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.


Manhattan Abricot Soft Bra from £37.00


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.



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.



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

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!


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.


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!


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.

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!


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


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.


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?


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.

2224852941_1LISBETH Maxi Dress £350


LAUDER Maxi Dress £175


SERENE Maxi £450


 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!


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

Until next week….

Big Love,

Kelly x


Fish ‘n’ Chips, London Fashion Week, a fairytale wedding and #FashionFriday!

Hello all,

How has your week been? Its been busy couple of weeks for me! My last post was on Valentines day morning. Did you do anything special?  I’m never really sure that I like going out on Valentines evening, it can all be a little bit too slushy and cheesy!! A red rose on the table and couples gazing into each others eyes! This year I said to Nicky, ‘lets just stay in with Fish and Chips!” So we did. Steaming hot cod, chips and a flute of rose champagne. What more can a girl want?



We did, however, go out to eat the following evening to one of my favourite restaurants – Roka! I cant wait to try the new one in Mayfair!

So, I visited London Fashion Week at Somerset House on the Saturday. It was so busy with young fashionista’s, photographers, the bloggers and the blaggers all running around looking fabulous and trying to get a glimpse of the next big thing. We bumped into Myleene Klass and had a quick chat to her!


Nicky and I were invited to the launch of “The Last Asylum”. A book written by our sister-in-law, Barbara Taylor. A moving memoir of her time in a mental hospital in North London in the 1980′s. She talks about the UK’s end of the asylum system. How would a woman cope in this day and age? Most of the mental hospitals closed and the privatisation of hostels. In Barbara’s words, “The simple answer relates to what I needed most: asylum, a safe place to be, a ‘stone mother’ to hold me as long as I required it.” Although there is misery in this book, this read is far from miserable.


Barbara Taylor and myself.

Last week I said goodbye to my dear Nan. She closed her eyes for the last time on February 6th. She was 92 years old and made of steel! We think that Catherine Tate may have based her “Nan” character on my Nanny Ethel! She had a lovely send off, the sun was shining down on us all as we said our goodbyes and laid her to rest. I made my flowers myself, a heart of roses.  I am sure she would have loved them.


My Nan.


My flowers for my Nan.

The following day we attended a very special wedding. It was just like a fairytale! Beautiful bridesmaids, some with fairy wings. Trees inside creating a magical atmosphere, green moss on the floor with snowdrops peering through – absolutely stunning! For this wondrous event I wore Stephanie Allin! I absolutely love her dresses!


 So here we are bang up to date #FashionFriday. What am I wearing today? I have on a pair of black skinny jeans from Zara (always count on Zara for an affordable staple!), Black skinny polo with a jacket that was hand made for me by my niece, Alexia. Lexi is just 11 years old and presented me with a beautiful box jacket for christmas. I was absolutely speechless! She even found a fabric that had tiny monkey’s all over it to keep in with my logo for my own label! Talk about keeping fashion in the family! ha! It has low slung pockets and a skinny, rounded lapel. I love it! I have always enjoyed being different and having clothes that no one else has, this piece is truly unique! For this picture I put a tie of Nicky’s around my head (just to add a 60′s feel!) which was also made by Lexi.


My ‘handmade by Lexi’ jacket. 

I hope you all have some amazing plans for the weekend, I hope the sun shines and you enjoy all that you do!

Until next week.

Big love,

Kelly x

Sinitta, Barbie, fashion design, hairdressing and more – welcome to my blog!

Hi there,

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 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!

Kelly x

Have a look at my website and be sure to follow me on twitter @Kelly_Simpkin

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