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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!



Nicky and I arrive at Gina.


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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