Wednesday Wishlist – On a Friday!

I know I know, I’ve been rubbish, to make it up to you I have put together this lush list of candles that I’m thinking about forgoing food for…

Candles1. The White Company Geranium Candle £26.00 I love the white on white design here!

2. Amara Jonathan Adler Peace Studded Candle £125.00 – Wow oh WOW! I need this in my life, tacky – oh yeh, but so cool! But at that price, again wow oh WOW!!

3. H&M Candle Collection £3.99 – A fab range in lots of colours at a great price!

4. Diptique £40.00 I still can’t believe I haven’t bought one of these coveted babies yet, however, I can’t decide if the scents are too strong for me, I also can’t decide which one I like best!

5. Jo Malone Grapefruit Candle £39.00 – Another one that thus far has escaped my grasp, although admittedly I don’t think I have ever even sniffed one ; o GASP!

6. Marks and Spencer Large Coconut Candle £12.00 – Coconut, enough said – yummy!

Too pricey? Primark have some gorgeous Vanilla and Coconut ones which I’ve been loving recently – so  much so that I’ve picked up the glass jar one, two pillar ones, the tea lights, and the diffuser! They just smell so yummy, and are actually the most scented candles – without being headachey – that I have ever come across, I will definitely be stocking up on these bad boys! And at £2 a pop – complete bargain!!

What are your fave scents and brands of candles?

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Oscars 2014

So awards season is officially over, sad times! Here are my picks of the 86th Oscars…

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Photos from top left: Jennifer Lawrence – Dior Couture,  Anne Hathaway – Gucci,  Naomi Watts – Calvin Klein, Olga Kurylenko – Alice Elia – through Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green DressSally Hawkins – Valentino, Julie Delpy – Jenny Packham, Karen O – Camilla Staerk and Brandy St. John, Olivia Wilde – Valentino, Portia De Rossi – Naeem Khan, Veerle Baetens, Bette Midler – Reem Acra, Calista Flockhart – Andrew GN.

However, I think these fab ladies win hands down for the accolade of BEST DRESSED, not only for this years Oscars, but for the entire awards season! For both gals I literally gasped, and WOWED, oohhhed and ahhhed. They both just look so so stunning…

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Kelly Osbourne wore a Badgley Mischka dress, whilst Kate Hudson draped herself in Alteir Versace.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

I think it’s become clear, not only through this post but my other award posts, that I am partial to a creamy, goldy, embroidered gown; why not remind yourself of all my other best dressed celebs …

Emmys, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Grammys, BAFTA’s!

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Jared Leto aka ‘Best Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club’, wore Saint Laurent, I especially loved his spangly buttons!

An Afterthought…

My initial feeling to Cate Blanchett’s dress was “it’s pretty, but I’ve seen better”. However, after watching some highlights (the actual show was 1:30-4:00am on a Sunday night – not sure my boss would have been happy with me Monday morning) and seeing Ryan Seacrest chatting with her, I decided that actually she looked absolutely gorgeous. I think this is enhanced through the fact that she simply oozes loveliness – she just seems so kind and genuine! But also her skin, (oh my!) and her hair, she literally shines, and because she’s made my picks in each award post I couldn’t not include her here, I think she’s worthy ; )

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Who are your award season heroes? And have you seen any of the ‘must see’ films? I’m currently reading “12 Years a Slave” SOB!

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Girl Crush – Olivia Wilde

Wow, this week has been crazy! Which meant that I missed Wednesday’s Girl Crush post – oops!

But better late than never, and this week I bring you Olivia Wilde! After her amazing Golden Globes dress…

Golden-GlobesPhotos via Vogue UK and FabSugar Check out those shoes!!! If you would like to see my other picks from the Golden Globes click here!

…I did a little research into some of her past red carpet looks. And look what I found…

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From left to right: 1. 2011 Glamour Reel Moments premiere presented by Clarisonic held at the Directors Guild Of America on October 24, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.  Source: Michael Buckner/Getty Images North America). 2. Olivia donned a Yigal Azrouël Resort 2012 dress for the 10th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball and Salvatore Ferragamo clutch. Via The Trend Diaries 3. In a Marchesa dress at the 2009 Emmys. Source: Getty Images via Celeb Buzz.

Doesn’t she just look stunning in every single one!

But not only can she don an elaborate, floor length dress, she can also rock the casu look in a graphic tee and hoody!

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But does anyone remember when she played the “punky” Alex in The Oc??

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Is there anyone in particular that you would like me to feature?

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The Grammys 2014

As mentioned in my top picks from the SAG Awards, I’m going to bring you my top picks of the red carpet fashion from all (or as many as I can) of the various up and coming awards.

This time it’s The Grammy’s – now I thought there may be a few WOW’s and OMG’s compared to some of the classic looks worn by the actresses at the “movie” awards.

Now I’ve made no secrets of the fact that I haven’t as yet been bowled over by any of the looks I’ve seen so far, and honestly, that’s still the case. Although some of the dresses are completely gorgeous, probably some of my faves yet, but none of those aforementioned WOW’s or OMG’s, sad face!

But as promised here are the ones that stand out, although honestly there weren’t that many attendees, thus not many dresses to pick from, eek…

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From left to right; Anna Kendrick wears an Azzaro gown with a Joan Hornig clutch, Chrissy Teigen in Johanna Johnson, Ciara adorns her bump in Emilio Pucci, Katy Perry’s second Valentino dress of the night was my preference, Kelly Osbourne wears Badgley Mishka and accessorises with Loree Rodkin jewels and Brian Atwood shoes, Iggy Azalea in Elia Saab, Taylor Swift wears Gucci Premiere, Giuliana Rancic in Alex Perry, Natasha Bedingfield accessorises her Christian Sirianow dress with an Emkuo clutch and Samantha Wills jewellery.

Someone that I never thought would ever be one of my favourite looks was Paris Hilton in Milani…

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I also loved Beyonce’s gorgeous Michael Costello dress…

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As for the boys, Macklemore looked pretty dashing in his teal velvet suit, and check out the shoes!

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Hope you’re liking my awards posts! Who do you think is constantly getting it right?
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My First Giveaway… click on the circle to enter

Hi All,

As a huge thank you to all those who are checking in on my blog, following me on Twitter, Bloglovin, Facebook and so on, I am hugely excited to announce my first EVER giveaway!

Now, to add to the excitement/mystery I’m not going to post a picture straight away, mainly because I’m still adding to this amazing goody bag, bag being the operative word ;) GASP!!! But make sure you keep an eye out for some of the breadcrumb clues that will be coming up over the next week!

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But know this, so far there are items from Oh My Love, Maybelline, and Rimmel! And all you have to do to enter is click on the image above, and click a couple of questions  – EASY PEASY!!

If you share with a friend, you get an extra entry!

Competition ends on the 5th February, and I’ll being posting it out to the lucky winner that day!

Once again a massive massive THANK YOU!!!!!

Please note that unfortunately this giveaway is only open to UK residents!

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My Pick of the SAG Awards 2014

So you may have realised that it’s awards season! No? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING? Well don’t fret, I’m going to try and bring you the best of all the major award ceremonies coming up in the next month and a bit. Click here to see my picks of the bestest dresses from the 71st Golden Globes!

Now I do apologise, as this one is a couple of days late, so I’ll get straight into it…Best-of

From top Left: Breaking Bads Anna Gunn in Monique Lhuillier with Iarene Neuwirth jewellery and an Edie Parker clutch. Kelly Osbourne wears pleated gown by Zac Posen, a Colette diamond handcuff and Le Vian Diamond ring. Amy Adams in a blue/purple one shoulder dress by Antonio Beradi and Jimmy Choos. Boardwalk Empire actress Gretchen Mol wears a mesh bodice gown by J.Mendel. New Girl actress Hannah Simone in Marchesa, a Ferragamo clutch, Casadei shoes and jewelry by Neil Lane and Dionea Orcini. Oprah Winfrey wears a ruched purple long sleeved Badgley Mischka gown. Isla Fisher accessorises her Oscar de la Renta gown with a Ferragamo box clutch, Bulgari jewelry and Christian Louboutin shoes. Maria Menounos in a Rani Zakhem gown. Julia Roberts wears a bespoke  wide-leg Valentino jumpsuit with silver earrings and silver Roger Vivier clutch. Malin Ackermann in a beaded black, gold and nude gown by Naeem Khan and the  Jimmy Choo sandals. Jennifer Lawrence wears a strapless sequinned gown by Dior. Tina Fey also in a Oscar de la Renta gown, with black and gold Roger Vivier Cerniera clutch, Van Cleef & Arpels diamond earrings and ring.

So did anyone make it into both my Golden Globes, and SAG Awards picks? Well yes, these two…

GG-and-SA-Best-of12 Years A Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o is rocking it in a gorgeous turquoise gown by Gucci with an elaborate floral neckline and Fred Leighton jewellery. This girl knows how to don’ some pretty bright colours, and the cut is just perfect! And Cate Blanchett looks stunning in a soft pink dress by Givenchy, Chopard jewelry and Roger Vivier shoes. Now I have seen that this look has been hit or miss with some fashion critics, which, to an extent, I do understand, the draped detail is a little odd. However, I think she looks really feminine and it’s a completely different look and style to her golden globes ensemble, so bonus points from me for mixing it up!

I can’t decide if this next dress is my favourite of them all, or if it’s just the one that I would like to wear most – I’m also not sure if these are the same thing??

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It’s time for the BOYS : )

and another celeb who features in both my top picks (for the Golden Globes, and SAG Awards)…

BoysJared Leto dons a black Dior suit with a white bow tie and polka-dot pocket square, and looks completely drool worthy! As does Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington in a very gentlemanly suit. James Marsden sported a Valentino suit in navy, and rocks a paisley pocket square. Whilst Matthew McConaughey impresses again in a black printed Dolce & Gabbana suit.

Now for a little extra; one of THE best TV programs ever went home empty handed, but I think we can safely see that they have made a huge impression on the fashion world – even having a secured a space in the boys section! But “here come the girls'”…

GOTNatalie Dormer – Margaery Tyrell looked effortlessly cool with her half-shaven do’ and edgy Marios Schwab dress. Lena Headey – Cersei Lannister wore a bold Jenny Packham gown. Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark wears a simple yet striking Dolce & Gabbana dress. And finally Carice Van Houten – Melisandre opted for a short Christian Dior dress teamed with lush red lips.

So, once again, which are your faves? Yeh yeh I know the boys ; p

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All Photos from Vogue and Glamazon Diaries

Featured Post: Snakeskin Leather Phone Case

Nearly two weeks ago I was asked if I would like to review a phone case by designer A.P.C, sold at Avenue 32. As you may be aware I am partial to the odd leopard print accessory, read: obsessed with anything leopard print, and so was hesitant to take off my much-loved, but ridiculously tacky phone case.

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However, when I was sent the link to these beautiful snakeskin (effect) 100% leather cases, I couldn’t resist.

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A.P.C. is known for its effortless appeal, however the process is anything but. Each aspect of the collection is designed in-house with rigorous attention to detail. None of the fabrics are bought in; instead each is designed exclusively for A.P.C. The team agonise over the choice of button, the length of a skirt or other hidden subtleties. Often more time is spent stripping down a garment to its bare basics to avoid over designing. Expect sweaters, coats, bags, and leather goods all made with A.P.C.’s discreet sense of luxury.

This sense of luxury and attention to detail is obvious through both the high-standard and superior quality of the case. Everything about it screams sumptuousness – it’s SO soft!

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Offered in both Caramel, and Beige I chose this rich caramel one, and it’s literally a mirror image of the picture shown on the website. A plus point for Avenue 32!

If you haven’t heard of Avenue 32, go and check it out! Now! They stock some really amazing brands, and the shoes, oh my goodness the shoes!

If you have heard of them, well then give yourself a pat on the back, as they have only been around for a couple of years (2011), but have swiftly become the online luxury shopping neighbourhood” offering clothing, shoes and accessories, and was even voted the second best online retailer by UK Vogue!

Now in terms of the case, although absolutely gorgeous, and of an impeccable standard, the design for me wasn’t very practical. I am always dropping my phone, and chanting “please don’t be smashed, please don’t be smashed” on the way down to picking it up. So having to constantly have my phone unprotected when in use seriously tested my nerves. However, maybe this is the training I need to not be such a clutz?

It really is a beautiful and certainly luxurious case, with a sophisticated, yet fun design. Simple and elegant, but definitely not boring, or plain!

As for value for money, it’s now half price selling at £30. Again for the quality and obvious work that’s gone into this product it is worth the money, even at the original price. Initially I think I would be reluctant to pay this price (my current one was £15 reduced to £2 (bargain)) and would have to “talk” myself into buying it, but it’s the sort of item that would be lovely to receive as gift!

One more thing that I wasn’t too fond of was the monogrammed initials of the designer printed on the case, I just felt that this should be my initials, which would be an amazing touch! Yet the initials were only on one side so that wasn’t really an issue.

I’m definitely not going to go straight back to my bling-tastic case, and WILL try and turn myself into a sophis, non-phone-dropping, classy chic, with my 100% leather snakeskin phone outfit!

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Fashion Icon – 25 years in the making…

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You know the jist, she’s from Croydon, she was spotted by a modelling agency when she was young,  she joined what’s claimed to be the group of original Supermodels, which became known as the ‘Big Six’, she was part of the infamous Primrose Hill set; she’s probably one of the most famous models ever, and she loves a bit of Topshop.

What you may not know, is that today she is 40! WHAT?!? 13 years my senior and she looks better than I do, in fact she looks better than I did at 21!

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Name: As if you don’t know!

Age: 40 TODAY!

Career: Fashion ICON, spanning 25 years in the fashion and beauty industry.

Magazine Covers: 300+

Vogue Paris Covers: 20

Vogue Covers: 34, below! Just click on the picture for a better look!

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Check out Grazia Daily for their pick of Kate’s 25 most iconic covers!

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I don’t think anyone can argue that Kate doesn’t have an influence on fashion trends, she made striped tee’s, like the one she’s wearing above, a must-have wardrobe staple!

She made her Playboy cover debut on the 60th anniversary edition of the magazine, wearing the classic bunny outfit, and you’d be forgiven for thinking this was at the height of her career, this was taken in December last year, 2 MONTHS AGO!!!! I just hope I look even half as good as her at 40! Actually I’ll take that at 30!

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Happy Birthday Kate!

I’d love to know what your most favourite Kate Moss moment/outfit is??
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All photos from Vogue.co.uk

My Picks from the Golden Globes 2014…

So Sunday night saw the 71st annual Golden Globes awards, hosted at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and presented, for the third year in a row by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Check out Wikipedia for all the nominees and winners. Now to the important bit – THE dresses…

I have to say, I wasn’t really blown away with any of the entire looks this year, not compared to some of the fab dresses at last years Emmy’s. There was even a duplicate dress – GASP.

Miss Golden Globe (an annual title awarded, traditionally to the daughter (or son – Mr Golden Globe) of a celebrity, to assist in the awards) Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, on her introduction to the Globes, and at the Emmy’s Shasi Wells, actress and girlfriend of Dylan McDermott, wore the same dress by designer Rhea Costa – but it is a gooden, and made it into my faves list for both!

But just looking back over the gallery of the Emmy 2013 dresses, even the ones I wasn’t sure about seem better than some of the Golden Globes ones.

But I think I’ll let these gals off, just click on the pic for a better look…

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All photos from Vouge.co.uk

From top Left; Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé Couture autumn/winter 2013 gown and Chopard jewellery, Kelly Osbourne in an Escada gown and Charlotte Olympia heels, Kate Beckinsale wore a Zuhair Murad Couture gown with an Edie Parker clutch and jewels by Lorraine Schwartz and Chopard, Olivia Wilde decked her baby bump in a stunning Gucci Première sequin gown and finished the look with a clutch by Emm Kuo, Helen Mirren wore a bespoke Jenny Packham gown with Bulgari jewellery and Roger Vivier clutch, Taylor Schilling wore a custom-made Thakoon gown with both clutch and jewellery by Swarovski, Kristen Chenoweth in an Aiisha Ramadan dress accessorised with a Jimmy Choo clutch, Lena Dunham wore a Zac Posen gown and Harry Winston jewellery, Lupita Nyong’o accessorised her Ralph Lauren spring/summer 2014 gown with Fred Leighton jewellery, Kyra Sedgwick – TBC, Sosia Bacon in Rhea Costa, Margot Robbie wore a Gucci gown and Christian Louboutin heels, Robin Wright in a Reem Acra autumn/winter 2014 dress and Dana Rebecca earrings, Naomi Watts wore a Tom Ford metallic gown with Bulgari jewellery, Zoe Dechanel gown and heels were both by Oscar de la Renta (dress spring/summer 2014) with her clutch by Charlotte Olympia and jewellery by Neil Lane , Rashida Jones teamed a Fausto Puglisi spring/summer 2014 gown with jewellery by Ana Khouri.

I think my favourite look was Lizzy Caplan’s gorgeous Emilio Pucci dress, Rauwolf bag, and David Yurman earrings.

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Photo from Vogue.com

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Photo from Rouge18

Click on the picture above to head over to Rouge18, and find out how to create Lizzy’s look!

Unfortunately my September girl crush Jennifer Lawrence’s dress wasn’t my cup of tea, a gown from the Dior Couture autumn/winter 2013 collection and Roger Vivier clutch. But honestly I think her personality, charisma and confidence allows her to pretty much wear anything and look ! And she took home the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical or Comedy award for American Hustle. Go Girl!!

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Photo from  Vouge.co.uk

Personally I think the boys blew the ladies out of the water, and hit a massive trend tick box – velvet…

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Matthew McConaughey in a Green Velvet Dolce and Gabbana blazer with his wife Camila Alves at the NBC Universal after-party, and Kevin Spacey in a Burberry tuxedo.

What do you think? Am I way off base? I’d love to know if I haven’t included your favourites!

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Wednesday Wishlist – Skin Care…

I Thought I would throw in a Wednesday Wishlist for y’all today as I haven’t done one in a while…

Basically I have been religiously checking Bloglovin recently, as well as watching lots of vides on You tube, which means I have come across lots and lots of ‘2013 favourites’ posts and videos.

What’s interested me most, apart from all of the make-up (obvs) is all of the skin care products that I’ve seen. I have compiled quite a list let me tell ya!

A blog, and You tube channel that really sticks out and appeals to me is Vivianna Does Make-up, it’s my new go to blog. I dare to think about much she spends on beauty products! But it saves me from doing it : )

So from some of her testimonials the following items are what I’m coveting at the moment…

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La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV Intense Rich – £13.20 – Escentual

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner – £14.39 – Escentual

Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer – £32.00 – Origins Website

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Booster – £24.99 – Boots

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution – £11.69 – Escentual

The Pro Hygiene Collection Make-up Brush Cleanser – £9.00 – Cult Beauty

There are a few more but I have in fact bought, or ordered them so will be reviewing these once I’ve decided how much I love them!

What are your most treasured skin care products? And do you have any specific blogs that you use as your beauty bible?

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