Category Archive: Fashion

Feb 26 2015

LFW AW15: Sophia Webster – Freak Like Me

AW15-sophia-webster-21When the invite reads ‘Freak Like Me’ you know you are in for a pretty quirky ride, and in true Sophia Webster fashion her autumn/winter 2015 presentation during London Fashion Week was full-on crazy fun. Sometimes fashion takes itself too seriously and I love that Sophia Webster combines her design creativity with a fun showcase, which this season was a circus like no other with futuristic, galaxy vibes with the models wearing larger-than-life planetary costumes in a Shona Heath designed set that really brought to life the derelict Welsh Chapel on Shaftesbury Avenue.

The ‘Freak Like Me’ collection took inspiration from the footwear designer’s fond teenage memories of Gwen Stefani’s No Doubt era, with her love of tartan, checks, and leopard print popping up on her incredible heels. There were also references to Victor Vasarely’s optical illusions seen in the “warped check” and glitter pieces.  

Her heels are always fun with some decorated with pompoms and feathers, others full on glitter or bedazzled in jewels, and there were even mini-me versions of her famous butterfly wing styles. I think for me I was most excited to see her speech bubble clutch bags continue with tongue-in-cheek sayings including ‘Hot Stepper’, ‘Say My Name’, ‘Miss Thang’, ‘Boss Lady’, ‘Carnival Queen’ and ‘Girlgang’. There were also slogan backpacks – I loved the ‘Sexy Back’ and ‘Tell It To My Face’.

If that wasn’t enough fun, Sophia has also collaborated with Coca-Cola on a fun collection reworking the iconic logo into her shoes and bags, with hi-shine coke-print stilettos, complete with a heel of stacked hearts, “If You Only Drank Cherry Coke” clutch, and a ‘Very Cherry!’ fun backpack. 

I loved it so much I now have a very long wishlist of pieces I want.

Scroll down and check out my snaps and step inside the presentation with my video that I captured, it was only on my mobile but I think it came out really well. Want to see more pics head on over to my Facebook page there are a lot!!!

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Feb 23 2015

Oscars 2015: Jenna Dewan-Tatum In Zuhair Murad

Who: Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Where: At the 87th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California

Wearing: A white Zuhair Murad couture gown from the spring/summer 2015 collection, featuring a wrap effect to the bodice and silver embellishments, teamed with Lorraine Schwartz jewels

Verdict: Wow, Jenna Dewan-Tatum takes home the plus 1 award for sure in this gorgeous, elegant gown. It was shown on the catwalk with a cape, which I loved and to be honest I would have loved to see on the red carpet. I think it would have been fun to see Jenna to go for a dramatic statement.

I love that it was a classy look, it really showed off her beauty, and her subtle sexy, and I really think her jewellery was one of my favourites of the night.

Just beautiful. 

Feb 23 2015

Oscars 2015: Jennifer Lopez In Elie Saab

Who: Jennifer Lopez

Where: At the 87th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California

Wearing: A blush tulle belted Elie Saab ballgown, embroidered with pearls, stones and sequins, with a plunging neckline, teamed with $2.5 millions worth of Neil Lane diamond and platinum jewellery 

Verdict: I have a serious girl crush on Jennifer Lopez and it is for moments like this, she really knows how to work the red carpet, make a statement, while still being true to herself, and I love that on this occasion she surprised me with this princess moment in this gorgeous Elie Saab gown but still brought the sexy that we expect from her.

I think for some there might be a little too much boob on show, but come have you seen them, pretty perfect if you ask me, and if you have them why not flaunt them!!!

As well as loving the dramatic gown, which looked even more beautiful when she took to the stage to present, I also adore her make-up and that high ponytail. 

Simply stunning.

 

Feb 19 2015

Donna Ida: The Ultimate Denim Boutique

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I’m a denim lover, I think my husband might say addict, and up until a few years ago I found it one of the most stressful shopping experiences, well until I discovered Donna Ida.

There is something about a wall of denim that excites me, the choices, the styles, the various hues of blue, but with all that excitement comes stress at all the options, and that is why shopping at Donna Ida really is a treat, the stress really is taken out of the equation. All the staff are so informed on all the different brands and styles, they can advise on what you would look good in, what’s on-trend, and they even encourage you to try something out of your comfort zone, which you will probably end up loving.

The best bit though, there is no judgement on size, I have come to understand by shopping at Donna Ida that you have to try on every pair of jeans, you won’t be the same size in every brand, it doesn’t mean you have put on weight if you find you are a size bigger, but I have to be honest it does feel good when you drop a few sizes. 

Donna-Ida-Chelsea-12I’ve already gushed about how much I love Donna Ida’s own line, IDA, I basically live in them, especially in my Foggy London Rizzo, which are just the most comfortable pair of skinny jeans I own, I am a big fan of high-waisted. But as well as her own incredible line, the boutique also stocks great jeans by J Brand, James Jeans, Frame Denim, and Paige, all favourites of mine. 

Donna Ida isn’t just about denim, the store is basically a one-stop-shop of things to wear with your jeans, think statement tees, slogan sweatshirts, and cute blouses from the likes of Blackscore, Wildfox, Bella Freud and Joie, as well as arm candy from MeMe London, and sunglasses by Linda Farrow and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Oh, and there is also a little sweetie shop, it is one of my favourite bits of my visit picking out my favourite sweets. 

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This week I went in to check out the new IDA spring/summer 2015 collection, which FYI is as dreamy as always. You have new colours, including a moss green ‘Mash’ hue **the ones I am wearing above with the most amazing Blackscore sweater** in my favourite style, Rizzo, as well as a cool black pair, and there is a new grey shade ‘Greystone’ for the Ivy.

There a few new styles as well including the relaxed ‘Downtown Dazzler’, a slim boyfriend style skinny denim in a distressed white or a vintage blue wash, this is pure California dreaming. Other notable additions include the ankle swinging ‘Kitty’ that has been influenced by the 70s and the ‘Adelaide’, a high-rise and super wide leg design that I can’t wait to come in so I can try them on as I love a good flare.

As well as all the high-rise, I am so on #TeamHigh, Ida has introduced low and mid-rise jeans to the range, with Honor, a low rise skinny with a 7” rise nearly making me want to switch sides, these are perfect as they are cut slightly higher in the back for a comfortable fit and they come in the most gorgeous blue and just the right about of rips and abrasions. 

Are you a fan of Donna Ida?

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So which team are you? #TeamHigh or #TeamLow?

Well Donna Ida wants to know, running alongside the General Election is the Donna Ida Denim Election where you can vote for your favourite! The final results will be announced on May 7, 2015 with one lucky voter winning a £1,000 IDA wardrobe.

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Donna Ida Chelsea, 106 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea, London SW3 3AE

Feb 17 2015

Introducing: Village England – Gorgeous Handbag Brand

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I love discovering new handbag brands, because there is no such thing as too many bags, and I love it even more when it is discovered through the power of social media from a great conversation, and I adore it even more when the brand is British. So let me introduce Village England, a new-ish British accessories brand that is on the quest to design the perfect bag and I think looking at the autumn/winter 2015 collection they have cracked it. 

What I love about this label, other than the fab styles, has to be the passion of the founders, Eddie Knevett, the former head of accessories at department store House of Fraser, and Julia Dobson, the former UK boss for LVMH-owned French brand Céline, who both really just want to make quality bags that are not only functional but also fashionable, oh and I have to say I love that they like me love pockets!!!

I kindly got a preview of their up-coming AW15 collection and I basically fell in love with everything, from their use of the dreamiest full-grain natural leather, it is that sort of leather that you just know is going to age beautifully, to the little details such as the stirrup buckle and the fact that each bag is named after a village in England. 

The collection is huge – you have everything from cute mini cross-body bags in an array of gorgeous colours to slouchy bucket bags that will carry everything and even classic totes. The beauty isn’t just in the styles, the colours or the quality, but also the fact that the majority of Village England’s bags sell for less than £300, which when you feel them you will understand is a bargain. 

The brand also has a cute ‘Made in England’ collection, which is dreamy, a little more expensive than the other pieces, but hey dreamy doesn’t come cheap!!! 

It is hard to pick a favourite from the new collection, I love the stirrup detailing on the cross-body styles and pouches that red saddlebag beauty has to be mine, but I think the styles I loved most had to be the cracked mirrored leather ones. I don’t think my photos do this beauty justice, but it comes in a rucksack **want**, a tote **want**, a cross body pouch that has a detachable strap to turn it into a clutch **want** and a gorgeous bucket bag **surprise, I also want**. What surprised me the most, not that I liked the finish, I am a magpie I like anything shiny, but how soft it was, you look at it and think it will be rough, maybe because it looks like broken glass, but it is the complete opposite and basically it meant I loved it even more. 

What I think Village England does beautifully, other than the quality, has to be the fact they have considered all ages, I think there is something that would grab the attention of most women, yet they haven’t strayed away from their core values of making a bag that is functional yet pretty, because let’s be honest no one is going to buy a bag that is ugly yet practical. I do love a brand that isn’t afraid of colour, as yes we all love black handbags, but we also want bright beauties as well. 

Have you discovered Village England yet? I would love to know your thoughts on the British brand.

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Feb 11 2015

My Style: Shades Of Grey

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I’ve spoken about my hunt for the perfect grey winter coat previously, as this year I’m trying to just invest in classic pieces rather than trends, I had all but given up hope when I spied this beauty in the Gap sale, only one left, in my size, was down from £99.99 to £39.99 with another 40 percent off, so for £23.99 I picked up the best bargain I have found in a while, and I’m in love with it. 

It ticks a lot of the boxes I had listed for this coat, it is the perfect shade of grey, not too dark, not too light – I am very picky, it has subtle buttons, not over the top shiny ones, it has large pockets to slouch into, oh and carry my phone around, it has a strong collar, and most importantly it falls around knee-length. I have to be honest, listing out all the points it ticks makes me even more surprised that I found it, more so because it was less than £25, it just shows that you can still find a good deal out there. 

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I promise I won’t only wear this with grey, but I thought it made a fun statement to show off the beauty of the coat, plus it was freezing on our weekend winter walk around Anglesey Abbey that I needed this cosy cable tabbard jumper with roll-neck from Oasis **which FYI is in the sale**, which I love layered over a long sleeve tee or as in this case wearing over a thin black roll-neck for extra warmth. If you are going to work a roll-neck you have to do it twice right?

Finishing up my look is my carry everywhere, bottomless pit of a tote that I picked up from Zara, the best bit about this bag has to be the fact you can reverse it for a contrasting colour, so I have the red showing but could have gone for black. I also have this beauty in the blue and mustard colour, which doesn’t seem to be available anymore. It really is the perfect travel companion, or winter walk buddy to carry my camera, instant camera, mini picnic, and basically my life around with me. Best bit, well other than the price it is only £29.99, has to be the inner zipped pocket, which attaches to the handle to keep it secure, plus you can remove if you like and use in any bag you want. 

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Sunday walks are becoming a bit of thing in our household, as we are trying to take time away from our busy schedules, enjoy life and being with each other, and help me especially step away from the computer for at least one day a week. Getting outside is one of my favourite things, I really do think when it is so gloomy that you have to take all the good weather days and enjoy them to the max. Plus what’s not to love about walking around a beautiful place hand-in-hand with the one you love. We are lucky as we live in a village in the countryside, just outside Cambridge, so we get town and country, but when we lived in London we used to wander around one of the parks, or stroll down the River Thames, just somewhere that’s pretty and relaxing. 

I probably go to Anglesey Abbey just outside Cambridge about four or five times a year, it is such a lovely relaxing place, and I just adore the wandering walk through the gardens, alongside the river and through the woods, plus it changes beautifully with the seasons there is always something new to admire. In February, it is all about the snowdrops, one of my favourite flowers – well they do herald the arrival of spring, plus they are just so elegant and pretty, and Anglesey Abbey has more than 270 species of snowdrops dotted around the place. I know who knew there were so many different kinds. 

I also used the occasion to test out my Lomo’Instant, the instant camera from Lomography that we got as our Christmas present from my Mum, as I have wanted an polaroid-style camera for a while. I love digital and snapping away on my phone, I even love the art of editing my images, but there is something fun and more memorable about capturing that moment on instant film and waiting for it to develop. I will be bringing you a more detailed review on the camera soon, which I am loving to capture our first year in marriage memories. 

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My Style: Grey jeans, Ida by Donna Ida (c/o) // Black rollneck, Primark // Grey cable tabbard jumper, Oasis *similar* // Grey coat, Gap *similar* // Tote, Zara // Boots, Quiz Clothing (c/o) // Glasses, Glasses Direct (c/o) // Lomo’Instant, Lomography // 

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Feb 06 2015

Cover Loving: Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 2015

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I do love the annual Vanity Fair Hollywood issue, it is always the most glamorous cover of the year, excluding the 3-in-a-bed scene from a few years ago, and I do love seeing the biggest names in Hollywood in a shoot together. Once again shot by Annie Leibovitz, did you know she has photographed all but three of the Hollywood issues in its 21 years, and like last year I am a fan of this cover due to its old Hollywood glamour feel, I love seeing the men dressed in white-tie tuxedos and the ladies in shimmery gowns. Granted there isn’t anything new about this cover but I still love it, because this is what I expect and love from the Hollywood issue.

Leading the pack in the special gatefold 2015 cover is Amy Adams in a gorgeous gold Atelier Versace gown, perched on the shoulders of Channing Tatum, next to a beautiful Reese Witherspoon, a little distracting with Amy’s pose and Reese’s cleavage, but I think it works. But it’s the Brits that dominated the rest of the cover and issue, yes we are invading Hollywood, with five out of the 10 stars British. You have a rather disinterested Felicity Jones, perched on the knee of Benedict Cumberbatch, while David Oyelowo drapes his arm over Eddie Redmayne, and Sienna Miller shows off her jumpsuit. Rounding off the cover is Whiplash star Miles Teller and Oscar Isaac from A Most Violent Year.

Overall I like the mix of new and established stars but I was kind of hoping that Chris Pratt and Mark Ruffalo would make an appearance, I am kind of obsessed with them both, maybe Chris is a little too mainstream with his Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic Park resume, and maybe Channing and Sienna took the Foxcatcher spots on the cover leaving no room for Ruffalo. Also talking about Sienna what did they do to her neck in editing?

The magazine has also released some of the snaps from its 2015 Hollywood portfolio, which will span across 30 pages and features 44 British stars including Keira Knightley, Damian Lewis, Ruth Wilson and Dame Judi Dench snapped by Jason Bell. Emily Blunt behind the Hollywood sign looks incredible.

On seeing this year’s cover and seeing it was celebrating 21 years, I kind of feel pretty old as well as the need to remind myself of who starred on the previous covers, so I have created a dedicated Pinterest board to the Hollywood issue. You can see how young Leo DiCaprio looks on the 1996 cover, which also includes the now forgotten Skeet Ulrich who I had a huge crush on, the all-girl cover of 2010 that even made Kristen Stewart looks sweet, and the 1995 cover that thought dressing the biggest Hollywood actresses in their underwear was a good idea, well except Gwyneth Paltrow who got to keep her gown on.

What do you think of this year’s cover? And do you have a favourite from the 21 years?

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