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During London Fashion Week AW11 House of Maffia headed down to ON|OFF at to view the presentation by Ada Zandition.

Ada Zanditon creates high end women’s wear that is elegant, fashion forward women’

s wear that is both sustainably and ethically designed, to push the boundaries of what sustainable fashion can be.

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Spotted: Lisa Maffia & Rebecca Moore at Nobu

Lisa Maffia & IDOL Magazine Editor Rebecca Moore were spotted at Nobu last night. Nobu Unplugged is a platform introducing emerging recording artists. Nina Nesbitt and special guests including Sam Garrett stood out for both ladies as amazing!

Lisa Maffia at Nobu

Rebecca Moore at Nobu

Lisa Maffia & Rebecca Moore at Nobu Restaurant

By Selina Dyer

Images Courtesy of cozycot

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Beauty Holics – Officially addicted to BeautyHolics

House of Maffia’s Editor recently had the pleasure of hosting a BeautyHolics pamper party with guests Lisa Maffia & Su-Elise Nash.

The BeautyHolics ladies, Zarina, Nichole and Shereen arrived promptly and began setting up. Within minutes my “petite” apartment was transformed into an intimate at home spa taking over the bedroom and livingroom.

I was first up for a massage which was delivered on a professional bed set up in the bedroom. With some “Zen (esque)” music softly playing in the background and some scented oils I quickly began to relax into a state of bliss. Targeting my troubled areas of the neck and upper back the therapist had me drifting off, with the massage feeling like it lasted much longer the the 30mins.

Once I had come back around and composed myself, next on the treatment menu was a pedicure. Swapping places with Lisa and joining Su-Elise I was in no time soaking my sandal/flipflop damaged heels in a foot soak and having all the summer build up promptly shifted.

This was accompanied with lots of girly chat and followed by a foot and lower leg massage to get the blood flowing through correctly. Moisturised, shaped, primped and preened I selected a “Oui but if Red” by Opi to complete the treatment.

A delightful set of beauty therapists, who made a grey and wet afternoon in London a wonderful experience…a definate recommendation.

Oh! And I forgot to say we all got a complimentary gift bag as part of the pamper party package.

We went for a Luxury Pedicure at £33.00 and a Back Massage at £28.00 but treatments range from around £10 for a flie & polish  to £160 for a Day of Pamper package.

Visit and book your session now!!

By Selina Dyer

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Blue Bella Lingerie & LoveStuff Press Day

House of Maffia were invited down by Cici PR & Events to the Blue Bella press day at the decadent surroundings of Home House for a private party. Greeted at the members house we were taken to the intimate bar for a complimentary glass of house wine, which set the tone of the intimate event.

Introduced to Blue Bella’s CEO and Founder Emily Bendell we were taken around the room and given a sneek preview of next season’s collections. 

Featuring in the collection are top quality, affordable ranges of lucious lingerie, lounge wear and lovestuff products. The top sellers were highlighted and new lines and products introduced.

Blue Bella Grace in Ivory – Bra £25 Briefs £15

Blue Bella Helena in Oyster & Black – Bra £22 Briefs £12


Blue Bella Forget Me Not – Bra £30 Briefs £ 16/ Blue Bella Empress – Bra £29 Briefs £15

Celebrities in attendance included Lisa Maffia, Lizzie Cundy, Louisa Lytton, Melissa Walton,  We played some party games which included getting to steal beautifully wrapped blue parcels from others with a correct answer when quizzed about Blue Bella and won some gifts to take home as well as some delightful celebrity & press bags full of Blue Bella goodies.

With prices very reasonable there is something for everyone what ever your level of adventure. All featured products will be available through their team of Blue Bella consultants and online at from September onwards.

For more information or to purchase visit


By Selina Dyer

Images courtesy of Cici PR

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Race For Life

On the 30th July 2011 a group of ladies banded together to form “Team Maffia” to support House of Maffia director Lisa Maffia and help raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Team Maffia and Jasmine Dotiwala (

Lisa Maffia with DJ Jakki Degg, Alisha White, announcer Dean, Su-Elise Nash and Rebecca Moore.

Lisa giving a heart felt speech with support from Su-Elise


On your marks…get set…


Su-Elise approaches the finish line…

Lisa reaches the finish line followed by Helena and Savanah…

Lisa and Rashada celebrate!!!


By Selina Dyer

Images thanks to & & Jasmine Dotiwala

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A personal message from Lisa Maffia


In my life I’ve never imagined that cancer would affect anyone in my life and even though its not my own health affected it feels like its happening to me!

Earlier this year my mum went for a regular checkup and in April was diagnosed with cervical cancer and it has unfortunately also spread to other parts of her body. The shock of the bad news has changed my whole life and I still can hardly believe the reality of the situation. I cry day and night about losing my mum but more worry about if cancer is hurting her and the fact that I can’t do anything to take it away!!

This is why I’ve decided to take part in the Race for Life this year…

Events like Race for Life are vital in funding Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. By sponsoring us now you can help more people survive cancer.Read how each £1 donated would/could change the future of cancer and how its treated.

Gift Aid it!

If you are a UK taxpayer, please remember to tick the Gift Aid box when donating as this will increase your donation by at least 25% at no cost to you.

The thing is Cancer isn’t racist, it isn’t sexist, it isn’t prejudice nor does it discriminate in any way but what we do know is that it sure can take away someone you love with all your hearts life, so please dig deep and sponsor us online – it’s quick, easy and totally secure and join me in helping make a change…visit my Race for Life team page or click on the link just up there on the right –>

You can also donate by texting LISA50 and the amount (£1 – £10) to 70070

(All of the money is donated and there is no network charge)

Many thanks for your support. Together we will beat cancer.

Lisa & Team Maffia x

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Karen Tino – Radical Designer Award

On Saturday 26 March Fashion Designers’ & Craft Makers’ Network held their innovative 2011 Young Designer Show at The Novotel London Hotel St. Pancras. This exciting event was established by knitwear designer Joanna Marcella with the aim to help raise profile of exceptionally gifted young avant-garde designers. Families, friends, fashion lovers and the press alike gathered together at The Novotel Hotel St Pancras for what was an impressive and exciting evening.

The show hosted the Young Designer Award and the Radical Designer Award and included Jacqueline Hancher, Caroline Gladstone and Sue Mee Maudsley as part of the panel of special guest judges.

The organizers of the Young Designer Show and Awards are delighted to announce that first place went to Ezoe Robinson who produced a delicate chiffon design inspired by the musical The Lion King. Second place went to Hannah Bloxham who created a striking final piece which was made with high technical skill and looked fantastic on the catwalk and third place was awarded to Thamina Lipa Chowdhury all young designers gave excellent presentations to the panel of judges and demonstrated great commitment to the project.

First place Radical Designer Award for designers over 21 years went to our very own Karen Jonga of KAREN TINO she created a remarkable collection that captured the judge’s’ attention.

Joanna Marcella says: ‘We’ve found a great bunch of new, fresh and exciting young designers and we seek to encourage them as much as we can through our Designer Development Initiative. The Designer Development Initiative is an attempt to support aspiring multi-cultural fashion designers and aims to make a significant difference to their economic well-being by offering support, mentoring and motivational sessions, and by producing events that provide the opportunity for participants to network and promote themselves.’

Karen will start preparing her presentation to put before the panel of directors at Seattle Fashion Week.

You can purchase your own tailor-made designs by Karen from

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Lisa Maffia

Images from the new promo shoot for House of Maffia director Lisa Maffia.

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Photographer: Arron Dunworth ( )

Hair and Makeup: Becks Buki ( )

Styling: Zack Tate ( )

By Selina Dyer

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River Island – Chelsea Girl

Chelsea Girl returns to River Island

Chelsea Girl was the brand that rose to fame during the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties before re-launching as River Island in 1988.

River Island are re-introducing Chelsea Girl with a new capsule collection drawing from the fashion heritage of the Chelsea Girl brand.

The capsule collection is inspired by vintage pieces featured in the original Chelsea Girl campaigns. Featuring floral prints, geometric shapes and denim pieces the influence across the three decades is apparent.

The price points are super affordable with a cropped t-shit going for £15, denim shorts for £25 and floral jeans for £35.

It launches with an exclusive pop-up store at Selfridges on the 24th March with the collection available at selected stores as well.


Stockist: 0208 911 4904

Edited By Selina Dyer

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