So my little baby boy George decided he would like to come out 6 weeks early! As you can imagine this was a surprise!
Needless to say, i was glad i was super organised, as i had finished decorating his nursery 3 weeks before he arrived and i had also started to wind down Thairapy a month previous too!
He was always going to be called George after my boyfriends Grandpa, so little George must of known about St Georges Day as that is when he arrived, 23rd April 2019 at about 4am via an emergency c section .He was a breach baby and coming so fast i had to have general anesthesia too. This obviously delayed my recovery a little, and little George also had to be in the Special Care Baby Unit for 22 days too.
This was a very blurry time, the nurses at the hospital were amazingly supportive, and so made what would be a very stressful time somewhat bearable!
I am pleased to say we are all home now, and little George who first weighed 4lbs 13ozs at birth, now weighs a fabulous 9lbs 8ozs, and continues to do well :)
Until then, i will enjoy maternity leave with my new family, and look forward to 2020 where i will meet all you lovely new brides and clients :)
Love Becks x
I always love receiving messages from my lovely brides telling me they have been featured in a magazine or blog, and this one i received a few days ago is no exception!
Hillary was one of my 2018 Christmas brides, click the link below to read and view the whole blog article…
In the meantime, here are some gorgeous pics from the talented Will Fuller Photography that capture Hillary and Dev’s special day perfectly!
I don’t know about you, but i choose not to do a resolution, i feel trying to stay focused all year round is key. And this imaginary wagon people talk about just puts pressure on, so if you fall off it (this imaginary wagon) then just go oh well, back to normal tomorrow :) No need to berate or set yourself back…
So there’s my pearly bits of wisdom to start the year off lol!
And so 2019 begins…
I had a lovely email the other day from the talented photographer Noemi saying myself and the other collaboration creatives got a feature in Affinity Wedding Magazine which was a great way to start the new year, so here it is…
Short and sweet, if you’d like to read the full article, and see all the credits, zoom in on the link which you can find here…
Page 32-33 on the link
SSSHHHHHHHHH DON’T MENTION THE C WORD YET!!!!
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!
The Creative Team:
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
Once upon a time...
and into the evening they danced...
and they lived happily ever after xxx
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
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!
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!
Happy Styling :) x
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.
You can find her either in her flag ship boutique in:
Showroom & Head Office
13 The Clifton Arcade
Boyces Avenue, Clifton,
Bristol BS8 4AA
Tel: 0117 9237647
or her 2nd showroom in:
Showroom & London Office,
5 Kensington Church Walk,
London W8 4NB
Tel: 020 7937 8132
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.
I have just been asked about fresh flowers by one of my lovely bridal clients and it reminded me of another bride i styled last year. She chose these gorgeous dried flowers from https://www.artisandriedflowers.co.uk/
They are a fab alternative and also make a beautiful keep sake for yourself or bridesmaids.
PS: Happy Wedding Day!! xxx
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.
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 :)
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.
If you haven't already been using this new app for your wedding planning, it's a must have! It will make all the simple jobs a whole lot easier with the click of a button!
Happy wedding planning, love Becks :)
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
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...
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
We have made it into Femme Rebelle Magazine - December 2017 edition, where we have an excellent 8 page feature!
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
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!
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!
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!
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!!
Rachel chose a classic style for her hair, this complimented her stunning bridal gown perfectly! The sun shone and smiles were all round :) I had a lovely morning styling her and her bridal party of 3.