Photo: Agnieszka Dobrowolska | Location: Notting Hill, London | Stylist: Marie-Claude Boisvert

Skirt: COS, Top: Club Monaco, Shoes: Marciano

by Jade Jehle, Artistic Director & Blogger

Located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the charming district of Notting Hill was named this way back in 1356. It was largely a working-class neighbourhood before wealthy people moved in and the film starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant made it even more popular. The gentrification that occurred late 20th century is what transformed Notting Hill into the beautiful yet quiet district of London, where so many antique dealers and bookshops can be visited. What a suitable scenery for such a vintage spring outfit and hair tutorial!

The classic braided crown up-do

Step 1: Simply make pigtail braids to start, leaving as much loose hair at the ends as desired – the bottom part will be clipped away underneath the braids afterwards, so not to worry!

Step 2: Place each braid upwards, towards the middle of the top of your head or hair division… and let the bobby pin party begin! Make sure that each braid holds with bobby pins, with the last braid hiding the end of the first braid, as well as tucking the end of the second braid underneath the first to form a crown that flows from one side of your head to the other.

I am wearing a wide, calf length skirt from COS bought right here in London, which I can describe as the ultimate best silhouette definer: it suits any curves, plus the tight waist band makes me look extra petite.
This soft, light pink top from Club Monaco really accentuates the vintage look, which I paired with a black pearl necklace as well as white pearl bracelets.

And finally, these silk-material heels are what add a serious oomph to my princess outfit. Feeling pretty royal here, I won’t lie! 😉