Lifestyle, fashion and beauty

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

M&S new campaign stars Ryan Reynolds and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will be fronting Marks & Spencer's latest fashion range.

They have shot pictures for the brand's new Autograph collection - and don't they bring a touch of glamour to it?!

The Transformers starlet can be seen cosying up to Reynolds in one shot and a fuschia dress in another.

They were pictured around London's St. Pancras Grand and show a romantic couple who have just returned from a weekend in Paris.

The campaign has previously featured Twiggy, Dannii Minogue, Lisa Snowdon and Mylene Klass to name a few.

What do you think of the latest choices for the brand?

Get The Look: Una Healy

Fancy getting the look a la Una Healy from The Saturdays?

I'm quite liking this dress she has on in the picture, especially the print. The feather printed pleat dress can be dressed down with wedge heels or dressed up with a pair of platforms.

It is priced £22.99 from Own The Runway.

Get The Look: Cat Deeley

If you like Cat Deeley's gorgeous dress as shown here you won't have to wait long to get your hands on your own.

The yellow maxi dress is from River Island's Hustle collection and will be available from October.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eid Mubarak!

To all my Muslim followers Eid Mubarak!

After a month of fasting during Ramadhan today is a day of celebrating, eating (to make up for a lot of restraint the past month!) and spending quality of time with friends and family.

 Oh. And I forgot dressing up. Here are the bangles I am wearing today, courtesy of my mother-in-law to be, and you can even peek my Eid outfit underneath.

Happy celebrations! x

Preview: New Warehouse jewellery A/W '11

Trust me to bring you the latest jewellery collection which isn't even available on Warehouse's own website yet!

I have received some images of the jewellery which is due to be out for A/W '11. Unfortunately I can't give you a full price list for these as they are not on the website, but will tell you what details I have been told.

The following is a beautiful chain and pendant necklace. This would look great as a statement piece over a plain understated outfit. It is dressy enough to wear over a LBD with a clutch, heels and gold studs.
This next statement necklace costs £25. It has some gorgeous sparkly gems, but I would say my attention is drawn more to the cut-piece drops. These would sit fabulously over a dress with the light shining through. No need for big earrings with it.
This next one is an agate necklace costing £20. I love the colours of the stone - arn't they fantastic?! A very unusual and memorable piece. Probably my favourite of the collection.

And lastly is this gold gemstone tassel bangle costing £15. Beautiful right?! Again another unusual piece and just as stunning for its colours.
Warehouse I salute you for a fab A/W collection. Now can we have some more?!

Calling all beauty bloggers!

Calling all beauty bloggers!

Throughout November I will be running a feature on this blog - a beauty tip for every day.

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and I will get back to you.

The tips can be anything from beauty regimes you follow, tips your mum, grandma passed down to you, or beauty products you swear by. 

Thank you!

Monday, August 29, 2011

First look at Kardashian bridesmaids' dresses

Here is a look at Kim Kardashian and her bridesmaids on her wedding day.

This picture was released officially today. What do you think of it?

I knew the sisters would be wearing ivory but I didn't realise just how much they looked like brides even with their bouquets.

There is no question that they look amazing, but Kim kind of blends in with them instead of standing out. Thankfully her headpiece kind of sets her apart.

What do you think?

Congratulations to Beyonce!

Beyonce announced last night at the MTV VMAs that her and husband Jay-z are expecting their first child together.

It didn't stop an energetic performance from her during the show!

She said before her performance that she wanted to share the love growing inside her - bit of a give-away. And after dancing her way through the number opened her jacket and rubbed her baby belly, awwww!

Although she has not announced how far gone she is she is showing a baby belly and looks glowing.

Former Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland has offered her congratulations and said she knows Beyonce will be an amazing mother.

I do too! How talented will that baby turn out to be with such super-amazing parents right?! And the question is what will the baby be called? Jay-B? Bey-Jonce?! Let me know your suggestions....

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Event: Get new wardrobe at posh jumble sale

Fancy treating yourself to a new designer wardrobe? At Buy My Wardrobe you can do just that at this fancy jumble sale.

Each stall will be laden with designers and those with wardobes to die for. You will have a chance to root through their belongings in this shoppers' delight and you can expect between 50 to 70% off the original price.

But don't fret you will not have to rifle through the rails. This sale has 20 people selling the contents of their wardrobe at any one time. With every sale the sellers will change meaning there is always fresh stock.

Previously there have been stylists offering make-up consultations, manicures and beauty treatments while you shop. And there will be plenty of women who work in fashion selling their clothes.

The sale opens at 1pm, but VIP ticket holders can enter an hour earlier, see the goods, have a glass of champagne and get a goodie bag.

It is from 1pm to 4pm, Saturday, September 3, in Adam Street. Tickets are £5, and VIP tickets are £20.

For more information or to buy tickets see below:

X Factor week two

Week two of X Factor auditions and something is certainly becoming clear this year:

- The focus is on 'the talent' rather than the judges - and even less on the crazies.
- There is tonnes of talent in Liverpool
- The show is putting in big caps - DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
- And Kelly Rowland is emerging as the standout judge with bags of personality, natural humour and constructive criticism.

I am backing The Keys all the way to the finals. If these guys don't do well there is certainly something wrong. The guys from Liverpool, who genuinely look like a bunch of mates rather than a group, said they wanted to be as successful as Take That. They sang Aloe Blacc's I need a Dollar and wowed the judges.

Gary told them they were magnificent, Tulisa told them their harmonies were right, and they were through to bootcamp.

Johnny Robinson came on wearing his trackies and a baseball cap and blew the judges away with his rendition of Etta James' At Last. He has such a sweet voice and stood out as the Susan Boyle of the show.

One of my favourites was biscuit-factory worker Craig Colton who stunned his unsuspecting parents who were sat in the audience. They did not realise he was auditioning until he appeared on stage. Craig already won the judges and crowd over with his quick wit but his blues voice was stunning as he sang Adele's Melt My Heart To Stone.

And last of my favourites was Mancunian Misha Bryan. When the footage showed her at home and arriving on the bus the viewers had an inkling she may be pretty good - the cameras don't film just anyone arriving at auditions. She sang Aretha Franklin's R.E.S.P.E.C.T. with a bit of rapping.

Her voice was amazing, but for me it was also her confidence and attitude that made her standout as a contender and Tulisa told her she was the best audition they had seen that day.

Of course we are going to see the usual oddballs, but there are decidedly less of them being given airtime this year, which is a welcome addition. Week by week I am looking forward to seeing what talent will come through more than I have in previous years. There are plenty of people coming through who have stunning voices but not conventional popstar looks. They are real people and it is refreshing to see people who don't look like ready-made popstars unlike last year.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Events: Fancy a vintage fashion splurge this weekend?

If you want to take on the look of Audrey Hepburn or get a bowler hat like Charlie Chaplin then Judy’s Vintage Fair at Spitalfields Market may be the place for you. 

The event on Monday, September 29, is from 11am and will include re-worked or handmade pieces and classic designs. 

If you are looking for a bit of vintage for your home you could always pick up a lamp for a bit of retro glamour, some art work, mirrors or material.

One of the main draws of the event is the cheap price tag of some of the items making them affordable but good quality too. 

If you go down let me know what bargains you managed to bag!

Preview: See what will be in Primark in September

Calling all Primark fans check out these pics if you want to stay ahead of the fash pack!

I have got hold of some images of what will be in Primark from next month and in October. The picture above shows amustard pussy-bow blouse, priced £10 (October). The crimson wool pencil skirt with cobalt belt is £14 (September). The tights and loafers are in store now.

This cropped jacket is £23 (Sept). The lace-up patent boots are £18 (also Sept). The berry heart socks, £2, and navy trousers, £14, are in store now.

These lace-up patent boots are £18 (Sept), the teal tights are £2 (Oct), and the heart-print coat, £25, and pocket mini skirt £8 are out now.

This cable-knit midi is £12 (Sept), while the cardigan, £12, is out now.

This tomato cable bobble jumper is £12 (Sept), the leather skater skirt is £20 (Sept) while the clutch, £6, tights, £2, and loafers, £18, are out now.

This belted coat is £45 (Oct). The tights, £2, and loafers, £16, are in store now.  

 And finally here is the limited edition satin maxi, £23, (Sept). The clutch, £5, and shoes, £18, are in stores now.

So what do you think of the new pieces? Anything catch your fancy?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Preview: First look at AugA - a new jewellery collaboration

Today I went into central London to have a first-hand preview of a new collaboration between two up and coming jewellery designers.

It saw university friends Ellen Monaghan and Rebecca Steiner teaming up five years after they graduated for the collaboration called AugA. The name is a clever combination of the chemical symbols for gold and silver.

The collection saw contemporary pieces of jewellery hand-crafted from gold, silver and gemstones.

Some of them were quite unique like some cuff links I saw with twisted metal and black onyx. It was cleverly put together.

There were some intricate pieces that were absolutely stunning. Both of these designers are absolutely talented producing a stunning collection. And others are starting to take notice. Rebecca has had her work featured in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and looking at this collection I can see why.

This piece was one of my favourites in the preview. It is bead heavy but totally wearable. I love the different mix of colours and the gold design at the end of the chain is a common theme throughout the collection.

You can see what I mean with these black earrings. They have a similar design and are hollow. The earrings could easily be worn as a statement piece with your hair pinned up to show them off.

Here is the design again but this time in rings. Even if you wore no other jewellery this would stand out as a cocktail ring because of the size, design and colour.

And how fab is this silver bangle! It is delicate but could easily be worn everyday.

And lastly from my photos today are these hand-made rings. They continue the theme from the designs before. I can see someone with a boho look rocking these. I quite like the one on the right as a thumb ring.
Here are some designs from their Facebook page. I LOVE this gold pendant. How gorgeous is it? I would wear this over a plain t-shirt or a black dress. Beautiful.
And I love the jewel colours in this ring. The green especially is a nice tone.

And here is one of their chunkier rings in the collection, I imagine this is for a man. If you want an unusual piece you wouldn't be able to get in a mainstream shop this would be ideal

If you would like to see the collection it is at Craft Central, Farringon, until Saturday.

You can find the designers at:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Accessorize's autumn/ winter collection

Accessorize is my favourite shop for jewellery and accessories so I was excited when these images popped into my inbox!

They are the new promo pictures from the brand's autumn/winter collection published today.

How glam do they look?! I feel all wintery just looking in them and want to wrap up in a warm snuggly hat and scarf.

What do you think of the collection? And what is your favourite?


Schuh's latest collection out next month

Schuh's latest autumn/winter has some great shoes coming out next month.

Check out these prince court glitter shoes. Love the silver heel. They are perfect for the party season. They are priced £65. A similar sequinned pair will be out in October.

How cute are these Keena T-bar sandal snake heels?! I love the combination of green with the brown. You will have to keep these ones on the back burner as they are not out until mid-October. These ones are priced £62.

And how this pair of chocolate brown shoes? The sissy ruched ankle boots will be out in early October. They are priced £95.
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