JD Williams does Christmas!

Sunday, November 04, 2018


Hello and welcome to my slightly premature Christmas card shot!
(From left to right are Kath, Annie, Katie, Jenny and Savi.)

I'm totally thrilled to be involved in the JD Williams Christmas campaign with my JDW friends. These ladies have become a great new addition in my life. They also became my very first WhatsApp group which wasn't without its teething problems I can tell you! Our new found friendship has grown from our mutual delight at being chosen for this project. The initial "Who'd have thought?" and "Can you believe it?" messages have now been replaced more recently with "Well done!", "Have you seen...?" and "Don't we all look fab?". It's lovely to have this supports system with a common bond and understanding.


This Christmas Day look has me still toying with the idea of a second pair of these Meghan trousers which I bought in the cobalt version last month (see here). They do them in red, green and black but I can't decide between the red and the green. My new M&S tartan boots would work with either colour I'm sure, which is what's making the choice so darned difficult. What do you think? See the boots in question here


My party look is the Glitter Bardot top, Joanna Hope Jacquard Metallic Prom skirt and Rose gold sandals. These are a wide fit which was heaven. Filming took hours with lots of standing around in the interim and I wore these without flinching or needing to take them off. Definitely worth considering for dancing at the Christmas bash! If you can't wait to see the commercial live on TV you can catch it at the end of the blog. My party outfit details are also featured on the JDW blog. It's all rather surreal writing this, as is the fact that another rash of JDW magazine ads are out in the Christmas issues. See both the December Good Housekeeping and Prima for coverage of the campaign along with little ol' me. (Me in magazines and on TV is something I'd never have contemplated on my 60th birthday and now look at things!)


This larking about shot is one of my favourites, which will be no surprise to my regular readers. I love to have a bit of fun, especially in front of the camera, so this looks much more naturally me. Katie and I are both up for a bit of messing about, although she's the consummate professional and can deliver the perfect shot in the blink of an eye (she does a lot of work on TV commercials which is hardly surprising given her beautiful English Rose looks, so keep your eye out for her). Working with these women was fabulous and all the more so thanks to the wonderful team that turned us into the glamorous versions of ourselves. 


This is my make-up story board. With these iconic beauties to aspire to I was ever hopeful for the transformation ahead.


And this is my hair story board, again nothing to complain about here!




Hair, nails and make-up were all lovingly attended to which is a great treat. Each hair stylist or make-up technician is a perfectionist and that's so lovely to be on the receiving end of as they are such experts. Being done to, handing over that responsibility allows for a lovely stress free time, where you can just relax and enjoy the pampering. But also, all the team were ready for a chat if that's what you wanted. As this is our second time around we've gotten to know everyone and it's just like meeting old friends when they ask about family/travel details/bothersome skin issues - nothing is off limits!



So (fingers crossed) here's the new Christmas advert. If this doesn't work then just click onto the link here which will take you to the website where you'll definitely be able to see it. 

I'll revisit the JD Williams filming experience later this month with more of the behind the scenes footage and hopefully by then you'll all have seen the TV advert too. Have a super week everyone - I'll be back soon!

I'll be linking with -
Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb
Anna x

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17 comments

  1. I absolutely love this advert Anna. You look amazing in those Gold hue's xx

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    1. Damn me if that link's not working Laurie! Glad you managed to see it anyway. Gold is my colour of choice for Christmas - what about yours?

      Anna x

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  2. Look at you, so fabulous and shiny, Anna! I love that entire gold look. Do the green trousers (I have a pair of emerald green, and I love them - not the same brand, though).

    Hope you're having a lovely November!

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    1. Thanks for your vote Sheila. I must admit I don't have either green or red trousers which isn't helping with the decision making. Green eh, let's see... I've recently come back from a trip to the mainland which may have entailed a bit of retail therapy, so yes, I'm having a lovely November indeed!

      Hope you are too!
      Anna x

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  3. Awesome! What a great campaign to be part of. Go Anna!

    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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    1. Cheers Suzanne! It's an exciting time of my life and one that I'm thoroughly enjoying.

      Have a super week!
      Anna x

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  4. Congratulations again! The outfits are fab and you look smashing. How nice to be pampered by experts and how nice you've made good friends. I do love your party outfit.

    I'd go with the green trousers....

    Have a great week.
    xxx

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    1. Thanks Vronni. I too, love my party outfit and was thrilled when they asked me to try it on - gold and sparkles are so very much me, dahling!

      Two votes for the green...

      Have a lovely week!
      Anna x

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  5. Seeing you in these festively, sparkling, productions has me feeling a bit star struck!! You look like your just dancing on air and having the time of your life Anna! I'm glad that you and your new friends/fellow models :-) are relishing each glamourous moment together. What a memorable way to ring in the holidays in your 60th year!!!

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    1. I think the truth of the matter is that I'm an out and out show-off and just love gadding about in front of the camera. "It's all about me!" calls out my inner child, hahaha! Having said that, I think we were all pretty much the same. I'm amazed that my 60th year has resulted in this, but highly delighted too!

      Have a lovely week!
      Anna x

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  6. It just gets better and better. You all look so gorgeous; it is so refreshing to see older women of every size in fashion ads. Small steps.... I guess.

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    1. I really do feel this is progress and the more you look, the more you see other brands following suit. The tide is turning and I'm so pleased to be part of this change.

      Cheers,
      Anna

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  7. What a fabulous experience Anna, do you have to pinch yourself? Your outfit is gorgeous.

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    1. It was almost like an out of body experience and felt very removed from the rest of my life. Yes, a wonderful time, so memorable and very exciting. I'm collecting all the magazines to keep for when I'm an ancient, forgetful old bird with purple hair and a feather boa, asking "Is that really me?".

      Lovely to hear from you again,
      Anna x

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  8. You completely stole the show for me Anna....gorgeous lady!
    I love that your choice of party outfit is just a little more Anna than the other party looks.
    You look amazing.
    XXX
    Samantha

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    1. Aw Sam, that's so lovely of you to say. I must admit I was delighted when they showed me this Christmas outfit and did say that it's exactly the kind of thing I wear. That really helped me to feel more at ease this time, more so than the last.

      Cheers,
      Anna x

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    2. You're so beautiful, natural and relatable Anna....JD Williams are lucky to have you!! XXX

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