Tootsie Towers was buzzing with excitement the morning we awoke to find Royal invitations to Clarence House from Prince Charles! As proud supporters of the Walk the Walk breast cancer charity, we had been invited to celebrate their 20 year anniversary with the Moonwalk team and other keen supporters such as Jennifer Saunders and Harriet Thorpe.
The day also coincided with our 8th Birthday of being together so we felt it was a wonderful and apt way to celebrate our time together. We think the only people who were more excited than us about our Royal invites were our Tootsie Mums!
We always love seeing Nina, the founder of the charity, and her team. Such incredible people, whose passion and kindness shine out of them and make you feel better about the world. Walk the Walk has raised £113 million over their 20 years which is a staggering amount from them starting out in 1996 as 13 women walking in bras in The New York Marathon to raise awareness. Cancer touches so many peoples’ lives, including many of our own, and we are so passionate about supporting those affected by it and those who are determined to fight it!
After toasting with some champagne and nibbling on what was the most delicious salmon risotto we have ever tasted, we were introduced to Prince Charles. He was incredibly jovial and chatty, and even requested we send a CD for him and Camilla to listen to!
Walk the Walk had a huge Birthday cake shaped as a bra, Prince Charles remarked that it was the first time he had had to cut into a bra(!) and as he did we burst into an a cappella version of our song ‘Walk the Walk’ which we wrote to raise money for the charity.
A truly exhilarating and wonderful day, with a lot of ‘who’d have thought it, when we met all those years ago…’ from us.
Home House was a stunning and versatile venue, with every room showcasing eclectic pieces of art which was a perfect fit for our “best of old meets the best of new” mantra.
Our Stylist Joanna Femi Ola pulled some stunning gowns and looks from an array of our favourite designers. The dress up days are certainly some of best days to be a Tootsie! She worked with each of our body shapes and personalities to make us look and feel super confident.
Charlie Wilkinson and Arabella Webster worked insanely quickly to create four different hair and make up designs for us in each look. We have spent a lot of time doing our hair and make-up during our Tootsie career and couldn’t believe the talent of these ladies. We believe there’s nothing they can’t do!
Adam Robertson is an absolute master of photography. He’s so much fun on a shoot it helps to keep everyone relaxed and at ease in front of the camera. He sent us over these shots which we absolutely adored and got us super excited for the final edits (watch this blog…)
Time for a team photo (minus the amazing Arabella)
We were so excited to see that Lady Jane Vintage has started her own cosmetics range. Not only is it beautiful to look at, the packaging is so retro kitsch and looks divine on our dressing tables, but we have found it’s also gorgeous to wear.
Here are some of our favourite products…
The foundation is free from preservatives, dyes and bismuth oxychloride. It contains
skin healing ingredients so is perfect for sensitive or blemish prone skin.
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“The foundation makes your skin feel silky to touch. I love that it’s helping my skin instead of clogging it, as regular foundations often do” Flo
COLA LIQUID EYELINER
“I LOVED the eyeliner. I’m a massive Coke fan so that helped… The brush isn’t too flimsy so helps you create a decent vintage line” Lisa
“The Cola liquid eyeliner gives a sleek line and pops a smile on your face – it’s the cutest packaging on the market!” Meg
The lavender lipsticks are free from preservatives and contain vitamin E, jojoba and lavender oil. They are packaged in super-cute bamboo cases and also double up as a cream blusher.
“The Lady Jane lipstick is a subtle colour of red perfect for daytime wear. I loved the lavender scent which made it feel incredibly soothing to wear” Anna
As many of you will know, each year, October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. To mark this year’s campaign, we were absolutely thrilled and honoured to release our first ever single, Walk The Walk. Having worked with the Moonwalk charity over the past couple of years, it seemed only fitting that our first single should continue to support their incredible work. All profit from the song is going directly to the charity. We wrote ‘Walk The Walk’ last year with Hayley Sanderson and performed it at the start of the Moonwalk to over 30,000 excited walkers.
The lyrics are inspired by all the courageous women and men who train and fundraise tirelessly, before walking a gruelling marathon through the night, to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. The tempo is a steady walking pace, to allow walkers to listen and train at the same time!
On 20th October, the song became available for download on iTunes (and went straight to the top of the iTunes Jazz Chart!), and we hope it will continue to help spread the message and raise funds.
Breast cancer affects the lives of so many people in this world. The Tootsies are incredibly passionate about supporting the fight against this potentially deadly disease. We would like to share the story of Tootsie Anna and her best friend Charlotte.
My best friend Charlotte was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, at the age of 30. It was a massive shock. She was a week away from the wedding of her dreams and no-one could believe the news.
She went ahead with the wedding which was a beautiful and highly emotional day. The vows in particular had so much weight to them and Charlotte, her husband, her family and friends all rallied together to try and make the day as perfect as she had always planned.
The day after the wedding, The Tootsies sang at The Moonwalk event in London. The atmosphere in the tent was electric with inspiring men and women readying themselves to start the walk. We sang our Walk the Walk single with the lyrics behind us which had the 30,000 strong crowd singing along with us. Nina, the founder of the Charity, led a one minute silence dedicated to all those affected by breast cancer and the individuals the walkers were walking for. Holding hands with the lovely strangers next to me, in that moment it impacted on me how many people are affected by this cruel disease. I also realised just how many people were there to support those going through it, to raise money to help beat it. I wished Charlotte had been there to hold hands with us and to feel that support and hope.
After her wedding she started her chemotherapy. The treatment was gruelling but Charlotte wouldn’t let it get her down. She set up a jewellery business to help see her through the months she needed to take off work and, in between her sessions, she promoted her gorgeous jewels which started being ordered by celebrities.
There were days when she couldn’t get out of bed, and as a friend I felt pretty helpless. Wanting to be there and being frustrated that I couldn’t make it all better. We decided to focus on the small things, in the hope that it would make her smile and make her day better. We sent her gifts, made her a video montage of all her friends telling a joke and Tootsie videos of us being silly and singing her favourite songs. Throughout it all Charlotte stayed so positive and the fight in her shone through. I am still in awe of her. She’s a real life super hero.
After a year of treatment we were absolutely over the moon to hear she had the all clear. We celebrated last week by going for a beautiful lunch at The Savoy Hotel and toasting one of the most brilliant and bravest ladies I know.
Since returning to work Charlotte has decided to donate all the profits from her Eva May Jewellery to Breast Cancer Research. Please go to her website for more information (we’re big fans!) www.evamayjewels.com
Despite all that the last year has thrown at me and my loved ones, it has for me really crystallised one idea in my mind. I am lucky.
Yes, this situation is nothing if not absurd. I just turned 30, I have no family history of Breast Cancer and I don’t smoke or drink and have never taken drugs… Things like this are not supposed to happen to people like me.
My mam kept telling me over and over again that she wished that it was her instead of me. I don’t. I am young, strong and otherwise healthy. I knew I was going to come out of this just fine.
I was also so thoroughly and completely surrounded by love, support and offers of help from the most amazing group of friends, coworkers and family that it just blows me away. Every time I get a text message from someone telling me they are thinking about me and sending good vibes and asking to help, I feel stronger. When I got scared about what the coming months would hold, I would just think about how I have easy access to all the hugs, company, good vibes, home-cooked meals, rides to appointments, pictures of puppies, hand holding, hair cuts, jokes, amazing Tootsie videos and snuggles that a person in recovery could possibly need. I knew my friends were there and I knew that I could get through whatever was heading my way because of that.
Where did this positivity come from? It comes from people like you. People who donate their time to raise money and above all show their love and support when people like me just want to be dark and defeatist and wallow in self pity. My Oncologist would always talk of new research that was happening, research that people had donated money to fund, research that was saving my life!
Now my story is just one, one of millions. It’s a sad story, a story I can’t believe is actually mine – but I have met so many women (and a few men) suffering from Breast Cancer and their stories are equally as heartbreaking. I will just be forever grateful to Breast Cancer Awareness and will spend my life helping to find a cure so that my story is never repeated and that all a 30 year old bride has to worry about is who’s getting too drunk from their free bar on their wedding day as opposed to worrying if they will actually see in their 1st year anniversary!
Our Walk the Walk single was released on October 20th, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All of our proceeds are going straight to the Walk the Walk Charity so please show your support and download it on iTunes today.
We’ve had some requests for the lyrics to our new single ‘Walk the Walk’. The song was inspired by The Moonwalk and all proceeds are going to the amazing Walk the Walk charity so get downloading and singing along.
On Wednesday the 15th of July six Tootsies bundled into our lovely tour bus bright and early. Now, normally we are not women that welcome an early morning… However this morning we were on our way to the NATIONAL VINTAGE AWARDS!
Over the last seven years we have seen the vintage industry grow and transition so rapidly, we could hardly contain our excitement on the way to an event celebrating our wonderful community!
After a few hours of sing-songs, snacks and chat we arrived at the beautiful Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham. Built as a spa building in 1740, the decadent venue really could not have been more perfect to host the NTAs!
We’re searching for the ultimate Tootsie and vintage fan to appear in the music video for our first ever single.
A Tootsie hair and make-up makeover on the video shoot on the 19th/20th Aug 2015
Appearing as a featured artist in The Tootsie Roller’s music video for their upcoming single ‘Devil in You’ alongside a cast of vintage loving special guests.
We want you to nominate the person you think would love a chance to be a Tootsie for the day.
For Facebook and Twitter entries all you have to do is share this blog to your wall and tag The Tootsie Rollers and your nominee with the reason you think that they should win the competition with the hashtag #makemeatootsie
I think @SarahBrown should win the @thetootsierollers #makemeatootsie competition as she is an amazing friend who loves vintage music
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I think @SarahBrown should win the @thetootsies #makemeatootsie #competition as she is an amazing friend who loves vintage music
Post a picture of your friend and the reason why you think they should win with our handle @thetootsies and the hashtag #makemeatootsie
We will announce the winner on our social media……….. We can’t wait to see your entries!
Competition is open to UK residents only. The winner should be available to travel to London on August 19th and August 20th 2015.
The prize: the chance to feature in The Tootsie Rollers music video for ‘Devil In You’, filming a v-blog on the experience, being ‘Tootsied’ including hair & make-up.
Travel to and from the London location will not be covered. All expenses are at the competition winners responsibility.
The Tootsie Rollers and companies reserve the right to all footage.
No footage on the day is to be used for a commercial use by the competition winner.
There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition
Details of how to enter the competition can be found on The Tootsie Roller social media including Twitter (@TheTootsies), Instagram (@TheTootsies) and Facebook (The Tootsie Rollers).
Closing date for entry will be Sunday 9th August 2015.
The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promotor’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible.
Prize is non-transferable. There is no cash alternative.
Mary Poppins inspires our final look. The charming, colourful and fun household favourite seemed the ideal choice to round off a sensational week of style, singing, society and sunshine at Royal Ascot. The quintessentially British story, made world famous by Disney, won five Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews, and of course features the delightful animated scene when the carousel horses come to life, springing from the merry go round entering into a race – how very Ascot!
In the same sequence Burt dances with enchanting animated penguins (which happen to be Tootsie Anna’s absolute favourite animal!)
Mary Poppins is one of the best known films for combining live action footage with animation in this way. We are big fans of the blending of the old and the new, as can be heard in our top Tootsie tunes.
The deal was instantly sealed: Day 5 of Royal Ascot 2015 required a Poppins piece de resistance ensemble!
We knew we wanted our dress choice to bring a smile to passers by, so we set about finding a fabric that would reflect the animated aspect of Mary Poppins as well as the zingy colours of Bert’s memorable striped blazer. Mary wears full skirts, with this in mind we’ve opted for a similarly flared dress, but have raised the hemline above the nanny’s preferred style, adding a 50s Tootsie twist.
The unusual neckline closes with a feature button; a nod to the practically perfect neatly closed blouse collar, but again with a Tootsie twist.
These dresses are ‘Wendy Lou’ from retro repro designer Lindy Bop.
There was no other choice for a sunny Saturday hat than the British classic, the boater!
We adored Bert’s in the movie and set about to create six replicas using the boaters we wore at Royal Ascot in 2013. Us Tootsie’s love a bit of ‘make do and mend’!
Flo found some beautiful grosgrain in our favourite ribbon shop, V.V.Rouleaux, that matched the dresses perfectly. She sewed it around the hats in stripes, just like Bert’s.
To add a little feminine twist Flo made three cute bows to cover the ribbon join at the back.
In homage to our millinery mentor, Susie Hopkins, she added three orange gems to the centre of the bows. Susie always finishes her marvellous creations with a little Swarovski crystal to catch the eye 😉
It’s Day Five, and if there’s one thing we’ve learnt from our four years at Ascot, it’s that we need a comfy shoe for the final day!! Of course we also wanted to remain chic and vintage, so we’ve opted for super useful nude wedge from New Look.
There was nothing more perfect for this look than our faithful Collectif pearls.
You can never count on the English Summer weather so we’ve come today armed with three lovely umbrellas from Fulton. We’re sad we couldn’t have a ‘practically perfect’ duck beak on the handle, but they’ll be ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ if it rains!!!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Movie-themed week of outfits here at Royal Ascot; we’ve certainly loved putting each of the looks together with the priceless help of stylist-extraordinaire, Joanna Femi-Ola! We love you Jo! Thank you x
The fourth day of Royal Ascot is known by many as Armed Forces Day. As well as featuring a host of top races, the day is dedicated to raising funds in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, and the RAF Benevolent Fund. We’ve loved meeting members of the military, in their incredibly smart and often eye-catching uniforms, over the last few years. This year we’re making a nod to them with our Day 4 outfits inspired by the hit movie of 1953, ‘From Here to Eternity’.
Set in Hawai during WW2, the film tells the tale of three servicemen in the months leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbour. It has since been made into a musical which played in London’s West End until last year. We’ve mixed genuine military uniform with a fabulous Hawaiian print dress to bring you our very own Tootsie Force look 🙂
Today we are wearing hats made with the inspirational Susie Hopkins. Susie created our rose basket hats that made front page of the papers last year.
We have worked with her for four consecutive years. Susie traditional elegance, and retro je ne sais quoi is irresistible! Susie has recently started teaching millinery courses for aspiring hat makers from her beautiful North London home. With this in mind we decided to work in tandem to make our own Day 4 hats!
Flo sourced genuine 1940s Garrison army caps and silk flowers from a local warehouse Lavenders of London. We met one sunny afternoon at Susie’s and set to work! The process began by working in pairs to assemble the flowers on our partners hat. We then looked at the contrasting designs and picked the most effective. This was our template for the other five remaining hats!
We enjoy a craft session at Tootsie towers and this was no exception!
Flo chose the tropical flowers to match the fabric of our Victory Parade wrap dresses. The hats capture the essence of today’s film inspiration, From Here To Eternity, perfectly! The dress The lovely folk at Manchester-based Victory Parade sourced a brand new print for our dresses today. They used this fabric, covered in tropical lilies and palms, to make six matching dresses in their very popular ‘Hawaiian’ style. It is truly perfect for the look we had in mind.
Our fabulous friends at Butler and Wilson provided today’s Hawaiian- perfect accessories. Aren’t they fabulous?!
Today we are wearing beautiful New Look red suede pumps. New Look is firm tootsie high street favourite! The style is aptly named Sweetheart… The perfect demure heel high & detailed vamp make these shoes the perfect edition to our From Here To Eternity themed look!