Sinitta, Barbie, fashion design, hairdressing and more – welcome to my blog!
Welcome to my very first Hello Blog. I am truly excited to have joined the blogging team and really hope that you all enjoy the insight to my life, my tips on fashion and helpful health hints!
OK, so in a nutshell – who am I? I am an original Essex Girl, born and bred. I now live in North West London with my boyfriend, hairdresser Nicky Clarke.
I started my working life in the City as a money broker dealing Euro Swaps (yes, I know – hard to believe!). Early morning wake up calls and entertaining through the night seemed like the high life to me. When I got sent to New York to take clients out, in my second week of my first ever job, I thought I was living the dream! Wow I could go places here, I thought!
How wrong was I – four years of that City life soon took its toll. I needed to put my art studies to good use, so I decided to take the jump and go into hairdressing. It was a huge step, not to mention the drop in money, but I knew that being stuck behind a desk was not for me. I wanted to be in the fashion and beauty industry. I became a hairdresser at, not just any salon but the famous Nicky Clarke Mayfair salon. I love it!
Nine years on, here I am, still at Nicky Clarke but now part time. The rest of my time is even more creative, as I am a fashion designer with my own label She Wears A Crown by Kelly Simpkin ! There was something about making clothes for my Barbie dolls, when I was six, that I just knew I was destined to be a designer!
So…. What have I been up to? Well, as you may know I’ve been in Austria for The Jump as my boyfriend, Nicky was taking part. It was the most amazing experience for me as much as the celebs taking part I think! I have made so many fabulous new friends and will be sure to stay in touch with all of them. Sinitta called herself, Amy Childs and me the Charlie’s Angels! We had a picture taken doing our Angel poses! How do we look?
Post-Jump rendezvous have already started. Nicky and I met with Anthea Turner, Sinitta and Jason Gale for Sunday lunch at the Harrods Georgian Restaurant – yum, you cannot beat a Sunday roast! (Photography by Anthea Turner!)
We could hardly move after eating all of that! Strolling, slowly, around the department store afterwards I spotted a gorgeous jacket from Balmain. It’s the Boxy Tweed Jacket at £1,725.00
I absolutely love the military look with over 16 gold buttons. This jacket will look fab with a pair of skinny pants and kitten heels or even wide leg white trousers and stacked wedges for the summer ¬– very nautical! I love the clean, sharp silhouette that it gives, its true Balmain style. If your purse won’t stretch to almost £2k for this wondrous piece, then head down to Zara for a pay-check friendly version.
This blazer has pretty much all of the same detailing; box shape, gold buttons and double breasted. At £79.99 it’s a real bargain. Both of these jackets are staple pieces that can stay in your wardrobe for years to come. They are safe, classic colours and will suit any figure. A must have!
Also this week I have decided to reach out to others with the autoimmune disease that I have (Lupus) by building my own website. (Very ambitious!) It’s called LivingWithLupus.info and will be up and running as soon as I can have it finished. I wanted to give other sufferers the chance to read about my story, my discoveries of things that help and mostly, the chance to interact and talk to other Lupus patients on the forum. Its looking good so far and I will be sure to let you know when it is ready!
As I trail through London’s boutiques and magazines I always spot the most incredible items, from sunglasses to shoes, jewellery to jackets! Each week I thought that I would share my finds in Kelly’s Collectables!
This week I caught a glimpse of these shoes from Tory Burch, I love the contrasting colours but oh so classic. Keeping with my philosophy – a true staple! A real Kelly’s Collectable!
It was a pleasure to blog for you all. I do hope you enjoyed! Have a glorious week!
Have a look at my website SheWearsACrown.com and be sure to follow me on twitter @Kelly_Simpkin