Wednesday, 30 March 2011

What to buy with your ASOS Groupon Voucher

Just in case anyone still hasn't spent their ASOS Groupon voucher and needs some ideas, I thought I'd share the items I had my eye on before making my final choice, after a gentle nudge from ASOS Nat. There were a few ground rules for the 50,000 (!) people that bought a £20 asos voucher for £9 from Groupon, no sale items and it expires on the 10th April 2011 (so if you still haven't spent yours, get shopping!). Here was my shortlist:

In the end, I went for this one. Did I make the right choice?


Images: asos

Friday, 25 March 2011

FAUN Blogger's Afternoon Tea and Afterparty

If there's one thing that will guarantee me to RSVP pretty sharpish for a bloggers event, it's a tea party! Cake, tea, gossiping (Amy, Alex, Danielle and the lovely Free Wheelin girls, Jac and Sal, helped with that bit) AND looking at pretty clothes is always a winner, so the launch event of the new uber-feminine brand FAUN got my seal of approval.

FAUN is a new fashion brand which is aiming to bridge the gap between highstreet and designer, and I immediately saw it sitting comfortably with high-end highstreet brands like Whistles and All Saints. A delicate spring palette of pale peach, cornflower blue, acid yellow, crisp white and putty gives the collection an ethereal feel and the detailed prints, mix of textures and silks gave it an understated luxury.

As we sat down to tea and cake (delicious cupcakes C/O Molly Bakes) at 'Out of Town', a gorgeous miniature treasure trove of antique goodies, we got to talk about the company, look through the current collection and find out more about the little company that clearly has big plans!

There's a good reason Sketchbook and Grazia have labeled FAUN as 'one to watch'. On first impression, the collection may seem very girly with ruffles, frills and silk, but these are toughened up with exposed zips, and subtly sexy cutaway sections to give it an edge. My favourite piece was most definitely the Cascading Frill Cami.

These are a few looks which are available on their website now -


Images: Carina100 and Stuart Watt

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Kate Winslet - Style Queen

Kate Winslet is having a style 'moment'. From edgier editorials, to daring red carpet looks, she's got a new look and wants us all to sit up and take note. Well it's working, I definitely have.

I love her new icy, Nordic blonde hair and the unashamedly sexed-up image we've seen in recent Vogue and Glamour editorials, and especially on the red carpet last night at the première of her new film, Mildred Pierce, rocking the heck out of that Stella McCartney dress! Like so many women (we've all done it!) one thing that will kick start an image overhaul like nothing else is a break up. Sam who?


Images: Glamour, Vogue, Mario Testino and Getty

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Neon Kisses - Boots Spring Make-up Trends

As soon as I delved into my copy of Stylist on the train on Wednesday morning, I got quite excited about the Boots Spring Beauty Trends event I was going to at the Charlotte Street Hotel that night. The front cover beamed the mantra 'Happiness is ... A pair of very bright lips', and as a lipstick junkie, I couldn't agree more.

Bright, bold lips were seen all over the Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter 2011 catwalks, from Jil Sanders' punchy pink (pictured above) to Fendi's brilliant orange, lips were the main beauty focus. I predicted I'd see lots of this trend at the Boots event, and I wasn't disappointed. As soon as I walked in I found the 'Casual Glamour' look that was all about making a bright pink lip work day-to-day.

As well as a detailed step-by-step guide and a list of the products you'd need, there were also make-up artists on hand to help out if someone was unsure how to wear a new style, or if anyone needed to shake things up for S/S.

While I'm by no means a newbie when it comes to bold lips (I'm an addict when it comes to my Illamasqua 'Ignite' lipstick that I first tried at an asos bloggers event), but I do tend to stick to red. So I was thrilled to find a *bright* pink lipstick in my goody bag last night.

The 17 Lasting Fix Lipstick in Power Pink (which is only £4.29) is fantastic. It goes on smoothly, doesn't feather (even without lip liner), isn't drying, doesn't flake and stays on even after eating and drinking (!) I am very impressed. My only gripe is that the packaging is a bit nondescript and I'm a sucker for beautiful looking lipstick, but I would definitely recommend this lipstick.

While this picture doesn't quite do justice to how bright this shade is, you can at least see the really good coverage. I like to wear bold lips with minimal make-up, so today I'm wearing mineral make-up by Lily Lolo in Blondie, Coralista blusher by Benefit (only apply a tiny amount), 17 Va Va Voom mascara in black and CID I-line in black.

If you've never tried a 'bold lip' look, now is the time. But I will warn you, it's seriously addictive!


Monday, 14 March 2011

Lola's Cupcakes at Selfridges - Cake for you, £5 for Red Cross Relief in Japan

The world is shocked and saddened by the events in Japan recently, and the devastation is by no means over. We should all do our bit to help, no matter how small. If you want to give something to help those suffering, why not treat yourself to a 'Cherry Blossom Cupcake' from Lola's Cupcakes at Selfridges food hall in London, where 100% off the £5 price tag goes to the British Red Cross to help those most in need.

If you can't get to Selfridges (or don't have a sweet tooth) you can donate to the Red Cross by clicking the badge at the top of my blog or by clicking this link. Please give what you can.


Saturday, 12 March 2011

The Best of Paris Fashion Week AW 2011 - Fashion vs Famous Faces

I think it's fair to say that the 'fashion' part of Paris Fashion Week AW 11 was overshadowed by three things: Lady Gaga, Kate Moss and John Galliano. Even the beautiful A-listers sitting front row struggled to tear attention away from the Gaga-Moss-Galliano media storm.

The recent argument continues that celeb 'frowers' cause a distraction and take away from the clothes on show at fashion weeks around the world, but nothing can quite compare to putting a celebrity *in* the show, as Thierry Mugler found out. I can't decide if putting Lady Gaga in the show was a good move or not, on one hand it generated amazing publicity and I'm sure opened the brand up to new customers on a global scale, however, I felt it went from being a 'Thierry Mugler catwalk show' to a 'Lady Gaga (& Co.) performance'. She stole the show, and even did the final walk with the designer (her stylist and friend Nicola Formichetti).

One the other side of the coin, we have a super model who has become such a brand in her own right that her return to the catwalk, after several years retirement, completely eclipsed the catwalk show itself. Marc Jacobs must have known the effect of putting 'La Moss' in his show for Louis Vuitton, and while it got people buzzing about the show, it was more for Moss's 'sagging skin', smoking on national non-smoking day and the smallest traces of cellulite, rather than his dazzling designs.

And then of course we have the huge John Galliano incident. Days before their show at Paris Fashion Week, I doubt this is the type of interest and buzz Christian Dior wanted. I did however like 'the show must go on' attitude of the iconic fashion house, and thought it was fantastic to bring out all the 'unsung heroes' who had worked so hard on the beautiful collection at the end of the show, reminding people just how much work goes into every collection and how many people are involved and deserve the praise and credit.

Truly remarkable fashion moments, such as Sarah Burton's beautiful first show as head designer for Alexander McQueen, felt slightly pushed to the side by the celebrity circus that was in town. Here are some of my favourite shows from Paris Fashion Week (From top - bottom: Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab, Givenchy, Lanvin, Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent and Zac Posen)



Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Get Studio 54 ready with cult 70s labels Halston Heritage and Casio

If we're stepping back in time to the 70s and discoing our way through S/S 11, we better have a killer outfit planned and a kitsch time piece to match. What better way to jump aboard the 70s Glam trend than with cult labels from 70s that have been recently rejuvenated - enter Halston Heritage and Casio.

Think Bianca Jagger's effortless style meets Angelina Jolie at the Golden Globes in THAT emerald sequinned dress. Bold jewel colour and prints, plenty of sequins and lashings of attitude are essential to pull off this look.

If you feel you're up to the challenge and can make this tricky style look 'now', not 'a night at Reflex', then head to The Outnet for a truly amazing Halston Heritage sale and Time² for their iconic Casio watches in S/S 11 colours. Only Disco Divas need apply.


Friday, 4 March 2011

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 - Jena.Theo

Valkyrie was the concept of this London Fashion Week collection, from the design duo behind Jena.Theo, and from the first glance I could feel the rage from the warrior goddesses. There was a slight intergalactic feel due to the laser beams and a theme tune that reminded me of the Deathstar. This collection was all about women's empowerment, strength and sexuality. My favourite piece has to be the black dress with geometric cut out slits on the legs, so bold and yet delicate. They definitely set the trend for 'Warpaint' make-up in A/W 11 - part warrior woman, part Adam Ant!

Words and Images: Emily Shackleton


Thursday, 3 March 2011

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 - Christopher Beales - When The Crystal Crack'd

When Christopher Beales showcased his first collection, When The Crystal Crack'd, at London Fashion Week it was definitely an occasion for friends and family to come together and celebrate his triumph. The welcome was warm even though it was freezing cold outside, a glass of complimentary champagne can never go amiss!

The word 'Cracked' was a clever way of summing up the disjointed scene: a white canvas, an innovative and industrious structure displaying very theatrical and striking garments, all surrounded by a quirky selection of people. From a distance, the clothes you could see were very bold, with asymmetric angles, but on closer inspection you see the perfection and detail that these garments were crafted with, and softer ballet style and draped skirts. It's not a surprise to see this level of craftsmanship when you look at Beales credentials; he has worked with Matthew Williamson and Alexander McQueento name a few.

Words and Images: Emily Shackleton