Having a fashion moment – Margot Robbie

There are a few style icons who I think rarely put a fashion foot wrong. Alexa Chung is one, the two Kate’s, Moss and Middleton, are two others, and I would also add Jessica Alba, Harley Veira Newton and Laura Bailey to my list. And now I think there is another lady who seems to always look stylish and fabulous, although I’m guessing being a tall, leggy and totally gorgeous blonde helps. I’m talking about Margot Robbie, the Australian actress who started in Neighbours and then progressed to a starmaking turn in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. More recently she has been wowing audiences as Jane in the latest Tarzan movie. Margot has Hollywood at her feet, and is showing serious style credentials on the red carpet, and in her own casual attire.

I love her use of the colour white, which just looks incredible on her tanned skin. Think Sharon Stone in that scene in Basic Instinct, head to toe white, looking like a golden goddess. Her heels can only be described as the kind that could make you feel scared of heights and suffer from vertigo, but she looks just as good with mannish brogues, or casual gladiator sandals. And she has unexpected touches that she adds to her wardrobe, from chinoiserie style dresses with a dash of fur on the cuffs, to long pink duster jackets in silk to cover a little black dress.

As a counterpoint to her love of white outfits is her affiliation with the little black dress, which she wears to perfection, making it a summer staple in her look. Black dresses can be a controversial choice in Summer, but Margot proves they can be gothically glamorous, especially when teamed with a very smokey eye and sexy heeled sandals.

Quirky, original, a real life surfer girl with a seriously stylish look, Margot is someone whose wardrobe I just love to watch and admire.

Who is your current style icon?

Margot Robbie Style

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Margot Robbie Get the look

Boohoo Charlotte Collarless Duster £18.00 Click to visit Boohoo

Boohoo Charlotte Collarless Duster £18.00 Click to visit Boohoo

Sleeveless broderie shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/sleeveless-broderie-shift-dress-white/1215299.html Product Number: 1215299 Colour: WHITE £18.00 - £26.00 Click to visit M&Co

Sleeveless broderie shift dress £18.00 – £26.00 Click to visit M&Co

ASOS Denim Maxi Dress with Off Shoulder and Ruffle Hem £45.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Denim Maxi Dress with Off Shoulder and Ruffle Hem
£45.00 Click to visit ASOS

Milk It Vintage Shift Dress With Cold Shoulder Tie Neck Detail In Mini Spot £40.00 Click to visit ASOS

Milk It Vintage Shift Dress With Cold Shoulder Tie Neck Detail In Mini Spot
£40.00 Click to visit ASOS

Warehouse Stencil Floral Wrap Midi Dress £55.00 Click to visit ASOS

Warehouse Stencil Floral Wrap Midi Dress £55.00 Click to visit ASOS

Glamorous Tall Floral Print Button Up Maxi Dress £45.00 Click to visit ASOS

Glamorous Tall Floral Print Button Up Maxi Dress £45.00 Click to visit ASOS

Navy Stripe Wide Leg Trousers £24.99 Click to visit New Look

Navy Stripe Wide Leg Trousers £24.99 Click to visit New Look

Loose Fit Long Sleeve Linen Blazer £45 Click to visit M&S

Loose Fit Long Sleeve Linen Blazer £45 Click to visit M&S

Angela Angalondra Tan Leather Platform Sandal Code: ANGALONDRA-Tnl Was: £175.00 Now £69.99 Click to visit Daniel Footwear

Angela Angalondra Tan Leather Platform Sandal Was: £175.00
Now £69.99 Click to visit Daniel Footwear

Missguided Tall Exclusive Cut Out Bandeau Midi Dress £18.00 Click to visit ASOS

Missguided Tall Exclusive Cut Out Bandeau Midi Dress
£18.00 Click to visit ASOS

 

 

 

#FanDayFriday – Lovely Lichfield

This week, my #FandayFriday topic is a place that I love to visit for it’s mixture of historical buildings, great restaurants and vintage and antique shops. I’m talking about Lichfield, the birthplace of Erasmus Darwin and Dr Johnson and the home of the beautiful three spires Catherdral. Last weekend was a date weekend for Pete and I, so we decided to spend a gloriously sunny day in one of our perfect places.

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The Three Spires of the Cathedral.

St Mary’s in the Market place is a great place to start your walk around Lichfield, it is where you can find the tourist information centre and you can also get some amazing views across the city from the Spire Viewing platform. The church is a gothic treat, with gargoyles that once again prove that if you are in a beautiful city, you should always look up. St Mary’s is in walking distance of Samuel Johnson’s house, so if you are a fan of the famous man of letters and dictionary fame (or even of Blackadder – all I will say is aardvark!) then this is another must visit destination.

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We visited the old city prison, which has the town stocks and the cells, which would’ve been very dark and damp, with a total sense of foreboding. You can visit the prison for free and it is well worth a look if you have a few minutes to spare.

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Lichfield is all about beautiful buildings, including traditional black and white Tudor buildings. Many of the original buildings have now been transformed into shops, which makes shopping in the city a really lovely experience. I fell in love with the tiled floor at the entrance to the White Stuff store – a throwback to my Portugal fixation. In addition, there are lots of traditional cottages and buildings that are now vintage and antique shops and these are well worth a rummage through.

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On a really warm day it is lovely to just sit and relax at Minster Pool, in the shadow of the Cathedral. We sat there on Saturday, at a spot close to the old Speaker’s corner, and it really was idyllic. Just lovely.

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Selfie at Minster Pool

Selfie at Minster Pool

This post is my #FandayFriday post, the brainchild of the lovely Becky of The Lifestyle Blogger UK, and this week I am linking to Becky’s blog, and, more specifically, her #FanDayFriday blogpost, which you can find here. I would definitely recommend you go and take a look!

 

The Elite Fashion Show – A very special night.

Sunday saw the 2nd Elite Fashion Show, the charity fashion event organised by the incredible Mr Birmingham, Joshua Williams. The event, which took place at the beautiful Burlington Hotel, combined up and coming designers and local brands, with music and dance, and a truly unforgettable, life affirming catwalk from young people living with the effects of mental illness. It was a very special, unforgettable evening that I was lucky enough to be part of.

With the Lovely Xenia Kara

With the Lovely Xenia Kara

With Tash from As Told by Tashpantz

With Tash from As Told by Tashpantz

With Mr Birmingham Joshua Williams

With Mr Birmingham Joshua Williams

The show got off to a great start with international dancer Shelley Anderson and Co setting the room alight with their routine, and then the presenters, Rachael Barker and Sophie Lydia Smith started their introductions, which included some background as to the reasons behind the show. The Elite fashion show raises valuable funds for the mental health charity MIND and the fashion charity Beauty with a Purpose, both charities that try to tackle the stigma that is still attached to mental illness.

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The fashion on display was stunning, from bodycon glamour from Mirror Image Style, to Birmingham’s best kept secret (and Mary Portas fave) Disorder. Kiss Me Kate was showcased to perfection by the presenters, and then paraded a cobalt blue dress that is frankly crying out for Amy Adams to wear it on a Red Carpet, it was just so beautiful. I fell in love with the skater dresses and retro styles from Want that Trend, and admired the fashion forward looks from House of Erin and Vaughn. It was a fashion show with something for every taste, and the staging and music was excellent, so well matched to the mood of the show.

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Perhaps the most touching, poignant moment was when the catwalk became a vocal point for the MIND message, when young people who had been living with mental illness, both due to suffering themselves, or living with family members who had found their lives blighted by mental issues, took to the catwalk. Accompanied by the professional models, all wearing MIND t-shirts, it was a very real moment amongst the glamour of the occasion, and one which I found profoundly moving, as I had myself suffered from post natal depression which caused me to have a breakdown six years ago.

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The final segment of the show saw entertainment from Jordan Paul Rhys and Esther Turner, both brilliantly talented and a welcome addition to the show, and a final flourish of fashion, and then it was all over, having raised a wonderful £1, 348 for the chosen charities.

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