Paloma, Joss and Ellie light up Hootenanny

My traditional end to a year, now that we have a small child, is the same every year. We go out early, to dine or visit family, and then get back home, pour the fizz and settle down to the glamour and entertainment that is Jools Holland’s Hootenanny. As I have said, it is traditional!

This year was a vintage episode in both the glamour and the music stakes, with Paloma Faith being my star turn, especially when she turned in a tongue in cheek performance of ‘River Deep Mountain Eye’ complete with Tina Turner style dance moves and backing singers. Her ruby glitter dress was just gorgeous and so appropriate for a sparkling night of music and fashion.

Joss Stone returned to remind us what an amazing soul voice she has, and also opted for the slinkiest of glamour in beaded sheath dresses, although her trademark hippie bare feet were still part of the look.

And then there was Ellie Goulding, one of my fave singers at present. She opted for a cool androgynous tuxedo look, but added a showstopping chainmail vest to the mix to add to the wow factor.

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And my own New Year’s outfit? Well, it was less shimmering than Joss’s, longer than Paloma’s and more girlie than Ellie’s, but I was still pretty pleased with it. It was made up from Christmas pressies from the hubby, and bridesmaids shoes I last wore four years ago and suddenly rediscovered.

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Happy New Year – here’s to a great 2015.

 

 

 

 

ASOS dress sale – Perfect for New Year

Well, Christmas Day may be over for another year, and you’ve probably had your fill of turkey and trimmings. But, if you’re like me, you’ve probably not yet had your fill of shopping. Tis the season of the sales, and that is certainly reason enough to be jolly.

Of course, there are officially twelve days of Christmas, which is why today’s post brings you twelve, perfect, party worthy dresses from ASOS, all beautiful, and all reduced in the end of year sale. They are just wonderful if you haven’t yet chosen something for New Year’s Eve parties, and will take you through to all those January Balls that many large companies choose to throw (apparently it is much cheaper to hire the rooms and venues in January, so more and more companies are starting the year with a bang, rather than ending the year with one!)

ASOS has a fabulous collection of dresses. These include 1990s style slip dresses of the sort worn by Kate Moss, and now copied by Miley Cyrus. There are 1950s cocktail era velvet gowns, and 1930s styles with fluted sleeves. Of course, there are blingy styles with Gatsby Style sequin detail (I get the feeling this particular evening style is never going to go away – thanks to Downton Abbey.) And, if your dress style always tends towards the traditional, there are little black dresses galore.

 

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Love Maxi Dress With Plunge Neck And Fluted Sleeve
£48.00 NOW £33.50 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Premium Geo Embellished Mini Dress £120.00 NOW £72.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Premium Geo Embellished Mini Dress
£120.00 NOW £72.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Sequin Cami Midi Dress £45.00 NOW £31.50 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Sequin Cami Midi Dress
£45.00 NOW £31.50 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Floral Jacquard Skater Dress £65.00 NOW £39.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Floral Jacquard Skater Dress
£65.00 NOW £39.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Sequin Top Cami Dress £35.00 NOW £21.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Sequin Top Cami Dress
£35.00 NOW £21.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Midi V Neck Lace Bodycon Dress £30.00 NOW £18.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Midi V Neck Lace Bodycon Dress
£30.00 NOW £18.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Gothic Prom Dress £100.00 NOW £70.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Gothic Prom Dress
£100.00 NOW £70.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Bar Belt Drape Maxi £55.00 NOW £27.50 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Bar Belt Drape Maxi
£55.00 NOW £27.50 Click to visit ASOS

TFNC Maxi Dress With Fishtail And Lace Insert £55.00 NOW £38.50 Click to visit ASOS

TFNC Maxi Dress With Fishtail And Lace Insert
£55.00 NOW £38.50 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Off Shoulder Velvet Pencil Midi Dress £55.00 NOW £38.50 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Off Shoulder Velvet Pencil Midi Dress
£55.00 NOW £38.50 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Lace Bardot Midi Pencil Dress £60.00 NOW £36.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Lace Bardot Midi Pencil Dress
£60.00 NOW £36.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Premium Midi Dress With Cracked Leather Top £150.00 NOW £105.00 Click to visit Asos

ASOS Premium Midi Dress With Cracked Leather Top
£150.00 NOW £105.00 Click to visit Asos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jools Holland Hootenanny 2012 – Paloma Faith, Lianne La Havas and Emeli Sande

Jools Holland Hootenanny is always a tradition in my house for New Year, with a small child we’re usually back in well before the clocks strikes Midnight(no Cinderella moments for me) and so always welcome the new year with Jools and his guests. And in recent years I’ve noticed it’s become a bit of a fashion event too.

Last year Jessie J was Louise Brooks in 1920s style fringes, and this year we had Paloma Faith rocking origami styling and looking incredible (was it Sass and Bide – it reminds me of the Sass and Bide dress that Nicole wore on this series of X Factor), Lianne La Havas in the cutest Harlequin/1960s print playsuit and Solange style hair, and Emeli Sande in her gorgeous, elegant, black cocktail dress which showed why she is a real star, one not needing to flash the flesh to impress.

Talk about getting 2013 off to a cracking start!

This dress does have similar folds and was by Sass and Bide.