August Outfit Post

August is, without doubt, one of my favourite months of the year. I get to spend quality time with Joe, enjoy lazyish days (as I work all through the night I might add) and then spend some time with my family in Wales. And this year, Wales actually had sunshine, which was lovely, and quite possibly a miracle!

The wardrobe choices in August reflected the weather, and, as ever, featured wardrobe faves which highlight why buying classic pieces is always a good move. The black floral dress from F&F has been making regular appearances for the past couple of years, as have my trusty 70s style Clarks tan sandals. There are also newish pieces that I seem to wear and wear – particularly the Dorothy Perkins denim skirt and the new rose gold shoes.

I have found some great Charity Shop finds this month, including the red K shoes that were just £2, and the white shift dress I wore to Chi Kitchen, which cost £4 and will be teamed with black opaque tights and t-bar shoes come Winter. I also love the unusual M&S limited collection skirt that I found in one of the Birmingham City Centre charity shops – I love all the colours in it that mean I can mix and match it with so many things.

I’m still managing to wear Summer styles at the moment due to the mini heatwave,  but am guessing that, as the month draws on, I will once again be embracing layering and more cosy looks.

Lunch at Chi Kitchen

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Dress Charity Shop Necklace and shoes Primark

Shopping and Lunch in Wales

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Top Primark Skirt Dorothy Perkins Sandals Clarks Bag Independent store in Wales

Dropping Joe at Football and running errands

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Top Primark Necklace Oasis Skirt M&S C/O Charity Shop

The Glenn Miller Story Press Night

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Dress Preen/Edition at Designer at Debenhams Bag Primark

Sunday Lunch

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Top Primark Skirt Tu at Sainsburys Shoes Dorothy Perkins (See the shoes here)

Shopping and Lunch

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Dress F&F Shoes Vintage – Charity Shop find

At the seaside

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Glasses Michael Kors Top Primark Skirt M&S vintage Bag Vintage Shoes River Island Necklace Charity Shop Find

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Black Chiffon Pleated Midi Skirt £24.99 Click to visit New Look

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Food and Drinks with the Girls

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Top River Island Skirt River Island Necklace Holiday find

Skirt in another colour way

River Island Pleated Midi Skirt With Mesh Inserts £25.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Pleated Midi Skirt With Mesh Inserts
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River Island Cross Back Cami £14.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Cross Back Cami
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Anniversary Night Thai Restaurant in Lincoln

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Dress and shoes River Island Bag Mango Necklace Jack Wills

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River Island Slip Dress £24.00 Click to visit ASOS

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Afternoon Tea at Caffe Concerto

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Top and Skirt Primark

 

 

 

 

 

Best Dressed – Critics Choice Awards

Another day, another awards ceremony. This time it was the Critics Choice Awards. Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard and Jessica Chastain were just some of the Hollywood superstars who shoved on their finest dress and got those elbows flexed to fight it out in the acting (and fashion) stakes.

As I’ve already mentioned, I get very excited about the awards season, as this is where we really get to see if all those wonderful dresses we admired so much on the catwalk actually convert into red carpet dressing. (The rule is that some do perfectly, whilst many others really need to go back to the drawing board.) Here are some of the dresses and looks that impressed.

Good looks

Amanda Seyfried and Octavia Spencer opted for one of this seasons hottest colours, a whole load of chiffon, and both looked amazing in seriously gorgeous looks.  Amanda’s dress was from Marios Schwab and I love the interesting skirt pleating that just raised this dress up a whole level for me. Octavia, as ever, was in Tadashi Shoji and once again showed exactly how to dress a curvy figure in a totally elegant way.

Marion Cotillard is often hit and miss in my eyes, she takes risks that don’t always pay off. But this dream of a dress from Zuhair Murad was a total winner. Very 1950s in silhouette, very feminine with the floral applique detail, and acres of black tulle, this is one of the prettiest dresses you will see on the red carpet this season.

Helen Hunt went for a beautiful coral lace and column gown by Philip Armstrong that was a really fabulous choice. With her blonde hair and pale skin, and teamed with gold accessories, I think this was a really elegant look for Helen.

Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway, those girls I have loved since The Devil Wears Prada both chose to wear white. Both looked good, if not great. Anne went for a 1970s style bugle Beaded dress from Oscar De La Renta. This was the sort of thing that Bob Mackie made for Cher in the 1970s and is amazing, but the lack of accessories left Anne looking sort of unfinished.

Emily Blunt also went for a light option, (cream really, rather than white), a great 1960s style beaded collar dress from Miu Miu. I again loved the look, although as I said with Brittany Snow earlier in the week, I would prefer this to reach the floor, rather than be ankle skimming length. But is Emily’s blonde hair I have a problem with. As a brunette she is simply amazing, but blonde leaves her looking washed out and bland. I hope it is just a wash in colour and that she returns to her beautiful brunette roots – no pun intended.

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January Star style, featuring Madonna, Pippa, Angelina and a whole lot more.

The January blues that make the majority of us want to hibernate until at least April don’t worry the most stylish stars. For them, January signifies the start of awards season, which of course means dresses, dresses, dresses. (Unless you’re Tilda Swinton when it means trousers!).  So here are some of my favourites from Palm Springs, Critics Choice and the National Board of review awards, just to  get you in the mood for Sunday’s Golden Globes. And just to prove that sensational dressing is not confined to awards ceremonies, we have the best dresses from the W.E premiere…and Pippa rocking amazing Markus Lupfer. Spoiling you?…Of course, but you are so worth it.

This has to be one of my favourite Pippa looks ever. The Markus Lupfer striped dress is just such a fresh look, even on a cold winter’s day. The dress is available online at Austique.co.uk, and you can get a jumper version from Net-a-porter. These will both set you back more than £200, but you could easily create this look yourself with a mini skirt and thin navy sweater.

Get the look

Markus Lupfer Stripe Dress with Sequin Cuffs 

Markus Lupfer Sequined striped merino wool sweater 

Incidentally, Markus Lupfer’s new collection is now available at Liberty, and after spotting this cute knit, I can’t  think of anything more perfect for the never- without-her-sunnies Ms Middleton!

Markus Lupfer Red Sequin Sunglasses Motif Jumper, 

Next up on our stylish rundown is Madonna. I have adored Madonna since 1983, but don’t often rate her style choices. But she looked totally amazing at the W.E. premiere in London this week. I can’t be the only one pleased she has ditched the spandex these days. The black evening dress was from Jean Paul Gaultier and was teamed with a lace Dolce and Gabbana cape. The only thing that jarred was the red gloves, for me they were a bit too theatrical, and maybe a bit too Michael Jackson.

 Get the Look – Madonna

Imitation Sandine short lace hooded cape 

T BY ALEXANDER WANG Long tank dress 

Of course Madonna was not the only glamorous star shining on the red carpet at the W.E. premiere. Wallis herself, Angela Riseborough kept up her run of gorgeous dresses in burgundy Marios Schwab, and Natalie Dormer, who I loved  in ‘Silks’,wore a classic Dolce and Gabbana lace dress.

 

Get the Look – Natalie Dormer

Mary Portas Lace sleeved dress 

Coast Teaoni lace dress £99 

Print Sophie Animal Court Shoes 

Fresh from her role as the immortal Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Williams was back to her Mia Farrow best at the Palm Springs Film Festival. This beautiful, embellished dress by Prada is typical Michelle style,understated, elegant and with an early 1960s feel about it. If you see a dress on the red carpet that you think Audrey Hepburn would’ve worn, it’s probably being worn by Michelle.

My current style crush Rooney Mara continues to impress. This Louis Vuitton dress is now my second favourite Rooney look (my first being Prabal Gurung black dream of a dress). Joan Rivers may not be impressed, I laughed out loud when she said ‘That  dragon tattoo girl scares the hell out of me.’, but I think this girl is the Rooney it’s ok to love.

 Get the Look – Rooney Mara

Oasis Sheer Top Prom Dress NOW £26.00 

Carey Mulligan was one of the standout stars at the National Board of Review awards. Wearing a Gatsby style fringed dress by Lanvin, I couldn’t help but recall vintage Vionnet styles from the 1920s. I also adore the pastel shades that we are now starting to see on the red carpet. There are some really great pale pinks available in the sale at the moment, so it may be worth snapping them up in a buy now, wear later move.

Another star whose look I loved at the National Board of Review awards was the always interesting Tilda Swinton. Sticking to androgynous tailoring (I’m not sure who designed the outfit, but Haider Ackerman is a favourite of Tilda), she stood out in rich jewelled shades that complimented her alabaster complexion.

Get the Look – Tilda Swinton

Satin Blouse £8 

See by Chloé Purple Ruffle Long Sleeve Silk Blouse £97.00 

Jessica Chastain is another actress who is going to be very busy this awards season after her role in The Help, which  is tipped to win lots of prizes.  She looked sensational at the New York film critics awards in a fluid silver dress by Lyn Devon. This dress was unusual because there was an undertone of neon green. I think this was important in that it made the pale,redhead Jessica avoid looking washed out.

Another star whose red carpet look I adore is Angelina Jolie. She wore Salvatore Ferragamo to the awards, a white silk shirt, teamed with classic leather pencil skirt. This is an understated look which Angelina does so well.Let’s face it, beauty like that requires no buzzers or bells to improve it.