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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 www.beautyholics.net 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 www.bluebella.com from September onwards.

For more information or to purchase visit www.bluebella.com


By Selina Dyer

Images courtesy of Cici PR

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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 www.wearyour-own.com

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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 ( www.arrondunworth.blogspot.com )

Hair and Makeup: Becks Buki ( www.BecksBuki.com )

Styling: Zack Tate ( www.ZackTate.com )

By Selina Dyer

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Who Run The World (Girls) – Fashion Review

Most people know how I feel about Beyoncé…It’s a love/hate relationship! BUT I MUST say that I LOVED the styling of the video and I do like the track…

So here’s the run down on what she wore. 

1. A red Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2010 dress with embroidered gold detail and thigh-high, gold-heeled Alexander McQueen Grinling Gibbons, same collection.

2. She shakes up her booty in a black Norma Kamali fringed garment with a Giuseppe Zanotti golden harness and black bustier, continuing the fringe down to some Alexander Wang heels.

3. A quick glimpse of the white Givenchy Spring/Summer 2011 Couture gown. 

4. All slow motion in the dark Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2011 Couture outfit with a tailcoat and heavy cut-outs.

5. With the car in flames behind her, she gets into an mini Gareth Pugh Fall/Winter 2011 turtleneck dress and gold-mirrored Gareth Pugh ankle boots.

6. Then during the dance break, she breaks out the gold-embroidered Emilio Pucci Spring/Summer 2010 yellow dress paired with studded and feathered Sergio Rossi Gladiator boots.

7. Then finally, Emilio Pucci number two; a long-sleeved goddess gown in green with a thigh-high split and sequined sleeve from Fall/Winter 2011.

By Chrissie Fizz

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Top 5 Spring’11 Playsuits

Playsuits / Rompers are a hit this Spring 2011! I’ve been on the search and managed to track down some of the hottest playsuits in town! The great thing about a playsuit is the comfortability it offers; they are also very versatile, dress them up or dress them down, totally up to you.

The Playsuit has only one downside… which is the restrictions you find when visiting the ladies room… besides that they are a winner! I will be stocking up on a few this Spring 2011.

Below are my TOP 5.

Striped Playsuit £55.00 available at www.trafficpeople.co.uk

Floral Print Playsuit £35.00 available at www.maxclondon.com

Jade Green Playsuit £18.00 available at www.dressrail.com

Abandon Drapey Playsuit £35.00 available at www.usc.co.uk

Flaming Flamingos Playsuit £54.00 available at www.trafficpeople.co.uk

Are you into Playsuits and Rompers? Which one’s will be making an entrance into your wardrobe this Spring?

Smooches, love and fabric dolls xxx

By J’ara Ami

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Get The Look For Less

Get The Look For Less

(Image from style.com)

Spring is here! No? Not convinced by the sunshine we’ve had over the past couple of days? Come guys have some faith… think sun GET sun!

This Spring is all about bold bright colours; with lace also popping up in many SS11 runway shows.

This red lace dress seen on the runway as part of Erdem’s SS11 collection is absolutely stunning! Luckily for us we can get this look for a fraction of the price! The Vera Moda Cardinal Dress is available at USC for only £35

Head on over to http://www.usc.co.uk and grab yourself a bargain! Wear this dress to a special dinner date, or add a pair of skinny jeans and kitten heels and you have a cute little outfit for the bar.

Smooches, love and fabric dolls xxx

By J’ara Ami


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SS11 Trend: Orange

This season, indulge your fun side with a splash of bright block orange. Never having previously been a fan of the colour (carrots, marigolds, and orange jumpsuits – can I really be blamed?), but with some of our favourite designers using it in their collections, it was only a matter of time before I began to view orange in whole new light.

For inspiration on how to wear orange accordingly, check out the following designer looks for this season:




(Moral of the story: don’t be afraid to colour clash).

By Lily Niu


Images: Style.com

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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.

Website: http://www.riverisland.com

Stockist: 0208 911 4904

Edited By Selina Dyer

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Everybody is a jewel – Jewel Clothing

Everybody is a jewel Established in 2007, Jewel Clothing represents a new fresh and innovative brand within the UK fashions industry. Well known for unusual shapes, colours and patterns both designers have proved that they are not ‘afraid to experiment with combinations of style.’

Desperately wanting to pursue their fashion dreams, both Lyande Kaikai and Julia Omoarukhe took that exciting risk in the fast paced industry by successfully providing this collection. With their incongruous colours and stylish cuts, the tailored garments leave the broad room in vivid splendour.

In this collection they have both managed to uniquely create ‘beautifully handmade, one-off garments’ leaving clients confident and sexy. After seasons of dramatic colours, this new approach of using outrageous colours is the boldest statement yet. As they present their latest creation, jewel clothing has also productively made a rapid recognition within the fashion globe. Exhibiting their garments at the world’s largest fashion show event at Excel was not only an achievement but they had recent show-stopping debut for one of their signature dresses at Buckingham Palace, for an audience with the Queen.

Both coming from diverse backgrounds both talented girls have demonstrated a kind heart by donating 4 exclusive dresses to Mary Portas’s Charity shop at Westfield’s. Within this short space of time Jewel clothing has portrayed an incredible growth and cunningly used their creative minds to polish pieces. Lyande and Julia’s ‘passion for fashion has transformed itself into a brand that is one to watch.’

By Esther Akinwale

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