SAG Awards 2017 – Best Dressed

Awards season is now in full swing, last night saw the turn of the Screen Actors Guild, or SAG, awards. Sometimes called the more relaxed awards, this is the awards ceremony that can often see trouser suits, jumpsuits and tea length dresses, amongst the more formal gowns.  Last night’s red carpet showed pink to be a surprising front runner for hot colour trend, that old Hollywood was alive and kicking as Rachel Evan Wood continued her morphing into Marlene Dietrich, that playing Jackie Kennedy has totally influenced Natalie Portman’s maternity wardrobe, and that the bat sh*t crazy spirit of Bjork on the red carpet is still alive and kicking, as Nicole Kidman turned up as a parrot, a beautiful Gucci parrot. And I, for one, loved it.

Best dressed? I loved Bryce Dallas Howard totally owning those curves in a dress that apparently cost around $300, and Viola Davis who was a vision in white. Viola’s dress was everything, and then when she opened her tiny clutch bag and showed off her folded up flats, I think my girl crush hit around 100. I loved Emily Blunt in an Eastern inspired dress, although I still prefer her with darker locks if I’m honest, and I was so pleased to see Sofia Vergara do something so different in her prom style and sleek hair.

Then to the dresses that polarised opinions. I LOVED Michelle Dockery in her cool stripes, this dress wouldn’t work for the Oscars, but looked sleek and elegant, with a touch of fun, at the SAGs. I was also a little in love with Kerry Washington, but wished it was tailored better, with shorter sleeves and less skirt. Thandie Newton’s whimsical dress is the sort of thing I expect to see on Marion Cotillard, but it is just so exquisitely beautiful and unique that I was so pleased to see Thandie totally own it. And Nicole. Well, she was a stunning bird of paradise, one part parrot, 1 part Shirley Bassey, 2 parts Vegas showgirl. Haters gonna hate, but it is hard to hate Nicole having so much fun with fashion.

A special mention must go out to the Game of Thrones ladies. Maisie Williams is having a storming awards season so far, and the delicate pink and dark lip was another winner. Natalie Emmanuel opted for tea length art deco styling, and the glorious Gwedoline Christie was awe-inspiring in Vivienne Westwood. I walk past the lady once on Oxford Street and she is very tall, very beautiful and a total goddess, so I am bowing down to her.

What was your favourite look from the night?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (8137126bh) Cara Buono The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (8137126bi) Michelle Dockery The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Thandie Newton attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_009 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TNT)

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (8137126eg) Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017

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A new website design?

I’ve recently been considering re-designing my website, it has been over five years since it last had an update, and I am very attached to the pink lady on my site. I do regularly clean up my sidebar and ads, but changing the design itself is more of a challenge and a worry.

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I use a custom wordpress design that I have always loved – it’s fresh, frothy and pretty and generally suits my blog and me. I’ve never really got around to buying a bespoke design for my site, although I can definitely see the benefits of changing to a cleaner, more sophisticated design (my good friend Emily Jayne did this recently and it looks amazing). But the blog design, and web designs in general are important, and can make a difference in terms of traffic and audience. A good friend Adam, from Essex Web Designs, states very clearly why design and layout is important:-

“Your company website is your virtual shop front: the place where you can find new customers, communicate and engage with them, and in many instances, trade with them – anywhere in the world, at any time of day.”

So there are clearly good reasons for wanting a striking, clean and tidy web design, but I do worry that after 5 years my design is a recognisable feature of my blog, and that, by changing it and making it look different, regular visitors may think they are in the wrong place and click out of the site, or that they just might not like a new design?

One of my current fave websites, in terms of layout, is Vogue.com. Like the magazine itself, the design is both classic and modern, fashion forward, and with many imitators. Vogue makes great use of photography, and has that iconic logo that is instantly recognisable. It suits Vogue perfectly.

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I’m still thinking about what changes I want to make, but ultimately, your blog design should reflect you and your personality, whether that be stylish, elegant or slightly chaotic.

 

 

STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR – IT’S ALMOST TIME

With Christmas almost out of the way, the glitterball is being polished, the sequins are being sewn onto dresses and jackets, and those dancing shoes will soon be getting an outing once again. Yes, January can only mean the launch of the glitziest show in town, ‘Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour’ will soon be back in town for the ninth star spangled year.

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The very exciting news is that two of this year’s finalists will be taking to the huge dance floors, with both fan favourite and winner Jay McGuiness and the wonderful Georgia May Foote being confirmed as part of the tour with their professsional partners Aliona Vilani and Giovanni Pernice. They will be joining some of the other contestants from 2015, Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec, Ainsley Harriott and Natalie Lowe and Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko. Also joining the tour are two stars from previous seasons, the snake- hipped Jake Wood with Janette Manrara, and one of the stars of last year, The Saturday’s Frankie Bridge with partner Kevin Clifton. Frankie was due to star in the live show last year, but was forced to withdraw due to pregnancy, so it will be great to see her this year.

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The tour opens at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on 22 January 2016. This time around, there is a brand new host, with Mel Geidroyc, fresh from ‘The Great British Bake off’ taking the helm. Original judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horword are also returning, great for those who missed a ‘ten from Len’ last year.

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Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour

22 – 24th January Birmingham: The Barclaycard Arena  0844 338 8000  

(Friday 22nd at 7.30pm, Saturday 23rd at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 24th at 1.30pm & 6.30pm)

 

26 – 27 January  Sheffield Arena   0114 256 5656   

(Tuesday 26th at 7.30pm, Wednesday 27th at 7.30pm)

 

28 – 29 January   Leeds: First Direct Arena    0844 248 1585

(Thursday 28th at 7.30pm, Friday 29th at 7.30pm)

 

30 – 31 January     Manchester Arena   0844 847 8000

(Saturday 30th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 31st at 1.30pm)

 

2 February   Liverpool: Echo Arena  0844 8000 400

(Tuesday 2nd at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)

 

3 – 4 February   Newcastle: Metro Radio Arena     0844 493 6666

(Wednesday 3rd at 7.30pm, Thursday 4th at 2:30pm & 7.30pm)

 

5 – 7 February   Glasgow: The SSE Hydro    0844 395 4000

(Friday 5th at 7.30pm, Saturday 6th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 7th at 1.30pm)

 

9 – 10 February   Nottingham: Capital FM Arena     0843 373 3000

(Tuesday 9th at 7.30pm, Wednesday 10th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)

 

11 – 12 February     London: The SSE Arena, Wembley   0844 815 0815

(Thursday 11th at 7.30pm, Friday 12th at 7.30pm)

 

13 – 14 February    London: The O2  0844 856 0202

(Saturday 13th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, and Sunday 14th at 1.30pm and 6.30pm)

 

Tickets costs: £35 – £65 (bands venue dependent) 

The O2 prices are £36 – £66 (Inclusive of a £1 per ticket venue facility fee)

All ticket prices are subject to a booking fee

To book tickets please contact the venue or call 0844 875 8758

For online bookings visit www.ticketzone.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk . For more information visit www.strictlycomedancinglive.com