What To Wear on a Night out In a Casino

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I blame Sharon Stone. You really couldn’t convince me that anyone instilled the glamour of casinos more than she alongside DeNero┬á in the Hollywood blockbuster Casino. Whether she was blowing on dice, counting her bling. shimmering past the slots or plotting to bring down the mob she did it in pure, unadulterated glam. Which brings me back to the point, if you are going to go out to a casino, you better be dressed to give Sharon a run for her money – or chips! You don’t just find the high tables in Las Vegas these days with most big cities hosting super casinos. They are more like high class entertainment centres with wonderful cabaret and cocktail bars, the opportunity to take a flutter no longer the sole focus. Her character Ginger is all about full on fabulous, to rock the look you need to think full length gowns, sequins, faux-fur and the shiniest jewels. Hair should be swept up in a chic up-do and make up smouldering.

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The only other actress who comes close is Eva Green as she seduces her way around the gaming table alongside Daniel Craig in Casino Royal. This is one of my favourite Bond films and Eva is perfect as Vesper Lynd. Eva’s character is more subtle than Sharon’s but still incredibly chic and all about the glamour. Try this look if you aren’t a sequin kinda girl, just keep the dress long and elegant, hair soft and make up sultry. Net-a-Porter is the place to go for a dramatic statement gown, and check out Swarovski for the most eye catching crystal jewellery – unless you win big that is and can splash the cash on Chopard diamonds! The only manicure you need for the occasion is OPI’s The Man with the Golden Gun.

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Of course if living up the high life isn’t really your thing you can still take part in the fun without having to resort to bingo with your nan. With the advent of online casinos like JackpotCity.co.uk/mobile-casino you can chill out at home with your friends, make it a girly night in and wear whatever the heck you like -just like onesie poster girl Cara Delevigne! Hey you can even use cupcakes instead of chips – although that might be too high a stake to gamble!

(Images from: wiki-cinie.com, britmovie.co.uk, yahoo.co.uk)

How to Wear Vintage and Look Current

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Following way 2: Vintage 80s dress and belt, with vintage inspired Vivienne Westwood t-bar shoes, Chanel boucle jacket and brooch, Wendy Brandes Little Woolfe necklace and ONecklace name necklace.

Something I get asked quite a lot is how to wear vintage pieces and still look current and on trend. I had a think about how I wear my vintage and came up with three easy ways to wear vintage:

1. Just wear one vintage piece – the easiest way to work vintage into your wardrobe is to start small. Try adding a vintage necklace or blouse to one of your regular outfits.

2. Wear with modern pieces in vintage influenced styles – designer and the high street both are full of things inspired by past decades. You can use these as a guide to finding and wearing original vintage clothes. If you like the current 1920s influenced trends of drop waists, long necklaces and heavy beading; start looking at original 20s pieces and the styles should look familiar.

3. Look for vintage pieces which haven’t dated- there are some designs which can be decades old yet wouldn’t look out of place today. Think of classic trench coats, black pencil skirts and white button up shirts. These items may be tweaked with each seasons whims but the basic forms will stay the same.

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Following way 3: Vintage Chanel jacket in a blazer style which isn’t recognisable to a specific date, with Topshop jeans, Stella McCartney blouse, Prada shoes

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Following way 1: This Vintage Vivienne Westwood jacket is quite a 90’s statement so I wear it alone with modern pieces- Anglomania blouse and silk trousers, Gold Label shoes, Nichole Farhi sunglasses

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Following way 3: Classic vintage Burberry trench coat’s never date, worn with Vivienne Westwood Red Label dress and Vivienne Westwood pink suede boots.

Trends: The Key to Country Style

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┬áGet Kate’s style: Southwold wool hacking jacket; Burberry Brit denim skinny jeans; Mark Todd country boots; Lola feather trim hat.

No sooner had the royal engagement been announced than people world over were taking inspiration from Kate Middleton’s style. Famed for her stunning McQueen wedding gown and array of elegant Issa and Reiss wrap dresses, she is very much the future princess. One thing that is often neglected to mention is quite how well Kate dresses on her off-duty days. In fact country dressing is something the royals have had down to a T for many generations, with Prince Charles and the Queen keeping warm and smart to walk the corgis’ around Balmoral. The key to Kate’s dressed down style is a trusty jacket, tweed or boiled wool is a practical option as it will keep heat in whilst repelling water. A classic khaki colour is most versatile but soft browns or greys are also easy to wear. If you are a little more daring than the Duchess why not try a vibrant red. I have a multi-coloured tweed jacket myself and can attest to how wearable it is. Kate’s absolute staple are her skinny jeans, they go perfectly with tall boots, wellies, trainers, ballet flats and heels. Kate prefers dark washes in a nice indigo blue or black. For roaming around the country or just your local park a boot-wellington hybrid is a great option;┬á pairing the practicality of waterproof wellies but with the style of a boot. This Mark Todd pair are great and similar to a pair Kate often wears. The finishing touch for Kate is often a beautiful hat. One of her most recognisable looks is this cowboy style which can be quite a laid back look. For something a little more versatile this Lola hat can be worn casually too, but the feather detail and structured shape of this Lola hat means it can be worn for more formal occasions.

Comic Relief: 50 Ways to Wear it

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I am sure you already know that TK Maxx have joined with Comic Relief and Stella McCartney to design these fun Red nose day t-shirts to raise money for the charity. I took mine along to London Fashion Week and wore one each day – such a shame it was so cold and I didn’t get to show them off as much as I would have liked! My favourite way to wear the t-shirts was with a pretty, floaty skirt and sky high heels.

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Now you can share your own ways to style the Comic Relief t-shirts and help raise awareness for Red Nose Day by uploading you photo to the TK Maxx Facebook page and clicking on the 50 Ways to Wear it app tab. Just ‘like’ the app page and upload your photo, easy as that!

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If you don’t have your t-shirt yet they are available in TK Maxx stores and online here in women’s, men’s and kids sizes and a range of designs.

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Ladies Day at Cheltenham Races

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Cheltenham Ladies Day is soon approaching and I was asked by bookmakers Ladbrokes to give some tips with regards to finding the perfect outfit for attending. I think it defiantly depends upon your own personal style however I personally would air on the side of formal attire from what I have seen in reports of the occasion. The most important part of any race-day outfit has to be a hat or facinator. Choose something large and bold as you please, but keep it tasteful, this really isn’t the place for anything comedy. There are three main options when it comes to hats, you can match it with your outfit, keep it neutral or go for a contrasting statement. When matching it is best to choose paler shades or just match the hat to one piece of the outfit. The Queen is the perfect inspiration for this, always matching her over coat to her hats, here in pale lilac. If you would prefer to keep the hat neutral this is a great option when you want your dress or coat to be the statement piece. It also means you can wear the same hat with numerous outfits.Straw hats or beige, sand, black and brown are good colours to go for. If you really want to make a statement with your hat however the contrasting it will ensure it stands out. You can choose to colour-pop using a bright colour such as orange against a black coat or colour-clash using a colours which battle against each other such as an orange hat with a fuchsia pink coat. The other thing to think about is hat embellishment, you can have anything from feathers, bows and flowers. If you want something simple Pill-box hats are an elegant style which sit on top of the head still reveling most of your hair style. Where as a bonnet style will conceal most of the hair – something to consider when styling your hair. For an added air of mystery you can experiment with veils or half-veils, perfect with a Hollywood red lip for a touch of old school glamour. Most of all wear with confidence and a smile, something I don’t need to bet on for a winning look!

(Images from BigPicturesPhoto, PA and Getty)

Outfit: How to Wear a Crop Top!

Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Gold Label ‘Wild’ jumper and lace skirt, Vivienne Westwood Limited edition ‘Bag’ boots.

┬áThis is the second part to my last outfit post, revealing what I wore beneath my sweeping cloak … it’s a crop top! Oh yes, I can’t say I would ever have been convinced that my 31 year old self would ever wear anything that could be called a crop top. When I was 14 I wore crop tops and mini skirts all the time alas I’m not a skinny little thing who doesn’t feel the cold any more. What I do like however, are very high waist skirts and trousers, the higher the better – but not quite as high as Simon Cowell. What goes well with high waists? Crop tops as it happens! The trick is, to just have the top sit on the waist band, so only half an inch is bared. You can even wear a body underneath for the same effect without baring any skin – essential in colder months. If like me you don’t have abs of steel, try layering another, looser layer over the top too such as a shirt or coat. Or vise-versa, wear the crop top over a longer top. Another way to try the look is to go for an asymetric or hi-low jumper, anything which hit at the natural waist. Autumn Cashmere have some perfect hi-low knits, whilst Moschino do some cute cropped cardigans.

I bought the top and skirt in World’s End, the top is called the ‘Wild’ jumper, its beautiful soft mohair and from the current Gold Label collection. There is a dress version too which Dame Vivienne herself has been wearing, here she wears it to receives the Harper’s Bazaar ‘Inspiration of the Year’ award accompanied by husband Andreas. The skirt is from a few collections past, it is gold lace over black wool so pretty as well as warm.

 

The Wild dress and jumper on the runway, AW 2012.

Worn by Stella Tennant in this seasons campaign.

Do you crop top? Bare all or bare an inch?

You can check out my Pinterest board for some crop top inspiration!

How to Look Chic for Halloween

Witch? Devil? Mummy? Sexy bunny (cringe)?

I absolutely love Halloween parties, I love getting dressed up and going wild for the night. I love wearing masks and fake blood. But seriously there really is only so many times you can pull off evil fairy and that glitter takes weeks to finally be rid of it all! I’ve also been asked a few times, what do you do if you don’t like fancy dress? Well there is no reason at all you can’t go out and enjoy Halloween in something more chic than Herman Munster’s threads. The best option is to just ‘Halloween-up’ a regular outfit. Here I have chosen four purse friendly evening dresses from Next which can be styled up, best of all you still have a gorgeous frock to wear you can wear again.

The easiest way is to start with a dress that has a bit of a Gothic edge, black lace, sequins, sparkle, velvet, brocade. Then you opt for a simple lace mask for an elegant masquerade vibe – perfect with this pumpkin orange shift dress. If you still want to add a dash of fun to your look try a pair of horizontal striped tights, a green and black pair instantly say ‘witchy’ without the hook nose and boils, paired with this glimmering LBD. A subtle look is Vampire, just wearing a pair of fangs with a blood red velvet dress is much more Vamp than funeral -pire! If the sexy-bunny look is still calling out to you, try a more subtle version such as the black lace ears made famous by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen over a sweet pink dress, the Gothic black embroidery detail adds a darker edge leaving people guessing if you are sinister or sweet.

(Image credits: All dresses available at NEXT.co.uk; Mask – venicemaskedball.co.uk; Tights – struts.co.uk; Fangs – fanpop.com; Bunny – cocosteaparty.com)

Which look would you choose?

101 Ways to Wear a Vivienne Westwood Pirate Squiggle Top

(Wearing: all Vivienne Westwood -┬á Worlds End ‘AR’ t-shirt, Squiggle top as pants, 3-tongue shoes, malachite necklace, gold orb belt.

Oh alright not quite 101, how about 3? There really are a lot of ways to wear these hugely popular tops (available exclusively at Vivienne Westwood World’s End ┬ú150), first and for most as an actual top! Just like I was wearing in my last post ‘Squiggle Girl‘. They are a really versatile piece, easy to wear casual or dressed up with a suit. But hey this is Westwood and that is a bit too obvious. A few of us were talking about this on my Facebook page, how the Squiggle top can be styled into so many other things. Mark Andrew shared his seriously cool take on the top as trousers and so I thought I would show a couple of ways you can try styling your top.

1. Trousers – I admit this seems a really odd thing to do, put you top on as if it were trousers! The arms from the legs and you can belt the opening around your waist, the neck will leave a hole but just pull it up and pin it however you please. It think they give a really cool harem style pant. The only limitation with this is that you need fairly slim legs so you don’t stretch out your top.

2. Apron – a take on tying your top around your bum like you did as a kid, you can do a similar trip but in a more stylish way. Here I tied the top on the side, wrapped the arms around the back and around the front again, tying in a knot. It gives an extra layer and a great pop of print.

3. Scarf – a really unexpected way to wear the to is as a scarf. Roll the top up from the sleeves down to conceal the neck hole, hold on the chest and wrap the arms around the back of your neck and down the front, tucking any exposed underarm patches in. Tie the ends of the sleeves in knots to give the tassel effect.

There you go a few ways to experiment, you could do this with any loose fitting long sleeve top, not just the Westwood Squiggle top. Have fun!

Trends: Some Ideas on How To Wear Pastels

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When I first started seeing all the pastel colours coming down the runway I got lost in the beautiful dream world they were offering. Like a kid in a candy store, I couldn’t wait for spring and with it the new season collections. But then it got here, I wandered around all the shops, touching the delicate beading and floral applique. Running my hands over lace skirts and dresses in mint, lilac, pink. But when it came to the crunch I struggled to buy anything for myself. You see I was looking at it all wrong. I had this image of Kate Moss on her carousel horse at Louis Vuitton, in a flouncy lace dress and matching pastel heels. The thing is I’m not Kate Moss and if we are honest she wouldn’t wear that outfit outside of work either.

When it comes to translating runway trends it is all too easy to get caught up in the image the designers create. I know we all have things in our wardrobe that we bought on a whim, only to find they don’t actually go with anything else in our closet, or even perhaps ourselves. Because that is the key rule when embracing a new trend, it needs to work with US, it needs to be our own version of the trend. So I sat back and had a think about what I already owned which could be translated into the pastel trend. I have a baby pink blazer and erm that was about it! I am a black girl, it is true, with varying shades of grey! There is colour in my wardrobe but they are bright and bold. Embracing pastel was all quite new to me.

I thought about the shapes I like and the cuts I wear. I thought about the things which are my ‘go to’s’. In the end I got a pair of printed trousers in my usual high waist style but with a pale blue print. I have a baby pink top yet it has a metallic sheen, I adore metallic’s so it felt more approachable to me. I picked up a baby blue vintage dress, in the same style as my other dresses so it remains in my comfort zone. I can wear it with black shoes or maybe I will try it with a pair of neutral or even pastel ones too. Here are my top tips for wearing the pastel’s trend:

1. Take it slow, try adding a pastel coloured top with more neutral things like blue jeans. You get the same effect but it is less full on.

2. The shoes! Or in fact any other accessories such as a bag or scarf. You can play around with accessories really easily, trying them with different things.

3. Consider your usual silhouette. If you always wear trouser suits a super girly prom dress might not be you, look for similar shapes and cuts but in the new colours.

4. Try a different take. Pastel shades but in tribal prints for the pattern lover or baby pink studded shoes for the rock chic.

5. Add in contrasting colours. You don’t need to have a full pastel outfit, bright neon’s and block colours such as orange and blue work really well against softer tones.

Lots of pretty applique at River Island, even on the shoes!

Pastel colours yes, but in tribal, striped and floral patterns we are familiar with, River Island.

Spikes on pastel shoes, the perfect antidote for the not so girly girls, River Island.

More applique at Very.co.uk.

Pastels with a punch, pairing pastel blues and greens with neutral an contrasting orange tones down the full on candy colours, Very.co.uk.

An Easy Way to Work the1920’s Style

From Chanel to Spijkers and Spijkers there is a real 1920s influence on fashion trends for spring/summer 2012. Fashion in this period was all about fun and glamour combined however it can be a very hard one to pull off. The iconic Flapper girl is tall and willowy with a boyish figure and short bobbed hair, perfect if you were born that way but many of us were not. Personally I break out in a cold sweat at the very sight of a dropped waist dress! So how can you still work this trend with a different body shape? The easiest way, as with all trends is to go for the accessories. A string of knotted beads and the all important shoes!

The key to the 1920s shoe trend is a low heel, because you can’t do the Charlston in a pair of skyscrapers! Atelier Voisin have nailed this trend with their wonderful collection. I particularly like the Mary-Jane styled ‘New Poche’ (shown here in black suede but also available in nude) and the stunning ‘Solale’ with brogue style detailing. The shape of the shoe is also important, aim for an elongated almond shaped toe, not too pointy and not too round, somewhere in between. This combined with a low heel, around two inches, gives a very elegant, vintage style.