Tuesday, 28 December 2010

My Style: Alexa Chung Style Guide

I love Alexa Chung's style especially her choice in jackets- she always seems to wear the latest trends!  So I decided to base my new video on Alexa's style.  It's uploaded on  my youtube now so make sure you check it out! :-)

Street Style in New York

American magazine, Essence, took pics of my sister in New York for their street style feature. How ironic she was actually shopping for my Christmas present.  What can I say? I guess style runs in the family! ;-)

 Coat - Zara
Bag - Juicy Couture
Scarf - Vintage store
Skinny Jeans - Citizens of Humanity
Boots - Marks & Spencer

Friday, 17 December 2010

Sole Essentials - Shoe Shopping at Westfield London

Westfield London

Westfield's has the best shoe shops in London because with over 30 footwear stores under one roof with the best ranges from high street to designer, it makes shopping the ultimate experience - easy and hassle free.

There are a few things every woman must bare in mind when accessorising their outfit – a killer pair of heels.

We all know how accessories can either make or break an outfit. Every fashionista knows the importance of a great pair of heels thanks to style icon Carrie Bradshaw who brought out the shoe lover in all of us!

So where is the best place to find the best range of shoes all under one roof? If you’re looking for the ultimate shopping experience then head to Westfield’s London.

No need to go travelling from one street to an other.  With more than 260 shops under one roof, you are destined to find the perfect heels at Westfield. Platform heels, bold patterns, neutral colours or animal prints, Westfield’s has the best of the high street and designer brands including my favourites Kurt Geiger, Office, Aldo and New Look.  With Westfield’s large range of shoe shops, there is something for everyone including shoe stores for men’s Sole and Schuh.

10 minutes from the West End so you can travel by tube and a large car park underground travelling to Westfield is simple.  After all the shopping, you can grab a bite to eat too with most restaurant and bars open until midnight - perfect!

When it comes to shoe shopping at Westfield, you are destined to step out in style. So happy shopping fashionistas! 

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Perfect Pink Polka Netbook Case

If you are looking for the perfect pink netbook case then I've found it!

Sick of big bulky netbook cases?  Well Amazon.co.uk is selling lots of netbook cases and bags in a range of different sizes and colours. I found the perfect little netbook case to fit my netbook which is 10.1"inchs.  Pink with white polka dots, this case can fit any netbook size between 7" and 10.2" inchs.

 Polka-dot pink and white netbook case

I love the colour very cute and girly and best of all the netbook can carry a charger, A5 size notebook, pens and even your magazine and phone too!
 
I can fit my netbook, netbook charger, diary, magazine and phone! (shoulder strap at the bottom)

It's also available in purple and blue - buy yours today here!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Vivienne Westwood Launches Eco-Friendly Stationery!

  Stationery available online!

Queen of Green Vivienne Westwood has launched a line of must-have eco-friendly stationery.  Go V!

Made from recyled paper, the stationery lines include 2011 diaries and notebooks in classic Westwood styles.

I ♥ the yellow tartan cover for the A5 sized monthly planner diary - perfect size to fit into every fashionista's handbag!
Tartan diary - my favourite item from Westwood's stationery line

Perfect stocking fillers and gifts just in time for Christmas! The stationery is in-stores now and is also available to buy online here. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Prince William & Kate Middleton Announce Engagement!♥

 Kate and William announce their engagement!♥

Today the most anticipated engagement of the decade had finally been confirmed - Prince William is to marry Kate Middleton next year!

The Prince revealed he gave his long-term girlfriend the distinctive blue sapphire ring that once belonged to his mother, Diana - Princess of Wales.

In an exclusive interview this evening with his fiance beside him, he declared to journalists he chose his Diana's engagement ring as wanted to make sure his mother "didn't miss out on the excitement".

Prince William has given Kate Middleton his late mother's engagement ring

Kate told reporters that joining the Royal Family was a "daunting prospect". But she added: "Hopefully I'll take it in my stride."  Prince William said, "The timing is right now, we are both very, very happy."

Clarence House issued a statement today: 

"The wedding will take place in the spring or summer of 2011, in London. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.

Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya.

Prince William has informed The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton's father.

Following the marriage, the couple will live in North Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force."

 The happy couple laughed and joked through their first public interview

Princess Diana married Prince Charles in 1981 so unfortunately I missed out on that one :-( but this time I will get to see a Royal wedding how exciting! 

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Hummingbird Cupcakes - Fabulous!

 Hummingbird Bakery do THE best cupcakes!♥

If you're looking for the best cupcakes in London then look no further than Hummingbird Bakery in South Kensington -truly divine!

On Monday I set myself a challenge – find a shop that can deliver 6 yummy cupcakes, made to order, in three days for my boyfriend’s birthday. Hopeful? Optimistic? Or a case of mission impossible?

Well what started out as a great idea almost turned into a nightmare! If you Google “cupcake shops in London” you get thousands of results. I chose ten of the most popular bakeries as listed by Google, reviewed by food journalists and recommended by my friends. Yet despite this, the majority of them couldn’t guarantee the cakes would be finished and delivered by Wednesday, unless at a (high) cost. One bakery which shall remain nameless listed delivery costs ranging from £40 bargain(!) I’m talking about six cupcakes here, hardly an eight tier wedding cake.

Nevertheless, my quest for the cupcakes continued. I stumbled across Hummingbird Bakery in South Kensington. As it’s based only ten minutes from my office I popped in expecting the worst.

Hummingbird Bakery store, South Kensington

The shop is small but has seating for customers to buy and try the cupcakes and cakes on offer. I was warmly greeted by the Hummingbird staff – who may I add were all dressed in the cutest hot pink sweaters with “Hummingbird” written across them!

A member of staff reassured me they can get my cupcakes made to collect as soon as possible. Result!

Inside Hummingbird Bakery

I had a clear idea of what I wanted - a personalised message on four cakes and a selection of their best cupcakes – red velvet, vanilla and chocolate and vanilla. Yes, I truly was the most fussy customer ever! Yet they patiently listened to my order and even offered me a drink as I explained exactly what I wanted.

So, my order was taken and the very next day I collected the cakes from the store. Simple, stress free and most importantly good service! Is that really too much to ask for nowadays? It seems... 

Selection of cakes on offer...yum!♥

But most importantly - the cupcakes? Well, my boyfriend was most pleased with them and of course, I had to try the product beforehand to see what all the fuss was about. *wink wink* A delicious fluffy sponge and the icing, which I am not usually a fan of, tasted luscious not too sweet and not overloaded either.



Gift Box and cakecups!

I would definitely recommend the Hummingbird Bakery which you can either order online 24/7 or visit their stores (South Kensington, Wardour Street and Portabello Road). Great cakes and great service– what more could you ask for?!





Monday, 1 November 2010

Nail Review Missguided.co.uk Splash Nude Polish


Autumn/Winter season Is here upon us and although fingers are mostly hidden in gloves & coat pockets, there is still reason to paint those nails!

I am always looking for new polishes to try and to my delight, Missguided have a brand new range of 6 nail polishes including a gorgeous nude polish called "Miscellaneous".


 "Miscellaneous"
I love neutral polishes, the nude colour  is well suited to the Autumn season.  The packaging of the product its very cute and like the gold italics against the black background.

 
The consistency is very nice and polish glided on very smoothly.  My usual technique is to firstly apply a thin layer then a second. It dried very well and though I was expecting it to smudge, it didn't! 

I do love how sophisticated the nude nail polish looks and can go with almost anything.  Unlike some nail polishes which don't always turn out like you had hoped (either too dark or too light).


Missguided nude nail polish is definitely nude and exactly the colour it is in the bottle! Fabulous!

(Also available in 5 other colours my favourites include Missbehave in cotton candy and Missunderstood classic deep red)

Available in six colours!

My Style: Halloween Fancy Dress Cat...MEOW!

Happy Halloween guys and dolls! Hope everyone is enjoying partying with the paranormal! Last night I went to my very first fancy dress party. Ever. So you can imagine how excited I was! Can you guess what I went as?!

 My Halloween fancy dress outfit..meow!
Check out my youtube fashion video on how I picked my fancy dress outfit as a cat. Would love to know what you all went as! It'll give me ideas for next year! 

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Gamu's first appearance at MOBO Awards!

 Gamu arriving on the red carpet at this year's MOBOs

Since the media released details of ex-factor reject Gamu's visa troubles, she has been in hididng.  But with all the negative publicity, it didn't stop Gamu turning up to the 2010 MOBOs tonight.

Gamu was a favourite of the public until it was revealed that the aspiring singer from Scotland faces deportation after the visa application made by her mother was turned down.
Gamu on the X-Factor
 
Gamu, from Zimbabwe arrived in Britain as a young girl with her mother and two brothers.  She has claimed that she will face a firing squad is she is forced to return to the country under Robert Mugabe's regime.

It's been reported that Gamu's mother, Miss Ngazana, claimed £16,000 in benefits she was not entitled to for Gamu and her brothers, Milton 12 and Marty 10. 

 Gamu's first audition at the X-Factor

So what will become of Gamu? Rumours are circulating that she has done an exclusive interview with the Metro  newspaper announcing she has been offered a major record deal. (should appear in their newspaper tomorrow) So who knows? Watch this space!


Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Lanvin's New Collection for H&M Revealed!

 First images revealing new collection from Lanvin/H&M

The Lanvin and H&M collaboration will be in stores from 23rd November 2010 worldwide...yay!!!

The collection will include both womenswear and menswear and creative director Alba Elbaz has vowed to keep Lanvin's trademarks such as embellished pearl necklaces and bracelets, puffed asymmetric sleeves and sleek tuxedo jackets.

Shoppers wait for H&M doors to open for Jimmy Choo designer/highstreet collaboration

Creative advisor of H&M, Margareta van den Bosch says, "Lanvin will bring to H&M a luxurious French tradition that is also modern and playful.  It is very much a Lanvin collection, using their cut and tailoring, with lots of focus on form and details for both women and men. The launch in November is going to be full of wonderful surprises.”



The Youtube teaser released for the fashionistas who wait in suspense for the Lanvin/H&M collaboration

Designer collections at high street prices have proven successful in the past.  Lanvin follows in the footsteps of Jimmy Choo, Karl Largerfield, Stella McCartney and Sonia Rykiel. 

Images of the collection will be kept under wraps until November 2. A special film will be previewed for its launch..I can't wait!

Check out Rihanna's new look in video "Whose That Chick"

 Rihanna pictured in her colour-clashing outfit for new video

Rihanna has teamed up with dance music producer David Guetta on new single "Whose That Chick" and is certainly pulling out all the stops for this video!

These pictures from the videoshoot look amazing! I love the bright colours and for once Rihanna's hair actually flatters her without making too much of an impression.

 RiRi rocking a monochrome look for shoot

What do you think? Opinions welcome!
 

Monday, 11 October 2010

NYC in Fall 2010

 Me in MAC..uber happy!

I've just come back from visiting family in NYC and had an amazing time out there.  I visited my favourite stores Victoria Secrets and got the georgous Vanilla Coconut Passion.

Vanilla Coconut Passion Mist..divine!

This scent is one of my favourites, a soft warm vanilla with a hint of coconut once settled on the skin,  the perfect scent for crispy cool season of Autumn/Fall.

I also visited Ugg Store and bought a long pair in chestnut. brown.  This is the second pair of Uggs I have bought from the NYC store I seem to always buy them in New York!  Winters in London can be cruel so what better way to keep my toes warm and cosy with these beauties!?

I can't wait to wear my new Uggs this Winter!

The weather was surprisingly good for Autumn/Fall temperatures reaching 19degrees on some days so of course I had to make the most of it *wink wink*.

 Jacket - Topshop
Jumpsuit - Primark
Sandals - New Look
Bag - Primark

Sweater - George, Asda
Shorts - Primark
Shoes - Primark

Shift Dress - Forever 21

Hope to be visiting NY again next year too!

Love ♥ Want ♥ Need ♥ Christian Louboutin Bow Sandals

 Love| Want| Need these shoes!

Christian Louboutin have done it again.  The designer, a favourite with celebrities, have released the peep bow sandals.

The black leather shoe boots from Christian Louboutin are 5inch heels with three leather bows and of course the signature red sole. Lots of celebrities have been spotted with the georgous heels. 

Zoe Saldana
 
Chloe Sevigny

 Emma Watson

 Khloe Kardashian

I bows so this is definately one of my favourites from Christian Louboutins feminine and fierce all at once, they are the perfect statement heels and can be worn with  jumpsuits, dresses or skinny jeans and blouses instead.   If you can't afford the real deal, then there are a few good copies on the highstreet.

Very.co.uk has a great copy of Christian Louboutin bow sandals available in black, pink/cherry and purple.

 
Available from Very.co.uk

My heels

 The sole is leopard print instead of the signature red

Monday, 20 September 2010

Alexander McQueen Memorial LFW

 Sarah Jessica Parker sheds a tear for McQueen

Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour took a break from London Fashion Week today to attend Alexander McQueen's memorial service.

 Kate wore a leather pencil skirt tuxedo jacket & Louboutin heels whilst Naomi wore a McQueen feater creation & gold heeled boots

The celebrities paid homage to the 40 year old British fashion designer, who committed suicide in February.

McQueen who began his career as an apprentice at a Savile Row tailor's Anderson & Sheppard, was one of the most respected figures in the fashion industry.  

 The cover of McQueen's memorial service booklet

He was best known for his daring creations and my one of my favourite pieces from his collection, the skull scarf.

 Kim Kardashian and Nicole Richie with a McQueen skull scarf
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