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Behind the scenes at the Clarendon Centre photoshoot


Here I am, wearing my day uniform of knitted mini dress and knee highs. I know *sigh* I look amazing.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been behind the scenes at a fashion shoot and I’d forgotten how much fun all the fluff is. You may have guessed that your loyal superblogger, wobbly of thigh and in constant need of high maintenance in every way shape and form possible, is not the star of this photo. It’s in fact a stunning Russsian model (aren’t they all?).

Not sure I’d ever want to be a model – a phrase easy to indulge as I’m nearly as wide as tall. Our Russian lovely had to  move just so, try this, do that, put out her arm a bit further, turn towards the light and a million other small adjustments that a model has to endure to nail that perfect shot, but for me, on a little trip out from the office, seeing how the ideas and clothes and fashion looks from Oxford’s Clarendon Centre shops came to life, it was fun to watch from beginning to end.

I’m using the Clarendon Centre a lot these days, mostly because I’m having a high street phase, and the Clarendon has the biggest and best H&M, Zara, Gap, FCUK, Office and Swarovskis nearest to me. The shoot was for the Christmas catalogue, so there was plenty of sequin party dresses, fur and metallic shoes which I love, being slightly tarty at heart.


The shoot was at The Trout in Wolvercote, North Oxford, a gorgeous riverside pub with heaps of charm, best known as a favoured Morse drinking hole and last visited by me as a drunken student when peacocks still strutted around the terrace like they owned the joint.

This is how the pictures came out – really beautiful shots, and the model is just stonking.

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Aside from feeling a kind of awe that a real live human could have these kind of cheekbone and legs and look this young at 25, I was also gobsmacked how she could look perfect even when caught entirey off guard by quiet mobile snapping (grrrrrr).




Her perfection belied the usual behind-the-scenes chaos, with equipment littered everywhere, bags of clothes filling rooms, clothes being trialled, discounted, tried again, removed.


Bags and bags and bags

Bags and bags and bags


Trying to get a signal. Er, good luck for that one darlin

Trying to get a signal

After I left the shoot I’d already decided I wanted most of the pieces, most particularly this Bet Lynch coat, below. I do have a beloved leopard print bomber but it’s on its last legs, and this one from Zara is going to be my replacement.



I actually did I really want these rock-ya-chaka-khan Office over-the-knee boots too (below)


– I mean, seriously, my best mate wears a pair at 45 and she’s not even on the game! But as you know, your faithful superblogger is hopeless at wearing stilettos and let’s not even mention the fact that I wouldn’t even get the boots past my Henry VIII calves. So I went out and bought this pair of shoes from Office at the Clarendon Centre instead and I love them – fab for skinnies, dresses and a quick zsush of an every day outfit. Plus, an added benefit I can actually walk in them.

Thanks to The Clarendon Centre for letting me come along for the fashion ride for the day. If you’re looking for some inspiration for AW16 or the party season, it’s worth checking out their online look books – very they are too as they use clothes you can actually buy! Take a peek here for some inspiration.

The Clarendon Centre, 52 Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3JE.

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