Style icons 2014 – A tale of two Jessica’s

Continuing with my look at the ladies whose wardrobes I would’ve happily fell into in 2014 I turn my attention to two ladies who share the same first name, as well as the same, impeccable, ladylike sense of style.

Jessica Chastain has had a stellar year in fashion in 2014. As well as being one of the best actresses of her generation, she is also a lady I always look out for on the red carpet, interested to see how she sets off that porcelain skin and Rita Hayworth hair. She makes both fabulous and interesting choices, from shimmering royal blue metallics that are the perfect choice for a redhead, to citrus yellows and lemons that make her totally stand out on the red carpet.

Jessica often opts for a shorter, 1950s style skirt which keeps her look fresh in a sea of full-length red carpet choices, and her hair and make-up are always appropriate – she can transform from girl next door to a glamorous siren with just a slash of lipstick and Kohl, but I love that she often opts for soft and dewy make-up looks that give that barely there look.

For a wonderful variety of looks and styles I think Jessica Chastain’s wardrobe is hard to beat, but another Jessica, the gorgeous Jessica Alba, certainly gives her a run for her money.

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jessica-chastain-290Jessica Alba never looks anything less than a movie style, whether on, or off duty. She could certainly win the title fashion Chameleon, as she changes her style on a regular basis that goes from Prom Queen Pretty to full length princess, and then to sexy and sizzling. A regular on best dressed lists, Jessica has been someone who looks I always seem to love – she makes a regular appearance on the fashion-mommy facebook page with so many of her red carpet dresses, but this is a lady not afraid to rock a jumpsuit too.

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Get the look with Wallis

Lime Fitted Jacquard Dress Was £65.00 Now £52.00 click to visit Wallis

Lime Fitted Jacquard Dress

Melon Fitted Jacquard Dress Was £65.00 Now £52.00 click to visit Wallis

Melon Fitted Jacquard Dress

Red Embellished Maxi Dress Was £55.00 Now £20.00 click to visit Wallis

Red Embellished Maxi Dress

Plus Size Patterned Foil Lace Dress Was £65.00 Now £25.00 click to visit Wallis

Plus Size Patterned Foil Lace Dress

Petite Blue Ruched Maxi Dress Was £50.00 Now £20.00 click to visit Wallis

Petite Blue Ruched Maxi Dress

Petite Black Embellished Neck Jumpsuit Was £45.00 Now £20.00 click to visit Wallis

Petite Black Embellished Neck Jumpsuit

Grey Soft Knitted Jumper Was £33.00 Now £26.40 click to visit Wallis

Grey Soft Knitted Jumper

Bronze Glitter Mid Heel Sandal Was £39.50 Now £20.00 click to visit Wallis

Bronze Glitter Mid Heel Sandal

To visit Wallis, click here.



 

 

Birkenstocks – The sandals of 2014

When people look back at the summer of 2014 they will see it was the year that the humble Birkenstock made a grand return to the fashion fore. The sandal that has always been known for the levels of comfort and support it provided for the wearer has this year been a bonafide fashion item, as the ‘fugly’ pool slider styles became beloved wardrobe foot fodder of a whole host of fashionable celebs. Style and comfort is a delectable combination, and I have to admit, one that I have succumbed to.

Celebs love their Birkies

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The Olsen’s love their birkies

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When online shoe brand Shoetique asked if I would like to review something from their Summer collection, I was drawn to the Birkenstocks, even though, in the past, I have had mixed feelings about them. I got my first pair of Birkenstocks in 1999, but had a torrid relationship with them. I went for a single strapped Madrid style in a very pretty pink, but they just weren’t pretty enough for my younger self, and so I rarely wore them.

But fast forward 15 years, and as a mom of an active five year old, constantly on my feet and with the a busy six weeks holiday to look forward to, Birkenstocks now look a far more attractive proposition. And the different celebrities wearing them have shown that they are surprisingly versatile, looking cool with a whole range of outfits. I was more than happy to give them a try.

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I once again went for a Madrid, single strap design, just a personal choice as there are also double strap and toe post versions. I was always a fan of 70s Scholl designs, and I think there is some resemblance. I chose a gorgeous red patent colour way. This is now out of stock at Shoetique, but you can still get black patent and a lovely Ice Pearl Onyx design in the current sale. (These are a total bargain now, £31.95!).

With Birkenstocks I would say stick to your usual size, and don’t worry that they appear to be bigger than you would expect. Your feet shouldn’t reach the edges of the shoe, but should instead sit in the foot-bed,  which is leather coated and anatomically formed of cork-latex. This provides support in all the right places. In addition, the sole is built of shock absorbing, textured EVA which means added grip and comfort for your foot.

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T-shirt M&S (click here to view, and for more colours
Harem Trousers Peacocks (similar here)
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Birkenstocks Shoetique

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A country walk in the Birkenstocks

The key to Birkenstocks is to wear them in, they may feel a little strange at first and not instantly comfortable, but once they have moulded to your feet they feel like bliss! Just so comfortable, the sort of thing you can wear, and walk in for hours. I have worn these for the school run, playing football with the little boy and long country walks and am totally sold on them. They are, quite simply, the most comfortable sandals I have ever worn, and will now be a summer staple in my wardrobe.

To view the current range of Birkenstocks on offer at Shoetique, click here.

*I was sent a pair of Birkenstocks from Shoetique to review. All thoughts are my own, I was not paid for this review.


Celebrity style update featuring Jessica Alba, Kate Moss and Soccer Aid!

This is a celebrity post that frankly could go on forever, and is really only ending at all because I am so tired (half term weeks are literally the most fun, and yet most exhausting weeks of the whole year by a mile.) There have been so many amazing looks sported by celebs over the past month or so, and many of them have come direct from the High Street.

So this post includes a get the look for Hollywood star, and one of my style crushes, Jessica Alba, using pieces from Wallis, Debenhams and Northweek. There are looks from small screen goddesses Susannah Reid, Laura Whitmore and Kate Garraway, wearing Warehouse and Red Herring respectively, whilst fellow TV alumni Kay Adams and Mary Berry are shown in Hot Squash and Joseph Ribkoff designs.

We also have a bit of celebrity cosmetics in the new Kate Moss for Rimmel range – this has some fantastic colours and the prices are pretty reasonable. And with Soccer Aid just a week away, I have featured the TM Lewin suit that the England players will be wearing, as well as the special ties designed for England and ‘The Rest of the World’ that cost £25, with £10 from each sale going to charity. I think these would make a great Father’s day present for even the most discerning dad.

Enjoy – more celebrity fashion will be coming your way in June.

Get the Look – Jessica Alba

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Nothweek Matte Black - Green £19.99 click to visit Northweek

Northweek Matte Black

Black Blazer Was £40.00 Now £36.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Blazer

Ivory Lace Insert Shell Top Was £28.00 Now £19.60 click to visit Wallis

Ivory Lace Insert Shell Top

 Red Herring Black leopard print grab bag Was £29.00 Now £23.20 click to visit Debenhams Save a total of £5.80

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Kate Moss for Rimmel London

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Rimmel London Rocking Curves Mascara by Kate £7.49 click to visit Asos

Rimmel London Rocking Curves Mascara by Kate
£7.49 click to visit Asos

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick by Kate £4.49 click to visit ASOS

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick by Kate
£4.49 click to visit ASOS

Rimmel London Gel Liner by Kate £6.99 click to visit ASOS

Rimmel London Gel Liner by Kate
£6.99 click to visit ASOS

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick by Kate £4.49 click to visit ASOS

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick by Kate
£4.49 click to visit ASOS

To view all Rimmel products, click here.

Kay Adams wears HotSquash

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Hotsquash Abstract Ruched dress now £79 click to visit Debenhams

Hotsquash Abstract Ruched dress now £79 click to visit Debenhams

Mary Berry wears Joseph Ribkoff

Click to visit Joseph Ribkoff

Click to visit Joseph Ribkoff

Soccer Aid at TM Lewin

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Burgundy Soccer Aid Charity Slim Tie (£10 donated) click to visit TM Lewin

Burgundy Soccer Aid Charity Slim Tie

Navy Soccer Aid Charity Slim Tie (£10 donated) Click to visit TM Lewin

Navy Soccer Aid Charity Slim Tie

England Team Soccer Aid Suit click to view individual prices at TM Lewin

England Team Soccer Aid Suit

Kate Garraway wears Red Herring by Debenhams

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Yellow crepe shift dress £22.40 click to visit Debenhams

Yellow crepe shift dress

Get the Poppy look with Phase Eight

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Lulu Flower Wedding Dress £250.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Lulu Flower Wedding Dress
£250.00 click to visit Phase Eight

 

Susannah Reid in Warehouse

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Laura Whitmore in Warehouse

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DRAPED TRENCH £95.00 click to visit Warehouse

DRAPED TRENCH

 

Alek Wek in M&S Autograph

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