Aug 07 2014

Video Loving: Temperley London’s Enchanted Summer

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Every wondered what it was like inside Alice Temperley’s romantic, fairytale-filled world? Well this short film, shot by the designer’s brother Henry Temperley for Net-a-Porter does just that, by showing off her exquisite gowns as well as her stunning Somerset home in the lead up to her annual Enchanted Summer party. 

Directed by Alice, the short film really is a gorgeous way to show off the designer’s limited edition Temperley London dresses, worn by some of the brand’s muses including Laura Bailey, Caroline Issa, and Jacquetta Wheeler, who are all wearing designs created exclusively for Net-a-Porter.

One of my favourite shows at London Fashion Week is always Temperley London, mainly because you are guaranteed plenty of gorgeous gowns to swoon over, and this video brings those exquisite pieces to life in such a beautiful, ethereal and fun way. I have to be honest I totally want to be on that guest list – that party looks fun.

But unlike other fashion films, this isn’t a campaign video, a behind-the-scenes of a fashion show, this is a moving-image boutique, as shoppers can click on the dresses or accessories they wish to buy and they will be added to their personal ’boutique’ all without interrupting the film. Net-a-Porter really do know how to get people shopping luxury fashion – but don’t blame me if you want everything you click on!!!

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I love all the pieces from the folky floral embroidered skirts to the chiffon-appliquéd tulle gowns and the hot pink lace-paneled pleated crepe maxi dress, but for me it has to be all the wedding-worthy gowns that caught my eye, which isn’t a surprise given that the summer party had a White Magic theme.

Shop my 10 favourite wedding-worthy Temperley London gowns on Net-a-Porter:

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Which gowns caught your eye?

[Pics: Temperley London/Net-a-Porter]

Aug 06 2014

Wedding Inspiration: 5 Wedding-Worthy Braids

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I have a great hairdresser in Carol at Toni & Guy in Cambridge who has been trying out new things with my hair each time I go and get my hair cut. We’ve tried a crown of braids, relaxed curls, and this cute side braid pictured above. I have liked them all, but they aren’t quite right, the only thing I am certain of is that I want braids, I don’t know why I just love that they are romantic and princess-like, and seriously what more could you want on your wedding.

It is because of my obsession of braids and the search for the perfect wedding style that I now have a Pinterest board dedicated to them and I am addicted to going through one-million strong Instagram account @InstaBraid, which you can probably guess is all about braids.

They’ve posted nearly 2,000 times so it is hard to choose just five wedding-worthy styles, but I think you will agree all these beautiful braids would look amazing on a bride. I think I am going to need a few more hair styling sessions with my hairdresser before I can commit to the perfect braid.

Do you like to see brides rocking braids on their wedding day?





Aug 05 2014

My Style: Glorious Goodwood & The Perfect Summer Maxi

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Weekends are precious, I love spending time with my fiancé as well as my close friends, and I love it even more when it is filled with gorgeous sunshine, great food and lots of laughs. Last weekend we went to visit Jim & Sarah, two of our closest friends, to celebrate Jim’s birthday as well as get giddy about the wedding as they are both coming with us to New York and with less than 100 days to go I am pretty excited.

I always love going down to see them both in Chichester, it is always fun and relaxing, and this weekend was made even more perfect with a visit to Goodwood. Not only can you watch planes taking off and cars whizzing around the track, but you can also enjoy them both while eating brunch at the Aero Club Café. The sunshine didn’t hurt either, I think I could have sat outside watching all the planes taking off, landing and doing tricks all day. I really do love discovering secret brunch spots and I can’t wait to go back.

After brunch we wandered around the rest of Goodwood, checking out the motor circuit, watching some drifting, and I couldn’t help but snap away at the lovely retro touches around the grounds including the racing green telephone box and vintage cars. It also made the perfect spot to showcase my new maxi dress from Gap, which is not only flattering but super comfortable. I bought this beauty for my honeymoon but I couldn’t resist giving it a test drive as we are having such glorious weather at the moment.

I have trouble finding flattering maxi dresses, they are either sack-like or too tight, what I love about this Gap beauty is that the elasticised waist creates a blousy top look that really does nip in the silhouette of the dress. Plus I also love anything that I can just throw on, will work with flats, heels and trainers, and is comfortable to wander around in the sunshine.

Have you discovered your perfect summer maxi dress?

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My Style: Stripe cami maxi dress, Gap // Gladiator flats, F&F // Yellow bag, Rebecca Minkoff // Blue watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Sunglasses, Calvin Klein //

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[Pics: Fashionista Barbie & my friends Jim & Sarah]

Aug 04 2014

Red Carpet: Bella Thorne’s Homage To Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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I am an Eighties baby, so I am pretty excited about the return of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the trailer looks amazing and I am so please to see Megan Fox back. The LA premiere took place over the weekend and I was going to share Megan’s sexy white Marc Jacobs mini, but then I saw Disney starlet Bella Thorne rocking a vintage 80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tee and I actually squealed it is so cool.

Bella who wasn’t even born in the 80s **totally makes me feel old** glammed up her look with a sexy H&M black leather mini skirt, caged black Gucci heels and a coordinated patent black and green Edie Parker clutch.

I love that this look is so teen appropriate, especially with the fact that she customised the vintage tee with gold studs on the sleeves and slashed the neckline to wear across her shoulders, it totally takes me back to my 16-year-old days where I customise everything. I also adore the green colour of the T-shirt against her strawberry blonde locks. 

I know some might say this look is too casual for a red carpet, I would agree if the film wasn’t TMNT, it is fun not a heavy drama, and I love that she got into the spirit by showing off the original Turtles cartoon characters. 

I think if Bella can keep bringing her personality to the red carpet she is certainly going to be a star to watch. I bet a lot of people **hint, hint – me** are searching eBay and etsy right now to find their own TMNT tee to customise!!!

What do you think of Bella’s homage to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

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Aug 03 2014

Fitness Inspiration: Ballerina Misty Copeland

My dreams of becoming a ballerina died a long time ago, but I have always admire their beauty and grace, and after seeing this amazing ad staring American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland for Under Armour I can’t help but be inspired by her strength, as well as have major leg envy!!!

A number of my friends have been taking ballet fitness classes and after seeing this incredible ad I think I need to do the same as well as increase my squat repetition exercises.

If her incredible body and grace of movement wasn’t enough to inspire, her story certainly will – this girl didn’t start ballet until she was 13 years old, she was met with rejection and still pushed forward with her dreams. I love that the ad reads out lines from her rejection letters that she received as a teen.

“Dear Candidate. Thank you for your application to our ballet academy. Unfortunately you have not been accepted.

“You lack the right feet, Achilles tendons, turnout, torso length, and bust. You have the wrong body for ballet and, at 13, you are too old to be considered.”

I think Misty definitely had the last laugh there!!!

Anyone else wanting to give ballet a go after seeing this ad?

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[Video: Under Armour / Pic: facebook.com/mistycopeland]

Aug 01 2014

Wedding Inspiration: The Princess Couture Bride

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My wedding is coming up in three months, I already have my two gowns **I know I am greedy**, and generally most details are sorted but that doesn’t mean I don’t swoon over dramatic couture bridal gowns like this one designed by Ralph & Russo.

I think all girls dream of a fairy tale princess dress like this, why wouldn’t you it is simply beautiful, it’s the dress you wish for a lottery win, a sugar daddy or a fairy godmother. I don’t know how much a gown like this would cost, a lot for sure, especially as it took 3,900 hours to do all the hand embroidery – details like that not only make this one special gown but one with a hefty price tag.

But it’s the details of this dress that I truly adore, the 40 different types of beads, the 25 different Swarovski crystal designs, the 6 metre train, and the fact that it needed the help of 5 male models to help the beautiful Hanna Ben Abdesslem turn on the runway.

I just can’t express how exquisite I think this couture bridal gown is, I love everything from the luxurious embroidery to the volume in the skirt and the hand-printed Chantilly-lace effect, I think it is because it marries the modern and traditional bride so well. Now where is my fairy godmother when I need her!!!

To really see the beauty of this gown watch the short film below, the couture bridal gown really shimmers and those details really shine through. Love, love, love it – now this is a wow bridal dress. I am already jealous of the bride who gets to get married in this beauty.

Do you love Ralph & Russo’s couture bridal gown as much as I do?

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[Pics: Ralph & Russo/Vogue.co.uk]

Jul 31 2014

My Style: Pretty In Pink

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A couple of weeks ago the lovely girlies at Next invited me and a few of their favourite bloggers to see The Bodyguard for a girl’s night out and I wore this beauty of a pink lace dress. I was having so much fun, munching at STK London, catching up with my friends and then singing along to Whitney Houston’s greatest hits, boy can Alexandra Burke sing, that I totally forgot to get an outfit post. A crime I know for a fashion blogger!!!

What I love about this beauty of a dress is that it can be dressed up or down and it still looks so pretty, I think it is because the silhouette is so flattering and the lace is delicate and fun. To see The Bodyguard, I dressed it up with a statement necklace, a cute clutch and strappy black heels, but I love that it works just as well teamed with pumps for a day wandering around Cambridge.

I think the reason this dress works for a Sunday walk after brunch is the accessories, a pop of blue just works perfectly with this pretty pale pink hue. I love that it adds a touch of fun, which means that the addition of the denim pumps don’t seem too casual. Plus I love any reason to wear my new blue mini Links of London friendship bracelet that Paulie got me for my birthday, it works perfectly with my Shore Projects watch.

Do you have a summer dress that you love to dress up and down?

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My Style: Pink lace dress, Next (c/o) // Blue plimsolls, Primark // Blue watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Blue friendship bracelet, Links of London // Earrings, Pia // Bag, Paul Costelloe from TK Maxx // Belt, Dorothy Perkins //

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