Thursday, 23 October 2014

Jessica Alba- Style crush

Jessica Alba, Queen of the cropped top, Queen of chic and Queen of flawless street style.
Jessica is fashion royalty. 
 
This darling actress and founder of the Honest company has certainly made a name for herself both in Hollywood, as an entrepreneur and within the fashion industry. Her hair and beauty looks are constant perfection and her ensembles are to die for, after all her mentor is Diane Von Furstenberg. 
This is one starlet that rarely, if ever, fails to dominate the red carpet with a divine look and time and time again we find ourselves admiring. 

Here is why Jessica is my style crush ...
Oh so glamourous  
It's obvious that Jessica Alba knows how to work the red carpet. Her glamour feels so effortless but it's outcome is show stopping, does it come natural to this starlet? She is unafraid to experiment with colour, cuts and an array of designers no matter what the occasion. How many people can examine their red carpet looks from nearly ten years ago and reaffirm that their fashionista status is eternal? 

Off duty delight ... 
Whether playing mummy, going to the gym or grabbing a Starbucks Jessica's street style is stunning and the envy of so many. She proves that minimalism remains on the same spectrum as vibrance. Your hair and beauty look does not need to be perfected to ensure your ensembles success. I adore how she pairs simplistic ensembles with killer heels and accessories making her off duty style influential and magnificent.

The power of the cropped top 
Signature style. 
Cropped tops are Jessica Alba's go to and quite rightly so. With her gorgeous glow and toned stomach it comes as no surprise she wants to flaunt it. What I adore most about these looks is her use of the midi skirt, not many can make it work. Instead of wearing tight and fitted pieces, Jessica focuses on a fitted top and allows her bottom half do the talking. Her exposed ankles allow her to wear the most fabulous shoes and the length is too flattering for her phenomenal figure.

High society 
Despite excelling in wearing floor length evening wear on the red carpet, Jessica proves that her style is hot on trend and far from boring with many variations. From checks, to mismatch prints or even tailored suits Jessica works everything to perfection. There is no colour untouched, no trend neglected. This starlet makes dressing for success seem like an easy task that requires minimal effort yet receives the attention it deserves. I believe this is solely down to her styling, she adores designers however does not feel the need to define her ensemble as such like many other starlets opt to do.

How could be possibly mention Jessica Alba without mentioning her tremendous hair transformations?! How can one starlet work two completely drastic hair colours and allow them to look this fabulous? Jess maybe thirty three and have two children but her fashion & beauty looks are far from diminishing, after all age is just a number and this fresh faced beauty has never looked better. 

Which is your favourite Jessica Alba look darlings? I am obsessed with her cropped/midi combinations. Follow her instagram @jessicaalba for daily updates.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Venues

Now you've decided on your fabulous colour scheme the next major decision to make is the location.
Do you dream of getting married on a sandy beach under the gorgeous sun?
Or living your childhood dreams of a fairytale wedding in a castle?
Here are a few ideas to help you along your way.
Remember the ceremony and the reception do not have to be in the same place so you can combine multiple venues to create the ultimate wedding destination.
Castle wedding

                                               
(Photos from top left onways: Vendela Rose, Mackenzie Bryne , Hunter Duplissie and Flower Femme Shop pinterest)

Forest wedding


(Photos from top left onwards Linda Hansen, Primp powder pout, Karena Deleon and Emily Drummond pinterest) 

Beach wedding

(Photo from top left onwards Katy Davis, Tarik Walker, Loren Metters and love my dress pinterest)

Manor/stately home wedding

                           
(Photos from top left onwards: Tianna Knelsen, Emma Davison, Jill Dreesen and Maria Quimson pinterest)

Hotel wedding


Church wedding


(Photos top left onwards Caitlin Callahan, Rebecca Gibb, Meghan Romingher and Aiko Cano pinterest)

Landmark wedding

               
Photos top left onwards Jessica Takats, Tin Nguyen, Sarah Ptak and Megan Harrison pinterest)


Which is your favourite darlings?
I adore both the castle and the landmark wedding. There is nothing like going a little over the top for your big day.
Join me next wedding Wednesday for: Wedding inspirations and icons
Check out last weeks post: Themes and colour schemes

* disclaimer
I do not take ownership of any of the photos used in this post. 
I have cited each photo and linked to the appropriate source.
Click on names for links.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Halloween on the High Street

Darlings, it's that time of year again,

'All Hallow's Eve. The one day of the year it's socially acceptable to play dress-up. The only question is, who do you want to be? There are costumes to make men feel like boys again. Or turn little girls into queens.' (Gossip Girl)

 Who said Halloween was all scare and no style? Halloween is your ultimate opportunity to wear striking colours, mismatch trend collaborations and a chance to create a costume that is totally chic. 
Ugh the word, 'costume' right? So, over it.
Costumes are no longer those hideous ensembles you buy offline that sit in the back of your wardrobe, a costume is an ensemble itself, a statement, pieces that you can wear time and time
 again- a worthwhile investment.
Each piece I have carefully selected is appropriately priced (many in the sale), found on the high street and is an item you will wear frequently in your everyday style (with a little better styling than your alter ego).

So which one will you channel?

Barbie (feminine, embraced by Moschino and the epitome of SS15)
 
Jacket: Miss Selfridge, £20 BUY HERE
Top: Zara, £30 BUY HERE
Skirt: Misguided, £10 BUY HERE
Heels: Kurt Geiger, £49 BUY HERE
Lipstick: Rimmel Kate Moss, £6 BUY HERE

Cruella de Vil (powerful, structured, outrageous)
Jacket: Zara, £70 BUY HERE
Skirt: New Look, £18 BUY HERE
Top: Boohoo, £18 BUY HERE
Heels: Office, £65 BUY HERE
Lipstick: Mac Ruby Woo, £16 BUY HERE
Hairspray: Colour Xtreme BUY HERE (also available at Superdrug)

Black Swan (tantalising temptation)
Top: Topshop, £38 BUY HERE
Skirt: Topshop, £75 BUY HERE
Shoes: Next, £32 BUY HERE
Mask: Etsy, £13 BUY HERE
Ribbon: Miscellaneous 

Cleopatra (dominant, dramatic, daring)
Dress: River Island, £75 BUY HERE
Shoes: River Island, £50 BUY HERE
Head piece: Accessorize, £17 BUY HERE
Spiral cuff: Accessorize, £8 BUY HERE
Chevron cuff: Accessorize, £8 BUY HERE
Eyleiner: They're real, Benefit £19 BUY HERE

Royal guard (oh so British)

Jacket: River Island, £50 BUY HERE
Blouse: Dorothy Perkins, £33 BUY HERE
Leggings: Topshop, £20 BUY HERE
Boots: New Look, £80 BUY HERE
Hat: Retail zone, £10 BUY HERE
 Rosie Huntington Whiteley wearing Antonio Berardi

Tinkerbell (feisty and flirtatious)
Top: Rare London, £15 BUY HERE
Skirt: New Look, £30 BUY HERE
Wings: Retail Zone, £4 BUY HERE
Hair donut: Claires, £6 BUY HERE
Nail polish: Barry M silk effect blossom, £4 BUY HERE
Lashes: Nails Inc, £4 BUY HERE

Pocahontas (effortless)

Top: Topshop, £32 BUY HERE
Shorts: H&M, £13 BUY HERE
Boots: Topshop, £20 BUY HERE
Earrings: New Look, £1 BUY HERE
Necklace: Long layered, £4 BUY HERE
Necklace: Short layered, £3 BUY HERE
Headband: Asos, £7 BUY HERE

Elsa (showstopper)
 
Dress: Miss Selfridge, £80 BUY HERE
Eye shadow: Urban Decay psychedelic sister, £14 BUY HERE
Hair piece: Additional length, £20 BUY HERE
 (Elie Saab)

Which is your favourite? I adore Barbie but the royal guard is so sophisticated and chic. Be sure to let me know ... xoxo

Seek your fabulous Halloween hairstyles over at http://www.coolblades.co.uk/hub/halloween-hairstyles/ .
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