The New York Fashion Week Roundup

From the top left and around clockwise:
Jeremy Scott (Men’s)
Michael Kors
Tory Burch
Creatures of the Wind
DKNY
Michael Kors

I feel like this season’s fashion week has a totally different feel to that of previous fashion weeks in New York. Not only does it seem to be a lot less hyped up this season, but I feel like the audiences are narrowing down a lot more making these shows a much more intimate event. I’ve followed as many shows as I possibly can through the easily accessible live streams, and many more through different websites, blogs and Instagram accounts. The exciting prints and colours that are everywhere to be seen are making me incredibly excited, along with the gorgeous basics that are being paired with such vibrant and eye-catching pieces. Bring on next S/S!

The Oscars Fashion & Beauty Edit

I’ve said on many occasions that acting and performance is my true passion, but I think it’s also pretty clear that fashion and beauty follow up very closely behind. So, what better way to share my two biggest passions with you than to do an Oscars Edit? I’ve spent ages and ages flicking through all of the red carpet style over and over again and I’ve chosen three ladies who have got it on point in both the dress department and the makeup department.

Jennifer Lawrence

Even though JLaw went home from the Oscars empty handed, she most certainly went home to a lot of media attention. According to the official Academy Awards website, JLaw has been tweeted about almost 39,000 times since the show, making her the second most talked about star of the night (following very closely behind Lupita Nyong’o who went home with the Best Actress in A Supporting Role award, the award that Jennifer was also nominated for after her supporting role in American Hustle.)
Jennifer rocked up in a red gown by Dior paired with jewelry by Neil Lane. To me, JLaw’s outfit was very simple yet made her stand out from the crowd due to the rather shocking red and the peplum-style wings on the gown. I also feel that her makeup mirrors the outfit’s feel as well; basic yet bold, giving her face definition but also a very sweet edge to it with the lack of heavy eye make-up and dusky pink lips.
Anne Hathaway
I adore Anne Hathaway. After she took the bold decision to take on a role as big and challenging as Fantine in Les Mis back in 2012 (one of my favourite characters in musical theatre history) my respect for her as an actress has grown. I’ve also realised how classy and elegant she’s been looking at awards ceremonies recently and the Oscars this year were no exception. Hathaway rocked a gown embellished with sparkly metallic pieces (a big trend at the Oscars this year) from Gucci. Not only do I think that this dress makes Hathaway look classy and rather youthful, it also shows off her slender yet curvaceous figure perfectly. Good choice, Hathaway.
Anne’s makeup is also very similar to Jennifer’s because of the flawless looking complexion, very subtle pink cheeks and the dusky pink lip. However, unlike JLaw, Hathaway’s top and bottom lashes seem to be coated in lashes of mascara making her eyes look beautifully slim and bright. She also has a fantastic little quiff going on, something that Lawrence’s stylist also seemed to execute perfectly.
Lupita Nyong’o
My first reactions to these photographs was probably exactly the same as yours when you first spotted them as well: “Who on Earth is this gorgeous real life Tiana from ‘The Princess and the Frog!?” This young lady is Lupita Nyong’o; the stunning young ingenue who walked home with the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award for her role in 12 Years A Slave (the movie that won Best Picture along with several other awards). Lupita’s first Oscar’s appearance is pretty fantastic from any angle that you look at it from. Not only has she bagged one of the most prestigious awards in the acting industry on her first try, she’s also done fantastically well in the wardrobe department. 
Lupita wears a blue gown by Prada couture and manages to look graceful, young and sophisticated all at the same time. The dress’ loose fit on Lupita also gives her a slightly casual edge making her stand out from the crowd filled with tight and figure-hugging gowns. The sky blue shade of the gown also makes a very dramatic yet non-offensive statement, much like JLaw’s red number.
Lupita’s makeup is the most subtle of the bunch. A few coats of mascara on her top lashes and a dusky pink lip seem to have been major trends at the Oscar’s this year and Lupita has followed the crowd on that part. However, she glams it all up a bit with some gold accessories including her v. cute headband.

Hello Portobello

Coat – Zara, Jumper – Zara, Jeans – New Look, Shoes – Dr Martens (Mens), Bag – Topshop
I haven’t created an Outfit of the Day post in quite literally an entire year (my last one was a year ago to the week!) Instead of just putting together a short but sweet outfit post, I thought that I’d take the opportunity to share someone else’s hard work as well. One of my best buddies Abbie took all of the photos in the blog post (bar the one of us together below) and I thought it would be nice to share them with you and make it a nice little post of pictures from our day to Portobello Market on Saturday. Don’t forget to send Abbie some love over on Twitter (link – here).
Abbie: Coat – Superdry, Dress – River Island, Shoes – Dr Martens, Flower Crown – Portobello Market

The Fashion Read: Alexa Chung ‘It’

This review is remarkably fitting seeing as Sunday’s video was all about the Best Beauty & Fashion Reads. The book in question is one of the hottest book releases in the fashion world from 2012: It’.

At first, it’s easy to assume that ‘It’ is a detailed autobiography of the life that It girl and ex-TV presenter and model Alexa Chung has lived so far; considering Alexa has done a few major book signings and there’s been a huge amount of campaigning behind this book, that’s an easy mistake to make. However, instead of being filled to the brim with anecdotes and funny stories that us average people can only dream of being able to tell, the book is in fact filled to the brim with rather random photographs that only vaguely support what Alexa is trying to say. Some of these pictures are hand drawn illustrations, some are rather inappropriate and don’t even seem to fit the book and what Alexa is trying to say, and others seem to be photos that only mean something to Alexa herself.
Even though the pictures are generally pointless, Alexa’s story (though short) is very interesting to read and the short-but-sweet way of telling it seems to mimic Alexa’s rather laid back and secretive attitude. Most of the stories are in fact anecdotes and tales about interesting predicaments that she’s been in, but there are a few that seem to give you a bit of a life lesson and reassure you a little bit.
The book only took me about an hour to sit down and comfortably read through and gaze at some of the pictures which is a shame considering the book will set you back around £12. The stories are rather funny and somewhat insightful, but it really does feel like you’re paying to look at Alexa’s private photo albums as opposed to reading her autobiography about her life so far.
If you’re looking for an in-depth novel that will give you a detailed background of what it’s like to be an It girl then this book really isn’t for you. If you are, however, in the market for a book that’s extremely easy to read, pretty funny and will look wonderful on your shelf, Alexa Chung’s ‘It’ will be the perfect book for you.

Club to Catwalk exhibition at the V&A

About two weeks ago, Lucy, Maria and I took our second trip as a trio down to London to go to the Club to Catwalk exhibition at the V&A. After all of us enjoying our trip to London back in February for Maria’s birthday, we immediately started to keep an eye out for an exhibition at the V&A that interested all of us and then first one that popped up was this!
Upon arrival, the exhibition itself appeared to be rather small from the outside. The temporary shop to supplement the exhibition was rather poor and sold nothing other than merchandise to correspond with the exhibition (unlike previous exhibitions where the shop sells items like the ones you can see in the exhibition). When we went in, though, the exhibition itself totally made up for it. 
The exhibition itself takes you through the fashion of the 80’s from showing you what they wore on the runways down to what they wore on the streets. 
Overall, I thought the exhibition was about an 8/10. I thought the exhibition itself was excellent but it was rather small considering the entry fee was around £6 and the shop was pretty bad, too. 

Specs Appeal

When I see sponsored blog posts by the mega-famous beauty bloggers, I can’t help but giggle. A month or so back, most of the bloggers must have accepted the offer to receive a free 50ml bottle of Marc Jacobs’ new fragrance ‘Honey’ in return to write a blog post about it because pretty much all of them uploaded a blog post about it (supported by GlamMedia) on the same day! More recently, Osiris’ new line of glasses for Specsavers have been sending out some units to the likes of Zoella, Sprinkle of Glitter and Tanya Burr and they’re been blogging about these new glasses in turn. Tanya Burr has worn Chanel glasses for the past few years (from what I can remember) and Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter has also worn glasses for as long as I can remember, but when I saw Zoella blog about these glasses, I was slightly confused.
If you know me then you will know that I totally, totally love Zoella and think she’s absolutely amazing but the idea that she was chosen to blog about a new pair of glasses over another blogger who wears glasses rather regularly baffled me a little. So, since Zoella made a blog post about glasses talking about being a girl who loves to wear frames as a fashion accessory, I thought I’d write a blog post on how much I hate to wear my frames.
In all fairness to Zoella, I have only owned my glasses for about nine months now (I think) and I obviously do not wear my glasses all the time (because I think I’ve only ever worn them in about two YouTube videos). But all the same, I do need my glasses. I need them the very first thing when I wake up in the morning, whenever I’m reading or writing, and anytime after about 9:30/10:00pm – I’m actually wearing them right now as I write this because it’s 2am and I can’t get to sleep! 
I remember the idea of taking an eye test coming to mind rather well. For a good six months or so, I’d been realising that my eyesight was deteriorating and I was struggling to read things from the board and from text books in school. After a short while, I started borrowing my friend Mel’s glasses (a girl who used to sit next to me in most lessons) and they would help me see and read much, much better. So after getting a bit tired of just waiting on whenever Mel didn’t need her glasses to read, I decided to go for an eye test.  Now, so far, you’re probably thinking “why is he making this sound like some crazy bad memory or a scary movie?!” It’s all dramatic suspense to build up to my sudden disappointment… 
Before I’d even gone in for my eye test, I’d actually already taken three trips to Specsavers to choose a pair of glasses that I wanted. Since Specsavers isn’t actually the best place to find designer glasses, I eventually settled for a pair of Gok Wan glasses that I thought suited my face shape rather well. After having gone for the eye test and having been told that I was entitled to have glasses, I sat for about a week in high anticipation waiting for my latest fashion accessory. When I finally got them, I wore them loads and loads (a lot more than I think I should’ve done) and I was totally in love with them. After a while though, it actually began to bug me that I needed to use these little bits of glass to see things properly. It began to really upset me to know that I had to rely on something to help me and the independent Shaun within me didn’t like the idea of that at all. I began to feel really sorry for my friends around me that had to wear their glasses constantly to be able to see like Abbie and my Grandma and the poor empathetic Shaun within began to feel a little bit down in the dumps. Eventually, I also decided that my glasses made me feel and look pretty ugly and that the whole ‘geek chic’ phase was more over than ever. I was bummed out with my slightly ugly glasses that I had now decided didn’t suit me.
To this day, I still don’t enjoy wearing my glasses a lot. I still don’t feel sexy at all wearing them and only feel intelligent every now and again (I think that’s most of the reason why I wear them these days to be honest!) I’ve spotted a new, chicer pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs ones in my local Boots Opticians recently and have my heart currently set on them to hopefully get out of my glasses funk. But until then, I’m going to have to live with these ugly ones that I really don’t like wearing. So next time you say you’d love to wear glasses, think again. I only have to wear them part of the time and feel upset about having to rely on them. I can’t imagine what the poor people who have to always rely on them feel like.

New Look Wishlist

I have a confession to make… I’ve never actually bought anything from New Look. I know, I know, that does sound a little bit crazy and seemingly difficult since there’s only about six half decent high street stores in the UK but it’s true. So after having this sudden realisation the other day, I decided to take a look in store and on their website to put together a small list of things that I want from there… and I already love it.
Animal. Jumpers. Are. The. Cutest. Effing. Thing. Ever. I mean, I don’t actually have any yet… but that isn’t the point. I actually saw this sweater (it’s more of a sweater material in my opinion and in my opinion, should be worn on it’s own) in store whilst on a trip in with my friend, Lucy. This jumper was placed on a rack right at the front of the store; it was love.

If you know me, then you’ll know that I’m obsessed with my polka dot satchel from H&M that I spotted on Oxford Street in February (if you haven’t seen me babble on about that yet, check out the OOTD post with it in here). So when I spotted this more understated polka dot satchel (with hearts on!) online, my heart began to melt. Do not be surprised if you see this in a haul, soon…

3 – Mid Blue Denim Full Length Dungarees (£26.99)
If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you would have seen my old icon (that I liked to use a lot) of me wearing my blue dungarees that I got off eBay just before Christmas last year. Since they were so hard to find at the time, I only managed to get a rather unflattering pair that originally came from Topman and really don’t fit me very well. Since then, I’ve picked up a pair of jersey dungarees (in polka dot!) from ASOS which were sadly also too big so hopefully these reasonably skinny ones from New Look might fit me a bit better!

4 – Grey Belted Snood Coat (£39.99)
No, I have not gone totally mad and started wearing coats in this weather (that’s a bit of a lie – I’ve already bought three coats this summer and found ways to wear all three) but the truth is that I’m a sucker for coats. And I’m also a sucker for being a little bit over prepared sometimes. This coat would be great for the cold winter months.

5 – Monochrome Heart Print Shirt (£17.99)
Okay, so by now, I think it’s apparent that I am a crazy polka dot nutter so when I saw this shirt after seeing the satchel, I went a little bit crazy. I need say no more…

Spring’s Cutest Skater Dresses

As I know I mentioned a few blogs posts back that I was going to cut down on beauty blog posts due to them not being very successful, I decided that as well as trying to pick up the amount of lifestyle-y blog posts that I post, the fashion related blog posts need to start being a little more frequent as well. Fashion excites me SO much more than beauty does (to be honest with you, beauty does bore me a lot sometimes. I don’t see why I need five different powders – they all look the same on my skin!) So, to start the new wave of fashion blog posts that’ll be coming along soon, I thought that making a mini ‘best things around at the moment’ post which forever seems to prove popular was needed (when I say ‘best things around at the moment’, I only mean ASOS. As per usual…)
The skater dress is the easiest dress to pull off every day of the week and is probably the dress that comes in the widest variety of styles and prints. So, because spring is coming up and spring is pretty much the season of skater dresses, I hit up ASOS to have a look at the cutest printed skater dresses available at the moment.
All products are from Asos.com

2 – Oasis Photo Floral Skater Dress – £55.00
4 – Oasis Dove Print Skater Dress – £45.00
5 – Oasis Bird Print Skater Dress – £55.00