Wednesday, 25 April 2012


A little something quick to read while I'm busy planning fabrics and what to make next at Lady K Loves HQ (yes I know, more jeans right?)
So pomade, mostly used by guys I feel but also for a bit of finishing of a style by girls. I have to say I normally use a combination of heat, back-combing, setting, hair spray and shear force of will to make my hair do what I want. As such my knowledge of pomades isn't very good, so I'd love to get feedback from you all. This also means most of my knowledge comes from if I like the smell of not! But at least I'm honest!

So we'll start off with Mr Ducktail.....
Mr Ducktail is not only a legend in his own life time for cutting and styling men's hair in his London studio, he also now has a range of styling products (and fantastic tee shirts). Now truth be told I don't think I've even smelt this one, let alone had first hand experience of how it works, strength of hold ect. On the site it says it smells like Coca-cola, and I've heard it has a sort of lemony vanilla scent..... The reviews I've read online pretty much all agree it's fantastic, strong, easy to use, clear and blends well into the hair, leaving little to no residue and giving you a fantastic finish and hold, plus even if you or your fella aren't gona use it, it'll look cool in your bathroom.

Sweet Georgia Brown
Brought to my attention by Atomic Tony Tiki a few years back. This is one I've had first hand experience of, the smell is lovely, sort of warm and manly. they do 3 types of hold so there is something for whatever strength you like, from super held in place to pretty styled but room of a few stands to fall lose (I've always loved that look!). One thing I do remember being a problem for the person who used it was a tendency for it to clump a little bit, I think it maybe stuck to the comb then dried then got distributed through the hair the next day when they styled it so if you've really dark hair I might be a little aware of that.

Next up Layrite,
One I've actually used my self and always quite liked. Again a company who not only do great pomade but a few cool tee shirts and even an aftershave! Hawleywoods is originally a barbers which has developed it's own products. Now I used this as it is one of the water soluble options, since I style my hair in various way's I've never wanted to use a pomade which only gives you one option. the smell is lovely so I completely understand why they've also produced an aftershave or two. it's got a thick texture and once worked into the hair gives a good hold, there's also two strengths and they make them in about 3 different size tubs so you can have a big one for home and a small one for your travel bag.. The only problem for guys with a water soluble pomade is that if you get caught in the rain your hair style dies!

Last one I'm going to look at is Murray's, again I've not had a huge amount of contact with it, but I did get the chance to check out the smell the other day.....(yes the image of me sniffing someone's head is entirely a accurate! ) and it smelt good! they have great packaging and all of their products are styled differently which makes it easier to know what you liked last time. (yes I picked this one becuase it's pretty).
So what do you think? I know I've missed out loads...the whole Dax range and White & Blacks, to name but a few. What do you like to use?

Monday, 9 April 2012

Spring Summer 2012 Shoot

Well now, this seems like ages ago that we did our spring summer shoot, it was just beginning to get a little sunny, and feels like a long time ago after this very wet bank holiday weekend!

Having just relocated to Stroud, in Gloucestershire, it seemed the perfect opportunity to do a country/farm themed shoot! We shoot in a wonderful working farm, Stroud Slad Farm, which not only produces some fabulous local pastys (or possibly they can only be called pastry's now?) and also runs Leadership With Horses courses.....a fantastic way to learn new ways to 'take the reins' as it were in you life.

So we had the wonderful Miss Cal O'Rein doing the honers with modelling, and Hannah KS photography, thought these girls have both done photo's for me before, but this was the first time I was working with them in person. They were both super sweet and extremely professional! It was a really quick and easy photoshoot....we got loads of great pictures and had such a lovely time, there were even pretty young calf's sleeping and feeding in the stables behind us.

Some of you may have seen a lot of these already.....but here are some of the great pictures we got on the day! Featuring the Verity set below, inspired by the lovely Verity of The Vanity Box.