Style icons 2014 – A tale of two Jessica’s

Continuing with my look at the ladies whose wardrobes I would’ve happily fell into in 2014 I turn my attention to two ladies who share the same first name, as well as the same, impeccable, ladylike sense of style.

Jessica Chastain has had a stellar year in fashion in 2014. As well as being one of the best actresses of her generation, she is also a lady I always look out for on the red carpet, interested to see how she sets off that porcelain skin and Rita Hayworth hair. She makes both fabulous and interesting choices, from shimmering royal blue metallics that are the perfect choice for a redhead, to citrus yellows and lemons that make her totally stand out on the red carpet.

Jessica often opts for a shorter, 1950s style skirt which keeps her look fresh in a sea of full-length red carpet choices, and her hair and make-up are always appropriate – she can transform from girl next door to a glamorous siren with just a slash of lipstick and Kohl, but I love that she often opts for soft and dewy make-up looks that give that barely there look.

For a wonderful variety of looks and styles I think Jessica Chastain’s wardrobe is hard to beat, but another Jessica, the gorgeous Jessica Alba, certainly gives her a run for her money.

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jessica-chastain-290Jessica Alba never looks anything less than a movie style, whether on, or off duty. She could certainly win the title fashion Chameleon, as she changes her style on a regular basis that goes from Prom Queen Pretty to full length princess, and then to sexy and sizzling. A regular on best dressed lists, Jessica has been someone who looks I always seem to love – she makes a regular appearance on the fashion-mommy facebook page with so many of her red carpet dresses, but this is a lady not afraid to rock a jumpsuit too.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Birmingham Town Hall

If you have a small child, you will know all about ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea.’ To put it in its simplest terms, it is one of the most beloved and popular children’s books of all time. Written by ‘Mog’ author Judith Kerr, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a wonderful story of a rather large tiger, who visits a little girl called Sophie and her mother, and stays for tea, literally eating the family out of house and home.

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The latest production of the stage version of the story is currently midway through a run at Birmingham’s Town Hall, and is totally thrilling its audiences, young and old. For those familiar with the book and its wonderful illustrations, the setting of Sophie’s kitchen is instantly recognisable, as are the cast, with Sophie in her plum dress and patterned tights, and mom resplendent in green. The story is a great one for younger members of the audience, with songs and the use of repetition that is always a great way to engage the under fives. The ‘tick tock’ song is effective in explaining the day away whilst we are waiting for the star of the show to appear.

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The star of the show, is, of course, the tiger. From his first appearance, with a paw around an open door, he just enchants the audience. True to the illustration from the book, the instantly recognisable tiger is a real charmer, so polite and friendly in his dealings with Sophie and her mom. His Tiger workout routine, which all the younger members of the audience happily participated in, was a definite highpoint of the show, certainly for my little boy, who was still talking about it later on in the afternoon.

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The show lasted 55 minutes with no interval, this length was just right for the audience, and finished with the line about the tiger never returning, which many of the children joined in with. The Tiger Who came to Tea is a delight from start to finish and delights its audience – whatever their age.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea runs until Wednesday 14th January at Birmingham Town Hall, click here for times and ticket information.

Style Icons 2014 – Kiera Knightley

I love Kiera Knightley. She has such an incredible sense of style and was absolutely top of the list when it came to looking at style icons who have impressed and truly made their mark in 2014. Kiera is always impeccable, from head to toe, and I love the fact that she often opts for looks that are incredibly demure – a real stand out in our days of skin and beads looks from the likes of Rihanna and Miley.

In a similar way to Felicity Jones who I wrote about yesterday, Kiera often takes her cues from styles and icons from the past. Bias cut satin dresses look slinky on her petite frame, whilst she has embraced everything from antique lace looks to a fur edged dress that has that Santa Baby feel. Black and white feature heavily in her wardrobe, but she mixes it up with navy (always a great alternative to black), and a smattering of colour.

I love the use of long sleeves, and demure length skirts. In some ways she reminds me of the Duchess of Cambridge in her elegance, and the preference of that elegance over overt sexiness.

Kiera stole all our hearts with the fabulous wedding dress (there’s a post about that here if you’ve forgotten)  that just happened to be a  favourite frock that she had already worn. This year, she has continued to steal hearts with her beautiful stylish looks. A definite, modern day Audrey Hepburn.

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