My review of a glamorous evening!

On Wednesday evening, my sister Jane and I ventured over to Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire for The Big Little Fashion Show 2019. Although Hedsor is only 15 Miles from where I live, this was my first visit. Hedsor dates all the way back to 1166 (!) and has hosted all manner of VIP guests from Kings and Queens to the modern-day celebrity ‘royalty’ such as the Beckhams, Elton John and George Clooney. So we were in very fine company!! The driveway leading to the mansion is almost a kilometre long and you know you’re on your way to somewhere very grand!

Upon arrival, we were greeted in the reception hall with a complimentary G&T and a very heavy goodie bag! Almost immediately, I had my photo taken by Fall into London. Go check them out, they produce a full-length sketch from photographs, and I can’t wait to see mine! I’ll post it here as soon I receive it!

A quick wander led us into the main hall, which was set up with chairs in preparation (I thought) for the fashion show. A few minutes later, a panel of gorgeous women began talking about their lives, their passions and the differences they are making. I am not exaggerating when I say this was one of the best discussions I have ever witnessed.

I could go on for pages about it but some highlights…

Caryn Franklin MBE told us about how Katherine Hamnett inspired her when she wore a t-shirt emblazoned with ‘No More Cruise’ when she met Margaret Thatcher!

Natalie from Style Me Sunday talked about how she’s often described as ‘feisty’ hmm not a term attributed to men very often…

Sarah Burns from Smart Works talked passionately about helping women to build their confidence with styling advice, interview training to increase their chances of getting work. Have a look at their work hashtag #smartworksreading.

Clarrisa Drysdale-Anderson talked about how she couldn’t ignore the slavery that was going on around her when she lived in India, now a director at YOU CAN FREE US. It is an international human rights organisation that is fighting modern slavery around the world through advocacy, rescue and rehabilitation. Fine out more, Instagram: youcanfreeus. Facebook: youcanfreeus

After this wonderful talk, we got a chance to say hello to the panel and I was busting to talk to them! Although many of these issues were around in the 70’s and 80’s (my era) and we felt as passionate about feminism and other injustices, we didn’t have social media to amplify our voice. I know it gets criticism but as these women showed, it’s also a genuine power for good.

Now it was time for some shopping!! I didn’t go mad but couldn’t resist a few purchases (see above!)

Brookes from Marlow was my first stop. After all, it was their Instagram feed that alerted me to the event in the first instance. I bought this delicious scarf, which I will use as a sarong in glamorous Saint Tropez next week.

Loved this cocktail ring from Sansom Reed. It is adjustable, (I don’t have long elegant fingers) and will be worn everywhere.

I also stopped by Stripe and Stare as there were some lovely bright knickers on show. When I was told they were made from Beechwood Trees and described as the world’s most comfortable knickers, thought I had to give them a go. My verdict is they are everything that it says on the tin, I will be buying more!

We were lucky to catch the grand finale fashion show before we left. Didn’t manage to get any pics but be sure to check out the Big Little website and Instagram @allthingsbiglittle

Can’t wait for the next one!!

Avril x

1 Comment

  1. Laurie

    I didn’t know anything about this event until the day! I would have loved to have attended and we could have met! xx


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