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Monday, July 31, 2006

Kristin C in LaRok

I'm in love with this print halter top by LaRok. Kristin Cavallari, the teenager made famous by the MTV reality tv show Laguna Beach: The Real OC, wore the dress version recently. If I were to splash my cash i'd get the halter top and team it with skinny dark jeans and killer heels.

dress available at shopbop for $268
top available at pink mascara for $227

Unique jewellery 25% off

silver by mail, one of of my favourite jewellery sites, has discounted everything on it's site by 25% for a limited time. It's worth a look...they have some really unusual pieces and considering everything is sterling silver the prices are not bad.

pacific paradise necklace now £36 from £48

shimmering oceanic green ring now £28.50 from £38

sweet romanesco bracelet now £31.50 reduced from £42

If you need to buy a gift for someone special then this is the perfect place to look. Every item comes beautifully packaged in a very stylish baby blue box. Charge for postage & packing is £2.50.

Handbag of the week

The Botkier Bianca Satchel as seen on Lindsay Lohan. I've always been a fan of Botkier bags, mainly because I think they're a little bit different. I like that this bag is slightly slouchy, not totally structured, with an almost vintage look about it - the type of leather that would keep getting better and better with age. And I love the Botkier twist lock fastening and shiny hardware! This is one classy understated bag.
The Botkier Bianca is actually quite cheaply priced compared to many quality high end bags and i'd certainly get my money's worth out of this one. This bag is timeless - a classic in my eyes. And everyday bags don't come better than this - it's roomy without being too big which makes it perfect for either work or play and my mobile phone would fit nicely into one of those front pockets (my keys in the other). I like that it will fit over the shoulder but also looks great, as modelled by Lindsay, resting on the forearm like most of the girls wear their bags in Hollywood. I adore the colour of the blue one (called 'denim') that i've only found available online at shopjake for $695. They also have the smaller version of the bag in toffee (pictured below) for $595.
Other colours available are dark brown, copper, platinum (a creamy shade with a sheen to it pictured above), ivory and of course black (Lindsay's match-with-everything sensible choice). So, where to buy? Girls in the UK head down to Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. US online stores that stock the Botkier Bianca: bergdorf goodman (in black, ivory and toffee), neiman marcus (in black, platinum, dark brown, toffee and ivory) and singer 22 (in dark brown, toffee and black). At Singer 22 enter code JESSICA10 at the checkout for 10% off.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Recent purchases

Can you tell I'm on a quest for comfort right now?! I got these 3 Juicy Couture pieces all on supersale in Club for $37 (£20) (Neiman Marcus), Scout Blue and Skaist Yellow for $28.80 (£16) each (Bloomingdales) using code JULY40 for 40% off their already low sale prices. Bearing in mind the standard price for Juicy Couture terry hoodies in Selfridges is no less than £80 ($150! No, girls in the US, that is not a typing error!) at full price, I think I got one hell of a bargain. I bet all you US girls really don't realise how good the deals and steals are that you get offered. I'm lucky I have a friend (you know who you are!) who receives goods to her house in America and then sends onto me. She's a star!

Dressing gown, hooded zip up and sweat pants (in grey with pale pink writing) all from Victoria's Secret PINK - the range that Ashlee Simpson is soon to be the face of.

Last but not least colour block tank $54 (£29) and polka dot tank $48 (£26) both by Arden B. After searching for the last few MONTHS for tops to wear in the evening I finally resorted to buying from the US. If anyone can suggest some places to shop for these kind of tops in the UK I would love you to use the comments box to let me know...or you could start a new thread in the message board.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Celebrity Fashion Find!

I love this dress Cheryl Tweedy wore during the World Cup. I found out it was by Juicy Couture and a couple have just popped up on eBay. If your size isn't there now keep looking back over the next few weeks and you could be lucky.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Runway Report: Part 3 (The Waist)

The nipped in waist is a trend here to stay for another season and the chosen method this autumn and winter is the ribbon. Medium to wide ribbons in only black, navy or grey were seen all over the runways worn over coats, jackets, dresses and sweaters. This is a cheap and easy look for us all to copy. It's feminine and classy, whilst at the same time I think it makes a very bold style statement. Pictured here at Matthew Williamson (left & middle) and Oscar de la Renta (right):
It seems to me that topshop absolutely hit the nail on the head with this lovely creation, available now in cream or navy, online and in stores, for just £22. If you like to plan ahead like me then this little purchase would be a very cheap and easy way to look super fashionable right through from autumn 2006 until late spring 2007. To get maximum wear dress it up for the evening with dark slim jeans and killer heels and wear with jeans, flats and a cardigan for day time.

And here's some good news for all you frugal fashionistas - did you already buy a wide black belt this year to team with your dresses a la Carmen Electra to give that 50's sillouette? Well then don't ban it to the back of the wardrobe - you can make even more good use out of it throughout autumn, winter and spring. The belt has to be black and it has to be wide. Wear it over sweaters, dresses and jackets to accentuate that waist. Pictured here on the runways of Jill Stuart (left) and YSL.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

OK Ashlee...thanks for telling us that

Runway Report: Part 2 (Stripes)

According to the fall 2006 runways, stripes are still a big hit with the designers but only in black/dark grey or navy/dark grey. I absolutely love this grey and navy stripe cardigan (left photo) which appeared on the Adam and Eve runway. Kate Moss has already been showcasing this look, 2 months ahead of what I would officially call fall! But we know how she likes to be ahead of the crowd.

As the new fall ranges are filtering in to stores, now is a great time to actually see what made it from the runway into 'real life'. This is one trend that we'll be seeing a lot of. Check out this stunning Vince wrap sweater (below left) at shopbop for $285. Or if you're not willing to part with so much cash how about this cardigan £30 at topshop?

Monday, July 24, 2006

Beckham's 7 year anniversary

David and Victoria Beckham celebrate their 7 year anniversary in Italy. They even take a photo to capture the moment! It would seem that they are still very much in love despite his much publicised affair with Rebecca Loos.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Kate Bosworth in Topshop

Kate photographed leaving Geoffrey's Restaurant in Malibu last week (with Orlando Bloom) - wearing a Topshop dress. Big yay for Hollywood celebs wearing clothes from the UK high street! But what do we think...nice dress or ugly dress? Go to topshop to buy now for £38.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Skull fashion

Drop dead gorgeous?! When the Alexander McQueen skull scarf started popping up on Kate Moss, Mary Kate Olsen, Lindsay Lohan, Sienna Miller and Ashlee Simpson (to name a few) I must admit I thought the skull print was very very trendy and therefore, not the kind of fashion that would last. It seems that I was wrong. Now's the time of year the new autumn (fall) fashions start appearing online and in stores and the skull theme is still prevalent in these new ranges! Here's just a few i've seen:

Quick links clockwise from top left: skull scarf £15, rachel leigh necklace $150, Jet skull tank $35, rachel pally leggings $88

Is this photo for real?

I'm not sure when this photo is from. I just came across it this morning. Is it for real? Has Kate Bosworth ever been this scarily thin? She looks far worse than Nicole Richie ever did if you ask me! I even thought perhaps someone had photoshopped the photo to make her look this way...is this photo for real?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Ugly find of the week

Heather grey blousy leggings by rachel pally at shopbop.com. Part of the new fall collection...but don't be put off as there are some fantastic items if you take a look. Is this a trend that will take off? Not my cup of tea, but what do you all think?

Ha Ha...This made me laugh!

This photo of David Beckham was taken in Madrid last week. The seat he is sitting on has the inititals 'VB' etched in to it and the other seat has the initials 'DB'...boy do David and Victoria think they are royalty!! Not very classy in my opinion.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

What I bought today:

Aside from the Aldo shoes here's what I got (nothing exciting, I was only at the shops for 2 hours as the heat became unbearable...I didn't even make it to Selfridges which is very unlike me).

Cute black clutch with magnetic button closure (perfect size for me!) only £8 from dorothy perkins

From top to bottom: stripey vests £3 Primark, £5.99 HM, £3.99 HM.

More from dorothy perkins: Boob tube £5, linen pants £20.

Lovely Louboutin's PART TWO!

I hit Manchester first thing this morning before the crowds and before the sweltering heat kicked in. Whilst I was there I checked out these Christian Louboutin lookalikes at ALDO in the newly transformed Arndale Centre. Remember I made a post about these last week? I came back with the peep toe version in black leather...they even have the red undersole! Of course I would much prefer to own the real thing but these were just £59.99 so it means I can buy them guilt free.

I'm still not 100% sure - should I have got the slingback version like Lindsay? I would love to hear your views...yay or nay?! The store assistant showed me a copy of Grazia Magazine whilst I was there as these shoes are featured. She said everyone is going crazy for them and people are buying them in more than one colour!

Related to: 'Lovely Louboutin's posted Fri July 7th

This stuff rocks!

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap - my hair is a complete nightmare and unless I give it a lot of TLC it won't do anything I want it to. This stuff is absolutely my saviour. It costs £11.50 from hqhair. Use code BEAUTYBIBLE for 10% off at the checkout. According to their site the Extreme range "contains Ceramides and Proteins that begin damage control on the inside with a double line of defense. It helps prevent damage and split ends by constantly supplying strength. Troubled, abused hair becomes smoother and more manageable on the spot". It's true too...can't fault the stuff. My hair is stronger and less brittle. Well worth the cash.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Is Nick over it?

Nick Lachey was photographed leaving Hollywood nightspot Hyde on Friday holding hands with new girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo. Apparently Jessica Simpson was at Sam Nazarian's West Hollywood bar at the same time. I wonder how Jessica felt?

Sunday, July 16, 2006

More from ASOS

I don't take much notice of ASOS most of the year but I do have a look at sale time. I just had another shopping spree with them...

Quick links: black & white tube top £5, Morgan cream drape top £18, Teal tube top (I also got it in black) £6

Drama Queen

Mischa Barton is currently in London attending drama classes this summer. She is so determined to obtain more serious acting roles after being killed off in The OC that she has enrolled on a course at London's prestigious drama school, the Royal Academy for the Dramatic Arts (RADA). Apparently Mischa has said: "I'm so surprised nobody really knows me in England. It's just unbelievable. I have to introduce myself, which I never have to do in the States". Here she is photographed outside the school this week. So what do you all think about her attending drama classes?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bargains to be had...

I've never been a great fan of sales as I am not one who enjoys rummaging. I like to have everything neatly laid out as I walk around the shop and can't handle the chaos of the stores that turn into jumble sales at sale time. That said, there are still some great bargains to be had. I just logged on to ASOS and snapped up 2 items for when I go away on hols in September. The sandals I thought were cute enough at that price just for wearing to the beach and I have a green vest top they will match with perfectly. The dress I think will give me another evening outfit:

Quick links: Dress £14, Shoes £4

Yay or nay? Kate Moss Religion top!

Celebrities seem to be real fans of Religion Clothing right now...Kate's Religion top is now available at ASOS. What do you all think? Yay or Nay?!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Little Tee

dorothy perkins have produced these celebrity designed limited edition t-shirts in aid of Breast Cancer Care. There are 5 styles, designed by Charlotte Church, Sienna Miller, Sharon Osborne, Denise Van Outen and Nicole Kidman. Each tee costs £15 and of that, £5 will go to the charity. If you want one I would seriously be quick as these will sell out.

Sienna Miller designed the middle vest in the above photo. It has a great saying on it: "Forget not that you are a child of the universe. No less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here".

Handbag of the week

ASOS have produced this Dior lookalike bag, now on sale for just £12! They have it in cream or green. I have no idea what this looks like in person but based on the photo and the price this gets my approval to be 'handbag of the week'.

On the Dior runway:

A whole host of celebrities have been seen with this bag - here's Mischa Barton, photographed in London a few days ago, and Sienna Miller:

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Runway Report: Part 1 (Colour)

Autumn/Winter 2006: The fashion season is about to change so it's time to plan what we will be wearing from September onwards. High street stores will bring their sales to an end by the start of August at the latest to make room for the new autumn lines. I'd like to be a little bit more prepared this time round and make sure I make the best fashion choices...so over the coming weeks I will report on the runway shows to see what's in store for us. Starting off today with COLOUR: If you wear head to toe black as a rule then you are going to be very fashionable. Most designers sent their models at some part of their show up the runway in just black...and when I say head to toe black that's what I mean - black dress, black shoes, black bag. Even when colour was introduced black seemed to be the base for most outfits.

A serious, dark, somewhat murky colour story was carried across all but a few of the shows. Alongside black, grey was just as prominent. This, i'm pleased about. I like grey. When worn in the right way it looks classic and less harsh than black on paler skin tones. It's a great neutral colour and one that Jennifer Aniston works into her wardrobe really well. No particular shade of grey appeared to be favoured. All shades of grey from light to dark and metallic for eveningwear were evident.

Designers used navy, red and white to work in with the base colours grey and black. Red seems to be the colour of the dress this coming season with numerous designers adopting it as the colour of choice for their WOW-factor runway dresses. Red was often teamed with black, navy or white, either as a contrasting garment or as an accessory (red beaded necklaces at Marc by Marc Jacobs).

With blue being my favourite colour, I was delighted to see some of the gorgeous shades from cobalt blue to midnight blue to mid blues bordering on lilac, which broke up the expanse of black and grey.

BLACK and WHITE worn together, I think, will be huge. Remember when everyone was wearing black and white stripe tops? Well, don't think about pulling those out the wardrobe. Wear the two colours together to make up an outfit like at Narciso Rodriguez or you could wear white with black accessories or vice versa (try a black v neck sweater over a white tank top with a white bag...get the picture?). Aside from working the trend this way, lots of garments were shown off in black and white prints and I think this is something we could see quite a lot of on the high street. This dress by Diane Von Furstenburg is to die for. A reccurent theme was a black and white check almost like the flags at car racing tracks!

Victoria's Hebrew tattoo

The tattoo, another declaration of her love for David, means "am my beloved and my beloved is mine". I wonder when she had it done. She rarely wears her hair up so it may just be that it's been done a while, we just haven't seen it.

I love her green top (this shade of green is one of my fave colours) so can anyone identify it? To view larger clearer pics click here

A trend gone too far?

HUGE Sunglasses: Nicole Richie and Mischa Barton photographed this week both wearing the biggest sunglasses I have ever seen. Yes, there are benefits (greater protection from sun exposure) but is this going a bit too far?

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Dreaming of California

The weather was great this past week in England (for once!) with temperatures hitting 32 degrees in some places. Having worked all week I had no chance to bask in the sunshine so by the time Thursday came I was dying for my Friday off to finally enjoy some of the sun everyone kept talking about. So what was the weather like Friday? Dull, breezy and no warmer than 18 degrees. Sod's law. So, all day Friday I found myself day dreaming of California where it seems the sun is always shining. Feeling miserable I got sucked into some online shopping and stumbled across these girly t-shirts. I chose the pink one. I'm going to team it with my denim bermudas and white ballet flats to chill out in with friends on my next day off, Sunday. T-shirts £22.99 each by hermosa at cult clothing:

Denim shorts £30 and flats £25 by topshop