Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The Cashmere Challenge - Boden Roll Neck

I love a good challenge, so when VoucherCodes.co.uk contacted me and asked me to be part of their 'Most Wanted Seasonal Staples series – The Cashmere Challenge', how could I say no!? The idea of this series is to focus on smarter spending and finding classic wardrobe staples from the high street.

I picked a 100% cashmere roll neck from Boden (which may or may not have been influenced by Beyonce's beatnik turn in her Countdown video!) and set about trying and testing my highstreet cashmere. On first impressions, I was really happy with the tissue paper wrapping, my free notebook gift and the uber soft cashmere jumper.

The jumper fitted really well (I went a size smaller than usual for a slightly snugger fit) and feels lovely on. I was wary of breaking the rule that girls with big boobs can't do high necks or roll necks, but I felt egged on by how good Beyonce looked in hers.

The jumper may be on the pricey side (it's £99), but it is a lovely quality, and it seems better than some other highstreet cashmere knitwear I've tried before. If you're thinking about investing in a wardrobe staple, this would be it!

See all the latest codes and offers for Boden at VoucherCodes.co.uk.

For details about the rest of my outfit, check out this previous outfit post.


Saturday, 22 October 2011

Versace for H&M

Versace for H&M launch 2011

Who can resist the 90s pull of a Versace print? Not me, that's for damn sure. I'm also slightly obsessed with (and in awe of) the H&M designer collaborations. We've had Jimmy Choo for H&M, we've had Lanvin for H&M (my personal favourite) as well as the many other designer/highstreet collaborations, and it's becoming a monthly occurrence. But on the 17th November we get the amazing Versace for H&M collection. It's brash, it's in your face, it's loud ... and I love it!

Versace for H&M black dress 2011

Versace for H&M launch 2011 pink suit

Versace for H&M launch 2011 gold dress

Versace for H&M launch 2011 palm tree print

I told you the 90s were making a comeback...

If you're really obsessed with the Versace for H&M collection, you can play their Polyvore game to create the perfect glam party look. Winners are picked by Donatella herself *of course* and 10 winners a day will receive a exclusive scarf.


Images: H&M - shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and featuring Sasha Pivovarova, Lindsey Wixson, Daphne Groeneveld and Abbey Lee Kershaw.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Kiehl’s, Shu Uemura and Biotherm - L’Oreal Luxury Alternative Brands Event

Sorry I've been a bit MIA for the this week. I've just started a new job and the first few weeks have been busy (understatement)! But here's a catch up of what I was up to last week. I went to a beauty event with Handpicked Media for L’Oreal Luxury Alternative Brands - Kiehl’s, Shu Uemura and Biotherm on Thursday night. Held in the beautiful venue, Vanilla London, a beautiful vanilla coloured, scented and named bar, the 3 brands each had their own section to showcase the newest and best of their ranges.

The make up and eyelash Shu Uemura station was my first stop (what can I say, I'm a sucker for false eyelashes!) and they had a surprisingly huge selection of make up as well as false eyelashes. I loved their colourful eye palettes and party eyelashes.

Everyone was talking about the Kiehl's new Rosa Arctica face cream, which is meant to 'recharge cells and jolt skin's youth'. Derived from plant extract (the Haberlea Rhodopensis to be precise), this fresh cream smells and feels amazing.

I loved the Biotherm girls and there cool gadgets that check the hydration, elasticity and oil levels of your skin. FYI, my skin was dehydrated, normal in terms of oiliness and very high elasticity levels (I'm told this is very good!). I've never tried Biotherm before, but after trying some of their products from the goody bag, I'm hooked!


Sunday, 9 October 2011

Beyonce goes beatnik in 'Countdown' video

Beyonce Countdown video 60s beatnik style

I've had so many people come to the blog because they're searching for Beyonce's new 'Countdown' video this week (and finding my post about Beyonce's 'Video Phone' video), that I figured I should probably actually do a post about her new video, 'Countdown'. So here it is!

Taking on a 60s beatnik dance school vibe and with Beyonce showcasing her neat little baby bump, the video is slick and has a cool art house look.I love everything from the minimalist all black dance leotard and flat pumps to the modern yet retro beehive and 60s inspired make-up. This video feels very 'Beyonce', with unique and catchy dance routines, jazzed up graphics, a pin-up theme and great pops of colour against a monochromatic theme.

I know I shouldn't be considering this (it's normally a big boobs taboo) but I'm seriously lusting after Beyonce's chic 1960s Audrey Hepburn-esque black turtle neck look. Such a classic, simple look and Beyonce does it so well.

Beyonce Countdown video 60s beatnik style baby bump

Beyonce Countdown video 60s beatnik style

Beyonce Countdown video 60s beatnik style

Beyonce Countdown video 60s beatnik style


Images and video: Beyoncé and Sony Music Entertainment

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012 - Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton and Lanvin

Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012 seems to be never ending, and as it comes to the final leg in Paris this week, I've fallen head over coral-encrusted heels (as seen at Alexander McQueen) for three collection: Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton and Lanvin.

While I loved several shows at London Fashion Week SS 12 (see my LFW SS12 coverage here), and New York and Milan had some beautiful shows too, it's Paris that has wooed me. Alexander McQueen's collection, by the increasingly genius Sarah Burton, was a truly spectacular collection. With embroidered lace gimp masks, ruffs and ruffles, the decadently dramatic designs are toughened up with metal harnesses and exposed metal corsetry. This collection had me hooked from the first to the last look on the catwalk.

The Kate Moss circus took place again at Louis Vuitton (she worked everyone into a frenzy last season when she walked the catwalk for the first time in years for her BBF Marc Jacobs and his Louis Vuitton show), but as more people expected her to walk this season, the focus was (thankfully) back on the clothes. The fresh, ice-cream and sorbet palette worked so well with the babydoll 60s shapes, essex girl white stilettos and doily-esque fabric. This collection was unashamedly cutesy and I love it.

While some of Lanvin's collection left me unmoved, the demure-yet-sexy sheer chiffon dresses really caught my attention. In stunning colours, including mink, duck egg and khaki, the barely there skirt was beautifully balanced with the more opaque, broad, gathered neckline and shoulder details.

Très Bien, Paris!


Images: Style.com

Monday, 3 October 2011

London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012 - Unconditional, Christina Sabaiduc, Jasper Garvida and Ziad Ghanem

Some of you may remember my awesome London Fashion Week helper, Emily, from last season (check out her LFW handy work here). And she's come to my rescue again and made sure 'Carina100' could attend all the fabulous LFW shows I was invited to. Here's her review of the Unconditional, Christina Sabaiduc, Jasper Garvida and Ziad Ghanem London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012 shows.

Whilst Carina has been away getting her tan on (jealous!) I have been attempting to fill her shoes and have had the amazing opportunity to go to some great shows, on her behalf.

First stop was Unconditional, loving the brights and pastels, I think that we can all agree that harnesses are going to be big…

Prime spot at Christina Sabaiduc's, really interesting multiway garments with a live demo.

Loving the über studs at Jasper Garvida, there was a black tuxedo jacket with gold pockets that was to die for! The audience went mad for the silver studded shift dress with 3D pockets.

The piece-de-resistance was Ziad Ghanem with his fetish wedding collection (hinting at Galliano). The show stoppers were a sheer structured white dress with ruffles, and of course I'll be asking Ziad to design my bridesmaid dresses (and bridesmaids!)

Thanks for all your help again, Emily! See you next season!


Words and Images: Emily Shackleton