Oct 23 2014

Food: Baking With Betty Crocker

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Baking is one of my passions and stress relievers, and with less than two weeks until my wedding I have been keeping calm with lots of baking, thanks to a care package from Betty Crocker. I have such fond memories of baking with Betty’s quick and easy cake mixes, they really are super easy to create scrummy cakes that everyone will think you have slaved hours perfecting.

My favourite mix has to be the Devil’s Food Cake Mix, it really is chocolately goodness that only requires eggs, oil, water and icing, and surprisingly only takes 35 minutes to bake, add on the icing perfecting and you can have a professional tasting cake in less than an hour, which has been perfect for me to whip up between organising wedding items on my to-do list.

You can just do as the packet says and create a delicious chocolate cake topped with rich fudge icing or you can go wild like me an add in broken up Oreo cookies to the cake mix and on top for decoration. If you aren’t partial to Oreos why not add chunky bits of chocolate, chocolate chips, white chocolate chunks, or how about just going crazy with the decoration using Maltesers, Buttons or Smarties – basically any excuse to add a little bit more chocolate.

If like me you are watching your waistline, I need to get into two wedding dresses in less than two weeks, treat your workpals, neighbours and family members, as trust me everyone will be happy to eat these delicious cakes – my fiancé has become one very popular person at work.

Do you have any tricks to jazz up Betty Crocker’s easy-to-bake cake mixes?

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**Thanks to Betty Crocker for sending me loads of baking goodies**

Oct 22 2014

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund: Reese Witherspoon In Oscar de la Renta

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Where: At the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Event that she co-hosted with designer Diane von Furstenberg  at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles

Wearing: A gorgeous blue and black floral Oscar de la Renta dress teamed with black and white Giuseppe Zanotti heels and a polka-dot L.K. Bennett clutch

Verdict: This dress is everything that Oscar de la Renta was all about, pure elegance, and I love it on Reese.

The dress fits her perfectly, the nipped-in waist of the fit-n-flare designs really does show off the actress’ amazing figure, and I love that the elegance is paired with Oscar de la Renta playfulness with the plunging neckline and fun print.

Completing her look with black and white heels was a good choice, but for me the crowning glory of her styling has to be her amazing old-Hollywood waves swept to the side and her dramatic cat-eye make-up, she really does look beautiful.

Reese Witherspoon has been on a real winner lately on the red carpet and this is another stunning look.

Do you love Reese’s tribute to the late fashion legend?

[Pic: courtesy of Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for CFDA/Vogue]

Oct 20 2014

Hitting Stores Soon: Eddy Anemian For H&M

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H&M have a long list of designer collaborations, next month will be a certain Alexander Wang, which you will see everywhere, but for me all attention should be on the incredible Design Award winner Eddy Anemian who has created a gorgeous, elegant 10-piece capsule collection.

Inspired by Tilda Swinton’s character in ‘I Am Love’ and the work of French painter Ingres, the gorgeous line features a craftsmanship that you just don’t expect from someone who is still a fashion student at the visual art school La Cambre in Brussels and a high street name, the meticulous construction and texture of the pieces is going to surprise a lot of people, especially when the prices range from £19.99 to £215.

The pics don’t do the collection’s technique and textures justice, but the structures and abstract patterns have been intricately created by using cut floral upholstery fabric into strips to create the skirts, jackets, trousers and tops.

I am totally in love with the long yellow floral skirt constructed from vertical strips, as well as the blue floral jacket and matching trousers, and the gorgeous white skirt made from horizontal raw-edged ruffles to give the impression of the patterns found in marble. Simply divine and this is coming from a fashion student – imagine the greatness after a few collections under his belt.

If the bold pieces weren’t enough to get you excited, the collection also features a white jumpsuit with floral sleeves, a black heavy twill top, and a pair of white high-waisted trousers to provide contrast and the tailoring looks exquisite.

The collection launches in select H&M stores, as well as online, from October 23 and I can tell you now that I will be trying on that incredible maxi skirt.

Are you excited to see new talent like this getting exposure on the high street?

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Oct 14 2014

London Film Festival: Jennifer Lawrence In Christian Dior

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Who: Jennifer Lawrence

Where: At the premiere for ‘Serena’ during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Vue West End n London

Wearing: A black tuxedo-style Christian Dior coat dress with a plunging neckline, teamed with Dior tribal pearl earrings and black Brian Atwood heels

Verdict: I am not going to lie I am very bored of the Jennifer Lawrence/Dior show, I love Christian Dior as much as the next girl but really does it need to be every appearance? But saying all that I adore this sexy tailored look, I know I am fickle for a sharp red carpet look!!!

I have an obsession with women wearing suits, especially on the red carpet, and this really takes that idea and makes it as sexy as hell with that deep plunging neckline. Also with all those other women in suit looks that I have adore the tailoring has been exquisite and this Dior wool coat dress has been tailored to perfection for her.

Finishing off her look with classic black heels was a great move, adds to the chic factor, if she had gone for bright accessories it just wouldn’t have made as much of an impact with me. I am also finding myself really liking those Dior tribal earrings.

I think this look is modern and chic – are you loving Jennifer Lawrence’s look as much as me?

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Oct 13 2014

New In: Mr Men x House of Holland

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Since I was little I always wanted a Mr Men book to be named after me, I have to be honest I don’t know why, but I loved those books and I am now more than a little jealous that Henry Holland has been immortalised as ‘Mr Quiffy’ in honour of his famous quiff. I think at the time my Mr Men or should I say Little Miss character had raving crimped hair, it was the eighties, and I was called Miss Stone, I was a child it wasn’t original and I had just learnt how to spell my name!!!

My love affair with Mr Men has continued into adult life, who doesn’t love Mr Men characters, and I generally want all the pieces from the new Mr Men x House of Holland collection. There are 14 pieces in totally, including patchwork jeans **my favs**, cute character T-shirts, dresses, knits, shirts and jumpsuits featuring the new Mr Quiffy print, as well as a cool appliqué badge bomber. Oh and if that was cute enough, the entire collection is available for all mini mes, so mum and daughter can dress a like.

The collection is available at Liberty London, Colette in Paris, and online at HouseofHolland.co.uk, I think I really need the Mr Bump jumper, those skinny jeans with Mr Men embroideries on and the Mr Messy clutch – and I totally want to wear them all together!!!

The line ain’t cheap though, we are talking £220 for the jeans, £400 for the adult bomber and £170 for the kids, and £150 for the sweatshirts. The T-shirts are the most affordable pieces at £90.

So if you could be immortalised as a Mr Men character what would you be called?

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Oct 11 2014

London Film Festival: Kaitlyn Dever In Andrew Gn

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Who: Kaitlyn Dever

Where: At the European Premiere of Paramount Pictures ‘Men, Women & Children’ at Odeon Covent Garden, London during the London Film Festival

Wearing: A floral Andrew Gn gown from the Resort 2015 collection

Verdict: First up, who is Kaitlyn Dever? I have to be honest I have never heard of this young starlet, but wearing this vibrant floral gown is going to capture a lot of people’s attention, including mine!!! So of course I had to iMDb the actress, finding that she is only 17, she has starred in number of TV shows and a few films, but this movie ‘Men, Women & Children’ starring Jennifer Garner and Adam Sandler is probably her biggest flick to date.

But back to that gorgeous dress. The Andrew Gn Resort 2015 was one of my favourite pre-spring/summer collections, there are so many great pieces that I could see hitting the red carpet as the ballgowns are just exquisite and this sunshine yellow print with added floral appliqués is one of the stand-out items for me.

What surprises me most about this look has to be her age, she is only 17 and doesn’t seem daunted by the full-on print, or the size of the dress for her tiny frame, it is her confidence that really pulls off this dress and makes it a stand-out moment for her on the red carpet. I absolutely love the contrast of the vibrant floral print against the gloomy London weather.

I am loving this dress, and I am loving that the red carpet has a new star to keep an eye on, I will definitely be looking out for more from Kaitlyn Dever.

What are your thoughts on this gorgeous Andrew Gn gown – do you think it is too overwhelming on her or are you a fan like me?

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Oct 10 2014

First Look: Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty At The V&A

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When the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York honoured Alexander McQueen’s brilliance with a retrospective exhibition back in 2011 I knew I had to see it, sadly a press trip I was suppose to be going on was postponed and I missed it by a few days. Since then I have hoped, prayed and signed numerous online petitions to see the exhibition here in the UK and was ecstatic when my favourite museum the V&A announced they would be bringing the sold-out Savage Beauty exhibition to London.

Yesterday I attended the press preview for the exhibition and I am so excited as it seems like the long wait will have been worth it as it is going to bigger and better than the original and generally take over the V&A. There will be 30 additional garments, including some rare pieces that couldn’t make the journey to New York, like the red ballet dress from The Girl Who Lived in the Tree collection from AW08 and the breathtaking white feathered dress from The Horn of Plenty AW09 collection, as well as pieces lent by private individuals and collectors such as Katy England and from the Isabella Blow Collection.

There will also be a Cabinet of Curiosities, which will showcase designs produced by McQueen with jeweller Shaun Leane and milliner Philip Treacy, as well as pieces from his time at Givenchy, including the exquisite black horned headpiece from the Givenchy SS97 collection.

I am also pleased that there will be a room dedicated to the designer’s early years, exploring his career as a  pattern cutter on Saville Row, as well as showcasing some of his earlier work, including a piece from his Hitchcock-inspired ‘The Birds’ SS95 collection, and footage from his SS96 The Hunger collection. There will also be a life-sized hologram of Kate Moss replicating the one that closed McQueen’s Widows of Culloden AW06 catwalk show and the exhibition will close with McQueen’s last fully realised collection, Plato’s Atlantis from SS10, which fused the designer’s love of the sea and technology, and was widely considered to be his greatest achievement.

The exhibition will be huge, there will be more than 200 ensembles and accessories showcased, over 10 sections, making it the largest ever collection of McQueen designed pieces seen together. Trust me I only saw four looks on display at the preview and I was blown away. The exhibition is going to be popular, the museum has already sold 16,000 tickets and it is widely expected to out perform the David Bowie exhibition that ran last year, so probably best to pre-order your tickets to avoid disappointment as it is only on from March 14 – July 19, 2015.

Is anyone else planning to see the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A next year?

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, runs from March 14 – July 19, 2015. Admission £16 (concessions available). V&A members go free.

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