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Monday, 23 February 2015

Best Dressed: Oscars 2015

Was anyone else's Instagram awash with crimson gowns this morning? That's because red was the colour of the night at yesterday's 87th Academy Awards ceremony, and I'm not merely referring to the carpet. Givenchy, Reem Acra, Atelier Versace, Burberry and more all dressed beautiful women in scarlet shades, many with lace and embellishment to stun fashion lovers everywhere on the most sensational night of the season. Several of my favourite gowns of the evening were actually worn to Elton John and Vanity Fair's after parties, such as Suki Waterhouse's silk organza Burberry gown. I also managed to briefly see past my envy of Hannah Bagshawe (I'll never forgive her for marrying my planned husband) to appreciate her beautiful aztec-inspired Alexander McQueen dress which included a cute shout-out to the coming seasons' fringing trend. My absolute favourite look of the night though has to go to Rosamund Pike. Her Haute Couture gown custom-made by Riccardo Tisci with it's scalloped edges, cinched waist and thigh-high slit created such a powerful, statuesque (how appropriate) presence; I believe I'll be seeing red for a long while yet.

Rosamund Pike - Givenchy Haute Couture | Nina Dobrev - Reem Acra | Alessandra Ambrosio - Atelier Versace

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Monthly Favourites: January 2015

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I'm somewhat behind with the first Monthly Favourites post of 2015 but I figured it was better late than never. There have been some films, products and moments that I really fell for in January, so let's not wait any longer to share them!
Beauty
My first beauty favourite of the month is going to be my ridiculously expensive but very effective Shu Uemura lash curlers. If you've set foot in the digital beauty world you'll have heard the hype, but after purchasing them a few months back and being quite disappointed, they're suddenly impressing me. I've found the ultimate curl comes from using them before AND after mascara; I realise that this is really bad for your lashes and that mine might all fall out tomorrow for recommending this to you but it really does seem to boost the curl! #sorrynotsorry


Secondly in the beauty department is another lash related product, and that's the New Look Pure Colour Definition mascara. I've been using this for a few months after FleurDeForce recommended it, but since running out and trying to use up some others (including Dior's Diorshow New Look and Max Factor's False Lash Effect), I've found it to be totally unbeatable. And it's £4.99. My local store doesn't actually sell this specific one and I refuse to pay nearly as much for delivery as I do for the product so in the meantime I'm using their Pure Colour Volume formula with the Definition wand which is proving more than adequate!

Lastly - it's a very eye-related beauty favourites, can you tell? - is my Urban Decay Vice 3 palette. The colours I've been loving have been identical to those used in my Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2014 Inspired Make Up Look, so take a look at that post if you're interested in which colours I'm getting the most use out of, though if I'm honest the entire palette is totally divine.

Film
Time to get pally with awards season; two of my favourite films of January have to be The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game. I am a sucker for a biopic and I have a socially unacceptable obsession with Eddie Redmayne, so that explains at least three quarters of the addiction. I found both of these films so emotional and inspiring and would recommend them to the most right-brained person, despite the science/maths nature of Professor Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing's achievements. The other film favourite of January was slightly less intellectual but no less emotional, and that is The Fault in Our Stars. I've only seen it once before but my Mum and I watched it a few weeks ago and I loved it just as much the second time round.



YouTube/Blogging
I've decided to dedicate a little section to the YouTube and blogging community in this month's favourites. The first favourite is actually Girl Online. I wasn't sure if I was going to read this, but I was bought it for Christmas and I actually really enjoyed it! After years of reading literary classics for school and my English Literature degree, it was nice to spend a Sunday morning with a cup of tea devouring a not so academic story. Once I got past the first chapter or two I was really gripped and ended up loving it and feeling emotionally invested in the characters. For anyone who loves a fairly light read and is looking for something to get them back into the habit of reading, I would definitely recommend Girl Online.


Another YouTube favourite came in the form of Amelia Liana's What's In My Bag/Top 10 Lip Products video, where she gave me a cheeky shoutout. I thought it was actually really sweet of her to acknowledge our little chat on Twitter and made her even more lovable. Amelia is undoubtedly one of my favourite beauty bloggers purely for how fun and relaxed she is whilst maintaining such an elegance. Not to mention her hair. I mean, really.


Lastly I'm including a post that I really loved writing, and that was my Right This Moment post that I intend to make a fairly regular series. It was all about being grateful for the present moment and I'm really excited to post another one of these in the very near future! If you haven't read it already, take a look here.

What were some of your favourite things in January? I'd love to hear any of your recommendations in the comments below!

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sunday Beach Walk

This weekend has been an absolutely gorgeous one, filled with girly catch ups and relaxing moments at home. Today was a beautiful sunny Sunday, so after lying in bed with a cup of tea and catching up on YouTube videos into the early afternoon, myself and two of my friends took to the beach close to my house to walk their dogs. Sunday dog walks along the beach are something of a tradition in the Bournemouth/Poole area, so on a beautiful sunny day like today we saw plenty of families with adorable pups tearing around on the sand! I was feeling particularly snap-happy at the sight of the sun and despite living here for most of my life I never cease to be amazed by how stunning my hometown is, so I thought I'd share it with you all!




Cheeky Sunday selfies and FOTD ingredients



The walk towards Poole Harbour



Stunning gold sand at Shore Road




Miniature dogs club



Incredible sunset over Brownsea Island


I hope you all enjoyed this little peak into my Sunday! I'm sorry the photos are only iPhone quality; I wasn't planning to blog my afternoon so didn't bring my camera out. Nevertheless I feel like this beach could look stunning in the lowest quality image! I'm now watching Beauty and the Beast with a mug of hazelnut hot chocolate, and I think Sunday may be my favourite day of the whole week. 

How do you spend your Sundays? Do you have any Sunday rituals? 
Let me know in the comments!

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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Best Dressed: January 2015

Spring is coming! Amongst the usual monochromatic hues of the winter months, the outfits of January's best dressed ladies also featured some pretty pastel shades such as Jaime King's Valentino, as well as a bright coral dress for Karolina Kurkova and some outright Springtime florals on Jennifer Aniston and Laura Carmichael. However one of my absolute favourite looks of the month comes from Katie Holmes. I can't say I've ever noticed her on a sartorial level before, but she stepped out this month in a very chic ensemble, and it's safe to say I'll be keeping my eye on her from now on! Hit 'Read More' to see all of my best dressed looks of the last four weeks.

Kate Bosworth - J. Mendel | Rosie Huntington-Whiteley | Katie Holmes - Marc Cain
Keira Knightley - Erdem | Jaime King - Valentino | Rosamund Pike - Christian Dior Couture
Claudia Schiffer - Antonio Berardi | Elizabeth Olsen | Marion Cotillard
Felicity Jones - Monique Lhullier | Kate Bosworth - Oscar de la Renta | Poppy Delevingne - Osman
Jennifer Aniston - Giambattista Valli | Karolina Kurkova - Roland Mouret | Laura Carmichael - Erdem

(All images have been taken from the internet and belong to their rightful owners)

Who was your best dressed of January? Are you looking forward to Spring fashion? Let me know in the comments!

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Elie Saab | Spring/Summer 2015: Couture

Glamorous, extravagant and serene, Elie Saab's Spring/Summer 2015 couture collection was one more on a long list of heavenly creations to make the most tomboyish of women swoon. A range of influences seemed to inspire the clothes, from exaggerated Hollywood glamour, to nature-inspired gowns and set, as well as the dramatic black dresses that reminded me of Travis Banton's costuming in Max Ophüls' Letter from an Unknown Woman, Saab's gowns offered something for everyone, layered in as much 20th Century cultural reference as they were sequin and lace.


The show began with a stunning pale gold gown with wide sleeves and beautiful, almost translucent mesh. This first dress immediately took me back to the gold low-cut gown worn by Izabel Goulart at Marchesa's most recent Ready-To-Wear show, though there is a difference between Marchesa's bohemian vibe and Saab's look towards Hollywood lingerie and opulence. The collection proceeded as all Elie Saab shows faultlessly do; through dresses of lace, beading, sheer panels and embellishment galore, but with the added drama of endless feathers, particularly on the muted grey-blue gown on the second row. These feathered looks created an even stronger sense of early Classical Hollywood, and reminded me instantly of Greta Garbo's costuming in Grand Hotel. One of my favourite gowns of the collection was the black V-necked dress with the full skirt on the penultimate row, worn by one of my favourite models of the moment Taylor Hill; the side-swept hair and decadent feathered shrug screamed glamour, whilst the attention to detail on the skirt's beading was as immaculate and hypnotising as ever. 


The final looks, bursting with butterflies, entered a more idyllic and tranquil territory, which felt like quite a sudden move away from the operatic gowns shown immediately before. But if anything, this just shows Elie Saab's incredible versatility and ability to create a synergy between the most unlikely of looks. His staple formula of boat necks, beading and a cinched waist is more effective than ever in this couture collection, and will see me through my dress-based daydreams for many more seasons to come.


(All images have been taken from and belong to www.Vogue.co.uk)

To read more of my show reports on Elie Saab, just click here! But first I want to know, what was your favourite look of his latest couture collection? 

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