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FESTIVE COCKTAILS AT JIMMY CHOO MEN LONDON | AN EVENING WITH CELEBRATED BRITISH CHEF MARK HIX

WE ENJOYED SUMPTUOUS CANAPES & COCKTAILS BY RON ZACAPA AT THE JIMMY CHOO MEN'S EVENT IN MAYFAIR

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It was a delightful evening one cold December but the party atmosphere was very inviting in the warmth and busy as one would expect during the Christmas Party season as I got to admire these exquisite shoes in the beautiful Dover Street boutique. I have always been curious how luxury shoes are made and the fine craftsmanship that goes into creating each style.

It was a pleasure to see the collection showcased at the event in an intimate setting which tempts me to want to covet a pair for my Christmas Wish-list – just a hint there for anyone wondering what to get for my birthday this month and Christmas present. I’ve always received two present’s with my birthday and Christmas being so close together but a pair of Jimmy Choo’s would be amazing don’t you think. But then again knowing me one pair may not be enough as I do love brand new shoes.

When’s it’s time to indulge in new shoes for that all important special occasion Jimmy Choo would be my first choice and I always say have a statement pair of shoes as you never know when that all important event may come up at short notice. With dressing request to the Star’s and Influencers Jimmy Choo shoes are the ideal companion for the Red Carpet without fail as the quality is so well made as the go to for luxury footwear and accessories every man should own to invest in.

 

 

It sure is worth the price tag, classic and they look amazing to wear from dressy in between to smart casual there is a style to suit all to make room in every discerning man’s contemporary wardrobe. So don’t be the last one to look sharp at the Christmas Party – be sure to always look exceptionally glamorous no matter the circumstances because trust me it’s worth it.

With Award’s Season just around the corner and fashion week it’s never too early to start thinking about it so it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead for upcoming event’s so don’t forget get to put an alert on your smart phone with so many shoe styles to choose from it must be you’re lucky day to spoil and indulge yourself.

 

Disclaimer: Thank you so much to Jimmy Choo London and Mark Hix for hosting an elegrant Christmas Cocktail Party. As always all opinions will be my own and I only choose to review brands I would use myself to provide honest feedback on products I love to wear.

GETTING READY: PRE-BAFTA EVENT WITH PERRIER JOUET CHAMPAGNE HOSTED BY DON’T DIE WONDERING SOCIETY PRIVATE MEMBERS CLUB

Don't Die Wondering Pre-BAFTA bash at Ella Canta Park Lane

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Credits: Black Formal Blazer Zara Man, White Formal Dress Shirt Ralph Lauren; Black Silk Neck tie GUCCI, Skinny Trousers with patent effect; Zara Man, Shoe Accessories H & M Man

Photography: Jodie Weston

 

Hey! Guys I’m just reminding you its Awards Season with Fashion Week just around the corner I bet you’re really excited just as I am to attend any of the private events which are often very exclusive by invitation only. I’ve just returned recently from a long weekend in Italy to attend Men’s Fashion Week in Milan so it feels great to be back and catch up on the latest. Let’s begin with everyone’s favourite topic who’s wearing what to the EE Rising Star Bafta Award’s 2020 and which event’s are happening before the Awards Night this weekend.

Various Lifestyle Brand’s were also known to have hosted their own private soirees such as Chanel, Atelier Swarovski, Dunhill London and more. Most, importantly what did I get up to Pre-Bafta Awards About Town this Week as I had the pleasure of attending an Exclusive invitation with Perrier Jouet Champagne x Don’t Die Wondering at Ella Canta Park Lane.

But, before telling you about what I wore to the event I just thought I’d mention that Don’t Die Wondering is an exclusive member’s club for high net worths and influencers in the luxury, music, film, art and fashion industries.

The exclusive service is available by application only and includes the crème de la crème of Hollywood A-list, industry veterans and highly acclaimed influencers as member’s. Lucky for me I got insider access to experience it firsthand and had the most wonderful time as it was my first Pre-Bafta bash this season as a style insider and I’m sure it won’t be my last the perks of being an influencer certainly has it’s advantages.

Especially when attending event’s what you wear on the Red Carpet is crucial to expressing your own style and confidence but sometimes you’re often found with a challenge with what options to wear. So, here’s my opinion on Menswear Style Pre-Bafta Style vs the Actual Awards night.

Firstly, Black Tie does not have to mean a full tuxedo and bow tie, that’s for Awards night, but for a Pre-Bafta Dinner for instance Chanel some male Celebrities wore a classic white dress shirt and black neck tie which has been seen spotted on George Clooney, Jude Law etc looks more relaxed but still sartorially sharp and edgy vs traditional black tie. That’s what kind of look I went for during the other night in a Polo Ralph Lauren White Dress Shirt, Black Silk Gucci Neck tie, formal Blazer and non matching skinny trousers by Zara Man and Shoes H&M. Sometimes a bit of contrast in your evening attire can make things looks overall flawless. Let me know your thoughts on this look.

Photography Hannah Young

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Disclaimer: Many Thanks to Don’t Die Wondering London, Perrier Jouet Champagne, These Guys and Ella Canta Park Lane for hosting me  for the Pre-Bata Event and Dinner ahead of the EE Rising Star Bafta Awards 2020 on Sunday. All opinions expressed will be my own

 

 

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TED BAKER MENS GROOMING CHRISTMAS COLLECTION: FLIGHT OF FANCY GIFT SET | REVIEW

Unboxing the new Ted Baker Travel and Body range for Men - Take Flight with Ted’s new Pashion Toiletries Gift Collection

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Merry Christmas guys!, I just wanted to remind you that the countdown to Christmas begins less than 3 weeks away and if like me you’re still hunting for the ideal gifts as presents I’ve come across these amazing Christmas gifts set from Ted Baker London.  Just the other day I had the pleasure of receiving a gifted parcel from the brand and what a surprise it was being so close to my Birthday last weekend which made my day. Ted Baker unveils their exclusive Christmas Gift sets for the Festive Season at Boots UK available to buy now in store or online.

Design led, on trend and highly giftable everyday treats that lead to No Ordinary Experience.

I’m a great fan of their menswear and lifestyle products too which includes also grooming and accessories.

I recently discovered the brand also has various standalone Barber Shop’s Ted’s Grooming room where you can experience firsthand the finest grooming by Master Barbers such as authentic prestigious Turkish barbering skills inspired by quintessential British style.  I’m very keen to try this out as I’ve heard you will enjoy the best haircut in London to Traditional Wet Shaves.  Ted’s Grooming Room offers gift vouchers, Hair products, gift certificates and more to satisfy even the most dandy gentry debonair about town.

 

Expect and invest in fine new formulations at Ted’s Grooming Room that burst with active ingredients’ including making a long lasting impression with Ted’s invigorating signature cologne perfected in London and inspired by Turkish aftershave.

 

Top image: Ted Baker Travel & Grooming Range This image: Flight of Fancy Christmas Gift Set RRP £18

 

It’s a good job then that Ted Baker has released its Festive Gift Set’s just in time for Christmas and my favourite pick from the limited edition range exclusive to Boot’s UK has to be their ‘Flight of Fancy’ Men’s Grooming Kit. What I love about this range is that this gift set comes equipped with everything a Ted clientele needs, including a manicure set to keep you perfectly groomed on your travels.

In addition the set comes complete with graphite black hair & body wash plus matching fragrant body spray that has an invigorated scent with aromas of enticing smoky spiced blend of pink pepper, tobacco and rich cedarwood for the man on the go.

The Eagle illustration on the packaging cleverly suggest it’s a gift set for made for travel as you can see where flight of fancy gets its name from. It’s definitely for those who love to jet set and travel on vacation either for business or pleasure making it the perfect travel companion as an addition to refresh your grooming kit.

Ted Baker began life as shirt maker during the late 1980’s in the UK as quintessentially British Brand with its presence in over 380 stores and concessions all around the world.  I would definitely say that Ted Baker’s Lifestyle Collection should be part of every discerning man’s lifestyle from his wardrobe to essential grooming routine from distinct clothing collection to accessories to dress yourself or your home.

Make Ted Baker a must have style statement for your bathroom this Christmas, with design led, on trend prints and fashion inspired colour pallet. I have to say that trying on the men’s grooming ranges deliver both formulations and compelling fragrances with a contemporary edge taking the lead from fine fragrance.

 

 

To find out more about Ted Baker please visit their website and social media handles below.

www.tedbaker.com

www.tedsgroomingroom.com

 

Instagram @ted_baker

 

Disclaimer: Many Thanks to Ted Baker for kindly gifting me with their latest Christmas Gift Sets for Men exclusively available to buy now at Boots e.g Flight of Fancy – Ted Baker Gift Set £ 18. All prices quoted in this article review are subject to change by Boots plc. All opinions will be my own and I will never promote products I otherwise would not use myself as I would like to give my honest opinions and feedback on products.

 

 

 

 

MEGAN HESS BOOK LAUNCH X AMISHI LONDON ILLUSTRATION PRIVATE VIEW AT ANNABELS MAYFAIR

COCKTAILS & AFTERNOON TEA HOSTED BY DESIGNER AMISHI DHANUKA & MEGAN HESS FASHION ILLUSTRATOR TO CELEBRATE MEGAN'S NEW BOOK AND AMISHI LONDON ILLUSTRATION ART WORK

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When I heard that Fashion Illustrator Megan Hess was in town to Launch her new book at a private preview with Designer Amishi London I decided late one afternoon I would take a detour as I made my way into London’s West End in between my Press Appointments to attend the Launch of acclaimed Fashion Illustrator Megan Hess latest book Elegance The Beauty of  French Fashion

Megan Hess Artistic work has been  commissioned by International Fashion Houses Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Vogue, Chopard, Tiffany & more

As soon as I received the invite I just could not help feel excited to preview Megan’s latest work sketching an exclusive fashion illustration for Fashion Designer Amishi Dhanuka and I can see why they choose Annabels. The elegance of the Flower Room inside the private members club was the perfect setting to host the most delightful afternoon tea and cocktail party to celebrate the new artistic collaboration between style illustrator and fashion house.

For those of you who are not familiar with Megan’s work she has worked for numerous international luxury fashion house all over the world. Her clientele includes Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Fendi, Tiffany & Co, Vogue, Chopard and recently Amishi London.

It was so great to see up close the amazing work showcased by two talented individuals Amishi and Megan and celebrate their latest work in an intimate setting which made the experience much more personal to meet and greet them both was a pleasure.

 

 

 

I love all things style related from style sketches to luxury fashion and reminisce those days during my fashion course where learning to draw and present fashion sketches in all types of media from hand drawn techniques to using digital technology to create a unique style.

For me it was an artistic process to showcase the clothes and emphasis the collection the best way possible and appreciate true beauty as style the same way photography captures moments as movement to tell a story.

The book from cover to cover shows the most beautiful drawings illustrated by Megan and exclusive collaborations with internationally acclaimed fashion and luxury houses which would make the perfect addition to my coffee table to admire over and over again. There is also another book in the series named Italian Fashion which is worth checking out also for your favourite Italian brands to covet.

Viewing Megan’s latest book French Fashion is a remarkable work of art and it’s definitely one I will put on my Christmas Wish List to own at home and cherish for style inspiration which kind of reminds me of what I love to do best go shopping or window shopping and you know Paris would be the ideal place for that……

 

To find out more about Megan’s Book and Amishi London please visit their websites and social media handles below.

 

IG @meganhess_official

IG @amishilondon

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Disclaimer: Thanks ever so much to Amishi London and Megan Hess for kindly inviting me to the preview launch party for their latest work. All opinions will be my own

 

GET READY TO OUTSHINE THE FIREWORKS THIS WEEKEND: WHAT TO WEAR ON BONFIRE NIGHT

THE BEST WINTER COATS AND ACCESSORIES TO WEAR THIS WEEKEND AT GUY FAWKES NIGHT

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Hi everyone, it’s time to get your sparklers at the ready and so excited for Bonfire Night this weekend. From woolly hats to snugly scarves I wanted to show you my personal favourites to inspire your winter wardrobe.

Finding the perfect winter coat is just as hard as finding the perfect man so you might as well invest time in finding the right one.  You can never go wrong with statement wears such as a pea coat in a fitted style looks smart and refined.

If you’re wondering what else would look great to finish off the look it’s always great to have options for stylish accessories this season as there are some great selections to choose from designer luxury to the high street.

I almost forgot a great pair of wellies would be ideal in this autumn weather wherever you are this bonfire weekend you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of wellington boots from Hunter. Try teaming a pair of these boots which a statement quilted bomber jacket with fur trim lapels as worn by Fashion Influencer and Model Toby Huntington-Whitley at the Belstaff Men’s show during London Fashion Week. So here’s where you can get your hands on this exclusive must have item this season below from my Edit.

 

 

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SWIZZELS SWEETS CELEBRATES NEW VEGAN RANGE WITH SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN CAMPAIGN

HALLOWEEN!!!!! | Looking for a little inspiration?

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As you maybe aware it’s almost time for Halloween as the first thing that comes to mind is ‘what’s you’re favourite scary movie’ or in this case it’s food and snack ideas to eat while celebrating All Hallow’s Eve the day of the dead in many different cultures around the world.

Be Scared or Prepared this Halloween with Swizzels

Halloween falls on the 31st of October where both kids and adults of all ages will partake in the fun activities such as Trick or Treating, wearing sometimes silly but amusing costumes and attending friends Halloween Parties. Some of my most fond memories growing up were eating sweets and staying up late on Halloween watching cult Horror Genre Classics such as The Halloween Movie Franchise, Friday 13th to Nightmare on Elm Street if you fancied staying in to celebrate with fun food bits and take out delivery food.

But, whether you choose to stay in or not don’t forget to have some snacks at hand to last you til the end of the movie or the Halloween party for those of you that are Celebrating the end of this month. Halloween party food often consist of fun sweet treats and other Halloween themed food but I wanted to re-kindle what was the most popular sweets I reminisce from my childhood growing up before pic’n mix. In fact some of my most favourite sweets were often found in glass jars of my local news agent. In case you’re wondering my choice would be Swizzels from their drumstick lolly’s to refreshers and who could forget the love hearts are still an absolute British classic that’s been around since 1929.

 

With reference to the un-dead when ghouls and ghost come back to earth on Halloween, my love for Swizzel sweets will never die, because these taste just sooo good especially at parties when I attended recently the Swizzel’s Halloween Campaign Party launching their new vegan sweets range as well as all my classic favourites. I just have to tell you all about the event and how it actually went during the celebration where the crowd from bloggers, influencers to the press all came down to enjoy the inspired spooktacular pumpkin syrup cocktails and sin and tonic drinks all served with scrumptious canapés during the fun evening.

 

Swizzel’s Halloween Campaign Party launching their new vegan sweets range as well as all my classic favourites.

The best part of the entertainment were live zombie actor’s in character lurking in the dark which made cool photo ops for social media and insta stories GIFs.

It just had to be done. One more thing, it get’s even better as there was even a Tarot Card reader present who could tell the future, to a coffin full of sweets with a tomb stone which fogged up with smoke using dry ice using water which was pretty cool special affects to add to the ambience of the party. Wow!!!!what a great idea!, anyway I think I’ll have to try that one at home next time. Oh and the best part to end the night was being gifted lot’s of sweets by the Swizzel’s team based in Manchester I had the best time celebrating with you guys in preparation for my Halloween. I’ve just been down my local supermarket where you can fully stock up on Swizzel Sweets this Halloween Night!!! so don’t forget yours in case you want to share with your little monsters at home ha ha.

 

To find out more about the Swizzel Sweet’s please visit

#scaredorprepared

Swizzels.com/Halloween

Instagram @swizzels_sweets

 

 

Disclosure: Many Thanks to Swizzel Sweets for inviting me to attend their #Scaredorprepared Halloween Campaign Launch party in London and for gifting me with product. All opinions will be my own as I only promote things with I’m a fan of to give my honest opinion and feedback on products I choose to review.

WHAT I WORE: ICEBERG AW19 LAUNCH PARTY LONDON FASHION WEEK

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Styling Credits: Leather Biker Jacket; Iceberg Italy, White cotton Tee; Boohoo Man, Skinny Jeans; Forever 21 Men, Desert Boots; United Colours of Benetton

Photography: The Adelaidian

 

When I first heard that the Italian Fashion Label was hosting a private event during London Fashion Week I knew it was going to be a great party to kick off the start of fashion week.  Having attended the very first Iceberg Catwalk show in London since it made a comeback it was definitely one of those labels to watch. Also, I’m such a big fan of their Street Wear since the label was taken over at the helm from Designer James Long their newly appointed creative director from the UK.  On Friday 13th Yes!! – I know what most were thinking in case anyone is superstitious it happened to be my lucky day as they had food catering from my favourite Meat Liquor Restaurant – just trying their burgers was delicious as I was feeling very hungry by 6pm while out and about accompanied by Aperol Spritz drinks served throughout the evening.  My outfit staple to the party yesterday evening was my signature leather jacket from Iceberg worn with a white t-shirt from Boohoo Man and Skinny Jeans with a pair of desert boots as it’s officially autumn season.  The Iceberg event was hosted at the  18montrose store in Kings Cross featuring DJ set’s from Tommy Gold, Jordss and Lifestyle Donald who entertained the crowd last night

 

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A BANK HOLIDAY STAYCATION IN LONDON: MY AFTERNOON EXPLORING FIRMDALE HOTELS

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Lucky for me I know this city at the back of my hand having been based here a few years I won’t ever find myself bored as there is so much to see and do in London which boast the best bars, restaurants, hotels to fantastic nightlife. Sometimes it’s also good to have time to yourself and reflect like catching up on things like task, hobbies or friends are always great to make you laugh and experience fun things together.

What will you be up to this Bank Holiday Weekend? Nevertheless I hope you make the most it before the new season starts and we begin to see Autumn season again. I don’t think I’ve ever planned that far ahead even though its already just around the corner and we a see a shift again in our wardrobe from spring/summer to autumn/winter styles to dictate what we wear day to day can be exciting also as our favourite staples get their chance to take centre stage.

Today I took a walk from Trafalgar Square and while I was there visited the National Portrait Gallery for a moment of peace away from the Hustle and Bustle of London town just slightly after lunch time. It’s always good to walk on foot if you have the time to spare as you watch the people go by and spontaneously find new places to check out one being unique Hotels with a quiet bar as well as a luxury dining room with exquisite ambience.  After a busy morning you’d want to find somewhere to relax and unwind to spend the rest of your lazy afternoon. I’d just arrived at this Hotel on the corner of Suffolk Place on Haymarket where a friend and I decided to pop in for quick drink The Brumus Bar and Restaurant located inside the Haymarket Hotel before heading over to The Haymarket Hotel Bar later in the evening.

 

All Photo's: Jenny Pickets Styling

All Photo Credits: Jenny Pickets Styling

The hotel interiors were very elegant and quirky as I noticed the Canine Doggy Pictures upholstered onto the back of the bar chairs and restaurant in a regal purple and pink fuchasia appealed to me. For all you pet lovers at home as they say a man’s best friend is also his dog so immediately I felt very at home here. I thought it had a personal touch as well as being distinctly sophisticated which stood out as a style statement. I’m really impressed from what I’ve seen so far even though it was just a brief visit I’d definitely would pop in again for the foreseeable future if I ever happen to be just passing by in the local area.

PREVIEWING THE NEW BELSTAFF TRAVELOGUE SS 2020 COLLECTION

SPRING SUMMER 2020 COLLECTION

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Today I went to preview the new Menswear and Womenswear collection during London Fashion Week Men over the weekend for Belstaff Spring Summer 2020 Travelogue in Hoxton Docks East London. I always rather look forward to each season because I admire the contemporary take on the brands history by Belstaff’s Creative Director Lehnhardt-Moore where he captures the imagination of the labels industrial heritage.

For this season the inspiration is drawn from the original archive where travel and exploring remain at the heart of the brands aesthetics hence the self title of the new collection Travelogue. New millenials like to travel as that saying ‘travel makes you richer’ we crave experiences that take us back to nature and thus Belstaff creates the ideal and functional range of fashion forward clothing and accessories for discerning clientele who demand effortless and versatile wardrobe built for contemporary life.

As busy working professionals our intent to have a closet that reflects a fast paced modern life should include perfect transition staples for work, leisure, travel; day to night concept is exactly what Belstaff have created. I felt there was a shift towards conscious and sustainable approach to clothing that will be functional with a purpose to remain beyond seasons.

The atmosphere for the showcase of the new collection at Hoxton Docks set the scene of taking me on a journey of discovering the off beaten track as I really did feel the setting was authentic of the industrial north of England since the labels founding in the 1920’s. You really did feel you were transported back in time observing your surroundings of the exposed brick work, metal struts and warehouse structures. As you enter the warehouse I noticed the space evoked a desert trip with vintage camping canvas, a large tent and cacti brought the collection to life.

Fine details in the collection were kept contemporary with use of contrasts such as juxtaposing textures and colours between soft and hard where the contrast provide the essential look for a modern wardrobe.

Signatures pieces that inspired this seasons collection were the sleevless Castmaster cotton fishing jacket in orange from the archive in orange dry waxed cotton vs khaki version retains sleeves of the original and the XL500 Nautical Jacket from the nineteen seventies was re-imagined in Oxford Nylon.

 

Themes in the collection explore the influence of military is evident in the use of deep English rifle green and the newly introduced camo tech fabric. I really liked the luxury fine knits and oiled suede polish up the look, contrast with sun faded pique shirts and sweatshirts for men and women.

Throughout the collection worn in looks are created with the use of slub yarns and pigment dyed fabrics for a vintage feel including pieces in dyed sahara cloth and cotton broadcloth create a military look. With this in mind Belstaff have catered to those who love to travel and explore with key looks such as a battered safari jacket is teamed with raw Ecru denim, while new adventure print show line drawn illustrations applied to a rayon shirt for women and linen version for men.

 

Lastly, to finish off the look for the modern man and woman trooper boots in brown leather and canvas, along with a chukka boots with commando sole in suede and stonewashed cross body canvas bags with leather trims give edge to the collection this spring summer 2020 collection.

 

Disclaimer: Many Thanks to Belstaff for inviting me to preview the new seasons collections and all opinions expressed will be my own

WHAT I WORE: BELSTAFF TRAVELOGUE SS 2020 PRESENTATION

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It’s London Fashion Week Men this weekend as I managed to catch the last leg of the show schedule to attend the Belstaff  Presentation preview of the new seasons Womenswear and Menswear Collections Travelogue Spring Summer 2020. Being a Sunday and the weather very pleasant the beginning of June I was feeling inspired by preppy vibes as my weekend off duty look for today’s event. For today’s look I decided to put together a smart casual look incorporating light weight denim and a basic casual separate such as a T-shirt for a relaxed smart casual outfit. I also got to wear one of my favourite signature pinstripe blazers as my statement piece which looks great in anycase to dress up my outfit is very versatile and understated at the same time which goes with anything. I love it because it’s not your standard conventional denim, it’s denim with a twist.

Styling Credits: Joey’s outfit (Day three LFW Men’s): V neck Men’s Tee, Primark Man, Skinny fit jeans, ASOS, Boots, United Colours of Benetton, Pinstripe Denim Blazer, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sunglasses Marc by Marc Jacobs

 

Photography: Jenny Pickets Styling