Tuesday, 28 February 2012

My Oscar favourites for 2012

The Oscar's Hollywood's night of nights kicked off in stunning form as usual and the red carpet was bursting with mouth watering couture gowns worn by the very best in Hollywood. Here's a few of my favourite beauty and style looks.

First star that immediately caught my eye was Rooney Mara with her rock hard, bold, Lego head fringe and chignon.  I love that since creeping toward the spotlight in her first leading role in 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' that her literary character Lisbeth Salander had such a massive influence on her new look. Only Rooney's alabaster skin and ridiculous bone structure could pull off this strong hair style!

Wearing a Givenchy couture gown  which she apparently picked the morning before Rooney worked both glamour and edge which you rarely get to see at the Academy Awards. I think she is definitely one to watch in the style stakes and after seeing her red carpet pictures today I think she is my new style crush.

My next favourite is Michelle Williams. She looked every bit the Hollywood star wearing an adorable cascading coral Louis Vuitton gown. I can't get over the detail on this! We got the train, the peplum skirt, the gorgeous bow detail, the layers! Just perfect. 

Her too cute pixie crop paired with classic/ minimal makeup and accessories, Michelle is closing in on 'signature look' territory. Another stunning red carpet look, she has once again turned it out and we will definitely see her on the best dressed list and many more to come if she keeps this gorgeousness up!

Another one of my favourites was Milla Jovovich. The Supermodel and Actress looked amazing wearing this dreamy sequined, one shouldered gown by Ellie Saab. White was definitely a trend this year and Milla alongside Rooney were my top picks.

She kept it elegant with a side swept natural waves, diamond droplet earrings, diamond bracelet, Edie Parker clutch  and a classic red lip. Not bad for her first Oscar's! The stunner oozed pure elegance and glamour.

My next pick Emma Stone. Who said red heads can't wear red huh?! Emma wore a crimson Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown, paired with Brian Atwood heels, Louis Vuitton clutch and jewels.
This floor length number fit the star like a glove. That voluminous side tie and panelled waist works a treat. Keeping it simple with a side swept do, complementary earrings Emma wowed the crowd on the red carpet this year.

Last but not least Kristen Wiig. She wore a strapless nude number by J. Mendel. Set off by her golden brown waves, Kristen worked this chiffon stunner with Prada shoes, Neil Lane jewellery and a Judith Leiber clutch.

That's my style picks for the Oscar's! What were your style favourites?



Thursday, 23 February 2012

Niki Minaj for US Vogue

Niki Minaj channeling a Marilyn Monroe-eque, Smirfette/N'avi in the March edition of US Vogue.

To portray herself as some kind of alien is pretty spot on as none of us would really batt an eyelid if this were true. I love this shot of her, you really do get a sense of who she is, how she personifies herself on stage as a character and her true self. She's freaky, sexy and kooky and she can pull off a blue tan! The colour blocking contrasts with the bubblgum pink, smurfette blue and raspberry red is just stunning!!

Somebody get her a flight to Pandora stat!



Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Simpsons at New York Fashion Week

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Futurist, poptastic designer Jeremy Scott featured his loud, acid bright, cartoon beset creations down the runway for his AW12 collection at NY Fashion Week. His avant grade designers featured on Models adorned with candy coloured fuzzy wigs, blue lips and Indian inspired bindis. His designs were definitely stage ready fit for pop stars such as Niki Minaj, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

Scott's collection was a fantasical sea of sparkle and vivacity with spectral rainbows. I LOVED the outrageous childhood paraphernalia with retro cartoons, Disney and The Simpsons references. Definitely not for any wall flowers Jeremy Scott's designs screamed the fun wild energy of a carnival roller coaster ride of candy canes, fairy floss, fluffy soft toys, unicorns and raving glow sticks. I was so excited to see the cartoon influence of the 80's Rainbow Brite unicorn and Bart Simpson splayed over men's and womens sweaters, hot pants and even leg warmers. His aesthetics and colour palletes consisted of candy fluros, crocodile print doc martens, sky high platforms, holographic rainbow pants, multihued faux furs, puffy raincoats, hairy capes, and glittering lycras! I read that he even had scratch and sniff inspired leggings!

Scott's collection once again verified his eccentric and playful panache which injected a welcomed sharp dose of fun to fashion week.

I now want to be the eighth colour in Rainbow Brite's 'Colour Kids' possee. Ahh well wishful thinking... getting a ride with Starlite will have to do!



Monday, 20 February 2012

Sheer delight

Wearing- Shirt: Sportsgirl, Skirt: Zara, Shoes: Aldo, Chain: Urban Outfitters
Photographer: Josh Groom, Hair/ Makeup: Estefania Montero

As I posted in a couple of posts on the big trends of the moment, I decided to put a look together that is very easy to wear, semi transeasonal (forget Winter!) and bang on trend! The intricate pleating across the front on this skirt is amazing and it adds the perfect amount of detailing. This maxi has a built in mini skirt underneath so double points for not having to fiddle all day with those pesky slips riding up!

The things you do for fashion! You can see the rain drops all over me in the close up shot of the shirt!

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Sunday, 19 February 2012

Ombre Nails

Sunday for me is manicure day! I find it so relaxing to paint my nails and I love it when I end up creating something fun and new.  Today's ombre effect was a total fluke I've got to say! Whilst deciding what colour to choose I emptied out my nail polish bag onto my bed and all of these pretty shades of pink magically fell out in gradient order!

The beauty god's were talking to me haha! Here's my yummy, bubble gum pink ombre nails!

pinky: Lofes shade 119, ring: Sportsgirl 'fairy floss', middle: Revlon 'sweet tart',
index: 'guava', thumb: Revlon 'red hot tamale

Anybody fluked a new look like mine before?

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Friday, 17 February 2012

How to dress for AW12 + David Jones new season launch

David Jones held their 'Fall' (when did we stop saying Autumn?!) launch last night and Miranda Kerr graced the catwalk for the latest in Australian Designs. She wore pieces by Dion Lee, Josh Goot, Kirrily Johnston and Willow to name a few. Models traipsed the runway in seas of jewel bright tones, geometric prints, midi lenths and glamorous 20's finger waves.

For the girly girls we're seeing a lot of paisley and floral prints and demure hemlines. Colour will still be big with neon yellows, violets, and fuschia. There was plenty of pretty separates going around with floatng silk and some sporadic lame and mesh for good measure. Collections feautred an array of feminine blouse, pencil skirts, floaty frills, sheer layering and high collars and necklines.

The colder months aren't going to be your typical navy's, taupes and charcoals so keep your wardrobe alive and experiment with the fun colours set to hit the stores! Stock up for the season with lace and sheer layers. A style of note, wearing nude slips under sheer black and lace a la Miranda below in Collette Dinnigan. Try this to soften your look and instantly inject a lady like touch to your outfit. Shoulders are still strong and boots will still be sky high. Cynched in waists, panelled belts and harnesses will be prevalent.

We're borrowing from the 70's and the man style for women with wide leg pants, chinos, smart wool blazers and the power suit. Miranda below is wearing this super chic wool Tuxedo by Josh Goot. Follow suit (sorry haha) by investing in wardrobe staples like a structred white shirt and a well fitted blazer. Pieces such as these really are an investment as it will last you for seasons to come.

For a bit of wardrobe cred and edge bombers jackets and leather will keep you warm this winter as well as the updated trench, longer a-line and bright billowing coats.

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That's all from me on trends for next season! What trends are you excited to try?



Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Grammy's 2012 - my style favourites

How much I love seeing all the Divas come out in their best every year at the Grammy's! The Grammy's usually doesn't embody a particular running trend that a lot of the major awards shows tend to have; which I think is great as it's one of the few events where the stars can dress in their own style without the typical restrictions 'evening' wear tends to have.

Sooo the nominees are...


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Now I'm still not sold on her new hair, BUT that back and ass action alone got my attention for a clear pick! The Giorgia Armani gown boasted clean lines and a smooth silhouette against her curves which showed off her best assets and damn can she work it!  I loved her chain which highlights her d├ęcolletage and draws the eye to that exquisite plunging neck line. HUGE brownie points for that butt cleavage chain! Love it!

Next nominee Taylor Swift

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She looked absolutely stunning in this nude and gold silk mermaid gown by Zuhair Murad. I'm a sucker for mermaid gowns so this was an easy pick for me! I died over the key hole and together with that delicate high neck oooohh just devine! Not to mention the detail in that gold lacing! She wore it beautifully with her statuesque frame, fresh makeup and elegant up do. 

Next up Fergie!

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A fair few media outlets are slamming her for this but I absolutely love this dress! I want it!! Even though I'd have nowhere to wear it! This peek a boo lacey number is by Jean Paul Gaultier. Fergie rocked it with her signature gold hoops and teamed it with a chic ponytail. I actually like the black bra and high waisted briefs peeking through somehow it just works! The super cute raised capped sleeves, petite collar and subtle gradient of orange gave it a girly and elegant touch in contrast with the out there, sexy skin factor! Styled with gold accessories and glowy makeup the Duchess looked amazing on the red carpet.

And last but not definitely not the least, Adele

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Also in Giorgio Armani Adele is positively oozing glamour. She brought old Hollywood to the Grammy's and she looks every bit of a world class superstar! Covered in sparkling embroidery and cinched in at the waist with a panelled belt this gown is working wonders for her. Her hair and make-up is definitely a look I will try! She has kept her skin and lips matte, with perfect contouring of the nose and cheeks and a number of lashes, plus even more layers of demi lashes on the outer corners. 

I have to say overall Adele is my pick!! What does everybody think? Have I missed out on anybody in your opinion?



Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Popping + collars

Wearing- Top: Ladakh, skirt, shoes and bag: vintage

The Peter Pan collar is still going strong from SS11 and is still being seen in high street stores and celebrities. I love this 'Ladakh' top, it's versatility makes it so easy to wear and the unique lace print set off with the adorable school girl crisp white collar adds that little something extra to any outfit.

Adding a pop of colour is always guaranteed to add some fun and spice to your day and red has always been my go to for that. This vintage skirt is so comfy and can be dressed up or down. I decided to dress semi casually today so I teamed it with my fail safe vintage lace up ankle boots.

Finally the piece de resistance is my favourite vintage bag. Everywhere she goes she receives the "Oh my god where did you get that?! "I LOVE your bag" comments and deservingly so she really is to die for with the thick leather and suede fringing, gold studs and red and grey accents! You'll be seeing more of her I'm sure in future outfit posts to come!

My make-up was kept neutral with a nude lip teamed with a defined eye and lashes. Huge thanks and props to make-up artist Steffi who is studying at ACMUSE  :)

Let me know what colours you love to 'pop' on!



Shot by Josh Groom, Makeup/ Hair Estefania Montero

Friday, 10 February 2012

vintage heaven

I had my first trip to Europe over Christmas and was anticipating the vintage shopping for months! Countless day dreams were running through my head of rows and rows of glorious mohair knits, glow mesh, layer upon layer of lace and rich leather hand bags! I tell you my fantasies came to reality when I made that first turn through Notting Hill to Portobello Markets.

I don't even think we made it to every store! These vintage stores are of course not your local Salvos or Vinnies! These vintage gems are boasting designers including YSL, Dior, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, CHANEL.. 'nuff said. So with names like these you're thinking they'd cost a bomb right? Wrong! Most of the store's prices were reasonably priced. Average price for a pair of Jimmy Choos or Manolo Blankick were 200 odd pounds and in top condition. Of course if you were to pick up a a staple, classic  piece such as a mint condition leather coat you are of course going to see prices from 400 up!

I was salivating to buy a fur but with the amount of shopping I had already done I knew there was nooo way I could push my luggage weight limit as it was! I ended up with some cute handmade rings and my ultimate pin up art posters :)

Special mention to my darling cousin for showing me around the exuberance of Portobello Markets. Could so go for those darling cupcakes again!

Who has been to Portobello Markets? Let me know of any recent vintage purchases you've made!!

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