Here comes the sun…..

Finally Summer is here it’s been a blazing 28 degrees in London for the past 3 days and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.

Our summer attire has finally been taken out for a spin this week and our parks have been filled with picnickers, sunbathers and sizzling BBQ’s.

It’s been gooood!!!

This being the case we thought it fitting to share our favorite summer street style looks with you.

Two looks have been particularly popular this week, these are denim and white!

Take a gander at these lovelies….

We hope you enjoy your sunny weekend!

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Mercedes Helwein….

A question which frequently crosses my mind and I apologize in advance as it’s completely and utterly superficial, but hey here we go anyway…why are redheads always so cool?

It would seem that maybe I’m making a massive statement with this question when in actual fact how can one really assume that all red heads are cool? Well, I’m glad you you asked….I would begin with a few names (both fictional and non-fictional) and I guess these names should trigger the “Oh yes I see your point” voice in your head.

So here we go-

Kate Bush- one music video is all it took for me to realize that this was one amazing lady- the visual treasure that is Withering heights and I’m pretty sure you’ll agree?

Karen Elson (Super model, former wife of Jack White and owner of what is probably the greatest vintage store in the world ( Venus and Mars) based in Nashville.

Ariel- from the little mermaid. (Obviously)

Susan Sarandon- Rocky horror picture show, Witches of Eastwick, the list could on…

Grace Coddington- Stylist extraordinaire and creative director for American Vogue, a lot of you will remember her from the fashion documentary “The September Issue”.

Strawberry Shortcake, the name alone speaks volumes of her brilliance.

Lucille Ball – American comedienne and actress most famous for the historic early sitcom she created with real-life husband Desi Arnaz called I Love Lucy (1951-1957). I Love Lucy was memorable for being the first American TV show to star a female.

To add to my list of flame haired “extraordinaire’s”, is the incredible visual artist and writer, Mercedes Helwein.

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Image source-Lula magazine.

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Mercedes Helnwein was born in Vienna, Austria, daughter to renowned painter and art provocateur Gottfried Helnwein. With a deep fascination developing early on in her childhood for both the visual arts as well as literature, she began to dedicate her time equally among the two.

She moved to Ireland with her family, where she spent her teens drawing, writing and listening to the blues in a castle. Her influences, which range from Southern Gothic traditions to the cartoons of Robert Crumb, to nineteenth Century Russian literature, American motel culture and the Delta blues, eventually landed her in a style distinctly her own – unsettling, direct and quietly humorous.

In 2003 she added Los Angeles as a second home. Teaming up with friend and photographer Alex Prager, Mercedes Helnwein began exhibiting her art regularly around L.A. in unorthodox one-night shows. Initially a lot of people came to these shows for the free beer, but her intricate pencil drawings of weird goings-on soon began to attract a strong following, making her a vital representative of the L.A. art scene.

In 2008 Simon and Schuster published her first novel “The Potential Hazards of Hester Day”.

Film became an important element in her work in 2008, when she made a three-minute film to accompany her exhibition “Whistling Past the Graveyard” at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles. Since then she has accompanied all her exhibitions with a short-film, for which her brother Ali Helnwein composes the music.

Mercedes Helnwein currently lives and works in downtown Los Angeles and Ireland.

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Above words from Mercedes Helwein’s bio do check out her website at www.mercedeshelnwein.com to see more of her amazing works, writing and current exhibitions.

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Coloured pencil on paper works in her LA studio.

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Above and below are a some of my favorite pieces from her earlier works.

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 Suffice to say, Red heads rock!

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Juergen Teller….

When it comes to photography there is one “snapper” with such a defining style, it’s become his signature and trademark.

Clean simple and strong imagery shot mostly in film, he is the notifiable legend that is Juergen Teller.

Whether he’s shooting for Marc Jacobs or Vivienne Westwood the work that he produces is unbelievably breathtaking each time and what’s more- it is continuously original and leaves you wanting to take in more.

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The lovely Ms Moss

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SS12 March Jacobs add campaign

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Edie Campbell for Industry Magazine

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Toot-toot ahhh beep-beep……

Today the sad news of Donna Summer’s death reached the world and I just couldn’t believe it.

I don’t know many people who didn’t have a shimmy on the dance floor to one of her many Disco hits. I instantaneously smile whenever I hear her voice and what a voice it is to hear!

Today tributes were payed to the wonderful late singer, by many a famous face and I  have to say that completely agree with what Obama had said-

“Her voice was unforgettable,” said the US leader. “The music industry has lost a legend far too soon.”

Donna Summer- you will forever put a smile on my face and be a trusty source of rhythm and melody to shake a tale feather to.

We will forever miss you!

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The ultimate Disco queen!

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Donna and Arnold

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Think Pink…..

Let’s face it –

it’s been a gloomy few weeks weather wise, so we thought what better way to cheer ourselves up than to catalog a few of our favorite images that move or inspire us in one way or the other.

This weeks inspiration consists mostly of a animals, destinations, design and fashion.

All of which are carefully depicted in a dreamy candy-floss hue, it instantly perked the office up- see for yourselves and let us know if it put a smile of your face!

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An instant “mood-lift”, if you will!

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Photo of the week…

We were most impressed when Anna Holmes Libbis walked into our studio with a clear outline of what she wanted to achieve on her day in our studio.

Her personal style is one to be admired and her inspiration was even more so, she chose to emulate the popular and much adored image of Rosie the Riveter– the cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories during WW2.

Rosie the Riveter is commonly used as a symbol of feminism and women’s economic power. And we utterly loved the idea and choice of subject!

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It’s great to see clients turning up with an inspirational mood board along with putting themselves in our careful and attentive hands. It really does allow us to do what we do best, which is to take breathtaking keepsake images and create wonderful memories.

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The original image, above.

We so enjoyed working with you Anna, you were an absolute star and we hope you love your images.

I know we certainly enjoyed working with you and the final product is well worth a mention on this week’s Pic feature.

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enjoy!

The final product and our photo of the week!

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May’s Beauty Muse…..

Girls the world over admire and adore Audrey Hepburn.

A combination of elfin beauty, doe eyed charm and quite possibly the most fun and enjoyable person to have been around…what’s not to like?

For this reason and so many more -we have decide that for May Audrey is our beauty muse and really who could blame us?

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Oh, Miss Holly Golightly you will forever remain a style icon to many, many girls!

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The beauty team have kindly recommended the following products for any of you wishing to recreate this look.

When recreating the “Audrey look” the key is to focus on hair and makeup with equal amounts of attention.

Don’t we all wish we had a little Audrey in us!

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To achieve the doe-eyed look The Face London’s beauty team recommend using shades or brown, dark blue or grey with focus on eyelashes and eyeliner being key.

Laura Mercier Sequin Eye Colour has soft-sparkle effects that glisten and captivates (breathtaking)

The deep-impact shades can be swept over eyes softly for a stunning day look, or applied with more intensity for evening glamour.

The perfect tool in creating those deep doe-like eyes is this nifty “All over eye colour brush” from Laura Mercier, which is the ideal large flat head brush with a beveled edge for a smooth, perfect application of base shades.

When choosing your colour palette, which we’ve based on the recommendation of our brilliant beauty team, we found the Laura Mercier Riviera Eye Colours is an eye shadow palette containing four ‘of the moment’ shades which are perfect for creating those Audrey eyes!

To achieve those lovely fresh apple cheeks that Audrey sports so well, we recommend Chantecaille’s Poudre de Perle blush, The smart formula replaces traditional talc particles with weightless, silky and translucent optics that ensure skin clarity and luminosity. Our Beauty teams choice product for the month and once you give it a try you will soon find out exactly why!

For all over coverage that looks and feel natural we recommend Liz Earls sheer skin tint that is sure to leave your skin feeling and looking satin soft and stunningly fresh for Spring!

For lips the Beauty team recommend a matt peachy pink we chose MAC’s colour plus texture in “Please me.”

For the final and most important touch, our beauty experts insist that when it comes to bold, voluminous eyelashes Stila’s Glamoureyes mascara is the one and only!

This next generation of mascara perfectly adheres to each lash and instantly lengthens, volumises and curls for your softest, plushest lashes ever. Finnish with a flick of Chantecaille gel liner pencil on the lids, and there you have it!

An awe-inspiring Audry look, that is set to stun a few passers-by!!

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