1940’s Vintage Tea Party with Victory Rolls

The 1940’s was a fabulous era for hair and makeup.  Hairstyles included voluminous hair half up and half down with victory rolls.  1940s makeup enhanced natural beauty, less was better than more.  It was a stylish era for clothes and people made the best with what they had.  To celebrate International Women’s Day, here’s some portraits of fabulous friends captured at a 1940’s vintage tea party in Bethnal Green.  The bunting went up, we danced, ate fondant fancies and drank champagne in honour of our good friend Nicola who’d met her Prince and was about to get hitched.  Hair and Make-up: The Powderpuff Girls.  Photography: sarahhedges.london


Relaxos in Paxos - my top 10 tips in pics

In Greek mythology, Poseidon created Paxos by striking Corfu with his trident, so that he and his wife Amphitrite, ‘the goddess of the sea’ could have some peace and quiet.  The Ionian island of Paxos is only 8 kilometres long and 3 kilometres wide, so relaxing… it’s horizontal.   Here’s my top 10 tips in pics:

Top Paxos Tip #10:  Not only a great island for sailing, it’s a great place to hang your laundry out in public too.  T-shirt, ‘my own’.  Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III  Lens: Canon 24-105 mm.

Top Paxos Tip #9: Head, ‘off-piste’ on a hike.  It’s a great island to explore on foot.  Just follow your feet.  Socks, ‘my own’ Yayoi Toesama.  Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III  Lens: Canon 24-105 mm. 

Top Paxos Tip #8: Get the inside scoop.  Enjoy an ice-cream whilst walking along the harbourfront in the capital, ‘Gaios’.  Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III  Lens: Canon 24-105 mm. 

Top Paxos Tip #7:  Buy the home made Paxiot olive oil from Babis Lekkas in Gaios.  Did you know, olive oil should be kept out of sunlight and never stored in the fridge?  Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III  Lens: Canon 24-105 mm. 

Top Paxos Tip #6: enjoy a freshly stuffed and baked lemon, head to Taverna Nionios in Lakka.  This delightful taverna has been in the family since 1945!  Lemons are good for digestion too.  Fruit portrait: Graham.  Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III  Lens: Canon 24-105 mm.    

Top Paxos Tip #5: marvel at the archtastic branding and directional signage leading you to one of the islands most iconic natural sights…. the, ‘Tripitos Arch’.  Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III  Lens: Canon 24-105 mm.  

Take a walk on the wild side up and over the, ‘Tripitos Arch’.  Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III  Lens: Canon 24-105 mm.  

Top Paxos Tip #4: Visit the even tinier island of Anti-Paxos by boat.  With two of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen.  Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III  Lens: Canon 24-105 mm.  

The beaches of Anti-Paxos could be from a bond movie.  The sea is crystal clear and the most beautiful ionion turquoise blue.  Camera: Canon EOS 600D  Lens: Canon 10-22 mm.

Top Paxos Tip #3: Take a cat nap. Make a donation to PAWS ‘Paxos Animal Welfare Society’.  Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III  Lens: Canon 24-105 mm.   

Top Paxos Tip #2:  Our favourite place on the island to hang out; Ben’s Bar - Monodendri Beach for the original, ‘Relaxos in Paxos’ experience.  Enjoy the perfectly pebbly beach, the crystal clear water and freshly caught fish for lunch.  Cameras: Vintage Polaroid SX70 land camera and Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Letting the daze go by, and the water flowing… once in a lifetime.  

Add some balance to your life with a stand up paddle board.  

Top Paxos Tip #1:  Watch a sunrise or a sunset.  One of the best places to watch the sunset is from Erimitis Beach.  Enjoy a rum and chilli cocktail or two from Erimitus Bar and Restaurant.  Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III  Lens: Canon 24-105 mm.  Please don’t share this blog with anyone, let’s just keep Paxos as our little secret…shhh.


The Jurassic Coast 26 Mile Mighty Hike

Woke-up 5.30 am after a few hrs sleep by a rotund pheasant who was looking at himself in the mirror of a cigarette bin in the garden of our hotel, ’The Countryman Inn, Dorset’.   

To Weymouth.. let’s go.  A 7.30 am start at Lodmoor Country Park. Tears rolled down my cheeks thinking of my lovely mum and gorgeous family and friends affected by cancer. 

Storm clouds gathered.  Photos captured on a Canon EOS600D and 10-22 mm lens.

2,500 Mighty Hikers.. going in steep and raising money for Macmillan along they way.

Hiking through a raincloud, beside the seaside beside the sea. 

Past the Iconic Durdle Door - a natural limestone arch landmark and our 10 mile marker.

Across the beautiful white pebbly beach of Lulworth Cove and the 11.5 mile point.

Up incredibly steep steps… we were rewarded with a magnificent view.

Still hiking, though fields of sheep and blue skies at the halfway point - mile 13.

Through fields of gargantuan daisies

A Mexican stand-off with a local cow herd… 

A play list of dance floor bangers shared by friends to help us get over the 15 mile wall 

Mile 26 & the finish line #whoop #whoop.  A gargantuan thank you to the awesome support and generous donations from incredible family and friends; Jason, Alia, Dylan and Lewis, Clive, Dad, Penny, Dorothy, Lisa, Terry Tom & Sophie, Debstar, Victoria, Viv, Ilinca & family, Catherine, Lizzie, Vix, Firgas, Malph, Laura, Philip, Jane, Gemma & Woz, Anna-Marie, Alexandra, Ursula, Kellie, Alex, Zoe, Genevieve & Steve.  You lot rock - we smashed our fundraising target for Macmillan Cancer Care.  : )  A big high five to my fabulous friend and hiking co-pilot Nicola for our 29 mile adventure #feelingproud.   Thank you to the organisers, trek-masters & emergency medics for your support at mile 23.  It’s not too late to donate, please find enclosed my fundraising page.   Big love to all XXX

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