November, 2013

Fasting for charity- Typhoon Haiyan

I am slightly later than planned in writing this little blog post… due to a seriously manic few weeks planning and preparing for a shoot, then working on it all weekend, including a 17 hour day yesterday on shoot!

Anyway, last Monday I fasted for 24 hours to help raise money for the much needed Philippines Typhoon Haiyan appeal, through British Red Cross. It was relatively a small challenge, considering the scale of disaster that so many are facing over there, but it was a challenge for me none the less.

24 little hours… by 10am, stomach is grumbling and trying to avoid the kitchen. By midday, watching TV while I work as a distraction and every advert seems to be delicious looking xmas food ad’s- M&S the most tempting. Agh! By 2pm, off out the house to buy some more props and essentials for the shoot. Have to buy sweets, which means going in a food shop- sooo hungry now! By 6pm, almost forgotten about food  the last few hours, then as my body clock starts telling me it’s dinner time the hunger pangs return. by 8pm, my flatmate returns home and cooks dinner- food smells are the worst for temptation. 10pm, prepare for bed and drink herb tea to sooth my brain and stomach.

The next day I very much enjoyed my food!

Most importantly, I managed, with the generous help of friends and family, to raise £180 for the Typhoon Haiyan appeal, which is a lot more than I could afford to donate alone (joys of working for yourself with high Brighton rents and bills). This money will buy 10 tarpaulins to help make temporary shelters, six hygeine kits and 14 blankets. Thank you sooo much to everyone that has donated through my personal appeal or through their own! Even a small difference we can help to make is a difference. Here’s hoping all the supporting charities continue to raise money and support all those in need.

40th Birthday Party Event Styling

After a busy few months, I am now going to start up my blog post again, and what better way than to introduce you to a wonderful surprise 40th birthday soiree that I just finished styling…

Back in the summer, I styled a wedding for a wonderful couple at Ashdown Park Hotel with a rustic, enchanted forest feel. It was at this wedding that the brother of the groom saw my styling work and decided upon using my services to style the 40th birthday party for his wife. This is a truely romantic gesture, as his wife Sam knew only of a dinner planned at the beautiful venue of Horsted Place in Uckfield, and nothing of the added decor, balloons, sparklers and birthday cake and sweet trolley that her husband entrusted me with planning and styling.

What a fabulous gesture and what a fabulous job for me… given a chance to come up with a theme and ideas for styling a large dining table and room in this venue. We decided upon a colour scheme of black, white and gold with arrows and geometric patterns introduced subtly. We kept all the table decor simple and low, so as not to obstruct any view across the table. I finally got to showcase my retro, gold trolley as a cake/ sweet trolley for Sams fab cake (courtesy of choccywoccydoodah) and covered my vintage folding screen with some gold sequin fabric to enhance this look, finished off with twinkling fairy lights at the bottom of the trolley.

50 gold and white helium balloons tied with gold or black ribbons attached, and white lanterns with candles lining the pathway outside of the dining room windows, a vase of sparklers at the ready by the door (for after dinner) and the room was complete.

Final details included; bespoke luggage tags with gold ribbons, sent to each guest before the party, that would be staying at the hotel, bespoke child minding cards sent in gold envelopes to each guest that would need to make child minding arrangements in order to attend the party and bespoke name place cards for the dining table. All flowers from Viva Verde in Hove. All photos by the wonderful Sarah London Photography. Venue Horsted Place.

See all images from this event in Portfolio- Event Styling.