Hootenanny 2017 – Beth Ditto and Jessie Ware

Jools Holland’s Hootenanny has become the traditional way to end the year, a guarantee of some good music to make any knees up go with a end of year bang. And even if your party consists of you and the wife/hubby due to being a parent, and if your New Year’s outfit is actually your pyjamas, when George McCrae is ringing in the new year singing ‘Rock your baby’ all is right with the world. You have the best disco in the world right there in your living room and all you need to is continue into the night playing your retro cheap vinyl (not Cds and definitely not an ipod or Spotify) in order to make your night complete.

Hootenanny is also known for being a stylish affair, with fashionista’s such as Jessie J, Paloma Faith and Imelda May being guests in previous years, helping to make the show a visual feast as well as a treat for the ears. This year it was Beth Ditto and Jessie Ware adding the glamour quota.

Beth Ditto

I love how Beth Ditto adds the glamour to any occasion, and the fact that she was also performing one of my all time favourite 70s tracks, ‘Young Hearts Run Free’by Candi Staton, just made my night.

She looked totally amazing in a red shimmering gown that was the perfect choice for New Year, or just about any party occasion. Beth shows that plus size fashion can be brilliant, glamorous and so much fun, and once again, I applaud her sass and shine. She killed it.

Jessie Ware

The sensational Jessie Ware had an old school Hollywood glamour for her appearance on Hootenanny, with an utterly beautiful feathered dress that harked back to the golden days of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. The dress was a perfect fit for the jazz tinged ‘Do Nothing Til’ You Hear From Me’. If you can’t wear a showstopper of a dress on New Year’s Eve, then when can you wear one?

Did you watch this year’s Hootenanny? What did you think of the show?


The latest get the celebrity looks featuring Pippa Middleton, Shenae Grimes and Beth Ditto

If you’ve decided to avoid the crowds this weekend and chill at home, step this way. I’ve been scouring the magazines and websites to bring you a veritable feast of ‘get the celebrity looks’ from a host of fashionable ladies (and a couple of pretty cute babies too).

This week I’m looking at Valentino shoes, as worn by Beth Ditto and Bella Thorne, and currently available in Selfridges. But if your budget doesn’t stretch to the Valentino kind, Nelly have an amazingly similar pair for less than £50. Beth and Bella both look beautiful in their shoes, and Bella also wears a fantastic dress from Topshop no less. I’ve also created a little get the look from Beth, this is my favourite look that she has worn – I love that splash of orange on the bag.

We also have Shenae Grimes who was head to toe in Boohoo as the online store launched in America. Shenae’s blouse is unavailable, but this is a great way to get a similar look.

The Accessorize ad campaigns just get prettier and prettier, and I am truly smitten by the latest one which has Kate Upton in 1960s style lace and acres of beads. The lace dress is also available in coral and is just so beautiful for true summer dressing.

 Shenae Grimes in Boohoo

Get the look

Emily Multi Print Chiffon Shirt £20 click to visit Boohoo

Carly Wet Look Leggings £10 click to visit Boohoo

Melanie Western Style Ankle Boots £14 click to visit Boohoo


Bella Thorne and Beth Ditto wear Valentino

Rose Print Lantern Dress Price: £65.00 click to visit Topshop

VALENTINO So Noir leather sandals £600.00 click to visit Sefridges

Evans Black Cape Dress Price: £35.00 click to visit Evans

Coral envelope clutch bag Price: £20.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Great bargain version from Nelly

NLY SHOES / AURILLAC £ 44.95 click to visit Nelly

NLY SHOES / AURILLAC £ 44.95 click to visit Nelly

Kate Upton for Accessorize

60s Lace Swing Dress £35 click to visit Accessorize

60s Lace Swing Dress £35 click to visit Accessorize

Digi Gem Clutch £35 click to visit Accessorize

Paisley Burn Out Tie Back Dress £27 click to visit Accessorize

Pippa Middleton is now truly in the middle of wedding season, and I adored the Matthew Williamson dress that she adorned with a statement necklace. I’ve created a simple way of getting the look from Dorothy Perkins, without the fascinator, of course.

Television presenter Zoe Hardman is a fan of the Wallis W collection, which she showcased to perfection when she chose the baby pink shorts and blazer.  Finally, we have some of the very cute personalised baby pieces that were a gift from My 1st Years to the lovely Jenny Frost for her recently born twins. Super gorgeous and designed to make you say aaarrrggghhh!

Pippa Middleton in Matthew Williamson – Get the Look

Get the look with Dorothy Perkins

Blue round neck flare dress Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Colourful beaded row necklace Price: £16.50 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Zoe Hardman wears Wallis

Pale Pink Tailored Jacket Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Pale Pink Tailored Shorts Price: £30.00 click to visit Wallis

Jenny Frost and My 1st Years

100% Suede Girls Sheepskin Booties £30 click to visit My 1st Years

High Top Trainers - Pink £20 click to visit My 1st Years





How to dress up your little black dress – with a bit of help from Outfit.

Every woman has a little black dress in their wardrobe. It’s that failsafe item that can be pulled out at a minutes notice to fulfill any social occasion. And now that we are in the midst of the credit crunch, that little black dress may become even more important for all those parties and gatherings we’ve been invited to. All you need to do is add a bit of glitz!

And fashion mommy is about to make life a little bit easier for you. Those lovely people at ‘outfit’ have recently sent me their Christmas accessories guide, and it is filled with glitzy, glam items guaranteed to dress up even the dullest black dress. And with stores such as Miss Selfridge, Topshop, Wallis and Evans all under one roof, you will definitely find something that suits your style and price point. I’ve found some plain black dresses from various stores, just in case you decide to invest in a new wardrobe classic.

Look 1

This is a beautiful black dress from Wallis, available now for £50. This style is crying out for a bit of bling! Add a stunning brooch from Miss Selfridge (£10), Dorothy Perkins feather detail heels (reduced to £42) and a Miss Selfridge feathered clutch bag and you will be the belle of any ball.

Beautiful Black dress from Wallis



Look 2

I love the sleeves of this Wallis shift dress. This is already a very pretty dress and could be worn as it is, but I think the high neckline could support an ornate bib style necklace from Miss Selfridge. Keep this dress fashion forward by adding a pair of colour pop red heels from Dorothy Perkins, along with an animal print clutch bag.

Look 3

This is a great dress from Beth Ditto for Evans. Long and stretchy, it is ultra flattering and very sexy. I would add a stretchy. lace effect belt from Evans to accentuate the waist. Filigree Chandelier earrings and Lace peep toe heels (all from Evans at Outfit) would complete the outfit.

All these items can be found in Outfit stores across the country. For your nearest branch go to www.outfitfashion.com.