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Crochet Dress -Inspiration

With the very slightly, (and I mean, slight ) change in weather here in the UK, and the surprise when I saw the yellow daffodils open in my front garden as I stepped out of the house this morning.

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I knew it was time. I knew Spring was imminent and this nasty cold depressing season we call winter is almost on its way out. ‘Bye Felicia’ I hear you say! With that and the blue skies up ahead I thought to myself it is now time to start searching for summer wear.

This thought also came into my mind as a few friends have booked a trip to Dubai in a few weeks so summer outfits is almost certainly important.

With that said, with also  watching a few episodes of reality show it dawned on me that I need a cover up for the beach! but a cute one! One that shows skin but also hides skin (after all its a traditional country)

No more sarongs..

My search landed me to these awesome crochet cover ups.

So Ladies (and gentlemen) here are a few inspirational images to get you ready for summer.

Ways to wear your cover up:

With Boots and a groovy scarf- Light natural and cool!

Don’t forget the matching bikini

Crochet coverup summer

They are incredibly easy to wear- just add a floral garland and a ribbon bracelet..

garland long dress crochet beach summer coverup

 

Don’t forget the extra large fashion sunglasses.. Your on the beach! It is a must!

 

 

 

 

 

short crochet beach dress

 

The Sun hat can also be a fantastic accessory- the larger the better!

 

Why not have inverse : a darker crochet coverup matched with a lighter swimsuit.

black crochet and white bikiniThe Backless crochet dress is a gorgeous choice… This can be made more formal with wedges!

backless crochet dress summer

 

This Long crochet dress still combines sexiness and glamour whilst keeping your modesty.

 

long crochet sexy dress

 

 

The Batwing crochet dress give drama and elegance to the simple crochet design!

crochet bat wing

 

Even Halle Berry opted for the coverup – looks good !

 

halle berry crochet dress

 

From Behind the dress looks just as good!

 

crochet  dress bum

 

Whilst sunning on a boat in Europe it really is an excellent item for the suitcase which will not make you go over those pesky weight allowances.

 

 

crochet dress dubaiWe hope your inspired!

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For the past 2 months I have wanted a really dramatic red coloured lipstick with a little gloss simply because I was in the festive season and I wanted my lips to stand out!

However Christmas has gone yet my red lipstick has stayed. I guess I liked the dramatic look of what it did.

It was a hard choice picking a red simply because some shades can make you look a little like a clown! but The Maybelline has to be my favourite.

I apply the First colour stay over my lips

Wait a few moments for it to dry

Then add the Clear lipgloss over

Thats it!

Simple..

However unlike the marketing suggest it certainly isn’t a 24hour lipstick it does need to be reapplied however when it was time to reapply the gloss chipped and pretty much rubbed of instantly.

I took the time to message Maybelline on their Facebook and a got a quick response that suggested the lipstick needs to be applied to a clean lip and should be removed each time which is a bit difficult to carry around makeup wipes in a clutch purse?!

What ever the case I have continued to purchase this lipstick as I love the colour.

I love the striking Red colour.. I will be on the hunt for another colour stay type lipstick as its nice to always have that..”wow” look.

 

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You know that feeling when you walk past someone, be it on the tube, whilst walking down the street, in a shop or just in a small confined area and you take in a great big whiff of their perfume and think “oohhhh she smells nice” We all love that feeling, and the other day a randomer happened to say those exact words to me and it is the foundations of this post on my top 5 perfumes at the moment.

 

5.

Kimora Lee Simmons- Fabulosity

 

Yes- the queen of fabulosity has generated a really beautiful scent, I am never a fan of big celebrity endorsed perfumes but this one is actually really nice- and the perfume the randomer commented on last week. With such a good price tag I lovingly squirted a lot of the perfume over my clothes, hair and my “aura” which is spraying the air and walking through!

A good 6 or 7 squirts did the trick to create my beautiful surrounding of smell!

The scent is sweet lovely and at £18.00/ $25 its worth the beautiful glow and the oohh she smells nice face you get whilst walking in close proximity to any stranger!

fabulosity kimora perfum

 

4.Dune

This count down is prooving very hard as my perfumes all mean the world to me! A slight dramatisation but they are all pretty nice smells that I adore.

So choosing number 4 as Dune by Dior, came pretty hard.

Its a classic perfume, very rich, wealthy scent which warms to you as you wear it, I find it to be long lasting throughout the day.. It is a perfume that I wear on realy nice occasions as it is simply delightful.

Due to the branding of the Dior it retails at £37.00 however you will only need a few squirts of the perfume to get the desired “mmm” effect.

 

dune dior perfume3. Tresor by Lancom

 

Tresor is another favourite- very very similar to the effects of choice number 4, Dune- wealthy, warm smell which everyone always responds well to. It’s longevity and distinct nature of the perfume really makes it a favourite of mine. Retailing at £40 and up  it would be a good choice for yourself or as a gift to your mother, girlfriend, other half or friend but you only need a few spritz to make yourself smell as though you have bathed in roses.

tresor perfume

2. Cartier Delices,

I was given this perfume as a gift which was rather surprising as I had not really noticed Cartier for perfume but on pumping the first spray it was music to my nose! a melody to my nose and really just a sweet perfume, so sweet I wanted to eat it ( of course I wouldn’t in fear of death or at the very least a very bitter mouth) but this was a very sweet perfume- its young its fruity and really  a nice choice for going out for drinks or the cinema-  £35.00 a bottle.

 

cartier perfume

1. Gucci Rush

has to be my old time favourites- one of the first perfumes I ever purchased as a young teenage- at one stage I felt it was my own signature scent! A good friend once told me when ever he smelt the Gucci Rush smell it instantly made him think of me.. I guess that shows how much I chose to wear it- Instant love, only thing with it- is that it is a bit on the popular side that almost everyone has worn it and I guess for my friend he would smell it on a lot of people and I guess think of me a lot..

gucci rush perfume smells nice

Again due to branding it is not the cheapest of perfumes retailing at £29.00 and up.

 

 

It is amazing how smells can conjure up emotions and thoughts and people- so its important you get the smell correct- No one wants to be known for smelling bad HA! Any one of these perfumes will leave beautiful thoughts in a strangers mind about how amazing you smell.

So stop buy the stores and pick your favourite today..

Rihanna is out in my town today -That being Central London promoting her latest venture into acting for her film Battleship which is due to hit cinemas sometime in May 2012. With it comes an entire new selection of fabulous fashion. The princess was spotted at a local area of 5 star hotel The Mandarin Oriental Hotel with her ultra slimmed physic that she has been working on for the release of the film.

She wore Alexander Wang pre fall 2012 dress which was a lovely shade of Green, deep and luxurious colour which we don’t often get to see, so a great choice really!

rihanna in green dress halter

She has been a blond for a while now, and I have voiced the dislike of this colour but shes gone ultra blond today which (sort of) complimented the green of the dress!

Surprisingly enough it was very sunny in the capital (Yes it can be sunny in London) so Rihanna choose a pair of $220 sunglasses by Karen Walker “Number One” sunglasses from the summer 2012 collection. Karen is known for her unique styles and this one is no different- I am particularly loving the side arrows on the arms of the glasses!

rihanna yellow sunglasses

The halter dress was a nice choice for a particularly warm day in the capitol- the satin material is perfect for her new svelte figure. Compared to the model I think the dress really comes alive on Rihanna. What do you think?

Of course she added some simple black Christian louboutin “Pigalle” pumps which gave the dress a rather sophisticated feel.

rihanna pigalle shoes lb

Just the day before Rihanna was spotted taking the tube through Waterloo station to catch up with Drake as he performed at the 02 in Greenwich. We love the fact she likes to be a bit controversial and I guess “normal” taking the tube with her friends- yes it caused a lot of commotion but she did it like a trooper! why not!

 

alexander wang rihanna green dress 2012 collection

 

rihanna blonde hair green dress london

 

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This trend we have mentioned over the past few months has been found on stage with none other than Beyonce!

beyonce white halter neck dress gold sequins

The hottest singer performed songs from the past and her current album 4 in a variety of hot outfits- one included a white halter dress with gold embellished sequins on the shoulder and it appears to combine a gladiator style skirt with varied lengths of stings.

beyonce white halter neck dress gold sequins

The dress was awesome showed off the right amount of her fabulous body- the filming of this show was clearly before she begun to “show” her baby bump so she is still very slim.

beyonce orange drop hem skirt performing

The Orange Drop hem red skirt is a very dramatic piece- it works well to showcase her toned legs and small hips due to its large poofy dimensions.

beyonce orange skirt long at back and short front

We looked at a few similar options for you to achieve this trend.

Our favourite is this black drop hem Maria Grachvogel : Aesop skirt RRP £1,181.67 | $1,774.50

The black skirt is great for a multitude of occasions from a date out with the friends to an exclusive party its a great versatile skirt that can be worn with most and to most places.

drophem skirt black designer

Marchesa Couture

Designed by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, this pink fruity dress has the same drama as Beyonce’s in her UK performance last night- The dress can be found here at $6,500. The gown is clearly couture and is ideal for balls summer proms and more! We love it.

Neiman_Marcus_Marchesa_Couture_Bubble_Skirt_Gown

FINDERS KEEPERS –Shining Star Maxi in Taupe/Mustard

yellow drop hem dressThis drop hem dress is a great option for a night out on the town or to dinner- its the third and final choice in our drop hem Beyonce style fashion options. Only $203.00 makes it a fabulous option and price efficient. Available from Revolve Clothing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The pretty Jessica Alba was the queen bee for the turning on of the Christmas lights last night, the actress took center stage as she posed for pictures at the Swarovski event at the Rodeo Drive boutique.

The gorgeous SinCity actress looked marvolous in a striking gown and was in impeccable shape after giving birth only three months prior to her second daughter Haven.

jessica alba white dress carolina

Her dress, which we love is by Carolina Herrera and mixes class and sophistication of a Stepford housewife and modern day glamour.

The dress; part of the Resort 2012 collection hugged her in all of the right places- showcasing her svelte waist and slim legs.

caroline herrera white dress jessica alba 2010 resort

The dress is embossed with dainty floral patterns on the skirt and a simple black wavey belt broke up the top half of the dress which she also complimented with a black embellished clutch bag.

The ivory and black gown complimented her tanned skin well and alongside a dark smokey eye makeup and a very simple updo.

She kept the outfit simple with a basic floral Swarovski necklace and black earrings.

With the final attempt of taking the outfit out of the “safe zone” she wore a pair of snakeskin heels

jessica alba white dress

 

So last night was the American Music Awards 2011 and some of the largest singers were out to collect their awards.

Of course we have to post our favourite of which there were many- but one which has caused me most excitement is one of my favourite female rappers- Nicki Minaj.

The young money artist has had an amazing year and amazing success at the show- winning several awards.

She performed her latest track and her current highest selling single SuperBass in a metallic robot outfit which was rather impressive- however unlike usual Nicki she was singing?- I have to be honest and say- I was not keen on this- she came out a rapper and I think she should continue down this path but anyway- we are here to talk clothes not poor career changes!

So Nicki accepted awards in a very dramatic Oscar De La Renta dress– only yesterday I was checking out some of the designers pieces and he is noted as one of the most expensive designers in the world!

nicki minaj american movie awards

Nicki’s dress is from the 2012 spring collection and one of the first celebrities to get her hands on the collection- which makes sense as she sat first row at his show back in September so she must have picked it as it walked by her on the model!

The dress was a bold green silk taffeta with a black battenburg lace and broderie anglaise bodice-  It also had a matching neck band.

nicki minaj and ricky martin mac makeup

She adopted her favourite colour for hair this particular evening- which complimented the gown and her lips- which is probably her limited edition Mac pink Friday lipstick.

She is also the latest spokesperson alongside Ricky Martin for MAC Cosmetics- and a pretty cool photograph came out of the pair- which is rather striking but the pair seems rather bazaar couple put together.

nicki minaj green dress

The dress is very similar to what we have been talking about as the upcoming trends or asymmetrical hem lines- which this is a less dramatic version but still follows suit.

We love it-

Nicki Loves it-

Under the dress she opted for some Alexander McQueen amour wedge sandals Rrp £2,495.00

alexander mcqueen shoesI also had a quick sneek peak at some of the other designs by Oscar and I LOVED This bright red dress very similar to Nicki’s

red oscar de la renta dress Also at the award show was Nicki Minaj’s biggest and youngest fans from the UK-

The very confidant and innocent yet mouthy girls…

ellen nicki minaj girls pink dresses superbase hype girls

 

Since starring on Britain’s X Factor Kelly Rowland has been in and out of the news due to cat fights and terrible illness and excuses but as they say all press is good press and thus it has been a great opportunity for her to show what she can do without fellow lead band mate Beyonce– It was such a great opportunity for her to shine and be centre stage and I believe she has added an awesome presence to the show and the american colloquialisms bring something different. Anyway she was spotted yesterday night in Manchester alongside many other guests for the charity event held by Gary Barlow for Children in Need.

kelly rowland children in need

Despite “calling-in-sick” over a few weeks on the show Kelly looked radiant in a beautiful Leopard print dress that fitted her curves amazingly!

The singer has been open about her surgery and I can say it really adds to the dress and she is clearly happy to show her figure off in the gown- the plunging neckline works well with her long wavy black hair and rather odd purple shoes.

We found a similar gown by Haute Hippie for £853.49 | $1,295.00

I personally love maxi dresses, they are great as they tend to elongate the body giving a curvy sultry appearance that can easily be achieved on and off holiday with the right print this look can be replicated without even trying.

Easily worn with a cute pair of wedges or heels and this instantly transforms the look to glamourous vixen as demonstrated by Kelly.

tiger print leopard print maxi dress

Ah well- she looks great in my eyes..well done Ms Rowland!

leopard print maxi dress kelly rowland

 

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A few years ago, I happened to babysit my friends kid as a favour and she brought over the film Enchanted with Amy Adams and the beautiful Patrick Dempsey,  I sat half watching as the opening credits begun but within minutes I ended up closest to the screen ogling in glee. I loved the film- I loved Patrick and I loved even more Amy, so it brings me great pleasure to introduce to you the Premier of her latest film The Muppets. The red head stars alongside How I met your mother actor Jason Segel  for the Disney classic remake.

enchanted

Amy looked magical on the red carpet opting for a subtle yet striking colour blocking technique which we have seen a lot this year from Kim Kardashian and a plethora of other celebrities.

amy adams in red dress

The dress is part of Roland Mouret’s collection, Amy has often opted for Rolands dresses, they seem to fit her physic really well and always comes across lovely on the red carpet and today was no exception.

The bright red skirt has a nude trim which compliments the remainder of the dress and her patent nude Jimmy Choo shoes alongside Irit Design jewellery and a Ferragamo bag

nude jimmy choo

Check her out on the red carpet in the video below!

amy adams

amy adams red dress

amy adams jimmy choo

 

 

Another beautiful celebrity that attended the Glamour awards last night in New York, was the lovely actress Kerry Washington. I had to post this article on her dress as I thought it was divine. The colour, The bling, The high split- it all worked so well for this awesome gal. The dress was part of the Resort 2012 Marchesa collection– I had a peek at the other designs and it is a great mix of vibrant and lovely gowns for red carpet or cocktails with friends..a really awesome designer than needs to be worn a lot more!

 

Resort 2012 Marchesa

 

 

 

 Resort 2012 Marchesa

As pictured her designs are very young, youthful fun and fresh and perfect for Ms Washington.

The Yellow gown was a great choice for her golden complexion- not many people can pull of yellow but she certainly does-a few months ago we posted her in another yellow gown, so she knows, and we can certainly see it adds vibrancy and a summer time feel to the red carpet (despite the cold winter looming!)

kerry washington yellow

The Lemon gown has a high split- which seems to be making a comeback for this particular award show- Jennifer Lopez also adopted the high split option (found here)

She complimented the dress with white beaded Marchesa clutch bag, some large diamond earrings and the celeb favourite Louboutin nude pointy painful heels.

Absolutely stunning!

kerry washington

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