Wednesday, 28 November 2012

British Fashion Awards 2012

The bright and shining stars of British fashion attended the British Fashion Awards 2012 last night in an equally stylish setting at The Savoy in London. I don't think there were many surprises when it came to the winners, but there were some very beautiful people wearing very beautiful clothes!

It's s tough one, but I thing Rita Ora in ice blue Vivienne Westwood was the stand out best dressed on the red carpet, but I did absolutely love Cara Delevingne in a metallic green mini dress from Burberry. Well, the model of the year doesn't have to do full length to make an impact on the red carpet, does she?

Alexa Chung was slightly under-dressed, but this is her 3rd year winning most stylish, so what do I know! Gemma Arterton can be hit or miss on the red carpet, but thanks to British Designer of the Year, Stella McCartney, she looked amazing in a feminine suit. It's the slight peplum that makes this look fresh, interesting and super flattering. AND THOSE HOLOGRAPHIC SHOES! They're just ... wow! But please remove the bangle, it's not working with this otherwise amazing look.

Eddie Campbell and Portia Freeman were immaculately dressed in spring summer 2013 trends, picking up on bold geometrics and swinging 60s shapes - just too gorgeous.

If you want to see highlights from the night and all the winners and, most importantly, what they were wearing, watch the video below.

Who's your best dressed?


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Christmas Gift Ideas: Perfect Presents

It's only 4 weeks until Christmas and if you're like me, you're starting to panic about getting everyone's present. So I've been scouting the best places to stock up on Christmas gifts for everyone, from your boyfriend to your mum, and everyone else you'll be buying for - even your super stylish pets!

Whether you need Christmas presents for your best friend, your mum, your sister or your girlfriend - they'll all love these presents. Perfect for the style savvy or the more traditional and for all budgets, these Christmas gifts for her will get you extra brownie points.


Christmas Gifts For Her


Paul And Joe ASOS Exclusive Make Up Set

Wondering what presents to get your brother, your best friend, your dad or your boyfriend for Christmas? Well get inspired by James Bonds' 50th anniversary and get some seriously dapper gifts for the men in your life.

Christmas Gifts For Him



And for everyone else ...

Treat your pet to a handmade collar from luxe new pet brand Hound & Co. I'm thinking of treating Dolly to the Saber Cat Collar! And for people who are just *impossible* to buy presents for, why not try a deluxe hamper from Fortnum & Mason, like the The Fortmason Hamper. Who wouldn't want to tuck into this on Christmas day? And the hamper itself is a classic that will last for years.
Join me on my online-only Christmas present shopping quest, where I'm aiming to buy every single present for every single person on my Christmas list online. No manic trips to packed out John Lewis' or wrestling with the crowds at shopping centres. Want to join me? Then just start clicking on the gifts above! 


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Elizabeth Olsen: Style Stalking

After watching 'Liberal Arts' I'm now completely converted to the littlest Olsen sister, Elizabeth Olsen. I totally get the hype surrounding the new up and coming actress and I especially love her laid back day time style and super sleek red carpet style. I first spotted this new style crush when she graced the cover of asos magazine in January.

Elizabeth has an amazingly sleek red carpet style, which mixes paneled separates, t-shirt style evening wear and classic shapes. Adding a splash of leather on the red carpet gives an otherwise traditional skirt or dress a younger vibe. And she often plays on a monochromatic colour palette, but adds interest with embellishment and different textures and fabrics.

This Olsen has clearly taken some style tips from Mary-Kate and Ashley and has a super laid back, casual look for day. By mixing in masculine accessories, like this over-sized watch, floppy hat and brogues, basic pieces like tees and denim cut-offs look effortlessly stylish.

Do you like Elizabeth Olsen's style?


Thursday, 22 November 2012

The Angel Of Thanksgiving

As today is Thanksgiving in the US, I'd like to share a very personal Thanksgiving story with you all. My Grandma Myrtle traveled the world giving inspirational lectures about her life and one of the main things that inspired her; the power of gratitude. It was on one of these trips that she managed to visit Thanksgiving Square in Dallas, Texas and was so inspired by this daily reminder to give thanks and have gratitude for all you have that she decided to bring something to her home town of Belfast where people could go, irrespective of religion, and give thanks. And so began 'The Angel of Thanksgiving'.
She's been called 'The Doll on the Ball' and 'Nuala With the Hula' - but few know the real story behind the 'Angel of Thanksgiving' beside the Queen's Bridge in Belfast. Yet the sculpture represents a struggle of nearly 20 years by Belfast woman, Myrtle Smyth to bring to the city, a symbol to remind us of the power of gratitude. She was inspired by Thanksgiving Square in Dallas, Texas, and single-handedly raised the money for the sculpture which has quickly won the hearts of the people of Belfast and has become a new emblem for a new city and a new era for Northern Ireland.
My Grandma is sadly no longer with us, but this historic and beautiful testament to her vision and the power of gratitude is now a landmark and beacon for Belfast and Northern Ireland.

I'm very proud of her and what she achieved with not just the statue, but her continued determination for progress, hope and gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Sunday, 18 November 2012

Reiss Spring/Summer 2013

On Thursday evening I attended the first ever Reiss blogger event and got to have an exclusive preview of the upcoming spring/summer 2013 collections. Their beautiful showrooms were kitted out with the new season must-haves, including menswear, womenswear and the new Reiss 1971 collections.

I loved the candy shades and feminine tailoring of the spring/summer collection which was a perfect antithesis to the dreary winter days of November. Scalloped edged shorts, frills, lace, ribbons and pleats gave extra dimensions to classic summertime pieces, bodycon shapes and ice-cream shades.

If you're a regular reader you'll know that I have something of a bag addiction, and the box shaped bags and oversized clutch bags were right up my street. From berry-pink leather to tortoiseshell perspex, I loved them all. But the tortoiseshell perspex box bag (below) is going straight to the top of my wishlist. Not very practical but oh so covetable.

Sensual and graphic, SS13 incorporates voluptuous materials and looks to the work of Nick Knight for inspiration, celebrating vivid colours and blurring them for effect. 

There’s a play with fabrication in a tonal way. Colour or print is worn head-to-toe but realised in different textures and fabrics. A sheer shirt, brocade jacket and jacquard jean all appear in colour unison but each resonate a new texture. A modern match. 

Ruffles are served up in structured fabrication across skirts, dresses and jackets reflecting the modern femininity that runs across the collection as a whole, whilst lingerie trims and detailing offset bodycon garments. 

 Dominating colours include: graphic black and natural, pale pink on black, and pops of watermelon, cornflower, olive and navy. A play on texture is exercised in natural fabrics of: raffia, linen and canvas.

Reiss have also launched a new feature on the site, an interactive 'Wishlist' so you can email your Christmas wishlist as a not-so-subtle hint(!) or just help you plan your dream outfit. And every week before Christmas Reiss are giving one lucky person the chance to win their wishlist. So start creating yours and enter for a party-perfect capsule wardrobe. Create your wishlist here.

Are you already skipping autumn/winter and thinking about spring/summer 2013?


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

MTV Europe Music Awards 2012 Red Carpet: Taylor Swift, Rita Ora and Alicia Keys

Guten tag red carpet style, straight from the MTV Europe Music Awards 2012 in Frankfurt. At this years EMAs there were only 3 stand out red carpet stars and they were Taylor Swift, Rita Ora and Alica Keys.

Taylor Swift looked sultry in angelic cream and silver in a lingerie inspired, 1920s style J.Mendel dress with sheer paneling. I love everything from the embellishment, to the fringe, to the smoky eye make-up. Pure elegant glamour, which we now expect from the vintage loving, retro inspired Miss Swift.

The winner of the biggest, baddest dress on the red carpet has to be Rita Ora who wowed in this re-worked period style Marchesa gown in vibrant red. She later whipped off the skirt (less Bucks Fizz than it sounds) leaving a red lace catsuit which she performed in. I did think 'haven't I seen this look before?' then I worked out where. Rhianna wore something very similar back in 2010 at the American Music Awards.

Rocking a 'Chicago' style bob and a super-stylish Stella McCartney dress, Alicia Keys showed some seriously polished style on the red carpet. Every thing was very polished, but not too try hard. Accessories, shoes, hair and make-up were all spot on.

But it wasn't all good, let's have a quick chat about the bad. Heidi Klum really wasn't on top supermodel game at the awards, and despite changing 6 times during the evening, she looked a little cheap and tacky. She's such a natural beauty she didn't need to be pulled, laced and exposed in so many BFGW style dresses. Lana Del Ray disappointed in another way by looking like she was going to a fancy dress party dressed as Kirstie Allsopp. Nice enough dress, but totally wrong for the occasion.
Who was your best dressed?


Monday, 12 November 2012

L'Oreal Preference Wild Ombrés: Dip Dye Your Hair At Home

After considering trying the ombré dip dye hair trend that's been the biggest hair colour style for the last few season, I've finally given in and tried it with L'Oreal Preference Wild Ombrés.

I was really intrigued when I saw that you could now do the dip dye look at home, as I'd wanted to try it with my hair but it can be quite expensive to get it done in the salon. L'Oreal's Wild Ombrés is super easy to apply and as there are no roots to worry about it's even easier to maintain.

I took photos before using the treatment, while the dye was developing and the finished results. I'm really pleased with the subtle look and it really was easy to get the result I wanted. I used colour No 1 for dark brown hair but might experiment with No 2 for a lighter look next time.

Step 1: Part hair into two sections from the back like pigtails.

Step 2: Squeeze mixture evenly onto the brush until it is covered. I have very long hair and 1 box of shade No 1 was ample.

Step 3: Start applying on the hair starting at the area between ear and chin length using the brush vertically or start at the bottom of your hair and work up for a softer graduated effect. I started at chin length and went down.

Step 4: Allow a development of between 25 to 45 minutes depending on your desired Ombre intensity. I left it on for the full 45 minutes.

Step 5: Rinse thoroughly with warm water then apply the conditioning shampoo. Rinse again thoroughly. The conditioning shampoo didn't feel nourishing enough for me so I used my own conditioner on the ends as well.

I'd use this again, maybe even in one of the lighter shades. Would you ombre? It's available at Boots.

For more tips on hair and dying hair, read my hair and beauty posts here.


By Carina Sullivan

Friday, 9 November 2012

Kardashian Kollection at Dorothy Perkins

Kardashian Kollection Dorothy Perkins

I wasn't actually planning to cover the launch of the Kardashian Kollection UK clothing range with Dorothy Perkins, as I wasn't sold on the campaign imagery (bit too airbrushed for me) and didn't really do the collection, sorry, kollection, justice. But, having gone into store and looked at the clothing close-up I'm actually very impressed with the quality, finish and design features and cut of several pieces, especially the shirts and jackets.

However you feel about Kim Kardashian's world domination, this clothing collection, and the Kardashian's US clothing range, is very true to their personal style and you can and will see them wearing the collection themselves. And that's a very rare with a high street collaboration.

What really impressed me on closer inspection was the clever, technical pattern cutting on dresses, jackets and leggings that actually gives some of the pieces a luxe look far beyond the price tag. Here are the items that I really liked, including the 'smoke' print items, tailored blazers and pussybow blouse.

So don't judge it on appearance if it's not your bag, go and have a look and see if it surprises you too.