October 2017

Fashion Feast

You are cordially invited to our sumptuous Fashion Feast where you can devour our artistic and ingenious photo and video shoot.

Enjoy the madness, mischief and mayhem with #TeamHeaven while we indulge our creativity and watch the magic unfold...

“Fashion shouldn’t be taken too seriously. You’ve got to have fun with it to make it work!

Think of all the endless possibilities of what you can create. Let your imagination run riot. Have fun, glam up - Love it! Rock it! Own it!"

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**Little Hyst Of Horrors**

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Way back in February we launched Christie Heaven’s food column ‘Feed Me’. The name was inspired by a song from the film/musical Little Shop Of Horrors. Never seen the film/musical? Well here’s a quick synopsis:

Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey’s boyfriend, Orin (Steve Martin), to the plant after Orin’s accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasing bloodthirsty plant.

So...when Christie mentioned Feed Me, it got me thinking…how amazing would it be to create my own bloodthirsty plant for our Hallowe’en shoot? And so the seed was sown…with the wheels (and squeals) put in motion…

I booked the venue which was easy - The Hyst, in Swansea, which would also lend its name to the title - ‘Little Hyst Of Horrors’.

Kris Brown was drafted in to become Seymour, complete with pictures and briefed on how to channel his inner meek geek.

Choosing my outfit was effortless. Audrey is a massive fan of animal print (who isn’t?!) and in my wardrobe just happened to be a gorgeous leopard print maxi dress by Michael Kors. A pair of ‘Dylan calf hair’ sandals by Robert Clergerie completed a very simple, yet effective outfit.

Now for the biggie...how to create Audrey II? Where to start?

Only one person could fulfil this special assignment. I needed the help and expertise of ‘The Papier-Mâché Queen’. Step forward, my sister Sarah! Believe me when I say she is the queen of papier-mâché - she can make ANYTHING out of the stuff!

Nor surprisingly, my sister is a LOT like me - absolutely bonkers and doesn’t understand the concept of normal - so when I said I wanted her to make the plant pod big - well BIG is what I got! It was HUGE! It was fabulous! And we re-named it Emma II.

Here is a quick word from my talented sister, Sarah Heaven:

“I’ve done my fair share of Easter bonnets and school projects but nothing quite like this. Emma wanted big but I don’t think either of us realised just how BIG it was going to be. One minute I was battling with newspaper and glue, and the next my bedroom had been invaded by a papier-mâché monster. To get to my wardrobe I had to ‘Sweeney style’ it over the bed and that was just one half of the “Emma II! Although it took over my bedroom and my life I loved seeing it come together in all its glory with those wonderful finishing touches. But Emma, next time you want a man-eating plant, please wait for the next TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN.”

With the pod painted and complete, it was time to hand over to our fabulous florist and props/set designer Rianon Jones, who would bring the pod to life by turning it into a bloodthirsty plant with lots of foliage, vines and a huge tongue.

So Rianon, how did it feel to create this botanical beauty of a monster?


**Rianon Jones**

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"Feed me Seymour"

I was super excited when Emma gave us the brief of what we would be creating for October's issue. I mean it's not everyday you get to accessorise a 5ft 6" plant, is it!?

Emma's genius sister, Sarah, created the papier-mâché pod which would be used as the head of 'Emma II'. My job was to stage the gigantic pod!

I started by wrapping a bag of pillows in shiny red paper, covering the tongue to match. I then placed red shredded paper around the edge to create a furry edged look. Next I had the genius idea of using a microphone stand to create the height, however it wouldn't be strong enough to hold the weight of the head cue Emma's prop table!

I covered the base of the prop table in trailing ivy and cut giant leaves from tissue paper to add various sizes and texture. Using two giant exotic leaves, I framed the pod to resemble the one in the film. I then joined trailing ivy together and formed tentacles - these were perfect for creating moving images; I stood behind the plant, moving the tentacles as Adrian clicked away so it looked as though 'Emma II' were alive.

Overall, I believe this month’s creation exceeded expectations and was a real showstopper! I'm excited to see what challenge awaits me next month...

Rianon xxx

Thanks Rianon - nothing ever seems to faze you. Not even a giant flesh eating plant!!! You brought Emma II to life with your ingenious and artistic talent as always.

You can find out all about Rianon and RiCreations at https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=ricreations

Hair: Created and styled by Hilary from Pimped Up Pins hair salon.

Here is how Hilary turned me blonde and had one of the easiest shoots ever!

**Hilary Jones**


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Yay! Nice and easy this month as we’ve got a blonde bob wig for the character Audrey.

I used heated rollers - to give the wig a bit of movement - which were left in for 10 minutes and created a lovely 80s quiff which was so much fun.

Emma’s hair was bobbled into quarters and pinned flat around the head, with a wig net used to cover all of Emma’s hair, making it much easier to fit the wig in place.

Wig on - hair brushed through - and - WOW - Emma’s a blonde bombshell!

See you next month...


Thanks Hilary for styling the wig! I don’t think my hair could have taken all the peroxide. I might have been left bald! So not a good look on me!


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Thanks Hilary for styling the wig! I don’t think my hair could have taken all the peroxide. I might have been left bald! So not a good look on me!

Hilary is available to cut, style and/or colour your hair at Pimped Up Pins, Treboeth, Swansea. 01792 79977

Makeup: Created and applied by Jenna Kelly.

Here’s how Jenna embraced the 80s and got her glam on.

**Jenna Kelly**


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Well... this was a fun month...I loved this month’s look!!! And for reasons that were so different for me.

Little Shop Of Horrors was released in 1986, and with it came full 80s makeup!

I embraced old school techniques and left out all of the modern trends and techniques that are usually the foundation for every makeup look I create, and I loved, loved, loved doing this!

Emma's makeup base was simple, glowing and pale. No contouring to be found, just a pink blush placed on the apples of the cheeks. I applied all the base products with my hands and fingers, using the warmth to blend.

A thinned out brow with ashy colours framed Emma's face and prepared her for that fabulous blonde wig. A thin brow was key in the film for Audrey's ‘signature makeup’.

A blue-purple eyeshadow and bright red lip added a fabulously trashy pop to complete this look!

Simple, colourful and oh so effective!

Audrey/Emma... tadaaaa!!

Until next time!


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Thank you Jenna for creating this fun, fabulous, full on 80s glam look.

You can find out all about Jenna and her work at jennakellymua.com.


“And now we invite you backstage to see this month’s shoot: Little Hyst Of Horrors.”


Producer: Emma Heaven
Location: The Hyst, Swansea
Photographer: Adrian Heaven
Makeup created and applied by: Jenna Kelly
Hair created and styled by: Hilary Jones
Emma II pod created by: Sarah Heaven
Emma II foliage, vines and tongue created by: Rianon Jones
Video filmed by: Christie Heaven
Video edited by: Adrian Heaven
Social media clips & photos: Christie Heaven
Music: Little Shop Of Horrors (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) Prologue - Alan Menken & Howard Ashma

Thank you to everyone on #TeamHeaven involved in the making of this issue’s video.
Your creativity and commitment never ceases to amaze me!

A special thankyou to my sister Sarah for giving up weeks of her life to help with my mad ideas and creating the most spectacular pod. And Rianon Jones who quite literally, brought the pod to life, to give us Emma II.

Also thanks to Kris Brown, of Pimped Up Pins, for being such a good sport, who brings so much fun and enthusiasm to the set and never questions or raises an eyebrow when I tell him what I need!

This shoot was totally bonkers. Thankfully the team are now used to the madness and chaos from my increasingly quirky ideas. Their minds are already boggling as to what I have up my sleeve for the next shoot!

Enjoy. And don’t have nightmares #FeedMe...

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