Friday, 22 February 2013

Radley and The British Heart Foundation

Radley have teamed up with the British Heart Foundation for the fifth year running to raise funds during National Heart Month this February. They've released two new limited edition bags to support the charity.

Their bestselling across body pocket bag is available in a special red leather design featuring a large stitched heart. It has a cream and red polka dot lining and an inside zipped pocket. 

This specially launched canvas tote bag is ideal for carrying your shopping. The design features the iconic Radley Scottie dogs forming a heart shaped print.

Radley are donating 15% of sales from both bags to the British Heart Foundation. The bags are available to buy in Radley stores and online. They're well priced for Radley fans to treat themselves to whilst supporting this charitable cause.

What do you think of the designs? 
Have you bought either of these bags? 


Sunday, 17 February 2013

Northern/Midlands Blogger Meet

As all you northern beauties know there's just not as many opportunities to get together at events up north as there is in London. After chatting with the lovely Rachel we've decided to hold a bloggers meet up which gives us all a good excuse to get together to socialise, shop and enjoy some food and drinks! 

Saturday 18th May 

1.00pm onwards

Meadowhall in Sheffield. Details on how to get there can be found here

All bloggers, be it fashion, beauty or lifestyle! 

Whats's Happening:
Come along and join us for either all or part of the day. We'll keep you updated on the exact venue which we're looking to confirm soon. Meadowhall has a fabulous range of shops (.. which I can't wait to visit!) We'll be providing goody bags and a few surprises along the way! 

Please leave a comment below to let me know if you would like to be added to the guest list. If you'd rather email or if you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch: or you can tweet me @CarolineCatwalk or Rachel @rachel___4

We hope to see you there! x


Thursday, 14 February 2013

What They Wore... Grammys 2013

Whilst the BAFTAs were taking place in London on Sunday, LA was awash stars prepping and preening for the Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center that evening.

Rihanna was one of my best dressed on the night in this gorgeous custom made red gown by Azzedine Alaia. The wrapped red fabric created a bandage style top whilst layers of material formed a pretty flowing skirt. She wore her ombre hair in loose waves and sported red lips. It was a more conservative style choice from Rihanna compared to some of her outfits but it still showed off her enviable figure! I was so pleased to see Adele on the red carpet wearing something other than a black dress! Her pretty floral frock is from Valentino's recent spring Couture collection. She won the Grammy for 'Best Solo Performance' for 'Set Fire To The Rain.'

Country star Carrie Underwood was another of my best dressed at the awards in this embroidered lace patterned Roberto Cavalli gown paired with a sparkling diamond necklace. She also wore her hair in loose waves. She took home the Grammy for 'Best Country Solo Performance' and 'Best Country Song' for 'Blown Away.' Recent queen of the red carpets Taylor Swift opened the show with an Alice in Wonderland inspired performance of her hit 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' complete with a mock English accent (... a nod to Harry Styles perchance?!) She wore a white Grecian style gown with cutaway metallic detailing by J Mendel with her hair styled in a braided up-do. 

Beyonce looked chic in a monochrome Osman jumpsuit styled with peep toe Jimmy Choo's and a geometric print bangle. She wore her hair in a sleek ponytail and opted for bright red lips. Katy Perry flaunted the supposed Grammys strict dress code in a figure hugging mint green Gucci gown from their Resort 2013 collection complete with a revealing keyhole neckline. She's definitely got it, so why not flaunt it?!

Who was your best dressed at the Grammys? 


Wednesday, 13 February 2013

What They Wore... BAFTAs 2013

There's been so many award ceremonies held over the past few days it's almost hard to keep up! The stars braved the British weather (why don't we hold it in summer so at least there's a chance it might not rain?!) on Sunday evening to attend the BAFTA awards at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. As well as providing a wealth of dresses to lust after the awards are often a good indicator of who might do well at the Oscars later this month!

As ever black dresses were a popular choice on the red carpet. Anne Hathaway was my best dressed of the evening in this gorgeous long black Burberry gown with shining studs. Her cute pixie crop and pink lips finished her red carpet look perfectly. She picked up the BAFTA for 'Best Supporting Actress' for 'Les Mis' from the rather dashing George Clooney! I was also a big fan of Amy Adams's couture gown by one of my favourite designers, Elie Saab. I loved the gorgeous lace and beaded embellishment.

Alice Eve's dress by Alessandra Rich caught my eye with its flame style pattern. Better known for interviewing those walking the red carpet, Laura Whitmore raised the style stakes in this stunning Alexandre Vauthier Couture piece from their 2012 collection. She accessorised the plunging jumpsuit with gold cuffs and bold red lips. 

In contrast to the darker gowns on the red carpet I also really liked Jennifer Lawrence's pretty pale pink Christian Dior Haute Couture sequinned gown. Renowned for her unique sartorial choices Paloma Faith rocked up in a sparkling Nicholas Oakwell Couture gown complete with a lavish beehive.

Who was your best dressed at the BAFTAs? 
Who are you tipping to win at the Oscars?


Valentine's Shortbread Hearts

If you're looking for something quick to make as a last minute Valentine's Day treat for tomorrow how about these chocolate dipped shortbread hearts? They're a winner with friends and family too! 

You will need 
  • 250g butter
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 360g plain flour
  • chocolate to decorate 
Makes approximately 30 hearts

  • Preheat oven to gas mark 5 / 190C / 375F 
  • Beat butter and sugar together until they are smooth 
  • Gradually fold in the flour until a smooth dough forms
  • Put the dough in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes
  • Roll out the dough until it's approximately 1cm thick
  • Cut into heart shapes and place onto a greaseproof paper lined baking tray
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack
  • Once cool dip each heart into melted chocolate and leave to set.. then enjoy! 

Are you baking any treats for Valentine's Day? 


Monday, 11 February 2013

Date Night Dresses

Are you stuck for what to wear this Valentine's Day? Fear not, I've put together a selection of some of my favourite dresses suitable for different budgets to help inspire you if you've got a special date this week!

Under £25

Peplum Striped Dress - Matalan - £10.00
Crochet Collar Dress - George at Asda - £16.00
Berry Rose Jacquard Dress - Dorothy Perkins - £24.00

Under £50

Gold Baroque Dress - Fuse Fashion Network - £48.00
Stud Nenoprene Dress - Dorothy Perkins - £35.00
Black & White Lace Dress - Oasis - £45.00

Under £100

Lana Jersey Dress - Coast - £95.00
Pleated Midi Dress - Warehouse - £60.00
Embellished Maxi Dress - Topshop - £79.00

If you're looking for a new outfit and don't have much spare cash to spend don't dismiss the bargains you can find at the supermarket! I love this cute floral crochet collar dress from George at Asda. It'd look super cute styled with a pair of nude Mary Janes. 

The high street is awash with the hottest trends,  I love baroque detailing, studded embellishments and lace panelled dresses. These 3 dresses in the under £50 category are perfect for date night and they're styles I know I'd wear a lot! 

If you're looking to splash the cash Coast is one of my favourite shops for dresses for special occasions. This jersey wrap dress is a wardrobe staple. It features a metallic bronze belt to show off your waist.

Have you got a favourite date night dress? 
Do you prefer to save or splash out on dresses? 


Saturday, 9 February 2013

Sweetaholic Charms

The lovely Rachel from Life of a Sweetaholic recently launched her new online shop Sweetaholic Charms selling the cutest charms bracelets.

Rachel kindly sent me two of the bracelets to feature. I chose the silver heart charm on baby pink cotton and the silver butterfly charm on lilac cotton. Both of these bracelets retail at a bargain £1.00 each! 

The standard length of the cotton on each bracelet is 30cm meaning you can trim it to get the perfect fit. You can personalise your bracelet by choosing from white, dark pink, baby pink, teal and lilac waxed cotton. 

As well as the heart and the butterfly charms you can choose from a multi coloured flower bead bracelet featuring five coloured flower beads for just 75p and a cute silver cupcake charm bracelet priced at £1.20. 

I love this style of dainty charm bracelet, they're so easy to wear and look cute worn alone or layered together. The baby pink and lilac coloured cottons really compliment each other and the charms are great quality.

The bracelets would make lovely gifts and with such bargain prices there's no reason not to treat yourself to a few as well! 

Orders are packed in pretty tissue paper and sent via Royal Mail first class. Rachel even includes a sweet treat with each order... which I ate too quickly to photograph! 

Visit Sweetaholic Charms:


Friday, 8 February 2013

Cupid's Collection

Love it or hate it Valentine's Day is fast approaching so I've put together a selection of some of my favourite Valentine's themed gifts to direct your other half towards.. or spoil yourself with!

2. French Sole are my ballet pump gods and I adore their Love Heart shoes. As well as the stylish leopard print with a glitzy red heart there's also classic patent black pumps with a black glitzy heart and patent black with a leopard print heart. 

7. Zatchels have launched their Love Hearts Collection just in time for Valentine's Day. Choose from their satchels, barrel bags and saddle bags featuring cute heart prints. You can even add a personalised message to your bag for that extra special touch! 

8. These nail wraps from Nail Rock feature love heart sweet designs in cute candy colours. They'd be perfect to wear on your nails on Thursday! 

Will you be sending any Valentine's this year? 


Monday, 4 February 2013

Charmed, I'm Sure

I've long admired charm bracelets and love the idea of collecting charms to represent and remember special events. When the team at John Greed Jewellery got in touch to see if I'd like to review some their Pandora charm collection I jumped at the chance!

I kindly received the woven brown leather bracelet with a sterling silver locking clasp. The bracelet is available in 3 different sizes ensuring you can find the perfect fit. Alongside their traditional silver bracelets they offer woven leather designs starting from just £40.00 in a range of colours which are perfect for bringing a touch of glamour to your daytime look. The leather wrap style has a festival chic vibe and I'm sure I'll be wearing mine all summer long!

I also received the silver open work flower charm made from sterling silver. I love the intricate detail of the floral design and it's the perfect starting point for my Pandora charm collection. The floral charm looks pretty worn alone, that being said I can't wait to add more charms to my bracelet!

There's a vast choice including coloured beads, charms for occasions such as the Valentine's collection, and pendant charms alongside their popular silver and gold ranges. These are some of my other favourite charms available from Pandora UK  

Do you have a charm bracelet? 
What would be your ideal charm? 


Sunday, 3 February 2013

What They Wore... SAG Awards 2013

The annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place in LA last weekend celebrating the best from film and television over the past 12 months. 

Navy was a popular colour choice for the red carpet with Amanda Seyfried and Jennifer Lawrence both choosing strikingly similar deep blue gowns for the occasion. Amanda's sweetheart neckline dress by Zac Posen featured a fishtail hem. I loved the glittering diamond Lorraine Schwartz necklace she wore. Jennifer chose a strapless Christian Dior Couture gown also with a short train. For me Amanda's figure hugging dress with the flowing fishtail detail clinches it in the battle between the two! Jennifer took home the award for 'Best Actress' for 'Silver Linings Playbook'. One of my my best dressed on the evening was Nicole Kidman in a midnight blue Vivienne Westwood Couture gown covered in floral appliqué with a thigh high split. Her poker straight hair finished her red carpet look perfectly! 

Not one to shy away from her opinions on the red carpet, host of E!'s 'Fashion Police' Kelly Osbourne was up there with the best dressed on the night in an embellished black Jenny Packham gown. She carried a dazzling Marchesa clutch and wore her purple hair in a glamorous retro inspired up-do. 'Mad Men' actress January Jones stepped out in a dramatic black and white halter gown with a ruffled neckline. Striking smoky eyes and orange lips complimented her look. I loved Jaimie Alexander's structured black dress by Marc Bouwer. She looked sharp and stunning with its figure hugging design and cut out detail. She wore her hair in an up-do to compliment her sleek look. Claire Danes also opted for a black dress on the red carpet with a Givenchy one shouldered creation featuring a geometric monochrome pattern aligning the split. She won 'Best Female Actor In A Drama Series' for her role in 'Homeland'. 

Image Sources: Look & Zimbio

Aside from the favoured LBD's there was as expected an array of glittering gowns. Glee star Jayma Mays stepped out in a shimmering white Georges Hobeika gown from their recent Spring 2013 Couture collection. I love the pretty floral embellishment on its train. 30 Rock's Katrina Bowden was another of my best dressed at the awards in a stunning ice blue Badgley Mischka dress with embroidered detail and a contrasting tulle hem. Adding a splash of colour to the red carpet Nina Dobrev wore a hot pink Elie Saab gown with feminine lace cut outs. She added statement sparkling earrings and an embellished box clutch. 

Who was your best dressed on the red carpet?

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