a crazy week of angels…

EFT IMAGEIf I could round this week up into one word, it would have to be just ‘AWESOME’…crazy awesome in fact. I need to download the sights and emotions here on my blog, as I still can’t quite compute how much has happened in just seven days! I’m not going to go into massive detail for each event, as every one of them is a blog post in itself- for now I’ll try to give you a snapshot of the main things I feel have changed/improved/filled my life….


EFT, Tapping and a spot of Reiki

I’ve been feeling a bit low of late for a variety of reasons, and it all came to a head last Friday, so my friend/gatemate/angel Rachel (that’s a link to her Twitter account by the way, don’t worry, I’ll teach her how to use it!!), asked me to book an appointment to try some tapping to help ground me. I’ve never even given a second thought for this type of holistic therapy – I can be quite dismissive sometimes…but OH MY GOD!! Try it – it’s like flushing away all the anxiety and replacing it with calm. And then she applied Reiki..utter bliss and prepared me for the week ahead


I then went to see my gorgeous homeopath Kay from Marlow Homeopathy – she instantly recognised where I was with my emotions and gave me the remedies I needed after my incredible EFT experience…she helped me make a complete U turn from the Friday experience

Sian & Jay

These two girls are my online rocks – they’re as fiesty as they are loving and I absolutely adore them – Jay and I were holding a photography workshop the next day, so they both stayed at my house…to say we had a complete laugh would be an understatement – needless to say, our planned early night, (I say ‘our’…what I meant to say was ‘my’) was one of wine and lateness!!


Jay Mountfords Photography Workshop at Home Barn


AMAZING day, incredible team and now I can switch from Auto to Manual on my most basic of basic cameras…I do need to buy a new one actually – thank you Jay for being the BEST teacher EVER and to Home Barn for hosting at their impossibly amazing venue, Tara Cain for shooting the day, and Claire ArchboldSian To, Lisa Levis and Danielle, Caroline Davis, Clare Nolan, Amanda Glam, Sarah Jones, and hosts Sarah and Sally Wilkie for being so much fun and creating a great atmosphere. Food was served at our gorgeous little local The Queens Head – if you’re ever in the area, please try the place out, the food is divine


Worked….like a headless loon all day, then later booked a much needed deep massage at home with the lovely Laura who recently started her blissful home spa service Glow On The Go – ouch but mmmm. She advised me to have another session as my shoulders are like rocks…to the point her hands were clicking during the half hour massage! She really went for it, thankfully using Aromatherapy Associates – possibly THE best massage oils ever and smell heavenly



A quick visit to my client Stellé Audio Couture to pick up some Bluetooth speaker samples for London Fashion Week – the office is based in Berkhamsted and bang next door to the most FABULOUS dress agency called Luminous & Vogue – I spotted some incredible, unworn Mark by Mark Jacobs shoes…my size…my style…just mine – timely I thought, and what with my name written all over them and that….they’re now MINE!! I also popped into Plume Boutique for a last minute outfit in time for Friday – this had to be done between calls, picking up the girls and making the tea…where there’s a will there’s a way… and bought a beautiful 2ND DAY dress and Tokyo Jane bangles

Featuring my bag from Ada Rose
Featuring my bag from Ada Rose

Then it was time to surprise our gorgeous friend Steph with a baby shower – we’re eeeeking with excitement about the prospect of a little tiny baby in our midst, so held a much needed gathering with our little group of girlies – I thought I’d try and to be funny and make sure she was kitted out with all sorts of embarrassing essentials, (yeah, hilarious)… and a pampering session from the lovely Laura (see Glow on the Go)


Bora Aksu’s show

London Fashion Week was as crazy as ever – I love the fact that even before I walk through the Somerset House archway, people are dressed for a party on another planet first thing in the morning…and that’s exactly what it is…planet Fashion – especially as I had to be at the venue for 6.30am – well worth it, as Bora’s show was amazing and gorgeous and clever as ever, inspired by his home town in Turkey. I tried to use my newly honed photography skills at this, but because I was media shadowing Bora, and there was all sorts of madness kicking off backstage, it was just too difficult – but his show is well worth a view and watch out for the GORGEOUS yellow dress – just stunning


Home Barn Shoot

So I dashed from Bora’s show up to Home Barn for 91 Magazine’s shoot at the Barn – the photographer Michael Sinclair was shooting in virtual darkness, how, I have no idea – all I can say is he’s hugely talented and I love his wild photography – this has all happened via Cybher, where the Home Barn girls, Sally and Sarah met Caroline (Patchwork Harmony), who owns 91 Magazine – watch this space once it goes live, it’ll be STUNNING

Dinner at the Chateau Marmot Pop Up Restaurant

I booked this ages ago after reading about it on my friend Hero’s blog Muddy Stilettos – a few of us had bought tickets, so all decided to group together on one table – a quirky and unique concept with great food created and overseen by chef Ottolenghi  – I loved the fact that it was based in the Rowing and River Museum in Henley….but boy did we drink too much!! I wanted to die the next day…


Mark Fast’s Show

Woke up wanting to die…recovered and head back down to London to meet the incredible Mark Fast. He’s amazing, even more amazing is the fact that he and Bora have worked together and are great friends…it was like being in a powerhouse of designers, especially when Bora wished Mark luck backstage before Mark’s show, which I have to say had me mesmerised. What a talented guy, his knitwear was just stunning and dark and hypnotic – I loved it



Met with family, had a roast, relaxed!!

I want to thank everyone who has been my angel this week – I’m so lucky and I’ve been a bit sulky and snappy of late. Thank God I have these people in my life alongside my amazing and patient family…I almost feel back to normal again x

a snowy New York Fashion Week…

Rebecca Minkoff Fall Collection 2013
Rebecca Minkoff Fall Collection 2013

Feb’s been a funny old month, namely due to the crazy amount of work which has seen some fantastic opportunities over the last few weeks – one of which I must mention here because it’s just a little too fabulous.

I was recently invited to New York, to meet with a few people and attend New York Fashion Week. Most of the shows are held at the Lincoln Centre, but we were here for just the one, Rebecca Minkoff.

Just a few photographers

We were treated to a few live sets from the band Wild Cub, while models worked the catwalk. Strangely the front row were in the middle, so the models had to do a circuit around them, I thought this was a bit odd as it looked a little like an incredibly stylish version of ‘musical chairs’!

Rebecca Minkoff Fall13 Show

The set was almost identical to London Fashion Week, minus the crazily dressed – I noted New York style was far less ‘out-there’, more classic in their style. And the collection was stunning, very structured and hugely glamorous, Rebecca does not skimp on the glamour. I loved the coat featured in the headline image – just stunning.

A snowy NYFW
A snowy NYFW

I’m very lucky sometimes, I was with fantastic company and it all seems a little like a distant dream –  I so heart NY x

time for an Autumn fashion fix…

Sam Edelmen Frances Glitter Heeled Pumps

It’s been a funny old time of late what with the dark weather and all that, so thought I’d throw a little Autumn fashion out there to uplift otherwise slightly damp spirits. What better to lift the mood than a pair of gorgeous sparkly shoes teamed with a few amazing pieces by some of my favourite labels, clearly from the ultimate boutique outside the M25 – Plume

I’ve had a chat about Plume before, owned by Gemma Fox (who weirdly used to work at the same non pc advertising agency that I did way back in 1998…random) and who owns Blankit Knitwear which she will be selling at the Living North Fair, well anyway, she went onto much greater things, eventually styling for fabulous magazines such as Easy Living and Marks & Spencer. She now offers her own Personal Styling service – she’s good at this, because I thought I could do it myself, but she just goes and throws a belt in the mix or something you’d think would look awful…then all of a sudden…tadaaa…something not as awful as originally thought…in fact rather lovely!

So to illustrate her powers of the style, I’ve included myself as the model here…I know I don’t look like Kate, and without sounding too narcissistic (says the ‘me’ blogger!), you can see that what she chose for me were pretty on the fashion mark…

By Malene Birger Astria Dress black £229, Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Hammered gold collar £49, Sam Edelman Frances Glitter pumps £125
Almost Famous Floral Velvet dress £145, Sam Edelman shoes as before
plume red dress
Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Velvet Bliss dress £245, Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Antique Sparkle necklace £109, Olga Berg Minaudiere weave clutch £55, Sam Edelman shoes as before

plume pelmet dress

Hoss Intropia Water mark glitter dress black £289, By Malene Birger Oreck Earrings £29, shoes as before
Rutzou Feather choker in slate £79, Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Sara Lane hammered gold cuff £29, shoes as before and Gemma Fox, (who is not for sale…any more!)

Modelling really isn’t my thing…at all…but hope you can see how lovely some of Gemma’s pieces are on me…there…I feel much better already!!

@mim_tweeta at London Fashion Week

Yesterday (14th September 2012) saw the opening of London Fashion Week, showing London’s latest style delights for Spring Summer 2013. Again, I was kindly asked by my lovely friend Antony Waller if I’d like to pop along to Bora Aksu’s show…again I tried to play cool, again I failed, snapping that invite right outta his hand! He did demand my ipad for the show’s official tweets though, so fair’s fair I guess…I now have Bora’s log-in deets and have since read through all the amazing responses from his show – I’m sorely tempted to pretend I’m him and speak to some of the celebs who love him….(smacks wrist)!

Bora Aksu's Collection worn on all the models at London Fashion Week

I’m so proud to know Bora through Antony – it’s a connection I treasure, he is an incredible jewel in the whole confusing and sometimes strange world of fashion. A calm, collected person who speaks quietly, he’s not one to brag in terms of profession, completely focused on what he loves most – fashion design and illustration and clearly adores his family and friends. He creates exquisite, jaw dropping collections featuring beautiful prints with clever draping and cutting. I tried to work out how one of his dresses were made once and gave up, he’s just too clever, he could never be copied! Please click HERE to watch his show, it really is absolutely stunning.

Dressing for LFW is always a bit scary, because you know that the turnout will be totally OTT, (see pics) so I kept it simple and wore my Baukjen maxi dress with a new Baukjen Kate sequinned jacket and a pair of Ash Jalouse Ankle Boots…my winter wardrobe sorted, although I’ve been meaning to buy a pair of tights from Bora’s collection for ages, so that’s my next fashion purchase, but I do have to stop there as I’m trying to be frugal…I said I’m trying!!

Bora Aksu tights

vintage style…

I was taking my trolley back after I’d finished my shopping the other day, when I heard a kind voice behind me asking if I’d mind passing on my trolley. I turned round to see a fabulous smile, matched with what can only be described as an immaculate outfit, she put me to shame as I stood there in my jeans and jerseys. I have no idea who she was, but she called me ‘Dear’….clearly I gave her my trolley.

She reminded me of my gorgeous Nanny Ivy who had the same wise eyes, heart warming smile and kindness in bounds – on top of this her style was always impeccable and would never be seen in public any other way. In this day and age we don’t really need to care about our attire as much as we used to when we go about our ‘day-to-day’, so I hope when I grow old I can appreciate style the same way Iris Apfel and the other ladies from the Advanced Style Film do – they absolutely rock and I love them.

I guess this post is an homage to all those beautiful girls out there, some who have seen and survived World War 2, were pioneers in fashion themselves, (they didn’t copy vintage!), brought our mothers and fathers into the world, have a wicked sense of humour, braved all sorts of crazy new technologies, recycle because they always have and look incredible without surgery…