Recently I had the pleasure of shooting with Alison Jackson for the October Issue of Vanity Fair Magazine.

I thought I would tell you a little more about how it came about…

I heard there was a casting for a showgirl type character with Alison. I was always a fan of her work, seeing it in the media although I didn’t know what it was for at this point. I turned up at the casting in Chelsea feeling like maybe I shouldn’t be there- there were a lot of very tall thin girls who looked just wonderful to me! I felt the nagging voice in the back of my head (that we all get) but decided to stay seeing as I was there (and was excited to meet Alison;)

Meeting Alison was lovely as she explained about the project. It was for a showgirl character and I told her I had suitable attire underneath my dress! After a couple of photos, it was quickly over and I was delighted to hear I got it.

We shot at a beautiful White House type location with a Donald Trump look-a-like from LA who was his replica- it was quite funny talking to him! We shot a showgirl scene and I played a beautician- the se are the ones they used for Vanity Fair, the showgirl ones may arise at a later stage! It was a wonderful experience, totally different from my normal vintage style and the photos were shared on various news outlets, will definitely be looking out for more of Alison Jacksons fantastic work in the future.

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                                imageThe leaves are turning brown, the air is getting cooler… But the outfits are definitely getting hotter!

I have always loved a good leopard skin- it started with wearing tiger print heels to school (the teachers did not appreciate I can’t see why) and it has evolved from there.

So imagine my delight when seeing Fifi Chachnils new collection consist of some rather kittenish leopard prints and the details are divine…the softest but warmest material, a flare on the skirt and a round collar, utterly divine!

Shot outside the historical Hazlitts on Frith Street, I had a ball- Have a beautiful Autumn!

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Wow, I feel like I just turned around and the whole year has gone by! It’s almost September and yes, it is almost time to put away the summer clothes and get the wool, fur, velvet and well, anything warm out of the closet.

But I couldn’t resist a little end of summer soirée in my favourite place in the world, Notting Hill!

This beautiful lace overlay pastel blue dress is from Topshop, I couldn’t believe it as I haven’t been in there for two years! The shoes are from Chanel

I feel a little sad the summers over but I think it’s always important to make a list to keep you going in winter. My beat the winter blues list goes something like this…

1, Buy a winter coat followed by shoes, a diva notebook and pen (back to school stylee!)

2, Bake! I love healthy food so I like to make cakes without any wheat, dairy, sugar or naughtiness.

3, Dog Walking. I adore my sweet dog Dorothy, pictured here. She always instinctively knows my emotions and often acts like a cat, curled in a ball in my lap. I take her pretty much everywhere, even jobs!

4, Take stock of the year. I always have a things to do list that I look at throughout the year to see what’s happening and what I need to improve on. I may post the list here at the end of the year and I always write things that are challenging that I’ll have to go out of my comfort zone for. Some of my ideas came true, some of them I am still working on… And one big one that I have my fingers and toes crossed for which I will wait just a little longer and then the answer will be revealed (I can barely contain myself!)

5, Get creative. In the summer we’re so busy soaking up the sun (or chasing it) we forget our hobbies and in the winter it’s time to hibernate and make things, create things and get back to our darling hobbies.

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Photos by Robert Noble of The Rebels Rulebook blog