The intimate series

In the second of a series of chats with friends of Rossell England, we speak to meditation teacher and wellness expert Emma Mills.

Where do you live and how do your surroundings affect you?

I live in Southwell, in the countryside and really enjoy being as close to nature as possible when I’m not in the city. I love fresh air, trees, the greenery and being around a natural environment. I do also love the City, in particular London and Oxford. I like a mixture.

What was it that drew you to meditation and how did this become a career for you?

I have always worked in the field of meditation and after taking a psychological degree I worked at the charity MIND. While studying I was interested in meditation and spiritual life. I opened my private practise whilst still at MIND and it flowed more and more into meditation. I found bringing in the arts, literature and poetry, really helped to act as a medium - meditation enables you to connect to a different level of well being, it addresses a different depth and quality.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I always like to mediate in the mornings, I sit down and have meditation time then have a coffee and hot water with lemon, read poetry and go to work. There isn't a typical day, when you run a business and do everything yourself! One of my favourite days is a Tuesday - I have been running a new wellness class in a local cafe in Southwell in an upstairs space overlooking the square. My wellness class is a mixture of reading poetry and short stories, meditation and techniques. I then go onto my private one to ones, have meetings on the phone, write articles or update my blog.

What is a typical way you relax and unwind after a busy day?

I like to have bath! I can have a bath anytime of day or a bike ride. I also have a vegetable garden I grow flowers and vegetables - I love chilling in the garden.

How would you describe your personal style and has it evolved to suit your life style?

My personal style is eclectic, but for work I try to keep it simple so that work is at the centre. I’ve always loved fashion - my style is about natural fabrics, simple designs and clothes that are practical and made to last.

How does your personal style fit in with your work?

With the work that I do I have to feel comfortable, I need clothes that aren't too tight around my ribs and tummy. When I’m travelling to teach my courses, the wardrobe has to be practical. I might wear a lycra legging for running outside, but I would never wear a synthetic fabric for meditation or relaxation.

What things inspire you day to day? Where are your favourite places to relax?

Day to day I’m inspired by nature, flowers trees, the changing seasons and really inspired by poetry, my favourite place is in the garden . There is a small orchard near where I live and recently I volunteered to pick apples. I spent a whole day picking apples, it was a magical experience, being with the trees, it’s quite unlike anything else.

Why do you like Rossell England and what are you favourite pieces from the collection?

The shape, its a very classic, an elegant shape that I enjoy. I like that its not under-wired and not tight around chest which is great. I like the colours and that the materials are natural and breathable and good against the skin. The red cotton/silk bra has been my favourite.

Does what you wear for a day affect how you feel? does it affect your mood?

Yes, definitely, the fabrics themselves affect me, I feel able to relax in natural fabrics and breathe and the fit affects how I feel physically. I find colours in particular attractive, a lovely colour is uplifting.

Do you look for natural fibres in lingerie?

Yes, I like the natural fibres, I’m more and more aware of the turnover of clothes - I look for clothes of good quality and which will last for a long time.

What are your tips for maintaining balance in life?

I think there is a time to row and a time to float and knowing which time is a good idea. Recognise the time.

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Kimono a go go

Irish Linen Kimono Bath Robe

New for the AW18 collection, as part of the nightwear range, Rossell introduces an Irish linen kimono, designed to be worn as a bath robe. The robe is based on the traditional design of Japanese silk kimonos, which Rossell designer, Jo Rossell, has collected over the years from her trips to Japan. 

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Wanting to use a less precious fabric, Rossell’s robes are made from linen, woven in an artisan mill in Ireland. The traditional looms used to weave the fabric give it its unique texture. 

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The design is inspired by the straight lines of a traditional kimono, filled in with triangular sections to create the shape. Using a hardy fabric makes the robe feel more modern whilst remaining elegant and simple.

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Intimate series

Rossell England meets Kika Mitchell, Lifestyle photographer to discuss all things life and intimate!

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Where do you live?

Chelmsford, Essex.  Born in London and came to Essex for love!

How did you become a photographer, was it a big career change for you?

I worked in TV for nearly 20 years as a producer and loved it. There was a lot of hours and associated stress which I thought I would trade for another creative passion.  I’ve always loved photography and it seemed a good way to use my creative eye. It felt like a natural progression. My signature style is trying to catch people natural, so there’s no posing and very little structure. That’s what I love about lifestyle photography.

What inspires you in your work?

Shapes and space. I love to involve negative space within my images. I think we are naturally drawn to things that we love and my brand (style) has become an extension of me and what I love. I like natural colours and shapes, there is big intimacy in what I do to create connections. 

 How would you describe your personal style?

I like relaxed casual styles and if I feel comfortable, I feel good. I’m quite aware now about representing my brand.  I’m naturally a casual person, but I’m always aware that I need to represent myself and wouldn’t want to walk around looking really scruffy. I need my clients to trust my eye.

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Does work effect your personal style?

Yes, I mostly wear wellies, I’m in the undergrowth because I shoot children a lot. My shoot wardrobe now is far more casual. I turn up to shoot and have to often apologise for the way I look!My wardrobe has to be slightly robust and casual. I need to wear clothes that allow me to move freely.

Who are your favourite designers?

I like Marc Jacobs and Mark Cain, for more simple cuts.  I like the prints, fun elements and cool bold bags, items that have a quirkiness to them. High street wise, I like Whistles, Cos, and H & M. Topshop always for jeans.

Why do you like Rossell underwear and how does it fit into your style/wardrobe?

I was slightly nervous of a soft bra structure, but I was pleasantly surprised. It felt really comfortable and more supportive than other soft cup bra’s.  I am always coming home getting straight in my joggers and sweatshirt and find most bra’s so uncomfortable. But when I was wearing the Crescent bra I didn’t need to take it off! I love the simplicity of lines and shape, it looks beautiful and the back is really clean in look. It will have longevity in my wardrobe. I love the fact that it looks sexy but without lace, more elegant without the bells and whistles.  Its very intimate, which in a way reflects in my photography.  And I really like the pants - they feel so expensive but comfortable.

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Do you like to wear natural fibres?

After having kids, you feel different and the body amplifies things and so natural fibres are very important in my wardrobe, I wouldn’t buy synthetic clothes. It completely appeals that the underwear that we wear so close to our skin would be natural.

Who are the women that inspire you?

Style wise I really like Erica Davies on Insta and Holly Willoughby. They both dress for their shape, personality and age. I also admire people like Frances McDormand, SJP, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett and any other non conformist, elegant and challenging females. 

As I’m getting older, its not just role models but all women who are being themselves and women that are not conforming inspire me. I want my daughter to grow up in a world where she can be herself above anything else. 

Visit Kika’s website https://kikamitchellphotography.co.uk  to see her work or follow on instagram kikamitchellphotography

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Photography by Kika Mitchell