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In honour of the latest ambassadors to join the Mac VIVA Glam squad Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin where given a pretty cool party this past week. Nicki Minaj in true branding business style had to make an exhibition of herself and she done so in this stripy couture piece.

Nanette Lepore nicki minaj spring 2012 dress

Compared to recent pictures this was actually rather toned down appearance at the penultimate party at New York Fashion Week. The Viva Glam squad assists the charity by raising funds to donate 100% of profits to the Mac Aids fund which is pretty great news for everyone all around- Mac for brand recognition and awareness and Nicky, whom claimed she had an uncle affected by aids.

nicki minaj stripy dress pink blue

Anyhoo, she arrived in a stripy dress jacket combo from the Nanette Lepore Spring 2012 collection sticking to her branding Minaj colours of pink. The dress has an alternating blue and navy colour block stripe-which is certainly eye catching. The collection itself is very bright and over the top, I am not sure if pieces from this season can be worn into the local Sainsbury’s supermarket or even the office without getting a lot of looks from concerning strangers but I guess it is perfect for Nicki.

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nicki minaj stripy jacket

She mixes the jacket with the dress for a bright combo as well as a Cute Chanel blue bag and some Giuseppe Zanotti colour block blue sandals ($1100)

Giuseppe Zanotti

Her new blonde hair does not excite me- I guess its better than pink but blah for blonde!

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So whilst shopping in John Lewis this weekend for some awesome new surround sound speakers for my TV-something else in the electrical section caught my eye and became the inspiration for todays post.

DAB radios- ok not the hippest of items known to man and Sharp N Chic fashion, however the design of these products really stood out to me and have now been made cool simply because of the really chic and fun way they had been created.

I know most people have iphones or smart phones that they can listen to music from- Thank you Apple- but Radio still is rather popular in the car and in the office when the iphone isnt plugged in- so these pretty cute radios can still come in handy. As an avid driver around the streets of London I’m often tuned into London’s biggest conversation-(LBC) which has become my favourite station! lots to learn and talk about and we all know I LOVE to talk so its very fitting!

However, I digress,

If you are planning to purchase a DAB radio- the clear advantage is the plethora of radio stations that become available to you then these cute designer sets are an option for you!

 

EVOKE Mio by Orla Kiely

I had never heard of Orla Kiely before seeing this radio- but from it I find her and her designs to be pretty cool- its certainly a new take on the boring drab black plastic radio designs that we all once had- ideal for the young and the young-at-heart radio/ music lovers- small and discreet and fits in anywhere. It also has an Iphone and mp3 player doc so it works out to be very useful.

EVOKE Mio by Orla Kiely

Orla has a homerange which this particular radio fits into quite well bright colourful and fun.

It was on sale in John Lewis for £149.00.

What do you think?

 

EVOKE Mio by Orla Kiely

Roberts DAB Radios

John Lewis had an unpecidented amout of the Roberts brand and these are really exciting and very funky indeed- a colour and design for every possible person.

I, of course, fell in love with the Union Jack- even though I’m not particularly patriotic I JUST LIKED the boldness of it! HA!  OTHER Than that It does a great job of mixing vintage styling and the contemporary technology- it is a special edition version so if you do plan on buying it get it now as there are only limited numbers.

But there are loads of styles to choose from if this one is not for you- from pastels to patterns and more.

roberts dab radio

The brand of Roberts radio boasts 120 hours of battery life which is about five times more than competing models as well as multi station presets and a favourite button storage. Like the Orla it comes with the stereo line in for ipod and MP3 players and an LCD display.

dab roberts union jack radio flag

So why not check out both Orla and Roberts to match the radio to your personality..

Hakes the architectural designer has evolved to become the latest and most unique shoe designers over the past few years, why you may ask, well, his designs instantly cause the viewer to initially raise an eyebrow at the prospect that the abstract “piece of art”  is actually a fully functional shoe.. His years and history in architecture had probably led him to this natural progression to think outside of the box to create these curly and rather curvy yet very mind boggling designer shoes that really do require extra thought when putting them on.

Its probably best to stay away from these after a few glasses of champagne…you have been warned! Pictures to follow and enjoy!

hakes orange mojito shoe

The London born designer came up with the idea from analysing current traditional shoes which have ultimately been a simple and obvious progression and evolution in terms of design from the sandal, Julian Hakes saw to challenge this completely revolutionising and rethinking the footplate and the word ‘SHOE’ as a whole.

julian hakes shoes london

“The result of this process was Hakes Mojito – we named it this as it was rather like a twist of lime peel. It is a unique shoe design concept, a single wrapped geometry which starts under the ball of the foot, sweeps over the bridge, then down below the heel before twisting back on itself to provide the support for the heel and ankle”

julian hakes shoes

INDEED HE DID!

The shoes are glorious incredibly individual and eye catching and a complete 180 degrees on current shoe fashion and trends, something different from the much loved red heel that everyone seems to wear now. I cannot wait to see these blanket cover the entire celebrity wardrobe.

Now this is signature piece to take note of and his name is:-

HAKES- YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD!

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Anyone that is ANYONE, or rather, anyone that tries to be Someone would have been snapped in the signature red soled shoe- we all know the red soles are one of the greatest identifiers of luxury elegance and class- it is a prominent and obvious way to show you have the purse to purchased a designer shoe and this simple marketing ploy has been one of the fundamental success for the Louboutin brand.

louboutin sketches 20th collection

After 20 years of such success today Christian launched sketches from their 20th anniversary capsuale collection which will showcase 20 different shoes and six bags and I have to say- I’m excited!..

louboutin sketches 20th collection

He released the images on the facebook page today which also gives Louboutin Lovers the opportunity to subscribe for email updates when the shoe will be available online.

louboutin sketches 20th collection

Currently this feature is only available for the US, however come the 27th of February they are planning to open a pop up shop in Selfridges in London which will have the shoes on sale. For those outside these regions the shoes will then be available in march online. Its the 20th anniversary guys lets get excited!

 

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David Beckham is back in London alongside his latest news for his collection onto the H&M store-

He was back to promote his bodywear collection at the flagship store in Regent Street carrying with him has deluxe manbag by Lanvin.

david beckham h&m

 

He went from car to store in a patterned scarf, white tee, zipped jacket and leather jacket paired with some hardcore boots.

DAVID BECKHAM WITH BAG LAVIN

As usual he worked his look well and looked exceptionally fabulous.

david beckham lavin bag

I’m not one to be too keen for man bags but I think David has a strong male physic and appearance that he pulls it off rather well.

The bag is a great size for mens travel items for a short weekend away- or all the David Beckham underwear any man could possibly desire!


With the  launch of the underwear the advertising company had launched a gorilla marketing campaign to get the utmost amount of attention- by leaving large bags of David around the capital city.

Interesting to say the least-

david beckham h&m bag covent garden David’s marketing team also released his ad during the superbowl yesterday as they panned across his toned body and tattoos

This looks like its going to be another money maker for the British footballer

 

Actress Sofia Vergara who plays Gloria from hit sitcom Modern Family attended the golden globes in L.A alongside a multitude of stars but she was one that really stood out amungst the pleathera of gowns and dresses that hit the red carpet that night.

Looking absolutely superb in a Vera Wang original the Latin American posed for pictures showcasing her remarkably curvy body that was made for such a dress.

The mermaid shape gown provided her with even more angles and edges for cameras to snap highlighting her narrow waist, ample bust and slender hips.vera wang blue dress sofia

Sofia is certainly our look of the day as she teamed her eye catching dress with Harry Winston jewellery, estimated to be worth over $5 million for the combined collection of the bracelet, rings and earrings.

The dress was a prominent navy blue which was perfect colour for the evening soirée, she unfortunately missed out on a globe this year for her part in a supporting role, but that did not get the actress down as she happily gave love to her home country Columbia and she even told as she told NBC’s Carson Daily that she “felt like a million bucks” which we have to agree with, after all she looked fab.

Twitter went crazy that night in support of the loved actress, and this isn’t the first time the actress has been spotted in Vera Wang, Just back in September for the Emmy awards she went for a vibrant orange flame colour gown which also looked superb- Simply if it works why change it!

She looked good- we love her and she is our Fashion inspiration of the day!

On a side note- New episodes of Modern Family are back! yay!

 

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London has been once again put on the map in terms of fashion by our princess Rihanna.

This girl can do no wrong when it comes to fashion now a days- In fact, I believe she can do no wrong period!

She is at the top of her game musically, socially and fashionably she is doing all things correct as a business woman and just last night she put work aside to attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat. She gave up her seat at the Peoples choice awards for a front row position with a pal at the basketball game!

Can’t really hate on her for that !

rihanna london jumper basket ball game
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She donned a simple casual outfit which saw her choosing one of her favourite brands from the streets of London Trapstar.  Rihanna has been shot in the brand before but her appearance here has meant she has made another item “famous” first being the Creepers now the Jumper- which is great for local designers and companies.

She simply paired the hoody with distressed jeans and some laced boots.

Anyone can achieve this look really- mixing causal with sexy.

london secret jumper rihanna

Whats more- the hoody is only £65.00 and can be orded online-

She looked pretty happy front row posing for pictures with a lucky young lad and her best mate- and seemed to fit right in with some popcorn and a beer-

rihanna basketball game jumper

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Known for his charming good looks and amazing soccer skills and impeccable European dress sense Cristiano Ronaldo did not come up short today as he sat second row at a Basketball match between Real Madrid and F.C. Barcelona in Spain. The player sat with his signature high gelled hair and beautiful underwear model girlfriend of almost two years Irina Shayk.

Cristiano Ronaldo and girlfriend basketball game

Since he was sitting down he was sure to decorate his neck (As it was most likely to be seen from second row!) with a $280 Gucci print patterned scarf with web and print.

ronaldo with gc scarf

The scarf made from a wool and silk blend features the traditional GC print and infamous green and red stripe and are available from the Gucci website alongside two other variations of silver and black. Winter is in its full glory in most parts of the world at present so why not pick up your own GUCCI PRINT scarf to help you look fabulous in the cold!

 

gucci gc print scarf with fringe and web

silver gucci scarf

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Today’s spotlight shoe is the weird and wonderful boots made by D&G- these ones are truly heart stopping and incredibly dramatic and will also keep your legs and feet warm over Christmas..horrah! Never can you find shoes with so many pluses!

 

The Leather and rubber sole is great for comfort and the furry loose string body of the shoe makes it incredibly unique and something similar and more wearable than the shoes worn by Nicki Minaj on the set of her video with Willow Smith.

These beige shoes are a great altenative option for those not as daring but still experiemental.

They have a heel height of 13.00 and can be purchased from the D&G site for £1,145.00 WooHoo

 

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As winter turns hardcore, we thought we should do another post on the contemporary winter outfits. Last week we posted on a few chic winter coats but of course now we need to add a cute hat to the mix- its cold out and since we all have to bundle up to keep warm we may as well do it in style.

Our top five designer hats are presented below enjoy!

 

Burberry Mink Cap

This luxurious soft fur cap is an absolute must- the warm white fur is sure to keep you warm whilst giving an exclusive sultry appearance ideal to dramatise a simple winter outfit.

The mink material and leather trim comes out on top when it comes to winter fashion..

The hat retails at £995.00 in three different sizes and can be purchased from the burberry website

  • Soft mink fur flat cap
  • Gentle peak with interior leather trim

Johnston Baret

This french inspired Beret by Johnston is added to our winter hat list due to its style and sophistication-made with an ivory delectable soft to the touch cashmere with perfect craftsmanship, it can be worn slightly off centre for a very urbane and sophisticated feel. The perfect winter accessory. RRP £75.00

johnston baret

KARL DONOGHUE Toscana lambskin button trapper hat

Oh yes- this year the trapper hats are in- big fur, big hats and big hair- all over the runways and the streets of New York!

These are perfect to keep the head, ears and face warm ideal for the rapidly approaching global warming inducing cold winter mornings in January and February.

Made from 100% soft and silky lambskin with a casual milled finish and a contrasting natural coloured wool and leather tabs to fasten the cap tight.

Lovely white in winter is a must- keep warm in this beaut. Mega Cute!

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Lavin Asymmetrical felt Hat.

Now this hat marks an era of mystery seduction and glam- the asymmetrical floppy black hat won’t protect you from the cold but paired with a dark mac or fitted coat it gives a cool demure feminine mysterious appeal. The black hat made by lavin has a simple subtlety and classic. Made from a soft suede and felt- this particular purchase retails at £965.00 from the Lavin

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lavin asymmetrical felt hat

Canadian Fox Fur Roller Hat-

This mini hat which is made to perch on the top of your brow is the utmost top of winter wonderland glamour- mixing vintage and contemporary style in one swoop. The lavish hat is hot enough to melt away the snow keeping you warm and in style thorough out the cold mornings and frosty nights- made from fox fur extra soft to touch and ice white in a one size fits all dimension. Purchase from Harrods or direct from Canadian Hats for £385.00

CANADIAN HATS Fox Fur Roller Hat

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