Get the celebrity look with Alexa Chung, Lilah Parsons and Lydia Bright

May 27th, 2015

It seems like an age since I have posted a celebrity looks piece, so I am now addressing the balance by featuring some of my favourite celebrity styles that you can find currently on the High Street, or online.

First up we have that (now infamous) suede skirt that seemed to simultaneously kick start the current 1970s trend and offer the promise of saving M&S for another season when it was worn by Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung. It is now available in store, but doesn’t come cheap at almost £200 (it is totally divine though, it has to be said.) But, with the price in mind, I am also offering a much cheaper, faux suede version which is pretty gorgeous in it’s own right.

This weekend saw the wedding of Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan, and so I’m bringing you a couple of pieces from Michelle’s range for Lipsy. The 2-in-1 Cami dress is a gorgeous piece that is subtlety sexy, Michelle has been seen out and about in a white version which I can’t find online, but I have featured the nude and the navy versions – both lovely.  I have also featured another piece from Michelle’s collection – the embroidered maxi. This is a beautiful dress that Michelle proved was red carpet ready, and would make a very stylish prom dress for those avoiding meringue. I love that Michelle is wearing her collection out and about, the pieces are proving to be stylish and understated, and very, very wearable.

Lydia Bright was my best dressed at Michelle and Mark’s wedding this weekend, wearing a 1950s inspired skirt and top from Coast. I also loved the shoes – are they the famous Manolos that Carrie left in the closet in the first Sex and the City movie?

Lilah Parsons is also having a little Coast love affair at the moment. And why not? She wears the range so well and looks just amazing in the colour clash Leta Maxi dress. I also love the fun stripes of the Ellie May mini, another lovely Coast dress that Lilah just rocks.

We also have style for the men, with Roger Taylor from Duran Duran wearing the tt4js labradorite and Swarovski crystal skull bracelet at the launch of the Careless Memories photo exhibition in Birmingham in April.

Who’s celebrity style have you been loving this month?

Alexa Chung in M&S

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     AUTOGRAPH Suede Straight Skirt T507222     £199.00 click to visit M&S


AUTOGRAPH
Suede Straight Skirt
T507222
£199.00 click to visit M&S

     LIMITED EDITION Faux Suede A-Line Skirt T692125H     £31.60 click to visit M&S


LIMITED EDITION
Faux Suede A-Line Skirt
T692125H
£31.60 click to visit M&S

Lydia Bright in Coast

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TESSA TOP £95.00 click to visit Coast

TESSA TOP
£95.00 click to visit Coast

TESSA SKIRT £129.00 click to visit Coast

TESSA SKIRT
£129.00 click to visit Coast

Lilah Parsons wears Coast

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ELLIE MAY STRIPE DRESS £150.00 click to visit Coast

ELLIE MAY STRIPE DRESS
£150.00 click to visit Coast

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LETA MAXI DRESS Now£170.00 click to visit Coast

LETA MAXI DRESS
Now£170.00 click to visit Coast

Michelle Keegan in Lipsy

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Michelle Keegan 2 In 1 Cami Dress £65 click to visit Next

Michelle Keegan 2 In 1 Cami Dress £65 click to visit Next

Michelle Keegan 2 In 1 Cami Dress £65 click to visit Next

Michelle Keegan Embroidered Maxi £75 click to visit Next

Michelle Keegan Embroidered Maxi £75 click to visit Next

Roger Taylor wears terryterry tt4JS

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grey labradorite and skull bracelet Model tt4js014 £75 click to visit terryterry

grey labradorite and skull bracelet
Model tt4js014 £75 click to visit terryterry

 

Shoezone review – Haute Hippie festival style

May 26th, 2015

I first became a fan of Shoezone when Joe was small. They sold the cutest t-bar canvas shoes that had a real retro feel and were a total bargain (2 pairs for £8 as I recall.) I loved them, and of course I had a look at the ladies selection, and found it to be full of really pretty sandals and flat pumps, all of which were really affordable. I was converted and now regularly buy shoes from the brand.

I was recently offered the opportunity to review a pair of shoes, sandals or boots from their current lines. I was spoiled for choice, but decided that, as it was almost summer, I would opt for sandals, especially as I am now less than a month away from my summer holiday. One style just jumped out at me for the design which can definitely be classed as haute hippie, Marakesh Express influenced. This was the Lilley multi-bead t-bar sandal, and they are simply beaut!

Lilley Womens Multi-Bead T Bar Sandal £14.99 click to visit Shoezone

Lilley Womens Multi-Bead T Bar Sandal £14.99 click to visit Shoezone

These are just the perfect summer sandal. They would look amazing in holiday, at a summer festival, or just worn with jeans on a staycation. The synthetic gold upper is covered with gorgeous multi-colour beads which adds to the boho style, and makes them a great choice to wear for the evening too, especially on those days when it is just too warm for heels.

I think these sandals are stunning, so I wore them to channel the style of one of my fashion Icons, doomed 60s model and socialite Talitha Getty.

Talitha Style

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My Talitha Style with Shoezone

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Pretty, hippie style sandals that are comfortable, adjustable and cost less than £15. I think these are an absolute no-brainer when it comes to both style and value, and the fact that they are light as a feather despite the beads, and are just so comfortable to wear, makes them an even more attractive proposition.

To view the complete, current range of Shoezone sandals, click here.

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Wicked Uncle solves those Children’s party dilemmas

May 25th, 2015

It all started when Joe was five. Before this, we had been invited to a few children’s birthday parties, spread out at intervals throughout the year. Then suddenly Joe hit five, and he suddenly had more party invites than the whole cast of TOWIE put together. It seemed like rarely a weekend passed without a birthday party from a cousin or a school friend. We attended a party this weekend, and now have party invites for the next three weekends. A child’s social life is certainly a busy one!

At Alfie's party

At Alfie’s party

At Lily's party

At Lily’s party

At Renee's party.

At Renee’s party.

Of course, birthday parties bring the problem of what to give for a gift. You know what your own child likes and enjoys, but are never so sure about someone else’s child. You also worry that you will duplicate the present  that someone else has already given. Toy company Wicked Uncle offers some great gift ideas. Their range of toys and gifts give you the option of choosing something a little different, either for your own child, or as a gift if your little one is a little party animal.

I was offered the opportunity to choose some gifts from the Wicked Uncle range, and chose items for both Joe (aged 6) and my niece Renee (aged 2). The gift guide is split into boys and girls, and then into specific ages. Of course, the being 2015, some toys appear on both lists, and in more than one age category, but this listing certainly helps if you are hunting for a gift with no real clues as to what to get.

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Our choices from Wicked Uncle

Wicked Uncle has a great range of unusual gifts, and the prices range from pocket-money toys, to more expensive birthday and Christmas gifts. Joe loved the Subbuteo footballs that were perfect for his game, whilst we are keeping the extreme Waboba ball for our holidays – it bounces on water so will be great fun in the hotel pool.

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Extreme Waboba Ball - Bounces on Water £5.50 click to visit Wicked Uncle

Extreme Waboba Ball – Bounces on Water £5.50 click to visit Wicked Uncle

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Joe couldn’t wait to open the toys from Wicked Uncle

Subbuteo Official Footballs £4.50 click to visit Wicked Uncle

Subbuteo Official Footballs £4.50 click to visit Wicked Uncle

We also chose a really lovely Space Explorer room projector for Joe. This lovely item projected images of space, NASA and the Hubble Space telescope onto a blank wall. The projector also doubles as a great night-light.

Space Explorer Room Projector £12.95 click to visit Wicked Uncle

Space Explorer Room Projector £12.95 click to visit Wicked Uncle

For Renee, who has just had her second birthday, I chose the Princess Elise magnetic dress up doll, with wooden magnetic outfits that make it just the perfect choice for a Princess mad little girl. This is specified as for age 3+, but this is an example of how you use your own common sense by using Wicked Uncle as a guide.

Princess Elise - Magnetic Dress-Up Doll £11.95 click to visit Wicked Uncle

Princess Elise – Magnetic Dress-Up Doll £11.95 click to visit Wicked Uncle

Wicked Uncle is a great destination for brilliant, unusual toys that are a whole lot of fun.  They also take a lot of the work out of organising gifts by offering gift wrap options and handwritten birthday cards that can be included with your gift. You can visit the site here.

*I was given online store credit in order to choose gifts to review the Wicked Uncle products and service. All views are my own.