This post is sponsored by Marks & Spencer.
So excited to finally reveal this (it was a hard one to keep quiet)! A week before Christmas last year I got to take part in the Leading Ladies SS14 shoot for Marks & Spencer. Now, this was no ordinary shoot. The legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz was shooting it, and the other leading ladies consisted of none other than Annie Lennox, Emma Thompson, Rita Ora, Lulu Kennedy, Baroness Lawrence, Alek Wek, and Roma Agrawal.
On the first day it was an early start, heading out to a remote location of the perfect English countryside in the Cotswolds. I was a bit starstruck when I arrived, and was immediately greeted with a hug from Annie Leibovitz. I was then shuttled off to my trailer for a cup of tea before heading to hair and makeup.
You wouldn’t have thought that there were ‘leading ladies’ in the room, with everyone chatting away with such casual ease (Emma asked whether she could come to lunch at the Little Paris Kitchen in impeccable French). The first shoot was quite nerve wracking. I’m fine when I’m cooking, but I’m no super model. I watched in awe how Alek Wek could make all these amazing shapes with her body – where as I already have plenty of ‘shape’ so I didn’t need to make any 😉
We were literally blown away in one of the shots, with the winds blowing at gale force. It certainly gave the hairstylist a lot of work. It also then started to rain but luckily Annie was quick to get the shot.
The following day it was another early start at the beautiful but very cold beach, Camber Sands.
Fortunately there were plenty of turbo heaters blasting warmth our way. It was definitely needed! Especially for the shot where I was standing in a muddy puddle in sandals. Definitely not what I call glamorous!
The last day was spent having a cup of tea and a chat about style and inspiration.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQyWu2Su_48
And here’s a little chat with me!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H48i48pvS0&list=UUi86xSII1cJOOwOtiefntRw
It was all a bit of a surreal experience, and at the same time utterly amazing to be part of a campaign that includes successful strong women from all different walks of life. You can read more about the campaign here and view the collection, too.
GIVEAWAY: After browsing the latest M&S campaign images, you might be itching for a shopping spree. Thanks to the team at Marks & Spencer, I have two x £200 gift vouchers to give away to two lucky readers of my blog.
For your chance to win, leave a comment here on my blog (bonus points if you spread the word via your own blog, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook – include the hashtag #rachelkhoomarksandspencer!). I’ll be drawing a winner on Friday April 11, so you have until Thursday April 10 to enter. Good luck!
Fine print: this giveaway is open to readers based in the UK (or you’re most welcome to enter from other destinations, if you have a friend/family member based in the UK who can receive the prize at their address). Any queries, send me an email . The gift cards will be available to use in all of M&S stores and across all areas of the business, not just womenswear.
A petite disclaimer: Please note that this is a sponsored post (and thanks to M&S for the professional images), however these opinions in this blog post are my own.