Celebrity style focus – Karen Millen

There is a British label that has become a bit of a stalwart of the red carpet, despite being a High Street Favourite. The label is an international success story with stores in 65 countries, as well as thousands of  concessions in stores like House of Fraser. That label is Karen Millen and it combines tailoring with beautiful evening wear, and you can currently find a whole list Karen Millen sales available at Love the Sales.

In recent years Karen Millen has become a popular celebrity choice. It’s number one fan is possibly Eva Longaria. The Desperate Housewives star is a perfect fit for the Karen Millen label, glamorous, stylish and fun. The figure hugging dresses and glamorous fabrics have been worn to perfect effect by the petite star, but she is not the only one to enjoy the Karen Millen effect, with Nicole Scherzinger and Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera also looking gorgeous in the label.

Karen Millen has also proved a great choice for daytime TV presenters, with GMB stars Charlotte Hawkins and Laura Tobin also looking super stylish in Karen Millen’s versatile range of day dresses and jumpsuits.

Celebs love Karen Millen

Eva Longaria

America Ferrera

Nicole Scherzinger

Eva Longaria

Charlotte Hawkins

Amy Williams

Laura Tobin

In terms of cost, Karen Millen is the higher end of High Street, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a real bargain. If you use the Love the Sales site, you can find all the current savings on Karen Millen items across the internet, and this means you can find yourself a real bargain. The savings can be as much as 70%, which could mean you could treat yourself to something else, or buy something you might never afford at full price. I have been perusing the dresses (hard work but someone has to do it) and have picked out five of my current faves.

Karen Millen Raves

Embroidered Mesh Dress

 

Colourblock Knit Dress

 

Colour Block pencil dress

 

Belted Pencil Dress

 

Summer Dress

Be a stylish wedding guest

2017 is a very special day for my family as it is the year my little brother gets married. His fiancee Natalie will make a honest man of him this July in the beautiful, sunny surroundings of Cyprus. I am getting very excited already, not just at the thought of two weeks in Pathos, or even at the idea that my youngest sibling will finally be married, but at the idea of getting very dressed up for the wedding. Because who doesn’t love getting dressed up!

There used to be hard and fast rules about how you dressed as a wedding guest. Hats seemed to be obligatory, as did pastel colours and smart two piece suits of the kind Jacques Vert do so well. But these days it really seems anything goes. You can wear black, in fact I wore black as Maid of Honour for my sister’s wedding. You don’t have to wear a suit, whether you be male or female, more casual options can also work as more and more weddings take place outside the tradition confines of the church. Hats are no longer obligatory – you can opt for a fascinator, a jewelled headpiece or nothing at all. Even white or ivory are no longer off limits for guests. I got married in Greece, and with the high temperatures most of the guests wore white or cream linen to stay cool in the heat.

Celebrity Wedding Guests

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When it comes to choosing a beautiful dress, Love the Sales is well worth a look. They have a great range of beautiful dresses at much reduced prices, these range from High Street names Dorothy Perkins and Lipsy, plus size ranges like Scarlett and Jo, to designer names like Ralph Lauren and Peter Pilotto. The wide range of dresses mean that you should be able to find something for a wedding in any setting, climate or with any theme.

Here are a few dresses I have chosen which would make you a perfectly stylish wedding guest.

Coast PetiteCLAUDETTE - Cocktail dress / Party dress - coral

Coast PetiteCLAUDETTE – Cocktail dress / Party dress – coral

Dorothy PerkinsNATALIE - Occasion wear - red

Dorothy PerkinsNATALIE – Occasion wear – red

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Capri floral-print cotton dress

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Capri floral-print cotton dress

 Jaeger Ruched Neck Column Dress


                               Jaeger Ruched Neck Column Dress

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Precis Petite Carley Check Flared Dress

 Gina Bacconi Lace dress with v neck and long sleeves


Gina Bacconi Lace dress with v neck and long sleeves

 Grace Made In Britain Print Maxi


Grace Made In Britain Print Maxi

 Jolie Moi V Neck Pleated Lace Dress


Jolie Moi V Neck Pleated Lace Dress

 Havren Matilda Sleeveless Lace Dress


Havren Matilda Sleeveless Lace Dress

 

 

Studio 75YASGOLDIE - Occasion wear

Studio 75YASGOLDIE – Occasion wear

CoastKENDRINA - Cocktail dress / Party dress - rose

CoastKENDRINA – Cocktail dress / Party dress – rose

 Fenn Wright Manson Northern Lights Dress


Fenn Wright Manson Northern Lights Dress

**Showcase Curve Dusky Pink Maxi Dress

**Showcase Curve Dusky Pink Maxi Dress

Pink Clove Angila Dress Review

Pink Clove is a brand which exemplifies just how far plus size clothing has moved on in the last few years. From smock style butterfly covered tents, we now have clothes which flatter the form and the body, and celebrate curves rather than attempting to hide them. Pink Clove is totally fashion led, going up to a size 28, and using the key styles and colour trends from the current season. Pink Clove is fashion – it’s as simple as that.

I was recently asked if I wanted to do a review of something from the current Pink Clove collection, and I chose the Angila Panelled Front Plunge dress, which retails at £22 and goes up to a size 28. This is very much a bodycon styled dress in a scuba, mid weight thick fabric. I chose this because it is a colour that I have been told works well on my skintone – I prefer brights in general but really wanted to test how good this would look, and also because I liked the front plunge detail – having a big bust I really like a v neckline.

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Pink Clove Plus Angila Panelled Front Plunge Dress £22 Click to visit Pink Clove

The first thing I want to say is that you may need to size up with this dress. The fabric is thick and it is the sort of dress you have to shoe-horn yourself into, it is also forgiving of any lumps and bumps. Going up a size would allow for a pair of Spanx which may help you achieve the perfect hourglass figure this dress is crying out for. That said, the fabric also helps create perfect curves as it keeps everything firmly in place. The front detail – which my husband kindly described as an apron, is actually another flattering feature for those who want to disguise a bigger stomach.

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This dress is undoubtedly glamorous, and certainly makes you feel that way too. It has a sort of Kim Kardashian feel, clinging to all your curves and totally crying out to be teamed with heels. I added a vintage 1950s clutch bag and beads, along with Biba animal print stiletto’s to finish my outfit. I think you could also add colour – with red being a good clash for the beige of the dress.

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I was surprised with the quality of the dress and the fabric used for just £22. Pink Clove is definitely a place to look for fashion forward, affordable pieces that you can wear again and again.