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

Michelle Dockery

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Sophia Bush 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)

Sophia Bush

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Bryce Dallas Howard

Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams

 Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

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)

Thandie Newton

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt

Selma Hayak

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Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst

 

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Gwedoline Christie

Gwedoline Christie

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Nathalie Emmanuel attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_008 (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Nathalie Emmanuel

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

Sofia Vergara

Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood

Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

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

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

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

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
£25.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Cross Back Cami £14.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Cross Back Cami
£14.00 Click to visit ASOS

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

River Island Slip Dress
£24.00 Click to visit ASOS

Similar Shoes

River Island Lace Up Snake Print Ankle Flats now £15.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Lace Up Snake Print Ankle Flats
now £15.00 Click to visit ASOS

Afternoon Tea at Caffe Concerto

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Top and Skirt Primark