Trends Style for Summer on the Beach

Update your style for summer by introducing some of this season’s hottest trends into your wardrobe just in time for your summer holiday.

If you are fed up of wearing the same old styles and outfit combinations year in-year out, then why not liven up your wardrobe with some catwalk inspired key pieces that will give your usual holiday attire an instant make-over.

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Alexa loves a playsuit, vintage shops like Cow and ASOS Market Place always have a good stock

When those in the know are packing for their holiday, first on the list is always a playsuit. Not only are they super practical, but they are current and come in an array of designs that are inspired by the key summer trends. Whether you are looking for something for the evening or just to throw on at the beach, look out for playsuits that incorporate graphic prints, 60’s inspired designs or white edgy cuts to hold your own amongst the best dressed on your holiday resort. I have a vintage denim one which is my summer staple for lounging around in and a silk nautical print one from Stella McCartney for sipping cocktails in.

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‘Roman’ maxi dress from BonPrix.co.uk ┬ú29.99

Next, always pack at least two maxi dresses like these from Bon Prix.com. These are fantastic for taking you from beach to bar with the simple addition of chunky jewellery, a headscarf or wedge sandal. They are also practical for space saving and for keeping you cool and breezy in that summer heat. I have my eye on this one in bold red with pretty waist ties to give it some shape.

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Vivienne Westwood does the perfect dresses for every occasion, shop online at viviennewestwood.com

And when you have finally got yourself a bit of a tan, you simply must let those pins get some fresh air. Look out for the perfect little summer dress that is elegant, stylish and shows off your best bits for that sunset walk on the beach or dancing with the locals. Again, graphic prints would look fab, but also look out for edgy florals, fluros, brilliant whites or candy stripes to really heat up your summer wardrobe.

Sure, you can still get away with the odd shorts and t-shirt combo this year, but why not add some summer style to your holiday wardrobe!

(Image credits: Fabsugar.com, Posh24.com, BonPrix.com, TheStreetMuse.it)

What the MET Gala 2013 Can Teach Us

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┬áCommenting on trussed up celebs isn’t usually my game but I really couldn’t resist with this years MET Gala having a Punk theme. Having a theme for any event doesn’t usually bode well and the stars out last night fell victim trying to live up to it. Unless you are at a fancy dress party don’t change your style for anyone! Let’s have a look eh…

Starting with Dame Viv and date Lily Cole, if anyone had the right to turn up in pins and rips it was Viv but of course she has been there done that. Instead she chose a sumptuous taffeta dress and cape from AW12, voluminous with a dropped waist. Pinned to her breast was a photo of Wiki-leaks’ Bradley Manning. In a sea of tits and legs it was ironically the most punk look of them all.

Lily wore a Westwood gown of course, the design the same as the iconic Olympic dress however the corset of the MET dress crafted from Amazonian wild rubber, a natural material.When I first saw this dress I wasn’t aware of it’s construction, stating on Facebook how I wished it had been made of rubber! The reason this came to mind being the colour of the dress, recalling the colour of the original rubber and latex punk clothing sold at SEX. The photo I found about just shows up the contrast of the corset and skirts.

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Both Vivienne and Lily wore Clomper shoes which I was immensely impressed with,Vivienne wore a runway version with ribbon ties and intricate embroidery. Had to LOL at the lady in blue carrying her heels down the staircase, not our Viv she can ride her bike in these baby’s.

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Christina Ricci was the only other star to wear Westwood (god knows why, not a bondage suit in sight), her McAndrew tartan gown was incredible, but I think she styled it a little off kilter. I didn’t hate her look but I think she should have worn cobweb or pvc stockings to give it a little edge.

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I think by the far the biggest mistake of the evening befell those choosing evening gloves, both Beyonce and Kim are stunning women but their Givenchy gowns swamped them.

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Katy Perry and Linda Evangelista (Marchesa) look like the went on a journey with Bill and Ted, falling out of the wrong century! I do actually like Katy’s crown and Dolce & Gabbana frock but think the shoes make it frumpy.

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Even when the gowns were that bad, so many of the girls looked like trussed up turkey, overly tanned, hair slick wit gel or stiff with spray. Many translated punk as 80s eye make up, more suited to Halloween.Julianna Moore’s quiff was just ridiculous.┬á Brit chic Cara Delevingne showed how to get it right with soft locks to balance out a smudged, smokey eye. Wanting to stand out from the crowd Jessica Biel donned a fake nose ring and Nichole Richie sported frosted hair – more Rocky Horror Show ladies.

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Ok so I can’t leave out Madonna in her Givenchy outfit, yes it is pure Punk in a costumey sense,but if I’d seen someone wearing this on any other occasion I would have given serious hearts to it. The gilt pyramid studs, the tartan, the pop or fuchsia pink heels, even the damn wig. Gah I love it, I shouldn’t but I do and I don’t know why!

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That’s not to say nodding to Punk fashion without looking like a pastiche is impossible, Miley Cyrus (Marc Jacobs), Cary Mulligan (Balenciaga), Alexa Chung (Erdem), Sienna Miller (Burberry) and Donatella Versace (Versace) all looked sleek and chic. I kind of wish Miley had slashed it across the bust, a la Courtney Love in THAT Dior dress. In fact, why they hell wasn’t Love there!!

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The safest option was to flip the V’s to the dress code theme, Rooney Mara (Givenchy), Anna Wintour (Chanel) and Gwen Stefani (Margiela) all stuck to their tried and tested styles and looked fantastic.

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Last but not least, Sarah Jessica Parker who stole the show, from faux-hawk Philip Treacy hat, Giles gown and thigh high Louboutin boot this was not a look for the feint hearted. What might have looked like over kill on anyone else, frankly looked freakin’ fabulous. She’s SJP and she can wear whatever she damn well pleases.

One thing I always wondered about the red carpet, is how celebs get their hair looking so perfect. Apparently they all wear temporary hair extensions! No wonder I could never get my thin locks to look as good. AmericanDreamExtensions.Com are UK specialists in hair extensions I’ve actually got some and have been trying them out, will show you how to in a post soon.

Shoe Saturday: C. Doux

Alexa Chung wearing patent loafer shoes (image via ToryBurch)

As soon as I saw the collection from C.Doux I thought they would be right up Alexa’s street. Champion of the flat shoe, she can’t resist a bit of patent either so I can just see her wearing all of the shoes featured below. I think she would look gorgeous in the Victorian style ankle boots too for a sleek winter look.

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About the brand:

“In 1935, Jos├® Salord Jover founded his own company in Minorca. Establishing the company as a maker of fine shoes.┬á He was succeeded by his son Alfonso Salord Juaneda, who in 1966 moved the factory to a new industrial area in Ciutadella in 1975. Over the years, Salord Jover has collaborated with very exclusive designers as Andrea Pfister and Gino Aldrovardi. During the 90ÔÇÖs, the demand of the market called for womenÔÇÖs casual shoes. Answering to that demand, Pepe and Juan Salord created a new brand, C.Doux. After Alfonso Salord death, in 1997, Pepe and Juan took charge of the company direction and a few years later they were joined by Mar├¡a Salord Oleo. They now sell shoes around the world.

Nowadays, Salord Jover has two brands, Salord Jover and C.doux, which correspond to two different styles of women. Salord Jover is elegant and sophisticated, and is addressed to a dynamic and contemporary woman, who looks for shoes with an exclusive design that defines her own style. C.Doux has casual and chic lines, for a young, enterprising, confident woman, who chooses quality and well-made guarantees, and has an open mind to fashion and the latest trends.” Words translated and edited from the C.Doux site.

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WIN Frock Me with TK Maxx Goodies!!!


Sadly the fabulous Frock Me series has now ended, but don’t be sad. The lovely people at Frock Me with TK Maxx have sent over some amazing goodies for Fashion Pearls of Wisdom to GIVEAWAY!
The prizes are:

3 signed pictures of the Frock Me gang
3 signed Tinie Tempah singles
1 signed Sophie Ellis-Bextor single
To win simply watch the clip from the show below and answer the following question:
‘Name one of Tinie’s top style tips for this summer?
Winners will be announced on the blog on Sunday 6th June and notified by email. The winners will be the first 7 entries with the correct answers. Prizes will be awarded to the 7 winners in the order of their entry, first 3 winners will get the pictures, the next 3 will get the Tinie CD and the 7th will get the S-EB CD.

So get emailing and good luck!!
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N.B Now closed, all winners have been notified by email today, congratulations!!!

Set your TV for Frock Me

Frock Me With TK Maxx is back with a bang, check out the trailer.
It features the show’s trio of presenters (fashion mag fave and TV Presenter Alexa Chung, designer of the moment Henry Holland and Radio 1 style expert Gemma Cairney) in a cheeky homage to the famous fragrance ad that featured Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Eva Herzigova.

FROCK ME WITH TK MAXX IS ON SUNDAYS FROM 25th APRIL AT 13:00 on C4.

Because there really aren’t enough fashion TV shows!

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