Hey Stranger…….!

Well hello there,

Happy, very belated, new year to you all!

I hope you have all had a better start to the new year than i’ve had….. I was struck down by a terrible infection which left me in bed for 8 days. I did not even venture downstairs in the house. It was probably the worst that I have ever felt in my life. My fellow lupus sufferers will understand just how unwell we get when we get sick. Anyway, onwards and upwards! I’m feeling much better now and building my strength up for my charity trek in Lapland!

with only a few weeks to go i’m frantically trying to get organised. Most of all making sure I have the correct kit, the kit that will stop me from feeling cold in minus 22, YES minus 22!! (thats today’s temperature out there!). I’ve been scouring the internet looking at different arctic expedition brands and I can honestly say that there are not that many that do the job of keeping you super toasty but also that look good too! You know me, I need to look good! ha!

I really like the jackets from Canada Goose.

7950L_11The Chilliwack Bomber is one of my favourites!

I also need mittens to keep my hands warm and love these Camp Mitts!

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Canada Goose Camp Mitts

I have been raising money and awareness for this trek too. The charity that i’m raising for is Lupus UK. Please feel free to visit my just giving page!

https://www.justgiving.com/Kelly-Simpkin/

The lovely Anthea Turner is taking the challenge with me and you will be able to read all about our adventure in Hello! magazine. There will also be a diary version on Hello! magazine online.

Lots has been happening with Kelly Simpkin London and I am thrilled to announce that my High Waisted Blue Suede Shorts were featured in the brilliant new Hello! fashion Magazine. I absolutely love this magazine so the fact that my designs are appearing is just fantastic! These shorts are just perfect for any time of the year, team with tights and boots in the winter, and make your legs look like they go on forever with sky scrapper wedges in the summer! Just gorgeous!

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I’m busy working on my AW 15 collection and I will be sure to share some sneak peeks as and when things are ready! In the mean time I will tell you that I’m going more ‘evening’ with this season! #exciting!

Just a short hello from me this time….will be back soon!

Until then…..big love

Kelly x

@kelly_simpkin

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Theatre, Fashion show and our four legged friends!

Hello lovelies,

Another week closer to Christmas….I can’t believe how quick this year has gone! Have you started your shopping yet? I haven’t, I don’t think its right to until Bonfire night is out of the way at least! So that was last night ….. I’ve seen a few of the big stores Christmas guide books, I do love flicking through those and getting inspiration!

Last week was an extra busy one for me. I was out so much and preparing for a fashion show for this week! I’ve been a busy bee!

One of the highlights for me was going to see Made in Dagenham. I saw the film a few years ago and remember liking it but now having seen the musical, I can honestly say its not a patch on the movie. The theatre performance was absolutely FANTASTIC!!!! One of my favourite musicals to date. The cast were brilliant and Gemma Arterton was just fabulous! It was a true laugh-out-loud performance, a real must see and perfect Christmas idea – everyone loves theatre tickets!

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The following evening, Nicky and I were invited to the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Gala Ball. I love this ball!  Not only are there always great acts and entertainment but you get to walk the red carpet with the pooches themselves!! This year we had Milly and Molly, two Jack Russell’s, and were photographed with them! So cute! We are great friends of battersea and try to help them wherever possible, each time I visit the home I want to bring a four legged friend home with me!

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Milly & Molly – not too interested in the cameras!

Nicky in his Tom Ford velvet bow tie and I wore my PPQ green dress – Fab colour!

This week I had my first major fashion show. I showed at the Alderley Edge Hotel in Cheshire and what a show it was. The models wore my AW14 collection with a preview of SS15. I opened with Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose! I collaborated with Rita Vandaele of Advanced Rejuvenation for the show and it was a huge success! We had a great turnout. Our guests ate beautiful finger sandwiches, champagne jelly and delicate fancies! They had a tuck shop on hand with the old fashion penny sweets and they drank tea and champagne. Delightful afternoon!


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Behind the scenes!

Me and my models!

Spotted! Great to see Kimberley Garner wearing my Metallic foil shorts in green this week – she looks stunning! These are from my SS15 collection but are a great shout for the party season with tights and boots!

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This week i’m loving…. winter hats! From knitted bobbles to soft cashmeres, the time has come to dig out your winter woolies! On my wish list is the Johnstons Personalised cable-knit cashmere beanie. I’m thinking grey with neon yellow initials!!

That’s me done for now, until next time bunnies!

Wrap up warm!

Big love,

Kelly x

www.kellysimpkin.com

@kelly_Simpkin

Big cuffs and a scent form the past….

Hello bunnies,

Its been a while since I last spoke with you darlings, huge apologies for that but i’ve been crazy busy with my brand and feeling pretty damn rubbish in-between. Lupus really does suck sometimes! Its Lupus awareness month so i’ve been seeing a look of coverage on twitter and Facebook. I’ve learnt so much, I thought I knew pretty much all that there was to know about the illness but I was wrong! Its such a complex condition and my heart really does go out to all fellow sufferers.

Since we last spoke I’ve had some great coverage in various magazines and the orders have been flooding in! I think that now Autumn has truly set in people are into wearing leather tourers and jackets again! My AW14 collection is doing fab! I’ve noticed a lot of sheepskin in the shops and designers have been going XXL on the cuffs too – just like my Collar & Cuffs coat! Bang on trend! I cannot wait to start wearing that this season, its a real show stopper!

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Roksanda sporting a huge cuff! Love this! 

Spotted!  This week the gorgeous Sophie Anderton was spotted out and about in London wearing my Scooter Jacket from my ss15 collection. Looking beautiful in the spring green! Sophie managed to get a pre collection purchase in and obviously jet could not wait for spring to wear it!

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Scooter Jacket in Spring Green

Scent of the moment. I was recently over at a friends house and he was burning the pomegranate noir candle from Jo Malone. Wow! Hadn’t smelt that for ages. Such a heady scent that send me crazy! I was straight down to the store on Brook Street to stock up! Its one of those perfumes that you can actually smell on yourself – that i like!

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Perfect Christmas stocking filler!

I tried a new fitness craze last week – Aerial Yoga! OMG – I have never sweated so much in a yoga class! AMAZING! I was stretching places that i never knew could stretch and the positions that I managed to get myself into was just unreal. I felt as light as a feather when I walked out. Brilliant. I will be returning for more! The one-to-one class was held at Aerial Land in Hammersmith. www.aerialand.com

Must dash now….off to the hospital for yet another blood test! After I have a very exciting meeting with a lovely guy from Hispid Clothing! I will reveal more soon!

have a super day and try to stay out of the wind!!

BIg love,

Kelly x

www.kellysimpkin.com

@Kelly_Simpkin

Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015!

Hello ladies,

So fashion weeks are pretty much done now….did you keep up? There was so much going on, so many shows and endless parties! I’m letting you in on some of my fav movements!

We saw trends of fringes, metallics, athletic shapes and 70′s styling in New York. Cropped tops were also a main player.

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Paris gave us mesh, subtle pastels along with black & white monochromes. There were long sweeping coats, and dresses too, which graced the catwalks. Skirts were embellished with beads which made sheer fabrics wearable.

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London saw colours of nudes, greys & muted lilacs, sheer and floaty fabrics. Feathers were featuring too as well as fringing and mesh. I was at the Daks SS15 show which was amazing! It was set in the Royal Opera house- what a space. Light, airy, vast – just perfect for a runway!

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Feather laden skirt

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Amazing lilac pleated top

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Long floaty backless dress

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Fabulous sheer organza hooded blouse

So what are my trends from my SS15 collection? Well, I follow suit with most designers and have fringing or tassels in my designs. Fringes have always been a favourite of mine, from the flapper dresses of the 20′s to the navaho influence and the fringed t-shirts of the 80′s! It adds a little bit of something to an outfit and I love the way they dance when you walk! My colour palate for Spring Summer was Mediterranean tones, blues, turquoises, soft greys, gold hues and I introduced metallics to add a shimmery feel to the compilation.

I also used perforated leather for the first time so the theme of mesh runs through. Its perfect for summer as it will let air through the tiny holes keeping you cooler! It looks super too – very sporty! This was for a cropped vests which is bang on trend in more ways than one: Cropped, Mesh and Sporty!


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SS15 trends from Kelly Simpkin London

All this talk of Spring Summer…..but we still have Autumn Winter to get through first!  I’ll soon be wearing the Collar & Cuffs coat from my collection. Can you believe there is a waiting list for this piece! Wow!

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Collar & Cuffs Coat £2000 from Kelly Simpkin London

Hope you enjoyed the read, see you in a week or so!

Big love,

Kelly x

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Coats flying out and a wedding in the family!

Hello lovelies,

Autumn is just around the corner and it’s time to wrap yourselves in gorgeous throws and coats.

It was wonderful to see presenter Tess Daly on the front cover of Good Housekeeping this week, shot by the amazing photographer David Venni.

Tess reveals all in a heart to heart interview about everything that’s happened to her recently. She’s such a strong woman with a brilliant personality, I have so much admiration for her – to have her wear one of my collection is an honour.

You can see Tess Daly wrapped in one of my key pieces from the winter range – a gorgeous beige suede coat that flatters all silhouettes (available to order here)

The knee-length coat from my new Autumn Winter range comes in super soft suede, it perfectly compliments her figure and is the perfect throw over jeans or a roll-neck.

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Tess Daly looking stunning in a Kelly Simpkin London Suede Coat £375

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Another fav is the Collar & Cuffs Coat. This now has its own waiting list for AW14 – its such a wonderful piece that will really stand the test of time. The suede is soft as butter with long Toscana hair on the reverse. The huge collar and cuffs give definition to the piece making it a real show stopper -a perfect way to make an entrance.

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Collar & Cuffs Coat from Kelly Simpkin London £2000

I cannot wait to for the season to really change and I can start wearing all of the fab winter fashion. I love the start of a new season!

This week saw the marriage of Nicky’s brother – Michael Van Clarke to Gaby, now also a Van Clarke! The service was held at the Mayfair Library and was perfect! We then headed down to a favourite of mine – Novikov @NovikovLondon – and took the private room in the Italian restaurant. The whole day was lovely and just in time before their twins are born! Cant wait!

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Michael & Gaby looking very happy.

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Nicky laughs when we colour match but I like to give both our outfits a little co-ordination.

London Fashion week starts tomorrow – very exciting! I will be reporting on that next week and keep you all updated.

Big love

Kelly xx

@Kelly_Simpkin

www.kellysimpkin.com

Lights, Camera, Action!! SS15!

Hello lovelies,

I hope everyone is well and not been tempted to switch the heating on just yet? How cold has it been? Brrrr! I am writing this blog wearing a thick wooly cardigan…….In August!

As you know,  I’ve recently shot the campaign for my SS15 collection, and what a shoot it was! I wanted to give you an insight to the shoot, the collection and a little about what influenced me.

I was so excited as I absolutely love the pieces that I have designed. My inspiration was the sea and, in particular, mermaids. I love the greens, turquoises and beautiful blue colours that swirl in the sea. The golden hues of fish and mermaids that glitter under the sunshine. I have always been fascinated by mermaids and I was mad about the film Splash when I was a kid! I think I wanted to be one myself! This collection will be the closet I get.

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I wanted to create a compilation that incorporated all of the amazing colours and textures that the sea gives us. I decided to introduce metallic leather into this collection to portray the shimmery tones that we see on the sea, among fish and not to mention in the mermaid tail! Metallic fabrics are a great way to make a design different and special without changing the style. I chose soft tones that are not brash so that the pieces are still very elegant and stylish. My new favourite piece is the Biker Jacket in metallic Champagne! It’s divine! Blush, supple and timeless. A real Century Staple.

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I have also reworked my signature Desert Dress. My original inspiration for the Desert Dress came from a shirt of Nicky’s. The shirt is by Tom Ford and is black silk with laces that criss cross either side of a deep V-neck.  I used to wear this as an oversized shirt and would tie it at one side to make it cropped. I loved it! I wanted to create a dress with a similar style and Nicky showed me a picture of Verushka the 70′s. She was wearing a dress by YSL. I could not believe it! It was pretty much how I imagined Nicky’s shirt as a dress! I decided to rework what was called the ‘Safari Dress’, with my own interpretation, bringing it up-to-date with a modern twist. My own design is a nod to Saint Laurent and Tom Ford, two genius’ in the fashion world. I sketched a few ideas and came up with my take on the Safari dress. My Desert Dress was born. The Desert Dress will appear in one form or another in every collection of mine. I guess you could say it was my ‘DVF Wrap Dress’! I want this dress to be a future vintage item, a piece of clothing that will stay in your wardrobe for years to come. Longevity is the key, in design and by using natural skins.

For spring/summer, keeping with my niche ‘skins’ theme, I decided to make the dress in Goat Suede with metallic accents. The fluidity of the suede allows the dress to fall effortlessly over the skin and is a real treat to touch. The metallic laces and cuffs add a sense of playfulness to the original design.

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Me wearing the Turquoise Desert Dress, with hints of Metallic, behind the scenes on the shoot.

I have also created the Navaho Tassel dress which is another adaptation of my Desert Dress. The motivation for this piece came from Jelly fish! The tassels around the bottom of the dress are like that seen on a jelly fish. I love the way that they move when you walk in this creation!

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Navaho Tassel Dress 

Other pieces from my new collection include high waisted shorts, a silver coloured pencil skirt and a cropped vest in perforated leather. This vest works fab with the shorts and pencil skirt! Fabulous fresh summer look.

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Cropped Vest

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On set with the Turquoise Shirt and Silver Pencil Skirt

I truly am so proud of my SS15 collection and hope that my clients, friends an fans love it as much as I do!

To be the first to know when my full SS15 range is available follow my twitter account @Kelly_Simpkin and join up to my newsletter on www.kellysimpkin.com

I wish you all a happy weekend!

Big Love,

Kelly x

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Summer time is here and i’m a busy bee!

Well hello everybody,

I hope all is well and you are enjoying the summer? I have been so busy over the past few weeks so apologies for not touching base! I was pretty unwell, as you know, then away in Mallorca and my feet have not touched the ground since being back!

To help with my Lupus, and also to relax Nicky, I decided to look into having some reflexology. I have had it once before but a long time ago. A friend of mine had some recently to help her with anxiety and it really improved her condition. She was so over the moon with the results that I thought i’d give it a go! I found somebody that did home visits which suited us down to the ground. We could book a late session and just get straight into bed after- Perfect! The name of our reflexologist that we are now clients of is Abi England and her website is:

http://www.abienglandreflexology.co.uk .

We had our first session just before Mallorca and it so interesting. I didn’t fall asleep or anything but I felt quite a bit of pain in different areas of my feet. Abi explained where these points related to on my body and they were spot on in terms of symptoms that I was having due to Lupus. Amazing! Its almost like a palm reading for your feet! Nicky fell straight to sleep as soon as Abi started, I guess it’s good that he was so relaxed! I am going to try and see Abi every two weeks to see if it helps improve the way that I feel on a day to day basis. It may just be that it helps with anxiety and depression, that I get with the illness or medication that I take, or just make me feel relaxed but to be honest just a lay down with no interruptions for an hour is heaven! Truly recommended! Abi is great!

Since returning from Mallorca we have visited Oblix in the Shard for dinner with Michael and Gaby (Nicky’s brother and Fiancé) and had a beautiful meal along with a stunning view!

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View from the Shard.

It was my nephews third birthday on the 1st of August, the same day as my Grandad’s was. It’s always a slightly upsetting day for me as I think about my granddad and miss him so much, but it has been made easier now that we have Teddy-Jack and can celebrate on this day rather than be sad. Teddy-Jack is such a funny little character, he is so cute! I cannot believe that he is three already! Where does time go?

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My Little Teddy-Jack opening some of his presents!

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Me and my Gramps ( I must be about three or four here!)

I have also shot my Spring/Summer 2015 campaign (I told you I have been busy!!). I absolutely love every shot that we have taken and cannot wait to get my look book complete! I love the clothes that I designed for this season, they all have a mermaid, sea-like feel. So fresh and bright! Some of my favourite pieces so far are in this new collection. I’ve used lots of shades of blues and greens, and metallics to really enhance that shimmery effect that you get from the sea and fish scales.

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A few pictures for a sneak peek!

I really must learn to rest more but my mind is always ticking away and thinking of what to do next! Its crazy! I’m off to bed now as I have a busy day in the salon tomorrow! Need as much energy as I can get. Night, night!

Big love,

Kelly x

You can view my current collection on my website www.kellysimpkin.com and follow me on twitter @Kelly_Simpkin

Low white blood cells and memories of our sunny Henley Regatta!

Hello lovelies,

How has your week been?

I have been cooped up in bed most of this week due to a significant drop in my White Blood cells. Normal levels of WBC is four to ten and mine is just one point six! Not good. As a result I have swollen glands, mouth ulcers and feel so weak. I have to stay at home and rest. I try to do a little internet browsing and social media for my business but it just completely wears me out. So forgive me if this weeks post is a little shorter than usual! Has anybody else suffered a drop in WBC due to Lupus or any medications? There are so many complications and side effect with this disease and the medications for it. Its amazing how serious a small cut can be if you have basically no immune system. I have a small cut at the side of my finger nail, which has become infected, and due to my immune system being so low at the moment (low white blood count) I cannot even take antibiotics! I have to be careful that the infection does not start to travel around my body….scary!!

Anyway, more pleasant things to talk about! Last week we had a mini ‘Jump’ reunion at the Henley Regatta. It was our first time to the Regatta, and Henley come to think of it, and it was beautiful. The weather was stunning and the place was gorgeous. Previous to the event we were sent tickets, car park badges etc and also the dress code. Oh my god, I didn’t realise how strict it was! The ladies had to wear a dress with the hem line past their knee! Anything above will not be allowed entry. Now being five foot, nine and a half (don’t forget the half!!), its not easy to find a dress that has a hem line below the knee but is not frumpy looking. Unless you go for a pencil skirt, which is too tight to wear in heat like last week, you can be a little stuck! Or at least I was. I had this lovely ‘tea party’ style dress from Betsy Johnson that I was planing to wear but it was just on the knee. Nicky was ensuring me that It will be ok and I cannot surely be that strict – can it? I was a little nervous so I took a back up with me. A long maxi dress from my online market place (shewearsacrwon.com) by 4G by Gizia. I am so glad that I did!! As we arrived and drove the car into the car park I was checking out all of the other outfits on show. There were quite a lot of long dresses (I guess people had the same problem as me?) and other than that, everyone had a dress that was just below the knee. Now I was panicking but pleased that I had my maxi! I made a quick outfit change in the car park and could now relax!

After a pleasant lunch with fellow jumpers, we headed off to a private enclosure to watch the races. Pimms and champagne were on tap (not for me as this was when I was starting to feel unwell unfortunately) and the boats were passing. Sir Steve Redgrave was so kind to organise for us all to go out on a boat. We took turns and each experienced the Regatta ‘Track’. It was so lovely, so English!

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Jason Gale, Nicky, Sinitta, Henry Conway and myself!

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Nicky, me and Sir Steve!

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Aww, me and Tash (Natasha Hamilton) looking fabulous with her bump!

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Me showing off my fav Stephen Webster ring!

I absolutely loved our day at Henley and hope to return there soon, it’s such a wonderful setting.

I must go and get some more rest now as I can feel my temperature rising. Hopefully I will have some more white blood cells when we next speak!

Take care bunnies!

Big love,

Kelly x

@kelly_simpkin

check out my website www.kellysimpkin.com

Mallorca Spending spree, Shh we’re in a library!

Hello beauties,

It’s been a while since we last spoke, I have been mega busy and away in sunny Mallorca!

Nicky has a place there so during the summer we are backwards and forwards spending lots of time with our friends that live on the Island. We are so lucky to have friends with boats and we get to go out with them at least three times a week! Its amazing! We usually go to a little bay called Porto Vells and eat at a beach side restaurant. Its nothing fancy but great food and we can sit and drink white sangria in the warm sun! The sea and beach is beautiful there, you would think that you were on a Caribbean Island!

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There is always a crowd of us and it is such fun!

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Our Friend Uli with the girls! Aka Charlie’s Angels!

Whilst in Mallorca I always have a bit of a shopping spree in Palma town. I tend to head for Zara as, in my opinion,  it’s a great place for basic staple pieces that you can mix up with more expensive items and no one would ever know! I have been looking for some silk blouses to wear tied up in a knot at the front. I love this 40′s look and its one that I sport often! I found some in Zara that were pretty good quality for the money, and that would get me out of trouble! If I wear a lace top or a camisole sometimes I just need a little extra cover up as I feel the cold! They also are nice tied with high waisted trousers and a fancy bra underneath.

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I also spotted this stripy number that I thought was very cute! Again, a dress that doesn’t necessarily shout Zara and pair with the right accessories and you can make it look very expensive! I would wear with flat ballet pumps during the day and dress up with a pair of wedges for a summers evening! Perfect Wimbledon dress!

rsz_img_4962-2Last week Nicky and I attended the launch of the new club on St Martins Lane – the Library. It was such a packed event that I didn’t really get to see the place itself! We barely got past the entrance and bumped into so many faces that we knew! We saw our friend Jonathan Ross and had a catch up over a glass of bubbly with him!

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This week we are off the the Henley Regatta so I will tell all next time. I am trying to find a dress that ticks all of the right boxes on the strict dress code! Wish me luck!

Enjoy your week and lets hope the sun shines!

Big love,

Kelly x

@kelly_simpkin

www.kellysimpkin.com

Butterfly Ball and tea with the Queen!

My holiday feels far in the distance now. i’m fully back into the swing of London living, the weather and work!

We’ve been pretty busy and I just don’t know where the time is going? June already….half way through 2014! Unreal!

Aside from working hard with my label, Kelly Simpkin London, getting the final SS15 pieces ready, our social lives have been busy as usual.

Our first event since we got home was the Cauldwell Children’s Charity, Butterfly Ball. This is such an amazing event. The Cauldwell Children Charity provide equipment, therapy, treatment and support services to disabled children and their families. I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever been to a ball that raised more money. It was fantastic! A total of £2.5 million was raised in one evening! We had a great table including friends – Sinitta, Simon Cowell, Melinda Messenger and Emeli Sandé. The evening was truly star studded with Peter Andre as host and headline entertainment from non other than Kylie Minogue!

I was wearing a gorgeous green dress from PPQ London. I cannot tell you how many compliments I had on the dress, I felt a million dollars!

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So out next event was the opening of the new Gina store and 60th anniversary in Mount Street. I had no idea that Gina had been going for so long!! The store is absolutely stunning with a beautiful dove grey silk carpet! The store had a glittering tunnel that led through to a showcase of iconic pieces. Shoes that had been worn by Kylie Minogue and Madonna!

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Nicky and I arrive at Gina.

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Gorgeous summer sandals by Gina. 

Nicky and I were lucky enough to be invited to the Household Calvary Standards Parade  followed by a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace! How very exciting! I had to buy a hat for the occasion and searched many places from Fenwick to boutiques in Covent Garden. I ended up with a black organza hat from good old M&S. I did, however, customise this myself! I added some cream webbing, netting like fabric and two black flowers. I wanted to tie in with my outfit – a cream silk organza dress, with a tiny black polka dot, from Betsy Johnson with a black leather handbag and shoes. I also wore my Great Nan’s Vintage jacket to complete the look! Its not often that you get to wear a hat so I felt very special.

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At the garden party we drank tea, apple juice or iced coffee. We ate traditionally english sandwiches and the best cakes you have ever tasted! Truly Scrumptious! It was so amazing to be in the garden of Buckingham Palace and to see the Queen along with Prince Phillip, Princess Anne and Prince Harry. I have always been a true royalist so to see the Royal family that close, in their own environment was such an experience!

This week I visited my Professor for Lupus at the UCH. I am so pleased as I have been feeling much better since my holiday to Antigua. He had good news for me, my C3 levels in my blood have gone into normal territory for the first time ever!! This means that the cocktail of drugs that I am taking have finally kicked in and I am feeling the benefits! I have been exercising a little more which I believe have also helped me feel better. Today I am trying ‘Hot Yoga’ at Fierce Grace in Primrose Hill! Wish me luck! I will report back next week.

Until then, enjoy your weekend.

Big love,

Kelly x

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