Friday, 6 December 2013
I sent them pics and descriptions of what we all look like and of course what we wear! Being a fashion editor this was super important for me. So I made sure Tom was wearing his favourite biker jacket, ray bans and grey v-neck whilst I'm pictured in my 'Deborah' dress by Clements Ribeiro and leopard heels whilst Phin is in his ubiquitous stripes and Mini is decked out in her favourite Stella McCartney broderie dress and cork wedges whilst even Ottilie doesn't escape unscathed with a bow in her hair.
Now where to hang this masterpiece!
I've always wanted to have portraits done of the kids because although I snap away incessantly with my iPhone, having them painted on canvas is something different altogether. So it was serendipitous when my old friend, the fashion designer Sara Berman who I had worked with for years, styling and consulting for her eponymous label, decided to wrap up her label and take up painting instead. And unbeknown to me she was inspired to paint my children from the Instagram photos I post.
After getting in touch to see if she could use some more images for her work I wondered if she could imagine selling these first works to me? And lucky for me she agreed!
Tom, Ottilie and I visited her studio yesterday and had the most wonderful time catching up over a cup if tea, looking at her work and seeing her portraits of Phin, Mini and Ottilie close up.
Here they are...
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Sunday, 1 December 2013
It was all thanks to Kate, indie's mum who went all out for her second daughter Cleo's 2nd birthday. A true creative genius with a flair for transforming the mundane into the extravagant.
Stuffed toy dogs were adorned with shades, pearls and tutus and turned into divas, rappers and their chauffeur.
From the balloons to the table decorations and the tower of cupcakes everything was dog tastic. But the piece de la resistance had to be the pug troupe who turned up an hour late only to refuse to jump through their hoops. Finally they did behave and delighted us all by pushing each other round in a pram. Only in Notting Hill. Only at Kate's parties! Bravo.
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Mini and her BFF Indie were indulged in an afternoon of decadence by their mummies. After a lunch of raspberry macaroons at La Duree they were whisked off to the brand new Bibbidibobbidiboo Beauty salon at Harrods for an hour of transformation. Two fairy god mothers in waiting were given the task of transforming our two ingenues into glistening princesses complete with tutu and tiara. Let the process begin!