The NTA’s – The best looks

The National television awards are always a feast of fashion, some good and some very, very bad. This year there were actually some really gorgeous looks on the red carpet that oozed style, sophistication and enough full on glamour that would mean they wouldn’t look out of place on a Hollywood red carpet.

Here are the looks that I loved.

Tess Daly in Issa

 

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Red lace yoke dress

Also available in a petite version. Click here to view.

Nicole Scherzinger in Vintage Ossie Clark

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Ossie Clark London Black vintage Iconic maxi dress

 

Samia Ghadie in Herve Leger

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HERVE LEGER Panelled bandage dress

Love Label Colour Block Bodycon Dress

Samia’s bag is a folded over clutch that is from High Street store Coast. It is not in stores yet, but you will be able to view the bag here in a few weeks.

Holly Willoughby in Roland Mouret

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LEIGHTON JERSEY MAXI £150.00 click to visit Coast

Christine Bleakley in Philip Armstrong

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PHILIP ARMSTRONG Lace insert stretch crepe dress

LEIGHTON JERSEY MAXI £150.00 click to visit Coast

Laura Whitmore in Rachel Gilbert

 

NLY TREND / DREAMY DRESS

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ELLIOT CLAIRE – Yellow Pleated Gown to hire £49 click to visit Girl meets Dress

Ashley Roberts in Rachel Gilbert

 

Chains gown £89. 99 click to visit Mango

Elspeth Embellished Wedding Dress £395.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Ella Henderson in Darling

Valletta Biker Jacket £40

 

Strictly Come Dancing Live at NIA, Birmingham

Last night ,I attended Strictly Come Dancing Live at the NIA, Birmingham, and what a fabulous spectacle it was. Glamorous, sparkling and oh so entertaining, it was a show that made you laugh out loud one minute,  and swoon in awe and wonder the next. I absolutely loved it!

The Live show is different from the television series. Kate Thornton takes over the Bruce and Tess role and brings sass, sarcasm and wit to the role, not to mention the fact that I had serious dress envy at her wonderful Marios Schwab dress. (I have to thank Kate for tweeting to confirm my suspicions about the designer of the dress – it truly made my night). There was no Darcy on the judging panel, but the terrible trio of Bruno, Len and Craig were in turns hysterically funny, with Craig in full panto baddie role, Len playing his grandfatherly voice of reason, and Bruno so animated you thought he might wet himself at any given minute. Clearly we were in for an exciting, fun-filled night.

There were seven contestants, six from the most recent series, including winner (and all round sex god – let’s be honest here) Louis Smith and fellow finalist Denise Van Outen. They were joined by Phil Tufnell, who must have been added for comic value, sticking his bottom out like a constipated duck for most of his dance.  Michael Vaughan was also showing that dancing can be a game of two halves, amazing and graceful during the American Smooth, terrible during the Salsa.

Lisa Riley, Fern Britton (with hilarious sob stories), and Dani Harmer completed the team, each bringing their own little bit of magic to the proceedings. The girls all looked beautiful, showing why Strictly is a little girl’s dream series. Fern summed it up perfectly when she said that Strictly is like living in a snowglobe, all glitter and sequins. I couldn’t agree more, seeing the NIA transformed into a huge ballroom , complete with glitterball and shimmering chandeliers.

The snow was pretty horrendous on the night, but it was well worth braving for what was an amazing exxperience. Denise topped the leaders board with a perfect score of 60, but Louis was once again the people’s champion, with his dreamy interpretation of Dirty Dancing totally wowing the crowd. The audience was all on their feet at the end, a perfect finale to a perfect evening.

 

Christmas Day Crackers featuring Kate Middleton, Girls Aloud and Tess Daly

There were a few stylish moments on Christmas day that I did not want to ignore, despite taking a break over the festive season. The Royal Family, residing at Sandringham, made their annual Christmas morning trip to church and looked suitably warm and cosy, with Zara Philips my pick for most stylish lady. William and Kate spent Christmas day with the Middleton’s, but did make a more low-key appearance, with Kate adding a touch of festive red with her long scarf.

Christmas Day Top of the Pops has always been a tradition in my house, although we always seem to start eating the Christmas dinner half way through. This year there was glamour from Paloma Faith, and those Girls Aloud, who shimmered and sparkled in festive tinsel style gold.

And from a tradition that comes from yesteryear, to a new one that has become a major party of Christmas day television – Strictly Come Dancing. Tess Daly always looks amazing, and in white and silver, she shone in a Grecian style gown that must rate has one of her best looks from this season. Predictably, it was a boy band member that won (some bloke from JLS who was pretty nifty on his feet to be honest), but a sparkly Tess was a definite highlight for me.