Wrap up – it’s cold outside.

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We are set for a really cold Christmas, and an even chillier new year. Temperatures have plummeted, snow is everywhere, and the best thing we could do is stay inside. But life does go on, so the best advice fashion-mommy could give right now is wrap up. The good thing is that cold weather means a chance to show off your fabulous winter wonderland coats, scarves, hats and gloves, and prove that you can be warm and stylish, all at the same time.

Celebrities are notorious for braving the winter weather without putting a coat on, but this year may prove to be the one where even the skin revealing stars have actually put a coat on. Mylene Klass used a pretty retro style fake fur stole to cover up her dress at The Sun‘s Military awards, whilst Kylie looked snug at the Thanksgiving parade in New York, Rebecca Ferguson was super stylish at the Very Fashion Show in a 1960’s style coat, whilst Burlesque star Kristen Bell looked amazing in an Alberta Ferretta black coat at the Berlin premiere, totally upstaging tacky co-stars Cher and Christina Aguilara. Kate Middleton wore her favourite winter white coat whilst visiting Westminster Abbey in November, whilst this week another Kate, Ms Moss wore a black fur jacket to a performance of festive ballet, The Nutcracker, which she attended with bessie friend Sadie Frost. Clearly, wrapping up has never been so stylish.

I’ve trawled the web to bring you some of my favourite winter buys, that hopefully will last for the whole of the winter season, and are timeless enough to bring out year after year, when the mercury in the thermometer begins to fall.

Coats

The high street has some amazing winter coats this year, and many are now reduced, so it really is the time to bag a bargain. I love these two designs from New Look.  The red coat has a really stylish hankie hem, whilst I love the 1940’s style fur collar on the black coat.

Dorothy Perkins have a fab range of coats and capes, many with a military style theme to them. Here are two of my favourites.Wallis has an amazing diverse range, featuring vibrant colours, as well as the loveliest winter white coats, and glamorous evening fur cover ups.

Accessories

When the weather is cold, you can really go to town and pile on the accessories in order to keep warm. I love scarves and seem to buy one a week. Here are some of the best the high street has on offer.

 

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Gloves, hats, earmuffs…take your pick from these beauties..

 

White stuff

Astrid gloves – White Stuff

 

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So…whilst the weather may be cold, at least we can look stylish as we wrap up!

The years best dressed according to Fashion-mommy

It’s that time of the year again when the style magazines ponder over the outfits of the good, great and glamorous in order to tell us who they have judged to be best dressed. Every year there are surprising and interesting choices, and this year is no exception. Cheryl Cole topped the poll of best dressed according to the Now style special, despite most people feeling that she wasn’t even the best dressed on the X Factor, being consistently outshone by both Danni Minogue and Rebecca Ferguson. Also on the now list were Katy Perry, who is more a cartoon Bettie Page than style icon, Angelina Jolie – who embraced colour and lost her style edginess, and Fearne Cotton who with her tattoos, socks and brogues is frankly just plain wrong!

Other choices have also raised eyebrows. Helena Bonham Carter, whose style is a combination of scarecrow fused with an unmade bed, was on the Vanity Fair best dressed list. Coco Sumner, with her lank locks, shorts and brogues, made the Harper’s Bazaar list, whilst Emma Watson, who stormed November with a stream of amazing premiere dresses, did not.

Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion of what constitutes style. So, in that frame of mind, here are my choices for the years best dressed.

Kelly Osbourne. Kelly has looked amazing this year in a string of stunning looks. With her Marilyn Monroe style blonde waves and a string of amazing dresses, Kelly has made that set on Fashion Police her own, with no danger of appearing in the worse dressed section. I love this look she sported at the Divine Design Gala.

Kate Moss. Whether she is still the divine Miss Moss, or Mrs Hince, Kate has a style of her own that is always amazing. She has a cool off duty look, but when she is dressed up the effect is dazzling. My favourite look was at the launch of her final Topshop collection last month. With her DIY bangs and a glittery catsuit, she was every inch the supermodel.

Christina Hendricks. According to some stylists, curves are harder to dress than straight lines. Well, if that is the case, Christina Hendricks should go to the top of the best dressed list. She has no problems showing off her voluptuousness to its most feminine advantage. I loved the vintage style red dress she wore to the Johnny Walker launch.

Sarah Jessica Parker. Yes, I know the film got mixed reviews, but Sarah is still the epitome of New York style to most women. She has worn so many amazing outfits this year, including a whole host of Sex and The City 2 premiere outfits, that it is hard to pick just one look. But after much deliberation I think her crowning look was the sunshine yellow Valentino dress she wore for the New York premiere.

Carey Mulligan. It’s always great to have a new style crush, and this year Bafta winner Carey Mulligan has fit that description perfectly. Her quirky personal style, love of vintage style prints and shapes, and pixie haircut have been a breath of fresh air amongst the Herve Leger bandages and hair extensions. I love this mustard coloured dress she wore at a ‘Never let me go’ photocall.

Danni Minogue. The X Factor’s best judge on every level, honesty, integrity and most definitely style, Danni has wore a string of fabulous outfits, from her own Project D range, and also from Victoria Beckham. My favourite look this season was this gorgeous 1950;s style number. With her tousled hair and soft make up, Danni showed that the X Factor is definitely her own personal catwalk.

Diana Vickers. Another new style crush, Diana wears young, age appropriate styles with aplomb. She has a retro style feel to her styling, with bright red lips and 60’s style hair, but she is also totally modern in her clothing choices. I loved this look that she wore to the Glamour awards.

Paloma Faith. She may divide opinions, and often appear in the Heat magazine ‘What were you thinking?’ column, but I think that Paloma is a true style original. Always groomed, glamorous and elegant, Paloma has the style of a modern-day Rita Hayworth. Whether she is strutting her stuff in a ball gown and heels, or wearing jodphurs for shopping, Paloma is always interesting to watch. My favourite outfit was her skating outfit worn to the Tiffany skate event. Total chocolate box and gorgeous.

 

Holly Willoughby. Day in, Day out, Holly flies the flags for those of us with curves with a series of amazing looks on This Morning. She is always a real lady, feminine, pretty and dressing her figure to its best advantage. My cousin Terrianne screams the virtue of her Very dresses, and she is now christened Holly Willobooby after the infamous hen weekend. My favourite look is her black velvet dress she sported to the National Television awards.

Eva Mendes. This Latino star always gets it right. She also has a curvy figure, and has been seen this year in an array of prom style 1950’s gowns that really suit her body shape. Some magazines have criticised her for her never-changing look, but if it ain’t broke, you really shouldn’t fix it, and I personally think Eva is a key lesson in star dressing. I love her look at the Glamour reel moments event in this nude shade.

So, that’s my ten. Now, over to you. Have I missed anyone out? There are no Gossip girls, Cheryl Cole, Olivia Palermo or Whitney Port, or Megan Fox. Emma Watson just misses out, as does Rebecca Ferguson and Kiera Knightley. Who would you choose?

 

Fashion Mommy loves – A review of November style.

November has been a really stylish month for all lovers of fashion. There was fashion’s Big Night in, when the web went wild with discounts galore, and the launch of the final Kate Moss Topshop collection that saw Kate make a six-minute appearance at the Oxford Circus store. There were collaborations, collaborations, collaborations…Barbara Hulanicki for George, Valentino for Gap and most anticipated, the Lanvin for H&M collection, which saw winding queues and complete sell outs, with most things appearing at astronomical prices on Ebay within a few hours. New stores opened, Forever 21 opened its doors in Birmingham and Dublin and Thomas Sabo had an amazing Launch party for its Bullring store.

And then there was fashion…Kate Middleton was the most watched, most copied women of the hour after her engagement to Prince William was announced. Kate fever ensured the sell out of her Issa engagement dress, and also the sell out of the Tesco £20 copy. Di-Kate rings  appeared in H Samuel’s and on QVC in the week that followed and the frenzy is sure to increase further, once we know who will make THAT dress!

X Factor continued to make fashion headlines. Danni Minogue winning the weekly style battle, while an embattled Cheryl was labelled a ‘Chav’ by Julian McDonald. The amazing Rebecca Ferguson further proved  that she was the most stylish contestant of all time, with week after week of stylish looks. Her personal wardrobe was also to be coveted, especially when she wore this amazing coat whilst attending the ‘Very’ fashion launch.

Rebecca at Very

So what else did Fashion-mommy like this month?

Well, despite all reservations, I loved my sister’s hen weekend in London. The champers flowed, the high heels crippled and the rain poured, but it was the best time. I especially loved our trip to the V&A fashion section, which had recently acquired an Alexander McQueen reptile print dress.

as worn by Anna Paquin, Lily Cole et al…

There were so many amazing dresses to admire, from Chanel, Ossie Clark, Bill Gibb, Balenciaga and Vivienne Westwood. Here are a few more of our favourites…

Another amazing, and totally hilarious part of the Hen weekend was seeing the fabulous Priscilla, ‘Queen of the desert’  at the Palace Theatre. The cast was amazing, the set was unbelievable – a girlie glittery bus on the stage – can you imagine it, but most of all – I loved the shoe! See picture below for details!

So…what about the fashion.

There have been some amazing looks this month. The cold weather has seen a fantastic array of coats and real winter warmer looks, and non more so than on the fantastic Paloma Faith. She rocked a real vintage chocolate box look at the Tiffany sponsored skate event in London. Heat magazine put this look into the ‘What were you thinking?’ column, but I love the drama and romance of the look. Yes, it is a bit Quality Street tin, but it is still stunning, all the same.

Kylie has also shown that wrapping up can be glorious. She wore an amazing coat at an event in Macy’s in New York last week. Kylie’s style has been a bit hit and miss lately, I’m not sure about her new Mark Fast obsession, but this was Kylie at her best.

Kate Moss rocked a cool winter look at the launch of her Vintage Muse perfume at the Oxford Street branch of Boots. Her new DIY fringe looked great, as did her black ‘uniform’ and very high boots.

Curvy girls have also been flying the flag for stylish winter looks. The always immaculate Beyoncé showed that white is definitely a winter option in a stunning curve enhancing dress, whilst Kim Kardashian turned up to the opening of a toilet (I so hope that was just being ironic…I’ve heard people turn up to the opening of an envelope, but a toilet?) in a dress that showed off her now famous derriere to its best advantage.

Sarah Jessica Parker again shone this month. Her Vivienne Westwood creation looked great with grey suede sandals, and was suitably witchy enough for a wizard film premiere. Emma Watson looked amazing at all the Harry Potter premieres, but the supreme look, and possibly her best fashion moment so far, was the lace and feathered Rafael Lopez dress. With her pixie haircut and youthful make up, she looked fresh and stunning.

I also loved Carey Mulligan’s style at the CDFA awards this month. She looked like elegance personified in this dress, which I think shows that you don’t have to have acres of flesh on display to look beautiful.

 

Shopping.

My top buys this month.

I loved my ruffled Topshop handbag in black velvet. This was perfect because it has a long chain that I was able to wear cross body for events where I needed my notebook to hand. I wore it with the strap for day, and as a clutch for night. Two looks for the price of one.

 

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I also love my bargain burgundy velvet tea lady shoes that I got from Office for just £20. I think these will grace lots of Christmas events as they are comfortable as well as stylish.

I also finally embraced the yuletide jumpers that D&G foisted onto the world. Having lunch in Nando’s in the Brunswick shopping centre, I couldn’t take my eyes of a red alpine style tunic in the branch of New Look opposite. 20% off swung the deal, and I proudly wore my tunic for the first time this last weekend when I braved the freezing cold conditions to visit the Birmingham German Christmas market. Frankly, I love it and will be wearing it all through December!

 

I love this tunic – I bought it in Santa red.

Finally, Forever 21 in Birmingham has proved to be an amazing Mecca of style – a beautiful store selling a host of fabulous products at reasonable prices. I got these gorgeous leopard print heels that are surprisingly comfortable, even thought hey are vertigo inducing high!

 

£21.80 Forever 21

November was a fashion-fabulous month. Now, roll on Christmas!!!