Sunday, 19 June 2011

Bonnie Wright all grown up!

Doesn't it seem like yesterday that little Ginny Weasley graced the silver screen as the youngest sibling of the famous red-haired family? Well, her days of reading Tom Riddle's diary are long behind her if this cover of Haute Muse Magazine is anything to go by.


The 20 year-old looks incredible with her flowing red locks and matching lipstick and don't even get me started on those cheekbones...jealous? Most definitely. Bonnie's english rose complexion contrasts sharply against the black dress and dark make-up, but it works. Put it this way, I'm the same age as Bonnie and I can guarantee if I was put on the front cover of the magazine, I wouldn't look half this good!


Meanwhile, the countdown for the final installation of the Harry Potter saga has been put in motion with advance tickets being sold across the world. 
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Saturday, 18 June 2011

Hair Through The Years: Leighton Meester

A hair sometimes is often said to be a woman's number one accessory. It can make or break an outfit and we've all been through enough 'bad hair days' to appreciate when a good hair day comes around.


Leighton Meester (best known for her role as privileged Upper-East sider Blair Waldorf) has over-hauled her hair on many occasions experimenting with most hues under the hair rainbow.


Her latest look of rich chocolate brunette with a fringe turns a new style page for Miss Meester. The dark brown personally reminds me of when she first took her role for Blair and I LOVE it. It compliments her brown eyes perfectly and makes her skin naturally glow. It's simple, it's glossy and classy. While I hope she stays with this luxurious look for a while, lets take a look at Leighton's 'Hair Through The Years' over the past 8 years:



  Images sourced from: http://leightonmeester.us/
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Friday, 17 June 2011

What I Wore: Suits You

I've always been a fan of looking smart and my blazers are my wardrobe staples. So when some of my favourite celebs started to showcase their take of the classic suit, I thought I'd give it a go myself. But first, lets look at some women who work masculine to the max:

Miss Meester goes a few steps further, transforming her tailoring with a tie and matching smokey eye make-up. The green clutch adds a pop of colour and femininity. 

Blake shines in this satin number. Her glam curls add a Hollywood feel and the tailoring shows men just how it's done, even better!

Olivia's take on the trend was my initial inspiration. Black blazer? Check. Black heels? Of course and white shirt? Definitely! Palermo is ultimately chic in head to toe monochrome. 







Black blazer - Tesco
White plain shirt - Marks and Spencer
Skinny black jeans - Primark
Black heels - Office
Bracelet - Pandora


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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Miss Selfridge Summer Sale - My Picks


(L-R)
Black Nude Mesh Bodysuit - £7.00
Black Ruched Bodycon Dress - £15.00
Blue Lace Pleat Skater Dress - £22.00
Pink Rib Ponti Boobtube Dress - £17.00
Pink Twill Shorts - £12.00

SJM
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Earrings: Funky with a capital F

We're told that accessories can instantly transform an outfit, so earrings are no exception.


My friend's duck earrings inspired me do to an article of the current most quirky earrings on the high-street. So if you fancy brightening up your wardrobe or your mood, snap up one or more of these cool designs!












*All prices correct at the time of publishing.
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Friday, 10 June 2011

GLAMOUR Awards 2011 - Hit or Miss

GLAMOUR's annual awards show lit up the capital again on Tuesday night with A-Listers gracing the red-carpet in their fashion finest. There were winners and losers in awards as well as winners and losers in the style stakes. But who exuded elegance and who missed the mark? Here's my verdict:



















(L-R)


Rachel Stevens 
Although leopard print is said to be one of the sexiest prints a woman can wear, Rachel's take on the animalistic attire swamps her petite frame and the off the shoulder sleeve looks accident making her look more frumpy than fabulous.

Kim Kardashian
Kim's famous hourglass curves are flaunted to the max in this fitted strapless dress.  The clean, crisp cut screams old Hollywood but the pulled back hair is to similar to the dress. Soft waves would have finished the look perfectly.

Gemma Arterton 
Every woman relies on their trusty LBD's to see them through any occasion, however Gemma's falls flat. A combo of simple hair, make-up and dress lack the oomph of a red carpet event and the harsh black drains her English rose complexion.

Rebecca Ferguson
X Factor's Rebecca may not have won gold on winning the show, but glitters in this gown. Her hair swept up into a 60's ponytail keeps the look chic, letting the dress take centre stage.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 
Brit Rosie shows why she's one of the top supermodels in this slinky thigh-flaunting number. The neutral tone flatters her tanned complexion perfectly.





















(L-R)


Paloma Faith
Paloma's quirky music is extended in her fashion in this sheer ensemble. The fitted cream dress draped underneath hoards of black material saves this outfit from being outrageous showing that Paloma does have a figure under all that art. She also earns style kudos for being the only one to rock a headpiece.


Pixie Geldof
This floral fright may suit spring but it doesn't suit Miss Geldof. Her petite frame is swamped by the magnitude of material and ages her beyond belief.


Naomie Harris
Classic monochrome, simple her. C'est tres, tres chic!

Katherine Jenkins 
Katherine brightens up the red carpet in this bold number. Hot pink is a hard hue to pull off, especially as a floor-length dress but Miss Jenkins pulls it off to perfection. Her golden tan and sun-kissed hair compliment the shade perfectly - ladies take note!

Eliza Doolittle
Eliza's pink and black cut-out number has let me confused. Is it hit or a miss? As a general outfit, I think no. But on her - yes. Her slender figure wears it well and the pile-high hairdo takes the outfit from grunge to glam. Definitely not one to lend your mum though...




 (L-R)


Alexandra Burke
Hair and make-up are flawless yet her floral dress lets her down. You could quite easily fit five Alexandra Burke's into the material making Miss Burke appear bigger than she actually is.


Tulisa Contostavlos
New X Factor judge Tulisa makes her first showbiz appearance since landing one of the hottest jobs in TV. And she's sure to stand out in this bold number. But for me, it's edging on tacky rather than classy.


Keri Hilson
Miss Hilson works the body-con trend in grey but what I can't stop thinking about is why there's a person on the front of her dress (the fringing)...


Stevie Hicks 
Black, black and erm, more black...! Yes it's a classic go-to and it's slimming and it DOES go with everything...apart from too much black. Stevie looks garishly Gothic in the head to to hue which wouldn't look out of place at an Alice Cooper concert. It's Spring, throw on some colours!


Davina McCall 
Now, I'm not a Davina McCall fan...but, fashion wise - Miss McCall looks radiant in red. The Grecian draping gives character to an otherwise block dress and the red warms up her complexion. Wearing the carpet colour is quite a daring move, but Davina does it with ease.




















(L-R)


Kristen Stewart
Working nudes and earthy tones in this snug fitting strapless. Would have scored a full house if Stewart had managed a smile.

Tess Daly
I like the look Tess was going for and her radiant tan complements the cream well but the shapelessness of the dress just hangs off her body.


Kirsty Gallacher
Cover Kirsty's head and that dress wouldn't look out of place on a 60 year old. The colour's fine but the cut hides her fabulous figure leaving everything to the imagination. You're not over the hill yet Kirsty!

Georgie Thompson
The Grecian theme continues but this time in bronze and still, it disappoints. The clinched in waist is great for creating an hour-glass figure and the bottom half glides over Georgie's hips but the top half looks un-tailored and unflattering. E for effort though!


Louise Rednapp 
Miss Rednapp plays it safe in a classic LBD with a twist. The cut-out neck stops the dress falling flat but the outfit is screaming for a pop of colour to bring it up-to-date.



















(L-R)


Jameela Jamil
While her violet strapless is dress is stunning, it's the bag that wraps the outfit up. Quirky? check. And a flash of pink lipstick keeps the look fun and flirty.


Jessica Ennis
Jessica is victorious in Victorian in cream. Looking like she's stepped out of a Jane Austen novel, Jessica is the definition of how to look like a lady.

Jessie J
My FAVOURITE style of the night has to go to Miss Jessie J. The hair, the hair, the hair. Fabulous. Fresh, young make-up and a glittering dress that demands the spotlight, this was Jessie's chance to shine and she sure did. With a career that is ever rising and a wardrobe to covet, I'm going to be honest, I'm pretty jealous.


Diana Vickers
X Factor's Diana rocks two dresses at once in this floaty white ensemble. The sheer materials are perfect for spring weather and the soft hair and make-up allow her to appear almost angelic!


Daisy Lowe
Daisy, Daisy, Daisy... Where do I start? The top looks two sizes too small with a random stomach flash teamed with a vertical striped skirt. It's different, I'll give her that, but did she forget this was the GLAMOUR awards?!


























(L-R)
Fearne Cotton
Fearne's jewel coloured silk dress oozes luxury. Old Hollywood waves finishes the look with a simple black clutch allowing the dress do the talking.

Karen Gillian 
Had Karen been taking a spin in the tardis when she chose the outfit?! But luckily for Karen, she can pull of pretty much any look she puts on. Her model proportions allow the clothes to look effortlessly cool with her rich red locks framing the vintage feel.


The Saturday's
The Saturday's collectively define glamour. My winner was Una for picking a simple but stunning red floor gown (reminiscent of Julia Robert's in Pretty Woman). Who says redheads can't wear red?!


Ellie Goulding
Ellie scores my second full marks in this 60's inspired dress. The mix of monochrome and netting bring this look into the 21st century. Kudos for banishing the accessories, opting for simple hair and a flash of pink lipstick to show that less is most certainly more in this case!


Image sources can be found here: http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/dos-and-donts/style-and-fashion/glamour-awards/2011/jameela-jamil-at-the-glamour-awards
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Monday, 6 June 2011

Top Tip - Wash your hair brushes!

I've decided I'm going to start a feature of 'Top Tips' when I think I good beauty/life tip is good enough to share with you. more! magazine have inspired me to start this up when I recently tried one of their beauty tips. I'm usually quite reserved about trying out the latest tip as I've tried hundreds. I'm told to dry my hair downwards to smooth the cuticles, to wash my hair with warm water as that's the temperature shampoo is made to work with but at the same time to finish off with a cold splash of water to lock in the shine of your hair. Then I'm told to not towel dry my hair as it's damaging and I'm not allowed to brush it when wet as it could break - Can you see how it's confusing?!


...But, when I read more!'s beauty tip, I thought -why not? What do I have to lose. Now let me start by telling you I very attached to my long hair. As a child, I was NEVER allowed to have long hair and when the clutches of my parents were released, the first thing I did was grow my hair. Call it rebellion if you wish. It's been growing  ever since and I fear the hairdressers as my hair is like my security blanket. When I'm having a bad hair day, my mood shows it as stupid as that sounds. But ever since starting university, it's started to lack it's usual lusciousness (if that's a word). I tried changing my diet, shampoo, hairdryer, brush, temperature of water, using a jug, using clear shampoo to remove dirt, towel drying it, not towel drying it, home-made hair masks, expensive hair masks - you name it - I tried it! I currently have 7 different brands of shampoos, conditioners and hair masks sitting in my bathroom and let me tell you, my mother is not best pleased - all of which probably total over £60. 




And then I read the following tip in more! magazine: 






Washing your brushes may seem like a normal routine to most, but it wasn't to me. Sure, I 'de-haired' it and quick rinsed it with cold water once a week but never used shampoo...until now. I tried the tip and my hair is back to it's once glory. It's not 100% back, but definitely 90%. I'm most confident when my hair's lovely so feel relieved that something as simple as shampooing  my brush can have this result which is why I'm sharing this wonderful tip with you.


So STYLE SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS' 
#1 is:  Shampoo your brushes


To read more top beauty tips, pick up this month's copy of more! magazine!
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What I Wore: Sunbathing in the Peak District

Some may think that once the weather turns warmer, fashion becomes less of a hassle...but I don't. Winter - you wrap up warm, so summer wear less right? Well yes, but with English 'hot weather', you never know when it's going to change. I'm not the most body confident and have become so reliant on my black opaques that the thought of baring my legs leaves me shuddering with fear. It's okay on holiday as you're guaranteed hot weather and everyone else is wearing minimal clothing. I however, live on a main road - so am subjected to abuse if I 'get my legs out'.




Striped crop top - H&M
High-waisted black shorts - Red Herring @ Debenhams
Black hat - Primark
Black wedges (Can't really see them) - Primark


It took me a while to decide on this outfit as I had to think about our English weather, however it was boiling hot. The crop top is lightweight and I love anything nautical so that was a no-brainer. The high waisted shorts are great as they clinch in my little waist, are a nice light material (perfect for hot temperatures) and in case of the arrival of any windy weather - won't expose anything like a skirt could do.

 Beccy wore a skirt, but had cut up a pair of leggings to wear as shorts underneath - my friend Rachel has also worn plain black shorts under dresses on nights out in case of any falls (sober or drunk ones!). Both of which are great ideas if your like me and feel uncomfortable about wearing a short skirt on a hot day. Henry Holland did a pair of black cycling shorts in his collection last summer and I'm sure other high-street retailers will stock some in their basic range. If not, go DIY and do what Beccy did - you're self-respect will thank you in the long run :) 


I wore this 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' inspired black hat to glamourize my outfit. It instantly makes a statement and for under a fiver, it's pretty hard to say no to! And I topped the outfit off with a classic 'Stacey' addition - a pair of heels (well wedges). I'm quite small in height and I like anything that instantly lengthens my legs so I wore a plain black pair of wedges from Primark - but also carried a Primark £3 pair of black pumps to switch between when we walked to the picnic and incase my feet hurt. I think having two pairs of shoes can be a lifesaver in certain situations. If I'm going out in the day or night in heels - I ALWAYS carry a pair of flats with me in case I have to run for a train or my feet need a break. Obviously on nights out, my bag can't fit a standard size flat shoe, so I have Butterfly Twist shoes in black (see photo below). 






They're not ugly, are light-weight and fold neatly into a triangle, held together with a rubber band. The price may be steep but the price of having pain free feet after a long night out is honestly worth every penny. To visit the website click here.


Below are some photos of the day and the scenery around us. There are some definite perks of living in the Peak District for sure!





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Friday, 3 June 2011

"If you stick a beautiful skinny girl on the cover of a magazine you sell more copies."

In today's society, we have become accustom to seeing skinny women advertising the latest collections or strutting their stuff down Fashion Week's catwalks. One minute we're too thin - the next - we're too fat. We pretty much can't win! One of the first port of calls to point the finger of blame usually gets thrown at the fashion industry and magazines. But at the end of the day, it's alright for women to complain or be 'outraged' at a gaunt model, but if those same women are still purchasing the magazines, then there is an obvious supply for them. Modelling agency, Premier said "women who bought fashion magazines featuring thin models were as much to blame as the editors and advertisers who used them" (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/769290.stm).


But alas (yes, I did just use the word 'alas'!), some recent news may confirm that the current norms may be fast changing. VOGUE Italia, high renowned and respected magazine have surprised readers by featuring three plus-sized models on the June 2011 front cover. To have landed the front cover of such a prestigious magazine is a wonderful achievement as that positive body image will now be transported globally and hopefully will begin to chip away at the 'thin is in' mantra. 


The reason for what some would describe as a 'bold move' is down to editor Franca Sozzani's recent campaign against pro-anorexia websites. In her statement (which can be found here: http://www.vogue.it/en/magazine/petition-against-pro-anorexia-websites) she shares her research findings about the dark thoughts such websites encourage, ultimately which evolve into a battle between users as to who is the skinniest.


Sozzanni admits: "Fashion has been always blamed as one of the culprits of anorexia, and our commitment  is the proof that fashion is ready to get on the frontline and struggle against the disorder."


She has currently set up a petition against pro-anorexia websites which can be found on the link above. "Vogue Italia, the magazine par excellence that deals with and promotes aesthetics and beauty, has decided to make use of its  authority and its readers on the web (over one million of contacts per month), to battle against anorexia and collect signatures with the final goal of shutting such sites down." (taken from her official statement on VOGUE Italia (http://www.vogue.it/en/magazine/petition-against-pro-anorexia-websites). To sign the petition and get behind a fantastic campaign - visit the link above. 




(Title quoted by Premier, the London-based model agency - BBC research piece into anorexia: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/769290.stm



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What I Wore: Peter Pan at a pretty price

As it was bank holiday Monday, my sister and I took advantage of the day off and drove to Meadowhall in Sheffield. I usually do my major shopping in Manchester, occasionally London when I can convince someone to go down with me or at the Trafford Centre as it's only about a 30/40 minute journey. But going to Sheffield was a change and Meadowhall has had quite a bit of work done since I last went in 2006 maybe? I can't really remember dates, but that's not really relevant. People who know me will know I have a ridiculous amount of clothes, so I tried to restrain myself from buying anything, and if I did buy something, it had either had to be:


  • A/ Something I instantly fell in love with
  • B/ An amazing bargain that I couldn't resist
  • Or C/ On my 'I want this for holiday' shopping list

I managed to meet number (well letter) B in Topshop in the form of a Peter Pan collared black dress. I've wanted a dress in this style for ages and couldn't believe my eyes when it said it was reduced from £28 to £7. I tried it on, liked it and for £7, I could hardly say no. Here's the best photos I could get on my webcam, my actual camera died so apologies for the poor quality!




Peter pan collar dress - Topshop
Camel coat - H&M
Patterned tights - Primark
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What I Wore: Florals for spring? Groundbreaking...

Tell me a woman that does not recognize that quote and I will...well, probably just stand there in shock and question why they haven't seen the greatness that is 'The Devil Wears Prada'. Starring legends such as Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt, the film showcases the cut-throat industry of the fashion world with clothes to be coveted and quotes to be copied. And the humour is pretty excellent too. Hold on, this post is starting to sound like a film review, when in fact it started out as a 'What I Wore' post. While I'd love to ramble on about the film, I'm sure IMDB will give you a better synopsis, after all, I love fashion and the film so I'm probably a bit biased to comment...





This is what I wore on Wednesday when as my sister had the day off work, we (and our mother) did a bit of retail therapy and stopped at this lovely restaurant in the countryside for dinner/tea. I've always liked playsuits as it's an outfit already made up for you. Yes, you can accessorize with bags or jewellery but when it comes down to it, most playsuits will speak for themselves as a stand alone fashion work of art. The downside? Toilet trips will take longer. Swings and roundabouts really.

Floral playsuit - H&M
Navy blazer - Marks and Spencer
Spotted tights - Dorothy Perkins
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MIA in May

As my blogging patterns show, May wasn't a good month for me posting. My nanna was unfortunately taken ill into hospital the other week so I've spent everyday visiting her so my blogging priorities have had to be put on hold for obvious reasons. I visited today and they've arranged for her to be transferred to another hospital by ambulance tomorrow. She's not better and I doubt they'll every let her go home, but I keep hoping for good news.

I will try and blog as much as I can as my writing is very important to me and I appreciate people taking the time out to read what I have to say. I just hope people understand that I have to put my family first at a time like this. I'll try and catch up as best I can :)

Stacey
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