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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Adjusting!

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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

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