Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Twin Sync

I love these playful shots of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in the new issue of American Vogue. I can’t think of the last time these two did a photoshoot together, but I’m pretty sure it would have been around the time the New York Minute came out.

Shot by Bruce Weber, who did those gorgeous shots of Robert Pattinson for Vanity Fair’s December 2009 cover, the girls look happy and relaxed. It makes a lovely change to their usual sullen stares at red carpet events they attend.

Music (a few days later than) Monday

I first heard this band about 4 years ago just as I was going through my A levels and getting ready to leave college. They had a song floating around called Nothing Good Has Happened Yet, and it was my favourite song in the world for about a month (which is a long time for me). I’ve not heard anything from them since then, after asking the BF he advised me that they “did a shit album and then disappeared”, into the abyss of think-what-could-have-been bands.

That is until the end of last week. Whilst I was driving in the awesome sunshine, with my window rolled down (I know, right!?) a song came on the radio that soon had pretty much all of my attention, minus the bare minimum it takes to stay on the road and out of the hedges. At first I thought it was a new Alexisonfire song, because the singer’s voice sounds so similar to Dallas Green. But as the song drew to a close, Fearne Cotton announced that it was in fact the new song from “a band called We Are The Ocean”. I was so excited, and so glad that this song is actually good and I could get excited about some new music again. Or maybe I was just so excited that I’d finally found something to kick Rebecca Black’s Friday out of my head, either way, I was happy.

Do you like this song as much as me? Also, do you get stuck in music ruts from time to time? I’m currently rotating three albums in my car and that is the only music I hear apart from the radio.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

I want to be a Chloe Girl

Now that I have caught you up with my favourite fashion looks from the AW11 shows, I can move onto the hair and beauty looks I loved. One of my favourites was the face at Chloe’s show. Although I wouldn’t necessarily class it as an autumnal look, as girls sashayed down the runway with hair and make up that instantly had me craving for long, hot summer days.

Long tresses were wavy and carefree, and make up was nude with a slight hint of bronze on the eyelids, and even a smattering of painted on freckles over the nose and cheeks. If freckles don’t instantly scream “SUMMER IS HERE!” I don’t know what does? The only hint of a typical autumn/ winter look were the spidery, blackest black top and bottom lashes.

I love this look. In recent months I have been keeping my daytime make up look down to as little as possible, mainly for two reasons. Firstly, because I really don’t have the time/ can’t be bothered to faff about first thing on a morning before I have to leave the house at 8.15. And secondly, I have ‘troubled’ skin (to put it nicely) and so I’ve been trying to keep the amount of products on my face to a bare minimum. Plus, every magazine I pick up it boldly states ‘Less Is More’ so who am I to argue? (Well, except when I go for a night out, then I find the ‘More is More’ approach to be the way forward. Red lips + false lashes + cat-eye liner + ultra sculpted cheeks? If it’s good enough for Gaga…)

The Chloe Girl of AW11 is definitely a look that I can see myself channeling.

My Favourite Looks: Paris A/W 2011

Ahh, it's been manic for me at the moment, so blog posts have slightly slipped I'm afraid. To finish off last weeks Fashion Month round up, here we have my favourite looks from the Paris shows.

Alexander McQueen


Christian Dior

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

Giambattista Valli



Saturday, 19 March 2011

My Favourite Looks: Milan A/W 2011

Following on from my posts earlier in the week, here are my favourite looks from Milan Fashion Week.

Dolce and Gabbana

Emilio Pucci

Giorgio Armani






Wednesday, 16 March 2011

My Favourite Looks: London A/W 2011

Following on from yesterdays picks of New York Fashion Week, I bring to you today my favourite looks from London’s AW11 shows. It’s mainly colour and prints galore, with a few neutral pieces courtesy of Burberry Prorsum and Mulberry. I couldn’t decide which look I loved more from Mary Katranzou’s collection, so I’m showing you both.

What was your favourite look from London Fashion Week?

Film Wednesday: Battle Los Angeles

Tonight I shall be accompanying my sci-fi/ action loving boyfriend to the cinema to watch Battle: Los Angeles. I’m actually quite looking forward to watching it. Contrary to my bf’s beliefs that the only films I like to watch are ‘depressing’, I do quite like ‘the end is nigh, run for your life’ genre too.

I’ve deliberately not read too much about the film as more often than not with films like this, plot points are given away in great detail to draw audiences in. By doing this, however, it tends to make me just want to wait for the DVD to come out.

Anyway, I shall be seeing this at the cinema so hopefully it’ll be as good as I’m expecting.

Does anyone else enjoy a boy orientated film almost as much as a rom-com, like I do?

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

My Favourite Looks: New York A/W 2011

To mark the end of fashion month, I have compiled a selection of my favourite looks from each four city’s shows. First up we have New York in all its glory which is in joint first place (with Paris) for my favourite shows. There were an infinite number of red carpet options from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier and Jason Wu, all of which practically made me drool. Narrowing down my favourites list has been HARD, but here we have my top 8. Well, top 8 for now, but no doubt I’ve forgotten something so don’t be surprised is edits pop op every so often…


Oscar De La Renta

Monique Lhuillier


Lela Rose

Jason Wu

Alice + Olivia

Badgley Mischka

TV Tuesday: Hellcats

I’ll be honest, most of the TV I watch is what many people refer to as a ‘Guilty Pleasure’. This week’s pick is no exception to the rule, as I have chosen to introduce you to Hellcats, a American college set teen drama based in the world of cheerleading. Like Bring It On before it, Hellcats seems to anticipate the kind of response it is going to get if it takes itself too seriously, and so it is delivered direct to your TV with a generous helping humour.

The show centres around Marti (Aly Michalka) who looses her Law scholarship and has to join her college’s cheerleading team to get an alternative one to stay in school. Along the way she meets ambitious Savannah (Ashley Tisdale), bitchy Alice (Heather Hemmens) and hot Lewis (Robbie Jones) who are all on the cheer squad, but she is not alone, and has back up from her cute best friend Dan (Matt Barr). So far, so ‘stereotypical high school/ college teen dramadey’ right? Well, yes, but what’s wrong with that? I love a bit of not-always-realistic drama to escape the real world and my mundane life, don’t you?

I have only seen the first couple of episodes of Hellcats so far, but I will definitely be following it as I can pretty much guarantee I’m going to love it because it’s made by my favourite American network, The CW (who also make Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill and 90210).

The show started in the UK last week, and is aired by MTV at 9pm every Thursday. I’d definitely recommend checking it out. Especially if you love Ashley Tisdale (seriously, I can’t wait for the Sharpay spinoff movie!) and cheerleading as much as I do.

I now have a huge urge to watch Bring It On. The first one obviously, does anyone else wonder why they bothered to make any sequels?

Monday, 14 March 2011

Rihanna Channels Ariel

I normally wait for the official image to arrive before I post covers, but I really like this cover so I’ve decided to post it with this image. Rihanna covers American Vogue’s annual Shape Issue looking like Ariel from The Little Mermaid, and I love it. I can’t wait to see the editorial accompanying the cover as it’s all been photographed by Annie Leibovitz, so I’m expecting a fantasy filled shoot.

Glossy Girls

There is almost too much hair gloss for my eyes to handle in this picture. Even though the sight of their super long, super healthy tresses makes me (super) envious, there is no denying that Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port look amazing at the Who What Wear book launch party. I especially love Whitney’s long sleeved mini dress (of course). Does anyone else think that she is morphing into Fearne Cotton (before Fearne cut her hair off into that disastrous bob)?

This photo pretty much includes everything I wish my ‘look’ had. Long California blonde hair styled into loose waves, lovely clear skin with a hint of a tan and gorgeously understated clothes with killer accessories. Oh how I wish I was rich and lived in Los Angeles.

Caped Crusaders

If 'Three's a Trend', what is five? I have spotted capes at five of the Paris shows, which, I'm pretty sure, qualifies as a trend? My absolute FAVOURITE (controversial as it may be) has to be the Dior sweeper sported by Karlie Kloss. Click here to see it move and try not to be mesmerised by Karlie’s walk, as I was.

Christian Dior




Elie Saab

The Jewel in the Crown of Paris Fashion Week

If ever there was a designer who was made to make the red carpet, it is Elie Saab. The King of High Fashion Glamour hit it out of the park again with his autumn/winter 2011 collection which showed on the last day of Paris Fashion Week.

I follow many fashion types on Twitter, and I was surprised to see quite a few of them announcing the end of fashion week after the Miu Miu show. Why weren’t these people who had been to all the ‘prominent’ shows (Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Chanel etc…) going to the Elie Saab show? Well, I’m still not sure, but this was the one show I had been looking forward to ALL season.

And I’m so glad that I wasn’t disappointed! I’ve picked a few of my favourite looks, seen below, but you really should check out the full collection here. My favourite gowns are both worn by Magdelena Frakowiack, the red pleated number with the full skirt and the nude shimmer with the front split and thin waist belt. These gowns are both dying to be worn on the red carpet, but by who? After her amazing turn in Elie Saab at the Oscars, I would love to see Mila Kunis in either of these dresses, but I’m thinking the nude sparkler. I think Jennifer Lawrence would look stunning in the red, and with the new X Men film out in a few months time, who knows what might happen?