Talented Local Photographer, Vicki Sharp

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Talented Local Photographer, Vicki Sharp

I’m not really a fan at all of having my photograph taken, I tend to feel acutely awkward and un-photogenic.  However, after a few failed attempts at trying to take selfies for my various social media channels and also having admired an ex boss’s update of her website photo I decided to make some enquiries and get something just a little more professional.  I was recommended by Kerrie Dorman towards a local, reasonably priced photographer called Vicki Sharp.

So there the story begins…

The booking process was relaxed and easy, Vicki arrived with a view to updating my social media and also taking some family snaps of whoever was around, all I was asked to do was get a few outfits or ideas ready.

Vicki arrived with bouncing enthusiasm at the door after having admired my numerous pairs of wellies outside the front door, announcing she was sure we were going to get on!  I wasn’t sure whether she was putting me at ease with regards to perhaps having equally messy porch or just having a fondness for wellies.

The kettle went on and Vicki made herself at home in my kitchen, all various kinds of equipment being set up and put in to place all the while whilst having a good old natter.  Finally outfits were chosen and it was time to rock and roll.  I was told a few tricks of the trade to get a good portrait photograph and we started.

I have to say at the end of my session I felt that I had had a really good time, almost like a good night out.  Yep I know, sad, I obviously don’t get out much.  But seriously, I had had fun, and more so had felt glamorous, confident, happy and totally at ease in front of the camera and Vicki, which really is rare for me.

Vicki Sharp PhotographyThe dogs then decided to jump in, who would want to stop them?  Everyone was very relaxed even if the dogs were terribly excited and letting off windy pops all over the place to show their enthusiasm.

Then my eldest who I thought equally as reluctant to go in front of the lens had his turn.  I was sent away and low and behold another good time was had.

Vicki Sharp Photography

Our French Bulldog resembling a walrus!

Then Vicki took on both my boys, some with myself some not, there was a lot of configurations going on and she spent a huge amount of time at ours which upon reflection for what she charged was incredibly reasonable.

The turnaround of photos via a low-res gallery was very quick, a number of days.  Then Vicki popped around again, another natter and relaxed discussion again on what my requirements were and a few ideas and choices put in to place.

I was then updated with examples, a streamlined gallery to choose from.  All very professional and easy.  There was no hard sale which for me was very important.

Vicki Sharp Photography

So, if you fancy updating your family photos, your LinkedIn profile or anything else, I thoroughly recommend Vicki, you can find her details on her website here:  Vicki Sharp Photography

If you need another reason to persuade to book Vicki take a peek here:


Vicki Sharp Photography is delighted and proud to have been Commended in the ‘Best Customer Service’ category at the Richmond Business Awards 2016!


Celebrate Christmas In East Sheen & The Hare & Hounds, 1st, 2nd, 3rd December 2016

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Celebrate Christmas In East Sheen & The Hare & Hounds,

Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd December 2016


As you can see there are a few fun filled days of events for all ages, all provided by local business’s, an integral, important part of our community.  Let’s go and support them with a bit of festive cheer!


There is something for everyone.  If you havn’t been to this event before you are missing out on a great community gathering, a time to catch up with friends, have a drink, shop, meet new people and find that fabulous present for Christmas and get to know your local shopkeepers over a glass of mulled wine!

Ibstock Place School Christmas Market Saturday 12th November, 11am – 3pm

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Ibstock Place School Christmas Market Saturday 12th November, 11am – 3pm

This is a Christmas Market that I always look forward to every year and the fact it is hosted by one of our lovely local schools, even better.

You know the place, the time, the date, tickets are £2 per person and all welcomed, the more the merrier!

This year there will be over 90 stalls, many new so you won’t necessarily see the same thing again.  If you come with hungry tummies don’t expect just the usual yet well known BBQ, you will also find also Filipino street food, hot soup, crepes and a wonderful new cake stall, yum!

Hot off the press!  There will be an ice rink this year, advanced tickets for certain time slots have gone however there will still be a few available on the day.

If skating, shopping, eating or socializing isn’t your thing then there will still be the usual rodeo reindeer, laser tag and bouncy castle and a variety of stalls which will appeal to children or even adults young at heart.

See you there

Ibstock Christmas Fair 2016

Richmond Park Academy Fireworks Saturday 5th November 4.30pm onwards

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Richmond Park Academy Fireworks Saturday 5th November 4.30pm onwards

Come see a fireworks extravaganza and support one of our fabulous local secondary schools on Saturday 5th November.  Food, banter and fireworks are on the menu.

Ticket only.

Richmond Park Academy Fireworks Saturday 5th November 4.30pm onwards


Artisan’s Donation Day Asks London Coffee Lovers To Help Raise £10,000 Wednesday 7th Septmber 2017

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Artisan’s Donation Day Asks London Coffee Lovers To Help Raise £10,000

South West London Coffee Company To Raise Funds For Ugandan Community Who Inspired The Business’ Success.

Fans of South West London coffee company Artisan can help the company raise funds for the small community in Uganda which inspired its success.  On Wednesday 7th September, customers of their Putney, Stamford Brook, East Sheen and Ealing sites will not be charged but instead asked to donate straight into the charity buckets.  Owners Edwin and Magda Harrison helped build a community college whilst volunteering in Uganda, which inspired them to write their business plan which today results in four coffee shops and a training school.  The event is a way to give thanks by raising £10,000 which will extend the college building and accommodate more students.

Even the coffee industry has kindly backed the efforts to raise funds for the local community in Uganda, donating their supplies free for the day including Allpress (coffee), Allan Reader (milk/diary), Seven Seeded (pastries and bread) The Artisan Bakery (muffins) and Cake Lovers Ltd (cakes).  Finally Artisan’s own staff will donate their time and work for free for this event across all four sites in Putney, Stamford Brook, Ealing and East Sheen in a solid effort of collaboration and charity.

“Seeing the coffee growing process first-hand and the challenges faced by the poorest communities in Uganda, we were inspired to dream and think big!” says Artisan owner Edwin Harrison.  “We developed and planned the vision for Artisan and we are truly humbled by its success.”

“We hope our loyal and wonderful customers will help join us as we pay thanks back the roots of our inspiration, and continue the work to provide education and training to those in much need.” Edwin continued.

The proceeds will go directly to a small local community charity – LIDEFO (Liberty Development Foundation) whose aim is to economically empower people and offer quality services that enhance income-generating activities and sustainable rural livelihoods.  Artisan owners Edwin and Magda Harrison undertook a year’s voluntary work with the charity to develop a sustainable business model to train local beekeepers as well as help raise money and build Liberty College.

From one class outside a tree and 30 students to four teaching rooms on their own property and over 300 students, the college offers occupational opportunities for the youth and women aged between 18-30 providing them with certificates and diplomas in various fields such as journalism, accountancy, catering and hotel management and tourism to name a few.  The funds raised from Artisan’s Donation Day will help build another storey and four classrooms on top of the existing build which will accommodate a further 200 students.

Original classroom with Magda teaching then the New college building and Edwin teaching class

For further information on Artisan’s locations for Donation Day please visit www.artisancoffee.co.uk or follow the team on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

For more information on LIDEFO Charity visit www.lidefo.net

Author : Artisan

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Thank you.

Barnes Pond Monthly Outdoor Collectables Market is on this Saturday! 3rd September 9am – 3pm

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Barnes Pond Monthly Outdoor Collectables Market is on this Saturday!  3rd September 9am – 3pm

On the first Saturday of the month – weather permitting – there is an open air collector’s market held on the green next to Barnes pond and across the road from the farmers’ market. More info at:info@barnesauctions.com

The last date will be October 1st.

 It’s a fun shopping trip, a great walk and if your thirsty pop by the OSO Arts Cafe for a cuppa!

Kew Horticultural Fair


Kew Horticultural Fair

The Kew Horticultural Society will be holding their 72nd Annual Summer Show on Kew Green, today, Saturday 27th August.

It is one of the few shows in a marquee, with a traditional village atmosphere. Although vegetables, fruit and flowers play the major part, there is something for everyone – photography, arts and crafts, cookery, and special classes for children. There are many stalls, a lively jazz band, a barbecue and a tea tent. Any profits from the show will go to local and horticultural charities. (As quoted by the Kew Horticultural Society)

Kew Horticultural Society

Palewell Pond Vandalism And The Friends of Palewell Common And Fields

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Palewell Pond Vandalism

Please take time to pop by one of our community blogs which covers one of our most precious green spaces, Palewell Common & Fields.  It would be great to get feedback and perhaps find out all the behind scenes activity that goes on by local volunteers who act as guardians for mother nature.  You can find the blog here:  Palewell Common & Fields

I write because recently I went down to admire the Palewell Pond that the volunteers have spent so much dedicated time on maintaining and creating in the first place, along with other local groups.  Having taken some photos, I didn’t get time to post them before finding out the horrible news that vandals had in fact attempted to ruin this wonderful area.

You can read the full post here:  Palewell Pond Vandalism

You might want to consider supporting The Friends of Palewell Common and Fields by becoming a member, it’s a mere £10 per annum for individual or family membership.  In return for this £10 you get a sense of ownership and participation in supporting The Friends and joining in with a local community group to keep our green space as it should be for the enjoyment of others.

To join please click here:  About The Friends Membership or To Join

Barnes Monthly Pond Outdoor Collectables Market is on this Saturday! 4th June 9am – 3pm

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Barnes Monthly Pond Outdoor Collectables Market is on this Saturday!  4th June 9am – 3pm

On the first Saturday of the month – weather permitting – there is an open air collector’s market held on the green next to Barnes pond and across the road from the farmers’ market. More info at:info@barnesauctions.com

More dates are Saturday June 4th, from 9am to 3pm. Future dates for the season are July 2nd, August 6th, September 3rd and October 1st.

 It’s a fun shopping trip, a great walk and if your thirsty pop by the OSO Arts Cafe for a cuppa!


Lash Perfect Is Perfect & Is In East Sheen at Oh Darling Lifestyle & Beauty Boutique

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Lash Perfect Is Perfect & Is In East Sheen at Oh Darling Lifestyle & Beauty Boutique

There are lashes and then there is Lash Perfect.

I am sure some of you might have seen people with those lashes that look luscious yet so natural that you wouldn’t dare think that they were false, they were just blessed with naturally looking lashes to die for.

Well the secret is out, Lash Perfect is most likely the answer.

I got invited very kindly by Ali at Oh Darling to sample Lash Perfect after I had had my patch test to make sure I wasn’t allergic to the glue.

The glue used by the way is medicinal glue which is used in hospitals instead of stitches, so it is safe and designed for the purpose of putting on skin and naturally dissolves after a suitable period of time.

As you can see below, my lashes really weren’t much to talk about, barely even visible with mascara on.  I have tried to wear false lashes in my 20’s but just felt like there were a dark cloud over my eye obscuring my view with spider like tendrils.  Either that or the glue irritated me, so I gave up and just admired from afar people who seemed to be able to enhance their lashes with ease.

The day arrived and I must admit I was a little nervous.  Not sure whether I would enjoy the actual procedure of putting them on and also how they would look on me.  I have not got huge puppy dog eyes and so lashes have to be fairly natural on me or they would swamp what little eyes I have already.

Justyna is the therapist at Oh Darling who performs this treatment.

Oh Darling Lash Perfect

Before Oh Darling Lash Perfect Extensions

First of all she tinted my lashes so that they would match the lashes.  Then she performed a marvelous tint on my eyebrows, a light brown which ended up matching my hair perfectly.  Bravo, no more time wasted putting on brow pencil or shadow, have a shower or a swim and it’s still there, can’t ask for more.

Oh Darling Lash Perfect

Before Oh Darling Lash Perfect Extensions

After this, Justyna chatted to me a little about how she would perform the treatment whilst I relaxed on the couch.

She split one row of my lashes in to two and lifted the top layer so that she could work on the bottom layer, before releasing the top layer and finishing off.

She glued perfectly one Lash Perfect lash on to one of my own lashes, it appears to be seamless, I cannot see any lines or obvious areas where they are bonded together, it just appears to be one naturally longer darker lash.

Oh Darling Lash Perfect

Lash Perfect Extensions on one eye

The treatment was relaxing, nothing hurt and at one point I think I fell asleep.

As you can see below and immediately above, the difference yet still appearing very natural is in fact strikingly different.  I was excited!

Oh Darling Lash Perfect

Lash Perfect Extensions On One Eye

Oh Darling Lash Perfect Extensions

Lash Perfect

As we neared the end of the session it was time to remove the pads.  Justyna forewarned me that the aroma from the glue might sting my eyes a little at which point she fanned with vigour the fumes away.

Fairly swiftly they stopped smarting.  It wasn’t anything bad.

Once I got home and fished out my glasses I was supremely pleased with the effect.

What do you think?

Oh Darling Lash Perfect

Lash Perfect Full Set Of Extensions

So of course I asked the question of how often does one need to have these beautiful lashes replaced.

The answer is it depends on how you want them to look.  The natural life cycle of lashes is 2-3 months.  So if you are happy for them all to naturally fall out then that is the time span, however as you can imagine it is quite addictive and many people want them tip top condition all the time and as such can pop in for a little tweek and top up.

The full set costs £80 and takes up to an hour or more to perform.

Top ups are around the £40-£45 mark.

You can pop to Lash Perfect to find out more about the actual lashes.

Or why not bite the bullet and just book yourself this luscious treat at Oh Darling:

Address: 226 Upper Richmond Rd W, London SW14 8AH