Monday, 30 January 2012

What They Wore... SAG Awards

The 18th annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards took place in LA last night.
Many of Hollywood's A-list played it safe in the style stakes opting for glamorous black gowns for the red carpet.

Ashlee Simpson wore a black Jenny Packham dress embellished with silver beading and sheer mesh sleeves. 

Emma Stone never seems to get it wrong on the red carpet recently. She opted for an Alexander McQueen ensemble, her dress had lace bust detailing and she paired it with black rose McQueen heels and a skull and horse clasp McQueen lace clutch. 

One of Hollywood's hottest couples, Stacy Keibler attended with her other half George Clooney. Stacy looked stunning on the red carpet in a floor length black lace Marchesa gown. 

'Bridesmaids' star Rose Byrne took a risk opting for a jumpsuit over a traditional dress for the awards but I think she pulled it off perfectly in this sparkling white Elie Saab Couture embroidered jumpsuit. Her stylish look was complete with her new sleek bobbed hair. 

Michelle Williams brought some colour to the red carpet in a red Valentino gown with sheer lace sleeves teamed with scarlet Roger Vivier cage sandals.

Emily Blunt shone in a jade green asymmetrical Oscar de la Renta gown. She accessorised with a jewelled Swarovski clutch and Jimmy Choo sandals. 

Natalie Portman presented an award at the ceremony and appeared in the press room in a wine coloured chiffon Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture gown fresh off the runway. She carried a sparkling Judith Leiber box clutch.

Who was your best dressed at the SAG awards? 


Friday, 27 January 2012

Spring In Your Step

With this recent dreary weather we all need something to brighten our spirits. What better than treating yourself to some of the cute pastel coloured clothes filling the shops in time for spring! 

Pastel palettes were popular on the Spring/Summer 2012 catwalk with candy colours shining through in Phillip Lim 3.1's collection. Dior used pastel tones in their floaty feminine gowns.

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Pastel shades are a key trend this season. They're easier to wear than bright neon's and are simple to style as they can compliment and work with the existing colours in your wardrobe. 

The candy coloured shades create a soft and feminine look perfect for summer days. 


Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Tried and Tested... Lush Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly

Sweetie Pie is a wobbly shower jelly designed to be used in the shower or bath. I was attracted by its bright colour and sparkling appearance and thought it'd be ideal for using in the shower when you don't have time for a Lush bath! 

I was a bit concerned it might slip and wash down the plug on my first use but you can easily break off a piece to use each time. It lathers easily on a sponge and a little goes a long way. I've used my pot of shower jelly a few times and it's still about 80% full.

It has a fruity blackcurrant fragrance which awakens your senses and fills the bathroom leaving it smelling sweet. It shares the same tropical scent as The Comforter Bubble Bar

Along with the delicious combination of cherries and coconut Sweetie Pie contains carrageenan seaweed gel to leave your skin feeling silky and smooth. It is also suitable for using to wash you hair. 

It can be chilled or stored in the freezer and would be ideal to use on a summers day leaving you feeling cool and refreshed.

It retails at £2.95 for 100g, or £5.95 for 240g and you can buy online at Lush

Remember to save your pot once empty and when you've collected five take them back to Lush to exchange for a free fresh face mask.

Have you tried any of Lush's shower jellies?


Monday, 23 January 2012

Primark S/S12

Shopping in Primark can be hit and miss but when you find that bargain you've been searching for you're happy to brave the crowds and queues all over again next time!

Their new spring collection features a palette of bright colours including corals and blues perfect for summer, Prada inspired car prints,  and blouses with a sixties feel alongside summer staple items including cute dresses and maxi skirts. It's ideal for stocking up for your summer holidays without leaving your purse too empty.

There's a range of accessories including belts and statement jewellery to add to your outfits, and bags for the beach and evenings out. I love the Mulberry inspired design of the patent turn lock bag.

View the full collection at Look

What will you be looking out for in store? 


Friday, 20 January 2012

Get The Look... Peplums

The peplum waist was popular on the Spring/Summer 2012 catwalk with numerous designers including Marchesa and Vera Wang showcasing peplums in their collections. 
It's a key trend for this season and easy to incorporate into your wardrobe with peplum ruffles appearing on dresses, jackets and tops. The flare of fabric helps define your figure, can cinch in your waist and creates a flattering silhouette. What's not to love?! 

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The Peplum is a celebrity style favourite with Chalize Theron attending the recent Bafta Tea Party in LA in a pretty yellow Stella McCartney creation with a peplum waist. Michelle Williams appeared on Jay Leno earlier this month in a cute peplum dress by Jason Wu from his Spring 2012 collection.

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The trend is filling the high street too offering peplums to suit all styles and budgets

1. Pink Peplum Top - H&M - £12.99
2. Purple Peplum Dress - Miss Selfridge - £39.00
3. Red Peplum Dress - Dorothy Perkins - £30.00
4. Polka Dot Peplum Dress - River Island - £40.00
5. Floral Peplum Skirt - Awear - £40.00

6. Striped Peplum Top - Oasis - £20.00
7. Beige Peplum Dress - Awear - £35.99
8. Peplum Bodycon Skirt - Topshop - £28.00
9. Green Peplum Dress - Dorothy Perkins - £28.00
10. Monochrome Peplum Dress - Oasis - £69.99

Keep the rest of your outfit simple and don't overload on accessories for a sleek and chic look. 

Will you be wearing Peplums this season?


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Versace For H&M Cruise Collection

The hotly anticipated pre-spring collection by Versace for high street favourite H&M launches tomorrow morning. It follows the success of last season's collection which proved a hit selling out in stores within hours of its release.
No need to brave the crowds this time around, the Cruise Collection will be available to buy exclusively online at H&M from 9am. 

The collection showcases poolside glamour and features a mixture of pastel colours perfect for summer, printed designs, a range of accessories including shoes and jewellery, and a stylish menswear line.

Credit cards at the ready, shop the collection at H&M from 9am tomorrow

Are you a fan of the Cruise Collection?
Will you be logging on to buy in the morning?


Monday, 16 January 2012

What They Wore.. Golden Globes

Last night's Golden Globes kicked off awards season in Hollywood. The red carpet was awash with bold statement colour dresses, shimmering sequins and fishtail gowns

There was lots of nude coloured dresses on the red carpet. My favourite was Charlize Theron in a stunning Dior Couture gown with a plunging neckline and dipped hem. She wore nude Givenchy heels and accessorised with Cartier jewellery and a sparkling headband.

Nicole Kidman wore a silver halter neck Versace dress and carried a gold clutch matching the gold embellishment on her gown. 

Nicole Richie shimmered in a silver Julien Macdonald gown. She accessorised with her trademark boho style bangles and wore her hair styled in a high ponytail. 

Lea Michele opted for a more daring Marchesa gown in comparison to her dress at last weeks People's Choice Awards. She showed off her figure in a silver embellished cut-out dress. She completed her sultry look with smoky eyes. 

Fellow Glee Star Dianna Agron wore an on trend laser cut dress by Giles. Her red lips matched the gown and her hair was styled in a sleek up do to show off the pattern on the dress. 

Hollywood starlet Emma Stone is a contender for my best dressed of the evening! She looked stunning in a scarlet Lanvin dress with a flowing skirt complete with thigh high split worn with an eagle leather belt. 

Salma Hayek is another favourite of mine from last night. She wowed the crowds in this art deco inspired black and gold Gucci gown with an embroidered beaded skirt. 

Evan Rachel Wood walked down the red carpet in a custom made midnight green halter neck gown by Gucci Premiere embellished with feathers.

All eyes were on Tilda Swinton as she arrived. Renowned for her individual style she impressed in this pastel coloured Haider Ackermann creation teamed with gold cuff bracelets. 

Modern family star Sofia Vergara showed off her enviable curves in a peacock Vera Wang mermaid gown. Her long hair flowed and she kept her accessories simple with a diamond cuff. Not only was her dress a winner, Modern Family took home the award for the best comedy TV series. 

Who was your best dressed at the Golden Globes?


Friday, 13 January 2012

What They Wore... People's Choice Awards

The People's Choice Awards took place in LA on Wednesday evening gathering stars from the world of film, television and music

Lea Michele showcased a twenties vibe in a white fringed Marchesa dress. She completed her red carpet look with glittery Jimmy Choo sandals and candy pink lips. She picked up the award for favourite TV Comedy Actress. 

Demi Lovato also opted for Marchesa in a figure hugging peach coloured gown with a lengthy train. She wore her hair pinned in a sleek up do to show off the jewelled embellishment on her dress. She won Favourite Pop Artist at the ceremony. 

Nina Dobrev chose a green Elie Saab dress with sheer sleeves and lace detailing paired with nude Elie Saab sandals. Her sleek look was complete with poker straight hair. She took home the trophy for Favourite TV Drama Actress for her role in 'The Vampire Diaries.'

Star of 'The Big Bang Theory' Kaley Cuoco hosted the awards. She looked glamorous on the red carpet sporting big hair and a stunning cream coloured Badgley Mischka gown with floral embellishment from their Spring 2012 collection.

Ginnifer Goodwin went for a brighter choice in this neon pink Roksanda Ilincic dress with lantern sleeves paired with Jimmy Choo ankle boots. 

Ashley Greene looked on trend in a lace and leather DKNY dress. She completed her stylish look with Brian Atwood black heels and loose curls in her hair. 

Jennifer Morrison went for a romantic look in this cream Oscar de la Renta embellished gown teamed with nude heels and her hair styled in a high bun. 

'How I Met Your Mother' star Alyson Haniggon showed off her newly announced baby bump in a beaded red flapper dress by Alice + Olivia teamed with snakeskin silver peep toes. 

Emma Stone worked the androgynous look opting for skinny black trousers with a white shirt and a green tuxedo jacket with gold chain fastening from Gucci's Spring 2012 collection. She took home the awards for Favourite Movie Actress and Favourite Comedic Movie Actress. 

Who was your best dressed at the awards? 


Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Sales Savvy

I love finding a bargain in the sales but this year I've been questioning when and where will I actually wear it? Many a time I've grabbed an item of clothing thinking what a bargain only for it to hang in the back of my wardrobe with the tags on months down the line!

By following these tips you can still find lots of bargains that will be worthy investments to your wardrobe...

When looking for dresses in the sales it's best to stick to classic shapes that flatter your figure rather than opting for a current trend that you may not wear this time next year. Choose colours you know will suit you. Now is a great time to pick up a dress for a summer wedding at half the price! 

Teal Crystal Dress - Miss Selfridge Was £75.00 Now £30.00
Blue Skater Dress - Warehouse Was £45.00  Now £15.00
Black Bow Satin Dress - Oasis Was £75.00 Now £15.00 
Green Balloon Sleeve Dress - Dorothy Perkins Was £29.50 Now £7.00
Wine Midi Chiffon Dress - Topshop Was £46.00 Now £20.00

If you were lusting after a new pair of gloves or looking to add a bit of faux fur to your outfits this winter now is the time to find these timeless accessories at discounted prices. Statement designer scarves like the Biba designs are a versatile addition to any wardrobe and can be snapped up a reduced rate. 

Nude Embellished Cape - Dorothy Perkins Was £28.00 Now £15.00
Leopard Print Snood - Warehouse Was £26.00 Now £15.00
Biba Logo Scarf - House of Fraser Was £65.00 Now £52.00
Frill Leather Gloves - Oasis Was £25.00 Now £8.00
Purple Faux Fur Stole - Topshop Was £20.00 Now £12.00

Bags and purses are good investment pieces to find in the sales as you're sure to use them again and again. Many party clutches in the shops before Christmas can now be found at half price and will come in handy for events throughout the year.  

Oyster/Train Ticket Holder - Cath Kidston Was £6.00 Now £3.00
Taupe Handheld Bag - Aldo Was £42.00 Now £34.98
Black and Gold Glitter Clutch - Oasis Was £25.00 Now £5.00
Black Clasp Handbag - Debenhams Was £32.00 Now £16.00
Joy Beaded Clutch - French Connection Was £75.00 Now £37.50

What do you look for in the sales?
Have you found any bargains?

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