Friday, 30 March 2012

Sarah shows off shopping treats

Last week while picking up stock for my fashion shoot I was side track by a friend.

Sarah, owns Jane Davidson here in Edinburgh, had something rather special lurking on the first floor.

A dress so spectacular I almost burst into tears when I saw it. It was the gown Jenny Packham made for Kate Middleton the evening of the ARK Gala Dinner.

We stood in awe of the sequin beauty discussing how it had made its way to the shop floor. The dress had been sent up to raise money for an auction, the lady who won the bid had a change of heart so swapped it for another Packham number.

It was like a work of art draped over the mannequin all pale pink and twinkling. It's how I imagine angels dress in heaven!


Monday, 26 March 2012

Best of Boutiques

Last week the team and I piled into the hottest hotel in the city, Hotel Missoni, to shoot the best of Edinburgh's boutiques.

It was such a pleasure to work with bespoke brands that you can only find here in Edinburgh. There's Erdem exclusive to Jane Davidson (www.janedavidson.co.uk) and Samantha Sung at Frontiers (www.frontiersboutique.com). Plus Carolyn Baxter who hand makes each one of her dresses right here in the city (find her at www.carolynbaxter.co.uk).

The shoot will be in Monday's Edinburgh Evening News, but here's a sneaky peek at one of the looks....

I coxed the fabulous Lou out from behind the scenes in her usual styling roll to model a few frocks for me (check out her blog www.lovefromloulou.blogspot.com) and she nailed it. This is her wearing a rock up Moonbeam dress by Carolyn Baxter, while sitting in the window of Hotel Missoni.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

one vintage maxi styled four different ways

Wedding bells and broken McQueens

After ten years, two bulldogs a baby and mortgage, the Belfast Boy finally made a honest woman of me.

Picking the dress wasn't that hard a task. I hated everything I saw in bridal shops so scoured eBay to find a vintage dress&went about customising her with the help of my talented and beautiful friend Carolyn Baxter who designs the most awesome frocks.

We added some oversized flowers and dip dyed the silk chiffon skirt a peachy tone. It was so fun to do, we are both now hooked at dunking fabric into different colours!

The only hard decision was which shoes to wear. A pair of cream leather Christian Doir platforms or my beloved angel heeled McQueen sandals. After must deliberation McQueen kicked Dior ass and my outfit was complete.

That was until I was mid taxi hail on George Street when the elastic in my McQueen came loose. Here's a shot of me walking down Lothian Road as a bare foot bride. All is fair in love and war - oh, and fashion!