Saturday, 30 April 2011

Middleton Wedding Fashion Day Through to Night

As I said in my last post, the world was in anticipation of what Kate Middleton was going to wear on her big day, but we cannot forget the other Middleton ladies, who looked stunning throughout.

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Kate's second dress is a strapless white satin gazar evening dress with a circle skirt and diamante embroidered detail round the waist.


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Pippa Middleton's slinky white cowl-neck dress showed off her slender figure, while the cap sleeves kept it youthful. The back of the dress was studded with tiny silk-covered buttons.

Later, for the evening meal, she changed into a long emerald green sleeveless dress with a jewelled embellishment on the front and a plunging neckline.



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Kate's mother Carole started the day in powder blue later changing into a black capped sleeve dress, cut low at the front and back, with a tiered skirt.

Style must run in the family...


Here Comes the McQueen

Yesterday Kate Middleton married her Prince Charming in a magnificent wedding gown designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.

I must admit that high up on the list of reasons that I was glad to have the day off work and watch the Royal Wedding was because I was absolutely dying to see what Kate was going to wear, as I'm sure were half the population.

The new Duchess of Cambridge did not disapoint. Wearing a stunning white lace and satin Alexander McQueen gown designed by Sarah Burton, Kate was the picture of perfection as she walked down the ailse to meet her Prince.

The bride was heavily involved in designing the dress - working closely with Burton to ensure it would be a combination of both the traditional and the modern, yet in keeping with the Alexander Lee McQueen vision and attention to detail.

We can't help but think that the elegant lace appliqué bodice echo's that of the iconicly stylish Grace Kelly's own wedding dress.


Both gowns shared a high-waisted, full-skirted silhouette with a long, dramatic train, and were worn with the sheerest of veils and diamond tiaras.

Of the dress Sarah Burton has been quoted in saying,"I am delighted that the dress represents the best of British craftsmanship".

"Alexander McQueen's designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day."

"Catherine looked absolutely stunning today, and the team at Alexander McQueen are very proud of what we have created."

Here, here I say.


Friday, 29 April 2011

The Royal Wedding


I didn't think it would be right to go without mentioning the Royal Wedding. I know we've all seen tonnes of posts already and it's been all over the television, and I'm sure it still will be for days to come.

But what a truely momentous day it was. I am happy to have been around to watch part of history in the making. Everything was magical and Kate a picture of absolute perfection.

So congrats to the future King of England and his beautiful Duchess Kate Middleton.

article-1381815-0BD4536900000578-478_964x492Now I will leave you with the prayer that the happy couple wrote for the ceremony;;

"God our Father, we thank you for our families; for the love that we share and for the joy of our marriage.

In the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy.
Strengthened by our union help us to serve and comfort those who suffer. We ask this in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen."


From the Easter Bunny...

Easter provided me with a great excuse to don my pinny and create some yummy easter cupcakes for the barbeque we held on Sunday.




Saturday, 16 April 2011

Diet Coke + Fashion = Yes Please!

When I found out two of my most favourite things are happily combining this summer, I just had to post about it.

Diet Coke takes another stylish step into fashion this Spring by announcing its second fashion collaboration with international creative genius, Karl Lagerfeld. The world-renowned designer will create not one but three new and exclusive designs for the iconic Diet Coke bottle.


Available this summer, the ‘Diet Coke Limited Edition Collection by Karl Lagerfeld’ is totally irresistible and is set to become the perfect accessory for style conscious women everywhere.

Using the light and playful elements of his identifiable trademark style, such as graphic cuts, a contrasting black and white palette and clean lines broken with colour or detailing – Karl Lagerfeld has created a bold, contemporary yet instantly recognisable collection.

Referring to his first design for Coca-Cola light in 2010, Karl Lagerfeld said, “I love this bottle but it’s time for a new one. Actually I want to do three bottles.” He also added, “I loved what we did last year but I will love 2011 even more. I’m delighted about this collaboration.”

For this collection, Karl Lagerfeld has taken inspiration from the new Diet Coke heroines; Bernadette, Eleanor and Irene, the stylish puppets will appear in the brand’s latest TV campaign launching across Europe.

Karl Lagerfeld perfectly encapsulates the Diet Coke ‘lighter approach to fashion’. For this exclusive collection, he adds a playful and light dimension by capturing the humorous and fun personalities of each of the Diet Coke girls, through each of the bottles.

The first design, inspired by Bernadette, is both romantic and modern - a chic polka dot pattern in brushed metal grey contrasts with glossy white. The second bottle is true fashion, bringing Eleanor’s personality to life with a strong vibrant pink swirl encircling the bottle. The third design, in-line with Irene’s rock chick personality, has a harder, more dramatic look featuring a bold stud pattern.

All three designs feature Karl Lagerfeld’s famous and instantly recognisable silhouette – the designs are also numbered (1,2,3) which makes these beautiful bottles truly ‘must have’ collectibles. The ‘Diet Coke Limited Edition Collection by Karl Lagerfeld’ bottles will be available individually or as a set in an exclusive stylish prism-shaped Collector’s Box created by the designer.


As well as designing the collection, Karl Lagerfeld, already a reputable photographer within the fashion industry, has shot the Diet Coke advertising campaign featuring supermodels Coco Rocha, Heidi Mount and Jeneil Williams. Just like the bottles, each of these three supermodels has a distinct, individual look whilst working in perfect harmony together.

Inspired by the Diet Coke girls, these models will bring to life the characters of the puppets and perfectly encapsulate the brand’s playful and fashionable spirit.

Karl Lagerfeld is pleased with the latest collection and campaign, he comments, “It’s exciting for me because I love the idea and as everybody knows, I drink Diet Coke and nothing else, night and day. It was pure pleasure to do a campaign with people I like and for a product I love.”

Further exciting activity to celebrate this fashionable partnership is planned for later in the year, so watch this space…


Friday, 15 April 2011

Poppy King for Boots No. 7

Last week I was sent a brand new lipgloss to review. The lipgloss in question is an exciting new collaboration between lip stick Queen Poppy King and Boots Number 7. The new range features 7 shades especially developed by Poppy King to celebrate the magic of lipstick: History, Power, Glamour, Seduction, Intrigue, Confidence and Allure.


Poppy King is an Australian entrepreneur. She is best known for her company Poppy Industries and the range of cosmetics available at Poppy Stores in Australia, during the 1990s. Poppy is renowned for creating a daring range of lip products born from her love affair with lipstick and designed to make every woman feel special.

"It was in danger of going the way of the Sony Walkman," Poppy King says of the fate of lipstick, the once essential cosmetic that's spent the last decade in the shadows of sparkly gloss. But with opaque shades of orange and fuchsia all the rage on the Fall runways, a bolder approach is back in favor, and who better to lead the charge than this Aussie native and former Estée Lauder executive? Now she's collaborated with No7 to create a gorgeous range of must-have lipsticks and glosses.


I received one of the lipglosses in number 5 "Intrigue" which is described as a "pinkish nude". PoppyIntrigue

On Intrigue, Poppy says; "For over a century now women have been intrigued by the ritual art of dressing up their lips. For this look I designed a subtle pinkish nude that is incredibly flattering without being fussy. The right lip colour will light up your skin and hair giving you a stunning glow - Intrigue is the colour of natural lips, but bolder and brighter".

And here's what I say;;;

Although I feel this colour isn't best suited for my skin tone, there is no denying that the formula is highly pigmented, long lasting, non sticky and shiny.

All the shades in the collection are really wearable and it's nice to see a sensible brand such as No. 7 colaborating with such a quirky brand which is proven in the choice of packaging they have produced for the collection. It's colourful and fun.

All lipsticks and lipglosses are onsale now in Boots stores or online and retail at £12 and £11 respectively.

Disclosure: I was sent this free lipstick to review. All views and opinions expressed are my own.


Thursday, 14 April 2011

You make me feel like I'm living a teenage dream...

Long time no blog!

I've been a really bad blogger I know, but I just haven't really been inspired with anything to blog about recently.

However, something pretty exciting DID happen last weekend. Nicola and I went to see the Katy Perry California Dreams tour at Wembley Arena London, and I thought it would be an excuse to share a few pictures from the day with my lovely readers :)


The show was absolutely awesome, the best production I have ever seen (and I've been to a lot of concerts) and Katy Perry is just adorable. The stage was filled with pink, sweets and glitter...what more could a girl ask for?!

Denim Jacket; Primark. Dress; H&M. Belt; Primark. Bag; River Island. Bangles; Next. Sandals; Primark.