Spotlight: Ruby Hammer

This week we speak to a woman who has earned international acclaim through her passion for creativity, beauty and artistry. With a career in the beauty industry spanning 25 years, Ruby Hammer has become one of the best-known, loved and respected make up artists in the business. Her work regularly appears in the glossiest magazines, […]

Not Just For Mother’s Day!

A beautiful bouquet of flowers is a vital component to a special Mother’s Day – it’s as important as breakfast in bed, a slap up lunch in a favourite restaurant, or a hand-made card with felt tip and lashings of glitter. The latter is most successful when it’s been created by someone under the age of 10, it has to be said, but flowers should be a life long annual requirement that shows how much you care and a humble token to make recompense for any bad behaviour in those ‘difficult’ years.

Not Just For Mother’s Day!

McQueens Flower School: Italian Masterclass 2017

Among the many, fabulous McQueens 25th anniversary celebrations we held in 2016, our Italian Masterclass was undoubtedly up there in our top favourite events of the year. Held in the beautifully restored 300-year old Italian palazzo of our Managing Director, Riccardo Micolucci, and surrounded by the sun-drenched hills of Abruzzo, the location was just perfect for a long weekend of intensive […]

Instagrammer of the Week: Jeska Hearne

Founder of one of the UK’s original design blogs, Jeska Hearne is a freelance photographer, stylist, writer and shop owner. Living in East Sussex with her husband and two tabby cats, she has been writing her blog Lobster & Swan for 10 years and also runs the online sustainable lifestyle store The Future Kept with her […]

At Home With Plants

Houseplants are hot right now, and creative interior planting is even hotter! The new wave of unusual and dramatic indoor plants is as much about décor and statement as it is about greenery. Indoor gardening is now an integral part of interior design, and it’s not just about owning or growing a plant – it’s much more […]

Instagrammer of the Week: Robert Bowers

As soon as we spotted Robert Bowers work on Instagram we became instant fans. Maybe it’s because is so very chilly here in the UK and we’re lusting for warm, tropical destinations, or perhaps our inner botanists were immediately drawn to the lush foliage that so often features in his work. Or, more likely, it’s […]

Spotlight: Rosalind Miller Cakes

Formally a lecturer in Design at the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, Rosalind Miller’s path to cake making began when she decided to apply her artistic skills to cake design. Before long, her design-led creations were winning awards and A-list clients all over London, leading to Rosalind becoming one of the most sought-after wedding cake […]

Original Beans – Empowering Women through Cacao

We have received a wonderful treat to mark International Women’s Day from our friends at Original Beans. As a testament to how lovely the women of McQueens are, the gift has been shared with all, and we couldn’t be happier! Original Beans was founded in 2008 combining a passion for chocolate-making with principles of sustainability and conservation. Their team […]

Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day holds a particular interest for us here at McQueens. Our founder and managing director, Kally Ellis, is a sterling example of how much women can achieve in the world of business; she created an innovative global brand and a strong workforce here in Britain, employs a truly international team and creates an inclusive platform to nurture talent […]

Instagrammer of the Week: Diana Gomez

As a girl, Diana Gomez grew up surrounded by colour, nature, music and art in the vibrant city of Caracas, Venezuela. It was here that she enrolled in a photography degree that would start the beginning of a lifelong career. Having lived and worked in London for the past 16 years, Diana’s beautifully lit and colourful images […]