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Thursday, 29 March 2012

MADE FOR ADVERTISING


Everyone seems to want to jump on the 'Made in Chelsea' bandwagon at the moment! Millie Mackintosh, the petite brunette with a pout to rival Rosie Huntington-Whitley's, has been snapped up left, right and centre by brands wanting to cash in on the show's amazing success.

The wealthy 22 year-old heiress, whose great-grandfather invented Quality Street chocolates, has been named the face of no less than three fashion and beauty brands in the past two weeks.

Fashion brand Lipsy has just released images of the trained make-up artist as the face of their new 'VIP' line. With star Pixie Lott already behind a line at Lipsy the company were looking for a new girl to be a face of a new line, and Millie really seems to fit in well. The images see her in a plush looking carpeted house - probably not far off her own!



As if that wasn't enough, skincare company Manuka Doctor recently confirmed her as their brand ambassador. Millie is in fact a trained make-up artist and knows a lot about skincare herself so this seems to be a match made in heaven!

But the cherry on top of the cake in her modelling portfolio must be as the face of Umberto Giannini's new 'Incredible Body' range. Millie plays 'The Incredible Body' in the campaign, her glossy hair bouncing off her shoulders as she parades round in lingerie. We are pretty jealous of Millie right now!

Images - Lipsy

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

AS PROMISED - CARRIE DIARIES UPDATE

As promised, I have updates on the new TV show 'The Carrie Diaries'! Being a HUGE 'Sex and the City' fan hearing of this new show, the story of Carrie Bradshaw in her younger days before she became a big-shot writer, made me squeal with excitement! And AnnaSophia Robb looks amazing, she really does look like she will fill the shoes Sarah Jessica Parker has left!

The series is a prequel to 'Sex and the City' and will follow Carrie during her senior year of High School during the early 1980s and part of her life in New York working as a writer. Austin Butler has been cast as the leading male and he is known for his performance in 'High School Musical' as well as tv show 'Switched at Birth'. The show will premier on the CW this autumn. Can't wait!!!

Here are some sneak peek pictures from the set...



This bag is too cool!!

Images - Telegraph

Monday, 26 March 2012

STELLA DRESSES THE OLYMPIANS




Stella McCartney has just unveiled the Olympic and Paralympic uniforms for the Team GB she has designed. It is the first time in history the design of the Olympic kit has been placed into the hands of an actual couture fashion designer and it couldn't be more exciting! Stella told 'The Guardian' that when designing the uniforms she wanted to capture 'what makes Britain British' and wow are we impressed!


The fashion show did not disappoint. From the thick gold invitations to the impressive number of famous athletes present, patriotism was woven into the event. McCartney has been working on this commission for a whole two years, being told to design for 600 different athletes in 26 different disciplines. Tough job or what?! But Stella has impressed everyone with her sporting wear, making it fashionable but also suitable for its purpose.


The new Olympic kit is striking, cool and actually looks like what an athlete should be wearing! Red has been kept to a minimum except for the red piping detail and my favourite bit of the ensemble is that the Union Jack flag is a mix of blues. The gymnastic leotards also do not disappoint being fabulously glitzy with sequins. Looking back at the sad, suede, dull red jackets in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics how far the uniforms have come! And being a fashion-lover myself it makes me so proud and pleased that my Olympic team will be running, jumping and leaping to victory (fingers crossed) in Stella McCartney couture.
Images courtesy of Marie Claire

The range will be on sale from April - prices ranging from trainers at £212 to £5 Team GB wristbands.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO'S FRAGRANCE LAUNCH

The glitzy Salvatore Ferragamo party in New York to celebrate the launch of the new Signorina fragrance was a glamourous affair. The youth of celebritiy fashionistas were out in force. From Emma Roberts to Bianca Balti, the young statlets all showed off their fashion credentials.

Pretty Emma Roberts, niece of Hollywood royalty Julia Roberts, stood out from the crowd in a simple chic white pussy bow blouse, tailored smart black chinos and teal velvet heels. Aged only 21 Emma Roberts has already made a real name for herself in the industry in her own right. Having appeared in over 30 films, from Wild Child to Valentine's Day to huge hit Scream 4, her latest projects include film Empire State featuring Liam Hemsworth and Dwayne Johnson. Emma also is a red carpert regular, she was front-row at New York Fashion Week with Eva Mendes and Freida Pinto.

Kate Mara, model Bianca Balti and rock progeny Theodora Richards all wore colourful prints from the Italian fashion label's spring/summer 2012 collection. Theodora’s sister, Alexandra also attended the event, as did fashion designer Charlotte Ronson and musician Courtney Love. 


Jessica Hart looked absolutely amazing in fuschia trousers with glossy, tumbling curls.


However, for me the fashionista who stole the spotlight was AnnaSophia Robb. She looked gorgeous in jungle print Ferragamo. In 2005 AnnaSophia played Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory alongside Johnny Depp. She has just recently been cast in her first major TV role. The series, entitled The Carrie Diaries, will follow the heroine, Carrie Bradshaw, who Sarah Jessica Parker made famous, from high school to her early days as a writer in New York. I personally cannot WAIT to watch this!!! I expect to see big things from AnnaSophia Robb!

Watch this space!


Images - Splash

TREND ALERT : SPRING TROUSERS

Trousers are a huge trend right now! From cropped trousers, to floral prints, to retro flares, to patterned skinny jeans, trousers are a key piece that will update any wardrobe right now! Here is our pick from the High Street and Online.

     ASOS Trousers - £42

Gucci - £385

H&M Mustard Trousers - £12.99

H&M - £29.99

Mango Trousers - £44.99

Oasis Jeans - £48
www.oasis-stores.com

River Island - £30

Topshop trousers - £35
www.topshop.com

Topshop Lilac Metallic Trousers - £45
www.topshop.com

Vera Moda trousers for ASOS - £32


Warehouses trousers - £38

Whistles trousers - £125

Miranda Kerr in Current/Elliott leopard print jeans
Image courtesy of SplashImages

                                              Beyonce heads out with baby Blue Ivy Carter
Image courtesy of Bauer-Griffin

Olivia Palermo at London Fashion Week
Image courtesy of GettyImages

Monday, 19 March 2012

STYLE CRUSH


I can't quite put my finger on why I have such a style crush on Leighton Meester. Perhaps because I adore her as Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl. Or perhaps because of her flawless skin, perfect figure and pretty, girlie style. Or perhaps all of the above! I am loving her April 2012 Marie Claire USA cover. Leighton looks gorgeous in her bright yellow Reed Krakoff dress and her silky straight hair is making me crave my GHDs as I'm sitting at my desk.
If the cover wasn’t enough the images inside are stunning too. The photographs were shot by Tesh in New York and I feel they really encapsulate Leighton's femininity and pure, natural beauty. I also love the Theyskens’ Theory gown Leighton wears – amazing!



Leighton Meester might be most well known for her role in Gossip Girl but in her interview for Marie Claire she really opens up about complicated parts of her own life. Her life is far from the priveldged existence of her character Blair Waldorf who lives in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Leighton explains how her family have a 'crazy history', 'probably the craziest I've heard of' she says. Both Leighton's parents have served prison time for drug-related charges. It is understandable then perhaps that this has pushed Leighton's desires away from marriage and starting a family, despite the fact that her character Blair has just married a Prince. 'I'm not sure I ever want to get married' she says. 'The only time a relationship is good is when you really love them.' 'You can take what is handed to you and use it as an excuse to mess up. But I’ve always handled what was given to me by life. I consider myself lucky. I was never lied to. And I was loved.' I think I may love Leighton a little bit more after reading that interview!

Images - Marie Claire


SPRING/SUMMER ON THE HIGH STREET


Summer is almost here! Optimistic I know but you have to think postively and all that right? It's time to pack away that knitwear and start shopping for more summery pieces. No A-List budget? No problem! The High Street is ready to cater for your needs!

So how do the latest high street Spring/Summer collections compare? I am a huge fan of the High Street - it really has something for everyone. Looking through these new collections there are so many items I am adding to my I Have To Have This list!

Here are my favourites from Topshop, ASOS, Miss Selfridge, Primark and Mango.

Topshop

For female separates and styles, Topshop is a favourite amongst all fashionistas - celebrtiy of not. It is a bit pricier than the others at times however a lot of their key pieces are incredibly good quality so paying that little bit extra is worthwile. Topshop is absolutely packed with the latest styles and trends that guarantee you will get noticed! Celebrities from Olivia Palermo to Mollie King to Beyonce are all dedicated Topshop fans!


Images - Topshop
Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge is perfect for the true girlie girl. Their pieces are playful and pretty and they also have a range for those petite girls under 5'3. They are particularly good for dresses - providing us girls with sexy night-out dresses to pretty, floaty dresses they really do have it all covered! They also have free returns for all you savy online shoppers!



Images - Miss Selfridge 
Primark
Cheap as chips Primark can't be ignored. It is a High Street godsend! Primark mixes up casual basic essentialsThe hip discount unisex clothing, accessory and shoe shop sells quality trends and mixes up casual essentials with party and work wear. Their prices are low - and when I say low i mean low! Primark also does not buy from sweatshops suppliers, so the store not only helps our purses but also our conscienes too!



Images - Primark 
Mango

The Spanish company whose goal was 'to be present in every city' when it first opened, now has more than 2,000 stores in over 103 countries! They bring us affordable tailoring and great workwear, as well as gorgeous dresses and basic essentials (they do particularly good vest tops). I have been absolutely gaga over this new collection - I want it all! and I want it now!


Images - Mango
ASOS

ASOS isn't actually a High Street shop however it felt wrong to miss their latest collection out! ASOS has an absolutely enormous range of items, literally anything fashion/beauty related you can think of! ASOS is Noah's Ark of Fashion it really is! Here is a sneak peek at their latest Spring/Summer collection..












Images - ASOS