Thursday, 21 July 2011

Best and Worst dressed celebs; Summer 2011

There are some celebrities that regularly appear on the best and worst dressed lists in magazines. The best dressed regulars are usually Kate Moss, Cheryl Cole, Victoria Beckham and Alexa Chung but a couple of these women don't always get it right. I have decided to compile my own best and worst dressed list for Summer 2011. I can't decide who should be number one in each category so here they are, in no particular order:

Best Dressed

Mollie King

The stylish saturdays singer is a high street girl at heart who rarely gets it wrong. From girly playsuits to pretty dresses, she is always on trend.

Olivia Palermo

The City star Olivia is the Queen of accessories and successfully mixes designer with our high street favourite, Topshop

Fearne Cotton

Presenter Fearne has her own rock chick/vintage style and I love her collection for Very. Recently she has been working simple masculine tailoring and looks fabulous

Blake Lively

The leggy Miss Lively always looks stunning in designer frocks by labels such as Chanel and Marchesca. A modern style icon

Emma Watson

Emma has grown up into a real fashionista, stepping out in glamorous couture gowns.

Have I forgotten anyone? Which celeb's style do you love? Why not comment and let me know?

Worst Dressed

Cher Lloyd

There's no denying that Cher is talented and a good performer, (many will disagree but I've seen her live and she's very entertaining with real stage presence) but her style leaves a lot to be desired. At T4 on the Beach recently she was dressed like a 13 year old rather than a 17 year old and don't get me started on the half-shaved hair do'.

Katie Price

I am actually a fan of Katie Price and think she has good business sense but sadly, bad fashion sense. From tight dresses that overexpose the cleavage to bright, printed tracksuits and T-shirts that would look better on her young daughter, Miss Price isn't the most fashionable celeb.

Lady GaGa

There's no denying that Lady GaGa's style is unique but how many people can actually get away with wearing dresses made from raw meat, see-through body stockings and impossible to walk in heels?

The Inbetweeners

Cheryl Cole

She may regularly top the best dressed lists but Cheryl doesn't always get it right. Her recent colour blocking disaster at the US X Factor auditions is a prime example, aswell as the fluffy white gillet she wore on a trip to LA recently. It may be on trend but it looks like she skinned a small sheep and put it on. Saying that, I did love the sequinned Stella McCartney dress she wore for her birthday bash.

Victoria Beckham

More often than not VB does look stylish but is anyone else bored? I feel like she should push the boundaries a bit more and try something different for a change rather than the usual power dressing and killer heels.

Frankie Sandford

I like it when Frankie goes for the blazer, jeans and hat look or wears cute dresses but once she gets her belly out in little tops all is ruined. Yes, you have amazing abs but do you really need to rub it in all our faces? The belly top and metallic shorts she wore at Chester Rocks were just wrong.

Have your say; Do you agree or disagree? I'd love to read your comments

Friday, 15 July 2011

Realistic Holiday Glamour

For those of you who are lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere hot this summer, looking your best by the pool or on the beach is likely to be on your mind.
Many magazines suggest getting glammed up with light, melt-proof foundation, waterproof mascara and golden, stay put cream eyeshadows to look gorgeous and polished on your holidays. But I say let your poor skin breathe! It's smothered in make-up all year round so during the daytime on holiday is the perfect time to give it a much needed break.
Lets be honest, how many non-celebs like you and me actually look like we've stepped out of the pages of a magazine when we're on holiday? Less Beach Goddess and more frizzy hair and white bits. You don't want to completely abandon all pride in your appearance but the beach and pool just aren't the type of places for bangles and lipstick. Especially if you do what the magazines often forget about and actually have a dip in the pool or the sea.
For a much more enjoyable, practical holiday that isn't all about posing follow my tips below.

1. I know it's boring but covering your head from the sun's dangerous rays is important unless you want a burnt scalp or sunburn. Trust me, I've been there.
Luckily, hats, turbans and headscarves are very on trend and cheap. If you don't have the time to buy any of these before you go away try the souvenir shops when you get there. I visited Lanzarote in April and the shops were full of straw trilbys and stetsons aswell as headscarves in bright colours and floral prints.

2. You can't go wrong with a pair of shades. There are so many styles to choose from at reasonable prices on the high street; from classic aviators to fashionable round sunglasses. You can look good and protect your eyes at the same time. Plus, no-one will notice your make-up free eyes. Try asos, Topshop, River Island, Urban Outfitters and Dorothy Perkins for this seasons hottest shades.

3. There are so many lip balms and glosses with an inbuilt SPF nowadays so you can protect and plump your pout at the same time.

4. Hair is best left loose or put in a ponytail, bun or plait which is low enough for you to still wear your hat, turban or headscarf. Your head gear should protect most of your hair from the sun but if you plan on going swimming you may want to apply some leave-in conditioner to your hair to protect it from the chlorine and keep it soft.

5. Save jewellery for the holiday drinks after sunset. Too many accessories by the pool look over the top and they are likely to get lost or ruined. I learnt this the hard way when my favourite charm fell off my bracelet and got lost somewhere in the swimming pool. I never found it and was gutted.

6. Last but definitely not least, make sure you slap on the suncream in a decent factor (at least 15) and reapply often.

So, don't worry about looking perfect on the beach or by the pool on your holiday. Only celebs and people who take themselves too seriously sunbathe in a full face of make-up. How are you supposed to get a tan through it anyway? Holidays are for relaxing so ease up a bit, let your hair down and enjoy yourself.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

My Festival Looks

I can honestly say that Wireless on Friday 1st July 2011 was the most fun that I have ever had at a festival.
I was entertained by the Black Eyed Peas, Example, Bruno Mars, Tinie Tempah and Plan B who were all brilliant and nobody threw any drinks in my direction which was a first.

As festivals are the only time you can get away with rocking lots of bright jewellery, loud head pieces and multicoloured nails all at the same time I fully went for it! Here are the results...

Ignore the look on my face. Don't you just hate it when the camera flash goes just as you're talking to someone?

My festival look has evolved over the years so I thought I would share my previous festival looks with you.
So, here they are:

This was at V Festival last year. It was one of those days which was warm but had showers so I threw a cropped river island parka over my river island dress when it rained

This look was from last years' Wireless. The hat was for both fashion and practicality reasons as there was much bottle throwing last year. Lily Allen even dedicated her song 'f*#k you' to the bottle throwers.
My white Zara top got filthy and was brown by the time I left.

This was my very first festival outfir as Wireless in 2009. You can't beat classic denim shorts and fringed bags at festivals.

Sadly, I won't be enjoying any more festivals this year but it leaves me plenty of time to plan my outfit for Wireless 2012...