Monday, 23 February 2015

The Oscars 2015: Classically Understated

I have been shamelessly neglecting my blog for the past few months, and so, rather than spending the evening cleaning and cooking as I usually seem to do nowadays (23 going on 63), I thought it was about time to refresh my little journal.

It seemed only befitting that my first post back was inspired by the jaw-dropping, astoundingly beautiful dresses that graced the red carpet at the Oscars last night. Spending my lunch break at work browsing Vogue today almost gave me goose pimples, and I don’t think it would even be possible for me to pick a favourite from the exquisite gowns.

What I absolutely adore about the Oscars is that everybody knows that this is the time to go for the all-out glamour gowns. At the Oscars we don’t see any double-denim renditions of 90’s Britney and Justin, we don’t have any ridiculous meat dresses (although Lady Gaga did sport some questionable washing up style gloves), and instead we are enthralled with a flurry of Chanel, Saint Laurent and Versace. Heavenly.

This year has been a memorable event, with celebrities taking the opportunity to revert away from their usual self-indulged vanity, and use their acceptance speeches to advocate a cause...

Reese Witherspoon began the evening by promoting her #AskHerMore campaign, which highlighted sexism on the red carpet, and aimed to encourage interviewers to quiz female stars on more than just their outfit. Although later on she did post an Instagram snap so that we weren’t left agonising over where her off the shoulder monochrome number was from (Tom Ford, FYI).

Best supporting actress winner Patricia Arquette used her acceptance speech to stress that inequality in the workplace still remains a prominent issue, which sparked a particularly strong reaction from Meryl Streep and J-Lo, who displayed outbursts of shouting and excitable finger pointing. Meryl and J-Lo also proved to be Hollywood's newest BFF's at the Oscar's, snuggling up together in their seats and sharing Instagram selfies.

Aside from emotional speeches, the dresses are once again the hot topic of the Oscars and they certainly did not disappoint. 

Forget fifty shades of grey, fifty shades of nude was this years colour trend!

First came Jennifer Aniston in an embellished, strapless, Versace gown. Clinging to her gorgeous 46-year-old figure (yes, 46!!), the nude gown had that hint of sex appeal with a subtle slit and translucent skirt. Jen let the dress do all the talking with a ‘just woke up’ hairstyle and natural make up.

A heavily pregnant (although you wouldn't know it) Keira Knightly was positively glowing in this angelic Valentino Couture number. The actress teamed the look with Chanel Fine Jewellery (she can’t go anywhere without Chanel), soft curls and an embellished headband. So very demure.

Julianne Moore made us all green with envy in a custom made Chanel Couture gown, created by Karl Lagerfeld himself. Yes, custom made and Chanel, how can it get any better?! The actress opted for full on glamour with a sleek up-do and diamond earrings.

Lupita Nyong'o was the epitome of divine elegance in this head-to-toe pearl encrusted Calvin Klein Collection gown, which featured a cut-out halterneck.

Still keeping it neutral, but in a slick silver and black Armani Prive number, Naomi Watts kept it safe but it paid off. Her tousled blonde bob also looked fabulous!

Contrasting from the subtle nudes came those that chose to go bold.

Fifty shades of grey star Dakota Johnson chose a one-shoulder Saint Laurent gown in striking red, which featured a thigh-high split, because you know, she is the star of a notoriously raunchy blockbuster. 

Best actress nominee Rosamund Pike definitely stole the scarlet limelight from Dakota, however, in this custom made Givency Haute Couture gown. The gown is almost reminiscent of a bouquet of roses, wouldn’t that have made a brilliant Valentines present?

Emma stone looked an absolute delight in this beaded gown by Ellie Saab. The intricate detailing of the gown is exquisite, can you imagine if you had that hanging in your wardrobe?! The muted yellow colour of the dress coincides perfectly with Emma’s auburn locks, which she styled in Old Hollywood curls. What a dream. 

Sporting a divine new cropped haircut, Scarlett Johansson showed of her sickeningly sensational hourglass figure in this Atelier Versace dress, which she teamed with the most astounding choker necklace from Piaget.

Awkward moment of the evening was also awarded to Scarlett Johansson when John Travolta photo bombed her and went in for a kiss mid-pose. Awks!

And then we move on to the failsafe little black dresses...

Margot Robbie has quickly become my ultimate girl-crush, sadly taking the spot which formally belonged to Elisha Cuthbert, who is now starring in awful sitcoms alongside Kelly Brook. Margot looked sultry and sexy in this low-cut Saint Laurent gown with sheer sleeves. Teaming the look with straight locks and a slick of vibrant red lipstick, Margot also won extra points for strong brow game.

Sienna Miller reigned as fashion queen once again in this Oscar de la Renta gown. With a fierce up-do and flicked eye make-up Sienna was elegant, sultry and a little menacing all at the same time. The perfect combination.

And then came those that took the opportunity to don their most fabulous Princess gowns.

J-Lo and Chloe Moretz kept with the nude theme, with J-Lo donning an extravagant Ellie Saab gown, while Chloe traded in her skater girl look for a slightly dated Miu Miu number.  

Newly engaged Lady Gaga looked to perhaps be trying out some gowns in preparation for her big day in this Azzedine Alaia number, which she teamed with the strangest, and possibly most hideous accessory…red silicone gloves. Just as we thought she might be starting to calm down with her outrageous fashion experiments. 

I’ll finish the post with this slightly disturbing, yet strangely transfixing image of Anna Wintour donning a pretty pink Oscar De La Renta gown, while Bee Shaffer poses besides her leaving an uncomfortably awkward gap... Anna Wintour must really be as scary as we think!!

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Monday, 11 November 2013

Bijoux Bazaar

I am always one to be enticed by a statement necklace or earrings, and new online jewellery retailer, Bijoux Bazaar, is happily funding my addiction!

This exclusive new site offers stunning necklaces, earrings and bracelets but at a bargain price - the perfect combination.
I have already raided the bank balance and purchased 3 lovely items:

Manhattan Necklace - £26.00

Shoreditch Green Earrings - £14.00

Brooklyn Necklace - £18.00

Ideal for Christmas (as a gift to yourself or others if you're feeling generous) and can instantly add glamour to any outfit...Where can you go wrong?!
I also have future intentions (in January when the next student loan instalment comes in) to add these three to my collection.

Fulham Necklace - £18.00

Hoxton Blush - £12.00

Belgravia Necklace - £24.00

Classic and affordable, I feel I have made a new friend for life. 

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Rihanna for River Island

There are only 2 days left until Rihanna fans will go in to a frenzy and the River Island website will most likely receive the most visitors it has ever had within a single minute and crash before anyone even gets chance to view the new collection.
I must say I am quite surprised at how tame the collection has looked so far from what I have seen. I was expecting there to be a lot of latex and some barely-there-may-as-well-not-be-wearing hot pants, but no it all seems relatively presentable.
When I first heard that Rihanna was collaborating with River Island I was skeptical to say the least but the collection actually seems to have found the right balance between being conservative while still having that sex appeal that we all love RiRi for.
Inspired by the 90's, I may be attempting to buy a couple of these items... a couple I must reinstate, some of them are well... judge for yourself!

Is this two pairs of jeans or just the one?! I can't quite work it out but double denim is always a disaster in my eyes. 

Is Baywatch back in? 

I will definitely be trying to get my hands on one of these dipped hem dresses, perfect for summer.

There are no words. 

This floral print will undoubtedly be a popular choice. I do hope that these heeled sandals will be included in the collection too.

Please tell me someone that will buy thigh high lace up boots who isn't wanting to look like a prostitute. Don't think this will be their best seller...

RiRi herself went for a simple LBD and looked gorgeous as usual when she came out after the show at London Fashion Week.
I would say that I'm disappointed but if I'm being honest it is slightly better than I expected! We will find out in less than 48 hours though whether this will be a triumph or an absolute disaster, at this point I would say it could go either way.
If it is the latter, Rihanna's cover on Elle next month will surely redeem her, the sneak preview below shows her looking extra beautiful donning a new pixie crop.



The Short Suit

I am always one for a statement pair of shorts and it seems that the hottest look for Spring is the beautifully tailored short suit which I am thrilled to see rather than another Summer of trying to make sports luxe look flattering!
Perhaps not one that you can wear out just yet as the weather is still as dreary and dull as ever (I even saw snow once again in London last week) but it is definitely an investment look that will keep you looking effortlessly chic all summer long.
I first spotted the short suit in Reiss and in the colour of the season, electric blue, I instantly fell in love.

//Jacket// Reiss // £189.00
// Shorts // Reiss // £85.00

This look is easy to dress down or wear with a pair of heels for an evening lounging in the sun. Oh if only I had a spare £274 lying around, the hardship of being a student.
Second on my list is a lovely little pairing from Topshop.

//Jacket// Topshop // £55
//Shorts// Topshop// £35

I am usually quite adverse to bright floral prints so this neutral black and cream is perfect for a safer option with this trend.
Another of my favourites from Topshop is this Jacquard printed trouser suit, again in my colour lust of the season.

//Jacket// Topshop// £55
//Cigarette Trousers// Topshop// £40

Not a short suit, I know, but when I spotted this in Oxford Circus it instantly stood out to me and Jacquard print is a personal favourite of mine this season.
There is also some excellent designer fashspiration for this trend from 3.1 Phillip Lim and Sandro Paris.

//Jacket and Shorts// 3.1 Phillip Lim// Harvey Nichols

//Jacket and Shorts// Sandro// Sandro-Paris

There is also no reason that you can't mix and match with this trend, making it even more versatile as demonstrated by Zara.

//Jacket// Zara// £69.99
//Shorts// Zara// £39.99

I love the slightly unconventional middle eastern vibe of this Jacquard pattern crossover blazer paired with these embroided beaded shorts. 
The best part of this androgynous trend is the fact that these pieces can be worn together or separately so it is an all around investment which, when you're a student like me and constantly in your overdraft, is the only justification when you're trying to maintain a shopping addiction!