Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Celebrating 100 Years of RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flowers Show commenced their centennial year of the world-renowned flower show last week and what a week it was. And don't just think it's only Pimms and flowers, it pulls in worldwide press and visitors, beautiful and thought provoking gardens and rare plants, and stunning design.

Not only is this show about beautiful gardens and fragrant flowers, but it's about great design in general, including art and fashion. From the super stylish and creative Artisan Retreats, where Wayne Hemmingway, Cath Kidston and Rob Ryan created stunning summer houses showing casing how they work in their gardens to the awe-inspiring gardens created just for the show.

The show also teamed up with London College of Fashion and launched a competition to design a t-shirt. Fashion Textiles student, Katie Bowkett, created the winning t-shirt design to celebrate 100 years of the Chelsea Flower Show.

I also want to dedicate this post to my wonderful friend Sara who is also the show manager at Chelsea Flower Show. She did an amazingoutstanding job and works very hard all year long to bring us this amazing show of beauty (and Pimms) for 1 week in May.

Have you ever been to the Chelsea Flower Show?


By Carina Sullivan

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Cannes Film Festival 2013 Red Carpet - Best Dressed

Oh Cannes. Your red carpet is always a thing of beauty. The envy of all other red carpets, you display the kind of unadulterated glamour that we all aspire too. And for some weird alternate-world reason, Eva Longoria is nearly always one of the best dressed, despite not actually being in any of the films at the festival.

Last year Eva Longoria, Diane Kruger and Fan Bingbing all looked incredible, but this year Carey Mulligan and Marion Cotillard are battling it out for best dressed at Cannes. Marion Cotillard has opted for Dior (as many people have for the Cannes red carpet), but Carey Mulligan has been wowing on the red carpet and at day time photo calls with a sleek, glossy and devilishly tailored style.

While black and white has been seen all over the red carpet at Cannes this year, there have been two other polar opposite trends that most people have been rocking.The necklines have been fiendishly low, as seen on Cara Delevingne and Carey Mulligan, or primly high (often with a very low back), as seen on Jessica Chastain and Eva Longoria. Jewels is the other trend that has been completely embraced or stripped back entirely. While Cara wore £1 million worth of jewels, and Jessica Chastain wore Elizabeth Taylor's priceless jewels on the red carpet (me, jealous? Don't be silly!), others like Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan have shunned the baubles.

Who was your best dressed at Cannes 2013?


Saturday, 18 May 2013

Summer Style with TK Maxx

Remember that big ball of fire in the sky? I think it's called 'the sun' and it's back (kind of). After a Game Of Thrones style winter, the warmer weather has made an appearance (on and off) and it's time to start thinking about our summer wardrobe and holiday suitcase essentials.

Instead of digging out those well-worn summer dresses why not have a clear out and get some new threads for summer? While traipsing round the highstreet for a summer dress I was contacted by TK Maxx and asked if I'd like to review their dresses. Obviously being a dress addict I agreed immediately and started browsing

The mix of dresses is fantastic. From high end designer gowns perfect for summer weddings to party-tastic dresses, there are loads to choose from. I went for this black cotton summer dress with red embroidery which will be perfect for Sundays in the park, picnics and trips to the beach. All this is obviously dependant to the great British summer, so I held this photo shoot in Thailand to guarantee the sunshine. That's also the reason I've been a bit quite recently - sorry about that! But a after a blissed out 2 weeks on a beach in Thailand I'm ready to get back to the blog.

Have you found a style gem at TK Maxx?