Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Come and find me at my new home

I have been writing on this blog now for five years. I have loved her, but have never been truly able to dedicate the time and passion to her as I'd have wished. Hopefully this will now all change. I'm moving to a new blog home, one where I can truly combine my professional and personal passions, one where I can devote time and effort in building something exciting. Are you with me?

       Welcome to JP&Rose

Hope to see you all there,x

Friday, 25 October 2013

Brora - Autumn Winter 2013

I've been a huge fan of Brora for a while now, not only for it's beautiful clothes, but for it's strong belief and passion for British manufacturing and continued devotion to quality. The look books are always inspiring and true to the Brora brand's heritage.

It's been great to see the brand growing over the last few years, and as a woven's designer myself I was thrilled to see this category growing and expanding over the seasons. The new catalogue is the best yet with some absolutely beautiful woven dresses, skirts and tops. Here are my favourite three...

Folk Silk Blouse - £145

Patchwork Folk Dress - £149

Wild Flower Silk Dress - £189
All images from Brora.co.uk

The woven pieces all style back beautifully with the classic knitted Brora pieces. All in all a winning formula of fabulous design and incredible quality.

If you'd like to know more about Brora and it's beliefs in terms of manufacturing and brand philosophy then click here to see the brand book. It's so wonderful to read about a brand who still believe in designing and manufacturing beautiful quality clothes. A brand that puts the ideas of quality and craftsmanship before that of profit and mass produced disposable fashion.

Pip pip, xxx

Thursday, 17 October 2013

The Neon Museum, Las Vegas

The Neon Museum is a must see for any gal or guy visiting Vegas. Established in 1996, it is a non-profit organisation dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting the gorgeous neon signs of the old Las Vegas. I'm a strong believer that organisations such as this should be 110% supported in their work to restore and preserve a place's heritage. If you know me, you'll know how passionate I am about this and how vitally important it is. I have been known to get in an utter rag with people who just knock down, rip out and replace with the new!!

The museum can only be visited during a guided tour and I can thoroughly recommend the night tour. We started just as the sun was beginning to go down so we truly got the best of both worlds - seeing the signs in daylight, but also seeing them in their full neon glory (well the ones that had been preserved and lit up!).

I got very enthusiastic with my photos, so here are a few of the best:

And to save the best for last...this sign was fabulous...

This is the original sign from the La Concha Motel, located at 2955 Las Vegas Blvd South. The hotel was designed by Paul Williams, one of the first prominent African American architects in the US. The building, built in 1961 was considered one of the best- preserved examples of 1950s Googie architecture. However, sadly like so many of Vegas's historic hotels, this didn't save it from demolision and in 2005 it was torn down. Luckily the owner did decide to save the hotel lobby and donate it to The Neon Museum where it now forms the museum lobby. And here she is in all her restored glory;

Image courtesy of http://fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com
Image courtesy of Preservation Nation Blog
So peeps, if you visit Vegas ensure to go to The Neon Museum to experience the real history of Vegas (so much more interesting than the modern day tat that is so prominent on the main strip!!).

Pip pip, xxxx

Friday, 11 October 2013

Tick, tock...time is flying

Apologies for the lack of posts recently. So much has happened since my last post on our wedding. Only two weeks after we tied the knot, my husband and I found out we were expecting our first little baba. A little bit of a surprise, but an incredibly exciting one! I've also been away on our honeymoon where we travelled around the world visiting the USA, Fiji and Hong Kong. It was an absolutely amazing trip and I have a gazzilion photos to share. But here is a sneak preview;

We spent three days in Vegas, a crazy place! I dragged my husband to The Neon Museum which was absolutely amazing. Hundreds of old neon signs from the heyday of Las Vegas, all gathered together in varying states of decay and repair. More on this place later.

We then drove up to San Francisco for another three days. We loved it here. A city full of history, culture and amazing people. 

After travelling down Route One in the US we then flew to Fiji for 15 days of relaxing in the stunning Yasawa islands. Here's me posing with bump on our balcony.

And en route home we stopped over in the crazy Hong Kong. Another amazing city full of life and culture.

I'm in the process of setting up a new blog which I will hopefully launch over the next few weeks. This will be a more concise blog blending my professional work as a Freelance clothing designer with my passions for vintage, interiors and just relishing living. More on this new site very soon.

Pip pip, xxxxx

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Wedding Bells

Well the last two months have flown by in the blink of an eye, but I'm thoroughly enjoying my life as a married lady! I've had my official photographs through and was absolutely blown away by them. I was always planning a vintage style wedding and wanted the photography to represent this. After trawling the Internet and being disheartened by the sheer amount of point and shoot, posed wedding photographers out there, a colleague of mine recommended Stephen Swain. Renowned for his natural handwriting Stephen's photographs capture not only the important moments of any brides day, but truly represent the inspirations, atmosphere and emotion of the day.

So here you are, a summery of my big day courtesy of Stephen Swain;








I'll do more specific posts on my dress and the amazing hair and make up in a few days. But below is a list of amazing guys and gals who helped us create the perfect day:

All photography - Stephen Swain
Hair & Make Up (Bride & Bridesmaids) - Lipstick & Curls
Wedding Dress - Designed by myself
The fabulous dressmakers who realised my design vision - Bespoke By Summer Mai
Wedding shoes - Rachel Simpson
Brides Veil - Sibo Designs
Bridal headpiece worn in the evening - Melissa Morgan Designs
Groom's Suit - Hugo Boss
Bridesmaids dresses - Oasis
My wonderful florist - Julia Moore

Pip pip, xxx

Thursday, 6 June 2013

I've got hitched!!!!

Well, I've been pretty quiet on the blog front, but a busy bee in the background for the last few months. This was all for one very special occasion...My Wedding!!!....which happened last Saturday. The day was more than I could ever have hoped, with my closest friends and family around me and we were even blessed with gorgeous sunshine!!!

I'm still awaiting my official photos, but please see below for a sneaky peek courtesy of my Uncle and friends;

I'll do a more indepth post once I have more photos, but in the meantime, my lovely friend Rachie from 
A Chi Chi Affair has done a lovely post about the day here!

Pip pip, xxxx

Thursday, 25 April 2013

A vintage style tipple

If you fancy a break from the normal tipples, give Fentimans Rose Lemonade and vodka a try...

Serve one shot of voddy, over cubed ice and top up with Rose lemonade. I serve mine in a vintage champagne glass and it tastes superb!

Pip pip, xxx