Darcey Bussell Style

Yesterday the news broke that former ballerina Darcey Bussell had quit the judging panel on the BBC’s flagship show, ‘Strictly Come Dancing‘. As a fan of Strictly, and as a fan of Darcey I’m sad to see her go. Darcey always added a touch of class and elegance to the proceedings, especially as the male judges descended into histrionics (Bruno) and pantomime baddie (Craig). Darcey was the most glamorous person on Saturday night telly and Strictly will be a lesser place without her calm, kind and constructive judging.


As a judge on Strictly, Darcey had a wardrobe that gave me dress envy each week. She could do full length and fabulous like no other and was the queen of the slinky evening gown.She could wear sequins without looking like a cabaret act of drag queen, but when she toned down the look, she literally oozed elegance.

Darcey has been quick to cool off rumours that her departure had anything to do with the scandalous stories of the show that plagued the last series, or that she had been increasingly fed up with the over the top persona of Bruno. Recently she had branched out into presenting documentaries, including one about one of her own personal heroines, Audrey Hepburn, so this may be the way her career path goes, but Saturday’s nights will sure miss her, and she will be a hard act to follow.

Darcey Bussell Style

Whether lighting up the screens on Saturday Night, or shining on the Red Carpet, Darcey rarely gets it wrong style wise. I love the glamour and elegance of her wardrobe, the way she rocks a classic little black dress and her use of pillar box red lipstick. There are no short skirts, Darcey always looks a total lady, a throwback to matinee idol style, but never frumpy and always modern.


Great Ways to Expand Your Home Entertainment Possibilities

When was the last time you made some changes to your home entertainment system? Here are some great ways to expand your home entertainment possibilities.

Invest in Better Speakers

Your speaker system is one of the most important parts of your home entertainment system. If the only speakers you have are the ones that are attached to your TV, you are definitely not getting the best audio possible. You should, at least, invest in a subwoofer and think about creating a surround sound system. Modern speakers can be pretty small so they won’t take up much space or dominate your living room, so you won’t have to worry about that.


Consider a Projector

For people who mainly like to watch movies rather than TV shows, a projector could be a very wise purchase. Having a movie projected onto a white screen is the right way and the best way to watch movies at home. It’s considerably better than watching them on TV, and you can make the image much larger as well. Projectors are now pretty cheap to buy, so it is definitely possible to do. All you need is to hook it up to a blu-ray player and then pull down a screen and watch the movie.

Ditch HD and Embrace 4K Ultra HD

If you’re about to buy a new TV, you should think carefully about your purchase. HD TVs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. It won’t be long before the world is embracing 4K Ultra HD TVs, and you don’t want to be left behind the curve. They will be more widely available by the end of the year although you can get them already. The prices will most likely drop soon though. They will be very useful when the TV companies start to switch to Ultra HD broadcasting in the near future.

Cut Your Bills by Paying for a Combined Package

It can cost a lot of money to pay for your TV subscription, internet service and phone bills. If you’re still one of those people who are still using different companies for different services, you could be wasting a lot of money. Combining the services and paying one monthly bill is usually a lot cheaper. So, add up how much money you’re paying and see if you can find a better deal elsewhere. Time Warner is one of the top high speed Internet service providers, and you can get a TV, internet and phone package from them at a good price.

Take Advantage of Apps

Many of the big subscription TV networks run apps nowadays. This allows customers to view TV shows on their tablets and phones when they’re on the go and away from their TV. This is a great innovation, but most people who subscribe to these services don’t take advantage of this perk. If you’re paying for it, and you’re entitled to it, make sure that you make the most of it. These days, home entertainment is no longer confined to the home, so embrace the future!


Switch To Aerial Television

As we’ve already established, cable subscriptions can be too costly, so why not switch to Aerial TV instead? With digital terrestrial television, you no longer have to worry about the monthly subscription costs. You just have to pay a few upfront fees, and you’ll be enjoying hundreds of free channels in no time! Moreover, if you encounter any signal problems, you can easily remedy it by simply repositioning your TV aerial or adding a TV aerial booster to your TV system. Easy peasy!

Stylish television – Partners in Crime

It seems that Sunday nights at the BBC are determined to transport us back in time to the 1950s. Hot on the heels of The Outcast, we have ‘Partners in Crime’, based on Agatha Christie stories about Tommy and Tuppence Beresford,  originally set in the 1920s, but moved forward in time to the 1950s. Jessica Raine plays Tuppence Beresford, a glamorous accidental detective with a wardrobe to just about die for.

Partners 3Partners in Crime may be set in the 1950s, but the wardrobe bares little resemblance to the full skirted prom style dresses and floral prints of The Outcast. (You can read all about the fashion of that series here.) Tuppence’s wardrobe is about prim suits, pencil skirts, jackets with nipped in waist and beautiful frilled blouses. It is such an elegant look that you can’t help but admire it, and Jessica Raine’s wears it so well. In the first scene Tommy and Tuppence are on a train, and Tuppence’s outfit – a neat two piece suit in beige with brown pipping, teamed with a small hat with an eye-catching yellow feather, just sets the tone perfectly. The yellow feather is a sign of things to come – Tuppence does wear bright colours so well, from plum cardigans to mustard knits. It is just such a fab wardrobe and certainly makes the series appeal to fans of vintage fashion.

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Partners in Crime has five more episodes to go, so you can certainly catch up if you missed episode one. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a little retro escapism on a Sunday night. Below, I’ve added a few ways to get the Tuppence look with Boden. It seems fitting to use a brand renowned for great British style for a post that celebrates a great British writer, and Britsh acting talent. So we have Cashmere, a pencil skirt, a classic tweed jacket and some rather gorgeous shoes. I’m sure Tuppence would approve!

Get the look with Boden

 Aurelia Ottoman Skirt  £59 click to visit Boden

Aurelia Ottoman Skirt £59 click to visit Boden

Cropped Cashmere Cardigan £89 click to visit Boden

Cropped Cashmere Cardigan £89 click to visit Boden

Favourite Cardigan £49 click to visit Boden

Favourite Cardigan
£49 click to visit Boden

Long Line Shirt £45 click to visit Boden

Long Line Shirt £45 click to visit Boden

British Tweed Blazer £149 click to visit Boden

British Tweed Blazer £149 click to visit Boden

Aurelia Ottoman Dress £89 click to visit Boden

Aurelia Ottoman Dress £89 click to visit Boden

Beatrice Mid Heel from £110 click to visit Boden

Beatrice Mid Heel from £110 click to visit Boden

Alice High Heel £119 click to visit Boden

Alice High Heel £119 click to visit Boden

Are you watching Partners in Crime?