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Friday, June 30, 2006

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Love fashion? Want to talk about fashion and celebrities? Then click the bglamUK message board link in the left sidebar and join today. Be a part of something great right from the very beginning. Desperately searching for something you have seen on your favourite celeb? Then post about it here and see if others can help you find it! Make use of the suggestion forum - it is there for you guys to say exactly what you want to be included in the message board.

FCUK Sale just launched

Log onto FCUK right now as thet just launched their sale. Get the good stuff before it all goes. No messing about from FCUK here either as most of the site is reduced by 50%.

Legs like these

I came across this photo today and thought "oh, how I wish I had legs like these"! Gisele Bundchen is on the left, the skinniest of them all. Skinny jeans were made for these girls.

Get Victoria's look

Victoria Beckham at last week's England v Ecuador game

Victoria has been wearing very simple casual outfits recently - very easy to recreate (and by using cheap alternatives from the high street too)! The Birkin bag she carries costs the same as a deposit on a house so for those of you who like the look but don't wish to part with quite so much cash take a look at this site, vanilla-paris which sells designer style bags at a fraction of the price. I though this tan bag on their site for £99 (small) or £125 (medium) was a great alternative.

The beauty is that unlike most knock-offs, these are all made of real leather and so you are still getting a quality bag. Vanilla Paris is located on Kings Road in London and is frequented by both Sienna Miller and Kate Moss who loved their fur gilets and Moroccan style bags, so you can be sure you'll be getting a great product.

Whilst out shopping yesterday I also noticed an orange stretchy ribbed vest just like Victoria's for £6 at dorothy perkins. I don't usually like orange but this one from DP was the exact same shade as Victoria's and would look great against tanned skin.

Jessica's back to old self

After a string of questionable outfits Jessica Simpson finally stepped out this week looking fabulous once again. I love this outfit and it's great to see her looking relaxed and happy. Can anyone identify her t-shirt? She also looks like she lost a little bit of weight again. Either that or those white jeans are super-slimming. Maybe she had to work out some for her new video.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Handbag of the week

New in at net-a-porter are these fabulous new season Marc Jacobs leather Stam bags. Colours available are mouse metallic, black and taupe metallic, wit prices ranging from £735-760. This quilted leather style is a big hit with the celebrities in LA. Lindsay Lohan (who has just about every IT bag going) has one, pictured here in pearl

Shoes of the week

Marc by Marc Jacobs Tripe Strand Shoes from net-a-porter. Selling for £255 and available in blue or black. Very sexy 4 inch heel. I love the stud detail on each of the 3 straps. I am imagining these with black city shorts or a dress in the heat of August. Perfect for a wedding or when you want to grab some attention. These are the kind of shoes that would attract the "ooos" and "ahhs" and the "where did you find those?"!

Home life

We just had an interior designer come into out house to finish off the two spare bedrooms. She had free reign to do as she pleased as we are clueless. What do you think of the final results? I think it's amazing what a difference the accessories can make. Nothing was expensive...I think she got most things from Ikea, TK Maxx and Matalan!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Cheryl's vest found!

Last week I posted an identification of Victoria's red England vest top that can just be seen in this pic. Now I have found out where Cheryl's vest is from...NEW LOOK! The Sun newspaper recreated her outfit from that day and stated that the white vest with the names 'Beckham' and 'Cole' (Cheryl's fiance) on was a bargain from high street store New Look. They don't sell online so if you want it ahead of Saturday's game you need to phone up your local store and see if they have any left. I am really appreciating the trend for mixing designer with high street across the UK right now. It makes everything so much more accessible for all of us!

Jessica's JET sweatshirt

Everybody likes to be cute and comfy sometimes. Jessica Simpson's Jet hoodie is now available for pre-order at nessaleestyle for just $88. Using code LOVEJESS for a further 20% off makes it just $70.40 (approx £38). Email Nessa for worldwide shipping charges. This is perfect for September onwards when you need an extra layer.

New Victoria pics

These pictures are from Baden Baden this week. Love the white crop Rock & Republic jeans. They look hot! She has teamed them with yet another waistcoat. I must admit, she pulls it off. And isn't little Cruz (who we don't see much of) such a cutie.

Jessica's new video

Last week I posted about Jessica Simpson's new video. Now you can all get a sneak peak at what the final result will look like. All the detail I gave turned out to be correct except that Christina Applegate (pictured to left of Jess) appears to have replaced Carmer Electra who had previously been named as being involved. Eva Longoria and Christina Milian can be seen at the back of the shot. Jess looks fantastic!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Look for Less

A knock-off of Victoria's sash dress has just appeared on asos for £35. It also comes in black. Check out my post a couple of days ago for the gorgeous couture version for £120. I'm not sure what the asos dress will be like in person. The pink looks like too much of a hot pink but you can never truly tell until you see it in the flesh!

Monday, June 26, 2006

What is Paris wearing!

Paris Hilton out in London at The Cuckoo Club. What is that half leather glove she is wearing? Am I missing something? Please leave a comment if you understand what this trend is all about?! Is it a trend? Or has Paris lost the plot?! Otherwise, I love the red dress.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Celebrity fashion find

Paris stepped out in this cool outfit last week. You can find the exact tee by Junk Food at 80's Tees for just $30 (approx £17!). This web site ships internationally and gives you the option of calculating the estimated shipping cost by entering your postcode. Read all the info about shipping cost and customs charges on the site before you pay. I think i'm gonna get one!

Dresses galore at Gorgeous Couture

Need a dress for a special occassion? Then I really would not look further than this fantastic web site, gorgeous couture. Sexy and glamourous dresses galore. If it's good enough for Coronation Street's Nikki Sanderson (who always seems to get her dresses from here!) then it's good enough for the rest of us! Not only does the company use very high quality materials, but they also provide a bespoke made to measure service so that you can be sure your dress fits your curves perfectly. Gorgeous Couture has been worn by a long list of UK celebrities including Girls Aloud, Christina Milian, Javine, Samia Ghadi, Myleen Klass and Charlotte Church. I picked out two of my faves to show you:

Nikki Sanderson's V Empire Dress on offer for £169

The Posh One Shoulder Sash Dress priced at £120

Nicole Kidman weds today

Nicole Kidman wed Keith Urban today in Sydney, Australia. Has Nicole, who was reported to have been devastated when ex husband Tom Cruise and former Dawson's Creek actress Katie Holmes announced they were having a baby, found Mr Right? I hope so. Some articles have suggested that the only thing these two have in common is that they are both Australian. Keith, a former alcoholic and crack addict, has signed a pre-nup which states that he will receive £350,000 for every year of marriage but absolutely nothing if he falls off the wagon and touches drugs or alcohol anytime during the marriage. Nicole has a fortune of around £40 million compared to Keith's £5 million as a country singer. Nicole was wearing an ivory gown, designed by Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Big Brother update

Loudmouth Manc Lisa left the Big Brother house last night. Please God, can Aisleyne and Lea leave next?

Summer sale watch

King Street, Manchester - 0870 160 7254. Seek out: DKNY across body logo bag in black, brown or tan - was £85, sale price £59; Therapy cropped swing jacket in blue or white - was £50, now £25
Harvey Nichols starts 28 June Seek out: denim jacket by DSquared2 – was £395, now £235; Lanvin kimono dress – was £885, now £530; strapless cotton dress by Marc Jacobswas £850, now £485.
Harrods - starts 3 July Seek out: Missoni pale pink brocade coat – was £1,800, sale price £999
Cricket Liverpool - starts 9 July Unit 9, Cavern Walks Matthew Street, Liverpool - 0151 227 4645. Reductions on Roland Mouret, Chloé and Marc by Marc Jacobs
Net-A-Porter This stunning online superstore are making no announcements about their sale at the moment but it has to be sometime soon! I'll keep you all posted.

Friday, June 23, 2006

YOOX sample sale

YOOX are holding a 4 day sample sale ending Monday 26th June where there are massive savings (advertised as up to an extra 90% off). Also, you can get another 10% off anything on the site if you enter code YOOXMUNDIAL at the checkout - this code is only valid during World Cup matches of the team of your nation. England next play Sun 25th June!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Lingerie summer sales

Its summer sale time. Just about everywhere you look on the high street the summer sales are starting. I launched our sale in my retail store today. Topshop will hold out later than everyone else but watch out as it should be soon and you need to get in there quick to get the good stuff. If there's one thing i've learnt since I began working in fashion retail, it's that when sale time comes around there are bargains to be had...but only for the ones who are prepared to put in the time and effort to look. That's why online sales are so nice - no people fighting with you over an item of clothing, no having to climb over masses of garments strewn across the shop floor, no being barged into as you sift through the rail. Bliss! la senza and figleaves sales just launched. Dig in.

Eye candy at LV

Pharrell Williams looks HOT modelling for Louis Vuitton. Fantastic ad campaign. Check out the new web site - it's amazing and you can now BUY ONLINE! A great added touch is the funky music that comes on in the background as you shop. Love it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Selfridges Sale 22 June

Sales starts at Selfridges tomorrow ~ Thursday 22nd June. Here's what's on offer:

Ladies Designerwear
Designer Room up to 50% off
Superbrands up to 50 % off
DKNY and DVF up to 50% off

Ladies Casualwear:
Juicy up to 65%
Seven for all mankind up to 65%
Armani up to 65%
DKNY up to 50%
Polo Ralph Lauren up to 50%

Ladies Accessories:
Balenciaga up to 50% off (except Exchange Square)
Burberry up to 50% off
Chloe up to 50% off
DKNY up to 50% off
Dolce and Gabbana up to 50% off
Dries Van Noten up to 50% off (London only)
Gucci up to 50% off (Trafford Centre only)
Lanvin up to 50% off (London only)
Matthew Williamson up to 50% off (London only)
Mulberry up to 50% off
Marc Jacobs up to 30% off (London/Manchester only)
Prada up to 50% off (Trafford only)

Victoria 20/06

On her way to the England v Sweden game last night. Victoria please stop wearing these tiny shorts! And I thought waistcoats went out ages ago?! At least England have made it through to play Ecuador at the weekend.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Look for less: Nicole

This is an exact copy of Nicole's Marni dress. Get yours now for £25 at asos. Use code HSBCGRAD1 for 15% off.

Yay or Nay? Bags

I am on the hunt for a roomy bright shoulder bag to inject some colour into my life. I am having trouble finding anything online but I did come across these two from fcuk. What do you think? Yes or no? Please use the comments link at the bottom of the post to leave your comments. Have you seen anything online that fits the description of what I want?

BB Grace out

So, on Friday Grace was booted out of the Big Brother house. No surprise there then considering how unlikeable the girl is. She seems to think way to highly of herself. But then when you delve into her background it kinda becomes clear why she thinks she's better than the rest of the Big Brother contestants.

Did you know? Grace is posh. A bit of a Sloane Ranger apparently. She went to school with Richard Branson's daughter Holly and is a close pal of George Best's son Callum. 3 years ago her mum bought her a £250,000 flat in Notting Hill so that she could pursue her dream of training to become a dancer. Lucky girl. Seems like this girl is fame hungry.
What she said about her fellow housemates:
Aisleyne: "She looks like a demented moose. She thought me and Mikey were fake. She's the fake.
Imogen: "She can be a real bitch. She looks like butter wouldn't melt"

Style Steal: Aniston

There is often debate in the press about Jennifer Aniston's style. Is it boring? Or is it chic and stylish? I say it's very very stylish. What I like about Jen is that she never ever looks like she tried too hard. Looking good is effortless to her. Yes, you could say she does slack off now and again when she pulls out yet another black dress or tank top. But then she'll wow us and wear something a little bit unexpected such as the cut out draped Versace dress (yes, ok, it is black) pictured on the far right, which looked better on Jen than it did on the runway model! So, if any criticism has to be given I would say that her look is kinda 'predictable'. But then on the flip side, it's an easy look for us mere mortals to try and copy without the risk of looking hideouos (than if we were trying to recreate Paris Hilton's style, for example! ha ha!)

So to try the look out for yourself:

  • Keep it simple - Jen sticks to basics whether for daywear or eveningwear
  • Choose classic items in clean lines. Steer clear of fuss or detail
  • Accessories are to be minimal
  • Stick to neutral colours - black (obviously!), grey and white with the occasional splash of blue, orange or red to give a pop of colour
  • Keep clothes fitted not baggy

Brands that Jen often wears are C & C California, James Perse, Calvin Klein & Theory. Check out celebrity style guide for more ideas. And, if you're on a budget, you can easily recreate this look from the high street.

Celebrity clothing

In the US there are an absolute tonne of web sites dedicated to providing buyers with the exact clothing as seen on their favourite celebrities. In the UK? We're not so lucky. But perhaps UK retailers are slowly cottoning on and the situation will get better in the future. You have probably all heard of asos. As yet no one has tried to compete with asos. I wish somebody would. The only UK based sites I could find that are working along the same concept were discoo and usastyle4u.

The best I found at discoo are the
Amplified Rolling Stones tee and Alexander McQuenn style skull scarf. (currently sold out)

The best to be found at usastyle4u are Primp thermal top seen on Paris Hilton and Bilingual silk top seen on Halle Berry. Great that this kind of site has arrived but the problem is the prices. For example, the Primp thermal top is priced at £75. In the US the retail price is $65 which is approx £35! I understand why the pricing is as it is (customs charges for importing clothing into UK) but from a consumer's point of view I would much rather buy from a reputable seller on eBay USA and negotiate a reasonable shipping cost with them. OK I may have to wait a week for my item but if i'm getting it so cheap I don't mind.

Look for Less: YSL

The YSL Muse has been something of an 'IT' bag over the past few months. It is certainly on my wish list that for sure. Spotted on several Hollywood celebs, including Jessica Alba and party girl Lindsay Lohan. Whilst the real thing will set you back about £720, how about this great alternative from river island for just £34.99. River Island are renound for making great bags so you can be sure the quality will be good.

Must have: NARS duo

Head down to selfridges and get yourself this Nars Limited Edition Orgasm Blush & Laguna Bronzer duo for £27. Celebrities, make-up artists and beuty editors are always raving about these two beauty products and now they come as a duo. Smart huh? This seems to me to be the must have make up essential to take you through until autumn.

According to Selfridges web site:
Laguna is a natural looking bronzing powder which leaves skin looking authentically sun-kissed, with no hint of orange, favoured for it’s even and smooth finish. Orgasm Blush has reached cult status since its launch. This universally flattering, shimmering peachy-pink blush, shot with gold glitter is a favourite of everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Jennifer Aniston.

Colleen Face of Asda

Colleen McLoughlin is just one of life's strange miracles! Born into a working class family in Liverpool, how did she end up being crowned Best Dressed Celeb ahead of Sarah Jessica Parker at a fashion awards ceromony this year, a writer for Closer magazine and now the Face of George at Asda's new Must Have Range?? When she accepted an offer of a date at 15 from footballer Wayne Rooney I bet she never imagined in her wildest dreams that all this was ahead of her. Well I have to give the girl credit. She has certainly never let any opportunity presented to her slip by. Here are her Asda shots, modelling one of their shirt dresses:

Polka dots are big news!

If Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker and Carmen Electra all say it's OK then I do to. Stars across the globe have literally gone dotty for this trend. It's cute though. And makes a plain outfit less boring. If you're not as brave as these lovely ladies then just wear the polka dots in an accessory such as a scarf or wear a polka dot top with plain bottoms.

I just spotted the following two tops at river island and thought they were a perfect take on the trend for those who want to look subtly fashionable. And at these kind of prices you can't go wrong. Both tops would look fab with dark skinny jeans.

Chloe Paddington Clutch

Pre-Fall Collection: New in at net-a-porter. Chloe seem to do no wrong - I think this will be a top seller. This black leather clutch has brass hardware and carries the infamous padlock. Retails at £281. Will carry your mobile phone, lipstick and cash. Stunning.

Miss Selfridge SALE

The sale season has started. Miss Selfridge just listed a tonne of stock in their online sale. Go shop!

Cheryl & Victoria

Out for dinner in Baden Baden, Germany. I gather from the photos that these two are best buddies now. I wonder what it is about Cheryl that Victoria likes better than the other WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends). You can just about guarantee in every pic now for Cheryl to be by Victoria's side. Oh, and what a life they have...the media reported that last week they took part in their favourite team sport, shopping and spent more in an hour than most of us spend in a lifetime.

They are even starting to look scarily similar: tight knee length dresses, high shoes, long brown highlighted hair. I mean, check out the photo below...are they twins?

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Mango SALE

Up to 50% off SALE has begun at MANGO. What are you waiting for...dig in! There are some great bargains to be had.

Chick lit: my faves

I love to read, but I just don't get enough time anymore. In the past year I have only read a couple of books but they have both become my favourites. Have you heard of Cecelia Ahern? She is a young Irish author in her mid twenties and daughter of Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern. Her debut novel PS I Love You is my all time favourite book, followed closely by Where Rainbows End. Cecelia's writing has an easy to read lighthearted romance about it. Amazon is selling them both really cheap (either separately or by buying them as a pair) - click on the links above to check out the reviews...don't just take my word for it. These are the perfect feel-good books to take away you with you on your hols this summer!

Topshop Mini

So cute and I never saw this one coming! Topshop has launched a collection of designs for baby girls under the name 'Topshop Mini'. Great for gift shopping or if you have your own little angel you want to spoil. You'll notice that some of the designs are just smaller versions of the current ladies collection, such as the puff sleeve top. The puffball linen dress and aqua grandad style tee are two of my personal faves...now I just wish I had someone to buy for.

Found: Victoria's vest!

I loved this when I saw it on Victoria the other day and just by chance I came across it. England Rocks vest by Religion available at asos. Use code HSBCGRAD1 for 15% off, bringing the price down to just £25.50. I actually thought it would be by D & G or some high end designer. I love it when Victoria surprises us and mixes her look up with pieces from the high street. She actually does it quite often with her casual outfits!

Aniston's leaf necklace

Jennifer Aniston and boyfriend Vince Vaughan's new movie The Break Up was released in the US recently, achieving a massive $38.1 million. This is third biggest opening of a romantic comedy film behind Hitch and 50 First Dates. The speculation about Vince & Jennifer's relationship and the buzz surrounding Angelina and Brad's new baby has meant Jennifer has rarely been out of the media of late. Considering all this, who would have thought a mere necklace (as worn by Jen in The Break Up) could on its own cause just as much of a stir?!

The necklace (and matching earrings) were designed by
jennifer meyer. This jewellery is made from the finest materials and the prices reflect that. There is a choice of white or yellow gold and if you wish to part with more cash, then choose those adorned with turquoise or diamonds. If you're desperate for the real thing you can buy these online at kaviar kind and tracey ross. If not, why not search for 'gold leaf necklace' on eBay. I will keep an eye out for any high street versions that appear in the UK.

Jessica's new video

JESSICA SIMPSON has apparently persuaded 4 of her sexiest pals Eva Longoria, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes and Carmen Electra to be in her new music video, wearing rollerskates! The promotional material for her new single, entitled 'Public Affair' is being shot by Brett Ratner, director of X-Men: The Last Stand. Brett also shot the video for 'These Boots are Made for Walking', which was released at the same time as her Dukes of Hazzard film. This new video is due to be released on 30th June. It is sure to cause a stir if it is true that 4 of Hollywood's hottest ladies are starring in it with her!

*NEW* South Beach Rocks

I have to let you know right away that there is new South Beach Rocks stock on hq hair - 3 whole pages of it! Be quick with these, they sell out so fast. Cute designs + cheap price = SELL OUT! They have introduced some waist cincher belts for the first time. Prices range from just £11.50-£12.50 and remember you can use code BEAUTY BIBLE at the checkout to get 10% off.