Monday, 29 February 2016

Oscars 2016 Red Carpet Best Dressed

There's nothing like Leo *finally* winning an Oscar to make a girl come out of blogging hibernation. So here I am, back after a very long hiatus. Sorry for depriving you of my witty, deep and complex musings - I'm sure you're over it ;) but I'm back with a bang and we're dissecting my favourite red carpet looks from the Oscars 2016.

What red carpet round up would be complete without Cate Blanchett!? My forever favourite red carpet lady. She always sticks to her signature style, but still manages to surprise and gently nudge the red carpet rules and take risks (something Rooney Mara could try. Gothic Bride Doll is done. Move on). This blossoming Armani minty blue dress is a work of art and she carries it off with aplomb.

The next on my list is a beautiful Margot Robbie who took on the tricky task of wearing gold. This is risky because you do have the chance of looking like you've come to the Oscars as one of the statues and it's fancy dress. But Margot obviously nailed this look and made me have serious sequin envy. And *serious* clutch bag envy. Fringing and sequins are the way to my heart and my 'best dressed' list.

She won the Oscar and Brie Larson won on the red carpet in this simply amazing pleated Gucci dress. It's bold majorelle blue, micro-pleats and bedazzled belt make this a clear red carpet stunner. Mix that with immaculate styling and slicked back hair and you have a killer look. But it's not surprising as she's been blazing a trail on the red carpet all season in some of the strongest looks of this award season.

And what wasn't I loving on the Oscar 2016 red carpet? There was way too much skin on show; upper boob, side boob, under boob, backless, thigh-high splits, ... way too much. Keep it classy ladies, not naked. You're not Kelly Brook. And has Hollywood but a ban on irons?! The creases on the red carpet were terrible. It's bad when the celebrity faces have been ironed and steamed better than the dresses. And lastly I really didn't like all the black. I know it's on trend, but it's too somber and macabre for the Oscars - let's have some fun with colour and leave the goth look on the catwalk. Or with Rooney.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition

There seems to be a trend happening in London, and I very much approve! Some of the world's biggest and brightest fashion houses are coming to London with wonderful exhibitions showcasing everything from the brands history and famous designs to how designers take their abstract ideas and take it to the catwalk. Following the launch of the fabulous Louis Vuitton exhibition, Series 3, Chanel have created the wonderful Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition at the stunning Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.

Mademoiselle Privé, a journey through the origins of CHANEL's creations capturing the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.

This autumn, Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL will present an enchanted journey through the House's creativity. The "Mademoiselle Privé" exhibition will highlight the Haute Couture, the re-editions of the High Jewellery "Bijoux de Diamants" collection created in 1932 and CHANEL N°5. Opening the doors to reveal a dazzling experience and immersion into the origins of CHANEL's creations, "Mademoiselle Privé" will capture the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.

Installed on all three floors of the Gallery, the enticing adventure will bring to mind the House's essential elements: audacity, freedom and innovation whether it is the history of Gabrielle Chanel's inspirations or Karl Lagerfeld's inimitable take on CHANEL's codes, symbols and icons.

This exhibition is a must for any Chanel obsessives like myself, but you have to be quick. This free exhibitions last day is Sunday 1st November, so hotfoot it to the Kings Road, treat yourself to a big dose of style, glamour and beauty.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Five must-have pieces for your autumn wardrobe

Summer has abandoned us. It’s true and the sooner we all come to terms with that the better. Autumn isn't all that bad, especially if we focus on all the shopping we can do to get through that tricky transition period where it’s hot and sticky one minute, then freezing and drizzly the next. So here are my top five essential items to ease you into cosy autumnal-ness.

The Blazer

I can’t live without my blazer at the moment. Not only does it effortlessly transform even the most basic jeans and t-shirt into a sleek look, it’s also easy to take on and off and carry depending on the ever-changing British weather. I go for classic black, but it’s worth investing in a whole range of colours. Grey, khaki and navy are personal favourites and will go with absolutely everything. My favourite blazers this season are from Zara.

The Ankle Boot

I live in black ankle boots come winter time, but they’re also perfect for autumn. Go for a neutral colour like tan, as these will look equally good with bare legs on warmer days as they will with tights as it gets drearier. It might be sad that we’re packing away our sandals, but at least we’ll have dry toes again! I’ve long been a fan of ASOS’s leather ankle boots – good quality, mix of styles and half sizes and wide fit available.

The A-line Skirt

The skirt shape of the season is definitely the A-line, whatever the length. You can go mini and 60s or knee length and 70s. The most hardworking and trend withstanding styles are in suede or denim, ideally with buttons down the front. I’m particularly fond of the folky print minis and have fallen hard for the sold out H&M number. It will be mine!

The Lightweight Knit

Never underestimate the value of a good quality lightweight knit in a natural fibre. It’s the best way to add warmth without bulk and if you spend a bit more will last you for years (if you follow the washing instructions, mind). For everyday luxury I swear by jumpers from GAP, but you need to check the labels to see what fabrics they are, and for a real treat you can’t beat J.Crew.

The Scarf

One of my favourite pieces for any season, a scarf has the ability to transform and add polish, but also can help you wrap up warm when it gets nippy. I love a statement scarf, my absolute favourite being a colourful animal print scarf in a lightweight fabric. Getting too hot and bothered on the train? Then just tie your scarf to your shoulder bag – voila – you still get a pop of colour, but without the heat. Like good quality knitwear, it’s worth spending a bit more – you’ll make your money work with the great cost per wear.


Saturday, 8 August 2015

My English Country Garden Wedding in Cornwall

For those of you who don't know, I got married three months ago to my best friend and fellow troublemaker, Mark. To not sound like a total cliche it was the best week of my life. I loved every, single second of it and it was even better than we could have predicted or planned. Sorry it's taken me so long to post about my vintage inspired, English country garden style wedding, but it's been an incredibly chaotic few months since the wedding and honeymoon.

The day wouldn't have been as memorable or as fun without all our wonderful friends and family who came down to Cornwall to celebrate with us. We extended the celebrations to a full week with our loved ones that included fun days on the beach, holing up in local pubs and having gigantic house parties.

We knew immediately that we wanted to have the celebrations in Cornwall, as all of my mum's family are from the small village of Kingsand and I've spent so much time there over the years.It's also the place that Mark proposed and over the seven years we've been together has also become a special place to him. While looking at venues, it was quite an easy decision to go with Mount Edgcumbe. I've been rolling down the hills and eating ice cream in The Orangery for as long as I can remember. So while it might look like another stately home in the UK, it was my ultimate setting for our wedding.

Q&A about the Wedding

Entrance music: Glenn Miller - Moonlight Serenade
Readings during ceremony: The Hands CeremonyMarriage Joins Two People
Favours: Sunglasses were handed out at the drinks reception and a mix tape (well, CD) of our songs from throughout the day was everyone's place setting at dinner
Menu: Antipasti, roast lamb and a trio of desserts
First Dance: Louis Armstrong - La Vie En Rose (as a nod to our New Orleans honeymoon!)
Funniest moment: That has to be between the photobooth madness, the 'Red Wine Bandits' on the dancefloor, going to the reception on a golf cart or the best man's speech, which involved a flip-chart with Mark's fashion crimes!
Favourite moment: There were so many, but it has to be when everyone had the left and we made our way to the honeymoon cottage on the grounds. We were the only ones left in this huge park and just strolled through the moonlight while stargazing
What was worth the headache: The DIY photobooth, the sunglasses and the CD favours
What wasn't: I can't think of a single thing!
Planning advice: Do your research! I was planning a wedding 300 miles away from where I live, so didn't ever meet a few of the suppliers face to face. Take time to find suppliers you like and plan in as much as you can. My day was made even more amazing by all the wonderful suppliers who worked together to create exactly what we'd asked for.
Honeymoon: New Orleans and Mexico - both thoroughly recommended!


Venue: Mount Edgcumbe Country House and The Orangery
Flowers and theming: Escential Blooms
Photographer: Richard Skins
Videographer: Electric Weddings
Hair & make-up: Rosie Finnigan from SalonX
Bride's dress: Silk + Satin
Groom's suit: Reiss
Bridesmaid dresses: M&S
Ushers suits: M&S
Stationary: Maya Moore
Cakes: Juicy Lucy Cupcakes
Lights: Glow Love Lights
Balloons: BubbleGum Balloons