an exceptional mother of four, but she is calm, considerate and by far the most skilled cake baker (am I permitted to call an expert cake designer such a thing?!) I have met while researching just who would be making the all important cake for next March.

 

The next step is to see Emma’s sketches and colour suggestions…stay tuned.

 

 

CAKE MAISON

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