Must See Movies 2016

Who doesn’t enjoy a trip to the movies? Despite the fact that we have televisions that are almost the size of small movie screens in our homes, a trip to the cinema is still something to enjoy, whether you are doing this as a family, on a date night, or having an evening with the girls (or lads). And whether you are enjoying a classic black and white movie at the Electric Cinema, a premiere in Time Square, or the latest superheroes at a cinema in Cairns, a movie night is a universal, multi-national treat that we can all enjoy.

I have made a short list of some of the great films that are in cinema’s at the moment, or coming later in the year. These are films that need popcorn, nachos and the comfy seats.


I have heard so much fantastic word of mouth about this film, which is destined to be another Steven Spielberg classic. With Mark Rylance making a very loveable and believable friendly giant, this is a magical film that I am trying to find time to enjoy.


The Girl on the Train

This has been one of the best books I have read this year, and the film version, with Emily Blunt in the lead role of the troubled Rachel Watson, looks amazing, although I think the action has been moved to the USA. Let’s hope that this film version is another Gone Girl.

Me before you

I haven’t read the JoJo Moyes book, which I know is a real weepy, and I may have missed the boat when it comes to watching this movie in the cinema, but Emilia Clarke is just so photogenic, and her wardrobe in this movie, from the stills and clips I have seen, is frankly amazing, so this may be one I have to catch on DVD at some point.




OK, so this really shouldn’t be on the list, as it won’t be on general release until February next year, but I am super excited about the return of Renton, Spud, Sick Boy, Diane and Begbie in the sequel to Trainspotting, T2, based on the novel Porno by Irvine Welch. The original is still one of my favourite movies of all time, so I’m really hoping this doesn’t disappoint.



What are you looking forward to seeing at the movies?

Next Key trends – it’s all about Gatsby

When Next announced a special network challenge in order to find a guest blogger for their ‘Style Secrets’ blog, I was immediately interested. I love to blog about the sort of clothes that I personally love to wear, especially those from one of my most visited High Street stores. I decided to take up the challenge to show Fashion-Mommy readers what I would choose as the five key pieces for A/W 2012 from the current Next collection. My picks were influenced by the most eagerly awaited film of the season – the Carey Mulligan/Leonardo Di Caprio vehicle ‘The Great Gatsby’.

The latest Great Gatsby movie is released on Boxing day and promises to be as big an event for fashion as it will for film. The original F Scott Fitzgerald novel was written in 1925, at the height of the roaring 20s, and this most fashionable of era’s will be the setting the party trends for the upcoming festive season. The images of Carey Mulligan in beautiful feathers and beading, drop waisted dresses in lace and shimmering fabrics, and darker black and gold art deco trends will dominate our festive season wardrobes, and Next is right at the forefront of this most glamorous of looks.

How to get the look with Next

This beautiful dress takes one of the key shades of the 1920s – nude, and adds another key trend for A/W 12, brocade, as an embroidered detail. The drop waist is pure Jazz Age, but the look is updated by the dippy hemline.

Nude Embellished Dippy Hem Dress £45 click to visit Next

The Floral embellished cami is exquisite, and has all the hallmarks of the Gatsby era. It features a palette of nude and black that makes this art deco in style, and it also has 1920s style floral motifs in the beading. It looks totally amazing with black wide leg trousers, but you could wear this with jeans and heels for a Friday night look too.

Embellished Floral Cami £35 click to visit Next

Another 1920s style that has been given a 1960s shot of fun is the embellished shift dress in white and gold. With a pattern that resembles art deco fans, there is a definite 20s flapper feel to this, but the shorter hemline means that this is looking to the decade known as the ‘swinging sixties’ too!

Embellished Shift Dress £65 click to visit Next

The gorgeous laser cut butterflies on this pretty vest are very reminiscent of the fluttery detail on Carey Mulligan’s mauve dress in the released stills from the Great Gatsby. This is a great way to get some of that vintage style into your day wardrobe, this is so pretty it will look great dressed down with skinny jeans or cigarette pants.

Butterfly Laser Cut Vest £32 click to visit Next

My final choice of key picks for the Gatsby season is this beautiful, gold embellished, pearl wrap. Next have realised that the most beautiful of gowns should not be ruined by dark and heavy outdoor coats and so have provided this gorgeous cover-up to take you from the taxi to the club. But it seems such a shame to restrict something so gorgeous to just evening wear, so wear it scarf style to jazz up plain winter coats, adding glamour to even the darkest of days. You know Daisy Buchanan would approve!

£32 Gold Embellished Pearl Wrap click to visit Next



Tribeca Film Festival – All the best looks

This weekend saw the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival, with a very starry line up in attendance. Emma Watson, Michelle Williams, Emily Blunt and Helena Christensen were amongst the celebrity line-up who were bringing some real glamour to the proceedings. There were lots of outfits that I was lusting after, so I have found it quite hard to choose my favourites, but here they are, with some ideas on how to get the look for yourself.

Helena Christensen defied age in a strikingly simple, but eye-catchingly pretty Marc by Marc Jacobs dress. This is just the perfect white summer dress that every wardrobe should have. All it needed was a glowing tan as an accessory.

MARC by Marc Jacobs Palmetto Eyelet Dress, $458 

Phase Eight Maria cotton dress 

Flounced Bustier Dress with Detachable Shoestring Straps £35 

Emma Watson looked gloriously quirky in Miu Miu mismatched prints at the Struck By Lightning premiere. I loved the fresh youthfulness of this outfit, given an added edge with the cropped leather jacket. The pink purse was also a great touch.

MIU MIU Peplum leather jacket £1,930.00 

Urban Code Leather Peplum Biker Jacket 

Evans Fan Print Blouse Price: £19.50 

Mantaray £35.00 Blue swallow print skirt 

Oasis Floral Skirt, Multi £40

 Camilla Belle was her usual impeccable self, with all eyes on that wonderful bag. Tan is the perfect shade to accompany white, and tan leather is always a winner.


Tan large croc flap tote Price: £35.00 

Brown flapover shoulder tote Price: £65.00 

Michelle Williams looked really gorgeous in her Giambattista Valli 1920s style dress. This merged  fabrics, patterns and textures to great effect,  and the colours really suited Michelle’s porcelain skin.

ILVA – Printed dress – £159

CHORA – Floral printed dress – £139 

This is my absolute favourite dress of the last month. Emily Blunt again adopted green to dazzling effect in this beautiful prom style gown at the premiere of ‘The Five Year Engagement’.

rosicia bandeau £150.00