Saturday, 29 December 2012

My Favourite Fashion and Red Carpet Moments of 2012


Mulberry had, in my humble opinion, the best advertising campaign with their eccentric, tongue-in-cheek Brighton Rock spring summer 2012 campaign. The oversized props and ice-cream coloured items still has been wishing I was by the seaside. Read the Mulberry post here.



Ah, February. The home of Autumn Winter Fashion Weeks the world over. How can I pick just one catwalk show to sum up AW 2012 fashion weeks for me? Well I can't! From Jason Wu and Badgley Mischka in New York, to Jena.Theo and Clements Ribeiro in London, they were all different and fabulous in their own way. 

The baroque, decadent drama we saw at fashion week was so apparent on the high street this season, with velvet, baroque embellishment and dark berry shades. Read all my autumn winter 2012 fashion week posts here.




We had Paris Fashion Week, including a stellar show from Alexander McQueen via Sarah Burton. But I had a great month as I was nominated for the Company Magazine Style Blogger Awards. Sadly no awards, but got to catch up with lots of my favourite faces. Click here to read the Compang Blogger Awards post.




Coachella got us in the mood for festival fashion, with A-list stars showing how to do festival chic even in desert heat. BFF Rihanna and Katy Perry led the fashion pack and showed that 90s fashion is definitely back in town and reminded us how much we did love our bomber jackets. Read the Coachella fashion from the fields post here.



One of my favourite red carpet events of the year is always the Cannes Film Festival, and in 2012 we had some amazing looks from Cannes favourites Eva Longoria and Dianne Kruger, but also some surprises from new-comers like Jessica Chastain in Gucci - fluid, floaty red carpet perfection. Read the Cannes Red Carpet post to see all the dresses.



The Spice Girls reuniting on the red carpet for the launch of Viva Forever, their new musical with all their 90s hits, has to be a highlight. Any child of the 90s will share the joy of seeing all 5 of them back together (no matter how bad the reviews are now the musical is out!). Read the Spice Girls Red Carpet post here.


As we swelled with pride during the Olympics, people showed their Team GB spirit with their nail art. We saw GB print nails and athletes and DIY tutorials on blogs around the world as people wore their sporting hearts on their nails, not their sleeves. Read the Olympic Nail Art post here.


Jessica Biel was a new Red Carpet Queen on her Total Recall promotional tour. Wearing lots of nude and white shades with feminine, classic silhouettes and delicate fabrics she added a romantic flair to the red carpet. My highlight was the Dior number seen above, pure old school glamour. Read the Jessica Biel Red Carpet Queen post here.


Can it be Fashion Week time again already?! Of yes it is, September means it's time for the spring summer fashion weeks to start and the fashion pack will be rolling into town again. Summing up spring summer 2013 perfectly for me has to be Marc Jacobs and his psychedelic stripes and 60s inspired collection. Darker colours than usual for summer, but I'm hooked. Read all the spring summer 2013 fashion week posts here.


Another year filled with stunning wedding dresses was topped off by Anne Hathaway in Valentino. The delicately pink toned gown had off the shoulder detail and endless lengths of tulle and crystals. The sketch that Valentino released was almost as beautiful as the dress its self. Read the post about Anne Hathaway's Wedding Dress here.


After catching my eye earlier in the year as the covergirl of asos magazine, Elizabeth Olsen (little sister to Ashley and Mary-Kate), remained a firm favourite of mine thanks to her sleek red carpet style and laid back everyday style of tees, classic denim and perfect accessories. Read all about Elizabeth Olsen's style here.


And we're back to December! Where has the year gone?? So as December and 2012 comes to an end, all that's left to do is pick your New Year's Eve outfit. I've picked some of my favourite looks for all budgets for New Year's Eve. See all the New Year's Eve outfit ideas here.

What was your highlight of 2012?


Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Monday, 17 December 2012

The Best New Year's Eve Outfits

New Year's Eve is a great excuse to throw on an amazing party dress, killer heels and really get glam. I've pulled together some of my favourite New Year's Eve outfits, featuring vintage touches, elegant jumpsuits, metallic accessories and spotlight-stealing maxi dresses.

Want to make an impact? Then take your style to the max with a maxi dress. Nothing says glamour like a floor skimming dress and NYE is the perfect excuse to wear a stand-out maxi dress. This satin dress is a steal from Topshop at only £58. Mix the simple t-shirt shape with metallic sandals and geometric accessories.

You don't have to go for black at your New Year's Eve party, this pretty blush coloured pleat detail dress from Warehouse is perfect for a glamorous party. Match it with Topshop's sparkly, ladylike bow courts and minimal accessories for a killer look.

When is a dress not a dress? When it's a jumpsuit! This electric blue jumpsuit from Topshop has elegant fluted chiffon sleeves and an a-line shape and makes a great alternative to a dress for NYE. Keep with the colour blocking with these sandals and add just a touch of sparkle with these vintage inspired earrings from asos.

What will you be wearing for New Year's Eve?


Friday, 14 December 2012

New Look Spring Summer 2013

With only 10 days to go until Christmas, you're probably not that focused on your spring summer 2013 wardrobe. But I have a feeling this first look at the New Look spring summer 2013 collections from their recent press day will change your mind.

The feminine, floral collections with hot pink, lime green and coral really caught my eye and had me day dreaming of fresh spring days (without layers and layers of knitwear!). The stand-out pieces included pretty pastel boucle dresses with exposed zips and neckline jewellery that are so perfect for a summer wedding outfit or a day at the races and a prom style dress with metallic and pink flowers that matched the embellishment usually seen on the catwalk.

But cutting through the classic spring shades was the black and white collection that had more than a nod to the current grungey, 90s trends. Mixing stripes, skater skirts, bomber jackets, statements tees, polka dots and over-sized knits, this collection isn't your typical spring collection but I love it.

But it doesn't stop there, as always one of the main focuses of any New Look press day are the shoes and accessories. I still can't get enough of a chunky chain with neon pops worn with a plain tee, and there were lots to choose from. The bolted, bronze clutch bag with geometric shapes was love at first site - perfect to add some punch to a black and white look.

The new collections will be in store and online at New Look in the new year.


Monday, 10 December 2012

Gillette Venus Naked Skin Challenge: Part One

A few weeks ago I was given the challenge to test and review the Gillette Venus Naked Skin at-home IPL hair removal system. I jumped at the chance to review this as I think most of us look for the holy grail of permanent, painless hair removal so we can have smooth, summertime skin all year round. 

Venus Naked Skin uses a unique, professionally-derived Square Wave technology to emit controlled, consistent light energy to effectively treat unwanted hair. You could experience noticeable hair reduction in as little as six treatments. The system comes with the specially formulated V Activating Gel that enables the light to transfer seamlessly to the hair root helping to put it to sleep. With continued, periodic use, Venus Naked Skin helps to break the cycle of hair re-growth leaving you with continuously smooth, continuously beautiful skin.

Venus Naked features:
  • An at-home device derived from professional Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology 
  • Includes V Activating Gel for an effective light transfer and to help you track where you have already treated 
  • Features a built-in safety sensor and Integrated Skin Tone Sensor to ensure a customized level of treatment 
  • Bulb provides 50,000 flashes 
  • Venus Naked Skin can be used everywhere, including the face and below the neckline, such as your legs, underarm, bikini line, arms, back and stomach 
  • Corded device allowing you to complete a full treatment without the need to charge 

How does Venus Naked Skin work?
  • Venus Naked Skin is derived from professional IPL technology 
  • Light energy is transferred through the V Activating Gel to target the melanin in the hair, helping to put the hair to sleep 
  • Ongoing treatments help to break the cycle of hair re-growth 
  • During the start up phase, use for 6 –12 treatments once every 2 weeks and then once every 2 months to maintain 

Here's my review having used Gillette Venus Naked Skin for 2 weeks and 2 treatments and how to use the system at home. I'll post again in week 4 and week 6 and let you know just how effective and easy this product is.


Sunday, 2 December 2012

What To Wear To The Christmas Party

This is a thoroughly selfish post, as I'm actually looking for an outfit to wear to my work Christmas party, and thought doing a post about it may actually help me find a dress or an outfit.

If you've already been buying presents or have some money set aside for presents, then you might not have all the dosh you'd like to spend on yourself, so I've looked at different budgets for a top to toe Christmas party look.

If you've got a tight budget to stick to, this entire look from New Look (including shoes!) is just £35.

Nothing beats the classic LBD (little black dress), and this vintage inspired wrap dress with delicate lace shoulders from Warehouse looks amazing teamed with red shoes and art deco earrings.

If you want to push the boat out for Christmas, then this Limited Edition Topshop dress is your new best friend. In emerald green, this flapper dress will make you the belle of the Christmas ball.

What are you wearing to your Christmas party?