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Jane & Marilyn Arrives in Chelsea …

We’re delighted to let you know that Jane & Marilyn is now stocked at Creativations Chelsea – 301 Fulham Road SW10.

Creativations Chelsea is a unique concept showcasing new designers, artists and artisans and you can find clothing, accessories, art andCreativations home wares there.

 In addition to Jane & Marilyn stock pieces we can also offer appointments at the shop to provide a bespoke service  for a wide choice of colours and a perfect fit.

To make an appointment contact us directly on 0208 334 0204 or Creativations Chelsea on 07423226323.

Stay glamorous Kisss Black

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Jane & Marilyn now in Kensington

A fabulous vintage shop in Kensington is now stocking Jane & Marilyn.

Orsini Vintage (www.orsinivintage.co.uk) is located at 76 Earl’s Court Road and specialises in high-end vintage designer dresses, furs and accessories from the 1920s through to the 1980s.0000352_1970s-albino-crocodile-handbag_225

They have a large collection of decadent cocktail dresses and elegant evening gowns for all occasions, including bridal wear – and you can find Jane & Marilyn there too.

In addition to the stock pieces we also offer a personalised bespoke service for a wide choice of colours and a perfect fiBeaded bagt, so you will have your own vintage inspired dress made to the same high standards and totally unique.

Orsini has a stunning range of vintage furs – full length coats and beautiful stoles and shrugs – plus glorious jewellery and mouth-watering vintage handbags in pristine condition from labels such as Chanel and Hermes.

If you’re in the area it’s well worth a visit to pick up something special for yourself, or perhaps a few gifts for glamorous friends!

Stay glamorous     J&M Kiss

Jane & Marilyn on TV and the Red Carpet

We’ve had something of a celebrity fest chez Jane & Marilyn recently.  Firstly, a Jane & Marilyn dress made an appearance on Loose Women (the second time a Jane & Marilyn design has appeared on the show), when Andrea McLean chose Katherine in banana for a recent appearance.

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Next up was Lorraine Kelly who chose to wear  our Lily dress for the Women of the Year Awards, where she was a judge.

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You can see more pictures of Lorraine at the Awards here: http://www.itv.com/lorraine/hottopics/lorraine-goes-to-women-of-the-year/

Wonderful to see these gorgeous ladies looking so glamorous in Jane & Marilyn!

Winners in the Ascot Style Stakes

It’s always wonderful to see our customers in all their finery, so we were delighted to receive these pictures of ladies at Royal Ascot.

AscotThis lady has added some black and white feathers to our black cartwheel hat to co-ordinate with her black and white dress. This is such a versatile hat, it looks striking and elegant on its own but is also a perfect foil for a strategically placed feather or flower.

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This customer chose a special colour for her Rita dress; a beautiful rich pink which positively glowed. She looked radiant with her matching picture hat and pale pink shoes.

 

Jane ascotThe Rita was also Jane’s choice for her day at Ascot. In a midnight blue, with matching  Lauren  jacket it was accessorised with a dramatic dark blue mesh hat trimmed with peacock feathers and iridescent beetle wing hat pin.  Jade green shoes and bag and beetle wing brooches completed the look.

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Marilyn looked so elegant in her choice of the Katherine dress in a soft beige with taupe patent bag and shoes. She added silk flowers to match her accessories on both her hat and in the draped front of her dress.

 

With Ascot out of the way it’s all about Henley Regatta; it’s likely that Rita will be making an appearance  and probably Veronica too!

If you’re attending a special event soon we hope we’ve given you some inspiration, but whatever you choose, stay glamorous!
Kisss Black

Brides, Mothers and Smart Occasions

It’s been a hectic first few months of the year with February seeing the launch of our new bridal service. We’d been approached by a number of ‘grown up’ brides looking for something different for their ceremonies, and most specific Bridal - Rita Dress & Lauren Jacket  from Jane & Marilynthat they didn’t want ‘the full gown’. Our dresses work beautifully as sophisticated bridal wear in soft ivories or pearl greys. We can even add extra bling with crystal or pearl buckles, buttons and embellishments. And the added bonus is that a Jane & Marilyn bride can easily wear her dress again afterwards, so it’s excellent value too!

We attended an exclusive wedding fair in Kingston upon Thames at the beginning of March.  Warren House, a stunning 19th century Victoria Mansion nestled close to Richmond Park. A beautiful backdrop for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, Warren House is set within four acres of landscaped grounds and boasts a lavish ballroom for wedding ceremonies.

As well as showing our Premiere and Silk collections (perfect for mothers of the bride and wedding guests), we also showcased our bridal service.

Veronica-hatWith the Season’s events drawing closer and ladies looking for dress code friendly pieces, we held a series of ‘open house ateliers’.  Ladies were welcome to drop in without an appointment, have a glass of something bubbly and view our collections and hats.   Samples were available to try and we were on hand to discuss modifications to the designs and run through colour swatches.

We are currently helping a number of ladies achieve their perfect Ascot look, in addition to working with mothers of the bride who want to look glamorous, but appropriate for their special occasion.

Most popular style choice of the moment is the Rita dress and jacket – a J&M Open Day 018reflection on the dreadful weather no doubt – always helpful to have the option of a jacket!

Stay glamorous X

Grown up and glamorous party makeup

So it’s the party season so we thought we’d share some tips for grown up, glamorous festive faces.

Foundation is essential to even out imperfections. Choose a light diffusing one  with a satin finish. Too matt is ageing and shows every wrinkle, too shiny and it just won’t look ‘finished’.  We like Bobbi Brown’s illuminating foundation.

We thoroughly recommend using a foundation brush, but trial and error has taught us that the best way to apply it is firstly with the fingers. Press a little foundation into the skin all over the face but focussing more on the central panel where uneven colouring and pores are more likely to be a problem. Using fingers warms up the foundation so it glides on smoothly and you’ll use less than you would if you apply with a brush. Once you have completed the application, take your foundation brush and brush all over your face to even it out, ensuring there are no heavy patches, and creating a soft, cashmere finish.

Blusher (we prefer a cream one) should be applied to apples of cheeks, on the temples, the tip of the nose and chin and thoroughly blended. This will give a more contoured effect and you’ll look healthy too!

Depending on your skin type you may like to add a little powder, it creates a wonderful finish but you have to be careful as too much powder can be ageing and settle into wrinkles. Pressed powder applied with a pad can set too matt but loose powder can look flour-y.  We have a tendency to shine on the T zone so we always use powder and have found the best approach to use a pressed powder (we like MAC) but to apply it with a large powder   brush.

Shiny eyelids Use a highlighting eye shadow (MAC does an excellent one called ‘Nylon’) and just dab your ring finger into it and touch it onto the centre of your eyelid and the inside corner of your eyes so it lights both the top and bottom part of the inner corner. Using fingers rather than a brush or sponge applicator keeps it subtle – you want to see the effect (which is spectacular) not the eye shadow.

Elongate eyes and create a feline look with false eyelashes attached to the outer half of the eyelid. Use individual lashes to build volume, or cut a regular pair in half (the added bonus is that you get two pairs of eyelashes for the price of one)!

liz_taylor_brows_budget  A nice pair of groomed and coloured brows   frames the face and also adds vintage        Hollywood allure. Threading is our eyebrow grooming technique of choice, and having them tinted also means less work is required with your eyebrow pencil.

Lipstick is of course essential. Marilyn Monroe would use multiple lipsticks to create that famous full lipped look. You can achieve it too with some cunning tricks. Firstly, use a nude lip pencil to line your lips, taking it just outside your natural lip line and correcting any imbalances as you go.  Use a subtle highlighter such as Touche Éclat300px-Marylnn-monroe lips and apply along your upper lip just above your new lip line and under your nose. This will create a more ‘pouty’ upper lip. Apply one coat of your favourite red lipstick, blot thoroughly and apply again, this will give it staying power. Finally apply a dab of lipstick in a pale pearly colour in the middle of your bottom lip to create a fuller looking lip. Note – don’t be tempted to add lip gloss – a satin finish is the most you should aim for, with a strong red lip colour gloss just looks too much like jam!

Now you’ll rival any screen goddess,  so  go forth and be glamorous!

Merry Christmas X

Jane & Marilyn Supports Fashion for Good’s Surrey Fashion Weekend

We’ll be bringing our grown up glamour to Surrey in November when we  support Fashion For Good’s uber stylish fashion weekend at the Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November.

Fashion For Good, a Surrey-based community fund-raising initiative, is bringing together some of the hottest up and coming boutique designer collections, stylists and make-up artists under one roof.

There’s an evening  catwalk show on the Friday, and we will have our  Premiere and Silk Collections on display for fashionistas to peruse during a one-off shopping and pamper experience on the Saturday.

We’re delighted to be part of such a unique event that’s supporting worthwhile causes and we’re looking forward to welcoming ladies of all ages and helping them channel their inner Hollywood sirens with designs and tailoring to take them from work to play!

Fashion For Good helps people, who love fashion and beauty, to shop and pamper themselves whilst knowing that they’re helping to do some good in their local community at the same time. The initiative is working with The Community Foundation for Surrey to distribute the money raised to local causes, including Christopher’s Children’s Hospice, Your Sanctuary, The Oasis Childcare Centre, SAY-It’s Friday! and Happy Days.

For more details on the Fashion For Good Surrey Fashion Weekender, visit the official website at www.fashionforgood.co.uk.

Stay glamorous X

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