July 21, 2017

This Real Housewife is the new face of Beauty Blender!

In a world of celebrity and brand collaborations, it’s hard to weed out the really good ones and those that are, well, just a bit shit.

One designer, for instance, has decided to team up with a water filter AND a chocolate company in one week. I mean, seriously?

Anyway, I’m obsessed with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and obsessed with Erika Jayne, so anything she does is amazing. And being the face of Beauty Blender – that little round pointy sponge that people have become infatuated with – just makes sense!


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Meet the Beauty Blender Swirl!

It’s a collaboration I can get behind, even though I’ll never buy or use the product. Erika Jayne (real name Erika Girardi), is not only part of the fabulous Beverly Hills cast, but she is also a singer, and has released some campery corkers! 

She’s amazing. And you can buy her Beauty Blender here.

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July 18, 2017

Elephant print in Mykonos…

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Mykonos – the gift that keeps on giving.

{DISCLAIMER} I’ve been back for 2 weeks. What you gonna do?

It’s becoming more and more rare that anything excites me on the high street for us men anymore. But when I saw this top on ASOS, I #gaygasped.

As you know, elephants are my favourite animals. Ever. I support the charity Space For Giants a lot. Anyway, that’s besides the point.

The print just screamed my name.

S.I.M.O.N.

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Also, if you want bucket loads of gorgeous content, go to Mykonos. Endless white walls and blue sky/doors.

 

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July 13, 2017

Real Estate Talk: Someone PLEASE buy Grey Gardens!

There are a few films that define your life, that should be watched by every single person, and that are so life-affirming that they become unmissable.

Grey Gardens is one of these films.

I can list others: Paris is Burning, The Birdcage, Pink Flamingos. But Grey Gardens is truly one of my all time favourites.

If you haven’t seen it, you can watch it below, but in short, it’s a documentary film that looks into the lives of Big Edie Beale and her daughter, Little Edie (both actually called Edith Beale) – the aunt and first cousin of Jackie O. They are reclusives, but so interesting to watch.

Their Hamptons house is Grey Gardens. In the doc, you see the squalor they live in. But you can’t stop watching.

I’ve gone on too long. If you watched the film above, you’ll know all about it.

ANYWAY, Grey Gardens is for sale. Still. It went on the market at the beginning of the year, and it remains on the market.

Apparently American Express where going to rent it the whole summer to hold special events, but they received a cease-and-desist letter after disrupting the neighbourhood.

This is the house now…

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And this is a video of it too…

The house is on the market for just over £13,906,000.

That’s nothing compared to the history this place has seen.

So… WHO’S GOING TO BUY IT??? See the listing here. 

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July 6, 2017

Celine Dion does couture…

Unless you’ve not been on Instagram for this whole week, you would have seen a regram of Celine Dion running around Paris, or on a car roof, coming and going to the fashion week couture shows.

It seems that since the death of her husband, her style has completely changed. Maybe she just wanted a complete 180, and this was the easiest thing to change. Understandable after such a tragic event.

But it has worked. Column inches have racked up, A LOT. Social media posting has increased massively. SHE’S NOW A FASHION STAR TOO!

And Vogue magazine have jumped on this with an amazing campaign… #CelineTakesCouture

“What is making the people who are interested in fashion now interested in me when I have always been interested in fashion?” So asks Celine Dion en route to the Christian Dior haute couture show, security guards in tow. She wears a tunic and mid calf skirt, tucked and belted and elevated by thigh high black boots. She has done her own makeup–as is her way–but her precise and dramatic eye contouring is obscured by the massive Dior gold shades selected by her stylist Law Roach (@luxurylaw). (“Why did you make me wear makeup if I was going to wear glasses like this?”) Celine began working with Law a little over a year ago, after her husband Rene passed and she began the long road of living again with great loss of a partner (“an amazing man”) but also the incredible blessing of “the quality of the time we spent together.” More on that later. For now it is enough to know that while Law may have contributed to the answer to Celine’s original question–why dion mania now?–the answer clearly lies with the lady herself. She keeps a master file divided into mini files of pages torn from magazines. She circles looks from collections special issues, turns down pages, and despairs when a look or accessory is not produced and the sample unbuyable. Celine Dion knows clothes. (She is also at a point in her life where she can enjoy them. Going to a fashion show “gives me a bit of freedom when my life has been work, discipline, hard hard work.”) Today at @dior there was a little work (celebrity gridlock in and out, intense heat which is never ideal with leather) and a lot of fun. Celine admires Ruth Bell’s gamine crop (“I really want a haircut like that”), the flatform boots (“the strength today!”), a wool coat dress for day with an open assymetric neckline (“like a calla lily”), the mousseline peering out from the long belted coats. After she said, “I forgot the jungle, the theme, I don’t care. I am not buying the animals, the trees. But the clothes?” she smiles. “I am already broke.” More on that later, and the significance of one legendary CD to another…. #CelineTakesCouture Photo by @sophfei.

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‘She keeps a master file divided into mini files of pages torn from magazines. She circles looks from collections special issues, turns down pages, and despairs when a look or accessory is not produced and the sample unbuyable.’

In Vegas, Velcro panels are added to allow for her ribcage to expand or for a quick outfit change. Micro straps of elasticized chiffon prevent a slit from becoming a sloppy situation mid-squat. Shoes—always heels, never platforms—are ordered one size smaller (she is normally a 38) and refitted with metal shanks.’

 

  I read somewhere that Celine found her new, amazing stylist, Law Roach, when her twin boys were watching Disney star, Zendaya, on something. She Googled her and fell in love with her style. Then Googled: ‘who is Zendaya’s stylist’. And voila! A star is born! Law Roach, incidentally, is an utter genius. A pure maverick in the styling game. He knows how to dress women. Anyway, Vogue posted seven Instagrams in the end, including the one above, with quotes from Celine. To say I was mesmerised is an understatement!  

“They see me; I don’t see them,” is Celine Dion’s line on the great blob of paparazzi and fans that follows her everywhere. She gives them any picture they ask for, plus a great many more. Consider an appointment with at the house of Schiaparelli, where she poses for the creative director Bertrand Guyon on a window sill overlooking the Place Vendome. She wears a tiny whimsical dress of Swarovski chainmail re-embroidered with yet more crystals and high sparkly Victorian boots–a little Twiggy, a little Tina Turner. Says her dancer Pepe Munoz: “That’s a rockstar!” Says Libby Hahn, who handles public relations for the house: “I am fairly certain she was a rockstar before she put on the dress.” Says Celine’s own longtime photographer Denise Truscello (a Canadian cinephile with her own rockstar style), thinking of the long lenses poised on the place below: “Is the dress pulled down in the back?” Says Celine Dion: “They might see my butt, but I don’t think they mind.” #CelineTakesCouture Photographed by @denisetruscello A post shared by Vogue (@voguemagazine) on

 

Check out more on Vogue’s and Law Roach’s Instagram accounts. Here are some of Celine’s best looks from this week…

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June 23, 2017

Today I’m Loving… FACIAL MISTS

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I know we all lived through the recent heatwave, I know we all sweated profusely, I know that other people used public transport and complained, in our heads, how smelly it was. I know that everyone was sweating through their couture, the amount of ‘puddle backs’ I saw! I know all this. But I’m still about to sound like it only happened to me: OMG I COULDN’T ACTUALLY COPE.

I don’t do well in heat. Period. Anything over 22 degrees and I’m DONE.

On Wednesday I stupidly took the bus. BIG MISTAKE. HUGE. It was what I expect actual hell to be like.

In the office I’m literally sat on top of the air conditioning unit. Or I’m spritzing myself with a facial mist – the BEST invention for hot and sticky summer days.

These are all tried and tested. I can confirm that my favourites are: Mario Badescu, Jurlique, and of course the Evian spray…

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June 7, 2017

The 4 REAL winners from the CFDA Fashion Awards…

The good and the great turned out on Monday night in New York for the CFDA Fashion Awards.

Even Anna Wintour looked good!

Yes, that exclamation mark DOES represent some shock in my tone.

It’s not really about the winners though, is it? (Raf Simons won both men’s and women’s designer of the year!)

We want to know what people are wearing. And there were really only FOUR red carpet winners of the night:

*MAYE MUSK – WEARING ROSIE ASSOULIN*

This 70-year-old South African model SMASHED it in this Swarovski-embellished shirt dress. And was that a nod to the gay flag too?

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*DIANE KRUGER – WEARING MONSE*

This woman can do NOTHING wrong when it comes to fashion. To pull off a column of blue velvet is hard enough, add to that streams of gold sequins… it takes a brave woman. NAILED IT!

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*IMAAN HAMMAM – WEARING ADAM SELMAN*

There isn’t much to say about this denim dream, apart from YAAAAS QUEEN! I mean, it’s the coolest casual couture I’ve ever seen on a serious red carpet. EVER.

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*JANELLE MONAE – WEARING CUSTOM CHRISTIAN SIRIANO*

I just can’t even with this total babe. Seriously. I mean, BREATHLESS! She is the Queen of the Carpet. The best till last. this is a true OMG moment for Janelle. Incredible.

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June 5, 2017

Are you a STAR?

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You know when you find a wardrobe hero that basically sums up your closet?

You know when you find a piece that is just perfect for LIFE?

You know when that shirt is like, so far out of your price range you want to cry. Or run out the shop screaming ‘IT’S MEANT TO BEEEEE’ without paying?

Yeh, that’s how I feel about this Faith Connexion star print top. 

It is SO on POINT!

Want it? Get it, and more from Faith Connextion, below…

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May 8, 2017

Blog Off… Tommy Dorfman at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

I haven’t done one of these for a LONG time, but there ain’t no better time to bring back Blog Off than with this rather, erm, standout look from Tommy Dorfman – star of the new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why.

I absolutely salute anyone brave enough to express themselves through their wardrobe like this. His Vivienne Westwood blazer/pantaloons combo is enough to raise a few eyebrows, let alone those men’s, yes, MENS glitter boots from DSquared2.

What a combo!

But what do some other blogger/stylist mates think? Scroll down to see…

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*THE CHIC GEEK*

This is a tale of two halves. The top, boxy jacket with big shoulders is very where we are, right now, when it comes to tailoring. It’s all about a power shoulder thanks to Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga. The skirt/short I could live without, but the boots are pretty amazing and perfectly appropriate for the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Rock needs some glam again!

*STEVIE B STYLE*

Anyone who chooses to dress so outside the box will always get a nod of approval from me, however cray cray. He’s a beautiful man, and good for him expressing himself in such an OTT way. Would I chose to style him this way? No. But good for him!

*LORNA LUXE*

Love a grid print, but 99% of people would get sectioned if they wore this in public!

 

What do YOU think?

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