Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Herbally Ever After with Herbal Essences 40th Birthday Competition

When I was asked to write a post about Herbal Essences' 40th Birthday and their fantastic new special edition range, Herbally Ever After, I obviously started thinking about my own Herbal Essences experience. The first thing I worked out was that I have been using Herbal Essences for over 15 years. 15 YEARS!

So what makes Herbal Essences one of my longest and most loved brand relationships? Well, that's easy. I think my Herbal love affair started at school when a friend's hair smelt ridiculously good and I obviously copied them, or perhaps even more powerful to a 12 year old girl - a boy I fancied once said my hair smelt good. You will then obviously use Herbal Essences forever. Like me.

To celebrate their 40th year, Herbal Essences have released the gorgeous Herbally Ever After limited edition bottles. I've tried and tested the the new 'Breakage Defender Formula' shampoo and conditioner duo and really love it. I've put my regular Herbal Essences 'Beautiful Ends' on hold as I'm really loving the Herbally Ever After range. As always, the conditioner is my favourite thing about Herbal Essence as it's so rich and nourishing and seems to be the only brand that will nurture my dried, dyed ends without weighing my hair down. And check out the shine! I'm really impressed.

Now the fun bit! Herbal Essences want to hear all about your Herbal Essences memories - what was your best Herbal Essences hair day? When did you have your first Herbal moment? Have you used it as long as me?? Just leave your comment on this post before 13th March and you could be in with a chance to win one of these amazing prizes:

1st Prize- Cut & Blow Dry with Ben Cooke, Herbal’s celeb stylist, at Lockonego Salon in London 

2nd Prize- a year’s supply of Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner 

3rd Prize- a Herbal Essences Hamper 

Click 'read more' below to see the competition T&Cs. Good luck!


Monday, 25 February 2013

2013 Oscars Best Dressed - Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams

The Oscars have to be the ultimate excuse to dress up in the biggest and baddest gown your stylist can lay their hands on. So why do so many people dial back their look? Just look at the fabulous dresses on the red carpet at the 2010 Oscars. So few people opted for truly 'red carpet' dresses, but those who did 'wow' on the red carpet were Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain.

Amy Adams' icy grey/blue full skirt, layered Oscar de la Renta gown looked fantastic on the red carpet and I LOVE that super cute picture above where she is pulling her husband into the photo. This is the type of dress we expect, no demand, from our red carpet queens - it's unashamedly big, princessy and elegant.

Jennifer Lawrence also went big, but in that dropped waist, almost fishtail, style she's been favouring on the red carpet. This Dior dress may be big, but it's beautifully understated in colour and detail. The only thing I wasn't sold on was the back-to-front necklace she wore down her back. But she can still do no wrong in my eyes!

Jessica Chastain is on a freakin' role - she's been getting top marks on all the red carpets recently and although she was one of the first on the red carpet at the Oscars, I was thinking about her look long after. It fit her perfectly and she does statuesque column shapes so well she looks perfectly relaxed and confident (she knows she looks fab!). The shimmering rose gold shade of the embellished Armani gown is perfect with her skin tone and hair too.

Who was your best dressed at the 2013 Oscars?


By Carina Sullivan


Friday, 22 February 2013

See You At Rick's - Future Cinema's 'Casablanca'

"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she had to walk into mine."

Last Sunday I went to one of my favourite events. Ever! The long-running cinema experiential experience that is Future Cinema put on an amazing adaptation of one of the most iconic films of all time, Casablanca, and I was invited along.

Transporting you to Morocco in 1942 during World War II, you step off Commercial Street and into Rick’s Café Américain. You're met by the French Police who will frisk you for your identity papers while you queue. As you enter the building you'll be met by dancing girls, shady characters and more Fezes than you can shake a stick at.

You'll feel like you've stepped back in time as everyone, especially the guests, take the theme very seriously with an envy-enducing array of stunning 1940s vintage fashion, victories rolls and approximately 143 shades of red lipstick. I wore a kingfisher print tea dress from ASOS and a red lip from Boots' 17 range.

After a Moroccan feast at the Blue Parrot Café and several ridiculously lovely French 75 cocktails, you can place a bet on the roulette tables or grab that special someone and dance while the big band plays. Watch out for Nazis on the dance floor though, or you may get caught up in the crossfire. Seriously.

Then settle down around your candlelit table and watch one of the greatest cinematic love stories and quote along with Bogie as he reels off some of the Casablanca gems. Here's looking at you, kid. Sorry - it's catching.

With over 5,000 guests heading to Rick’s Café Américain in the coming weeks, Future Cinema has extended the sold-out run of their latest production – Casablanca – until March 23rd. Those who missed out on tickets will have the chance to catch one of the most iconic romances of all time in the iconic setting of The Troxy. 

You've now got the chance to go and experience this yourself all through March, so if you're looking for a pay day treat and love a black and white romance I would definitely recommend.

Apply for your identity papers here, pray you get past the French Police and see you at Rick's:


Tuesday, 19 February 2013

'How To Wear' Spring Challenge - Bold Stripes

This Spring we've got some huge, daring and fun trends to look forward to and have challenged me again to come up with three outfits based on one of Spring's hottest trends - Bold Stripes.

I took part in a challenge a while ago about how to wear cashmere and the best places to buy cashmere on the highstreet, and loved doing it so was thrilled to be asked to take part in this challenge too. I'm a huge fan of stripes anyway, but I think after seeing the Marc Jacob's NYFW Spring 13 show we all got very, very excited about stripes.

Set to be THE trend of Spring/Summer 2013, stripes will come in many styles, colours, thicknesses and textures. The dominant stripe trend however is bold, graphic and monochrome and as you may have noticed already is all over the highstreet.

Shops doing stripes very well include New Look, River Island, Topshop, Zara and H&M. Mixing 60s silhouettes with a grungey, 90s vibe, these stripes are in your face and a far cry from classic Spring pastels and girly sundresses. I love that we're seeing a fresh approach to summer style and these hard working classics (when do stripes ever go out of style?!) will update your look for the coming season and many more.

Have I talked you into trying bold stripes yet? Great! Here's how I like to wear stripes and the three items I've bought to help create three seperate looks that won't require you to hit up your credit cards but will help you nail this season's hottest trend.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

London Fashion Week AW13: Felder Felder, John Rocha and Sass & Bide

We're nearly half way through London Fashion Week AW13 and already some shows have gone to the top of the class. Topping the list of my favourite LFW shows has to be Felder Felder, John Rocha and Sass & Bide. Mainly because they delivered such gorgeous outerwear. From full skirted 50s style macs at Rocha to 70s inspired textured trench coats from Felder Felder, I have a whole host of coats and jackets that are on my wishlist.

Here are my favourite looks from my favourite shows at London Fashion Week so far. Roll on AW 13.

Felder Felder

John Rocha

Sasa & Bide

What's been your favourite LFW show so far?



Saturday, 16 February 2013

London Fashion Week AW13: Day 1

Day 1 of London Fashion Week AW13 was a whirlwind of great shows, street style trends, queuing, blogger events, even more queuing and navigating the huge crowds at Somerset House.

Judging from the catwalk and the cobbles at Somerset house, the trends that are here to stay for 2013 are the 90s (it appears you need a neon beanie and buffaloes asap), neons, metallics, statement prints, monochrome, ladylike tailoring, oversized pieces, cocoon shapes, 90s party dresses and all things grunge.

Here's my visual diary of my first day at London Fashion Week AW13, including Lug Von Siga, Belle Sauvage, Somerset House street style, The Apartment, New Look's Blogger Fashion Week Refuel Room and the Handpicked Media blogger suite. I'll be heading back to LFW today, so stay tuned for even more LFW coverage.

Want even more London Fashion Week news? Then follow me on twitter for up to date news, catch the latest looks on my instagram and watch the shows as they happen with my London Fashion Week AW13 Live Stream.


Friday, 15 February 2013

London Fashion Week AW13: Live Player

Well, we've already had some amazing fashion from New York Fashion Week, but now the fashion spotlight is on London as London Fashion Week starts today. Watch all the live shows right here at from the comfort of your own home and see the AW13 trends reveal themselves as they happen.

I'll also be attending London Fashion Week for what I think is now my 8th season (yikes!), so will also be bringing you the atmospheric, street style, On|Off designers and exhibitions that also make up the fabulousness of LFW.

Here's the schedule for London Fashion Week AW13, so make a note of the time and date of what you simply can't miss and come back to to catch the best shows.

Friday 15th February 2013
10:00    Zoë Jordan
11:00    Bora Aksu
13:00    KTZ
14:00    Felder Felder
16:00    Jean-Pierre Braganza
17:00    PPQ
20:00    Central Saint Martins MA

Saturday 16th February 2013

09:00    Daks
12:00    Jasper Conran
14:00    John Rocha
16:00    Todd Lynn
18:00    Issa
19:00    House of Holland
20:00    David Koma

Sunday 17th February 2013
09:30    Holly Fulton
11:00    Mulberry
15:00    Topshop Unique
19:45    Richard Nicoll
20:30    Marios Schwab

Monday 18th February 2013
09:00    Peter Pilotto
09:00 - 11:00    Sophia Webster
11:00    Michael van der Ham
13:00    Louise Gray
14:45    Fashion East
16:00    Burberry Prorsum
17:00    Osman
20:00    J.W. Anderson Women

Tuesday 19th February 2013
09:00    Simone Rocha
12:00    Emilio de la Morena
13:00    Meadham Kirchhoff
14:00    Ashish
15:00    Maria Grachvogel
17:00    Aminaka Wilmont
18:00    Haizhen Wang


Sunday, 10 February 2013

BAFTAs 2013 Red Carpet - Best Dressed

Column shapes ruled the red carpet at the 2013 EE British Academy Film Awards tonight. Braving the freezing temperature and the snow, some of the film world's biggest red carpet stars walked the BAFTAs red carpet in London (some with coats, some without!).

While there was lots of black on the red carpet, there were also bold pops of column colour in origami and inventively draped gowns which were my stand-out favourites. Jessica Chastain got my forgiveness after that over-exposed SAG Awards dress when she wore this regal blue, sleek Roland Mouret gown. It fits perfectly and couldn't be a better shade with her porcelain skin and auburn hair.

Marion Cotillard also showed how to push your style on the red carpet with this dramatically draped primrose yellow Christian Dior Couture gown, with a voluminous drape from the waist that may have put many off and left it on the catwalk alone. The yellow shade is beyond complementary to Marion and if anyone could have pulled this risqué look off, it's her. 

Wearing black very well were Anne Hathaway and Gemma Arterton. Anne Hathaway continued her red hot red carpet streak with this Burberry studded t-shirt shape gown. This understated shape and detailing worked so well with her slightly grungy hair and kohl-heavy eyes. Gemma Arterton's striped, nude and black, asymmetric gown was simply stunning and this sleek and elegant style seemed to reign supreme at the 2013 BAFTAs.

Who was your best dressed?


Thursday, 7 February 2013

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Live Stream AW 13

I can't quite believe it Fashion Week time again already and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York AW 13 is due to start today. There are so many great shows that everyone can now get a front row seat for, and attend fashion week around the world, but without the queues, the cold and the sore feet.

Here's the Live Streaming Schedule (February 7-14th) for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York so you don't miss a beat or a trend. Make sure you check back here for each show on your must-watch list. See you on the front row!

Thursday February 7, 2013
9am Nicholas K
11am Richard Chai Love
1pm Timo Weiland Women's
2pm Tadashi Shoji
5pm Sergio Davila
6pm Concept Korea

Friday February 8, 2013
9am CZAR by Cesar Galindo
11am Carmen Marc Valvo
12pm Noon By Noor
2pm Nautica
3pm Rebecca Minkoff
6pm Nicole Miller
8pm Academy of Art University
9pm Parkchoonmoo

Saturday February 9, 2013
9am Ruffian
10am Lacoste
11am Jill Stuart
12pm Son Jung Wan
2pm Mara Hoffman
3pm Hervé Léger by Max Azria
4pm Katya Leonovich
7pm Monique Lhuillier
9pm Venexiana

Sunday February 10, 2013
11am Lela Rose
2pm Tracy Reese
3pm Custo Barcelona
4pm Diane von Furstenberg
5pm Joanna Mastroianni
6pm Vivienne Tam
8pm Ralph Rucci
9pm Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan

Monday February 11, 2013
9am ICB by Prabal Gurung
10am Carolina Herrera
1pm Pamella Roland
3pm Kaufmanfranco
5pm Betsey Johnson
6pm Reem Acra

Tuesday February 12, 2013
10am Badgley Mischka
11am Vera Wang
1pm Jenny Packham
2pm Naeem Khan
3pm Dennis Basso
7pm Vantan Tokyo

Wednesday February 13, 2013
9am Bibhu Mohapatra
10am Michael Kors
11am Nanette Lepore
1pm Rachel Zoe
2pm J. Mendel
3pm Milly by Michelle Smith
5pm Falguni and Shane Peacock
6pm Anna Sui
7pm Zang Toi
8pm B Michael America

Thursday February 14, 2013
7pm CH by Carolina Herrera

What show are you looking forward to at NYFW?