Style Focus – Samantha Barks

She has certainly been one of the breakout stars of 2013. With a stunning performance as Eponine in the movie version of Les Miserables, Samantha Barks has ensured that she is one to watch.Sam’s role in Les Miserables followed on from her acclaimed performance in the stage version, which continues to be a huge hit with fans (you can get information about Les Miserables tickets available from Big Ticket Shop UK if you fancy watching the live stage version). Samantha has also started to garner column inches for her impeccable fashion sense and a hot romance with male model de jour David Gandy. Not bad for a girl who finished third in the BBC search for Nancy ‘I’d do anything’.

Sam Barks as Eponine in Les Miserables

Sam Barks as Eponine in Les Miserables

In February this year, Sam was named Breakthrough Performance at the Elle Style Awards, always the sign of a stylish and talented star. She then followed this up with an eye-catching appearance at the Oscars, wearing a super sexy plunge front Valentino dress that ensured column inches for the Oscar ceremony debutante.

At the Oscars in Valentino

At the Oscars in Valentino

But the Oscar dress was not a one-off, throughout the promotional tours, premieres and award ceremonies promoting Les Mis, Sam more than held her own against her co-stars, and noted formidable fashionista’s Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. In fact, on many occasions, she totally outshone them.

With Eddie Redmayne

With Eddie Redmayne

With Co-Stars Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway

With Co-Stars Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway

Wearing Roland Mouret

Wearing Roland Mouret

Vanity Fair Oscar Party

At the Vanity Fair Oscars Party

But don’t assume that Samantha’s look is just about Hollywood glamour, or that her wardrobe is just stuffed with designer gowns. One of the things I love most about this lady and her style is that she also supports the High Street. Reiss is a particular fave, whilst her summer festival wardrobe featured a smattering of Oasis in the shape of a pretty floral blouse.

Wearing Reiss

Wearing Reiss

More Reiss

More Reiss

Wearing Oasis at the V Festival

Wearing Oasis at the V Festival

With a starring role in a new Dracula film coming up soon, expect to see Samantha Barks at the top of Acting and Best dressed lists in the next few years. With talent and a wardrobe to die for, she is definitely one to watch.











Celebrity get the Look featuring Paloma Faith, Rachel Riley and Lucy Watson

This week’s celebrity get the look is certainly an eclectic one. We have a beautiful blonde Bond girl carrying a bag she designed in collaboration with LK Bennett, and one of this years Oscar winners wearing a super cool brand of sneakers. There are some of the most stylish reality TV stars wearing a combination of High Street and High End, whilst a couple of the most stylish British singing stars are showing off some of their best looks.

Let’s take a look in more detail at some of the best looks of the Summer.

Rosamund Pike carries the Rosa Bag from LK Bennett

Rosamund Pike, already the face of LK Bennett, has now collaborated with the brand to create a line of the most gorgeous, luxury bags. In a sea of blues and greens, with a colour pop of orange, these are the perfect new season bags in the softest of leather. Rosamund has been pictured toting the bag with off duty casual, and I think this is actually one of her best looks, fresh and effortless. Click here to see the rest of the bags in the Rosamund bag collection.

Rosa Leather Large Bag £495.00 click to visit LK Bennett

Anne Hathaway wears Ash

Oscar winner Anne Hathaway is another star who is most often photographed in glamorous, red carpet outfits. So it was a real surprise to see her dressed down and wearing a rather fetching pair of Ash trainers. The ‘Virgin’ design are in cool leather, although I think Anne may be wearing a slightly lighter colour than the ones featured below.


Ash VIRGIN clay leather buckle trainers code:VIRGIN clay leather £129.00 click to visit Ash

Lucy Watson wears Marc Cain

Fast becoming the most stylish star to emerge from the most recent series of Made in Chelsea, Lucy showed off her style at the premiere of the latest Jennifer Aniston film. Her vest/camisole was a beautiful sequined number from Marc Cain, and I really admired her minimalist look, the sparkle of the top requiring very little in the way of accessories.

Click to visit Marc Cain

Vanessa White wears French Connection

Often overshadowed by the other ladies of The Saturdays, Vanessa White looked absolutely wonderful in this horse print blouse from French Connection. I love how she teamed the quirky print with a sexy leather pencil skirt, and neat up-do for a variation on the ‘sexy secretary’ look. The print is also featured on a bag which I think is a little bit special.

Hatched Horses Classic Shirt £67.00 click to visit French Connection

Printed Horses Leather Shopper Bag £125.00 click to visit French Connection

Paloma Faith wears Steve Madden Deeva Heels

Paloma Faith is always eye-catching in her style choices, and at T in the Park she teamed her exquisite Diane Von Furstenberg dress with a pair of superb heels from Steve Madden. The Deeva heels are rather high, and are not for the faint hearted, but I can think of no-one who could wear these better than the diva that is Paloma.


Steve Madden Deeva SM Rhinestone Encrusted Platform Court Shoes , Champagne £99 click to visit John Lewis

Ravir Singh wears M&Co

Daybreak always brightens the morning with its stylishly dressed stars who showcase a range of High Street brands. This dress worn by newsreader Ravir Singh was one such look, this tiered dress is from the M&Co boutique range and is a really striking look.

Bodycon floral shutter dress £79 click to visit M&Co

Rachel Riley wears Phase Eight

Rachel Riley came over all Marilyn Monroe in this beautiful Karenina rose print dress by Phase Eight. The Countdown mathematician always impresses with her choices, and this was retro pretty.

Karenina Dress £99.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Samantha Barks and Caroline Flack wear Oasis

Two great style spots from Oasis. First up is Samantha Barks, who styled her floral silk bird print top perfectly for the V music festival. Also wearing Oasis was the lady with those wondrous legs, Caroline Flack, who avoided her usual option of shorts and instead went for a pretty floral print dress.

Silk Bird Print Shirt Price: £60.00 click to visit Oasis

Meadow Floral Dress Price: £65.00 click to visit Oasis

Kristina Guerrero wears Isabella Oliver

A special mention must be given to Kristina Guerrero, heavily pregnant and looking pretty amazing in the Lexington Silk maxi dress from Isabella Oliver. This is a soft watered print, and the silk makes this a very elegant choice for the mum-to-be.

Lexington Silk Maternity Maxi Dress £329.00 click to visit Isabella Oliver

Lucy Watson wears Dorothy Perkins

Another Lucy Watson spot, with Lucy Watson wearing a skirt from Dorothy Perkins that is most certainly looking forward to the new season. A skater style in dogtooth print, add opaques and be wearing this well into 2014.

Luxe dogtooth skater skirt Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Jennifer Aniston wears All Saints

A superstar spot, and one who doesn’t often appear wearing High Street, Jennifer Aniston was spied wearing a silk scarf from All Saints. The scarf looked fabulous teamed with a smart blazer, showing why many celebs choose scarves as their accessory of choice.

Echo Scarf £88 click to visit All Saints

Jess Wright wears Celeb Boutique

And finally, whilst some stars seem to be wearing their Autumn pieces already, the lovely Jess Wright is doing a great job of making the most of the summer in this flirty floral dress from Celeb Boutique.

Carmel tropical print pencil dress £110 click to visit Celeb Boutique





Get the Celebrity look featuring the Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Jessica Parker and Zatchels!

The summer rolls on and the stars continue to shine. This summer has seen so many great celebrity looks, ranging from beachy, sunsoaked styles to elegant dresses worn by actresses, TV celebrities and the stars of our favourite reality shows.

But today’s post is not just about holidays and pretty frocks. Celebrities from Nicole Scherzinger to Sarah Harding have been rocking some seriously beautiful jewellery from designers Katie Rowland and Zara Taylor London, whilst the lovely Laura Whitmore looks seriously fierce in an ear cuff from High Street brand Accessorize that costs just £8.

Here are some of the key looks and trends from some super stylish celebrities from this summer, many of which have been plucked from the High Street.

Sarah Harding loves Mya Blue Beach and Zatchels

Girls Aloud star Sarah popped into the offices of CiCi PR and selected some of her favourite designs from CiCi clients Mya Blue Luxe and Zatchels. The Manhattan kaftan from Mya Blue Luxe is already a celebrity favourite, with the lovely Georgia Horsley, soon to be Mrs Danny McFly, another fan of this exquisite piece.

MANHATTAN-MYABLUELUXE-PINK-BACK-£215 click to visit Mya Blue Luxe

Sarah also selected a stunning leather duffel bag in tangerine from hot brand Zatchels. Sarah is planning a trip to LA very soon, and this bag is certainly a perfect airport bag, wear it on your back and leave your hands free for browsing in the Tax Free shopping.


Tangerine Duffel Bag £145 click to visit Zatchels

Sarah Harding wears Zara Taylor London

A few days later Sarah was photographed wearing a striking piece from Zara Taylor London. This cross design is a great look over a plain, simple shaped dress, adding a rock chick edge which Sarah complimented with chunky shoe-boots and Debbie Harry- esque hair.

Large Renaissance Style Cross Silver Long Chain Pendant £20 click to visit Zara Taylor


Nicole Scherzinger wears Katie Rowland

I fell in love with Katie Rowland’s jewel designs at a press event earlier this year, so it was lovely to see them worn so publicly by X Factor judge and all-round Goddess Nicole Scherzinger. Delicate and pretty, the necklace is a piece you could easily wear every day, whilst the ring is an absolute showstopper.

ICON POINT RING £175 click to visit Katie Rowland

MORRIGAN MINI DAGGER PENDANT £105 click to visit Katie Rowland

Get Nicole’s silk shirted look

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Long sleeved silk shirt £77 click to visit House of Fraser

Frankie Essex wears Love

Frankie Essex made a great choice of dress for her recent publicity photographs for her new range of hair extensions. This lace effect, a-line dress from In Love with Fashion has a really pretty feel. I would love to see Frankie grunge this up a little with black opaques once the temperatures start to fall.

Ivory lace sleeve wing dress £32 click to visit Love

Carrie Bradshaw style at Boden

This is not really a celebrity spot, but when I saw this great new dress from Boden’s Autumn and Winter range, I couldn’t help but think of ‘An American Girl in Paris’ and Carrie Bradshaw. Maybe Boden were thinking along the same lines, hence the very Parisian name Amelie…?

Amelie Dress now £84.15 click to visit Boden

Laura Whitmore in Accessorize

Laura Whitmore always impresses with her style choices, and in her latest magazine shoot for Cosmopolitan, she shows the power of great accessories. The petal ear cuff is the standout piece, a touch of glamorous ‘bling’ that dresses up even the most tough and masculine of outfits.

This earcuff is not currently available online, but they do have a couple of beauties in stock to help you get a similar sort of look.

Engraved Wing Ear Cuff £6.00 click to visit Accessorize

Jewelled Bling Ear Cuff £12.00 click to visit Accessorize

Paula Patton wears French Connection

The beautiful actress Paula Patton (so good in Deja Vu) is not necessarily the sort of actress you imagine wearing High Street pieces, but that is exactly what she did on Chelsea Lately, when she opted for a dress from French Connection.

Marie Stretch Embroidered Dress £120.00 click to visit French Connection

Kate Middleton’s Max Mara Coat – back in stock and renamed

A sell out last time around, the middle of summer may not seem the best time to be thinking about your Winter coat, but as this one has been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, it may not actually stick around for long. The Max Mara Studio belted cashmere coat has been cleverly renamed(what else?) ‘Kate’ and is a real classic piece of luxury. If you can afford it, it is worth the investment.

MaxMara Studio Kate cashmere coat with belt £875 click to visit House of Fraser

Sam Faiers in Celeb Boutique

Celeb Boutique is very quickly becoming another cult brand that is just loved by celebrities. Sam Faiers is the latest to wear its pieces, choosing a hot pink bandage style crop top for a recent holiday with her girlfriends.

Melissa Hot Pink bandage crop top £60 click to visit Celeb Boutique

Samantha Barks wears Reiss

Samantha Barks is a rising style star, one who always seems to be occasion appropriate and totally immaculate. I loved her recent choice of the Reiss fit and flare dress, which she teamed with colour pop heels for maximum effect.


Ruth Langsford wears Phase Eight

And finally, we have television presenter Ruth Langsford, who recently chose a wonderfully bright printed dress from Phase Eight for presenting ‘This Morning’. The dress, with its jewel print, is just gorgeous, and is still available in a few sizes.



Jewels Print Side Ruched Dress Save 32% £75.00 Was £110.00 click to visit Phase Eight