March, 2014

24 March
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Come rain or shine, a scarf is all you need!

Hello,

I hope we have all had a lovely week?

Well its that beautiful time of year again when the daffodils are poking there little heads up through the grass, the blossom is on the trees and we know that summer is on its way! Yes its spring! I love it when I wake up in the morning and the sun is just beaming through the window. It looks so glorious, so warm, so “white jeans weather” but don’t be fooled! Most of these sunshine days are still quite freezing. I don’t know about you but its pretty damn hard to know what to wear? You could leave the house with your sunglasses on, bare feet in your ballet pumps and by lunch time, the weather has turned and, you now need your wellies and a brolly! Good old English weather or is it just spring? One accessory that I believe is absolutely perfect for this type of, unpredictable, weather is the “scarf”. Wear a scarf around your head, wrist, waist or as most would do – your neck. You can wear a scarf undone to add a hint of colour, or texture, to your outfit and then when the wind blows and the clouds set in, wrap it up tight for extra warmth!

A scarf can basically be worn all year round. I even like to have one in my beach bag incase a huge cloud comes over whilst I’m laying sunning myself on holiday . There is nothing worse than having goose bumps on the beach whilst you are laying there in your bikini! A scarf is the perfect “beach wrap up”. Some even double up as sarongs too!
Celebrities love scarves too. Kate Moss can always be spotted with a scarf as can Nicole Richie.

lindsay-lohan-st-barts-bikiniLindsay Lohan keeping it simple here with a black bikini and red silk scarf.

Celebs-wearing-scarves-akkidokie-4Nicole Richie showing us how to wear a scarf around the head as well as neck!

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What scarves are out there on the high street for us? Accessorize is always a great place to start as you know there will be lots of variety and at a reasonable price.

8938501210142Mirrored Oriental Silk Digital Square Scarf

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I have designed a silk scarf, for my own collection, this year. I chose to print my signature monkey logo over the whole thing. One monkey on each corner is in orange rather than pink. I wanted to create a little quirky touch! I love Pink on Red, it’s great all year round – whatever the season. I wear this scarf around my neck or as a belt. These scarves are limited edition so make sure you get your fast!
resized scarfSilk Scarf from Kelly Simpkin – London available on www.shewearsacrown.com £65.
This week I designed my logo for my label, Kelly Simpkin – London. I am really pleased with it. I have incorporated my unique monkey logo. I love the way it looks and can’t wait to get the clothes labels made up! Let me know what you think!

Kelly Simpking Final Logo - Low ResI received some superfood powders from OrganicSuperBlends this week too. I cannot wait to try them in my Nutribullet blasts! I have Alkaline Green, Energise, Skin Food and Omega 3! I love being healthy! Calgary Avansino has a great recipe for a Green Smoothies using the Skin food powder, yum – will be making that one soon, for sure!

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Kelly’s Collectables - This week I have been searching for a pair of shoes for the spring/summer season. A pair that I can wear all day and still be comfortable. For that reason, they cannot be completely flat but not a large heel either. I want cream or white and they need to go with skirts, trousers and shorts. I think I have found a pair that tick all of the boxes! They are from Tory Burch and cost £255.

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These are the Sadie patent slingback. Elegant and chic. I love them and want them in my wardrobe!

Thats all from me this week. I hope you all enjoyed the read and remember to take your favorite scarf wherever you go! You never know when you might need it!

Big love,

Kelly x

Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @kelly_simpkin

15 March
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Football, Photo-shoot and my Nutribullet!

Hello again everyone,

I hope you are well and have a good week? What a busy one its been for me again! It started with the football last Saturday – Chelsea Vs Spurs. Poor Spurs, as a huge Tottenham fan, Nicky was not impressed! I kind of don’t mind who wins – its a game after all right? Nicky never seems to agree somehow. The Chelsea grounds are great, a couple of hotels and a few restaurants and a great health club. Its so  nice being in town also, we whizzed there on the Vespa in no time! Looking forward to my next visit there!

Sunday was my Dad’s birthday so we had a nice day, in the glorious sunshine, wandering Columbia Road Flower Market and Spitalfields. I think the rest of London had the same idea! It was packed – everywhere!! We enjoyed a relaxed lunch at Wagamama’s before heading home for a quiet evening in front of the TV – Perfect.

An early night was in order as I had a photo-shoot on Monday along with a couple of meetings. The photo-shoot was fun and the clothes were gorgeous! I was wearing a lot of huit lingerie covered by slouchy sweatshirts! I like the bright colours of the huit lingerie latest collection a lot. Great for the summer! I think they are nice when they can be seen under your clothes too or slightly popping out. Sexy but not revealing in any way.

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Manhattan Abricot Soft Bra from £37.00

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Tandem Holly Green Half Cup Bra from £42.00

Tuesday saw a very early start as we headed down to Kempton Race Course for the antiques market. I absolutely love rummaging around trying to find gems amongst peoples unwanted furniture! There were some great things but sadly not what I was looking for.

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I love this one – She Wears A Crown!!

I did manage to find a gold metal Victorian cross pendant that matches one that Nicky has. It wasn’t what I was looking for but its always nice to buy something!

Wednesday and Thursday were busy days in the salon for me. Its always nice to catch up with my clients, some have been coming for over six or seven years so a great relationship has been built. It never seems like work, I get to wear what I like, do what I enjoy and chat all day long – great job satisfaction.

This week I received my Nutribullet. I was so excited when this parcel arrived and I just could not wait to rip open the packing and get juicing! Nutribullet is the world’s first Nutrition Extractor. It is such a great way to stay healthy and make sure that you get the nutirents that your body needs. The Nutribullet came with its own recipe books and a quick start guide. There are so many different recipes to choose from depending on what you want to acheive. There are recipes for cleansing, slowing down the ageing process,  beauty, preventing cardiovascular problems and most interesting to me – preventing immune issues. When the immune system  is overworked, protective responses may even harm the body causing issues like chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Lupus is an autoimmune disease. Certain fruits help reduce inflammation in the body. Spinach, blueberries and cherries contain high levels of flavonoids which are known to reduce inflammation. Papaya and pineapple belong to the bromeliad family which also has shown to reduce inflammatory responses. I am trying to use these ingredients, among other inflammation reducing fruits and vegetables, in my Nutribullet juice every day.

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I would highly recommend the Nutribullet, one great aspect is that there are only ever 2 pieces to wash up!

Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and enjoy the sunshine!

Big love,

Kelly x

07 March
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Sunshine, The Oscars and affordable gowns

Well hello there,

I hope we are all well and had a good week. Have you been enjoying some of this wonderful sunshine that we’ve been seeing? It’s so nice to wake up and have the light beaming through the bedroom window isn’t it?

I started this week with a trip to Hix restaurant on Saturday evening with my parents. I love the food in there – good, hearty, English dishes – sometimes with a twist. Its always buzzing and the cocktails are fabulous! A definite must!

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Tuesday was such a beautiful day. It was nice to leave the house with my sunglasses on! Apart from skiing, I don’t think I have worn them much this year. I always wear Ray-bans. I think its really important to have good lenses, after all we only have one set of eyes so we must take care of them! I have many styles but on Tuesday I was sporting my gold Aviators.

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I also own a pair of Clubmasters which I think are very cool! They are such an iconic piece of eyewear, I love the 50′s feel that just keeps on being reinvented. I also really like the brand new version of the Wayfarer – ‘Original Wayfarer Ice Pop’. There are some great colours. Perfect for taking you right through the spring and summer! My favourite is the Grape!

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Sorbet shades all round!!

I was lucky enough to be pampered myself this week, with a facial by Chelsee Lewis. Chelsea is an expert facialist, now offering her services at Nicky Clarke, Mayfair. I opted for the ‘Le Visage’. This is a unique facial that was completely tailor made just for me. I had a deep cleanse and a micro peel to help balance my skin, speed up cell renewal, even out the tone and soften any lines and wrinkles. Well, apart from being super relaxing – laying in a softly heated bed – my skin has felt so much nicer since. Chelsee advised me on a skin care routine that was right for me and I must say that I have been paying extra special attention ever since. It is so important to look after your skin, especially whilst you are still youthful, to help promote healthy younger looking skin as you get older. My mum has amazing skin, as did my nan, so i’m hoping thats its partly in my genes!! To see more of what Chelsee has to offer visit her website.

www.chelseelewis.co.uk

This week we saw the annual Oscars bash. I’m not sure about you but i’m slightly more interested in who’s wearing what rather than the awards themselves! Some gorgeous gowns danced along the red carpet that evening. So many of them I would love to have worn myself (if I was ever lucky enough to attend!) – absolutely stunning! Featuring heavily this year were reds and muted tones of golds and nudes. Some of my favourite colours!

I absolutely loved Cate Blanchett’s dress. She wore an Armani gown which was entirely covered in Capiz shells and tiny gold beads. So soft yet still quite dramatic. I love the idea of shells on a dress. So natural and floaty!

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Did you see the racy red number worn by Jennifer Lawrence? Clean simple lines, hugging all the right places, giving a very sexy silhouette.

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I loved the Valentino gown worn by Sally Hawkins – Wow is the only word for this wondrous piece! Lace at its best – true Valentino style.

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Keep it classic like Charlize Theron and opt for a black fishtail. Dior has created a beautiful shape here but I’m just not too sure about those straps?

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For similar looks without breaking the bank try looking at places like Coast and Karen Millen. They have an all year round, affordable, extensive collection of evening wear. Here a few that I have selected from Coast.

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LAUDER Maxi Dress £175

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SERENE Maxi £450

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 MELANIE Dress £250

Kelly’s Collectables. This week I have spotted this fabulous pair of Art Deco style earrings by Ben Amun (£255). The perfect accessory to your Hollywood glamour evening gown!

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Thats all from me this week, I hope you enjoyed the read. Have a great weekend!

Until next week….

Big Love,

Kelly x

 

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