Happy Anniversary William and Kate

A year ago I was sitting in a caravan in Wales ignoring the sunshine outside, with my eyes glued to a telly screen. I wasn’t alone. Millions, if not billions of people around the World were sitting in apprehension, waiting for the moment when Kate Middleton would step from her car and reveal her wedding dress to the waiting world.

That moment, when it was revealed that the dress was Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, made the fashion world gasp in delight. The dress was everything we dreamed it would be and more, which are words that could be ascribed to Kate, now the Duchess of Cambridge, herself.

Of course, the wedding was a retailers dream, with merchandise of every variety emblazoning everything from Poundland to Liberty. With the 1st anniversary, we are facing the first special occasion in what promises to be a very special Royal year. New items related to Kate and William have, of course, been released. Here are just a few of the gifts and collectors items for lovers of William and Kate.

BARBIE Collector Royal wedding dolls £99.99 click to visit Selfridges

ISSA Silk-jersey dress £495.00

Cath Kidston Royal Stan Pocket Oil Cloth Across Body Bag, Red £30 click to visit John Lewis

Fulton Union Jack Garden Print Umbrella

Jonathon Aston Crown Tartan Print Stockings

Jon Richard Kate Engagement Ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madonna launches her first perfume

It’s taken Madonna a long time to come up with her first perfume. After a career that has seen music, film,video, books, clothing for her own line and collaborations with H&M amongst others, it is hard to believe that 2012 has seen the very first fragrance from the Material girl.

Hard to believe, but true. But the Queen of Pop has finally dipped her multi talented feet into the fragrance pond with the launch of Truth or Dare, her first perfume, which is currently available exclusively at Selfridges. Like the recent Stella McCartney fragrance L.I.L.Y, Truth or Dare was inspired by the singer’s mother, who tragically died when Madonna was just six, and whose perfume she carries with her everywhere. “My oldest memory of my mother is her perfume.’ Madonna says. ‘She always smelled like Gardenias and Tuberose’. Madonna wanted to recreate this scent saying that smell “connects us to memory, nostalgia and the ability to dream and fantasize.”

MADONNA Truth or Dare eau de parfum from £25.00

So what is the perfume like? I was lucky enough to be sent some samples and I have to say it is a really lovely, and long-lasting fragrance. It reminds me of the sort of fragrances that were popular during Madonna’s early 1990s heyday – Tendre Poison and Paco Rabanne’s Ultra Violet – both of which are big favourites of mine.  The smell is very musky and the elements of tuberose and gardenia come through very strong, making this a distinctive, pretty floral fragrance. It is also very long-lasting, being eau de parfum it retains a strong scent without needing to be reapplied.

I love the ad campaign,which shows Madonna looking much as she did at the time of the original Truth or Dare documentary/Blonde Ambition tour. I also think Madonna has taken care to make sure you can’t miss the pretty bottle in Store. Rather than glass, Madonna has opted for a  luxuriously classic bottle and box designed in collaboration with Fabien Baron . The whole packaging has to represent the concept of  Truth or Dare by balancing purity with provocation – the white bottle and logo represent truth and spirituality whilst the unexpected beading detail gives the bottle a raw edginess.

The Eau de Parfum starts at £25 for a 30ml bottle, going to £32 for a 50ml and £42 for a 75ml. I think this is really reasonable for eau de parfum. You can also get a shower gel for £14 for an all over scent. All fragrances are available exclusively at Selfridges.

MADONNA Truth or Dare shower gel

 

 

New Look Sale – Celebrity Style £10 or under.

I love a good sale. And by a good sale I mean one where you things you really want have been properly reduced. New Look have become one of the best High Street brands for having a sale. They truly reduce items – sometimes up to 70% off, and give you the option to buy clothes that you will be able to wear both now and the well into the summer season.

The current sale has been unveiled this week and it is a stonker. The only problem is that there are so many covetable lines that you won’t actually know what to choose. Lucky for you that I have examined the sale in detail and have found many lines that cost just £10  or less! Favourites of mine (by that read what I’ve treated MYSELF to…) include the stunning Limited mega spike bib necklace that is now just £5 and the gorgeous coral pleated skirt that is an amazing bargain for just £8.

New Look is showing you that you can get celebrity style on a shoestring budget.  Take a look at some of these unbelievable bargains, and then treat yourself to something that will enhance your summer wardrobe.

 

Jessica Alba and the Maxi

Jessica Alba rocks a maxi skirt

Tie Dye Chiffon Maxi Skirt Now £10.00 | Was £24.99 click to visit New Look

Jessica is also a huge fan of the bandeau maxi dress

Bandeau Maxi Dress Now £10.00 | Was £22.99 click to visit New Look

 

Olivia Palermo, Jessie J and the statement necklace

Olivia Palermo looks fabulous in a statement necklace

As does her frenemy Whitney Port

Limited Mega Spike Bib Necklace Now £5.00 click to visit New Look

Decorative Flower Beaded Necklace Now £3.00 click to visit New Look

Seed Bead Star Necklace Now £2.00 click to visit New Look

Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge and the pleated skirt

Sarah Jessica Parker looks amazing in a cobalt pleated skirt

Kate Middleton looked great in awhite pleated skirt at the end of her US tour

Pink Chiffon Pleated Midi Skirt Now £8.00 click to visit New Look

Pleated Diagonal Colour Block Midi Skirt Now £8.00 click to visit New Look

Pleated Jersey Midi Skirt Now £6.00 click to visit New Look

Kelly Brook and the Bird Print Playsuit

Kelly Brook looks fabulous in a New Look playsuit and shoes

Bird Print Playsuit Now £10.00 click to visit New Look

Blue Floral Slim Strap Playsuit Now £8.00 click to visit New Look

Cheryl Cole in knotted bodycon dress

Red Knotted Bodycon Dress Now £10.00 click to visit New Look

Red Knotted Bodycon Dress Now £10.00 click to visit New Look

Shenae Grimes and the floral printed shorts

Shenae Grimes shows us how to look good in floral shorts

Orange Butterfly Print High Waisted Shorts Now £6.00 click to visit New Look

 

Rihanna and the Chandelier Earrings…and chinos

Rihanna looking good in chandelier earrings

Shard Drop Earrings Now £2.00 click to visit New Look

Rihanna succeeds in making chinos sexy

Chestnut Paperbag Belted Chinos Now £8.00 click to visit New Look

For all sale, click here.