That time Catherine and I were in Woman & Home Magazine (!!!) (&behind the scenes)

You know when something happens in life and it kind of feels amazing but slightly surreal? Well thats what happened to me on the 28th March.
Why? Well on that Friday i got to have the meet the most wonderful lady and have a fantastic experience at the same time.
You all know the amazing Catherine right? (if not..where have you been?) Well over the past 3 ish years we have become firm blogging buddies. What started with blog comments and appreciation soon turned to tweets and then emails back and fourth. Catherine has been a constant source of style, photography and general blog inspiration to me and i just felt that from the beginning she just got me..which was so nice.
So when she put or names forward for a friendship article in Woman & Home Magazine I was thrilled.
Woman & Home picked up our story and there we were on 28th March meeting in real life for the very first time and on top of that wonderfulness, we were having our hair and makeup done, getting to play dress up in fancy designer clothes and have a fun photoshoot.

When i first actually met Catherine i couldn’t believe how absolutely radiant she was. Obviously you can tell by her photos on her blog, she is one stunning lady. But there is something that doesn’t quite transcend in to photos , a certain glow or presence perhaps, as in real life she is even more beautiful and graceful and softly spoken. As soon as we met (i was SO nervous) we chatted and chatted about our families, our journey to London that day and then laughed at how similar our blogging routines are and our funny little ways we have with our blogging.
At one point we were having a drink and Catherine spilled a little and she said “I spilled, i Spilled at Woman & Home” a la Carrie at Vogue (remember that scene?), which made me crack up as i was thinking the EXACT same thing lol!
I really didn’t want to leave once the photoshoot was over, i just wanted to sit and chat more about blogging and life with this wonderful lady, but sadly I had to shoot off and get back home to Wales.

 Want to see some behind the scenes of a Woman & Home shoot? (I hope you said yes)

As an avid magazine reader i didn’t even think of how much effort went in to photo-shoots and getting the ‘money shot’. Each person on set (which was the most amazing beautiful London House) had a job and an input into getting the best out of the shoot.
As you can see above, i originally started in a white blouse, which was lovely, but made me look like a floating head haha! So with the stylist we switched it up and i  wore the beautiful blue blouse, statement necklace and amazing Kurt Geiger Orange heels (which i wanted to take home with me haha!)

 Rows and rows of shoes clothes… (guess which ones were on my feet hahah!)

 …and stacks of jewellery!! It was like a fashion mecca. Catherine and I were in heaven , we kinda just wanted to play dress up all day in all the pretty clothes.

 Checking the shots and seeing what worked, changing, re angling and adjustments were then made.

And the photo-shoot? Well of course that was amazing.  Everyone from Woman & Home were so lovely and accommodating, they just made us feel at ease straight away. My husband came with me (as i would have gotten lost in London..seriously, i get lost around Cardiff) and they were lovely to him too, chatting about photography and supplying us all with yummy food and drinks.
The photographer Trevor Leighton was superb (check his website and see the calibre of his work…he has photographed some of my most fave celebs!!), I was so nervous having my photo taken by someone other than my husband. Weirdly i actually hate being in front of the camera, i know that’s bizarre as i post photos of myself 3 times a week here on the blog, but Salvatore (my husband) is the only person i actually relax enough with to take a half decent photo. So needless to say i was SUPER NERVOUS, but it was wonderful and such a fantastic experience.

It’s funny isn’t it how blogging can make such a difference to your life.
It was a wonderful day i will never forget but the one thing that will stay with me i hope for many many years to come is the friendship I have built with Catherine. I never even imagined i would meet such a beautiful person (inside and out) when i first started out on this blogging road, but my gosh, i am so glad i have.

A big thanks you to my wonderful friend and also to Woman & Home for bringing us together to meet



  1. May 7, 2014 / 1:37 pm

    You know how lucky you are don't you? It speaks a lot about your personality that the highlight of this event is that you actually met your friend Katherine. I know you would have said no to everything else and even get photographed in a sack! But thank god you didn't have to which made the experience a lot more perfect. Those orange pumps….divine!

  2. May 7, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    What a lovely post and you both look absolutley stunning.
    Sue x

  3. May 7, 2014 / 2:23 pm

    Yay, what a truly amazing experience!!! And I'm with ya, can't believe all the amazing ladies I've met because of this fabulous community – such wonderful inspiration!! xoxo

  4. May 7, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    LOVE this …what a great experience and a unique way to meet! x

  5. May 7, 2014 / 9:52 pm

    You guys look great. So many gorgeous accessories and shoes!! X

  6. May 8, 2014 / 5:00 pm

    WOW! super cool lady! You look SO so gorgeous in all these photos (and your hair looks so bouncy and awesome)

  7. May 12, 2014 / 1:25 pm

    WOW what an amazing opportunity. Not Dressed as Lamb is totally one of my favorite blogs, how nice to hear that she is as nice in real life as she is on the internet!

    Angie from reasons to dress, life as a North American mom in Italy.

  8. May 16, 2014 / 9:15 am

    Rachel, Rachel, Rachel… you are so utterly lovely – I can't begin to tell you how wonderful you are, and you said such nice things about me, and more importantly – us, and our fabulous friendship! You made me blush with your lovely comments, and I have to say I had no idea you were nervous about meeting, you certainly never showed it: you seem so confident!!

    Yes we had such a great day, certainly one to remember and I am SO glad I asked you and that you were able to come in the end. If only my hair could look like that every day!!!

    Oh and I'm going to tell my dad what you said about me being graceful and softly spoken. He'd tell you that I'm like a clumsy elephant and that he's always telling me to keep my voice down… he'll certainly laugh and wonder whether you actually met the right Catherine ;))

    Love you loads lovely lady. Great big MWAH to you.

    Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb

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