A Photoshoot Extravaganza - Maids Head Norwich

Earlier this year I wrote about a photoshoot to promote a fashion show I coordinated as part of Norwich Fashion Week and  I recently found myself back in the Maids Head Hotel on yet another epic photoshoot session. 

The Maids Head hotel is the oldest hotel in Norwich and is one of the oldest hotels in the country. It's been under new owners for a short time now (who are independent btw, it hasn't been bought up by a chain) and it is undergoing bit of a sympathetic revamp. It's a lovely hotel, the building itself has a beautiful exterior and is nestled next to Norwich cathedral which is a wonderful structure, but the hotel does need a little touch up to give it the finish it really deserves. 

Teaming up again with photographer Joe Black, artist Milda Kapaciunaite and stylist Karen James- Welton (aka Fabulous Miss K) we had a few meetings to plan, we essentially took over the hotel with four very lovely models to create all kinds of scenes from wedding looks to more editorial (think sleeked back hair and vampy dark lips....) Joe's working on the pictures now but I can show you some behind the scenes shots. It was a full on twelve hour day, with lots of hair and makeup for me to create as there were several looks to produce. Jake needed much less grooming although he did bring his own beard comb and despite the fact his rather amazing beard didn't really need combing I did so anyway, it was like grooming a dog and Jake is one very handsome pooch!  

The hair looks I created for the girls ranged from beautiful updo's to down and 'just' got out of bed' looks to vintage inspired styles for dinner in the evening, for their makeup I created demure bridal looks before ramping up the glamour to pop the lips with hot pinks and reds. The bold pink that I'm loving at the moment is by Lush in the shade Passionate. It's like a liquid powder but it stays  moist on the lips and the staying power of this lipstick is just amazing. I'm really looking forward to adding some more of the Lush lipsticks to my collection.

 Big thanks to the hotel who treated us all like rock stars with a rider of fizz, doorstop sandwiches and the most amazing chips! plus caffeine and water to keep us all buzzing and hydrated for what was a very long day. The thing about working long days like this is that when it's so much fun, it really isn't like work at all, despite the fact that I had a 5am start for another shoot the next day but I can't show you any images from that one until August! 

Big love and thanks to models Amy, Beckie, Jake and Nina. 
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Jarrolds Norwich - The Bloggers Event

Norwich is up there in the top 10 when it comes for places to shop. We're not the largest city in the country but we are full of shops that cater for every taste, from the big names on the high street to small independent boutiques. We also have Jarrolds, a department store which is still run by the family that started it in 1823, I think that must be quite a rare thing now? There's an amazing history section on the website which is well worth a browse.

It's a beautiful building and whilst I was disappointed by Norwich's Christmas lights last year, you can always rely on Jarrolds to be the building that still makes you smile, as it sparkles with hundreds fairy lights.  Inside it's still quite traditional with a large section of the ground floor dedicated to a beauty hall as you walk in and if you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me tweet that watching Mr Selfridge reminds me of Jarrolds.

Jarrolds recently invited me along to their first bloggers evening where we were given the most amazing nibbles  feast on arrival, including a canapĂ© which I will 100% be recreating as it consisted of mini scones, cream cheese and a slice of radish. I love finding new nibble ideas! I should probably mention at this point that Jarrolds is famous for their scones. I can tell you for a fact that people gather outside in the mornings to buy them because I once attended a meeting here and was waiting outside for the shop to open and got chatting, that crowd was ALL about the scones.....

Now because it's a shop that has been in Norwich for what seems like forever, it's hugely popular with the older generations and as retail has boomed so have the number of shops, so it's fair to say that Jarrolds isn't always the first place some of us younger (when I say younger, remember I'm 37.....) would head to, but this year Jarrolds were once again well up there with my favourite sets at the Norwich Fashion Week Retailers Show, they do have some fantastic fashions.

After meeting some of the other bloggers and we'd all taken lots of pictures of our food, we were split in to two groups, one group stayed to explore a rail of fashion picked by the store's personal stylist Lucy and the other team headed down to the recently revamped beauty hall.

First up for me was the fashion part of the evening, Lucy chatted us through some of her favourite things from the rail. I might go back in and try the blouse on, I really need some new blouses and I liked the simplicity of this one, plus it was about £30 I think so not crazy expensive. I'm thinking it could be nice with a pair of capri pants and ballet pumps for summer evenings out. 

We were then let loose on the rail and we each put together an outfit, now Jarrolds does stock some really high end names but on the rail was a mix of price ranges and that cute jumpsuit Lucy is wearing in the picture above was under £40. The outfit I put together sadly wasn't as purse friendly but I just loved loved loved that bright pencil skirt.....

Fortunately it was a size 6, so there was no dangerous temptation to try it on! I am really loving the pencil skirt and tshirt trend that's all over the place right now so I teamed the skirt with this cute cat top. Also catching my eye was this beautiful Liberty print dress. This brand is a fave of Nigella Lawson apparently and it's called a Bombshell dress, so it seems highly apt! It was £259 but the fabric was amazing to touch.

Another dress that caught my eye was this rather cute little nautical number which is going to look sweet with heels, flats or converse. I can also tell you from previous experience that Jarrolds have a good selection of swimwear - especially if you like a classic/vintage style and/or you have a substantial chest! 

After the fashion came the makeup and by this time the shop was closed, so it was a beauty hall lock in! My kind of evening. The beauty department now feels much more slicker, I know beauty halls can be really scary places to go but just be brave, they are there to help! Jarrolds has a huge range of big brand names including a massive section dedicated to Mac complete with a Mac team to offer help and advice. They even have a special snug area where you can book makeovers. Despite being a makeup artist myself I LOVE having my makeup done, so I haven't ruled out paying them a visit. It's nice to be the one in the chair every now and again!

All the lipsticks...........I had a quick swatch of Mac's Lady Danger (top) and Candy Yum Yum, both of which I have decided I must own. 
I can also confirm that Candy Yum Yum was the lip shade used for the Norwich Fashion Week Retailers Show. The makeup for that show was done by an army of Jarrolds makeup artists, so I have this info straight from the horses mouth (so to speak!)
Photography By Simon Watson  Candy Yum Yum at Norwich Fashion Week 2014

Also catching my eye were these Dior coloured eye-liners which would make a nice statement cat eye for the summer and would be a change from the usual black.....
We also got to play in the Jo Malone department, where we were told about layering the perfumes to create different fragrances. I love this stuff and there's a huge amount of floor space dedicated to this brand including a counter where you can receive hand and arm massages.
 Talk of massages leads me nicely on to a bit of a hidden gem and that is the beauty spa. It's a petite area down stairs with several treatment rooms. The lighting is very subdued and it's obviously been designed to be an oasis of calm away from the world above.
There's lots of treatments to choose from, the Aveda massages especially appeal to me and with Aveda the price you pay for your massage is redeemable against products, so you get your massage and products to take home too, good yes? 

After spraying perfumes. testing creams and playing with makeup we headed back upstairs to collect some goody bags which included lots of samples a yummy cupcake (yes more food) and a notepad. A lovely hardback notepad! It's like they knew I'm a stationery geek! 

So after a fab evening it was time to go home and tell myself that I must not buy that skirt....but perhaps the blouse is a good compromise....When you are shopping, have a browse in Jarrolds, it's worth adding to your action plan of clothes shopping. Lucy strikes me as a girl who loves a fashion challenge and she's available for personal shopping sessions too. I'll keep you posted on that blouse, and the lipsticks......

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Giveaway! Win a pair of shoes up to £100 from Chatham

Well happy Tuesday to you! Apologies the blog has been a wee bit quiet the last week or so. Life's all go at the moment as the end of my photography course looms and coursework and final projects are under way, or at the very least are making me wakeup in the night with panic. Also, there's been lots of fashion on the itinerary due to the recent Gala Fashion Show by the new grads at Norwich University of the Arts . Yesterday I was incredibly honoured to go to London to see some of the creations head down the catwalk for Graduate Fashion Week. It was truly amazing and I'll tell you all about ASAP...

But in the meantime.......

To make up for my quietness (although I did tell you in the last post about a fab new vintage magazine, so hopefully that gave you some new reading material to keep you busy) I have some shoes to give away courtesy chatham.co.uk *blows kisses*

Today we’re going to look at a shoe style that’s a classic, but more than that it’s also the perfect vintage/retro shoe – especially if you’re currently feeling inspired by the fashions of the eighties and yes, I'm going to say it….. the nineties (It took me a while to accept the nineties are classed as vintage but now I’m kicking myself I didn’t keep my paisley shirts etc)

The shoe I’m showing some love to right now is the deck shoe. Yes, that shoe that you’ll see being worn by all ages because it really is one of those styles that spans the generations.You’ll see it being rocked by the preppy young twenty something as much as you will the sixty plus silver vixen. 

I wrote about deck shoes back in 2012 when I was sent a pair from Chatham to review. They have become a wardrobe staple and they are still going strong.  Seemingly impressed at my love for the deck shoe, Chatham feel it’s now the turn of one lucky Missy Vintage reader to own a pair of their very own and are offering you the chance to pick a pair up to the value of £100! Yes, that’s a pair of your choice, so you could go for deck shoes or something else from the Chatham range if another style catches your eye…..

My personal top picks from Chatham’s amazing deck shoe range are…

These remind me a little of bowling shoes, I’m thinking a high waisted pair of 40s style (or 70s if that’s your thing) wide leg jeans and a fitted top. 
I *love* this coral and tan combo. I’d be quite tempted to go 50s classic preppy with these with a pair of tan capris and a crisp white shirt OR you could go 90s inspired and pair these with a paisley shirt and a pair of high-waisted denim cut offs which would be an amazing festival outfit, yes?


To enter just use the Rafflecopter widget, sign up to the Chatham newsletter and once you’ve done that you’ll unlock bonus ways to enter to increase your chances of winning some new summer footwear.

****The Rules**** 

Open to entrants in the UK and Ireland. 

This competition will end on 17th June 2014 at Midnight.

The prize will be the choice of any pair of shoes (up to a value of £100) from the Chatham collection. Chatham will cover postage costs.

The winner will be randomly selected and once the entry had been verified they will be notified by email. The winner will have 5 working days to respond to the email. Failure to do so will result in another winner being picked.
Winning items cannot be returned, refunded or exchanged.

There is no cash alternative.

You must be aged 18 years or over to enter this giveaway.
The Editors decision is final.

Visit chatham.co.uk and see the full range of footwear

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