Jul 07 2014

Haute Couture Week: Jennifer Lopez In Atelier Versace

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Who: Jennifer Lopez

Where: Attending the Atelier Versace autumn/winter 2014 show on day one of Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris

Wearing: A strapless pure white Atelier Versace gown with thigh-high slit and one fully beaded trouser leg, accented with two metallic straps on the hip, from the Atelier Versace autumn/winter 2014 collection, teamed with an Atelier Versace bracelet and earrings, and silver Versace platform sandals

Verdict: I am just going to say it – I adore this look. There is something about this hybrid gown on Jennifer Lopez that just works.

On paper if you had seen ‘gown with a thigh-high split and one fully beaded trouser leg’ you would have thought that Donatella Versace was off-her-head but when you see in on a superstar like J-Lo, who just embodies what Versace is about, you can’t help but think it looks fantastic.

If it was in a darker colour I don’t think I would have liked it as much but the white looks so amazing against her skin-tone and really works with the glamorous styling of the gold jewellery, so OTT, so Jennifer Lopez, so Versace.

If the outfit wasn’t enough I can’t stop starring at her flawless face, her cheekbones are sculpted to perfect and her eyes are just wow, love it.

Are you as obsessed with Jennifer’s latest look as I am?

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[Pics: courtesy of Versace]

Jul 06 2014

Shopping: 10 Summer Jackets

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I totally understand winter dressing, I love to layer up, feel all cosy and generally be as warm as possible, when it comes to the summer months I really struggle as I either have beach climate outfits or winter warmers, It seems I have nothing in between. Which is kind of a problem for this variable weather we have been having – one minute boiling hot – the next second a little on the chilly side, which is where these amazing summer jackets come in.

The most important thing with a summer jacket other than the fit, I sometimes go down a size as I don’t have as many layers on underneath, has to be versatility, it has to go with a lot of summer looks and different occasions, as lets face it you aren’t going to buy more than say one or two for the season.

My summer jacket normally revolves around lightweight parkas or a denim jacket, but I was after something a little smarter that wouldn’t look out-of-place with a casual look and that’s when I spotted this soft quilted cropped jacket from Warehouse, which FYI is now in the sale.

It really is perfection, it is light, it is a great colour, goes with jeans, skirts, dresses, and works dressed up and paired down. Plus it has the all important three-quarter sleeve, for some reason I think that makes a summer jacket as you can show off your arm candy!!!

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So the quilted Warehouse beauty might be my favourite and my current go-to summer cover-up but I done a little shopping for the top 10 summer jackets out there at the moment. So whether you after something to wear to a festival, team with a gorgeous dress to an outdoor wedding, or wear to a Sunday brunch with friends – I have found something for everyone.

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Which jacket is your favourite?

[Pics: My style pics thanks to Ngoni from I Am NRC]

Jul 04 2014

Shop Her Style: Jennifer Lopez Wearing Markus Lupfer ‘Love Myself’ Sweater

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OK so how hot is Jennifer Lopez looking at the moment, I am seriously obsessed with how good her body is, don’t get me wrong she has always looked amazing but right now she is insanely hot.

Her instagram has become a daily pleasure for me, I love that she shares behind-the-scenes shots of her tour, gets her fans to vote on her outfits and even post no make-up selfies of herself. I have to be honest but move over Beyonce, J-Lo is taking your reign as my Instagram queen!!!

One of Jennifer’s Instagram’s that caught my eye this week was this stunning piccie of the singer, showing off her great pins and fabulous hair, and the cutest jumper ever that I instantly recognised as Markus Lupfer, basically the only designer you want to buy if you are after a statement sweater.

The cotton pink sequinned Markus Lupfer ‘Love Myself’ sweater is perfection and I have found it on FarFetch so you too can look like J-Lo, I just wish buying it also meant her glamsquad came and styled me up as she looks flawless in this picture.

Love J-Lo’s sweater – check out 10 of my favourite Markus Lupfer sweaters right now:

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[Pic: via Instragram/JLo]

Jul 02 2014

Video: Diane Kruger Shares Her Style Secrets

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I don’t think it is a secret that Diane Kruger is one of my favourite style icons, whether it is red carpet or street style, she always seems to nail it, well the gorgeous actress has joined forces with online boutique MyTheresa to share her style secrets as well as her autumn/winter picks.

Diane is the 7th star of  MyTheresa.com women series, following the likes of Alexa Chung, Clémence Poésy, and Atlanta De Cadenet, and the stylish star chats about why she likes to hit the red carpet without the help of a stylist, apparently she started picking her own clothes as she “didn’t want to look like everybody else”, her love of make-up, her friendship with Karl Lagerfeld and why you won’t see her joining Twitter.

The actress also gives clues on to how to dress a la Kruger – it is all about forgetting men!

“I think most women dress for other women,” she explains in the video. “It’s easy to please a man, the shorter the skirt and the sexier the dress, they will most likely approve of your outfit.”

Check out the actresses full shoot with MyTheresa - it is basically everything you need to emulate her style. I think first on my wishlist has to be that Valentino embroidered cape and monochrome Stella McCartney jumper dress – tres chic!!!

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[Pics & Video: MyTheresa]

Jun 30 2014

Wedding Inspiration: Olivia Palermo Weds In Carolina Herrera

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Ever since Olivia Palermo and her long-term model boyfriend Johannes Huebl announced their engagement with the most beautiful Instagram video from a tropical location it was kind of a given that their actual wedding day would just be as perfect.

One of my favourite fashionistas gave a few hints in her Brides cover story that she would be wearing something a little different for her big day, but I don’t think many would have predicted that she would wear shorts, but then again I think only Olivia could get away with wearing shorts on her wedding day.

The gorgeous bride look incredible in a custom Carolina Herrera ensemble – a simple cream cashmere jumper teamed with white shorts and a full tulle skirt overlay that featured a high slit in the front and beautiful floral detailing along the hem.

Olivia shared details of her bridal look on her website, along with the low-down on the actual wedding itself, described as “intimate” and shared with only a handful of the bride and grooms close friends and family surrounded by “ivy and blossoming flowers” in a quiet park in Bedford, New York. It sounds heavenly.

Back to the wedding dress, or should I say wedding ensemble, I really love it and it is perfect for an intimate, elopement-style wedding and I am sure many people will be saying to themselves that it is very Carrie Bradshaw, especially with her something blue being a pair of Manolo Blahniks, which really does complete the look.

I just hope that my wedding in New York in November looks just as perfect. Huge congratulations to Olivia and Johannes it really did look like the most stylist wedding ever.

What do you think of Olivia’s unique wedding look?

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[Pics: Johannes Huebl via OliviaPalermo.com]

Jun 28 2014

Fashionista Barbie Bakes: My Summer Pavlova

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I am a dessert junkie, I have such a sweet tooth that I get so excited about pudding, I am one of those who will skip starters so I have enough room for afters. Winter for me is all about anything dripping in custard, I love hot desserts, so it is always nice when the sun is shining to make a truly summer pudding and I don’t think you can get more summery than Fruit Pavlova, it is sweet and fresh with the added crunchy-yet-gooey vibe of the meringue that makes it perfection, well in my eyes anyway.

I can make a cake, muffins, pies, crumble, tarts, trifle, brownies and generally most other cake-like desserts, but it seems that making a meringue is going to keep alluding me. So if like me you can’t seem to get your meringue crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside opt for a shop-bought meringue, it isn’t really cheating and it really does then make this a quick dessert to make. If however you want to give meringue a go check out this one on the BBC.

The beauty of a pavlova is that you can really include any fruit you like on the top, I went with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries as we had them in the fridge, but I also love blackberries, pomegranate seeds, mango and blackcurrants, I also one summer experimented with plums out the garden. I find that anything goes, just go with fruits that everyone enjoys.

Fruit Pavlova

Ingredients:

1 x meringue pavlova

Fruit – strawberries, blueberries and raspberries (enough to cover the pavlova)

300ml double cream

300ml Greek-style yoghurt

A few drops of vanilla essence

Instructions:

Wash and prepare all fruit.

Place the meringue on a pretty plate or stand, once finished it will be more difficult to move.

Whip the double cream along with a few drops of vanilla essence until it just holds its shape, I find it easier to use my K-Mix but you can also do by hand.

Fold in the yoghurt.

Pile the cream mixture on top of the pavlova and place the fruit on top, I went for a layered approach – strawberries then blueberries and finishing off with a pile of raspberries.

To serve – dust with icing sugar.

I always find that it is best to serve alongside an extra bowl of fresh fruit so your guests can add on some more to enjoy with the delicious creamy mixture.

Do you love pavlova? Let me know in the comments below what your favourite summer desserts are.

Jun 28 2014

Begin Again Promo: Keira Knightley In Prada

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Who: Keira Knightley

Where: On the New York streets heading into a press conference for her new film, Begin Again

Wearing: Head-to-toe Prada in a pleated light-blue silk dress, teamed with a stone-encrusted light-blue satin clutch and silver calf shoes. Finishing off her look with very cool sunglasses and chic chignon up-do.

Verdict: There is always a grace about Keira that I love and this look is so her – everything from the icy blue colour to the pleated skirt and the bedazzled clutch. This is a great daytime look and I can imagine a lot of people using this as inspiration for wedding outfits this summer.

I love everything about this love, the pleated detailing, the collar, the T-shirt style sleeves and the colour, I even love her choice of clutch and sunglasses, both are just so much fun, I am just not sure about the heels. I don’t mind them being silver, I actually like that, I just think a strappy shoe would have worked a little better.

Do you rate Keira’s head-to-toe Prada look?

[Pic: via Prada]
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