A-L in love with Virgit
Loving this plaid dress all looks so grown up with a twist of fun with the bobble. There is still tons of tartan-clad fashion blogger who are not quite ready to end their love affair with plaid!
‘POP’ The Question At London Hilton On Park Lane
This Valentine’s Day, London Hilton on Park Lane is inviting couples to ‘POP’ the question at POP Bar. Couples who successfully cement their relationship over a Champagne cocktail will receive a complimentary bottle of Pommery Champagne to ensure they continue their celebrations in style. An intimate and sophisticated Champagne bar situated on prestigious Park Lane, POP bar in Mayfair is the perfect location for a memorable Valentine’s Day.
With its elegant gold tones and aesthetic design features, POP offers a wide selection of Pommery Champagne and signature Champagne cocktails. Guests can also sample delicious canapés while admiring the exclusive works of Pop Artist Sir Peter Blake, best known for co-creating the sleeve design for The Beatles' album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
For more information, visit parklane.hilton.com or call +44 20 7493 8000 to make a reservation.
The fashion brand Ono Uno has appointed UK based designer Nadine Merabi as its Creative Director. The label launched with womenswear this autumn and will be followed by menswear and accessories in 2014. Nadine Merabi launched her eponymous brand over two and half years ago a now is household name, worn at major events and receiving national press. Each dress is bespoke and custom made for clients. Her designs encapsulate the female figures with pure elegance, her dresses demand attention.
We caught up with Nadine, on the cusp of party season on her ‘stand out’ collection, a serious choice for those wanting to step up the glitz factor. We spoke with her on her rise in the world of fashion and her thoughts on creating a beautiful dress.
Tell us more about what goes when you’re creating elegant, timeless dresses?
I gain my inspiration from my everyday life, the people I am with and certain things I am experiencing in my life at any given moment. My collections often reflect my mood at the time. Once I’ve gained inspiration for my collection, I develop it in the way in which I think will most flatter a woman and make her feel confident and glamorous.
With winter poking its icy head around the corner it’s time to fight the frost by making a statement with your accessories. Just because it’s winter it doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to be dull and boring, this winter is all about experimenting with fabric. So I’ve put together a few of my favourite pieces of arm candy for AW13.
This year the winter season is all about punk, with tartan and spikes cropping up all over the catwalk. This tartan leather satchel is the perfect accessory to wear now with an autumn dress and tights or to team with a winter jumper to give your outfit an edge.
Asos - The Cambridge Satchel Company 15" Designer Tartan Leather Satchel - £140
Whether you love or loath it, leopard print is a fashion classic that finds its place in every season. This winter why not keep it classy with this cross-body bag from Michael Kors. It allows you to experiment with print without being over powering.
We have kissed goodbye to the Christmas festivities for the year and welcome 2014 with all it's glory. It's time to up your game in 'perfumery department' and have nosey at the splendid scents and smells taking this year by storm. From classics to new kids on the block there is always a favourite scent ushering in new seasons.
From fresh florals to enigmatic flirtatious scents, there are so many to choose from. I'm a huge advocate of testing before buying - perfumes and eau de toilette have a funny way of smelling entirely different depending on who's wearing it.
A modern classic, for her seduces with purity, grace and subtlety. Musk, the heart of the scent, is refined by a synthesis of floral notes and hints of soft amber. Sensual and addictive, for her is femininity at its most powerful.
Narciso Rodriguez for her - EDT 50ml £49.50
This is a diary account of a 30 something year old mum, waking up to her health in a big way. Maybe it’s the halfway mark, maybe it’s the crazy pmt. Whichever way you cut it, there is simply no excuse for poor diet in when we have so much information on what to eat. More importantly for me it’s making sure my kids also grow up food savy!
I’m sure this time of year many folks are cutting out something to make their diets leaner and healthier. So far, I have cut out carbs, wheat to be exact. It’s been exactly 7 days and the carb craving has absolutely lost its edge. Not that I still don’t loom over bread but not having that bloated feeling is fantastic.
I’ve been experimenting with some paleo recipes that use coconut flour as a replacement for flour, I made pancakes. They tasted really good for something with no wheat or gluten, so far so good.
Now my sugar contact is less to be desired, I am still sneaking in soya vanilla lattes in the day and cannot resist a small bite of chocolate here or there. I want to see if I can completely remove the processed sugar from my diet, but I don’t think the craving will be as easy to crack.
A typical shop for good quality make-up products can cost hundreds of pounds. Endless choices of foundations, creams, eye shadows allow every woman to look and feel her best. It seems odd then if we should compromise on the 'brushes' that are cheap quality and don't give the desired look we want to achieve. The 'look' of course is flawless - who doesn't want to have fresh glowing skin?
I have used several make-up brushes in the past. I find that after excessive use they can become tired and exhausted. Other brushes have been rough to use on application, leaving lines on my face when applying foundation and not really allowing me to blend the way I would like to. For me finding brushes which are good quality and don't cost the earth are a must in all make-up bags.
Nanshy have launched a professional make-up brush set which I have been wanting to try out for a while - upon receiving them the very first thing I did was to feel how soft the brushes wee. Simply impeccable, feather soft and great quality. The set features white 'thick' handles - easy to hold and manouvere. I use mineral make-up as well as foundation and I adored these brushes as they didn't leave a streak in sight leaving a velvety finish. I was able to blend and buff, so these brushes were great for contouring too. You will also be glad to know, Nanshy promote 100% vegan and cruelty free brushes, approved by PETA,
The 5 piece brush set includes a flat top buffer, round buffer, pointed brush, flat angled buffer and finally an angled buffer. For everyday make-up these brushes worked a dream, I was able to apply primer, liquid foundation and concealer as a base. Mineral setting powder with the flat top buffer, and the angled buffer to finish my face off with a blusher,
I would highly recommend this make-up brush set and very impressed with the reasonable price tag. This particular Nanshy Brush retails at a modest £34.95 and can be purchases from Nanshy.com
Funky, cool, retro - just some of the words I would use to describe 'Dead Legacy'.
The independent clothing line founded by brothers Dan and Nick in 2011 has gone from strength to strength over the past few years. Building their foundations and specialising in male printed T-shirts, the pair have been working on expanding their dynamic brand.
The exciting collection will now include a 'female range' and will all be revealed at this year's Manchester Fashion Week 2014 #MCRFW14. The brand has already caused a stir amongst celebrities including footballers Phil Jones, world champion boxers Ricky Hatton and Scott Quigg.
TV personalities such as Gaz and Scott from Geordie Shore have also been spotted wearing Dead Legacy clothing in their trailers. Without a shadow of a doubt, the launch of the female range will be received with just as much anticipation and hype.
Dead Legacy have built a strong international presence, rapidly becoming one of the fastest growing brands in Sweden, are pre the Middle East and are on the brink of expanding in to the Netherlands.
With the sun peeking it’s head from behind the dreary rain clouds of winter it’s time to make sure you’re prepared for the leg-baring-vest-embracing weather that can’t come quick enough. And that means perfecting the art of pre-summer fake tan to make even the savviest of sun worshippers jealous.
According to St Tropez, 41% of UK women now use self-tanning products. We all want that sun-kissed summer glow, but it’s not always easy to achieve the perfect natural tan with products that are predominantly unnatural. With 64% of what we put onto our skin being absorbed into our bloodstreams it’s important to make sure we’re knowledgeable about the products we’re using, which is why Irish company TanOrganic has invented the world’s first eco-certified tanning products, made from 95% certified organic ingredients.I took to the bottle to find out whether more natural means less noticeable.
TanOrganic has a two main tanning products, a self-tan ‘lotion’ for a more immediate darker tan or a self-tanning oil to build up a gradual tan, lighter than the lotion but darker than most gradual self-tans. I chose to use the self-tan lotion as I love to see quick results and wanted to see how it faired against the likes of St. Tropez in a single overnight application.
The first thing I noticed about the product was it’s smell, it has a sweet citrus orange scent much unlike the biscuit smell of other fake tans, it also came in a glass bottle which already gave it a more sophisticated feel. The dark coloured glass is used to preserve the highly active organic ingredient and also means there are no dioxins leaking into the natural formula.
Timeless, elegant and rendering sweet whispers of a forgotten era. Vintage fashion has evoked the collaboration of the old and with the new and this is something that up and coming Designer Sarah Kristiansen, founder of BettiJock firmly believes in. A-listed asked Sarah about her love for vintage and how the BettiJock brand will lend itself to the diverse world of fashion in the future.
Where did you love for vintage fashion come from?
For my first day of high school, I wore a pair of white Versace jeans, with multi-colour zebra’s on. Looking back, I had not a care in the world what people would think and always wore what I liked. I think it was just a natural love for me but it became more focused when my mother brought home second hand clothing from a charity shop she worked in. I would cut them up and redesign them for myself.
What is it that you adore about vintage clothing?