Thursday, 13 January 2011

Blake Lively: Style Icon of 2010.

Blake Lively, the 23 year old American actress gained her breakthrough role as the Upper East Side socialite Serena van der Woodsen on the popular TV show Gossip Girl in 2007 and has been splashed over magazines, newspapers and celebrity websites ever since. 2010 was definitely her year to shine, both on and off screen, with Gossip Girl entering its fourth series and Lively being spotted schmoozing with Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld at fashion week. Renowned for not having a stylist working for her, Lively often sports a classic look with a modern twist whether it be accessorising with a piece of statement jewellery or showing off her enviable long legs. Lively is a firm favourite with designers because of her willing to transport the catwalk to the red carpet, regularly snapped wearing the exact outfit the model wore on the runway. This dedication to the designer’s vision can only have helped her blag the new Chanel campaign; hand picked by Lagerfeld himself, Lively will be the face of the “Mademoiselle” handbag line due to be launch in March 2011.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

My Fashion Hero (and all around life hero!)

A lot of people my age pick really stereotypical people when asked who their fashion hero is, Alexa Chung or Fearne Cotton if they are trying to seem cool and Indie, Lily Allen or Audrey Hepburn if they want to seem classy... you know the types! My fashion hero and pretty much favourite person of the moment is someone who isn't getting many column inches and isn't in many magazines here in Britain and that is the young and up and coming actress Emma Stone.

The 22 year old American actress is best known for her roles in Superbad, Zombieland and more recently the lead in Easy A where she plays a high school student who uses the rumour mill to advance her own popularity/infamy and along the way causes a lot of trouble but in classic teen movie style it's all okay in the end! Although known for her comedic roles, Stone has been cast as Gwen Stacy in the new Spiderman film for which she has recently swapped her trademark red hair for blonde!

A lot of celebrities these days seem to lose their youth with their dress, take Taylor Momsen for example, you could be forgiven for thinking there is a 25 year old woman underneath that mop of blonde hair and layers of black when in fact she is only 17. Emma on the other hand dresses in a way that is glamorous while still showing off her youth. Often seen in short hemlines, she knows how to dress for what is considered to be in fashion but still adding a unique and fun twist.

At the premiere of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past in April 2009. Her black dress shows classic red carpet glamour while the Miu Miu bow necklace adds a unique and youthful twist which brings something very fresh to the outfit, not to mention those beautiful strappy platforms.

With friend Taylor Swift at the premiere of Easy A in September 2010.
Emma glitters in this fabulous sequinned Pucci mini dress with a dropped back whilst Swift looks frumpy and uncomfortable in green satin (with clashing red lipstick might i add)

As well as being strikingly beautiful, Emma Stone is remarkably down to Earth. Watching her films is intriguing both for her talent and large amount of on screen charisma. She remains modest and thankful in every interview i have seen of her and is a nice breath of fresh air from the recent influx of bratty young actresses.
Her main attribute which I find rewarding is her obvious talent for comedy, both scripted and when interviewed.
Her recent hosting of Saturday Night Live was both endearing and hysterical to watch.
In Britain she is not getting enough attention but i'm sure all the hype about the new spider man film will change things. I want to see her in magazines because she is basically my girl crush and i love her.

Do you really need another pair of shoes?

As the famous, fictional, fashionista Carrie Bradshaw once said, "it's really hard to walk in a single women's shoes,  that's why sometimes you need really special shoes" and it is this talent of finding these "special shoes" that many women possess and few would be willing to sacrifice. Statistics show that women spend an average of £33,000 on shoes in a lifetime. It seems staggering but that works out at £527 a year, so for some of you that figure might be a horrifying reality! How often have you stood in a shop and thought 'oh it's only one more pair' despite having over a dozen pairs of black heels in your wardrobe? The fact of the matter is women love shoes, whether it is the latest season's Louboutins or a bargain pair of flip flops from Primark, we can't resist!

As a shoe lover myself, my motto is 'yes you probably do need another pair of shoes!' We have all had those dark days where we wake up feeling crabby and angry at life and nothing you do will get you out of that rut. When I feel like this, I believe that shoes are the answer. They don't need to be expensive, elaborate or extravagant, sometimes all it takes is a well crafted pair of black pumps to be slid onto your foot and your troubles flow away into oblivion.

 As a child I found shoe shopping a harrowing experience, sitting on those little stools and having your feet measured while the sales assistant disappears into a room and brings out five pairs of equally ugly black lace up school shoes. Thankfully, these days are gone and shopping for shoes, whether alone or with friends, is now an enjoyable experience. Different women have different tastes and opinions on clothes, not to mention different body shapes; which can cause shopping with companions to be stressful to say the least! However, a beautifully crafted shoe can be appreciated by women with varying or opposing styles which makes the shopping a much more harmonious experience for all involved!

Shoes are a tool used to express personality and creativity. A simple glance downwards at a persons choice of shoe can reveal so much about a character. For me there is nothing better than finishing off the perfect outfit with the perfect pair of shoes, it's like a cherry on top of the cake!

After spending my weekends scouring Elle and Vogue for items to add to my wish-list, these are my top 5 shoes of this season.

1. Christian Louboutin- 24 Trous 120 Suede boots.

2.Tabitha Simmons- Carrie Suede Pumps
3.Burberry- Lace Up Leather and Canvas Boots

4.Miu Miu- Suede Strappy Platform Sandals

5.Giuseppe Zanotti- Suede multi strap sandals

Hope you enjoy the shoes! xoxo