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Real Glamour 20 - Ms Rosetti

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Ms Rosetti

I love everything about Ms Rosetti.

Her gorgeous, gorgeous hair, the careless black and white scarf chucked around her neck, the Suzi Quatro black leather jacket and (there was no time for a full length) the stunningly bold black and white geometric print of her trousers.

Red and black, goodness how lovely does it get?

If she's not in some creative media I'll eat my hat.

It's a bloody liberty to stop someone early in the morning, on the way to the station, and on their way to work, but I think that if seeing Ms Rosetti and the way she looks gives me joy, it will give joy to others too.

What a picture, thank you for your tolerance, generous Ms Rosetti.

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Real Glamour 18 - Ali Hahlo, the answer to the question "Why do Yoga?"

Ali Hahlo yoga teacher in Lewes

Ali Hahlo  

These posts are very much about self-enjoying and I think feeling fit and strong is as good as feeling glamorous.

In Ali's case the two are seriously linked. No one can be that svelte (and that dynamic) without paying attention and Ali dresses as she does everything, beautifully.

Also bumping into her is like bumping into a sunbeam.

Respect, admiration and very pleased to be your round-the-corner and over-the-bridge neighbour.




Real Glamour 17 - Kind and Beautiful Tanja


This swan-like creature was enjoying a day out in Lewes and almost certainly the last thing she wanted was some photographer trying to get a photograph. She was lovely about it.

I do enjoy seeing where the fashion people wear on the street has come from, which decade, which century even.

I couldn't place Tanja's look aside from the fact I could see her in Paris, strolling along, long-legged (I had to run a bit down the street to capture the lovely length of her) and just fitting in.

Sheer Elegance.




Real Glamour 16 - Lucinda, Lucinda, my mate Lucinda

Lucinda Fouch for the 100Designs Real Glamour blog

Lucinda Fouch

Brilliant (like her name), strong, vital, determined, brave, sensitive, fearless, staunch, one-of-a-kind, wise woman, fabulous mother, extraordinary friend, articulate, truth-seeker, resourceful, quick witted, fiesty, annoyed, shouty, funny, never-say-die, real, frightening, fun.

And stylish.

She's always a pleasure on the eye, caught here first thing in the morning outside her work, no prep, drop-dead elegant, and my dog Richie really goes well (she did give him back even so).




Real Glamour 13 - Fiona Whitfield, Zip

Lewes Fitness and Wellbeing Coach Fiona Whitfield

Fiona Whitfield runs The Life ReBoot in Lewes

Fiona Whitfield

Fiona is a shining, shining advertisement for what she does which is to give fitness, nutrition and wellbeing advice to slightly older women.

She's as fit as a flea, vibrant and joyful which is something she helps other women achieve, and she's passionate about what she does.

Glamour can sometimes be sultry, cool, touch-me-not, sophisticated or ironic. Fiona's glamour is the glamour of a one hundred percent vitality. 

Zip means different things in different cultures. For an American, zip means nothing. Here it means a powerhouse of energy and enjoyment and all the loveliness that is.


Real Glamour 12 - Briony Lambert in Gorgeous Grey

Briony Lambert - Lewes Speech Therapist and Singer

Briony hired me to take headshots for her new speech therapy website.

I wanted to feature Briony on the blog because I loved the way she makes grey a warm and lively colour, it's a colour she always wears and has made her own. 

I also loved the drama of her wrap/cape, the swing and flourish of it. Briony drapes her clothes with panache, it works.

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Real Glamour 11 - Ali in Tomato Red and Lime Green

Fashionable woman with hat and coat black and white

Ali Winstanley (a two word poem)

Ali is a photographer, artist and blogger and completely charming. She had a bad cold but very gracefully gave herself up to being photographed.

I'm grateful for that because when I saw her step out of the Lansdown Health Food shop in Lewes I had no choice but to ask her if she would let me photograph her.

Look at those colours. Such style, such elegance, effortless and vibrant. And her toes pointing towards each other. 

One of my favourite things is looking at historical fashion photographs in books and online. If I'd come across a photo of Ali in that beautiful ensemble I would I would have paused and sighed and said "Wow".

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Real Glamour 10 - Angela Grove in Hat and Scarf

Woman in black hate and spotty scarf black and white

Angela Grove in The Convent Field

Most people aren't really all that glamorous when they're walking their dog. Angela is.

The hat and scarf are so striking and beautiful and set off her utterly flawless skin. The healthy dogwalking and gardening life paying off.

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Real Glamour 9 - Nordie Bardot

The sixties look


Nordie is wearing a Butcher's Boy hat made for her by mum, the Lomax half of the extraordinary millinery duo Lomax and Skinner.

This is fun fashion, joyfully worn and if fashion is ever classic, this is it. This could be Nordie on a break from her David Bailey shoot.

Going backwards and forwards in time with fashion is a glorious thing, making connections with who we used to be, and who are now.

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Why "Real Glamour". SO many reasons.

Humans are extraordinary things and we're told and shown everywhere the many ways in which we are not.

This is particularly true of how women feel they should look. It's would be so much better if women could be told and shown, that what makes us different, our individuality, makes us interesting and valuable.

What we wears says alot about who we are and who we want to be.

Where woman, or men, are enjoying who they are by what they chose to wear, that is a cause for celebration.

Real Glamour 8 - Little Blue in Lansdown Place, Lewes

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Little Blue

Artist LIttle Blue in Lansdown Place, Lewes

Artist LIttle Blue in Lansdown Place, Lewes

I was putting out my recycling this morning (as you can see) and this vision walked past. 

Nicky Drake, or Little Blue, as she is known, enjoys what she wears, you can tell, and puts it together the way she wants to. 

It's that enjoyment that I am so drawn to, particularly when it is so effective and so joyful and so plain lovely.

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Real Glamour 7 - Rachel's Gold

Woman with hair in twirl behind her head

Lovely Rachel in Lewes Railway Land

Rachel is the first stranger I've asked to allow me to photograph them, and she was so generous about it.

I think this blog is a search for Femininity as well as Glamour, and wonder if they may end up being the same thing. Femininity not as a soft, fragile thing, femininity as what it is to be a woman.

I love Rachel's twist of hair, and its many colours. it makes me think of beauty through the ages and casual elegance and ballerinas.


Real Glamour 6 - Gabby Reid in Red and Blue - Audrey Eat Your Heart Out

Gabby Ried in red and blue

Gabby Reid

Gabby lives on my street and had just popped out of her house when I spotted her. That wonderful blue and red jumper, the heart-shaped face topped by a smooth coppery cap. A gorgeous splash on another misty December morning.

Thank you for cheering up the place, Gabby Reid.


Real Glamour 4 - Artist Dawn Stacey, 1920

Lewes Artist Dawn Stacey

Lewes artist Dawn Stacey

Dawn Stacey on her way to get a train/replacement bus

An artist, especially a very fine one, especially Dawn, knows about colour.

Colour flows around and about her, the darkest of the greys in her coat appear in her scarf, the deep raspberry in her cardigan happens again in the little decorations on her hat and in the 1920s lipsticked lips.

A bit of Clara Bow. Dawn Stacey. A picture.


Real Glamour 3 - Penny Badowska Glowing

Penny Badowska

Penny has been my dear friend since we were sixteen and I have never known her not look beautiful or not be beautifully dressed.

I thought I'd be making a blog about Penny's burnt orange leather gloves which she loves so much she hasn't lost them yet. But in the end I thought this photo of Penny is so truly glamorous I had to use it. It's the beauty of a woman who is, at that moment, entirely herself.


Real Glamour 2 - Tanya Smart Spinning in a Country Lane

Woman Spinning in a Country lane

Tanya Smart

Whenever I see Tanya in the distance I see someone enjoying being herself, deep in thought, as she walks, often with wide skirts swinging around her calves. Her clothes are feminine and strong. As she is.

When I asked if I could photograph her I also asked if she could choose what she wore. Tanya chose warm clothes that made her feel cosy and, I think, like a cherished and joyful child. 

I love her arms spread wide. That's Tanya.


Real Glamour 1 - Sophie Isachsen in Nümph Winter Coat

Beautiful blond older woman in winter coat black and white

Sophie Isachsen

Sophie has natural radiance, she can't help it. She also has the presence of a tall woman, but this she carries gently.

This is what she said about her coat.

"This wonderful coat by Danish label Nümph was love at first sight. It's fir green in colour, which I might have associated with my old school uniform. But in this gorgeous tactile fabric reminiscent of astrakhan Persian lamb wool, it feels cosy and luxurious to wear.

I love its slouchy fit, batwing sleeves and high collar, and feel smart but relaxed in it. Elisabeth, the proprietor of Wickle in Lewes where I bought the coat, is Norwegian, (like my other half) and has a really good eye for selecting Scandinavian designs. I can feel 'hygge' all winter now."