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]

Jun 27 2014

Beauty Bytes: YSL Couture Palette

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I find beauty a challenge, I love beauty products and seem to stock up on the latest trend and ones with pretty packaging, but I am not very good at doing my own make-up other than the basics, so when Yves Saint Laurent invited me to have a one-to-one make-up masterclass with the amazing Fred Letailleur, the man behind Cara Delevigne’s latest YSL beauty ads, I jumped at the chance.

The makeover was all about the eyes to celebrate the launch of YSL’s new Couture Palettes, a collection of eight different eyeshadow palettes, each inspired by a timeless fashion collection from the house of YSL - ranging from browns, classic black and grey, as well as vibrant greens and purples. What I love about this product, other than the luxurious gold packaging, is that it is really geared to allow anyone, even me, to put together a great eye make-up look with its five complementary hues including a base and highlighter colour to sculpt and illuminate the eye, which Fred said was very important.

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Fred used four key products in the eye make-up lesson – the iconic Touche Éclat highlighter pen, which he used to hide my dark circles under my eyes as well as highlight the brow bone, the Baby Doll mascara, which I love as it made my lashes super thick, as well as a black eye pencil to create dramatic couture-style eyes. He was really speedy, which gives me hope that when I do it myself it won’t take me hours, and I love that each palette comes with a full tutorial on how to recreate the look of the ads.

I always love having my eyes done, when you wear glasses it is nice to show off what’s underneath instead of hiding the eyes away and I really loved how vibrant the colours looked and how easily they blended together. The look is definitely something I will be attempting to recreate and I will be utilising the new YSL Eye Style platform that features lots of videos and how-to-guides created by Fred, I can’t wait to try the how to achieve the perfect cat-flick.

As well as being a hub of beauty secrets, the YSL Eye Style platform is also asking readers to upload a shot of their eye make up for the chance to win prizes each month from June to August, then one overall winner will win a personal masterclass with Fred, a trip to London, and a hamper containing £500 of YSL make-up. So don’t forget to upload your Eye Style and share on social media with the hashtag #YSLEyeStyle.

Are you a fan of YSL make-up? 

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Jun 26 2014

Red Carpet Crush: Transformers: Age of Extinction Star Nicola Peltz

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I have many red carpet crushes – there is Diane Kruger, Kate Hudson, and Blake Lively to name a few, and the new Transformers’ star Nicola Peltz, who you may recognise from the TV Bates Motel, is the latest addition to my style crush list after seeing her first few outings promoting Transformers: Age of Extinction.

It must be hard following in the footsteps of bombshell Megan Fox and leggy model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as a Transformers’ babe but Nicola Peltz seems to be taking it in her stride with one flawless look after the other thanks to her amazing stylist Leslie Fremar, who also styles the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Connelly.

Peltz has so far hit the red carpet in big names like Prada, Giambattista Valli, and Stella McCartney, not normally the pull of an up-and-coming star but the designer fashion houses must be pleased as she really has been proving that she is every bit the glamorous movie star. As well as being impressed with the range of designers she has been sporting, I have loved the variety in choices, you really can’t guess what this blonde bombshell will wear next.

First up for the Hong Kong premiere was the gorgeous icy blue organza Prada column gown, I adore the jewel-encrusted neckline and waist as well as the sexy cut-out detailing to the bodice. On some actresses this could have looked a little too provocative but on her it was just perfection and glamorous.

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For the after party the actress did turn up the sex appeal wearing a super sexy lace-overlay Dolce & Gabbana skirt with a leather Alexander Wang crop top, the perfect after party look that was made even hottier by her flawless barely-there make-up. I think the only thing I would have change were the heels and gone for something strappy.

For the Hong Kong photocall, Peltz went for this slinky white Stella McCartney gown with wave detailing and a sheer hem from the pre-autumn/winter 2014 collection. I am not normally a fan of white heels but I like this white-on-white look.

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My favourite red carpet look so far has to be this heavenly, ethereal Giambattista Valli couture gown that she wore to the Shanghai premiere. You can always count on Giambattista Valli for a show-stopping look and this gown is truly divine with its embroidered detailing, peplum and lace skirt. My only criticism is that this dreamy gown needed a bigger stage, like Cannes or an award ceremony or even a world premiere. But seriously that is me being picky as this is one gorgeous gown the silhouette is just striking.

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It is hard to follow the Giambattista Valli but I think she could have done a lot better than this Saint Laurent black blazer and leather short combination that she wore to the Beijing premiere. Granted it does look good on her and I do love the red lippy I just wanted more. But saying that she made up for my disappointment at the New York premiere in this strapless shimmering blue Balenciaga gown. The column gown really goes look amazing on her, as does this vibrant hue against her blonde locks, I just wish I had a clearer picture of the back to show you as it really had gorgeous draped detailing.

It is so hard for up-and-coming actress to wow on the red carpet, it helps when you have a blockbuster like Transformers’ to pull in the big designer names, but I definitely think that Nicola Peltz is a star to keep an eye on and I can’t wait to see more amazing red carpet looks from her.

Are you impressed with how confident Nicola Peltz is on the red carpet?

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[Pics: Getty Images for Paramount]

Jun 25 2014

AW14 Campaign: The Givenchy Rave

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Ever wondered what a Riccardo Tisci private party would looked liked? Well according to Givenchy’s autumn/winter 2014 ad campaign it includes a select guest list, gorgeous models, lots of dancing, half-naked men, music from the Martinez Brothers and most importantly a strict Givenchy AW14 dress code. It really does sounds like my sort of rave.

Starring models Julia Noblis, Mariacara Boscono, Jamie Bochert, Peter Brant Jr. and Kendall Jenner the campaign was shot by photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. The print campaign is great – the most photogenic group of friends on a night out, but for me the AW14 campaign is really brought to life with the short film showing the models dancing – it really does show off the sheer, printed dresses and skirts off to perfection.

Come on hand’s up who wants to be invited to the next Givenchy private party?

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