Inspirational Women – Helen Mirren

Who is an inspiration to you? Is there a women who makes you want to high five and say yes everytime she appears, speaks, does something? www.flowersdirect.co.uk have been looking at all the inspirational women there are, and how we like to say thank you to them, they have produced a lovely e book on the topic, and have been sharing the inspirational women on social media using the hashtag #InspiredBy.  They asked me if I would write about a woman who inspires me.

Now, I have a family full of inspirational women. My mom, sister and sister-in-law are all big inspirations on my life and how I live it, and I have friends, and people I have met through blogging who also serve to inspire. But I thought I would make this post about a girl (woman) crush who inspires through her style, her talent, and, to be quite frank, her ballsiness, being a leading lady at a time when most of her contemporaries seem to have faded into the background. I am talking about the astounding Helen Mirren, who continues to shine as a movie queen despite being well into her seventh decade, and always look radiant and interesting, often outshining men and women a fraction of her age.

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Helen has always been beautiful and sexy, and that remains, even through she is now into her seventies. But her beauty is the natural kind, she embraces her wrinkles and laughter lines as a part of her, and plastic surgery is not on the agenda. In a similar way her style is impeccable, fashion forward yet age appropriate -she doesn’t have to try too hard, she is effortless. I would like to say I would like to be like her when I’m older, but hell, I’d like to have an inch of her style and charisma now.

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Helen is not afraid to age for a role (i.e playing The Queen who is a good twenty plus years older than her), and she bucks the trend of older leading men, younger leading ladies by playing opposite male co-stars quite a bit younger than herself…and basically stealing the movie in most cases. Helen shows that life can begin at 40, but doesn’t have to end when you pick up your pension, that you don’t have to resort to a blue rinse the minute you collect your bus pass, and I think that alone makes her an inspiration.

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The Best Things to Wear With Leggings, Jeggings and those Skinny Jeans

Skinny pants, including leggings, jeggings, and skinny jeans, are a fashionable addition to any wardrobe and open up a world of possibilities for women to be stylish and comfortable. Lots of things go with skinny pants, but it can be overwhelming to find the right items with so many options available. Show your style with the best things to wear with those leggings and jeggings.

Chic High-Shafted Boots

It’s easy to turn a basic pair of skinny pants into something amazing with a good pair of high-shafted statement boots. Flat riding boots with a loose sweater and leggings makes a perfect outfit for running errands, or you can dress things up with heeled tall boots, jeggings, and a leather jacket for a chic outfit for a night out.

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Baggy Button-Down

One of the easiest ways to look put together is to pair your skinny pants with an oversized button-down shirt. Try a white or chambray shirt with light jeggings for a casual look, or wear a patterned button-down with dark skinny jeans and heels for a more office-appropriate outfit. It’s hard to go wrong with this combination, so play around with different tops and pants to find the perfect look that is effortlessly sophisticated.

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Basic T-shirt

Skinny pants can make even a simple t-shirt look stylish. Wearing a simple t-shirt or a graphic tee is a great way to show some personality while still be comfortable as you’re out and about. For an edgier look, try an oversized graphic t-shirt tucked into distressed skinny jeans with a denim jacket, or go for a plain t-shirt and fun leggings and tennis shoes for a stylish outfit for running around town.

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Bright Blazer or Jacket

Even worn-in skinny pants can go to the next level with a great blazer. Adding a simple accessory can make the pants perfect for the office or just create a chic ensemble for a night out. A stylish blouse, classic pumps, and a tailored blazer work well with dark skinny jeans for a stylish office look, and an oversized sweater, bright blazer, and distressed jeggings can take the outfit out on the town. In general, try to pair bright blazers and jackets with darker washed pants for a more sophisticated look. The same idea also applies throughout the winter—a fun statement jacket can dress up any pair of skinny pants and make it appropriate for the season and stylish.

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Comfortable Active Wear

Skinny pants don’t always have to be dressy—they also look great dressed down. Pair a running tank with leggings and tennis shoes for a comfortable athleisure look that can take you from running errands to running at the gym. An oversized hoodie and sneakers works great with jeggings to keep you comfortable and street stylish for just about any activity.

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Stylish Tunic

Some women are scared to wear shorter shirts with skinny pants, but tunics are the perfect flattering option that look great with all kinds of skinny pants. Tunics tend to hit around the mid-thigh and can be worn a number of ways. Try it with a belt and skinny jeans for a dressier look to highlight an hourglass figure, or wear a fun patterned tunic with leggings for a stylish look that is flexible and comfortable.

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Mini Dress

Part of the beauty of skinny pants is that they can extend many other items in your wardrobe, including shorter skirts and dresses. A short summer dress can be worn with leggings during the colder months—just add a cute pair of booties, a jacket, and a scarf to make it more appropriate for the season. Even a fancier dress can be made more casual by pairing it with leggings and flats or tennis shoes for a pulled together look that can take you anywhere.

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When you know how to wear them, skinny pants can become a staple of your wardrobe and open your closet to many new clothing ideas. Get creative with what you wear with skinny pants and enjoy the comfort and style that comes from the pants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Capture Tuscan Style

Tuscany has to be one of the most beautiful parts of Italy, as well as one of the most diverse. It combines the art and culture of Florence with the rugged beauty of the Apenine Mountains and the olive groves in the wine region of Chianti. Tuscany is stunning in so many different ways, and it is also a haven for those who love to shop, with designer outlets selling discounted labels all over the region. Clearly Tuscany is a fashion lovers dream, with beautiful scenery that cries out for your own personal style.

I was recently asked how I would describe Tuscan style, and I had to point to one of my favourite movies that not only captures the beauty of the Tuscany, but, in Diane Lane, has a style icon worthy of the area. ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ is a gorgeous romance set and Diane’s wardrobe is perfect for Tuscany, chic and stylish, but with a relaxed undertone of not trying too hard.

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Diane’s wardrobe perfectly reflects Tuscany. She opts for a lot of white, almost like creating a blank canvas for all the rich colours of the vibrant scenery. We all know that nothing is more stylish than a crisp white shirt worn with classic denim, and this is shown in the movie, as Diane leaves the jewellery and accessories behind.

 

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But their are also knockout moments when the dresses hark back to the 1950s, full skirted, shirt waister styles that could’ve been borrowed from the wardrobe of Grace Kelly, or another lady who shone in an Italian set movie, Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. The stunning white dress is so simple in its cut, but is a real echo of the sophistication that Tuscany has in spades.

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Diane’s Tuscan wardrobe contains a lot of white and this makes perfect sense when you are capturing Tuscan style, it’s cool, crisp, always looks fresh, and looks fabulous with a suntan. Where colour is worn, it looks glorious when it reflects the buildings of the province, the burnt orange, deep rust and tangerine shades that echoes palazzo’s and farmhouses that litter Tuscany.

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Tuscany is a glorious area, and Tuscan style echoes that, combining sophistication with a carefree nature all of it’s own.