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.

Oct 09 2014

London Film Festival: Keira Knightley In Valentino

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Who: Keira Knightley

Where: At the opening night gala screening of “The Imitation Game” during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square, London

Wearing: A gold lace haute couture Valentino gown from the autumn/winter 2014 couture collection, teamed with red Charlotte Olympia heels and David Morris earrings

Verdict: One thing you are guaranteed with Keira Knightley is elegance and she certainly delivers that in this gorgeous embroidered gold lace tiered couture gown. I love everything about this gown, from the colour to the romantic lace embroidery to the long-sleeves, however I am not frilled by those red suede heels with this look.

As well as adoring the gown, I have to gush over her incredible pink and white diamond Pagoda earrings from David Morris, aren’t they just divine.

I also couldn’t help think that if this gown was in white how it would make an exquisite wedding gown – romantic, modern and stunning. I know, I have weddings on the brain, but I just think it would be perfect for a bride wanting romance and glam on her big day.

Are you a fan of Keira’s gold luxe lace Valentino gown?

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Sep 29 2014

Technology: Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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I am currently on my finally countdown to my wedding, constantly compiling to-do lists, pinning styling ideas to my secret Pinterest boards, reading wedding magazines just to build on the excitement, as well as munching on candy meant for my wedding guests, I promise there are lots left. One thing that has made the experience a lot easier this month has been the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Samsung’s latest Android-based tablet.

First up this is my fourth tablet, I have an iPad, which I basically just use as the house Spotify controller, then I have a mini Lenovo Windows 8, which is so perfect to take anywhere in my handbag, then I also have the Acer Iconia A1, which is a similar size to the Samsung Tab S but nowhere near as good. What makes this Samsung tablet stand out from the rest has to be the incredible screen quality, the colours are so vibrant that searching for the perfect finishing touches for my wedding has been really easy – as it really does offers true-to-life colour reproduction.

As well as the screen being a perfect size and colour, I am also loving the slim, lightweight design, it is 6.6mm thick, which is super skinny in technology terms, and it has a great battery life, similar to my Samsung S5, which is probably down to it being on the Android platform, which is just another of many plus points for this great tablet.

Like my Samsung S5 and Note 3, the tablet also offers the multi window feature for multi-tasking, so I can make orders via the Internet and check on my e-mails with my wedding suppliers all at the same time, and it really does make it easy to compare items I have found on Etsy with the ones I have squirreled away in my Pinterest folders.

The tablet can also connect with the S5 using its SideSync app allowing you to view your smartphone screen and control it, as well as make and receive calls on your tablet, which comes in handy when you left your phone in the other room. It can also connect to your PC so you can easily share files and documents, features that I love about my Windows tablet.

The Galaxy Tab S also has a fingerprint scanner to unlock the device, so you simply swipe your finger on the sensor and it unlocks, which I think is much easier and quicker than adding in a PIN code, plus you can also add other family members so they can get in as well.

There really are a lot of cool features that I love about this tablet, I have to be honest there isn’t anything yet after a short spell of using it that I have been disappointed with, some people have said that the storage is a little on the small side but you can add extra with a MicroSD, and I can’t really comment on the camera as I haven’t used except to Skype with, but then again I don’t really take many pictures with my tablets.

What I will say is, if you are looking at tablets and think all there is out there is an iPad think again, this Samsung Galaxy Tab S is a great alternative and in my opinion better.

Are you considering buying the Samsung Galaxy Tab S? 

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To launch the Galaxy Tab S the geeks at Samsung constructed a rainbow installation built entirely out of the tablet device, and I think you will agree it really shows off the amazing picture quality I have been raving about, plus the London skyline isn’t a bad backdrop!!!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is available in a number of versions, including Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi and LTE, and in 16/32GB* + MicroSD (up to 128GB). You can also choose between the 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch versions, in Titanium Bronze or Dazzling White. The 8.4-inch Wi-Fi version is priced at £319, and the 10.5-inch Wi-Fi version is priced at £399.

**I was gifted the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, but as always my opinion is my own**

Sep 26 2014

My Style: Relaxing Vibes With James Jeans

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Sorry for the lack of blog posts this past week or so but I haven’t been too well, which sucks especially when you are in the midst of last-minute planning for a wedding, but it seems that my body decided, with a very public fainting episode that I needed to take it a little easier, and who am I to argue that.

But it seems that taking a back seat from Fashionista Barbie has made me miss my favourite doll so I thought I would ease back into blogging with this recent style post I snapped at Audley End House a few weekends ago when my Mum came to stay, plus I totally needed to share these fab James Jeans skinny jeans.

I love relaxing weekends visiting historical landmarks, I am kind of obsessed by architecture, but lately I can’t help but become consumed by the gardens at these stately homes when I visit in the hope that the gorgeous displays will magically appear in my own garden. Audley End is particularly pretty not only because of its Jacobean features, but also because it has such grand water features, impressive grounds, as well as some gorgeous floral displays. It is one of those places that literally just takes all the stress away. The only thing I think it could improve on is its cafe, it certainly wasn’t like visiting a National Trust property, but that just means that next time I come back it will be with a picnic basket stocked full of goodies.

As it was sunny but not crazy warm I decided to wear my new James Jeans ‘Twiggy’ skinnys, which when you see them off I even questioned whether I would squeeze myself into them, but the magic of these mid-to-high rise skinnys is that they have great stretch, and in this slate colour they really are rather forgiving. But what I really want to test out was the famous bum-lifting pocket tuck that James Jeans is known, which is probably why the likes of Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene and Jessica Alba wear them, as they really do make you feel amazing, and hopefully makes my arse look hot!!!

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As it was a causal day I decided to pair these beauties with a shirt/jumper combo, perfect for the weekend, and I really do love the pop of pink under this grey and black jumper, and they both worked with my uber-bright Nike trainers for wandering around the grounds and house.

What I love most about this outfit is that it is one of those looks that you instantly feel good in and that you can wear again, and again, and best of all it really doesn’t require planning or thinking – it is just comfortable, and so me.

I know people are saying that skinny jeans are on their way out, but I just think that is coming from people who haven’t discovered their perfect pair yet, and trust me there is a pair out there to suit everyone. I really do think that skinny jeans have a place in everyone’s wardrobe, but I have to be honest I can’t wait to dig out my flares again!!!

Have you tested out James Jeans’ famous bum-lifting pocket tuck?

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My Style: Twiggy James Jeans (c/o) // Shirt, Benetton (c/o) // Jumper, New Look // Nike Trainers (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o) // Bracelets – vintage, Tiffany’s, and Monica Vinader // Watch, Marc Jacobs // Bag, Lulu Guinness (c/o) //

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Sep 24 2014

LFW Apartment: Bethnals x Isko Denim

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So I might have a little denim addiction, whether it’s jeans, skirts or shorts I can’t help but fill my wardrobe with more, and my latest addiction is a cool new brand Bethnals, founded by former Topshop buyer Melissa Clement.

Introduced to the fab new brand at the LFW Apartment, what really drew me in was the quality of the fabric, with the debut collection ‘London Uniform’ being produced in collaboration with fabric supplier Isko Denim. Not only is the denim dreamy, I love the vintage vibe of the washes, but I also love the concept that the brand is unisex, with three fits – skinny, straight and relaxed, to basically cater for everyone.

To showcase the brand, Bethnals set up a denim atelier inside The Apartment, we got to choose our favourite style, I went for the slim straight leg ‘Joey’, and then we got to customised them, from length to distressing, to personalisation, and even the colour of the button, which I loved, as no-one else is going to have a pair of ‘Joey’s’ in the soft rich indigo wash with DS **soon-to-be initials** embroidered on the pocket, with permanent turn-ups to make them into the perfect ankle grazers.

It was hard to choose just one style though, I really loved their ‘Pete’ skinny jeans, I think they looked cool in black with ripped and distressed patches, maybe they will have to be next denim investment!!!

Bethnals are definitely a brand to look for in the future and with prices starting from £75 they really are bridging that gap between high-street and designer denim. As they are new the website isn’t quite up-and-running yet, it launches on October 15, and they will also be launching in East London’s Bad Denim on October 9, and in November they will be hosting their own pop-up at Boxpark Shoreditch.

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