Thursday, 21 April 2011

Sally Gunnell Style interview

I was really lucky to meet Sally Gunnell who has been one of my sporting heroes when I was on the Vanessa show this week. I remember the time Sally won her gold medal at the Olympics and the how the british public was so pleased for her.

I am always interested in how celebrities deal with their own Personal Style so I took the plunge and was cheeky and asked Sally if she would kindly answer a few questions for me....she said yes which I was over the moon at as I know how busy she is with the lead up to the 2012 Olympics.

What clothes do you love and feel most comfortable wearing?
Sally told me she loves the Comfy tracksuit which is not unusual for someone who has spent many a day in this clothing fabric and due to her job this fits perfectly with the lifestyle. 

What do you wear the majority of the time?
This is always an eye opener for me as it is so nice to see that celebrities are just like us. Sally told me she wears Jeans and t-shirts the majority of the time. Again, this suits her lifestyle and personality. There is a great photo of Sally with her dog in her jeans, shearling boots and a lovely long sleeve t.shirt, she just looks great, comfortable and very stylish.

What do you have trouble/dislike wearing? 
Sally's answer to this was no surprise, the majority of many of you struggle with accessories and how they can complete an outfit and inject your own personality into your personal style. Sally said, 'I don't dislike wearing them just have trouble remembering to accessorise or when I'm out shopping I get carried away with the clothes and shoes but again forget to buy the accessories!!

Do you have a favourite brand/designer
Sally is a lady after my own heart, Stella McCartney is her favourite designer. This does not surprise me as Stella's collections have great, clean lines with not too much fuss, this goes back to her tailoring training.

I want to thank Sally for answering my questions and I hope you enjoy reading the interview.

Lots of love

Friday, 15 April 2011

Royal Ascot, the fashion show that is.....

The Royal Ascot week is Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th June 2011

It is a marvellous occassion when fashion meets horses and it is very much part of our social calendar.

Ladies day is a marvellous day for us ladies to dress up and look and feel amazing...but there are rules;

A hat or substantial fascinator will be acceptable.

Scarlett Lily, Millinery by Lucy Patterson Holt
Scarlett Lily creates beautiful bespoke headwear

Alternatively good departmental stores have a fab range of headwear

Off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch and miniskirts are considered unsuitable. Midriffs must be covered and trouser suits must be full length and of matching material and colour.

For me, this is the exciting part when you can buy a great dress which not only will it look amazing at Ascot but can be used for other occassions. There will be a stunning dress in our wonderful high street at a price to suit your budget.

I always like to tell you of 'little treasures' I come across and for this occassion I have found the following amazing designers;

Laura Gravestock - Gorgeous collections

Also Lovelily ( ) is one of my favourite jewellery designers

New design for the lovely Nicola McLean x.

For the men

Gentlemen are required to wear either black or grey morning dress, including a waistcoat, with a top hat. 

I hope you enjoy this truly royal occassion


Tuesday, 12 April 2011

The 'Wow' wedding dress!

The Royal wedding has got us all thinking about weddings, probably more than normal. I know for me I am so looking forward to seeing Kate Middleton’s dress.
For any bride the dress is the most precious part of the day, this is the dress that you will spend the most money on and the dress that you want to feel the best you have ever felt.
Feel confident underneath it all, never underestimate the power of sexy underwear, there’s nothing like wearing beautiful lingerie to make you feel like a million dollars.
There are beautiful dresses to suit all body shapes and personalities, The secret to looking great whatever size you are is to enhance the bits you like about your body.
For example, if you have well toned arms, beautiful shoulders and neck then don’t just go for a typical strapless style; draw attention to this area by choosing a dress with an unusual neckline or a halter neck style for instance.
 Here are my expert views on dresses/bridal outfits that will suit various ladies who are ‘tying the knot’
The mature bride If you are a mature bride you are probably looking for a wedding dress style that not only you will look fantastic in but that you will feel comfortable wearing.
You more than likely want a little more coverage in a bridal gown than a younger bride, yet you don’t want to look frumpy.
I would recommend a Strapless Dress Alternatives maybe something with straps, short or long sleeves. There are some super dresses on the market that are sleeveless and a cap sleeve bridal gowns would be perfect. The Strapless dress will look more sophisticated with a higher neckline but do be careful as this style will not suit the ‘Top Heavy’ body shape. This style of dress can be teamed with a wrap or a jacket
Necklines like V- necklines, sweetheart, and some halter necklines are acceptable.
More streamline silhouettes, like a sheath or medium full a-line or princess line.
Shorter trains like a chapel or sweep, or no train at all.
Non-traditional wedding dresses such as  short dress or a bridal suits

For the second time bride the dress will still be a very important part of her day and her options are wider as she can choose a completely different style/colour from the first time around. Ivory, champagne, and ecru are all more appropriate colours, and they will also tend to look more sophisticated
Again, depending on personality a simple lined, yet classy dress with little fuss would be stunning.
A second time bride in a white wedding dress is no longer a scandalous spectacle but are there any rules regarding second time wedding dress etiquette?
Very full princess style bridal gowns tend to make an older second time bride look too much like "mutton dressed as lamb". It would be much better to select a chic style of gown that requires a certain elegance and sophistication to carry off, the type of style that a young bride couldn't dream of wearing as well as a more mature one
A simple piece of hair jewellery, such as a crystal or pearl comb, is all the ornament that should be worn on the bride's head. Her bridal necklace, earrings, and bracelet can be in any style that she likes, as long as it is not the same set that she wore for the first wedding

The non traditional bride
For these brides you can play with bold colours, for example red, or a dress that may be completely sequinned or choose a dress style to suit your personality and follow a theme you may have decided on for your special day ie; the swinging 60’s or a western theme
For the non traditional you can also opt for a short dress rather than full length with no tiara or train but you may choose long gloves which can create a theatrical look and team it with a shrug.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Victory Vixens

I am really privaledged to be working with Victory Vixens in my capacity of a fashion stylist which has been set up by Lucy of Hummingbird Vintage

Victory Vixens is a ‘one stop shop’ for all women cancer needs and wants. This is a very close charity to my heart as my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer 7 years ago, we supported her as a family during her treatment and all I can say is 'bloody hell' was she a fighter. After each of her radiotherapy treatments on a Friday I would take her to lunch at our local John Lewis with my then 6 month old twins. She remains my inspiration and my best friend and the best babysitter!!!!

What they have found though is that there is not a resource for women going through cancer treatment that has all the answers to the questions and queries that arise…such as how to stop your nails splitting, where to buy the best (and most affordable wigs), what you should be eating, how to banish dry ‘chemo’ skin, how to apply false eyelashes, where to buy special undies, what to expect your sex life to be like, where to find local supports group and about a million other things women should be able to find out easily.

We have partnered up with doctors, psychiatrists, nutritionists, fashion stylists, hairdressers and make-up artists in order to allow women to look good and feel great whilst winning the war over cancer.

This is going to be a nationwide resource including workshops, seminars, fashion events and social events so it is a great cause that encompasses all forms of cancer.
We are trying to get PR to raise the profile, TV, Glossies etc......( fingers crossed ) and a celebrity to champion the course also.

If you are interested in helping us on our quest please email 

Lots of love


Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Shellac nails, Amazing!

I am really and come into contact with mainly clothes but I was really lucky to be treated to a Shellac manicure after a charity event and boy have I been impressed....

Shellac FAQ'sWhat is Shellac? Shellac is the brand name for a new, patent pending nail product created by Creative Nail Design. It is a hybrid, meaning half nail polish, half gel.
The product is thin and strong enough to be applied similarly to nail polish, but it is cured in a way that gives it great flexibility and durability. It also has the incredible shine associated only with gel nails.

Who is Shellac best suited for? Shellac is for people who want to maintain natural nails. The formulation looks as good from day 1 to day 14, but does not appear to damage nail beds.

How is Shellac different from the traditional polish manicure?
Typical nail polish dries by evaporation, which means your manicure is not cured until 2-3 hours after your service. Think about it – most of your manicure time is spent waiting for polish to dry.
But Shellac is cured by UV light, and within minutes. Your nails are completely dry by the time your manicure is over, and strong enough to withstand accidental knocks. It acts like a plasticized coating, suitable as a long lasting polish.

How is a Shellac service different from traditional nail enhancements (fake nails)? Drills are never used or needed with Shellac, and removal does not leave nails dry, thin, possibly torn.

I would highly recommend you try this if you love your nails looking great..I have had my french manicure now for 7 days and they look just as good as the day that were done.

Lots of love


Welcome Summer...Here come the BRIGHTS!

The sun is shinning today and it really is when most of us feel the urge to shop for items for our Summer wardrobe. It is well known that we wear more colour during the summer.

I have found some pieces and combinations on my travels which I thought you would like...

This stunning coral drape dress, perfect for the Apple shape as the draping conceals the tummy area and draws the eye to the shoulders.
This colour carries yellow undertones and will look great with any other bright or a navy blue.

I love this little cerise pink dress in a jersey fabric,perfect for the Hour glass body shape, accentuates the waist, flows over the curvy hips and draws the eye to the shoulders. This dress would also look super on the Slender/Athletic body shape as it gives this body shape the curves it deserves.

This gorgeous floral tulip skirt, perfect for the Hour glass,Slender/Athletic and Top heavy body shape. It has the most amazing array of colours, will look super with a flat pump, flip flop or a pair of high strappy shoes/sandals

I love this cerise pink double breasted jacket, be wary the Top Heavy body shape as it will draw the eye width ways which willl accentuate the bust. Opt or a single breated jacket....perfect. This jacket will look great with either of the dresses above and the floral skirt.

Lastly this yellow t.shirt is amazing, team it with the floral skirt and cerise blazer for a wonderful flash of colour to brighten any day.

All of these items are available from Zara , great prices and clothes to die for !!

Let me know what you buy

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