Thursday, 30 June 2011

No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colours Masterclass with Jamie Nunn

Even though I'm a huge fan of nail art, I've never really mastered it. What I really needed was a masterclass with a nail guru. And luckily I got just that at the No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colours launch with Jamie Nunn (don't you just love it when a plan comes together?).

With 20 new catwalk inspired shades in a range of colours from chic neutrals, classic reds and delicate pastels to in-your-face pinks and glossy metallics, these new No7 nail colours are seriously gorgeous and really reflect the up-coming trends for AW 11. My personal favourite was Lucky Lilac, a beautiful pastel shade that will take you from AW 11 through to SS 12 (very Miu Miu).

Now the fun bit! We all got to sit around a table, and, led by Jamie (head of nails at X Factor and tends to many a celeb's nails, including Cheryl Cole and Lady Gaga!), we were taken step-by-step through some easy (and some not so easy) nail art techniques. My favourite (mainly because it looked the best when I tried it on my nail wheel) was the Marble Nail, and here's a quick 'How To' from Jamie himself:
  1. Apply a thin layer of base coat.
  2. When dry, apply 2 coats of a coloured nail varnish and let it dry (Sing the Blues works well).
  3. Take a clean make up brush and paint a metallic colour onto a corner of the sponge. Gently dab the sponge over the nail for an 'antiqued' look. (Hot to Trot is a great colour for this).
  4. When this layer is dry, cover with a top coat!
In between creating our nail works of art, we also munched on very tasty Molly Bakes cake pops and Really Ree and I 'fell behind' the rest of the class as we gossiped, ate cheese and fell in love with the Swarovski crystal nails that Jamie was working on for Lady Gaga's latest video (see below).


Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Emma Stone - Vanity Fair August 2011

As if I could love Miss Emma Stone any more than I already do!? Following on nicely from my last 50s inspired, bathing-beauty-filled OMEGA post, comes Emma Stone's shoot for Vanity Fair's August issue. With her hair still a baby blonde shade (she's since returned to her trademark red hair), ruby red lips and an amazing selection of 50s, vintage inspired bikinis, these images, shot by Patrick Demarchelier in St. Barth’s, show that Emma can be a Hollywood siren as well as a great comedy actress. I want to live in this photo shoot. Pretty please?

Watch the 'behinds the scenes' video of the shoot here.


Images: Vanity Fair/Patrick Demarchelier

The OMEGA Ladymatic Pool Party

There ain't no party like an OMEGA Pool Party. Seriously. I will now find it difficult to enjoy a party that doesn't have a pool and synchronised swimmers. Add in the glamour of the Haymarket Hotel, the 50s theme dress code and the bathing beauties lounging by the pool, you can see why this party for the launch of the OMEGA Ladymatic has spoilt me and ruined all future parties.

The OMEGA Ladymatic reintroduces a name from the storied brand’s illustrious past. Originally launched in 1955 and continuing for the better part of a generation, the Ladymatic wristwatch line defined feminine grace and elegance in another era. It was one of the brand’s first self-winding watches to be designed especially for women and it featured the smallest automatic movement OMEGA had ever made.

The new OMEGA Ladymatic Collection draws certain influences from its namesake: like the original Ladymatic watches, the line perfectly blends graceful, timeless design and OMEGA’s groundbreaking technology. The new collection, with its Co-Axial technology and bold fashion features, takes the best elements of an earlier era and introduces them, completely updated and upgraded, to discriminating women in a new century.
Not only did I love the party, I also fell for the beautiful and oh-so-elegant Ladymatic watch range, which Nicole Kidman is the very ladylike 'face' of. They're also practical as well as pretty; waterproof up to 200m (hence the pool party. Clever, huh?).

This party was a celeb fest too, with the hot (but sadly short) Jesse Metcalfe, the beautiful and smiling Sophie Ellis Bexter, a blooming Jodie Kidd, Matt Cardle (X Factor, crap hat ... remember him?) and, apparently, a whole host of Olympians (that I didn't recognise!).


Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Beyoncé launches new album with secret London gig

Last night, the reigning Queen of Glastonbury, Beyoncé, showcased songs from her forthcoming album, 4, at a secret gig in London. I was lucky enough to get invited to the intimate gig. Fans, press and her many, MANY celebrity fans, including husband Jay-Z, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessie J, Adele, Tinie Tempah, Ewan McGregor, Stella McCartney, Paloma Faith, Tom Ford and Alison Mosshart turned out for the hour long set.

Beyonce performing at secret London gig for 4 album launch

Beyonce secret London gig for 4 album launch Adele, Jessie J, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jay-Z

The crowd was going crazy before B even put a Louboutin on stage, with huge cheers as the A-list guests took their VIP seats. Adele and Jessie J (and her crutches) received huge cheers, as did Jay-Z and Tinie Tempah, but, most surprisingly, it was Gwyneth Paltrow who everyone went NUTS for.

Beyonce performing at secret London gig for 4 album launch

Beyonce performing at secret London gig for 4 album launch

Beyoncé looked beautiful in a fringed yellow dress, and was flanked by dancers in the same dress, but in other colour popping shades (very AW 11), and an all-girl backing singer and band collective. She was, of course, amazing, beautiful and very endearing. It was incredible to watch her perform in such an intimate and relaxed setting (she even took song requests from the crowd!).

Beyonce performing Single Ladies at secret London gig for 4 album launch

Beyonce performing Halo at secret London gig for 4 album launch

My favourite song of the night was Beyoncé's cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (you can have a listen in the video below), but she also tried her hand at Prince and Kings of Leon, as well as tracks from her new album, 4, and Beyoncé classics, like Single Ladies and Halo.

Beyonce performing at secret London gig for 4 album launch

Beyonce performing Rule the World at secret London gig for 4 album launch


Monday, 27 June 2011

ALDO AW 11 'Get Lucky' Launch Party

Aldo AW 2011 'Get Lucky' Launch Party

You just know it's going to be a good party when all the Surgery PR girls are wearing THE best glittery, purple, 70s inspired platform sandals. And my first instincts were right - the ALDO AW 11 'Get Lucky' Launch Party was lots of fun.

The 'Get Lucky' AW 11 campaign is fronted by the gorgeous Lily Donaldson (she's even more beautiful IRL), and has a distinct 1970s casino feel. We had a preview of the adverts and videos for the campaign and they are really brilliant and fun, full or personality and reflect the ALDO brand perfectly.

The party was also to launch their new collection, ALDO Rise, which sees ALDO collaborating with the best new design talent in the UK and US, with Mark Fast, JW Anderson and Preen flying the Brit flag.

We were also very spoilt and each given the chance to order a complimentary pair of shoes from any of the shoes on display, and while they were all out-of-this-world stunning, as soon as I saw the bow bag (pictured below), my decision was made (you didn't think I could turn down a bag, did you!?).

Rita Ora, Sunday Girl and Jameela Jamil at Aldo AW 2011 'Get Lucky' Launch Party

Aldo AW 2011 'Get Lucky' Launch Party

Aldo AW 2011 'Get Lucky' Launch Party

Aldo and Douglas Bensadoun at Aldo AW 2011 'Get Lucky' Launch Party

Lily Donaldson at Aldo AW 2011 'Get Lucky' Launch Party

Fashionista Barbie at Aldo AW 2011 'Get Lucky' Launch Party

Thanks to Danielle from Fashionista Barbie and Sara for being my party buddies and for Surgery PR for the invite!


Friday, 24 June 2011

Cara Delevingne gets dressed for The Telegraph

This video for The Telegraph featuring model-of-the-moment, and one of my favourite new faces, Cara Delevingne, is bloody brilliant! It's easy to see why Cara keeps landing such high profile campaigns and walks the tightrope line between commercial and high end fashion so well.

Read the accompanying interview here.


Source: The Telegraph

Graduate Fashion Week 2011 - University of Central Lancashire

Following yesterday's Graduate Fashion Week post about the University of East London's GFW show, here's my run down of the best of the University of Central Lancashire GFW show. Unforunately this post would include about 50 images if I included everyone's work, so I've picked my favourites, which was very difficult to do as the standard was so high.

Estee Anna Lindley

Anne Davey

Charlotte Brown

Emma Robinson

Kirsty Jane Lamb

Rebecca McGee

Angela Ritson

Rebecca Wells


P.S. Did you spot Britain's Next Top Model winner Tiffany Pisani?