Archives for the month of: March, 2014

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Ok so this has nothing to do with style or fashion but it just makes me laugh everytime I see it so I thought I’d share!

Happy Friday!

Love,

The Styletterie

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The other day, my friend had a birthday party. Because she likes to cause trouble, her theme was the not very catchy “come-wearing-the-things-you-love-that-everybody-else-hates.”

Personally, I think it was all an elaborate scheme to enable her to wear her hideous mesh pastel brogue thingies.

This theme was a good one because we are a close-knit circle of friends who have known each other since we were 11. Trust me when I say, there is no clothes-related mockery that we haven’t subjected each other to. We all have very different styles (which I love- we’re best friends, not a “tribe”) and we all have opinions (which we just looove to share!)

Unfortunately, we couldn’t go all out with the crazy clothes as a.) we were actually going out and b.) she wanted us to star in a video project she was doing for work so we had to look reasonably normal. Fortunately, my most-ridiculed fashion item is the above pictured mustard yellow bag, which is pretty easy to weave in to any look. (Well, I think it is!) I found it several years ago, on sale in River Island, and I think it’s meant to be a make-up case, not a handbag, but for some reason I instantly loved it. (The phrase “Omg that’s so ridiculous, I have to have it!” is a common utterance for me). It was roundly derided and abused by all my friends (“Selfridges panettone” and “if Big Bird’s mother had a bag” being two of the more original descriptions) but I didn’t care. I enjoyed it, the impracticality of it appealed to my sense of whimsy and I’ve worn it loads! (It also, surprisingly,  turned out to be a total man magnet, but that’s another story for another time…)

But here’s my point: It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. If you love something and wear it with confidence and a sense of humour, you will look cool. Fact. Loads of the outfits I used to mock my friends for are things I would totally wear now and anyway, how dull would it be if we all liked the same stuff? How would we ever be inspired, or delighted, or just plain amused?! So, never be afraid of wearing something ridiculous (or plain, if that’s your thing). Fashion is meant to be fun! And all the coolest people get mocked.

(That’s what I tell myself anyway…)

😉

Love,

The Styletterie

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I have been obsessed with the craze for pastel hair for a while now and, having read a couple of how-tos, I decided to buy some Bumble and Bumble Spray Chalk, which seemed to be mentioned a lot in said tutorials. I settled for Blush, with a view to getting the Lavender if I liked it. This is what I thought:

– Holy Overpricing! It cost £15 in Boots for this piddly 40g can.

– It stung my scalp where I got some on accidentally.

– You have to spray tons on to make any impact (this could be because I have dark hair though. Blondes might find it easier).

– It made my hair look and feel brittle and tangly.

– I have to say, this did not seem any different to any other crappy, cheapo colour spray that you might buy for Hallowe’en. Maybe powder chalk is better, but as they had advertised this as being this great new addition to the hair chalk world, I assumed that the spray would be easier to use.

– My boyfriend said “Argh, why is your hair grey??!!” when he saw me.

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– It actually came out slightly better in the pictures than it looked in real life! Typical, lol. Either way, I was disappointed and do not recommend. 😦

 

Next up is this Croc Effect nail varnish that my friend Lucia got me for my birthday. Thoughts:

– Clear instructions on it, thankfully. It tells you to paint your nails whatever colour you fancy (although presumbaly dark colours won’t show very well) and wait a couple of minutes for it to be almost but not fully dry. Then you paint over your nails with this stuff. At first it just comes out black, and completely obscures your original colour but gradually the cracks start to take effect.

-This is the only time my bf has ever taken an interest in me painting my nails. Seriously, he was fascinated. Man Utd were on and he literally watched paint dry instead!!

– I liked it a lot.  It’s not immediately noticeable from a distance, but up close, it’s a cool effect! A couple of people said it looked like veins, which could also work. Next time I might try a different, brighter colour, and I’ll also spread the Barry M a little thinner in case that makes bigger, more noticeable cracks.

– I looked up the price (felt very rude doing that to a present!) and apparently it’s £3.99 and also comes in burgundy (which I may have to get). This seems like a completely reasonable price to me. Our survey says: recommended. 🙂

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Love,

The Styletterie

 

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Back to my December trip to NYC. (I took so many photos that I can’t not blog about it, even if it is a tad on the late side. And let’s face it, I live my whole life a tad on the late side so what the hey.) My 3rd evening there, I put on my new black lace top from Express (again! Yes, I bought out the whole shop, what do you want from me, it was 40% off everything!) and we walked (past the Chrysler building -so stunning) to Grand Central Station. I had been to New York before but never seen Grand Central. It is so gorgeous! You would never guess it was a train station.

 ImageTop- Express, Hatband – Teddy. I paired this with tight black trousers and wedge booties (and then a million cardis and coats obviously! Well, it was December.)

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We went in and made a beeline for (the main reason we went to New York, they have one in London now that’s amazing but not quite the same…) Shake Shack! It was, as ever, delicious!

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 After dinner, we headed down Vanderbilt Avenue to The Campbell Apartment. I’m going to reveal myself as spectacularly uncool right now (ok, it was hardly a secret) and admit that I really wanted to go because it had been featured in Gossip Girl. It is where we see the flashback of Nate and Serena’s steamy/traitorous/watched-by-Chuck one night stand in Season 1 and where Dan and Serena have a steamy/traitorous/filmed-by-Serena one night stand in Season 6.

 

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I leaned there!!! (I probably shouldn’t be so excited about this…)

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The bag is vintage, I think it used to belong to my Grandmother (who incidentally lived in New York for many years)

The bar itself is really cool, actually. It very much lives up to its tagline of “Cocktails from another era”, although I had a glass of champagne instead of a cocktail as it just seemed appropriate, dahhling. It’s very “old New York”, the décor is that of a swanky 1920s living room, all warm colours and comfy armchairs, whilst remaining completely upmarket. They don’t accept underdressed people but I have a feeling that being overdressed would be worse. The hostesses all wear demure, black, knee-length wrap dresses, with low-heeled black pumps and 3 strands of pearls. I loved it!

 ImageI want a sign like this for my house. It will read: “Proper attire required. Absolutely no Crocs, beige, Jesus sandals, see-through bra straps, kitten heels or pointy toe shoes. Fluffy slippers permitted.”

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A lot of the bars in New York are very “Brooklyn” these days, all deliberately distressed, warehouse, faux dive bar-y etc. so it was really nice to experience a little quintessential NY glamour. This was definitely one of my highlights and (although I wouldn’t recommend spending a whole evening there- unless you have cash to burn obviously, in which case, have fun and can I come?!) I would absolutely recommend going there for a drink or two, just to soak up the luxurious New York atmosphere and pretend that you live in the 1920s.

Or in Gossip Girl.

You know you love me,

XOXO

The Styletterie

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ImageI went and saw Beyoncé at the O2 a couple of weeks ago. As ever, she was magnificent. Truly awe-inspiring. A glorious, gorgeous reminder that everything I do is actually a little bit crap. Lol :-p

I wore:

– Splotchy dress from ASOS

– Sequinned jacket – Topshop

-Black tights and booties – M&S

(Excuse the posey posing, I took these after the show, when I might have been a little tipsy…)

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– The What would Beyoncé do?! badge was a freebie at a comedy show of the same name last year. (V funny!)

– BCBGeneration make-your-own bracelet

-Teardrop ring – Mikey (I miss Mikey, does it still exist?!)

– Mahoosive earrings – I bought these when Crazy in Love came out (HOW was that 11 years ago?!), as she had a similar pair in the video. I don’t remember where I got them from, I just remember scouring the internet for them (this was long before I had a computer of my own and before internet shopping was a thing that I did) because I simply had to have them. I wore them every time I went anywhere for years! I still love them, actually. And they are not as monstrously heavy as one might imagine. (I mean, they’re not feathers but I have worse!)

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I never really realised how much of a fashion influence Beyoncé is/has been on me until I wrote this post, but this is what I wore at the weekend, inspired by her in the video for XO (seriously obsessed with her white tank/jeans/all-the-gold look!):

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(Rad T-Shirt from Express in NY, jeans from Monsoon, gold necklaces and earrings are mostly vintage and/or gifts)

And here I am, over a decade ago, embarrassing myself whilst channelling her other Crazy in Love outfit at a fancy dress party:

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Only our mothers can tell us apart…

;-D

Love,

The Styletterie

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I’m really feeling this season’s trend for ice-blue pastels at the moment, so I thought I’d dip my toes (or rather, fingers, fnar fnar) in the water with the cheap option- baby blue nail varnish that I got for £2 in Peacocks. I liked it a lot actually, it hit the right balance between being spring-y but still giving a nod to winter (especially with the bling) which feels appropriate for the (confused and confusing!) weather!

Advice to anyone coming to London anytime soon – it’s all about layers!

And sunnies 😀

Love,

The Styletterie

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-Emma Watson in Vera Wang. What is this? After her incredible game-changing outfit at the Globes, I expected so much more. A lot of people seemed to like this look but I was distinctly underwhelmed by the whole sporty neckline/messy ponytail effect. (I also felt that Anna Kendrick’s J.Mendel dress was let down by the casual neckline.) Sports luxe may be a trend but the Oscars transcend trends and certainly such casualising (totes a word) ones. Love her nails and rings though.

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-Julie Delpy in Jenny Packham. This isn’t a bad dress. It’s actually rather lovely and she is French enough to pull it off. But what is with that posture? She is standing like that in every picture! Someone’s been watching too much America’s Next Top Model. Stand up straight woman!

ImageOlivia Wilde in Valentino. I hate to bash on a pregnant lady and I loved this from the back but the front was badly fitted around her bust. Not only were the seams Anne Hathawaying in a major way, but the dress pushed her chest down, creating an unflattering boob effect. Other than that though, she looked exquisite.

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Ok so Whoopi Goldberg has never held herself up as a fashion icon (she doesn’t need to, she’s way too cool as it is) and I love her tribute-to-The-Wizard-of-Oz shoes, but why on earth did she leave her pyjama top on underneath her Oscar’s dress? (And that pearl necklace is a death trap. Keep it away from J.Law!)

And finally:

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Helen Lasichanh looks nice (albeit a little cazh for the Oscars) but Pharrell…

Oh Pharrell…

There is no excuse for this. You are wearing shorts with a tuxedo. Shorts. With a tuxedo. At the Oscars. You are a grown man. Wearing shorts with a tuxedo at the Oscars. I bet this is why you didn’t win.

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Also, lose the hat.

And that rounds us off for another year! Oscars, you are the best Sunday night ever and you never fail to entertain – I salute you!

Thank you!

Love,

The Styletterie

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-Cate Blanchett in Armani. This was a beautiful dress, and I appreciate that a nude dress and pale skin can look gorgeous and ethereal (and no one does ethereal quite like Cate) but this really needed some colour! Red lips or even just some brighter earrings would have made this amazing. As it is, she just looked washed out.

– Julia Roberts in Givenchy. This was ok, but nothing to write home about. However she gets a free pass as she’s just had a traumatic family event and so she was probably looking understated on purpose.

– Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab. Angelina’s not one for big sartorial statements. She looked good obviously (she is Angelina) but, you know, yawn. At least it wasn’t black.

 

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-Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli. Again, whevs.

– Jennifer Lawrence in, you guessed it, Dior. Now I realise this a controversial choice for the meh column, because she looks stunning. And looking at the pictures, you can’t find fault with it. Her hair was fabulous and I love that she revived her backwards necklace trend from last year. My issue with the dress is simply that it isn’t really anything new from her. The shape suits her beautifully but we knew that. As for colour, when watching the show on TV it came across as red. Jennifer Lawrence has already done red at the Oscars, and better. However, on closer inspection of the photos, it does appear to be a more unusual orange colour so I will simply say that while it wasn’t thrilling, it was beautiful. And just to jump on the J.Law (I always think that should be Jude Law!) is awesome bandwagon, everytime that woman falls over or scoffs pizza or throws herself into selfies, I just love her more. (And she was fantastic in American Hustle!)

-Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena. I was really on the fence with this dress. It’s pretty and regal but it just falls a bit flat. I think I would love it on someone a bit older. Jane Fonda could rock this dress.

Anne Hathaway looked non-nominee appropriate in Gucci. Not heart stopping, but nice all the same. Although something about the transformation of last year’s pretty in pink number to this edgier black dress just made me think of this:

ImageIf Penelope and Camila wear black next year, we’ll have a fully fledged trend!

Love,

The Styletterie

ImageThe Oscars are my favourite night of the year! I love the build-up, the glamour, the selfies, the cringey co-presenting, the pizza, the fawning, the speeches, the tears, I love all of it! But most of all – I love the FASHION. Here are my favourite looks of Sunday’s 86th Annual Academy Awards…

-Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace. Stunning. Normally quite a boyish shape, this dress gave her incredible curves. She looked like a Hollywood goddess. I also loved how proud her parents looked when she walked on stage to present. Goldie Hawn looked gorgeous too!

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-Jared Leto. I’m not normally inspired by menswear at all to be honest but I thought Jared Leto looked great! I love the white jacket, the unexpected pop of red, I even love his beachy (but thankfully brushed) hair. He never lets you forget he’s a rock star but on Sunday, he walked the line between his personal rock style and Oscar-appropriate formalwear perfectly. (And Ellen was right, he was the prettiest one there!)

-Kerry Washington was perfection in Jason Wu. I wasn’t a huge fan of the crop top/skirt combo she wore at the SAGs (although I appreciate that she took a risk) but here she was flawless. The shape, the unusual colour, the lips, the hair, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. She looked utterly beautiful.

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-Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen. What a gorgeous shape on her! This is the kind of simple but stunning dress that says “I’m nominated so I’m kind of a big deal but I already have one at home so whevs.” It was exactly right for the occasion and her hair, make-up and jewellery (love the ear cuff) were perfect.

-Lupita Nyong’o in custom Prada. She said she chose this colour because it reminded her of Nairobi and what a choice because Nairobi looks damn good on her! This colour was luminous against her flawless skin, and I loved seeing her in something so fluid. I wasn’t certain about the hairband at first, but this whole look was so Cinderella that I just couldn’t begrudge her that finishing touch. Stunning, fresh and timeless.

-Amy Adams in Gucci. To be honest this dress is a little boring but she said it felt like “her” and I can’t blame her- it fits her like a glove! Not a stretch, wrinkle or crease in sight. It could not have skimmed her more beautifully, showing off her body whilst keeping it completely classy. If any dress ever fit me so perfectly, I would wear it too, dull or not.

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-Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta. I really liked this (although it could maybe have been a bit more tailored to her waist). I thought it was pretty and fun and made her look tall, relaxed and beautiful. I much preferred it to last year’s weird fish dress!

-Meryl Streep (in Lanvin) always looks great. She plays it safe, opting for variations on the same theme every year. She likes to show off her shoulders which suits her and adds a nice dash of insouciance to her ensemble. She always looks glamourous and Oscar-worthy but not too OTT because a.) her performances and her grace stand alone and b.) she always has to act moderately embarrassed at the Oscars and her subdued but appropriate dresses strike just the right note of humility and poise.

-Gabourey Sidibe in Theia. I loved this- I loved the hot pink on her, I thought the shape was excellent, the neckline was just right and the embellishment at the waist was perfect. Top marks!

Image-Bette Midler! Who knew?! She looked amazing. The patterned Reem Acra gown was colourful, vibrant and totally suited her body and personality. And then she came out on stage to perform “Wind Beneath My Wings” (beautifully) in this subtly striped Alaia number and oh my goodness, she has the body of a 20 year old!

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-Pink in Elie Saab, Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka (who had to change back into a different dress later as she couldn’t climb stairs in this one apparently!), June Squibb in Tadashi Shoji and Catherine Martin (I’m not sure who the gown is by) also all looked fabulous!

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And finally the lovely Ellen, the host, here with her wife Portia de Rossi. I liked all of Ellen’s suits but the final one, worn with a polo style shirt, was my favourite because it’s a look that she has completely made her own. I normally advocate trying new things when it comes to style but Ellen so clearly knows what she’s comfortable in, and I love that she sticks to her guns.

So, those were my best looks of the night! Stay tuned for the worst….

Love,

The Styletterie