Strictly Come Dancing is back

Normal television service is resumed tomorrow night. After a summer of pretty shoddy Saturday night television, tomorrow the sequins, the bare toned torsos and the ‘ten from Len’ all return as Strictly Come Dancing returns to the screen. With the likes of Peter Andre, Ainsley Harriot, Kellie Bright and Jeremy Vine in the line-up, it promises to be a vintage year, with the beautiful and the hilarious meshing to make TV Gold. I can hardly wait.

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It seems Strictly fever is about to hit in some style. The Live show tickets will be on sale from 9am on Monday 28th September, returning for it’s 9th year, this seasons shows will see the return of the TV judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, after a brief leave of absence for the last tour. There will be a post next week which will focus on ticket information, you can also read about my experiences on the live tour last year here.  If you think you are a Strictly Superfan, you can also check out the fun quiz put together by Which Bingo which tests your knowledge of all things #SCD, there are questions about current contestants, previous winners, dances and professional dancers. You can find the quiz here, so have a go!

One of my favourite things about Strictly is the fashion. I really look forward to seeing what Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will choose to wear. I have put together a style parade of some of my favourite looks from previous series – the ladies have such different styles, but they compliment each other so well. Strictly Come Dancing is never less than a supremely stylish season, and I cannot wait to see what this year brings.

Strictly Style

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Are you looking forward to the return of Strictly? Do you have a tip for a winner? Have you tried the quiz yet? (I have, I got 12 out of 20 which is 60% and just a little disappointing!) Would love to know your thoughts.

Downton and Strictly herald the return of the fringe

It’s that time of year again. The night’s may be drawing in and the days getting shorter and darker, but they are also filled with sparkle, shimmer and…fringes. Autumn sees the return of two of the most glamorous programmes on television, Downton Abbey and Strictly Come Dancing, and with the return of these programmes we also see the welcome re-emergence of the flapper dress, and those fabulous fringes.

Flapper dresses, the standout piece of 1920s style, is a perennial party favourite, with those long fringes perfect for those who love to standout on the dance floor. This is highlighted no better than on Strictly Come Dancing, where Alison Hammond, Caroline Flack, Pixie Lott and Frankie Bridge have already shown of their 1920s style in the first few episodes of the series.

Where the celebrities lead, the High Street is sure to follow, and this is certainly true this year. As we head closer to the festive party season, Phase Eight, M&Co, Biba at House of Fraser and Miss Selfridge have all unveiled dresses and skirts which have definite fringe appeal.

Will you be unveiling your inner 20s It Girl come Christmas party season?

Downton and Strictly inspiration

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1920s elegance

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Caroline Flack

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Alison Hammond struts her stuff.

The Flapper – High Street Style

Renata Fringe Dress £160.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Renata Fringe Dress
£160.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Charleston Fringe Dress £79.00 Was £160.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Charleston Fringe Dress
£79.00 Was £160.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Tallulah Fringed Full Length Dress £275.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Tallulah Fringed Full Length Dress
£275.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Noleen Fringed Maxi Dress £169.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Noleen Fringed Maxi Dress
£169.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Fringed flapper dress £89 click to visit M&Co

Fringed flapper dress £89 click to visit M&Co

Plus sequin flapper dress £89 click to visit M&Co

Plus sequin flapper dress £89 click to visit M&Co

Viola Blue Flapper Dress     Was £160.00     Now £80.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Viola Blue Flapper Dress
Was £160.00
Now £80.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

 Biba Fringed beaded shoulder dress £149 click to visit House of Fraser


Biba Fringed beaded shoulder dress
£149 click to visit House of Fraser

Black Beaded Fringe Gown Item No. 010036023 £499.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Black Beaded Fringe Gown
Item No. 010036023
£499.00
click to visit Jacques Vert

ASOS Mini Skirt with Fringe £35.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Mini Skirt with Fringe
£35.00 click to visit ASOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing Shoes inspired by Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing rules the Saturday night television in my house. I love everything about it. The mix of celebrities are perfect, the dances inspired, the costumes are never less than fabulous, and, of course I’m in love with the fabulous dancing shoes. The professional dancers and female contestants wear the most feminine and elegant shoes, often mid-heeled and Mary Jane style, and seem to (mostly) glide around the dance floor in effortless style. Maybe they have found the secret of the perfect shoe for causing ‘murder on the dance floor.’ (Bit of a Sophie pun there – sorry!)

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e13db5d7-5a18-4487-a215-0d17daa016ec_sophie-ellis-bextor-strictly-come-dancing-2013With the Christmas party season already beginning for some of us, I’ve been taking a look around to find variations on the dancing shoes styles. Shoe specialist Spartoo has some great styles that would help you channel your inner Alesha Dixon or Ginger Rogers during the festive season, with a fabulous patent pair from Clarks being amongst my favourite. The almost sensible heel should mean you can keep dancing all night, with the patent gloss adding a touch of Hollywood style glamour to the shoe.

 CHORUS JAZZ BLACK    £ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo

Clarks CHORUS JAZZ
BLACK
£ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo

 SARONG CURTAIN GOLD  £ 49.99 click to visit Clarks

Clarks SARONG CURTAIN
GOLD
£ 49.99
click to visit Clarks

 SCARLETT RED   £ 75.99 click to visit Spartoo

SCARLETT
RED
£ 75.99
click to visit Spartoo

 Lemon Black       £ 58.39 click to visit Spartoo

Shelly’s Lemon
Black £ 58.39 click to visit Spartoo

  PRESIA TIED MJ Leopard / BLACK     £ 71.99 click to visit Spartoo


PRESIA TIED MJ
Leopard / BLACK
£ 71.99 click to visit Spartoo

 

 SARONG CURTAIN BLACK    £ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo

SARONG CURTAIN
BLACK
£ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo