Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have known that I had been a little nervous about my magazine lingerie shoot. I'm not a natural model, and I definitely have next to zero body intelligence. My body does not do what my brain tells it to!
But I am a firm believer in doing the things that scare us, so when I got offered the shoot I leapt at the chance to push myself!
I enlisted a friend to pop round early in the morning, to put some little victory rolls in my hair. You never know with hair and make-up artists - sometimes they just don't get the vintage look, and I was nervous of looking nothing like myself!
The car came to collect me, and Pip took a quick picture people I jumped in!
After an hour in the car I arrived! I think I had expected a regular photo studio, but was pleasantly surprised to find this grand and interesting town house!
The house sprawled over four floors, and each room has a very different look! There were walk-in wardrobes, four poster beds, sculptures and randomly fabulous items.
They showed me the outfit options they had laid out for the shoot! Yum! So, we oooh and ahhed over them, and then had to start making a decision. We initially wanted to try the yummy aqua coloured set (from New Look I think) but it wasn't in my size. They moved onto a nude and black set, and put a girdle over, but again, it wasn't quite right. They swapped into a black halterneck silk bra, with the girdle, and changed the pants to plain black. A lingerie shoot is no place to be shy....it was just me stripping naked in front of the team!
We went with the black silk bra, black knickers and black stockings. Initially it was glittery gold shoes, but then they got swapped to red.
I arrived wearing a fabulous Pip Jolley cast silver curler necklace, but the stylist wanted a gold necklace. I did wear the silver Pip Jolley earrings for the shoot though! Love to support independent designers (she is a Wonderful Woman too!).
Next it was time for make-up, and luckily the lady was fabulous and I still felt like myself at the end of it! This is a terrible phone picture, but until I have any of the actual pictures, it will do!
She made a nice classic eyeliner flick but then added an aqua just on the bottom lashes, which I would never have thought of doing. It is nice to still have 'my look' but be able to change it a bit, I will definitely be experimenting! Lip colour started with Rockalily Vintage Vixen, mixed with a touch of Pompadour Pink, and then it got much more Pompadour Pink when the shoot director wanted the lip brighter.
The team were so helpful, I warned them that I was up for being bullied into shape - I want to be told what to do - I don't know myself! The ladies were warm, funny and supportive - phew!
We ended the shoot with lunch round the kitchen table. Fabulous.
Watch this space to see it in print!