Fashion wrap

Getting ready for the shoot - The Cottage salon's Greg Churchill and Emily Hobbs prepare model Ieva

Getting ready for the shoot - The Cottage salon's Greg Churchill and Emily Hobbs prepare model Ieva Raustyte for her photos - Credit: Sonya Duncan

What better time to treat yourself – or have your loved one treat you – to some lovely lingerie? Our fashion shoot is all about Christmas luxury

Lounge by the fire in a beautiful silk gown or enjoy breakfast in bed dressed in stunning, lace underwear – whatever your style, the lingerie provided by Norwich boutique Proudlock & Harry shows there is something to make every woman feel fantastic.

“We wanted to show that Christmas is a time when you want to feel and look special. If you can’t enjoy some sparkle and glamour at this time of year, when can you?” says Proudlock & Harry owner Clare Angel.

“Everybody should have something nice for Christmas. The lingerie we like to sell is cut beautifully for women’s bodies. In recent years, designers have taken care to really think about the cut and shape of their pieces and to make sure they fit women of all shapes and sizes.

“One of my favourite pieces this year, incredibly popular with women and with men buying gifts for their wives or girlfriends, is the gorgeous lace teddy by Betty Blues Loungerie, a British designer who makes really wearable lingerie.”

Make yourself at home

This month’s shoot took place in the Hopkins Homes show house at Wherry Gardens in Wroxham. The five-bedroomed detached, which boasts two en suite bathrooms, a study, and a generous kitchen, breakfast and family room, is £499,995 and is one of 67 properties being developed on this site.

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Across East Anglia, Hopkins Homes has 17 developments under way, including at Stalham, North Walsham, Sprowston, Wells, Aylsham, Spixworth, Watton, Stoke Holy Cross, Swanton Morley and at Scholars’ Quarter in Norwich. Sales and marketing director Lee Barnard says: “We really consider the environment we are creating for the location as well as the homes, and build homes that enhance the area.

“We are one of the biggest private developers in East Anglia in terms of the numbers of homes we sell, yet we still provide that special level of service and responsiveness. At the end of the day we want people to love and enjoy their homes.”

To view the show home or find out more about other Hopkins Homes properties, visit Wherry Gardens, Wroxham, NR12 8SW, or call sales consultant Deborah Lawrence on 01603 784380.

All decked up

The delightful Christmas decorations, including three very different styles of Christmas tree, came from Taverham Nursery Centre, which has a vast range of beautiful festive goodies on sale - from wooden hearts to feather birds, from sparkling crystal to traditional Father Christmas models. One of the largest garden centres in the county, and located close to Norwich, it also has many gift ideas, from plants to toys to homeware.

Get the look

The Cottage Hair and Beauty salon in Norwich created a natural, beautiful look for Ieva, our model from Sandra Reynolds Agency.

Emily Hobbs, who styled make-up, says: “A key look for Christmas is gold eye shadow, which looks great with a rich burgundy colour on your lips. The wonder product which will have you looking glamorous for the festive party season is Bare Minerals Stroke of Light, which highlights your features as well as hiding bags under your eyes.”

Salon director Greg Churchill gave Ieva a simple but glamorous hairstyle with lots of soft curls.

“It is great for Christmas as it is relaxed, but can look elegant and fun as well. Use curling tongs or a curling wand; rub in some product, such as Redkin Pillow Proof primer which protects you hair from heat styling and gives longevity to the style, then dry and style it.”

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