Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Red Carpet Glam!

One of the best ways to see what's on trend, is simply to watch the E channel's "Live from the red carpet" and this week I caught up on the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) show.

There were some beautiful dresses and some that were not!  I thought I would share with you the ones that I loved.

I simply adored Lupita Nyong'o in Gucci - this colour is amazing and I love the decorative chest line.  She was the winner of Best supporting actress for 12 Years A Slave.

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Morena Baccarin from Homeland wearing Monique Lhuillier - she looks F A B U L O U S considering she gave birth to her little boy just 12 weeks ago!

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Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne both from Fashion Police, opted for Cate Blanchett as the best dress of the night, in Givenchy - I loved the colour on her and the detailed sequinned neckline - however I'm not keen on the shape of the dress, I don't think it suits her.  Cate wins Best Actress for Blue Jasmine.

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Oprah Winfrey hit the red carpet in Pantone's Colour of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid - looking wonderful - this dress by Badgley Mischka really suits her hour-glass body shape.  She was nominated for Best supporting actress for her role in The Butler.

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And finally, I thought out of all the men, Jared Leto looked the sharpest in Dior! And he won Best supporting actor for Dallas Buyers Club.

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To see the list of winners of the 2014 SAG awards, simply click here.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Glamour - Hairstyles for 2014

Every year I think about doing something different with my hair, "something?!" hmm.

Glamour online have their top 14 recommendations for what's going to be hot in 2014 when it comes to your locks!

I'm loving…

1/14 - Mermaid Waves

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8/14 - The rock star quiff

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10/14 - The undone up-do

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I'm not however loving the bowl cut fringe!  I'm hoping my girlfriends will not be rocking this one either!  ;)

9/14 - The bowl cut fringe

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Which ones are you loving or not??  View the full article here.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

After Eight: I'm loving Black and Gold

For evening wear you would normally find me in an LBD, however just before Christmas I bought some new black trousers, I love the fit so much, I've started to wear these on occasions you would normally see me in a dress.  Christmas day and New Year's Eve are two examples of this!

This weekend I went out for dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant in Berkhamsted called ZAZA - the food was amazing, I highly recommend and will definitely be going back.  Now dinner with my gorgeous hubby would normally call for a dress - however I had a half an hour that day in River Island and it's amazing what a girl can treat herself too in such a small amount of time!

I'm still loving the black and gold for an evening look, and it was really nice to feel so glommed up and yet it was quite a relaxed evening look for dinner.  Here is the Instagram selfie that I took that evening:

I'm attending a book launch in London in the next few weeks for a very dear family friend - so I think this outfit will be perfect for that.


River Island

Worn over this fabulous camp top, lovely and silky!

River Island

I bought these trousers before Christmas, they fit so well - a tad more expensive than I would usually spend on trousers, but I simply love them… I would however change one thing about them, and that's the large gold side-zip - I have no idea why they didn't make that more discreet?


I accessorised with black stiletto shoes, a gold clutch bag, a gold chunky bracelet and finished it all off with this lovely gold costume necklace:

River Island

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Thursday, 9 January 2014

New Year's Resolutions - STYLE

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Now every New Year we all do the same old, same old - our resolutions are built around eating less, drinking less, exercise more etc etc.

But how many of us give thought to changing our style?  Bringing some of our favourite things, like jeans, jackets, bags a little more up to date?  Or perhaps going through our make-up bags and chucking out the eyeshadows or nail varnishes that are so old that seriously - why are you keeping them??  

The best way to start, is to break it down:

  • Winter clothes that will take you through to March
  • Make-up for work and then for evening
  • Invest in good skin care - essential at this time of year!
  • Handbag - work, weekend, evening
  • Shoes - again what's going to take through to March

Spring is on it's way....and perhaps we could start the New Year, by having a refresh and finding the gaps that will make shopping come January pay a little more of what we need.

Last year I wrote a piece about my thoughts on "15 things every women should know" based around Tom Ford's article for Vogue.  Now whether you agree with all or just some, it may be a starting point to helping you think about your 2014 Style Resolutions...

  1. Stye Essential - 'Find the right dress for your body shape (this should include an LBD)'
  2. Have it at hand - 'A great day bag for all your bits & pieces'
  3. Daring greatly - 'Be confident to go on a trip, a movie or dinner on your own'
  4. Essential grooming - 'Eyebrows, legs, nails and feet (you know what I mean ;) )'
  5. Keep it wrapped - 'A shawl/scarf that you take everywhere with you'
  6. Denim - 'The perfect pair of jeans that can be worn with heels, boots or trainers'
  7. Double up - 'Two blazers - one for Autumn/Winter and the other for Spring/Summer'
  8. British style - 'A tea dress or Maxi for those afternoons in the great English countryside'
  9. Think positive - 'Dreams do come true if you stay focused'
  10. It's all the walk - 'Find a pair of heels (mid or high) that you can walk in confidently'
  11. Health does matter! - 'Exercise your inner and outer self'
  12. After eight - 'The clutch bag that just goes with everything'
  13. Bejewelled - 'Treasure that family jewel, it was past to you for that reason'
  14. The right size - 'You should get your breasts measured regularly so that you are wearing the right size underwear - you'll never look fabulous with wrong underwear, FACT!'
  15. Stick together - 'Find a girlfriend or two that you can say absolutely anything to without being judged!'

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Fashion Galore! Isabella Blow exhibition at Somerset House

Happy New Year to you all!

During Christmas and New Year I headed into London; I did have a mooch around Covent Garden for a little shopping, and because I picked a day, a few days after Boxing day, it was lovely and quiet, I felt like I had London to myself!

My trip was all centred around going to Somerset House, what a beautiful building, to go see the clothes and the artefacts at an exhibition for Isabella Blow.

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I became fascinated by Isabella after reading her husband's book, Blow by Blow, by Detmar Blow. Her aristocracy ancestry was as typically eccentric as her manner of dress.  Her passion for fashion, plus no doubt her family contacts enabled her to worked for Vogue, Tatler and the Sunday Times  Style magazine.

She discovered the likes of Alexander McQueen, Sophie Dahl, and renowned for wearing Philip Treacy hats daily!  She had vision and creativity that set her apart from her colleagues, she was full of character and she never let a simple thing like a "lack of budget" stop her from achieving what she wanted to visually.

She had one if the best jobs in the world, well for us fashionistas it would seem, but sadly Isabella lead a life filled with depression and was persistent in trying to kill herself. 

She was Born Isabella Delves Broughton in 1958, she married Detmar who she met at a wedding in September 1988, engaged only sixteen weeks later.  They had no children.  In 2007 at the age of 49, after attempting suicide numerous times, she died in hospital on May 7th 2007 after drinking the weed killer Paraquat.  

Daphne Guinness had the foresight, and now privately owns over 100 pieces of Isabella's possessions which feature in this exhibition.  These include garments from the many designer talents she discovered and launched, in her world this was known as "Truffling for Talent".

It was great to see the silhouette display by Tim Noble and Sue Webster again, I've seen this previously a few years ago at the National Portrait Gallery, where I took a sneaky pic!  It's made from lots of dead birds and feathers etc, which is all a little grim, but makes this fascinating profile of Isabella.

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There was lots to see many centred around Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy, including the collection she bought from Alexander, Dantes Collection 1996:

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My favourite artefacts were the every day things; her business cards, her rolodex, her white phone which apparently she spent most of the day on!  They showcased are Waterman fountain pen, and displayed notebooks etc of her handwriting in pink ink, her chosen colour.  It's these sorts of things that I love to see, because they are so personal I think it gives you a real insight into the person.

The exhibition finishes with two films, the first is the Spring/Summer 2008 Catwalk Show, which was held in Paris on 6th October 2007 by Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy called La Dame Blue, in honour of Isabella.

And the second film, are models wearing Isabella's clothes around places that I like to thinks that Isabella would have chosen to do her fashion shoots, there was no detail given.

I thought it was all very simple but very well done!  I couldn't resist treating myself to a notebook, a mirror and a postcard of my favourite dress in the exhib from the gift shop.

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Isabella Blow:  Fashion Galore! is on at Somerset House until 2nd March 2014