April, 2014

30 April
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Antigua bound!

 

And so it begins…… sitting in the BA lounge at Gatwick North Terminal. The sun is beaming through the window, now that the fog has burnt off, and I’ve just had my healthy bowl of porridge topped with raisins! The airport is super busy with business men and women, couples going off on their romantic trips and families with kids in tow. The holiday season has started.

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My view from the lounge!

I have everything packed – my new bikini’s, new floaty skirts, flip flops, sunscreen, virtually my whole summer wardrobe and a couple of hats to choose from! I like to have a choice when i’m away!!

Ive had extensions on my eyelashes so that I don’t need to worry about mascara when i’m around the pool. I had them done by Luxe Lash @luxelashlondon and they are fantastic! I have only really had extensions on my lashes twice before and I really didn’t like the feel. They were itchy and I could feel the glue on the lashes. As they stared to be come twisted and fall out I picked at some of them and, yes you’ve guessed it, pulled half of my own lashes out too! Not a good idea! These lashes are great, I can’t even feel anything on my own. I’ve had so many commets too!

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My lashes!

 

I cannot wait to get on the beach tomorrow, or even this afternoon given the time difference, and let the sun warm my pale skin! It feels like it been ages since i’ve been on a two week beach holiday – a proper one where you get waited on and  don’t need to worry about a thing!

I will be reporting to you from Antigua showing you all of the beautiful sights, the hotel, our room and of course my vast collection of bikini’s!

Until then, have a good day and chat soon! I’m off to fly!

 

Kelly xx

@Kelly_Simpkin

 

19 April
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Easter egg hunt, more bikinis and feeling poorly….

So last week I was looking for some brogues and I can confidently say that I have found a really great pair for a really great price! I ended up in Dune, not a shop that I usually go to but I will be going back for sure! The shoes are really reasonable and can look pretty damn high end. The brogues that I bought are white (for the summer!), although they have a greyish pinky tinge to them, and are made of super soft leather. They will be perfect with trousers, shorts, skirts and dresses! They cost £99 and are called Helen.

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As my holiday is drawing near I am still searching for a few extra additions to my swim wear wardrobe! I’m a sucker for swim wear, to me your bikini is your day outfit so I like to have a different one each day! Here are some of my fab finds….

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Sirena wrap top & Antibes ruched hipster. $94 (top) $85 (bottoms) by Vitamin A

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Tunnels Top $110 by Acacia

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Adriana €160

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Last Tuesday night Nicky and I attended the Baileys Easter Egg Hunt at Harvey Nichols. The launch for the world-first immersive theatre performance and dining experience. The audience will be immersed into a witty and playful world where they will join, follow and interact with a stellar cast, each on their own beguiling search for a Baileys Chocolate Luxe Easter Egg. We drank the new Baileys drink which was delicious but I could only manage a few sips as it was quite rich and chocolately! We caught up with our dear friend Brix Smith-Start who was looking fab as always!

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Other guests included Helen Flanagan, Pixie Lott and Olivia Inge.

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I have been really suffering with my Lupus this week. My joints have been hurting so bad and I am suffering from extreme fatigue. Its horrible to wake up in the morning, after eight or nine hours sleep and still feel exhausted! I am really struggling to work in the salon and do my clients, I just feel like laying in bed all day. Its so miserable, I can’t tell you. Nothing that I do seems to help. When the pain is there I just have to ride it and hope that it goes away. I swim as I feel that will keep my joints supple and also keeps me a little fit. I would love to go to one of these crazy boot camps, that are all of the rage, but I just know that my joints would not be able to cope. Even just ten lunges on each leg leaves me in pain the following day. One of the hardest things to sea with is the fact that I look fine. I guess it’s a blessing as I would rather look well that sick, but sometimes, when i’m hurting all over I wish I didn’t look so healthy! It sounds a strange thing to say but people look at me with that “theres nothing wrong with you!” type of look because, quite frankly, I look fine. Anybody with Lupus will know exactly what I am saying here! No one but Nicky and my family see me struggling to get out of bed in the mornings or not being able to brush my hair as my fingers are too swollen to hold a hair brush. This disease completely sucks and it frustrates me that there is no cure. I have been thinking of some other ‘alternative’ help that I can take to relieve some pain and deal with some of the other symptoms, such as depression and fatigue. I was thinking of reflexology? A friend of mine has recently been having some health problems and she has found great relief in this. It has helped her immensely. Has anybody with Lupus tried this approach before? If so I would love to hear from you! Give me all of your reflexology stories!

I am so looking forward to my holiday, I think my body is telling me that I need a rest! In less than two weeks I will be writing my blog from a warm beach in Antigua!! Cannot wait! I will be sure to show you some of the gorgeous new bikinis that I have brought too!

Until next time, have a lovely, hoppy Easter! I hope the Easter Bunny is good to you and try not to eat too many eggs!

Big love,

Kelly x

t: @kelly_simpkin

08 April
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Easter comes early, Grecian dresses and a jam packed photo-shoot!

Hi guys,

I hope you are doing fine and had some fun since we last spoke? I certainly have! What a busy week its been!

Meetings, haircuts, photo-shoots and more! I am desperate for a rest! Good job I have my holiday in a few weeks – cannot wait! New bikinis on order and the healthy eating plan continues. As I type, I am eating a late breakfast of porridge, sliced banana and honey. I actually really enjoy being healthy. For me its so important what you put in to your body. No one looks that good if they live on junk food and never exercise. It’s just not possible.

So my week kicked off with an Easter, Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester Hotel. The event was held by Shooting Star Chase Charity, one which Nicky and I support year on year. The charity is a children’s hospice charity for children with life-limiting conditions. It supports the children as well as their families and are there for them 365 days a year. Its such an amazing charity and I am so glad that Nicky and I can help in some way. Shooting Star Chase is a wonderful organisation that do the most amazing things for families with poorly children. It is supported by many famous faces whom, most of which, come along to the tea party to talk to the children and have pictures taken. We were even all given an Easter egg named ‘Eric’ after Simon Cowell’s baby – so cute!

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Made In Chelsea star Hugo Taylor and Natalie Joel

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Myself and Nicky leaving the tea party.

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Simon Cowell attends the afternoon tea every year.

We also attended the Soldiering On Awards last week along with a few of the ‘Jump’ contestants. It’s always nice to catch up with them – we really made such good friends out in Austria! Joe McElderry was performing, Donal MacIntyre was presenting with Anne Diamond and our table consisted of others from the ‘Jump’ team and a couple with their gorgeous dog!  The event is the main Soldiering On Through Life Trust event of the year and we heard some amazing stories from the soldiers about their lives after battle. It really was moving and just makes you appreciate what you have. Those guys risk their own lives to keep us safe. Truly tremendous. The dress code was Black tie and I wore a powder pink dress that I bought in the states before custominsing it myself! It was quite floaty and had a massive train so I shorted the train and tacked in some of the excess chiffon to give me a waist and more shape to the dress. The gown is finished off with a number of flowers around the bust, delicate and subtle. It really is quite ‘Grecian’. I wore my hair in soft floaty curls to complement the look.

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We didn’t have a late night as the following morning we had to be up bright and early for a photo-shoot for my AW14 collection to feature on my new website, kellysimpkin.com. I was so so tired and could have done with more sleep. My joints were aching and my tablets were not having any effect at all. My Lupus is really hard to live with at times, I just want to live a normal life and feel ok after seven or eight hours sleep but I don’t. It doesn’t matter how much sleep that I have, I am still tired and ache somewhere. Never-the-less, I don’t let it stop me! What a day we had, 18 different looks all of which were amazing! My make up artist, Louisa Day was absolutely fabulous and the photographer, Rachell Smith was out of this world! I cannot wait to get the final images back, I will be sure to show you too! I did get a few behind the scene shots to share with you now – just for a taster!

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Make up – check!

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Quick hairstyle change by Nicky.

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Thats 70′s look!

Kelly’s Collectables

I am looking for some white brogues or loafers this week for Kelly’s Collectables.  I want something that will go with trousers, jeans as well as dresses. A flat shoe with a small block heel is a timeless classic that will always shout sophistication. A great staple to add to my growing collection. I always like to be comfy as well as looking good too! I will report back next week on what I find! Let me know if you have any ideas! I will probably head to Selfridges or Topshop as they will both have a huge selection I am sure!

Thats all from me this week, I’m off to discuss mittens with my leather factory! Have a super day and enjoy the sunshine!

Big love,

Kelly x

Follow me on twitter @kelly_simpkin

01 April
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Celebrating with friends, Toning for the summer, Bikinis and Wicked!

Well hello there readers, I hope you are fine and have had an amazing week?

I’ve had a pretty creative week and have been working on some fabulous designs for Ss15 . I cannot wait for them to be produce! I am using some great metallic lathers throughout the collection, it’s going to be amazing! Anyone wearing ‘Kelly Simpkin’ will shimmer in the sunshine next spring/summer. My inspiratin for the collection is the ‘sea’ and it’s going to dazzle!  As well as working on my new collection I have been finalising some accessories for AW14 – I absolutely cannot wait for them to be placed in magazines for you to see! I am so proud and excited! WATCH THIS SPACE!

On Saturday evening we were at the Soho Sanctum hotel celebrating the birthday of our friend, Jason Gale. We had such a great time and caught up with most of the gang from the Jump!


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Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman attended.

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Anthea Turner also attended.

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Myself and Nicky sporting a black duo!

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Amy Childs looking lovely and summery in her pink dress!

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 Sinitta looking gorge in her gold ensemble! 

Last night Nicky and I were treated to see the show WICKED by my aunt and uncle. Along we went, to the Apollo theatre in Victoria, with my cousins, Abby and Elle, and watched the show. Ive seen the Wizard of Oz but never before Wicked – I didn’t even know the story. What a show it was, absolutely fantastic! The set, the music, the lights and not to mention the actors – WOW. Hats off to Willemihn Verkaik and Savannah Stevenson – they were both brilliant! My mum is a huge Wizard of Oz fan so I know she would love this show, I must take her to see it! I am not sure if i’ve even even been to the Apollo before? Its such an amazing theatre, opened in 1930 as a cinema originally. I adore its art deco design. No wonder its now a grade 2 listed building!

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My cousins, Abby and Elle, and myself at WICKED!

I’ve been trying to get a little more fit this past week and have been swimming quite a few times. I feel that with swimming you can achieve quite a lot in a short space of time. In half an hour I can swim a good number of lengths, my heart rate is increased and I feel refreshed. I like to finish off with a steam to clear my head and make my skin super soft. I think its so important to take time out from ones busy schedule and relax. With swimming I really find that I can do this.

One of the reasons that I am trying to tone up and get fit is that I have a holiday coming up. I actually cannot wait to get my skin in the sun, lay on a beach and do not very much for 2 weeks! I am counting down the days! I would love to get a few new bikinis to take with me. I have looked around the stores but it still seems to be a little early and no where is stocking them just yet. Therefore I have taken my search online. Below, in kelly’s Collectables, I have listed a few of the treasures that I have found!

Kelly’s Collectables – this week I am searching Bikinis! For me, the triangle shape is the most flattering and tends to work on all shapes and sizes.

 

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PilyQ Smocked triangle bikini £145  lilylola.com

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Navy 3D embellished Bikini £29 riverisland.com

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Bright graphic print lattice bikini from £34 asos.com

(Cute but not sure about all those straps – tan lines?!!)

I hope you’ve enjoyed the read this week, must dash as i’m off to my factory for a fitting and to look at some new patterns of my latest designs! Until next time,

Big love

Kelly x

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