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Aluna Francis: Fashion Profile

1 Aug

When you hear Aluna Francis sing you are transported into a futuristic daze, chilling with the beat and hearing what she has to say.

Having read my blog yesterday on AlunaGeorge’s debut album, Body Music, on Your Desirables you already know that I’m obsessed with everything this band has to offer.

It doesn’t just stop with the music – Aluna’s personal style is something just as special. I hate the word quirky so will avidly avoid it – Aluna does effortlessly sexy sports chic like no other.

With a lean supermodel body she certainly dresses to work it: short hems, shorts and crops all show off impressively long limbs and a washboard stomach.

Aluna always looks confident and comfy yet super stylish and bang on trend without looking like she’s trying too hard!

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I’ve had a little look around and here’s how you can steal Aluna’s style:

Denim Crop Top – Missguided

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White Crop & Skirt Outfit – Nasty Gal

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Sneakers – Isabel Marant

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Blazers – Nike

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Tassel Bodysuit – Amazon

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Across Body Bag – River Island

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What do you love about Aluna’s style? & have you bought the album yet?!

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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.

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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

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“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

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Nail color?

“Red”

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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

Little Lily

7 Jan

Lily Aldridge is known for plenty of things: Being wife to rockstar and Kings of Leon frontman, Caleb Followill, looking flawless wearing next to nothig in front of thousands working for Victoria’s Secret and being a dedicated Mummy to baby Dixie.

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But, what I totally adore about this stunning woman is her off-runway style. Elegant Lily’s day-to-day fashion is smart, sexy and understated:

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With such simple styling comes such easy-to-find high-street alternatives!

BAGS

Boohoo.comASOS  / Miss Selfridge

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TOPS

La Boutique  //  Matalan

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STILETTOWhat do you think of my new Girl Crush?

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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

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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:

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(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:

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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:

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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:

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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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Countryfile: Cooking, Kardashians & Creepy Villages

23 Nov

Having just returned from what seemed like the Village of Death, today I’m obsessing over what just happened!

Having rented a cottage for the week, Dan and I did our first ever weekly grocery shop (for those who don’t know, we still live with my Mum, who has a household system for things such as cooking and laundry…but she’s the only one involved in said system) and felt proud to only spend £8 (using a month’s worth of Tesco Clubcard coupons)!

My vision for this week: road trip, cosiness, cuddles, walkies (we took Princess along for the ride) and cooking.

Reality: We arrived in the dark, in the village of Thorndon (probably the world’s darkest village), in the rain and without a human welcoming.

The reality of our arrival sent the ladies on the trip into somewhat of a sulk; can you spot the unhappy Bichon Frise?

Obviously I didn’t take a photo of my own sulkiness because a) it wasn’t pretty and b) I was busy planning how to get the best out of this weird sitch.

I didn’t come up with much, which actually worked out for the best. Holidays with me usually include a basic plan of what I want to do (in my head it is a precisely timed schedule) but I decided to take a chill pill on this trip. Sort of…

The fact that the cottage we rented was in the front yard of the owner’s farmhouse wouldn’t have bothered me as much if they actually introduced themselves at some point during our stay. Not only did we not get a ‘hello’, we didn’t even get as much as a wave as they glared at us as they walked back and forth from work/school/dog walks, etc.

Sulk number 2 was averted with a tactical closing of the curtains. Out of sight, out of mind. Wonderful…

I learnt LOTS about myself this week, also…

1) I can cook and will (occasionally) cook! Not exactly the healthiest of meals but I managed sausages and steamed veggies (including boiled potatoes, thank you very much!), a killer Tikka Massala curry and a delish tuna and chicken pasta bake! Although entry level recipes, I’m still exceptionally proud of myself as I even managed to wash up afterwards.

2) I need pyjamas. Currently, my pyjama arrangements consist of mismatched velour tracksuits from Zax about 5 years ago, odd Primarni sets which are not warm or comfortable; or old underwear. All of which are not suitable for situations in which you are staying in someone else’s property.

I hear you asking why I suddenly care about a section of one’s wardrobe that makes up about 1% of one’s overall wardrobe space…

Enter Kourtney Kardashian:

She’s known for her cute, on-screen pyjama style and I want a piece of this matching, silky, cosy heaven. I have my heart set on 3 pyjama sets so far:

This adorbs doggy set from River Island (rather apt, too, I thought), £30:

Def pulling a Kourtney with these and opting for a huge pattern. I can’t think of anything better than multiple pink elephants! Also, for £19 at Very they are pretty much as beautiful as bargains come!

Luxury pyjamas seem to me a little bit pointless…unless they look like this. These Wildfox PJs are from ASOS and will cost £100… buuuttttt… they make you look and feel super trendy. WIN! Where’s my credit card??

Moving on…

3) I learnt that country villages are possibly some of the creepiest places to live in the world. Our humble abode was situated in the quaint little village of Thorndon, in the rolling countryside of Suffolk. Nearest towns are Eye and Debenham, both of which boast a nice church and a co-op. Not much else around unless you trek over 20 miles to Ipswich or Norwich.

No street lighting after dark (which means after about half past 3 in the afternoon at this time of the year) meant that taking the dog for her after dinner poop was unimaginably chilling and the fact that there are no pavements adds a touch of danger to the proceedings. Not that we needed to go far, nothing to do and nothing to see.

4) Lastly, I learnt that Helen Flanagan annoys the living crap out of me, Hugo Taylor is a legend and Ashley Roberts is not only delicious sans make-up, she should also WIN this year’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!

Quick-fire reasons for the above statement:

“I LOVE SNAKES! Oh, it’s coming towards me… oh…OH! I’M A CELEBRITY GET ME OUT OF HERE NOW!!” – Fake-ass Helen failing yet another trial.

“I’d like to produce films, get into television… and I’d actually like to own my own Formula 1 team *cheeky smug side smile*” – Hugo after taking career advice from Rosemary Shrager, of all people!

“We can work on that!” – Ashley after teaching Rosemary Shrager the Pussycat Dolls’ ‘Don’t Cha’ dance, forever creating one of the funniest moments of this year’s series so far

“Who used my CLEAN towel? Where’d my clean towel go??” – Ashley outing Helen as the selfish thief she really is…

Right after she earned 8 meals for camp in her bushtucker trial! Also, Ashley is extremely FIT 🙂

Soooo, in conclusion, this week I’ve learnt some stuff. Not exactly huge life lessons but I suppose learning to cook counts as a big one. Also, one does need pyjamas.

That was my week!

Until next time… PEACE!

XOXOX

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Steal Khloe’s X Factor Style

1 Nov

After confirming Mario Lopez and Khloé Kardashian as the new hosts of the US version of the X Factor, the world’s media went crazy for all things KoKo!

‘Khloé Kardashian – Hot Or Not?’

‘Kardashian Facing Backlash For Hosting TALENT Competition’

‘Khloé vs Britney – The New X Factor Style Showdown!’

& so the headlines went on…

But HOORAY… Khloé’s X Factor debut has finally aired and the jury is no longer out on this one! Using her usual quick wit and cute, flirtatious charm, she was a much-needed ratings-boosting SMASH!

Aside from pushing the judges and oozing self-confidence, Khloé also won brownie points in the style stakes; power dressing in a tight-fitting pencil skirt and sheer, detailed blouse, tough-cookie KoKo even brushed off Simon’s playful air-conditioning joke as her left nipple popped through to make it’s own TV debut! Later in the evening Khloé tweeted, “I think I had a little nip action earlier LOL”

Khloe’s outfit had quite the impact on her first day so I thought I needed a similar get-up in my wardrobe, just in case I’m in need of a ‘This-Is-My-Time-To-Shine-Outfit’! Perusing what’s on offer at the moment, here’s my UK high-street version of KoKo’s X Factor ensemble:

This Lace Back Blouse in Plum Crush – Lipsy – £38

Teamed with this bargain of a skirt from Krisp – £20

Completing the look with some Kardashian-Style Shoe Porn like these heeled bad-boys from River Island (currently on sale at Asos.com) – £35

Bag this little outfit and dress to impress just like Khloé!

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News & Photos:

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www.lipsy.co.uk

www.krisp.co.uk

www.eonline.com

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Zooey Deschanel & The Chapmans Have Me Telly Obsessed!

12 Aug

I’ve given myself a break from my Journalism course and since have been glued to the telly! Other than obvious faves like Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Holly’s World on ‘E!’, my TiVo has been set to record some other unlikely shows that, for some reason, I can’t get enough of!

E4’s ‘New Girl’ starring Zooey Deschanel as ‘Jess’ is a quirky 30-minute blast of awkward comedy that can quite literally have me LOL’ing into my Ben & Jerry’s! If you haven’t seen it yet get on it! US Weekly used the word ‘adorkable’ to describe the show on their website and I couldn’t have put it better myself. Not only is it a TV triumph, Jess’ style is the epitome of ‘Vintage Geek Chic’. I’ve been doing a spot of my own ‘Steal-Her-Style-ing’ trying to find bargain-ish pieces to match her look:

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The £33 High Street Version of Jess’ classic skater dress outfit:

Turqouise Skate Dress from boohoo.com £15 // Navy Cardigan from George at Asda £12 // Black Ballet Pumps from Matalan £6

http://www.boohoo.com/restofworld/dresses/skater-dresses/icat/skater-dresses/evening-dresses/sarah-belted-skater-dress/invt/azz69457

http://direct.asda.com/george/womens-knitwear/boyfriend-cardigan-navy/GEM260595,default,pd.html

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‘CeCe’ played by Hannah Simone also wears a stunner which can also be found on the UK high street too:

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Black Bodycon Dress from Missguided.com £27.99 // Studded Wedges £60 River Island

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http://www.missguided.co.uk/leena-bodycon-contour-dress

Love these two girls! Like chalk and cheese but make such cute BFF’s!

Another show I’m obsessed with right now, bizarrely, is Dog the Bounty Hunter!! Tim, Dog, Dog’s wife Beth and their grown-up kids Leland, Lyssa and Duane-Lee go and catch the bad guys on the Hawaii islands. That’s basically it but it’s done in that dramatic, American reality show way which just captures you and never lets you go!! It’s so addictive and often repeated all day on Sky!

I’ve heard that ‘Baby Lyssa’, Dog’s daughter, is releasing a book soon to clear up any untruths which may have surfaced when she was ‘drugged against her will’ the night she was arrested for harrassment and property damage last year. Lyssa became the youngest ever bail bondsman in Hawaii at just eighteen (she is now 25), has two little girls and has been through a ‘somehwat violent’ marriage which resulted in a ‘messy’ divorce. Looking forward to the book!! Watch this space.

So if you haven’t seen New Girl or Dog the Bounty Hunter get involved! Have you seen them? What do you think?!

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xx Peace xx

I found out about Lyssa’s book via her Twitter – you can follow her too at @BabyLyssaC

Photo Sources:

www.imnotobsessed.com

http://tvline.com

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