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As a so-called ‘media figure’, it was a cruel inevitability: in all likelihood, I would end up in a studio photoshoot one day.

Now, I’ve done a handful of ‘shoots’ in the past for magazine features and interviews, but have always taken solace in the fact that they were essentially recreating my own brand of street style photography. Natural light, no looking into a camera, and props/people around me to almost create an illusion of DSLRlessness.

When I worked as a stylist, studio shoots were always the most harsh and revealing, even for the most beautiful model. I swore I’d stay away as long as I could. Yet here I am pretending I’m some sort of Campbell-Delevigne.

How did it happen? The Powers That Be decided it was time to do some promo shots for myself and the blog. Shortly thereafter, Image 1st Studio pitched and the rest is history.

The Studio is located just around the corner from Farringdon station, is completely private, and – as a package – comes with the friendliest, nerve-curing studio staff you could hope for. A week or so before arriving, they sent me very clear tips, information, and genuinely made the whole experience comfortable from the get-go.

On shoot day, Doren (the MD) greeted my moral support and I at the door and took me straight through to be painted and preened by the lovely Emma.

As make-up artists go I am as picky as they come, but Emma understood exactly what I liked (less is more, with an exception for lips) and took me to personal perfection in no time at all.

Grabbing a drink on my way through to meet Luke (the photographer), we went through the outfits I’d put together, decided the shoot order and backgrounds we’d use for each look, hung everything up in said order (hello, OCD), and set straight off to set.

A whirlwind hour of blushing and prancing later, we wrapped up the shoot and I left with a disc of a billion-plus images ready to send to all my boyfriends.

Or use for professional purposes. Whatever.

Not bad, eh?

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Dream Catcher

Working hard is only hard work for those who can’t see the the light at the end of the tunnel. In every circumstance, be your own light.

(As this is my 1000th post, your weekend wonder is courtesy of yours truly. I love you all!)

Cover
It is midnight! Relevance? Exactly one year ago, Lela London Dot Com was born. 970 blogs later (I kid you not), I am releasing my first book: She Said Style!

Stylist and fashion editor Lela London has spent her life creating and compiling tips and tricks that every woman wishes she knew. From a style icon-worthy dress sense to the secrets behind the flawless face, a priceless number of insider tidbitshave all been revealed in her first book: “She Said Style“.

As a wonderfully wise guide to fashion, beauty, and self-love, Lela’s wit and knowledge will excite you into tiers of panache and cool that are assumed to be reserved only for celebrities.

She Said Style is a must-have for every woman, being purposefully free of high-and-mighty fashion dictatorship. Every page is practical, customized and intimate in a way that will stick with you through the rest of your sartorial life. Every age, income, skin colour, personality and diversity is not only accounted for, but celebrated.

From closet inventories to trend-navigation techniques, body worship to body manipulation, and shopping secrets to bargain guides, there is enough here to elevate you to dream-like style savvy.

I literally could not wait to share this with you. This is my pride and joy, labour of love, (insert another cliche here) and I know all of you will adore it like I do!

Click here for a further look at She Said Style!

Lots and lots of besos,
Lela London

Vogue Cover

Vogue Cover: Click to enlarge!

For the first time since starting Fashion Spot, I am presenting my take on something other than an ad. This time? A Vogue magazine cover.

While Vogue is the Fashion Bible, there are a few things I would love to see on their covers:

  • Text reduction: “59 Ways To Wear Platforms While Having The Best Sex…EVER” just doesn’t entice anymore. If I am buying a magazine, I am primarily driven by image quality; nonsensical text blocks truly turn me off. A ‘table of contents‘ could be on the back cover to cater to the content-driven.
  • Iconography: Love live the day of memorable covers. In the recreation of the Marilyn Monroe image I’ve created, the concentration is solely on fashion and beauty. Vogue’s content decides what the latest fashion and trends are – the casing should reflect as such.
  • ‘Normal’ Models: I’m not going to get all Zooey Deschanel just yet, but when compiling a magazine with this much influence, I can only imagine involving relatable models – like your Friendly Neighborhood Fashion Blogger above – would be very well received. After all, we are the industry.
  • Don’t forget: enter to win your dream shoe collection here!