Sunday, 30 January 2011

The Week Ahead


This Spring, I appear to be embracing my feminine side.  Every other post seems to be about florals, maxi dresses and the like.  I fear a backlash coming on, I'm terribly fickle when it comes to trends.

The lovely Laura at theblogofobsessivecoolness has kindly given me a Stylish Blogger Award.  While I'm not going to pass it out to 15 wonderful bloggers - check out my links list to the right of the screen to see what I recommend - I will divulge a few tidbits about myself, I've been at this a while and I don't think I've really introduced myself.

1)  I'm quite academic.  I like being academic, well read, well informed.  Now that I've graduated I'm afraid I'm going to drop the ball on reading as I read almost 200 books during my university career and am a bit sick of it.  I'm trying to push myself into reading good literature (with a few lighthearted ones on the way; have a look at what I'm reading on the lower right hand of the screen), I want to get through the BBC list of 100 books to read before you die.  Although it does have the entire works of Shakespeare on there and I don't think that's entirely feasible.

2)  I love Lost.  I'm currently working my way through the series to see if it actually made any sense.  Just started Season 3 yesterday and everything is still pretty normal and not confusing.

3)  When studying for my A Levels, I used to eat.  A lot.  I would get through three tubs of Belgian Chocolate ice cream a week.  Still maintained a UK size 8 though.  It wasn't till I got to University and discovered alcohol my weight ballooned.

4)  I'm offended by Uggs.  This may be a bit controversial, but it's true.  Don't misunderstand me, they're fantastically comfortable, warm and just all around amazing for your feet.  But they are not waterproof.  Or snowproof.  Why do people wear them in the rain and snow? And they don't look good with jeans.  Or black tights.  Or outside the house.

5) I watch the Vampire Diaries so I can ogle the hot men.  I'm not ashamed to admit this.  If you haven't seen the Vampire Diaries, I seriously, seriously recommend you check it out.  There is always some shirtless eye candy going on there. 

6) I have never seen the whole of Pulp Fiction.  I believe this is a crime in certain cultures?

7) I'm currently interning at a well known London based high fashion label.  I'm tired, broke, but loving it. 

Bloc Party


Obssessed with bright colours right now.  Anything to brighten up the dreary winter.

Don't You Want Me?


Campaigns have been slamming the internet lately, some have gone for a polished, put together look like Burberry or Proenza (I posted about here), others have gone of a DIY approach like Rag and Bone.  Lanvin makes me laugh though.  I imagine the campaign documents the scenes of H&M when Lanvin hit the stores.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Colour Blocks

From left to right; top row: River Island, Proenza Schouler, Jil Sander, Equipment, Versace; middle row: Topshop, Topshop, Acne, Topshop, Charlotte Olympia, Miu Miu; bottom row: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Isabel Marant, Jimmy Choo, Jil Sander, Topshop, Vanessa Bruno.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

White Out


Loving white for this spring.  Must get my hands on a good portable stain remover though, I am terrible with food, drinks, make-up, dirt, life.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

The Week Ahead


Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Golden Globes

Awards season seems to bring out the inner princess in most actresses, they put on a sparkly ballgown, a sleek updo and a nonchalant pout which can all become a little bit tired.  I do love a gown that is different, see Carey Mulligan in Vionnet at the Bafta's last year.  This year, fashion had a little moment with Versace, Burberry, Viktor and Rolf, Jil Sander amongst the usual boring suspects Armani and Marchesa.  The Golden Globes did not disappoint in the fashion stakes with Angelina suprising us in green and January looking, well, hot. 

Emma Stone

Although I almost didn't recognise her with her blonde hair Emma by far looked the best last night in a Calvin Klien minimalist gown.  From a relative newbie on the redcarpet she got top marks.

Olivia Wilde

It really helps to be beautiful (although the disastrous outfit Heidi Klum wore last night is proof against this) so I feel Olivia helped the outfit along a bit with her natural beauty.  Although I don't love the hair and this a perfect example of a princess ballgown I was talking about, Olivia looks breathtaking.

Leighton Meester

When I first saw this I wasn't sold on her Burberry Pre-Fall dress.  The original has a 3/4 length sleeve and I think that would have worked better, but Leighton is a breath of fresh air on a red carpet of sequins and tight waists.  The dress does look far better in motion.

Natalie Portman

Well, she could have worn a potato sack and people would have talked about her.  Winning a Golden Globe, expecting a baby and being newly engaged are all sure ways to get you into the press.  Although I don't love this Viktor and Rolf dress, it is very appropriate for her pregnancy and she looks glowing.  Not the best, but worth a mention.  I hope she does better come Oscar night.

Anne Hathaway

I cannot wait to see the Oscars if this is the standard of dress Anne will be wearing.  She truly looked stunning in this backless dress and the hair and make-up is flawless too.

Tilda Swinton

I doubt many people love this look.  I'm not even sure that I love this look.  I just adore Tilda Swinton and the risks she takes with fashion.  If anyone can pull off this look, it would be her.  To be fair, this picture does dull down the colours immensely, the colour of the pink shoe and champagne skirt are far richer on the telly.  In a sea of frilly, ruffle dresses embellished with crystals, Tilda is a welcome change.

January Jones

Well, we all knew she'd be wearing Versace.  But god damn.  This is hot.  I'm a fully heterosexual woman and I definetely would.  Y'know?  It very nearly crosses the line onto slutfest - like Halle's Nina Ricci dress - but it's the right kind of nearly slutty.  Can't wait to see her at the Emmys.

Claire Danes

Again, another example where minimalism works.  The colour - hot pink on tv - is gorgeous and suits her skin tone. The cuff on the arm and updo really works in the garments favour, perfectly understated but packign a big punch. Calvin Klein has another winner.

Angelina Jolie

I normally hate Angelina on the red carpet.  I can't get excited about black, or leather or black leather.  But Angie has done colour, a vibrant emerald colour at that, and the risk paid off.  More of the same please Angie!

Helena Bonham Carter


Grazia magazine is probably preparing a "what was she thinking?!" headline as we speak, but I have a soft spot for Helena.  I have a soft spot for anyone in the celebrity world who is not prepared to tone down the crazy and change their personality to suit their media.  I love that she's wearing different colour shoes.  I love that her hair looks like she hasn't brushed it since she was 17.  She's wearing sunglasses.  On the red carpet!  Say what you want, but the woman has her own identity, her own sense of style and she's not afraid to show it.  More power to her.

What were your highlights?  Is anyone else getting bloody fed up with Lea Michele's penchant for ruffle dresses?  And Ricky Gervais - he's still hilarious!