Cecelia Ahern, Glamour and Selfridges equals one very glamorous night.

Cecilia Ahern is one of my favourite authors, ‘PS I Love you’ is just the perfect girlie, weepy, but ultimately uplifting stories, tugging at your heart-strings one moment and then allowing you to punch the air in life affirmation by the end. So I am totally excited to be telling you about a special evening that is going to take place in Selfridges, Birmingham on October 26th from 6pm – 8pm.

Cecelia Ahern PS I Love You click to visit amazon.com

To celebrate the launch of Cecilia’s latest novel, ‘The Time of My Life’ Selfridges Birmingham is joining together to host an  exclusive event in partnership with Glamour magazine. The event promises Glamour readers a girly evening with Cecelia, complete with Champagne, cupcakes and mini-make-over’s.

Cecelia Ahern ‘the time of my life’ click to visit amazon.com

In what  must be the most glamorous book club ever, Cecelia will be holding a Q&A session to give readers a chance to ask questions whilst enjoying Champagne or cupcakes. NARS Cosmetics, Umberto Giannini and Blink Brow Bar will also be there on the night to give make-over’s to fans, ensuring an all-round girly evening. At each event readers can purchase copies of the latest title and Cecelia will be happy to sign.

This is a must attend event for Cecelia’s legion of fans. If you would like to attend  you need to make sure you are added to the guest list. The event will be held in Selfridges Gallery Restaurant. The event is exclusively for readers of Glamour and is in conjunction with Selfridges, to reserve a place readers should RSVP to the dedicated list by emailing: cecelia-bham@selfridges.co.uk

Amy Winehouse.

Back to Black (song)

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I was devastated to hear about the tragic and untimely death of Amy Winehouse today at the far too young age of 27. I saw Amy perform live in 2007 and she was truly amazing – an iconic talent with a style and voice that was truly unique. Back to Black is my favourite album, one I listen to when happy(Tears dry on their own is so uplifting) or sad (is there a more poignant song than Love is a loosing game?). I followed Amy’s story in the hope that it might have a happy ending, but it was not to be.

It would be easy to remember the dishevelled Amy in her bloodied pumps and bra, running through North London streets as the defining image of a troubled life, but when I decided I wanted to write something about a women whose talent was supreme, I  knew I wanted to celebrate Amy who was a much admired and copied style icon. The women who was an inspiration to Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel, who wore Preen dresses and Cleopatra make-up, whose 1960s bouffant and beehive hairstyle evoked images of Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes.

Amy, at  her wonderful  peak, at the height of Back to Black and before the re-emergence of Blake, had a unique style that was truly amazing. In neon Preen at the 2007 Brit awards, wearing a cute puffball mini for the Ivor Novello awards – Amy favoured flirty mini dresses, acres of lace on show, and sexy bras peeking out. She made her sailor tattoos part of her outfit, and added tattoo style accessories to her hair, like the loveheart Blake clip she famously adorned her beehive with. She wore designers who appealed to her love of the quirky, wearing a cute Betsey Johnson anchor print dress when she married the ubiquitous Fielder Civil, but could also be sophisticated when the occasion called for it,  such as when she sang backing vocals for Dionne Broomfield on Strictly Come Dancing.

Amy made the beehive her trademark, it got bigger and more outrageous over time, and she somehow didn’t look like Amy when she adopted more natural looking curls. Her make up favoured a heavy 60s sexbomb style, think Sophia Loren at her height. That make up and hair was a telling marker as Amy descended into her drugs hell. She was photographed widely with the hair matted and her make up smudged down her face as she slide further downhill.

But Amy and fashion had a love affair that didn’t go away, and she launched a range of sexy mod inspired sportswear and clothing with Fred Perry just last year. Amy had worn a Fred Perry dress on the back cover of the album Back to Black, and she looked great in the publicity shots for the range, which were taken by Bryan Adams. At this time she was also photographed looking healthy and stylish in little wrap dresses with her new boyfriend Reg Travis. It seemed that life had turned a corner for Amy, but it was not to be.

RIP Amy. We will remember your style, your passion, your couldn’t give a damn attitude and above all, the music. Wish we could’ve had you a little bit longer, but Back to Black will be your epitaph. And what an epitaph to have.

 

Style Influence

Fashion-Mommy loves…A review of June Style.

An exciting month for fashion,  June bought festivals, tennis and even moire weddings. Kate Moss celebrated a big, fat gypsy hen-do, Pippa wowed with her high street style, and the gorgeous Adele captured even more magazine covers. Here are my highlights from a fashion-filled month.

Kate, Duchess of Cornwall made her first official evening appearance at the Ark fundraiser and just wowed in a dusky pink Jenny Packham dress. This was one of many stylish appearances as Kate became a fully fledged royal superstar. I particularly loved Kate giving that peach Stella McCartney dress an outing at Prince Philip’s 90th birthday meal, the same dress once worn by Madonna.

Kate shone at the Ark gala, but their were other great looks on display. Laura Bailey looked ethereal  in Valentino, whilst I loved the colour of Saffron Aldridge’s yellow gown.  Holly Valance showed how she is embracing her curves in great style.

The Glamour awards celebrated the amazing success of Adele, and she looked amazing as she made yet another glossy cover, wearing multi-coloured floral Jil Sandar, a move away from her normal wardrobe of chic black outfits. Other stars looking amazing at the Glamour event were Kim Kardashian in Dolce and Gabbana and Naomie Harris in Azzaro.

Lily Allen got married, announced she was pregnant, and launched her amazing new Lucy in disguise collection – all in one month. She wore a stunning Delphine Manivet dress for her wedding day with a Karl Lagerfeld design for the evening. She also looked amazing at the Lucy in Disguise launch in Dublin, wearing clothes from the collection, although sister Sarah Owen caught my eye in a forties style blue dress.

Another wedding was that of ‘Who, What, Wear’ fashion writer Katherine Power. I absolutely loved the outfits worn by Nicole Richie and the super-glamorous Jessica Alba, who is taking maternity dressing to new heights.

Other things I loved this month;- Catherine Zeta Jones looking like a true movie star at the  Tony Awards, The legendary Celia Birtwell getting a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours and the fabulous new Chanel ads that resemble old pictures of Russian Princesses swathed in jewels.

 

I did quite a bit of shopping this  month..it was Fashion-Mommys birthday so I treated myself quite a bit. Here are some of the things I invested in.

Monsoon Ellie dress

Skirt Wallis @ Outfit

Dorothy Perkins @ Outfit

Wallis @ Outfit

Wallis @ Debenhams