I’m always amazed at the wonderful array of people who find their way to our door.
They say that birds of a feather flock together, and certainly amongst those collectors and enthusiasts of heirloom fashion who visit us there are many who become friends and collaborators.
Some of our birds fly in from a little further than others, and we were delighted to welcome fashion blogger and international jet setter Jenny Mandera, who came all the way from Malaga to enjoy a day of dressing up and shooting with us. She fitted perfectly into our little team, and the fitting room at Days of Grace was filled with excited exclamations as she and our regular model Josie tried on their looks and made tweaks and adjustments.
Undaunted by our bracing sea breezes after the balmy med, Jenny played the part of the whimsical artist to a T.
Managing a day of strong sun and stronger gusts of wind on Budleigh beach, our hardy models shot 3 looks (two of which will feature in our next blog), punctuated by a Devon cream tea made by our photographer Louisa, who evidently knows just what will sustain a supermodel.
Shooting this look in glorious Budleigh Salterton, one of our old English sayings came to mind
- There’s never enough of that particular heavenly blue because God used it all up on the sky! By the time he had finished the sea too, he only had enough blue for the most special flowers.
Our "flowers" must be particularly special, since they were drenched in shades from palest sky-blue to forget-me-not, and every shade in between.
Our models caused quite a stir on Budleigh beach, picking their way over the pebbles in their delicious vintage outfits and posing amongst the beach huts. I selected two flocked organza pieces from the 1950’s for this look, an elegant floor sweeping gown modelled by Josie, and a stylish swing coat modelled by Jenny. The coat has since made its way into my own wardrobe, but the girls are working on me!
I always have some blue accessories in the shop, as many brides love to have “something blue” on their wedding day. The pale blue vintage lace veil is so very pretty, and would work beautifully with a white dress and blue sash. For glamorous impact you just can’t beat these feather capes from our secret supplier, hand made and dyed here in the UK.
We think that the Budleigh landscape is just as much the star of these shoots as our beautiful models. Why not pay the East Devon coast a visit and pop in to see us whilst you’re here?
Photographer - Louisa Currier
Stylist - Linda Duriez
Models - Jenny Manderra and Josephine Birch
With special thanks to Stephen Duriez