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Woman of the Week: Dita Von Teese

3 Jul

I was researching for this blog post about half an hour ago when I stumbled across something I hadn’t seen before. Originally, I was going to feature Christina Aguilera as my latest girl crush, but all of that changed when I clicked on this link:

Dita Von Teese – Guy What Takes His Time

I dare you to watch it. Better yet, I dare you to watch it without being encompassed by her beauty. Watch it without being mesmerised by her flawless make-up, her tiny waist and seriously sexy presence.

Dita Von Teese has been in the business since 1992 and is the biggest thing to hit the scene since Gypsy Rose Lee back in the 40s and 50s.

dita

The more I learn about Ms. Teese the more I idolise her. Having taken her fascination with pin-up imagery and vintage lingerie and turned it into a world-renowned talent is impressive in itself – but now having brought burlesque back into the spotlight and making millions off the back of it, she is now entertainment of choice for high-brow events such as shows for Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Cartier and Louis Vuitton.

dita red carpet

Currently in the midst of her ‘Strip Strip Hooray’ Summer tour in America, Dita’s perfect performances leave me wide-eyed and open-mouthed. You will often hear me say how there are certain women in the world that force me to question my sexuality – Rihanna, Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian have all left me in a similar quandary before – however there is no question when I watch Dita. She is the official girl crush.

The way she unties her corset to the beat, or rolls her stocking off within a blow of the sax, or how she catches you looking a little too closely – her stage presence is one of a kind. I can’t even take my bra off in a rush of an evening…

CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL ‘STRIP STRIP HOORAY’ TRAILER

Off-stage, Dita comes across refreshingly humble. In an interview on ‘Loose Women’ in the UK she told host Andrea McLean that she does all her own hair and make-up and doesn’t even have a stylist:

dita loose women

“I have no stylist, I don’t use hair and make-up people, I don’t like to have an entourage at all.

When I was little I used to watch a lot of old movies with my mother…I come from a small town in Michigan and I’m a natural blonde. I always felt ordinary and boring.

I kind of like this idea of the big Hollywood make-over and I saw pictures of Marilyn Monroe when she was Norma Jean (Marilyn Monroe’s real name) but it’s totally different when they did all the make-up and the hair and the clothes…I like the idea of creating glamour.”

A girl after my own heart! There’s nothing like wearing a look differently than everybody else – it gives you a warm mix of confidence and anxiety, especially when you live in a small town where the rest of the community prefer the everyday comfort of leggings and jeans!

TO WATCH THE FULL ‘LOOSE WOMEN’ INTERVIEW CLICK HERE

A certified home-grown talent, businesswomen, charity advocate and down-to-earth girl: Do I need anymore reasons to fall in love with the woman?! Here’s hoping she’ll come and perform in the UK soon!

dita performs

Other Dita Links:

Dita Von Teese Official Boutique – CLICK HERE

Official Biography – CLICK HERE

Dita Von Teese Merchandise Available in the UK – CLICK HERE

Photo Sources:

BlueBlood.net

Just Jared

Pop Screen

Zimbio

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Twinspiration

30 May

I’ve been watching Tia & Tamera on Style channel (in the UK) and literally can’t get over how flawless they both are, inside and out!

I have a lot of catching up to do but I’m so far up to the point where Tamera has just given a motivational speech to 1,000 young women at a university (she is still without child) and Tia just wrapped on a movie and is taking baby Cree to sign classes.

Putting the emotional therapy sessions and hilarious antics of the ‘Sister, Sister’ actresses aside, the dynamic duo always look so beautiful, too, and I want to find out how I can shop their look here in the UK.

tia and tamera

On a stroll out in the sunshine with the little pooch, Tia and Tamera look equally as stunning but in two very different styles. Searching online, here are my carbon copies:

 

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1] Yellow Julia Box Pleat Sleeveless Skater Dress – £12 Boohoo.com

2] Leather Plait Detail Gladiator Sandals – £30 Barratts

3] Authentic Wash Slim Jeans – £50 Rihanna for River Island

4] Market T – £12.95 Gap

5] Lauren by Ralph Lauren Cardigan – £100 House of Fraser

Not only do Tia and Tamera’s clothes always shine, but so do their perfectly made faces! Luckily for us Style Network already interviewed Tia on her go-to items and these were her beauty picks:

[ READ THE STYLE NETWORK INTERVIEW WITH TIA  – CLICK HERE]

“I like to wear mascara, just the regular Maybelline in the pink and green tube. It’s  not expensive. A great mascara always makes me look bright when I’m feeling  tired.”

£4.99 – Available at Boots – Click HERE to buy

Maybelline-Great-Lash-Mascara

“I have an amazing vitamin C skin booster from Murad. Whenever  I feel like I look exhausted or tired, I just apply it and my skin just glows.”

Murad products are available at FeelUnique.com – Click HERE to shop for Murad

Murad

Nail color?

“Red”

essie pouf daddy

Essie ‘Pouf Daddy’ – Click HERE to buy

Read more: http://www.stylenetwork.com/articles/Gotta-Have-It-Tias-GoTo-Items/10901#ixzz2UoAeNI00

Tamera has thankfully been interviewed by Curly Nikki and this is what she had to say about her natural hair styles:

[READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE AT CURLYNIKKI.COM – CLICK HERE]

“I was born with very, very curly hair.  And as a kid I didn’t know any different. I was just like, okay, this is my hair.  I never noticed that other girls had straight or wavy hair, it was just my hair and I liked it.”

“I love Terax Creama Hair Conditioner and the entire Komenuka Bijin
line.  These are all sulfate and paraben free products that are helping me pamper my curls.”

Terax Creama Conditioner is available on Amazon for £44 – CLICK HERE

Read More: http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/06/tamera-mowry-natural-hair-celebrity.html

SO as shopping for celeb style goes, this feels like a valiant effort! Not only can us UK fans dress like them but we can also cop their beauty look, too!

Not too shabby for Shelby..

Who do you all have style crushes on right now?!

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Photo Sources

FreddyO, Modesty Brown, Essie, Beauty For Normal Women

Monochic

13 Mar

grammy

Just look at that front row. The Grammy’s was of course full to the brim with red hot sexy talent but this mono-four take things to a level of their own. Monochrome is everything right now:

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Left to Right: Pixie Lott attending the Sass & Bide LFW Show; Men’s Wear from the Unconditional Spring/Summer 2013 show at London Fashion Week; Rochelle Humes at US Promo Appearance; Kim K on lunch date with PR friend Jonathan Cheban; Blake Lively at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon telly appearance

It’s not just mono-attire that the fashion world is feelin’ right now; check out these beauty and accessories to match:

mono acc

Clockwise from top left: Khloe Kardashian’s nails; Paris Fashion Week’s big make-up trend, White Eyeliner;  Amanda Seyfried’s bag and coat; Scarf from Stephane Rolland’s Paris Fashion Week SS 2013 Collection.

If I were to rock this mono-trend on a night out, whether it be for a date, dinner or partying I’d wear my favourite dress straight from my Mum’s closet! I have no idea where she got it or what for but it’s perfect! It’s almost -100 degrees outside in Britain this week with that Siberian breeze so I’ve teamed it with black ASOS Leggings and a saucy pair of stilettos I bought in a boutique in San Diego! Of course, I loved Khloé’s nails so much I got mine done the same! How would you style Monochromatic Sexiness???

my monomy mono shoesmy mono nails

Tweet me @sheldan2207 or comment below – feel free to contact me xx

Photo Sources:

www.rnbmusicblog.com

www.dailymail.co.uk

http://chiraghpatel.com/blog/

http://kissmyfashion.org

http://allysonlongshore.com/blog/

www.spottedfashion.com

http://thewindowshopper.org

www.glamcheck.com

Top 5 Winter Trends For This Year’s Party Season

19 Dec

In two weeks, Christmas and New Years will be over and done with. In those two weeks, imagine how many parties, get togethers, dinners, lunches and soirees you’re going to need to attend!?

Judging by the shivering, happy ladies I serve every Saturday night at work (in a warm yet boring and very sober taxi office) this year everyone’s making more of an effort than just whacking on your average LBD.

So, what are the top trends for this year’s partay season?!

1) Party Shorts

party shorts

They’ve been celebrity favourites all year but sexy short shorts are back with a vengeance. If you, like me, are wondering how to tackle a Great British December evening in a pair of such grotesquely short shorts then have no fear! Whack on a pair (or three) of 100 denier tights and wear a plain blazer for extra warmth. Here are my top 3 party shorts available online or on the high street:

pty shorts

(LtoR)

Motel for TopShop Harlequin Shorts £39

River Island Pink Sequin Knicker Shorts £12 / £30

Forever 21 Purple High-Waisted Shorts £16.75

2) Brocade

There’s always a tricky signature pattern to every season and at the moment it’s Brocade. I find it one of the hardest patterns to make sexy as it is such a tailored style BUT once you get it right you look like a style genius, just like Kim & Kate:

brocade

Here are my top 3 Brocade picks:

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Lipsy for ASOS Brocade Prom Dress £21

Marks & Spencer Brocade Print Jacket £44

Miss Real for New Look Gold Brocade Dress £27.99

3) Dainty Details

From lace to sequins, mesh to embellishments this season it’s all about touching up your outfit with something beautifully delicate. You can bling up your whole outfit, like Jennifer Connelly, or add a subtle touch up, like Nicole Richie:

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Here are my 6 top picks for delicate detailing – 3 for over-the-top bling-ups and 3 for subtle hints of sparkle:

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Little Mistress Navy Sequinned Dress £75

ASOS Embellished Wedges £60

Lipsy Embellished Leggings £22.50

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ASOS Embellished Stone Collar £18

Matalan Embellished Clutch Bag £14

Patterned Lace Tights at My Tights £8

4) Coloured Kissers

From Khloe Kardashian and her sister Kendall Jenner stateside to our very own Azaelia Banks; purple lipstick is spending a lot of time in the spotlight and is a flattering shade for most skin tones:

purple lip

Get the look:

Elf Cosmetic Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Bark £1.50

Avon Plump Pout Lipstick £7.50

Barry M Lip Paint #156 £4.50

Dior Addict Lipstick in Insoumise £24

L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Lip Tint £8.50

5) Morning-After Christmas Jumpers

Wine-induced headaches and copious amounts of nausea will feel 100% comfier if you’re grinning and bearing it all in a cute Christmas jumper favoured also by Fearne Cotton, Maria Fowler and Nicole Scherzinger:

xmas jumpers

See it as a hangover-cure investment! Here are my top 3:

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Next Penguin Sweater £32

River Island Ski Print Jumper Dress £40

ASOS Christmas Jumper £26.50

So that’s the top 5 trends of Christmas/New Years 2012!

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What The Hell R-Pattz?!

17 Sep

R-Pattz has forgiven K-Stew and all is dandy and fluffy and perfect now as they move back in and continue to look gorgeous together.

Wait…WTF?!

If my boyfriend caught me slipping with a married guy (who’s also my one-time boss) with hard photographic evidence ALL WOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN!

But according to The Sun newspaper today, all is well! A source said, “they pretty much decided they couldn’t live without each other.” After Kristen, 22, was caught smooching with film director Rupert Sanders, 41, I honestly thought that would be the end for the Twilight couple. I demand intimate details of what she’s done to fight her way back into Pattinson’s arms! Maybe not that intimate but she must be one smooth talker!

The source also told the newspaper that “after a lot of tearful talks, they’ve worked it out. Rob can see how truly sorry Kristen is and has totally forgiven her. They really do love each other.”

Not only has Rob forgiven Kristen, they’ve just moved back in together, opting for a more private house tucked away in an LA compound (which they now share with super-duper-stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt).

Good for them. I’m sure everything will be A-Ok for them now all is forgiven. Isn’t there a saying though? People forgive but never forget? I reckon she still has major brownie points to score!

Whilst we are on the subject of Kristen Stewart… can someone tell me if dresses get anymore perfect than THIS?!

Obviously wanting to look as sexy as possible for her first red carpet appearance since the love-cheat scandal, Kristen wore this Zuhair Murad dress at the Toronto Film Festival and looked S T U N N I N G.

What perfects this look for me is the minimalist hair and make-up choice which showcases her enchanting green eyes to their fullest; although I’m not too taken with her lip colour. The combination is just magic.

So she’s made a mistake (which at 22-years-old and peaking career-wise, is fairly understandable) and is moving on. As Karl Lagerfeld recently said to Victoria Beckham in response to her hubby’s newest love-cheat stories, ‘If you have no scandal, you are a nobody’!

Team K-Stew!

News & Photo Sources

www.aceshowbiz.com

http://favim.com/image/257837/

www.thesun.co.uk

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Beyoncé To Show Katy, Justin & Miley How It’s Done!

8 Aug

I feel like I’ve blinked and missed a ton of Beyoncé news.

Regardless of the singer (renowned for being total perfection) just giving birth to Blue Ivy and announcing she’s had enough of heels and make-up, word on the internet seems to bring exciting new film prospects too.

Beyoncé is directing and producing a concert film said to be very much like the ones Katy Perry, Jutin Bieber and Miley Cyrus have released in the past which will feature backstage footage, interviews with her nearest and dearest and basically just show an exclusive insight into her usually very private life.

Not usually one to be so open, her fans will understand how exciting the new film idea is and will, like me, be eager to see the end product. Personally, I’m hoping it will have more depth than the ones previously released for Katy Perry, the Biebs and Miss Cyrus but, by the sound of things, since Beyoncé is producing the film herself, it’s looking promising.

In other Beyoncé news, the singer has donated a song to World Humanitarian Day and has filmed a short appeal for the cause which can be seen here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2183177/Beyonce-donates-I-Was-Here-track-video-World-Humanitarian-Day.html

Basically what Beyoncé and the UN want us to do is leave our mark. On August 19th all you have to do is a good deed for someone else; really help them out. We all live on the same planet and we are all capable of helping at least one person every single day. I love the idea so will support it (and would’ve supported it whether Beyoncé was a face or not!). See what you can do and sign up to support here:

http://whd-iwashere.org

& as if that wasn’t enough Beyoncé news! There’s so much more! $78,000,000 More!!!

Together, Beyoncé and Jay-z have topped the Highest Earning Couple in show biz list (calculated and published by Forbes) earning a staggering $78 Million in the last twelve months! That’s enough to beat The Beckhams, Brangelina and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith!

Jay-z raked it in with his Kanye-Kollaboration (note what I’ve done there.. because of the Kardashian Konnections?! See it? Never mind..) which world-tour smashed ticket sale records and the accompanying album sold umpteen amounts of copies globally. But, obviously, it takes a woman to bring home the real bacon as Forbes predicted Beyoncé brought home the most (approx $40Mil) with massive sales of album ‘4’. Get ’em girrrllllll…

Oh I do enjoy a spot of Beyoncé news! Just watch this space in the future as I’ll be first in line for the film (don’t judge me) and just as keen over the new album she’s supposedly back in the studio making…

Oh sorry was that another bit of Beyoncé goss…? I’ll stop now!

x Peace x

News & Picture Sources:

www.dailymail.co.uk

http://nikkidiva.com

www.freep.com

www.gigwise.com

www.graphicsdb.com

Will We Tire of TOWIE?

12 Jul

There is much to discuss in the land of Essex!

I absolutely love The Only Way is Essex and, as you know from previous posts, I visited Lauren Goodger’s salon back in May to get one of her infamous spray tans. It was all very new and exciting then to have an actual shop where you are almost 90% likely to see your fave TV reality star strolling through the doors! Now we are in July and the whole female cast have turned all entrepreneurial on us and put their names to something; whether it is a dress collection, bikini range or cupcakes, Lydia, Gemma and co have all signed up to sell us something. So let’s take a look at the competition…

We begin with the perfect Lucy Mecklenburgh and her brand-new bikini range being sold at Bella Bamba. I’ve been hearing about this for a while now through the Twittersphere and I have to admit once I clapped eyes on the designs… I felt mildly disappointed! I can’t believe I feel this way because Lucy is is the epitome of perfect but her designs are just plain boring. What do you think?

I can’t peel my eyes of her hot bod! Cripes have I got work to do!

Also brand new this month we have a collection for the curvier girls amongst us designed by the bold and bubbly Gemma Collins. Full of wild patterns and pleasing silhouettes the dresses are, to her credit, very flattering. I’d love to be able to post more info but at the time I was writing this her official website www.gemmacollinsofficial.com was undergoing some maintenance. So instead I’ll give you some cheeky photos of my fave dresses so far;

Lauren Pope is a very savvy little thing. This rather fit young lady has her fingers in every pie it seems as she has managed to carve out a successful career in DJ’ing and glamour modelling as well as having her own hair extension business (Hair Rehab) and dating website (www.hopewithpope.com) .. Aaahhh!

The Wright’s arne’t shy of a few spin-off successes themselves either. Mark tried his hand a spot of presenting on the dating show Take Me Out: The Gossip and then won his own show on ITV2 (Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights) – both shows were pretty pants in my opinion with Hollywood Nights being unbearably cringy in places. His efforts on I’m A Celebrity! Get Me Out Of Here were Ok at best, I suppose, as he was the runner-up coming second to Dougie from McFly.

Mark’s older sister Jess Wright is doing just as well as the rest of them, naturally. She owns her own lingerie shop in Loughton, Essex and has recently ‘launched’ a singing career (although I’ve not heard her song on the radio or seen her video on the telly just yet but I’m sure this is her big break). Her track ‘Dance All Night’ made it to number 10 on the Clubland 21 track listing. Congratulations!

I can’t take it any more! If I’m bored of writing about all of these pointless merchandise attempts then you surely must be bored of reading about it! It doesn’t even stop there; Lydia has Bella Sorella, Sam & Billie own Minnie’s Boutique, Cara & Billi own Belles & Beaus and Lauren Goodger obviously has Lauren’s Way. Even the TOWIE rejects of yesterday are branching out; Harry Derbidge has his own collection on www.lovelemonade.com, Amy Childs owns the ever-inventive Amy Childs Salon and Kirk Norcross is currently dating Jodie Marsh and plugging his and his Dad’s (Micky) Sugar Hut empire online and with PAs.

The real story that will come of all this will come right after the final episode of TOWIE airs on our TV screens and the spotlight moves on to some other poor unsuspecting souls currently living their lives, happier than Larry himself.

It will be survival of the fittest (literally) and I can’t wait to see who has what it takes to make it post-TOWIE.

Who’s your money on?

Photo Sources:

www.dailymail.co.uk

www.mirror.co.uk

http://getitwhit.com/2011/11/twilight-premiere-lauren-popes-barely-there-dress/

www.itv.com/itv2

www.flavourmag.co.uk

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