dare i mention the 'c' word!...

SSSHHHHHHHHH DON’T MENTION THE C WORD YET!!!!

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Sorry i had to go there, but for a good reason! We all know it’s one of the busiest times of year for us hairdressers, and in true thairapy style, i thought i’d be organised :)

If you’re having a party - wanting some lessons - have a last minute wedding planned…

send thairapy an email and we’ll be happy to help.

See you over the festive season, in 98 days!

Excited to share a collaboration shoot at the gorgeous venue that is Barrington Hall in Cambridge

The Creative Team:

photography @thymelanephoto
styling @hallandcoeventdesign
venue @barringtonhallcambridge
dress @audrey.ashley.couture
jewellery @bridaladornments
suit @duncanjameswalsall
bowtie @lillydillys
MUA @alikynoch
hair @becksthairapy
flowers @thyme_on_st.marys
stationery @dorothys_workshop6
cake @onepartlovebakery
models @elena.tun.model @reecegeorge_

 

This gorgeous shoot was a joy to work on, not only because of the fab creative team, but because this has to be one of my favourite hair styles for the era, and the colours chosen for the event venue styling are something i love too!

I think you'll agree it gives a warming feel of elegance, alongside the charm of the outdoors. 

The lovely Barrington Hall is located just outside of Cambridge and is a great place for a wedding/photoshoot/events

https://www.barringtonhall.co.uk/

 

 

 

Once upon a time...

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and into the evening they danced...

 

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and they lived happily ever after xxx

thairapy Vintage inspiration

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Today i received this gorgeous image from Simon Carter www.simoncarterphotography.com i love recreating vintage hair styles, the long ones are in particular one of my favourites. 

This shoot was for Simon's portfolio, he wanted a Veronica Lake feel to the hair and style of picture taken. The stunning model is Sinopa Rin, she effortless got into character for this shoot, and even did her own make up.

I'm looking forward to the next one already :) 

 

Image inspiration for the shoot - Veronica Lake

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thairapy now hosts hairstyling roadshows!

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This week thairapy hosted the first ever hairstyling roadshow. The venue of choice was THIRSTY in Cambridge. THIRSTY is a really quirky craft beer and wine shop that not only sells great drinks, but also hosts lots of different events during the year, so make sure you check out their facebook page to see whats up next. They also have regular food trucks that stop by on these occasions too! 

On the night of thairapys first event (which was last week 5th July 2018) Holy Schnitzels  parked outside and fed everyone which was delicious! 

 

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So, what to expect at a thairapy hairstyling roadshow?...

On arrival there will be a complimentary drink, in this case it was Prosecco,  then you are welcomed into the thairapy hairstyling suite.

Inside the thairapy suite is a Pop up Salon which you sit in whilst Becks holds a relaxed Q & A, you can ask her anything!

Then after this everyone is free to try out the things they've learnt whilst Becks supports and advises in the wings :)

On this occasion THIRSTY kindly offered 25% OFF Cocktails ALL NIGHT!

Oh you also get to take home a thairapy goody bag and purchase the bandanas you practice with too if you wish. 

 

All in all it makes for a fun and relaxed event. Someone compared it to hanging out at your mates house playing with your hair with your girlfriends before a night out, and that was exactly the feel Becks wanted!

 

If you want thairapy to come along to your event or private party then drop Becks an email, or message on facebook @thairapyfreelance

Happy Styling :) x 

 

 thairapy vintage styling - Sarah Gray Photography 

thairapy vintage styling - Sarah Gray Photography 

NEW Hermione Harbutt Red Carpet & Ladies Race wear Collection 2018 - session styling by thairapy

I'm SO excited to share this new addition of Hermione's collection with you. I had the pleasure of being a part of the shoot for yet another year, which is lovely, as i get to reconnect with my Bristol dream team :) 

Hermione's pieces truly are a work of art! All of them are handmade here in the UK by herself and her talented team.

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Enjoy the full article in LOVE MY DRESS

You can find her either in her flag ship boutique in:

Clifton, Bristol
Showroom & Head Office
13 The Clifton Arcade
Boyces Avenue, Clifton, 
Bristol BS8 4AA


Tel: 0117 9237647
Mob: 07919387780
info@hermioneharbutt.com

 

or her 2nd showroom in:

Kensington, London

Showroom & London Office,
5 Kensington Church Walk,
Kensington,
London W8 4NB

Tel: 020 7937 8132
Mob: 07919387780
london@hermioneharbutt.com

Source: http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/2018/05/hermione-harbutt-occasionwear-headpieces.html

looking for some vintage hair inspiration??

I was just reminiscing on some vintage styled work that i did a few years ago with the talented Award winning celebrity makeup artist Sarah Brock, and the equally talented photographer Rosie Parsons. 

I often get asked, is working with long hair or short hair easiest...well, they are both the same to me, but longer hair does give you more options, like in this case in the image below that i did for the styled shoot with Rosie and Sarah.

The model believe it or not, actually had hair half way down her back! When asked to provide a 20s style you could imagine my brain cogs jumped to life!

I decided to curl the hair first in a finger wave effect, then i sectioned it into 2. Pinned up the top half, then backcombed the lower half. I then placed the top half over the lower backcombing (which was now acting as a gripping platform) i rolled and placed the curls individually to a shoulder length, this then created this gorgeous 1920s styled hair design.

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vintage hair styling by thairapy - Sarah Brock mua - Rosie Parsons photography 

Here is another example of the same hair underpinning. This beautiful model who's hair i styled for a Rainbow Club UK Campaign shoot in 2013 for Joyce Jackson Veils. Sarah Brock was the MUA for this shoot also.

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thairapy featured in affinity wedding mag - collab with some great other creatives!

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www.affinityweddingsmagazine.co.uk/cosy-barn-style/

 

I had the pleasure of being asked to team up with some great creatives on this January 2018 shoot. The hair style i chose to create was loose with textures, so i gave the hair movement by placing gathers of hair tied in around a lovely fishtail braid, with fresh flowers inter woven. Hairstylist / Becks Simpson thairapy

 

This gorgeous setting was provided by Paula Banks, whom with her husband, owns this incredible barn in Harlton, just outside of Cambridge. They host a number of events all year round, ranging from weddings to corporate events and also they open their farm to families for Craft Fairs too. Click and find out what they are up to next  www.themanorbarn.com

www.ruralandurbanevents.co.uk also ran by Paula Banks who also provided the prop hire and styling of the shoot. Winter colours and natural feathers, lace and faux furs were added to created a cosy winter wedding feel.

www.thymelanephotography.co.uk takes full credit for all of these amazing images too, Noemi captured the atmosphere perfectly!

 

The makeup artist for the day was the talented Emily West www.aurorabridalandeventsmakeup.co.uk she created a strong eye detail with beautifully soft cheek and lip detail, it really compliments the whole look and style of the shoot. 

 

 

The stunning flowers were arranged and styled by www.larkspurfloraldesign.co.uk

The attention to detail is beautiful, the colours are so vibrant and rich, definitely creating a warm and rustic feel to the set.

 

This exceptional cake was provided by the talented Jess Baines. One Part Love is a family business so you will often see many of the Baines' and their extended family in the bakery, delivering cakes and out selling at food markets and festivals.
 
Every one of their bakes has come out of their home kitchen, either passed down from Grandma Anne or Nanna, or worked on by Jess and her mum Sherryll, so you can rest assured a serious amount of love and effort has gone into whatever yummy delights you get from www.onepartlove.co.uk

 

 

The beautiful calligraphy and pyrography (wood burnt calligraphy) was designed and created by Dorothy's Workshop. It has a lovely humble feel to the bridal stationary and the personalised wooden bowls make for a truly bespoke keepsake.

www.inkandwood.wixsite.com/portfolio  www.facebook.com/dorothysworkshop6/

 

 

LASTLY AND MOST CERTAINLY NOT LEAST... 

we couldn't of achieved any of this without some fabulously patient models. Grace and Tibor were great fun to work with and gave us all the relaxed professional style we were all hoping for, thanks again both xx...

until next time :) 

thairapy is now available for Cambridge Hen Party Events! Learn the art of Vintage or alternatively we will come to you and style you fabulous ready for a vintage night on the tiles!

Cambridge Hen Party Ideas

We asked our friends at https://www.freedomltd.com/  whom have been hen party planners since 1996, why Cambridge made for a great hen weekend location, and what to do whilst there.

Mike Wood, MD, told us:

If you're looking for cool and sophisticated with a busy social side then Cambridge gets awarded first class honours. And if you're looking for some pampering, shopping and cocktails you won’t be disappointed. History by the shed-load, culture by the boat-load (or should that be punt-load) and beauty by the eye-load

It would be a crime to visit Cambridge and not punt, our customers love to add on afternoon tea and champagne.

So punting is a must what else proves really popular and makes the grade with our Cambridge hen parties?

Well in no particular order Cocktail Making, Themed Dance Parties, Butler Service and of course Vintage Makeovers with thairapy.

https://www.hens.org/party-ideas/vintage-experience/

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thairapy has a new logo!!

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I have a NEW LOGO!

This fab new design came from my talented friend/ brother in common-law 😉 Tim Nolan and the colour art work designed by the equally talented Cathryn Goddard 

SO happy to share it with you all!

MASSIVE Thanks to you both for being a part of this new chapter with thairapy xx

Graphic Designers:

Tim Nolan
timnolandesign@gmail.com 

Cathryn Goddard
catgoddarddesign.com
cat@catgoddarddesign.com

THAIRAPY -SHORTLISTED FOR THE UK WEDDING AWARDS 2018!!

Hi everyone, so 2018 has started with a double high as i've been shortlisted as potential Bridal Hair Stylist of the year by The UK Wedding Awards!

In the 20yrs of hairdressing i've never gone for an award! Time i did me thinks...so if you are able to click the link below i would be incredibly grateful...lets see what happens...

Fingers Crossed!
Thanks so much xxx

Ps: I would love to thank you all individually, so if you can let me know when you vote that would be amazing! xxx

https://www.hitched.co.uk/awards/vote/#Best-Bridal-Beauty-(Hair-and-Make-Up)

Source: https://www.hitched.co.uk/awards/vote/?utm_source=ukwa18+-+complete+with+shortlisted&utm_campaign=a417227660-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_12_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_01731a92c5-a417227660-405894417#Best-Bridal-Beauty-(Hair-and-Make-Up)

THE FIRST EVER PHOTOSHOOT IN AN AIRSTREAM...PROBABLY!!

We have made it into Femme Rebelle Magazine - December 2017 edition, where we have an excellent 8 page feature!

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It's with immense pride, that i can now share these amazing images of the first EVER photoshoot in my incredible 1956 Airstream trailer, who goes by the name of Marilyn. 

I bought her 4.5 years ago, and its a bitter sweet story in how i came to own her, as she is purchased from inheritance from my late mother. I always choose to acknowledge this, as it's without her, these images and this collaboration couldn't of come together. And so, with this unbelievable sadness, it has brought some amazingly talented people into my life!

Firstly, Simon Carter! Where do i start! He has such a passion for photography and is such a lovely human being, working with him doesn't feel like work! He knows exactly what he likes and nails it every time!  This fashion shoot wasn't normally Simons usual shoot as he is usually snapping away with dancers and performers, so it pushed him out of his comfort zone, but i think you'll agree it's brilliant!

Thank you Simon, you captured it perfectly and did me and my late mamma proud! xx

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Secondly, Jada Rose - Model. She was ace! I couldn't of asked for a better person for the job :) We wanted to go with a Barbarella theme, and it evolved into what could also be from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind! Just the look we were going for!

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Thirdly: Kate Fletcher - MUA. Kate loves all things creative, so when i asked her to join me for the shoot, of course she jumped at it! Kate is a great makeup artist, she's been working in TV, Film and lots of other things, including bridal and fashion, so if you need anyone for an event or wedding day makeup look no further! 

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Forth: The stylish Hayley! She has the best collection of props and clothes and well, anything really! If you want any styling for an event, be it a wedding, garden party and all in between Hayley is the go to gal! Not only are her props of excellent quality, but she really does go the extra mile, and her attention to detail is on point! So much so, for a friends wedding, who's theme was Out of Africa, she hand painted plastic zoo animals in gold to add to the effect, which was fab!! She's a really honest and down to earth person too, so you can really trust her creativity for any event!

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And lastly but not least, Me :)

You've guessed it, i did the hair styling for the day! We wanted to go with a slightly rock chick edge, so i chose the plait side detail with some textured curls and lots of backcombing, giving it the 60s vibe!

Even my beautiful Cockerpoo Dita Dog got in on the action!! 

 

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Thairapy - Session Stylist For Award Winning Accessory Designer - Hermione Harbutt - New 2018 Collection

Another gorgeous head piece from Hermione Harbutts NEW 2018 Collection!
I had the pleasure of creating this look for the shoot at Westonbirt School back in April this year.

Follow the link to browse or purchase :)xx
www.hermioneharbutt.com

Hair by Thairapy
Amy Fanton Photography
Amy Elizabeth Make Up
La Poesie Gowns
Harriet Wilde Shoes
Lily Violet May Flowers
Westonbirt School

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Thairapy - Featured in Rock My Wedding Blog - Hermione Harbutt's NEW 2018 Collection

I'm So excited to share with you the NEW 2018 Collection from Hermione Harbutt.

I have pleasure of being her session hair stylist for her UK shoots. This one was held at the beautiful grounds of Westonbirt School in Tetbury in April 2017.

Hermione's NEW Collection can now also be found on the Rock My Wedding Blog, so feel free to have a browse at her new creations!
Each piece is bespoke and handmade in her design studio in Bristol, so you can be assured you will receive a one off piece!

Follow the link for all contact details xx

 

Hermione Harbutt Accessories

Amy Fanton Photography

Becks Simpson ‘Thairapy’ Hair

Amy Elizabeth Make Up

La Poesie Gowns

Harriet Wilde Shoes

Westonbirt School

Lily Violet May Flowers

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Issue 13 of The Fabulous Rock n Roll Bride Magazine is Out Now!!

Are you an alternative bride, do you feel there is nothing on the shelves that has what you are looking for?!

Well you obviously haven't stumbled across Rock n Roll Bride Magazine yet then!!

I had the pleasure of working with Kat Williams, founder of the proudly eclectic bridal magazine, Rock n Roll Bride, back in Bristol in 2007.  We did a photoshoot together with the equally talented award winning photographer Rosie Parsons. At that point, Kat was at the start of her journey, and who would of known then, what an amazing inspirational magazine her blog would then become!

I for one, am proud to support her, which is why you will see a familiar logo in yet another Issue, this time, lucky Issue number 13! :)

 

Happy reading xx