My photoshoot in Paris
Hi everyone Happy Easter!
I’m visiting lots of friends and family over the next few days so will be having lots of nice meals and catch ups. (fingers crossed for sunshine!)
Anyway I need to back track slightly, and tell you’ll about my recent trip away.This blog will be all about my trip to Paris.
I went over to France for two days, for a new campaign shoot with Lipsy London to shoot our new collection, which will be out in the summer time.
This next one has lots of lace, some very pretty frilled blouses, elegant cocktail and evening dresses, etc.
I think the collection is quite romantic really, so that’s why the production team all agreed that Paris would the perfect setting.
Mark came with me as he was off work for a few days, and as I’m going away to film for Our Girl soon, we are enjoying lots of time together before I head off for work.
We have never been to Paris before so we were very excited to make the most of my day off (I only had to work a day on the shoot) and explore this beautiful city.
The Eurostar is very quick. We arrived in Paris 2.5 hours later after leaving London. Not bad really as it takes about that for me to get Manchester from Euston on the train!
After we checked into our city centre hotel we met up with some of the Lipsy team (Shani and Emily) at a restaurant called ‘Le Avenue’ which is a very famous restaurant in the city centre of Paris, surrounded by designer shops.
We were fortunate to get a table outside, and spent some time sipping cocktails, basking in the sunshine and soaking in the views.
After our first tipple someone suggested we order Escargot (snails) and each tried one.
To be fair, they didn’t taste bad, as they were SO garlicky (I love garlic) but while I was chewing I knew exactly what they were and I doubt I will have them again if I’m honest!
I also enjoyed asparagus artichoke and sundried tomato salad, with some parma ham and mozzarella on the side. It was delish.
After lunch Mark and I headed off for an explore.
I wore my Zara jeans with the tassels at the bottom of the leg, and a Lipsy Bardot peach off the shoulder jumper. I team this look with my With Love Jessica pink sunglasses.
We were staying in a very Parisian styled hotel – the Shangri-la http://www.shangri-la.com and the best thing about it was running a hot bath in the bathroom, opening my window and seeing the iconic Eiffel tower all lit up in the evening.
It was a real ‘moment’
The hotel also had a ‘secret garden’ bar – adorned with herbs and flowers. It was so pretty. I enjoyed a rose cocktail in there and Mark had a cucumber whiskey cocktail which was served in a mug with fake grass and soil and on a tree trunk esque plate. Bizarre concept, but it worked!
Of course while we were sightseeing we had lots of piccies in front of the Eiffel Tower – cheesy I know but it had to be done!
We enjoyed fresh macaroons as a treat in the afternoon which were scrumptious.
So, the fashion in Paris is very feminine, but either really laid back or tres chic.
I saw lots of ladies in shirts, jeans and flip flops, but carrying a designer bag, or they tended to be more dressed up in long tight pencil skirts, vests, heels and designer bags and shades.
I also spied a lot of nautical colours being worn. Loads of red and blue. I think its a very clean and timeless look, so will emulate it with some outfits I’m out and about it this year.
I went to Gucci in Paris, I went to Gucci in LA – they didn’t have it and neither does Gucci London. It’s sold out totally!
The actual shoot was in a huge apartment in Paris, and when I say huge I mean huge. The apartment had secret doors and passageways, it used to be someone’s home but its used solely for photo shoots now.
The make-up artist started off using Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream on my face to prep it for the shoot. This amazing cream works as a great moisturizer and a primer. Once you start putting make-up on over it, it lasts all day and glides on evenly.
http://www.charlottetilbury.com although its around £70 a jar , a little goes a long way.
I wore these Lipsy mushroom and black sock velvet boots on the shoot.
They look so good with jeans or trousers and I have been wearing them out and about since in London too. https://www.lipsy.co.uk/
To give the shoot even more of a French feel we hired in a big fluffy white poodle called Julie. Madame Julie has been in Vogue!
She was quite the starlet and had her owner and groomer on set (what a diva dog!)
I had my hair in loose curls for the shoot which is unusual for campaign shoot we usually have it pretty straight.
Oliver the hairstylist used this fab L’Oreal serum on my hair, he applied it into my hair when it was wet and it held the curls and gave loads of body. The curls lasted all day too which was impressive given my hair is constantly moved around and played with. I shall definitely be getting this product.
We also used this Windle and Moodie Matt Texture Spray. http://www.windleandmoodie.com/hairproducts/shop/
It creates loads of volume and texture in your hair. Just throw your head upside down and spray the roots liberally.
At the end of the shoot I sat on the hotel balcony, had a glass of bone dry French white wine, and I read Vogue in the bath (yes I had another one ha ha!) and totally chilled out. The perfect end to a memorable trip.
I loved Paris. I loved the vibe, the fashion and the culture. I will definitely go back…
Until next week
All my love