Autumn in The Venice of the Cotswolds

So yesterday I drove to the beautiful, not so sleepy village of Bourton on the Water in the Cotswold’s to meet the talented Photographer Mr David Morley.

The day started off not looking too good and just as we were about to start the heaven’s opened and we had to run for cover! Thankfully it did’t last long and the during the course of the day the weather improved. We started the day with a bit of ‘steam punk’ style although sadly I forgot the boots but still got quite a good look with David’s eye for styling, he is the King of car boot sales for picking up bargains! Not sure what the passers by thought but a few cars slowed down to look as they passed, probably closest I will get to ‘stopping the traffic’


I changed into the beautiful ‘Adrianna Papell’ evening gown that David had brought for me to wear, he really pushed the boat out on this one, it cost 50p at car boot! amazing bargain as i modelled this make at NEC Brimingham for House of Fraser and something like this would cost nearly £200. It fitted perfectly, I think I am going to employ David as my personal shopper!!! So then we tootled  off to a secret location to catch a few shots, stopping on the bridge en route to catch a few shots but by this time it was getting quite difficult as it was getting quite busy but thankfully the model village was quieter and we got some great Autumnal  shots.





now was time for tea and cake so off we went to Riverside Cafe, no one seemed to take any notice of a woman in an evening dress at lunchtime, obviously an everyday occurrence in that part of the world!

After that time for last shoot of the day so back to the car park for another outfit change….really hope they didn’t have cctv there but amazing how used to getting changed quickly and modestly in pubic places! Being changed with towel wrapped round me on the beach as a child obviously set me up for life for this sort of event!!!

Off we went to find some vintage cars. again no one took any notice of a woman in 1940’s outfit doing daft posing over the lovely vehicles! How I love the British public! Pictures will follow soon.

Then home in time for tea 🙂


In and around Oxford with some Talented People and lots of hats!

So this September I hit the dizzy heights of Oxford, literally! I travelled to lovely little village in Oxford  to meet the renowned Photographer Simon Blower and his business partner James Lyon, The very talented Hat Designer and Milliner Jayne Elizabeth Rossiter-Gill who kindly leant me some of her amazing creations to model and the lovely Danielle Shirley who did my make up and a very different hairstyle to my usual bob!

Make and hair done we drove into Oxford to The Varsity Club, one of our locations for the shoot. We were so lucky with the weather but weren’t sure if it would hold out all day so we did our fashion shots on the rooftop bar with the fantastic views looking out over the City.  First outfit was a Turquoise dress and pink and purple hat by Jayne


then second outfit of the day was chiffon Cream Palazzo Pants and Navy lace top both from Zara finished off with Jayne’s statement Tiger Hat, just loved this combination.image(1)sneaky Jayne caught a few behind the scenes shots while the guys weren’t looking bhs

then off to inside to take some internal shots, first little red dress number topped with  Jayne’s beautiful lime green veiled hat, looked fab with the red of the dress, not a colour combination i would of thought of but  loved it.

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Then into the tux, great look depicted the end of the evening and all ‘partied out’ .



Then to Studio 1, Sunningwell 

here was hats, hats and more hats! on and a Agent Provocateur Little basque number! 

this is a our  take on an  Sophia Loren image, we didn’t try to copy as for a start I am blonde and a lot older than she was in  the originalimage but we were pleased with the results and think it worked well.



then with a Halloween sort of feel I adorned Jayne’s wonderful creation ‘Noir’ along with some latex gloves look complete.




loved this stripy little number


Yet more hats! love the ‘Anonymous’ feel of this one, nothing but the lips and hat!

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then the hats got even bigger, this is a hat i bought last year from H & M with a shoot in mind, so glad to finally got to use it



this is one i called ‘The Black Widow’ this hat of Jayne’s is amazing and show’s her amazing skills in design and making of hats, I was very honoured to be able to model it for her.


last but not least a portrait, no hat this time



so all in all a great shoot with a very talented team.


More of Simon’s work can be seen here

Jayne’s amazing hats here


Make up Dannielle Shirley