Hogwarts vintage box

 

 

I’m in love with the box that I recently bought to store all my watercolours and inks. I WILL keep my desk tidy! hogwarts instagram

Lyn Ashworth Commission – Frosted Champagne

I was recently asked by Sarah Barrett, the head designer of the gorgeous designer wedding dress label Lyn Ashworth, to create some illustrations for her 2014 collection. I wore a Lyn Ashworth dress on my own wedding day so I was just a tiny but excited to be asked to illustrate this collection! When I saw the dresses I was not disappointed! Sarah has kept to the overall feel of the Lyn Ashworth brand, yet at the same time has injected her own take on couture bridal wear. It is, quite simply, drool worthy and the 2014 collection will be available in stores soon, but for now, you can check out this year’s collection on her website:

http://www.lynashworth.co.uk/

P.S This one is called Frosted Champagne and was more than a pleasure to draw!

xx

Helen Simms_Lyn Ashworth Frosted Champagne

Hair Trends for 2013: The Braid

Helen Simms Braid

 

One of the major hair trends this year seems to be the braid. It was featured (as shown) at Herve Leger, as well as Balmain and Marchesa and I personally think it looks both practical and chic.

 

It’s therefore a look I’d love to try, but I have a feeling it shouldn’t be done without the help of a hairdresser?! Any tips? xx

Follow me on Bloglovin!

After a lovely lunch today, I was introduced by a good friend to the wonders of Bloglovin and so am now looking forward to following my favourite blogs and I do hope you can return the favour by clicking the bloglovin button in my sidebar.

Thanks so much! xo

The Vintage Girl!
The Vintage Girl!

50 Shades of Natural Darkest Brown

I found my first grey hair at the age of 19. I was on holiday in Greece and an old Greek man remarked that it was a sign of wisdom. Well, 10 years on and  I’ve been telling myself that ever since!

I started out with very dark hair. My Dad and brother were the same (though annoyingly my bro has only just found his first grey hairs despite the fact that he is 3 years my senior). Perhaps it’s linked to stress? Humph!

My point is, at what age (if at all) is it okay to accept the inevitable and stop pouring horrible chemicals on my head every 6 weeks? Meryl Streep looks so glamourous with her white hair. It’s almost empowering to see. But for a woman in her 20s (yes, I’m holding on to that title for as long as I can), wouldn’t it look a bit odd? Moreover, I don’t think I’m quite ready to go grey!

 

The Power of Positive Thought, Will Smith and Faking it!

fake it till you make it

 

 

 

I recently came across a video on youtube which featured a montage of Will Smith interviews. As much as I love the Fresh Prince/find him charming,funny etc. I hadn’t exactly expected to find him quite so inspiring. Yet, this video and the message within it seem to have stayed with me…

Will describes the power of positive thinking – suggesting that, through hard work, we can achieve our goals….IF we take the first crucial step and choose to believe they are possible. To paraphrase Confucius – he who says he can and he who says he cannot is usually right.

Smith also suggests that we are who we choose to be and that there’s no reason to have a plan B because it distracts from plan A. Now, he’s not claiming that we can achieve our goals simply by believing in them. He emphasises the importance of hard graft and on that note, I’m about to return to my drawing board.

But in the mean time, while I’m grafting away, and before I’m the absolute best illustrator I can be, I like to remember my own motto – and thats - Fake it Till You Make it Baby!

 

 

Brow Envy

Helen Simms brow envy

 

The people that know me really well are the ones that know just how obsessed I am with eyebrows…. and I mean seriously obsessed! Since I was, I don’t know, I guess, 12, I realised just what a big deal they are in terms of shaping and enhancing your whole face. However, unfortunately, at that age, I got hold of my Mother’s tweezers, armed with magazine pictures of popstars and actresses and just started to pluck. Ooops! Needless to say, I over plucked! My eyebrows were too short in length (I did not adhere to the old rule of holding a pencil at the side of my nose and lining it up with the edge of my eye to show the place at which my eyebrows should stop), generally over-plucked and uneven (not helped by the fact that in my teenage years I would constantly raise one eyebrow, largely because most of my friends couldn’t).

I have been paying for these early mistakes ever since and I’m sure I’m not alone. I even remember one girl at my school decided to shave (yes, shave!) her eyebrows. Gah!! Oh, how I long for big, beautiful Audrey Hepburn-esque brows!

Anyway, just over a year ago I discovered a new phenomenon known as HD Brows. It’s a 7 step process in which they do all kinds of things to your brows – including threading, dying, waxing etc. and after the year, I must say I can see a huge difference. The downside is that it’s quite pricey – (£35 a pop!) and that they recommend you completely leave your brows alone between your 6 weekly visits, which is very hard for someone as obsessed as myself : )

Anyone else got any good brow recommendations?

Burberry in the Snow … at least I might be prepared!

Burberry Fashion Illustration by Helen Simms

So …. when putting together my new website/blog, I started looking through my illustrations, deciding what to add to get me started. I created this one back in winter and it was inspired by an especially beautiful and what looked like ubber flattering (on the six foot gorgeous model that is) winter outfit as shown on the Burberry catwalk at London Fashion Week earlier this year. I absolutely love Burberry and though, for now, it is somewhat out of my price range, this image and the images I found of Burberry’s glorious winter range got me thinking about what I am going to wear this Autumn to stay warm. This may sound mad – given that it is currently mid July and I am about to embark on a summer holiday to Southern Italy later this week and the fact that the British weather has FINALLY started to resemble something a little more like SUMMER – woohoo!

However, when I went shopping last week to snap up some last minute summer clothing deals ahead of my holiday (there are sales everywhere!), I was disappointed NOT to be able to buy myself the kind of frilly/pretty bikini that would do my petite frame a thousand favours. All of my size had sold out! Moreover, I couldn’t help but notice all the invitingly new looking Autumn/Winter stock already available in store.

I have therefore made a deal with myself to look for a new and flattering winter coat early this year – before all my size sells out! It might not be Burberry – but perhaps I’ll look in Reiss, before the Duchess of Cambridge decides to wear something stunning from there and then that sells out too!

xoxo