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June 17th - #SandJThankYouDay

Model Shoot 2017 and #SandJThankYou day was quite the extraordinary event that it was billed to be. A fair amount of love and support was served up by all who attended. Veterans of previous S & J events were present in drves along with a lot of first timers.

Before anyone asks. We have not  got to the judging of the models yet! So shortlist will be published next week.  The only question is: is it going to be open to the public vote?

 After much toing and froing we settled on the iconic Grade 1 listed Chandos House for a location. This year’s event like last year’s World record shoot was held in conjunction with Miss Curvaceous UK. MCUK played a greater role.

Chandos House

 At Chandos House we had various parts of the House like the Garden; Terrace Room and Drawing Rooms which presented themselves for wonderful backdrops for S & J clothes to be featured and our members and customers to look at their best.

Organising an event like this featuring well over 100 women required at least 20 hair and make-up artists; 3 camera crews; a platoon of MCUK personnel ensuring their best that we kept on schedule and assisting all and every requirement. Gifi screwed up on the day by not having an event cameraman, as his wont, he likes the shots that those who were there took. However, not enough has surfaced this time. So next time there will be an events photographer. Apologies.

Feeding over 150 people and crew went very smoothly with a rolling lunch that was available from 11.30 to 4 pm.

The other big test is the fit test. You have over 100 ladies from size 12 size 32 and all different heights. We have to say our clothes are indeed true to size tad generous and consistent. It was incredible how everything fitted. Personally I think those who took part can tell the story of a very hot day better than we can. It was exhausting for all who took part. We did make it easy by having 6 groups of up to 30 appear from 8.30 through to 1.30 with the plan of 3 and half hours for wardrobe; hair and make up; 3 different shoots. Amazingly it worked fairly well like that.


Can you imagine Chandos House was transformed in an hour and half for the Ball so many not just S & J wonderful outfits were adorned.

The food was great.

The booze was flowing.

The actual ball room dance floor received less of a working than was planned. I guessed we were also tired, full of food and laid back content. I would very much appreciate your own memories of really quite the extraordinary day. 

Next Major Event 3rd Saturday in November, though there is much talk of a roadshow coming to a place near you before then


  • Posted by Chloe on

    Thanks to the entire S&J team for such a body positive, fun day.
    Everyone had a blast and we were made to feel so welcome by the amazing team.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Chloe x

  • Posted by Sharron Davies on

    Hi all at S&J, MCUK and Chandon House. It was a fabulous day, very hot, but what an experience! My first time, so loved it all, the wonderful hair and makeup girls, the trying of dresses, and the photo shoots. I’ll be in the queue for the next event ;-)

  • Posted by Jan Warren on

    I was privileged to have attended last year and have shared before how the experience and knowledge gained from the day changed my life. With that in mind I happily arrived an hour before my allotted spot and spent it assisting at the catwalk stage checking in friends and newbies alike, whilst offering advice and tucking in dress tickets. Everyone adored the day despite the heat. Copious amounts of food and drink throughout the day, marvellous MUA’s, beautiful interior and exterior venue, culminating in a fabulous banquet. I bought 2 dresses and ordered 2 more items. Another triumph Gifi and team. Can’t wait for the next one. Thank you all so very much.

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