BEHIND THE SCENES

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a Wild & Gorgeous studio shoot…? Well here’s a little snapshot of what went on backstage at our recent Autumn Winter 2017 studio shoot….
The first models arrive at around (yawn) 8.30am and go straight in to have their hair and make up done. As they are children we try to keep it simple and mostly just use cover up to disguise small blemishes or dark rings under the eyes. Over the years we’ve had to deal with models arriving with face scratches from their cat, recent bike accidents and bruises on their legs. They are kids after all!
 
Wild & Gorgeous shoots are very organised these days. Every model has pre allocated outfits and matching accessories. Time is short and we have a lot of styles to race through.
Some of our models have been with us for years (Ellis, now 10, started modelling for us when she was 2!) and so they really know what they are doing. A good model will race through the clothes and you know you will get a good shot in a matter of snaps.
This year we tried to have some fun little props on set. It makes the shoot more fun for the kids and gives us some flexibility on use of images. This season we had a few themes from, Autumn Adventures, to Biker Chic, School of Rock and, of course, the ultimate Christmas shot.
 
Its all hands on deck with Amandine our graphic designer pumping up helium balloons, designer Lucy making headbands out of maple leaves and red clothes pegs plus a host of other accessories. At some point we looked around to see that the mischievous models had wrapped out photographer Ian up in a bikers chain and plonked a top hat on his head.
This season we are about to launch a tiny capsule womenswear collection of knitwear. Just the dipping of a toe in the water. So at 4pm on the second day our gorgeous model arrived to have her hair and make one and to (gulp) slip into our AW17 women’s knitwear styles.
 
Its always exciting to see the whole team’s hard work over the last 6 months come to fruition and nothing illustrates this better than the shoot. 2 days of shooting and 2 days of editing later we have some great shots that really showcase the clothes. Everyone is happy!
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BRRRRitish Beaches

This season we have created some stunning styles perfect for families who have chosen to holiday this summer on chilly British beaches.

Some of our best seller: The Brancaster Dress and  The Owen Shorts and Cy Towelling Top. Made from the softest cotton towelling we could source, they are the perfect water absorbing, warmth giving outfits for holidaying in the UK & Northern Europe.

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Share with us your favourite British beach with a photograph and a simple sentence to say why you love it tagging @wildandgroegeous #mybritishBeach. It can be beautiful, poetic or funny, whatever takes your fancy.

Here are a few of our favourite beaches…

brea beach2“Brea beach is our favourite beach in Cornwall. There are acres of white sand and this is where we meet with friends to swim, picnic and see who can create the craziest instagram post.”

Lucy Enfield, co Director

 

sophie“Growing up in North Yorkshire our nearest stretch of stunning coastline was Alnwick and the great sweeps of beach around Dunstanburgh Castle and Bamburgh. We would either day trip or stay for a couple of nights eating locally sourced crab at Craster and surfing in the icy waves. Now the children are older we still enjoying going back there to remember the good times.”

Sophie Worthington, Co director

 

hannah“The picture is of me and my sister. I’m obviously burying her alive as good sisters do.  It was taken in 1999, I was 7 and my sister was 5. We went every year to Normans Bay camping with my grandma and grandad and all my cousins, it was a place we could all go together that wasn’t too far from home.”

Hannah Bromley, Design Assistant

 

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jenny“My family love visiting North Berwick in Scotland where we have family. There is a particularly pretty beach in the town that is full of vintage shops and tea rooms where you can literally ‘walk on water’ via a store walkway that is immersed in water when the tide is high. The children love it and so do the grown ups!”

Jenny Leatham, Customer Services

Sophie’s Sale Picks

If you haven’t already shopped for the summer take advantage of the fabulous reductions top up with some of my favourite styles this season… 

1. The Hungary Dress. Beautiful pure cotton voile vintage inspired dress with fine embroidery work. Definitely one to keep for the grandchildren.
2. Catherine Dress. Sophisticated high summer halter neck dress in our iconic Fiorucci inspired cherry print.
3. Billy Dress. Crisp, no frills, contemporary cotton blue and white stripe dress that is great for younger girls.
4. Wild & Gorgeous Bomber Jacket. Fashion forward denim boxer jacket with embroidered peace sign on the back. Says it all really.
5. Brancaster Dress. 70’s inspired hooded, towelling beach dress with elasticated waist. Definitely the chicest beach cover around.
6. Caribbean Dress. Robust halter neck rayon dress perfect for pack and go holiday wear.
7. Mina Dress. Gorgeous smock detail dress. Perfect for younger girls. Makes me think of the 60’s.
8. New Yorker Playsuit. The perfect high summer playsuit. Pure cotton crepe, non iron and easily washable. What’s not to love?
9. Cilla Dress. Full on over the top girly twirly dress with layers of chiffon and net. Easy to care for. Wear irreverently with flip flops or wellies.
10. Kingston Sweatshirt. I just love this bright green sweatshirt with velvet flock lion print. Adorable.
11. Dan Stripe Jumper. Pure cotton stripe jumper with high v neck. Easy to wear, easy to wash, breathable cotton jumper.
12. Circus Tee Shirt. I love a 70’s style ringer t shirt and this one is made from the softest pure cotton with a vintage circus print.
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Verry Cherry Recipe by Lizzie Loves Healthy

Lizzie King is mother of Jethro 9, Calypso 7 and Phoenix 3. She is a Nutritional Health Coach, an author, a graduate of Leith’s School of Cookery and founder of Lizzie Loves Healthy.

Coming from a big family even bigger on food, she’s been surrounded by delicious cooking and food all her life. She is known for making deliciously easy recipes, super healthy food for babies, children and families. All food is gluten and sugar free with dairy alternatives.To celebrate our cherry theme this season Lizzie has created this delicious, healthy recipe for Very Cherry and Almond Scones.YUM

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 Very Cherry & Almond Scones

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MAKES 12

½ cup Buckwheat Flour

1 cup teff flour
(or use regular flour)

1 cup rolled oats

¼ cup almond slithers (sliced almonds)

½ cup (80g) dried, sour cherries, roughly chopped in half

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tbsp ground almonds

Pinch sea salt

100 g melted butter

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

3 tablespoon raw honey

¼ cup (75 ml ) milk of choice

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Combine flours and dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Melt the butter with honey, stirring well and the milk. Tip into the bowl of dry ingredients along with vanilla paste. Bring together then turn out onto a floured surface. Roll out roughly with a floured rolling pin until about 1 inch thickness throughout. Use 2inch cookie cutters to press out your scones. Place onto a greased baking tray and scatter the top with some extra flaked almonds.

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Find out more about Lizzie Loves : visit  lizzieloveshealthy.com

BEHIND THE SCENES AT GIFFORD CIRCUS

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We were lucky enough to shoot our Spring Summer 2017 campaign at the fabulous Gifford Circus. If you haven’t heard of it, Gifford Circus is magical travelling circus that performs in London and the South of England from may to September every year. Their vision is of a miniature village green circus, bursting at the seams, packed, rowdy, tiny, a little band of performers who live nomadically, performing daily, engrossed in the serious business of making magic.

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Wild & Gorgeous arrived at Chiswick house one wet morning last summer armed with our photographer, samples and a few of our favourite models. 

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We were immediately made welcome and drawn behind the scenes of their magical, mystical world. In between shooting the campaign the children were coached in the art of juggling, dog training, hula hoop as well as leading and giant bison around the ring and helping Tweedy the Clown look after his chicken! The children had lots of fun and games playing hide and seek in the gypsy caravan, exploring the living wagons and dancing around the big top.

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Gifford Circus was the perfect setting for our circus inspired theme this summer and we are very grateful to them for be so warm, welcoming and generous in allowing us to peep behind the scenes for a day and get just a tiny taste of what it would be like to run away with the circus

We have a gift for you :

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 Watch our SS17 campaign video taken at Gifford Circus >

 

The best of SS17 – here today, gone tomorrow…

No 1. Smoothie Suit. Relaxed, easy care playsuit perfect for active girls and out door adventures.SMOOTHIE

No 2. Mod Jumper. Classic fine merino jumper with signature mod emblem elbow detail. Cool calm and collected.MOD

No 3. Cherry Jumper. Kitsch sequin cherry jumper, cosy and playful with a nod to 80’s fashion.CHERRY

No 4.  Kingston Sweatshirt. Loving this super soft vibrant green sweatshirt with velvet touch lion motif. Cosy all over.KINGSTON

No 5. Hungary Dress. Vintage inspired, pure cotton voile dress with intricate embroidered detail. One for keeps.hungary

No 6. Skull Jumper. Pure cotton jumper with intarsia skull design and glinting gold tooth. Yo ho ho.
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No 4: Playtime Dress: Short, sweet, fun and full of life with fashion forward frill shoulder detail and cute fringing. The belle of the beach.playtime

No 5. Leaping Tiger T Shirt. Vintage vibe T shirt with original design and red ringer detail. Gets better the more its is washed and bashed up.tiger

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VINTAGE INSPIRED STYLE

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Every season we draw inspiration from around the world and across time. From the vibrant colours of pop art to the smudged floral patterns of a rain washed English garden.

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One of our most loved inspirations however, is the the timeless beauty of Victorian vintage style. We love this Age of Innocence that works so well for children’s wear.

For Spring Summer 2017 our vintage inspired styles are fashioned from the softest cotton voiles in traditional hues of cream and pale blue grey but we have also created the same styles in hot pink to add interest and a contemporary twist.

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Details include sweet dresses for younger girls with fine smocking, embroidered detail and lace trims. We have also designed vintage styles for older girls using beautiful broderie anglaise fabrics with shirred waist detail. Probably our most loved vintage inspired style this season is the best selling Hungary Dress. Based on a stunning but fragile dress we sourced in Portobello Market on one of our many Friday rummages, it is made from pure cotton voile with intricate embroidery and shirred detailing.

Traditionalist will love to team these dresses, tops and skirts with classic Mary Jane shoes but they can equally well be dresses down with a pair of simple, slip on plimsolls.

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The soft complexions of babies call for muted colours and delicate details. For Spring Summer 2017 we have created a timeless collection of beautiful cotton baby dresses with fine lace trims and tiny embroidered flowers drawing on the memories that Lucy and I both have of our family hand me down dresses. We like to think that these lovely cotton baby dresses will be loved, worn and endlessly washed before being handed on down through the generations to come.

Colouring Competition

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To mark the Easter holiday we held a colouring competition in both our London shops on Saturday 8th April. Our brilliant graphic designer, Amandine, created some adorable outlines for little ones to colour in. If you didn’t get a chance to pop in store (not everyone lives in West or North London right?) we have created the templates here for you to download and print. coloured click Its been glorious weather so far this holiday but the rain may set in at any time. So get the good old colouring pens out and please do send us pictures of any completed masterpieces for us to display on instagram.  pirate Secret garden CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SECRET GARDEN TEMPLATE candies CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CANDIES TEMPLATE

Louise Nason Founder of Melts

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 10.15.04When and why did you launch Melt?

Melt launched it’s flagship Notting Hill store in February 2006 – the day before Valentine’s Day! I identified a gap in the market for very good quality, fresh, hand made chocolate – but with a welcoming and relaxed vibe.  I can’t believe it’s been over 10 years now – I am touched that we have so many loyal customers and have made so many people happy with a little bit of Melt deliciousness!

Melt has a very successful global presence. How do you find that people’s tastes differ across the globe?

Everyone loves good chocolate! Our packaging and innovative recipes are particularly popular oversees.  We have recently sent lots of our bars over to Hong Kong.  Good recipes and good design have global appeal!

You have an open plan kitchen in all of your stores so customers can see the chocolates being made.  How important do you feel this is to the overall chocolate buying/tasting experience? 

It was so important for me to have working kitchens in each of our stores. All the senses are involved to create an experience, the chocolates are so super fresh and the kitchen and team are the heart and soul of the Company. Every little detail of the working kitchen adds to the environment, whether it be the little tapping noises of the moulds, the banter of the team or the delicious smells each day.  I love the fact that there is a transparency and a freshness, we are nimble and can get feedback from our customers face to face.Melt has a vast array of best sellers such as your caramelised popcorn bars and peanut butter squares but what is your favourite?

My favourite chocolate changes all the time, but I am partial to The Crunchy Square, a delightful crunchy texture, silky chocolate and a gentle seasoning of Maldon Sea Salt. My kids all have their favourites too, they do love the Popcorn Bar and the Praline Cup.

What can we expect next from Melt?

The team have just done a tasting of lots of new recipes, we can’t wait for them to be launched for Mother’s Day. Easter is coming up too, our favourite time of year with chocolate eggs and bunnies everywhere. We hope that you’ll see more of us in great hotels, you can find us in Mandarin Hotel, Ace Hotel and Chiltern Firehouse.

What are your top five picks from the Wild & Gorgeous SS17 collection? 

I always wish I was small enough to squeeze into Wild & Gorgeous!  I have kept all the clothes that I have bought from Wild & Gorgeous for my daughters over the years.

1. I Love the aqua green colour of the Monday Dress, with the cute pink band at top.

2. The cherry motif is one of my all time favourites, so the Cherry Jumper in aqua appeals to me very much, particularly the red detail on the cuffs.

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3. I’m a sucker for smocking, so the soft, traditional look of the Mina dress in blue is just adorable for a little one.

4. The bright knicker set is fabulous and look great quality.

5. Last, but not least are the  Khaki Cargo shorts from the Boys Collection, my youngest son absolutes love the cargo style, the pockets are so useful for bits and bobs!

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Nikki Tibbles’ Flower Arranging Tips and Flower Class

 This week we are running a competition with our favourite florist Wild at Heart. The winner will receive a beautiful bouquet from Wild at Heart and an outfit from Wild & Gorgeous. The perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day. We also asked Nikki for her top flower arranging tips.

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 1- What to consider?

Which room will your arrangement be displayed in? Consider the colour, style and texture of that room. Also think about the vases you have to work with, both aesthetically and practically. For instance, a tall cylinder vase will suit tall, structured flowers like lilies, whereas smaller vases are great for delicate flowers like sweet peas and narcissi.

2- Which flowers?

It’s important to consider the colour, form and texture of the flowers you want to display and which ones will work well together. Generally, I wouldn’t use more than three types of flowers together in one arrangement, as any more than this starts to look messy. I’d also pair flowers with similar shaped heads together. For example, round-headed peonies look great with roses and spears of delphinium with stocks. Alternatively, a mass of one type of flower always looks effective and makes a contemporary statement.

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3- How to arrange?

Cut the stems of the flowers on an angle and place in cool water as soon as you get them home. Fill your chosen vase/jug/bottle/vessel three-quarters full with water and add any food sachets that may have come with the flowers. If you don’t have any flower food add a sterilising tablet to keep the water clean. Once you’ve cut your stems, remove any leaves below the water line as these will rot and cause bacteria in the water. Start your arrangement with foliage at the base and if you’re not using foliage then start with your biggest flowers. Build the arrangement stem by stem and try to spiral them into the vase. Finally, just make sure your arrangement looks good from all the angles it will be visible.

4- Fresher for Longer

To keep your arrangement looking its best, place it away from heat and out of direct sunlight. Also give the vase fresh water every couple of days and if you can, re-cut the stems. These simple steps will keep your flowers looking fresher for longer.

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Flower class details:
Discover more at Wild at Heart’s Mother’s Day Spring Flower Class on Thursday 30th March at their Pimlico Flagship store. Guests will be treated to a glass of fizz and canapés whilst their Head Florist demonstrates exactly how to make a famed Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart bouquet. Guests will then be invited to recreate this themselves, taking their beautiful arrangement home at the end of the evening.
Email: Marketing@wildatheart.com to book your space