Monday, 26 January 2015

SAG Awards 2015 Red Carpet Best Dressed - Camila Alves, Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Lupita Nyong'o and Reese Witherspoon

Well hello there! It's been a while, I know. I've been busy with wed-min (wedding admin) and starting a new job, so Carina100 has been a little neglected. But as requested by quite a few of my readers, I'm back with a red carpet round-up. The SAG Awards 2015 was quite a red carpet as well. I couldn't choose my usual three red carpet winners, so I'm pushing the boat out with five of them.

Camila Alves may not be up for any awards herself, she's not even in the industry, but boy oh boy can she bring it on the red carpet. I can't get enough of her in this regal purple Donna Karan beauty. The asymmetric train is everything. No best dressed list of mine would be a complete without a shout out to Miss Emma Stone and this Dior piece is mesmerising. On anyone else it would look like a bad Celine Dion throwback, but as ever, Emma nails this look. Sigh.

It's been said recently that Jennifer Aniston is trying to up her fashion cred and she sure does in this vintage Galliano gown. Kate Moss must be furious that this isn't in her collection. Super relaxed hair and boho jewellery make this a fresh look for Jennifer. It's daring and different and I like it.

Oh Lupita Nyong'o, how I miss you when it's not award season. You always look so damn effotless on the red carpet. There's no formula and you keep us guessing with what will be next. Elie Saab is always a thumbs up from me, but this is very heavy and detailed for him and for you, but it's stunning.  Reese Witherspoon on the other hand went sleek and sharp in a one shoulder Armani gown, with a very sculptured shoulder. She means business and looks incredible.

Who was your best dressed at the SAG Awards 2015?


By Carina Sullivan

Monday, 22 December 2014

A new Christmas tradition: Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason

A lot of people I've chatted to this year have all said they were struggling to get in the Christmas spirit and just hadn't got the festive feeling, myself included. So I was on a mission to spread some holiday magic and get myself and others in a Christmasy mood. That’s where a trip to the Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon came in.

Fortnums is one of my favourite shops in London and is a must visit at any time of year, but at Christmas it’s like stepping back in time. There are endless varieties of Christmas biscuits, chocolates and other delectable delights and their Christmas Shop is simply beautiful. If Fortnum & Mason can’t make you feel festive, nothing will.

So some friends and I all decided to give ourselves a little Christmas treat and have the famous Afternoon Tea in the stunning Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon on the fourth floor of this magical emporium of prettiness. The best bit is you can go after work as Afternoon Tea is served until 7pm, making it more Evening Tea!

As soon as you ascend the garland-wrapped, grand staircase to the fourth floor and enter the lobby of the tea rooms you’re greeted by a grand piano and a stunning Christmas tree and then shown to your table. We had a gorgeous and cosy corner booth, and the salon to ourselves pretty much, in one wing of the salon. The Tiffany blue and velvet finishes make you feel like you’re staring in a period drama and that you should be your most ladylike self. We failed miserably at this, but c’est la vie.

Once you've chosen your tipple from the extensive tea list, Assam Superb for me please, and the sort of Afternoon Tea you want you have to make polite conversation with your companions/chaperones until the treat arrive. Then the fun starts!

The mouth-watering selection of fingers sandwiches, scones and petit four appear all at once and you can start off savoury, just as mother taught you, or break all the rules and work from the tiny cakes down. You can do what you want, you’re an adult. And I promise not to tell your mum.

The food is beautiful and plentiful. Don’t be fooled by the ladylike, bite-size proportions as the attentive waiters will ask you several times if you’d like the selections restocked. It’s the poshest version of an all you can eat buffet, so skip lunch, ladies.

We had such a fabulous time we've decided to make this an annual Christmas event, so thank you Fortnum & Mason for getting us in the mood for Christmas. Keep up the good work!


By Carina Sullivan

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

My Autumn Style: Ankle Boots

Well it's officially winter and I'm officially too late to post this, but it's my blog so I'm going to do it anyway. So we're pretending it's autumn, k? I'm continuing the 'My Autumn Style' series after I've shown you my two other autumn essentials, wax jackets and skinny jeans,. The final and most important part of my autumn/winter uniform has to be the ankle boot.

I love ankle boots with everything from jeans and tapered trousers to pencil skirts and skater dresses. They're so versatile and are also weather proof - amazing. The other thing I love about them? They're very often flat, or with a very low heel, which as a person who doesn't really do heels is a huge bonus.

I'm a material snob when it comes to ankle boots and always try to buy leather or suede. If you invest in anything, beside the obvious winter coat, ankle boots are a no-brainer. My favourite places for ankle boots are ASOS on brand, they're surprisingly good quality and great value, and New Look's real leather range of boots.

What are your autumn essentials?


By Carina Sullivan

Monday, 24 November 2014

Five winter skincare tips you need to know from Venus Proskin

Winter is coming. Your skin will start to show signs that it's not very happy about going from the freezing cold outside and then at home or in an office all day with central heating. You're trying to hide it under jumpers, opaque tights and lots of layers, but you can't hide sad skin syndrome.

If your skin is tight, dry, flaky, dull or generally a bit sad, then you really should think about stepping up your skincare game for winter. The harsh conditions and dehydration can leave your skin looking very below par. Just think of all the effort you make with your skin in the summer. I bet you shave more regularly, you probably use body lotion at least once a day and are strict with that SPF - sound about right? Well don't let the fact it's winter mean you give up on skincare. It's just as important in winter and will make coming out of hybernation in the glorious spring months that little bit easier.

I've been speaking to the beauty guru from Venus, Nathalie Eleni, about five easy things we can all do to make sure our skin looks and feels its best all winter long.
  1. Skin is more susceptible to dehydration and dryness through winter so it is especially important to exfoliate regularly and give skin an extra moisture boost for a gorgeous glow - cocoa butter, palm butter, borage oils and shea butter are all fantastic for parched skin.
  2. Frequent shaving can actually help improve the appearance of skin during the cold-weather season by removing layers of dead skin cells, which cause dryness and flaking. I would recommend the new Venus ProSkin Sensitive razor.
  3. I suggest switching to a rich body butter day and night to protect your skin from the winter elements. Avoid using perfumed products and try to have showers rather than baths, as the latter tend to aggravate the skin due to the excessive heat. Having a lukewarm shower cools sensitive skin and will also help with overall circulation.
  4. If you’re heading for a night out, mix a body oil with a moisturising cream and apply evenly over your legs to really seal in the moisture.
  5. If you’re wearing a short dress, make sure you keep the skin around your knees looking soft and supple as dry skin can often be ageing, by applying a small amount of petroleum jelly to the area.
My personal, additional winter skincare advice would be... ​
  • Use a richer day and night cream - I particularly love Ila Spa face oil!
  • Drink lots of water! This is easy to do in summer, but don't forget to drink at least 2 litres per day.
  • Mix it up. Even if your face cream and make up works a treat in the summer months, it can start to look flat, cakey or just a bit crap come winter, so why not try a different formula for a while. For example, I like a light CC cream in the summer, but in winter I like a bit more coverage and use a long lasting foundation. 
Do you have any great winter beauty tips?


By Carina Sullivan